Auckland Mayor Len Brown pushes Poll tax as distraction mechanism

via Newstalk ZB

via Newstalk ZB

3 News report

“Local government rates are generally speaking pretty complex, and I defy anyone to try and explain them,” [Mayor Len] Brown said on Firstline this morning.

“The first thing you need in a good taxation system is simplicity. Secondly, you really need fairness and you need a reasonable link to your ability to pay.”

Len Brown calling for fairness and simplicity.

Mr Brown says the council over the next six to 12 months will take a look at the alternatives, and hopes to spark a debate on the issue.

“I think there’s a general view on local government in New Zealand? that we have a real genuine assessment of the options and the alternatives out there, whether or not it’s some link to GST, or some link to some type of income tax arrangement.”

Last year rates went up an average of 2.9 percent, about three times higher than inflation.

Hopes to spark debate.

We had the Spark debate when Telecom announced its new name.

We are still having a debate about Len Brown’s integrity, infidelity and trustworthiness

The distractions aren’t going to work Len.

Step down Len Brown.



Tonight You Belong to Me

How casinos pick your pockets…quickly

via Andrew Sullivan

Casinos are very good at relieving you of your cash…quickly. It isn’t just the odds which are stacked in their favour either…they use other more scientific means to assist in emptying your pockets.

There’s a well-known study by Shiv and Fedorikhin showing that if you tax people’s working memory by making them remember a 7-digit string of numbers, people are more likely to make a less-optimal decision (they chose to eat chocolate cake versus the more healthy fruit salad option).

What most people don’t report is that this effect only held true if the participants had to make a quick, snap-decision. If they had time to think about it then they were more likely to choose the healthy option despite the memory load. We need to?keep?people distracted. …

Why do you think there are so many bright lights and loud noises in casinos?

Why do you think slot machines make so much sound when they pay out? These noises are?relevant distractors. They capture your attention, they charge up your emotions, and they get you to think that you too can win big! They get you to play more fast and loose.