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Mitch McConnell Calls for Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid Cuts After Passing Tax Cuts, Massive Defense Spending
After instituting a $1.5 trillion tax cut, the Senate majority leader said Tuesday that the only way to lower the record-high federal deficit would be to cut entitlement programs.
governmentIncompetence  governmentMalfeasance  casteingTheMiddleClass  casteingTheLowerClass  kleptocracy 
5 days ago by joeybaker
Russia's top female anti-corruption officer is shot dead in the street as a senior Putin aide heads the murder investigation into her death
Anti corruption officer Colonel Yevhenia Shishkina was shot dead leaving her apartment in Arkhangelskoye on the outskirts of Moscow.
corruption  authoritarianism  kleptocracy 
8 days ago by joeybaker
Kushner Likely Paid No Federal Income Taxes for Years, Documents Show
Confidential documents reviewed by The Times indicate that Jared Kushner, President Trump’s son-in-law and adviser, probably paid little or no income tax from 2009 to 2016.
kleptocracy  trumpCorruption 
9 days ago by joeybaker
Study shows that insulin prices could be much lower and drug makers would still make healthy profits
Introduction High prices for insulin pose a barrier to treatment for people living with diabetes, with an estimated 50% of 100 million patients needing insulin lacking reliable access. As insulin analogues replace regular human insulin (RHI) globally, their relative prices will become increasingly important. Three originator companies control 96% of the global insulin market, and few biosimilar insulins are available. We estimated the price reductions that could be achieved if numerous biosimilar manufacturers entered the insulin market. Methods Data on the price of active pharmaceutical ingredient (API) exported from India were retrieved from an online customs database. Manufacturers of insulins were contacted for price quotes. Where market API prices could not be identified, prices were estimated based on comparison of similarity, in terms of manufacturing process, with APIs for which prices were available. Potential biosimilar prices were estimated by adding costs of excipients, formulation, transport, dev
corporateCorruption  healthcareMalfeasance  casteingTheLowerClass  kleptocracy 
25 days ago by joeybaker
'Absolutely Repulsive': After $1.5 Trillion Tax Giveaway to the Rich, Trump Cancels Modest Pay Raise for Federal Workers
“President Trump pushed through a tax scam that gave unprecedented handouts to billionaires and corporations—but believes it’s too expensive to pay hardworking federal workers a reasonable wage.”
trumpAuthoritarianism  trumpIncompetence  kleptocracy 
7 weeks ago by joeybaker
Billionaire Mining Magnate Gina Rinehart Revealed As Key Donor to Australian Climate Science Denial Promoter Institute of Public Affairs
Australia’s richest person, mining magnate Gina Rinehart, has been revealed as a key funder of the right wing think tank the Institute of Public Affairs (IPA) — a major pusher of climate science denial.
climateChange  corruptedScience  kleptocracy  informationWar 
july 2018 by joeybaker
'Lower status' people more likely to share wealth than 'higher status' people - When playing an economic game those that were assigned as 'lower status' were more likely to share their wealth than their 'higher status' counterparts, according to a new stu
When playing an economic game those that were assigned as ‘lower status’ were more likely to share their wealth than their ‘higher status’ counterparts, according to a new study at Queen Mary University of London.
humanPsycology  kleptocracy  wealthGap 
june 2018 by joeybaker
RIP net neutrality: Ajit Pai's 'fuck you' to the American people becomes official.
Today marks an historic day, and a huge victory for the enemies of democracy. Rather than serve the American people, the US government sold our freedom to Verizion, Comcast, AT&T and other telcom companies. Net neutrality is dead.
netNeutrality  governmentIncompetence  casteingTheMiddleClass  casteingTheLowerClass  kleptocracy  ISP  trumpAristocracy 
june 2018 by joeybaker
Sean Hannity linked to shell companies that spent $90M on property
Fox News host Sean Hannity is linked to a group of shell companies that have spent $90 million buying hundreds of homes across the U.S through the help of foreclosures and the US Department of Housing and Urban Developm
trumpAristocracy  kleptocracy 
april 2018 by joeybaker
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