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New CA Ebola Mandate Inspired by NNU Appeal to Gov. Brown, Sets National Model - by via National Nurses United
Following a worldwide day of actions of 100,000 registered nurses and health workers demanding substantial improvements in safeguards for the deadly Ebola virus, California officials have announced landmark mandatory Ebola guidelines that should be a model for federal and state action for all U.S. hospitals, National Nurses United said on November 14.
Posted: Sun Nov 16, 2014 3:45PM
How Universal Basic Income Will Save Us From the Robot Uprising - by George Dvorsky
As we head deeper into the 21st century, it's becoming painfully obvious that there are fewer and fewer jobs available. As noted by Marshall Brain, founder of How Stuff Works and author of Manna, there are more working-age people in the U.S. receiving some form of welfare than there are working-age people who do not.
Posted: Fri Nov 14, 2014 10:15AM
Treasury Secretary Lew Brings Jubilee USA Request for Debt Relief for Ebola-Stricken Count - by James Griffin
US Seeks to Move IMF to Cancel $100 Million in Debt for Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea.
Posted: Thu Nov 13, 2014 10:25AM
With Longshore Workers Support How Protests Against Israeli Bombing of Gaza Stopped Zim Sh - by Jack Heyman Chair TWSC, Retired ILWU 10
ILWU Local 10 longshore workers were critical in stopping work on Zim ships in Oakland. The Transport Workers Solidarity Committee with other activists and maritime workers organized for an ongoing picket of the Zim Piraeus and the Stop Zim Action Committee which the TWSC was part of picketed the Zim Shanghai at SSA at the Port of Oakland in September and was successful in stopping the ship from being worked. This was the first time that a Zim ship was completely prevented from being worke...
Posted: Thu Nov 13, 2014 3:05AM
"Too Smart to Fail" - by Thomas Frank
The “sound” banker, alas! is not one who sees danger and avoids it, but one who, when he is ruined, is ruined in a conventional and orthodox way along with his fellows so that no one can really blame him. –John Maynard Keynes
Posted: Sat Nov 1, 2014 3:47PM
The Myth of the Unexpected Crisis and Security - by Tobias Straumann and Georg Seesslen
Many knew the rise of housing prices for years had to end some time or other... Four theses explain why the Fed was not active during the real estate boom: the power of lobbyists, market ideology, trust in abstract academic models and inflationary targeting... The only security guaranteed us ... is that nothing will change, nothing in the basic hierarchy of power or in the constant return of those crises that will bring further dismantling of social securities...
Posted: Thu Oct 30, 2014 6:01AM
Neoliberalism has brought out the worst in us - by Paul Verhaeghe
Bullying used to be confined to schools; now it is a common feature of the workplace. This is a typical symptom of the impotent venting their frustration on the weak – in psychology it’s known as displaced aggression. There is a buried sense of fear, ranging from performance anxiety to a broader social fear of the threatening other.
Posted: Mon Oct 27, 2014 10:46AM
New thoughts on capital in the twenty-first century, 21 min - by Thomas Piketty
Thomas Piketty is the author of the 2014 bestseller "Capital in the 21st Century."
Posted: Fri Oct 24, 2014 5:23AM
The Inheritance of Inequality and Rethinking Growth - by Martin Schuertz, K Burmeister and S Stache
The economy exists for people, not vice versa. Economics should be pluralistic, not a monolith. The economy should be embedded in society; society should not embedded in the economy. Social and ecological reality should not be externalized or factored out but considered in discussion and future planning. What are the models. motors and myths of a sustainable economy? Thomas Piketty and alternative economics emphasize inequality and mass unemployment as present and future dangers of late stag...
Posted: Tue Oct 14, 2014 5:52AM
Giant tree fruit grower suggests suing Berkeley over resolution supporting Fresno workers - by United Farm Workers
Berkeley, Calif.—One of America’s largest tree fruit growers is suggesting a lawsuit against Berkeley if its city council approves a resolution at tonight’s meeting urging giant Gerawan Farming Inc. to refrain from violating state labor laws and to “immediately implement [a] union contract issued by [a] neutral mediator and the state of California” last year.
Posted: Tue Sep 30, 2014 5:35PM
Making Sense of the CETA, 128 pp - by Canadian Center for Policy Alternatives
An analysis of the final text of the Canada–European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement
Posted: Mon Sep 29, 2014 10:51AM
Video: "The Roosevelts," 7 episodes - by www.pbs.org
FDR lived out boundless enthusiasm and boundless optimism. 45,000 schools were built and 7,800 bridges built; social security, minimum wage and 4 million jobs within two or three months show the welcoming side. FDR preserved the capitalist system in a time of its unwinding.
Posted: Sun Sep 21, 2014 2:17PM
How Neoliberalism Gained Hegemony - by Armin Thurnher and Thomas Zotter
The pressing question is why do the masses vote against their own interests and applaud those who champion goals opposed to their well-being or welfare? Ideas prevail because power is on their side, not because they are better...Neoliberalism went from a sect after 1945 to cultural hegemony. Even the World Bank and the World Trade Organization were founded in the Keynesian spirit to regulate international competition. In 1972 the Chamber of Commerce spent $900 million for its propaganda goals.
Posted: Tue Sep 16, 2014 7:16AM
Block the Boat Diary - by Daniel Borgström
a day to day account from the picket lines blockading the Israeli ship ZIM Piraeus for 4 days in August, finally chasing it back to see only partially unloaded. Most of the goods bound for Oakland wound up in Asia. http://english.al-akhbar.com/content/unpublicized-impact-successful-bds-action
Posted: Fri Sep 12, 2014 10:22PM
Children of Farm Workers Receive Si Se Puede Scholarships;Two were Farm Workers Themselves - by via United Farm Workers
California – The United Farm Workers distributed several scholarships across California in the month of August, 2014 to children of UFW union members and members working in different regions. Several ceremonies were held throughout California to distribute the ¡Si Se Puede! Scholarships.
Posted: Tue Sep 2, 2014 5:19PM
A Brief Reflection on The True Meaning and Value of Labor - by Steve Pleich
Posted: Mon Sep 1, 2014 12:07PM
Wealth as a Problem - by Will Hutton
The wealth of others has become more a problem than an incentive. Capital is blind, Thomas Piketty says. Capital grows faster than the economy. Differences in wealth are inherent in capitalism but do not represent a natural law. A society can accept them or act against them. Piketty shows how easy it is for the rich to evade taxation. Piketty proposes bold solutions: a top tax rate up to 80 percent, an effective inheritance tax and a global wealth tax.
Posted: Mon Sep 1, 2014 5:46AM
Joseph Stiglitz Calls for Fair Taxes for All - by www.billmoyers.com
The Nobel Prize-winning economist explains why America's future prosperity depends on tax reform today.
Posted: Tue Aug 26, 2014 5:07AM
Israeli Ship Blocked in Oakland - by Steve Martinot
The Palestine solidarity movement in the East Bay successfully blocked an Israeli ship from being fully unloaded. In the process, serious malfeasance by the Port of Oakland occurred in its collusion with the ship, and against the community and the longshore union (ILWU).
Posted: Fri Aug 22, 2014 2:32PM
CA Top Union Officials Help Gov Brown & DIR Christine Baker Destroy Cal-Osha - by reposted
Top California union officials including California Labor Federation Executive Director Art Pulaski is helping to allow Governor Brown and his Division of Industrial Relations Christine Baker destroy Cal-Osha
Posted: Fri Aug 8, 2014 11:34AM