Lydia DePillis: You mentioned corporate tax reform. But there, we’re in this dance where the Republicans and Democrats can’t agree on whether it should raise revenue. Are you really okay with getting rid of all your tax exemptions and paying more?
World Fuel Services chairman Paul Stebbins: Absolutely. Absolutely. All these guys have been public saying ‘I don’t give a damn what my ultimate taxes are, fix it.’ I have been in meetings where very prominent names you would know very well in the business domain have taken very loud and vociferous exception with Chairman Dave Camp and Senator Baucus saying ‘just fix the damn thing, because your lack of doing anything is far more dangerous than any exemption I could possibly save.’ Please take the exemptions, because it’s the absence of knowing what to do. Business is about long term planning, and the cost of capital is a huge factor in your competitive ability. And the cost of capital’s going to be related to the long term fiscal viability of the United States. With $1.1 trillion in debt, I’m competing with the government for the capital, and that’s not good. So there is a business community that doesn’t give a damn about the revenue neutral thing, because we need more revenue! Period. You can’t get to the solution. You need to have it. It’s a fact.
Jacob Bakkila cried to me on the phone for months. When I found him out in July and texted him saying I knew he was behind Pronunciation Book, he called me almost immediately and begged me not to disclose that he and his partner Tom Bender were behind the channel.
Two weeks ago, we scheduled a meeting for him to reveal the company behind Pronunciation Book but he kept pushing it back. Finally, he called and seemed distraught. He told me the company behind Pro Book had pulled out just that morning because they weren’t seeing high enough view counts on the PB videos.
Where riches are in credit, knavery and injustice that produce them are not out of countenance, because, the state being got, esteem follows it, as in some countries the crown ennobles the blood. Where power, and not the good exercise of it, gives reputation, all the injustice, falsehood, violence, and oppression that attains that, goes for wisdom and ability. Where love of one’s country is the thing in credit, there we shall see a race of brave Romans; and when being a favourite at court was the only thing in fashion, one may observe the same race of Romans all turned flatterers and informers. He therefore that would govern the world well, had need consider rather what fashions he makes than what laws; and to bring anything into use he need only give it reputation.
In “Finn the Human” Finn wishes that the Lich never existed, this wish creates another reality where Simon Petrikov was able to sacrifice himself by using his power to stop the mushroom bomb from going off. Because the bomb didn’t go off, the Land of Ooo doesn’t exist. In the regular continuity where the Lich exists, Simon wasn’t there to stop the bomb, this might mean that Simon and the Lich had some sort of encounter that caused Simon to be elsewhere when the bomb was dropped.
This week, one of my favorite websites, much to my dismay, posted a really frustrating interview with/apologia for Ken Hoinsky, an author of pickup artist-type dating advice, written by Maria Bustillos. I won’t go into the backstory here, because I’m going to assume you know it and are sick of…
… but if I were Glenn Greenwald, I would wait until the inevitable backlash began before issuing my bold new revelations from Edward Snowden. (Whose safety I am praying for, however secularly.)
But allowing students to substitute MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) offered by for-profit companies doesn’t give them access to the courses they’re locked out of. It provides a substitute for those classes — a simulation of them. And given that the reason that those classes aren’t available is that the state of California has chosen to defund public higher education, diverting more money from the state’s once-great public colleges into the pockets of discredited corporate rent-seekers is a mind-bogglingly audacious act.http://studentactivism.net/2013/03/13/privatization-naked/
Hey, Maria Bustillos says that it’s status quo for inexperienced writers to not get paid for their work, so keep on working for free, youngins, until all those editors out there decide that you’re “experienced enough”.
I’ll hold my breath for that.
Not quite; I said ‘nobody gets paid much at first, in almost any industry.’