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Let's compare scars, I'll tell you whose is worse

Let's unwrite these pages and replace them with our own words

 

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"We live on front porches, and swing life away;

We get by just fine here on minimum wage;

If love is a labor, I'll slave to the end;

and I won't cross these streets unless you hold my hand.."

 

Ft. Lofa and Myself! Make sure to check out her version here!

 

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Taken at Luanes World

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Candid street photography from Glasgow, Scotland.

 

Sitting for hours with a sign advertising cheap mobile phone repairs right outside of a flagship mobile brand store on Buchanan Street - his posture and the atmosphere of this shot caught my eye. Enjoy!

 

Previously unpublished image from September 2019.

It has been some time since our last heart to heart but the planet is clearly going through some radical changes that already are affecting our own little virtual world, so we gotta stay informed about it. To keep myself on the right headspace, i made a little list based on the most consistent info i could find. First of all: Don't panic. Yes, COVID-19 is real and it's serious. With that being said, panicking about it will only make things worse. The death rate is low in comparison to others and we are capable of controlling things without further damages if and ONLY if, we stay calm and act in advance.

 

But also: Don't underestimate it. It's not something to panic about but you cannot see it as a simple flu, because that's not it. It spreads faster, evolves faster and has unknown nature. One thing we already know is: it's deadlier for some people, like elders, diabetics and other risk groups. Unless you're Batman, i'm sure you have someone older to care about. Sorry, Bruce!

 

If you can, stay inside. And i know not everybody can afford staying at home while living with a minimum wage. If possible, do it. Because even when you're not part of a risk group, you still can carry the disease around and spread it among others, eventually causing the death of someone who is part of that group.

 

Be aware. Be aware of your surroundings, your hands, of your whole body. If you have to go out, protect yourself the best as you can. Don't go rubbing your fingers all over your face or letting others do the same. Protect your eyes, nose, mouth. Remember: this virus spread fast.

 

Have some empathy. And by that i mean in life, not only this time but ALSO. Even if it's legal where you live, don't buy everything available at the stores. Think about other people, specially those inside groups of risk, who might need it more. And even if you can't think outside your own _ss, be logical: if you buy everything and leave others without any, the virus will spread faster and you'll get infected just as fast. But then it'll be more people, overloading the hospitals you might need.

 

Following this list, we'll live through the crisis with as little problems as possible. Sure, people will be infected. But doing this, it'll be possible for most of them to receive proper care and hopefully be cured. Or, worst case scenario, it will buy us some time to find some type of medicine.

  

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EWAIFU

Hackney Crittall.

The death of Industry in London has taken about 25 years.

I think it has recently sped up. As a kid, I walked past a timber factory. The noise of rotary saws and the smell of fresh sawdust happily bought up by Jack the Butcher and Cooke's Pie and Mash. The birth of Industry made us a World Leader, obviously times change but we cannot all work in Tesco's! Hence a few of the chaps do their own business on the streets with drugs and knives. Why work in a shop for minimum wage when you can earn hundreds per day doing bicycle deliveries? No Police and No Parenting obviously. Maybe No aspirations, No Chance.

Jerusalem, Israel

Jews vs Palestine

 

Es gibt im Großraum Jerusalem bereits schon drei palästinensische Viertel, die komplett von der Mauer eingeschlossen sind.

Ich als neutrale Person darf beide Seiten der Mauer betreten, komme durch Zugangsschranken und auch wieder zurück.

 

Für Palästinenser, die das zufällige Pech hatten auf der falschen Seite zu wohnen, ohne zu wissen, welches die richtige Seite sein könnte, ist es mit der Bewegungsfreiheit vorbei.

 

Sie dürfen ihr ummauertes Viertel nur mit besonderer Genehmigung verlassen, die nur der israelische Staat ausstellen kann.

So eine Genehmigung bekommt man zum Beispiel, wenn man für eine israelische Firma im Westjordanland arbeitet.

 

Richtig, im Westjordanland gibt es israelische Firmen.

Das hat Vorteile dort angesiedelt zu sein und zwar die billigeren palästinensischen Arbeitskräfte.

In Israel hingegen gibt es einen gesetzlich festgelegten Mindestlohn.

 

Das Westjordanland gehört ja nicht offiziell zu Israel, und die Palästinenser sind auch keine israelischen Staatsbürger und unterliegen daher nicht den israelischen bürgerlichen Gesetzen.

 

Die Genehmigung sein Ghetto verlassen zu dürfen, wird ausgestellt für die jeweiligen Arbeitstage zu den jeweiligen Arbeitsstunden.

 

Mehr auch nicht, denn Palästinenser haben auf israelischem Gebiet nichts zu suchen.

 

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There are already three Palestinian neighborhoods, which are completely enclosed by the Wall, in the Greater Jerusalem area.

 

I as a neutral person can enter both sides of the wall, come through access barriers and back again.

 

For Palestinians who had the unfortunate chance of living on the wrong side without knowing which one the right side could be, it is over with freedom of movement.

 

They may only leave their walled quarter with special permission, which can only be issued by the Israeli state.

 

For example, an approval can be obtained if you are working for an Israeli company in West Jordan.

 

Right, there are Israeli companies in West Jordan.

 

This has advantages to be settled there, namely the cheaper Palestinian workers.

 

In Israel, on the other hand, there is a statutory minimum wage.

 

West Jordan is not officially associated with Israel, and the Palestinians are not Israeli citizens either, and are therefore not subject to Israeli bourgeois laws.

 

The permission to leave his ghetto will be issued for the respective working days at the respective working hours.

 

Moreover, Palestinians have nothing to do with Israeli territory.

 

Minimum wage essential worker.

Toronto, Ontario

 

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One in three young persons is unemployed !

 

Unemployment occurs when people who are without work are actively seeking paid work.The unemployment rate is a measure of the prevalence of unemployment and it is calculated as a percentage by dividing the number of unemployed individuals by all individuals currently in the labor force. During periods of recession, an economy usually experiences a relatively high unemployment rate. According to International Labour Organization report, more than 200 million people globally or 6% of the world's workforce were without a job in 2012.

 

There remains considerable theoretical debate regarding the causes, consequences and solutions for unemployment.Classical economics, New classical economics, and the Austrian School of economics argue that market mechanisms are reliable means of resolving unemployment. These theories argue against interventions imposed on the labor market from the outside, such as unionization, bureaucratic work rules, minimum wage laws, taxes, and other regulations that they claim discourage the hiring of workers.

 

Keynesian economics emphasizes the cyclical nature of unemployment and recommends government interventions in the economy that it claims will reduce unemployment during recessions. This theory focuses on recurrent shocks that suddenly reduce aggregate demand for goods and services and thus reduce demand for workers. Keynesian models recommend government interventions designed to increase demand for workers; these can include financial stimuli, publicly funded job creation, and expansionist monetary policies. Its namesake, economist John Maynard Keynes, believed that the root cause of unemployment is the desire of investors to receive more money rather than produce more products, which is not possible without public bodies producing new money.

 

In addition to these comprehensive theories of unemployment, there are a few categorizations of unemployment that are used to more precisely model the effects of unemployment within the economic system. The main types of unemployment include structural unemployment which focuses on structural problems in the economy and inefficiencies inherent in labour markets, including a mismatch between the supply and demand of laborers with necessary skill sets. Structural arguments emphasize causes and solutions related to disruptive technologies and globalization. Discussions of frictional unemployment focus on voluntary decisions to work based on each individuals' valuation of their own work and how that compares to current wage rates plus the time and effort required to find a job. Causes and solutions for frictional unemployment often address job entry threshold and wage rates. Behavioral economists highlight individual biases in decision making, and often involve problems and solutions concerning sticky wages and efficiency wages.

  

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Selma, Ca

Do these people really bring in business? Oh well, let's look at the bright side. Some poor soul gets a demeaning job and minimum wage with no bennies. Lucky, huh?

Selma, AL | March 04, 2007

 

"Here today, I must begin because at the Unity breakfast this morning I was saving for last and the list was so long I left him out after that introduction. So I'm going to start by saying how much I appreciate the friendship and the support and the outstanding work that he does each and every day, not just in Capitol Hill but also back here in the district. Please give a warm round of applause for your Congressman Artur Davis.

 

It is a great honor to be here. Reverend Jackson, thank you so much. To the family of Brown A.M.E, to the good Bishop Kirkland, thank you for your wonderful message and your leadership.

 

I want to acknowledge one of the great heroes of American history and American life, somebody who captures the essence of decency and courage, somebody who I have admired all my life and were it not for him, I'm not sure I'd be here today, Congressman John Lewis.

 

I'm thankful to him. To all the distinguished guests and clergy, I'm not sure I'm going to thank Reverend Lowery because he stole the show. I was mentioning earlier, I know we've got C.T. Vivian in the audience, and when you have to speak in front of somebody who Martin Luther King said was the greatest preacher he ever heard, then you've got some problems.

 

And I'm a little nervous about following so many great preachers. But I'm hoping that the spirit moves me and to all my colleagues who have given me such a warm welcome, thank you very much for allowing me to speak to you here today.

 

You know, several weeks ago, after I had announced that I was running for the Presidency of the United States, I stood in front of the Old State Capitol in Springfield, Illinois; where Abraham Lincoln delivered his speech declaring, drawing in scripture, that a house divided against itself could not stand.

 

And I stood and I announced that I was running for the presidency. And there were a lot of commentators, as they are prone to do, who questioned the audacity of a young man like myself, haven't been in Washington too long.

 

And I acknowledge that there is a certain presumptuousness about this.

 

But I got a letter from a friend of some of yours named Reverend Otis Moss Jr. in Cleveland, and his son, Otis Moss III is the Pastor at my church and I must send greetings from Dr. Jeremiah A. Wright Jr. but I got a letter giving me encouragement and saying how proud he was that I had announced and encouraging me to stay true to my ideals and my values and not to be fearful.

 

And he said, if there's some folks out there who are questioning whether or not you should run, just tell them to look at the story of Joshua because you're part of the Joshua generation.

 

So I just want to talk a little about Moses and Aaron and Joshua, because we are in the presence today of a lot of Moseses. We're in the presence today of giants whose shoulders we stand on, people who battled, not just on behalf of African Americans but on behalf of all of America; that battled for America's soul, that shed blood , that endured taunts and formant and in some cases gave -- torment and in some cases gave the full measure of their devotion.

 

Like Moses, they challenged Pharaoh, the princes, powers who said that some are atop and others are at the bottom, and that's how it's always going to be.

 

There were people like Anna Cooper and Marie Foster and Jimmy Lee Jackson and Maurice Olette, C.T. Vivian, Reverend Lowery, John Lewis, who said we can imagine something different and we know there is something out there for us, too.

 

Thank God, He's made us in His image and we reject the notion that we will for the rest of our lives be confined to a station of inferiority, that we can't aspire to the highest of heights, that our talents can't be expressed to their fullest. And so because of what they endured, because of what they marched; they led a people out of bondage.

 

They took them across the sea that folks thought could not be parted. They wandered through a desert but always knowing that God was with them and that, if they maintained that trust in God, that they would be all right. And it's because they marched that the next generation hasn't been bloodied so much.

 

It's because they marched that we elected councilmen, congressmen. It is because they marched that we have Artur Davis and Keith Ellison. It is because they marched that I got the kind of education I got, a law degree, a seat in the Illinois senate and ultimately in the United States senate.

 

It is because they marched that I stand before you here today. I was mentioning at the Unity Breakfast this morning, my -- at the Unity Breakfast this morning that my debt is even greater than that because not only is my career the result of the work of the men and women who we honor here today. My very existence might not have been possible had it not been for some of the folks here today. I mentioned at the Unity Breakfast that a lot of people been asking, well, you know, your father was from Africa, your mother, she's a white woman from Kansas. I'm not sure that you have the same experience.

 

And I tried to explain, you don't understand. You see, my Grandfather was a cook to the British in Kenya. Grew up in a small village and all his life, that's all he was -- a cook and a house boy. And that's what they called him, even when he was 60 years old. They called him a house boy. They wouldn't call him by his last name.

 

Sound familiar?

 

He had to carry a passbook around because Africans in their own land, in their own country, at that time, because it was a British colony, could not move about freely. They could only go where they were told to go. They could only work where they were told to work.

 

Yet something happened back here in Selma, Alabama. Something happened in Birmingham that sent out what Bobby Kennedy called, 'Ripples of hope all around the world.' Something happened when a bunch of women decided they were going to walk instead of ride the bus after a long day of doing somebody else's laundry, looking after somebody else's children. When men who had PhD's decided that's enough and we're going to stand up for our dignity.

 

That sent a shout across oceans so that my grandfather began to imagine something different for his son. His son, who grew up herding goats in a small village in Africa could suddenly set his sights a little higher and believe that maybe a black man in this world had a chance.

 

What happened in Selma, Alabama and Birmingham also stirred the conscience of the nation. It worried folks in the White House who said, “You know, we're battling Communism. How are we going to win hearts and minds all across the world? If right here in our own country, John, we're not observing the ideals set fort in our Constitution, we might be accused of being hypocrites. So the Kennedy's decided we're going to do an air lift. We're going to go to Africa and start bringing young Africans over to this country and give them scholarships to study so they can learn what a wonderful country America is.

 

This young man named Barack Obama got one of those tickets and came over to this country. He met this woman whose great great-great-great-grandfather had owned slaves; but she had a good idea there was some craziness going on because they looked at each other and they decided that we know that the world as it has been it might not be possible for us to get together and have a child. There was something stirring across the country because of what happened in Selma, Alabama, because some folks are willing to march across a bridge. So they got together and Barack Obama Jr. was born. So don't tell me I don't have a claim on Selma, Alabama. Don't tell me I'm not coming home to Selma, Alabama.

 

I'm here because somebody marched. I'm here because you all sacrificed for me. I stand on the shoulders of giants. I thank the Moses generation; but we've got to remember, now, that Joshua still had a job to do. As great as Moses was, despite all that he did, leading a people out of bondage, he didn't cross over the river to see the Promised Land. God told him your job is done. You'll see it. You'll be at the mountain top and you can see what I've promised. What I've promised to Abraham and Isaac and Jacob. You will see that I've fulfilled that promise but you won't go there.

 

We're going to leave it to the Joshua generation to make sure it happens. There are still battles that need to be fought; some rivers that need to be crossed. Like Moses, the task was passed on to those who might not have been as deserving, might not have been as courageous, find themselves in front of the risks that their parents and grandparents and great grandparents had taken. That doesn't mean that they don't still have a burden to shoulder, that they don't have some responsibilities. The previous generation, the Moses generation, pointed the way. They took us 90% of the way there. We still got that 10% in order to cross over to the other side. So the question, I guess, that I have today is what's called of us in this Joshua generation? What do we do in order to fulfill that legacy; to fulfill the obligations and the debt that we owe to those who allowed us to be here today?

 

Now, I don't think we could ever fully repay that debt. I think that we're always going to be looking back; but, there are at least a few suggestions that I would have in terms of how we might fulfill that enormous legacy. The first is to recognize our history. John Lewis talked about why we're here today. But I worry sometimes -- we've got black history month, we come down and march every year, once a year, we occasionally celebrate the various events of the civil rights movement, we celebrate Dr. Kings birthday but it strikes me that understanding our history and knowing what it means is an everyday activity.

 

Now, I don't think we could ever fully repay that debt. I think that we're always going to be looking back, but there are at least a few suggestions that I would have in terms of how we might fulfill that enormous legacy. The first is to recognize our history. John Lewis talked about why we're here today. But I worry sometimes -- we've got black history month, we come down and march every year, once a year. We occasionally celebrate the various events of the Civil Rights Movement, we celebrate Dr. King's birthday, but it strikes me that understanding our history and knowing what it means, is an everyday activity.

 

Moses told the Joshua generation; don't forget where you came from. I worry sometimes, that the Joshua generation in its success forgets where it came from. Thinks it doesn't have to make as many sacrifices. Thinks that the very height of ambition is to make as much money as you can, to drive the biggest car and have the biggest house and wear a Rolex watch and get your own private jet, get some of that Oprah money. And I think that's a good thing. There's nothing wrong with making money, but if you know your history, then you know that there is a certain poverty of ambition involved in simply striving just for money. Materialism alone will not fulfill the possibilities of your existence. You have to fill that with something else. You have to fill it with the golden rule. You've got to fill it with thinking about others. And if we know our history, then we will understand that that is the highest mark of service.

 

Second thing that the Joshua generation needs to understand is that the principles of equality that were set fort and were battled for have to be fought each and every day. It is not a one-time thing. I was remarking at the unity breakfast on the fact that the single most significant concern that this justice department under this administration has had with respect to discrimination has to do with affirmative action. That they have basically spent all their time worrying about colleges and universities around the country that are given a little break to young African Americans and Hispanics to make sure that they can go to college, too.

 

I had a school in southern Illinois that set up a program for PhD's in math and science for African Americans. And the reason they had set it up is because we only had less than 1% of the PhD's in science and math go to African Americans. At a time when we are competing in a global economy, when we're not competing just against folks in North Carolina or Florida or California, we're competing against folks in China and India and we need math and science majors, this university thought this might be a nice thing to do. And the justice department wrote them a letter saying we are going to threaten to sue you for reverse discrimination unless you cease this program.

 

And it reminds us that we still got a lot of work to do, and that the basic enforcement of anti-discrimination laws, the injustice that still exists within our criminal justice system, the disparity in terms of how people are treated in this country continues. It has gotten better. And we should never deny that it's gotten better. But we shouldn't forget that better is not good enough. That until we have absolute equality in this country in terms of people being treated on the basis of their color or their gender, that that is something that we've got to continue to work on and the Joshua generation has a significant task in making that happen.

 

Third thing -- we've got to recognize that we fought for civil rights, but we've still got a lot of economic rights that have to be dealt with. We've got 46 million people uninsured in this country despite spending more money on health care than any nation on earth. It makes no sense. As a consequence, we've got what's known as a health care disparity in this nation because many of the uninsured are African American or Latino. Life expectancy is lower. Almost every disease is higher within minority communities. The health care gap.

 

Blacks are less likely in their schools to have adequate funding. We have less-qualified teachers in those schools. We have fewer textbooks in those schools. We got in some schools rats outnumbering computers. That's called the achievement gap. You've got a health care gap and you've got an achievement gap. You've got Katrina still undone. I went down to New Orleans three weeks ago. It still looks bombed out. Still not rebuilt. When 9/11 happened, the federal government had a special program of grants to help rebuild. They waived any requirement that Manhattan would have to pay 10% of the cost of rebuilding. When Hurricane Andrew happened in Florida, 10% requirement, they waived it because they understood that some disasters are so devastating that we can't expect a community to rebuild. New Orleans -- the largest national catastrophe in our history, the federal government says where's your 10%?

 

There is an empathy gap. There is a gap in terms of sympathizing for the folks in New Orleans. It's not a gap that the American people felt because we saw how they responded. But somehow our government didn't respond with that same sense of compassion, with that same sense of kindness. And here is the worst part, the tragedy in New Orleans happened well before the hurricane struck because many of those communities, there were so many young men in prison, so many kids dropping out, so little hope.

  

A hope gap. A hope gap that still pervades too many communities all across the country and right here in Alabama. So the question is, then, what are we, the Joshua generation, doing to close those gaps? Are we doing every single thing that we can do in Congress in order to make sure that early education is adequately funded and making sure that we are raising the minimum wage so people can have dignity and respect?

 

Are we ensuring that, if somebody loses a job, that they're getting retrained? And that, if they've lost their health care and pension, somebody is there to help them get back on their feet? Are we making sure we're giving a second chance to those who have strayed and gone to prison but want to start a new life? Government alone can't solve all those problems, but government can help. It's the responsibility of the Joshua generation to make sure that we have a government that is as responsive as the need that exists all across America. That brings me to one other point, about the Joshua generation, and that is this -- that it's not enough just to ask what the government can do for us-- it's important for us to ask what we can do for ourselves.

 

One of the signature aspects of the civil rights movement was the degree of discipline and fortitude that was instilled in all the people who participated. Imagine young people, 16, 17, 20, 21, backs straight, eyes clear, suit and tie, sitting down at a lunch counter knowing somebody is going to spill milk on you but you have the discipline to understand that you are not going to retaliate because in showing the world how disciplined we were as a people, we were able to win over the conscience of the nation. I can't say for certain that we have instilled that same sense of moral clarity and purpose in this generation. Bishop, sometimes I feel like we've lost it a little bit.

 

I'm fighting to make sure that our schools are adequately funded all across the country. With the inequities of relying on property taxes and people who are born in wealthy districts getting better schools than folks born in poor districts and that's now how it's supposed to be. That's not the American way. but I'll tell you what -- even as I fight on behalf of more education funding, more equity, I have to also say that , if parents don't turn off the television set when the child comes home from school and make sure they sit down and do their homework and go talk to the teachers and find out how they're doing, and if we don't start instilling a sense in our young children that there is nothing to be ashamed about in educational achievement, I don't know who taught them that reading and writing and conjugating your verbs was something white.

 

We've got to get over that mentality. That is part of what the Moses generation teaches us, not saying to ourselves we can't do something, but telling ourselves that we can achieve. We can do that. We got power in our hands. Folks are complaining about the quality of our government, I understand there's something to be complaining about. I'm in Washington. I see what's going on. I see those powers and principalities have snuck back in there, that they're writing the energy bills and the drug laws.

 

We understand that, but I'll tell you what. I also know that, if cousin Pookie would vote, get off the couch and register some folks and go to the polls, we might have a different kind of politics. That's what the Moses generation teaches us. Take off your bedroom slippers. Put on your marching shoes. Go do some politics. Change this country! That's what we need. We have too many children in poverty in this country and everybody should be ashamed, but don't tell me it doesn't have a little to do with the fact that we got too many daddies not acting like daddies. Don't think that fatherhood ends at conception. I know something about that because my father wasn't around when I was young and I struggled.

 

Those of you who read my book know. I went through some difficult times. I know what it means when you don't have a strong male figure in the house, which is why the hardest thing about me being in politics sometimes is not being home as much as I'd like and I'm just blessed that I've got such a wonderful wife at home to hold things together. Don't tell me that we can't do better by our children, that we can't take more responsibility for making sure we're instilling in them the values and the ideals that the Moses generation taught us about sacrifice and dignity and honesty and hard work and discipline and self-sacrifice. That comes from us. We've got to transmit that to the next generation and I guess the point that I'm making is that the civil rights movement wasn't just a fight against the oppressor; it was also a fight against the oppressor in each of us.

 

Sometimes it's easy to just point at somebody else and say it's their fault, but oppression has a way of creeping into it. Reverend, it has a way of stunting yourself. You start telling yourself, Bishop, I can't do something. I can't read. I can't go to college. I can't start a business. I can't run for Congress. I can't run for the presidency. People start telling you-- you can't do something, after a while, you start believing it and part of what the civil rights movement was about was recognizing that we have to transform ourselves in order to transform the world. Mahatma Gandhi, great hero of Dr. King and the person who helped create the nonviolent movement around the world; he once said that you can't change the world if you haven't changed.

 

If you want to change the world, the change has to happen with you first and that is something that the greatest and most honorable of generations has taught us, but the final thing that I think the Moses generation teaches us is to remind ourselves that we do what we do because God is with us. You know, when Moses was first called to lead people out of the Promised Land, he said I don't think I can do it, Lord. I don't speak like Reverend Lowery. I don't feel brave and courageous and the Lord said I will be with you. Throw down that rod. Pick it back up. I'll show you what to do. The same thing happened with the Joshua generation.

 

Joshua said, you know, I'm scared. I'm not sure that I am up to the challenge, the Lord said to him, every place that the sole of your foot will tread upon, I have given you. Be strong and have courage, for I am with you wherever you go. Be strong and have courage. It's a prayer for a journey. A prayer that kept a woman in her seat when the bus driver told her to get up, a prayer that led nine children through the doors of the little rock school, a prayer that carried our brothers and sisters over a bridge right here in Selma, Alabama. Be strong and have courage.

 

When you see row and row of state trooper facing you, the horses and the tear gas, how else can you walk? Towards them, unarmed, unafraid. When they come start beating your friends and neighbors, how else can you simply kneel down, bow your head and ask the Lord for salvation? When you see heads gashed open and eyes burning and children lying hurt on the side of the road, when you are John Lewis and you've been beaten within an inch of your life on Sunday, how do you wake up Monday and keep on marching?

 

Be strong and have courage, for I am with you wherever you go. We've come a long way in this journey, but we still have a long way to travel. We traveled because God was with us. It's not how far we've come. That bridge outside was crossed by blacks and whites, northerners and southerners, teenagers and children, the beloved community of God's children, they wanted to take those steps together, but it was left to the Joshua's to finish the journey Moses had begun and today we're called to be the Joshua's of our time, to be the generation that finds our way across this river.

 

There will be days when the water seems wide and the journey too far, but in those moments, we must remember that throughout our history, there has been a running thread of ideals that have guided our travels and pushed us forward, even when they're just beyond our reach, liberty in the face of tyranny, opportunity where there was none and hope over the most crushing despair. Those ideals and values beckon us still and when we have our doubts and our fears, just like Joshua did, when the road looks too long and it seems like we may lose our way, remember what these people did on that bridge.

 

Keep in your heart the prayer of that journey, the prayer that God gave to Joshua. Be strong and have courage in the face of injustice. Be strong and have courage in the face of prejudice and hatred, in the face of joblessness and helplessness and hopelessness. Be strong and have courage, brothers and sisters, those who are gathered here today, in the face of our doubts and fears, in the face of skepticism, in the face of cynicism, in the face of a mighty river.

 

Be strong and have courage and let us cross over that Promised Land together. Thank you so much everybody.

  

God bless you."

 

Self-employed motorcycle courier in a hurry to fetch an order inside McDonald's Restaurant. Deliveroo referred to these couriers as independent suppliers instead of employees. This saves the company holiday pay, sick pay and tax. These workers have no right to the minimum wage.

 

Drummoyne, Sydney

At the back door of bars and restaurants the world over.

  

In the New Orleans metro area, more than 64,000 people are employed in food preparation and serving-related occupations, according to the Bureau of Labour Statistics.

 

Is the sub-minimum wage restaurants are allowed to pay tipped service workers in several states, including Louisiana, fair ?

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Candid night shot, New Orleans, USA

Remember back in the day when teachers would just simply teach? They would come in early every morning, prepare their lessons, teach each student reading, math, science, and social studies, go home, grade papers, and do it all over again. Remember when teachers were only concerned about learning these facts every day and nothing else?

 

Those days are gone.

 

These are the golden days when teachers are not just teaching facts and skills but are everything to everyone. Teachers are the classroom social worker when the social worker isn't at the school. They are the nurse to do basic first aid when the nurse isn't present. They are the ones who give students the confidence and feelings of success to overcome anything, even if they are homeless and even if they are living in dangerous conditions and bring that weight to school with them each day instead of a backpack.

 

And teachers are also social justice warriors. It seems unfair sometimes that all of this and more can be placed on a mere classroom teacher (again, why schools also need support staff), especially when class size in the school district is ballooning in some schools past 40 and closer to 50. And yet, this is exactly the case.

 

Why put this on teachers when they have so much else they are responsible for? Well, first and foremost, no one else seems to be actively pursuing this. Even the political candidates like Lori Lightfoot who spoke about librarians, nurses, and social workers while campaigning seem more likely to deliver on tax dollars for billionaires and more police stations than in terms of caring for our students.

 

And everyone else just seems too busy working multiple jobs and binge watching Netflix in the meantime. We have a growing classist income disparity. We have a president who has committed treason multiple times. The atrocities against people of color and the trans population doesn't ever seem to end. Who will say no? Who will lead? Who will show a positive example?

 

Yes. It's teachers.

 

Teachers know how important it is to read and so they will fight for libraries. Teachers know their students shouldn't live in poverty and so they will fight for a higher minimum wage and affordable housing as well as an end to the school to prison pipeline and private prison industrial complex. Teachers realize that their children are suffering from toxic stress syndrome and will need someone to talk to privately when it gets to be too much and teachers know that everybody hurts in both emotional and physical ways and there should be a nurse on hand to help them heal.

 

We've reached a new age and it's a huge responsibility. When teachers went to school, they weren't taught they would inherit these weights. And yet, no one else will.....because no one else is both uniquely qualified and cares enough. So many teachers are parents too and their empathy knows no bounds. So, fight for teachers...fight for students...fight for a better world. This strike is not about the money. It is about community and social justice. It is about our very future.

  

Uber drivers in San Diego, California gather outside Uber San Diego headquarters for their first organized protest rally against the 30% driver fee cut the company implemented on Jan 1, 2016.

I had hired a car/driver for the day as I went bull shark diving in Pacific Harbour which is about 2.5 hours drive from Denaru. The cost was about the same as hiring a car and avoiding close to 6 hours of driving was worthwhile.

On the way back, I thought that this waterfall would be a great break to the trip. I wasn't allowed (protocol) to just pay the FJD25 and go as I needed to attend to the kava ceremony and look at the hand made crafts before a 10 year old girl guided us to the waterfall. My driver also decided to walk there with us but only had on leather shoes whereas I had scuba booties on. Important as the path crosses the creek 9 times before arriving there. My driver managed to cross the creek 7 times via rocks and staying dry but it wasn't possible from there so he went bare foot to there and back! He explained that the village was making a (relative) fortune from the waterfall. Given that the minimum wage is FJD2.50/hour and with 30-50 visitors per day adds up to a lot for the village plus any tip for the guide... hard to say no to a school girl who was great to chat to on the way. Thankfully the driver didn't need to follow the protocol and have kava and I declined during the ceremony.

 

Although the waterfall/pool is very pretty, adding the lower cascade in the foreground made it perfect for me :-)

 

A older description is at....

www.world-of-waterfalls.com/south-pacific-biausevu-waterf...

 

The world’s wealthiest 1 percent is likely to control over 50 percent of global wealth by 2017.

I learnt a new word this week "furloughed". Yes I have been "furloughed" from my job, i.e temporarily laid off at the 80 percent pay rate.

 

I am not complaining, I was getting into a rut and I would like to emerge from this down time with new skills and a new outlook. However in the meantime our NHS workers are currently putting their lives on the line treating patients with a shortage of protective equipment and other vital workers out there are literally holding this country together on minimum wage, such as the staff in my Mums care home. My job is nowhere near as vital as theirs.

 

So this post is for them while I think of constructive ways to fill my time. Tonights sunset from my window.

I had hired a car/driver for the day as I went bull shark diving in Pacific Harbour which is about 2.5 hours drive from Denaru. The cost was about the same as hiring a car and avoiding close to 6 hours of driving was worthwhile.

On the way back, I thought that this waterfall would be a great break to the trip. I wasn't allowed (protocol) to just pay the FJD25 and go as I needed to attend to the kava ceremony and look at the hand made crafts before a 10 year old girl guided us to the waterfall. My driver also decided to walk there with us but only had on leather shoes whereas I had scuba booties on. Important as the path crosses the creek 9 times before arriving there. My driver managed to cross the creek 7 times via rocks and staying dry but it wasn't possible from there so he went bare foot to there and back! He explained that the village was making a (relative) fortune from the waterfall. Given that the minimum wage is FJD2.50/hour and with 30-50 visitors per day adds up to a lot for the village plus any tip for the guide... hard to say no to a school girl who was great to chat to on the way. Thankfully the driver didn't need to follow the protocol and have kava and I declined during the ceremony.

 

A older description is at....

www.world-of-waterfalls.com/south-pacific-biausevu-waterf...

 

As our politicians on their 6 figure salaries, take recess after recess; those on the front lines making minimum wage, continually succumb to Covid-19.

Meanwhile the Village Idiots of Yosemite, continue to mob, spread hate and terror,

 

Thanks for visiting my photostream and reading the truth.

Did you know that 40% - 60% of homeless people work?

 

Minimum wage in Georgia is $5.85 per hour, which yields $12,168 per year, before taxes.

 

HUD says you should pay no more than 30% of your income for your housing. (30% of minimum wage yields $270/mo. for rent)

 

The average two-bedroom apartment in Atlanta rents for $834/mo. (which is 30% of an annual income of $33,360 or hourly rate of $16+ per hour). Thus, you need to earn $16+ per hour to afford that apartment, according to HUD.

 

46% of the jobs with the most growth between 1994 and 2005 pay less than $16,000 a year.

 

40% of homeless men are veterans.

 

The wealthiest nation on Earth has a wider gap between rich and poor than any other nation.

 

And something shocking:

The fastest growing group of homeless people is children under 9 years of age.

 

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hard grueling work on a construction site with zero safety features or insurance .

Artist: John Belardo

"Portrait of Governor

Herbert H. Lehman"

2004, bronze

On the campus of Lehman College, The Bronx

 

When I read the following description I was reminded of a time when we had real leaders.

 

From the Lehman College Website:

As Governor of New York in the midst of the Great Depression, he turned a budget deficit into a surplus while pushing through social reforms we now take for granted: minimum wage, unemployment insurance, old-age benefits, public housing, civil rights, medical care for the disabled, and laws to protect workers.

 

From 1943 until 1946, as director of the United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation Administration, he directed the largest international relief effort in history: 24 million tons of food, clothing, and medical supplies to 500 million victims of world war. He also gave his own money, often anonymously, to help children, refugees, the hungry, and the homeless.

 

Lehman would not sacrifice his beliefs for perceived political advantage. As a United States Senator from New York in 1950, he voted against popular anti-immigrant legislation. When he fought McCarthyism, his Senate colleagues told him he was committing political suicide. But Senator Lehman said, "I will not compromise with my conscience. I will cast my vote to protect the liberties of our people." There were many voters who disagreed with him at the time, but they respected his integrity and reelected him to the Senate.

 

In 1968, many names were suggested for this campus. Herbert H. Lehman was chosen because of what he represented: integrity in public service, humanitarism, love of country, commitment to equal opportunity for all Americans, and a willingness to work hard. Citizens of the world - including the students, faculty, and alumni of Lehman College - are inspired by this legacy.

Stephen pushes a broom in this building 5 nights a week. He makes minimum wage which doesn't support his vinyl habit. So, on weekends, he and the security guard book recording sessions for bands. The dome really has some fine acoustics!

 

Old Capitol Building, Olympia, Washington 2015

Another angle

 

I'm sure that, at some point in our lives, we as human beings dreamt of making history; accomplishing something great and doing something with our lives. After all, we only live once, right?

Well, as some of us run around "making history", some stand on the sidelines of time, even of the world, baring in mind one dream, and one dream only: TO SURVIVE THE DAY!

 

This "Human" is one of many, whom are for us invisible, whom life enforced on them a dream of making it through the day. I met him at a gas station as he was trying to sell me a "Meswaak", which is basically a tree stock used to clean the mouth. He was holding a bunch of 'em and walking around in the heat of the noon (some 45 degrees Celsius!).

 

I wonder how tough is it to walk in his shoes?

Speaking of his shoes, he wore worn out shoes wrapped with fabric because his feet were all worn out by the heat of the sun and hardships of life.

 

It's amazing how one man's sun is a bless, and a curse of another.

 

HE IS SAUDI !!!!!

 

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كلي ثقة باننا جميعا ، ولو للحظة ، حلمنا بأن تكون أسمائنا مسطرةً على صفحات التاريخ ، بأن نحقق الإنجازات العظيمة

إلا أن بعض "البشر" فــُـرضت عليهم أحلام مختلفة ، فهم يمشون على هوامش التاريخ ، بل على هوامش العالم

إنهم البشر الذين لا تراهم أعيننا ، وإن رأتهم تسرع عقولنا بنسيانهم

إنهم الذين فرضت عليهم الحياة ألا يكون لهم سوى حلم وحيد . . أن يمضي اليوم بسلام

 

هذا الرجل ليس إلا بائع "مساويك" إلتقيته في إحدة المحطات . كان يحمل معه مجموعة كبيرة من المساويك ، يبيعها بـ ريال واحد للحبة ، وأشك أن بضاعته كلها -إن باعها- تساوي أكثر من 50 ريال

خمسون ريالاً غير مضمونه لقاء يوم حافل بـ المشي في لهيب الـ خمس وأربعين درجة مئوية

حتى أنه لف حذائه البالي بالقماش لأن شمسنا أحرقت قدميه

 

أتسائل كيف تكون الشمس نعمة أحدنا ، و جــّلاد الآخر؟

 

هذا الرجل سعودي الجنسية !!!!!

Jerusalem

Jews vs Palestine

 

Es gibt im Großraum Jerusalem bereits schon drei palästinensische Viertel, die komplett von der Mauer eingeschlossen sind.

Ich als neutrale Person darf beide Seiten der Mauer betreten, komme durch Zugangsschranken und auch wieder zurück.

 

Für Palästinenser, die das zufällige Pech hatten auf der falschen Seite zu wohnen, ohne zu wissen, welches die richtige Seite sein könnte, ist es mit der Bewegungsfreiheit vorbei.

 

Sie dürfen ihr ummauertes Viertel nur mit besonderer Genehmigung verlassen, die nur der israelische Staat ausstellen kann.

So eine Genehmigung bekommt man zum Beispiel, wenn man für eine israelische Firma im Westjordanland arbeitet.

 

Richtig, im Westjordanland gibt es israelische Firmen.

Das hat Vorteile dort angesiedelt zu sein und zwar die billigeren palästinensischen Arbeitskräfte.

In Israel hingegen gibt es einen gesetzlich festgelegten Mindestlohn.

 

Das Westjordanland gehört ja nicht offiziell zu Israel, und die Palästinenser sind auch keine israelischen Staatsbürger und unterliegen daher nicht den israelischen bürgerlichen Gesetzen.

 

Die Genehmigung sein Ghetto verlassen zu dürfen, wird ausgestellt für die jeweiligen Arbeitstage zu den jeweiligen Arbeitsstunden.

 

Mehr auch nicht, denn Palästinenser haben auf israelischem Gebiet nichts zu suchen.

@von Marianna

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There are already three Palestinian neighborhoods, which are completely enclosed by the Wall, in the Greater Jerusalem area.

 

I as a neutral person can enter both sides of the wall, come through access barriers and back again.

 

For Palestinians who had the unfortunate chance of living on the wrong side without knowing which one the right side could be, it is over with freedom of movement.

 

They may only leave their walled quarter with special permission, which can only be issued by the Israeli state.

 

For example, an approval can be obtained if you are working for an Israeli company in West Jordan.

 

Right, there are Israeli companies in West Jordan.

 

This has advantages to be settled there, namely the cheaper Palestinian workers.

 

In Israel, on the other hand, there is a statutory minimum wage.

 

West Jordan is not officially associated with Israel, and the Palestinians are not Israeli citizens either, and are therefore not subject to Israeli bourgeois laws.

 

The permission to leave his ghetto will be issued for the respective working days at the respective working hours.

 

Moreover, Palestinians have nothing to do with Israeli territory.

 

@of Marianna

He's a sweet old thing, and a bit of a mystery. Very docile, with a beautiful well tended coat, yet he hangs out in the supermarket all the time as if he were feral. Very old and disinterested it would seem, yet he's fit enough to get into that precarious position. When you pet him he is entirely accepting, if disinterested, but you can feel his bones; it's like he hasn't eaten for days. He must be getting enough to survive though. Conclusion: is he looked after by store manager as a minimum-waged store detective or pest controller?

 

I did notice there were no sparrows in those hedges today.

Vancouver Sub Office No. 11 Post Office

Post Office opened - 14 October 1925

 

Link to all the Postmasters who worked at Vancouver Sub 11 - www.bac-lac.gc.ca/eng/discover/postal-heritage-philately/...;

 

List of Postmasters at Sub Office No. 10: (Opened - 14 October 1925)

L.C. MacKen - 14 October 1925 to 1 September 1955

Ralph Torrance Cunningham - 16 September to ?

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647756

SUB • AUX 11

24 III 1976

VANCOUVER

B C

POCON cancel (P-1) P & A Style / it was proofed - May 1973

 

647756

SUB - AUX 11

5 II 1988

VANCOUVER

B.C.

POCON cancel (P-2) boxed, no postal code / it was not listed in the Proof Book.

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POCON cancels started to be used approximately in April 1973 - replacing the MOON system. Older (1970's & 1980's) POCON did not usually have a Postal Code included. P.O.C.O.N. (acronym for - Post Office Computer Organization Number) cancellation are in the shape of an arch, circle, graphic, rectangle, or a square, with a 6-digit number, a town or office name, a Postal Code (if shown) and a date.

 

Retail Postal Outlet (RPO) - A Canada Post retail facility which may be either Canada Post or privately owned / operated. Privately owned facilities may be located in a host business, such as a commercial store.

 

RPO stands for Retail Post Office which is a franchise post office staffed by private outlet store employees like a drug store and is differentiated from CRO which is a Corporate Retail Office staffed by Canada Post employees. RPO workers generally make barely over minimum wage and don't get much if any proper training and generally would not know or care about the subtleties of formatting your address, all they know is what they printed off for you when you opened your box.

On Miller Street in Glasgow City Centre- They are called (or are part of) the Clydebank Pipe Band. Note the traffic cones; they really are everywhere in Glasgow. Oh and note the "Tory Shop"...it's amazing what you can buy these days...The bar is "Cairns" - classy. See www.flickr.com/photos/fortrose5/2883332872/ for another shot of the boy weighed down with the drum.

Civil protests are taking place throughout Chile in response to a raise in the Santiago Metro's subway fare, the increased cost of living, privatisation and inequality prevalent in the country.

 

The protests began in Chile's capital, Santiago, as a coordinated fare evasion campaign by secondary school students which led to spontaneous takeovers of the city's main train stations and open confrontations with the Carabineros de Chile (the national militarized police force). On 18 October, the situation escalated as a group of people began vandalizing city's infrastructure; seizing, vandalizing, and burning down many stations of the Santiago Metro network and disabling them with extensive infrastructure damage, and for a time causing the cessation of the network in its entirety. All in all 81 stations have sustained major damage, including 17 burned down. On the same day, President of Chile Sebastián Piñera announced a state of emergency, authorizing the deployment of Chilean Army forces across the main regions to enforce order and prevent the destruction of public property, and invoked before the courts the Ley de Seguridad del Estado ("State Security Law") against dozens of detainees. A curfew was declared on 19 October in the Greater Santiago area.

 

Protests and riots have expanded to other cities, including Concepción, San Antonio, and Valparaíso. The state of emergency was extended to the Concepción Province, all Valparaíso Region (except Easter Island and Juan Fernández Archipelago) and the cities of Antofagasta, Coquimbo, Iquique, La Serena, Rancagua, Valdivia, Osorno, and Puerto Montt. The protests have been considered the "worst civil unrest" having occurred in Chile since the end of Augusto Pinochet's military dictatorship due to the scale of damage to public infrastructure, the number of protesters, and the measures taken by the government.

 

On 25 October, over a million people took to the streets throughout Chile to protest against President Piñera, demanding his resignation. As of 26 October, 19 people have died, nearly 2,500 have been injured, and 2,840 have been arrested. Human rights organisations have received several reports of violations conducted against protesters by security forces, including torture, sexual abuse and sexual assault.

 

On 28 October, President Piñera changed eight ministries of his cabinet in response to the unrest, dismissing his Interior Minister Andrés Chadwick. On November 15, most of the political parties represented in the National Congress signed an agreement to call a national referendum in April 2020 regarding the creation of a new constitution.

 

The price of public transport in Greater Santiago is determined by the Panel of Public Transport Experts (Spanish: Panel de Expertos del Transporte Público), which uses an automatic calculation formula to adjust fares on a monthly basis. The Ministry of Transportation and Telecommunications is advised by the panel and must be notified of any price changes.

 

On 1 October 2019, the Panel determined the quarterly adjustment of fares for the public transport system of the Province of Santiago and the communes of San Bernardo and Puente Alto. They decided that a fare hike of 10 Chilean pesos for buses and 30 pesos for the Santiago Metro and Metrotrén at peak hours (a rise of about 4%), as well as a fare decrease of 30 pesos at off-peak hours, was necessary. The increase was justified by the panel due to increase of the rate index, which is subject to variations in the value of fuel, the value of the US dollar, the value of the euro, the cost of labor, and the consumer price index among other variables, such that the costs to the subway have risen. The fare change was scheduled to take effect from 6 October.

 

Some specialists, such as former Minister Paola Tapia, have indicated that there are other factors that explain the rise. Among these factors would be the purchase without tender of a new fleet of electric buses for the Metropolitan Mobility Network and the suspension of the new tender for bus services, both decisions made by the administration of Minister Gloria Hutt.

 

In addition, there is criticism that rail transit fares in Santiago are the second highest in Latin America (only surpassed by São Paulo). In relative terms, the average monthly cost per person for the city's public transport is equivalent to 13.8% of the minimum wage, well above other cities such as Buenos Aires, Mexico City or Lima, where it does not exceed 10%.

 

During the protests several people have died, and thousands have been injured and arrested. Amnesty International has received hundreds of complaints about serious human rights violations that range from excessive use of force to torture, illegal raids and arbitrary detention. Similar allegations have been received by Chile's National Institute for Human Rights, which also included reports of sexual violence.

 

source: Wikipedia

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Trudeau is so koched up he can't see the forest for the trees:

“Four years after the B.C. government, environmentalists, forest companies, and Indigenous communities signed the Great Bear Rainforest agreement, logging of ancient trees is taking place without promised oversight.”

“Logging in B.C.’s Great Bear Rainforest not meeting protection promises, environmentalists say”

www.theglobeandmail.com/canada/british-columbia/article-l...

&

“"Canada, which is 0.5% of the planet’s population, plans to use up nearly a third of the planet’s remaining carbon budget. Oil has addled the Canadian ability to do basic math... An emergency means you act now." #RejectTeck”

“When it comes to climate hypocrisy, Canada's leaders have reached a new low”

www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2020/feb/05/when-it-com...

 

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“For small island nations, climate change is not a threat. It's already here”

www.weforum.org/agenda/2019/09/island-nations-maldives-cl...

 

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“New York City’s newly passed Green New Deal, explained”

grist.org/article/new-york-citys-newly-passed-green-new-d...

 

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“Mexico Is Showing the World How to Defeat Neoliberalism”

www.truthdig.com/articles/mexico-is-showing-the-world-how...

 

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Sonny Perdue is evil:

“Federal regulations for school lunches—never strong to begin with—are about to get worse. TAKE ACTION: Tell the USDA: Add Healthy Organic Fruits and Veggies to School Meals, Not More Junk Food!”

“Tell the USDA: Kids Deserve Healthy, Organic Fruits and Veggies, Not More Junk Food!”

www.organicconsumers.org/blog/tell-usda-kids-deserve-heal...

 

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Where does A-L-L the money go?

“The Republican National Committee and its joint fundraising committee with President Donald Trump's re-election campaign took in more than $4.4 million from lobbyist fundraisers in 2019.”

“The GOP Is Raking in Millions From Lobbyists Tied to Trump”

truthout.org/articles/the-gop-is-raking-in-millions-from-...

 

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Climate Change book: “"Drive your Plow over the Bones of the Dead" by Olga Tokarczuk

thefrisianreader.wordpress.com/2020/01/30/drive-your-plow...

 

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“Iceberg larger than Prince Edward Island moving into open ocean”

www.theweathernetwork.com/ca/news/article/worlds-largest-...

 

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“As Sea Ice Declines, Polar Bears Are Spending An Extra Month on Land, Study Finds”

e360.yale.edu/digest/as-sea-ice-declines-polar-bears-are-...

 

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“Space is supposed to be a commons, but the United States is rushing forward unilaterally to control it. We must keep the bad seeds of war and environmental degradation for corporate profit out of space.”

“KEEP WAR, ENVIRONMENTAL DEGRADATION AND PROFIT OUT OF SPACE”

popularresistance.org/keep-war-environmental-degradation-...

 

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“Climate change, like nuclear weapons, is a major global threat – and the main cause of this emergency is fossil fuels.

Just as fifty years ago the world needed a treaty to defuse the threats posed by weapons of mass destruction, the world today needs to a Fossil Fuel Non-Proliferation Treaty.

Our own Tzeporah Berman has been hard at work bringing this Treaty to life, and now it's here.”

Endorse the Treaty here: www.fossilfueltreaty.org/

“A Cold War lesson for the climate change era: Why we need a Fossil Fuel Non-Proliferation Treaty”

thebulletin.org/2020/02/a-cold-war-lesson-for-the-climate...

 

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“Once again, the US is not the only one addicted to the fossil fuel economy. Russia is riding the same boat.

"A new $231 billion tax regime for the Russian Arctic is to provide for an unprecedented wave of investments in icy drilling.

"The new legislation was hammered through the government on Jan. 30. It will give national oil companies incentives for major investments in Arctic oil, the country’s new Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin says.

"'These laws will create favorable conditions for Arctic investments, the development of unique fields and consequently the accelerated development of the Northern Sea Route,' the premier underlined as his cabinet approved the legislation."”

“Moscow Outlines $231Bln Plan for Arctic Oil Development”

www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/02/05/moscow-outlines-231bln-...

 

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Shut off your cell phones and change your settings not to share data

“Federal Agencies Use Cellphone Location Data for Immigration Enforcement

Commercial database that maps movements of millions of cellphones is deployed by immigration and border authorities”

www.wsj.com/articles/federal-agencies-use-cellphone-locat...

 

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“It’s time to #ActOnClimate to protect our planet and the fight to go 100% renewable.”

“The Trump Administration Is Withholding Almost $1 Billion in Renewable Energy Funding”

earther.gizmodo.com/the-trump-administration-is-withholdi...

 

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2014: “Study: US is an oligarchy, not a democracy”

www.bbc.com/news/blogs-echochambers-27074746?SThisFB&...

 

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“The US is being run by a government that no longer represents the people”

www.businessinsider.com/us-government-supreme-court-senat...

 

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“Judy Shelton’s troubling record disqualifies her as a Federal Reserve governor”

“The U.S. Senate should not confirm Judy Shelton as a Federal Reserve governor. Most of her monetary policy career has consisted of uninformed advocacy for a return to the gold standard, which would be an obvious economic disaster. Read our full statement”

www.epi.org/press/judy-shelton-federal-reserve/

 

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“States that boosted their minimum wage between 2013 and 2018 saw pay for their lowest-paid workers grow more than 50% faster than those that didn't.”

“America's job problem: Employers are hiring, but pay is low”

www.cbsnews.com/news/jobs-reprot-numbers-americas-job-pro...

 

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“Today is Asian American/Pacific Islander (AAPI) Women's Equal Pay Day. It marks the number of days into 2020 that AAPI women have to work to make the same amount as their white male counterparts were paid in 2019. Put another way, the average AAPI woman needs to work almost an extra month and a half to make up for the shortfall in annual earnings relative to the average non-Hispanic white man.”

www.epi.org/blog/aapi-women-equal-pay-day/

#AAPIEqualPay

 

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It was encouraging to see these newcomers in the U.S. finding the freedom to protest for a higher minimum wage.

Powstanie łódzkie, zwane również „czerwcowym” – pierwsze w Imperium Rosyjskim powstanie zbrojne robotników (22-24 czerwca) w trakcie rewolucji 1905 roku.

Obok charakteru społecznego miało zarazem charakter niepodległościowy.

Preludium

•22 stycznia 1905 miała miejsce masakra robotników w Petersburgu;

•26 stycznia 1905 r. – rozpoczął się strajk w fabrykach Steinerta, Geyera, Silbersteina. Pracę porzuciło 10 tys. robotników;

•27 stycznia 1905 r. – ogłoszenie strajku powszechnego; żądania:

•8–godzinnego dnia pracy;

•ustalenia minimalnej płacy;

•powołania kas chorych;

•28 stycznia:

•PPS i SDKPiL wezwały ludność Królestwa Polskiego do strajku powszechnego;

•wybuchł ogólny strajk szkolny przeciwko rusyfikacji;

•w styczniu w Łodzi zginęło z rąk rosyjskich 11 manifestantów, a 108 zostało poważnie rannych;

•w lutym fabrykanci skrócili czas pracy do 10 godzin i podwyższyli płace robotnicze;

•luty – do strajków przystąpili łódzcy uczniowie z żądaniem zaprzestania rusyfikacji;

•na przełomie maja i czerwca w Łodzi strajkowało około 32 tys. robotników. Fabrykanci Kunitzer, Heinzel i Scheibler ogłosili lokaut;

•1 maja wybuchł strajk inspirowany przez PPS;

•18 czerwca kozacy zaatakowali kilka tysięcy robotników wracających z demonstracji w lesie łagiewnickim;

•20 i 21 czerwca odbyły się pogrzeby ofiar 18 czerwca, które przerodziły się w manifestację rozgromioną przez Rosjan. 21 manifestantów poniosło śmierć.

Walki czerwcowe

•22 czerwca wieczorem wybuchło powstanie zbrojne. Na ul. Wschodniej powstańcy zaatakowali kompanię piechoty i pół sotni kozaków;

•nocą z 22 na 23 czerwca na ulicach Łodzi wzniesiono ponad 100 barykad. Do pacyfikacji skierowano sześć pułków piechoty, dwa pułki kawalerii oraz pułk kozaków. Najbardziej krwawe walki miały miejsce na barykadach wzniesionych na rogu ulic Wschodniej i Południowej, ul. Północnej, w okolicach szosy rokicińskiej oraz w parku Źródliska. Źródła podają, iż tego dnia na pewno zginęło 160 osób;

•w dniu 24 czerwca padły ostatnie barykady (na ul. Wschodniej oraz w parku na Źródliskach).

Epilog

•25 czerwca w Łodzi i powiecie łódzkim władze ogłosiły stan wojenny. Akcje strajkowe wybuchały aż do 1907;

•1 grudnia 1905 papież Pius X w liście do biskupów ziem polskich potępił wystąpienia robotników przeciwko carowi;

•10 października 1906 z wyroku sądu polowego w Łodzi stracono 5 robotników. Na znak protestu zastrajkowały wszystkie fabryki łódzkie. Strajkowało 67 tys. robotników;

•29 grudnia 1906 zaczęto zamykać łódzkie fabryki, a robotników wysiedlać z miasta;

•jednym z pozytywnych efektów łódzkiej rewolucji było umożliwienie powstania pierwszej prywatnej polskiej męskiej szkoły średniej – obecnego II LO im. Gabriela Narutowicza w Łodzi, otwartego 17 października 1906 pod nazwą Prywatne Progimnazjum Męskie J.Radwańskiego. Szkoła jako pierwsza placówka oświatowa w Łodzi uzyskała zezwolenie na wprowadzenie polskiego języka wykładowego, i dlatego była powszechnie znana jako Progimnazjum Polskie Radwańskiego.

Łódź insurrection, also known as "June" - the first in the Russian Empire armed uprising workers (22-24 June), during the 1905 revolution.

In addition to social character it was also the character of independence.

Prelude

• January 22, 1905 massacre took place workers in St. Petersburg;

• 26 January 1905 r. - Strike began in factories Steinert, Geyer, Silberstein. Work 10 thousand abandoned. workers;

• 27 January 1905 r. - Announcement of a general strike; works:

• 8-hour working day;

• determination of the minimum wage;

• the establishment of health insurance funds;

• January 28:

• PPS and SDKPiL called on the people of the Kingdom of the Polish general strike;

• there is a general school strike against Russification;

• In January Lodz died at the hands of Russian 11 demonstrators and 108 were seriously injured;

• in February, manufacturers shortened working time to 10 hours and put workers' wages;

• February - strikes began Lodz students with a demand to stop Russification;

• at the turn of May and June in Lodz on strike about 32 thousand. workers. Manufacturers Kunitzer, Heinzel and Scheibler announced a lockout;

• May 1 strike broke out inspired by the PPS;

• June 18 Cossacks attacked several thousands of workers returning from a demonstration in the forest Łagiewniki;

• June 20 and 21 were held funerals of the victims of June 18, which turned into a manifestation defeated by the Russians. 21 demonstrators were killed.

Fighting in June

• June 22 evening armed uprising. On the street. Eastern rebels attacked a company of infantry and a half Hundreds Cossacks;

• at night from 22 to 23 June in the streets of Lodz was built more than 100 barricades. To pacify sent six infantry regiments, two cavalry regiments and a regiment of Cossacks. The most bloody fighting took place on the barricades erected on the corner of East and South Street. North, in the vicinity of the road and park Rokicińska Źródliska. Sources say that on that day certainly killed 160 people;

• on June 24, died last barricades (on the street. Eastern Europe and in the park at the headwaters).

Epilogue

• June 25 in Lodz, Lodz district authorities declared martial law. Strikes broke out until 1907;

• December 1, 1905, Pope Pius X in a letter to the bishops condemned the Polish lands of workers against the tsar;

• October 10, 1906 with the judgment of the court-martial in Lodz lost 5 workers. In protest, went on strike all the factories Lodz. 67 thousand on strike. workers;

• December 29, 1906 came to close the Lodz factory and workers to expel from the city;

• one of the positive effects of Lodz revolution was to enable the establishment of the first private Polish male school - present II LO im. Gabriela Narutowicza in Lodz, opened October 17, 1906 under the name of Private Progimnazjum Men J.Radwańskiego. The school is the first educational institution in Lodz has been authorized to enter Polish language of instruction, and therefore was widely known as Progimnazjum Polish Radwanski.

 

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“Congress has raised their own luxurious salaries multiple times and provided themselves great benefits but haven't raised the minimum wage in 13 years.”

“Minimum wage hasn't been raised for the longest time in history”

finance.yahoo.com/news/minimum-wage-hasnt-been-raised-for...

 

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It sickens me to think that Bill and Hillary Clinton may very well cash Superdelegate votes to determine our next President:

“Don't Vote "Blue No Matter Who", Vote Anti-Establishment No Matter Who”

www.youtube.com/watch?v=TK8HEJ628Eg&feature=youtu.be&...

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“If bernie doesn’t win the primary, I’m not voting democrat in the general” doesn’t mean “I don’t care about people hurt by a Trump victory” it means “an establishment democrat vote only prolongs the life of the system that led to Trump, which means more harm in the long run”

www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10221745069358027&set...

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“Vote Blue No Matter Who!” is WRONG. “Furthering oligarchy is not the answer.”

www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10216350924751101&set...

 

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“Julian Assange will be denied almost any connection to the human world if extradited to U.S.”

www.youtube.com/watch?v=MX4pjxGcri4&fbclid=IwAR33IAhq...

 

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Christian White Nationalist Nazi’s must be allowed to speak and spread their asocial dis-economic fascism:

“Wisconsin Assembly Passes Bill Designed to Chill Campus Protests”

www.exposedbycmd.org/2020/02/12/wisconsin-assembly-passes...

 

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Wisconsin’s Republican Dystopia continues to unfold. The land of a State Park on the shore of Lake Michigan will now be used as an additional golfcourse:

“Sheboygan gets Wisconsin Supreme Court’s OK to annex land for Kohler golf course”

www.sheboyganpress.com/story/news/2020/02/14/sheboygan-ge...

 

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““On Wednesday night, CNN’s Don Lemon hosted ubiquitous Bernie Sanders-basher Jim Messina—solo, without an opposing view—to slam Sanders and his Medicare-for-All proposal.

“Messina was introduced and repeatedly identified only by his former positions: ‘Former Obama Campaign Manager’ and ‘Former Deputy Chief of Staff, Obama Administration.’

“Messina is now a corporate consultant. He is CEO of The Messina Group, whose website boasts corporate clients such as Amazon’s pharmaceutical subsidiary PillPack, Google, Uber, Delta, and that boasts the slogan: ‘Unlocking Industries So Businesses Can Win.’ If properly introduced, it would have been no surprise to CNN viewers that a corporate consultant would malign Sanders, the most popular anti-corporate politician in recent U.S. history.”

www.truthdig.com/articles/bernie-sanders-faces-a-media-ri...

CNN routinely feature guests who are critical of the Vermont senator. What it doesn't tell you is that many are major corporate lobbyists.”

“Bernie Sanders Faces a Media Rigged Against Him”

www.truthdig.com/articles/bernie-sanders-faces-a-media-ri...

 

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We reap what we sow from having voted blue no matter who:

“5 disastrous consequences of Trump admin’s final Bears Ears and Grand Staircase plans”

www.wilderness.org/articles/blog/5-disastrous-consequence...

 

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“An iceberg nearly the size of Atlanta just broke off a glacier in Antarctica”

www.cnn.com/2020/02/12/world/iceberg-breaks-off-antarctic...

 

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“We Just Had the Hottest January in 141 Years of Record Keeping”

www.ecowatch.com/hottest-january-on-record-2645151799.htm...

 

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“NBC News Poll: Trump losing support among voters”

www.msnbc.com/hardball/watch/nbc-news-poll-trump-losing-s...

 

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“Indigenous protests and blockades across Canada have forced rail companies to shut down huge swatches of their passenger and freight lines as First Nations across Canada resist the construction of TransCanada’s 400-mile, $4.7 billion Coastal GasLink pipeline.”

“Indigenous Anti-Pipeline Blockades Cripple Canada’s Rail Transportation”

www.democracynow.org/2020/2/14/headlines/indigenous_anti_...

 

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“The process by which the House Democratic caucus chooses leaders and follows procedures as a group is still not available to the public despite calls to publish this information.

“There is no good reason to keep the caucus rules secret,” Liz Hempowicz, POGO’s Public Policy Director, told Roll Call.

“I can’t fathom why they haven’t been published already.””

“Democratic Caucus governance still shrouded in secrecy

It has been over a year since advocacy groups asked Democratic Caucus Chairman Hakeem Jeffries to publish caucus rules online”

www.rollcall.com/2020/02/12/democratic-caucus-governance-...

 

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“The Corporate Media Is Directly Profiting from Mike Bloomberg’s Rise as He Spends Fortune on TV Ads”

www.democracynow.org/2020/2/14/michael_bloomberg_tv_ads_c...

 

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Make Flicker be the replacement for Facebook:

“Big Tech Platforms Have Had a “Profound Negative Effect on Democracy.” Is It Time to Break Them Up?”

www.democracynow.org/2019/10/23/roger_mcnamee_warren_brea...

 

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Animals and our Pollution:

www.allatierdekessegek.com/post/az-ember-aki-a-foldi-poko...

  

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“The EU is doing what the US won’t: kicking coal to the curb”

grist.org/energy/the-e-u-is-doing-what-the-u-s-wont-kicki...

 

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“Rat poisons take care of rodent problems, but also kill wildlife and pets”

www.michiganradio.org/post/rat-poisons-take-care-rodent-p...

 

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“Indiana University has launched a data modeling portal that allows citizen interaction with water supply and pollutants under multiple climate scenarios.

Future Water website lets users examine impact of different climate scenarios on Indiana rivers and streams”

“IU creates climate change data portal to model state's future water supply”

news.iu.edu/stories/2020/02/iu/releases/12-climate-change...

 

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“Excessive herbicide use is transforming Florida's waterways -- and could even be "supercharging" the devastating red tide.”

“Florida's war on weeds is killing fish and supercharging red tide, opponents say”

www.cnn.com/2020/02/07/us/florida-weed-killer-spraying-re...

 

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Bloomberg “…doesn’t have a problem with apps selling users’ personal data, as long as consumers understand what is happening…”

“MIKE BLOOMBERG IN 2014: “WE SHOULD HOPE” THE NSA IS “READING EVERY EMAIL””

theintercept.com/2020/02/14/mike-bloomberg-privacy-nsa-su...

 

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“Trump’s 29th Trip To Mar-a-Lago Brings Golf Tab To 334 Years Of Presidential Salary

The president often brags about not taking a paycheck, but his golf hobby has now cost taxpayers $133.8 million.”

www.huffpost.com/entry/trump-golf-mar-a-lago-taxpayers_n_...

 

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“A List of Things Bloomberg Actually Said About Fat People, Rape, George W. Bush, and J.Lo

The billionaire’s long history of contradictions, gaffes, and self-owns, in his own words.”

www.motherjones.com/politics/2020/01/a-list-of-things-blo...

 

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The Democratic Establishment is Racist in their support of Buttigieg, Biden and Bloomberg:

“Bernie Sanders leads all Democratic candidates in support from non-white voters, new poll shows”

www.newsweek.com/bernie-sanders-leads-all-democratic-cand...

 

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“Jane Goodall Plans to Plant 5 Million Trees in 2020”

returntonow.net/2020/02/12/jane-goodall-plans-to-plant-5-...

  

Alias: Redshift (Currently), Blur (Formerly)

Real Name: Brooke Benson

Gender: Female

Allegiance: Hero

Backstory: Brooke would always be running around, being active in various sports. Despite looking quite happy, there was a deep seeded sadness within her, which she couldn't shake. Her powers didn't make things any easier. A constant need to be moving around, with her whole body vibrating constantly. It freaked her parents out various times, and would visit several specialists, but there wasn't a solution given to this problem. This problem would lead to her pushing away any guys that were interested in her romantically, as she didn't want to hurt them. It was at this time in which she would become a hero, as running seemed to stop the vibrating, at least for a short while. She would call herself Blur, as that's all she is when she's running. Since she was just a freshman in high-school at the time, she mostly avoided fights with villains, and focused on rescue operations. This eventually attracted the attention of the first Burnout, Garrett Reddick. He saw her potential, and wanted to teach her how to better use her gifts. At least that's what she thought. In reality, he wanted to find someone who he could truly mold, as his attempts with his son didn't work. He would find a way to lessen the rate at which she vibrates, and in return, she became his sidekick. This was during the time when his son Marcus was in a coma. Now being able to somewhat control her vibrations, she would have various flings with different guys, even going so far as to sleep with some of them, as she didn't see her own worth. While she was considered his sidekick, Brooke had her own ideas of what being a hero entailed, as the examples were all around them. This would lead to them fighting, even during battles with supervillains. Brooke would stop being his sidekick altogether upon graduating high school. three years later, when she couldn't take it anymore. Adopting a new name, Redshift, along with a new costume, she would become a hero in her own right. The sadness was still there though, as all of her high-school friends moved on, while she started working a minimum wage job. There were times when she considered ending it all, but being a hero pushed her through it all. A solution would come years later, though not necessarily the one she may have expected, in the form of Euphoria. It was the new drug of choice for the seedy underbelly of Cardinal City. People who wanted a way out of their sadness. Of course Brooke would take this opportunity to get some for herself. Obviously this was a conflict of interest, but she couldn't stand being sad anymore. A new hero calling himself Burnout would be seen in public for the first time, but Brooke recognized that it wasn't Garrett. After taking Euphoria, she would feel indestructible, like she could do anything. She had no fear, which led to her charging headfirst into a supervillain prison breakout by herself. This new Burnout would save her from getting herself killed, even though she tried so hard to do things by herself. He delayed her until Archon arrived, who would round up most of the escapees. After the effects of the drug wore off, Brooke thanked this new Burnout, by kissing him and running away straight after. She recalls that this Burnout is nothing like the monster Burnout she was the sidekick of. Hopefully, in time, she can find a way past her inner sadness, along with the vibrations, but for now, she's Redshift, a hero whose always on the move to save whoever she can.

Every year we have young foreign college students come here to Yosemite, to work during our busy season. These young adults come from all over the word. Many save and their families, so they can pay the thousands of dollars through different programs to get here under J1 visas. These are young professional adults with strong work ethics, morals and common courtesies; that work for minimum wage. I spoke to one young man last year who told me; he makes more in a season here, than his mother in one year and she’s a college professor.

 

"Here is a story of two young Spanish women that I had the brief pleasure of working with this summer. The park was closed recently because of the Ferguson Fire and this is the truth about what happens in Yosemite, in their own words:

  

Hello Rick! So this is basically what happened, in July when the fire was getting worse, one day we found out that the next day they were going to close the park for 5 days or so, so we packed a bag for 5 days and went to Los Angeles with a group of Spanish J1s. While we were there, we saw on social media and the news (because nobody from the park gave us any information about this) that the park was going to be closed for another week. We were running out of money and we only had a bad with things for 5 days. Our sponsor XXXX payd us five or six nights in a hotel in Fresno after calling them several times explaining our situation, so we stayed there. Eventually we had to go to the Red Cross shelter in Mariposa, and there we talk to XXXXXXX representatives and the rangers and they went to get my suitcase and my friends from the park, but only because we had our passport and paperwork there, and without it we wouldnt had been able to leave the country. For the rest of the Spanish people, they couldnt get their things, so they had to move to Colorado to work in another park only with the bad they packed for LA. We spend in Colorado almost a month, and it took Yosemite two or three weeks to send the suitcases to my friends. Me and XXXXX called HR and send emails to them and they said that they had our things and we could go and get them. We decided to go there and get our things even though that would mean spending more money and not having a lot of time to visit other places we wanted to visit like San Francisco. When we arrived to the park we went to our house and it was empty. The next morning we went to housing to ask where were our things and they said that they were sorry but thay had cleaned the room a few days ago and they through all of our things to the trash. Even though when we went to Colorado we sent an email stating the things we had left in Yosemite and asking them to please sent it to us, and even though we had called and asked HR. We felt like they have lied to us and they didnt help us at all, as you told us we went to speak with the rangers and to XXXXXX from HR and finally we gave them a list with the things that were throughn away and the value of it and now they are going to send us a paycheck as a compensation.

 

This is just a summary of what happened with our things, but we had more problems because we had impprtant letters in Yosemite with our Bank cards and our social security number as well as paychecks so we didnt have access to money, and it had to be us calling andgoing to HR everyday to ask. Other friends that couldnt create an account in Yosemite had to apply for the social number and create a bank account on their own in Colorado. XXXX knows nothing and didnt gave us any solution in a long time, in XXXXXXX the managers didnt answer our messages. We've had a lot of problems and as international people it was even harder for us. I think they are very bad organised and some of them dont care about us, when they see its a big problem that involves money they just think about themselves.

 

Its been a rough summer, but its also been a good experience and we've grown a lot since we had to solve all of this problems on our own. I've also met a lot of good people that had helped us, so overall Im happy with the experience. Only Ive learned that I cant trust people, specially people with high charges, and that I have to make sure myself of the things and fight to get what I deserve.

 

Thank you for your interest in our situation, you are one of the good people who helped us".

 

So, we are teaching young foreign adults they “can’t trust people, specially people with high charges”.

What is happening in Yosemite is WRONG!

 

• The truth about Yosemite: www.nbcbayarea.com/news/local/Yosemite-Chief-Retiring-Ami...

 

Thank you for visiting my photostream

 

* Another shot taking on one of my daily rambles round parts of Hull. This is the Newland Park area close to the university. its only ten minutes from my house and a pleasant place to stroll . I was down there yesterday no signs of blossom anymore how ephemeral the spring is after the long dark months

 

I have been waiting for someone to write a song about the current situation as Vera Lynn and other war time tunes does not work for me . Well Ralph Mctell has come up with a good song called

“ Masks and Gowns “ English people will possibly remember his song “Streets Of London” that was a hit in the early seventies well Ralph has nailed it again To listen just click

 

youtu.be/3im2WMQd5A4

 

I worked for 36 years in and around the residential social care sector. I managed a home for children with severe learning difficulties and later on a large home for very vulnerable adults. The staff I managed where a great bunch of people who cared a lot for the people they looked after. They were badly paid however and did not get enough training and always lacked the social recognition that NHS nurses usually receive. Staff in the care sector look after the most vulnerable people and are paid often no more than minimum wage. It's something that as a country we should be ashamed of .

 

During this epidemic they have been sitting ducks and consequently the mortality figures within care homes are appalling . They have had little medical support and have struggled to get proper personal protection . Every Tory government when elected says it will solve the issue of the underfunding of social care then does sweet F*** all.

So when you clap on Thursday for NHS workers don’t forget those staff struggling to keep their residents safe . Also when it's all over remember these poorly rewarded workers deserve a fair deal; they might be looking after you one day.

  

THANKS FOR YOUR VISITING BUT CAN I ASK YOU NOT TO FAVE AN IMAGE WITHOUT ALSO MAKING A COMMENT. MANY THANKS KEITH. ANYONE MAKING MULTIPLE FAVES WITHOUT COMMENTS WILL SIMPLY BE BLOCKED

 

♫ We live on front porches and swing life away

We get by just fine on minimum wage ♫

 

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Kingsbridge Armory in the Bronx is the largest armory in the world. The drill hall is the length of two football fields and the building occupies a three block area. Built in the 1910's it's original purpose was to house the Eighth Coastal Artillery Regiment of the National Guard, the 258th Artillery. The armory has been used for exhibitions, boxing matches and film location. It's military use ended in 1996 when the building was turned over to the city. There was a plan to turn it into a shopping complex but protests over the mostly minimum wage jobs that would be created led to the defeat of the plan. In 2013 a new $345 Million plan to create the world's largest indoor ice center appears to be going forward.

 

Happy Big Building Monday

She has the smile but I can see in her eyes that she is tired. It is not easy to stand all the way for 4 hours and another 4 hours after her meal break. And it is in the confines of an elevator. Actually I do not just request for their smile. I talk with them and express my admiration towards their role in the society. .. By the way, she is Gretchen.

 

This week is the week for minimum wage earners;

 

Criteria:

a. Minimum wage earner

b. I should ask permission in taking their photos

c. Must look happy with his job!

  

Monday Morning Funny #38 - Because Monday Mornings are NOT Funny!

 

hehehe...when I filled my tank the other day it stopped at $69.20..... and of course a MMF lightbulb went off... so I forced the other 69... I didn't even notice the gallons of gas were 17.169 until I uploaded... LOL.... yeah I'm twisted...

 

It's going to be a totally crappy Monday.... but when AREN'T Mondays crappy... oh yeah.. when they fall on a holiday...

 

Hope you all have a great day!!!!!!!!!

I have so many crops of this.

The light was lovely today but I only took a few photos in about ten minutes, then my brother wanted me to go to the shops with him and when we got back I started watching Me, Myself and Irene. The next time I looked out the window it was grey, dull and getting dark.

 

Oh well, there's always tomorrow.

 

Woohoo! No.18 on Explore, thanks for the sweet comments! =]

My greatest nightmare--a minimum wage job, armed with nothing but a bottle of Windex and a squeegee.

 

San Francisco CA

An old lady sweeping the pavement outside the Bank of Maldives building. She could care less what colour your credit card is. Perhaps it is the elderly that have been most ignored by the government. There is no such thing as a retirement plan. I doubt most even know such a thing exists. Most are forced to work minimum wage jobs meant for younger souls, such as being a janitor or security guard. Imagine a poor old woman cleaning the dozens of toilets of an entire school! Or an old man trying to fend of street gangs from the mobile phone shop he's supposed to guard. I'm afraid its already too late for them. Politicians are too concerned with their own agendas to worry about someone else's. When they are gone, the truth about the old government, , along with its real culture and heritage, the real truth about this country will die as well. And the pretty picture painted by "history" books couldn't be further from the truth.

 

How could someone like this have time for culture? Culture in the Maldives is only for the privileged; the ones who have time to do anything other than survive.

 

Location: Malé, Maldives

 

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But you're bringing me down.....

 

New York, I Love You

But you're bringing me down

 

New York, I Love You

But you're bringing me down

 

Like a rat in a cage

Pulling minimum wage

 

New York, I Love You

But you're bringing me down

 

New York, you're safer

And you're wasting my time

 

Our records all show

You are filthy but fine

 

But they shuttered your stores

When you opened the doors

  

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There are so many things I'd like to thank-you for. Like the time, you got mad at me, when I was a child. For taking the boat AND the dog out on the lake ALONE, at 6am in the morning without telling you. I didn't understand it then.... But it was because you worried you had lost me.

 

And when I was a young teenager and I didn't come home one night, because I was partying a little to hard. You didn't talk to me for three days! I didn't know it then... But it was because you were scared something had happened to me.

 

And when I was moving out for the first time. You lectured me on how I wasn't ready. And how the responsibilities were too much for a minimum waged income, 18 year old girl. I didn't understand it then... But it was because you were having a hard time letting me go.

 

Now...

Stands a grown woman, jaded from the hard-times. Strugling through life, sick and fighting to stay strong.

I remembered you wiping my tears away, when I was stuck in bed for days. I heard you raise your voice with frustration to the doctors, while I was in so much pain.

I watched you pace back and forth, waiting for me to come out of ever radiology test and painful procedure, I had to do. Most of all I remember you always telling me everything was going to be alright. When deep down inside you knew it wasn't.

 

Even now... Your loving support and mothering voice rings in ears. While I watch you look at me with worry and sadness, as you watch me fight to keep body working right and to keep a hold on my spirit as it slowly fades away. But through all this, there is only one thing I'm thankful for Ma........... "YOU" !

 

I may not have known it then but... I know it now. That you not only loved me then, but you still love me NOW.

THANK-YOU for being my mom, and for your continual strength and patience. That will always see me through all the hard days ahead.

 

I love you always... Sincerely your Nica xxo

Happy Mother's Day

 

Calcutta (Kolkata) generates around 4000 MT of waste everyday and the local municipalities collect round 3932 MT of solid waste per day on an average. The ragpickers of the city are one of the key resources who help in keeping the city clean by assisting in the recycling process. (Source: www.kmcgov.in)

 

Sadly these ragpickers are paid way below minimum wage & such gruesome poverty level has forced them into drug addiction, its hard to come across any ragpicker who is leading sober life.

Ever since I finished the Alphabet Tales, I’ve been trying to get back into self-portraiture, and failing. I feel like everything I do is too close to what everyone else does, too close in theme, too close in structure. But I took this picture a few months back and when I showed it to my M, all she said was ‘whoa, that’s old school Lu’. And that felt good. It felt like me. Maybe I do need to go back to old school Lu, to how I used to photograph, fearless and strong. Maybe that’s what I’ll try, now.

 

And then someone steals your work and uses it to illustrate and publicize an app on the iTunes app store. I’m now initiating a lawsuit against this person, because they refuse to admit that the photograph belongs to me, even though it has my face on it, I was the one to post it first and I have a witness who was with me when I took it. I’m not out to ruin their lives, and I’m not out to get revenge. But according to the Getty standard, they owe me about $1.5k in usage fees — and that’s about three times the minimum wage, where I live. It’s real money, that someone else is making at my expense.

 

I don’t know why I’m justifying it here — I guess it’s because sometimes, colleagues make me feel guilty, like I’m out for blood. I’m not. I’m out to get what’s mine, to be paid fairly and not one cent more. I’m out to be a photographer.

 

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