Net neutrality part 2

Those Republicans are certainly efficient. The day after net neutrality repeal and my computer is already connecting to the internet more slowly. Or so it seems.

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Nomadland

Nomadland, Surviving America in the Twenty-first Century by Jessica Bruder published in 2017. During a time of rising rents and stagnating wages, some low-wage earners are choosing to live in cars, RVs or trailers as they migrate from job to job.

“The most widely accepted measure for calculating income inequality is a century-old formula called the Gini coefficient. It’s a gold standard for economists around the globe, along with the World Bank, the CIA, and the Paris-based Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development. What it reveals is startling. Today the United States has the most unequal society of all developed nations. America’s level of inequality is comparable to that of Russia, China, Argentina, and the war-torn Democratic Republic of the Congo.

“And as bad as the situation is now, it’s likely to get worse. That makes me wonder: What further contortions–or even mutations–of the social order will appear in years to come? How many people will get crushed by the system? How many will find a way to escape it?”

Trump’s goal is to make the US number one in income inequality. That is the reasoning behind the GOP’s latest plan of tax reduction.

Trump must go

Economic ignorance

In 1980, when he claimed that Reagan’s supply side economics was voodoo economics, George HW Bush was correct. In 1992, when he claimed that NAFTA would cost American jobs, Ross Perot was correct. However, in both cases, Bush and Perot were ridiculed by the media and their positions were defeated. Now many years later, those of us with eyes can see that they were correct, and we can see that the Republicans are again trying to impose their version of trickle down economics in the latest tax cuts. Both the media and the school system in the US are at fault for the low-level of economic education of the American voter.

Trump must go

Panama papers

Secrecy World, Inside the Panama Papers Investigation of Illicit Money Networks and the Global Elite by Jake Bernstein. Read this book to understand how the rich avoid taxes and hide their wealth. It was Leona Helmsley who famously said, “Only little people pay taxes.” I believe that this book will help you understand Robert Mueller’s report on the Donald Trump/Russia connection when it is finally made public.

“The worst harm, John Doe seemed to suggest, was that Mossfon and the system within which it operated encouraged the growth of income inequality, ‘one of the defining issues of our time.’ It was a system that had led to ‘society’s progressively diseased and decaying moral fabric.’ The firm had not worked in a vacuum, he observed: ‘It found allies and clients at major law firms in virtually every nation.'”

“The borderlines of the secrecy world, the distance between what is hidden and the public’s right to know, was shifting quickly. ‘We live in a time of inexpensive, limitless digital storage and fast internet connections that transcend national boundaries,’ the anonymous leaker wrote. ‘It doesn’t take much to connect the dots: from start to finish, inception to global media distribution, the next revolution will be digitized.'”

Trump must go