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Poverty Pay and Food Stamps at American Airlines

Envoy Air is a wholly-owned subsidiary of American Airlines, the largest passenger airline in the United States. Envoy employs more
than 3,800 passenger service agents whose responsibilities range from guiding planes on the tarmac to de-escalating tense situations
among customers. Envoy agents work at some of the nation’s biggest and busiest airports as well as smaller regional airports that
connect flyers to travel destinations around the country.

Wages for Envoy agents are among the lowest in the airline industry and start as low as $9.48 an hour. Many agents say they must rely
on public assistance programs because of the low pay. This report explores the use of public assistance and the effects of low wages
among Envoy passenger service agents, drawing on data from a survey of 900 employees across the country, as well as first-hand
accounts of their experiences. The online survey was conducted by the agents’ union, the Communications Workers of America (CWA).
Approximately one quarter of all Envoy agents participated. The survey’s major findings include:


This is disgusting.............and other multi-billion monopolies have the same issue, and the right wing Supreme Court is getting ready to fuck union members, sitting on bench with Samuel Alito, who has ruled against unions , right along with that appointed and anointed Gorsuch.............................

5 Places Where GOP Hypocrites Ban Guns (For Their Own Safety)

Reprinted with permission from AlterNet.

After every mass shooting, a portion of this country insists the real problem is that there aren’t enough guns. The group that pushes this absurd lie includes Republican politicians, many of whom fear that admitting otherwise would drive away NRA donor funds. There’s been a lot of recent discussion about how GOP legislators do nothing in response to gun massacres, but a 2016 Harvard Business School study proves that’s not quite true. In states with overwhelmingly Republican legislative bodies, after mass shootings, “the number of laws passed to loosen gun restrictions [increases] by 75 percent.” Despite being counterintuitive and demonstrably dangerous, more firepower is the GOP’s go-to solution because “something something don’t tread on me.”

It’s a bad-faith proposition. A party that truly believes guns are the way out of this thing, and that an even more heavily armed populace will ensure American safety, would make different personal choices. In fact, we can gauge GOP disingenuousness on the gun issue just by noting all the places Republican politicians frequent where weapons are banned. Pointing out their hypocrisy has never helped to shame the GOP into decency, but it’s worth a review nonetheless.

Here are five places hypocritical Republicans ban guns in order to ensure their own personal safety.


A Stanford professor drops his ridiculous defamation lawsuit against his scientific critics

Stanford environmental professor Mark Z. Jacobson made a big splash in 2015 with a paper predicting that renewable sources could provide 100% of the energy needed in the 48 contiguous states by 2050.

But he made an even bigger splash last September, when he responded to a critique of his claim published in a leading scientific journal by filing a $10-million defamation lawsuit.

After taking months of flak for what seemed to be an effort to stifle legitimate scientific debate by bringing it into the courtroom, Jacobson withdrew the lawsuit Thursday.

A quick primer on the case: After Jacobson's paper appeared in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences and got taken up as a rallying cry by climate activists such as Bernie Sanders, the journal published a lengthy critique by environmental scientist Christopher Clack and 20 co-authors. Their paper, which questioned Jacobson's assumptions and methodology, appeared Feb. 24, 2017. PNAS gave Jacobson and his own co-authors space in the very same issue to rebut the criticism.


The right wing's 40-year attack on unions is coming to the Supreme Court, and this time it could win

For 40 years, right-wing activists and fronts for the 1% have had their knives out for a Supreme Court precedent that protects the ability of public employee unions to represent their members and even nonmembers, and to speak out on matters of public interest.

That precedent faces a mortal threat in a case scheduled for oral argument at the Supreme Court on Monday. Indications are that a conservative majority of justices is poised to overturn it. That would have implications for worker rights, principles of fair compensation and income inequality, none of them good — unless you're a millionaire.

The case is Janus vs. AFSCME. The issue in the case is the "agency fee," which public employee unions in 22 states, including California, charge workers who are represented by those unions. The fee is a subset of union dues, which are paid by members. It's supposed to cover only contract-related union functions such as contract negotiations and enforcement, including grievance procedures.


He voted to enable the "Dark Money" backing this case...............

Justice Samual Alito should be Impeached.....................

Actress Nanette Fabray, who won Tony and Emmy awards, dies at 97

Source: LA Times

Nanette Fabray, the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical comedy star whose work with Sid Caesar on the classic 1950s TV comedy-variety show "Caesar's Hour" earned her three Emmy Awards and a lifetime of television work, has died. She was 97.

Fabray, whose early hearing problem spurred her to become a high-profile advocate for the hearing impaired, died Thursday of natural causes in Palos Verdes, her son, Jamie MacDougall, said.

Fabray had won a Tony for best actress in the 1949 musical "Love Life" and appeared in the 1953 MGM musical "The Band Wagon" — in which she, Fred Astaire and Jack Buchanan performed the famous "Triplets" number as "three little unexpected children" — before becoming the female lead on "Caesar's Hour" in 1954.

The live, hour long NBC show was the successor to Caesar's popular "Your Show of Shows," whose female lead in comedy sketches was Imogene Coca.

Read more: http://www.latimes.com/local/obituaries/la-me-nanette-fabray-20180223-story.html

Showing my age I use to watch the shows all the time

To the family..................

What Will the Trump Mob Kill Next?

Jim Hightower

February 23, 2018 2:56 am

Reprinted with permission from Creators.

Breaking news: Trump & Company are a murderous mob!

From the start of his White House tenure, the Trumpsters have plotted, stalked and serially killed vibrant members of the English Language.

The word “Fact” was the first to go. Robust and universally respected, Fact was assassinated last year when one of Trump’s hired killers poisoned it with an unknown substance nicknamed: “Alternative Fact.”

Their latest victim was a much-honored word that has produced a whole family of world literature: “Satire.” This powerful noun embodied the use of sarcasm and ridicule to expose the vanity and vice of public figures, but Trump himself killed satire by starving it of any meaning. How can anyone satirize a presidency that is, in reality, nothing but a fully-staged satire of vanity and vice? Satire involves exaggerating the flaws, mannerisms, oddities, etc. of various characters to convey how corrupt and contemptible they are — but it’s impossible to exaggerate the awfulness of an administration that gleefully flaunts its awfulness every day.

Take Trump’s proposed budget… please! Delivered just in time for Valentine’s Day, it’s a nasty piece of work. For example, it would intentionally increase poverty and hunger across our country. It would slash programs providing essential food, housing, and even heating assistance for about 50 million Americans — mostly children, old folks, poverty-wage worker, and disabled people.


November 2018 cannot get here fast enough

Panthers to honor Parkland, Fla. shooting victims before Thursdays game vs. Capitals

SUNRISE, Fla. — It’s expected to be an emotional night at BB&T Center on Thursday before the puck even drops for the Florida Panthers-Washington Capitals game. Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, where 17 students and faculty were fatally shot last week, is just 13 miles from the arena, and before the Panthers’ first game back at their home rink since the tragedy, there will be a moment of silence and a ceremony in remembrance of the victims.

Florida players will have “MSD” arm patches on their jerseys and Stoneman Douglas logo stickers on their helmets for the remainder of the season. Both teams will also wear Stoneman Douglas hats in warmups.

“It’s our first chance to sort of see the reality of it all,” Panthers Coach Bob Boughner said. “Obviously, when you hear that kind of news on the road and you see from a distance what everybody is dealing with in the community, you follow it as best as you can, but until you get home and see it up close, obviously it’s going to be an emotional night. I know a lot of our guys, everybody seems to know somebody who was affected by the tragedy. Just being a part of the community and a sense of pride for our community, I think that we have a role to play in this. Hopefully we can get through this and honor it appropriately and never forget what happened.”

Boughner said half the team was at lunch in Vancouver when news broke that there was a shooting back home, and players immediately checked on their loved ones back in Florida. Panthers captain Derek MacKenzie and goaltender Roberto Luongo are both Parkland residents, and MacKenzie said his children go to school “up the street.” Luongo said his nephew played basketball with one of the victims.


Please note that "all" MLB teams will wear hats on opening day for spring training games this Friday, and those not scheduled to play tomorrow will wear the hats on Saturday

After DSouza Mocks Students, Business Group Cancels His Speech

Reprinted with permission from MediaMatters.

The Fulshear Area Chamber of Commerce in Texas has canceled its event with conservative author and pundit Dinesh D’Souza after he mocked the student survivors of the Parkland, FL, school shooting.

An organizer for the event confirmed to Media Matters in an email today that the event has been canceled.

The event, titled “Dinesh D’Souza – The Case for Capitalism,” was scheduled for February 23 and was sponsored by local groups and financial institutions like NewFirst National Bank and First Financial Bank (a cache of the event page, which has been taken down, is available here).

Student survivors of the February 14 shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School have been speaking out against gun violence, calling for new gun laws, and organizing rallies. Right-wing media personalities, however, have smeared the students with attacks and conspiracy theories.


But Nevada doesn't have to worry their Congressional U.S Senator and their State Attorney General had a meet a greet...............never mind about the 49 killed in Las Vegas,or the 489 wounded.........................and this "guy" is all about capitalism..........................I just wonder if he thinks that American(s) have spent upwards of 229 billion in health care cost pertaining to gun violence, is his idea of "free market capitalism" --------------jerk.......................

Virginia Senate Republicans just torpedoed the states Medicaid expansion

Source: Think Progress

Just four months ago, Virginia’s gubernatorial race saw historic voter turnout — as casting ballots at the time meant extending Medicaid coverage to 400,000 people. On Thursday, voting paid off.

Virginia is currently one of 18 states that has not expanded Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) despite a majority of residents’ support. But the state is inching closer to expanding Medicaid insurance: The Republican-controlled House on Thursday overwhelming voted for Medicaid expansion, in a 69-to-31 vote. Notably, 20 Republicans signed onto Medicaid expansion, after rejecting it for years:


But just down the hall, the Senate torpedoed efforts to expand Medicaid, at least for now. The Senate GOP rejected an effort to add the House’s Medicaid expansion plan to its budget, in a 21-to-19 vote.

Read more: https://thinkprogress.org/virginia-senate-republicans-just-torpedoed-the-states-medicaid-expansion-99c6680cb4c2/

Melanias Parents Just Got Green Cards, and Theyre Being Super Shady About the Process

A person comes to the United States under the pretense of being a temporary visitor. That person travels using a travel visa under which the person is prohibited from working while in our country. That person flouts the rules and works during the time here anyway. Later, that person gets a green card and eventually becomes an American citizen. When the press discovers the inconsistencies in the person’s proclaimed immigration history, the person is evasive, and threatens the press rather than clarifies the history. Eventually, that person uses citizenship to obtain green cards for other family members, all while continuing to be secretive about the manner by which it was accomplished.

This may be the story of the Knavs family — Melania Trump (née Melania Knavs) and her parents, Viktor and Amalija Knavs. Through an attorney, the Knavses confirmed that they recently received lawful permanent resident cards – but when asked how they qualified for those green cards, their lawyer flatly refused to provide any details. Details here are conspicuously absent, a characteristic that seems to pervade Melania Trump’s narrative when it comes to immigration.

Let’s recap the whole FLOTUS-immigration issue:

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