Weekend 3.3 & 3.4

Will be updated all weekend

> EU to tax Google, Amazon, Facebook, Apple, at 2% to 6%
> W. Virginia teachers stay out as lawmakers welsh on raise
> Trump slams “very stupid” trade deals, threatens EU with auto tax
> Sweden’s Electrolux reacts to tariff, drops plans for US plant
> China’s condoms are ‘too small’, says Zimbabwe’s health minister

“(China’s Xi is) now president for life. President for life. No, he’s great. And look, he was able to do that. I think it’s great. Maybe we’ll have to give that a shot some day.”
Donald J. Trump, chief lunatic, United States of America
(via CNN)

Food stall charges $12 for lunch,
unless you’re white,
then how about $30

tunfr-wey.jpg>Chef Tunde Way opened his pop-up stall in the city’s Roux Carre venue in early February. The listed price for the Nigerian food is $12. But when white people walk up to order, they are asked if they want to pay $30. Why? “It’s two-and-a half times more than the $12 meal, which reflects the income disparity” between whites and African-Americans in New Orleans, says Wey.
> The difference between the $12 and $30 meals, customers are informed, will be redistributed to minorities who buy food at the stall. How do white customers react to the proposition?
> “Some of them are enthusiastic, some of them are bamboozled a bit by it,” Wey says. “But the majority of white folks, nearly 80 percent, decided to pay.”
> “That was definitely higher than we expected,” says Anjali Prasertong, a graduate student in public health at Tulane University who helped Wey design the experiment and collect data.

Publishers go berserk chasing Hicks tell-all
The Daily Mail
Problems with this story?
hicks-sketch1) The Daily Mail, historically, has little integrity.
2) The story relies on a heap of anonymous sources.
3) Even if it’s true, the legal implications would be hair-raising, and anything actually published would be ground into oatmeal by Hicks’ lawyers — and the publishers.
4) That supposed $10M payday? Reduced to $7.5M after agent & manager fees… $4.5M after atty fees… $2.2M after taxes. How long before we see Hicks’ GoFundMe page?

Pervy Roy Moore begs American whack-jobs to give him $250,000.
The Hill
… to fight lawsuit filed by woman who says she was his victim … 
“Gays, lesbians, and transgenders have joined forces with those who believe in abortion, sodomy, and destruction of all that we hold dear. Unless we stand together we will lose our Country.”

Roy Moore, riding high during his campaign.

China warns of “huge impact” of US tariffs
Voice of America
“If the final measures of the United States hurt Chinese interests, China will work with other affected countries in taking measures to safeguard its own rights and interests.”
>>> Euros eye Levis, Harleys as trade targets
> Hours after Trump tweeted that “trade wars are good, and easy to win,” European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said the bloc is prepared to respond forcefully by targeting imports of Harley-Davidson Inc. motorbikes, Levi Strauss & Co. jeans and bourbon whiskey from the U.S.
> Juncker’s threat heightened the prospects of a global free-for-all, as the World Trade Organization said the potential of escalating tensions “is real” and the International Monetary Fund warned the restrictions would likely damage the U.S. and global economy.
>>> A simple, clear explainer on the tariff — 
AP via Kentucky Today

Sonic offers the beef-mushroom alt-burger
burger-sketch> Come Monday, though, two new items on Sonic’s menu will make that leap. They’re blended beef-mushroom burgers, a food that the institute has boosted through its “menus of change” initiative. According to the institute, this is the kind of menu change that’s “a powerful, and previously underappreciated, way to drive improvements in our health and our planet.”
> The idea is that mixing chopped mushrooms into our burgers boosts the umami taste, adds more moisture and reduces the amount of beef required for a burger. And reducing the need for beef has a big impact on the environment. According to the World Resources Institute, if 30 percent of the beef in every burger in America were replaced by mushrooms, it would reduce greenhouse emissions by the same amount as taking 2.3 million vehicles off of our roads.

As surgery centers expand, some patients are paying with their lives
> The surgery went fine. Her doctors left for the day. Four hours later, Paulina Tam started gasping for air.
> Internal bleeding was cutting off her windpipe, a well-known complication of the spine surgery she had undergone.
> But a Medicare inspection report describing the event says that nobody who remained on duty that evening at the Northern California surgery center knew what to do.
> In desperation, a nurse did something that would not happen in a hospital.
> She dialed 911.
> By the time an ambulance delivered Tam to the emergency room, the 58-year-old mother of three was lifeless, according to the report.
> If Tam had been operated on at a hospital, a few simple steps could have saved her life.
> But like hundreds of thousands of other patients each year, Tam went to one of the nation’s 5,600-plus surgery centers.

Scott and Sandy Van Veldhuizen’s 12-year-old son died following complications during a tonsillectomy in 2016.

In Kentucky, mystery lobbyists sandbag bill to prohibit child brides 
USA Today
> Research shows Kentucky has the third-highest rate of child marriages in the nation, according to the women’s justice center.
> Texas is first and Florida is second in child marriages, said Jeanne L. Smoot, a lawyer with the center. However, Texas has since changed its law to limit marriages to adults and Florida is considering a similar change, she said.

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