Racism, sexual favors and national healthcare

Evan's comprehensive blog roundup of the strike and the article from Judith Mahoney Pasternak about the morality of it reach far and wide, and I'm taking a moment to fill in some of the nooks and crannies of other interesting tidbits and commentaries I've found.

Wired News has an article about the use of craigslist as a medium for ride-sharing, nightly apartment renting and more. What wasn't talked about there was the use of the rants and raves forum as a place to blow out blatantly racist spew against the workers. I'm not a regular in that forum, so I don't know if the racist overtones are normal or not (it seems from the non-strike-related posts that they are)... but it was pretty striking to read. Then again, considering Maria Luisa's article this week on a Whiter Shade of Christmas, maybe I shouldn't be so surprised...

Also entertaining are the posts asking for sexual favors in exchange for rides and places to stay. So enterprising of those lonely New Yorkers.

Lastly, but perhaps most importantly, I want to call attention to a comment that was left on my blog post from Tuesday about the strike:

It's amazing to me that while everyone is in a tizzy over whether the TWU or the MTA is the more evil, corrupt organization, and whether the workers are benefitting, the strike is reasonable, etc., no one has proposed what seems the most obvious solution: join together (along with other union-dominated industries, like airlines, car manufacturers and energy companies) and use their incredible wealth and clout to demand a national health care system.

Now we're talkin'....

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