In 2011, America's top thirteen hedge-fund managers earned an average of $1 billion each. One of them took home $5 billion. Much of their income is taxed as capital gains - at 15 percent - due to a tax loophole that Republican members of Congress have steadfastly guarded.
If the earnings of those thirteen hedge-fund managers were taxed as ordinary income, the revenues generated would pay the salaries and benefits of 300,000 teachers. Who is more valuable to our society - thirteen hedge-fund managers or 300,000 teachers?
UK TV service is now entirely digital having now switched off all remaining analogue services. As a marked advancement, it sadly also closes a chapter on the BBC's Ceefax service, established C. 1974. This service provided Text News, Weather reports + map, sport results, recipes, quizzes, and more.
On a personal note, it was a great service, especially during those pesky TV adverts, and just a button on your TV remote away. Read of the ingenuity and history of Ceefax.
Jan. 12, 2013 kicks off a month of hunting Python snakes in Florida, and the winners will receive cash prizes as high as $1,500. Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission spokesperson Carli Segelson told ABCnews.com that the goal of the contest is both eradication and documentation.
If you live in Florida, maybe there is a Python on your loo.
It's going to get worse. A Republican Congressman from Texas, Louie Gohmert, says the elementary school principal in Newtown, Conn., should have had a high-powered rifle to take the shooter’s “head off.” Texas Governor Rick Perry says teachers and administrators should be able to carry concealed weapons. And the state of Michigan, just one day before the Newtown school massacre of 26 children and adults, passed a bill to allow the carrying of concealed weapons in schools, daycare centres and places of worship. If guns is the problem then obviously more guns is the solution.
Wanted: School principal. Must be expert marksman.
The Connecticut Elementary School shoot out was one of the most tragic shootings in the USA. (Don't know the school's name...).
This is a tragic incident...
Sandy Hook. Reading about it, his mum was a gun freak. A 'survivalist'. A lot of good that did her. Wonder if she (and others) would be alive today if she didn't have 5 guns in the house. There again, it was her God-given right to have as many guns as she wanted. Makes sense to some I suppose.
This is a tragic incident...
Tragic, yes. Inevitable, yes. There will be many more unfortunately.
There again, it was her God-given right to have as many guns as she wanted. Makes sense to some I suppose
if that be ,then how come it not the god given rite to be taught about god in all Schools,then maybe the shooter would have learned both lessons ,one from a teacher and one from his mother .
and no i don't believe in God ,so i don't believe its a god given rite to own as many guns as one want to.i thinks it LAW/Govermnent's job to control such things ,and its the parents responsibility to teach there children right from wrong ,
the news said he was a loner ,hard time fitting in,not a reason to kill 20 childer/people ,i lived that life in my early years and have never killed anyone .
I'm very aware that this thread is being side-tracked, so I'll keep it brief. 'God-given right' was my way of expressing the attitude of some people - not a literal thing. 'The right to own a gun' culture is a massive vote winner for the Republican / conservative movement in the USA. I could go on, but this has been discussed ad nauseum in other threads.
I've heard it said several times in recent days that "cars kill ##### people every year and we don't outlaw cars". I'm so [rude word] tired of hearing this. I'd like to point out that we have laws that regulate which vehicles are legal for use on public roads and which are not. We have laws that limit speed, emissions, noise. Vehicles must pass periodic safety checks. We have laws that determine who can drive and when. But any mention of regulating guns immediately brings the response "the government wants to take your guns away". Apparently our childrens' lives are nothing more than colateral damage in the war to regain the reins of power. And judging by yesterday's statement from the NRA (armed guards in every school), if guns is the problem then obviously more guns is the solution.
The gun nuts claim that the problem is not guns, but violence in the movies and on TV and violence in video games. Here in Canada we have the same movies, TV and video games as our neighbours to the south. Why is it, then, that we don't have anywhere near the same (proportional) level of slaughter here in Canada?