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I'm just a typical university student, who has something to say.

Sunday, 3 April 2011

Internet Service Providers

They're unreliable and it annoys me as hell. I had no internet for a whole day without any explanation nor information from the ISP. NOTHING.

Friday, 1 April 2011

Capital punishment

It's the ultimate penalty. I think it's necessary.
Lethal injection chamber, San Quentin prison. PD

In Poland there is no death penalty. You can be given at most life imprisonment. Even though you can get out after about 30 years if you behave well. That's insane. A murderer and a rapist can be free again. In most cases, he murders and rape again. He feels lawless, invincible, because he can be free again.
For comparison let's look at tax forgery. A fraud can be given life without the ability to get out for good behaviour. Is this justice? Not at all. This is the state caring of its own business without thinking about its people.

Let's have a look at the penalty-reward system all pedagogy students are being taught. Punishment has to be:
  • Adequate - if the culprit stole something, he has to pay it back + pay a fine as a compensation. If he raped somebody, he should be deprived of the possibility to rape.
  • Proportional - if he stole $10000, he should give it back + pay a fine equal to that. If he stole $500, he should give it back and pay a fine. The first one has to pay $20000, the second $1000. Those penalties are both proportional to their crimes.

So what motivation (positive or negative) for a murderer, a fraud, a robber or a rapist to get better is given when they are imprisoned for life? None. They get even worse through the society inside the prisons.

Enough said. I could spend hours discussing it, but it would be too long and I might uncover the point of this post, which I meant to leave for you: think about it.

ZUS - Social Insurance Institution

This post will be about ZUS. Let's start with a Wikipedia article fragment:

Zakład Ubezpieczeń Społecznych (Social Insurance Institution, abbreviation ZUS) - Polish state-owned organizational unit responsible for social insurance matters, operating since 1934. ZUS is supervised by the Ministry of Labour and Social Policy. Zakład Ubezpieczeń Społecznych carries out following tasks:
  • establishing the entitlement to social insurance benefits,
  • paying-out of social insurance benefits,
  • assessment and collection of social insurance and health insurance contributions and contributions to the Labour Fund and the Fund of Guaranteed Employee Benefits,
  • maintaining individual accounts of the insured and accounts of contribution payers.
ZUS is organized into field organizational units which includes: branches, inspectorates and field offices . The national network of ZUS organizational units includes 325 units, of which 43 branch offices, 216 inspectorates and 66 local offices.

Glorious institution, isn't it? It's just a theory. In reality it's totally different.

Note: everybody must use ZUS' services. It's the law. Obey.
Every time you earn your salaries, the employer has to give you contracted (hypothetically, for simplifying the calculation, but to make the proportions still visible) $2000. But from that money he has to pay some taxes, blah blah blah, and social care/insurance. There's a 20%-$16,7 PIT (Personal Income Tax). Let's calculate:
Base: $2000
PIT: -$383,3
Retirement fund: -$390,40
Other ZUS payments (including social healthcare): - $562,40

All that means: if your salary is $2000, you receive only $664 to your hand. Sad but true. Don't even mention VAT (Value Added Tax) you pay each time you go shopping.

Retirement fund is $390,40. Theoretically: if you work for 40 years (25-65 y.o.) and after that live on a pension for 20 years (65-85 y.o.) you should get $780,80 every month. WRONG! You get at most $400. Where the hell is the rest of your money? ZUS ate it. Literally.

Summary: ZUS is robbing citizens. Because of socialism.

Please notice again: calculation I made are not accurate. They are used only for the realisation of proportions of payment in Poland and the thievery of ZUS.