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Forty-eight states have launched a major antitrust investigation targeting Google

Excerpt: Search and advertising giant Google and its parent company Alphabet are about to face more regulatory scrutiny, but this time from the state level.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Tired of Amazon’s greedy politics and bad business practices? Diversify your shopping!

Excerpt: If the prospect of diversifying your shopping and reducing your dependence on Amazon is appealing to you, then have a look at this guide of alternatives that we have put together.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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PCC rebrands: Cooperative drops “Natural Markets” for “Community Markets”

Excerpt: For decades, PCC (the Puget Consumers Cooperative) has been a fixture of Seattle and more recently the greater Seattle metropolitan area, providing organic food from local farms, ranches, bakeries, and dairies. When we need food for an event, such as our annual Winter Holiday Party, NPI turns to PCC. Since 1998, when PCC adopted the […]
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Washingtonians are hungry for meaningful corporate tax accountability, NPI poll finds

Excerpt: NPI's research has confirmed that there's an extraordinary appetite for meaningful accountability that spans the ideological spectrum and every demographic group imaginable.
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Ecommerce giant Amazon to buy Whole Foods grocery chain in blockbuster deal

Excerpt: If this deal goes through, Amazon will -- almost overnight -- become a major player in the brick and mortar retail industry. It already dominates ecommerce.
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President Barack Obama announces his administration has rejected Keystone XL

Excerpt: Flanked by Vice President Joe Biden and Secretary of State John Kerry, President Barack Obama announced today that his administration has — after a lengthy and repeatedly delayed review process — rejected oil giant TransCanada’s application to build the Keystone XL pipeline across the U.S.-Canada border. “Now, for years, the Keystone [XL] Pipeline has occupied […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Categories:Core Encyclopedia Topics, Our Environment, World Commmunity
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Roberts Court’s logic: Corporations are people, so they’re entitled to religious liberty

Excerpt: The Roberts Court has done it again. Determined to make the terrible implications of the Corporations United and McCutcheon decisions look tame by comparison, the Supreme Court ruled this morning that because it believes corporations to be people, an artificial for-profit entity like Hobby Lobby is entitled to religious liberty, and so it does not […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Michael King’s embezzlement demonstrates why progressive and Democratic organizations need strong internal controls

Excerpt: Yesterday, King County prosecutors charged Michael Walter King, the former executive director of the now-defunct Senate Democratic Campaign Committee (SDCC) with six counts of theft following a six month investigation, in which Seattle police found that King had stolen more than a quarter of a million dollars from the Senate Democratic caucus to fund his […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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LIVE from Seattle: Huge turnout for final scoping hearing on Gateway Pacific Terminal

Excerpt: This afternoon, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Washington State Department of Ecology, and Whatcom County (the co-lead agencies) are holding the seventh in a series of scoping meetings to determine how to best proceed with an environmental impact statement for the proposed Gateway Pacific Terminal and Custer railroad spur at the Washington State Convention […]
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What greed and instant gratification look like: Inside a Georgia Wal-Mart on Black Friday

Excerpt: Throughout the past week, in honor of Thanksgiving and in protest of Black Friday, we’ve been taking a critical look at excessive consumerism and the consequences it portends for ourselves as a society and planet Earth. We’ve covered the plight of Wal-Mart’s underpaid and poorly treated workers (some of whom have gone on strike), talked […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Stay home and sleep in this weekend: The Black Friday madness isn’t worth it (literally!)

Excerpt: This weekend is Thanksgiving weekend, traditionally one of the longest weekends of the year (owing to Thanksgiving always falling on a Thursday). It’s also traditionally the beginning of the Christmas shopping season, and is thus a very important time of year for retailers. Since the turn of the century, major retail chains have gone to […]
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Rush Limbaugh loses another station and more than a dozen more national advertisers

Excerpt: Let’s keep the pressure on! Another station has just canceled Rush: AM 1420 WBEC [Pittsfield, Massachusetts]  releases statement regarding the removal of Rush Limbaugh from the airwaves Due to the inappropriate remarks made by Rush Limbaugh regarding Sandra Fluke, the management of AM 1420 WBEC has made the decision to remove the Rush Limbaugh Show […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Olympus’ entire board of directors resigning to make way for new leadership

Excerpt: Months after the Olympus’ ex-CEO-turned-whistleblower began demanding their resignations, the entire board of directors of the scandal-ridden Japanese electronics maker is finally stepping down, the company said today. “[A]ll the current directors and corporate auditors express their intentions to resign at the end of the extraordinary general shareholders meeting and have submitted letters of resignation […]
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Olympus must rid itself of the crooks/yes men who betrayed its shareholders and customers

Excerpt: Ten years ago, corporate America was rocked by a series of accounting scandals that destroyed one of the world’s largest accounting firms (Arthur Andersen) and led to the passage of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act (Sarbox, or sometimes simply referred to as SOX). A number of well-known American companies – notably Enron, Tyco, Adelphia, and WorldCom – […]
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