Here are a few good links to get you through your Saturday. This is an open thread.
Warren Buffett sues America for over-taxation. So much for Mr. “Give me higher taxes, please.” We’ve counter-sued. I hope we win.
NetJets in November sued the U.S., saying the federal government had wrongly imposed taxes, interest and penalties totaling more than $642.7 million.
Claiming the federal Internal Revenue Service wrongfully assessed a so-called ticket tax — an excise tax on payments made in exchange for air transportation — to private aircraft owners maintaining their own planes, the Columbus, Ohio-based company demanded refunds and abatements.
The federal government, in a revised answer and countersuit filed yesterday in federal court in Columbus, rejected NetJets’ claims and alleged that four of the company’s units owe unpaid taxes and penalties.
In a rather frightening development, Iraqi “emo” kids are being stoned to death by the dozens by groups of Sharia-enforcers. WARNING: GRAPHIC photos of stoning victims in this article.
Greta Van Susteren’s activism worked. Louis C.K. cancels gig with Television and radio Correspondents Dinner. Of course, all the dudes in the media are trying to slyly put another misogynistic jab in the storyline by using the nearly universal head line: “Louis C.K. Pulls Out.”
Sean Trende is the Senior Elections Analyst at RealClearPolitics, and I always follow his stuff because he’s smart and balanced. He’s been interviewed for In These Times, which I’m not a big fan of, but they interview is excellent and offers some insights into what’s coming this year.
Here’s a great little editorial article about some social problems with Pinterest. I think this relates to most of social media for most people. Facebook is no different.
I realized yesterday that this is why I dislike so much of Pinterest’s content1. There is something extremely dissociative about Pinterest. I was browsing through pictures people had pinned there, and even though I know some of the people pinning quite personally, their content on Pinterest was distancing and often downright offputting.
Why is it so distancing? It’s distancing because most of the pinning going on isn’t actually about what that individual likes or wants; most of the pinning going on is about what that person perceives others will value. That person on Pinterest will never create those twee mini-cakes with the flawless icing and the tiny, ornate birds made of drizzled chocolate, and they don’t even actually want to, and you, in turn, wouldn’t even actually want to eat them, because fondant is nearly inedible. Those pins are about putting those isolated examples of orderly perfection in relation to ourselves like costumes. If our lives were paper dolls, pins on Pinterest would be the paper clothing bent around us.
And finally, advice we’ve all been looking for: procrastination is a GOOD thing for the creative process. I already knew it, of course.
Hope you enjoy! What are you reading today?
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