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French Workers Threaten to Blow up Nortel Networks

Original post made by resident, Adobe-Meadow, on Jul 16, 2009

Workers at the French arm of telecommunications manufacturer Nortel Networks Corp. have threatened to blow up their factory unless they secure decent layoff terms, but gas cylinders placed around the plant were empty, a newspaper said.

French daily Le Parisien said on Wednesday the workers had placed gas cylinders in front of the plant in the Yvelines area near Paris, where 480 jobs are set to be axed following bankruptcy proceedings.

In the second threat by French workers to blow up a factory in a week, the paper said the workers had threatened to stage an explosion as early as Wednesday if their demands were not met, but said the gas cylinders were empty.
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Hmmm, I wonder if the Government Motors, oops! General Motors bailout will set a dangerous precedent putting taxpayers all on the hook for good retirement and layoff terms for anyone and everyone who is about to lose their job.

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Posted by No shock.
a resident of Meadow Park
on Jul 17, 2009 at 8:49 am

No big shock. There are thugs in all countries, but some seem to tolerate this kind of behavior more than other countries, and allow thugs to over rule the vote of the people and the rule of law. Witness the strikes that paralyzed France when Sarkozy tried to do what he was voted in to do, which was loosen labor laws so that businesses could take the risk of hiring people without being stuck with horrendous financial and hassle costs if the person didn't work out...this would have lowered unemployment, especially amongst its highest unemployed group, but the strikers in the streets brought this down..and nobody did anything about it.

Such tactics will soon be commonplace here also, unless we wake up very quickly. We are already sending millions of tax dollars toward at least one huge organization intent on bringing us down this path, and after hundreds of millions of donations to Obama's campaign, we are seeing the alliance of Unions and Govt at work in our State, as well as in our "bail-outs" and Czars ( we are up to 32 now..6 times the highest number to date)..

yet I never see any reports of this abuse of our tax dollars or fed control in our media.

Research it yourself, and ask yourself if you really want to end up like France, paralyzed by a striking, rioting, or threatening minority of people.

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Posted by Life in the Fast Lane
a resident of Barron Park
on Jul 17, 2009 at 10:14 am

"There are thugs in all countries, but some seem to tolerate this kind of behavior more than other countries, and allow thugs to over rule the vote of the people and the rule of law."

Exactly. Bush, Cheney, et al. let the Wall Street thugs hold us for ransom, and the taxpayers will be paying the price for a looong time.

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Posted by Perspective
a resident of Midtown
on Jul 18, 2009 at 8:41 am

Absolutely predictable. I knew somebody would bring up Bush/Cheney (sinister drumbeat always accompanying this duo name). Isn't it time to come up with some new duo to hate and blame for everything? These 2 are out of power, and have been since Congress was taken over by Dems 2 1/2 years ago. Their real "sin" ( and the "sin" of all Republicans) was not using their power as effectively as they should have to fix the impending mortgage meltdown that lit the economic wildfire, fix the border, fix Social Security..a real pity they didn't use their power when they had it.

Perhaps this makes them guilty by ommission, letting the few conservatives who stood up for correcting the above systems hang out in the air. So maybe they are as bad as, say, the mother who turns her face away and does nothing while the father beats the kids. If that is what you mean, I will grant you some agreement. I understand the anger that brings.

In the meantime, if you want to correctly name the "father" thugs holding us for ransom, ..look up Community Reinvestment Act begun by Carter, strengthened by Clinton, Congressional Hearings on Fannie Mae/Freddie Mac regulations back in 2003-2005 and who called whom racists for trying to fix the impending disaster resulting from misapplying the Comm Rein Act, ACORN's involvement in "enforcing" the Community Reinvestment Act ( and which American President's name is on the harrassment lawsuit to force giving house keys to people on the basis of color, not ability to pay), which Congresspeople had money in the bailed out banks..

Follow the money, and you might find out the truth about who was ( and still is) holding the American taxpayer ( and now all businesses and homeowners trying to get credit) ransom.

Or, just keep yelling about Bush and Cheney if it makes you feel better.

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Posted by Life in the Fast Lane
a resident of Barron Park
on Jul 18, 2009 at 12:25 pm


The CRA is only tangentially related to the economic meltdown we had. The suggestion that it CAUSED the crisis is a way to lay the blame at the doorstep of poor black people, when it belongs in the living-room of rich white people.

This racist suggestion comes from the far-right fringe of the already fringe-y Republican party. You should google this before you repeat it.

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