At 3/12/08 12:40 PM, jmtb02 wrote:
I was thinking of just using the engine we have normally been using, with a few minor upgrades. Anyone interested in pursuing this battle again? I was also thinking of having a small mini tourney for artists to design the bots as pixel art.
Just wanted to get a feel for how productive people were feeling (it takes as little as 10 minutes to make one of these bots).
I'm up for it :P
avYet another thing that annoys the hell out of me
People who complain about taxes.
And not people who complain about legitimate things like the system being unbalanced, or favouring the rich or whatnot - that's all well and good. Just people who complain about any possibility that the government might possibly put a tax on any of their income at all, and have the nerve to spend it on public services or whatnot.
For a start, pretty much everyone here (I'm basing this assumption on access to the internet, free time and Flash software) will be living in some of the highest standards of life in both human history and the world as a whole. The way people talk about taxes like they're the middle-class equivalent of the holocaust is just silly. I defy anyone to go to some starving, civil-war fractured African village and telling the population there: "Huh, you think you have problems? Thanks to our government, we only get £20,000 a year instead of £30,000!"
I think we can all agree that living in a state of complete anarchy isn't a good thing. Police, the NHS, the fire department and whatever are all positive and pretty much essential things, even if the way they're run might seem a little inefficient at times. It's ridiculous to expect (relatively) high standards of public serviced and next to no taxation, and given both those things, the government to have legal and moral ways of raising funds.
I mean, let's look at our UK inheritance tax. Quite possibly the most hated tax in the country (for some reason).
Now, I'll look at my family as an example. Three kids - we live in a house which is big enough for all of us, in a fairly middle-class or lower-middle-class area. Between this house and other savings, the value of inheritance probably stands somewhere short of £250,000 if I'm very optimistic. How much tax is expected to be paid on that? Well, it works out as bugger all, since tax on inheritance is only paid after £300,000
Even if you do earn more than that, you're not going to be worse off for having an inheritance. You're going to keep £300,000 at the least, and the majority of income after that. Let's assume that you have a big family with five brothers or sisters - that comes to £50,000 each at least, which isn't really anything to complain about. I mean, I might be alone in this, but seeing your loved ones' deaths as a substantial source of income in any case always seemed pretty cynical to me. I'd think I'd have more things to be concerned about than if a portion of inheritance above 300K going to support public services.
The only two reasons I can think of why people complain so much about inheritance tax would be either that:
while most people aren't affected or aren't affected that significantly by it, the newspapers they read are owned by people who are.
inheritance has something of a deus ex machina role in most media, which is all well and good so long as you disregard the difference between fantasy and reality.
So yeah, rand over. The general public suck.