RANT: 999 = great soundbite, but can’t get there from here

999 is a great sound bite. BUT, who would agree to a Sales Tax without the repeal of the 16th and the elimination of income tax. (Income tax is an economically STUPID idea.) The argument against the FAIR / FLAT / 999 / any other great idea is: Why give the Gooferment more money and more ways to take it? AND do you really want a income tax AND a sales tax? AND, do you trust that it would stay at 9, 13, 22, 31%? (You certainly don’t want it hidden in prices like the corporate tax is now. That’s how Europe and Canada would up with a VAT where each step in the production process gets hammered with a huge tax.

In a perfect world, 9% sales tax — with NO other taxes — would be tolerable. The correct level is zero. But I could stand for 9%. But that means no state, no city, no property, no nothing. Politicians and bureaucrats should starve!

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RANT: The World’s Policeman?

President Barack Obama has authorized the deployment of up to 100 combat-equipped U.S. troops to central Africa to help hunt down the leaders of a rebel force known as the Lord’s Resistance Army.

A senior administration official said 12 troops have been deployed so far under what he called a training mission aimed at helping African forces find and kill Joseph Kony, the fugitive head of the rebels.

The U.S. forces will deploy to Uganda, South Sudan, the Central African Republic and the Democratic Republic of the Congo.


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You have to be kidding me?

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Unfortunately straight GL, not IT…

Kind Regards,


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My client, a progressive CPA firm in Manhattan is looking for an Audit Manager and 1/2 Audit Srs…Their client base is very complex. Very rewarding work. akarpiak@karpiakconsulting.com

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JOBSEARCH: Advice to a baby turkey

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I will look into. Just found out yesterday that I need to start a job search and need to figure out the social networking piece besides LinkedIn. Any suggestion would be appreciated.

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I’m sorry to hear that. Not so much that you’re changing but that you’re not fully ready.

For techies, I think you should have a professional blog. Where you display your dikw (i.e., data, information, knowledge, wisdom) for all to see.

You need a professional sounding domain name. You can even use WordPress for just the cost of the domain. (I think it’s 15 or 20 bucks a year.)

I have http://www.reinkefaceslife.com/ on the free WordPress offering and http://www.technologylegacies.com on a hosted site (60$ per year, but I have complete control of it).

You hook that INTO your linkedin account and you then have a stream of professional content flowing to your linkedin network.

Get a twitter account with the same or similar “professional sounding” name and hook the blog to that. Voila, you have a good stream of tweets that reflect well on you. (http://www.technologylegacies.com has the twitter account @technologyleg)

DO the same thing on FACEBOOK.

Cross post the blog post’s url to GOOGLEPLUS (haven’t figure how to do that automagically yet).

And you’ve got all the major social media.

Then you’re a social media guru.

But, don’t emulate me. My personal blog is very opinionated. Probably hurts me to be so out there. But, I’, just a fat old white guy injineer at the end of his career and life.

Hope this helps,

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