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Comment Re:Poster does not understand Algebra (Score 1) 281

That is another reason why my tax on rent and interest is good: it discourages accumulating wealth beyond the point that it's directly useful to you (i.e. buying stuff for its use value, not as an investment), so if you still have income and nothing more you need to save up for, instead of hanging onto that money so that it will make you even more money for nothing, there's no point but to spend it, on paying people to do things you want since you've got all of the stuff that you want already, which increases other peoples' employment and thus income, naturally redistributing wealth from those who have it to those who lack it as a naive free market theory would expect. It's the mechanism of rent and interest that breaks that expected behavior, so until we can get rid of that mechanism entirely, counteracting by making it bear all the tax burden helps a little at least.

Comment Cause/consequence relation ship. (Score 1) 246

SF, LA, Chicago, Detroit, NYC, all full to the brim with ridiculous amounts of homeless people sleeping on the sidewalks
Democrat run cities seem to be the worst, you can check the stats on that one.

You hypothesis : democrats causes homeless people to run amok (democrats run the cities like shit and let such homeless people happen in the open, instead of ... huh.. rounding them all and throwing them into prison ?)

My bat-shit crazy hypothesis :
Cities with the most homeless people, make their inhabitants more aware of the human misery, which in turn encourages the population to vote for democrat candidate, the closest you have in the US to a socialist party who'll try to spend money on health (specially mental health) and other such social program which might help the homeless people's problems ?
(in other words: exposure to homeless people cause population to vote less far-right)

Comment Warranty law (Score 1) 102

TODO:
Change your US warranty laws, so such bricked device must be replaced for free. (See europe for an example)

(It's a device. It was used as it is supposed to be by the end user. The end user didn't subject it to any abuse.
The device suddenly stopped working unexpectedly. It has to be replaced under warranty).

That will teach the manufacturer of shitty goods.

Comment Re:And this is one reason why ... (Score 1) 246

We can fly to Mars, but we can't install planet-sized plumbing?

You're trolling, right? Nobody is even proposing to fly to Mars any time soon. You aim yourself at mars and you coast for a long-ass time. Maybe by the time we have the tech to accelerate at 1G halfway to Mars and decelerate at 1G the other half the way to Mars, we'll have the tech to run a fiberoptic link through the mantle. But... probably not.

Comment Re:Poor life decisions (Score 1) 281

For instance the coast guard isn't protecting Tennessee

I'm usually polite on Facebook, but this comment is inane.

If CA were a separate country and had to support their own Coast Guard, there would just be another national border along the California border with the US, and you'd be patrolling that instead. It is indeed in Tennessee's best interests to help pay for the cost of patrolling national borders.

But the main reason this comment is so stupid is that Tennessee also depends on the Coast Guard, as they operate on the Mississippi River and other large bodies of water. Even if they did not, all that shipping up the Mississippi comes from somewhere, and the bulk of it isn't from elsewhere in Tennessee.

Comment Plugs standard. (Score 1) 162

The EU can mandate two-pronged mains power plugs as much as it likes, but the UK isn't changing from 3-pronged Type-G, and certainly won't change now.
Don't forget that adapter...

You might not have noticed, but in the UK isn't in the EU anymore...

Nope: In Europe you can encounter plug types C, E, F, G, J, K and L: http://www.worldstandards.eu/e...

I you pay close attention :
- G is only with the weird guy who decided to Brexit any way.
- J is Swiss. See "UK" for more information (and is compatible with C anyway).
- C, E, F, K are all compatible with Europlug (C & E/F). In theory some combination are less safe due to absent grounding, but in practice modern manufacturer tend to build their plugs and socket intelligently (e.g.: notice how the same plug in E & F has contacts for both type of grounding. Same goes for socket which is able to accept a range of prong width). I strongly suspect that Danemark has the same kind of approach to multi-standard sockets as Italy (Haven't been there to check, but adapters seems to be built this way).
- L : that picture is the theory/past history (and the 10A version is still compatible with C anyway). In practice, in italy, you'll find hybrid connectors that can safely accept with grounding the Europlug (E/F) in addition to both Italian (10A and 16A) and the 2 prong C.

So basically, if you have an Europlug (E/F) you can travel all over the European Union and plug your device everywhere (still have to check if it can safely be grounded in Danemark, though).
You'll need adapters only for UK (not in EU anymore), CH (never was EU to begin with, and still compatible with 2 prongs anyway), and for the occasional old Italian house which wasn't converted to E/F/L hybrid yet (and is also compatible with 2 prongs C).

I have traveled a lot within Europe (except Danemark), I speak from practical personal experience.

Comment Re:Poster does not understand Algebra (Score 2) 281

What we need to do is somewhere in between: tax income from wealth, minus expenses on lack of wealth. That is to say, tax based on your borrower/lender (including renter/landlord) status. If you're getting free money just from already having money, you get taxed for that; meanwhile if you're paying money just because you lack money (like because you don't own a home, and you can't exist nowhere, and wherever you do exist someone is going to charge you for that privilege), that counts against your taxable income. You're free to make whatever money you can make from your own labor and to save as much of that as is personally useful to you but as soon as you start turning your accrued wealth toward generating an unearned income they you get hit with taxes.

Comment Re:Poor life decisions (Score 2) 281

Or you know, people were born and raised and schooled and have all their family and friends and careers in a place and just would like to not be forced out of it. Like the 30 million or so people, 10% of Americans, who were born in California where the average income may be 20% higher but the average home price is 200% higher. Those tens of millions of people should all just move so far away it may as well be another country -- just like all the poor in the UK should all move to Russia where they can afford to live, right? Population sizes, areas, and distances there are all comparable to California vs midwest.

Comment Renault. Citroen. Others (Score 1) 162

Tesla is coming out with their 4th model. Who else has at least 3?

(Note I'm not counting proto-types, concept cars).

e.g.: Renault.
the "zero emission" (Z. E.) currently familly covers :
- Twizzy : a tiny in-city micr-car/quad (since 2012)
- Zoé : a small compact (since 2012)
- Fluence : a sedan (since 2011)
- Kangoo Z.E. : a pannel-van (since 2011)
(All of them in production. I ignore the concept cars, because they vary a lot regarding final production models - specially the Zoe)
I mostly know them because I'm mainly driving Zoés through the local carsharing, and they have a lot of marketing/outreach.

Note that : due to intricate difference of the European market (densely populated city centers, most people commute less than 50km per day) Renault went the opposite way from Tesla.
- Cheap small cars (Twizy, Zoe) where released from the nearly beginning, whereas Tesla started with big expensive cars first (went through Roadster, Model S sedan, Model X suv, before finally starting Model 3 any time soon).
- Small battery first (22kWh for all first, then progressively intoducing big batteries - like 43kWh for the current Zoe). Tesla would never stood any chance in the US if they didn't have 50~70kWh from the beginning.
- a tiny flea like the Twizy makes entirely sense in the densely populate cities of Europe (continent known for things such as Smart, Mini, etc. and even BMW C3 scooter). Such class of cars barely exist in the US because you people are affraid of being crushed if you don't own the biggest SUV possible. Tesla would have been laughed of if they attempted something like this in the land of the hummer.
- an electric minivan like Kangoo actually makes sense in a dense European city, even with a 22kWh battery - most typical trips for which such an utility vehicle might be needed are well within the battery's range - Tesla isn't even considering minivans yet.

Nissan is partly owned by Renault, so they probably have similar offerings (quick search returns: New Mobility Concept, Leaf, Kubistar).

Citroën/Peugeot has also several electric models :
- C-Zero / iOn : compact (since 2009)
- Berlingo Electric : van (since somewhere 2008? replaces the 1991(!) C15 electric - these are *really* old tech and use NiCd battery) (Again in Europe this did make sens for their use pattern - Post office.)
- e-Mehari : convertible compact SUV (since 2016) ...and a couple of others that I'm too lazy to properly research.

VW has also a certain choice of electric vehicle :
- eUP! : small compact since 2013.
- e-Golf: compact since 2012
- Camper (yup, the iconic one comes back in electric version) : tough still concept in 2017, full production expected in 2020.

More funny example :
The entire fleet in the Swiss village of Zermatt is build by a local small scale workshop since 1977. It covers a very diverse range of vehicle (taxis, utility, etc.) but these are custom built on a per-unit basis (it's a very small production, only for the village) (also, as the vehicles only drive within the village, range is definitely NOT a problem, and the vehicles can very easily benefit from battery swapping).

There are probably other companies featuring more than a single model. I'm just too lazy to research further.
Again, this is due to Europe being a completely different market from the US.
Range isn't much critical (as mentioned above, most daily commutes are under 50km), electricity doesn't rely on fossils, etc.
And as such electric vehicles have been available for quite some time (as mentioned above : Citroen provided the French Post Office with NiCd powered vans since 1991, Zermat has exclusively electric-only cars since 1977 some still running)
The only change is that general public grew more interested during the past decade and manufacturer began introducing mass-produced consumer-oriented vehicle next to their utility vehicles (Citroen adding the C-Zero for consumers to their offerings with more modern 35kWh Lithium Batteries).

Also some cities started to experiment with electric car sharing schemes (Autolib' in Paris).

Most of the companies currently producing electric sedan cars in Europe, probably have also other vehicle in other category (ultra-mini or utility) that you'll never find in the US due to differing market (it seems to me that everybody needs to drive 200km per comute on your side of the atlantic)

Comment Re: Ontario, largest subnational debtor on the pla (Score 1) 488

If people have to give up basic amenities to pay for video games, then they cannot really afford the video games. And if they don't have to give up the basic amenities to pay for video games, then it isn't a BASIC income.

The point is that the cost of a video game is noise lost in the cost of something like rent. Basic amenities don't cost a strict fixed amount that's exactly the same for every person at all times that a basic income can pay out exactly. It needs to pay out something in the ballpark of around what basic amenities cost with enough margin for error that people aren't constantly finding themselves one of today's unlucky fraction who end up not eating or out on the street, and the cost of a video game is a mere blade of grass on the edge of that ballpark, easily covered within the other end of that margin. You're doing the equivalent of complaining that they can afford to put salt on their food, the luxury! when the cost of salt is absolutely trivial next to the cost of the food.

Not to people living on UBI, and not to a very large number of people today. You find it useful, I find it useful, but like is not need.

Unless you want people living on UBI to be trapped forever living on UBI, they need to be able to apply for jobs and otherwise avail themselves of various forms of communication that are increasingly done over the internet. The point of an UBI is not to have a terrafoam box that you stuff all the world's poor into and wait for them to die off, it's a safety net to keep anyone from falling completely through the cracks, and for it to function as such, people caught in the net need the means to start climbing out of it if they try. If you only pay enough for burlap sacks of dry rice and beans and the sacks also have to double as their clothes, you're going to have a perpetual underclass with no hope of ever making something of their lives, completely opposite the point of an UBI.

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