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Forum Post: What are the Worst Companies in America?

Posted 2 years ago on May 3, 2012, 2:29 p.m. EST by jakem1331 (19)
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Aside from Bank of America, what are some other malicious companies that deserve more of our protests?

Here's a brief history of some companies who have won the "Worst Company" award in the past: http://www.wealthlift.com/blog/companies-worst-america/

Personally, I think that Wal-Mart deserves way more of our anger, not only do they screw over their suppliers, but they are hell on their workers as well! Not to mention their Mexico scandal.

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[-] 3 points by gnomunny (6592) from St Louis, MO 2 years ago

BofA and WalMart are definitely top contenders but if I had to pick one, I'd be willing to say that distinction should go to Monsanto. The reasons are numerous and I plan on doing a post on them sometime soon. BofA and WalMart might have screwed employees and consumers, but Monsanto is screwing the planet. They are the very definition of anti-green and anti-sustainability, and are actively trying to gain a virtual monopoly on the world's food supply. As Kissinger said, "Control the food and you control the world." Monsanto has adopted this as their de facto business motto.

[-] 2 points by jakem1331 (19) 2 years ago

Monsanto is a great choice - they weren't even in the top 32

[-] 2 points by gnomunny (6592) from St Louis, MO 2 years ago

Not surprised considering the unlimited amounts of money they spend in DC, and by extension, on MSM. And, since the average American is completely unaware of what Monsanto is actually up to, they'll probably never make it on a 'worst' list that is compiled by votes from regular people (consumers).

[-] 2 points by shadz66 (19985) 2 years ago

For an insight into 'Monsatan' & its working practices, please do try to make some time to watch these extremely revealing documentary films :

fiat lux ...

[-] 2 points by gnomunny (6592) from St Louis, MO 2 years ago

I absolutely will. Research for my potential future post and all that.

MonSATAN = like!

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[-] 2 points by jeremylin56 (23) 2 years ago

good deal shadz66, I still think that there have got to be better ways at going about this movement than the street-method, we need to arm ourselves with knowledge peacefully, and show them that we are smarter than they are

[-] 1 points by shadz66 (19985) 2 years ago

'The Streets' are still Very Important 'jl56' ! It is The Only place that we can show our true strength in depth and numbers. Knowledge is indispensable but private knowledge needs public representation and solidarity to be truly effective. We have to be smarter and also not shy to hit the streets.

Thus, in this light I also append :

per aspera ad astra ...

[-] 2 points by jeremylin56 (23) 2 years ago

touche - that is a great point

[-] 2 points by jeremylin56 (23) 2 years ago

so here's my question: are there ways to make these companies better..peacefully?

[-] 2 points by gnomunny (6592) from St Louis, MO 2 years ago

Some of them, yes. One of our semi-regulars has a lawsuit going against Coke. And boycotts, of course, if you can get enough people on board.

[-] 2 points by jeremylin56 (23) 2 years ago

Any boycotts coming in the future?

[-] 1 points by gnomunny (6592) from St Louis, MO 2 years ago

We don't have an official boycotting strategy yet so what people like I've been doing is trying to encourage people to start their own individual boycotting based on their personal preferences and situations. I probably have about twenty or so companies I flat refuse to do business with, including WalMart, McDonalds, and Hallmark Cards. Eventually I'd like to see a more organized approach, but I think it may be too soon for that.

[-] 1 points by jakem1331 (19) 2 years ago

Protestors have already affected EA by reducing the price of Mass Effect 3 significantly - but that's just one company - video games at that

[-] 2 points by shadz66 (19985) 2 years ago

Some useful links to help make up our mind as to "What are the Worst Companies in America ?" :

fiat lux ...

[-] 2 points by Skippy2 (485) 2 years ago

Solyndra should be on the list.

[-] 2 points by ithink (761) from York, PA 2 years ago

I am kind of shocked and shamed to admit it, but here goes. My transmission died recently and I desperately needed another car for my husband and son to use while I was at work. I had saved a little money but not enough to buy something outright. I went to the car dealership and told them that if they could not get me a decent interest rate, forget it. Three banks and a "credit union" turned me down immediately because I had a recent bankruptcy. Wells Fargo came back with a 5.99 interest rate on a 15,000 dollar loan. Maybe they don't all suck - I don't know.. Just sayin...

[-] 1 points by shadz66 (19985) 2 years ago

'Fairy Nuff' and congratulations on your personal experience and also for some context :

minima maxima sunt ...

[-] 2 points by jeremylin56 (23) 2 years ago

EA sucks but they are hardly worse than Bank of America..who gives a shit about gamers when families are losing their homes..this just proves our priorities as a nation are so effed up

[-] 2 points by Rebdem (71) 2 years ago

i was going to say EA. To buy their products they say they own your computer and that you are only renting from them.

[-] 1 points by JadedCitizen (4277) 2 years ago

Koch Industries.

[-] 1 points by hchc (3297) from Tampa, FL 2 years ago

Big six of Banking: . JPMorgan Chase--$2 trillion · Bank of America--$2 trillion · Citigroup--$2 trillion · Well Fargo--$1 trillion · Goldman Sachs--$880 million · Morgan Stanley--$820 million.

Anything oil is knee deep in corruption, along with Insurance. I would have to put Monsanto in that group also.

Seems how DC works for us, we should throw those bums in the mix too.

[-] 1 points by DKAtoday (28445) from Coon Rapids, MN 2 years ago

Walmart has agreed to pay more than $4.8 million in back pay and damages to more than 4,500 current and former vision center managers and asset protection coordinators. The workers had been treated by Walmart as exempt from overtime requirements but were found by the Department of Labor to be nonexempt and therefore due overtime pay. Walmart will also pay nearly $464,000 in penalties. Daily Kos: Walmart to pay more than $4.8 million in back wages for overtime wage theft www.dailykos.com ‎(Inoyamanaka79) Walmart has agreed to pay more than $4.8 million in back pay and damages to more than 4,500 current and former vision center managers and asset protection coordinators. The workers ...

[-] 1 points by gnomunny (6592) from St Louis, MO 2 years ago

They probably scraped that up by digging out the change in their couch cushions.

Fun Fact: WalMart grossed $422 billion in FY 2011, meaning that $4.8 million works out to roughly 1/100,000 of their gross income. If one of us had a thousand dollars in our pocket, it's like being fined one penny. Mind boggling.

[-] 0 points by DKAtoday (28445) from Coon Rapids, MN 2 years ago

I bet they still screamed like someone mashed their big toe with a hammer. Greedy Bastards.

[-] 1 points by gnomunny (6592) from St Louis, MO 2 years ago

Oh, yeah. Otherwise, why not just pay them what they owe them? That's what I'll never understand. It's like the conditions in the Amazon warehouses. You'd think if a company makes $18 billion in revenue, they could at least not treat their workers like slaves. Oh well, that's why we're here, eh?

[-] 0 points by DKAtoday (28445) from Coon Rapids, MN 2 years ago

OH - Yes - It - IS!!!!! Greedy fucks are ruining the world.

[-] 1 points by gnomunny (6592) from St Louis, MO 2 years ago

Absolutely. I realized many, many years ago greed was the single most destructive thing on this planet, and you probably did as well. If we as a species can't move beyond this mindset, there's absolutely no hope for us. Or any other living thing as well, and actually, that's the real tragedy. If we kill ourselves, it's our own damn fault. But what we're doing to all the other species is truly a crime. Actually, crime is too good a word.

[-] 0 points by DKAtoday (28445) from Coon Rapids, MN 2 years ago

Crime is much to good a word to use in conjunction to what has been done and what is still being done to this world. Yes - I do thank God for the Birth of OWS Occupy 99% and all of the other movements against greed corruption and crime.

[-] 1 points by gnomunny (6592) from St Louis, MO 2 years ago

If only it had come around a few years earlier. I know OWS is a worthy cause, though, so hopefully it isn't too late. Personally, I hate politics, but when I stumbled onto this site last year I was instantly hooked. If it can draw someone like me back "into the fold," that says a lot about OWS and its mission.

[-] 0 points by DKAtoday (28445) from Coon Rapids, MN 2 years ago

You bet. I have been looking for this opportunity for a very long time. See the thing is - I think OWS and all of the other movements happened at exactly the right time for the general public to see the world as it truly is right now. The mask of the corrupt has come off and they are working out in the open. There has been no better time to demonstrate the truth then right now.

[-] 2 points by gnomunny (6592) from St Louis, MO 2 years ago

That brings up an interesting point, too. Although I'm skeptical about such things (but always try to keep an open mind), it's interesting that this is happening at the exact same time as some of these "end times" predictions, like the Mayan calendar. Disclaimer: I don't believe the total BS being pushed that says the Mayan calendar predicted the end of the world this year. What is true about the Mayans is that they believed everything (they're not alone, of course) moves in cycles. Their calendar predicted the end of one cycle and the beginning of another. Had the Spanish not destroyed almost all of the Mayan codices, we might have had some insight into what the next cycle has in store for us.

Guess we're about to find out the hard way, eh? But, I digress. Sorry.

[-] 1 points by DKAtoday (28445) from Coon Rapids, MN 2 years ago

No problem. I myself have a strong belief in the Bible - but not in any man made religion.

[-] 0 points by gnomunny (6592) from St Louis, MO 2 years ago

Personally, I'm not religious (mom and dad weren't) but I do see a direct correlation between moving away from religion and the increasing amorality in the US. Whether someone believes or not, religion definitely has a place in society. I did have something strange happen to me about six or eight years ago that makes even a non-believer like me wonder. I'll spare you the details but suffice it to say, I'll probably never be 100% sure of anything ever again.

[-] 1 points by XenuLives (1645) from Charlotte, NC 2 years ago

Locally, Duke Energy and Bank of America.

Duke Energy for raising rates WHILE paying negative taxes last year. My energy rates went up by 18% while Uncle Sam gave them money...its like I'm being pick-pocketed twice. I can't even choose a competitor, because that's not the way that the industry works here. I am forced to buy Duke's shit or have no lights...

"Duke Energy had profits of $5.5 billion over the 2008-2010 period but received $216 million from the IRS over that period, for a three-year effective tax rate of negative 3.9 percent.

Despite its already remarkable tax subsidies, Duke Energy now wants to bring its offshore profits back to the U.S. and pay almost no U.S. taxes on them."

http://www.ctj.org/taxjusticedigest/archive/2011/11/tax_dodger_duke_energy.php

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