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Bill Cosby’s gross corporate lesson: What NBC’s reaction reveals about rape & money

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Charges of serial predation didn't seem to bother the comedian's network -- until a whole new set of concerns arose.

Katie McDonough, Salon

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Wednesday, Nov 19, 2014 | Charges of serial predation didn't seem to bother the comedian's network -- until a whole new set of concerns arose about this media attention, but I’m going to guess here that NBC hasn’t learned much that it didn’t already know going into the project. What changed is how mad the public seemed about it.

The same could be said for how the NFL, and particularly its clown/villain hybrid of a commissioner Roger Goodell, has opted to handle the issue of domestic violence within its ranks. After a dizzying process of penalizing and not penalizing Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson, a man who stuffed leaves in his 4-year-old son's mouth while he beat him with a switch, Goodell suspended Peterson without pay for the remainder of the season.

Katie McDonough is an assistant editor for Salon, focusing on lifestyle.

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Activists shut down malls on Black Friday as Ferguson protests intensify

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  • This early afternoon action led to similar shut down demonstrations at the West County Mall in nearby Des Peres, Mo., and the Chesterfield mall. These protests coupled with demonstrations in Chicago, New York, Seattle, and Northern California, where protestors chained themselves to trains, were among the largest in the country this Black Friday.
  • The War on Thanksgiving, December 1, 2014
  • Lesson from the 2014 elections: Inclusive 50-state strategy needed

Riley Winters, People's World

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December 1 2014 | It is known as the busiest shopping day of the year, but this Nov. 28 Black Friday, was more than just long lines and last minute tiffs between shoppers eyeing the leftover merchandise.

Walking inside the Galleria Mall shoppers were greeted by the sound of Ferguson demonstrators who continue to protest and fight for justice in the case of Michael Brown; their commitment to continued demonstrations has recently intensified after the grand jury's announcement that Darren Wilson, the officer who shot and killed Brown, would not be indicted.

Riley Winters: Contributor, People's World

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The War on Thanksgiving, December 1, 2014, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

  • Thanksgiving is slowly becoming just another shopping day as many major retailers are planing to open then.
  • Big Retailers Make Low-Paid Workers Into Exploited Turkeys on Thanksgiving.
  • Part 1: Black Friday is a sad, apocalyptic wallet safari. You'll thank yourself for staying home
  • Part 2: Opening On Thanksgiving Backfires For Retail Stores

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Lesson from the 2014 elections: Inclusive 50-state strategy needed, .John Bachtell, People's World

For the multi-racial working class to play its historic role, it must be united, politically and ideologically mobilized. Influences of racism, patriarchy, prejudice and bias must be overcome. The broad people's movement led by labor must be built in all 50 states, including "red" states and districts, suburbs, exurbs and rural areas if democratic advances are to be won. There is no way around it.

 

The War on Thanksgiving, December 1, 2014

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Think Progress

 

  • Thanksgiving is slowly becoming just another shopping day as many major retailers are planing to open then.
  • Big Retailers Make Low-Paid Workers Into Exploited Turkeys on Thanksgiving.
  • Part 1: Black Friday is a sad, apocalyptic wallet safari. You'll thank yourself for staying home
  • Part 2: Opening On Thanksgiving Backfires For Retail Stores

 

Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

 

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Part 1: Black Friday is a sad, apocalyptic wallet safari. You'll thank yourself for staying home.

 

  • Take it from a recovering Pied Piper of sales: the problem isn’t that Black Friday exists so much as the perception that it’s somehow necessary.
  • Interactive: How Black Friday has crept into Thanksgiving
  • Black Friday, Cyber Monday Are you for shopping hell?

Jeb Lund, Guardian

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Thursday 27 November 2014 | In the late 1990s, before Black Friday became the even more consumptive spectacle it is today, it was easy for me and my fellow teen retail drones to see what it was: a day of profound unhappiness for everyone other than us. For us, it was a day of transforming into individual Werner Herzogs as we watched phantom deals chased by an endless parade of people with sickness of the soul. For everyone else, it was and supposedly remains the Worst American Retail Day of the Year.

Working on Thanksgiving sucks, unless you’re young and really don’t give a damn and want the time-and-a-half wage. But working Black Friday was like working recess with no monitors and overtime pay: the rules didn’t matter, often at the customer’s expense.

Jeb Lund is a Guardian US columnist. He also contributes to Rolling Stone, Vice and elsewhere.

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Part 2: Opening On Thanksgiving Backfires For Retail Stores

Retailers that open their doors on Thanksgiving Day in hopes of boosting holiday sales are shifting purchases away from Black Friday, rather than increasing the number of overall transactions.

Igor Volsky, ThinkProgress

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November 30, 2014 | Retailers that open their doors on Thanksgiving Day in hopes of boosting holiday sales are shifting purchases away from Black Friday, rather than increasing the number of overall transactions.

According to an initial reading of data from consumer analytics firm ShopperTrak, “combined sales on Thanksgiving and Black Friday fell 0.5 percent from the same period last year,” the New York Times notes.

Igor Volsky is the Managing Editor of ThinkProgress.org. Igor is co-author of Howard Dean’s Prescription for Real Healthcare Reform and has appeared on MSNBC, CNN, Fox Business, Fox News, and CNBC television, and has been a guest on many radio shows.

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Special Report | The War on Thanksgiving, November 26, 2014

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Think Progress

 

  • Thanksgiving is slowly becoming just another shopping day as many major retailers are planing to open then.
  • Big Retailers Make Low-Paid Workers Into Exploited Turkeys on Thanksgiving.

Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

 

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Part 1: Opening stores on Thanksgiving doesn't boost sales

Heather Long, CNN Money

November 26, 2014 | They justify opening on the famous American holiday because of competition. Others are doing it, so they have to as well or they'll lose out on sales.

"It's absolutely appropriate that we open at 6 p.m. [on Thursday]," WalMart's U.S. CEO said in defense of the practice that has been criticized widely.

Yet opening on Thanksgiving does little to boost sales, according to the data from recent years. Instead, it merely shifts some shopping that would have been done on Black Friday to Thursday.

Heather Long is an editor at CNNMoney. She was formerly assistant editor for Comment is free US and opinions editor of the Patriot-News.

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Part 2: Here Are the Stores That Won't be Open Thanksgiving Day

Here are some of the national chains that are choosing to stay closed this Thanksgiving.

Susanna Kim, ABC News

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November 25, 2014 | While some stores are beating each other to the punch to open their doors as early as possible on Thanksgiving, others are encouraging their workers to enjoy turkey at home.

Stores like Costco and Nordstrom are choosing to stay closed on Thanksgiving, while companies like Kmart will open at 6 a.m. that day.

Here are some of the national chains that are choosing to stay closed this Thanksgiving.

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WSJ Reports: Bank of North Dakota Outperforms Wall Street

  • While 49 state treasuries were submerged in red ink after the 2008 financial crash, one state's bank outperformed all others and actually launched an economy-shifting new industry. So reports the Wall Street Journal this week, discussing the Bank of North Dakota (BND) and its striking success in the midst of a national financial collapse led by the major banks.
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Ellen Brown, OpEdNews

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11/20/2014 | While 49 state treasuries were submerged in red ink after the 2008 financial crash, one state's bank outperformed all others and actually launched an economy-shifting new industry. So reports the Wall Street Journal this week, discussing the Bank of North Dakota (BND) and its striking success in the midst of a national financial collapse led by the major banks. Chester Dawson begins his November 16th article:

It is more profitable than Goldman Sachs Group Inc., has a better credit rating than J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. and hasn't seen profit growth drop since 2003. Meet Bank of North Dakota, the U.S.'s lone state-owned bank, which has one branch, no automated teller machines and not a single investment banker.

Ellen Brown is an attorney, founder of the Public Banking Institute, and author of twelve books including the best-selling Web of Debt. In Public Bank Solution, her latest book, she explores successful public banking models historically and globally. Her websites are http://EllenBrown.com, http://PublicBankSolution.com, and http://PublicBankingInstitute.org.

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  • "When the prairie populists of the North Dakota Non-Partisan League swept to power a century ago, with their promise to take on the plutocrats, one of the first orders of business was the establishment of state-run bank." 
  • The Stone That Brings Down Goliath

 

 

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The $9 Billion Witness: Meet JPMorgan Chase's Worst Nightmare

Meet the woman JPMorgan Chase paid one of the largest fines in American history to keep from talking.

 

Matt Taibbi, Rolling Stone

 

 

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November 6, 2014 | She tried to stay quiet, she really did. But after eight years of keeping a heavy secret, the day came when Alayne Fleischmann couldn't take it anymore. 

"It was like watching an old lady get mugged on the street," she says. "I thought, 'I can't sit by any longer.'" 

Fleischmann is a tall, thin, quick-witted securities lawyer in her late thirties, with long blond hair, pale-blue eyes and an infectious sense of humor that has survived some very tough times. She's had to struggle to find work despite some striking skills and qualifications, a common symptom of a not-so-common condition called being a whistle-blower

Matt Taibbi is a contributing editor for Rolling Stone. He’s the author of five books and a winner of the National Magazine Award for commentary.

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The Gulf Oil Spill, October 30, 2014

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  • After Gulf Oil Spill, BP Is Recovering Faster Than Environment
  • Part 1: Researchers: A massive amount of BP oil is coating the bottom of the Gulf
  • Part 2: The Gulf Is Still So Far From Recovering. Just Ask This Oyster Farmer.
  • Marking the 4th Anniversary of the Deepwater Horizon BP Oil Spill

Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

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Part 1: Researchers: A massive amount of BP oil is coating the bottom of the Gulf

Oil is splattered for miles surrounding the spill's source, a new study finds 

Lindsay Abrams, Salon

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Monday, October 27, 2014 | Remember last week, when BP was patting itself on the back for its “unprecedented response” to a disaster of its own making, and assuring us all that, four years after its massive oil spill, the Gulf of Mexico is doing just fine?

Well, an estimated 80,000 to 620,000 barrels of oil still coating the bottom of the Gulf says that was bullshit.

This latest (certainly not the first) indication that the Deepwater Horizon catastrophe is far from over comes via geochemists at the University of California-Santa Barbara, who took a look at the 2 million or so barrels of BP oil gone missing in the spill’s wake, and believed to have settled in the deep ocean. Their results, published Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, estimate that somewhere between 4 and 31 percent of that oil has come to rest, splattered in drops and globs across some 1,235 square miles of seafloor.

Lindsay Abrams is a staff writer at Salon, reporting on all things sustainable.

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Part 2: The Gulf Is Still So Far From Recovering. Just Ask This Oyster Farmer.

Gulf coast ecosystems were supposed to rebound after the BP oil spill. They haven't.

Tim McDonnell, Mother Jones

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Wed Sep. 10, 2014 | John Tesvich is a fourth-generation oyster farmer in Empire, a tiny Gulf Coast enclave south of New Orleans. He's spent his life working in the rich oyster beds here, the most productive in the nation, and has weathered his share of storms: During Hurricane Katrina, his house ended up under 17 feet of water. But last week, as he navigated his 40-foot oyster boat out into open water, he admitted that the turmoil this region has faced in the last decade was beginning to wear him down.

"A lot has changed over the years," he said. "It seems like one crisis after another sometimes."

One crisis was particularly damaging to Tesvich's industry: The 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill. The fourth anniversary of the busted undersea well's sealing (after it gushed crude into the Gulf for nearly five months) is coming up next week, and Tesvich, who also chairs the oyster industry's main statewide lobbying group, says his crop is still struggling to rebound.

Tim McDonnell is Mother Jones' Climate Desk's associate producer.

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Marking the 4th Anniversary of the Deepwater Horizon BP Oil Spill, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

  • Four Years After Gulf Oil Spill, BP Is Recovering Faster Than Environment
  • Part 1: Experts Warn: US 'on Course to Repeat' BP Gulf Disaster
  • Part 2: Tell BP to Pay Up
  • Four Years After Gulf Oil Spill, BP Is Recovering Faster Than Environment

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