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Comment Re:No wonder Scandanavia and the low countries (Score 1) 76

And higher capital gains taxes.

Capital seeks returns. Net tax rates on investments must be globally competitive. Average earnings * (1 - Cap Gains Rate) * (1 - Corporate Tax Rate) must compete. The effective investor 'keep rate' is about 55% in all first world nations. To the extent it varies, it reflects the difference in earnings.

Which isn't to say it's really simple. Average earnings is noisy as fuck and past performance is no guarantee of future earnings. Earnings can avoid corporate tax rates by returning value in increased share price and no declaring earnings, which is an argument for zero corporate taxes and 45% cap gains taxes.

Comment Re: Liability (Score 1) 497

The DEA doesn't have the budget. The states (CA anyway) have already passed laws making it illegal to spend state money enforcing federal laws when state and federal laws conflict. County prosecutors that cooperate with the DEA are forced (by the voters) to get honest jobs.

The federal government's stance on banking for pot trades hasn't helped. It's still largely a cash business and pot growers/dealers are essentially volunteering to pay taxes on revenue, while maintaining old school money laundering operations.

This last election was truly giant douche vs. turd sandwich. The only sensible option was voting 3rd party.

Comment Re: So, the gist of it is... (Score 2) 226

So far the prosecutors record is 3/6 (for felonies). Two weren't the brightest bulbs, the third got real unlucky. That's not counting people I met subsequent to their involvement with courts. Couldn't begin to calculate my 'got away with it total', depends on how you count the counts.

It would be fair to say: I don't have an excessive respect for the law. Also mild case of explosive pyromania as a teen (nothing bigger than two kilos of explosive). I know I've dodged some bullets, once spotted 'shiney shoes' on the way up to the Sierra and detoured (pre 215). Garden was fine, there was a flash of mutual recognition (they saw me 'see them') but I didn't lead them anywhere. I think they were looking for tweak labs, not gardens in any case. It's kind of obvious tweak is not my drug of choice, people my age that do tweak look like they're 3/4 dead already.

Even as a kid: I've walked out of parties when people started getting ready to take pictures of felonious activities.

The asshats mistake in this case was allowing themselves to be used as props. Never allow yourself to be a pawn in somebody else's conspiracy. Keep your mouth shut, never record details, watch your use of tech. They did everything exactly wrong, to say nothing of being misinformed idiots in the first place.

Comment Re:Corruption (Score 1) 38

It's right in the summary: 'filed solely to enhance the value of a scientist's resume'.

Patents are expensive to file and even more expensive to enforce. Private enterprise looks at the patents with cost/benefit primary before filing. Less true for business' with staff shysters (or run by shysters), but still true. One innovation typically takes more than one patent (various degrees of specificity), if they expect to hold and profit from it.

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