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Use of Private Contractors Doesn’t Save Government Money, Study Finds - NYTimes.com
WASHINGTON — Despite a widespread belief that contracting out services to the private sector saves the federal government money, a new study suggests just the opposite — that the government actually pays more when it farms out work.
contracts  privatization  salary  government  study  private_sector 
september 2011 by dissident
The Hidden History of ALEC and Prison Labor | Truthout
The breaded chicken patty your child bites into at school may have been made by a worker earning twenty cents an hour, not in a faraway country, but by a member of an invisible American workforce: prisoners. At the Union Correctional Facility, a maximum security prison in Florida, inmates from a nearby lower-security prison manufacture tons of processed beef, chicken and pork for
ALEC  prison  labor  exploitation  lobbying  privatization 
august 2011 by dissident
Behind Grass-Roots School Advocacy, Bill Gates - NYTimes.com
For years, Bill Gates focused his education philanthropy on overhauling large schools and opening small ones. His new strategy is more ambitious: overhauling the nation’s education policies. To that end, the foundation is financing educators to pose alternatives to union orthodoxies on issues like the seniority system and the use of student test scores to evaluate teachers.
Bill_Gates  education  reform  privatization  foundation 
may 2011 by dissident
Obama's broadband disconnect - POLITICO.com Print View
Underpinning this easily achievable goal is a proposed giveaway of a massive slice of our valuable public airwaves to wireless broadband companies. Though they’ve done a good job convincing Washington politicians there is a “looming spectrum crisis” that requires the American people to surrender this resource with no questions asked, supporting evidence is thin. There’s just no reason we should hand over our airwaves without getting something equally valuable in return.
wireless_spectrum  privatization  FCC  Barack_Obama  internet 
february 2011 by dissident
The Egyptian Uprising Is a Direct Response to Ruthless Global Capitalism | | AlterNet
When people are facing a dim future, in a country hijacked by a corrupt regime that destabilized its economy through what the CIA termed, "aggressively pursuing economic reforms to attract foreign investment” (in other words, the privatization and sale of its country’s financial system to international sharks), waiting doesn’t cut it.
Nomi_Prins  capitalism  Egypt  privatization  globalization 
february 2011 by dissident
Beware the water cowboys | Grist
The unique properties of water -- the fact that it is a limited resource required for survival and that it has no substitute -- have made it a bitterly fought-over asset in the arid West. Westerners who want to protect their limited water supply realize how important it is to keep this public resource out of the hands of the water cowboys.
water  privatization  public  environment  California 
january 2011 by dissident
News Corp. Buys Wireless Generation - NYTimes.com
Conflict-of-interest rules set strict limits for city employees, both during and after their tenure, which could make Mr. Klein's transition a tricky one
education  privatization  schools  News_Corporation  corporations 
november 2010 by dissident
Goodbye Fiji Water? Bottling Company Announces It's Shutting Down | | AlterNet
The bottled water company is at odds with Fiji's military junta and has announced they're closing their operations. Here's why that's good news.
water  Fiji_Water  corporations  privatization 
november 2010 by dissident
Private drinking water supplies pose challenges to public health
An estimated three to four million people – about one in every eight Canadians –drink water from private supplies.
water  health  public  privatization 
march 2010 by dissident

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