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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”.

[DLBN]THE SBA’s ECONOMIC INJURY DISASTER LOAN PROGRAM provides small businesses with loans of up to $2 M at 3.75%. Even better, the Stimulus bill has $377 B in 0% loans for most SBEs.

[DLBN]SEN. HARRIS & GILLIBRAND WRITE 36 COMPANIES—INCL. WMT, TGT, & DG—“PUT PUBLIC HEALTH AHEAD OF PROFITS...provide yr employees with 2 weeks of emergency paid sick leave & additional 10 weeks of job-protected paid family and medical leave.”[ALNORMAN]

The @OttawapoliceNRT helping the elderly in our community that can't go out buy groceries due to #COVID19 by handing out essential food kits prepared by @operationramzi



CST Bisaillon came into contact with an elderly lady who is physically and had not eaten in 2 days.CST Putinski reached out to his friends @operationramzi. @operationramzi came through and provide much needed supplies to a valued member of our community. @OttawaPolice

BREAKING NEWS!!!! Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announces government will subsidize 75% of employee wages at small and medium sized businesses in the hopes that employers will keep staff on. The subsidy, which was initially promised at 10%, is back-dated to March 15

OF STATE AGs TO HELP PREVENT CORONA-RELATED PRICE GOUGING as an “ethical obligation and patriotic duty.” When did these corporations become ethical or patriotic?[ALNORMAN]

[DLBN]A 4 YEAR EFFORT BY U.S. AGs TO BRING CIVIL & CRIMINAL INDICTMENTS AGAINST WMT FOR ITS OPIOID DISPENSING ABUSE. HOW TRUMP’S DOJ BLOCKED THEM ALL. “Dispensing opioids without a legitimate medical purpose is legally akin to dealing heroin.”[ALNORMAN]

Our community farmers are coming together to make sure families have fresh produce. So proud to call New Mexico home. #cornavirusupdate #NMTrue

The City of Toronto has acquired hotel and motels as part of our integrated homelessness response to COVID-19. Additional opportunities to acquire hotels and vacant residential buildings are actively underway. Our commitment is to work flat out to protect the most vulnerable.

BREAKING NEWS! We advocated on behalf of our members and our voice was heard!!

Effective immediately, licensed restaurants and bars in Ontario may sell alcohol with food take-out and delivery orders between the hours of 9:00 am and 11:00 pm

[DLBN]AS COVID-19 SPREADS, AMZN SHOULD “PROVIDE 100% PAID LEAVE TO EVERY SINGLE PERSON WHO WORKS FOR AMZN.” They told employees to work from home—mostly better-paid corporate employees, but not warehouse workers.[ALNORMAN]

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