Tarry for the Nonce

August 31, 2005

Worker Harder, Not Poorer

Filed under: News — lmwalker @ 3:16 pm

Flat tax rates worked in Estonia:

In 1994 Estonia introduced a flat tax rate of 26%. The flat tax is a system with only one tax rate for all personal income and corporate profits. Almost overnight this led to a phenomenal economic expansion. Contrary to the situation in a tax system with progressive rates, people were no longer punished fiscally if they worked harder . . .

Next year Estonia plans to lower its flat rate to 20%, while the Czech Republic, Poland and Iraq are also considering abolishing their progressive tax rates . . .

When Laar became Prime Minister, inflation in Estonia was over 1,000%, the economy was falling at a rate of 30%, unemployment was over 30%, 95% of the economy was state-owned and 92% of Estonian trade was dependent on Russia. Today, inflation is 2.5%, economic growth is between 6 and 7%, unemployment is low, the government budget is balanced and there is a high level of investment.

I wish there was more buzz about this sort of thing in the United States.


Feels Like a Spy Movie

Filed under: Anecdotes — lmwalker @ 3:05 pm

Okay, Dave Rumoro, I agree: Flashearth is cool.

It Was Clear in the 1940s

Filed under: Entertainment — lmwalker @ 2:53 pm

My Aunt Lori sent me the Greatest Movie Line Ever.

This moment brought to you by The Ghost Breakers.

August 30, 2005

That’s No Moon . . .

Filed under: Entertainment — lmwalker @ 5:17 pm

Tim Skirvin has completed his Lego Death Star.

I want one.

With Chunks of Fruit

Filed under: Anecdotes — lmwalker @ 3:49 pm


Take the quiz: “What Ice Cream Flavor Are You?”

Much Better

Filed under: Anecdotes — lmwalker @ 3:46 pm


Take the quiz: “Which Animal Are You?”

Could I Be More Boring?

Filed under: Anecdotes — lmwalker @ 3:40 pm

You are the normal friend. Awesome

Take the quiz: “Which Japanese Symbol Are You?”

It Really Satisfies

Filed under: Anecdotes — lmwalker @ 3:36 pm

You are crunchy, sweet, and slick. You can be moody sometimes, but usually happy. You are also very nutty. Sillyness!

Take the quiz: “Which Candy Bar Are You?”

Shaken, Not Stirred

Filed under: Anecdotes — lmwalker @ 3:33 pm

Classic Martini
You are the classic martini, also known as Martinez (the very first martini made) You have art, music, and LIFE all around your mind…Classy

Take the quiz: “Which Martini Are You?”

With a Big Straw

Filed under: Anecdotes — lmwalker @ 3:25 pm

Starbucks Frappucino

Take the quiz: “Which Starbucks Drink Are You?”

(Hat tips to Tony Meizelis and Kevin Miller.)

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