RANT: Gates would tax robots? Stupid!

Wednesday, February 22, 2017


The robot that takes your job should pay taxes, says Bill Gates
Why Bill Gates would tax robots
WRITTEN BY Kevin J. Delaney
February 17, 2017

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Robots are taking human jobs. But Bill Gates believes that governments should tax companies’ use of them, as a way to at least temporarily slow the spread of automation and to fund other types of employment.

It’s a striking position from the world’s richest man and a self-described techno-optimist who co-founded Microsoft, one of the leading players in artificial-intelligence technology.

In a recent interview with Quartz, Gates said that a robot tax could finance jobs taking care of elderly people or working with kids in schools, for which needs are unmet and to which humans are particularly well suited. He argues that governments must oversee such programs rather than relying on businesses, in order to redirect the jobs to help people with lower incomes. The idea is not totally theoretical: EU lawmakers considered a proposal to tax robot owners to pay for training for workers who lose their jobs, though on Feb. 16 the legislators ultimately rejected it.

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Question: And you’re more on the side that government should play an active role rather than rely on businesses to figure this out?

Well, business can’t. If you want to do [something about] inequity, a lot of the excess labor is going to need to go help the people who have lower incomes. And so it means that you can amp up social services for old people and handicapped people and you can take the education sector and put more labor in there. Yes, some of it will go to, “Hey, we’ll be richer and people will buy more things.” But the inequity-solving part, absolutely government’s got a big role to play there. The nice thing about taxation though, is that it really separates the issue: “OK, so that gives you the resources, now how do you want to deploy it?”

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So there we have it. Bill Gates is a Big Gooferment socialist or worse. 

Ignoring the fact that taxation is theft and there isn’t a SINGLE Gooferment program that meets its goals in an effective and / or efficient manner, how is giving the Leviathan more wealth a good thing?

Bill should stick to retirement and stop trying to save the world. He’s not very good at it.

I just shake my head at the colossal arrogance of left liberal pontificators.

“Never underestimate the power of human stupidity.” — Robert A. Heinlein

All can say is repeat a great movie line:

Kaffee: [interrupts with game-show buzzer sound] eeehhhhh! I’m sorry, your time’s run out! What do we have for the losers, judge? Well, for our defendants, it’s a life time at exotic Fort Leavenworth! And, for defense counsel Kaffee, that’s right, it’s a court martial! Yes, Johnny! After falsely accusing a highly decorated Marine officer of conspiracy and perjury, Lieutenant Kaffee will have a long and prosperous career teaching… typewriter maintenance at the Rocco Globbo School for Women! Thank you for playing “Should we or should we not follow the advice of the galactically stupid!” — Lt. Daniel Kaffee in A Few Good Men played by Tom Cruise


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RANT: Unlock what we bought

Sunday, February 12, 2017


Apparently, the hardware and service providers have chosen to keep the FM chip disabled in the cell phones they sell and support. 


Wonder why?

To sell us over priced “music subscriptions”?

Anyone wonder why the Gooferment hasn’t “discovered” this anti-trust action?



While I don’t necessarily agree with eh suggested tweet:

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@USAgov I want my FM radio! Encourage FM chip activation on all smartphones so I can get lifesaving info for free! #publicsafety #freeradio

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I do think that ALL “smartphone FM chips should be activated”!

It is a matter of “public safety” and what about that “first sale doctrine”?

After all the manufacturers put it in there. No one forced them too. But since they did, why is it turned off?

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RANT: “The Immaculate Corruption”; no one powerful ever goes to jail

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

“The Immaculate Corruption”

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Big banks paid tens of billions of dollars in fines for alleged fraud and misrepresentation after the U.S. mortgage crisis. But not one top banker has been indicted or gone to prison. Some call it The Immaculate Corruption. Sunday on Full Measure, I’ll investigate why the Congressionally-appointed panel convened to look into the crisis sealed its records — and what was in them.

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Why didn’t any one go to jail for all these frauds?
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RANT: I don’t dismiss DJT45’s concern about illegal voting

Friday, February 3, 2017


The Unapologetic Falsehoods of the Increasingly Discredited Associated Press 
by Vin Suprynowicz vin@catscuriosities.com
Special to L. Neil Smith’s The Libertarian Enterprise

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In an otherwise unrelated Jan. 24 news story about President Donald Trump signing executive orders to get some major oil pipelines (purposely stalled by Barack Obama in his ongoing effort to cripple America’s energy industry and thus drive up our electric bills) back on track, The Associated Press couldn’t help themselves, adding:

“Yet even as Trump moves to implement his agenda, he is still making false claims.”

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(In Nevada, as in many states, unions can and do instruct their members to request absentee ballots. There’s no longer any need to prove—or even claim—you’ll be out of town or in the hospital on election day. Union shop stewards can then collect the completed ballots—no safeguard prevents them from checking to make sure they’re filled out “correctly”—and mail or deliver them in bulk to the county clerk’s office for counting. So much for the “privacy of the voting booth.”—V.S.)

“In Nevada you never have to prove you’re a citizen to register to vote or cast a ballot,” Cook explains. “Forget about showing government-issued photo identification at the polls, as several states now require. You don’t have to show a photo ID at any point in the process. The immigrants I met could vote Tuesday just by showing a Culinary health insurance card and a power bill.

Evidence? Cook went to the source.

“‘One would establish identity and one would establish residence,’ Clark County Registrar of Voters Larry Lomax said of state standards. ‘Just like every other voter in Nevada, they will not be asked to prove citizenship.’

“You can’t cash a check in this town with such flimsy identification,” Cook concludes.

But you can vote.

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Sorry, but I am concerned about this issue.

Funny that it seems to be the “specialty” of Unions and Democrats.

Those are the same folks who protest voter id laws and yell about disenfranchizement.

Wonder what an “honest election” would look like?

If you need id to get on a plane, then you need id to vote.

Seems simple enough to me

Seniors get non-drivers licenses to get discounts at restaurants.

And maybe if some one is unable to figure out how to get id, then maybe they shouldn’t be voting anyway.


Personally, I think only vets should be allowed to vote or be in politics.

Not that vets are better, but (1) they have taken up arms and can do it again; (2) they understand what the implications of war are; and (3) they have answered their Nation’s call and so have a in stake in the results.

But that’s just my opinion.

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RANT: About DUI laws

Sunday, January 29, 2017

“DUI” should only be when there is a real injury. Then, throw the proverbial “book” at them.

For example, why should a free man have to worry about prosecution for “possessing”anything? In what way does the mere fact of “possession” entail a harm caused to some other person?

How is it that a free man can be told – at gunpoint – what he may not put into his body?

I refer, of course, to the lunacy that is the “war” on some (arbitrarily decided upon) “drugs.”

Of all the many things wrong with America, this is perhaps the most obvious – and yet, the one most people seem to have trouble appreciating. A cop who drinks alcohol – who possesses and consumes this drug – is legally empowered to throw people in a cage for possessing or consuming that drug.

Or even if not.

And don’t get me started on the whole aspect of the rationale for these drug arrests — “civil forfeiture”. See it’s all about stealing money to feed the Gooferment’s endless desire to spend more.


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RANT: Thanks, EZ-PASS for the … …

Friday, January 6, 2017

Thanks, EZ-PASS for the … …

… … ! ! 1 !! A!! MMMM!!! text message to alert me to the fact my account had been “replenished”.

Way to be “Customer Focused”.


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RANT: Kvetch from long ago and far away

Friday, December 23, 2016

Sorry to say, I haven’t written this. It was of interest to me at the disinterest in my power problems by employees of the various companies to who I turned to for help. (I was paying and not asking for charity.) Special excoriation for Dell, Sams Club, WalMark, OfficeDepot, Staples, the two 24 hour laptop repair firms in Vegas, and the pawn shop (it advertised computers, but had none). The only bright spot was Brookstones. Their EWR employee sold me something he thought would work (it didn’t) but correctly told me of their return policy. Their LAS employee accepted the return with no problem and showed me what I should have been sold. She made an interesting observation that the if the EWR site didn’t have the CORRECT one, he could have checked with the LAS site and they would have had it for me when I arrived. I intended to compliment them on that idea. The young women in Vegas is a gem. Sigh, now I have to try to make the midnight deadline for Jasper Jottings.

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I found this on my old phone. I don’t know when I wrote it, but I thought it was worth sharing.

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