Browsing the "Economy" Category

Hidden Wealth of Obscenely Rich Can Not Be Measured

August 8th, 2014 | by Rhonda Winter

New research by the European Central Bank and the London School of Economics shows that the super wealthy are now so obscenely rich and adept at hiding money, that their assets can not even be accurately measured

Amtrak Wants Military Vets to be 1/4 of Their Workforce

February 27th, 2014 | by Rhonda Winter

Trains are my favorite method of travel, and Amtrak has given us another reason to feel good about riding the rails. Directly reaching out to one of our nation's most underserved populations, by 2015 Amtrak wants at least a quarter of its workers to be military veterans

Why are Millionaires Attacking Unemployed Poor People?

January 13th, 2014 | by Rhonda Winter

In our nation the myth continues to be perpetuated that if you work hard, anyone can get rich; which inherently implies that if you are not rich, clearly you just have not worked hard enough. Comedian Jon Stewart highlights just how ludicrous this flawed ethos truly is

How Wall Street Wolves Devoured My Mom

December 28th, 2013 | by Rhonda Winter

After seeing The Wolf of Wall Street this week, I felt weirdly queasy and dirty. Martin Scorsese's new film totally glamorizes heinous financial crimes that utterly destroyed many thousands of families. The stylized movie flaccidly portrays these sociopathic Wall Street criminals as comical narcissists swimming through a sea of naked ladies, completely dismissing the tsunami of brutal personal destruction wrought upon countless victims

Elizabeth Warren: Expanding Social Security Now is Reality

December 16th, 2013 | by Rhonda Winter

Senator Elizabeth Warren is demanding that our nation strengthen Social Security benefits, as more citizens than ever before are struggling financially, experiencing food insecurity or living in poverty. For millions of seniors, their monthly Social Security payments are the only thing that keeps them from being homeless, hungry and destitute

Why Sharing is a Revolutionary Act, and Our Future

November 5th, 2013 | by Rhonda Winter

Beth Buczynski's new book: Sharing is Good: How to Save Money, Time and Resources through Collaborative Consumption, chronicles the roadmap to our sustainable future. This accessible and well-written volume explains the many ways that sharing our resources can not only help to save money, energy and time, but can also allow us to strengthen our communities and build more meaningful personal relationships with one another

The Story of Solutions: Why Bigger is Not Better

October 29th, 2013 | by Rhonda Winter

For five years Annie Leonard and the folks from the innovative Story of Stuff Project have been creating compact educational videos explaining complicated ideas in a very accessible and easy to understand format. One of their most recent short films, The Story of Solutions, is perhaps the most hopeful and inspiring in the series

Consumerism’s Flaws Explained and the Story of Broke

October 24th, 2013 | by Rhonda Winter

How can we create a more sustainable economy and a healthier society? Can we get beyond just fixating upon making money and consuming more stuff? The Story of Broke video might help provide us with a place to start

Workers Stand Up to Unfair Providence Labor Practices

October 20th, 2013 | by Rhonda Winter

Labor unions have been under increasing attack in the United States for many years. Last week several dozen healthcare union members of SEIU 1199NW organized an informational picket during rush hour in front of a Providence facility in Lacey, Washington; their focus was to raise public awareness about their ongoing struggle to regain slashed health care benefits, as well as their ongoing delayed struggle for a fair labor contract

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