Dignity of Work

Written by SK Ashby

(Cartoonist - Matt Davies)

In other news, China's foreign ministry said existing tariffs must be rolled back as part of "phase one" of Trump's "greatest and biggest deal ever" in some of their first public comments on that specific matter.

Meanwhile, North Korea says they will resume calling Trump a "dotard," so there's that.

Finally, Russian spies who've assassinated or attempted to assassinate targets in Europe including Sergei Skripal have reportedly basing their operations out of the French Alps.

According to Le Monde, British, Swiss, French, and US intelligence have drawn up a list of 15 members of the 29155 unit of Russia's GRU military spy agency who all passed through France’s Haute-Savoie mountains close to the Swiss and Italian borders.

They stayed between 2015 and late 2018, notably in the towns of Evian, Annemasse and Chamonix - the scene of a ski chase in the 1999 James Bond film, The World Is Not Enough.

They arrived from London, Moscow, Spain and often Geneva.

The Le Monde report added five new names to those already published by online investigative outlets such as Bellingcat and The Insider.

Their identities and movements were uncovered during a joint probe by allied counterespionage services in the wake of the attempted poisoning of defector Sergei Skripal in Salisbury in March 2018, said the paper. [...]

"The most likely hypothesis is to consider it (Haute-Savoie) as a rear base for all the clandestine operations carried out by unit 29155 in Europe," said a senior French intelligence official, quoted by Le Monde.

Forgive the light posting today. I simply ran out of time before I had to leave for dinner with family.

Fuck this

“We’re taking action to reform our SNAP program in order to restore the dignity of work to a sizable segment of our population and be respectful of the taxpayers who fund the program,” Perdue said. “Americans are generous people who believe it is their responsibility to help their fellow citizens when they encounter a difficult stretch. That’s the commitment behind SNAP, but, like other welfare programs, it was never intended to be a way of life.”