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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 (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”.


Conservatives introduce bill to grant immunity to #LongTermCare operators for their negligence.

We should be debating bills to IMPROVE elder care, not ones that excuse bad care.

#onpoli #priorities #bill218

[DLBN] FAKE PRESIDENT. FAKE NEWS. Why not FAKE REVIEWS? 42% of reviews on Amazon are fake, bogus, unreliable.[ALNORMAN]

AMAZON DOESN’T ALWAYS HAVE THE BEST PRICE. On the left is Thai Tea on Amazon for $11.39. I bought the identical tea for $3.99 at a small Asian market in Western Mass. Shop Local. Feed your local economy.


[DLBN] 27 YEARS AGO TODAY, OCT 19, 1993, THE VOTERS OF GREENFIELD, MA VOTED IN A REFERENDUM TO KEEP WALMART OUT. Many people who moved to Greenfield since then, say they came here as a result of that vote![ALNORMAN{

[DLBN] SBA PROMISES “FEWER CALCULATIONS & LESS DOCUMENTATION” FOR SMALL BIZ SEEKING FORGIVENESS FROM THEIR PPP LOANS. If your loan was $50 K or <, you just have to wade through 3 pages of instructions & maybe an audit.


Our long time member Latin Emporium's business in Kensington Market was destroyed by fire last night. Please help us support their recovery efforts

Every time a region implements new full or partial business closures, local entrepreneurs, their families & employees face an uncertain future. Many firms haven't recovered from the 1st round of closures & a 2nd will push them over the edge. Let's do all we can to support them.

[DLBN] TO AVOID BLACK FRIDAY CROWDS, WMT IS SPREADING IT OVER 3 WEEKENDS IN NOV. If Black shoppers skip WMT—there’ll be no crowds. WMT treats Black workers like plantation labor. They don’t call it “Black” Friday in honor of African Americans.[ALNORMAN]

[DLBN]WE SEE AMAZON’S DELIVERY VAN ON OUR STREET—but behind that “last mile” van is a carbon-heavy global network of container ships, cargo jets, & 315 M sf at >1,400 warehouses in 22 countries. A polluting footprint even worse than Walmart’s.[ALNORMAN]

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