…OMG … how did “we” in Arizona allow

…OMG … how did “we” in Arizona allow Alabama to usurp our #1 position as leader in racial prejudice …

… What will Az Gov Jan Brewer and “teapublicans” state legislature dream up next …

 

Alabama’s Anti-Immigrant Law Will Cost Billions and Allow Bosses to Abuse Workers FreelyA new report from the Southern Poverty Law Center looks at the devastating effects of Alabama’s attack on immigrant workers…

Read complete article hereThese Times / By R. M. Arrietahttp://www.alternet.org/story/154409/alabama%27s_anti-immigrant_law_will_cost_billions_and_allow_bosses_to_abuse_workers_freely?akid=8351.23062.yC_3ou&rd=1&t=30

The following article first appeared at Working In These Times, the labor blog of In These Times magazine. For more news and analysis like this, sign up to receive In These Timesweekly updates.Three days after completing landscaping work and clearing out a filthy trailer that included a bed bug-ridden mattress and moldy, wet furniture, Hortensia, an immigrant worker in Alabama, went to the man who hired her to get paid. He refused, pointed a gun at her and her relative and told her she couldn’t do anything about it because she didn’t have “papers.”

This is just one of the stories in a report released this week by the Southern Poverty Law Center “Alabama’s Shame: HB56 and the War on Immigrants.” The report came from calls to a hotline set up by SPLC and other groups last year.  By late January 2012, more than 5,100 calls had poured in.

Last June, Gov. Robert Bentley signed Alabama’s anti-immigrant law, the Beason-Hammon Alabama Taxpayer and Citizen Protection Act, better known as HB56. The law attacks key aspects of immigrants’ lives and affects the lives of people working hard to overcome poverty. Critics says it unleashes vigilantism, racial profiling and bigotry.

Since June, thousands of undocumented workers have left the state, according to a new University of Alabama study.

It’s unknown exactly how many, but using 2010 data as a basis, early estimates project between 40,000 to 80,000 undocumented workers earning $15,000 to $30,000 a year have left the state as a result of HB 56. That’s according to a report from the university’s Center for Business and Economic Research, “A Cost-Benefit Analysis of the New Alabama Immigration Law” authored by Samuel Addy.

The researcher says the law will cost the state “up to 140,000 direct and indirect jobs.” State GDP losses could total $2.3 to $10.8 billion and reduce local sales taxes by $20.0 to $93.1 million. Crops have been left rotting in the fields. Farmers have lost millions of dollars. Agribusiness in Alabama is a billion-dollar industry, a third of that business in poultry.

Anti-immigration supporters say if those jobs were vacated, then U.S. citizens could do them. Farmers say that’s not the case, that most of the people they’ve hired since the exodus of immigrant workers don’t stay more than a few hours laboring in the fields, Paul Reyes reports in Mother Jonesmagazine.

 

abused and cheated were part of the WAL-MART

… Now is anyone really surprised to learn those employees abused and cheated were part of the WAL-MART empire…?   I know I wasn’t…!

 

State Investigators, Workers Cite Labor Abuses in Warehouse Empire

 

READ COMPLETE ARTICLE HEREhttp://www.fairwarning.org/2012/03/lawsuit-investigations-cite-abuse-of-workers-in-warehouse-empire/

 

As a warehouse worker in the Inland Empire region of Southern California, the nation’s biggest distribution hub for consumer goods, Jorge Soto handles shipments for retail giant Walmart every day.

But Soto, who works for a subcontractor, claims that, along with routine jobs such as unloading trucks, he also has been ordered to perform an illegal task: falsifying employees’ time sheets to cheat them out of getting 

Mexican-born Soto, 47, said in a sworn court statement that his supervisors forced him, when he served as the lead member of his crew, to severely understate workers’ hours. He said the purpose was to cover up the widespread practice of paying well below the legal minimum, which is $8 an hour in California.

As Soto explained in an interview, “they wanted to wash their hands of it through me,” adding that workers sometimes received as little as $3 or $4 an hour.

A suit filed in federal court in Los Angeles on behalf of Soto and dozens of other warehouse workers charges three companies that handle Walmart goods with fraudulent pay practices. The case, along with recent investigations by California labor officials that have led to proposed fines of close to $1.4 million, depict what critics say is the underside of the vast Inland Empire warehouse business.

An economic juggernaut in the arid flatlands east of Los Angeles that employs about 100,000 people, the warehouses are a staging point for Apple computers, Gerber baby clothes, Polo apparel and other brand-name imports. They handle goods from Asia that come through the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, to be distributed around the U.S.

According to court documents and interviews with workers:

–Crew leaders such as Soto were under orders at some warehouses to force workers to sign blank time sheets, a tactic that made it easier to cheat employees out of their rightful pay.

–Workers often were paid only for the time they spent loading and unloading trucks – not for the time they put in sweeping warehouses, labeling and restacking boxes or waiting to find out if they would be assigned work.

–High heat in the warehouses and constant pressure for speed created safety problems. These and other issues triggered an investigation that led the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health, or Cal/OSHA, in January to accuse four warehouses of more than 60 workplace safety violations and to seek $256,445 in penalties.

–Many workers, classified as temporaries despite years of service, said they were threatened with being blackballed and never being hired again if they raised questions about their pay or took part in protest or unionizing efforts. Labor leaders, who announced plans in 2007 to recruit the warehouse employees, say that the intimidation and perpetual job insecurity are key reasons why their “Warehouse Workers United” campaign has failed to unionize any workers.

–Workers also were subjected to other indignities, such as being forced to pay $1 per week to rent a shirt with a company logo, and being required to show up every day, only to be sent home some days for lack of work.

The Inland Empire warehouses help bring consumers low-cost goods, and they provide lots of sought-after jobs for unskilled workers, most of them Latino immigrants. Yet the relentless pressure to hold down costs that runs through the industry also means low wages and few or no benefits for warehouse employees.

Warehouse workers in the Inland Empire — as well as in the next two biggest distribution hubs, the Chicago area and central New Jersey — are cogs in a system that stocks the shelves of stores such as Walmart, Target and Foot Locker. Even so, the big retailers are separated from the workers, and shielded from legal exposure, by layers of intermediary companies.

 

America is great at wagging its finger at others

… Oh … wow … where were these OBSERVERS for America’s 2000 Presidential election … talk about the pot calling the kettle black … America is great at wagging its finger at others …

 

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Russia Elections: Observers Report ‘Serious Problems’ In Russian Vote

 

Read complete article here By NATALIYA VASILYEVA and MARIA DANILOVA 03/ 5/12 11:05 AM ET clip_image003 

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/03/05/russia-elections_n_1320403.html?ref=daily-brief?utm_source=DailyBrief&utm_campaign=030512&utm_medium=email&utm

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MOSCOW — Thousands of Russians gathered Monday for a massive rally to challenge Prime Minister Vladimir Putin’s victory in Russia’s presidential election, chanting "Shame!" and "Russia without Putin!"

Demonstrators are contesting the outcome of the vote, pointing to a campaign heavily slanted in Putin’s favor and to reports of widespread violations in Sunday’s ballot.

Putin won more than 63 percent of the vote according to the nearly complete official returns, but the opposition and independent observers say the election has been marred by massive fraud.

"The campaign has been unfair, cowardly and treacherous," said opposition leader Grigory Yavlinsky, who had been denied registration for the race on a technicality.

International election monitors pointed at the lack of real competition and said the vote count "was assessed negatively" in almost a third of polling stations observers visited.

The violations in the vote added fuel to Monday’s protest in downtown Moscow by Putin’s foes, who are demanding an end to his 12-year rule. The rally, which follows a series of massive previous protests, has been sanctioned by authorities but security was tight, with some 12,000 police deployed to ensure order.

"We are going to hold new elections," said Yevgeny Natarov, a 38-year old Moscow resident who attended the opposition protest.

Sergei Udaltsov, one of the organizers, urged protesters to stay on Moscow’s iconic Pushkin Square until Putin steps down.

"If it was a free election, why have they flooded the entire city of troops?" Udaltsov shouted to the crowd, which responded with cries: "They fear us!"

 

government “cock and bull’ story

…All of those who actually believe the US government “cock and bull’ story about the daring military “killing” of Osama bin Laden please raise your hand…

 

Yet Another Federal Lie Exposed

03-04-2012  •  Lew Rockwell blog

Osama bin Laden was not buried at sea in an Islamic ceremony–did anyone believe that tall tale?–but his body was spirited to the giant military mortuary in Dover on a CIA plane. Says leaked emails from Statfor, the CIA and foreign intelligence-conn .

… Bring it on “big-sis” …

Just what don’t you understand bucko … “W” Bush with his Patriot Act decreed you and me as the terrorist against his  and Pappy’s neo-con now “teapublican” nation …

 

Drones in Texas and Tanks in Tampa: Inside the Out-Of-Control Weaponized Homeland Security State

 

Government budgets at every level now include allocations aimed at fighting an ephemeral “War on Terror” in the United States.

READ COMPLETE ARTICLE HERE … TomDispatch.com / By Stephan SalisburyMarch 4, 2012…http://www.alternet.org/story/154404/drones_in_texas_and_tanks_in_tampa:_inside_the_out-of-control_weaponized_homeland_security_state/

At the height of the Occupy Wall Street evictions, it seemed as though some diminutive version of “shock and awe” had stumbled from Baghdad, Iraq, to Oakland, California.  American police forces had been “militarized,” many commentatorsworried, as though the firepower and callous tactics on display were anomalies, surprises bursting upon us from nowhereThere should have been no surprise. Those flash grenades exploding in Oakland and the sound cannons on New York’s streets simply opened small windows onto a national policing landscape long in the process of militarization — a bleak domestic no man’s land marked by tanks and drones, robot bomb detectors, grenade launchers, tasers, and most of all, interlinked video surveillance cameras and information databases growing quietly on unobtrusive server farms everywhere.

The ubiquitous fantasy of “homeland security,” pushed hard by the federal government in the wake of 9/11, has been widely embraced by the public.  It has also excited intense weapons- and techno-envy among police departments and municipalities vying for the latest in armor and spy equipment.

… Bring it on “big-sis” …

… Please don’t make me laugh …

 

 

clip_image002… But now what … you expect that …USDA … FDA … CDC … AMA … will hold Mon$anto accountable …

 

… Please don’t make me laugh …

 

Monsanto’s Roundup herbicide found to destroy testosterone, male fertility

NaturalNews … A recent study published in the Journal of Toxicology in Vitro has found that, even at very low levels, Monsanto’s herbicide formula Roundup destroys testosterone and ultimately leads to male infertility. The findings add to the more…

“We” know what it takes

…Don’t act surprised “we” always allow our state legislature to find $$$ when corporate comes calling …

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… “We” really do not want a pro-active fully accountable CPS …

 

… “We” know what it takes … $$$ and we just ain’t going to give it to them are we…?