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Improved Outlook Pushes U.S. Economic Confidence Back Up

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The confidence Americans have in the economy, an important indicator of public opinion that effects the actual economy, especially consumer spending, is back on the rise again after a dip this summer, according to the latest Gallup poll on the subject. Gallup’s U.S. Economic Confidence Index is up for the month of September over the…

Steelworkers Ratify New Four-Year Contract with Goodyear

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Agreement Improves Wages, Enhances Job and Retirement SecurityPITTSBURGH, Pa. – The United Steelworkers announced Thursday that union members have ratified a new, four-year collective bargaining agreement with Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company that covers about 8,500 workers at six of the company’s U.S. plants in Buffalo New York, Topeka Kansas, Fayetteville North Carolina, Danville Virginia,…

The Powell Memo Formed the Basis of A Call to Arms for Corporations

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Should American Democracy Be Purely About Capitalism? Or Is There Room for Compassion?The Corporate States of America Editor’s Note – An informed reader and contributor recently reminded me of the Powell Memo or Manifesto, what some credit as the beginning of the hyper activity on the part of American corporations to change the debate in…

Engulfed State Park: Enviro Presto Chango

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By David Underhill – The dermatologist moonlighting as Alabama’s governor, Robert Bentley, has shown that neither of these pursuits is his true talent. He is actually a master prestidigitator. Only an amateur magician distracts by elaborate maneuvers with one hand, while the other is slyly inserting the rabbit into the top hat, displayed as empty…

Retail Giant Wal-Mart Pleads Guilty To Federal Environmental Crimes

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Corporation to Pay More Than $81 Million in Civil Fines – By Glynn Wilson – The retail giant Wal-Mart pleaded guilty Tuesday in a California federal court to six counts of violating the Clean Water Act by illegally handling and disposing of hazardous materials at its stores across the United States. The Bentonville, Ark.-based company…

Gulf Coast Restoration Council Releases Draft Report

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The Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council released the a draft report with a plan for restoring the Gulf Coast’s ecosystem and economy this week, along with a draft environmental assessment now available for formal public comment. The plan provides a framework to implement a coordinated region-wide restoration effort in a way that restores, protects, and…

Camping With WiFi in the Talladega National Forest

A Future Fracking Zone? Looking out over the national forest from the Talladega Scenic Drive toward Mt. Cheaha, the highest peak in Alabama’s Appalachian Mountains off in the distance (click on the images for a larger view) -

Get Involved to Stop Fracking on Public Land – The Big Picture – By Glynn Wilson – CANE CREEK, Ala. — Sitting here by the creek listening to the water flow over the rocks and the birds sing in the trees, it’s hard to believe anyone would want to clear off the top of every…