John Maenpaa

@ritchiepage2001

Christian/Patriot/Libertarian-Socialist and I support: AFL-CIO & IWW & ACLU & Occupy & Declaration Of Independence & Constitution #union #iww #WIUnion #occupy

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China’s workers turn up the heat in summer of protest

http://www.clb.org.hk/en/content/china%E2%80%99s-workers-turn-heat-summer-protest

China’s long hot summer saw workers across the country stage strikes and protests against low pay, wage arrears and poor working conditions. In the three months from June to August 2013, CLB recorded a total of 183 incidents on our Strike Map, up seven percent from the previous three months, and more than double the 89 incidents recorded from June to August in 2012.* In July alone, we recorded 78 incidents, with another 67 in August.

Undeterred by record high temperatures, workers regularly took to the streets in protest. While most protests occurred in or close to the workplace, on at least 11 occasions workers deliberately blocked roads and bridges in order to further their demands. On one occasion, in temperatures of 39 degrees Celsius, workers at a textile factory in Nanjing blocked the roads in Luhe district demanding the payment of wage arrears after the boss ran off...

RELATED: http://news.yahoo.com/coopers-chinese-workers-lock-u-managers-protest-indian-170754287--finance.html

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Nurses, Healthcare Workers in 13 Countries Join Global Day of Action for a Healthy Economy

http://www.nationalnursesunited.org/press/entry/nurses-healthcare-workers-in-13-countries-call-for-robin-hood-tax-on-wall-s/

Nurses, Healthcare Workers in 13 Countries Call Day of Action September 17 in Stepped Up Call to Stop Austerity, Healthcare Cuts,

New York Action Will Also Press Demand for ‘Robin Hood’ Tax on Wall Street...

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Occupy Wall Street activists mark 2nd anniversary

http://www.northjersey.com/news/Occupy_Wall_Street_activists_mark_2nd_anniversary.html

About 100 members of Occupy Wall Street returned Tuesday to the small plaza near the New York Stock Exchange that once teemed with thousands of people protesting financial inequality, marking the second anniversary of their movement's beginnings.

Small groups of protesters marched around the streets near Zuccotti Park in the morning, while another march to Washington Square Park clogged sidewalks in the early afternoon. The protesters were scattered in smaller groups around New York City...

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Memo to Washington: The Occupy Movement Lives

http://ourfuture.org/20130917/memo-to-washington-the-occupy-movement-lives

Today, September 17, marks the second anniversary of the Occupy movement. When that movement is mentioned at all in Washington, which is rarely, the tone is dismissive. It didn’t have coherent goals, someone may say. The movement needed an electoral strategy, someone else will add. No wonder it didn’t last.

That’s getting it backwards. The Occupy movement wasn’t the foundation for change; it was the reflection of a deeper desire for it. It was the effect, not the cause, and it won’t disappear because of the wishful thinking of a few...

RELATED: http://news.yahoo.com/occupy-wall-street-activists-mark-165418659.html

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[VIDEO] There's No Getting Around It: The New Chipotle Ad Is Amazing

http://gawker.com/theres-no-getting-around-it-the-new-chipotle-ad-is-am-1308234473

It's being called "the most beautiful, haunting infomercial you'll ever see."

And with Oscar-ready animation from the acclaimed visual effects wizards at MOONBOT Studios set over a score of Fiona Apple covering "Pure Imagination" from the 1971 cult children's film Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, is it any wonder that Chipotle's "stealth" promo for a free iOS game is already on a fast-track to become one of this year's most successful marketing campaigns — all without barely mentioning the word "Chipotle."...

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Meanwhile In America

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The Syrian Revolution 2011 on Facebook

We will not forget the child martyr, God willing, "tender Firas Shams al-Din," which elevated her wounds following a mortar shell fell on their house in the neighborhood of Homs

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TWEET OF THE DAY!!!

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[VIDEO] Free Syrian Army's Gen. Salim Idris

http://www.pbs.org/newshour/bb/world/july-dec13/idris_09-16.html

The Free Syrian Army, the rebels who have been fighting the Assad regime for two years, have criticized the U.S.-Russian road map detailing the removal of Syria's chemical weapons, believing it lets the Syrian government off the hook from foreign military intervention. Gwen Ifill talks to the Free Syrian Army's Gen. Salim Idris...

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Germany urges Europe to accept more Syrian refugees

http://www.france24.com/en/20130912-germany-urges-europe-accept-more-syrian-refugees

Germany has granted temporary shelter to 5,000 Syrians and is urging other European nations to accept more refugees from Syria's civil war. The UN estimates that more than two million people have fled the conflict so far.

Germany is urging other European nations to consider taking in more Syrian refugees to help cope with the large number of people displaced by the country’s conflict...

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Exposing What Happens Behind Closed Doors: Domestic Violence in the US

http://www.infographicsarchive.com/health-and-safety/exposing-happens-behind-closed-doors-domestic-violence-us/

Domestic violence affects approximately 15% of Americans from all walks of life. The best way to combat abuse is to bring it to light. For more information about how to put an end to domestic abuse in America, check out this infographic from SocialWorkDegreeGuide.com.

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Cambodia - Police Shot Protesters and Killed One During Election Results Demonstrations

"29-year-old Mao Sok Chan was shot in the head and died on the scene. A confirmed nine more men were seriously injured and taken to hospitals. Eight of these men were found to have bullet wounds. Many more young men, including teenagers, were beaten bloody by police.

One man had his right leg fractured by a bullet and another was hit by a bullet in his left forearm. They were taken to Russian Hospital, with another man who suffered head lacerations from beatings. Six more men were taken to Calmette Hospital, all suffering from bullet wounds.” - LICADHO (A Cambodian human rights organization).
http://www.licadho-cambodia.org/pressrelease.php?perm=323

In response, some members of Anonymous have called for #‎OpCambodiaFreedom.
Video Press Release http://youtu.be/GxR3uMWIJw8

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[VIDEO] More than 1,000 unaccounted for in deadly Colo. floods

http://www.usatoday.com/story/weather/2013/09/15/boulder-colorado-floods-larimer/2815667/

Historic flooding leaves weary residents reeling amid the dark forecast of more rain to come

The number of people unaccounted for in flood-ravaged Colorado rose Sunday to 1,254 as flooding spread to 15 counties and rain continued to fall...

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Lutheran leader condemns prosperity gospel

http://wwrn.org/articles/24663/?&place=scandinavia

Lund, Sweden - The president of the Lutheran World Federation urged members to resist U.S. evangelists who preach that following Christianity can bring wealth and success.

The Rev. Mark Hanson, who is also presiding bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, said Lutherans must challenge what he called a heresy being spread in their countries...

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Stop the Monsanto Protection Act!

This week the House could pass a Continuing Resolution (H.J.RES.59) that contains the same Monsanto Protection Act that it passed last spring! While the previous continuing resolution was scheduled to expire on September 30th, the new resolution contains the exact same language that offers Monsanto and their GMO crops protection from judicial oversight and forces the USDA to allow the planting of untested GMO crops without proper scientific or regulatory review.
If allowed to pass again this dangerous provision could eventually become permanent, allowing Monsanto to succeed in stripping judges of their constitutional mandate to protect consumer rights and the environment, while opening up the floodgates for the planting of new untested GMO crops.

At the same time, Congressman Fred Upton (R-MI) and others are working to introduce a langauge that would make it illegal for states to pass laws to label GMOs by preempting state's rights and forcing the issue to be decided at the federal level. Apparently, Conservatives only push State's rights when it suits their corporate interests.

After you sign the petition, call Your Congressperson in the next 24 hours. If you can't reach your Congressperson by entering your information below, please call the Congressional switchboard: (202) 224-3121.

http://action.fooddemocracynow.org/sign/stop_the_monsanto_protection_act/?akid=971.428995.9x83xl&rd=1&t=4

Take back democracy and tell your members of congress to work for you and not their corporate interests.

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US Uncut on Facebook

Fed up with Wall St?

You're not alone!

http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/09/15/us-wallstreet-crisis-idUSBRE98E06Q20130915

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Thank You, Anarchy: Notes from the Occupy Apocalypse

http://www.occupy.com/article/thank-you-anarchy-notes-occupy-apocalypse

Nathan Schneider, the author of Thank You, Anarchy: Notes from the Occupy Apocalypse, must know that it’s too early to write a history of the Occupy Movement, and that it’s too late as well. Of course, Thank you, Anarchy isn’t a history book. Part pamphlet, part meditation, and part dispatch from the vortex of a fiery volcano, it hits the ground running and doesn’t end until Occupy itself comes to an end - not with the proverbial bang but with the proverbial whimper. But maybe it hasn’t ended. Maybe it’s morphing right now into something that doesn’t have a name or a face and that wears several hats all at once. Nathan Schneider ought to have entitled his book, Thank You, Anarchy Part I, or The Anarchy Chronicles # 1. America hasn’t seen the last of anarchy and anarchy hasn’t made its final exit from the stage of history in the United States, either.

But maybe I ought to say something about myself, and my point-of-view. As a civil rights activist, ban the bomb protestor, Yippie, Weatherman, and agit-pop contributor to Liberation News Service, I read Schneider’s book with at least two sets of eyes, maybe three. I wanted to look at Occupy through the lens of my own history as street fighting, marijuana-smoking, self-defined sexual outlaw – and as an anti-imperialist, too – and I wanted to look back at my younger self — and the movement that shaped me — through the lens of Occupy. With my third set of eyes, I wanted to see Occupy from outside American borders – from the Third World, as we were wont to call it all through the War in Vietnam...

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Joy Arises, Rules Fall Apart

http://www.thenation.com/article/176178/joy-arises-rules-fall-apart#

Thoughts for the second anniversary of Occupy Wall Street.

I would have liked to know what the drummer hoped and what she expected. We’ll never know why she decided to take a drum to the central markets of Paris on October 5, 1789, and why, that day, the tinder was so ready to catch fire and a drumbeat was one of the sparks....

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CFPB Warns Employers About Payroll Card Abuse

http://www.aflcio.org/Blog/Corporate-Greed/CFPB-Warns-Employers-About-Payroll-Card-Abuse

Earlier this summer, we reported on a new trend—especially prevalent in low-wage industries—where more and more workers aren’t getting paper paychecks or direct deposits to their checking accounts, but instead are finding their wages on prepaid cards. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) warned employers yesterday about the misuse of prepaid payroll cards and that they cannot require workers receive their wages via prepaid cards...

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[VIDEO] Watch the 2013 AFL-CIO Convention

http://www.aflcio.org/Blog/Political-Action-Legislation/Watch-the-2013-AFL-CIO-Convention

For those who followed the AFL-CIO 2013 Convention online this past week, here is full video coverage of the proceedings from Sunday to Wednesday, including speeches from Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka, Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez and more. Watch Trumka's speech in this blog post, then click here to access the rest of the videos...

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