Archive | May, 2013

The NEW Normal

31 May

THE NEW NORMAL
Johann Wagener 5-30-13

 

Sending the message that Jesus doesn’t do gauche (lacking social grace, sensitivity, or acuteness; awkward; crude; tactless)  which under all that gold and glitter is what the 1% symbolizes. Francis is defining “normal” for those who have lost their humanity and don’t know what normal is. 

 

The Pope, 76, who on first seeing the papal apartments reportedly exclaimed “But there is room here for 300 people!” hinted that the arrangement may be permanent.

 

Pope Francis shunned official papal apartments to live ‘normal life’ – Telegraph

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THE 1% CULT

28 May
CULT; (n) Obsessive, especially faddish, devotion to or veneration for a person, principle, or thing.
Johann Wagener 5-27-13
 

Francis’ Humility and Emphasis on the Poor Strike a New Tone at the Vatican

VATICAN CITY — He has criticized the “cult of money” and greed he sees driving the world financial system, reflecting his affinity for liberation theology.

 

Pope Francis Changes Tone at the Vatican

1% RENT THE DISABLED

24 May

They are 1 percenters who are 100 percent despicable.

Some wealthy Manhattan moms have figured out a way to cut the long lines at Disney World — by hiring disabled people to pose as family members so they and their kids can jump to the front, The Post has learned.

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Rich moms shamelessly hire disabled tour guides so their kids can cut long lines.

 

The “black-market Disney guides” run $130 an hour, or $1,040 for an eight-hour day.

BLASPHEMERS

24 May

To say that one can kill in God’s name is blasphemy.”

Johann Wagener 5-23-13

It’s time for the neo-cons and bible thumpers to rewrite their playbook and heed the Pope’s advice; 

The idea that others cannot really be good and do good in the world creates “a wall that leads to war and to something that historically some people have thought: that we can kill in the name of God. And that, simply, is blasphemy. To say that one can kill in God’s name is blasphemy.”

“The Lord has redeemed us all with the blood of Christ, all of us, not just Catholics. Everyone,” he said. Some may ask, “‘Father, even the atheists?’ Them, too. Everyone.”

Pope: Christians can work with atheists, cannot kill in God’s name | National Catholic Reporter

BLOOD SUCKING 101

23 May

Leech,or Bloodsucker?
Johann Wagener 5-22-13

Many CEO’s are reminiscent of these bloodsucking annelid worms. Most leeches live in the sea. Some live in freshwater and others on land. These creatures have successfully  fooled people into believing that they are “special”, endowed with mystical talents and require to be fed millions of dollars in order to perform functions that pale when compared to those that actually work for a living. . 

 

Median CEO pay rises to $9.7 million in 2012

The head of a typical large public company made $9.7 million in 2012, a 6.5 percent increase from a year earlier that was aided by a rising stock market, according to an analysis by The Associated Press using data from Equilar, an executive pay research firm. 

Companies say they need to pay CEOs well so they can attract the best talent, and that this is ultimately in the interest of shareholders. But shareholder activists and some corporate governance experts say many CEOs are being paid far above what is reasonable or what their performance merits.

Pay for all U.S. workers rose 1.1 percent in 2010, 1.2 percent in 2011 and 1.6 percent last year – not enough to keep up with inflation. 

 
The median wage in the U.S. was about $39,900 in 2012, according to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

TOO BIG TO TAX; SUPER-SIZING GREED

22 May

SUPERSIZING GREED
Johann Wagener 5-21-13

FIRST THERE WAS TOO BIG TO FAIL, THEN TOO BIG TO JAIL AND NOW TOO BIG TO TAX. WHAT NEXT?

Apple Inc. has used an elaborate web of offshore subsidiaries to avoid paying billions of dollars in U.S. taxes on $44 billion in foreign income over the past four years, a U.S. Senate investigation has found.
[A previous email alert sent by the Los Angeles Times incorrectly said Apple had avoided $44 billion in taxes.]
Many of the tactics, such as cost-sharing arrangements, are common among large multinational corporations seeking to shift profits to countries with lower tax rates. The investigation did not find that Apple violated any laws.
But Apple apparently has added its own innovation to skirting taxes – three of its subsidiaries in Ireland claim to have no responsibility to pay income taxes to any country, according to a 40-page, bipartisan report released today by the Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations.

Read more; Apple to Congress: We do not use ‘tax gimmicks’ | ZDNet

TAX DODGING IS NOT CHARITABLE

19 May

LEGALIZED STUPIDITY
Johann Wagener 5-19-13

 

Here is another example of  how stupid our politicians think American voters are. You are being asked to believe that 501(c) 4 organizations are not “political” but educational charities. UH?

 

Just like Citizens United took the word “people” to new levels so does this take the word “charity” into the crazy zone. 

 

6 Key Takeaways From the Stupidity and Reality of IRS ‘Scandal’