Joshua Eaton

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Working Under the Weather: Low-Wage Laborers Beaten Down by Winter

For Boston resident Barbara Fisher, the snow has been more than just an inconvenience. Problems with public transit caused the 25-year-old mother of two to lose hours at her job at Dunkin’ Donuts. Added to the extra child care she had to pay because schools were closed, that has put a real strain on her budget.

“It’s very expensive. I can’t wait for it to go,” Fisher said of the snow. “It’s terrible, because you be trying to do your best, and there’s something that’s always going to stop [you].”

Read the rest of this article at Al Jazeera America …

Powerful Senate Republican Tamping Down Torture Disclosures

When the Senate Intelligence Committee released the much anticipated executive summary of the full report on the CIA’s torture program on Dec. 9, details of techniques like extreme sleep deprivation and anal rehydration gripped the country.

Now the committee’s new Republican chairman is trying to make sure that disclosure is its last.

Read the rest of this article at Al Jazeera America …

Timeline: School Shootings Since Sandy Hook

This timeline includes school shootings at K-12 educational sites involving students or staff as perpetrators or victims since the December 2012 tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut. Incidents in the timeline all involve a gun discharging live ammunition, but those fired by police are not shown. The data for the timeline was primarily drawn from gun control advocacy group Everytown for Gun Safety, and crosschecked against news reports.

See the timeline at Al Jazeera America …

Obama Cybersecurity Proposals: ‘Devil Is in the Details’

In a preview of next Tuesday’s State of the Union address, President Obama spent this week rolling out a long list of new cybersecurity initiatives that includes legislation to protect consumers’ private data.

Read the rest of this article at Al Jazeera America …

I Survived Ebola. But the Fight Doesn’t End There.

When Ashoka Mukpo speaks about the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, his words carry a compassion and humanity that can only come from firsthand experience. That’s because Mukpo, 33, is one of only a handful of Americans to contract Ebola in West Africa, where he was working as a cameraman with NBC News. It’s an unusual turn in what was already an extraordinary life. Mukpo is the adopted son of the legendary Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, who helped establish Tibetan Buddhism in the UK and North America.

With another US healthcare worker possibly infected with the virus and West Africa slipping from the headlines, Mukpo sat down with Tricycle to discuss his work in Liberia, his fight with Ebola, and how spiritual communities can help.

Read the rest of this article at Tricycle Magazine …

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