I always thought the tax cut was a bit pointless.
How can you say corporate taxes are too high when US corporations spend $450 billion a year on taxes and $650 billion on senior management stock buy-back programs?
Certainly, for 90% of US SMALL business, corporate taxes were WAY too high but not the behemoths.
… because now, they have to justify $650 billion in stock buybacks and a huge tax cut. They also have to do this in the face of paying low wages, horrid working conditions and heartless layoff programs.
American business lobbied heavily for this cut.
Now the spot light is on your ass.
Step two is free trade. That’s really going to light up the Christmas Tree.
PS: If you think the media is trashing Trumps trash-talk because it’s bad, think again. The cartels are petrified.
According to the census…
The USA has 4.5 million Norwegians.
Norway has 5.1 million.
We already have half of their population, do we really need to invite in the other half?
The brain did not evolve to shop.
It evolved to search for food, not shoes. The other side of the search was not finding ‘the perfect gift for uncle Art’, it was starvation.
The behavior of people today it outrageous. (Or, if you prefer, childish) Agree or disagree with a point, the behavior elicits outrage.
In the west, people have had an algorithm overlaid in their brains by retailers. The customer is always right and if the customer’s always right, people are right, regardless of their wrongness. If you say something they don’t agree with, they scream.
Although calling Haiti a shit hole was crass…
there’s little argument that Haiti IS a shit hole. So are parts of the USA and Mexico. Acapulco, once a jet set travel destination frequented with A list movie stars is today, a shit hole.
But we can’t say that. It’s offensive.
The same quality that Trump uses to govern is what got him elected. It’s what built Trump Tower and made the Apprentice one of the most popular TV shows in history, the last episode attracting more than 30 million viewers.
For a large portion of the world, in fact a significant portion of the poor, people not only don’t search for food, they don’t work for it either. The things people struggled for are today, entitlements.
Does this make their world more or less real?
People are not logical, they are biological.
Buried deep inside are all the instincts natural selection left us with. The same instincts hunter gathers used to psych themselves up to raid another village football players use to attack the other team.
There is no mind.
The body/mind are hard wired. We feel psychological pain in our chest, the heart having as many neurons as the brain. The mind doesn’t buy Dorito’s, the body subconsciously demands them. In taste tests, the beers that are considered the worse tasting are the best sellers. A young man I once met told me that many of the people who use the drive through window at McDonalds (Where he was employed) use it because they have trouble getting out of the cars.
This has created a phony world, it’s fakeness best seen in Hollywood.
The top ten grossing films in America were cartoonish superhero movies. As the population gains weight, they have an even harder time controlling their emotions, as their minds are constantly being flooded with starvation messages from the body. Add coffee, caffeine, and alcohol and we set the stage for what we have today.
This can and will only get worse. The new pot legalization movement is all about tax dollars. THC, the active ingredient in pot, is been so haphazardly cross bred that the THC levels have increase 1,500% all the while the actual medicinal qualities have declined. Smoking a highly toxic substance today is being branded a civil right. One can only imagine what this legalization will do to ecosystems, where birds, deer and bugs are consuming plants whose toxicity has gone from 0.4% to 30%!
The world will become even less real!
The world is filled with shit holes, some here and some in the third world. The cartels have taken us back to the 17th century where a few hundred families lived (and were) Kings and Lords and the rest of the world lived in … well… shit holes.
But don’t say that. You’ll insult people who live in mansions but represent shit hole dwellers. (Who have no voice)
The same forces that are outraged by Trump got him elected. The old religious rules have been wiped out. Todays rules are made by advertising agencies. What the customer wants, the customer has.
Trump. Read em and weep.
This entire thing about the dossier is a head scratcher.
Apparently, it was commissioned by both political parties to dig up dirt on Trump. Fine. All’s fair in love and war.
But Steele is a “retired” MI6 agent…
not a bar stool salesman. He apparently “used his Russian contacts?” MI6 agents don’t have their own contacts. It’s not like the bar stool salesman where he gets to sell bar stools to his old customers if he gets fired.
The information in this so-called dossier would be, if true, information from Russian agents deeply embedded in the Russian government. These “contacts” would have taken years to cultivate by British intelligence and we’re supposed to believe an agent leaves the agency and picks up where he left off as a private dick?
So, according the British “intelligence,” retired agents get to sell sensitive MI6 information to rogue politicians and PACS as part of their retirement plan? Who could believe such asinine rubbish.
In fact, though, it may be true. In the US, Sidney Blumenthal, a man Obama absolutely forbid to allow Hillary to join her staff joined anyway as a private contractor. He was able to ascertain large amounts of highly classified information that he shouldn’t have been able to go near and pass it on to Hillary.
If you read the Wikileaks emails (I know, nobody does) they’re filled with references to Blumenthal, one of the nastiest creatures ever barfed out of American politics. His goal, of course is to make money by starting wars and cashing in on the rebuilding.
This all started during the Bush…
(Cheney) administration when Cheney, behind the back of the witless moron Jorge, privatized vast portions of the defense department. He turned his company, Haliburton, from being a sleepy, low tech oil service company to a branch of the Army. We literally could not go to war anywhere without Haliburton making money. Once this switch was in place, the Iraq war was inevitable.
The smart thing for Trump to do now is to build a firewall between Theresa May, MI6 and American intelligence.
This is what we had to do in 1950 when the British government, MI6 and Oxford University was crawling with Russian communists. It’s going to be a huge stink bomb, but it will help the British get their house in order and clean out MI6. Hopefully, it’ll do the same with the US and the CIA.
For Trump, I’ll be stunned if he lives four years, especially with the snowflakes in congress. It’s going to get hot, and it isn’t global warming.
What do the most addictive or habit-forming things in the world, nicotine, marijuana, coffee and cocaine have in common?
They’re natural occurring pesticides.
What do the other naturally occurring death substances, sugar, salt and fat have in common?
They’re rare in nature.
There’s little doubt that people do not “consciously” crave fat, cigarettes, pot, coffee or sugar. People are drawn to these foods by their nature. THC, the active ingredient in pot is referred to as a natural pain killer. Well, yea. Obviously. It was created by natural selection to keep bugs from eating (killing) plants bu attacking their central nervous systems . Not only does caffeine cause a rise in blood pressure, heart rate, anxiety and the fight or flight response in people, the plants leaves fall off and become a power weed killer. It’s so powerful, it causes bees to hyper pollinate its flowers.
Why are many women drawn to powerful men? Why do grown men lust after artificial breasts? Why are people drawn into political fights and arguments they have no personal interest in? Why are they drawn to professional sports, abstract art, nonsensical lyrics in songs and video games?
I have an old college friend that has an interesting job. He builds sets for a reality TV show. Let that sink in for a few moments.
Could it be that we live in not so much a reality show, but a puppet show, our strings constantly pulled and jerked by chemists and corporate food conglomerates? Are we rats in a maze, mindlessly navigating the turns and stops as we are goaded and coaxed on?
Do chickens with 30% body fat and 15% injected water exist in nature?
This is why I write conspiracy theory novels. Were you aware that the words “conspiracy” theory were coined by intelligence services trying to cover up espionage activities?
We think we’re intelligent and free. But the people who pull the strings don’t. They know exactly who we are, and they hire armies of chemists, anthropologists and psychologists to coax us along.
I have a very special guest on Italophilia! We have known each other for over a year now and been in touch thanks to Instagram and Facebook. Peeps, say hello to my friend Elfin Waters! A passionate Italophilie who hails from Gaeta in Lazio, Elfin now lives in Cremona and teaches English and Italian at Italki.
Today, Elfin will be sharing her thoughts and knowledge about learning a new language through Instagram. She has made this post simple for all readers and language learners so that the focus is more on understanding and listening the language. I am inspired by this lady so much because she pushes me to do little by little every day just as she trains and helps her students. Elfin’s focus has been on learning a language by watching videos on Instagram (IG) and making sure that no matter how busy you are…
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Favignana’s Cala Rossa, once the site of a great Roman victory in the 3rd century BC, now sport’s some of clearest water in the world. Photo by Marina Pascucci
FAVIGNANA, Italy — I’m a sucker for world lists. The World’s Most Beautiful Mountains. The World’s Most Dangerous Highways. The World’s Best Restaurants. Facebook is filled with them every day. Being a water person, one list from Weather.com made me stand up and look at my sunscreen supply: The World’s Clearest, Bluest Water.
I’m a scuba diver so water clarity is huge for me. Visibility is as important as water temperature. The water off Cozumel in the early ‘80s was so clear I could see a wall 100 meters from the one I was swimming along. The turquoise water in French Polynesia made it hard to differentiate the South Pacific from the sky.
Who knew that I could add to my…
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