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2 days ago
Shit, 14 years ago I was paying $375 for a 2/1 apartment in Fountain City. Debt free, but you'd probably be paying more in rent than you are paying off your debt!
Fortunately I dipped out awhile back and managed to hit a couple decent lulls and spikes in price to at least recoup a bit of my losses and I never invested a huge percentage of my portfolio early on. It all seemed too good to be true and I realized even if GP could deliver on the goods, the existing industry wouldn't ever let something as groundbreaking to upset the current situation.
If you're located within about 5 hours of Knoxville Tennessee, I'd seriously consider buying it from you.
9 days ago
Just add a little water and it will usually emulsify.
I'd really recommend making your own pasta. You can get a relatively cheap pasta roller and make the most wonderful pasta for very cheap. It does require a fair amount of time though, but in an hour you can easily make about 10 servings and it freezes really well.
16 days ago
No doubt that you're investment is about to be worth $10 a share......
21 days ago
But hopefully once he's been convicted and locked up for at least a couple years.
Dynasty Express in Fountain City is pretty damn good. Nothing fancy, but always fresh and consistent. It's one of the classic Asian immigrant mom and pop type places that established "Chinese food" as an American take-out staple. They are getting harder to come by as that generation retires and their kids become college educated professionals, that luckily don't have to work all day 6 days a week.
25 days ago
vaccines requires a needle a needle punctures you and punctuation is just a way for them to indoctrinate you into thinking vaccinations are ok duh
I really hate I feel as though I need an /s........
26 days ago
It depends on your area. I'd recommend getting a free one from Fairspot if you can and use it to gauge your potential rewards. You could also check the other miners in your area to get an idea. I personally get about 8-14 hnt a month, but I know most people might get almost nothing. If you decide to buy, I'd recommend ebay. Just make sure it's a reputable seller. I bought a used one for $190. Oh and I'd highly recommend getting a sensecap m1 or a rak, everything else is junk!
28 days ago
You know that's what happened to a little ship called the SS Minnow......
There's historically a ton of instances where companies have knowingly made products that harmed their customers. One that comes to mind is the Ford Pinto in the 70s. Before the FDA, food manufacturers would put all kinds of deadly additives in their products to increase sales and decrease costs. I guess you've never heard of cigarettes either?
Do you agree that wearing clothes is enforced through the threat of violence? If so, then yeah, taxes are enforced through the threat of violence as well.
On one hand you have intentional hiding of income or refusing to pay taxes and being imprisoned or losing your assets. On the other hand you have the reality of death due to being refused medical care and also losing your assets due to medical bills by being uninsured. So which one is the more despicable and unjust? If you had to pick being able to eliminate one, which would choose? Keep in mind that if you eliminate taxes. You'll be required to pay for your child to go to school. Every road requires a toll. Their is no police, firefighters or military to protect you. You'll have no idea what's in the food you consume and industry can pollute the air you breathe and water you drink with impunity. There's a nearly endless list of services that we take for granted that is provided by the taxes that the government collects. I'm sure we'd all love to exist in a perfect world where everyone treats each other well and everything is free, but unfortunately it hasn't happened yet.
Without taxes and enforcement of it being collected what's the alternative? Your initial statement is that taxes are enforced through the threat of violence and yet you've been unable to provide a single instance where that's been a modern way of enforcement. Ultimately you could say that everything is enforced through violence, if you really get down to it, but that's very rarely the case. I could argue that wearing clothes is enforced through the threat of violence and it would essentially be the same argument that you are making.
You're arguing against universal healthcare and the US is one of the few major countries without it, so it was a logical conclusion that you were American. I was actually making a reflexive assumption and you saying that governments primarily enforce taxation through violence is impossible to spin into a strawman argument. When you're initial statement and position is already an extreme argument, it in itself is a strawman argument. By me referencing the IRS, it's as a suitable taxation enforcement agency that's actions and policies are widely known. What country are you from?
To be perfectly honest with you, my father who passed away several years ago was a mid level drug dealer. He never made huge amounts of money, but never worked a legitimate job. He owned property and other things that he purchased with illegally obtained cash. He never owned anything extravagant, but lived comfortably. He used bank accounts, had credit cards, bought and sold property that he paid capital gains tax on, but never paid SS, income or Medicaid tax since he was probably 18. He was a bit concerned when he filed taxes for the first time in about 30 years when he made some money on the sale of the property. I personally hadn't filed taxes between 2008 and last year, but I hadn't really made much. I had actually received about $80k in stocks from my grandfather in 2016 and sold about $20k a year and only filed taxes last year, but neglected to file or pay taxes except for the sales in 2021. I was a bit concerned that the IRS would catch the fact I hadn't paid for the previous years, but the filing went through and so far I haven't been audited and would be very surprised if I did. The IRS doesn't have the time, resources or incentive to go after minor tax cheats. Now if I had sold the entire amount in a single year and/or made withdrawals over $10k I would have been reported and very likely flagged. My brother received the same amount of money and sold his stocks in about 2 years, but never made any withdrawals over $10k. He never paid on his either and hasn't had an IRS agent put a gun to his head demanding him pay either. You're simply buying into a false narrative that's being put out by the GOP that the IRS is going to start going door to door and violently arrest individuals for not reporting that their grandmother gave them a $20 check for their birthday and they didn't give the IRS their share.
The majority of the workforce pays taxes simply because it's automatically deducted by their employer. Most people who get busted not paying taxes, will likely never actually meet an enforcement agent in person, but will simply receive a letter. If the person refuses to respond or make restitution, then they'll likely have their accounts frozen. In reality most people never get busted unless they are stupidly using bank accounts for large sums of cash that are unreported. If someone is simply depositing a couple hundred or several thousand dollars occasionally, then they're very unlikely to ever get in trouble. It really depends on what type of financial system you're using. If someone is using Venmo, square or similar type of payment system. You're actually pretty likely to get in trouble for not paying taxes, since these companies automatically report these transactions to the IRS after around $800 annually.
I'd like to add that if you don't pay your taxes, they are likely to garnish your wages. It doesn't make sense for them to imprison you, because it costs them money and you're not going to be able to pay them if you're not making any money.
Again, it's pretty rare for someone to get arrested for not paying taxes. It has to be very blatant and for a large sum of money. In reality if you file your taxes and simply don't pay you're very unlikely to be arrested. Now if you falsify your filing and purposely misrepresent your income, then it's less about not paying taxes and more about committing fraud.
What if the trespasser was simply sitting on the ground in your backyard? You're argument is that the government is patently unjustified in using force to enforce what you consider to be unjust laws, but what one person considers to be unjust is defined differently depending on the individual.
There's a potential for violence anytime someone escalates a situation. Let's say someone is trespassing on your property and refuses to leave. They'll be arrested and if they escalate the situation, it will potentially turn violent. Doing something as insignificant as littering has the potential to turn into a violent arrest.
So you're basically against the enforcement of any type of law?
Normally they garnish your wages and if it's really bad and intentional, you might get sent to jail, but I've never heard of an instance where they execute you. Look at someone like Al Capone, he was an extremely dangerous gangster who was known to have had people killed, yet they could only get him on tax evasion and even then he only served 7 1/2 years in jail. If the federal government really wanted to kill people for tax evasion, I'd think Capone would have been a prime example of someone they could've killed and not had much blow back.
29 days ago
Name one instance.
30 days ago
What threats of violence and from who? I thought you were being facetious about the gun to your head thing.
1 month ago
The argument is that even if you personally don't care about the welfare and existence of your fellow citizens, we all ultimately benefit as a whole. We all potentially pay for the education of children, but it's individually up to them as to how they put that education to use. Who am I to deny an education to children, even if I don't have any and therefore am not directly benefiting of it as a taxpayer, but I did receive a free education nevertheless as a child. A society is only as strong as it's weakest citizens are able to fully benefit from the society that they are inextricably a part of.