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How lax gun laws drive police militarization

The problem the police have is that they, understandably, feel that they need to be as well equipped as the worst-case scenario they might have to face. If they might have to face down the equivalent of an infantry squad, they’ll want MRAPS and body armor. If nobody has that firepower outside of the military, then the police won’t feel the need to gear up to military levels. The Las Vegas shooter literally had...

The Trump Paradox

The “Trump Paradox” – that his inability to keep any of his promises turns out to be his greatest virtue.

Trump’s Tax Plan, again

“I don’t benefit. I don’t benefit,” Mr. Trump said on Wednesday. “In fact, very, very strongly, as you see, I think there’s very little benefit for people of wealth.” Says the man whose tax plan is estimated to save him and his family over $1.1 billion in taxes. Granted, most of that is estate taxes. His annual savings (based on his 2005 return) would likely only be in the $42 million-per-year range. I guess for Trump that...

Trump’s Tax Plan

“This is a once-in-a-generation opportunity…” says Trump of his newly-announced tax plan. The tax plan that gives most of its benefits to the ultra wealthy, and is most generous of all to wealthy people whose holdings are structured the way Trumps are. He’s right about the once-in-a-generation bit. Under no other conceivable circumstances would lowering Trumps taxes be the nation’s top...

Deficit Hawks No More

Nearing extinction: the Deficit Hawk. Once shrill and abundant, the species can hardly be found when the agenda is massive tax cuts for billionaires.

Facebook is Bad for Democracy

On Facebook I recently noticed an increase of the following message on the comments of political articles: “Top Comments is selected, so some replies may have been filtered out.” So Facebook is so intent on feeding us only what its algorithm thinks we want to hear that it won’t even let us see opposing viewpoints. Facebook obviously know I’m liberal, and not just from clicking “Like” on...

Pharma Profits

Pharmaceutical company profits really are a zero-sum game. Either we control medical costs and that means less pharma profits, or the public continues to get ever more screwed. And we know that no matter how high pharma profits go, and how many hundreds of millions pharma CEOs make, they will continue to try to screw the whole of society even more than they already are because… capitalism. (They are literally taught...

White Pride

You don’t have to go very far on the Internet to find people “questioning” why they can’t support White Pride if other groups get to set up their own Pride groups. However, White Pride is different. Things have happened in the name of White Pride on a scale that none of the other groups have ever perpetrated, and that casts a centuries-long shadow over everything connected to that label. We...