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Comment Re:Why is income equality necessarily good? (Score 1) 367

Piketty argues that when inequality increases, economic productivity goes down. So that's one reason. Another reason is because it's not really fair: people who have more often didn't work an equivalent amount more to get their wealth. This is especially true for people who inherited their wealth.

Comment Re:Bullshit isn't the same as "lie". (Score 2) 356

You clearly aren't particularly familiar with bullshit and conspiracy theories. The problem with them is they try to force the data to fit a world view that everything is under control (because the alternative, i.e. chaos, is scary) by connecting unrelated events with a common theme to fill in the gaps in the fabric of reality with malevolent intent.

You can get rid of a whole ton of conspiracy theorist merely by avoiding the ones who don't propose anything. They say, "How do you explain this? How do you explain that jet fuel burns at a cooler temperature than steel melts? How do you explain.......X......?" A lot of times they'll even state their point in the form of a question, "Do you see these points of light on the tower? Don't they look like controlled demolition to you?"

Ignore those kinds of people and you miss a bunch of bullshit.

Comment Re:Umm (Score 5, Interesting) 356

That's because Coolidge didn't spread much of any information. He was called the pickle, and there's this story:

"A lovely young girl was seated next to Coolidge at a state dinner. She began acting rather flirtatious, batting her eyes, brushing up against his arm. She looked deeply in his eyes, with pouty lips, and said, "Mr Coolidge, my editor bet me that I couldn't get you to say more than two words tonight."

Coolidge pushed her hand off his arm, then without blinking said, "You lose."

Comment Re:what a coincidence! (Score 1) 181

Prime is $99 a year. Why not offer the old $49 a year shipping only option again?

IF you really want to know, it's because at its original price, Prime wasn't cost effective.

I started my prime account in the beginning 1998.

Prime wasn't around until ~2005, you must have been thinking of something different.

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