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Teaching Union Rights in the Philippines

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Despite international solidarity, human and trade union rights abuses continue in the Philippines. The red-tagging and vilification campaign targeting members of the Alliance of Concerned Teachers is escalating, with support from the Department of Education of the Duterte regime.

The Alliance of Concerned Teachers (ACT) reports renewed attacks on its members.

Autoschadenfreude 2

"Household cleaning products firm McBride has confirmed its Barrow factory will shut down in the summer at a cost of 106 jobs

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And while in-Cumbria understands Brexit was not, directly, part of the reasoning behind the decision, the reallocation of work to France and Luxembourg – both long-standing European Union members – will raise eyebrows. "

www.in-cumbria.com/news/18250693.mcbride-confirms-barrow-factory-closure...

There will be more.

February 18 is Bramble Cay Melomys Remembrance Day

A year ago the Australian government declared that the Bramble Cay Melomys was officially extinct. This little rat animal on a 5-hectare island some 50 kilometres off the coast of Papua New Guinea. Whilst it was once numerous, surveys in 1998, 2002, and 2004 estimated that the population was less than a hundred. Affected by sea level rises and increased tropical storms, surveys in 2011 and 2014 found no trace of the animal. Finally, in 2015 a rescue mission was sent. But by then it was too late; there was none left.

Syria Update: Feb 2020

Stuff is happening in Syria again.

Stratocumulous cloud formation

About a year ago, I posted about some very ominous research indicating that stratocumulous cloud formation may shut down when we get above about 1000 ppm, which could lead to temperature increases so cataclysmic as to be incompatible with civilization. I was hoping that subsequent research would dispute those findings, but unfortunately, it's made them more likely, not less likely.

Tiocfaidh ár lá!

This is going to rattle the establishment a bit.

With 96% of first-preference votes tallied on Sunday, Sinn Féin had 24.1%, with Fianna Fáil on 22.1%, Fine Gael on 22.1%, Greens on 7.4%, and small leftwing parties and independents comprising the rest.

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/feb/09/sinn-fein-to-try-to-form-r...

About Proposition 13 2020

There's been some confusion about the Proposition 13 that appears on the March ballot. This has nothing to do with the Prop 13 that passed in 1978; it just has the same number. This year's Prop 13 is an ordinary school bond measure.

The Boyos Are Back

Just what we needed:

www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2020/feb/06/northern-irish-dissident-republi...

Damn, damn, damn, damn, damn.

I could say I told you so; but I don’t feel like it.

Autoschadenfreude

This will be a heading for a series:

Number 1. Norton Motorcycles. (Say it ain't so - I still want a '61 Commando in good shape - nevertheless...)

www.theneweuropean.co.uk/top-stories/norton-motorcycles-goes-into-admini...
The sins of hubris will return to haunt us all in the coming years. Me too, no doubt.

Ameos Refuses to Sign Agreement with German Workers

Reminder: as good as German social and liberal capitalism is for workers in comparison to the rest of the world, it is still a capitalist state.

Workers have gone on strike demanding fair wages. But their employer is having none of it, and sacked 14 of those workers without warning. The employer then threatened to lay-off 800 more workers if the strike continues.

So far, that sounds like a lot of campaigns we've run in the past.

Except that this time, the workers are in Germany.

Germany has one of the oldest and strongest trade union movements in the world.

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