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Comment: Re:it is all going to go horribly wrong (Score 1) 451

by Citizen of Earth (#47931677) Attached to: Scotland's Independence Vote Could Shake Up Industry
I can't understand why the UK is playing along with the 50%+1 idea. It is illegitimate. All Constitutional changes require a supermajority and this is the most fundamental of all Constitutional changes. Canada dispensed with the 50%+1 foolishness after the 1995 Quebec referendum with the Clarity Act which quashes all hope for legal secession (since no more than 40% of Quebeckers have ever really supported secession). A simple 50%+1 majority would surely disappear in the face of the years of economically disruptive negotiations, capital flight, and population flight. (On second though, the latter might help the Yes side.)

Comment: Re:Not the only strategy (Score 1) 309

by Citizen of Earth (#47922197) Attached to: New Global Plan Would Crack Down On Corporate Tax Avoidance
I think that a fair way to approach taxation for multinational corporations would be to tax the revenue/profits earned in each tax jurisdiction according to that jurisdiction's rules. Instead of the concept of a jurisdiction providing services to enable corporate operations, view it as the jurisdiction providing consumers to corporations. That way, profits Apple earns from consumers within California are taxed the same way even if Apple moved all of its operations to Ireland. However, to avoid the huge burden on small companies from reporting to several hundred tax jurisdictions, set a lower limit that jurisdiction reporting is only required when revenues from a jurisdiction reach $20M for a company (or whole aggregation of shell corporations).

Comment: "accidental" breakage (Score 3, Insightful) 455

by Citizen of Earth (#47769959) Attached to: Should police have cameras recording their work at all times?

The cameras are likely to "accidentally" break anyway

The won't be "accidentally" breaking when the perp is actually being belligerant, which is most of the time there is an incident. If we were to posit that the cop is telling the truth in the Michael Brown case, the weeks of disruption, rioting, looting, vandalism, and arson could have been obviated by the timely release of the video.

Comment: Re:I have a better idea (Score 2, Insightful) 174

To paraphrase, "How about just shutting down all industry and going back to the caves?" A de-industrialized civilization could only support billions fewer people than are alive today. You would need to 'cull' all of the excess. But really, westerns will never voluntarily accept even energy poverty, so your mass-extermination plan is a no-starter.

Wasn't there something about a PASCAL programmer knowing the value of everything and the Wirth of nothing?