mills and factories

your union needs to have dues

there’s a debate on here right now that goes like this:

“we should strike on election day!”
“but it won’t do anything.”
“but historically strikes had power!”

yes. yes they did. but there’s a slight difference between then and now.

think about it. mill and factory workers in the industrial revolution worked longer hours for less pay and no benefits, and they needed those jobs to survive. why would they strike, when they had so much to lose?

they had a fucking strike fund.

why are people so afraid of striking? because if you’re in poverty, even taking a day off of work is a day without getting paid, and when you have a family to provide for, the thought of being without even those wages is terrifying. how do you alleviate that fear? you let them know that there’s a union-driven safety net. everyone contributes to the fund with their dues, and everyone draws from it according to their basic needs. sure, the funds won’t last forever, but if you plan well and keep it maintained, that gives you more bargaining power. it’s not the employers waiting to starve you out, it’s a game of chicken: your dwindling funds vs. their dwindling profits, who decides it’s not worth it first?

calling for a nationwide strike doesn’t do that because there is no safety net. you’re effectively only asking the people who can afford to take time off to strike, and ignoring everyone else. and if you really want your protests to have power, you can’t afford to ignore all those people.

Tapping the blast furnace #6 at Novolipetsk steel plant. The furnace had been put into operation in 1978. It produces 3.1 million tons of hot iron a year.

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FN FNX-45 Tactical

Semi-auto .45 ACP chambered pistol that is often considered one of the top choices for tactical shooting. The threaded barrel makes it suppressor ready, and the slide is milled from the factory to accept an array of red dot options. Although popular, it is somewhat expensive once you start adding on all of the extras to get it setup into a similar configuration as the one in the photos. (GRH)

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Overviews of EVRAZ NTMK plant in Nizhniy Tagil - one of the biggest russian steel mills. Together with UVZ (machine building plant which produces railroad carriages and tanks) and some smaller factories, this huge combine covers almost half of the town’s territory.
Currently only two blast furnaces are running at the site and two more are under demolition. Also there are two coking plants, BOF shop, numerous rolling mills, continous casters and mechanical shops.
Pictures taken in October 2014 from the roof of brand new coal injector.

Some minor worldbuilding re: the city and it’s big ol factories, for the interested, including me bullshitting my way through traditional fabrics

Vanyiv is probably starting to become one of the fashion centers of the world, just because yes, fabric production is a MASSIVE INDUSTRY there, there are, at the moment, three factories and a paper mill, two of those factories produce fabric exclusively, one produces brass. These employ the large bulk of the population of Vanyiv, hence the sudden pitch in unemployment following the quarantine. 

The LaRoille factory is the smaller one, but it tends to focus its production almost entirely on broadcloth, and is considered to sell one of the finest versions of the cloth available. While not necessarily out of the range of the peasantry, it is most frequently worn by upper classes, especially throughout late fall and mid-spring, when it gets cold. The only other fabric that LaRoille produces is kelsch, very soft, very light, and usually only produced in winter, but not sold until late spring, and even then, rolls have to be specially reserved in advance by local tailors. It’s really the pet project of the factory owner, he imports the materials from his home region (note that he doesn’t have to, he just, so it’s wildly expensive, in incredibly limited quantity, and as such, very, VERY, fashionable (Even though it’s a very common fabric in LaRoille’s home area. Lots of suddenly very fashionable mountain peasants.). 

The Kerchik factory is larger, almost twice the size of LaRoille, and it has a much wider range of cloths that it produces- linens, sheeting, cotton. Its cloths are cheaper to purchase, as they’re made in higher quantity than those from the LaRoille factories, but aren’t necessarily cheaper in quality (Though some will argue they are simply because price = quality fallacy). Still, these fabrics make up the majority of what the local tailors work with and sell.

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West Union, Iowa
Population: 2,486

“A steam saw mill and stave factory was built near the north end of the railroad bridge in 1873, by Peter Nicklaus, a very ingenious and energetic man. This plant was merged into a canning factory, and is controlled by a stock company, since the death of Mr. Nicklaus and his son Charles. R. O. Woodward, of West Union, is manager of the plant, which does a very large amount of business in season. The principal product is canned corn, but other products. especially tomatoes, are worked up. These raw materials being quite a source of revenue to near by farmers and gardeners. The plant furnishes remunerative employment to several hundred employees, during active operations. Its products are in universal demand where best known.”

Blida (البليدة‎) in Algeria is located 45 km from Algiers, surrounded by orchards and gardens at the base of the Tell Atlas on the fertile Mitidja Plain, and the right bank of the Oued el kebir outflow from the Chiffa Gorge. The abundant water of this stream provides power for large corn mills and factories and supplies the town with its numerous fountains and irrigated gardens. Blida is surrounded by a large wall with 6 gates. The nearby Chiffa Gorge is a habitat of the endangered Barbary macaque - one of only a few relict locations where populations of this primate are found. The present town, French in character, has well-built streets with many arcades, several mosques and churches, extensive barracks and a large military hospital. The principal square is surrounded by arcaded houses and shaded by trees. Blida has a flourishing trade, chiefly in oranges and flour. The orange groves contain over 50,000 trees - in April, the air is laden with the scent of orange blossoms. In the public gardens is a group of magnificent olive trees. The products of the neighboring cork trees and cedar groves are a source of revenue to the town. 

For a long time Blida Province has been home to a cluster of Berber-speaking towns including Djebailia, Beni Salah and Beni Misrah. Their Amazigh dialect is related to the Tamazight of the Atlas mountains. Blida is particularly close to the Kabyle varieties spoken east of Algiers Province and has traditionally been seen as an intermediate between Kabyle and the Chenoua language native to the north-eastern part of the country.

What kind of sick bastard could ever be sad in a pet store? There’s tons of brightly colored toys lining the walls, chipper animal-loving clerks bopping around offering advice, and domesticated fauna pawing playfully at the glass, just begging you to take them home. It’s the happiest place on earth! Or at least at the mall.

Or at least it would be, if the animals weren’t trying to escape from the sordid web of torture and murder they’re trapped in.

Odds are that you’re at least familiar with the existence of puppy mills and kitten factories (if not, you can read the details here, because that shit’s way too dark for a comedy website). These organizations sacrifice any modicum of comfort for the animals in exchange for the maximum amount of cuddly creatures catapulted out of the womb as quickly as possible. Aside from the obvious and immediate animal abuse problems, this contributes to animal homelessness by bloating the already overwhelming unwanted pet population, since there are already way more animals in need of homes than there are homes available. But hey, this is an entry on bad pet stores. Your pet store down the street doesn’t buy its animals from mills, right?

5 Ways You Didn’t Realize You’re Making Your Pet Hate You

Molino de arroz edificio y bodegas, Industrial Ejidal Planta, (hoy Arroz Tollocan SA de CV) calle de la 31 #123, Colonia Ferrocarrilera, Escárcega, Campeche, México 1963

Arqs. Karl Godoy Fernández con Arqs. Alfredo Mota Treviso, José Zarur Braiz y Eduardo Barrera Ortega

Rice Mill and warehouse building, Ejidal Industrial Plant, (now Arroz Tollocan SA de CV), calle 31 #123, Col. Ferrocarrilera, Escarcega, Campeche, Mexico 1963

What remains of the New Jersey Zinc Plant, Palmerton, PA, March 2010. The plant, which once employed hundreds but also caused significant environmental damage through pollution, was torn down shortly after I photographed it. Pennsylvania, like the rest of America’s “Rust Belt,” is dotted with abandoned industrial complexes. This one was more than a mile long and closed in 1980. The property will become office buildings. The area around it was designated a “Superfund” environmental man-made disaster, and is being tackled by the Environmental Protection Agency and local groups.

The world’s workers have always been and still are the world’s slaves. They have borne all the burdens of the race and built all the monuments along the track of civilization; they have produced all the world’s wealth and supported all the world’s governments. They have conquered all things but their own freedom. They are still the subject class in every nation on earth and the chief function of every government is to keep them at the mercy of their masters. The workers in the mills and factories, in the mines and on the farms and railways never had a party of their own until the Socialist party was organized. They divided their votes between the parties of their masters. They did not realize that they were using their ballots to forge their own fetters.
—  Eugene Debs