A shocking bit of terrific journalism by Bloomberg Business published this week shows just how far Walmart is willing to go to crush any chance for its employees – called “associates” – to unionize. The piece, titled “How Walmart Keeps an Eye on Its Massive Workforce”, reveals that they hired defense contractor Lockheed Martin to spy on their employees in the lead up to strikes and Black Friday protests and report back what they found:
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Walmart using the FBI and Lockheed Martin to monitor employees – Join the Black Friday protest in Dearborn tomorrow!
Federal climate scientists attacked, intimidated by GOP climate change deniers – and scientists are fighting back
Idiocracy wasn’t a movie. It was a documentary.
In June of this year, scientists from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) published research in the peer-reviewed journal Science. Their research was based on improved and more accurate land and sea temperature data that showed that the warming of the earth continues apace. This flies in the face of claims by climate change deniers that there has been a global warming “pause” or “hiatus”. That data was made public in October.
After the publication of the research, Congressman Lamar Smith (R-TX), a virulent climate change denier who is the Chair of the Science, Space, and Technology Committee, subpoenaed scientists at NOAA demanding that they turn over internal e-mails related to their research.…
It’s time for a “People’s Budget” that ensures prosperity for all with everyone contributing their fair share
“A budget is moral document” – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Yesterday, the group Priorities Michigan held a press conference to highlight the faces of real people who are victims of callous, unfair Republican budgets. Intent on diminishing the size and scope of government, Republicans have shrunk our state budget by giving billions of dollars of tax breaks to corporations. The resulting cuts to programs and services harm those who have the least while the reduced revenue stream benefits those who have the most.
“Our state budget is more than a spreadsheet and a bottom line but too often when crafting the budget our elected officials seem to forget that there are real people who are directly impacted by the choices they’re making,” Mothering Justice director Danielle Atkinson, a Priorities Michigan spokesperson, said.…
GUEST POST by Paul Clements, candidate for MI-06: The Cost of Congressman Upton’s Climate Science Denial
The following is a guest post by Paul Clements, the Democratic candidate for Michigan’s 6th Congressional District seat now held by Big Oil puppet Fred Upton. Clements ran for this seat in 2014. Though he was ultimately unsuccessful, he received a huge boost from the Mayday PAC which spent $1.5 million to support his candidacy. I interviewed him then (HERE).
The Cost of Congressman Upton’s Climate Science Denial
Once upon a time Congressman Upton said we need to consider all the options for reducing greenhouse gas emissions. But in 2011, when he became chair of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, he also became the House’s leading opponent of federal action to restrain global warming.…
Obama admin sent letters of reassurance to GOP governors. NOW will Gov. Snyder reverse himself on accepting Syrian refugees?
As LOLGOP wrote about Friday, Gov. Rick Snyder, who was the first governor in the USA to say he wouldn’t allow Syrian refugees to come to our state, said he wants a “pause” in providing a safe harbor for the refugees until “an appropriate review” can be done to ensure our screening processes are adequate. When NPR correspondent Steve Inskeep asked him what problems he has with our current process, he was unable to name even one.
Inskeep then asked him what it would take for him to reverse his stance. Here is his response:
You can listen to the entire interview here:
As it turns out, the Obama administration has now given Gov.…
An open letter to LGBT civil rights ballot initiative organizer on International Transgender Day of Remembrance
Today, November 20th, is International Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDOR). TDOR was started by transgender advocate Gwendolyn Ann Smith as a vigil to honor the memory of Rita Hester, a transgender woman who was killed in 1998. The day is intended to bring awareness to the violence experienced by the transgender community on a daily basis. The trans community faces an inordinate level of violent crime including murder and assaults, crimes that, more often than not, go unreported as the hate crimes that they are.
Since the last TDOR in 2014, 24 transgender people have been murdered in the USA alone.…
GOP Congressman Trott questions why mortgage fraud settlement funds went to community groups instead of bankers
In 2013, the U.S. Department of Justice reached a settlement with the giant mortgage bank JP Morgan Chase after they were found to have engaged in fraud that seriously harmed homeowners across the country, many of whom lost their homes entirely. Part of $13 billion settlement – and similar settlements with Citigroup, Wells Fargo, and Bank of America – included mandatory donations to community groups working to help provide relief to impacted homeowners.
Yesterday, in a Department of Justice oversight hearing, Michigan Congressman David Trott, a former foreclosure attorney who threw countless poor Detroiters and others out of their homes as part of his business, questioned Attorney General Loretta Lynch about the mandatory donations – what he called a “slush fund” to organizations like the Industrial Areas Foundation (IAF) which he describes as “activist organizations”.…
I hadn’t intended to write any more about Todd Courser but now that we have the 385-page Michigan State Police report, we have more detail about what actually transpired in the sordid, made-for-The Jerry Springer Show affair of Todd Courser and Cindy Gamrat.
As it turns out, Courser and Gamrat’s staffers Ben Graham, Josh Cline, and Keith Allard worked with Gamrat’s husband Joe to prove the two were having an affair and then to attempt to convince them to end it. In February, Joe Gamrat saw Courser leave Cindy Gamrat’s Radisson hotel room “in the early morning hours” and then banged on the door in a failed attempt to get her to come out.…
I have gotten quite a few complaints about the video ads that were being displayed on the site. Although I was promised they would have a very high CPM (“cost per thousand”, a measure of what they pay), that turned out not to be the case at all. The ads themselves were pretty intrusive, particularly on tablets and other mobile devices. So I have killed them.
The ads that I replaced them with aren’t all that lucrative either so we’re still making a shamefully small amount of money on ad revenue. That is, unfortunately, the way the blogging world is at the present time.…
Progress Michigan launches new website to help restore some semblance of transparency to our state government
The Center for Public Integrity recently released a report called “State Integrity 2015” which looked at the level of transparency in the governments of all 50 states. The results were, well, horrific. Only three states received a grade about a D+.
Michigan, however, stood out and not in a good way. Out of all 50 states, Michigan came in at 50th place. We literally have the least transparent state government in the entire country.
Here are some highlights of their report:
- Thanks to loopholes created by the legislature, big spenders representing special interests can dramatically influence an election without leaving a trace.
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