So today, September 13, 2018 , I get this piece from one of my high school buddies. It has no author indicated so I Googled it and nothing came up. I wish I had the creativity to do it myself but alas, I do not. Having said that and in no way taking credit for it, I would like to pass it on so you may see the irony and hypocrisy. Should one of you have an indication as to who the author is, please email me at [email protected] and I will insert his/her name in the article. The person who wrote the article is Fritz Edmunds. If you can get arrested for hunting or fishing without a license, but not for being in the country illegally …you might live in a country founded by geniuses but run by idiots. If you have to get your parents’ permission to go on a field trip or take an aspirin in school, but not to get an abortion … you might live in a country founded by geniuses but run by idiots. If the only school curriculum allowed to explain how we got here is evolution, … [Read more...] about What happens when you live in a country run by idiots?
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THIS is how you can find out if you're entitled to cash back from the government - after judges ruled sanctions against jobseekers had breached their human rights. Around 4,000 Brits are owed a total of nearly £2million in benefits after a five-year legal fight against the Department of Work and Pensions over their controversial "workfare" schemes. The schemes made it compulsory for jobseekers to work for free or have their benefits docked. But after graduate Cait Reilly won a landmark Court of Appeal victory over her unpaid work placement in Poundland, the coalition responded by passing an emergency law in 2013 to make the schemes legal. This meant ministers could avoid refunding £130m to those who had had their benefits sanctioned from when the scheme started in 2011 to 2013. A court found in June that this rule change meant a specific group of jobseekers had lost their right to a fair hearing under Article 6 of the European Convention of Human Rights. And now … [Read more...] about Jobseekers Allowance refund – How YOU can find out if you’re entitled to cash back from the government
Visit The Boston Globe Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Comment on this Scroll to top of page By Kara Baskin Globe correspondent April 17, 2018 Martini-guzzling colleagues who blithely split the bill. Pals who linger over coffee while you mentally calculate the baby sitter’s hours. The relative who comes to town expecting to be wined and dined, and never reaches for the check.When the restaurant tab hits the table, spending habits swing sharply into focus.In a recent Reuters/Ipsos opinion poll of more than 4,200 US adults, one-third of respondents said they were eating out less often than three months ago. Of those diners, 62 percent said cost was the primary reason. A 2016 Zagat survey found that the country’s least frequent diners live in Boston. (Models of restraint, we dine out on average 3.8 times per week.) As the Globe reported in September 2017, menu prices in the state have risen 2.5 percent on average over a 20-month period, though the … [Read more...] about Dinner with friends gets tricky when you don’t have the same ‘economic bandwidth’
It is hard to beat the convenience of a credit card for purchases, but does that same convenience make it worth paying your taxes by credit card? It might, but that depends on several factors involving money and time. "Your credit card is usually a high-interest option, but it is an option," opines Betterment head of tax Eric Bronnenkant. Before deciding whether to put your tax bill on plastic, consider the following: Fees – By law, the IRS cannot pay credit card transaction fees. As a result, credit card payments to the IRS are handled through secure third parties approved by the agency. See the IRS website for a list of the approved payment processors and their fees. What to Do When You Owe Taxes But Can't Pay the Bill Credit card fees are percentage-based with a minimum "convenience fee" for smaller bills ranging from $2.50 to $2.69. Percentages range from 1.87 percent to 2.00 percent of the total tax bill depending on the vendor and the type of card … [Read more...] about Should You Pay Your Taxes With a Credit Card?
This article is available to Members of The Local. Read more Membership Exclusives here. The number of immigrants from countries outside Europe who’ve moved to Germany in recent years has risen sharply, according to the Federal Institute for Population Research (BiB), and Americans are no exception. In the past ten years, 324,000 Americans have packed their bags and made the move to Germany, coming in second place only to Syrians - Germany’s largest group of immigrants outside the EU. If you do decide to stuff your life into a suitcase and fly over, you’ll be joining the nearly 260,000 other Americans who have registered here as residents. In the majority of Germany’s 16 federal states, Americans form the largest group of foreigners whose native language is English, the latest Destatis figures from December 2016 show. Where Americans in Germany live If you’re keen on moving to areas heavily populated by Americans, it might be useful … [Read more...] about Everything you need to know as an American moving to Germany