Hollywood has a white problem
The author of this piece is pretty much on target with her complaints about Hollywood.
I can’t accept that. I can’t accept that there was only one black woman in the entire film, who delivered one line and who we never saw again. I can’t accept that the bad guys were Asian and that although in China, Lucy’s roommate says, “I mean, who speaks Chinese? I don’t speak Chinese!” I can’t accept that in…
DC unemployment owes her $7k but Congress keeps her poor
This is what our Congress has become. It is so dysfunctional that it refuses to pay unemployment, kicks people out of their homes and puts them in poverty and homelessness.
My school aid ran out totally…I am so broke. in two weeks on June 30 I am about to be homeless unless I can get some help or job or the congress finally sends my last 20 weeks of dc unemployment currently they owe me $7000 but…
We Need an Internet Archive for the Progressive Blogosphere
The liberal blogosphere to my knowledge first came into being around the year 2002, give or take a few years. Back then you had the upstarts like DailyKos, MyDD, Talking Points Memo, Oliver Willis, Smirking Chimp, AmericaBlog, Pandagon, Hullabaloo, Eschaton and many others; who began the top of what would become a long tail.
Many more blogs would be created and some would poke through into the…
Could you live on $11dollars a day?
Dan Cantor over at the Working Families Party sent out a blast email talking about the minimum wage in New York State. Now, we already know that $7.25 an hour really isn’t enough to make a living on, what we don’t realize is just exactly how little this is per day for someone earning the bare minimum.
Someone who works full-time earning the bare minimum makes only $290 a week — after housing…
Samsung uses child labor
I love Samsung’s phones, tablets and televisions but like Apple and other tech companies they need to stop taking advantage of people. Samsung isn’t even following its own global code of conduct.
Green America has launched an online action against the South Korean firm:
Workers in Samsung’s facilities in China and Korea work long hours for little pay and often do not have adequate safety training…
Company supplying iPhone 6 parts fires 24 union leaders
Apple and Samsung are like two peas in an anti-labor pod. While this post is about an Apple supplier, neither company is without guilt in the global supply chain. I could probably be naming a few other tech companies as well.
Look at what’s happening in the Philippines:
The Dutch multinational, which is reportedly supplying technology for Apple’s new iPhone 6, sacked 24 trade union leaders from…
The Tories are trying to ban strikes in the UK
David Cameron and Nick Clegg’s Tory-Lib coalition government are trying to require a 50 percent turnout threshold before a strike can be legal.
Recently at a site commemorating a past labor injustice, people spoke out against the Tory’s plans:
Speaking ahead of the rally, Ms O’Grady told the Star: “Back in 1834 the government used the law to send six farm workers to Australia to stop them…
How much of Kindle Unlimited’s collection is public domain?
A writer over at The Awl posed a rather profound question. It’s one that I think deserves an answer.
“By the bye, I wrote to the PR contact supplied by Amazon in the subject press release, and asked how many of these six hundred thousand titles offered through Kindle Unlimited are in the public domain and therefore, already free to the public, but did not receive an answer.”
The whole concept of…
How the BRIC nations are fighting back against Washington
I’ve always resented the Washington Consensus and its hegemonic designs for the rest of the world. For decades they’ve used the World Bank and the IMF to keep nations in poverty and subservient to Washington’s vision. Whether that was rolling back Communism or doing the bidding of the oil companies and defense industry.
The Washington Consensus is the reason for much of the conflict we’ve been…
The AFT and the NEA are fed up with Arne Duncan
Both teacher’s unions are locked in a pitched battle with the corporitiziation of education crowd which features Secretary of Education Arne Duncan as its high priest. The main focus of their opposition to Duncan et al. appears to be their fixation on teaching to the test.
NEA President-elect Lily Eskelsen-Garcia is on board, too. She told her convention delegates the week before that “no…