Month: July 2015

Wait, more money for doing the same thing is not helping?

SEATTLE SEES UNEXPECTED FALLOUT FROM $15 PER HOUR MIN. WAGE

by WARNER TODD HUSTON 24 Jul 2015 Seattle, WA

…many have suddenly found that the new rate has had unexpected consequences.

Some workers across the city are left telling bosses to give them fewer hours at the higher wage because a full week’s earnings now puts them past the threshold for some welfare payments such as food stamps and assistance with rent.

Of course, one of the things that supporters of the higher wage said was that they wanted to help lift min. wage workers out of poverty and welfare.

So another law that didn’t do what the legislators wanted it to do?  Shocking! Just sayin…

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Is this the revolution we were looking for?

Are Broken Marriage Vows Grounds for Blowing Up Someone’s Life?

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This might be a good day for us to rethink our attitudes about the victims of hacking, whether it’s Sony’s Amy Pascal or the married dude next door, because the mob is coming for us, too. Do we really want to live in a world where no one is allowed to make mistakes? Are we arrogant enough to believe that we’ll never screw up? If we do screw up eventually, do we want our future personal failings to be judged and prosecuted by a self-righteous mob who may or may not share our values and ideas about right and wrong?

When it’s our private lives that are smeared across the internet, we might finally ask ourselves:Is this the revolution we were looking for?

Food for thought: Just sayin…

Getting Sports fans to understand “Go Green!” isn’t just a cheer

The Natural – Ian Gordon for Mother Jones

“The question is, how do you change people’s cultural attitudes?” he says. “How do you change their minds? You don’t do it by arguing in Congress. You don’t do it through talking heads on Sunday talk shows. You’ve got to connect with them in a place where they’re open to changing their minds.”

“Sixteen percent of Americans follow science,” Hershkowitz says, citing aNational Science Foundation survey. “Seventy percent follow sports.” And many of them are not exactly sympathetic to the climate change agenda.

He let me know that there are 154 pro sports teams (“if you don’t include professional lacrosse”), 90 of which share 50 animals as mascots or team names; 31 of those animals are endangered or at risk of going extinct in the wild.

 

Maybe sports fans just need to be given the information so they can make informed decisions?  If you asked all the NFL Philadelphia Eagles fans to support 1% of every licensed gear sale being directed to Eagle habitat preservation, how many people do you think would be against it?  I know, it’s Philly, but I still think they’ve all got hearts and brains (they just get underused occasionally). 😉 Just sayin…

What is being asked of Greece:

A three-year memorandum and 86-billion-euro loan in return for the following reforms   13 July 2015 / 15:07:39  GRReporter

All measures of the new agreement:

  • VAT on restaurants immediately increases from 13% to 23%.
  • VAT on hotels rises from 6.5% to 13% as of October 2015.
  • Gradually reducing VAT on the islands as of October 2015.
  • Gradually increasing the retirement age as of July 2015. In 2022, it will reach 67 years or 62 years in the event of 40 years of service.
  • The above measure excludes heavy and unhealthy professions and mothers of disabled children.
  • Gradually eliminating the social solidarity benefit for all pensioners by the end of 2019.
  • Increasing the health insurance contributions of pensioners from 4% to 6% in the main and supplementary funds.
  • Merging all additional health insurance funds until 1 January.
  • Privatisation of the independent power transmission operator.
  • Reforming the labour market and applying the instruments of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development.
  • Opening shops on Sundays, changing the ownership of pharmacies, dairies, bakeries, opening of closed professions.
  • Reducing defence spending by 100 million euro in 2015 and 200 million in 2016.
  • Competitions for the sale of Piraeus and Thessaloniki ports by the end of October 2015.
  • Completing the competitions for the airports and railways in the country as well as for Egnatia Highway and the old airport in Athens.
  • Introducing a unified payroll table for public sector wages from 1 January 2016 and determining wages in accordance with the qualities and responsibilities required for occupying a specific post.
  • A new permanent plan for mobility in the public sector as of October 2015.

– See more at: http://www.grreporter.info/en/threeyear_memorandum_and_86billioneuro_loan_return_following_reforms/12985#sthash.2ph6P96e.dpuf