Domestic workers’ bill of rights

Oregon signed this bill into law June 17, 2015 but it took effect just this year.  According to this law, a domestic worker is generally anyone works in someone’s home to maintain it. Some key provisions:

Hardcore women's work
Hardcore women’s work
  • Household workers are given 24 hours in a row off. A whole stinking day because of course they don’t get a weekend. And if they do have to work at all on their one day off, they get overtime.
  • Workers who worked on average 30 hours per week get three paid days off. Three. Three days. That’s labor day weekend. Insane.
  • Live-in household workers get overtime starting at 44 hours and they must be given 8 consecutive hours off and “adequate sleeping arrangements.” What did they get before, a crate?
  • It grants workers protection under sexual harassment and discrimination laws. How was this not automatic?

I guess what I didn’t realize is despite the amount these household workers prop up their bourgeoisie masters, I mean, employers, they really are not regarded as legit workers. Props to Oregon for taking that step. Who’s next?

STD portraits: Syphilis

It was only within the last century that syphilis moved from dreaded life-long companion to minor nuisance and the villain in lifetime movies.

The first great outbreak in Europe happened during the 15th century. Charles VIII of France besieged the kingdom of Naples, claiming it was rightfully his through his Angevin line. It’s unknown whether the disease showed up within the walled city first or the attacking army and for that reason each side blamed the other for their sudden misfortune. The French believed the city had released its prostitutes for the explicit reason of weakening their number and the city believed the French had brought it with them.

peter the great
Peter the Great of Russia

Whoever was responsible, Charles’ army was so weakened by the outbreak, he blamed the “Neapolitan disease” for their failure.

Naturally, as troops returned home, the disease came with them and spread all across Europe. It later took on other names like “the Portuguese sore,”The Spanish disease” and “La Grosse Verole,” or the Great Pox.

Great Pox, it was, as it affected even heads of state. Peter the Great was among them along with Henry VIII, Louis XIV of France and Ivan the Terrible.

Most surprisingly, before the stuffy Victorians came and ruined everything, syphilis was known in the 16th century as the “gallant disease.”

source: Plagues and Poxes: The Impact of Human History of Epidemic Disease by Alfred Jay Bollet

Blue Buffalo can suck it

If I had a dollar for every silly conversation I’ve had like this, I’d be able to draw full time. A few things…

I don’t care how expensive your dog food is (pssst, neither does your dog). I don’t care how many qualifiers go in front of it. But here’s a question, do any of you care as much about what you put into your own bodies as what you think you’re putting into your dog’s?dogfood If you’re slurping soda while you’re telling me how pure your dog’s food is, you’re an idiot.

Corn sucks because of the role it plays in our food industry and how heavily subsidized it is, not because it’s an allergen. News Flash: the corn and soy is not what’s making your dog itch, it’s the protein source, bozo.

Grain free is not a bad diet choice. It becomes one when people who don’t have sense make their dogs obese from the calorie-rich, all-protein, all the time bonanza.

Wolves eat raw food because they hunt. Your 6 pound yorkie doesn’t need to choke down raw food to get what they need nutritionally. Also, wolves are omnivores, just like us and just like dogs. It’s not some biological heresy to feed your dog a food with grain in it.

Lastly, don’t tell me how “spoiled” your dog is because you’re the poor dope who buys dog food that costs more than your cell phone bill yet you can’t seem to scrounge the money to keep its vaccines current.

This is everyday, man. Everyday.

And I don’t mean to pick on Blue Buffalo but they’ve come to embody all that is misinformed about how people shop for their dogs.