50 years coming up…

One of my favorite young journalists – Ramy Inocencio, now at CBS – was teargassed in Hong Kong. His first time suffering that particular insult. I recall my first time – back in New Haven – the weekend of the Ohio National Guard killing four anti-war protesters at Kent State University in 1970.

Yup..never again. If you believe that crap…

Trump’s flunkies demand 20 years in prison for humanitarian aid

❝ A United States federal court is weighing in on the case of volunteer Scott Warren, who is on trial and facing 20 years in prison on “smuggling” charges for aiding a pair of undocumented migrants in Arizona.

A member of the humanitarian group, No More Deaths, Warren was taken to trial Tuesday on three felony charges: two for allegedly harboring an immigrant couple and one for conspiring to transport them.

❝ The thirty-six-year-old man was arrested on Jan. 17, 2018 after Border Patrol agents set up surveillance around one of the organization’s humanitarian aid shelters in Ajo, Arizona.

❝ “It is life or death here. And a decision not to give somebody food or water could lead to that person dying,” Dr. Scott Warren said, adding that he has shared food, water, and shelter to dozens of people braving the deadly desert outside his home…

“It is scary to be intimidated like this and to be targeted but there really is no choice,” said Warren, who believes that the state may be expanding their definition of “harbor.”

State governments and the Feds are no strangers to arbitrarily changing definitions to suit the politics of the moment. With a thug in the White House who campaigned on illegal migrants being subhuman and criminal in the eyes of his supporters – anyone who offers life-preserving aid to folks in Southwestern deserts must be equally criminal.

This is what our government and the contemptible snobs who adore our fake president would have us be.

Last time corporations paid taxes this low the president was Eisenhower

❝ While polls suggest that most Americans feel they’re not benefiting from the recent overhaul of the nation’s tax laws, U.S. corporations have more to crow about: New IRS data show American companies are paying their smallest share of federal income tax revenue in nearly 60 years.

❝ Businesses contributed 7.6% of the $3.5 trillion in total tax revenue collected for fiscal-year 2018, the tax agency said in a report — that’s a two percentage point decline from the previous year. After refunds, that figure falls to 6.8%. By contrast, individuals are shouldering a larger share of the country’s tax burden, accounting for 57% of revenue last year compared with 54% in 2017. Most of the rest of the country’s tax revenue stems from employment taxes.

❝ The IRS data doesn’t provide company-level data on taxes, but the overall trend highlights the declining share of corporate taxes across the decades. In 1960, corporations provided about one-quarter of all tax revenue, based on IRS data. At that time, individuals contributed less than half of total tax revenue.

I think we should be an equal opportunity country when it comes to the relative value of taxes forked over for the maintenance and advancement of this nation. Meaning – obviously – it’s time for people tgo come before profits instead of the other way round.

Pharma Billionaire found guilty in opioid trial


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John Kapoor of Insys Therapeutics has been found guilty of defrauding insurance companies to sell Subsys — a fentanyl spray much stronger than morphine. According to The Guardian, the 75-year-old billionaire’s company was also found guilty of bribing doctors to prescribe the drug to their patients.

The Boston jury also discovered that Insys Therapeutics paid these doctors to prescribe the powerful painkiller to patients who didn’t even need it.

❝ In the midst of an unprecedented opioid epidemic — where addiction, suicide, and dependence rates are through the roof and an estimated 400,000 lives have been lost over the last two decades — the first criminal conviction of a pharmaceutical chief sets a welcome precedent to curb this reckless corruption.

Overdue!

Preacher gets lighter sentence for rape because he’s a “man of god”

❝ A pastor facing life in prison for raping his 14-year-old daughter was shown mercy by a judge who was impressed by his alleged religious faith.

David Richards, 41, was sentenced to 12 years in jail on Thursday in Knox County Tennessee for raping his adoptive daughter – 60 years less than the maximum term sought by prosecutors. As he handed down the lenient sentence, Judge Steve Sword cited Richard’s work as a pastor and the Bible study he began in jail as mitigating factors…

Richards was found guilty of rape, incest, and sexual battery by an authority figure for abusing his daughter, Amber Richards, for two years beginning when she was 14…

Throw away the key!