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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: https://civiceconomics.wordpress.com/2018/04/04/prime-numbers-amazon-and-american-communities/) 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 www.sprawl-busters.com. 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 (AKA the Rideshare Professor)

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 & 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. 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] TIK TOK BECOMES WALMARTIZED . TO PLEASE TRUMP, TikTok is creating a new company, TikTok Global. Oracle & Walmart will jointly acquire 20% of the new TikTok. WMT will use TikTok to sell Chinese imports to Americans.[ALNORMAN]
https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/oracle--walmart-announce-tentative-us-government-approval-301134324.html

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[DLBN] WHERE I LIVE, 82% OF THE COVID DEATHS WERE PEOPLE TRAPPED IN A NURSING FACILITY. WILL IT TAKE A CLASS ACTION LAWSUIT TO BREAK THE DEFAULT MODEL OF INSTITUTIONS?[ALNORMAN]
https://www.recorder.com/my-turn-norman-covid-long-term-care-36299268

So let me get this straight: a Democratic president can’t appoint a new a justice to the Supreme Court during an election year, but a Republican president can?

[DLBN] WASH. POST & BLOOMBERG NOTICE THAT WMT & AMZN ARE STEALING EACH OTHER’S BIZ PLAN. “The two are becoming more like one other.” The proliferation of warehouses as “fulfillment centers” is the pox on both of these sprawl-spewing companies.[ALNORMAN]
https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/amazon-beats-walmart-again-in-latest-showdown/2020/09/17/85593846-f912-11ea-85f7-5941188a98cd_story.html

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[DLBN] WALMART GIVES RAISES TO SOME WORKERS—BUT LEAVES OUT 89% OF THEM. IF YOU’RE GOING TO COMPETE WITH AMAZON, YOU HAVE TO MATCH AMAZON WAGES.[ALNORMAN]
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/09/17/business/walmart-pay-raise.html

Since my Republican colleagues have also been adamant that a vacant Supreme Court seat should not be filled in a presidential election year, I look forward to the American people making their voices heard before a replacement is selected.

"𝐅𝐢𝐠𝐡𝐭 𝐟𝐨𝐫 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐭𝐡𝐢𝐧𝐠𝐬 𝐭𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐜𝐚𝐫𝐞 𝐚𝐛𝐨𝐮𝐭. 𝐁𝐮𝐭 𝐝𝐨 𝐢𝐭 𝐢𝐧 𝐚 𝐰𝐚𝐲 𝐭𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐰𝐢𝐥𝐥 𝐥𝐞𝐚𝐝 𝐨𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐫𝐬 𝐭𝐨 𝐣𝐨𝐢𝐧 𝐲𝐨𝐮." 𝓙𝓾𝓼𝓽𝓲𝓬𝓮 𝓡𝓾𝓽𝓱 𝓑𝓪𝓭𝓮𝓻 𝓖𝓲𝓷𝓼𝓫𝓾𝓻𝓰

[DLBN] UGLY FIST FIGHT AT FLORIDA WALMART OVER PARKING SPACE. WMT USED TO HAVE A BUMPERSTICKER WHICH READ: ‘Outta my way I’m shopping at Walmart.’ ALNORMAN]
https://www.local10.com/news/local/2020/09/16/victim-tells-horrifying-details-about-beating-over-parking-space-at-walmart/

[DLBN] DURING GEORGE FLOYD RIOTS A TARGET STORE IN MN. WAS LOOTED. NOW TARGET SAYS: “We want the... community to view this store as a part of itself, not just a place to shop.”Target ruined small businesses. It’s not a “warm & inspiring” place.[ALNORMAN]
https://corporate.target.com/article/2020/09/lake-street-letter

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