Showing posts from August 28, 2017

Today's Trumpery

[Welcome to the monkey house. A daily pastiche of Trumpisms and responses thereto. *RON*]

Tillerson on Trump's values: The president 'speaks for himself', The Hill [Tillerson for Prez 2020? If not sooner.]
Mexico and Canada are 'being very difficult' in NAFTA renegotiations, The Hill
Sinister forces now controlling Trump says outgoing alt-right aide Sebastian Gorka, The Times
The Trump Administration Just Put Ronald Reagan Alongside Eugene Debs in Its Labor Hall of Honor, Truthout [Coming up next: Atilla the Hun nominated for Peace Prize]
Hurrican Harvey Looms, and so do Trump Cuts to Weather Research, Newsweek
Historian Snyder: 'We Are Hanging by our Teeth to the Rule of Law', AlterNet [Author of "On Tyranny" says Trump is still waiting for his "Reichstag fire."]

Canadians paying more in taxes than on basic necessities: Fraser Institute

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[Go to Table 4 of the report and, instead of counting things in absolute dollars and as year over year percent changes, simply calculate taxes as a percent of income in each year. I.e., relate taxation back to ability to pay. Notice that, in 1990 taxes were 43% percent of income, and in 2016 they were 42% of income. Notice also that they cherry-picked years and left a bunch of data out prior to 1990. In any case the proper comparison would be to compare what is paid in taxes against what individuals would have to pay to purchase the same set of goods and services they required privately. What a bunch of hooey. Here's a graph of that:


By News Staff, 680 News, 24 August 2017

A new study finds Canadians are paying more than 40 per cent of their income on taxes, compared to just under 40 per cent on the basic necessities of life.

The Canadian Consumer Tax Index by the Fraser Institute, which was released on Thursday, looked at tax bills …

Amazing: Police Chief in Oklahoma Busted and Ousted as Owner of Racist Website and White Supremacist Record Label

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[The label's music includes “Hitler was Right” and “Start up the Panzers.” *RON*]
Bob BrighamRaw Story / AlterNet, 27 August 2017

A Texas television station investigating white supremacist hate in their region was startled to discover a website linked to the newly-appointed Colbert, Oklahoma police chief.

It started with all of the attention the Southern Poverty Law Center’s "Hate Map" received following the violence in Charlottesville, VA.

Reporter Rachel Knapp of KXII noticed a single hategroup in the Texoma region and began investigating. The website — ISD Records — had filed paperwork in 2004 with the signature of Bart Asbrook.

A Bart Alsbrook was hired as Colbert’s interim police chief — just last week. Asbrook is the third chief hired so far this year.

“We called Alsbrook about that application last week. He denied he was the Bart Alsbrook behind,” KXII reported. “We searched for another Bart Alsbrook and couldn’t…

Rohingya: 'Even a baby was not spared by the army'

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[I think I want to start a petition to have Aung San Suu Kyi's Nobel Peace Prize rescinded. Some Buddhist. Residents accuse security forces of shooting 'indiscriminately' at the Muslim minority, forcing thousands to flee. See also: Aung Sang Suu Kyi's office accuses aid workers of helping 'terrorists' in Myanmar. *RON*]
Faisal Edroos, Al Jazeera, 27 August 2017

The Myanmar army has been accused of carrying out extrajudicial killings in the restive Rakhine region, with residents and activists accusing soldiers of shooting indiscriminately at unarmed Rohingya men, women and children and carrying out arson attacks.

Authorities in Myanmar say close to 100 people have been killed since Friday when armed men, reportedly from the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA), launched a pre-dawn raid on police outposts in the restive region.

UPFRONT: Aung San Suu Kyi: Turning her back on Rohingya? (12:15)

The army has declared a war agai…

AIG returns to pre-bailout paydays for CEO, top executives

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[Occupy Wall Street. Those who decry regulation should go back to the books on what happened after deregulation under Ronald Reagan (e.g., Den of Thieves). Venality is a human constant. *RON*]

Suzanne Barlyn, Reuters, 27 August 2017

NEW YORK (Reuters) - American International Group Inc’s (AIG.N) new Chief Executive Brian Duperreault has pledged to revive the insurer’s glory days of top talent, underwriting discipline and fat profit margins.

One thing he has already brought back: big pay packages.

As he rejoined AIG in May, the 70-year-old insurance industry veteran received bigger awards than any of his predecessors since Maurice “Hank” Greenberg, the man who built the company into a behemoth and left under a cloud in 2005.

Duperreault quickly hired as his deputy Peter Zaffino, a former colleague at broker Marsh & McLennan Cos Inc (MMC.N), with a lucrative sign-on bonus, as well as a senior executive to head technology initiatives.


Survey finds 40% of Australian women diagnosed with depression or anxiety

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[Soon we'll have to re-label our 'Abnormal Psychology' courses as 'Normal Psychology.' Women’s health survey finds women aged 18-35 have the highest anxiety scores, with social media being partly to blame. *RON*]

Australian Associated Press, The Guardian, 27 August 2017
A survey of more than 10,000 Australian women found 40% have been professionally diagnosed with depression or anxiety.

The Jean Hailes Women’s Health survey 2017 released on Sunday, also found 60% did not meet the recommended 2.5 hours of weekly physical activity because for many they were “too tired” or it was too “hard” to find the time.

Two out of five women surveyed, aged 18-89, considered themselves slightly overweight, while 20% said they were quite overweight.

Only a quarter had been screened for sexually transmitted infections in the last five years. The survey found 95% of women were non-smokers.

The survey director, Dr Helen Brown, said the findings raise…