Thursday, April 15, 2010
Saturday, April 10, 2010
The university got this one right.
The University of Wisconsin canceled its licensing agreement with Nike Inc. on Friday, becoming the first university to take that step over concerns about the company's treatment of workers in Honduras.
Chancellor Biddy Martin said Nike hasn't done enough to help workers collect severance payments they are owed at two factories that abruptly closed last year.
"Nike has not developed, and does not intend to develop, meaningful ways of addressing the plight of displaced workers and their families in Honduras," Martin said. "It has not presented clear long-range plans to prevent or respond to similar problems in the future. For this combination of reasons, we have decided to end our relationship for now."
Let's hope the Badger hockey team gets this one right.
NOTE: Blake Geoffrion, won the Hobey Baker award, the first Badger to win this prize.
Geoffrion’s last name is probably quite familiar to hockey fans far and wide. He is the son of Danny Geoffrion, who had a brief career with the Montreal Canadiens and Winnipeg Jets. He is also the grandson of the late Bernie “Boom Boom” Geoffrion and great grandson of the late Howie Morenz, both of whom also played for the Canadiens and are both enshrined in the Hockey Hall of Fame.
Friday, April 09, 2010
Tuesday, April 06, 2010
First, the fines:
Now listen to the criminal CEO of Massey:Violations in recent weeks include cracking and collapsing of mine walls on Feb. 21; ventilation problems on March 17, March 23 and March 30; drill dust on March 25; and inadequate air quality on March 23; according to U.S. records.
In the last year, federal inspectors have fined the company more than $382,000 for repeated serious violations involving its ventilation plan and equipment at the mine, the Associated Press reported.
Earlier in the evening, Don Blankenship, Massey Energy's chairman and chief executive, confirmed seven deaths "with a heavy heart."
He said the company would not release the names until next-of-kin were notified.
"Our top priority is the safety of our miners and the well-being of their families," Blankenship said in a statement.
"We are working diligently on rescue efforts and continue to partner with all of the appropriate agencies.
"Our prayers go out to the families of the miners. We want to assure the families of all the miners we are taking every action possible to locate and rescue those still missing," he said.
It just blows my mind, but this is exactly the type of country the ReThugs want America to be - heartless, small, & unregulated. This Massey Energy outfit clearly loves money, miner safety, on the other hand, doesn't concern them one bit. BTW, surprise, surprise, the Upper Big Branch mine is non-union.
In fact Massey Energy, received the largest U.S. fine ever for mine safety violations after two coal miners died in a January 19, 2006 fire at the Aracoma Alma No.1 Mine in Logan County West Virginia.
Monday, April 05, 2010
Britain did arrest the Fascist Pinchet, although they did not try him. I'd arrest the Nazi pope in a second, if I could.
British lawyers are now examining whether the pope should have immunity as a head of state and whether he could be prosecuted under the principle of universal jurisdiction for an alleged systematic cover-up of sexual abuses by priests.
It just will not stop. Read this response & realize that the Roman Catholic Church has absolutely no interest in even admitting they have a problem.
The priest has received only a minor punishment and is currently working in his bishop's office processing teacher appointments for a dozen church schools in the diocese of Ootacamund in southern India.
"We cannot simply throw out the priest, so he is just staying in the bishop's house, and he is helping me with the appointment of teachers," said the Most Rev. A. Almaraj, the bishop of Ootacamund. "He says he is innocent, and these are only allegations. ... I don't know what else to do."
How does it go - every accused person proclaims their innocence? His guilt or innocence should be decided by a jury, but his bishop will not allow it. How convenient for the Roman Catholic Church. My emphases.
Sunday, April 04, 2010
Saturday, April 03, 2010
I would add that I think college & universities are a main component of this scandal. The worst of it is that kids compete hard for these internships, since they are often a requirement for graduation. & we can see the evil result:
So much for a liberal education that teaches values, individual responsibility, etc.Many regulators say that violations are widespread, but that it is unusually hard to mount a major enforcement effort because interns are often afraid to file complaints. Many fear they will become known as troublemakers in their chosen field, endangering their chances with a potential future employer.