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Comment Re:Lovely...with no pressing issues... (Score 2) 40

Had Canadians wanted to deal with real issues they wouldn't have elected a feminist government.

Well it sure worked out well for Sweden. On top of that, he's done a great job of showing everyone how much he dislike meritocracy and is pro-sexism he really is with his "diversity cabinet."

Comment Lovely...with no pressing issues... (Score 1) 40

And with no pressing issues in Canada, all is safe. With energy costs(from gasoline, electricity to natural gas) that are going through the roof in nearly every province. Never mind that Canada is teetering either on a deflationary spiral or hyperinflation spiral(depending on which way the housing market goes). A housing market so hot that it makes the late 1980's housing market seem like a balmy day, and CHMC(think freddie-fanie) mortgages arrears and foreclosures are increasing. Serious regional unemployment numbers, but believes importing *more* people is a great plan--especially TFW's who could be hired at any job(unlike H1B's which are limited to one area) with wanting to have a population in Canada of 100m in 50 years. His pay-for-play access scandal. A carbon tax that's going to jack the prices of everything up by around 20%, a declining service and manufacturing industry. Rampant debt and overzealous expenditure projects that in the previous government would have every left-wing media publication screaming from the rooftop about how we can't afford it.

And has decided that he wants to spy on every single Canadian, and pass a bill just like the snoopers charter in the UK. With mandatory decryption, backdoors, subscriber info and retention logging But he's got time to make a video game....so we're all safe.

Comment Re:But bringing an assault rifle??? (Score 1) 737

Apparently you can't read either, or not very well. Do you need me to break down the stats and use criminology to explain why my point was correct? Or do you want to learn on your own, I suggest the latter. It's an interesting field of science.

In August of 2015 the Post zeroed in on unarmed black men, who the paper said were seven times more likely than unarmed white men to die by police gunfire. The article noted that 24 of the 60 âoeunarmedâ deaths up to that date â" some 40 percent â" were of black men, helping to explain "why outrage continues to simmer a year after Ferguson." By yearâ(TM)s end, there were 36 unarmed black men (and two black women) and 31 unarmed white men (and one white woman) among the total 987 victims. The rate at which unarmed black men were more likely than unarmed white men to die by police gunfire had dropped, but was still six-to-one.

But the numbers donâ(TM)t tell the whole story. It is worth looking at the specific cases included in the Postâ(TM)s unarmed victim classification in some detail, since that category is the most politically explosive. The âoeunarmedâ label is literally accurate, but it frequently fails to convey highly-charged policing situations. In a number of cases, if the victim ended up being unarmed, it was certainly not for lack of trying. At least five black victims had reportedly tried to grab the officerâ(TM)s gun, or had been beating the cop with his own equipment. Some were shot from an accidental discharge triggered by their own assault on the officer. And two individuals included in the Postâ(TM)s âoeunarmed black victimsâ category were struck by stray bullets aimed at someone else in justified cop shootings. If the victims were not the intended targets, then racism could have played no role in their deaths.

Comment Re:I like how this is just now a problem (Score 1) 262

When neoconservatives spread outright fabrications and lies about obamacare, nobody took the time to correct them.

You mean like it would be astronomically expensive? That rates would go up, that you'd never keep your doctor? That health plans would disappear? That yes Virginia, death panels really do exist? Oh...those lies. That turned out to be facts, but the media wouldn't report on them.

Comment Re:Cherry picking data, you say? (Score 3, Insightful) 262

Considering that they don't teach journalism anymore? They only teach political propaganda and how to write in order to sway your point of view while ignoring objectivity. In the last decade, some of the most egregious offenders of "journalism" have been those with actual degrees like Ezra Klien and Sam Biddle.

Assholes like you who'd rather use the media as propaganda mouth pieces in order to sway people into the "right kind of view" or "right kind of thinking" are the reason why Trump won. Learn from it, or you can learn the real hard way when it all burns down around you. People will only put up with propaganda for so long before they grab the torches and pitchforks. For example, ask Germany and the rape-and-murder of a teenage girl. Many people knew the media was lying over the migrant crimes, it only took someone with a high profile and a family member being slaughtered before everyone started coming out against the system in play.

Comment Re:Thanks, Trump! (Score 1) 155

Lick my balls, bro.

Buying "carbon credits" and the like don't mean that you're actually using sustainable energy. What happens when the wind plants and solar plants aren't producing? Covering average demand is ONLY covering average demand. Idiots.

Its an accounting trick. They are actually using energy produced by non-renewable generators much of the time. They are simply signing contracts and paying a bit more to say it comes from renewables. Meanwhile, every neighbor is using the exact same mix of power from the exact same generators. The only difference is the piece of paper..

No, there's a little more to it than that. The fact that they're paying more for renewable means that utilities can afford to invest in more renewable production. Buying renewable energy, even if it does get all mixed together with non-renewable in the grid, actually causes renewable energy production to be built out -- and eventually to replace non-renewable production.

Comment Re:No investment opportunities big enough (Score 1) 130

They can't pay it out as dividends without repatriating it, nor can they invest it in anything in the US.

So they bring it back and pay taxes on it, and pay the remainder as a dividend. Then they tell the shareholders they would have got more if not for those taxes and deflect the blame, easy peasy.

And their stock price would take a big hit as they reduced the assets on their balance sheet by a huge amount, to no benefit. Shareholders would be pissed, and the blame deflection would not work. At all.

Bottom line: the reason they have big piles of cash is because the US has the highest corporate income tax rate in the developed world.

No, it's because the US has a pathetic tax structure that makes it easy to dodge taxes.

You don't know what you're talking about. The taxes we're talking about here are taxes that companies in most countries wouldn't pay at all. The US is nearly unique in trying to tax overseas profits.

Comment Re:US tax policy is NOT the problem for Apple (Score 1) 130

They don't have to repatriate it to do useful things with it. Believe it or not you can actually do interesting things outside the USA. I know right? Who knew?

Lose the snark. They already do about as much as they can with their cash outside of the US. There are a lot of reasons they keep the bulk of their operations in the US, and in Silicon Valley.

Have you wondered why Apple has taken out loans in recent years despite having gobs of cash and no actual need for the money?

No, I haven't wondered because it's blindingly obvious, and it's not the reason you state. The reason they do it is because they can borrow against overseas capital and use it to obtain cash for operations and growth in the US. It's a way of partially working around exactly the problem I described.

Over 50% of Apple's business is outside the US.

Revenues, yes. Operations, no.

The effective tax rate in the US for corporations is actually below the world average.

Only because many corporations have big writeoffs available due to depreciation, losses, etc. Apple already uses all of those to reduce their tax liability for US revenues. They'd pay full rate on money they repatriated.

I won't bother rebutting the remainder point by point, because it's all predicated on your above errors.

Comment Re:Music industry != artists (Score 4, Interesting) 62

I think artists of the progressive rock genre are ones that suffer most from streaming

I think they are probably among those who suffer least.

Artists in most of the less mainstream forms of rock have basically never made any money from royalties. Their album sales have always served primarily to feed fan interest in their live shows, and they've made most of their their money from merchandising at the shows. I'd expect prog rock to be in this category. And for artists who make most of their money from touring, YouTube is a *good* thing because it does an even better job of feeding fan interest, enabling a lot more interaction with fans. YouTube does this so well it's enabled artists who would never have made it in the old world to make a decent living with their music. One of my favorite examples is Lindsay Stirling, the dancing pop violinist. She actually makes considerable money from YouTube streaming (because she doesn't go through a label), and sells out concerts in respectable venues worldwide.

The artists who in decades past made their money from royalties rather than touring are the ones who are most hurt by streaming, because their contracts generally pay them a pittance of streaming revenues. On the other hand, the artists in question, the ones to generate massive royalties on album sales, are the big pop acts who are rolling in cash in spite of being ripped off by their labels.

Please don't interpret this as a defense of the labels. I spent a while writing a royalty calculation system for a big label, and it's crazy how much crap they get away with and how badly they rip off the artists, with or without streaming. They suck, and I'm rooting for artists to exploit YouTube, iTMS, Google Play, etc., and social media to reach their fans directly and cut the bloodsucking leeches out completely.

Comment Something's not right here. (Score 4, Interesting) 282

Every other report that I can find of this news anywhere on the web links back to Sammobile, who says that they can somehow "exclusively confirm" this, but does not mention *how*, exactly, that they were able to confirm it... The only reasons that I can imagine that they would not give this information are if they had acquired it by doing something of questionable legality and almost certainly unethical, or else they are just making shit up.

Maybe it's bullshit, and maybe not... but something's definitely not right here, and I think it's socially irresponsible to propagate this kind of story when it can't be confirmed.

Comment Re:China's Trump is named Xi (Score 1) 373

I think this is targeted at the top tier of immigrant talent

If these "top tier" immigrants are unhappy with racist 'murica not compensating them with enough millions of income then they should head back, see if they can negotiate a "social credit score" that keeps them in the good graces of the party, and see if they're any happier with that. We'll be fine either way.

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