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By: BriarCraft , 7:37 PM GMT on May 15, 2014
In the blogosphere, I generally stay away from politics and religion and other such incendiary topics. Sometimes, however, I chose not to keep my mouth shut. Sometimes, I become aware of something so egregious, that I feel the need to make others aware.
Growing up in the 60s, I learned the power of protest and dissent as I handed out pamphlets supporting the Cesar Chavez and the United Farm Workers, urging shoppers to boycott grapes. But that is another story from another time.
My current outrage involves the not frackin' Bakken, big oil, or the climate change exacerbated by all the pollution they cause. We could go there and have all sorts of political/economical/ecological arguments, but I don't want to.
What I do want to draw attention to is another symptom of the eroding of unions and worker rights and worker protections, which in turn is a symptom of the continuing erosion of the middle class.
In North Dakota, there will be blood
* Deaths on the job in North Dakota more than doubled from 2007 to 2012, rising from 25 to 65.
* The one-time death benefit for workers killed on the job in North Dakota: $1,200. If the worker has dependent children, that payment goes up by $400 per child. The state also covers documented funeral expenses, but only up to $6,500.
* The best single indicator of callous disregard for human life shown by North Dakota lawmakers is the benefit authorized for orphans, a maximum of $10 per month. That's right -- $10 (ten dollars) per month.
* The worst abuse is in setting the bar so low that the state has removed any economic incentive for companies to invest in practices and equipment that prevent deaths and injuries from falls, falling objects, accidents on the road, and other dangers.
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If this offends you, think how it offends workers being killed on the job at 5 times the national average, and their widows and orphans.
It oughta be a crime!
I'll take this down in a few days and replace it with something pleasant.
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Updated: 11:39 AM PDT on May 05, 2015