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  • Obama Calls Nation's Top Earners 'Society's Lottery Winners'

    05/18/2015 11:23:35 AM PDT · by lbryce · 28 replies
    Fox News ^ | May 1, 2015 | Staff
    Video:Obama Calls nation's Top Earners "Lottery Winners" The president suggesting that the super successful in this country are super lucky like lotto winners. Obama:If you've got a business, you didn't build that,somebody else made that happen.
  • Scott Walker Wants to Make His Signature Wisconsin Issue a National Policy Fight

    05/06/2015 1:31:25 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 16 replies
    IJReview ^ | May 6, 2015 | Frank Camp
    Gov. Scott Walker wants to make the most public fight of his administration a national issue should he run for president. In an interview with Radio Iowa, the Wisconsin Republican made the case for a national “right to work” law: “As much as I think the federal government should get out of most of what it’s in right now, I think establishing fundamental freedoms for the American people is a legitimate thing and that would be something that would provide that opportunity in the other half of America to people who don’t have those opportunities today.”Currently, twenty-five states have right-to-work...
  • The death of the 40-hour workweek

    05/02/2015 3:48:34 AM PDT · by Dallas59 · 60 replies
    CNN ^ | April 30, 2015 | CNN
    When you're hired for a full-time job, the understanding is that you'll put in at least a 40-hour workweek. The expectation -- especially for salaried employees who don't qualify for overtime -- is that you'll put in more to ensure your projects get done. Or because the boss needs something at the last minute.
  • On the Lost Justice of the “Sabbath Rest”

    03/27/2015 7:34:52 AM PDT · by Salvation · 10 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 03-26-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    On the Lost Justice of the “Sabbath Rest” By: Msgr. Charles PopeSome of us who are older remember that Sundays were once quiet in downtown; in shopping areas, parking lots were empty. Most businesses were closed and few people had to work on Sundays. Surely there were exceptions, such as medical personnel, emergency workers, and those who ran essential services like power plants. But for most, Sunday was a day off. And although the biblical Sabbath was Saturday, in a largely Christian nation Sunday was the “Sabbath” day of rest.In those days, Church was in the morning and then it was...
  • If Greedy Employers Discriminate by Paying Women Less, Why Don't They Hire a Lot More of Them?

    04/22/2015 10:05:46 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 17 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 4/21/2015 | Dr. Antony Davies
    The claim that women make less than men is one of those claims that is true but not in the way that people want you to believe. The true part is that women earn less than men. The untrue part, and this is the piece union leaders would like you to believe, is that women with the same work history, the same educations, and working in the same fields as men earn less than men. The earnings data is quite clear that this is simply not true. What does all this mean? It means that the (very real) male-female wage...
  • Maine's Republican governor renews welfare-reform push

    04/10/2015 5:08:58 AM PDT · by Leep · 12 replies
    Reuters ^ | Mon Apr 6, 2015 | leep
    Maine Governor Paul LePage on Monday revived legislation to crack down on welfare fraud, making good on a 2014 campaign promise to tighten restrictions on the state's public assistance programs and help speed the transition from "welfare to work." LePage's bill would require applicants for Temporary Assistance for Needy Families to apply for three jobs before receiving state aid, while prohibiting use of electronic benefit cards to purchase tobacco, liquor, tattoos, lottery tickets or to pay for bail.
  • How Do We Get Those Able to Work Off of Disability?

    04/09/2015 4:44:28 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 48 replies
    National Review ^ | 04/09/2015 | by ROMINA BOCCIA
    With the Social Security disability-insurance (SSDI) program heading toward insolvency before the end of next year, lawmakers are looking for reforms to help individuals with disabilities but the capacity to work to return to work. Why it is so hard to get them to do so? Olga Khazan explores the question in a new piece in The Atlantic. Even those awarded benefits for a temporary condition tend to stay on Social Security for the rest of their lives. It’s a tough but urgent question. The disability program has seen tremendous growth in both costs and the number of beneficiaries in...
  • This Is What Happened When Maine Forced Welfare Recipients To Work For Their Benefits

    04/08/2015 5:30:14 PM PDT · by Jack Hydrazine · 60 replies
    US Herald.com ^ | 4APR2015 | Staff Writer
    Maine finally took a bold step forward in welfare reform and it’s paying huge dividends. Last year Maine passed a measure that would require recipients of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, otherwise known as SNAP, to complete a certain number of work, volunteer, or job-training hours before being eligible for assistance. Main Governor Paul LaPage passed the measure last year and the resulting drop in food-stamp enrollees has been dramatic. At the close of 2014 approximately 12,000 individuals were enrolled in the state assistance program. Keep in mind that these individuals are adults who aren’t disabled and who don’t have...
  • Dismembering the Sabbath in Wisconsin

    03/21/2015 2:27:34 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 36 replies
    Washington Monthly ^ | March 20, 2015 2:50 PM | Ed Kilgore
    You’d think Wisconsin Republicans would reward themselves with some rest after pulling off—via a great deal of misdirection from Scott Walker—the enactment of a southern-style “right to work” law banning union shop agreements reached via voluntary free-market contract negotiations. But no: as The Nation’s Moshe Marvit explains, Badger State GOPers are back with a bill to revoke the right to a day off after seven days of labor. The new bill, which is being sponsored by Republican Van Wanggaard in the State Senate alongside [Rep. Mark] Born in the Assembly, would add a provision to the “day of rest” law...
  • You May Be Forced to Wear a Fitness Tracker at Work

    03/13/2015 2:26:32 AM PDT · by Libloather · 33 replies
    Newsmax ^ | 3/12/15 | Nick Tate
    Millions of Americans are embracing health and fitness tracking devices — such as Fitbit and the new Apple Watch — to boost their health and wellness. But a new study suggests a potential downside of the new med-tech devices: Employers may begin to require them for some workers to hold down rising healthcare costs. MarketWatch reports that millions of the devices are expected to be introduced into the workplace by 2018 as employers adopt incentivized wellness programs to tackle rising health care costs, according to a study by Verizon Enterprise Solutions. “Tracker information will become part of your health record,”...
  • The Right-to-Work Fight You Aren't Hearing About [in New Mexico]

    03/10/2015 2:38:55 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 30 replies
    National Journal ^ | March 10, 2015 | Eric Garcia
    ..Tamara Kay, a professor in the sociology department at the University of New Mexico, criticized right-to-work laws as "kindergarten math."Much of the focus on fights over right-to-work laws has been on Rust Belt states like Michigan, Indiana, and now Wisconsin, as its governor and likely presidential candidate Scott Walker signed a right-to-work bill Monday. But there's also a high stakes showdown underway in New Mexico. Late last month, the state's House of Representatives passed a right-to-work bill, setting up a face-off with the Senate, which could raise the profile of Republican Gov. Susana Martinez, positioning her as a Walker-esque rising...
  • Scott Walker to sign right-to-work bill Monday at Badger Meter

    03/08/2015 8:04:38 PM PDT · by Monitor · 51 replies
    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel ^ | March 8, 2015 | Lee Bergquist
    Gov. Scott Walker will sign so-called right-to-work legislation on Monday morning at Badger Meter in Brown Deer after the Assembly passed the measure Friday morning following almost 24 hours of debate. The measure bans labor contracts that would make it mandatory for workers to pay union fees. The legislation zoomed into play this year, pushed by GOP legislators, after Walker brushed aside the issue as a distraction during his re-election campaign last year.
  • Why Does Income Inequality Exist? An Economic and Biblical Explanation

    02/17/2015 4:11:41 PM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 15 replies
    The Bible speaks at length about our uniqueness. We are created in God’s image and are matchless, just like a snowflake. We are also commanded to use our unique combination of skills and abilities to glorify God and serve others. Our unique skills allow us to make a special contribution to the world we live in, not just in the church or on the mission field, but through our work. Because we are uniquely created, we are endowed by Christ with a specific set of gifts. We can further the Kingdom of Christ by knowing our gifts and pursuing them...
  • Jeb Bush: We Must ‘Dramatically Expand’ Immigrants Coming to Work

    02/04/2015 2:59:54 PM PST · by Enlightened1 · 128 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 2/4/15 | Pam Key
    Wednesday at the Detroit Economic Club, former Gov. Jeb Bush (R-FL) said to “create high, sustained economic growth,” we need to “dramatically expand immigrants that are coming to work.”
  • ‘Poor people don’t plan long-term. We’ll just get our hearts broken’

    01/26/2015 12:46:36 AM PST · by CorporateStepsister · 45 replies
    The Guardian ^ | Sunday 21 September 2014 | Linda Tirado
    In the autumn of 2013 I was in my first term of school in a decade. I had two jobs; my husband, Tom, was working full-time; and we were raising our two small girls. It was the first time in years that we felt like maybe things were looking like they’d be OK for a while. After a gruelling shift at work, I was unwinding online when I saw a question from someone on a forum I frequented: Why do poor people do things that seem so self-destructive? I thought I could at least explain what I’d seen and how...
  • How to Work: The Most Important Self-Reliance Skill Ever

    01/14/2015 6:21:11 AM PST · by TurboZamboni · 16 replies
    Mother Erf ^ | February/March 2015 | Steve Maxwell
    Few other dreamers I’ve known have managed to fulfill their ambitions. In my experience, most dreams don’t die because of a lack of practical homesteading skills or passion, but rather become casualties of the failure of knowing to work efficiently to get enough of the right kind of work done. Bills pile up, gardens don’t get planted, roofs continue to leak, enthusiasm wanes. The cause of these problems often goes unrecognized until passion is cold, relationships frazzled and finances exhausted. Knowing how to work efficiently on a homestead where you are your own boss requires a specific skill set that...
  • Interview Insider: How to Get Hired at Planned Parenthood (BARF)

    01/03/2015 6:40:40 PM PST · by Morgana · 14 replies
    cosmopolitan ^ | Jan 1, 2015 | Heather Wood
    Planned Parenthood is the nation's largest provider of reproductive health care and sex education, and it's often on the front lines of political debates surrounding abortion access and health care legislation. Working at the nonprofit organization requires a certain level of passion for these rights, says Gaitre Lorick, a senior human resources officer at Planned Parenthood Federation of America. Here, she talks about how to convey that passion in an interview and get a job with the organization. What qualities do you look for in every candidate? Two important qualities are a passion for collaborating and a commitment to being...
  • Unexpectedly: The New York Times discovers that many don’t have to work in the age of Obama

    12/12/2014 9:34:50 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 4 replies
    Hotair ^ | 12/12/2014 | Noah Rothman
    p>He was right when he called Russia America’s “number one geopolitical foe.” With Moscow occupying sovereign foreign territory in Europe for the first time since 1989, and as American tanks and possibly even nuclear weapons are headed back to the European front, the 1980s called and they clearly got their foreign policy back. He was right to warn about the expansion of Islamic extremists into formerly obscure places like Northern Mali. Despite being mocked by the unduly self-assured for his insistence that Islamic radicalism in North Africa was a threat to global security, France introduced troops into that country in...
  • Your Screwed Up Life Is Your Own Responsibility

    12/09/2014 2:04:53 AM PST · by servo1969 · 29 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | 12-9-2014 | John Hawkins
    “There is only one basic human right, the right to do as you damn well please. And with it comes the only basic human duty, the duty to take the consequences.” — P.J. O’Rourke “We seem to be moving steadily in the direction of a society whereno one is responsible for what he himself did,but we are all responsible for what somebody else did, either in the present or in the past.” – Thomas Sowell It’s truly bizarre how often in Obama’s America that we are being presented with “victims” we’re supposed to feel sorry for without anyone even seeming...
  • The 8 Jobs In High Demand That Don't Require A College Degree

    11/20/2014 1:23:40 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 100 replies
    Forbes ^ | November 20, 2014 | Kathryn Dill
    (SLIDESHOW-AT-LINK)As the high demand for skilled labor continues to dominate conversations about hiring, some jobs that don’t require a college degree remain open month after month, with few workers to fill them. This list, compiled by CareerBuilder with Economic Modeling Specialists Intl. showcases roles for which a college degree is not required and where the number of jobs posted by companies each month far exceeds the number of workers employers are able to hire. “Job creation is gaining ground and job seekers are gaining leverage,” said Matt Ferguson, CareerBuilder CEO. ”For nearly 70 occupations in the U.S, the rate at...
  • Job news!!!

    11/07/2014 1:15:17 PM PST · by deputytess · 9 replies
    I got a part time job in a Des office as a receptionist, but I may be able to use my phlebotomy skills to. Thanks for all your prayers. :)
  • Suit Filed to Halt Work Requirements for Food Stamp Recipients in New Mexico

    10/28/2014 7:52:43 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 7 replies
    Brietbart ^ | October 28, 2014 | Awr Hawkins
    On October 27, the New Mexico Center for Law and Poverty, the Southwest Organizing Project, and a number of food stamp recipients filed suit to halt work requirements for food stamp recipients which are set to go into effect in November. The Associated Press reports the changes would require "some childless adults [to] work in order to receive food stamps." Other recipients would have to "search for a job or participate in community service or job training."
  • ‘Poor people don’t plan long-term. We’ll just get our hearts broken’

    09/30/2014 3:19:41 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 47 replies
    The Manchester Guardian ^ | September 20, 2014 | Linda Tirado
    Linda Tirado photographed by Scott Suchman near her home in Washington DC for the Observer New Review. Why do so many poor people eat junk food, fail to budget properly, show no ambition? Linda Tirado knew exactly why… because she was one of them. Here, in an extract from her book, Hand to Mouth, she tells her story in her own words •Q&A with Linda Tirado In the autumn of 2013 I was in my first term of school in a decade. I had two jobs; my husband, Tom, was working full-time; and we were raising our two small girls....
  • USPS: Where The Customer Is Always Last

    09/22/2014 4:42:31 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 100 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 22, 2014 | Katie Kieffer
    Bang! Lee looked up from addressing a package while she waited in line for service at the post office. Despite a lobby packed with customers—without notice—a postal worker slammed down the service window gate and went to lunch, leaving Lee and the other patrons to fend for themselves. The U.S. Postal Service excels at treating customers poorly. My friend Lee’s story is but one of many nightmares of churlish postal workers and deficient USPS customer service. Many government workers get away with behavior that would get them fired if they worked at a private company like McDonald’s or Apple. There...
  • Why Did We Celebrate Labor Day?

    09/06/2014 5:16:37 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 11 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 6, 2014 | John C. Goodman
    Labor Day was originally concocted by labor unions and the idea was to celebrate the union movement. But unions – at least in the private sector -- are being replaced by a different form of labor monopoly: occupational licensing. Should we set aside one day a year to celebrate licensing? Or should we celebrate instead the right to work? Membership in labor unions has been nose diving over the last half century. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, only 11 percent of the workforce belongs to a union today. That’s down from about 30 percent during the 1950s. Private...
  • One-Third of Americans Are Freelancers Now

    09/05/2014 7:51:45 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 34 replies
    Reason Magazine's Hit & Run Blog ^ | September 5, 2014 | Elizabeth Nolan Brown
    new report shows some 53 million Americans—or 34 percent of the U.S. workforce—are now working as freelancers in some capacity. "This is more than an economic change," asserts the report, a joint effort from the Freelancer's Union and freelance markeplaces oDesk and eLance. It's also "a cultural and social shift" that will "have major impacts on how Americans conceive of and organize their lives, their communities, and their economic power." The first and last time anyone looked at the freelance worker population in the U.S. was 2004, in a report from the Government Accountability Office (GAO). Back then the GAO...
  • More Workers Are Claiming ‘Wage Theft’(working for free)

    09/01/2014 9:43:16 AM PDT · by Dallas59 · 46 replies
    NYT ^ | 8/31/2014 | NYT
    MIRA LOMA, Calif. — Week after week, Guadalupe Rangel worked seven days straight, sometimes 11 hours a day, unloading dining room sets, trampolines, television stands and other imports from Asia that would soon be shipped to Walmart stores. Even though he often clocked 70 hours a week at the Schneider warehouse here, he was never paid time-and-a-half overtime, he said. And now, having joined a lawsuit involving hundreds of warehouse workers, Mr. Rangel stands to receive more than $20,000 in back pay as part of a recent $21 million legal settlement with Schneider, a national trucking company.
  • The Value of Work and Labor Day

    08/28/2014 6:04:53 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 16 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 28, 2014 | Jackie Gingrich Cushman
    My first paying job was cleaning the bathrooms at the First Baptist Church of Carrollton, Georgia, where I was a member. I was 14, the minimum age for "children" to work. This was neither glamorous nor exciting work, but useful and needed work. On Sundays I often over heard the "little old ladies" of the church commenting on the cleanliness of the bathroom. I remember my subsequent feeling of pride. While not a glamorous work, my actions were helpful and appreciated by those who used the facilities. For providing this useful service I earned minimum wage in 1981, ($3.35 per...
  • Can You Escape Work Emails on Holiday?

    08/04/2014 4:46:36 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 3 replies
    The Local ^ | 04 Aug 2014
    The first email in Germany was sent 30 years ago on Friday and today 62 percent of people in Germany receive at least 20 emails a day. But rules over receiving and sending emails outside of work hours in Germany are still not clear-cut. A quarter of Germans get more than 50 emails a day, while a tenth receive more than 100 a day, according to a YouGov poll. The constant stream of emails makes it hard to switch off, but short of returning to your Nokia 3210 and cutting yourself off from all the benefits of a smartphone, what...
  • Belief in Work Ethic Strong Across Africa

    08/01/2014 10:37:39 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 17 replies
    Gallup ^ | 8/1/14
    Africans are among the most likely in the world to believe people in their countries can get ahead by working hard. The 85% of Africans who said they believed this in 2013 rivals results found in more developed nations, and is on par with the 84% who believe this in Northern America. This faith in work ethic could be a major asset to plans that may emerge next week at the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit, where African and U.S. leaders will focus on ways to stimulate growth and opportunities for the next generation.
  • Why a global three-day workweek would be good for innovation

    08/01/2014 6:16:37 AM PDT · by C19fan · 20 replies
    Washington Post ^ | July 30, 2014 | Dominic Basulto
    The world’s second-richest man, Carlos Slim of Mexico, recently proposed the concept of a global three-day workweek at a business conference in Paraguay, arguing that working three days a week for a longer period of our lives — potentially up to age 75 — would better reflect the underlying economic and demographic reality of the modern world. ........................................................... But the real argument for the three-day workweek comes when you think of its ability to boost the innovation potential of individuals, companies and even nations. Working fewer hours a week frees up time to take on personal creativity and passion projects.
  • Funny Interviews: Meet the Dumbest Job Applicants

    07/27/2014 6:31:18 PM PDT · by Innovative · 26 replies
    Reader's Digest ^ | april 2014 | Reader's Digest
    "An individual applied for a customer-service job, and when asked what he might not like about the job, he said, 'Dealing with people.'" "I had somebody list their prison time as a job. And an exotic dancer who called herself a 'customer service representative.'"
  • Ryan's Anti Poverty Plan

    07/25/2014 6:56:37 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 19 replies
    National Review ^ | 7-25-14 | The Editors
    President Obama famously accused Representative Paul Ryan (R., Wisc.) of “thinly veiled Social Darwinism” for one of his budgets. It will take a special kind of cynicism to make that claim about Ryan’s new anti-poverty proposal. Obama’s partisans will no doubt find a way, but fair-minded observers will see a creative, thoughtful approach to a topic that’s often politically neglected. Ryan proposes and endorses a range of ideas to fix the safety net and address the root causes of poverty. He would offer states the option of an “Opportunity Grant” to replace, dollar for dollar, the amount of money they...
  • Guess Who's Being Fired?

    07/24/2014 5:12:39 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 30 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 24, 2014 | Bob Goldman
    Is everything copasetic at your job? Are you feeling happy, content and secure? If so, I have some advice for you -- DON'T! Know it or not, like it or not, you could be whisking down the road to termination. In the slightly altered words of "The Music Man," that's Termination with a capital "T," and that rhymes with "Thee," and that stands for "Canned." If you're not worried now, take a quick peek at a recent column by Joann S. Lublin in The Wall Street Journal. Titled "Six Subtle Signs You're About to Lose Your Job," Lublin lays out...
  • Obama: It’s Lonely Doing All The Work

    07/11/2014 3:29:00 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 24 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | 7-10-14 | Staff
    Obama complained Thursday that he’s “lonely” doing all the work in Washington by himself, without Congress. “You know it is lonely, me just doing stuff. I’d love it if the Republicans did stuff too,” he said during his speech in Austin, Texas. “Sometimes I feel like saying to these guys: ‘I’m the guy doing my job. You must be the other guy’,” Obama remarked, quoting Mark Wahlberg’s character in “a great movie called ‘The Departed.’ A little violent for kids.”
  • Obama: It's Lonely Doing All The Work

    07/10/2014 1:31:54 PM PDT · by Nachum · 20 replies
    Youtube ^ | 7/10/14 | Washington Free Beacon Washington Free Beacon
    Vid at link
  • More Employment Woes Thanks To Obamacare

    07/10/2014 10:52:46 AM PDT · by george76 · 9 replies
    WMBF.. TruthRevolt ^ | 7.10.2014 | | | Caleb Howe
    WMBF in Myrtle Beach, SC, reported Wednesday on the growing trend of businesses hiring only part-time workers, due to an inability to afford Obamacare. This situation leaves workers without healthcare and without a full-time income or other benefits. Local staffing agencies say more small business are starting to hire more part time employees. Not because there is more full time work, but as WMBF reporter Mandy Noell found out, it's because they can't afford to have more full time employees. Obamacare places requirements for health care benefits that many small businesses just cannot afford to pay. As a result, they...
  • Worker Buried Alive After Sugar Plant Pulls Safety Device

    07/08/2014 5:50:41 AM PDT · by Enterprise · 44 replies
    Newser ^ | June 8, 2014 | Rob Quinn
    A worker at a Pennsylvania sugar plant died buried alive in sugar in an accident that could have been prevented by a safety device removed just 13 days earlier, a ProPublica investigation finds. Janio Salinas—a 50-year-old who, like every other employee in the CSC Sugar warehouse in Fairless Hills, was a temp worker—died after climbing inside a huge hopper to remove sugar clogs on February 25, 2013. The warehouse manager told the Occupational Safety and Health Administration that he had asked for a safety screen to prevent such an accident, but after one was installed, the plant manager decided to...
  • Why 9-5 Wont Work For Millennials

    06/30/2014 3:55:31 PM PDT · by dynachrome · 46 replies
    Linkedin ^ | 6-30-14 | Kern Carter
    My mother is sixty something and anxiously counting down the days till she could retire her nurses uniform for good. She's been working consistently for 40 years, and when she speaks of retiring I can sense relief still mixed with a bit of anxiety. The sense of relief is obvious, but it boggles me that after 40 years of dedicated work, rarely calling in sick and in fact winning awards for her diligence and treatment of patients, that my mother is still concerned about whether or not she will be financially secure once she calls it quits. I see the...
  • Millennials want money, but not hard work

    06/30/2014 3:16:16 PM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 42 replies
    pioneer press ^ | 6-28-14 | Brett Graff
    Amy McGraw doesn't want us to get the wrong impression of her daughter, Rebecca Leahy. The recent graduate of Cypress Bay High School in Weston, Fla., works hard -- really hard, in school, on her dance team and beyond. But after Leahy found a summer retail job at the mall, she told her new boss she wasn't available to work on Wednesdays. "It's a different mentality from when I was her age," McGraw said. "She has nothing scheduled on Wednesdays. She wanted time to go to the beach and shopping with her friends. I was wondering if that comes from...
  • Email: VA Doctors Have Nothing To Do At Work

    06/25/2014 2:55:05 PM PDT · by Nachum · 24 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 6/25/14 | Patrick Howley
    Doctors at the Philadelphia Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Regional Office are sitting around with nothing to do, despite the fact that hundreds of thousands of U.S. veterans continue to wait for medical appointments. “Urgent! Need work for In-house Physicians,” wrote the Office’s assistant veterans service center manager Ameen Khabir in the subject line of a June 19 email to colleagues, which he placed on “High” importance. The Regional Office is responsible for processing compensation, benefits, employment and insurance claims. More than 276,000 veteran benefit claims across the country are still backlogged, having been waiting for more than 125 days....
  • [snip] Grumpy and negative people are more efficient than happy colleagues

    06/21/2014 6:32:07 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 17 replies
    dailymail.co.uk ^ | 11:16 EST, 20 June 2014 | Ellie Zolfagharifard
    Haters could be characterised as less active because they do fewer things as people with a positive attitude. But they could also be characterised as more focused because they spend more time on the small number of tasks. ‘The present results demonstrate that patterns of general action may occur for reasons other than the desire to be active versus inactive,’ the researchers wrote. ‘Indeed, some people may be more active than others not because they want to be active per se, but because they identify a large number of specific behaviours in which they want to engage.’ The findings may...
  • Obama Speaks in Pittsburgh, Best Golf Courses for him there...

    06/17/2014 9:49:08 AM PDT · by Nachum · 10 replies
    Nachumlist | 6/17/14 | Nachum
    Cue up the song: Life Styles of the Rich and Famous!Our beloved fearless leader goes to Pittsburgh today to speak about the economy, or something.  So, we here at FR appreciate his difficult task he is performing for the American people.  As immigrant children flood our border, we turn yellow and run from our commitments abroad, use the IRS to attack those 'nattering nabobs of negativity' AKA Tea Baggers- er Tea Party enemies- er citizens and stonewall those bothersome Fox News inspired low down dirty Republicans on those idiotic committees, it naturally TIME FOR GOLF.  And as such, from now...
  • Employees sue company claiming they were forced to say “I love you”(it gets wielder)

    06/13/2014 12:12:41 PM PDT · by Dallas59 · 32 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 6/12/2014 | Yahoo
    The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has filed a lawsuit on behalf of three former employees, against a Syosset, New York company claiming that workers were forced to participate in religious activities at work and fired if they refused. As reported by Reuters, United Health Programs of America and its parent company, Cost Containment Group, made employees pray, thank God for their jobs, and tell managers and colleagues, “I love you.” The practice followed a belief system called “Onionhead,” which was a doctrine created by the aunt of the company’s owner. The EEOC press release says other activities “…included...
  • Scientist Makes Mutant, Infectious Flu Virus in Lab

    06/11/2014 6:27:03 PM PDT · by CorporateStepsister · 22 replies
    NBC News ^ | June11, 2014 | By Maggie Fox
    Flu experts have made a mutant version of the 1918 “Spanish flu” virus that killed tens of millions of people, sparking a new debate over whether such work is too dangerous. Yoshihiro Kawaoka of the University of Wisconsin says the experiments are important for helping scientists understand how new pandemics start, and for designing better flu vaccines.
  • Bosses Should Allow Workers to Take Naps, Proposes Sleep Expert

    06/06/2014 5:50:22 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 60 replies
    Emirates 24/7 ^ | Friday, June 06, 2014
    A brain professor is taking the concept of flexible work hours to an absolutely new level. Vincent Walsh, professor of human brain research at University College London, has said that employees should be permitted to take short naps at work in order to boost their productivity, reports Daily Mail. Sleeping is vital for memory and learning, adds Professor Hugh Piggins, of Manchester University’s circadian neurobiology lab. The sleep experts revealed in their study that it is only after the Industrial Revolution that people have been obsessed with squeezing all their sleep requirement into one slot. However, they claim that afternoon...
  • Almost 1/3 of US workers now need a permission slip from the government to work

    05/29/2014 12:43:18 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    University of Minnesota public affairs professor Morris Kleiner has written extensively on the topic of occupational licensing and has been featured before on CD here and here, and by Jimmy P here. Among his key findings: 1. Occupational licensing drives up costs to consumers. Licensed workers earn 15% more on average than their unlicensed counterparts in other states. Across the U.S. economy, occupational licensing adds at least $116 billion a year to the cost of services.2. For several occupations that are regulated in some states but not others (e.g. librarians, nutritionists and respiratory therapists), employment growth for those professions was...
  • Now Trigger-Happy University Students

    05/20/2014 11:33:07 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 31 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 20, 2014 | Debra J. Saunders
    Academia is hell. In the latest higher-education fad, students want "trigger warnings," according to The New York Times. It appears that some students are so fragile that they want university staff to protect them from big bad ideas. Students around the country say they want "explicit alerts that the material they are about to read or see in a classroom might upset them or, as some students assert, cause symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder in victims of rape or in war veterans." An Oberlin College draft -- now "under revision" -- for trigger warnings suggested faculty "be aware of racism,...
  • Governor's award honors Camp Naco efforts. Local group recognized

    05/09/2014 7:20:58 AM PDT · by SandRat
    Sierra Vista Herald ^ | Derek Jordan
    and revitalize Camp Naco gained state-wide recognition this week when it was named one of the recipients of the Governor’s Heritage Preservation Honor Award. “I’ve been working on this project for about 15 years. It’s been slow and difficult, and there’s been some real discouraging times. About once a year I’m ready to give up and then something nice happens like this to keep us growing,” said Becky Orozco of the Naco Heritage Alliance. Orozco, along with fellow alliance members Bill Doelle and Deborah Swartzwelder, has worked for years to preserve and rehabilitate the structures populating several acres of land...
  • Others have noticed that teachers think of themselves as one step removed from coal mine workers

    04/23/2014 1:13:34 PM PDT · by servo1969 · 63 replies
    Bookwormroom.com ^ | 4-23-2014 | Bookworm
    I've commented before about the way in which America's teachers paint themselves as the hardest working, most pathetically abused people in America. In 2011, I noted that today's teachers work fewer hours and are paid more than my dad's generation of teachers, but the latter didn't whine all the time. Last year, I posited a reason for the unusual deference teachers get, and it's not because they're the overworked saints of their own heated imaginations: At National Review, Jason Richwine points out that this martyrdom shtick benefits them in intangible ways, and is the flip side of the disdain with...