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The Daily Show is on a Roll

Corporations have definitely become the new aristocracy. They have more rights than actual, real people, but are amazingly exempt from many laws. And yet they keep violating the law and largely getting away with it, with at most paying a fine that is often less than they amount of money they made from breaking the […]

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Corporations Know What’s Good For You

“I think there is a world market for maybe five computers.” – Thomas J Watson, Chairman and CEO of IBM, in 1943. “We’re in the business of delivering what consumers want, and to stay a little ahead of what we think they will want. We just don’t see the need of delivering that to consumers.” […]

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A Fast Way To Internet Speed

If you are tired of your choices of internet providers and want something faster, you are probably tired of waiting for some huge telecom company to install something faster, since they are perfectly happy making money off their old, slow connections. But a group of rural farmers in England took matters into their own hands, […]

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Corporate Pool

A man in California has been driving in carpool lanes by himself on purpose, hoping to get a ticket. Why? He had with him the incorporation papers for his company and wants to try a novel defense in court: because California motor vehicle law recognizes corporations as people, he claims that he did indeed have […]

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When I worked as a CEO, it was exactly like this

© Ruben Bolling I’m not sure when people started treating the end of a company as if it were the death of a friend. The “Hostess” brand, along with Twinkies and the rest of their brands, has likely been passed from company to parent company without you even noticing it. I’m sure some other company […]

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Landslide

© Jim Morin I hope that people don’t forget about reversing the Citizens United decision just because Obama won the election despite overwhelming corporate spending to defeat him. As Jen Sorensen put it: Yes, we beat the Koch Brothers and Adelson and corporate dark money this time. But really, this race should not have been […]

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Wealth doesn’t trickle down – it just floods offshore

According to new research, the world’s super-rich are taking advantage of offshore tax havens to the tune of between $21 to $32 trillion dollars. Yes, trillion. To put that in perspective, that’s more money hidden abroad than in the entire American economy. This is a double whammy to economic growth and recovery. Not only does […]

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Corporations are People!

© Ruben Bolling You may think this is silly, but other than the part about incorporating after the fact, this is pretty much true. Corporations are able to get away with murder and other crimes that would send real people to jail.

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Corporations are People, My Friend

© Tom Tomorrow The ironic thing about all this is that we’ve had this fight before. The American Revolution was as much a fight against the original multinational corporations as it was against the British government. After all, one of the most famous events in the run up to the revolution was the Boston Tea […]

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Unions United?

Last year, Wisconsin governor Scott Walker became notorious for stripping public workers of their right to collective bargaining. But last week, a federal judge reversed the key provisions of that law. What makes this ironic is that the judge repeatedly cited the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision, saying that Walker’s law violated the free speech […]

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AT&T shooting themselves in the foot

Matthew Spaccarelli was upset about the fact that AT&T guaranteed him “unlimited” bandwidth on his iPhone, but then slowed down (in their terms, throttled) his service. So he sued in small claims court, and won. Score one for the little guy. What happened next is interesting. AT&T said they would appeal, and sent him a […]

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Slime ‘Em!

© Jen Sorensen Commentary by Jen Sorensen: I spent way too much time last weekend reading about pink slime. I really wanted to get to the bottom of the slimebucket, if you will. This particular controversy has been burbling (and oozing and gurgling) ever since celebrity chef Jamie Oliver did a segment trashing the stuff […]

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Corporate Taxes?

Many conservatives want to lower corporate taxes, claiming that our corporate tax rate is too high. But that’s just the statutory rate, before companies take advantage of various tax breaks. In fact, a new study of 280 corporations in the Fortune 500 shows that the average tax rate they paid was 18.5%, just over half […]

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If you think protests against corporations are ineffective…

Bank of America has announced that it has changed its mind and will not start charging customers $5 a month for using their debit cards. Other banks have dropped similar fees as well. Of course, I’m waiting for the other shoe to drop and for them to announce other fees instead.

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Corporate Personhood

© Matt Bors Like someone said recently, I’ll start believing in corporate personhood when we start executing corporations for their crimes.

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