Tax Burden in U.S. Not as Heavy as It Looks, Report Says:

We’ve been told repeatedly that the United States has the highest corporate tax rate in the developed world — 35 percent — which is higher than the nominal tax rates in places like Ireland (12.5 percent), Britain (21 percent) and the Netherlands (25 percent) and the 24.1 percent average rate of all countries that are part of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development.

All of that’s true, but Professor Kleinbard contends that most United States multinational companies don’t pay anywhere near 35 percent. Companies paid, on average, 12.6 percent,

Cutting those rates will not get companies to bring more money into the US economy. They would still keep the money were it could be moved more easily. And that is in commonwealth nations that can easily do business with London banks.

Black People Are Not Ignoring ‘Black on Black’ Crime:

The notion that violence within the black community is “background noise” is not supported by the historical record—or by Google. I have said this before. It’s almost as if Stop The Violence never happened, or The Interruptors never happened, or Kendrick Lamar never happened. The call issued by Erica Ford at the end of this Do The Right Thing retrospective is so common as to be ritual. It is not “black on black crime” that is background noise in America, but the pleas of black people.

A must read.

Web Trolls: It’s like playing Whac-a-Mole with a sociopathic Hydra:

“As long as the Internet keeps operating according to a click-based economy, trolls will maybe not win, but they will always be present,” said Whitney Phillips, a lecturer at Humboldt State University and the author of “This Is Why We Can’t Have Nice Things,” a forthcoming book about her years of studying bad behavior online. “The faster that the whole media system goes, the more trolls have a foothold to stand on. They are perfectly calibrated to exploit the way media is disseminated these days.”

This is so true. It is a huge amount of effort to keep trolls away.

There 3 reasons why Rick Perry’s chances in 2016 are over. He’s been indicted for abuse of power. He’s failed to attract any positive attention from the GOP establishment. And I can’t remember the 3rd.

Ferguson Police Beat Up Wrong Suspect Then Charged Him For Getting Blood On Uniforms In 2009:

The police served an outstanding warrant to one Henry Davis, 52, according to the Beast — but they were actually looking for a different Henry Davis who had a different middle name and Social Security number. But after the police apparently ran Davis’s license plate number and saw his name, he was pulled over and arrested


The Guns of Ferguson: When Tyranny Really Comes into Town, the NRA Goes into Hiding:

One would think, given his views on freedom of assembly and the importance of democratized violence, that LaPierre would be shouting through a megaphone for the besieged citizens of Ferguson to powder their muskets and cry liberty!

The NRA represents gun manufacturing and gun sales. They don’t really care that much about the rights of gun owners beyond the right to buy more product.

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  2. It might help to look at #Ferguson as a preview of what oligarchy ends up looking like.
  3. I wish I could be surprised by #Ferguson but that is exactly what it looks like with a wealthy few rule over a disenfranchised majority.

Senator Rand Paul on Ferguson: We Must Demilitarize the Police:

Does Mr. Paul think armed drones are not an example of militarized police?

From Forbes

“I’ve never argued against any technology being used when you have an imminent threat, an active crime going on. If someone comes out of a liquor store with a weapon and fifty dollars in cash, I don’t care if a drone kills him or a policeman kills him.

I think the use of an armed drone in the case of an robbery is an example of militarized policing.

From the article:

If I had been told to get out of the street as a teenager, there would have been a distinct possibility that I might have smarted off. But, I wouldn’t have expected to be shot.

That’s called being white. When I was a teen, I had zero fear that I would be arrested, let alone shot. I did not realize how different my experience was until I was much older. As an middle age white dude, the police are polite to me. Even deferential at times.

  1. It might help to look at #Ferguson as a preview of what oligarchy ends up looking like.
  2. I wish I could be surprised by #Ferguson but that is exactly what it looks like with a wealthy few rule over a disenfranchised majority.
  3. Am I the only person to notice that slack is basically a Google wave clone?

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Lindsey Graham: Iraq And Syria ‘Coming Here’ To U.S. Mainland If Obama Doesn’t Go To War:

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) warned on Sunday that militants in Iraq and Syria would attack the U.S. mainland if President Barack Obama did not immediately take military action to stop them.

I guess we can assume that all those Republicans that called on Obama to attack ISIS will now rally around the president? Probably not.

  1. I like New York in June, How about You? I like a Gershwin tune, How about You? #RobinWilliams #TheFisherKing

Tesla Model X, Model 3 will revolutionize the car industry:

The Model X is small potatoes compared to Model 3, though. This car is expected to retail at $30,000, less than half of the price of the current Model S. It will represent a direct attack on the smaller German quality cars of BMW, Audi and Mercedes Benz. If Model X production ramps up aggressively and starts making real inroads in the luxury SUV market, the Model 3 could form the second prong of a dangerous pincer movement aimed at the most lucrative parts of the car industry: high-end SUV models and compact luxury sedans.

I’ve been saying that green-tech will create the world’s first trillionaires. I think that person may be Elon Musk. Tesla just might be a threat to GM, BMW, Toyota, Honda et al in the next decade.

Explaining the GOP Reagan cult:

the outsize Republican idolatry of Reagan is explained in part by the fact that there’s no one else in their history of whom they can really approve. The Bushes are a bad memory for most, Ford was a non-entity and Nixon was Nixon. Eisenhower looks pretty good on most historical rankings, but he’s anathema to movement conservatives: Eisenhower Republicans were what are now called RINOs.

Never thought of that but it totally makes sense. They must compare everyone to Reagan because there is no one else they can compare to.

Trump: Trump Casinos Tarnish Trump Name:

He wants a court order demanding the company either fixes the hotels or takes off his name, which, according to the lawsuit, “has become synonymous with the highest levels of quality, luxury, prestige and success.”

He has a point there, somewhat. They have an agreement to keep the hotels looking the way Trump considers classy and by letting them look shabby, it makes his name look shabby.

Rich Kid, Poor Kid: For 30 Years, Baltimore Study Tracked Who Gets Ahead:

a study published in June suggests that the things that really make the difference — between prison and college, success and failure, sometimes even life and death — are money and family. … They found that a child’s fate is in many ways fixed at birth — determined by family strength and the parents’ financial status. The kids who got a better start — because their parents were married and working — ended up better off. Most of the poor kids from single-parent families stayed poor.

At this point this a typical story about how poverty self perpetuates. Bad options, bad choices leading to bad results.

Then I got to this part:

The researchers found that more affluent white men in the study reported the highest frequency of drug abuse and binge drinking, yet they still had the most upward mobility.

Great options, bad choices, great results. How do you explain that?

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