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Comment: I give you N Rays (Score 1) 320

What do you get when respected members of a group have their work questioned? They call their detractors 'deniers' and try to establish a consensus, (as if a fact is something that could be voted upon), to cover up their mistakes and double down on their flawed models. I give you N Rays.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/N...

It takes a jack-ass who refuses to blindly accept to point out the Emperor has no clothes and prove it.

'Murica, we're filled with Jack-Asses ;)

Comment: Re:Congratuations, so what? (Score 1) 764

by jimmifett (#48272611) Attached to: Tim Cook: "I'm Proud To Be Gay"

I'll agree with you on some of your points.

I personally think the role of marriage in federal government ( and even state, but that's up to the individual state) should be completely separated from law.
Whom another person is married to should have no bearing on a federal law or policy.

At the same time, I do not feel that any individual, religion, or business should be forced to ignore their religious beliefs by one group or another. First amendment protection.

I don't care who comes out, or doesn't, or for what reason. My identity is not defined by my sexual preferences. I find those that choose for that to be their defining identity to be rather shallow and not very important in my daily life. Good for them, they can have a cookie.

I look forward to this being a non issue.

Comment: Congratuations, so what? (Score 1) 764

by jimmifett (#48270899) Attached to: Tim Cook: "I'm Proud To Be Gay"

Congratulations Cook, good for you, have a cookie. Now, how soon until we stop giving a shit about people's sexualities when there are more important things in the world.

Where I (or others) put my (or their) genitalia has nothing to do with making ends meet at the end of the day.

I don't care what other ppl do, nor should the federal government.

Comment: Why use either? Asking for trouble. (Score 2) 631

by jimmifett (#48252563) Attached to: Why CurrentC Will Beat Out Apple Pay

How about using neither system. I don't trust apple with my data, and I don't trust any data stored in an app on my phone, regardless of OS (but esp android).

I'd rather just have a card with chip+pin or good old fashioned cash.

I don't blame retailers for wanting to cut out CC fees, hel I would want to do that too. I don't blame them for not wanting to outfit hundreds of POS devices with NFC support, that is costly, when CurrentC can achieve similar with existing hardware.

I don't trust apple or google, period. Only a fool would trust either of them for anything.

Comment: Re:Let me get this right (Score 1) 839

by jimmifett (#48168929) Attached to: Bill Gates: Piketty's Attack on Income Inequality Is Right

I'll agree with you that taxing income is the wrong way to go, and that taxing consumption is the much better way to go.

However, I completely disagree with arbitrary taxation on certain forms of consumption. It either all gets taxed equally and "fairly" at the same rate, or it's nothing more than government using policy to further select winners and losers amongst their friends.

I also disagree completely with your notion of "fair share". My "fair share" is whatever I choose to purchase with the money I have earned that represents my time, applied skill, efforts, and education, providing I did not use force, coercion, or trickery to obtain. I can have as much of it as I can choose to afford. Should I choose, I should be able to sit on my assets I have chosen to acquire and resell them later at a higher price when supply is low, generating a profit.

I have grown up poor, I never envied others that have been better off than I. Instead, I rose myself up and out to join them instead of wallowing in class envy.

"Fair share", as bad as or worse than "Give back"

Comment: Re:Let me get this right (Score 1) 839

by jimmifett (#48168271) Attached to: Bill Gates: Piketty's Attack on Income Inequality Is Right

Wow, you're concepts of the sustainability of local food sources is... I can't think of a polite way to say that you're nuts.

Modern cities, of which I have lived recently in both rural and urban, do not have the capacity to support their own populations, nor do the populations have the knowledge or experience to sustain themselves on their own as say, 150 years ago. The average population doesn't know how to clean a fish, butcher a pig/cow/chicken, or how to grow and when to harvest plants.

Lets pretend for a moment that there is a sufficient education campaign to teach people how to grow crops. Cities do not have the horizontal surface area capacity to handle sufficient crop growth.

Importing of food stuffs costs fuel, which would be heavily taxed. Harvesting foodstuffs require fuel, which would be heavily taxed. Refrigeration costs electricity, which would be heavily taxed.

I'm sure we could go back to horse drawn wagons using ice to transport much smaller quantities of food stuffs at a time, but that is impractical.

I can only presume you know little of running a business, as regulatory, embedded taxes and other "costs of doing business" and only be absorbed so much before they are passed onto the consumer or the business goes broke. This raises the final cost at retail out of the range of lower income households. Another "cost of doing business" from increased regulatory and embedded taxes is the need to eliminate positions of employees to keep a business afloat. This means another person who is now low income that can't afford the cost of foodstuffs or other products that have risen in price.

Congratulations on your ability to live close to your job. You are fortunate in that regard. However, there are millions of people that must commute long distances, such as all the people that can't afford to live in new york and must travel from jersey. Don't bother going into some "well if gov taxed 1% or forced lower housing costs so they could live in the city they work in blah blah" nonsense, i'm not even going to bother addressing that kind of totalitarianism.

It's adorably naive that your seemingly racist world view completely ignores logistical facts of transportation of goods, food, and energy. Have fun with that, leave the rest of us out of it.

Comment: Re:Let me get this right (Score 1) 839

by jimmifett (#48163117) Attached to: Bill Gates: Piketty's Attack on Income Inequality Is Right

My understanding with VAT, is that it's not just applied at consumer retail level, but also manufacturing and distribution at every step along the way, becoming a snowballing embedded tax, even on food as the resources to produce food are taxed and added into the equation.

I also understand that VAT nations typically also have income taxation.

That's akin to free sodomy with complimentary lube*++

*while supplies last
++ the supply is already gone.

Comment: Re:Let me get this right (Score 1) 839

by jimmifett (#48163039) Attached to: Bill Gates: Piketty's Attack on Income Inequality Is Right

yeah... here's how you didn't think that through far enough:

Taxing fuel means taxing distribution of products, from the food you eat to the clothes you buy. The increased cost of transportation gets embedded into the cost of your consumables. This embedded tax will quickly begin to screw the poor, as the costs of low cost items will increase.

A very large number of americans commute long distances in places where there is no mass transit. I myself commutes 100 miles 5 days a week. My old man commutes about 60 miles daily. We are both middle class. A large number of people in flyover country also have long commutes as they are spread out.

With water, you have farmers that require large amounts to grow food. You've now increased to the cost food (plant and animal), on top of the transportation of feed, and transportation of crops and live stock cost increases.

With electricity, you've increased the cost to run the stores that sell the food, to keep it cold, to run the computers to process the plastic cards. The previously embedded costs of the entire distribution system of raw resources to get food to the store is increased and passed along to the consumer as an invisible tax at every single step.

Now you have priced the lower income groups out of food due to costs, forced them out of jobs as companies attempt to cut costs to reduce the impact on the consumer and regulatory costs, and ... yeah, pretty much made things worse.

Thank you for your attempt at conforming society to your misguided belief system via tax policy, please stop. We like to eat.

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