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Comment: Re:To be more precise, Amazon will collect on taxe (Score 1) 142

by Maxo-Texas (#49762257) Attached to: Amazon Decides To Start Paying Tax In the UK

You don't have perfect flexibility to raise your prices.

You might wish you did, but for most businesses, you don't.

The truth is somewhere in between you raising your prices 30% and you eating the entire tax. If you raise your prices 30%, you will sell less product. Often, raising them 30% will cut your business by more than 30%. So you raise prices by less - make a little less profit- and maximize the profits you can make at the new tax rate.

If the tax rate is unsustainable, then you'll go out of business.

Clearly with most of the targeted companies making record profits and more to the point, unusually high profit margins compared to other businesses - they have a lot of slack. They are just a new business and the government hasn't figured out how to take a share from them yet. But it will-- because police have to be paid, roads have to be maintained, the courts have to be run, and the military has to protect the country, etc. etc.

Comment: Re:what is the harm? (Score 1) 232

by Maxo-Texas (#49760991) Attached to: California Votes To Ban Microbeads

You can't study microplastic beads directly because once they reach the environment, they quickly become indistinguishable from other microplastic pollution.


I'm not an expert in this area but it looks like enough serious people are investigating it that I'll back them when they say to stop.

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III M.C. Goldstein et al., âIncreased oceanic microplastic debris enhances oviposition in an endemic pelagic insectâ(TM), in: Biology Letters published on line 9 May 2012; C.J. Moore, âSynthetic polymers in the marine environment: A rapidly increasing, long-term threatâ(TM), in: Environmental Research108 (2008), pp. 131-139.

IV L.S. Fendall, M.A. Sewell, âContributing to marine pollution by washing your face: microplastics in facial cleansersâ(TM), in: Marine Pollution Bulletin, 58 (8) (2009), pp. 1225-1228.

V W.J. Sutherland et al., âA horizontal scan of global conservation issues for 2010â(TM), in: Trends in Ecology and Evolution, 25, pp. 1-7.

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VII Chr.M. Boerger et al., âPlastic ingestion by planktivorous fishes in the North Pacific Central Gyreâ(TM), in: Marine Pollution Bulletin 60 (2010), pp. 2275-2278.

VIII Y. Mato et al., âPlastic Resin Pellets as a Transport Medium of Toxic Chemicals in the Marine Environmentâ(TM), in: Environmental Science & Technology, 2001, 35(2), pp.318-324.

IX H. Takada, et al., âAccumulation of plastic-derived chemicals in tissues of seabirds ingesting marine plasticsâ(TM) in: Marine Pollution Bulletin69 (2013), pp 219-222.

X E.M. Foekema et al., âPlastic in North Sea fishâ(TM), in: Environmental Science & Technology, 47 (2013), pp. 8818-8824.

XI P. Farrel en K. Nelson, âTrophic level transfer of microplastic: Mytilus edulis (L.) to Carcinus maenas (L.)â(TM), in: Environmental Pollution 177 (2013), pp. 1-3.

XII D. Lithner et al., âEnvironmental and health hazard ranking and assessment of plastic polymers based on chemical compositionâ(TM), in: Science of the total environment 409 (2011), pp. 3309â"3324.

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Comment: Re:what is the harm? (Score 2) 232

by Maxo-Texas (#49758027) Attached to: California Votes To Ban Microbeads

Microbead contamination and harm Although their small size makes them difficult to detect, microbeads have been found in inland and coastal aquatic habitats 4,5 and in fish 6 . Experiments have demonstrated harm in fish 9,10 from plastics that are the same type, size and shape as common microbeads. Microbeads pass through water treatment facilities, are released into natural wat erways and become microplastic debris. Microplastic is ubiquitous in aquatic habitats , including bays 11,12 , estuaries and shorelines 13,14 , coral reefs 15 , the deep - sea 15 , freshwater lakes 16 , rivers 5 and Arctic Sea ice 17 . Microplastics persist in aquatic and terrestrial habitats for decades where they accumulate hazardous chemicals. Microplastic has been reported in hundreds of species globally, including marine mammals, turtles, seabirds, fish and invertebrates 18 . Microplastics cause physical and chemical ha rm to animals 9,19 . Physically, micro plastic can cause cellular necrosis, inflammation and lacerations in the digestive tract 20 . Chemically, microplastic is associated with a complex mixture of chemicals, many of which are priority pollutants under the US E PA Clean Water Act for being persistent , bioacummulative and/or toxic 21 . C hemicals associated with this âcocktailâ(TM) can accumulate in animals that eat them 9,10,19,22 - 27 and cause liver toxicity and disrupt the endocrine system 9,10 .

Comment: Re:Affirmative Action (Score 1) 528

by Maxo-Texas (#49756439) Attached to: Harvard Hit With Racial Bias Complaint

Wow.. 4 insightful to 0,Troll after folks stopped paying attention and it had 15 replies.


Here's what the original said:

Yea, well you were not kept as slaves, killed for learning to read, beaten with inch and a quarter thick poles (often to death). Your families were not sold separately to different owners and broken up. You were not systematically excluded from education, jobs, housing, medical care for generations and eveb lynched for generations (as recently as the 1990s for several of those). The police don't selectively stop you, shoot you, arrest you while letting other races go without an arrest record.

So affirmative not really so much about helping or hurting you or your minority group. It's about trying to correct evils of the past and make things fair enough again that we don't have violent civil unrest, mass rioting and destruction of property.

If you have 2% of the population and 2% representation at harvard, you don't need help from harvard.
She was like chocolate when she drank... semi-sweet at first and then increasingly bitter.

It's truth, not trolling.

Comment: Re:Powergirl Expansion a Myth (Score 2) 228

by Maxo-Texas (#49733085) Attached to: Marvel's Female Superheroes Are Gradually Becoming More Super

I found the article you were referring to.

It was written after the principles were dead and after several of them had confirmed the story.

Sure- they may have been lying. But also, looking at the older issues, her breasts do not seem like the double G whoppers they became later.

They do complement Woody in the article on at least drawing her with realistic anatomy.

Comment: Re:You won't like this... Maybe... (Score 1) 228

by Maxo-Texas (#49730459) Attached to: Marvel's Female Superheroes Are Gradually Becoming More Super

Woman vs. man in a bare-knuckle, no-rules fight? It happened, and the story is a wild one

âoeI have total respect for him, for taking that fight,â Pereira said. âoe ⦠Iâ(TM)ve been asked if I was crazy to set up that fight. Thatâ(TM)s true. I was crazy. I was crazy to have her fight against one man only. To make it fair, she should have fought two men.â

I'm 6'5" and I'm sure Ediane Gomes could kick my ass six ways from sunday in a fist fight. It would be entirely credible.


The only reason that a female superhero wouldn't be credible is acting, direction, and writing.

Comment: And both genders are relentlessly de-aging (Score 5, Insightful) 228

by Maxo-Texas (#49730409) Attached to: Marvel's Female Superheroes Are Gradually Becoming More Super

When I was 13, I was reading stories about competent 30 year old war and super heroes. Reed Richards had a decade of experience.

Today, everyone seems to be 19 to 22 yet they are somehow completely experienced and more competent than anyone older than they are. (re: the recent Star Trek films). Rogue especially has deaged tremendously from about 30 to about 20.

For some reason, when i was a kid, you didn't need children to attract an audience but these days you do.

It's so unrealistic that it is really jarring to me. These young children lack the experience and gravitas to be in the parts they are playing.

Wolverine at least still has an appearance of being in his mid 30's but he's basically immortal so it doesn't really apply to him except... it seems like a lot of "tricks" he would have seen a dozen times by now.

Comment: Re:*sigh* (Score 2) 228

by Maxo-Texas (#49730089) Attached to: Marvel's Female Superheroes Are Gradually Becoming More Super

I think most the readers don't care until they are older and have been reading comics for a while. The boobs, porn faces, and porn poses are a result of the artists. Powergirl specifically has big boobs as a prank by the artist.

Once the readers are a bit older (14+), then yea some would like to buy a sexy version of the superheroine they've read about rather than a sexy poster of some random victoria's secret or sports illustrated model. Either way, the 16 year old boy is going to have a sexy poster of a girl of some kind. And there are sexy boy posters for the girls at that age too tho most are teen bands.

Comment: Re:Mixed reaction (Score 1) 318

by Maxo-Texas (#49727377) Attached to: Battle To Regulate Ridesharing Moves Through States

Of course, it's really a bit of both.

When medallions are going for over a million dollars, clearly taxi service is artificially constrained.

So it's partially to protect a monopoly market-- and it's partially about public safety.

And of course the current monopoly holders are using safety as the wedge point for their efforts.

Comment: Re:And OP is retarded. (Score 1) 335

by Maxo-Texas (#49720841) Attached to: Stock Market Valuation Exceeds Its Components' Actual Value

Mainly the land was worthless because no one could find work there any more. Demand for the land dropped precipitously as thousands of people left the area and moved elsewhere. The world is littered with similar ghost towns.

There is not much value in unmanaged woodlands. Perhaps in 20 to 30 years they could grow trees there that could sell.

Elegance and truth are inversely related. -- Becker's Razor