France is a pretty cool country. It has universal health care, mandatory paid vacations, a decent, living, wage, and great culture. It’s not perfect, it struggles with race issues just like we do, and probably more because it does not enjoy our diversity. Still, I think I’d like to live there. Fortunately finding out how to get into France legally is pretty easy. I just get on Google and find the French Consulate’s website. It has all the information I need: whether or not I need a visa, how much it will cost, where to go, all the legal wrangling I may have to go through. It looks like a pain, but maybe I will do it. Like I said, France sounds like my kind of place, and I think I can relearn French. Continue reading
The numbers vary, but apparently in 2013 on any given night there were just under 200,000 people living on the streets in America. That’s not quite the population of my hometown. There are ways to address that, but the popular method seems to be, at least for now, to just make them invisible. I don’t know about you, but that’s not acceptable to me.
Thirty two hours and two shifts to go, that is what Bob thinks as he runs the mop down the base boards in the department store he works. He has not had a vacation in twelve years, paid or otherwise, bouncing as he has from part-time job to part-time job. None of his bosses until now have offered paid vacation, so when he took this job over a year ago, the first thing he did was plan. It did not take a lot of effort. Continue reading
I know, I know, there is a rationale behind it. That doesn’t mean I have to like it being dark at 5:30.
A little E-Day poetry for you folks out there. Remember you have the chance not just to make your life better, but your fellow human beings. You can vote for the mighty, or the vain, or you can vote for everyone’s gain.
This is summer my friends in the WFP made a decision I did not agree with. Rather than endorse known progressive Zephyr Teachout for Governor of New York, they endorsed incumbent Andrew Cuomo. The Governor has not been a friend of progressive economic causes since, well, I do not know that he ever has, but he has been an ally at times, when the right sort of pressure is put on him. Still, I would have been happier had the gone with Teachout, or better yet, at the time at least, Howie Hawkins. To my knowledge Mr. Hawkins never sought the WFP endorsement. More on that later. Continue reading
OK, it’s not particularly original in its sentiment or imagery, but I like it. Get your face out of your plate and listen. Continue reading