Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Companies 'depriving' countries from taxes???

"The pact deprived other European countries of billions of euros in unpaid taxes" ~ Margrethe Vestager, EU Commissioner for Competition

Apple to EU: You can have taxes or you can have jobs, but you can't have both.

How much tax was paid by the employees of Apple in Ireland? Income tax, sales tax, etc from the wages earned working at the company? How much would they have paid if they didn't have those jobs?

Why should "other European countries" benefit from a country in Ireland (other than the obvious EU - and now we know why Great Britain chose Brexit!)

What are the infrastructure (roads, utilities, etc) pressures (costs) a company like Apple puts on the EU and how much is "unpaid"?

The EU's whole intent is to redistribute wealth - not create it.

Friday, March 04, 2016

When will we follow this concept?

Until then, we are not diverse and we are racist - both white racist and black racist. We are HUMANS - all of us. Most good, some bad. 

This interview is 11 years old. Civil rights passed in the 1960's. The emancipation proclamation, 100 years earlier. Speeches, laws, months will not change the blindness of humans. Until each of us - individuals - realize the above (we are all HUMANS) we are lost. 

Proof of OJ's innocence?

Attorney Carl Douglas, a member of O.J. Simpson's legal "dream team" that secured his acquittal, on Friday called the story "ridiculous." 
"It's amazing how the world can not move on from this case! And it in the media, is apparently still fascinated by everything O.J. Simpson," Douglas said. 
Didn't OJ want to find the 'real' killer? What if this is the actual murder weapon and it unequivocally exonerates him - and maybe actually leads to the arrest and conviction of the 'real' killer? Wouldn't that be a great thing?
The fact that his attorney is already dismissing this potential evidence speaks volumes to his/their belief that the 'real' killer is still out there.

Thursday, December 03, 2015

Terrorism or Work-Place violence?

During "analysis" of the recent mass shooting, a contributer asked what I believe is a critical question that points this event more toward terrorism than work-place violence: Why would a mother (not the employee) leave their 6 month old daughter (as well a being currently pregnant) behind to participate in a violent attack where her life was at risk if not for ideology?

Combine that thought with the explosives and other materials found that shows "some degree of planning" and this looks less like an act of passion and more like a planned act of terrorism. It may have been triggered by an event at the work-place (although, who drives to a Christmas party with their wife in an SUV filled with assault weapons and body armor?), but the couple clearly considered some "action" and prepared for it. 

Guns kill people?

Nearly 600k hunters, armed with guns, participated in the 9 day, 2015 Wisconsin deer hunt. There were 3 - three - accidental gun related deaths. The previous 5 years had a total of one accidental death.

There were no mass shootings.

Friday, November 20, 2015

Can't see the forest for the trees.

From WAPO:
Authorities drew no direct links to last week’s attacks in Paris. But Mali — home to the famous ancient city of Timbuktu — has been at the center of a French-backed effort to drive back Islamist rebels that once had control over large portions of the vast nation, which stretches from tropical West Africa to desert regions bordering Algeria.
Malian army commander Modibo Nama Traore said gunmen stormed the hotel shouting “Allahu Akbar” — “God is great” in Arabic — and then fired on the guards and began taking hostages, the Associated Press reported.
As we continue to view these 'incidents' as individual 'crimes' without acknowledging the clear and overwhelming connected motivation, we risk lives and invite more of the same.

Thursday, November 19, 2015


Donald Trump is to the far right what Barack Obama is to the far left. Both have little patience or tolerance for those that disagree with them. Both are "great" at the one-line put down, but neither is willing - or able? - to engage with others or compromise. Winning the presidency does not make you dictator. You are supposed to LEAD - and not just the few, but ALL. Unfortunately, I feel Obama believes he is leading and those who disagree are just too stupid or wrong to warrant any thought. Trump would likely act similarly. 

Monday, November 16, 2015

Oh yes he did.

The POTUS just shook his finger at the world and told the rest of us to back-off. We just don't get it. "There is no answer for ISIS/ISIL and I'm tired of talking about what I'll do about it. I plan on doing nothing, because I ACCEPT them - and so should you." #outrage