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Mattis on Trump's Tweets: 'Beneath the Dignity of the Presidency'

In his first interview since resigning from office, former Defense Secretary Mattis appeared reluctant to directly criticize the president, but when he was asked about Trump’s tweets about North Korea he said: “Any Marine general or any other senior servant of the people of the United States would find that, to use a mild euphemism, counterproductive and beneath the dignity of the presidency.” Mattis appeared to explain his decision not to speak out more directly by saying: “I may not like a commander in chief one fricking bit, but our system puts the commander in chief there, and to further weaken him when we’re up against real threats—I mean, we could be at war on the Korean peninsula, every time they start launching something.” His aides reportedly told The Atlantic that Mattis believes Trump has “limited cognitive ability,” and a “generally dubious character.”

Statue of Liberty poet Emma Lazarus descended from BRAZILIAN Jewish refugees.

As pointed out on AM Joy this morning, it was wrong, on so many levels, for Trump's immigration chief Ken Cuccinelli to claim that Emma Lazarus was referring to European immigrants in her poem etched on the Statue of Liberty to "Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free..."

Surely Emma Lazarus had countries below our southern border in her mind when she wrote those famous words, being herself descended from Brazilian refugees. She descended from Jews who arrived in New Amsterdam (New York) fleeing the Inquisition from their settlement of Recife, Brazil. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emma_Lazarus

The poultry industry recruited them. Now ICE raids are devastating their communities.

The prominence of Latinos in Mississippi’s chicken plants and communities today was not accidental. It was calculated, strategic and intimately related to deeply rooted structures of labor exploitation in the region. Beginning in the 1990s, Latin American immigrants were recruited to the state by the poultry industry, where they arrived to work in some of the lowest-paid and most dangerous jobs in the country. This week’s raids target deeply rooted workers and families and leave behind a devastated community, while also terrorizing many others across the country.

The roots of the heavily Latino workforces in Southern poultry plants lie in the growing American appetite for chicken during the 1990s, and the stirrings of a labor movement by African American plant workers. As poultry production expanded, workers’ pay and opportunities remained stagnant. As a result, labor organizing among the plants’ predominantly African American workforce began to gain traction.

Advertising in Cuban stores and local papers, it took the poultry processor just one week to fill a Greyhound bus of immigrants eager for work. This experiment marked the beginning of the plant’s formal Hispanic Project, which included not just recruitment and transportation from Florida but also the provision of housing — mostly in dilapidated and overcrowded trailers — as well as local transportation and leisure activities, all for fees deducted from workers’ paychecks that often reduced their meager earnings to below minimum wage.

In its roughly four years of operation, the Hispanic Project recruited nearly 5,000 workers to two Mississippi towns with a combined population of less than 10,000. Not everyone stayed, but this scheme caught on, and other plants began recruiting Latinx immigrant workers from Florida, Texas and even farther afield.


22 people have been hospitalized with vaping-linked breathing problems.

Because the Food and Drug Administration does not require e-cigarette manufacturers to list all of their ingredients on product labels, scientists have resorted to taking the devices into the lab to figure out the ingredients.

One recent study from Yale University identified chemicals called acetals in some Juul e-cigarette liquids. Those chemicals, the researchers said, may be especially irritating to the lungs and cause damage when inhaled.

Teen lungs are not fully developed, which could potentially make them more vulnerable to the chemicals found in e-cigarettes.

"The aerosol has heavy metals and ultrafine toxic particles that penetrate deep into the lungs," Sadreameli said.


This is really frightening. So many kids in my son's high school vape. It's advertised as the "safe" way to "smoke" without the smelly smoke. These ads are a fraud and should be illegal.

U.K. Economy Shrinks for First Time in 7 Years as Brexit Worries Mount

Source: US News & World Report

The U.K. economy is shrinking for the first time in seven years, sparking fears of a recession as anxiety mounts over the impending deadline for the country's departure from the European Union.

Gross domestic product shrank by 0.2% in the three months ending in June, the Office for National Statistics said Friday. Experts expected growth to be flat.

The U.K. is set to leave the EU on Oct. 31 with or without a departure deal in place, Boris Johnson, the new prime minister, has promised.
The decline in GDP was driven by uncertainty over Brexit, as well as shutdowns in the car industryStockpiles of manufactured goods built up earlier this year in anticipation of the first Brexit deadline in March also caused production to decrease in the second quarter.

Read more: https://www.usnews.com/news/national-news/articles/2019-08-09/uk-economy-shrinks-for-first-time-in-7-years-as-brexit-worries-mount

The UK recession could start a worldwide domino effect. We're all connected. We can't escape their idiocy. And I'm sure the rest of the world feels the same way about the US right now.
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