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30.08.2018 - 09:02 [ forapeoplesparty.org ]

DNC Kills Caucuses, Keeps Superdelegates, Retains Joint Fundraising Agreements, and Expands Control Over 2020 Primary

The DNC took several steps to expand and consolidate its power over the 2020 presidential primary at its summer meeting in Chicago this weekend. The party reduced caucuses, which heavily favored Bernie in 2016, and replaced them with primaries. It rebuked progressive demands to eliminate superdelegates, moving them to the second round of voting at the nominating convention instead. It preserved the use of joint fundraising agreements, which Hillary used to launder money to her campaign and take over the DNC. It approved a rule allowing the DNC to block candidates who have not been “faithful” Democrats from running. It kept nearly a hundred lobbyists on the DNC. And it did nothing to extricate corporate and billionaire money from the party, preserving rampant corruption.

The Democratic Party is a committee of corporations. Goldman Sachs, CitiGroup, News Corp., Pfizer, CitGo, Verizon, Aetna, and many other corporations sit alongside high-priced consultants on the national committee.

21.08.2018 - 18:48 [ Sean McFate / Politico ]

I Was a Mercenary. Trust Me: Erik Prince’s Plan Is Garbage.

(31.8.2017) Mercenaries are back, a dangerous trend occurring in the shadows. Their very lack of accountability is their main selling point; they offer plausible deniability and brute force to those too weak or squeamish to wage war. Customers are buying too, with mercenary proliferation in Afghanistan, Congo, Iraq, Nigeria, Somalia, Syria, Ukraine and Yemen. Clients include countries, extractive industry and even terrorists. This trend may one day alter international relations: When anyone can rent a military, then super-rich and large corporations can become a new kind of superpower. Worse, mercenaries can start and elongate conflicts for profit, breeding endless war. A world with more mercenaries means a world with more war, which is why Prince’s proposal is so dangerous.

18.08.2018 - 17:50 [ Julia Reda ]

Out-of-control censorship machines removed my article warning of out-of-control censorship machines

Under current US law, Google allows a number of companies to directly and without oversight remove sites from its search index, based purely on the claim that copyrights are being infringed. In effect, a handful of media companies have control over what we can – and can’t – find online.

One of them is Symphonic Distribution, who offer a service called “Topple Track” . This service sent a notice to Google on July 22 falsely claiming that my blog post and a number of other sites were somehow infringing on the copyright of an Australian TV starlet. Automated systems at Google honored the claim and delisted the pages, sight unseen.

16.07.2018 - 20:07 [ Techdirt ]

Everything That’s Wrong With Social Media Companies and Big Tech Platforms, Part 3

I’ve written two installments in this series (part 1 is here and part 2 is here). And while I could probably turn itemizing complaints about social-media companies into a perpetual gig somewhere — because there’s always going to be new material — I think it’s best to list only just a few more for now. After that, we ought to step back and weigh what reforms or other social responses we really need. The first six classes of complaints are detailed in Parts 1 and 2, so we begin here in Part 3 with Complaint Number 7.

15.05.2018 - 12:47 [ Tim Canova for Congress / actionnetwork.org ]

Contribute now to Tim Canova for Congress

Our politics and economy are increasingly rigged in favor of Wall Street banks and giant corporations. All too often, elected officials represent these narrow special interests rather than the rest of us. We must challenge this business as usual and demand accountability. Let’s take back our country and restore our democracy.

13.05.2018 - 12:48 [ Skolkovo.ru ]

Skolkovo Business School is a Full Member of the European Foundation for Management Development

(15.5.2017) Founded more than 30 years ago, the EFMD unites over 900 institutions in 86 countries. Not only successful business schools, but also consulting companies, small business support centres, chambers of commerce and industry, and training centres are members of the Foundation. In addition, the Association accredits individual MBA programmes and e-learning technologies. All this enables the EFMD to act as a platform for continuous dialogue between educational institutions and users of educational services in the sphere of management, thereby providing a strong link between business schools and large corporations.