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2018-05-18 07:00 by Karl Denninger
in Corruption , 289 references
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Seattle has an interesting take on the housing affordability problem -tax the people who caused it.

The Seattle City Council on Monday approved a new “head tax” on its largest businesses, and while being termed the “Amazon tax,” many other prominent U.S. corporations stand to take a hit as well.

The tax comes out to 14 cents per employee per hour, or $275 per employee annually, on for-profit companies that net at least $20 million annually. The rationale for the tax is to raise money to pay for housing for the city’s homeless.

It sounds like a dream -- companies hiring people, giving them crazy stock option awards and salaries, and everyone profits, right?

Well, no.  Those who don't work there don't profit.  And as that continues over time what happens to housing prices and availability?  It becomes impossible for anyone who doesn't have that million-dollar job!

Then you have a bunch of homeless people who got evicted from their apartments when they were torn down to make room for the next McMansion.  What do you do with them?

More to the point, where do the people who work at McDonalds or pulling your coffee at Starbucks live?

They don't, basically.  They can't possibly afford to to live in that area anymore.

Who vacuums the offices, who makes the pizzas, who drives the Ubers and Taxis, who cuts hair and who serves drinks at the tony bar across the street from Spamazon's office?  How about the cops -- and firefighters?

In short, where do all the people who you need in order to have a functioning city live -- and how, when your "median" house costs $700,000 and a one-bedroom apartment is $2,000/month -- more than someone makes even with a forced $15/hour minimum wage?

Seattle's answer was to lay a head tax on large companies.  It's not really an answer, because it won't raise enough money, given the scope of the problem there.  But Spamazon's response was to threaten to not hire any more people there.

Sounds like the developers around here -- they always claim if the county hits them with an impact fee for the infrastructure they are forcing the county to put in to serve their development they'll go somewhere else.

Reality in the case of a firm like Spamazon is that they won't go somewhere else.  The threat is empty.  But that's the American way, you know -- offshore your toxic waste to some other land, manufacture your crap in China where they dump into the water, on the land and spew it into the air, and then put nets around the buildings so people can't commit suicide.

Or send the labor to Mexico where a car factory worker makes $3/hour and of course there's no OSHA.

It's all good, right?  All in the name of so-called "capitalism."

Well, no.

Capitalism doesn't include raping people.  Indeed capitalism is supposed to include criminal prosecution for screwing people, because only when that is enforced do you have competition, and thus actual capitalism.

Otherwise what you have is grift, fraud, scam and theft.

That's all we have left in the United States folks, and it doesn't matter where you look -- that's what you see.

So now answer this question: Why don't the people who live in Seattle and aren't Microsoft, Starbucks or Amazon corporate employees leave?  **** 'em.  Close shop and leave.  See how well it works out for Spamazon when their employees can't buy gas, can't find a store to buy clothes in, can't get a coffee down the street, there are no bars or restaurants, there are no cops or firefighters, nobody takes care of the sewer and water plant, nobody picks up the trash and there is nobody to cut their hair.  Why?  Because nobody will work for $10/hour in a place where you have to have a $300,000+ income to afford a decent place to live!

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2018-05-16 07:00 by Karl Denninger
in Corruption , 180 references
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We must arm them with AK-47s and teach them how to use a suicide vest.....

In 2015, investigators documented $14 million in carry on cash. By 2016, it had mushroomed to $84 million. Then last year, $100 million.

$100 million last year alone through one airport (Minneapolis) headed outbound in carry-on baggage to turd-world muzzie nations, all stolen from the taxpayers through fraudulent "day care" schemes.

Your government at work.  Several years of this crap going on, sequentially, and you can bet it's not all local to Minnesota either.  It appears to be linked to all the "compassionate" Somali "rapefugees" we let into the country and have not expelled, claims of "MAGA" aside.  This is Obama's legacy of "compassion" and both Trump and Congress have done nothing about it.

Yep -- they set up "daycare" centers, all for low-income people (their "friends", also rapefugees), for bogus child care paid for by the state and which, since it's not actually used to buy daycare, then is taken out of the country in cash to places that are known to be harboring terrorists.

Handcuffs?  Prosecutions?  Jeff Sessions and Trump are too ****ing busy worrying about weed and the rest of the people in this country are too damned pussified to find their pitchforks and torches.

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2018-05-13 07:00 by Karl Denninger
in Corruption , 389 references
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One of the first denials from the Broward School District and the sheriff's office was that the Parkland shooter was not part of a "diversion program" that kept kids in trouble from actually acquiring a criminal record.

That program, which Obama put together under what was called "PROMISE", was supposedly only good for interdiction of misdemeanors.  There are many reasons for this, not the least of which (in Florida anyway) is a State Law that makes a felony out of tampering with any felony record -- no matter who does it.

So it thus is legal for a school district and police department, or example, to enter into an agreement that for misdemeanors they won't arrest, the DA won't prosecute and the school won't permanently expel.  It is a felony, however, under Florida Statutes to tamper with any felony record or proceeding that impacts a state agency.  A school, of course, is a state agency.

However, it has been widely reported that felonies were routinely overlooked -- including in Travon Martin's case where he was allegedly caught with sufficient stolen property to likely be considered a felony offense.

Now it comes out that the Broward district lied.

School district spokeswoman Tracy Clark said in a statement that, on Friday, the district analyzed data and confirmed that while Cruz attended Westglades Middle in Parkland in 2013, he was referred to the district’s Promise program for a charge of vandalism or destruction of property of less than $1,000. The offense happened in a school restroom, officials said.

It gets better.

There are no records that he completed the program either, which means he was ineligible to have the original offense for which he was referred dropped.

So the board lied originally, is continuing to dodge the issue and in addition the Sheriff ignored at least one felony reported to them (threatening to shoot a friend and placing a gun to his head while doing so) which, under Florida States, constitutes aggravated assault -- at least.

Yet we're told this is "about guns."

No, it's not.

It's about official misconduct, misprision of felonies, commission of felonies by the school board and Sheriff through tampering with official records and as a direct consequence, 17 deaths.

Oh, and **** you Governor Scott for signing a blatantly unconstitutional gun law before completing the investigation of this matter and without a single arrest by the Executive, which is in fact in charge of the FDLE, for the apparent criminal acts by the school board and Sheriff's office.

Finally, double-**** you to all the students and other political hacks who have advocated for same while intentionally ignoring the acts of both your Sheriff and your school board.

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2018-05-12 07:00 by Karl Denninger
in Corruption , 586 references
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Vehicles are supposed to be crash-tested before they are put on sale.

Part of crash-testing is assessing fire risk.  For gasoline and diesel vehicles this is easy; you fill the tank with something that doesn't burn, but is apparent if it leaks.  Crash the vehicle, if you have leaking "fuel" all over the place, well, you failed.

So what do you do with an electric vehicle?  Well, the manufacturer probably crashes the vehicle with little or no charge in the battery because you certainly don't want to destroy the testing facility with an impossible-to-extinguish fire!

How do you know the battery didn't internally short?  It doesn't leak all over the floor like a gas tank when it does!

So here's what Tesla probably did -- they probably indeed crashed cars with no charge and thus claimed their "excellent" results.

Here's what the NHTSA should have done, and almost-certainly did not do:

Take the vehicle post-crash out of there, expose the charging connection for it and then, in a nice safe place, fully charge it and let it sit for a month to be certain that (1) it is intact and did not short and (2) presents no unsafe conditions as a result of the crash.

If it catches on fire or is shorted -- it cannot accept a charge -- then the vehicle fails, as it would have caught fire in a real accident.

Betcha the NHTSA did not do this, and I also betcha that Tesla knew damn well they wouldn't.

In other words, just like everything else Musk has done, he gamed the test.

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2018-05-08 07:00 by Karl Denninger
in Corruption , 200 references
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Well now, what do we have here?

Four women have come forward to accuse New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman of physical abuse and controlling behavior during romantic relationships or encounters, The New Yorker reported in a bombshell exposé co-written by Ronan Farrow and published Monday night.

Mr. "I hate guns" (wouldn't want any victims to shoot me!) Schneiderman seems to have a wee woman problem.

The accusations are ridiculously salacious.  I'd tend to think they were a hit job, except for one problem -- they're remarkably consistent in tone, tenor, and span both different women and a fairly large amount of time.  Oh, and they include drug abuse allegations too..... (oops, especially for an AG!)

Hmmmm....

NYS Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman said, “No one who displays clear warning signs of potential violence should be allowed to buy or possess a deadly firearm.

That would include you Mr. Schneiderman, right?

I mean, c'mon -- four separate women across a period of years claim you like to physically abuse and threaten women.... that would make you ineligible to own a gun on a mere accusation, right?

So why aren't in custody, *******?  Especially now that you've quit.... no more guns for you!

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