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Claytoonz: Musk you mansplain?

Kids, class is in session. Today, I’m going to educate you on the use of a specific slur. Now, not all of you need to be schooled on this but there are quite a few of you who are ignorant, so you’re the ones I’m really talking to. The pandemic has been ripe for Karens.... Read more»

These real estate and oil tycoons avoided paying taxes for years

While some of the country’s absolute wealthiest people, including Jeff Bezos, Elon Musk and Michael Bloomberg, occasionally sidestep federal income tax entirely, a subset of the ultrarich does it year in and year out.... Read more»

Recent White House study on taxes shows the wealthy pay a lower rate than everybody else

When ProPublica compared the richest Americans’ wealth gains to the taxes they paid, we found a system that benefits billionaires. White House economists recently used a similar method to calculate tax rates, revealing stark inequality. ... Read more»

Biden pushes for more electric vehicles, tighter emission standards

Backed by automakers and in stark contrast to the rollbacks of the last administration, the president is proposing an aggressive agenda with tightened emission standards and a goal of making 50% of all vehicles sold in 2030 electric. ... Read more»

Commentary

Why Gil Scott-Heron’s ‘Whitey on the Moon’ still feels relevant today

Not long after the 1969 Moon landing, poet Gil Scott-Heron released a scathing song called “Whitey on the Moon.” While others lauded the landing as a “giant leap for mankind,” he lamented it, saying the trip consumed resources that could have been better put to use helping people on Earth.... Read more»

ProPublica’s tax revelations lead to calls for reforms — and investigation

ProPublica’s investigation released Tuesday revealing that the top 25 wealthiest Americans have paid little, and sometimes nothing, in federal income taxes has resulted in demands to rewrite the tax code and to investigate how the confidential data was released.... Read more»

What the Devil won't tell you

Google Assistant coming for thousands of Tucson jobs

Artificial intelligence is an economic asteroid we can all see coming, so voters must question our civic leaders right now about that issue as the bot industry draws one of its first beads on a leading Tucson industry.... Read more»

Rocket manufacturer Vector zeroes in on $60M contract

A fledgling rocket company based in Tucson announced a major boost as it plans to build out a factory here — a $60 million contract to conduct a series of satellite launches beginning in 2019. Vector Space Systems said last week it plans to hire 200 employees as it constructs a facility near TIA.... Read more»

Vector Space Systems

Small rocket company plans to launch big jobs in Tucson

Vector Space Systems, a young Tucson company that plans to put small payloads into orbit by launching hundreds of small rockets each year, will build a manufacturing plant at Pima County's tech park, near World View. The company plans to hire 200 high-paid employee as they build its 40-foot-tall rockets.... Read more»

Proposed SpaceX launch site draws environmental worry

A proposed launch pad site in Texas has raised concerns among environmentalists and the Texas Parks and Wildlife Service over the potential impact on endangered wildlife.... Read more»