Sep 21, 2010
SafeGuard Guaranty, an insurance start-up based in North Carolina, recently released what it’s billing as the world's first divorce insurance product.
The casualty insurance will provide financial assistance in the form of cash to cover the costs of a divorce, such as legal proceedings or setting up a new apartment or house.
You can't buy the insurance and then collect if you divorce right away. The policy must mature first.
To help people determine whether they need the insurance, the company has a Divorce Cost Calculator and a Divorce Probability Calculator on its website.
No mention if it provides marriage counseling.
I'd caution anyone from marrying a person planning to buy this insurance.
Not only that, they would be held liable for wrong predictions. This is a measure by the government to increase revenue.
Romania's Senate, however, voted down the proposal. It appears the lawmakers were frightened of being cursed by the witches and fortune tellers.
The report suggests the lawmakers were afraid of being turned into toads.
Sep 20, 2010
The UK's tax collection agency is putting forth a proposal that all employers send employee paychecks to the government, after which the government would deduct what it deems as the appropriate tax and pay the employees by bank transfer.
The proposal by Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (HMRC) stresses the need for employers to provide real-time information to the government so that it can monitor all payments and make a better assessment of whether the correct tax is being paid.
Maybe there is good reason for the British government to be paranoid about citizens paying their proper taxes.
Taxes have been high in the UK for years and many Brits have made a game of what they call "fiddling the taxman."
There is a song titled, Lester Fiddled the Taxman. You can even get the tune to the song as a ringtone for your mobile phone.
Will employers someday be required to send employee payrolls to the IRS for tax deduction in this country?
After all the radical changes in the last eighteen months, don't bet that it won't.
If it does happen here there will be a sudden increase in the underground (non-taxable) economy.
House leaders are considering adjourning as early as the end of this week, which would give lawmakers five and a half weeks to campaign before the Nov. 2 election but could also leave them exposed to allegations that they didn't finish their work in Washington.
The House hasn’t adjourned before Sept. 30 in an election year since 1960.
It's a thing of beauty: a brand new car, shiny and crisp. It makes you want to spend the whole evening walking around it. Pretty soon, the neighbors wander over to congratulate you—and to render advice.
Others recommend synthetic oil, or nitrogen in the tires, or a mouse-milk oil additive, guaranteed to double fuel economy.
I have always followed the owners manual instructions when breaking in a new car but I don't remember the details - we haven't had a new car in over 20 years.
The last of our eight new cars was a 1989 Pontiac that ended up in a Kansas junkyard less than two years after it left the showroom. No, it didn't fall apart. It was demolished while parked on a street in Abilene, Kansas. No one was hurt but the rear third of the car was unrecognizable.
We knew a man who had a very unorthodox method of breaking in a new car. He bought a new Plymouth every year and after 2,000 miles he changed the oil and replaced the oil filter with Kotex and never changed the oil again. When the year was up the car would have about 12,000 miles since the one and only oil change.
Needless to say he didn't read that in the break-in instructions of his owner's manual.
Maxine Waters (pictured) is a Democrat Congresswoman from California. From the report:
A community bank at the center of an ethics investigation that has ensnared Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) received a $12 million bailout even though Treasury Department officials knew it had a record of failing to serve its community’s lending needs.
Waters is accused of intervening to help OneUnited secure a meeting with Treasury officials, even though her husband owned stock in the bank and previously served on its board. After a months-long investigation, the House ethics committee charged Waters with three counts of violating House ethics rules.
Sep 19, 2010
Officials in B.C.'s Okanagan Valley plan to use camera-equipped garbage trucks to film what gets dumped in order to make sure people are recycling properly.
The cameras will be able to record what is thrown out so city staff will have proof of bad behavior.