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This was a thinkingblue post for Veterans' Day 2011, I am using it for 2012 because veterans are still suffering and it appears very few seem to care.
Every time I see this picture, I cry because it should not be. If there was only one veteran who fought in some godforsaken war, only to come home to a country that doesn’t care if he is homeless or jobless, THAT WOULD BE TOO MANY! thinkingblue
This is a picture from a facebook member on Veterans' Day 11/11/11
It says a lot about our country, don't you think? thinkingblue
Veterans Day 2012
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Based on various estimates, 500,000 to 840,000 veterans are homeless at some time during the year. It is also estimated by the VA that a veteran dies by suicide every 80 minutes. And nearly 20% of the returning forces from Afghanistan and Iraq suffer from either PTSD or major depression. This Veterans' Day four or five veterans will commit suicide. The price of war continues throughout the life of a veteran. Today reach out a hand to a vet.
By Rudyard Kipling
I went into a public-'ouse to get a pint o' beer,
The publican 'e up an' sez, "We serve no red-coats here."
The girls be'ind the bar they laughed an' giggled fit to die,
I outs into the street again an' to myself sez I:
O it's Tommy this, an' Tommy that, an' "Tommy, go away";
But it's "Thank you, Mister Atkins", when the band begins to play,
The band begins to play, my boys, the band begins to play,
O it's "Thank you, Mister Atkins", when the band begins to play.
I went into a theatre as sober as could be,
They gave a drunk civilian room, but 'adn't none for me;
They sent me to the gallery or round the music-'alls,
But when it comes to fightin', Lord! they'll shove me in the stalls!
For it's Tommy this, an' Tommy that, an' "Tommy, wait outside";
But it's "Special train for Atkins" when the trooper's on the tide,
The troopship's on the tide, my boys, the troopship's on the tide,
O it's "Special train for Atkins" when the trooper's on the tide.
Yes, makin' mock o' uniforms that guard you while you sleep
Is cheaper than them uniforms, an' they're starvation cheap;
An' hustlin' drunken soldiers when they're goin' large a bit
Is five times better business than paradin' in full kit.
Then it's Tommy this, an' Tommy that, an' "Tommy, 'ow's yer soul?"
But it's "Thin red line of 'eroes" when the drums begin to roll,
The drums begin to roll, my boys, the drums begin to roll,
O it's "Thin red line of 'eroes" when the drums begin to roll.
We aren't no thin red 'eroes, nor we aren't no blackguards too,
But single men in barricks, most remarkable like you;
An' if sometimes our conduck isn't all your fancy paints,
Why, single men in barricks don't grow into plaster saints;
While it's Tommy this, an' Tommy that, an' "Tommy, fall be'ind",
But it's "Please to walk in front, sir", when there's trouble in the wind,
There's trouble in the wind, my boys, there's trouble in the wind,
O it's "Please to walk in front, sir", when there's trouble in the wind.
You talk o' better food for us, an' schools, an' fires, an' all:
We'll wait for extry rations if you treat us rational.
Don't mess about the cook-room slops, but prove it to our face
The Widow's Uniform is not the soldier-man's disgrace.
For it's Tommy this, an' Tommy that, an' "Chuck him out, the brute!"
But it's "Saviour of 'is country" when the guns begin to shoot;
An' it's Tommy this, an' Tommy that, an' anything you please;
An' Tommy ain't a bloomin' fool -- you bet that Tommy sees!
~~~This was a thinkingblue post for Veterans' Day 2011, I am using it for 2012... more
Introducing The Romnathon, Now At Mile 22 – Romney’s Honesty Rate For October, At 7.9%, Matches October’s Unemployment RateIn the home stretch . . . perhaps the finish line will be a rest home in Salt Lake City?
http://latestbloomer.uskoa.com/?p=1726In the home stretch . . . perhaps the finish line will be a rest home in Salt Lake... more
A Swedish town has taken to paying people to look for work in Norway in an attempt to reduce soaring youth unemployment.
Under a scheme organised by the local authorities in the town of Soderhamn and by Sweden's national employment office, anyone aged between 18 and 28 can volunteer to take a "Job Journey" to Oslo and attempt track down gainful employment.
Those who sign up get a ticket to the Norwegian capital and are put up in an Oslo youth hostel for a month, with Soderhamn council picking up the £20 a night bill. The package also includes on-the-spot guidance on how to get a job in Sweden's northern neighbour.
"We had an unemployment rate of over 25 per cent, so we had to find solutions," Magus Nilsen, the man in charge of the project at Soderhamn council, told the Daily Telegraph. "Going to Norway to find work has always been quite popular with young people, but sometimes they want to go but don't know how to find a job or accommodation so we thought we'd give them a bit of help with both." ...
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/sweden/9645959/Sweden-pays-jobless-youth-to-move-to-Norway.htmlA Swedish town has taken to paying people to look for work in Norway in an attempt to... more
Federal funds to train the jobless are running dry
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’60 Minutes’ interrogator Mike Wallace diesFederal funds to train the jobless are running dry Start of 2012, March shatter US... more
The nation's political leadership wants you to think they extended unemployment benefits, when in fact they CUT them.The nation's political leadership wants you to think they extended unemployment... more
In his daily radio show the uber-conservative accuses the administration of making the unemployment numbers look better than they really are.In his daily radio show the uber-conservative accuses the administration of making the... more
Florida's Department of Economic Opportunity reports today that the state unemployment rate has fallen again to it's lowest point since before the Recession.Florida's Department of Economic Opportunity reports today that the state... more
Read how this tool giant cut jobs while lying to employees
I was reading an interesting article on the old Hormel company and how they worked things out with their employees to everyone’s benefit. You see, way back when, the owners realized that if they paid their employees well and took care of them, then their employees would have money to buy their product. Of course, fast forward to today and it isn’t your mother’s Hormel.I was reading an interesting article on the old Hormel company and how they worked... more
Survival tips on stretching the food dollar for an unemployed vegan
By Dr. Woody,WWH – Shazama’s loosely named “jobs” bill was rejected Tuesday by the GOPhux in the Senate, where the Dims could barely garner 50 (of the 60) votes needed for cloture on the measure. Of course, it was ALWAYS a corpse in the GOPhux/T-bagger controlled House. The only thing you can get 60 votes in the Senate for are more intrusive national security measures and bank bail-outs.By Dr. Woody,WWH – Shazama’s loosely named “jobs” bill was... more
The Politicus is looking for people who are either out of work or under employed to participate in our webcam documentary about joblessness in American. The process to participate is simple. First, sign up to the site here http://thepoliticus.com/user/register and then log on.The Politicus is looking for people who are either out of work or under employed to... more
So today, after a minor delay, I get to leave the house to go to work. I’ve been freelancing from home for the past several months and while there are advantages, there are also disadvantages. Let’s take a look from my perspective.So today, after a minor delay, I get to leave the house to go to work. I’ve been... more
Read More: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/05/26/job-wanted-recent-graduate-work-street-corner_n_867738.html
NEW YORK -- Fueled by equal parts desperation and frustration, Dianez Smith took to the street.
During the peak of Washington, D.C.'s Wednesday morning rush-hour commute, Smith, 26, positioned herself at the corner of K and 17th Street.
She was armed with a handmade sign that read, "I am a recent graduate searching for employment -- résume available."
"I'm a dime a dozen in this city," said Smith, who wore a blue pinstriped suit and black high heels. In total, she handed out 17 copies of her résume to anyone willing to give her a second glance. "I really need a job. I just need to make a decent living."
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Washington (CNN) -- In the fall of 1984, I was a student living in Boston. A high-tax manufacturing state, Massachusetts had been hit hard by the economic troubles of the 1970s. But now suddenly there were signs in every shop window: "Help wanted." Or: "Help wanted!" Or even: "Help wanted!!!"
One afternoon on my way to the subway, I paused in front of one of these signs in the window of a restaurant that catered to students. I stood maybe 10 seconds, maybe 12. The manager bolted out, put his hand on my shoulder: "Hey -- you want a job?"
That's what a strong economic recovery looks like.
Technically speaking, the U.S. economy is recovering right now. GDP growth has been positive since the summer of 2009. Employment is growing. If you like, you can say the recession is over.
But don't say it too loud. With 13.5 million people out of work -- 6.1 million out of work for 27 weeks or more -- the odds are high that one of them may hear and take offense.
Isn't it weird that...neither of the two great U.S. political parties is offering a plan to do anything about the job situation?
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The recovery is weak, and job creation is slow. Everybody knows that. But here's something that we don't know, or anyway don't think about enough: Isn't it weird that in this dismal economic situation, neither of the two great U.S. political parties is offering a plan to do anything about the job situation?
This is a democracy, right? The parties compete for power by offering solutions to problems that people care about, isn't that the theory? Yet here is the thing that people care about the very, very most -- and from the two parties there is ... what?
The Republicans have coalesced around U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan's budget plan.
That plan has four main elements:
-- It would impose large cuts in Medicaid for the poor right away.
-- It would impose very large cuts on other domestic spending programs.
-- It would cut the top rate of federal income tax from the current 36% to 25%, while pledging to close unspecified loopholes.
-- Starting 10 years from now, it would reduce Medicare benefits for people now younger than 55 by potentially more than half.
Ryan's plans are bold. And they made bold promises. According to a Heritage Foundation study commissioned by Ryan, the plan would reduce unemployment to 6.4% next year, 4.0% in 2015 and 2.8% by 2021. (The rate of 2.8% was last seen during the Korean War, when millions of young men were conscripted into the armed forces.)
Alas, the Heritage projections were derided by other economists and eventually quietly withdrawn by Heritage itself.
Well, we all sometimes get our math wrong. But here's the strange thing: the invalidation of Heritage's job predictions has had no impact whatsoever on Republican advocacy of the Ryan plan.
Suppose I presented you with a plan to land an astronaut on Mars. You check my numbers and discover a mistake: my trajectory will instead send the astronaut hurtling into outer space. If I answer, "Well let's use that trajectory anyway," wouldn't you conclude that I was less than totally committed to the Mars mission? That perhaps I had some other goal in mind instead?
But at least Republicans have a goal in mind.
What about the Democrats? From the party of the president, we hear no job message at all. The president instituted his job program in 2009: His big stimulus plan, backed by the Federal Reserve's active monetary creation. Last year, the president offered a supplementary measure. He agreed to Republican renewal of the Bush tax cuts of 2001 plus a partial remission of Social Security payroll taxes.
Obviously, the results of those policies has been underwhelming, to put it mildly. On Sunday, The New York Times reported that the latest round of Fed easing -- $600 billion of direct money creation -- has not produced substantial results, in the opinion of most economists.
Plan A and Plan B have failed.
So what's the administration's Plan C? It seems to be wait and hope. The waiting will be long. At current trends, it will be years before all the involuntarily unemployed return to work. And hope is never a plan.
The administration does however have a political plan: Blast the Ryan plan. Since the Ryan plan is highly politically vulnerable, the blasting will likely hurt the GOP and help President Obama. The blasting will not, however, do much for the unemployed. But then we've all sort of given up on them, haven't we?
http://www.cnn.com/2011/OPINION/04/25/frum.jobless/index.html?hpt=T2Washington (CNN) -- In the fall of 1984, I was a student living in Boston. A high-tax... more
BHUBANESHWAR, India – Indian police detained two people after an angry mob of fired workers burned to death a senior executive of a steel factory, an official said Friday.
After learning they were laid off, about a dozen workers attacked a vehicle carrying Radhey Shyam Roy as he was leaving the factory in eastern Orissa state on Thursday, dousing the Jeep with gasoline and setting it on fire, said police Superintendent Ajay Kumar Sarangi.
Two other people in the vehicle were allowed to flee but Roy, 59, was trapped inside and later died of severe burns, Sarangi said.
Police were questioning two workers and their formal arrest on murder charges was likely, Sarangi told The Associated Press. The steel factory is in Bolangir district, nearly 250 miles (400 kilometers) west of Bhubaneshwar, the capital of Orissa state.
Incidents of industrial violence are common in India, where workers often target executives in cases of wage disputes and job losses.
In 2008, scores of dismissed employees of an Italian manufacturing company, Graziano Transmissioni India, used iron rods and wooden sticks to beat to death the company's local chief executive officer on the outskirts of New Delhi.AP... more
Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Barbara Lee and Congressman Bobby Scott will join Gregg Rosen of the American 99ers Union and Dr. Heidi Shierholz of the Economic Policy Institute (EPI) to introduce The Emergency Unemployment Compensation Expansion Act
Continue reading on Examiner.com: Rep. Barbara Lee: Introducing Bill To Provide Unemployment Benefits To 99ers - Rochester Unemployment | Examiner.com http://www.examiner.com/unemployment-in-rochester/rep-barbara-lee-introducing-bill-to-provide-unemployment-benefits-to-99ers#ixzz1DPaTd4QYWashington, D.C. – Congresswoman Barbara Lee and Congressman Bobby Scott will... more
The husband’s or wife’s unemployment can cause stress if you merely pay attention to the spouse’s needs during this time and ignore your own feelings about the matter.The husband’s or wife’s unemployment can cause stress if you merely pay... more