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    [–] Reddit's Largest Pro-Trump Subreddit Appears To Have Been Targeted By Russian Propaganda For Years grepnork 6 points ago in technology

    In some subs you can safely assume that the most downvoted comments are the ones with more sense.

    In some threads too. The circlejerk is a dangerous thing.

    [–] The best-paid 1% now contribute 28% of income tax collected: a record high. Never have the lower-paid 50% been asked for a smaller share of income tax (~10%). Hounding the wealthy makes everyone poorer. The "existing economic system" is redistributing more wealth than ever. grepnork 2 points ago * (lasted edited a day ago) in ukpolitics

    super-rich

    Nobody is really concerned about the super-rich, they're 0.001% of taxpayers and so tax mobile that its worthless chasing them (they can afford better lawyers than the government can and they're mostly non-resident for tax anyway). The problem is we have 4 tax bands meaning we tax all income after the first £150,000 earned at the same rate and the big rise in income earners isn't in the super-rich it's between 500k and £1 million. I think there should be a band for incomes over £500k

    Right now everyone's income earned is taxed as follows:-

    • Up to £11,850 - 0%
    • £11,851 to £46,350 - 20% Tax
    • £46,351 to £150,000 - 40%
    • Over £150,000 - 45%

    This does not mean if you earn £150k you pay 45% tax on the whole thing, it means you pay 45% tax on the part of your income that is over £150k. Sadly, I do have to say this explicitly after one recent encounter on this sub with a frequent commenter who doesn't understand the tax system well enough to lie properly about their own income.

    I would add a 5th band

    • 150,000 - £500,000 - 45%
    • Over £500,000 - 49%

    With a penalty factor of +5% if there is credible evidence of undeclared offshore holdings i.e. the panama papers and such.

    [–] Fun fact sunday: Between 1950-1985, drivers winning back-to-back titles happened only 3 times. After that, 1985-2018, it happened 8 times. grepnork 2 points ago * (lasted edited 2 days ago) in formula1

    Money created dominant teams, winning in F1 is about budget as much as driver.

    The FOCA/FISA war at the start of the 80s put the teams in charge, bought in TV money and even more cigarette money, resulting in the sport professionalising.

    Prior to that drivers moved around a lot more than they do now. Even so this post ignores the fact that team domination of multiple years was common from the outset and that Fangio and Ascari won 7 of the first eight WDCs. Fangio just drove for several different teams over his 5 championships.

    Edit: This should sound familiar.

    The beginnings of the dispute [FOCA/FISA War] are numerous, and many of the underlying reasons may be lost in history. The teams (excepting Ferrari and the other major manufacturers – Renault and Alfa Romeo in particular) were of the opinion that their rights and ability to compete against the larger and better funded teams were being negatively affected by a perceived bias on the part of FISA, the controlling organisation, toward the major manufacturers.

    In addition, the battle revolved around the commercial aspects of the sport (the FOCA teams were unhappy with the disbursement of proceeds from the races) and the technical regulations which, in FOCA's opinion, tended to be malleable according to the nature of the transgressor more than the nature of the transgression.

    This has all happened before, and will happen again.

    [–] Fun fact sunday: Between 1950-1985, drivers winning back-to-back titles happened only 3 times. After that, 1985-2018, it happened 8 times. grepnork 2 points ago in formula1

    Put another way

    • Alfa 50/51

    • Ferrari 52/53

    • Maserati

    • Mercedes 55/56

    The BIG win streaks did indeed start in the 80s after the FOCA/FISA war in which Bernie and the teams triumphed and the TV and cigarette money really arrived in the sport.

    Basically the drivers used to move around a lot more than the do now. Spells of team domination have always existed.

    [–] Fragmented railways will never work, public or private grepnork 1 points ago in ukpolitics

    Fair point, I was discussing fragmentation at every level. London had 11 major stations with tracks on four separate gauges with dozens of different signalling systems and vastly different working practices. What’s not appreciated about Beaching is that he was attempting to consolidate a network out of a bloody mess which featured massive duplication and continual technical incompatibility.

    [–] Fragmented railways will never work, public or private grepnork 5 points ago in ukpolitics

    The author clearly does not understand that until Beaching, thanks to Railway Mania, the railways were entirely fragmented and after Beaching we spent 30 years trying to knock a system subjected to continual underinvestment into shape. We had just about succeeded until John Major’s government undermined the whole enterprise.

    The main takeaway being that we built the railways in a stock market bubble and the profit was always in building them, not running them.

    [–] Iain Watson, BBC: It will be easier to deselect MPs if Labour conference endorse tonight’s decision of the NEC - a contest can be triggered in any constituency if a third of party branches OR trade union branches call for one grepnork 7 points ago * (lasted edited 2 days ago) in ukpolitics

    They can’t. Even a CLP vote can’t actually deselect an MP. What a CLP can do, provided wards and affiliates vote for it and then the GC votes for it, is trigger a selection process in which the current office holder can take part provided they are nominated.

    [–] How your income tax and council tax are spent (2018/19) grepnork 1 points ago * (lasted edited 4 days ago) in ukpolitics

    If that were remotely true you'd have stopped replying three days ago.

    [–] There is an Uber protest circling the Uber offices and Aldgate East. The sound isn’t annoying at all. grepnork 60 points ago in london

    Uber don't do anything that the taxi industry hasn't been doing (and doing far worse) for decades. The whole industry is deeply shady and fantastically corrupt, most especially the Black Cabs and Mini Cabs.

    The good thing about Uber is that people have become aware and are finally resolving the issues, the bad thing about Uber is that it causes a great many people to imagine that Uber is The Problem™ rather than an obvious symptom.

    [–] How your income tax and council tax are spent (2018/19) grepnork 1 points ago in ukpolitics

    Since you've been replying to a conversation that was over in three replies for three days I am slightly concerned about your motivations, yes.

    [–] How your income tax and council tax are spent (2018/19) grepnork 1 points ago in ukpolitics

    Perfectly describing my reaction to literally every word you've written, thank you for summing it up.

    [–] How your income tax and council tax are spent (2018/19) grepnork 1 points ago in ukpolitics

    And you still have no meaningful or substantive arguments I see.

    [–] Theresa May to say she won't change tack on Brexit grepnork 58 points ago * (lasted edited 5 days ago) in ukpolitics

    Brexit has always been about a group of people in denial of reality, so this is just it continuing in much the same vein as it started.

    Edit: Apparently the UK has treated the EU with "nothing but respect". Our government and Prime Minister are living in an alternate universe where they've forgotten the details of the referendum campaign and their own 'have your cake and eat it' strategy. The level of entitlement. Jesus.

    [–] Police: There is no 'Croydon cat killer' - thorough investigations have found 'mutilated pets' were likely hit by cars, then torn apart by hungry foxes grepnork 3 points ago * (lasted edited 4 days ago) in london

    This was first thing in the morning.

    The cat was found dead and cut open at the rear of the pub (where my friend and his cat both lived), placed on the landing at the top of a 3rd floor fire escape. No blood trail.

    My friend called me because he didn't know what to do. I called the local vet, who I know through our shared community work, and we went to the pub and the vet examined the cat. The vet suggested we called the Police because this was clearly not the act of local wildlife.

    Edit: Pub 4 minute walk from my old house, vets office 1 minute walk from my house. All very simple.

    [–] How your income tax and council tax are spent (2018/19) grepnork 1 points ago in ukpolitics

    Do keep deluding yourself. Government's love the ignorant because you make it easy for them to screw you.

    [–] How your income tax and council tax are spent (2018/19) grepnork 1 points ago in ukpolitics

    Yes, the degree to which you don't understand the property market is both impressive and funny.

    [–] How your income tax and council tax are spent (2018/19) grepnork 1 points ago * (lasted edited 5 days ago) in ukpolitics

    Fundamentally because that's not how the housing market or CT system works, as I've explained.

    So it's completely impossible that flats in an area are not as desirable as houses and haven't risen at the same rate?

    Yes. They're desirable to different groups, each with different needs but both drive the same estate agencies and the markets respond to the same factors.

    They rise at the same rate within an area, especially in the same street - you can look at property price history on any street and find this out. Zoopla have the data, so does the pubic sale history database.