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Walmart violated labor law by firing on-strike workers, must offer to re-hire them - NLRB judge

© Bret Hartman / Reuters
Striking Walmart workers and supporters protest at a store on Black Friday in Paramount, California, November 23, 2012.
Walmart broke the law when it fired 16 employees for going on strike in 2013 and must now offer to re-hire them, a National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) judge has ruled. The retail giant has indicated it will appeal the decision.

The mega-retailer fired and disciplined workers at 29 stores for unexcused absences after they took part in a strike for better pay and working conditions in 2013.

But Administrative Law Judge Geoffrey Carter ruled on Thursday that Walmart violated labor law by "disciplining or discharging several associates because they were absent from work while on strike," adding that the strike was protected under the National Labor Relations Act.

Carter also ruled that the chain must give the employees back-pay for lost wages. Workers must be made "whole for any loss of earnings and other benefits suffered as a result of the discrimination against them," he said.

Comment: Kudos to Judge Geoffrey Carter. Pay up, corporate America.


Bad Guys

Toxic Monsanto sues California agency over plans to list Roundup as cancer-causing chemical

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The entrance sign is seen at the headquarters of Monsanto in St. Louis, Missouri.
Agrochemical giant Monsanto has taken a fight for its leading weed killer to court in California, seeking to prevent glyphosate, the main ingredient in the Roundup herbicide, from making it on the state's list of cancer-causing carcinogens.

Monsanto has filed a lawsuit against California's Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) and the agency's acting director, Lauren Zeise, arguing that glyphosate is "a widely used herbicide"approved in 160 counties worldwide and does not "present a carcinogenic risk to humans."

Under California's Proposition 65 law, enacted in 1986, the state is obliged to keep and publish a list of chemicals "known to the State of California to cause cancer or reproductive toxicity." Last revised in early December, the entire list currently takes up 23 pages and includes over 800 chemicals, according to the agency.

Comment: Monsanto continues on with its lies to make its evil fortune.

See more: Eighty-five percent of personal hygiene products contaminated with glyphosate


USA

Schoolboy pledges allegiance to ISIS instead of USA flag; DHS starts investigation

© Reuters
A Connecticut student pledged allegiance to ISIS instead of the United States of America during the daily Pledge of Allegiance just before Christmas break. The 15-year-old boy now has to attend classes in a separate Board of Education building.

The teen is accused of making statements in favor of Islamic State (IS, formerly known as ISIS/ISIL) during the Pledge, Ansonia Police Lieutenant Andrew Cota said Thursday.

"As this is a juvenile matter there is no other information being released," he added.

Mr. Potato

Clueless CEO billionaire trolls American public, doesn't get why people are angry


Steven Schwartzman - another clueless know-nothing billionaire
DAVOS MAN: "A soulless man, technocratic, nationless and cultureless, severed from reality. The modern economics that undergirded Davos capitalism is equally soulless, a managerial capitalism that reduces economics to mathematics and separates it from human action and human creativity."

- From the post: "For the Sake of Capitalism, Pepper Spray Davos"
I've written several posts examining the dangerous cluelessness inherent throughout the ranks of the oligarch class over the past several years. One of my earliest and most viral pieces was published two years ago and titled, An Open Letter to Sam Zell: Why Your Statements are Delusional and Dangerous. That article was a response to the billionaire's appearance on Bloomberg during which he instructed the less financially fortunate to "emulate the 1%," as if their destitution was a result of personal shortcomings as opposed to egregious structural flaws inherent in the rigged, crony, oligarch-controlled Banana Republic economy billionaires such as himself helped mold. Here's an excerpt:

Comment: The only thing left out of the fine article above, is that many of the attitudes held by the individuals the author is discussing are quite likely psychopaths.


Hourglass

Georgia cop indicted for fatal shooting of unarmed, naked, mentally ill veteran

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Anthony Hill and Robert Olsen
DeKalb County Police Officer Robert Olsen, who shot and killed Anthony Hill last year, has been indicted on all six charges against him, including murder. The family and their supporters have expressed delight at the 'historic' grand jury decision.

The grand jury deliberated from 9:00am into early evening on Thursday, before indicting Olsen on two felony murder counts, one aggravated assault count, one making a false statement count, and two violation of oath by a public officer counts.

Hill, who was 27 at the time of his death on March 9 last year, was shot twice in the chest by Olsen. The events of that day began with neighbors calling police about a naked man's outlandish behavior. Witnesses said Hill jumped from his second floor apartment balcony twice, climbed the side the building, and ran and crawled around the premises, all while naked and speaking incomprehensibly.

Hill, an Air Force veteran, was mentally ill, and according to his family's attorney was medically discharged after being diagnosed with bipolar disorder in 2013.Olsen, who had previously undergone training on dealing with mentally ill people, gave repeated commands to Hill to stop where he was, but when Hill continued toward Olsen, the officer pulled his service weapon and fired twice. Hill was carrying nothing, and Olsen did not use the Taser or pepper spray he was carrying at the time.

Afterward, Olsen said he feared for his life, and that Hill was likely on PCP or a similar drug. Different witnesses at the time said Olsen approached either normally or menacingly.


Comment: A New York appeals court judge once said that District Attorneys have so much influence over grand juries, you could literally 'indict a ham sandwich'. It remains to be seen if any of these bullies in blue will be held accountable for their state-sanctioned terror and the wholesale murder of innocent people.


Handcuffs

Florida man injured by cops and arrested for attempting to rescue his 3 dogs from house fire

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Wendell Joyner
Wendell Joyner was arrested for trying to save his three dogs from a house fire on Jan. 20 in Brevard County, Florida (video below).

"My defense was I was trying to save my dogs," Joyner told News 6. "I got out of the house period, and then I realized, 'Oh, wait a minute, my dogs are in there,'" Joyner recalled. "So, I went back in the house to look for my dogs." Joyner tried to go back in the house several times, but was overcome by the smoke.

Joyner told the news station that he eventually grabbed a firefighter's ax off the ground, and smashed it through a front window so that he could rescue the canines. Instead, he was tackled by deputies. Brevard County sheriff's deputies said that Joyner disobeyed orders by firefighters, and kept going inside his own house to save his dogs.

Deputies caused injuries to Joyner's face, took him to a local hospital and then him booked at the Brevard County Jail for disorderly conduct and resisting arrest. "I think at the most, he should've took me aside, and if he felt that it needed to be, cuffed me and put me in his squad car until things settled," Joyner said.


Question

Father of American-born citizen killed in MH17 shoot-down pressing Kerry to release evidence of anti-aircraft missile strike on plane

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Quinn Schansman, a dual U.S.-Dutch citizen killed aboard Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 on July 17, 2014.
The father of Quinn Schansman, the only American citizen to die in the 2014 shoot-down of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 over eastern Ukraine, has asked Secretary of State John Kerry to release the U.S. data that Kerry cited in claiming precise knowledge of where the suspected anti-aircraft missile was fired.

One of the mysteries of the MH-17 case has become why the United States - after asserting that it possessed information implicating ethnic Russian rebels and the Russian government - has failed to make the data public or apparently even share it with Dutch investigators who are leading the inquiry into how the plane was shot down and who was responsible.

Quinn Schansman, who had dual U.S.-Dutch citizenship, boarded MH-17 along with 297 other people for a flight from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur on July 17, 2014. The 19-year-old was planning to join his family for a vacation in Malaysia.

In a letter to Kerry dated Jan. 5, 2016, Thomas J. Schansman, Quinn's father, noted Kerry's remarks at a press conference on Aug. 12, 2014, when the Secretary of State said about the Buk anti-aircraft missile suspected of downing the plane: "We saw the take-off. We saw the trajectory. We saw the hit. We saw this aeroplane disappear from the radar screens. So there is really no mystery about where it came from and where these weapons have come from."

Windsock

DRUDGE 2016 election poll: Bush trailing Clinton at very bottom because no one wants to see either of these two become President!

Right now, Matt Drudge of Drudge Report is running an unofficial presidential poll on his site.

At the time this screen cap was taken, over 41,000 votes were cast and Donald Trump was, by far, in the lead.

But what's more interesting is where Jeb Bush is.

Considering Drudge is a conservative, it's not that much of a surprise to find Hillary at the bottom of the poll. What is funny, however, is that Jeb has even fewer votes than Hillary.

Because America would rather rake itself naked over a cactus than have either of these two as "Commander in Chief".

Magnify

SOTT Exclusive: Black Lives Matter: Teen girl dies in state-run detention center, coroner claims there's 'no cause of death'

© Justice for Gynnya McMillen/Facebook
Gynnya McMillen was her name. She was 16 years old, she was probably assaulted on the night of January 10th, and found 'unresponsive' early morning on the 11th. She was being held in Elizabethtown, Kentucky - the county seat of Hardin County - at the ominous sounding Lincoln Village Regional Juvenile Detention Center, on charges of fourth degree assault after getting into a fight with a parent.

The Lincoln Village Regional Juvenile Detention Center is one of nine... "secure Regional Juvenile Detention Centers that provide secure detention to all counties in Kentucky. The Detention Centers provide programs with a wide range of services including: education, counseling, acute medical and mental health care, behavior management, observation and assessment, as well as continuous supervision. Lincoln Village RJDC is a 44-bed facility and serves youths ages 11 to 18 over a 13 county area."

That came from this job application... and if that's not creepy enough, they're looking for a registered nurse. Top of the list of his/her duties?

Administering and charting medications/injections:
© Screen Capture/ky.gov

Black Cat

Idahoan teen murders father and autistic brother 'training' for zombie apocolypse

© Coeur d’Alene Police Department
Elden Samuel
The father of Coeur d'Alene teenager Eldon Samuel III showed the boy how to use weapons from a young age and also trained him to prepare for a "zombie apocalypse," Samuel's mother said in court Wednesday.

Samuel's public defender asked Tina Samuel to explain what her husband trained her son to do to zombies. "To shoot them in the head and chop off their head," she testified. "That's the only way to kill a zombie."

Eldon Samuel, 16, is on trial for murder in the March 2014 killing of his father and his 13-year-old brother. The Kootenai County Prosecuting Attorney's office concluded its case Tuesday, and lawyers for Samuel began calling their witnesses from a list of more than 200 names.

Tina Samuel spoke of her relationship with the boy's father, Eldon Samuel Jr., as well as his habits and demeanor when the family lived together in the Modesto, California, area. She said JR, as she called her husband, was high on prescription medication much of the time, and she admitted she was as well, "off and on."

JR also often played violent video games, she said. "It would be zombie video games - just killing zombies," she said. He also played "Call of Duty," a first-person shooter game, she recalled. JR began playing these games with his son Eldon when the boy was as young as 4 or 5, Tina Samuel said.

The family moved frequently, usually because of eviction. "JR wouldn't pay the rent and bills," she said. JR worked part of the time as a mechanic and had injured himself at work a couple of times. He began taking medication for a shoulder injury and never stopped, she said.

"He was moody. He was high a lot, controlling, physically and mentally abusive," Tina Samuel testified, adding that the behavior grew worse over time. JR owned a 9 mm handgun, which he kept tucked in the back of his waistband, she said. The family sometimes went camping in a trailer in secluded spots high in the California mountains, she testified. JR would bring guns and knives on those trips and show his boys how to use the weapons, including cutting the head and tail off a rattlesnake, she said.

Comment: A surviving the hysteria tip: Ditch the Playstation. See also: