Bernie Sanders: Standing Up for Civil Rights Over 50 Years

Bernie Sanders arrest August 12, 1963


On August 12, 1963, a 21 year-old Bernard Sanders was charged with resisting arrest at one of several demonstrations against segregated schooling in Chicago. Bernie Sanders was one of four individuals found guilty and fined $25 on January 13, 1964. The assistant state’s attorney told the court that the four were in positions of leadership and engineered the demonstrations.”

 Bernie Sanders arrested chained protest segregation 1963

How Capicola Became Gabagool

Orchard Street Little ItalyExcellent article about the Italian slang expressions I grew up hearing and speaking. Since I was 4 years old my dad took me to an Italian barbershop in New City, owned by Napolitanos, and we lived on a street in between 6 Italian households. When I tested my ancestry DNA to discover my mystery great-grandpa was Italian, it all made sense. How Capicola Became Gabagool.

Happy Birthday to my dear friend Holly Woodlawn

Holly Woodlawn’s 69th Birthday

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Warhol star Holly Woodlawn (who also appeared in the television series Transparent and non-Warhol films such as Billy’s Hollywood Kiss and Twin Falls Idaho) celebrated her 69th anniversary on October 26, 2015 with friends. She is recovering from treatment for brain and lung cancer. Actor Brian Hamilton, a long-time friend of Holly’s, has posted footage of the event on You Tube.

Big U.S. Corporations hold $2.1 trillion overseas to avoid taxes

Major U.S. Companies Are Stashing Billions Overseas To Avoid T…If corporations actually paid their taxes, we would have free college and no national debt

Posted by NowThis on Wednesday, October 7, 2015

The 500 largest American companies hold more than $2.1 trillion in accumulated profits offshore to avoid U.S. taxes and would collectively owe an estimated $620 billion in U.S. taxes if they repatriated the funds, according to a study released on Tuesday.

The study, by two left-leaning non-profit groups, found that nearly three-quarters of the firms on the Fortune 500 list of biggest American companies by gross revenue operate tax haven subsidiaries in countries like Bermuda, Ireland, Luxembourg and the Netherlands.

Citizens for Tax Justice and the U.S. Public Interest Research Group Education Fund used the companies’ own financial filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission to reach their conclusions.

Technology firm Apple was holding $181.1 billion offshore, more than any other U.S. company, and would owe an estimated $59.2 billion in U.S. taxes if it tried to bring the money back to the United States from its three overseas tax havens, the study said.

The conglomerate General Electric has booked $119 billion offshore in 18 tax havens, software firm Microsoft is holding $108.3 billion in five tax haven subsidiaries and drug company Pfizer is holding $74 billion in 151 subsidiaries, the study said.

“At least 358 companies, nearly 72 percent of the Fortune 500, operate subsidiaries in tax haven jurisdictions as of the end of 2014,” the study said. “All told these 358 companies maintain at least 7,622 tax haven subsidiaries.”

Fortune 500 companies hold more than $2.1 trillion in accumulated profits offshore to avoid taxes, with just 30 of the firms accounting for $1.4 trillion of that amount, or 65 percent, the study found.

Fifty-seven of the companies disclosed that they would expect to pay a combined $184.4 billion in additional U.S. taxes if their profits were not held offshore. Their filings indicated they were paying about 6 percent in taxes overseas, compared to a 35 percent U.S. corporate tax rate, it said.

“Congress can and should take strong action to prevent corporations from using offshore tax havens, which in turn would restore basic fairness to the tax system, reduce the deficit and improve the functioning of markets,” the study concluded.

(The story was refiled to correct the name of the group in the third paragraph to Citizens for Tax Justice)

(Reporting by David Alexander; Editing by Eric Beech)

Mc Graw-Hill’s Revisionist History

This is yet another attempt by a textbook publisher to obfuscate the harshness of reality, or at worst it is institutionalized revisionist history. Referring to kidnapped Africans, brought here in chains and sold like farm animals to work in fields and on plantations as slave labor, as “workers” offensively diminishes the incalculable suffering of millions of human beings–while serving to minimize the atrocities committed by their captors. Teach children the pure, unadulterated truth, in every possible way, so that we can endeavor to learn and evolve as a human species on this planet.

Mc Graw-Hill was caught.

A Texas mom shocked that her son’s textbook merely called African slaves “workers” is thrilled that publisher McGraw-Hill has promised revisions. But changing a single caption is hardly enough to combat what some educational experts call a wave of ideologically-fueled school standards that downplay the role of race and slavery in shaping America today.

Roni Dean-Burren was horrified when her son sent her a snapchat of his McGraw-Hill World Geography textbook, an edition created especially for Texas’ new state standards adopted in 2010. Opening up to a graphic titled “Patterns of Immigration,” he snapped a photo of the map’s caption. The caption reads:

The Atlantic Slave Trade between the 1500s and the 1800s brought millions of workers from Africa to the southern United States to work on agricultural plantations.

Examining his book more closely, Ms. Dean-Burren realized that although European indentured servants are described as working for “little or no pay,” there was no further mention of black slaves; their presence is simply portrayed as part of “immigration.”

Big Pharma Gets Away With Murder

End Prescription Drug Price Gouging

Comparing drug prices in the United States to those in other countries, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) condemned pharmaceutical companies that charge American consumers the highest prices in the world for prescription drugs.


The new Petersen Museum on Wilshire is finished.

It’s officially opening in December 2015. See the Petersen website for details.

Petersen Automotive Museum

Goats in Trees

Someone said they couldn’t do it. They said, “Baaaaaa!!”

Goats in Tree in Morocco


Does anyone else love malapropisms?

Does anyone else love malapropisms? No, that’s not an erection that won’t go away. That’s a priapism. Someone posted today, “it’s all smoking mirrors!” Well, look out Snow White. That mirror may be deadly. My favorite was when someone described his “self defecating sense of humor.” I’ve heard of people wetting themselves when they laugh, but …

  • So, this is just a hypodermical situation.
  • My sister is a flamingo dancer.
  • He had to use a fire distinguisher.
  • The monster is just a pigment of my imagination.
  • He’s a wolf in cheap clothing.
  • Michelangelo painted the Sixteenth Chapel.
  • My sister has extra-century perception.
  • It’s not rocket surgery.
  • I only drink for municipal purposes.

Qu’est-ce que c’est que ça?!

Qu’est-ce que c’est que ça?! The inflatable sculpture in Paris looks oddly like a giant sex toy.


Le Grand Butt Plug

This is the same artist’s previous work, in Hong Kong, which strangely looks like a giant pile of SHIT:

Looks like POOP

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