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George Carlin was right: How the 'rulers' bought and paid for the good ol' U.S.A
The American Dream…because you gotta be asleep to believe it.”

George Carlin tells it just like it IS….and how we got there. Pass this one on folks.

“”The real owners are the big wealthy business interests that control things and make all the important decisions. Forget the politicians, they’re an irrelevancy. The politicians are put there to give you the idea that you have freedom of choice. You don’t. You have no choice. You have owners. They own you. They own everything. They own all the important land. They own and control the corporations. They’ve long since bought and paid for the Senate, the Congress, the statehouses, the city halls. They’ve got the judges in their back pockets. And they own all the big media companies, so that they control just about all of the news and information you hear. They’ve got you by the balls. They spend billions of dollars every year lobbying ­ lobbying to get what they want. Well, we know what they want; they want more for themselves and less for everybody else.

But I’ll tell you what they don’t want. They don’t want a population of citizens capable of critical thinking.”

If More People Knew The Secrets Those In Power Keep From Us All, We Would Toss Them Out On Their Ear

Wall Street, Give Your Bonuses To The People You Made Homeless

 PLEASE SIGN PETITION!

The petition reads:

Dear Chase, Citigroup, Wells Fargo, Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley and Bank of America:

We call on you to help the folks that you Scrooged out of their homes and end the homelessness crisis you created. Donate your $91.44 Billion in holiday bonuses to undo the damage you’ve done.

- See more at: http://other98.com/wall-street-give-your-bonuses-to-the-people-you-made-homeless/#sthash.NHFOmm6Q.dpuf

Celebrating Christmas and the Holidays, Then and Now

“Nones” on the Rise

Creative Egg Project - SCAM ALERT & CREDIT CARD FRAUD

SCAM ALERT….PLEASE REPOST Creativeeggproject/ 212-967-1444 / general@creativeeggproject.com

THIS OPERATION IS A CON AND CREDIT CARD FRAUD OPERATION. THEY SUCK IN ARTISTS WITH A PROMOTIONAL CD (50 BUCKS) A PROMISE OF AUDITIONS AND A FREE TRIAL PERIOD WHEN YOU DO NOT HEAR FROM THEM AT ALL. AFTER 3 MONTHS OR SO….FRAUDULENT CHARGES WILL SHOW UP ON YOUR CARD!! PLEASE PASS THE WORD ON THIS CRIMINAL OPERATION. APPARENTLY THEY’VE BEEN GETTING AWAY WITH THIS FOR SOME TIME! CREATIVEEGGPROJECT IS ON THE WEB AND HAS A FACEBOOK PAGE 

Remember to do LNG comments

"Although fracking seems at a stalemate in NYS, that doesn’t mean the drillers are at a standstill. They are working hard to get the related infrastructure in place: the pipelines, the storage facilities, the compressor stations, and, gee, you know what would be awfully helpful? A lifting of the defacto moratorium on LNG that has been in place.

This is potentially AS BIG A DEAL as the DEC fracking regs that we all spent the better part of 3 years fighting. Only this time frame is much, much shorter and immediate.

Right now, there are 3 related LNG (Liquified Natural Gas) threats to New York State:
1) They’re trying to build a storage center/ gas hub on Seneca Lake;
2) At the south end of the state, they’re trying to build a marine port off NYC;
3) And just for good measure, they’re getting DEC to write them some handy regs that will allow for storage and transport all over the state.

Below, what to do about it and when (please forward this and activate all your friends to participate). More detailed background follows. We need a statewide, massive response.
Thanks to everyone who’s participating!”

Spectra Anniversary March and Meditation Oct 19 @ 2pm

Saturday, October 19th @11am at Chelsea Piers
 
As part of The Global Frackdown, a coalition of NYC groups hosts Protect NY Food, Wine & Beer. We’ll greet Governor Cuomo at the New York City Wine & Food Festival, where he’ll be speaking at a brunch to promote New York State farms, vineyards and breweries.

This is the most effective thing you can do to fight back against the NSA. You in?

Why Big Media Lied to Americans About the Government Shutdown

"News outlets are crammed with political stories that focus on the horse race aspect of politics. Why? Because it’s cheaper and easier to produce these stories than hard-hitting journalism. Launching independent investigations into politicians and government entities costs news organizations a lot of money. Since corporate greed controls our media, news managers are forced to go after cheap stories. Political parties and their surrogates have armies full of public relation strategists eager to feed journalists exactly that kind of material.

Last and most importantly, news outlets depend on advertising from corporations and political parities to pay the bills. Oil and gas companies pump billions into national advertising. Political action committees (PACs) helped news organizations generate profits during the 2012 presidential race. Mainstream journalists can’t and won’t bite the dirty hands that feed them.”




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Robert Reich€™s Plan for Fixing America€™s Economy | Moyers & Company | BillMoyers.com

The Supreme Court Just Eliminated The Fifth Amendment.

Help Protect Orcas from Dirty Coal

NYC Job & Training Opportunities for 16+ yrs old

Please circulate these jobs possibilities


Subject: Career Blast - Many listings of various types of job and training opportunities
Check deadlines carefully.
 
Training Programs
 
Central Queens YM & YWHA
Who: High School graduates Ages 17-21
What The Central Queens Y located in Forest Hills, Queens is currently interviewing Participants for our Fall 2013 E.V.E. (Educational and Vocational Excellence) Program Cycle of FREE Medical Trainings and Certification, paid summer internships, GED classes if applicable, and onsite work readiness training.
Trainings:
EMT
Nurses Aid/Assistant
EKG
Phlebotomy Technician
Pharmacy Technician
Patient Care Technician
Medical Billing
Where: Central Queens YM & YWHA @ 67-09 108th Street, Forest Hills, NY 11375
When: Orientation Starts Date is 9/10/2013
Note:
For more information and eligibility requirements please contact :
 
Carpenters Recruit Apprentices
Who: Ages 17+
What The New York City District Council of Carpenters Apprenticeship and Training Committee will conduct recruitment from August 19, 2013 through August 30, 2013 for openings in the following trades: linoleum, resilient, tile and carpet layer; dock builder/pile driver; carpenter apprentices.
Where: The New York City District Council of Carpenters Apprenticeship and Training Committee 395 Hudson Street, 2nd Floor, New York, NY 10014
Minimum Eligibility Requirements:
· Must be at least 17 years of age at time of application.
· Must have achieved a high school diploma or general equivalency diploma (G.E.D.) (original or stamped and sealed) at time of application.
· Must have proof of United States Citizenship or have the legal right to work in the United States at time of application.
· Must be physically able to perform the work as determined by a physical examination. Within thirty (30) days of entrance into the Apprenticeship program all persons may be required to take a physical examination paid for by the JATC.
· Must report to a collection site designated by the JATC for a substance abuse screening within forty-eight (48) hours after a conditional offer has been extended for admission into the Apprenticeship program, paid for by the JATC.
Apply: To obtain an application, individuals must complete a NYCDCC of Carpenters lottery card with their name, address and Social Security Number. Application lottery cards will be availableMonday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the New York City District Council of Carpenters JATC–Labor Technical College at 395 Hudson Street, New York, NY, excluding legal holidays, during the recruitment period. Only the applicant will be allowed to complete an application lottery card. All applicants must provide government issued picture identification.
Note: Completed applications must be filed at 395 Hudson Street, 2nd Floor, New York, NY 10014 at the completion of the initial orientation. All applications must be completed in person only. Proof of age, education, and Social Security Card (original) must be presented at time of application.
For more information: Applicants should contact their nearest New York State Department of Labor office or may contact the JATC at 212.727.2224 or check these websites: http://www.labor.ny.gov/http://www.nycdistrictcouncil.com/
 
The Chinese-American Planning Council - Training in Hospitality
Who: Ages 18+
What The Chinese-American Planning Council, Workforce Development Division, provides a free training program in hospitality careers. The curriculum for this program is from the American Hotel and Lodging Association which is the sole national association representing all sectors and stakeholders in the lodging industry, including individual hotel property members, hotel companies, students and faculty members, and industry suppliers.
Where: The Chinese-American Planning Council @ 165 Eldridge Street, 2nd Floor, New York, NY 10002
When: This is an 8-week training program, Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Minimum Eligibility Requirements:
· 18 years old and up
· 8th grade reading level
· U.S. work authorized
· High School diploma/GED preferred
Apply: In order to apply, you must attend an orientation which is held every Monday at 9:30 a.m.
165 Eldridge Street, 2nd floor, New York, NY 10002
Travel directions: Take B/D train to Grand Street or F train to Delancy Street.
No one will be admitted to enter after the time.
For more information:
Chinese-American Planning Council
Workforce Development Division
212.941.0041
 
NPower Free Training
Who: Ages 18-25
What NPower Technology Service Corps is now taking applications for a free Technology Training and Career Development Program! The program offers intensive IT training, a five week internship and Microsoft Office Specialist and/or A+ certifications.
Where: NPower @ 4 MetroTech Center,Ground Floor, Brooklyn, NY 11201
When: ASAP
Note: Applicants must be between 18 and 25 and have a GED or high school diploma.
Learn More: visit TSC on the web at http://www.npowerny.org/ or email to admissions@npowerny.org
 
Per Scholas
Who: Ages 18+
What Are you interested in FREE Information Technology Workforce Training. We offer a 15-week training (Bronx & Brooklyn) in troubleshooting and fixing computer operating systems, industry certification (CompTIA A+ and Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist), job placement in career-track IT jobs, and 24-month case management and follow-up. Basic qualifications include: age 18 or older, high school graduate, legal NYC resident, genuine interest in working in the IT field, and able to attend classes 9am-4pm Monday-Friday for 15 weeks.
Where: 804 East 138 Street 2nd Floor, Bronx, NY
When: ASAP
Note: Attend orientation in person! No appointment needed. Visit Per Scholas Monday- Thursday @ 9am
 
Job Opportunities
 
* New Jobs Added Every Week *
 
New York Career Fair
Who: Ages 18+
WhatCareer Fairs provide the opportunity to connect face–to-face with recruiters who make hiring decisions and can help you network for other positions within a company. National Career Fairs will present New York Career Fair to give you this valuable opportunity!
When: Thursday, August 15, 2013 at 11 a.m. to 3 p.m
Where: Holiday Inn Midtown @ 440 West 57th Street, New York, New York 10019
Note: Attendance is free. Register online and attend the event with several copies of your resume.
For more information: For more information about this career fair, please visit www.ncfairs.com/New_York or call (702) 614-9537
 
U.S. Census Bureau Field Representatives
Who: Ages 18+
WhatField Representatives. This fall the U.S. Census Bureau will hire over 500 temporary Field Representatives to conduct the New York City Housing and Vacancy Survey (NYC-HVS). This survey is conducted every three years to comply with the City’s rent regulation laws. The Census Bureau has conducted the survey for the City since 1965. Applicants who wish to take the Census test for the NYC-HVS must reside within Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island, Manhattan or the Bronx.
The pay rate for Field Representatives in these areas is $16.92 per hour.
Employment will last about four to six months. Training is paid and employees are reimbursed for travel expenses.
Requirement:
· Over the age of 18
· Pass a background check
· Be a U.S. Citizen
· Pass a written test and two interviews
· All applicants outside of Manhattan are required to have a valid driver’s license and regular access to an insured vehicle.
Where: All five borough
For more information: To learn more about job requirements and qualifications call toll free at 1.800.991.2520 (select option 2 for recruiting) or send an e-mail with your complete address and phone number to: new.york.recruit@census.gov.
 
Forever 21 Job Fair
Who: Ages 18+
WhatSales Associate and Visual Merchandisers
When:
Wed Aug 14th @ 9am – 4pm
Wed Sept 18th @ 9am – 4pm
Where: Forever 21 @ 49 W 32nd St, New York, NY 10001
Note: Apply in person with your resume.
 
Burger King
Who: Ages 18+
WhatTeam member. Burger King sells the best fire-grilled hamburgers in the world. We are looking for Team members who are motivated, team oriented, friendly, dependable and driven to providing excellent guest service!
When: ASAP
Where: Burger King @ 6007 Broadway, Bronx, NY 10471
Note: Apply online. AND visit the store with your resume
 
Michaels Art & Crafts
Who: 18+
What: Sales Associate and Cashier. Michaels, the nation’s largest retailer of arts and crafts materials is seeking Cashiers to perform all cash register operations and related customers service duties. You will monitor activities in the front of the store and secure Michaels assets including cash, checks, media and merchandise. The Sales Associate assists the Sales Specialists in the efficient operation of the entire store through product knowledge, and one-on-one interaction with customers.
Where: Michaels Art & Crafts @ 700 Exterior St, Bronx, NY 10451
              Michaels Art & Crafts @ 808 Columbus Avenue, New York, NY 10025
              Michaels Art & Crafts @ 30 Barrett Ave, Staten Island, NY 10302
              Michaels Art & Crafts @ 2795 Richmond Ave, Staten Island, NY 10314
When: ASAP
Note: Apply online. AND visit the store with your resume.
 
Wendy’s
Who: 16+
What: Crew. Wendy’s knows that people are its greatest asset; therefore, we strive to maintain a RESPECTFUL work environment. We are constantly working to provide you with a challenging but rewarding work experience and hope that you will come and talk to us. We are proud to provide competitive benefits and pay.
Where: 
Wendy’s @ 6420 Amboy Road, Staten Island, NY 10309
Wendy’s @ 1761 Forest Avenue, Staten Island, NY 10303
Wendy’s @ 141 East Service Road, Staten Island, NY 10314
When: ASAP
Note: Apply online. AND visit the store with your resume
 
Steak n Shake
Who: 16+
What: Grill Associates and Cash/Counter ServerThe Steak n Shake concept is proven, successful, and poised for remarkable growth - the kind of growth that can accelerate your career like nothing else. We currently have over 500 locations in 21 states and our plan is to grow nationwide - imagine what that kind of growth can mean to your career. If you’re ready to make your mark you’re ready for Steak n Shake
Where: Steak n Shake @ 1695 Broadway, New York, NY 10001
Note: Apply in person with your resume.
 
The Home Depot
Who: 17+
What: Lot Associate, Cashier, Freight Team Associates and Sales Associate. One of the many values our employees share is genuine respect for one another. Our employees are encouraged to express themselves as individuals and apply their own experiences to better serve our customers. There’s nothing quite like using your skills and expertise to help someone bring their vision to life. Do you have what it takes to wear the orange apron?
Where:
The Home Depot @ 980 Third Avenue, New York, NY 10025
The Home Depot @ 124-04 31st Avenue, Flushing, NY 11354
The Home Depot @ 1806 E Gunhill Road, Bronx, NY 10469
The Home Depot @ 5700 Avenue U, Brooklyn, NY 11234
The Home Depot @ 2970 Cropsey Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11214
The Home Depot @ 579 Gateway Drive, Brooklyn, NY 11239
The Home Depot @ 550 Hamilton Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11232
The Home Depot @ 131-35 Avery Avenue, Flushing, NY 11355
The Home Depot @ 40 West 23rd Street, New York, NY 10010
The Home Depot @ 600 Exterior Street, Bronx, NY 10451
The Home Depot @ 2501 Forest Ave, Staten Island, NY 10303
The Home Depot @ 545 Targee Street, Staten Island, NY 10304
The Home Depot @ 2560 Bruckner Blvd, Bronx, NY 10465
The Home Depot @ 585 DeKalb Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11205
The Home Depot @ 92-30 168th Street, Jamaica, NY 11433
The Home Depot @ 13220 Merrick Blvd, Jamaica, NY 11434
The Home Depot @ 2750 Veterans Road West, Staten Island, NY
When: ASAP
Note: Apply online. AND visit the store with your resume
 
Citi Bike 
Who:
 17+
What: Become a part of the Citi Bike team!
Apply:
 Please see the list of available positions below. Job descriptions and instructions on how to apply can be found via the website: http://citibikenyc.com/jobs

If you are interested in the Outreach and Events Ambassadors role, apply TODAY! Interviews for these positions begin next week.
 
Civil Service Job Announcement
 
* Most Civil Service jobs require you to take an exam!!! And pay an application fee*
 
School Safety Agent 
Filing Period:
 8/1 – 8/31
What: School Safety Agents patrol designated areas of school buildings and surrounding areas; identify and prevent infiltration of unlawful or prohibited items through scanning; give routine information to visitors and direct them to the proper personnel and offices; request identification of, and remove from the premises, any unauthorized persons; aid sick and injured persons and call for medical, police or fire assistance, when needed; notify supervisors of all emergency incidents and complete any related documentation; respond to altercations between students and other persons, and attempt to separate the involved persons and resolve conflicts; maintain records of persons entering and leaving buildings; monitor security camera systems to ensure facility entrances are secure; identify persons violating Department of Education Rules and Regulations; apprehend persons violating the Penal Law and notify the proper administrative personnel; prepare reports and testify in regard to these violations at Superintendent’s or Principal’s hearings and/or in court; monitor and use radios to request assistance from co-workers; may operate motor vehicles; and  perform related work.
Requirements:
• Be twenty-one years of age or older,
• A citizen of the United States,
• A resident of New York City,
• have no record of convictions for any felony or for any serious offense against public safety (as defined in the New York State Penal Law),
• If discharged from military service, the discharge must not have been dishonorable, and
• be of good moral character
• High School Diploma
 
Motor Vehicle Operator 
Filing Period:
 8/1/13 – 6/30/14
What: Motor Vehicle Operators, under supervision, operate motor vehicles such as passenger cars, ambulettes, vans, hearses, trucks, wreckers, forklifts, tractor-trailer trucks and sign-erecting trucks. In a small garage, they may dispatch personnel, motor vehicles and equipment. Motor Vehicle Operators may drive a truck carrying employees and material to and from work locations or act as a chauffeur for an official. Motor Vehicle Operators check the tires, oil and fuel of the vehicle, replenish fluids as needed, and check to see that the lights, horn and brakes appear to be operating properly. They change tires or wheels; assist in the loading and unloading of materials, equipment and passengers; transport collectors and cases of coin boxes to and from collection areas; operate motorized equipment that is mounted on, or transported by, the vehicle; are responsible for tools, supplies, materials and equipment carried in or on the assigned vehicle; prepare trip reports; and perform related work. In the Police Department, they may operate vehicles which transport inmates to and from detention facilities, police stations and court locations. In the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, they may transport physicians, medicolegal investigators or other passengers to and from death scenes. Employees in this title may be required to work rotating shifts, including nights, Saturdays, Sundays and holidays.
Requirements:
• A resident of New York City
• NYS Driver License
 
 
For more information on all Civil Services jobs: http://www.nyc.gov/html/dcas/html/work/work.shtml
 
College Info
 
Antioch College Full tuition scholarship for all four years!! 
Who:
 Seniors
What: Antioch College is offering full tuition for four full years for eligible students entering the school in fall 2014. They are similar to CAS in that students get to design their own curriculum and spend time away from campus learning via apprenticeships.
Where: 1 Morgan Pl Yellow Springs, OH 45387
Apply:
 If you are interested please contact Ummi, Jon or Jay
 
6th Annual Latino College Fair
Who: High School Students
What: Please save the date for the 6thAnnual Latino College Fair on Saturday, November 23, 2013!On that day, a free “Planning and Paying for College Workshop” and College Fair will be held at Fordham University, Rose Hill Campus in Bronx, New York. The event will feature an afternoon full of college information important to the Hispanic community and more, including:
 
·          “Planning and Paying for College” workshop with a panel of financial aid experts;
·         College Fair with 50+ private (not-for-profit) colleges and universities in New York represented;
·         Ask the Financial Aid Experts” available during the Fair
 
The “Planning and Paying for College” workshop will help your students and their families understand the financial aid process and programs. It will cover college affordability, including explanations of grants and scholarships plus financial aid forms, terms and deadlines.  There will be a number of college financial aid professionals available to answer questions during a panel session following the presentation. Spanish translation will be provided.
 
The College Fair will allow students to speak with college admission representatives from a wide variety of independent (private, not-for-profit) colleges and universities in the state.
Where:  Fordham University, Rose Hill Campus in Bronx, New York
When: November 23, 2013
Note: If you have questions, please call Sabra-Joi Dingman at 518-436-4781
 
Special Interest Activities
 
DoSomething.org
Who:  Age 25 or younger 
What: DoSomething.org
 gives out Seed Grants of $500 once a week to youth ages 25 and under working on a community action project or program. 
We are one of the only organizations that puts money directly into the hands of young people, our community action grants help turn dream projects into a reality and take existing projects to the next level. Past grantees have used the money to create a community-run organic farm, publish a youth-written literary magazine for women of color, and even create an organization that teaches sick kids how to fly. The Do Something Grants program isn’t just about giving money though. Through our monthly alumni calls, newsletters, Boot Camps and online content we provide our grant winners with the skills to grow and sustain their projects.
When: Since grants are given out once a week, there is no deadline to apply; youth will be notified whether or not they have won within 2-3 months after submission.
Where: NYC
 
New 42 Apprentice Program
Who: Must be enrolled in school
What: The New 42 Apprentice Program gives students a behind-the-scenes look at the business of running a nonprofit performing arts organization that presents theater, dance, puppetry, circus, opera, and music from all over the globe and close to home. In addition to providing hands-on involvement in the business of running a nonprofit performing arts organization, these paid employment opportunities also include weekly seminars and workshops on such topics as professionalism, interview skills and resume writing.
When:
Fall Term (College): September 24 - December 13, 2013
The program operates for 12-week terms during the fall, spring and summer. Work schedules are flexible between the hours of 10am and 6pm, Monday through Friday; Apprentices are paid for 18-20 hours of work per week.
Where: 229 W 42nd Street, New York, NY 10036
For more information: Contact us at ApprenticeProgram@New42.org or 646.223.3096
Deadline: August 28th
 
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