On governmental stimuli for child-rearing

As the rate of population growth in developed or developing countries decreases, governments interested in managing their financial risk for social programs quite often offer one short-sighted solution: financial stimuli for making more children. The idea is to increase the future tax base and cover the costs of running a country's social programs. It's what [...]

The answer to a great many questions of today

This post will seem to fall right out of nowhere for you, mainly because you haven't been privy to my thoughts in recent years -- how could you be, after all? It may also strike you as highly inconsiderate and you may even become angry with me. Let it be so. You will inevitably calm [...]

Enough with aiding society’s trash

I am fed up with all of the aid that the world's various governments give to society's trash. How long have we been doing it? In some form or another, governments have been handing money out to people, with surprisingly little control over who gets it, for almost 100 years now. The way these programs [...]

The pillaging of Romania’s natural resources

The following are a couple of examples of what's going on in Romania right now. Romania's largest petroleum reserves (famous since WWII) were recently sold to OMV (Österreichischen Mineralölverwaltung Aktiengesellschaft). Petrom, Romania's state-owned petroleum company, now belongs to OMV, and every time I fill up my car at Petrom, the receipt says OMV Petrom. I [...]

Modern lawn care: a lot of hot air

One of the things I strongly believe in is the need for manual labor, especially during these highly industrialized times. I believe such work yields better results and it keeps us grounded, in touch with the earth from which we ultimately draw our living. I dislike the "modern" methods of lawn care, where one uses [...]

Save the data!

Some of the most important technology programs that keep Washington accountable are in danger of being eliminated. Data.gov, USASpending.gov, the IT Dashboard and other federal data transparency and government accountability programs are facing a massive budget cut, despite only being a tiny fraction of the national budget. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6dyTnlpcZsc Help save the data and make sure [...]

15 things about marijuana

I'm one of a growing number of people who think marijuana ought to be legalized. I don't use it, but I just don't think a substance less dangerous than coffee and alcohol ought to be illegal. See the infographic below for some facts about marijuana. Here are a few: It's nearly impossible to overdose on [...]

Audit Defense may not be worth the price

Just a quick note to let you know the Audit Defense service offered by TurboTax in recent years is probably not worth the price. It's run by a company called TaxResources, Inc., and they say they'll represent you to the IRS in case you should have any problems with your return, for the low price [...]