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Former Amazon worker sues over unpaid time required for Covid-19 screenings

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A former Amazon warehouse employee has filed a lawsuit claiming the online retail giant violated Colorado state law by not paying for time taken to get Covid-19 tests.

According to the suit, Amazon required employees to take unpaid time to meet their requirements for having positive Covid-19 tests.

The federal lawsuit claims employees have been required since March 2020 to undergo health screenings before they clock in at work. To actually make their punch-in time, employees would have to arrive early to deal with long lines and delays. The process could take anywhere from 20 to 60 minutes to complete.

Beyond the pandemic, the suit claims putting in time off the clock is a regular business practice for Amazon, which requires workers to complete tasks before actually clocking in. Colorado law requires employees to be paid whenever they are performing labor or services on their employer's premises, the complaint says.


Trust in US media drops near record low with only 36% of Americans expressing confidence in reporting

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Americans' trust in the media has plummeted four percentage points since last year to 36 percent — and is the lowest since 2016, a new poll released Thursday found.

Just 7 percent say they have a "great deal" of trust and confidence in newspapers, television and radio reporting the news accurately and fairly, and 29 percent say they have a "fair amount," the Gallup poll shows.

That combined 36 percent is four percentage points from 2016's record low of 32 percent, the poll said. More than a third — 34 percent — say they have "none at all" and 29 percent have "not very much."

Gallup, which has been tracking trust in the media annually since 1997, found that it peaked at 55 percent in 1999 and began slipping away since.

Star of David

Nike to end sales in Israeli shops in the Palestinian Occupied Territories

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Israel has been dealt a hammer blow by sports clothing manufacturer Nike. The mega-brand has announced that it will end the sale of its products in stores within the occupation state in a move welcomed by social media users as another victory for the international Boycott Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaign.

"Following a comprehensive review performed by the company and considering the changing marketplace, it has been decided that the continuation of the business relationship between you and the company does no longer match the company's policy and goals," Nike is reported as saying in a letter sent to shops in Israel.

Nike's decision is expected to hit retailers hard. As one of the most popular sporting brands in the world, its products account for a large proportion of sales.

Snakes in Suits

Nebraska says it opposes IRS snooping in Biden's $3.5T spending plan

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"Do you distrust the American people so much that you need to know when they bought a couch?" Sen. Cynthia Lummis asked at the Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Development Committee hearing.
As if this bill didn't have enough problems ...

Hidden in President Biden's $3.5 trillion budget plan is a provision that would authorize the Internal Revenue Service to snoop on Americans' bank accounts.

Nebraska state Treasurer John Murante said his state is leading the charge in objecting to the proposal that would compel banks to report ​private ​customers' account​s with at least $600 of transactions to the IRS​.​

"My message is really simple. The people of Nebraska entrusted me to protect the privacy of these accounts and I am not going to comply with this. If the Biden administration sues me, we will take it all the way to the Supreme Court. We are going to fight every step of the way," Murante told ​Fox Business ​during an interview on Thursday.


Men must be forced to have vasectomies after their 3rd child? PA rep's bill is too close to reality for humor in police-state 2021

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A Pennsylvania congressman's call for 'inseminators' - presumably men, but in 2021 you never know - to be sterilized after fathering their third child is supposed to be a send-up of Texas' new abortion law. But it's no mere joke.

Rep. Christopher Rabb (D) released a memo on Saturday calling for "all inseminators to undergo vasectomies within six weeks from having their third child or 40th birthday, whichever comes first," and added a "$10,000 reward for reporting to the proper authorities those scofflaws who have not complied with this statute within the allotted time frame."

"As long as state legislatures continue to restrict the reproductive rights of cis women, trans men and non-binary people, there should be laws that address the responsibility of men who impregnate them," the memo continues, going on to codify 'wrongful conception' to include when a person has demonstrated "negligence toward preventing conception during intercourse" and stressing that the new legislation would "allow Pennsylvanians to take civil action for unwanted pregnancies against inseminators who wrongfully conceive a child with them."


Get vaccinated against Covid-19 or we won't fix your roads, Russian region tells citizens as country sees record deaths from virus

The Kremlin has said it's up to local leaders to find ways to boost coronavirus vaccine uptake, after one Russian region threatened to withhold road repairs from areas with low levels of immunization amid a sharp spike in deaths.

On Tuesday, President Vladimir Putin's press secretary, Dmitry Peskov told journalists that, while he wouldn't comment on specifics, the Russian government will support any move to encourage people to go and get jabbed in an effort to try and curb the rising coronavirus infections across the country.

"All methods to push people toward understanding the necessity of vaccination are good," he said. "Indeed, all measures are good. Each region enjoys the authority to impose its own measures," also stressing that people should understand the need for the vaccination.


Ex-Trump speechwriter warns Xi that US will shed blood to 'ensure Rainbow Flag of Diversity' flies over Taiwan

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Taiwan flag carried by helicopter over Taipei
Darren Beattie, a former White House speechwriter for 45th President Donald Trump, warned China on Thursday that the US would be prepared to shed blood to ensure that the "Rainbow Flag of Diversity" flies over Taiwan.

Beattie - a prominent critic of US foreign policy since his departure from the White House - posted the warning to Chinese President Xi Jinping on Twitter. He declared:
"Make no mistake Xi, Americans are prepared to spend whatever blood and treasure it takes to ensure that the Rainbow Flag of Diversity, and not the Chinese flag, will fly over Taiwan. Globalist American Empire would do so under the guise of 'freedom.'"
In a separate tweet, Beattie mocked self-proclaimed American patriots "who happen to sit on the board of a company that does a lot of defense contracts," but portray their anti-Chinese rhetoric as a selfless act of patriotism.

Beattie worked as a speechwriter for the White House between 2017 and 2018. In 2020, he was nominated by Trump to serve as a board member of the Commission for the Preservation of America's Heritage Abroad.

Comment: In an upside down world, symbols become threats as logic runs amok and egos rule the day.


Poll: Majority of Florida voters reject Biden's employer vaccine mandate

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US President Joe Biden
The majority of likely voters in Florida reject President Joe Biden's employer vaccine mandate, a VCreek/AMG survey found.

The survey, which showed Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) leading both of his potential Democrat challengers — Rep. Charlie Crist (R-FL) and Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Nikki Fried — in next year's gubernatorial race, also asked respondents to weigh in on the Biden administration's employer vaccine mandate, which he announced last month.
The survey asked:
"Should the Biden Administration be allowed to create a workplace regulation that could result in people being fired from their job for not getting vaccinated?"
The majority, 54 percent, said no, the Biden administration should not be allowed to do that. Forty-three percent said it should.

Biden made the announcement last month, directing the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to develop a rule forcing businesses with over 100 employees to either mandate vaccines or implement a rigorous weekly testing program. Yet, weeks after the announcement, OSHA has yet to release a rule and has remained mum on when it will come forth.


The University of California has put me on leave for challenging their vaccine mandate

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Aaron Kheriaty family
Here is the latest move by the University of California in response to my lawsuit in Federal court challenging their vaccine mandate on behalf of Covid-recovered individuals with natural immunity. Last Thursday Sept 30th at 5:03 PM I received this letter from the University informing me that, as of the following morning, I was being placed on "Investigatory Leave" for my failure to comply with the vaccine mandate. I was given no opportunity to contact my patients, students, residents, or colleagues and let them know I would disappear for a month. Rather than waiting for the court to make a ruling on my case, the University has taken preemptive action:
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Eye 1

'Totalitarian tyranny': Parents groups slam AG Garland for turning FBI on their activism

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Parents who protest public school policies on race, gender and COVID-19 are crying foul after Attorney General Merrick Garland promised to "discourage" and prosecute "harassment, intimidation, and threats of violence" against school boards, administrators, teachers and staff.

His "mobilization of [the] FBI against parents is consistent with the complete weaponization of the federal government against ideological opponents," Rhode Island mother Nicole Solas, who is waging a public records battle with her school district over race-related curriculum, told Just the News.

"It ought to be the parents that need protection" from intimidation by school boards and superintendents, civil rights veteran Bob Woodson told Just the News. He cited Virginia Democratic gubernatorial nominee Terry McAuliffe's recent statement that parents shouldn't tell schools what to teach.

"Nobody's making a case that lawlessness is being tolerated," said the founder of the Woodson Center and its 1776 Unites project, which advises school boards on history curricula and publishes its own lessons. The Department of Justice is creating the impression that parents are "firebombing school board meetings."

Former President Donald Trump told the John Solomon Reports podcast he was "somewhat surprised" by Garland's move, though "nothing surprises me too much anymore." He said parents were "very wounded by what's taken place by, in many cases, radical left school boards."