These 3 stores deserve our support. Thanksgiving is a day of family and rest. Many corporations don’t care about that. We have to send a message that people come before profits:
Four major chain stores — Dillard’s, Burlington, REI, American Girl — confirmed to ThinkProgress on Thursday that they will stay closed on Thanksgiving Day as other stores begin to announce they’ll begin Black Friday a day early.
There is no such thing as too big to jail,” Attorney General Eric Holder announced in a sternly worded video message last May, underscoring that no financial institution “should be considered immune from prosecution.” That was one of many remarkable announcements from the Department of Justice this past year including record fines for the likes of BNP Paribas, Credit Suisse, and JPMorgan and massive civil settlements against Bank of America and Citigroup. Still, Holder’s term as Attorney General did not lead to a single criminal prosecution of a Wall Street executive following the financial crisis that crippled the United States.
via It’s time for the Justice Department to start jailing corrupt bankers and other corporate offenders.
Remember when people volunteered to help the poor? Nowadays the poor volunteer to help the wealthy.
In recent weeks, the Ritz-Carlton hotel company, the NFL, and the Smithsonian Institution have all made news by asking people to do work for free. Such practices are hardly surprising in themselves—working for nothing seems to be a key building block of the new economy. But the fact that these requests come from such huge organizations with deep pockets raises troubling questions.
via Rich People Want You to Work for Free – The Daily Beast.
This is pure farce. There are 2 standards of justice in America. There is one for the corporations and then there is the rest of us:
A high-speed trading company the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) believes committed fraud will pay $1 million to put the matter to rest — without admitting or denying the charges.
…The settlement documents do not say how much Athena netted from the alleged violations or provide any information about how the parties arrived at the one million dollar figure. The agency declined to comment on the sum, on its policies about settlements in cases like this one, and on the decision to allow Athena to pay without conceding that it had broken the rules or even agreeing that the SEC’s version of events is accurate.
A firm accused of fraud will pay a $1 million penalty in what federal regulators say is the first case of market manipulation brought against a high-speed trading firm.
via High-speed trading firm to pay $1 million for fraud | The Herald Business Journal.
Free trade agreements are being forced on the World’s population by Western governments on behalf of multi-national corportions. The objective: to enslave the labor. If we don’t begin to fight back we will become little more than serfs. And with will come dictatorships everywhere. It’s already happening.
Secret negotiations over the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) free trade agreement have apparently been breached by another leak of material which shows Australian consumers could pay more for cancer medicines and face criminal penalties for non-commercial copyright breaches.
The publication on WikiLeaks of the intellectual property (IP) chapter comes on the eve of the latest round of negotiations in Australia between the 12 member countries, Australia, the US, Japan, Singapore, Malaysia, Canada, Mexico, Vietnam, Peru, Chile, Brunei and New Zealand.
What is becoming apparent is the ugly face of a corporatocracy. A necessary feature for a corporatocracy to succeed is citizens who acquiesce.
via Democracy vs corporatocracy.
Don’t allow them to spoil your Thanksgiving, with your family. Boycott Black
Macy’s “Black Friday” sales will begin 6 p.m. Thanksgiving Day
Seattle City Council member Kshama Sawant denounced her fellow local officials on Wednesday for taking part in a retreat with corporate executives, KIRO-TV reported.
via Seattle Socialist Sawant rips fellow city leaders for ‘brazen’ retreat with corporate execs.