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WASHINGTON (AP) — A divided Supreme Court ruled Monday that businesses can prohibit their workers from banding together in disputes over pay and conditions in the workplace, a decision that affects an estimated 25 million non-unionized employees.

With the court's five conservative members in the majority, the justices held that individual employees can be forced to use arbitration, not the courts, to air complaints about wages and overtime. Four dissenting liberal justices said the decision will hit low-wage, vulnerable workers especially hard.

While the complaints in Monday's decision involved pay issues, the outcome also might extend to workplace discrimination and other disputes if employee contracts specify that they must be dealt with in one-on-one arbitration.

Workers who want to take action against sexual harassment, pay discrimination, pregnancy discrimination and racial discrimination "may now be forced behind closed doors into an individual, costly - and often secret - arbitration process," said Fatima Goss Graves, president and CEO of the National Women's Law Center.

Lawyers representing management said the decision protects businesses from endless, costly litigation.

The outcome does not affect people represented by labor unions, but an estimated 25 million employees work under contracts that prohibit collective action by employees who want to raise claims about some aspect of their employment.

The ruling reflected a years-long pattern at the Supreme Court of limiting class actions and favoring employer-favored arbitration over lawsuits in the courts, generally preferred by workers.

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>Killing every lawyer doctor and successful business
>not immediately crashing the economy
Fuck off retard
It's cute you consider those groups the "rich".
And by cute I mean fucking pathetic.
Learn some basic civics pal. You want to repeal a law, do it in the legislature.
The top 20% Of households in the US only have an income just over 100k and all of those jobs listed have an average income greater than that as single person income. Yes all of those people would be considered "rich" by all but the most asinine criteria.
How is "relative to those below them" a better criteria than " relative to all"?

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A Florida man climbed atop a piece of equipment at a Clearwater Beach playground Sunday and yelled at a bunch of children in the area.

His message: Where babies come from.

Police took Otis Dawayne Ryan, 30, into custody on a charge of disorderly conduct. The incident occurred about 3 p.m. Sunday at a park in the area of Pier 60.

Officers said Ryan at first was approaching tourists and making inappropriate comments to women in an effort to get their male partners to confront him. An officer in the area was watching him at the time.

"I watched (Ryan) walk over to the busy playground area and climb to the top of one of the children’s toys that was being occupied by children between the ages of 4 and 6," an officer wrote in an arrest report. "He then started shouting from the top telling the children that babies come out of women" — and used a vulgar term in doing so.

"At that time parents were rushing to the area to remove their children," the officer wrote.

Police noted that Ryan has caused a number of disturbances in the area recently — and jail records show a number of arrests over the last year on charges of disorderly conduct, battery and carrying a concealed weapon.

Court records show that in Sunday’s case, Ryan was adjudicated guilty, fined $118, ordered to stay away from the park and released.

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The Messiah returned and his name is Florida Man
So is he only banned from the one park? I feel like he should be banned from all parks.
TAKE ME TO A PLACE THAT YOU UNDERSTAND (the inside of a pussy)
Not with that face

A dry goods seller has recently become a savior for a girl who fell from a canopy about five meters above ground at a wholesale market in Southwest China's Chongqing, the Chongqing Evening Post reported.

Zhang Yun, 42, was answering a phone call when he heard a noise and saw a girl on the canopy about 40 meters away around noon on May 15, and in 10 seconds, he rushed to the canopy, trying to stop her from stepping forward.

His behavior was recorded by the market's monitoring system. From the cashier table in his store, Zhang could just see the Panlong Rongxing Kindergarten.

"I ran to the canopy, and the girl was crying for her mom and walking to the edge. Trying to keep my voice calm, I asked her not to walk again, but she did not stop," said Zhang, who has sold dry goods at the market for nine years.

"My first thought was that she should not move at all," he said. Zhang had to step forward a little to adjust his position, and protect the girl who might fall soon.

"I estimated the position where she might fall. I remember that firefighters would set up an air cushion to protect people falling," Zhang said, thinking his body could serve as a pillow to save her.

Fortunately, Zhang succeeded in catching the girl when she fell, with tears in his eyes. "I would cry for my incompetence if I failed, but I succeeded. They were joyful tears." Zhang tore his leg muscle in the process.

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Chen Ling, the girl's father, said his daughter, three years old and weighing about 20 kilograms, got an upset stomach and went to the bathroom herself because the teacher was busy with other children after lunch.

However, she could not open the door afterward, and climbed out of the window to fall to the canopy, Chen said. He thanked Zhang very much for saving his daughter and said his family would treat Zhang and his family as relatives.

The kindergarten has apologized for the incident, fenced off the window and fired the teacher.
>can't open door to bathroom
>better climb out the window
Why not just yell to people below?

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Think you’re working less than peasants did way back in the medieval ages? Although jobs have changed significantly since then, chances are, you’re probably wrong.

Research from Juliet Schor, currently a Professor of Sociology at Boston College, from her text The Overworked American: The Unexpected Decline of Leisure, shows this isn’t the case. The average American worker in 1987 was working about 1,949 hours annually, while an adult male peasant in 13th-century U.K. racked up approximately 1620 yearly. Schor provides details in the text about how working hours have changed over centuries, and why.

You might be thinking, “that’s nice and all, but it isn’t the ’80s anymore — how are we doing in the 21st century?”

Well, the average American employee now reportedly works slightly less at 1,811 hours annually, based on information from a Pew analysis of 2015 Labor Department data — the most recent data available.

How workers hours stand up against the past

So, how do the hours stack up across various generations and time periods in history — both in the U.S. and the U.K.? While each group had its own estimated methodology, here’s the amount of working hours various groups listed in the research had, from least to most:

Casual laborer, U.K. (14th century): 1,440 hours
Adult male peasant, U.K. (13th century): 1,620 hours
Average worker, U.S. (2015): 1,811 hours

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from begging and pleading with the factory banksters to make it not 80 hours
19th century labor activists who managed to get rid of the good old 50-hour week. They called it "short-time movement".
I wish we had a country that truly espoused right wing ideals so you retards could see it in action. I bet you could covince a republican that killing the sick is a good thing because of all the saved cost from lack of disease transfer.
To rise to the top a lot of people start off working 72 hour weeks until their business takes off. Ask any startup and ask how much they worked. You have to work hard to gain hard
I find it funny that people are arguing that we live like kings when historically kings lived pretty shit lives too. Lavish compared to the peasants sure, but only uneducated would actually want that position.
For instance, the reason they had rugs in the walls was because castle are fucking freezing. Same reason fireplace was constantly burning.
We associate these things with royalty, when they're really just practicality.
You give your guests the first drink not because of some royalty manners, but so they die first if it's poisoned.

NFL Owners Vote to Fine Teams for Disrespect to the Flag, Anthem


Guess the boycotts worked.
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Seeing as the military pays organizations like the NFL ad dollars to push patriotism, it probably has something to do with that than any sense of duty.

Maybe I'm just cynical.
Nope you got it 100% right. It’s just nationalist propaganda paid for by the military. The government’s got their fingers in all kinds of American entertainment to push a pro military agenda. Look up how the FBI partially funded Marvel movies.


>More than $10 million of that went to the NFL, MLB, NHL, NBA and Major League Soccer.

Mind you, this was in 2015. NFL maybe got 5 million? Do you really think the nfl gives a fuck about 5 million dollars? The average nfl player made 1.9 mill in 2013. Can you imagine what the nfl board is actually raking in?
Good. Never disrespect the flag. Only muzzies and their likes would do that.
Well apparently they care about the money enough to add a whole new ceremony to each and every one of their games

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>"Give me that nigger load. Give me all that nigger cum," said Hinkle, in a video that was uploaded to dogfart.com
rip my sides
By N-word you mean nigger right?
Nobody made the n-word illegal dumbass
I wonder if the case will result in a hung jury.
hinkle sounds pretty hot tbqhwyfalam

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WYOMING, Mich. — A local flooring company is scratching their heads after a would-be thief broke into their business on the hunt for treasure.

The people at Old to Gold Hardwood Floors, located on Roger B Chaffee Drive, recently came up with a clever idea to promote their business- they decided to produce a pile of phony bars of gold with their logo emblazoned on the top.

Somebody who saw the promotional tools from afar seemingly believed they were looking at a real-life fortune sitting inside the flooring business.

When Old to Gold owner Rowdy Lapham came to work Monday morning he found the building broken into and several of their safes destroyed. The phony gold bars were strewn across the floor amongst broken glass and paperwork. Apparently the would-be thief realized their error only after they had already smashed their way inside.

After looking at surveillance video, Lapham gathered that someone had gone to a whole lot of effort to break into their office. “They didn’t even bring their own tools. They improvised by using a rock to get through the window, and then they even went through our work vans to find a hammer.”

Lapham tells FOX 17, “We’re a wood flooring company. We’ve got really nothing of value here – basic tools and paperwork… and some really cool-looking swag, the stress-free, fake gold bars with our logo on it.”

Wyoming Police say there have not yet been any arrests made in the case.

Betting $20 that the suspect turns out to be Florida Man.
A lot of crackheads in that state. My money is on blacks.

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Seems like the whole thing could have been avoided.

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i laughed way too hard
> "he did not shoot students he did like"
always be nice and some of you are okay don't come to school tommorrow
reminder that nobody cares about your feeling and that
-men love to overestimate their performance in bed
-men love to be praised by any woman
-men love to underestimate the lust of women
-men love to underestimate the boredom of women
-there is nothing more boring to a woman than to be fucked over and over by only one man
-men love to think that women love men like women love children
-men love women
-men love to service women
-women love children
-women do not love men
-women are in heat all year long
-women see no reward for faithfulness
-women see the reward for sleeping around
-women see no reward for their virginity

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Reminder that PUA is bullshit and you’ll always be a loser virgin :^)
he is mostly right though anon.
mostly right :(

>women do not love men


One of the foremost broadcast journalists in the country said this week that President Trump admitted to her that his relentless attacks on the press was a strategy to discredit reporters and news media organizations to shield himself from negative coverage.

Lesley Stahl, the 13-time Emmy award-winning “60 Minutes” correspondent whose work has spanned decades, made the disclosure Monday during an interview with Judy Woodruff of “PBS NewsHour” at a journalism award presentation in New York.

At the Deadline Club Awards presentation, Woodruff asked Stahl about her November 2016 interview with Trump — his first after the election victory. Stahl described going to meet with him at Trump Tower in the months before the interview, along with one of her bosses, whom she did not name. After Trump began to unload on the news media, she said, she asked him whether he planned to stop attacking the press, which was a hallmark of his campaign.

“I said, you know that is getting tired, why are you doing this — you’re doing it over and over and it’s boring,” Stahl said. “He said you know why I do it? I do it to discredit you all and demean you all, so when you write negative stories about me no one will believe you.”

Stahl's striking anecdote fell into a silent moment in the room. Woodruff shook her head.

“He said that,” Stahl said, raising her eyebrows. “So put that in your head for a minute.”

The White House did not respond to a request for comment. Trump's belligerence toward the news media, which he lambastes as “fake news,” and journalists, whom he often calls “dishonest,” have continued to be an integral part of his presidency, part of a habit of attacking critics and other institutions that act as potential checks on his power.
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trump has threatened to use the executive machinery of government to damage amazon as a company

when did obama do something comparable
>Obongo on his media critics:
"Let's face it, Fox News, you're gonna miss me when I'm gone."
>Trump on his media critics:
"I think journalists should be in jail."


You faggots live in a different reality. Stop listening to brain-rotting propaganda.
>Nobody cared when Obongo went after Fox News
Untrue, every other major news agency backed Fox's right to be present in WH press briefings. Despite whatever political bias they might have, news orgs tend to rally together when the government starts threatening to cut them out, because once the government can justify the removal of one, they can justify the removal of all of them.
Not if they're Republican propaganda outlets like Fox News, they're cheerleading for the destruction of the 1st amendment.
He was too busy using the executive office to authorize drone stikes on American citizens on American soil:

And killing people based on "meta-data":

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On September 7, 2017, Donald Trump Jr. appeared before the Senate Intelligence Committee as part of its investigation into foreign interference in the 2016 election and the potential involvement of the Trump campaign.

Early on in the proceedings, which began at 9:34 in the morning, the following exchange occurred:

>Q: You should understand that, although the interview is not under oath, by law you are required to answer questions from Congress truthfully. Do you understand that?

>TRUMP JR: I do.

Lying to Congress is a crime even if you are not under oath. Federal law prohibits making false statements to Congress. If false statements were made “knowingly and willfully” about “material facts,” it is punishable by up to five years in prison.

Much of the questioning before the Senate Intelligence Committee that day focused on the meeting Trump Jr. arranged in Trump Tower in June 2016, after Trump was promised dirt on Hillary Clinton from the Russian government.

But toward the end of his interview, Trump Jr. was asked more broadly about contacts with foreign nationals seeking to assist the campaign — and his testimony may now come back to haunt him.

>Q: We’ve talked a lot about Russia. So I have some broader questions about other foreign governments. Did other foreign governments offer or provide assistance to the Trump campaign?

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>even if it was true (it isn't)
"The Crown prosecutor of Russia met with his father Aras this morning and in their meeting offered to provide the Trump campaign with some official documents and information that would incriminate Hillary and her dealings with Russia and would be very useful to your father. This is obviously very high level and sensitive information but is part of Russia and its government’s support for Mr. Trump—helped along by Aras and Emin." - Rob Goldstone, email, to Donald Trump Jr.

"Thanks Rob I appreciate that. I am on the road at the moment but perhaps I just speak to Emin first. Seems we have some time and if it’s what you say I love it especially later in the summer." - Donald Trump Jr, email, to Rob Goldstone
>Alll the phone records and Trump Jr admitting he did it doesn't count.
Oh, and there is that little give away of his testimony before congress - complete with the fucking shit load of "I don't remember"s.

While there may be no smoking guns made public as yet there is a fuck load cover up actions and denials that have been proven to be false.
Why would that be happening if there was nothing to hide?
Like Watergate, the issue is not the issue.
Follow the money as they said.
Stormy Daniels is not an issue. But we have seen that when you FOLLOW THE MONEY you find the real shit.
The smoking gun was Russian operatives coming to Trump Tower to speak with the Trump campaign. It just came at such an awkward time and Trump is so good at covering up a scandal with another scandal, people forget that.
He could put a bomb on the senate floor and god emperor daddy would just pardon him out of it while republicans cheered and democrats mumbled non-commitally in a corner. They want to keep infinite presidental pardons a thing for when they win again. Nobody is going to get arrested unless they have a 100% case to take out trump himself first.

Spotify Announces Partnership with Far-Left Groups Including SPLC to Police Platform


>Music streaming service Spotify has announced a partnership with several far-left groups, including the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), in an attempt to police the platform and remove “hate content.”
The groups include the SPLC, the Anti-Defamation League (ADL), Color of Change, GLAAD, Showing Up For Racial Justice, Muslim Advocates, and the International Network Against Cyber Hate.

>“We love that our platform is home to so much diversity because we believe in openness, tolerance, respect, and freedom of expression, and we want to promote those values through music on our platform,” declared Spotify in a blog post. “However, we do not tolerate hate content on Spotify — content that expressly and principally promotes, advocates, or incites hatred or violence against a group or individual based on characteristics, including, race, religion, gender identity, sex, ethnicity, nationality, sexual orientation, veteran status, or disability.”
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Imagine being this stupid
Anyone remember when the SPLC and ADL were actually virtuous organizations?
"All organizations that are not actually right-wing will over time become left-wing."
>still assblasted about 2016
Just go ahead and neck yourself


>Sens. Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Mark Warner (D-Va.), and Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) sent a letter to the inspectors general of the State Department, Treasury Department, and the intelligence community on Friday asking for an independent investigation into the Trump administration's failure to implement Russia sanctions passed by Congress last year.

>"[I]t seems clear that several weeks ago the administration had identified specific Russian entities that had played a role in supplying or otherwise supporting the government of Syria's chemical weapons program, had prepared a list of such entities for sanctions designation, and Ambassador Nikki Haley publicly announced their imminent designation," the letter says, "but then did not designate them, reportedly at the direction of the president."

>The White House has said the penalties imposed by the Countering America's Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA) are unnecessary because the measure is already achieving its intended results. A State Department official said in January that the passage of CAATSA shows "significant transactions with listed Russian entities will result in sanctions. Sanctions on specific entities or individuals will not need to be imposed because the legislation is, in fact, serving as a deterrent."

>The president has some executive discretion in enforcing the law, but its scope is the subject of legal debate. The senators' request is unlikely to be honored, The Washington Post reports, unless congressional Republicans support it as well. Bonnie Kristian
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You're trying, which I appreciate, but c'mon. Either of you heard of the balance of powers?
Were you born yesterday too?
Also you can't bump your own thread if someone doesn't reply to them.

>Clear evidence Trump conspired with Russia.
>Including a meeting where Russian operatives met with Trump's people at his tower.
>Trump refuses to say a single bad thing about Putin or Russia.
How does it feel to be on the wrong side of history?
You can after a set amount of time
I would note that the sanctions passed by a super majority, I only remember 2 no votes when it came to voting.

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A man became enraged at a New York deli after apparently overhearing employees speaking Spanish — and threatened to call immigration authorities in a lengthy rant captured on video.

The incident, first reported by Latino Rebels, occurred Tuesday at the Fresh Kitchen in midtown Manhattan, according to video posted to social media by a man who said his wife was present at the time.

In the video, a tall dark-haired man wearing a white button-down shirt and gray slacks looks indignant as he confronts a bespectacled employee at the fast-casual restaurant and deli.

“Your staff is speaking Spanish to customers when they should be speaking English,” the man says, his brow furrowing.

As the restaurant worker tries to explain, the angry man interrupts him.

“Every person I listen to: He spoke it, he spoke it, she’s speaking it,” the man declares, turning around and pointing at various people in the restaurant. “This is America!”

At this point, a few bystanders interject, apparently outraged at the man: “Yeah, it is America!” one woman shoots back. A few people laugh. Someone else off camera can be heard cursing about how messed up the man’s rant is. Another says with a sigh: “So ignorant.”

On his way out of the restaurant, the man spins and faces the restaurant employee again and accuses him of hiring undocumented workers. The employee stares ahead, stone-faced, occasionally nodding, as the angry man threatens to call U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

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You obviously.
the only instance of the word "abstracts" in this entire thread is in your post
In what world is it what the "majority" feels? Do you live in Hickville Mississippi or something?
Not an argument desu
Neither is the post that anon was replying to, bud; nor is your post either. You think there's ever reasonable and productive discussion on this website?


>NEW YORK (Reuters) - A U.S. judge in New York on Wednesday ruled that President Donald Trump may not legally block Twitter users from his account on the social media platform based on their political views.

>Trump has made his @RealDonaldTrump Twitter account an integral and controversial part of his presidency, using it to promote his agenda, announce policy and attack critics. He has blocked many critics from his account, which prevents them from directly responding to his tweets.

>U.S. District Judge Naomi Reice Buchwald in Manhattan ruled that comments on the president’s account, and those of other government officials, were public forums, and that blocking Twitter users for their views violated their right to free speech under the First Amendment of Constitution.

>Eugene Volokh, a University of California Los Angeles School of Law professor who specializes in First Amendment issues, said the decision’s effect would reach beyond Trump.

>“It would end up applying to a wide range of government officials throughout the country,” he said.

>The U.S. Department of Justice, which represents Trump in the case, said, “We respectfully disagree with the court’s decision and are considering our next steps.”

>Twitter Inc (TWTR.N), which is not a party to the lawsuit, declined to comment on the ruling.

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still not official at all unless if you consider twitter to be an arm of the govt.
this will never hold up in a higher court.
>still not official at all unless if you consider twitter to be an arm of the govt.
donald trump using a private service doesn't mean that he's not conducting government activity. if donald trump rents a private convention center to hold some sort of event in which he exercises his authority as president, the fact that he occupies a private space does not mean he is not acting in his capacity as president.

>this will never hold up in a higher court.
well, it's probably going there, so we can shelve this debate and you can go "haha told you so" in a month
>government officials cannot suppress speech if they are acting in an official government capacity
>you really don't have to stretch very hard to realize that twitter is donald j. trump's primary vehicle for communicating presidential statements to the american public
and so if a president makes official statements on tv, does that make every tv station that airs it an official part of the government?
your grasping at straws here
I think that as long as he is the president, it is. If he still wants to block after he has left the office of the president then he can, but until then, its basically a government twitter page.
>Trump had argued that the court did not have the power to issue a direct order against the president.
They're trying the 'president is above the law' defense I see.

Actually it is when he's using it to make official policy declarations.

>b-b-but he doesn't do that!
He forced the FBI to humor his latest conspiracy theory about spies via twitter, and fired two of his cabinet officials via tweet.

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