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USA Map of Beer Taxes

Funny because a beer in SanFran, NYC, & Miami costs like 6-8 dollars. The reasons:

  • Higher Business & Property Tax
  • Higher Minimum Wage
  • Higher commercial rent
  • Higher real estate price

So beer is really cheaper in rural areas.  Regardless it’s an interesting map.

Whether you’re planning a cross-country pub crawl or just wondering how much more that Guinness would cost if you lived in Nashville, you’ll find some useful info in the Tax Foundation’s state-by-state map of America’s excise taxes … Read the rest

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Five Unusual Items People Will Actually Donate

It’s the holidays, and the time for giving is upon us. Everywhere, you can find organizations, as well as people like Ed Young, encouraging people to give to those less fortunate. Donating a t-shirt or couch to the Salvation Army or Goodwill can be like treasure to someone who really needs it. Unfortunately, what some people decide to donate are so strange they can’t even be used. Here are five oddities people are giving away:

Pets

Pets are also … Read the rest

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The Future is here! No more paper with DigInfo

Prototype Real / Digital Info Interface System

Using projection and gestures to create interactive relationship with information – video embedded below:

Fujitsu Laboratories has developed a next generation user interface which can accurately detect the users finger and what it is touching, creating an interactive touchscreen-like system, using objects in the real word.

“We think paper and many other objects could be manipulated by touching them, as with a touchscreen. This system doesn’t use any special hardware; it consists of

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The Death Star Needs Insurance

Disney announced two days ago that their new plans, having previously purchased Lucasfilm for $4 billion, aren’t just to make a new trilogy of Star Wars episodes, nor even to make a few spin-off films set in the same universe.  No, they are planning to make one Star Wars movie every single year, with off-shoot films alternating with official new ‘episodes’.  How much Star Wars is too much Star Wars? The idea of a new trilogy of Star Wars Read the rest

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US Military Spending to Aide Allies Infograph

cato tax dollars at work military spending

Hawks depicted the cuts that Defense Secretary Robert Gates recently proposed for the Pentagon’s weapons programs as a savage assault on the military industrial complex. They insisted that Secretary Gates would leave us prostrate before future rivals.

Counterinsurgency enthusiasts, meanwhile cheered Mr. Gates’s willingness to swap high-tech platforms for capabilities suited to the unconventional conflicts we are fighting.

The truth is that the Gates proposal is both too cautious and inadequate. After all, Gates isn’t cutting non-war-related military spending; he’s … Read the rest

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The Tale of Two Cows (Epic Political Info-graph)

1) Three workers find themselves locked up, and they ask each other what they’re in for. The first man says: “I was always ten minutes late to work, so I was accused of sabotage.” The second man says: “I was always ten minutes early to work, so I was accused of espionage.” The third man says: “I always got to work on time, so I was accused of having a Western watch.”

And here are the nine runners-up:

2) An … Read the rest

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Atlanta the Nerdiest City in America?

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I’m a nerd and proud of it. As a kid growing up in the ’80s, though, there were few things more terrifying than the prospect of being deemed a nerd for my love of comic books, computers, role-playing games, and myriad other “nerdy” pursuits.

Thinking back on it now, it seems crazy that things considered so mainstream and even cool nowadays could get anyone subjected to near constant ridicule at the hands of their peers, but, oh boy, did they … Read the rest

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The Ugly Truth about the U.S. Tax Code

Four Score and 70 years ago, honest Abe started the first income tax.

The Bottom Line:

  • The current income tax was started in 1913.
  • What is taller than a giraffe and weighs 145 lbs?  The Tax Code (72,536 pages)
  • Regression analysis predicts by 2050 the tax code will be around 140,000 pages.
  • The Tax Code has 5 times as many words as the bible.
  • Compliance costs are estimated between 300-500 billion dollars/year.

1. Brief History:

  • To help pay for the
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