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Tuesday, November 8, 2011

How to stop a recession...look back to this date in history.

Rik Deskin shared Wisconsin State AFL-CIO's photo.

Today in Labor History: President Franklin D. Roosevelt announces plans for the Civil Works Administration to create 4 million additional jobs for the Depression-era unemployed.

The workers ultimately laid 12 million feet of sewer pipe and built or made substantial improvements to 255,000 miles of roads, 40,000 schools, 3,700 playgrounds, and nearly 1,000 airports (not to mention 250,000 outhouses still badly needed in rural America) - 1933

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Bloomberg TV's iPad app goes against the grain

A few weeks ago, business news conglomerate Bloomberg LP quietly launched a service that allows iPad owners to watch its Bloomberg TV cable channel live on the tablet device.

Though that is hardly an earth-shattering development — several cable networks have similar apps for tablet devices or make their channels available live online — Bloomberg is taking a radically different approach. Unlike other networks, which require that those who want to watch their programming already be subscribers to a multichannel video program distributor (that's industry-speak for a cable or satellite operator), Bloomberg makes no such requirement.

That move flies in the face of standard operating procedure in the media industry and likely won't win Bloomberg many friends among the big cable and satellite companies that carry the channel. That's because distributors don't like programmers who give their subscribers any incentive to cut the cord.
According to SNL Kagan, Bloomberg charges distributors a monthly license fee of seven cents per subscriber to carry the channel. That may not sound like much money, but Bloomberg is in 70 million homes so those pennies add up to millions of dollars.

Although Bloomberg TV is widely distributed, it is still at a ratings disadvantage compared with its chief rival CNBC. This move may win it some points with its core followers and with those who feel that any information made available online (including newspapers) should be free even if the same content is sold on other platforms such as television and print.

"Bloomberg TV is a global network — our Bloomberg TV+ app is part of our strategy to increase awareness of our product and drive viewers around the world to Bloomberg Television on cable and satellite," a Bloomberg spokeswoman said.

Bloomberg's decision to give its channel away on a potentially competing platform to cable and satellite also comes at a time when it is in an ugly fight at the Federal Communications Commission with Comcast, the nation's largest cable operator and owner of CNBC.

At issue is where Comcast places Bloomberg on its cable systems in relation to what channel CNBC is on. Bloomberg has argued that the conditions that the FCC put on Comcast in return for approval of its merger with NBCUniversal require the cable company to place its channel in the same neighborhood as CNBC.

Comcast has argued that is not the case and that if it did what Bloomberg wanted then "millions of customers will be subject to disruption and confusion required by massive channel realignments across the country, all to benefit an already-thriving, $30-billion media company."

The Bloomberg iPad app could become part of the debate with Comcast, which may argue to the FCC that a channel that is giving itself away to consumers with iPads certainly doesn't need special treatment from the government.

At the same time, Bloomberg might fire back that its struggles to get the same treatment business ratings champ CNBC gets from distributors has led it to give its service away.

— Joe Flint
Bloomberg TV plays politics

Bloomberg TV hires Andrew Morse to run U.S. operations
Comcast and Bloomberg fighting again
Photo: A screen grab of Bloomberg's iPad app. Credit: Bloomberg.

The five major phases of the persuasive process.

The five major phases of the persuasive process.
                                               i.     Awareness
1.     Make audiences understand how it impacts their lives
a.     Know about
b.     Understand
c.     Attend to (take action)
2.     Convince audiences
a.     Problem does or does not exist
b.     Impacts their lives directly or indirectly
c.     Is of vital importance for action
                                             ii.     Understanding
1.     Get the point
2.     Be moved by ideas
3.     Know how to carry out ideas
4.     Call or action
5.     Be ethical
a.     Expand out knowledge
b.     Not mislead or twist the truth
c.     Demonstrate how some arguments are stronger than others
d.     Provide evidence in support of proposition
e.     Provide key points to support proposition
f.      Support key points with evidence
g.     Do not harm others or call for harm
                                            iii.     Seek Agreement
1.     Success is measured by degree,
2.     Total success may not be possible
3.     Help audiences find find and remember reasons to agree
4.     Help move compromise toward your position
5.     Present indisputable facts
6.     Present facts that will stand up to criticism and critique
7.     Present well reasoned arguments
8.     present arguments that flow smoothly, easy to follow
9.     Help audience remember the reasons for their agreement
10.  Present arguments where opposition is
i. Minimal
ii. Easy to manage
iii. Not overly resistant to change
                                            iv.     Encourage Action
1.     Call for action
2.     Measurable action is best
a.     Petitions
b.     Signatures
c.     Commitment cards
d.     Voice agreement
e.     Take other action
f.      Vote
g.     Try something new
h.     Etc.
                                              v.     Integrate new attitudes and actions into belief and value systems
1.     Make it easy to modify an existing idea or belief to make room for integrate the new idea or value
2.     Make it enforceable through daily action or commitment
3.     Follow-up (more than once)
4.     Repeat and reinforce message
5.     Help overcome risks
6.     Reinforce benefits over time
7.     New ideas are consistent with
ii.              Cherished values
iii.            Existing beliefs
iv.             Existing attitudes
v.              Etc.
8.     Anticipate and respond to objections
9.     You cannot get the results you want from a single speech, it must be reinforced, repeated, or audience must be encouraged and supported in seeking constant reinforcement

Victory for the working man...Ohio supports collective bargaining.

I’m in Ohio right now, where working families just won an incredible victory.

Ohioans overwhelmingly voted to repeal Senate Bill 5—Gov. John Kasich’s attack on middle-class jobs that was designed to destroy collective bargaining rights in Ohio.

We pieced together a short, powerful video summing up the amazing energy that went into this. I hope you’ll take a moment to watch:

Watch now.

Tonight’s victory represents a turning point in our collective work to protect good jobs, working families and workplace rights. But it’s more than that. It’s a long-overdue return to common sense.

From the very beginning of our jobs crisis, anti-worker politicians like Ohio’s Gov. Kasich have used our poor economy to push a cynical political agenda that favors the richest 1 percent at the expense of the 99 percent. Today, Ohio voters rejected that agenda.

During this campaign, firefighters, nurses, teachers and other public employees were joined by construction workers, bakery workers and all kinds of private-sector workers. They came together to ensure the survival of the middle class. And together, we’ll keep doing it. Politicians who side with the richest 1 percent will find their radical efforts stopped by working people who want America to work for everyone.

Watch the energy and dedication that went into this huge victory—and join us.

This is our moment, and we won with solidarity. We won because the working people of Ohio—public and private sector, union and nonunion—stood together.

But the solidarity went even further than that: Volunteers traveled not just from neighboring Wisconsin—but from states as far away as California and New York—to help get out the vote. And activists from dozens of states as far away as Alaska gave up their nights and weekends to call Ohio voters from home.

Solidarity means that when workers anywhere are under attack, we will all do whatever we can to help. It means we’re in it together.

I hope you’ll celebrate this moment in your own way. But the most important thing is to find a way to keep your own energy going and growing—so you can be a part of sustaining and growing our movement for all working people—the 99 percent.

This fight we’ve taken on and won—and the threats we face going forward—are about more than Democrats or Republicans, or 2012 battleground states. They are about good jobs and our right to a voice on the job.

Together, we're building a new kind of politics. A politics that works for the 99 percent, not just the 1 percent.

We’ve got to start getting ready now to win tomorrow’s victories. Over time—together—we’ll build a future that works for working America.

Thank you for being a part of this movement, and for all you do for America’s workers.

In Solidarity,

Richard L. Trumka
President, AFL-CIO

P.S. America is waking up. Here’s one big reason we won in Ohio—people can see that the firefighters, teachers, nurses and snowplow drivers hurt by SB 5 didn’t cause our economic problems. Wall Street did. Ohio voters saw through Senate Bill 5—they understood it was a plan to make the 99 percent bear the burden of Wall Street’s recklessness—and that it would do nothing to create jobs.

Take a moment to watch the incredible energy that went into this win.

Research Seminar Thursday

The Sunday Football Relgion

'100 Yards To Glory': What Eli Manning Told Bob Costas About His Pores

While there are many more games, more fans attendance and far more children playing the games in back yards, Baseball could still lose its place as America's Past Time in this age of television, bid advertising dollars and the Sunday relgion of NFL Football.

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The Greatest Moments in NFL History
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On today's All Things Considered, Robert Siegel poses an important question to Bob Costas, one of the authors of a new book about the greatest moments in football: With football so popular and beloved and money-making, why is baseball still considered our national pastime? What does football have to do to get a little love?

"Hey, leave baseball something," Costas says of the special, nostalgic language with which we often speak of it. "In every other measurable way, football has surpassed it."

The new book and DVD set 100 Yards Of Glory: The Greatest Moments In NFL History, which Costas co-wrote with his frequent collaborator Joe Garner, aims to choose the greatest moments in the history of a league that has gone from being outshone by both professional baseball and college football to one that can fairly be called our national pastime in all but name.

Costas says that the NFL has some natural advantages over baseball when it comes to winning audiences: with only 16 regular-season games, they're all important. Most are shown on the weekend while people are at home. And, he notes, they all lead to a single championship game scheduled at the most convenient possible time for a gathering. Consider by contrast baseball's flexible series model that might bring the season to an end on any of several nights.

Of course, football also has embraced spectacle to a sometimes remarkable degree, as the two discuss when Siegel asks Costas to compare the home viewing experience with the experience of being in the stadium to see the game. As Costas notes, the huge hanging screens at the stadium in Dallas stretch from one 25-yard line to the other, making them tempting even to people who are there and could just look right over at the game happening live. (If previous screens were jumbotrons, perhaps these are megajumbotrons.)

And they're not just a distraction for the fans in the stadium. That's where we get to Eli Manning's pores.

According to Costas, Manning told him that playing in Dallas in the company of those huge screens requires extra preparation: "I have to be sure I shave when I play in this stadium, because my mother's watching, and she can see every pore on my face."

Occupy Las Vegas plans protest tomorrow at Nevada Power

Please, everyone get the word out about our two major upcoming events this week.  The NV Energy Demonstration is Wednesday, Nov. 9.  We will start gathering at 3 p.m. at the 6226 W. Sahara Ave. main headquarters and demonstrate in front of the the building from 4-6 p.m.  Please remember to park legally and don’t be afraid to WALK from a few blocks away.  We DO NOT want to disrupt any of the local businesses by taking up all of their parking spaces.

Veterans Day parade on Friday, November 11.  Details of where to meet to be released at GA tonight but we will meet at 10 a.m.  We have assured the Veterans committee that signs will read, for example, “OLV Supports our Veterans,” or “Occupy Supports our Troops”.  Items of that nature (again, full clarification at GA tonight).  Prepare to wear your orange OLV shirt and/or red, white, and blue clothing or items that bear the American flag.

Please click on the event calendar for each event to keep updated on any changes. 


Billie Holiday and Lester Young: Fine and Mellow

Asteroid comes close to Earth Collision

(CNN) -- An asteroid the size of an aircraft carrier will pass Earth to within eight-tenths of the distance of the moon Tuesday, the closest approach to Earth of an object this size in more than 30 years.
The closest approach will occur at 6:28 p.m. ET when the asteroid passes within 202,000 miles of our planet, NASA said. Click here for the video.

Bessie Smith - St. Louis Blues (1929)

Desrt Companion Holiday Issue hits the stands

In case you missed it earlier: Ladies & gentlemen, Mr. Harold Weller.
Your guide to living in Southern Nevada.