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Which obviously is offensive to the Kurds and other ethnic minorities, as is the name Syrian Arab Republic.
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Even if minimum wage is a reason why he fired 15% of his staff, it's not 100% the only reason - he wouldn't be laying people off if sales were going up.

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Shame on you for using the minimum wage as a pretext for letting workers go when the real culprits are a drastically changing landscape and apparent mismanagement.
Agreed. Here's the thing, if business is going up and sales are booming, a higher minimum wage will be nothing but an inconvenience to business owners. As long as they are making positive revenue flow, having a higher minimum wage for employees isn't going to be an issue.
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Old 07-29-2017, 11:05 PM
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Odd news.

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lol @ its the fault of the business for not making enough money to pay the tax

You people are morons.


You were told what would happen.

It happened.

Then you deny it.
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Instead of raising the minimum wage, why not stop taxing wages? That would increase everyone's' wage by at least 25%.

Its because you really don't care about the worker, you really think giving the elite class the labor of the worker will help *you* in some way. Liberals are selfish pricks.
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It's just too fucking boring. I hate to do it, but ignore it is.

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More than 10,000 displaced Syrians in Lebanon’s mountainous border areas have registered their names to return home, following a local cease-fire between Hezbollah and militants.
Double that number is expected to eventually leave the areas around the town of Arsal, a local relief association said, with convoys expected to head back to Syria.
The majority of those leaving are expected to be civilians, but their number will also include fighters, some of whom are wanted by the Lebanese army.
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Old 07-30-2017, 05:24 AM
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My ideas have been exposed as a fraud, I must put my fingers in my ears to feel better.
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So it appears the anti migrant shitlord boat might have been on the take.

Crew of anti-migrant boat 'deported' from Cyprus over 'people-smuggling' | World news | The Guardian
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Militias have taken advantage of the political vacuum in Central African Republic (CAR), engaging in ethnic cleansing of Muslims in a bid to erase the community from the country, human rights group Amnesty International has said.
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Old 08-03-2017, 09:23 AM
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Montreal's Olympic Stadium used to house surge in asylum seekers crossing from U.S. - Montreal - CBC News

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That is a thorny problem that will take a while to resolve. Trump's immigration policies in regard to deportation is definitely causing a mess. I do wonder, though that if all the Haitians who requested asylum were granted could lead to diplomatic issues.

Then again, Trump might simply see it as the 'problem' resolving itself since those Haitians who flee to Canada will no longer be residing in the United States.
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At two town halls late last month, New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand promised to reconsider her co-sponsorship of Senate Bill 720, the Anti-Israel Boycott Act, after a number of her constituents raised free speech concerns, to rousing applause, seemingly without dissent.

At the time, Gillibrand was one of 45 co-sponsors in the Senate and 234 in the House. Since the bill was sponsored by the Israel lobby group AIPAC, it was not surprising that, despite its attack on First Amendment rights, it would receive huge support before it was widely publicized, based solely on its AIPAC pedigree. Gillibrand herself agreed with my characterization that AIPAC was a lobby with a “stranglehold” on Congress (when I approached her after a town hall).

So despite her explicit commitment to take another look at the bill, and her expressed concerns about the government of Israel and its Prime Minister’s failure to have a vision for peace, it was reasonable to question whether the junior senator from New York would ultimately find the wherewithal to resist that stranglehold.

Well, lo and behold, this past Monday, Gillibrand withdrew her co-sponsorship of the bill. According to the U.S. Campaign for Palestinian Rights, this is the first time since its founding in 2001 that a Member of Congress has taken his or her name off an AIPAC-sponsored bill.
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The winds shifted and are coming down from the north. The sun is orangy red from the smoke. My eyes itch.
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On the one hand, spider phobia is a thing and I remain sensitive to that.

On the other, I can't stop giggling.
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Lebanese army is now fighting ISIS to the north of where Hezbollah has just removed Hay'at Tahrir al-Sham (former Jabhat al-Nusra aka al-Qaeda in Syria). Hezbollah handed those territories over to the army.

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On the one hand, spider phobia is a thing and I remain sensitive to that.

On the other, I can't stop giggling.
I try to be sensitive to that, too, but a lot of those 'spider phobics' are violent assholes who kill spiders just for existing, often in elaborately cruel ways, and I always have suspicions that they're exaggerating their 'phobias' in service of some kind of psychopathy or something. I don't like those ones one bit.

(Some exterminator came to the house the other day and tried to scare me with a picture of a wolf spider, and I told him that killing wolf spiders is a super-dick thing to do. Hoping that got me red-flagged in the "door to door extermination sales" database.)
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