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  • #46
    Originally posted by djg View Post
    Apparently Walker is out.
    As are several on both sides. It was a mixed bag with some interesting switches. I consider a positive outcome overall.

    I was up (and haven't slept still) all damn night. 1 blood-shot eye open.

    The bottom line for me is we'll finally have some real oversight, helping prevent problems, including stopping the creation and continuation of some problems that shouldn't have ever existed at all.

    Leaving people in the most powerful positions on earth policing themselves, with no incentive to do anything except increase their power is … just … nuts.

    That equation changed.

    And my eye is closing, again. It's time to go lay down before I pass out and bounce my forehead off this desk like a basketball.
    Last edited by Thump; 11-07-2018, 06:09 PM. Reason: Too fatigued. More coherent and what I intended now.
    Feel free to rip my assumptions apart when wrong, or fix if close.

    Passive Radiators:
    All PR(s) Vd must at-least double all woofer(s) Vd. Calc = Sd x Xmax to get Vd for all PR(s) and all woofer(s). If all PR(s) Vd at-least double all woofer(s) Vd they'll work.
    For woofer(s) with large Xmax vs Sd, all PR(s) with Xmax at-least double all woofer(s) Xmax will work.
    A PR max weight is said to be its Mms x3

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    • #47
      Originally posted by [email protected] View Post

      Due to the SCOTUS ruling in South Dakota v Wayfair, we have no choice in the matter.
      Yeah, we were not generally amused here in SoDak at that - we are one of those states that endorses the regressive flat tax on consumption. As a result, people here save money buying online and avoiding the 4% state and upwards of 2.5% municipal taxes on every purchase.

      That being said, you guys do not charge me sales tax directly - might be buried in the invoice, however. Doesn't matter to me, not really. There are bigger issues at stake than collecting sales taxes, such as who can wait out the changing economy. The majority of our economy is third tier, which means we are delivering pizzas to one another for the bulk of our economic exchanges. This is despite the US still being leaders in manufacturing output (not jobs, people like me automated way more jobs out of existence than have been relocated to China), so not sure what the future holds.

      As someone above noted, the typical American wants dirt cheap products and are comfortable with unbelievable concentrations of wealth at the top of the economic pyramid. Absent changing one or both of those mindsets, someone else will win.

      This is why I drink and listen to music - both activities make me feel warm and fuzzy. Everyone else should try it, as well.
      Don't listen to me - I have not sold any $150,000 speakers.

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      • #48
        Originally posted by djg View Post
        Apparently Walker is out.
        In which he dug his own grave with his performance and his politics, and burned his rope out of that grave when he changed the rules to only allow a recount under 1%.

        Well shucks. Guess he'll have to go wipe his eyes with his millions.
        All views and opinions expressed are my own and do not reflect those of Parts Express.

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        • #49
          Jump on in Scott, my kind of moderator.

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          • #50
            Originally posted by [email protected] View Post

            In which he dug his own grave with his performance and his politics, and burned his rope out of that grave when he changed the rules to only allow a recount under 1%.

            Well shucks. Guess he'll have to go wipe his eyes with his millions.
            Maybe he can line up a gig with Foxconn....

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            • #51
              Walker will now learn what the free market is about as he can go out and get a real job for the first time in his life. But, unfortunately, he will not need to get a real job but instead will get hooked up on the quid pro quo political or lobbying gravy train. Same as Ryan. Neither of them have worked a true job in their adult lives, yet they profess to know all aspects of the free market. I say to them go get an F'ing job and produce a true benefit to a company and to the U.S.A. Americans will win in the future by capitalizing on creativity, innovation and brain power. Our manufacturing is massive, but it also requires far, far fewer actual workers than in the past.
              Whether one produces cars or mines coal, the human factory/mine worker element is being replaced by automation. Factories are not going to be popping up all over the U.S., that notion is utter B.S. Even if we could go that route, we will pay 30% or more for all our goods vs what we currently pay for imported goods. Public companies need to make shareholders happy, and increase the value of their shares on a regular basis. Lowering production costs or selling more products, or a combination thereof, are the ways to make that happen. Or, perhaps you create a product with no much hard cost, such as software, but someone has to build the computers or tools on which that product operates. Netflix stock has been a bonanza for the past five years. But if you do not have a TV, tablet or smart phone, or a streaming device -- Apple TV, Roku -- Netflix isn't worth squat. Where is all that hardware produced? In China or low cost other Asian markets. We cannot go back to the 1950s, and people need to get that notion our of their dopey heads.
              As to beer/alcohol and music, yes, they can make DIY sound event better. But you can now add weed to that list in many states, including my state of Colorado.
              Europe still produces products like speakers and cars, but they also have far higher progressive tax rates than in the U.S., which is perceived as far to socialistic for many Americans, including myself. Their economic model is not embraced by Americans. And, overall, their standard of living is lower because of their different model and demographics.
              As more and more U.S. and world capital is perpetually owned or controlled by a small percent of the population, we are going to have social and economic equality issues. No easy answers to any of it, but I don't like the tariff approach. Brainpower will win in the world's future economy. Improve our education system and thereby ensure we have highly intelligent and motivated Americans. I believe that is the ticket to prosperity, not trying to put coal miners to work. Microsoft has far more employees that the entire coal mining industry.

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              • #52
                Paragraph?

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                • #53
                  What he's saying is tariff'ing us to death will not renew the golden age of American manufacturing.
                  Don't listen to me - I have not sold any $150,000 speakers.

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                  • #54
                    Originally posted by dst View Post
                    Europe still produces products like speakers and cars, but they also have far higher progressive tax rates than in the U.S., which is perceived as far to socialistic for many Americans, including myself. Their economic model is not embraced by Americans. .
                    Let me expend and clarify this a bit because the definitions and differences are very important.
                    Socialism is an economic system where means of production (farm or factory) are owned collectively. Private property does not exist as it's replaced by individual and collective property.
                    USSR was a socialist country. China is a socialist country. Vietnam is a socialist country.
                    The nearest productive entity to socialism in US would be a workers cooperative. These are extremely rear in US and Europe.
                    European countries are social democracies. They are perfectly capitalist with the major differences existing in wealth redistribution (taxation and so on). Having progressive tax or collectively paid for healthcare system or military expenditures isn't socialism.

                    Originally posted by dst View Post
                    As more and more U.S. and world capital is perpetually owned or controlled by a small percent of the population, we are going to have social and economic equality issues. .
                    Monopolizing resources also means monopolizing political influences. Societies become more rigid systems, divided by unspoken economic borders. Europeans tried it a while ago.
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                    • #55
                      Originally posted by djg View Post
                      Paragraph?
                      Guessing he was in a hurry and only did 1 ENTER per paragraph attempt. The text editor in TT is wonky at best. I usually use NP++ and then paste when done due to the crappy editor of TT.

                      A single enter key press
                      like the one I just did
                      produces this pack of crap

                      instead of 2 ENTER key presses, like I just did.

                      I also wind using the source edit feature in TT to clean up when the thing suddenly decides to embed a left -> font -> size and several other BBCodes randomly for no apparent reason causing results to be a gigantic mess of broken sentences. All of that usually drives me to use an external editor for anything beyond simple replies. Not sure why they've never fixed it. I'm guessing this site uses some really old version and never upgraded perhaps?

                      These issues may or may not be relevant to using Edge in W10. I use it.
                      Feel free to rip my assumptions apart when wrong, or fix if close.

                      Passive Radiators:
                      All PR(s) Vd must at-least double all woofer(s) Vd. Calc = Sd x Xmax to get Vd for all PR(s) and all woofer(s). If all PR(s) Vd at-least double all woofer(s) Vd they'll work.
                      For woofer(s) with large Xmax vs Sd, all PR(s) with Xmax at-least double all woofer(s) Xmax will work.
                      A PR max weight is said to be its Mms x3

                      PR Systems - tight focus with key parameters.
                      PR Speaker Design - thorough coverage.

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                      • #56
                        You couldn't make this stuff up. Sorry about the popups.

                        Trump's reelection banners made quickly at Chinese factory fearing tariffs

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                        • #57
                          Originally posted by dst View Post
                          Europe still produces products like speakers and cars, but they also have far higher progressive tax rates than in the U.S., which is perceived as far to socialistic for many Americans, including myself. Their economic model is not embraced by Americans. And, overall, their standard of living is lower because of their different model and demographics.
                          I'm not sure what makes you think that their standard of living is lower. Having lived for a year in Europe and having many European friends, I can tell you that only depends on what you mean by standard of living. In Europe, a lot of the jobs might not pay as much as something similar over here, but many of the more basic jobs pay considerably more. People also tend to work less hours and have significantly more vacation. Paid maternity leave is mandatory, unlike in the U.S., and many countries mandate paid paternity leave as well.

                          You might get taxed more but you also get a lot more in terms of services (strong public transportation, healthcare, clean streets, etc.). I also find most things to be more readily affordable. For instance, groceries were significantly cheaper for most things. I was able to get phone service with a 1 GB data plan for 10 euros a month and high speed internet for 25 euros a month. And there were plenty of options on which company you wanted to use. There were probably 4 internet companies available and at least 6 cell carriers.

                          Most Europeans own less stuff than Americans and they tend to buy less junk like margarita machines and waffle makers that rarely gets used. If you classify standard of living only on material things, then yes, we have a much better standard of living here. If you classify it on anything else, Europeans have us beat.
                          -Kerry

                          www.pursuitofperfectsound.com

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                          • #58
                            Originally posted by djg View Post
                            You couldn't make this stuff up....
                            That's just makes Tariff-ic sense
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                            “Pride is your greatest enemy, humility is your greatest friend.”
                            "If the freedom of speech is taken away, then dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep to the slaughter."

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                            • #59
                              I've had a waffle maker of some sort all my life. I consider it an essential item for a civilized existence.

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                              • #60
                                Originally posted by r-carpenter View Post
                                Private property does not exist as it's replaced by individual and collective property. USSR was a socialist country. China is a socialist country.
                                Your definition of socialism is correct, but the USSR/China were not socialist but rather communist. Socialism is an economic system which has never really been tried at a national level while Communism is a political system.

                                I lived in China for 2 years and worked for a private US multinational, rented an apartment from a private individual who owned it, grocery shopped at Carrefour (the world's largest grocery store, a publicly held French company) and Sam's club (a publicly held US company (Walmart) and the largest corporation in the world). The Chinese government does own shares in a lot of companies (much like Airbus in Europe) and there are full-scale government entities. In the US we don't usually let the government own shares in companies, so instead we just subsidized the crap out of them. (Boeing and every other defense contractor.) Hardly anyone in the US even knows the correct definition of socialism- high taxes are not the same thing as collective ownership of the factors of production (land, labor and capital).

                                Originally posted by Navy Guy View Post
                                I'm not sure what makes you think that their standard of living is lower. Having lived for a year in Europe and having many European friends, I can tell you that only depends on what you mean by standard of living.
                                dst's quote would be correct on average for Europe, it depends on where you live. Some of the Scandinavian countries have high median incomes and better public services, but they also have the population of Chicago. France, Germany and UK are close but the rest of Europe is not that close on average. (OECD net adjusted median household income is $44k in the US, $36k in Norway and Switzerland, $34k in Germany and $26k in Italy.) If you live in London, you are probably enjoying a better standard of living than most Americans. Shanghai is a lot like NYC but the majority of the 1.5 billion people in China live on a median income of about $14k.
                                Last edited by a4eaudio; 11-09-2018, 07:20 PM. Reason: Corrected attribution of quote from djg to dst

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