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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] WHY THE EL PASO WALMART MASSACRE HAPPENED: “because some of the highest leaders in this land have fueled hatred for communities of color & used language to describe immigrants that rips them from their humanity.” [ALNORMAN]
https://www.epbusinessjournal.com/2020/08/forgiveness-isnt-given-lightly-el-pasoans-balance-healing-with-anger-a-year-after-walmart-massacre/

[DLBN] CANADIAN LEGER POLL: PANDEMIC BENEFITS “COMPANIES WHO OFFER PRODUCTS...ONLINE,” BUT “CANADIANS ARE BECOMING MORE AWARE OF THE IMPORTANCE OF BUYING LOCAL...buying local products more often or for the first time.” More money stays local.[ALNORMAN]
https://leger360.com/surveys/discover-tomorrows-consumer-consumption-habits-and-covid-19/

The inability to get basic information from @ExportDevCanada related to #CEBA applications is completely unacceptable. I'm at the point of offering CFIB staff to do this job if government can't/won't.

[DLBN] 2 AMERICAS: COMPARISON OF HOUSE VS. SENATE COVID RELIEF BILL. HOUSE Invests in people/communities, vs. SENATE protects corporations that don’t protect their workers & subsidizes the wealthy. [ALNORMAN]

[DLBN] TRUMP WANTED TO BAN CHINESE TIK TOK UNTIL HE HEARD THAT MICROSOFT WANTED TO BUY IT IN U.S., CANADA, AUSTRALIA & NEW ZEALAND, so “all private data of TikTok’s American users is transferred to & remains in the U.S.” More antitrust grist?[ALNORMAN]
https://blogs.microsoft.com/blog/2020/08/02/microsoft-to-continue-discussions-on-potential-tiktok-purchase-in-the-united-states/

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“Many American companies... live in fear because Bezos controls their market access and can simply crush them if he wants to. It’s stunning that Congress hasn't compelled him to answer for that until now.” - @stacyfmitchell. Read the full article:
https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2020/07/27/technology-202-jeff-bezos-faces-critical-exam-his-massive-e-commerce-empire-first-hill-testimony/

[DLBN] AMZN DRIVERS ARE CONTRACTORS, on hourly rate but not paid if don’t finish their route in time. No $ for gas, car repairs, cell phone costs. Court ruled that “flex” drivers can settle disputes in court. AMZN PREDICTS “rampant litigation.”[ALNORMAN]
https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.freightwaves.com/news/in-state-amazon-flex-driver-prevails-in-court-can-avoid-arbitration/amp

[DLBN] AMAZON GETS 27% OF ANY ITEM SOLD BY A 3RD PARTY ON ITS PLATFORM, plus fees for ads & “fulfillment” services (warehouse storage, packing, shipping). It created over time a financial stranglehold on sellers, & sold its own copycat products.[ALNORMAN] https://www.nytimes.com/2019/12/19/technology/amazon-sellers.html

45,500,000 Americans have lost their jobs in the pandemic.

Meanwhile, NASDAQ just hit an all time high.

If that doesn't convince you that the stock market is not a reflection of the economy, I don't know what will.

I'm really proud to announce that I've joined as a co-editor for

BEAUTIFUL SOLUTIONS:
A TOOLBOX FOR LIBERATION

We're getting to the home stretch of finishing this book, and we need some support to make it happen: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/beautiful-solutions-a-toolbox-for-liberation#/

[DLBN] 1 YEAR AGO A TEXAS MAN DROVE 600 MILES TO STOP THE “HISPANIC INVASION OF TEXAS,” KILLING 23 PEOPLE AT AN EL PASO WALMART. Neither Texas nor WMT have done anything to address gun violence. WMT is the most dangerous place in U.S. to shop.[ALNORMAN]
https://www.google.com/url?rct=j&sa=t&url=https://www.texastribune.org/2020/07/31/el-paso-walmart-shooting-prosecute/&ct=ga&cd=CAEYBCoUMTY4Mzk2NjM2NzczNTgxODA5NzkyGjk3ZTFjNzg0ZmMxMWQ1YzA6Y29tOmVuOlVT&usg=AFQjCNF-Lq4F3DPLKMmtvY4oDWvHr1YkeA

[DLBN] WSJ PRINTS ARTICLE ABOUT AN EL PASO MUSEUM EXHIBIT OF ARTIFACTS FROM THE MASS MURDER AT WALMART 1 YEAR AGO TODAY—but not one word about what WMT has done since then to prevent gun violence at its stores.
[ALNORMAN] https://www.wsj.com/articles/el-paso-walmart-shooting-one-year-later-museum-collects-items-left-behind-11596279601

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