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Simon Waddington
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A pinch of tech, science, politics and sometimes much ado about nothing.
A pinch of tech, science, politics and sometimes much ado about nothing.

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More ass-hattery from the gun industry - a rifle with a known and potentially lethal trigger defect cannot be forcibly recalled because the Federal government isn't allowed to recall defective guns.

Also sealed out of court settlements allow Remington to continue pretending there is no problem with the gun. Absolutely fucking madness.

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I found Thom's idea about cutting taxes leading to lower wages very interesting. It might also explain why pay for the middle class has not increased since the late 70s and early 80s. That's about when the Republicans went on their tax cutting binge.

Thom also touched on the other issue which I'm well aware of - when taxes are cut the Government spends less and the middle and working class are hit by more and more state and local fees, plus paying for stuff out of pocket to private business. This is why parents are now buying basic equipment and supplies for their schools. How ridiculous is that? It is also why cities are charging exorbitant penalties for parking violations or every kind of permit. It's also why States are using prison and fines as revenue sources instead of corrective incentives.

instead of asking how is it moral to "take" 90% of income from someone earning above $1000000 a year we should be asking how is it moral to take from society that money to "give" them. As Thom points out, if CEOs need more take home pay to compensate them for higher taxes then companies will pay it. And society will benefit commensurately from that.

Also don't forget that the 90% tax was just on income above $1000000, it wasn't like they were earning $1M and taking home only $100K, far from it. And we don't need to increase taxes anything like that much to have a huge effect on the greatness of this country. But the Republicans don't want that, they don't actually want the working class to benefit because then they will have no reason to keep voting for them. And that's the scam.

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Where were these inland whiners when Obama was trying to get infrastructure spending approved? Let me guess, bitching about the country spending money we don't have and insisting on cuts.

And where were they when the dam was being built to stop dangerous flooding elsewhere in their precious "Jefferson State"? Probably complaining about spending on dam projects.

And do they realize the Trump wants to turn all this infrastructure over to private for-profit businesses - do you think they will be spending one more penny on construction and maintenance than they can get away with? And they will be lobbying for fewer and fewer regulations about safety of their dam. Then when the dam has a disaster they will put their hands out for federal funding anyway just like those oh-so-private banks.

So get real wannabe Jefferson Staters - unless you're living 100% off the grid and not consuming anything from the outside world - not even an axe, gun or ounce of fuel or raw materials you didn't produce yourself - then you're dependent on us "liberal elites" on the coast. Without all these water projects the entire Central Valley would be a lake right now so get over it and be thankful for the damn dam.

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Trump wants to kill regulations and cripple orgs like the EPA and FDA because he wants to compete on a level playing field with China. He seems to forget what a race to the bottom looks like. He, of all people, should know better since he has actually been to China. However very few Trumpets actually have, nor do they pay attention to the news that actually reports the awful environmental conditions there.

So let's take a look at Bored Panda for this handy illustration of the highlights of life with little or no environmental and health regulations. Welcome to the true reality of Trump's "great again" America.

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This is the real Milo interview with Bill Maher in which he appears as the manipulative attention whore that he is and the GOP operative as the whore to the whore that he is. Milo should ask himself, when Trump has finished selling out the country to the Russians and white supremicist, just how is that going to work out for him?

Oh yes, he isn't even American so he'll just go running back to the UK where he comes from to avoid persecution. How convenient for him. As he was rightly told by one of the guests, he can fuck right off. 

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Something for all you geeks of a certain age who remember these sounds all too well... Well played!


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Fake guest gets shutdown for bullshit fake news comment. Well done CNN although to be honest our fake President explained yesterday that for him fake news is just news he doesn't like, which is everything that doesn't praise every lie coming out of his mouth. 

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Again, how ridiculous is it that we need this? It truly is the dark ages in America. Or maybe more like the Inquisition. 
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