High minimum wage and small-biz job growth

Phil Ebersole's Blog

Growth in small-business jobs is greatest in Washington state, which has the highest state minimum wage, and in San Francisco, which has the highest urban minimum wage.

That conclusion is based on the Paychex | IHS Small Business Job Index, a survey of more than 350,000 small-business clients of Paychex, a payroll processing firm, in partnership with IHS, a consulting firm.

20140429_national U.S. Small Business Jobs Index

The federal minimum wage is $7.25 an hour.  Overall, the United States had a Small Business Job Index of 101.26, which meant that the number of small-business jobs was up 1.26 percent from 2004, when the survey began.

Washington state, with a minimum wage of $9.32 an hour, had a Job Index of 103.51 and San Francisco, with a minimum of $10.74 an hour, had a Job Index of 104.02.

During the past 12 months, small-business jobs increased by 2.2 percent in Washington state. …

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The Crucifixion of White People…

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Crucifixion, which was how the carpenter reportedly martyred himself, “is a form of slow and painful execution in which the victim is tied or nailed to a large wooden cross and left to hang until dead.”

It is also apparently what happens when someone receives any consequences for their racist actions.

First Paula Deen. Then Phil Robertson. And now poor, philandering racist Donald Sterling.

The usual argument is that racism is obviously bad, but perhaps more like wearing white after Labor Day bad and not something worse punishing anyone for so severely or, well, at all. And the first amendment grants all Americans the right to say odious things and suffer no economic repercussions, right? Even if that’s not at all how a capitalist economic system works. I thought Americans loved their capitalism? And unfettered capitalism is colder than the Oregon Coast in February.

Mike Pesca at…

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Radical Resources for May Day (and every day)

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What, you may ask, is the best thing to do with information?

Share it of course!

Thus, in honor of May Day – also known as International Workers’ Day – and in the spirit of mutual aid, we here at the Shipwreck are happy to share with you some repositories of radical goodness to give you some provocative reading…

Marxists Internet Archive

This archive may have “Marxists” in its title but zounds do they ever have a lot of material. From the First International to the Fourth International, and from Maoism to the Frankfurt School – this archive provides a stunning amount of content. Beyond Marxism (and Marxists) this site also features impressive amounts of content pertaining to feminism, National Liberation movements, and even a fair bit of classical political philosophy.

While this is a great site to go to for a specific thinker, it’s also a great place to…

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US Navy Sued for Violating Marine Mammal Protection Act in Connection with Sonar Training Exercises

2012 The Awakening

 Finally, someone is taking action to suspend the psychopathic assault on cetaceans and other ocean marine life by the U.S. Navy. It’s time for the military’s killing spree to end, we’ve had ENOUGH. The nature kingdom is at a breaking point and can take no more environmental destruction. You can help bring attention to this matter so this story doesn’t disappear, dolphins and whales don’t have a voice,please share freely… mahalo!. ~A~}
Jan 28, 2014 03:10 PM EST
Dolphins
A lawsuit filed Monday accuses the US Navy and the National Marine Fisheries Services of violating the Marine Mammal Protection act by their role in allowing a series of planned underwater activities including open-sea bombing drills and sonar activities that, by the Navy’s own account, will affect millions of marine mammals.
(Photo : Creative Commons Via Flickr/ lowjumpingfrog)

A lawsuit filed Monday accuses the US Navy and the…

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NSA: a bureaucracy in search of a function

Phil Ebersole's Blog

Edward Luttwak, a historian and long-time consultant to the Pentagon on military strategy, wrote an article in the Times Literacy Supplement of London recently arguing that the National Security Agency’s all-encompassing surveillance is simply the result of a bureaucracy looking for a way to justify its existence.

Compared to the days of the Cold War, he wrote, there is little scope for the NSA is trying to keep track of scattered Islamic militants who don’t even use phones for communication.  The NSA’s response was, in its own way, a stroke of genius.  Don’t just track people who are threats to the United States.  Track everybody who is a potential threat, which means tracking everybody.

Luttwak’s article is behind a pay wall, but Peter J. Leithart wrote a good summary in First Things magazine.

In a TLS review of Luke Harding’s The Snowden Files, Edward Luttwak traces things back to dynamics…

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