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Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Pittsburgh-based United States Steel plans to halt production at a Michigan plant, resulting in a temporary layoff of up to 200 workers, CNBC reports. read more


Dozens of mattresses blown away in outdoor cinema mishap

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This week, the US Department of Energy released a report that looks back on the state of wind power in the US by running the numbers on 2018. The analysis shows that wind hardware prices are dropping, even as new turbine designs are increasing the typical power generated by each turbine. As a result, recent wind farms have gotten so cheap that you can build and operate them for less than the expected cost of buying fuel for an equivalent natural gas plant. read more


Monday, August 19, 2019

A top executive of a U.S.-based multinational is pushing back hotly against a White House official's assertion that companies are preparing to pull production out of China as part of President Trump's squeeze there. read more


Sunday, August 18, 2019

Nearly a dozen men with ties to Boys & Girls Clubs who are accused of sexual abuse against children were also in positions of leadership within religious communities, a Hearst Connecticut Media investigation found. The Hearst investigation revealed allegations as far back as the 1960s and as recently as 2016. They vary by both religious affiliation and club involvement, and they span the nation. read more


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While they can travel where ever they want. But if they are doing this on official business, imo, it is way afield of what they should be doing.

Chicago Teachers Union group's trip to Venezuela, praise of socialist leader slammed as propaganda tour'
www.chicagotribune.com

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The recent trip to Venezuela by a group calling itself a Chicago Teachers Union delegation has upset some union members and expats who question the point of the tour and take issue with the group's praise of the country's disputed government.

The four travelers, who crowdfunded the July trip under the banner of the CTU, met with Venezuelan government officials and educators, visited a commune and were featured in local media.

They wrote online about wanting to connect with Venezuelan teachers, students and unionists, criticized U.S. economic sanctions against the South American nation and wrote admiringly of its socialism, its communes and high literacy rates.

But critics say the group glossed over Venezuela's ongoing political and economic crises and were excessively complimentary of President Nicols Maduro, whose administration has been accused in recent United Nations reports of "grave" human rights violations and violence against dissenters.

"I am appalled a delegation representing themselves as CTU went to Venezuela, not to support striking teachers, not to object to human rights violations, but to go on what appears to be a state-chaperoned propaganda tour," said Karen Moody, a teacher and union member.

And though the four travelers regularly called themselves a "CTU delegation" online, the union representing close to 25,000 people has sought to distance itself from the trip, stating the CTU did not endorse, sponsor or fund the trip.
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While it was crowd-funded, and not state-funded, it was crowd-funded under the aegis of CTU.

imo, Not A Good Thing.

They should have gone as private citizens, if they needed to go.


... and here's the page for the popular vote:

General Election: Trump vs. Clinton
www.realclearpolitics.com

It shows fmr Sec of State Clinton ahead by 3.2% with a margin of error around 3%.

@#12

Here's some of what I was talking about...

www.realclearpolitics.com

That summary has the Electoral College as:

Clinton: 203
Trump: 164

with 171 Electoral College votes in the "toss-up" column, i.e., too close to call. The states that were too close to call, and their Electoral Collge votes are:

Florida (29)
Ohio (18)
Michigan (16)
Pennsylvania (20)
New Hampshire (4)
Maine CD2 (1)
Maine (2)
North Carolina (15)
Virginia (13)
Georgia (16)
Colorado (9)
Nevada (6)
New Mexico (5)
Arizona (11)
Iowa (6)

How those 171 toss-up votes were tallied by the various news media and blogs to declare who would win is the problem.

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