(Two posts today. Please scroll down)[link with more information]Tax Freedom Day 2014 for the state where you live may differ from the national average. What is your state’s Tax Freedom Day 2014?
Hat tip to Infidel Bloggers Alliance (Click directly on the image to enlarge it):”It’s the will of Allah!” cry the ummah.
See the essay What Drives Success? by Amy Chua and Jeb Rubenfeld. Excerpt below the fold:
A SEEMINGLY un-American fact about America today is that for some groups, much more than others, upward mobility and the American dream are alive and well. It may be taboo to say it, but certain ethnic, religious and national-origin groups are doing strikingly better than Americans overall.
It turns out that for all their diversity, the strikingly successful groups in America today share three traits that, together, propel success. The first is a superiority complex — a deep-seated belief in their exceptionality. The second appears to be the opposite — insecurity, a feeling that you or what you’ve done is not good enough. The third is impulse control….
Read the rest of the essay HERE.
Your thoughts on what the authors have written? Of merit — or not?
The book The Triple Package: How Three Unlikely Traits Explain the Rise and Fall of Cultural Groups in America explains more. I’m reading the book right now.
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Remember Aesop’s fable “The Crow and the Pitcher”?
It turns out the some crows can indeed solve certain puzzles involving principles of physics.
From the Washington Post:
A species of crow native to islands east of Australia has long wowed scientists with its intelligence, and now it has shown it can solve at least one science puzzle as well as the average 7-year-old child, scientists reported last week .
The New Caledonian crows (Corfus moneduloides) are the only nonprimates that make tools in the wild. The birds break off twigs and trim them, and tear off barbed leaves to use as hooks to dig for insects. In the lab, they have bent wires to retrieve out-of-reach food.
In the new study, scientists captured six of the crows and challenged them with a task inspired by an ancient Greek fable by Aesop known as the “Crow and the Pitcher,” in which a thirsty crow confronts a pitcher whose water level is too low for it to reach and so drops in stones to raise the level.
In their understanding of physics — how objects displace water — the crows were comparable to children between the ages of 5 and 7, the researchers said. In particular, the crows seemed to understand the different effects of hollow and solid objects…
Read the entire article HERE.
Clearly, crows are not birdbrains! A pity that we can’t say the same about some human beings. Heh.
(Weekend roundup post. For the definition of nincompoop, see THIS in the Urban Dictionary. Commenters are encouraged to post links that tell of more nincompoopery)
Links to read (more possibly added as the weekend progresses):
Brandeis University cancels honorary degree for Ayaan Hirsi Ali [additional information: Ayaan Hirsi Ali’s statement about the cancellation, published in Time Magazine]
[Note: Next Saturday, “Nincompoopery” will be on hiatus for Holy Saturday. “Nincompoopery” will return on April 26]
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After a grueling winter, both academically and meteorlogically, I am sooooo ready for this break, which lasts from today through April 21.
My students feel the same way as I, I’m sure.
I give almost no homework during Easter Break. When I was in school, I despised having to do school assignments during a break and promised myself that I wouldn’t give mountains of homework during Christmas Breaks and Easter Breaks. Besides, many of my students are involved in Easter services at their churches and need to have time to participate fully.
We managed to finish our study of King Lear with only one interruption from the long winter, and student essays on the play are not due the day that classes resume. Prior to reading the play, each high school student was assigned one of the following questions about which to write a response of 600-900 words:
1. What imagery is used for Goneril and Regan, and what is its significance?
2. What commentary on justice and injustice does the play make?
King Lear is my favorite Shakespearean play! So many levels of interpretation!
Middle school students are working on their research papers. Students who have been keeping up with the various interim deadlines for their papers will have little to do during Easter Break.
I will be spending Easter Break doing spring cleaning, shuttling Mr. AOW back and forth for physical therapy, entering students’ grades into the digital grade book, reading — and blogging.
Right now, the books on my reading table are Miss Hargreaves (1940) and The Triple Package: How Three Unlikely Traits Explain the Rise and Fall of Cultural Groups in America (2014). The former is delightful, and the latter is food for thought.
On Easter Sunday, Mr. AOW and I have brunch reservations at our favorite restaurant. We’ll be making a memory!
There is something very creepy about this.
Whatever happened to the filing of and IRS’s acceptance of the estate return — and the 10 year limit on liabilities such as those explained in the article? Read an excerpt from the article below the fold.
Social Security, Treasury target taxpayers for their parents’ decades-old debts
A few weeks ago, with no notice, the U.S. government intercepted Mary Grice’s tax refunds from both the IRS and the state of Maryland. Grice had no idea that Uncle Sam had seized her money until some days later, when she got a letter saying that her refund had gone to satisfy an old debt to the government — a very old debt.
When Grice was 4, back in 1960, her father died, leaving her mother with five children to raise. Until the kids turned 18, Sadie Grice got survivor benefits from Social Security to help feed and clothe them.
Now, Social Security claims it overpaid someone in the Grice family — it’s not sure who — in 1977. After 37 years of silence, four years after Sadie Grice died, the government is coming after her daughter. Why the feds chose to take Mary’s money, rather than her surviving siblings’, is a mystery.
Across the nation, hundreds of thousands of taxpayers who are expecting refunds this month are instead getting letters like the one Grice got, informing them that because of a debt they never knew about — often a debt incurred by their parents — the government has confiscated their check.
The Treasury Department has intercepted $1.9 billion in tax refunds already this year — $75 million of that on debts delinquent for more than 10 years, said Jeffrey Schramek, assistant commissioner of the department’s debt management service. The aggressive effort to collect old debts started three years ago — the result of a single sentence tucked into the farm bill lifting the 10-year statute of limitations on old debts to Uncle Sam.
Social Security officials told Grice that six people — Grice, her four siblings and her father’s ex-wife, whom she never knew — had received benefits under her father’s account. The government doesn’t look into exactly who got the overpayment; the policy is to seek compensation from the oldest sibling and work down through the family until the debt is paid.
The Federal Trade Commission, on its Web site, advises Americans that “family members typically are not obligated to pay the debts of a deceased relative from their own assets.” But Social Security officials say that if children indirectly received assistance from public dollars paid to a parent, the children’s money can be taken, no matter how long ago any overpayment occurred….
Many…taxpayers whose refunds have been taken say they’ve been unable to contest the confiscations because of the cost, because Social Security cannot provide records detailing the original overpayment, and because the citizens, following advice from the IRS to keep financial documents for just three years, had long since trashed their own records….
Read the entire article HERE. Mary Grice’s case is not the only case!
Let me get this straight….
Now there’s no limit as to who can be held accountable for defrauding the U.S. Treasury to the point that descendants are responsible for their ancestors’ debts — or suspected debts — if those debts — or suspected debts — involve the U.S. Treasury?
At the March 2014 National Young Feminist Leadership Conference, those claiming to be tolerant and inclusive bully female conservative reporter:
If Satan ever laughs, it must be at hypocrites; they are the greatest dupes he has; they serve him better than any others, and receive no wages. — Charles Caleb Colton (1780–1832)
Nabbed from the sidebar of Diary of a Right Wing Pussycat (Kid’s site):The Cicero entry at WikipediaCicero was exiled for opposing Julius Caesar’s tyranny.Authentic money quotes HERE. Worth considering. Note (addendum): A commenter has rightly pointed…