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UN Report Condemns US for ‘Deliberately’ Creating Devastating Wealth Inequality

Posted by on June 4, 2018 in Corruption, Government, Policies with 0 Comments
UN Report Condemns US for ‘Deliberately’ Creating Devastating Wealth Inequality

With millions of Americans already on the brink of deep poverty, Philip Alston, U.N. Special Rapporteur on Extreme Poverty and Human Rights and author of the new report, warned that Trump’s tax law, deregulatory agenda, and welfare cuts are driving the poor closer to complete “ruination,” which the U.N. official defines as “severe deprivation of food and almost no access to healthcare.”

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‘Historic Win’ for the Open Internet as Senate Votes to Restore Net Neutrality

Posted by on May 17, 2018 in Internet, Media & Arts with 1 Comment
‘Historic Win’ for the Open Internet as Senate Votes to Restore Net Neutrality

Thanks to weeks of sustained grassroots pressure in the form of 16 million emails, over a million phone calls, and nationwide demonstrations both online and off, three Republicans voted with the Senate Democratic caucus on Wednesday to block the GOP-controlled FCC’s net neutrality repeal, clearing a crucial hurdle on the path to saving the web from the greed of the telecom industry.

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In Major Win Over ‘Corporate Bullying,’ Seattle Approves Tax on Amazon to Combat Homelessness

Posted by on May 15, 2018 in Government, Policies with 1 Comment
In Major Win Over ‘Corporate Bullying,’ Seattle Approves Tax on Amazon to Combat Homelessness

Overcoming weeks of extortionist threats and other forms of “corporate bullying” from the world’s largest retailer, Seattle’s City Council on Monday unanimously approved a new tax on Amazon—which paid nothing in federal income taxes last year—and other major companies in an effort to provide essential services for the homeless and combat the local housing crisis. Noting that the so-called “head tax” is quite modest relative to Amazon’s annual revenue and the pay of its CEO Jeff Bezos – the world’s richest man – Seattle City Councilmember Kshama Sawant argued on Monday that “even a smaller tax is a huge victory,” given the “Goliath-like clout of Amazon.”

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Progressive Media Outlets—Including This One—Decry Facebook’s Plan to Act as Gatekeeper of “Trustworthy” News

Posted by on May 4, 2018 in Internet, Media & Arts, Social Media with 0 Comments
Progressive Media Outlets—Including This One—Decry Facebook’s Plan to Act as Gatekeeper of “Trustworthy” News

Critics noted that while corporate outlets like MSNBC, the Washington Post, and the New York Times will likely be proclaimed “broadly trusted” in Zuckerberg’s data-collection endeavor, these “established” news sources have a rich and dubious history of misleading and damaging reporting.

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As Feds Launch Probe, Users Discover ‘Horrifying’ Reach of Facebook’s Data Mining

Posted by on March 27, 2018 in Media & Arts, Social Media with 0 Comments
As Feds Launch Probe, Users Discover ‘Horrifying’ Reach of Facebook’s Data Mining

After a New Zealand man named Dylan McKay called attention in a viral tweet last week to the alarming fact that Facebook had collected his “entire call history” with his partner’s mother and “metadata about every text message [he’s] ever received or sent,” other Facebook users began downloading their archive of personal data the social media giant had stored and discovered that McKay’s experience was hardly anomalous.

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Trump’s Tax Plan Cuts Business Taxes By More Than Half Benefitting the Ultra Wealthy Like Him

Posted by on April 27, 2017 in Government, Policies with 0 Comments
Trump’s Tax Plan Cuts Business Taxes By More Than Half Benefitting the Ultra Wealthy Like Him

The latest tax proposal from the Trump Administration would also eliminate the AMT and allow for the super wealthy to avoid paying any taxes at all.

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Here Are the 50 GOP Senators Who Just Sacrificed Your #BroadbandPrivacy to Corporate Profits

Posted by on March 24, 2017 in Government, Internet Control, Policies, Politics with 0 Comments
Here Are the 50 GOP Senators Who Just Sacrificed Your #BroadbandPrivacy to Corporate Profits

Privacy and consumer advocates—and a seemingly endless chorus of Internet users—were expressing outrage on Thursday after the Republican-controlled U.S. Senate passed a bill that will allow powerful media corporations to collect personal data of internet users without their consent and sell that information to the “highest bidder” for profit.

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Where Will You Be When Democracy Awakens and Serve the Interests of All?

Posted by on April 12, 2016 in Corruption, Government with 10 Comments
Where Will You Be When Democracy Awakens and Serve the Interests of All?

Americans overwhelmingly agree on a wide range of issues. They want policies to make the economy fairer and hold corporate executives accountable. They want stronger environmental and consumer protections. And they want to fix our political system so that it serves the interest of all, not just Big Money donors. These aren’t close issues for Americans; actually, what’s surprising is the degree of national consensus.

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The Panama Papers: ‘Biggest Leak in History’ Exposes Global Web of Corruption

Posted by on April 4, 2016 in Corruption, Government with 14 Comments
The Panama Papers: ‘Biggest Leak in History’ Exposes Global Web of Corruption

An anonymous source, an enormous cache of leaked documents, and a year-long investigative effort by around 400 journalists from more than 100 media organizations in over 80 countries have yielded the Panama Papers, an unprecedented look at how the world’s rich and powerful, from political leaders to celebrities to criminals, use tax havens to hide their wealth.

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Bernie Sanders Demands Treasury Block Pfizer Tax Dodging Deal That Could Cost U.S. $35 Billion

Posted by on March 22, 2016 in Agencies & Systems, Corruption with 14 Comments
Bernie Sanders Demands Treasury Block Pfizer Tax Dodging Deal That Could Cost U.S. $35 Billion

Big pharma is making the biggest tax evasion move ever to save billions, and U.S. taxpayers will be left holding the bill. Read how Sanders is fighting the pharmaceutical giant.

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Why the TTIP Will Worsen Income Inequality

Posted by on January 21, 2016 in Government, Policies with 8 Comments
Why the TTIP Will Worsen Income Inequality

Corporate-friendly agreements like TTIP are nothing less than Robin Hood in reverse in which the wealth and power of the many is transferred to the elite few.

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Here Are the Real Terrorists We Should All Be Worrying About

Posted by on January 12, 2016 in Corruption, Government with 12 Comments
Here Are the Real Terrorists We Should All Be Worrying About

The unique brand of .01% terror: making a game of tax avoidance while 2,500,000 children experience homelessness.

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The TPP is the Most Brazen Corporate Power Grab in American History – Chris Hedges

Posted by on November 10, 2015 in Government, Policies with 5 Comments
The TPP is the Most Brazen Corporate Power Grab in American History – Chris Hedges

Citizens will be forced to give up control of their destiny and will be stripped of the ability to protect themselves from corporate predators, safeguard the ecosystem and find redress and justice in our now anemic and often dysfunctional democratic institutions.

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Chris Hedges on Wealth Inequality, Corporate Ruthlessness, Military Mind and the Antidote to Defeatism [MUST SEE]

Posted by on February 9, 2014 in Bankers & Wall St., Corruption with 0 Comments
Chris Hedges on Wealth Inequality, Corporate Ruthlessness, Military Mind and the Antidote to Defeatism [MUST SEE]

Abby Martin interviews Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, Chris Hedges, discussing wealth inequality, the unsustainable nature of the economic system, the military mind in solving world problems, and the antidote to defeatism.

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