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Soon after announcing the plans to cut their worker’s health insurance, Wal-Mart revealed their plans to work withto allow shoppers to compare coverage options and enroll in Medicare plans or the public exchange plans created under the Affordable Care Act.
In a corporate blog post with the Orwellian headline “Providing Quality Health Benefits for Our Associates,” a WM executive wrote, “We will continue to provide affordable health care to all eligible associates, including part-time, who work more than 30 hours. However, similar to other retailers like Target, Home Depot, Walgreens and Trader Joe’s, we will no longer be providing health benefits to part-time associates who work less than 30 hours. This will impact about 2% of our total U.S. workforce”
Imagine if you were a Walmart employee working 28 hours per week right now. Imagine what choices you face right now.
A couple of quick thoughts:
1. Employees tend to work fewer than 30 hours not because that is all they want to work, but because that is all the hours the company will give them, because companies do not want to allow workers to go full time.
2. Walmart has enough extra cash to raise employee salaries by 50% if it wanted to. Health insurance for 30,000 workers costs only a small percentage of this.
3. Four members of the Walton family, who inherited the Walmart fortune, are together worth more than $140 billion. If they were so inclined, these four people could pay the $500 million increase inWalmart’s employee health insurance costs (covering 100,000 new workers) for the next 280 years.
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Question 2: Why does mainstream media constantly claim that internet activism is ineffective, then turn around and call real-life activism riots, terrorism and looting?
Hint: It’s because they don’t want you to think that any form of activism works.
This is why the fight for Net Neutrality is a thing.
(via empathicsociety)Source: golbatsforequality
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Lawmakers in St Louis, Missouri raised serious concerns about escalating tensions between police and African American residents at least a year before the shooting death of Michael Brown in the small suburb of Ferguson.
“Tensions have been high because of what the citizens here see as police abuse.” says Michael Voss, the co-founder of Arch City Defenders, a non-profit legal service in St Louis. “I know that our clients feel racially profiled and that their poverty is exploited.”
The Arch City Defenders published a white paper last year detailing issues with racial profiling there. The paper argues it’s a systemic problem.
One of the most obvious data points highlighting the disparity is the amount of traffic stops police make on black people.
Let’s take a look at Ferguson. There are more warrants issued in Ferguson than there are people. Voss says a good majority of these warrants are a result of traffic stops. Black people make up two-thirds of the total driving population, but account for 86 percent of all traffic stops there.
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Anti-riot police have been deployed to the Mexican city of Chilpancingo after protesters attacked local government buildings in anger at the disappearance of 43 students on 26 September.
Hundreds of demonstrators set fire to part of the Guerrero state headquarters and demanded the resignation of Governor Angel Aguirre.
The protesters allege that the police rounded up the missing students before handing them over to a local drug gang called Guerreros Unidos.
The students all attended the Ayotzinapa Normal School, a college with a history of leftists/communist activism but it is not clear whether they were targeted for their political beliefs.
The federal government has now taken over administration of the municipality; 26 local cops have been arrested along with four alleged members of the criminal organization Guerreros Unidos. The families of the victims eagerly await the DNA test results of the bodies found in mass graves.
Mayor Jose Luis Abarca Velazquez and Police Chief Felipe Flores Velazquez have fled town to avoid arrest.
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There’s no denying that as the world’s population continues to grow, we’ll need to examine the ways we keep the masses fed. Meat for 9 billion people doesn’t seem within the realm of possibility, so Next Nature is looking into sustainable ways to get that protein fix — including lab-grown proteins. To help you decide whether or not you’d be down to eat in vitro foods on the regular, the outfit has created a cookbook full of possibilities. The In Vitro Meat Cookbook serves up 45 lab-grown recipes that range from the Dodo Nuggets pictured above to Magic Meatballs and See-Through Sashimi. Of course, these aren’t real concoctions just yet, but rather food for thought about our culinary future. While the options may look (and sound) kind of gross on the surface, the book itself is quite beautiful and well-designed. For the curious, a copy can be pre-ordered for €24.00 ($30 converted) right here.
(more at engadget.com)