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Today's Trumpery

[Welcome to the monkey house. A daily pastiche of Trumpisms and responses thereto. I also needed to clear a few things out here today. *RON*]

Woman fired for flipping off President Trump's motorcade, Star Tribune [She's contacted ACLU; says she'd "do it again in a minute"]
Trump says gun-control laws would have led to 'hundreds more dead' in Texas shooting, Business Insider [Texas already has among the loosest gun laws in the country]
Trump Tells Laura Ingraham "I'm the Only One That Matters", Hollywood Reporter [No rule of law, no democracy]
Only my attitude matters: Trump on Korea, The Australian [Ditto; welcome to the Imperium]
Probe Demanded After Wilbur Ross, Rex Tillerson Implicated in Paradise Papers, Common Dreams
Trump not invited to Paris December climate change summit for now, says France, Reuters

Nike shifted billions in profits from Europe to tax-free Bermuda, Paradise Papers leak shows

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[The corporatocracy at play, Part Two. Leaked files from offshore tax law firm Appleby show how Nike funnels global profits into offshore tax haven. See also: Wanna knock a few million off your luxury jet? There's an offshore tax scheme for that; and Law firm representing prominent Liberal backers lobbied hard to kill offshore tax bill in early 2000s; and Trudeau's chief fundraiser linked to Cayman Islands tax scheme; and More than 3,000 Canadian names in the Paradise Papers. *RON*]
Simon Bowers, ICIJ / CBC News, 6 November 2017
Five days before Christmas 2006, Nike chief executive Mark Parker was in an upbeat mood on a conference call with Wall Street analysts.

"So, how are we doing?" he asked himself out loud, almost a year since his promotion to the job. "In a word, I would say 'good.'"

He reeled off a list of recent achievements, including a brief mention of "a more favourable long-term tax agreement in …

Leaked Documents Expose Secret Tale Of Apple’s Offshore Island Hop

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[The corporatocracy at play, Part One. Elite tax advisers help Apple Inc. and other corporate giants skirt impacts of crackdown on ‘Double Irish’ maneuvers. *RON*]
Simon Bowers, International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, 6 November 2017

As governments shut down tax loopholes, Apple found new ways to keep tax rates ultra-low.
Those rates allowed it to accumulate a $252 billion mountain of cash offshore.
Ireland tied itself in knots hoping to retain Apple, its biggest source of corporate taxes.

It was May 2013, and Apple Inc. chief executive Tim Cook was angry.

He sat before the U.S. Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations, which had completed an inquiry into how Apple avoided tens of billions of dollars in taxes by shifting profits into Irish subsidiaries that the subcommittee’s chairman called “ghost companies.”

“We pay all the taxes we owe, every single dollar,” Cook declared. “We do not depend on tax gimmicks. . . . We do not sta…

Many Conservative Mass Shooting Excuses Don’t Work When Victims Are Churchgoers

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[In the span of just over a month, we’ve seen two of the most deadly mass shootings in the U.S. There are always religious "pundits" eager to explain why innocent people die in the wake of a tragedy, but some of those excuses look especially disgraceful today in the aftermath of a shooting inside a church. *RON*]
Hemant Mehta, Patheos, 5 November 2017

In 2012, former GOP presidential candidate Mike Huckabee said that the shooting at Sandy Hook occurred in part because we have “systematically removed God from our schools.”

That wasn’t why the shooting occurred, but the people who died today were worshipping when the shots were fired. So much for Huckabee’s theory. No one took God out of that church.

You can’t blame this on gun control, either. Texas has some of the loosest laws in the country when it comes to owning and brandishing weapons in public. In other words, a “good guy” with a gun was unable to stop a “bad guy” with a gun.

Last mo…

Syria Joins Paris Climate Accord, Leaving Only U.S. Opposed

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[America, what was your first clue? See also: 52 Environmental Rules on the Way Out Under Trump *RON*]

Lisa Friedman, New York Times, 7 November 2017

WASHINGTON — Then there was one.

Syria announced during United Nations climate talks on Tuesday that it would sign the Paris agreement on climate change. The move, which comes on the heels of Nicaragua signing the accord last month, will leave the United States as the only country that has rejected the global pact.

According to several people who were in a plenary session at the climate talks in Bonn, Germany, a Syrian delegate announced that the country was poised to send its ratification of the Paris agreement to the United Nations.

“This is the very last country that actually announced, so everyone has joined and the U.S. is now so isolated,” said Safa Al Jayoussi, executive director of IndyAct, an environmental organization based in Lebanon that works with Arab countries on climate change.

A White H…

What Explains U.S. Mass Shootings? International Comparisons Suggest an Answer

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[Uhm, guns? The first graph says it all. *RON*] Max Fisher & Josh Keller, New York Times, 7 November 2017 Save

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100 mass shooters United States The United States has 270 million guns and had 90 mass shooters between 1966 and 2012. 80 60 40 No other country has more than 46 million gunsor 18 mass shooters. Philippines Russia China India