Send Market Criminals to Prison

Let me get this straight. Five giant banks set up a secret chat room where they fraudulently changed the EURO-Dollar exchange rate to profit on currency trades. And the only punishment is paying $5.7 billion of shareholder money? Prison. Send the men who did this and the officers who should…

The Case Against Rahm

I wish I could be with Rahm and feel Chicago is in the hands of a tough, capable leader. But I’ve come to understand that our great city is about to re-elect a guy just as bad or worse than Rod Blagojevich. I wish I were exaggerating. If this…

What You’ve Heard About Net Neutrality is Wrong

Forget everything you’ve heard about Net Neutrality. Net Neutrality is not about content, it’s about poles. Your city is so dotted with utility poles you probably even don’t notice them. Those poles are the real reason why the FCC needed to change the rules around the Internet. To understand…

Net Neutrality Summary: What the FCC Did

Net Neutrality has many definitions floating through the ether. For starters, though, here is our take on what the FCC did. If you want the quick and dirty, below is a bare summary of the rules, or you can read all 400 pages here. Included mobile broadband in the…

Yet Another Victory for the 1%

For 10 years, New Jersey has fought – and won – a lawsuit against Exxon Mobil for dumping refinery garbage into New Jersey’s land and water. New Jersey’s environmental protection agency said it would take $2.6 billion just to clean up the sludge and muck and that it had…

Making Money from Mass Incarceration

Please understand this: there is a whole business model where people denounce taxes and government, and then simultaneously make millions on government contracts. So, the question is never how much government should spend, because government will always spend a lot. The question is, who gets to participate in opportunities…

Mandatory Drug Testing Means Big Money for Big Pharma

Another opportunity for craven profiteers: drug testing. Another state made its hungry pass a drug test before it let them eat (because, apparently, people on drugs don’t deserve food). Turns out, 16,000 people peed in a cup and … 37 of them had drugs in their system. Now, many…

Putting People First is Good for Business

One of the major effects of the 40 year political movement waged by big business is that we have learned how to evaluate ideas from their perspective. Think about it. When you hear about paid parental leave, you wonder if it is fair to employers because they’ll have to…

What You Can Learn from Sly Stone’s Mistakes

Getting ripped off by your manager is a fundamental and shameful part of Rock ‘n’ Roll history for many musicians. Add Sly Stone to the list. Beginning in 1976, he started signing his rights away to people he trusted. A jury has just decided that several of those trusted…

Your Safety Shouldn’t Be a Crap Shoot – Why Senator Tillis Is so Very Wrong

You may have heard that Thom Tillis, a Republican United States Senator from North Carolina, said that government shouldn’t require restaurant workers to wash their hands after they use the bathroom. He said, “I don’t have any problem with Starbucks if they choose to opt out of this policy…