old barn wallpaper, mining’s notorious traditions, when impotent demagogues speak

old barn wallpaper

old barn wallpaper


By the time one reaches their teen years it is relatively easy to suffer from outrage fatigue and perhaps have become even a little calloused about the hardships of others. Some news seems like recycled fights for justice and individual dignity from a hundred years ago – How Dare Mine Workers Demand Pay – from a contract that their mining company employer’s signed. Mining companies do not hold a particularly virtuous place in North American history. Few – i actually do not know of any – have conducted their business in a fair manner. They have literally murdered miners, let them die through criminal negligence, hired thugs to beat them up, forced them to financially support conservative/libertarian politicians and hired scabs to take their jobs. Hiring practices that remind me of the 1880s are still occurring, HD Mining refuses to show B.C. unions the files on work permits for Chinese miners. This Canadian mining company decided to hire and import what will total 76 Chinese workers rather than hire unionized Canadian workers – the workers may be making the same wages. That would seem to further validate the accusation that hiring these workers is more about weakening unions than any other issue.  HD has refused a direct legal order from the Canadian government to provide the proper paperwork. There may be some financial ties between HD and the Chinese government.

Recently federal authorities decided not to criminally prosecute a bank and settled for a very large fine. Some people think that was fair. The bank employees, management actually, will continue in their jobs with their generous incomes. If you’re a convicted of marijuana possesses and come from the lower rungs of the economic ladder, you’ll have a very difficult time finding any type of job. The job you do find is unlikely to pay a single adult a living wage much less enough to take care of a child. Prostitution for the Price of a Happy Meal

Why food-stamp bans are perpetuating risky behaviors among America’s most vulnerable.

Carla walked into my office with despair in her eyes. I was surprised. Carla has been doing well in her four months out of prison; she got off drugs, regained custody of her kids, and even enrolled in a local community college.

Without much prodding she admitted to me that she had retuned to prostitution: “I am putting myself at risk for HIV to get my kids a f—ing happy meal.”

Despite looking high and low for a job, Carla explained, she was still unemployed. Most entry-level jobs felt out of reach with her drug record, but what’s worse, even the state wasn’t willing to throw her a temporary life preserver.

You see, Carla is from one of the 32 states in the country that ban anyone convicted of a drug felony from collecting food stamps. With the release of the Global Burden of Disease Study last week, it bears looking at how we are perpetuating burdens among the most vulnerable Americans with our outdated laws.

If she’d committed rape or murder, Carla could have gotten assistance to feed herself and her children, but because the crime she committed was a drug felony, Carla joined the hundreds of thousands of drug felons who are not eligible.

Like any other day, today the well financed noise machine that says we have too much regulation of things like toxins in our drinking water and too much anti-business consumer protection (34 million people are injured or killed every year due to unsafe products) will have their say about what is fair and what is not. People with little money, thus very little power, will not. They will be the victims of bizarre Puritanical laws that no one has much incentive to do anything about. All the while shaking their fists and shouting get a job you lazy moochers… and hey…freedom.

aileen, canadian garden around 1920. photo by John Boyd.

aileen, canadian garden around 1920. photo by John Boyd.

Christian right blames atheists for Sandy Hook shootings

Dobson commented while speaking to listeners of his Dr. James Dobson’s Family Talk program: “I mean millions of people have decided that God doesn’t exist… And a lot of these things are happening around us, and somebody is going to get mad at me for saying what I am about to say right now, but I am going to give you my honest opinion: I think we have turned our back on the scripture and on God almighty and I think he has allowed [this Newtown massacre] judgment to fall upon us. I think that’s what’s going on.”

Bryan Fischer of the American Family Association said the victims at Sandy Hook had lost God’s protection because prayer has been prohibited from schools. “The question is going to come up, where was God?,” Fischer said. “I thought God cared about the little children. God protects the little children. Where was God when all this went down. Here’s the bottom line, God is not going to go where he is not wanted… Now we have spent since 1962 — we’re 50 years into this now–we have spent 50 years telling God to get lost, telling God we do not want you in our schools, we don’t want to pray to you in our schools, we do not want to pray to your before football games, we don’t want to pray to you at graduations, we don’t want anybody talking about you in a graduation speech… In 1962 we kicked prayer out of the schools. In 1963 we kicked God’s word out of ours schools. In 1980 we kicked the Ten Commandments out of our schools. We’ve kicked God out of our public school system. And I think God would say to us, ‘Hey, I’ll be glad to protect your children, but you’ve got to invite me back into your world first. I’m not going to go where I’m not wanted. I am a gentlemen.”

Do the Dobsons, Fischers and their followers hear what they’re saying. According to them their deity is a very sensitive being. It’s feelings were hurt so it 1) Is not everywhere and not all powerful 2) Could have prevented those murders, but did not because it’s feelings were hurt 3) These fleshly representatives are a direct communication’s line to this, not almighty or benevolent or merciful deity, according to them 4) All those children and their parents were either atheists and not good enough Christians, thus deserved to be punished. Perhaps the reason for the general decline of membership in organized religion is that it is so often represented by the Dobsons and Fischers. People who seem to believe in something dark and malevolent instead of something merciful and caring.