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Iranian President Reopens Nuclear Plant Reader 06/28/2018 (Thu) 21:18:19 Id: 0fc37f [Preview] No. 10668 [Reply] [Last 50 Posts]
Iranian president Hassan Rouhani said on Wednesday: “We will bring the US to its knees in this battle of wills.” The Iranian government is continuing to warn of harsh retaliation against the United States after the Trump administration pulled out of the 2015 nuclear agreement.

According to PressTV, the threat comes as Washington continues to attempt to bully its allies into halting imports of Iranian oil after Donald Trump unilaterally quit the cornerstone international nuclear agreement instituted by his predecessor, Barack Obama. Iran has previously said there would be consequences should the US decide to withdraw from the agreement.

The United States, meanwhile, has continued to push Iran. After withdrawing from the 2015 Iran nuclear agreement, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), in May the US vowed to reinforce economic pressure and sanctions against Tehran, reported RT. While the European capitals have so far refused to leave the cornerstone security accord, on Tuesday the State Department threatened private companies with sanctions unless they completely cut Iranian crude oil imports by November.

Rouhani also seeks to unify all Iranians.

“We will take problems. We will take pressure. But we will not sacrifice our independence,” Rouhani vowed. “Even in the worst case, I promise that the basic needs of Iranians will be provided,” the Jerusalem Post quoted Rouhani saying live on national television.

Rouhani additionally noted that his administration will continue to defend Iran’s interests and focus on strengthening the economy.

“We have enough foreign currency to inject into the market.”

The seventh president of Iran also ruled out any possibility that Washington could succeed in isolating his country. But the United States has been left isolated, as even its close allies, including France, the UK, and Germany, are working against the county’s government to prevent the nuclear agreement from crumbling. Even the State Department had to acknowledge that cutting off Iranian oil imports completely is a “challenge” that no country “wants to do voluntarily.”

Iran has also opened a uranium feedstock plant in the absence of the nuclear agreement. The nuclear plant that remained closed for nine years has now reopened Iran’s atomic energy agency (AEOI) said on Wednesday. Tehran prepares to increase uranium enrichment capacity if a nuclear deal with world powers falls apart, reported Reuters. Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei ordered the AEOI to start the necessary preparations to upgrade the country’s enrichment capacity in case the European efforts at a world deal fail.

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Head of Prominent Charity That Campaigns Against Child Abuse, 'Gender Conflict' Arrested for Arranging Child Rape Reader 06/27/2018 (Wed) 22:41:42 Id: 6be2eb [Preview] No. 10657 [Reply] [Last 50 Posts]
The head of a charity that campaigns against sexual violence has been arrested in New York for child pornography and allegedly trying to meet with children as young as two for sex.

Joel Davis, 22, is accused of trying to set up sexual encounters between himself and young children, as well as soliciting an undercover FBI agent to send sexually explicit videos of minors.

The New Yorker was arrested on Tuesday on child sex abuse and child pornography charges.

Davis is the chairman of the International Campaign to Stop Rape and Gender Violence in Conflict - an organization devoted to ending sexual violence.

Prosecutors say despite his involvement in the organization, Davis exchanged text messages with undercover agents over the course of several weeks earlier this month.

Davis allegedly told the agents that he was sexually interested in children of all ages. He is accused of sending the agents sexually explicit photographs of infants and toddlers, including some of the children engaged in sex acts with adults.

The 22-year-old allegedly arranged to meet the nine-year-old daughter of one of the undercover agents and with the purported two-year-old daughter of the officer's girlfriend.

He allegedly went into detail in the text messages about what sexual activities he intended to engage in with the children.

Prosecutors say Davis repeatedly asked the undercover agent to take naked and sexually explicit pictures and videos of the children and to send them to him.

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Reader 06/27/2018 (Wed) 22:47:48 Id: 6be2eb [Preview] No.10658 del
Unfortunately this happens all the time with any organization - including governments - that deal with or manage children. All the weird pervert degenerates creep their way in, because they see it as an opportunity to abuse them. Children belong with their parents, even with the whole border situation although they should be sent back with their parents rather than allowed in here. Anyhoot, not at all surprising.

Reader 06/28/2018 (Thu) 14:02:07 Id: 2aacd5 [Preview] No.10667 del
He even looks like a child rapist.

Italy, Malta... and Now Spain Blocking Germany's Human Trafficking NGO Migrant Ships Reader 06/26/2018 (Tue) 16:15:39 Id: 2c8182 [Preview] No. 10616 [Reply] [Last 50 Posts]

The German NGO vessel Lifeline, carrying some 230 migrants picked up near Libyan waters, has now also been refused port by Spain after Italy and Malta made a similar move last week.

In what is now a full-blown European resistance, the plan of Italy’s Interior Minister Mr. Matteo Salvini seems to have worked. He started two weeks ago refusing NGO ships that set sail towards the African coasts to pick up migrants that had tried crossing the Mediterranean to reach European shores.

The first case involved that of the rescue ship Aquarius carrying 630 migrants. Italy and Malta both refused it, after which the new Spanish government of Prime Minister Sanchez accepted to help and offered the port in the Spanish city of Valencia.

However, upon arrival, the vessel was met by protesters whilst the Spanish press ran polls that suggested most citizens disagreed with Mr. Sanchez’s decision to accept more migrants.

When last week Italy refused entry to the German NGO vessel ‘Lifeline’ and Malta did the same, many were wondering how Spain would react this time around.

#Lifeline NGO ship still has more than 200 migrants onboard + is still appealing for a 'port of safety' after 4 days at sea. Head of #Lifeline says they would try to travel to Corsica or Valencia if Spain or France allowed. #Maersk merchant ship is also in Med, with 100+ migrants

— Gavin Lee (@GavinLeeBBC) June 24, 2018

The answer came late Monday evening when Spanish Economic Development Minister Jose Luis Abalos said his country would not "become the sea rescue organization for all of Europe," and explaining that they could not "take on this responsibility alone."

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Reader 06/27/2018 (Wed) 17:39:43 Id: 92dfe0 [Preview] No.10641 del
Lets see. During WW2 Hungary and Italy were Axis, Austria was annexed willingly, the Czech Republic and Slovakia were occupied. Poland was obviously invaded. Now they're all breaking free while Germany's cunt in charge is bending but they're still heavily cucked. Have to admit it. I'd love to see Russia invade Germany again with Angela Merkel blowing her brains out.

Reader 06/27/2018 (Wed) 17:52:25 Id: 65f3d1 [Preview] No.10642 del
Germany at it again, huh? Hitler's biggest mistake was trying to occupy other nations around him, when he should have just minded his own country's affairs. Building empires do have consequences, every time. We see this with Zionism in the Middle East as well as the crumbling of the US empire's economic reserve currency hegemony around the globe fracturing. Now its the EU thats breaking apart because Germany is trying to force invasive policies on other nations and the EU's minions always side with deranged Merkel.

Countries should really just learn to respect one another's laws and national sovereignty. It's OK for countries to have their own policies and decide what is right for their own nations. Anyone who thinks thats somehow wrong are deranged control freaks.

Reader 06/27/2018 (Wed) 18:24:28 Id: 92dfe0 [Preview] No.10645 del
>Hitler's biggest mistake was trying to occupy other nations around him, when he should have just minded his own country's affairs.
The best way to learn about a man is from his own words. The worst method is through hearsay.

Reader 06/28/2018 (Thu) 02:06:21 Id: fc049f [Preview] No.10665 del
So far this is a very interesting read. Did not know a lot of the history behind WWII, likely because even when I was a kid all we were told was the globe had been "liberated from evil" (referencing the defeat of Germany). I and some others still speculated the whole gas chamber propaganda was BS but even then we still didn't know all the problems that plagued Germany before Hitler came to power.

/pol/ may scoff at me saying this but I really do see some similarities to the situation Russia was in after the Soviet Union collapsed vs. Russia today with the West's most loathed boogeyman Vladimir Putin ... and Germany after the First World War vs Germany when Hitler was in power. Reason I say that is look at their economic conditions during those periods. Both (vastly hated) leaders improved their economies. Hitler's administration restored sovereignty and prosperity to Germany much the way Putin's administration has to Russia after the Cold War.

Reader 06/28/2018 (Thu) 04:37:19 Id: 92dfe0 [Preview] No.10666 del
There's something very different about Putin compared to the rest who subvert and seek to destroy other countries. He's even been vocal about white preservation (which doesn't mean "white supremacy") plus moving away from their communist past. His public speeches supporting judaism, zionists, and mandating holocaust "denial" laws are what I look down on. To be expected, given his family tree. He's rewarding Russian families practicing Christian orthodoxy, rather than spitting at the mention of Jesus, which is what orthodox jews actually do if you've ever met one. It's all very strange, to be honest. While I don't trust the guy, it seems he's doing right by the Russian people. Now if only he'd lift even a finger every time Israel attacks Syria.

Good! Brexit Bill Becomes Law, Allowing UK To Leave The Modern Soviet Union Reader 06/26/2018 (Tue) 22:35:13 Id: 3cb5e0 [Preview] No. 10626 [Reply] [Last 50 Posts]
The British government’s so-called Brexit legislation that would allow the country to leave European Union became law Tuesday after Queen Elizabeth II gave her approval.

House Commons Speaker John Bercow announced that the European Union Withdrawal Bill received royal assent and passed into law. The announcement was cheered by pro-Brexit officials.

“I have to notify the House in accordance with the Royal Assent Act 1967 that her Majesty has signified her royal assent to the following acts ... European Union Withdrawal Act 2018,” Bercow said.

The bill was finally approved after months of debate. The legislation will translate thousands of pieces of EU law into British statute. Pro-EU lawmakers and members of the House of Lords tried to amend it to soften the terms of Britain's departure from the bloc.

Most of the changes were reversed by narrow votes. Pro-EU lawmakers said they will try to defeat the government on other EU-related legislation if it tries to push for a “hard Brexit” that disrupts close economic ties between Britain and Europe.

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Reader 06/27/2018 (Wed) 11:08:42 Id: 66767d [Preview] No.10633 del
>"Want to read more? Register."
I hate sites like this.

Reader 06/27/2018 (Wed) 13:15:49 Id: 990c95 [Preview] No.10634 del
Didn't May oppose this bill? I'm not a Brit so I don't know too much of the detail, if anyone from Britain here knows more fill us in.

Reader 06/28/2018 (Thu) 00:37:25 Id: 514c08 [Preview] No.10662 del

Seriously? Britain has to PAY to leave the EU? Why!? Doesn't that defeat the purpose of declaring your sovereignty? These cucks should be run out of office.

Reader 06/28/2018 (Thu) 01:02:37 [Preview] No.10663 del
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>always be a gentleman
>God serve the queen
>bow down to your masters
>only talk about peaceful solutions
>don't even lift a finger
>violence is bad but okay if it's arabs
>tolerance when your women are raped
>understanding when they're beaten senseless

Reader 06/28/2018 (Thu) 01:30:24 Id: 5a4a90 [Preview] No.10664 del
Its sad whats going on in Britain, the fact even they're free speech is threatened as well. But do not blame the victims, after all that is what they are, victims of tyranny. And this is EXACTLY what the so-called "progressives" here in America want and intend for us as well. Never, ever give up those guns because the second you do you just prove yourself to be their bitch and then you then can't and won't ever have a chance to fight back.

Justice Kennedy Retiring, Trump Gets 2nd Supreme Court Pick Reader 06/27/2018 (Wed) 19:00:12 Id: 849770 [Preview] No. 10649 [Reply] [Last 50 Posts]
Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy announced his retirement Wednesday, giving President Donald Trump a golden chance to cement conservative control of the high court.

The 81-year-old Kennedy said in a statement he is stepping down after more than 30 years on the court. A Republican appointee, he has held the key vote on such high-profile issues as abortion, affirmative action, gay rights, guns, campaign finance and voting rights.

Kennedy said he had informed his colleagues and Trump of his plans, and that his retirement will take effect at the end of July.

Trump praised Kennedy as a man of “tremendous vision” and said his search for a new justice would begin “immediately.”


Nominated by President Ronald Reagan and sworn in in 1988, Kennedy became a swing vote on the nine-member court. He often sided with his liberal colleagues, including in the landmark ruling that recognized same-sex marriage in 2015.

"For a member of the legal profession, it is the highest of honors to serve on this Court," he wrote. "Please permit me by this letter to express my profound gratitude for having had the privilege to seek in each case how best to know, interpret and defend the Constitution and the laws that must always conform to its mandates and promises.

The president's first nominee to the court, conservative Justice Neil Gorsuch, has already had an enormous effect on U.S. policy in narrowly-decided rulings this week related to Trump's ban on travel from certain countries, abortion and labor unions. The president said his next choice would come from a previously released list of 25 candidates. Possible candidates when Trump chose a replacement for the late arch conservative Antonin Scalia included Appeals Judges Thomas Hardiman and William Pryor, among others.

Replacing Kennedy with a conservative could have a massive long-term effect on the highest U.S. court. His decision to leave will have huge implications for the midterm elections, as Democrats and Republicans battle for control of the Senate. The chamber confirms Supreme Court justices.

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Reader 06/27/2018 (Wed) 23:25:44 Id: 7c19ff [Preview] No.10661 del
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>his face when hearing this news

Cuck Schumer Wants To Imprison Americans For Speaking Out Against Zionism Reader 06/27/2018 (Wed) 18:27:04 Id: da4270 [Preview] No. 10646 [Reply] [Last 50 Posts]

American citizens could be fined up to $1 million or imprisoned for up to 20 years for criticizing Israel or supporting the BDS boycott, thanks to new legislation sponsored by Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer.

Anyone guilty of violating the new prohibitions will face a minimum civil penalty of $250,000 and a maximum criminal penalty of $1 million and 20 years in prison under the new tyrannical law, if passed.

According to the ACLU, the Cardin legislation would “bar U.S. persons from supporting boycotts against Israel, including its settlements in the Palestinian Occupied Territories conducted by international governmental organizations, such as the United Nations and the European Union. It would also… include penalties for simply requesting information about such boycotts. Violations would be subject to a minimum civil penalty of $250,000 and a maximum criminal penalty of $1 million and 20 years in prison….This bill would impose civil and criminal punishment on individuals solely because of their political beliefs about Israel and its policies.”

HuffPost reports: https://archive.fo/eWclL

Why would anyone support such a law? Yes, lots of people (including me) oppose boycotting Israel (although I certainly support boycotting the settlements) but how is it even possible to criminalize simply supporting a boycott to protest the occupation? After all, we boycott states and municipalities here at home to protest discrimination based on race, sexual identity or anything else. Most recently, the state of North Carolina was faced with a boycott to protest its policy against allowing transgender people to use public bathrooms. How can it be legal to refuse to do business with North Carolina but illegal to refuse to do business with Israeli settlements?

The answer is simple: AIPAC, which is the lobby few Democrats (let alone Republicans) are willing to cross. Here is its “Call to Action” sent to every member of the House and Senate telling them, in no uncertain terms, that the Cardin bill is a top priority of the lobby. As for Cardin, it is no surprise that he is the lead sponsor of the bill (1) because he never, if ever, deviates from doing what the Israeli government wants and (2) he is one of the top recipients of campaign contributions from AIPAC officers and associated donors. The same can be said of Schumer who has always carried water for the lobby. (Both senators opposed President Obama’s bill to end sanctions on Iran in exchange for its terminating its nuclear weapons program.)

Am I being unfair to ascribe such venal motives to those Democrats who support this bill? I don’t think so because every single Democrat supporting this anti-free speech bill consistently opposes limits on free speech. Their support for this bill represents the only time they promoted legislation to curtail free speech. I cannot imagine any reason for this egregious offense against the First Amendment except to please AIPAC and their AIPAC associated donors.
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Reader 06/27/2018 (Wed) 18:52:19 Id: 592112 [Preview] No.10648 del
People simply aren't waking up in large enough numbers. If they pass laws restricting freedom of speech that specific, the only result will be a mass awakening. Then it won't matter how many people say "Globalists", "Illuminati", "the Deep State", "Reptilians". Everyone will know who's truly pulling the strings. Not a smart move by Schumer.

Reader 06/27/2018 (Wed) 20:11:34 Id: da4270 [Preview] No.10650 del
Well "globalists" is what Zionists are, the term "globalism" simply equates with imperialism... desiring an expansion for conquest or an empire. Zionists are known for this, but so is Britain and the US as well. Russia during the Soviet Union. The EU today. Hitler wanted a European empire, he desired conquest of neighboring nation states, even if he had good intentions as many believe. "Globalism" is typically viewed as an ideology that nation states should all be abolished and under the control of a one world government or bureaucracy. I'm opposed to that, whether its Zionists or the Soviets or whomever it may be. National sovereignty is an inherited right that must be protected by governments, military and citizenry.

Reader 06/27/2018 (Wed) 21:11:59 Id: 7d5d05 [Preview] No.10651 del
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Dude, look at how specific the bill it. It makes it blatantly clear who benefits from it and the punishments are insane. There are murderers who've spent less time in prison. That isn't even considering the shitshow it would cause because it violates this little thing Americans love called the FIRST FUCKING AMENDMENT.

Wake them up? Motherfucker, you don't even know. That kinda shit would literally trigger a whole new Night of the Long Knives.

Reader 06/27/2018 (Wed) 21:18:19 Id: da4270 [Preview] No.10652 del
Yah, your right, it is blatantly obvious ZOG controls our politicians and media and has them in their pockets. There is no question this will wake people up.

Reader 06/27/2018 (Wed) 22:20:45 Id: 592112 [Preview] No.10655 del
>Hitler wanted a European empire, he desired conquest of neighboring nation states
Good old Godwin's law. Hitler wasn't even mentioned and there you go.
>Dude, look at how specific the bill it.
I'm capable of reading "a minimum civil penalty of $250,000 and a maximum criminal penalty of $1 million and 20 years in prison". It was mentioned twice.
>Wake them up? Motherfucker, you don't even know. That kinda shit would literally trigger a whole new Night of the Long Knives.
Which means death to traitors. That's what I'm counting on.

Mother Catches Pedophile Kidnapping Child, Shoots Holes In His Throat Reader 06/27/2018 (Wed) 18:14:18 Id: 0b9ee2 [Preview] No. 10643 [Reply] [Last 50 Posts]
A notorious international pedophile has been found “inches from death” by police after a Virginia mother blew two holes in his throat with a handgun after he tried to kidnap her young daughter.

The furious mother found convicted child sex offender, Troy Skinner, attempting to enter her daughter’s bedroom armed with duct tape, pepper spray and a knife, and was forced to take immediate action.

Troy Skinner, 25, from Auckland, New Zealand, had carefully planned the attack which involved flying halfway around the world to kidnap the young girl, who he had “groomed on the internet“, according to Goochland County Sheriff Jim Agnew.


Mistakenly believing neither of the child’s parents were at home, Skinner smashed a glass door at the family’s home in Hollis Hills using a brick and tried to force his way into the terrified child’s bedroom.

However the girl’s mother was home at the time, and according to Sheriff Jim Agnew, she grabbed the family .22 caliber handgun and blew two holes in the pedophile’s throat.

According to Sheriff Agnew, Skinner’s actions left the mother with no option besides shooting him, saying:”All I can say is the manner in which he attempted to enter that home in the face of a firearm pointed at him and the implements we recovered from him – the only inference is that he had very bad intent.

“His arrival here was totally unexpected by anyone.

“He had been told in the past that the daughter no longer wished to communicate with him.“

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Reader 06/27/2018 (Wed) 18:15:40 Id: 0b9ee2 [Preview] No.10644 del
>blew two holes in his throat with a handgun

That was with a shotgun, YNW made a mishap, should have changed that in the OP.

Who Woulda Guessed? Another Leftist State, New Jersey, Faces Bankruptcy Due To DEBT Insolvency Reader 06/27/2018 (Wed) 16:59:13 Id: a758c8 [Preview] No. 10639 [Reply] [Last 50 Posts]
When in doubt, just keep raising taxes! Nevermind how we got into this mess, we'll spend our way out! It'll work this time, we promise!

Another democratic governor running a state bankrupt using any tactic whatsoever to bring it to the brink of insolvency for the sake of raising taxes just one more time.

In his first budget showdown with intransigent lawmakers from his own party, New Jersey Governor (and Goldman Sachs alum) Phil Murphy has made a major concession on his budget plan in a last-minute attempt to work out a compromise that would avert a shutdown of the state government on Saturday.

In a letter circulated to lawmakers, Murphy said that while he's unwilling to accept the legislature's budget - a budget that would raise the state's corporate income tax to the highest level in the country - he'd be willing to work out a compromise plan that included a smaller corporate tax hike and also eliminated a budget shortfall that would've left the state with a $100 million deficit and no emergency reserves, according to NJ.com.

"I remain ... unable to certify that the revenues contained in this budget are sufficient to fund the programs we all support. Failure to provide sufficient funding places all of these programs at risk," Murphy wrote.

"It is not too late for us to bridge this shortfall," he continued.

Murphy offered a more modest increase in the Corporation Business Tax, a smaller increase on taxes on personal income over $1 million and a two-year phase-in of a sales tax hike. Democrats had reportedly discussed similar concessions last week, but those talks ultimately broke down. But despite the opposition, Murphy insists that his new "merged" bill represents a "significant compromise" from his initial plan, which would've restored the sales tax from 6.625% to 7% and would've raised the 8.97% marginal tax rate on gross income over $1 million to 10.75%, and remains the best path forward for the state.

Of course, passing a fiscally responsible budget is more important than ever before for New Jersey, which was forced to "immediately halt state spending and hiring" earlier this month in a desperate attempt to close out the fiscal year with the state's general fund in the green, as the state's reserve funds have dwindled.

Meanwhile, the proposal passed by Senate President Stephen Sweeney (who lost out to Murphy in the gubernatorial primary) and Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin would create two new tiers for businesses, levying 11.5% on businesses with net income between $1 million and $25 million while charging 13% on businesses with net income over $25 million. Murphy has insisted that any increase in the business rate must not be large enough to make New Jersey an outlier. Furthermore, any new taxes must be extended for more than two years (the budget passed by the legislature relies mostly on short-term tax hikes). Whether the stalemate ends with a compromise, government shutdown or $855 million in spending cuts should the legislator pass Murphy's budget still remains to be seen. But after a meeting between the two factions yesterday failed to yield any progress, it's looking like this budget battle could go down to the wire.

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Reader 06/27/2018 (Wed) 17:01:05 Id: a758c8 [Preview] No.10640 del
I was never the biggest fan of Reagan, but this quote is absolutely true and many Americans today could learn from it. You can't spend your way out of debt. Thats why you are in debt in the first place!

Supreme Court Rules Against Unions Mandatory Fees Reader 06/27/2018 (Wed) 15:32:22 Id: 17cf3d [Preview] No. 10638 [Reply] [Last 50 Posts]
In a 5-4 ruling Tuesday, The Supreme Court ruled that public sector unions for state and local employees can't force non-members to pay a "fair-share" union fee.

As The Hill details, SCOTUS ruled that the extraction of agency fees from non-consenting public sector employees violates the First Amendment.

The case centers on an Illinois law, similar to those in 22 other states, that allow public-sector unions to collect a “fair-share fee” from employees for non-political activities like collective bargaining, regardless of whether those employees belong to the union or not.

Mark Janus, a state child support specialist at the center of the case, argued against having to give up about $45 from each paycheck to the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) Council 31. Doing so, he said, violates his First Amendment rights because it forces him to support the union’s messaging.

The union, AFSCME, argues it needs the “fair-share” funds to offset the significant costs it incurs negotiating working conditions for all employees. State laws allowing unions to collect these fees are justified, the union said, to avoid a situation where nonunion members get a "free ride."

A group of 15 public sector unions, warned the court in a friend of the court brief that eliminating fair-share fees would eviscerate public sector unions, depriving them of resources they need to perform their essential public functions.

“The elimination of fair-share fees would create an all-or-nothing choice for the workers whom unions represent: pay union dues or pay nothing but still receive the benefits a union provides,” they wrote.

“In that world, many rational employees will choose to become free riders.”

President Trump seems pleased with the court's verdict, noting that this is "big loss for the coffers of the Democrats!"

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Harley-Davidson Announces They Will Outsource Angering Employees, Trump Threatens Mass Tariffs Against Them Reader 06/26/2018 (Tue) 13:54:05 Id: 14ac96 [Preview] No. 10608 [Reply] [Last 50 Posts]
Even after Harley Davidson became the first American company "to wave the white flag" and announce, in an 8-K filing, that it planned to move some production offshore to compensate for EU tariffs, the workers at the Harley Davidson plant in Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin are standing by their president even though the Financial Times reports that "they could end up as collateral damage."

Surprised that Harley-Davidson, of all companies, would be the first to wave the White Flag. I fought hard for them and ultimately they will not pay tariffs selling into the E.U., which has hurt us badly on trade, down $151 Billion. Taxes just a Harley excuse - be patient! #MAGA

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 25, 2018

The company said Monday that it would increase production at its facilities in India, Brazil and Thailand to avoid paying some $100 million - or roughly $2,000 per bike - in tariffs to the EU.

But this decision hasn't translated into worker anger directed at the president. An informal survey of workers during a smoke break at the factory by the FT found that most - if not all - support President Trump's bid to revive American manufacturing by instigating a trade fight, even if Harley's EU sales have risen as a percentage of the company's overall sales in recent years.

What's more, several workers appear to agree with President Trump's assessment that the company's decision to move production is "just a Harley excuse" after Harley closed its plant in Kansas City. In other words, the company is taking advantage of the EU tariffs, and opportunistically "blaming it on Trump."

Asked whether they blame the president or the EU for causing Harley’s offshoring decision, most say emphatically that they blame only the Europeans. "The president was just trying to save the US aluminum and steel industry," one said approvingly.


Reader 06/26/2018 (Tue) 13:54:46 Id: 14ac96 [Preview] No.10609 del
President Trump just turned the rhetoric dial to 11 with a tweet that proclaims "the beginning of the end" for Harley Davidson. As we noted previously the majority of Harley employees back Trump and blame EU and as Trump notes "employees and customers are already very angry with them."

A Harley-Davidson should never be built in another country-never! Their employees and customers are already very angry at them. If they move, watch, it will be the beginning of the end - they surrendered, they quit! The Aura will be gone and they will be taxed like never before!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 26, 2018

We would expect a response from Harley as this is very much fighting talk from the President.

In an early Tuesday tweet, Trump said that "early this year Harley-Davidson said they would move much of their plant operations in Kansas City to Thailand. That was long before Tariffs were announced. Hence, they were just using Tariffs/Trade War as an excuse."

Early this year Harley-Davidson said they would move much of their plant operations in Kansas City to Thailand. That was long before Tariffs were announced. Hence, they were just using Tariffs/Trade War as an excuse. Shows how unbalanced & unfair trade is, but we will fix it.....

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 26, 2018

As a reminder, on Monday, Harley-Davidson said the 31% tariff the EU imposed on its motorcycles would raise the cost of each bike it ships there by over $2,000. The tariffs from the EU are a response to steel and aluminum tariffs from the Trump administration.

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Reader 06/26/2018 (Tue) 15:10:48 Id: 14ac96 [Preview] No.10612 del
Trade tariffs are bound to hurt certain sectors and benefit others, which is why trade wars can be very risky for all sides. The benefits have been seen mostly in the steel industry which is now coming back to the US, however for companies that relied on cheaper foreign steel this will cost them more money affecting their bottom line profits. Then there is the factor of retaliatory tariffs imposed by other nations which Harley-Davidson got hit with. They responded by outsourcing more jobs. So now Harley-Davidson not only got on the EU's bad side, but also the US's bad side... and that is not good for them or their workers at all. And considering their base is mostly conservative I expect they'll be hit with boycotts as well. They should have just stayed here and weathered out the storm but instead they are digging a deeper hole for themselves. Expect crazier shit like this to happen, trade wars do have consequences: some positive and some negative.

Reader 06/26/2018 (Tue) 23:19:08 Id: 5daf00 [Preview] No.10628 del
Maybe they should stop claiming to build "American" motorcycles with Chinese parts then.

Reader 06/27/2018 (Wed) 13:33:44 Id: 79fc3b [Preview] No.10637 del
EXACTLY. The greedy owners are just pissed they'll be forced to purchase more costly steel refined from the USA. I'll admit when I buy USA-grade steel at the hardware store it is more costly when smelted and refined from states like Connecticut but you know your getting good quality stuff to work with as well supporting American workers so to me that's worth the extra cost. Big businesses look at it like its the end of the damned world if their bottom line profits are affected by a slight margin. I hope Trump slaps them with tariffs for selling out, serves them right.