Corporations Control Our Lives

Thom Hartmann The Thom Hartmann Program http://www.thomhartmann.com/blog/2014/01/corporations-control-our-lives In our nation, finance has a hold on almost every single part of our lives – from the day we’re born, until we take our last breath. Capitalism and the quest for larger profits have taken hold of our healthcare, our education, our...

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Ikea Isn’t Only Furnishing Your Bedroom, It’s Watching You There

ristina Chew Care2 http://www.care2.com/causes/ikea-isnt-only-furnishing-your-bedroom-its-watching-you-there.html   Ikea is not only furnishing people’s bedrooms, living rooms and kitchens. The company’s French unit has also beenconducting surveillance of employees andeven customers who complained about items that were not delivered. It’s not just that Ikea has a record of what color of couch or size bookshelves that...

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The Psychological Dark Side of Gmail

Yasha Levine PandoDaily http://pando.com/ “We know where you are. We know where you’ve been. We can more or less know what you’re thinking about.” “Your digital identity will live forever… because there’s no delete button.” —Eric Schmidt Some of the biggest names in Silicon Valley recently announced that they had gotten...

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Food Behind Bars Isn’t Fit for Your Dog

Chris Hedges TruthDig.com http://www.truthdig.com/report/item/food_behind_bars_isnt_fit_for_your_dog_20131222 Shares in the Philadelphia-based Aramark Holdings Corp., which contracts through Aramark Correctional Services to provide the food to 600 correctional institutions across the United States, went public Thursday. The corporation, acquired in 2007 for $8.3 billion by investors that included Goldman Sachs, raised $725 million last...

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Look at the Stats — America Resembles a Broken Banana Republic

CJ Werleman AlterNet http://www.alternet.org/economy/america-rich-name-only-look-stats-we-resemble-broken-banana-state?paging=off&current_page=1#bookmark Last week, President Obama gave one of the most important speeches of his presidency when he spoke about the rapidly growing deficit of opportunity in this country. It was the president’s most focused and deliberate address on income inequality to date, but for many it wasn’t...

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Coke’s Ploy to Drain Your Wallet When You Dine Out

Jim Hightower OtherWords http://otherwords.org/cokes-ploy-drain-wallet-dine/ Coca-Cola is running a stealth advertising campaign. Stealth? Why would a corporation known for its iconic ads like Coke spend big bucks on advertising that it doesn’t want consumers to notice? Shhhh. The soft drink giant’s campaign is a surreptitious ploy to enlist restaurants in a...

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The True Price of Great Holiday Deals

Robert Reich RobertReich.org http://robertreich.org/ The most important website last weekend and in weeks to come — on which the hopes and fears of countless Americans are focused (and the president’s poll-ratings depend) — is not HealthCare.gov. It’s Amazon.com. Even if and when HealthCare.gov works perfectly, relatively few Americans will be...

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Hope in the Age of Looming Authoritarianism

Henry A Giroux Truthout http://www.truth-out.org/opinion/item/20307-hope-in-the-age-of-looming-authoritarianism In the current historical moment, the line between fate and destiny is difficult to draw. Dominant power works relentlessly through its major cultural apparatuses to hide, mischaracterize or lampoon resistance, dissent and critically engaged social movements. This is done, in part, by sanitizing public memory...

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