Monthly Archives: August 2011

Verizon CCO auto response garbage email

This is really silly but I get it, this is just talking points for them now. All I have to say is Fios is still viable! You need people to run those lines. I also hardly think that land lines are going to be gone that quickly.

Letter below

Thank you for your email to the COO’s office.

Verizon remains committed to working with the unions to negotiate a fair and reasonable contract. Our intent is to secure a new contract that ensures Verizon employees will continue to receive competitive pay and benefit programs, while also providing a fair return to our shareholders. Our wireline business has declined significantly in the last few years and we need a new contract that reflects today’s economic and business realities, as well as the needs of all of our stakeholders.

Our goal is to keep Verizon strong now and in the future for our employees, shareholders and customers.

Peter Thonis
Chief Communications Officer
Verizon

Chaffetz and Tea Party need to learn definition of compromise

Steve Rattner, who oversaw the auto industry rescue for the Obama administration, felt compelled to interject. “Wait a minute,” he said. “‘Cut, Cap, and Balance’ was not a compromise.”

Chaffetz replied, “Yes, it was,” and then changed the subject.

via Political Animal – The meaning of the word ‘compromise’.

com·pro·mise

[kom-pruh-mahyz]

noun, verb, -mised, -mis·ing.

–noun

1. a settlement of differences by mutual concessions; an agreement reached by adjustment of conflicting or opposing claims, principles, etc., by reciprocal modification of demands.

Clearly it seems there needs to be an understanding of what this word means. There also is a problem when the majority tries to blame the downgrade on the minority. It doesn’t fly.

Verizon Workers on Strike Fighting Race to the Bottom

This despite Verizon’s 2011 annualized revenues of $108 billion and net profits of $6 billion. At the same time, Verizon Wireless just paid its parent compny, Vodaphone, a $10 billion dividend. Meanwile, Verizon’s four top executives received $258 mllion over the past four years.

via 45,000 Verizon Workers on Strike | AFL-CIO NOW BLOG.

You can thank governors like Scott Walker and John Kasich for emboldening corporations to now try and gouge unions for everything they can.

S&P downgrades US and gives News Corp warning on its credit rating

Standard & Poors warned News Corp. Monday its credit rating could be cut as the snowballing British phone hacking scandal threatened to claim more victims.

S&P placed News Corp.s BBB+ rating on a negative watch — a prelude to a potentially costly downgrade — citing “increased business and reputation risks” from investigations into the widening phone hacking scandal in Britain.

via AFP: News Corp gets credit warning over hacking scandal.

Well they screwed the United States so they might as well go in for the kill with News Corp. We need to all realize that the credit agencies really don’t have any credibility since the housing bubble collapse. While I disdain News Corp I’d love to see them use their media muscle to take S&P down a notch or two.

Is S&P right to downgrade the US? No. Are they right to downgrade News Corp? Possibly. The hacking scandal is a serious problem for them.

Why do Republicans and Democrats not listen to the public?

For financial institutions the primary concern is the deficit. Therefore, only the deficit is under discussion. A large majority of the population favor addressing the deficit by taxing the very rich 72 percent, 27 percent opposed, reports a Washington Post-ABC News poll. Cutting health programs is opposed by overwhelming majorities 69 percent Medicaid, 78 percent Medicare. The likely outcome is therefore the opposite.

via America In Decline — In These Times.

Here you have a choice of not austerity or job creation but a clear call to reduce the deficit by taxing the very rich. What is also clear is that the public does not want cuts to Medicaid and Medicare.

ALEC is more disgusting that I thought

Private prison companies (the ones that want Florida’s business right now) are big supporters of ALEC, and they wanted more immigrants locked up so they’d have more business.

via Teamster Nation: WI Dem rep infiltrates ALEC in NOLA.

This reminds me of the judge in Michael Moore’s film Capitalism, who locked up teenagers in order to get his cut from some prison corporation he worked with.

What is ALEC afraid of?

After filling out my registration form to receive press credentials, I was told by an alarmed ALEC intern to wait while she fetched her boss. While I did not think she had ever heard my name, the look on her face made me think that perhaps she had heard of our new project ALEC Exposed.org. A very stern looking gentleman — Ted Wagnon of Vox Global Communications — arrived and told me my application would be denied on the grounds that the Center for Media and Democracy was an “advocacy organization.”  I asked Wagnon for a written explanation, and he handed me ALEC’s Media Policy, which bears no mention of “advocacy organizations.” Instead, news outlets funded by a “think-tank, political party, lobbying organization, trade association, or corporation” are forbidden from registering.  CMD complies with this criteria even though most media outlets (owned by major corporations) do not.

via Journalist Kicked out of ALEC Conference, Threatened With Arrest | Common Dreams.

They are writing legislation that conservative legislators all over the country are using verbatim. Of course they have something to hide, but the truth has come out and ALEC is getting some attention now.

Republicans and Democrats really don’t want to create jobs

GREEKS PROTEST AUSTERITY CUTS

The debt limit debacle, moreover, has shifted attention away from the real crisis: persistent high unemployment and slow job growth. Worse, the bipartisan embrace of austerity makes it harder to create jobs.

via The Debt Debacle — In These Times.

David Moberg is really on point here. If you embrace austerity like David Cameron and Nick Clegg (isn’t it a shame he interned for The Nation. once?) in the UK have done then you throw job creation out of the window. Look at how Wall Street reacted–it dropped 500 points! While I hate Wall Street, their stock indexes are influenced by investors with knowledge. Right now those investors, like my house mate, are saying sell! Both parties have failed the American people.

One side wants austerity and they are mad (GOP). The other side as usual, has no backbone (Democrats) and allowed them to take the entire world hostage. The Democrats played defense throughout this process and did not fight hard enough to say that the economy will not be revived from austerity.

I’m sure that Republicans are hoping that the White House and congressional Democrats will take the blame for the barren wasteland to come thanks to austerity. They’ll try to run on some morning in America garbage. I hope in 2012 people realize that both parties are to blame–the GOP more so.

The life of a farmworker is tough

Ninety percent of the tomatoes produced in the U.S. come from Florida where tomato pickers often work grueling 10-to-12-hour days and are paid by the piece. The average piece rate today is 50 cents for every 32-pound bucket of tomatoes, a rate that has remained virtually the same for more than three decades, despite inflation. At the current rate, a worker must pick more than 2.25 tons of tomatoes to earn minimum wage in a typical 10-hour workday.

via Farm Workers Call on Trader Joe’s to Join Fair Food Program | AFL-CIO NOW BLOG.

They’re asking Trader Joe’s to sign on to the CIW’s Fair Food Program. There are a lot of tough jobs out there and someone has to do them right? The least we can do is ensure they earn a livable wage. If someone works full time they should not live in poverty.