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Scams, reviews, complaints, lawsuits and frauds. File a report, post your review. Consumers educating consumers. Over the last 16 years, Rip-off Report has saved consumers around the world millions of dollars Why I Do What I Do...What Keeps Ed Magedson, Founder of Ripoff Report Going Every Day Every day people ask me, "ED, why do you do this, subjecting yourself to harassment, continuous lawsuits and the endless days of work?" This is not a thankless job: Every day Rip-off Report receives "thank you" letters and phone calls of appreciation from government agencies including the FBI, FTC, SEC, IRS, Homeland Security, US Postal Inspectors, Justice Department, and government agencies from over 9 other countries which we assist all the time.

Major Social Transformation Is a Lot Closer Than You May Realize December 30, 2013 | Like this article? Join our email list: Stay up to date with the latest headlines via email. Ethos Ethos, a powerful new documentary hosted by Woody Harrelson, is an investigation into the flaws in our systems, and the mechanisms that work against democracy, our environment and the the common good. With a stunning depth of research and breadth of analysis, this film delves deep into the inter-connected worlds of Politics, Multi-National Corporations and the Media. Most of us have wondered at some point how we have arrived at a situation where democracy is touted as having created an equal society when all we see is injustice and corruption. Politicians openly deceive the public with the support of major corporations and the mainstream media. Wars are waged, the environment is destroyed and inequality is on the rise. But what is the source of these institutional mechanisms which, when we scratch the surface,are so clearly anti-democratic, so contradictory to the values we hold in common and yet so firmly embedded that they seem beyond discussion?

Category Archives: Audio and Video Part 2 of my conversation with Peter Buffett: “If you don’t have a way to speak to ordinary Americans, you’re not in the game.” Picking up where the short introductory excerpt left off, this next segment from our long conversation finds Peter Buffett and myself discussing the influence that growing up Midwestern had on both of us, and how these early experiences of community have shaped—for the better (we hope)!—the way we each try to talk about systemic challenges and solutions. Download this segment The Real News Network All five parts of my long interview with The Real News Network’s Paul Jay are now online:

Unions, the economy, and employee free choice February 22, 2007 | EPI Briefing Paper #181 by Harley Shaiken Download print-friendly PDF version Like the temperatures in a severe winter freeze, union membership continues to sink to record lows. The latest numbers indicate that 7.4% of working Americans in the private sector were union members in 2006 (BLS 2007), compared to over 30% in 1960 (Greenhouse 2007). If you include government workers, then the numbers inch up to a still-meager 12%, which is down from 12.5% in 2005 (BLS 2007). ''Going to Places That Scare Me: Personal Reflections on Challenging Male Supremacy'' (Book cover: PM Press)"Going to Places that Scare Me: Personal Reflections on Challenging Male Supremacy" is an excerpt from the critically acclaimed book, Towards Collective Liberation: Anti-Racist Organizing, Feminist Praxis, and Movement Building Strategy by Chris Crass. Around the world, women are calling on men to step up and take on misogyny and sexism. In the wake of the mass killings in Santa Barbara and the #YesAllWomen twitter revolt, led by women internationally, that have made sexism and male entitlement headline news, a growing number of men are responding to the call. For more than two decades, Chris Crass has been working with men to take on the struggle against sexism and embrace feminism. He declares that patriarchy is a nightmare in all of our lives and that feminist vision, values and practices generate liberation for all of us.

Building Political Power for a New Economy: Cross-Sectoral Approaches This workshop will explore the work of organizers in Philadelphia and New York City in facilitating cross-sector organizing and building municipal-level umbrella organizations among alternative economic institutions. Corporate power is well-organized but new economy groups often lack the networks, alliances, and associations necessary to generate awareness, claim their economic impact, and organize stakeholders to push for grassroots economic development that benefits rather than harms our communities. Come learn how organizers and researchers are approaching this work, how they’ve used participatory research and mapping to support the organizing process, and what lessons they can share about winning economic independence and building political power.

An economic recovery that leaves workers further behind But what really sets the current recovery apart from all its predecessors is this: Almost three years after economic growth resumed, the real value of Americans’ paychecks is stubbornly still shrinking. According to Friday’s Bloomberg Economics Brief, “the pace of income gains is well below that of the past two jobless recoveries and real average hourly earnings continue to decline.” The Bloomberg report cites one reason for this anomaly: Most of the jobs being created are in low-wage sectors. According to Bloomberg, fully 70 percent of all job gains in the past six months were concentrated in restaurants and hotels, health care and home health care, retail trade, and temporary employment agencies. These four sectors employ just 29 percent of the country’s workforce but account for the vast majority of the jobs being created. Among the economy’s better-paying sectors, construction still has an unemployment rate of 17 percent.

Monarch Watch : Monarch Waystation Program Each fall, hundreds of millions of monarch butterflies migrate from the United States and Canada to overwintering areas in Mexico and California where they wait out the winter until conditions favor a return flight in the spring. The monarch migration is truly one of the world's greatest natural wonders, yet it is threatened by habitat loss in North America - at the overwintering sites and throughout the spring and summer breeding range as well. Monarch Waystation HabitatsMonarch Waystations are places that provide resources necessary for monarchs to produce successive generations and sustain their migration. Without milkweeds throughout their spring and summer breeding areas in North America, monarchs would not be able to produce the successive generations that culminate in the migration each fall.

This City Came Up With a Simple Solution to Homelessness: Housing Salt Lake City’s Housing First initiative has reduced chronic homelessness by 72 percent. Now other cities are giving it a try. A former homeless shelter in Washington DC (Reuters/Jonathan Ernst) Kilee Lowe was sitting in a park when cops picked her up and booked her into jail overnight. Is April 20 Ready To Become An International Holiday? Ted Smith As the United Nations gathers a Special Assembly on global drug policy in New York City, cannabis enthusiasts around the world will celebrate the changing landscape the entire day of April 20. With victories big and small to celebrate in almost every country on the globe, there has never been so much hope for the future of cannabis.

Portland ratchets up volunteer-led 'tool libraries' that lend tools for free If you need a table saw, a 10-foot pipe clamp or a 20-foot pruner, you've normally got three choices: Buy it, rent it or borrow it from a neighbor. Portland is fast becoming a leader in a fourth way: checking it out for free at a tool lending library. The city's first nonprofit tool library, founded in 2004 in North Portland, is up to 2,300 members. Its second, in Northeast, has already drawn 800 members in 16 months and just expanded to a far bigger space. There's One Way Bernie Sanders Can Still Win: By Losing June 8, 2016 | Jake Anderson (ANTIMEDIA Op-Ed) Let’s travel back in time to January 20th, 2009 — the day of President Barack Obama’s inauguration. It was momentous, epic. People cried. People huddled in groups… and cried.