The Beer Institute points out that “taxes are the single most expensive ingredient in beer, costing more than labor and raw materials combined.” They cite an economic analysis that found “if all the taxes levied on the production, distribution, and retailing of beer are added up, they amount to more than 40% of the retail price” (note that this may include general sales tax and federal beer taxes, which are not included in the estimates displayed on the map). Last year, we did a podcast with Lester Jones, Chief Economist at the Beer Institute on tax treatment of beer, which is worth a listen.
Statement from Director of the BLM Neil Kornze "Nevada Belongs to All Americans, Bundy Owes Americans $1 Million, No More Raids"Submitted by RobHino on Tue, 04/15/2014 - 16:35
Cattle Gather Operation Concluded
***All closure areas are now accessible and open with the exception of the Incident Command Post outside of Mesquite.*** (04/15/14)
Statement from Director of the Bureau of Land Management Neil Kornze on the Cattle Gather in Nevada (04/12/14)
Today we announced the decision to conclude the cattle gather because of our grave concern about the safety of employees and members of the public.
Emily Ekins | April 15, 2014
The latest Reason-Rupe poll asked Americans if they would support or oppose changing the federal tax system to a flat tax, where everyone pays the same percentage of his or her income, finding that 62 percent favor the flat tax and 33 percent are opposed. When asked where they would set the flat tax, the aveage response was 15 percent.
This reflects another recent Reason-Rupe poll finding that 67 percent of Americans say it is "not the responsibility of the government to reduce the differences in income between people with high incomes and those with low incomes," while 29 percent say it is.
US Treasury Department sold its final shares of stock in General Motors. They did it just before a major announcement was made that sent the stock tumbling. Should the Secretary of the Treasury go to prison for insider trading?
On December 9th of last year the U.S. Treasury sold its final 31.1 million shares of General Motors (GM) stock ... the Treasury department sold out less than one month before GM executives linked a faulty ignition switch to 31 crashes and at least 13 fatalities.
There is an intriguing new technology innovated by Persistent Surveillance Systems that would allow planes to be outfitted with cameras that would allow the pilots to record a 25-square-mile quadrant of land for as long as six hours. According to the creators of the technology the cameras cannot see into homes or identify faces, but potentially could track everything that moves in a city. Gizmodo provided an excellent overview and video of this controversial technology.
April 15, 2014
When faced with ideas of non-intervention in foreign policy, the most common refrain among hawkish Republicans is that such notions are naive, immature, unrealistic, and “wacko.” In reality, it is the foreign policy worldview of the Republican establishment that has been thoroughly discredited as naive and unrealistic.
There is to much talk of them being surrounded, shots fired and etc. If you would like to be informed when action is needed and not have to hear things that aren't true.
This was a message from the Bundy family.
Many of you have been asking for a better way to keep informed and know what you can do to help.
We love Facebook but it is not effective for getting the word out when we really need help. There are so many messages here things are getting lost.
If you go to http://bit.do/bundy you can sign up to get Emails and Text messages.
Seymour Hersh has revealed the real story of Benghazi and why they are trying to sweep it under the rug.
Long story short: The US and the UK overthrew the government of Libya. Once that "mission" was under control, they started rounding up their black market weapons they had given to the "rebels" in Libya, and they also started to steal as many Libyan government weapons as possible.
As time moves on and the footprint of humanity trails behind us, there are many things to reflect on, and the choices ahead of us become clearer, one way or another. We must all make our own decisions about what side of history we will be aligned with: will you be a spectator to history and obediently follow any orders you are given without question, or will you play an active role in the grand human drama, helping to mold and shape the world in which we live?
The Fed created false economy and housing recovery that they have spent five years printing trillions of dollars to create is coming to and end.
Here is why:
"According to state brand inspectors, almost 90 percent of the cattle rounded up by midweek bore Bundy’s brand. Of the remaining animals, five belonged to a neighboring rancher, four were marked with brands that couldn’t be read, and the rest were “slicks,” a ranching term for unmarked livestock."
excerpt from an article with some 'both sides' info & interesting public comments at:
The US dollar's position as the base currency for global energy trading gives the US a number of unfair advantages. It seems that Moscow is ready to take those advantages away.
by Valentin Mândrăşescu | Voice of Russia
The existence of "petrodollars" is one of the pillars of America's economic might because it creates a significant external demand for American currency, allowing the US to accumulate enormous debts without defaulting. If a Japanese buyer wants to buy a barrel of Saudi oil, he has to pay in dollars even if no American oil company ever touches the said barrel. Dollar has held a dominant position in global trading for such a long time that even Gazprom's natural gas contracts for Europe are priced and paid for in US dollars. Until recently, a significant part of EU-China trade had been priced in dollars.
Lately, China has led the BRICS efforts to dislodge the dollar from its position as the main global currency, but the "sanctions war" between Washington and Moscow gave an impetus to the long-awaited scheme to launch the petroruble and switch all Russian energy exports away from the US currency .
What's going on?
We can debate when we're free. Let's do something, because the universe isn't getting any younger.