ilovecharts:

I saw this post going around, and noticed people pointing out two things: a) the minimum wages are not accurate, and b) income tax may be higher in countries with higher minimum wages.

For the first point, I tried to get the most recent minimum wages, which were (in local currency): Australia - $16.37, France - €9.53, New Zealand - $14.25, United Kingdom - £6.31, Canada - $9.95, United States - $7.25, Japan - ¥664. For Canada and Japan, I picked the lowest of the various regional minimum wages.

The second point was far harder to tackle. The calculations use 40-hour weeks and a 50-week year, for someone with no spouse or children. As noted, I included charges that weren’t strictly “income tax”, but France’s Social Security Contribution was a nightmare to figure out, especially since I don’t speak French. My calculation is based on 8% of income going towards SSC, half of it being tax-deductible.

Re-calculating minimum wages didn’t change much, except that Japan’s minimum wage was now lower than in the US. Accounting for tax gave a much more surprising result: USA actually had one of the higher average tax rates out of the seven at 11.92%, more than double that of Canada (5.51%) and Japan (5.00%) which had comparable minimum wages. All this, even though USA is the only country in the group without universal healthcare.

Obviously, this still doesn’t account for factors such as cost of living and tax deductions for families, but it seems pretty clear that Americans on minimum wages are paying far too much tax for far too little income and social security.

 

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everythingsparklywhite:

Clever Tricks To Make Any Wedding So Much Easier

Part I

  • Number your RSVP cards so each one corresponds to a guest. So if someone forgets to put their name or writes illegibly, you will still know who it belongs to.
  • Make an email account specifically for wedding planning. This will help you stay organized and will keep wedding-related emails from getting lost in your inbox. It will also prevent you from being spammed for the rest of your life from all kinds of wedding vendors.
  • Use water + a foam brush to quickly (and painlessly) seal envelopes (so.many.invitations.)
  • Choose a postcard format for your thank you notes and cut out the envelope on the second go round.
  • Use a personalized return address stamp or stickers. It will save you infinite amounts of time and also you can continue to use it after the wedding!

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how-i-met-my-otp:

mysweetcupoftea:

HIMYM AU: Barney finds out that Robin works for S.H.I.E.L.D as Agent Hill (Part 1)

They’re mixing two different universes together and yet it still makes waaay more sense than the finale.

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tokomon:

makingmywaydownmax:

The main reason Rihanna was so unamused during the VMA’s was that she didn’t have Katy Perry by her side

i mean

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she’s only happy 

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if

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there’s

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a katy perry 

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involved

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mybrainisallovertheplace:

dangerhamster:

five-hundred:

And this is why you always reblog RDJ

THEY DON’T TEACH FRENCH IN JAIL

their friendship is adorable

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ruinedchildhood:

What did I just watch

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0nechoice:

THANK YOU, JENNI HERD

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queerliterarysuperhero:

ursxc:

swiftingthrough:

cheekyanthony:

swiftingthrough:

period pains makes me want to jump off a cliff

periods arent that bad you’re overexaggerating

i will bleed on everything you love

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"

Depression does not always mean
Beautiful girls shattering at the wrists
A glorified, heroic battle for your sanity
Or mothers that never got the chance to say good-bye

Sometimes depression means
Not getting out of bed for three days
Because your feet refuse to believe
That they will not shatter upon impact with the floor

Sometimes depression means
That summoning the willpower
To go downstairs and do the laundry
Is the most impressive thing you accomplish that week

Sometimes depression means
Lying on the floor staring at the ceiling for hours
Because you cannot convince your body
That it is capable of movement

Sometimes depression means
Not being able to write for weeks
Because the only words you have to offer the world
Are trapped and drowning and I swear to God I’m trying

Sometimes depression means
That every single bone in your body aches
But you have to keep going through the motions
Because you are not allowed to call in to work depressed

Sometimes depression means
Ignoring every phone call for an entire month
Because yes, they have the right number
But you’re not the person they’re looking for, not anymore

"
— Hannah Nicole (via villere)

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If Margaery Tyrell thinks to cheat me of my hour in the sun, she had bloody well think again.

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everythingsparklywhite:

Anna Campbell

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