SOCIETY (Modern, Domestic & International)

The Great Walmart Walkout, by Josh Eidelson (TheNation, December 19, 2012): The morning after Thanksgiving, as many Americans were sleeping or shopping, Walmart workers were striking. In Hanover, Maryland, a handful of strikers were joined by hundreds of supporters for an 8:30 am rally in the cold. Smiling, uniformed, ten-foot-tall cardboard cutouts of employees were emblazoned with the workers’ grievances: poverty wages, miserly benefits, dignity denied. The head of the labor group Jobs With Justice blasted Walmart for abusing workers and pushing public school privatization. Then the crowd marched, two-by-two and 400 strong, through a shopping-center parking lot. When they reached the outer edge of Walmart’s property, police were waiting to block them. “We’re just nervous,” said striker Barbara Elliot. “It’s new, what we’re doing, but we’re tired…We’re doing it for other generations, too.” [Read Full Article Here.]

50 Shades of Graduation,  from (Commencement 2012 / Editorial) By Alexandra A. Petri, Published: Thursday, May 24, 2012): “Oh dear. You’re graduating. This is terrible news. Now you’ll never be Steve Jobs. You won’t even be Mark Zuckerberg. I know they want to hand you a diploma, but don’t let them! You still have time. Flee. Flee for the hills! Send irate letters to your Teaching Fellows insisting that, in fact, you did not complete the course requirements. This is the only thing. Otherwise, you’re stuck…” [Read Full Article Here.]

MMmmmm… Chocolate Is Health Food… Arrrggghhhh: Chocolatology, By Sally Wadyka. Here’s some good news about chocolate that should help assuage any guilt you have about consuming it, from The Practical Guide To Healthy Living

Per Capita Income of the 50 United States, High to Low (WolfamAlpha Computational Knowledge Engine): Click for most current statistics.

Good Graph Friday: The international wealth gap Econompic Data/Credit Suisse, By Allison Linn, senior business writer (The Today Show)

 For some, jobless benefits trump a job, Work sometimes pays less than benefits in such a weak job market, By Allison Linn Senior writer, , pdated 10/21/2010 11:31:28 AM ET : You know the economy has become truly screwy when it pays more to collect jobless benefits than to get an actual job. The economy is so weak and jobs are so scarce that some people are finding that it isn’t worth it to work. These workers say that’s because the only jobs available are part-time or low-wage gigs that would not only be a big step down from their previous careers but also would not even pay enough to cover their expenses.


Roger Ebert: No Longer an Eater, Still a Cook [New York Times, Published: August 31, 2010


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