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Tidbits and Announcements - August 4, 2012

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Tidbits and Announcements - August 4, 2012

* Re: Is it Our Fault We Get Sick? (Martin Morand) 
* Re: In Hiroshima's Shadow (Sterling Vinson) 
* Re: Gore Vidal Remembered (David Reno) 
* San Francisco - Challenging the Democratic 
    Hawks on Israel/Palestine - Aug. 23

==========

* Re: Is it Our Fault We Get Sick?

No.  But it IS the fault of our misnamed "WORKERS
Compensation" system. Consider the article's reference
to "...working conditions." The U.S. has the worst
record on workplace health and safety among
industrialized nations. The separate state-by-state laws
(with each state competing to cut costs to employers and
benefits to workers) are designed to protect EMPLOYERS
from liability for creating the unsafe and unhealthy
workplaces which sicken us.

The last research project, undertaken with a half
million dollar grant from outgoing Governor Bob Casey,
conducted by the Pennsylvania Center for the Study of
Labor Relations, was of the PA worker comp system. One
conclusion --  workers would be healthier and workplaces
safer if the protection against suits for damages --
the primary purpose and effect of so-called "Workers"
Compensation laws --  were repealed and employers had to
face, and face up to, the risky, dangerous, sometimes
deadly, workplace environments they create.

Martin Morand, Professor Emeritus, Indiana University of
Pennsylvania, Pennsylvania State System of Higher
Education

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* Re: In Hiroshima's Shadow

Sheer madness, all around.  During the Cuban missile
crisis, I was serving (miserably) in the Navy, and my
ship was in drydock in Philadelphia.  A shipmate who was
an air controller was suddenly shipped to the force off
Cuba.

Sterling Vinson

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* Re: Gore Vidal Remembered

I interviewed Gore in 1970 while a student at Emerson
College. I think he forgot more things than most people
ever learned. He is one of two people I met who had read
the entire Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire. I'm
just sorry that cloning humans is illegal.  I wanted to
get him an honorary degree but lost out to the grim
reaper.

        David Reno

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* San Francisco - Challenging the Democratic Hawks on
Israel/Palestine - Aug. 23

San Francisco Progressive Democrats of America

Challenging the Democratic Hawks on Israel/Palestine

A talk by Stephen Zunes

Thursday, August 23, 7:00 PM

"In comparison to other political parties in
industrialized democracies on these core issues, the
Democrats are well to the right of not only socialist
and liberal parties, but almost all of the conservative
parties as well. Indeed, the only Western political
parties that are as right-wing as the Democratic Party
regarding these principles and their application to the
Middle East are the US Republicans and Europe's small,
far-right, xenophobic anti-Muslim parties ... It is
important to note that there are a couple of dozen
progressive Democratic House members who were not
cheering Netanyahu, who do care about human rights and
international law, who are aligned with Israeli
progressives and moderates, and who deserve support.
They are a small minority of the nearly 250 Democrats in
Congress, however, and are not represented in the party
leadership." from "Netanyahu's Speech and Congressional
Democrats' Embrace of Extremism" By Stephen Zunes,
Truthout, Friday, 03 June 2011 10:07

Unitarian Universalist Center, Chapel 1187 Franklin
Street, corner Geary Blvd.

Dr. Stephen Zunes is a Professor of Politics and
International Studies at the University of San
Francisco, where he chairs the program in Middle Eastern
Studies. He serves as a senior policy analyst for the
Foreign Policy in Focus project of the Institute for
Policy Studies, an associate editor of Peace Review, and
chair of the academic advisory committee for the
International Center on Nonviolent Conflict. Dr. Zunes'
books include Tinderbox: U.S. Middle East Policy and the
Roots of Terrorism and Western Sahara: War, Nationalism
& Conflict Irresolution (with Jacob Mundy). He lectures
widely and writes for several leading political blogs,
including the Huffington Post.

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