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I am Perry Peterson, a retired auditor and tax accountant. My wife Valeta and I live along the front range of the beautiful Colorado Rocky Mountains.
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Better watch out (pun intended), cell phones are taking over as timepieces.
Ask graphic designer Parker Weintz the time and he doesn't look to his wrist, he pulls a cell phone out of his pocket -- and he's not alone.
The proliferation of cell phones, with their list of extra features, has had the knock-on effect of eliminating the need to wear a wristwatch unless it is to make a fashion statement.
U.S. watch sales, which have been on the decline since 2001, fell 4.9 percent in 2005, according to a new market research study.
Men especially have taken to abandoning watches as cell phones and PDAs (personal digital assistants) become increasingly commonplace, said Tim Dowd, an analyst at market research firm Packaged Facts and author of a report titled "Watches and Clocks in the U.S."
It wouldn’t work for me. I’d be lost without a timepiece on my wrist that didn’t have a stopwatch feature.
I’m an inveterate timer. I was told once that I would probably clock how long it takes for a train to reach the crossing after you hear the first whistle. Hmm…sounds interesting…maybe I’ll try that sometime.
I have timed several traffic lights in the area. Proves I am easily amused.
There is an article here in the Boston Globe online titled: MIT's Inconvenient Scientist.
The article uses an interesting analogy:
Speech codes are rare in the industrialized, Western democracies.
In Germany and Austria, for instance, it is forbidden to proselytize Nazi ideology or trivialize the Holocaust. Given those countries' recent histories, that is a restraint on free expression we can live with.
More curious are our own taboos on the subject of global warming.
I sat in a roomful of journalists 10 years ago while Stanford climatologist Stephen Schneider lectured us on a big problem in our profession: soliciting opposing points of view. In the debate over climate change, Schneider said, there simply was no legitimate opposing view to the scientific consensus that man - made carbon emissions drive global warming. To suggest or report otherwise, he said, was irresponsible.
The article is an interesting read -- unless you actually believe the global warming scare.
There is a lot more good material dealing with global warming in the “Environment” category which can be found on the left sidebar just below the walking “numbers man.”
The Internal Revenue Service is considering changes that could affect those who sell goods online.
In an effort to crack down on under-reporting by individuals and businesses that sell goods online, an IRS official said the tax agency is discussing creating new tax reporting requirements.
With rapidly growing e-commerce sales, I am surprised the IRS hasn’t made these changes long ago.
The new reporting requirements could mean big changes for stand-alone Web retailers as well as individuals selling family heirlooms through popular online auction sites such as eBay Inc.
The IRS' attempts to promote better reporting of online profits has been stymied by the fact that most online transactions leave behind very little evidence for the tax man to track, especially if shoppers don't use a credit card or opt for an online payment system such as PayPal, which is also owned by eBay.
With very little paper trail, the only accurate eBay sales reporting will be from honest sellers who keep meticulous records.
Representatives from eBay stressed that maintaining their clients' privacy was of the utmost importance, but that they would turn it over to if the government request were accompanied by a subpoena.
"It will be an administrative nightmare to figure out who has to report and what has to be reported and trying to track these millions of people that buy and sell on the Internet.
We have sold on eBay since 1997 when the site still showed the name “Auction Web.” After more than 14,000 completed sales on eBay, we can attest to the fact that it takes a fair amount of work for an eBay seller to keep accurate records of income and expenses.
Consequently, even honest eBay sellers may not be reporting all of their sales income giving the IRS reason to worry.
However, third-party reporting could prove to be a giant headache for everyone involved. Link
Standard & Poor's, the multibillion-dollar publisher of financial information, this month filed a federal lawsuit against Standard & Pours Coffee & Stocks, a 3-year-old coffee shop and live music venue in South Dallas, Texas
In it, the McGraw-Hill subsidiary demands that Pascale Hall, Standard & Pours' owner, pay S&P three times the revenue its company lost due to confusion over the names and three times her company's profits -- all because her shop's similar name has damaged S&P's "impeccable" reputation for "accuracy, reliability and integrity."
"I think they're going way overboard," Hall said. "It's just a play on words ... but they are scaring me, because my business is totally on the line, and it's everything I own, and I'm a single mother with two children.
It’s possible Standard & Poor’s is going overboard. However, when you name your company after the world’s foremost provider of independent credit ratings, you are asking for trouble.
As this article began: what a difference a “u” makes.