It’s corporations, not killer robots

Cyberdyne

The singularity has already happened. We’ve been slow to notice because we were worried about a technological singularity and what we got instead was a legal singularity. It wasn’t the rise of artificially intelligent machines, but of artificially intelligent legal entities. The corporations were created by humans. They were granted personhood by their human servants. They rebelled. They evolved. There are many copies. And they have a plan. [Read more...]

McDonald’s own McBudget shows workers underpaid

This guy wants you to get a pre-paid debit card so he can charge you fees to access your own money.

Remember, this budget was designed for McDonald’s employees — designed by people who ought to know some such employees, or at least know where to find them. So the fact that McPay isn’t enough to cover the rent anywhere in America shouldn’t have been a mystery. [Read more...]

When you meet someone who’s been told they don’t matter, give them a chance to matter

Crowd

To be honest, in my case, it’s not always accurate. I often look for any chance I can find to escape from people like those Beck describes, to avoid having to listen to their stories, which tend to be frustratingly long and time-consuming, and I haven’t got a lot of time to spare. I have other things I have to do — important things, things that matter, and … Uh-oh. [Read more...]

Why we know Walmart isn’t paying $12.40/hour

wallogo

If those 74 million Americans were to get a raise of another $2.25/hour, they would spend that money. And they wouldn’t spend it at Macy’s. They would spend it at Walmart. A minimum-wage increase would be a huge revenue windfall, a sales bonanza for Walmart. [Read more...]

If work is a responsibility, then work is also a right

work

Stephen Fincher seems to be confused about several things. He’s confused about how food stamps work, who they help, and why that help is needed. And he’s terribly, terribly confused about the context and the meaning of this passage from 2 Thessalonians and how it has been understood by centuries of Christian teaching. [Read more...]

Scenes from the class war

"Dives in Hell and Lazarus in Heaven" (1510)

The same old story from two more manufactured-home neighborhoods; lecturing the poor while cutting food stamps and Meals on Wheels; “deficit reduction” turns out to be job-reduction for 1.5 million Americans; taxpayers subsidize low wages at Walmart; Ben Bernanke reminds lucky rich kids that they’re lucky. [Read more...]

Smart people saying smart things

Mary Elizabeth Williams wonders if the Catholic bishops are “even trying to make sense on marriage equality;” the Woz says either tax corporations on income, like we do people, or tax people on profits, like we do corporations; Karl Smith calls for a helicopter drop; Lynne Stuart Parramore on the epidemic of wage theft — $19 billion a year; and Amy Davidson on Amanda Berry and Charles Ramsey. [Read more...]

‘Pro-life’ groups still not speaking up for pregnant workers

At the end of the day, anti-abortion politics seem to boil down to controlling and punishing women because they can't be trusted.

If you claim to be “pro-life” and yet you don’t support the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act, I have to conclude you are, at best, a sanctimonious hypocrite and not someone whose proclamations on “morality” are deserving of any attention or respect. And, also too, that you’re kind of a jerk. [Read more...]


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