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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Hong Kong Sit In Continues As Negotiations Break Down

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A pro-democracy activists signals to other supporters after a small scuffle broke out at Mong Kok on October 12, 2014 in Hong Kong. Pro democracy supporters continue to occupy the streets surrounding Hong Kong's financial district after talks broke down with the government. Protesters have threatened to widen their campaign as they continue to call for open elections and the resignation of Hong Kong's Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying. (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images)...

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Smoke Screen: One Industry Carve-Out Won’t Solve the Problem of Corporate Courts

http://www.aflcio.org/Blog/Political-Action-Legislation/Smoke-Screen-One-Industry-Carve-Out-Won-t-Solve-the-Problem-of-Corporate-Courts

According to recent reports (behind a paywall), U.S. trade negotiators for the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal are floating a proposal to prevent tobacco companies from using corporate courts to sue national governments over anti-smoking regulations.

The TPP would give multinational corporations access to a special legal procedure called investor-to-state dispute settlement (ISDS). ISDS allows foreign investors to directly sue national governments over measures they think harm current or even future profits. Instead of using the domestic procedures that citizens and local businesses use (national courts, administrative hearings, etc.) foreign investors instead would bring claims to private international arbitration panels that can potentially award vast sums of taxpayer money in compensation...

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Horrible: Supreme Court Allows North Carolina’s Voting Restrictions to Go Forward

http://www.aflcio.org/Blog/Political-Action-Legislation/Horrible-Supreme-Court-Allows-North-Carolina-s-Voting-Restrictions-to-Go-Forward

The U.S. Supreme Court allowed key parts of one of the most restrictive voting rights laws in the nation to go forward yesterday. A federal appeals court had enjoined the provisions and North Carolina officials asked the Supreme Court to stay that ruling.

The majority of justices who voted to stay the appeals court ruling that would have reinstated same day voter registration during the early vote period and allowed the counting of ballots that were cast in the wrong precinct did not comment on their reasoning...

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AFL-CIO Executive Vice President Tefere Gebre: ‘We Will Get $10.10, but It’s Not Enough’

http://www.aflcio.org/Blog/Political-Action-Legislation/AFL-CIO-Executive-Vice-President-Tefere-Gebre-We-Will-Get-10.10-but-It-s-Not-Enough

Workers across the country are using the symbolism of Oct. 10 to amplify the call for raising the federal minimum wage to $10.10.

AFL-CIO Executive Vice President Tefere Gebre commemorated the day by meeting with low-wage workers from the D.C. region who would be impacted by a minimum wage increase. Over lunch, the workers talked about what it’s like to raise their families on low pay and the challenges they face every day to make ends meet. Here are two of their stories...

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Supreme Court Blocks Wisconsin’s Voter ID Law

http://www.aflcio.org/Blog/Political-Action-Legislation/Supreme-Court-Blocks-Wisconsin-s-Voter-ID-Law

The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday blocked Wisconsin from implementing the nation’s strictest voter photo ID law that could have denied more than 300,000 registered voters the right to vote in the Nov. 4 election.

The one-page order gives opponents of the law 90 days to file a formal petition asking the Supreme Court to take up the case. The court's three most conservative justices, Samuel Alito, Antonin Scalia and Clarence Thomas, dissented...

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WIPO staff association head dismissed for whistleblowing

http://www.world-psi.org/en/wipo-staff-association-head-dismissed-whistleblowing

On Friday 19 September 2014, Mr. Moncef Kateb, head of the WIPO[i] staff association was summarily dismissed. This was done in advance of WIPO's annual governing body meeting, where he was expected to criticize the controversial management style and behaviour of Director-General Francis Gurry.

Staff unions of the UN system around the world called for the reinstatement of Mr Kateb in a letter to the WIPO governing body (the Assemblies of Member States)...

RELATED: http://www.staffcoordinatingcouncil.org/index.php/news/252-retaliation-at-wipo

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Victorian apprentice numbers drop by almost 10,000 in four years

http://www.cfmeu.net.au/news/victorian-apprentice-numbers-drop-by-almost-10000-in-four-years

The number of apprenticeships in Victoria has fallen by nearly 10,000 under the Napthine Government, according to figures highlighted today by the Construction, Forestry Mining and Energy Union.

The number of people who started an apprenticeship in the last quarter of 2010 was 23,200 (seasonally adjusted). The latest data from earlier this year (March quarter) shows that the number had plummeted to 14,300 people – a record low. (Source: NCVER)...

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Solidarity in Guelph: Workers hold the line at NGF Canada strike

http://rabble.ca/news/2014/10/solidarity-guelph-workers-hold-line-ngf-canada-strike

For a second day in a row, striking workers and their supporters at the NGF Canada plant in Guelph have succeeded in blocking replacement workers from crossing the picket line.

The 28 members of Workers United Local 2641 have been out on strike since September 30 after failing to reach an agreement with their employer, Japanese-owned NGF Canada...

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Swaziland – Monarchy Bans All Union and Employer Federations

http://www.ituc-csi.org/swaziland-monarchy-bans-all-union

Swaziland’s government, one of the world’s last remaining absolute monarchies, has announced an immediate ban on all trade union and employer federations. With one of the worst industrial relations records of any country, the decision announced yesterday constitutes an absolute violation of ILO Convention 87, which guarantees freedom of association for workers and employers.

Sharan Burrow, ITUC General Secretary, said “The Swaziland authorities have for many years shown their contempt for fundamental workers’ rights, and this latest decision, which abolishes workers’ and employers’ organisations, is absolutely shocking. The government claims that a technical oversight in existing legislation needs to be fixed to allow the registration of union and employer federations, but there is no justification whatsoever in banning existing organisations while the government tidies up a legal mess that it is responsible for. This is the latest in a long list of severe violations of international standards by King Mswati’s regime. We demand that the ruling be rescinded immediately.”...

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Voter ID Blocked by U.S. Supreme Court

http://wisaflcio.typepad.com/wisconsin-state-afl-cio-blog/2014/10/voter-id.html

The U.S. Supreme Court has smacked down Scott Walker's voter suppressing voter ID law.

**Please spread the word far and wide, voters will NOT be required to provide a photo ID card when voting in the November elections.**...

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Make Calls for Mary Burke from Home

http://wisaflcio.typepad.com/wisconsin-state-afl-cio-blog/2014/10/make-calls-for-mary-burke-from-home-.html

There is so much at stake Nov. 4 for people in Wisconsin who are struggling in this economy. This November, we have a choice: elect candidates like Mary Burke and Susan Happ who will fight for working families or stand by as those who attack workers' rights, like anti-worker, career politician Scott Walker, take charge and continue to derail our economy.

It’s critical we get to work right now to elect Mary Burke as governor...

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Wells Fargo worker calls out CEO on pay inequality

http://www.bignewsnetwork.com/index.php/sid/226578035

A Wells Fargo employee in Oregon sent an email to the CEO -- and 200,000 colleagues -- asking him to address "income inequality" with a companywide raise.

Tyrel Oates, who said he makes $15 per hour after seven years at Wells Fargo, wrote an email telling Chief Executive Officer John Stumpf that while he "pulled in over $19 million" last year, the amount is more than Oates and most other employees "will see in our lifetimes."...

RELATED: http://www.wcti12.com/news/money/wells-fargo-worker-asks-ceo-for-raise-in-mass-email-which-goes-viral/29048518

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Songs of Emptiness

https://www.jacobinmag.com/2014/10/songs-of-emptiness/

Bono’s mission isn’t simply to provide capitalism with a human face. It’s to ruin music in the process.

As with all advertisements, there are a few deceptions at the heart of Apple’s commercial for U2’s newly released Songs of Innocence. The most immediate is that it ends with the tagline “free on iTunes now.”...

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Bill Maher brings "Real Time," and real talk to Northfield

http://www.southernminn.com/northfield_news/news/local/article_0acd58b8-a3d4-5734-8b1f-a60fe22a7bfa.html?mode=image&photo=1

Political satirist Bill Maher brought his “Real Time” panel presentation to Northfield on Tuesday evening in an attempt to “Flip A District.”

Guests on Maher’s panel included Ana Marie Cox, a political columnist for The Guardian; Matt Taibbi, author of “The Divide: American Injustice in the Age of the Wealth Gap”; mayor of Minneapolis Betsy Hodges; Katie Keifer, author of “Let Me Be Clear: Barack Obama’s War on Millennials”; University of Minnesota professor Steve Sviggum; and John Rouleau, executive director of the Minnesota Jobs Coalition...

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Twin Peaks and Its Modern Successors

http://www.denofgeek.us/tv/twin-peaks/239941/twin-peaks-and-its-modern-successors

With Twin Peaks set to return in 2016, we look at David Lynch’s magical, murderful town that left the airwaves, but stayed with the genre.

Twin Peaks has never left the public consciousness. TV has evolved, matured, and proliferated beyond belief, and in the midst of all of this innovation, there's still always a voice saying, "Oh, just like on Twin Peaks..." or, "This has such a Lynch-y vibe," or, "It's like Twin Peaks meets such-and-such." Television keeps moving along, but that quirky town full of secrets has continued to exist in the ether...

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W on Jeb Bush: 'I think he wants to be president'

http://www.oanow.com/apwire/news/national/article_e538aa4e-d37e-5f77-8ed0-a8af8c6f5fd8.html

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush wants to be president.
That's according to his brother, former President George W. Bush, who recently encouraged him to enter the 2016 presidential race during a private conversation at an event honoring veterans...

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Lindsey Graham: Army is smallest since 1940, Navy smallest since 1915

http://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/statements/2014/oct/05/lindsey-graham/lindsey-graham-army-smallest-1940-navy-smallest-19/

The United States has upped its operations in Iraq and Syria, but Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., says the military is shrinking.

On CNN’s State of the Union Sunday morning, Graham criticized President Barack Obama for what he said are "half-measures" in thwarting terrorist group the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria. While Obama has focused on avoiding sending in combat troops to the Middle East, Graham said up to 4,000 troops may be necessary...

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Why ISIS Is Gaining Ground – and So Hard to Beat

http://www.syriadeeply.org/articles/2014/10/6227/isis-gaining-ground-hard-beat/

Noah Bonsey, senior analyst with the International Crisis Group, gave us an in-depth explanation of why ISIS has had so much success in Syria and the challenges ahead for degrading its influence.

As of Thursday, the Islamic State (ISIS) had seized 40% of the strategic Syrian border town of Kobani, raising questions about the success of U.S.-led airstrikes meant to stem the group's advance. The U.N. warned that ISIS could massacre the remaining 500 people trapped in Kobani, while analysts said an ISIS victory there would destabilize both the border region and the Middle East at large...

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Kobani's fall would be symbolic setback for Obama Syria strategy

http://www.jpost.com/Middle-East/Kobanis-fall-would-be-symbolic-setback-for-Obama-Syria-strategy-378575

A US-led coalition has launched 50 strikes against militant positions around the city, most of those in the last four days.

It's not a particularly strategic location, the United States and its allies never pledged to defend it, and few people outside the region had even heard of it before this month...

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'Unrealistic to expect Turkey to act, air strikes not enough to finish IS in Syria'

http://zeenews.india.com/news/world/unrealistic-to-expect-turkey-to-act-air-strikes-not-enough-to-finish-is-in-syria_1482146.html

Ayn al-Arab: Despite US pressure urging it to act militarily, Turkey (which has sheltered the refugees from Syria), remains a mute spectator as the ISIS goes on slaughtering people just few kilometres away in Kobani.

The US has been pressing Turkey to do more and act militarily against ISIS to prevent the massacre but Turkey has so far done nothing besides stationing tanks on its border with Syria. Turkey has refused to act militarily in favour of Kurdish fighters as it considers them an extended part of PKK, which they have branded as a terrorist group. Turkish inaction over Syria comes despite a nod by its parliament last week, allowing military strikes against ISIS...

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