Sep 21 2012

Employers Allowed to Pocket your State Income Tax

Most people assume that states use their state income taxes to fund school systems, pave roads, fund state parks, pay for prisons or even provide low income housing. After all, when you pay taxes you expect the state to you expect them to provide a public service. However the truth is a little more insidious.

Per The Christian Science Monitor, “an ever increasing amount of those tax dollars aren’t funding services; they aren’t even getting to the state capital. Sixteen states now allow corporations to withhold state income taxes from employees and keep the money as an incentive to locate to or remain in a state. That means that, in effect, employees pay personal income tax to their company rather than their state government. (The 16 states are: Colorado, Connecticut, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Mississippi, Missouri, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, South Carolina, and Utah.)

Pile of Money “A recent report from Good Jobs First entitled, “Paying Taxes to the Boss,” sheds light on how widespread this practice has grown. An estimated 2,700 companies now take advantage of this welfare system, fueling an economic war between states that costs employees an estimated $700 million a year in diverted tax income, the report concludes. Those who profit include corporate giants like Sears, Goldman Sachs, and General Electric.

“Illinois offers a special tax incentive that can divert up to 100 percent of withheld taxes into subsidies to encourage companies to locate or expand operations in Illinois when the companies are actively considering a competing location in another state.

“New Jersey’s Business Employment Incentive Program (BEIP) is among the most costly of these programs, with new grants totaling more than $73 million. Ohio and Kentucky top the list of states for the number of companies they subsidize through employee personal income tax withholding.

“The practice has been around for more than a decade, and it’s continuing steadily – with six of the 22 programs identified nationwide enacted since 2009 – according to Good Jobs First, a policy resource center that focuses on economic development and “smart growth.”

“Most corporate tax incentives are simply bad policy, representing an attempt at social engineering our already patchwork tax code. For one thing, businesses don’t make investment decisions based solely on state tax burdens. For another, tax loopholes enable the savviest companies to live tax-free.

“Since money is fungible, some claim it doesn’t matter whether this corporate welfare comes from corporate taxes or personal income taxes. The states are out $700 million in either case. But it does and should matter.

“The personal income tax is a covenant between the citizen and the state. For the executives and shareholders to retain those tax dollars violates that covenant. Employee-funded corporate tax incentives reduce the amount of tax dollars available for vital social services like schools and law enforcement.”

This type of action amounts to fraud, and unfair highly destructive business practices, employees assume that they are paying for a state service, but instead watch as state budgets get smaller and they get less service, then TV tell them it’s because of Welfare, however they fail to mention that they companies they buy their goods at everyday are the ones on Welfare robbing the state blind.

Secondly it gives these large companies who already have huge advantage an unbeatable one. They can use the money given to them by the state to drop their prices below any local small business and drive them out of business. Then once the competition is gone they can raise their prices and reap in huge profits, which go right into the hands of the CEO and stock holders.

These states are damaging their own economies and will bring about their own ruin if this practice is not ceased.

 




Jul 13 2012

Baby Its Cold Outside (The Power of Nightmares)

The first part of a brilliant documentary shown on the BBC and by Adam Curtis who has created many interesting and informative documentaries over the years.

This documentary brilliant explains the political and ideological roots of the problems we are facing today in both the US and Europe as well as in the Middle East.


Feb 16 2012

The Corporation – Full Movie

The Corporation is a 2003 Canadian documentary film written by Joel Bakan, and directed by Mark Achbar and Jennifer Abbott. The documentary is critical of the modern-day corporation, considering its legal status as a class of person and evaluating its behavior towards society and the world at large against traits exhibited by a psychotic person. This is explored through specific examples. The Corporation has been shown worldwide, on television, and via DVD, file sharing, and free download (by angel). Bakan wrote the book, The Corporation: The Pathological Pursuit of Profit and Power, during the filming of the documentary.



Feb 11 2012

The City Calls “Meet In The Middle” Music Video & Lyrics

The City Calls “Meet In The Middle”

The City Calls are an exciting, fresh and energetic Pop-Punk band from the UK’s South Coast, armed with a host of impressive catchy songs. The band is: Lucas Hardy on vocals, guitarists Scotty Perry and Darren Ledwich, bassist Chris Aldridge and drummer John Plummer.

2012 will see the band release a new single in January,
The band will also be

This year is the bands biggest yet, with the upcoming release of their mini-album ‘A Spark To Ignite’, it displays the bands exciting energy and massive chorus sing-alongs that are sure to make an huge impact on speakers and an impact just as massive in their live shows. The band released the song ‘Truth or Dare’ before Christmas 2010 and the video for the song featured on music channels Lava and Scuzz and has received thousands of views on YouTube.

The City Calls “Meet In The Middle” Music Video

The City Calls “Meet In The Middle” Lyrics

We all have hearts but once I felt like such a robot. An iron case concealed a feeling that I had lost. A dead look, a hollow stare can be the point when we turn our backs and see the trail loved and left there.
And the truth is I really needed needed you. And the times that I waited around for a spark to ignite the sky to find where you are. I hope that one day… One day I’ll meet in the middle with you.
I’ll tear this place down and build a home inside my heart. Where everything I love is welcome and what we have wont fall apart. I’ll wear a part of you on my sleeve. I’ll wait for weeks for you to believe that I’ve been hanging on for days and I wont fall. No, I wont fall. A lesson learned, you went away. I’m choking words, I guess I feel something, this time just stay.


The band is also heading out on tour in February with Forever August and Malokai I’ve included the dates and details below.

15.02 London – The Good Ship
16.02 Nottingham – The Maze
17.02 Yeovil – Tabernacle Junction
19.02 Winchester – The Railway Inn



Feb 7 2012

“We’re In A Lot Of Trouble!” The Network Transcript

“Edward George Ruddy died today. Edward George Ruddy was the Chairman of the Board of the Union Broadcast System and he died this morning at eleven o’clock of a heart condition, woe is us- we’re in a lot of trouble!

“So; a rich little man with white hair died – what has that got to do with the price of rice – right! And why is that ‘Woe to us.’ Because you people and sixty-two million other Americans are listening to me right now: Because less than three percent of you people read books! Because less than fifteen percent of you read newspapers! Because the only truth you know is what you get over this tube. Right now there is a whole, an entire generation that never knew anything that didn’t come out of this tube!

“This tube is the gospel, the ultimate revelation. This tube can make or break presidents, popes or Prime Ministers; this tube is the most awesome god-damned force in the whole godless world! Woe is us if it ever falls into the hands of the wrong people, and that’s why ‘Woe is us’ when Edward George Ruddy died: Because this company is now in the hands of CCA, the Communications Corporation of America. There’s a new Chairman of the Board called Frank Hacket sitting in Mr. Ruddy’s office on the twentieth floor and when the twelfth largest company in the world controls the most awesome god-damned propaganda force in the whole godless world: Who knows what shit will be peddled for ‘truth’ on this network!

“So you listen to me! Listen to me: television is not the truth- television’s a god-damned amusement park. Television is a circus, a carnival a traveling troupe of acrobats, story tellers, dancers, singers, side-show freaks, lion-tamers, and football players. We’re in the boredom killing business!

“So if you want the truth go to God, go to your guru’s-go to yourselves-because that’s the only place you’re going to find any real truth! Ha-ha ­ because man – you know you’re never going to get any truth from us. We’ll tell you anything you want to hear. We’ll lie like hell: we’ll tell you that Kojack always gets the killer and that nobody ever gets cancer at Archie Bunker’s house. And no matter how much trouble the hero is in don’t worry just look at your watch at the end of the hour he’s going to win ­ we’ll give you any shit you want to hear! We deal in Illusions man, none of it is true! But you people sit there day after day and night after night; all ages, colors, creeds: We’re all you know! You’re beginning to believe the illusions we’re spinning here! You’re beginning to think that the tube is reality- and that your own lives are unreal! You DO whatever the tube tells you, you dress like the tube you eat like the tube, you raise your children like the tube, you even think like the tube!

“This is mass madness you maniacs! In God’s name you people are the real thing-We are the illusion! So turn off you television sets, turn it off now, turn them off right now: turn them off and leave them off-turn them off right in the middle of the sentence I’m speaking now ­ Turn them OFF!”



Dec 21 2011

Leah Kauffman SOPA Act “Firewall” (Don’t Let Our Government Ruin The Internet)

Leah Kauffman “Firewall” about the SOPA Act

The Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA), also known as H.R. 3261, is a bill that was introduced in the United States House of Representatives on October 26, 2011, by Representative Lamar Smith (R-TX) and a bipartisan group of 12 initial co-sponsors. The bill expands the ability of U.S. law enforcement and copyright holders to fight online trafficking in copyrighted intellectual property and counterfeit goods. Now before the House Judiciary Committee, it builds on the similar PRO-IP Act of 2008 and the corresponding Senate bill, the Protect IP Act.

The bill would allow the U.S. Department of Justice, as well as copyright holders, to seek court orders against websites accused of enabling or facilitating copyright infringement. Depending on who requests the court orders, the actions could include barring online advertising networks and payment facilitators such as PayPal from doing business with the allegedly infringing website, barring search engines from linking to such sites, and requiring Internet service providers to block access to such sites. The bill would make unauthorized streaming of copyrighted content a felony. The bill also gives immunity to Internet services that voluntarily take action against websites dedicated to infringement, while making liable for damages any copyright holder who knowingly misrepresents that a website is dedicated to infringement.

Opponents say that it infringes on First Amendment rights, is Internet censorship, will cripple the Internet, and will threaten whistle-blowing and other free speech.

Leah Kauffman made a song about how this act will censor our free speech called Firewall.

Leah Kauffman “Firewall” Music Video

Leah Kauffman “Firewall” Lyrics

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From the first time I signed onto AOL
I’d fall underneath your dial-up spell
You do something to me, want to be with you always

I hoped that we would never see the day
SOPA would try to change you, or take you away
All the things you’ve shown me, you make me feel complete

Tumblr, Facebook, Vimeo, and Twitter
Youtube LolCatz, Ebay, and Flickr

Don’t put up a firewall when we could have it all
Say no to protect IP
You won’t stop piracy
Don’t put up a firewall
Don’t take away my Tumblr

You know I want to stop infringing sites
But Congress please don’t make me give up my rights
to friend reblog and follow
upload tweet and post

All this in the name of property
at the expense of the tech community
you’re threatening our cybersecurity
and free speech

Zynga, Mozilla, Google, and Yahoo!
The coders, the bloggers, the start-ups
all get screwed

Don’t put up a firewall when we could have it all
Say no to protect IP
You won’t stop piracy
What is this China?

Don’t treat me like a rogue site it hurts
Don’t erase me from your search
someone could spend more time in jail than conrad murray
for illegally downloading a michael jackson song!



Dec 21 2011

Chill E. B. “Prove It” Lyrics and Music Video

Chill E. B. “Prove It”

Chill E. B.’s Song “Prove It” is about one of the biggest scams being conducted in the U.S.: the pharmaceutical industry making billions selling drugs for common conditions of existence which are not diseases at all, but are labeled as such. The biggest victims are kids who are being given narcotics like Ritalin (which is an amphetamine) just because teachers and parents want to keep them controlled and quite. We are creating a nation of drug addicts just so a few can line their pockets with the profits.

Chill E. B. “Prove It” Music Video.

Chill E. B. “Prove It” Lyrics

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INTRO:

When you look at me
You don’t ever see
All my dreams, you just take them away
My voice may be small, but my words stand for all
You can run you can hide, but the truth don’t lie

VERSE 1:

You see me twitchin’ – what if I’m dancing?
My sight strays – yo, what if I’m just romancin’?
My leg’s bouncin’ –what if I’m groovin’?
I’m always on the go – what if I just like movin’?
I’m careless – what if I just don’t give a ffffff…?
for your information, you have no information – on me, ffast-forward to the real scene, you’ll see what I mean
I’m right here and I’m stuck in between…

VERSE 1 TRANSITION:

…sabotaged education, dumbed down prescription nation
Hollywood sold out getting your agenda out
Got the world on a string as you label all you please
Wanna label all you see in me as mental disease

VERSE 2:

I’m just tryin’ to set free the dreams within my mind
Be all that I can be, so the world can see the real me
a visionary, luminary, free-spirit, revolutionary
Take my place in the ranks of the legendary

But to you that’s all a mental disease,
An obsessive, manic delusion
Of a dream I’ll never seize
See the mirror’s double-sided,
My true reflection, you hidin’
And what’s up is down,
What’s black is white,
I say you’re wrong,
But you insist that you’re right
VERSE 2 TRANSITION:

But now there’s nowhere to hide
Just kiss it goodbye
‘Cause I’m your worst nightmare, got millions on my side
Try and label me you know just what you’re gonna hear
The two words you most avoid and most fear
And that’s:

CHORUS 1:

PROVE IT!
I got no mental disease
I got one demand to put you all on your knees
And that’s PROVE IT!
I know you never will
I’m just one out of billions that you’ll never kill
You can’t PROVE IT!
Fulfill my demand
No, your check book science will never withstand the words
PROVE IT!
You’re about to be seized
The Grimm Reaper at your door, so get down on your knees:
Prove it… (stated in a cool, detached way)

RE-INTRO BEAT:

Prove it
I bet you can’t prove it
Come on and prove it

VERSE 3:

So what’s it gonna take?
How many more lethal “mistakes”?
Screw your billions, and your trillions, man we got lives at stake
You try and pen me in your box
Well I’m bustin’ out
What you call oppositional defiance
I call freedom from your violence
I’ve asked once, I’ve asked twice now let me ask you again
Just how do you know what’s really happening deep down within?
Huh? What’s that? I can’t hear you, your heart flutters, you stutter,
As you anticipate the two words that secure your fatal fate
CHORUS 2:

PROVE IT!
I got no mental disease
I got one demand to put you all on your knees
And that’s PROVE IT!
I know you never will
I’m just one out of billions that you’ll never kill
You can’t PROVE IT!
Fulfill my demand
No, your check book science will never withstand the words
PROVE IT!
You’re about to be seized
The Grimm Reaper at your door, so get down on your knees:
Prove it… (stated in a cool, detached way)

BRIDGE:

You think you got me now, you think I don’t see through your show?
I think you’re going down and I think you already know.

You say you know what’s best, you say you’ll bring me happiness
I say show me the test and prove that this ain’t all a guess

You try and label me, enslave my creativity
Just take your ADD and shove it cuz it’s fallacy

It’s your vested interest tryin’ to tell me who I am
Try all you want, I just don’t give a damn

VERSE 3 TRANSITION:

But now there’s nowhere to hide
Just kiss it goodbye
‘Cause I’m your worst nightmare, got millions on my side
Try and label me you know just what you’re gonna hear
The two words you most avoid and most fear
And that’s:

CHORUS 3:

PROVE IT!
I got no mental disease
I got one demand to put you all on your knees
And that’s PROVE IT!
I know you never will
I’m just one out of billions that you’ll never kill
You can’t PROVE IT!
Fulfill my demand
No, your check book science will never withstand the words
PROVE IT!
You’re about to be seized
The Grimm Reaper at your door, so get down on your knees:
Prove it… (stated in a cool, detached way)

CHORUS 4 AD LIBS:

Come on and prove it
Just prove it
Just prove it, hey
I wanna see it
I don’t believe it
You better
You better
You better show me, show me, show me,
You know you better show me
PROVE IT!



Dec 6 2011

Is your cellphone spying on you?

A researcher just discovered a hidden application that records what millions of people write, view and search for on their cellphones. It sends all of that data to a company no one’s ever heard of. And we have no idea what that company is doing with our information.1

Sounds like 1984. But it’s happening in 2011.

This week, Sen. Al Franken and Rep. Ed Markey demanded answers from the company, Carrier IQ, and Franken called its technology “deeply troubling.” We now need a full investigation.2

Tell Congress and the Department of Justice: My cellphone is mine, and I have the right to be free from being spied on.

Carrier IQ has worked with cellphone manufacturers and carriers to install its spying software on 141 million phones,3 including Androids and iPhones and possibly models made by BlackBerry, Nokia and other manufacturers.4

Trevor Eckhart exposed the privacy breach in a shocking video that shows how Carrier IQ secretly records actions that you take on your phone — numbers that you dial, letters that you press when texting or searching the Web, menu buttons that you push — and sends it all back to Carrier IQ headquarters.

There’s no way to turn any of this off without hacking your phone. And carriers neglected to inform the public that this software exists in the first place.

The fact that one company is secretly storing away the data of millions of cellphone users — without our knowledge, and with no way for us to opt out — is just incredible. You’d expect this sort of thing from the Chinese government — not from a company operating in the present-day U.S.

This is not only a privacy problem. It’s a democracy problem.

Cellphones have become the ultimate democracy devices. Activists from Cairo to New York City to Los Angeles have used their phones to broadcast images of pepper-spraying cops, handcuffed journalists and squares full of protesters. We must ensure that the most important movements of our time aren’t compromised by data spies with little regard for our free speech or privacy.

Tell Congress and the Department of Justice: Protect cellphone users from data spies. Investigate Carrier IQ.

Law professor and former Department of Justice attorney Paul Ohm says that Carrier IQ’s snoopware “is very likely a federal wiretap,” which means that the company could be prosecuted for breaking federal law.5

“Consumers need to know that their safety and privacy are being protected by the companies they trust with their sensitive information,” Sen. Franken said. “ … Carrier IQ has a lot of questions to answer.”

We agree. Let’s get some answers.

1. David Kravets, “Researcher’s Video Shows Secret Software on Millions of Phones Logging Everything,” Wired, Nov. 29, 2011: http://act2.freepress.net/go/7555?akid=3106.9860530.W7Jucd&t=13

 

2. “Sen. Franken Demands Answers from Company Accused of Secretly Logging Location and Private Information of Millions of Smartphone Users,” Dec. 1, 2011: http://act2.freepress.net/go/7565?akid=3106.9860530.W7Jucd&t=15

 

3. Carrier IQ Wesite: http://act2.freepress.net/go/7592?akid=3106.9860530.W7Jucd&t=17

 

4. Sean Hollister, “Carrier IQ Tracking on Android, iPhone, BlackBerry, and More: The Story So Far,” the Verge, Nov. 30, 2011: http://act2.freepress.net/go/7593?akid=3106.9860530.W7Jucd&t=19

 

5. Andy Greenberg, “Phone ‘Rootkit’ Maker Carrier IQ May Have Violated Wiretap Law In Millions Of Cases,” Forbes, Nov. 30, 2011: http://act2.freepress.net/go/7567?akid=3106.9860530.W7Jucd&t=21


Nov 12 2011

‘MURDA! MURDA!’ B Lay ft. visual artist Dim Music Video and Lryics

B Lay “Murda Murda”

B lay’s Song “Murda Murda” is not about murder in the hood, it’s about government paid killers, who can whose murders are legal.

B Lay “Murda Murda” Music Video.

B Lay “Murda Murda” Lyrics

Kill kill? They dont want any parts of me
Im the only one allowed to speak on my sanity
Im the only one that decides where i wanna be
And when i go i aint goin quietly

This institution gonna make me loose it i guarantee
They some losers pullin wool over humanity
And they cant prove that i aint got my sanity
When thats really all they do, lie to me
This is america all we have is our rights
We were built on the idea of born to fight
And when we stand up and decide, its not their nite
And not let them prescribe away another life
Im non violent but all they do is play with knives
They’ve killed millons and not being charged with crimes
Murda murda murda murda murda

Kill kill? They dont want any parts of me
Im the only one allowed to speak on my sanity
Im the only one that decides where i wanna be
And when i go i aint goin quietly

Its funny how they dont give out degrees in fantasy
Oh wait i forgot about psychiatry
Silly me how could i forget they dont cure things
But they’re good at naming things they call a disease
We all get sad but theyre callin that depression
We all get mad but they say thats aggressive
The dsm five knows a lot about problems
But they havent published one book to get close to solve em

Kill kill? They dont want any parts of me
Im the only one allowed to speak on my sanity
Im the only one that decides where i wanna be
And when i go i aint goin quietly

They think we suckas and can tell us whatever works
For they pockets but they never tell you bout the perks
Ask the doctor if he shares his kickbacks with the nurse
Its ok they still get paid while you up in a hurse
Lets gettem no longer can we hide
Lets show them that we have more than a little pride
Murda murda here comes the docta
We cant sit around we gotta get up and stop’em
Theyve killed millions so we gonna give’em problems
They tellin people they sick but nobody cured once
Its murda murda murda
To the first degree lets not let it go any further



Jul 20 2011

Anti-Flag “1 Trillion Dollars” Music Video and Lyrics

Anti-Flag 1 Trillion Dollars

Anti-Flag is a punk rock band from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, formed in 1988. The band is well known for its outspoken political views. Much of the band’s lyrics have focused on anti-war activism, criticism of United States foreign policy, corporatism, U.S. wealth distribution, and various sociopolitical sentiments.

One Trillion Dollars is the amount spend each year on military related expenses.

This is the federal budget break down of the military for 2012:

Defense-related expenditure — 2012 Budget request & Mandatory spending

DOD spending:                                                       $707.5 billion

FBI counter-terrorism:                                             $2.7 billion

International Affairs:                                                $5.6–$63.0 billion

Energy Department defense-related nuclear program:    $21.8 billion

Veterans Affairs:                                                      $70.0 billion

Homeland Security:                                                  $46.9 billion

NASA, spy satellites:                                                $3.5–$8.7 billion

Veterans pensions:                                                   $54.6 billion

Other defense mandatory spending:                            $8.2 billion

Interest on debt past wars:                                       $109.1–$431.5 billion

Total Spending                                                       $1.030–$1.415 trillion

The federal government only collects $2.16 trillion in income tax revenue and the title Federal budget is just over 3 trillion, if a company ran like this they would be bankrupt in short order.

Anti-Flag 1 Trillion Dollars Music Video

Anti-Flag 1 Trillion Dollars Lyrics

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One trillion dollars could buy a lot of bling
One trillion dollars could buy most anything
One trillion dollars buying bullets, buying guns
One trillion dollars in the hands of killers, thugs

Woah-oh-oh woah-oh woah-oh-oh-oh
Fuck the world, a lot of people gotta die tonight
Woah-oh-oh woah-oh woah-oh
Fuck the world,
Fuck ‘em all

One trillion dollars to Africa, Iraq
One trillion dollars and it’s never coming back
One trillion dollars could buy some bad-ass drugs
One trillion dollars makes me wanna kill myself

Woah-oh-oh woah-oh woah-oh-oh-oh
Fuck the world, a lot of people gotta die tonight
Woah-oh-oh woah-oh woah-oh
Fuck the world, yeah, yeah
Fuck ‘em all

Until the sun burns from the sky
Until the sun burns so bright this world is no more
Sun burns from the sky…
And all the people are just dust on the ground

One trillion dollars could buy a heart, a soul
One trillion dollars buying nations – all the world
One trillion dollars could make the fat lady sing
One trillion dollars, what a bullshit useless thing

Woah-oh-oh woah-oh woah-oh-oh-oh
Fuck the world, a lot of people gotta die tonight
Woah-oh-oh woah-oh woah-oh-oh-oh
Fuck the world, a lot of people gotta die tonight
Woah-oh-oh woah-oh woah-oh-oh-oh
Shit loads of money spent will show us wrong from right
Fuck the world
Fuck ‘em all


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