Big Fat Deal in Jersey: Christie Let Trump Skip Millions in Taxes

September 21, 2016

Big Fat Deal in Jersey: Christie Let Trump Ignore Millions in Taxes

“By the time Chris Christie became governor of New Jersey, the state’s auditors and lawyers had been battling for several years to collect long-overdue taxes owed by the casinos founded by his friend Donald J. Trump.

The total, with interest, had grown to almost $30 million. The state had doggedly pursued the matter through two of the casinos’ bankruptcy cases and even accused the company led by Mr. Trump of filing false reports with state casino regulators about the amount of taxes it had paid.

But the year after Governor Christie, a Republican, took office, the tone of the litigation shifted. The state entertained settlement offers. And in December 2011, after six years in court, the state agreed to accept just $5 million, roughly 17 cents on the dollar of what auditors said the casinos owed.”

— “Trump Casinos’ Tax Debt Was $30 Million. Then Christie Took Office.” Russ Buettner, New York Times

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Brits Are Eating Bambi!

September 20, 2016

Brits Are Eating Bambi!
British diners are eating venison faster than Scotland can raise it. Maybe they’d like to nibble on some of the fresh whitetail deer roadkill from America’s annual vehicular deer harvest.

More:

“Brits are eating venison faster than Scotland can produce it,” Chris Baraniuk, Quartz

“Diners game for wild meat as ‘Bambi effect’ fades, says chef,” Rod Kitson, Evening Standard

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Uncle Sam Wants You — To Drink More Milk

September 19, 2016

Got Milk? Why?

“New evidence also shows that drinking lots of milk doesn’t protect against bone fractures and may be linked to certain types of cancer. And all the good stuff in milk — calcium, potassium, and protein — can be found in greater amounts in foods like broccoli, kale, and black beans.

 But these foods are at a disadvantage when it comes to competing against dairy. They don’t have trade groups giving millions to members of Congress and lobbying for influence over the nation’s nutrition policy.”
— “How big government helps big dairy sell milk,” Liz Scheltens and Gina Barton, Vox

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Hymn To Freedom

September 18, 2016

“Hymn To Freedom,” written and performed by Oscar Peterson (piano) with Ray Brown (bass) and Ed Thigpen (drums). Recorded in Denmark, 1964.

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‘Mel (Honey)’

September 18, 2016

“Mel (Honey),” written by Caetano Veloso with words by poet Waly Salomão, recorded by Mr. Veloso’s sister Maria Bethânia in 1979. Nice steel guitar.

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Green Light

September 18, 2016

“Green Light,” written by Eddy Grant and recorded by him with his North London band The Equals in 1968.

More:

“Black Skin Blue Eyed Boys: The Story of Pioneering Interracial Rock Band the Equals,” Jason Heller, Pitchfork

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Rod Serling

September 18, 2016

”The most unfettered imagination belongs to young people, and they don’t walk through life; they fly” – Rod Serling, interviewed for Australian radio by Binny Lum in 1963.

Animated by Patrick Smith for Blank on Blank (PBS Digital). Colorist: Jennifer Yoo

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Love Needs a Heart

September 17, 2016

“Love Needs a Heart,” written by Jackson Browne, Valerie Carter and Lowell George, performed by Mr. Browne with Craig Doerge (keyboards), Danny Kortchmar (guitar), Russ Kunkel (drums), Leland Sklar (bass) and backup vocals by Doug Haywood and the incomparable Rosemary Butler. Recorded in 1977.

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We Got More Soul

September 17, 2016

“We Got More Soul,” recorded by Dyke and the Blazers in 1969.

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Shirley

September 17, 2016

“Shirley,” sung by John Fred (John Fred Gourrier), accompanied by Clarence Fox (sax), Frank Fields (bass), Charles Williams (drums), and Walter Nelson and Ernest McLean (guitar). Written by Mr. Fred and Tommy Bryan; recorded in 1958.

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