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Pottermore Blog Answers Fans FAQs

Can you please explain what you mean by ‘online reading experience’? How much will I, as a Pottermore user, be able to affect the story? After all, hasn’t Harry’s story already been told?
The best way to think of Pottermore is as an interactive, illustrated companion to the books. J.K. Rowling wanted to create a site where her stories could live on and where readers could explore them in a new way. In addition to discovering new material from J.K. Rowling about Harry’s world, you’ll be able to interact with key story Moments (the Sorting Hat sequence, for example) and upload your own comments, thoughts and artwork for all the characters, objects and places that you come across.

So Pottermore isn’t a massively multiplayer online role-playing game like World of Warcraft, or a social network game like Farmville?
No. While there will be some simple games you can play (you’ll be able to brew potions, for example), Pottermore is very much about the books: being able to experience Harry’s story in a new way and discover all the additional information that J.K. Rowling has written.

Isn’t there a House Cup that we compete for by earning points?
Yes, there is. As you progress through the story you’ll also be able to earn house points – and once you get to the end of the first book you can carry on earning points to help your house win the House Cup.

Would you say Pottermore is a social network for fans of Harry Potter?
Not really. Pottermore isn’t trying to compete with sites like Facebook or the Harry Potter forums and fan sites that are already out there. Once you’ve signed up to Pottermore you’ll be able to find and invite your Facebook friends (if you’re over thirteen) and leave comments in your house common room and the Great Hall, but Pottermore isn’t a social networking site where you can share personal information or chat in forums.

Is Pottermore the Harry Potter encyclopedia?
J.K. Rowling has written exclusive new material especially for Pottermore giving unique insights, back stories and additional information about the characters, places and objects in the Harry Potter series. For now, Pottermore is the only place you’ll be able to find new information from J.K. Rowling about Harry’s world, and we’ll be releasing this material as each of the seven books appears on the site.

Once I’ve been sorted, will I be able to change houses?
J.K. Rowling has created a series of questions for the Sorting Hat, and how you answer these questions will determine which of the four houses you’ll be in. Once you’ve been sorted, you won’t be able to change; the Sorting Hat’s decision is final!

What formats will the ebooks be available in? Will I be able to read them on my iPad/Sony eReader/Kindle…?
The Pottermore Shop is due to open in October. Our aim is to offer the ebooks in an as many formats as possible. We’ll provide more information closer to the time.

I’ve submitted my email to the Pottermore website – does this mean I’m registered with Pottermore.com?
Not yet. If you’ve submitted your email address to the site, we’ll use it to let you know when site registration is open to everyone. In other words, once you’ve received an email from us, you’ll be able to visit Pottermore.com and complete the registration process.

Remember, to get into Hogwarts you must have magical ability…

What’s going to happen on 31 July?
We don’t want to ruin the surprise but something will be happening on Pottermore.com on 31 July. Come back to the site, or keep an eye on the Pottermore Insider (http://insider.pottermore.com) and ourPottermore Twitter feed for details.

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article by – Rebel Jean

It is the third day of LeakyCon2011 and we finally attended a panel that didn’t make me want to end my life, although I did want to punch a bitch or two desperately who felt it was necessary to scream at the top of their lungs after every slide shown. We got the full scoop on wtf POTTERMORE is. Some of you were giddy as schoolgirls waiting for the countdown to J.K. Rowling’s announcement. “The owls are gathering…” was all we could think about. Well we have quite a few more details to add and are actually very excited!

This project was started over 2 years ago and was created to give back to the readers of Harry Potter. It is the “Same story. With one addition. You.” POTTERMORE’s main initiative is to bring to life the most special moments of the series and give the reader a completely unique and new experience as they read in tandem with the site. Rowling has also written and is still writing thousands of words of new content in relation to the history of the characters, the world, and everything in between to be discovered as you read the books. Much of this new and scrumptious information is just bits that were left out of the books and have been sitting, gathering dust in Jo’s old HP notes.

It all starts with your registration. You fill out some information to begin, and the next page will tell you if you are indeed magical. It will then let you choose from 5 different usernames. They don’t allow you to make up your own username for child safety reasons. You then get sorted into your house by some dirty old hat. There is a large pool of questions that Rowling, herself, wrote, that will determine your house. Once you are sorted into either Gryffindor, Ravenclaw, Hufflepuff, or Slytherin, you will get a good page or two of brand new information about the history of your house.

Your homepage branches out into the seven books and includes décor befitting of your house. When you begin a book, it shows each chapter as a dot on that branch. While you are reading the book, there are interactive illustrations and animations that go along with the story. Each illustration was painstakingly designed directly from the books with every detail ever mentioned in them. They then had to be approved by Rowling and touched up until they were just how she had imagined them.

As you read, you “discover” new content. We got a sneak-peek at the history of Uncle Vernon and Aunt Petunia. The page that we saw explained how they were named, and also how they met and fell in love, etc. We also saw a bit of background on Professor McGonagall, which involved a somewhat tragic childhood and a muggle…

Going through the books in this way, you can also turn on lights, collect items and objects, and you also have money. You have a virtual bank account in Gringotts. You need this money because you will need to buy all of your schoolbooks and supplies from Diagon Alley. You can buy your own pet to take to school, but the first thing to get is of course, your wand. In Ollivander’s, you will be chosen by one of a possible 33,000 different wand combinations, after all, “the wand chooses the wizard.”

You then arrive at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft Wizardry. In your menu you will find your Favorites, Friends, Illustrations, Spells, Potions and Trunk. Your house commonroom is a sort of chat room, and also has your points for wizard dueling among a few other things. The Great Hall is nearly the same as the commonrooms, but it also includes all of the house points and updates from everyone. While you can invite friends to share this experience with you, POTTERMORE is not trying to be Facebook, and I don’t think it will ever be near as obnoxious.

For the first time, you will be able to purchase e-books and the digital audio book versions of the series. It looks like the e-books are styled after the new Bloomsbury Signature collection of Harry Potter.

There will be no fan-fiction on this site (sorry Snarry shippers out there..).

“It is not an encyclopedia, although much of the content is encyclopedic in nature,” whatever that’s supposed to mean.. It will be launched in English, French, Italian, German, and Spanish, with Japanese soon to come. It will begin a beta phase on July 31st to a lucky one million, and the official launch will be in October. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone will be the only book available in October, with Chamber of Secrets to come early 2012. You can enter your email on www.pottermore.com to receive updates and learn how to qualify for beta testing.

J.K. Rowling wants the readers to know that she will be updating and contributing to her newest baby, POTTERMORE, for as long as she has breath, more or less. Most importantly, POTTERMORE will be FREE forever.

You can get updates through:
www.pottermore.com
www.pottermoreinsider.com
Twitter @pottermore.

ABEL'S ENGLISH PAGE: POTTERMORE

J.K. Rowling is going to feed us with new information about Harry Potter. What do you think it’s going to be about?
Follow pottermore.com next July 31st.
More magic is awaiting round the corner.

B u c h r ü c k e n³: Pottermore Q&A

Der 31 Juli rückt näher- und damit auch die Möglichkeit, bereits drei Monate im Vorraus pottermore benutzen zu können. Passend zu diesem Termien hat  pottermore jetzt Fragen von Fans beantwortet. So wissen wir jetzt unter anderem, dass pottermore kostenlos sein wird (natürlich mit ausnahme der Artikel im onlineshop) und noch einiges mehr.
Wer will kann sich das interview ganz durchlesen.

Will Pottermore be available in multiple languages?

Yes. Initially, Pottermore will be available in English, French, German, Italian and Spanish. We are aiming to introduce more languages in the future – including Japanese and Korean later this year. You’ll be able to keep track of language availability here on the Insider.


Will Pottermore be free?

Yes, access to Pottermore will be completely free; you won’t have to pay anything to use the site. The Pottermore Shop will have items in it that you’ll be able to buy, but choosing to purchase something – or not – won’t affect your progress through the story as the Shop sits outside of the online reading experience.

Can you please explain what you mean by ‘online reading experience’? How much will I, as a Pottermore user, be able to affect the story? After all, hasn’t Harry’s story already been told?

The best way to think of Pottermore is as an interactive, illustrated companion to the books. J.K. Rowling wanted to create a site where her stories could live on and where readers could explore them in a new way. In addition to discovering new material from J.K. Rowling about Harry’s world, you’ll be able to interact with key story Moments (the Sorting Hat sequence, for example) and upload your own comments, thoughts and artwork for all the characters, objects and places that you come across.

So Pottermore isn’t a massively multiplayer online role-playing game like World of Warcraft, or a social network game like Farmville?

No. While there will be some simple games you can play (you’ll be able to brew potions, for example), Pottermore is very much about the books: being able to experience Harry’s story in a new way and discover all the additional information that J.K. Rowling has written.

Isn’t there a House Cup that we compete for by earning points?

Yes, there is. As you progress through the story you’ll also be able to earn house points – and once you get to the end of the first book you can carry on earning points to help your house win the House Cup.

Would you say Pottermore is a social network for fans of Harry Potter?

Not really. Pottermore isn’t trying to compete with sites like Facebook or the Harry Potter forums and fan sites that are already out there. Once you’ve signed up to Pottermore you’ll be able to find and invite your Facebook friends (if you’re over thirteen) and leave comments in your house common room and the Great Hall, but Pottermore isn’t a social networking site where you can share personal information or chat in forums.

I saw the Sony logo at the top of Pottermore.com. What’s Sony’s involvement with the site?

Sony is the primary partner of Pottermore. They have been consulted and involved in the development of the site experience and will offer a range of products and services to Pottermore users.

Is Pottermore the Harry Potter encyclopedia?

J.K. Rowling has written exclusive new material especially for Pottermore giving unique insights, back stories and additional information about the characters, places and objects in the Harry Potter series. For now, Pottermore is the only place you’ll be able to find new information from J.K. Rowling about Harry’s world, and we’ll be releasing this material as each of the seven books appears on the site.

Once I’ve been sorted, will I be able to change houses?

J.K. Rowling has created a series of questions for the Sorting Hat, and how you answer these questions will determine which of the four houses you’ll be in. Once you’ve been sorted, you won’t be able to change; the Sorting Hat’s decision is final!

What formats will the ebooks be available in? Will I be able to read them on my iPad/Sony eReader/Kindle…?

The Pottermore Shop is due to open in October. Our aim is to offer the ebooks in an as many formats as possible. We’ll provide more information closer to the time.

I’ve submitted my email to the Pottermore website – does this mean I’m registered with Pottermore.com?

Not yet. If you’ve submitted your email address to the site, we’ll use it to let you know when site registration is open to everyone. In other words, once you’ve received an email from us, you’ll be able to visit Pottermore.com and complete the registration process.

Remember, to get into Hogwarts you must have magical ability…

What’s going to happen on 31 July?

We don’t want to ruin the surprise but something will be happening on Pottermore.com on 31 July. Come back to the site, or keep an eye on the Pottermore Insider (http://insider.pottermore.com) and our Pottermore Twitter feed for details.

Is the Pottermore Owl Twitter account official?

No, it’s not – but we kind of wish we’d thought of it!

Thanks to all the sites that helped us collect the questions for this post: Blog Hogwarts, Clube do Slugue, Harry Potter Xperts, HPANA, The Leaky Cauldron, Mugglenet, Portus, SnitchSeeker, and L’Univers De Harry Potter.

(c)insider.pottermore.com 

Pottermore Teaser Owl Animations

Created as teaser animation elements for J K Rowlings ‘Pottermore’ project. Modelled and animated with lightwave.


Vimeo link to animation

A bit more info here: http://www.wearecapture.com/pottermore_owls.html

Pottermore team answers fan questions

Will Pottermore be available in multiple languages?
Yes. Initially, Pottermore will be available in English, French, German, Italian and Spanish. We are aiming to introduce more languages in the future – including Japanese and Korean later this year. You’ll be able to keep track of language availability here on the Insider.

Will Pottermore be free?
Yes, access to Pottermore will be completely free; you won’t have to pay anything to use the site. The Pottermore Shop will have items in it that you’ll be able to buy, but choosing to purchase something – or not – won’t affect your progress through the story as the Shop sits outside of the online reading experience.

Can you please explain what you mean by ‘online reading experience’? How much will I, as a Pottermore user, be able to affect the story? After all, hasn’t Harry’s story already been told?
The best way to think of Pottermore is as an interactive, illustrated companion to the books. J.K. Rowling wanted to create a site where her stories could live on and where readers could explore them in a new way. In addition to discovering new material from J.K. Rowling about Harry’s world, you’ll be able to interact with key story Moments (the Sorting Hat sequence, for example) and upload your own comments, thoughts and artwork for all the characters, objects and places that you come across.

So Pottermore isn’t a massively multiplayer online role-playing game like World of Warcraft, or a social network game like Farmville?
No. While there will be some simple games you can play (you’ll be able to brew potions, for example), Pottermore is very much about the books: being able to experience Harry’s story in a new way and discover all the additional information that J.K. Rowling has written.

Isn’t there a House Cup that we compete for by earning points?
Yes, there is. As you progress through the story you’ll also be able to earn house points – and once you get to the end of the first book you can carry on earning points to help your house win the House Cup.

Would you say Pottermore is a social network for fans of Harry Potter?
Not really. Pottermore isn’t trying to compete with sites like Facebook or the Harry Potter forums and fan sites that are already out there. Once you’ve signed up to Pottermore you’ll be able to find and invite your Facebook friends (if you’re over thirteen) and leave comments in your house common room and the Great Hall, but Pottermore isn’t a social networking site where you can share personal information or chat in forums.

I saw the Sony logo at the top of Pottermore.com. What’s Sony’s involvement with the site?
Sony is the primary partner of Pottermore. They have been consulted and involved in the development of the site experience and will offer a range of products and services to Pottermore users.

Is Pottermore the Harry Potter encyclopedia?
J.K. Rowling has written exclusive new material especially for Pottermore giving unique insights, back stories and additional information about the characters, places and objects in the Harry Potter series. For now, Pottermore is the only place you’ll be able to find new information from J.K. Rowling about Harry’s world, and we’ll be releasing this material as each of the seven books appears on the site.

Once I’ve been sorted, will I be able to change houses?
J.K. Rowling has created a series of questions for the Sorting Hat, and how you answer these questions will determine which of the four houses you’ll be in. Once you’ve been sorted, you won’t be able to change; the Sorting Hat’s decision is final!

What formats will the ebooks be available in? Will I be able to read them on my iPad/Sony eReader/Kindle…?
The Pottermore Shop is due to open in October. Our aim is to offer the ebooks in an as many formats as possible. We’ll provide more information closer to the time.

I’ve submitted my email to the Pottermore website – does this mean I’m registered with Pottermore.com?
Not yet. If you’ve submitted your email address to the site, we’ll use it to let you know when site registration is open to everyone. In other words, once you’ve received an email from us, you’ll be able to visit Pottermore.com and complete the registration process.

What’s going to happen on 31 July?
We don’t want to ruin the surprise but something will be happening on Pottermore.com on 31 July. Come back to the site, or keep an eye on the Pottermore Insider and our Pottermore Twitter feed for details.

Is the Pottermore Owl Twitter account official?
No, it’s not – but we kind of wish we’d thought of it!

Pottermore's Official Blog “Insider” Posts New Article: “You Ask

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About (Late) Last Night: Daniel Radcliffe is not too cool for his

 

Legions of “Harry Potter” fans swarmed movie theaters around the planet this past weekend, propelling “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows — Part 2,” the final installment in the lengthy franchise, to a record-breaking $475 million in global ticket sales.

For Daniel Radcliffe, who has spent half his life playing the boy wizard, the phenomenon never gets old. On “The Daily Show” Monday night, host Jon Stewart asked the star, who’s currently starring in the Broadway revival of “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying,” if he ever gets jaded. 

“No, not at all. That’s what’s kind of cool, I think that’s what’s great about the series is the fact that we haven’t gotten jaded,” he said. “It’s kind of hard to get jaded when you’re a 14-year-old and you get to do scenes with Gary Oldman.”

“As a 14-year-old, being jaded is in many ways your job,” Stewart quipped.

Radcliffe confessed, “I don’t think I’ve ever been particularly good at that.” He also expressed his particular appreciation for “Harry Potter’s” enthusiastic, unrepentantly nerdy fans: “I think what’s lovely about the ‘Potter’ fans is this does not apply to them in the slightest. I’m always amazed when I meet a person my own age who’s kind of enthusiastic and excited, I always latch on to them … .” 

In fact, Radcliffe confessed to his own slightly embarrassing viewing habits. He said he’s a big fan of cartoons, including “The Mighty B!” starring his neighbor, Amy Poehler, and even “SpongeBob SquarePants,” which he used to watch before going onstage in “Equus,” a play about a man who is sexually obsessed with horses — as one does.

“This girl asked me at the opening-night party, ‘How do you prepare for this show?’ and like really obviously wanted me to say, ‘Oh well, I sit in the stable for a couple of days, talking to myself,’” Radcliffe joked. “And I was like, ‘Well, I watch SpongeBob 3 till 4.’”

Stewart then gave Radcliffe the opportunity to field questions from “Potter” fanatics at a recent Quidditch tournament. 

“Do you feel any guilt at all for my ongoing virginity?” asked one. Another wondered whether Radcliffe knew ”any anti-wedgie spells.”  

Alas, the answer is “no.” 

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Oh dear…first? Oh to the M to the G.

Next lesson for Potter? An explanation of hacker versus hackee.

Its sad that some people are just beaten over the head with the truth, and yet they still demand lower taxes for the rich etc…
And claim that it will solve everything.

Would that be the fiscally conservative party that’s $17.5 million in the red? Apparently even they aren’t get any trickle-down boost (insert your own scatological joke here. I can’t be arsed).

By the way something, Re-pube-lickins and Tea Party baboons, not raising the debt ceiling isn’t like missing a Visa payment. It’s like those “strategic defaults” that so many have decried as reprehensible. Except, of course, y’all have neglected to find a new place for us to live when we get foreclosed upon. Smooth, baby, smooth.

“Is there a spell for making your opponents think they are compromising when they are really giving up?”

Yes, yes there is, it’s called Bipartisanship.

Bipartisanship = Corporations Win

Hehe, funny.

One small detail that is obvious to a kindergardener: giving and taking are distinct concepts. You may want to consider that sometimes.

Republicans as fiscal conservatives? No that’s fantasy!

Wait, wait!

Does this mean Marcus Bachmann is represented by Madam Professor Dolores Jane Umbridge?

A Wiccan Republican candidate? Yeah thet’ll be the day.

Bipartisanship as Obama “bargaining” and faux-Clinton “triangulation”:

Obama:
We need to end the failed Bush tax cuts and a majority of Americans have my back on this is.

Republicans: No!

Obama: awww shucks….ok.

Republicans cut spending until it comes to military welfare, I mean spending.

Based on the right’s logic the best way for a family to balance their check book isn’t just to spend less but also take in less. So the parents should quit their jobs, that will cause an increase in household income!

Harry Potter in this comic is played by Mo of Dykes to Watch Out For

One small detail that is obvious to a kindergardener: giving and taking are distinct concepts. You may want to consider that sometimes.

Are you sure you want to compare yourself to a kindergartner?

Here’s a hint: taxes need to be collected BEFORE you can justify the concept of private property. You need legislative, judicial, and executive apparata to define and enforce property rights before they exist. Taxation isn’t theft. Theft is theft. The primary purpose of taxation is to prevent theft.

Libertarian philosophy makes me think of someone finding a bicycle and getting really excited that when they spin the wheel the pedals move.

Lowering taxes to get higher governmnet revenue has worked in Sweden. But you need to start with a severly over taxed society and lower taxes for lower or under middle class people that actually respond with working more.

USA is not over taxed like Sweden were after an about 20 year long period of fairly concentrated socialism and USA has lowered the taxes for high income people that dont work more but are supposed to “trickle down” wealth.

Trickle down is a weird concept. I figuer wealth is built bottom up, most people need to be productive for a society to build wealth.

Taxes are theft under the threat of violence. Tax breaks do not equal giving money to the rich. People who don’t pay any, or very little, taxes (the majority of Americans) should stop whining about how the rich are not paying their “fair share”. Many seem to want free health care, free education, free this, free that, and “the rich” should have to pay for it, why? This sense of entitlement is the true problem with our culture.

Trickle down is a weird concept.

Trickle down is economic “theory” on par with young earth creationism.

Trickle down could work if not for a few pesky realities . . . such as

1. The US economy is not a closed system. Putting more money into somebody’s pocket here, does not guarantee the money will be spent here. Long and short of it is, plenty of rich folks are investing their money overseas instead of in the US, and that does not translate into wealth “trickling down”.

2. What trickle down will do, is create a larger and larger service class of people, because basic services like food and housekeeping and so forth, the rich will still need domestic workers to provide. But they will do everything in their power to drive down the wages paid to these service workers. End result is job creation, but not jobs that anyone can live on.

3. There is a natural tendency to hoard wealth, not go out and blow it all so it can “trickle down”. The upper class is good at this, which is why most of the upper class is second, third or fourth generation richies. They find ways to pass their wealth down to their kids, and this is natural, none of us would want our kids to potentially be poor someday. Unfortunately, Uncle Sam used to at least be able to take a bite out of these inheritence transactions and get some revenue from that, but excise and estate taxes have been largely gutted over the past decade.

4. Cutting taxes on capital gains supposedly encourages more investment, but all it really does, is reduce the incentive to go long on smart investment, and encourages silly and dangerous speculation. The end result is the kind of bubble-based economy we now have, where the rich basically make all their money playing the market roller coaster, not building solid, productive companies.

The tax cuts enacted by George Bush have certainly worked wonders. Maybe for somebody else’s economy more than ours but hey.

BARKEEP, ANOTHER ROUND!

Bipartisanship = Corporations Win

Only in those instances where the corporations have more money than other political interests.

Oh, wait…

And when someone walks off with your property, you of course will not expect help from the police and the courts, because those are fueled by the evil taxes.

Taxes are theft under the threat of violence. Tax breaks do not equal giving money to the rich. People who don’t pay any, or very little, taxes (the majority of Americans) should stop whining about how the rich are not paying their “fair share”. Many seem to want free health care, free education, free this, free that, and “the rich” should have to pay for it, why? This sense of entitlement is the true problem with our culture.

The alternative view is that taxes are the cost of living in a stable society in which private property is largely respected, and in which the force of law is applied to protect private property when it is not respected. Large amounts of money are not made in a vacuum; if you get rich, it is in part because you are part of a society that has enabled you to get rich. Taxes are the price of living in such a society.

A society with no taxes also has no legislature to write laws to protect private property, no judicial system to adjucate private property disputes, and no executive system to physically protect private property and its owners.

Welfare states are intended to protect rich folks from desperately poor people by minimizing the number of desperately poor people. Bear that in mind before throwing the poor folks under the bus. Some day they might not be so shy about doing the same to you.

I’d rather pay for a security service of my own choice, that actually cares about client satisfaction, instead of the one-size-fits-all government monopoly on those services. Surely you have never had something stolen from you, or else you would know how little the police actually care, and the chance of them actually recovering said property.

and when someone wants to dump used motor oil in your drinking water to save a few cents, or tries putting melamine in your chinese baby food, naturally you feel that it’s an obscene waste of money to hire someone to keep them from doing it, right?

Totally, right. I mean it’s working wonders in Somolia.

I’m looking forward to the first ad saying “My name is … and I am a witch!”

Obvious 16 year old libertarian troll is obvious.

Maybe you should actually investigate the history of governments in “Somolia” before you try using it as an example. Here’s a hint to start you on your research, it’s spelled Somalia.

Indeed, my point is entirely without merit because of a spelling error. The shining example of libertarian governance that is Somalia is certainly preferable to that socialist hellscape of Sweden. I concede the argument to you, good sir.

This sense of entitlement is the true problem with our culture.

If there’s a sense of entitlement it’s among the wealthiest Americans who pay a smaller percentage of their taxes than the rest of yes, and have been increasingly been paying less and less for decades. I’d say the bigger problem is an infantile selfishness, a delusional sense of self importance, and an addiction to fantasy ideas about free markets. If the world goes Mad Max and tribal, I can assure you that annoying libertarians will be the first uncooperative, unhelpful, useless tribe members to be exiled from the warmth and shelter of the camp. Left to freeze in the snow or rot in the desert.

Perhaps the libertarians actually mean to refer to the legendary and paradisiacal original capitalist homeland of Semolia – you know, where all the semolians are thought to come from.

Gee, I post that, and then I immediately come across this on the newsfeed:

http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/07/19/us-africa-drought-idUSTRE76I48B20110719

…and now I feel bad about even indirectly joking about that area… truly rotten news.

People keep using the term libertarian. I don’t think that word means what you think it means.

On trickle-down theory:

I think that a certain sector of society feel that it would only truly work if it were urine instead of money.

Trickle-down economics = the wealthy pissing on the poor.

OR

Trickle-down economics is the rich saying “we have all of the wealth and power. If we happen to drop any crumbs, they’re all yours. Unless we’re attached to those crumbs, in which case we’ll stomp on your face if you dive for it.”

The problem with this comic, and discussion on economics in general is that very few people seem to understand so called “vodoo” economics. The truth is that there is very little debate as that the principles demonstrated in the laffer curve are real. They are real, the disagreement isn’t on whether there is a maximum revenue point beyond which the government actually looses revenue by disrupting the economy too much. The disagreement is on where that point is.

Most of the people arguing for so called “reganomics” are either arguing that the laffer’s fulcrum lies somewhere below current tax rates (unlikely) or that current tax rates are immoral (a different discussion).

Actually rich people pay more in taxes as a percentage of their income. Checkout the handy chart in this article http://motherjones.com/mojo/2010/04/who-pays-taxes

I have no desire to see America go “Mad Max and tribal”, I’d be quite content to have the amount of civilization we had in say, 1978, when federal spending was about 18% of GDP compared with the current 24%.

I’d be delighted to let you take more from the rich if we get the total “take” back to its historic post-WW2 normal level.

And we had that kind of security service one time. It was called the Pinkerton National Detective Agency, and it was very good at satisfying it’s customers. The problem was that it put satisfying it’s customers above everything else, including the actual guild or innocence of the people it’s customers wanted dealt with. It got bad enough that there’s actually a Federal law on the books prohibiting the Federal government from hiring anyone who works for Pinkterton.

We moved to government-operated police agencies because of a general consensus that there were things that ought to be more important to the police than satisfying their customers, eg. making sure the people they were prosecuting were the people who appear to have done it and insuring that the accused had an honest opportunity to see the evidence against them, respond to it and generally defend themselves. Things which tend to horribly annoy the people who’d want to hire private security, because they interfere with getting on with punishing whoever they think did it.

Anon @ 4:

Is the current debt ceiling, failure to raise which you believe will bring crisis, the same debt ceiling which every Democratic senator voted against raising in 2006?

Or have those two words come to mean the diametric opposite of what they meant five years ago??

Given the number of posters on this thread who fail to grasp the concept that there are many, many options intermediate between “the Democratic party’s budget” and “Mad Max in Somalia”, I tend to doubt that economic alternatives are likely to be seriously addressed here.

Wait a minute….perhaps there are no such options after all, since in the last two years, the Democrats have not proposed a budget!! So maybe it is nihilism versus nihilism…..

I don’t see anybody defending the Democrats budget but I *do* see people calling taxes “theft” and talking about private security forces. The Democrats aren’t much better than the Republicans.

Thanks for that link. I’m having a difficult discussion with a gentleman on another website who, like the man mentioned in the article, refuses to see the matter in context and thinks that 50% of the population pay no taxes whatsoever.

Entitlement? The rich earn their money because of the society we have put in place. The rich are lucky to be able to profit so much. The entitlement of earnings is that of the rich, not the poor.

Without a working society the rich could not exist via ethical means.

I live in communist Finland. I’d be happy to pay taxes at rate 60% if I’d make 75k(€). Sure, goverment can be a bitch and makes wrong decisions often. The alternative to me is much scarier. (In Finland) people don’t seem to understand that fex. addicts who live on welfare would get their money one way or the other. Welfare is small price to pay for safe streets where small children can walk 2km to school without fear or that you can go on a binge and passout in our capital without your organs harvested. Something like 85% of our violent crimes are done drunk and against friends. Also, our high school-uni-college students actually get money for studying.

I think that the greatest threat to Finnish society are politicians and their friend CEOs who try to steer this place to Americanism. (I envy and respect many aspects of America but money and politics)

Trickle Down

What? You still HAVE beer money?! Bourgeois swine!!!

The somalian life expectancy, infant mortality, gdp, access to internet etc. improved after the collapse of the socialist regime, that had to be upheld by soviet support. The return to local tribal tradition in somali societies was ofcourse against the anglocentric ideology of UN, and the it tried to force seperate groups under one dominant group to upheld old western imperial concepts of “Somalia”, unified under one rule and divided from other people by borders. Ofcourse the groups resisted, as they knew the misery the old regime had imposed. This made the extremist islamist(funded by US foreign “aid”) more welcome as an opposing force against western forces.

The somalians may seem backward to modern americans, but at least they are not waging five simultanious imperialistic wars aroud the globe. Maybe Obama could cut some spending by ending those unneccessary wars?

OK, then let’s try to climb out of the silos and reach a compromise. First question:

How much of our current 1.45T budget deficit should be eliminated by spending cuts, and how much by higher taxes on the rich?

Yes, it was a paradise when I was there over 15 years ago. Burnt-out cars lining the streets, power poles with no wires because they were torn down and had their copper harvested and the local rule of law (I have a gun, do what I say) worked wonders. It is backwards, barbaric and utterly without merit. Tell me, would you want to be the richest man in Somalia or the poorest man in Finland?

Think real hard.

Bring tax rates up to what they were under Eisenhower, stop hemorrhaging cash in 3 wars, drastically cut the defense budget, tax speculative trading, start closing all corporate tax loops. Just a few things for starters.

Also, I’m suspicious of your tax percentage numbers. That said, regardless, we know that the tax burden on those that are not wealthy is tougher than it is on the extremely wealthy. For example taking the exact same percentage away from a wealthy person doesn’t affect their actual wealth and prosperity in anyway like it does for a working class person.

I’ll refer you to the “tax challenge” that Warren Buffet gave to his fellow Forbes’ listers, of which all have cowered away from:

He told Brokaw: “I’ll bet a million dollars against any member of the Forbes 400 who challenges me that the average (federal tax rate including income and payroll taxes) for the Forbes 400 will be less than the average of their receptionists.”

http://www.cnbc.com/id/21708265/Warren_Buffett_s_Fellow_Billionaires_Don_t_Bite_on_Million_Dollar_Tax_Challenge

Glad it was of use. Another article I love is on factcheck. http://factcheck.org/2011/07/fiscal-factcheck/

They go through and show spending and tax revenue’s as a percentage of GDP. It’s a great read to get an idea of what exactly has happened. tl;dr We’re spending more than ever while taking in less taxes than ever.

That’s not the question I asked.

The question I asked was “How much of our current 1.45T budget deficit should be eliminated by spending cuts, and how much by higher taxes on the rich?”

You tell me how much needs to come from the rich, and I’ll show you from the IRS data how far down the income scale we have to go, and what percentage the taxes have to go up, in order to get the requisite billions.

As I have said here before, I’ll gladly go back to the Eisenhower tax code. The whole Eisenhower tax code, not just the top marginal rate.

And no one is more in favor of eliminating corporate loopholes than me. I want one flat rate on all corporate profits, regardless of what the industry does, and no sweetheart subsidies or loans for politically-connected companies. We could easily lower our overall corporate tax rate to the level found in China or in Canada if we got rid of the cronyism.

The source for taxes as a percentage of income is the director of the Congressional Budget Office:

http://cboblog.cbo.gov/?p=2371

Oh, and I forgot….

stop hemorrhaging cash in 3 wars

I think we’ll have to get Dubya and Cheney out of the White House to accomplish that, don’t you??


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Latest Pottermore blog post includes secret that hints at beta

Latest Pottermore blog post includes secret that hints at beta sign-up process

In true Harry Potter spirit, the Pottermore Insider blog post that we told you about earlier has secret text hidden within it that appears to hint at how the Pottermore beta sign-up will work.

The text below can only be seen when looking at the HTML of the post. It’s hidden right before the “What’s going to happen on July 31st?” question:

Remember, to get into Hogwarts you must have magical ability…

The text links to a QA by J.K. Rowling from the year 2000.

Our guess? The beta sign-up won’t be a simple “enter your e-mail and you’re registered” type of deal. What are your theories?

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