So, Apple has been avoiding their taxes, skimping out on about 15.7 billion dollars in taxes from 2009 to 2011, by saying that that portion of their income belonged to a company in Ireland that had no employees, or indeed, any physical assets whatsoever. Essentially, of the 35 percent corporations are supposed to pay in taxes, they payed about 8.8%.
Now, they’re hardly unique in this endeavor, but let’s just… take a look real quick. I wanted to see, you gave away packets of 25 thousand dollars (that is, a little more than the poverty line in the united states for a family of four), times three years. So, if we take 15.7 billion dollars, and divide it by 75 thousand dollars, slightly more than poverty in the US over that time frame, how many packets can we give away to the poor?
15,700,000,000 divided by
So, while this wouldn’t wipe out poverty by any means (because at best, if you paired everyone living in poverty as of the 2010 US census into four people units, you’d have 11.6 million units living in poverty, this addressing a mere .2 of that.) it’s worth considering. Would have been a tiny ass percentage of our national debt. It’s just… this is the operating state. This happens all the time. And there are other companies that pay drastically less than they’re supposed to. Cisco, Hewlett Packard, Johnson & Johnson, Pfizer all pay between 17 and 22% of their income to taxes, and General Electric pays even less than Apple, paying 3.6% of their income to taxes.
I also realize taxes don’t get thrown to the poor. Obviously that’s untenable, but I’m just trying to put it into some level of focus what that kind of money would look like if it were divided up. It’s frustrating.
Redesigned my blog with the least elegant design period.
Actually, it looks fine, it’s just got some ugly ass place holders for some shit I’ma do tomorrow.
But right now, shit look bananananas.
I want to get better.
Because I want to start drawing Viera.
Like, when people talk about how bad Final Fantasy XII is, all I can say is fuck off look at the races. Just start with the Viera. But then also Bangas. And Seeqs. And. Fuck.
-edit- Source needed. I forgot to post it, and when I went to look, I realized I found it on Tumblr before I actually joined. Um. Any help?
9 PM : Man, I'm gonna arrange all these songs to make a great playlist.
10 PM : Damn. At this point I'm never gonna listen to all of these tonight.
11 PM :
12 AM :
1 AM : Fuck.
I am utterly torn between exhaustion and pain, my knees making my stomach lurch and my brain swimming in groggy release as I struggle to keep my eyes open, and the intense and all consuming urge to create, or at least change something, to work on a project, however mundane, and to do something and make work of something.
What you said: I don't believe in god.
What they think you said: I have anal sex with the devil.
I just got this joke. Granted, the last time I actually sat down and watched the whole movie was when I was 14, but for my entire life I thought it was a “you two are not good looking people” joke. I just realized it’s a “that’s obviously a dude in drag, but I don’t care about who you love when it comes to love” joke.
My god am I a fucking idiot.
She fucking throws glitter. How much more obvious does it get.
THE FUCKING EPIPHANY.
Apparently, in the Norwegian version she actually says “Brave of you to come out of the closet.”
OH MY GOD
I swear, when I was younger, I never got either angle. I just assumed it was because honeymooners…
ARE THERE ANY CYBERPUNKS OUT THERE
LOG IN IF U ARE THERE I NEED A LINE TO THE DATA GRID
dude didn’t you hear
the data grid is on lockdown we’ve all moved to the ｃｙｂｅｒｓｐｈｅｒｅ
IVE GOT ALL SORTS OF CODES FROM CYBERDYNE AND CTU IM GOING TO COMPARE NOTES IN DREAMWEAVER AND IMPORT THEM INTO NOTEPAD
THERE WAS A GLITCH IN THE SYSTEM ABORT ABORT
OH SHIT HANG ON I’LL CHANGE THE DIRECTIVE AND SEND A LOSSLESS JPEG TO FRIENDSTER IF YOU CAN REROUTE IT TO MSPAINT
IS ANYONE ELSE EXPERIENCING NETWORKING DIFFICULTIES PLEASE RESPOND
If I ever tell you I’m going to sleep and then you see me posting or liking things online for about an hour immediately after that, I promise I wasn’t lying to you, I’m just bad at going to sleep and it is usually a long process that begins with disengaging from any sort of immediate contact with people (chats, for example) and ends when everything on my screen is blurry and I’m hallucinating plot points I haven’t written yet
If this doesn’t tattoo your name on across the chest of the Homestuck fandom, I don’t know what will.
WHERE ARE THE NOTES THIS IS EVERY CHARACTER IN THE ENTIRE EXISTENCE OF HOMESTUCK THERE IS LITERALLY NO EXCUSE
I jizzed a little bit when I realized the Sufferer and Condesce were facing each other
I don’t fucking see Serenity
I guess they took the sky from him after all.
For what it’s worth, I don’t see any ten thousand dollar Trolls, either.
I remember you, even if no one else does, baby.
This man, James Verone, robbed a bank for one dollar. Why only one dollar? Because he knew that in prison he could get the medical care he could not afford with his part time salary as a convenience store clerk. He was approved for food stamps, but they did little to help his finances. Between his back problems, carpel tunnel, and arthritis, he simply couldn’t handle the pain any longer.
On June 9th, he sent a letter to his local paper, the Gaston Gazette, that stated: “When you receive this a bank robbery will have been committed by me. this robbery is being committed by me for one dollar. I am of sound mind but not so much sound body.”
He then took a cab to the RBC Bank, and handed the teller a note asking for one dollar and medical attention. He quietly took a seat in the lobby and waited for police to arrive.
Since Verone only stole one dollar, he was only charged with larceny. His bail, which he doesn’t plan to pay is set at $2,000, reduced from the normal $100,000. He’s scheduled to see a doctor this Friday, and hopes to get foot surgery, back surgery and to have a protrusion on his check treated.
To me, this is the perfect example of how disturbingly corrupt and unjust our health care system has become under HMO’s. For this man, or any person for that matter, feels that he needs to be imprisoned just to see a doctor, is ridiculous.
This is exactly what I hate about America. Why is it that you can buy an entire house with money you don’t have, but still can’t apply for health care if you don’t meet the requirements? That’s messed up.
I typed ‘p’ to mean ‘pretty’, as in ‘exceptionally’.
I have never regretted shorthand more.
You may affect me a lot of ways, tumblr.
But my grammar, my spelling, and my typing are my own.