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Working long hours not only impairs health but reduces productivity

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Managers want employees to put in long days, respond to their emails at all hours, and willingly donate their off-hours — nights, weekends, vacation — without complaining. The underlings in this equation have little control; overwork cascades from the top of the organizational pyramid to the bottom. At least, that's one narrative of overwork. In this version, we work long hours because our bosses tell us to. (That's the version most on display in the recent New York Times opus on Amazon.)

But there are other explanations out there. There's another that says all of us, including senior managers, are basically flotsam buffeted about by the eddies of economic incentive, corporate culture, and technologies that keep the office just a tap away. In this version, there's no one really dictating the norms; we're all just reacting to macro forces beyond our control.

Then there's the version that looks at our psychology. In this one, we log too many hours because of a mix of inner drivers, like ambition, machismo, greed, anxiety, guilt, enjoyment, pride, the pull of short-term rewards, a desire to prove we're important, or an overdeveloped sense of duty. Some of these are negative (see: guilt, anxiety) but many are positive. In fact, multiple researchers have actually found that work is less stressful than our home lives. For some, work can be a haven, a place to feel confident and in control.


Two planes collide during Swiss airshow, at least 1 killed

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Two planes have collided at an airshow in Dittingen in Switzerland's Basel canton. Swiss police said one of the pilots was killed in the incident. The second one was reported to have ejected and parachuted to safety.

The incident happened during a formation aerobatics demonstration, local media said. One of the planes struck the other from above.

The planes involved in the crash are Ikarus C42s belonging to the German aerobatics Grasshoppers team, which includes three amateur pilots. The team is not to be confused with the Dutch Royal Air Force display team of the same name.



Maryland police subdue unarmed black man by firing shot into his chest

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In video captured by a bystander, a woman screamed "He wasn't f*cking armed! You killed my husband" as Maryland State Police subdued her following an officer-involved shooting that left a 30-year-old man dead in a Walmart parking lot Friday night.

The Cecil Daily reports that Charles S. Hall was shot and killed by Trooper Daryl K. Brackett, a three-year veteran of the force who claimed he recognized Hall and knew there was a warrant out for his arrest.

According to State Police spokesperson Greg Shipley, Brackett attempted to arrest Hall but Hall allegedly resisted and fought with the trooper before getting into his vehicle and attempting to take off.

"During the struggle, the trooper fired his assigned duty pistol, striking Hall in the upper torso," Shipley said.

Hall was pronounced dead at the scene.

According to police, Hall was wanted for violating his probation and failure to appear for drug counseling. Hall also had another outstanding warrant for possession of drug paraphernalia.

A witness at the scene filmed an unidentified woman who claimed to be Hall's wife struggling with police and pounding on the hood of a police car while screaming, "You are a murderer! He was not armed! He was not f*cking armed! You killed my husband!" as she tried to reach him laying on the ground.

Comment: To protect, serve and kill citizens. This is pure State sanctioned terrorism, paid for by U.S. tax dollars.


Macedonia border guards use stun grenades, tear gas, rubber bullets on migrants at Greek border

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A Macedonian police officer raises his baton towards migrants to stop them from entering into Macedonia at Greece's border,near the village of Idomeni, Greece, August 22, 2015.
A large group of migrants, who have been prevented from entering Macedonia from Greece for the past week, overwhelmed border guards on Saturday afternoon, causing multiple injuries in the process.

AP reported that the unrest began when police, who let in 600 people between Friday night and Saturday morning, attempted to allow the most vulnerable - women and children - to pass the checkpoint.

As they made the crossing, thousands of men began to squeeze in from behind, and then rushed the checkpoint. Several women and children were caught in the crush, fainting and sustaining injuries.

Eyewitnesses reported that police, who had earlier used tear gas and rubber bullets to fend off the migrants, threw two stun grenades into the crowd, but could not prevent the influx.

It was estimated that 5,000 people, mostly from Afghanistan, Syria and other Middle East states had gathered at a crossing near the village of Gevgelija.

Comment: How stunningly cruel.
That is what you reduced the world to, Europe - you, and your huge, insatiable offspring - North America! Too egocentric, too cruel, you lost the ability to judge, to feel. All moral standards collapsed. There are no higher principles, anymore, only self-interest.

In Calais and Kos, in Paris, London, Stuttgart, and Prague, I heard the same questions posed with absolutely straight faces: "How are we going to absorb all those hordes of immigrants?"

Almost no one in the West is wondering aloud: "How did the people on other continents manage to endure those long centuries of colonialism and neo-colonialism, of shameless plunder, of slavery, of constant locust-like onslaught of corporate and neoliberal cannibalistic hordes?

The refugees are coming!!! The world is on the move - tens of millions displaced
See also: Macedonia: State of emergency declared over surge in migrants and refugees, army ready for deployment


Seven dead as fighter plane crashes at Shoreham Airshow in West Sussex, UK

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Seven people were killed in the plane crash at the Shoreham Airshow, British media reported. At least one victim has been taken to Royal Sussex County Hospital in a critical condition.

According to the South East Coast Ambulance Service, all of the victims died at the scene. Fourteen people were treated for minor injures at the crash site.

The plane that crashed was a Hawker Hunter, a British fighter aircraft. It hit several cars on the nearby A27 highway, before ending up in a bush, police said in a statement. Roads near the site were closed after the incident.

The pilot was taken to the hospital alive, but in a critical condition, police said. He is "fighting for his life" at the Royal Sussex County Hospital.

The casualties are all believed to have occurred on the road, the Royal Air Forces Association said in a statement, adding that it is believed no one has been injured on the airfield.

The jet was performing a loop when it crashed at the end of the maneuver, according to eyewitness reports.

"The Hunter came from the airport and flew over us and did a loop the loop to go back around to the airport, but at the bottom of the loop it just seemed to lose power and went into the ground belly down in a massive ball of flames," Tony Wallace from Shoreham, who watched the crash from nearby Mill Hill told the Independent.


Cop assaults older resident of Allentown, PA - his crime? Singing in public...


Jim Ochse, a 61 yo fitness trainer, was brutally assaulted by police
Police in Allentown, Pennsylvania were just caught on video violently attacking a 61-year-old man for nothing other than the "crime" of "singing in public."

The video footage shows Jim Ochse, a self-employed athletic trainer, singing a Beach Boys song in a public area of downtown Allentown. A cop confronts Ochse, saying that he has to stop singing. But Ochse asserts his right to sing on public property.

That's when two suit-wearing security guards show up. Ochse points to both of them and the police officer, telling them "You get out of here." Ochse knows he hasn't done anything wrong or illegal. He starts walking in the opposite direction, never have been arrested, nor detained. That's when the officer throws him to the ground. Ochse can be heard in the video screaming in pain and begging the officer for mercy.

Comment: Pretty twisted, from the video's is clear that Ochse was completely non-violent, and that the police had no right to interact with him, let alone assault him. Unfortunately this is the new normal in America, if you do anything that the police deem offensive, if they don't like the color of your skin, or just happen to be in the wrong place at the wrong time (read as: anywhere near police) - they can assault, kidnap, torture, rape and/or kill you. Generally, the local regimes (aka 'the legal system') protects them from any repercussions and thus the pattern continues.

As long as we, the general public, tolerate this kind of behavior from our officials it will continue.

Arrow Down

EPA releases heavily redacted documents revealing awareness of potential for catastrophic blowout at Gold King Mine

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In this Aug. 12, 2015 file photo, water flows through a series of retention ponds built to contain and filter out heavy metals and chemicals from the Gold King mine chemical accident, in the spillway about 1/4 mile downstream from the mine, outside Silverton, Colorado
Internal documents released late Friday show managers at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency were aware of the potential for a catastrophic "blowout" at an abandoned mine that could release "large volumes" of wastewater laced with toxic heavy metals.

EPA released the documents following weeks of prodding from The Associated Press and other media organizations. EPA and contract workers accidentally unleashed 3 million gallons of contaminated wastewater on Aug. 5 as they inspected the idled Gold King Mine near Silverton, Colorado.

Among the documents is a June 2014 work order for a planned cleanup that noted that the old mine had not been accessible since 1995, when the entrance partially collapsed. The plan appears to have been produced by Environmental Restoration, a private contractor working for EPA.

Comment: It has been hypothesized that this spill was not entirely accidental, and these heavily redacted documents from the EPA would seem to lend more credence to the theory.

Bad Guys

Call it genocide - 4 million Muslims killed by the US and NATO

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Afghan villagers sit near the bodies of children who they said were killed during a NATO air strike in the Kunar province of Afghanistan. April 7, 2013.
Hearkening back to the Japanese interment camps of WWII, some Americans are now calling for Muslims to be placed in camps or even openly calling for genocide against the 1.6 billion practitioners of the faith.

It may never be possible to know the true death toll of the modern Western wars on the Middle East, but that figure could be 4 million or higher. Since the vast majority of those killed were of Arab descent, and mostly Muslim, when would it be fair to accuse the United States and its allies of genocide?

A March report by Physicians for Social Responsibility calculates the body count of the Iraq War at around 1.3 million, and possibly as many as 2 million. However, the numbers of those killed in Middle Eastern wars could be much higher. The actual death toll could reach as high as 4 million if one includes not just those killed in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, but also the victims of the sanctions against Iraq, which left about 1.7 million more dead, half of them children, according to figures from the United Nations.

Comment: The United States has fallen down a dangerous path that many don't even acknowledge that they are on. Some may learn the lessons from the past, but history appears to teach us that as a whole we're doomed to repeat it.

See's Holocaust 2.0 series:

Holocaust 2.0: The ultimate decisions of conscience

Holocaust 2.0: Coming soon!

Holocaust 2.0: Welcome to the jungle

Holocaust 2.0: Eugenics and the War on Terror


Brazilian pro-Rousseff demonstrators counter anti-government coup attempts

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People take part in a demonstration supporting Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff amid nationwide protests calling for her impeachment, in Sao Paulo, Brazil, August 20, 2015.
Rallies in support of Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff were held across the country amid calls for the leader's impeachment. They follow huge protests from those who accuse her of corruption and responsibility for the nation's recession.

Some 172,000 people took part in the Thursday rallies in more than two dozen cities, according to organizers, cited by AFP. A partial police estimate, which did not include figures for Rio de Janeiro, put the numbers at 72,000.

Pro-Rousseff demonstrators shouted "No to the coup!" during the Thursday rally in Rio de Janeiro, which was called by Rousseff's Workers' Party.

"We want to continue with democracy. No to the coup, no to fascism!" 68-year-old poet Jorge Salomao told AFP.

It's been estimated that almost a million people took part in rallies on Sunday to demand Rousseff's ouster, in what was the third mass anti-Rousseff protest in six months.

Those rallying for Rousseff's impeachment say she is guilty of corruption, believing she must have known about a corruption scandal at the state oil firm Petrobras, as alleged bribery took place when she was head of the company.

Rousseff was, however, exonerated in an investigation by the attorney general and denies involvement, though several senior members of her government have been implicated.


Another explosion in China: Fires at Shandong chemical plant

An explosion has been reported at a chemical warehouse in the eastern Chinese province of Shandong.

State media reported that firefighters had arrives at the scene and pictures posted to Weibo showed flames rising above an industrial site.

According to the People's Daily, the warehouse in Zibo County was located around 1km away from the nearest residential area.

The reported explosion came a week and a half after the huge blast which rocked the major Chinese port city of Tianjin.

That incident, which killed 114 people, has led to a crackdown on corruption and illegal practices in the country's manufacturing and chemical industries.

Comment: Last month there was an explosion at a petrochemical factory, also in east China's Shandong Province, triggering a massive fire. As well as the recent apocalyptic scenes following massive explosions at the Chinese port of Tianjin.