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Category Archive for 'Corporate Statism'

I’m sure it’ll all be fine, and that the state regulators were doing their job. Ha ha, just kidding! WILLISTON, N.D. (AP) — Workers are attempting to contain an out-of-control oil well in North Dakota, authorities said Friday. North Dakota regulators said a well near Watford City in the western part of the state has […]

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What is the big fucking deal? People are poor now, more people than ever. Yes, they have jobs — shitty jobs. Most likely, more than one job, which might make it look better than it is. People are killing themselves, running just to stay afloat. Do they want medals? Fuck these cheerleaders, the people in […]

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I read things like this and I think, “Yeah, there’s going to be a revolution.” We don’t know when, and we don’t know what will light the fuse, but it’ll happen. Because they’re just too fucking greedy to let it go on: On the morning of Jan. 29, construction workers were building a seawater pipe […]

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She occasionally gives a million or two to pet causes, the way you or I might give a dollar to a panhandler. How nice: Alice Walton, an heir to the Walmart fortune, is worth $35 billion. Today, a lot of poor people stood outside her house and yelled at her. Those poor people were Walmart […]

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Feel the love! The City Council of Worcester, Mass., a 180,000-person city in central Massachusetts, is attempting to block Comcast from entering the area, the Telegram & Gazette reports. Comcast, the largest cable provider in the U.S., is gunning for a cable television license in the city as part of its purchase of Time Warner […]

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Because they’re job creators and it’s God’s will, of course: For the second year in a row, America’s richest 14 individuals made more from their annual investments than the $80 billion provided for people in need of food. Nearly half of the food-deprived are children. Perversely, the food stamp program was CUT because of a […]

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Holy shit

I wonder if any other companies are doing this. This is really shocking: Los Angeles • The nation’s second-largest chain of rent-to-own furniture and appliance stores has agreed to pay $28.4 million to settle a case in which it allegedly violated California’s consumer protection and privacy laws, state Attorney General Kamala Harris said Monday. Aaron’s […]

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Judges won’t uphold crazily restrictive non-competes like this, so I imagine Jimmy John’s just wants to make workers think they have no other options. Joke’s on them — I’ll bet most workers sign it without reading it: If you’re considering working at a Jimmy John’s sandwich shop, you may want to read the fine print […]

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With Thomas Frank: That’s right. Regulatory capture, this is an old problem. I was writing about it, obviously, in the Bush days. But President Obama had a golden opportunity when he came in to change the system and I just don’t feel like it has changed, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau aside. I mean, are […]

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Who’d a thunk it? CAMDEN — A federal judge today turned back an effort by lawyers for Merck & Co. to dismiss a $100 million lawsuit filed by female sales representatives who claim the drug maker fosters a “boys club” that rewards male “breadwinners” with promotions and demotes women after they return from pregnancy leave. […]

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