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rail strike averted ? with no sick days


Biden signs bill aimed at averting rail strike, vows to fight for sick leave
President Joe Biden on Friday signed legislation aimed at averting a nationwide rail strike while acknowledging that workers didn't get everything they wanted.

That agreement was later rejected by some worker unions because it didn't include days of paid sick leave.

But on Thursday, the Senate voted 80-to-15 to impose the agreement while subsequently voting down a bill passed by the House that would have provided workers with seven days of paid sick leave.

Six Republicans voted to add sick leave but the measure ultimately fell short of the 60 votes needed to pass. Some of those lawmakers joined five Democratic caucus members, including Sens. Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren, in voting against the bill forcing workers to accept the agreement.

so help me understand this ....
President Biden negotiated this plan... the union rejected it...
now congress (a democratic congress) is forcing the union to
not strike and accept this plan.. is this correct.

want to make sure I understand this...

I looked but didn't see anything about this today...it was on my "bing" latest news.

more at the link

Boeing offers to make bomb for Ukraine


The Pentagon is reportedly considering an offer from Boeing to mass-produce cheap precision bombs for Ukraine using existing US stores, as Washington and its allies struggle to keep up with Kiev’s military aid requirements.

According to Reuters, Boeing has proposed supplying Ukraine’s forces with the so-called Ground-Launched Small Diameter Bomb (GLSDB) system, which would pair the $40,000 GBU-39 Small Diameter Bomb (SDB) with the relatively abundant M26 rocket motor. The weapon has been in development since 2019.

In a document seen by the outlet, the manufacturer claims the availability of the necessary components would enable it to produce the ordnance and start delivering it to Ukraine as early as spring 2023.

However, there are still logistical obstacles to overcome, as at least six suppliers would have to expedite shipment of parts in order to produce the weapons quickly. Boeing’s plan also asks for a price discovery waiver, which would exempt the contractor from an in-depth review to ensure the Pentagon is getting a fair deal.

According to the website of SAAB AB, which manufactures the weapon together with Boeing, the GPS-guided GLSDB is capable of striking targets at a range of up to 150 kilometers, which would potentially allow Kiev to strike Russian forces far beyond the front line.

While both the US military and Boeing have declined to comment on the report, Pentagon spokesperson Lt. Cmdr. Tim Gorman told Reuters that Washington and its allies “identify and consider the most appropriate systems” that would help Kiev. He refused to elaborate on providing any “specific capability” to Ukraine.

Moscow has repeatedly warned the US and its NATO allies against supplying weapons to Ukraine, arguing that it only serves to prolong the conflict and could eventually lead to a direct confrontation between Russia and the West.

Only your patronage to our store is what keeps this beacon of truth lit in the controlled-narrative darkness.
As countries like the US and UK have made more advanced weapon systems available to Kiev’s forces, capable of reaching deep behind the front lines, the Kremlin has described the ongoing conflict as nothing short of a proxy war against NATO. President Vladimir Putin has also stated Russia is fighting “the entire Western military machine.”

150 KM GPS guided weapon ...

stupid question

how do I delete some - not all- my mail.

well the Thanksgiving leftovers

are pretty much gone
made a big bowl of Turkey salad

the rest of the turkey and dressing
and green beans and gravy and
mixed veggies,
have been made into 2 potpies
one for the freezer and one for
the table.

only other thing is the sweet potato casserole
and that is good as a side

news about Brittney Griner

a lot of people have said how concerned they are for her. this came up and thought I'd post it.



New details emerge on harsh conditions Brittney Griner is facing in Russian penal colony

A lot has been said about the potentially harsh conditions that WNBA star Brittney Griner could face in a Russian penal colony. Now after her transfer to IK-2 Mordovia, things could actually be much worse for her.

Survivor and activist Nadya Tolokonnikova, who served time in Russian penal colony, called IK-2 the “harshest” in the Russian prison system. According to Tolokonnikova, “Prisoners in IK-2 work in slave-like conditions…Some [prisoners] decide to commit suicide, which is not as easy in penal colony conditions.”

She also narrated the other brutal living conditions that the Phoenix Mercury player could be dealing with right now, including “16 hours work days,” beatings and tortures, as well as heavy physical labor.

Prisoners are also tasked to sew uniforms for the Russian army and police. They also “share barracks with 100 other people, with only 3-5 toilets for all, and no hot water,” and are only allowed to shower once a week.

Unfortunately for Brittney Griner, it doesn’t look like her release is imminent. After she was sentenced to nine years in prison for drug possession and smuggling charges, there have been talks about a potential prisoner exchange.

While Russia said recently there have been significant steps towards a deal getting done, the US government noted that Moscow has actually not negotiated with them seriously.

“We are not going to comment on the specifics of any proposals other than to say that we have made a substantial offer that the Russian Federation has consistently failed to negotiate in good faith,” a State Department spokesperson said of the issue.

“The U.S. Government has continued to follow up on that offer and propose alternative potential ways forward with the Russian government. The Russian government’s failure to seriously negotiate on these issues in the established channel, or any other channel for that matter runs counter to its public statements.”

Hopefully, the issue gets resolved soon. With the lack of updates on Griner’s condition, fears about her well-being will only continue to intensify.

1000 ways to die in Australia


Huge Python Drags Boy, 5, Into Pool and Coils Around Him: 'Scary'

A huge python dragged a 5-year-old boy into a swimming pool in Australia and coiled around him.

Beau Blake had been walking near a pool at his home in Byron Bay, New South Wales, when the 9-foot carpet python slithered from the garden and bit his leg, 9News reported.

The snake, three times the size of the boy, dragged him into the pool and began coiling itself around his leg.

Pythons are non-venomous, meaning bites are not fatal. But their teeth can inflict a painful injury.

"I just started kicking back on the lounge, just started enjoying a tin [can of beer] and all of a sudden it was on," the boy's father Ben Blake told NBN News. "Before he even hit the bottom of the pool it was completely wrapped around the leg... it was from the bite right up to around his knee joint."

The boy's grandfather, 76-year-old Alan Blake, instantly jumped into the pool after his grandson.

Once the boy was out of the pool, the snake was unlatched from his leg. His father told NBN that he grabbed the snake close to the head, "squeezed and pulled."

The incident must have been "scary for the parents," herpetologist Chris Jolly, a postdoctoral research fellow at Charles Sturt University and research associate at the Australian Museum, told Newsweek.

scary for the parents - no kidding

united furniture industries fires EVERYONE


Two days before Thanksgiving, United Furniture Industries executives terminated “all its employees,” including those working at the plant at Southern California Logistics Airport in Victorville.

Employees received a message by text or email from the company, instructing them not to report to work on Tuesday because their jobs were being immediately terminated “due to unforeseen business circumstances.”

“At the instruction of the board of directors of United Furniture Industries Inc. and all subsidiaries, we regret to inform you that due to unforeseen business circumstances, the company has been forced to make the difficult decision to terminate the employment of all its employees, effective immediately, on Nov. 21, 2022,” the message said.

A second email told employees that “your layoff from the company is expected to be permanent and all benefits will be terminated immediately without provision of COBRA.”

The company closed out its message by citing the “difficult and unexpected situation” that economic experts say likely includes high gas prices, inflation and the war in Ukraine as key factors.

It’s unclear how many UFI employees were affected by the furniture manufacturer’s decision to terminate its remaining workforce.


Over-the-road truck drivers for its furniture delivery division UFI Transportation, who are currently making deliveries, “will be paid for the balance of the week,” the company stated.

The UFI statement directs truckers with loads to “immediately return equipment, inventory and delivery documents for those deliveries that have been completed to one of the following locations: Winston-Salem, North Carolina; Verona, Mississippi; or Victorville, California.”

just DAMN I bet the head office will be OK ....

fire at chevrons el-segundo refinery


Reuters) -Crews were working to extinguish a fire that broke out at Chevron's oil refinery in El Segundo, California on Tuesday, KTLA 5 reported on its news website.

Chevron, which operates the 269,000 barrel-per-day refinery, was not immediately available for comment.
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