Who is on Strike and Where? Labor Action Tracker Website


There’s been a flurry of labor activity since the start of the pandemic, ranging from the unionization of more than 200 Google employees to the now-ended strike at John Deere involving some 10,000 workers, which was the first major agriculture strike in three decades. But how widespread was labor activity in the last year?

That’s a question the Labor Action Tracker from Cornell University is designed to answer. The tool was created to map all the strikes and labor protests that occur in the country. It was launched at the end of last year, making 2021 the first full year for which it has compiled data.


Best Book of Past 125 Years – New York Times Requests Your Suggestion

Help Us Choose the Best Book

The New York Times Book Review has just turned 125. That got us wondering: What is the best book that was published during that time? We’d like to hear from you. For the month of October we’ll take nominations, in November we’ll ask you to vote on a list of finalists and in December we’ll share the winner.

Note – First Review was Oct. 10, 1896

My Nomination –
The Varieties of Religious Experience, William James
Update 11/24 –  they are no longer accepting submissions, so above link is kind of dated.

However, here’s the link to vote on the selections (see below): https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2021/11/24/books/best-book-vote.html

All the Light We Cannot See
The Catcher in the Rye
Charlotte’s Web
A Confederacy of Dunces
The Fellowship of the Ring
A Fine Balance
A Gentleman in Moscow
Gone With the Wind
The Grapes of Wrath
The Great Gatsby
The Handmaid’s Tale
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
Infinite Jest
To Kill a Mockingbird
A Little Life
Lonesome Dove
One Hundred Years of Solitude
The Overstory
A Prayer for Owen Meany
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

Instantly Recognizable Lyrics










Yo I’ll tell you what I want what I really really want

So tell me what you want, what you really, really want.

I tell you what I want, what I really really want

So tell me what you want, what you really, really want

I wanna, I wanna, I wanna, I wanna


Congratulations to DIA Janitors

“We’re on strike for fair wages and workloads,” said Luis Gonzalez in a statement. “We keep this place running. We put ourselves at risk every day, and we deserve to be able to put food on the table for the holidays.”

Ron Ruggiero, president of SEIU Local 105, said the tentative agreement reached after talks Saturday morning includes a win for workers on the issue of pay after “40 years of wage stagnation.”

“A huge sticking point was around wages and that was a major achievement today,” Ruggiero said. “There are also workload issues that got resolved.”

The agreement reached contains raises amounting to $4 an hour over the three years of the contract, along with workload protections and increased time off.

Striking DIA janitors return to work after tentative deal reached
The Denver Channel
Robert Garrison

Portugal Closes Last Coal Plant

It is a historic moment in the Portuguese electricity system: the Pego coal plant, in Abrantes, produced electricity for the last time on Friday morning, and, with no more coal to burn, closes a chapter in the country’s energy history.

Tejo Energia’s thermoelectric power plant, in Pego, no longer has coal to burn. It stopped producing on Friday morning, in what is a milestone in the history of the national electricity system, which has abandoned coal as a way of generating electricity.

With the end of production at the Tejo Energia plant, and after the shutdown, in January of this year, of the EDP thermoelectric plant in Sines, Portugal no longer has any electricity production from burning coal.

Translated via google

The production of electricity from coal in Portugal has ended
Miguel Prado

Liking *Low* Culture – Jersey Shore, example of

King’s favorite chapter in Tacky is the one following how the reality TV show Jersey Shore helped her bond with her father. She recalls coming home from college for winter break, and stumbling upon her dad transfixed by the show. When King went back to college, her dad would call her every Thursday at 11 p.m. for recaps of the latest episode.

“I was having a really hard time at college, just really depressed and felt really adrift and untethered. And those phone calls were a real lifeline to me, I mean, my dad kept me tethered to the Earth.”

Ever since her father died, King remembers those phone calls even more fondly. She hopes her family’s love for Jersey Shore proves that culture’s purpose isn’t only to be be “good,” but also to bring people together.

“Like yeah, Jersey Shore was silly and loud… But it was also really important to us in its way. I think that one big part of being able to engage with any piece of culture joyfully, regardless of what it is, is having somebody to do it with.”


Discussion with author Rax King regarding her book,
Tacky: Love Letters to the Worst Culture We Have to Offer

KISS and the Arbiters of Cool

I asked Gene if he remembered that line and he said, “Yes. The rock press was always attracted to the Talking Heads, Television, the Ramones, the New York Dolls, the Sex Pistols—bands who couldn’t sell out a stadium or even an arena. There is a side to that media completely devoid of connection to the people who make up most of the rock audience, a holier-than-thou Jon Landau disease, as if they are telling kids that they and they alone know what’s important. We are still not in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, but there are three thousand licensed Kiss products, a Kiss toothbrush that plays ‘(I Want to) Rock and Roll All Nite’ when you put it in your mouth, and everything from Kiss caskets to Kiss condoms. There are no Radiohead condoms.”

Bumping Into Geniuses
Danny Goldberg

Marginalia – Selection of, Auden

The palm extended in welcome:
Look! for you 
I have unclenched my fist.

Everyone thinks:
“I am the most important
Person at present.”
The sane remember to add:
“important, I mean, to me.”

True Love enjoys
twenty-twenty vision,
but talks like a myopic.

Once having shat
in his new apartment,
he began to feel at home.

When Chiefs of State
prefer to work at night,
let the citizens beware.

1965 – 1968
Collected Poems
W.H. Auden

Trope Based Bio – Matthew Sweet

Matthew Sweet provides examples of the following tropes:

  • The Cover Changes the Meaning: “Beware My Love” by Wings is sung from the viewpoint of a jilted lover warning that his replacement will mistreat the woman he’s leaving while the narrator in Sweet’s version is an abusive lover apologizing for his misdeeds.
  • Cover Version: He contributed a cover of “Scooby-Doo, Where Are You?” to the tribute album Saturday Morning: Cartoons’ Greatest Hits (the same album with The Ramones‘ breakneck cover of “Spider-Man”, incidentally).
  • Creator Breakdown:
    • GirlfriendAltered Beast and even 100% Fun, judging by some of the lyrics.
    • The audio clip from Caligula in the middle of Altered Beast would also seem to be a sign of this.
  • Darker and EdgierAltered Beast
  • Engrish: The title of Kimi Ga Suki is an inverse of this. As Sweet explains in the album’s liner notes: “If I did it correctly, the title should seem a little strange or wrong, but still meaningful! The true definition is supposed to be a ‘love you’ life, one devoted to loving someone or something, even life itself!”
  • Epic Rocking: “Thunderstorm”.
  • Fake-Out Fade-Out: “Divine Intervention”.
  • Longest Song Goes Last: At least three uses – In Reverse ends with 9:37 “Thunderstorm,” 100% Fun ends with 4:13 “Smog Moon,” and Sunshine Lies ends with 5:07 “Back of My Mind.” Inverted with Girlfriend, which put its longest track, “Divine Intervention” at 5:37, first.
  • Lyrical Dissonance: “Sick of Myself”.
  • Religion Rant Song: “Divine Intervention” isn’t as angry as XTC‘s “Dear God”, but it does pull a Holding Out for a Hero on God (the chorus goes We’re all counting on his/divine intervention) and voices doubts about his benevolence (Now does He love us?/I look around/And all I see is destruction).
  • Spoken Word in Music: “Intro,” from Altered Beast is a clip of dialogue from the film Caligula.
  • “Untitled” Title: “Untitled,” from In Reverse, works the word into the lyrics.