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by mat.tia
Mon Dec 22, 2014 1:42 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Top 0.1% to pass bottom 90% of Americans in combined wealth
Replies: 566
Views: 77215

Re: Top 0.1% to pass bottom 90% of Americans in combined wea

The people who decide what falls under what governance are entirely under the influence of what falls under trade. I'd go further. Since the market extends its scope to include pretty much all things, all decisions fall under the umbrella of trade. Being "worth it" (marketwise) is a neces...
by mat.tia
Sun Dec 21, 2014 4:18 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Top 0.1% to pass bottom 90% of Americans in combined wealth
Replies: 566
Views: 77215

Re: Top 0.1% to pass bottom 90% of Americans in combined wea

Anyway, we seem to be in agreement that money can buy power, and that power is prone to misuse. But I'm not sure I understand your proposed solution (or even if you have one). Well I don't know, it's not something one can come up with alone. I guess this is one good thing of discussing. But limitin...
by mat.tia
Sun Dec 21, 2014 11:07 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Top 0.1% to pass bottom 90% of Americans in combined wealth
Replies: 566
Views: 77215

Re: Top 0.1% to pass bottom 90% of Americans in combined wea

This world is no more the apple picking world. One is born and cannot freely put some bricks together and build a house; tear down some trees, build a fence, and plant apple trees inside it. Actually, that's exactly what this world is like in some areas. The web for example is just like this. It do...
by mat.tia
Sat Dec 20, 2014 11:43 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Top 0.1% to pass bottom 90% of Americans in combined wealth
Replies: 566
Views: 77215

Re: Top 0.1% to pass bottom 90% of Americans in combined wea

It might be obvious but I have fun exploring different scenarios. What if you paid more the jobs that no-one wants to do (but most people end up doing?) What if you pay less the for the jobs that are more difficult and more important?... When I pay for a job, it's because I want the job done. It's ...
by mat.tia
Fri Dec 19, 2014 8:03 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Top 0.1% to pass bottom 90% of Americans in combined wealth
Replies: 566
Views: 77215

Re: Top 0.1% to pass bottom 90% of Americans in combined wea

Mat.tia, if you admit that you are ignorant why do you insist on arguing with people who aren't ? First of all, from all of your responses, I guess the use of the word "ignorant" in English has a much more negative connotation than it has in Italian. Among the first things I was taught wa...
by mat.tia
Fri Dec 19, 2014 3:19 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Top 0.1% to pass bottom 90% of Americans in combined wealth
Replies: 566
Views: 77215

Re: Top 0.1% to pass bottom 90% of Americans in combined wea

If you believe you are very ignorant about the past, then you probably should not use the past as the basis for your proposal. Better, you should learn about the areas you feel you are weak in. Our history is of great importance to understanding why society is as it currently is. If your perspectiv...
by mat.tia
Thu Dec 18, 2014 11:50 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Top 0.1% to pass bottom 90% of Americans in combined wealth
Replies: 566
Views: 77215

Re: Top 0.1% to pass bottom 90% of Americans in combined wea

Your view of the past is quite rose-tinted, and not a little inaccurate. No I don't have a nostalgic view of the past; I am actually very ignorant about that, too! I simply try to look at it to see what, about the present, has always been, and hence should be taken for granted, and what instead bel...
by mat.tia
Wed Dec 17, 2014 4:19 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Washington Post: US senate report of CIA interrogation
Replies: 105
Views: 17010

Re: Washington Post: US senate report of CIA interrogation

I am not a troll. If it would have stopped 9/11, I would deem it justified to bring a known bad guy in, castrate him, cut the fingers off his children in front of him, whatever it takes to get information and save thousands of lives. So you're willing to kill innocent people for the greater good. O...
by mat.tia
Tue Dec 16, 2014 12:57 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Top 0.1% to pass bottom 90% of Americans in combined wealth
Replies: 566
Views: 77215

Re: Top 0.1% to pass bottom 90% of Americans in combined wea

I think you keep making the same mistake, money exists to facilitate the transfer of wealth - it just so happens that for convienence a lot of wealth is measured in money. But saying wealth is relative to the market is wrong. Economies are not zero sum, if I move from 10% to 11% of total wealth its...
by mat.tia
Tue Dec 16, 2014 11:02 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Top 0.1% to pass bottom 90% of Americans in combined wealth
Replies: 566
Views: 77215

Re: Top 0.1% to pass bottom 90% of Americans in combined wea

The kind of distribution you illustrate has the only goal of rewarding the inventor of the apple-picking machine. (Assuming it was invented and built from scratch all by the same person using his own material). In this simplified scenario, yes. The inventor did it all himself, using only what is av...
by mat.tia
Sat Dec 13, 2014 4:23 pm UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: Question about "artificial intelligence"
Replies: 15
Views: 12321

Re: Question about "artificial intelligence"

About "overcoming its programming": what does it mean? Programs that modify programs exist in many fields, so thinking of an AI able to read its own code and to create another AI (or to modify itself) with a different version of the code is possible. But one could argue that the AI will re...
by mat.tia
Sat Dec 13, 2014 3:52 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Top 0.1% to pass bottom 90% of Americans in combined wealth
Replies: 566
Views: 77215

Re: Top 0.1% to pass bottom 90% of Americans in combined wea

CorruptUser, you say CEOs are doing everything in their power to prevent competition, and that you do not like it. Than you have two options: 1) stand still and hope CEOs will suddenly change their attitude and start incentivate competition, or 2) reduce their power to prevent competition. Their pow...
by mat.tia
Sat Dec 13, 2014 2:36 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Top 0.1% to pass bottom 90% of Americans in combined wealth
Replies: 566
Views: 77215

Re: Top 0.1% to pass bottom 90% of Americans in combined wea

Wages are the well-earned rewards of labor. If I hire you for an hour and ask you to pick apples, seven quatloos are a good wage. (Why? We'll come back to that. For now, it's gotta be something, and that's what I'm calling it.) You pick for an hour, and I conveniently end up with seven bushels of a...
by mat.tia
Thu Dec 11, 2014 10:44 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Top 0.1% to pass bottom 90% of Americans in combined wealth
Replies: 566
Views: 77215

Re: Top 0.1% to pass bottom 90% of Americans in combined wea

ucim wrote:

I know the definition of this one: Trolling! Do I get to become super-rich?
by mat.tia
Thu Dec 11, 2014 9:20 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Top 0.1% to pass bottom 90% of Americans in combined wealth
Replies: 566
Views: 77215

Re: Top 0.1% to pass bottom 90% of Americans in combined wea

I am not (for example) defending such a society (as if that kind of society were better than others), even though some jump on me as if I were. Rather, I am defending against what I think is a misplaced focus on cause. The statement "(super-)rich people have too much money" reads as if th...
by mat.tia
Thu Dec 11, 2014 4:11 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Top 0.1% to pass bottom 90% of Americans in combined wealth
Replies: 566
Views: 77215

Re: Top 0.1% to pass bottom 90% of Americans in combined wea

Nonsense. People have been viewed as resources since long before the arrival of anything describable as modern economics. Nonsense. Who is the subject of the verb "viewed"? In the past often the powerful have used people as resources. But generally people didn't see themselves as resource...
by mat.tia
Thu Dec 11, 2014 2:48 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: I need a book recommendation (Renamed : Recom'd me a book)
Replies: 338
Views: 190454

Re: I need a book recommendation (Renamed : Recom'd me a boo

PAstrychef wrote:
mat.tia wrote:Can someone suggest a good spy-story please? Not James Bond and the like. More like "the three days of the Condor", to speak of movies.

Dan Silva has written some good ones, such as The English Girl.

thanks, added to the Christmas list. What about classics of the genre?
by mat.tia
Thu Dec 11, 2014 2:15 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Top 0.1% to pass bottom 90% of Americans in combined wealth
Replies: 566
Views: 77215

Re: Top 0.1% to pass bottom 90% of Americans in combined wea

From the wiki page CorruptUser linked: Utility is taken to be correlative to Desire or Want. It has been already argued that desires cannot be measured directly, but only indirectly, by the outward phenomena to which they give rise: and that in those cases with which economics is chiefly concerned t...
by mat.tia
Thu Dec 11, 2014 1:54 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: I need a book recommendation (Renamed : Recom'd me a book)
Replies: 338
Views: 190454

Re: I need a book recommendation (Renamed : Recom'd me a boo

Can someone suggest a good spy-story please? Not James Bond and the like. More like "the three days of the Condor", to speak of movies.
by mat.tia
Thu Dec 11, 2014 1:41 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Top 0.1% to pass bottom 90% of Americans in combined wealth
Replies: 566
Views: 77215

Re: Top 0.1% to pass bottom 90% of Americans in combined wea

If I value my arm at "$5m", and the courts award me $2m after losing it in a tragic accident, absolutely no economist will say I am "wealthier" because now I have $2m that I didn't have before. Of course, they'll say you're just as wealthy since your arm was valued $2m. Then ple...
by mat.tia
Thu Dec 11, 2014 1:36 pm UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Today I Made:
Replies: 4514
Views: 818924

Re: Today I Made:

Simple steak tartare with egg yolk, minced capers, mashed garlic, pepper and olive oil. I felt like a king!
by mat.tia
Thu Dec 11, 2014 1:27 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Top 0.1% to pass bottom 90% of Americans in combined wealth
Replies: 566
Views: 77215

Re: Top 0.1% to pass bottom 90% of Americans in combined wea

[about "wealth"] On the other hand, the definition CorruptUser, Elasto, Tyndmyr and I implicitly used is something more like "total utility". (in a more concrete form, "ability to satisfy needs/wants" is a good substitute but has some subtle traps) I asked for a defini...
by mat.tia
Thu Dec 11, 2014 9:09 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Top 0.1% to pass bottom 90% of Americans in combined wealth
Replies: 566
Views: 77215

Re: Top 0.1% to pass bottom 90% of Americans in combined wea

But historically, yes, human labor has been viewed as a resource for essentially forever. The distinction of the labor from the human is perhaps an element of modern thought, as many cultures used to simply view humans as assets no different from any other. But...I digress. The economy isn't someth...
by mat.tia
Wed Dec 10, 2014 6:46 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Washington Post: US senate report of CIA interrogation
Replies: 105
Views: 17010

Re: Washington Post: US senate report of CIA interrogation

enhanced interrogation techniques

quite an orwellian way to say it. Why do they not call it "torture"?
by mat.tia
Tue Dec 09, 2014 9:55 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Top 0.1% to pass bottom 90% of Americans in combined wealth
Replies: 566
Views: 77215

Re: Top 0.1% to pass bottom 90% of Americans in combined wea

Looking at this as "someone has too much money" is backward. The problem should be framed as "someone does not have enough money". This may seem similar, but it's an important difference. If you simply removed wealth from the system at the top, that is obviously an undesirable s...
by mat.tia
Tue Dec 09, 2014 2:29 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Top 0.1% to pass bottom 90% of Americans in combined wealth
Replies: 566
Views: 77215

Re: Top 0.1% to pass bottom 90% of Americans in combined wea

I think generally the super rich will have grown the pie more than the slice they take. Isn't this obvious? If it weren't so, if the rich took more pie than what they contributed to create (saying they alone created it is nonsense), would that not make the rest worse off - meaning actually owning l...
by mat.tia
Tue Dec 09, 2014 9:21 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Top 0.1% to pass bottom 90% of Americans in combined wealth
Replies: 566
Views: 77215

Re: Top 0.1% to pass bottom 90% of Americans in combined wea

I thought one's wealth would be measured by the proportion of goods in the market he's able to buy. [edit: or, simply, owns] It is If it is, than this means that everytime one gets richer, the rest gets poorer. So saying the problem with people having too much money is simply that they can use it t...
by mat.tia
Mon Dec 08, 2014 6:50 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Top 0.1% to pass bottom 90% of Americans in combined wealth
Replies: 566
Views: 77215

Re: Top 0.1% to pass bottom 90% of Americans in combined wea

[The pictured income divergence] is not indicative of a problem as long as you don't consider a problem an increasing and intrinsic divergence of wealth in the two categories of people. I don't consider it intrinsically to be a problem. It may cause problems, but that's another issue. Just pointing...
by mat.tia
Mon Dec 08, 2014 4:08 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Top 0.1% to pass bottom 90% of Americans in combined wealth
Replies: 566
Views: 77215

Re: Top 0.1% to pass bottom 90% of Americans in combined wea

But this is not a zero-sum game. The money is ultimately coming from turning of dirt into goods. Value is being created . Your basic premise is wrong. Can you help me understand that? I've always thought money was a mean to distribute existing resources and not one to measure how much of them there...
by mat.tia
Mon Dec 08, 2014 9:14 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Top 0.1% to pass bottom 90% of Americans in combined wealth
Replies: 566
Views: 77215

Re: Top 0.1% to pass bottom 90% of Americans in combined wea

Thought experiment. The economy is pies. So if wages were somehow "democratically" fixed, would the farmhands get the most pie? If so, would there not be any farmhands wanting to become a miller, or a baker? But the guy whose company failed, and who lost all his investment in it, isn't ge...
by mat.tia
Sat Dec 06, 2014 9:08 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Top 0.1% to pass bottom 90% of Americans in combined wealth
Replies: 566
Views: 77215

Re: Top 0.1% to pass bottom 90% of Americans in combined wea

No. But you cannot use the word "fair" without defining it, and expect not to be misunderstood, because of that. The same is true of other loaded words. They inject emotion and fuzziness into a discussion, which tends to derail it. When you start to define these words however, the actual ...
by mat.tia
Sat Dec 06, 2014 8:47 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Top 0.1% to pass bottom 90% of Americans in combined wealth
Replies: 566
Views: 77215

Re: Top 0.1% to pass bottom 90% of Americans in combined wea

One cannot mention the word "fair" because "we all have a different interpretation on what it means". So one cannot say it is "unfair" that some people own and some people owe from the start. Someone might see it as fair. Tell me one! But one can say it is - what? "...
by mat.tia
Thu Dec 04, 2014 10:10 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Top 0.1% to pass bottom 90% of Americans in combined wealth
Replies: 566
Views: 77215

Re: Top 0.1% to pass bottom 90% of Americans in combined wea

I understand your points from a theoretical point of view and within the economic context we currently are as western societies. I have been asked to define words such as "fair". This kind of words are generally overloaded; I believe the word "fair" has one broader meaning, share...
by mat.tia
Wed Dec 03, 2014 9:41 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Top 0.1% to pass bottom 90% of Americans in combined wealth
Replies: 566
Views: 77215

Re: Top 0.1% to pass bottom 90% of Americans in combined wea

Maybe I wasn't clear, but I have nothing against Iphones and all other popular items, nor I propose any limitations on what people can do and buy with their own money. This is only half of my reasoning that doesn't stand by itself (does the whole reasoning stand? let us discuss it). My argument was ...
by mat.tia
Tue Dec 02, 2014 9:53 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Top 0.1% to pass bottom 90% of Americans in combined wealth
Replies: 566
Views: 77215

Re: Top 0.1% to pass bottom 90% of Americans in combined wea

... I don't see though how these innovations make any life better. Lots of other people do though. Jose, you cannot reply to only half of a sentence... I guess Iphone6 makes lives of people who had Iphone5 slightly better (how?). But creating and selling drugs at their minimum cost to cure a deadly...
by mat.tia
Tue Dec 02, 2014 6:01 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Top 0.1% to pass bottom 90% of Americans in combined wealth
Replies: 566
Views: 77215

Re: Top 0.1% to pass bottom 90% of Americans in combined wea

Mostly, going by money, we're incentivising LESS artists, and more people doing boring jobs I would say general scientific research that does not have an immediate use gets the same treatment of Arts. Now you can think that Arts and Science in themselves are to be discouraged; I have an opposite op...
by mat.tia
Tue Dec 02, 2014 5:26 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Top 0.1% to pass bottom 90% of Americans in combined wealth
Replies: 566
Views: 77215

Re: Top 0.1% to pass bottom 90% of Americans in combined wea

Honestly I don't think Best Things ever came from money incentives. Think of all the Best Things that came from people "who were born posthumous" - as someone else called them. We have plenty of them, both in Arts and Science. If one has a great idea, usually one wants to pursue it, regard...
by mat.tia
Tue Dec 02, 2014 12:46 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Top 0.1% to pass bottom 90% of Americans in combined wealth
Replies: 566
Views: 77215

Re: Top 0.1% to pass bottom 90% of Americans in combined wea

Assuming that owning more money is the only drive for everyone to try to succeed in their field (something I doubt*), a distribution of wealth of such iniquity to me seems more dissuading to people than "inspiring" . Also, in the "bottom class", money is not an opportunity, but a...
by mat.tia
Sat Nov 29, 2014 6:51 pm UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Cocktails
Replies: 356
Views: 167631

Re: Cocktails

ahammel wrote:Negroni: fuck yes.


Moscow mule: ginger beer, ginger juice, lime juice, diced cucumber, ice, vodka.

This thread causes an unhealthy curiosity.
by mat.tia
Sat Nov 29, 2014 6:46 pm UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: The Xkcd Cookbook (with an unfinished index in the OP)
Replies: 685
Views: 252370

Re: The Xkcd Cookbook (with an unfinished index in the OP)

Pasta alla carbonara Ingredients : 1 egg yolk per person + 1 egg (not cold!) smoked bacon, diced pepper spaghetti (100-150g per person) greated cheese (parmesan or Pecorino preferably) olive oil (butter would do as well) garlic - optional Directions: In a large pot, boil the water. When boiling, put...

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