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Comment Re:This is why we had a 90% tax percentile (Score 1) 140

And yet US corporations can pretty much ignore this?

Why would you call a company incorporated in Ireland a "US corporation?" That's like saying a German citizen is a US citizen. Brands that do business all around the world and are comprised of companies chartered and operated out of multiple countries aren't anything like US citizens. Regardless, if you think that being a publicly traded company means you're not dealing with incomprehensibly onerous reporting requirements and scrutiny, then you need to spend a little time working with such a company and watching what they go through. The real tax they pay is the gigantic (non-productive) cost of compliance in that regard. Untold billions every year, chasing itself around in circles, with only lawyers and CPAs benefiting (well, and the car dealers and realtors that have those people as customers).

Comment Re:This is why we had a 90% tax percentile (Score 4, Insightful) 140

That's not how it works. The economy ground to a halt because money was too easy to get and people borrowed way more than they could afford (mostly on houses), which drove up a bubble, cramped credit, and combined with other factors (like huge international competition for things that the US never used to have to compete for) to impact the entire economy. The companies you're complaining about are doing exactly what most households are now doing: saving money so they don't get burned again by relying on debt. Want those companies to park money in US banks instead of overseas? Reduce the egregious tax rate.

Comment Re: What could go wrong? (Score 1) 337

No, Netflix has indeed invested a lot of its money (which it collects from the customer who pay money as they choose to use their service) to both license and, more close to hand, have created for them, some content you can't get elsewhere unless you paid to go to a theater, don't mind watching it with commercials, or are OK with simply waiting a little while because your life is more important than whether or not you can keep up with some vampire series based on the cost of a couple of cups of overpriced Parisian coffee. Don't like the fact that you were too lazy or too busy to watch some given show at the time it was aired for you for free to watch and/or record on your DVR to watch whenever you felt like it? Yup, one business out of many struck a deal with the creators of that show to give you another shot at it for a few pennies. I know you feel entitled to tell the people who made the show when and how you want to watch it, since they mean nothing and you are The Most Ultimate Precious Snowflake King and should be able to tell other people how to make arrangements with each other to suit your particular tastes, and because all of your pocket change is tied up every month buying some other kind of entertainment. Boo hoo. I bet you're also horrified that nobody is giving you lunch for free today, since you missed out on that free lunch at work yesterday.

Comment Re:What could go wrong? (Score 1) 337

So all of the OTHER companies that also stream media that people are willing to pay for, they're ... stealing it? Or are they also offering the people who make that entertainment competitive deals, and the people who make it are having their choice of outlets? Right. The problem is that nobody in France feels like raising the capital to operate a company that can negotiate licenses the way that many other companies have managed to do just fine. And why should they? The French are used to just using government compulsion and taxation on such things, and and they just can't believe that other people don't want to play their game. Shocking! Sacre bleu!

Comment Re:What could go wrong? (Score 3, Insightful) 337

... or they could do a little work and find thousands and thousands of European classics?

Why should that be the responsibility of Netflix, or a cost burden carried by its customers? What's stopping an entrepreneur (it's even a French word!) in France from providing such a service for all of those French people just dying to pay to see those works? I get it, though. France makes it so miserable to try to start and run a business in that country that they'll never see anyone bother. So, let's just make Netflix an organ of the State and force them to do it! Socialists.

Comment Re:That list... (Score 1) 81

No, we did not send arms to the Taliban to use in killing western aid workers or to shoot school teachers in the head.

No, we did not send arms to ISIS.

Are you unable to grasp the concept of "getting into the wrong hands?" The analogy isn't meant to be exact, it's meant for normal, intelligent human beings to grapple with the concept of culpability for someone else's actions. None of those arms pick themselves up and kill the wrong people. People do that. Let me guess, you're in the sue-Remington-because-a-criminal-used-a-gun-to-murder-someone camp, right?

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