As our economy changes from a service/retail model to a warehouse model, injustices towards working people employed in this industry are going to increase rapidly.
Take Amazon.com and their warehouses. The company treats its workers as expendable commodities. On top of that they remain untrusting of them to the point that they make employees endure a lengthy process to unmask theft without compensation.
A class action lawsuit set to be heard by the Supreme Court will argue that these warehouse workers should be financially compensated.
Howard Zinn fought them in the United States. In Britain they aim to rewrite World War I.
There are no more eye-witnesses to the First World War, which began in 1914, so we are in for a centenary year (or perhaps four) of remembering it all at second-, third- and fourth-hand, and listening to some ugly debates. Schoolchildren in the U.K. learn about the causes of the First World War and of the Second—topics often used to introduce young people to the problems of historical truth and interpretation. Michael Gove, our education secretary, has announced that this commemorative year should be spent “battling left- wing myths that belittle Britain,” which are responsible for what he regards as dangerously unpatriotic satires, particularly the 1963 musical Oh! What a Lovely War and the 1989 BBC sitcom Blackadder Goes Forth. His counterpart or “Shadow” in the Labour Party, Tristram Hunt, a well-known historian, has responded angrily that “attempting to position 1918 as a simplistic, nationalistic triumph seems … foolhardy, not least because the very same tensions reemerged to such deadly effect in 1930.”
Senator “jungle drum” Bob Corker is doing the normal conservative thing in blaming your opponents for your despicable behavior. Ever since that 2006 campaign and that racist ad that was run, I’ve never respected Corker or anyone who works for and with him.
This is actually pretty interesting news.
McKesson CEO John Hammergren took a ‘voluntary’ $45 million cut to his pension after shareholders said ‘no more’ to his lavish wages at the company’s annual meeting in August.
His pension is now ‘only’ about $114 million. Last year, he took home $51.7 million in pay. Meanwhile, McKesson pays some of its workers so little they can’t afford health care.
If you dare challenge the Washington Consensus in any of its many forms, in this case, on the national security front, you might find yourself somewhere you do not wish to be.
Khan has no doubts about why he was targeted. He is the first person to attempt a legal challenge to the CIA drone program in Pakistan, after his son and brother were killed in a drone strike near his home in North Waziristan on December 31st 2009. His abduction and detention occurred just over a week before Khan was to travel with Akbar and Jennifer Gibson, a lawyer with the UK-based legal charity Reprieve, to speak with European parliamentarians about the CIA drone program. Among the topics of discussion were the extralegal nature of the program, as well as covert intelligence sharing by European spy agencies.
Do the hundreds of innocent lives killed by drones make ends meet? Are we safer in America when it comes to many of the former Bush and current Obama administration national security policies? On another note, I had this idea of starting a global drone memorial. This would humanize the victims of U.S. drone strikes. The more light we can bring to these senseless and unjust tragedies maybe the Obama administration will stop.
Never mind that the Center for Disease Control named water fluoridation as one of the ten great public health achievements of the 20th century. No, instead listen to the crazy Taliban fundamentalist pro-life conservatives who want you to believe that fluoride in water lowers the IQ of children.
From Talking Points Memo:
“I’m doing the most pro-life work I’ve ever done with this fluoride fight,” Mark Gietzen, a conservative anti-abortion activist who helped draft the fluoride bills, told the Associated Press earlier this month.
According to the Associated Press, the bill’s claims about fluoride and I.Q. comes from a 2012 Harvard study that focused on children in China, which unlike the U.S. has a high natural occurrence of fluoride in its water.
I bet this odd bunch in Kansas is also anti-vaccination. They’re probably into homeschooling too. Ten years after Thomas Frank’s book What’s the Matter With Kansas? was published, it seems that Kansas still has a long ways to go. How Kathleen Sebelius became governor of that state I’ll never know.
I really don’t get what Wells Fargo is doing here. A woman in New Jersey missed one payment but followed up the next month and paid the current and past amounts due, yet you want to foreclose on her property?
In 2010, Paulette McQueen, a CWA Local 1037 home child care provider and shop steward, missed one mortgage payment. The very next month she attempted to hand deliver the missed payment and the current month’s payment, but Wells Fargo refused and began to foreclose on the home, where she works as a child care provider and lives with four generations of her family, including her 86-year-old-mother, Lavinia Curry. A sheriff’s sale of the family home is now scheduled for March 25.(*)