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The Strange Case Of The Dying Bees

The Strange Case Of The Dying Bees

In the 1970 movie “No Blade of Grass,” a disease strikes grasses, which kills off most human and animal food: “Three cereals – rice, wheat, and maize (corn) – provide more than half of all calories eaten by humans. Of all crops, 70% are grasses [including oats, rye, sorghum, millet, and sugarcane].” –Wikipedia Colony Collapse […]

Why Do We Celebrate Labor Day?

Why Do We Celebrate Labor Day?

PHOTO: The 1912 Lawrence Textile Strike When you’ve thrown some hot dogs and hamburgers on the barbie, and are sucking on a cool one (and/or toking some fine shit) while wearing a “World’s Greatest Cook” apron, stop for a moment and try to understand why you’re celebrating (hint: not because you have a day off). […]

Corporate Persons Are Diagnosably Sociopathic

Corporate Persons Are Diagnosably Sociopathic

United States law has long declared that corporations are “persons,” not “natural persons,” like you and me, but “legal persons”, with many of the same rights as natural persons, including, thanks to the Supreme Court in 2010, the right to contribute unlimited amounts of money to political campaigns. So, since we probably have more dealings with […]

Rethinking How We Do Business: ‘Corporate Social Responsibility’ Is Not A Myth

Rethinking How We Do Business: ‘Corporate Social Responsibility’ Is Not A Myth

PHOTO: Women outside a Danone yogurt factory in Bangladesh Even though the Supreme Court has said corporations are “persons,” there are many who feel they have rights, but, unlike real people, very few obligations. As economist Milton Friedman said: “The sole purpose of business is to provide a financial return for their owners. By doing […]