Daily Archives: September 23, 2011

"Settled" Science and Einstein’s Theory of Special Relativity

H/T ANDY FROM BEAVERTON (OF COURSE)

I’m not a physicist. I think that’s been well established but I know when I’m being hosed. After the Al Gores, Micheal Manns and James Hansens of the world declare the science of “man made global warming” is “settled” or that there is a “consensus,” I bring you this story, 

Scientists upend Einstein’s theory of relativity in Swiss experiment

I guess that’ll take care of the fly-bys. (Story here)
And let us not forget what writer Michael Crichton once said in his tome about global warming, “State of Fear,” 
“[Earth has] five hundred volcanoes, and an eruption every two weeks. Earthquakes are continuous: a million and a half a year, a moderate Richter 5 quake every six hours, a big earthquake every ten days. Tsunamis race across the Pacific Ocean every three months.
Our atmosphere is as violent as the land beneath it. At any moment there are one thousand five hundred electrical storms across the plant. Eleven lightning bolts strike the ground each second. A tornado tears across the surface every six hours. And every four days, a giant cyclonic storm, hundreds of miles in diameter spins over the ocean and wreaks havoc on the land.
The nasty little apes that call themselves human beings can do nothing except run and hide. For these same apes to imagine they can stabilize this atmosphere is arrogant beyond belief. They can’t control the climate.
The reality is, they run from the storms.”

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Goonion Claims Their Violence Is Cops’ Fault

Goon Attacks Cop

Union bosses overseeing the violent Longshore protests at Longview’s waterfront are suffering from a colossal case of projection. Once again they’re blaming the cops for the violence as they’ve done twice before (see here and here).

The Longshore union locals have filed a lawsuit (READ IT HERE)against the Cowlitz County Sheriff’s Office and Longview Police for “brutality and harassment” in their dealings with union members.

After paging through the first 12 pages it appears their lawsuit is for officers making lawful arrests and cuffing the prisoners without inviting them to tea.

“Longshore workers and their supporters are no longer free to move about their hometown without fear of being ambushed in front of children and families by an overzealous, out-of-control Police Chief and Sheriff,” said ILWU International President Bob McEllrath in a statement. “This blatant abuse of authority has to stop.” Story here.

I’m sure none of the persons cited in the lawsuit would EVER resist arrest or present a problem for officers wishing to make arrests on outstanding warrants.
Nope, the cops made them do THIS:

Will the lawsuit SLAPP law enforcement into silence? Hope not.
Remember what this goonion thuggery is all about. Two locals of ILWU, the Longshore and Warehouse union, believe the jobs at Longview ports are theirs exclusively. Another union has been given the job at the EGT company to unload grain and get it ready to ship out.

See the letter they previously sent law enforcement here. Other posts here,  here,  here,  here,  here,  here,  here,  here.

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Govt Union Raises Blow Oregon Budget

See my headline up there? That should have been the headline of a front page story in the Zero today. Instead what we got in the Metro section was:

Labor bites deeper into state budget

Here’s the sub head:

The governor’s deal with unions is $42 million high, making public service cuts more likely 

Here’s the story. Multnomah County Governor John Kitzhaber was apparently left alone to negotiate with the SEIU and AFSCME. He led us to believe that he’d get concessions from the union considering we’re facing what is at the very least a double dip recession. Kitzhaber claimed he’d require unions to pay some of the costs of their health care coverage. 

 


PHOTO CREDIT SILENCE DOGOOD NOT THE O
Instead, what do we get? The Governor doing his Home Alone impression. 
Here’s what the tough negotiator got:

 The Kitzhaber administration reached a settlement on a new two-year contract with SEIU and AFSCME in July that for the first time requires workers to pay 5 percent of their health premium costs. It also included cost-of-living and step increases, but those will be partially offset in this two-year period by 10 to 14 unpaid furlough days. 

So instead of holding the line on his own much ballyhooed cost limit,  Kitzhaber BUILT IN FUTURE SPENDING PAY RAISES FOR ALL GOVERNMENT UNION WORKERS!
Co Speaker of the House (and business owner) Bruce Hanna was incredulous about giving pay increases during a deep recession:

“[W]hy would you increase your spending on labor if you know that’s all happening?”

The SEIU and AFSCME say they’ve haven’t realized their pay increases granted under former Governor Kulongoski (4.75%!) because they’ve put them off during the recession. Nice. So what do the unions do? Build in EVEN HIGHER RAISES they know we can’t afford! Unbelievable! 

The Legislature based its budget on the 6 percent increase, which carried a price tag to the general fund of $182 million. Now, however, the over­ all increase is 7.4 percent, or $224 million, according to Ken Rocco, the legislative fiscal officer. 

As Oregon Catalyst reported in July, 

Kitzhaber recently renegotiated the contracts for SEIU and AFSCME, and the result was three permanent pay raises for the unions, continued gold-plated health care coverage, and no change to the 6% PERS employee pickup.
The public employee unions’ gold-plated health care coverage includes medical plans with no deductibles, and coverage for dental, vision and life insurance.
The small victories for taxpayers were a continuation of temporary furlough days and the requirement for state public employee union members to start paying up to 5% of their health insurance.

5% is a pittance compared to other states:
More cost cutting is set to happen to pay for the union raises. The story on the front page of the Zero may tell the tale:
ODOT plans to close the only public restroom on U.S. 26 from Portland to Madras to save money  

Tell ’em where you saw it. Http://www.victoriataft.com

Goonion Claims Their Violence Is Cops’ Fault

Goon Attacks Cop

Union bosses overseeing the violent Longshore protests at Longview’s waterfront are suffering from a colossal case of projection. Once again they’re blaming the cops for the violence as they’ve done twice before (see here and here).

The Longshore union locals have filed a lawsuit (READ IT HERE)against the Cowlitz County Sheriff’s Office and Longview Police for “brutality and harassment” in their dealings with union members.

After paging through the first 12 pages it appears their lawsuit is for officers making lawful arrests and cuffing the prisoners without inviting them to tea.

“Longshore workers and their supporters are no longer free to move about their hometown without fear of being ambushed in front of children and families by an overzealous, out-of-control Police Chief and Sheriff,” said ILWU International President Bob McEllrath in a statement. “This blatant abuse of authority has to stop.” Story here.

I’m sure none of the persons cited in the lawsuit would EVER resist arrest or present a problem for officers wishing to make arrests on outstanding warrants.
Nope, the cops made them do THIS:

Will the lawsuit SLAPP law enforcement into silence? Hope not.
Remember what this goonion thuggery is all about. Two locals of ILWU, the Longshore and Warehouse union, believe the jobs at Longview ports are theirs exclusively. Another union has been given the job at the EGT company to unload grain and get it ready to ship out.

See the letter they previously sent law enforcement here. Other posts here,  here,  here,  here,  here,  here,  here,  here.

Tell ’em where you saw it. Http://www.victoriataft.com

Govt Union Raises Blow Oregon Budget

See my headline up there? That should have been the headline of a front page story in the Zero today. Instead what we got in the Metro section was:

Labor bites deeper into state budget

Here’s the sub head:

The governor’s deal with unions is $42 million high, making public service cuts more likely 

Here’s the story. Multnomah County Governor John Kitzhaber was apparently left alone to negotiate with the SEIU and AFSCME. He led us to believe that he’d get concessions from the union considering we’re facing what is at the very least a double dip recession. Kitzhaber claimed he’d require unions to pay some of the costs of their health care coverage. 

 


PHOTO CREDIT SILENCE DOGOOD NOT THE O
Instead, what do we get? The Governor doing his Home Alone impression. 
Here’s what the tough negotiator got:

 The Kitzhaber administration reached a settlement on a new two-year contract with SEIU and AFSCME in July that for the first time requires workers to pay 5 percent of their health premium costs. It also included cost-of-living and step increases, but those will be partially offset in this two-year period by 10 to 14 unpaid furlough days. 

So instead of holding the line on his own much ballyhooed cost limit,  Kitzhaber BUILT IN FUTURE SPENDING PAY RAISES FOR ALL GOVERNMENT UNION WORKERS!
Co Speaker of the House (and business owner) Bruce Hanna was incredulous about giving pay increases during a deep recession:

“[W]hy would you increase your spending on labor if you know that’s all happening?”

The SEIU and AFSCME say they’ve haven’t realized their pay increases granted under former Governor Kulongoski (4.75%!) because they’ve put them off during the recession. Nice. So what do the unions do? Build in EVEN HIGHER RAISES they know we can’t afford! Unbelievable! 

The Legislature based its budget on the 6 percent increase, which carried a price tag to the general fund of $182 million. Now, however, the over­ all increase is 7.4 percent, or $224 million, according to Ken Rocco, the legislative fiscal officer. 

As Oregon Catalyst reported in July, 

Kitzhaber recently renegotiated the contracts for SEIU and AFSCME, and the result was three permanent pay raises for the unions, continued gold-plated health care coverage, and no change to the 6% PERS employee pickup.
The public employee unions’ gold-plated health care coverage includes medical plans with no deductibles, and coverage for dental, vision and life insurance.
The small victories for taxpayers were a continuation of temporary furlough days and the requirement for state public employee union members to start paying up to 5% of their health insurance.

5% is a pittance compared to other states:
More cost cutting is set to happen to pay for the union raises. The story on the front page of the Zero may tell the tale:
ODOT plans to close the only public restroom on U.S. 26 from Portland to Madras to save money  

Tell ’em where you saw it. Http://www.victoriataft.com