"it's just a "successful companies must pay me because reasons" that happens to have American companies at its focus right now."
Your right about the cash grab on the successful companies, but you're wrong that it's not anti-American.
EU leaders are tired of US companies winning so many markets. They want more local winners, and impeding the foreign players is a move from the same old playbook that brought us tariffs, quotas, or other trade barriers.
Even if it's not done out of a negative feeling towards the USA, its certainly the case that EU leaders are unlikely to suffer a political price for "taxing" big US companies. This is like a city's government raising "occupancy taxes" on hotel rooms -- it's easy to screw the people who can't vote you out.
Bad news. Drachma has started annoying Mark, and is likely to exit the Kennelzone.
Buck only passed because they gave all his work and pay to Rupee, who worked twice as hard for half as much, but because of time zone issues, would only sniff RVs overnight.
Pound was renamed because of confusion when she was referred to as "the dog, Pound". They considered new names, and almost threw out "Scottie" but kept that name by a narrow vote.
In other bad news, Yen was washed away in a tsunami, Peso was put down by Donald Trump, Ruble was found planging polonium in RVs, Lira got distracted by doggie "Bunga bunga parties", and Franc was morally compromised by hiding the RV cash stash of neo-nazis for a cut.
The next dog they brought in was Rand. He was not named after the ZA currency, but rather Ayn. No good either, selfish prick kept all the stashes to himself, saying sharing it with the other officers would just support "parasites". He oughta know, flea-addled mutt.
With all the dogs gone, they took the radical decision to just let all the surf dudes in RVs keep their money. Crazy, no?
Note to readers. Inquiring and curious minds may still want to know: Why DID Gorman have so much cash? Where did he get that much money? How could he afford an RV, too? And, if he had a real job in Maui, why did he have enough time to drive cross country on the mainland? Was he actually involved in drugs or some other illegal stuff?
But in answer to that curiosity, stop. Just stop. Whether illegal or legal, we have no right to know, and neither did these cops.
I, myself, want to know at least how this guy had $167k, but that falls into the category of "none of my fn business." Whether he got that money from his dead dad's estate, or from smuggling heroin in SUPs is irrelevant. His right to privacy should supersede all suspicion and curiosity unless there is a legitimate probable cause.
Later, in the news: drone-like, repetitive, clickbaity and formulaic news articles basically write themselves. How the forumla for creating a moral panic may threaten the human element and editorial touch we used to value in news reporting.
Click to read more...but first, Is something in your garage planning to kill you?
"Looking at the way things are today, I don't see how your proposed future makes any sense."
And that is always the wrong way to predict the future. None of the better prediction methods are accurate either, but at least they don't make the fallacy of looking at each invention in a silo, assume nothing else will change, and compare how the innovation would fit into the world of today.