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John Oliver rips The Gap, Walmart and other retailers for using overseas child labor — and it’s beautiful

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On HBO’s Last Week Tonight, host John Oliver presented a devastating indictment of fashion industry CEO’s who make millions of dollars in profits selling cheap clothes to American consumers, with both knowing fully well that those clothes are being made in overseas sweatshops by children.

Noting that studies show Americans on average buy 64 items of clothing per person per year, Oliver pointed out that fast fashion retailers like H&M, Zara, and Forever 21 entice consumers with cheap prices for low-quality disposable clothing.

According to Oliver, those prices allow “Midwestern tweens to dress like forty-something alcoholics attending the funeral of a Tel Aviv nightclub owner.”

Oliver lamented the fact that the dirty secret that cheap overseas labor — much of it performed by children in dangerous conditions –is no secret at all to consumers who want the latest trends at the lowest prices possible.

The host drew attention to a dress sold by billion-dollar retailer H&M that sold for the low low price of $4.95.

“Think about that, “Oliver explained. “That means you could take a five-dollar bill, scotch-tape it over your genitals, and you’d be wearing a more expensive piece of clothing.”

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While The Gap received special attention for their history of responding to bad publicity over manufacturing cheap clothes in dangerous conditions by promising, yet again, more oversight into labor conditions, all of the retailers who sell cheap garments came under his withering eye.

With the CEO’s of multi-billion dollar corporations continually acting surprised at the horrific conditions their company’s products are manufactured under, Oliver offered to give them a lesson in “labor chain management” by buying them lunch without full knowledge of where the food was purchased from or what exactly was in it.

Offering a smorgasbord of cheap sushi, dumplings, and rotisserie chickens, Oliver promised — to the best of his knowledge — that nobody had “spit on the food or rubbed their balls on it.”

Bon appétit

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Pentagon gives senators classified briefing on UFOs reported by the Navy

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While it might sound like something out of "The X-Files," Navy pilots have been seeing UFOs, and U.S. Senators now want to know what's happening.

According to Politico, three more senators met with Pentagon officials for a classified briefing Wednesday about encounters pilots are having with unidentified aircraft. It seems the Pentagon is getting more and more requests by officials with high clearances to figure out what's happening.

The crafts are, at their most basic, nothing more than "unidentified aircraft," and while it isn't likely they're little green men, there are some senators who might have concerns about whether these UFOs are actually a foreign adversary.

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Wall Street Journal issues blistering editorial asking Trump what the point is of a second term

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In a blistering editorial, the Wall Street Journal is asking President Donald Trump what the point of a second term is since he hasn't done anything in his first term.

During his rally in Orlando Tuesday, Trump repeated the same tired lines and same tired policies from 2016. The "Promises Made, Promises Kept" slogan shown over the crowd, yet the supporters didn't understand the irony.

"The most striking fact of his speech was how backward looking it was," the editorial board said. "Every incumbent needs to remind voters of his record, Mr. Trump more than most because the media are so hostile."

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‘Crosses a line’: New York Times publisher unleashes on Trump for accusing paper of ‘treason’

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On Wednesday, New York Times publisher A. G. Sulzberger wrote a blistering editorial in the Wall Street Journal, saying that President Donald Trump's latest attack on his paper "crosses a line."

First it was the "the failing New York Times." Then "fake news." Then "enemy of the people," wrote Sulzberger. "President Trump's escalating attacks on The New York Times have paralleled his broader barrage on American media. He's gone from misrepresenting our business, to assaulting our integrity, to demonizing our journalists with a phrase that’s been used by generations of demagogues. Now the president has escalated his attacks even further, accusing the Times of a crime so grave it is punishable by death.

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