Florida, The Weirdo State™. So here is yet another Florida story. The headlin says it all, but I have linked to the article. The photo in the article is especially charming.
Today’s weirdo news. As usual, the headline is probably enough, but I have linked to the news article:
You probably heard a headline or two about this, but the stream of news, information, and deceit coming at us is so strong, it may have been pressure-washed out of your immediate consciousness. So, at the risk of repeating something you’ve already heard, some ranting follows.
To start, there were lots of headlines that you might have seen. Here is one:
Shocking New Trump Tax Cut Report Shows Workers Got Almost Nothing As 60 Corporations Paid Zero Tax, Or Less
Here is another you might enjoy:
There are lots more where these came from, but you get the point.
What triggered all the (all too short-lived) outrage was the report found here. Those of you with sufficient attention spans can read the report for yourselves. Basically, 60 top corporations, with profits totalling just over $79 billion dollars, paid essentially no tax — some even got refunds. This was roughly twice the average number of major corporations paying no tax prior to the 2017 tax law changes.
This is a bit mind-numbing. And so wrong. I won’t go into all the tax breaks, chicanery, tricks, loopholes, and meritless special exceptions that make this possible. Suffice to say that this crap has to stop.
These companies benefit from the things that we (excepting, it seems, the 1%) are expected to pay for with smiles on our faces. Things like the Interstate Highway System, the FAA, the Department of Transportation, the Department of Defense, the Commerce Department, state and local governments, agencies, and infrastructure that receive federal funding. The list goes on and on.
Why do we have to pay for these things, but they don’t? What makes their shareholders so fucking holy that their stock portfolios are propped up on the backs of average folks like us? Because, in the end, that’s what this is all about. Stock price and executive compensation. Jack up prices, don’t pay taxes, and a hearty “screw you” to the rest of us.
There is much more I could say, but I am too angry at the moment (and also quite irritated by my crappy keyboard) to write more now. I’m sure you’ve already thought of more examples of how you are being screwed by this anyway.
So if you live in the good old U.S.A. and plan on voting in 2020 (you goddamn better!), don’t just think about getting rid of the assholes that gave us this tax “break” — consider as well who is most committed and likely to lead us to a more fair tax code.
A follow-up to a previous post.
On April 23 another Grand Canyon visitor, this time an elderly woman, hurtled to her death about 200 feet below the rim. This is the fifth Grand Canyon death so far this year. Not all have happened in the official national park.
How long until someone wants to ruin the view by putting elaborate, high fencing all along the rim in an attempt to prevent stupid people from being stupid?
One way to reduce dependence on fossil fuels is to stop pumping them out of the ground. The headline from The Independent, story is linked:
Norway refuses to drill for billions of barrels of oil in Arctic, leaving ‘whole industry surprised and disappointed’
I don’t know why this kind of behavior happens so often at Walmart (a.k.a. Satan’s Playground) – it just does. This time we’re in Eau Claire, Wisconsin. Headline says it all, linked to the article for the juicy bits (Hey! Put down that muffin mix!)
Mother let dog run loose in Wisconsin Walmart and performed a series of karate moves while son stripped naked, police say
Eau Claire Walmart, where they put the “sin” in Wisconsin!
Here is the headline to start you off (article is linked):
House Bill 896 aims to criminalize all abortions and defines the procedure as homicide, which is punishable by death in Texas.
The headline says enough, but the added details in the article are worth a read: