The HuffPo author states that this is unlikely to happen in other states, attributing this setback to political factors unique to Indiana; but I’m not nearly so optimistic.
Oklahoma was the most recent ‘right-to-work’ state, in 2001. More on that, from the Indianapolis Star.
While Morgan said Indiana should follow his state’s lead and adopt the law, saying it has spurred job creation, the union members told a different story.
“There is no doubt that the law has resulted in job loss and lower wages,” said Jesse Isbell, who worked for 36 years at the Bridgestone-Firestone tire plant in Oklahoma City.
That plant closed in 2006, and he and 1,400 others lost their jobs, he said, even though proponents had said the legislation was what was needed to keep jobs from leaving the state. Continue reading
From the London Evening Standard; emphases mine.:
Schoolchildren bullied over their sexuality are being advised by teachers to act “less gay,” it emerged today.
The shocking claim has been made by pupils in a report on bullying in schools in Essex.
Teenagers who are picked on for their appearance told how they were advised to wear their hair differently if they wanted to avoid being teased.
The document also reveals teachers are insensitive to the needs of bullied youngsters and claims some educators had received “very little” training in dealing with the challenges they face.
The “Anti-Bullying Work” report, based on evidence gathered from more than 250 teachers and pupils, has been compiled by Essex County Council.
The author of the report, Julie Keating, stated there was “anecdotal evidence of students being told to act less gay or to wear their hair differently as teachers felt they were making themselves a target for bullies“.
“What is the Red Triangle Technology Collective? More than anything else, it’s a means by which we can become independent from corporate and state-controlled communications mediums. From Facebook to Google, Verisign to Yahoo, relying on entities which are sympathetic to the ruling class for our entire network is a strategy for fail.
We need our own solutions – by us, for us, with our needs and principles in heart and mind. That’s what RTTC is.”
– Matt D. Harris, founder
In a nutshell, the purpose of the Red Triangle Technology Collective is to provide a no-cost hosting solution for radical projects and websites. This way, people who can’t afford (or would like to avoid) a commercial provider can still start developing their ideas on the web!
Our team is worker-managed – we democratically (via consensus when possible; via voting when not) make the majority of non-technical decisions regarding the management of the co-op. This includes things like projects to provide services for, criteria for services, memberships in the co-op, and potential future expansions into new areas. Technical decisions are made by the engineering team on a consensus basis. Continue reading
Via GonzoTimes; emphases mine:
The Red Triangle Technology Collective has officially begun operating today, moving towards implementing phase 1 of the plan! We’re currently focusing on getting our websites designed and implemented, getting a logo, and fundraising to be able to implement phase 1. We announced several weeks ago our intent to launch right here at Gonzo Times, and outlined some core principles and goals. With the formal plan, released yesterday, we’ve refined these ideas and made public our tentative budget for phases 1, 2, and 3.
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Gee, someone should’ve told me this back when I was jobless & hungry. According to this, if I’d only had a baby, it would’ve yielded benefits such as fast food meals, liquor binges, & manicures!
Nope, I wouldn’t have simply had the baby taken from me by CPS (which is what usually happens to homeless moms) at all.
Poverty’s always the most amusing to people who don’t have to experience it. Continue reading