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“I think America is out of hand”: The shocking numbers that reveal just how burnt out American workers are

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  • Productivity has exploded in the American workforce in recent years, but at a terrible cost
  • To Check Power of Greedy Bosses, Workers Need to Bargain in New Ways

Matt Saccaro, Salon

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Monday, Jun 29, 2015 |  The American worker is overworked, underpaid, and suffering from severe burnout.

This sentiment isn’t populist rhetoric, there are numbers to back it up. A new study from Staples Advantage and WorkPlaceTrends — an HR-focused research firm — polled over 2,500 workers and reached troubling results. According to the data, 53 percent of American workers report feeling burned out at work.

 

With current working conditions, it’s easy to see why. A 2012 study concluded smartphones and tablets enable employers to further colonize a worker’s time to the tune of two extra hours a day since they can be reached at all hours. In 2014, Gallup estimated the typical American workweek was 47 hours, not 40; the American worker was toiling for almost a full extra day. Of the workers this recent study polled, more than half worked a day longer than eight hours.

Matt Saccaro: Assistant Social Media Editor at Salon

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To Check Power of Greedy Bosses, Workers Need to Bargain in New Ways, Sarita Gupta, the American Prospect 

  • When workers' power is diminished and people’s voices are shut out of the workplace, job quality and job standards suffer.
  • Across the board, most bosses are looking out for their own bottom line, not ours.
  • Right-to-work laws are union-hating Republican's weapon of choice

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Democrats Are Selling Out Both People and Planet

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  • If we want different outcomes, we must look to Main Street, not Wall Street. If we want new leaders, we have to look to ourselves.
  • "When it comes to the fight for people and the planet, almost just isn’t good enough."
  • The American pseudo-left and the Democratic Party

Jacob Swenson-Lengyel, Jessica Juarez Scruggs, Common Dreams

people_profits.jpg?itok=h1Qa465tThough progressives fought hard against the advancement of Fast Track in Congress, "almost" defeating it simply isn't good enough. "We cannot rest content to reinforce the barricades," write the authors, "we must climb the walls and mount our own attacks." (Photo: National People's Action/flickr)

Wednesday, June 24, 2015 | On Tuesday, the Senate narrowly advanced a bill giving President Barack Obama—and the next president—"Fast Track" or Trade Promotion Authority to ram through the Trans Pacific Partnership with almost no democratic oversight. The vote is a major victory for multinational corporations and the global one percent. While hundreds of unelected, unaccountable corporate big-wigs literally wrote the rules that will shape our global economy in coming years, our democratically-elected leaders will only be allowed an up-or-down vote on the final agreement. Congress, in essence, has just written the corporate elite a giant blank check.

The vote was a big defeat, that much cannot be denied. But the fight over fast track shows the growing power of populist progressives. Millions of Americans raised their voices and demanded Congress put people and planet before corporate profits. Thousands wrote letters, made calls, and marched in the street. Hundreds of organizations, from grassroots community organizers to environmental groups to unions to food safety activists and internet freedom groups, pushed Congressional leaders to stand by their constituents. Barack Obama and the Republicans were expecting a slam dunk but they had to use every play in the book to squeak through the corporate agenda. What seemed like a foregone conclusion a few months ago passed by just one vote in both the House and the Senate.

Jacob Swenson-Lengyel is a writer and organizer living in Chicago. He is the Communications Lead at National People's Action and National People's Action Campaign.

Jessica Juarez Scruggs, is a Seattle-based writer and policy strategist.  She is currently the Policy and Campaigns Associate for National People's Action and National People's Action Campaign. She has spent her career working on issues including immigration reform, citizenship, voting  rights, workers rights and LGBTQ rights.

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The American pseudo-left and the Democratic Party, TGP Staff, The Greanville Post

  • After eight years of endless war and continued attacks on democratic rights and living standards by the Obama administration, the Democratic Party is becoming more widely recognized as a ruthless a force for war and inequality. The upper-middle class “left” is being called in to prevent workers and young people from drawing the necessary conclusion that the Democratic Party is an organ of Wall Street and the Pentagon, and that a revolutionary party of the working class must be built.
  • America's Electoral Farce

 

 

Breaking through Americans’ Dumbed Down Layers of Deception and Denial

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  • All these years later, it’s time for the misinformed, misled American population to finally smarten up once and for all and recognize that all life on planet earth is in very serious and grave danger now. Most of the world’s known this tragic reality for a long time as victims of the US Empire’s brutality. The very future survival of the human species hangs in the balance. It depends on us throwing off the shackles of ignorance that’s enslaved us, and as informed, committed, mindful and empowered citizens of the world to come together in solidarity to advance human evolution rather than allow it to be extinguished by a handful of criminal killer psychopaths.
  • New Study Finds the U.S. Is Not a Democracy

Joachim Hagopian, Global Research

american_oligarchy.jpgMarch 31, 2015 | A decade ago the late great comedian George Carlin saw what America had turned into:

"Politicians are put there to give you the idea that you have freedom of choice. You don’t. You have no choice. You have owners. They own you. They own everything. They own all the important land. They own and control the corporations. They’ve long since bought and paid for the Senate, the Congress, the state houses, the city halls. They got the judges in their back pockets and they own all the big media companies, so they control just about all of the news and information you get to hear. They got you by the balls. They spend billions of dollars every year lobbying. Lobbying to get what they want. Well, we know what they want – they want more for themselves and less for everybody else. But I’ll tell you what they don’t want – they don’t want well-informed, well-educated people capable of critical thinking… They want obedient workers, people who are just smart enough to run the machines and do the paperwork. And just dumb enough to passively accept all these increasingly shittier jobs with the lower pay, the longer hours, the reduced benefits, the end of overtime and vanishing pension that disappears the minute you go to collect it. And now they’re coming for your Social Security money. They want your fuckin’ retirement money. They want it back so they can give it to their criminal friends on Wall Street. And you know something? They’ll get it. They’ll get it all from you sooner or later ’cause they own this fuckin’ place. It’s a big club and you ain’t in it. You and I are not in the big club…

"The table is tilted folks. The game is rigged and nobody seems to notice … nobody seems to care. That’s what the owners count on. They don’t give a fuck about you. They don’t care about you at all! The fact that Americans will probably remain willfully ignorant of the big red, white and blue dick that’s being jammed up their assholes every day, because the owners of this country know the truth … It’s called the American Dream, ’cause you have to be asleep to believe it."

Joachim Hagopian is a West Point graduate and former US Army officer. He has written a manuscript based on his unique military experience entitled “Don’t Let The Bastards Getcha Down.”

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New Study Finds the U.S. Is Not a Democracy, Natasha Hakimi Zapata, Truthdig

  • So What Is It?
  • Bill Moyers Essay: The End Game for Democracy
  • Noam Chomsky | U.S. Politics Are Now 'Pure Savagery'

Now the truth emerges: how the US fuelled the rise of Isis in Syria and Iraq

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The sectarian terror group won’t be defeated by the western states that incubated it in the first place.

Seumas Milne, Guardian



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Wednesday 3 June 2015 | The war on terror, that campaign without end launched 14 years ago by George Bush, is tying itself up in ever more grotesque contortions. On Monday the trial in London of a Swedish man, Bherlin Gildo, accused of terrorism in Syria, collapsed after it became clear British intelligence had been arming the same rebel groups the defendant was charged with supporting.

The prosecution abandoned the case, apparently to avoid embarrassing the intelligence services. The defence argued that going ahead withthe trial would have been an “affront to justice” when there was plenty of evidence the British state was itself providing “extensive support” to the armed Syrian opposition.

Seumas Milne is a Guardian columnist and associate editor. He was the Guardian's comment editor from 2001 to 2007 after working for the paper as a general reporter and labour editor. He has reported for the Guardian from the Middle East, eastern Europe, Russia, south Asia and Latin America. He previously worked for the Economist and is the author of The Enemy Within and The Revenge of History and co-author of Beyond the Casino Economy.

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Media Behaving Badly- The Confederate Battle Flag Story, June 26, 2015

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  • "The biases the media has are much bigger than conservative or liberal. They're about getting ratings, about making money, about doing stories that are easy to cover." --Al Franken
  • Part 1: 10 Stories the Media Missed While Obsessing Over the Confederate Flag
  • Part 2: How the Entire Country Bought the Government’s Confederate Flag Ploy

Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest



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Part 1: 10 Stories the Media Missed While Obsessing Over the Confederate Flag

The media disrespected the victims of the Charleston shooting by blaming it on the Confederate flag, they also “forgot” to report these 10 stories.

Naji Dahi, Anti-Media

ConfederateCut-160x160.jpgJune 25, 2015 | A common technique the media employs when covering news is the “feeding frenzy.” The dictionary defines feeding frenzy as “a period of intense excitement over or interest in a person or thing: the media erupt into a feeding frenzy.” The Bill Clinton sex scandal of the late 90’s is one example. Other classic cases from the 1950’s to the 1990’s are highlighted by the Washington Post—which has not updated the section since the 1990’s. Had they done so, they might have included many recent cases highlighted here and here.

The media is at it again, but this time the subject of the frenzy is the Confederate flag of South Carolina and other Confederate emblems used by Southern states. Not only has the Confederate flag media frenzy diluted the issue of white supremacy and racism surrounding the Charleston shooting, the coverage has also taken over the airwaves and crowded out other stories that are equally deserving of discussion. So below are ten of the top stories that the media has missed during this frenzy.

Naji Dahi is a Fullerton College political science Professor.

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Part 2: How the Entire Country Bought the Government’s Confederate Flag Ploy

Claire BernishAnti-Media

June 24, 2015 | There is no question that the deaths of nine black churchgoers in Charleston at the hands of a white man picked the scab on America’s institutionalized psychopathy with race—and justifiably so.

But what happened next—beginning with South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley’s decision to take down the Confederate flag from its 50 year tenure on statehouse grounds—was a textbook example of a diversionary trap used by governments the world over.

Claire Bernish: author at the Anti-Media and the Subversive Pen

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