6 random things for Friday (Tim Hortons, marijuana, Ron Paul on Iran)

News Story of the Day: it isn’t just a single Tim Hortons location in Ontario that is implementing new policies to counteract the minimum wage hike. Six more Ontario stores have decided to install unpaid breaks and slash medical benefits.

From CBC:

Employees at six more Tim Hortons franchises have revealed to CBC Toronto they’re facing cuts to paid breaks after Ontario’s minimum wage hike earlier this month.

An employee at a Whitby, Ont. branch of the fast-food chain says workers found a note posted in the staff bathroom, stating that as of Jan. 1, all six franchises could no longer afford to pay for employees’ 15-minute breaks.

The same notice was posted at five other locations in Durham region owned by the same franchisees, the full-time employee said, adding that the change means she will lose $2,000 dollars annually. “It’s a half-hour off my shift,” she said.

Like the situation in Seattle, employees are expecting to actually lose money as a result of a higher minimum wage.

Of course, across the province, the media is painting a different picture: it’s not because of the Liberal Party’s wage policies, but rather it is the evil small business owners that are hurting these workers.

Chart of the Day: peer-to-peer decentralized digital currency has had a strong start to 2018, trading above $16,000. Kitco News produced this chart to show its admirable increase in the first week of 2018:

Illustration of the Day: fake news hasn’t just blossomed out of nowhere. The mainstream media has perfected fake news for years (Iraq, anyone?), but only now someone is calling them out. Whether it is omission or careful selection, the media regularly participates in some good old-fashioned fake news:

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Quote of the Day: former Reagan budget Director David Stockman has published a new article entitled “The War Party’s Desperate Assault on ‘America First,’” and it is a compelling read. Here is an excerpt:

The major — perhaps only — redeeming virtue of the Donald’s ersatz campaign platform was his clear intent to seek a rapprochement with Russia, revamp America’s commitments to NATO and other cold war relics and to discard “Regime Change” as the core tenant of foreign policy in favor of an “America First” approach to domestic security and safety.

Those eminently sensible notions struck the Deep State’s raison d’etre to the quick. The fact is, there would be no justification for the $800 billion defense, intelligence and foreign aid apparatus on which the very prosperity of the Imperial City depends in the absence of a large state-based enemy; or, better still, without an imperial foreign policy that is implicitly designed to either bully or remove recalcitrant governments anywhere on the planet — whether or not they have the intent or capacity to harm the US homeland.

And that’s not the half of it. Lurking not far below the surface of the “America First” slogan was the ghost of Senator Robert Taft’s profoundly correct understanding that free enterprise prosperity, minimal government and maximum personal liberty were incompatible with a permanent, fiscally debilitating Warfare State leviathan designed to function as the world’s boots-&-suits-on-the-ground hegemony.

Tweet of the Day: anti-post Attorney General Jeff Sessions is reportedly going after states that have legalized marijuana. It is a ridiculous initiative on the part of the AG, especially since the GOP lambasted former President Barack Obama for his lack of 10th Amendment respect. What the heck is wrong with Sessions? Journalist Glenn Greenwald tweeted something interest:

Video of the Day: Ron Paul and Daniel McAdams are out with another great edition of the Ron Paul Liberty Report to analyze the protests in Iran, and what this could mean for the nuclear deal between Washington and Tehran.

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