That inclusive and generally open process stands in marked contrast to parallel talks currently taking place in Washington on a bill to — well, to do what? We can’t be absolutely certain, because a self-selected group of House members has joined with Sen. Dianne Feinstein in unusual secret negotiations that freeze the public out.
Some participants in the secret [House] negotiations have said they intend to get an agreement by the end of the week.
But judging from a previously adopted House bill and from comments by some involved in the secret negotiations, the goal is to unravel environmental laws that protect the flow of fresh water through California’s heart and lungs — the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta — in order to ensure that large water districts and the agriculture businesses that are their members will get a larger share of water in drought years like the current one and perhaps even in wet years.
Some participants in the secret negotiations have said they intend to get an agreement by the end of the week. Only then, after deals are cut and votes are lined up, would the rest of us be let in on the terms.
Let’s get real.
The minimum wage of $1.60 an hour in 1968 would be $10.90 today when adjusted for inflation [see the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Consumer Price Index inflation calculator.]
Except you were talking about Los Angeles, which has a much higher cost of living than the national average.
In California, cost of living is fairly high for most areas, and Los Angeles is no exception. Overall, the Cost of Living in Los Angeles is 50 percent above the national average. The cost of housing has the greatest impact on the overall cost of living. Housing in Los Angeles is 157 percent higher than the national average, a significant difference compared to most other United States cities.
So if you do the math it becomes obvious that a $15.37 minimum wage is still below the level that would bring the minimum wage up to parity with 1968 national standards ($10.90 X 1.5 for the +50% modifier = $16.35/hr)
Which is funny, because you chastised Skip Intro for the very mistake you then proceeded to flagrantly commit yourself, conflating the national wage with local conditions.
Dude this is an article and Page about Los Angeles and within it’s city council. Not the whole country! That’s a big misread.
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White power music was in trouble. But then racist bands discovered iTunes, and now they’re back in business.
The racist music industry, a once lucrative source of funding for the white power movement, is a shadow of its former self. Over the past decade, it has become increasingly fragmented and disorganized in the wake of the collapse of several major labels and distributors. Concerts have become scarce and those that remain have been driven even further underground. However, the ever-resilient white power music scene has found new hope and new profit amidst the wreckage of a once multimillion-dollar industry from an unlikely source: the world’s largest music vendor, iTunes.
The digital media marketplace, owned by Apple Inc., boasts the sale of more than 21 million songs every week, from a catalog of more that 26 million songs that, as of September 2014, included at least 54 racist bands.
The catalogs of bands from across the spectrum of hate music, ranging from established acts like Skrewdriver, the Bully Boys and Max Resist to little-known, DIY groups, can be purchased as MP3s or streamed with iTunes’ radio service with ease. Providers of MP3s receive a wholesale payout of 70 cents per song and $7 per album sold, as well as an additional fee per play through the iTunes Radio interface and a proportionate share of monthly advertising revenue.
The iTunes legal department did not respond to multiple requests for comment.
Where does this money go? Directly into the war chests of the individuals and organizations promoting racism and violence against minority groups both in the United States and abroad.
The basic right wing message we’ve heard for the last six years has been to challenge this President’s legitimacy. We’ve seen that in everything from the birther movement and charges that he’s somehow “un-American” to criticisms of Barack Obama that have never been leveled against a United States President (i.e., how much golf he plays, the fact that he takes vacations and that he signs executive orders).
Call me naive, but I don’t believe that all white Republicans buy into this insurgency. But their leadership has used this message of illegitimacy to undermine President Obama and convinced too many people that he is somehow a threat to the country. To the extent that they (and the media) have bought into the lies, they have given credence to a movement that is dangerous to our democracy.
While stricter gun control may limit the mentally ill’s ability to access them, and remove one path of violence from them, many other options remain. A suicide is not just about suicide with a gun. Murder is not just about killing with a gun. These things are about the taking of a life, perhaps one that that had a chance at rehabilitation and treatment.
Where we step up and provide the treatments needed we prevent violence by any and all means. Guns, cars, bombs, or in the instance of suicides, tall buildings and enclosed garages with a running car.
Medical experts at Yale University had called for drastic measures to help Adam Lanza in the years before he shot and killed 26 people at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., but those calls “went largely unheeded” by his mother, who was also shot to death, according to a new study.
The report, based on a comprehensive examination of the medical and school histories of Mr. Lanza, 20, found he was “completely untreated in the years before the shooting” for psychiatric and physical ailments like anxiety and obsessive-compulsive disorder, and was also deprived of recommended services and drugs.
The report also stated that undiagnosed anorexia could have affected his mental state.
Police say two officers were conducting a “vertical patrol” in the Pink Houses complex in the East New York neighborhood of Brooklyn. Bratton said one officer, reportedly with 18 months’ experience on the job, appeared to have accidentally fired on a darkened stairwell between the seventh and eighth floors.
The NYPD really needs to clarify exactly what happened and what it means by saying that the officer accidentally fired. Firing your weapon in a darkened stairway because you’re scared shitless, inexperienced and possibly poorly trained doesn’t qualify as accidental to me. To be clear, I don’t know what happened but the above description is my best guess based on the information released so far.
I’ve never used Uber, and now I don’t think I ever will. I stick with taxi drivers, who need my money more than Uber’s rich dumbfuck executive.
Sarah Lacy — the target of a proposed $1 million smear campaign by a top Uber executive, who bragged about his idea of investigating her private life at a media dinner in New York on Friday night — was re-doing her home security last night.
She said she was scared that the transportation service Uber was spying on her, including possibly bugging her phone.
Lacy may have good reason to worry. She talked to me just hours after BuzzFeed released a disturbing report in which Uber senior executive Emil Michael spoke about his idea to build a team of four researchers and four reporters to dig up personal dirt on reporters who were critical of the company.
In a conversation with BuzzFeed’s Ben Smith, he aimed much of his vitriol at Lacy, Editor in Chief of PandoDaily, who has been very tough on Uber in a series of posts on her site.
The message from Emil Michael apparently is, don’t criticize my company or I will come after you and your family and make sure you never print negative reports again.
Kneel before Zod!
What a putz.
If you ask the Ku Klux Klan, a gut wrenching racially charged American tragedy should never go to waste.
Since the beginning, in early August, at least two factions of the hooded Klansmen have repeatedly tried to exploit and inject themselves into the middle of the sad saga of the death of Michael Brown, the black, unarmed teenager who was shot and killed in Ferguson, Mo., by police officer Darren Wilson.
Since then, the Klan has raised money for Wilson, who is white, joined rallies for him with other supporters and vowed to come to the Ferguson area to protect “white businesses” with guns.
And most recently, as Ferguson and the rest of the country anxiously await the decision by a grand jury on whether Wilson will be charged in the case - a decision expected to be announced any day now - the Traditionalist American Knights of the Ku Klux Klan last week threatened to use “lethal force” against protesters in the St. Louis suburb.
“We will not sit by and allow you to harm our families, communities, property nor disrupt our daily lives,” the group declared in a flier.
For months now, protesters - black and white - have filled the streets of Ferguson, demanding Wilson be arrested and charged with the 18-year-old’s slaying. While most of the protests have been nonviolent, some have included looting, clashes with heavily armed police and dozens of arrests.
That fact didn’t stop the Klan from issuing its threats, veiled in the talk of self-defense.
A high school student has filed suit against the Everett, Wash., school district, claiming that the administrators of Everett High School unfairly suspended for proselytizing to his classmates. Michael Leal has retained the Pacific Justice Institute (PJI), a Religious Right legal outfit, to defend his case.
The Seattle Post-Intelligencer reports that Leal believes school officials subjected him to religious discrimination by forbidding him from passing out tracts and preaching during class time and at official school events. Leal received three suspensions total for his actions on the basis that his behavior disrupted school activities.
He also claims that Everett’s principal, Cathy Woods, informed him that it would be illegal for the school to permit him to express his religious views. In his complaint, he reported asking Woods, “If you allow me to hand out tracts and to talk about Jesus, then you would be breaking the law?” only to be told definitively that the answer is “yes.”
“It has been well established by court precedent that students do not leave their free speech rights at the schoolhouse door,” said attorney Conrad Reynoldson, who’s representing Leal alongside PJI. “Unfortunately certain officials at the school have a disagreement on this matter which is why it has become necessary to file this lawsuit.”
But Everett officials say there’s more to the story than PJI or Leal have been willing to admit. In a letter, the school district’s attorney, Michael Patterson, rejected Leal’s characterization of events and noted that the district has policies that cover matters like this. Patterson stated that Leal is allowed to pray and to discuss his beliefs with his classmates in a non-disruptive manner.
Backlash as the quiverfull fundamentalist show gets canceled.
A petition launched in August urging TLC to cancel the Duggar family reality series 19 Kids And Counting, over a robocall recorded by Michelle Duggar, now has more than 131,000 signatures after it got noticed by the media.
In response, several pro-Duggar family petitions have been launched on change.org and elsewhere this week, claiming “it is against their human rights to cancel the show based upon one LGBTQ member making false claims.” The most popular of those petitions has hit 67,000 sigs.