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Posted on: Sep 4, 2000, Source: AlterNet

Today's Silicon Valley nouveau riche are a far cry from yesterday's old money, says conservative David Brooks. He calls the information age elite Bobos for bourgeois bohemians, "highly educated folk who have one foot in the bohemian world of creativity and another foot in the bourgeois realm of worldly success."

Posted on: Aug 27, 2000, Source: AlterNet

Bagel buttons, defrost buttons, reheat buttons, and cancel reset buttons: with all the wonders of modern technology, companies can't even make a reasonably priced toaster that lasts. It's symptomatic of what's gone wrong with our modern disposable society.

Posted on: Aug 17, 2000, Source: AlterNet

Conference Board, the New York-based business-backed research enterprise best known for its monthly Leading Economic Indicators and Consumer Confidence Index, recently released a report detailing the widening of the wealth gap. What's more surprising is the list of Fortune 500s who underwrote it.

Posted on: Aug 7, 2000, Source: AlterNet

It's not easy criminally prosecuting a major American corporation, especially when one of its top officers is a big Democratic Party contributor.

Posted on: Jul 31, 2000, Source: AlterNet

The U.S. has pledged a billion dollars per year in loans to debt-saddled African nations that cannot afford high-priced HIV-treatment. Even though drug makers will sell the drugs at discounted prices, are the loans mere ploys to slow the development of less costly generic HIV-drugs?

Posted on: Jul 30, 2000, Source: AlterNet

Given the spectacular advances in clean automobile technology over the century, there is just no reason -- other than pure criminality -- why we have been forced to live and die today with gas-guzzling, polluting automobiles.

Posted on: Jul 17, 2000, Source: AlterNet

The legitimacy of a report warning that the UN Global Warming Treaty will push Blacks and Hispanics into poverty has been undermined by its questionable financing. Backed by a coal industry front group, the report was released by six Black and Hispanic labor, civil rights, and business organizations.

Posted on: Jul 3, 2000, Source: AlterNet

There may be legitimate public policy rationales for raising gas prices -- notably, to spur conservation -- but if so, such price increases should be government mandated, with revenues used for appropriate public purposes. They should not be the result of industry rip-offs and profiteering.

Posted on: Jun 19, 2000, Source: AlterNet

Two Congressmen have offered sweeping proposals to regulate multinational corporations and to reorient the global economy towards sustainable development, not corporate greed.

Posted on: Jun 12, 2000, Source: AlterNet

The hot issue of genetically engineered foods will undoubtedly put Consumer Federation of America to a test.

Posted on: May 29, 2000, Source: AlterNet

Last Wednesday, we walked down to the MCI Center to catch the "National Tribute to President Clinton." The event reeked of corporate corruption.

Posted on: May 22, 2000, Source: AlterNet

General Electric's effort to pressure its supplier companies to move production to Mexico is becoming clearer.

Posted on: May 15, 2000, Source: AlterNet

The endless amount of soft money cash flowing from corporate coffers into federal campaigns and national political parties have created a veritable tsunami of corruption that is crashing over the countryside. According to Charles Korb, president of the Committee for Economic Development, Washington's culture of corruption has given the green light to the rest of the country. "Go for it!" is the message being sent out from both ends of Pennsylvania Avenue -- and the country is responding.

Posted on: May 3, 2000, Source: AlterNet

The Time Warner-Disney conflict symbolizes how media concentration will hurt consumers and democratic processes.

Posted on: May 1, 2000, Source: AlterNet

The Time Warner-Disney conflict symbolizes how media concentration will hurt consumers and democratic processes.

Posted on: Apr 26, 2000, Source: AlterNet

The Center for the Moral Defense of Capitalism recently called the press conference to announce its opposition to Earth Day. Why in the heck would anybody be against Earth Day?

Posted on: Apr 25, 2000, Source: AlterNet

"Fearful of a public backlash that might drive the biotech industry into oblivion, Monsanto is reaching out to its critics."

Posted on: Apr 25, 2000, Source: AlterNet

"The U.S. government was slow to act in stopping the East Timorese bloodbath not only because it wanted to protect Nike's and other U.S. multinationals' interests, but also because the U.S. foreign policy and military establishments attach great geopolitical importance to maintaining good ties with the Indonesian military..."

Posted on: Apr 25, 2000, Source: AlterNet

"Few top government officials have managed to emerge as unscathed from a half dozen years in the Washington, D.C. spotlight as former Treasury Secretary Robert Rubin. And Rubin did better than escape without scratches -- he ended his term of office with his image enhanced."

Posted on: Apr 25, 2000, Source: AlterNet

After her cutting edge plant tissue culture research was hijacked by biotech corporations, Indiana University biology professor Martha Crouch began teaching her students of the dangers of industrialized chemical agriculture -- and has come under fire from the scientific community in the process.