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  • Nov 6th, 2012 @ 1:53pm

    Re: Re: Point 4: A "consumption" tax isn't practical.

    I like the idea of equal handouts to all, and flat taxes personally.

    No arguing about deductions etc., simply everyone gets $X every month (no matter what they're income), and everybody pays X% on everything (ideally consumption, as it helps with trade imbalance and saving rate which are both very bad in the US).

    The tax would work out greatly negative for the poorest, somewhere approaching neutral at some level, and approaching the actual percentage as one got wealthier.

    Additionally, it would cheat and tax accrued generational wealth that is currently tax free, which is of course why we will never go to a consumption tax.

  • Aug 29th, 2012 @ 2:26pm

    Re: Nothing new

    Arguably this model works for HBO.

    They don't need to appeal to the masses, they need to appeal to the loyal fanbase. They get more money per a show-viewer (in general) than adverts produce, and people pay because they want those shows.

    HBO costs $300/year. that's 150 hours of prime subject watch (Grey's anatomy viewership numbers came out to their viewing demographic, which was ideal to advert to, being worth about $2 an hour).

    that's 75 shows watched by 2 people (or 35 if you count the movie content as having some value, though most HBO subscriber I know don't really).

    People who purchased HBO for the Saprano's alone (many did) paid a hefty amount of money, and it encouraged HBO to appeal to that type of audience.

    The economist is very similar. The problem is that most "news" organizations went to pulp, as subscriptions were never about making money, they were generally break-even on distribution, or close to it. Very few publications had the pay for good content business model, and they are easy to spot, as they were never ad-heavy.

  • Oct 11th, 2011 @ 1:46pm

    Re: Count me in

    I thought it was a fairly accurate trailer. It certainly set the mood heavy, and not light-hearted (like fast and furious). I do think all of the driving of the entire movie was in the trailer though.

    I'm somewhat amused, because my friend that recommended it to me said "don't watch the trailer, it's the whole movie", and this woman thinks it's deceptive.

    It's pretty clear from the trailer it's going to be violent and have some serious ass-kicking.