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John Oliver Urges Us to Wake Up to How Big Oil Is Killing People and Destroying North Dakota

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  • John Oliver explains why North Dakota Is far too nice to big oil
  • When are people going to stop picking on the very responsible, well-to-do oil industry??
  • Dethroning fossil fuels: rise of the New Abolitionists

Natasha Hakimi Zapata, Truthdig 

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http://www.truthdig.com/images/avboothuploads/jolnorthdakota_360.jpg Oct 12, 2015 | In another informative and funny segment of HBO’s “Last Week Tonight,” John Oliver explores what has happened to North Dakota since the start of its oil boom.

On Sunday, John Oliver addressed the kind and polite people of North Dakota, a state that has had a recent oil boom so large that it's cut the nation's dependence on foreign oil dramatically. Unfortunately, as you might deduce from the very clean and spotless record of the oil industry, it has not come without its drawbacks.

Natasha Hakimi Zapata: Assistant Editor and Poetry Editor, Truthdig

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Dethroning fossil fuels: rise of the New Abolitionists, Jim Conn, Capital & Main / Peoples World 

  • If we continue to extract fossil fuels - coal, oil, gas - at the current pace, we will not be able to live on the planet by mid-century.
  • The Economics of the Environment

 

Making Money from Misery? Disaster Capitalism from the Migrant Crisis to Afghanistan and Haiti

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For three years, I’ve investigated what happens after the spotlight fades from disasters in developing countries. What comes when the money and goodwill ends?

Amy Goodman, Democracy Now!

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http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/evergreenedigest.org/files/Democracy%20Now%21%20%7C%20Making%20Money%20from%20Disasters%20illus.jpgFriday, October 9, 2015 | When disaster strikes, who profits? That’s the question asked by journalist Antony Loewenstein in his new book, “Disaster Capitalism: Making a Killing out of Catastrophe.” Traveling across the globe, Loewenstein examines how companies such as G4S, Serco and Halliburton are cashing in on calamity, and describes how they are deploying for-profit private contractors to war zones and building for-profit private detention facilities to warehouse refugees, prisoners and asylum seekers. Recently, Loewenstein teamed up with filmmaker Thor Neureiter for a documentary by the same name that chronicles how international aid and investment has impacted communities in Haiti, Afghanistan, Papua New Guinea and beyond.

Amy Goodman: This is Democracy Now!, The War and Peace Report. I’m Amy Goodman. When disaster strikes, who profits? That’s the question asked by journalist Antony Loewenstein in his new book, Disaster Capitalism: Making a Killing out of Catastrophe. Traveling across the globe, Antony examines how companies, such as G4S, Serco, Halliburton, are cashing in on calamity. He describes how they’re deploying for-profit private contractors to war zones and building for-profit private detention facilities to warehouse refugees, prisoners, asylum seekers. Now Loewenstein has teamed up with filmmaker Thor Neureiter for an upcoming documentary by the same name that chronicles how international aid and investment has impacted communities from Haiti to Afghanistan to Papua New Guinea and beyond. This is the trailer.

Amy Goodman is an American award-winning broadcast journalist, syndicated columnist, investigative reporter and author. Goodman's investigative journalism career includes coverage of the East Timor independence movement and Chevron Corporation's role in Nigeria.

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TPP: It’s Not a Deal, It’s Not a Trade Deal, and It’s Not a Done Deal

Despite the success of the negotiations, the deal still has to be ratified by lawmakers in each country.

Lambert Strether, Corrente / Naked Capitalism 

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http://peoplesworld.org/assets/Uploads/stopp-tppa.jpgOctober 6, 2015 | Press coverage of the climax of the Atlanta ministerial meeting on TPP was as  herd-like as  the Corbyn 5 minutes of hate in the UK. Here are just a few of the headlines; you can see how very much alike they are, in tone and content:

Of course, nothing has been “signed,” and the deal has neither been “reached”, “sealed,” “struck,” or “agreed.” At best, what we have is a deal to try to make a deal; these headlines, and the mentality of the writers and editors, are all profoundly anti-democratic. As the BBC sheepishly admits:

Despite the success of the negotiations, the deal still has to be ratified by lawmakers in each country.

Lambert Strether is a contributing author at Naked Capitalism and blogs at Corrente.

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The Myth of the Ethical Shopper

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We're still trying to eliminate sweatshops and child labor by buying right. But that's not how the world works in 2015.

Michael Hobbes, Huffington Post

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07/15/2015 | There’s this video that went viral earlier this year. On Berlin’s Alexanderplatz, a vending machine is selling plain white T-shirts for €2 each. Customers approach in ones and twos, insert coins, pick a size. Then, before the shirt comes out, a photo appears—a black-and-white image of rows of sewing machines. “Meet Manisha,” the screen reads, dissolving to a close-up of a girl in a headscarf who looks about 16. She earns “as little as 13 cents an hour each day for 16 hours.” The Berliners put their hands over their mouths.

“Do you still want to buy this shirt?” the display asks. The menu comes up again. This time, the options are “buy” and “donate.” As the music swells, all the shoppers press “donate.”

Michael Hobbes is a human rights consultant in Berlin. He’s written for The New Republic, Slate and the Huffington Post.

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Inside Amazon: Wrestling Big Ideas in a Bruising Workplace

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  • Amazon mixes the brutality of the Victorian workhouse with the paranoia of Stalinist Russia.
  • Part 1: Amazon Only Perfected What American Work Culture Created.
  • Part 2: Amazon mixes the brutality of the Victorian workhouse with the paranoia of Stalinist Russia.

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Part 1: Amazon Only Perfected What American Work Culture Created

We created the 24/7 work culture. Amazon just took it to the extreme.

Emily Peck, Huffington Post

Amazon%20Employees%20Going%20to%20Work.jpg08/17/2015 | Nasty, brutish and short. The Amazon workplace, as depicted in this weekend’s damning New York Times front page story, is apparently a Hobbesian world where over-achieving employees work 24/7 for bosses who demand slavish devotion at the expense of their health and personal life until they finally burn out and quit. 

Does that really seem that unusual to anyone? 

The bruising workplace described by The New York Times is basically a stand-in for the white-collar, always-on, male-centric workplace that many U.S. workers know all too well.

Emily Peck, Executive Editor, Business and Technology, Huffington Post

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Part 2: Amazon mixes the brutality of the Victorian workhouse with the paranoia of Stalinist Russia

I encourage you to read this article in full, but will share a few bits that horrified me the most.

james321, Daily Kos <>

 

Sat Aug 15, 2015 | If you want to understand 21st century exploitation of labor by the billionaire class, you must read this horrifying story about Amazon's working conditions from the New York Times.

In short, Amazon mixes the brutality of Victorian workhouse with the constant paranoia of Stalinist Russia. Amazon's working conditions are an obscenity -- after reading this article, I have decided that Amazon is not a company of which Americans should be proud -- Barack Obama visited a warehouse in 2013 -- but one of which we should be truly ashamed. Amazon is an obscenity.

james321Daily Kos member

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New UN report finds almost no industry profitable if environmental costs were included

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  • The truth is that our current system allows pretty much every corporation to externalize both environmental and social costs. 
  • Paul Craig Roberts | The Social Cost of Capitalism

Michael Thomas, Exposing the Truth

pollution2.jpg?94c325April 9, 2015 | If you haven’t been paying attention, I don’t blame you for at first not believing this. After all, companies go to great lengths to greenwash their image and present themselves as progressive and environmentally responsible, even while they turn your land to deserts and your oceans into dead zones. Unfortunately, as Mark Twain once famously said: “It’s easier to fool people than to convince them that they have been fooled.”

The truth is that our current system allows pretty much every corporation to externalize both environmental and social costs. In this article, we won’t even be touching on social costs. If you don’t know what cost externalization is, you can imagine it as making someone else pay part or all of your costs. For example, BP externalized the environmental costs of the Deepwater Horizon disaster by consuming all of the profits but making the government pay for anything beyond the most shoddy and superficial attempts at stopping the crisis.

Michael Thomas: I am politically active and am working on creating my own political movement based on the idea of the government and politicians being almost totally transparent, and localized/decentralized decision making.

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  • The public subsidies provided to miners, loggers, and ranchers are as extravagant and as harmful to the public interest as the subsidies that the Federal Reserve and Treasury provide to the “banks too big to fail.”
  • The massive toll of the Animas River spill
  • The System Must Be Overthrown

5 Tips for Employers on Improving Disability Inclusion

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  • In celebration of the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, the recent White House Summit on Disability Employment explored how we can better include people with disabilities in the workplace. Here are five top takeaways from the summit for employers on improving disability inclusion.
  • Deepening Our Inclusion of People With Disabilities

Meredith AusenbaughU.S. Department of Labor

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Advocacy organizations across the country are available to provide assistance with training, recruiting and hiring individuals with disabilities. Let them know your business needs and goals and they can help improve your disability employment program.

Meredith Ausenbaugh is an intern at the U.S. Department of Labor.

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Deepening Our Inclusion of People With Disabilities, Bonnie St. John, Huffington Post

  • Disability awareness and responsiveness is important to any organization, from large multi-national corporations to small local companies. 
  • GOP Assault on Social Security Could be 'Death Sentence' for Nation's Disabled
  • Open Letter to the City of Bloomington, Minnesota: White People can time travel, Black People cannot – A short Memoir

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