Category: My Soap Box

Trump Tweetstorm: Build Wall Around Puerto Rico

Puerto Ricans worse than Mexicans!!  Mexicans are rapists, murderers, thieves.  Puerto Ricans are Democrats!  Disgusting!  Invading Florida scheming to turn the state blue!  Hundreds of thousands of them.  In a state where just a couple of thousand votes decide national elections. Do they think I’m an idiot?  I’m much smarter than them!  Most smart man …

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Big Fish, Little Fish

This engraving done in the Netherlands in 1557 could have been etched as an editorial cartoon about the current Republican tax proposals in Congress. Look, says the man in the rowboat in the foreground to his young child, a few big fish make meat of the other fish. Above the drawing, in Latin, French, and …

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Paradise Papers and Hell on Earth

Some electronic Robin Hood has hacked 13.4 million files from the Appleby law firm, which specializes in providing “offshore services” to the very crème de la crème of corporations and individuals.  Those services, the firm insists, are not tax evasion.  They are tax avoidance.  Evasion is illegal. Avoidance is, as Donald Trump remarked, smart business. …

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Vietnam Not Remembered

Ken Burns’ Vietnam War: An Object Lesson in the Failures of the Objective Lens  REED RICHARDSON Reposted by permission from Fair.org  In Ken Burns’ introduction to The Vietnam War, bombs fly back into airplanes and flames leap off of houses into flamethrowers. If journalism resigns itself to being a “first draft of history,” Ken Burns’ popular PBS documentaries, …

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A Necessary Step for Disaster Relief in Puerto Rico: Cancel the Debt

Text reposted from the National Lawyer’s Guild International Committee: Following years of colonialism and the intensified assault of austerity in the past several years, Puerto Rico is suffering from the destruction caused by Hurricane Maria and the massive impact of climate change. As the National Lawyers Guild International Committee, we demand the immediate cancellation of Puerto …

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Diesels and Honorable Men

  By Victor Grossman Reposted by permission Berlin Bulletin No. 131, August 4 2017   Imagine finding, at one table, the worst killer crooks you ever heard of: Jack the Ripper, Al Capone, Bonnie and Clyde, the Serial Killer, maybe the pirate Blackbeard, surely a cold-blooded terrorist or two. The very worst! No matter what …

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How Seattle Voted to Tax the Rich

By ADAM ZIEMKOWSKI AND REBEKAH LIEBERMANN Reposted by permission from CounterPunch Seattle further cemented its reputation as one of the most progressive cities in the U.S. last week, when its City Council passed a law to tax the rich, sponsored by socialist City Councilmember Kshama Sawant along with Councilmember Lisa Herbold. The law places a …

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