Individual 1 hasn’t begun to feel lonely

individual1towerEveryday’s an endless stream of stupid tweets and thoughts obscene

Now that baby-brat has stretched his temper tantrum terror into the longest government shutdown ever, we find with each new day the effects it is having on people who are supposed to get through it by simply making adjustments.  Tell that to:

  • Veterans already on the edge with PTSD having to worry about supporting their families
  • Native Americans on reservations totally dependent on government support
  • All federal workers  and contractors who live paycheck to paycheck
  • Many more which will be listed below this post in comments

While too many uninformed Americans think a government shut down is a good thing because it is saving money, nothing could be further from the truth.   Shutdowns impact the Treasury in three ways:

  1. Employees eventually (already in this case) will get back pay for time not worked.
  2. Loss in revenue from collecting permits and fees
  3. Economic disruption on the economy as a whole

Although this shutdown is smaller in scope than the 2013 shutdown, its impact will be greater because the economy and government are bigger today.  Already estimates have the cost to be over 6 billion dollars, or more than his stupid unplanned and ever-changing wall.

In the end, it’s not about money, it’s about a despot wannabe trying to save face over a campaign slogan he misused about immigration.   “The wall” was supposed to be a metaphor for trying to stop illegal immigration but that was too much nuance for a fool who equates the invention of the wheel and the wall and doesn’t even get the history right.

Nancy Pelosi knows she can’t cave to his demand claiming it’s a national emergency and is right to do so, but selfishly part of me wishes she could.  Why?  Because it could set a precedent for the next Democratic President who could do the same for climate change and sensible gun regulations.  It’s a nice thought, but we do not want to go down that road.

Remember the Three Dog Night song “One Is The Loneliest Number“?  I’m willing to bet that after Michael Cohen appears before Congress, Individual 1 is going to be a lot lonelier than he was on Christmas Eve.

Happy belated New Year everyone!


127 thoughts on “Individual 1 hasn’t begun to feel lonely

  1. (The reasons for Amazon’s 2nd HQ are as real as the reasons for trump’s wall. Neither is for the greater good but rather the good for Amazon and Donald Trump.)


    Amazon Isn’t Interested in Making the World a Better Place

    New Yorkers who expected better bought into the myth that tech companies are more than just self-interested businesses.

    The announcement on Thursday that Amazon has canceled its plan to build a headquarters in New York City is no victory. It’s no defeat, either.

    What it is, to use a Big Apple term, is meh, yet another indication that the dulcet attractions of tech have lost their charm for many and that the business — which has been this country’s most innovative and promising and often its most inspirational — is just that: a business, like any other, out for itself and itself alone, and most definitely not changing the world for the better.

    That was the cry of tech from its start — especially of the internet types like the Amazon head, Jeff Bezos. Bankers never said they were going to make the world a better place. Nor did makers of toilet paper or potato chips. Maybe soda makers like Coca-Cola said it in their ads, but we were all in on the joke when they told us that sugar water would bring the world together.

    But Silicon Valley truly believed its own myths — that tech leaders had arrived from the mountaintop to deliver the gleaming devices and magical software that would transform humanity, and that they would never be evil.

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  2. Amazon Won’t Pay a Dime in Federal Taxes This Year

    Amazon won’t pay a dime in federal taxes this year—just as it didn’t pay a dime in federal taxes the year before.

    According to a new report from the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy (ITEP), which examined Amazon’s public filings, the online retailer reported a $129 million federal income tax rebate for 2018—good for a tax rate of negative 1 percent, or 22 percent below the federal corporate income tax rate. Amazon’s profits this year were $11.2 billion versus $5.6 billion in 2017. As of last September, the company was valued at over $1 trillion.

    “When Congress in 2017 enacted the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act and substantially cut the statutory corporate tax rate from 35 percent to 21 percent, proponents claimed the rate cut would incentivize better corporate citizenship,” the report reads. “However, the tax law failed to broaden the tax base or close a slew of tax loopholes that allow profitable companies to routinely avoid paying federal and state income taxes on almost half of their profits.”

    So what exactly does Amazon contribute? HuffPo’s Antonia Blumberg reveals that the multinational paid a total of $412 million in federal, state, local and foreign taxes in 2017; two years prior, it paid $273 million. Blumberg also notes that Amazon has effectively avoided sales taxes by passing them off to the consumer in all 45 states where they exist, along with Washington, D.C.

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    CBS’s Horror Stories on National Debt Aren’t Actually All That Scary

    CBS News had a piece warning its audience about the problems of large government debt. It noted projections of rising US government debt, commenting:

    The only countries with a higher debt load than the US are Portugal, Italy, Greece and Japan. The first three have become synonymous with profligate spending and economic woes post–Great Recession, while Japan’s “lost decade” of economic stagnation is a mainstay of economic textbooks.

    The first three countries are all in the euro zone. They do not have their own currency, but rather must adhere to rules set by the European Central Bank and the European Commission. Their situation is comparable to that of a state in the United States. No one disputes that it would be a big problem for Utah or California to run up very large debts.

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  4. Opinion
    The Useful Idealism of the Green New Deal

    Democrats need a sweeping vision for a post-Trump world.

    The FDR New Deal liberalism era lasted from 1932 to 1980 and was replaced by Reagan’s conservative era that has lasted to this day.


    Perhaps Trump is the president who will bring the great conservative era to its deserved end? This is the thinking of AOC and new new progressive caucus in Congress. Even centrists are espousing some kind of new Green plan so to dream big should be embraced not shunned.

    You can tell who wants to cling to the old ways and who wants to push forward. This opinion piece lays it out nicely.

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    Conspiracy theorist and InfoWars host Alex Jones can be subjected to sworn deposition in a defamation lawsuit brought by family members of Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting victims, a Connecticut judge ruled on Wednesday.

    Bridgeport Superior Court Judge Barbara Bellis ruled that attorneys could depose Jones and three other defendants for 19 total hours, according to The Hartford Courant.

    Six families and an FBI agent who responded to the 2012 mass shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, sued Jones, who has questioned whether the massacre was a hoax. CNN reported that six other companies, some of which are linked to InfoWars, are also named in the legal action.

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    Is the Green New Deal a Leftist Fantasy?
    No one can refute the need for a GND. Equally no one should doubt the right/trump will use it as a huge negative as we move towards 2020. The challenge for Democrats imho is to not let the right take command of the phrase “Green New Deal” and do to it what they’ve done to words like “liberal” and “socialism”. Just as important AOC cannot let herself be turned into a bogeywoman like they did Pelosi that led to the 2010 debacle. Nothing is impossible and Democrats can take nothing for granted. Little errors can lead to big defeats. These are exciting times for sure.

    This week on “The Argument,” is the Green New Deal a symbol of the future of the Democratic Party? Or is it just socialism disguised as climate reform? Michelle Cottle of the Times editorial board joins Ross Douthat and Michelle Goldberg to discuss.

    Then, David Leonhardt moderates a debate about the past, present and future of Britain’s continuing struggle to leave the European Union. Times columnist Roger Cohen favors a second Brexit referendum, while Steve Hilton — the Fox News host and former aide to David Cameron, the British prime minister who set the 2016 referendum in motion — makes the case for a “hard Brexit.”

    And finally, Michelle Goldberg recommends a new Netflix show so good it’s worth reliving over and over and over again.

    Listen in iTunes

    Listen in Stitcher

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    ‘You can feel it now’: New Democrats push party, and 2020 candidates, to the left on divisive issues

    A new generation of Democrats is using far-reaching policy ideas and a brash social media presence to upend the party — pushing it to the left on divisive issues such as health care and climate change while it charts a path aimed at taking the White House in 2020.

    But the liberal shift, and the lawmakers driving it, are also creating challenges for Democrats in more-conservative areas, and they are giving President Trump and congressional Republicans fresh opportunities for political attacks. The GOP has been particularly focused in recent days on hammering Democrats over draft details of a broad “Green New Deal” proposal, even if most Democrats have not directly endorsed the fine print.

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  8. Russia
    Great Firewall fears as Russia plans to cut itself off from internet

    Moscow says temporary disconnection is a test of its cyberdefence capabilities

    Ostensibly the goal of the legislation is to protect the Russian internet from the US, which has an offensive cybersecurity strategy and lists Russia as one of the major sources of hacking attacks.

    However, many observers think the creation of a Russian intranet is a further step towards a goal of duplicating the Great Firewall of China to restrict the access of the country’s internet users to content deemed harmful by the authorities.

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  9. Opinion
    Democrats, Stop Groveling
    To triumph in 2020, care less about pleasing all of the people all of the time.

    It’s good to be relatable, and a little humor, if unforced, goes a long way. But there’s a line between courting and groveling, between reaching out and rolling over. And in this early stage of the 2020 campaign, Gillibrand, Booker and too many other contenders for their party’s presidential nomination may be losing sight of it.

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  10. Why the attack on our cameraman was no surprise

    To the drunken lout in the red Make America Great Again hat at the Trump rally, who bravely attacked him from behind while he was looking through the 12lbs (5kg) of camera on his tripod and couldn’t see him, that didn’t matter.

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  11. Opinion
    Trump’s Nightmare Opponents
    Amy Klobuchar, Sherrod Brown and how to be a middle-class fighter.

    So if Democrats wanted to identify their best hope for beating Trump, what would that candidate look like?

    Above all, it would be a candidate good at persuading Americans that he or she was on their side — on their side against the forces causing the stagnation of American living standards. More specifically, this candidate would be someone who could persuade swing voters of this allegiance.

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  12. Opinion
    Our Brains Aren’t Designed to Handle the Trump Era

    Or mine isn’t, anyway.

    Many evolutionary biologists are fond of pointing out that the human body is not adapted to modern life, which often involves sitting for hours at a time and toiling in artificial light and consuming mounds of processed sugar (“There’s no food in your food,” as the Joan Cusack character says in “Say Anything”). But the same design problem, it could be argued, is true of the human brain: It was not engineered to process the volume of information we’re getting, and at the rate we’re getting it.

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    For Democrats Aiming Taxes at the Superrich, ‘the Moment Belongs to the Bold’

    The soak-the-rich plans — ones that were only recently considered ridiculously far-fetched or political poison — have received serious and sober treatment, even by critics, and remarkably broad encouragement from the electorate. Roughly three out of four registered voters surveyed in recent polls supported higher taxes on the wealthy. Even a majority of Republicans back higher rates on those earning more than $10 million, according to a Fox News poll conducted in mid-January.

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  14. Opinion
    One Cheer for the Green New Deal
    At least our future socialist overlords aren’t thinking small.

    (Even the strictest conservative minds cannot completely dismiss the broad-sweeping Green New Deal. Rational minds realize this non-binding resolution is a serious rough draft on the way to move forward, it’s a conversation starter on steroids.)

    If the sweeping ambition of the Green New Deal leads to positive incremental change, I think that’s the most likely way it happens. But then I also want to mildly praise the resolution’s anti-incrementalism — because there are virtues in trying to offer not just a technical blueprint but a comprehensive vision of the good society, and virtues as well in insisting that dramatic change is still possible in America, that grand projects and scientific breakthroughs are still within our reach.

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    Jeff Bezos Isn’t Afraid of Total Exposure

    Normally the web is a haven for the dark side. This time, the Amazon chief executive used it to let in the light.

    . . .By using a digital platform to bring his side of the story directly to the masses, Mr. Bezos has done something both admirable and also a little scary. Most revealing — and I say this about a story that is lousy with revelations — is that it is perhaps the best illustration of the in-your-face aggressiveness that has made him the richest man in the world and arguably the most important tech visionary since Steve Jobs.

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