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The cost of Donald......
It was pretty obvious it would happen.... The antics of Trump and some of his policies (take barring certain people being barred at the border from entering the US as just one) has had its repercussions..... and likely to have more.
Like many Washington lobby groups, the US Travel Association was quick to congratulate the new president on his victory last November.
"We are encouraged that Mr Trump's extensive business and hospitality background will make him a ready and receptive ear," the trade organisation said. Upon the Republican's inauguration, the USTA's chief executive, Roger Dow, pledged the industry as a "capable, willing partner".
But almost immediately, things started to go sideways. A steady drumbeat of news and policy proclamations seemed likely to damage America's $US250 billion travel industry and its roughly 15 million US employees.
All those supporters of Trump - who, heaven's only knows, got him headed for the White House - are in a for more than a rude awakening and shock. Whatever Trump "promised" is just not going to happen....as Paul Krugman so clearly spells out in his latest op-ed piece "Seduced and Betrayed by Donald Trump" in The New York Times.
"Donald Trump won the Electoral College (though not the popular vote) on the strength of overwhelming support from working-class whites, who feel left behind by a changing economy and society. And they’re about to get their reward — the same reward that, throughout Mr. Trump’s career, has come to everyone who trusted his good intentions. Think Trump University.
Yes, the white working class is about to be betrayed.
The evidence of that coming betrayal is obvious in the choice of an array of pro-corporate, anti-labor figures for key positions. In particular, the most important story of the week — seriously, people, stop focusing on Trum…
The Brits have just brought in legislation which allows for unprecedented "snooping" in a Western democracy - says Edward Snowden. Let truthdig explain....
"On Tuesday, the United Kingdom instated the Investigatory Powers Act 2016, a piece of legislation described by whistleblower Edward Snowden as “the most extreme surveillance in the history of western democracy.”
The law, informally known as the “Snooper’s Charter,” spent over a year in Parliament before it was passed. The Guardian reported:
"The new surveillance law requires web and phone companies to store everyone’s web browsing histories for 12 months and give the police, security services and official agencies unprecedented access to the data.
It also provides the security services and police with new powers to hack into computers and phones and to collect communications data in bulk. The law requires judges to sign off police requests to view journalists’ call and web records, but the measure has been descri…