Thursday, April 26, 2012

In the News: Dutch Govt/Maine Most Peaceful/Equal Pay Illegal in WI

Here are some stories in the news I found interesting, and wanted to share:

DUTCH GOVERNMENT COLLAPSES OVER DEBT WOES
THE HAGUE, Netherlands – The Dutch government, one of the most vocal critics of European countries failing to rein in their budgets, quit Monday after failing to agree on a plan to bring its own deficit in line with EU rules. Queen Beatrix's office said she had accepted the resignation of Prime Minister Mark Rutte and his Cabinet after Rutte informed her talks on a new austerity package collapsed over the weekend. STORY: http://www.usatoday.com/money/story/2012-04-23/dutch-government-collapse/54483476/1?csp=Dailybriefing

Survey: Maine ranked 'most peaceful' state; Louisiana last

The annual United States Peace Index finds the country overall more peaceful than at anytime in the past 20 years, with Maine finishing first as the "most peaceful" state and Louisiana placing last for the 11th year in a row. In rankings by metropolitan area, the 2012 survey finds Cambridge-Newton-Framingham in Massachusetts as most peaceful and Detroit-Livionia-Dearborn in Michigan as least peaceful.FULL STORY: http://content.usatoday.com/communities/ondeadline/post/2012/04/survey-maine-ranked-most-peaceful-state-louisiana-last/1?csp=Dailybriefing#.T5aZe9XZGSo 

Dispatches- A woman's blog: Women’s Rights Are Human Rights

For all of our female friends: An Interesting summary of women's issues in health and politics. Read more: http://www.care2.com/causes/dispatches-from-the-war-on-women-womens-rights-are-human-rights.html#ixzz1sxZopQFP

This just isn't right: Study shows how broad pay disparities are between sexes

(BTW- Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker just REPEALED the "Woman's Equal Pay Law") Women of all ages, races, ethnic backgrounds and education levels — and in almost every line of work — earned less than men, according to a report issued Tuesday by the American Association of University Women. Women in the USA earned 77% of what men earned in 2010, says the report from AAUW, which has advocated for pay equity since 1913. Tuesday was Equal Pay Day, which was started in 1996 by the National Committee on Pay Equity to call attention to the gap between men's and women's wages.

FULL STORY:  http://www.usatoday.com/money/workplace/story/2012-04-17/gender-pay-gap-study/54368152/1#.T460IeNdAoA.email

Repeal of Equal Pay Act encourages unfairness in Wisconsin

The Democrats "GOP War On Women" rallying cry got a major lift from Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker today, with the news that the Republican darling repealed a Wisconsin law that made it easier for women to fight wage discrimination.
The Huffington Post reports that Walker quietly overturned Wisconsin's Equal Pay Enforcement Act last night, bowing to pressure from the state's Republican lawmakers. The equal pay law was designed to deter wage discrimination by making it easier for workers to press charges against their employers.
and http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2012/04/07/wisconsin-s-repeal-of-equal-pay-rights-adds-to-battles-for-women.html


 

Gift/Memorial Suggestions

Several of our friends have lost loved ones (human and pets) and we found that one of the best ways to honor their memory is to give to an animal charity.
What better way to recognize a life of love, than by giving another life a chance for love?
We donate to many animal rescues, but because we volunteer with
DC Weimaraner Rescue and Coast-to-Coast Dachshund Rescue, those are our 2 favorites.
Consider giving the chance of life to a dog or cat.

Great Books by our friends

Great Books by our friends
Check out these great books (yeah, Rob's are in there, too)

About us

We're two married guys who enjoy the simple things in life, especially our dogs. We volunteer for dog rescues, enjoy splitting dinners, exercising, blogging, helping friends and neighbors, ghost investigations, coffee and tea, Tudor history, weather, superheroes, comic books, mystery novels, traveling, 70s and 80s music, classic country, piano, gardening, writing books on ghosts and spirits, architecture, keeping a clean house, cooking simply, and keeping in shape. You'll find tidbits of all of these things on this blog and more.

Tom and Rob Thinking Hard!

Tom and Rob Thinking Hard!
Wondering what home project to do next

Podcast of Rob's 50 min. interview on Paranormal Filler Radio 7/13/14