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I recently heard someone say his college-bound nephew asked him, 'What's a union?' Whether you love unions, loathe them, or remain indifferent, the fact that an ostensibly educated young person might have such a significant gap in their knowledge should cause concern. A historic labor conflict, after all, provided the occasion for Ronald Reagan to prove his bona fides to the new conservative movement that swept him into power.
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It gets interesting about 7 minutes in.
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For the record that's a fugly jacked up male nipple. He should go see a doctor, something ain't right there.
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If you're in the UK, please do read, share and sign this, even if you usually don't get involved. Because Michael Mansfield QC is a hugely successful, intellectual and practical barrister (I've met him), and his putting his name to this suggests that there is an extremely good legal case to be made.

"We're filing a massive class-action lawsuit against the British Conservative government over its hugely unpopular, unfair and destructive Austerity plan. We see it as embezzlement of public funds. We need the best lawyer's support, and we believe we CAN WIN THIS. Please, SHARE THIS MESSAGE WITH ALL YOUR FRIENDS via any and every means at your disposal, including but not limited to facebook, twitter, email and word-of-mouth."
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The price of seafood: 22 years a slave: "Myint was left for three days to burn in the searing sun and shiver in the nighttime rain, without food or water. He wondered how he would be killed. Would they throw his body overboard to wash up on shore, like the other corpses he'd seen? Would they shoot him? Or would they simply bash his head open, as they had done before?"
 
Myint Naing, his family and his friends recounted his story to AP, which also followed parts of his journey. It is strikingly similar to accounts given by many of the more than 330 current and former slaves from Myanmar, Cambodia, Laos and Thailand interviewed in person or in writing by AP.
TUAL, Indonesia (AP) — All he did was ask to go home. The last time the Burmese slave made the same request, he was beaten almost to death. But after being gone eight years and forced to work on a boat in faraway Indonesia,…
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Those guys are fat for Germans. Also... Asshats. What the hell does "Nazi art" mean. I expect they mean art stolen by the Nazi? If you steal from Nazi assholes is that really stealing?
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"The unprecedented proposal would give lawmakers broad authority to hide the special interests who are working to influence legislation. It would keep legislative drafting files under wraps,  create a new "deliberative materials" exemption in the open records law that would exempt records at all levels of government, and give the legislature an easy way to hide even more records from disclosure in the future."
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China has passed a new law aimed at promotion of state security and sovereignty on Wednesday. One of the key provisions of the law is expanding state control over the internet.
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Good. Boot out the shady hardware vendors.
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During a visit to Rolling Stone, Danzig recalled how Elvis Presley influenced him and how, coincidentally, he went on to write songs for the King's onetime Sun Records label-mates Johnny Cash ("Thirteen") and Roy Orbison ("Life Fades Away").
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It's no coincidence we called him Hellvis.
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Looks like the standard binary multiplication algorithm, which becomes obvious if the values are written in binary instead of decimal.

The doubling of the values in the second column corresponds to a left shift.
The halving of the values in the first column corresponds to a right shift. Them being odd or even corresponds to the least significant binary digit.
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These days, adjectives like 'shocking' are blanched of meaning by repetition in news headlines, however, this is genuinely shocking. Reading through this, I caught my mouth literally gaped open. As a former smoker, I realize that money I should have put into pretty much anything else was used to support this empire. If you ever find yourself in need of an argument to a smoker against smoking that has even a chance of slipping past the addiction, it may well be this, but that would entirely miss the point.

The points made by comparison to Uber in this article are the dim illumination of the that point: This is how corporations operate. This is how they think of their customers. This is how cynical, manipulative, divisive and ruthless they are. This is something we all need to think very hard about when we do any business -- and in a way, we're trained reflexively not to.

The other article I read today was about a slave who escaped 22 years (minus a few) of forced labor in the seafood industry. Books/films like Fast Food Nation highlight versions of the same right here in the good ol' USA.

We really need to think about this with each purchase we make, especially luxury items that represent cases of greed being needlessly incentivized by us.

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A 1970 Lorillard memo titled “Why Menthols?” explains how menthol cigarettes were marketed to exploit racist myths for profit: Negroes, as the story goes, are said to be possessed by an almost genetic body odor. Now whether or not this is real is irrelevant. More importantly, Negroes recognize the existence of this “myth.” And they realize that “Whitey” does too.
Now what does this have to do with menthol cigarettes? Here’s the theory: Negroes Americans smoke menthols to make their breath feel fresh. To mask this real/mythical odor." [...] Jews, according to an RJR memo, “tend to gravitate towards lower tar brands”; while a 1973 Lorillard memo divided female smokers into eight segments on a sliding scale, from “Emotional Bra-Burning Extremists” and “Blatant Lesbians” to “traditional Women” and “Anti-Libbers.”
 
"The poor, the young, the black and the stupid": Inside Big Tobacco's plans to kill a billion people

Nicotine addiction is the worst drug addiction there is, killing many hundreds of thousands of innocent non-smokers every single year, as well as millions of addicts.

Here's a small part of the story of who's behind it and why.


[This article should not be behind a pay wall, IMO]
The most outrageous business conspiracy in history and what today's tech giants have learned from it.
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+Garry Knight The thanks is owed to you, sir, so, "Thank you." :-)
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