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Comment: Re:Good news though (Score 1) 74

by kwbauer (#47409787) Attached to: Blue Shield Leaks 18,000 Doctors' Social Security Numbers

Yup, win a prize worth more than $600 from the radio and such and you won't receive it until you've filled out the 1099 related paperwork that requires you to give yuour SSN. Win more than $600 at the casino or in something like a dart tournament and the same thing happens?

Oh, and as far as end-of-year payments... Coming up quite short on all that excess income will result in some penalties, the least of which is requiring you to file quarterly estimated payments. In other words, if you have a lot of taxable income not subject to withholding, you better be making some mid-year payments or adjusting the withholdings to account for it or you will be required to file and remit quarterly payments the following year.

Comment: Re:just the usual shenannigans,. (Score 1) 175

by kwbauer (#47409591) Attached to: US Arrests Son of Russian MP In Maldives For Hacking

We did not indict him for being a politician's son. We indicted him for committing crimes. Personally, I find it ridiculous that diplomats get blanket immunity from prosecution but I fully understand the reasoning behind it. Now we have people suggesting that not only do accredited diplomats get immunity, but any politician? Seriously?

Comment: Re:Guam is in the Maldives now? (Score 1) 175

by kwbauer (#47409333) Attached to: US Arrests Son of Russian MP In Maldives For Hacking

"Actually a kidnapping"... I guess in an ideal world, nobody would ever break laws so we wouldn't need such unpleasant things as extradition treaties and such. However, we live in this reality and the situation is pretty simple. Mr. Seleznev was in Russia suing international communications media to commit crimes against American corporations and citizens. Had his activities been targeted against Russian corporations and citizens, he would still have been committing crimes; the same crimes. If Russia was unwilling to extradite him, then that makes the Russian government an accomplice to his crimes. One of the main purposes of countries having militaries is to protect their citizens and their citizen's legitimate business interests. This is because countries have decided that engaging in commerce with each other is a good thing and no country can afford to not protect its interests.

You can observe a lot just by watching. -- Yogi Berra