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Black Lives Matter, Wage Slaves, Labor and Brunch 26.4.2015 Truthout - All Articles
When Black Lives Matter protesters chose to interrupt the comfortable Sunday tradition of brunch by reading aloud the names of police-murdered Black men to restaurant-goers, it opened the door to a serious analysis of this curious culinary phenomenon. A sign from a "Black Lives Matter" protest march in Rochester, Minnesota. (Photo: Rose Colored Photo/Flickr ) On the first weekend of 2015, activists in New York and Oakland devised a novel target for the "Black Lives Matter" movement: brunch. Entering restaurants in affluent neighborhoods, they read the names of black civilians killed by police, to the visible discomfort of the predominantly white patrons who had expected nothing more than a Bloody Mary and an overpriced eggs Benedict. Brunch patrons and their self-appointed media defenders played their assigned roles, expressing outrage at their momentary inconvenience in ways that made them look clueless, callous, or downright absurd. Social media erupted with often rascist vitriol. As one Baltimore ...
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Open thread: Abortion, drones and high speed trains 26.4.2015 NewsTrust Yahoo Pipes Feed
What's coming up on Sunday Kos ... A drone too far, by DarkSyde Now they just kill us one by one, by Denise Oliver Velez Japan laps the U.S. with new high speed train, by Mark E Andersen How anti-abortion intensity wins in pro-choice America, by Jon Perr Five ways the DEA is redundant, by Susan Grigsby What game is Obama playing with the TPP? A bargain? A ruse, by Egberto Willies Bobby Jindal advocates unholy alliance of fundamentalists and big business to back discrimination, by Ian Reifowitz One-and-a-half million black men are 'missing' from local communities, many because of prison, by David Jarman Same-sex marriage opposition is a modern-day "Mudsill theory," by Dante ...
Sunday Talk: Gaming the system 26.4.2015 NewsTrust Yahoo Pipes Feed
Sunday Talk: Gaming the system
Allen West: Football players are getting injured because you don't pray enough 26.4.2015 NewsTrust Yahoo Pipes Feed
Allen West was at one point a genuine congressman from the unfortunate state of Florida, aka Future Atlantis, but he lost his seat after he proved too embarrassing to be even a Republican member of House, which is saying something. Undaunted, however, West has since moved on into a new semi-lucrative career of being a Republican has-been who continues to have strong opinions on things. Like, for example, that the reason so many football players are getting injured these days is because of a lack of prayer in schools . The former Republican congressman talked about a secular group that wanted the University of Tennessee to stop public prayer before football games. He then recalled how when he played football in high school, a pastor held a prayer before every game and, on top of that, they didn’t even have all the heavy-duty gear that modern players currently wear. “I don’t remember catastrophic injuries,” he said. “I don’t remember anyone getting carted off that field, paralyzed. See, there’s something ...
Creationists still blaming Darwin for Columbine 26.4.2015 Daily Kos
If creationism is the zombie lie behind all biology and geology, the Governor's Mansion in Louisiana might stand in for the castle ruins where the burnt and battered monster is reanimated and sent off to terrorize the countryside again. There's certainly no shortage of creeps and crackpots lurking in the political shadows to cast lesser characters in the horror-genre analogy. But when it comes to one specific zombie lie about evolution, ladies and gentlemen, I believe we have found our Igor and Wormtail rolled into one ! Standing at the witness table, [Darrell] White [a retired millitary judge and member of the Creation Museum] held a cane in" one hand and with the other was shaking a shirt that read, “natural selection.” According to White, it was the same as the shirt that Columbine murderer Dylan Klebold had worn (Eric Harris, not Klebold, actually wore the shirt), and teaching evolution would lead to a “Columbine-style shooting” in the schools of Baton Rouge. White, a lifetime member of the Creation ...
5 reasons to consider joining a credit union 26.4.2015 Star Tribune: Business
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Cartoon: Animal Nuz #248 - Bullets & Bracelets Edition 25.4.2015 NewsTrust Yahoo Pipes Feed

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Ted Cruz says Obama is an 'unmitigated socialist' who is 'profoundly dangerous,' and so forth 25.4.2015 NewsTrust Yahoo Pipes Feed
Ted Cruz, the presidential candidate for people who never learned to use their inside voices : “Obama is not a disaster because he was a senator,” said Cruz. “Obama is a disaster because he’s an unmitigated socialist, what he believes is profoundly dangerous, and he’s undermined the Constitution and the role of America in the world.” The word socialist is boilerplate at this point; I'm more interested in the unmitigated part. What qualifies someone as an unmitigated socialist? Has Cruz ever described anyone as a mitigated socialist? Oh, the philosophical questions this raises. That aside, the context here is Ted Cruz nursing a bruised ego because certain unnamed Republican wags would prefer the Republican candidate be picked from the ranks of their governors instead from either the House or the Senate. If I may paraphrase the logic, it is because the House and the Senate are filled to the brim with unserious kooks and they fret that it would be impossible for any would-be president from either body to ...
The economy is increasingly rigged against workers with less education 25.4.2015 Daily Kos
It probably won't come as a surprise that less-educated American workers have been struggling to make a living in recent years, but the numbers might still shock you : Working men aged 30 to 45 with no high school diploma saw their median earnings fall by 20 percent between 1990 and 2013. That means that this group saw a drop (measured in 2013 dollars) from $31,900 in 1990 to just $25,500 in 2013. Why would that be? Well, globalization and technology—which are often cited to prove that such wage drops are inevitable—are part of it, but they're not the whole story. It's true that: ... there really is a shift away from the sectors where less-educated workers can earn a decent living. In 1990, 40 percent of the prime-age male workers without a high school degree worked as operators and laborers, a number that declined to 34 percent in 2013. Jobs in food service, cleaning and groundskeeping nearly doubled in the same span, to 21 percent from 11 percent. But it wasn’t an even trade: Pay for operators and ...
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This week in science: she's a witch! 25.4.2015 Daily Kos
Will the real Mike Rogers (R-AL) please stand up? Because there's a fire and brimstone Mike Rogers who hates him some commie leader and likes to wax elegantly on a certain president who purportedly cowers most cowardly before Putin's manliness : "[Putin] breaks treaties, he invades countries and then stations his nuclear forces on their soil, and he cozies up to terrorist regimes ... What's next? Who's next? Concessions on missile defense and arms control only emboldened the former KGB officer." “The world is more dangerous than ever, and under the President’s lead-from-behind policy, [Putin's] ballistic missile and nuclear weapons technology is spreading.   Holy ICBMs, Mike! How can we stop our feebleminded president from appeasing Putin's mad quest for power, leverage and advanced missile technology? There is a markup session tomorrow at 12:00 pm EDT with the House Armed Services Committee's Subcommittee on Strategic Forces Markup. It certainly looks like Rep. Mike Rogers (R-AL) is trying to slip in ...
Obama makes his case for TPP in weekly address 25.4.2015 Daily Kos
Right now, on an uneven playing field. Where the rules are different. And that’s why America has to write the rules of the global economy – so that our workers can compete on a level playing field. President Obama made his case for the controversial Trans-Pacific Partnership in this morning's weekly address, clearly feeling the pressure of skeptics and the need to reassure some of his usual allies on the left, most directly by acknowledging the past failure of such trade pacts to protect American workers. This time, he claims, the deal is different. "I understand why a lot of people are skeptical of trade deals," he told listeners. "Past deals didn't always live up to the hype. They didn't include the kind of protections we're fighting for today." The specifics he pointed to in TPP that make this deal different: It’s the highest-standard trade agreement in history. It’s got strong provisions for workers and the environment – provisions that, unlike in past agreements, are actually enforceable. If you ...
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The military retirement system may need reform, but is privatization the best way? 25.4.2015 Daily Kos
The current military pension system, in which you get a generous pension after 20 years of service but have no retirement plan if you serve 19 years, could use an overhaul. That doesn't mean that dumping the military into the kind of privatized, vulnerable to stock market crashes, 401(k) system that has so many Americans headed for poverty-stricken retirement is a good idea, but it's what the House Armed Services Committee is considering . Defense Secretary Ashton Carter has also praised the idea. Last month, Military Times reported that: The plan would create 401(k)-style investment accounts for all troops and the government would offer up to 6 percent of basic pay for troops who contribute their own out-of-pocket money. Troops would own that investment account regardless of when they leave the military. The commission's proposal would also give troops who reach 12 years of service a lump-sum retention bonus in exchange for a new four-year service commitment. The amount would likely vary by service and ...
Why Your Best Employees May Be Thinking About Leaving (and How to Keep Them Around) 25.4.2015 Inc
As the economy strengthens, skilled employees are leaving their jobs in search of better pay. Here's how to make yours want to ...
Cartoon: The personal shopping assistant 25.4.2015 NewsTrust Yahoo Pipes Feed
Click to enlarge. Kansas Governor Sam Brownback recently signed sweeping welfare "reforms" into law. They're ostensibly supposed to curb welfare fraud, but in reality they create even more hurdles for the poor, much like how voter ID laws exist to keep the poor and minorities away from the polls rather than prevent voter fraud. We're all beneficiaries of government assistance in one way or another, be it tax cuts, tax credits, and if you're a large bank, free billions from the Fed, but it's only the poorest who get shamed for getting what amounts to a pittance. At least Brownback has spared the poor from going on cruises and getting ...
Beginning of the end: The details that will destroy the Tulsa Sheriff's Office 25.4.2015 Daily Kos
Tulsa Sheriff Stanley Glanz Tulsa journalists Ziva Branstetter and Dylan Goforth just released a report that spells the beginning of the end for Sheriff Stanley Glanz and the Tulsa Sheriff's Office. The corruption and cronyism are deep and cost Eric Harris his life. See their report in full below. It's an absolute must read. In it, you will find the missing details on who has protected Bob Bates, who has covered for him, who paid the price for speaking up, and so much ...
Video from 2013 shows biking man shot four times in the back by Florida police 24.4.2015 NewsTrust Yahoo Pipes Feed
Dontrell Stephens being shot in the back This is a national epidemic . In cities and states all across America, police are using lethal force on unarmed men and women. Exclusively-obtained dash-cam video shows Dontrell Stephens, 20, talking on a cellphone while riding his bike on a Friday morning in September 2013.  He can be seen turning onto Norma Elaine Road near Haverhill Road and Okeechobee Boulevard as PBSO deputy Adams Lin trails him. Moments later, Stephens realizes he’s being followed.  He pulls over, gets off his bike with a cellphone in his right hand. And then, right there, Officer Lin begins to unload his gun into Dontrell Stephens. With nowhere to go, he gets shot in the back over and over and over again. Immediately, Officer Lin lies and says that he told Dontrell to get on the ground multiple times, but nothing of the sort happened. In this unedited video of the shooting , which includes sound, it's clear that Officer Lin made no such commands. According to Stephens' attorney , Jack ...
Bobby Jindal pushes 'religious freedom' bill at all costs 24.4.2015 NewsTrust Yahoo Pipes Feed
Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal is a desperate man willing to go to desperate measures to get some desperately wanted press for his anemic presidential bid. So on Thursday, Jindal penned a New York Times op-ed saying that under no circumstances would he back away from his state's "religious freedom" bill. All those other governors like Indiana's Gov. Mike Pence and Arkansas's Gov. Asa Hutchinson are just wimps who gave into "radical liberals" and "left-wing activists." Actually, Bobby, they may have prioritized saving the economy of their states and the jobs of all the citizens who reside there, which seems a worthy enough goal. So here's a few points Jindal may want to keep in mind: Tourism is one of Louisiana's biggest industries, bringing in a record $11.2 billion to the state in 2014. "Tourism and hospitality was Louisiana's fastest growing job sector in 2014 with 223,000 Louisianians employed in the industry." Jindal can check in with Gov. Pence about trying to repair the state's image problem in the ...
Mike Huckabee: America 'moving rapidly towards the criminalization of Christianity' 24.4.2015 Daily Kos
One wonders at how these people even get out of bed in the morning . “Christian convictions are under attack as never before,” [future Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee] said in the call, which was meant to rally pastors to participate in the [Family Research Council]'s upcoming “Stand for Marriage” event. “Not just in our lifetime, but ever before in the history of this great nation. We are moving rapidly towards the criminalization of Christianity.” You know, if your version of Christianity is under any danger of being criminalized by the deeply Jesus-y American government, I am fairly certain you are doing it wrong. It is true, we have over the years adjusted the rules now and then. You can't hang darker-skinned people because you say God Himself made you the better race. You can't light a synagogue on fire because you say the people inside are not properly Jesusing and that your town doesn't have to put up with such undesirables. In some states you now can't even attach electrical wires ...
Maine governor wants to take candy from poor kids 24.4.2015 NewsTrust Yahoo Pipes Feed
Gov. Paul LePage (R-ME) Here we go again. Maine Gov. Paul LePage is the latest to push for harsher limits on what foods people can buy with food stamps. Because it's not enough that people have tiny food budgets and periodic humiliation in the grocery checkout line, we need laws that stigmatize people's eating habits , too. "Multiple Red Bulls in one purchase, Rock Star energy drinks, 1-pound bag of Reese's Peanut Butter Cups and 3 gallons of Hershey's Ice Cream in one purchase," Bethany Hamm, an official with the state Department of Health and Human Services, said during a hearing on Thursday, MPBN News reported . "We have all seen these types of purchases occur -- and it's unacceptable," Hamm said. Healthy? No. But the state does not know those people's lives, so maybe it should not judge them. Maybe the energy drinks were for someone working an overnight shift. Maybe the peanut butter cups and ice cream were so a kid could have a modest birthday party, and maybe the family had saved up to afford that ...
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Even fellow Republicans are over David Vitter's anti-Obamacare schtick 24.4.2015 NewsTrust Yahoo Pipes Feed
Vitter holding forth on trying to take insurance away from his staff. Like a very dumb dog with a chewed-to-nothing bone, Sen. David Vitter (R-LA) just can't let go of congressional staff able to get health insurance with a subsidy through Obamacare. For five years he's been thrashing this one around, and finally his own Republican colleagues—in a committee he chairs! —have said "enough." The Senate's Small Business Committee on Thursday denied its chairman's request to subpoena documents from the D.C. insurance marketplace, which he said would prove that some in Congress evaded ObamaCare rules. […] In a surprising vote, five Republicans joined the committee's nine Democrats to oppose the subpoena. That GOP group includes Sen. Mike Enzi (Wyo.), who had previously co-sponsored a bill with Vitter on the issue. Republican Sens. Jim Risch (Idaho), Deb Fischer (Neb.), Rand Paul (Ky.) and Kelly Ayotte (N.H.) also voted against the subpoena. […] Vitter's staff had previously said that all GOP senators, except ...
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