From the Community: US weapons, Senate Bill 5 repealed, and Bank of America pays back
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The US Senate Armed Services Committee reported over 1,800 cases of in which the Pentagon had been sold counterfeit electronics. More than a million fake components were used in military warplanes.
"A million parts is surely a huge number. But I want to repeat this: we have only looked at a portion of the defence supply chain. So those 1,800 cases are just the tip of the iceberg," said Senator Carl Levin.
In around seven in 10 cases, the fake parts originated in China, while investigators traced another 20 per cent of cases to the United Kingdom and Canada, known resale points for Chinese counterfeits.
The community responds to the counterfeit weapons:
Lisayou: "This is what our leaders have decided we can accept. If we built here we would have more control over what we are purchasing. All our leaders are corrupt we need to wash them out."
artemis6: So, in other words, our weapons are impotent?
lazloman: "Today's word is: "Corruption" Same as yesterday, same as tomorrow."
Leen61: "Gee, this is "comforting" to know. They don't care about security. It's all about making the MIC money."
Voters in Ohio repealed Senate Bill 5, a controversial measure limiting the collective-bargaining rights of public workers.
"Tonight Ohioans have spoken, and spoken freely," said Courtney Johnson, a teacher in Hilliard, Ohio, who spoke at an election night rally. "We don't turn our backs on the people who watch ours."
The law would have also prohibited strikes and promotions based exclusively on seniority, and required public employees to contribute at least 10% of their income toward their pensions. It would have required workers to cover at least 15% of their own health care premiums.
A federal judge gave final approval to $410 million settlement affecting more than 13 million Bank of America customers who had debit card overdrafts in the past decade.
Bank attorney Laurence Hutt said 13.2 million Bank of America customers who had debit cards between January 2001 and May 2011 would get some payment. Those who still have accounts would get an automatic credit and the others would get a check mailed to them. No one would have to take any action or fill out any paperwork.
"It's very easy for people to say on the sidelines, 'I could do better,'" Hutt said. "Never is a settlement at 100 percent of what somebody thinks they can receive at trial. It's always a compromise."
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