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Thursday, September 27, 2012

Special per diem rates updated for 2012–2013

BY ALISTAIR M. NEVIUS, J.D. SEPTEMBER 26, 2012 The IRS on Wednesday issued the annual update of special per diem rates for use in substantiating certain business expenses taxpayers incur when traveling away from home (Notice 2012-63). The notice provides the transportation industry meal and incidental expenses rates, the rate for the incidental-expenses-only deduction, and the rates and list of high-cost localities for purposes of the high-low substantiation method.

Friday, September 21, 2012

Top 5 predictions - two futurist's perspectives

Two highly distinguished U.S. scientists shared their vision of mankind’s future at Abu Dhabi’s Manarat Al Saadiyat yesterday in a talk titled “What does the future look like?”, as part of the Muntada Program 2012 series of special lectures....... Throughout the evening, both Kaku and Kurzweil cited predictions ranging from the seemingly inane to Holy Grail-esque scientific leaps. In no particular order: (1)Intelligent toilets Screening human waste and monitoring body mass, the smart toilet will give dietary advice and issue important medical warnings. (2)Synthetic blood cells Nanotechnology will not exist in medicine to merely just cure ailments but more efficient synthetic blood cells could, for example, allow 15 minute sprints and 4 hour dives underwater, with no breathing apparatus. (3)Secure clothing Clothing laced with advanced fabrics will recognise accidents, based on changes to your pulse, bleeding, etc. and will even call an ambulance to your exact location. (4)Personalised movies Your chance to shine on-screen is almost upon us; augmented reality will soon allow you to insert your face in place of any superhero, or villain. (5)3D printing 3D printing is here and now but not yet in every home. Not only will 3D printing revolutionise manufacturing, but is expected to transform healthcare as doctors can begin printing organs in their surgery.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Friday, September 14, 2012

Addressing the 'Tax Cliff'

Jeff Porter, CPA, is a friend and colleague. The link is to his testimony, representing the AICPA Tax Division, before the congressional subcommittee on Economic Growth, Tax, and Capital Acess on September 13, 2012:

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Trying to accomplish the next Big Advance

NATHAN MYHRVOLD Wednesday, September 12, 2012 ....There are few technologies more daunting to inventors (and investors) than nuclear power. On top of the logistics, science, and engineering, you have to deal with the regulations and politics. In the 1970s, much of the world became afraid of nuclear energy, and last year's events in Fukushima haven't exactly assuaged those fears. So why would any rational group of people create a nuclear power company? Part of the reason is that Bill and I have been primed to think long-term. We have the experience and resources to look for game-changing ideas—and the confidence to act when we think we've found one. Other technologists who fund ambitious projects have similar motivations. Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos are literally reaching for the stars because they believe NASA and its traditional suppliers can't innovate at the same rate they can.

Thursday, September 06, 2012

ADP Reports 201,000 Private Sector Jobs in August

The ADP National Employment Report August 2012 Report Employment in the U.S. nonfarm private business sector increased by 201,000 from July to August, on a seasonally adjusted basis. The estimated gain from June to July was revised up from the initial estimate of 163,000 to 173,000. Employment in the private, service-providing sector expanded 185,000 in August, up from 156,000 in July. Employment in the private, goods-producing sector added 16,000 jobs in August. Manufacturing employment rose 3,000, following an increase of 6,000 in July.

Tuesday, September 04, 2012

Latest link at BetterhHealthTMBC to an article about metabolism.

Using TinyURL

Actually you don't have to know exactly what an URL is to effectively use TinyURl. How a copy/paste web address (URL) behaves after copying it and pasting it is inconsistent. The longer the URL, that is the more characters it contains, the less apt it is to paste as a "live link." Sometimes characters get interpreted as some type of 'break' and only part of the string becomes 'hot. When a URL fails to become 'hot', the likelihood that the reader will visit the location decreases exponentially. TinyURL facilitates converting the long address into a short address thereby increasing the odds of a 'hot-link' being created. As an example, the literal URL of this post;postID=6447379926666209477 becomes