America is Not Broke: Michael Moore vs the Forbes 400

Michael Moore hits on some salient points regarding whether or not we should screw the working class to eke out some money to fill budget gaps. In short, he’s against it. Watch the whole thing, though. It’s better than whatever else you could spend a half hour watching on E! or whatever. Moore was also kind enough to post the text of his speech on his site, if you’re in a hurry. What resonated with me was the statistic Moore cites about 400 Americans having more wealth than 50% of the rest of the country. Just so you don’t have to do that math, that’s .000001% versus 50%. If you’re into analogies, that’s one guy getting half the pizza, and 50,000,000 people splitting the rest. And it’s not like this is secret knowledge. These 400 people aren’t hiding underground in caverns filled with jewels and gold coins, drinking platinum smoothies. […]

Yes, You Can Just Throw Money at the National Debt

While there’s not an app for that (not yet), there’s a convenient website where you can go and give extra money to the government to pay down the national debt. Yes, people use it. And you have options! The Bureau of the Public Debt may accept gifts donated to the United States Government to reduce debt held by the public. Acting for the Secretary of the Treasury, Public Debt may accept a gift of: Money, made only on the condition that it be used to reduce debt held by the public. An outstanding government obligation, made only on the condition that the obligation be retired and the redemption proceeds used to reduce debt held by the public. Other intangible personal property made only on the condition that the property is sold and the proceeds from the sale used to reduce the public debt. And people actually use it! Last year […]

If BP is a Corporation, and Corporations are People, BP Should be Arrested

Note: I will use a certain word that in it’s infinitive form starts with ‘f’ and ends with a ‘k.’ As a person I have the right to freedom of expression. Likewise, as a person, you have the right to get mad, refuse to read, or say how that makes you feel. We’re all people here, which means we are responsible for our actions. As you probably know, a corporation is a person. This is specified in 1 U.S.C. §1 which states: In determining the meaning of any Act of Congress, unless the context indicates otherwise– the words “person” and “whoever” include corporations, companies, associations, firms, partnerships, societies, and joint stock companies, as well as individuals; This all began with Santa Clara County v. Southern Pacific Railroad (118 U.S. 395) in which Chief Justice Morrison R Waite said: The court does not wish to hear argument on the question whether […]

What happens when John Galt plunders America and Galt’s Gulch is Filled with Toxic Waste?

Mark Ames for the eXiled writes: What happens when Americans plunder America and leave it broken, destitute and seething mad? Where do these fabulously wealthy Americans go with their loot, if America isn’t a safe, secure, or even desirable place to spend their riches? What if they lose faith in their gated communities, because those plush gated communities are surrounded by millions of pissed-off Americans stripped of their entitlements, and who now want in? We finally have the answer, and you’re not going to like it: a new fleet of castles that float in the oceans. The super-wealthy are already building their first floating castle, a billion-dollar-plus luxury liner that offers permanent multimillion-dollar housing with the best protection of all: moats made of oceans, keeping the land-based Americans they’ve plundered at a safe distance. Well worth a read. Scary stuff if its true.

Cat and Girl and Transparency

Long-running webcomic Cat and Girl added a feature yesterday that blew my little mind: a chart that tracks the creator’s income, broken down by source, month to month.  Suddenly your indie IRS role playing adventures just got dead simple. I absolutely love this idea.  There’s the voyeuristic fascination with how someone else makes their living but also the bare honesty involved.  It’s almost like a little life meter glimmering there, letting you know when to start jamming on the PayPal donate button to keep this invisible friend you don’t actually know alive. I asked Dorothy Gambrell, Cat and Girl’s creator, what her inspiration was for putting her income out there.  She said: Transparency. Or – personal curiosity, mostly. I think the ways people in so-called creative professions make a living is a pretty interesting topic. Agreed.  Keep an eye on her life bar, will ya?  Not to mention Dorothy’s always […]