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Trump administration to propose ending rule allowing spouses of H-1B visa holders to work in U.S.

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The Trump administration will propose revoking a rule that makes spouses of thousands of immigrant workers eligible to work while in the U.S., potentially complicating a major driver of technology jobs.

Since 2015, the spouses of H-1B, or high-skilled, visa holders waiting for green cards have been eligible to work in the U.S. on H-4 dependent visas, under a rule introduced by President Obama's administration. The tech sector is a major employer of H-1B visa holders, a category of visas for highly skilled jobs.

But in a statement Thursday, the Department of Homeland Security said it intends to do away with that rule.

The department didn't explain its reasons in the announcement, saying only it was acting "in light of" the "Buy American, Hire American" executive order that President Trump signed in April. The formal process to rescind the rule will still need to be initiated at a later date.

While changing the rule wouldn't prevent spouses of H-1B holders from pursuing other avenues for work authorization, it could deter a number of high-skilled immigrants from staying in the U.S. if their spouses can't easily find work.

Comment: See also: Polls show a match: Trump's immigration policies with public opinion


Custodian of Church of Holy Sepulchre will not meet Mike Pence over Trumps' decision on Jerusalem

Mike Pence
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Mr Pence is due to visit Jerusalem later this week

Keeper of keys at Church of the Holy Sepulchre will not extend welcome to Vice President when he makes official visit to city

The guardian of the most sacred site in Christianity has refused to meet US Vice President Mike Pence when he visits Jerusalem next week.

Adeeb Joudeh, the custodian of the keys to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, will not welcome Mr Pence if he chooses to make an official trip to the Old City.

Mr Joudeh, a practising Muslim, said his decision was in protest against President Donald Trump's controversial decision to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

Comment: Mike Pence is not getting warm welcomes from different quarters:


Florida court: Pink flamingos are okay but growing vegetables in your yard is illegal

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Last month, Florida's 3rd District Court of Appeal upheld Miami Shores' tyrannical and entirely unhealthy ban on front-yard vegetable gardens. The village of Miami Shores, according to the ruling, has every right to take legal action against residents who dare to grow food in their own yards because they are "ugly."

The ruling in this most recent court case states that:
Miami Shores homeowners may have virtually anything in their
front yard. They may decorate with garden gnomes, pink flamingos and trolls. They may park their boats and jet skis. And they are free to grow whatever trees, flowers, shrubs, grasses, fruits and berries they desire. There is, however, one thing forbidden: Vegetables.
The court's decision was based on a now four-year long legal battle of Tom Carroll and Hermine Ricketts. All homeowners will be fined $50 a day, not for robbing banks, or trafficking humans, or running some other criminal enterprise - but for growing their own food.

For 17 years, the couple grew their own food in their front yard until one day, the state came knocking.

"That's what government does - interferes in people's lives," Ricketts said. "We had that garden for 17 years. We ate fresh meals every day from that garden. Since the village stepped its big foot in it, they have ruined our garden and my health."

Comment: See also:


93-year-old woman handcuffed and evicted over rent discrepancy

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In spite of the myriad of shelters and government programs to help homeless and elderly people in Florida, police force was used against a 93-year-old woman who was kidnapped and caged over a rent discrepancy in her independent living facility.

Juanita Fitzgerald, who turned 94 on Friday, was arrested this week and booked into the Lake County Jail for an alleged trespassing violation. According to the facility in which Fitzgerald was living, she refused to pay rent for the last three months-so she was evicted, arrested, and jailed.

However, according to Fitzgerald, she says she tried to pay her rent but they wouldn't take it.

Fitzgerald told NEWS 6 that she tried to pay rent in October and was refused. She said the Franklin House offered her assistance and tried to find her another home, but she refused and she has refused help from her own family.

Karen Twinem, with National Church Residences, which owns the Franklin House where Fitzgerald has lived since April 2011, told NEWS 6 that Fitzgerald stopped paying rent three months ago because she thought she was going to die soon. This is a claim Fitzgerald denies.


Ohio photojournalist files lawsuit against sheriff's deputy for shooting him (VIDEO)

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A photojournalist who was shot twice by a sheriff's deputy while photographing a traffic stop in New Carlisle, Ohio, has filed a civil rights lawsuit against him and the city, seeking damages.

The photographer, Andy Grimm, his wife Melanie and KBA News are the plaintiffs in the federal lawsuit against the city of New Carlisle, the county Board of Commissioners and Clark County Sheriff's Deputy Jake Shaw, according to WRGT News. The Grimms filed the suit in the US District Court of Ohio on Thursday, with seven claims for relief.

Among the claims are violations of the Fourth and Fourteenth Amendment, assault and battery, failure to train, and interference with contractual relations. Grimm is seeking damages for injuries, losses sustained in the shooting and to deter the alleged conduct.

In the complaint, Grimm claims Deputy Shaw used excessive force when he "inexplicably" shot him.

Arrow Down

It's a go for much-protested Bayou Bridge pipeline across Louisiana wetlands

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Protests are planned for the weekend after the US Army Corps of Engineers approved a permit for the build the 162-mile Bayou Bridge pipeline which will carry crude oil across the wetlands of Louisiana.

The US Army Corps of Engineers said it would only issue a permit for the 24-inch diameter pipeline after it had completed an Environmental Impact Assessment and reviewed and considered all comments received during the public notice and comment period.

"The Corps neither supports nor opposes this project," Colonel Michael Clancy, commander of the New Orleans District of the Army Corps of Engineers, told KATC-TV on Friday. "Our mission is to apply the best science, engineering and information available to determine if a proposed project complies with all regulations under our authority."

The Bayou Bridge pipeline will carry crude oil from Lake Charles to St. James Parish refineries, crossing 11 parishes and the Atchafalaya Basin. Energy Transfer Partners, the same company that built the Dakota Access Pipeline, said the construction would employ 1,500 people while its operation will permanently employ 12.

Comment: "The LSU Center for Energy Studies estimated the pipeline in its first year would led to $800 million in direct economic impact, including $50 million in taxes. In five years of operation, it could lead to more than $9.5 million in direct economic output, as well as $200,000 in taxes."

Not to mention it will cost millions of dollars in cleaning up leaks that end up polluting the environment.

See also: Nebraska regulators approve Keystone XL pipeline, despite recent oil leak that dumped 210,000 gallons of oil in South Dakota

Bad Guys

The Four Gender Non-Conforming Horsepersons of the Apocalypse

Four Horsemen
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There has been a storm brewing, probably since the turn of the 20th century, and certainly since the 1960s. It's something that represents a more profound threat than radical Islamic terrorism. A kind of whirlwind sowed pre-Enlightenment, if you want to get very technical and pointlessly pedantic. But this is not gonna be one of those articles; we don't have the time and, let's face it, with all the mood-altering drugs and crippling anxieties you face on a daily basis, you don't have the attention span for it.

The real watershed moment - though they certainly didn't realize it, at least not consciously - happened in a D.C. apartment on September 30th, 2007. Four notable atheists - Christopher Hitchens, Richard Dawkins, Daniel Dennet and Sam Harris - gathered around a table to film their smug triumphalism for all the world to see...


Honey traps and hackers! MP publishes advice letter to Johnson prior Moscow trip

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Honey traps, hacks and sleep deprivation tactics could be used against Boris Johnson in Russia, a paranoid MP has warned... by writing a public letter in a national newspaper.

The British foreign secretary is set to meet his counterpart, Sergey Lavrov, on Friday as Downing Street sends a top minister to Moscow for the first time since 2012. But an MP has penned a paranoid letter, which could double as a script for the next Bond movie.

Chris Bryant, the Labour MP who chairs the parliamentary group on Russia, claimed he had been subjected to Soviet-era tactics to throw him off balance during talks. In his public letter in The Times, Bryant gave Johnson tips to avoid being bamboozled by agents of the Kremlin, who he apparently thinks have never heard of the world-famous Times.

During a visit to Moscow and Nizhny Novgorod in January 2010, Bryant said his hotel room was rigged up to distract and "discombobulate" him.

Comment: FYI: Bryant forgot to mention the 'DNA sample' bog roll (TP).

No Entry

BDS win: South Africa's Tshwane University officially cuts ties with Israel

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Tshwane University of Technology joins academic boycott of Israel.
South Africa's Tshwane University of Technology (TUT) has officially endorsed the Palestinian call for an academic boycott of Israel, and imposed a ban on ties with Israel and Israeli institutions. With a 60,000-strong student body, Tshwane is the largest residential higher education institution in South Africa.

In a statement released last week, officials revealed that a 24 November meeting of the university council had formally approved a recommendation to cut ties.
"As a progressive University in a democratic South Africa, we want to affirm that TUT will not sign any agreements or enter into scientific partnerships with any Israeli organisation or institution until such time that Israel ends its illegal occupation of Palestinian territory." the statement said.
The University will not stand back and accept the violations of the Israeli government when it confines the movement of Palestinian children and youth on their own land and restricts their ability to access education through destroying the schools.

The statement added: "TUT furthermore supports the call by various bodies, including student bodies and other progressive organisations to boycott Israel and Israeli institutions for as long as Israel continues to violate the basic human rights of the Palestinian people, as well as international laws."

Comment: For Israel, the world is rapidly becoming a much smaller and exceedingly less friendly place.


Nearly half-a-million Santiago residents pay tribute to Fidel Castro

Raúl Castro
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Raúl Castro and other members of the Party Political Bureau paid tribute to Fidel on the first anniversary of his death.
The Heroic City awoke early December 4, as the population joined the march that departed from the Plaza de la Revolución Mayor General Antonio Maceo Grajales

More than 300,000 Santiago residents paid tribute to Comandante en Jefe Fidel on behalf of all Cuba, demonstrating that a year after his death, his work and example live on stronger than ever.

As on the occasion of his funeral rites, the Heroic City awoke early December 4, as the population joined the march that departed from the Plaza de la Revolución Mayor General Antonio Maceo Grajales with the first rays of sunlight over the Gran Piedra mountain range.