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Davos 2015: Less Innovation, More Regulation, More Unrest. Run Away!

dywolf Re:"They" is us (330 comments)

That is flat out BS.
Pure and simple, no excuses.

If you actually believe that nonsense you just said then you live in a fantasy world.

The amount we spend on "welfare" in this country is a joke.
No, everyone is most definitely NOT getting richer.
Yes, they have accounted for inflation (you are not smarter than the world's smartest economists and have not discovered the one thing they forgot).

yesterday
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Davos 2015: Less Innovation, More Regulation, More Unrest. Run Away!

dywolf Re: Regulation? (330 comments)

and if you'd have bothered to read the article, the author even makes that point:

the U.S. had the second-highest level of inequality, behind only Chile.

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Davos 2015: Less Innovation, More Regulation, More Unrest. Run Away!

dywolf Re: Regulation? (330 comments)

You fool.

That chart disproves your entire stance.

You may be technically correct that the US is "not #1".
But if you actually looked at, and understood that chart,
you'd have noticed that the only country with more inequality than the US is Chile.

The US is #2 on that chart.

The chart is sorted according to the pre-tax numbers, but its the after tax numbers that matter.

Inequality may start out higher in other countries thanks to old (seriously old) money, but thanks to their redistributionist policies, actual inequality is lower, and everyone lives more equality, with better healthcare, working conditions, benefits, standard/quality of living, and overall better access to and representation in the market.

So the point that the chart then makes is that redistribution works.
The chart you provided therefore undercuts your own argument and disproves your point.

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Davos 2015: Less Innovation, More Regulation, More Unrest. Run Away!

dywolf Re:Big Myth #1 (330 comments)

So when the richest 0.1% control fully half of the worlds entire wealth, you don't think have any power, let alone more power than the rest of us?

Heck, you even think its a free market.
Hint: it's not; not at their stage of the game.
You are a fool.

They crashed the WORLD'S economy.
Possibly intentionally, as they profited off of the entire ordeal.
They profited off the toxic loans that drove the housing bubble.
They profited off the crash.
They profited off the bailout.
And then they captured nearly the entire recovery, 95% worth.

That's why the economy still stinks for most people. It's like if you shove 100 people in a room, and take 100$ from each of them, then give one guy 9500$, and everyone else 5$. That's our crash and recovery in a nutshell.

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Davos 2015: Less Innovation, More Regulation, More Unrest. Run Away!

dywolf Re: Regulation? (330 comments)

Oh BS.

No, not all tech companies are from the US or originated here. Not even close.

Middle class incomes are higher in Canada.
Purchasing power parity is higher in Europe.
Standards of living are higher as well.
Health standards are higher.
And inequality is lower.
People are happier, work less, earn as much, and yet as just as productive as US workers.

And then you even make the "well the poor have microwaves, so therefore they aren't poor" argument.
Sheer idiocy.

Essentially, you don't know what F you're talking about.

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Davos 2015: Less Innovation, More Regulation, More Unrest. Run Away!

dywolf Re:Regulation? (330 comments)

How do you possess these completely opposing thoughts at the same time?
I swear you are a textbook example of doublethink.

You start off good, then you say things like "the more "statist" and regulatory governments have been, the less well economies have done and the more income inequality we've seen" or " if they don't start lightening up on Federal regulation, they're going to see far worse problems and more unrest than they have so far".

The sheer idiocy and blindness required to actually believe this things while at the same time acknowledging that inequality is a problem and talk about holding the rich responsible for rigging the system is staggering.

You are seriously blaming the government and regulation for the inequality we see, and suggesting we do LESS of it?
You are a moron.

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Disney Turned Down George Lucas's Star Wars Scripts

dywolf Re:Good news (420 comments)

Willow sucked as did the book adaptions.
Honestly, I think THX1138 was overrated too.

This new cartoon thing he has coming looks thoroughly disinteresting as well.

4 days ago
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Disney Turned Down George Lucas's Star Wars Scripts

dywolf Re:Analogy: Sex (420 comments)

no.
no.

Phantom Menace was bad.
purely and completely.

4 days ago
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Senator Who Calls STEM Shortage a Hoax Appointed To Head Immigration

dywolf Re:it IS a hoax (512 comments)

Sounds like a good reason to require a certain minimum level of benefits, for all workers, regardless of immigration or citizenship status.

5 days ago
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Senator Who Calls STEM Shortage a Hoax Appointed To Head Immigration

dywolf Re:No way! (512 comments)

People should be allowed to come to the US and compete.

I agree. Open the borders. Create an economic trade zone with free travel across borders for partner nations similar to the EU.
If they live here, work here, and pay taxes here, the money still goes into our economy.
Make it easy/possible for them to obtain citizenship as well if they decide they want to stay.

Require English everywhere.

Can't agree with this.

Require documentation of identity.

Already exists.

Block them from access to entitlements until they become citizens.

Already exists.

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Blogger Who Revealed GOP Leader's KKK Ties Had Home Internet Lines Cut

dywolf Re:Censorship? (418 comments)

Ok lets talk numbers. Absolutely. Lets.

The answer to your question is 0.

Prove me wrong.

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Blogger Who Revealed GOP Leader's KKK Ties Had Home Internet Lines Cut

dywolf Re:Censorship? (418 comments)

Lucky for you progressives don't simply want change for change's sake.

The key idea is that the change should be beneficial. IE, better than now.

5 days ago
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Blogger Who Revealed GOP Leader's KKK Ties Had Home Internet Lines Cut

dywolf Re:Censorship? (418 comments)

Tax code for 501 non profit status is a known regulation.
It set out categories of non profit types, with different requirements.

When a blatantly political group tries to use a non-political category it should be investigated.
It is not illegal or wrong or intimidation for the IRS to DO ITS JOB.
Unless of course you don't think the law should enforced.

But guess what?
No conservative groups were denied their status.
But several liberal ones were.

(yes, that's right: youre wrong about them receiving little scrutiny too)

5 days ago
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IRS Warns of Downtime Risk As Congress Makes Cuts

dywolf Re:People attacking the IRS here are dumb (253 comments)

No, its not about maximizing revenue in the same sense as a corporation.

there is no minimum or maximum permitted.
there is simply the tax code and it lays out an amount that you pay.
its not a range of values, its a single value.

you pay it, or you don't.
if you pay too little, you're in violation of the law.
if you pay too much, you're owed a refund.

either way, the task of the IRS is ensure that you paid the proper amount, and issue a refund if needed, or collect the amount owed. most people pay too much because of withholding. but then its easier for most folks to get a refund (though financially it seems foolish as it's basically a 0% interest loan to the gov), than to try and pay an extra bill once a year.

that's why most of the fraud that occurs in individual returns (it's the corporations that tend to avoid paying altogether) in is the refunds received, ie, they claim too much, and the IRS doesn't have the resources to spot every fraudulent claim. and as I said, minor stuff generally no one cares about as its not actual an intentional attempt to defraud the government.

but the only way in that "maximizing revenue" comes into play is in ensuring proper enforcement. its the law. if enforcement is lacking (chiefly in the form of paying too much in refunds), which is it is, then people are getting away with defrauding the rest of us. we can debate about whats proper in the tax code all day long. that's fine. but at the end of the day, whatever the tax code is, its the IRS job to carry it out.

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IRS Warns of Downtime Risk As Congress Makes Cuts

dywolf Re:People attacking the IRS here are dumb (253 comments)

1- I never said that. I never said its government's job to take money from citizens.

2- it is a citizen's civic duty to pay his taxes. you like roads? you like a military? you like civilization in general? guess what. your taxes or GTFO my streets.

3- In a government by the people of the people and for the people, we have decided certain things need done. we argue about specifics, but no one states that NONE of it need done. that means money needs collected for something (unless of course you don't think we should ensure the govnermnet should pay for things, and instead just demand the resources it needs...). that means someone needs to collect it, and that is the IRS's job and independent agency we created to ensure certain of citizens (like you) who are too dumb to understand basic civics, keep with the program.

your argument fails on too many counts to name, I suggest going back to school and taking a civics lesson.

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IRS Warns of Downtime Risk As Congress Makes Cuts

dywolf Re:People attacking the IRS here are dumb (253 comments)

its not specious and i doubt you know the meaning of the word from your usage. It's not that people pay few taxes (its the corporations that do that largely). Its that more or higher refund checks are sent out that refund too much. that's the form that most of the fraud or evasion takes for most people. they fudge their taxes to get a bigger refund. It takes time and manpower to process all those claims and spot every discrepancy, and its the lack of that manpower and resources that causes so many people to fall through the cracks, or for it to take years for the IRS to catch up to someone. By and large small fudging no one cares about, but big fudging they do. But a lag time ot 1-3 years is still not uncommon in those cases. And reducing funding will only increase that.

From the standpoint of the government collecting and generating are the same thing for the IRS. For every dollar spent on the IRS it returns between 5 and 7 dollars to the federal coffers, which is what then finances the yearly budget.

You want lower deficits?
You want tax evaders prosecuted?
You want fewer fraudulent tax refunds sent out?

Then properly fund the IRS.

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Blogger Who Revealed GOP Leader's KKK Ties Had Home Internet Lines Cut

dywolf Re:Steve Scalise did NOT speak to KKK group (418 comments)

The hypocrisy is thick alright.
About as thick as that pile of BS you just spouted.

The dude admitted he spoke to them.
That's your narrative.
Case closed.

As for Robert Byrd, he repeatedly said he quit and left, and repeatedly apologized for the year he was a member, and repeatedly spoke against discrimination and in favor or tolerance. Yes, you got him: he started a local chapter and though it was a good thing, for about a year. And then spent the rest of his life apologizing for and denouncing it.

But as you said, the narrative has been set, and the facts don't matter.
The only think you left out is that you were speaking about yourself.

about a week ago
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IRS Warns of Downtime Risk As Congress Makes Cuts

dywolf Re:People attacking the IRS here are dumb (253 comments)

to lash out at Big Government. They should call it the Ayn Rand Wet Dream Enhancement Act of 2014.

(end got cut off again)

about a week ago
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IRS Warns of Downtime Risk As Congress Makes Cuts

dywolf People attacking the IRS here are dumb (253 comments)

Yes. It's that simple: Shortsighted moronic stupidity.

But this is the GOP playbook: break things so they don't work, then complain that they don't work, and break them some more.

Case in point: the IRS.
Now nobody particularly likes the taxman.
But the IRS is responsible for funding the rest of government.
So impairing the governments ability to actually pay for the things it does, is stupid.

Specifically, for every dollar spent on the IRS, government takes in 5-7 dollars.
So cutting the IRS, impairing it, preventing it from doing its job, WILL RESULT IN INCREASED DEFICITS.

Customer service wait times, ie help filling out forms, has already more than doubled due to lack of staffing to answer calls. Nearly 40% of

callers give up and hangup before even being helped. There's the issue of tax fraud that they are unable to prevent/investigate because of

lack of staffing, meaning some of the refunds they payout are fraudlent.

And again, there is the simple issue of, if you want government to actually pay for the things it does, someone needs to collect that

money. And making it harder for them to due that, is moronic. Sabotaging and impairing the government's ability to function in order to them

blame them for the dysfunction that you ahve caused is the height of hypocrisy. But again: its the standard GOP playbook.

Mr Bookman says it best:

I suppose they think that’s some kind of revenge for the IRS’ perceived persecution of conservatives, but the agency isn’t some

living, breathing entity that feels pain or retribution. It also won’t affect IRS employees all that much, because they’ll keep coming into work,

doing their job and going home at night, just like before.

However, enforcement will decline, tax cheaters will prosper and even be encouraged, honest taxpayers will get played for suckers,

revenue will fall, the deficit will rise and hundreds of thousands of Americans who call the IRS for information or assistance will be stuck on

the line for an eternity before hanging up, angry at what looks from their end to be an arrogant, unresponsive government that is

supposed to be helping them. Those taxpayers will mutter that no business would ever get away with treating its customers that way. They

will be right.

That’s because no business is run by people whose goal is to make customers hate that business. It’s dumb and it’s destructive, but

that’s what happens when we are governed by children.

So next time you complain about government spending money it doesn't have, remember that it was you that did it to yourself.
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How Stupid Sequester Cuts To The IRS Could Result In A Bigger Deficit
http://thinkprogress.org/econo...

The IRS estimates that every dollar spent on enforcement brings in $4-$5 dollars of additional revenue. As Reuters’ David Cay

Johnston found, every hour spent on corporate tax enforcement bring in more than $9,000 in revenue.

GOP’s childish attack on IRS will hurt honest taxpayers
http://jaybookman.blog.ajc.com...

The IRS Oversight Board, a citizen panel created by a Republican Congress in 1998 to help “rein in” the agency, is even more

blunt about the impact of cuts imposed since 2010. IRS staffing is down 26 percent from two decades ago, and some 5,000 enforcement

agents have disappeared from its payroll just since 2010. That’s pretty dumb, since every dollar spent on enforcement is estimated to

produce $7 in additional revenue to help cut the deficit.

The board notes that accounting for inflation, IRS funding is now at the lowest level since the oversight board was created. And that will

have consequences:

“The stability of our nation’s tax system will . be at risk if enforcement plummets and the tax gap grows. The Board believes under-

funding the IRS only punishes America’s taxpayers and endangers the fiscal health of our nation and critical programs upon which Americans

depend.”

Slashing the IRS Budget—Penny-Wise and Pound-Foolish
http://www.thefiscaltimes.com/...

There is an old trick in both government and business to get rid of an operation you don’t like through stealth—you simply cut its

budget gradually, thus causing its effectiveness to suffer, and then cut it some more because it is ineffective. Repeat until the operation is so

weak and can be abolished altogether.Republicans have been playing this trick with the Internal Revenue Service for years. The agency has

become the all-purpose whipping boy to excite Tea Party members and divert attention from the performance problems resulting directly from

Congress’s failure to fund it properly.

Eventually, the tax system will break down, as it has in many European countries, contributing heavily to the debt crisis in

Greece and elsewhere. When people don’t pay the taxes they owe, this forces the government to go into debt and raise taxes on honest

taxpayers, which pushes more and more of them into the ranks of the tax evaders.Another consequence is that governments must raise the

sorts of taxes that are harder to avoid, which tend to be regressive sales taxes, while income taxes, which are fairer, go uncollected.

Thus the overall tax system becomes less fair, which encourages further tax evasion.

Stupid GOP Tricks: Slash The IRS Budget As Revenge For Phony Tea Party Scandal
http://www.newscorpse.com/ncWP...

Brilliant! This is a win-win for Tea-publicans who hate government in general and the IRS in particular. This bill would make it

harder for the IRS to carry out its responsibility for collecting revenue that the nation needs in order to function. Thus, it would open up the

agency to criticism for inefficiency that was created by this budget cut. It would also create inefficiencies in every other branch of

government that is starved for revenue by the reduced tax receipts which, in turn, would make them subject to criticism. It would increase the

federal deficit by leaving untold billions of legitimately owed taxes uncollected. This, of course, would incite additional fury by the pseudo-

deficit hawks of the GOP who would ignore the fact that they created this problem in the first place.

At the same time, a crippled IRS would be unable to audit the corporations and millionaires who routinely practice – shall we say “creative”

accounting. Consequently, these folks, who are the benefactors of the Republican Party, would have free rein to rob the American people of

billions of dollars necessary to run critical federal programs including Social Security, the military, public safety (food, water, consumer

products, etc.), transportation and infrastructure, medical research, criminal prosecution and prevention, and so much more.

The severity of these cuts will disrupt detection and prevention of criminal activity such as fraud and identity theft, leaving average

Americans more vulnerable to victimization. They would also hamper the agency’s ability to provide service to every taxpayer seeking

assistance with common filing questions.

So these cuts would have the triple purpose of weakening vital services upon which every American relies, granting amnesty to tax cheats

everywhere, and artificially creating excuses

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IRS Warns of Downtime Risk As Congress Makes Cuts

dywolf Re:One has to wonder (253 comments)

you poor stupid idiot.

you have a non argument and no clue.
you can raise these specious "questions" but they reveal more about your own ignorance than anything of value releated to the IRS.

maybe the upgrades have been scheduled for months, predicated on projected funding, not an uncommon practice. further, no matter when the upgrades are scheduled for someone can raise the "why now?" question and have it seem important (when its really not). Its not like they only work 3 months out of the year.

and they have been talking about the problem of cuts and how it would affect them for months, ever since the congress passed the cuts.

about a week ago

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America's Internet is the Best, Europe's a failure, says Washington DC Expert

dywolf dywolf writes  |  about a year ago

dywolf (2673597) writes "Harry Alford, the CEO of the NBCC in Washington, D.C., has written that that America's Internet is the best in the world. "85% of Americans enjoy 100MBps internet, blowing away Europe where only 50 percent of households can access even one-third of that speed". And not only is our system the envy of the world, thanks to the deregulations of the Clinton Era telecommunications reforms and the free market, but Europe's internet access is a complete failure due to overregulation. "It's why America's Internet is faster than in leading Eurpean nations. The greatest Internet companies in the world — from Amazon to Facebook — are American companies. We should stick with the free-market system that's worked so well.""
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CEO of National Black Chamber of Congress says America's Internet is the Best

dywolf dywolf writes  |  about a year ago

dywolf (2673597) writes "Harry Alford, the CEO of the National Black Chamber of Congress in Washington, D.C., wrote into The Oklahoman newspaper to rebut a previous letter to the editor decrying the stat of America's Internet. He tells tell us not to fear, that America's Internet is the best in the world. Apparently "85% of Americans enjoy 100MBps internet, blowing away Europe where only 50 percent of households can access even one-third of that speed". And not only is our system the envy of the world, thanks to the deregulations of the Clinton Era telecommunications reforms, but Europe's internet access is a complete failure due to overregulation. The letter can be found here: http://newsok.com/free-market-system-worked-for-americas-internet/article/3879006"
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Writer extols crowd sourced crime solving...while ignoring it's failure

dywolf dywolf writes  |  about 2 years ago

dywolf (2673597) writes "Gary C. Kessler, a contributor to CNN Opinion, has written a piece in which he extols the virtues of crowdsourcing, and how it helped capture the Bostom bombers....except for that part where crowdsourcing failed to indentity the real suspects, and actually led to some false accusations. He then goes on to talk about the privacy issues involved in constant public surveillance. From the article: "The Boston Marathon bombing investigation made use of crowdsourcing to collect photos and video from cell phones and surveillance cameras at an unprecedented level. These pictures were made public a little more than 72 hours after the explosions and the second suspect was arrested 29 hours later.
[...]
The U.S. Constitution does not explicitly offer citizens a right of privacy, although many court decisions certainly support such an ideal. Indeed, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Louis D. Brandeis is well known for his observation, 'The right to be left alone — the most comprehensive of rights, and the right most valued by a free people.'""

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Hostess, maker of Twinkies, to shutdown

dywolf dywolf writes  |  more than 2 years ago

dywolf (2673597) writes "In a shocking and disturbing bit of news Hostess, unable to work out a new contract with its bakers who are striking, has filed for bankrupty and requested permission from the court to shutdown operations. The world's most perfect food in the upcoming apocalypse may disappear as the Twinkie supply dwindles."
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Electronic Arts pulls Bait and Switch with FIFA 13

dywolf dywolf writes  |  more than 2 years ago

dywolf (2673597) writes "Electronic Arts has released FIFA 13. The problem? It's FIFA 12 with a new box. Same graphics, same modes, literally the same everything. Other than new socks for your players."
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Indian Superbug gene found in American cat

dywolf dywolf writes  |  more than 2 years ago

dywolf (2673597) writes "The NDM-1 story has been long and contentious (my archive of posts is here), but from the first, two things have been clear. However the political battles fall out, medicine views the emergence of this gene as a catastrophe, because it edges organisms to the brink of being completely non-responsive to antibiotics, as untreatable as if the infections were contracted before the antibiotic era began. And because the gene resides in organisms that happily live in the gut without causing symptoms, NDM-1 has been a hidden catastrophe, crossing borders and entering hospitals without ever being detected."
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