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Not Us, Me

by JBB — last modified Dec 09, 2016 09:42 AM
by Jodi Dean | Verso | The investment in identity is intense. It shores up a fragile individuality. It provides a location for political righteousness. It prevents the formation of the solidarities opposition to capitalism requires.

Trump picks opponent of higher minimum wage for Labor Department | Reuters

by Faiz Ahmed — last modified Dec 08, 2016 10:15 PM
"[Puzder, chief executive of CKE Restaurants Inc, which operates the Carl's Jr. and Hardee's fast-food chains] has bashed a new Labor Department rule aimed at extending overtime pay to more than 4 million U.S. workers and has praised the benefits of automation in the fast-food industry. Fast-food workers, who are largely not unionized, are engaged in a multi-year campaign known as the "Fight for $15," which is supported by labor unions, to raise minimum wages to $15 an hour. They have had state-wide successes in New York and California and in cities and municipalities such as Seattle. ... Trump will also be able to fill two current vacancies on the five-member NLRB early in his term, likely tipping the agency to a more business-friendly posture."

Canadian spywatcher’s Snowden remark ‘highly inappropriate,’ Goodale says | The Globe and Mail

by Faiz Ahmed — last modified Dec 08, 2016 10:03 PM
"Over the years, The Globe has written about several Snowden documents pertaining to Canada. A leaked presentation about the capabilities of powerful analytical software known as Olympia showed that, in 2012, Canadian analysts dissected telecommunications traffic related to Brazil’s Ministry of Mines and Energy. They winnowed flows of global data down to specific Brazilian devices that were earmarked to be hacked at a later point. After that leak, many Canadians expressed surprise that the federal government would apparently engage in economically driven espionage against a friendly nation."
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