Daily Archives: April 13, 2011

A Quick List of What to Boycott – Boycotting Koch Industries

What not to buy: Here is a short hist of products made by the Koch Brothers who are out busting unions and demonizing public employees:

Angel Soft toilet paper
Brawny paper towels
Dixie plates, bowls, napkins and cups
Mardi Gras napkins and towels
Quilted Northern toilet paper
Soft ‘n Gentle toilet paper
Sparkle napkins
Vanity Fair napkins
Zee napkins

Georgia-Pacific paper products and envelopes

AND AVOID THESE TRADEMARK BRAND PRODUCTS:

COMFOREL® fiberfill

COOLMAX® fabric

CORDURA® fabric

DACRON® fiber

POLYSHIELD® resin

SOLARMAX® fabric

SOMERELLE® bedding products

STAINMASTER® carpet

SUPPLEX® fabric

TACTEL® fiber

TACTESSE® carpet fiber

TERATE® polyols

TERATHANE® polyether glycol

THERMOLITE® fabric

PHENREZ® resin

POLARGUARD® fiber and

LYCRA® fiber

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: Skeptical voters raise collective brows after election surprises

Op-Ed by Eugene Kane

April 9, 2011- Yes, it was a pretty amazing election day.

No, I'm not totally sure what happened.

Apparently, lots of readers felt the same way.

"I can't believe they're trying this!" is what one Milwaukee man on my social network said last Thursday, just hours after news about 14,000 uncounted votes were suddenly "found" in Waukesha County.

"How come they didn't count those votes last night?"

A Milwaukee woman posted a comment immediately echoed by several others.

"Something is not right here," she said.

They were reacting to reports that the race between Supreme Court Justice David Prosser and challenger JoAnne Kloppenburg had just been thrown into a tizzy by the shocking announcement that somehow the City of Brookfield's voting totals didn't get counted by the Waukesha County clerk. Kloppenburg, who had actually claimed victory by that point, had been the leader until the new votes were discovered.

Mother Jones: This Week in Collective Bargaining

April 9, 2011- This week's labor battles came from all over the country, with protests timed around the centennial of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire. The March 1911 fire at the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory killed 146 garment workers operating in unsafe working conditions and prompted improvements in worker rights.

Last Monday on the 4th, Oakland and San Francisco dock workers shut down Bay Area ports for 24 hours. Also that day, protestors in Madison, Wisconsin, dressed as zombies demanded "Brains!" from Governor Walker. In Connecticut, firefighters protested benefit and pension scale-backs; Vermont bus drivers picketed; and Pennsylvania news workers protested at the Erie Times-News office.

Organizers report thousands of other protests, teach-ins, and rallies were held nationwide. The rallies were in response to 729 collective bargaining-related bills sitting in 48 statehouses around the country. The National Conference of State Legislatures has created a database listing each bill and its (somewhat) current status. For a round-up of state labor battles, check out Matt Hrodey's post at the Milwaukee News Buzz.

AlterNet: Drug Test Protestors Send Urine Sample to Florida Governor

The Committee for the Positive Insistence on a Sane Society (PISS) said it was sending the urine sample to Scott to peacefully protest against his drug testing policy.

April 5, 2011- A new political action group formed to protest Florida Gov. Rick Scott's (R) new drug testing policy for state employees is sending a jar full of urine to Tallahassee to save state officials the bother of traveling south to the Florida Keys.

Last month, Scott signed an executive order mandating random drug testing of state employees. The state legislature is also considering a bill that would require drug testing for welfare and food stamp recipients.

The newly formed Committee for the Positive Insistence on a Sane Society (PISS) said it was sending the urine sample to Scott to peacefully protest against his drug testing policy. It accused Scott of wasting tax dollars on unjustifiable intrusions into the privacy of state workers.

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