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"The genocide of my people is almost complete," Russell Means said in this 2009 interview.
Means, one of the founders of the American Indian Movement, died early today.
The Minnesota Court of Appeals ruled today that employees whose hours are reduced by employers do not have to complain about the reductions in order to qualify for unemployment benefits when they quit.
The Court reversed a decision by an unemployment law judge that Shouna Thao could not collect unemployment because she failed to give her employer an opportunity to return her to full-time status.
In Minnesota, people who quit are generally not eligible for unemployment benefits, but an exception is made for "adverse working conditions" if the employee calls the conditions to the attention of the employer.
But the Court of Appeals said the "terms" of someone's employment and the "conditions" of employment are not the same thing.
As usual in these sorts of cases, the decision came down to trying to understand what the Legislature intended. In 2004, the Legislature removed "a substantial adverse change in the wages, hours, or other terms of employment by the employer" in the definition of good reasons to quit and replaced it with "a reason for quitting employment shall not be considered a good reason caused by the employer for quitting if the reason for quitting occurred because of the applicant's employment misconduct."
But the court said the Legislature never intended to remove a loss of hours from the reasons to quit that would qualify for unemployment benefits.
It sent the case back to the unemployment law judge for a decision, and invited the Legislature to revisit the issue.
Here's the decision.
The rules are out for tonite's presidential debate drinking game.
"If either candidate greets moderator, Bob Schieffer with 'Hi Bob' EVERYBODY DRINKS!" according to the website, debatedrinking.com.
Otherwise, here are the key words from President Obama to hoist a tankard:
Let Me Be ClearAnd for Mitt Romney...
Commander in Chief
Peace Through Strength
Are political drinking games a bad thing?
"If you're playing a drinking game during the debates, that means you're watching it with friends," Sarah Lohman tells NPR. "You're paying close attention and you're probably going to talk about what they said afterwards. To me, there's nothing negative about that."
"Needless to say watching a presidential debate while intoxicated is not a good plan for informing oneself about issues that affect our lives," counters James Garbutt, a psychiatry professor and director of the Alcohol and Substance Abuse Program at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine.(4 Comments)
It's almost over. Tonight's presidential debate, focusing on foreign policy issues, is the last of the debates. And two weeks from tomorrow, it will all be over and we can go back to watching chia pet commercials instead.
Live blogging starts with the pre-game show at 7:30. We hope you'll take the opportunity to provide your perspective, reaction, and links during the debate.
As you can see in the picture below, workers are putting the final touches on the auditorium for tonight's final presidential debate.
That includes putting up the symbol of the country that is wrong.
What's the problem here?
The symbol of the United States -- an eagle holding arrows in one talon and an olive branch in the other -- wasn't just whipped up without thought.
The actual symbol has the olive branch in the right talon and the arrows in the left.
Says the website greatseal.com:
In heraldry, the symbol in a figure's right hand is more significant than the one in its left hand. All dies of the Great Seal have shown the eagle facing the olive branch on its right side - further emphasizing the power of peace.
It wasn't always this way -- at least on the presidential seal. Until the Truman administration, the eagle faced the arrows. Truman signed an executive order legally specifying that the eagle face the olive branch to the right, the "direction of honor." The suggestion was that the country favored peace over war.
Of course, the ribbon is also wrong. The actual seal says "E pluribus unum," -- from many, one, a pretty outdated motto these days.(12 Comments)