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The most EVIL corporations of 2019

It’s been a big year for corporate censorship, fraud, perversion, and corruption. A whole slew of tech giants, drug companies, big box retailers, and fast food chains grabbed headlines in 2019 for bending over backwards in proud support of deranged leftists and their many special interests, causes and agendas – and we’d like to highlight these entities below in order to publicly shame them. The following is a recap of the worst “politically correct” offenders this past year, all of which deserve a dishonorable mention for the respective roles they played in silencing free speech, indoctrinating children into sexual filth,…

Uber Office Had Separate Bathrooms for Drivers and ‘Employees’

As part of its long standing commitment to misclassifying drivers, Uber has in at least one office created separate bathrooms for drivers and “employees.” After visiting a Greenlight Hub office in Providence, Rhode Island, an Uber driver tweeted a photo of two bathrooms, one for “partners” (drivers) and one for “employees”—presumably, workers at the Greenlight Hub. Greenlight Hubs are offices that Uber uses to sign up new drivers and for in-person driver support. The @Uber hub in my market has designated bathrooms. Not for male/female, but for partner & employee.Anyone else think it's strange that Uber views partners & employees…

Wireless Carriers Lie About Coverage 40% of the Time…Real world tests show that mobile speed and coverage maps are often more fantasy than reality

A new FCC study confirms what most people already knew: when it comes to wireless coverage maps, your mobile carrier is often lying to you. If you head to any major wireless carrier website, you’ll be inundated with claims of coast to coast, uniform availability of wireless broadband. But, as countless studies have shown, these claims usually have only a tenuous relation to reality, something you’ve likely noticed if you’ve ever driving across the country or stopped by mobile carrier forums. But just how bad is the disconnect? A new FCC study released this week suggests that wireless carriers may…

Ford workers break their silence on faulty transmissions: ‘Everybody knew’

They knew the truth and kept quiet. Their secret wasn’t a secret at all in engineering, product development, research, design or manufacturing within Ford Motor Co., say seven current and former employees who worked to develop and launch the Fiesta and Focus cars that would become known for defective automatic transmissions. “My hands are dirty. I feel horrible,” said an engineer who played a key role in developing the popular compact cars. “You think of the gentleman who stood up for the space shuttle Challenger, saying if they launched that with the ice on it that it’s going to blow up.…

Walmart offers employees small discount instead of holiday pay

Walmart is coming under fire after it was revealed the retail giant offers employees who work holidays a small in-store discount instead of overtime pay. Walmart is one of several big-box retailers who are open on Thanksgiving Day. They start their Black Friday sale at 6 p.m. Thanksgiving Day. At Target and Amazon, workers are paid time and a half for each hour worked. Walmart offers employees a 10 percent or 15 percent off discount to shop at the store instead. One of the discounts only lasts two days. A worker at an Idaho Walmart who wanted to stay anonymous…

How the Dairy Mafia Destroyed Dairy Farmers

In November 2019, Dean Foods, one of the biggest dairy companies in the U.S., announced it had filed Chapter 11 bankruptcy,1 sending a wave of uncertainty through an already shaky milk industry. Dean Foods was one of the primary milk processors and distributers in the U.S., purchasing milk directly from dairy farms. If farmers don’t sell their milk directly to a processor like Dean Foods, they can also sell it to dairy cooperatives, which negotiate sales of the milk to processors and retailers on behalf of its members. Dairy co-ops have been rapidly consolidating, however, leaving farmers with few options…

Rip-off Black Friday? Most deals are just not worth the hype

Throw in 235 screaming people, 14 security guards, 47 frazzled shop assistants, 67 wrapped televisions, the odd assault and a partridge in a pear tree – and you have something that resembles the horrors of Black Friday. It’s not just relentless sales in department stores or on the high street, Black Friday online shopping in the US alone last year reached $6.2 billion. From the UK to India many other countries have also embraced the trend in recent years (much to the delight of popular retailers and to the horror of our bank accounts!) The phrase Black Friday originated in…

Chick-Fil-A Donated $2500 to The Southern Poverty Law Center

Chick-fil-A, which recently “canceled” the Salvation Army, donated $2,500 to the anti-Christian smear merchants at the Southern Poverty Law Center in 2017. From Ryan Bomberger, Townhall, “Cowardice and Capitulation: The Shocking Things Chick-fil-A Funds“: There’s a lot of talk about Chick-fil-A. Most of it is generated by the #fakenews establishment that wants nothing more than to demonize an organization that, historically, has publicly professed its Christian faith that is inseparable from its business practices. “[We are] based on biblical principles, asking God and pleading with God to give us wisdom on decisions we make about people and the programs and…

From Amazon to GM, here are all the major tech and transportation companies who paid $0 in federal income taxes last year

In theory, the US imposes a 21% tax rate on corporations. In reality, the amount major corporations are paying is far lower. Amazon, for example, earned over $10 billion in income in 2018. But by taking advantage of tax credits, the company zeroed out its income taxes and earned a rebate of $129 million, according to tax filings published by the Securities and Exchange Commission. It has become much easier for massive corporations to avoid paying federal income tax in recent years. The 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, one of the most significant legislative achievements by Republicans and President…

WeWork’s Ex-CEO Adam Neumann Investigated For Criminal Self-Dealing

When we first learned about former WeWork CEO Adam Neumann’s practice of buying commercial properties (or shares in said properties), and then leasing them back to WeWork (often at an inflated rate), we knew that if Neumann had gotten away with such blatant self-dealing without a peep from the board, then WeWork’s governance problems were probably far more extensive than the public realized at the time (this is roughly one year before WeWork’s vision of a future powered by “We” came crashing down as the IPO was scrapped). But here we are, more than a year later, and the proper…

Chick-fil-A caves to LGBT mafia, agrees to stop supporting Christian, pro-family charities

After months of badgering and persecution by the “rainbow” brigade, fast food fried chicken chain Chick-fil-A has announced that it will no longer donate money to any Christian or pro-family charities that homosexuals and transgenders find “offensive.” In an official corporate announcement, Chick-fil-A President and Chief Operating Officer (CEO) Tim Tassopoulos revealed that these changes are being made as part of his company’s continued efforts to break into “new markets,” some of which abhor Chick-fil-A’s traditionally wholesome identity. “There’s no question we know that, as we go into new markets, we need to be clear about who we are,” Tassopoulos…

Uber CEO Backpedals After Comparing Khashoggi Murder To ‘Mistake’ Similar To Self-Driving Car Accident

Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi told “Axios on HBO” that the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi was a simple “mistake” by the Saudi government, comparing it to an accident in an Uber self-driving car in which a woman had died. An hour later, Khosrowshahi called Axios to let them know he’s an idiot and regretted his words. “I said something in the moment that I do not believe. When it comes to Jamal Khashoggi, his murder was reprehensible and should not be forgotten or excused,” he said in a statement the next day. Perhaps his cavalier attitude stems from the fact…

AT&T switches customers to more expensive plans without asking them first

AT&T is adding $10 to the monthly bills of customers with certain grandfathered mobile-data plans and not letting them switch back to their older packages. AT&T is pitching the change as a “bonus” because it’s also adding 15GB to the customers’ monthly data allotments. “Enjoy more data,” AT&T says in a support document. “Starting with your October 2019 bill, you’ll get an additional 15GB of data on your Mobile Share plan. This bonus data comes with a $10 price increase.” Paying an extra $10 for another 15GB isn’t a bad deal as far as US wireless prices go, but that’s only…

AT&T just redefined the word ‘bonus’ as a $10 price hike for data you didn’t ask for

AT&T has a gift for wireless subscribers on many of its old Mobile Share Value data plans: it’s giving them an extra 15GB of “bonus” data — and it’s making them pay an extra $10 a month for that “bonus.” It’s almost like the company is forcing people to move to a more expensive plan, only AT&T figured out a way to make that not technically true. Instead, it’s worded in a way that suggests the company is providing you with a SURPRISE BENEFIT that costs you money! It is quite literally an offer you can’t refuse. One email subject…

‘Tossed my Fitbit in the trash’: users fear for privacy after Google buys company

Google’s recent acquisition of Fitbit for $2.1bn has left many users worried the tech giant may soon have access to their most intimate health information – from the number of steps they take each day to their breathing patterns, sleep quality or menstrual cycles. Fitbit, founded in San Francisco in 2007, tracks the health data of 28 million users. In a blogpost following the acquisition on Friday, Fitbit claimed user data would not be sold or used for Google advertising. “Consumer trust is paramount to Fitbit. Strong privacy and security guidelines have been part of Fitbit’s DNA since day one,…

AT&T’s stinginess on refunds makes even Comcast customer service look good

AT&T kept charging DirecTV customers for a sports channel that was blacked out for two months and is only giving customers refunds when they complain to the company. AT&T’s customer service in this case is falling short of the standard set by Comcast, of all companies. As we wrote Monday, Comcast has been issuing automatic bill credits to customers in Colorado during the blackout of Altitude Sports network, which broadcasts games played by the Denver Nuggets, Colorado Avalanche, and Colorado Rapids. AT&T didn’t respond to our inquiry on Monday but gave us a statement late Tuesday night. “We issued credits…

PG&E’s Failures Show the Dangers of Government-Imposed Utility Monopolies

Although the roughly two million affected residents of Northern California are recovering from the rolling blackouts imposed by utility PG&E, the company has warned that these “fire safety outages” may be periodically required for another decade. Naturally, California Governor Gavin Newsom decried the debacle as yet another example of “greed and neglect.” Yet as IER analyst Jordan McGillis explained in a previous article, the episode actually showcases the dangers of a government-imposed monopoly in electricity provision. In this article, I’ll elaborate on McGillis’ insights and show why the conventional economic rationale for government regulation of electric utilities is fundamentally flawed. PG&E’s Rolling…

UPS Drones Will Now Deliver CVS Prescriptions To Your Home

UPS Flight Forward (UPSFF) recently partnered with CVS Pharmacy to develop and quickly launch a last-mile delivery platform that will deliver prescription drugs to consumers.  The new service is expected to roll out in several U.S. cities in the coming weeks. Flight Forward is the only company in the U.S. that can operate a “Drone Airline” under FAA Part 135 that was granted to the company on September 27, 2019.  Earlier this month, we documented how UPS launched an air delivery service across WakeMed’s hospital campus in Raleigh, N.C. We said, “Flight Forward is currently expanding drone networks on academic and hospital…

Comcast isn’t happy it won’t be able to see your web history when traffic is encrypted

Everyone’s favorite company Comcast is rallying against a plan by Google to encrypt web traffic, meaning that Comcast would no longer be able to see all of their customers’ web history. Comcast is lobbying US lawmakers, encouraging them to prevent Google from encrypting web traffic. Google is eyeing to implement the plan as soon as possible. The search giant will enforce the encryption of DNS data made by Chrome users as they visit websites using the browser. Technologists and activists say that data encryption will make it harder for ISPs to use data for ad targeting and will help to…

Amazon ‘Surprised’ As Pentagon Awards $10 Bln Cloud Contract to Microsoft

The online shopping giant claimed that a “detailed assessment purely on the comparative offerings” would lead to the conclusion that the contract should have instead been awarded to Amazon Web Services (AWS). Amazon said Friday that it was “surprised by this conclusion” after the US Department of Defence awarded a $10 billion Joint Enterprise Defence Infrastructure (JEDI) Cloud contract to Microsoft. “We’re surprised about this conclusion,” an AWS spokesperson said in a statement, according to GeekWire. “AWS is the clear leader in cloud computing, and a detailed assessment purely on the comparative offerings clearly lead to a different conclusion. We…

AT&T hikes business customers’ bills by up to 7%, charging them to recoup its own property taxes

AT&T business customers, including those who’ve been promised a locked-in rate inclusive of all taxes and fees, are finding “property tax” surcharges on their bills of up to 7%. These charges represent an attempt by AT&T to pass on the property taxes it pays on its own offices and other facilities to its customers. Moreover, these “property tax” charges are subject to sudden, ballooning changes — one customer reported at 335% increase in the “property tax” charge over the space of a single billing cycle. Most companies would consider property taxes one of the costs of doing business, and they’d…

The pension apocalypse begins as GE freezes benefits for 20,000 employees

One thing the Democrat Left has always been good at is spending other people’s money. Whether it’s Democrat lawmakers spending trillions of dollars our country doesn’t have or their allies in the Left-wing labor union sector forcing companies to expend money in worker benefits beyond what is reasonable, there never seems to be enough money for them to spend. One of the ways the Democrat Left is bankrupting state governments and companies alike is through mandated pensions. Illinois has been teetering on the edge of bankruptcy for years now, propped up time and again only with new tax increases, with…

Trader Joe’s Got Rid of Plastic Packaging And Produce Prices Fell By Up To 25%

Trader Joe’s was one of the first chain grocery stores to begin selling organic food, but their products have not necessarily been eco-friendly. A vast amount of the produce that can be found at Trader Joe’s is needlessly covered in plastic, but that is about to change soon. The company recently announced that they will be cutting down on their use of plastic, and reduce their consumption of plastic by roughly 4 million pounds each year. More than half of that plastic, 2.5 million pounds, is being cut from the produce department. Now, many produce items that can be safely…

Cutting Health Benefits of 1,900 Whole Food Workers Saved World’s Richest Man Jeff Bezos What He Makes in Less Than Six Hours

When billionaire Jeff Bezos cut health benefits on September 13 for part-time workers at his grocery store Whole Foods the richest man in the world saved the equivalent of what he makes from his vast fortune in just a few hours.  That’s according to an analysis from Decision Data’s “Data in the News” series, which found that Bezos could cover the entirety of annual benefits for part-time employees who work less than 30 hours a week with what he makes from stocks and investments in just a fraction of a day. “Doing a quick calculation with existing publicly available numbers…

California Prepares to Upend Uber & Lyft Business Model

SACRAMENTO (CN) — California lawmakers voted Tuesday to shatter the business models of homegrown companies like Uber and Lyft by approving legislation that would force the tech industry and many others to turn independent contractors into employees. The measure by Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez, D-San Diego, is one of the most contentious bills of the legislative session, and has pitted labor unions and Democrats against the gig economy and the minority Republican faction. Supporters hope the bill will set off a tide of similar legislation across the country and extend benefits to millions of contractors, while Uber, Lyft and Doordash are…

Tesla’s VP Of HR & Diversity Quits After Less Than Two Years

If you blinked, maybe you missed that Tesla has lost yet another executive. On Tuesday afternoon CNBC reported that Felicia Mayo, the company’s former VP of Human Resources and Head of Diversity had left the company. Mayo nearly made it to her two year anniversary, but like many other departing executives, had enough and packed up in relatively short order.  A Tesla spokesperson said:  “We’ll miss Felicia and would like to thank her for her hard work over the last two years and wish her all the best in the future. We have a talented HR team in place that will continue…

Bayer Apologises for Monsanto Collecting Personal Data Amid French Probe

The German giant acquired the US agrochemical firm in 2018 and inherited numerous problems, including lawsuits over the probable toxic effect of its weed killer Roundup. After shedding more than 30 billion euros from its market capitalisation, Bayer has had to deal with an investigation in France about data being collected on Monsanto’s critics. German-based Bayer is commissioning an external law firm to investigate claims about its US agrochemical firm, Monsanto, assembling lists of influential journalists and lawmakers, criticising or making complaints about the company.  The pharmaceutical giant purchased the weed killer producer for $63 billion in 2018 and recently announced the move after an internal…

7 Secret Tricks Retailers Use Against You

When was the last time you went shopping and came home with only what you set out to buy? It’s rare. More likely, you went shopping and ended up with a few other things not on your list or you ended up spending a little more than you budgeted. How does this happen so regularly? A retailer’s job is to squeeze every penny out of you once you walk through the door. It sounds cutthroat, but really some are just better at it than others. From the way stores are laid out, to price tags, to even how staff talk…

Coca-Cola, Ford, And Xerox Make Stunning Announcement That They Will No Longer Donate To Planned Parenthood

Three corporate giants from completely different industries have made a shocking announcement. Coca-Cola, Ford Motor Co. and Xerox stated that they no longer donate to Planned Parenthood. In 1921, when Margaret Sanger started the American Birth Control League based on the Nazi theories of eugenics, she knew she was onto something big. Her baby killing start-up became Planned Parenthood in 1942, and with the passage of Roe v. Wade in 1973, taxpayer-funded abortion became a billion dollar business. “I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, thatI have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore…

Amazon’s latest program to curb emissions? One delivery day per house, per week

On Thursday, Amazon announced that it would be making a program widely available to Amazon Prime members that would allow them to schedule all deliveries for a single day, once a week. The so-called “Amazon Day” service will be voluntary and targets customers who are concerned about their carbon footprint. Grouping purchase deliveries will help Amazon cut down on emissions associated with sending a delivery truck to the same house multiple times a week, and the company says holding orders for a single day during the week will also allow it to group orders within a single package, thereby reducing…

Dr. Bronner’s is the only good brand on Twitter

Whether it’s Lil Debbie shilling out relationship advice or Sunny D igniting a conversation about depression, contemporary brand Twitter can be a depressing and dark place. Nothing feels more cynical than when a brand appropriates the standardized millennial voice — ironic, detached, dejected — and uses it to hock their emulsified meat products and drinkable corn syrups. There’s no commitment to justice here, there’s just marketing. So I’d love to call for a mass ban of corporations from Twitter, with one exception: Dr. Bronner’s, one of the country’s most popular organic, fair trade soap producers. I don’t trust any multimillion…

Microsoft Workers Say the Company Is War Profiteering, and They’ve Timed Their Protest to Hurt

Tech CEOs have plenty of reasons to worry about public attention these days, but usually not during their big product events. Tim Cook tends to be giddy when he opens the Apple Event each September. Facebook still makes a big deal about F8, where Mark Zuckerberg once gave everyone in the audience an Oculus VR headset to wear as he walked past them unseen. These events are moments for celebration, not hyperscrutiny: Tech writers who focus on gear scramble to keep up with all the exciting new announcements that gadget-buyers want to get the scoop on. But when Microsoft CEO…

FAILED: Dick’s Sporting Goods ends efforts to lobby congress for gun control

Almost nine months after the Parkland shooting, Ed Stack — the CEO of Dick’s Sporting Goods — stood up in the audience of a New York Times conference. He got up to talk about restricting gun sales at his stores. He had done it many times before, but this time, he got personal. “I’m not embarrassed to say I’m viewed as a relatively tough guy,” Stack said. “I wouldn’t characterize myself as a crier. And that weekend, I watched those kids, and I watched those parents, and I hadn’t cried as much since my mother passed away.” His highly publicized…

One of pharma’s most notorious gougers is going bankrupt, but 2019 is a banner year for shkreli-grad pharmaceutical price-hikes

Back in September 2016, Novum Pharma made headlines when it raised the price of Aloquin, a barely-effective acne cream from $240/tube to $10,000/tube, after acquiring the exclusive right to manufacture it. Now, Novum is bankrupt, a fact it attributes to the price hike leading to “public scrutiny regarding [Novum’s] business model and further increased prescription rejection rates.” While this is reason to cheer, don’t get too happy. As Beth Mole points out at Ars Technica: “despite the public spotlight on drug pricing, more than three-dozen drug companies started 2019 with sweeping price increases on hundreds of drugs.” While the bankruptcy…

After #MeToo, whole industries have been blacklisted by insurers for sexual harassment liability coverage

A new report from Betterley Risk Consultants, shared with The Intercept, reveals that many of the world’s largest insureres will no longer conside whole industries for “employment practices liability insurance” (EPLI), which covers liability from “sexual harassment, sex discrimination, and other employee claims.” Ten of the 32 largest insurers will no longer write EPLI policies for financial firms (brokers, investment banks, VCs, etc); eight will no longer sell EPLI coverage to entertainment and media companies. Also blacklisted are law firms, car dealerships, and other industries where “superstars” or “celebrities” or “high-billing rainmakers” have historically been able to get away with…

Target’s app changes its prices on certain items depending on if you are inside or outside of the store

When you use store apps like Target’s, you expect that’s where you will find the best deals. After all, you’re giving them access to your shopping habits and history, even your location. But what if you weren’t actually getting the lowest prices on those apps? In a two-month investigation, that began with a concern from a viewer, KARE 11 found Target’s app changes its prices on certain items depending on if you are inside or outside of the store. For instance, Target’s app price for a particular Samsung 55-inch Smart TV was $499.99, but when we pulled into the parking…

Candy makers Ghirardelli and Russell Stover slapped with $750,000 fine for misleading customers by selling chocolate products in oversized containers that were “predominantly empty”

Have you ever opened a large box of chocolates Opens a New Window. and were disappointed by the small pieces of sweets inside? Well, you are not alone. Candy makers Ghirardelli and Russell Stover were slapped with a $750,000 fine last week after they were sued in California for alleging misleading customers by selling chocolate products in oversized containers that were “predominantly empty.” The civil complaint, which was filed by California prosecutors, alleged that the two companies, who fall under common ownership of Swiss chocolate maker Lindt & Sprungli, packaged certain chocolate products in oversized packaging to deceive consumers into…

If Corporations Are People, Some of Them Should Go to Jail

Up in the Commonwealth—God save it!—we have this attorney general named Maura Healey. She isn’t the biggest person, but she’s a former Boston College point guard who can still play. And she is not someone whose attention you want to draw, especially if you happen to be someone working scams that end up killing people and starting nationwide epidemics. The Sackler family, which got rich developing and marketing Oxycontin, has drawn Healey’s attention. From WBUR: “I promise you that we will hold opioid makers accountable for the role they played in creating this crisis…we will do whatever it takes to…

Jeff Bezos gives a pitiful amount of his $160B fortune to charity

For the world’s richest man, charity begins — and stays — at home. Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos has given only a tiny fraction of his $160 billion fortune to philanthropic causes, falling far behind fellow billionaires such as Bill and Melinda Gates and former New York mayor Michael Bloomberg, public records show. Although Bezos, 55, and his estranged wife MacKenzie recently pledged $2 billion to a new charitable initiative, their previous giving amounts to a total of just over $145 million or .0906 percent — far less than one percent — of their net worth. Out of $100,000,…

IBM HR made me lie to US govt, says axed VP in age-discrim legal row: I was ordered to cover up layoffs of older workers

A former senior executive at IBM has claimed she was ordered to lie to the US government about just how many older workers Big Blue was laying off. And she says she was fired after pointing out that the aging biz was breaking age discrimination laws by primarily firing post-50 staff. The shocking allegations are found in an affidavit filed Thursday in the Southern District of New York by Catherine Rodgers, formerly IBM’s vice president in its Global Engagement Office. She claims her superiors directed her to hide information about staff leaving from the US Department of Labor. Describing the…

Credit Card Companies Have No Business Playing Second Amendment Censors

Do we want to live in an America where credit card companies watch our buying habits and then block purchases for ideological reasons? Not long ago, the left side of the American electorate would have shouted “hell no” the loudest. Not anymore. Today, many on the left are cheering on, even pushing censorship in social media and more, as long as the suppression of ideas protects their political goals.  They even want big business to restrict gun sales, as they don’t see firearms as tools of freedom. Just before Christmas, The New York Times ran an article titled “How Credit Cards Are Used to…

Cord Cutting: Netflix adds 8.8M paid subscribers globally, says it now accounts for 10 percent of US TV screen time

Netflix just released its fourth quarter earnings report, which looks mixed compared to Wall Street expectations. The company added 8.8 million subscribers, well above the 7.6 million that it had predicted at the beginning of the quarter. It also beat estimates for earnings per share — analysts had predicted EPS of 24 cents, but actual EPS came in at 30 cents. However, revenue was a bit lower than expected — $4.19 billion, compared to predictions of $4.21 billion. As of 4:50pm Eastern, Netflix shares were down about 2 percent in after-hours trading. The investor letter also includes viewership numbers for…

MACY’S 2018 was pretty much a bust…department store must figure out how it can survive

After initiating a turnaround plan that entailed shuttering some 100 stores nationwide, bringing up a well-prepared insider to take over as chief executive, investing in avant-garde retail ideas and store concepts and joining the off-price party, Macy’s delivered bad news last week: Holiday 2018 was pretty much a bust. The department store’s November/December comparable sales on an owned plus licensed basis rose 1.1% (owned merchandise rose 0.7%) and e-commerce grew in double digits, but the real problem was that it couldn’t sustain momentum after strong Black Friday sales. Investors have punished the retailer for its failure to partake of a Christmas…

Nando’s, Domino’s Pizza and McDonald’s among fast food giants forcing misery and pain on billions of chickens, global study says

KFC, McDonald’s, Nando’s and Domino’s Pizza are subjecting billions of chickens to lives of misery that end in a painful death, according to what is thought to be the first global investigation of its type. The world’s nine biggest chains – also including Burger King, Pizza Hut, Starbucks and Subway – have, following the investigation, been rated “poor” or “failing” on chicken welfare, and accused of putting birds through “chronic pain” in “brutal” industrial-scale systems hidden from the consumer. World Animal Protection (WAP)’s report found “an almost-universal disregard among the brands … for improving the treatment of chickens throughout their…

Gymboree is reportedly planning to close all 900 of its stores

New reports indicate that children’s clothing retailer Gymboree Group Inc. is expected to file for bankruptcy protection and make plans to close all of its remaining stores as early as this week According to a report from The Wall Street Journal, the San Francisco-based company will file for bankruptcy for the second time in two years and liquidate its Gymboree, Crazy 8, and Janie and Jack stores. The company website lists Gymboree stores at The Fashion Mall at Keystone, Clay Terrace, Hamilton Town Center and Edinburgh Premium Outlets. There are Crazy 8 stores at Castleton Square, Hamilton Town Center and Greenwood…

PG&E bankruptcy looms, CEO to exit as fire costs dwarf cash

PG&E Corp. said it will file for bankruptcy in California after the cost of wildfires left it with potential liabilities of $30 billion or more, gutting its share price and prompting the departure of its chief executive officer. The San Francisco-based company said it intends to reorganize under Chapter 11 of the U.S. bankruptcy code on or about Jan. 29 after giving the required 15-day notice to employees, according to a filing at the Securities and Exchange Commission Monday. On Sunday, the company started searching for a new leader after Geisha Williams, 57, resigned as chief executive officer. General counsel…

America’s Most Hated Companies

No matter what industry a company is in, its most important asset is its reputation. Companies can spend millions of dollars each year on public relations, advertising, and brand research. A scandal, failed product rollout, or any misstep that draws the public’s ire can cost businesses millions, or even billions, of dollars. 24/7 Wall St. reviewed major news events from the last year, customer survey results from the American Customer Satisfaction Index, ratings on employee review website Glassdoor, and more, to determine America’s most hated companies. Many of the companies on this list are in sectors that are generally more…

AT&T’s Planning Yet More Layoffs Despite Tens Of Billions In Tax Breaks And Government Favors

Telecom monopolies have a pretty good racket going. They’ll consistently demand all manner of tax cuts, subsidies, and other government perks in exchange for A: jobs that never actually materialize, or B: broadband network expansions that somehow never actually arrive. The nation’s telcos in particular have received countless billions in taxpayer subsidies to expand their broadband networks, yet time and time again we’ve shown how they’ve wiggled out of these obligations, leaving huge swaths of America left outside of the reach of fast, inexpensive, competitive broadband (that’s particularly true in poor urban and rural areas). Yet somehow, we here in…

And Now Professional Sports Teams Are Cutting The Cable Cord, Too

In all of our coverage about cord-cutting, we have mostly focused on how the public is in large swaths ditching cable for over the air and internet alternatives. Aside from that, we’ve also commented on stories where the networks are looking for new ways to measure viewership of their content given all the cord-cutting that has already occurred. The common theme, however, is that cord-cutting is not some fad and is a full on thing among the public. And also, it turns out, among some relevant companies as well. I’ve made the point for a long time that professional sports…

Drugs and syringes have become such a problem in Starbucks bathrooms that the company is installing needle-disposal boxes in certain locations

Starbucks is installing boxes for safe disposal of syringes in the bathrooms of certain locations, following workers’ reports of discarded needles and sometimes concerning conditions. The coffee giant is exploring remedies after employees expressed fears about being pricked by uncapped needles and experiencing related health risks. Starbucks is testing solutions, including installing sharps-disposal boxes, using heavier-duty trash bags to prevent needle pokes, and removing trash cans from certain bathrooms. “These societal issues affect us all and can sometimes place our partners (employees) in scary situations, which is why we have protocols and resources in place to ensure our partners are…

Sears workers demand hardship fund after Toys ‘R’ Us success

As Sears Holdings Corp teeters on the brink of liquidation, its employees are pushing for a hardship fund they hope can replicate the success of bankrupt retailer Toys ‘R’ Us, whose workers collected $20 million in severance pay from its former owners. Sears on Tuesday agreed to consider a revised takeover bid from Chairman Edward Lampert, temporarily staving off a liquidation that would have spelled the end of the company. The latest attempt by Lampert follows a decade of revenue declines, hundreds of store closures, and years of deals in an attempt to turn around the company he put together…

Toys R Us employees getting screwed by KKR and Bain Capital with S***ty hardship fund checks

Nearly 20,000 former Toys R Us employees received letters that allow them to apply for severance pay from a $20 million hardship fund created late last year by private equity owners KKR and Bain Capital to support workers affected by the retailer’s liquidation, according to information from the fund’s website and provided by Carrie Gleason, policy director and campaign manager for Organization United for Respect and its Rise Up Retail campaign. Eligible employees will receive a proportional amount of money based on their former salary, position and years spent at the retailer, with amounts ranging from $200 to over $12,000. Former employees began…

Netflix walks away from App Store payments, costing Apple up to $256m/year

When Ios launched, Apple’s App Store took a 30% royalty on all apps sold. App vendors responded in large part by switching to free apps that charged in-app for annual subscriptions and other fees, prompting Apple (by then the dominant smartphone seller and critical to many companies’ businesses) to ban in-app purchases except through Apple, which would charge a 30% commission on the lifetime revenues from each user. Competition from Android and hybrid models where users sign up (and pay) on the web and then login to their apps has driven Apple’s lifetime tax on in-app transactions to 15%, but…

Maryland is the latest state to make businesses pledge they will not boycott the state of Israel

What do certain auto part suppliers, contractors and barbers in Maryland all have in common? In order to bid for procurement contracts with the State to provide services or goods, they must effectively first pledge loyalty to Israel. If this doesn’t concern you, it should. Governor Hogan’s executive order requires businesses with state contracts to promise they will not boycott the state of Israel. It targets the international Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement – a global campaign that promotes peaceful, economic boycott to protest Israel’s human rights violations against Palestinians. And it is unethical, unconstitutional and downright dangerous – especially because it prioritizes the…

Facebook is the least trusted tech company followed by Twitter, Amazon: Survey

Facebook, the world’s largest social network, has become the platform people trust the least. According to a survey, which was conducted in December 2018 by research company Toluna, 40 percent of respondents said they trust Facebook the least with their personal information. The sample size was of 1,000 people. The results were published by Recode. Following Facebook, was Twitter with a large margin. Twitter stood second with lack of trust from eight percent of the respondents. Amazon also showed similar results as Twitter, a lack of trust from about eight percent of the people. Amazon, as we know took heat for supplying its own flawed facial…

Three Class Actions Accuse CenturyLink of Billing Fraud

Citing thousands of complaints on social media, three class actions accuse telecommunications company CenturyLink of fraud, double-dealing and using phony and inflated fees to cheat millions of consumers of as much as $12 billion. A nationwide federal class action filed June 18 in Los Angeles claims CenturyLink promises customers phone, data and cable TV service at one price but bills them much more and threatens them with high cancellation fees if they try to quit. “It is estimated that the damages to consumers could range between $600 million and $12 billion, based on CenturyLink’s 5.9 million subscribers,” according to named…

Hospitals making hundreds of millions from parking charges

Hospitals in England are making hundreds of millions of pounds from car parking charges, with more than 40% of NHS trusts increasing the cost of a stay in the past year. An investigation using freedom of information requests found some trusts have doubled the price of car parking for patients and visitors. Analysis of data published by NHS Digital in October shows trusts made more than £226m in 2017-18 from parking, including penalty fines. A total of 124 NHS trusts in England responded to the Press Association requests on parking charges, with 53 (43%) reporting an increase in prices in…

Jordan Peterson and Dave Rubin have announced they are forming an alternative to Patreon

Intellectual Dark Web leaders Jordan Peterson and Dave Rubin have announced they are forming an alternative to Patreon, citing what they view as active censorship of politically conservative voices on the crowdfunding site. The site has terms of service similar to Twitter’s, but has banned prominent members who have not directly violated the terms so much as violated boundaries of political ideology. That Peterson, who recently published a best-selling book, “12 Rules for Life,” and Rubin, who features interviews and debates on the “Rubin Report,” felt compelled to start up a brand new version of this site speaks to how…

Apple moves on to India…

Apple is set to start building its high-end iPhone models in India in early 2019, with the company partnering with the local branch of Foxconn (which already handles a huge chunk of Apple’s existing iPhone manufacturing), according to a report from CNBC. While Apple has been assembling iPhones in India since 2017, beginning with the iPhone SE and followed by the iPhone 6S earlier this year, the newly reported Foxconn partnership would see newer and more expensive iPhones, like the iPhone X, start to be assembled in India as well. It’s a move that would make a lot of sense…

116-Year-Old JC Penney Now a Penny Stock

After over a century as a major force in U.S. retailing, the fortunes of J.C. Penney Co. Inc. (NYSE: JCP) are such that its share price dropped below $1 to $0.99. It shows how much the competition from e-commerce and other brick-and-mortar retailers has undermined the company’s fortunes. The fall in J.C. Penney shares is extraordinary. The stock has declined 87% over the past five years, while the S&P 500 is up 59%. Over the same period, shares of Amazon.com have risen 271%. The stark difference shows the extent to which online sales have cannibalized the balance of the industry,…

AT&T Will Display ‘Fake’ 5G Logo Instead of 4G LTE on Their Phones – Reports

AT&T customers will start to see a 5G logo in the corner of their smartphone next year, yet their phones won’t actually be connected to the more advanced network. AT&T will display an icon reading “5G E” on newer phones that are connected to LTE in markets where the network has developed speed boosting 4G technologies, FierceWireless reported. The “E” will stand for “5G Evolution”,  the carrier’s term for networks that aren’t quite 5G but are still faster than traditional LTE. This is not the first time AT&T has pulled such a stunt. During the transition to LTE, the company rolled out a speed-boosting 3G tech called HSPA+,…

Wells Fargo shifts many jobs overseas following layoffs

Wells Fargo has laid off hundreds of U.S. employees during the past year as it pushed many of their jobs overseas, according to an Observer analysis of federal documents. In the Charlotte metro area, the bank’s largest employment hub, mortgage jobs eliminated this year have also been sent overseas, Wells confirmed. The bank slashed hundreds of such workers in the area but would not disclose how many of those jobs it has sent outside the U.S. The documents, published online by the U.S. Department of Labor, shed light on how Wells Fargo has quietly shifted work out of the country.…

Walmart secured a patent to eavesdrop on shoppers and employees…Listening to everything from rustling bags to register beeps

Walmart was granted a patent this week for a new listening system for its retail stores that, if ever deployed, may make some employees and shoppers uncomfortable. According to the filing and claims, it’s “an example system for capturing and analyzing sounds in a shopping facility.” In other words, it’s a kind of surveillance system. For example, this proposed listening system would be able to detect the rustling of shopping bags and the beeps at a register. Walmart could use this tech as an anti-theft solution to find out if number of items in a transaction and number of bags…

Sears looks for bidders who aren’t Eddie Lampert

During a Tuesday hearing in the U.S. bankruptcy court in White Plains, New York, Sears Holdings announced it would forego selecting a lead bidder for the auction of its stores amid criticism from creditors over Chairman Eddie Lampert’s $4.6 billion bid through his hedge fund, ESL Investments, The Wall Street Journal reports. Instead, the retailer is pushing for more bidders to make offers before the Dec. 28 final bid deadline, according to the Journal. Sears Holdings has already received bids from liquidators, as well as from retailers like Burlington Stores, At Home Group, Dick’s Sporting Goods and U-Haul for some…

Boycott these 20 Companies that dumped Tucker Carlson over immigration comments

At least 20 advertisers have now dropped “Tucker Carlson Tonight” after the Fox News host said in a show last Thursday that immigrants to the United States made the country “poorer” and “dirtier.” As of Wednesday morning, SanDisk, Pfizer, Takeda, CareerBuilder, TD Ameritrade, ScotteVest, United Explorer, Just for Men, Voya, Zenni Optical, IHOP, Jaguar, Pacific Life, Indeed, Bowflex, SmileDirectClub, NerdWallet, Minted, Ancestry and SodaStream have all said they were pulling their ads from the show. On Wednesday afternoon, SanDisk parent company Western Digital told TheWrap it severing its ties with Carlson. A rep for the company said in a statement: “Western Digital…

Bayer-Monsanto Bleeding Out! 44% Drop! Mainstream Media Silent…

Note to Reader: Corporate Media Has Avoided Reporting the Truth on This Topic Because the Biotech Industry Pays them BILLIONS for Ads Annually. So Please Share This Good News So Humanity Can Celebrate! Biotech giants Monsanto and Bayer are infamous for their destructive practices. So it’s probably shocking to hear their recent 62.5 billion dollar merger is turning out to be some of the best news of the year for those of us who care about human health and that of the environment. Ahead of the merger, and even now, most wholistic health advocates and supporters of the Millions Against…

Metal shavings found in toddler’s intestines after eating Zarbee’s multivitamins which Johnson & Johnson acquired

Kansas mother Samantha Andersen has been using Zarbee’s Naturals Vitamins for years. The same Zarbee’s that was recently acquired by Johnson and Johnson (the same Johnson and Johnson whose shares recently plunged after a report came out stating they knew about asbestos in their baby powder). However, with her most recent bottle of gummy vitamins, the ones she had been feeding to her toddler, she noticed they were all clumped up together at the bottom. Upon further inspection and with the use of a magnet, she and her husband discovered that the vitamins they had been giving their daughter were full…

Sears bankruptcy court OKs $25 million in bonuses for top execs

A U.S. bankruptcy court on Friday reportedly approved Sears’s request to pay as much as $25.3 million in bonuses to the company’s top executives and high-ranking employees, just months after the company filed for bankruptcy. The company behind Sears, Hoffman Estates, Ill.-based Sears Holdings Corp., argued it needed to give employees such a financial incentive to encourage them to remain with the company as it works to rebuild, despite it reporting nearly $1.9 billion in losses in the first three quarters of this year, CBS News reported. “Under these circumstances, it would be understandable if many key employees are asking…

Nurse Denied Life Insurance Because She Carries Narcan

Bloodwork was supposed to be the last step in Isela’s application for life insurance. But when she arrived at the lab, her appointment had been canceled. “That was my first warning,” Isela says. She contacted her insurance agent and was told her application was denied because something on her medication list indicated that Isela uses drugs. Isela, a registered nurse who works in an addiction treatment program at Boston Medical Center, scanned her med list. It showed a prescription for the opioid-reversal drug naloxone — brand name Narcan. “But I’m a nurse, I use it to help people,” Isela remembers…