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Keystone Pipeline: 125 Dents & other damage already!

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  • TransCanada Has Already Had To Fix 125 Dents And Sags In Southern Keystone Pipeline
  • Series | Snake Oil- Chapter 5, The Economics of Fracking: Who Benefits?

Emily Atkin, Think Progress

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/KEystone-PatchesPatches on a portion of the Keystone XL pipeline. Credit: Public Citizen

November 12, 2013 | Synthetic crude oil hasn’t yet entered the southern segment of the Keystone XL pipeline, but a report released Tuesday by non-profit consumer rights group Public Citizen says the pipes are already bending, sagging and peeling to the point of a possible spill or leakage of toxic tar sands.

Drawing on the accounts of landowners, citizens and former workers of TransCanada, the report documents alleged construction problems and engineering code violations along the Texas portion of the pipeline, proved by what the group says is a staggering amount of excavations to correct dents and patch holes. Public Citizen is calling on the Pipeline and Hazardous Material Safety Administration to review TransCanada’s construction quality assurance records for possible federal violations, and perform a complete re-testing of the pipeline to see if the repairs work.

Emily Atkin is a reporter for Climate Progress, a part of Think Progress.

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Series | Snake Oil- Chapter 5, The Economics of Fracking: Who Benefits? Richard Heinberg, Resilience.org

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This article is an excerpt from Richard Heinberg's new book Snake Oil: How Fracking's False Promise of Plenty Imperils Our Future. Given the urgency and importance of the issues we are serializing the book here at Resilience.org

  • Chapter 4: Fracking Wars, Fracking Casualties
  • Chapter 3: A Treadmill to Hell
  • Chapter 2: Technology To The Rescue
  • Chapter 1: This is What Peak Oil Looks Like
  • Introduction: How Fracking's False Promise of Plenty Imperils Our Future

From Rome, Five Basic Insights on Inequality

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  • In plain yet powerful language, Pope Francis is challenging the givens of our deeply unequal world - and helping inspire resistance to it.
  • Where the Minimum Wage Would Be If It Kept Pace with The Earnings of the 1%

Sam Pizzigati, Inequality.org

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pope-francisA new exhortation from Pope Francis offers a wide-ranging condemnation of the economic gaps that divide us.

Sunday, 01 December 2013 | Sometimes you don’t have to say anything “new” to make news. Consider, for instance, the “apostolic exhortation” the Vatican released last Tuesday.

This statement from Pope Francis, observers note, didn’t really break any bold new theological ground. But the Pope’s exhortation, the first all his own since he stepped onto the world stage last March, still made front pages the world over — and fully merited all that attention.

Veteran labor journalist and Institute for Policy Studies associate fellow Sam Pizzigati edits Too Much, a weekly newsletter on excess and inequality.

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minimumwagefeatureWhere the Minimum Wage Would Be If It Kept Pace with The Earnings of the 1%, by Alan Pyke, Think Progress 

December 1, 2013 | If the minimum wage had grown at the same rate since 1960 as the earnings of the top 1 percent of Americans, the federal wage floor would be more than triple the current hourly minimum of $7.25.

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Black Thursday: Thanksgiving in the Consumer Wasteland

  • For the record, and not to put too fine a point on it: if you join the human crudwave of shopping on Friday, you are an asshole. 
  • If you actually endorse the theft of people's Thanksgiving holiday by frequenting those open stores today, you are a Very Special Breed Of Asshole.
  • No holiday shopping at any retail giant that doesn't give workers Thanksgiving Day off

William Rivers Pitt, Truthout

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Thursday, 28 November 2013 | Tony Rohr was the general manager of the Pizza Hut in Elkhart, Indiana, until just the other day, when the company decreed that his restaurant was to be open for business on Thanksgiving for the first time in Rohr's long experience. For the sake of his own family, who wanted him to be with them for the holiday, and for the sake of all the other employees and their families, Rohr refused to do as they said.

Of course he was fired, but he went down swinging. "I am not quitting. I do not resign, however I accept that the refusal to comply with this greedy, immoral request means the end of my tenure with this company," wrote Rohr in a scathing letter to his former employer. "I hope you realize that it's the people at the bottom of the totem pole that make your life possible."

William Rivers Pitt is a  Truthout editor and columnist.  He is also a New York Times and internationally bestselling author of three books: "War on Iraq: What Team Bush Doesn't Want You to Know," "The Greatest Sedition Is Silence" and "House of Ill Repute: Reflections on War, Lies, and America's Ravaged Reputation." He lives and works in Boston.

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No holiday shopping at any retail giant that doesn't give workers Thanksgiving Day off, Daily Kos 

  • Sign the petitionSign the pledge: No holiday shopping at any retail giant that doesn't give workers Thanksgiving off. 
  • Which stores are open and which are closed on Thanksgiving?
  • Big Retailers Make Low-Paid Workers Into Exploited Turkeys on Thanksgiving

 

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Buy Local: Today and Everyday

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  • On a day that's dominated by the narrative of the biggest retailers and finding "best" deals, we at Minnesota 2020 always find a little joy in the surge of web traffic to our "Made in Minnesota Gift Guide."
  • A Walmart Thanksgiving, by Charles Dickens

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MN2020 Gift GuideNovember 29, 2013 | On a day that's dominated by the narrative of the biggest retailers and finding "best" deals, we at Minnesota 2020 always find a little joy in the surge of web traffic to our "Made in Minnesota Gift Guide." 

We think "buy local" is great public policy. 

When you spend money at a locally owned store, a greater percentage of your dollar stays in your community. The multiplier effect of boosting the state and local economies is even greater when these high-quality, locally-produced products substitute and replace imported products.

In the spirit of "Small Business Saturday" and boosting local economies, here are three tools to help you on your quest to shop locally:

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A Walmart Thanksgiving, by Charles DickensRichard Eskow, Campaign for America's Future / Portside

  • It was the night before Thanksgiving. Walmart's top brass had assembled in the executive boardroom for a last celebration before heading home to their families. ...Meanwhile, "Black Friday" would begin on Thursday evening, leaving many of its workers unable to spend the holiday with family or friends.
  • Photos of striking Wal-mart workers nationwide
  • The Wal-Mart You Don't Know

The Wal-Mart You Don't Know

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  • 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 themto send jobs oversees. 
  • Are we shopping our way straight to the unemployment line?
  • Walmart: The High Cost Of Low Prices

Charles Fishman, Fast Company

Wal-Mart_The_High_Cost_of_Low_PriceA gallon-sized jar of whole pickles is something to behold. The jar is the size of a small aquarium. The fat green pickles, floating in swampy juice, look reptilian, their shapes exaggerated by the glass. It weighs 12 pounds, too big to carry with one hand. The gallon jar of pickles is a display of abundance and excess; it is entrancing, and also vaguely unsettling. This is the product that Wal-Mart fell in love with: Vlasic's gallon jar of pickles.

Wal-Mart priced it at $2.97--a year's supply of pickles for less than $3! "They were using it as a 'statement' item," says Pat Hunn, who calls himself the "mad scientist" of Vlasic's gallon jar. "Wal-Mart was putting it before consumers, saying, This represents what Wal-Mart's about. You can buy a stinkin' gallon of pickles for $2.97. And it's the nation's number-one brand."

Charles Fishman (cnfish@mindspring.com) is a senior writer at Fast Company. Andrew Moesel provided research assistance for this story.

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Wal-Mart: The High Cost of Low Price is a 2005 documentary film by director Robert Greenwald. The film presents a negative picture of Wal-Mart's business practices through interviews with former employees, small business owners, and footage of Wal-Mart executives. The film intersperses statistics between the interviews to provide large-scale examinations beyond personal opinions. The documentary was released on DVD on November 4, 2005.

 

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No holiday shopping at any retail giant that doesn't give workers Thanksgiving Day off

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November 24, 2013 | With Black Friday the busiest shopping day of the year, more and more retail giants are forcing employees to come in on Thanksgiving Day—often during dinner hours.

Walmart and Target are both opening earlier than they did last year. Staples will be open on Thanksgiving for the first time ever, and K-Mart will stay open for 41 hours straight. You can read a complete list of which stores are giving workers a break, and which ones are not, here.

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There is no reason for this except greed. Opening on Thanksgiving Day takes workers away from their families over a holiday when they should be giving thanks with their loved ones.

Sign the petitionSign the pledge: No holiday shopping at any retail giant that doesn't give workers Thanksgiving off.

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Which stores are open and which are closed on Thanksgiving? Laura Clawson, Daily Kos

Staying closed on Thanksgiving: Perennial big box boss hero Costco, Nordstrom, BJ's Wholesale Club, Home Depot, T.J. Maxx, Marshalls, Burlington Coat Factory, Apple, Radio Shack, American Girl, Patagonia, REI, Dillard's, Ross, and Menards.

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Big Retailers Make Low-Paid Workers Into Exploited Turkeys on Thanksgiving, Mark Karlin, Truthout / Buzzflash

  • The mythic heritage of Thanksgiving may soon find the turkey replaced by the power of the almighty buck.
  • Black Friday Walmart Protests

Which stores are open and which are closed on Thanksgiving?

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  • Staying closed on Thanksgiving: Perennial big box boss hero Costco, Nordstrom, BJ's Wholesale Club, Home Depot, T.J. Maxx, Marshalls, Burlington Coat Factory, Apple, Radio Shack, American Girl, Patagonia, REI, Dillard's, Ross, and Menards.
  • Sign the petitionSign the Pledge: No holiday shopping at any retail giant that doesn't give workers Thanksgiving Day off

Laura Clawson, Daily Kos

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Nov 22, 2013 | Stores that will be open on Thanksgiving, like KMart and Walmart, have been quick to reassure the public that it's okay, workers love working on Thanksgiving because it means extra pay. No doubt when you work for poverty wages the rest of the year, the extra $50 or $75 we're talking about has some appeal. But you know what else might have some appeal? A paid holiday! In any case, who's open and who's closed on Thanksgiving?

In the open-on-Thanksgiving hall of shame: Walmart, KMart, Sears, Target, Old Navy, OfficeMax, Staples—which led to an online petition against the Thanksgiving opening asking "Do they honestly think people are going to be standing outside on Thanksgiving evening for bulk paper and pencils?"—Medieval Times, Toys "R" Us, Michaels, Macy's, J.C. Penney, Kohl's, Dollar General, Dick's Sporting Goods, Best Buy, and doubtless others.

Laura Clawson is the labor editor at Daily Kos. Previous. she was senior writer at Working America, the community affiliate of the AFL-CIO. She has a PhD in sociology from Princeton University and has taught at Dartmouth College and the Princeton Theological Seminary.

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All day shopping frenzy on Thanksgiving?

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  • Thanksgiving is slowly becoming just another shopping day as at least a dozen major retailers are planing to open Thursday, Nov. 28, 2013.
  • A glance at store hours for holiday kickoff
  • Big Retailers Make Low-Paid Workers Into Exploited Turkeys on Thanksgiving

File/BestBuy/Shoppers line upIn this Thursday, Nov. 22, 2012, file photo, shoppers stand in line outside a Best Buy department store before the store's opening at midnight. (AP Photo - Tony Gutierrez)

Anne D'Innocenzio, Associated Press

November 12, 2013 | Last Thanksgiving Day, Kimberly Mudge Via's mother, sister and nieces left in the middle of their meals to head for the mall.

Now, Via says she'll never host Thanksgiving dinner for her relatives again.

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A glance at store hours for holiday kickoff, Associated Press

November 12, 2013 | Thanksgiving and Black Friday store hours for several major retailers.

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Big Retailers Make Low-Paid Workers Into Exploited Turkeys on Thanksgiving, Mark Karlin, Truthout / Buzzflash

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  • The mythic heritage of Thanksgiving may soon find the turkey replaced by the power of the almighty buck.
  • Black Friday Walmart Protests

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