Thrillist Staff Votes To Unionize

The vast majority of eligible staff at Thrillist have voted to unionize, adding the popular lifestyle and culture news site to the growing ranks of digital media outlets where employees enjoy collective bargaining rights.
Ninety-five percent of Thrillist’s staff voted to designate the Writers Guild of America, East, as their collective bargaining agent, the union announced on Wednesday. A total of 65 editorial, video and distribution workers in the union bargaining unit were eligible to vote online over a 24-hour period that ended on Tuesday evening. The final tally in the election was 56 to 3 in favor of unionizing, according to the guild.
Staff will now begin negotiations with Thrillist’s management to craft their first union contract.
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Inspiring Confidence Does Not Seem To Be Rex Tillerson’s Strong Suit

As you may know, the Independent Journal Review’s Erin McPike recently scored the first big one-on-one interview with President Donald Trump’s secretary of state, former award-winning Exxon-Mobil CEO Rex Tillerson, and has fashioned a first-of-its-kind profile of America’s new chief diplomat. You can just imagine the sort of opportunity this presented Tillerson. Here he is, following in the footsteps of Daniel Webster, Henry Kissinger, Dean Acheson and others, with his first big chance to lay out his vision, goals and priorities, and cement a Tillerson Doctrine.
So what’s his Big Idea? Per Tillerson: “I didn’t want this job. I didn’t seek this job... My wife told me I’m supposed to do this.”
Well, that sure is stirring, no doubt music to the ears of State Department lifers. “When [Trump] asked Continue reading "Inspiring Confidence Does Not Seem To Be Rex Tillerson’s Strong Suit"

Caitlyn Jenner Will Get Candid With Diane Sawyer Once Again

Two years after their first history-making interview, Caitlyn Jenner will sit down with ABC’s Diane Sawyer once more. 
Jenner, 67, will chat with Sawyer on April 21 to mark the second anniversary of their 2015 interview, in which the Olympian spoke at length about identifying as transgender for the first time. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the hour-long “20/20” interview will coincide with the release of Jenner’s memoirThe Secrets of My Life.
Details on the specifics of the interview are minimal, but the two have a lot to catch up on. In the two years since the first “20/20” interview, Jenner has become a bona-fide icon for the trans community with her own E! reality series, “I Am Cait.” Her TV appearances include Amazon’s “Transparent” and “The Celebrity Apprentice.” 
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The Guardian Continues To Pare U.S. Edition

The Guardian plans to cut costs in its U.S. operation by 20 percent and is offering staff members buyouts for the second time in six months, with layoffs possibly to follow, according to sources familiar with the decision. 
The British-based Guardian newspaper announced in September it was reducing staff in its U.S.-facing digital operation by 30 percent. Twenty journalists took buyouts in the fall, according to a source who is not authorized to speak on behalf of the publication. Some senior-level staffers have since left the company and have not been replaced.
Management informed staff Wednesday there would be more cuts, and gave employees a two-week window to apply for buyouts. Layoffs could follow if enough employees don’t voluntarily leave. 
The Guardian US union committee said in a statement it “was disappointed to hear Guardian management announce further job cuts.”
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Truth In Politics: This Way Lies Madness

I spent decades in public office and know the political vagaries of truth as well as anyone. People advocate, tweak, argue, spin and more. But there’s been little patience for lies. Truth is hard to define. It’s not opinion, and it’s not fact, and it’s almost impossible to know in a particular controversy. Is it true that global warming is caused by humans and endangers life on earth? Is it true that Putin intervened in the election? Is Darwinism true?
Whatever its’ particular limitations, there was a widely accepted desire to seek the truth in politics and to honor it as a common good and everyone’s goal. That’s no longer the case. And the consequences are disastrous.
The Trump accusations about “sick” Obama wiretapping him were always dangerous, in the same way that his birther accusations were dangerous. There is no restraining internal mechanism and once loosed upon the body Continue reading "Truth In Politics: This Way Lies Madness"

Rex Tillerson On Being Secretary Of State: ‘I Didn’t Want This Job’

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson revealed in his first interview since taking office that initially he did not want the position.
I didn’t want this job. I didn’t seek this job,” he told the conservative news outlet Independent Journal Review.
When an aide asked him why he accepted the position anyway, he responded: “My wife told me I’m supposed to do this.”
The former Exxon Mobil CEO said that when then-president elect Donald Trump requested a meeting with him in December, their first-ever meeting, Tillerson was under the impression that they would discuss issues “about the world” and his experience at Exxon Mobil.
“When he asked me at the end of that conversation to be secretary of state, I was stunned,” he said.
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Pastor Claims Anointed Cake Stopped A Guy From Being Gay

A conservative preacher and vocal supporter of President Donald Trump shared claims an “anointed” cake “saved” a gay bartender. 
Lance Wallnau was answering a question via a Periscope session from a viewer who wanted to stop her son from being gay, according to a video that Right Wing Watch posted online. 
In response, he shared the story of “hookers” who got “saved” and wanted to help a bar owner “who was gay and very adamantly anti-Christian.”
So they baked him a cake and prayed over it, he said.
“It was an anointed cake,” Wallnau said. “The power of God hit him while he was eating the cake.” 
Wallnau claimed the bar owner felt “the presence of God” while eating the cake and underwent some kind of transformation and was eventually baptized.
“The spirit that was working him got broken off,” he said. “I’m telling you, it’s a story. Continue reading "Pastor Claims Anointed Cake Stopped A Guy From Being Gay"