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Comment: Better idea: we all start churches, or non-profits (Score 1) 698

by walterbyrd (#49479847) Attached to: 'We the People' Petition To Revoke Scientology's Tax Exempt Status

Leave the laws as they are so we can use them. The government cannot make something illegal for one church, and illegal for another.

1) Start a church, or other non-profit.
2) Make yourself the administrator
3) Pay yourself a very small salary, that will be taxable.
4) The house you live in, the cars/boats/airplanes you use, etc. will all belong to the non-profit, so no taxes on the money needed to buy those.
5) Give yourself an unlimited expense account for food, travel, lodging, health care, clothes, entertainment, etc. As long as it is considered church business, it's not taxable.
6) Aside from taking donations, you can run a business that gives all revenue to the non-profit. Then take the money back out in the form of whatever you want: for example buy a car for the non-profit that is yours to use. The non-profit will, of course, also pay for insurance, fuel, maintenance, and a driver.

Comment: What is government definition of "religion?" (Score 1) 698

by walterbyrd (#49479751) Attached to: 'We the People' Petition To Revoke Scientology's Tax Exempt Status

Do you need deities? Do you need churches?

What is the difference between religion, and other non-profits, as far as taxes go?

If you are an administrator, for a church, or non-profit, are you taxed on expenses? For example, if the organization gave you a hotel room for a night, and travel expenses, would those be taxed?

Comment: Is "gender gap" argument bullshit? (Score 1) 892

There are many factors that determine pay, not just education level.

My understanding is: women do not equal pay for equal work - they already have that, that has been the law for 50 years, or more. Women want equal pay for so-called "compatible" work.

BTW: I have degrees in math, comp sci, and business. I have worked right next to a woman with nothing more than high school, and she got twice my salary. Where is my "equal pay for compatible work?"

Comment: Iran: "Destroying Israel is nonnegotiable" (Score 1) 383

by walterbyrd (#49404141) Attached to: Why the Framework Nuclear Agreement With Iran Is Good For Both Sides

> The commander of the Basij militia of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards said that “erasing Israel off the map” is “nonnegotiable,” according to an Israel Radio report Tuesday

Comment: Re:I do not understand (Score 2) 538

> No, for Democrats it comes down to hoping that they'll make the hard/unpopular choices of keeping the environment clean, protecting citizens' rights in the face of "for the children" and "or the terrorists win" crap, etc.. Unfortunately, they (like the Republicans) are typically more interested in getting corporate sponsorships to get re-elected, and will generally sell out everything they pretend to believe in to get it.

I defy you to offer any evidence to support that. Do you realize it was Nixon who created the EPA, and the Marin Mammal Protection act? That along with ending the war in Vietnam, stopping the selective service, SALT I and SALT II, and opening relations with China. Way more the current scum we have has ever done, or ever will do.

BTW: I am not a democrat, or a republican.

+ - RIP Paul Schenkeveld->

Submitted by walterbyrd
walterbyrd (182728) writes "Posted in open-bsd mic list:

It is very sad to have to communicate that our friend, Paul Schenkeveld, has passed away.

Just recently Paul held a tutorial at AsiaBSDcon 2015; as we know he enjoyed — or rather lived for — BSD conferences. He was particularily proud of the 2011 EuroBSDcon in Maarssen, for which he was the prime organizer. The Stichting EuroBSDcon (the Foundation behind every EuroBSDcon since then) came to life in the aftermath of the 2011 con, Paul was the driving force. He always wanted to create a community event for everybody involved with the BSDs, in particular, he always wanted EuroBSDcon to be a conference for ALL the BSD-derived Operating Systems, in a fair and balanced way. This desire last not least led him to get me on the foundation board.

Let us remember him for his enthusiasm, his warm and open nature, his endless desire to help where possible, and his accomplishments.

Just two weeks ago I had a very long, private conversation with him in Tokyo. I can't believe this should have been the last time to talk to each other. I've lost a great friend.

Rest in peace, Paul."

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+ - The systemd Project Forks the Linux Kernel->

Submitted by walterbyrd
walterbyrd (182728) writes "Now it appears as though the systemd developers have found a solution to kernel compatibility problems and a way to extend their philosophy of placing all key operating system components in one repository. According to Ivan Gotyaovich, one of the developers working on systemd, the project intends to maintain its own fork of the Linux kernel. "There are problems, problems in collaboration, problems with compatibility across versions. Forking the kernel gives us control over these issues, gives us control over almost all key parts of the stack.""
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