Posts by Brent Jackson

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  • Hard News: Circumstance and coincidence, in reply to nzlemming,

    Yeah. Our politicians are always planning things for a 30 year time frame. Oh ... hang on ... where did that extra zero come from ...

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 386 posts Report Reply

  • OnPoint: Why does the top 10% paying…,

    Fantastic work Keith. Clearly laid out and explained. When talking about increases and decreases, Tax Rate most certainly does not equate to Tax Amount.

    Oh, and anybody who's put off by the phrase "interactive data visualisation", don't be. It comes with a handy-dandy slide show that explains things in 8 easy steps. Go on - give it a go.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 386 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: What rules are these?, in reply to Steve Barnes,

    Well put

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  • Hard News: Comedy Festival 2: The Genius…,

    We went and saw John Gordillo tonight. Really neat show - thought-provoking and funny. It's one of my pet hates - corporations trying to pretend that they are a person, and, moreover, a friend. Recommended.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 386 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: What rules are these?,

    Hear, hear!

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 386 posts Report Reply

  • Speaker: Why we can’t just fix secondary…, in reply to Australopithecus,

    They did have one more – won’t folks just stop working? I don’t think the spirit of capitalism will die that easily :-). Some might say I have enough, by far the majority will want more than the basics.

    I think this might actually be a good thing. People who do not really want to work, and can live frugally, could spend their time idly, or raising children, or producing music/art/writing etc. This would make more jobs available for those who want to work for the extra money. Employers would probably need to be more flexible (eg part time workers) in order to get their roles filled.

    Ideallistic possibly, but it needn't be perfect. only better than what we've currently got.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 386 posts Report Reply

  • Speaker: Why we can’t just fix secondary…,

    The trouble is that any Income Tax rate significantly higher than the Company Rate can be avoided by funnelling income through trusts, Limited liability Companies, etc. And pushing the company rates up, makes other countries look good for transferable businesses.

    But I like the idea of $14K UBI (effectively National Super for everyone !). The trick is how to pay for it. The Govt should get a proportion of it back in tax (GST, and taxed profits from what people spend it on), and by doing away with a lot of existing welfare (and its administration), but there is still a lot of money to be gotten from somewhere. Company and flat income tax at 35% ? Ensure multi-nationals actually pay taxes here ? Capital Gains tax ?

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 386 posts Report Reply

  • Speaker: Sponsored post: Speed and Safety, in reply to Rich of Observationz,

    There aren’t many ads aimed at middle aged men driving home drunk from the golf club in their Holden V8 / BMWs, are there?

    What about the one about the guy constantly speeding driving his family to the holiday house, and when his son eventually starts driving the same route he totals his car ?

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 386 posts Report Reply

  • Speaker: Sponsored post: Speed and Safety, in reply to Stephen Judd,

    I usually drive dead on 50 kph.

    Is that 50 according to your speedo, or 50 as measured correctly ? Modern car's speedos seem to read about 8% lower than the car's actual speed. This has probably been the main contributor to the lowering of average speeds. However, a lot of that will be people driving at 90 thinking they're driving at 100, instead of people driving over 110 actually slowing down.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 386 posts Report Reply

  • Speaker: Sponsored post: Speed and Safety, in reply to James Butler,

    but two identical cars hitting each other head on at identical speeds will only release twice as much as one hitting a wall at the same speed.

    And that energy is spread over twice the material (ie 2 cars as opposed to 1), so from a car's occupant's perspective, a head-on collision (with a similar-sized, and speed vehicle) is the same as hitting an immovable object at the same speed.

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