Our topic this morning is Income Taxes which come due in about two weeks. Gotcher Tums supplies laid in?
Before we start, a compliment to I.R.S. The Ure family return was filed electronically early this month and already our 37-cent refund hit the bank account. Nicely done!
People tend to hold I.R.S. to account for everything dumb that happens in Washington because they end up collecting the taxes to pay for whatever this week’s bad idea is. Like Ryan not calling the healthcare vote…but don’t get me started on that…
Sure, I.R.S. has had some players who’ve gotten “out of bounds.” Other than the politics, they have a thankless job. Sort of like being a repo man – or a process server – some one has to do it.
But now to the point:
This isn’t an issue for us this year (thanks to the little slip in the market Monday it may not be next year, either) but in future years, I’d like to know about writing off some of our “electronic dependents” as “business expenses” or “tax credits.”
My Amazon Alexa comes to mind. Let’s start there.
With Alexa I’m able to listen – at least a few times a week – to Herman Cain on WOKV in Jacksonville, Florida. A one-time candidate for the White House, Cain is one of those common sense people who we just don’t hear enough from. He’s good at critical thinking, does his homework (actually reads the bill summaries), unites a black and white audience, and is downright a downright interesting man.
Hell, we’d drive to Jacksonville to have lunch with him, if I could make a side-trip to Pirates of the Caribbean in Orlando.
Other times, Alexa tunes us in to WOAI down in San Antonio – a city which seems to have made peace with the Latin/American melting pot concept. Joe Pags and Charlie Parker are both great. WOAI has CoastToCoast AM with George Noory on at night. Zeus-the-Cat listens to El Rushbo mid-days on ‘OAI if the mousing is slow or he’s on a break from Mole Patrol and the grown ups aren’t around.
So far, Alexa streaming is not an add-on to the basic Amazon Prime membership. But I worry as the economy tightens, I wouldn’t be surprised to see such a move. You saw Twitter is looking at a subscription business model?
Imagine: Paying for a service so you read what’s on the President’s mind at 3:45 AM. Does America own the Business Model Concept, or what?
My son asked me the other day about his electronic dependent. Siri’s her name and she’ll always in George’s pants. Worse: she costs a bundle. Such things do.
Every month G-II (not to be confused with Gaye of www.backdoorsurvival.com who is G-2, know her longer) pays a hellacious phone bill not to mention the periodic upgrades. He’ll be the first in line when the next iPhone comes out so he can provide three-letter agencies even better coverage of what a 36-year old bachelor does in a big city. (You’d think they’d have figured some of this out, by now…slow, huh?)
The real problem is this third electronic dependent named Cortana. I’ve spent bundles on her – mostly time, not directly. Seems like isn’t a day goes by when I can’t get my work done without something she’s connected to blowing up. How do we put Cortana on the ‘watch list?’
Even with “Shut-Up 10” installed, I still worry that some of my plans to take over the world through my leadership positions in the cheesy Danish Liberation Movement, and the drunken Scottish Liver-Buster’s League might land me on a no fly list.
We may have other “electronic dependents” who we don’t know about. We assume our phones have been monitored with infinity transmitters for decades.
[Wiki Note to the Not Paranoid Enough (NPE): An infinity transmitter (also known as a harmonica bug) is a surveillance device used to covertly monitor conversation in a room through a telephone line. Its name derives from the fact that, by using a telephone line as a transmitter, it can work at an infinite distance, unlike other bugging devices that have only a finite signal range. The alternative name ‘harmonica bug’ refers to the fact that such devices were originally activated using the tone produced by a harmonica.
Design of infinity transmitters has varied, according to developments in telephone systems. In some instances, the bug is activated after the target answers and hangs up their phone. In countries where there is a delay between connection and the first ring, the bug can be activated before the target phone rings, so that the infinity transmitter essentially ‘answers’ the call. In more advanced systems, the transmitter can be placed in a parallel telephone line to prevent the victim’s phone line remaining engaged. As modern telephone lines no longer establish a voice path until the call is answered a variant of this now exists that uses CND, or caller ID. Usually an unusual sequence of non printing characters is used and thus will not show up on a display device. Sometimes the caller ID device itself has the bug but it can be nearly anywhere. In much the same manner a cellphone can be configured for silence on ring and auto answer and hidden, frequently placed inside something that has power available to maintain the battery. This allows the infinity transmitter to be hidden inside an automobile or other location where a land line is not an option.”
Base units of cordless phones work great and tiny repeaters can be placed in USB chargers. Toss in some of those “fake cell sites” and… Please double up on your meds this morning if you didn’t know all this stuff before.]
Been reading through how some of the embedded devices revealed in Vault 7 over at Wikileaks could be spying on us from that Internet-enabled TV, too.
Honestly, we were thinking about installing a smart TV in the bedroom, until that was disclosed. Then Elaine pointed out that a Federal contractor watching video of Mr. Ure in some other time zone could be grossed out, or worse, might need counseling, after watching an old geezer playing hide the…..electronics!
So let me see if I can form this into a coherent question:
Elaine and I pay for our electronic devices. Not ya’ll.
BUT seems to us YOU (the federal government) is getting as much (or more) use out of them than we are.
So since the electronics are running more and more for government convenience, not ours, could we write off the costs?
Or can we (as a condition of continued unauthorized use of our voice and likenesses, emails, images, etc.) charge-back or write off some of the ongoing costs of these “electronic dependents” of ours?
Thank you in advance and please use a little of our tax payment for Q1 (which should arrive at your place by late next week) to buy up some shares of this market. It’s been killing us.
Ure’s truly, yada, yada, write when you get rich…
(No one on the NOC List was injured in the monitoring of this morning’s report.)