ah absent for a few weeks, here we go….. Spring has Sprung and with that means cherry blossoms, sundresses, and longer days (none of which are on this list)
An Idiot Abroad, produced and created by the great Ricky Gervais, is perfect counterbalance to the over generalizing, grand sweeping, douche baggery of Anthony Bourdain. Karl Pinkerton is an honest English bloke who travels the world to see the seven wonders: the great pyramids, machu pichu, taj mahal, etc Unlike other travel shows this is a real documentary with real reactions and observations experiencing different cultures. And because it’s from Ricky Gervais it’s funny to boot!
to be lazy and just watch the video shown on 60 Minutes
from the Wall Street Journal: During last year’s “Jobs Summit,” President Obama said he was open to any good idea to get the economy moving again. Today he should be especially so, since Washington’s many monetary and fiscal policy decisions have not been able to spur the robust growth or job expansion that we all would like. And yet there is a simple idea—the trillion-dollar elephant in the room—that has apparently been dismissed for no good reason.
One trillion dollars is roughly the amount of earnings that American companies have in their foreign operations—and that they could repatriate to the United States. That money, in turn, could be invested in U.S. jobs, capital assets, research and development, and more.
But for U.S companies such repatriation of earnings carries a significant penalty: a federal tax of up to 35%. This means that U.S. companies can, without significant consequence, use their foreign earnings to invest in any country in the world—except here.
The U.S. government’s treatment of repatriated foreign earnings stands in marked contrast to the tax practices of almost every major developed economy, including Germany, Japan, the United Kingdom, France, Spain, Italy, Russia, Australia and Canada, to name a few. Companies headquartered in any of these countries can repatriate foreign earnings to their home countries at a tax rate of 0%-2%. That’s because those countries realize that choking off foreign capital from their economies is decidedly against their national interests.
Many commentators have pointed to the large cash balances sitting on U.S. corporate books as evidence that the economy is still stalled because companies aren’t spending. That analysis misses the point. Large cash balances remain on U.S. corporate books because U.S. companies can’t spend their foreign-held cash in the U.S. without incurring a prohibitive tax liability.
Especially with corporate bond rates falling below 4%, it’s hard to imagine any responsible corporation repatriating foreign earnings at a combined federal and state tax rate approaching 40%.
By permitting companies to repatriate foreign earnings at a low tax rate—say, 5%—Congress and the president could create a privately funded stimulus of up to a trillion dollars. They could also raise up to $50 billion in federal tax revenue. That’s money the economy would not otherwise receive.
The amount of corporate cash that would come flooding into the country could be larger than the entire federal stimulus package, and it could be used for creating jobs, investing in research, building plants, purchasing equipment, and other uses. It could also provide needed stability for the equity markets because companies would expand their activity in mergers and acquisitions, and would pay dividends or buy back stock. And when markets go up, confidence increases and businesses and consumers begin to spend.
The $50 billion boost in federal tax revenue, meanwhile, could be used to help put America back to work. For example, Congress could use it to give employers—large or small—a refundable tax credit for hiring previously unemployed workers (including recent graduates). The tax credit could equal up to 50% of a worker’s first-year and second-year wages, capped at $12,500 per year (or $25,000 total per new hire).
Such a program could help put more than two million Americans back to work at no cost to the government or American taxpayers. How’s that for a good idea?
Mr. Chambers is chairman and chief executive officer of Cisco Systems. Ms. Catz is president of Oracle Corporation.
personal edit: In 2004, the U.S. Congress temporarily reduced the rate to 5.25 percent. Cisco brought back $1.2 billion, and used some of it to hire about 1,200 people, mostly engineers. Oracle brought back $1 billion and hired 1,500 people.
My parents love their mailbox, ok that’s a bit strange but it looks nice it’s a bright red with a classic detail that the postman (he is a man), delivery people, and door to door sales people (basically people who look at mail boxes every day) have commented on it.
The decal, beat up from sun looks like this:
My sister with her photo shop skills, cleaned the image to this:
In order to create the decal I had to spend another hour cleaning up the image, changing it to hairline, cleaning up the vectors, etc.
Here is the cut of the decal:
the negative removed:
and with backing so all the little pieces are effective in the transfer:
Skirt from LOFT found in the stores for $9.97 with an additional 30% off and 10% student discount, hello $7 skirt makes certain that rainy days and Mondays won’t get you down. Add a pretty tea cup and you are in business
Loving: Moroccanoil. Yes it lives up the hype on amazon and beauty magazines. Yes, it makes your hair softer, easier to dry, no frizz, and leaves a subtle vanilla musk scent in your hair. It’s great for all hair curly, wavy, straight, all hair colors (they sell a “light” version for blondes and finer hair types). If you have long hair or dry hair it’s a must!
Hating: Viviscal. Oh it was toted by amazon, beauty magazines, famous hairdresses, and a friend but after a month of using it I have been seeing nominal results. Save the money take folic acid, eat more protein, and vegetables
Wanting: Keratin Treatment aka Brazilian Blowout. Not for straighter hair but for more manageable hair. With the cost, the chemicals, it seems like a waste but hopefully the popularity will make it safe and cheaper.
It seems that once again someone wasted a lot of money to create a survey that truly doesn’t measure why women are leaving engineering. Many of the survey questions don’t just apply to women but to men, so are men leaving engineering at higher rates?
Television Edition: 5 new shows worth adding to your line up
1) Snog, Marry, Avoid? A makeunder show that transforms the extension wearing, face injecting population into well dressed presentable ladies. All this fakery is replaced with useful tips. I find this mesmerizing, bitchy, and even witty
2) Louie— a personal 30 min comedy that manages to be hilarious and endearing a true auteur project
3) Sherlock Sure a 21st century cell phone toting Sherlock Holmes could have gone painfully wrong, but thanks to clever production, this TV series is compelling with it’s fine mix of awkwardness, nerdom, and snobbery. True to the books with a gothic set, it’s more than a guilty pleasure.
4) The Good Wife Reluctantly I watched this, I mean aren’t all TV lawyer shows the same? Not since the West Wing (amazing show if you haven’t seen it) has TV drama been so frank about the compromises of private/ public life. This show is so in tune to the way Americans live with media (text messaging, social media, cable news, viral videos, etc) redefining boundaries of our personal space.
5) 30 Rock, ok it’s not new but it’s the one show I look forward to every week. It’s not because people at work and friends claim that I remind them of Liz Lemon. But this goofball ensemble show continues to remain fresh, relevant, and funny 5 seasons in.