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10 Big Companies That Pay No Taxes (and Their Favorite Politicians) | Mother Jones

Between 2008 and 2011, 26 major American corporations paid no net federal income taxes despite bringing in billions in profits, according to a new report (PDF) from the nonprofit research group Citizens for Tax Justice. CTJ calculates that if the companies had paid the full 35 percent corporate tax rate, they would have put more than $78 billion into government coffers.

Here’s a look at the 10 most profitable tax evaders and the politicians their CEOs, employees, and PACs give the most money to.

Verizon Communications
Profits: $19.8 billion    Effective tax rate: -3.8%

Top recipients, 2011-2012
President Barack Obama: $51,493
Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.): $24,450
Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.): $23,700
Rep. John Boehner (R-Ohio): $22,500
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.): $15,000

General Electric 
Profits: $19.6 billion    Effective tax rate: -18.9%

Top recipients, 2011-2012
Mitt Romney: $53,750
President Barack Obama (D): $30,493
Sen. Scott Brown (R-Mass.): $23,900
Rep. Howard Berman (D-Calif.): $21,860
Rep. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.): $19,750

Boeing
Profits: $14.8 billion    Effective tax rate: -5.5%
Top recipients, 2011-2012
Rep. Buck McKeon (R-Calif.): $31,750
Rep. Adam Smith (D-Wash.): $25,000
Former Sen. George Allen (R-Va.): $23,500
Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.): $23,125
Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas): $20,986

NextEra Energy: North America’s largest solar and wind power operator, based in Florida
Profits: $8.8 billion    Effective tax rate: -2%
Top recipients, 2011-2012
George LeMieux (R-Fla.): $9,500
Mike Haridopolos (R-Fla.): $4,800
Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.): $2,000
Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas): $2,000
Rep. Tom Rooney (R-Fla.): $2,000

American Electric Power: Electric utility based in Columbus, Ohio
Profits: $8.2 billion    Effective tax rate: -6.4%
Top recipients, 2011-2012
Rep. John Boehner (R-Ohio): $34,750
Rep. Steve Stivers (R-Ohio): $34,050
Rep. Bob Gibbs (R-Ohio): $21,700
Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W. Va.): $19,750
Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio): $18,450

Pacific Gas & Electric: California electrical utility
Profits: $6 billion    Effective tax rate: -8.4%
Top recipients, 2011-2012
President Barack Obama (D): $6,250
Rep. Jim Costa (D-Calif.): $5,000
Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.): $5,500
Rep. Fred Upton (R-Mich.): $5,000
Rep. Jeff Denham (R-Calif.): $3,500

Apache: Houston-based oil and gas company
Profits: $6 billion    Effective tax rate: -0.3%
Top recipients, 2011-2012
David Dewhurst (R-Texas): $25,000
Rep. Connie Mack (R-Fla.): $5,000
Rep. Bill Cassidy (R-La.): $2,500 
Rep. Mike Conaway (R-Texas): $2,500
Rep. Gene Green (D-Texas): $2,500
Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.): $2,500
Brendan Doherty (R-R.I.): $2,500

Consolidated Edison: New York energy company
Profits: $5.9 billion    Effective tax rate: -1.3%
Top recipients, 2011-2012
Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.): $15,050
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.): $8,000
Rep. Edolphus Towns (D-N.Y.): $6,650
Then-Rep. David Wu (D-Ore.): $2,500
Rep. Joseph Crowley (D-N.Y.): $1,500
Sen. Harry Reid (D-Nev.): $1,500
Rep. Jose Serrano (D-N.Y.): $1,500

El Paso: Houston-based energy company that operates the country’s largest natural gas pipeline
Profits: $4.6 billion    Effective tax rate: -0.9%
Top recipients, 2011-2012
David Dewhurst (R-Texas): $7,500
Mitt Romney (R): $5,000
Rep. John Barrow (D-Ga.): $3,000
Rep. Diane Black (R-Tenn.): $2,750
Sen. John Barrasso (R-Wyo.): $2,500 
Sen. Max Baucus (D-Mont.): $2,500 
Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.): $2,500 
Gov. Rick Perry (R-Texas): $2,500
Rep. Fred Upton (R-Mich.): $2,500
Sen. Roger Wicker (R-Miss.): $2,500

CenterPoint Energy: Electric and gas utility company based in Houston
Profits: $3.1 billion    Effective tax rate: -11.3%
Top recipients, 2011-2012
David Dewhurst (R-Texas): $22,050
Gov. Rick Perry (R-Texas): $13,458
Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.): $10,299
Rep. Greg Walden (R-Ore.): $7,000
Rep. Kevin Brady (R-Texas): $4,000

Giving data from the Center for Responsive Politics. Includes all 2011-12 campaign donations from each company’s employees and corporate PACs.

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"Many forms of resistance to colonialism and empire are necessary and important, and this poster should not be interpreted as dissuading those forms of solidarity and resistance. Nor should anti-colonial consciousness and decolonization be thought of as mutually exclusive forms of action.  They often co-exist as “named” movements side by side. This poster seeks to point out that they may not be equivalent, and there are some critical differences between the two.

Recognizing many of the settlers engaging in this resistance identify as anarchists or dwell on an anti-colonial anarchist fringe, we ask you to consider how the pursuit of an anti-colonial  consciousness can still allow settler moves to innocence – diversions and distractions that relieve settlers of feelings of guilt while concealing the need to give up land, power, and privilege.

When anti-colonial action is complete, there is no guarantee that the settler has learned any more about who he is, or where he comes from. The inner work to heal the spirit from historic traumas that allow and perpetuate colonization may not be engaged.

Decolonization creates the possibility for the settler to become something more  -  to heal Indigenous identity, story, and spirit and deconstruct the very source of colonizing thought.”

— Anti-Colonial Anarchism vs Decolonization | Awakening the CrazyHorse Wordpress

The Complete List of American Cities Where the KKK Is Known to Operate

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Alabama

1. Pinson: International Keystone Knights of the KKK

2. Birmingham: Loyal White Knights of the KKK

3. Ashland: United Klans of America 

4. Red Bay: North Mississippi White Knights Of The Ku Klux Klan

Arkansas

5. Concord: Knights of the Klu Klux Klan

6. Harrison: Knights of the Klu Klux Klan

7. Little Rock: Knight Riders Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

8. Vanndale: International Keystone Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

9. Harrison: Soldiers Of the Cross Training Institute; Knights Party Veterans League

Colorado

10. Eckert: Loyal White Knights of the Klu Klux Klan

Florida

11. Fort Myers: Knight Riders Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

12. Live Oak: Knight Riders Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

13. Cape Coral: Ku Klos Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

14. New Smyrna Beach: Loyal White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

15. Christmas: Fort Christmas Knights Ku Klux Klan

Georgia

16. Rockledge: United Northern and Southern Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

17. Brunswick: Knight Riders Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

18. Rochelle: Knight Riders Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

19. Byron: Knight Riders Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

20. Ellijay: Knight Riders Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

21. Blairsville: International Keystone Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

22. Young Harris: International Keystone Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

23. Newnan: New Empire Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

Iowa

24. Ames: New Empire Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

Illinois

25. Chicago: United Northern and Southern Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

26. Eldorado: Knight Riders Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

27. Lemont: Knight Riders Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

28. Bloomington: Loyal White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

Indiana

29. West College Corner: United Northern and Southern Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

30. Elwood: International Keystone Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

31. Monroe City: Ku Klos Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

32. Kokomo: Ku Klos Knights of the Ku Klux Klan; Loyal White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

33. Scottsburg: New Empire Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

Kentucky

34. Munfordville: Ku Klos Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

35. Glens Fork: Loyal White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

36. Corbin: New Empire Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

Louisiana

37. Slaughter: Fraternal White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

38. Walker: Dixie Rangers Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

39. Converse: Aryan Nations Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

Maryland

40. Baltimore: Confederate White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

Michigan

41. Fraser: United Northern and Southern Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

42. Beal City: New Empire Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

43. Gladwin: Invisible Knights of the Fiery Cross

Missouri 

44. Potosi: Traditionalist American Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

45. Branson: New Empire Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

Mississippi

46. Petal: Mississippi White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

47. Brookhaven: Mississippi White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

48. Star: Mississippi White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

49: Jackson: Mississippi White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

50. Pearl: Mississippi White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

51. Meridian: Mississippi White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

52. Philadelphia: Mississippi White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

53. Bruce: Mississippi White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

54. Shannon: Mississippi White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

55. Lucedale: Fraternal White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

56. Dumas: North Mississippi White Knights Of The Ku Klux Klan

Montana

57. Great Falls: United Klans of America

North Carolina

58. Lenoir: Ku Klos Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

59. Benson: Loyal White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

60. Burlington: Loyal White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

61. Roanoke Rapids: Loyal White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

62. Pelham: Loyal White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

63. Eden: Loyal White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

64. Charlotte: New Empire Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

65. Durham: New Empire Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

66. Kings Mountain: Christian Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

New Mexico

67. Silver City: Loyal White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

New York

68. Plattsburgh: Fraternal White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

Ohio

69. Amelia: Fraternal White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

70. Cleveland: International Keystone Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

71. Dayton: New Empire Knights of the Ku Klux Klan; Mystic Knights Of The Ku Klux Klan

Oklahoma

72. Shawnee: United White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

73. Oklahoma City: United White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

74: Tulsa: United White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

Pennsylvania

75. Beaver Falls: Ku Klos Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

76. Oil City: Ku Klos Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

77. Friedens: Loyal White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

78. Girardville: East Coast Knights Of The True Invisible Empire

South Carolina

79. Spartanburg: United Northern and Southern Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

80. Abbeville: New Empire Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

Tennessee

81. Woodbury: Fraternal White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

82. Nashville: Knight Riders Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

83. Shady Valley: Knight Riders Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

84. Memphis: Ku Klos Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

85. Johnson City: Ku Klos Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

Texas

89. Pasadena: White Camelia Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

90. Cleveland: White Camelia Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

91. Dallas: Knight Riders Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

92. New Braunfels: United White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

93. Beaumont: United White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

94. Abilene: United White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

95. Omaha: United White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

96. Houston: Traditionalist American Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

97. Bryan: Traditionalist American Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

98. Waco: Traditionalist American Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

99. Lone Oak: Traditionalist American Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

100. Greensville: Traditionalist American Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

101. Mt. Pleasant: Traditionalist American Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

102. Gatesville: Ku Klos Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

103. Livingston: Lone Wolf Brigade Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

104. Longview: New Empire Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

105. Dallas: New Empire Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

106. Dekalb: Crusader Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

Virginia

107. Abingdon: Knight Riders Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

108. Portsmouth: Loyal White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

109. Staunton: Loyal White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

West Virginia

110. Hurricane: New Empire Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

(Source: policymic)

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What do Rwanda, Afghanistan, and Iraq beat America at? Having women in congress/parliament

Countries with better representation of women in government than the United States (hat tip to our Women in Public Service Project):

  1. Rwanda - 56%
  2. Andorra - 50%
  3. Cuba - 45%
  4. Sweden - 45%
  5. Seychelles - 44%
  6. Senegal - 43%
  7. Finland - 43%
  8. South Africa - 42%
  9. Nicaragua - 40%
  10. Iceland - 40%
  11. Norway - 40%
  12. Mozambique - 39%
  13. Denmark - 39%
  14. Netherlands - 39%
  15. Costa Rica - 39%
  16. Timor-Leste - 39%
  17. Belgium - 38%
  18. Argentina - 37%
  19. Mexico - 37%
  20. Tanzania - 36%
  21. Spain - 36%
  22. Uganda - 35%
  23. Angola - 34%
  24. Serbia - 33%
  25. Nepal - 33%
  26. Germany - 33%
  27. Macedonia - 33%
  28. Ecuador - 32%
  29. Slovenia - 32%
  30. New Zealand - 32%
  31. Algeria - 32%
  32. Guyana - 31%
  33. Burundi - 31%
  34. Switzerland - 29%
  35. Portugal - 29%
  36. Trinidad and Tobago - 29%
  37. Austria - 28%
  38. Ethiopia - 28%
  39. Afghanistan - 28%
  40. France - 27%
  41. Lesotho - 27%
  42. Tunisia - 27%
  43. Belarus - 27%
  44. South Sudan - 27%
  45. El Salvador - 26%
  46. Bolivia - 25%
  47. Iraq - 25%
  48. Laos - 25%
  49. Canada - 25%
  50. Australia - 25%
  51. Sudan - 25%
  52. Lithuania - 25%
  53. Vietnam - 24%
  54. Namibia - 24%
  55. Kazakhstan - 24%
  56. Singapore - 24%
  57. Liechtenstein - 24%
  58. Croatia - 24%
  59. Poland - 24%
  60. Kyrgyzstan - 23%
  61. Latvia - 23%
  62. Bulgaria - 23%
  63. Philippines - 23%
  64. Pakistan - 23%
  65. United Kingdom - 23%
  66. Malawi - 22%
  67. Mauritania - 22%
  68. Czech Republic - 22%
  69. Eritrea - 22%
  70. Uzbekistan - 22%
  71. Luxembourg - 22%
  72. Peru - 22%
  73. Italy - 21%
  74. Boznia and Herzegovina - 21%
  75. China - 21%
  76. Greece - 21%
  77. Cape Verde - 21%
  78. Estonia - 21%
  79. Dominican Republic - 21%
  80. Cambodia - 20%
  81. Israel - 20%
  82. Moldova - 20%
  83. Bangladesh - 20%
  84. Honduras - 20%
  85. Monaco - 19%
  86. Tajikistan - 19%
  87. Mauritius - 19%
  88. Slovak Republic - 19%
  89. Indonesia - 19%
  90. Sao Tome and Principe - 18%
  91. United States - 18%

(source: World Bank)

"It is estimated that by the time an average child leaves elementary school, he or she will have witnessed 8,000 murders and over 100,000 other acts of violence.  By the time that child is 18 years-of-age; he or she will witness 200,000 acts of violence, including 40,000 murders. One 17-year longitudinal study concluded that teens who watched more than one hour of TV a day were almost four times as likely as other teens to commit aggressive acts in adulthood.

Television teaches viewers – especially young viewers, who have more difficulty discriminating between real life and fantasy – that violence is the accepted way we solve problems. Moreover, studies show that the more real-life the violence portrayed, the greater the likelihood that it will be learned.”

TV Bloodbath: Violence on Prime Time Broadcast TV

bringinglexiback:

sorry but children younger than her in the middle east get blown up by drones purely because of their proximity to suspected terrorists, i don’t really care about a dutch teenager getting arrested for sending a “joke” threatening tweet to an airline while claiming to be a member of al qaeda because she thought her obvious positions of privilege would protect her from any and all consequences

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