sunset from behind the wire

sunset from behind the wire

Friday, October 3, 2014

From Africa - Gift that Keeps Giving

The zombie movies always start the same way, don't they? Maybe this time life imitates art (again)? When on walk-about you hear people describe things in ways unique to their perspectives, often using Hollywood as a common frame of reference (as the US Californicates the planet).

Both France and Britain immediately halted flights from the Ebola-afflicted countries in West Africa. The US has not and my only question is why not. Given the clear danger to the U.S., why hasn't the White House imposed travel limits on those flying in from Liberia, Guinea, Sierra Leone and other nations in West Africa where the disease has broken out?

The US sent 3,000 US troops to give aid and comfort to people dying horribly (organs essentially liquify) from this deadly hemorrhagic fever that kills roughly half of the people who contract it. At that rate, it's even more deadly than the Black Death (bubonic plague). The CDC forecast that as many as 1.4 million people could be infected by the deadly virus by year-end if the outbreak doesn't come under control. That means 700,000 dead. The math is even simple enough for somebody like Barack to do in his head.

President Obama has assured the American public (over half of whom were stupid enough to vote for him) that there is nothing to worry about.

Here in Greece, the only people who are not concerned about the Ebola epidemic spreading throughout Europe and wiping the place out are the people who drink at least one bottle of ouzo with each meal. Don't worry, be happy. Maybe there is a lesson here...
UPDATE, stolen shamelessly from BR Man

The Ebola Polka

The ObamaNation Files (Hooters Precedent)


The Hooters Precedent

Excerpted completely from the Wall Street Journal. (h/t SE)
The NLRB says you can tell your boss to @$%#! and still keep your job 
The Hooters restaurant chain isn't the only place you can expect to hear more salty language in the years ahead. The National Labor Relations Board is increasingly siding with employees who insult their employers. 
Hooters drew some unwanted attention last spring when an NLRB administrative law judge ruled in favor of two employees who had been fired for cursing at a co-worker in front of restaurant guests. The two fired employees claimed that their co-worker had fixed a bikini contest in her favor. By allegedly arranging for her boyfriend and best friend to serve as judges, the woman was able to win the $300 first prize while earning the ire of two losing, er, contestants. 
Now comes a paper in which attorneys at the Holland & Knight law firm note a disturbing NLRB trend of condoning profanity and insubordination among U.S. workers. They're warning employers about a pattern of board decisions "that attack sensible, long-standing management standards of conduct." 
Authors Frederick Braid and Loren Forrest note a recent case in which the board sided with an employee of an auto dealership who cursed out the owner in a meeting to discuss compensation. The employee used words not fit for a family newspaper as he insulted the business owner, called him "stupid," told him that nobody liked him and that he would regret it if he fired the abusive employee. After the dealership went ahead and fired the worker, the NLRB ruled that the business had violated the National Labor Relations Act. The NLRB said the employee's behavior was neither "belligerent" nor "menacing." 
In a case involving Starbucks Corp. , report Messrs. Braid and Forrest, "the Board again reinstated an employee" who engaged in profanity-laced tirades against his manager. "The first tirade occurred when the employee felt that his manager was slow to assist him during a busy day at Starbucks. Instead of thanking his manager for the requested assistance, which the manager provided, the employee said, 'about damn time.'" The worker then used foul language and told his boss to "do everything your damn self." 
The NLRB decided the employee's behavior was simply a pretext used by Starbucks to fire him for pro-union views. In the Hooters case the NLRB also saw the foul language as simply a pretext to punish employees for exercising their right to engage in "protected concerted activity" regarding the alleged rigging of the bikini contest. At the Obama NLRB, pretty much any behavior can be justified as protected employee "activity."
The Obama appointees on the National Labor Relations Board are indeed bringing hope and change to disgruntled workers nationwide with landmark rulings.