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From the Archives | The Many Meanings of May Day

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The Haymarket Riot: 1886 Chicago Labor Incident

May Day means many things to many people, from pagans to factory workers to troubled boaters. David Clark is here to explain it all.

David Clark, Mental Floss

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Wherever the winters are cold, wet, or overcast, the prime weeks of spring inspire elation and revelry. Finally, we can stop being irritable, morose winter brutes and commence our exuberant sun worship.
 

So around the end of April and beginning of May, the Romans honored their flower and fertility goddess Flora with dances, processions, games, and sundry merriment. Lots of this merriment involved prostitutes, rarely clothed. Of course everyone thinks the "Floralia" festival had roots in older earth and goddess worshipping cultures; defenders of Roman Virtue have blamed the Floralia's rampant licentiousness -- including nude mimes! -- on those randy and uncivil primitives. Arguably, the Romans had lewd habits all their own, even before Caligula -- but we won't get into that.

David Clark is an historian.

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Cinco de MayoEditors, History.com

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Fake News: Why Social Security Isn't Going Broke

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Those who want to undermine or deep-six Social Security spread the false message that it won't be around, particularly for future generations. That's been a strategy of those who want to destroy social insurance programs for decades. But it's simply not true, since Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid are essential -- and successful -- in reducing poverty.

John Wasik, Forbes

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Jun 8, 2018 | One of the ugliest tropes in American politics is to say "Social Security is going broke." Although there are structural funding problems with the system, to say that the nation's most successful annuity program is going bust is a lie. It can be fixed and only politics blocks a reasonable remedy.

But that didn't stop dozens of Fox News outlets from proclaiming otherwise. They got their facts wrong and wanted to scare people without providing context.


https://secure.gravatar.com/avatar/5265a0aa552dff3c4fe1b03fd378fb28?s=400&d=mm&r=g / John Wasik, Contributor, Forbes, is the author of  "Lightning Strikes," "Keynes's Way to Wealth"and 15 other books on innovation, money and life.

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How Women Get Trapped In The Cycle Of Being Underpaid — And How They Get Equal Pay

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The pay gap has trapped generations of women. But there’s another way.

Monica Torres, Huffington Post

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03/08/2019 | Most people go to work with the promise that their hard work will be fairly rewarded. And for 19 years, that’s what Lilly Ledbetter did.
 



Until the promise of (equal pay) is realized by vigilant policymakers, employersand employees, the pay gap will continue to be an injustice that women will need to reckon with.



At her job with Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. in Gadsden, Alabama, she frequently pulled 12-hour shifts and often worked overtime as a supervisor. But in 1998, as she was nearing retirement, she said, she got an anonymous note in her mailbox at work. The scrap of paper had her name and her salary, plus the names and salaries of three men in the same managerial role. She was earning $3,727 per month, while her male peers were paid $4,286 to $5,236 per month.

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Push puts Minnesota near goal of ending veteran homelessness.

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  • A goal that once seemed unattainable — securing safe and stable housing for every veteran known to be homeless — is now within reach. 
  • State getting all vets off the street.
  • Related: Homeless America ~ Chris Hedges
  • Related: The market will not fixTwin Cities' affordable housing crisis.

Chris Serres, Minneapolis (MN) Star Tribune

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/ February 9, 2019 | A bitter, subzero wind lashed at their clothing as an aging couple and their small family of pets — three cats and a bulldog — emerged from a rusted Chevrolet Malibu packed to the ceiling with their belongings.

The couple, Mark and Marjorie Kray, had spent most of the past three years sleeping in their car, moving from highway rest stops to store parking lots on the outer edges of the Twin Cities. Bleary-eyed and cold, they braced themselves for disappointment as they entered a U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs office in downtown Minneapolis.

Chris Serres covers social services for the Star Tribune.

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Homeless America ~ Chris Hedges, Chris Hedges, Truthdig / Rise Up Times

 

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 If I spoke would you listen?"
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The market will not fix Twin Cities' affordable housing crisis. Carol Becker, Minneapolis (MN) Star Tribune

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  • Developers are building new luxury units in the metro, but they are out of reach for most. Without subsidies, that math won't change. 
  • Related: More Housing, Not Shelters
     

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The Problem Isn’t Robots Taking Our Jobs: It’s Oligarchs Taking Our Power.

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Ultimately, the better advice for workers seeking to avoid “disruption” is to become the agents of disruption themselves.

Adam Simpson, the Next System / Portside

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The message to workers is clear: the threat of obsolescence is real, so act accordingly. The advice of the World Economic Forum, the McKinsey Global Institute, and others, is that workers must “reskill” in order to have a livelihood available to them.

For workers, though, this advice is a trap.

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