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Mark Ames

  1. Uber's drivers are employees, not "contractors": California labor commission ruling

    Uber’s business model—skim profits off drivers, while avoiding the expenses that come with hiring drivers as employees—just suffered a major blow: the California labor commission has just ruled that Uber’s drivers are, in fact, employees, not contractors. Uber, which has seen its valuation soar to over $50 billion, can no longer claim that it is just a nifty little app that happens to pair up micro-entrepreneurial drivers and consumers, thereby avoiding the expenses and laws that other transportation and logistics companies have to bear.

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  2. Silicon Valley and the Ingestible Bilderberg ID Chips

    —DailyPaul.com, June 11, 2012 If someone says “Bilderberg Group” with a straight face, most respectable folks reach for their canister of Bear Mace spray—only to check themselves because odds are, if someone is talking “Bilderberg” they’re probably packing something far more lethal than pepper fog.

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  3. Seymour Hersh and the dangers of corporate muckraking

    Ida Tarbell dug deep into Rockefeller’s Standard Oil empire and all the ways it exercised a kind of private government tyranny over huge swathes of public life; Tarbell’s work directly influenced the antitrust breakup of Standard Oil in 1911. Upton Sinclair exposed brutality in the meatpacking industry — on its workers, the slaughtered animals, and the diseased, rat-infested meats that eventually wound up in consumers’ homes — leading to the Meat Inspection Act and the Food and Drug Administration. Other muckraking exposés led to state-level child labor and workers’ comp laws, the progressive income tax amendment, and laws placing vast expanses of land and forests under federal protection from rapacious robber barons.

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  4. Neocons 2.0: The problem with Peter Pomerantsev

    "We're an empire now, and when we act, we create our own reality. And while you're studying that reality — judiciously, as you will — we'll act again, creating other new realities, which you can study too, and that's how things will sort out."

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  5. Lapdogs, redux: How the press tried to discredit Seymour Hersh's bombshell reporting on CIA domestic spying

    Seymour Hersh found himself in the middle of an F-5 shitstorm this week after breaking his biggest blockbuster story of the Obama Era, debunking the official heroic White House story about how Navy SEALs took out Osama Bin Laden in a daring, secret nighttime raid in the heart of Pakistan.

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  6. "The biggest company you've never heard of" acquired by major military contractor you've heard of

    Last week, one of the biggest names in military-intelligence contracting, SAIC (Science Applications International Corporation) acquired “the biggest [military-intelligence] company you’ve never heard of,” Scitor, for $790 million.

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  7. For the record, here's the Ron Paul newsletter on 1992's L.A. riots and advice on killing black "animals"

    Earlier this week, I wrote about Rand Paul's reaction to the riots in Baltimore — blaming the unrest on black culture, "the breakdown of the family structure, the lack of father."

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  8. Baltimore & The Walking Dead

    Two decades ago, after Los Angeles exploded in the worst American riots of the 20th century against years of police brutality against minorities, the political establishment responded by doubling down and ramping up all the wrong ideas that are blowing back today in places like Baltimore and Ferguson. President Bush blamed the LA riots on liberal anti-poverty programs from the 1960s and 1970s, which he claimed destroyed black families and a sense of responsibility in their communities. Candidate Bill Clinton talked “tough on crime” while squirting a few crocodile tears in public, all part of his New Democrat program. Libertarian Party nominee for president Andre Marrou vowed he would “send in troops right away” as his solution to the Los Angeles riots and grievances. Meanwhile, “principled” libertarian Ron Paul wrote in his newsletter after the riots that he taught everyone in his family, including his son Rand Paul, to use a gun because “the animals are coming.”

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