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"What was I fighting for?"

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Very interesting commentary in The Nation by Rick Reyes, a retired corporal in the US Marine Corps, served in Afghanistan in 2001 and in Iraq in 2003. It begins:

I was on liberty in Australia, dancing at a club I can’t remember sometime around midnight, when it happened. The music shut off and an announcement came on: "America is under attack. Head back to your ships." This was the worst–the impossible. This was September 11, 2001.

Back at my ship, ambulance sirens blared. Hundreds of Marines stood on deck, anxiously awaiting word. Someone said the Pentagon had been attacked. My platoon sergeant stood up and delivered a fiery speech filled with "No one [expletive] with America!" and "We’re going to kick some ass!" Later that night, the same sergeant turned to me asked me if I was ready.

Without giving it a second thought, I replied, "This is what I joined for."

Flash forward to a few weeks ago, as I recalled those words testifying before Senator John Kerry and the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. I sat where a young Kerry was once seated as he awoke the nation to the grim realities of war in Vietnam. I explained to the committee that I always desired to serve my country, ensure basic freedoms and fight for justice and the American way. This had been my dream since childhood, a way to honor my Mexican immigrant parents who worked tirelessly to give my family a better life, a way out of an East Los Angeles neighborhood plagued by gang violence. Yet what I witnessed and experienced during a seven-month deployment in Afghanistan followed by another in Iraq has forever shattered this once noble ambition.

As an infantry rifleman in the Marines Corps, I …

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21 May 2009 at 2:42 pm

Law enforcement and terrorism

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Notice that the latest plot was foiled not by the military or DHS, but by the NYPD and the FBI. Spencer Ackerman:

NYPD and the FBI busted an apparent homegrown terror cell in the stages of plotting to blow up two synagogues in the Bronx. As someone who used to occasionally hang out in Riverdale — the northwest Bronx Jewish neighborhood in question — I have no shortage of four-letter words for these anti-Semites, and congratulations to the law enforcement officials for a job well done. Should the four men be found guilty of anything like what the criminal complaint against them charges, they’ll be justifiably sentenced to a long time in a federal prison, which is magically capable of incarcerating dangerous felons.

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21 May 2009 at 2:16 pm

What exactly is the Gitmo recidivism rate?

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The answer is unclear, though the military touts a high recidivism rate—without proof, of course. Given the military’s track record vis-à-vis telling the truth, I think we’re entitled to serious doubts. A trio of stories from the Washington Independent:

Release the GTMO Document, by Spencer Ackerman

As The New York Times reports, the Pentagon is sitting on a document that claims one in seven Guantanamo Bay detainees released by the Bush administration returns* to terrorism. These claims have come up before and been debunked before. But it shouldn’t matter. If there’s a relevant piece of information for the Guantanamo debate, it should be released. If it can withstand scrutiny, it should be part of the debate. If it can’t, oh well. Setting policy based on insufficient information is obviously unwise.

Anyhow, The Times saw the document — it reports that it will probably be released soon anyhow, according to Pentagon spokesman Bryan Whitman — and it claims a recidivism rate* of 14 percent of detainees. That’s at odds with Defense Secretary Bob Gates’ claim of a “four or five percent” recidivism rate in January, but maybe this represents new data. (Has there been enough data since January to make such an uptick plausible? Hmm.)

This, however, doesn’t inspire confidence: …

Of the Alleged 74 Terror Recidivists, Why are Only Five ‘Verifiable?’, by Daphne Eviatar

To follow up on Spencer’s post about today’s New York Times story citing a secret Pentagon report that finds that “1 in 7 Rejoin Jihadists After Release,” it’s worth noting that not only has the Pentagon not provided any way of knowing who 45 of the 74 alleged recidivists are, but apparently only five of those named — that’s it, five — “have engaged in verifiable terrorists activity or have threatened terrorist acts.”

So now we’ve gone from 74 prisoners released from Guantanamo that “have returned to terrorism or military activity,” according to the Pentagon, but only 5 of those are verifiable?  On what evidence is the Pentagon basing the other 69? …

Wasn’t It Cheney Who Oversaw the Release of All Those Alleged Recidivists?, by Daphne Eviatar

Why is former Vice President Dick Cheney — who’s planning to speak at the American Enterprise Institute right after President Obama’s national security speech today — going around arguing that President Obama is making the United States less safe, when it’s the Bush administration that released the 534 Guantanamo Bay prisoners, 74 of whom the Pentagon now reportedly believes returned to terrorism? …

UPDATES:
One ‘Recidivist’ Ex-GTMO Detainee Tortured Into Confessing He ‘Returned’ To Terrorism
by Spencer Ackerman

NYT Kind of Walks Back ‘Return’ and ‘Recidivism’ in GTMO Story
by Spencer Ackerman

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21 May 2009 at 2:12 pm

The "War Presidents"

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All of ’em. Glenn Greenwald points out that for the US, "war president" is redundant. The US is not a peaceful nation—we’re constantly going to war.

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21 May 2009 at 2:04 pm

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More on the KBR scandal

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Jeremy Scahill in the The Nation:

The Department of Defense paid former Halliburton subsidiary KBR more than $80 million in bonuses for contracts to install electrical wiring in Iraq. The award payments were for the very work that resulted in the electrocution deaths of US soldiers, according to Department of Defense documents revealed today in a Senate hearing. More than $30 million in bonuses were paid months after the death of Sgt. Ryan Maseth, a highly decorated, 24-year-old Green Beret, who was electrocuted while taking a show at a US base in January 2008. His death, the result of improper grounding for a water pump, has been classified by the US Army Criminal Investigations Division (CID) as a "negligent homicide." Maseth’s death had originally been labeled an accident. Bonuses were paid to KBR in 2007 and 2008, after CID investigators had officially expressed concerns about the quality of KBR’s electrical work. For its part, KBR denies any culpability for the electrocution deaths.

This information was revealed at a hearing of the Senate Democratic Policy Committee. According to the committee’s chair, Sen. Byron Dorgan, the rewards KBR received under its LOGCAP contracts were supposed to be for work of the "highest quality" with "no deficiencies" or problems. Dorgan said KBR’s work was "shoddy" and "unprofessional." Some eighteen US soldiers have died since 2003 as a result of KBR’s "shoddy work," according to Sen. Frank Lautenberg. KBR/Halliburton, of which Dick Cheney was chairman and CEO from 1995 to 2000, has been the single largest corporate beneficiary of the US wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. It continues to operate globally on US government contracts.

Charles Smith, the former Army official who managed the contracts under which KBR performed electrical work in Iraq, testified that it was "highly inappropriate" that KBR received these bonuses for what he called "dangerously substandard" work. He said that the Army was well aware of KBR’s "poor performance" since the beginning of the Iraq invasion, and yet continued to reward KBR because the military was "afraid" KBR would cease work. He said there was "a culture that decided KBR was too big to fail and too important to be held to account." The "perverse incentive is that there was no incentive" for KBR to do quality work because they received bonuses for poor work…

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21 May 2009 at 2:02 pm

Walk

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I added a couple of (short) blocks to the outbound route, so total time today is 33 min 52 seconds. Little by little.

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21 May 2009 at 11:07 am

Posted in Daily life, Health

Ethan Nadelman on the Colbert Report

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21 May 2009 at 9:43 am

Posted in Daily life, Drug laws, Video

Strong opinions about obesity

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Marion Nestle at Food Politics:

Investigators at the Harvard School of Public Health estimated the toll of behavioral contributors to early mortality.  Obesity, they say, is the #3 cause of death after cigarette smoking and high blood pressure.

Dutch researchers say smoking is what kills people.  Obesity just leads to disability.

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation says schools could do something to help prevent obesity if they got their act together.  It provides a guide to doing so.

Adam Drewnowski, my colleague and friend at the University of Washington, says: if you want to understand obesity, take a look at what poverty makes people eat.

And Jeffrey Friedman, an obesity researcher at Rockefeller University tells Nature that obesity is neither an epidemic nor a disease of lifestyle.  It’s all in the genes and in evolution.

I say (see What to Eat): eat less, move more, eat plenty of fruits and vegetables, and don’t eat too much junk food!

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21 May 2009 at 9:41 am

Businesses certainly are sensitive

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And Washington State University certainly is cowardly. From the Ethicurean:

Washington State University picked The Omnivore’s Dilemma as this year’s “common reading” selection for all incoming freshmen, just as UC Berkeley has for next year’s — and then dropped it, citing budget constraints. Oddly, the university had already purchased more than 4,000 copies of the book. Some on campus say that the university, which has a prominent agriculture college, bowed to pressure from agribusiness  interests.

Maybe agribusiness should just define the curriculum and texts to be used at WSU.

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21 May 2009 at 9:39 am

Bad news: EPA favors the coal industry over the environment

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Mike Lillis:

Despite renewed vows to protect Appalachian waterways from the ravages of mountaintop coal mining, the Environmental Protection Agency has recently authorized a number of pending mountaintop permits that will bury dozens of streams in the nation’s oldest mountain range. The move has left mining supporters cheering the federal endorsement of a popular extraction method, environmentalists wondering if the Obama administration truly intends to prioritize water quality concerns above those of the powerful coal industry, and both sides unsure what to expect of mountaintop permitting in the future.

After reviewing 48 pending Appalachian mining applications in recent weeks, the EPA has rejected just six over concerns that the projects would harm local water supplies. Most of the approved projects, EPA says, are surface mines, including some mountaintop removal projects. Combined, EPA concedes, the operations will fill scores of Appalachian valleys with mining waste — a process that will bury miles (some say hundreds of miles) of seasonal mountain streams with debris and sludge known to carry heavy metals and other toxins likely to wash to communities below. The news has caused many strip-mining opponents to worry that the agency has backtracked on earlier vows to put science and the health of ecosystems at the forefront of its permitting decisions.

“A wave of new mountaintop removal coal mines would represent a leap in the wrong direction,” Sierra Club Executive Director Carl Pope said in a statement. “With the bulldozers and explosives standing by in Appalachia, the Obama administration should take bold action to protect communities, streams and mountains before it’s too late.”

The process of mountaintop mining occurs when companies blast away the tops of mountains to get at the thin coal seams nestled inside. The unwanted rock and soil is pushed into adjacent valleys, many of which are home to tiny streams — the headwaters of larger bodies of water below. The strategy is popular for its efficiency: Not only does it allow the companies to scrape away more coal, but it also requires fewer workers to get the job done. The process places greater reliance on the productivities of dynamite and heavy machinery. Opponents argue that it comes at too high a price, ruining water supplies and causing flooding that threatens the communities nearby.

The debate is emblematic of the problems facing the young Obama administration as it tries to make good on promises to protect the environment by blunting the impact of the nation’s coal mining operations, while also being careful not to tread too heavily on the industry, which employs thousands of Appalachian-state workers and provides more than half the country’s electricity.

Indeed, roughly 45 percent of West Virginia’s coal is extracted using mountaintop mining techniques, according to a recent report from the National Mining Association. Throughout Appalachia, the process supports more than 14,000 mining jobs, NMA says.

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21 May 2009 at 9:28 am

Good analysis of California’s fiscal problems

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And he includes solutions. Michael Hiltzik in the LA Times:

Marx Brothers fans will recall that the political philosophy of Rufus T. Firefly in "Duck Soup" boiled down to this:

"If you think this country’s bad off now, just wait ’til I get through with it."

I’ve often considered that to be the secret slogan of Arnold Schwarzenegger’s administration (just substitute "this state" for "this country"). After Tuesday’s election, it’s no longer a secret.

Schwarzenegger had the kind of voter support in 2003 that would have allowed him to tell the voters the harsh but necessary truths about California governance and force real reforms down their throats.
Instead he uttered the same lies about state government and proposed the same nostrums as many of his predecessors: Californians are overtaxed and underserved, etc.

Schwarzenegger promised to close the budget gap by eliminating "waste, fraud and abuse," the "snap, crackle and pop" of political pandering. Like every other opportunist running on an "efficiency" platform, he never found any. His cut in the car tax cost the state $3.6 billion per year, making him directly responsible for pretty much all of today’s $21-billion budget deficit

He hoped he could avoid reaping the whirlwind sown by these threadbare clichés. Unfortunately, Tuesday was harvest day.

Let’s list a few of the lies he and our other political leaders have peddled about California’s government and examine how they contributed to this week’s debacle at the ballot box.

The most onerous lie is that Californians are burdened by the highest state taxes in the nation. The truth, according to 2006 figures derived from the U.S. census, is that, as a percentage of all personal income, California’s tax and fee schedule ranks 18th in the country.

Then there’s the canard that we unfairly soak our rich. This is supposedly a no-no, because the rich might flee, taking with them their sterling job-creating potential.

The dirty little secret, according to Citizens for Tax Justice, a left-leaning nonprofit group, is that California’s wealthiest residents shoulder the lightest burden of any income group in the state. The top 1% of California income-earners (average 2007 income: $2.3 million) paid 7.4% of their income in state taxes last year, counting the federal deduction for state taxes. The highest rate was paid by the poorest residents: Those earning $20,000 or less, with average income of $12,600, forked over 10.2% of their earnings.

This year’s budget deal increased the disparity, raising the effective rate on the rich to 7.8% but that on the poor to 11.1%.

The theme of the ballot campaign was that the state’s chronic budget gridlock could be solved by more gridlock and more borrowing. All lies.

The truth is that real solutions to the budget crisis are obvious.

One: Eliminate, or at least loosen substantially, the two-thirds legislative requirement to pass a budget or raise taxes.

This rule has allowed a tiny Republican minority to hold up all budget progress unless its reactionary program is incorporated in the deal. If the supermajority were pared back even to 60%, they would be unable to block a budget unless they could enlist at least a few moderates in their cause. The improvement in the tone of legislating would be immediate.

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21 May 2009 at 9:25 am

Posted in Daily life, Government

Warren Buffett and his life

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The review itself is fascinating, so the book must be a great read. Take a look:

The Snowball: Warren Buffett and the Business of Life
by Alice Schroeder

A review by Michael Lewis

There is now a long shelf of books about Warren Buffett, but this is the first time he has gone to any trouble to add to it. Reportedly Buffett now regrets his decision — he has apparently put some fresh distance between himself and his official biographer. If so, it’s not hard to see why. Alice Schroeder is a former Morgan Stanley research analyst, able to understand and to explain Buffett’s money-making, but she declined to confine herself to the business at hand. She has sought to describe Buffett’s psychological landscape as clearly as his financial one. For the reader, the results are pretty terrific — there are not a lot of 838-page narratives that leave you wanting more — but for Buffett they are no doubt upsetting.

Over his long and admirable career, the famous billionaire has been shockingly honest about who he is and what he does. Now along comes this first-time author who insists on seeing his pleasant honesty and raising it, painfully. Even worse: she’s a woman! Buffett has a long and happy history of admitting attractive, intelligent women into his life, which Schroeder describes without mentioning how neatly she fits into the pattern. These women have invariably felt the need to shelter and to protect their man, and to subordinate their own needs to his — until now. Buffett should have known better: you should never completely trust a writer. Especially if she is any good.

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21 May 2009 at 9:12 am

Posted in Books, Business, Daily life

Lawsuit against tobacco company proceeds

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Interesting:

Source: Reuters, May 19, 2009

A class-action lawsuit charging major tobacco companies and a public relations firm with a "decades-long campaign of deceptive advertising and misleading statements" can proceed, ruled the California Supreme Court. The suit is being brought against cigarette makers Philip Morris, R.J. Reynolds and Lorillard, and the PR firm Hill & Knowlton. The suit was originally filed in 1997, but changes to California’s class-action requirements put its status in question. The recent ruling affirms that the case can proceed as a class-action suit, with "only a handful of plaintiffs leading the suit" required to "show proof of damage and deception, not all plaintiffs in the suit."

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21 May 2009 at 8:56 am

Geithner: Our Job Is to Save Companies, Not American Jobs

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Mike Lillis in the Washington Independent:

Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner appeared before the Senate Banking Committee today to discuss the Wall Street bailout, but Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) wanted to talk about the auto industry instead. There was good reason for Brown’s concern. Not only are Detroit’s automakers hemorrhaging cash, ditching dealerships and laying off employees, but recent reports indicate that the Big Three are devising ways to clip costs further by exporting more labor and importing more vehicles.

In light of that news, Brown wanted to know whether the White House, which has already given billions of dollars to Chrysler and General Motors to keep them alive, was putting pressure on those companies not to close plants in the United States just to open cheaper ones in China and other developing world nations.

There was a firestorm in this country when we give billions to banks and they paid huge bonuses [but] you haven’t seen anything yet for what’s going to happen if we put billions into auto companies and they shut down plants in this country and open plants in China at a dollar an hour — or less.

Are you pushing back on the auto industry on their restructuring? Is the government representing taxpayers and representing workers and communities pushing back on their including anything like this plan to shut down plants the United States and move them abroad and open production and open plants and produce and sell back here?

You already know you’re not going to like Geithner’s answer. “It’s a difficult balance,” he began…

The president’s objective is to try to make sure that we help facilitate a restructuring that will leave this firm in existence, save it from bankruptcy, allow it to operate over time as a viable company without government support.

That’s what we’re trying to do, and we’re doing exceptional things to try to make that possible. But I do not believe that we can do that and also be involved in making detailed decisions about how they run their business and how they do that. And that’s the balance we’re trying to strike.

Though Geithner declined to mention it aloud, it appears that Brown — indeed, the whole of U.S. manufacturing — will be forced to confront the long-emerging reality that, in a globalized economy, viable companies are those that pay as few salaries as they possibly can in the United States. Even if those companies have been rescued by the same middle-class taxpayers soon to lose their jobs as a result of the shift.

In many ways the debate is simply a reiteration of the age-old tension between management and labor — a tension mitigated by the underlying realization that neither could exist without the other. The difference here is that the symbiotic nature of that relationship ends once its cheaper to export the labor component.

Indeed, Brown recognizes the dynamic, pointing out that GM’s argument is that, in order to save American jobs, it must slash American jobs. Of course, now we’re not talking about the same jobs.

Wall Street bailout, indeed.

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21 May 2009 at 8:52 am

The hysteria about the Uighur prisoners

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Daphne Eviatar in the Washington Independent:

In an attempt to counter some of the more bizarre and fantastical claims being made about the Uighur prisoners at Guantanamo Bay, lawyer Sabin Willett writes a persuasive rebuttal in the New York Daily News today to those opposing his clients’ release by claiming the Uighurs are not only dangerous terrorists but, as former GOP House Speaker New Gingrich charged, “smashed a television” because it depicted “women with bare arms.”

It’s “[a]nother lie,” Willett wrote, a partner at the law firm of Bingham McCutcheon. “Just a flat-out falsehood, based on air. It never happened.”

Since news broke that the Justice Department was considering the release of the Uighurs, Willet writes, “the most astonishing stories began to circulate” about their alleged connections to terrorism, even though courts had specifically rejected those claims, the Bush Justice Department had specifically told a federal judge that they had no evidence that the men were dangerous, and the military in 2004 and 2005 had approved their release to civilian populations.

The truth is that five Uighur companions from Afghanistan have lived peacefully among civilian populations in the capitals of Albania and Sweden for three years now.

But the problem extends beyond the Uighurs.

There are about 60 men at Gitmo, like the Uighurs, who are neither enemies nor criminals in anyone’s estimation. No law justifies their imprisonment. They have been held in a military prison for longer than any real enemy of the country was ever held before. So what are we going to do about them?

We could free them, Willet suggests, because “in this country we just don’t capture and imprison people without a legal reason.” Or, “the hell with them. They stay there forever. And I really do mean forever. … We don’t seriously think that a hysterical smear campaign about jihadism, Sharia law, and ETIM [the East Turkestan Islamic Movement, another terrorist group Republicans have claimed they belong to] is going to persuade some other country that they are just peachy for its civilian populations, do we?” He continues:

If that’s our view, we need to be honest with ourselves about our American values. We are fine with holding people in a prison forever, without any legal basis. […]

We talk a lot in this country about freedom. But talk is cheap. If we follow the House’s actions [the GOP bill titled "The Keep Terrorists Out of America Act"], then we may care about security, but we don’t give a damn about freedom.

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21 May 2009 at 8:50 am

Orange pork ragout with beans

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I made a very nice white-bean soup yesterday, quite simple: simmer the beans with a whole jalapeño, which I removed when the beans were close to done. I then added a chopped onion, a chopped jalapeño sausage, and some pieces of smoked pork neck. I simmered that a while. Very tasty. The jalapeño, since it was whole, didn’t make the soup spicy, but did add some depth of flavor.

When I saw the recipe in the title, I was thinking the color rather than the fruit, which put me off, but in fact the recipe, from The Wednesday Chef, sounds very good:

Orange Pork Ragout with Beans

Yields 4 servings

1 cup Yellow Indian Woman beans, rinsed
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 pound boneless pork shoulder, in 2-inch chunks
1 medium-size onion, finely chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 red bell pepper, cored, seeded and finely chopped
1 teaspoon smoked Spanish paprika
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
Grated zest and juice of 1 orange
1 1/2 cups dry red wine
3 branches fresh rosemary
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
Small pinch red chili flakes
2 tablespoons finely chopped flat-leaf parsley

1. Place beans in a saucepan, cover with water by 2 inches, bring to a boil, cook 2 minutes, cover and set aside to soak 1 hour.

2. Meanwhile, heat 2 tablespoons oil in a 4-quart casserole and brown pork without crowding over medium-high heat. Remove. Add onion, garlic and bell pepper. Sauté over low heat until soft. Stir in paprika, cloves and zest. Stir in orange juice and wine, scraping bottom of pan. Return pork to pan. Set aside until beans have finished soaking, then drain beans and add. Add rosemary, black pepper and chili. Bring to a simmer.

3. Cover and simmer 2 to 3 hours, until beans are tender. Add water occasionally, if needed. Season with salt. Leave in casserole for serving or transfer to a serving dish. Scatter parsley on top before serving.

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21 May 2009 at 8:47 am

Why the EFCA is needed

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An email from the AFL-CIO:

Intimidation and Harassment.

Threats and Surveillance.

Interrogation and Retaliation.

All standard tactics in the employer anti-union playbook, and during the past decade we’ve seen these tactics used more and more often.

In a study released this week, Kate Bronfenbrenner, director of Cornell University’s School of Industrial and Labor Relations, documents this in detail — including the increase in corporate tactics to interfere with, block and delay workers’ attempts to form unions, and the ineffectiveness of current labor law to protect and enforce workers’ rights in the election process.

The study, "No Holds Barred: The Intensification of Employer Opposition to Organizing," examines more than 1,000 union-representation campaigns and finds that "intense and aggressive" tactics to block workers’ freedom to form unions are becoming more commonplace.

We need your help to make sure every senator and representative in Washington, D.C., reads this new study. Click here to share this study today.

Here are a few highlights (or lowlights) of the study:

  • During union campaigns, bosses threatened to close plants 57 percent the time and threatened to cut wages and benefits 47 percent of the time.
  • In more than 60 percent of union campaigns, workers are forced to attend mandatory one-on-one sessions with supervisors and are given anti-union messages or interrogated about their support for a union.
  • The number of employers using 10 or more identified coercive tactics to intimidate and harass workers has doubled.
  • When employees actually win an election to form a union, 52 percent still have no contract a year later, and 37 percent are without a contract two years after they voted to join a union.

Want to learn more? Click here to read the full study. (pdf)

Don’t forget. Make sure to share this study with your senators and representative.

In solidarity,

Marc Laitin
AFL-CIO Online Mobilization Coordinator

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21 May 2009 at 8:42 am

Less than a week

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By this time in a week, I will have been in the air for a couple of hours, on my way to The Son’s wedding. The week I’m gone will see little or no posting. I hope I don’t lose my entire readership as a result. On the bright side, it will give my readers a chance to look through the "Useful Knowledge" page and perhaps browse among some old posts.

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21 May 2009 at 8:36 am

Posted in Daily life

Creedy’s Green Irish Tweed

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Very nice fragrance and very nice lather from the shaving soap—thanks in part to the Rooney Style 2 Finest. The 1940’s Gillette with a well-used ASCO blade did another very smooth shave—the more I use the ASCO blade, the more I like it. And, of course, a wake-up splash of Floïd aftershave kicks off the day quite well. Now to go get my first 16 oz of black tea to prepare for the flight.

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21 May 2009 at 8:31 am

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