HOUSTON — A Texas death row inmate with a history of mental problems pulled out his only good eye and told authorities he ate it. . . . While in the Grayson County Jail in Sherman, Thomas plucked out his right eye before his trial later in 2004. A judge subsequently ruled he was competent to stand trial. A death-row officer at the Polunsky Unit of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice found Thomas in his cell with blood on his face and took him to the infirmary. “”Thomas said he pulled out his eye and subsequently ingested it.”
Exxon supports carbon tax
Herald News Services
Published: Friday, January 09, 2009
Exxonmobil corp., the world’s largest crude oil refiner, supports taxing carbon dioxide as the most efficient way of curbing greenhouse gas emissions, its chief executive said. “As a businessman, it’s hard to speak favourably about any new tax, but a carbon tax strikes me as a more direct, more transparent and more effective approach,” Rex Tillerson, CEO of the Irving, Texas based company, said Thursday at the Woodrow Wilson international center for scholars in Washington. At a Dec. 11 event in Chicago, Tillerson, 56, said he preferred a carbon tax to carbon trading programs such as the type used in Europe. A trading program, known as ‘cap and trade,’ “inevitably introduces unnecessary cost and complexity” that reduces effectiveness, said Tillerson. They require a vast expansion of regulation, he said. a carbon tax “can be more easily implemented” and is the “most efficient means of reflecting the cost of carbon,” said Tillerson. “Such a tax should be made revenue neutral,” he said, which requires other taxes to be lowered so that the overall tax burden isn’t increased.
Like Texas plans to end the life of Andre Thomas, the US government plans to destroy Exxon Mobil. The natural reaction, in such circumstances, apparently is to eat yourself.
Now, I have nothing against carbon tax – as long as it is the ONLY tax, and replaces completely all other federal government taxation certainly including income tax and social security tax. Carbon tax could vastly simplify taxation and provide a rational tax base for funding federal government’s constitutional purposes including the miliitary. This is not the plan however.
The real plan is to remove capital from the economy and redistribute this “wealth” equitably as determined by the inverse of economic productivity. These systems have always worked well over history since Lenin perfected Marx’s original invention. Human overpopulation has been kept in check.