Work, Dignity and Living Wages?

Fast food workers plan surprise strike

  1. A strong union.
  2. Corporations that understand the social contract.
  3. Corporations that know a tad smaller profit here contributes to more dignity throughout society.
  4. Corporations that recognize the value of unions.
  5. The living wage in Vancouver this year is $20.10, almost double the minimum wage.
  6. The “precariat” are precarious proletariats. We have too many of them; but fewer in Denmark!
  7. Let’s follow their lead!

What Danish fast food workers have that their American counterparts do not is a powerful union, and fast food franchise owners who are willing to make a little less of a profit, though they still do make a profit. Denmark is also a much smaller country, with a higher cost of living and a huge social safety net. And yes, a fast food burger is a little more expensive in Denmark than here in America.

Martin Drescher, the general manager of HMSHost Denmark, the airport restaurants operator, told the Times: “We have to acknowledge it’s more expensive to operate. But we can still make money out of it — and McDonald’s does, too. Otherwise, it wouldn’t be in Denmark.”

He also said: “The company doesn’t get as much profit, but the profit is shared a little differently. We don’t want there to be a big difference between the richest and poorest, because poor people would just get really poor. We don’t want people living on the streets. If that happens, we consider that we as a society have failed.”

Can you imagine?

Burger King and McDonald’s Pay Fast Food Workers $20 an Hour in Denmark | Alternet.

On Ghomeshi

Years ago, in the house of a queer friend from Atlantic Canada, I joked about Jian Ghomeshi and how he rudely and aggressively hit on her once. She laughed, I laughed, we laughed. She was queer – I thought he was queer. It was comedic gold. I didn’t think anything about it, and I sort of thought it was one of those “flaws” that celebrities have. I didn’t think twice about it.

I lived in Toronto. Used to joke with female friends about going and seeing George Strombolopolous’ show, because he was kind of funny. And I was from Vancouver, so seeing something at the CBC would be cool. I think I even invited my partner there once. Occasionally, I’d hear comments about Jian and his creepiness, and my brain would connect this back to my friend, and her story. But I didn’t think twice about it.

I’ll admit I used to really enjoy Jian’s “well, hello there” that he started the show with. I’m a white man; I have lots of privilege – I didn’t think about how that was pretty much an embodiment of his creepiness. His “Happy Tuesday.” I didn’t think twice about it.

Now I read that he would beat women, and then the next day text them – “Happy Thursday.” The idea of his voice makes me sick to my stomach.

I only wish I had thought twice about these interconnected rumours, these stories I’d heard from Newfoundland and from Toronto and Vancouver. But I didn’t, because privilege blinds.

Thank you to the women who have stepped forward and shared their stories. And I think twice about the courage and strength that it takes to do that. And that Ghomeshi is but one case of hundreds of thousands and millions that happen and continue to happen.

We all need to think twice. Especially those of us blinded by privilege.

How the Corporate Media Misleads Us, Intentionally

So, here’s Forbes magazine telling us that the majority of scientists are skeptical about global warming.

Hmmm. Well that’s news, for sure.

Except it’s a lie.

As a phrase, I’d be somewhat more interested in “climate change” or “climate breakdown,” but that’s not all that significant compared to the MASSIVE LIE IN THEIR HEADLINE! <echo> <echo> <echo>: “Peer-Reviewed Survey Finds Majority Of Scientists Skeptical Of Global Warming Crisis“.

Here’s what they don’t tell us:

The survey was of petroleum industry scientists and engineers.

Do you think there MAY be some bias here?

They even link to the study, but they don’t report the most important element that erodes most of its credibility: their horribly skewed sample. And if you can find any Forbes apology or retraction or clarification about this lying piece of spin, I’d love to see it, because I can’t find it.

Ladies and gentlemen, submitted for your approval, our friends, the corporate media:

<cue applause sign>

Peer-Reviewed Survey Finds Majority Of Scientists Skeptical Of Global Warming Crisis

It is becoming clear that not only do many scientists dispute the asserted global warming crisis, but these skeptical scientists may indeed form a scientific consensus.

via Peer-Reviewed Survey Finds Majority Of Scientists Skeptical Of Global Warming Crisis – Forbes.

Welcome, Dropping Oil Prices!

So, expensive oil made the tarsands and LNG more financially attractive if not climate-destroying.

We know this because…science! Unless you are a science-denier.

But even with and prices AND demand dropping, we are seeing the makings of a real flattening of long-term stability in demand that can fundamentally undermine the BC Liberal Party’s ignorance-embracing lust for LNG, fracking, oil, gas and coal.

If you want to see what resilience looks like, and how the global carbon energy market is going to poke holes in the BC Liberal Party’s science-rejecting, short-sighted energy policy, read this piece below, and sign up for daily emails from Resilience.org:

1/4 of all bitumen mining projects lose money when oil drops below $80 a barrel.

http://www.resilience.org/stories/2014-10-27/andrew-nikiforuk-breaks-down-the-global-oil-price-slump

Who Just Lost 63 Trillion Gallons of Water?

A few weeks ago, we saw that the California drought is going to increase BC’s food prices through the rest of the decade.

Scientists know things. This isn’t news to them.

They know we have burned too many fossil fuels so that the climate is changing.

The pine beetle has killed much of BC’s forests because winters haven’t been cold enough to kill them.

This week BC’s coast has experienced the remnants of a Tropical Storm Ana. So, that’s new.

California is becoming more of a desert, leading to increasing wild fires and more droughts.

These are the effects scientists have said would happen.

The BC Liberal Party, however, continues to reject science as if they were merely uneducated or blind with greed, despite having several scientists and doctors among their MLAs. Any cognitive dissonance?

They want to extract and sell as much fossil fuels as they can, so people can burn it instead of creating the post-carbon energy infrastructure of wind, solar, tidal, geothermal, and smarter hydro.

They want to ground the provincial government’s budget around the dirty money that comes from carbon-based fuels.

They want all the oil, gas and coal out of the ground fast so it can be burned for cash, thereby exacerbating climate breakdown.

And they want to flood more farmland for the Site C dam, which is NOT smart hydro, as if our food security weren’t already in peril. Let alone all the townhouses, golf courses and container parking lots covering our ALR lands.

This is not leadership.

This is corruption, greed, short-sightedness, ignorance and the most shameful government policies I’ve seen in my life.

If you still support the BC Liberal Party’s rejection of science, you are as foolish and ignorant as they are.

The Los Angeles Times reported California’s three largest reservoirs are at roughly 30 percent capacity. Other reservoirs are doing better — far better than the statewide average of 41 percent in 1997, when a devastating drought struck the state, said Ted Thomas, spokesman for the California Department of Water Resources.

As of last week Lake Oroville, one of California’s largest reservoirs, was at only 32 percent of its capacity. That’s pretty close to a record low.

The pairs of photographs below show the stark difference at Lake Oroville between 2011 and 2014.

 

California’s drought: What losing 63 trillion gallons of water looks like – The Washington Post.

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