Wed. June 6

On the lookout for news that signals a change in American life.
And, as always:


Shale Country is out of workers even at double wages
— The oil industry has such a ferocious appetite for workers that it’ll hire just about anyone with the most basic skills. “It is crazy,” said Jazmin Jimenez, 24, who zipped through a two-week training program at New Mexico Junior College in Hobbs, about 100 miles north of Midland, and was hired by Chevron Corp. as a well-pump checker. “Honestly I never thought I’d see myself at an oilfield company. But now that I’m here — I think this is it.”
— That’s understandable, considering the $28-a-hour she makes is double what she was earning until December as a guard at the Lea County Correctional Facility in Hobbs.

Single mom looks to be first Native American Congresswoman
USA Today
haaland– A single mom and former New Mexico Democratic Party leader was on track to become the first Native American congresswoman in U.S. history.
— Deb Haaland, a member of the Pueblo of Laguna tribe, won her party’s primary in the first congressional district Tuesday night. Haaland will face Republican Janice Arnold-Jones in November for the seat considered solidly Democratic.
— Haaland, a lawyer, is a strong abortion rights advocate and supports universal health care — “Medicare for all.” She says she wants to “keep fossil fuels in the ground,” favoring 100% renewable energy sources.
— She also has endorsed elimination of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency.
>>>Top takeaways from primary night
— Democrats avoided a debacle in California, and women fared well all over. But the Bernie Sanders revolution continued to sputter.

UPS Teamsters voted 90% to authorize strike
— On Tuesday, the union announced that members voted more than 90% in favor of going on strike, if a deal is not reached before the current labor contract expires on August 1.
— UPS employs 260,000 Teamsters, and has added 40,000 union members since its current contract was reached five years ago. The shipments UPS transports equal an estimated 6% of the nation’s GDP, which means a labor dispute could disrupt the US economy.
— At issue is how the shipping giant will expand to offer deliveries seven days a week.
…. BUT …. “The reality is that UPS and the Teamsters have already reached tentative agreements on a wide variety of non-economic issues,” said UPS spokesperson Glenn Zaccara.

Single-use plastic to be banned — In India
The Independent
— The Indian government has pledged to ban all single-use plastics by 2022, in a move which has been welcomed by both the United Nations and grassroots groups.
— India’s 1.3 billion population currently produces 25,000 metric tons of plastic per day. The government claims that around 60 per cent of that is recycled, but civil society groups put the figure closer to 40 per cent.

UBER will spend $500 million on apology for its rotten behavior
— The ads are part of a larger branding campaign that started rolling out last month in the U.S. with CEO Dara Khosrowshahi promising a better culture for employees, riders, and passengers in TV ads. “One of our core values as a company is to always do the right thing,”

Voters fire judge who was lenient in famous rape case
… first such action in California in 86 years
— California voters removed Aaron Persky, the judge who gave Brock Turner a 6-month sexual assault sentence in the Stanford University rape case that made headlines in 2016.
— Brock Turner, a Stanford swimmer, sexually assaulted an unconscious woman while at school. A jury convicted him on all three charges: sexual penetration with a foreign object of an intoxicated person, sexual penetration with a foreign object of an unconscious person, and intent to commit rape, but Persky only sentenced Turner to six months in jail with three years probation.

Microsoft sinks data center in waves off Orkney Isles
— Microsoft has submerged a data centre off the Orkney archipelago in northern Scotland in a project to save on the energy used to cool the servers on land, the firm said Wednesday.
— The Northern Isles data centre consists of a 40-foot-long white cylinder containing 864 servers — enough to store five million movies — and can lie on the seabed for five years.

It’s not about the Anthem…
Trump’s four-decade war of revenge against the NFL
His failed investment in an alternative football league, his pathetic attempt to buy the Buffalo Bills …

Cupertino survey finds …
71% would tax Apple to build transit, housing

(San Jose) Mercury-News
— Seventy-one percent of Cupertino voters would support imposing an employee tax on Apple and other businesses to help pay for transit and housing, according to a survey the city released today.
— Almost 400 respondents (note small sample size, dubious methodology) were asked if they would vote to replace the city’s traditional business license tax with one that taxes companies based on their number of employees.
— The Cupertino City Council is considering placing such a question on the November ballot.

Improved antenna-TV is coming, but …
.. it’s unclear how many broadcasters will be willing to eat the costs necessary to upgrade to the new standard. And given it’s not backward compatible, consumers could balk at having to pay even more money for compatible hardware—especially so soon after upgrading to new 4K-capable televisions and audio equipment in the first place.
— But the biggest point of contention surrounding the standard has to do with digital rights management and consumer privacy.

New facial recognition tech will scan your face at US borders
The Verge
— The week after the 2016 election, drivers exiting the United States at Nogales would have noticed a new canopy over the far-right lane. As cars approached the turnstile, the cameras would capture a clear shot of the driver’s face through the windshield.
— Now, that system is ready for a permanent installation.

$7 billion “Chinese” extravaganza nears completion in Las Vegas
… hopes to attract a large number of domestic customers of Asian descent and they do hope to draw international customers from Asia …

Facebook gave Chinese outfits special access to user data
— One one of the firms, Huawei, is on the Pentagon’s no-buy list because of alleged connections to the Chinese government.

114 arrested in immigration raid, no charges against employer
Vice News
— The undocumented immigrants are expected to be charged with tax evasion and identity theft. No criminal charges have been raised against the employer so far, though an investigation is supposedly underway.
— Children of those arrested were left behind, stranded with babysitters and in daycare facilities, according to local activists.
¿ Well, if it was obvious that the workers were breaking the law, why does the employer get off?

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