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Comment: Re:To be more precise, Amazon will collect on taxe (Score 0) 241

by Barsteward (#49762169) Attached to: Amazon Decides To Start Paying Tax In the UK
"Hidden taxes are evil" - true

"and therefore corporate taxes are evil, and should be abolished, not raised." - if you do that then the people will have to pay more to make up the shortfall. With corporation tax, the people have the opportunity not to buy that product and hence not pay that tax. If people are satisfied with the product they bought then they will not begrudge the tax on the profit.

At the moment personal taxes are high because not everyone pays their fair share of tax, that includes businesses and personal, if everyone did the right thing and paid what was owed, we'd all be taxed less.

Comment: Re:To be more precise, Amazon will collect on taxe (Score 1) 241

by Barsteward (#49762161) Attached to: Amazon Decides To Start Paying Tax In the UK
"corporations aren't people" - thats the biggest myth of all. I don't see how the people in that corporation can be moral and ethical outside work and not inside, it just means that they are really immoral and unethical in real life too. The excuse of hiding behind a piece of paper is cowardly. They might not get to vote as a corporation but they are filled with people who do and surprisingly, those non-people can talk and lobby governments when it suits them. If a corporation is caught in tax evasion practices then the people who put that procedure into practice along with all signatories to that plan, should be taken through the courts and dealt with accordingly. (obviously not for tax avoidance)

Comment: Re:just what we all love (Score 3, Insightful) 241

by Barsteward (#49762125) Attached to: Amazon Decides To Start Paying Tax In the UK
"There's nothing immoral about tax avoidance. Tax evasion, maybe." - paying lawyers/accountants to deliberately manipulate the system is immoral when it screws the public and avoiding tax is screwing the public at the end of the day. If all corporations paid the taxes, then the public would be taxed less. Tax evasion is illegal and criminal.

Comment: Re:Sudden? (Score 1) 268

"but nobody ever makes a plan," - this is the biggest problem.... when old industries die, its hard to replace it in the those locations because the new industry has sprung up somewhere else, its taken the mining areas in the UK decades to recover. For examples of not having a plan you can see evidence of this problem everywhere, look at Iraq and Afghanistan - politicians are too short sighted.

Comment: Re:In other news... (Score 1) 256

by Barsteward (#49734741) Attached to: Energy Dept. Wants Big Wind Energy Technology In All 50 US States
Most politicians are idiots as they parrot whatever is self-serving, there are only a few that are up to speed with the facts.

I agree about solar farms to a point, i think every roof should have solar to make it truly distributed.

I don't understand why you don;t see excessive CO2 as a problem when scientists do, especially those monitoring the acidification of the oceans.

Comment: Re:Which one of you is lying? (Score 1) 256

by Barsteward (#49733737) Attached to: Energy Dept. Wants Big Wind Energy Technology In All 50 US States
there are factors causing the price rises like the utilities ripping us off as at the moment due to their cartel like practices. They generate the power and sell it to themselves at inflated wholesale rates and then charge us. A few of the power companies are also owned by by foreign companies and there is suspicion they are charging us more to subsidize their own domestic market. there is also a green levy charged to speed up the creation of green power.

Comment: Re:In other news... (Score 1) 256

by Barsteward (#49733681) Attached to: Energy Dept. Wants Big Wind Energy Technology In All 50 US States
"But CO2 is not the boogeyman the media and politicians are making it out to be" - why would anyone care about media and politicians? i prefer scientific studies similar to this http://news.stanford.edu/news/...

"Everyone seems to be on this bandwagon of reducing resources extraction, all the while not realizing its the building block of our modern societies." would you prefer to have just coal burning as a means of power generation or do you like to take advantage of more modern ways. Burning fossil fuel is old school tech, life advances towards better solutions.

The original building blocks of modern societies started with messy dirty coal, added not so dirty gas, added clean hydro, nuclear to the equation plus a few others, now we are taking advantage of free solutions, why waste free solar and wind? Welcome to the 21st Century

Comment: Re:In other news... (Score 1) 256

by Barsteward (#49733583) Attached to: Energy Dept. Wants Big Wind Energy Technology In All 50 US States
you seem to have an obsession about drying clothes in a dryer, the biggest waste of electricity around when you could just hang everything up indoors (if its crap outside)

"Which no one has and no one is buying." - they are but they are still quite new to the market (in relative terms)

"Most of which is lost when the door is opened" - yes, but the likleyhood is that you'll be in bed asleep during the price drop

you seem to have an obsession about drying clothes in a dryer, the biggest waste of electricity around when you could just hang everything up indoors (if its crap outside)

"Smart devices can help a bit but they are not the "solution"." a single smart device isn't but when eventually everybody has them, its will make a difference.

If you make changes at the margins and everybody participates then the total change is significant. The problem with these "single issue" articles is that it makes some posters talk in terms that its going to be the "only" solution that is going to replace every other form of generation rather than it being a part of a solution that is a diverse collection of power generating solutions.

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