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Dear Executives Feigning Employee Welfare Concerns: Take a Hike

an associated press article posted on yahoo! covering responses to a recent tobacco tax increase quotes jeff borysiewicz, vice president of cigar rights of america and president of corona cigar as saying:

“Kids aren’t addicted to handmade cigars… We’re an affordable hobby. We’re not part of the problem with children.”

certainly, that is an interesting statement for someone who claims to be concerned for the welfare of employees (i wonder if his employed parents would agree with him?). it shows some audacity when companies imply they are not part of a problem or imply they may be “forced” to relocate operations outside of the u.s. to deflect increasing costs (see reference to  Enrique “Kiki” Berger in the same article).  i hardly believe  they need convincing to do so. keeping costs down, while maximizing profits is exactly why they are in business. tax increase or no, if the bottom line will be improved by moving outside of u.s. borders, few will pass up exploring the opportunity.

employee welfare always seems to miraculously surface when a company faces profit reduction concerns. executives that use it as an excuse when it seems to suit them should drop the social concern facade and be frank about their positions. perhaps borysiewicz should make it plain and ask for a bailout… or ask his industry colleagues to subsidize cost increases with their bonuses.

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April 1.2009 at 1:19 pm Leave a comment

Really? “…A Yelp For Cannabis Clubs”???

weedmaps

having spotted this on techcrunch, i thought this was another of their lofty gags, but this site is alive and kicking as of post time. why?  it looks like at least one californian might become a weedmaps fan: democratic state assembly member tom ammiano.

March 13.2009 at 12:47 am Leave a comment

ChildCry Rings Wall Street’s Opening Bell

ChildCry Opens Wall Street

ChildCry Opens Wall Street

i was thrilled to see members of Times Square Church’s humanitarian mission, ChildCry, present Thursday morning to ring the opening bell at the New York Stock Exchange. it represented a different perspective toward what we should be focusing our time, energy and money on: helping others. ChildCry feeds thousands of young people in countries around the world through proceeds from offerings by its performing and recording artists.

February 13.2009 at 11:38 am Leave a comment

“…know that your people will judge you on what you can build, not what you destroy.”

president-obama

in case you missed it, here is the full text of president obama’s inauguration speech (text courtesy of yahoo!; photo courtesy of karen 2020 via flickr and creative commons).

January 20.2009 at 1:08 pm Leave a comment

2009 Is Just The Beginning Of The Dream

Yahoo! logo with image for MLK Day 2009

Yahoo! logo with image for MLK Day 2009

it seems fitting that we celebrate mlk day this year in prelude to the inauguration of our 44th president, barack obama, the first african american elected to lead america. there have been plenty of references to dr. king’s historical “i have a dream” speech in consideration of the significance and promise of the incoming obama administration- and rightfully so. yet, its true significance is in the fact the dream is just beginning- not just for one group, but also for the whole nation. even the world.

in spite of tumultuous happening in just about every facet of our society, we have an amazing opportunity to help ourselves by helping those around us. president-elect obama has touched on this throughout his campaign and in weeks leading up to tomorrow’s inauguration. it’s not a new idea, but one that will be re-invigorated through the hope and optimism that colors the mood of the country in anticipation of change for the better.

read what dr. king said during a speech presented in 1957.

as a nation, we can do whatever we collectively make up our minds to achieve. hopefully that will be to stand united and to serve united.

January 19.2009 at 10:40 pm Leave a comment

One Statement Says It All

i won’t even provide narrative to set this up. the statement speaks for itself:

“In the U.S., I don’t see food shortages,” U.S. Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson told Reuters in an interview. “We have plenty of food in the U.S. The price of food has gone up, but again that won’t be as significant for the average American as gasoline.”

if you can’t see the BOLD, albeit fine print in between the lines, he is effectively saying that our national priorities will continue to focus on guns vs. butter; big money making engines vs. humanitarian and societal needs. it shames and concerns me and i am not even a liberal [no offense].

April 24.2008 at 9:59 pm 1 comment

Nutraloaf Clean Up On Aisle Nine!

the ingredients of nutraloaf sound harmless enough but it’s apparently quite the opposite, according to vermont inmates. nutraloaf, which contains cubed whole-wheat bread, non-dairy cheese, raw carrots, spinach, seedless raisins, beans, vegetable oil, tomato paste, powdered milk and dehydrated potato flakes, seems to serve as a deterrent toward poor inmate behavior. it might work too well. a class action suit is being brought to the vermont supreme court in protest that it’s punishment rather than food. to think that inmates might actually be getting punished in prison and with something that could have been sold out of whole foods, no doubt, is remarkable.

March 22.2008 at 3:44 pm 4 comments

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