The biggest business con of 2019: fleecing workers while bosses get rich

From Boeing to Whole Foods, companies are touting social responsibility as profits soar. Dont believe a word of it Corporate social responsibility is the second-biggest con of 2019 (Donald Trump remains in first place). Consider Boeing, whose board just fired its CEO, Dennis Muilenburg, in order to restore confidence in the company moving forward as it works to repair relationships with regulators, customers, and all other stakeholders. Restore confidence? Muilenburgs successor will be David Calhoun, who, as a longstanding member of Boeings board of directors, allowed Muilenburg to remain CEO for more than a year after the first 737 Max crash and after internal studies found that the jetliner posed an unacceptable risk of accident. It caused the deaths of …

The Tech Oligarchs Are Going to Destroy Democracy Unless We Stop Them

When there is a general change in conditions, it is as if the entire creation had changed, and the whole world altered. Ibn Khaldun, 14th-century Arab historian the worlds five most wealthiest companiescontinue to rapidly consolidate economic, cultural, and, inevitably, political power on a scale not seen for over a century. This tiny sliver of humanity, with their relatively small cadre of engineers, data scientists, and marketers, represent a challenge to democracy, competitive capitalism, and the future of the middle class. Given their virtual monopoly status, a laissez faire approach will likely result in more consolidation; only government action of some kind can stop them now. Current concerns are large enough now that both the Trump administration and many Democrats …

The best stuff we bought on Amazon this year

While costlier items with household names tend to steal the Prime Day spotlight, there is a world beyond them. Oftentimes, the most random of Amazon purchases end up becoming the thing you realize you cant live without. Weve rounded up the best things we bought on Amazon this yearnote, we said best, not most exciting. Prime Day: The best stuff we bought on Amazon this year AmazonBasic Wired Keyboard ($13.99)a cheap, boxy, and black office keyboardRamon Ramirez, News Director WeMo Mini Smart Plug ($17.99)Lowes Iris techMonica Riese, Director of Production AV to HDMI Video Audio Converter Adapter ($14.99)ClerksSwingersJosh Katzowitz, Senior Writer Stanwood Needlecraft Wooden Umbrella Swift Yarn Winder, Medium ($49.95), Stanwood Needlecraft Large Metal Yarn/Fiber/Wool/String Ball Winder, 10-Ounce ($72.95)Game of …

Why You Still Cant Buy Fireworks on Amazon

It may be known as the “everything store,” but there are some things, in fact, that Amazon does not sell. The ecommerce giant maintains a list of restricted product categories that ranges from weapons such as firearms, to booze and tobacco products, to pets, to kite strings for the niche sport of kite fighting. And as you get ready to celebrate the Fourth of July, you should also know that list includes fireworks. It’s true that laws restricting fireworks sales have eased in recent years, and you can even buy them online from certain websites. But the US Postal Service and carriers like UPS won't ship most fireworks. And while Amazon is building out its own delivery network, the company …