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Republican anti-Obamacare propaganda frequently focuses on scary statistics on premium costs; it’s left to supporters of the law to point out that the awful numbers ignore the subsidies available to consumers. So now, if the Halbig ruling is upheld, the subsidies actually won’t be available in many cases. What Republicans have sought to portray as the “true” costs of health coverage under Obamacare will be the real costs to consumers, thanks to Republican skulduggery. And they’ll say it’s Obama’s fault.
No More Mister Nice Blog (via azspot)
The “corporatization of America” during the past century has been an attack on democracy — and on markets, part of the shift from something resembling “capitalism” to the highly administrated markets of the modern state/corporate era. A current variant is called “minimizing the state,” that is, transferring decision-making power from the public arena to somewhere else: “to the people,” in the rhetoric of power; to private tyrannies, in the real world.
Noam Chomsky, Profit Over People: Neoliberalism And Global Order (1997)

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And how hard is it to land even a minimum-wage job? This year, the Ivy League college admissions acceptance rate was 8.9%. Last year, when Walmart opened its first store in Washington, D.C., there were more than 23,000 applications for 600 jobs, which resulted in an acceptance rate of 2.6%, making the big box store about twice as selective as Harvard and five times as choosy as Cornell. Telling unemployed people to get off their couches (or out of the cars they live in or the shelters where they sleep) and get a job makes as much sense as telling them to go study at Harvard.
"Why Don’t the Unemployed Get Off Their Couches?" and Eight Other Critical Questions for Americans (via seriouslyamerica)
If the company wants to abruptly, drastically change the nature of their work, it can do so at will, and its employees have zero recourse if their bottom line is slashed. That’s because they aren’t technically employees, but contractors, bereft of the same protections and benefits granted to full-time workers. Management is invisible. When Rabbits stormed the company discussion forum with complaints, it was shut down, while the company, like Uber, balks at the idea that it’s an employer of any Rabbits at all. TaskRabbit is a platform. TaskRabbit is a mediator. TaskRabbit is not a bad boss, because it was never a boss to begin with — it’s just operating an algorithm. The notion of unionization in the “sharing economy” is of course preposterous and unheard of — not even Facebook has organized — so who needs collective bargaining when you’ve got trust, and community, and other ukelele-and-Vimeo startup platitudes?
If TaskRabbit Is the Future of Employment, the Employed Are F*cked (via infoneer-pulse)

all that being said

hithertokt:

grayer:

allisonunsupervised:

fivecentwisdom:

allisonunsupervised:

And regardless of the value of the process, phrases like “provide actionable feedback” make me want to quit my job immediately.

There’s definitely some opportunity here for you to be a stakeholder in your own success.

As the data will show.

If we proceed with rigor, we can ultimately engage our core focus groups by utilizing data-driven instruction to maximize growth goals.

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Yes. All this and MORE.

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