Reading Roundup: A Few Good Links

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 Inc., the private-plane company owned by Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway Inc. (BRK/A), was countersued by the U.S. over $366 million in taxes and penalties.

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.

There are also legal issues with the hottest new social media around.

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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27 Responses to Reading Roundup: A Few Good Links

  1. votermom says:

    Just finished reading the first Phryne Fisher mystery, Cocaine Blues, by Kerry Greenwood.

    I was wondering about the copyright implications of pinterest.

  2. Anna Belle says:

    Reblogged this on peacocks and lilies and commented:
    Some great links for Saturday reading over at The Crawdad Hole.

  3. HELENK says:

    http://www.myfoxny.com/dpp/news/marine-seeks-to-adopt-military-dog-20120309

    I just e-mailed my congress person to ask what she could do to make this happen.
    maybe in enough people e-mail the link to their congress people it will happen

  4. votermom says:

    I don’t quite know what to think of this, but I think I don’t like it at all.

    http://www.katu.com/news/local/Parents-sue-hospital-over-wrong-diagnosis-of-Down-syndrome-141129683.html

    PORTLAND, Ore. – Doctors at Legacy Health told a local couple their unborn baby did not have Down syndrome, but now the hospital is facing a multimillion dollar lawsuit after the couple said they based a life-changing decision on wrong results.

    The case is currently being heard in a Multnomah County courtroom.

    According to court documents, the couple’s daughter is now four years old and does have Down syndrome, something, the parents say, will impact all of them for the rest of their lives. The girl’s parents are suing the hospital for $7 million, saying that’s the cost of a lifetime of care.

    The parents say doctors “repeatedly advised” them that a test of their unborn baby “definitely ruled out Down syndrome” and even told them indicators that said otherwise were “not reliable.”

    Based on those results the couple chose to continue the pregnancy and now call the doctors “negligent in their performance, analysis and reporting” of the test results.

    • Lola-at-Large says:

      Oh man, everything going on with Down Syndrome these days is crazy. Dis you know that Downs pregnancies are terminated at an astronomical rate> My cousin is a Down baby, and my aunt keeps up with all that stuff. Because of our technology, we may end up eliminating them from the population altogether.

      But just think how this daughter would feel as an adult if she found out that her parents sued the hospital because they didn’t want her. This is the natural result of the insane and hyper-positive slogan “Every child a wanted child.” It encapsulates unintended consequences in a nutshell.

      • votermom says:

        But just think how this daughter would feel as an adult if she found out that her parents sued the hospital because they didn’t want her.

        That was my thought, and the callous devil’s advocate in my head said “she won’t understand anyway.”

        I think aborting Downs babies does amount to a form of eugenics.

        • mothy67 says:

          When I was an early teen I often envied Eggy as he had such an uncomplicated world view. he could be difficult but he was always sincere. He also reacted to people in a pure way. If he didn’t like someone he didn’t hide it. Nice guy down the street who was every kids favorite made Eggy twitch. Years later Mr nice Guy was proven to not be so much.

      • votermom says:

        Earlier article on the same case.
        http://www.oregonlive.com/news/index.ssf/2009/06/rare_prenatal_testing_case_rai.html

        “wrongful birth”

        This ties into something that has been rattling around in my head – sometimes the things society dreams up of because people are so afraid of pain, suffering, hardship is just bizarre.

        • Lola-at-Large says:

          Whoa, what an offensive term: Wrongful birth. Wonder if they sign on the to the after-birth abortion argument…

    • mothy67 says:

      I was a very sick kid and spent a lot of time in the hospital with a boy named Eggy who had down syndrome. Maybe it was because i was too young to make judgements when he entered my life, but I never viewed him as anything but Eggy . He was perhaps my first friend as we got older our parents lost track of each other so i have no clue what he did after going to a community college. Consider myself blessed by him touching my life so early on. I think it is society and parents being ashamed of their child that is the problem not a kid with ds. I never saw him as ds but rather as Eggy. Sure for his parents he was a handful but please tell me what child is not.

      • votermom says:

        Downs covers a wide range and many DS babies grow up with only minor problems. The Levy kid whose parents sued has mosaic Downs which is usually one of the mildest forms of it.
        The more I read about the case the more I am disgusted with her parents. I wouldn’t be surprised if they spend the money on themselves and their “normal” sons rather than just on caring for the girl with Downs.

        • mothy67 says:

          Maybe its because I knew Eggy at such an early age but for some reason I meet people all the time with down syndrome children. Most likely because I am not shocked or offering some kind of pity instead just another cute kid albeit different. I have been at a five year olds birthday party in the Dakota after having met the nanny in Central Park. Rugrat took to me and I was working nearby and always killed an hour or so in the park so when kid starting talking about me at home to his parents you bet your sweet behind that momma was waiting on the bench to meet me. Fourteen years we have known each other and I’ve never used it but have a standing invitation to stay with them anytime I am in the city. Josh must be 16 by now and every time he sees me its to the park to play the same games. I have talked to his mother at length and she has told me honestly how she debated having him placed somewhere when he was very little. Now she says no day is complete without him. Hideously rich woman who claims the best thing that ever happened to her was the kid.

      • DeniseVB says:

        I have a special needs child who has given us much joy over the past 38 years, I can’t imagine ever thinking something was wrong about his birth. There weren’t prenatal tests for his syndrome at that time either (Williams Syndrome).

        Someone mentioned in the comments at the award link that there are laws being considered to allow parents up to a year to euthanize a child with “defects”. What are we becoming? Sad.

  5. DeniseVB says:

    You don’t have to be a Michelle Malkin fan to enjoy her new site….

    http://twitchy.com/

    I think she’s on to something. I use twitter for the newsfeeds rather than a “social” experience, catching celebrities drunk-tweeting, priceless 😀

  6. HELENK says:

    these women have guts and should be applauded

    http://www.newsdaily.com/stories/bre8290ek-us-saudi-protests/

  7. Lola-at-Large says:

    I finally lost my cool over Fluke, Palin, et al: http://peacocksandlilies.com/2012/03/10/this-one-cannot-stand-mr-relative/

    Grrrr.

  8. Three Wickets says:

    OFA is pushing UltraViolet on my feed, apparently a women’s rights spin-off from MoveOn.

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