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    03/27/2015 10:25:34 AM PDT · 39 of 166
    GreenAccord to Doogle

    She was named after her frugal Uncle. Something about a piece of coal, and being tight with money.


    03/27/2015 10:22:22 AM PDT · 29 of 166
    GreenAccord to GeronL

    You don’t suppose Sydney King gets a lot of bullying for her name, do you? I mean, one of those things is not like the others. At least, that’s what Diamonisha always says. Or was it Miss Colon?

  • 25 facts you should know about the August 21, 2017, total solar eclipse [Coast to Coast]

    03/27/2015 8:03:21 AM PDT · 79 of 91
    GreenAccord to Star Traveler

    I am bookmarking that. Thanks. Any idea when the southern pass that’s NOT the 2078 event happens? It doesn’t have a date.

  • Ford's new car will force you to obey the speed limit

    03/24/2015 1:03:14 PM PDT · 29 of 124
    GreenAccord to C19fan

    “I work for IBM and I want to build a smarter planet”

    IBM’s Watson will be used under the banner of building a smarter planet, only to intrude on everything we do. First it starts out as smart water and electric meters and then onto smart parking meters that “zero out” when you pull away, then it quickly becomes this: Roads that know and enforce their speed limit. Then it moves to variable speed limits on the same road, all in the name of safety, because if it saves one life, doncha know....

    Then it’s onto monitored toilet flushes and hairdryer usage, then it achieves full awareness when the electricity flowing into your house is reduced/throttled without your knowledge.

    (There are already smart water heaters that won’t heat water during the middle of the day)

    This Ford thing is just another brick in the wall.

  • Because I'm a [faux] Conservative I support the liberal platform ZOT!

    03/23/2015 9:25:41 AM PDT · 78 of 145
    GreenAccord to Admin Moderator

    I think we have our explanation.

  • Because I'm a [faux] Conservative I support the liberal platform ZOT!

    03/23/2015 9:21:53 AM PDT · 71 of 145
    GreenAccord to SZonian; Responsibility2nd

    Yeah, it’s actually a wee bit more fun to watch the zotee get to keep digging in the hole he’s in. Maybe these go down like this more often. I am not saying it’s worse.

    In truth, a lot of people are getting in on the B in IBTZ this time.

  • Because I'm a [faux] Conservative I support the liberal platform ZOT!

    03/23/2015 9:13:59 AM PDT · 62 of 145

    I am a bit puzzled watching this ZOT in progress. The title of the thread has been changed to one that appears to be post-ZOT, but the original posting n00b’s account remains active, allowing for additional posts. Color me cornfuzed.

  • 6-year-old heart patient's shooting death rattles St. Louis

    03/19/2015 6:24:56 AM PDT · 3 of 37
    GreenAccord to Kartographer
    The boy's parents told The Associated Press in an interview Wednesday that the dispute began when Marcus Johnson Sr. had a brief conversation with an acquaintance in a nearby car that stopped while the two chatted. A passenger in another vehicle got out of that car to express his displeasure, they said.

    They make it sound oh so Victorian.

    Gentleman One: I say, good chap, would you mind conversing about the day at a location not prohibiting we travelers from conducting the business of the day?

    Gentleman Two: Oh, quite right you are. I didn't see that our discourse had forbade free and unfettered collocation!

  • Morning with the Quinn & Rose Gang! March 18, 2015

    03/18/2015 4:44:04 AM PDT · 44 of 61
    GreenAccord to A. Morgan

    TuneIn app on an iPhone has it finally, after 30+ minutes of dead air. However, the audio quality is rather poor. Yesterday’s brief audio content sounded fine but today, it’s a bit ‘fuzzy’.

  • Daily Caller Blogger Quits After Column Critical of Fox News Gets Pulled

    03/17/2015 7:21:06 PM PDT · 5 of 14
    GreenAccord to Mount Athos

    Maybe he can get a job counting Chris Christie and Bill Oreilly stories on MSNBC while Hillary Clinton’s private email server was given almost no coverage.

  • Morning with the Quinn & Rose Gang! March 17, 2015 Happy St Pat's Day and a heads up!

    03/17/2015 3:14:47 AM PDT · 11 of 28
    GreenAccord to sneakers

    It did for me as well using Tunein Radio on my iPhone

  • New Earthquake Model Predicts a Bigger Quake: Why?

    03/16/2015 8:37:18 AM PDT · 44 of 44
    GreenAccord to Paladin2

    Fixed it.

  • Which Bible do you believe to be the true Bible - the Protestant, the Roman Catholic, or the Coptic?

    03/13/2015 2:39:13 PM PDT · 34 of 108
    GreenAccord to Carpe Cerevisi

    What if JimRob charged for Religious threads that scramble up to 3,000 posts in 3 days?

  • I think this is the year.

    03/12/2015 9:06:19 AM PDT · 44 of 60
    GreenAccord to amessenger4god
    hey, if it doesn't work out this year, according to your prediction, you can always just set up another account named ameesenger5god and make a 2016 prediction.
  • Study: Self-Driving Vehicles Could Eliminate 90% Of Car Accidents In United States

    03/07/2015 7:56:09 AM PST · 91 of 121
    GreenAccord to Alberta's Child

    I think there’s already a model to look at in this regard, and it’s the automotive costs themselves already have built in liability expense. The costs of recalls are certainly an accounting accrual, whether they happen or not for a model. I would think the same would hold true for the manufacturer liability for this technology as well.

    That cost will be part of the fallibility calculations.

  • Study: Self-Driving Vehicles Could Eliminate 90% Of Car Accidents In United States

    03/07/2015 6:25:28 AM PST · 57 of 121
    GreenAccord to SMGFan

    I believe self-driving cars will be common place in a short number of years. We’re already seeing self-parking cars and now, self-stopping cars are coming quickly to the market. The tipping point will simply be the moment accident rates for self-driven cars fall below the current accident rates. They do not have to be infallible, just less fallible. And then, insurance rates for non-*smart* cars will begin to rise until there’s a financial reason to switch.

    I just bought a car last year and I am of the opinion it will be the last non-intelligent self-driving car I will own. As for keeping our old, low-tech cars, well, once insurance rates for them are 2 to 3 times more expensive than for the newer ones, it will be a self-correcting issue.

  • What happened to big savings at the gas pump?

    03/06/2015 7:36:10 AM PST · 25 of 43
    GreenAccord to thackney

    The late winter rise did not occur unexpectedly here in gulf-coast Florida. As prices were free falling, energy “experts” interviewed on the radio said the prices would rebound in February and continue to a peak price sometime in May. I believe under $3 per gallon gas prices as a doable thing in 2015. Of course I would like it to be under $2, but I’ll take $2.70 per gallon over the long run.

    I’d just like airfare prices to ease seeing as how fuel contracts could have been locked in when fuel prices were approaching the bottom. I can report that airfare seems to have gone up over the past 3 months, not down, as I’ve been watching diligently with a summer trip coming.

  • Sarah Palin hits it out of the park at CPAC and the media is irritated

    03/06/2015 6:02:33 AM PST · 14 of 32
    GreenAccord to 2ndDivisionVet

    I am convinced if there was a thread about Sarah Palin’s religious views as captured in an iPhone 6 video, this place would implode.

  • Decades of human waste have made Mount Everest a ‘fecal time bomb’

    03/04/2015 11:31:15 AM PST · 51 of 93
    GreenAccord to Mr. K
  • UMD (University of Minnesota) Researcher Sorts Out Climate Variability from Climate Change

    03/02/2015 7:52:40 AM PST · 14 of 17
    GreenAccord to Up Yours Marxists

    Research funded by the folks who stand to collect trillions in taxes. But only researchers who accept corporate dollars are called shills, mind you.

  • SNL ISIS Skit

    03/01/2015 10:21:16 AM PST · 9 of 36
    GreenAccord to yetidog
  • Read This For Cancer Treatment (and prevention)

    02/26/2015 8:27:47 AM PST · 27 of 57
    GreenAccord to Yaelle
    If you don't mind, here's the blog entry, mildly formatted...

    I'm just reading an article from the May 2014 journal Cell Death and Differentiation, titled “Gut microbiome and anticancer immune response: really hot Sh*t!.” (hattip Gemma, who also helped me write this!)

    I read lots and lots of scientific papers, too many, in fact. But this one has really captured my attention. It kind of cuts through a lot of the BS and narrows into what is really important when it comes to gut health.

    Importance of Butyrate

    One area we lose sight of too easily is the importance of butyrate production by gut microbes. Everyone has the gut bacteria in-place to produce butyrate. Many different species can turn food we eat into butyrate, these species are mainly in the Clostridium family. I've yet to see a gut test from anyone that doesn't have lots of butyrate producing microbes.

    Measuring butyrate is a whole ‘nother issue. I had a butyrate test last summer, and it showed that my butyrate level was in the highest percentile. The low acceptable range was way, way lower than my test. In all of the many papers I've read on the importance of butyrate, none have ever given a specific amount required for gut health.

    My Butyrate was 27mM/g. Normal is “above 3.9”

    A problem encountered in butyrate measurement is that the amount seen in feces can be misleading. If we have a gut that is starved of butyrate, the cells that use butyrate will be weakened and less butyrate will be utilized, showing up instead in your feces. The accurate way to measure butyrate would be to install a permanent tap on the portal vein and measure the butyrate as it enters your bloodstream. Several studies have done exactly this on pigs and rats, but not humans. A study in the ‘80’s measured blood butyrate as found in human victims of tragic accidents, but unless the autopsy was performed within an hour or so, the results were not conclusive.

    As we have no way of accurately accessing the butyrate required to produce beautifully healthy guts, and in turn, a robust immune system, all we can do is eat foods that are known to produce butyrate when fermented by out gut bugs.

    From the “Hot Sh*t” paper:

    Prebiotics refer to indigestible food ingredients that selectively promote the colonization of healthy commensals such as the dietary fiber inulin that promotes Bifidobacteria growth. More specifically, cancer-preventive antioxidants include dietary polyphenols (flavonoids, phenolic acids, lignins present in tea, wine, nuts, fruits, and so on, and ellagic acid metabolized by colonic microbiota into urolithins exhibiting antiestrogenic and anti-COX2 activities). Another polyphenol called ‘daidzein’, a soy isoflavone metabolized by gut microbiota into equol and only detected in a fraction of individuals (harboring sulfate-reducing bacteria), may protect against breast and prostate cancer, mostly in Asia. The fiber has been involved in the prevention of colorectal cancers and butyrate, one of the most abundant short-chain fatty acids resulting from the bacterial fermentation of fibers and selectively transported into the colon epithelium is the most compelling tumor-suppressive molecule. Butyrate has both cell autonomous and cell extrinsic antitumor effects. It decreases proliferation and promotes apoptosis of tumor cells, ameliorates inflammation associated with colitis and favor expansion of peripheral Treg. Most of these effects result from epigenetic regulation, butyrate acting as an endogenous HDAC inhibitor.

    Lots of words, and in an article on prevention of cancer, not on “fiber” or gut health, specifically. It says butyrate acts as an HDAC inhibitor (HDI). HDAC inhibition is kind of the ‘holy grail’ in many health problems. Man-made HDIs are used as mood stabilizers and in epileptic treatments as well as cancer and treating auto-immune diseases. HDI’s are a huge industry...yet if we eat right, we can simply make our own!

    Also, did you notice the author singled out inulin as a prebiotic, and mentioned its promotion of Bifidobacteria. Had they looked a bit harder they would have also discovered RS, pectin, glucomannan and all the other fibers that act similarly to inulin. It was nice to see them also mention the polyphenols found in foods that are also associated with good gut health and anti-cancer activities. This fits in nicely with what we have been saying all along: Try to eat lots of fiber, but also important are the compounds found in real foods and not available as a supplement.

    Here's a bit more from the paper on butyrate from our gut bugs:

    Moreover, the intestinal microbiota can also influence systemic immune responses. A recent work highlighted the role of certain metabolites (short-chain fatty acid butyrate and to a lesser extent propionate) produced by commensal bacteria in dictating the extrathymic differentiation of periph- eral regulatory T cells. Butyrate acts within T cells to enhance acetylation of the Foxp3 locus and protein, as well as DCs to decrease their proinflammatory NF- k B-dependent cytokine secretion profile through an HDAC inhibitory activity.

    Did you get that? Yes, you probably need a doctorate degree in biology to understand what they are saying, but bottom-line, they are saying that butyrate from our gut bacteria is needed to ensure a healthy immune system. “Butyrate acts within T cells to enhance acetylation of the Foxp3 locus and protein,” without going into a lot of detail, this says that butyrate is the fuel that runs our immune system.

    Leaky Gut, Chemotherapy, and Fiber

    This “Hot Sh*t” paper is not about butyrate or fiber, it's about a new theory on how chemotherapy works in cancer treatments. This theory revolves around chemotherapy agents creating a “leaky gut” situation which allows certain beneficial bacteria from our small intestines to leak into our bloodstream where it is seen as harmful and our own immune system is called into action.

    Gram-positive commensal bacteria translocate during chemotherapy and prime pathogenic Th17 (pTh17) cells contributing to the tumoricidal activity of cytotoxic compounds.

    To further this theory, they show that chemotherapy is not effective on animals that have been given large doses of antibiotics. With germ-free animals, there is no bacteria left to leak into the blood to evoke the immune stimulating response.

    The skewed gut microbial communities and the leaky gut barrier leads to a generalized activation of self-reactive B and T cells and production of autoantibodies. Therefore, we surmise that any compound compromising the intestinal barrier integrity and/or the innate mucosal immunity and/or directly the gut microbiota will affect the functional equilibrium of this compartment and cause symptoms, as well as distant immunological perturbations.

    They are saying here that they believe the effectiveness in disrupting the gut's barrier results in boosting of the immune system. This makes me believe that all of this talk of “leaky gut” is possibly nature's way of boosting our immune system. Unfortunately, when we are eating total crap food, ie. artificial colors, flavors, chemicals, and processed oils, and also having guts that have been destroyed by antibiotics, there is no telling what will leak into our body and what the consequences will be.

    First, we observed that certain bacterial species of the SI can selectively and efficiently translocate within 24–48 h after exposure to an alkylating agent, [chemotherapy], yet administered at a metronomic regimen only reducing B-cell numbers. Second, at these early time points, the permeability of the intestinal barrier was readily increased, whereas the number of Th17 cells and CD103þ DCs accumulating in the LP significantly decreased, setting the stage for bacterial translocation.

    Possibly when eating as humans are meant to eat (omnivores eating real food) then this leakiness is a natural function to restore immune system health.

    Oncologists have been using “platinum salts” for many years in chemotherapy with some good success. One standard explanation is that plantinum salts “trigger apoptosis” or cause the cancer cells to self-destruct. The “Hot Sh*t” paper proposes that platinum salts work by causing gut leakiness and a resulting immune response. The side effects of platinum salts are many: nausea, vomiting, kidney damage, nerve damage, among a long list.

    Gut Enterotypes

    Just as people can be genetically thin, fat, or of medium build, it seems that our gut flora also tends to gravitate towards three types:

    Recently, an interesting but still controversial notion has emerged as to the existence of ‘enterotypes’ characterized by dominant genera ( Bacteroides , Prevotella and Ruminococcus ) and their co-occurring phylogenetic traits that could be associated with long-term dietary habits.
    The Bacteroides enterotype was associated with animal protein and saturated fats,
    The Prevotella enterotype was predominantly observed with high fiber/plant-based nutrition and high carbohydrates (low meat and dairy consumption).
    The Ruminococcus enterotype often merged with the Bacteroides one.

    I am simply amazed at how hard these cancer researchers looked into the contributions of the gut when writing this paper!

    These findings represent a paradigm shift in our understanding of the mode of action of many compounds having an impact on the host–microbe mutualism.

    It appears the gut is no longer being overlooked by cancer researchers! Let's hope this trend continues.

    The microbiome present in the distal gut performs myriad functions protecting the host against pathologies. Indeed, the host–microbiota symbiosis has evolved in three directions.
    First, colonization by commensal microorganisms is key to immune development.
    Second, the commensal community keeps in check invading pathogens and prevents them from expressing virulence.
    Third, the intestinal microbiota appears to digest glycans and regulate fat storage in mice and potentially in humans. Exemplifying the host–microbe mutualism, the microbial genome is highly enriched in hundred families of glycoside hydrolases and in more than 20 families of polysaccharide lyases, whereas the human genome is relatively devoid of these carbohydrate-metabolizing enzymes.

    Implications for cancer

    I think it has been well-established that a healthy immune system is the first line of defense against diseases like cancer. But how, exactly, to get a healthy immune system has eluded us. Here we see these researchers recognizing the gut microflora as a key contributor to the immune system:

    Recently, we and others reported that gut microbiota is indispensable for the immunomodulatory and antitumor effects of certain anticancer therapeutics including chemotherapy and platinum salts.

    If anyone reading this has cancer, or knows someone who has cancer, maybe this advice will help:

    Future prospects for a better management of cancer patients aim at:
    (i) diagnosing patients dysbiosis (metagenomics, metatranscriptomics, epidemiology on diet, medications and exercise, and so on),
    (ii) compensating dysbiosis by appropriate ‘immunogenic probiotics’
    (iii) prebiotics synergizing with probiotics to set the stage for a healthy intestine that has been compromised by DNA-damaging agents,
    (iv) monitoring the immune responses raised against the relevant commensals to establish a correlation with longterm benefit and immune fitness.

    In other words: No cancer treatment should proceed without consideration of prebiotics, probiotics, and testing to ensure there are healthy levels of “good” microbes in the gut!


    My thoughts are that if you want to avoid a date with platinum salts, just keep your immune system in top-notch condition at all times! This simply involves eating foods that produce butyrate (prebiotic fibers) and a wide range of colorful fruits and veggies, nuts, and other healthy foods every day. Fermented foods and probiotics are also important!

    As of now, we don't know exactly what the “perfect” microbiome looks like, how much butyrate we need exactly, and which fibers are required for immune system perfection. Might as well just eat the foods we know are good for all this and avoid the ones that we know cause harm. A fiber supplement on top of a healthy diet will help to ensure enough butyrate!

  • [Freeper Requesting Prayers for Daughter and also:] Prayers please. Daughter lost phone overseas

    02/23/2015 12:59:07 PM PST · 177 of 180

    Well this certainly is an interesting thread. I am glad I missed it.

  • Do We Deserve Heaven? Thinking that I deserve heaven is a sure sign I have no understanding...

    02/23/2015 5:40:25 AM PST · 7 of 69
    GreenAccord to taxcontrol

    Excellent. Just excellent. Thanks.

  • My First Vanity: State of Affairs

    02/20/2015 3:13:47 PM PST · 15 of 19
    GreenAccord to PieterCasparzen
    It's a complete waste of time to watch anything related to NBC.

    This week, I caught up on a slew of The Blacklists still occupying some DVR space. The Superbowl Episode, parts 1 & 2 (Luther Braxton) and the Feb 11 episode, Ruslan Denisov. The Denisov character is a militant Muslim terrorist, demonstrating his violent intent of killing hostages by shooting them in the head. In the end, this character was actually hailed as a savior, chasing the evil corporate oil interests out his homeland and allowing a nationalized oil operation to take its place.

    Then, in the previews for (this) week's episode, I see that our intrepid secret security team will need to work to thwart some violent, right wing, religious zealots on our home soil.

    I've watched my last Blacklist.

  • No Comments Allowed on Smoking Gun, most of Fox News sites. Why Now?

    02/19/2015 1:29:15 PM PST · 30 of 37
    GreenAccord to Hot Tabasco
    How Facebook was able to match them up with my fake account, I have no idea

    Well, it is run by an acknowledged hacker.

    (One of the many reasons to limit the activity on it, for sure) I actually think I spend more time using my throw away presence than my real one. I am rarely on the real one anymore, and that's mostly just to say happy birthday to friends.

  • Jeb Bush a Reaganite? Oh, Yes He Is

    02/19/2015 12:31:20 PM PST · 2 of 77
    GreenAccord to Nachum

    Maybe they meant Reagan Juniorite.

  • No Comments Allowed on Smoking Gun, most of Fox News sites. Why Now?

    02/19/2015 12:29:20 PM PST · 26 of 37
    GreenAccord to Hot Tabasco

    Not long ago, Facebook had a great purging of fake accounts. I am glad to see mine wasn’t the only one that made it thru that scrubbing.

  • America in fifty years. Opinions?

    02/19/2015 12:26:15 PM PST · 104 of 144
    GreenAccord to CJ Wolf

    I scrolled really fast down the thread and briefly saw what looked like a red Barchetta, from a better managed time. Because that song was about the future, too.

  • 10 truly bizarre Tea Party bills: From nipples to militias to religious zealotry

    02/19/2015 6:17:56 AM PST · 75 of 77
    GreenAccord to publiusF27
    I think the idea is that you hear the supersonic round approaching and duck just in time.

    You've got that backwards. A supersonic object's sound wave will pass you after the object has passed (through) you.

    In this case, one man's act of ducking is another man's falling limp onto the ground.

  • REPORT: Obama Refused to Assist Jordan, Egypt With Information on ISIS Targets

    02/17/2015 7:51:10 PM PST · 66 of 82
    GreenAccord to baddog 219

    I am posting from an iphone so I cannot give this full and proper formatting, but that is not the correct quote from the book. Here is a freeper thread about it with the correct, fully contextual quote. As other Freepers have said before me, there’s enough factually correct crap that can be attributed to Obama that we don’t need to cite incorrect ones to prove our points.

  • ‘Psssst. I’m not wearing any underwear’: These captions of the ‘creeptouching’ Joe Biden...

    02/17/2015 11:53:10 AM PST · 30 of 73
    GreenAccord to maggief

    “I’m a big effing deal”


    02/13/2015 5:44:21 AM PST · 25 of 70
    GreenAccord to dayglored; patriotUSA

    I blame patriot that you were 7 seconds outside the top 20

  • 25 Quotes That Show You How Much Liberals Hate Soldiers Like Chris Kyle

    02/07/2015 4:44:10 AM PST · 6 of 20
    GreenAccord to Kaslin

    This article was not a good read for someone who takes pills daily for hypertension.

  • HTML Sandbox 2014

    02/05/2015 8:08:49 AM PST · 177 of 184
    This thread has been locked, it will not receive new replies.
    Locked on 02/05/2015 4:56:35 AM PST by Admin Moderator, reason:

    OP continues enlarging and posting copyrighted overly enlarged photos and images. 1,202 x 1,600

    I saw this on a thread and wanted to keep it and make sure it was formatted.

    Thread here

  • Why Catholicism Is Preferable to Protestantism

    01/31/2015 8:52:16 PM PST · 4 of 355
    GreenAccord to smokingfrog

    I am confident that 1,827 posts into this thread, this will be perfectly settled.

  • Liberals on Twitter: “If You Like American Sniper, You Like the Holocaust”

    01/27/2015 10:17:06 AM PST · 43 of 49
    GreenAccord to GreenAccord
    That should read:

    The wretched irony (because it most certainly isn't delicious) is...

  • Liberals on Twitter: “If You Like American Sniper, You Like the Holocaust”

    01/27/2015 10:16:07 AM PST · 42 of 49
    GreenAccord to rightistight
    The wretched (because it most certainly isn't delicious) is that the Constitutionally protected liberal is protected by the subject of their scorn. Sheep and Sheepdogs, indeed.
  • The Blizzard That Wasn’t

    01/27/2015 10:00:12 AM PST · 13 of 44
    GreenAccord to Sean_Anthony

    In before anthropogenic climate change is blamed for the blizzard not happening.

  • Consumer Reports: Best TVs for the Super Bowl

    01/26/2015 7:32:59 PM PST · 28 of 37
    GreenAccord to Las Vegas Dave

    Not sure how you haven’t been pinged already.

  • How do I get a blog referral published here?

    01/26/2015 9:06:00 AM PST · 17 of 140

    in case anyone is taking attendance, I am present.

  • F1 - GP (General Purpose)

    01/24/2015 2:32:47 PM PST · 1,765 of 1,870
    GreenAccord to Chode

    Well it seems they went away from live Daytona coverage for some WRC.

    Try this:

  • Yet Another Image to Haunt Sarah Palin if She Ever Does Run for Office?

    01/23/2015 6:50:22 PM PST · 15 of 239
    GreenAccord to Drew68
    I don't know. Doesn't seem to be a big deal having a ridiculous photo taken when you're the actual President.

  • Conservatives Just Don’t Get It on Taxes

    01/16/2015 3:17:47 PM PST · 7 of 18
    GreenAccord to trisham
    What if, instead of complaining about blog excerpts, they simply were reposted in their entirety in a reply?

    Now that the Republicans have regained the control of the Senate that they lost in the 2006 midterm election, conservatives are salivating about the prospect of “real” or “genuine” tax reform.Conservatives believe that reforming the tax code by making it more efficient, more coherent, more transparent, and more equitable; eliminating the double taxation that discourages saving and investment; eliminating the “rat’s nest” of deductions, credits, and exemptions; broadening the tax base; switching to a territorial tax system; decreasing the number of tax brackets; and lowering tax rates will lead to increased capital formation, entrepreneurship, family incomes, and economic growth.

    They raise some valid and important points and make some perfectly logical and reasonable arguments to support them. But because conservatives believe that tax reform should be constrained by some dubious principles, and because they don’t oppose taxes on principle, it is no surprise that they just don’t get it on taxes.

    The Heritage Foundation, a conservative think tank, “whose mission is to formulate and promote conservative public policies,” is out with a new summary of the four leading conservative tax-reform plans. According to the author, David R. Burton, a senior fellow in economic policy at Heritage,

    The four leading conservative tax reform plans are the Hall-Rabushka flat tax, the new flat tax, a national sales tax, and a business transfer tax. Each is a consumption tax with an equivalent tax base. Except for secondary design choices and the choice of which taxes to replace, each would apply the same tax rate to raise a given amount of tax revenue. They would also have the same economic effects. The choice among them, therefore, rests on non-economic grounds.

    The Hall-Rabushka flat tax is named after the two Hoover Institution economists who proposed it in their 1985 book titled The Flat Tax. It was also championed by former Republican presidential candidate Steve Forbes. Under a flat-tax scheme, everyone’s income would be taxed at the same rate; taxes on capital gains, estates, interest, and dividends would be abolished; and most credits and deductions would be eliminated.

    Although the new flat tax was proposed by The Heritage Foundation in 2011, the idea supposedly goes back to John Stuart Mill in 1848. It imposes a flat tax on gross income, less outlays made to earn the income. Unlike the Hall-Rabushka flat tax, the new flat tax replaces payroll taxes as well.

    A national sales tax taxes all final goods and services. It would eliminate the income tax, capital gains tax, estate tax, and payroll taxes. The most popular form of a national sales tax is the FairTax. A bill to implement the FairTax has been introduced in every Congress since 1995. For years it was heavily promoted on air and in books by radio talk-show host Neal Boortz.

    A business-transfer tax is collected at the business level. The tax base is gross receipts from the sale of goods and services less all intermediate and capital goods. Interest and dividends are disregarded. Various incarnations of a business-transfer tax scheme have been advocated over the years and some have been introduced in Congress. Some proposals would replace just the individual and corporate income taxes while others would replace payroll taxes as well.

    Burton believes that “in almost all cases, the four tax systems can be made to emulate one another” on a variety of issues. He concludes, “They would also have the same economic effects. The choice among them, therefore, rests on non-economic grounds, including political and administrative considerations and judgments about issues such as transparency and whether the reform can be sustained in the long run.”

    Conservatives just don’t get it on taxes. Because their tax-reform plans are constrained by the need to be revenue and distributionally neutral, and because they have no philosophical objection to taxation, their reform proposals amount to nothing more than rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic.

    In another recent Heritage piece on tax reform, “How Tax Reform Would Help American Families,” Curtis Dubay writes that tax-reform efforts are constrained by revenue neutrality, “the requirement that the reformed tax system raise the same amount of revenue as the current system.” “Ideally,” he explains, “tax reform should cap revenue at its historic average measured as a share of the economy.”

    Revenue-neutral tax reform is based on the suppositions that there is such a thing as a fair, just, or correct amount of taxation and that government revenue should not be decreased. The opposite, of course, is the case. Revenue-neutral tax reform masks the real problem — government spending. It shifts the debate from the amount of wealth the federal government confiscates from American taxpayers to the manner in which it confiscates such wealth.

    Dubay also explains that “political realities will also likely require tax reform be distributionally neutral, which means it does not shift the tax burden as currently constituted up or down the income scale.” Practically, “this means that tax reform should not be used to lower taxes on a particular income group and raise them on another. This constraint would complicate matters because the top 50 percent of income earners pay almost all federal income tax.” After his description of the Hall-Rabushka flat tax, the Heritage flat tax, and a national sales tax, Burton remarks that they each contain provisions to make the plans progressive.

    Progressive taxation, otherwise known as making “the rich” pay some arbitrary “fair share,” is right out of Marx’s Communist Manifesto — just after his call for the abolition of private property and the centralization of the means of production in the hands of the state. Why would conservatives even think of maintaining the progressivity of the tax code? And especially since many of “the poor” not only pay no federal income taxes, but get tax refunds from the government anyway by means of refundable tax credits.

    And of course, the very fact that conservative focus is on tax reform instead of tax lowering or tax elimination shows that they have no philosophical objection to taxation. They don’t view taxation as government theft. They believe that the government has a claim to a certain percentage of every American’s income. They believe that a person’s acquiring someone’s property by force is wrong, but that the same action when done by government is legitimate.

    A tax-reform plan that perpetuates the welfare/warfare state, immoral wealth-redistribution schemes and income-transfer programs, and unconstitutional government programs is tax reform we can do without. From a libertarian perspective, the only tax reform worthy of the name is tax reform that keeps more money in the pockets, purses, and bank accounts of Americans and out of the hands of Uncle Sam.

  • AFP photographer shot at Pakistan anti-Charlie Hebdo protest

    01/16/2015 6:26:08 AM PST · 2 of 5
    GreenAccord to Citizen Zed

    Poorly worded title by the author.

    I was led to believe that some photographer was shooting at protesters. Maybe he was. I mean, he’s a photographer and those guys do shoot photographs, right?

  • Big Mac for $2. A sign of the times? (vanity)

    01/09/2015 5:10:03 PM PST · 14 of 126
    GreenAccord to dennisw

    McDonalds always has a promo at the beginning of the year. It’s how they try to break lots of New Years diets and resolutions among their demographic base. I noticed this many many years ago. I’ve even fallen victim to it. It’s simply a marketing strategy.

  • Dish replaces Fox News with Glenn Beck's TheBlaze as analysts predict prolonged battle

    01/06/2015 9:51:52 AM PST · 47 of 56
    GreenAccord to Sans-Culotte

    I don’t have a dog in this fight (I have regular old Verizon cable) but I’d wager 3 quatloos that a lot of those Hallmark Movies are available on Netflix. I say that not having watched a lot of the Hallmark Movie channel (save for when my wife has it on somehow), but there’s bot any real new content on that channel, right? And if there were, it’d be of the straight-to-dvd genre that Netflix also has.

    And I have been wanting to ditch cable / sat myself and the wife isn’t on board either.

  • Time is overdue to repeal the Second Amendment

    12/30/2014 6:37:00 AM PST · 93 of 127
    GreenAccord to Bloody Sam Roberts

    I actually have read his first book and was part of the way through his second but stopped mid way through as I just got too despondent with the thought. I have them all on the wife’s kindle. Maybe I should re-join that series. I honestly did think of his books when I posted my comment.

  • Time is overdue to repeal the Second Amendment

    12/30/2014 3:28:03 AM PST · 8 of 127
    GreenAccord to 2ndDivisionVet

    It would make for a nice piece of fiction: a book about a post-2A repeal United States where the government battles its armed citizenry, prying gun after gun from cold hands, until there are no longer any armed authorities left prying guns.

  • Vanity - 2014 Official NFL Black Monday (Coaching Fires) thread

    12/28/2014 2:54:56 PM PST · 17 of 38
    GreenAccord to dfwgator

    Let me get this straight. OSU has three QBs capable of starting almost anywhere in the country, and Michigan has none, and Michigan is coming for us. Riiiiiiiight.