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The war on labor and public employee unions

I have been a member of AFSCME for about 30 years, and during that time, I've been one of those evil union "thugs" or know the type...we protect other workers, we speak to power, we try to get the other side to understand our side...and we figure out what's most important to our members. Yes, our local members. I was elected at my workplace to represent workers' best interests, I served on negotiating committees, steward committees, some committees for parties!

bumper music

My particular favorite anti-war song, Universal Soldier, Donovan has a good version.


Wisconsin Judge denies Walker's injunction

Wisconsin Judge denies Walker's injunction that would have forced teachers out of the protests and back into the classroom.

In Wyoming, push to mine rare earths in US forest

By MEAD GRUVER, Associated Press Mead Gruver, Associated Press – 2 hrs 30 mins ago

SUNDANCE, Wyo. – A Canadian company hoping to compete with China's near-monopoly of rare earth elements — metals critical for everything from U.S. military weaponry to wind turbines — wants to open a strip mine inside a national forest in northeast Wyoming.

Zero Union Concessions - Void All January 2011 Spending - Recall All Republicans - TAX THE RICH

The concentration of wealth has to stop

My hope for Wisconsin is that (1) the Unions won't have to make any Concessions, (2) All of Walker's Special interest group give-aways in January can be reversed, (3) that all republicans can be recalled, and finally that the State can increase the taxes on the wealthy.

Oil Munching Microbes Failing - Life at the Bottom of Gulf Decimated by BP Spill

By SETH BORENSTEIN, AP Science Writer Seth Borenstein, – Sat Feb 19, 8:53 pm ET

WASHINGTON – Oil from the BP spill remains stuck on the bottom of the Gulf of Mexico, according to a top scientist's video and slides that she says demonstrate the oil isn't degrading as hoped and has decimated life on parts of the sea floor.

The Universe's Most Exotic Dance

"Like part of a cosmic Russian doll, our universe may be nested inside a black hole that is itself part of a larger universe. In turn, all the black holes found so far in our universe—from the microscopic to the supermassive—may be doorways into alternate realities."

Magnitude of opposition to Walker underestimated by Protest Attendance

Anybody who has been involved in sending out surveys or marketing letters knows that response rates are very low. On some that I have worked on if you mail out 100 and get back 12 you can consider yourself lucky. Even if you somehow managed to whittle down your list to just those people that are interested.

Afghanistan open for business

Afghanistan is now open for business

Sign of the National Christmas Tree

Though today's winds destroyed the National Christmas Tree (Picea pungens) newscasters told us no problem, the tree was chain sawed and carted away by the end of the day while the National Park Service has already located another to take its place. I believe this event deserves much deeper coverage and ought to be the subject of many a sermon this Sunday.

democratic institution +/or democracy in the workplace (and market)

So far as I can recall, when Thom has used the phrase "democracy in the workplace" the subject at hand involved unions. Thom has not failed to discuss other forms of democracy in the workplace also, such as collectives etc. Thom's show is actually one of the only ones that discusses this kind of thing at all. I would like to push for a more structured focus on the idea.

Friday, February 18, 2011 TV show on RT TV

I was throughly disgusted with Thom's Friday nite TV show with the 2 conservative guest. I guess what is the most important in today's world and declared winner is who can shout the loudest. Seton Motley and P.J. McCormick showed themselves to be the bullies that they are with no regard to the host or the other guest, Joe Madison. I have to give Mr. Madison credit for not using fisticuffs with these guys. Mr. Madison came across well informed and articulate and with respect. After awhile I wondered if Mr.

a question for academics

Those familiar with academic theory will have some notion of what the term "postmodern" means. My question is "What social processes are revealed within the postmodern social context?" I would like to know what work has been done in this area if anyone can direct me towards it.

The answer appears to be that society itself comprises a dynamic feedback loop, a system of sorts, which demonstrates adaptive and developmental/innovative features.

Death by (of) Alfalfa

Death by Alfalfa

Death by (of) Alfalfa

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced early this year (2011) that they will soon be publishing their lengthy (2300+ page) Environmental Impact Statement which will give final approval in favor of Monsanto for the planting of genetically engineered Roundup Ready alfalfa.

The World's Biggest Hole

February 19

A Capital Idea Part 58: The World's Biggest Hole

In building anything, the material has to come from somewhere. It's not just a matter of the labor involved. It is no different with the metaphorical financial pyramid discussed last time.

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