With heightened anticipation of an iPhone7 this September, it's worth noting that the conditions of workers in Apple's Chinese supply chain have not improved these last 14 years. A new report by China Labor Watch shows that the same legal and ethical violations continue.
Cannabis reform is sweeping the US but the lucrative multibillion dollar market is forced to use a cash-based system to work around federal banking regulations. Until the feds legalize marijuana, a network of public banks working together to implement DOJ compliance may provide an alternative.
A 2013 congressional study estimated that Walmart alone costs taxpayers between $3,015 and $5,815 per worker. That's money that we should understand as a subsidy to Walmart, not to the workers -- it allows Walmart to save billions in wages and benefits by pushing those costs onto the rest of us.