Iridium's largest customer (by far) is the US DoD.
You want right and wrong? Talk to a priest/rabbi/pastachef. The law, and the courts, are all about rules, and the interpretation of them, and they should be. Otherwise, we'd be making decisions like "yeah, he was illegally wiretapped, but he was a bad man, so we're going to convict him anyway."
Really, there's one. Arcosanti is very cool, but it's been "in progress" since the early 1970s. At this point, they're barely keeping up with the wear and tear on what's already there.
Are you serious? The relevant PA law is referred to in the code as "WIRETAPPING AND ELECTRONIC SURVEILLANCE," and it explicitly covers this scenario. There doesn't need to be a wire involved.
"Except as otherwise provided in this chapter, a person is guilty of a felony of the third degree if he: (1) intentionally intercepts, endeavors to intercept, or procures any other person to intercept or endeavor to intercept any wire, electronic or oral communication;"
You're absolutely right, my bad, misread the table. Overall food prices were up 0.9% from 12/13 to 3/14 (index went from 238.14 to 240.23). Meat prices were up 2.8% over the same period.
Who would mod this nonsense up? Inflation was 1.8% or so in 2013.
Where have you been? Food prices are up more than 10% since January...
In what country? Certainly not this one. They're up 3.3% since December, and only 1.7% since March of 2013. Meat's up a lot (11.5% since December, 5.1% since March of 2013), but that's only part of the story.
See table 2: http://www.bls.gov/cpi/cpid140...
Anyway, food's less than 15% of the average household's spending.
I needed an extension this year. Some tardy 1099s, an erroneous 1099-R, a K-1 (that MLP just wasn't worth the hassle), a bunch of self-employment income, and it all just snowballed. Last couple of years I've used an accountant, but done them myself as a check, and to make sure I understand what's going on. Our results have never differed by more than a couple hundred $.
"Tax returns and their computations are merely a simple mathematical puzzle, which I easily solve."
None of the operations are very complex (add, subtract, multiply, divide), but knowing which numbers to perform those computations on, is sometimes far from simple. Get some K-1 income at some point, and see if you think taxes are still a "simple" puzzle.
Works very well for me.
Bad example on my part, then. Point I was trying to get across is that, if there's a procedural reason to overturn a ruling, judges will always go that route rather than getting into the substance of the case, since the substance doesn't matter.
"Oddly, the reason for the ruling was not based on the merits of the case, but on the venue in which he was tried (PDF)."
This isn't odd at all. If the venue was incorrect, then all the issues raised in the trial become irrelevant.
Think of it this way: if he'd been charged with "being a Mets fan," and the appeal was based on (a) there's no law against being a Mets fan, and (b) the evidence that he was a Mets fan (a cap) was obtained through an illegal search, then whether or not the search was illegal would be irrelevant - he had broken no law, so the "conviction" would be tossed out.
OK, so if you want to be specific, landlords are threatening to evict tenants as a result of the fines being imposed on the landlords as a result of the tenants' behavior.
Granted, it's probably not going to be the most gentile landing
So I should look to land on a nice cushy Rabbi?
"'Unfortunately, we can't provide individual legal assistance or review lease agreements for our 500,000 hosts, but we do try to help inform people about these issues,'
Bullcrap. If they wanted to actually ensure that their rentals were legal, they could do vastly more to ensure that. In NYC, for example, any whole unit rental (where the lessor isn't going to be there as well) of 30 days is illegal if the unit isn't a licensed hotel. If you try to post a property for a non-roommate rental in NYC, they could have the site simply say "Is this unit a licensed hotel? If not, then the rental would violate NYC law. Please confirm that the unit is a licensed hotel unit. Yes/No"
They don't even bother with this level of fig leaf.
If NYC turns around and deregulates the taxi turfs then they are facing a ~$30 billion dollar class action law suit from those owners. It would be great to transition to a less regulated market; but the current stakeholders (a lot of them individual drivers with medallions that can't be rented out to others and who have all of their savings plus a monster loan tied into their cab) will not be going quietly into bankruptcy.
While I agree that any attempt to deregulate would result in the current medallion owners screaming bloody murder, they wouldn't have a leg to stand on, legally. The city has never made any commitments as to the number of medallions it will issue. It could have another auction tomorrow with a minimum bid of $0.01 and 1 billion medallions up for sale. Of course, it's not going to, particularly since the Mayor De Blasio is 100% in the pocket of the taxi companies, who have been major campaign contributors.