BLOOD AND ASHES.
Never try to tell me that gardening isn’t goth as fuck.
crying is the biggest bullshit ever its like “oh you’re feeling sad and vulnerable, lets make liquid come flying out of your face and make it really loud too so everyone around you will sense your weakness” who the fuck authorized this. its terrible planning, id like to file a complaint
"who the fuck authorized this" - An environment where showing weakness, fear, or sadness wasn’t dangerous. Where it was ok, and maybe even good for something.
Crying is the mark of all the places where emotion was ok.
(There must have been a lot of them.)
Loretta Claiborne, “Let’s Talk About Intellectual Disabilities”, TEDx Midwest.
I’m always incredibly gratified to see people with developmental disabilities in settings that are generally full of intellectual snobbery. Because the rest of the time, I’m wondering “Where are we in their world?” I once went to a self-advocacy conference and two days later I went to MIT. At the self-advocacy conference I was totally welcome and felt a belonging I rarely feel anywhere. At MIT I felt like I didn’t belong, like I was trespassing and would be unveiled in an instant as one of those people who doesn’t belong on a university campus — something I’d been told many times when I tried and failed to go to university. I did my best, while I was there, to open it up for people with developmental and intellectual disabilities, but I don’t know how much good I did. I got angry more times than I can count, for reasons I couldn’t even name. And I get angry the same way when I watch TED talks, it’s the same bunch of people there as were at MIT, the same mentality.
At MIT it didn’t matter how much they reassured me that I belonged there. I knew I really didn’t. I knew it every time anyone told me my “real IQ” couldn’t be as low as it was last time it’d been measured. I knew it every time someone made it clear I was only interesting insofar as I had talents to make up for being disabled. But I did my best to make it so I belonged there, to change the environment so that more people could follow me there. And I don’t know how much change I made in just a few days. But I tried.
So to see someone with an intellectual disability presenting at a conference full of intellectual snobbery makes me overjoyed. It’s not everything but it’s a start.
This version of the video, alas, has no captions, which means I cannot watch it myself. (Not unless you count the automated captions. Which usually suck so bad that I usually don’t even try them anymore.) But I’m reblogging here for the commentary.
The National Labor Relations Board, an independent federal agency tasked with policing bad behavior by employers, is targeting Wal-Mart Stores Inc. over the retail behemoth’s alleged crackdown on its protesting workers.
The complaint, the largest ever against Walmart, refers to charges made in November 2012 during the Black Friday actions by associates speaking out for respect on the job, regular hours and a living wage of $25,000 a year. The complaint alleges Walmart illegally fired and disciplined nearly 70 workers in 34 stores in 14 states for rallying over workplace conditions.
The rallies spread to 100 cities. Nineteen employees were discharged from the company, allegedly as a reprimand for their involvement in the rallies, according to the NLRB.
Wal-Mart is accused of warning its employees of punishment in two news broadcasts televised nationally as well as in statements to Texas and California store employees.
The agency, echoing its November findings, also said that the retailer preemptively threatened, surveilled or lashed out at employees before expected labor activities in California, Florida, Missouri and Texas.
The case is set to go before an administrative law judge on an undetermined hearing date. Wal-Mart has until Jan. 28 to respond.
Making Change at Walmart reported in a press release:
If Walmart is found liable, workers could be awarded back pay, reinstatement and the reversal of disciplinary actions through the decision; and Walmart could be required to inform and educate all employees of their legally protected rights. While historic, the complaint alone is not enough to stop Walmart from violating the law. Since the start of the year, Walmart has continued to retaliate against workers who speak out for better jobs.
In other news, the Internet group Anonymous leaked a set of Walmart PowerPoints (bottom photos) for managers that included ways to discourage workers from joining a union and how to identify “early warning signs.”
Kory Lundberg, a Walmart spokesman, confirmed the documents are Walmart’s and said they’ve been around for a while.
The PowerPoints also detailed legal ways an employer could discourage workers from organizing (click photo’s for caption).
When I came in for orientation at Walmart, our instructor told us that we would be watching a video on “protecting our signature.” I thought it would be something regarding identity theft. Rather, the whole video was anti-union propaganda. This was the first thing they showed us. Before any job training, company policy, or the like, we were told how evil unions were.
At least two other bloggers (cravingsolace & lemonthyme) have reblogged this post claiming that the Wal-Mart’s they were hired at showed the same anti-union video or were told that “any talk of unions or especially trying to form a union was grounds for termination.”
If you currently work at Wal-Mart and you feel that your right’s as a worker has been violated or that the anti-union campaign has discouraged you from organizing labor activities or forming a union, consider making a complaint to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) and contact Our Walmart for legal advice and support.
To All Workers:
Learn your rights as an employee, including protected labor activities (which expand to non-unionized workers as well).
Whole Dog Journal helps dispel the myth of alpha dog behavior and explains why its very mention is dangerous to all dogs.
I am very suspicious of anyone who feels a need for that level of dominance in basically any kind of relationship. It’s no wonder this kind of approach does appeal to a lot of people, unfortunately.