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Friday, August 21. 2015
Molecular scientists unexpectedly produce new type of glass
Wolf Pups in Northern California
When Jesus Said The Shema
Safeguards for Economic Liberty 'Spook the American Left' - Liberal hysterics in defense of occupational licensing and property seizures.
It's beginning to pinch in many ways
Gov’t to creamery: Your milk is entirely too natural to not be labeled “imitation”
Germany fact of the day, will support for immigration collapse?
It's A Divorce Lawyer Orgy: "Ashley Madison Hack Is The Best Thing To Happen Since Moses"
Union-owned government agency
All my bags are packed - Corporate America’s tax-driven exodus continues
Highest business taxes in the developed world
Panopticon Jeb: NSA Needs Broader Powers
Hillary Spokeswoman on Private Server: 'She Didn't Really Think It Through'
Half of Jerusalem Arabs want to be Israelis
U.S. concerned about Russian arms sales to Iran
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Call me when those molecular scientists unexpectedly make transparent aluminum.
Re: Corporate taxes.
There is no such thing. They know how to doe cost accounting.
They just raise prices.
It's a tax on consumers.
Until some corporations figure out how to avoid them and share the savings with consumers. Then paying the crazy American taxes is a serious disadvantage.
no such thing as corporate taxes?
I'm guessing you're not an accountant.
In the sense that corporations don't pay corporate taxes (customers do), there are no corporate taxes. They are just the cost of doing business just like the cost of materials, salaries, pencils, etc.
that's now what anyone would call a useful analysis of corporate tax law.
I would not even attempt to analyze tax law since I have no idea how to do that. I'm only describing the implication to the businesses that have to operate under the law. Taxes are just costs that are passed on to the customers. Businesses in lower tax jurisdictions have a competitive advantage over those in higher tax ones, thus the desire of US businesses to change their domicile from the US to lower tax countries.
No, customers do not pay corporate taxes, although shareholders and corporate employees do. The idea that companies can raise prices to cover tax increases is mistaken, except for a few heavily regulated industries. What a product sells for and what it costs to produce are not tightly coupled. A Picasso sells for far more than the cost of a canvas and a few tubes of paint. What happens is the company makes an estimate of what people will pay for the product, then decides if the margin between that price and the cost justifies producing it at all. Taxes don't come into the equation until the product is actually sold profitably. Any company that had the flexibility to raise prices in response to a tax increase without losing sales volume would have already done so to maximize revenue.
It's that profit that gets split between the employees of the company, in the form of compensation, the shareholders, in the forms of dividends or retained earnings to be invested in other projects, and taxes. When the government takes too large a share of the pot, it makes investors want to move their money to other places where they can keep more of the return for themselves, or use it to generate better productivity.
I agree that the company's response to taxes are more complicated than I presented, companies, with few exceptions, get their money from customers. That money then goes to various categories of overhead, one of which is taxes (this assumes the company is profitable and being taxed). There is some elasticity in profit margins which usually depend on the product that is sold, but the fact is that the taxes come from have to come from their income stream which comes from the customer. Taxes impact the profit margin and if the profit margin is reduced enough, the business is unsustainable.
Highest business taxes in the developed world
And that's not what anyone would call a conservative analysis of the overall problem. In fact, it's what "conservatives" commonly use as a preamble before getting a very major subject utterly wrong.
Actually, consumers do NOT pay corporate tax. Corporate tax is paid on net profits (essentially gross revenue minus allowable expenses). What corporate tax does is reduce the money available for dividends to the shareholders, as well as reduce the cash flow (very important if the company has a lot of debt). And not all shareholders are wealthy: a fair few pension funds (at least in Canada) invest in the stock market, so their ability to pay pensions is reduced if the dividends don't come through.
I bet Cato's Freedom Index does not take into account the right to keep and bear arms. If it did, you'd see some changes in that ranking. And I rather doubt that their concept of what constitutes freedom of expression equals that of how American courts interpret the First Amendment. Germany is ranked ahead of us? Try holding a Nazi rally in Germany. The U.K. is ranked ahead of us? Try publishing a pamphlet insulting Islam there.
Same thing for Canada. About 5 years ago I watched some co-workers go through strange contortions to try to explain that Somali immigrants were responsible for the high murder rate in their city rather than just stating what I typed. We were in a public space (restaurant) I also said something about parents spanking kids and the reaction - they ducked, looked about to see if anyone heard, waved their hands and ssshhhushed me. Freedom my arse.
Let's see . . .
Exchanged state business for lucrative job after leaving office.
Supports amnesty and illegal immigration.
Supports Common Core.
Wants more Gov't surveillance of the peons.
What's not to like . . . if you're a dem?
Question for Donny
How many, or what proportion, female Rabbis are there in the US? Would you say that like the trend in Protestant churches, more and more local Temples/Synagogues are being run by women?
probably a thousand claim to be.
can't speak for protestants, I understand that Christian churches do not ordain women.
they certainly do
we have had 2 lady pastors, and have another one now
re It's A Divorce Lawyer Orgy: "Ashley Madison Hack Is The Best Thing To Happen Since Moses"
One wonders if Putin ( or others that could benefit from blackmailing gov’rt officials) is doing a forehead slap and thinking, “Wow. Why didn’t we start a service like this?”
In any event, this is a sterling lesson to people that what they do on the internet is NOT confidential, no matter the assurances to the contrary.
"In any event, this is a sterling lesson to people that what they do on the internet is NOT confidential, no matter the assurances to the contrary."
There should be some expectation of security on a password-entry closed site - otherwise online banking, government services or ordering those DVDs from Amazon and the like would be impossible.
That said, you are right. It is nuts to tell all the world about yourself on the web and then expect privacy of information.
General Rule One: once you post it to the Internet, it's gone and you're never getting it back.
General Rule Two: make it something that you can live with if it ever is somehow revealed.
General Rule Three: remember that it's a worldwide web. Your country's laws won't protect your personal information and holiday photos from someone in an Internet café in Peshawar.
(I get a chuckle about friends who go on and on about "government surveillance" and "their precious right to privacy" yet will cheerfully and freely post more than you ever wanted to know about themselves on the web.)
They also now have gay marriages to draw from. Gay Divorce Court: Who gets the Drapes, Who gets the Couch, Who gets Which Pictures, Who gets the Pet, How will the Objet's d'Art be split up?
21ST CENTURY RELATIONSHIPS: Judge Denies Glory Johnson’s Request for $20,000 in Spousal Support from Brittney Griner. “Glory Johnson’s request for $20,000 a month in temporary spousal support from Brittney Griner was denied in an Arizona court on Thursday. Maricopa County, Arizona, Superior Court commissioner Jacki Ireland stated that Griner, after only a 28 day marriage to Johnson, is not responsible for any financial support after the annulment. This decision comes on the heels of Johnson announcing earlier this week that she is pregnant with twins. Griner and Johnson were married on May 9, but a month later, and a day after Johnson announced she was pregnant, Griner filed for an annulment. Griner stated that the marriage was a mistake. Johnson was not only seeking $20,000 a month in spousal support, but she was also requesting her attorney fees to be paid, as well as car payments. . . . Also the court stated that Johnson could seek child support after the twins are born, even though Griner alleges that she was unaware that Johnson’s in vitro was successful or that she had undergone treatments.”
Lesbian divorce with child support issues and perhaps even a paternity maternity? dispute. Should be interesting.
Posted at 5:00 pm by Glenn Reynolds
The resolution to the immigration problem is two fold.
The most important thing to focus on is why do these people leave their homes? Fix the why and you won't have an Immigration problem. Can't or won't fix the why because our government employees are too cowardly? Don't expect me or mine to eat the loss--loss of freedom, of clean and healthy communities, etc. etc etc.
Resolve the reason for the problem first--then let's talk about immigration policy. AND, also while I am here let me make absolutely certain that you answer for yourselves the question of overpopulation--because that is an important part of the "immigration problem--why". Can't deal with that question because you are a Christian? Well that's too bad. Because we can do resolve this problem also in a kind, gracious, and thoughtful way, if IF we have the courage. I don't like Planned Parenthood, because like our government's policy on immigration it too is the wrong solution to an incorrectly stated problem.
ATTITUDES ARE HARDENING AS EUROPE’S “MIGRANT” CRISIS GETS WORSE: Slovakia refuses to accept Muslim migrants.
Attila was a “migrant” too. Seeking a better life for himself and his family. And fleeing climate change!
Posted at 12:57 pm by Glenn Reynolds
Creamery Label: "Imitation Skim Milk" as USDA says We'd Have To Put Vitamin A into it to Allow Us To Call it SKIM MILK after we took out some cream.
Immigrants/Refugees to Germany, and Europe generally: We/they can't fix the problems that cause those people to leave their homes any time soon, and most likely ever. Should we go in, kill the oppressor governments/dictators, and become their new governments? We don't have the money, forces, will, or interest to do that. Should giant refugee camps be set up? If so, where, and under whose authority (the UN is incapable), and how many from different countries and religions should be housed together?
Carmen Farina: Children not a priority; it's the Union and her union position and money.
52% of Arabs in Israel would rather be Israeli citizens. I can see reasons for that.
Carmen Farina's comments were sickening, but I am very wary of the whole "students must come first" meme. Too often, it's shorthand for "students get do do as they please, and woe betide the teacher who actually tries to teach them and help them to become responsible adults". We don't like to say it these days - and it's probably seriously politically incorrect - but the whole purpose of education is to assist the parents in bringing up children who become healthy and responsible adults. Has been that way forever with humans: the present generation bringing up the young'uns so they can take over and carry on (though, back in the Bronze Age, training for males was definitely based on hunting skills, while females learned how to cook what was brought home as well as how to weave and make clothing, nurse the wounded, etc.). Ms Farina has abandoned the students under her care, condemning them to lives of mediocrity and worse, because she hasn't the basic decency to insist on standards for both students and teachers.
Gov’t to creamery: Your milk is entirely too natural to not be labeled “imitation”
This is the problem when we have products such as "soy milk" and "almond milk".
And from what I just read about Vit A, Milk already contains Vit A (in the retinoid form, which in some people converts to the cartinoid form).
not that it matters, it's all about fascism.