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Company CEOs shouldn't be at home with their families during the holidays if their employees have to work on the holidays.

You probably have hardwood flooring in your home, because we picture all our readers living in Queen-Anne-style estates. In which case, you might be interested to learn that a major hardwood flooring company (Lumber Liquidators) was recently selling Chinese-made laminate with formaldehyde in it – the same formaldehyde that’s carcinogenic. Not the good kind, because there is no good kind.

Despite all the brouhaha that accompanied this story, it turns out that there are no federal regulations about formaldehyde in homes. And for that, you can send a polite thank-you letter to the American Chemistry Council, which boasts such noted and upstanding clients as Dow Jones Chemical, ExxonMobil, and (again) Bayer. The ACC makes the Legion Of Doom look like your grandma’s bridge club: they are the reason why BPA is still in food containers, and why no one knows exactly what chemicals are used in fracking, and why communities are kept in the dark about what the hell goes on inside their local chemical plants. Basically, if anyone ever tries to regulate a chemical that might be killing us, the ACC will use their combined bottomless money pit to make the problem go away.

And hey, if that doesn’t work, at least they’ll have the satisfaction of having slowed down the process much as they could – as they did with silica dust, while workers continued to get sick and die from exposure.

Of course, all of the ACC’s efforts would be for naught if it wasn’t for all the politicians kindly willing to step into their pockets.

7 Times Companies Destroyed The World (And Got Away With It)

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Stand with #StandingRock: The water protectors in Standing Rock are under attack by the police in North Dakota. Several days ago, the world witnessed peaceful Native Americans of Standing Rock being beaten, pepper sprayed, shot with rubber bullets, and forcibly removed from their own sacred land. Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton refused to show support for Standing Rock and failed to condemn the violence and police brutality against Native American citizens. It shows that she values the interests of corporations and Wall Street more than she values the lives of the people and the planet. Republican candidate Donald Trump has yet to even acknowledge what is happening. Besides Bernie Sanders, the only political party who has condemned the oppression in Standing Rock is the Green Party and Presidential candidate Jill Stein, who visited North Dakota in person to stand in solidarity with Standing Rock. 

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The Army Corp of Engineers has announced they are denying the easement for the Dakota Access Pipeline, effectively halting construction of the pipeline to conduct an environmental study. After months of peaceful protest and enduring the brutalization of the North Dakota law enforcement, the Native Americans of Standing Rock Sioux Tribe have prevailed. The victory was celebrated at Standing Rock and across the country. However, there is still speculation that the pipeline will continue after the environmental study is completed. There is also the likely chance that once President-elect Donald Trump takes office in January, he will resume construction of the DAPL. The battle was won but the war is far from over, and activists are continuing their efforts to protest the DAPL. Activists gathered at the Waldorf Astoria where the Wells Fargo Pipeline Symposium was taking place. Wells Fargo is one of the top investors in the DAPL and has earned a reputation as “Big Oil’s biggest banker” owing to its cozy relationship with the oil industry. 

politico.com
Trump's trade war with corporate America
U.S. companies start to face the realities of a White House shunning free trade in favor of a nationalist agenda. By BEN WHITE

NEW YORK — Corporate America’s widespread hope for slashing taxes and regulations is crashing into the harsh reality of a nationalist agenda focused on reducing immigration and dismantling a generation of liberalized trade rules.

The result could upset a post-World War II global economic order that has guided U.S. companies’ strategies for decades.

Top chief executives and some of the nation’s largest business groups are clinging to hope that more moderate economic voices inside the Trump administration will eventually win out in favor of the globally focused approach from recent White Houses. But early signs are already emerging of potentially titanic battles between Trump and some of America’s largest industries.

“I think it’s too early to freak out, but Trump is changing the decision-making calculus to include new risks,” said billionaire Mark Cuban, owner of the NBA’s Dallas Mavericks, a Trump critic during the campaign who found himself on the receiving end of a presidential Twitter blast this past weekend.

The risks are both short term — with immediate public blowback for executives seen as collaborating with President Donald Trump — and much longer term for industries from automakers to retailers. Some firms could see their global supply chains upset by Trump’s inclination toward import tariffs and embrace of an immigration policy that could limit economic growth and damage companies’ ability to hire lower-skilled and high-skilled workers.

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Think of it as plastic memory, this force within you which trends you and your fellows toward tribal forms. This plastic memory seeks to return to its ancient shape, the tribal society. It is all around you—the feudatory, the diocese, the corporation, the platoon, the sports club, the dance troupes, the rebel cell, the planning council, the prayer group … each with its master and servants, its host and parasites. And the swarms of alienating devices (including these very words!) tend eventually to be enlisted in the argument for a return to “those better times.” I despair of teaching you other ways. You have square thoughts which resist circles.
—  Frank Herbert, God Emperor of Dune