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Nao World Cup

So that you can sit on your couch, watching other people you play soccer, huge numbers of people have been evicted from their homes to make way for parking lots. So that these soccer games can take place in the kind of pretty stadium with fireworks and massive electronic displays demanded by FIFA, money has […]

While Congress Did Nothing, Minimum Wage Fell Another 3 Cents in May 2014

When the U.S. Congress does nothing about the minimum wage, it cuts the minimum wage.

That statement may seem paradoxical, but it isn’t if you keep in mind the difference between nominal wages and real wages. The word “nominal” is just an adjective used to mean “the name of something,” and so a “nominal dollar” […]

Quid Dold Dow

May 2012 — before losing his congressional seat, Republican Bob Dold introduces seven bills that if passed would have directly benefitted the Dow Chemical corporation by eliminating import duties for substances Dow Chemical uses in the United States but produces on the cheap overseas with underpaid third-world workers. The bills, and the chemicals on which […]

Where Is Bubba Nation?

Bubba Nation is a subsidiary of the autocratic oppression of workers in sweatshops in China. […]

Know Your Enemy Better: The Top 10 Federal Contractors of 2013

A few years ago, I shared with you patterns of connection between the Top 10 federal contractors of 2011. Let’s return to that subject with federal contracting data for 2013, released last month by the Federal Procurement Data System. The top 10 private contractors with the United States government in fiscal year 2013 were:

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Federal Contracts: Concentrated? Yes. Increasingly Concentrated? No.

A lot of information about the United States government hides in plain sight, shared in reports that few people know about and that the news media ignore (as they’re too busy covering the switch in directors for an Ant Man movie). Every spring, the federal government releases a report describing trends in its private contracting. […]

Billionaires Stage “Grassroots” Protest in Pennsylvania

Here’s how “Americans for Prosperity” describes itself on a national scale and in the context of Pennsylvania:

“Americans for Prosperity is a grassroots movement of over 2.3 million activists nation wide who advocate and promote limited government, lower taxes, and more freedom. We have over 117,000 activists across the state of Pennsylvania who are taking […]

Why You Won’t Find Me At McDonalds Today

Hey, McDonald’s: See all those people walking on past your fast food restaurant? I’m  joining them today. I’ll walk past the golden arches without going inside.

Why? Low pay is not okay.

I would pay more for food at McDonald’s if it meant that workers there could receive fair pay. As it is, McDonald’s […]

Conspiracy Theories For The Rich

Jim Rogers says that you should “head for the hills”.

You probably haven’t heard of Jim Rogers before. Right wing prepper conspiracy theorist Mac Slavo thinks you need to know just two things about him in order to judge him as a credible source of advice:

1. He’s rich. 2. He’s been on television.

Enough […]

U.S. Minimum Wage Drops Another 3 cents/hour in April 2014

The Fair Minimum Wage Act before Congress (House|Senate) is a bill that would increase the minimum wage from its current $7.25/hour to $10.10/hour over the next two years. After that point, the minimum wage would automatically increase to keep pace with inflation — the tendency of currency to be worth less as time passes. I […]

How To Turn Five Dollars Into Your Dream Company

GrowthHackers tweets us a storyline to tempt our fantasies of economic success: How To Turn $5 Into Your Dream Company.

You don’t have to visit their link to get the secret, though. It’s already common knowledge. Here’s how you do it:

Write the following note on the back of a $5 bill: “Dad, please give […]