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  • How Corporate America Forced Arizona Bill's Veto

    02/27/2014 2:09:08 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 29 replies
    ABC News ^ | 02/27/2014 | SCOTT MAYEROWITZ
    When an important social issue intersected with business in Arizona, Corporate America decided it was time to take a stand. Voicing concern for their employees, customers and bottom lines, prominent companies from American Airlines to Verizon used threats of reduced business to help convince Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer to veto legislation that would have allowed businesses to refuse service to gays based on the owner's religious beliefs. Companies have long spoken out about certain issues they felt threatened their bottom lines, such as taxation and the minimum wage. The strong opposition to the Arizona bill signals an acknowledgement by businesses...
  • Monsanto Wins Case on Genetically Altered Soybeans

    05/13/2013 8:50:24 AM PDT · by Theoria · 62 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 13 May 2013 | Adam Liptak
    <p>The Supreme Court unanimously ruled on Monday that farmers may not use Monsanto’s patented genetically altered soybeans to create new seeds without paying the company a fee.</p> <p>The ruling has implications for many aspects of modern agriculture and for businesses based on vaccines, cell lines and software. But Justice Elena Kagan, writing for the court, emphasized that the justices meant for the decision to be narrow.</p>
  • Corporate Takeover

    03/29/2013 12:21:33 PM PDT · by Marine Sentinel · 9 replies
    The Marine Sentinel ^ | 03/29/2013 | Marine Sentinel
    Patriots the darkness is falling and shadows no more, the darkness of betrayal descends evermore like a suffocating cloak. I really think all Patriots and America need to wake up to the fact of these things I’m about to share which are 100% truth. The separation of the wheat from the chaff is soon to come. I put together a timeline of facts that most will deny but in the end will realize their foolish rebuttals. It all started back in good ole’ 1871 when the post civil war emergency caused the Government to create a corporation called these United...
  • GE, Pfizer, Microsoft, Apple Other Major US Corps Parking More Cash Abroad To Avoid Paying Taxes

    03/11/2013 12:36:02 PM PDT · by NoLibZone · 5 replies
    ibtimes.com ^ | March 11 2013 | Angelo Young
    U.S.-based nonfinancial companies are parking record amounts of cash abroad, thanks largely to a tax code that encourages them to indefinitely keep profits from their foreign subsidiaries outside of the country. Some of the largest companies in the U.S. greatly boosted their tax-avoiding cash stockpiles abroad last year, according to recent surveys of company filings from the Securities and Exchange Commission. For example, the Jedi master of avoiding U.S. taxation, General Electric Company (NYSE:GE), increased its tax-free cash accumulation to $108 billion, up from an estimated $94 billion in 2010. Microsoft Corporation (Nasdaq:MSFT) increased its stockpile to $61 billion, up...
  • Merck Foundation stops giving to Boy Scouts

    12/10/2012 12:07:24 PM PST · by MacNaughton · 77 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 12/10/2012 | AP
    Merck's charitable foundation has stopped giving money to the Boy Scouts of America. The Merck Foundation says the Boy Scouts' exclusion of gays from its ranks and leadership positions conflicts with giving guidelines and the company's nondiscrimination policy. The foundation says it will reconsider giving money to the Boy Scouts if they change their policy on sexual orientation. Merck CEO Kenneth C. Frazier was a scout in his youth. He received the "Good Scout" Award from the Philadelphia Cradle of Liberty Boy Scout Council in June. ...
  • Hyundai Union Threatens Stoppages After Worker Self-Immolation (Union worker sets self on fire)

    01/09/2012 3:24:55 PM PST · by Dallas59 · 14 replies
    Reuters ^ | 1/9/2012 | Reuters
    The labor union of Hyundai Motor has threatened to suspend all engine output in the company's biggest production base from Tuesday, saying an employee set himself on fire to protest the company's alleged "suppression" of unionized workers. The incident indicates labor issues remain a potential vulnerability for the strongly performing South Korean carmaker, although it avoided strikes for a third year in a row last year. The worker and union member with the surname Shin was found in flames at a Hyundai engine plant in the southeastern city of Ulsan at around noon on Sunday, and is currently in critical...
  • Corporations and Labor Unions: Great Ideas Corrupted by Government

    04/21/2011 8:30:21 AM PDT · by Tom Mullen · 4 replies
    Tommullen.net ^ | 4/18/2011 | Tom Mullen
    There are no two institutions in American society that are more associated with the struggle between right and left than corporations and labor unions. Outside of foreign policy, there is nothing that liberals are more hostile towards than corporations, nor anything that conservatives are more hostile towards than labor unions. For most Americans, corporations and labor unions lie at opposite ends of the socio-economic spectrum. Corporations are “conservative and capitalist,” while labor unions are “liberal and socialist.” This is an illusion. In all but the most superficial respects, corporations and labor unions are virtually identical to each other. They are...
  • Study: Half of supermarket meat may have staph bug

    04/16/2011 7:40:48 AM PDT · by Realman30 · 103 replies
    AP ^ | 04-15-11 | Mike Stobbe
    ATLANTA (AP) -- Half the meat and poultry sold in the supermarket may be tainted with the staph germ, a new report suggests. The new estimate is based on just 136 samples of beef, chicken, pork and turkey purchased from grocery stores in Chicago, Los Angeles, Washington, D.C., Flagstaff, Ariz. and Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Proper cooking kills the germs, and federal health officials estimate staph accounts for less than 3 percent of foodborne illnesses, far less than more common bugs like salmonella and E. coli.
  • A Man Who Took Life's Business Lemons and Made His Own Business Lemonade

    07/16/2010 11:40:03 AM PDT · by Niuhuru · 4 replies
    Associated Content ^ | Published July 16, 2010 by: | Alice Winters
    After getting frustrated out of the lemons his problems gave him, David Miller made his own corporate lemonade. Due to the frustration of always having to call technical support to solve his own frequent hardware problems, he started taking the initiative to educate himself.
  • New government thuggery as Congress attacks corporations disclosing increased O’healthcare costs

    03/28/2010 4:31:06 PM PDT · by Starman417 · 45 replies · 1,761+ views
    Flopping Aces ^ | 03-28-10 | Mataharley
    Were it not enough that a representative body slid a major entitlement program thru budget reconciliation rules, and on a partisan vote, Congressional thuggery tactics have soared to a new high. Powerline has copies of a letter from Henry Waxman, chair of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce, demanding that AT&T, and other companies who have publicly disclosed the fiscal repercussions of O'health care, appear before the committee and bring their analyses of the fiscal impact, and any documents including emails and messages reviewed by their senior officials that support their claim of increased operating costs. Translation? CEOs, as...
  • Billboards expose Oracle executive's affair

    01/23/2010 8:59:10 AM PST · by free1977free · 24 replies · 1,658+ views
    latimes.com ^ | January 23, 2010 | By Jessica Guynn
    Reporting from San Francisco - A prominent Silicon Valley executive with ties to the Obama administration has admitted to an extramarital affair after his former mistress plastered romantic pictures of the two of them on giant billboards in three major cities. "I had an 8½-year serious relationship with YaVaughnie Wilkins," said Charles E. Phillips, co-president of Oracle Corp. and a member of President Obama's Economic Recovery Advisory Board. "The relationship with Ms. Wilkins has since ended, and we both wish each other well." Wilkins, a writer and actress, this week had a three-story-tall sign put up near Times Square in...
  • GM re:invention commercial gets the spoof treatment

    06/08/2009 4:09:55 PM PDT · by CryanJack · 4 replies · 674+ views
    We'll start off by saying that this spoof on General Motors' Re:invention commercial is not exactly fair and not exactly accurate... but it is funny. It comes from an Onion-esque type website with a decidedly sharp take on GM's situation, with story headlines like "GM Kicks Dog, Takes Candy from Baby" and "GM Kills Electric Car, Five Others in Shooting Spree." You can watch the original commercial and the spoof after the jump. Make sure you have your sense of humor switched on.
  • Lessons in Buddhism from an Iconoclastic Scholar (Buddhism Developed Corporation)

    02/26/2009 5:04:02 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 263+ views
    UCLA Today ^ | Ajay Singh
    In his Faculty Research Lecture on March 10, Gregory Schopen hopes to illuminate a little-known aspect of Buddhism: the fact that it was one of the earliest social organizations in India to develop what might be called a corporation.AS ONE OF the world's leading authorities on Buddhism, Gregory Schopen has shattered many myths, notably the notion that Buddhist monks in ancient India renounced money and property. While his painstaking research certainly helped Schopen demystify monasticism in the land of Buddhism's birth, he owes his remarkable academic success not so much to scholarship as to his grandfather, a cowboy in South...
  • In Justice Shift, Corporate Deals Replace Trials

    04/09/2008 1:06:47 PM PDT · by BGHater · 2 replies · 43+ views
    NY Times ^ | 09 Apr 2008 | ERIC LICHTBLAU
    In 2005, federal authorities concluded that a Monsanto consultant had visited the home of an Indonesian official and, with the approval of a senior company executive, handed over an envelope stuffed with hundred-dollar bills. The money was meant as a bribe to win looser environmental regulations for Monsanto’s cotton crops, according to a court document. Monsanto was also caught concealing the bribe with fake invoices. A few years earlier, in the age of Enron, these kinds of charges would probably have resulted in a criminal indictment. Instead, Monsanto was allowed to pay $1 million and avoid criminal prosecution by entering...
  • O'Malley Demands That Wealthy Pay "Fair Share"

    08/25/2007 5:27:11 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 7 replies · 315+ views
    Cranky Community Curmudgeon ^ | August 24, 2007 | Cranky Community Curmudgeon
    In another apparent effort to prepare Marylanders for looming tax increases, Gov. Martin O'Malley released a recorded statement to radio stations suggesting corporations and higher-income earners will be among those asked to pay more. "When given a choice between decline and progress, the people of Maryland always choose to make progress," O'Malley (D) says in the message, which runs more than two minutes and was sent to more than 50 radio stations, an aide said. "Together we can overcome the deficit in our path, and we can get our fiscal house in order in a way that improves our state...
  • Corporate America: The New Gay Activists

    07/20/2007 4:27:13 AM PDT · by monomaniac · 12 replies · 591+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | Mon Jul 16, 2007 | Kirk Snyder
    In a recent study by Gallup, almost ninety percent of Americans said they believe gay people should have equal rights in the workplace. Interestingly, only forty-seven percent of these same people believe that being gay is "morally acceptable." So what has convinced nearly nine out of ten people across the country that gays and lesbians deserve equality at work even when they don't believe gay is OK? Charting a course unplanned but nevertheless successful, Corporate America is shaping up to be the most persuasive gay activists of the decade. How are they doing it? With a simple three-step formula: credibility...
  • Caesar Calls in the Chips

    07/04/2007 8:51:52 AM PDT · by John Leland 1789 · 4 replies · 479+ views
    Biblical Law Center | July 2, 2007 | Dr. Greg Dixon
    Caesar Calls in the Chips By Dr. Greg Dixon Pastor Mark Holick and Evangelist Bill Keller are bold as lions, more than most Baptist preachers we know, even though their actions may fall into the “zeal without knowledge” category. Both find themselves in a running battle with the Internal Revenue Service over the content of their sermons and the direction that they believe God is leading them to conduct their ministries. Holick (31) is the Senior Pastor of the Spirit One Christian Center of Wichita, Kansas and Keller (40) conducts a non-profit TV and internet ministry in Tampa, Florida. As...
  • Mercer ranks countries' paid vacation policies

    06/13/2007 9:38:41 AM PDT · by DarkSavant · 11 replies · 941+ views
    CNN ^ | June 13 2007 | Jeanne Sahadi
    Top of page PAID TIME OFF WITH 10 YEARS' TENURE Country/Region Minimum Paid Vacation Days Paid public holidays Total Australia 20 11 (avg.) 31** Austria 25 13 38 Belgium 20 10 30 Bulgaria 20 12 32 Canada 10 10 (avg.) 20 Cyprus 21 15 36 Czech Rep. 20 11 31 Denmark 25 10 35 Egypt 21 16 37 Estonia 28 10 38 Finland 30 14 44 France 30 10 40 Germany 24 10 34 Greece 25 12 37 Hong Kong 14 12 26 Hungary 23 (if over thirty-one yrs old) 10 33 India 12 19 31 Indonesia 12 13 25...
  • "The Corporation" documentary?? (Vanity)

    10/25/2006 8:38:05 PM PDT · by turbocat · 18 replies · 594+ views
    10/25/06 | turbocat
    My son, in high school, is watching "The Corporation" in history class. And as he decsribes it, it is very biased and anti big business. So he's been the only one in class to spout off. I haven't seen it and all reviews on the Internet just say how great it is. Has anyone seen it? And can anyone provide a couple of good rebuttals to help balance the class discussions? Thanks
  • America Supports You: Corporation Targets Group for Support

    08/31/2006 6:49:09 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 223+ views
    America Supports You ^ | Samantha L. Quigley
    WASHINGTON, Aug. 31, 2006 – Target Corporation, a national retailer, has taken aim at a Washington area troops support group, providing it with a $20,000 donation, the founder and president of Our Military Kids said. “I actually approached Target to see if they, as a corporation, would be interested in providing us with any financial support for our program,” Linda Davidson said. “They … evaluated the program and came back to us and said they would be very interested in helping to support the fine-arts portion of our grant program.” Our Military Kids, Inc., works to ensure children of deployed...
  • China Fuyao set to bid for Ford auto glass assets

    08/01/2006 5:30:33 AM PDT · by OpusatFR · 7 replies · 407+ views
    Reuters ^ | Tuesday, August 1, 2006 | Fang Yan and George Chen, editing by Ken Wills
    SHANGHAI, Aug 1 (Reuters) - Fuyao Group Glass Industries Co. Ltd. (600660.SS: Quote, Profile, Research), China's biggest auto glass maker, is set to bid for North American glass making assets of Ford Motor Co. (F.N: Quote, Profile, Research), two sources familar with the matter said. Automotive Component Holdings LLC, a parts subsidiary of Ford, is discussing the sale of glass manufacturing operations and other assets as part of the U.S. auto maker's restructuring. Fuyao has held two rounds of talks with Ford and has been selected to submit a final bid for the glass assets, a source told Reuters. The...
  • Prosecutor Forms Task Force To Probe Stock-Option Grants

    07/14/2006 5:42:22 AM PDT · by Brilliant · 203+ views
    WSJ ^ | July 14, 2006 | JOHN HECHINGER
    The U.S. attorney for the Northern District of California launched a task force focused on stock-options backdating by companies, ratcheting up the government's probes of possible manipulation of a form of executive pay... Federal prosecutors around the country and the Securities and Exchange Commission are investigating more than 50 companies because executives received options grants at low prices just before steep jumps in company share prices. Investigators suspect companies may have backdated, or otherwise changed, the timing of options to make them more lucrative. An option gives its holder the right to buy shares at an exercise price -- typically...
  • Investment Market Trends: Sectors

    07/08/2006 2:37:37 PM PDT · by G. Stolyarov II · 287+ views
    PanAsianBiz ^ | July 6, 2006 | Dr. Bill Belew
    I attended a recent Investment in China and India Summit hosted by Financial Research Associates. I will use this forum to share some of insights that were given at this summit for the benefit of those hoping/thinking/planning on investing in an Asian country -- China, India, or Japan. Growth Capital- Dominant type of fund in Asia by number, especially in country-focused funds; focused on backing firms that are already established but are looking for capital to support strong growth. Buyouts- True control buyouts are a more recent phenomenon in Asia. Most funds focused on buyouts are larger Pan-Asian funds or...
  • For-Profit Education Shares are Down

    06/25/2006 6:41:44 PM PDT · by G. Stolyarov II · 155+ views
    TheBizofKnowledge ^ | June 21, 2006 | Dr. Bill Belew
    Apollo Group is the biggest of the ForPro education groups. It owns the University of Phoenix. Yesterday its stock fell 2 percent after reporting lower third-quarter profits because of higher costs. Corinthian Colleges is another of the big players. It, too, reported a loss of 3 cents/share. DeVry lost 15 cents, and Educational Services lost 3 cents/share as well. Everybody's trading down, albeit down very little. Does this mean that the quality of education provided by these groups has also dipped? Are students losing out 2% on their classes? or 3 cents/dollar they spend on their tuition? Hardly. One of...
  • How New Graduates Can Succeed in American Companies

    06/24/2006 5:46:13 PM PDT · by G. Stolyarov II · 1 replies · 344+ views
    TheBizofKnowledge ^ | June 22, 2006 | Dr. Bill Belew
    Jack Welch gives advice on how the new graduate can succeed in American companies. It seems to be good advice to succeed in any company -- anywhere. His number one piece of advice: OVERDELIVER - This is very un-American -- and very un-student-like. In school, students learn to meet certain objectives -- answer certain questions within certain time parameters. In the workforce -- it's not that way anymore. To get an A+ in business, Welch says, a person -- 22 years old or 62 years old -- needs to: 1. Expand the organization's expectations of what you can do --...
  • Corsi files FOIA request to expose plans for 'North American union'

    06/20/2006 12:32:10 AM PDT · by Trupolitik · 96 replies · 1,217+ views
    World Net Daily ^ | June 20th, 2006 | World Net daily
    Author Jerome Corsi filed a Freedom of Information Act request yesterday asking for full disclosure of the activities of an office implementing a trilateral agreement with Mexico and Canada that apparently could lead to a North American union, despite having no authorization from Congress. Corsi specifically has requested the partnership's membership lists, constitutive documents, meeting minutes, meeting agendas and meeting schedules as well as all findings, reports, presentations or memoranda. He also wants all comments to representatives of the "Prosperity Working Groups" or other working groups, committees or task forces associated with the partnership along with internal and external interagency...
  • Berkery, Noyes & Co. LLC Add an Education Executive

    06/19/2006 6:29:25 PM PDT · by G. Stolyarov II · 186+ views
    TheBizofKnowledge ^ | June 15, 2006 | Dr. Bill Belew
    Berkery, Noyes & Co. LLC is a leading independent investment bank that provides M & A services to the global information, publishing, and IT sectors. The group has been involved as an advisor for most major transactions, buying and/or selling, related to the education market in recent years. 1. National Geographic Society bought Hampton-Brown Co. 2. ProQuest bought Voyager Expanded Learning. 3. Touchstone Applied Science Associates just purchased Questar Educational Systems. I reckon Berkery, Noyes figures it better get someone on board who knows something about post-secondary schools and other forms of higher-ed, including the fopros. So, they have hired...
  • Sakhalin Island and Major Oil Reserves

    06/19/2006 6:08:28 PM PDT · by G. Stolyarov II · 4 replies · 347+ views
    PanAsianBiz ^ | June 15, 2006 | Dr. Bill Belew
    Sakhalin Island is a remote and sparsely populated area in the farthest east section of Russia. It sits to the north of Japan's northernmost island of Hokkaido. Its ports freeze over part of each year because, well, it is so dang cold. But Sakhalin is where the future may lie -- at least for Russia's big oil. The island is about 600 miles long -- about the length of California but about one/fourth the size -- and there are an estimated 45 billion barrels of oil equivalent that lie beneath its seas. California probably has that much, too, but the...
  • Yahoo to Buy into South Korean GMarket

    06/09/2006 9:50:52 AM PDT · by G. Stolyarov II · 198+ views
    PanAsianBiz ^ | June 9, 2006 | Dr. Bill Belew
    Yahoo is planning to pony up $60 million to buy a 10% share in South Korea's No 2. online retailer GMarket. South Korea has one of Asia's fastest growing e-commerce industries. Yahoo will buy its steak, I mean, stake from the venture capital firm Oak Investment Partners. It seems Oak Investment is the only significant outside institutional investor in GMarket...in other words, Yahoo had to go through them to get their foot in the door. Yahoo's COO, Dan Rosenweigg, said, "GMarket's strength in e-commerce complements the strong offerings we already provide in the Korean market across communications, content, and search...
  • $650-Billion Tech-Services Industry Must Rethink, Says Infosys CEO Nilekani

    06/08/2006 8:31:43 AM PDT · by G. Stolyarov II · 10 replies · 505+ views
    ZhonghuaRising ^ | June 8, 2006 | Dr. Bill Belew
    I read that it used to cost about $70 on average for a computer geek to walk from cubicle to cubicle to install the needed software on individual PCs at different work stations. Now, IBM has 200 people in Toronto running a software installation factory for clients worldwide. Packages are delivered over the Internet to machines at 20 cents per PC. Whoa! Big difference! Giants in the PC market don't have the luxury of making gradual changes in the way they do things anymore. Indian companies have rewritten the rules of competition - because Indians can do it cheaper and...
  • Design Barcode- Tokyo-Based

    06/07/2006 12:24:31 PM PDT · by G. Stolyarov II · 5 replies · 304+ views
    RisingSunofNihon ^ | June 7, 2006 | Dr. Bill Belew
    Well, what do you know, Japan came up with an idea first, and it's America's turn to chase it. It's called design barcoding. A Tokyo-based company customizes bar codes for Japanese companies such as Wacoal, an apparel maker. Now, it wants to bring its business stateside. The idea is have bar codes with logos or images. These days, self-checkout counters are becoming hot, and millions of eyes are noticing those little lines as they turn and aim them at the scanner. Interesting idea, eh? Media buzz in Japan gave companies like Pacarc plenty of free publicity on the matter. I...
  • Microsoft Research Asia Sets the Standard

    06/07/2006 11:56:02 AM PDT · by G. Stolyarov II · 3 replies · 346+ views
    ZhonghuaRising ^ | June 7, 2006 | Dr. Bill Belew
    The first high-level research center opened by Microsoft was in Cambridge, England. The second was in Beijing. The research and development center that was established in Beijing has served as a model center for the company as it expands to countries like India (last year) and Russia (??). Long before multinational companies had started taking China seriously, Microsoft was already there, thinking of China as NOT just a potential market, but as a source of talent. Microsoft often takes a beating for its bully attitude. What should be said about its attitude for being a forward thinker in developing countries?...
  • GE CEO, Jeff Immelt, Has High Praise For China

    06/07/2006 10:38:24 AM PDT · by G. Stolyarov II · 7 replies · 403+ views
    PanAsianBiz ^ | June 4, 2006 | Dr. Bill Belew
    Jeff Immelt, GE Chairman, thinks more about China than how much money his company can make in China...though I am sure that is always in the back of his mind. "Not only do I view China as a market, but I also view it as a center of excellence in technology and manufacturing that can benefit all of our products all around the world," he said. Hear that? China has good quality engineers and scientists and they have a contribution to make to the world. GE has nearly 13,000 employees in China. Some of these employees plan to focus on...
  • Aleksei Mordashov Plays Real Monopoly- Arcelor

    06/07/2006 10:33:30 AM PDT · by G. Stolyarov II · 142+ views
    PanAsianBiz ^ | June 4, 2006 | Dr. Bill Belew
    Aleksei Mordashov, the CEO of Russian Steel Co. Severstal says he is befuddled by his proposed $16.5 Billion deal with the steel giant Arcelor. "The deal would create the world's largest steel company with a 6% of global production," Mordashov says. It would also give him a 32% share of the new company his critics say. Arcelor, apparently is a national treasure in the European countries where it operates - Fance and Belgium. Another company, Mittal, wants to buy out Arcelor and the Arcelor board doesn't like that idea either. It sounds to me like they just don't want to...
  • Toyota Does Right When They Do Wrong-- Prius Recall

    06/07/2006 10:27:19 AM PDT · by G. Stolyarov II · 26 replies · 1,066+ views
    PanAsianBiz ^ | June 5, 2006 | Dr. Bill Belew
    Toyota is planning to voluntarily recall about 2/3 of the Prius cars they have made. Someone in Japan learned that when you turn the steeling wheel and drive real slow into a curb, it can break something in the steering mechanism. Trust me, you drive very slowly in Japan a lot, with the steering wheel turned all the way the left or right. Usually, its bad business for a car company to do something like this. However, Toyota is sucking it up, making the changes on their own dime BEFORE a tire blows out, or a car rolls over and...
  • Labor Leaders are Glad to See Hyundai's Chief in Jail

    06/07/2006 10:07:38 AM PDT · by G. Stolyarov II · 7 replies · 500+ views
    PanAsianBiz ^ | June 7, 2006 | Dr. Bill Belew
    Labor leaders in Korea are not disappointed to see Hyundai CEO, Chung Mong Koo, take a fall. What union leaders ( I hate unions ) hope for is that this will give Hyundai Motors a chance to make another leap forward because they will be out from under the 'emperor-like' rule of Chung. Hyundai is the world's number 7 auto-maker and Chung now owns 5.2% of it from jail. Though he owned such a small portion he had near absolute control and was even said to be a micro manager to the point of deciding what color the parts under...
  • IBM Staffs Up in Low-Cost Countries

    06/06/2006 6:24:52 PM PDT · by G. Stolyarov II · 66 replies · 921+ views
    PanAsianBiz ^ | June 6, 2006 | Dr. Bill Belew
    IBM is staffing up in low-cost countries. To know one's surprise two of those countries are India and China. One more country is Brazil and IBM is also taking aim at Eastern Europe. But just how much is IBM depending on these countries and for what? Eastern Europe - IBM has grown from 2,900 workers to 5,125 workers since 2003. Eastern Europe provides data centers, service skills centers and Linux development labs. The work force in Brazil has doubled since 2003 - 4,500 to 9,000 and they are providing data centers, call centers and Linux development. The Chinese work force...
  • Believe it or not, some people like meetings

    03/11/2006 4:18:42 AM PST · by Caipirabob · 45 replies · 658+ views
    Special to The Times ^ | March 6 2006 | Marianne Szegedy-Maszak
    There are many things to like about work — the collegiality, the productivity, the paycheck — but few people would include meetings in the list. Monotonous, time-consuming, often pointless, meetings can be to workdays what speed bumps are to main thoroughfares: annoying, well-intentioned impediments to progress. Now researchers have examined how an endless series of meetings can affect employees' sense of well-being and job satisfaction. In a report published recently in the Journal of Applied Psychology, researchers found that more people acknowledge meetings as a positive part of their days at work than they would ever publicly admit. The results...
  • A New Gaming Feature—Spyware

    12/09/2005 10:44:09 AM PST · by jb6 · 18 replies · 920+ views
    Rejoice gaming fans, for the latest new “feature” of Blizzard Entertainment’s smash hit multi-player online videogame World of Warcraft is here! No, it’s not a new Sword of Destruction or Staff of Power—it’s spyware! Yes, unbeknownst to many gamers, World of Warcraft now has an unwanted special feature—a hidden program called “Warden” that snoops gamers’ computers looking for any "unauthorized third-party program" that “enables or facilitates cheating of any type.” According to Greg Hoglund, co-author of "Exploiting Software, How to Break Code," this hidden program opens every process on a gamer’s computer, from email programs to privacy managers, and sniffs...
  • On a scheme to hoodwink America's poor: Hugo Chavez enlists a Kennedy for his anti-U.S. campaign

    11/22/2005 6:10:29 AM PST · by alekboyd · 11 replies · 698+ views
    vcrisis.com ^ | 22.11.05 | Pedro M. Burelli
    On the latter development, Sunday’s Boston Globe ran a front page story (read below in full) under the triumphant title “Thousands in Massachusetts to get cheaper oil”. The subheading states that “[Congressman Willliam] Delahunt, Chávez help broker deal”, and the story goes on to inform us that according to Citizens Energy Corp, “the approximately $9 million deal will bring nine million gallons of oil to [45,000] families and three million gallons to institutions that serve the poor, such as homeless shelters”.
  • Why Wal-Mart is good (Its the Capitalism, stupid!)

    10/11/2005 6:48:59 PM PDT · by proud_yank · 101 replies · 1,898+ views
    MacLeans (canada) ^ | July 25, 2005 | STEVE MAICH
    We've heard all the horror stories about the retail giant. They're just not true. STEVE MAICH There's a place on the western edge of Cleveland that encapsulates the story of the city -- its proud industrial past, its slow depressing decline, its hopes for a brighter future. But the battle now being waged over that patch of land tells an even bigger tale. It's called the steelyard flats, a 130-acre plot of barren wasteland at the intersection of Interstates 90 and 71, in what was once the heart of Cleveland's thriving steel industry. The site has sat idle since 2000,...
  • New Orleans' Jobs Washed Away

    10/06/2005 8:46:08 PM PDT · by maecostar · 68 replies · 1,455+ views
    NEW ORLEANS (CBS) Every day, Philip and Sharon Watson discover something else they have lost. First, it was their house. Then they lost an aunt in one of the nursing home tragedies. And now, Sharon, who has been a teacher in New Orleans for 27 years, has lost her job. "When I was told, it hit me like 'boom'," Sharon Watson said. "I have no more tears." Watson is one of thousands in New Orleans that have lost jobs. CBS News correspondent Byron Pitts reports that in some communities, more people are out of work than have jobs. Economists estimate...
  • Warning: Your clever little blog could get you fired

    06/16/2005 6:00:44 AM PDT · by Momaw Nadon · 57 replies · 1,911+ views
    USA TODAY via Yahoo! ^ | Wednesday, June 15, 2005 | Stephanie Armour
    <p>Like a growing number of employees, Peter Whitney decided to launch a blog on the Internet to chronicle his life, his friends and his job at a division of Wells Fargo.</p> <p>Then he began taking jabs at a few people he worked with.</p>
  • Whistling Fairness: Taking on Corporate Preferences

    06/16/2005 6:12:52 AM PDT · by Alia · 1 replies · 452+ views
    National Review Online ^ | 06-16-05 | Roger Clegg, Center for Equal Opportunity
    Preferences on the basis of race, ethnicity, and sex — a.k.a. “affirmative action” — are found principally in three areas: education (notably university admissions), contracting (like minority set-asides), and employment (both public and private). For a variety of reasons, employment preferences — particularly in the private sector — have proved harder to uncover than the others. This is too bad, because sunlight is the best disinfectant: If preferences are exposed, they will often be abandoned, because corporate general counsels know that they can get the company into legal hot-water, no matter how much the politically correct human-resources types push them.It...
  • Liberal college "Human Rights" Conference, Educating our children Barf alert

    03/29/2005 11:50:38 AM PST · by carolina rebel · 10 replies · 388+ views
    Announcement | 03/29/2005 | carolina Rebel
    UNC Asheville will host two human rights events on Saturday, April 2, in UNC Asheville’s Humanities Lecture Hall. Human Rights Watch Special Counsel Reed Brody will discuss “From Guantanamo to Abu Ghraib: Getting Away with Torture” at noon. A screening of “The Corporation” will follow at 2 p.m. Events are free and open to the public. Brody is special counsel at Human Rights Watch, the largest American human rights organization. He is author of the recent HRW reports, “The Road to Abu Ghraib,” which examines the roots of the Iraqi prisoner abuse scandal, and “The United States’ ‘Disappeared,’ ” which...
  • Liberal Lunatic of the Day - (Naomi Klein in The Nation)

    03/13/2005 9:39:03 PM PST · by CHARLITE · 4 replies · 406+ views
    LIBERAL LUNACY.NET ^ | MARCH 13, 2005 | Staff
    Naomi Klein, writing in The Nation magazine asks the question, "Can Democracy Survive Bush's Embrace?" Klein writes, “It started off as a joke and has now become vaguely serious: the idea that Bono might be named president of the World Bank.” Bono talks to Republicans as they like to see themselves: not as administrators of a diminishing public sphere they despise but as CEOs of a powerful private corporation called America. "Brand USA is in trouble...it's a problem for business." The solution is "to re-describe ourselves to a world that is unsure of our values." Klein continues, “The Bush Administration...
  • Do Corporations Have Social Responsibility?

    02/16/2005 6:09:03 AM PST · by paudio · 21 replies · 589+ views
    capitalism magazine ^ | 2/16/05 | Walter Williams
    On Jan. 20, 2005, J.P. Morgan Chase announced that it had completed research to determine whether it had any links to slavery. Its website (www2.bankone.com/presents/home/) announced: "Today, we are reporting that this research found that between 1831 and 1865 two of our predecessor banks -- Citizens Bank and Canal Bank in Louisiana -- accepted approximately 13,000 enslaved individuals as collateral on loans and took ownership of approximately 1,250 of them when the plantation owners defaulted on the loans." J.P. Morgan Chase went on to "apologize to the American public, and particularly to African-Americans, for the role that Citizens Bank and...
  • Arizona Democratic Party illegally took $100,000 from corporations

    10/05/2004 11:13:01 AM PDT · by arizonarachel · 7 replies · 472+ views
    The Daily Dispatch ^ | Saturday, October 02, 2004 | Howard Fischer
    PHOENIX - The state Democratic Party illegally took about $100,000 from corporations, the Arizona Court of Appeals ruled Thursday. In a split decision, the judges said the donations violate state laws which specifically bar corporations and labor unions from influencing elections. The ruling, unless overturned, will require the party to refund the cash and bar it from taking similar donations in the future. (continued)
  • Kerry courts America's corporate leaders - A.K.A. Benedict Arnold Wealthy Few Support

    08/06/2004 8:23:08 PM PDT · by TheEaglehasLanded · 4 replies · 310+ views
    The Guardian ^ | August 5, 2004 | David Teather
    David Teather in New York Thursday August 5, 2004 The Guardian John Kerry, the Democratic nominee for president, published a list of about 200 entrepreneurs supporting his run for the White House, in an effort to reassure voters of his moderate credentials. The list, not unexpectedly, included endorsements from players in the entertainment and fashion industries. Among the signatories were Miramax boss Harvey Weinstein; former Hollywood mogul Barry Diller; the chairman of Warner Music, Edgar Bronfman Jr; Dreamworks co-founder Jeffrey Katzenberg; Peter Chernin, the chief operating officer of News Corporation and Jann Wenner, chairman of Rolling Stone magazine's publisher, Wenner...
  • THE CORPORATION / *** (Not rated) (Ebert review/alert)

    07/16/2004 9:21:03 AM PDT · by RightWingAtheist · 20 replies · 1,457+ views
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | July 16, 2004 | Roger Ebert
    was at a health ranch last week, where the idea is to clear your mind for serene thoughts. At dinner one night, a woman at the table referred to Arizona as a "right to work state." Unwisely, I replied: "Yeah -- the right to work cheap." She said, "I think you'll find the non-union workers are quite well paid." Exercising a supreme effort of will to avoid pronouncing the syllables "Wal-Mart," I replied: "If so, that's because unions have helped raise salaries for everybody." She replied: "The unions steal their members' dues." I replied, "How much money would you guess...