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by idonno
Mon Dec 25, 2017 5:24 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Wealth taxation
Replies: 120
Views: 16367

Re: Wealth taxation

You could go with a Georgist tax. Require reporting of rental income (or profits, if it's a business) for people who earn income on that property, and then use that to assess a value for all properties (or businesses) and require that tax be paid based on the potential rental value of your property...
by idonno
Mon Dec 25, 2017 3:02 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Wealth taxation
Replies: 120
Views: 16367

Re: Wealth taxation

Is this your complaint of property taxes and IPO stocks? One note on property tax is that people are getting utility out of a property not just holding it and property taxes, when done right, are paying for things that service the property. In a lot of ways they are more a part of the expense of ma...
by idonno
Sat Dec 23, 2017 10:13 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Referendum: Episode two: Catalonia strikes back
Replies: 123
Views: 17945

Re: Referendum: Episode two: Catalonia strikes back

Isn't granting greater autonomy the reason secession talk keeps happening? Like once you grant them independent language and culture, you just poisoned the country forever. Assuming it doesn't involve breaking reasonable laws, denying any people group their own culture seems like a pretty big viola...
by idonno
Thu Dec 21, 2017 4:58 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future
Replies: 1742
Views: 249971

Re: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future

... a pill that literally costs 20 cents a pill in South Africa (and the company still profits) but $50 in the US. ... and who pays for the research to develop this pill, or the next one? And what happens to AIDS in South Africa? Is this another "America First" thing? Yeah, I get that $50...
by idonno
Wed Dec 20, 2017 9:33 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future
Replies: 1742
Views: 249971

Re: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future

If they arn't holding back cures, and they most likely aren't , they are certainly setting the knife deep on pricing. The conspiracy is doing the same old thing over again slightly differently, and charging ever higher prices. That may be the case with a lot of breakthroughs but it is certainly not...
by idonno
Wed Dec 20, 2017 3:31 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future
Replies: 1742
Views: 249971

Re: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future

http://www.bbc.com/news/health-42308341 The defect that causes the neurodegenerative disease Huntington's has been corrected ... Not really corrected, but yet another palliative the patient takes for the rest of their life. Not really saying that's bad, just pointing out that yet again they found p...
by idonno
Mon Dec 18, 2017 12:57 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Net Neutrality and Gaming
Replies: 37
Views: 2606

Re: Net Neutrality and Gaming

If it's subtle enough that noone notices how bad can it really be Bad enough to re-elect Trump. Trump's election had nothing to do with net-neutrality. Nor did Brexit. Nor will his re-election should that occur. They were down to the trolls (both amateur and professional) taking over the net as I b...
by idonno
Tue Dec 12, 2017 7:27 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Sexual Harrassment Epidemic
Replies: 538
Views: 23066

Re: Sexual Harrassment Epidemic

What makes you think I'm not relaxed. I'm not even really personally concerned. Okay; but if that's so, why are you bringing this up? I didn't. Someone else said they felt like they had to walk on eggshells. I just care about other people and happen to care about someone who has substantially worse...
by idonno
Mon Dec 11, 2017 7:35 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Sexual Harrassment Epidemic
Replies: 538
Views: 23066

Re: Sexual Harrassment Epidemic

Okay, first off: Relax. What makes you think I'm not relaxed. I'm not even really personally concerned. I'm pessimistic enough that, if anything, I misread situations the other way. You're not going to accidentally sexually harass someone. I mean, yes, it's technically possible -- in the same sense...
by idonno
Sun Dec 10, 2017 11:50 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Sexual Harrassment Epidemic
Replies: 538
Views: 23066

Re: Sexual Harrassment Epidemic

If you did something wrong it's highly unlikely she'll risk reporting you unless it's egregious. You keep talking about getting in trouble and being reported but people care about more things than that. We live in a culture where social crucifixions are carried out with incredible swiftness often b...
by idonno
Sun Dec 10, 2017 12:14 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 5953
Views: 819542

Re: Police misbehavior thread

How are you supposed to crawl towards the police officer with your legs crossed? I checked and if I cross my legs at the ankle, similar to arms at the wrist, it is a little awkward but I can still crawl. Homeless people who need shelter don't live in planned neighborhoods. Middle class people who w...
by idonno
Sat Dec 09, 2017 10:31 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 5953
Views: 819542

Re: Police misbehavior thread

How many neighbourhoods are small enough that 'down the street' is a different one? This might be a communications issue with what is meant by "down the street". I'd typically refer to the semi main road that services a bunch of neighborhoods as "the street". I know I'm not the ...
by idonno
Sat Dec 09, 2017 8:08 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 5953
Views: 819542

Re: Police misbehavior thread

If someone puts in a development down the street, your house has just as much utility... No. The utility of a house comes as much from the neighborhood as it does from the structure. Jose Who said anything about the neighborhood? Typically neighborhoods are set up with neighborhood covenants that p...
by idonno
Sat Dec 09, 2017 7:47 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Sexual Harrassment Epidemic
Replies: 538
Views: 23066

Re: Sexual Harrassment Epidemic

Why does it make you feel like you have to walk on eggshells? I don't know about the specific case but there are an lot of people that aren't anywhere near as skilled at reading social cues as others assume they should be. "No" may mean "no" but when someone assumes that they ha...
by idonno
Sat Dec 09, 2017 4:27 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 5953
Views: 819542

Re: Police misbehavior thread

preventing development is unrelated to keeping what you already have. [...] Alice doesn't lose her house if Bob, Charles, and Dawn do their deal And musicians don't lose anything if I "share" their songs on (the old) napster. Owning real estate is different from owning chattel. Alice does...
by idonno
Wed Dec 06, 2017 4:25 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Sexual Harrassment Epidemic
Replies: 538
Views: 23066

Re: Sexual Harrassment Epidemic

In other sexual harassment news, the Associated Press reports: Lawyers for President Donald Trump argued on Tuesday that a defamation lawsuit filed by a former contestant on his reality TV show "The Apprentice" who accused him of unwanted sexual contact should at least be blocked while he...
by idonno
Mon Nov 27, 2017 4:01 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 14454
Views: 2106116

Re: In other news... (humorous news items)

But 2+2 does equal five... for sufficiently large values of 2. Jose I see you have bought into more lies. There are no numbers other than whole numbers (and I suspect some of those are made up). I shall eat a marshmallow for your soul. Nah, just redefine the + symbol into another operation in group...
by idonno
Mon Nov 27, 2017 3:24 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 14454
Views: 2106116

Re: In other news... (humorous news items)

Any statement at all can be argued for in moral language if you're allowed to use arbitrary, nonsensical, contradictory morals. Counterexample. 2 + 2 = 5 because that allows us to produce food for free thus ending world hunger. If you aren't pro starving children, you would support this. Math teach...
by idonno
Wed Nov 22, 2017 2:04 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 14454
Views: 2106116

Re: In other news... (humorous news items)

Ms Le Page said: "I can't state this enough: there is no scientifically rigorous, doubly blind evidence that divining rods work. Isn't it a bit silly that big companies are still using magic to do their jobs?" This seems like an odd argument. We still do a lot of things that don't have ri...
by idonno
Wed Nov 22, 2017 1:47 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 4638
Views: 340165

Re: Trump presidency

The Great Hippo wrote:What sort of person treats an accusation as true only when it's politically convenient to do so?
Based on history, I'd say the majority of the U.S. population.
by idonno
Mon Oct 23, 2017 3:53 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: SCOTUS Biased Against Basic Mathematical Arguments
Replies: 47
Views: 5218

Re: SCOTUS Biased Against Basic Mathematical Arguments

Why not require the legislators to describe their methodology in enough detail to allow you to independently derive their map, and allow it to be disputed in court if it's seems like criteria is chosen to intentionally discriminate? That might get really bad cases but it won't be to long before par...
by idonno
Fri Oct 20, 2017 9:24 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: SCOTUS Biased Against Basic Mathematical Arguments
Replies: 47
Views: 5218

Re: SCOTUS Biased Against Basic Mathematical Arguments

That would be great if politics actually fit the two dimensional view that we keep being fed. Two dimensional? What kind of magic fantasy land do you live in where people reckon political positions in two whole dimensions? Around these parts people struggle to even use the first dimension properly....
by idonno
Fri Oct 20, 2017 5:23 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: SCOTUS Biased Against Basic Mathematical Arguments
Replies: 47
Views: 5218

Re: SCOTUS Biased Against Basic Mathematical Arguments

Nobody, regardless of party affiliation, has the power to get a representative with identical views to their own. Well, I guess it is a good thing my argument was "A third party voter has no power to pick a person they want in power" not "A third party voter has no power to pick a pe...
by idonno
Fri Oct 20, 2017 11:08 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: SCOTUS Biased Against Basic Mathematical Arguments
Replies: 47
Views: 5218

Re: SCOTUS Biased Against Basic Mathematical Arguments

An aggregate-representation model as proposed seems to necessitate that you're voting for the party , not the individuals. Yes, the current system often looks like it reduces to that, but there's some important differences. If the legislature is creating laws that you, the voter, don't like, your p...
by idonno
Thu Oct 19, 2017 9:50 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: SCOTUS Biased Against Basic Mathematical Arguments
Replies: 47
Views: 5218

Re: SCOTUS Biased Against Basic Mathematical Arguments

If this is a disenfranchisement of voters, the biggest victims aren't the democrats. Nearly 100% of third party voters are getting their votes thrown out. If you live in a district that's been drawn to be 90% Democrat, then any vote you cast—whether you vote for the Democrat, the Republican, or a t...
by idonno
Thu Oct 19, 2017 2:59 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: SCOTUS Biased Against Basic Mathematical Arguments
Replies: 47
Views: 5218

Re: SCOTUS Biased Against Basic Mathematical Arguments

It seems to me that the arguments over gerrymandering don't lend themselves to the proposed solution. If this is a disenfranchisement of voters, the biggest victims aren't the democrats. Nearly 100% of third party voters are getting their votes thrown out. If we are going to measure things based on ...
by idonno
Fri Oct 06, 2017 6:13 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 4638
Views: 340165

Re: Trump presidency

cphite wrote:
Isaac Hill wrote:respond to the charges in writing

Does tweeting count?
by idonno
Thu Oct 05, 2017 2:23 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 3648
Views: 441018

Re: The Darker Side of the News

Well, good old Boris decided to tell Libya they could have the next Dubai if they just cleared up all the bodies. I'm not sure what a "Conservative fringe meeting" actually is but it sounds like a small gathering so it seems like a more fair description is that he told some of his politic...
by idonno
Mon Oct 02, 2017 3:10 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Statue Removal--the Saga Continues
Replies: 17
Views: 3269

Re: Statue Removal--the Saga Continues

If anything, they should set up general Sherman statues right in the heart of every confederate city. You realize he wasn't even opposed to slavery. On top of that, by modern standards, he was a pretty bad war criminal. The more you look at military leaders from the Civil war, the more you realize ...
by idonno
Mon Oct 02, 2017 4:21 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Statue Removal--the Saga Continues
Replies: 17
Views: 3269

Re: Statue Removal--the Saga Continues

qvxb wrote:Ulysses S. Grant

I'm not sure how setting up a monument to one of the genocide presidents is going to improve anything.
by idonno
Sat Sep 23, 2017 11:53 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Antifa & neo-Nazi Ned in: "Too Many Violence?"
Replies: 409
Views: 24547

Re: Antifa & neo-Nazi Ned in: "Too Many Violence?"

Even if we just consider it in absolute terms of alive or dead, I doubt you or anyone else would be able to come up with and stick to some kind of rigorous mathematical relationship between X and Y in the statement, "It is acceptable to cause the deaths of up to X people in order to save Y oth...
by idonno
Fri Sep 22, 2017 3:33 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Antifa & neo-Nazi Ned in: "Too Many Violence?"
Replies: 409
Views: 24547

Re: Antifa & neo-Nazi Ned in: "Too Many Violence?"

What if you proclaim yourself a supporter of wanton genocide but only the extermination of most of a continent's population? Because a lot of people support the American government despite the fact that we weren't the first ones on this land. How many people support the American government's histor...
by idonno
Fri Sep 22, 2017 3:23 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 5953
Views: 819542

Re: Police misbehavior thread

“You can get tunnel vision or just get locked in on the person with the weapon,” he said, speaking generally about what officers can encounter during chaotic scenes. “I don’t know what the officers were thinking. They very well could not have heard everyone yelling around them.” I'm pretty sure tha...
by idonno
Tue Sep 12, 2017 5:50 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Let's talk about race, 2017 edition
Replies: 177
Views: 14252

Re: Let's talk about race, 2017 edition

As an aside, the majority population does get a rather significant amount of affirmative action in the case of college admissions, specifically in the form of legacy admissions , which overwhelming benefits people that are rich and white. In the case of Harvard, for example, nearly a third of the i...
by idonno
Fri Sep 08, 2017 3:07 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Statue Removal--the Saga Continues
Replies: 17
Views: 3269

Re: Statue Removal--the Saga Continues

CorruptUser wrote:Assuming coma patients, prisoners, mentally ill, and severe physical or mental disabilities count for that purpose.

You forgot about orphans.
by idonno
Fri Sep 01, 2017 1:43 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 3648
Views: 441018

Re: The Darker Side of the News

so long as the final balance sheets allow enough flexibility to juggle it and still show that "$X raised for X, $X used for X" is true enough, in the long run… If some outgoing proportion (up to 100%!) of $X has to come from a prior float and thence the same amount of incoming $X goes int...
by idonno
Fri Sep 01, 2017 3:41 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 5953
Views: 819542

Re: Police misbehavior thread

The Great Hippo wrote:You think the appropriate response to an increase in homicide rates is for us to murder more people? Are you looking to be a police officer in the US? Because it sounds like you'd fit right in!

If you murder enough people, the homicide rate drops to divide by zero error.
by idonno
Fri Sep 01, 2017 3:38 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 3648
Views: 441018

Re: The Darker Side of the News

They are an invasive species, so it's not a question of whether we should exterminate but rather whether we should not. And how would you logistically accomplish this? Send valuable boats to kill ants instead of rescue people? Remember, if you get too close, you get swarmed by angry venomous stingi...
by idonno
Thu Aug 31, 2017 4:24 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 3648
Views: 441018

Re: The Darker Side of the News

Yes, That's a Huge Floating Mass of Live Fire Ants in Texas: Floods make them more venomous and more aggressive. (Here's the obligatory link to xkcd 1620: "Fire Ants" ) Is there some consequence to killing these? The fact that they can just spray to keep them out after Katrina would seem ...
by idonno
Thu Aug 31, 2017 3:04 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 4638
Views: 340165

Re: Trump presidency

The particular hazard is death. If you think otherwise could you please explain what methods of death deserve differentiation and why. Comparing overall death rates doesn't get to the nuance of the situation. Yes there are plenty of jobs more dangerous than policing in terms of raw numbers. And in ...

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