Category Archives: Corporations Really Suck

Immigrants for Sale

Indianapolis immigration rally

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Brave New Films on Aug 27, 2015

The detention of migrants has become a multi-billion dollar industry in which immigrants are sold to the highest bidder and traded like mere products. The Corrections Corporation of America, The Geo Group, and the Management and Training Corporation run over 200 facilities all over the nation. These facilities offer over 150,000 bed spaces and rake in a total profit of close to five billion dollars per year. The fact that these detention centers get paid for the number of people that are in the center per night offers, therefore, no incentive to speed up the legal processes and let the detainees leave the facility.

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Michael Hudson: Corporate Buybacks Behind the Market Crash

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Updated: Aug. 25, 2015

with Michael Hudson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
michael-hudson.com
August 25, 2015

TheRealNews on Aug 24, 2015

Michael Hudson, the author of Killing the Host: How Financial Parasites and Debt Destroy Global Economy, says the stock market crash on Monday has very little to do with China and all to do with shortermism and buybacks of corporations inflating their own stocks.

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Welcome to the World of Extreme and Destructive Global Dependencies by Ralph Nader (#TPP)

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by Ralph Nader
The Nader Page, August 21, 2015
August 23, 2015

Do you have your savings in a mutual fund? Does your pension fund invest in stocks, just as mutual funds do? If so, you may want to know this has been a bad week for U.S. stock markets. The Dow and Nasdaq indices have plummeted big time, but not because of the U.S. economy which is showing signs of revival. It is, as the Wall Street Journal reports, mostly because of the woes in China plus the shakiness of the depressed Greek economy and weaknesses of the economies in other larger emerging nations such as Brazil and Turkey.

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WikiLeaks: The US Strategy to Create a New Global Legal and Economic System: #TPP, #TTIP, #TISA (John Pilger, Julian Assange)

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with John Pilger, Julian Assange

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Richard D. Wolff: I’m Becoming a Fan of Pope Francis: “Capitalism Runs Counter to the Plan of Jesus” + What is Community Wealth Building?

Pope Francis rips capitalism and trickle-down economics

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with Richard D. Wolff

RichardDWolff on Jul 22, 2015

Global Capitalism: Monthly Economic Update

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Chris Hedges: The Enemy is Corporate Power, Part 2

Don't Shoot

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with Chris Hedges

TheRealNews on Jul 7, 2015

On Reality Asserts Itself, Chris Hedges and Paul Jay discuss Ferguson, Baltimore and the need to build a movement with candidates that targets white supremacy and corporate capitalism.

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A Revolutionary Pope Calls for Rethinking the Outdated Criteria That Rule the World by Ellen Brown

Pope Francis rips capitalism and trickle-down economics

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by Ellen Brown
Writer, Dandelion Salad
The Web of Debt Blog
July 3, 2015

Pope Francis’ revolutionary encyclical addresses not just climate change but the banking crisis. Interestingly, the solution to that crisis may have been modeled in the Middle Ages by Franciscan monks following the Saint from whom the Pope took his name.

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Resisting Financial Conquest by Michael Hudson + US Hedge Funds Get Bailed Out if Greeks Pass Bailout Referendum

by Michael Hudson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
michael-hudson.com
As published on Counterpunch
June 30, 2015

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Back in January upon coming into office, Syriza probably could not have won a referendum on whether to pay or not to pay. It didn’t have a full parliamentary majority, and had to rely on a nationalist party for Tsipras to become prime minister. (That party balked at cutting back Greek military spending, which was 3% of GDP, and which the troika had helpfully urged to be cut back in order to balance the government’s budget.)

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“King Obama,” his Royal Court, and the #TPP by Ralph Nader + Did Anti-Fast Track Senators Miss an Opportunity to Slow Down TPP?

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TIME TO PULL THE PLUG ON KING OBAMA

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by Ralph Nader
The Nader Page
June 25, 2015

The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) – a global corporate noose around U.S. local, state, and national sovereignty – narrowly passed a major procedural hurdle in the Congress by gaining “fast track” status. This term “fast track” is a euphemism for your members of Congress – senators and representatives – handcuffing themselves, so as to prevent any amendments or adequate debate before the final vote on the Trans-Pacific Partnership – another euphemism that is used to avoid the word “treaty,” which would require ratification by two-thirds of the Senate. This anti-democratic process is being pushed by “King Obama” and his royal court.

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The Alice in Wonderland World of Fast-tracked Secret Trade Agreements by Ellen Brown + Action Alerts (#TPP #TISA)

Dallas Rolling Rebellion Advocates for Net Neutrality and Takes on TPP & Fast Track

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by Ellen Brown
Writer, Dandelion Salad
The Web of Debt Blog
June 21, 2015

`Let the jury consider their verdict,’ the King said, for about the twentieth time that day.
`No, no!’ said the Queen. `Sentence first–verdict afterwards.’
`Stuff and nonsense!’ said Alice loudly. `The idea of having the sentence first!’
`Hold your tongue!’ said the Queen, turning purple.
`I won’t!’ said Alice.
`Off with her head!’ the Queen shouted at the top of her voice. — Lewis Carroll, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland

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Sneak Attack on Net Neutrality Picks Up Steam in the House (Action Alert)

Net Neutrality is Under Attack!

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Freepress.net
June 17, 2015

“Maybe every so often we can be on the side of the American people,” Rep. Jose Serrano said, “and not corporations.”

Those are fighting words — but unfortunately the House majority doesn’t seem to be heeding them. Not when it comes to Net Neutrality.

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Michael Hudson: Should The Federal Reserve Taper QE, If Banks Get Most of the Benefits?

Alternative Bailout Plan

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with Michael Hudson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
michael-hudson.com
June 15, 2015

TheRealNews on Jun 15, 2015

UMKC professor of economics Michael Hudson explains how the bond-buying program helps keep interest rates low for everyday people but has also shored up bad mortgage loans of corrupt banks.

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Fast-tracking TiSA: Stealth Block to Monetary Reform by Ellen Brown + Backlash Against #TPP Grows as Leaked Text Reveals Increased Corporate Control of Public Health

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by Ellen Brown
Writer, Dandelion Salad
The Web of Debt Blog
June 12, 2015

It is well enough that the people of the nation do not understand our banking and monetary system, for if they did, I believe there would be a revolution before tomorrow morning. — Attributed to Henry Ford

In March 2014, the Bank of England let the cat out of the bag: money is just an IOU, and the banks are rolling in it. So wrote David Graeber in The Guardian the same month, referring to a BOE paper called “Money Creation in the Modern Economy.” The paper stated outright that most common assumptions of how banking works are simply wrong. The result, said Graeber, was to throw the entire theoretical basis for austerity out of the window.

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Chris Hedges: Nobody Wants the Wars in Iraq or Afghanistan Except Raytheon, Halliburton, Northrop Grumman

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Updated: June 12, 2015

with Chris Hedges

talkingsticktv on Jun 9, 2015

Talk by Chris Hedges author of “The Wages of Rebellion: The Moral Imperative of Revolt” recorded June 8, 2015 at Town Hall Seattle.

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WikiLeaks Launches Campaign to Offer $100,000 “Bounty” for Leaked Drafts of Secret #TPP Chapters + Take Action!

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Democracy Now! on Jun 2, 2015

Despite the Senate vote approving a measure to give President Obama fast-track authority to negotiate the secretive Trans-Pacific Partnership deal, opposition to the deal continues to mount ahead of this month’s House vote. Critics, including a number of Democratic lawmakers, oppose the TPP, saying it will fuel inequality, kill jobs, and undermine health, environmental and financial regulations. The negotiations have been secret, and the public has never seen most of the deal’s text. Well, this morning the whistleblowing group WikiLeaks launched a campaign to change that. The group is seeking to raise $100,000 to offer what they describe as a bounty for the leaking of the unseen chapters of the TPP. We speak to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange. Continue reading