A Tale Of Two Silicon Valleys: Wage theft, billionaires, and the rest of us

Originally posted on PandoDaily:

wage-theftLast month, a multiagency task force composed of federal, state, and local authorities busted open a major Bay Area wage theft operation, leading to arrests, raids, mug shots on the local news, and big speeches about the injustice and immorality of wage theft:

“Businesses should not profit by stealing from their hard-working employees.”

For months here at Pando, we’ve been reporting on Silicon Valley’s Techtopus, the wage-fixing cartel organized by Steve Jobs, George Lucas, Eric Schmidt, Bill Campbell, Meg Whitman and other superstar luminaries. According to experts’ models, just four Big Tech companies at the center of the Techtopus—Apple, Adobe, Google and Intel—effectively stole up to $3 billion in employee wages between 2005-2010. This doesn’t include the dozens of other companies who appear as co-conspirators, from Disney and Dreamworks Animation to IBM, Microsoft, Oracle, Dell, WPP, Comcast and others named in secret internal company documents first revealed by…

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Pastor who admitted he had AIDS refuses to step down, gives Sunday sermon

Originally posted on theGrio:

The last place you would expect Juan McFarland to be on Sunday was at the pulpit.

But that’s exactly where the pastor was, despite recently admitting to church members he had AIDS and slept with church members without revealing his condition.

McFarland is still the pastor at Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church in Montgomery, Alabama. Sunday, McFarland delivered a sermon on “divine healing,” according to WSFA-TV, and confirmed to the station he would not be stepping down.

The video below was uploaded to Shiloh’s YouTube page back in March. The title of the sermon is “I Knew It Was The Blood.”

TheGrio | Alabama pastor admits he has AIDS, slept with church members

The church hierarchy voted for McFarland to step down 80-2, following his AIDS  admission as well as other troubling actions such as drug use and mishandling church funds.

Ousted Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church pastor Juan McFarland (Still via WSFA 12 News) Ousted Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church pastor Juan McFarland (Still via…

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‘Keep it Moving’ Rule for Ferguson Protestors Heads to Court

Originally posted on CBS St. Louis:

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – Critics call it the “five-second rule,” and today it goes before a federal judge.

Last month, law enforcers began telling Ferguson, Missouri, demonstrators that they had to keep moving if they wanted to protest the shooting death of Michael Brown, and that if they just stood in place they faced the possibility of arrest.

Civil rights activists say the rule is too arbitrary and restrictive to their freedom of expression.

The issue goes before a judge later this morning at the Eagleton Federal Courthouse in downtown St. Louis.

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Woah…Lyft now covers all of SoCal, from San Diego to Santa Barbara


For all Lyft and Uber fans!!

Originally posted on Lyft Promo Code From a Lyft Driver:

For the last few years, Lyft has only covered certain areas of SoCal cities. First it was a big chunk of Los Angeles, then Orange County and San Diego, then Santa Barbara and the Inland Empire. As of a few days ago, Lyft has close all of the gaps between those areas to create one gigantic, seemingly never-ending swath of SoCal Lyft coverage.

So if you’re out doing stuff in SoCal and you’re wondering if you can get a Lyft, the answer is “Yes.” Unless you’re way out in the boonies, like the mojave desert. That’s just silly.

And Lyft drivers? Almost all the grey spots in SoCal have been filled, so you almost never have to worry about taking a passenger to an area that won’t be able to give you another ride request.

Try Lyft (almost) anywhere in SoCal: Promo code DOUG1682 works

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London and Paris: Accessibility (Part 1)


Thinking about planning a few trips for some of my friends, and I stumble across this post. I will be following this blog and reposting what I find, but Paris sounds like a good idea!

Originally posted on trailertravelinawheelchair:

Episode 5: Wheelchair Accessibility Review of London and Paris

Part 1: London 


The hotel we stayed in, Holiday Inn London-Bloomsbury, had a unique amenity in their accessible rooms: a ceiling lift. I’ve never before seen any hotel providing such a lift. A ceiling lift, or ceiling hoist in Britain, is very convenient because it allows a wheelchair user to be carried directly over the bed or toilet via a track on the ceiling. This is the type of patient lift my family uses at home. Having a ceiling lift available in our hotel room was a great help in making our stay comfortable. My parents did not have to exhaust themselves using a manual patient lift, pushing it around with me or my brother in it on the carpet. There was a track over the toilet and bathtub in the bathroom. There was no roll-in shower so a little difficult…

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4 Killed In Separate Labor Day Shootings Throughout South LA

Originally posted on CBS Los Angeles:

LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — Police say at least four people were killed and several others were wounded in a series of Labor Day shootings throughout South Los Angeles.

There was at least one injury shooting per hour reported in the area throughout the afternoon Monday, Los Angeles police Lt. John Jenal said. Several of the shootings may be gang-related.

The first of the fatal shootings was reported about 2 p.m. near a car wash at the intersection of West Florence and South Vermont avenues, Los Angeles police Officer Jane Kim said. The two men, one in his 30s and the other in his 20s, were both shot and died at a hospital, coroner’s Assistant Chief Ed Winter said. Their names were withheld, pending notification of their relatives.

About an hour later and several blocks away, another person was shot at West 65th Street and South Vermont Avenue. That person…

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Don’t Segregate My Special Needs Child

Originally posted on TIME:

This week, all my friends are posting Facebook and Instagram pictures of their adorable children, whose forced grins and too-neat clothes suggest that the kids aren’t quite as thrilled as their mothers about the inevitable return to school. But for parents of children who have a mental illness or a developmental disability like autism, back-to-school preparation feels more like manning a war room, complete with strategies, maps and complex diagrams. The enemy? Unfortunately, it’s likely to be the very people tasked with helping your child to succeed: his teachers and administrators.

If your child has behavioral symptoms associated with his or her diagnosis, it’s likely that you’ve experienced that painful phone call—probably right in the middle of an important work presentation–unleashing an arsenal of assessments and tests and meetings with teachers, counselors and administrators. The end product is likely either a Section 504 plan, named for that section of the…

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“Speak their Names” Part of the Nationwide Justice for Michael Brown in San Diego

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Originally posted on Reporting San Diego:
? Photos: Tom and Nadin Abbott Video: Tom Abbott Aug. 30, 2014 (San Diego) About 60 people from different walks of life came to the “Officer Jeremy Henwood Memorial Park” in City Heights, behind…

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Great Pacific Garbage Patch

Lies You’ve Been Told About the Pacific Garbage Patch

Why is the world’s biggest landfill in the Pacific Ocean?

National Geographic–Great Pacific Garbage Patch Pacific Trash Vortex

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