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  • #61
    At least parliament shot down an attempt to remove a 2 billion Euro dividends tax again, designed only to convince a handful of rich old white guys where to buy their mcmansions when working for Shell.


    • #62
      Is this sort of business news? Florida Republicans want to force businesses to protect white people's fee-fees. I thought it was the Onion, but no, here is an AP article:


      • Disciple of Fate
        Disciple of Fate commented
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        Its couched in 'accepting' language, but points 7 and 8 alone are utter tripe (page 2). It isn't spin, its right there in the bill.

        Page 4 section F is edging on historical revisionism.

        Some things should make you feel discomfort or unease, which is actually what this bill tries to legislate against.

        Teaching African American history sounds good, until you realize how page 2 combined with 'inflammatory' material can completely kneecap any sort of serious teaching. Compare it to how extensively they discuss the Holocaust teaching and everything around it and you realize the emptiness of the African American history section (it hilariously also just leaves the end of slavery as 'abolition', not the 'the requirement to have the bloodiest US war ever to end slavery').
        Last edited by Disciple of Fate; 01-19-2022, 05:29 PM.

      • SilverbackWookie
        SilverbackWookie commented
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        @Disciple of Fate
        Sorry I missed this.

        The ban here is not on instruction that CAUSES whites (or any race) to feel guilt or discomfort. The ban is on instruction that tells whites (or any race, color, sex, etc.) that they SHOULD feel guilt or discomfort on account of their race. Specifically, the law bans instruction that any individual “should feel discomfort, guilt, anguish, or any other form of psychological distress on account of his or her race, color, sex, or national origin.” I emphasize the word “should” because that is the main distinction.

        There is a meaningful distinction between banning instruction that MIGHT cause people anguish due to the color of their skin, and teaching them that they SHOULD feel anguish due to the color of their skin. The former teaching is a potential consequence of any teaching about our country’s history of racism. The latter teaching is un-American.

        A lot of smart pundits are getting this wrong too, but words have meanings and the distinction is quite clear here.

      • Disciple of Fate
        Disciple of Fate commented
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        Again though, that is not what points 7 and 8 say on page 2. You can't make people feel uncomfortable, talking about white supremacy and what white people did to AA in the US can easily fall afoul of point 7. A workplace workshop or instruction about microaggression or unknown racist views that people might hold can fall afoul of both 7 and 8. I'm sorry to say, but rascism and institutional racism was systemic in the US, it is almost impossible to not feel any sort of guilt or distress, because in the end most white people/families profited of this in some way or another. Their being white enabled them to reach places much harder to reach for those who weren't. The very idea that those concepts should not be discussed is laughable, but that is exactly the point behind 7 and 8.

        Don't be condescending with 'a lot of smart pundits', these points are dogwhistles in which 'should' is doing far more heavy lifting than what is implicated in the text. Nothing says the instruction is making them feel guilty, just that instructions shouldn't espouse or promote views which could lead to guilty feelings, which again given the pervasiveness of racism in US history, is basically an impossible task. 'Should' is in reference to people listening to said instruction feeling something, not in what the instruction is actually meant to do.
        Last edited by Disciple of Fate; 01-20-2022, 08:25 PM.

    • #63
      Seeing republicans trot out the MLK quotes reminds me of something Lenin wrote in State and Revolution.

      What is now happening to Marx’s theory has, in the course of history, happened repeatedly to the theories of revolutionary thinkers and leaders of oppressed classes fighting for emancipation. During the lifetime of great revolutionaries, the oppressing classes constantly hounded them, received their theories with the most savage malice, the most furious hatred and the most unscrupulous campaigns of lies and slander. After their death, attempts are made to convert them into harmless icons, to canonize them, so to say, and to hallow their names to a certain extent for the “consolation” of the oppressed classes and with the object of duping the latter, while at the same time robbing the revolutionary theory of its substance, blunting its revolutionary edge and vulgarizing it. Today, the bourgeoisie and the opportunists within the labor movement concur in this doctoring of Marxism. They omit, obscure, or distort the revolutionary side of this theory, its revolutionary soul. They push to the foreground and extol what is or seems acceptable to the bourgeoisie. All the social-chauvinists are now “Marxists” (don’t laugh!). And more and more frequently German bourgeois scholars, only yesterday specialists in the annihilation of Marxism, are speaking of the “national-German” Marx, who, they claim, educated the labor unions which are so splendidly organized for the purpose of waging a predatory war!


      • #64

        “No one wants to work”, but companies aren’t talking to people who want jobs.

        “We can’t afford to pay you what you want/need to live”, but companies are making record profits.

        “The government subsidies are making people not want to work”, but companies are making record profits because of government subsidies.

        I’m beginning to think that maybe it’s not the workers who are at fault here.


        • Bunnies
          Bunnies commented
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          If we just deregulate things a bit more, that's when it'll start getting good. Just a bit more deregulation

      • #65
        Forget America's Great Resignation. It's the Great Upgrade

        A record number of American workers quit their jobs last year — of the 68.9 million separations in 2021, 47.4 million jobs were left voluntarily.
        Despite a historic number of job openings, many of the workers who quit never looked for a new gig. Millions of people have left the labor force altogether — to take care of family, retire early, live on savings or otherwise reassess their lives in Covid.The challenge now is how to get them back. It won't be easy and it won't happen overnight.

        Here's the math from the economists at Goldman Sachs: Some 2.5 million people are missing from the workforce. About 800,000 of those have retired early, many supported by rising home equity and stock portfolios. That leaves 1.7 million people to entice back into the jobs market, many of them "prime age" workers with many years ahead of them in the job market.What's holding them back?

        "They have Covid-related concerns, they have a financial cushion, or their lifestyle has changed," Goldman economists wrote. "Some people are likely to come back if virus spread falls or antiviral pills reduce health risks, and others are likely to come back once they exhaust their savings."
        Goldman figures a million people will come back into the workforce this year, raising the labor force participation rate to a healthier but still substandard 62.6% by the end of the year. More workers will come back into the job market in the years ahead, the economists note.

        "Even so, the depressed participation rate implies that workers will be even harder to find than the unemployment rate suggests," the Goldman economists said.

        Harder to find and with a new perspective. It's safe to say people aren't coming back to the jobs, wages, and work-life balance they left. In fact, millions of those so-called "quitters" didn't leave the workforce at all — they upgraded.
        Can someone help me understand why we care so much if people come back to the workforce or not? It feels like a pressing concern for the ruling class, but no one else.


        • BranDawri
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          Tldr: Our wage slaves have run away and we want them back!

      • #66
        People are only allowed to be lazy and not work if they're rich.


        • #67
          My extremely limited understanding is the economic model we live under only works if it is constantly growing.


          • #68
            There were similar wails from the Republicans about the ACA that it might *gasp* allow people to retire instead of needing to work.


            • #69
              It looks like those poor people aren't poor enough!. I'm' sure the Republicans are on the case though.


              • #70
                This caught my eye this morning......

                Here's what happens when salary is actually included in job listings


                But a growing number of companies will soon be required by their local governments to disclose what they'll pay.A new law in New York City, for example, requires employers to include a salary range on job listings. The law, which goes into effect in May, applies to employers with four or more employees,andexcludes temporary staffing firms.
                "Our new law shines a light on pay inequity," Helen Rosenthal, a former City Council member and sponsor of the bill, told CNN in a statement last month. "Including pay ranges in job postings allows job seekers to determine whether they will be able to support themselves and their family when they apply for a job."


                • #71
                  About time, hiding the salary seems like such a waste of everyone's time because the worker already knows what they are going to accept. Like, I'm not going to take a day off and waste a few hours interviewing for somewhere that pays *less* than I make at the moment. Making me jump through hoops before telling me the salary and me laughing as I walk away isn't going to help anyone.
                  It will make some awkward conversations with existing staff when advertising for new roles, which is good.

                  I wonder how they'll list commission based salaries?


                  • #72
                    For all the right-wing talking points that a person is free to accept or reject any job and thus businesses don't need to be regulated at all...This just points out the disparity of power between employees and employers and helps to work to mitigate that. A step in the right direction.


                    • #73
                      This time, the business of selling guns.....

                      Families of Sandy Hook victims reach $73 million settlement with Remington


                      Families of victims killed in the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting have reached an agreement to settle a lawsuit against the company that made the murder weapon, for $73 million.

                      "These nine families have shared a single goal from the very beginning: to do whatever they could to help prevent the next Sandy Hook. It is hard to imagine an outcome that better accomplishes that goal," said Josh Koskoff, an attorney for the victims' families, in a statement on Tuesday.

                      According to Koskoff's law firm, Remington's four insurers have all agreed to pay the full amount of coverage available, which is the $73 million total. The gun-maker filed for bankruptcy in 2020, and its assets were sold off.


                      • #74
                        Toyota stops production in Japan after a cyberattack hits one of its suppliers


                        Toyota had to shut down production in Japan on Tuesday due to a "system failure" at one of its domestic suppliers.

                        The supplier — Kojima Industries, which provides plastic and other parts to Toyota — was apparently the victim of a cyberattack, according to multiple media reports. Toyota told NPR it could not comment on the details because the incident occurred at a supplier.

                        The suspected attack forced Toyota, one of the world's largest auto manufacturers, to suspend operations at 14 of its Japanese plants on Tuesday local time, affecting the production of about 13,000 vehicles.


                        • #75
                          Once again showing the fragility of modern just-in-time supply chains.