~Georges Clemenceau, Clemenceau, The Events of His Life as Told by Himself to His Former Secretary, Jean Martet
Australia isn’t known as a ‘sunburned country’ for no reason. The sun-drenched continent is the perfect place for solar power generation. For some time, the land down under has boasted the highest rate of residential solar panel installations, but it’s been lagging behind in the development of large-scale solar projects. All of that is set to change as two solar power plants have officially opened for business
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Gary Ogden was previously employed as a salesperson for IBM Australia. ATO catches salesman who tried to claim “disgraceful” work-related expenses
Robert Wood, Perfectly Legal Tax Write-off? Lawyer Fees — Even $1,200 An Hour
What do you mean, IBM doesn’t stock the vacuum tubes anymore? IRS Systems Outage Shuts Down Tax Processing (Accounting Today)
Russ Fox, Maryland Suspends Processing Tax Returns from 23 Liberty Tax Service Locations:
For consumers, the advice that Maryland noted in their press release is accurate: “Taxpayers should carefully review their returns for these issues and should be suspicious if a preparer: deducts fees from the taxpayer’s refund to be deposited into the tax preparer’s account; does not sign the tax return; or fails to include the Preparer Taxpayer Identification number “PTIN” on the return.” I’ll add, if you don’t own a business and see business income on your return, there’s a problem.
UK Cyber-thieves hack the taxman
NICK Xenophon is insisting all his party candidates across Australia back Adelaide for three multi-billion dollar defence shipbuilding projects, as The Advertiser reveals details of the major parties’ election-year assaults aimed at smashing his extraordinary popularity Revealed: Labor and Liberal strategies to smash Nick Xenophon’s electoral success
How a centimeter of clay in a 1,300-foot layer of rock in Italy explains one of the most important days in the History of life
The KGB’s Dumbest Double Agent
Samuel Reshevsky, age 8, defeating several chess masters at once in France, 1920
Feeling smug about your solar rooftop? Not so fast PhyOrg
Coles and Woolworths caught up in toxic lettuce recall Tip of the Iceberg ...
New York Times: Girlfriend, Mother, Professor?, by Carol Hay (UMass-Lowell):
"...Google deploys a little-known army of volunteers, called Mappers, many of whom are engaged in a contest that takes wit and stamina. These are people around the world who propose and approve edits to Google Maps, with an assist from Google employees, all in the interest of refining the product and fighting spam — a term that in this context means anything fake and misleading.It may seem bizarre that people would work gratis for one of the world’s richest companies. But many Mappers turn the job into a calling. For Dan Austin, who lives in Olympia, Wash., it was more like an addiction.A former truck driver for DHL, he became a Mapper after he was laid off from his job and started fixing mistakes he had noticed on Maps while on the road. By the fall of 2011, Mr. Austin had discovered locksmith spam and was soon spending 10 hours a day, seven days a week, deleting it from Maps.
The goal of lead gens is to wrest as much money as possible from every customer, according to lawsuits. The typical approach is for a phone representative to offer an estimate ]for locksmith work] in the range of $35 to $90. On site, the subcontractor demands three or four times that sum, often claiming that the work was more complicated than expected. Most consumers simply blanch and pay up, in part because they are eager to get into their homes or cars.
Mr. Alverado said those fake buildings were necessary because getting to the first page in Google results now took ingenuity and cunning.“You have no idea,” he said, sounding a little weary when asked about competition. Israelis were his toughest rivals, he said, and they had instilled a kind of awe in him. “I can tell you point-blank, they are freaking smart,” he said. “I really admire them.”
… Why too much gym can be bad for your love life - Telegraph
... Why moving to Thailand will not make you wiser or smarter Tongue-Thai’ed – A woman’s (supposed) worth in a military man’s world Asian Correspondent
In a blistering attack on a succession of "incompetent" NSW governments, one of Australia's most successful entrepreneurs has lamented the death of Sydney's night-time economy at the hands of leaders whose "moralistic crusade" has turned the city into an "international joke".
Matt Barrie's essay, Would The Last Person in Sydney Please Turn The Lights Out, has gone viral, with more than 200,000 readers in under 24 hours, a global ranking of No.1 on LinkedIn and most-read on Sydney's reddit site
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