It’s time to break the patent monopoly on prescription drugs. If pharmaceuticals charge more than 10% of the industrial average (average price of industrialized countries) then their patent should be revoked.
“The reason why this strategy is perfectly legal is because the IRS is focused on taxing income and gains. But as Jeff Bezos showed, you can become the richest man in the world without ever having any significant income and without ever having significant capital gains.”
Martin Varsavsky argues the way to get the world’s richest entrepreneurs to pay taxes isn’t by taxing their income.
A good article from Time. We are probably the only Facebook page that will tell you to leave Facebook. It is destructive to society and YOU are their product.
“Facebook has leveraged our trust of family and friends to build one of the most valuable businesses in the world, but in the process, it has been careless with user data and aggravated the flaws in our democracy while leaving citizens ever less capable of thinking for themselves, knowing whom to trust or acting in their own interest. Bad actors have had a field day exploiting Facebook and Google, leveraging user trust to spread disinformation and hate speech, to suppress voting and to polarize citizens in many countries. “
“It’s time for a new generation of Democrats to rid the party of a member who won’t fight for the values held by most Democratic voters.”
Kick the bums out!
Incumbent Democrats, like Henry Cuellar, D-Texas, who have become complacent and out of touch with their constituents need to go, write Alexandra Rojas and Sean Mcelwee.
“UTLA’s demands include a 6.5 percent raise that would take effect all at once and a year sooner, “fully staffed” schools with more nurses, librarians and counselors added to the payrolls, along with pledges to reduce class sizes. Negotiations have also hinged on the debate between public schools and privatizing schools through charters. The union wants to ensure that privatization doesn’t cut public school funding.”
In the first walkout since 1989, the 30,000 teachers represented by United Teachers of Los Angeles went on strike after 21 months of failed negotiations.
“While Congress has the impeachment power to prevent future harm to our government, prosecutors have the power to seek punishment for those who commit crimes. But it is not Mueller’s role to determine whether the president has committed impeachable offenses. That is the responsibility of the U.S. Congress.
Those who say we must wait for Special Counsel Mueller to complete his criminal investigation before Congress can start any impeachment proceedings ignore this crucial distinction. There is no requirement whatsoever that a president be charged with or be convicted of a crime before Congress can impeach him. They also ignore the fact that many of the impeachable offenses committed by this president are beyond the scope of the special counsel’s investigation.”
Impeachment proceedings against President Trump must not wait for Mueller’s report, write Congresswoman-elect Rashida Tlaib and author John Bonifaz.
“If this sordid story is good for anything, I hope it serves as a reminder that we need to push back against corporate feminism. Capitalism has coopted feminism and turned it into a way for privileged women to advance their careers and sell books. Ivanka Trump has written a “feminist” book, for God’s sake! Obviously, being a rich and successful woman does not make you a feminist. Fighting for all the equality of all women does. Having more women in powerful positions means nothing if all they’re doing is leaning into exploitative capitalist conventions. Sandberg is a very clear example of that.”
Capitalism has coopted feminism and become a way for privileged women to advance their careers. We say: enough