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"Binding arbitration waivers" started out as a way for giant companies going into business with one another to avoid costly litigation by agreeing in advance to have a private arbitrator hear their disputes.

But Federalist Society judges, led by Antonin Scalia, spent a decade dismantling protections that ensured that binding arbitration was only used between equals, and not forced upon workers and consumers.

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When you think about tax-havens, you probably think about Caribbean "treasure islands," the ex-colonies whose erstwhile conquerors set them up as dependent financial secrecy jurisdictions whose economies were doomed to be stunted forever.

But in truth, the most harmful tax-havens are "onshore-offshore," notorious jurisdictions like Delaware, Nevada and Wyoming, or, in the EU, Malta, Luxembourg, Cyprus and the Netherlands.

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Today's threads (a thread).

Inside: NYC's driver-owned Uber alternative; Amazon running scared from arbitration at scale; How the Dutch helped CBS cheat on its taxes; and more!

Archived at: pluralistic.net/2021/06/02/arb

#Pluralistic

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saw this large man sleeping outside the art store yesterday, didn't even move when I pet him

Black Lives Matter protests have saved lives, study finds

Places with Black Lives Matter protests experienced a 15% to 20% decrease in police homicides from 2014 to 2019 — around 300 fewer deaths. “The gap in lethal use-of-force between places with and without protests widens over these subsequent years and is most prominent when protests are large or frequent.”

streetroots.org/news/2021/05/2

crass, acab 

licking cop boots in the ~third world~ is not better than licking cop boots in the US is not better than calling your bootlicking anti-imperialism

you're still licking -- nay, fellating -- cop boot

NYCers have a new ridehailing alternative to Uber: The Drivers Cooperative is a driver-owned, app-based ride-hailing service that pays drivers more, charges riders less, and pays out any profits to driver-owners as periodic dividends.

nytimes.com/2021/05/28/technol

Platform cooperativism is a powerful antidote to app-based gig work: a way to provide customers with the convenience that made app-based services so popular while putting workers in control of their days, schedules and conditions.

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Greenspace Hack looks like a nice project. Crowdsourced documentation of greenspaces, as a source of grassroots input into urban planning decisions.

greenspacehack.com

”We will know how to accomodate ourselves for a time. For, you must not forget, that we can also build these palaces and cities, here in Spain and in America and everywhere. We, the workers. We can build others to take their place. And better ones. We are not in the least afraid of ruins. We are going to inherit the earth. There is not the slightest doubt about that.The bourgeoisie might blast and ruin its own world before it leaves the stage of history. We carry a new world here, in our hearts"

Alex Pazaitis of P2P Lab explains the reason for the organization's disassociation from P2P Foundation: Namely, Michel Bauwens' conversion to the anti-"Woke"/Intellectual Dark Web ideology, and hijacking of the P2P Foundation as a vehicle for promoting it. alex-pazaitis.medium.com/think

What does it mean, individually and collectively, to politicize care work? What are the possibilities of reframing our artistic and organizing practices around radical care? 💛

Mary Jirmanus Saba's collaborative films work at the intersection of labor politics, feminism & finance capital, aspiring to imagine & create new political horizons.

Watch her talk here: ✨ youtube.com/watch?v=LnMChKX3KF

Building local solidarity and horizontal power ✨

Join this discussion on how we as communities and social movements can reimagine and reclaim our cities, towns and villages!

You can register here: eventbrite.co.uk/e/building-lo

weird how the second and third world have dissidents, while the first world only has rioters and outside agitators

Just added another draft chapter (on interest group pluralism) to the online manuscript of The State: Theory and Praxis thestatetheoryandpraxis.wordpr

Ah yes, nothing like the Queen saying "think of the children", when damaging their privacy and the democracy they will grow up into. 😒 Surveillance of her subjects does help her increasingly autocratic government to stay in power. She should be ashamed of herself.
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Unsurprisingly, the Queen’s Speech includes references to #OnlineHarms:

"internet safety for all, especially for children, whilst harnessing the bene…
twitter.com/neil_neilzone/stat

Brood 17 - the unbelievable large swarm of 17-year cicadas - is already emerging in parts of America. This summer, Americans in the brood's path will experience a plague(ish) of locusts(ish), as the skies darken and the roads run slick with bug-guts.

Writing for Wired, Kate Knibbs brings us the cuisine of Bun Lai1, a renowned chef who has pioneered "sustainable sushi" and is now foraging in DC for early B-17 bugs to turn into chow: pizza, paella, and sushi.

wired.com/story/eating-cicadas

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