Monday, November 30, 2015

Union Employees of Mining Company Asarco Rallying in Tucson Tomorrow to Pressure for a 'Fair Contract'

Posted By on Mon, Nov 30, 2015 at 3:12 PM

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Union employees at Asarco's copper mines and other facilities will rally at the company's headquarters in Tucson Tuesday afternoon to demand a "fair contract," according to a press release from the United Steelworkers, one of eight unions representing hundreds of thousands of mine workers. 

The previous labor agreement expired at the end of June 2013, but production and maintenance employees at five Asarco locations in the country, including the ones in Arizona, continued to work under existing terms and conditions while current negations continue, the release says. 

The union negotiating committee is supposed to meet with Asarco again on Dec. 14, even though "management has announced its unilateral intention to implement the company's 'last, best and final' contract proposal on Tuesday instead of resolving the outstanding issues in good faith at the bargaining table as the unions have request."

From the press release:
The union considers the move illegal and will follow up with Region 28 of the National Labor Relations Board, which already plans to prosecute Asarco for unilaterally changing working conditions at the facilities on multiple occasions without first negotiating over the changes with union representatives as required by law.

The NLRB has scheduled a hearing for Jan. 12, 2016, when an administrative law judge will review evidence against Asarco and listen to testimony in the case.
Union workers are gathering at 3 p.m. tomorrow, joining employees protesting at four other Asarco locations in the U.S.

The company, which is under the umbrella of Grupo México—Mexico's largest mining corporation—owns three copper mines in Arizona.

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Arizona Republic Column: 'Death' of Death Penalty Should Begin in AZ

Posted By on Mon, Nov 30, 2015 at 2:00 PM

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Last night, CBS's 60 Minutes discussed Arizona's "botched" July 2014 execution of Joseph Wood, a convicted murderer who took nearly two hours and 15 doses of a lethal drug cocktail to die. The disturbing episode triggered change in the state's execution protocol, including switching which drugs are used.

The segment on 60 Minutes left The Arizona Republic's EJ Montini to wonder, when will the death penalty be abolished in the United States? Arizona's "unethical, possibly illegal purchase of execution drugs from oversees, along with the state's grotesque determination to use those drugs to kill death row inmates, and then botching one attempt," could mark that end. Actually, it should mark the beginning of the end, Montini says in an opinion piece published this morning

Here's part of it:

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Tiger Needs a Home

Posted By on Mon, Nov 30, 2015 at 1:00 PM

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Meet Tiger! This sweet boy loves snuggles and chin scratches and it currently looking for his purrr-fect forever home!

Tiger would really thrive in a home where he has plenty of space to lounge around and have a little bit of alone time. But he also needs lots of love!

If you can open your heart and home to this big kitty please stop by the Humane Society of Southern Arizona, 3450 N. Kelvin Blvd., to meet him!

The People Behind Cards Against Humanity are Still Terrible, Hilarious

Posted By on Mon, Nov 30, 2015 at 12:00 PM

I mean, they made themselves pretty clear. - CARDS AGAINST HUMANITY
  • Cards Against Humanity
  • I mean, they made themselves pretty clear.

Holiday shopping is inherently bad for savings accounts. Sometimes it seems like you're blowing through your budget and basically getting nothing in return. Sometimes you're depleting your budget and actually getting nothing.  

Remember last Black Friday when 30,000 people bought actual poop from Cards Against Humanity for $6 a pop? This year, the card game team wasn't looking to sell anything—They were more excited about the idea of buying some things for themselves.

They say:
This year we offered our customers the ultimate Black Friday experience - the ability to buy nothing from us for $5. We took our entire store offline, and put up a simple payment form where people could give us $5.

11,248 people gave us $5, and 1,199 people gave us more than $5 by filling out the form more than once. One enthusiastic fan gave us $100. In the end, we made a windfall profit of $71,145.

Cards Against Humanity is known for our charitable fundraising - since 2012 we've raised nearly $4 million for organizations we love like Worldbuilders, the Sunlight Foundation, the EFF, DonorsChoose.org, the Wikimedia Foundation, and the Chicago Design Museum. We even started a $500,000 full-ride scholarship for women getting degrees in science.

There's been a lot of speculation about how we would spend the money from Black Friday, and we're happy to announce that this time, we kept it all.
 There's a (long) illustrated list of how the team spent the cash on their blog. 

AZ Attorney General Brnovich: Remove Bitter Smith From Arizona Corporation Commission

Posted By on Mon, Nov 30, 2015 at 10:39 AM

Commissioner Susan Bitter Smith
  • Commissioner Susan Bitter Smith
Evan Wyloge of Arizona Center for Investigative Reporting brings us this brief from Attorney General Mark Brnovich's press conference this morning:

Susan Bitter Smith, the chairwoman of the Arizona Corporation Commission broke the state’s conflict of interest laws by continuing to work as a lobbyist for companies the commission regulates, an Attorney General’s investigation has found.

The state’s top law enforcement office filed today a special action with the Arizona Supreme Court to have Bitter Smith removed from office.

Arizona law specifically addresses the Corporation Commission, barring them from working for, or having a financial interest in the companies the commission regulates.

“We believe she is ineligible to hold this office,” Attorney General Mark Brnovich said at a press conference Monday.

The motion asks for immediate action, but the Supreme Court could send it to superior court for review. 

Cinema Clips: Love the Coopers

Posted By on Mon, Nov 30, 2015 at 10:30 AM


This movie’s cast is jam-packed with talent. Diane Keaton, Marisa Tomei, John Goodman, Anthony Mackie, Alan Arkin, Amanda Seyfried, Ed Helms and even the voice of Steve Martin all show up in this supposed holiday film. If you are looking for a Christmas movie to add a little joy to your holiday season, this movie will not do the trick. If you are looking for something totally weird, dark and unfunny while being sort of stupid and wasteful overall, this one might please you.

Coopers obviously has a lot of characters played by those performers I listed above, and a lot of plot lines to go with them. It gets a bit tiresome trying to follow all that’s going on, and I’m not going to recount everything for you. I would need this entire publication’s space to do that effectively. Well, I say effectively, but it would probably be a horribly boring description so saying I would do the whole description thing effectively is actually total bullshit. A bunch of family members come together for the holidays and stupid stuff happens. Too many characters, not enough good zingers, and a genuinely nasty vibe make this a total waste of time for everybody.

How the hell did they get all of those great cast members to sign up for this thing?

Into the Mild: Three Exorcisms is Where I Draw the Line

Posted By on Mon, Nov 30, 2015 at 9:04 AM

Salvador, Brasil


I subsidized my time in Salvador by working at a youth hostel. Work resembled a Pitbull song and every night brought a new cast of travelers from around the world who there on vacation. Most nights I hung out with whoever was staying at the hostel, with the exception of Fridays. I don’t bro out at bars with the guys and typically went to the lighthouse to watch the sunset with my girlfriend at the time. She worked late one night, so I went alone and explored a new part of the city.

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I enjoy seeing new cathedrals and churches, so when I saw a large one with the lights on I went in. I sat in the back and tried not to draw attention to myself. After about two minutes I saw the rest of the crowd walking towards the front and a women in the aisle motioned for me to come forward. I wasn't sure what was going on, but it looked like a weird time so I followed the group towards the front. We then stood in a line facing the stage. Three pastors came to the crowd and started barking commands at a man. The pastors put their hands on the man's head and started yelling and shaking their hands. I stood and wondered what was going on when they finished with him and a pastor walked to me. He was much friendlier with me than he was with the first man. After a minute of talking, he put his hands on my head and started chanting. At the end of each sentence he chanted OUT or NOW and would throw his hands up. This only lasted around two minutes and then he looked at me, smiled, and walked to another person.

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Friday, November 27, 2015

Casa Video Top 10

Posted By on Fri, Nov 27, 2015 at 1:26 PM

My plans for the weekend. - BIGSTOCK
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  • My plans for the weekend.

Welcome to the "holiday season," everybody.  Personally, this is my first winter not working retail and nothing is going to make me face the horror of a mall this weekend...Then again, Christmas is less than a month away and I haven't done a bit of shopping. Perhaps I'll have to venture off into a store after all. 

Perhaps. But a weekend of movies sounds way better.

Here are Casa Video's Top 10 most rented DVDs of the week:

Trainwreck

Inside Out

The Man from U.N.C.L.E.

Terminator Genisys


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