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Old 09-07-2005, 09:57 PM   #91
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none of them can read at all? no one would hold meetings to talk to them? no one can help them recognize who they are or are not voting for? you're talking as if the would be completely deaf, dumb, and blind.
Well, the article said that the auto maker ended up using placards with pictures on them to train the employees.

And as for "helping them vote" - if any company found out that union officials were "helping them vote" - the election would be thrown out by the national mediation board in a new york minute.
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Old 09-07-2005, 10:20 PM   #92
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none of them can read at all? no one would hold meetings to talk to them? no one can help them recognize who they are or are not voting for? you're talking as if the would be completely deaf, dumb, and blind.
It appears to be a stretch for the article to have implied that Alabama plants relied on pictorials to train their workers due to massive rates of literacy. Also, Alabama DOES have an effective worker training program for the workforce.

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Old 09-08-2005, 10:44 AM   #93
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Speaking of the American poor, a recent UN study has found that "parts of the US are as poor as the 3rd world."

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...Claims that the New Orleans floods have laid bare a growing racial and economic divide in the US have, until now, been rejected by the American political establishment as emotional rhetoric. But yesterday's UN report provides statistical proof that for many - well beyond those affected by the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina - the great American Dream is an ongoing nightmare.

The document constitutes a stinging attack on US policies at home and abroad in a fightback against moves by Washington to undermine next week's UN 60th anniversary conference which will be the biggest gathering of world leaders in history.

The annual Human Development Report normally concerns itself with the Third World, but the 2005 edition scrutinises inequalities in health provision inside the US as part of a survey of how inequality worldwide is retarding the eradication of poverty.

It reveals that the infant mortality rate has been rising in the US for the past five years - and is now the same as Malaysia. America's black children are twice as likely as whites to die before their first birthday.
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Thank you for that. It's things like this that make me so angry that poverty in America is not only on the back burner...it's not even on the stove.
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We hear even less about the Cajun people who live in the swamps outside of New Orleans. They are so poor, they are not even newsworthy.
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We hear even less about the Cajun people who live in the swamps outside of New Orleans. They are so poor, they are not even newsworthy.
No kidding. My dad, when he was a kid, would visit relatives in Mississippi/Louisiana, and he noticed that sort of thing all the time there.

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oh sorry bout that.... don't want to point fingers in the wrong direction!

well, I know it's in some type of Protestian faith, that I do know.
Protestantism as a whole encourages hard work (vocation), but it has nothing to do with how virtuous/righteous/saved a person really is. Calvinism, and Protestantism, believes that you're not saved, even the lightest bit, by your own actions and good works. But with that in mind, Protestantism also encourages believer to work hard and engage in the secular world (b/c when you believe nothing you can do will save you, you can see how people would ask "why work hard at anything then?"). Sorry it's off-topic, just wanted to clarify for you.
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