Companies can spend millions on security measures to keep executives safe

When he stepped down as the chief executive of Lockheed Martin in 2012, Robert Stevens received a base salary of $1.8 million, millions more in bonuses and incentives, use of the corporate aircraft and another expensive perk: personal security.

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Op-Eds In Favor Of Cable Company F*ckery Are Bought & Paid For By Cable Industry

Op-Eds In Favor Of Cable Company F*ckery Are Bought & Paid For By Cable Industry

(Dan Century)

Most of media coverage surrounding the net neutrality — or rather, cable company f*ckery — issue raise concerns about the current FCC plan, which would create an unbalanced, non-neutral Internet where the quality of data delivery depends on how much the sender is paying. A number of op-ed pieces have popped up in recent weeks cheering the plan on, or claiming that broadband competition is just fine (hint: it isn’t), but these are just fictions sponsored by the cable and telecom industries.

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Uber & Lyft Will Defy Order From Virginia DMV To Stop Picking Up Passengers

Uber & Lyft Will Defy Order From Virginia DMV To Stop Picking Up Passengers

(Σπύρος Βάθης)

The Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles made its feelings about ride-sharing services Uber and Lyft very clear yesterday, telling them in no uncertain terms to cease operations in the state until they obtain the proper permits. But both companies say they are doing nothing wrong and will keep on picking up (and presumably dropping off) passengers.

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Chris Christie backers awarded $223m tax break to build New Jersey mall

Chris Christie backers awarded $223m tax break to build New Jersey mall | World news | NewsWire
New Jersey governor Chris Christie. The subsidy for Luxury Point was awarded by Christie’s economic development authority (EDA). Photograph: Terry Wyatt/AP

A major new shopping mall and housing development in New Jersey, which is controlled by the biggest corporate funders of Chris Christie’s official mansion, has been awarded a $223m public subsidy by the governor’s administration.

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Juncker is the democratic choice to head the EU commission | @guardianletters | World news | NNW

When proposing a candidate for the EU commission president, the Lisbon treaty instructs the European council to "take into account the elections to the European parliament" and states that the commission president "shall be elected by the European parliament" (Report, 28 May). When the EU governments added these words to the treaty, it was widely seen as a significant break from the past, as from now on the choice of the most powerful executive office in the EU would be done in a more open and democratic way. We find it disingenuous to claim, as some heads of government have done, that these treaty changes have no meaning. They believe that as heads of states and governments they have the right to choose the president of the commission and the European parliament should ratify. In this interpretation, the parliament can veto, but not take initiatives.

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Point scoring and talking points miss the point – this budget is fundamentally unfair

Point scoring and talking points miss the point – this budget is fundamentally unfair | World news | NewsWire
Bob Hawke and John Howard at the National Press Club in Canberra on Wednesday. Photograph: Stefan Postles for the Guardian/AAP

In the speaking notes distributed to government MPs and senators entitled “budget explanations: schools and higher education”, the “facts” are somewhat sparse.

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