Dangerous Finds: Robots take fast food jobs; America’s horniest President; Republicans vs Retirement
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Dangerous Finds: Robots take fast food jobs; America’s horniest President; Republicans vs Retirement

Minimum-wage offensive could speed arrival of robot-powered restaurants: Fifty years ago there were twice as many employees in a typical McDonald’s franchise. Soon these workers might be replaced by robots. AND THEN WHAT? (Washington Post)

Republicans Against Retirement: What’s puzzling about the renewed Republican assault on Social Security is that it looks like bad politics as well as bad policy. Americans love Social Security, so why aren’t the candidates at least pretending to share that sentiment? Their donors perhaps? Yeah, their billionaire benefactors! The Republican running for President in 2016 are competing to be “America’s Top Servant of the 1%,” no more, no less. Think of it as a particularly harsh “reality” program. (New York Times)

Half of young people in the UK say they are not 100% heterosexual: In the YouGov study, individuals were asked to put themselves on that sexuality scale. In total, 72% of the British public scored themselves at the completely heterosexual end of the scale, while 4% were at the completely homosexual end, with 19% stating they were somewhere in between – classed as bisexual by Kinsey. (International Business Times)

Ohio’s Legal Weed Proposal Could Create the World’s First ‘Pot Grower Oligarchy’: This is the literal definition of “crony capitalism.” Small wonder it’s an issue that’s uniting conservative Republicans and potheads alike. (VICE News)

Donald Trump Explains His Ridiculous Plan to Make Mexico Pay for a Border Fence: If necessary, Trump is happy to start a trade war and diplomatic struggle with Mexico until it funds a fence. (Slate)

Would Jesus Vote for Bernie Sanders?: With the decline of culture war issues and the rise of crises like climate change, Bernie might actually be able to win over young evangelicals. (In These Times)

The Republican Party doesn’t want to believe its voters agree with Trump. But they do. They say he’s not really a Republican. Their voters disagree. (Vox

America’s Horniest President: Warren G. Harding might have been a useless leader, but he sure could craft a sex scandal. (Politico)

Fascist march cancelled after backlash from protesters: Neo-Nazis were chased out of Liverpool and bombarded with debris after attempting to hold a rally. Hundreds of locals chanted “Nazi scum off our streets” and “Master race, you’re having a laugh” as boot boys hide in a lost luggage office in train station. (The Telegraph)

Confederate Flag Backers Wave Weapons In Black Lives Matter Clash: Black Lives Matter protesters clashed with Confederate flag supporters at a Florida rally on Sunday, with flag backers allegedly brandishing weapons as the confrontation became heated, according to one protester. But they’re not racist. The Confederate flag is about heritage. (Talking Points Memo)

U.S. tax revenues at record high: Who’s paying? Take a guess! YOU. (CNN)

Sanders on billionaire class: ‘I welcome their hatred’: “And let me echo that today: If the Koch Brothers and the billionaire class hate my guts, I welcome their hatred. Because I am going to stand with working families.”(Des Moines Register)

Constantly checking your mobile phone can lead to ‘cognitive failures’: High-frequency internet users find it much more difficult to pay attention. WHO is surprised by this? (The Independent)

Donald Trump Gives Anti-Immigration Republicans Their Dream Plan: A sweeping immigration policy proposal released Sunday by Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump is an early Christmas to American voters hungry for more restrictive immigration policies. It’s also a nightmare for Republican leaders working to entice Latino voters. (Bloomberg)

German news anchor Anja Reschke attacks ‘little racist nobodies’ in impassioned call to end hatred towards refugees: Expressed her anger at how “normal” it now is to publish “hate tirades” under real names in comment pieces she believes has contributed to a “rise in extreme right wing acts” including arson. “Until recently, such commentators were hidden behind pseudonyms but now these things are being aired under real names,” she said in the two-minute segment, which quickly went viral.” Apparently it’s no longer embarrassing - on the contrary, in reaction to phrases like ‘filthy vermin should drown in the sea’, you get excited consensus and a lot of ‘likes’.”

Posted by Richard Metzger
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