Romney’s gibberish on taxes

So Mitt Romney thinks that $200,000-$250,000 is middle income. While it proves he is clearly out of touch, he has most likely been confused by Obama saying he would not raise taxes on the middle class, and also not raise taxes on anyone making over $200,000-$250,000. Romney is apparently unaware that setting the number that high was setting it so high that no one could possibly accuse him of raising taxes on the middle class, not that $200K is middle income.

I’m actually more concerned about his other gibberish on taxes. He said in that interview, “No, middle income is $200,000 to $250,000 and less.  So number one, don’t reduce– or excuse me, don’t raise taxes on middle-income people, lower them.  Number two, don’t reduce the share of taxes paid by the wealthiest.  The top 5% will still pay the same share of taxes they pay today.” Principle #2 is complete nonsense. If you reduce the tax burden on everyone making less than $200K, and don’t change the share of taxes paid by the “wealthiest”, by definition that cannot be revenue neutral. This guy makes my head hurt.

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Email and the Robots

About four or five years ago, I first noticed that most of my email was automated systems communicating with me. They were making me special offers, providing me updates on ongoing services, notifying me actions I should be taking on social networks, notifying me of actions that other people were taking on social networks, confirming that I had created an account, and more. The worst part of it is, none of it is spam. This is all things that at one point or another, someone decided was important. Except-I ignore almost all of it. So how important can it really be?

Recently, I read an article (I have completely lost track of it, but it was good) describing this problem. The author had come home from vacation and found his inbox clogged with automated emails from countless systems. It was pretty easy to sympathize with.

And then…he described what it used to be like. When it was cool to get an email, because it was from a person who had something to say.

I looked at my phone. The Galaxy S3 (one of the most impressive tech devices I’ve ever used) has a little blue LED that flashes when I get an email. I watched the LED-no matter what I did, I could not stop the fucker from flashing for more than a few minutes. And all the email was from robots, and none of it was worth reading.

So I spent hours creating filters. Because some of it is important, and I may need the information at some point, I did not cancel receiving the emails. I used Gmail’s filters to make them all disappear. Now, I only get emails from actual people.

I’m only a few hours in. There is some risk that an automated system will send me an important email that I will now miss, that will lead to disaster. But I hope not-and in the meantime, getting emails has been infrequent and fun.

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The Weekly Standard laments Obamacare’s popularity

The natives are getting restless.

The Weekly Standard has a lot of bad news for Romney. Independents are now in favor of Obamacare. Generic Democrat is beating Generic Republican on the Congressional ballot.

I’ve never understood how the Republicans could win an election based on the idea of denying medical care to people who have terminal conditions, but the most conservative Republicans really seem to think that is a winner, and fault Romney for not attacking Obamacare stridently enough. They seem to be incapable of understanding just how easy the political judo would be to flip that attack back in Romney’s face.

Is Romney Losing Independents on Obamacare? | The Weekly Standard.

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The Dawn of the Post-Scarcity society

Why economic growth may no longer mean job growth – Yahoo! News.

This article is the first front page news article I’ve seen that directly addresses our ongoing transition to a post-scarcity society. As automation provides a wider spectrum of goods and services cheaply, the economic benefits of that automation flow to fewer and fewer people.  The people those benefits flow to are heavily concentrated in finance-witness the recent growth in the amount of money handled by hedge funds and the like, and also the ongoing concentration of wealth.

Like too many macroeconomic articles in the popular press, this article shows an excess of xenophobia, and blames free trade as a cause of this situation.  The reality is that turning completely protectionist and locking our borders would still not disrupt the trend towards increasing worker productivity.

The problems of living in society that has phenomenal wealth, while at the same time requiring virtually no workers to create that wealth, will not be solved by blaming foreigners.  Phillip K. Dick has already shown that ends up.

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Sepultura 05/09/11

Posted a review of Sepultura on 5/9/11 at House of Blues in San Diego, CA.

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Playgrounds of the Mind

Playgrounds of the Mind was a book by Larry Niven published in 1991.  It was a collection of short stories, novel excerpts, and random thoughts by one of the best hard science fiction writers yet.  I’ve always admired Niven for his ability to make the whole galaxy his mind’s playground.

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