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Creating value vs shifting wealth: Why garbagemen should earn more money than bankers

Translated from Dutch by Elizabeth Manton.

How more people are making money without contributing anything of value

Thick fog envelops City Hall Park at daybreak on February 2, 1968. Seven thousand New York City sanitation workers stand crowded together, their mood rebellious. Union spokesman John DeLury addresses the multitude from the roof of a truck. When he announces that the mayor has refused further concessions, the crowd's anger threatens to boil over. As the first rotten eggs sail overhead, DeLury realizes the time for compromise is over. It's time to take the illegal route, the path prohibited to sanitation workers for the simple reason that the job they do is too important.

It's time to strike.

The next day, trash goes uncollected throughout the Big Apple. Nearly all the city's garbage crews have stayed home. "We've never had prestige, and it never bothered me before," one garbageman is quoted in a local newspaper. "But it does now. People treat us like dirt."

When the mayor goes out to survey the situation two days later, the city is already knee-deep in refuse, with another 10,000 tons added every day. A rank stench begins to percolate through the city's streets, and rats have been sighted in even the swankiest parts of town. In the space of just a few days, one of the world's most iconic cities has started to look like a slum. And for the first time since the polio epidemic of 1931, city authorities declare a state of emergency.

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Move over Denver Boot: This 'parking ticket' is as big as your car windshield

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The Barnacle
It doesn't get much more conspicuous than a new parking regulation enforcement tool that uses suction cups covered in bright yellow plastic to render your car windshield useless.

It's the idea of a Philadelphia native who says the device — despite its appearance — is designed to be friendly to law violators and enforcers alike.

The appropriate response when seeing the Barnacle is 'what the...?'

"The Barnacle definitely gets your attention," says Kevin Dougherty, president of Ideas That Stick.

You can spot it covering the glass from more than a block away. What you can't see is anything from the front seat of your car.

"It attaches to the windshield using commercial-grade suction cups that provide 750 lbs of force per suction cup. There is no brute force way of getting it off," Dougherty explains.

The Barnacle is placed by a parking enforcement officer, but it's removable by you — once you cover the cost of the violation.

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'Asylum spray' handed out in Denmark by far-right party 'to ward off migrant attacks'

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The anti-immigrant Party of the Danes has been spotted handing out cans of 'asylum spray' on the streets. The "legal and effective" way of opposing the "problem" of migrants was launched in Haderslev - the location of recent harassment reports.

Haderslev, a port city, was one of the places in Denmark where women complained about migrants harassing them at nightclubs, so it seemed like the perfect testing ground to Daniel Carlsen, the founder of the Danskernes Parti.

"I don't think it is provocative. We are tackling an actual problem in our society, where many Danes feel unsafe," Carlsen told TV Syd. "Partially because there are so many migrants in the country and partly because one isn't allowed to defend one's self."

Comment: It's clear that Carlsen and his anti-immigrant party attempt to divide the people via campaigns like these. The real problem that needs tackling is the destruction that takes place in countries migrants are fleeing from. If western countries would stop supporting terrorists (or 'rebels') in Syria for example, that would help the country to strengthen itself, which would enable migrants to return.


'I'm the law today, ni**ga': Rookie cop fired over racist Facebook post

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Officer Melissa Adamson
An officer on the job for only a few weeks has been fired by the McKeesport, Pennsylvania, Police Department after an old social media post surfaced showing her in a uniformed selfie captioned with a racial slur.

"I'm the law today n**ga," now-former Officer Melissa Adamson, who is white, wrote atop her vanity selfie in a post to social media.

Predictably and understandably, the Internet exploded in fury over the image — alerting the mayor of McKeesport to the inexcusable post.

"As Mayor of McKeesport, I feel compelled to publicly address an issue that has come to my attention via social media. A past social media post surfaced a few hours ago involving a recently hired part-time police officer, who has been training as a probationary employee for just a few weeks. This post displays a degree of conduct and character that is far different from what I would expect from an officer in this city," Mayor Michael Cherepko wrote on the City of McKeesport Facebook page.

Comment: As a testimony to their lack of intelligence, several cops have been caught highlighting their stupidity and general awfulness on Facebook:


When it comes to Wall Street money, Trump is no purer than Clinton

© Joshua Roberts / Reuters
Donald Trump has made a big deal about Hillary Clinton being beholden to Wall Street. That's true. Wall Street's mega banks and hedge funds have been major donors to Clinton's campaign committees after showering her and Bill Clinton with millions of dollars for speeches. But Donald Trump is just as beholden to Wall Street's mega banks because they are financing his business empire, doing so frequently behind an opaque curtain.

Comment: Well, it's one thing for a businessman to do it, it's well another for an elected official. We don't elect CEOs, they don't have the public trust, they don't take oaths to represent their constituency. We aren't the Department of Pre-Crime here, this isn't Minority Report.


Fueled by global anxiety, the ultra-rich are snapping up luxury underground bunkers

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Given the increased frequency of terrorist bombings and mass shootings and an under-lying sense of havoc fed by divisive election politics, it's no surprise that home security is going over the top and hitting luxurious new heights. Or, rather, new lows, as the average depth of a new breed of safe haven that occupies thousands of square feet is 10 feet under or more. Those who can afford to pull out all the stops for so-called self-preservation are doing so — in a fashion that goes way beyond the submerged corrugated metal units adopted by reality show "preppers" — to prepare for anything from nuclear bombings to drastic climate-change events. Gary Lynch, GM at Rising S Bunkers, a Texas-based company that specializes in underground bunkers and services scores of Los Angeles residences, says that sales at the most upscale end of the market — mainly to actors, pro athletes and politicians (who require signed NDAs) — have increased 700 percent this year compared with 2015, and overall sales have risen 150 percent. "Any time there is a turbulent political landscape, we see a spike in our sales. Given this election is as turbulent as it is, we are gearing up for an even bigger spike," says marketing director Brad Roberson of sales of bunkers that start at $39,000 and can run $8.35 million or more (FYI, a 12-stall horse shelter is $98,500).

Adds Mike Peters, owner of Utah-based Ultimate Bunker, which builds high-end versions in California, Texas and Minnesota: "People are going for luxury [to] live underground because they see the future is going to be rough. Everyone I've talked to thinks we are doomed, no matter who is elected." Robert Vicino, founder of Del Mar, Calif.-based Vivos, which constructs upscale community bunkers in Indiana (he believes coastal flooding scenarios preclude bunkers being safely built west of the Rockies), says, "Bill Gates has huge shelters under every one of his homes, in Rancho Santa Fe and Washington. His head of security visited with us a couple years ago, and for these multibillionaires, a few million is nothing. It's really just the newest form of insurance."

Comment: Everyone, not just the little guy, has disaster on their minds.


South Carolina school shooting leaves 3 injured, teenage suspect in custody

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Two children and an adult were injured at a school shooting in Townville, South Carolina. The suspected shooter, a teenager, is in custody, police said. Townville Elementary School has been evacuated.

The two students were airlifted to the pediatric center at Greenville Health System, while the teacher was taken by ambulance to AnMed Medical Center. The children are being treated for non-life threatening injuries, said the coroner, according to the Greenville News.

The shooting occurred just before 2pm local time, Lieutenant Sheila Cole of the Anderson County Sheriff's Office told WHNS.

A death is also being investigated in Townville about a mile and a half from the school, but it is unclear if the incidents are connected, Anderson County Coroner Greg Shore said.


Update: One of the children shot, a 6yo boy named Jacob Hall, is reportedly clinging to life due to major blood loss from the bullet hitting an artery. A friend of the child's family reports he is on life support and that "he died twice, and was revived, during medical transport and again during surgery."

Mr. Potato

U.S. owes black people reparations for a history of 'racial terrorism,' says DELUSIONAL U.N. AFFILIATED panel

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Image from the movie 12 years a slave.
The history of slavery in the United States justifies reparations for African Americans, argues a recent report by a U.N.-affiliated group based in Geneva.

Comment: That's odd. The United States should pay today for the ex post facto crimes of 8% of its families in 1860? Wait, Americans can't all be descendants of just 8%, can they? Also, the United States was sold only about 3% of the 10,700,000 African slaves (that survived the journey), the rest went to South America (You know, the US' backyard). Can't they just send them the bill? In the end, that comes out to about 388,000 African slaves in the US. Today there are about 37,000,000 Blacks in the United States, so how are reparations gonna be divvied up?

This conclusion was part of a study by the United Nations' Working Group of Experts on People of African Descent, a body that reports to the international organization's High Commissioner on Human Rights. The group of experts, which includes leading human rights lawyers from around the world, presented its findings to the United Nations Human Rights Council on Monday, pointing to the continuing link between present injustices and the dark chapters of American history.

Comment: Curious. Human Rights Lawyers. How convenient they find evidence of a need for their services...

Comment: Something really needs to be said about xenophobia, afrophobia, transphobia and all these other nonsense phobias.

It all started with a public relations coup by homosexual activists and writers (e.g. Andre Gide), where they put out the idea (or implied it) that all or many men were secretly homosexual. This implication has, and still does, saturate media - especially films and literature.

This tactic was based on the "I know you are, but what am I?" schoolyard game, where a reversive blockade is used with projection to insist that a person criticizing you is doing so only as a projection of their internal feelings, which are hidden. The term itself is from a porn rag of the 1960s called Screw, and the term was coined by George Weinberg, a psychologist and activist who was instrumental in getting homosexuality removed from the DSM.

Because of the years of often playful insinuation that those who dislike gays do so only because they "doth protest too much", the term quickly mixed its original pseudo-scientific semantics with this popular idea, and therefore had a great deal of implicit meaning.

To call someone homophobic was and still is to imply that they secretly are homosexual, but are just a "closet case."

The success of this term in debate and rhetoric was at first devastating as it was covertly ad hominem, and mild-mannered conservatives and fist-pumping evangelicals would quickly become flustered at the insinuation, in some cases becoming enraged and saying irrational things.

The modern acceptance of homosexuality has dulled the term's teeth a bit, but there's life in it yet.

Social Justice Warriors in the media and on the internet, with little understanding of semantics and language, wanted to borrow the power of the term homophobic, so they began adding "phobia" to any identity they wanted social justice for: transphobia, afrophobia, islamophobia, xenophobia ...

Unfortunately, this doesn't really work. No one believes that anyone who doesn't like trans-people secretly wants to be one, because there hasn't been a long-standing media and film narrative to lend it credibility. No one who is called islamophobic secretly wants to convert to Islam; they are emotionally-toothless terms. The only power they hold, is the immediate power of structural censorship - the so called "No-Platforming" on various media outlets and websites.

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Police arrest two 13yo boys who beat up another boy and then uploaded video of beating to social media

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Two 13-year-olds in Scotland who allegedly beat up another schoolboy because of his race and then uploaded a video of the attack to social media with the caption "Smash a p*ki" have been arrested.

Police say they are treating the assault in Edinburgh as a hate crime.

The video shows one of the attackers punching the boy as he tries to escape. The victim is repeatedly punched in the head before a second boy runs in to drag him to the ground.

The victim can be heard begging "leave me, please, please, please" as he tries to protect his head.


VIDEO: Greensboro cop loses job and certification after accusing an innocent man of breaking into his own home & savagely beating him

In the American police state, sitting on your own porch in broad daylight, doing nothing untoward, could still earn a punch in the face and tackling to the ground by an ignorant, rogue cop — even if you're fully compliant and respectful.

Dejuan Yourse found that out the hard way on June 17, when he waited for his mom to meet him at the Greensboro, North Carolina, house he'd intermittently shared with her for years. Because he did not have a current key to the home, Yourse's mother told him to relax on the porch until she arrived.

Officer Travis Cole and an as-yet unidentified female officer, however, pulled up before she got there, and proceeded to harass, intimidate, insult, and ultimately brutalize Yourse — on his own front porch — for literally no reason.

Body camera footage revealed the male officer's unjustified "disturbing" excessive force, and — although far too many similar incidents go unpunished — this time, video led to some semblance of justice.

Although the encounter begins cordially enough — the officers politely ask basic investigatory questions after being summoned to the scene by someone unfamiliar with Yourse who had assumed it was a case of breaking and entering — the tension escalates quickly, thanks to Cole's assumption the man must be lying. Were it not for the costumes and badges of the police, the startling encounter would constitute pure thuggery.