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August 31, 2012

India’s Auto Giant Seeks to Crush Independent Union

An Indian auto plant wracked by violence in July reopened last week, with almost all 2,500 full-time and casual workers at the plant barred from entering.

The union and its community allies responded Monday by picketing the chairman of Japan’s Suzuki Motor Corporation when he visited the plant.

Maruti Suzuki India, a subsidiary of the Japanese company, is the largest auto producer in the subcontinent. On July 18 an altercation between a supervisor and a worker at its Manesar plant, southwest of New Delhi, was allowed to escalate.

Union leaders say that a supervisor insulted a Dalit worker (formerly called “untouchables”). When the worker protested, he was suspended. When workers and union reps went to the HR office, managers refused to listen and brought in a firm that specializes in supplying thugs in labor disputes.

August 31, 2012

Feds say ‘fracking’ OK in Wayne National Forest

More than 3,300 acres of the Wayne National Forest could go back on an auction block after federal officials decided shale drilling and “fracking” can be allowed within the forest.

Shale wells could be drilled in as many as 13 sites throughout the Wayne forest by 2016, according to an analysis done by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management.

The drilling estimate was included with a report released yesterday that states a 2006 forest-management plan covers the potential environmental impacts of shale drilling, even though at the time it deemed such drilling “not yet economically feasible.”

Forest Service officials canceled a Dec. 7 public auction and agreed to re-examine the management plan after Athens-area leaders and environmental advocates objected to drilling.


If you click through you can take a web poll re:

Right now it's running 84% of people voted "no".

August 31, 2012

U.S. Arms Sales Make Up Most of Global Market

WASHINGTON — Weapons sales by the United States tripled in 2011 to a record high, driven by major arms sales to Persian Gulf allies concerned about Iran’s regional ambitions, according to a new study for Congress.

Overseas weapons sales by the United States totaled $66.3 billion last year, or more than three-quarters of the global arms market, valued at $85.3 billion in 2011. Russia was a distant second, with $4.8 billion in deals.

The American weapons sales total was an “extraordinary increase” over the $21.4 billion in deals for 2010, the study found, and was the largest single-year sales total in the history of United States arms exports. The previous high was in fiscal year 2009, when American weapons sales overseas totaled nearly $31 billion.

A worldwide economic decline had suppressed arms sales over recent years. But increasing tensions with Iran drove a set of Persian Gulf nations — Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Oman — to purchase American weapons at record levels.



We are winning !!!
August 31, 2012

Let me check your math....

Yes your math is flawless. We should be able to work much much less and still live quite comfortably.

We would live better actually.

August 31, 2012

How do they know he endorsed the Sanders proposal instead of the one by Senator Udall?

The President didn't say either way.

There are several different amendments that have been proposed by members of Congress and outside groups.

I don't see why this article is jumping to the conclusion that Obama endorsed the Sanders proposal. I blame Jason Easley at politicususa.com for writing a misleading headline. This is really poor quality journalism.

The same guy went back to the well today with another similar article. Dumb.

August 31, 2012


There are several different Constitutional amendments offered for this issue.

So can I just say Obama endorsed the Jim McGovern proposed amendment, or the Jeff Merkley proposed amendment?

I'm gonna write a headline that says "Obama Endorses Jeff Merkley’s Constitutional Amendment to Overturn Citizens United".

It would be equally true, and equally false.

Those proposed amendments are quite different from each other so it does make a difference which one we go with.

It's not a dig a the President. What he said on reddit was great.

Maybe whoever wrote the headline on politicususa doesn't understand that there are several different proposed amendments, not just Sanders.

August 30, 2012

Uh....no he didn't. Not even close

At least not based on that quote.

President Obama endorsed "the need to seriously consider mobilizing a constitutional amendment process", whatever that means.

Exactly what it says. He thinks we should seriously consider mobilizing a process.

He did not endorse the Sanders proposal particularly, or any of the many other amendment versions that have been proposed.

How am I the first person in the thread to point this out? Do people just read the title? I'm doubting my own reading comprehension skills at this point since all the other people read it different.

August 29, 2012

Inside the mind of a Republican politician...

"How can I say something that seems a little racist but if anybody points it out I have a good excuse so the person accusing me seems like a crazy person looking for any opportunity to accuse an innocent white man of racism? Oh I know...I'll make my entrance to a Black Eyed Peas song and then make a special point about how I don't like them."

This is what a lot of racism looks like. Snide little comments that you can't prove.

Kasish is a master race baiter. Right after coming into office he just about started a race war in the state.

Probably a dog whistle. As is the case with these things, we can never really prove it, that's why it is called a dog whistle.

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