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Forced Out, Older Workers Are Fighting Back



The signs at first are disguised, then painfully apparent, they say. Solid performance reviews suddenly turn negative. Invitations to weekly and monthly meetings are no longer forthcoming. New demands and quotas seem harsh and unreasonable. In what some see as age bias, older workers are being forced out of their jobs. Read the five profiles on these pages to see how some workers are coping at this stage of their careers.

What's the law? Age discrimination claims have been on the rise since 1997, when 15,785 reports were filed, according to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Last year, 21,396 claims were recorded. Not every lawsuit is valid, experts say. Many are settled without assigning blame. Companies are sometimes hamstrung by the law from giving their side of the story in age discrimination cases.

On the other hand, consumer advocates and lawyers say recorded claims represent only a slice of the total number of workers who get pushed out of a job because they are older.

One possible reason for the trend: an aging population. More than 20 percent of workers in the United States, some 33 million, are age 55 and up, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

more at link above

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies - Teaser Trailer


Sorry, can't embed it.

Today in New Jersey: Cops Shut Down Wedding After 300 Guests Brawl


Here's how to turn an immaculately planned dream wedding into a nightmare: Start a brawl that spills out into the street, requires multiple police departments to quell, and prematurely ends the reception.

A wedding at Jacques Reception Center in Middletown, New Jersey, erupted into chaos Sunday night, when about 300 people got involved in a massive, violent, and loud brawl that ended with two people arrested. Though the reception center boasts "the warmth and charm of old world Rome," the guests may have confused the setting for Sparta, dining more in hell than in celebration, as neighbors in the area told police they could hear the screaming from three blocks away.

"As officers from Middletown were attempting to gain control of the situation, approximately 300 people became involved in the altercation which consisted of fighting, yelling and screaming and people refusing to leave the area and returned inside to the reception," Middletown Police Department spokesman Steve Dollinger said in a statement.

In a report from local broadcaster News 12, police said they were greatly outnumbered by the wedding guests and had to disperse the brawl.

I wonder who caught the bouquet

House whip won’t rule out impeachment


The third ranking Republican official in the House refused to rule out a drive to impeach President Barack Obama during an interview with Fox News Sunday.

Here’s the transcript of the exchange between House Majority Whip Steve Scalise and Fox News host Chris Wallace:

Wallace: Will you consider impeaching the president?

Scalise: This might be the first White House in history that’s trying to start the narrative of impeaching their own president. Ultimately, what we want to do is see the president follow the laws. But the president took an oath to faithfully execute the laws of this land, and he’s not. In fact, the Supreme Court, unanimously, more than 12 times, unanimously said, the president overreached, and actually did things he doesn’t have the authority to do.

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In Orange County, voters will be asked to approve 56 hours of sick time per year...

(unless they already receive more) for every employee of an Orange County business of 15 people or more. Hopefully people will vote for this. It's not just for being sick but for family members, seeking medical care, public health emergencies, etc.

I got my absentee ballot for the August 26th election, so check your mailbox.

Anyone else having trouble using the Facebook button here on DU ?

I've used 3 different browsers. I left-click the FB button, and it shows me this:

I've tried everything I know how to do. Nothing posts to my FB page, no matter what I do. I have to MANUALLY post a link to my page. How do I do this ? Thanks.

eta: Never mind, figured it out.

eta2: I thought I had it sussed. Either the FB button is buggy as hell or it's the MOST unintuitive function I've used in years. Still need help. I can use the Twitter and Google Plus buttons with no trouble whatsoever.

eta3: http://www.democraticunderground.com/12596423#post1

Star Member Skinner (59,606 posts)

1. There's an issue with the button which I have been unable to fix.

Frankly I had given up, but maybe I need to go look at it again.

Boozy, ignorant, intolerant, but very polite – Britain as others see us


The UK is full of heavy drinkers with bad eating habits who are ignorant, intolerant and too nationalistic – so it’s just as well that we are also very polite.

It might sound like a stereotypical list of national traits, but these are the views of more than 5,000 young adults from five different countries who were asked to give their opinion on modern Britain by the British Council.

Its report As Others See Us, published today, shows that the UK is struggling to overcome certain long-held negative perceptions about its poor weather and cuisine, which are viewed as its least attractive features. Culture and history are seen as its best qualities, with its best-known cultural icons cited as Shakespeare, the Queen, and David Beckham.

Worryingly, it seems that the UK is right to be worried about its binge-drinking culture and the loutish behaviour with which it is associated. Asked to name British people’s worst characteristics, 27 per cent of those surveyed ticked “drink too much alcohol” – a figure which rose to 34 per cent if the person had actually visited the UK and experienced the drinking culture first hand.

more at link

Welcome to Williston, North Dakota: America's new gold rush city


As well, most of the thousands who have so far flocked to this region are earning good money, either through direct oil-industry employment or working in supporting services. The average annual wage in Williston and surrounding Williams County in the final quarter of 2013 was $77,636, or 41% higher than the US national average.

Yes, the money is good, but....fracking...ugh.

The first map of the (Ocean) depths


From INTELLIGENT LIFE magazine, July/August 2014

This map marks both a scientific and an imaginative revolution. When it was published in 1977 by Marie Tharp and Bruce Heezen, two oceanographers at Columbia University, there had never before been a map of the entire ocean floor. Here, for the first time, was our planet’s hidden majority. It was as if the plug had been pulled and the water drained out, transforming the blank seascape into a complex landscape of plains and peaks, escarpments and bluffs. Here was the full extent of the Mid-Ocean Ridge, the mightiest mountain range on Earth, its 40,000-mile length making molehills out of more familiar mountains. You can see its serpentine curl through the Atlantic, round the Cape of Good Hope to the Horn of Africa and on through the Southern Ocean, up to 1,000 miles wide and two miles high.

Tharp and Heezen began mapping the individual ocean floors in 1952, but found obstacles in their way. The big one was invisibility: when it comes to mapping the ocean floor, the sea gets in the way of seeing. The second obstacle was limited data. Tharp, who drew the maps, started with the North Atlantic, working from information gleaned on sounding expeditions. Ships travelling across the Atlantic with sonar would fire sound through the sea, working out its depth from the time it took for the echo to be detected. But Tharp had only six complete tracks across the ocean from which to figure out the topography of the whole thing—“six ribbons of light”, as she described them.

As she began analysing the data she noticed something strange, a discovery that would change our understanding of our planet. There was a crack running along the top of the Mid-Atlantic Ridge. Nobody had ever spotted it, but it appeared to be huge—in places wider than the Grand Canyon. Heezen, at first disbelieving, became convinced when it turned out the crack coincided with a string of earthquakes. Tharp’s discovery helped turn a theory then regarded as nonsense into a fundamental fact: continental drift. The sea floor was being pushed up and apart.

“It was a giant paradigm shift,” says Robin Bell, a professor of geophysics at Columbia today. “These mountains now had a reason for being there. That’s the magic place where you in London and I in upstate New York are getting farther apart every day at the rate our fingernails grow. That’s the place where new Earth crust is being made.” It was a leap towards explaining why the Atlantic coasts of South America and Africa fit so snugly together, and why Bermuda is older than the Azores. “It wasn't just random down there,” Bell says. “There was a story.”

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