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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] A HOME DEPOT IN MY STATE FINED $22,000 for excavating soil contaminated with lead & arsenic without notifying the state. HD has a long enviro rap sheet. Do it, till you get caught. [ALNORMAN]
https://www.telegram.com/news/20200605/home-depot-fined-22k-for-not-reporting-soil-contamination-at-worcester-store

[DLBN] WALMART HIDES ITS GUNS DURING GEORGE FLOYD STREET UNREST. Firearms & ammo still for sale, despite mass shootings inside its stores. If WMT thought Black Lives Mattered, they’d stop selling guns, like Dick’s did, not just conceal them.[ALNORMAN]
https://www.cnn.com/2020/06/03/business/walmart-guns-trnd/index.html

[DLBN]AMZN WAREHOUSE WORKERS FILE COVID LAWSUIT: employees “were...encouraged to continue attending work & prevented from adequately washing their hands or sanitizing their workstations.”
Workers want AMZN “to adhere to public health guidance.”[ALNORMAN]
https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-06-03/amazon-warehouse-employees-sue-over-virus-brought-home-from-work

[DLBN]AT ITS (VIRTUAL) ANNUAL MTG, WMT CEO SAYS: “Our associates have been amazing. They have performed incredibly well... They are stepping up to serve our customers.” Yet WMT personal shoppers make an unamazing $12.13/hr.[ALNORMAN]
https://www.business-wire.com/news/home/20200603005795/en/Walmart-Announces-2020-Formal-Business-Annual-Shareholders

All these commentators who think that the protests are causing small town America to shun/fear/hate cities are oblivious to the fact that people in small towns are also protesting in extraordinary numbers. https://twitter.com/annehelen/status/1268364923827974144

Anne Helen Petersen@annehelen

In Kennebunk, Maine, population 11,500:

[DLBN] AFTER THE DEATH OF  GEORGE FLOYD, BIG BOXES HAD TO CUT BACK HOURS. "We’ve adjusted routes or scaled back typical delivery operations," AMZN said. WMT & Target stores were looted. Street chaos turned big retailers into big targets.[ALNORMAN]
https://www.barrons.com/articles/amazon-and-target-adjust-operations-in-face-of-riots-51590955557

[DLBN] AMAZON “STANDS IN SOLIDARITY WITH THE BLACK COMMUNITY...IN THE FIGHT AGAINST SYSTEMIC RACISM," yet it systematically works to "smash its workers' organizing efforts.” AMZN’s treatment of its workers is a form of corporate racism.[ALNORMAN]
https://www.jacobinmag.com/2020/06/amazon-racial-justice-worker-organizing-union

[DLBN] FED. JUDGE REFUSES TO DISMISS LAWSUIT AGAINST WMT
FOR OVERCHARGING MEAT, advertising false unit prices for meat & fish products placed on sale close to expiration dates.[ALNORMAN]
https://www.classaction.org/news/class-action-lawsuit-alleges-walmart-advertises-false-unit-prices-for-packaged-meat-fish-close-to-expiration-dates

[DLBN]AMZN ENDS $2/HR HAZARD PAY FOR WORKERS. “Staff put themselves at risk every day...with the harsh regime & difficult targets, workers more than deserve the pay rise permanently...how very little regard AMZN has for its overworked employees.”[ALNORMAN]
https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.businessinsider.com/amazon-dropping-covid-19-hazard-pay-warehouse-workers-may-2020-5%3famp

People are upset disappointed & angry from what we’ve seen down south & in Canada. I asked the Premier what his plan is to combat systemic racism. For the 2nd time, he decided not to answer. I asked him to show leadership & address this massive issue. There was silence #onpoli

[DLBN] “Let marriage be held in honor among all, and let the marriage bed be undefiled, for God will judge the sexually immoral and adulterous.” [ALNORMAN]
—Hebrews 13:4

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