Today’s picture, to start off the week, is to show the endless possibilities of a highway that seems to go on forever along Badlands National Park, South Dakota.
Short take on _In Time_:
The movie was relatively entertaining, although a bit too didactic and a little too much of hammering the morals and the theme a little too relentlessly at the expense of plot, characterization and setting.
Cillian Murphy is far and away the best thing in the movie.
The cinematography is good even if most of the movie is an extended chase scene.
While an intriguing premise on the surface, the movie is somewhat lacking for a couple of reasons:
The worldbuilding needed another go around. The basic concept is fine, but the director seems to not have to thought out the consequences of using time as a currency and an implanted one at that without any safeguards. I didn’t find that believable especially since its implied you can steal time from someone who is sleeping.
The security of banks and other places seems awfully weak and easy to break.
There is the hints of a strand of plot involving Cillian Murphy’s character and Justin Timberlake’s long-ago-dead father that really isn’t resolved or dealt with in an effective fashion. It feels like that development arc got cut.
Amanda Seyfried has no real chemistry with Justin Timberlake and, no surprise in Hollywood, has a underdeveloped character.
In Time is a movie long on premise but disappointing on the execution.
A modest proposal: The Pyramid Tax Plan
Studying and listening to the Republicans, both those running for the highest office in the land, and those already holding Congressional offices, tells me that there are two major problems, tax wise, in America today:
1. The poor don’t pay enough taxes. Those lucky duckies don’t pay any tax. How is it fair that 53 percent of Americans pay the taxes for the lazy and shiftless 47 percent?
2. Taxing the rich will kill jobs. They will move away, won’t be job creators, and will Go Galt. We need to get rid of the death tax, too, because heirs of millionaires and billionaires shouldn’t have to pay tax just because their parent died. Its absolutely fair that gifts are taxed, that’s fair and balanced. But inheritance? Why should a windfall such as an inheritance be taxed?
So, better than the 9-9-9 plan or Perry’s plan is my Pyramid Tax plan, that addresses these two major problems.
The key to this plan is simple–the more you make, the less you pay in taxes.
For incomes below the median, we’ll set the tax rate at 35%. Yeah, that’s a tax increase, I admit it–but those shiftless poor lucky duckies aren’t paying their fair share. But read on, and yo will see how it becomes fair.
The genius of the Pyramid Tax plan is that as you rise in income, your tax rate–and not just your marginal rate, decreases. By the time you are making $250,000 a year, the President seemed to like that number back in the 2008 campaign, you will pay ZERO tax on any of your income.
Just think of it. People will be motivated to work harder, longer hours, and more jobs, because they know if they can just get to the next tax bracket, they will be taking home more money. And those poor flooding our country? Well, they’ll change their tune real fast with that 35% tax rate, unless they have skills that will let them make money fast. This will solve the illegal immigration problem in a heartbeat.
Just think of all the jobs Warren Buffett or Paris Hilton can create knowing all of their income is tax free. Just think of the free capital flowing to America. And think–the wealthy and affluent, the people we WANT to immigrate to America, not the poor, will come here in droves.That will stimulate the economy, won’t it? And it will be an honor and a privilege for them to be here. And with the new rules in Citizens United, they can spend lots of money in corporations giving campaign contributions and ads, which will further stimulate the economy.
The Pyramid Tax plan–because America deserves nothing less.
God Bless you and God Bless America.
Two icons of Minneapolis in one picture. Double your fun!
The sculpture is the famous Spoonbridge and Cherry sculpture by Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen. Peeping over the trees to the right is one of the spires of the Basilica of Saint Mary.
Exposure 0.008 sec (1/125)
Focal Length 33 mm
I generally prefer my waterfalls with lots of water coming over them. Spring waterfalls as opposed to fall waterfalls. However, there are advantages, I’ve learned over the years, to seeing waterfalls in the fall. The reduced volume of water allows for an interest contrast of water against rock.
Oh, and yeah, I can take pictures like this. I am standing, ladies and gentlemen, on the precipice of the waterfall. Remember that triangular patch between the two “streams” in my last two pictures? Yeah, I am standing on that for this shot. With water levels relatively low, I was able to get to this spot.
Exposure 0.025 sec (1/40)
Focal Length 18 mm
This is a closeup of the waterfall from yesterday,the High Falls of the Baptism River. This picture was an attempt to emulate Ansel Adams, as I deliberately exposed the picture to put the water in Zone 7, and converted it to monochrome. I also went for as quick of an exposure as I could manage. Not hard, since it was a bright and sunny day.
I used my nifty fifty (which is more like 85 with an APS-C sensor)
Focal Length50 mm
So, I think everyone needs a waterfall. I know I do.
This is the High Falls of the Baptism River at Tettegouche State Park. I took this picture a couple of weeks ago while on my fall color tour. Because we all know I can’t resist a waterfall–and this was before my ankle sprain. (I had plans of doing more waterfalls but the foot scotched those plans).
And let’s finish out our tour of Oberg Mountain nearly where we began. The ridge in the background is Moose Mountain, and again, while it might not be a mountain by the standards of most states, it counts as a mountain in Minnesota. In this shot, I particularly liked how the conifers dot the colored landscape below, poking up as green lines amongst the golds, oranges, yellows and reds.