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Lee Camp | One Group of Looters Is Not Like the Other

August 21 | Which kind of looting do you prefer? (I'll give you a hint - one of these groups of people steal 1,000 times more from you.)

 

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Our Economy Wants You to Be In Debt—5 Things You Can Do to Take Charge

We pored through a debt-resistance manual created by former Occupiers to bring you these practical tips.

Liz Pleasant, Yes! Magazine

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May 21, 2014 | Last month PM Press published the Debt Resisters' Operations Manual —also known as “the DROM.” But don’t let that menacing-sounding acronym fool you: this is a book written in plain English and filled with tips and tactics for dealing with debt.

The book has been available online since September 2012, but this publishing marks the first time the manual has been printed, bound, and sold. Don't worry, you can still find a free copy online. But, hopefully, getting this book into stores will help its message reach more people—however ironic it might seem to buy one with a credit card.

Liz Pleasant wrote this article for Yes! Magazine, a national, nonprofit media organization that fuses powerful ideas with practical actions. Liz is a graduate of the University of Washington's program in Anthropology, and an online editorial intern at Yes!

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New Study Debunks Big Corporations' Argument About Taxes

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  • "In the international arena, U.S. multinational firms have established themselves as world leaders in global tax avoidance strategies," Edward Kleinbard, a former chief of staff for Congress's Joint Committee on Taxation, writes.
  • Inversions are just the latest evidence. The rich want us to believe their wealth is good for us all.

Ben Hallman, Huffington Post

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08/19/2014 | Not long ago, the top executive at a large American drug company said that her company would be planting its corporate flag in the Netherlands, because the U.S. tax code is just so darn unfair.

Heather Bresch, the CEO of Mylan, told a New York Times columnist that her bid to acquire a smaller Dutch company and move ownership abroad through a controversial tactic known as an inversion was forced by Congress, which has refused to lower corporate tax rates and make U.S. businesses "more competitive."

As a patriot, she resisted until it was clear she had no other choice, she said.

Ben Hallman: Senior financial writer at Huffington Post

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The rich want us to believe their wealth is good for us all, George Monbiot, The Guardian

  • As the justifications for gross inequality collapse, only the Green party is brave enough to take on the billionaires’ boot boys.
  • The U.S. Is Even More Unequal Than You Realized.

 

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Now we'll save on taxes by abandoning our country and inverting to another! Isn't that unpatriotic?

 

Ruben Bolling | Pinocchio, Inc. / assets.amuniversal.com

Business and Industry Behaving Badly, August 6, 2014

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  • Profits before People
  • Part 1: Perfect storm rattles restaurants, wait staffs
  • Part 2: What Happens When You Abolish Tipping

Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

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Part 1: Perfect storm rattles restaurants, wait staffs

Kris Jacobs, executive director of Jobs Now Coalition, couldn’t cloak her sarcasm. You know, rich waitresses are ruining everything,” she deadpanned. “I think this is going to backfire.”

Jon Tevlin, Minneapolis (MN) Star Tribune

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August 6, 2014 On Aug. 1, Blue Plate Co., which owns eight prominent restaurants in the Twin Cities, welcomed workers with a cheery message congratulating them on the new minimum wage hike.

“Today you are getting a raise!” the memo said, mentioning the additional $. 75 per hour that servers, ­bussers and bartenders will get.

Jon Tevlin: Metro Columnist, Minneapolis (MN) Star Tribune

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Part 2: What Happens When You Abolish Tipping

I got rid of gratuities at my restaurant, and our service only got better.

Jay Porter, Slate 

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Aug 14, 2014 | For more than six years, I ran a restaurant without tips.

A couple of years after opening the Linkery restaurant in San Diego, the team and I adopted a policy of adding to each dining-in check a service charge of 18 percent—a little less than our tip average had been. We also refused to accept any payment beyond that service charge. (If someone surreptitiously slipped a twenty or two under a water glass, we donated it to a rotating “charity of the month,” usually selected by a staff member or patron.)

Jay Porter operated San Diego’s farm-to-table restaurant The Linkery for about a decade; his new restaurant, Salsipuedes, will open in North Oakland later this year.

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Comcast Confessions: when every call is a sales call

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  • More than 100 Comcast employees spoke to The Verge about life inside the nation’s largest cable and broadband company
  • "The customer is calling in to tell you what’s wrong, and you’re looking for ways to sell them service."
  • In Harm's Way: The Dangers of a World Without Net Neutrality

Adrianne Jeffries, The Verge  

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July 28, 2014 | When AOL executive and Comcast customer Ryan Block recently tried to cancel his internet service, he ended up in a near-yelling match with a customer service representative who spent 18 minutes trying to talk him out of it.

Rep: I’m just trying to figure out here what it is about Comcast service that you’re not liking.

Block: This phone call is actually a really amazing representative example of why I don’t want to stay with Comcast. Can you please cancel our service?

Rep: Okay, but I’m trying to help you.

Block: The way you can help me is by disconnecting my service.

Rep: But how is that helping you? How is that helping you? Explain to me how that is helping you.

Block: Because that’s what I want.

Rep: Okay, so why is that what you want?

Adrianne Jeffries: Reporter, writer, travel bug, East Village rat, New York Observer alum.

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In Harm's Way: The Dangers of a World Without Net Neutrality, April Glaser, Electronic Frontier Foundation

  • The Internet is one of the greatest things humanity has ever created, and who knows what we’ll be able to do with it next.  Let’s make sure there will always be plenty of room for the unexpected, by making certain no new business or service has to make a special deal to be able to meaningfully connect to users.
  • Take Action to Stop the Attack on Net Neutrality.

 

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