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Drones Reveal Widespread Tax Evasion In Argentina

fleadope Re:Just what we need. More compliance! (208 comments)

This is a partial answer, and misleading, at best. A significant portion of the value of a given property is due to the services provided by the governemt - not just streets, but education, law enforcement, fire protection, etc... The same size house in Mississippi is worth orders of magnitude less that the same building in San Francisco. The owner derives benefit proportional to that value, and therefore has the social burden of paying for that benefit.

about a month ago
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Daniel Ellsberg: Snowden Would Not Get a Fair Trial – and Kerry Is Wrong

fleadope Re:Ellsberg got a fair trial (519 comments)

This is a gross isrepresentation -- Ellsberg states in the article that his trial was not fair:

As I know from my own case, even Snowden's own testimony on the stand would be gagged by government objections and the (arguably unconstitutional) nature of his charges. That was my own experience in court, as the first American to be prosecuted under the Espionage Act – or any other statute – for giving information to the American people.

I had looked forward to offering a fuller account in my trial than I had given previously to any journalist – any Glenn Greenwald or Brian Williams of my time – as to the considerations that led me to copy and distribute thousands of pages of top-secret documents. I had saved many details until I could present them on the stand, under oath, just as a young John Kerry had delivered his strongest lines in sworn testimony.

But when I finally heard my lawyer ask the prearranged question in direct examination – Why did you copy the Pentagon Papers? – I was silenced before I could begin to answer. The government prosecutor objected – irrelevant – and the judge sustained. My lawyer, exasperated, said he "had never heard of a case where a defendant was not permitted to tell the jury why he did what he did." The judge responded: well, you're hearing one now.

And so it has been with every subsequent whistleblower under indictment, and so it would be if Edward Snowden was on trial in an American courtroom now.

In addition, Ellsberg never got a "fair trial"; the charges against him were dismissed for gross misconduct on the part of the government -- see http://www.washingtonpost.com/... for a summary.

about 5 months ago
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The 147 Corporations Controlling Most of the Global Economy

fleadope Re:Correction. (572 comments)

Way to keep hawking that meme, Baloroth!

The methodology used to come up with that 35% figure counts only the FEDERAL INCOME TAX, leaving out sales taxes, licenses, payroll taxes, local income taxes, state income taxes, property taxes, fees, tolls, energy taxes, etc... According to Citizens for Tax Justice, ( http://www.ctj.org/pdf/taxday2009.pdf), when you take all of these taxes and fees into account, that 1% pays 23% of ALL taxes on 22.2% of ALL income -- not exactly representative of a progressive tax system.

In addition, that same 1% controls 40% of the wealth in this country, which they supplement by raking in that 22.2% of income, along with returns on the investment of that wealth, which are taxed at a far lower rate. And don't get me started on carried interest!

Now, we can argue about whether or not the tax system is fair, or working to advance the goals which we agree on. But to continue to trot out the trope that the poor wealthy are overburdened compared to the moochers at the bottom serves only to muddy the waters of any attempt at a rational discussion.

about 3 years ago
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Facebook Billionaire Gives Money To Legalize Marijuana

fleadope Re:This is good (527 comments)

The actual text of the article cited by the parent is below:

(c) No person shall be punished, fined, discriminated against, or be denied any right or privilege for lawfully engaging in any conduct permitted by this Act or authorized pursuant to Section 11301 of this Act. Provided however, that the existing right of an employer to address consumption that actually impairs job performance by an employee shall not be affected.

Full text here: http://ballotpedia.org/wiki/index.php/Text_of_Proposition_19,_the_%22Regulate,_Control_and_Tax_Cannabis_Act_of_2010%22_(California)/

Seems to me that what the Proposition is saying is that an employer can't fire you solely on the basis of your usage of cannabis, but there's nothing there that says you can't be fired for cause; i.e. being late, not fulfilling your job duties. Doesn't strike me as any different than the status quo -- employers have plenty of reasons to unload a problem worker without discriminating.

about 4 years ago
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U.S. Publishes Guide To Building Atom Bombs To Web

fleadope Re:Hold on a sec....? (310 comments)

Actually, you don't understand correctly. The documents were from Iraq's pre-Gulf War nuclear weapons program.

detailed accounts of Iraq's secret nuclear research before the 1991 Persian Gulf war.

Remember? The program that was shut down by the war, subsequent inspections and sanctions?

These documents are far more useful to a terrorist doing research than they would have been to one of Saddam's scientists in a country with no access to the material or equipment needed to build a bomb.

more than 7 years ago

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