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Old 04-06-2011, 09:18 PM   #76
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the daintree is heaven! i hope you enjoyed it.

and point taken on location in the US. you have to pay for sanity, lol.
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Old 04-06-2011, 09:29 PM   #77
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Irvine, not sure if you know the comedian Wil Anderson, but he touched on the differences between waiters and ordering in a restaurant in America and Australia when I saw him Tuesday night.

America: "Hi, excuse me, can I get a chicken salad, but can I have my salad on the side?"
"Of course you can! This is America!"
Australia: "Hi, excuse me, can I get a chicken salad, but can I have my salad on the side?"
Young Australian waiter hears "Can you rub your dick on my food? This is my fucking job and they come in here and want their fucking salad on the side. Fucking seppos. Think they can come here and order us around. Go back to your own fucking country."

Very funny, and quite accurate (though obviously it's been exaggerated ).
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Old 04-06-2011, 09:56 PM   #78
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obviously it's been exaggerated ).
... and here I thought that Aussies had a thing for dick salad.

Tossed, of course.
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Old 04-06-2011, 10:16 PM   #79
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Incidentally I just found out why we say "seppo". It's rhyming slang. Yank = septic tank.

Pass me the dead horse will ya luv!
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Incidentally I just found out why we say "seppo". It's rhyming slang. Yank = septic tank.

i was just going to ask this question.

that's quite a chip on y'all's shoulders, no?

my response would be to start quoting lines from Crocodile Dundee.
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Old 04-06-2011, 11:49 PM   #81
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That reminds me of Don Cheadle's character in Ocean's Eleven. "We're in Rubble! .... Barney Rubble, rhymes with trouble!"

Or whatever that was.
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i was just going to ask this question.

that's quite a chip on y'all's shoulders, no?

my response would be to start quoting lines from Crocodile Dundee.
Yeah it really is bit offensive actually!
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Old 04-20-2011, 02:43 PM   #83
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New York Times (Economix blog), April 19
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There’s a movement afoot to mail every taxpayer a “taxpayer receipt,” a breakdown of how the government spends its money. The goal is to educate people about where their taxes go, since Americans are famously unaware about such matters. But as long as we’re talking about educating Americans about fiscal policy, why not start with what they actually pay in taxes, and what they earn, relative to their fellow Americans?

I am constantly amazed by how little Americans know about where they stand in the income and taxing distribution. The latest example is evident in a recent Gallup study, which found that 6% of Americans in households earning over $250,000 a year think their taxes are “too low.” Of that same group, 26% said their taxes were “about right,” and a whopping 67% said their taxes were “too high.” And yet, when this same group of high earners was asked whether “upper-income people” paid their fair share in taxes, 30% said “upper-income people” paid too little, 30% said it was a “fair share,” and 38% said it was too much. So members of a group that is, statistically speaking, “upper income” are very unlikely to think their taxes are “too low,” but are five times as likely to say that “upper-income people” as a group pay “too little.” [i.e., the 6% vs. the 30%]

I blame this disconnect on the fact that upper-income people don’t realize they’re upper income. It’s the “Middle Kingdom” effect. Everyone thinks they’re middle-class partly because of cultural reasons, and also partly because of the way the income distribution is skewed. The greatest income inequality is at the very top. As a result, people who are rich but not the richest—in the $250,000 zone, say—see they have more than lots of poor people, but also much less than a few very visibly rich people. Then they conclude they’re in the middle, so they must be middle class. As a result, many Americans are misinformed about how reliant the country is on their tax contributions, and what kinds of additional sacrifices they might have to make to help get the nation’s fiscal house in order, at least if they hang onto their previously professed beliefs about who should shoulder this burden.

As with the “taxpayer receipt,” I’m not sure it’s really the Internal Revenue Service’s duty to notify Americans about where they stand in the pecuniary pecking order (or the best use of IRS funds, for that matter). I would probably place that responsibility with the media and the nation’s education system. So far both have done a miserable job of enlightening Americans about their good (or bad) fortune.
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