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The Internet of Things: Biased, Opaque and Unfair

Gary Ebersole | Posted 11.23.2015 | Technology
Gary Ebersole

We don't believe consumers should blindly accept an opaque Internet of Things that is biased to enrich the technical elite at our expense. That's why I co-founded the Open IoT Foundation with a mission to expose data vampires.

The Cloud Is a Vast Storehouse of Consumer Data Collected by Big Business

Gary Ebersole | Posted 11.16.2015 | Technology
Gary Ebersole

When the Rolling Stones sang the classic lyrics "Hey, you, get off of my cloud", we understood the metaphor. It was a cry from a generation reflecting a growing sense of alienation. The demand was clear--respect my personal space and my world view. In that simpler era, a "cloud" was seen as a safe, private place to inhabit.

Big Business Uses High-Tech Data Vampires to Spy on Consumers

Gary Ebersole | Posted 11.17.2015 | Technology
Gary Ebersole

If we quietly submit to the data vampire-like IoT offerings from big business, we face a future of an all-knowing corporate Big Brother envisioned by George Orwell.

Why Company Perks Are Important

Quora | Posted 11.12.2015 | Business

Many perks are tax deductible for an employer but not for an individual. Health insurance and college reimbursement are examples of this. Some of these perks therefore have the effect of raising an employee's wages by $1000 while only costing the company $800.

Mo. Legislature Must Remember Workers While Mulling RTW Veto Override

James P. Hoffa | Posted 09.14.2015 | Business
James P. Hoffa

The Missouri bill goes even further than most by criminalizing employers and subjecting small business owners to unlimited civil liability and jury verdicts. In short, it takes away the rights of an employer to decide for itself how to run its business.

Working for Tech Giants: How Small Businesses Can Win Monster Deals

Tatiana Krivitskaya | Posted 09.04.2015 | Business
Tatiana Krivitskaya

For years people have been coming up to me and asking: "How does a relatively small company of 200 people manage to work for giant companies like Intel and AMD, Epson and HP, Disney, Microsoft, Nike, NVIDIA, GoPro... and manage to do it year after year?" Here is the story.

What Do Americans Think About Economic Inequality?

Lawrence Wittner | Posted 07.07.2015 | Politics
Lawrence Wittner

Numerous opinion surveys in recent years indicate that substantial majorities of Americans not only recognize that the gap between the wealthy and everyone else has grown, but favor greater economic equality.

Is Bernie Sanders Too Radical for America?

Peter Dreier | Posted 07.03.2015 | Politics
Peter Dreier

Now that Bernie Sanders is rapidly climbing in the polls and attracting huge audiences to his campaign events, his opponents are starting to attack him for being too radical. After all, Sanders describes himself as a democratic socialist.

A Blueprint for Getting America Back on Track

James P. Hoffa | Posted 07.02.2015 | Business
James P. Hoffa

Given the economy's size and complexity, our problems cannot be solved by tinkering around the edges. Instead, a total revamp is necessary, one that both grows the middle class while reining in the runaway excess of the business class.

Want to Fix Illinois' Economic Development Agency? Put it Out to Pasture

Hilary Gowins | Posted 05.01.2015 | Politics
Hilary Gowins

Illinois' economy is sputtering. And it's not because the state's economic development agency isn't doing its job. In fact, it's partly because the agency exists in the first place.

Latest Trade Push Is A War On Workers

James P. Hoffa | Posted 06.28.2015 | Business
James P. Hoffa

President Obama recently downplayed the impact of unfair trade on the U.S. workforce, arguing that many manufacturing jobs are low-paying. But I disagree. This nation's manufacturing base provides a pathway to prosperity for many Americans -- and this administration cannot shut the door on their future.

How Will Republicans React to Gay Marriage Decision?

Chris Weigant | Posted 06.27.2015 | Politics
Chris Weigant

The Supreme Court decision, when it happens later this year, is quite likely going to set off an argument within the Republican Party -- or, at the very least, that subset of the party who are running for president.

Congress Is Facing Its Last Call to Stand Up for Fair Trade

James P. Hoffa | Posted 06.10.2015 | Business
James P. Hoffa

When we have complicated trade agreements that could put thousands of U.S. workers on the unemployment line and hamper this nation's economy, shouldn't our elected officials have a chance to review and make changes to them? After all, lawmakers have certainly spent significant time considering more frivolous matters in recent years.

TPP Investor Language Will Leave Taxpayers on the Hook

James P. Hoffa | Posted 05.26.2015 | Business
James P. Hoffa

Based on one TPP chapter alone, the average worker is going to get screwed. The provisions will give corporations the ability to do an end-around on U.S. laws they don't like. How is that fair? What about the rights of the American people? What about democracy?

When Big Business Fails the Little Guy

Doug A. Sandler | Posted 04.04.2015 | Business
Doug A. Sandler

Big Business, you know who you are, you've really let us down. But, you haven't just let me down, I could handle that. Instead, you are letting down a whole bunch of people.

No Time to Waste in Letting Public, Lawmakers Know About Fast Track

James P. Hoffa | Posted 03.28.2015 | Business
James P. Hoffa

Not everyone is aware of the consequences that a quick up-or-down vote on the 12-nation Pacific Rim trade deal will bring. It will devastate not only wage earners, but their families as well.

MEvangelicals: Faith in the Rand Scheme of Things

Russ Pierson | Posted 03.13.2015 | Politics
Russ Pierson

Reagan-era conservatism is a far cry removed from the Ayn Rand-infused Libertarian ideals the MEvangelicals often flirt with these days.

The Waiting Is the Hardest Part: Big Business Wins Again

Andrew B. Stoll | Posted 12.16.2014 | Politics
Andrew B. Stoll

If you believe in the minimum wage, then you surely don't believe that an employer should be permitted to require time consuming mandatory procedures at the workplace every workday, without pay.

Paul Blumenthal

Remember Who Held Election's Purse Strings As Congress Sets 2015 Agenda | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 11.12.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Following the Republican wave that swept away the Democratic Senate majority last week, reporters, advocates and pundits debated the eff...

Drug Distributor Punishes Vets While Receiving Billions From VA

James P. Hoffa | Posted 01.11.2015 | Business
James P. Hoffa

McKesson Corp. is the nation's largest drug distributor and earns roughly $4 billion a year serving as the primary pharmaceutical vendor for the U.S. Department of Veteran's Affairs. But it doesn't pay employees like Claude Hickerson, a veteran himself, enough to afford health care.

Big Beverage vs. The Environment: The Battlefield in Massachusetts

Phil Sego | Posted 12.03.2014 | Green
Phil Sego

It seems that it was just yesterday that people drank water from bubblers, and that buying a cold drink meant buying Coke, Pepsi, or 7-Up. But over the past 30 years, there has been a huge shift in what we're drinking -- and how much of it we're drinking, and even where we are drinking it.

Sen. Bernie Sanders: Burger King Tax Dodge Shows ‘Contempt' For Americans

HuffPost Live | Rahel Gebreyes | Posted 08.25.2014 | HuffPost Live 321

Burger King could be the next American company to move its operation abroad -- a move that Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) says displays the "contempt" th...

Things a Business Owner Never Says

Sajeel Qureshi | Posted 08.24.2014 | Small Business
Sajeel Qureshi

Spend enough time at a playground and you'll notice that kids are envious of each other. Small kids want size, skinny ones want bulk and they all want to play with the kid who has the Mr. T 3-wheeler. This envy continues in the workplace.

Business and America's Future

Robert Slayton | Posted 08.13.2014 | Business
Robert Slayton

What Valeant is doing is not just a business decision. They're destroying our seed corn. A friend of mine, a lawyer in Orange County, said that Valeant is "anti-American at its core." This is not a strategy to advance the United States in a new century.

The Biggest Worry About Transhumanism

Zoltan Istvan | Posted 07.21.2014 | Technology
Zoltan Istvan

Will technology and science that make our species more transhuman be used to create a deeper divide in society for the haves and have-nots?