Last year eight Americans — the four Waltons of Walmart fame, the two Koch brothers, Bill Gates, and Warren Buffett — made more money than 3.6 million American minimum wage workers combined
|By: cocktailhag Thursday May 1, 2014 8:00 pm|
Despite some anomalous developments out here in the Northwest, things look as dreadful as ever for working people this year, as wages reach their lowest share of GDP since the last handlebar mustache era.
That it has proven impossible to raise the federal minimum wage, incrementally, from utterly disgraceful to merely pathetic illustrates the bipartisan amnesia about what the minimum wage is.
|By: EdwardTeller Monday January 20, 2014 8:00 pm|
This football game will bring more attention to the fight against destructive Federal and lower government policies than any event yet. It wasn’t planned. We’ll see soon where the MSM takes this.
|By: Jon Walker Thursday August 15, 2013 7:45 am|
At the first Hempfest since Washington State legalized marijuana the Seattle police department will hand out more informational Doritos than tickets. That is small bags of Doritos with stickers on them explaining the state’s new marijuana law.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Thursday May 2, 2013 1:00 pm|
Last year, May Day saw violence as well, with demonstrators engaging in property damage. An independent review found that officers had been confused about who was in charge and “when they could use force to stop violence.”
This year it appears the opposite occurred. The police were authorized to fire off flash bangs or pepper spray at their discretion and they were not restrained in their use of either. They did not want a repeat of what happened on May Day in 2012.
|By: Peterr Saturday March 23, 2013 10:40 am|
Another week, another court-ordered document dump of records that detail the abuses covered up by bishops of the Roman Catholic Church. This time, it’s Joliet, Illinois.
While the bishop that comes off worst in these files is retired, another former bishop of Joliet is not only still active, but has been promoted and currently serves in several powerful roles with the USCCB: J. Peter Sartain of Portland.
For victims, this isn’t about simply getting their own abuse to stop anymore. It’s not about money for counseling, treatment, and other things. It’s about making visible the behavior of not only the priests but the bishops who protected them.
|By: cocktailhag Thursday January 31, 2013 8:00 pm|
Back in the 90′s, I spent a summer in Seattle working on a project with a former Boeing engineer, and I remember being astonished (and a little alarmed) when he told me about working on the 747 line. “That plane’s been in production for over twenty years, and there are still hundreds of parts that don’t fit together,” he told me, “The guys on the line know exactly where you have to re-drill a hole or just bang the thing together with a mallet.” We were remodeling a house at the time, so I could sympathize, but with a key difference: houses don’t have to fly through the air with hundreds of passengers (and screaming babies) on board.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Friday August 3, 2012 2:32 pm|
Leah-Lynn Plante refused to share any other information besides her name at a federal grand jury in Seattle on August 2. Plante had been subpoenaed in July at the same time the FBI and Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF) raided three homes in Portland. She was issued a new subpoena to appear at the grand jury again on August 30.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Tuesday July 31, 2012 10:45 am|
A series of paramilitary-style raids were conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) against activists in Portland, Oregon, on July 25. Author and writer for GreenIstheNewRed.com, Will Potter, has been following this as it develops as well. His latest post highlights the search warrants that indicate the FBI was looking for “anti-government or anarchist literature.” Will and I had a discussion about the recent raids, grand juries, the FBI’s institutional drive to suppress radical groups, along with documents he uncovered through a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). Here’s that interview.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Friday July 27, 2012 1:04 pm|
The FBI appears to be targeting people on the basis of their beliefs. The fact that a special grand jury has been empaneled sends a signal that law enforcement has embarked on a fishing expedition. They are going after anarchists who are likely connected to the Occupy movement.