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detrea:

The premise of minimum wage, when it was introduced, was that a single wage earner should be able to own a home and support a family.  That was what it was based on; a full time job, any job, should be able to accomplish this.

The fact people scoff at this idea if presented nowadays, as though the people that ring up your groceries or hand you your burgers don’t deserve the luxury of a home and a family, is disgusting.

theblacksophisticate:

Happy birthday to the late Dr. Dorothy Height. What a trailblazer! What a legacy! Google's doodle is dedicated to her!





Dorothy Irene Height was an American administrator, educator, and a civil rights and women’s rights activist specifically focused on the issues of African-American women, including unemployment, illiteracy, and voter awareness. (via Wikipedia)

theblacksophisticate:

Happy birthday to the late Dr. Dorothy Height. What a trailblazer! What a legacy! Google's doodle is dedicated to her!

  • Dorothy Irene Height was an American administrator, educator, and a civil rights and women’s rights activist specifically focused on the issues of African-American women, including unemployment, illiteracy, and voter awareness. (via Wikipedia)

We’ve got to be careful not to let #Bridgegate become our #Benghazi

If we don’t keep things in perspective, we risk being as foolish as those right wing hoo-hahs who beat the Benghazi scandal into the ground before all the facts were in.

Christie is ultimately responsible for his staff, and I encourage all those negatively effected by this to seek civil suits, but let’s not get carried away.

There are important issues that need our attention.

While we’re wasting time and energy with these side show scandals, the GOP is happily at work dismantling our education system, social security, unemployment insurance, and myriad other programs designed to keep this great country afloat.

In the meantime, enjoy this mental image of Governor Christie flip flopping like a beached whale.

Explosion At Fukushima Reactor! 12/28/13 Radioactive Steam Billowing Out Into The Atmosphere! – 30 December 2013

Uploaded on 29 December 2013 by ShantiUniverse

TEPCO just released on December 28th 2013 that an explosion at the Fukushima Reactor #3 building has taken place and 89 TONS of radioactive material may be releasing into our atmosphere being carried by steam!

Article links: http://www.turnerradionetwork.com/new…

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LIVE Show Monday December 30,2013 @ 2:30pm CT

A Can’t miss Event with BPEarthwatch talking about this disaster and how to prepare if needed!

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I’m posting this for a number of reasons, the first being that we would be foolish to think Fukushima an isolated event that is over and done with. The reactors continually emit radioactive material into the environment. The effects will be felt for decades, if not centuries, to come. This should concern us all, not just those living on the West Coast of the United States. Radiation is getting into our food supply. King crabs and salmon from Alaska and produce and wine from California and Washington are just a few affected foodstuffs.

It’s not just Fukushima. The effects of the BP oil spill are still unknown. Fracking is leaking harmful chemicals and gasses, including methane, into our drinking water 

But no one is paying attention.

I could point fingers at the tea party GOP for their animus towards the EPA, FDA, and other consumer health and safety organizations, but that wouldn’t solve anything.

All we need are people who care enough to make some noise.

If we don’t stand up for our environment, then unemployment, civil rights, marriage equality, and the economy mean nothing. Without safe drinking water and food, we won’t last long enough to worry about voter suppression.

Cause and effect. Everything goes somewhere.

An Open Letter To Pennsylvania Senator Pat Toomey (R)

File this one under #DiggyRant

It may surprise some that, though I’m a registered Democrat, I don’t vote along party lines. I lean liberal. I also believe in some conservative ideas. I understand that the freedoms I want often come with responsibilities to my community. Seems fair to me.

I got a mass email today from the office of Pennsylvania Senator, Pat Toomey, in which he blames President Obama’s environmental policies for Pennsylvania’s unemployment issues, which have been ongoing for years.

The email reads, in part: “…due to the Obama administration’s policies – the company FirstEnergy is deactivating coal-fired power plants in Fayette and Washington counties and leaving hundreds out of work. These unemployed Pennsylvanians are unfortunate casualties in President Obama’s ‘war on coal,’ which I will continue to fight against in the Senate.”

War on coal? It that a thing?

He also mentioned his visit to Martin’s Famous Pastry Shoppe Inc. in Chambersburg – one of Franklin County’s largest employers – to hear concerns over excessive government regulations.  “One was the cost of Obamacare, the unreasonable mandates that are associated with it, including the contraception and abortifacient mandate, which is so problematic for so many people.”

So, Senator Toomey is concerned about the cost of contraception, but not the 18+ years of childcare that comes after? What kind of strange logic is that?

The email was an itemized list of the usual GOP propaganda that is meant to stir up their base. It was so filled with exaggeration and inaccuracies.

…and begging for this response from me.

To: Senator Toomey

RE: The Toomey mass email

Instead of whining about President Obama’s concern for the environment, you should be looking for ways to retrain coal workers in clean, renewable energy.
Your push for fracking without regard for the ecological effects is frightening. Drinking water should NOT be flammable, Mr Toomey!

Read more at ADignorantium.wordpress

meetingboy:

And on the ninth day,

God looked down on his planned paradise and said,

“I need a middleman.”

So God made a manager.

 

God said, “I need somebody

willing to come in at 9:30,

hold meetings to hear himself talk,

work in PowerPoint all day,

hold another meeting,

spout buzzwords like ‘synergy’ and ‘think outside the box’,

then go out to dinner on the company dime with a college friend and expense it as a ‘new business meeting’.”

So God made a manager.

 

God said, “I need somebody

willing to make others work all night on a project and then leave at 5:30,

then throw out the whole thing the next morning, and when they complain say, ‘Get back to work!’

I need somebody who can take all the credit,

avoid all the blame,

and sabotage a project just so another manager doesn’t get the credit.

Somebody who can make 85 PowerPoint slides out of one lame idea,

and still leave out important facts.

Someone who will give vague feedback like ‘It needs more WOW factor’ and ‘How about a bluer blue?’

Someone who, during the busy season will finish his 40-hour week by Friday noon and then, tell his employees to put in another 16 hours while he meets a client for golf.”

So God made a manager.

 

God said, “I need somebody

who thinks they’re smart when they’re lucky,

unlucky when they make blunders,

and who won’t listen to advice from anyone below him on the org chart.

It had to be somebody who was shallow, petty, jealous and mean,

who will put people in their place,

and make a bunch of pointless changes just to remind everyone he’s in charge.

Somebody who will not listen when a subordinate describes a problem

and then tell them to ‘just give 110%’,

Someone who will promote yes-men and play favorites,

who will give performance reviews 5 months late,

say there’s no money for raises

and then give himself one.”

So God made a manager.

[Narrator: James Conlan, www.provomaster.com
Audio-book narrations available on Audible.com]

"Out of Work" Mail Box moonlights as R2-D2 to make ends meet.
I’ve been thinking about the U.S. Postal Service lately.
How many millions of people are employed by the USPS? How many of them will lose their jobs if we go completely digital?
What would happen if each of us sends out one or two extra pieces of mail a month? That’s less than $1 per month.
*Just a thought.
image source: http://www.weatherpattern.com/2007/08/day-3/

"Out of Work" Mail Box moonlights as R2-D2 to make ends meet.

I’ve been thinking about the U.S. Postal Service lately.

How many millions of people are employed by the USPS? How many of them will lose their jobs if we go completely digital?

What would happen if each of us sends out one or two extra pieces of mail a month? That’s less than $1 per month.

*Just a thought.

image source: http://www.weatherpattern.com/2007/08/day-3/