Amazon Workers Strike on Cyber Monday - The Monday AM Quickie 11/26/23

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Black Friday Means Big Discounts and Labor Strife

Black Friday is no longer the violent stampede of desperate consumers it once was, but along with Cyber Monday, it's still a major shopping day – and a major headache for overworked, underpaid retail employees, delivery drivers, and factory workers. Labor is fighting back. Thousands of Amazon workers went on strike in several European countries, an action they plan to continue through today. In Seattle, Macy's workers went on strike for better wages and more help dealing with shoplifters. At the same time, unions in Sweden have rallied around Tesla workers, both supporting their strike and refusing to do any business with the company. The immediate result is that mechanics won't work on Tesla cars and Swedish postal workers won't deliver Tesla license plates in the mail – meaning that the cars can't be driven on public roads. "This is insane," Elon Musk posted on X.

Hamas and Israel Exchange Prisoners, Eye Long-Term Ceasefire

Hamas has released three groups of prisoners, returning dozens of people to Israel who the militant group kidnapped from their homes near the Gaza border on October 7. Israel, in turn, has released about 78 imprisoned Palestinian women and children, some of whom had never been charged with crimes. Hamas has also released a number of Thai migrant workers who were seized on Oct. 7. The exchanges were facilitated by the Red Cross and have spawned hopes of a longer-term truce.

Despite the ceasefire in Gaza, Israel continues conducting military operations in the West Bank. A merchant near Ramallah spoke to NPR about the ongoing conflict:

"It's good that we have a truce in Gaza, but there is no truce in the West Bank. They still raid our villages, they still raid our refugee camps ... make arrests and attack people."

Palestinian-American College Students Shot in Vermont

Three friends, all 20 years old and of Palestinian descent, were shot by a man in Burlington, Vermont. The young men were speaking Arabic and two were wearing keffiyehs, leading authorities to believe they were deliberately targeted based on their identity. The three victims are hospitalized, one of them with serious injuries, and the attack is being investigated as a hate crime. The shooter, a 48-year-old man named Jason J. Eaton, was arrested yesterday afternoon.


  • Argentina's Javier Milei Visits the US The eccentric far-right libertarian – whose policy preferences include bitcoin, closing his country's central bank, and opening up marketplaces for selling human organs – arrived in Washington, D.C. yesterday. He plans to meet with officials from the White House, the Treasury Department, and the International Monetary Fund. via Bloomberg.
  • US Military Weapons Causing Brain Injuries Following a recent investigation into brain damage suffered by U.S. artillery gunners in Syria, the Times reports that the problem is wider than previously known. Special Operations soldiers, who favor powerful shoulder-fired rocket launchers, are also suffering brain trauma. via The New York Times.
  • Derek Chauvin Stabbed in Prison Derek Chauvin, the Minneapolis police officer found guilty of murdering George Floyd, was stabbed in prison by a fellow inmate on Friday. Chauvin is in stable condition. via The Guardian.
  • Elon Musk To Visit Israel Tech mogul Elon Musk, who has endorsed antisemitic posts on the site formerly known as Twitter, will visit Israel today, meeting with top officials and families of Israeli hostages in Gaza. via Reuters.



That's how many days of school were canceled due to the Portland Teachers' Union strike, the first in the city's history. After a provisional deal was reached yesterday, Portland's students are expected to return to class today. The union didn't get everything it wanted, and the rank-and-file still have to vote to ratify the contract, but they did make progress on higher wages, soft caps on class sizes, and more planning time for instruction.


11/27: Happy Monday! Sam and Emma speak with Naomi Klein, professor of Climate Justice at the University of British Columbia, to discuss her recent book Doppelganger: A Trip into the Mirror World.


Sam Seder Prays Mike Lindell Gets His Dream Job

The wacky MyPillow CEO and election denier still has big political aspirations.

Jon Stewart SHREDS Dishonest Moron's Inflation Lies

Jon Stewart comes out swinging against former Treasury Secretary, friend of Jeffrey Epstein, and newly appointed OpenAI board member Larry Summers. Satisfaction follows.


"I’ve been able to make my dream projects already. But my favorite film of all time is Jurassic Park, so I would love to get in on the dinosaurs. Well, first and foremost, it’s very erotic. I think humans and dinosaurs have gotten to that stage in their time together where things are starting to get quite thrilling. So, there’s a marriage between a  man and a velociraptor and it’s basically a domestic drama."

-- Emerald Fennell, a rising writer-actor-director, talking to Deadline about her vision of a very sexy inter-species dinosaur romance.

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