Our deadline poet offers us this and a link
Huge pickup trucks are all over the place
With oversize wheels and bearded face.
Some are macho bling,
Not a gas-saving thing.
Drive a hundred miles the gas gauge reads trace.
Rethink the week: our guests, and short Bios.
Val Endress, Professor at Rhode Island College
Dean Spiliotes, Professor and Presidential Scholar at SNHU
Stephen Pimpare, Senior Lecturer. UNH,is a nationally recognized expert on poverty, homelessness, and U.S. social policy,
Bob Hennelly, Award-winning investigative journalist, analyst, broadcast and print reporter for more than 30 years; covering federal, state and local politics and international affairs.
Our guests discuss several topics of great interest:
The necessity for labor law reform
The lack of news coverage for the Amazon union organizing effort, and the pattern used by Amazon to fight it: similar to voter suppression.
Cheating in vote manipulation.
The Infrastructure bill being proposed.
Biden's Supreme Court Commission, and its effect, if any.
The Message From the Amazon Union Defeat in Alabama Is Clear: Keep Organizing The union’s loss in Bessemer shows the urgent need for both labor law reform and organizing at a mass scale. https://portside.org/2021-04-10/message-amazon-union-defeat-alabama-clear-keep-organizing
Median Worker Makes $3,250 Less Per Year Than in 1979 Due to Decline in Unionshttps://truthout.org/articles/median-worker-makes-3250-less-per-year-than-in-1979-due-to-decline-in-unions/
Get the Federal Government to Fund Union Organizing. Now. The most obvious and brilliant idea to revive organized labor, fast.https://inthesetimes.com/article/government-fund-union-organizing-amazon
Dumb son of a bitch’: Trump attacks McConnell in Republican donors speech At Mar-a-Lago, former president also goes after Fauci and Chao … and claims party ‘can’t have these guys that like publicity’ https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2021/apr/11/donald-trump-mitch-mcconnell-dumb-son-of-a-bitch-republicans-fauci-chao-mar-a-lago?utm_term=Autofeed&CMP=twt_gu&utm_medium&utm_source=Twitter#Echobox=1618140411Putin-style democracy’: how Republicans gerrymander the map https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2021/apr/11/putin-style-democracy-republicans-gerrymandering-electoral-map-democrats-census‘No community should suffer this’: Florida’s toxic breach was decades in the making A leak at an abandoned fertilizer plant is just the latest development at a site that has polluted the area since it was builthttps://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2021/apr/11/florida-piney-point-fertilizer-plant-toxic-leak
Biden Creates Commission to Study Supreme Court Reform"To restore our democracy, we must expand the Supreme Court," says Rep. Mondaire Jones. https://portside.org/2021-04-09/biden-creates-commission-study-supreme-court-reform‘Suddenly I’m breathing’: hope as Haaland takes on crisis of missing and murdered Native Americans The interior secretary has announced the formation of a new unit to investigate the ‘epidemic’ of violencehttps://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2021/apr/11/deb-haaland-interior-missing-murdered-native-americans-unit
Are Covid passports a threat to liberty? It depends on how you define freedom https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2021/apr/10/covid-passports-threat-to-liberty-freedom-pandemic
Republican ‘attacks’ on corporations over voting rights bills are a hypocritical sham https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2021/apr/11/republican-attacks-on-corporations-over-voting-rights-bills-are-a-hypocritical-sham
It’s in the Interest of Everyone in the US to Vaccinate the World as Quickly as Possible’ CounterSpin interview with Peter Maybarduk on global vaccination https://fair.org/home/its-in-the-interest-of-everyone-in-the-us-to-vaccinate-the-world-as-quickly-as-possible/
China quiet on global minimum corporate tax rate backed by G20 as questions over Hong Kong’s tax-haven status arise https://www.scmp.com/economy/china-economy/article/3128823/china-quiet-global-minimum-corporate-tax-rate-backed-g20
US gun violence: Biden takes action on ‘international embarrassment’ https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-56672892
As we shovel out hundreds of billions in federal COVID relief, lets use "excess death" as the essential heat map for where it goes. https://www.insidernj.com/covids-bigger-picture/
Inside Trump's Mar-a-Lago office: Former president's desk offers a glimpse into life after the White House
Life expectancy in adulthood is falling for those without a BA degree, but as educational gaps have widened, racial gaps have narrowed https://www.pnas.org/content/118/11/e2024777118
Divided court blocks California’s COVID-related restrictions on in-home religious gatherings https://www.scotusblog.com/2021/04/divided-court-blocks-californias-covid-related-restrictions-on-in-home-religious-gatherings/
A divided Supreme Court on Friday night granted a request by a California pastor to put COVID-related restrictions on in-home Bible study and prayer meetings on hold. The ruling, issued just before midnight, was the most recent in a series of challenges, dating back almost to the start of the pandemic, to restrictions on in-person gatherings. Chief Justice John Roberts indicated that he would have denied the request; Justice Elena Kagan filed a dissenting opinion, which was joined by Justices Stephen Breyer and Sonia Sotomayor.