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Comment Re: For all Debts, Public and Private (Score 1) 151

How would the police have probable cause to even know how much money I have in my wallet?

When it comes to asset forfeitures, probable cause is optional. All the police have to do is accuse you of being a drug dealer. The law allows them to keep the cash even if they don't charge you for a crime. If you insist on getting your cash back, the district attorney will tell you to take a walk or face a criminal complaint. For some local jurisdictions, asset seizures is the quickest way to juice up the budget. Far more easier than asking voters for a new property tax.

Comment Re:paypal is not a bank and they can take your fun (Score 2) 151

paypal is not a bank

That's not what I've been told when I worked at eBay/PayPal (years before the recent corporate split). Although not a bank per se, PayPal does fall under banking regulations. What that meant for the IT department was that we had to keep eBay assets and PayPal assets separate from each other. (Assets being anything with an asset tag such as laptops and monitors; cables, keyboards and mice were interchangeable.) Also, if you worked for PayPal directly and not eBay/PayPal, your credit record has to be much cleaner than average, no bankruptcies in the last ten years, and any adverse downward changes in credit score can result in immediate termination when your credit report gets periodically reviewed.

Comment Re:The deep insecurity of Islam (Score 2) 193

The problem I have with the christian god is that he is inconsistent. Not only in his actions, that's normal with megalomaniac lunatics. No, in his psychological makeup.

He's insecure and jealous. Not my idea, his own manual says so. Ok. He's got the personality of an opera diva and wants constant worship from everyone. And anyone not worshiping him needs to be converted or sent on a one-way trip to hell. Because he wants a bigger audience. So far, so sensible. Typical egotist with a megalomaniac streak, which is not uncommon with people who not only get lifted on pedestals by their peers but also have a lot of power.

And then he does everything to make himself obsolete. Take this universe. Time and again I get to hear how this is a proof for god because it's so "perfectly tuned". Aside of being impossible to observe were it any other way (because we didn't exist then), wouldn't a god that wants groveling and worship ensure that we KNOW it's his doing and ONLY his doing, that keeps us alive? He's all powerful, and if only half the stories in his ad brochure are true he also has no problem observing any physical limitations or pesky little things like conservation of energy. It would be trivial for him to ensure we KNOW he's there.

But instead he hides and gives us every reason to not believe in his existence because it is possible to explain this universe, from its creation to its current state, without there ever being some kind of supernatural entity required.

How does this get together with that diva personality?

Sorry, christians, your god makes no sense. Get a more sensible one that doesn't look like something Michael Bay would want to make a movie of (seriously, he's big with the special effects in his ad publication but poor with dialogue and sensible content... much like a Bay movie) and we can talk.

Comment Re:Forced to accept cash? (Score 2) 151

I was living in small apartment building that got sold to a corporation. A month after the manager moved out of his apartment and returned to Mexico, a corporate representative asked if I paid cash and had receipts for the last two months. I did and showed him the receipts. Turned out everyone paid in cash and had receipts. The former manager drove off with $10,000+ in rents that he supposed to deposit into the corporate account. After that we had to pay by check or money order.

Comment Re:Hillary, is that you? (Score 1) 305

Sole prop.... That's not a very smart thing to have done. That's like a business 101 mistake.

His grandfather and father ran the business as a sole proprietorship for 50 years. He converted it to a corporation because his CPA showed him how it would his overall tax bill by two-thirds as an individual taxpayer.

Oh and by the way, that $53,000 in profits - he has to pay at least 15% tax on that.

My understanding with his qualified retirement plan is that his paycheck contributions are pre-tax dollars and the corporate contributions are expense deductions.

He didn't just get that money tax free. Sooner or later they will get their cut.

He took salary and paid taxes on that, which was significantly less than being taxed as a sole proprietorship. The corporation paid whatever taxes it had to pay on what little profit was left over after expenses at year end.

He didn't just get that money tax free. Sooner or later they will get their cut.

He'll pay taxes when he starts drawing on his retirement account.

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