“I was laying in bed one night and I thought ‘I’ll just quit — to hell with it.’ And another little voice inside me said ‘Don’t quit — save that tiny little ember of spark.’ And never give them that spark because as long as you have that spark, you can start the greatest fire again.”—Charles Bukowski
"Oil companies continue to report major profit increases amidst rising prices for gas and oil. On Thursday, Exxon Mobil said it posted a $10.7 billion profit in the first quarter, a gain of 69 percent. Royal Dutch Shell earned $6.3 billion, up 30 percent. The news comes as the Venezuelan government has announced a new tax on oil companies’ windfall profits. The tax kicks in at 20 percent when oil hits $40 dollars a barrel, reaching up to 95 percent if oil tops $100 barrel. Venezuela says it expects to collect between $9 billion and $16.3 billion this year, with the money going to social programs. In a statement, the group Public Citizen called for a tax on oil companies’ windfall profits in the United States, saying: "Prices at the gas pump are jumping, even though the cost of drilling hasn’t changed … Big Oil is able to pocket the difference—at the direct expense of consumers."
I seriously have to get offline right now. I can’t take people reblogging shit about the royal wedding as if they really think it’s something to cheer about. People are fucking starving all over the world and the frontpage of the newspaper says “WILLIAM AND KATE KISSED TWO TIMES ON THEIR BALCONY”….
“New figures show the United States has the highest incarceration rate in the developed world, while ranking ninth worst in social spending. According to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, the United States imprisons 760 of every 100,000 citizens, more than five times the OECD average.”—Democracy Now!