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Carey Wedler – McDonald’s U.S. Operations In Trouble Despite Endless Marketing Schemes

Despite McDonald’s extensive efforts to improve U.S. sales over the last several years, its most promising endeavor is coming up short — and as a result, so are the company’s domestic profits. Reuters reports that according to McDonald’s fourth quarter report, released Monday, “Sales at established U.S. restaurants fell for the first time in six quarters as the novelty of …

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Let’s Create A Better World – 12.12.16

Dr. Christine Horner, former plastic surgeon turned holistic doctor, inspires us to be our true self.

During the holiday season many people are lonely depressed, and dealing with the hardships in life. Our in-depth discussion gives many methods for replacing the above with happiness, love, joy and fulfillment. We discuss life, family, friends and health.

Also, Dr. Horner discusses the attitude of being grateful and living every day to the fullest as she gives great stories and discussions about her work and her life.

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Dr. Mercola – CAFO Meat Is Even More Dangerous

Antibiotic-resistant bacteria infect at least 2 million Americans every year. At least 23,000 die as a result.1 The growing threat of antibiotic-resistant disease is one of the biggest health threats facing the globe, yet, unlike some other pressing health threats, it has a clear and well-known cause: overuse of antibiotics. “The use of antibiotics is the single most important factor …

George Monbiot – The Golden Arches Theory of Decline

A wave of revulsion rolls around the world. Approval ratings for incumbent leaders are everywhere collapsing. Symbols, slogans and sensation trump facts and nuanced argument. One in six Americans now believes that military rule would be a good idea. From all this I draw the following, peculiar conclusion: no country with a McDonald’s can remain a democracy. Twenty years ago, …

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Alice Salles – We Finally Know Why Americans Spend More On Prescription Drugs Than Other Nations

Last week, Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders sent a letter to U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch and Edith Ramirez, chair of the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), requesting that the Department of Justice (DOJ) and the FTC look into some makers of prescription drugs and how they price insulin. Sanders and Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD) wrote that though the original insulin patent expired …

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`It’s All About Food – Robert Grillo, Farm To Fable – 11.09.16

Robert Grillo is an activist, author and speaker. He is the director of Free from Harm, which he founded in 2009 to expose animal agriculture’s impact on non human animals, vulnerable communities and the environment. As a marketing communications professional for over twenty years, Grillo has worked on large food industry accounts through which he acquired a behind-the-scenes perspective on food branding and marketing. Farm to Fable is his first book. He lives in Chicago. For more information, please visit: http://www.freefromharm.org.

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Lauren McCauley – McDonald’s Settlement Could Open Door for Worker Wins Nationwide

Burger behemoth McDonald’s has reportedly reached a settlement with hundreds of franchise employees in California, which campaigners and attorneys are saying could be a precedent-setting development in the fight for fair wages. In the settlement, revealed in a Friday filing in a U.S. district court in San Francisco, McDonald’s agreed to pay a total of $3.75 million in back pay …

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Deirdre Fulton – Rising Student Debt Places Living Wage Even Farther Out of Reach: Report

In most of the United States, even a $15 minimum wage isn’t enough to make ends meet—and the gap becomes a chasm if you factor in ballooning student debt. So says a new report from the People’s Action Institute, released Tuesday, which finds that in most states, the minimum wage provides less than half of the true living wage—an amount …

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Nika Knight – Environmental Official Shot Dead in Brazil as Attacks on Land Defenders Rise in Latin America

An environmental official well-known for his aggressive enforcement of deforestation laws in his city in the Brazilian Amazon was gunned down in front of his family late Thursday, city officials reported Friday. Two men shot the official, Luiz Araujo, seven times as he drove up to his home, local policetold the Associated Press. “[T]wo men fled on a motorcycle without taking …

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Waging Nonviolence – How inmates are organizing a nationwide strike from behind bars

Whenever an inmate and a guard get into an altercation, Melvin Ray sees an opportunity to connect and educate. After stepping in and trying to de-escalate the situation, he’ll talk to his fellow inmate and ask him how he got here. Not just “here,” in the sense of an altercation stemming from the emotional stresses of being incarcerated. Or “here,” …