Susan Linn and Michele Simon discuss "The Dark Side of Marketing Healthy Food to Children." The authors oppose using pop culture branding to entice children to eat healthier foods because a) they regard using branding to advertise to children as an evil in and of itself and b) using branding this way is a trick that doesn't actually teach children how to eat healthier foods. I bet most harried parents find a) more sympathetic than b). The authors also assert that marketing to children shouldn't enjoy First Amendment protection because it's inherently misleading; I'm not so sure that's true.
ProPublica joins with Time magazine in analyzing how corporations resort more and more to temporary workers they can mistreat much more easily than permanent workers. Back in the day, corporations used temp workers to respond to actual conditions demanding actual flexibility, but give them an inch, et cetera. The Kelly Girl ad from the mid-'70s is actually pretty chilling.
Business Week calls the U.S. Supreme Court "Corporate America's Employees of the Month." It's easy to look at their two pro-gay marriage decisions and their anti-Voting Rights Act decision and figure their recent term as a toss-up, but they've done so, so much worse than that -- they've smothered class-action lawsuits in at least three cases this term, and the one they didn't smother involved corporate shareholders banding together as a class. People, it's bad.
The USDA has approved a non-GMO label for certain meat and dairy products. But the USDA won't do the certifying itself -- a third-party organization, the Non-GMO Project, would do that. Even if the USDA vets the Non-GMO Project, you'd still think certification would be the USDA's job. Still, it's something.
Maine Gov. Paul LePage (R) says he might not seek a second term, after Maine legislature votes to override his veto of their budget proposal. He also suggests that "the Maine people" need to "send people to Augusta who are willing to work on their behalf." Gosh, maybe they already did? They're certainly not supposed to "send people to Augusta" to work on Paul LePage's behalf.
Finally, Richard Eskow promises and delivers "13 mind-blowing facts about America's tax-dodging corporations." We've covered a lot of them here, but it's still nice to have them all in one place. Main theme: the politicians demand sacrifice from us, but not so much from corporations, who have a lot more to sacrifice.