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From my kitchen table. Thought I’d share!

Virtually Speaking tonight

Sunday, Sept 25 | 9 pm eastern | 6 pm pacific | Avedon CarolMarcy Wheeler, discuss developments of the week, highlighting issues neglected or misrepresented on the Sunday morning broadcasts, often drawing from the wickedly funny Bobblespeak Translations Informative, thoughtful and passionate. Listen live and later on BTR

The peace process

Israel and the U.S. right wing do their thing to make sure there’s no peace in the Middle East.

Who’ll stop the rain?


Rude Pundit goes to Occupy Wall Street.

Poor worried bankers

Pay attention to what Bloomberg said on today’s Press The Meat:

MR. GREGORY: Can you explain how that impacts businesses? Because we hear it, it’s a conventional wisdom that a lack of leadership, uncertainty, means that businesses aren’t hiring. They’re making money, they’re doing more with less, and yet they’re not hiring.

MAYOR BLOOMBERG: Well, nobody has any confidence. If you’re a bank and you have money, would you make a loan when people are talking about putting you in jail for what happened in the mortgage crisis three, four years ago? You hunker down. If you’re a business, would you go take a loan and expand and hire more people when every day there’s talk about different regulation, different tax policy? Business has to know what it’s going to be in the future to plan because hiring people is a long-term commitment. If you’re an individual, would you go take that extra vacation, buy a new house and that sort of thing when you’re not sure whether Washington is going to do what’s right to keep job creation going in America? That’s the–in the end, it is confidence, confidence, confidence.

What a lying sack of shit this man is.

Blame the bloggers

It’s all our fault.

Saudi Arabia

Letting women vote in 2015.

No more kisses for Hershey

This really is disgusting. Hershey is now retaliating, kicked the students out of their housing. The POWER Act would protect workers like these students from employer retaliation when trying to organize for dignity and respect on the job:

Hershey, PA—After six weeks of mounting national pressure on Hershey’s for exploiting J-1 student workers and depriving local workers of living wage jobs, former student workers at the Hershey’s packing plant organized a 1,000-strong march in Hershey for justice and jobs on Friday, Sep. 23.

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The students—who paid $3,000-6,000 each to come to the U.S. for a cultural exchange and instead became captive labors at Hershey’s packing plant—organized and became members of the National Guestworker Alliance. With support from Central PA residents and organized labor, the students held a walk-out and strike from the Hershey’s plant on Aug. 17.

Four federal agencies launched investigations into the exploitation of J-1 student workers at the Hershey’s plant, and nearly 70,000 Americans signed a petition in support of the students’ demands: 1) return the $3,000-6,000 students paid for false promises of a cultural exchange, and 2) turn the 400 jobs they filled in the Hershey’s packing plant into living wage jobs for local workers.

Hershey’s maintains a wall of silence, hoping that when the students returned to their home countries at the end of the summer, the pressure would end. Instead, the students organized hundreds of local workers and labor leaders into a growing fight for living wage jobs—including Friday’s 1,000-strong march.

As the march neared, Hershey’s launched a PR campaign to attempt to discredit the students, and hired Blank Rome Government Relations to lobby Congress on “government affairs issues related to labor practices.”

The Hershey’s story goes to the heart of the current debate over the sources of America’s jobs crisis. Decades of downsizing, outsourcing, and subcontracting by corporations like Hershey’s has robbed local workers of living wage jobs, while locking immigrant workers—and even cultural exchange students on J-1 visas—into situations of captive labor.

Bloomberg’s New York

Watch as the young girls who are standing there are pepper-sprayed in the face for no reason other than speaking out against what’s happening to another protester. Listen to them scream. God bless America!

“In 2008 the New York Police Department, as part of a court settlement, has agreed to formalize several changes it has made in its crowd control procedures at political demonstrations. The department said it would ensure that protesters will not be trapped inside pens surrounded by police barricades, that people will be given “avenues of escape” when police approach on horseback and that the public is informed about access routes when sidewalks or roads are closed.”
— NY Times City Room Blog, April 15, 2008.

Speak low

Tony Bennett and Norah Jones:

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