Remember All Those Freeloaders?

Sure you do!  All you Right thinking people have bitched and demonized them with every election since Reagan….they have been called “welfare queens” and “freeloaders” and I am sure some others that are not too polite……those people that get those freebies without paying any taxes…..surely you remember all those people that are destroying this country because they get “freebies”.

I am sick of the “freeloader” bullshit!

But let’s be honest…the real cheats are the corporations that do little for this country and in return are allowed to pay little to no taxes……

Apple has skipped out on paying close to $60 billion in taxes on $181 billion it holds offshore, according to a new study. But though the company holds the most profits offshore of any US company, it’s hardly alone: At least 358 American companies hold $2.1 trillion in profits, which would be subject to a 35% corporate tax rate if the funds were to reach the US, according to the review by two left-leaning nonprofits, per Reuters. That means $620 billion could be collected by feds—enough money to eliminate the federal deficit, notes CNBC. Instead, companies move assets to places like Bermuda and the Cayman Islands, where they pay about 6% in taxes. The report finds 60% of companies with tax subsidiaries had at least one in either country, though the Netherlands had the highest number of subsidiaries.

Think $620 billion in potential tax gains is high? The actual number is likely much higher. The report notes just 57 companies disclosed how much they would owe if they transferred their offshore holdings back home. As “nearly 72% of the Fortune 500 operate subsidiaries in tax haven jurisdictions as of the end of 2014 … Congress can and should take strong action to prevent corporations from using offshore tax havens, which in turn would restore basic fairness to the tax system, reduce the deficit, and improve the functioning of markets,” the study from Citizens for Tax Justice and the US Public Interest Research Group Education Fund found. Just 30 companies account for $1.4 trillion in offshore profits. General Electric was found to hold $119 billion in 18 tax havens, Microsoft has $108.3 billion in five, and Pfizer has $74 billion in 151.

This is one of the reason I will NOT buy any of the crap Apple sells…..that and the fact that they use sweat shops to make their crap……so they can charge $600 for a phone made for $10…….

The very people that bitch and moan about this country and its problems are the very ones that spend hours in line to buy a product for $800 that is basically a “freeloader” dissing its country……

Here is an outrageous idea……how about you stop bitching, whining and blaming poor people for the problems in this country and go after the REAL freeloaders.

Do You Really Want A Smart TV?

There is a rush of “smart” everything….but is it really a good idea?

Remember back in the ’80’s there was a spooky movie with the tagline….”they’re here”?  And it rings so true today.

All of us should be worried about our privacy….for it seems to be lessening with each passing month….

Now there is a story coming out of Samsung…….

Own a Samsung smart TV? Then take note: Your television is not only listening, it’s sending your data to a third party, the Independent reports. The TV’s voice-recognition software lets you give it orders, but the product’s privacy policy warns that “personal or other sensitive information … will be among the data captured and transmitted to a third party through your use of Voice Recognition.” Samsung tells the BBC that the third party is Nuance, the company that does Samsung’s speech-to-text conversion. But intellectual property lawyer Corynne McSherry says it would be nice to see that clarified in Samsung’s policy, the Daily Beast reports. “And I’d definitely like to know whether my words were being transmitted in a secure form,” she says.

An activist tweets that Samsung’s policy sounds a lot like the description of “telescreens” in George Orwell’s dystopian novel, 1984—which reads in part, “Any sound that Winston made, above the level of a very low whisper, would be picked up by [the screen].” Unnervingly, it wasn’t clear how often “the Thought Police plugged in on any individual wire was guesswork.” Samsung, however, says it doesn’t keep voice data, and customers can opt to turn off voice-recognition or even unplug the TV from Wi-Fi. And Samsung isn’t alone: the Verge reports that XBoxes already use voice recognition while being connected to the Internet. “Samsung’s privacy policy is not unique; its rhetoric just happens to be similar to that of a well-known sci-fi novel,” the Verge says.

If you worry about the loss of privacy then NOW would be a good time to re-think this whole “smart” world that is been given to us by the corporations……

I know I am!

Your Illusion Of Choice

Yesterday my friend over at The John Liming Report and I were having a conversation about the media and how no matter your choice it is all biased and used as a propaganda tool…..and I got this on Twitter… illustrates just how much the media is NOT “fair and balanced”…….

This is why the American public is the most ill-informed than any developed country…..”fair and balanced” is just a tag line that is not rooted in reality!


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Why Rocket Go Boom?!

Recently a private company rocket was attempting to re-supply the International Space Station but things did not go as planned….

A rocket that was supposed to deliver supplies to the crew aboard the International Space Station exploded in spectacular fashion just six seconds after liftoff this evening, reports CNN. The good news is that nobody was aboard, and NASA says nobody appears to have been killed on the ground at the Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia. (“No indicated loss of life,” in NASA-speak.) The rocket’s cargo ship held about 5,000 pounds of supplies and science equipment for the six people now on the space station, reports AP.

The Anteres rocket was launched by Orbital Sciences Corp., one of the two companies (along with SpaceX) hired by NASA to make supply runs to the space station. No word yet on what went wrong. NASA reported “100% favorable weather” and “no technical concerns” just prior to liftoff.

Truthfully, I was going to let this disaster go but…..I cannot now….the media is spending so much time covering it that I just have to interject my thoughts…….

The media reports are speculating on just what went wrong with the launch……the first culprit according to the media is the motor……..

The cause of yesterday’s rocket explosion over Wallops Island, Va., remains under investigation: While a tweet from Orbital Sciences refers to a “vehicle anomaly,” other reports have focused on aging rocket engines. They were built in the 1960s and 1970s to send Soviet cosmonauts to the moon, the Guardian reports.

The  ‘experts’ are speculating that it could have been a biol;d-up of pressure….then there is the possibility of something mechanical or even electrical……

I can save them a lot of time investigating……could it be as simple as the rocket was a piece of CRAP?

Think about it…..thanx to the damn silly program of privatization the space program is being out sourced to corporations that are in it for the profit.  Now how do corporations turn a profit?  by making the product as cheaply as possible.  ERGO….a piece of CRAP!

As far as the engine thing….it is old…okay…. but is not the Russian program using old technology to re-supply the ISS?

You truly want to know what happened?  Putting the future of our space program in the hands of profit seeking companies….this will not be the last problem they will face.

Syria-to-Ukraine Wars Send U.S. Defense Stocks to Records – Bloomberg

We Americans have been programmed to understand only winners and losers….could explain the lack of interest in soccer (futbol)…….

The say there are no winners in any war….I beg to differ and this article makes the case.

I remember back in my protest days…..there was a saying…..”War is good business, invest your sons”….


Syria-to-Ukraine Wars Send U.S. Defense Stocks to Records – Bloomberg.

Contractors Ready To Cash In On ISIS War

Most of my readers know that I am NO fan of war….after living through one I cannot stand the thought of more Americans dying in far away lands for no other reason than geopolitics…..

In war there are usually winners and losers…..who will be the big winner in this newest war?  The saame people that are the big winners in ALL wars………


Contractors Ready To Cash In On ISIS War.

How American businessmen are ruining American business — and the U.S. economy – The Week

Many Americans have blamed business for the slow rate of jobs growth…..and for me they deserve all the criticism……it is all about their bottom line…..screw the country and especially screw the people……

Americans, all Americans, need to wake up to the fact they they, corporations, are NOT on the side of the people……they fund crap like the GOP and all the time they get corporate welfare….

we need to take this country back from sleazy politicians and fat cat bankers……who’s with me?


How American businessmen are ruining American business — and the U.S. economy – The Week.