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Friday, December 6, 2013

The Morning News

Posted by on Fri, Dec 6, 2013 at 8:19 AM

Mandela: The day after he left the earth, he is suddenly everywhere. Even the Chinese government and its opponents are arguing over whose shoes are a better fit for his footsteps: "President Xi Jinping, who supported opponents of apartheid throughout the cold war, praised Mandela's victory in the struggle and his contribution to 'the cause of human progress' ... 'This moment magnifies how evil the current regime is,' Hu Jia, an activist said."

"An ideal for which I am prepared to die": From Mandela's famous speech during his trial for sabotage in 1964 that begins with a description of his education (bachelor of arts degree), his profession (law), and his crimes (leaving the country without a permit, inciting people to strike, sabotage) and ends with: "I have fought against white domination, and I have fought against black domination. I have cherished the ideal of a democratic and free society in which all persons live together in harmony and with equal opportunities. It is an ideal which I hope to live for and to achieve. But if needs be, it is an ideal for which I am prepared to die."

Icy Reception: "Castear says he experienced what immigrant rights groups say is a common practice—detaining immigrants in frigid cells to pressure them to agree to deportation. Among immigrants, the cells are pejoratively called hieleras—Spanish for iceboxes."

US Unemployment at a Five-Year Low: "Unemployment in the US fell to 7% in November, its lowest level in five years , as employers took on 203,000 new people. The figures from the Bureau of Labor Statistics may have been bolstered by the return of hundreds of thousands of federal employees following October’s government shutdown but they still represent the fourth straight month of good growth in the jobs market."

A rattlesnake the size of a jumbo jet: "Boeing says factories for its planned 777X will require total investment of up to $10 billion, but states competing for the work are asked to shrink that tab by providing the site and facilities at 'no cost, or very low cost.' In confidential documents sent to the 15 states vying for the project, Boeing estimates it will produce 8,500 direct jobs."

Another cautionary tale about deregulation and the "free" market: "When California's telephone market was deregulated in 2006, consumers were told that increased competition would improve service and reduce prices. It hasn't worked out like that." Prices have increased by 260 percent and some services, such as available minutes, have fallen by a quarter.

Yemeni Journalist (accused of terrorism by the US) wins major human-rights award: "Shaye came to prominence when he personally picked through fragments from one such [drone] strike, in Majala, establishing that US missiles – not the Yemeni military – had been responsible for the deaths of 41 people, 21 of them reportedly children and another 14 women."

Thai government sells refugees from Myanmar to human traffickers: "As thousands of Rohingya flee Myanmar to escape religious persecution, a Reuters investigation in three countries has uncovered a clandestine policy to remove Rohingya refugees from Thailand's immigration detention centers and deliver them to human traffickers waiting at sea."

Etymology of the day: "Freedom" has its roots in Old English for "noble" and "joyful." "The primary sense seems to have been 'beloved, friend, to love;' which in some languages (notably Germanic and Celtic) developed also a sense of 'free,' perhaps from the terms 'beloved' or 'friend' being applied to the free members of one's clan (as opposed to slaves, cf. Latin liberi, meaning both 'free' and 'children')."

And finally, the weather: "We are now experiencing our coldest weather since January, with temperatures falling below zero in 'favored' spots of eastern Washington and Oregon. Snow is coming to the Northwest during the next two days, but unfortunately will miss most of Washington."


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Dr_Awesome 1
What will it take for the hardcore Wingnuts to give up their fantasy that free, unregulated markets are superior?
Posted by Dr_Awesome on December 6, 2013 at 8:30 AM · Report this
raku 2
If there is a country that has committed unspeakable atrocities in the world, it is the United States of America.

-Nelson Mandela, 2003
Posted by raku on December 6, 2013 at 8:33 AM · Report this
The link for the Myanmar story is the same as for the LA Times detention center story.
Posted by sahara29 on December 6, 2013 at 8:46 AM · Report this
@ 3. Thanks. Fixed.
Posted by Brendan Kiley on December 6, 2013 at 8:58 AM · Report this
seatackled 5
@2 I bet Nelson Mandela ate murdered animals whose days ended in death camps, though. And I bet he enjoyed it.
Posted by seatackled on December 6, 2013 at 9:05 AM · Report this
That's it?! Slog has nothing more to say about Boeing's extortion/hypocrisy/socialism? Where's the snark when it's needed??
Posted by Fluffy on December 6, 2013 at 9:12 AM · Report this
I think Boeing's own words speak for themselves. In legal terms I believe what they are doing is extortion but then again, I'm not a lawyer.
Posted by westello on December 6, 2013 at 9:21 AM · Report this
It's a mystery to me why Slog journalists keep reporting decreases in unemployment rate when the employment rate doesn't change, and hasn't significantly changed since the bottom of the "recession":…

Posted by anon1256 on December 6, 2013 at 10:00 AM · Report this
Posted by raku on December 6, 2013 at 10:32 AM · Report this
What also should have been in the stranger news is an accident this morning on 99N that happened a little after 6am that massively tied up traffic not just on 99N but traffic getting out of West Seattle. And a tow truck couldn't get to the scene until around 8:40am or so---unacceptable in a so-called major city.
Posted by neo-realist on December 6, 2013 at 10:54 AM · Report this
dwightmoodyforgetsthings 11
It makes a lot of sense for the government to just nationalize an industry if the only way private companies will do the work involves massive government subsidies.
Posted by dwightmoodyforgetsthings on December 6, 2013 at 10:59 AM · Report this
Supreme Ruler Of The Universe 12

Nelson Mandela was a heterosexual alpha male who married a girl 18 years younger than himself.

So why is SLOG in tears?!
Posted by Supreme Ruler Of The Universe on December 6, 2013 at 11:05 AM · Report this
The Empty Yellow Houses of Fort Lawton 13
12, what on earth is the matter with you?
Posted by The Empty Yellow Houses of Fort Lawton on December 6, 2013 at 11:35 AM · Report this
@11 - even the airlines that buy their products are heavily subsidized.
Posted by anon1256 on December 6, 2013 at 11:36 AM · Report this
Theodore Gorath 15
John Bailo is the dumbest motherfucker on the planet.
Posted by Theodore Gorath on December 6, 2013 at 11:58 AM · Report this
venomlash 16
@15: I'm starting to believe it.
Posted by venomlash on December 6, 2013 at 1:57 PM · Report this
Pridge Wessea 17
@15 - So, so true.
Posted by Pridge Wessea on December 6, 2013 at 3:10 PM · Report this

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