A Matter of Cash: It’s Come To This

Business Insider – Apple Now Has More Cash Than The U.S. Government According to the latest daily statement from the U.S. Treasury, the government had an operating cash balance of $73.8 billion at the end of the day yesterday. Apple’s last earnings report showed that the company had $76.2 billion in cash and marketable securities […]

Categories: Business & Media

The Screwed Middle

This is very good: The Times – Will the people in the middle ever get richer? By Philip Collins Alarming.

Categories: People and Current Events

The Impassioned 15-Year-Old POV

On the other hand: You’ve gotta admit tho, for a 15-year-old, the kid knows his rhetoric, eh? But, Jesus, guys… It’s about £9,000 a year. Check Yale tuition these days, hey?

Categories: People and Current Events

Hail Sweden

It helps that I’m undergoing a resurgence in love for Scandinavian interiors… NRO – Duncan Currie: Sweden’s Quiet Revolution Without much fanfare, the Scandinavian country has been moving away from socialism. In fact, contemporary Sweden is much less socialist than many Americans realize. Since the early 1990s, when it suffered a painful financial crisis, the […]

Categories: Geography and Foreign Affairs

Enemy at Noah’s Gates

Hehehehe: Wheat & Weeds – Now THIS Is Blatant Anti-Semitism I love that Apple’s dictionary.app can always be trusted to translate the Yiddishisms.

Categories: Food

Gotta Love the Inevitable Eventuality of Tax Payer Dollars

This is amazing. All the artsy Brits in my Twitter stream have been moaning about the UK Film Council getting the axe, but then the author Ian Rankin mentioned this article as a “sharp and persuasive critique”. The Times – Good riddance to the UK Film Council, by Chris Atkins The real scandals, however, came […]

Categories: Entertainment

FFS

Reprinted in full: The Corner – April Fools, by Stephen Spruiell More evidence that the Homebuyers Tax Credit was a dumb idea: House prices increased in April, as sellers increased prices to capitalize on the rush to buy before the tax credit expired on April 30th. Then, as soon as the tax credit expired, demand […]

Categories: People and Current Events

Getting Germany Out of the Euro

It’s Gerry! Spectator – Germany’s eurozone dilemma: should they stay or should they go? By Gerard Baker As the euro continues to dance on the brink of calamity, the people responsible for the deepening debacle have finally come up with a scheme that will save it once and for all. It’s a cunning plan that […]

Categories: Geography and Foreign Affairs

Providing Healthcare for ALL Americans By Filing 1099s At the Apple Store

The country’s in the very best of hands: CNN Money – Health care law’s massive, hidden tax change “HIDDEN,” “MASSIVE.” Section 9006 of the health care bill — just a few lines buried in the 2,409-page document — mandates that beginning in 2012 all companies will have to issue 1099 tax forms not just to […]

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Complicating My Dreams of an Expat Life

And yet making that one-way to NZ that much less complicated… TIME – Why More U.S. Expatriates Are Turning In Their Passports. By Helena Bachmann While a small number of Americans hand in their passports each year for political reasons, the new surge in permanent expatriations is mainly because of taxes. Considering that an estimated […]

Categories: Geography and Foreign Affairs

The Great White North and Land of Unexpected Phrasing

A hilarious bit from a Mark Steyn article I barely didn’t link to the other day: In 1993, government spending averaged 52.2 percent in Europe, and 70.9 percent in Sweden. The Swedes have reduced government spending (as a fraction of GDP) by almost a third in the last 15 years. Their corporate tax rates are […]

Categories: Geography and Foreign Affairs

Sales Tax (and Fire) Kills Small Business, Forces People Into Corporate Behemoth

A little local action: Queen Anne News – Hilltop Yarn is hanging up its knitting needles, closing its doors for good March 29 Hill said the decision was not taken lightly. It came after two years of serious consideration–after an electrical fire in their previous location in late 2008 almost burned the shop down and […]

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American Decline, Where Neither the Second Amendment Nor the Caliphate Can Save Us

Mark Steyn – THE SEDUCTIONS OF DECLINE I don’t even know where to begin quoting this (RC2, who is probably better at hiding her straight razors than I, quoted it fairly extensively – and thoughtfully! – here, and as testament to the resilience of her state of mind, she manages to wade through a similarly-themed […]

Categories: Geography and Foreign Affairs

Sunday Quotations

From Tony Blair: This isn’t about a lie or a conspiracy or a deceit or a deception,” Mr. Blair said. “It’s a decision. And the decision I had to take was, given Saddam’s history, given his use of chemical weapons, given the over one million people whose deaths he had caused, given 10 years of […]

Categories: People and Current Events

Killing California Dead

This doesn’t state anything particularly groundbreaking but 1) Isn’t it interesting how many articles are coming out about how utterly wrecked California is? 2) Isn’t it really interesting how many articles are coming out about how utterly awful San Francisco has become? California is a “failed state” but San Francisco will always have the tourist […]

Categories: People and Current Events