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Prime Numbers: Amazon and American Communities
Prime Numbers: Amazon and American Communities

New study reveals explosive growth of third-party sales, sales tax avoidance (Published on: A …

DLBN Podcast – Hosted by Al Norman & Steve Anthony

  1. The Ripple Effect Podcast 36 (Al Norman)(1) 56:31

Meet Our Hosts

Al Norman

Al Norman achieved national attention in October of 1993 when he successfully stopped Wal-Mart from locating in his hometown of Greenfield, Massachusetts. Since then he has appeared on 60 Minutes, and gained widespread media attention from the Wall Street Journal to Forbes magazine, which called Al Wal-Mart’s #1 Enemy. 60 Minutes called Al “the guru of the anti-Wal-Mart movement.” Al was a consultant for the film “The High Cost of Low Prices,” and was featured in the films “Store Wars,” “Wal-Mart Nation,” and “Up Against The Wal.” His website is His latest book is Occupy Walmart, which was released in May of 2012.​

Steve Anthony

Steve Anthony is an award winning Canadian radio and television broadcaster and host, was a founding VJ of MuchMusic, which, along with MTV, pioneered music-video television worldwide. As host of “CP24 Breakfast”, Steve and the “Breakfast” team were able to launch the show against the decades-long dominance of CITYTV’s Breakfast Television and, by audience numbers, take it to the #1 Morning TV show in Canada. In August 2018, after learning of the downfall of so many “mom and pop” businesses over the years, Steve decided to join Direct Global / Direct Co-ops in their efforts to “change the world” and save the backbone of every community: its small businesses.

Torsten Kunert

Torsten Kunert is a rideshare pioneer and experienced driver for Uber and Lyft. After years of driving in various Uber and Lyft categories, Torsten wanted to share what he had learned and in April 2016 created his YouTube channel under the name “Rideshare Professor”. Through the channel, Torsten has helped over a million drivers with tips and advice, as well as reporting on issues of concern to drivers. Torsten also operates the Rideshare Driving School where he provides new rideshare drivers with training, motivation and money making tips.

Edward Escobar

As the founder of the Alliance for Independent Workers and it’s #DriversUnite International campaign – UNITING ALL DRIVERS FROM ALL TRANSPORT SECTORS – Mr. Escobar provides Advocacy &amp; Lobbying for Drivers and GIG Economy workers worldwide. Mr. Escobar has been championing the cause of exploited workers since early 2000, when he took on the Automotive Industry, organizing nationwide, the corporate spokespeople and workers of the International Auto Shows that were being MISCLASSIFIED as Independent contractors. <span style=”font-size: inherit;”>His commitment now, is to a higher level of engagement on a global scale “Uber is a virus adversely impacting the world, so we must meet and beat their UNSUSTAINABLE business model for the greater good of society”.

[DLBN] MARC LORE, WALMART’S E-COMMERCE GURU, WHO IS LEAVING WALMART A BILLIONAIRE, wants to write his career story, star in a reality TV show, & maybe buy a sports team. Stuff billionaires do.

[DLBN] WALMART HELD AN “MLK DAY OF GIVING” & TOLD EMPLOYEES THE COMPANY WOULD MATCH UP TO A $10,000 DONATION FROM WORKERS. MLK would have told WMT to double frontline worker wages before asking them for a penny in his name.[ALNORMAN]

On Sept.30, Dr.Brown threatened Doug to turn GTA "Red" on alarming ICU modelling. He said if ON keeps MI's case trajectory, ON will have 250+ ICU patients by end of Oct. ON indeed met MI's case trajectory but the number of ICU patients on Oct 31 was 73. Many Lives Ruined. #onpoli


"Local Driver Co-op is a new cooperative launching as a driver-owned alternative to Uber. Drivers will own 90 per cent of the business and get 90 per cent of revenue, a much more secure model than the gig economy of Uber and Lyft." @directcoops

NOW Magazine@nowtoronto

“On their own, mom-and-pops don’t stand much of a chance in competition with the Amazons of the world, but there’s real mass power if everyone works together.”

The Ontario govt finally confirmed that a small business cannot deliver a product to a customer's doorstep after 8 pm, but a third-party courier they hire can. Amazon is not affected by this rule and can deliver when it likes.

[DLBN] AMZN PLANS TO RENT A 91,000 SF WAREHOUSE AT THE EAST END OF LONG ISLAND. AMZN developer got a $2.3 M tax break. Welfare for billionaires.[ALNORMAN]

World’s top 300 #cooperatives had a turnover of $2.14tn in 2018: Latest data on the #coops sector from the @icacoop World #Coop Monitor @Euricse

$800 is the fine for Big Box stores. Small businesses lose much more than that every day they remain closed. @fordnation #hypocricy

Shocking that he would admit this publicly:

He very explicitly says and repeats

"The public health orders don't apply to government"

They have open gyms and whatever they want in government facilities in Manitoba

Last week the Ministry of Health advised that this is the Hospital & ICU Occupancy Comparison for the last 4 years. Capacity is better this year than in prior years. Last Friday they called their own numbers "Misinformation". We deserve to know MOH, are these true or not? #onpoli

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