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Ukraine Crisis Christmas for Corporate-Pimped Canadian Pols


Matthew Behrens calls out -- big time -- Prime Minister of Canada, Stephen Harper, along with John Baird, Harper’s “foreign affairs pitbull” in “Ukraine and Canada’s Coup-Supporting Corporate Cowboy Diplomacy”.

Behrens writes of a “messianic” foreign policy of the present Canadian government, “making the world safe for Canadian corporate profits.” Read more about Ukraine Crisis Christmas for Corporate-Pimped Canadian Pols

Nader Calls Out US Global Corporations as Unpatriotic!


Ralph Nader believes it is time to put U.S. global corporations on the DEFENSIVE! He declares that would be “the first step for the resurgence of the people so that corporations become our servants and do not remain our masters.”

In “Patriotic Yardsticks for Unpatriotic Giant Corporations” he calls out US Global Corporations for BETRAYING America -- betraying the American citizen taxpayers that have enabled them to become so incredibly successful. Nader spells it out: Read more about Nader Calls Out US Global Corporations as Unpatriotic!

A chicken or egg story


"The reality is that representative democracy, at the core, has to be about people voting, has to be about people engaging in political parties, has to be about people having contact with elected representatives, and having faith and trust in elected representatives, as well as those representatives demonstrating they can exercise political power effectively and make decisions that tend to be approved of," said Wilks-Heeg." Read more about A chicken or egg story

Corporations can't dump secret dough on our elections says Montana Supreme Court

Not sure whether you had linked to this story, but Montana's Supreme Court upheld a state ban on corporate money in political campaign; a direct challenge to Citizens United.

We had a whole lot of corruption because of the Anaconda Copper Mine's influence over politics that the citizens of Montana had enough and passed The Corrupt Practices Law of 1912. Read more about Corporations can't dump secret dough on our elections says Montana Supreme Court


Fortieth Anniversary of the Lewis Powell Memo

[NOTE: Since this is an event, I'm putting it on the Calendar. But it also occurs to me that some sort of celebration might be a good idea as well. After all, it looks like Powell's memo was a blueprint for our current arrangement of political economy. Perhaps we could parade a few coffins in some bank lobbies? --lambert]

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The great Bill Black:

My Class, right or wrong: the Powell Memorandum’s 40th Anniversary

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Something to Pass Around


Not news to anyone here, but still worth repeating:

But it's not just wealthy individuals who grotesquely manipulate the system for their benefit. It's the multinational corporations they own and control. In 2009, Exxon Mobil, the most profitable corporation in history made $19 billion in profits and not only paid no federal income tax—they actually received a $156 million refund from the government. In 2005, one out of every four large corporations in the United States paid no federal income taxes while earning $1.1 trillion in revenue.
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Why do Employers Want a Role in Health Care?


"Why should KitchenAid make blenders and health care coverage decisions? Why should lumber companies cut trees and create hospital networks?"

Ezra Klein asks and gives some reasons why , and the New Republic too: Why CEOs Don't Get It on Health Care Read more about Why do Employers Want a Role in Health Care?

And speaking of our bodies, ourselves...

I think I've spotted an actual desiring machine in the field! Scientific American:

Splenda is not satisfying—at least according to the brain. A new study found that even when the palate cannot distinguish between the artificial sweetener and sugar, our brain knows the difference.

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Fresh Fruit at Affordable Prices!

Three Florida fruit-pickers, held captive and brutalised by their employer for more than a year, finally broke free of their bonds by punching their way through the ventilator hatch of the van in which they were imprisoned. Once outside, they dashed for freedom.

As below, so above

Speaking of micro-organisisms, DarkSyde has a wonderful post up at Kos about the bedbugs, the Black Death, and Halloween (among other things). Read the whole thing, but this sentence leaped out at me:

While to one another we are lovers, strangers, friend or foe, to germs we’re nothing but walking meat markets: you and I are food.

Vivid and telling. And if you change two phrases, even more telling: Read more about As below, so above

Why not a corporate death penalty?

When a dealer that's more predatory and businesslike than the norm--one who doesn't live with his mother--goes down, the Feds confiscate his assets (before sending him to jail for graduate work in gang studies and homosexual rape).

But compared to corporations, dealers are penny ante.

So, last I checked, corporations were legal persons--with rights of free speech, and everything.

But who said corporations got to live forever? Read more about Why not a corporate death penalty?

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Employee Free Choice Act: A Real Victory for Our Side

Bonddad and Tula explain the hard stuff so I don't have to. Bottom line: the investor class is whining like a bunch of skeer'd little bitches, and that's a good thing.
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