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  • ddt 23.35 on April 11, 2018  

    Zck Doesn’t Give a Fck

    The tweet is here.

    The most obnoxious thing about this tweet is here. Read it. It’s an excellent piece entitled: “WHY ZUCKERBERG’S 14-YEAR APOLOGY TOUR HASN’T FIXED FACEBOOK”.

    The answer is simple: Mark Zuckerburg is a misanthrope. He does not care about anyone. Worse, he is a sociopathic misanthrope, he doesn’t care about anyone, yet he spends time and effort pretending like he does to get other people to relax and keep thrusting themselves into the passive-aggressive shart known as Facebook. Most people do this to get rich, but Zuck has already bought and sold 2 billion people. 2,000,000,000,000. Twelve zeroes. 2/7 of the population on the planet.  

    By now, it ought to be plain … to everyone, that Facebook’s 2 billion-plus users are surveilled and profiled, that their attention is then sold to advertisers and, it seems, practically anyone else who will pay Facebook—including unsavory dictators like the Philippines’ Rodrigo Duterte. That is Facebook’s business model. 

    The only happy ending to Facebook is the one where Zuck goes to prison and his company is dissolved and its data destroyed. And … it will never happen. 

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  • ddt 19.59 on March 6, 2018  

    “It was as if all criminal roads led to Trump Tower,”


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  • ddt 19.58 on May 19, 2017  

    Suck it, America

    Ha-ha. Suck it, America. You lose your net neutrality. All your internetz belong to … not you! Your internetz belong to corporations. YOU belong to corporations, but only corporations get rich. You pick good president. He make America great again by making his friends rich(er) again(er). Get ready to pay for your video streaming, torrenting, podcasting, porn mongering, and innovating. It will be cheaper again to take your family of eight to the movie theater and buy three jumbo popcorns. It will be cheaper to pocket-wank during your lap dance. It will be cheaper to let Russia and North Korea “innovate” for you. But this is okay because your internetz already suck. Now it will suck more than most of the OECD. Booya! $25 a month for a 100Mb fiber optic connect is farther into the realm of pure fantasy than it ever has been for you! 

    What happens next? Again, net neutrality isn’t technically dead yet. There will be another vote later this year, followed by inevitable lawsuits — which supporters have a good chance of winning.

    Don’t worry, if you live in Silicon Valley or in a Trump building, your internetz will probably be just fine. Facebook and fake news will always be free. (heart) America, fuck yeah! Corporate America, fuck yeah! Corporamerica, fuck yeah. Corporations, fuck yeah! 

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  • milwaukiedave 15.00 on March 30, 2017  

    Why We Can’t Have Nice Things: A Healthcare Saga

    Back in 2009, then President Barack Obama proposed and Congress passed the Affordable Care Act (ACA). On the seventh anniversary of its passing, the Republicans in Congress are still trying to repeal the ACA having attempted more than 50 times. The Republicans latest attempt was the American Health Care Act (AHCA). The AHCA would have repealed parts of the ACA that were part of the federal budget including the individual and employee mandates, changes to Medicaid, and the repeal of taxes on Cadillac policies and medical equipment.

    According to the Congressional Budget Office (CBO), the number of people with health insurance would be reduced by 24 million over the next nine years with a savings of $150 billion over a decade. Insurance premiums would go up, but would supposedly be offset by grants by 2020. Insurance companies could charge as much as five times more for premiums for older people than younger ones.

    The good news is the expenditures for Social Security would decrease $3 billion from 2017-2026 due to early death. Even better news, Planned Parenthood would get less for birth control, so that means teen pregnancy would be on the rise. Less old people and more out-of-wedlock pregnancies is what the AHCA would bring us.

    Thankfully for now the Republicans have failed miserably. Republicans can’t manage to get the votes in the House. The Senate would be just as difficult.

    At least three presidents in modern history have now staked their legacy on healthcare at the beginning of their administrations (Clinton, Obama, and Trump). Of the three, only President Obama was able to pass a bill a healthcare. Why is this?  The answer is politicians are making it too complicated.

    The problem could be summed up in two words: universal healthcare

    Go ahead and scream “socialism”! Make broad-brush comparisons to Europe where people are taxed heavily. Are you done? Then let’s look at the facts.

    Twenty-four countries have universal healthcare around the world. Which countries are they? (hint: they are not all in Europe)

    Besides Canada and most of Europe, other countries that have universal healthcare include Israel, Chile, Turkey, Australia, Japan and South Korea. Well these all must be socialist countries as well right? Wrong. In fact none of the countries listed are socialist, they instead treat healthcare as a human right instead of a privilege.

    In South Korea for instance, the premium is shared 6.12% of the employee’s gross earnings shared between the employee and employer. If you are self-employed or unemployed you can purchase health insurance. The elderly are provided insurance by the government at a reduced rate or at no cost of they are indigent. A person can walk into a doctor’s office or hospital and get seen whenever they need to. 

    The United States has a population of over 300 million people and many of them could now afford healthcare before the ACA. While the ACA is not perfect, we need to continue to push to reform it and eventually turn it into a universal healthcare system where no one is turned away from a hospital and no one has to go bankrupt to get medical care.

    Update: HR 676 has been introduced in the House of Representatives that would give Medicare to all. Currently 116 Democrats are not co-sponsoring the bill. If one of your representatives is on the list please call them.

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  • milwaukiedave 23.59 on March 25, 2017  

    The Church and Politics

    According to the NY Times, Donald Trump has said he wants to fulfill a campaign promise to “destroy” the Johnson Amendment and intends to sign a bill repealing it. Now if you don’t know what the Johnson Amendment is, don’t feel bad, neither did I. The amendment that was passed by a Republican Congress in 1954 and signed by President Eisenhower prohibits any tax-exempt entity from either directly or indirectly participating in any political campaigning. If a tax-exempt organization engages in political activity, they risk losing their tax-exempt status. Some examples of tax-exempt organizations are churches or charitable organizations.

    Why is Trump so hell bent on repealing the Johnson Amendment? According to NPR the repeal is about more than just “free speech” for churches and pastors, it is also about money. If the law is overturned the churches could give tax-free donations to a political candidate or campaign. This would allow religious organizations to become a source of money in politics. Which side would this favor? The Republicans OF COURSE (channeling Cenk Uygar). Large churches like the Church of Latter Day Saints and the Catholic Church could give money hand over fist to help elect a political candidate or push their own agenda.

    Yet once again public opinion is not on Trump’s side. A poll by Public Religion Research (PRRI) showed that 71% of Americans opposed allowing churches and places of worship to endorse political candidates while keeping their tax-exempt status. Even more damaging the same PRRI poll showed that 56% of white evangelical Protestants and 63% of Republicans oppose this.

    Is the Johnson Amendment enforced? The answer is no. The most common example of the lack of enforcement of the law is Measure 8 (the anti-gay marriage amendment) in California which passed in 2008 by about 400,000 votes. According to the Huffington Post, the Mormons fessed up in a filing to the California Secretary of State to spending $189,903.58 to help pass Measure 8. Yet no action was taken by the IRS. The threat of action up until now has for the most part stopped churches from participating in political activities.

    If passed, the repeal could open the door to allow churches to help fund Republican candidates and causes. What causes would churches help fund? The causes would be anti-woman, anti-choice, pro-gun, pro-charter schools, anti-science (there goes global warming) etc., etc. What is the worst part? Churches could help fund measures to bring religion into school.

    What about the Constitution? Amendment one to the Constitution of the United States says:

    Congress shall make no laws respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof

    Congress cannot pass a law that respects or prohibits a religion. In other words, the government must stay neutral in term of religion. Other than the prohibition of churches participating in political activities, Congress is not supposed to be involved.

    Instead of repealing the Johnson Amendment, what should happen is that churches and charitable organizations (which could be an off-shoot of a church in the case of the Catholic Charities) should be taxed on ALL revenue (including donations) and property at a flat 10%. Also eliminate the tax write-off for charities that people take on their taxes every year. The combination of the two causes the loss of billions of dollars in taxes per year. Stop allowing religion to dictate how people are helped in our society as they use it as a recruitment tool to get the poor and homeless in the doors of their churches. We should not allow churches to get away with amassing large sums of money and property (the Catholic Church and the LDS are perfect examples) and using it to control people.

    In short, we should be going the other direction on the role of churches in society. It is time for churches and charities to pay the piper and contribute to society rather than allow the burden to be placed on the people.

    tagged as: church, constitution, government, money, politics   

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