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Corporate Greed

The Volkswagen Cheating Scandal Reveals the True Nature of Capitalism

Cody Cain | Posted 09.30.2015 | Politics
Cody Cain

This problem will not be fixed by slapping a big fine on Volkswagen. The problem is bigger than that. The problem lies with the system itself. We must decide whether our system should serve the interests of people, or profits. Right now, profits are winning.

How 'Cowspiracy' Rightly Shames Factory Farming

Julie Gray | Posted 09.29.2015 | Green
Julie Gray

If you thought Food, Inc. was a documentary about food that gave you second thoughts about what we eat, Cowspiracy, streaming on Netflix and co-produced by Appian Way (DiCaprio) will leave you sputtering with rage.

Hey Stupid... The Media Are Watching

Chris Komisarjevsky | Posted 09.24.2015 | Business
Chris Komisarjevsky

Deceit, greed or just plain stupidity, there's no place to run or hide. A reporter or blogger is surely going to be there with a keyboard, camera or microphone.

Stop Hating Work

Nate Hanson | Posted 08.21.2015 | Business
Nate Hanson

We are all too familiar with the sinking feeling of Sunday evening. After indulging in a life-giving weekend full of things we love, we are now hours away from reentering the corporate race. When did it all go so wrong?

The Terrible Plight of the Average American Voter, Left and Right

Norman Lear | Posted 08.17.2015 | Politics
Norman Lear

They are fed up with American leadership in every sector of our current culture, be they corporate, union, pharmaceutical, legal or political leaders. In their emotionally crowded lives American voters despair of being aided, let alone led by them.

The Fantastic Four: Sci-Fi Bummer Bombs Big

Brandon Judell | Posted 08.10.2015 | Entertainment
Brandon Judell

Anyone who's been bombarded with the TV ads for Josh Trank's Fantastic Four shouldn't be chastised for sprinting away from any multiplex screening this latest Marvel concoction.

What's Taking Over America

Andy Schmookler | Posted 07.27.2015 | Politics
Andy Schmookler

If America is to be ruled by whoever commands the most money, it will be the corporate system, far more than individual billionaires, that calls the shots.

I'd Rather Ride A Mexican Bus Than An American Airline

Beth Arnold | Posted 07.27.2015 | Travel
Beth Arnold

Yes, rather than enduring the time suck and hassle that air travel anywhere now promises--the long, expensive taxi ride to the airport, the shoving, surly crowds, and the chaotic security and boarding processes--we opted for a Mexican bus.

Why We've Been Duped by Presidential Fundraising Numbers

Linsey Pecikonis | Posted 07.21.2015 | Politics
Linsey Pecikonis

Just last week, the political establishment was a flurry with news over which 2016 presidential candidate raked in the most money. Ever since the Ci...

The Real FIFA Scandal is Not About Bribes, Kickbacks and Money Laundered: It's 1,200 Dead Workers in Qatar

Carlos F. Torres | Posted 06.01.2015 | World
Carlos F. Torres

Will the deaths of 1,200 workers in Qatar building the 2022 World Cup facilities be a simple footnote in the ugly face of football? Will our insatiable appetite for an electrifying sport make us oblivious to a crime of Gulag proportions?

Same Chevron Shareholder Circus? Look Closer!

Paul Paz y Miño | Posted 05.28.2015 | Green
Paul Paz y Miño

The circus of lies, denial and propaganda videos that has become the Chevron annual shareholder meeting took place at Chevron's San Ramon, California headquarters once again yesterday.

Minimum Wage? How About a Maximum Wage?

Jack Rothman | Posted 05.27.2015 | Politics
Jack Rothman

It's a real eyeblinker that workers oppose legislation and programs that would benefit their circumstances. They, instead, support ideas that are to their detriment. A leading example of this is workers backing "right to work" legislation, which, despite its euphemistic tonality, amounts to the right to demolish unions.

Behind the Fraud Charges Against ITT Education

Robert Shireman | Posted 05.13.2015 | Business
Robert Shireman

The SEC alleges that ITT executives engaged in a scheme to hide looming losses from loans the company guaranteed to students attending its colleges. The company denies the fraud.

This May Day -- End Corporate Greed

Sharan Burrow | Posted 05.01.2015 | World
Sharan Burrow

Workers across Asia stood together this May Day to send a message to global corporations that the time is overdue to 'end corporate greed.'

Donny Rico Schools Chevron on How To "Be the Victim" in Ecuador

Paul Paz y Miño | Posted 04.29.2015 | Green
Paul Paz y Miño

First we're told that money = speech, now we're told speaking out is against the law. If you're not worried about what Donny Rico is talking about, you "damn well should be!"

Celebrating National Poetry Month 2015

Michael Carosone | Posted 06.16.2015 | Gay Voices
Michael Carosone

For National Poetry Month 2015, here is one of my poems: "My Laundromat"//I will buy a Laundromat//so that//I can take the perfectly blue and green//rounded sphere which we call planet Earth// and give it a very needed cleaning.

Commonwealth Club and Chevron CEO Shamed into Silence

Paul Paz y Miño | Posted 04.03.2015 | Green
Paul Paz y Miño

Following close to 5000 emails and a letter from over 40 environmental and human rights NGOs, a spirited group of activists disrupted the San Francisco Commonwealth Club's annual gala last week.

A New Wave Of Democracy, And How Corporations Are Trying To Silence Your Voice And Your Choice

Andrew Kimbrell | Posted 04.19.2015 | Politics
Andrew Kimbrell

Too often democracy has meant voting every couple of years for a candidate that is "the lesser of two evils." But now, citizens and their representatives all across the country are voting directly on major social and technology issues that impact their families and neighborhoods.

The Asbestos Transparency Farce

Robert Weissman | Posted 04.11.2015 | Politics
Robert Weissman

Among the deadliest and cruelest corporate cover-ups in American history is the decades-long effort by the asbestos industry to conceal what it knew about the health impacts of the "magical mineral." There is no small irony, then, in insurers and asbestos-using companies spinning a tale in which they are victimized by powerful lawyers representing asbestos victims.

America Should Send More People to Prison

Robert Kuttner | Posted 04.03.2015 | Politics
Robert Kuttner

You know the statistic. We incarcerate a higher proportion of the population than any other country does. Hundreds of thousands of young, now aging, men, are doing hard time for possession of small amounts of drugs. More and more people find themselves in jail because they got caught with bench warrants for their arrest for exorbitant fines they could not afford to pay. More than a century after debtors prisons were abolished, thousands are again behind bars because of debts. But one category of felon is free on the street. I refer, of course, to corporate criminals. Consider the case of a checkout clerk at Walmart who puts her hands in the till and walks off with a couple of hundred bucks of the company's money. That clerk could expect to face prosecution and jail. Now consider her boss, who cheats her of hundreds of dollars of pay by failing to accurately record the time she clocked in, or the overtime she worked.

Credit Suisse: Big Crimes Become Big Business

Ralph Nader | Posted 06.15.2015 | Politics
Ralph Nader

These elaborate illegal acts over many years show a deliberate willingness by Credit Suisse AG officials to knowingly engage in profitable activities that defrauded the U.S. Treasury and burdened honest taxpayers. But the Credit Suisse story does not end there.

Gay List of the "Best Places to Work 2015" Is Full of Corporate Monsters

Jordan Krueger | Posted 02.21.2015 | Gay Voices
Jordan Krueger

Corporations whose legacy is oppression, racism, and environmental degradation do not deserve to be rewarded, and should not be encouraged.

Payday Loans and the Rise of Vampire Capitalism

Ethan Rabidoux | Posted 02.15.2015 | Business
Ethan Rabidoux

Payday loan companies have managed to fly beneath the radar of public scrutiny for far too long. I suspect it's because their victims are the weakest among us who don't have a voice.

How Superstar Companies Like Apple Are Killing America's High-Tech Future

Lynn Parramore | Posted 02.10.2015 | Technology
Lynn Parramore

Successful companies like Apple need to make fundamental changes to the way they allocate resources and stop throwing away America's most valuable asset for future innovation -- you.

Scrooge Politics: Why Low-Income Workers Must Work and Shop On Thanksgiving

C. Nicole Mason | Posted 01.25.2015 | Politics
C. Nicole Mason

For salaried workers and for most two-income households, working on Thanksgiving or Christmas is the exception, not the rule. However, for minimum wage workers and those without job security, staying home is simply not an option.