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‘Nothing to worry about. The water is fine’: how Flint poisoned its people | News | The Guardian
The anxiety reverberated all the way to the state capital, Lansing, where Governor Rick Snyder was weeks away from winning reelection. His chief legal counsel, Michael Gadola, wrote in an email: “To anyone who grew up in Flint as I did, the notion that I would be getting my drinking water from the Flint River is downright scary. Too bad the [emergency manager] didn’t ask me what I thought, though I’m sure he heard it from plenty of others. My mom is a city resident. Nice to know she’s drinking water with elevated chlorine levels and fecal coliform … They should try to get back on the Detroit system as a stopgap ASAP before this thing gets too far out of control.”
flint  michigan  bureaucracy  water  poisoning  corrosion  poison  us-politics  environment  taxes 
july 2018 by jm
Intuit and H&R Block Are Spending Millions to Keep Us From Having Simpler Tax Forms
I noticed this when I was living there -- it was nearly impossible to file a 1040 without help, and this is why:
Intuit spent more than $2 million lobbying last year, much of it spent on legislation that would permanently bar the government from offering taxpayers pre-filled returns. H&R Block spent $3 million, also directing some of their efforts toward the bill.

On the upside, with H&R Block it's reasonably easy. Just pretty unpleasant that it's a requirement and effectively private-sector taxation as a result.
h-r-block  intuit  taxes  us-politics  lobbying  scams  usa 
march 2017 by jm
Life expectancy increases are due mainly to healthier children, not longer old age
Interesting -- I hadn't expected this.

'Life expectancy at birth [in the US] in 1930 was indeed only 58 for men and 62 for women, and the retirement age was 65. But life expectancy at birth in the early decades of the 20th century was low due mainly to high infant mortality, and someone who died as a child would never have worked and paid into Social Security. A more appropriate measure is probably life expectancy after attainment of adulthood.' .... 'Men who attained age 65 could expect to collect Social Security benefits for almost 13 years (and the numbers are even higher for women).'

In Ireland, life expectancy at birth has increased 18.4 years since 1926 -- but life expectancy for men aged 65 (the pension age) has only increased by 3.8 years. This means that increased life expectancy figures are not particularly relevant to the "pension crunch" story.

Via Fred Logue:
via:fplogue  statistics  taxes  life-expectancy  pensions  infant-mortality  health  1930s 
november 2014 by jm
Spain pushes for 'Google tax' to restrict linking
The government wants to put a tax on linking on the internet. They say that if you want to link to some newspaper's content, you have to pay a tax. The primary targets of this law are Google News and other aggregators. It would be absurd enough just like that, but the law goes further: they declared it an "inalienable right" so even if I have a blog or a new small digital media publication and I want to let people freely link to my content, I can't opt-out--they are charging the levy, and giving it to the big press media.

It was just the last and only way that the old traditional media companies can get some money from the government, and they strongly lobbied for it. The bill has passed in the Congress where the party in the government has majority (PP, Partido Popular) and it's headed to the Senate, where they have a majority also.
spain  stupidity  law  via:boingboing  linking  links  web  news  google  google-news  newspapers  old-media  taxes 
july 2014 by jm
Freeman on the land - RationalWiki
fantastically encyclopedic description of the "freeman on the land" pseudolegal gibberish, now being employed in an attempt to evade unpleasant taxes or fees -- this stuff is on the rise in post-economic-collapse Ireland, unsurprisingly
debt  legal  freemen  freeman  law  taxes  ireland  recession 
january 2012 by jm
Greens propose usage-based internet tax
Jesus H. Christ, this is incredibly nonsensical. Green Party candidate Eamonn Ryan proposes replacing the TV license fee with an internet tax -- 'some small charge on the volume of data.'  WTF
taxes  greens  ireland  politics  stupid  morons  omgwtfbbq  internet  from delicious
february 2011 by jm
Record labels lose file sharing case against UPC - The Irish Times - Mon, Oct 11, 2010
IRMA's comment: "we reserve the right to seek compensation for the past and continuing losses from the State." You have GOT to be joking. As TJ McIntyre put it: IRMA wants taxpayers to pay for Bono's losses
irma  upc  filesharing  bono  u2  omgwtfbbq  entitlement  taxes  ireland  nfw  from delicious
october 2010 by jm
Hourly forecast for Dublin (Ireland) –
another weather forecasting service which may be more reliable than Met Eireann, this time from, the joint online weather service from the Norwegian Meteorological Institute and the Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation. if only Met Eireann spent our taxes on something of this quality (via Stephen Mulcahy)
via:smulcahy  norway  met-eireann  ireland  weather  rain  dublin  taxes 
august 2009 by jm

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