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Vibram, 'Barefoot Running Shoe' Company, Settles Multi-Million Dollar Lawsuit

Vibram, 'Barefoot Running Shoe' Company, Settles Multi-Million Dollar Lawsuit

Commented May 15, 2014 at 20:47:26 in Business

“But you can still glue hair to them an be a hobbit for Halloween.

#winning”
21 Awesome Drunk Purchases Your Sober Self Would Thank You For Buying

21 Awesome Drunk Purchases Your Sober Self Would Thank You For Buying

Commented May 6, 2014 at 22:37:54 in Comedy

“FYI - The umbrella hat is also known as a Brockabrella, invented by baseball Hall of Famer, Lou Brock.”
Lupita Nyong'o Is People Magazine's Most Beautiful Person 2014

Lupita Nyong'o Is People Magazine's Most Beautiful Person 2014

Commented Apr 23, 2014 at 23:38:19 in Celebrity

“For a long time I've thought that "most beautiful" lists were absurd. It being widely accepted that fame is its own virtue, of course only famous people can considered be the most beautiful. All the rest of us are non-persons who exist only to admire the beautiful people.”
Wisconsin Republicans To Vote On Secession

Wisconsin Republicans To Vote On Secession

Commented Apr 14, 2014 at 18:59:08 in Politics

“Wisconsin dairy farmers are sure going to miss all those big gubment subsidies.”
This Web Series Proves Internet Cat Videos Aren't A Waste Of Time

This Web Series Proves Internet Cat Videos Aren't A Waste Of Time

Commented Apr 11, 2014 at 18:34:41 in Green

“I adopted a stray alley cat and he has more personality than most people that I know.”
Republican Slams Dems' Equal Pay Push As 'Condescending' To Women [UPDATE]

Republican Slams Dems' Equal Pay Push As 'Condescending' To Women [UPDATE]

Commented Apr 8, 2014 at 19:22:59 in Politics

“She could making louder statement and lead by example by demanding a lower salary than her male colleagues.

Otherwise she really isn't making much of a point, is she?”
Fox News Might Want To Revise Its Laughably Bad Obamacare Graphic

Fox News Might Want To Revise Its Laughably Bad Obamacare Graphic

Commented Apr 1, 2014 at 01:17:33 in Media

“Why do you hate America so much?”
Paul Ryan Confronted At Town Hall Over Inner-City Poverty, Obamacare (Video)

Paul Ryan Confronted At Town Hall Over Inner-City Poverty, Obamacare (Video)

Commented Mar 20, 2014 at 19:04:08 in Politics

wharrison on Mar 20, 2014 at 19:09:39

“Not to mention the 10's of millions being pumped into their campaigns by people like the Kochs to further their agenda.”
Los Angeles vs. San Francisco: Which City Rules The West Coast?

Los Angeles vs. San Francisco: Which City Rules The West Coast?

Commented Mar 10, 2014 at 00:22:00 in Travel

“3Bars every where you look? You say that like it's a bad thing.”
Ohio Early Voting Will No Longer Take Place On Sundays, Weekday Evenings

Ohio Early Voting Will No Longer Take Place On Sundays, Weekday Evenings

Commented Feb 28, 2014 at 05:21:51 in Politics

“Conservatism works great until your economy inevitably collapses in a in a speculative frenzy of Wall St. sell-offs. Then you have to elect liberals to come in a fix the whole mess - same as it ever was. Examples: the Coolidge-Hoover disaster had to be fixed by - FDR. Twelve years of Reaganomics left us the horrible economy of the early 1990's - fixed by Bill Clinton. Eight years of Bush, still recovering from that, but we have something like 46 consecutive weeks of job growth.

And, by the way, Republicans love socialism.

http://www.forbes.com/sites/rickungar/2013/05/22/gop-congressman-stephen-fincher-on-a-mission-from-god-starve-the-poor-while-personally-pocketing-millions-in-farm-subsidies/

http://www.truth-out.org/buzzflash/commentary/item/17515-romney-decries-his-red-state-southern-base-as-lazy-moochers-the-47

http://crooksandliars.com/heather/odonnell-free-market-republicans-never-adm
Alec Baldwin Lashes Out At 'Phony' Rachel Maddow, Gay Critics In New Essay

Alec Baldwin Lashes Out At 'Phony' Rachel Maddow, Gay Critics In New Essay

Commented Feb 27, 2014 at 15:36:16 in Media

“Clearly, you didn't understand the meaning of my comment. The term "uppity" was used for added emphasis to the sarcasm of the comment as a whole. Maddow doesn't present her show as a straight news program and makes no claim to be unbiased. It is obviously presented as analysis of news stories with a bias toward a humanitarian point of view unlike Fox News, which is clearly propaganda and masquerades as news, but with a stridently anti-humanitarian point of view in favor of corporate interests.

I am not put off by this kind of analysis and that's why I watch her show. The whole point of her show is as a rebuttal to the misinformation that is peddled throughout the conservative media echo chamber. Fox makes its business misrepresenting the facts and Maddow's business is to attempt to correct the incalculable damage done by outlets like Fox.”
Alec Baldwin Lashes Out At 'Phony' Rachel Maddow, Gay Critics In New Essay

Alec Baldwin Lashes Out At 'Phony' Rachel Maddow, Gay Critics In New Essay

Commented Feb 24, 2014 at 22:36:52 in Media

“Yes, I know you conservatives are very upset when your news isn't filtered through the bias of a pro-corporate point of view. It must be very upsetting for you that there are people out there reporting on issues without the imprimatur of Exxon, Monsanto and Big Pharma. Especially an uppity woman.”

GC1008 on Feb 25, 2014 at 11:04:42

“"Especially an uppity woman?" You really are sexist aren't you?
One of my favorite bumper stickers:
"Well behaved women rarely make history."”
Jorrit Bergsma Takes Gold In Yet Another Dutch Speedskating Win

Jorrit Bergsma Takes Gold In Yet Another Dutch Speedskating Win

Commented Feb 19, 2014 at 06:54:02 in Sports

“Yeah, sure they can skate, but can they handle a puck?”

Marc NL on Feb 19, 2014 at 08:54:55

“Handling a puck while trying to go really fast in big circles isn't the smart thing to do...
Yes, I am joking.

Not sure why we don't really compete in hockey, or figure skating. We don't have any mountains so we don't ski but as far as the rest. not sure.”
Celebrate President's Day With Rare Photos Of Presidents With Celebrities Of Their Time

Celebrate President's Day With Rare Photos Of Presidents With Celebrities Of Their Time

Commented Feb 19, 2014 at 05:13:02 in Celebrity

“Myself, I'd pick Abe Lincoln as my first choice, thank you. If we're going with Republicans that is.

But, you'd have to dig him up first.”
Waterlogue App Turns Your Photos Into Incredible Works Of Art

Waterlogue App Turns Your Photos Into Incredible Works Of Art

Commented Feb 19, 2014 at 05:06:01 in Technology

“Pretty cool. Seems to work better on images with a very limited color palette.

Not even close to being in the presence of a great work of art, or even a fairly decent work of art.”
This Is Irrefutable Evidence Of The Value Of A Humanities Education

This Is Irrefutable Evidence Of The Value Of A Humanities Education

Commented Jan 28, 2014 at 19:49:44 in College

“A degree in economics is not exactly unrelated to banking, which is where Jamie Dimon ended up.”
17 Best Bromances In Literature

17 Best Bromances In Literature

Commented Jan 14, 2014 at 21:23:52 in Books

“Just to clarify, the bromance in Three Musketeers included D'Artagnan, the main character in the book.”
France Cleared To Impose Unbelievably High Tax On The Rich

France Cleared To Impose Unbelievably High Tax On The Rich

Commented Jan 3, 2014 at 21:00:12 in Business

“Funny how you cite a fact that disproves your point as a fact that supports your point.
Business expenditures on employee wages are pre-tax expenses. The business practice of paying employees more in order to lower the bottom line and avoid higher taxes was one that worked for many years until the age of Reagan. Money spent on wages is not literally a tax deductible. It’s an expense that is subtracted from the bottom line before taxes are calculated. Therefore, lowering tax rates on the highest earners greatly diminishes employer incentive to hire more workers and increase wages and in the long term cutting taxes holds down wages for the working class and increases the gap between the rich and the poor.

If cutting taxes resulted in increased revenues then maybe the Reagan or Bush administrations could have submitted a balanced budget JUST ONCE in their 20 years in the White House instead of doubling and tripling the national debt during those years. Of course we’ll never know how much those tax cuts would have decreased revenue because Reagan and Bush43 both massively increased federal spending at the same time which of course increases GDP, which in turn results in increased tax revenue.”
France Cleared To Impose Unbelievably High Tax On The Rich

France Cleared To Impose Unbelievably High Tax On The Rich

Commented Jan 3, 2014 at 20:42:11 in Business

“Our current competitors protect their manufacturing jobs with very high import tariffs. China and India have much higher import tariffs on new cars, computers etc. India has a 100% excise on luxury vehicles and super bikes.

http://www.dnaindia.com/money/report-excise-duty-on-suvs-hiked-100pct-import-duty-on-luxury-vehicle-1805677

http://www.labnol.org/india/custom-import-duties/19306/

We used to do that too...when we had a middle class.”
France Cleared To Impose Unbelievably High Tax On The Rich

France Cleared To Impose Unbelievably High Tax On The Rich

Commented Dec 31, 2013 at 00:27:12 in Business

“It is true that many of the richest paid nowhere near the top rate in those decades, but they still paid a much higher percentage than they do now. This is why when JFK’s tax cut was passed in 1964 many Republicans voted against it. Even though the law cut the top rate down to 70%, it closed many tax loopholes and most of the richest ended up paying more in taxes after the law passed. That law also resulted in the period of largest GDP expansion in history. In fact, wherever you find taxes being raised after the Republicans destroy the economy you will usually find that good economies follow. Conversely, when the Republicans get everything that they want (i.e. low taxes and no regulation) you generally find economic crises, banking crises, high unemployment, and severe recessions.

When given a choice between paying more money to the IRS or giving their employees more, many employers found that a good way to avoid paying more in taxes was to increase their employees’ wages, which is one reason why a working class household on a single income did so much better in the 1950's and 1960's than they do now. Even though working class people paid higher tax rates in the 1950’s, they still were far better off than they are today in an economy where the richest often pay lower tax rates than those in the working class.”

jstanavgguy on Dec 31, 2013 at 07:32:20

“Yes, the rich always seem to pay more when taxes are cut.

Funny how that works, isn't it?

And when that happens, those at the lower end of the wage scale pay less.

Now, the reason that wages increase when tax rates drop is that employers seek ways to reduce their tax burden. Due to the fact that wages are deductible, that allows employers to reduce their taxes, while not harming their bottom line.

Another factor to keep in mind is that we had a different type of economy at that time. While then we had a production based economy, now we have an economy that is centered on the service and financial sectors.

And it is the very regulations that the left promotes that killed the production base of the economy. As regulations grew, they made the cost of doing business grow. This resulted in corporations seeking other venues for their manufacturing work. And this caused a massive shift of jobs from good paying manufacturing, to low paying service sector work.

We have people today who are working in Walmart, but 40 years ago would have been in a plant that actually made things.

If you want to change the pattern, create an environment that makes companies want to build things here, instead of just sell them here.”
France Cleared To Impose Unbelievably High Tax On The Rich

France Cleared To Impose Unbelievably High Tax On The Rich

Commented Dec 30, 2013 at 19:30:23 in Business

“This is not a high of a top marginal tax rate.

A high tax rate would be the rate in the U.S. in the years during and following WW II when the top tax rate was at no point lower than 70% until the early 1980's.

It was during those decades that the U.S. built the greatest economy in the history of the world and rebuilt the middle class that had been destroyed by the supply side policies of Coolidge and Hoover.”

jshms on Dec 31, 2013 at 00:27:11

“we had no world competition after WWII since we blew up europe and parts of asia.”

jstanavgguy on Dec 30, 2013 at 20:29:34

“You are aware that those at the top of the income scale never actually paid those rates, right?

And you are also aware that those at the lower income levels paid a higher percentage of the tax burden when the rates were at that level.

My other question would be why the left supports so many policies that were advocated by marx as part of the progression to communism?”

Dosadi on Dec 30, 2013 at 20:03:24

“An then had it destroyed again by the voodoo economics of Reagan.”
GOP Claims Racism Is Over In Misguided Rosa Parks Tribute (UPDATED)

GOP Claims Racism Is Over In Misguided Rosa Parks Tribute (UPDATED)

Commented Dec 2, 2013 at 01:49:20 in Politics

“The Republican Party under Lincoln and Grant was the most progressive party in the history of the United States. Not just in ending slavery, but also the Land Grant Acts, which GAVE AWAY Federal lands for FREE public universities and farmland for those who were willing to go West and make their living farming. Among these universities is the illustrious (and Liberal) University of California at Berkeley, one of the finest universities in the world, which used to be free until Reagan, Pete Wilson and Schwarzenegger got hold of it.”
Nuclear Fallout: The Real-World Consequences Of Senate Filibuster Reform

Nuclear Fallout: The Real-World Consequences Of Senate Filibuster Reform

Commented Nov 22, 2013 at 00:55:22 in Politics

“The Republicans have no respect for this country, the authority of the twice elected president or the Senate majority.

The GOP majority in the House was achieved through gerrymandering by GOP controlled state legislatures. Democratic House candidates received 1.5 million more votes nationally:
http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2012/11/09/house-democrats-got-more-votes-than-house-republicans-yet-boehner-says-hes-got-a-mandate/

The only thing they respect is money and power.

The Constitution grants the power to appoint Federal judges under the purview of the president while no such authority to block those appointments is granted to the Senate - other than their obligation to vote on those appointments. The Senate filibuster rule was adopted in 1917 by the Senate and has no Constitutional basis.”
This Elephant 'Nose' There's A Crocodile Lurking Below (PHOTO)

This Elephant 'Nose' There's A Crocodile Lurking Below (PHOTO)

Commented Nov 13, 2013 at 19:34:34 in Green

“"I want to know what the Crocodile has for dinner!'

'Go to the banks of the great grey-green, greasy Limpopo River, all set about with fever-trees, and find out.'”
CNN Dives Into The '60 Minutes' Benghazi Controversy

CNN Dives Into The '60 Minutes' Benghazi Controversy

Commented Nov 8, 2013 at 01:49:33 in Media

“How I would love to see Noam Chomsky allowed on Meet the Press or the Hannity's show. Of course they know that Noam would demolish them so quickly that their game would instantly be over. The Fox hacks much prefer just to smear people like Noam from a safe distance rather than actually discuss the real state of things, which is why corporate news is ultimately so destructive.”
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