Monday, April 20, 2009

Union Drives

Coachella was a blast. Still need to catch up on a bit of sleep. Pics and a write-up coming later this week.

Slim pickin's in my article que this morning due to a good 48 hours without a computer (other than my Crackberry)


Deregulation: In your drinking water.

AP IMPACT: Tons of released drugs taint US water:

"U.S. manufacturers, including major drugmakers, have legally released at least 271 million pounds of pharmaceuticals into waterways that often provide drinking water — contamination the federal government has consistently overlooked, according to an Associated Press investigation.

Hundreds of active pharmaceutical ingredients are used in a variety of manufacturing, including drugmaking: For example, lithium is used to make ceramics and treat bipolar disorder; nitroglycerin is a heart drug and also used in explosives; copper shows up in everything from pipes to contraceptives."

Why is Wal-mart so scared of Unions? (rhetorical... we all know 'why')

Unions: Kicking Pirate Ass in the name of the U.S.A.

Maersk crew member on how they gained control over the pirates: ‘We’re union members.’:

"Yesterday, NBC Nightly News interviewed the brave crew members of the Maersk Alabama, who all survived an attack by Somali pirates. They discussed how they managed to capture one of the bandits and bind him up, and they had universal praise for Capt. Richard Phillips, who agreed to be taken hostage to save his crew. One seaman, third engineer John Cronan, directly attributed their ability to prevail in the situation to their union training:

Q: How did you retain control of the ship?

CRONAN: We’re American seamen. We’re union members. We stuck together, and we did our jobs. And that’s how we did it."

A peak into our environmental future.

Mallika Chopra: 1,500 Farmers in India Commit Suicide: A Wake-Up Call for Humanity


I've driven it and yes it is scary but the beauty overwhelms the fear.

America's Scariest Drives:

"Alfred Hitchcock could not have conjured a scarier highway—122 miles of vertigo between Monterey and Morro Bay. Two lanes for nearly its entire length, the road meanders along cliff tops poised high above the Pacific, including 33 bridges and countless drop offs into liquid oblivion. Anyone faintly squeamish should not attempt to drive this route."

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