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By TheophileEscargot (Mon Nov 13, 2017 at 01:34:04 AM EST) Reading, MLP (all tags)
Reading: "The Real-Town Murders". Links.


What I'm Reading
The Real-Town Murders by Adam Roberts. Another foray into the tricky detective/science-fiction crossover territory, like the same author's "Jack Glass". This one takes up a locked room mystery: I've never been that keen on those so it's hard for me to judge it: as always with these crossovers the science fiction elements make it harder to establish the parameters of the setup.

However as a story it's good. It's lighter and more accessible than his earlier books. The setup is very good: it's set in the real world in a future where most people try to escape into virtual reality as much as they can: the near-silent world of drones and desperate adverts is very well depicted. The protagonist is tied to the real world by the need to act as a carer, which is a good gimmick to keep the plot going as she regularly needs to return.

Overall, a good read.

Wow
Everyone's on Mastodon! Wasn't expecting that. I'm here, you can follow me from any instance. I would join the hulvr.com instance but it would be a nuisance for my other followers at the moment. Might migrate if these promised migration tools ever appear.

Links
Socioeconomics. Dani Rodrik: Rescuing Economics from Neoliberalism. Regional inequality: also a housing supply problem.

Sci/Tech. Children's YouTube: Something is wrong on the internet. How to defend captialism. There is no possible right wing defence for tax havens.

Random. 1960s London public toilet guide. The Roman World – Interactive Map. The long letters of medieval charters.

Articles. Soviet spooky stories. The Doctor's new clothes. "Collapse of stout party". Trotsky's assassination: why the ice pick. A History of the Future: how writers envisioned tomorrow’s world.

Politics. Everyone Should Fear What Happened to the Gothamist Sites. When Social Democracy Was Vibrant.

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Who clothes. by Merekat (4.00 / 1) #1 Mon Nov 13, 2017 at 02:39:19 AM EST
Sorry, but culottes are never practical. Esp. if you go to use a public toilet.

Also by anonimouse (2.00 / 0) #8 Thu Nov 16, 2017 at 05:51:04 AM EST
 Each incarnation of the Doctor lives for years and maybe even centuries and yet I have not seen the Doctor wear a change of clothes. Are his/her clothes similarly immortal?

Girls come and go but a mortgage is for 25 years -- JtL
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I don't know, but by Herring (2.00 / 0) #9 Thu Nov 16, 2017 at 02:13:44 PM EST
Nicola Bryant's outfits will live forever in my memory.

You can't inspire people with facts
- Small Gods

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Tax havens by Herring (4.00 / 1) #2 Mon Nov 13, 2017 at 12:38:19 PM EST
An interesting suggestion I heard a while back was this: the WTO - and international trade in general - as rules about state aid, subsidies etc. Why not introduce a rule for a minimum corporation tax rate?

Possible downsides are:

  1. The powerful plutocrats would be against it
  2. The "minimum" then becomes a target and all countries end up tending towards it
  3. Someone will work out a way around it


You can't inspire people with facts
- Small Gods

Is #2 a downside? by dark nowhere (4.00 / 1) #3 Mon Nov 13, 2017 at 09:19:31 PM EST
I was thinking about this recently. My worry is that if you managed to normalize everything between nations, the divides within nations might grow.

It's a cynical thing to say, but the rich want that divide. It's natural to want status, so I hope it's not too controversial. Point is, there's a lot of pressure in keeping things unbalanced in one way or another.

Chill out, snowflake.

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corporation tax is basically income tax by gmd (4.00 / 2) #4 Tue Nov 14, 2017 at 07:52:37 AM EST
 It’s ultimately paid by the general public, and as such is a stealth tax. It should simply be abolished.

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Which taxes aren't? by ambrosen (4.00 / 1) #5 Tue Nov 14, 2017 at 07:55:18 AM EST
The economy is based around the needs of the general public, so the actual details of how corporation tax percolates through to consumers actually matters.

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You are incorrect on the first point by gmd (4.00 / 1) #6 Tue Nov 14, 2017 at 01:51:42 PM EST
 "The economy is based around the needs of the general public". No it is first and foremost based around the needs of a small minority of oligarchs and their corporations. Then it is catering to the needs of the non-taxpayers i.e. public sector workers who don't actually pay tax, due to said tax being funded by taxation, the needs of the general public comes in third at best.

The real issue here is the personal tax burden is ludicrous, and needs to be drastically curtailed in the interests of democracy. You won't get any meaningful reform of the unfit-for-purpose NHS whilst 1 in 10 of the workforce is employed by them.

It's time to restrict the franchise to net taxpayers only, with more votes the more tax you pay. It's only fair.


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I've read some stupid things today, but that... by marvin (2.00 / 0) #7 Tue Nov 14, 2017 at 09:44:25 PM EST
Do you write letters to the editor in small cities perchance? The ones I skimmed through today were at your level.

"public sector workers who don't actually pay tax, due to said tax being funded by taxation"

Wow. You should get in touch with this fucking retard. You'd have a lot in common:

https://www.castanet.net/edition/news-story-211272-10-.htm#211272


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You cannot refute the fact by gmd (2.00 / 0) #10 Thu Nov 16, 2017 at 05:13:36 PM EST
That the tax "paid" by public sector workers comes entirely out of the pockets of real taxpayers in the private sector. 

If you work in the public sector, you do not pay tax, the rest of us pay it on your behalf.

These are the facts. You may not like them, but you will find it impossible to refute them.


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You work in banking still? by marvin (2.00 / 0) #11 Thu Nov 16, 2017 at 10:44:52 PM EST
Who funded quantitative easing and rescues of those deemed "too big to fail"? Who paid for bailouts which kept the bonus programs pouring out undeserved money to incompetent banksters who were absolute shit at their jobs?

Society benefits a whole lot more from the work of the teachers who educate kids, the doctors and nurses who save lives, the waterworks guys who keep our drinking water safe, food inspectors, and pothole repairmen than it does from a bunch of worthless grifters who abuse the trust of others for their own enrichment through varied inventive forms of financial trickery.

Of the two groups which suckle the most at the teat of the state and the expense of the public - civil servants and big business - only one has people who at least earned some of their money.

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Two wrongs do not make a right. by gmd (2.00 / 0) #12 Fri Nov 17, 2017 at 01:31:33 PM EST
And the job of bankers is not to maintain financial stability, their job is to oil the wheels of capitalism. It is the job of the regulator to ensure that the systemic risk is minimised. Who was responsible for the repeal of Glass-Stegal? Oh yes it was the Democrats.
I was and am vociferous in condemning the bailouts and money printing (QE). But the fact remains if you are employed by the State you are not a taxpayer.



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And neither are you by marvin (2.00 / 0) #13 Fri Nov 17, 2017 at 10:14:32 PM EST
If employed by a bank.

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So what you're saying is ... by lm (4.00 / 1) #14 Sat Nov 18, 2017 at 06:57:24 AM EST
... the right to sell your labor for a wage only applies to private sector employees. Consequently the money that public sector employees earn doesn't belong to them.

Does this also extend to private sector employees paid by firms that have government contracts and private sector firms that enjoy various types of public subsidies?


There is no more degenerate kind of state than that in which the richest are supposed to be the best.
Cicero, The Republic
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Short answer: yes. by gmd (2.00 / 0) #15 Sat Nov 18, 2017 at 03:43:36 PM EST
 

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Tax incidence puzzle by Alan Crowe (2.00 / 0) #16 Sun Nov 19, 2017 at 11:43:24 AM EST
I hope that gmd is alluding to this puzzle over tax incidence. There is a serious discussion of the issue in the comments.

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