Proof That Unions Are Awful — Per United Press International

Northwestern

We know the powers that be are working again us, right?  No?  Here’s an example:  United Press International (UPI), a supposedly unbiased “news” organization, posted this headline today seemingly trying to scare people into thinking that unionization destroys football teams and thus, extrapolating, careers and lives:

Northwestern loses to UC Berkley, first game since union OK

Really?

This is what unions gave us:

  • Weekends
  • All Breaks at Work, including your Lunch Breaks
  • Paid Vacation
  • FMLA
  • Sick Leave
  • Social Security
  • Minimum Wage
  • Civil Rights Act/Title VII (Prohibits Employer Discrimination)
  • 8-Hour Work Day
  • Overtime Pay
  • Child Labor Laws
  • Occupational Safety & Health Act (OSHA)
  • 40 Hour Work Week
  • Worker’s Compensation (Worker’s Comp)
  • Unemployment Insurance
  • Pensions
  • Workplace Safety Standards and Regulations
  • Employer Health Care Insurance
  • Collective Bargaining Rights for Employees
  • Wrongful Termination Laws
  • Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967
  • Whistleblower Protection Laws
  • Employee Polygraph Protect Act (Prohibits Employer from using a lie detector test on an employee)
  • Veteran’s Employment and Training Services (VETS)
  • Compensation increases and Evaluations (Raises)
  • Sexual Harassment Laws
  • Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA)
  • Holiday Pay
  • Employer Dental, Life, and Vision Insurance
  • Privacy Rights
  • Pregnancy and Parental Leave
  • Military Leave
  • The Right to Strike
  • Public Education for Children
  • Equal Pay Acts of 1963 & 2011 (Requires employers pay men and women equally for the same amount of work)
  • Laws Ending Sweatshops in the United States

The pro-corporate propaganda is everywhere here in the U.S.  It’s unescapable.   And it’s being shoved down our throats every which to Sunday.

That said, Happy Labor Day and bravo to We the Laborers who keep this country running.

 

 

August 30, 2014 at 6:54 PM Leave a comment

I Gather a President Can’t Do Much Worse Than Wear a Tan Suit

Watching the cables for a bit today I’ve come to realize that when a Democratic, African-American president wears a tan suit it’s a matter of national security and deep national embarrassment. Or something.

I had no idea.

HWBush in a tan suit

 

Reagan in a Tan suit

 

August 29, 2014 at 4:37 PM 1 comment

550 Million U.S. Taxpayer Dollars Spent On “Operations” in Iraq, June 16 – August 28

Iraq war protest, January 27, 2007 (Image Wikimedia Commons)

Iraq has become a money pit but I can only imagine the tiny fraction of Americans who will come to know this fact (thanks “liberal media!”):

WASHINGTON — Since June 16 when US President Barack Obama first sent several dozen US troops to Iraq to begin assessing the state of the country’s Army, the United States has spent around $500 million on operations there.

Briefing reporters on Friday, Pentagon Press Secretary Rear Adm. John Kirby said the price tag has run on average about $7.5 million per day since June, sometimes less and sometimes more. But taking that average number, that would put the US price tag at $550 million through Aug. 28.

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August 29, 2014 at 3:25 PM Leave a comment

Americans Know More About What Colors Not to Wear After Labor Day Than They Do About the Minimum Wage

Take MSNBC’s Labor Day quiz:

How much do you know about Labor Day?

What color not to wear after Labor Day wins.

Labor Day Quiz re min wage

 

Labor Day quiz #2

The move to dumb down education in the U.S. is a success!  Yippee.  The corporatocracy is cheering!

 

August 28, 2014 at 7:22 PM Leave a comment

Ants Working in Harmony

Impressive:

August 28, 2014 at 3:30 PM Leave a comment

The News on Dark Money Pouring Into Elections is Well, Pretty Damn Dark

This is scary.  Yes, scary.  Think of the ramifications.

Political spending by these groups is reaching new heights: This week, it crested $50 million, a record for this point in an election cycle, and more than seven times beyond the outlays by such groups at this time in the last midterms. And that’s just the amount that has been reported to the Federal Election Commission, which doesn’t include tens of millions more spent on “issue ads” that aired earlier in the cycle and didn’t have to be reported to the agency. It’s another reminder that the current cycle is shaping up to be the darkest election in a long time.

Dark Money via open secrets

(Image via OpenSecrets.org)

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August 28, 2014 at 10:52 AM Leave a comment

Double Rainbow

The view from my east-facing kitchen window about an hour ago:

Double Rainbow out Kitchen Window 8-27-14

 

August 27, 2014 at 8:44 PM Leave a comment

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