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The Minimum Wage in America Is Pretty Damn Low

Below is a chart that compares the minimum vs. median wage in several countries. The low minimum wage is costly to tax payers because we end up paying for subsidies through food stamps, child care credits, health care, etc. . . That is essentially a form of corporate welfare to companies who yield profits by paying sub-poverty level wages. A living wage would therefore actually save taxpayers money.

The Minimum Wage in America Is Pretty Damn Low
—By Kevin Drum| Mon Dec. 2, 2013 12:21 PM GMT

Everyone's talking about the minimum wage today. I'm in favor of raising it, and I always have been, but a picture is worth a thousand words, so here's a picture for you. Courtesy of the OECD, it shows the minimum wage in various rich countries as a percentage of the average wage. The United States isn't quite the lowest, but we're pretty damn close.


I decided Nina Simone needed her own thread

Nina Simone, Four Women

A powerful song.

At Least 194 Children Have Been Shot to Death Since Newtown

This is your country on guns.

You've heard this story before, the one that played out again the week of Thanksgiving—this time in Lakeland, Florida—where 2-year-old Taj Ayesh got his little hands on his father's loaded pistol, pulled the trigger, and crumpled to the ground. You may have heard about 9-year-old Daniel Wiley, who was playing outside his house in Harrisburg, Texas, when a 13-year-old mishandled an unsecured shotgun, blasting Wiley in the face. You may also have heard about 2-year-old Camryn Shultz of Forty Fort, Pennsylvania, whose embittered father put a bullet in her head before turning the gun on himself. Maybe you didn't hear about the case in which a child shot others and then committed suicide, but that also happened this year. Twice.

A year after the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School, Mother Jones has analyzed the subsequent deaths of 194 children ages 12 and under who were reported in news accounts to have died in gun accidents, homicides, and suicides. They are spread across 43 states, from inner cities to tiny rural towns.

Following Sandy Hook, the National Rifle Association and its allies argued that arming more adults is the solution to protecting children, be it from deranged mass shooters or from home invaders. But the data we collected stands as a stark rejoinder to that view:

127 of the children died from gunshots in their own homes, while dozens more died in the homes of friends, neighbors, and relatives.
72 of the young victims either pulled the trigger themselves or were shot dead by another kid.
In those 72 cases, only 4 adults have been held criminally liable.
At least 52 deaths involved a child handling a gun left unsecured.
Additional findings include:

60 children died at the hands of their own parents, 50 of them in homicides.
The average age of the victims was 6 years old.
More than two-thirds of the victims were boys, as were more than three-quarters of the kids who pulled the trigger.
The problem was worst over the past year in the South, which saw at least 92 child gun deaths, followed by the Midwest (44), the West (38), and the East (20).

Remember that life is good

Whatever the intertube drama du jour, don't forget the joys of family and loved ones. Whether you celebrate a holiday this year or not, remember to be thankful for what we do have in life. Honor your friends, family, both human and furry, and celebrate.

As a woman, I celebrate my sisters--by both birth and struggle--my friends, and the men who value us. I invite others to do the same.

What happened to opting out?

Please, stick with the porn. You have successfully convinced me that porn does serve a positive purpose. It if keeps men who hate women away from us, that indeed is a worthy contribution.

You act like this is bad news. Just by virtue of being male we should consider you indispensable. There are plenty of strong, secure men in the word. I would be very surprised if they found any resonance in your post.

A Voice for Men recently declared women obsolete. My response:

It's only the lives of two human beings

Why should you care? I will point out for everyone reading that you have sent me a series of quite cordial and thoughtful PMs, yet somehow peer pressure means you feel compelled to mock me in public forums rather than engaging in thoughtful debate. People can draw their own conclusions as to what that says about you. I would have thought by adulthood, a person would have the strength of character to be able to express what he actually thinks without belittling people simply for attempting to engage in dialog. But if that is who you choose to be, so be it.

One thing about me, is I never lack the courage of my convictions. I am who I am, and believe what I say, whether in public or private.

Events concerning Julian Assange in chronological order

From the Swedish Prosecutors Office

Events concerning Julian Assange in chronological order

Swedish proceedings

20 August 2010
The duty prosecutor orders the arrest of Julian Assange, suspected of rape and molestation.

21 August 2010
The case is transferred to a prosecutor at City Public Prosecution Office in Stockholm.

25 August 2010
The prosecutor takes a decision to terminate the preliminary investigation concerning suspected rape.

27 August 2010
Lawyer Claes Borgström, legal representative of the women who reported Julian Assange, requests a review of the prosecutor's decision to terminate the preliminary investigation concerning rape. The review request is sent to the Prosecution Development Centre in Gothenburg.

1 September 2010
Marianne Ny, Director of Public Prosecution, takes a decision to resume the preliminary investigation concerning the suspected rape. The preliminary investigation on sexual molestation is expanded to cover all the events in the crime reports.

September 2010
The investigation is underway.

September 2010
The arrest of Julian Assange is ordered.

18 November 2010
Marianne Ny orders the arrest of Julian Assange, with probable cause, suspected of rape, three cases of sexual molestation and illegal coercion. This measure is taken as it has been impossible to interview him during the investigation.

Stockholm District Court takes a decision to order the arrest of Julian Assange in accordance with the Prosecutor's request.

In order to execute this decision, the Prosecutor takes a decision to issue an international warrant for the arrest of Julian Assange, a European Arrest Warrant.

22 November 2010
Julian Assange appeals the issue of the District Court arrest warrant to Svea Court of Appeal.

24 November 2010
Svea Court of Appeal refuses the appeal and takes a decision that the arrest warrant is to remain in place, with probable cause, on suspicion of rape (less serious crime), unlawful coercion and two cases of sexual molestation.

The international request and the European Arrest Warrant are confirmed in accordance with the decision of the District Court.

30 November 2010
Julian Assange appeals the arrest warrant issued by Svea Court of Appeal to the Supreme Court.

2 December 2010
The Supreme Court takes a decision not to grant Julian Assange leave to appeal. The decision of the Svea Court of Appeal stands.

On the request of the British police, additional information is added to the European Arrest Warrant concerning the maximum penalty in Sweden for the crimes of sexual molestation and unlawful coercion.

British proceedings

7 december 2010
Julian Assange is arrested by British police.

16 December 2010
At a hearing on detention at Westminster Magistrates Court in London, the Court decides that Julian Assange should be granted bail.

7-8 February 2011
Hearing in London concerning surrender according to the European Arrest Warrant.

24 February 2011

The City of Westminster Magistrates’ Court makes a decision to grant the request for surrender of Mr. Julian Assange to Sweden.

March 2011
Mr Assange appeals the court's decision.

12-13 July 2011
Hearing in High Court in London concerning surrender according to the European Arrest Warrant.

2 November 2011
The High Court dismisses the appeal by Mr. Julian Assange against his extradition to Sweden.

5 December 2011
The Court grants Mr. Assange the right, within 2 weeks, to request leave to appeal to the UK Supreme Court.

16 December 2011
The Supreme Court grants Mr. Assange leave to appeal. The Court will sit on 1 and 2 February 2012.

1-2 February 2012
Hearing in the Supreme Court of Great Britain concerning whether a prosecutor can be considered to have the legal authority to issue a European Arrest Warrant.

30 May 2012
The Supreme Court decides to uphold and grant the request to surrender Julian Assange to Sweden. The Court grants the defence 14 days to make an application to re-open the appeal.

12 June 2012
Assange requests the Supreme Court appeal to be re-opened.

14 June 2012
The Supreme Court dismisses the application to re-open the appeal. The Court also orders that the period for extradition shall not begin for 14 days.

19 june 2012
Mr Assange seeks political asylum at the Ecuadorean embassy in London.

16 august 2012
Ecuador grants Assange asylum.


Swedish prosecution: Assange to be surrendered to Sweden

Assange to be surrendered to Sweden
The Supreme Court of the United Kingdom has dismissed the application from Mr Assange to re-open the appeal. In addition, the Court has ordered that the required period for extradition shall not commence until the 14th day after today.
In accordance with the framework on European arrest warrants, the Court's decision means that Mr Assange will be surrendered to Sweden within 10 days after the 14th day.

Further information from the prosecutor

Director of Prosecution, Marianne Ny, cannot supply any information regarding the case at the moment, but will give interviews in connection with a detention hearing in Sweden


Why Assange can't be interviewed in the UK

From the Office of the Swedish prosecutor.

Why is the prosecutor not able to question Mr Assange in the UK?
Swedish Prosecution Authority has recieved many questions about why the prosecutor did not go to the UK and questioning Assange.

In cases where a suspect is abroad, the prosecutor must consider what investigation measures are possible under Swedish law and international instruments. Moreover, the prosecutor must consider what is required in the specific case to enable the investigation to be conducted in a legally sound and effective way without compromising quality. The prosecutor must also consider how any trial can be conducted if the investigation results in the prosecutor bringing a prosecution and how any sentence can be enforced.

In this matter, the prosecutor’s deliberations resulted in a request for the detention of Julian Assange for the crimes of which he was suspected. Pursuant to the court’s detention order the prosecutor issued a European arrest warrant.

The prosecutor’s assessment is that, for the purpose of the investigation, Mr Assange needs to be available in Sweden during the preliminary investigation. Without going into the details about the work of the investigation, it can be mentioned that there is a need, during interviews with Mr Assange, to be able to present, and question him about, the evidence that has emerged in the investigation to date. When continuing the investigation there is also a need to be able to carry out supplementary interviews, as required, with Mr Assange and the other persons involved.

Under Swedish law the defendant must be present in person at the trial in cases involving this type of crime. If the preliminary investigation leads to a finding that there is sufficient evidence to prosecute Mr Assange, his personal presence is required in Sweden so that a trial can be held and any sentence enforced. The court’s detention order means that Mr Assange has been detained to ensure this.


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