We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
That's interesting, because I recently read a piece about tax policy which referred to taxpayers as "tax units." I guess that's how bureaucrats think. Are you an income unit, an expense unit, or neither?
"In the UK, criminals and cyber bullies to be banned from the web"
And it's about time! Someone actually dared to disagree with something I said the other day in a political post, and all I could think was, "He's cyberbullying me! There ought to be a law!"
As a small side question, can an entire country actually be certified as 'legally insane'?
It's to note, though, that our own Congress is trying to do the same thing to us when it comes to copyright infringement. Like, some video file-sharing site is designed for people putting up videos of their kids playing in the back yard, some asshat posts a 1-minute clip from some copyrighted Hollywood movie at 3 in the morning and boom! Down goes the site. There are two possible bills being considered, 'Protect IP' and 'SOPA'. There's an article on it here, although, as you can well imagine, there are a zillion similar articles out there on the subject.
I'm going to post a movie review sometime next week and, like usual, will be including a short clip from it. If either of those two acts were in place, Maggie's would be toast within the hour. Unlike the Feds spending months chasing down pirating web sites, this is different. One complaint and they simply head to IP Central and pull the plug.
On the other hand, it could be worse. You could live in New York City. Bloomberg is such a jerk. And the real kicker? He's actually thinking of running for president, hoping to collar the nomination during the August convention. Yeah, Mike, that'll turn out well.
1 - It is all about control. The whole DRM and SOPA is a side show. It is an opening for politicians to control the one thing that causes them the most grief - the free and open exchange of information on the internet. They cannot control their messages, thus they must control the medium.
2 - The next debate is December 3rd - FOX News and Huckabee - candidate "forum" or debate if you will. Check your email.
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IRAs have been oversold, it's true, but it should come as no surprise to anyone that traditional IRAs are tax-deferred, not tax exempt. Eventually the tax man takes his cut. You can alter the timing somewhat but not the inevitability of the payment of income tax by converting a traditional IRA into a Roth IRA. Personally, I think it is a good time to take a modest flyer with a bit of my Roth IRA assets on risky but potentially high-yielding investments that may offer a very high return over the long term, say in 10 years from now. The market shares of many good companies are undervalued these days. If my modest investment turns golden and the market value rises dramatically, after 5 years sitting in my Roth I will be able to withdraw ALL the proceeds tax free. As for my nest egg of cash, very little of it is in the bank gathering 0% interest while losing value. Mostly it is in government iBonds that are currently yielding as much as 6% tax deferred interest (they are quite a few years old, when the fixed rates on bonds were pegged much higher than they are now).