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  • Commented on Someone please cancel 2019 already?
    You seem to have missed the points so widely that I'm not sure I can usefully answer... "all the things that are paid via the personal tax system go away as well" No they don't. The same amount of tax...
  • Commented on Crawling from the wreckage
    I wear shoes all the time except in the bath and in bed. They are invaluable protective armour for a vulnerable and important part of the body, an indispensable protection against such calamities as bashing your toe on things or...
  • Commented on Crawling from the wreckage
    "It's INTERNATIONAL trade which makes famine hard to hide. International trade from the USSR was practically nonexistent" Existent enough that the Ukrainian collapse in production increased the demand for local production in the US and so was one of the...
  • Commented on Someone please cancel 2019 already?
    ...Note also that the post I was originally replying to was about taxation in Britain, and my posts are assuming the British context, where for nearly everyone their income tax is handled automatically by their employer's computer and although everyone...
  • Commented on Someone please cancel 2019 already?
    "Or, I suppose, you've simply made personal tax returns into a giant shitstorm*." No, I've eliminated the whole concept of "personal tax returns"... From the individual's viewpoint, I suppose it is in some ways equivalent to a flat tax system......
  • Commented on Someone please cancel 2019 already?
    "Requires a flat tax with no deductions, not even a low income one. Otherwise the local high schooler who takes the part time job (currently zero tax) will pay the same as me taking that as my second job (on...
  • Commented on Someone please cancel 2019 already?
    "...then the employer needs to know all of the employee's other sources of income in order to calculate its tax..." No, they don't. What you're describing is actually the existing system - employers currently need to know all about the...
  • Commented on Someone please cancel 2019 already?
    "Power in Britain is very heavily centralised so that only the MPs have much say over taxation... ...decentralising power and tax-raising powers is the answer." An answer; another approach would be to get away from taxation being such a significant...
  • Commented on Someone please cancel 2019 already?
    etic? emic? phukaday? Not sure that the end of Yugoslavia was really beyond prediction. History of the Balkans is that if someone isn't sitting on them hard they all start fighting each other, and Yugoslavia was in large part a...
  • Commented on Crawling from the wreckage
    It seems to me that what is sidetracking the Holodomor sub-thread is a quibbling over numbers and how they are derived. A quibbling which is essentially pointless, since even the lower bound is still outrageous....
  • Commented on Crawling from the wreckage
    "Speaking of which, where are the Labour women?" Being murdered by fucking Nazis. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jo_Cox Having the piss taken over suffering brain farts at unfortunate moments http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Diane_Abbott#2017_general_election Simply being female and an MP is not an unusual thing these days, so...
  • Commented on Crawling from the wreckage
    Well, it does take rather more "context" to understand that as the kind of melon-twister to be expected from Kate Bush, as opposed to some different kind, than is presented in the article; you have to supply a lot of...
  • Commented on Crawling from the wreckage
    The underlying causes of the Dust Bowl are not to be found in short-term fluctuations of the politico-economic system in the 1930s. Those had the effect they did because the region's agriculture was all to cock anyway, due to lack...
  • Commented on Crawling from the wreckage
    blagh, s/38/33/...
  • Commented on Crawling from the wreckage
    "These chuckle-fucks get off on re-writing history, TIME, events and so on, they think it gives them super-secret power." Even so, changing the route of a train 38 years ago is a bit fucking pathetic....
  • Commented on Crawling from the wreckage
    What do you call the country that Berlin is in?...
  • Commented on Crawling from the wreckage
    True, but many of the other testimonials are saying that more directly, to my way of reading it. Indeed, from that angle, it's remarkable how obvious it is just from their front page that they're precisely the sort of entity...
  • Commented on Crawling from the wreckage
    "Ownership in itself isn't exactly primordial" Sure it is, as is the use of force to assert it. Try taking the prey off some predator, even a domesticated one, or the honey off some bees....
  • Commented on Crawling from the wreckage
    Remarkable testimonial on their front page: "'[The Tavistock Institute's] ability to work with credibility and authority with minimal grounding in some of the areas we operate in was impressive." (translation: "They're such skilled bullshitters that not only do I want...
  • Commented on Crawling from the wreckage
    "Tavistock" leads at one or two removes to all kinds of dubious stuff, most of which has pretty much nothing to do with the town on the Tavy, although the historical industrial practices of the area are relevant and metaphorically...
  • Commented on Crawling from the wreckage
    In one of Asimov's non-fiction essays he points out that granite is a potential source of rather a lot of different useful elements, and they come complete with the energy needed to process them all in one handy package....
  • Commented on Crawling from the wreckage
    "In related news here's Lindybeige talking about olive farming on the tubes of U." I read that as referring to cleaning up the sites of nuclear power stations by spreading dirt on top of the old reactor core and growing...
  • Commented on Crawling from the wreckage
    Vulch's problem is another example of overlap. That zone of mineralisation also includes uranium, which when the miners encountered it was treated just like any other kind of waste rock. So you get random pockets of often rather good uranium...
  • Commented on Crawling from the wreckage
    Also, of course, unlike radioactive contaminants, arsenic and lead don't go off. They're still just as arsenicy and leady in a million years as they are now....
  • Commented on Crawling from the wreckage
    Yes, I know about that. It's so mainstream that many if not most Chinese ebay sellers of LED emitters are now offering a colour choice of cold white, warm white and grow light. No prizes for guessing what people buy...
  • Commented on Peak Brexit
    I've done the ridiculous loads by bicycle thing a few times, and narrowly escaped death when the load "took over", pulled the bicycle over on its side, and the saddle was folded in half by a passing vehicle. (Fortunately I...
  • Commented on Crawling from the wreckage
    Oh yeah, and the ageing populations thing is based on a fallacy, too: it assumes that everyone, or nearly everyone, who isn't elderly or engaged in looking after the elderly as things stand, is instead doing something of comparable importance,...
  • Commented on Crawling from the wreckage
    "The ideal situation IMHO is to be able to grow everything in stacked sky scrapers under LEDs and let farmland revert back to wilderness... Currently livestock grazing and growing fodder requires 27% of the world's land surface (equal to the...
  • Commented on Peak Brexit
    Thanks for reminding me, I need to take my scooter's charger apart and find out what it's actually doing, make sure they've designed it properly instead of the "it just has to make sure the battery doesn't explode" kind of...
  • Commented on Crawling from the wreckage
    I don't remember even really registering the shades when I was tiny. Pretty well everyone I ever saw was white, but my mum's friends included an Indian woman and an African man and I met them quite often. What I...
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