Link 1 Aug 13 notes Truths and myths about the rise of part-time jobs»

Putting the Obamacare myths aside, the U.S. has a long-term problem of too few full-time and too many part-time jobs.

Solving that problem is actually simple: increase aggregate demand. The fastest, smartest and most economically beneficial way to do that is by investing immediately in fixing up our decaying infrastructure.

If you want more jobs both now and long-term, tell your senator and your representative to invest in America’s future — especially in its roads, bridges and other infrastructure, the commonwealth property on which private wealth creation depends. Also tell them to stop cutting basic research budgets and start pouring money into laboratory work, where trained workers far outnumber available jobs.

As for the Affordable Care Act, on the basis of timing, law and logic it cannot be blamed for the problem of part-time jobs.

I like idea and support it whole heartedly. Unfortunately I don’t believe it will happen as deficit hawks have no clarity of vision when it comes to the future. Their fears cloud their thinking.

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Quote 31 Jul 82 notes
Palestinians are being dispossessed and exterminated exactly as were the Indigenous peoples of North America. On occasion Israeli officials have said that they are only following America’s lead in clearing the land of undesirables. This is my take on what is one of the West’s great moral failings: As Zionists have endeavored to teach the world for decades, Israel is not subject to criticism. Only Jew-haters, anti-semites, and people who want to gas Jews and boil them in oil criticize Israel. Israel is above criticism, because Israelis are God’s Chosen People and despite being God’s Chosen People suffered the Holocaust. This means that the Israeli government, like the one in Washington, can do whatever it wants and remain above criticism.
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Israel Is Stealing and Murdering Its Way Through Palestine (via azspot)

Genocide by any other name is still the same thing.

Photo 31 Jul 88 notes azspot:

Terrorism in the Israeli Attack on Gaza
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Quote 30 Jul 54 notes
In American media discourse, when Palestinians overwhelmingly kill soldiers (95% of the Israeli death toll) who are part of an army that is blockading, occupying, invading, and indiscriminately bombing them and killing their children by the hundreds, that is “terrorism”; when Israelis use massive, brutal force against a trapped civilian population, overwhelmingly killing innocent men, women and children (at least 75% of the Palestinian death toll), with clear intentions to kill civilians (see point 3), that is noble “self-defense.” That demonstrates how skewed U.S. discourse is in favor of Israel, as well as the purely manipulative, propagandistic nature of the term “terrorists.”
Quote 30 Jul 25 notes
And then, to Prime Minister Netanyahu—Prime Minister Netanyahu and all the Israeli spokespersons, in Arabic, in English, in Hebrew, in every language, they say they use precision bombs. They say they use smart weapons, and they pinpoint their attacks. And several Israeli spokespeople said every attack has hit its intended target. And now we know what are the intended targets. It’s children. It’s families. It’s women. An Israeli reserve general said, “We are going to kill their families so they learn not to come back again.” An Israeli professor at Bar-Ilan University said, “Kill them, kill their kids, rape their women, kill their children, so that they learn.” An Israeli member of the Knesset, who is a member of the ruling coalition, has wrote a posting on Facebook, that received several thousand likes, calling for the extermination of Palestinians, killing all their kids, killing the mothers who give birth to those “snakes.” So, what Israel says—we know that Israel uses—repeatedly has used the claim that Palestinians use human shields. That claim has been discredited over and over and over again, by the Goldstone Report, by the U.N., by all respectable human rights organizations. On the contrary, there is plenty of proof, plenty of evidence, that Israel uses Palestinians as human shields, as I know it personally in the case of my family and my brothers, where they were occupying a house, holding the local residents as human shields. UNICEF, about three months ago, issued a report documenting Israel’s use of children as human shields. That was corroborated recently by a report for, I believe, the U.N. initiative for children, that also documented Israel’s use of human shields. So, Israel is deliberately targeting civilians. It’s from the day one of this attack. They have been bombing houses, wiping entire families, to try to scare people into submission.
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Photo 30 Jul 31 notes soupsoup:

7/30 : Gaza conflict update
Israeli tank shells hit a UN school crowded with displaced Palestinians in Gaza’s Jebalya refugee camp July 30, killing at least 20 people and wounding 90, Gaza officials and the UN said. An Israeli shell also hit a UN school on July 24, killing 15 people, which Israel later blamed on an errant mortar.
Three Israeli soldiers were killed in southern Gaza Strip while trying to destroy a tunnel and home booby trapped with explosives. 27 Israeli soldiers were injured during the day in several incidents.
26 rockets were lobbed at Israel during a unilateral 4-hour humanitarian window called by Israel.

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7/30 : Gaza conflict update

Israeli tank shells hit a UN school crowded with displaced Palestinians in Gaza’s Jebalya refugee camp July 30, killing at least 20 people and wounding 90, Gaza officials and the UN said. An Israeli shell also hit a UN school on July 24, killing 15 people, which Israel later blamed on an errant mortar.

Three Israeli soldiers were killed in southern Gaza Strip while trying to destroy a tunnel and home booby trapped with explosives. 27 Israeli soldiers were injured during the day in several incidents.

26 rockets were lobbed at Israel during a unilateral 4-hour humanitarian window called by Israel.

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Quote 30 Jul 18 notes
The MH17 disaster and Eastern Ukraine are now front page news across the entire world. The circumstances of the crash are anything but clear, but it is clear that they are not what the Americans initially alleged. This they have already admitted. The Ukrainian government is in disarray bordering on nonexistence. The Ukrainian military is either kettled in traps of their own devising and suffering horrific losses, or blasting away at densely populated districts with heavy artillery and rocket fire. The Ukrainian economy is in freefall, with trade links to Russia severed and industry nearing standstill. The country is bankrupt and at the mercy of the IMF. If you feel that the several hundred lives lost aboard MH17 are a tragedy, then you should consider a larger number: 42 million. That’s the population of Ukraine minus Crimea (which will be fine) and that’s the number of lives at risk from civil war and economic collapse.
Quote 28 Jul 12 notes
Anyone who thinks that lifting a summary of an idea or event, even intentionally, is morally equal to cutting and pasting someone’s original argument or analysis doesn’t understand the nature or the stakes of academic dishonesty.
Photo 28 Jul 4 notes azspot:

Hassan Bleibel: Gaza Blood
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Link 28 Jul 183 notes The Increasing Irrelevance of Corporate Nationality»

robertreich:

“You shouldn’t get to call yourself an American company only when you want a handout from the American taxpayers,” President Obama said Thursday.

He was referring to American corporations now busily acquiring foreign companies in order to become non-American, thereby reducing their U.S. tax…


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