Labor Day: The Unknown Holiday by Walter Brasch + History of Labor Day

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In memory of Walter Brasch, who died earlier this year. My sincere condolences to his family, friends and readers. ~ Lo

by Walter Brasch
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Originally published September 7, 2009
September 4, 2017

It’s Labor Day, and that means millions of Americans are celebrating. Most Americans have no idea what Labor Day is, other than self-serving political speeches, hot dogs, burgers, a pool party, and the last day of a three-day holiday. Few even know that Labor Day exists to allow people to remember and honor the struggles for respect, dignity, and acceptable wages and working conditions for the rank-and-file employees.

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Memorial Day Crocodile Tears from Those Who Create Wars by Walter Brasch

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by Walter Brasch
Writer, Dandelion Salad
walterbrasch.com
May 29, 2016

A few million Americans may be thinking about it, but won’t be celebrating Memorial Day. For them, there’s not much to celebrate or to remember.

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Labor Day: The Unknown Holiday by Walter Brasch (repost)

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by Walter Brasch
Writer, Dandelion Salad
www.walterbrasch.com
Originally published September 7, 2009
September 7, 2015

It’s Labor Day, and that means millions of Americans are celebrating. Most Americans have no idea what Labor Day is, other than self-serving political speeches, hot dogs, burgers, a pool party, and the last day of a three-day holiday. Few even know that Labor Day exists to allow people to remember and honor the struggles for respect, dignity, and acceptable wages and working conditions for the rank-and-file employees.

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Hurricane Katrina: Lessons Not Learned by Walter Brasch

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by Walter Brasch
Writer, Dandelion Salad
walterbrasch.com
August 25, 2015

This week is the 10th anniversary of the destruction of the southeastern gulf coast by Hurricane Katrina.

More than 1,800 people died. There is no estimate for the number of pets and wildlife. Damage was estimated at more than $100 billion.

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Anti-Fracking Activist Can Now Go to the Hospital by Walter Brasch

by Walter Brasch
Writer, Dandelion Salad
walterbrasch.com
March 30, 2014

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Vera Scroggins of Susquehanna County, Pa., will now be allowed to go to her hospital, supermarket, drug store, several restaurants, and the place where she goes for rehabilitation therapy. She can also go to the county’s recycling center, which is on 12.5 acres of land the county had leased to Cabot Gas & Oil Corp., one of the largest drillers in the country.

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An Injunction Against the First Amendment by Walter Brasch

by Walter Brasch
Writer, Dandelion Salad
walterbrasch.com
March 20, 2014

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Vera Scroggins of Susquehanna County, Pa., will be in court Monday morning.

This time, she will have lawyers and hundreds of thousands of supporters throughout the country. Representing Scroggins to vacate an injunction limiting her travel will be lawyers from the ACLU and Public Citizen, and a private attorney.

The last time Scroggins appeared in the Common Pleas Court in October, she didn’t have lawyers. That’s because Judge Kenneth W. Seamans refused to grant her a continuance.

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Workers Are Disposable in the Fracking Industry by Walter Brasch

by Walter Brasch
Writer, Dandelion Salad
walterbrasch.com
March 9, 2014

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The oil and gas industry, the nation’s chambers of commerce, and politicians who are dependent upon campaign contributions from the industry and the chambers, claim fracking is safe.

First, close your mind to the myriad scientific studies that show the health effects from fracking.

Close your mind to the well-documented evidence of the environmental impact.

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Rex W. Tillerson–A Frackin’ Hypocrite! by Walter Brasch

by Walter Brasch
Writer, Dandelion Salad
walterbrasch.com
March 2, 2014

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Rex W. Tillerson, a resident of Bartonville, Texas, like many of his neighbors was upset with his city council. That’s not unusual. Many residents get upset at their local governing boards. And so they went to a city council meeting to express their concerns that the council was about to award a construction permit.

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No Honor in Killing ‘God’s Dog’ by Walter Brasch

by Walter Brasch
Writer, Dandelion Salad
walterbrasch.com
February 14, 2014

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A week before the opening of the Olympics, 759 Pennsylvanians paid $25 each to participate in a sport that would never be a part of any international competition.

These Pennsylvanians carried shotguns, whistles, and electronic calls; most also used dogs to search out their prey.

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Train Derailments Another of Fracking’s Problems by Walter Brasch

POV: Across Spuyten Duyvil Creek from the scene of the terrible train derailment this morning. (Under the Henry Hudson Bridge)

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by Walter Brasch
Writer, Dandelion Salad
walterbrasch.com
January 24, 2014

The derailment of a 101-car CSX freight train on a bridge in a densely-populated part of Philadelphia this past week should be yet another warning to politicians who have become cheerleaders for oil and gas fracking.

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New Jersey is Fracked by Walter Brasch

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by Walter Brasch
Writer, Dandelion Salad
walterbrasch.com
November 19, 2013

At the time New Jersey established a ban on fracking, it seemed symbolic, much like the moratorium in Vermont, which has no economically recoverable natural gas; the Marcellus Shale, primarily in New York and Pennsylvania, doesn’t extend into New Jersey.

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Pennsylvanians Support Pigeon Shoot Ban by Walter Brasch

by Walter Brasch
Writer, Dandelion Salad
www.walterbrasch.com
November 2, 2013

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Three-fourths of all Pennsylvanians want to see an end to live pigeon shoots.

A statewide survey by the Mason-Dixon Polling and Research Company reveals not only do 75 percent of Pennsylvanians want to see legislation to ban live pigeon shoots but only 16 percent of Pennsylvanians oppose such a ban.

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Government Should Not Define What a Reporter Is—or Isn’t by Walter Brasch

by Walter Brasch
Writer, Dandelion Salad
www.walterbrasch.com
August 19, 2013

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Sen. Diane Feinstein and a horde of members of Congress of both parties want to decide who is and who isn’t a reporter. Sen. Feinstein says a “real” reporter is a “salaried agent of a media company.”

She mentions the usual suspects—New York Times, ABC News. She dismisses part-time staff. She dismisses freelancers. She dismisses those who write, often without pay, for the hundreds of alternative publications, and often break news and investigative stories well ahead of the mainstream media. She dismisses anyone who, she says, “have no professional qualifications.”

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‘Putting People over Profits’: The Fight Against Fracking by Walter Brasch

by Walter Brasch
Writer, Dandelion Salad
www.walterbrasch.com
July 13, 2013

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Pennsylvanians want to put a moratorium on fracking.

And it’s not just a few thousand, but a majority of the state’s residents.

Pennsylvania lies in the heart of the Marcellus Shale, possibly the most productive shale for gas in the country.

A joint University of Michigan/Muhlenberg College study reveals that only 49 percent of Pennsylvanians support shale gas extraction and 58 percent of all Pennsylvanians want the state to order “time out” until the health and environmental effects of fracking can be fully analyzed. That same study revealed that 60 percent of Pennsylvanians believe fracking poses a major risk to ground water resources, only 28 percent disagree; 12 percent have no opinion.

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Welcome To The Totalitarian State by Walter Brasch

by Walter Brasch
Writer, Dandelion Salad
www.walterbrasch.com
June 21, 2013

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It makes no difference if Edward Snowden, who had fled to Hong Kong and revealed that the American government was spying upon American citizens, is a traitor or a hero.

Intelligence agencies from China, Russia, England, Israel, and maybe even Lichtenstein, probably already know that the National Security Administration (NSA) is collecting data of all the phone calls and emails of Americans, and linking them to conversations with foreign nationals. Continue reading