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This is supposed to be a capitalist democracy. There is supposedly a free market.
Is that actually in our Constitution?
Well, that is the current dream of many.. find ways to have all the benefits of operating in the US without paying for it. Taxes are something that it is in one's best interest to have other people paying.
I don't mind paying taxes, and wouldn't mind paying a standard VAT to sell anywhere in the US. But the local US sales tax laws are a complete clusterfuck. When I'm selling books in various locations, I have to dig up the tax rate for that location It's a hassle, but doable, but some states are really fucked up.
New York is one of them.
Sales tax varies depending on which county, in some cases which city or which part of the city you're in. Tax rates coded to zip codes don't work...some zipcodes span localities with wildly varying sales tax rates. I'lliinois is better, but still, rates vary depending on whether you're in Chicago proper, one of the suburbs, or one of the localities downstate.
Multiply this complexity by 50 states and you begin to realize what a complete clusterfuck it is for any small online buisiness to try and cope with. Shipping a package to Bumblefuck, Nebraska? What's the sales tax? How about Buttfuck, New York? Good luck.
Impose a national VAT of x percent, and kick back some or all of it to the states, and ban local sales taxes of any kind. This needs to be vastly simplified. Even if it were 50 states and 50 different sales tax rates that would be doable, but with many dozens of different sales tax venues with varying rates in New York alone, and plenty of states like Illiinois with a few cities that impose their own surtax to the state rate, figuring this crap out is a nightmare on the best of days. If every state is allowed to impose its taxes on all online folks, only the big players like Amazon will be able to cope. The rest of us, and most new startups, will crumble under the burden.
We need somebody famous but with no pretensions (someone like
a Letterman or a Foxworthy) to speak out in a voice that will be
heard and tell everyone the obvious: the emperor is butt nekkid.
Updike did just that in A Month of Sundays. Hilariously written, exposes the hypocracy and doublethink that is so rampant in American society, and in particular the right-wing clergy of this country, and very well written. People either love it or hate it
There are American works that deserve that level of praise (Updike's work being one of them imho), but good luck getting it past the numerous gatekeepers who decide what is 'great' and what itsn't (and I'm not just talking about the dinasaur publishers or withering literary agents, I'm also including the left and particularly right-wing pressure groups, and worst of all, the religious pressure groups).
Or just put the receiver on the desk, and waste a bit of *their* time.
is letting one corporation get a choke-hold on the world's food supply.
"Ada" is the name of a person, and the language.
"ADA" is the Americans with Disabilities Act, or the American Dental Association.
What kind of editor would miss that opportunity?
Back then it was fire, brimstone, and buckshot.
I get the impression that the percentage of A/C posts is far higher on stories about GW than on the average story. Anyone got time to count?
Another idiot who doesn't understand the difference between weather
Yep, global warming denialists think that if global warming was really happening I should wear short sleeves and cutoffs today, despite the fact that I'm freezing my ass off in the winter weather.
I see. So warming is why it snowed in the state of Arkansas in MAY of 1814??? NO, 2013!!!!! Records have never shown a snowfall in May and they've got records going all the way back to when the French owned this land.
How come one cold snap disproves global warming, but one heat wave doesn't prove it?
And the Antarctic has had the all-time record ice coverage in history. Yep, getting really hot.
Deniers, like creationists, keep offering their arguments long after they've been refuted. Wonder why that is?
Oh, yeah. Deniers aren't actually doing any climate science, so they have to rely on something they read on the innertube.
that's not what MY bible says.
God just faked the temperatures to make it look like global warming happening, deceiving the unrighteous.
its policies, and the politicians who support the same are directly responsible for massive losses of money and jobs
How does that compare to, say, the policies that have made offshoring lucrative, or the changes to depression-era rules that allowed the 2008 global economic meltdown?
Obligatory XKCD [xkcd.com]
FWIW, tests like the Tukey HSD ("Honestly Statistically Different") are designed to avoid that problem.
I suspect that's how the much-discussed "Jupiter Effect" for astrology came about: Throw in a big pile of names and birth signs, turn the crank, and watch a bogus correlation pop out.