Americans just don’t get it, poor yanks

Auto Date Monday, December 31st, 2012

Another reason to be glad you arent American.

“For most Americans, Christmas week represents about half of the time off we will enjoy all year long. Compared with Australians (at least 4 weeks off, plus 10 public holidays), Brazilians (22 days of paid leave with a 33 percent salary vacation bonus) and the French (at least 5 weeks off and as many as 9 for many public employees), we are seriously bereft. … [T]he United States is the only OECD country that does not require employers to provide even a day of paid leave to its employees.”

Read More Here: http://buff.ly/UzNsgs 

The U.S. has gotten so bad they now want to learn how to be a success, from psychopaths!

Auto Date Monday, December 31st, 2012

The Wisdom of Psychopaths: What Saints, Spies, and Serial Killers Can Teach Us About Success, by Kevin Dutton, has this side-by-side list of professions with the highest percentage of psychopaths (CEO tops the list) and lowest percentage (Care Aide has the fewest psychopaths).

Read More Here: http://boingboing.net/2012/12/31/which-professions-have-the-mos.html

FOX News losing it over rise of atheism

Auto Date Monday, December 31st, 2012

Who takes this channel serious anymore?

Article here: http://buff.ly/UhD626

Stephen Harper’s New Years Message

Auto Date Monday, December 31st, 2012

Its hard for me to articulate how much of a piece of shit the current Prime minister of Canada is, this video gave me a laugh at least.

Harper’s unrecognizable Canada

Auto Date Monday, December 31st, 2012

There are at least two visions of Canada. The better vision belongs to Jean Ralston Saul, author of A Fair Country, and to progressive, forward-looking Canadians. It is a vision that embraces and respects the three founding pillars of our society: the Aboriginal, the French, and the English. It sees strength in each pillar, and recognises that these three interconnected yet independent pillars make Canada a distinctive society that has been, in many ways, a model for the world. We have Quebec, with its culture and language preserved, a bilingual federal government, as well as Inuit-governed Nunavut, Nunavik, and native reserves.

Self-government in Nunavut and Nunavik strengthens rather than weakens who we are as a people. Northern aboriginal communities reinforce our sovereignty as a nation by asserting our permanent residency in the far north, and the respect is reciprocated. Chief Joseph Gosnell stated: “Once Nunavut had been created, I heard people say, ‘Now we are Canadian’.”

The native relationship to nature is founded in a belief that nature is a “circle”, to which humans belong. Mohawk Beth Brant vocalised this sentiment: “We do not worship nature. We are part of it.” Such a world-view is different from the Judeo-Christian-Islamic-Fundamentalist traditions which consider man to be the “master” of nature, but it aligns itself with modern science that tells us we must change our ways, or perish.

This is why native Canadians are at the forefront of progressive movements that respect science, nature, and the need to rein in the free-market anarchy that is threatening to destroy the planet.

The aboriginal pillar of our society is as important now as it was during the founding of our country, but Steven Harper does not share this vision of Canada. Instead, he shows disrespect.”

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The death of the shopping mall

Auto Date Sunday, December 30th, 2012

I have to say, I am feeling pretty good about the death of the shopping mall.  Of course it wont fix our capitalist, consumer society but its a sign that no matter how entrenched some things can seem, change can happen quickly and dramatically.

From the article:

“A report from Co-Star observes that there are more than 200 malls with over 250,000 square feet that have vacancy rates of 35 percent or higher, a “clear marker for shopping center distress.” These malls are becoming ghost towns. They are not viable now and will only get less so as online continues to steal retail sales from brick-and-mortar stores. Continued bankruptcies among historic mall anchors will increase the pressure on these marginal malls, as will store closures from retailers working to optimize their business. Hundreds of malls will soon need to be repurposed or demolished. Strong malls will stay strong for a while, as retailers are willing to pay for traffic and customers from failed malls seek offline alternatives, but even they stand in the path of the shift of retail spending from offline to online.

This in turn creates further opportunity for online commerce. If I were thinking of starting a new retail brand right now, I would unquestionably start it online.”

http://www.theatlanticcities.com/jobs-and-economy/2012/12/death-american-shopping-mall/4252/

Stephen Harper in latest set of ads over climate change

Auto Date Saturday, December 5th, 2009

Its embarrassing enough to have a radical right wing, religious nut for a leader but Harpers continued ignorance over climate change should be criminal.  He is covering for his oil sand cronies in Alberta and is using Canadas good image internationally to sabotage efforts to lower pollution levels and make business accountable.

Part of a series of ads being posted in Copenhagen include Stephen Harper, in the future, apologising for screwing things up so badly, several other world leaders are also used in similar ads.

The sooner Harper is gone the better it will be, not just for Canada, but the world.

Unions Help Bring Low-Wage Workers Out of Poverty

Auto Date Saturday, December 5th, 2009
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This article should be a “no-brainer” for anyone paying attention but I cant seem to go a month without someone complaining in some way about unions.

With all the talk about our shrinking middle class, with wages stagnant and not keeping up with the cost of living and with jobs more scarce then ever it amazes me that so many people believe that unions aren’t worth having, it seems to me that things are already much worse then they would be if unions were implemented more widely.

In Europe unions are even part of government, businesses don’t get away with spreading lies to the middle class. In the U.S. businesses have convinced the public that having better conditions and good wages is something extraordinary, something they shouldnt expect, its sad and hopefully with this massive recession the people will wake up and fight for something better.

Union members in low-wage occupations on average earn a great deal more than nonunion workers in the same occupations, often lifting their earnings above the official poverty level. For example, union cashiers in 2006 earned an average of $11.87—46 percent more than nonunion workers in the same occupation. Over a year’s time, having a union card could translate into more than $7,800 in additional pay for such a low wage worker. While the nonunion cashier’s earnings, on average, leaves a worker $3,746 below the poverty line for a family of four, the union cashier’s earnings, on average, brings the worker $4,075 above the poverty line for a family of four.

http://www.aflcio.org/joinaunion/why/uniondifference/uniondiff11a.cfm

Chart with numbers after the jump