comments by marcus

marcus   befriend   ignore   Thu, 8 Oct 2015, 7:36pm PDT   Share   Quote   Like   Dislike     Comment 1

Patrick says

"90 percent of the 768 self-identified Native Americans polled said the team name “Redskins” did not bother them"

I'm 50% Irish and it doesn't bother me if you say Irish are a bunch of lazy alcoholics, because that shit's been said for more than 100 years. Actually it was mostly said long ago. So it doesn't bother me. But it's still offensive.

If 90% say it doesn't bother them, does that mean that it does bother 10% ? Then probably about a third of the 90% are simply thick sinned about such matters.

I don't think it's a big deal, but I also I don't think it's all that hypersensitive ridiculously PC. Then again, I don't know. Sign of the times I guess.

I would imagine you can still call your team the Indians, or the Braves and you will always be able to.

marcus   befriend   ignore   Thu, 8 Oct 2015, 7:24pm PDT   Share   Quote   Like   Dislike     Comment 2

Blurtman's not a racist.

marcus   befriend   ignore   Thu, 8 Oct 2015, 6:59am PDT   Share   Quote   Like   Dislike     Comment 3

That's not even one tenth as funny as this.

marcus   befriend   ignore   Thu, 8 Oct 2015, 6:54am PDT   Share   Quote   Like   Dislike     Comment 4

bob2356 says

You missed the words offshore funds. Bgmal4 said offshore funds, not offshore subsidiaries.

I didn't miss anything. Did you read this ?

marcus   befriend   ignore   Wed, 7 Oct 2015, 9:01pm PDT   Share   Quote   Like   Dislike     Comment 5

Facts are facts. I predicted that response.

marcus   befriend   ignore   Wed, 7 Oct 2015, 8:11pm PDT   Share   Quote   Like   Dislike     Comment 6

Trump needs to make up his mind. I guess he wants to please the rich as well as those that think the rich should pay more in taxes. Whatever to get elected. Guess who he'll really be helping out, if he were to win.

The editorial above was written by Krugman before TRump flip flopped and made it clear he was going to lower taxes on the rich and the super rich.

marcus   befriend   ignore   Wed, 7 Oct 2015, 7:57pm PDT   Share   Quote   Like   Dislike     Comment 7

bob2356 says

Really? Trillions. Like trillions with a T

That was in the news yesterday.

Actually I think much of it is profits that hasn't been taxed here yet, or would be if brought back. But I'm not sure they don't have a legit argument for keeping it offshore - that is if it's profit from multinationals that has already been taxed elsewhere. I don't know enough about it to have a strong opinion.

If this (quote below) is true ? THey should be paying some taxes on it here.

Fifty-seven of the companies disclosed that they would expect to pay a combined $184.4 billion in additional U.S. taxes if their profits were not held offshore. Their filings indicated they were paying about 6 percent in taxes overseas, compared to a 35 percent U.S. corporate tax rate, it said.

marcus   befriend   ignore   Wed, 7 Oct 2015, 7:53pm PDT   Share   Quote   Like   Dislike     Comment 8

Quigley says

It's a damn shame nobody else will touch this platform.

The main thing I've heard him say is he would build a wall, which is absurd, and also simply invites democrats to eventually point ourt that Obama actually beefed up border security, immigration has been down, and Obama increased the number of criminal undocumented immigrants being deported. It's like a set up, for democrat talking points in the debates next year.

AS for his saying taxes should be higher, that was just talk to get votes. His platform would lower taxes on the rich, and supposedly lower taxes on middle class too.

Balance the budget ? hahahaha. How is that going to happen when he lowers taxes ?

Quigley says

No more billionaires paying 11% while I pay 35%! WTF seriously????!!

If you think Trump would do that, you have a rich fantasy life.

marcus   befriend   ignore   Wed, 7 Oct 2015, 7:44pm PDT   Share   Quote   Like   Dislike     Comment 9

Yep. The man speaks the simple truth once again.

marcus   befriend   ignore   Wed, 7 Oct 2015, 6:51pm PDT   Share   Quote   Like   Dislike     Comment 10

THe Laffer curve suggests that there is an optimal level of taxes, relative to tax revenues. This is obviously true. Taxes being high enough at some point will cause tax revenues to the government to be lower than they would be at lower tax levels. But we're nowhere close to that level.

The idea that marginal rates on high increments of income are too high now, that is, above the optimal level, is insane. Even taking in to account capital formation and any other nonsensical bs they want to throw at us, let's face it, the congress is owned by the plutocrats who have as their highest priority keeping taxes low. They will destroy this country given the chance. I think a growing percentage of the business community republicans understand this, but go along with it because of mixed feelings about those tax rates affect their family's finances.

marcus   befriend   ignore   Wed, 7 Oct 2015, 6:28pm PDT   Share   Quote   Like   Dislike     Comment 11

tatupu70 says

Tax the hell out of the speculators and day traders. They add no value to the US economy. They're a cancer.

This might not be the stupidest thing I've heard on, but it's up there. This implies that you don't believe in markets at all. Making "trading" too cost prohibitive for most people that want to be involved in that type of speculative buying and selling would only result in gross profits for the "market makers" that need to exist, that wouldn't have any competition. They would easily manipulate markets, which traders can't do now, at least not without excessive risk, because of all of the other traders keeping them honest. (so to speak).

What do you think it is that makes the spread between the bid and the offer so small in most liquid markets ? Do you not understand why this is a good thing ? It's called liquidity.

But I don't even care to argue why speculation is a good thing, why do you say it's a bad thing ? A cancer ? Seriously ? I'm a liberal, but I totally part ways with this kind of off the charts ignorance based on nothing more than emotion. I guess the assholes are sometimes right about liberals. They're just envious. I've got news for you. You need not be so envious, speculative (short term) trading is tough. Most people fail at it.

But hey, on the bright side you've finally found a topic that you can agree with captain10pound about.

marcus   befriend   ignore   Sat, 3 Oct 2015, 6:23am PDT   Share   Quote   Like (1)   Dislike     Comment 12

Bgamall and the retards he listens too have as their single biggest piece of "evidence" that people don't seem sad enough.

This is beyond retarded, because if they were actors as he suggests, then they wouldn't have this problem. I'm happy for bgamall, that he hasn't had much serious grief or extrme fear in his life, and hasn't seen it that much in others. Because if he had, he would know that it's actually quite normal for people to show incongruous emotions when dealing with events beyond which they are equipped to handle in real time emotionally.

Read and learn, idiot.

We get it. You want to believe this conspiracy nonsense. Who knows, maybe even part of the reason for that is the bizarre ways in which you can't properly deal emotionally with the facts.

IF anything, the incongruous emotions are closer to proof that those are real people and real situations rather than actors. Because actors would easily look the way idiots such as you think they should look. The reality is that situations that intense can't even be dealt with in real time by normal people, so what you see is surprising only to folks such as you bgamall, who must have lived most of your life in a bubble.

marcus   befriend   ignore   Fri, 2 Oct 2015, 6:23am PDT   Share   Quote   Like   Dislike     Comment 13

There are actually way more than 2 per month.

What the...

Most of these must be done by the government, because they're looking for a reason to take our guns.

marcus   befriend   ignore   Fri, 2 Oct 2015, 6:14am PDT   Share   Quote   Like   Dislike     Comment 14

ROSEBURG, OR—In the hours following a violent rampage in southwestern Oregon in which a lone attacker killed 10 individuals and seriously injured seven others, citizens living in the only country where this kind of mass killing routinely occurs reportedly concluded Thursday that there was no way to prevent the massacre from taking place. “This was a terrible tragedy, but sometimes these things just happen and there’s nothing anyone can do to stop them,” said Ohio resident Lindsay Bennett, echoing sentiments expressed by tens of millions of individuals who reside in a nation where over half of the world’s deadliest mass shootings have occurred in the past 50 years and whose citizens are 20 times more likely to die of gun violence than those of other developed nations. “It’s a shame, but what can we do? There really wasn’t anything that was going to keep this guy from snapping and killing a lot of people if that’s what he really wanted.” At press time, residents of the only economically advanced nation in the world where roughly two mass shootings have occurred every month for the past six years were referring to themselves and their situation as “helpless.”

marcus   befriend   ignore   Wed, 30 Sep 2015, 6:28pm PDT   Share   Quote   Like   Dislike (1)     Comment 15

Of course ! When you aren't in the middle of getting it on with an "escort" you have to feel superior to everyone else. l mean really, what else is there in life ?

marcus   befriend   ignore   Wed, 30 Sep 2015, 6:15pm PDT   Share   Quote   Like   Dislike     Comment 16

OBamacare is either a total and complete failure, or it's a 100% resounding success. Those are the only two possibilities.

Which of these is true is mostly a function of which party you usually vote for. I know that's kind of weird, but that's how it works.

By the way, I can't read the OPs link without paying a couple bucks. I wonder if he works for the publisher ?

marcus   befriend   ignore   Wed, 30 Sep 2015, 6:01pm PDT   Share   Quote   Like   Dislike     Comment 17

Let's face it, the U.S. IS EXCEPTIONAL ™

We spend nearly $9000 per person on health care, that's over 17% of our GDP. There are a lot of exceptional people making great livings in health care and tangential to health .

Let's not lose track of what's the most important thing here. We don't want to be like one of those countries where doctors only make like 170% of what a cop, or a fireman, or a teacher makes. Being a doctor is above all else about being upper class. Being in a profession that helps people, is extremely rewarding for that reason, but that's secondary. If that's your highest priority, then you and your country aren't exceptional.

I don't know. Actually I don't think most doctors are overpaid. But I'm sure some are. Where is the inefficiency in our system ? That must be a question that has fairly clear answers.

We need to figure it out soon, because even if baby boomers are a bunch of dirtbags that should just go ahead and die now, some people think it would be okay if they had reasonable health care in their late years. My theory is that getting through the boomers will force us to make some tough decisions (no, not death panels - but yes some sort of reasonable and fair ways of dealing with end of life health decisions), and that American health care will be better after that, having overcome many of the worst inefficiencies.

marcus   befriend   ignore   Tue, 29 Sep 2015, 6:26am PDT   Share   Quote   Like   Dislike (1)     Comment 18

mmmarvel says

I don't watch PBS

Yeah, that's wise. They're commies over there.

marcus   befriend   ignore   Tue, 29 Sep 2015, 6:06am PDT   Share   Quote   Like (1)   Dislike (3)     Comment 19

Blurtman's not racist. Oh, no. Not at all.

The two men aren't undocumented, and they also aren't necessarily guilty. But hey, they have Hispanic names. Yay Trump.

marcus   befriend   ignore   Mon, 28 Sep 2015, 8:37pm PDT   Share   Quote   Like   Dislike     Comment 20

Blurtman says

He is now a morning show hack, and his interview of Putin was quite a hack job.

Well, he probably does his morning show work, and 60 minutes to make the money. But the long conversations he has on the Charlie Rose show are what he's known for, at least among some of us.

A lot of great conversations you can check out there, that are what Charlie Rose is all about. Actually they don't have much in the archive there, but there are tons on youtube.

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