Blog

Bush Tax Cut

Very interesting table from the Tax Policy Center about how the Bush tax cut of last year would affect the rich and the poor after it is all phased in. Overall, the change in after-tax income will be 1.8%. The richest 1% get 4.5% however. The worst-off: those in the bottom 20% as well as the top 10% minus the top 1%. That’s curious indeed. (Courtesy of Max Sawicky)

France

As CalPundit says, nobody in the US likes France. And it’s not just about politics. As a French friend of mine, now settled in the US, jokingly said, “France is a nice place but beware of those French people.” When we were going to France in the summer, everyone we knew told us how rude the French are and that they don’t speak English even when they know the language. That would have been a disaster for us since my French vocabulary is limited to about 10-20 words. We were pleasantly surprised though by the politeness of people in Paris and in the the Loire valley. People made an effort to communicate even if their English was not much better than my French. At the car rental, nobody knew English, but another customer who was French and was laving was considerate enough to translate.

Then there was the incident about a pick-pocket stealing my wife’s wallet at Versailles. Both the tourism office and police were very polite and helpful. What’s more, we got a letter about a month after returning that the wallet was found and we got everything back except for some small amount of cash.

What Christian Theologian Are You?

“Sin is incurable by the strength of man, nor does free will have any validity here,
so that even the saints say: ‘The evil which I do not wish, this I do.’ ‘You are not doing the
things which you wish.’ ‘Since my loins are filled with illusions,’ etc.”

You are Martin Luther!
Yeah, you have a way of letting everyone know how you
feel, usually with Bible quotes attached, and will think your way through the issues, although
sometimes you make no sense! You aren’t always sure of yourself, and you can change your mind about
things, something you actually consider a strength. You can take solitude, especially with some music.

What theologian are you?

A creation of Henderson

Who am I?

I am a graduate student in engineering at a public school in the Southeast US. My research interests are in image and video analysis, computer vision and graphics. Other than research and teaching, I like to camp and hike, travel and take photographs with my digital camera. I am also very much into science fiction, history, politics and international affairs.

Blogroll

I just added a blogroll to the left of the blogs I read. As you can see, most of them deal with politics. I am very interested in politics and international affairs and waste a lot of time reading about it instead of working on my research. You’ll probably also notice that I am a liberal, though I do like reading conservative and libertarian blogs. My favorite conservative blog is Volokh Conspiracy. Eugene Volokh, a Law Professor at UCLA, is good and argues his points very convincingly. One of my favorite libertarian blogs is Jim Henley’s Unqualified Offerings whose Washington DC sniper coverage is the best there is.

Leonid Meteor Shower

So I got up at 3am on tuesday to go see the Leonid meteor shower. Since I live close to downtown Atlanta, I drove up to the Red Top Mountain State Park to get away from the city lights. Unfortunately, we had 100% cloud cover and so I saw nothing. There was a big crowd there, all of whom went away disappointed. I did have my camera with me and took some nice pictures of Allatoona lake. So here’s one:

Allatoona Lake
 

Which Founding Father Are You?

George Washington

Which Founding Father Are You?