I have now completed by Alan Greenspan obituary, clocking it at 3,200 words of contempt for his terrible economics and wonderment that a fervent believer in the radical sex and selfishness cult of Ayn Rand could be given the keys to the global economy.
The fundamental differences between Rand and NXIVM are not entirely clear to me.
Except probably that the NXIVM dude is a better writer.
I now have 27 obituaries in the can to publish at the appropriate time.

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This Day in Labor History: February 23, 1959. The AFL-CIO Executive Council, meeting in San Juan, Puerto Rico, passed a resolution to create the Agricultural Workers Organizing Committee, an early attempt to organize the farmworkers at the bottom of the American labor force!! Image
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This Day in Labor History: February 22, 1860. 3,000 shoemakers in Lynn, Massachusetts went on strike, beginning the nation’s largest strike before the Civil War. Let's talk about it!
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Liberals: "Here's this new technology that could keep the planet alive."

Conservatives: "Why don't you just come and kidnap my children into sex slavery while you are at it!"
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In the post-Civil War era, the railroad was the dominant industry.
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This Day in Labor History: February 19, 1910. The Philadelphia Rapid Transit Company fired 173 union members to bust a strike of its drivers, leading to a general strike and general uproar, culminating in an all-too-rare victory for workers in the early twentieth century!!!
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