Court Admits It Was Wrong to Prohibit Newspaper From Publishing Details on Gas Company’s Pipe Safety

By: Tuesday September 23, 2014 4:30 pm

A circuit court in Alabama has admitted it committed an error when it issued a temporary restraining order against an Alabama newspaper to halt the media organization from publishing a document on an Alabama gas company’s pipe safety.

The Alabama Gas Corporation (Alagasco) took legal action on September 17 and sought a temporary restraining order to block publication of a document detailing the company’s plan for gas line safety, which the newspaper had obtained through an open records request from the Alabama Public Service Commission.

 

With Hobby Lobby Decision, SCOTUS Heads Back to the Gilded Age

By: Saturday July 5, 2014 9:30 am

The good times keep rolling for corporations at the Supreme Court. Four years ago, Citizens United​ gave corporations the right to spend as much money as they’d like on elections (money = speech, you know), and now Hobby Lobby​ gave corporations the right to claim their religious beliefs should exempt them from laws they deem objectionable on religious grounds.

But looking beneath the surface of the ​Hobby Lobby​ ruling reveals a grander gift to corporate owners . . .

SEC Opposes Cunning Effort of Corporations to Deprive Whistleblowers of Protection

By: Thursday February 20, 2014 4:58 pm

The Securities and Exchange Commission has gotten involved in a whistleblower lawsuit against Siemens by a former employee. The lawsuit is being brought under the anti-retaliation provision of the Dodd-Frank Act.

Book Review: Methland, The Death and Life of a Small American Town

By: Thursday January 23, 2014 4:15 pm

Methland: The Death and Life of a Small American Town by Nick Reding is one scary book. It is the only book I’m aware of that understands at a fundamental level meth isn’t a drug problem, it is a symptom of our current societal and economic problems. The meth epidemic isn’t about a drug, its about the economy, and so Reding’s book is as much about the death of a way of life as the birth of a drug.

A Government Turning the Tools of War on Its Citizens

By: Thursday January 23, 2014 11:15 am

While poets and psychologists talk about soldiers bringing the battlefield home with them, in fact, the U.S. is doing just that. More and more, weapons, tactics, techniques and procedures that have been used abroad in war are coming home, this time employed against American Citizens.

Today’s front-page article in the Washington Post confirms that wartime surveillance blimps– aerostats– used in Iraq and Afghanistan will now monitor most of the Northeast United States.

FDL Movie Night: Obey

By: Monday January 13, 2014 4:59 pm

Tonight’s movie, Obey, comes loaded with a powerful filmmaking punch: All images were found online and reconfigured to create a dystopian 51 minute vision, based on journalist Chris Hedges’ book Death of the Liberal Class.

Hedges’ book made the argument that a breach has occurred between the liberal class– consisting of academics, artists, educators, creatives, clergy, journalists, politicians, etc–and the radical social and political movements it once supported or sympathized with.

WikiLeaks Reveals Provisions of Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement Where Countries Oppose United States

By: Wednesday November 13, 2013 10:32 am

Thanks to WikiLeaks, it is now clear what the US aims to do with the TPP, and media organizations that have been silent about the deal and chosen to ignore what has been secretly happening between countries conspiring with the US on behalf of corporation should reconsider their decision to not cover this unfolding process.

Don’t Shoot The Messenger: Russell Brand Shouts Out Occupy, Predicts Revolution in Epic BBC Interview

By: Friday October 25, 2013 2:00 pm

In an epic 10 minute interview on BBC’s Newsnight – Russell Brand calmly and meticulously addresses everything from income inequality to corruption to corporate interests to revolution while explaining how his opinions render it impossible for him to cast a ballot in good conscious.

When Federal Contracts Turn Into Corporate Welfare

By: Sunday October 6, 2013 12:15 pm

Where does the corporate bottom line end and the public interest begin? Through the voodoo economics of federal contracting, Washington’s “partnerships” with private corporations have drained the public trust straight into the pockets of top corporate executives.

A Lone Cowboy With a White Hat

By: Saturday September 21, 2013 5:20 pm

A basic tenet or belief often preached is that capitalism is a partnership between labor and capital, or capital and labor. It shouldn’t matter which is listed first in a true partnership where profit is divided 50-50.

Since its inception, probably because it benefited them, and not from some confusion, capitalists have structured most corporations to transmit 100% of profits to the humans who contribute capital and 0% of profits to the humans who contribute labor to the partnership.

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