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Comment: Re:To be more precise, Amazon will collect on taxe (Score 1) 204

by PopeRatzo (#49763979) Attached to: Amazon Decides To Start Paying Tax In the UK

What kind of business could have revenue less than or equal to its tax bill but will continue to "pay taxes"?

That's upside down thinking. Corporations pay tax on income which means "profits".

Ergo, all taxes a business will pay must be funded out of revenue.

This is the right-wing brainwashing at work. You can't even imagine taxes being funded out of profits, can you? Please bear in mind that a corporation is simply a legal mechanism by which capital can avoid liability. You have somehow come to believe that a companies costs exactly equal its revenue and that they only exist for the public good.

Comment: Re:To be more precise, Amazon will collect on taxe (Score 1) 204

by PopeRatzo (#49762997) Attached to: Amazon Decides To Start Paying Tax In the UK

The first rule of economics is "Businesses do not pay taxes. Businesses collect taxes."

No, the first rule of economics is "don't talk about economics".

Seriously, as long as you have companies in competition in regard to pricing, then yes, businesses do in fact pay taxes. They can not in fact just raise prices to cover taxes, because if they could raise prices, they already would have done so.

There is no law in economics that says "Businesses do not pay taxes. Businesses collect taxes." That's an old conservative trope that gained currency when Ronald Reagan and Margaret Thatcher were busy rodgering the working people of their respective countries.

Comment: Re:Well... (Score 1) 271

by PopeRatzo (#49762933) Attached to: Study: Science Still Seen As a Male Profession

If you had gone to high school, you might have noticed that women make up 84% of the teaching staff

And if you could read your own citation, you'd have noticed that men make up 43% of the high school teachers.

The 84% number includes elementary, pre-school and early child care. As someone who's actually had progeny, I can assure you, there's a good reason men don't go into pre-school and early child care.

Comment: Re:Well... (Score 1) 271

by PopeRatzo (#49762921) Attached to: Study: Science Still Seen As a Male Profession

But elementary school and high school? Forget about it, that's approaching 100% women.

43% of high school teachers are male. And the number of men in teaching at the pre-school through high school level is growing. And growing is the opposite of "approaching zero", for future reference.

http://www.menteach.org/resour...

Comment: Re:Demographics (Score 1) 271

by PopeRatzo (#49761413) Attached to: Study: Science Still Seen As a Male Profession

I was playing guitar but stopped to check the various feeds before shutting down and heading to bed. Snowshoeing early tomorrow.

Right on, brother. Tomorrow morning I'll be busting some broncos and then base-jumping off the Sears Tower with a parachute of my own design. After that, I'll be having sex with the entire wait staff of Hooters, one of whom is my wife, Morgan Fairchild.

Comment: Re:In case you were wondering, (Score 1) 509

by PopeRatzo (#49761063) Attached to: Ireland Votes Yes To Same-Sex Marriage

Nope, that has nothing to do with the issue, that's a parable about forgiveness.

Is there anything creepier than using the Bible to explain why child molestation isn't really all that bad?

Try reading in context sometime.

Considering the fragmented way the Bible came into being, "context" varies from verse to verse.

Here is the text of Matthew 18:6:

Whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it would be better for him to have a great millstone fastened around his neck and to be drowned in the depth of the sea.

Now, the word that's translated here as "sin" is actually "skandalizo" (Greek): to “scandalize”;to entrap, that is, trip up (figuratively stumble [transitively] or entice to sin, apostasy or displeasure): - (make to) offend.

So I'm sorry, there is no "context" about that verse that makes it any less about scumbags who would mess with kids.

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