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Jul 31, 2015 - 5:50pm
The Volunteer Economy

I think that it is quite plain that there are many things that are not well served by a purely capitalist approach. These include health care, care of the elderly and, in particular, many socially valuable enterprises. In particular I have seen the slow and steady decline of community pubs, shops and libraries.  You see, they are simply not profitable.   Now that most people own cars, much of the trade simply gravitates to those large corporate sheds on the outskirts of town.   Or it gets spent on the Internet.   The local outlets for goods and entertainment just cannot compete.  The dynamics of the market are against them. Things are much cheaper as a result.  But much has been lost in the process.  In particular the countless daily interchanges between people.  …

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$15 / hour Minumum Wage?  Not these people...

Bernie Sanders, while promising to make higher wages law... does not pay all his staff even 15.  Some are paid less.   I guess he disagrees with his own claims.  Rusty Hicks, executive secretary-treasurer at the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO.Wants an exemptio…

Jul 29, 2015 - 11:10pm
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...when he said "(Imagine) there's no heaven, above us only sky". Monday I took a plane to Brussels to visit a friend, it had been a while I was flying, because I'm basically afraid of it. I mean, you sit there in that tiny seat, crammed into a sheet metal box that makes strange noises all the time,…

Jul 30, 2015 - 2:08pm
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This is the headline we should be seeing daily.…

An administrative judge recently handed down a stunning $605,250 fine against an employer for improperly completing its I-9s. The decision, U.S. v. Hartmann Studios, Inc. (OCAHO Case No. 14A00008, July 15, 2015), serves as a reminder that employers need to be taking I-9 compliance as seriously as th…

Jul 30, 2015 - 11:42am
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Douglas McAuthur McCain - The Twisted Radicalized…

Times of Israel, the New York Times and Al-Jazeera among others, carried today’s story about Douglas McAuthur McCain, the 33 year old convert to Islam jihadi who was killed in Syria. He hailed from New Hope, Minnesota. Yet again we have another jihadi in the drama of the return of the radicali…

Jul 31, 2015 - 10:42am
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Business and Fraud. 'Solutions' or Realities?

The densities of fraud: ‘behind enemy lines’ – where we should be! Online and corporate fraud remains a serious concern for global business and yet part of the problem in tackling the ever evolving nature of fraud comes from the very techniques and approaches used to prevent…

Jul 31, 2015 - 11:36am
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Humans, the only beasts?

Yesterday, I was reading two articles in De Volkskrant, a Dutch quality newspaper. Both where about humans, but there could not be a bigger differnce. In the first, a Kurd was talking. He was fled in 1998 to The Netherlands, afert his father, who left in 1996 because he was hunted by the Iraq…

Jul 29, 2015 - 4:56am
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Words spoken by Hillary Clinton during her 1995 speech at the United Nations 4th World Conference on Women in Beijing, China. 20 Years on ... Are we there yet? Apparently not: we still read about gender inequality, non-existing equal opportunities and - more latent - biased, male-orientated p…

Jul 28, 2015 - 11:55am
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Trump: Finally One of the Best and Brightest Steps…

Now I know that dreams can come true and miracles do happen. Donald Trump has suddenly emerged from out of nowhere and, like a shooting star, is streaking across America.I have, for some time now, been talking about the best and brightest Americans that are out there somewhere but, in America…

Jul 30, 2015 - 7:55pm
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Proof: Obamacare is a Bottomless Money Pit

Obama's own internal accounting group (GAO) released an audit showing rampant waste & fraud. (Washington, D.C.) – Today, Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW) expressed outrage over the latest Government Accountability Office (GAO) report on the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) …

Jul 29, 2015 - 11:45am
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Intentionally Shortening Lives of Patients without…

Since the enactment of the Belgian Euthanasia Act in 2002, biannual reports are published by the Belgian Federal Control and Evaluation Commission, established by the government in September 2002 and tasked to monitor the law’s application. Euthanasia in Belgium is defined as the intentional t…

Jul 31, 2015 - 5:23am
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Should Property Managers In New York State Need A…

Here's one that I haven't yet seen tackled on LinkedIn. Property management, particularly in the New York City metro area, is a highly specialized field that handles tremendous, valuable assets. The barrier to entry into our field is pretty low, with a number of fly-by-night companies and inexperien…

Jul 31, 2015 - 3:24pm
Dr. Treekenstein, an exerpt

I recently published a free short novella, 35 pages, on smashwords.The book is a science fiction and set 3.5 million years from now. Its a flash fiction anachronistic satirical look at Rockefeller environmentalism, the corporate media, the nature of propaganda and the knowledge of good and evil. Its…

Jul 31, 2015 - 6:40pm
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ERIC GARNER 1 year ago Strip Searched by NYPD writ…

 At 1pm a crowd gathered at the Staten Island Ferry terminal in lower Manhattan for the 1 year anniversary of the murder of Eric Garner by NYPD and are wondering why and when there will be Justice. The Garner family accepted an offer of $5.9 million to call of their law suit against the city …

Jul 30, 2015 - 8:32am
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And Lucifer stole the show in Paradise lost, too

Cross posted from Pruning Shears.I learned a bit of largely unknown history this week thanks to Justin Gifford's piece on Robert "Iceberg Slim" Beck, a writer who drew on his many years' experience on the wrong side of the law to pen a series of lurid novels. His autobiography Pimp: The Story…

Jul 30, 2015 - 6:50am
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Women want to be a Techie Not Tradie, too Tacky?

 Lady tradies tired of wearing unflattering men’s work gear have designed their own range of sexy work wearRead more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2967915/Lady-tradies-tired-wearing-unflattering-men-s-work-gear-designed-range-sexy-work-wear.html#ixzz3hNmPzerY Equ…

Jul 30, 2015 - 10:49pm
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Sport is losing (us)

Life and the social business of life is an ever evolving drama. That is an acceptable and required state; what however it evolves into is contestable and potentially damaging.For the nature of this article I’d like to focus on the theme of sport and how corporate dominance is beginning to tea…

Jul 30, 2015 - 11:34am
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How to ensure Prosperity

Rise of the Middle Class    The Middle Class are the backbone of society. Seems cliché; however, it’s true. When the Middle Class have discretionary income they buy more. They invest in their education. This has the effect of driving down costs in all markets creating an econom…

Jul 29, 2015 - 4:37am
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Justice Scalia's Interpretive Jiggery Pokery Of Th…

Jon Stewart is a comedian by trade. Increasingly, his insight and commentary is brilliant. From the follies of Donald Trump, to the lunacy of Fox News, to calling out Jeb Bush and Rick Santorum for their absurd rejections to climate change and Pope Francis' recent commentary,  Stewart continues…

Jul 29, 2015 - 10:55am
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How Many Conservative Clowns Can You Stuff Into A…

That’s a difficult question but let’s try. I once heard someone once say that there is no limit to how many of them you can pack in that tiny car but, then again, logic would say that it all depends on how big they are. In any case, based on the latest count, there are now 15 Republicans…

Jul 26, 2015 - 2:37pm
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Trump Grumps

Hmmm… I wonder if it is a good idea to begin a column with a stupid question?Clearly, many real writers ask rhetorical questions some of which are so obviously rhetorical as to appear stupid, but what about the brazenly stupid question? Oh well, in for a penny in for a pound. Let’…

Jul 27, 2015 - 11:35am
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My, How We Creatures Who Were Created Equal Have B…

In the beginning and at the end of life, people are equal. Birth and death are non-respecters of age, sex, nationality, status, or wealth and have always been the bookends of life. What happens between the beginning and end is anything but equal.  Even a casual look reveals that some peop…

Jul 28, 2015 - 6:08am
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Failure is bad

Picture:  King Canute revealing the epic fail of one of his courtiers.  Americans have serious issues with responsibility.  A recent post from Ray Bradbury offers a fine example, one of many.  Life and business, it seems, are games and failure is good because practice ma…

Jul 29, 2015 - 11:34am
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