Thursday, November 28, 2013

Walmart workers black friday protest - Do your part!

OUR Walmart, the group behind last year’s Black Friday activism, has promised even more actions this year with 1,500 protests scheduled at stores all across the country. Walmart is clearly nervous ahead of this year’s plans because the company has asked judges in Maryland and Florida to bar protesters from entering stores on Black Friday.

“This is yet another move from Walmart to try to bend the law to its liking. Walmart has made it a practice to pursue over-the-top legal maneuvers to try to avoid hearing the real concerns of workers and community members,” said Derrick Plummer, spokesman for the organizer, Making Change at Walmart, in a statement.
OUR Walmart announced that Black Friday protests are scheduled in Los Angeles, the Bay Area, Miami, Chicago; Seattle, Washington (DC), Minneapolis and Sacramento, and the group calls it the “largest mobilization of working families in recent history.”

“Workers are calling for an end to illegal retaliation, and for Walmart to publicly commit to improving labor standards, such as providing workers with more full time work and $25,000 a year. As the country’s largest retailer and employer, Walmart makes more than $17 billion in profits, with the wealth of the Walton family totaling over $144.7 billion—equal to that of 42% of Americans,” the group said in a statement.
Anthony Goytia, a part-time worker who stocks shelves during the overnight shift, says he isn’t protesting because he hates Walmart.
“I actually do like my job. It’s fast-paced, and time goes by quick,” he said. “But last year I made $12,000. I’m a husband. I have four kids. It’s not enough. I’m living in poverty.”
Goytia is a member of Organization United for Respect at Walmart (OUR Walmart), which is backed by the United Food and Commercial Workers union. He has taken part in several protests for better wages and working conditions at the store, including one in early November, when fifty-four people were arrested during protests at a new Walmart store in Los Angeles.
But worker actions against Walmart aren’t isolated to Black Friday. On Monday, Representative Keith Ellison (D-MN) joined Walmart workers in Minnesota who walked off the job, and in Los Angeles, workers went on a two-day strike that culminated in the largest-ever act of civil disobedience against Walmart. Last week, workers in Seattle, Chicago, Ohio and Dallas joined them in walking off their jobs.
Additionally, Walmart workers at three Washington, DC, area stores went on strike Tuesday, calling on the company to end its illegal retaliation against workers, and calling for better wages and full-time work.
“I’m speaking out today because Walmart can afford to do better by its workers,” said striking worker Tiffany Beroid. “We want to work full time, and earn above the poverty level. And we are taking action today because Walmart needs to publicly commit to ending illegal retaliation against workers and better wages.”

In fact, the resistance against Walmart’s low wages never really went away. Workers have continually organized, fought for higher wages, and engaged in creative civil disobedience. For example, these workers led a flashmob back in September at a Raleigh, North Carolina Walmart store:

Since June, Walmart has illegally disciplined more than eighty workers, including firing twenty worker-leaders, and more than 100 Unfair Labor Practice charges have been filed with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) against the company. Recently, the NLRB regional office announced it found merit to OUR Walmart’s charge, and found Walmart committed eleven violations of national labor law.
At a time when workers are struggling to survive on low wages, activists expressed outrage at the retirement pension of Walmart CEO Mike Duke, which at $113 million, is more than 6,200 times greater than the average worker’s pay.
“Walmart should be ashamed of the vast labor mismanagement under CEO Mike Duke. From the low wages at Walmart stores to dangerous working conditions in warehouses and the inexcusable safety conditions in factories in Bangladesh and other countries, as the world’s largest employer, Walmart can and should do better to create good jobs and safe working conditions,” Sarita Gupta, executive director of Jobs with Justice, said in a statement.

Following the announcement that Doug McMillon will succeed Duke as CEO, Beroid said the change of leadership is “a testament to the pressure the company is feeling that they’re changing leadership at this moment.”
She added:
“We’re happy to see Mr. McMillon acknowledge the hard work of associates in his statement this morning, and we hope that this appreciation translates into improving jobs for Walmart workers. Americans nationwide are looking to Walmart to improve jobs and strengthen our economy, and Mr. McMillon has an opportunity to be a leader in moving Walmart in the right direction, not just in offering more empty promises. We sincerely hope that Mr. McMillon will answer the country’s calls for Walmart to publicly commit to paying $25,000 a year, providing full-time work and ending its illegal retaliation against its own employees.”
***The Walmart in my town when I worked there payed around minimum wage.
Give at those wages you get many that do not want to have a protest.
That is understandable when you live in a red state that likes to take away your rights.
That makes a bad foundation for any action as there is no real safety net for it.
But will a Walkout do any good? Well yes if many cashiers walkout!
Overnight workers? Sort of, being most Walmarts have a hard time
getting workers that can pass the background checks! 
It would take too long to get replacement workers, other than temps etc.
And if there are not many jobs, as in small towns where only a handfull get
the good jobs because of who they know the rest are out in the woods stuck
in the mud!

Also noted is many places are hiring felons now, I am not sure if 
Walmart will follow, but it points to some bad to the cashiers job
for shoppers! Felons need jobs also, but it's the fact of where
they get put. More likely its not a cashier job! 

But the point is that a cashier walkout would be effective,
only if there is a safety net out there for you!
Otherwise don't jump! Go for option 2! Show everyone you
work at Walmart! Get out in town looking bad, poor etc!
Kind of like the "Poor Peoples Campaign" but in your town with no real protest.
Just make your town look bad with low pay!

If your Walmart in your town is low pay you have
power to take action! As a shopper you don't
have to just sit there and let the Walmart
cost you more in feeding it's workers where
Walmart should be doing that!

Really, when you think about it, one Walmart
makes around $100,000 in one day and
what is their labor cost etc for a day?
Or if your Walmart in town gets a subsity?

What can you do? You can call 1800-WALMART & let them know you stand
by the workers, want better pay!

Print the Berkeley Walmart research on wages & mail it to
Walmart corp. And give one to the Walmart manager in your towns Walmart.
With a note I want to see this at Walmart.

Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.
702 SW 8th St.
Bentonville, AR 72716
AR Tel. 479-273-4000
Fax 479-277-1830

State the same things on their website, under "Community & Giving"
Tell them to give their workers better pay!

Make the Call! 

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Environmental stimulus-Kids in the road of poverty!

I am sure many know about keeping sharp mentally is a matter
of keeping your mind busy. But there is just more to it than that.

It's just a fact of having environmental stimulus. As if you lived in a
"Backwoods town" there can be a big lack of stimulus when you
compare it to a bigger town etc. "In an age where everyone is plugged into
social media, leading a life where nothing happens can be toxic.
You’ve got nothing to message about, and your urban friends’
Facebook pages are jammed with interesting news of clubbing and funky fashion."

It's about actions not just talk. Actions like in training, you have to get out there and do it!
"Just do it!" Like in the DC shoes youtube videos. Ken Block Gymkhana!
Gymkhana, is a training to make you better for rally car races. Stimulus, in training!

 Like piano lessons, music class, it makes you smarter!
"It's sure to be music to parents' ears: After nine months of weekly training in
piano or voice, new research shows young students' IQs rose nearly
three points more than their untrained peers.

The Canadian study lends support to the idea that musical training may
do more for kids than simply teach them their scales--it exercises parts
of the brain useful in mathematics, spatial intelligence and other intellectual pursuits."

And too much homework making you stupid? Sort of, if it takes more of your time
vs educational training, stimulus. I mean if you stay in a box and do your homework
you would be missing on other resources of education like training for a Gymkhana!
Would Ken be able to do what he does if he spends more time in a box? No!
But homework is needed. Homework is not really for now it's for later in your life.
Like money in the bank, something you will be going back to use later in your life!
Or point to something that happened in your life!

Like when I was in college in a humanity class
when the professor said Homer in my mind
I had the other Homer pop up.
Give it I was not ready for a humanity class
being I was weak in that in high school.
I learned about it later. Learn for later not, now!

There is also stimulus that makes you sort of stupid like multitasking!
In college I was listening to two different class tapes at the same time.
Two headphones one on each ear. They where on the same general
subject so I was able to put it together for both test.
But I scored lower than I could of, overall the point was to do better
on both test not just one! But that is me, it's better to plan ahead!

"Multitasking messes with the brain in several ways.
At the most basic level, the mental balancing acts that it requires
the constant switching and pivoting energize regions of the brain that
specialize in visual processing and physical coordination and simultaneously
appear to shortchange some of the higher areas related to memory and learning.
We concentrate on the act of concentration at the expense of whatever it is
that we're supposed to be concentrating on studies find that multitasking boosts
the level of stress-related hormones such as cortisol and adrenaline and
wears down our systems through biochemical friction, prematurely aging us.
In the short term, the confusion, fatigue, and chaos merely hamper our ability
to focus and analyze, but in the long term, they may cause it to atrophy."

And there is stimulus that makes you smarter like walking backward!
Walking backward and studying for a test, makes you do better on the test!
"Whenever you encounter a difficult situation, stepping backward may boost
your capability to deal with it effectively," Severine Koch, PhD, and colleagues
write in May's edition of Psychological Science.
Koch's team works for the social and cultural psychology department at
Radboud University Nijmegen in the Netherlands.
They were interested in the effects that "approach" movements, like walking
toward something or pulling something toward you, and "avoidance" movements,
such backing away from something, have on mental functioning.

***For kids in poverty that just don't have the resources to have a Gymkhana,
that does not make you stupid or anything relating to it.
I myself don't really have the resources to have one. I tend to make my own.

And that is your stimulus to relate to your homework or learning something from school.
You can relate with your own life as a point of reference to something you are
trying to learn. Your experience, belief in life is just how you are raised,
what you have seen. That does not mean you have to live in a box! Get out and learn!

Sure you may not get a Berkeley or Harvard education but that also can be good
in a changing society when you keep getting the same educational road to no where!
Over all I say it's better to make your own road show! When you look at the whole
working system as it is. Who gets most of the money, the worker?
There needs to be a change. And everyone has the power to change it, low or high!
Just the facts to know "It's just a ride!"

With that story I point to the story of "The myth of the Celestial Cow."
All forms of life were believed to have been created by Ra,
who called each of them into existence by speaking their
secret names. Alternatively humans were created from Ra's
tears and sweat, hence the Egyptians call themselves the
"Cattle of Ra." In the myth of the Celestial Cow it is
recounted how mankind plotted against Ra and how he sent
his eye as the goddess Sekhmet to punish them.
When she became bloodthirsty she was pacified by mixing
beer with red dye.

You are not stupid for being poor and
there is always a way, you are not on your own.
We will always win!
Over all we all are one!

Saturday, November 16, 2013

At Home with, Cy Curnin, of The Fixx.

When you envision a successful star’s home, it seems logical to picture extravagance and luxury located in an upscale, and possibly secluded, California neighborhood. For Cy Curnin, vocalist for the New Wave group The Fixx—whose hits include "One Thing Leads to Another, " "Saved by Zero," and "Red Skies"—that image of his home life is far from his reality. Instead, the singer has chosen to reside on an organic farm in France with his wife, young daughter, horses, sheep and 150 goats—all permanent guests at his bed-and-breakfast.

Ask Curnin for the reason why he chose to get his hands dirty and live off the land and his answer sounds more like the beginnings of one of his songs: He did it for love. But he’s quick to say that it didn’t take long to find his passion for what he does and the land he calls home.

"This has been a discovery for me—like being at the right place at the right time," he says. "In 2001, Aurélia, my then-girlfriend and now my wife, decided just to pack her bags, leave New York and move back to France, where she’s from originally. When she got there, someone gave her a sheep, so she decided to go to school to study goat farming and make goat cheese."

Curnin missed his love and a few years later decided to move out and join her. The couple bought 20-plus acres of land and a 1790 longère style home that was once a cattle farm in the Loire Valley of France, two hours south of Paris. On the property, they built a bed-and-breakfast, decorated with a mix of rustic and modern décor. Its walls are three-feet thick, allowing the home and B&B to remain naturally cool. Additional insulation was added where necessary and wood-burning stoves and electrical heaters keep the rooms warm. "In France, electricity is very cheap because they’ve invested in nuclear power," Curnin says, "so the government gives you good tax kickbacks if you use electricity."

The site has two rental homes (gites)—one that accommodates up to 12 people and another that can fit up to four—equipped with kitchens. The B&B is a popular, rural getaway for many Europeans who enjoy a holiday exploring the Loire Valley, which is home to beautiful chateaux, countless wineries and delightful villages. The property includes a lake for fishing, and children can participate in the daily farm activities. Rates vary depending on the season and the space.

Once he had the land, it was the tragedy of September 11, 2001 that turned Curnin’s attention to what he calls "food with barcodes," and he realized that this farm could allow his family to be self-sufficient. "There hadn’t been one drop of pesticides or fertilizer ever put on this soil other than natural," says Curnin. "We are now 100 percent self-sufficient, and it only takes an hour or two hours of work every day. It’s maintainable."

***It's good to know that happy landings makes happy lives!

I have always been a fan of The Fixx, going back to middle school, high school,
college. And it's good to see the Fixx is still going!

Steve Perry, Journey, in the middle.

Being that Steve Perry had a Birthday on January 22 and the Journey Frontiers LP
came out in February 22, 1983. Yes 30 years ago! Still shocking for me Steve is 64.
Makes me think of my age!

There are many points to the story here. As life is a Journey, and we do need
new frontiers in these times we need to move a long, and start a new path, a new road.
Get off the bad road. If it does not work get off it!
( ( ( ) ) )

You may not of known this part of Steve's past.

In his early twenties, Perry moved to Sacramento to start a band with a
16-year-old future multi-platinum music producer, Scott Mathews, who co-wrote,
played drums, guitar and sang. That band, Ice, wrote strong original material
and were poised to 'make it' as they recorded during the day at the
Record Plant studios in Los Angeles in 1972 while Stevie Wonder recorded
his classic Talking Book LP by night. Upon returning to Sacramento, Ice
melted as the band had no management, Mathews was stuck in high school
and the recordings went virtually unheard. Perry ended up in Banta, California
outside of Tracy, California, where he fronted the band Alien Project in his
mid-twenties. He nearly gave up music when the bassist of that band,
Richard Michaels, was killed in an automobile accident. Perry returned
to Lemoore and decided not to continue his singing career, but at the
urging of his mother, Perry answered a call from Walter "Herbie" Herbert,
manager of the struggling San Francisco-based band, Journey.

So came his Journey to today! So where is your Journey? Isn't it time we all
path a new frontier! The last one we had didn't do us very well.

***This story is to point you have the power to make things good for yourself.
Just get off that bad road and get on a better one!

Our Liberal founding fathers, Socialist and Agrarian Justice!

Much has been said about our founding fathers in recent years. The Tea Party has all of the sudden become historical scholars. They have become the defenders of our Country and our Constitution. Glenn Beck is their proverbial historical professor. Unfortunately their knowledge is fairly limited to specifically what their Fox News comrade regurgitates.

In 1797, Thomas Paine wrote a pamphlet called “Agrarian Justice“. It was his last great pamphlet and it was addressed to the French legislature, itself in the throes of revolution. While he addressed the pamphlet to the French legislature, he meant the plan in it to be universal, as he said in his accompanying letter.

The plan contained in this work is not adapted for any particular country alone: the principle on which it is based is general. But as the rights of man are a new study in this world, and one needing protection from priestly imposture, and the insolence of oppressions too long established, I have thought it right to place this little work under your safeguard.

Paine starts his proposal by discussing poverty. First of all, he says poverty is not natural:

“Poverty, therefore, is a thing created by that which is called civilized life. It exists not in the natural state. On the other hand, the natural state is without those advantages which flow from agriculture, arts, science and manufactures.”

Paine decries the disparity of income just I have and many other liberals have today:

“Civilization, therefore, or that which is so-called, has operated two ways: to make one part of society more affluent, and the other more wretched, than would have been the lot of either in a natural state.”

***I am sure you get the point of that, more over when you look at the
Socialism part in the past! ***

What are the progressive aspects of last century’s socialism? And from where did the original ideas come? These are extremely relevant questions in light of the international economic and political upheavals.

Modern socialism was born alongside capitalism and in opposition to it. When the basic features of industrial capitalism first came into existence — in the early 1800’s — people instantly recognized that drastic changes needed to be made: the large industries that emerged created dehumanizing conditions for the majority of people — forcing people to work twelve and fourteen hours a day for starvation wages — while a tiny minority were becoming fabulously wealthy. This is not what most people had fought for in the English, American, and French revolutions.

The “utopian socialists” in the early 1800s tried to correct these social inequities by proposing grand schemes that, if adopted by governments, would help harmonize society. These reformers, however, soon learned that those in power wanted little to do with their ideas. They also learned that “alternative economic models” set up next to the large capitalist enterprises were soon crushed by these corporations, due to the superior wealth encapsulated in the giant machines the capitalists owned, as well as the state machinery that the corporate elite controlled.

The Utopian’s failure was partially due to a lack of understanding. At the time, people were attempting to grasp what was happening to society; capitalist industrialization was happening at a lightning pace, with little preparedness or understanding from the majority of people. Blind economic forces seemed to be advancing uncontrollably.

In fact, modern socialism can be theoretically reduced to correcting the economic contradictions that inherently exist in capitalism. Marx listed these contradictions in his Capital; the “socialist solution” is merely the correction of these fundamental problems of capitalism.

For example, in capitalism’s embryonic stage, the capitalist ran a small shop, where perhaps he sold wagon wheels. But as capitalism evolved, a thousand times more goods were produced after the whole town was organized to make wagon wheels, each person performing a different, very small task, but all working cooperatively to produce the final product. The profit, however, went to one person — the owner, or owners. The result was that wagon wheels were immensely cheaper, and those who could not afford the high cost of the factory-approach of production — machines, labor costs, and raw materials — were pushed out of the market.

Eventually, those capitalists unable to compete evolved into workers, while more and more money was needed to purchase the giant machinery and infrastructure needed to stay a competitive capitalist; through this dynamic wealth increased at one pole and decreased at the other.

This shows a fundamental contradiction of capitalism: all of society is organized to produce goods and services; workers work “collectively” to build products, i.e., they work “socialistically,” but the vast majority of the wealth produced goes to a small minority of non-working, very wealthy shareholders. Thus, to correct this problem, the wealth produced by society should be distributed to those who create it, not funneled into the pockets of the rich. This would require transferring the vast majority of the productive machinery from private ownership of a few to the control of vast majority.

***Not many people know about the paper "Agrarian Justice." It's like many want it to be not known!
Well it sure seems like it to me! Like going from High school into college and finding out,
hoover wore a dress! That points to a selective education and missing out on a lot. Why?

Friday, November 15, 2013

Getting real, can't afford to use my insurance!

There is a need for a change in the health care system but there will always be people like
in my town that won't be able to afford their medicines, that pushes why go to the
Doctor if I won't be able to get the medicine to get better.

So they have insurance but won't use it. That is really the same as being uninsured!
When they have to go to the Doctor it's bad like they had no insurance in the first place!
It cost more to fix just like not having insurance!

I have been like that much of my time. I am really poor myself, I worked a lot of time
at poor places like Walmart. My rent at the time was $360, Car payment $160,
Car insurance $130 Internet $25, food, gas for the car etc,
I would only have $45 in my bank.

With my job now and my bills I have its more like $4 in my bank most times.
So with that view you see the not being able to use my insurance, with the co-pay,
Dr bill in the mail, being able to buy the medicines, you see the mess!

I got sick once went to the DR that gave me a DR bill for $50, and my medicine at
Walgreens was $130+ I only had $45 in the bank, I only got the antibiotic that cost
$30, leaving me $15 for rest of the month!

So why did I go to the DR in the first place? Was it worth $80? No!
I found out a guy I knew put a small spoon full of Neosporin in some hot tea and
drank it. It helped him he said!
Also heard about getting antibiotics at a pet store for fish. It works!
Superglue to fix cuts with out stitches I did that many times!

Anyway you see it It's about income! ObamaCare is needed, but in low pay towns
it won't work. The workers will still be like uninsured but with insurance they cant use!
In fact it's not Obama making it bad it's your low pay.
If you got paid better you could afford to go to the Doctor,
but your pay won't let you!

So comes the self sufficient way of Superglue it and take some fish antibiotics!
Go to a Doctor? Not with my pay!

~~~FYI Fish-Mox!
"How To Use Fish-Mox (to treat your sick fish, of course)"
Over the years, I have discussed the importance of having a stockpile of antibiotics to deal with the common infections that we might encounter in a survival situation. Simple activities of daily survival, such as chopping wood, could easily cause injuries that could be contaminated with bacteria.  Today, we have access to antibiotics through our healthcare providers that nip problems in the bud.  Unfortunately, these “minor” issues can become life-threatening if we are denied such access:  Skin infection bacteria could enter the blood, causing “septicemia”.  In the past, this was not uncommon as a cause of death.

Therefore, it’s important to accumulate antibiotics.  I have told you about my experiences as an aquacukturist (tilapia at present) and the availability of aquatic and avian antibiotics that can be used to treat your sick “fish” in times of trouble.  The classic example I have used is Fish-Mox (Amoxicillin 250mg) and Fish-Mox Forte (Amoxicillin 500mg).  Some of you may have purchased some for your medical supplies, but do you know when and how to use this medication?

Amoxicillin (veterinary equivalent: FISH-MOX, FISH-MOX FORTE, AQUA-MOX):  comes in 250mg and 500mg doses, usually taken 3 times a day.  Amoxicillin is the most popular antibiotic prescribed to children, usually in liquid form.  It is more versatile and better absorbed and tolerated than the older Pencillins, and is acceptable for use during pregnancy.
Ampicillin (Fish-Cillin) and Cephalexin (Fish-Flex) are related drugs. Amoxicillin may be used for the following diseases:

  • Anthrax  (Prevention or treatment of Cutaneous transmission)
  • Chlamydia Infection (sexually transmitted)
  • Urinary Tract Infection (bladder/kidney infections)
  • Helicobacter pylori Infection (causes peptic ulcer)
  • Lyme Disease (transmitted by ticks)
  • Otitis Media (middle ear infection)
  • Pneumonia (lung infection)
  • Sinusitis
  • Skin or Soft Tissue Infection (cellulitis, boils)
  • Actinomycosis (causes abscesses in humans and livestock)
  • Bronchitis
  • Tonsillitis/Pharyngitis (Strep throat)
You can see that Amoxicillin is a versatile drug. It is even safe for use during pregnancy, but all of the above is a lot of information. How do you determine what dose and frequency would be appropriate for which individual? Let’s take an example: Otitis media is a common ear infection often seen in children. Amoxicillin is often the “drug of choice” for this condition. That is, it is recommended to be used FIRST when you make a diagnosis of otitis media.

Before administering this medication, however, you would want to determine that your patient is not allergic to Amoxicillin. The most common form of allergy would appear as a rash, but diarrhea, itchiness, and even respiratory difficulty could also manifest. If you see any of these symptoms, you should discontinue your treatment and look for other options. Antibiotics such as Azithromycin or Sulfamethoxazole/Trimethoprim (Bird-Sulfa) could be a “second-line” solution in this case.

Once you have identified Amoxicillin as your treatment of choice to treat your patient’s ear infection, you will want to determine the dosage.  As Otitis Media often occurs in children, you might have to break a tablet in half or open the capsule to separate out a portion that would be appropriate.  For Amoxicillin, you would give 20-50mg per kilogram (2.2 pounds) of body weight (20-30mg/kg for infants less than four months old).  This would be useful if you have to give the drug to a toddler less than 30 pounds.

A common older child’s dosage would be 250mg and a common maximum dosage for adults would be 500 mg three times a day.  Luckily (or by design), these dosages are exactly how the commercially-made aquatic medications come in the bottle. Take this dosage orally 3 times a day for 10 to 14 days (twice a day for infants).  All of the above information can be found in the Physician’s Desk Reference.

If your child is too small to swallow a pill whole, you could make a mixture with water (called a “suspension”). To make a liquid suspension, crush a tablet or empty a capsule into a small glass of water and drink it; then, fill the glass again and drink that (particles may adhere to the walls of the glass).  You can add some flavoring to make it taste better.

Do not chew or make a liquid out of time-released capsules of any medication; you will wind up losing some of the gradual release effect and perhaps get too much into your system at once.  These medications should be plainly marked “Time-Released”.

You will probably see improvement within 3 days, but don’t be tempted to stop the antibiotic therapy until you’re done with the entire 10-14 days.  Sometimes, you’ll kill most of the bacteria but some colonies may persist and multiply if you prematurely end the treatment.  This is often cited as a cause of antibiotic resistance. In a long-term survival situation, however, you might be down to your last few pills and have to make some tough decisions.

Don’t use veterinary equivalents (except on your fish) in normal times. Consult your physician or other healthcare provider. Overuse of antibiotics is one of the main causes of antibiotic resistance today.

~~~FYI Superglue!
"Can I Really Use Superglue to Close My Wound?"
Using superglue to close a wound is possible, but not advisable. While using glue that you can buy in the store to close a wound would work, it also may produce extreme skin irritation and skin death when purchased in over-the-counter form. There are medical superglues that are often used in place of stitches to close certain types of wounds.

Superglue is made of a substance called cyanoacrylate. When it comes into contact with liquids like water, it forms a plastic mesh that will keep skin, or anything someone wants glued, neatly bonded together. Regular superglue has methyl alcohol, however, which creates heat in order to produce the bonding effect. Using this type of glue to close a wound in deep tissue could result in killing some of the surrounding skin cells.

It is true that the US military used superglue to close wounds during the Vietnam War. Most of the studies of problems resulting from use were recorded during this time. It is likely that doctors did save many lives with this procedure, however, because it gave them time to transport patients to M.A.S.H. units where they could have needed surgery.

Today, many medical facilities do use a medical form of superglue to close a wound, but only of certain types of wounds. This medical form includes cyanoacrylate, but also butyl, isobutyl, or octyl. These are thought to help prevent bacteria from infecting the wound. In the US, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has only approved the use of a few types of glue to close wounds.

Deciding to use medical superglue to close a wound is usually based on the type of wound. A long straight skin wound where the tissue naturally flaps back together is the ideal choice. Generally, it is not appropriate to use it to close a wound that is deep and reaches far into the body. Even with the medical form, some skin deterioration or irritation may occur and delay healing.

The best application of superglue to close a wound is on minor skin lesions. For someone who is not a medical professional, this should be a last choice decision, rather than a first choice one. It is far better to allow an expert to decide how to treat a wound when it is severe and bleeding may be occurring internally.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

A note to the undecided Walmart warehouse and workers!

No matter where you work at, the warehouse, daytime, overnight you need to
look at how you are treated at work. Are you able to Walkout to do better for
your kids, or make it better for others kids in the big family of Walmart workers.

There is nothing more powerful than the workers.
If all the Walmart workers in your store walkout, just think how much your
one store will loose in one day, $300,000 +
Now that is power. Never doubt you can make a difference!
Get together & get them where it counts!
I hope to see more Walmart warehouses walking out.
Stand by your brothers in other stores! It's time to get your pay up,
$419 billion is enough, for Walmart!

Get out there and Never say Never!
( )

***This story I did was for the 2012 Walmart walkouts.
It's still for now possibly if you are not treated right.
Walking out of Walmart is something you need to plan.
In other words get a plan for another job ahead of time.
Get with a union or the NLRB on any action that is needed.

My Walmart story!

It has been long enough. 5+ years ago I worked at Walmart.
At the time there was retaliation there, for some workers.
They would check on you every 30 mins to ask you are you done yet,
are you done yet. A lady support manager went to the bathroom, where my girl friend
at the time was, doing her business, & yes the manager asked her, something like
"Are you done yet?" She told me she wanted to fart so bad at that time.
"Oh-yes, fart, I will get righ,aaaaarrrg on it!"
(Walmart humor, you have to work there!)

So you get the point of how bad it is there!

Around X-mas, all night they gave gifts they where giving away.
They would call out your name if you won something, I did.
There where many workers allover the store doing their job, helping
customers etc. A while later I helped a guy get a TV to his car. A "Team Lift"
kind of thing we do.
After that me & a few other workers where working doing what we
do at Walmart, but in a different part of the store, we where done where we
normally work & it was getting time to get off work.

Well the 2th manager in charge a rude person anyway, walked by
& asked us what are we doing? (Rudely) We all looked at the 2th manager
& went back to work.
The 2th manager took us all in the "AD room" (Office), where they made
a big thing about it, they talked to each worker etc.
After my turn, I set my gift I won on desk on the office & went out the door.

Then came the door greeter. A 70, 80 year old man.
He was in the back talking to the Manager about taking time off to take
care of his dieing 90 year old ex-wife what was in a nursing home.
The manger said he can't he has took off to many days already
& he couldin't use the Family med leave act. (Ex-wife)
The old guy took off his name tag etc & handed it to the manager,
he wouldin't take it so it dropped in front of him
& the old man quit!

Then a few months later came the Water issue!
The workers could have bottled water with them at work.
And some bottles ended laying around. Well the manger did not like that, so
they said we could not bring the water with us we all had to drink
from the water fountains.
But being 55 workers for overnight & with the support managers bugging
you every 30 min etc. That would not work. There where a few diabetic workers.
And for the rest of us it was just to long of a shift to deal with that.

A few weeks later I ended up in the "AD room again for a warning because
I got sick & missing too many days. (Retaliation) Well when I was there
I noticed on a paper sitting there, the times for the
Walmart executive walk through that was going to happen at 7am.
It was some big guys coming. I now knew what time day etc.

That was sort of the last straw with me, I have seen the light!
So with the water issue going on & the executive walk through coming I
called OSHA with a complaint. Let them know what was happening, with
all the stress of work! That we all had to drink at the few water fountains.
The person at OSHA took the case & wanted to know when was a good
time to get a hold of the Walmart Manager.
I said 7:15am on this day... It was only a few days away.
I didin't think OSHA would take the case!

So I went to work like normal, I was pumped but normal the first night went good.
Then came the day! I worked that night always looking at my watch, peeking
around corners etc. Before I knew it, it was 7am! then, 4,3,2,1.....
then on the overhead a message MR(Name here) important phone call line one!,
important phone call line one!, important phone call line one! for about 5 mins.
Then it stopped, then again on the overhead, but in a panic voice!

All of that time I was holding in my laughter, but some let out.
A support manager heard me a bit. The pages on the over head was aggressive
so he ended up walking to the front to see what was going on.
He stopped at my aisle I was working at & looked at me.
I was holding in my laughter & didin't show much!
Then he walked to the front & found out who was on the phone,
he ran to get the Manager with the Walmart executives to tell him a
Government agent OSHA high up wants to talk to him, their pissed!

After that the support manager went back to my aisle I was working
& just looked at me! But had no proof, I did it, but he knew! I hid my face
like I was busy working I was red in the face from my laughter. My lungs hurt etc.

After all this & ended up quitting over being sick with a unknown virus, I missed too many days.

A few months later I went to a BigLots store & there was a worker that worked
with me at Walmart, he held up a lighter for me, he heard what I did!
I was a rock star!

It was not all for me but for the workers also!
It was for the workers that 70, 80 year old man, everyone that works there!

You will get this with a hostile work environment as Walmart!
From the outside you do not know!

What I did was needed & fair. It makes up for the mistreatment in a way.

I just wanted to say this story to say that one worker makes a difference, give it for a small time but yes, as one worker! After me the OSHA complaints came easier!

My life as a overnight worker at Walmart?

As for me working overnight, I would go to bed at 11:30 AM then sleep to 8:30 PM then
get ready for work & I would be at work at 10 PM work about four
2300 to 2500 lbs pallets. That is about 10,000 lbs a night 50,000 lbs for 5 days
200,000 lbs for a month 2,400,000 lbs for a year etc.

But then I would usually have a bad pallet jack so with me it would take me
16 to 18 min to take out one pallet from the back store room to isle 6.
My legs would be burned up! Keep in mind their mind set is that
you are to do one 2500 + - pallet in 45 minutes. ( - ) the time it took you to pull it out.
That did not matter to them! Thats about 83 LBS a minute work load!
There have been OSHA complaints in the Walmart I worked at in the past on bad jacks.
But it tends to go back to the way things where in time.

You work the pallet which you need to think of it like opening a box & taking all the
items out & put them on the shelf. Kind of like taking 4 Subaru's apart & putting
it all on the shelf, weight wise a night.
Then for me I would end up with 1.5 or 2 pallets of over stock I would have to
drag back the store room & get off work at 7 AM exhausted.
Do what I am able to do at home & sleep & do it again.

My first day off I would stay up until 2 PM, then I would be asleep from
2 PM to 11 AM 21+ hours! Really!!
The next day was my only day off where I did stuff around the house pay bills
or did nothing.
The next day I had to be asleep by 11:30 AM to be at work later.
I was asleep through the rest of my time off.
That is the life of most of the overnighters for $6.88 after taxes.

If you work at Walmart let people know how your life is tell everyone.
People do not know!
You haven't lived until you fell asleep in front of people you don't know
that where talking to you!

Get the word out about what it is like!
Show your poverty! What I like to do is go to a high dollar kind of place
in my Walmart outfit with cardboard all over me tired.
Get out be seen!!!

Being tired from working there I ended up mowing
my grass in 25% parts during the workday or time off.
It took me 5 days to mow the grass!
1st day mowed half the front. 2th day mowed the other half.
3rd day mowed half the backyard. 4th day mowed the other half.
5th day I ran the weed eater. That is how I fit all the things I had to do in.
It's Walmarts Attendance Policy forcing you to work sick & to
neglect your home out of exhaustion & stress of work.

You don't believe me, ask a Overnighter at Walmart!
Just don't bug them at 12am on the first of the month!
43 million people are going to Walmart being out of food for a few weeks.
Let the worker work! Or see the joy of a worker standing up!

The point of all this? I bet you did not know this, now you should be
looking deeper on this, it is not right, to work like this.

A job is not just a job sometimes it's a hell!
But there is some help!

Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. Compensation, Nominating and Governance Committee Charter?

Just for your information I wanted to pass on a small part of info in the
Walmart corporate world.

How would you like to work at Walmart & get, "will also be eligible to receive an annual equity award. For fiscal 2013, this award, if approved by the CNGC, will be comprised of performance shares with a target value of $2,625,000" And that is just the start.

But I wanted to do a story on the "CNGC." That stands for,
"Compensation, Nominating and Governance Committee"

The Compensation, Nominating and Governance Committee (the “Committee”) is appointed by the Board to: (1) discharge the Board's responsibilities relating to the compensation of the Company's directors, executive officers and associates; (2) assist the Board in identifying individuals qualified to serve as Board members; and (3) assist the Board in the implementation of sound corporate governance principles and practices.

The basic responsibility of the members of the Committee is to exercise their business judgment to act in what they reasonably believe to be in the best interests of the Company and its shareholders.

In discharging that obligation, members should be entitled to rely on the honesty and integrity of the Company’s senior executives and its outside advisors and auditors, to the fullest extent permitted by law.

With respect to its nominating and governance functions, the Committee has the following authority and responsibilities:

1. Sole authority, in its discretion, to retain or terminate any search firm to be used to identify director candidates and shall have sole authority to approve the search firm’s fees and other retention terms. The Committee shall also have the authority, in its discretion, to obtain advice and assistance from internal or external legal, accounting or other advisors.
2. Actively seek individuals qualified to become board members for recommendation to the Board.
3. Apply the criteria set forth in the Director Qualifications Section of the Corporate Governance Guidelines to the selection of director nominees.
4. Develop and periodically review policies applicable to the nomination of persons to be appointed or elected as directors of the Company including, without limitation, the Company’s policies with respect to shareholder nominations.
5. Recommend to the Board the number of and qualifications for directors, the composition of the Board and a slate of nominees for election as directors at the Company’s annual meeting of shareholders.
6. Recommend to the Board persons to be appointed as directors in the interval between annual meetings of the Company’s shareholders, including filling vacancies occurring for any reason.
7. Develop and recommend to the Board standards for determining director independence consistent with the requirements of the New York Stock Exchange and other applicable laws or regulations and review and assess these standards on a periodic ongoing basis.
8. Review the qualifications and independence of the members of the Board and its various committees on a periodic basis and make any recommendations the Committee members may deem appropriate from time to time concerning any recommended changes in the membership or composition of the Board and its committees.
9. Establish and oversee the Company’s director orientation and continuing education programs and review and revise those programs as appropriate.
10. Recommend to the Board such changes to the Board’s committee structure and committee functions, as the Committee deems advisable.
11. Confirm that each standing committee of the Board has a charter in effect, that such charter is reviewed at least annually by its committee and that each charter complies with all applicable rules and regulations.
12. Review any proposed amendments to the Company’s Certificate of Incorporation and Bylaws and recommend appropriate action to the Board.
13. Review and assess the Company’s compliance with the corporate governance requirements established by the New York Stock Exchange, the requirements established under the Sarbanes-Oxley Act and other applicable corporate governance laws and regulations.
14. Recommend to the Board such additional actions related to corporate governance matters, as the Committee may deem necessary or advisable from time to time.
15. Review and assess the quality and clarity of the corporate governance information provided to the Board and its committees by management and direct management as the Committee deems appropriate with respect to such materials.
16. Oversee the Board’s evaluation of senior management.
17. Develop procedures for and conduct the annual self-assessment and review of the performance of the Board and each Board committee, and report annually to the Board with an assessment of the Board’s and the Board committees’ performance.
18. Develop and recommend to the Board a set of corporate governance principles (the “Corporate Governance Guidelines”) applicable to the Company.
19. Review and reassess the adequacy of the Corporate Governance Guidelines of the Company annually and recommend any proposed changes to the Board for approval.
20. Review and establish, for approval by the full Board, succession planning and retention practices for executive officers of the Company.
21. Review the Company’s reputation with external constituencies and recommend to the Board any proposed changes to the Company’s policies, procedures, and programs as a result of such review.
22. Review and reassess the adequacy of this Charter annually and recommend any proposed changes to the Board for approval.
23. Annually review and evaluate its own performance with respect to its nominating and governance functions in coordination with the annual review conducted by the Committee.
24. Review and advise management regarding social, community and sustainability initiatives of the Company.
25. Review and advise management regarding the charitable giving strategy of the Company, its subsidiaries and affiliates.

Please see Walmart for full details, it goes on & on. I would have to post this story
on Current in 5 parts!

Note the part, 24. Review and advise management regarding social, community and sustainability initiatives of the Company.
Im guessing the social, community, part is good or bad.
What ever might effect the stocks.

And a Walmart Walkout!
I am popping my head up in the clouds here with this story.
For the main part, just to have acknowledgment, of what you might of guessed!

Really in terms protect the stocks, in all terms!
There is a lot to Walmart than you thought!

Walmart Area 71 and secerets and beyond!

If you work at Walmart you know this but to the shoppers & everyone else.
Here is some secret info about Walmart.
For one their data center, called "Area 71"

Area 71 is the unofficial title for Wal-Mart's 125,000-square-foot (11,600 m2) datacenter which is located in Caverna, Missouri near the Arkansas border. The datacenter has a supposed capacity of over 460 terabytes of data, or 460,000,000,000,000 bytes of data. Area 71 is built directly on top of bedrock which gives it maximum strength to withstand many natural and man made disasters. It is also self-sufficient with generators and the capability to retain data link with the Wal-Mart network using copper wire, fiber optic cable, or satellite communications. Some speculate that the datacenter was created to link video footage with customers buying products to build a database as to when and what kind of person buys a certain product.[citation needed] It can also be used to develop trends in purchasing before major events (i.e. natural disasters, holidays) so that Wal-Mart executives can better stock store shelves in anticipation of this event.

Wal-Mart also uses Area 71 to control many functions of Wal-Mart stores.
This includes turning the lights on and off, adjusting the climate control, and
playing the in store music. Also run from the data center is the computer
system that employees use to “clock in” at each location and also provides
email to keep employees informed of events that are pertinent to their job function.

***Note if you go to the food aisle you will see one post in a strange place
with a black digital sensor on it. That is the thermostat. It only reads the temp.
Yes I dared to put a lighter up to it for a few sec & ran!

Area 71 has it's own weather system & can warn each Walmart if a bad
storm is coming their way.

It holds info of what the workers bought, relating to their discount card!
They know that you buy!!!!!!

And how many times you checked your hours worked on the clock in.
I messed with them once each day I checked my time worked, like 1 for the
first day 2 times for 2th day etc. I went up to 30 I think. Then I went to
random checks, like it was some code! Someone in Area 71 was seeing
what I was doing!

Also I am sure it holds records of what you bought, as in your receipt etc.
That brings up another scary fact of info from the 1990's. There was a story
about a hacker that hacked into Walmart & found out their cashier scan was
able to read your face. He put a virus in there that would print your name on the
receipt if you payed with cash. This is true, because I had a receipt like that in
the 1990's. I don't have it now. I did not think of it as bad at the time.

Also there was info about walmarts spy satellite then & now!
In 1987 The company installed the largest private satellite communication system
in the U.S., linking the company's operations through voice, data and video communication. They did not say it was a spy satellite with a camera.
Can they spy in the workers at home that might start a union?
( The info comes from Walmart. I can't put the link to it!
Search for up "" "our-story/heritage/history-timeline" )

Beyond Area 71 is their new data center.
In 2011, Wal-Mart, which announced in July that it would build a
210,000-square-foot corporate data center in northern Colorado Springs,
has finalized its purchase of the site paying about $5.3 million for the land.

The world’s largest retailer completed its purchase Friday, buying four parcels
totaling 24 acres along Federal Drive, southeast of InterQuest and Voyager
parkways, according to documents recorded with the El Paso County Clerk and Recorder’s Office.

Wal-Mart spokesman Josh Phair in Denver confirmed that the retailer has
finalized its purchase but said he couldn’t add more details. Wal-Mart officials
previously had said construction on the project would begin in October and be completed in late 2012.

***Also a strange secret fact. Each Walmart runs on it's own Walmart power supply.
They don't use the city's power grid, they have their own.
I know where the backup generator in my towns Walmart is, it's down the side
road a wee bit. I thought about going for a drive & following the lines if I can.
Really I do want to know! I am just afraid it might end up at something like the
hadron collider, dark matter kind of stuff! It just kind of fits.

Lastly I need to note that Walmart did or does have a strong tie with the military
etc. They had a push for the GOV for those RFID chips.
That is a whole other story there!

Now you know, but there is never enough to know!


This is information that points of some major GREED! Money, money, money!
Makes you wish you had this when you will retired from your position!

Also Merrill Lynch and Green Dot handle their money and have many addresses as well as Wal Mart...

Item 5.02. Departure of Directors or Certain Officers; Election of Directors; Appointment of Certain Officers; Compensatory Arrangements of Certain Officers.

(b) On January 19, 2012, Brian C. Cornell, Executive Vice President, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Sam’s Club division of Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (“Walmart” or the “Company”), notified the Company that he will retire from his position as President and Chief Executive Officer of the Company’s Sam’s Club segment, effective on the close of business on January 31, 2012. Mr. Cornell will continue to be employed as an associate of the Company through April 1, 2012. During the period from February 1, 2012 to April 1, 2012, Mr. Cornell will continue to receive his current base salary and will be eligible for personal use of Company aircraft for a limited number of hours. In connection with his initial employment with the Company, the Company entered into a post-termination agreement and covenant not to compete with Mr. Cornell on March 5, 2009. This agreement prohibits Mr. Cornell, for a period of two years following his termination of employment with the Company for any reason, from participating in a business that competes with the Company and from soliciting the Company’s associates for employment.

(c) Rosalind G. Brewer, age 49, will become Executive Vice President, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Company’s Sam’s Club segment, effective February 1, 2012. Ms. Brewer will report to the Company’s President and Chief Executive Officer in this new position. Since February 2011, Ms. Brewer has been an Executive Vice President of the Company’s Walmart U.S. segment, with responsibility for the Walmart U.S. eastern geographic business unit. Previously, Ms. Brewer had responsibility for the Company’s Walmart U.S. segment’s south and southeast geographic business units. Prior to joining Walmart in 2006, Ms. Brewer worked for Kimberly-Clark Corporation in various roles, including as president of its global nonwovens sector. Ms. Brewer has been a director of Lockheed Martin Corporation since April 2011. She also serves as the chair of the Board of Trustees of Spelman College.

Ms. Brewer does not have an employment contract with the Company, and her employment is on an at-will basis. Pursuant to the terms of Ms. Brewer’s offer of employment and subject to the approval of the Compensation, Nominating and Governance Committee (the “CNGC”) of the Company’s Board of Directors, effective February 1, 2012, Ms. Brewer will receive an annual base salary of $800,000, subject to annual adjustment. Ms. Brewer will also be eligible for an annual cash incentive under the Company’s Management Incentive Plan (the “MIP”), based on performance criteria to be established by the CNGC. For the Company’s fiscal year ending January 31, 2013, Ms. Brewer’s target cash incentive under the MIP will be 160% of her base salary, with a maximum possible payout of 200% of her base salary. Under the performance criteria to be established by the CNGC for fiscal 2013, Ms. Brewer’s cash incentive payment under the MIP, if any, will be based in part on the Company’s operating income and in part on the operating income of the Sam’s Club segment.

Ms. Brewer will also be eligible to receive an annual equity award. For fiscal 2013, this award, if approved by the CNGC, will be comprised of performance shares with a target value of $2,625,000, which provide the right to receive shares of the Company’s common stock, par value $0.10 per share (“Common Stock”), if certain performance goals to be established by the CNGC are achieved over a three-year performance period, and restricted shares of Common Stock with a value of $875,000 on the date of grant, which will vest on the third anniversary of the date of grant, provided that Ms. Brewer continues to be employed by the Company on that vesting date. Ms. Brewer will also receive two additional awards of performance shares in connection with her promotion effective February 1, 2012, subject to approval of the CNGC. The first additional performance share award will have a target value of approximately $1,846,952, and will vest on the first anniversary of the grant date. The second additional performance share award will have a target value of approximately $1,797,014, and will vest on the second anniversary of the grant date.

In connection with her promotion and her move to Bentonville, Arkansas, from Atlanta, Georgia, Ms. Brewer will also be eligible to receive relocation benefits typically available to senior officers of the Company. Ms. Brewer will also be eligible for personal use of Company aircraft for a limited number of hours and be entitled to continue to participate in all employee benefit plans and programs generally available to the Company’s associates and officers, including the Company’s medical plan, the Deferred Compensation Matching Plan, the Associate Stock Purchase Plan, and the 401(k) Plan.


The Company entered into a post-termination agreement and covenant not to compete with Ms. Brewer on December 29, 2009, which was amended on March 23, 2010 (collectively, the “Non-Compete Agreement”). The Non-Compete Agreement is substantially similar to the form of post-termination agreement and covenant not to compete that is attached as Exhibit 10(p) to the Company’s Form 10-K filed on March 30, 2010. The Non-Compete Agreement prohibits Ms. Brewer, for a period of two years following termination of employment with the Company for any reason, from participating in a business that competes with the Company and from soliciting the Company’s associates for employment. The Non-Compete Agreement also provides that, if Ms. Brewer is terminated by the Company for any reason, other than for a violation of the Company’s policies, the Company will continue to pay her base salary for two years following termination of employment.

Item 9.01 Financial Statements and Exhibits.

(d) Exhibits

99.1 Press Release dated January 20, 2012 announcing senior management changes.



Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.

Dated: January 25, 2012


By: /s/ Gordon Y. Allison
Name: Gordon Y. Allison

Title: Vice President and General

Counsel, Corporate Division




99.1 Press Release dated January 20, 2012 announcing senior management changes.

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6 Harsh Truths That Will Make You a Better Person.

Feel free to stop reading this if your career is going great, you're
thrilled with your life and you're happy with your relationships.
Enjoy the rest of your day, friend, this article is not for you.
You're doing a great job, we're all proud of you.

For the rest of you, I want you to try something:
Name five impressive things about yourself.
Write them down or just shout them out loud to the room.
But here's the catch -- you're not allowed to list anything you are
(i.e., I'm a nice guy, I'm honest), but instead can only list things that you do
(i.e., I just won a national chess tournament, I make the best chili in Massachusetts).
If you found that difficult, well, this is for you, and you are
going to fucking hate hearing it. My only defense is that this is
what I wish somebody had said to me around 1995 or so.

#6. The World Only Cares About What It Can Get from You

#5. The Hippies Were Wrong

#4. What You Produce Does Not Have to Make Money,
But It Does Have to Benefit People

#3. You Hate Yourself Because You Don't Do Anything

#2. What You Are Inside Only Matters Because of What It Makes You Do

#1. Everything Inside You Will Fight Improvement

***For the most part you get the point!
You just need to look at your own life.
In my life I am doing good. I don't make any money, but with things
I see it as I never needed it anyway!

I know people can make it bad for themselves &
you can't make them not! Or like to say they like it that way,
if they didn't they would not be like that in the first place!
It also is the long road you where on in your life, then you realized you
are heading for a turd farm!

It does come down to #1. Everything Inside You Will Fight Improvement.
Not knowing much of this stuff, I worked at making my type of web browser
"K-Meleon-db." It started as a kit for the browser. But down the road
I worked at making the version of the browser itself!
It took steps! My personal website from 1997 is like the same.
It took like 16 years to get it the way it is now.

Even in my stories I do here is in steps.
And it takes others here to give me a story also.
Someone will post a comment & that would fire me off a story.

No one is self-sufficient; everyone relies on others.
This saying comes from a sermon by the seventeenth-century
English author John Donne.

Anyway you see it, don't make your life so crappy for yourself!
I can't make you change it takes you! 

With the world seeming to be in such a bad time, there is such a bad time to give you all Le Pétomane!

With the world seeming to be in such a bad time, there is
such a bad time to give you all Le Pétomane!
Thank you!

Le Pétomane was the stage name of the French flatulist (professional farter) and entertainer Joseph Pujol (June 1, 1857–1945). He was famous for his remarkable control of the abdominal muscles, which enabled him to seemingly fart at will. His stage name combines the French verb péter, "to fart" with the -mane, "-maniac" suffix, which translates to "fartomaniac". The profession is also referred to as "flatulist", "farteur", or "fartiste".

It is a common misconception that Joseph Pujol actually passed intestinal gas as part of his stage performance. Rather, Pujol was able to "inhale" or move air into his rectum and then control the release of that air with his anal sphincter muscles. Evidence of his ability to control those muscles was seen in the early accounts of demonstrations of his abilities to fellow soldiers.

Joseph Pujol was born in Marseilles, one of 5 children stonemason/sculptor François Pujol and his wife Rose. Soon after Pujol left school, he had a strange experience while swimming in the sea. He put his head under the water and held his breath, whereupon he felt an icy cold penetrating his rear. He ran ashore in fright and was amazed to sense water pouring from his anus. A doctor assured him that there was nothing to worry about.

When he served in the army. he told his fellow soldiers about his special ability, and repeated it for their amusement, sucking up water from a pan into his rectum and then projecting it up to several yards. He found that he could suck in air as well. A baker, Pujol would sometimes entertain his customers by imitating musical instruments, and claim to be playing them behind the counter. Pujol decided to try the stage, and debuted in Marseilles in 1887. When his act was well recevied, he moved to Paris, where he appeared at the Moulin Rouge in 1892.

Some of the highlights of his stage act involved sound effects of cannon fire and thunderstorms, as well as playing "'O Sole Mio" and "La Marseillaise" on an ocarina through a rubber tube in his anus. He could also blow out a candle from several yards away. His audience included Edward, Prince of Wales; King Leopold II of the Belgians; and Sigmund Freud.

In 1894, the managers of the Moulin Rouge sued Pujol for an impromptu exhibition he gave to aid a friend struggling with economic difficulties. Pujol was fined 3,000 francs, and the Moulin Rouge lost their star attraction as the disagreement led him to set up his own travelling show called the Theatre Pompadour.

In the following decade Pujol tried to 'refine' and make his acts 'gentler'; one of his favourite numbers became a rhyme about a farm which he himself composed, and which he punctuated with the usual anal renditions of the animals' sounds.

With the outbreak of World War I, Pujol, horrified by the inhumanity of the conflict, retired from the stage and returned to his bakery in Marseilles. Later he opened a biscuit factory in Toulon. He died in 1945, aged 88, and was buried in the cemetery of La Valette-du-Var, where his grave can still be seen today. The Sorbonne offered his family a large sum of money to study his body after his death, but they refused the offer.
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Trends and challenges for low-wage workers.

Many workers are facing uniquely tough times. Though now below its
recessionary peak of 10 percent in October 2009, unemployment remains high at
8.2 percent, and job growth is slow. With around 25 million people unemployed
or underemployed, it is clear that the jobs crisis did not subside with the official end
of the recession. Moreover, workers are still suffering from difficulties that materialized
in the decades before the Great Recession, such as deteriorating job quality and
stagnant wages. The economic expansion from 2001­–2007, for instance, was among
the weakest on record; typical family incomes grew by less than one half of one percent
between 2000 and 2007 (Bivens 2011). These economic challenges are particularly
acute for workers at the bottom of the wage scale.

This paper focuses on low-wage workers—who they are, where they work, where
they live, and what their future challenges may be in regards to education/skill requirements,
job quality, and wages. Analysis of employment projections from the
Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reveals that the future of work will be shaped by much
more than labor market skill demands. And in the future, rising wages will depend more
on the wage growth within occupations than on any change in the mix of occupations.

This briefing paper begins by providing an overview of the jobs crisis facing American workers
a crisis that must be resolved if low-wage workers are to experience brighter labor market
prospects. It then explores the racial/ethnic composition and education levels of the
low-wage workforce. Next, the briefing paper examines which states have the highest
and lowest shares of low-wage workers. Following this is an analysis of which of
the 22 occupation groups identified by the Bureau of Labor Statistics have the highest
and lowest shares of low-wage workers, and provides an overview of how overall
employment in those groups is expected to change by 2020.

It then turns to a discussion of how overall education, training, and work-experience
requirements of the U.S. workforce will change between 2010 and 2020.
The paper concludes by explaining why any focus on increased access to good
jobs for low-wage workers should be less concerned with educational attainment
or changes in the skill demands of the labor market, and more concerned with
a range of policy-related issues that affect job quality—namely, the stagnating
value of the minimum wage, the erosion of health and retirement benefits,
and the decline in bargaining power of American workers.

Key findings include:

* Female, young, and minority workers are overrepresented in the ranks
of low-wage workers, when “low-wage” is defined as below the wage that a
full-time, full-year worker would have to earn to live above the federally
defined poverty threshold for a family of four. (In 2011, this was $23,005 per year,
or $11.06 when adjusted to hourly wages.)

* In 2011, only 31.5 percent of low-wage workers lived in households with a
family income greater than $50,000, indicating that low-wage workers are not
predominately teenagers living with their parents or adults with low-paying jobs living
with a higher-earning spouse.

* In 2010, Mississippi and Tennessee had the largest share of workers earning wages
that put them at or under the official poverty threshold for a family of four, at 33.7 percent
and 32.8 percent, respectively. The District of Columbia and Alaska had the smallest
share of workers in this category, at 11.6 percent and 17.5 percent, respectively.

* In 2010, food preparation and serving related occupations had the largest share
of workers earning a wage at or below the poverty level
(73.6 percent, or almost three-fourths).

* An analysis of the education and training levels projected to be necessary
for the labor force of 2020 shows that jobs will not require a significantly greater level of
education or training than workers currently possess. Therefore, a simple increase
in the share of workers with a college degree will not ensure that tomorrow’s
economy generates better and more equitable outcomes than today’s economy.

* Workers of the future, particularly low-wage workers, will only experience rising living
standards if the policy status quo is replaced by more-progressive tax
and transfer policies, increases in the real value of the minimum wage, a reversal
of falling unionization rates, an expansion (and definitely not a retrenchment)
of publicly financed social insurance programs, and, crucially, a real commitment
to full employment.

A bright future of work for low-wage workers begins with quickly lowering
the unemployment rate by solving the current jobs crisis.
Though the Great Recession is technically over, for many unemployed and
employed Americans it does not feel that way, largely because strong and
sustained job growth has yet to occur.

The economy needs to create 9.9 million jobs just to fill the jobs deficit1
a daunting task for a nation struggling to create enough jobs to keep pace with
monthly population growth (Shierholz 2012). As of March, the unemployment rate
was still 8.2 percent, and 42.9 percent of unemployed workers had been
unemployed for six months or longer (Shierholz 2012b).
The underemployment rate, which includes workers who are unemployed,
marginally attached, or involuntarily working part time, is 14.5 percent (Shierholz 2012).
Polling has indicated that unemployment has affected large swaths of the population.
In Democracy Corps polling from June 2009 to June 2011, the share of respondents
who stated that either they or a family member had experienced unemployment
hovered around 40 percent (Mishel and Shierholz 2011).

One of the best ways to improve conditions for low-wage workers is to lift their pay,
and one of the most effective ways to accomplish this is by generating good jobs
in an economy with a tight labor market (Mishel, Bernstein, and Shierholz 2009).
History shows that full employment which is the utilization by the labor market of
virtually all willing workers lifts the living standards of working families because
lower-wage workers in very tight labor markets gain the bargaining power to
demand higher pay and/or better working conditions. As Bernstein and Baker (2003)
write in The Benefits of Full Employment, the labor market of the mid- to late 1990s,
which operated at or near full employment, helped reverse a decline of real wages
for many workers, benefiting even those toward the bottom of the wage scale.
Measures of wage inequality, in fact, slowed their rise in the late 1990s. The 1990s
also saw, for the first time in a generation, incomes of the workers at the bottom
of the scale growing more quickly than incomes of workers in the middle of
the income scale.

The Poor People's Campaign, Now! Show your poverty!

In the world according to the chamber of commerce, for the big rich people.
The poor has power to put the light on your town of it's low pay!
You are empowered! Just get out there & be seen!
Go to city festivals dressed poor! Go to grand openings looking like a bum!
And be loud about the high prices then walkout!

Why? more likely like my town you can talk until you are blue in the face
& it will do no good! I have been pushing better pay in my town for a while now.
All it really did is have my local news paper & chamber of commerce
sensor everything I say. We had a group meeting in town about the future of
my town. I went there sat at the wage table full of air I think.
They did not listen to me much. Only about the background checks
it takes to get one worker, pushing the need for better pay for better workers.
Like the Kansas song power! It takes power to back up the things you say!

I worked overnight at Walmart & yes I was a "Zombie" you never see me,
I slept all the time, stayed home. I have been there I know, we need a Zombie invasion!
Go to a fancy place after work, look poor. Buy some Tea, coffee.
Just be there & look poor. Bring up the need to pay the workers better.

This is nothing new! This was done by Martin Luther King, Jr!

"The Poor People's Campaign."
Dr. King wanted to bring poor people to Washington D.C., forcing politicians to see them and think about their needs: "We ought to come in mule carts, in old trucks, any kind of transportation people can get their hands on. People ought to come to Washington, sit down if necessary in the middle of the street and say, 'We are here; we are poor; we don't have any money; you have made us this way...and we've come to stay until you do something about it.

Also in August, Senator Robert F. Kennedy asked Marian Wright Edelman "to tell Dr. King to bring the poor people to Washington to make hunger and poverty visible since the country’s attention had turned to the Vietnam War and put poverty and hunger on the back burner." Edelman transmitted Kennedy's message to King in September.

Like the 99% in action, but more poorer! Get out there, wherever you are!
Either you see it as the city folk meets the locals, or other,
you know it's going to be fun! This is the best way to show your town
has low pay! Show your poor!

You can also stop shopping. Why buy it at the high price & keep the price
high for you & everyone else! Walkaway from the sale!

This does not mean do without, but in some cases that is good!
You will find out you never needed it anyway!
There are things I do to save money & yes I do those things!

I do make ice cream out of frozen cool whip. Why spend $5 on ice cream,
when you can spend $1.00! These things add up!

Why buy $9 a qt, synthetic race oil for your car then you can use
Delo 400 LE SAE 15W-40 diesel oil at about $4.50 a qt & works better & longer,
for me!

You all get the main point! Get out, show your poverty & buy no high price!
This is real empowerment!

Be sure to let them all know,
"If you wanted me to buy that, they should of paid me better!"

Get out there & be free! Have a good, bum looking weekend!
Make King happy!