Posts filed under ‘Repression’
I think Tony Rohr is a “working class hero” in the purest sense. I hope he’s had a flood of job offers since walking away from Pizza Hut and I hope some of them are attractive enough to make him turn down this disingenuous, kiss ass offer obviously generated by public pressure:
Indiana Pizza Hut Manager Offered Job Back After Firing for Refusal to Open on Thanksgiving
Pizza Hut has offered to rehire the manager of a northern Indiana restaurant who was fired over his refusal to open up on Thanksgiving Day.
Pizza Hut’s corporate office issued a statement Wednesday saying it respects an employee’s right to not work on the holiday and that the store owner has agreed to reinstate [Tony] Rohr.
“This was clearly an unfortunate situation, and we are very upset by what has transpired in Elkhart,” the company statement said. “While the choice as to whether a restaurant should be open or closed on a holiday is handled at the local level by our independent franchisees, we feel strongly that this situation could have been avoided.”
Rohr said he hasn’t decided yet whether to accept the job offer.
What happens when we stop teaching U.S. history in elementary school:
Blocking the implementation of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (the TPP) is the most important fight We the People must win — along with blocking the Keystone XL pipeline — in the next year.
Learn more about the TPP here. It’s a very big deal. In essence, it gives the corporatocracy control of our government.
Maybe — just maybe — a time will come when Republicans learn that when you oppress people and pick away at their rights they tend to ah, you know, get pissed off:
Shortly after passing the country’s worst voter suppression law, North Carolina Republicans targeted student voting.
The GOP-controlled board of elections in Pasquotank County voted to prevent a student at a historically black college from running for city council where he attended school. The GOP-controlled board of election in Watauga County shut down an early voting site at Appalachian State University in Boone and placed the general election polling place at a campus nightclub instead of the student union.
Both of these moves backfired badly on the North Carolina GOP in the 2013 local elections.
The North Carolina state board of election ruled that Montravias King, a senior at Elizabeth City State University could indeed run for the city council where he attended school, which he said was his primary residence. On October 9, King was elected to the Elizabeth City city council, winning the most votes of any candidate. He’s now the youngest elected official in the state.
In Boone, Democrats swept races for mayor and three city council seats on Tuesday. Voter turnout increased compared to municipal elections in 2009. “This result in some ways speaks to the visceral reaction people have when you try to take people’s voting rights away,” said new Mayor Andy Ball, a former ASU student. Boone Democrats said the Republicans they canvassed were equally unhappy with the board of election’s decisions and didn’t turn out as a result.
Republicans in Hawaii doing what Republicans do:
Help us keep our ad on the air! Please donate $10, $20, $100 or $1,000 today. The Hawaii Republican Assembly (HIRA) is sponsoring a campaign of radio advertising during October 2013 to warn Hawaii voters what their elected officials are attempting to do during the “special session” of the state legislature starting on 28 October 2013. Democrats are poised to change the definition of marriage to include homosexuals, transvestites, transsexuals and eventually bisexuals with multiple partners. Such radical alterations to society have already led to even more radical demands in other states. Your support is needed to spread the word and warn and mobilize voters by keeping this and other ads on the air.
Geezus. I live in Colorado where “homosexual” civil unions are legal and I haven’t seen any “radical alterations” to life whatsoever.
I was getting ready to post my Tweet of the Day when I inadvertently took a detour through this paragraph:
…[A] slew of other laws passed in the two years following the 2010 right-wing electoral romp. Among them: Michigan banned safety regulations covering repetitive motion. Florida banned local paid sick leave mandates. Wisconsin banned compensatory and punitive damage suits over employment discrimination. New Hampshire made it easier for companies to classify workers as “independent contractors” lacking the legal rights of employees. Maine allowed employers to apply for employees to be considered disabled, and to determine what fraction of the minimum wage to pay employees classified as such.
Now, here’s that tweet:
Last week, the head of the NSA, Keith Alexander said the government of the United States has to figure out a way to stop journalists from reporting on leaks from Edward Snowden.
Yesterday British Prime Minister David Cameron said he thought it might be wise for his government to crack down on what newspapers in the UK are allowed to publish (i.e., as in the U.S., that would be things that are embarrassing to the government).
Now we have Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe formulating a “state secrets act” that would “curtail public access to information on a wide range of issues.” And again, what Abe hopes to keep from the public is information about potentially embarrassing (and possibly illegal) acts surrounding issues like the Fukushima nuclear disaster that I would submit, the world — not just the Japanese — needs to know about:
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s government is planning a state secrets act that critics say could curtail public access to information on a wide range of issues, including tensions with China and the Fukushima nuclear crisis.
Critics see parallels between the new law and Abe’s drive to revise Japan’s U.S.-drafted, post-war constitution to stress citizen’s duties over civil rights, part of a conservative agenda that includes a stronger military and recasting Japan’s wartime history with a less apologetic tone.
“There is a demand by the established political forces for greater control over the people,” said Lawrence Repeta, a law professor at Meiji University. “This fits with the notion that the state should have broad authority to act in secret.”
“Basically, this bill raises the possibility that the kind of information about which the public should be informed is kept secret eternally,” Tadaaki Muto, a lawyer and member of a task force on the bill at the Japan Federation of Bar Associations, told Reuters.
“Under the bill, the administrative branch can set the range of information that is kept secret at its own discretion.”
Media watchdogs fear the law would seriously hobble journalists’ ability to investigate official misdeeds and blunders, including the collusion between regulators and utilities that led to the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster.
A probe by an independent parliamentary panel found that collusion between regulators and the nuclear power industry was a key factor in the failure to prevent the meltdowns at Tokyo Electric Power Co’s (Tepco) tsunami-hit Fukushima plant in March 2011, and the government and the utility remain the focus of criticism for their handling of the on-going crisis.
Tepco has often been accused of concealing information about the crisis and many details have first emerged in the press. In July, Tepco finally admitted to massive leaks of radiation-contaminated water into the Pacific Ocean after months of media reports and denials by the utility.
“This may very well be Abe’s true intention – cover-up of mistaken state actions regarding the Fukushima disaster and/or the necessity of nuclear power,” said Sophia University political science professor Koichi Nakano.
So, there seems to be a new worldwide push by the powers that be to limit what We the People know because the things they want to keep from us would probably infuriate us.
Oh, and here’s an urgent plea from NukeFree.org:
We are in desperate need of documentary filmmakers at Fukushima.
The Japanese government is about to pass a national censorship law clearly meant to make it impossible to know what’s going on there.
Massive quantities of radioactive water have been flowing through the site since the 3/11/11 earthquake/tsunami.
At thousand flimsy tanks hold still more thousands of tons of radioactive water which would pour into the Pacific should they collapse.
An earthquake and two typhoons have have just hit there, flushing still more radioactive water into the sea.
The corrupt and incompetent Tokyo Electric Power Company will soon try moving 400 tons of supremely radioactive rods from a damaged Unit Four fuel pool, an operation that could easily end in global catastrophe. The rods contain 14,000 times as much radioactive cesium as was released at the bombing of Hiroshima.
Nobody knows the exact location of the melted cores from Units One, Two and Three or whether they are still fissioning.
Reuters and others report criminal involvement, slashed wages, inhuman working conditions, serious shortages and lack of training in what has become an extremely dangerous labor crisis.
Intensely radioactive hotspots have turned up throughout Japan, including some that threaten human life in Tokyo and make cast a pall on the upcoming Olympics.
At least one report indicates a massive dead zone in the Pacific apparently caused by radiation pouring in from the site. Tuna contaminated with radiation from Fukushima have been caught off the California coast, and there are widespread reports other marine life disappearing throughout the Pacific.
With the information flow from Fukushima apparently about to go dark, the presence of independent media and researchers has become more critical than ever.
omg i just witnessed a horribly hilarious thing
i’m in a mixed group with some students, discussing sexual assault. i asked if anyone feels like assault is the victim’s fault, to raise their hand. one boy raised his hand and started to explain that girls who wear revealing clothing, or get excessively drunk should be held responsible for whatever happens. he was about to say something else when one girl got up AND DECKED HIM SO HARD HE BLACKED OUT FOR TWO MINUTES
when he came to, he’s all, “why’d the fuck you hit me?!”
“if you weren’t just standing there when i decided to start swinging wildly, you wouldn’t have gotten hit. it’s your own fault. see how victim blaming works?”
Oh geezus. Here we go again, for the third time:
A ballot measure about crimes and pregnant women will be on 2014 Colorado ballots.
Secretary of State Scott Gessler announced Monday that anti-abortion backers turned in signatures to put the ballot measure to voters next year. The question would direct state lawmakers to add “unborn human beings” to state criminal code.
Supporters say that state law doesn’t adequately punish crimes against pregnant women.
The measure is different than previous attempts to add so-called “personhood” measures to the constitution. Those measures have [already] failed twice in Colorado.
Abortion-rights advocates say the ballot measure under consideration this year still goes too far. They say the criminal code would curb abortion rights and some infertility treatments.More…
The zygote below is not a human being. We can’t leave the definition of “human being” wide open because then it could be which is exactly what the anti-choice folks (i.e. the people who want to force their religious views on everyone else) want.
I’ve got to start keeping track of the infrastructure failures that are occurring all across the United States; everything from water main breaks to computer glitches. I read about them here and there almost every day. They seem small on their own but together, they add up.
Our country is falling apart. Literally. The thing is, the failures aren’t happening in areas where rich white people live so we aren’t hearing about them.
Case in point. This is an emergency:
Power Outage Shuts Down Food Stamp Program In 17 States
SACRAMENTO, California (Reuters) – Food stamp recipients in 17 states lost access to the electronic system used by stores to verify their benefits on Saturday, leaving many unable to buy groceries, the company that manages the system said.
People enrolled in the government food assistance program use plastic vouchers similar to debit cards. Starting at about 11 a.m. EDT (1500 GMT), some of those cards stopped working, Xerox spokesman Kevin Lightfoot said.
A power outage that started the problem was fixed within 20 minutes, Lightfoot said, but shoppers continued to run into difficulties throughout the day. By early evening, the problem still had not been fixed.
States States experiencing problems included Alabama, California, Georgia, Iowa, Illinois,Louisiana, Massachusetts, Maryland, Maine, Michigan, Mississippi, New Jersey, Ohio,Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Texas and Virginia, Lightfoot said.
My food bank-volunteer-self knows this is going to hurt so many people in so many ways. The ripple effect will be tremendous lest it’s fixed tonight. Get that “electronic system” up and running ASAP! Oh, wait, the government’s shut down. Shi*t.
How about some canned chili made with mystery meat that’ll last for a million years and oh, I don’t know, some canned green beans from who-knows-where? And let’s have some soggy brownish government-issued canned peaches for dessert.
Sounds yummy huh?
Catered meals? Really? That’s what you’re used to?
This is great but think about it for a minute: Waiters in Utah make $2.13 an hour? What? That’s criminal.
I would think such a religious state would be way more compassionate.
Waiters in Utah make 2.13/hr. Went around Orem to some of the diners late one night, been wanting to do this idea for a while, finally pulled it off with Stuart’s help. Hope you liked this, thanks for watching. – Andrew Hales.
We are watching the United States collapse from within:
A new, eye-opening study shows that the United States is not only falling behind in scientific research, but now we are in danger of losing our scientists, too.
In a study called, “Unlimited Potential, Vanishing Opportunity,” The American Society For Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (ASBMB) surveyed nearly 4,000 scientists from nearly all fields of research about the effects of budget cuts and sequestration on scientific research. The results are quite disturbing for anyone who cares about the future of science in our country.
In its press release summarizing its findings, the ASBMB wrote that the cuts are “tearing at the fabric of the nation’s scientific enterprise” while having a “minimal impact” on our national debt and deficit. Also, “The overwhelming majority of scientists in all fields believes the U.S. has lost its position as the global leader in scientific research.”
Sam Stein, at the Huffington Post, dug through the weeds and found, “Nearly one-fifth of scientists are considering going overseas to continue their research because of the poor funding climate in America.”
The March on Washington happened on August 28, 1963,
and oh my god, I can’t believe we’re going to have to do it again 50 years later.
Here’s a little slice of what African-Americans are up against every day in the good ol’ U.S. of A., not to mention fighting anew for the right to vote, thanks to George W. Bush’s Supreme Court and the Republican party:
You go Colin!
With Gov. Pat McCrory in the audience, former Secretary of State Colin Powell took aim at North Carolina’s new voting law Thursday, saying it hurts the Republican Party, punishes minority voters and makes it more difficult for everyone to vote.
“I want to see policies that encourage every American to vote, not make it more difficult to vote,” said Powell, a Republican, at the CEO Forum in Raleigh.
“It immediately turns off a voting block the Republican Party needs,” Powell continued. “These kinds of actions do not build on the base. It just turns people away.”
Zap! and he’s exactly right but the crazy wing of the party is in control now so here we are.
FORT MEADE, Md. — A military judge has sentenced Army Pfc. Bradley Manning to 35 years in prison for giving a trove of military and diplomatic secrets to the website WikiLeaks.
And, my Tweet of the Day:
Behold the prison industrial complex in the United States. We’re No. 1 folks!
(We think of China as having a lot of people in prison right? Political prisoners mostly. Check out where they fall on this graph.)
See a much larger version here.
Ugh. From the New Empire Knights of the Ku Klux Klan
I am proud to announce that the Realm of Kentucky is hosting a Cross Lighting in the Louisa/Yatesville area. One of our members owns around 10 acres and has been nice enough to host the event. The event will be open to members, family of members and people who have met local leaders that are interested in joining.
The event will be held September 14, 2013, which falls on a Saturday. We do not expect trouble since the event is held on private property. There will be tons of food, fun and of course, the Cross Lighting. We are placing the Cross on a hill on the property which should be seen from a very far distance!
Yeah, as in seen by African-Americans neighborhoods and they better be scared and they better not act the fu*k up because we’re the boss and they need to know their place. I.e., terrorism.
As if the Treyvon Martin murder didn’t send enough chills through the African-American community…
There was a march against Chevron and fracking in Richmond, California today:
The police, who we pay, with our tax dollars, protected Chevron:
Look at those Darth Vader-like guys.
This is what the militarization of America’s police force looks like.
It was a confluence of magnificent proportions that led six agents from the joint terrorism task force to knock on my door Wednesday morning. Little did we know our seemingly innocent, if curious to a fault, Googling of certain things was creating a perfect storm of terrorism profiling. Because somewhere out there, someone was watching. Someone whose job it is to piece together the things people do on the internet raised the red flag when they saw our search history.
Most of it was innocent enough. I had researched pressure cookers. My husband was looking for a backpack.
What happened was this: At about 9:00 am, my husband, who happened to be home yesterday, was sitting in the living room with our two dogs when he heard a couple of cars pull up outside. He looked out the window and saw three black SUVs in front of our house; two at the curb in front and one pulled up behind my husband’s Jeep in the driveway, as if to block him from leaving.
Six gentleman in casual clothes emerged from the vehicles and spread out as they walked toward the house, two toward the backyard on one side, two on the other side, two toward the front door.
Read the rest of it here.
Bottom line, six FBI agents went to an average American couple’s home (with two dogs and a young son) because the woman had been looking online at pressure cookers and her husband was doing research on backpacks and that meant they were potential repeat Boston bombers. The six agents looked through the house, and left after about 45 minutes, saying they take similar action roughly “100 times a week.”
So, this is where we’re at folks.
A jury Friday awarded an Oregon woman $18.6 million after she spent two years unsuccessfully trying to get Equifax Information Services to fix major mistakes on her credit report.
The judgement [sic], likely to be appealed, appears to be one of the largest awarded to a consumer in a case against one of the nation’s major credit bureaus.
Julie Miller of Marion County, who was awarded $18.4 million in punitive and $180,000 in compensatory damages, contacted Equifax eight times between 2009 and 2011 in an effort to correct inaccuracies, including erroneous accounts and collection attempts, as well as a wrong Social Security number and birthday. Yet over and over, the lawsuit alleged, the Atlanta-based company failed to correct its mistakes.
A Federal Trade Commission study earlier this year of 1,001 consumers who reviewed 2,968 of their credit reports found 21 percent contained errors.
There’s some fury from the jury in this judgment. Oh, and it’s “likely to be appealed?” You bet it is. Equifax has lawyers on staff who do nothing but. No way will Equifax pay the sum the jury ordered. (They don’t believe in that quaint saying: The jury has spoken.)
Too bad there aren’t really high “statutory fines”* for screwing over We the People like Equifax did here, kinda like there are really low “statutory fines” for companies like Halliburton who destroy evidence and get an imperceptable slap on the pinky.
* Nobody’s advocating for We the People anymore because the folks who make the laws and decide what the “statutory fines” should be are owned by gosh, golly, gee: the corporatocarcy!
Woohoo. USA! USA! USA!
Check out Scott Walker’s thugs (i.e., the Wisconsin Capitol Police who will themselves be on the picket line one day if the financial situation in Wisconsin doesn’t improve) drag away a peaceful vet and simultaneously stomp on the American flag.
Too bad the cops don’t realize the protestors are on their side.
After illegally declaring the peaceful demonstration an “unlawful assembly” the Wisconsin Capitol police sent out waves of officers to forcefully arrest singers petitioning their government. This video shows the illegal arrest of a USMC Vietnam vet who was standing silently in the rotunda and wasn’t under arrest when he was accused of resisting and arrested.
The biggest thing here in the USofA today has to do with the cover of the latest issue of Rolling Stone magazine:
The cover story is about how “The [Boston] bomber” Jahar Tsarnaev (above) was a “Popular, Promising Student” who “Fell Into Radical Islam and Became a Monster.”
I think the photo choice is brilliant. It makes Rolling Stone’s point: A cool-looking, sexy, regular guy who your daughter goes to school with and might want to date turns into a bomber and a monster when radicalized by what the United States does to his people.
That’s how terrorists are born.
Bombers and “monsters” aren’t born looking like this:
We like to think we can spot them; that they’re somehow obvious, like this guy.
What the Rolling Stone cover/article attempts to teach us is that we can’t spot them and they aren’t obvious. They are everywhere and it’s about time we faced that fact.
What we’re doing as a country — as in killing innocent people with drones and starting wars hither and yawn — is coming back to haunt us and the “monsters” live among us. They are our neighbors and our friends.
The bazillions we’re spending hunting down the very last “bomber” on the planet is getting us nowhere.
Let’s not have a fit about the cover of Rolling Stone. Let’s have a fit about what the U.S. government is doing to turn the Jahar Tsarnaevs of the world against us.