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Comment Re:Good luck with that (Score 2) 155

we just elected a president who's doing everything he can to stack the courts with folks friendly to these kind of laws. That's not hyperbole, it was one of his campaign promises.

Where is your evidence? Citations, please.

One of the things I'm going to do if I win, and I hope we do and we're certainly leading. I'm going to open up our libel laws so when they write purposely negative and horrible and false articles, we can sue them and win lots of money. We're going to open up those libel laws. So when The New York Times writes a hit piece which is a total disgrace or when The Washington Post, which is there for other reasons, writes a hit piece, we can sue them and win money instead of having no chance of winning because they're totally protected.
-- Donald Trump, 2016-02-26

This may not be about "stacking the courts" but Trump's intentions regarding libel laws was stated clearly during the campaign.

Comment Re:There's no law... (Score 5, Informative) 171

So every company needs to officially warn their investors about global warming, rising tides, and ocean acidification?

If those things can materially affect the profitability of the company, then yes. And especially if the company knows that it is contributing to them, thus making itself vulnerable to legislative or liability consequences.

Comment Re:Trump says (Score 5, Informative) 171

Moron.... private company != Government

I can create all the email account I want for my company ... the Government has no constitutional power to complain.

The witch hunt to file some sort of criminal complaint because I dare to talk about climate change or deny climate change.. is simply that.

Except that Exxon Mobil is not a private company. Its stock is sold in various currencies on numerous exchanges around the world.

The executives of a publicly-traded company have a legal fiduciary responsibility to inform shareholders of potential risks to the company's profitability. Trying to bury their own evidence that their products contribute to climate change arguably is a violation of that responsibility. Hence the investigation by the AGs.

Comment Re:Not much for those stuck *right now* (Score 1) 632

Canadians and Mexicans have something called the TN visa, which is a lot easier to get than H1Bs. (Which is a wonder then why Mexicans would bother coming illegally, since they can easily get a TN visa and come over to pluck the crops.

As I said in my post, a Canadian (or Mexican) can obtain a Trade NAFTA (aka TN) work permit. And please note, it's a work permit, not a visa. A visa lets you enter a country for a certain purpose (that may or may not include paid work); a work permit lets you work there. Mexicans and Canadians don't need visas to enter the US, but they do need work permits to work there legally.

Under the NAFTA treaty, only people doing jobs that require certain kinds of college degrees (mostly in STEM fields) are eligible for a Trade NAFTA work permit. So no, people who pick crops cannot get one.

As another AC pointed out, you must have a job offer in order to get a TN permit. But that's true of practically any other kind of non-immigrant work permit. The difference with TN is that you can just show up at the border with:

- evidence of the temporary job offer (i.e., a letter from the employer);
- a description of the job that shows it requires someone with the education and skills described in the NAFTA treaty, and
- your documents that prove you fit the requirements of the position and the treaty.

Then you pay a small fee and you're in, for up to a year. You can get a new one over and over again, but not forever. Much easier than an H-1B. But like any interaction with a border agent, sometimes things can go wrong. (I was denied a TN once, even though my papers were valid.) Just show up with good documentation, prerferably after consulting with an immigration attorney.

Comment Re:Not much for those stuck *right now* (Score 1) 632

As a Canadian, he can apply as an H-1B to work in the US for a couple of years to get some experience there. US folks can do the same by applying for the Canadian H-1B thingy.

Canadians in his situation don't need to get an H1-B to work in the USA. They can get a work permit far more easily through Trade NAFTA. For now. Stay tuned to see what The Orange One does about that.

There is a reciprocal arrangement in NAFTA for STEM-degreed Americans to work in Canada temporarily.

Submission + - Verizon Wireless Wades Right Back Into the Net Neutrality Debate With Fios Deal (theverge.com)

An anonymous reader writes: Verizon is taking a page out of AT&T’s book by zero rating its Fios cable TV service for all Verizon Wireless customers. That means that if you purchase your mobile data plan from Verizon Wireless and your cable TV plan from Fios, you can now use the Fios Mobile app to stream live channels and on-demand shows and not have it count against your monthly data cap. This builds on Verizon’s previous decision to zero rate its Go90 mobile app for customers of its own wireless service, which net neutrality advocates see as prioritizing its own products to the detriment of those from competitors and upstarts. One notable exception here is for customers with unlimited mobile data plans. Streaming Fios Mobile content will in fact count toward the unlimited plans’ 22GB a month cap, after which Verizon will cap speeds. This caveat is not made clear in Verizon’s marketing language, and instead is found only in the App Store release notes.

Submission + - How To Recognize the Signs of Tax Identity Theft

meidinger09elsie writes: Tax filing season is upon us. Soon you will be filing your paperwork and perhaps receiving a nice check — unless thieves file a return in your name first and falsely claim your refund.

Unfortunately, if a thief has your Social Security number and other relevant information, tax identity theft is very hard to prevent. Greg McBride, Chief Financial Analyst for Bankrate.com, notes that "somebody could have your Social Security number and they could have been sitting on it for a while... you would have no idea until they go and file a bogus tax return under your Social Security number. You only find out at the point where your legitimate return gets rejected."

While recent IRS efforts have resulted in a 50% drop in both confirmed fraudulent identity theft tax returns and new identity theft reports from 2015 to 2016, tax-identity thieves still falsely claim millions of dollars in undeserved refunds every year.

The IRS is attempting to help taxpayers be proactive by recognizing the signs of potential tax ID theft. The "Taxes. Security. Together" program urges taxpayers to take reasonable precautions and to work with the IRS whenever any activity occurs that suggests tax ID fraud.

Examples of suspicious activity include receiving tax–related documents that you did not request and should not receive, including receiving a bogus refund. Occasionally, information meant to be delivered to the thief will be sent to you by mistake. If you receive a tax document from an employer that you have never worked for, a tax transcript that you did not request, or a reloadable prepaid debit card that you did not expect, you should be highly suspicious of potential tax fraud .

You may also receive a letter from the IRS asking you to verify a suspicious tax return filed with your name and Social Security number. A greedy thief may try to claim a large refund or make a basic error in the return that compels the IRS to label the return as suspicious. When that occurs, the IRS will contact you to see if the return is legitimately yours.

If your return is rejected, start by immediately looking for any simple errors such as transposed Social Security numbers or confusion with respect to dependents — for example, your teenage son or daughter filed their own return claiming themselves when you have also claimed them as a dependent. If no errors are evident, you will have to deal with what McBride calls the "massive headache" of rectifying the situation.

McBride offers perhaps your best line of defense: "To whatever extent you can, try to file your tax return early." Beat the thieves at their own game and file as soon as you have the necessary tax documents from employers and financial accounts. However, since the thieves don't care if your information is correct or not, they have an inherent time advantage.

It's preferable to be preventative and extremely careful with your personal information. The IRS urges you to take reasonable and simple steps, such as securing your computer and mobile devices, using strong passwords, avoiding phishing e-mails, and not engaging in suspicious texts and calls from alleged IRS officials.

Make sure that you take similar precautions with your mobile and wireless connections. Never transmit personal information over unsecured Wi-Fi connections or to unverified websites.

With respect to tax fraud, the IRS is your ally. Neither one of you wants tax-identity thieves to succeed. Do your part, be proactive and vigilant, and help to make 2017 a difficult year for tax-identity thieves.

Additional resources for business accounting tips are available here .

Submission + - Who'll Buy A $10B Driverless Car Fleet To Earn Uber-Level Fares? (xconomy.com) 1

Xconomy'sBT writes: Uber and Lyft are betting their futures on the hope that self-driving cars can free them from their troubled relationships with contract drivers. But the ride-hailing companies, which now depend on virtual car fleets owned by drivers, would then have to own or lease thousands of much more expensive autonomous vehicles on the cutting edge of technology. Could they ever make a profit? Gartner automotive analyst Michael Ramsey says: Do the math. A deep-dive story in Xconomy does some back-of-the-envelope calculations. Despite their scale, Uber and Lyft are not profitable now as virtual transportation companies free of repair bills, insurance payments, DMV fees, etc. It’s unlikely they could raise rates to cover their new costs as driverless fleet owners, or as profit-sharing partners with carmakers. Uber attained scale by training riders to expect rock-bottom fares---often lower than legacy taxicab rates. A driverless taxi fleet would earn “grocery store margins,” Lux Capital partner Shahin Farshchi says.

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