Monday, October 03, 2022

Labor Day: 41 seconds of a former CIA director on you-know-what

The Labour Day long weekend commemorates the granting of the eight-hour working day for Australians and recognises workers' contributions towards the nation's economy. In 2022 it is October 3

Labor Day came first, but its origins are contested, according to a widely cited 1982 paper by Theodore Watts. Some say it was the brainchild of a respected union leader, Peter McGuire, at an 1882 meeting of the New York Central Labor Union. Others credit Mathew Maguire, also a respected union leader and member of the New York Central Labor Union but with a reputation for radicalism. Watts and others suggest that after Labor Day became a big deal, union brass credited McGuire instead of Maguire in the origin story to keep any hints of radicalism at bay.

One of the most iconic photos of American workers is not what it seems

In any case, someone suggested a parade and picnic to celebrate workers and unions at a meeting in New York in 1882. Tickets to march were sold to male union members for 25 cents each, while women and children marched for free. Though the event was planned mostly by Irish immigrants, ads were translated into German

It's a Friday morning inside a Philippines call centre on the eastern outskirts of Metro Manila, and dozens of staff are calling Australians.

This call centre is allegedly linked to sophisticated multi-million-dollar scams that have targeted Australians for their retirement nest eggs.

The ABC's 7.30 program can reveal details of one scam that "cloned" or misused real details without permission from a company controlled by financial giant AMP.

Foreign call centre raided over alleged links to scam tricking Australians out of their superannuation

Lev Tahor (Hebrew for Pure Heart) is known for extremist practices and imposing a strict regime on members.

Children removed from Jewish sect's jungle compound in Mexico

 41 seconds of a former CIA director on you-know-what

New Substack from the great Radley Balko

Should EA emulate Peak Quakerism?

The legal culture that is Swiss: “Lidl’s Knockoff Chocolate Bunnies Should Be Melted Down, Court Ruling Suggests.”

A new plan for traffic ticket enforcement

Why did we wait so long for wind power?, part II

 False theories that explain everything: “Infected women scored higher in tribalism and lower in cultural liberalism, compared with the Toxoplasma-free control group, while infected men scored higher in economic equity.”

Roger Farmer on Leijonhufvud