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  1. 15 days ago on Pearls Before Swine

    Since “the average American worker” has to be the average of all ‘workers’, CEO included, how much has the “average American worker who are NOT CEO” wages increased?

  2. 17 days ago on Luann

    “Sang froid” is implied to be the exact opposite of having one’s blood boiling.The nearest English expression would be “to keep a cool head”.

  3. 19 days ago on Broom Hilda

    And that is a misnomer. Bezos did not “earn” anything, apart from his official salary that is around $100 k / year. His shares value go up, and calling that “earnings” is improper.

  4. 19 days ago on Zack Hill

    Why is Carl’s nose changing shape and size all the time?

  5. 27 days ago on Broom Hilda

    Actually, it is neither. His shares went up in value, meaning that he could sell some to someone willing to buy them at a ridiculously inflated speculated price. BUT he can’t sell them because he would no longer own the company, AND if he was to sell, investors would take that as a bad sign that the company is in some kind of trouble and the value would plummet. There is not wealth creation with shares going up, just symbolic money changing hands.

  6. about 1 month ago on Pearls Before Swine

    Makes no difference whether you know about the breakdown of a product price or not; it does not matter if taxes are hidden or not. If the company makes a profit this year, it will pay corporate taxes. If next year sales are poor, and there is zero profit, then the corporate tax will be zero. Do you think the price of the product would be adjusted to reflect the company does not pay taxes this year?But there is more to it. Company profit is supposed to be the property of the share holders. The company may decide to pass it out as dividend, or sit on it. If it gives it as dividend, some of it may go abroad if the shareholder is foreign.

  7. about 1 month ago on Pearls Before Swine

    OK, let’s assume that you have a job that pays you $60k a year, and that you pay $20k in income tax. Isn’t that the same as getting $40k a year and NOT paying tax? Can’t your boss claim that he does pay YOU $40k, and that in reality he pays YOUR taxes of $20k with you being merely charged with transferring it?

  8. about 1 month ago on Pearls Before Swine

    2 issues with your counterpoint, in the context of the initial argument1- prior to the pandemic, the US was dealing with a manpower shortage. Economist call anything between 6.4% and 4% unemployment “full employment” because there are always people between jobs. In December 2019, the unemployment rate in the US was 3.5%.2- CEO sending jobs overseas to get more profit is a good reason why there should be corporate taxes

  9. about 1 month ago on Pearls Before Swine

    By that same logic, individuals do not pay taxes either, since their taxes are paid from the proportion of the gross income that is not income that is paid to you as salary by the corporation that employs you.Meanwhile, the tax cuts were financed by a federal deficit that you will have to pay later and tariffs on imports (that the US lacked the manpower to produce locally anyway, and that you paid through increased sale costs) .You see, you are missing the big and long term picture.

  10. about 2 months ago on Brewster Rockit

    Except that the “no two identical” still stands. Here is the link to the original claim by the scientist:

    https://opensky.ucar.edu/islandora/object/imagegallery%3A2586

    Note the title of the picture: Snowflakes: two nearly identical snowflakes (DI00363), Photo by Nancy Knight [emphasis mine]

    ‘Nearly’ is not perfectly.And if you take the time to figure out the number of water molecules in an ice crystal, the number of ways one can deviate from another, as well as the number of atoms in the universe, once can safely conclude that the odds of two flakes being identical, across all time and the whole universe, is very small.