Tuesday, March 28, 2017

"ISLAMOPHOBIA" "Do you see it?"

'When Dylann Roof killed 9 innocent black people, we did not question his God' #WorldPoetryDay

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Baltimore mayor vetoes $15/hour minimum wage

Mayor Catherine Pugh speaks near City Hall in Baltimore May 2, 2015. (REUTERS/Sait Serkan Gurbuz/File photo)

Baltimore’s mayor said on Friday she would veto legislation that would nearly double the Maryland city’s minimum wage to $15 an hour in a setback for advocates of a “living wage” for restaurant workers and other low-wage earners.
The legislation raising the minimum wage from $8.75 an hour would have put the city at a competitive disadvantage with neighboring cities and suburban counties, Mayor Catherine Pugh said.
Raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour would have linked Baltimore, a port city that once had a vibrant steelmaking industry, to efforts across the United States to boost the standard of living of many low-wage service workers.
A fourth of the residents of Maryland’s biggest city live below the federal poverty level, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.
Maryland has already mandated a minimum wage increase to $9.25 an hour in July and to $10.10 in 2018.
Baltimore would become a “hole in the doughnut” if it required a $15-an-hour increase, the Democratic mayor said at a news conference.
The measure would boost pay for about 100,000 workers, or 27 percent of the city’s workforce, according to an estimate from the Economic Policy Institute, a nonpartisan Washington think tank.
The City Council voted 11-3 this week to approve the increase, with one supporter of the measure absent. Lawmakers need 12 votes to pass it over Pugh’s veto.
Even so, the legislation’s sponsor, Councilwoman Mary Pat Clarke, said she was not confident that fellow lawmakers would be able to override the veto.
“To vote against a mayor’s wishes sometimes changes people’s minds, whatever the subject,” she said in a telephone interview.
The vetoed measure would raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2022 for businesses with 50 or more employees and by 2026 for businesses with fewer than 50 workers.
Elsewhere, New York and California are raising their statewide minimum wages to $15 an hour, along with such cities as Seattle, San Francisco and the District of Columbia.
Voters in Arizona, Colorado, Maine and Washington approved increases in minimum wages in November, but at rates below the $15 level. The federal minimum wage is $7.25 an hour.
But in Montgomery County, Maryland, a Washington suburb, the county executive vetoed a $15-an-hour basic wage measure in January.

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Dj Scantastic (Dollar Van Scan)_Tablemannerz 3/24/2017

Playing new classics! Raekwon, Malik Rashad, Soulsciencelab, Friction, Planet Asia, Westside gunn

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Trump's America: Two coal plants announce closures in Ohio, layoffs at Carrier factories in Indiana

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - DECEMBER 01:  President-elect Donald Trump speaks to workers at Carrier air conditioning and heating on December 1, 2016 in Indianapolis, Indiana.  (Photo by Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images)

Remember when Donald Trump appeared in Indiana to announce he’d saved 1,100 jobs at that Carrier and United Technologies were planning to send to Mexico? A refresher from early December:
“But I will tell you that United Technologies and Carrier stepped it up and now they’re keeping — actually the number’s over 1,100 people, which is so great, which is so great …. I just noticed — I wrote down because I heard it — since about six years ago, 260 new federal regulations have passed, 53 of which affect this plant. Fifty-three new regulations. Massively expensive and probably none of them amount to anything in terms of safety or the things that you’d have regulations for.”
His fans cheered and chanted, hailing their king of bankruptcy for saving all those jobs. Except, as the Washington Post later mentioned, those numbers were—the jobs and the regulations— false. 
United Technologies confirmed Friday that the first wave of about 50 layoffs happened last week at its electronics plant that had about 700 workers in Huntington. The plant in the northeastern Indiana city is slated for closure.
Steps are also being taken toward about 550 job cuts anticipated at a Carrier Corp. factory in Indianapolis, where Trump's intervention last fall curbed job losses but didn't halt them altogether. Layoffs could start within a month at a 350-worker Rexnord industrial bearings factory in Indianapolis, according to United Steelworkers Local 1999 President Chuck Jones, who represents workers at the Carrier and Rexnord plants.
There is no snark here, only heartache for the Indiana families who are soon to be out of work entirely.
Meanwhile, over in Southern Ohio, where Donald Trump’s promise to bring back those coal jobs took a hit this week as not one, but two coal plant closures were announced:
Dayton Power & Light, a subsidiary of AES Corp. (AES), said in an emailed statement that it planned to close the J.M. Stuart and Killen plants by June 2018 because they would not be “economically viable beyond mid-2018.”
Coal demand has flagged in recent years due to competition from cheap and plentiful natural gas.
The plants along the Ohio River in Adams County employ some 490 people and generate about 3,000 megawatts of power from coal.
Those coal jobs aren’t coming back, despite the promises candidate Donald Trump made:
The plants sit at the heart of a region Trump vowed to revitalize with more jobs and greater economic security during his 2016 campaign. As part of his pledge to reinvigorate the area, Trump also said he would “bring back coal.”
Where are you now, Donald Trump? Can you spare a weekend away from your private golf course to ride in and save the day in Indiana and Ohio? 

Friday, March 17, 2017

Empire Files: Abby Martin Exposes Steve Bannon

Steve Bannon has been propelled over the last year from fringe media outlier to top propagandist of the U.S. Empire as Trump's Chief Strategist. 

From his Wall Street roots and apocalyptic film career to his cultivation of alt-right bigots at Breitbart News, Abby Martin exposes Bannon's true character in this explosive documentary.

Dissection of Bannon's ideology of "economic nationalism" and desire to "Make America Great Again" reveals the danger of his hand in Trump's agenda

Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HelSaMSy8HY

Friday, March 10, 2017

Giant 3,000-year-old statue of Pharaoh Ramses II found buried in a Cairo slum is hailed as 'one of the most important discoveries ever'

  • Researchers from Egypt and Germany found the bust of the statue and the lower part of the head
  • They also found upper part of a life-sized limestone statue of Pharaoh Seti II, Ramses II's grandson
  • Discovery was made in the working class area of Matariya among unfinished buildings and mud roads
  • It shows the importance of the city of Heliopolis which was dedicated to worship of Ra - the sun god 

  • Archaeologists from Egypt and Germany have found a massive 26ft (8 metre) statue submerged in ground water in a Cairo slum.
    Researchers say it probably depicts revered Pharaoh Ramses II, who ruled Egypt more than 3,000 years ago.
    The discovery, hailed by the Antiquities Ministry as one of the most important ever, was made near the ruins of Ramses II's temple in the ancient city of Heliopolis, located in the eastern part of modern-day Cairo.

    Archaeologists from Egypt and Germany have found a massive 26ft (8 metre) statue submerged in ground water in a Cairo slum. Researchers say it probably depicts revered Pharaoh Ramses II, who ruled Egypt more than 3,000 years ago 

    Archaeologists from Egypt and Germany have found a massive 26ft (8 metre) statue submerged in ground water in a Cairo slum. Researchers say it probably depicts revered Pharaoh Ramses II, who ruled Egypt more than 3,000 years ago 

    'Last Tuesday they called me to announce the big discovery of a colossus of a king, most probably Ramses II, made out of quartzite,' Antiquities Minister Khaled al-Anani told Reuters on Thursday at the site of the statue's unveiling. 
    Ramses the Great was the most powerful and celebrated ruler of ancient Egypt. 
    Known by his successors as the 'Great Ancestor', he led several military expeditions and expanded the Egyptian Empire to stretch from Syria in the east to Nubia in the south.  
    He was the third pharaoh of the Nineteenth Dynasty of Egypt and ruled from 1279 to 1213 BCE. 
    'We found the bust of the statue and the lower part of the head and now we removed the head and we found the crown and the right ear and a fragment of the right eye,' Anani said.
    Yesterday, archaeologists, officials, local residents, and members of the news media looked on as a massive forklift pulled the statue's head out of the water
    The joint Egyptian-German expedition, which included the University of Leipzig, also found the upper part of a life-sized limestone statue of Pharaoh Seti II, Ramses II's grandson, which is 80 centimetres long.