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Comment: Re:thank God they didn't have computers.... (Score 4, Funny) 626

You do't understand. The pick this kid posted suggested to them that he might grow up a Democrat. Soon he will be a felon and unable to vote. This is just one more aspect of many police state laws being put in place by the modern GOP and the shadow plutocrats that control it to make sure their grip on the public is complete.

One doen't know whether to laugh or feel sorry for at all the right wing conspirator wackjobs, who are so busy protesting against the evils of "liberalism" and "socialism", that they haven't even noticed the plutocrats have inserted a rubber glove so far up their backsides that when the time comes all the plutocrats will have to do is to reach in and yank their hearts out.

Comment: Re:The real problem is local competition (Score 1) 312

by turkeyfish (#49429865) Attached to: Google, Apple and Microsoft Squirm As Global Tax Schemes Scrutinized

Yes, except of course for the 99% of humanity that can't afford to buy any shares. One can't presume that somehow they will sit idly by, while corporations ask them to go extinct.

Better yet, establish the same rate on capital gains as salaried income worldwide and tax all stock transactions at 1% per share without exception. Admittedly, it might require some ancillary laws that make it legal to burn at the stake, politicians, donors, and judges who think political kick-backs in return for tax breaks are acceptable, but perhaps a little alteration of current tax laws would do much to solve many of humanity's problems. With accelerating global warming that will make Earth uninhabitable for humans within 200 years, we don't have a lot of time to find solutions to come up with the money to address the problem, so some creativity will clearly be needed.

Why should Mitt Romney and his ilk only have to pay a 13% tax rate on his income, often for selling "good-will", while the vast majority of Americans pay 28%?

Comment: Re:Hauled? Forced? (Score 1) 312

by turkeyfish (#49429735) Attached to: Google, Apple and Microsoft Squirm As Global Tax Schemes Scrutinized

"Those invitations are akin to subpoenas, so yes they were forced to appear and answer questions."

Yes, and its about time. With global warming soon to make planet Earth uninhabitable for humans in as little as 200 years, massive amounts of money will be needed to radically change the infrastructure associated with energy production and delivery and transportation and manufacturing. Since only a tiny fraction of the world's population really has any money, humanity will be forced to get it from the tiny fraction of the world's population who do have money.

The question is will the ultra-wealthy be a willing part of the process to save Earth for humans or will it ultimately be necessary to take it from them by any means necessary? I would suggest that at the present rate of warming, there is perhaps only a 10-35 year window in which the tiny fraction of the population that has all the wealth will get decide whether they will cooperate or conditions will determine their fate, after that it will be everyone for themselves. One thing is for sure, as the crunch to survive becomes far more brutal than it is now, those with the money are going to have an even more difficult time trying to find a place to hide it or even hide themselves. Unless the ultra-wealthy are prepared to nuke entire populations, there simply won't be enough soldiers for hire to save themselves and as we all now know, the enemy of your enemy is not always your friend.

In the meantime, the rest of us can try to figure out what side we will likely be on. Of course, soon if we have not already made our choice, it will be made for us. The impact of global climate change in an 8+deg C world will pretty much dictate the limited choices the humans that remain will have.

Comment: Re:So - the fact that others are doing it makes it (Score 1) 312

by turkeyfish (#49429559) Attached to: Google, Apple and Microsoft Squirm As Global Tax Schemes Scrutinized

"Though why anyone thinks the world will be a better place if governments have yet more billions of dollars to waste is beyond me."

The answer is obvious: so governments can waste their money on little, average guys like me and you, instead of always wasting it on a few already incredible rich people, who get every break they desire by corrupting governance by making it fundamentally unfair.

You aren't really that stupid are you?

Comment: Re:So - the fact that others are doing it makes it (Score 2) 312

by turkeyfish (#49429509) Attached to: Google, Apple and Microsoft Squirm As Global Tax Schemes Scrutinized

"Though why anyone thinks the world will be a better place if governments have yet more billions of dollars to waste is beyond me."

Of course, we shouldn't let governments have extra money to feed the poor, educate citizenry, provide health care, protect the environment, make streets safer, or let the citizenry vote to decide how to spend it, for after all, we should simply let corporations establish tax policy through an army of lawyers armed with political kickbacks so that the already ultra wealthy can get tax breaks denied to everyone else, so they can waste it instead.

Comment: Re:Purposefully blind (Score 1) 653

by turkeyfish (#49414133) Attached to: Carly Fiorina Calls Apple's Tim Cook a 'Hypocrite' On Gay Rights

No point worrying too much about Saudi Arabia as its about to become progressive. With global warming continuing at its current pace, the entire Arabian subcontinent will be completely unlivable in 50-100 years. The social changes there will be massive as the unstoppable momentum of global warming will dictate it soon enough.

If you don't have time to do it right, where are you going to find the time to do it over?

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