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Hump day lunch links

Lunch linksHopefully, you’re reading this post after having attended today’s NC Policy Watch Crucial Conversation luncheon on sea level rise with Prof. Rob Young, but if not, you can still catch a video of Young’s presentation on the main Policy Watch website shortly – stay tuned.

And speaking of Crucial Conversation luncheons, be sure to sign up for our next big event on December 3 – “Parents in life, strangers on paper: How North Carolina laws barring second-parent adoption and marriage for same-sex couples jeopardize families and their children.” Click here for more information.

And speaking of discrimination against LGBT kids and families, click here to read Lindsay Wagner’s story on a supposedly “Christian” school that will be eligible for public funding in the near future despite lifting up hate and discrimination as two of its core values.

And also click here to learn more about how Oklahoma finds it so distasteful to do anything to help married same-sex couples that it has gone so far as to drop national guard benefits for all couples.  How ‘bout that for some “family values”?

And speaking of distasteful things, McDonald’s is in the news today. The Los Angeles Times reports that the fast food giant’s slumping sales have convinced it to add a third drive through window at the new stores it’s constructing.

Fortunately, however, for recently retired McDonald’s CEO Jim Skinner, the hard times in fast food pose no problem. As Jim Hightower writes on Common Dreams this morning, Skinner skipped away last year with a $27.7 million pay package for leaving a job in which it was his duty to “pay poverty wages to McDonald’s workers, shove thousands of them onto food stamps and other programs paid for by taxpayers, and lobby aggressively to prevent any increases in the minimum wage or any tax hikes on uber-rich elites like him.”

Finally, speaking of things that make a sane person want to blow something up, U.S. Senate leader Harry Reid is moving closer “going nuclear” on the filibuster after the latest ridiculous blockage of highly-qualified Obama Court of Appeals nominee. The Washington Post reports this morning that:

“With Senate Republicans blocking a third Obama nomination to the powerful D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals, a senior Senate Democratic leadership aide tells me Reid is now all but certain to move to change the Senate rules by simple majority — doing away with the filibuster on executive and judicial nominations, with the exception of the Supreme Court – as early as this week.”

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