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Thursday, May 26, 2016

Strike? What stike? Look over there, the guy with the funny hair is dissing Elizabeth Warren.

[UPDATE: Strike reported ended, this link.]

This link. Communication Workers endorsed Bernie. Well none of that is news. Not really. If it were, Glen Taylor's Strib would carry it. Indeed, if news, it would be featured over Kabuki theater.
Is it an old time strike? Head busting Pinkertons and all? Or just a bunch of over-paid sore-heads not deserving public sympathies? They're above minimum wage; aren't they? What's their beef?

It seems strangely ironic that communication workers cannot engender any big media communication. Is it a situation dependent on the corporate nature of communication ownership? Or is it just me? Some crank asking questions.

What strike? Any issues? Where's Hilary - really, not what she's saying now - on TPP? With Obama? Opening paragraph:

Today marks six weeks since nearly 40,000 Verizon workers went on strike along the East Coast, from Massachusetts to Virginia, marking one of the biggest U.S. strikes in years. The workers have been without a contract since August amid attempts by Verizon to cap pensions, cut benefits and outsource work to Mexico, the Philippines and the Dominican Republic. On Tuesday, Verizon CEO Lowell McAdam admitted the company’s second-quarter earnings may take a hit because the strike has resulted in the company falling behind on new internet and television installations. This comes as financial analysts are projecting the strike will cost Verizon $200 million in profits this year and a loss of $343 million in revenue in the second quarter alone. The Verizon strike is being organized by two unions: the Communications Workers of America and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers.

Oh. That strike. Those issues. Where again is the online copy of the latest proposed TPP text? Who's writing it? Could you get to see a copy if having a seven figure investment account with a Goldman Sachs financial advisor? What are the ripest investment opportunities in Philippines, or Tunisia? You'd probably have to be a State Department insider to know that kind of thing, knowing policy trends in our government and all. Great world. Have a great day.

REAL news. Tom Bakk and Kurt Daudt reached an impasse. Who'd have guessed?

UPDATE: It appears most of the strike impact and issue negotiation [good faith negotiation?] is on the east coast, so flyover land coverage may be scant because of that. Issues? Make of that what you will.

FURTHER UPDATE: From the DemocrocyNow! item:

AMY GOODMAN: So that’s Bernie Sanders. But just before the debate, MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell questioned Clinton campaign manager Robby Mook about [his] history with Verizon.

ANDREA MITCHELL: She gave a paid speech to Verizon in May of 2013, for which she earned $225,000. Can you tell us the circumstances of that speech?

ROBBY MOOK: Well, again, the question here is: Who are Democrats going to nominate who’s going to—who is going to get things done in Washington—

ANDREA MITCHELL: Let’s get back to the speech.

ROBBY MOOK: —and take on these corporate interests?

ANDREA MITCHELL: Why did she take $225,000 from Verizon, from the same company which has this massive strike, the biggest strike in America in five years? And she was out with the strikers, yet she took $225,000 from the very company that they are striking against.

ROBBY MOOK: Because time and again in her career, Hillary Clinton has stood with people against powerful interests. She did that in the '90s against the health insurance companies. She's done that more recently against the fossil fuel industry, calling for their tax breaks to be taken away. She has the toughest plan on Wall Street. No one can be trusted more than Hillary Clinton to stand up to these interests.

AMY GOODMAN: So, that’s Robby Mook, Hillary Clinton’s campaign manager, on MSNBC being questioned by Andrea Mitchell.

No one can be trusted more than Hillary Clinton. Her campaign staff says so. Coors advertisements say Coors makes the best beer. In commodity sales sellers tout the commodity. It is a trusted approach. Trust is key.

Is Robbie Mook really the turkey that excerpt makes him look to be? If so, how do the Clinton people tell him apart from Brian Fallon?

Clinton campaign spokesman Brian Fallon on Wednesday pointed to the IG report’s broader conclusions to say that Clinton’s “use of personal email was not unique, and she took steps that went much further than others to appropriately preserve and release her records.” He said the report showed that the agency’s problems with records were “long-standing” and that, if Clinton ran the agency today, she would adopt the IG’s recommended remedies.

Fallon said in a statement that “political opponents of Hillary Clinton are sure to misrepresent this report” for partisan purposes.

Appearing on CNN, Fallon said that Clinton declined to be interviewed by the IG because “it made sense to prioritize the review being conducted by the Justice Department.”

Twin sons of different mothers. Each born within a quite short walk of the Blarney Stone. Finding that pair? What, did they transfer from the Foundation?

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