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Corporate Greed

Celebrating National Poetry Month 2015

Michael Carosone | Posted 04.16.2015 | 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 04.09.2015 | 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 02.17.2015 | 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 03.18.2015 | 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.

What Does Greed Look Like? Overfishing for Tuna in the 21st Century

Peter Neill | Posted 01.24.2015 | Green
Peter Neill

What we have here is fishing as an exercise of international power, the implementation of which needs be indifferent to treaty, law, international policy, or limiting regulation.

A Lesson from Detroit - America's Heart, and Soul

Ken Ludden | Posted 01.16.2015 | Arts
Ken Ludden

Detroit has been at the heart of America since its founding in 1701. Over the years, Detroit has always been the center of America. Located geographically to connect America with Canada via the natural water systems, it is the way in to America's heart.

Executives Who Trashed Evidence Must Go to Jail

Ian Reifowitz | Posted 01.12.2015 | Crime
Ian Reifowitz

It doesn't matter if you wear a suit and tie, if you break the law you will go to prison. Sending that message would make all of us safer. But we haven't been doing that consistently enough in America in recent years.

The Climate March: Beyond Asking Those Beholden to the Wrong People to Do the Right Thing, Part II

Michael Goldstein | Posted 12.13.2014 | Green
Michael Goldstein

Part II of II In Part I I asserted "two truths": that the People's Climate March was an amazing and valuable achievement, and that it was a po...

Surprise? CEO Encourages Women Not To Ask For Raise

Eve Tahmincioglu | Posted 12.10.2014 | Business
Eve Tahmincioglu

Why is everyone surprised that a CEO is discouraging people from asking for raises? The goal of many of today's top executives is to keep costs down while enriching themselves. This has been the case for three decades now. They don't want to pay out raises.

The Climate March: Beyond Asking Those Beholden to the Wrong People to Do the Right Thing

Michael Goldstein | Posted 12.04.2014 | Green
Michael Goldstein

Who, among those with an inkling of the climate disaster already upon millions of beings on the planet, could not be heartened by the numbers, commitment, creativity, energy, joy, and diversity involved in Sunday's protests? The movement showed itself to be... a movement.

'Greed' Is the First Word That Comes To Mind When Americans Think About Corporations

The Huffington Post | Jillian Berman | Posted 09.23.2014 | Business

For most Americans, apparently, the first word that comes to mind when they hear the word “corporation" is "greed." The word cloud below is part...

Want to Save the Planet? Flood Wall Street

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 11.18.2014 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

Wall Street is the epicenter of our environmental crisis. To ignore that fact is to risk dooming our other climate efforts to failure, or to use them merely as palliatives for troubled consciences. There's no other way to say this: Capitalism, as practiced on Wall Street today, is an existential threat to humanity.

What's the Next Book Title Corporate America Will Sneak into Kids' Libraries?

Lester & Charlie | Posted 10.08.2014 | Comedy
Lester & Charlie

"Won't someone please think of the children?" We'd like to think somebody is thinking about the children, but for the right reasons.

How Walmart's Bosses Get Rich Off Welfare Abuse

Carl Gibson | Posted 09.29.2014 | Business
Carl Gibson

Forget about the guy at the grocery store using food stamps to buy lobster. Walmart, the world's largest retail company, is even more dependent on government welfare so it can make jaw-droppingly obscene profits.

An Open Letter to Eric Holder and the Department of Justice

Carla Shutak | Posted 09.24.2014 | Politics
Carla Shutak

How do I, as a victimized consumer, apply for said relief? You see, many of us used-to-haves out here in the real world are still trying to claw and scrape our way out of the hole these financial institutions dug for us to live inside.

Who Do Americans Hate During Economic Downtimes? It's Not Who You Think

Daniel Cubias | Posted 08.26.2014 | Latino Voices
Daniel Cubias

On top of devastating the country, wiping out many people's savings, and increasing the obscene gap between the wealthy and the rest of us, the Great Recession may have had the side effect of increasing racial tension.

The Promised Land of the Robobee, Monsanto and DARPA

Reverend Billy | Posted 08.03.2014 | Politics
Reverend Billy

http://www.revbilly.com Let's consider for a moment the Honey Bee and its anticipated replacement, the RoboBee. Let's pay a visit to the frankenbee'...

Captain or a Slave?

Jung-kyu Kim | Posted 07.07.2014 | Business
Jung-kyu Kim

What the ferry tragedy highlights is the dehumanizing nature of the labor practice prevalent in South Korea today. We wish we could say Chunghaejin is an isolated case, one of the few bad apples in an otherwise benign society.

Climate Change, Media, Psychology & the Denial of Death

Mitchell J. Rabin | Posted 06.10.2014 | Green
Mitchell J. Rabin

On the standard, commercial television channels we hear about extreme weather virtually every single day. Droughts in the southwest hardly seen since...