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Comment Re:... with government funds and subsidized chargi (Score 1) 311

The engineers at GM are well aware of this, and the Volt's computer is subsequently aware of it. If you have not filled in ~6 months, it will alert you to add fresh gas. If you don't, it will start burning off the old gas to force you to do so.

But thanks for this perfect illustration of the "But what about [problem that everyone knows about]? You'll be fucked!" comment.

Comment Re: What is 300 trillion ? (Score 1) 205

If you are looking for a job, you are statistically unemployed. That's the only criteria.

Length of unemployment and receipt of unemployment benefits are irrelevant. While those moving to lower paying jobs are counted as employed (pretty hard to argue otherwise), any reduction in pay gets reflected in wage data.

Comment Re:Nothing new (Score 1) 202

If sand were the only input to glassmaking, perhaps. But energy is also a large input, glass furnaces run up to 1500 degC. It takes less energy to melt existing glass than it does to make new glass.

Waste glass (which is called cullet) can also be recycled into other products. This typically replaces sand, so what's the point? While sand may be plentiful, it must also be collected, refined/sorted, and shipped to the point of manufacture. Glass is used everywhere, and in many parts of the country we're already doing the collection/sorting.

Comment Re:Sequestration is a gimmick (Score 1) 720

Payroll taxes are a deduction (automatically done on W-2). State taxes are a deduction. Property taxes are a deduction. Actually paying 60% is extremely difficult... in fact I would bet that it's impossible, aside from ridiculous situations like not claiming any deductions/exemptions.

AGI in your scenario is something like $179k on which you'd pay ~$43,600 in federal income tax (making the total federal tax rate 22.3%). Adding back the payroll tax, state tax, and (absurd) $40k property tax you get ~$115,000 total taxes, or 46% (50% with the absurd $10k in sales tax). That's with no other deductions like mortgage interest, charitable donations, children, etc.

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