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Corporate Greed

Should Companies Patent Life?

Judy Frankel | Posted 11.09.2013 | Technology
Judy Frankel

Before we march off into this dark future where the source of our food comes from companies that would like to control all seed and food supplies, remember to find a congressman who would vote against the TPP.

No Surprises: BP Tries to Back Out of Their Responsibilities in the Gulf

Brian Young | Posted 10.12.2013 | Business
Brian Young

Two years after the spill, BP entered a comprehensive, multibillion-dollar settlement to compensate those affected by the disaster. In an unprecedented move, BP is now objecting to its own settlement.

While Detroit Tries to Declare Itself Bankrupt, Banks Rake in Big Profits

Jerry Lanson | Posted 09.18.2013 | Business
Jerry Lanson

This is America, 2013, where economic 1 + 1 -- selfishness plus greed -- equals ever-greater disparity between the fat cats and everyone else.

Our Opinions Are Dumbing Us Down

Edward Muzio | Posted 09.15.2013 | Politics
Edward Muzio

I have friends and acquaintances who for years I've known to be rational, intelligent and competent. Most have careers doing complex sophisticated wor...

Feast or Famine: Food Inequality in America

Marqueece Harris-Dawson | Posted 09.14.2013 | Los Angeles
Marqueece Harris-Dawson

South L.A. has a history of turning moments of crisis into ones of promise. The closure of Ralphs represents an opportunity to insist on something better, and to organize ourselves to make those demands a reality.

Got Science? Pushing Back Against Corporate 'Counterfeit Science'

Seth Shulman | Posted 09.11.2013 | Science
Seth Shulman

There's more to corporate counterfeit science than ghostwritten articles, however. Consider the eye-opening case of the agribusiness firm Syngenta and its product atrazine, a widely used agricultural pesticide on corn, sorghum, and sugar cane crops.

The NSA Affair: A Symptom, Not a Cause

Michael S. Lofgren | Posted 08.14.2013 | Politics
Michael S. Lofgren

The relationship of government to the citizen has become an insultingly patronizing game characterized by a Pavlovian call-and-response: "We're just trying to protect America!" elicits "thank God they're trying to keep us safe!"

Change Our Story: How Much Is Enough?

Peter Buffett | Posted 08.12.2013 | Business
Peter Buffett

I keep coming back to the question, "how much is enough?" Now you may think that's a pretty ironic question coming from the son of one of the richest people in the world. But actually, it might just make me an expert on the subject.

A Sour Apple

Robert A.G. Monks | Posted 08.06.2013 | Politics
Robert A.G. Monks

Globalization has had many effects, but one of the greatest seems to be that corporations now have so many "homes" that they pick and choose the locations that offer them the best regulatory and tax breaks.

Forget WallyWorld: At Chevron They Live in WatsonWorld

Paul Paz y Miño | Posted 06.03.2013 | Green
Paul Paz y Miño

There are many ways to describe the experience of participating in a Chevron Annual Shareholder Meeting. One is often left wondering if those inside a...

Do It At Home, America! Ep. 71

Lester & Charlie | Posted 07.21.2013 | Comedy
Lester & Charlie

In this episode of "Do It At Home, America!" we uncover the secret savings of keeping your toilet bowl clean with nothing but common household objects -- 1970s style!

Bad to Worse: Why Shareholder Activism Hurts Shareholders

Sanjay Sanghoee | Posted 07.03.2013 | Business
Sanjay Sanghoee

One of the ways (theoretically) in which businesses are held accountable by the public, or at least those with stock portfolios, is through shareholder activism. However, in practice, shareholder activism can actually be a case of a disease being used to cure an illness.

Everyone's Business: Why the Private Sector should be Accountable to the Public

Sanjay Sanghoee | Posted 06.26.2013 | Business
Sanjay Sanghoee

The private sector should be held to the same standard of scrutiny that the government itself receives from the people, and corporate governance should be as much a matter of public debate and law as political governance.

Bust the Trust and the Bypass

Wenonah Hauter | Posted 06.19.2013 | Green
Wenonah Hauter

Farmers impart stories of having to sell their land and find other work because they can't compete in an unfair marketplace. Former neighborhood market owners explain how they've been pushed out of business by large national chains.

We Beat Chevron, but the Fight for Real Justice Continues

Paul Paz y Miño | Posted 06.08.2013 | Green
Paul Paz y Miño

We did preserve our ability to exercise our right to free speech and to be a watchdog against corporate crimes. That right is vital to protect the power of the people in our society. We will exercise that right until we do win the things Amazonian communities in Ecuador need most.

Break Up Executive Pay, Not the Banks, to Fix Too-Big-to-Fail

Sanjay Sanghoee | Posted 05.19.2013 | Business
Sanjay Sanghoee

While in theory the system pays people for responsible decision-making, in practice it rewards executives for generating outsize returns even at the expense of the company's future.

Do Asbestos Victims Deserve Compensation? And Other Questions the Wall Street Journal Never Asks

Brian Young | Posted 05.18.2013 | Business
Brian Young

Is the Wall Street Journal afraid to make an affirmative statement about so-called "fraud" in asbestos cases? They should be.

Corporate Welfare in Maryland

Lawrence Wittner | Posted 05.11.2013 | Business
Lawrence Wittner

Lockheed Martin would seem to be an unlikely recipient of a lavish government handout, at least on the basis of need. Indeed, it is one of the world's largest business enterprises, with sales that reached $47 billion in 2012.

How to Tame the Corporation

Ralph Nader | Posted 04.27.2013 | Business
Ralph Nader

Large corporations have essentially become private governments with an enormous effect on the lives and livelihoods of Americans, but without any accountability to them.

Groundhog Day: The Cloudy Paradox in the Executive Suite -- Compensation and Ethics

Jim Finkelstein | Posted 04.08.2013 | Business
Jim Finkelstein

As directors evaluate their executive programs, it is imperative they ask the question, "Is the total compensation package morally or ethically correct?"

Have You Hugged Your Whistleblower Today? They Could Use It

Jerry Ashton | Posted 01.25.2013 | Business
Jerry Ashton

If you think the legendary "thin blue line" is stressful, you should try walking the "thin gray line" of the Whistleblower, who protect us from the insidious and frightening dangers of corporate and government miscreants.

Milk of Human Kindness Now Available in 2 Percent

James Napoli | Posted 03.16.2013 | Comedy
James Napoli

Tired of being asked to care about every misfortune that may befall your fellow man? Fed up with your hard-earned money going to help those less fortunate? Sick of having to feel compassion every time you see a homeless person?

New Goals for American Corporations

Ralph Gomory | Posted 03.16.2013 | Business
Ralph Gomory

The great American corporations today are doing well for their top executives and shareholders, but this does not mean that they are doing well for the country as a whole.

Banding Together

Ralph Nader | Posted 03.13.2013 | Business
Ralph Nader

As technology has evolved, so should our expectations about how Congress and state legislatures can advance civic values and consumer interests by facilitating people banding together in effective citizen groups.

Robots Don't Destroy Jobs; Rapacious Corporate Executives Do

William Lazonick | Posted 03.04.2013 | Business
William Lazonick

It's easy to blame technology, especially the automation that supposedly displaces workers. But that's not the real story. The fact is that automation creates jobs. It's the misuse of corporate profits that is destroying them.