The Rants of Issachar

Monday, November 22, 2004

Okay, I shouldn't be reading the news this late, but this is just nuts. Some deer hunter in Wisconsin decides to go hunt his competition after they tell him to get out of their tree stand. (Google News). I'm reminded of Richard Connell.


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Saturday, November 20, 2004

I found something interesting over at K5. Someone over there want to institute an asset tax (called FairTax) in the US. I'd like to say that it seems like a nice idea in theory, but I can't. Although it does sound similar to the Islamic Zakat. On the other hand, just because it's an old idea doesn't make it a good one. I still think that straight income tax is a good way to go, with no deductions except the basic. A nice basic deduction of $20K, no other deductions and an income tax with as few brackets as possible. The most obvious upshot is that it makes doing your taxes ridiculously simple. To my mind it also seems the most fair. Everyone pays, and everyone gets their basic living ($20K is just a guess) tax free. Of course a big problem with this is that you can't hose the middle class to get tons of money, but that seems to my mind to be a good thing. Glassware has a good assessment of it as well. Someone also linked to an interesting Washington Post article, although that'll probably disappear of the net in fairly short order.


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Oh man I am stuffed. I spent the evening enjoying an early American Thanksgiving over at the Kirkham's place this evening. Stephanie makes fantastic food, but I think I'm just a little too full. The party's still going on, but I'm back the the school making an RIS image for the lab. Or rather I'm sitting here reading Slashdot and occaisionally clicking okay when the install needs it. No one's online tonight so I'm a little bored.


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Wednesday, November 17, 2004

Okay, it's getting pretty late, and I do have to work tomorow... Why does messing around with web stuff always get more interesting after midnight on weekdays? So I'm going to stay up a little later and post a couple of links. Maybe it's just the late hour messing with me, but I thought y'all might enjoy Overcompensating. I'm not sure if that's a permalink but hopefully that link will stay good. Of course if that's too silly, you could always try reading Daniel Pipes' perspective on the murder of Theo van Gogh (warning: soul-sucking registration required) in the Netherlands. It's going to be interesting to see how that plays out in the land of absolute tolerance. I'm reminded of the murder of Pim Fortuyn. I could write about this for a while, but I've only got a few hours before I need to be up for work. g'night.


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Tuesday, November 16, 2004

Just messing around with commenting...
Seems to work...


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Friday, November 12, 2004

Well blogger turns out to be pretty cool after all. Apparently its limitations are in fact my limitations. I still need to get this hosted somewhere other than blogspot though. Not being able to post pictures to my blog is somewhat irritating. But it is good to get something up in the meantime anyway. I've been meaning to get a website up for a while, but never ended up posting anything because it was "just right". Of course Edward (the english teacher at my school), has been putting me to shame on this topic so I'll just stop worrying about being perfect and just post it. We'll see how long I keep this up.


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