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    The Daily Troll: Meet Microsoft's 'transformation.' JBLM: Child refugee home? Patty Murray takes birth control lead.

    With change in the works, can Microsoft layoffs be far behind?
    The Daily Troll: News for your evening commute.

    The Daily Troll: News for your evening commute. Art work by Noel Franklin

    Microsoft memo: Transformational?

    Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella released a lengthy memo today that seeks to focus the company on becoming "the productivity and platform company for the mobile-first and cloud-first world." Accompanying the memo online, the company's banner photo of Nadella (a snippet is below) conveys a nice sense of energy, which goes well with his talk about transforming the company, serving customers and empowering people worldwide.

    When companies talk transformation, however, workers have learned to check for the circling of HR representatives bearing bad news. Nadella declined to discuss the possibility of job cuts with The Seattle Times' Janet Tu; Bloomberg reports that "people familiar with the company's plans" say workforce reductions are likely. That could be less energizing. — J.C. 

    Will JBLM shelter migrant children? 

    Sylvia Mathews Burwell, U.S. Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services, is considering moving over 600 Central American children to Joint Base Lewis-McChord and the city of Lakewood isn't too happy about it. The move would be part of the government’s response to the thousands of children crossing the border fleeing violence and poverty in Central America. The News Tribune reports that a letter from Lakewood city officials raised concerns about the spread of communicable diseases, and wondered how housing the children would impact “the ability of JBLM to focus on its primary mission.”

    According to the department of Health and Human Services, local governments won’t be financially impacted, since the agency plans to cover all costs for the children. (Find answers to frequently asked questions on the HHS website.) Rep. Denny Heck, D-Olympia, reached out to Burwell for more information. Heck is supporting the Obama administration’s call to Congress to provide $3.7 billion to fund emergency housing and beefed up border protection.

    “While I recognize the extreme danger these children experience in their home countries, [Central American] governments need to enforce their own rule of law such that these children aren’t forced to flee for their lives,” he wrote in a statement. — M.L.

    Democrats riding the Hobby Lobby horse

    Liberal fury over the Hobby Lobby decision is reaching a crescendo as Sens. Patty Murray, D- Washington, and Mark Udall, D-Colorado, introduced a bill that would override the recent Supreme Court ruling and require employers to cover birth control under health insurance, regardless of religious beliefs. “People across the country understand that if bosses can deny birth control, they can deny vaccines, HIV treatment or other basic health services for their employers or their dependents,” said Sen. Murray in a press conference Wednesday. She then took to Twitter today, tweeting a storm of sound bites under the #NotMyBossBusiness hashtag.

    The bill, sponsored exclusively by Democrats, is being fast-tracked through the Senate and could be heard as early as next week, according to the Huffington Post. Since sister legislation in the House is unlikely to break through the conservative clutches of Speaker John Boehner, the Senate bill may wind up being just another way for Democratic senators to rally supporters before the upcoming election season. — M.L.

    Weed Week in Review

    KUOW's Friday Week in Review roundtable discussion (10 a.m.) will have Luke Burbank sitting in as host for recently named host Bill Radke (on vacation). Crosscut's Knute Berger will be among the news panelists on a show that will include some substantial discussion of, you guessed it, legal pot. Berger will be writing about his own relationship with the drug on Crosscut tomorrow morning. (The show is at 10 a.m. on KUOW).  — J.C. 

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    Posted Thu, Jul 10, 10:55 p.m. Inappropriate

    Just to be clear, in case Sen. Murray actually doesn't know it, nothing in the Hobby Lobby case requires anyone to get a permission slip from anyone's boss for contraception or anything else.


    Posted Fri, Jul 11, 8:47 a.m. Inappropriate

    She knows it, she is just trying to disturb sheyt, since ignoring the facts has been her stock-in-trade for some time.

    Never let a crisis go to waste, or let something easy become hard.

    The Geezer


    Posted Fri, Jul 11, 8:59 a.m. Inappropriate

    Progressives, explian to me this - why is birth control so sancrosanct, but vision and dental are not covered? One needs to see and chew more than they need to recreate horizontally.


    Posted Mon, Jul 14, 9:36 a.m. Inappropriate

    Vision and dental are not traditionally covered under health insurance plans but under separate policies and providers.


    Posted Sun, Jul 13, 12:23 p.m. Inappropriate

    Heck is reflecting the Obama spin that within the last few months crime and gang activity have skyrocketed causing many tens of thousands to come to the U.S.
    But keep in mind that very few minors were making this journey until the Obama Administration went around Congress and gave work permits to hundreds of thousands of younger illegal aliens two years ago. The number storming our border has increased rapidly as the news media have trumpeted around the world that if Congress doesn't pass an even-larger amnesty the Administration will grant the amnesty on its own.

    The kids now know that the Obama Administration says: All people arriving at the border must know they will be placed in deportation proceedings
    And it MEANS to them: Not that all will be deported, but that they will be put in a process where:
    1) they may be provided a taxpayer-provided lawyer who will work to extend the process for years,
    2) they likely will be relocated to the interior of the U.S.,
    3) they eventually will be released into the general population and ordered to appear later in court but likely never will, and
    All at great cost to this country, and a policy devoid of any real thought of consequences. How many can this country absorb? 50,000? 100,000? 100 million?--- of those now living in unsustainable circumstances and realizing that politicians here are pandering to them and pushing ever-more legislation rewarding them for coming here?
    Any one not concerned about this should seek a full understanding of the word "sustainable."

    Posted Mon, Jul 14, 1:17 a.m. Inappropriate

    If they must be resettled here, Pierce County is not the right place. Instead, King County - Seattle in particular - would be more appropriate. It is a "sanctuary city" after all, and the people of Seattle are considerably more enlightened than the residents of the rest of Washington state. In Seattle, the children would have a vibrant, enriching experience, and so would Seattle residents, who could enjoy for the first time the rich culture of agrarian Central America first-hand. Additionally, Seattle lacks children. What better way to ensure the vitality of the city than to provide it with hundreds - nay, thousands - of Guatemalan children?

    Think of the jobs it would provide to local educated professionals, who could develop the nation's first bilingual English/Mayan programs and work to eradicate tropical disease in a world-renowned medical center. Because it is summer, why not house the families and children in dorms at the University of Washington? Surely there is enough space this time of year.

    As the Mayans say:

    "Nya b’a’n tu’n t-xi tewin chib’aj cye tuliy, ku’n ajo chib’aj b’e’x cy-elil× chuk-ix."

    (It is not good to hide good food from visitors because it will turn into worms.)

    Good advice to Seattle, which is the city with the good food.


    Posted Wed, Jul 16, 10 a.m. Inappropriate

    I'm reminded of all the reasons given those on the SS St. Louis as it tried to dock in the US. It was full of Jewish refugees trying to get to America. The main line was "If we let them in, we'll be inundated with others!"



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