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debt, it stinks

I've put gasoline and groceries on a credit card just to get by to the next payday. Needed it to get to work so I could keep the job. Paid doctors and pharmacies with a credit card to get healthy, so I wouldn't miss work and lose pay. Car died, no money, took on debt for a car, so that I could work to get money to pay off my credit cards.

Debt is a trap for many people as they need to borrow money just to be able to work and make money. Sometimes when you are lucky you can climb out. But with just a little bit of bad timing and bad luck, this becomes a lifelong treadmill of misery.

It's like a modern form of slavery or serfdom. All for the benefit of being able to maintain a very small super-rich class in lives of unimaginable excess and luxury. And then they think they earned it.

Posted by limpyhobbler | Sat May 5, 2012, 05:51 PM (0 replies)

Yep so-called free market capitalism is really a set of rules designed to protect wealth

for those who already have it. For the most part. When they win they win, and when they lose, they stil win.
Posted by limpyhobbler | Wed May 2, 2012, 04:46 PM (0 replies)

If Taft-Hartley were repealed, then a Union could vote to join a general strike,

And union officials could sanction it. And it would be legal; the union would not be risking any kind decertification or discipline by the NLRB.

True wildcat strikes would still be unprotected as per the NLRA of 1935, but so what. Union-sanctioned political strikes would be a powerful force for change. We need it imho.

It would be a lot better than what we have now, where if a union wants to join in a general strike, current law makes it impossible for union officials to support it.

Anybody making a list of demands please make sure to add repeal the taft-hartley act to your list.

Posted by limpyhobbler | Wed May 2, 2012, 03:16 AM (1 replies)

The very first thing we ought to do is repeal the Taft-Hartley Act of 1947

That's the law that makes it illegal for unions to officially participate in a general strike, political strike, or solidarity strike. That's been a price we pay for the legal protections afforded to unions under the NLRA. But there's no reason why it has to be that way.

Repealing those restrictions ought to be the very first thing we do.

Posted by limpyhobbler | Wed May 2, 2012, 12:57 AM (1 replies)

Phish covering Chumbawamba Tubthumping

I didn't really like the original version by Chumbawamba but then when I heard the Phish cover I liked it, so I went back to listen to the original version and found that I did like it after all!

Sonic Youth appreciation

I appreciate this live performance.

Screw giant agri-business paying little kids $3/hr to pick vegetables.

Take your tractor and shove it up your fat ass.

You Are Invited! Anti fracking activities June 14-17, Columbus


Dear friends–

The fracking industry has been causing earthquakes in Ohio. So it’s time we caused one of our own.

No, not a 4.0-on-the-Richter-scale temblor like the one that shook Youngstown on New Year’s Eve. Instead, we need to aim for an 8.0 on the political scale–we need to shake Columbus with the biggest anti-fracking gathering yet seen in the U.S.

Save these dates: June 14-17, in Columbus. The 14-16th will be dedicated to training and movement building, and on the 17th we’ll be taking over the Ohio statehouse for a people’s assembly that will ‘pass’ legislation that Ohioans need to stop this destructive practice. You can sign up here, but we need you to do more–please spread the word to friends and colleagues. And get ready for the caravan that will cross the state in mid-May to raise awareness – we’ll have much more on that front soon.

Fracking is a great mistake for many local reasons. By now we’ve seen its effects on local water supplies: the dead creeks in Pennsylvania and West Virginia, the wells poisoned to the point where residents can’t drink from their faucets. We’ve watched fracking cause the worst air pollution in the U.S., even in Wyoming counties so remote and unpopulated that they lack stoplights. We’ve seen enough to know that communities are as easy to fracture as rocks–that neighbors have been turned against neighbors, and towns blighted as they turn into industrial zones crisscrossed by endless tanker trucks.

Gov. Kasich wants to bring all this to Ohio–and why not, since the industry donated $213,000 to his last campaign? His legislation would put only the slightest and most token reins on the industry. Foreign countries (France, say) have banned fracking, and several states including New Jersey and Vermont are poised to prevent the practice; in New York there’s been a de facto four-year moratorium.

Ohio is just the latest of many states poised to become a sacrifice zone. But as the nation’s attention turns to Ohio for the election this fall, it is a fitting place to make a stand and say that this process must stop once and for all. Of course we won’t stop here either: other governors, from New York, to Colorado, to even California should be on notice that a powerful movement against fracking is brewing in their backyards.

It’s hard to overstate what’s at stake here. We used to think that natural gas might be a help n the fight against climate change–but new studies have demonstrated that so much heat- trapping methane leaks from fracking fields that it may be just as dirty as coal.

Ohio is also the dumping ground for fracking wastewater from many other states, and untold thousands of barrels of toxic and radioactive poison is injected underground into dozens wells in Ohio every day. This pollution is an inevitable result of any form of fracking, and if we stop the gas industry from treating Ohio as its personal dump, we may very well succeed n slowing down fracking operations across the northeast region and beyond.

Ohio used to be one of the country’s leaders in renewable power–the solar and wind industries were sparking a manufacturing renaissance. But the 18-story gas-drilling rigs along the Ohio River are starting to make life hard for renewable energy: because they don’t have to pay for the environmental damage their drilling does, they can undercut everyone else’s price. “It’s kind of taken the wind out of wind,” one businessman explained.

We can’t let that happen–we can’t let Ohio turn into a pincushion, pricked with drill rigs and shaken by earthquakes. If we stay silent, special interests will win; if we speak out together we have a chance. Not a guarantee–the fossil fuel industry is awfully rich. But we’re going to give it a try.

Please join us June 14-17 in Columbus!

Bill McKibben – 350.org
Josh Fox - Director, Gasland
Michael Kieschnick – President, CREDO Action
Energy Action Coalition
Alison Auciello – Food and Water Watch
Katie McChesney – Ohio Student Environmental Coalition
Teresa Mills – Center for Health, Environment and Justice
Vanessa Pesec – NEOGAP, Network for Oil and Gas Accountability and Protection
Ellie Rauh – Fracking Coordinator Buckeye Forest Council
Mary Clare Rietz - Coordinator, Ohio Alliance for People & Environment
Molly Shea
Ohio Fracktion
Athens County Fracking Action Group
Frack Free Ohio


Link to sign up: http://www.dontfrackoh.org/sign-up/

Documentary exposes how slavery continued long after the Civil War. Coming to PBS this month.


Slavery didn’t end with the Emancipation Proclamation. The name just changed, and for many American Blacks, things got worse before they got better under freedom. Slavery By Another Name, based on a prize-winning book by the journalist Douglas A. Blackmon, is a compendium of abuses that augments that conventionally-accepted historical record of the economy of the American South after the Civil War.


Slavery By Another Name reveals a dirty secret that has long been known in the historical community. Much of the South was built on forced Black labor after slavery was declared unconstitutional in 1863 and the South surrendered to end the Civil War in 1865. Blacks who were convicted of crimes, no matter how insignificant — vagrancy or the theft of a pig worth more than $1 – were often given long sentences and made available to mines, farms and factories.

Change was slow and begrudging. “If you had something for free in the past, you don’t necessarily want to pay for it now,” says one historian. The practice was brutal. About a third of prisoner mine workers in Alabama coal mines died every year.

Sam Pollard (with the help of a team of historians) shows how the South’s steel industry in Birmingham Alabama was built on prison labor, as were the coal and iron mines that supplied those mills. Some of those businesses were taken over by United States Steel, the nation’s largest firm at the time, which meant that Southerners were not the only beneficiaries. Imagine D. W. Griffith’s Birth Of A Nation, with corporate managers allied with the Ku Klux Klan.

Ohio Legislators Weigh In On Future Of Fracking

From WOUB radio. Click play to listen.


Ohio House Minority Leader Armond Budish - a Democrat - says state regulations are not sufficient protection from the harmful affects of fracking. "I do agree with President Niehaus that developing our natural resources and protecting the environment are not mutually exclusive, however, I disagree that our regulations are sufficient. We have become, in Ohio, the dumping ground for contaminated brine for not only Ohio, but for Pennsylvania and I believe other states." he said. "The fact is we do not yet have sufficient knowledge as to the potential environmental hazards. We didn't adequately prepare for the potential for earthquakes and other environmental problems. We are seeing a rush to the fracking without adequate preparation on the environmental side. They are not mutually exclusive, but unfortunately in Ohio, the leadership has not adequately prepared yet for the environmental potential problems."

(Cross-posted from the Ohio group.)
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