Boycott Show: “Top Gear” and its Sponsers

Jeremy Clarkson Nazi Turd of the Day

It’s time to show these Nazi turds just how fed up with their violence peddling bull shit we are.

Time to make their hateful bigotry unwelcome in the arena of public discourse.

BBC host on striking workers: ‘Execute them in front of their families’

From Raw Story:

The BBC has apologized after one their most popular hosts called to have striking public workers killed “in front of their families.”

Labor unions claimed Wednesday that as many as two million public workers joined a strike over cuts in pension rights as part of an austerity program by the British government.

In an interview on BBC’s The One Show Wednesday, Jeremy Clarkson, host of BBC’s Top Gear, was asked about the strikes that had affected “schools, hospitals, airports, even driving tests.”

 “Frankly, I’d have them all shot!” Clarkson exclaimed.

“I would take them outside and execute them in front of their families. I mean how dare they go on strike when they’ve got these gilt-edged pensions that are going to be guaranteed while the rest of us have to work for a living?”

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Court appears ready to hand legal victory to transgender woman

From The Atlanta Journal Constitution:

By Bill Rankin

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

The federal appeals court in Atlanta appears ready to grant a legal victory to Vandy Beth Glenn, a transgender woman who was fired as a legislative editor at the General Assembly after she disclosed she was going to make the transition from man to woman.

Two of three 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals judges hearing the case Thursday indicated U.S. Supreme Court precedents support a lower-court judge’s finding that Glenn was the subject of sex discrimination.

“You can’t discriminate against someone because they don’t behave the way you expect them to behave because of their sex,” Judge Bill Pryor told lawyer Richard Sheinis, who represented the state.

Judge Rosemary Barkett agreed and repeatedly told Sheinis she couldn’t understand the basis of the state’s arguments.

Sheinis had argued that Glenn’s firing was not motivated by gender stereotyping, but instead by her transitioning from man to woman while working at the Office of Legislative Counsel.

The 11th Circuit is considering the state’s appeal of a ruling by U.S. District Judge Richard Story, who found Glenn was the victim of sex discrimination.

Story ordered Glenn returned to her job and for the state to no longer discriminate against her after she returns, but that decision was stayed pending the outcome of the appeal, said Glenn’s lawyer, Gregory Nevins of the Lambda Legal Defense and Educational Fund.

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Greenpeace hijacks oil firms’ Greenland talks

From Raw Story:

By Agence France-Presse
Thursday, December 1, 2011

Greenpeace activists on Thursday diverted oil executives from a meeting on prospecting possibilities off Greenland and instead gave them a 20-minute environmental lecture, the group said.

Eighteen representatives of oil giants like Shell, BP, Chevron and Statoil, had been invited to the Copenhagen meeting by theGreenlandic Bureau of Minerals and Petroleum to discuss prospecting for the black gold in the waters off the autonomous Danish territory.

Around 20 suit-and-tie-clad activists from Greenpeace, which is ardently opposed to any drilling in the fragile Arctic ecosystem, met some of the oil executives in the lobby and, pretending to be their hosts, ushered them to a different floor.

“We had found out that the Greenlandic Bureau of Minerals and Petroleum had invited these representatives to a meeting in Copenhagen today,” local Greenpeace spokeswoman Karen Albertsensaid.

“The meeting was supposed to take place on the fifth floor of the building. We therefore rented the fourth floor under the name of a fake computer company,” she added.

Once the participants were seated in the wrong meeting room, the disguised activists showed them a 20-minute presentation about the environmental risks posed by exploiting oil off Greenland,Greenpeace Arctic specialist Jon Burgwald said.

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Hartmann: Big Pharma – Scalping Cancer Drugs?

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Boycott The Salvation Army

The Salvation Army has always been a bunch of Bible Thumpers.

Joe Hill mocked them in his song about the “Long Haired Preachers”.

Lately they’ve taken to peddling hatred of LGBT/T People in the name of Jazzus.

Fuck-em.  If you want to give find a secular charity and give to that.  All the Christer are interested in is lining their own pockets while they use your money to peddle hatred of you.

From Huffington Post:

Salvation Army Red Kettle Campaign Under Fire For LGBT Community Stance

First Posted: 11/25/11

The Salvation Army’s Red Kettle bell ringers have become a truly iconic part of the holiday shopping season. However, many lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) rights advocates are now calling for shoppers to skip the donation buckets due to the organization’s conservative view of homosexuality.

“The Salvation Army has a history of active discrimination against gays and lesbians. While you might think you’re helping the hungry and homeless by dropping a few dollars in the bright red buckets, not everyone can share in the donations,” Bil Browning notes on The Bilerico Project. “The organization also has a record of actively lobbying governments worldwide for anti-gay policies — including an attempt to make consensual gay sex illegal.”

Indeed, as Browning points out, the group’s position statements reveal a somewhat rigid outlook on LGBT lifestyles. “Scripture forbids sexual intimacy between members of the same sex,” one statement reads. “The Salvation Army believes, therefore, that Christians whose sexual orientation is primarily or exclusively same-sex are called upon to embrace celibacy as a way of life. There is no scriptural support for same-sex unions as equal to, or as an alternative to, heterosexual marriage.”

However, the statement does go on to note, “Likewise, there is no scriptural support for demeaning or mistreating anyone for reason of his or her sexual orientation.”

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Is China’s Economic Miracle Hitting the Fan?

Just last night I was commenting on the Made in America ads that have started cropping up as the Depression we are in deepens.

Customer service delivered by Indians who speak unintelligible English  from what sounds like scripts has become a standing  joke.  There is even the series of “My name is Peggy.” ads that dodge claims of racism by making the characters appear former Soviet Bloc.  Yet everyone gets it.

People are tired of sweat shops in far away places creating wealth for our corporate over lords while destroying the American working class.  It is the same with the eat local movement.  We want food that isn’t a batch of chemicals masquerading as food grown on some corporate mega farm that destroyed farming as a way of life in America.

I’m sure the Chinese are sick and tired too of an economy gear to export rather than filling their own needs, of the destruction of their society for the enrichment of a few in their wealthy elite.

They need a serious union movement to organize labor in their country just as we need in ours.  The same goes for India and every other nation which has been turned into a sweatshop for the profits of the rich American Elite.

We need some serious economic nationalism built around the idea of a sustainable economy that permits working people enough leisure time to enjoy the fruits of their labors.  Presently the working people have been turned into a combination slave class and consumer class that is forever in debt.

From In These Times:

By Michelle Chen
Wednesday Nov 30, 2011

If you believe the hype about living in the “Pacific Century,” then the new millennium is bound to be a pretty rowdy one.

A few days ago about 1,000 workers in the heart of China’s manufacturing belt walked off the job at the Taiwan-owned Jingmo Electronics Corporation, saying they were tired of being cheated by overtime pay. Around the same time in the Guangdong boomtown known as Dongguan, thousands of shoe factory workers protested over overtime pay and marched with their grievances to a local government office.

This may seem like a reprise of the powerful 2010 strike wave that rippled through big-name manufacturing plants, including Toyota and Honda. Last year, workers’ newfound militancy yielded some significant gains—mainly in the form of pay hikes and other concessions. But whether they’ll be able to wrest a fairer paycheck from the management this time around hinges not so much on workers’ will, as on the global economic house of cards that’s getting rocked by countless factors that the labor force can’t control. Though concessions could be coming down the pipeline for some workers, in the backdrop is an alarming slowdown in China’s exports, which drive the country’s development and stuff consumers in rich countries with an endless stream of cheap goods.

November brought news of a a sharp drop in exports to Europe, coinciding with a burgeoning financial crisis in the Eurozone, as well as premonitions that China’s housing market might soon start to go pop.

According to the watchdog organization China Labour Bulletin, the state has worked with the companies to squelch protests, and even management staff is feeling the pain:

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Texas Capitol Says… “Just 3 Hours of Free Speech a Day or You’ll be Arrested!”

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