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76  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Is "The Group" a bit more poignant now? on: July 28, 2015, 05:00:25 am
This post has always been worthless, unfunny sh*t, and I don't see how Tweed's antisocial behavior could possibly make it any better.

In fairness (to BRTD, not Tweed), I'm not convinced BRTD considers it 'funny'. It's written in such a way that somebody with a specific type of limited emotional range might find it tragic.

Yes, I've never considered it funny at all. It's just similar to a very "emo" style of writing (referring to real emo of course) and very much in the style of scene people on LiveJournal circa first half of the 00s. Tweed nailed it perfectly. Also my current namesake reminded me of it, the actual song title is The Year Summer Ended In June, although it's a far more tragic scenario: The song is about an old band the vocalist used to be in where two of the members were killed in a car accident. Where he was also in the car and was the only survivor.

And I was listening to it when I read that BK was banned. And later when I read Tweed was banned...it was playing again. God has an odd sense of humor at times. Hence the poignancy.

Oh wow. So it's even worse than I thought.
77  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Is this a left, center-left, centrist, center-right, or right wing forum? on: July 28, 2015, 04:55:50 am
As other have said, it's mainly a liberal forum. Although with significant leftist and libertarian communities.


Centaurist.

This.
78  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Which Disney Princess do you most prefer the politics of? on: July 28, 2015, 02:16:07 am
Mulan (feminist)
79  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: New Left Watch on: July 28, 2015, 02:14:57 am
I'm not sure if the Black Panthers can be considered representative of the 1970s New Left, let alone its modern incarnation.
80  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Boy Scouts Lifts Ban on Gay Scout Leaders on: July 28, 2015, 01:56:56 am
Can't believe it took them so long.
81  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Opinion of Don Bluth Films on: July 28, 2015, 01:48:46 am
Massive FFs. It's a bit weird that he has started off his career with widely acclaimed masterpieces like The Secret of NIMH and An American Tail, and then went on to make more low-key movies. But even them most of them have at least something interesting in them. I actually really like Anastasia.
82  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Your Ideal Tax Code on: July 27, 2015, 03:13:12 pm
Antonio, why would you tax government benefits? Seems a bit redundant, no?

This provides a corrective to the situation where, by the very design of a program, people end up getting too huge checks from the government. For example, in most countries, unemployment benefits and pensions are based on previously-earned income, which means that wealthy people get comparatively more (and, since the income is pooled in the household, the problem gets even worse as one of the spouse keeps earning a high salary alongside said government benefits). Changing this system would be impractical both politically and economically, but at least we can still make sure that those who get the juiciest deals pay their fair share back to the State.
83  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Election What-ifs? / Re: Alternate US States on: July 27, 2015, 01:27:31 pm
Should I continue this? I'm not sure if anyone is still following at this point. Tongue
84  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Your Ideal Tax Code on: July 27, 2015, 12:51:49 pm
All right, let's give it a try.


Income Tax

All types of income (salaries, capital gains, donations, and even government benefits) are taxed. For the purposes of the brackets below, taxed income is calculated as the household's income divided by 1 + 1 for every occupant above 25, 0.7 for every occupant between 12 and 25, and 0.5 for every occupant below 12.

Individuals earning less than 50% of the median taxed income receive a negative income tax bringing them at 50%.

Marginal Tax Rates:
50%-75% of the MTI: 0%
75%-90% of the MTI: 1%
90%-100% of the MTI: 5%
100%-110% of the MTI: 10%
110%-120% of the MTI: 15%
120%-130% of the MTI: 20%
130%-150% of the MTI: 25%
150%-175% of the MTI: 30%
175%-200% of the MTI: 35%
2 to 2.5 MTI: 40%
2.5 to 3 MTI: 45%
3 to 4 MTI: 50%
4 to 5 MTI: 55%
5 to 6 MTI: 60%
6 to 7 MTI: 65%
7 to 8 MTI: 70%
8 to 9 MTI: 75%
9 to 10 MTI: 80%
10 to 15 MTI: 85%
15 to 20 MTI: 90%
20 to 50 MTI: 95%
Over 50 MTI: 99%

The total amount of tax deductions may not exceed 50% of the MTI.


Wealth Tax:

Marginal tax rates:
0 to 500K: 0%
500K to 1M: 0.5%
1M - 2M: 1%
2M - 5M: 2%
5M - 10M: 3%
10M - 20M: 4%
20M - 50M: 5%
50M - 100M: 6%
100M - 200M: 7%
200M - 500M: 8%
500M - 1B: 9%
Over 1B: 10%

These brackets will be adjusted yearly for inflation.


Inheritance Tax

Marginal tax rates:
0 to 200K: 1%
200K - 500K: 5%
500K to 1M: 10%
1M - 2M: 25%
2M - 5M: 50%
5M - 10M: 75%
10M - 20M: 90%
20M - 50M: 95%
50M - 100M: 99%
Over 100M: 100%

These brackets will be adjusted yearly for inflation.


Value-Added Tax

0% for non-elaborate food, housing, medicine and other basic goods.
5% for cultural activities.
10% standard rate.
30% on luxury goods.


No corporate or payroll tax.
85  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Opinion of Japanese Foreign Policy under PM Shinzo Abe on: July 27, 2015, 10:27:10 am
You must be a hawk to win your Very Serious Person credentials, tony.

Actually, until now, I was convinced that I placed at the hawkish end of the Atlas spectrum, with the whole supporting interventions in Libya and Syria (and now against ISIS). I guess the Iran deal and now this issue have pushed me back to the center. Tongue
86  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Opinion of TimTurner on: July 27, 2015, 10:01:59 am
Yeah, his posts on AAD were pretty hilarious in their bizarre way. That's one thing I'm gonna miss.
87  About this Site / How To / Re: How To FAQ on: July 27, 2015, 09:58:54 am
I thought this would be a tutorial teaching us how to FAQ. I'm so disappointed... Sad
88  About this Site / The Atlas / Re: How's the communication going now? on: July 27, 2015, 09:57:42 am
I'm pretty excited about all this change underway, tbh.
89  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: What term to you prefer for Great Britain, Ireland and surrounding islands on: July 27, 2015, 08:46:06 am
I actually really like the sound of "Anglo-Celtic Isles".
90  About this Site / The Atlas / Re: How's the communication going now? on: July 27, 2015, 08:09:22 am
Looks like the points system is gone! Shocked Truly the end of an era...
91  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Election What-ifs? / Re: Alternate US States on: July 27, 2015, 03:33:45 am
And thus, we get to...


The 109th Senate (2005-2007)



Republicans: 58 (+3)
Democrats: 43 (-1)
Independents: 1 (=) - Jim Jeffords, caucusing with Democrats
92  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Is "The Group" a bit more poignant now? on: July 27, 2015, 02:45:53 am
This post has always been worthless, unfunny sh*t, and I don't see how Tweed's antisocial behavior could possibly make it any better.
93  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Atlas vs. AAD? on: July 27, 2015, 02:40:26 am
I'm not going to pretend that everything is fine on Atlas or that AAD has no value at all. There's no denying that in some ways AAD discussion has ended up being more interesting. But all this doesn't matter much compared to the poisonous clique-ish atmosphere that pervades AAD, and the anti-mod fanaticism, while it was funny for a while, is ultimately what deluded Tweed into thinking he was the new Julian Assange. Besides, for someone who has no interest in discussing Update, BRTD issues, sexual stuff, or hearing Libertas' constant attention whoring, that place really has little purpose.
94  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Opinion of MalcolmX on: July 27, 2015, 02:19:48 am
FF, duh.
95  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Portugal parliamentary election - October 4, 2015 on: July 27, 2015, 02:08:22 am
Yeah, Simfan is fine. He trolls a bit for time to time, but he's actually a very interesting and articulate poster.
96  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Opinion of Japanese Foreign Policy under PM Shinzo Abe on: July 27, 2015, 02:03:43 am
Seriously, 60% of this forum thinks mouth-foaming nationalism and open denial of crimes against humanity are a "Freedom policy"? What the hell is wrong with you people?
97  About this Site / The Atlas / Re: Leip, one of your mods is encouraging people to kill themselves. on: July 26, 2015, 01:15:03 pm
IRC is not private. And my post was in response to Bgwah's already off-topic comment on me.
98  About this Site / The Atlas / Re: Leip, one of your mods is encouraging people to kill themselves. on: July 26, 2015, 12:58:45 pm
He's just trying to provoke you into over-reacting so he can change the subject to "what does Antonio really think about vegetarians."

Here was the first mention:

Nah, you were the one who was fine with me until I dared opposing your extremist vegetarian views on IRC.

The 'extremism' he is referring to is being a vegetarian, FYI.

No, the issue is not "being a vegetarian". As it happens, I actually have most of the IRC discussion saved, since bgwah's posts were so utterly deranged that it's pure comedy gold. This is not the proper thread for that, but if you're curious feel free to create another one and I'll post the whole thing there.
99  About this Site / The Atlas / Re: So, let's take a breath here and I'll try to explain about what's going on. on: July 26, 2015, 12:13:22 pm
Thank you so much, Dave. You had very good reasons to be angry at these posters, but I am convinced that you have made the right choice.
100  General Discussion / Religion & Philosophy / Re: Opinion of "family values" on: July 26, 2015, 11:22:29 am
The things that RR1997 listed are obviously freedom values.

I can't tell if you're serious or not... From what I remember of you, you're probably serious.

I miss the time when he had me saying "lolcassius" in his sig. It was the perfect way to conclude whatever nonsense he was posting.

Though I can't help but notice that he has chosen to replace it with an ASOIAF/GoT quote, soon after I put one such quote in my own sig. Glad to see I'm still an inspiration. Smiley

You are. Indeed, I'd go as far as to say that, if we met in real life (a place where I never discuss my own 'views' about politics and the world if I can help it), we might actually get on reasonably well. Wink

Sure! I can get along very well with people who have awful political views IRL. I even have a good friend who turned kinda-sorta far-right-ish a couple years ago, and keeps trolling me about that. Tongue

Tbh, I've reached the point where I'm starting to appreciate your posts. It's like watching a Roose Bolton-esque character: you hate what he's doing, but you can't help enjoying the shameless fun he has doing it. Wink
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