Midday open thread: GM cutting workforce; new technology may reduce huge rape-kit backlog

Today’s comic by Tom Tomorrow is The great detective:

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General Motors ending production of some models, slashing North American workforce: 

General Motors is closing plants in Canada, Ohio, Maryland and Michigan and cutting its workforce by 15 percent as it looks to curtail costs amid expectations that the North American auto sector will lose further steam. […]

In October, GM offered buyouts to 18,000 white-collar workers as part of a cost-cutting initiative. The company said it is aiming to save $6.5 billion in “cost efficiencies” through 2018. GM has yet to say how many workers accepted buyouts, or if it’s close to meeting the staff reduction goals it set to better withstand leaner times. […]

Industry analysts are already plotting out possible targets for GM, including its sprawling Lordstown plant in northeastern Ohio. The car produced there is also is built in Mexico. The once-bustling factory already has lost two of its three shifts and 3,000 union jobs since the beginning of last year.

• Advances in forensic science and robotics may help law enforcement analyze some of the country’s 225,000 unprocessed rape kits:

THIS PAST JANUARY, a woman was walking along a road in Tumwater, Washington, when a man pulled her into the woods and raped her. This rape might not have happened had police quickly processed evidence from the sexual assault exam — or “rape kit”— from another Tumwater rape the previous summer. But because it took nearly six months for experts to analyze and match the DNA, the suspect had the opportunity to attack again. […]

Such complaints are not new, but advances in forensic DNA technology and robotics suggest that the rape kit backlog may finally be improving. A technique optimized by criminalists at the Oakland Police Department in California, for example, makes it faster and easier to differentiate between the attacker’s and victim’s cells. And thanks, in part, to new robotic equipment, Ohio officials recently processed nearly 14,000 backlogged rape kits in seven years and identified more than 300 serial rapists.

 MIDDAY TWEET

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Why be surprised? They did the same thing to CITIZENS in North Dakota in 2016. They even brought in snipers, attack dogs, batons, buck shot, pepper spray, concussion grenades, a water cannon in freezing temps, encouraged gun-crazy White ppl, all because Natives said no to oil. https://t.co/U4WLT2KE35

— A Native from the PNW (@YakamaRaised) November 26, 2018

Trump regime runs PR for Saudis. Congress can help wreck these efforts, but will it?

The Damaging Myth of Individual Culpability:

“The magnitude of change necessary to halt global warming in the next decade demands nothing short of a revolution in how countries consume resources, especially the United States. The US finds itself at or near the top of any list calculating contributions to global greenhouse gas emissions: cumulative, current, per capita, or consumption-based. The suggestion that the US tops these lists as a result of individual failures to make sustainable choices reveals a willful ignorance of the policies and power interests pushing carbon-intensive lifestyles. Focusing on the role of individual choices distracts from the true potential for change, which lies in policies that allow for, incentivize, or require lower-carbon behaviors. Presently in the United States, a large proportion of CO2 emissions comes from electricity production and transportation. Lists of ways to fight climate change miss the critical fact that individuals cannot, on their own, build wind turbines, close coal power plants, protect carbon-absorbing forests, or expand subway systems. These actions require government policy and investment.”

Legal scholars file amicus brief saying Trump regime has no authority to shrink size of National Monuments.

First two American Indian women elected to Congress are backing Nancy Pelosi:

The 116th Congress has yet to begin but the two Native women who won their historic campaigns are casting a key vote this week.

[Deb] Haaland, who hails from the Pueblo of Laguna, has repeatedly spoken in support of Pelosi since winning election in New Mexico’s 1st Congressional District. […]

“I also have said time and again that whoever would get my vote for speaker had to have a plan for fixing the way business is done (or more recently, not done) in Washington,” [Sharice Davids] the Ho-Chunk Nation citizen said in a statement in which she highlighted the youthful and diverse nature of the incoming class of Democratic lawmakers.

On today’s Kagro in the Morning show: We’re back, after a long Thanksgiving weekend. Greg Dworkin brings us back up to date on election results, and we start catching up on the Speakership contest, Trump’s escalation of the border situation, Interpol, Ukraine & inherent contempt (UK style).

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