The War on Democracy: How Corporations and Spy Agencies Use ‘Security’ to Defend Profiteering and Crush Activism

Nafeez Ahmed The Guardian/UK http://www.theguardian.com/environment/earth-insight/2013/nov/28/war-on-democracy-corporations-spy-profit-activism A stunning new report compiles extensive evidence showing how some of the world’s largest corporations have partnered with private intelligence firms and government intelligence agencies to spy on activist and nonprofit groups. Environmental activism is a prominent though not exclusive focus of these activities. The report by the Center...

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What’s Good For Bill Gates Turns Out To Be Bad For Public Schools

David Morris On the Commons http://onthecommons.org/magazine/what%E2%80%99s-good-bill-gates-turns-out-be-bad-public-schools And, actually, bad for Microsoft too, as we learned recently Schools have a lot to learn from business about how to improve performance, declared Bill Gates in an Op Ed in the Wall Street Journal in 2011. He pointed to his own company as a worthy...

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The 10 Companies Paying Americans The Least

Michael B. Sauter, Thomas C. Frohlich and Alexander E.M. Hess www.huffingtonpost.com http://www.popularresistance.org/the-10-companies-paying-americans-the-least/ This summer, thousands of fast-food workers in the United States went on strike in cities across the country, demanding their wages be increased to $15 an hour and the ability to unionize. To no one’s surprise, they didn’t...

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Can Right and Left Rally Against Walmart?

Ralph Nader Common Dreams http://www.commondreams.org/view/2013/11/27-2 One of the most profitable corporations in America is having a holiday food drive. Sounds good—it’s the least Corporate America can do for those struggling to make ends meet while big companies rake in record profits and give so little back. But wait… there’s a...

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‘Sleepwalking to Extinction’: Capitalism and the Destruction of Life and Earth

Richard Smith Adbusters https://www.adbusters.org/magazine/110/sleepwalking-extinction.html When, on May 10th, scientists at Mauna Loa Observatory on the big island of Hawaii announced that global CO2 emissions had crossed a threshold at 400 parts per million (ppm) for the first time in millions of years, a sense of dread spread around the world...

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Haiyan: A Disaster Made Worse By Greed

Sonali Kolhatkar truthdig http://www.truthdig.com/report/item/haiyan_a_disaster_made_worse_by_greed_20131114 While the recent Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report is 95 percent confidentthat global warming is caused by human activity (there are very few areas of active research in which scientists are so confident), what falls out of the scope of the report is which humans are...

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The 10 Giant Corporations That Have Taken Over Much of Our Economy

Thom Hartmann AlterNet http://www.alternet.org/10-giant-corporations-have-taken-over-much-our-economy There isn’t much diversity in America’s economic web of life. An image that was first posted on Reddit last year, and was recently grabbed by the folks over at PolicyMic, shows just how out-of-control corporate America has become in the years since Ronald Reagan stopped enforcing the...

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Imagine Democracy

Dave Johnson Campaign for America’s Future http://ourfuture.org/20131112/imagine-democracy “We the People.” How many of us have really thought through the implications of these three words? Can people today even imagine a government that is on the side of We the People, instead of being rigged to benefit the already-wealthy and crush...

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Stop Thanking the Troops for Me: No, They Don’t Protect Our Freedoms!”

Justin Doolittle Salon http://www.salon.com/ The millions of Americans who regularly watch nationally televised NBA games are, by now, familiar with the “NBA Cares” commercials that run quite frequently during the season. The series of promos is meant to illustrate the league’s commitment to serving the community in a variety of...

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