The National Labor Relations Board ruled that the McDonalds Corporation is a “joint employer” with its franchisees – potentially making the fast-food giant responsible for working conditions (including pay) at its 14,000 restaurants. McDonald's and other chains have repeatedly claimed their franchisees are responsible, not them. But the NLRB says McDonald's controls the terms of the operations of its restaurants.
This is an important victory for workers everywhere!
Health officials in Florida today issued new warnings about high levels of a flesh-eating bacterium in the ocean and other recreational waters in the state. The state says that bacterium, Vibrio vulnificus, causes ulceration and rapid skin decay and is fatal in about 50 percent of people who get it in their bloodstreams.
Vibrio "has hospitalized 32 people, and killed ten in Florida, although through a period of years, not all at once," according to the state; however, another report today, focusing on one infected lagoon in South Florida, says there were "41 reported cases of infections from the deadly bacteria last year in Florida, which killed 11 people, including a 59-year old man infected while crabbing in the Halifax River near Ormond Beach."
Florida doesn't typically require beach shutdowns for bacteria infestations; in fact, 59 percent of its beaches aren't tested for bacteria levels; the others rely on federal funding to carry out periodic tests. But hey, only the strong survive in a libertarian paradise!
Meanwhile, down in border country, Republican congressmen and county sheriffs have referred to child refugees from Central America as possible "predators", "gang members", and bearers of the sorts of loathsome diseases that might have been found in the holds of 19th Century ships - as anything but children.
Hundreds of anti-choice activists are currently congregating in New Orleans to stage protests against abortion around the city, an event that’s expected to last all week long. So far, tensions have come to a head in an unexpected place: the sanctuary of a church, where abortion opponents interrupted a service to tell congregants that they don’t have a “true faith” because their denomination supports reproductive rights.
This week’s protests are being spearheaded by the national anti-abortion group Operation Save America, which used to go by the name Operation Rescue National. That far-right organization, frequently criticized for its “militant” tactics, is perhaps best known for being tied to Dr. George Tiller’s assassination. And on Sunday, as part of its week long protest in Louisiana, group members decided to take their message straight to the First Unitarian Universalist Church of New Orleans.
Anti-abortion activists interrupted worship at the church — specifically, disrupting a moment of silence for a church member who recently passed away — to declare that this particular church isn’t a “true faith” and tell the service attendees to “repent.” Operation Save America’s opinion about the First Unitarian Universalist Church is made clear on its website, which refers to the “church” and its “pastor” in scare quotes and calls it a “synagogue of Satan.”
The candidate hasn’t made it official yet, but signs are emerging. Read the tea leaves, people. It is time to declare that a Clinton is running for the White House. Again.
This time, for First Gentleman.
Bill Clinton has emerged in recent days as the follower of his wife’s directions; her human shield against political spear throwers; her tireless advocate as she positions herself for a still-undeclared run for president.
In classic stand-by-your-woman fashion, he scorches those who bash her over Benghazi or paint her as an indifferent millionaire. Yet he demurs on his influence, as would any good, sensible spouse who knows the danger of stealing glory from one’s Better Half.
All of us who actually have lost loved ones in Iraq or Afghanistan, and whose stock market holdings were decimated in the Bush/Republican crash, thank our stars for President Obama. Our only regret is that the President won't be around in 2 years to pick better judges than the ones who trample on women's rights and want to extinguish the labor movement.
Children should get vaccinated against preventable and potentially deadly diseases. Period.
That's what a project that screened more than 20,000 scientific titles and 67 papers on vaccine safety concludes this week. The review appears in the latest edition of the medical journal Pediatrics.
The evidence strongly suggests that side effects from vaccines are incredibly rare, the study authors said. They found no ties between vaccines and the rising number of children with autism, as a small but vocal group of anti-vaccine activists, including actors Jenny McCarthy and Jim Carey, have said.
The Repukes are like a cult impervious to good government and the facts.
The President doesn't need to apologize for trying to put Americans back to work while the Republicans are doing nothing constructive.
Boehner's lawsuit is no more than cheap political theater, a stunt, not aimed at accomplishing anything useful to put hardworking middle class Americans back to work.