Opting Out From the Corporate State of Surveillance

Ralph Nader Nader.org Homepage America was founded on the ideals of personal liberty, freedom and democracy. Unfortunately, mass spying, surveillance and the unending collection of personal data threaten to undermine civil liberties and our privacy rights. What started as a necessary means of reconnaissance and intelligence gathering during World War...

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Corporate Greed is Literally Making Us Sick

Jim Hightower The Progressive http://www.progressive.org/corporate-greed-is-literally-making-us-sick The failure of our corporate and political leaders to make sure every worker gets good health care is causing some unpleasant consequences – not just for them, but for all of us. Consequences like stomach flu. Ill workers often spread illness. This is because millions...

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How the “Know Nothing” Press Extended the Shutdown

The Daily Take The Thom Hartmann Program http://www.truth-out.org/opinion/item/19480-how-the-know-nothing-press-extended-the-shutdown The Tea Party radicals in Washington are blaming the “liberal” media to explain their sudden surrender in the government shutdown fight. And, in a way, the Tea Partiers are right. The media is to blame, but not for the reasons they think....

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Indigenous Nations Are at the Forefront of the Conflict With Transnational Corporate Power

Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers Truthout http://www.truth-out.org/opinion/item/19445-indigenous-nations-are-at-the-forefront-of-the-conflict-with-trans-national-corporate-power-that-affects-us-all On Monday, October 7, 2013, indigenous nations and their allies held 70 actions throughout the world proclaiming their sovereignty. The call to action was issued by Idle No more and Defenders of the Land to coincide with the 250th anniversary of the British Royal Proclamation...

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Fast-Food Giants Make Billions While Their Workers Use Billions In Welfare Benefits

Steven Rosenfeld AlterNet http://www.alternet.org/corporate-accountability-and-workplace/fast-food-giants-make-billions-while-workers-welfare Wages at America’s fast-food chains are so low that millions of employees have been receiving at least $7 billion a year in welfare benefits between 2007 and 2011, according to a new study by University of California and University of Illinois labor economists. “Our research estimates the public...

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The NFL Symbolizes Economic Unfairness in America

David Sirota truthdig http://www.truthdig.com/report/item/the_nfl_symbolizes_economic_unfairness_in_america_20131003 Sports metaphors are the world’s universal vernacular because the games we play can be such easy-to-understand symbols of society’s larger conflicts. In sports-obsessed America, our football cliches are particularly sacrosanct—we use them to describe everything from rhetorical fights in politics to physical fights in wars. So...

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The Sparks of Rebellion

Chris Hedges truthdig http://www.truthdig.com/report/print/the_sparks_of_rebellion_20130930 I am reading and rereading the debates among some of the great radical thinkers of the 19th and 20th centuries about the mechanisms of social change. These debates were not academic. They were frantic searches for the triggers of revolt. Vladimir Lenin placed his faith in...

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Uncovering the Horrible Ways Food Corporations Infiltrate Kids’ Lives

Anna Lappé AlterNet http://www.alternet.org/food/mcteacher-nights-uncovering-horrible-ways-food-corporations-infiltrate-kids-lives?paging=off&current_page=1#bookmark Did you know that Nabisco touts a preschool-age “Oreo Cookie Counting Book” and Hershey’s publishes a “Hershey’s Kisses Multiplication Book”? Did you know that these books are just one of the countless tactics Big Food uses to market to our kids throughout their lives — even...

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Recovery Hype: American Capitalism’s Weapon of Mass Distraction

Richard Wolff The Guardian http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2013/sep/27/recovery-hype-capitalism-weapon From President Obama on down, defenders of the status quo insist that the US economyhas “recovered” or “is recovering“. Some actually see the world that way. They inhabit, imagine they inhabit, or plan to soon inhabit the world of the infamous top 1%. Others simply seek...

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