Workload piles on the agony for stress sufferers

first_imgWithexcessive workloads being blamed for rising stress levels among staff, theGovernment and employers are being urged to take actionHeavyworkload is the main cause of stress, according to a poll of 9,000 safety repsby the TUC. Two out ofthree respondents reported that stress itself is their number one concern, anincrease on the last survey two years ago.The TUCalso found that long working hours are now a greater problem, despite theintroduction of the Working Time directive in October 1998.Cuts instaff were cited by half the reps as a cause for concern, as was bullying,mentioned by three out of 10. Bullying ismore common in the voluntary sector, mentioned by 45 per cent of reps, followedby banking and finance (43 per cent), then local and central government (both41 per cent).The TUC iscalling for action from the Health and Safety Executive to draw up standardsfor tackling excessive workloads, low staffing levels and long hours againstwhich management performance can be judged. It wants the Government to obligeemployers to establish a rehabilitation policy setting out how they will dealwith employees who are injured or become ill while at work.The HSE’ssenior policy officer Owen Tudor explained, “We asked our safety reps to listwhat their worries were. They are trained people and they know what they aretalking about. The definition of stress is whatever our representatives take itto mean.”A CBIspokesman said companies recognise their legal responsibilities to health andsafety matters, and for those that don’t there is plenty of redress in thecourts. “Employeesare already protected by sufficient legislation at the moment. To introducemore would be taking things a whole stage further.”CIPDexternal affairs manager Nick Isles said, “One would expect the TUC to talk inthis language. It would not make sense for businesses to have their employeesworking longer hours [than necessary] because morale will fall and productivitywill be affected. Motorola: Wham team keeps an eye on healthMotorolahas set up a new initiative called Workplace Health at Motorola (Wham) toimprove employees’ health. The Wham team comprises 12 people from HR,occupational health, the company doctor, and representatives from its employeeassistance programme, the fitness centre, company restaurant, managers andmanufacturing grades.Itorganises special events to highlight good diet, heart disease, stress or foodsafety and provides information through its web site and leaflets. Comments are closed. By KathyWatsonCase studiesBritish Energy: one-to-one talks on assessmentBritishEnergy has introduced a system of task-related health assessment for employees.This involves a programme of one-to-one sessions with employees to discusstheir health as it relates to their job requirements. Interviewsare carried out by occupational health staff and may include clinical tests.They are repeated every one to four years, depending on clinical need and typeof job. Otherinitiatives include a risk assessment model of mental health with a focus onemployees’ roles. There is also a focus on ergonomics and manual handling usingrisk assessment and physiotherapy. Employeeabsence is low, 2.5 per cent compared with the CBI’s norm of 3.4 per cent forthe UK. Workload piles on the agony for stress sufferersOn 5 Dec 2000 in Personnel Todaycenter_img Previous Article Next Article Executives push for improvements on wellbeingEmployersare proving slow to carry out stress prevention, although they see it as thefastest growing health issue among staff.Accordingto the Managing Best Practice report from the Industrial Society, onlyone-third of employers monitor workplace stress, with slightly fewer – 29 percent – having policies to cover stress.But theyare being pushed by executives to improve, according to a survey frome-business group Energis. It found 63 per cent of executives believeproductivity will improve if they can monitor and control their stress levels.TheIndustrial Society found that fewer than four out of 10 employers providestress awareness coaching for employees and less than one in 10 regularlytrains line managers in health promotion issues.PatMcGuinness of the society said, “Employers need open and honest lines ofcommunication, where employees feel they can freely acknowledge they are understress without fear of retribution.”Thefindings were drawn from 656 responses to a questionnaire sent to a randomselection of 5,600 HR specialists.Accordingto Energis, Yorkshire and Humberside is the most stressful area to work, with 70per cent of executives experiencing stress on a daily basis, followed byGreater London at 53 per cent and Wales at 49 per cent.Men aremore stressed than women, with 32 per cent experiencing it on a daily basiscompared with 19 per cent of women.Occupationalpsychologist Philip Lindsay said, “It’s not stress per se that is the problem,it’s distress – the point where healthy levels of stress are exceeded and whenpeople start to suffer along with their job performance.” Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

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Prep Sports Roundup: 2/26

first_imgFebruary 26, 2020 /Sports News – Local Prep Sports Roundup: 2/26 Written by FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailBoys Basketball1-A State Tournament 2nd RoundRICHFIELD, Utah-Quadyn Tebbs’ 14 points led the way as the Bryce Valley Mustangs routed Mount Vernon 62-32 at Richfield High School Wednesday. Orlando Martinez had 16 points in the loss for the Patriots. Bryce Valley next meets Wendover Thursday at 8:30 pm in the state quarterfinals at the Sevier Valley Center.RICHFIELD, Utah-Conner Chamberlain led the way with 14 points as the Valley Buffaloes downed Milford 60-52 in triple overtime Wednesday at Richfield High School. Zach Sherwood’s game-high 23 points led the Tigers in defeat. Valley next faces Piute Thusday at 2:30 pm at the Sevier Valley Center in the state quarterfinals.RICHFIELD, Utah-Kelby Jessen netted 15 points as the Piute Thunderbirds bested Whitehorse 55-35 Wednesday at Richfield High School. D’Wayne Nakai had 15 points in the loss for the Raiders.Girls Basketball1-A State Tournament 2nd RoundRICHFIELD, Utah-Esther Cox posted 14 points and 8 rebounds as the Valley Buffaloes bested Green River 48-32 in the second round of the 1-A state tournament Wednesday at the Sevier Valley Center. Talynn Lovato had 12 points and 10 rebounds in defeat for the Pirates. Valley next faces Water Canyon Thursday at 5:30 pm in the state quarterfinals at the Sevier Valley Center.RICHFIELD, Utah-Melissa Jessop netted 16 points and 11 rebounds and Tori Thompson added 14 points and 11 rebounds as No. 12 seed Water Canyon upset No. 5 seed Piute 44-34 at the Sevier Valley Center Wednesday. Heidi Jensen, Kassidy Westwood and Alysen Talbot had 7 points apiece in the loss for the Thunderbirds.RICHFIELD, Utah-McKina Stacey led the way with 17 points and 6 rebounds on 7-13 shooting as the Rich Rebels pounded Escalante 40-16 Wednesday at the Sevier Valley Center. Zoee Torgerson had 8 points and 12 rebounds in the loss for the Moquis.RICHFIELD, Utah-Oakley Johnson posted 14 points and Brooklyn Syrett added 11 points and 8 rebounds as the Bryce Valley Mustangs dismantled Wendover 36-15 at the Sevier Valley Center Wednesday. Samantha Carrillo had 4 points in the loss for the Mustangs. Bryce Valley next faces Rich Thursday at 4:00 pm in the state quarterfinals at the Sevier Valley Center.RICHFIELD, Utah-Kiesa Miller netted 18 points and 10 rebounds as the Panguitch Bobcats routed Tabiona 53-38 at the Sevier Valley Center Wednesday. Paiton Lazenby’s 14 points on 6-12 from the field led the Tigers in defeat. Panguitch next draws Whitehorse in the quarterfinals Thursday at 10:00 am at the Sevier Valley Center. Tags: Roundup Brad Jameslast_img read more

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Term Limit Proposal Draws Mixed Responses

first_imgFEBRUARY 26TH, 2018 Jeff Goldberg JEFF GOLDBERG EVANSVILLE, INDIANAEvansville elected officials may be held to similar standards as the President of the United States. Evansville City Council members are proposing a three four-year consecutive term limit. However, the push for term limits on Evansville City Council is already causing tension among council members. The first reading on the matter was held Monday night and the reaction was mixed. Dan McGinn says, “The study shows that if someone runs their maximum limit of a city councilman then they immediately run for county councilman and run their term limits there, so if the intent is to get rid of certain people bottom line is it does not work.”The terms served prior to 2020 would not count and the three-term limit would start fresh. Councilperson Adams is also proposing term limits for all Evansville officials including the mayor.Mayor Lloyd Winnecke says, “I personally have never been a big fan of term limits in my opinion. Voters, I think, pretty much have a good handle on when their elected representatives have stopped being effective for them.”This was just a first reading so no action was taken.The next reading will be in two weeks and will include a time for the public to speak on the matter.Jeff GoldbergJeff GoldbergMore Posts – WebsiteFollow Me:TwitterFacebook FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

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3 Best Casino Software Providers

first_imgToday the gambling industry today is quite competitive and one of the key factors when choosing a casino is the quality and variety of content on offer. The owners of renowned online casinos partner with leading and trusted software developers in order to attract as many new customers as possible and retain a loyal audience. In this article, we are going to overview the top 3 gaming software providers that have already gained strong popularity and a nice reputation in the gambling community. Moreover, we will learn a bit more about the major criteria helping to pick the proper developer of casino games.#1 — MicrogamingSince 1994, the company’s products have been used in over 450 leading casinos worldwide. After analyzing the Microgaming casinos guide, we see the company’s portfolio includes more than 850 games such as table games, slot machines, live casinos, lotteries, and games for a mobile OS. The company’s operation is licensed by the UK Gambling Commission and the Malta Gaming Authority, two of the most authoritative regulators in the industry. The RTP rate is in the 96-97% range. The corporation applies HTML5, Java technologies in its software development. The products feature a variety of themes, an unconventional approach to graphics, as well as advanced 3D solutions.#2 — PlaytechThe developer began its work in 1999 and today it is one of the international leaders in online casino software suppliers. The company’s collection contains over 500 games, including various types of roulette, video poker, blackjack, and other card and table game titles. The company focuses on the development of high-tech solutions — there are already more than 120 in its collection. Experts praise Playtech’s products for their optimal combination of quality, functionality and also stand out among other vendors for their high-quality sound and graphics and multi-faceted bonus program.#3 — NetEntSwedish company NetEnt gained the love and indisputable authority among gamblers due to the variety of slots and the unconventional approach to the creation of each gaming project.NetEnt produces video slots, table games, live dealer games, and so on. For the latter, incidentally, NetEnt rents a special studio in Malta where professional dealers run live games (blackjack, baccarat, roulette, etc.) with online customers.And while the provider’s slots are considered the best ones today, the live dealer casino software also takes great positions. By the way, the most generous slot from NetEnt is Dead Or Alive and the least paying is Starburst. Therefore, if you want to win infrequent but large sums of money, it is advisable to play the first slot (only a player can decide on their own to play or not).What are the Criteria to Pick Gaming Software Developers?When choosing a gaming software provider, operators usually take into account many factors: country-specific legislation, the development of the gambling market, type of gambling, gamer activity, etc. Here is the list of factors that are important for reliable online casinos while choosing a gaming provider:How long the company has been operating in the gambling industry;Licence availability (the UKGC or MGA, for example);Technical background;Set-up possibilities;RTP figures (from 96% required);Available casino game options;Safety and reliability of software;Availability of all kinds of solutions, innovations for the casino;Payment methods and security;The Army of gamblers and fans that adore the software.All these criteria are ultimate points for casino operators and players as well. Choosing a quality software developer can be difficult. It is best to give preference to providers who have been in the business for a long time.last_img read more

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Mulberry Teacup transforms into tearoom

first_imgA London-based cupcake business has decided to expand and re-launch as a tearoom.Mulberry Teacup, a bakery shop which launched on Kingly Court off London’s Carnaby Street around three months ago, has transformed into a tearoom to cope with increasing customer demand for a sit-down retail bakery outlet in the local area.Jennifer Kirby, owner of Mulberry Teacup, said: “To turn the business into a tearoom was my original idea. Initially, I started Mulberry Teacup as a pop-up concept so I could test what the area was like, so I just sold cupcakes during the first few months.“Part of the reason why we turned the business into a tearoom was through the feedback from our customers who wanted somewhere to sit down and have a cake and coffee. So we knew it was time to take the business to this next level.”As part of the move, Kirby said she has hired a new member of staff for the tearoom, as well as offering new cupcake-making and decorating classes for one of the business’ signature offerings – cupcake bouquets.“There are a lot of cupcakeries which are offering the same products, which is why I wanted Mulberry Teacup to have some sort of unique selling point,” Kirby added. “I started getting ideas when I was creating the rose-type piping on cupcakes and created the bouquet product, which has proven to be popular because they double up as flowers and desserts at occasions like weddings.“The classes we now offer, which demonstrate how to create the cupcake bouquets, are in quite high demand and we are seeing more and more people sign up for them.”Kirby, previously an accountant for more than 10 years, said she undertook a number of informal bakery courses before setting up her first bakery business in Dublin four years ago.last_img read more

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Craft bakeries: two-thirds remain open during coronavirus pandemic

first_imgDespite the challenges of the coronavirus outbreak on operations, almost two-thirds of bakeries have remained open, according to a new survey.A wide-ranging study by the Craft Bakers Association (CBA) has revealed that 63% of bakers have stayed open during the past 10 weeks, with 68% of those operating at reduced hours.And, of those business that did close at some point over the 10 weeks, 94% are now open in some capacity or plan to open soon.Even before lockdown was declared, bakers had looked at ways of adapting their businesses by launching takeaway and delivery services.The CBA survey found that 68% of bakeries offered a takeaway service during lockdown, with 55% offering home delivery. Almost half (45%) have made changes to their payments system, with many insisting on the use of cards rather than cash.Bakers have also shown how adaptable they can be with product ranges, with 45% reporting they had added new products during lockdown and a third making more products than usual.The CBA, which represents around 500 bakery businesses in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, said three-quarters of those surveyed had come to the association seeking advice in the past 10 weeks.Although 85% of survey respondents furloughed staff over the past 10 weeks, 55% of those businesses expected staff to return to work within a few weeks and 40% within a few months.“The results of this survey reveal the craft baker’s adaptability, resilience and capacity to innovate,” said CBA chairman George Fuller. “The industry is not only surviving, but bakers are making the most of the current situation, and we are confident about its future succeslast_img read more

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Trey Anastasio Discusses Khruangbin & Yo La Tengo In New Interview

first_imgTrey Anastasio’s new Ghosts of the Forest project will play Los Angeles’ Greek Theatre on April 19th with Yo La Tengo and Berkeley, CA’s Greek Theatre at UC Berkeley on April 20th with Khruangbin. Trey recently caught up with Relix‘s Mike Greenhaus to discuss the upcoming April shows and his admiration for both support acts.Trey begins by discussing the similarities between the upcoming multi-night Greek run and Phish‘s historic 1998 Island Tour run. He explains,I had hoped that the two Greek shows, in two different cities, would end up taking on the quality of one singular event, like the Island Tour from ‘98,” Anastasio says, thinking back to Phish’s famed, last-minute, four-show April run through Long Island and Rhode Island 21 years ago. “Yo La Tengo and Khruangbin both have an elegant musicality that draws a line between the two nights for me, which makes me happy.”Trey moves forward with high praise for both Yo La Tengo and Khruangbin. He continues,I love Yo La Tengo—I Can Hear the Heart Beating as One is my favorite of their albums,” he says of their 1997 mix of sweet, tender songs and droning jams. “Their songs are so good, and there’s an emotional simplicity to their music that feels like they captured lightning in a bottle. I love Georgia’s drumming. Ira is such a cool guitar player. And all three of their vocals are great. I’m excited to meet them. I’m a fan. …My daughter turned me on to Khruangbin after she saw them at a festival a couple years ago, and I love them,” he says. “They have their finger on the pulse. I love how melody-centric they are, particularly the bass, which was the first thing to catch my ear. They sound like they are mining for the universal melody. I believe in that. Music beyond stylistic boundaries—it feels borderless.Trey’s new Ghosts of the Forest band features his Phish bandmate Jon Fishman, Trey Anastasio Band members Jennifer Hartswick, Tony Markellis, and Ray Paczkowski, and vocalist/multi-instrumentalist Celisse Henderson, who was featured alongside Hartswick as a backup singer at Phish’s 2016 Halloween performance of Ziggy Stardust. Fans still have no idea what to expect from the mysterious band, with Trey offering no hints in the recent interview.Tickets are still available for both Greek Theatre shows via Ticketmaster.Trey Anastasio’s Ghosts of the Forest Tour Dates:APRIL4 – Portland, ME – State Theatre5 – Philadelphia, PA – The Met Opera6 – Washington, DC – Anthem9 – Albany, NY – Palace Theatre10 – Boston, MA – Orpheum12 – New York, NY – United Palace Theatre13 – New York, NY – United Palace Theatre19 – Los Angeles, CA – Greek Theatre20 – Berkeley, CA – Greek Theatre at UC BerkeleyView Tour Dateslast_img read more

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Lawsuit dismissed against PenFed

first_imgA U.S. District Court judge in Virginia dismissed a $5 million civil lawsuit last month against the $21.3 billion Pentagon Federal Credit Union because the allegations of sexual harassment, a hostile work environment, retaliation, age discrimination and wrongful discharge, were not backed up by sufficient facts from the former employee who claimed them.In January, Celia Coleman, 55, of Brandywine, Md., a 31-year former employee, filed the civil suit against PenFed. The lawsuit alleged that a woman supervisor sexually demeaned and assaulted Coleman repeatedly. The lawsuit also charged that the other three female employees encouraged and condoned the sexual harassment and they targeted Coleman for termination.“Accordingly, plaintiff (Coleman) has not pleaded sufficient facts to show that there was any harassing conduct, let alone that it was severe or pervasive,” U.S. District Judge Leonie M. Brinkema in Alexandria, Va., wrote in a 12-page ruling released on March 17.Even though Coleman filed a complaint with her supervisor about being discriminated and targeted by another employee, Coleman did not provide information about alleged specific incidents of such conduct, Judge Brinkema noted in the ruling. 9SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading »last_img read more

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Clinton & Trump: A Plague On Both Your Houses

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Jed Morey is the publisher of the Long Island Press and author of The Great American Disconnect; Seven Fundamental Threats to our Democracy. A plague on both your houses. A plague on both your parties. A plague on both sides of our divided American family. A plague on every estate, each pillar of the republic that crumbles beneath us as we plunge into the abyss of noxious rhetoric. Primary season is the time when demons are exorcised. I get it. Frothing evangelicals ironically flock to candidates who twist scripture and abandon Christian values in favor of nationalism and violent rhetoric. Some of the poorest Americans feverishly support candidates who would eliminate their very means of existence in order to preserve the generational wealth of the opulent minority. Progressives gnash their teeth and carry signs criticizing the establishment while self-righteously re-tweeting corporate media soundbites over a latte.The Trump ascendancy is viscerally disturbing. Populist candidates have captivated ardent xenophobes in America before, but they’ve typically flown too close to the sun and wilted in the national spotlight. Donald J. Trump’s traveling show should have unraveled by now as a result of his shallow intellect, overt racism and misogyny, and absence of policy. Instead, America’s id (founded in racism) has made an unholy alliance with its ego (we elected a black president so we’re in a post-racial era), bringing our Bircher-to-Birther fantasies to life in the form of The Donald. The proposed counterweight to this insanity is a Democrat, who, by the numbers, is the most qualified modern Republican candidate in the race. Pro-war. Pro-Wall Street. Late to every meaningful social issue. Hillary Clinton’s colors can’t change fast enough to camouflage her identity in an attempt to please whichever constituency she finds herself addressing. No matter how hard she tries to sell her liberal activist roots, the stubborn fact remains that she has moved effortlessly between ideologies her entire adult life. As a teenager volunteering for Barry Goldwater she glided toward Eugene McCarthy and then George McGovern with brief stops along the way to support Gerald Ford and Nelson Rockefeller. Clinton’s DNA is strictly political, without a trace of ideology to be found. A plague on both your houses. American political history suggests that somewhere along the way our national superego awakens to suppress the worst of our urges. We relegate fringe candidates to their proper place in history and gravitate to the more centrist message. But what is to be done now that a reality television show star and a power-hungry warmonger have hijacked our national consciousness? Just go with it, apparently. We’re spectators in the Coliseum fueling the madness like it’s the Hunger Games, as though somehow this is either normal or inevitable. As a practical matter, the election is over. Hillary Clinton will win the presidency by the largest electoral margin since Reagan-Mondale. Why? Because you cannot alienate entire swaths of ethnic voters. This is 2016. It’s math. Moreover, we aren’t yet in the political and economic climate that favors would-be dictators, no matter how hard the sell. This isn’t the Weimar Republic. Before the coronation, however, the path ahead will be strewn with the carcasses of officers and activists, bogeymen and pundits. Every perceived societal ill will be shoved under a microscope and diagnosed by unlicensed citizen physicians with a Facebook account. Or worse, a network. The major parties will pepper us with hunks of misleading chum and we’ll feast on them like mindless sharks. The minor parties will barrage their followers with grandiose ideological messages devoid of practical context. The syncopated rhythms of the above tribal drum beats will serve to distract us from the unfolding American coup d’état; a coup, mind you, that is nearly complete. Protesters decried Donald Trump’s anti-immigrant policies outside his rally in Bethpage on April 6, 2016. (Rashed Mian/Long Island Press)PlutocracyThe American plutocracy is more than a conspiracy theory. It’s a “thing.” A thing to be studied, understood, and talked about. The Bernie Sanders campaign was the closest we came to starting a national conversation and moving this idea from the fringes to the mainstream. But because the discussion was tethered to a political campaign, it automatically took on a tribal affiliation. The recent nominating conventions were underwritten by corporate sponsors. “Corporate Personhood” is actually an accepted legal concept. The revolving door between corporate America and the halls of Congress is perpetually spinning. According to the American Civil Liberties Union, 15 percent of the federal prison population resides in privately run prisons. Private military contractors are “deployed” throughout the world to represent the United States’ interests. America has been bought, sold, bankrupted, and consolidated. This didn’t happen overnight. It took decades. Corporate propagandists have steadily torn apart the fabric of our workforce, starting with the now prevailing narrative that unions have “outlived their usefulness” and that their greed destroyed America. The only hope we have is to crush the unions and give corporations a fighting chance to succeed without having to, you know, pay their workers. The ingenious part of this story is how propagandists have convinced the working class to repeat these lies, despite the fact that only 13 percent of today’s workforce is unionized. Progressives gnash their teeth and carry signs criticizing the establishment while self-righteously re-tweeting corporate media soundbites over a latte.Should we dismantle the trade unions and allow our nation’s infrastructure to be built by the lowest bidder? Should we strip away protections from our teachers and first responders? Are these the people really responsible for destroying the middle class? I should think not.Profits are soaring in corporate America. The corporate tax rate, however, has not followed suit. In the 1960s, before the assault on the middle-class began in earnest, corporate taxes made up 20 percent of the nation’s GDP and 23 percent of all federal revenue. Today it’s 12 percent and 6 percent, respectively. What a sham.The media we consume is largely controlled by corporate America as well. The idea that information has been democratized by the Internet is simply incorrect. While it might have started out that way, information has been commoditized instead. The books we read, the music we listen to, the news we consume, the social media we inhale—all cooked, carved and served to us by massive corporations. Just like our two-party system, corporate media is the ultimate illusion of choice. Apple or Microsoft? Starbucks or Dunkin Donuts? Democrat or Republican? Fox or MSNBC?A plague on both your houses.Hillary Clinton with her Vice Presidential candidate, Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va), following her acceptance speech on Thursday, July 28, 2016 at the Democratic National Convention. (Photo credit: Michael Davidson for Hillary for America/flickr)False Idols and False NarrativesAmerica twice fell victim to the Great Man Theory that President Obama could deliver us to the Promised Land, wherever that might be. Well, at least 51 percent of America fell for it. The other 49 percent remained stubbornly unconvinced of his hero status. Either way, he will leave office with one of the highest approval ratings of a two-term president in history. This will likely grow over time as the democratic narrative hardens and we grow ever-more nostalgic. And those who opposed him every step of the way will likely grow to loathe him even more. To his supporters, Barack Obama will be the peaceful patron saint of the United States; the man who withdrew America from conflict abroad and eased our pain during difficult times. To his detractors, he will be the cowardly fool who bowed, scraped and apologized his way through eight years. Both narratives will be false. In reality, this president was a stone-cold assassin, both literally and figuratively. Barack Obama’s interpretation of the Authorization to Use Military Force (AUMF) was broader and more deadly than George W. Bush could have ever imagined. Under the cover of the AUMF, the administration carried out remote bombings and assassinations in Yemen, Syria, Libya, Pakistan, Somalia, and perhaps elsewhere. Proponents of drone warfare like to say that it is legal. It’s not. They like to say that it keeps our “boots off the ground.” It doesn’t. It’s not legal because the interpretation of the AUMF is a state secret and strictly a domestic affair. It’s not legal because it defies international law. The ultimate litmus test is to flip the script and imagine the United States with drones from Iraq flying overhead. Or Somalia. Or Venezuela. Honduras. El Salvador. Afghanistan. Grenada. Korea. Vietnam. Cambodia. (How far back shall we go?) Each of these countries was subjected to direct invasion or covert military action by the United States. Under the logic applied by the Obama administration, these nations would have the absolute legal right to fly drones over Langley and take out key U.S. officials. Nor does it keep “boots off the ground.” The Obama administration’s assassination program is a signature recruiting tool for terrorist organizations throughout the world. Less obvious is his clever use of financial weaponry. The administration, with the Federal Reserve as proxy, declared monetary war on the world through quantitative easing. It was a stroke of brilliance that guaranteed our recovery and suppressed global opportunity to keep up with us. That was in plain sight. To understand just how powerful and financially intuitive the Obama administration has been, consider the timing of oil prices. At the precise moment we needed to curb Russian aggression in Ukraine, turn the tide in the Venezuelan elections, bring a stubborn Iran to the negotiating table, and put money back into the pockets of American consumers, oil prices magically fell to the lowest point since the weeks following 9/11. Nearly every major policy enacted after the Clean Air Act has been designed to tear down working families, deregulate corporate America and pad the pocketbooks of the top 1 percent.Economists will point to surplus reserves, increased domestic shale production, and decreasing demand, all conditions that existed prior to the precipitous decline in oil prices this year. Politicians will point to the fact that energy profits have declined and fracking companies are nearing, or in bankruptcy. Why would Wall Street commit economic suicide by artificially taking oil prices simply to help out the Obama administration’s diplomatic objectives? It wouldn’t, unless there was something in it for them. Watch carefully what happens to oil prices after the coronation and all the deals have been struck within the oligarchy. Private equity firms have stockpiled $60 billion to buy the remains of the idle fracking companies in preparation for the energy sector rebound. This is how Empires work. This is what an oligarchy looks like. The plutocrats in charge are so many steps ahead of the public it’s laughable. Sick, actually.Throughout the process they’ll keep us in check by turning us against one another. But guess what? ISIS isn’t entering the country through Mexico.The government isn’t coming for your guns. Social Security isn’t going bankrupt.Unions didn’t destroy this country.Israel has a right to exist. So does Palestine.The police shouldn’t have access to military artillery.Corporations aren’t people. Islam is the new Communism is the new Fascism is the new Imperialism.Hillary is a corporatist. The Donald is a moron. We have had one contiguous administration since Nixon. Nearly every major policy enacted after the Clean Air Act has been designed to tear down working families, deregulate corporate America and pad the pocketbooks of the top 1 percent. Most positive social progress that has been legislated has ultimately been perverted, watered down, or abandoned. Liberals can point to progressive acts, such as marriage equality, as progress, but it’s important to understand that this is a gift from the ruling class to distract us from the ongoing theft of our liberties. Cynical? You bet. The elite lost nothing by allowing this to happen, which is why we got it. Now we are supposed to decide between the ultimate establishment candidate and a demagogue who are gleefully dividing us while driving for the same result: to retain power in the hands of the few. The pain progressives are feeling—the absolute squeeze taking place in the minds of Bernie Sanders supporters—was played out perfectly in this recent conversation between intellectual heavyweights Chris Hedges and Robert Reich on Democracy Now. If you are a self-proclaimed progressive as I am, this conversation will resonate with you. Either back the democratic shill for the elite and work to build upon the Sanders “political revolution” to affect change in 2020, or throw our weight behind Jill Stein to pull votes from the Democrats, let the empire burn, and start anew in a decade, perhaps two. It depends upon how much time you think we have and whether or not the next generation will have the fortitude to carry out the revolution.It’s a great debate, but doesn’t really matter. As I alluded to above, the establishment has this sewn up, so I believe this to be largely theoretical. Republicans aren’t the only ones effectively peddling fear. In November, behind the privacy screens and curtains in voting booths across America, the majority of citizens will vote either with their misguided, misinformed hearts or their well-informed, feverishly stoked fear. Madame President, I salute you in advance for breaking a barrier that should have been broken long before you. I’m actually excited for my daughters to know this is possible. Moreover, I am one of those who will be relieved that a Democrat will be filling vacancies on the Supreme Court. Beyond that, I will be working against you to tear down the oligarchy and praying we haven’t run out of time. A plague on your house on the hill.last_img read more

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Officials in Tioga County react to Waverly being in the Yellow Zone

first_imgSuperintendent Eric Knolles says he is waiting on some bureaucratic paperwork in order to begin the mass testing and says he is ready, adding that if it doesn’t happen soon, then school will have to move to remote learning only. Tioga County officials also say they are in constant communication with other counties like Broome and Chemung. WAVERLY (WBNG) — The Governor’s office announced earlier this week that Waverly in Tioga County has entered into the Yellow Zone as a coronavirus focus zone due to a rise in cases. They say that it’s most important that the county get testing under control, but they reveal that access to testing is not as easy as it seems. center_img Officials in Tioga County say they were not to surprised by the announcement, adding that due to being next to neighboring counties like Chemung and Broome, it was inevitable. Other officials in Tioga County add that it’s important to increase testing. They also say that the community needs to listen and adapt to the new regulations, adding that because of Tioga’s proximity to Pennsylvania, it will be challenging.last_img read more

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