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Race To The Bottom: The Department Of Walmart Education

Crooks and Liars - Mon, 04/24/2017 - 02:55
 The Department Of Walmart Education

I don't know about you, but whenever I realize that I absolutely have to go to Walmart, which is literally almost never, I have to suppress the urge to puke a bit. I cannot stand to go there. Never in my 45 years have I been to a Walmart that is not absolutely filthy, where the employees don't look like they would rather be getting dental surgery or where there exists any small measure of decent customer service. I'm aware that this is a personal observation. After all, it's not as if I have toured the U.S. visiting all of these stores. And I'm also aware that they make money for a reason, that many Americans like them if not love them.

It seems almost nothing can change these Walmart lovers' minds. Do you recall the 2014 study that found the largest private employer in the country was actually costing Americans over $6.2 billion in taxpayer subsidies? According to the report, Walmart also received $1 billion in tax breaks annually and $70 million in state and local subsidies. Employees were prevented from working full time so that the company could save on health care and other employee benefits packages. Many were on food stamps as well as other assistance. All the while, The Walton family was raking in billions upon billions upon billions. Yet, the Walmart devotees never strayed. Yes it was all very sad, but who could say no to the low, low prices of Doritos, rifles and cold medicine?

The Walmartification of Education

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Love is Yoga

Yoga quotes - Mon, 04/24/2017 - 02:14
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Compassionate motivation

Yoga quotes - Mon, 04/24/2017 - 02:13
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True nature

Yoga quotes - Mon, 04/24/2017 - 02:11
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Immortal Self I am!

Yoga quotes - Mon, 04/24/2017 - 02:10
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Humankind

Yoga quotes - Mon, 04/24/2017 - 02:09
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Alien

Yoga quotes - Mon, 04/24/2017 - 02:06
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Divinity within you

Yoga quotes - Mon, 04/24/2017 - 02:04
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Life in itself

Yoga quotes - Mon, 04/24/2017 - 02:00
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That’s why courage

Yoga quotes - Mon, 04/24/2017 - 01:59
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Loving everything

Yoga quotes - Mon, 04/24/2017 - 01:57
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Carbon Express Intercept Supercoil Crossbow Kit

Woot - Mon, 04/24/2017 - 01:00

Live your own adventure!

Have you been spending your days off in a fantasy land? Are you D&D'ing your days away? Playing Zelda until dawn? Binging on Game of Thrones over and over again?

Instead of dreaming about epic adventures and beautiful landscapes, go out there and experience them for yourself! And when you head out there into the real world for some adventuring, make sure to take a super trusty, fantasy-grade weapon with you, like, perhaps, a crossbow.

Just please make sure you practice with this thing before you go out shooting down and monsters or dragons. And also, please remember that monsters and dragons don't actually exist. So be pretty careful what you shoot this at.

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Music Monday: RIP So Far

Woot - Mon, 04/24/2017 - 01:00


Happy Music Monday! Unlike last year, Scott hasn't needed a new RIP post every other day. But we've still lost a few notable music legends since January, so we sadly need to say goodbye. Let's get started, shall we?

David Axelrod

 

Without David Axelrod records Dr. Dre would never have built that gangsta sound that changed hip hop forever. That alone could have been enough to make him a music legend. But flip through Axelrod's production credits and you'll see a man who made a lasting contribution to the world of pop, jazz, soul, and beyond. He did enough for one life but I'm still sorry to lose him.

More goodbyes ahead, sadly.

John Wetton

 

Even if you don't know the name, you know the sound. John Wetton was maybe the most important part of Asia (and pretty important to other groups too) and his voice/sound/style has become a kind of symbol of that era. If you're a prog person, you'll miss him dearly.

Al Jarreau

 

Al Jarreau was a rare crossover artist. Keeping one foot in jazz, he could still pivot the other to pop as needed. Also, the man had an armful of Grammy Awards and he sang the Moonlighting theme. He must have been doing something right.

William Onyeabor

 

It's okay if you hadn't heard of this African musician before. But now you've got a chance to make up for that. Onyeabor has a very cool, very interesting sound that attracted fans like David Byrne and, of course, me. He'll be missed.

Larry Coryell

 

I found Larry Coryell by accident, back in the days of Napster. I don't remember what I was trying to download, but I loved what I found. Coryell was mostly known as a jazz guitarist, but this piece really blows a lot of rockers out of the water. He passed just after finishing a performance, meaning he was a musician until the very very end.

Walter "Junie" Morrison

 

There's a bonus today, because I can't end Music Monday without playing respect to one of the founding members of the Ohio Players. What else is there to say after that? That's PEAK cool.

Scott saluted Chuck Berry here but otherwise skipped a few notable RIPs for space. Feel free to add your goodbyes to the comments, as always. Also let us just remind you: some images come from the corresponding Wikipedia page and are here under fair use. See you next week.

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The Great Outdoors

Woot - Mon, 04/24/2017 - 01:00

Get out and enjoy them no matter where you are!

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Wall Street IT Engineer Hacks Employer To See If He'll Be Fired

Slashdot - Mon, 04/24/2017 - 00:52
An anonymous reader writes: A Wall Street engineer was arrested for planting credentials-logging malware on his company's servers. According to an FBI affidavit, the engineer used these credentials to log into fellow employees' accounts. The engineer claims he did so only because he heard rumors of an acquisition and wanted to make sure he wouldn't be let go. In reality, the employee did look at archived email inboxes, but he also stole encryption keys needed to access the protected source code of his employer's trading platform and trading algorithms. Using his access to the company's Unix network (which he gained after a promotion last year), the employee then rerouted traffic through backup servers in order to avoid the company's traffic monitoring solution and steal the company's source code. The employee was caught after he kept intruding and disconnecting another employee's RDP session. The employee understood someone hacked his account and logged the attacker's unique identifier. Showing his total lack of understanding for how technology, logging and legal investigations work, the employee admitted via email to a fellow employee that he installed malware on the servers and hacked other employees.

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Open Thread - One Week Older With Stephen Colbert

Crooks and Liars - Sun, 04/23/2017 - 23:30
Open Thread - One Week Older With Stephen Colbert

When the weeks go by this fast and awful, a reminder of the highlights via Colbert is the only way to review them.

NOTE: The end of this video features Charlamagne tha God discussing his personal anatomy and is not safe for work.

Open thread below....


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Sunday Night Acoustic Guitar Masterpiece: Grayson Erhard, "Unspecified Bird Calls"

Little Green Footballs - Sun, 04/23/2017 - 23:23

On weekends I try to focus on arts and music and software construction, to recharge the remaining brain cells in preparation for another week of Trump Horror bad craziness. Here's another great performance to help do that, from Grayson Erhard.

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3 Republicans vie for spot in Medina Municipal Court judgeship race

Medina Gazette - Sun, 04/23/2017 - 23:01
Marina Malenic y The Gazette
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3 Republicans vie for spot in Medina Municipal Court judgeship race

Medina Gazette - Sun, 04/23/2017 - 23:01
candidates have about a week to convince Republican voters they deserve to be on the ballot for Medina Municipal Court judge this fall. The incumbent, Judge Dale H. Chase, announced Jan. 13 he would not seek re-election for another six-year term.
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C&L's Late Nite Music Club With The 13th Floor Elevators

Crooks and Liars - Sun, 04/23/2017 - 23:00

Oh, Sunday. The Honey-Do list was a mile long. Plenty of home improvement projects to do. I took on a few that I thought would be quick and easy. Most were but one wasn't. Slipped inside a few corners and spots in the house that were a bit tight and not workspace friendly. I did get it done though.

Now the Honey-Do list is only a half mile long. What are you listening to tonight?


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