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@BethTerry It pops up if you use tax software. The one I use asks a question about buying a car - that's just the typical situation that triggers the deduction. Your total sales taxes have to exceed your deduction for state income taxes paid - my state income taxes are kind of high so it usually exceeds sales taxes. I believe that if your state doesn't collect income tax, you can deduct sales taxes. You should look it up.
1 year, 6 months ago on Get a Bag and a Receipt: When Social and Environmental Justice Collide
@Will Terry That's a totally different situation. You saw a crime and pursued. Zimmerman didn't see a crime and pursued.
@EcoCatLady The women's lib movement was about more than work, but it ended up being about work, and mainly about white middle class women's work issues - specifically access to white collar jobs. The number of white women working went up, but for women of color and white working class women, the numbers didn't change much, because they were already working. The issues facing women in blue-collar, manual labor jobs, still exist today and haven't been adequately addressed. You look in the construction trades, which are the best paid manual labor jobs, and there were and are few women, and the women who are there tend to be very thick-skinned about sexism, out of necessity. The split in pay between people who do "womens' work" and "mens' work" hasn't been fully addressed either.The real answer, which was pushed people both men and women considered wacky feminists, was to reduce the number of hours worked, and to pay women (and eventually men) for raising children. "Wages for Housework" was the call, and if we valued housework the way we value, say, used-car salespersons, we'd have more compensation for housework.
@BethTerry If you spend a lot of money one year, you can deduct sales taxes.
Well... look at where poor people live. That's where they site the most polluting industries. The people work all day, maybe two jobs, and don't have the political power or often the physical energy to resist these toxic developments. People with means can often resist - the community is usually educated, old people are retired and have time, and people have 40 hour per week jobs, and usually there are a couple people around who've "made it" and have time and money to spend. So their communities don't get industries that pollute, and aren't cut up by freeways. But, since they don't really expand their NIMBY fight to anywhere outside of their area, the businesses site themselves in poor communities that don't or can't fight back.
One other thing - one way to prepare hachiya persimmons is to hang them. Found this: http://thesecretyumiverse.wonderhowto.com/blog/make-hanging-dried-persimmons-hoshigaki-0131492/
1 year, 6 months ago on How To Store Produce Without Plastic
I do what my mom discovered - just wrap the food in newspaper. The paper gets moist in the crisper and helps to regulate the humidity.
@FG I think Singapore is a country that, like Saverin, realizes that freedom is purchased, not earned. He's buying additional freedom in a country that seems designed to benefit the wealthy. There's no need for democracy when the rich are kept happy, is there?
1 year, 6 months ago on What Eduardo Saverin Owes America (Hint: Nearly Everything)
@mscommerce What alternate reality are you in? You're talking about anarchism, not the United States. Haven't you read the original text of the Constitution?
@v_ferauge I think that's fair. I thought as much about the numerous Filipinos who staff our hospitals. Also, I think that people who move to the US should seek to become citizens and permanent residents. I'm ok with Saverin renouncing - I'm not okay with him dodging taxes. If anything, this and other tax-sheltering schemes should really motivate governments to harmoize their tax laws so companies can't avoid their responsibilities to the countries in which they do business.
@shaker cherukuri I believe there are taxes for people who expatriate, but it's the timing here that's at issue. If he expatriates later, he'll be taxed on the likely rise in stock prices after the IPO. If he does it now, he's going to pay taxes on the current value of the stock, which is based on some magic, perhaps somewhat made-up guess about the company's assets and value.
@JaimeAndresPretell There's also the entire middle part of the continent, which was invaded.
@sadfpoi This is so true. The scale of the US is something to consider. (Yes, China is larger... maybe that's why Saverin is moving to Asia) Europe is fairly close in wealth and size to the US, but there's no unifying language or legal system that enables a company like Facebook to operate at the scale it's operated. Also, American imperialism, like it or not, has helped shape the internet's spread in other countries, and before the internet, it pushed the English language into these countries. (Look at how many Japanese think they can speak English. It's because they've all been taught English in school.) Widespread use of English, globally, benefits all the companies that operate in the countries of the old Commonwealth and the US.
How about the rich don't pay any tax at all?
@bwin How about he renounces after the IPO?
@Gerson Paull He might try to give away a lot in Brazil, too. It would help the cause of his class (the super-wealthy) by perhaps discouraging kidnappings.
@BrenoBacci (I like your posts - I always learn something new.)
@BrenoBacci The Saverin family most definitely owes Brazil something. How can they not? By definition, the bankers exist to intermediate between the central bank and the population.
@andwhatarmy @Seattleblogger @ScottBaird Presumably, he'll take a smaller paycheck and live off his capital gains, and has an accountant to do his taxes.
@Prometheus23 Many people created social network software. Facebook didn't invent the idea. The first one similar to Facebook that predated it was Friendster, but even that was similar to what LiveJournal was doing. The concept wasn't particularly novel. Before Friendster existed, I got asked to help develop an online directory of arts orgs, and proposed something similar to Friendster but with groups as well as people. Nobody understood what I was describing, and it was a challenge to get support, so I just moved on to paying work.Now, I'm not saying I could have created Facebook. Had the software been built, it probably would have flopped. The orgs and people involved weren't that computer savvy. Many were, but we're still talking less than 50% in 2002. Even with sufficient promotion and resources to maintain the system, success would have been defined by the participation of several hundred local people. Getting into the thousands would have been fantastic, but growing beyond this limited community would have become a problem.
Facebook had the right mix of people, users, and a better idea of its business than the competitors. They also had the experience of Friendster and MySpace. Unlike Friendster, they didn't turn down venture money - they used it to grow. Unlike MySpace, they didn't sell to a big company that would try to monetize the product prematurely, and stifled change. Facebook switched to the news stream / friend feed format, which I think really made Facebook happen.