and as often as possible!
All other non-Tibetan, non-Mongolian Buddhists--To be or not to be a vegetarian??
By Manohar Malgonkar
THE Dalai Lama is a world figure, a holy man who has lived up to his image and is also a truly civilised person. And after Martin Scorsese made a major film on his life, Kundan, he is much more widely known and has become a cult figure in Europe and America; the sort of person people go out of their way merely to get a glimpse of.
So when Stephen Wu, the Manager of a vegetarian restaurant in New York, the Zen Palate, received an order to send up lunch for a gathering of Buddhist monks in New York which was to be presided over by His Holiness, he must have experienced a jolt of elation similar to that of a London caterer or tailor when he gets that coveted ‘By Appointment’ notification from the Monarch’s office.
The "teaching session" was being held in the grand ballroom of a hotel, the Roseland, but the Dalai Lama himself had been put up as befits heads of states or of faiths — in a suite at the Waldorf.
The Zen Palate cooked one of its specialities, brown rice and fettuccini, packed it in a hundred or so individual boxes, and had them delivered at the conference venue. It is reported that, while many of the monks ate their lunch with obvious relish, there were some who made it clear that they would have preferred a non-vegetarian meal. And as for His Holiness, he had himself driven back to his hotel and there ordered room-service lunch: beefsteak well done.
Reading about this incident, I was reminded of the times when I used to visit the USA and find myself in similar situations. There were occasions when, with beefsteak served as the main dish at sit-down meals, I used to peck at the garnishings and wait till I got back to wherever I happened to be staying to assuage my hunger with cheese and biscuits — well, crackers.
Stephen Wu had good reason to feel let down. Like most of us, he must have been under the impression that, even if all Buddhists were not vegetarians, their holy men could not possibly be habitual meat-eaters. Apparently many are, and in particular, the Tibetan lamas don’t have taboos about what kind of meat they eat. Lamb, pork, poultry, beef — anything goes. But an all-vegetarian meal? Ugh !
As for the Dalai Lama himself, it seems that he tried out vegetarianism for a time but found that he did not keep good health on a meatless diet. So now he is vegetarian and non vegetarian on alternate days. That Friday of the conference in New York must have been his non vegetarian day.
ON TIBET--Once we had reached Lhasa, and eating places, I was able to enjoy yak steak. The Tibetan long-haired ox is highly adapted to the harsh conditions here. Yak meat is a common sight in the markets. The whole animal is put on display, and nothing is wasted.
Tibetans get their alcohol buzz from consuming large quantities of chang (not to be confused with the Thai beer of the same name). Chang is a milky beer with a tangy taste. It is made from fermented barley, quite similar to the tuak of Sarawak.
For years, Tibetans have followed their own form of Buddhism, which originated from India. Their burials are interesting. As wood is sparse and therefore expensive, it means people cannot be cremated. So sky burials are the most common form of burial.
from the NEW YORK TIMES
"Union Intensifies Campaign against TEMPS Supplier, LABOR READY TEMPS"
"[...] Terry O'Sullivan, the president of the AFL-CIO's Laborer's Union, said LABOR READY had sent temporary workers across picket lines in at least six strikes the last few years.
While union ranks have been stagnating, TEMPORARY WORK has been growing by leaps and bounds ... revenue from the TEMPORARY WORKER INDUSTRY is expected to reach $140 million this year ... with 90 percent of American companies now using temporary workers.
The union campaign has had a limited effect on LABOR READY.
[...] The company is now rebuilding its sales force. In July, the founder and chief executive, Glenn Welstad, was forced to resign after the board accused him of taking an unauthorized loan of $3.5 million to cover a margin call on his LABOR READY stock ... LABOR READY says it is the top provider of manual laborers for temporary tasks, but it remains a NICHE PLAYER with revenue only now approaching $ ONE BILLION DOLLARS.
[...] Union officials said their members were paid $15 an hour plus benefits.
[...] LABOR READY ... last year paid workers and average of $6.94 an hour ... but makes NO PROVISION for current health care and has NO PENSION FUND.
The AFL-CIO's goal, ... "is to UNIONIZE THE WORKERS OF THE TEMPORARY AGENCIES."
Hot off the NEW YORK TIMES presses!
from a story by DAVID LEONHARDT
OVER 30 MILLION "FREELANCERS" in the US Today!
[summary of the article]
"Self Employment Will Grow in the Coming Years"
* Before WWII, America had many many more independent farmers
* All the widespread layoffs among white collar workers in the late 80s and early 90s
* More than 30 million Americans now call themselves "freelancers" [rather than temps], or "self-employed
MAIN DRAWBACK: HealthCare costs have grown faster and higher for self-employed than for the big companies. Other forms of NON-TRADITIONAL employment, like TEMPORARY HELP and telecommuting, are quickly gaining ground in our BOOM BOOM BOOM economy!
Friday November 11, 2005 2:37 AM
USA Wants to Have ALL ARMS & WEAPONS DEALS WITH CHINA for Themselves:
German drive to lift China arms ban fades, Hu visits
BERLIN, Nov 10 (Reuters) - Germany's new government will drop outgoing Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder's push for an end to an EU arms embargo on China, a conservative foreign policy leader said as China's president began a three day visit.
Before Chinese President Hu Jintao arrived on Thursday, Christian Democrat Friedbert Pflueger told Reuters the new "grand coalition" government being formed would distance itself from the previous administration's position.
"The issue is not on the agenda," said Pflueger, a CDU foreign policy expert in parliament and close ally of designated chancellor Angela Merkel, who is trying to form a coalition with Schroeder's Social Democrats (SPD).
"We want good relations and we're delighted by the Chinese president's visit to Germany. For the new government the arms embargo issue is not on the agenda. Any change would require close coordination with our EU and North Atlantic partners."
Hu is scheduled to hold separate meetings with Merkel and Schroeder on Friday before a news conference at 1230 GMT.
Schroeder, who will soon be an ordinary member of parliament for the SPD, was a keen advocate of lifting the EU arms embargo on China -- imposed in the aftermath of Beijing's crackdown on pro-democracy protesters in Tiananmen Square in 1989.
A regular visitor to China, Schroeder helped open doors for German industry with six trips in seven years in office, helping make China Germany's biggest trading partner in Asia.
However, Schroeder's push to lift the EU arms embargo on China had caused tension in his centre-left coalition, with Greens and SPD deputies wary.
The German government's commissioner Tom Koenigs, a member of the Greens party, also spoke out against lifting the weapons embargo, saying there had been no improvement in human rights.
"It would be the wrong signal if the embargo were relaxed or lifted, even if that would not actually make much of a difference," Koenigs told German radio on Thursday.
About 500 demonstrators marched through Berlin on Thursday to protest Chinese policy on Tibet, Taiwan and human rights.
"We do not feel it is right that the Chinese president should be received and lauded," said Dechen Pemba, 27, whose parents fled Tibet. "It's ridiculous that trade issues are taking precedent over oppression and torture."
She was part of a group of Tibetan activists in front of Berlin's landmark Brandenburg Gate. They carried banners reading "Freedom for Tibet" and "Hu Jintao -- courted by Germany: Responsible for martial law and genocide in Tibet".
The EU had planned to end the embargo in June, but pressure from Washington and China's hardline policy towards Taiwan dashed prospects of such a move in the foreseeable future.
Schroeder and French President Jacques Chirac had argued the ban was a relic from the Cold War.
But critics argue China has not done enough on human rights to justify ending the embargo. The U.S. Congress had also threatened to retaliate by freezing European countries out of military technology sharing if the ban were lifted.
Pflueger, a leading candidate to take a deputy-minister post in the new grand coalition government, told Reuters China would have to make progress on human rights and improve relations with Taiwan before the embargo could be lifted.
"An improvement in human rights and a relaxation of tensions in the Taiwan question are the vital pre-conditions," he said.
Hu was in Britain on Wednesday and was scheduled to spend three days in Germany, holding meetings with leaders and signing business deals, before travelling to Spain and South Korea.
German engineering conglomerate Siemens said on Thursday it would sign a contract to supply 60 high-speed trains to China.
(Additional reporting by Sarah Marsh)
TEMP AGENCY SLAVERY IN OUR FACES
TEMP SLAVES BY THE TENS OF MILLIONS PREPARE TO GO SUPERNOVA AND IMPLODE THE MEGA-MONOPOLY TEMP LOBBY IN WASH. DC!!!
"ECONOMIC SLOWDOWN & Stagnation"
by Louis Uchitelle
[Excerpted from a recent New York Times feature story]
"[...] "We are in an economic slowdown," said Mickey Levy, chief economist at Bank of America. "Employers are clearly holding back on hiring and adding hours much more slowly for those on their payrolls."
... [in] August, 91,000 jobs disappeared ... the federal payroll ... has shrunk by 320,000.
[...] Private-sector employment has registered a similar decline.
[...] The Federal Reserve has argued that the nation is in danger of an inflationary spiral[.]
[...] The average hourly pay of production workers --- constituting roughly 80 percent [of all people employed] ... has risen a mild 3.6 percent.
[...] Manufacturers [typically big users of oil and gas] reduced their payrolls by 66,000 people, after cutting 117,000 jobs in August.
[...] The strong dollar and weak euro dollar have hurt exports ... and [U.S.] companies have therefore cut production and laid off workers[.]
[...] Temporary agencies led in job creation ... but the growth ... had to do with abnormal seasonal variations[.]
[...] Retailers ... have failed to expand payrolls ... a stagnation that some experts attribute to ... rising interest rates.
"They see that if they are going to have to spend more on gas and heating fuel, they are going to spend less on other things [...]," said Richard Curtin, chief of the University of Michigan's consumer surveys.
The number of TEMP JOBS in the U.S.A rose 577% from 1982 to 1998: Overall Employment grew by a whopping 47% !!
[excerpted from a recent WASHINGTON POST article written by Frank Swoboda]
"[...] the Nation's employers increasingly rely on temporary staff to trim costs and gain flexibility. Temps, contractors and consultants who are not attached to a company's core work force make up as much as 25 percent of the nation's employment base by some estimates, or nearly 35 million workers.
The number of temporary jobs in the United States rose 577% from 1982 to 1998, according to the General Accounting Office, while overall employment grew 47 percent. MANPOWER Inc., a temp agency, is now the NATION'S LARGEST EMPLOYER.
[...] contingent workers ... have often been "relegated to second-class status and rights " because of their inability to join unions.
[...] Some unions already were planning ... to boost its organizing in hospitals that often hire temporary nurses on a long-term basis.
[...] Challenges to the widespread use of temporary workers have also landed in court in recent years. In one of the more celebrated cases, thousands of current and former independent contractors and temporary workers sued MICROSOFT CORP., essentially claiming that they deserved the same rights as permanent employees. They won in a US Appeals Court, but the U.S. SUPREME Court DECLINED to review the case.
[...] David Larson, who has worked on and off as a Microsoft temp for six years, said he is not sure the younger temp workers realize how important unionizing could be but he hopes they soon will. "The younger you are, the less you thing about things like retirement," said Larson, 44. "Once [the younger temps] start thinking about this, they'll think, "Gee, I'm coming up short here."
"[...] 5,400 jobs have been cut since December 1999 at US companies that sell goods and services over the INTERNET.
[...] the cuts came from 59 companies, almost a third of which have gone OUT OF BUSINESS ... just this month 1,263 jobs have been ELIMINATED at 17 Internet businesses.
[...] Amazon.com ... laid off 150 workers in January. Other companies that have laid off workers ... AltaVista ... and a healthcare company founded by ... Everett Koop."
Watch out for
RANDSTADT (Dutch-American), Office Specialists, Accustaff, and Olsten --- they are particularly offensive temp agencies
-- read more below --- from the
main East Coast Establishment newspapers! But first, a peek at how the new EU is making slaves out of all those nicely schooled German, Swedish, Danish, French, etc., Europeans, who always scoffed when told they might one day live in a HELL like the one we have here in the USA!!
from "The Economist", a London magazine
TEMP SLAVERY revvs up to HIGH GEAR in the new EU!!
[excerpted from ECONOMIST]
"[...] most of the net jobs created between 1994 and 1998 in the EURO area were of either a PART-TIME or TEMPORARY nature. Such "flexible" jobs, many of them in Internet-led
services, could account for two-fifths of ALL EMPLOYMENT.
[...] TEMPORARY WORK often suits EMPLOYERS, who can hire and fire readily, more than it does their employees, for whom it offers little security.
[...] unburdened by regulation [regarding part-timers], British employers have less need to seek cheaper ways to create new jobs ... in other words, unburdened by regulation, British employers have less need to seek cheaper ways to create new jobs ... in France, the employers are negotiating with the
unions to CUT unemployment benefits to those who refuse job offers. IG Metall, Germany's biggest union, is considering ways of loosening the system of industry-wide agreements, which remains one of the country's ... "hard landings"."
HARD TIMES ARE GONNA FALL
OLSTEN TEMP SERVICES DRAINED OFF MILLIONS
from the New York Times
by Milt Freudenheim
"Olsten to Pay $61 Million in MEDICARE Billing Case"
" The OLSTEN Corporation, a big provider of HOME HEALTH CARE and TEMPORARY Office Workers, said yesterday that it would pay $61 million, including $10 million in fines
and penalties, to settle Federal investigations into MEDICARE billing practices.
[...] By agreeing to the GUILTY PLEA, OSLTEN based in Melville, NY, may be preparing to divest itself of Kimberly to keep the MEDICARE business of the parent company.
[...] Retaining the right to serve patients under Medicare and Medicaid, the Government health programs, is essential for hospital and home health care companies."
In Rodolico v. Unisys Corp., CV 95-3653 (ADS),
the employer was sued over the layoff of 232
unionized engineers. The plaintiffs allege that
there was age discrimination in the selection of
engineers to be laid off.
The collective bargaining agreement between
Unisys and its engineers was negotiated by the
company and Local 444 of the Engineers Union.
The bargaining agreement created a seniority
system within Unisys, and called for a distribution
of layoffs between three tiers of seniority, with
one senior engineer being laid off for every two
middle-level engineers and every three junior
"PENSION FUND AGENCY [PBGC] IS BEING SCRUTINIZED"
from the Sunday New York Times
by David Cay Johnston
"Costs and Safeguards Are at Issue After Lawsuit and Internal Audit"
[excerpted from the original]
"A quarter-century ago, Congress created the PENSION BENEFIT GUARANTY CORP. to make sure that the 42 million workers with traditional pensions would get paid even if the
EMPLOYER went BANKRUPT. The legislation was hailed at the time as second only to SOCIAL SECURITY in its significance to working Americans.
How well that agency operates is now being questioned in a series of audits by the Agency's Inspector General, which are to be made public this week, and by a lawsuit charging
that one of the pension agency's contractors [OFFICE SPECIALISTS Temporary Employment agency] DEFRAUDED it.
[...] Two Republican Senators ... said that hearings would be held by SEPTEMBER to investigate how well the Agency is run and why ... half of the 472,000 people covered by failed
pension plans [due to their employers having conveniently filed bankruptcy] ... have not been told how much they are due [.].
[...] The audits, the lawsuit and the hearings come as Congressional Republicans are gearing up for a battle to pass major changes in the
Employee Retirement Income Security
that have long been sought by major corporations and business owners.
[...] the Pension Agency, which received five awards from Vice President Al Gore for improving efficiency and customer service, had reduced the backlog of people waiting to hear
how much they are due [.].
[...] One employee of the Agency, who calls himself Jim Dough, to avoid any RETRIBUTION, has filed a LAWSUIT on behalf of the Agency against one of its biggest Contractors,
OFFICE SPECIALISTS, of Peabody, Mass.
[...] The Dough lawsuit, unsealed on March 18 by a Federal District Court judge in Baltimore, says that a senior Pension
Agency official, Bennie L. Hagans Jr., steered business to OFFICE SPECIALISTS, which received a number of contracts WITHOUT competitive bidding, and ordered PAYMENTS
[to the temp agency] to be EXPEDITED.
The suit also asserts that Mr. Hagans improperly intervened when Myrna Cooks, the Office Specialists' liaison to the Pension Agency, quit to form her own company and was sued
by Office Specialists for violating her employment contract. Mr. Hagans, the lawsuit asserts, "threatened Office Specialists" with a loss of business from the pension agency unless
it dropped its suit against Mrs. Cooks and let her assume an Office Specialists' contract valued at $13.5 million. Office Specialists then settled with Mrs. Cooks, whose business,
operated out of her home, was awarded the contract.
WE SALUTE the efforts of BARRIE PETERSON, Director of the Bergen County Employment Action Project, the UNION-backed non-profit organization that is coordinating the New
Jersey efforts to develop and promote a CODE FOR TEMP AGENCIES, and commend anyone who can implement a federally mandated CODE OF CONDUCT for all USA temp
Congrats also to Charles Taylor of the South Carolina Alliance, who is working as hard as Barrie Peterson, and the People of San Jose, California, who are also making sure the
, a $60 billion a year lobby group in DC, receives plenty of
We have nothing but CONTEMPT for radio station
an NPR corporate controlled mouthpiece for WALL STREET values. Feb. 4th, 2000, they let EDWARD
LANGE, of the American Staffing Association, mouth off ZILLIONS of lies, without correcting him, or allowing CALL-IN listeners much time at all to say more than "Hi. I'm Frank
from Brooklyn," or cutting off a veteran who was complaining on-air about the 22% to 49% profit his temp agency made off his graphics work, billing the client as much as they paid
him (i.e. a TEMP earning $12/hr. will see his client billed $24/hr. by the temp agency, in general practice).
Paid Corporate Stooges EXCAVATING Your Personal & Confidential VIRTUAL ON-LINE Unprotected RECORDS!
PRIVACY VIOLATIONS FOR PROFIT;
CHASE MANHATTAN BANK
January 26, 2000
Chase Manhattan Bank cut a deal with an unnamed Denver Internet company to share their CREDIT CARD FILES and HOME MORTGAGE clients files on more than 18 million of
their customers for a 24% COMMISSION on all sales made to these 18 million VIOLATED credit card holders and home mortgage customers by the undisclosed Denver internet
Pharmaceutical records are also being shared across the nation at an alarming rate. U.S. Citizens have vitually NO LEGAL RECOURSE to sustain even a modicum of privacy
pertaining to their confidential electronic files since Congress REPEALED last year a depression-era law (GLASS STEAGALL ACT) that had restricted banks from entering the
securities and insurance industries. This REPEAL made it a free-for-all for jointly owned corporations to share data on their customers, OPENING UP THE DOOR for virtual ACCESS
on nearly any U.S. citizen and their confidential portfolios.
All EUROPEAN nation's to date have IRON-CLAD legal restrictions against such BLATANT CORPORATE INTRUSION.
U.S. Federal Government officials have completely stepped back from protecting U.S. citizens. There is currently only a FEEBLE PATCHWORK of Privacy Laws in any way
protecting Americans from total loss of privacy over their personal and confidential records.
Jim Finn, spokesman for Chase Manhattan, says that this kind of snafu "... does make it easier for customers to understand their rights ... [and] gives the customer, in the end, more
from the "Chain Store Age" trade magazine
TOYS 'R' US --- FINED $200,000 by Dept. of Labor for CHILD LABOR VIOLATIONS
[excerpted from an article written by Washington DC correspondent Ken Rankin]
"WASHINGTON OUTLOOK, 2000"
"[...] The debate over the national minimum wage and the Clinton administration's plans for raising it to $6.15 per hour, will resume
early in the 2000 Congressional session as supporters of the proposal appear confident that they have enough votes to push it
through this year. Retail industry lobbyists and other opponents of a rising pay floor are resigned to the prospect that some
mimimum-wage legislation is likely to be enacted.
[...] In what may be the first in a new wave of such actions, the Labor Department's Wage and Hour Division accused TOYS R US
of a series of federal child-labor violations involving more than 300 fourteen and fifteen year old store employees in New England.
(To resolve the complaint, the chain [TOYS R US] agreed to pay a $200,000 fine and to assign color-coded name badges to help
store managers identify them more easily.).
[...] An even more heated controversy figures to flare up over the next few months involving the taxation of electronic commerce.
Although Congress imposed a three-year moratorium on state or local taxes of Internet sales transactions, the blue-ribbon
commission created to recommend a "level-playing-field" solution to this problem now appears to be hopelessly deadlocked.
[...] There will also be opportunities for the industry to support legislative corrections in laws that have proved troublesome for
retailers in the past. During the coming year, for example, Congress will be debating a newly introduced LEGAL EMPLOYMENT
AUTHENTICATION PROGRAM (LEAP) ACT, designed to make it easier for retailers and other employers to verify the immigration
status of newly hired workers."
"THE NEW YORK TIMES"
"TOYS 'R' US HIRES F.A.O. CHIEF, HOPING TO COAX BACK
by Dana Canedy
"[...] the appointment of John Eyler, FAOs chairman and chief executive, comes at a critical time for Toys "R" Us. The company,
which has been operating without a permanent chief executive since August [SEE STORY ABOVE from "Chain Store Age"], had a
dismal Christmas despite Pokemon madness."
MINIMUM WAGE PLAN
[excerpted from USA TODAY, by Owen Ullmann]
"[...] The Senate minimum-wage increase was passed as an amendment to a bankruptcy-reform bill that would make it harder for people to walk away from credit-card debts. That
measures's fate is uncertain.
An increase would benefit 4.4 million workers who earn the current minimum wage of $5.15 an hour and another 7 million making SLIGHTLY more, who also would get a raise.
Sen. Edward Kennedy, D-Mass., assailed the GOP proposal as "a TURKEY with three right wings." He complained that it would stretch out the wage increase, eliminate overtime
pay for millions of workers and give "juicy tax breaks" to the WEALTHY."
[...] Jesse P. Schaudies, General Counsel for RANDSTAD North America, a subsidiary of the DUTCH company that owns OFFICE SPECIALISTS, said
"we have no basis for believing there was anything improper" in its dealing with the Pension Agency."
This dove is one of the very few to get away from its forest of OUTSOURCING and temp agency slavery -- and it protected itself from being OUTSOURCED via flight and swiftness. Look how beautifully it flies away from both Hillary and GW -- both knuckle fisted outsourcers!!!