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Positive headlines: less nukes, higher wages [27 Oct 2005|01:28am]

I'm usually all about the bad news. Today I noticed some good news.


WASHINGTON - The Bush administration is abandoning its push to develop a "bunker-buster" nuclear warhead and instead will pursue a conventional weapon that can penetrate hardened underground targets.

Ok, we'll just ignore the part of the sentence after "and" and be happy with the first half. They've been real stuck on this "bunker buster" idea. It'll probably come back some day, but for now I'll be happy with the fact that, while they are still drooling over weapons we don't need, at least they aren't weapons that undermine international treaties and diplomacy by their very existence. I guess in the end it was Saddam's bunkers they thought they were going to have to bust, and his bunker turned out to be real shallow and in a hut.

Also, from the AFL-CIO Working Families e-Activist Network:

Faced with massive public outrage, President George W. Bush is restoring wages he cut for the construction workers who will rebuild the hurricane-damaged Gulf Coast.

Right after Hurricane Katrina hit, President Bush signed an executive order allowing federal contractors to pay substandard wages to construction workers who will rebuild the Gulf Coast--workers who already had lost so much and were struggling to rebuild their lives and their communities.

which remedies some of the problems I mentioned before (apparently in contribution to a massive public outrage). There are still plenty. But, one down. The pay cuts will be lifted on November 8.

Here's to brighter days.

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