Silicon Valley is Star City

May 17, 2012 - By admin

May 17, 2012

By John Seiler

Why do young nerds angling to be the next Steve Jobs still flock to Silicon Valley? That’s where Mark Zuckerberg transplanted Facebook, which he started in his Harvard dorm room. Facebook’s IPO this week pegs its value at around $100 billion.

But the Facebook owners are being gouged by the bankrupt state of California for $2 billion. If they had moved instead to Austin, Tex., or Seattle, Wash., they would have paid no state income or capital gains taxes. If they had moved to the Cayman Islands, Singapore or another tax haven and renounced their citizenship — as co-founder Eduardo Saverin has done — they could have avoided even most of the 35 percent U.S. income tax and 15 percent capital gains tax.

California also has numerous preposterous laws people and companies must follow, from banning the use of cell phones in cars to banning smoking almost everywhere. Well, I suppose the young gearheads don’t smoke — cigarattes, anyway.

My theory is that Silicon Valley is like Star City was in the old Soviet Union. If you were a budding young cosmonaut aspirant in the Soviet bloc, that was the place to be. According to Wikipedia,

Cosmonauts of the Russian Federal Space Agency, and the Soviet space program before it, have lived and trained in Star City since the 1960s. In the Soviet era the location was a highly secret and guarded military installation, access to which was severely restricted.”

There was no question of defecting to the West. Sure, you maybe could escape across the border and be given asylum in the United States. The FBI would debrief you about your knowledge of the Soviet space program. You’d be given a new identity as Ivan Smithsky in Dubuque. You’d be a free person. But no way they’d let you become an American astronaut.

So you were stuck in Star City. The amenities there made it worthwhile. Unlike the subsistence living scraped out by most Soviets in the workers’ paradise, you would be given the best food and drink, a decent apartment or house, culture and entertainment, even access to banned literature the Soviet bosses winked at. They knew you weren’t going anywhere. You also had to put up with pervasive secrecy and being spied on.

The weather? Much better in Silicon Valley, of course. No Russian winters. But if you were a Russian wanting to be a cosmonaut, you grew up with the winters. And if you stuck with the program, retirement would be in the Crimea, with California-style weather and great local wines.

People will do almost anything to get what they want. They’ll put up with socialism, whether the Soviet or California kind.

That’s why Silicon Valley will continue attracting high-IQ future Jobses and Zuckerbergs. For as long as anyone reading this is alive.

For most of the rest of us, it’s Moscow circa 1970, Jerry Brown as Leonid Brezhnev, but with great weather.

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  1. Beelzebub says:

    “People will do almost anything to get what they want. They’ll put up with socialism, whether the Soviet or California kind”

    And human beings will turn a blind eye to the truth – even if they are paid to report it. heh. This happened in the Soviet Union and now it is happening in America. When the regular media (TV, newspapers, etc…) begins to CONCEAL the truth from the citizens you can be CERTAIN that you no longer live in a free society.

    The latest is what the non-MSM Breitbart has reported. A publisher listed an Obama bio back in 1991 when he was authoring and selling books. This bio was released to tens of thousands of people. It clearly says Obama was born in KENYA!!! And it was distributed by said publisher all the way to 2007!!! HAH! :D

    So you Obama supporters can’t have it both ways now. If you disagree with the birthers and with the scientific/forensic investigation by law enforcement that Obama’s BC and selective service card are FRAUDS you must at least agree that the Obama bio was a big fat lie. And to claim that Obama didn’t know about the bio’s distribution for 16 years….well…..pull my other thumb too!!! HAH!

    Which begs another question. Obama has REFUSED to release any of his college records. Did Obama receive FOREIGN STUDENT AID while attending Occidental, Columbia or Harvard??? hmmmmm???? Obama claims to be an American citizen. If he got foreign student aid that would be called “FRAUD”, wouldn’t it??? Time to come clean – Obama. Show us your college records – all of them!!!! HAH!! And Obama was going to be the “transparent POTUS”, wasn’t he??? HAH!!! :D

    I bet you won’t see this reported on CNN, MSNBC, NBC, CBS, ABC, or in any of the mainstream newspapers!!! HAH! PROVE ME WRONG MAINSTREAM MEDIA!!!! HAH! :D

    RIP, Andrew Breitbart. Sorry you weren’t able to see this release:

    http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2012/05/17/The-Vetting-Barack-Obama-Literary-Agent-1991-Born-in-Kenya-Raised-Indonesia-Hawaii

  2. Rex The Wonder Dog! says:

    But the Facebook owners are being gouged by the bankrupt state of California for $2 billion. If they had moved instead to Austin, Tex., or Seattle, Wash., they would have paid no state income or capital gains taxes. If they had moved to the Cayman Islands, Singapore or another tax haven and renounced their citizenship — as co-founder Eduardo Saverin has done — they could have avoided even most of the 35 percent U.S. income tax and 15 percent capital gains tax.

    The talent in Texas is NOT the top talent you have in Silicon Valley. They had to be in Silicon Valley because that is where the best and brightest software developers are.

    So yes, the taxes would have been lower, but there is no way Facebook would have prospered and been the Facebook we know if it were anywhere but Silicon valley.

  3. Beelzebub says:

    IMO Facebook is a flash in the pan. I personally wouldn’t touch Facebook stock with a 100 foot pole. How do they make their money? Advertising. Do you think newspaper websites make lots of money off advertising? That answer would be ‘no’. So why would Facebook be a long-termed success? You might be able to make a few dollar day trading the stock if you choose the right direction to go. But long termed? Not IMO. But what the hell do I know? I’m just another cynical slob who’s been jaded by a society that favors leeches over producers in 2012. Everybody’s looking for an easy buck. And if they can somehow swindle it from the other guy they are considered ‘intelligent’! HAH! :D

  4. Donkey says:

    Rex!! I see you are still at war with the RAGWUS! Does OCobserver ever come around? :)

  5. Beelzebub says:

    Strange that Hillary’s people didn’t find the publisher’s bio on Obama when she ran in the democrat primary for pres against Obama. Hell, it was only used from 1991-2007! heh. Pretty hard to find, eh??? No surprise that he gave her the Sec of State job afterwards. Probably for keeping her mouth shut, eh??? heh. Why isn’t this story being reported in the mainstream news? Absolutely nothing. And it should be reported. The citizens and voters have a right to FACTS so that they can draw their own conclusions and make intelligent choices in our so-called democratic elections.

    Why, you ask??? I’ll tell you why. The nation has been PRAVDATIZED. That’s why. ;)

  6. Donkey says:

    Beelz, the “media elite” have their own agenda when it comes to the future of America and it has nothing to do with freedom, justice, or liberty.

    People like OBAMA(One Big Ass Mistake America) have no core values of decency or honor. Nor do most in the mainstream media. Nor do most of the sociopathic politicians we have today.

    We are from a time when we trusted in our leaders to do what was right, and doing what was right was following the Constitution, controling the urge to usup power, and seeking to protect the liberty of the individual from the tyranny of government.

    The RAGWUS is now out in the open and we can plainly see what the likes of Robert Rizzo, Pat McKinly, and the rest of the trough feeders have been up to while the private sector citizens have slept. ;)

  7. Beelzebub says:

    Does Michelle Obama know where her husband was born??? heh

    Watch this:

    What the hell’s going on in this country???

    Do we have a fricken Constitution anymore?

  8. Beelzebub says:

    “Beelz, the “media elite” have their own agenda when it comes to the future of America and it has nothing to do with freedom, justice, or liberty”

    I don’t think people understand the significance of this, Mr. Donkey.

    You see, without a ‘free press’ you no longer live in a ‘free society’. Freedom is only a word with no practical or relevant meaning. Liberty has been stolen from us. I have given examples time and time again of how the mainstream media (where the large majority of Americans get their news) has concealed or outright LIED to the public about various events or situtations of a political nature. This is not America, Mr. Donkey.

    We have been hijacked and PRAVDATIZED.

    I challenge anyone to debate me on that statement. I caution you first. I have all the evidence required to back up my claim.

  9. Beelzebub says:

    “I challenge anyone to debate me on that statement. I caution you first. I have all the evidence required to back up my claim”

    Well, it’s going on 4 hours since I posted the challenge? No takers?

    I rest my case.

  10. Beelzebub says:

    Orly Taitz was right afterall, wasn’t she?

    Michelle Obama just confirmed it.

    And the Obamabots just pummeled Taitz’ character repeatedly for the last couple years. But Orly turned out to be right on target. We have many proof sources now that confirm it.

    Those who insulted, ridiculed and called Taitz vulgar, vile names should all get down on their hands and knees and beg for her forgiveness.

  11. Beelzebub says:

    Orly is running for the Senate against Crimestein.

    I endorse her.

    I suggest you vote for her.

    I approve this endorsement. :D

  12. Beelzebub says:

    Boy, Facebook stock really skyrocketed on it’s opening debut, eh??? heh. Up a whole $0.08 on the trading day even with all the sheeple buying it. PT Barnum told us years ago that there’s another sucker born every minute. Watch the movement on this stock if you disbelieve him.

  13. Beelzebub says:

    Looks like at least one State still believes in the US Constitution. The Secretary of State in Arizona has threatened to pull the long-legged mac daddy from the presidential ballot unless the State of Hawaii confirms that they have his long-form BC on file. Strange that the pres just won’t release it, eh??? What’s to hide? And no, his fake BC posted on the WH web site is not his long form BC. It is a scanned document. So please don’t go there. A 6 mos long scientific and forensic investigation has already shown it to he a fraudulent representation of Obama’s BC. Thank God we still have at least ONE state in the union that believes in the US Constitution! You go, Arizona! You are my kinda people!!! :D

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