Category Archives: political

Google and Mountain View – the background to the dance

Most commentators on Hacker News had incomplete / wrong information. Here is some basic background to help set the context. Google until recently basically ignored Mountain View south of 101. Until recently Google didn’t own anything south of 101. Google … Continue reading

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California is awesome for business ( The myth of the importance of low taxes)

Really how important is business taxes? I talk about the myth of low tax utopia in this post. The myth of the importance of low taxes I decided to write this because of yet another debate on Hacker News about … Continue reading

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Low business tax utopia myth

Really how important is business taxes? Here is the TL;DR: Businesses want the benefit of low taxes (lower immediate expenses) with the benefit of high taxes locations (government provide services that the business would otherwise have to pay). But low … Continue reading

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Google is not doing Mountain View any good.

Mountain View must realize Google’s prestige is not paying the bills. Google does not generate the tax revenue Mountain View needs to pay for basic city services. For cities, sales tax revenue is the main commercial real estate benefit, both … Continue reading

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Forgetting minor things (like people and maintenance)

Müngstener Bridge over River Wupper is a beautiful old bridge built in 1894-1897. It has deteriorated because of deferred maintenance. The renovation will cost 30 million euros and only extend the bridge’s lifespan by 25 years. The bridge may have … Continue reading

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Sri lanka and the Us.

Tim Geithner talks about how the US is declining into the 3rd world.: Here are five facts that Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner offered in a speech in New York Tuesday (May 17 2011) as “context for the [fiscal] choices we … Continue reading

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Party like it’s 1611 aka living credit card and (dollar) bill-free

Late last year I found out from a friend that the U.S. Mint is making a strong effort to get the $1 Coin into circulation. For no shipping and handling fees, the U.S. Mint will send to consumers $1 Coins … Continue reading

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Internet businesses should pay sales tax

Update (15 April 2011) : O.k. boy did I miss the boat on this one. As as been pointed out in a series of comments on techcrunch ( I would post the link to the techcrunch post except with facebook … Continue reading

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Open letter to Mountain View City Council about the HSR train station

I urge these issues to be addressed about the HSR station: PARKING Because parking: is negative-revenue land usage ( costs to build/maintain/ generates no revenues or taxes ) is NOT required for high-ridership. Palo Alto and Mountain View both have … Continue reading

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Pustulance, bile and falsehoods about online privacy from the WSJ

The WSJ spewed forth this bit of online privacy pustulance from an alleged “professor of economics”, Paul Rubin Paul Rubin’s falsehoods: Paul Rubin’s First Falsehood 1) Privacy is free. Many privacy advocates believe it is a free lunch—that is, consumers … Continue reading

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