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Ice tunnel formation, Yalour Islands, Antarctica.

Ice tunnel formation, Yalour Islands, Antarctica.

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A female Cruiser (Vindula arsinoe) from Queensland, Australia. Courtesy DGERobertson

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Mussaenda erythrophylla (Red Flag Bush, Ashanti Blood plant or Tropical Dogwood). A native shrub of West Africa, the flowers can also be white, pink or pale red. Lower photo via jennyhsu47

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Palm Warbler - Setophaga palmarum. They breed in bogs and during winter migrate to the southern United States and Caribbean.

Palm Warbler - Setophaga palmarum. They breed in bogs and during winter migrate to the southern United States and Caribbean.

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Traveling lightning 

Traveling lightning 

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bluedogeyes:

Am I a prophet? A time-traveling cartoonist? (via Pocho)

This weekend POCHO Florida Burro Jefe Santino J. Rivera sent me a heads up about a Tweet featuring one of my editorial cartoons. I clicked the link and just about fell out of my chair.

The graphic in the Tweet was a side-by-side presentation of my cartoon showing a Native American confronting an Indian-mascot-garbed sports fan next to a photograph of a Native American confronting an Indian-mascot-garbed sports fan (image, above.)

They are eerily similar. The strange part was that I drew my cartoon in 2002, and the photo was taken last week in Cleveland, home of the Cleveland “Indians”:

Artist website / twitter / facebook

(via political-cartoons)

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CEO Pay Soars As Worker Pay Stagnates

How’s your job going – if you even have one? The odds are very, very high that you haven’t seen a raise in a long time. Or maybe you were laid off and found a new job at half your old pay. They say this is the “new normal.”
Meanwhile, CEO pay just keeps climbing and climbing and climbing (and climbing and climbing and climbing and climbing and climbing and climbing). This inequality is destabilizing our economy.
Soaring CEO Pay
The AFL-CIO has released this year’s 2014 Executive PayWatch at www.PayWatch.org, a “comprehensive searchable online database tracking the excessive pay of CEOs of the nation’s largest companies.”
PayWatch.org offers workers the unique ability to compare their own pay to the pay of top executives. According to Executive PayWatch data, U.S. CEOs pocketed, on average, $11.7 million in 2013, compared to the average worker who earned $35,293. That means CEOs were paid 331 times that of the average worker. (CEO pay was 774 times the minimum wage.)
“A Rigged Game”
In The New York Times Tuesday Joe Nocera writes, in “C.E.O. Pay Goes Up, Up and Away!” that,

When the market fell after the financial crisis, many companies gave their chief executives big option grants to “make up for” what they’d lost. When performance measures were toughened, chief executives responded by demanding larger grants because they were taking more “risk.”
It’s a rigged game. When the company’s stock goes up, says Crystal, the chief executive views himself as a hero. And when it goes down, “it’s Janet Yellen’s or Barack Obama’s fault.”
Yes, it’s a rigged game. For CEOs it’s more and more and more pay. For regular people it’s:
Stagnant wages, with Republicans in Congress blocking an increase of the minimum wage.
Laws prohibiting cities and counties from raising the minimum wage in Republican states like Oklahoma.
Republicans in Congress obstructing restoring unemployment benefits for the long-term jobless.
The Paycheck Fairness Act, which addresses unequal pay between men and women, being filibustered by Senate Republicans.

CEO Pay Soars As Worker Pay Stagnates

How’s your job going – if you even have one? The odds are very, very high that you haven’t seen a raise in a long time. Or maybe you were laid off and found a new job at half your old pay. They say this is the “new normal.”

Meanwhile, CEO pay just keeps climbing and climbing and climbing (and climbing and climbing and climbing and climbing and climbing and climbing). This inequality is destabilizing our economy.

Soaring CEO Pay

The AFL-CIO has released this year’s 2014 Executive PayWatch at www.PayWatch.org, a “comprehensive searchable online database tracking the excessive pay of CEOs of the nation’s largest companies.”

PayWatch.org offers workers the unique ability to compare their own pay to the pay of top executives. According to Executive PayWatch data, U.S. CEOs pocketed, on average, $11.7 million in 2013, compared to the average worker who earned $35,293. That means CEOs were paid 331 times that of the average worker. (CEO pay was 774 times the minimum wage.)

“A Rigged Game”

In The New York Times Tuesday Joe Nocera writes, in “C.E.O. Pay Goes Up, Up and Away!” that,

When the market fell after the financial crisis, many companies gave their chief executives big option grants to “make up for” what they’d lost. When performance measures were toughened, chief executives responded by demanding larger grants because they were taking more “risk.”

It’s a rigged game. When the company’s stock goes up, says Crystal, the chief executive views himself as a hero. And when it goes down, “it’s Janet Yellen’s or Barack Obama’s fault.”

Yes, it’s a rigged game. For CEOs it’s more and more and more pay. For regular people it’s:

Stagnant wages, with Republicans in Congress blocking an increase of the minimum wage.

Laws prohibiting cities and counties from raising the minimum wage in Republican states like Oklahoma.

Republicans in Congress obstructing restoring unemployment benefits for the long-term jobless.

The Paycheck Fairness Act, which addresses unequal pay between men and women, being filibustered by Senate Republicans.

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A sofa made with environmentally friendly cork, designed by Lucie Koldova

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Rosettes of a Sempervivum (houseleeks, liveforevers or hen and chicks plant). The stalks that eventually grow out of the rosettes with tiny buds forming and a macro of the very small flowers.

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 White-throated Fantail (Rhipidura albicollis)  nesting.

 White-throated Fantail (Rhipidura albicollis)  nesting.