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by blob
Fri Nov 17, 2017 11:55 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Wealth taxation
Replies: 120
Views: 41933

Re: Wealth taxation

Unless you do a transfer for the same type of asset, e.g., trade one building for another, in which case there's little capital gains to begin with. Only because of laws that allow "1031 exchanges" to avoid taxes. Or their wealth is tied up in stock, which if you aren't selling but rather...
by blob
Fri Nov 17, 2017 10:14 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Wealth taxation
Replies: 120
Views: 41933

Re: Wealth taxation

That just taxes savings, not wealth. Well combined with a capital gains tax it does tax wealth ... eventually. Say you buy a house for $10k and it maintains the same inflation adjusted value. After some time you sell it for $20k, which is the present value of the $10k when you bought it. But even t...
by blob
Fri Nov 17, 2017 10:06 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Wealth taxation
Replies: 120
Views: 41933

Re: Wealth taxation

The easiest way to tax wealth is by printing money. The government gets more money, and the increase in the money supply causes inflation so everyone else's money is worth a little less. Voila, effectively a tax.
by blob
Mon Dec 05, 2016 7:49 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 1126647

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

And it wouldn't surprise anyone that when they went hunting Japanese to intern in California at the start of the war they didn't have to guess who was who. Can the average American distinguish visually between Japanese people and say, Korean or Chinese people? I assume since Chinese and Korean Amer...
by blob
Thu Jul 16, 2015 6:27 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Racial Identity (Rachel Dolezal's resignation)
Replies: 87
Views: 16388

Re: Racial Identity (Rachel Dolezal's resignation)

There is such a thing as transracial. It refers to children who are adopted by parents of a different race, and you would do well not to co-opt the word for your own little pet ramblings about race and gender. Obviously, what Rachel did was pretty twisted and weird, but in the interests of working ...
by blob
Sat Apr 19, 2014 7:49 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1357: "Free Speech"
Replies: 1346
Views: 176342

Re: 1357: "Free Speech"

The issue I have with this comic is that it seems to assume that might makes right. Sure, going onto Stormfront to argue that black people really aren't inferior may not be the best use of time, and the Stormfronters will probably be happy to "show you the door" (aka ban you), but that do...
by blob
Sat Apr 19, 2014 9:18 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1357: "Free Speech"
Replies: 1346
Views: 176342

Re: 1357: "Free Speech"

The issue I have with this comic is that it seems to assume that might makes right. Sure, going onto Stormfront to argue that black people really aren't inferior may not be the best use of time, and the Stormfronters will probably be happy to "show you the door" (aka ban you), but that doe...
by blob
Fri Apr 18, 2014 6:06 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1357: "Free Speech"
Replies: 1346
Views: 176342

Re: 1357: "Free Speech"

Firing someone for their beliefs is tricky though. Is a staunch Christian allowed to fire any employee who says they support gay marriage or abortion?
by blob
Wed Feb 12, 2014 5:46 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1325: "Rejection"
Replies: 515
Views: 111533

Re: 1325: "Rejection"

(Also on another note, as much as I love Avenue Q, it's usually best not to form your argument based on a musical which includes a song called "Everyone's a Little Bit Racist," which, while funny, is fairly inaccurate.) You think so? You should check out an unconscious bias test . The res...
by blob
Mon Feb 10, 2014 6:58 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1325: "Rejection"
Replies: 515
Views: 111533

Re: 1325: "Rejection"

If "laser tag" represents sex, I wonder what "jazz opera" means =P Strangely enough, I think "jazz opera" = actual laser tag. And "sex" is just code for when you mean jazz opera. That's how I like my sex: slow, sensual, and performed by Gershwin. Avenue Q fea...
by blob
Sun Feb 09, 2014 8:17 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1325: "Rejection"
Replies: 515
Views: 111533

Re: 1325: "Rejection"

Let me put it this way: If someone ended a friendship because I rejected a romantic relationship, it merely confirms that I made the right decision in rejecting them. Firstly, if you don't highly value me as a friend, why do you want to date me? If you don't want to hang out with me as a friend, wh...
by blob
Sat Feb 08, 2014 7:44 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1325: "Rejection"
Replies: 515
Views: 111533

Re: 1325: "Rejection"

Yeah but everybody's not sufficiently something. That doesn't mean that saying so is the same as saying they're "bad people". How many people do you know who, after a break up, have zero problem immediately hanging out with their ex as a friend? Because in my experience, unless the break ...
by blob
Fri Feb 07, 2014 6:05 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1325: "Rejection"
Replies: 515
Views: 111533

Re: 1325: "Rejection"

But human society as a whole has a sort of internal rules that let it keep going. Giving every useful member the means to survive (unless there is an overpopulation) is one of such rules. Giving every useful member the means to procreate is not. You shouldn't confuse sex with procreation - with mod...
by blob
Mon Feb 03, 2014 6:24 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1325: "Rejection"
Replies: 515
Views: 111533

Re: 1325: "Rejection"

Every man I started dating I was friends with for over a year before I started dating him. Noting that that's still less than 5% of all men I've been friends with. If friendzoners are expecting sex that fucking early in a friendship, no wonder they perceive every woman as friendzoning them. It's no...
by blob
Mon Feb 03, 2014 9:30 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1325: "Rejection"
Replies: 515
Views: 111533

Re: 1325: "Rejection"

Psychologically, we're statistically virtually identical in most measures. Well, since most people are straight, we can say right off the bat that most men are attracted only to women, and most women are attracted only to men - so as far as the psychology of attraction goes, gender differences woul...
by blob
Mon Feb 03, 2014 8:59 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1325: "Rejection"
Replies: 515
Views: 111533

Re: 1325: "Rejection"

Women (and men) don't want guys (or girls) they've rejected. That's kind of tautological.

So how you respond to rejection may affect whether you remain/become friends, but it's unlikely to change the fact that you've already been rejected.
by blob
Wed Dec 18, 2013 7:43 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1305: "Undocumented Feature"
Replies: 89
Views: 62214

Re: 1305: "Undocumented Feature"

Hell, check out the 'daily threads' at User Friendly! It's a webcomic that has been in reruns for over 4 years, yet people still show up every day to chat. I remember User Friendly! Didn't know it had gone into reruns. The discussion threads were pretty funny; apparently a community can form in alm...
by blob
Wed Dec 18, 2013 6:31 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1305: "Undocumented Feature"
Replies: 89
Views: 62214

Re: 1305: "Undocumented Feature"

I feel obliged to pop in and state the obvious: this board does not actually exist. If it did, it would be overflowing with the unseemly. Surely? I assume this forum is still linked to from the outside world, but traffic has definitely died down since it was removed from the main comic page. Also i...
by blob
Fri Oct 04, 2013 2:26 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: The Furry Thread! [Safespace]
Replies: 93
Views: 55794

Re: The Furry Thread!

What are some good webcomics? I've never read anything except Better Days and part of Original Life. Most furry webcomics seem geared towards a very specific audience that I'm not a part of. I don't know if Ozy and Millie counts as furry, but it is one of my favorite webcomics. Also Inverloch , the...
by blob
Thu Mar 28, 2013 10:43 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Someone did something on the internet (Adria Richards)
Replies: 202
Views: 27266

Re: Gender-charged Twitter Drama (Adria Richards)

In related news, someone might get fired for using the v-word in front of small, innocent children: http://magicvalley.com/news/local/state-investigates-complaint-about-dietrich-science-teacher-s-human-reproduction/article_47dec69a-963f-11e2-a856-001a4bcf887a.html That'll teach him to offend people ...
by blob
Mon Feb 25, 2013 1:10 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1178: "Pickup Artists"
Replies: 142
Views: 31173

Re: 1178: "Pickup Artists"

Similarly, the world is made brighter by assuming that a Rules Girl is one who knows the rules for numerous sports (or board games)!
by blob
Thu Jan 10, 2013 8:40 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Post your boat race.
Replies: 20910
Views: 2935609

Re: Postify your facerity

Actually, yes, I'd also like to throw my name in the "braiding" box. Especially having just seen The Hobbit and wanting to become a dwarf, and especially because I am of Viking stock, many generations ago. There's a picture opposite me Of my ancient ancestry Who raided rocky shores and ke...
by blob
Wed Jan 09, 2013 6:37 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Post your boat race.
Replies: 20910
Views: 2935609

Re: Postify your facerity

Actually, yes, I'd also like to throw my name in the "braiding" box. Especially having just seen The Hobbit and wanting to become a dwarf, and especially because I am of Viking stock, many generations ago. There's a picture opposite me Of my ancient ancestry Who raided rocky shores and ke...
by blob
Wed Dec 19, 2012 10:25 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Why is adultery legal?
Replies: 52
Views: 23962

Re: Why is adultery legal?

Realistically, the reason it was historically often criminalized was the ol' view of people as property. Especially women. Hell. It wasn't listed as a crime for a married man to sleep with another woman(because hell, they had polygamy and stuff). No, it was a crime to sleep with another man's wife....
by blob
Wed Mar 24, 2010 9:23 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: British government expells Israeli diplomat
Replies: 56
Views: 4342

Re: British government expells Israeli diplomat

What if at some point Hamas had rashly decided to revenge themselves? Under the circumstances, Hamas might not be in the mood for a careful procedure to make sure they are taking out the right person. Considering Hamas' current strategy is to fire rockets into Israel until they kill someone randoml...
by blob
Wed Feb 17, 2010 7:43 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Palestinian Protesters Pose as Na'vi From ''Avatar''
Replies: 149
Views: 10358

Re: Palestinian Protesters Pose as Na'vi From ''Avatar''

The Palestinian response was completely understandable. If the Ashenazi immigrants weren't intent on creating a pure Jewish state in the region and instead simply integrated into Palestinian society (just as the native Jewry) then this conflict would never have occurred. Unless you have access to o...
by blob
Tue Feb 16, 2010 6:17 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Palestinian Protesters Pose as Na'vi From ''Avatar''
Replies: 149
Views: 10358

Re: Palestinian Protesters Pose as Na'vi From ''Avatar''

That's Arab state propaganda. They just don't want to admit that they're worse thieves than they could ever accuse Israel of being - because the reality of adopting Nazi ideology, treating the Jews as subhuman and stealing land four times the size of Israel makes it difficult to play the victim. Yo...
by blob
Tue Feb 16, 2010 2:14 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Palestinian Protesters Pose as Na'vi From ''Avatar''
Replies: 149
Views: 10358

Re: Palestinian Protesters Pose as Na'vi From ''Avatar''

Its amusing that an Israeli apologist is appealing to the UN now when Israel refuses to abide by the dozens of UN resolutions passed against it. The UN has different branches. Security Council resolutions are actually enforceable. The Human Rights Council has been hijacked by dictators and is curre...
by blob
Mon Feb 15, 2010 3:06 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Palestinian Protesters Pose as Na'vi From ''Avatar''
Replies: 149
Views: 10358

Re: Palestinian Protesters Pose as Na'vi From ''Avatar''

Of course it was a bad idea. Do you realise how many people died during the partition? I've met several people who want to destroy Israel while simunltaneously believing that the creation of Pakistan was entirely necessary to defend Muslims from Indian aggression. I'm glad your view is more consist...
by blob
Sun Feb 14, 2010 7:42 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Palestinian Protesters Pose as Na'vi From ''Avatar''
Replies: 149
Views: 10358

Re: Palestinian Protesters Pose as Na'vi From ''Avatar''

Actually, it's more comparable to the US striking a unit of Al-Queda several years after 9/11. Al-Queda and Hezbollah are the non state groups who deliberate target civilians. Aka terrorists. following their invasion and occupation of Lebanon (which killed between 10,000 and 15,000 Lebanese civilia...
by blob
Sun Feb 14, 2010 5:48 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Palestinian Protesters Pose as Na'vi From ''Avatar''
Replies: 149
Views: 10358

Re: Palestinian Protesters Pose as Na'vi From ''Avatar''

Gand h i opposed the creation of Pakistan. So? So do you trust his "moral and enlightened" authority that Pakistan was a bad idea? Or do you indulge in doublethink? The latter. See this - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f_phAAhVAsI#t=6m43s That in no way supports your claim that "Isra...
by blob
Sun Feb 14, 2010 3:45 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Palestinian Protesters Pose as Na'vi From ''Avatar''
Replies: 149
Views: 10358

Re: Palestinian Protesters Pose as Na'vi From ''Avatar''

Clearly you have to have some narrative to justify the ethnic cleansing in which you've chosen to participate Protip: accusing someone of ethnic cleansing just because they disagree with you - aka flaming - does little to bolster your argument . JERUSALEM (AP) -- Palestinian protesters have added a...
by blob
Thu Jan 14, 2010 10:17 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Same-sex marriage set for big day in federal court
Replies: 199
Views: 14291

Re: Same-sex marriage set for big day in federal court

@Diadem, most homophobia derives directly from religious fundamentalism. It can also sort of be derived logically from a bunch of extremely questionable racist and/or social Darwinist assumptions, i.e. that "we" need to outbreed "them", and that forcing gays and bisexuals to pret...
by blob
Sun Jan 03, 2010 2:24 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Israel admits to Harvesting Organs
Replies: 152
Views: 13819

Re: Israel admits to Harvesting Organs

I have to admit you are correct, but does little to disprove the main argument being that it was majority Arab in 1948 That's why the UN proposed to partition the area into two states - one where the Palestinians had a majority and one where the Jews had a majority. As I understand it the reasoning...
by blob
Fri Jan 01, 2010 12:16 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Israel admits to Harvesting Organs
Replies: 152
Views: 13819

Re: Israel admits to Harvesting Organs

In 1967 the 13 member states of the Arab League issued the statement "no peace with Israel, no recognition of Israel, no negotiations with it". How was that not organized anti-Zionism? The terms 'Zionist' and (hence 'anti-Zionist') don't mean much without qualification though, since both c...
by blob
Thu Dec 17, 2009 11:52 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: U.S. taxes fund rabbi who excused killing gentile babies
Replies: 41
Views: 4219

Re: U.S. taxes fund rabbi who excused killing gentile babies

From the grab bag of straw men (various artists): If all Israelis (or even the "religious leadership" of Israel) is to be conflated with one rabbi, I hate to think what this preacher's words say about Egyptians: Except neither the all Israeli nor the "religious leadership" were ...
by blob
Thu Dec 17, 2009 9:19 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: U.S. taxes fund rabbi who excused killing gentile babies
Replies: 41
Views: 4219

Re: U.S. taxes fund rabbi who excused killing gentile babies

There was a time when I didn't believe in a Palestinian Arab propaganda machine. Then I met the denizens of Reddit, followed by you, EMTP. Now I believe. See how much you've accomplished? Welcome, to the Internet. I'm pretty sure EMPT is really a Zionist agent pretending to support the Palestinian ...
by blob
Wed Dec 16, 2009 7:56 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Hamas vows to eliminate the State of Israel
Replies: 169
Views: 10075

Re: Hamas vows to eliminate the State of Israel

So I say as I say in all these threads, the conflict will end when the US stops blocking the peaceful settlement, or possible when Israel does, but I don't think that is going to happen. So given the comments by Hamas quoted at the start of this thread, do you expect them to reverse their position ...
by blob
Wed Dec 16, 2009 7:39 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Hamas vows to eliminate the State of Israel
Replies: 169
Views: 10075

Re: Hamas vows to eliminate the State of Israel

So I say as I say in all these threads, the conflict will end when the US stops blocking the peaceful settlement, or possible when Israel does, but I don't think that is going to happen. So given the comments by Hamas quoted at the start of this thread, do you expect them to reverse their position ...
by blob
Wed Dec 16, 2009 7:33 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Israeli Officials Could Be Sued in US, pending SCOTUS Ruling
Replies: 30
Views: 1785

Re: Israeli Officials Could Be Sued in US, pending SCOTUS Ruling

Lumpy wrote:Putting aside any "Palestine committed war crimes, too, where's theirs?" discussion

A rather more pertinent discussion might be "So the Afghan wedding parties who get bombed by US/UK coalition troops, they don't count, do they?"

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