Major bullshit but only in Europe. Wonder how long before some union or liberal takes this subject to court here in the USA?
BRUSSELS — For most Europeans, almost nothing is more prized than their four to six weeks of guaranteed annual vacation leave. But it was not clear just how sacrosanct that time off was until Thursday, when Europe’s highest court ruled that workers who happened to get sick on vacation were legally entitled to take another vacation.
“The purpose of entitlement to paid annual leave is to enable the worker to rest and enjoy a period of relaxation and leisure,” the Court of Justice of the European Union, based in Luxembourg, ruled in a case involving department store workers in Spain. “The purpose of entitlement to sick leave is different, since it enables a worker to recover from an illness that has caused him to be unfit for work.”
With much of Europe mired in recession, governments struggling to reduce budget deficits and officials trying to combat high unemployment, the ruling is a reminder of just how hard it is to shake up long-established and legally protected labor practices that make it hard to put more people to work and revive sinking economies.
The workers originally won their case in a Spanish court, where they argued that collective bargaining agreements made a distinction between annual leave and sick leave that was recognized by Spanish law. The National Association of Large Distribution Businesses, known as Anged, appealed to the Supreme Court in Madrid, which then asked the Court of Justice for a ruling on how to apply European law covering working times.
Read more HERE.
TEN AMAZING OLD THINGS THAT STILL WORK…
The world’s oldest light bulb has been burning for 111 years – so little wonder it has a fan club with thousands of members and its own website. The so-called ‘Centennial Light’ has been on almost constantly since 1901. It holds pride of place in Fire Station 6, in Livermore, northern California.
The longest time the Guinness World Record-holding bulb has ever been turned off for is just a week. Dangling above the fire engines, people come for hundreds and thousands of miles to see the diminutive symbol. The bulb was designed by Adolphe Chailet, who competed with the likes of the world-famous Thomas Edison to make the best bulb.
Last Friday, an attaché of important gay people from Philadelphia made a trip to Washington D.C. as invited guests of President Barack Obama for the White House’s first-ever gay pride reception. There, they danced to the sounds of a Marine Corps band; they dined on crab cakes and canapés; they hand-delivered letters from concerned citizens like this 18-year old who has had four people close to him gunned down, and noted rhyming raconteur CA Conrad; and some of them took advantage of photo opportunities to give the late President Ronald Reagan the middle finger.
If Romney invites me to the White House? I will do a lot worse than this when I got to obama’s picture!
Breast cancer survivor Jodi Jaecks underwent a bilateral mastectomy in 2011. She opted not to have reconstructive surgery, and the procedure left her with two thin scars that cut across her chest where her nipples once lay.
Jaecks now suffers from a common side effect of mastectomies – nerve pain across her chest and neck:
It burns all the time — a pretty searing, intense pain.
As such, she has no interest in wearing post-mastectomy swimsuits, and besides, she really has nothing left to cover up. So she petitioned Seattle Parks and Recreation to allow her to swim topless in the district’s 10 public pools. (Video in link Sorta Not Safe For Work — Jaecks is pictured topless.)
But the district pushed back, telling Jaecks she wouldn’t be welcome unless she wore “gender-appropriate swimwear.”
“She made it clear she wanted to show her scars as a ‘badge of courage’ and wanted to use the pool to spread her message,” says parks spokeswoman Dewey Potter.
After the story broke Tuesday, Seattle Parks and Rec caved to public pressure and overturned the policy — but for Jaecks only.
Naturally, the meager concession prompted further backlash, and now it looks like Jaecks may win the battle and the war. The district has announced it will considerreversing its policy for everyone.
From : theslog
A top Obama surrogate said the president will not have to worry about a swooning media or crowds overcome by fainting spells in 2012.
“The media and the population saw him as this transformative figure [in 2008]; he was the first serious black candidate, a new, young, promising figure,” said former Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell. “People have sobered to that; the newness has faded and people now see him as another practical politician.”
Rendell is known for being blunt, a theme he touches on in his new book, A Nation of Wusses, and a trait that has gotten him in hot water on the campaign trail.
In April, Rendell joined a chorus of disgruntled Democrats, including Newark Mayor Cory Booker and former President Bill Clinton, who dissented from the Obama campaign’s attacks on Republican nominee Mitt Romney’s record as a venture capitalist.
He stood by that position in an interview with the Washington Free Beacon.
“All we said was that the attacks on Bain were over the top and a few Democrats jumped on us for that,” he said. “But to be a good surrogate you need to be reasonable; the independents are not going to believe you’re credible if you try to just say, ‘My guy is an angel; that guy’s the devil.’”
Rendell believes the media gave Obama a free pass in 2008, creating an environment in which the newly elected president received the Nobel Peace Prize nine months into his tenure—“a little ridiculous,” according to Rendell.
“Reporters violated the rule of neutrality,” he writes in the book.
Probably the best advice anyone could give the Muslim community, sadly polls show otherwise.
Via Washington Whispers:
A day after New York Republican Rep. Peter King’s latest hearing on the radicalization of Muslims, the New York Representative and Chair of the Committee on Homeland Security appeared on Fox & Friends to defend himself.
When Fox host Brian Kilmeade asked whether the hearings could be called a “witchhunt,” King called the term “absolute nonsense.”
“Almost 90 percent of terrorist crimes are carried out by the Muslim community,” King said, citing a figure he has often used throughout the hearings, and a figure that has often been called into question. “It’s important, for instance, that the NYPD focus on that community,” he continued, “and not give into political correctness.”
King also told Fox that it was important Muslims not be controlled by “radical groups” like CAIR (the Council on American-Islamic Relations) or “influenced by the New York Times.”
While CAIR has been criticized by some lawmakers over its possible sources of funding, a 2009 Gallup poll suggested the group was mainstream, finding that American Muslims feel that CAIR represents them more than any other national Muslim organization.
CAIR spokesman Corey Saylor told Whispers that King had a “moment in the spotlight” with his hearing Wednesday, but “failed to produce the promised evidence to support his stigmatization of America’s Muslims.”
No freaking comment on these idiots and those who come up with this freakingly creepy ways to raise money! This is something I can see happening (probably does) in North Korea.
You can even register your wedding on his campaign website.
Our first gay president unavailable for comment.
CAIRO: An Egyptian delegation at the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva on Thursday has urged the body to focus its efforts on “real people” who need assistance in questioning the rights of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community.
“Finally, concerning the highly controversial notion of sexual orientation, we can only reiterate that it is not part of the universally recognized human rights,” said the Egyptian delegation at the UN Human Rights Council.
“We call on Mr. Kiai not to undermine the credibility and legitimacy oh his important work in the eyes of real people who actually need it, especially in regions where such concepts are rejected by both its Christian and Muslim inhabitants like the Middle East,” the statement added.
Considering recent events this could not have better timing. Rush Limbaugh explains the stark differences between the Bush administration’s program called Wide Receiver and the Obama administration’s program called Fast and Furious:
View the video HERE>