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Comment: Re:Can someone explain how multinationals work? (Score 1) 132

by plalonde2 (#42633617) Attached to: Google Invests $1 Billion To Build New London HQ
There is *certainly* a moral component. The money taxed is earned in part with tax-payer provided assets: roads, security infrastructure, various regulatory frameworks, a court system, and so on. Being part of a functioning western society and partaking of its infrastructural advantages costs sometime - we call that "taxes". Debating the level of taxes vs the benefits is certainly acceptable, but claiming there's no moral dimension is wrong.

Comment: Re:Can't America get its acts together ? (Score 1) 1059

by plalonde2 (#42523851) Attached to: Congressman Introduces Bill To Ban Minting of Trillion-Dollar Coin
Explain, in detail, how that works, please. I know no western taxation system in which the break to the next income level causes increased taxes at the level below. (Ok, I know a couple of cases involving claw-backs of benefits at the lowest tax bracket - those are errors that should be fixed, not the intent of the progressive taxation system).

Comment: Re:Can't America get its acts together ? (Score 1) 1059

by plalonde2 (#42523805) Attached to: Congressman Introduces Bill To Ban Minting of Trillion-Dollar Coin
You are mis-understanding the tax code. You only pay the higher rate on the amount *above* the cut line; The amount below the cut point is taxed at the lower rate. That's the very diffinition of progressive taxation. It's just the next dollar that gets taxed at the higher rate, not every dollar.

This is a *VERY* common mis-understanding of how the income tax rates work.

Comment: Re:videogames are like #3 or lower on that list (Score 1) 1168

by plalonde2 (#42353301) Attached to: School Shooting Prompts Legislation To Study Violent Video Games
2007 saw 613 fatal firearms accidents, and over 15,000 hospitalizations. http://webappa.cdc.gov/sasweb/ncipc/leadcaus10.html http://webappa.cdc.gov/sasweb/ncipc/nfirates2001.html

Had there been perfect response by armed teachers at every event this year, at most 37 deaths would have been prevented, though that's the upper bound of somehow stopping them before they even start. I don't care to speculate on how many accidents would be added by having firearms in classrooms. There *will* be moments of carelessness.

Your macho fantasy world isn't the true world.

Comment: Re:Gingrich & Huckabee Weigh In (Score 1) 1168

by plalonde2 (#42341329) Attached to: School Shooting Prompts Legislation To Study Violent Video Games
Bans aren't needed. Require trigger locks,and that they be stored them unloaded, and keep the ammo separate (and locked). Accidents drop hugely as do suicides (yes, you can defeat the system, but suicidal ideation tends to pass quickly, especially if you're futzing with a lock you don't have the keys to), Your base rates of gun related injuries and death drop. And the base rate totally overwhelms felon-on-non-felon murders and ill people who feel the need to shoot up the world.

Comment: Re:Just say no ... (Score 2) 221

by plalonde2 (#41849897) Attached to: IEEE Standards For Voting Machines
You don't have to trust, you just have to make corruption too expensive. Count in small batches, on site, at close of voting, with volunteer observers from every person on the ballot. It works, it scales, and it limits the effectiveness of co-opting a few individuals, unlike *anything* to do with electronic voting.

Comment: Re:10x the population (Score 2) 500

by plalonde2 (#41283359) Attached to: Election Tech: In Canada, They Actually Count the Votes
The point is that you really don't have to trust the scrutineers: every party represented on the ballot has the right to have an observer present during the counting. Since each ballot box has relatively few ballots (500 or so), the count is quick. If your party can't muster a volunteer per 500 voters, you have deeper problems than vote fraud.

A method of solution is perfect if we can forsee from the start, and even prove, that following that method we shall attain our aim. -- Leibnitz

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