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Our Economy Wants You to Be In Debt—5 Things You Can Do to Take Charge

We pored through a debt-resistance manual created by former Occupiers to bring you these practical tips.

Liz Pleasant, Yes! Magazine

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May 21, 2014 | Last month PM Press published the Debt Resisters' Operations Manual —also known as “the DROM.” But don’t let that menacing-sounding acronym fool you: this is a book written in plain English and filled with tips and tactics for dealing with debt.

The book has been available online since September 2012, but this publishing marks the first time the manual has been printed, bound, and sold. Don't worry, you can still find a free copy online. But, hopefully, getting this book into stores will help its message reach more people—however ironic it might seem to buy one with a credit card.

Liz Pleasant wrote this article for Yes! Magazine, a national, nonprofit media organization that fuses powerful ideas with practical actions. Liz is a graduate of the University of Washington's program in Anthropology, and an online editorial intern at Yes!

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New Study Debunks Big Corporations' Argument About Taxes


  • "In the international arena, U.S. multinational firms have established themselves as world leaders in global tax avoidance strategies," Edward Kleinbard, a former chief of staff for Congress's Joint Committee on Taxation, writes.
  • Inversions are just the latest evidence. The rich want us to believe their wealth is good for us all.

Ben Hallman, Huffington Post

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n-CHIQUITA-large570.jpgChiquita Brands International Inc., is just the latest American company looking to escape the U.S. tax code by merging with a smaller overseas company. | Bloomberg via Getty Images 

08/19/2014 | Not long ago, the top executive at a large American drug company said that her company would be planting its corporate flag in the Netherlands, because the U.S. tax code is just so darn unfair.

Heather Bresch, the CEO of Mylan, told a New York Times columnist that her bid to acquire a smaller Dutch company and move ownership abroad through a controversial tactic known as an inversion was forced by Congress, which has refused to lower corporate tax rates and make U.S. businesses "more competitive."

As a patriot, she resisted until it was clear she had no other choice, she said.

Ben Hallman: Senior financial writer at Huffington Post

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The rich want us to believe their wealth is good for us all, George Monbiot, The Guardian

  • As the justifications for gross inequality collapse, only the Green party is brave enough to take on the billionaires’ boot boys.
  • The U.S. Is Even More Unequal Than You Realized.


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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


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

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Part 1: Perfect storm rattles restaurants, wait staffs

Kris Jacobs, executive director of Jobs Now Coalition, couldn’t cloak her sarcasm. You know, rich waitresses are ruining everything,” she deadpanned. “I think this is going to backfire.”

Jon Tevlin, Minneapolis (MN) Star Tribune

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August 6, 2014 On Aug. 1, Blue Plate Co., which owns eight prominent restaurants in the Twin Cities, welcomed workers with a cheery message congratulating them on the new minimum wage hike.

“Today you are getting a raise!” the memo said, mentioning the additional $. 75 per hour that servers, ­bussers and bartenders will get.

Jon Tevlin: Metro Columnist, Minneapolis (MN) Star Tribune

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Part 2: What Happens When You Abolish Tipping

I got rid of gratuities at my restaurant, and our service only got better.

Jay Porter, Slate 

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Aug 14, 2014 | For more than six years, I ran a restaurant without tips.

A couple of years after opening the Linkery restaurant in San Diego, the team and I adopted a policy of adding to each dining-in check a service charge of 18 percent—a little less than our tip average had been. We also refused to accept any payment beyond that service charge. (If someone surreptitiously slipped a twenty or two under a water glass, we donated it to a rotating “charity of the month,” usually selected by a staff member or patron.)

Jay Porter operated San Diego’s farm-to-table restaurant The Linkery for about a decade; his new restaurant, Salsipuedes, will open in North Oakland later this year.

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Comcast Confessions: when every call is a sales call


  • 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

Adrianne Jeffries, The Verge  

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July 28, 2014 | When AOL executive and Comcast customer Ryan Block recently tried to cancel his internet service, he ended up in a near-yelling match with a customer service representative who spent 18 minutes trying to talk him out of it.

Rep: I’m just trying to figure out here what it is about Comcast service that you’re not liking.

Block: This phone call is actually a really amazing representative example of why I don’t want to stay with Comcast. Can you please cancel our service?

Rep: Okay, but I’m trying to help you.

Block: The way you can help me is by disconnecting my service.

Rep: But how is that helping you? How is that helping you? Explain to me how that is helping you.

Block: Because that’s what I want.

Rep: Okay, so why is that what you want?

Adrianne Jeffries: Reporter, writer, travel bug, East Village rat, New York Observer alum.

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In Harm's Way: The Dangers of a World Without Net Neutrality, April Glaser, Electronic Frontier Foundation

  • The Internet is one of the greatest things humanity has ever created, and who knows what we’ll be able to do with it next.  Let’s make sure there will always be plenty of room for the unexpected, by making certain no new business or service has to make a special deal to be able to meaningfully connect to users.
  • Take Action to Stop the Attack on Net Neutrality.



Are mega events in the Twin Cities worth it?

  • Economists — at least those not associated with host committees — find that economic impact studies overestimate the benefits of events like the All-Star Game or the Super Bowl. 
  • Here's How The NFL Makes A Killing Off Of Taxpayers

Louis D. Johnston, MinnPost

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July 25, 2014 | The All-Star game has come and gone, and soon we’ll be preparing for the 2018 Super Bowl. These are not the last mega events on the horizon: Gov. Mark Dayton named a committee to attract an NCAA Men’s Final Four to the new Vikings stadium sometime between 2017 and 2020, and a who’s-who of Minnesotans is promoting a bid to host a World’s Fair in Minnesota in 2023.

Events like these bring attention and excitement to our state. Are they worth the resources we put into them?

Louis D. Johnston writes Macro, Micro, Minnesota for MinnPost, reporting on economic developments in the news and what those developments mean to Minnesota. He is Joseph P. Farry professor in the Eugene J. McCarthy Center for Public Policy and Civic Engagement at Saint John’s University. 

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Here's How The NFL Makes A Killing Off Of Taxpayers, Alissa Scheller, Huffington Post

  • The NFL may be generating money faster than Peyton Manning can rack up touchdowns but the league's owners have a history of looking for handouts when it comes time to pay for new stadiums. Here is a look at the staggering amount of public funds used to build the homes for NFL teams as well as a few of the NFL's other staggering fiscal stats.
  • Bill Moyers | Stadium Funding Deals Only Enrich the Plutocrats

GM Recalls: How General Motors Silenced a Whistle-Blower


A week after her appalled husband woke her up in the middle of the night, Beth Kelley ... laughs. “I’m surprised there aren’t more people who stand up for what they believe,” she says. “But am I surprised that they wouldn’t go against General Motors? I suppose not.”

Tim Higgins and Nick Summers, BloombergBusinessweek

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June 18, 2014 | It was close to 3 a.m. on June 6 when Courtland Kelley burst into his bedroom, startling his wife awake. General Motors (GM), Kelley’s employer for more than 30 years, had just released the results of an investigation into how a flawed ignition switch in the Chevrolet Cobalt could easily slip into the “off” position—cutting power, stalling the engine, and disabling airbags just when they’re needed most. The part has been linked to at least 13 deaths and 54 crashes. GM Chief Executive Officer Mary Barra, summoned before Congress in April to answer for the crisis, repeatedly declined to answer lawmakers’ questions before she had the company’s inquest in hand. Now it was out, and Kelley had stayed up to read all 325 pages on a laptop on the back porch of his rural home about 90 miles northwest of Detroit.

The “Valukas Report,” named for former U.S. Attorney Anton Valukas, who assembled it at GM’s request from interviews with 230 witnesses and 41 million documents, blamed a culture of complacency for the more than decade-long delay before the company recalled millions of faulty vehicles. It described employees passing the buck and committees falling back on the “GM nod”—when everyone in a meeting agrees that something should happen, and no one actually does it. On page 93, a GM safety inspector named Steven Oakley is quoted telling investigators that he was too afraid to insist on safety concerns with the Cobalt after seeing his predecessor “pushed out of the job for doing just that.” Reading the passage, Kelley felt like he’d been punched in the gut. The predecessor Oakley was talking about was Kelley.

Tim Higgins is a reporter for Bloomberg News in Detroit.

Nick Summers covers Wall Street and finance for Bloomberg Businessweek.

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