Libraries aren’t dead, no matter what you’ve heard.
Many times abandoned places are left behind, but not in this case. What once was a Walmart is now the largest single-story public library in the United States, reports the design trade site PSFK.com. The McAllen Public Library in McAllen, Texas is the size of 2.5 football fields (124,500 square foot) and has been selected by the International Interior Design Association as the winner of their 2012 Library Interior Design Competition.
By Guest Writer
Crossposted with permission from Anonymous Examiner, Michael Stone
This week hacktivists associated with the international Internet collective known as Anonymous hacked into a child pornography website identified as Kindzazachan.
The successful hack is being billed as a return of Operation Darknet (#OpDarknetV2). Last October, working under Operation Darknet, Anonymous hacked Lolita City, a darknet website used by pedophiles to trade in child pornography. At that time Anonymous released usernames and related information of more than 1,500 pedophiles trading in kiddie porn.
Anonymous announced the hack of child porn website Kindzazachan on May 11, by issuing a Pastebin release. The following is an excerpt from that release:
As our first official attack for #OpDarknetV2, we bring you something that we are sure you will enjoy. One of our members managed to find an SQL injection vuln on a pedophile onion website that goes by the name of Kindzazachan, he breached the servers, and now we bring you the leak of data from the website. We warned you pedos, we told you we were coming for you.
Anonymous announced the return of Operation Darknet via Pastebin earlier this month. The following is an excerpt from that announcement:
We anons were once again wandering through the darknet, and again found the pedophiles have grown stronger since our previous attacks… This is absolutely unacceptable, the disgusting content on over 40 child pornography sites grow larger and we will not sit back and watch, we will make a stand once again with the destruction of freedom hosting, lolita city, and any other website geared towards the trading of content with rape/pedophilia. Tor is not our target, only the sites hosting the child pornography are the targets. We shall return with
bear rugs. Chris Hansen is coming. Expect us.
OpDarknetV2 and the hack on Kindzazachan is associated with a Twitter account identified as @PrOtOn_An0n.
Bronx technicians employed by a contractor for the company walked off their jobs Thursday, a week after Cablevision technicians in Brooklyn voted to unionize.
A week after several hundred Cablevision technicians in Brooklyn voted to unionize, about 120 Bronx technicians employed by a contractor for the company briefly walked off their jobs in a wildcat strike Thursday.
The workers, who are employed by Corbel Installations and do installations for Cablevision in the Bronx and Westchester, said they downed their tools because of a new Corbel policy that lowers their wages 30% to about $35 for installing a “triple-play” package of phone, internet and television service.
The workers walked off their jobs Thursday morning and said they wanted to join the Communications Workers of America, the same union the Brooklyn technicians voted to join last week.
They elected a committee that met with management, and by late Thursday workers had negotiated a deal to return to work, with double pay for the rest of the day, the strikers said. They got the rate for installing triple pay packages bumped up to $40 and also won a bonus of up to $10 for each home visited and a $7 payout for multiple-room installations. The workers said they still hoped to unionize.
But their efforts could be complicated. David Weissman, a lawyer for Corbel, said that the workers have been organizing with International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 1430 for a year and a half and that two elections have already been held. Votes were not counted in the first election because of union objections, and the union lost the second vote in December. It is challenging those results, and its appeal is pending before the National Labor Relations Board.
“We couldn’t even recognize CWA if we wanted to,” Mr. Weissman said, noting that once election results are certified, there’s a one-year period before a new one can be held. “What happened today is an outgrowth of what’s happening at Cablevision.”
Mr. Weissman filed an unfair labor practice charge with the labor board Thursday against the Communications Workers of America, alleging the union “instigated and organized an illegal strike and engaged in illegal picketing” in an attempt to organize the Corbel workers.
A Cablevision spokesman said the strike “is a matter for Corbel” and declined further comment. The electrical workers did not respond to a request for comment. Tim Dubnau, organizing director for Communications Workers of America District One, said that Corbel could recognize the union without an election. He said the drive was led by the workers and not the union, which was called to the site Thursday morning by technicians inspired by the Cablevision vote.
“This is not about inside baseball legal maneuvers,” Mr. Dubnau said. “Nothing can hide the fact that these workers are getting sub-poverty wages.”
Omar Hutchinson, one of the technicians who went on strike, said that workers were moved to act by the Cablevision vote in Brooklyn. He said he earns about $600, before taxes and without health insurance, for a seven-day week that can stretch to 50 or 60 hours.
“When you divide 50 hours inside 600 dollars, you’re not getting anything as an hourly rate,” he said. “If you want to put something down on a house, nobody is going to give you a mortgage at that rate.”
He said the workers would fight until the company recognizes workers’ rights. “That’s the whole idea,” he said. “I might lose my job, but that’s the whole idea.”
Atomic Tom is awesome. I saw them at Frost Fest in downtown Lansing this past February, great show.
I’m loving what the ILWU is doing the West Coast. Keep up the good fight brothers and sisters! We need to kick start the labor movement with more militancy.
From the article:
“And as for those upright, uptight citizens who will condemn the Longview demonstration as “lawless” or “renegade,” they need to recalibrate. They need to see this thing for what it is. The Longview uprising is self-determination personified. It’s American, it’s patriotic, it’s grassroots and its antecedents can be traced back to the Boston Tea Party — the real Boston Tea Party. Indeed, Longview is what the so-called Tea Party movement wishes it were.”
“No matter what the eventual outcome, brave ILWU members have breathed life into the labor movement. One can only hope that their actions will inspire union members in other industries to assert themse…”