“Jesus Christ, are you shitting me?” Patel reportedly said to himself while struggling to hand-stitch the right sleeve onto an Adidas T-shirt in pitch-black darkness. “It’s bad enough having to work 19 hours straight in 100-degree heat for almost no pay, but now I have to stumble around in the dark like a goddamn moron, too? Fucking terrific.” Patel then quickly remembered his starving family, calmed himself down, and continued to quietly and diligently work deep into the night.”—Indian Sweatshop Worker Has To Work In The Fucking Dark Now Too | The Onion - America’s Finest News Source
“There are all these people in this country who are just not participating in the American dream at all,” he told New York magazine. “Right now, for some bizarre reason, a lot of these people are supporting Republicans who want to cut taxes on the wealthy. At some point, if we keep doing this, their numbers are going to keep swelling, it won’t be an Obama or a Romney. It will be a Hollande. A Chávez”—Jeff Greene | Occupy Wall Street | Low Income America
What could really drive Caterpillar to demand its workers tighten their belts in a period of unprecedented prosperity? “Greed,” might be the moralist response; “capital accumulation” the Marxist one. But a better explanation is even simpler: because they can.
The political climate in the US today is such that it’s open season on unions. The ongoing evisceration of public workers’ collective bargaining rights, solidified with governor Scott Walker’s triumph in Wisconsin’s June recall election, set the trend, one that spilled over to other states and is now spilling over to private sector workers as well. That the justification for revoking those rights – state budget shortfalls – didn’t hold up to evidence that many of the largest shortfalls were in non-union states, made no difference.
As part of an effort to boost smartphone sales following lower-than-expected third-quarter earnings, Apple announced today a new national advertising campaign urging users to buy a second iPhone for their other hand. “Imagine having Safari, FaceTime, and Siri in both of your hands at the same time,” Apple CEO Tim Cook said in a press release for the new campaign, which will debut Friday night during the Olympic opening ceremonies with the slogan “Need an extra hand with that?” “On the one hand—quite literally—you’re texting a friend, and on the other, you’re hitting up Siri for the nearest pizza joint. With that second phone, iPhone users will truly have the power of the Internet at their fingertips—all 10 of them. This is the wave of the future right here.” At press time, Apple reported that iPhone sales for the day had passed the 600,000-order mark…
Iranians, hit by sanctions and soaring inflation, were shocked by the scale of the $2.6bn bank loan embezzlement that was exposed last year and by allegations it was carried out by people close to the political elite or with their assent.
Of the thirty-nine people tried for the fraud, the biggest in the country’s history, four were sentenced to hang, the IRNA state news agency reported on Monday.
Enbridge, a beleaguered Canadian oil pipeline company, has spilled more than 50,000 gallons of light crude oil in rural Wisconsin — shortly after the company said it had implemented safety reforms after a massive 2010 spill in Michigan.
Like especially considering it’s only a 5 hour difference. I don’t remember America freaking out during the World Cup, and the Euro Cup or Wimbeldon or any of the other tons of international sporting events in a year.
But come time for the Olympics unless you work at NBC you’ll never know when anything is on.
The god damned Royal Wedding and fucking Diamond Jubilee weren’t on delay either. Everything worked out fine. You know why? Because no one was granted an exclusivity contract regarding the airing of the events on television. The thing that really gets me is that this isn’t original content. It’s coverage of an event; it’s news. This is branded and controlled news and an argument can be made that this is censorship.
I’m also wondering how television rights translate to video being shared from overseas on the internet by users, *not* for-profit corporations. In a normal dispute of this nature lawyers must draft cease and desist letters and send them out to the people they have a grievance with. That isn’t happening here. Videos are just being pulled down without any possible form of recourse.
The Olympics are not content. The events are news and the footage is being massively manipulated and controlled by mega corporations. Is this business model going to spread? Is this what the IOC should be doing? Do they have a right to grant a monopoly in a country of 330 million people? Should NBC have policing powers to just take down shit without investigation or trial? Where is the due process?
My tax money is used to fund my Olympic team, but I have no right to see them perform in real time if people are willing to provide me with that coverage, because a private corporation says so? Michael Phelps represents me, because I pay for him to be able to compete. The Olympics are the games of the people, not corporations.
The IOC has been corrupted by people like Romney who put profit before ethics. Look forward to this type of management if he wins. Fuck, we can probably expect it even if he doesn’t. Rich people are paying attention right now…. I’m sorry, job creators. They will steal whatever they can from us in order to mark it up and sell it back to us, especially if we are already supporting the ‘product’ through taxes.
It should also be noted that the FCC needs to be brought into this for allowing the merger of Comcast and NBC. The 2008 Olympics were free to watch online as they were sponsored by Microsoft Silverlight (I believe the technology that Netflix is built on). NBC is a network station available to anyone with a television, but now that a cable company bought them, you can only view the events online if you have proof of subscription to that specific cable company, despite the fact that NBC is also carried on other delivery systems like Dish.
I don’t mean to blow this up into an even bigger issue than it is in the moment, but it really is that big of a deal. This is setting precedent. The Olympics should not be a private event. NBC should not have policing powers. Comcast has absolutely nothing to do with the Olympics. The Olympics are news and therefor public domain. The IOC should not be a for profit organization. This is a much bigger deal than simply missing the Men’s 400 Medley in swimming or NBC smothering you with political propaganda and selectively covering what we all understand to be an international event (we understand that we will not ‘get’ everything).