Here’s where your $15 wage went

Go ahead! Go ahead, press for that high paying job. Stick around, you can meet your replacement.

Self-serve kiosks to replace food staff at SUNY Orange

SUNY Orange’s cafeteria workers will be laid off at the end of the spring semester, to be replaced by food-dispensing machines.

In an email sent to students on Thursday, Vinnie Cazzetta, executive director of the nonprofit Orange County Community College Association, which runs the cafeterias, said the change comes after the college’s food-service operations showed a deficit of more than $150,000 last year, “continuing a trend of significant operations losses that has existed for years.”

Cazzetta said nine full-time workers and three part-timers will be laid off as part of the plan.

An outside audit done in December showed larger financial problems were looming, Cazzetta said.

“By doing nothing we could have been out of business in 12 to 18 months. We would not have been able to make payroll,” Cazzetta said.

The College Association is a nonprofit that provides auxiliary services to SUNY Orange. It has existed since the late 1950s and runs the campus book store, food services and buys and manages real estate for future campus development. The changes will go into effect in June. [snip]

Rebecca Walker, a 19-year-old student from Otisville, said while food on campus was pricier than she liked, she enjoyed freshly made, warm food. She said she had no way of eating off campus once she arrived.

“It’s accommodating, it’s convenient and the people who work there are lovely,” Walker said. “It’s kind of awful to lose your job to a machine.”

In recent months, the College Association’s board sought proposals from providers that could handle oversight of food services with the intent of keeping the traditional cafeteria setup that’s been around for decades, Cazzetta said.

“But even with a change of management and anticipated increases of nearly 30 percent in sales, those independent, outside firms projected that losses would have remained in excess of $80,000 annually,” Cazzetta said.

The College Association is close to signing a contract with a new vendor for the self-serve kiosks, Cazzetta said.

Cazzetta said for years food service had been a losing proposition and had been underwritten by revenue from book sales. But in recent years revenue from book sales had been undercut by entities like Barns & Noble, Amazon and eBay. Tax forms representing the 2014-15 school year, the most recent available, show food service was in the red by $150,297 while the bookstore netted $186,595. [snip]

Nichole McClary, who began working in the Rowley Center five months ago for about $12 an hour, said she loved the job. Looking for a new job will change her plans to spend time with her 2-year-old, she said.

“I was looking forward to having the summer off,” she said.

Now you will have the summer off.

All these students wailing about the staff not having jobs fail to look the wages paid. $12/hr for what? That type of work in entry level worth at most $9/hr. Pay $12 to $15 and soon you’re talking to the robot.

Try talking some course in math and economics, hell evcn a course in Home Ec would give some of you lame brains a smattering of how to cost out a home business.

You didn’t hear this from the Fake News Media

Not a peep from them. Doesn’t fit the narrative of Trump’s anti-Muslim agenda rant they have on the front burner. However Trump doesn’t have anything of this nature being suggested or mentioned ever.

Migrants are being sold at

open slave markets in Libya

Vulnerable refugees from West Africa often arrive in the country with no money and no papers.

Migrants from West Africa are being openly traded in “public slave markets” across Libya.
As a departure point for refugees trying to get to Europe, migrants arriving in Libya from sub-Saharan are particularly vulnerable due to a lack of money and little in the way of documentation.

Survivors have told the International Organization for Migration (IOM) how there are slave markets and private prisons all over Libya.

Mohammed Abdiker, IOM’s head of operation and emergencies, said: “The situation is dire. The more IOM engages inside Libya, the more we learn that it is a vale of tears for all too many migrants.”

One survivor from Senegal spoke of how he was brought by smugglers across Niger in a bus to the southern Libyan city of Sabha, where he was due to risk a boat trip to Europe. When the middleman did not get his fee, the survivor was put up for sale along with other passengers.

He was taken to a prison where he worked without pay while the captors demanded 300,000 West African francs (about £380) before selling him on to a larger jail. Livia Manante, an IOM officer based in Niger, said migrants would be brought to a square where they were put up for sale.

Manante said: “IOM Italy has confirmed that this story is similar to many stories reported by migrants and collected at landing points in southern Italy, including the slave market reports.”

Those who did not get their ransom paid were often taken away and killed while others would die of hunger and disease in unsanitary conditions.

“If the number of migrants goes down, because of death or someone is ransomed, the kidnappers just go to the market and buy one,” Manente said.

The going rate for a migrant was between $200 (£160) and $500 (£400) each, with many forced into captivity for months before they are freed or sold on. So far this year more than 170 bodies have washed up on the shores of the Mediterranean while the Libyan Coast Guard has also rescued thousands more.

IOM has helped repatriate 1,500 people back to West Africa so far this year where it is trying to inform people not to risk the journey to Libya where they face exploitation.

“Migrants who go to Libya while trying to get to Europe, have no idea of the torture archipelago that awaits them just over the border,” said Leonard Doyle, chief IOM spokesman in Geneva. “There they become commodities to be bought, sold and discarded when they have no more value.”

This article was first published on April 11, 2017

Straight Students need Safe Spaces from Poufters…

…and Chick Fil-A provides that space for them too!

Oh, Okay: College Students

 

claim On-Campus

 

Chick-fil-A Would Make

 

Things Unsafe

Students at Duquesne University, a Catholic school in Pittsburgh, are raising concerns that an on-campus location of the fast food chain Chick-fil-A could somehow make things “unsafe” for LGBT students of the university. Student government representatives argued that the presence of the Chick-fil-A as a dining option would “marginalize” students and could make them feel as though the food court is no longer a “safe place.”

From Campus Reform:
“Chick-fil-A has a questionable history on civil rights and human rights,” Martini remarked in a statement to The Duquesne Duke. “I think it’s imperative [that] the university chooses to do business with organizations that coincide with the [university’s] mission and expectations they give students regarding diversity and inclusion.”

[…]

“I’ve tried very hard within the last semester and a half to promote this safe environment for the LGBTQ community. So I fear that with the Chick-fil-A being in Options [an on-campus food court] that maybe people will feel that safe place is at risk,” Rachel Coury explained, adding that at the very least her organization would like “someone” to “make a statement” on the issue.

“It would be a really big deal for Lambda [Gay-Straight Alliance] and the whole LGBTQ community on campus if someone could make a statement to eliminate the fear of being marginalized by having this business on campus,” she said.

Chick-fil-A has locations on nearly 250 college campuses throughout the country, never mind its near-ubiquitous presence at airports and other public locations. As far as I’m aware, there have not been any anti-gay assaults or crimes at any of these locations (unless one considers the inevitable heart disease triggered by frequent consumption of Chick-fil-A’s fried products to be a slow-moving assault). The company no longer donates to controversial causes. If students at other campuses are able to both enjoy Chick-fil-A’s waffle fries and support their LGBT friends, there’s no reason why Duquesne students can’t either. This whole thing is insane.

Straight people desire safe spaces also; poufers aren’t a special class far from it. It is this disgusting idea that I and millions of others have to accommodate having to eat breakfast while having the stomach to watch some individual who did God know what with his mouth last night eat tapioca pudding or eat bananas.

All this is so crazy since all had a safe space, one very safe: the closet.
This POLITICALLY CORRECT nonsense that certain people are entitles to special treatment because they claim some load of Communist/Marxist crap. That is all that it is!

All it takes to clean up this absurdity is to treat it as rebarbative tripe. Cut the Federal funding to the College Education Fund except for hard science, Western Civics and Friedman Economics. Get rid of the grants and courses that deal in bombast and balderdash. Let those Professors find honest work driving taxis or slinging hash in diners.

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Hit and Misogyny
While today’s cartoon might appear to be a clear example of blatant misogyny, it is actually “meta” misogyny which celebrates and empowers women by ironically mocking those who would mischaracterize misogyny for their own political benefit. Like this bitch, for instance.

Again, “meta” misogyny in the service of humor! Jon Swift (the author of the seminal work on politics, “Gullible’s Travails”) would totally be high-fiving us about now.

The (ahem) “news” story, if you were lucky enough to have missed it, is that Hillary Clinton has returned from 40 years of God-ordained wandering in the wilderness, fasting and having religious visions, to face the cold hard facts about her election loss. And according to Hillary, those facts are that the Russians magically hacked the election, FBI Director James Comey was a suicide bomber, and everybody in America – including women – hates women.

“Certainly misogyny played a role,” the bitter, garishly-dressed, stringy-haired old woman whined, “That just has to be admitted.”

Well, no, it doesn’t have to be admitted. There are female leaders all over the world, and countless women in positions of authority – including governmental authority – here in the United States. So it seems likely that Hillary’s unpopularity isn’t so much linked to her gender as it is tied to her long history of being a horrible human being, serial liar, inept politician, rape enabler, and thief.

All of which might become clear to Hillary if, instead of looking for answers in a “glass ceiling,” she looked for them in a mirror.

BONUS: STICKING HIS NECK OUT

Meanwhile, as the clock ticks on Syria, Russia, Iran, and North Korea…

The Millennials

This posting, one can hope, might reach those dim areas of the lost minds of those snowflakes shining a couple of watts into those crevices. First, it isn’t a nuclear option. It is the putting back the proper rules of the Senate, that Harry Reid uprooted in order to thwart Dubya’s ability to place judges on the lower courts. Then Obama and Reid did use the Super Majority in 2013 on court choices.

For those that refuse to believe this, all one has to do is examine the voting results for the approval of Judges Thomas and Alto. The partisan nature of the Senate deprived them of what use to be votes in the past such as 96-4, 98-2 or 93-7. Votes were made on the candidate’s creds and moral character.
You can see the operation of this in the Abe Fortas vote, that individual was nominated by LBJ; he was not approved.


Harry Reid brought about this division in the Senate. His partisanship looked at the candidates views rather than their qualifications. If the candidate wasn’t a flaming Progressive who would not vote to torch the Constitution, he was not fit to sit on the bench.

Gorsuch will sit on the SCOTUS bench; the real worry for the Jackasses is who is next: Kennedy or Ginsburg.

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