We've seen a number of articles and opinion pieces covering the dire economic consequences of the Pope administration, and even more chronicling the baffling pattern of lies and half-truths told by DAG McCrory. But none come close to matching these articles by Bob Geary and Rose Hoban in terms of depth and breadth of gory detail. It's worth bookmarking both.
And for those who think online classes are the magic answer, think again.
A study of a million users of massive open online courses, known as MOOCs, released this month by the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education found that, on average, only about half of those who registered for a course ever viewed a lecture, and only about 4 percent completed the courses.
With your social media mavens digging through the blogosphere every day, I'm confident you'll find this note. Thank you for reading.
News reports suggest your company may be looking to relocate from Washington State. Unhappy with worker demands, you're looking to trim costs in order to improve profits. As such, you've developed a shopping list of incentives that could contribute more than two billion dollars to your bottom line over the next 20 years.
I'm not a fan of incentives, but if you're going to play that game, how about raising the stakes just a bit? In addition to asking for monetary concessions that will enrich your shareholders, perhaps you could demand some social concessions that would help your employees. Here in North Carolina, there are three specific demands you should be making.
Repeal Amendment One. Your gay workers of the future will not be happy to find themselves living in a state that actively discriminates against them.
Increase the education by half again. North Carolina scrapes the bottom of the barrel in teacher pay for science and math. What's more, our education funding depends on state-sponsored gambling as a key revenue source. Is that the foundation you want for your business? The legislature will convene this May. Insist that education funding and teacher pay be raised to the national median.
Repeal Voter ID and other voter suppression policies. Your employees will have a hell of a time voting in North Carolina under the most restrictive voting policies in the nation.
I don't know what these demands are worth in terms of corporate profits, but if you expand your vision to think about the triple bottom line, they are worth more than almost anything. Said another way, maybe you should use your clout to do some good for a change.
That's the sound of the new package of incentives North Carolina's hapless leaders could be offering to lure Boeing to our homophobic, anti-worker, anti-teacher, misogynist state. At least $1.7 billion worth of incentives over 20 years, to be exact, which is what it will cost to match Missouri's reported bid.
Submitted by john heuer on Tue, 12/10/2013 - 12:54am
On Wednesday, December 11, award winning folksinger Tom Neilson will perform for the "146 years of peacemaking" benefit concert for the Orange County Peace Coalition and Balance & Accuracy in Journalism. Wes Hare and John Heuer will be sharing their birthday cakes at the Church of Reconciliation, 110 N. Elliot Rd Chapel Hill. The concert starts at 7:00pm.
For an update on the Orange County Peace Coalition ...
Between January 2008 and March 2012, IIT has received over $68.6 million into this account from the AVOTW Enterprise gambling operation. IIT also received funds from North Carolina and South Carolina Internet Cafes (which some of these are being operated by the same members of the AVOTW Enterprise previously mentioned in your affiants Master Affidavit) and other states which totaled
approximately $98.4 million through March 2012.
Just to refresh your memory, the Allied Veterans operation in Florida was one of the biggest ripoffs in the name of helping veterans that has ever been perpetrated. The sheer volume of money and money-laundering transactions is staggering, and over $400,000 of those ill-gotten gains ended up in the campaign coffers of the NC GOP, including that of the now Governor McCrory. And considering there are direct ties between McCrory and Burns, the state BOE should have been all over this. And the NC DOJ might be interested in these fellows, as well:
The CDC released a study last week that ties chemicals such as trichloroethylene (TCE), tetrachloroethylene (PCE), benzene, 1,2-dichloroethylene (DCE) and vinyl chloride to childhood cancers such as leukemia and non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, as well as serious neurological system birth defects. Among the conclusions of the study: Women who drank the contaminated water were four times as likely to give birth to a child with a neural tube defect such as spina bifida or anencephaly, as well as a "slightly elevated risk" of their children developing leukemia or non-Hodgkin's lymphoma.
The horrific nature of this contamination has been compounded by the frustrating and possibly criminal denials and cover-ups, but hopefully that mindset won't be present as the victims seek treatment. They should not have to produce their own scientific evidence that whatever ails them can be directly linked to the tainted water. The fact that they drank the water and are now sick should be enough.
The chairwoman will be attorney Jeanette Doran, who worked for years at the North Carolina Institute for Constitutional Law. Other members are former Greensboro Mayor Keith Holliday and ex-Charlotte council member Stanley Campbell.
Throughout the holiday season, the NC NAACP and the Forward Together Moral Movement will hold statewide informational pickets outside of Budget Director Art Pope-owned stores. This campaign will shine a light on NC Budget Director Art Pope's support and influence on the extremist and regressive direction of North Carolina public policy. These policies hurt the very people who shop and work at the stores he owns.
During the second week of the campaign, four pickets will be held in cities across the state: Durham, Charlotte, Fayetteville, and Winston-Salem. Information about the time and location of these events can be found below.
BlueNC is a labor of love. Views expressed by any particular community member are simply that: the views of that particular member. If you have questions or concerns about the content you see here, please contact us.