Sunday, October 15, 2017

PNN - N.O.W. and Zevon and Fred too

PNN - NOW & Zevon
PNN Brings you More Progressive Voices. Insights and perspectives on the daily challenges on the TRUMPERIUM.
Our Senior Political Commentator Brook Hines discusses her latest political Insights and then is joined by her colleague Fred Barr her partner in their Political Consulting firm PROGRESSION PARTNERSHIP.

Brook and Fred will discuss in a New Segment on POP-CULTURE - a report on the FSOCIETY from the Mr. Robot Show.
Next we are joined by Crystal Zevon an ACTIVIST Extraordinaire who works as a Highly Committed Peace Activist spends much time and Energy on Indigenous Peoples Rights from the East Coast to the West Coast and is very engaged in a wide range of Environmental Issues. This is a voice you need to hear.

Our final guest this week is, another Giant of Human Rights Meredith Ockman who's efforts so many of us are aware of as SE District Director of the NATIONAL ORGANIZATION of WOMEN and President of the Board of the South Florida Women's Health Foundation, her tireless human rights efforts, her ongoing work with Planned Parenthood and on a local level she's actually also somehow finds time to work on Animal Welfare projects


PNN - 10/15/17

1. Top Trump Official for Pipeline Safety Profits from Selling Oil Spill Equipment
A newly appointed federal regulator charged with overseeing pipeline safety personally profits from oil spill responses, a DeSmog investigation has found.
Drue Pearce is the acting administrator for the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA), an agency in the Department of Transportation responsible for ensuring oil and gas pipeline integrity. However, she is also associated with a company specializing in the sale of oil spill equipment.
Pearce, a Republican from Alaska, was appointed on August 7 by the Trump administration to serve as PHMSA’s deputy administrator, a position that does not require U.S. Senate confirmation. However, since at the time the administration had yet to nominate an administrator for the agency, Pearce stepped into the role as acting administrator.
In early September, Trump finally nominated, and last Friday the Senate confirmed rail transport executive Howard Elliot as PHMSA administrator. Once Elliot formally takes the helm at PHMSA, Pearce will serve as his deputy.

Pearce’s Oil Spill Business
Business records filed in the state of Alaska and reviewed by DeSmog show that since 2009 Pearce and her husband, Michael F. Williams, have owned Spill Shield Inc., an Anchorage-based company selling equipment for oil spill responses. The company’s website offers various products, including booms, baffles, skimmers, absorbents, and oil spill response kits.
The company advertises itself as “the Arctic’s preferred partner for environmental compliance products & Oil Spill Response,” and says its products “are very popular in small northern communities, in mining industrial and construction industries, and fishing and hunting lodges.”

2. SLAVE LABOR... by any other name PLEASE!
California inmates are fighting on the front lines to contain raging wildfires, all while state leaders secretly worked to keep them imprisoned and fighting fires for little to no cost.
In recent weeks, parts of the drought-stricken state have ravaged by wildfires, leaving at least 34 people dead and forcing some 20,000 residents to evacuate. The flames have charred over 190,000 acres of land and damaged and/or destroyed around 3,500 structures.
Among those battling the blazes are 3,800 inmates, both men and women, who make up 13 percent of California’s firefighting force and whose cheap labor saves taxpayers $124 million per year, according to the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. Working on salaries of just $2 a day and an extra $1 per hour for their time on a fire line, inmates earn next to nothing for their work, compared to civilian firefighters who have a starting salary of $40,000 per year.
Some have compared the work to slave labor.
“The pay is ridiculous,” La’Sonya Edwards, a female inmate who battles blazes in Southern California, told The New York Times in August. “There are some days we are worn down to the core — and this isn’t that different from slave conditions. We need to get paid more for what we do.”
Former mayor of Richmond, Calif., and lieutenant governor candidate Gayle McLaughlin agreed, telling NBC News, “No matter how you may want to dress it up, if you have people working for nothing or almost nothing, you’ve got slave labor, and it is not acceptable.”
Using prison labor to battle blazes is nothing new for the Golden State, however. A recent New York Times report said the state has been employing inmates to fight fires during fire season since the mid-19th century. In 2014, the federal court system began talks to shrink California’s inmate population of almost 115,000 men and women.
State leaders hesitated on the plans, however, because inmates (including those who are eligible for release) serve as a cheap, yet critical source of labor as firefighters.
Lawyers from the office of then-Attorney General Kamala Harris argued that releasing too many inmates “at this time would severely impact fire camp participation — a dangerous outcome while California is in the middle of a difficult fire season and severe drought.” Harris, who now represents California in the U.S. Senate, told Buzzfeed News she was shocked upon hearing her attorneys’ reasoning.
Her office’s argument was one recently echoed by Louisiana Caddo Parish Police Chief Steve Prator, who was upset over the release of “good,” nonviolent inmates “you could work — the ones who can pick up trash.”
“I don’t want state prisoners, [but] they’re a necessary evil to keep the doors open, that we keep a few,” Prator said during a news conference, drawing an immediate backlash from critics who said his comments evoked slavery.

3. Demand an End to BackDoor Web Searches

EFF and 57 organizations, including American Civil Liberties Union, R Street, and NAACP, spoke out against warrantless searches of American citizens in a joint letter this week demanding reforms of the so-called “ backdoor search ” loophole that exists for data collected under Section 702. The backdoor search loophole allows federal government agencies, including the FBI and CIA, to, without a warrant, search through data collected on American citizens. Applying a warrant requirement only to searches of Section 702 data...
Many were shocked to learn that the U.S. indiscriminately vacuums up the communications of millions of innocent people – both around the world and at home – through surveillance programs under Section 702, originally enacted by the FISA Amendments Act. This warrantless, suspicionless surveillance violates established privacy protections, including the Fourth Amendment.
The U.S. government uses Section 702 to justify the collection of the communications of innocent people overseas and in the United States by tapping into the cables that carry domestic and international Internet communications through what's known as Upstream surveillance. The government also forces major U.S. tech companies to turn over private communications stored on their servers through a program often referred to as PRISM. While the programs under Section 702 are theoretically aimed at foreigners outside the United States, they constantly collect Americans’ communications with no meaningful oversight from the courts.
These programs are a gross violation of Americans’ constitutional rights. Communicating with anyone who is potentially located abroad does not invalidate your Fourth Amendment protections.
Tell your representatives in Congress that it is time to let the sun set on this mass Internet spying.

I get really emotional when I watch videos of members of the armed forces coming home after a long deployment to surprise their loved ones. I put myself in the shoes of these families who were separated for months and can feel the love.
Then I get angry.
I get angry because these reunions are as touching as they are senseless.
Sixteen years ago yesterday, the US-led invasion of Afghanistan began. Since then, nothing has been gained but so much has been lost.
Thousands of American soldiers — as well as hundreds of thousands of civilians — have been killed. Many more returned irreparably damaged. They might have come home but their limbs — and often their mental health — have remained behind on the battlefields of Afghanistan and Iraq.
What did they get in return for their sacrifice? Not much. Members of the armed forces are neither well-paid nor particularly well-cared-for once they return home. As WhoWhatWhy has pointed out, one US veteran commits suicide roughly every hour.
The war has also taken a brutal toll on the families of service members. You can see it in those videos. More than 2.5 million American men and women have served in Afghanistan and Iraq. That means hundreds of thousands of families have been torn apart — many of them forever. In addition, countless children had to spend part of their formative years without their mom or dad, constantly worrying about whether they would see their parent again. Think of the strain that places on families.
And all that for what?
The US isn’t one bit safer. Neither is the Middle East. In fact, the region seems much-less stable now than it was 16 years ago, and the worldwide threat of terrorism has only increased.
Americans are being told that their liberties are under attack — and that the troops are defending them abroad. But the only people who have taken anybody’s freedoms away are sitting in the halls of power in Washington.
They happen to be the same people who apparently never have seen a war they didn’t like — regardless of the consequences for millions of Americans and their families.
So excuse me if I can’t get upset about NFL players supposedly “disrespecting the troops” by taking a knee to protest an injustice. Personally, I can’t think of anything more disrespectful to the men and women in uniform than sending them into harm’s way to fight endless wars with no objective.

Sunday, October 08, 2017

PNN - The Falling Screeds

PNN - Falling Screeds -
Get the latest on Healthcare Alternatives from New Thought Leader Ann Fonfa of Appleseed Annie
threatened by cancer, not getting what you need from Business as Usual Medicine - Contact Annie Appleseed Project   for additional resources.

We are also visited by Denis Campbell of The Three Muckrakers, and the UK Progressives, follows up on his several books investigating contemporary political movements. With the clarity an international journalist with over 20 years of international political leadership. Denis has a new book out about the first 200 plus days of the dangerous Trump presidency.
Denis's New Book - Donald Trump Deplorable Bully

Our Political Commentator Brook Hines returns with her astute political insights. also found at the FLORIDA SQUEEZE

TUNE IN - Live 7pm or anytime.


PNN Stories for 10/8/17

1. The Prez just I can't get no Respect Edition - Who called him what and what did he call who?

2. "Somebody didn't pickup their shift this am at the presidential adult daycare center" -
Corker (Tenn.) tweeted, “It's a shame the White House has become an adult day care center. Someone obviously missed their shift this morning.”

3. Robert Reich on The Troubles of Tillerson:
"You are Secretary of State – the nation’s chief diplomat – under a president who’s dangerously nuts.
Last weekend, for example, Trump publicly said you were wasting your time trying to open talks with North Korea. Does he have a better idea? Any halfway rational president would ask his Secretary of State to try to talk with Kim Jong-Un.
And there’s Iran. You and Defense Secretary James Mattis have both stated the nuclear agreement should be retained. That, too, is only rational. The International Atomic Energy Agency says Iran has been honoring the agreement. Without it, Iran would restart its nuclear program.
But Trump is on the verge of decertifying the agreement in order to save face (in the 2016 campaign he called it an “embarrassment to America”) and further puncture Barack Obama’s legacy. His narcissism is endangering the world.
You tried to mediate the dispute between Qatar and its Arab neighbors. That, too, was the reasonable thing to do.
But then Trump and his son-in-law Jared Kushner sided with the United Arab Emirates, where they have business interests. Less than one hour after you called for a “calm and thoughtful dialogue” between Qatar and its neighbors, Trump blasted Qatar for financing terrorism. That was also nuts."

4. Pence leaves football game to save DONNIE's Face! - the Pence team prewarned the press he might go - and seeing KNEELING thought they'd gone catholic on him! - He split!

5. PREZ Calls for Senate Investigate of faux press -
    “Why Isn’t the Senate Intel Committee looking into the Fake News Networks in OUR country to see why so much of our news is just made up-FAKE!” Trump wrote

6. Prez throws soft KOCH INDUSTRIES Paper Towels at PR Confab
and is denounced for insensitivity - Initially he had planned on distributing loaves and fishes - but they couldn't find any!

7. Analysis is said to show, the President is playing Zero Dimensional CHESS

8. Mayor of Charlottesville VA denounces RACIST NAZIS who held another TIKI POWERED MARCH in his City
"Another despicable visit by neo-Nazi cowards. You’re not welcome here! Go home! Meantime we’re looking at all our legal options. Stay tuned."

9. Puerto Rico - Two-Step
So does this helps explain why the infrastructure in Puerto Rico has been so long neglected—the first priority is to serve this foreign debt and tax breaks for the wealthy?
Absolutely, and it’s only going to get worse because of the PROMESA Act [NB: Passed by Congress to deal with the financial crisis and bankruptcy]. Some critics have dared to describe it as a kind of bailout or aid package, but that’s not so.

There is absolutely no transfer of money from the federal government to Puerto Rico as part of the PROMESA Act. If anything, there’s an imposition of an economic burden on the Puerto Rican government which now has to pay the overhead of the PROMESA board—which is estimated to cost 200 million dollars in its first year alone—and an astronomical, unjustifiable salary of over half a million dollars a year to its manager Natalie Jaresko.

This completely overpaid expensive board arrives in Puerto Rico and the first thing that they say is that everyone has to tighten their belts. There are “furloughs” of government workers, the government has to reduce its payroll by about 30 percent. Now they are going to privatize a lot of the services. The first target was the University of Puerto Rico, which they completely gutted leading to a massive strike at the university.

10.Reality Winner - daze in Court(Innocent until proven guilty?) - Not so Much!
On Thursday, a federal judge denied a second request for bail from Reality Winner, a former National Security Agency contractor accused of violating the Espionage Act, despite an admission from the federal prosecutor in charge of the case that the government relied on false information in Winner’s initial bail hearing.
In his decision denying bail, Judge Brian Epps did not acknowledge or reference the prosecutor’s false statements, despite the statement having been a principal reason the defense moved for the renewed hearing.
The fight over whether Winner should be released pending trial stemmed from her bail hearing shortly after she was indicted in June. Winner was initially denied bail partly on the basis of alleged jailhouse recordings that suggested she may have other classified documents that she wanted to make public...
With no evidence Winner was in possession of more documents, U.S. Attorney Jennifer Solari instead shifted focus during a bail hearing last week to Winner’s character, internet privacy habits, and political views, arguing that the young former NSA contractor had shown “nothing but contempt for our country and our security.”
“The court denies defendant’s motion for release from custody,” Epps wrote in the decision, “and finds by clear and convincing evidence that no condition or combination of conditions will reasonably assure the safety of the community; and by a preponderance of the evidence that no condition or combination of conditions will reasonably assure the appearance of defendant as required.”

11. TRUMPFT's Choice for the EPA pretends not to know his ABCs.
William Wehrum is the Trump administration’s pick to head the Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Air and Radiation. “Bill,” the first line of his bio at his law firm, Hunton & Williams, boasts, “is well known for his thorough grasp of environmental issues.”

The senator produced a large graph for Wehrum from NASA, tracking levels of both greenhouse gas emissions and warming from 1880 through 2005. The lines follow one another fairly closely, including a dramatic upward spike through the latter half of the 20th century and early 21st. “Can you acknowledge,” Merkley asked, “that these lines generally track each other?”

“I’m not familiar with those data. I have no idea what it depicts,” Wehrum answers.

Merkley prods. “But you can see the lines. Do the lines track each other?”
“What’s important, senator, is to know how the data is depicted.”
“Yes it is,” Merkley agrees, “But I’m just asking a question: Can you see those two lines, and do they generally track each other?”

Wehrum does not answer the question, leading Merkley to give up on his graph-related line of inquiry for another. “What we see is this Koch Brother-inspired determination not to acknowledge even the most fundamental facts. … Why should the American people put into an office of significant influence someone who refuses to look at the facts directly that are so important to the health of this planet?”

“As I said, these are complex issues and very important issues.”

So Merkley sought to make it a little less complex, asking Wehrum whether he acknowledges a series of basic scientific facts about recent ecological trends tied to rising temperatures: the increasing acidification of the ocean, growing snowpacks on the cascade mountains, longer fire seasons. Wehrum, again, does not respond, saying of ocean acidification that he’s aware there “is an allegation,” before being cut off.

"Bill is well known for his thorough grasp of environmental issues, gleaned from his training as an environmental engineer and prior work in the EPA. In 2017, the Legal 500 described him as "hands down one of the finest Clean Air Act attorneys in the country" He has worked on precedent-setting cases and is at the forfront of some of the most significant environmental issues of the day."

Sunday, October 01, 2017

PNN - A life vest for Civilization

PNN - A Life Vest for Civilization
PNN welcomes several activists all of whom, are working to uphold the civilized values.

Happily the return of Brook Hines our Senior Political Commentator, on the mend!

Antonio Tovare from the Farm Workers Association of Florida discusses some of the hardships facing the agricultural workers in Florida.

We also are visited by Ellyn Stevenson with the organization called Indivisible Martin and the Safety Pin Alliance who literally just returned from a delivery of donated supplies to the farmworkers of Immokalee, FL. 33455.

We also have the great pleasure of welcoming Pam Goodman, President of the League of Women Voters who will discuss some of the projects they are undertaking.

Join us Sunday Live or Anytime 7pm East / 6pm Central / 4pm Pacific

PNN - Antonio

Rick Spisak, News, Director
Progressive News Network

PNN 10/1/17 - News Stories

1. Free Press was recently hit with a sophisticated series of
cyberattacks that attempted to gain access to staff emails.

This wasn’t your standard spam — it was a coordinated attack by professionals. We were targeted because of our outspoken leadership on Net Neutrality.

This was a startling and negative experience. But if there’s a silver lining (beyond the fact that we thwarted the hackers), it’s that this prolonged attack tells us that our work is effective — so effective that the opposition is resorting to dirty tricks to try and stop us.

2. GOOGLE / Censorship De-monitiz-ation (TAKING THE MONEY) [its good to be the monopoly]

Though legacy media has framed this issue as one of Neo-Nazis using an alternative right wing website, it is important to recognize that Google has also censored the left-leaning outlet Counterpunch. Youtube has also come under fire recently for demonetizing content creators from across the political spectrum.

Gab stated via twitter: “Gab’s domain registrar has given us 5 days to transfer our domain or they will seize it. The free  and open web is in danger.” Gab also pointed out the fact that the issue with their domain had occurred less than a day after their law suit against Google was filed. As of today, Gab stated via twitter that “Update: Gab has secured our domain away from Asia Registry.”

Gab had been notified of the domain issue less than 24 hours after filing a lawsuit against Google for allegedly violating  anti-trust laws. The Washington Post reported the words of Gab CEO Andrew Torba on the suit: “Google is the biggest threat to the free flow of information…

Gab started to fight against the big tech companies in the marketplace, and their monopolistic onduct has forced us to bring the fight to the courtroom.”

Further explaining the impetus for the suit, he told the Washington Post: “Imagine if a private orporation owned all the highways and they decided to close them down whenever  they feel like it — that is what it’s like. You cannot deny people a fundamental staple of the Internet.”

In the wake of the news from Asia Registry, Torba told Breitbart that “This action from Asia Registry, just days  after our lawsuit with Google was filed, is unprecedented. We have acted in good faith with Asia Registry and had no problems up until we raised our funding round and launched
our lawsuit against Google.”

Julian Assange also responded to Gab’s plight, writing: “anti-censorship” Twitter alternative “” discovers the dangers of using Australia during the current Western  pro-censorship hysteria.” Assange has long warned of the danger posed by Google becoming enmeshed with the deep

Erroneous settings on water gauges lowered groundwater levels to three feet below the required safety levels.

Radioactively contaminated water from Japan's damaged Fukushima nuclear reactor may have leaked, according to the plant operator. Erroneous settings on water gauges lowered groundwater levels at half of the dozen nearby wells to three feet below the required safety levels.

When groundwater at one well briefly sank below the level of the contaminated water in May, it might have caused radioactive  water to leak into the soil.

Tokyo Electric Power (Tepco) is the firm responsible for Fukushima.

Tepco spokesman Shinichi Nakakuki said that their samples did not show an abnormal increase in radioactivity and leaks to the outside are unlikely.Risks of a leak were unlikely because groundwater levels at wells dug closer to the reactors have stayed above minimum safety levels, said Mr Nakakakuki.
Tepco is investigating the potential contamination after it discovered the problem this week.

Three former executives with the operator of the destroyed Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant have pleaded not guilty to charges of professional negligence, in the only criminal action targeting officials since the triple meltdown more than six years ago. In the first hearing of the trial at Tokyo district court on Friday, Tsunehisa Katsumata, who was chairman of Tokyo Electric Power (Tepco) at the time of the disaster, and two other former executives argued they could not have foreseen a tsunami of the size that knocked out the plant’s backup cooling system, triggering a meltdown in three reactors.
“I apologise for the tremendous trouble to the residents in the area and around the country because of the serious accident that caused the release of radioactive materials,”  Katsumata said, bowing slightly.

Prosecutors alleged that the 77-year-old, along with his co-defendants, Sakae Muto, 67, and Ichiro Takekuro, 71 – both former Tepco vice-presidents – had been shown data that anticipated a tsunami of more than 10 metres in height that could cause a power outage and other serious consequences.

election commission:


Sunday, September 17, 2017

PNN - Irma's Backside

PNN - Irma's Backside

BUT FIRST a Word from Our Resident, President Poet:

   I do not like him on twitter
   I wouldn't trust him to carry cat litter
   I wouldn't trust him to take out trash
   he's been a fool with Danna Bash
   He's silly, foolish and acts all RASH
   I've seen him speak and all those he bashed
   I've seen him insult MEN & WOMEN
   Is he a CHUMP? I think its GIVEN
   He insults friends and foes alike
   then wonders why he is not liked?
   He demanded MEXICO BUILD A WALL
   then demanded tax payers fund it after all.

   Trust him with the NEW-CLEAR Code
   My GAWD I'd rather KISS A TOAD
   See him in charge of GREAT VAST ARMIES
   I've seen what he's done with just a TWEET

   I DO NOT LIKE HIM when he wears a SHEET!
   I DO NOT LIKE HIM in the Oval Office
   I DO NOT CARE when he says can't TOP THIS!
   All his audiences he says are large
   BIGGER EVEN than his EGO
   WILD CARD PREZ his friends are saying

   So Trump can take his adolescent humor
   an gold plated angst (its not a rumor)
   I just wish he'd GO and haunt the DUMA

 PNN - so recently on Hiatus, due to the threat of Irma to Florida,
            Returns with stories of the good will of the Progressive Community
            from the windswept islands in the Caribbean to the hills of Appalachia.

We bring, guests from the south, guests from Irma's wrath, and rescuers who came and helped.
Those that fled and those that came to rescue. Stories from the road and stories gathered from under tarps and terrifying skies.

Brook Hines, [Senior Political Commentator] & Kartik Krishnaiyer, [Publisher of Florida Squeeze]
will discuss their experiences with Irma and her wilding windswept ways. Tales of survivors, and damages, and losses. There amidst the broken branches and scattered detritis of lives the many very marvelous humane victories.

We also have the great good fortune to bring you Frank Day and Panhandle progressives, tell their tales, These wonderful friends and colleagues from Florida's panhandle who worked to send supplies not only to the survivors and victims of Harvey - but they have sent supplies and help to Irma victims as well.

TUNE IN  - 7pm Eastern / 6pm Central / 4 pm Pacific

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Betsy Does Culty in Tallie

Betsy Devos's  Pilgrimage in avoids pubic schools Tallahassee!

I. Can you imagine, It's so liberating. It's not as if universal ( Free k-12) education has made a difference or even the smallest contribution to America's scientific leadership of the world over the last century. 

II. Think of the benefits to Darwinian Capitalism if they could shed adults completely from the workforce, in favor of "icon/emoji" button pressing post-literate child-workforce. Why LEAD THE WORLD IN EDUCATED CITIZENS, when you could lead in something more intrinsically valuable like CEO SALARIES. 

III. WHY - this way a handful of CEO's could be earning hundreds of Trillions instead of a few measly billions per quarter. 

IV. Betsy D (for Dense, Dunce, Deluded, Dangerous, Destructive, Devious) leads the way !!! It's religious cult schools or nothing, and please let us finally dispense with the out dated liberal fallacy, that everyone needs literacy. (How troublesome and expensive) Most are demonstrably reading nothing more significant than ball scores and rifle training manuals. 

V. That has no profitable value anyway. 

Sunday, August 13, 2017

We had a wonderful Show planned and then the WHITE SUPREMACISTS decided to attack in Virginia. So we shifted our focus and did some digging we bring you this show on brotherhood

We will feature Brook Hines recent journalistic investigations and we will discuss the evil of those who would ethnically and racially "purge" this country of all the immigrants

Then we will hear from the UF President discussing welcoming white supremacists and taliban and cannibals to lecture at the campus.
The a speech of Dr. Kings

PNN Brotherhood & Sisterhood Show
Brook Hines & Fred Barr - Movement Mentality

1. Chanting "blood and soil,” “white lives matter”
   and “you will not replace us,” scores of white nationalists
   holding torches marched across the University of Virginia campus
   in Charlottesville on Friday night.

   Scuffles broke out between them and a small group of
   counter-protesters calling themselves “anti-fascists” who
   were surrounded as they demonstrated in advance of Saturday’s
   “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, which is expected
   to be one of the largest far-right gatherings in the U.S.
   in at least a decade.

2. In memory of Heather Heyer
   who lost her life opposing RACISM

3. Give me your tired your poor
   your huddled masses yearning to breathe free
   the wretched refuse of your teeming shore
   send these the homeless tempest tossed to me
   I lift my lamp beside the GOLDEN DOOR

4. White-nationalist group that influenced alleged Charleston shooter is subsidized by American taxpayers Council of Conservative Citizens is 'social welfare' an organization that pays no federal taxes

   Alleged Charleston gunman Dylann Roof wrote that he was never the same after discovering a website with “pages upon pages of these brutal black on white murders.”

   The pages that left Roof in disbelief were the product of a white-nationalist group subsidized by American taxpayers.

   The Council of Conservative Citizens Inc. is listed by the Internal Revenue Service as a nonprofit organization that promotes social welfare, also known as a 501(c)(4).
   Such groups pay no federal taxes, a form of government subsidy.

   The council is now under fire for allegedly inspiring racial hatred in Roof, a 21-year-old high school dropout. He is charged with nine counts of murder.

   Tax-exempt social welfare groups are supposed to “primarily promote the common good and general welfare of the people of the community as a whole,” according to IRS documents.

   The Council of Conservative Citizens explains on its website that its members believe “that the American people and government should remain European in their composition and character….
   We also oppose all efforts to mix the races of mankind.”

   Groups that espouse hate can be stripped of their tax-exempt status, said Marcus Owens, who ran the IRS’s exempt organizations division in the 1990s. That happened to the neo-Nazi group
   National Alliance in 1982. The Council of Conservative Citizens has been identified by the Southern Poverty Law Center as a “notorious, racist hate group.”

   However, Owens says Republicans in Congress have made it virtually impossible for the IRS to revoke the tax-exempt status of political groups after the recent, so-called tea party scandal. Republicans criticized the IRS for what they said was  the inexcusable targeting of conservative 501(c)(4)s. And the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration said the agency had employed “inappropriate criteria” in scrutinizing some groups’ tax-exemption applications.

Vigils in Palm Beach, Stuart, Gainsville

Friday, July 21, 2017

Good Neighbor Policy

The New Good Neighbor Policy

The corporations exist at the sufferance (charter) of civil society it was "assumed" in the past that the corner butcher or dry goods shop owner or car dealer who lived and prospered by the use of civic roads and infrastructure was compelled by native instinct to avoid shirking community norms and would not poison, or pollute or adulterate their products because the good city burghers would not tolerate such abuse from a fellow shopkeeper. (Now corporate entity) run by another villager to deal so imprudently and callously with a neighbor and fellow villager. 

As corporations or shop keepers got bigger,  so large so as to claim resources from many villagers, they have learned two diabolical skills - first playing fast and loose with international taxation loopholes (as in apple or microshaft or gargle) ((and many mangy more))

"I'm not living here, for tax paying purposes" they claim, and because,  playing tax bill "whack a mole" and chasing these international shopkeepers scofflaws is a time consuming and expensive task. 
 (not to mention) How lobbyist cash "donations" have become a strong disincentive for strict enforcement of shop keeper responsibility. 

We can no longer afford to have these international scofflaws thrive and hide, who expect to be able to sell in this village, but claim to live "over there" (for tax responsibility purposes) 
While all the while using all the infrastructure they need,  to do business  (mail service, street lights, EMT, roads, bridges, power, police, all civil structures) in not just one,  but so many villages. 

You say, These shopkeepers or corporations, or  companies are people too? Well then, we must respond, It's time, to put an end to these tax responsibility scofflaws. 
They need to ante up and support your town and mine. Let  me also add, when they poison our lakes, streams, rivers and air... no legal niceties should absolve them, shield these irresponsible shopkeepers  allowing them to skirt a good neighbor's civic duty. 

You insist your four year old cleans up their mess - should these cross border shopkeepers should do less? And if our civic leaders be reluctant to hold them as responsible for their messes as you would your child. 
Then they need a lesson in responsibility too.