Clipper Mayhem (05 October 2023)

Today: Accidental Americans, Sachs on the Neocon Debacle in Ukraine, Live Aid the Musical, U2 talks, 10 Webb wonders, searching for a human society.

05 October 2023 | James Porteous | Clipper Media News

Quote of the Day:

I, not events, have the power to make me happy or unhappy today. I can choose which it shall be. Yesterday is dead, tomorrow hasn’t arrived yet. I have just one day, today, and I’m going to be happy in it. Groucho Marx

1. USG made people pay thousands to give up their U.S. citizenship. Now they want a refund 

The U.S. started imposing a fee for Americans to renounce their citizenship in 2010, and in 2014 it increased it to $2,350, from $450.

The price of being an American who lives abroad is often an accent that sticks out, jokes about culinary inferiority and sometimes even issues opening a bank account or buying a home.

But for some former citizens, the price to renounce that status has long been steep. Now many of them want refunds, filing a class-action lawsuit Wednesday to try to get their money back.

It marks a new stage in a yearslong battle by “accidental Americans” — U.S. citizens who neither live in the country nor have any real ties to it but must still pay taxes to Uncle Sam — to reduce the costs they face.

The $2,350 that Rachel Heller paid to renounce her citizenship years ago was almost equivalent to her monthly salary.

2. Jeffrey Sachs: Beyond the Neocon Debacle in Ukraine

Four events have shattered NATO’s drive for enlargement eastward. Now, decisions by the U.S. and Russia will matter enormously for the entire world’s peace, security and wellbeing.

3. Live Aid: The Musical

The 1985 Live Aid concerts were organised by Bob Geldof and fellow musician Midge Ure to raise money for famine relief in Ethiopia. The concerts were held on 13 July 1985, simultaneously in Wembley Stadium in London, England, and the John F. Kennedy Stadium in Philadelphia. They popularised the idea of staging huge stadium gigs with multiple artists for charitable causes. Now Geldof want is to bring the story of how he organised Live Aid to the London stage.

4. Ten Webb Telescope Discoveries

From a tantalizing find on ocean world Europa to the secrets of a famous supernova and a big surprise on the most distant star we’re ever seen, NASA’a Webb telescope has been busy making incredible discoveries across the cosmos. See 10 of its most recent finds.

5. Bono and The Edge on their Las Vegas residency at Sphere

CBS News’ Anthony Mason meets up with Bono and The Edge of U2 ahead of their historic residency at the new Las Vegas venue Sphere. They discuss the groundbreaking technology in the show, performing without Larry Mullen, Jr., and plans for new music. (video)

6. In Search of a Human Society

It is our world. It does not belong to the corporations or politicians. Perhaps it is time to put the future of our human society to a vote.


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