The National Labor Relations Board ruled that a small group of cosmetics and fragrance workers at a Macy’s store in Saugus, Mass. can be organized separately from other employees.
The Wall Street Journal
It’s never been easy bein’ a labor organizer, but right now it’s never been harder.
Private sector union membership has dropped through the roof, or maybe I…Continue
He [Eichmann] began by stating emphatically that he was a Gottglaubiger, to express in common Nazi fashion that he was no Christian and did not believe in life after death. He then proceeded: “After a short while, gentlemen, we shall all meet again. Such is the fate of all men. Long live Germany, long live Argentina; long live Austria. …
They’re at it again,” my wife said with concern.
I looked up and…Continue
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Podcasts have returned, healthy now, from a few weeks' cyber-convalescence .
I screwed the top back on the bottle of J.T.S. Brown bourbon I kept in my desk drawer at Mass. Gastrointestinal Hospital, or “Mass Gas” as it is more commonly known, and stared out the window at the thin sliver of the Charles River I could see from my decidedly unprestigious office.…Continue
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The kids are getting older–they’re in high school now–and with summer jobs and college campus visits, every year it’s harder to squeeze in the special family time of aggravation and bickering we used to experience during summer vacations.
“We need to get away and just do it,” my wife said. “Someplace far, like the west coast.”…Continue
Because patriotism has come to mean, for far too many of the hopelessly brainless, stockpiling as many weapons as we can, most in Congress would buy new, idiotically expensive weapons systems no matter the cost, no matter the quality, even without daily threats…
It isn’t every day I get to have lunch with a Nobel Prize-winning author. More frequently than I see Haley’s Comet, which last came through my neighborhood in 1986, and isn’t expected back for another 50 years, but still, it’s a big deal.…Continue
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Kinda reminds me of ole G.W.in full regalia aboard the carrier in front of the "Mission Accomplished"…
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I am a Seal Woman, and my name is Sabine. I’ve been here for three generations, riding the waves on the sea and nesting in crags on the rocky shore. I live with the seals, who regard me as a strange little girl, but they are accepting. Once, I was a woman: a captain’s wife, taken out to sea on a fishing boat…Continue
It was the form letter that sent me over the edge. “Thank you for submitting your poem to plangent voices,” it began. “Please excuse the form letter, but due to the volume of god-awful submissions that we receive, we do not have the time to crush the spirit of each writer personally.”…Continue
The Daily Kos shares yet one more piece of evidence suggesting that a job requirement for Republican office holders is the ability to make up absolute rubbish and call it science, especially when the lunacy has to do with sexuality, rape, lgbt citizens.…
In my art studio were six identical square wooden IKEA stools.
I got them five years ago when I started giving art classes, and they have served well. They are sturdy, stable, and utilitarian. I paid about fifteen dollars apiece for them. Over time the surfaces have gotten a bit nicked and scratched and subject to the rough treatment small children dish out. There were even some scribbles and sketches and graffiti applied, despite the abundance of paper and drawing materials…Continue
Just ask Alice, she'll tell you.....never chase a white rabbit because you just might disappear down a rabbit hole and then no telling where you'll end up. Never was this truism brought home to me like it was this morning.
The day began like all the others here on Almosta Ranch, with Mel and I headed out to the barn early to beat the heat and get all the critters fed before breakfast. However today was about to prove…Continue
Mike Jerrod spent the night with the Baroud family and brooded about what to do. He was reluctant to allow Youssef to assume the risk of transporting the cylinders to Sour. He was even more reluctant to put them on a small fishing boat in the Mediterranean with people he didn’t know. Youssef’s cousin would likely end up in the hands of the Israeli Navy and Mike didn’t know if Jean Levy’s network of contacts reached into the military. Then there were the possibilities of complete…Continue
The wife is out of town this weekend, an opportunity for me to catch up with an old friend whose idea of a good time is, to put it mildly, not shared by the distaff half of my joint tax return. He goes by a lot of names; the ancient Egyptians called him Osiris, the Greeks referred to him as Orgia, Panegyres and Dionysus, the Romans called him Bacchus. In the American vernacular, he is perhaps best-known by that all-purpose monicker “Mad Dog.”
Dionysus: “Hit me…
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