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25000 free little libraries exist around the world


It’s hard to believe that the Little Free Library movement is only six years old. Since 2009, when Todd Bol built the first one in Hudson, Wisc. — in honor of his late mother, a teacher — more than 25,000 of them have sprouted around the world.

It has to be one of this country’s better exports: a simple box that people design themselves (often getting very creative) and that unites readers through a “take a book, return a book” honor system. It’s estimated that more than 35 million books are traded in the libraries.

“The reason Little Free Library has been successful is that people tell us, constantly, ‘I’ve met more neighbors in a week than I’ve met in thirty years,” Bol says. “It engages and brings neighborhoods together, and folks talk to each other more than they ever have.”
Posted by Liberal_in_LA | Sun Apr 19, 2015, 12:52 AM (10 replies)

How VW's Chattanooga plant 'Maximizes Production' from Workers -- It's Brutal and Beyond Inhumane

Take a Look at How One Factory 'Maximizes Production' from Workers -- It's Brutal and Beyond Inhumane
VW's Chattanooga plant provides a window into productivity-maximizing management schemes.

One of VW’s core lean tactics is “workforce flexibility”: competitive pressure from temps or part-timers.

At the Chattanooga plant, permanent employees work alongside “temporary” workers, some of whom have actually worked there for years. Pitted against one another, both groups fear to speak up.

Workers are routinely pushed to their physical and emotional breaking points. From management’s point of view, this maximizes productivity.

“Every employee there busts their ass and is injured and is working through the pain because they don’t want their job taken by a temp,” Amanda says. “It is made clear to all of us that we are easy to replace.”

That’s lean production in a nutshell: ruthless efficiency, produced by a system of efficient ruthlessness. Workers are deliberately stretched to their limits, by a combination of competitive pressure, inadequate training, repetitive stress, and rotating shifts—so that the weakest links can be identified and eliminated.
Posted by Liberal_in_LA | Sat Apr 18, 2015, 08:00 PM (79 replies)

A meager lifestyle for workers who cater to the high-flying

Leon, his wife and their two young sons had just been turned out of an apartment they shared in Hawthorne. The principal tenant complained that her utility bills were too high, so the Leons took their meager belongings and began walking away with nothing but a prayer.

That's when they saw the sign.

"It said one-bedroom apartment, $800," said Leon, 38, who lights up at the memory.

Actually, it wasn't an apartment in the conventional sense. It was a garage that had been divided into a bedroom, kitchen and parlor. But that's not an uncommon living arrangement in Los Angeles, where a low-wage economy and a high-rent market result in great hardship for thousands of working folks — the very people who keep the city running and the money flowing.

Leon, who works as a cook for an airline catering company specializing in overseas flights — at times preparing lobster and other delicacies for high-rolling first-class travelers — knew the rent would cost more than half his monthly income. But he convinced the landlord to let him pay the down payment over three months, and the family moved in.
Posted by Liberal_in_LA | Sat Apr 18, 2015, 07:52 PM (2 replies)

911 calls alert police to man transporting puppies in cage on roof of SUV

Four terrified puppies strapped in a cage to the roof of a moving van are rescued by police after dozens of 911 calls
The puppies were being transported by an Ohio Mennonite family of six
Wendell Steiner said he had offered to bring the puppies to his wife's family in Pennsylvania because his father could no longer take care of them
He said he was unaware it was illegal to transport animals on the roof a car
The puppies were handed over to police, who let family go with a warning

The cage was covered on three sides with a blanket but its rear was left exposed.
Beitzel said that when she asked the father why the dogs were not riding in the car as well, he responded that there wasn't room because he had 'far more important things to put in the car, meaning his children'.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3045118/Four-terrified-puppies-strapped-roof-van-rescued-Ohio-police.html#ixzz3Xhh3OC9K
Posted by Liberal_in_LA | Sat Apr 18, 2015, 06:47 PM (18 replies)

practice driving in reverse BEFORE driving past elephants

Posted by Liberal_in_LA | Fri Apr 17, 2015, 10:13 PM (0 replies)

Mom attends son’s sex-ed class, live tweets disapproval of abstinence-only lessons

A Michigan teenager was frustrated by what he was learning in his sexual education class.

The teacher at East Lansing High School was focusing lessons on abstinence and the negative consequences of having sex, making it seem like a shameful act.

This boy’s mother was equally irritated when her son shared what he was learning and Alice Dreger asked to sit in on the next class.

Dreger, who is the author Galileo’s Middle Finger: Heretics, Activists, and the Search for Justice in Science, was shocked by what she observed and a series of tweets she wrote from the sidelines of the class have gone viral, sparking a conversation around sex-ed in school. Should kids be taught that sex is pleasurable and provided with information on contraception? Or should they be told to abstain all-together prior to marriage?

Teacher says to me "I agree that sex is good in a loving relationship." I said it can be plenty terrific without. He looked shocked. Shocked
Posted by Liberal_in_LA | Fri Apr 17, 2015, 08:20 PM (7 replies)

Michael Bublé gets slammed by internet for Instagramming a Photo of a Woman's Booty

The Internet has spoken, and it has spoken loudly.

Following extreme backlash over an Instagram photo of a woman whose booty seemed to be peeking out of her shorts that Michael Bublé posted, the 39-year-old Canadian singer has apologized for his actions.

Insisting that he didn't mean any harm by sharing the photo his wife, Luisana Lopilato, took, the "Haven't Met You Yet" singer tells E! News in a statement, "Anybody who knows me would never misinterpret the message of the photo my wife took in Miami that seems to have caused unexpected rage by some people. I do not court controversy."

The statement continues, "But I realize that a photo that was meant to be complimentary and lighthearted has turned into a questionable issue. For the record, it hurts me deeply that anyone would think that I would disrespect women or be insulting to any human being. I was not brought up that way and it is not in my character."
Posted by Liberal_in_LA | Fri Apr 17, 2015, 04:43 PM (16 replies)

Most demanding 1st birthday invite ever is posted online

Posted by Liberal_in_LA | Fri Apr 17, 2015, 04:20 PM (77 replies)

New poll: Scott Walker has 56% disapproval in WI. most oppose his "right to work" law

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker facing trouble at home, poll shows

Walker's job approval has fallen to 41%, with 56% disapproving, according to the latest Marquette Law School poll, which has been Wisconsin's leading survey. That's the lowest approval figure for Walker in several years of Marquette's surveys.

Not only has Walker's popularity declined, but voters have soured on the state's outlook. The share who say the state is on the "wrong track" increased to 53%, up from 44% in October.

2016 Republican race up for grabs, Democrats back Clinton, poll finds
2016 Republican race up for grabs, Democrats back Clinton, poll finds
By 38% to 33%, a plurality of voters said the state's budget picture had gotten worse than several years ago, with 25% saying it was about the same. In the fall, shortly before Walker won election to a second term, voters by 44% to 22% said the budget situation was getting better.

A majority also think Wisconsin is lagging behind other states in creating jobs.

Voters also turned thumbs down on legislation Walker recently signed that made Wisconsin a "right to work" state. By 50% to 44%, voters said they oppose the law, which prevents unions from requiring workers to pay dues or representation fees. The state's unions strongly opposed the law.
Posted by Liberal_in_LA | Thu Apr 16, 2015, 09:48 PM (10 replies)

Super small San Francisco condo sells for $415K, 291 square feet

Super small San Francisco condo sells for $415K

Here’s something you don’t see every day: A cute, well-kept San Francisco condo has just sold for under a half million.

But don’t let the $415K sale price fool you. At 291 square feet, this itty-bitty SoMa condo is nowhere near as cheap as it is small, like, studio-with-a-Murphy-bed small, or as Curbed described it, like “a particularly spacious walk-in-closet.”

The unit at 195 7th Street first came onto the market in March with a list price of $299K and a listing that described it as a “smart studio condominium” that “packs a lot in a small package.”

And it does have some perks: a sunny bay window, a built-in desk and shelving, and access to a roof deck. The kitchenette even appears to have a mini-dishwasher (AKA more storage). And when the bed’s tucked away, there’s actually a patch of open floor space.
Posted by Liberal_in_LA | Thu Apr 16, 2015, 09:36 PM (8 replies)
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