Mogadishu. July 14. An internally displaced Somali child sits in the rain near a camp in southern Mogadishu Thursday. [Photo: Ismail Taxta/Reuters]
A good read this morning from The Atlantic on the drought in the Horn of Africa and international aid in Somalia: Somalia’s Drought, America’s Dilemma
Hypocrisy at it’s finest: I can eat whatever I want, but you and your children need to eat healthier!
First lady Michelle Obama ordered a whopper of a meal at the newlyopened Washington diner Shake Shack during lunch on Monday.
A Washington Post journalist on the scene confirmed the first lady, who’s made a cause out of child nutrition, ordered a ShackBurger, fries, chocolate shake and a Diet Coke while the street and sidewalk in front of the usually-packed Shake Shack were closed by security during her visit.
According to nutritional information on Shake Shack’s Web site, the meal amounted to 1,556 calories.
I don’t think anyone has ever argued that a healthy diet can’t include indulgences.
Also, I have yet to understand why anyone thinks working to provide healthier, higher quality lunches for school children is so scandalous. God forbid kids get decent meals in school!
Republicans have also said the new types of bulbs are too expensive. Prices range from about $1.50 for a halogen incandescent to $20 for light-emitting diode, or LED, bulbs, which are supposed to last 10 years. Regular bulbs today cost about 35 cents. Democrats countered that the higher cost of the new bulbs would be offset by savings on the energy bills of consumers and cited Congressional testimony from Kathleen Hogan, the Energy Department’s deputy assistant secretary for energy efficiency. Using the new bulbs could save households about $50 a year by 2015, Ms. Hogan said. Nationally, consumer savings could be $6 billion a year.
Let no one ever accuse Republicans of thinking of the long term.
Newscorp made $10 Billion in profits in the last 4 years: they also received $4.5 Billion from the US Government in that time
“America has two tax systems, separate and unequal. One is for you and me and the listeners, and we pay each year, but if you’re a corporation you’re allowed to reach back (sometimes 20 years) and carry forward for many year tax losses and tax benefits that smooth out your tax bill. Now, the second thing Mr. Murdoch does that’s very important is- among the largest corporations in America, Newscorp ranks third in Tax Haven subsidiaries. When you have a tax haven subsidiary (the Cayman Islands, Bermuda, Panama) what you do is you take expenses in the United States and take the profit in those subsidiaries.”
Columnist David Cay Johnston checked the tax information on Newscorp (a publicly traded company) and found that they made $4.5 Billion through tax havens. There’s no transcript, but listen to the ~3 minute audio for more information.