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11.16 Scotland was first Industrialized Country to Run wholly on Wind in October

11.16 How pesticide bans can prevent tens of thousands of suicides a year [how many thousands more die early from eating pesticide-laced food?]

11.15  The long read:  The plastic backlash: what's behind our sudden rage – and will it make a difference? [the world wants to throw-up...]

11.15 Claws out: crab fishermen sue 30 oil firms over climate change [workers are waking-up...]

11.15 Trump administration to cut air pollution from heavy-duty trucks

11.14 Backed by Ocasio-Cortez, Youth Climate Activists Arrested in Pelosi's Office Demanding Democrats Embrace 'Green New Deal'

11.13 What would a smog-free city look like?

11.13 Global report highlights Australia’s renewables potential amid mixed signals for coal

11.13 Interior department whistleblower: Ryan Zinke hollowed out the agency

11.12  This Land is Your Land:  The Zinke effect: how the US interior department became a tool of industry [behaving ignorantly again...]

11.12 Planned Parenthood's new president warns of 'state of emergency' for women's health

11.11 Trump responds to worst fires in California’s history by threatening to withhold federal aid [behaving ignorantly again...]

11.11 Interior department sued for ‘secretive process’ in at-risk species assessment [behaving ignorantly again...]

11.11 Keystone XL pipeline: judge rules government 'jumped the gun' and orders halt [behaving ignorantly again...]

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Daily: FAIR Blog
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US Politics, Policy & 'Culture'

11.16 As 'Green New Deal' Demand Grows, Democrats Have Choice: Confront and Defeat Fossil Fuel Industry or Take Credit for 'Doomed' Planet [Two choices: Save life-on-Earth or help Republicans let it die?]

11.16 Trump’s latest interview shows a president who’s in way over his head

11.16 Why the political fight in Georgia is far from over

11.16 Florida judge sides with Democrats, giving thousands a second chance to fix their ballots

11.15 Democrats Won Big. Can They Go Bold, Too? [it's about suppressing the influence and leadership by Republican-like Democrats who counsel 'íncremental' (no) change, such as Nancy Pelosi, Steny Hoyer, Hillary Clinton, Chuck Shumer and Joe Biden]

11.15 Pentagon Officials Forced to Make Fewer Public Appearances to Avoid Provoking Trump [ revealing Trump's huuuge ignorance]

11.15 REPUBLICANS USED A BILL ABOUT WOLVES TO AVOID A VOTE ON YEMEN WAR [if there are 'defense industry' profits to be made—including congress-critter insider-trading—and political 'donations' to be had, we mustn't stop killing innocent civilians!]

11.15 Big Oil v the planet is the fight of our lives. Democrats must choose a side

11.14 The Real Florida Recount Fraud

11.14 Telling NRA #ThisIsOurLane, Doctors' Photos Show Blood-Soaked Reality of America's Gun Madness

11.14 At Freshman Orientation, Young and Growing Progressive Caucus Makes Clear It Will 'Fight Like Hell' for Bold Democratic Agenda

Justice Matters
High Crimes?

11.14 The Guardian view on Yemen’s misery: the west is complicit [WAR CRIMES]

Economics, Crony Capitalism

11.16 Amazon’s HQ2 Will Get a Tax Break Designed to Help the Poor [a Republican program that directly helps participating wealthy companies—but only helps workers if and when 'trickle-down' occurs.]

11.16 Trump doesn’t want to punish Saudi Arabia over Khashoggi. His new sanctions prove it. [George W. Bush made a similar immoral decision for the same oily reasons after 9-11, protecting Saudi defense contracts while facilitating the slaughter of poorer Arab "terrorists" in the region.]

11.15 The Earth is in a death spiral. It will take radical action to save us [fossil fuel burning, un-recyclable plastic production/use and methane gas release must cease ASAP.]

11.14 Brexit: May tells her cabinet, this is the deal – now back me

International & Futurism

11.15 Cuba to pull doctors out of Brazil after President-elect Bolsonaro comments [terms must be negotiated for fairness to Cuba's health professionals without disruption of healthcare for Brazil's poor]

11.14 'Appalling' Khashoggi audio shocked Saudi intelligence – Erdogan [Exposing a psychopath?]

11.14 Israel and Hamas launch hundreds of attacks in Gaza clash

11.14 Mueller seeking more details on Nigel Farage, key Russia inquiry target says

11.13 Austin's Fix for Homelessness: Tiny Houses, and Lots of Neighbors

11.13 Portugal Dared to Cast Aside Austerity. It’s Having a Major Revival.

11.13 Caravan marks one month on the road: ‘We keep on going, laughing or crying’

11.13 Letter Shows Einstein’s Prescient Concerns About ‘Dark Times’ in Germany

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  Area Employers Celebrated for ''Regionalism that Works''
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Area Employers Celebrated for “Regionalism that Works”

SOURCE: Baltimore City’s Mayor’s Office of Employment Development and Baltimore County’s Office of Workforce Development

City, County leaders honor employers whose innovative practices help build and strengthen their workforces.
Sheila Dixon, Mayor of Baltimore City, and Jim T. Smith, Jr., Baltimore County Executive, honored the inaugural recipients of the Baltimore Regional Employer Awards on September 17 at a breakfast at Martin’s West. They were joined in the event by the Baltimore Workforce Investment Board (BWIB) and Baltimore County Workforce Development Council (BCWDC).

Awards were presented to area businesses that, according to the event's organizers, "exemplify innovative approaches to workforce development." The following honorees were selected from nominations received in the following five categories:

  • Looking Beyond Barriers and Hiring Smart—Acadia Windows and Doors, Inc. was recognized for its work in hiring individuals with developmental and physical disabilities and modifying its workplace to meet the needs of a physically disabled employee that, in turn, provided a safer workplace for all employees.
  • Competitive Advantage—Marlin Steel Wire Products invested over a $1 million in a robotic system that enabled the company to produce precision baskets for industrial applications and compete in the global marketplace.
  • Preparing Youth for the 21st Century Workplace—Lockheed Martin MS2 Littoral Ships & Systems conducted a comprehensive educational outreach program, “Building Tomorrow’s Workforce Today,” that encourages students from elementary through college to consider engineering, math, science and technology careers.
  • Employee Retention—ARAMARK Healthcare implemented a flexible schedule initiative that allows its hourly employees to better balance their professional and personal commitments.
  • Innovator—Shire Pharmaceuticals conducted a week-long intensive training camp for its entire Owings Mills facility, capitalizing on its existing technical talent while emphasizing the importance of creating "a learning organization" driving production advancements.
The breakfast ceremony, according to its organizers, is to be the first of several steps to highlight the regional nature of the workforce from Baltimore City and Baltimore County.

In prepared statements to the press, Mayor Sheila Dixon said, “Workforce development is critical to our region’s future economy,” while County Executive Jim Smith said, "We recognize these outstanding businesses for their role in not only keeping our economy strong, but also for their forward-thinking that a talented and skilled workforce crosses county and city lines."

The launch of the Baltimore Regional Employer Institute, an opportunity for each of the award-winning companies to share its best practice with other local industry leaders, was announced by University of Maryland Medical System’s Senior Vice President, Network Development John W. Ashworth III, chair of the Baltimore Workforce Investment Board, and Mark D. Habicht, president of the Kirk-Habicht Company and chair of the Baltimore County Workforce Development Council. Each winning company will lead a two-hour business-to-business forum beginning early in 2008 that will promote practices that enable employers to successfully engage and maintain a viable pool of talented employees.

Sponsors contributing to the Baltimore Regional Employer Awards included the Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation, the Community College of Baltimore County, The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation, Erickson Retirement Communities, Johns Hopkins Medicine, Baltimore City Community College, and the University of Maryland Medical System.

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