2. WHY?

    I think a bigger question would be “Why?”
    Why do CEOs & other top leaders run their organizations in the exact way that is guaranteed to produce the least efficiency?
    Why are they retained & promoted when they do?

    It has been proven that workers, as this article points out, are more productive when we’re valued, when our work has meaning, when we have some autonomy & stake in the system, when we can focus on our work instead of meaningless bureaucracy. Purpose, just wages, & community are what drive workers.

    Yet CEOs run their organizations like banana republics. Workers are disposable cogs, there is a lack of grounded vision, a huge disconnect between appearance & reality - slogan & marketing are all that matters - They would rather have less productivity & more petty power & money for themselves. They are then *rewarded* for this with more money & power.

    Indeed, increasingly, corporations function almost entirely as a means by which a tiny handful of people get very rich & powerful. Productivity is a byproduct, not a goal. They are quite open about this, if not with words, certainly with actions.

    We can view this in tandem with Elizabeth Warren’s observation that minimum wage would be $22 if salaries had kept pace with productivity. She asks pointedly where the difference has gone to, but we all know the answer.

    And that’s the answer to why: Organizations exist not to be efficient but to create a plutocracy. If that is ‘capitalism,’ then capitalism is a failure.

    Comment via: Why You Hate Work

  3. Heavy rain didn’t deter these men in Karachi, Pakistan, from riding on the outside of a bus

    30 Photos That Will Make You Grateful for Your Commute

  4. [Via: Sploid]


    [Ur Writes Disclaimer: The posting of this image gallery is in no way a show of wholehearted support for all military action, British or otherwise.]



    Rise of the Warrior Cop

    EXCERPT: Since the 1960s, in response to a range of perceived threats, law-enforcement agencies across the U.S., at every level of government, have been blurring the line between police officer and soldier. Driven by martial rhetoric and the availability of military-style equipment—from bayonets and M-16 rifles to armored personnel carriers—American police forces have often adopted a mind-set previously reserved for the battlefield. The war on drugs and, more recently, post-9/11 antiterrorism efforts have created a new figure on the U.S. scene: the warrior cop—armed to the teeth, ready to deal harshly with targeted wrongdoers, and a growing threat to familiar American liberties.


    The weekend essays are a bloodbath. I enjoy them because they remind me of how vulnerable us humans are, despite our disconnected/connected world, and I respect the writers even when their writing is a little non Pulitzer-esque. But oh the comments. I think it’s just a great excuse for everyone to rage after a big hangover or a night in county jail. ~pigsareflying



    'Slavery by Another Name' Wins the Pulitzer Prize for Nonfiction

    Even less known is the hidden history that although slavery was officially abolished, after the end of Reconstruction a new kind of brutal slavery took its place, and that this new slave system—which included concentration camps and torture—continued to ensure that the blood of African Americans drenched the ground of the post-slavery South and provided a main source of the wealth of this country.

    Douglas A. Blackmon: bio

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  9. In Ghana, miners work 200 or 300 feet below the surface in illegal gold mine shafts, surrounded by dust and darkness.


  10. Our Food Supply


    The Story of Glass Gem Corn

    The emergence of a breathtaking heirloom variety like Glass Gem reveals that the art and magic of seed saving lives on. It reminds us that we can return to this age-old practice and restore beauty, wonder, and abundance to our world. Indeed, this renaissance is already underway. The rising seed library movement is encouraging local gardeners to become crop breeders and empowering communities to reclaim sovereignty over their food. [More images]



    • The Cornucopia Institute is a non-profit organization headquartered in Cornucopia, Wisconsin, with the mission of “Seeking economic justice for the family-scale farming community.” [More here]
    • Center for Food Safety (CFS) is a national non-profit public interest and environmental advocacy organization working to protect human health and the environment by curbing the use of harmful food production technologies and by promoting organic and other forms of sustainable agriculture.