Tellwut US Newsletter - 50 Exclusive Points - July 23 2021

Newsletter 07/23/2021

‘Right To Repair’ Proposal Unanimously Backed By Federal Trade Commission

The Federal Trade Commission formally pledged to take on unlawful “right to repair” restrictions in a new policy statement issued Wednesday. The new policy could spell trouble for smartphone manufacturers like Apple that strictly inhibit users’ abilities to repair their own devices.

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Bust of KKK leader Nathan Bedford Forrest removed from Tennessee Capitol

For the first time since the 1970s, the Tennessee Capitol is no longer home to a bust of early Ku Klux Klan leader and Confederate general Nathan Bedford Forrest. After years of controversy, the bust was officially removed Friday morning. House Speaker Cameron Sexton voted no. "Trying to judge past generations’ actions based on today’s values and the evolution of societies is not an exercise I am willing to do because I think it is counterproductive," Sexton said in a statement. "It is much more productive to learn from our past and not repeat the imperfections of the past. Any attempt to erase the past only aligns society with the teaching of communism, which believes the present dominates the past."

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Chicago Public Schools to require masks, enforce 3-foot social distancing

Chicago Public Schools announced Thursday that masks will be worn by everyone when schools return to in-person learning on August 30.

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Frito Lays Workers Ask Public Not To Buy Products

Hundreds of Frito-Lay workers in Topeka, Kan., are in their third week of a strike, citing so-called "suicide shifts" and poor working conditions at the manufacturing and distribution plant at a time when the company's net revenue growth has exceeded all of its targets. Employees say sweltering 90-degree temperatures on the picket line are preferable to the 100-degree-plus heat that awaits them inside the manufacturing warehouse on any given summer day. They're demanding an end to mandatory overtime and 84-hour weeks that they argue leaves little room for a meaningful quality of life. They're also seeking raises that match cost-of-living increases.

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