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Special Project | From the Archives: Conservatives Oppose Minimum Wage Increase. Wow. Really?

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  • If you’re looking for a summary of conservative, no-new-taxes policy opposition to minimum wage increases and workers rights, well, you’ve come to the right place. The Freedom Foundation of Minnesota's (FFM’s) report has bombastic ideology to spare.
  • The reign of morons is here.

John Van Hecke, Minnesota2020

Fact_Over_MythApril 8, 2013 | There’s a place for bombast. This past weekend, Bon Jovi rocked the Xcel Center with well-mannered, full-throttled bombast. As it should be. The Freedom Foundation of Minnesota’s recent minimum wage increase “report"? It’s all bombast and no substance.

With Bon Jovi, the bombast is the substance. The FFM’s report also presents bombast as substance. The first is wildly entertaining because Bon Jovi is a wildly entertaining, big arena rock and roll band. Minnesota’s proposed minimum wage increase is true substance. FFM’s bombast pretending to be substance has no place, however, in the public policy arena.

John Van Hecke is Minnesota 2020's Executive Director and MN2020 Fellow. He worked for the late Congressman Bruce F. Vento and presently serves on the Saint Paul Charter Commission.

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The Reign of Morons Is Here, Charles Pierce, Esquire.com

  • We have elected an ungovernable collection of snake-handlers, Bible-bangers, ignorami, bagmen, and outright frauds; a collection so ungovernable that it insists the nation be ungovernable, too. We have elected people to govern us who do not believe in government.
  • We looked at our great legacy of self-government and we handed ourselves over to the reign of morons.
  • Elizabeth Warren | This Is a Democracy
  • Special Project | The Dumbing Down of American Politics
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Amazon’s sick brutality and secret history of ruthlessly intimidating workers

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Simon Head, Salon

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Sunday, Feb 23, 2014 | When I first did research on Walmart’s workplace practices in the early 2000s, I came away convinced that Walmart was the most egregiously ruthless corporation in America. However, ten years later, there is a strong challenger for this dubious distinction—Amazon Corporation. Within the corporate world, Amazon now ranks with Apple as among the United States’ most esteemed businesses. Jeff Bezos, Amazon’s founder and CEO, came in second in the Harvard Business Review’s 2012 world rankings of admired CEOs, and Amazon was third in CNN’s 2012 list of the world’s most admired companies. Amazon is now a leading global seller not only of books but also of music and movie DVDs, video games, gift cards, cell phones, and magazine subscriptions. Like Walmart itself, Amazon combines state-of-the-art CBSs with human resource practices reminiscent of the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.

Amazon equals Walmart in the use of monitoring technologies to track the minute-by-minute movements and performance of employees and in settings that go beyond the assembly line to include their movement between loading and unloading docks, between packing and unpacking stations, and to and from the miles of shelving at what Amazon calls its “fulfillment centers”—gigantic warehouses where goods ordered by Amazon’s online customers are sent by manufacturers and wholesalers, there to be shelved, packaged, and sent out again to the Amazon customer. 

Simon Head is an Associate Fellow at the Rothermere American Institute at Oxford and a Scholar at the Institute for Public Knowledge at New York University.

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MINDLESS: Why Smarter Machines Are Making Dumber Humans by Simon Head, Kirkus Reviews

  • A dark, revealing view of computerized control and monitoring of the workplace.
  • Head (Senior Fellow/Institute for Public Knowledge, New York Univ.; The New Ruthless Economy: Work and Power in the Digital Age, 2003) argues that Computer Business Systems—computerized management programs that Amazon and other large organizations use to measure everything that happens in factories, warehouses and depots—are turning workers into “digital chain gang” members who work harder and earn less. Once limited to tracking blue-collar productivity, CBSs now engulf much of the white-collar world, where they control the complex work of physicians, teachers and others in the professional and administrative middle class. By combining scientific management with IT systems, writes Head, they are recreating the “harsh, driven capitalism of the pre-New Deal era.” 

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Our New Year's Resolution for Amazon.comHilary Woodward, American Rights at Work

 

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Special Report | Monsanto GMOs: Week Ending March 2, 2014

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GMOs: Power, Profit and the Patenting of Life

  • 9 New Items including:
  • America Wants GMOs Labeled
  • Breaking: Monsanto Strikes Back to Kill GMO Labeling
  • Monsanto’s scary new scheme: Why does it really want all this data?
  • 5 Tips on How to Avoid GMO Foods in the Grocery Store
  • The Immaculate Graft Of The Monsanto Reckless Release Act
  • GMOs: Power, Profit and the Patenting of Life
  • Monsanto Wrote Monsanto Protection Act
  • 'Monsanto Protection Act' 
  • Monsanto's Death Grip On Your Food

David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

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America Wants GMOs Labeled (Graphic), Health Impact News

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Breaking: Monsanto Strikes Back to Kill GMO Labeling, Dave, Food Democracy Now! 

  • Tell Congress and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to stop any efforts to undermine states' rights to label GMOs.
  • Don't let Monsanto and the Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA)  corrupt our democracy and kill GMO labeling!
  • sign-btn.png Don't let Monsanto and the Big Food kill GMO labeling - Take Action Now!
  • America Wants GMOs Labeled, Health Impact News

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Monsanto’s scary new scheme: Why does it really want all this data? Lina Khan, Salon

  • As biotech giant pays huge sums for data analysis about farms, many are terrified about how it might be harnessed.
  • The big question is who exactly will end up owning all this data, and who gets to determine how it is used. 

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5 Tips on How to Avoid GMO Foods in the Grocery Store, Elizabeth Renter, Natural Society

Avoiding genetically modified ingredients in the U.S. takes someone seriously dedicated to keeping themselves and their family as healthy as possible; it also takes a bit of work, though it will become easier.

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The Immaculate Graft Of The Monsanto Reckless Release Act, The Pen

We are demanding a hearing of the Senate Appropriations Committee to determine who is responsible for putting this in there, and to demand their immediate resignation, regardless of party affiliation, so that this kind of anonymous graft can never happen again. 

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GMOs: Power, Profit and the Patenting of Life, Global Research

  • How a small socio-political American elite seeks to establish control over the very basis of human survival: the provision of our daily bread. “Control the food and you control the people.”
  • Review of Seeds of Destruction: The Hidden Agenda of Genetic Manipulation ~  F. William Engdahl
  • Tell Congress: Don't Pass a Farm Bill that Lets Monsanto Wipe Out State GMO Labeling Laws!

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Monsanto Wrote Monsanto Protection Act, Anthony Gucciardi, Natural Society

No longer can we sit idly by while corporate juggernauts like Monsanto triumph over the people through swindling and deceit. Share this image, the article and publicly denounce all politicians willing to sell their souls to Monsanto.

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'Monsanto Protection Act' Connor Adams Sheets, International Business Times 

  • 5 Terrifying Things To Know About The HR 933 Provision
  • There's a lot being said about it, but here are five terrifying facts about the Farmer Assurance Provision -- Section 735 of the spending bill -- to get you acquainted with the reasons behind the ongoing uproar
  • Monsanto's Death Grip On Your Food

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Monsanto's Death Grip On Your Food, Fritz Kreiss, Occupy Monsanto <http://www.occupymonsanto360.org> / Nation of Change

  • It increasingly appears that Monsanto is patenting death, perhaps even more so than life.
  • Corporate Push For GMO Food Puts Independent Science In Jeopardy

Your Kindergarten Teacher Was Right: Sharing Is Caring

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In a world of hyper-individualization—in which we each have our own phone, musical play lists, privately bottled water, and cars—sharing our stuff with friends or strangers can be a political act. 

Elizabeth Royte, OnEarth Magazine

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Monday, January 20, 2014 | Years ago, perhaps after I served them a rustic-looking crème broulee, my in-laws gave me a miniature blow torch, the better to caramelize future desserts. It’s a neat tool—efficient and exciting to use—but I can’t say I’ve precision-melted sugar more than four times in the last twelve years (crème brulee leaves behind too many egg whites for a household that doesn’t love angel food cake). And so the gadget sits above my refrigerator, a slight risk for explosion but mostly just taking up space.

If you live nearby, I’ll happily loan you my blow torch. Or my shiny red pipe wrench—a full 24 inches long—or my shop vac, none of which get nearly enough exercise. Take me up on my offer, and we’ll be part of a growing national trend. It’s called sharing.

OnEarth Magazine contributing editor Elizabeth Royte also writes for the New York Times Book Review, which called her "no stranger to the pleasures and perils of chasing errant pieces of plastic and other castoffs to surprising (and often disgusting) places." She's the author of Bottlemania: How Water Went on Sale and Why We Bought It and Garbage Land: On the Secret Trail of Trash.

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The poverty that Paul Ryan ignores, Ed Gray, Salon

  • The leader of the crusade against poor Americans, Paul Ryan, has said that the social safety net is at risk of becoming a “hammock”; one that, one presumes, would have accommodated so-called freeloaders unworthy of government assistance. 
  • While Republicans use poverty as an ideological weapon, one writer sees its consequences firsthand.
  • The new face of food stamps: working-age Americans

Exxon CEO Comes Out Against Fracking Project Because It Will Affect His Property Values

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  • In shale regions, less wealthy residents have protested fracking development for impacts more consequential than noise, including water contamination and cancer risk. Exxon’s oil and gas operations and the resulting spills not only sinks property values, but the spills have leveled homes and destroyed regions.
  • Snake Oil | Introduction: How Fracking's False Promise of Plenty Imperils Our Future

Rebecca Leber, ThinkProgress.org

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RexTillerson.jpg22 February, 2014 | As ExxonMobil’s CEO, it’s Rex Tillerson’s job to promote the hydraulic fracturing enabling the recent oil and gas boom, and fight regulatory oversight. The oil company is the biggest natural gas producer in the U.S., relying on the controversial drilling technology to extract it.

The exception is when Tillerson’s $5 million property value might be harmed. Tillerson has joined a lawsuit that cites fracking’s consequences in order to block the construction of a 160-foot water tower next to his and his wife’s Texas home.

Rebecca Leber is a Reporter/Blogger for ThinkProgress. She graduated from the University of Rochester and holds a B.A. in political science and English with a minor in economics. Previously, she interned at ThinkProgress and blogged for PolicyMic. 

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Snake Oil | Introduction: How Fracking's False Promise of Plenty Imperils Our Future, Richard Heinberg, Resilience.org

For the past decade I’ve been a participant in a high-stakes energy policy debate—writing books, giving lectures, and appearing on radio and television to point out how downright dumb it is for America to continue relying on fossil fuels. Oil, coal, and natural gas are finite and depleting, and burning them changes Earth’s climate and compromises our future, so you might think that curtailing their use would be simple common sense. But there are major players in the debate who want to keep us burning more.

Can the Minnesota DNR fix Polymet's Problems?

 

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  • Over 6,000 people have already told the DNR that PolyMet’s mine plan is deeply flawed.  PolyMet Problems gives you a chance to pick a specific issue you care about and help make sure the DNR gives it the attention it deserves.
  • Take action to stop PolyMet from getting a permit! 

Paul Austin, Conservation Minnesota

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Fri, 7 Feb 2014 | As we have reviewed PolyMet’s mine plan, we’ve found many problems that need to be addressed.  Some of these you’ve already heard of, like PolyMet’s proposal to treat polluted waters for hundreds of years after closure.  But there are others that may be new to you, like the loss of moose habitat and the public health risk from asbestos-like minerals.  

 

That’s why we are launching a new website this morning called PolyMet Problems.  Our goal, with your help, is to make sure the DNR addresses all of the impacts of Polymet’s mine plan before considering permits and that Minnesotans understand all that is at stake.

For each PolyMet Problem, you can learn more, tell the DNR what you think, and share them on Facebook and Twitter.  Today, we started with 10 PolyMet Problems, but there are more.  We’ll prepare summaries and share other PolyMet Problems over the coming weeks, so be sure to check back often and follow us on Facebook to keep up to date.

Over 6,000 people have already told the DNR that PolyMet’s mine plan is deeply flawed.  PolyMet Problems gives you a chance to pick a specific issue you care about and help make sure the DNR gives it the attention it deserves. 

Please explore PolyMet Problems.  We hope you find the information useful and share it with your friends and family.  

Paul Austin is Executive Director of Conservation Minnesota, a non-profit organization that works to solve the conservation problems that are most important to Minnesotans. 

 

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Take action to stop PolyMet from getting a permit!  Deb Harley

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I have been made aware of many of the disturbing details and unsubstantiated claims put forth in the PolyMet Environmental Impact Statement that they released in Dec. 2013, and I feel it's imperative that we take action to stop PolyMet from getting a permit!

".... We do not inherit the Earth from our Ancestors; we borrow it from our Children." --Ancient Indian Proverb 

Can the Minnesota DNR fix Polymet's Problems?

 

Putting Political Corruption on Ice

  • On Wednesday (Feb 12) a federal jury found Ray Nagin, the former New Orleans mayor, guilty of bribery and fraud, in the latest example of corruption in politics and the power of the almighty dollar.
  • Dark Money Groups Have Already Spent Way More Than You Think
  • Sign the PetitionRep. John Sarbanes (D-MD) introduces a bill creating a system of publicly financed elections.

Bill Moyers, Moyers & Company

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February 14, 2014 | On Wednesday (Feb 12) a federal jury found Ray Nagin, the former New Orleans mayor, guilty of bribery and fraud, in the latest example of corruption in politics and the power of the almighty dollar.

This week on Moyers & Company, we feature two Americans fighting the good fight against greed and corruption. First, David Simon, former crime reporter and creator of the TV series The Wire and Treme, returns to talk with Bill about his belief that getting money out of politics should be a major priority. 

Then, a special report on a two-week, 185-mile trek through the winter cold in New Hampshire, led last month by constitutional scholar and activist Lawrence Lessig, to raise awareness of the crippling problem of corruption in American politics. 

Bill Moyers is an American journalist and liberal public commentator. He served as White House Press Secretary in the Johnson administration from 1965 to 1967. He also worked as a network TV news commentator for ten years.

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Dark Money Groups Have Already Spent Way More Than You ThinkPaul Blumenthal, Huffington Post

01/04/2014 | Dark money flowed freely in 2013 and into the new year as social welfare nonprofits and corporate trade associations -- groups that are not required to disclose their donors -- spent well over $27 million on electoral campaigns and issue advocacy targeting specific candidates.

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Rep. John Sarbanes (D-MD) introduces a bill creating a system of publicly financed elections, Reuben Hayslett, Working Families

  • Sign the PetitionAdd your name to support the "Government by the People" Act and end the wild west political spending of billionaires like the Koch brothers.
  • Four Years After ‘Citizens United,’ There Is Real Movement to Remove Big Money From Politics
  • PBS reneged on its promise to air the documentary Citizen Koch

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