January 25th, 2004

Ceci n'est pas une personne.

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There is a local coffee house chain, called Coffee People, and their cups have the "Coffee People Bill of Rights". I thought is was mildly amusing, so I'm passing it on to you:

  1. People of Coffee, you have certain rights. Amoung these are the Rights of Spring, the Right to Peace, Freedom & Coffee. In that order.
  2. You have the right to remain silent. You have the right to become an attorney. If you can not become an attorney, someone will become one for you.
  3. You have the right to wander, in your own way, the Garden of Hydraulics that is espresso.
  4. You have the right to form your own opinions. You may even have the right to address the nation tonight during the dinner hour. Check local listings.
  5. You have the right to expect freedom from backtalk. However, seen from outer space much of the globe appears to be blue. Therefore, O Wanderer, speak softly to us.
  6. Coffee isn't always the answer. Certainly not. But it remains a beautiful question we are inclined to ask.
Ceci n'est pas une personne.

(no subject)

You know... I think this would be a very unpopular idea amoung my fellow liberals, but I think this would be a good trade off.

Right now, big business donates huge amounts to political parties. The argument at the most basic level is, the companies pay taxes like an intity, they should be able to have a view like one too.

Fine. Companies have so many loop holes to get out of paying taxes it's amazing (read the book "Perfectly Legal" for examples). And when the companies do have to pay taxes, they just pass it on to us by lowering our wages and raising the prices of their goods.

Let's make a deal. We will remove all corporate taxes, in exchange they can not lobby, donate money to political groups or individuals, etc. For states to listen to companies desires, they will need to create jobs and pay their employees enough in those states that there is enough tax revenue on individual tax retrns for states to recoginize the benifits of those companies and do them favors in return.
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Hmmm... Do I go or not? I need to go visit John soon. I might have time in Febuary, but do I drive down to Ukiah or take the train? It's about the same money wise either way. I'm leaning toward the train, but I do love being able to make little side excurisions.