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Special Project | Business and Industry Behaving Badly: Week Ending June 13, 2015

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  • Profits before People
  • 9 New items including:
  • Walmart is a cultural sickness
  • Special Project | The Big Box/Fast Food Business Problem: Week Ending January 10, 2015
  • Bill Cosby’s gross corporate lesson: What NBC’s reaction reveals about rape & money,
  • The $9 Billion Witness: Meet JPMorgan Chase's Worst Nightmare
  • Food Fight: Our Chance to Right the Food System
  • 4 ways Amazon’s ruthless practices are crushing local economies,
  • Ruben Bolling | Pinocchio, Inc. 
  • Business and Industry Behaving Badly
  • Comcast Confessions: when every call is a sales call

Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

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Walmart is a cultural sickness, Kyle Schmidlin, Salon

  • How the American workplace is enriching the wealthy — and destroying everyone elseAmerican workers are conditioned to expect less and less even as they do more and more. And it's killing them.
  • The Wal-Mart You Don't Know
  • Henry A. Giroux | Flipping the Script: Rethinking Working-Class Resistance

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Special Project | The Big Box/Fast Food Business Problem: Week Ending January 10, 2015, Compiled by David Culver. Ed., Evergreene Digest.

  • The High Cost of Low Prices
  • 8 New items including:
    • Walmart Workers Promise Biggest Black Friday Strike Ever
    • The Big Box/Fast Food Business Problem: November 14, 2014
    • Amazon’s Wal-Mart problem: Why low wages, working conditions,  and disdain for culture will hurt us all
    • Walmart Prices Would Rise By Pennies If It Paid Workers More Than Poverty Wages
    • Food Stamps Don't Keep Walmart's Prices Low; They Keep Its Profits High
    • Walmart Stumbles on SNAP; Warns of Lost Profits
    • Everyday Low Wages at Walmart: Brought to You by Government Policy

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Bill Cosby’s gross corporate lesson: What NBC’s reaction reveals about rape & money, Katie McDonough, Salon

Charges of serial predation didn't seem to bother the comedian's network -- until a whole new set of concerns arose.

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The $9 Billion Witness: Meet JPMorgan Chase's Worst Nightmare, Matt Taibbi, Rolling Stone

Meet the woman JPMorgan Chase paid one of the largest fines in American history to keep from talking.



 

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Food Fight: Our Chance to Right the Food System, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

  • It is more urgent than ever to broaden awareness of this issue among journalists, educators, politicians, and voters. We hope you will join us in reading and reviewing the book, getting the word out, and voting with your fork!
  • Part 1: Wall Street's Robber Barons Are Exploiting America's Farmers
  • Part 2: Who Will Grow Our Food?

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4 ways Amazon’s ruthless practices are crushing local economies, Jim Hightower, AlterNet

  • The price of Amazon's success is worker exploitation, the destruction of local enterprise, and the creation of a corporate oligarch.
  • The Morning Call’s Amazon Sweatshop Probe

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Ruben Bolling | Pinocchio, Inc. / assets.amuniversal.com

Now we'll save on taxes by abandoning our country and inverting to another! Isn't that unpatriotic?

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Business and Industry Behaving Badly, August 6, 2014, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

  • Profits before People
  • Part 1: Perfect storm rattles restaurants, wait staffs
  • Part 2: What Happens When You Abolish Tipping

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Comcast Confessions: when every call is a sales call, Adrianne Jeffries, The Verge

  • More than 100 Comcast employees spoke to The Verge about life inside the nation’s largest cable and broadband company
  • "The customer is calling in to tell you what’s wrong, and you’re looking for ways to sell them service."
  • In Harm's Way: The Dangers of a World Without Net Neutrality

Walmart is a cultural sickness.

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  • How the American workplace is enriching the wealthy — and destroying everyone else. American workers are conditioned to expect less and less even as they do more and more. And it's killing them.
  • The Wal-Mart You Don't Know
  • Henry A. Giroux | Flipping the Script: Rethinking Working-Class Resistance

Kyle Schmidlin, Salon

220px-Wal-Mart_The_High_Cost_of_Low_Price.jpgTuesday, Jun 2, 2015 | At a time when so many Americans are struggling just to earn a decent living and find adequate employment, it may seem counterintuitive to indict the work people are doing as one of the biggest problems facing the country. But when you take a look at what our work is turning us into and what it’s actually accomplishing, it becomes clear that our priorities are all out of whack.

In his 2015 State of the Union address, President Obama spoke about important labor issues like unequal wages for women and a lack of paid sick and maternity leave. He called on Congress to pass legislation raising the minimum wage and requiring employers to guarantee at least seven days of sick time a year to their employees. He had to do this because, remarkably, nearly 40 percent of the American workers have no sick time at all, nor is there any requirement for their employers to provide any – a regressive distinction the United States shares with only two other countries, Papua New Guinea and Oman.

Kyle Schmidlin: Writer and musician living in Austin, TX. Operator of @ThirdRailNews.

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The Wal-Mart You Don't Know, Charles Fishman, Fast Company

  • The giant retailer's low prices often come with a high cost. Wal-Mart's relentless pressure can crush the companies it does business with and force them to send jobs oversees. 
  • Are we shopping our way straight to the unemployment line?
  • Walmart: The High Cost Of Low Prices

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Henry A. Giroux | Flipping the Script: Rethinking Working-Class Resistance, Henry A. Giroux,  Truthout.org / Rise Up Times

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  • Subjectivity has been stripped of any meaning, reduced to the gaze of public relations industries that feed the dispossession by extraction machine. Capitalism has reached its endpoint, blind to its death march. Fortunately, more and more young people and others are refusing to stand by and let state terrorism and market fundamentalism define their everyday lives.
  • Our Mania for Hope Is a Curse

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Defender of the Forests

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  • Bonnie Phillips' story is is not a Minnesota story, as such, but it gets at the essence of the Minnesota "biomass" problem:  Mainstream Minnesota "environmental" organizations, notably the Minnesota Environmental Partnership--penetrated by "Biomass" industry front groups like Dovetail Partners--have been shamefully guilty of not only failing to oppose, but actively promoting this insanity. 
  • Bonnie Phillips vs. the Timber Beasts, Gang Green and the Big Foundations
  • Fossil Fuels Subsidized By $10 Million a Minute, Says IMF

Josh Schlossberg, Counterpunch.org

Thanks to Evergreene Digest reader/contributor Alan Muller for this contribution. 

 

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June 4, 2015 | Ever since she was a little girl growing up near the shores of Lake Michigan in the 1940s, Bonnie Phillips talked to trees. And it was this inborn love of our nation’s forests that inspired Bonnie to dedicate nearly half of her life advocating for their protection.

In her 20s, Bonnie left her native Midwest for Washington State, accompanied by her first husband. As soon as she laid eyes on the glowing white slopes of Mt. Rainier, she told herself “this is home.” During a brief stint living on a commune in Vermont, she had a vision that summoned her back to the temperate rainforests of the Olympic Peninsula, where she lived out the rest of her days.

Josh Schlossberg is a freelance investigative journalist, member of the Society of Environmental Journalists, and editor of The Biomass Monitor, the nation’s leading publication covering the health and environmental impacts of biomass energy. 

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Fossil Fuels Subsidized By $10 Million a Minute, Says IMF, Damian Carrington, Information Clearing House 

‘Shocking’ revelation finds $5.3 Trillion subsidy estimate for 2015 is greater than the total health spending of all the world’s governments.

The vast sum is largely due to polluters not paying the costs imposed on governments by the burning of coal, oil and gas. These include the harm caused to local populations by air pollution as well as to people across the globe affected by the floods, droughts and storms being driven by climate change.

Fossil Fuels Subsidized By $10 Million a Minute, Says IMF

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  • ‘Shocking’ revelation finds $5.3 Trillion subsidy estimate for 2015 is greater than the total health spending of all the world’s governments.
  • The vast sum is largely due to polluters not paying the costs imposed on governments by the burning of coal, oil and gas. These include the harm caused to local populations by air pollution as well as to people across the globe affected by the floods, droughts and storms being driven by climate change.

Damian Carrington, Information Clearing House

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May 18, 2015 | "Information Clearing House" / "The Guardian" Fossil fuel companies are benefitting from global subsidies of $5.3tn (£3.4tn) a year, equivalent to $10m a minute every day, according to a startling new estimate by the International Monetary Fund (IMF).

The IMF calls the revelation “shocking” and says the figure is an “extremely robust” estimate of the true cost of fossil fuels. The $5.3 Trillion subsidy estimated for 2015 is greater than the total health spending of all the world’s governments.

The vast sum is largely due to polluters not paying the costs imposed on governments by the burning of coal, oil and gas. These include the harm caused to local populations by air pollution as well as to people across the globe affected by the floods, droughts and storms being driven by climate change.

 

Damian Carrington is the Head of Environment at the Guardian and the Observer. Previously he has worked at New Scientist, BBC News Online and the Financial Times. He has a PhD in geology from the University of Edinburgh, where he also did post-doctoral research, and a degree in Earth science from the University of Cambridge.

 

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June 5-7: Fighting corporations workshop

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  • Tired of corporations wrecking the world? Join the Community Rights movement and put a stop to it!
  • We the People Are More Powerful Than We Dare to Believe: First Steps in Dismantling Corporate Rule
  • Weekend workshop on Community Rights with organizer
  • Paul Cienfuegos, June 5-7, Twin Cities location to be determined
  • $75 to $300 sliding scale, based on ability to pay

Paul CienfuegosCommunity Rights movement

Submitted by Evergreene Digest Contributing Editor Lydia Howell

Raised%20Fist%20Power%20to%20the%20People.jpgMay 18, 2015: Corporations claiming constitutional rights have been running roughshod over human and ecological health, community integrity, civil and human rights, and local democracy for more than a century. Trying to stop them through regulation has slowed down the damage, but our communities and the earth are still losing ground. 

Community Rights is a revolutionary approach to the critical problems and issues that face all of us in our cities, towns and rural areas. Come and learn the history of corporate constitutional rights and other structures of law that take away local authority to establish just and healthful policies and laws, and how we can take that authority back. Whatever issue concerns you most climate change, bomb trains and pipelines, a liveable minimum wage and other worker rights, access to safe and affordable food, pesticides and industrial pollution, big box stores destroying local businesses, student loan burdens, corporate donations to political campaigns, or anything else  Community Rights shows us the tools to stop the destruction and start turning our society toward just, equitable, safe and healthy systems.

Make%20a%20call.jpgWhat the workshop covers: see http://paulcienfuegos.com/node/3#firststep. To register or ask questions about the workshop or the sliding fee scale, contact Betsy Barnum, twincitiescommunityrights@gmail.com or 701-610-3432. 

Paul Cienfuegos is a regional leader in the Community Rights movement which works to dismantle corporate constitutional so-called “rights” and enshrine We The People’s right to self-governance. He lectures and leads workshops on this topic.

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Why The $5.7 Billion Dollar Fine On Big Banks Is Actually A Joke

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  • While symbolically, the move appears to reprimand evil bankers, the reality is that such fines are miniscule compared to the profits banks reap. $5.7 billion dollars is nothing compared to the $40.24 billion net income that banks earned in the second quarter of 2014 alone. 
  • Further, the fines are nothing compared to the trillions of dollars in bailouts that banks received at the outset of the financial crisis.
  • Inside the Billion-Dollar Brain: 3 Attitudes That Explain Their Selfish Behavior
  • “The buck stops nowhere”: Meet the corrupt new elite running (and ruining) our economy

Carey Wedler, AntiMedia

May 21, 2015 | On Wednesday, the Justice Department announced that 5 major banks will be fined a total of about $5.7 billion. The banks plead guilty to manipulating global currency and interest rates as far back as 2007. Citigroup, JPMorgan Chase, Barclays the Royal Bank of Scotland, and Swiss bank, UBS, will pay fines that symbolize the government’s desire to reign in the power of the financial elite.

The New York Times painted the fines as a win because while banks have entered guilty pleas before, they have always been from subsidiaries of the parent companies. This time, the parent companies themselves plead guilty.

Carey Wedler: Peace, love, & smashing your mental shackles.

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  • Why the rich don't care about jobs for the rest of us.
  • “The buck stops nowhere”: Meet the corrupt new elite running (and ruining) our economy
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“The buck stops nowhere”: Meet the corrupt new elite running (and ruining) our economy, Lynn Stuart Parramore, AlterNet

  • Talking about old systems of power and corruption doesn't begin to capture new realities.
  • "Unaccountable" author Janine Wedel takes on Larry Summers, Citigroup and the sins of the Clinton administration.
  • They won, we lost: How corruption became America’s national pastime
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The lyrics of recent No. 1 singles average at a third grade reading level.

  • New study examines lyrics from Beyoncé, Foo Fighters, Adele, Eminem, and others. 
  • The dumbing down of American culture continues.

Alex Young, Consequence of Sound

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screen-shot-2015-05-18-at-3-24-57-pm.png?w=771May 18, 2015 | No one would ever dare to compare the writing prowess of artists like Macklemore, Nicki Minaj, and Katy Perry to Chaucer and Ginsberg, but a new study from Andrew Powell-Morse reveals just how dumbed down the lyrics are for songs currently dominating the Billboard charts.

Powell-Morse analyzed the reading levels for 225 songs that spent three or more weeks atop Billboard’s Pop, Country, Rock, and Hip-Hop song charts.

Whereas chart-toppers in 2005 read between a third and fourth grade level, a decade later that average is declining, and fast. In 2014, the reading level of a Billboard No. 1 single averaged between a second and third grade reading level, with the bar trending downward in five of the last 10 years.

Alex Young, Publisher, founded Consequence of Sound in 2007 and continues to spearhead many of the website's day-to-day activities, including editorial content and business development.

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