Posts tagged “huffington post”
December 12, 2013
Longtime consumer advocate and author of Told You So: The Big Book of Weekly Columns, Ralph Nader, sent a vitriolic letter to Richard Dreilling on Monday, reproaching the chief executive of Dollar General for his “shameful” treatment of his employees. In the note, Nader exposes Dreilling’s grossly disproportionate salary (reputedly $22.5 million in 2012) to that of the company’s store associates and cashiers - many of whom earn, on average, less than $8 per hour.
You can find out exactly what Nader had to say to Dreilling in his letter, here.
Read more about Nader’s call for a wage increase for Dollar General employees in the Huffington Post.
September 16, 2013
Subhankar Banerjee, author of Arctic Voices: Resistance at the Tipping Point, reports on the boulder flooding in his recent article on Huffington Post, “Boulder Flooding: Remembering Warnings From Weather Report.”
Banerjee questions whether climate change had, or did not have, an impact on the Boulder floods. He also creates a good discussion on who has the authority to report on climate change, are artist discredited simply because they aren’t scientist by definition? Banerjee continues to make important points on why climate change needs to be addressed right away and all information regarding it should not be taken lightly. After reading his article the question that comes directly to mind is, could the casualties due to the flood, have been avoided? Read more here
“The Weather Report: Art and Climate Change exhibition, which happened in 2007, visually gave warnings about a deadly flood in the Boulder Creek. Six years have passed.
August 19, 2013
Experts are saying that among America’s richest inhabitants, the top one percent have saved 37 cents per dollar this year, however they are not using their savings productively, instead they are hoarding cash. Therefore America’s wealthiest people are taking a larger share of the income. The solution to equalize this intake of money would be to raise taxes on the rich.
“That increased concentration of wealth in the hands of a few, combined with the effects of the Great Recession and the slow recovery, has meant less money in the hands of low- and middle-income Americans — who are more likely to spend it — decreasing demand for goods and services, according to Sam Pizzigati”
The Article goes on to quote more of Pizzigati’s book when concerning how foolish it is to let the wealth stay at the top.
July 16, 2013
The Huffington Post featured an article today by pro-choice activist and author of Generation Roe, Sarah Erdreich, in which she recounts her recent trip to a Crisis Pregnancy Clinic (CPC). CPCs are infamous for their latent anti-choice agendas and Erdreich thought it was important for her to experience this side of the movement first-hand. What she learned was predictable but nevertheless alarming.
She met with one of the clinic’s (un-licensed) counselors under the pretense of wanting to discuss her pregnancy. Erdreich describes the meeting as not unpleasant, though devoid of any helpful information. The pamphlets she was given, however, were full of information –medically inaccurate information and biased scare tactics. For example, ”One pamphlet claimed that abortion makes women infertile, despite the fact that there is no proven relationship between abortion and subsequent infertility.”
Erdreich ends her article by eloquently stating, “That false ‘counselors’ are comfortable lying to women looking for help is evidence of how badly CPCs abuse the trust of those it purports to care about.
June 20, 2013
The Huffington Post featured a wonderful article yesterday by Subhankar Banerjee. In it, Banerjee recounts his frustration with the government’s attempts to silence dissent. He argues that when left with nothing else, when voices are silenced, we can tell the truth with humor.
Banerjee cites his “Climate-Silence Paradox,” whereby the government fears civil unrest provoked by anthropogenic climate change, but rather than working to remedy climate change, it pools its efforts into hiding it. Dissent from activists is monitored and contained in order to continue raking in profits from environmental exploitation.
He says, “Increasingly, it is the government that has become a public contractor–for private corporations–to provide security, with public money–by tracking environmental activists” instead of the other way around. “It isn’t news to many of us, but it sure sends a chilling message: peaceful activism that disrupts business-as-usual will not be tolerated.”
Inspired by rebellious thinkers and artists like John Heartfield, Banerjee hopes that humor will be used increasingly to challenge such instances of abusive power.
Sam Pizzigati argues in a Huffington Post op-ed that the middle class beat back the rich once and can do it again
November 30, 2012
Sam Pizzigati, a veteran labor journalist and the editor of Too Much, an online weekly on excess and inequality, has a new book that tells the story of how the middle class fought against the overwhelming power of the rich in the first half of the twentieth century-and won! The Rich Don’t Always Win offers inspiring ideas for today’s unbalanced society, here are a few “Plutocracy-Busting Ideas” that Pizzigati wrote about in the Huffington Post.
Two: Leverage the power of the public purse against excessive corporate executive pay. Congress can’t set direct limits on private corporate executive pay, yesterday’s progressives understood. But Congress could impose limits indirectly by denying federal government contracts and subsidies to corporations that lavished rewards on top executives.
In 1933, then-senator and later Supreme Court justice Hugo Black won congressional approval for legislation that denied federal air- and ocean-mail contracts to companies that paid their execs over $17,500, about $300,000 in today’s dollars.
September 24, 2012
The upcoming memoir, by Laurie Rubin, takes a look at her life as an international opera singer who happens to be blind. From her loneliness and isolation as a middle schooler to her experiences skiing, Rubin offers her young readers a life-story rich in detail and inspiration drawn from everyday challenges. Colors, Laurie Rubin tells us, affect everyone through sound, smell, taste, and a vast array of emotions and atmospheres. She explains that although she has been blind since birth, she has experienced color all her life.
Alan Elsner, of The Huffington Post, says about the book:
“Entrancing memoir…Rubin is a fizzy and effervescent presence whose unquenchable lust for life is utterly charming and persuasive.”
To read the entire article, click here.
Look out for Laurie Rubin’s Do You Dream in Color?, out this October.
July 27, 2012
“The U.S. is one of four countries in the world with a rising maternal death rate. California reported a tripling in the maternal death rate between 1996 and 2006. This problem, in my opinion, should occupy more of our attention than the tizzy over the home birth rate, which affects such a small portion of our population.”
Ina May Gaskin, author of Birth Matters: A Midwife’s Manifesta, is a fierce force in the choice for women to conduct home-birthing. In America, only a very small portion of women choose to conduct home births. Yet the US’s maternal death rate is, as Gaskin puts it, ”not enviable.” Though home-birthing isn’t a massive phenomena, some countries use police force to pressure women away from midwife-assisted birth. Why so staunchy on women’s choices? The answer isn’t clear.
Read Gaskin’s Huffpost article here.
June 8, 2012
“What do Arctic drilling and drone killing have in common? They are both being decided by Barack Obama without public debate. A May 24 front-page article in the New York Times made clear that Obama got personally involved and fast-tracked Shell’s drilling permits”
Check out the rest of Subhankar’s article on the Huffington Post.
April 2, 2012
“Ralph Nader recently published the most improbable of books, a novel titled Only the Super-Rich Can Save Us. Nader, looking at the grotesque economic and political power imbalance in the U.S., imagined that a cabal of billionaires led by Warren Buffet and Ted Turner have an outbreak of conscience and become crusaders for progressive reform. It’s Nader’s way of both laying out a reform agenda and spotlighting where the real power lies.”