Daily Kos diarist Brainwrap explains how tax brackets really work. Long story short: making one dollar over the limit for the 39% tax bracket, for example, doesn't mean all your income gets taxed at 39% -- you still pay 10% on your first $10,000 of taxable income, 15% on your next $20,000 of taxable income, 25% on your next $50,000, and so on. Some members of our "liberal" media still use the old well-I'll-just-stop-working-on-my-400,001st-dollar saw, so we still need to explain how it really works.
PR Watch reports on two more corporations that have cut ties with the American Legislative Exchange Council, or ALEC. That makes 72 corporations that have voluntarily cut ties with ALEC since we intolerant liberals inflicted our clearly very Hitleresque technique of shaming corporations with such ties. But every silver lining has a dark cloud: one of the two corporations who've cut ALEC ties, Xcel Energy of Minnesota, still pursues an ALEC-esque program of promoting onerous utility fees on solar rooftop owners. You know, because solar panel owners are "free riders" on the grid, despite putting upwards of $20,000 into putting panels on their roofs in the first place. Who knew being a "free rider" could be so expensive?
David Callahan at Demos asks why rich folks (according to several surveys) don't think of themselves as "rich." Short answer: because they all know someone who's richer, and more precisely, they're competing with those people. I would think, though, that knowing all that would help you not become a freaking vampire just to get rid of that gnawing feeling of (relative) poverty.
Speaking of vampires, alleged New Yorker Sean Hannity threatens to leave New York in the wake of Gov. Cuomo's comments suggesting that extreme conservatives "have no place" in New York. One is tempted to say oh, go already, especially after he says he'll take all the jobs that depend on him with him, too, and suggests that some of those who work for him won't have any work to do when he's gone. What intolerable arrogance, to think you're the lynchpin of that many lives -- or to think you're so irreplaceable when there are plenty of right-wing drama kings who could do your radio and TV shows just as well.
Finally, Amazon patents technology for "anticipatory shipping," whereby it ships items to its shipping hubs, and even to customer's addresses, based on analyzing such data as previous searches, wish list items, and even how long a cursor hovers over an item. The patent talks about "building goodwill" this way, but I expect shipping unasked-for items to folks' homes will backfire in a big way -- nobody needs to take time out of their busy day to return a package to avoid getting charged for it. I wonder why they didn't think of that.