Stories by Jim Hightower

Jim Hightower is a national radio commentator, writer, public speaker, and author of the new book, "Swim Against the Current: Even a Dead Fish Can Go With the Flow." (Wiley, March 2008) He publishes the monthly "Hightower Lowdown," co-edited by Phillip Frazer. subscribe to Jim Hightower's feed

Posted on: Apr 23, 2001, Source: AlterNet

Monsanto doesn't want to hear it, but the marketplace is shrieking at it, saying, "We don't want your genetically-altered Frankenfoods."

Posted on: Apr 23, 2001, Source: AlterNet

The rich have been paying big bucks to have surgeons inject cow collagen -- which enlarges lips and smoothes wrinkles --directly into their lips and faces.Now that Mad Cow Disease is a threat, panic has stricken.

Posted on: Apr 16, 2001, Source: AlterNet

When you call your phone, insurance, or credit card company about a billing mistake and reach someone who says "my name is Susan Sanders, and I'm from Chicago," you could actually be talking to C.R. Suman in Bangalore, India.

Posted on: Apr 16, 2001, Source: AlterNet

CEOs of downsizing companies get all jittery about how stock market analysts will take the firings, fearful that Wall Street will see mass layoffs as a sign of a sick company. So they call in the spin doctors, who, to paraphrase Shakespeare ask, "How do I fire thee?  Let me count the ways."

Posted on: Apr 4, 2001, Source: AlterNet

Senator Pete Domenici wants to give a sugar-sweet deal to the nuke boys, including some $400 million a year in direct subsidies.

Posted on: Apr 4, 2001, Source: AlterNet

Jonah Goldberg of the National Review Online has recently proclaimed that the low-wage, abusive, hell holes called sweatshops "are actually a good thing."

Posted on: Apr 4, 2001, Source: AlterNet

Travel to the Holiday Inn in Fargo, North Dakota and you'll find the future of electricity -- a safe, non-polluting, refrigerator-sized generator that heats the entire hotel.

Posted on: Apr 4, 2001, Source: AlterNet

Today's feature is about a matter you probably haven't spent much time worrying about: The food difficulties of the wealthy. For example, are you aware of the disturbing trend toward dim lighting in four-star restaurants?

Posted on: Mar 26, 2001, Source: AlterNet

To become a US ambassador usually requires an advance degree in international studies, fluency in one or more foreign languages, and expertise in the history and culture of a region. Or you can simply be a rich person who raised a bunch of dough for the Bush's election.

Posted on: Mar 26, 2001, Source: AlterNet

The new, world's largest SUV which once-billed itself as the off-road vehicle of wealthy suburbanites has had to re-vamp its PR efforts. Public backlash has caused Daimler-Chrysler, who built the Unimog, to re-package the SUV as the vehicle for businesses, fire departments, and rescue services.

Posted on: Mar 19, 2001, Source: AlterNet

Today, spaceship Hightower takes you deep into the dazzling neon of CorporateWorld, where no public facility is spared being branded by some kind of corporate logo.

Posted on: Mar 19, 2001, Source: AlterNet

Oops. The Unimog -- DaimlerChrysler's obscene new gas guzzler -- has fallen into a PR ditch.

Posted on: Mar 12, 2001, Source: AlterNet

Through Nike, you're free to choose and express who you are by having the company stitch any name, word, or phrase you want under the Nike swoosh. Unless, as Jonah Peretti learned, the word is "sweatshop."

Posted on: Mar 12, 2001, Source: AlterNet

Today, Spaceship Hightower takes you into the nightmarish world of ever-bigger Sports Utility Vehicles. These road hogs have been steadily expanding in size and silliness,but now DaimlerChrysler has now come out with a gargantuan monster of a machine: The "Unimog!"

Posted on: Mar 5, 2001, Source: AlterNet

"We must leave no one behind," is the compassionate-conservative mantra of George W. But in his first chance to put his compassionate-conservative rhetoric into action, through his prescription drug plan, Bush leaves more than 3 out of 4 Americans behind.

Posted on: Mar 5, 2001, Source: AlterNet

Newt is back on the scene -- not as a politico, but (get this) as a "corporate strategic consultant." How appropriate. This is the guy who literally waved corporate lobbyists directly into the lawmaking process when he was Speaker of the House.

Posted on: Feb 26, 2001, Source: AlterNet

The WTO claims that it really wants to be more open to the world's majority, which has been excluded from WTO decision-making process. So why is it holding its next international meeting in Qatar, the Persian Gulf nation that does not allow political demonstrations or government opposition?

Posted on: Feb 26, 2001, Source: AlterNet

You can buy a dog, but you can't buy the wag of its tail. Anyone who believes that has not bought an Aibo, Sony's $1500 virtual pet. In addition to a color camera for eyes, stereo microphones for its ears, and a synthesizer for making sounds, Aibo has a small motor that wags its tail.

Posted on: Feb 12, 2001, Source: AlterNet

Sincere emotion used to be the only thing left in our crass commercial world that had not been reduced to a commodity and put up for sale. But not anymore. The Chinese have figured out a way to sell apologies.

Posted on: Feb 12, 2001, Source: AlterNet

Time for another "Gooberhead Award," presented periodically by Hightower Radio to someone whose mouth is running 100 miles and hour, but whose brain is not quite in gear. Today's Goober goes to Mr. Bruce Tulgan, a management consultant who wrote a happy piece in the New York Times explaining that downsizing is good for you!

Posted on: Feb 5, 2001, Source: AlterNet

High levels of antibiotics are now commonly found in our water supplies, with the highest concentrations near dairy and livestock farms that use the drugs to help fatten their animals.

Posted on: Feb 5, 2001, Source: Hightower Lowdown

George Bush is rubbing our noses in the fact that Big Money got him into the White House and, by golly, Big Money is going to govern.

Posted on: Feb 5, 2001, Source: AlterNet

In today's cell phone business, a handful of giants are flexing their raw money power to squash the smaller competitors -- and their using our taxpayer dollars to do it.

Posted on: Jan 29, 2001, Source: Hightower Lowdown

The anti-democratic excesses of this last election have a critical mass of citizens clamoring for electoral reform. Here are half dozen steps that would help America's democratic voice ring true.

Posted on: Jan 24, 2001, Source: AlterNet

A coalition of human rights, veterans, peace, and other advocacy groups have launched a remarkable, grassroots program called adopt-a-minefield.

Posted on: Jan 24, 2001, Source: AlterNet

We taxpayers are being forced to buy 458 V-22 Ospreys, the deadly planes that have killed a dozen Marines in test-run crashes, for a total tab of $38,014,000,000.

Posted on: Jan 22, 2001, Source: AlterNet

Ahh, progress! Thanks to the digital revolution, our society has made enormous advances in just the past few years. Yes, we still have that pesky problem of poverty in the midst of plenty; yes, there's still the nagging matter of racism running through our society -- BUT ... we now have digital dolls!

Posted on: Jan 22, 2001, Source: AlterNet

As every child knows, "Old MacDonald had a farm," but industrialized agribusiness is rapidly displacing Old Mac, replacing our family farmers with corporate pharmacists who fatten their livestock not with grass and corn, but with antibiotics. E-I-E-I-O!.

Posted on: Jan 15, 2001, Source: AlterNet

There's a soup on the market called "Chicken Noodle Vegetarian." Whatever happened to truth in advertising?

Posted on: Jan 15, 2001, Source: AlterNet

The Air Force Exchange Service, which runs 1,400 stores on U.S. military bases around the world, has been getting much of the apparel that it sells in its stores from a notorious sweatshop in Nicaragua.

Posted on: Jan 8, 2001, Source: AlterNet

A terrific public-interest watchdog called POGO is in the fight of its life against Big Oil and two of Big Oil's snarling guard dogs in Congress.

Posted on: Jan 8, 2001, Source: AlterNet

OSHA has finally issued standards to protect working families from job-releated injuries. But, oh, the squealing from corporate executives and their puppets in Congress!

Posted on: Jan 1, 2001, Source: AlterNet

Monsanto is trying to peddle its tampered foodstuffs to the world's poor. Particularly disgusting is their shameful claim that they're doing this out of humanitarian concern.

Posted on: Jan 1, 2001, Source: AlterNet

There's a new product out there that tries to mask the fact that poisons are being spread on our lawns. It's called "Masker-Aid Odour Concentrate" -- a bubble gum or cherry flavored scent that covers up the noxious smell of pesticides.

Posted on: Dec 26, 2000, Source: AlterNet

An Australian biotech corporation has purchased the exclusive global rights to the entire gene pool of the people of Tonga, a Polynesian nation of some 110,000 people.

Posted on: Dec 26, 2000, Source: AlterNet

A new study shows that corporations enjoying fat, tax-paid contracts from the feds are paying poverty wages to the people actually doing the contract work.

Posted on: Dec 18, 2000, Source: AlterNet

Junk bond king Michael Milken has been orchestrating a well-financed PR and lobbying campaign to win a presidential pardon from Bill Clinton.

Posted on: Dec 18, 2000, Source: AlterNet

A beautiful electoral flower bloomed this year in Maine and Arizona, the first two states to publicly fund clean elections.

Posted on: Dec 11, 2000, Source: AlterNet

Shopping for your pet-ferret this Christmas? Theferretstore.com claims to have the "largest selection of ferret supplies on the planet," including such dress-up outfits as a tuxedo shirt, a sailor hat, a santa suit, and even a ferret biker jacket.

Posted on: Dec 11, 2000, Source: AlterNet

The cold war is over, the Ruskies are now our buddies, the Butchers of Beijing have become our business partners...so where's a spy to go to get a job? Try Motorola, where spying isn't just spying -- it's competitive intelligence.

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