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Sun Jul 26, 2009 at 07:52 PM PDT

The Gates arrest in Cambridge...

by WNYmathGuy

Sorry, I know the story should be dead already, but nobody seems to have noticed what I did.

Why hasn't anybody took a look at the person that tipped the police?  In my view, the police followed their rules, Gates was following his rules.  Nobody did anything seriously wrong except for the jackass with the camera waiting to get the photo of Gates in handcuffs.

I think the neighbor that doesn't recognize a fellow homeowner is at fault.  Or worse the neighbor willfully made a false report to the police to cause professor Gates all that trouble.  

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Tue Jul 14, 2009 at 02:24 PM PDT

Societal Immune System

by WNYmathGuy

Was the "Who" song was right when it said, "Wont get fooled again."

I think they were right.  I think that every societal sized tragedy/mishap/perversion causes us to collectively learn how to prevent the next one from happening.  Well at least we lessen the effects of any re occurrence...

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Mon Jul 13, 2009 at 12:36 PM PDT

Breakthrough Ideas

by WNYmathGuy

Ideas are something I feel passionate about.  I'm excited when other people have good ones.  I have many of my own that I share freely.  I experienced idea theft in the workplace, and I have had good ideas that it turned out were something the wife said a few days before.

I might be stating the obvious for a lot of people, but occurred to me that a breakthrough idea and the notoriety it gives the person who unveils the discovery/invention to the world is inaccurately assigning praise.

Please read the diary body before commenting. ;-)

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It seems like the blustering politicians have been complaining a lot about economic systems lately.  They brand people inappropriately (and for ill intent) as Socialists, and they laud Capitalism as if it was a gift from God to them.

In the body of this diary I lay out why both systems suck.  Before you read on, take it on my word that I prefer a Capitalist system.  If the two systems are polar opposites (pure socialism=0 and pure capitalism=1) then I like my economy at about the 0.75 to 0.8 mix.

I don't think any reasonable person wants either of them in their pure form.  Hell, even President Ronald Reagan (the deity of the dying GOP) wasn't for pure capitalism.  He used regulation as a weapon to kill the USSR.  He got a 30 year contract with middle-eastern oil producers to hold the barrel prices down to where the USSR couldn't make a profit.  They died from a negative cash flow.  That wasn't free market capitalism on our part, it was international collusion.  Anybody that complains about free trade or "Made in China" stickers is also against pure capitalism.

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[initially posted Wednesday July 9, 2008 - 03:39pm (EDT) on 360.yahoo.com by me, but they are soon closing the 360 site]

So we have a bunch of basic ways to tax the population to pay for all the wonderful public works projects, and the other necessary things, plus some impropriety and nepotism.  The big ones are consumption tax, income tax, property tax, and estate taxes.  My idea is to phase them all out for a net worth tax; just about 3% a year on net worth...  ...you know, what you own minus what you owe.  Rough estimates show it would cover the budget deficit and pay down the debt over time.

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Thu Jun 04, 2009 at 02:04 PM PDT

What is more evil?

by WNYmathGuy

[initially posted Saturday May 5, 2007 - 01:22am (EDT) on 360.yahoo.com by me, but they are soon closing the 360 site]

This is a segway to discuss flat taxes and consumption/sales taxes.

Is it worse to steal something, or is it worse to trick somebody out of the same thing?  e.g. I promise to give you $5, but you either see more and demand the rest, or see more and talk me out of the money while I think you are going to give me more.  "Theft" vs "Larceny by Trick"

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Tue Jun 02, 2009 at 10:45 PM PDT

A flat tax?!?!?!

by WNYmathGuy

[initially posted Friday May 4, 2007 - 11:46am (EDT) on 360.yahoo.com by me, but they are soon closing the 360 site]

Of the systems of sales tax, income tax and property tax, my favorite is property, and the one I hate the most is sales tax.  See why below...

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[initially posted Thursday May 3, 2007 - 11:23pm (EDT) on 360.yahoo.com by me, but they are soon closing the 360 site]

We have class envy and class war, and perhaps we can't even measure class.  As a person that studies math measurement or the ability to say this one is different than that and they go in this order is very important.  Ive noticed at times it's hard to see a meaningful way to order people by class.  See page 5 and 6 in the e-reprint of an article that initially inspired me in this thought at http://homepages.wmich.edu/...  I first saw this published by the ENC (now closed by Bush the Infamous).

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[initially posted Wednesday May 2, 2007 - 09:35pm (EDT) on 360.yahoo.com]

This is a very long way to talk about a single word (respect), but the readers that press on will find it worthy of their time; in fact I believe those who do read this will be compelled to repeat it to others.

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I'm new to politics and not to IT, so I did something to try to help with voter registration.

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