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Drones Reveal Widespread Tax Evasion In Argentina

magarity Drones are cost effective? (208 comments)

Maybe someone on a motorcycle could more cost effectively go around checking on empty vs developed lots? Sure, they might not see the pool out back, but the house might be hard to hide.

5 days ago
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Phablet Reviews: Before and After the iPhone 6

magarity Re:Very sad (277 comments)

You're probably in luck. The 6 is the setup for the 7 where there's going to be the regular, the plus, and the new iPhone Nano which will be back to a 3.5 inch screen.

about a week ago
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US Revamping Its Nuclear Arsenal

magarity Re:chronologies: we haz it (340 comments)

The author use small "i' imperialist - yes, the USSR was imperialist Russia in many senses. No, it was not Imperialist Russia..

about a week ago
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Bioethicist At National Institutes of Health: "Why I Hope To Die At 75"

magarity Re:Right... (478 comments)

Along this same line though is that since this guy is convinced 75 is his limit I bet his health starts falling off at 70 in order to make that come true. He has a good chance of convincing himself and becoming a self fullfilling prophesy.

about a week ago
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New Global Plan Would Crack Down On Corporate Tax Avoidance

magarity Re:Most taxes are legalized theft (324 comments)

Good for them for figuring out how to get that deal. Corporate income taxes hurt the poor and low income more than anything else.

about two weeks ago
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New Global Plan Would Crack Down On Corporate Tax Avoidance

magarity Re: Most taxes are legalized theft (324 comments)

4. Cap federal student loan interest rates at inflation based on the CPI. What we borrow is what we pay back.

Below market rates is already the biggest problem with student loans; don't make it worse. Easy-to-get student loans make the schools see easy-to-get money which causes a positive feedback loop: tuitions rise because so much loan money is handed out because tuitions rise becase so much money is handed out because tuitions rise.
There was a great article in last month's Economist about the direct correlation of student loan availability and tuition increases since the student loan program was instituted. The rates of increase have been WAY over any other price increases in the economy.

about two weeks ago
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New Global Plan Would Crack Down On Corporate Tax Avoidance

magarity Re:Most taxes are legalized theft (324 comments)

But tax inversion needs to stop before it creates too much problems. (Also, let's close tax loopholes for individuals.)

Furthermore, the "tax inversion" only happens because the USA is one of three countries in the world that tries to collect tax worldwide. Let's say a UK headquartered company, for example, has an office in the USA and makes some sales. The UK's IRS does not try to tax that revenue made in the USA, only the revenue in the UK. The USA's IRS, on the other hand, insists on collecting tax on revenue made by a USA headquartered company whose office in the UK made some sales. You see how this puts the USA based firm at a large disadvantage? They have to pay USA level tax everywhere in the world, where the local competing companies are paying only the local level tax.

What needs to happen is to stop tax inversion by stopping this horrible practice by the IRS. USA taxes should only apply in the USA. And USA corporate tax rates, among the highest in the world, need to come way down.

about two weeks ago
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New Global Plan Would Crack Down On Corporate Tax Avoidance

magarity Re:Most taxes are legalized theft (324 comments)

Payroll taxes do not hide anything. I think most people realize they pay FICA taxes. It usually is listed on the check

You've proven my point; there is a whole set of payroll taxes your employer pays that is NOT listed on your check stub. There's *your* FICA deduction plus a matching FICA amount paid by your employer, which you do not see on your stub. Then there's *your* SS deduction, and again a matching amount paid by your employer which is not listed. Your employer also pays an unemployment tax which is not listed on your stub.
The point is, all of these payments are, from your employer's point of view, how much it costs to get you to work. You're effectively paying all this extra tax because the money comes from you going to work. But you don't even know about it.

about two weeks ago
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New Global Plan Would Crack Down On Corporate Tax Avoidance

magarity Re:Most taxes are legalized theft (324 comments)

The gp didn't say not to tax anything - it IS a good idea that taxpayers realize the taxes they pay. Payroll taxes hide a tremendous amount of taxation that most people have no idea they're paying.

about two weeks ago
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Court: Car Dealers Can't Stop Tesla From Selling In Massachusetts

magarity Re:No standing, no case (155 comments)

Each state is going to have differently worded laws in this area. The Mass one sounds like the first case where it was worded to prohibit company owned outlets of specific manufacturers to protect only dealers of the same brand.

about two weeks ago
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The FCC Net Neutrality Comment Deadline Has Arrived: What Now?

magarity Bad way to conduct policy (131 comments)

Whether you like or dislike net neutrality, you should NOT like government regulatory agencies setting public policy unilaterally without legislators involved. Name one person at the FCC you can vote out of office at the next election based on your feelings over how they rule on this issue.

about two weeks ago
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New Data Center Protects Against Solar Storm and Nuclear EMPs

magarity Solar storm EMP vs nuclear weapons (59 comments)

OK, solar storm I can understand protecting against. But nuclear weapons EMP? Better to use the data center as a bunker in that case and never mind the data.

about two weeks ago
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SanDisk Releases 512GB SD Card

magarity Re:Fahrenheit? WTHolyF? (210 comments)

Celsius is arbitrary too. There is nothing inherently connecting temperature and water.

Kelvin is the only scale based on something fundamental.

Fahrenheit is based on the coldest you can get brine before it freezes and the approximate human body temperature. Both of these make great sense for telling the weather as 0 is dangerously cold and 100 is dangerously hot.

One might argue that a lot of people don't live in the temperate zone where 0 and 100 occur regularly but C's water boiling and freezing points are only good for people at sea level and no one's weather on Earth ever involves boiling water.

about three weeks ago
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U.S. Threatened Massive Fine To Force Yahoo To Release Data

magarity Re:It's a bad sign (223 comments)

1. Vote Libertarian on November 4th
2. Vote Green on November 4th

When will the Libertarians and Greens learn the lesson from the Teas? If you want to get elected, work from WITHIN the establishment. There are multiple Tea candidates in office via running under the Republican umbrella. The Libertarians could do the same except all they seem to want to do is siphon votes away from a potentially winning Republican. The Greens need to work from within the Democrats the same way instead of siphoning off. Then we COULD get real change but it's doubtful either the Libs or Greens can get off their ideological high horses.

about three weeks ago
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Microsoft Paid NFL $400 Million To Use Surface, But Announcers Call Them iPads

magarity Re:football can cause brain damage (405 comments)

I bet Apple does though. The last thing they want is "iPad" becoming so generic they lose the trademark, like hoover or cellophane or escalator or sellotape.

The becoming generic is a longer term problem than the immediate one of the commentators mocking the guy who seemed to be having trouble scrolling around.

about three weeks ago
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Text While Driving In Long Island and Have Your Phone Disabled

magarity Re:It should be (364 comments)

How any automated system will know if the phone is used by driver vs passenger is a challenge, I imagine.

By the inward pointing dash camera, of course.

about three weeks ago
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Dirty Diapers Used To Grow Mushrooms

magarity Re:English usage (97 comments)

"....the average baby will work their way through 8,000 of them before they end up in landfill where they'll take centuries to break down."

This is an episode of "Hoarders" I don't want to see; where they kept all 8,000 diapers before sending them to the landfill.

about three weeks ago
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Researchers Made a Fake Social Network To Infiltrate China's Internet Censors

magarity Re:misleading? (49 comments)

WOW, what a shock, they helped you enforce their laws?

No, laws are made by statute which are passed by the governing assembly bodies when those are in session, Statutes are almost always available to the public with only modest effort or even published freely. These censorship standards are regulatory in nature which means not only do they change at the whim of the administering beaurocrats but also (especially in less democratic countries like China) unpublished to the public and either require significant effort to obtain or aren't available at all.

about a month ago
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3 Congressmen Trying To Tie Up SpaceX

magarity Re:It's about PorkBarrel (393 comments)

Of course, when poor folks need a hand...

You lost perspective in this last sentence; income redistribution account for the lion's share of the entire federal budget next to which the price of these rockets isn't even a rounding error.

about a month ago

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How much coverage of the Paralympics did you watch

magarity magarity writes  |  about 6 years ago

magarity (164372) writes "The Para-what?
Less than of the Olympics
Same as of the Olympics
More than of the Olympics
Too busy competing to watch
I'm blind, you insensitive clod!
Only CoyboyNeal's victory in the 1000 meter one legged hurdles"

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