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36 Reasons Why You Should Thank a Union

  • Weekends
  • All Breaks at Work, including your Lunch Breaks
  • Paid Vacation
  • FMLA
  • Sick Leave
  • Social Security
  • Minimum Wage
  • Civil Rights Act/Title VII (Prohibits Employer Discrimination)
  • 8-Hour Work Day
  • Overtime Pay
  • Child Labor Laws
  • Occupational Safety & Health Act (OSHA)
  • 40 Hour Work Week
  • Worker’s Compensation (Worker’s Comp)
  • Unemployment Insurance
  • Pensions
  • Workplace Safety Standards and Regulations
  • Employer Health Care Insurance
  • Collective Bargaining Rights for Employees
  • Wrongful Termination Laws
  • Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967
  • Whistleblower Protection Laws
  • Employee Polygraph Protect Act (Prohibits Employer from using a lie detector test on an employee)
  • Veteran’s Employment and Training Services (VETS)
  • Compensation increases and Evaluations (Raises)
  • Sexual Harassment Laws
  • Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA)
  • Holiday Pay
  • Employer Dental, Life, and Vision Insurance
  • Privacy Rights
  • Pregnancy and Parental Leave
  • Military Leave
  • The Right to Strike
  • Public Education for Children
  • Equal Pay Acts of 1963 & 2011 (Requires employers pay men and women equally for the same amount of work)
  • Laws Ending Sweatshops in the United States

Yakuza (Japanese gangsters/mafia) at ceremony inducting the new “boss” as head man of all the different factions in Tokyo, Oct. 30, 1946. 

 The man on the left is the new boss, and the head men of the other factions can be distinguished by the markings on their jackets. 

These men control every working man in Tokyo, via kick-backs, job control, and other methods, commonly used by the Sicilian-American “omerta” mafia in Chicago and New York during the era. (AP photo)

@arpeggxo ♥ for a starter || DAYS VERSE


           {✦} – The Grey Area was almost empty, but that was hardly unusual. Was there ever a time that every member of the Organization had occupied it? Likely not. They all tended to follow their own schedules, for the most part.

Marluxia had taken one of the chairs and sat, one leg crossed over the other and chin propped on a hand while he waited for Saix to arrive. That wouldn’t be far off, but a few minutes to relax in the ‘morning’ were always valued. … or he might have relaxed, if not for a certain noise.

“You’re aware that you have been plucking the same note for the last five minutes, I trust.” Did Demyx have no concept of self-preservation?

Climate Change: Species On The Move: Phytoplankton (InsideClimate News)

A phytoplankton bloom in the Barents Sea, August 2011 (Credit: Jeff Schmaltz/NASA Earth Observatory)

About This Species

Phytoplankton are tiny—almost microscopic—but don’t let that fool you. These free-floating, plant-like organisms occupy the bottom of the ocean’s food chain, making them vital to the ecosystem. They live in the ocean and in sea ice, and like plants on land, phytoplankton need sunlight. Most are buoyant and float in the upper portion of the ocean where sunlight can reach them. They provide food for a wide array of species, like whales, shrimp, snails and jellyfish.

In the Arctic, phytoplankton blooms are triggered by the melting of sea ice in spring. Light green shelves of phytoplankton swirl into the Arctic Ocean. As the climate changes and the oceans warm, the timing of phytoplankton blooms is shifting and the species are showing up in different places altogether. As this happens, the effects ripple outward, growing in significance along the way.

Status

Warmer oceans are already resulting in earlier blooms. A new study in the journal Science found that for every degree that the water increased, one species of phytoplankton bloomed four or five days earlier. From 2003 to 2012, the bloom of that one species shifted 20 days earlier—a trend the researchers projected would continue as the oceans warm further.

Many species tie their lifecycles to the timing of the bloom. When phytoplankton blooms earlier, the next level of the food chain—zooplankton—can miss its opportunity to feed on phytoplankton. That mismatch can work its way up to the fish that eat the zooplankton, the seals that eat those fish and the polar bears at the top of the food chain.

In addition, when thick, old sea ice is thinned by warming, sunlight is able to permeate the surface and stimulate phytoplankton to bloom within the ice. What was once a white surface is made dark, which absorbs more energy from the sun and exacerbates warming.

Range Shifts

A combination of ocean warming and shifts in ocean circulation and surface conditions has phytoplankton on the move. In the coming century, species will shift northeastward, with major consequences for the ecosystem.

Looking Forward

That northeastward shift is happening at a faster rate than previously estimated. A study published in March 2015 in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences described the dynamic combination of rising ocean temperatures and changes in ocean circulation and surface conditions that are driving this shift.

The study examined 87 North American phytoplankton species, looking at historical data from 1951-2000 and projections for 2051-2100. It found that 74 percent of the species it studied were moving toward the North Pole at a rate of 8 miles per decade, and that 90 percent were shifting eastward at a rate of 26.5 miles per decade.

“Anthropogenic climate change over the coming century may drive North Atlantic phytoplankton species ranges and communities to move in space, or shift, and cause communities to internally reassemble, or shuffle,” the study says.

From there, I went wandering. I bumped straight into the movement’s social media call-out culture, where people demonstrate how radical they are by destroying one another. It felt like walking into a high school locker room. In this universe, we insist on perfect politics and perfect language, to the exclusion of experimentation, learning, or constructive critique. We wear our outsiderness as a badge of pride, knowing that saying the right thing trumps doing anything at all. No one is ever good enough for us — not progressive celebrities who don’t get the whole picture, not your Facebook friend who doesn’t quite get why we say Black Lives Matter instead of All Lives Matter, not your cousin who mourned the deaths in Paris without saying an equal number of words about those in Beirut. Instead of organizing these people, we attack them. We tear down rather than teach each other, and pick apart instead of building on top of what we have.
And of course, the politic of powerlessness doesn’t only live on social media, but in our organizing spaces as well — and it’s in the realm of identity that so much of the battle takes place. We confuse systems like white supremacy, patriarchy, and capitalism with individuals we can use as stand-ins for them. We use the inevitable fuck-ups of our potential partners as validation that we should stay in our bunkers with the handful of people who make us feel safe instead of getting dirty in the trenches. We imagine identity as static and permanent, instead of remembering that all of us — to borrow terminology from organizations like Training for Change — have experiences of marginalization that can help us support one another, and experiences of being in the mainstream that can help us understand the people we want to shift. We forget that, while identity gives us clues and reveals patterns, it doesn’t fully explain our behavior, and it certainly doesn’t determine it. We abandon the truth that people can transform, that ultimately we all — oppressed and potential oppressors alike (if such simplistic frames should even be entertained) — can and must choose sides. So we shirk this ultimate responsibility we have as organizers: To support people in making the hard and scary choices to be on the side of freedom. In all of this commotion, we turn inward. We forget the enemy outside, and find enemies in the room instead, make enemies of one another.
—  Yotam Marom, The Politics of Powerlessness. Read it, tumblr, read it and realize how much this site’s toxic identity politics and self-righteous one-upping puritanism is nothing but self-serving, smug, individualistic, selfish bullying and not the foundation for solidarity and genuine change.

I was looking after a baby at drama today and I gave him keys to keep him occupied while I organized papers. He started shaking them and I started laughing at it. He didn’t laugh, instead he just stared at me laughing at keys. I’m an 18 year old male that was put in charge of this 11 month old child. I’m not ready for responsibility, help. 

so there is a post going around by momo that describes a jewish man who admitted in 2011 to trafficking in stolen organs from occupied Palestine. Momo alerts that they are Palestinian organs which is not stated anywhere in the article, in fact the article states:

But anthropologist and organ trade expert Nancy Scheper-Hughes, who described Israel as a ‘pariah’ in the organ transplant world, has said in the past that many of the donors were desperately poor immigrants from eastern European countries such as Moldova, Romania and Russia

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2054382/Organ-trafficker-admits-buying-Israeli-kidneys-10-000-selling-U-S-120-000.html#ixzz3qai2WBql 

So it seems that the people who are being targeted and having their organs stolen are actually predominantly jewish immigrants, but momo misrepresented it as being Palestinians.

I shouldn’t need to say that the source of the term blood libel was the libel that jewish people in europe were stealing the blood of children and this is being replicated in the misrepresentation of this article to say that jewish americans are stealing Palestinian organs when it says that no where in the article and only took a few minutes of actually looking at the article to verify.

The crimes against Palestinians committed by israel are already innumerable, and we don’t need to spread confusing stories like this that promote antisemitic racism to make us seem like victims when we already are. It disrespects Palestinians that are suffering from actual violence that isn’t made up, it promotes violence against jewish people world wide, and it discredits us, making it easier for pro-israelis to say that the actual incidences of violence aren’t factual.

i wish i could have added this commentary to the actual post but he has blocked me for pointing out his antisemitism in the past so here it is.

The term “outside agitator” was popularized during the civil rights struggles of the 1950s, when southern politicians would blame the growing unrest in exploited black communities on the presence of (often-white) radicals from outside the city. Presently, it is a term used by Oakland politicians (and aspiring politicians) to try to keep the situation under control, to prevent local marginalized people from realizing the power they have.

Today, we face enemies that we could have never conceived of before this. Sometimes, it’s the people who pretend to be on your side that are the most dangerous enemies. The nonprofit world has, for eighteen months, waged a campaign against this movement.

Many nonprofits that function independently of the local government have disparaged us. They oppose collective uprisings and spontaneous activity because they feel the need to control the movement. These organizations view themselves as the saviors of the downtrodden; when dominated people rise up on their own terms, it threatens the position of leadership that these organizations occupy in their imaginary worlds.

We have also come under attack from nonprofits that operate entirely under the influence of the city government. One of these city-funded nonprofits has taken up a full-fledged assault against us, using some of the $2 million in city money it has received to wage a propaganda campaign against the unity that we have found with each other through this struggle. This nonprofit has even used city money to pay young people to come to its indoctrination workshops, where the organization speaks of the evils of people coming together and standing up to their enemies.

It has also helped to spread the absurd logic of the mayor’s office that only people born and raised in Oakland have the right to take to the streets. This micro-nationalism is an attempt to foster collaboration between disenfranchised people and their exploiters in a united front against the enigmatic “outsiders.”

It is incorrect to assert that nonprofits of this type have motivations of their own. They are simply the hip mouthpieces of the city government that funds them. Their agenda is the agenda of the mayor’s office and police department. They use the language of “peace” to try to preserve the institutions that created them. We have never been concerned with their peace. The peace of the powerful is the silent war waged against the dispossessed.

In the past, our enemies have attempted to divide movements by distinguishing the “good” element from the “destructive” element. This time, it seems that the primary division they created was not between the “peaceful” and “violent” but instead a racial division wedged between groups in the uncontrollable element in an attempt to neutralize our collective strength.
—  from “You Can’t Shoot Us All” a memoir of the Oscar Grant rebellion.