Doing Your Taxes for Free | Tax Exemptions

Is that time of the year again. And remember, if you have a home based business Uncle Sam wants to help you, your tax exemptions can make for a hefty return, which can greatly help your business. This site will help. The tax tips newsletter is free.

And I found this article by Jack Dunning on computoredge, which helps you find free ways to do your taxes.

Excerpt :

“If your taxes are relatively simple, there is no reason why you should pay to calculate your federal taxes. The tax-preparation software companies understand this. The money is not in the federal returns. There is too much competition offering free tax preparation to make much money off the easiest of federal returns. It’s the complicated federal returns, plus state return preparation and state tax eFilings that are the target for increased company earnings.”

Read More: Doing Your Taxes for Free


Martin Luther King Jr’s Day | Remarkable Man

At the age of thirty-five, Martin Luther King, Jr., was the youngest man to have received the Nobel Peace Prize. When notified of his selection, he announced that he would turn over the prize money of $54,123 to the furtherance of the civil rights movement.

In 1954, Martin Luther King became pastor of the Dexter Avenue Baptist Church in Montgomery, Alabama. Always a strong worker for civil rights for members of his race, King was, by this time, a member of the executive committee of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, the leading organization of its kind in the nation. He was ready, then, early in December, 1955, to accept the leadership of the first great Negro nonviolent demonstration of contemporary times in the United States, the bus boycott described by Gunnar Jahn in his presentation speech in honor of the laureate. The boycott lasted 382 days. On December 21, 1956, after the Supreme Court of the United States had declared unconstitutional the laws requiring segregation on buses, Negroes and whites rode the buses as equals. During these days of boycott, King was arrested, his home was bombed, he was subjected to personal abuse, but at the same time he emerged as a Negro leader of the first rank.

On the evening of April 4, 1968, while standing on the balcony of his motel room in Memphis, Tennessee, where he was to lead a protest march in sympathy with striking garbage workers of that city, he was assassinated.

Read more at the source: Nobel Lectures

“Every man must decide whether he will walk in the light of creative altruism or in the darkness of destructive selfishness.”- Martin Luther King Jr.

From Wikipedia: “Some have speculated that Ray had been used as a scapegoat, similar to allegations surrounding Lee Harvey Oswald and the John F. Kennedy assassination. Some of the claims used to support this assertion are:

Ray’s confession was given under pressure, and he had been threatened with the death penalty.

Many suspecting a conspiracy in the assassination point out the two separate ballistic tests conducted on the Remington Gamemaster had neither conclusively proved Ray had been the killer nor that it had even been the murder weapon. Moreover, witnesses surrounding King at the moment of his death say the shot came from another location, from behind thick shrubbery near the rooming house, and not from the rooming house window.


Avatar, what is it? | The Movie

According to the New Oxford American Dictionary:

avatar |ˈavəˌtär|: noun chiefly Hinduism, a manifestation of a deity or released soul in bodily form on earth; an incarnate divine teacher. • an incarnation, embodiment, or manifestation of a person or idea: he set himself up as a new avatar of Arab radicalism.

And also, • Computing a movable icon representing a person in cyberspace or virtual reality graphics

I guess the movie “embodies” the last definition; in the trailer the main character is told referring to his transformation, “that is your avatar”. And he will actually be acting in a sort of cyber space (Pandora) where everything is a computer animation. Nothing is real. The plot: The tailed, blue natives have to be “relocated” (sounds familiar) so their land can be mined for something or other.

Yet, the fact is that in Brazil and other parts of South America, where the natives are brown and tailless, that is the actual situation; their land is getting stolen and ravaged in the name of greed, something which eventually may put us all in a place like Pandora. But I guess making a movie about what is actually happening wouldn’t require special effects or produce a blockbuster movie.  Let’s hope that it will make people aware of what is actually taking place.

Should I go see it? Maybe for the special effects? What do you think?

PS I saw the movie. Excellent! It should have a positive effect. But be advised; it won’t let you go to the restroom. Please scroll down.

Excerpts and pictures from an article by Michael Hanlon in MailOnline

Human nature: One man points at the plane. Others ready their weapons

Hidden homes: The tribe's tent-shaped dwellings deep in the rainforest

“Contact is usually a disaster for these remote tribespeople, who live a life probably unchanged for more than 10,000 years. Even if the loggers do not shoot them (which they often do) or force them off their land, diseases against which these isolated humans have no resistance typically wipe out half an uncontacted tribe’s numbers in a year or two.”

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“Prejudices, it is well known, are most difficult to eradicate from the heart whose soil has never been loosened or fertilized by education; they grow there, firm as weeds along rocks.” –– Charlotte Bronte

Marketing Tactics | Titus Hoskins

Titus Hoskins’ blog is one of my favorites because he mixes common sense with expertise, and leaves all hype out. I subscribed to his newsletter and always learn something new. Recommended! Here is a post on his top marketing tactics for 2009; it makes sense!

My Top Internet Marketing Tactics For 2009

Beware of Spam | Phishing Schemes | ComputorEdge

Beware of the new phishing schemes. A fake American Express phishing scheme is making the rounds.

Spam of the Week: American Express Online Form
“The latest in annoying and dangerous e-mail currently making the rounds.”
by ComputorEdge Staff

“The Facebook spam scams (“Spam of the Week” October 30 and November 6) have reemerged this week, possibly taking a shot at new Facebook users. More recently, there has been a fake e-mail that appears to be from American Express. (It’s not!) Most have a subject line of “important information” or some variation of that…

To read more please see: “Spam of the Week: American Express Online Form from ComputorEdge”

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