We may consider airline pilots to be esteemed, highly skilled professionals, but in the fastest growing sector of the industry — regional airlines — starting pay is as low as $22,400 per year, or $10.75 per hour, according to the Airlines Pilots Association. They make as much as a fry chef at a fast-food joint, but, culturally speaking, they still belong to the middle class.
With a sluggish economy, growing inequality and dwindling union clout, millions of people who work traditionally middle class jobs have joined the working poor. They still enjoy the same perceived social status, but their incomes aren’t sufficient to live a middle class lifestyle.
Nowhere is that trend more pronounced than in higher education. Today, around three-quarters of all US college professors are classified as “contingent faculty” — those who aren’t on a tenure track — and about half are technically “part-time,” even though many of them teach a full-time load of classes. They may be highly educated professionals, but most adjuncts struggle to make ends meet with low pay, limited benefits and zero job security.
Americans proved once again that they believe giving is better than receiving.
Donors are projected to give more than $450 billion to charity by the end of the year, a 9 percent increase from the record set in 2013, according to a new Atlas of Giving report. The group — which forecasts charitable giving — attributed the notable spike to a number of factors, including a continuing bull stock market, low interest rates, improving employment and a lack of inflation.
The figures were based on giving data collected through the end of November, which was combined with projections for December.
Human services organizations, educational institutions and environmental causes saw the biggest gains. Each of those categories experienced double-digit growth in gift revenue. Religion remained the largest revenue category, but was expected to drop a point to 33 percent of total giving.
Among other problems is that the grave will be, “a heavy load load on the well being of whatever community it curses.”
Good to see the National Park Service is planning ahead.
I’m posting this now because it’s important and you probably missed it in the run up to the holidays.
The Rockstar Consortium, made up of Apple, Microsoft, Ericsson, BlackBerry and other big names in tech, has agreed to sell more than 4,000 patents to patent clearing house RPX for $900 million.
The group bought 6,000 patents from bankrupt Nortel in 2011 for a cool $4.5 billion, outbidding Google (Nasdaq: GOOG) and using its new intellectual property to take on the Android maker in court over alleged infringements. By selling them to RPX Corp. , Rockstar has also agreed to drop any of its remaining court battles. (See Rockstar Patent Holders Sue Google & Friends and DoJ OK’s $4.5B Nortel Patent Sale.)
The Wall Street Journal reports that RPX will license the patents to a separate syndicate of around 30 other technology companies, including Google and Cisco Systems Inc. (Nasdaq: CSCO), both of which settled patent suits with Rockstar last month. And the WSJ says the companies involved in Rockstar will get to keep the 2,000 patents they didn’t contribute to the consortium, which are amongst Nortel’s most valuable.
Manchester Police are on a mission this Christmas Day—delivering toys to needy children.
Police cruised through town this morning in an armored vehicle, decked out in lights and tinsel, to hand out toys to needy children.
I know it’s the thought that counts and the thought is very decent and generous. I’m sure the kids were thrilled to get some presents no matter what kind of scary vehicle delivered them.
This dynamic is obviously a direct result of racism. Too often, racism is seen as a social phenomenon that happens to black people. But it happens through black people as well. That is, the negative associations thrust upon black people and black culture can color how we black people view each other. Blacks and whites receive the same narratives and images that perpetuate stereotypes of black criminality and flippancy while synonymizing white culture with American values. It is to be expected that there will be an observable impact on black intragroup perceptions.
The construct of racism is efficiently designed to politically and socially subjugate a segment of the population. For the oppressed, a natural response is to advocate for conformity with the dominant culture as an appeal for equal treatment. If black people were only more respectable, one line of argument runs, they would be less subject to the ills of racism.
On one hand-
“These materials show, over a sustained period of time, the depth and rigor of NSA’s commitment to compliance,” read a statement on the NSA’s website. “By emphasizing accountability across all levels of the enterprise, and transparently reporting errors and violations to outside oversight authorities, NSA protects privacy and civil liberties while safeguarding the nation and our allies.”
On the other hand-
In one instance, an analyst who surveilled her own spouse was merely “advised to cease her activities.” In another, an analyst “mistakenly requested” surveillance “of his own personal identifier instead of the selector associated with a foreign intelligence target.” But the NSA maintained that employees who conducted improper surveillance were adequately held to account.
“Results returned from improper queries may be deleted, and the analyst who submitted the query may be subject to additional training or administrative action as appropriate,” the agency said.
But my favorite passage of all-
The USA Freedom Act, which would have ended the NSA’s controversial domestic call tracking program, died in the Senate earlier this year despite support from an unlikely alliance that included Facebook, the ACLU and the National Rifle Association.
Why my favorite? It best illustrates the fact that a consensus of the public wanted that bill passed, and that was thwarted despite the allegedly always overwhelming lobbying power of the NRA and the considerable academic and legal resources the ACLU
We got screwed. By now we understand so many of the claims these programs are “essential” but proof remains necessarily secret are the emperors clothes of our day. We heard this song before. Yes on our watch. But in the end this will just be another psych/attitude test. Nothing more as per the set up by the timing of the release.
After being amply demonstrated once again, should the “Streisand Effect” become “Streisand’s Law” as some at Rational Wiki suggest?
“The Interview,” the Sony Pictures film about a fictional plot to assassinate North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, opened in more than 300 movie theaters across the United States on Christmas Day, drawing many sell-out audiences and statements by patrons that they were championing freedom of expression.
Co-directors Evan Goldberg and Seth Rogen, who also co-stars in the low-brow comedy with James Franco, surprised moviegoers by appearing at the sold-out 12:30 a.m. PT screening of the movie at a theater in Los Angeles, where they briefly thanked fans for their support.
Sony Pictures this week backtracked from its original decision to cancel the release of the $44 million film after major U.S. theater chains pulled out because of threats of violence by Guardians of Peace, a computer hacking group that claimed responsibility for a destructive cyberattack on Sony last month.
A Queens man was arrested on Wednesday after he was overheard threatening to kill police officers, the police said, and a search of his home yielded a cache of weapons that included two guns.
The arrest of the man, Elvin Payamps, was at least the sixth the Police Department made this week in response to threats made against officers since the fatal shooting of two officers last Saturday by a man who had declared his intentions on social media.
The events that led to Mr. Payamps’s arrest began around 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, when a 54-year-old man called 911 to report that he had overheard a man saying on his cellphone that he was going to “kill police” with the guns at his home, the police said. The caller to 911 and the man later identified as Mr. Payamps were at a TD Bank branch on Metropolitan Avenue in Middle Village, Queens, the police said.