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Phoney Businessman Who Scammed Internet Tech Companies Pleads Guilty.

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      [Tech Business/Crime]

      By design it was a simple scam. Bill Google and Facebook for services rendered and they pay you. It worked. But implementing this simple scam was a bit more complicated than that. Evaldas Rimasausakas, of Lithuania, under the guise of Quanta Computer, a real company, submitted bills to Google and Facebook which they dutifully paid. His take? Over $100 Million.

      Full story here.


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      How To Choose The Online Computer Supply Store And Make A Smarter Decision?

      The layout of an office helps to determine the right kind of tools and equipment you should buy to make it even more efficient. A positive work environment is good for the growth and development of both the office and its employees. As the employees spend at least 7-8 hours in the office, having the right kind of adjustable computer desk is important to promote their well-being. The desk comes with a lever to adjust the height accordingly. The desks made from the good quality material can hold desktops up to 25lb.

      Buying the office supplies such as the server cabinet helps reduce the operating cost. Having a flexible and agile workspace requires less time and efforts to redesign it. Proper planning is required so that space can be utilized affectively without effecting the aesthetics. For instance- Your office should have enough space to accommodate the new employees in the future.

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      IRS: Why Up To 25% Of Tax Payers Expecting A Refund Will Not Get One

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          [Tax Business]



          This is a follow up story to the one about middle class and conservative tax payers upset/shocked about having their refunds cut or finding they actually owe taxes. Owing taxes, and not being due a refund, is new to many. Most refunds, according to the IRS, will be smaller (8% on average), and many others who are used to receiving a refund will not be getting one (up to 25%).

          Linked is a report on the IRS reasons as to why that is true, but not totally true.

          They say that it is indeed true that due to the new tax reform law that about a quarter of tax payers who normally would have gotten a tax refund will not be getting a refund this year. But, tax payers should remember, says the IRS, that this new tax reform law also reduced what the income earners paid in advance to the IRS through payroll deductions. Therefore most income earners should understand that they have already received, as part of their take home pay, any tax savings due to them.

          John Q -- "But due to increased fees and health insurance premiums I didn't take home more!"

          This isn't going to sit well with people.


          Expect the number of stunned people to steadily grow as this new tax reality hits home.

          It's a new day at the IRS. It is Trump day!

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          Industrial Hemp: A Win-Win For The Economy And The Environment

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              Hemp, or industrial hemp (from Old English hænep), typically found in the northern hemisphere, is a variety of the Cannabis sativa plant species that is grown specifically for the industrial uses of its derived products. It is one of the fastest growing plants and was one of the first plants to be spun into usable fiber10,000 years ago. It can be refined into a variety of commercial items including paper, textiles, clothing, biodegradable plastics, paint, insulation, biofuel, food, and animal feed.

              Although cannabis as a drug and industrial hemp both derive from the species Cannabis sativa and contain the psychoactive component tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), they are distinct strains with unique phytochemicalcompositions and uses. Hemp has lower concentrations of THC and higher concentrations of cannabidiol (CBD), which decreases or eliminates its psychoactive effects. The legality of industrial hemp varies widely between countries. Some governments regulate the concentration of THC and permit only hemp that is bred with an especially low THC content. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hemp

              So let's look at our industries today that could be using hemp in their products, and right now that number of products is around 25,000. I am not going to discuss 25 thousand products, I just want to discuss one. Plastics.

              Plastics have been under fire ever since the industry started making plastic wrap for food. The major issue was that the food industry was too dependent on plastic, and many environmental agencies wanted the industry to mix it up so we didn't have so much plastic in the landfills.

              I still remember going to a butcher and purchasing meat wrapped in brown or white paper. Cardboard was a necessity in the food industry, and then those foam packages took center in some of the food industries, but the major headache was, "what to wrap this stuff with?"

              Unfortunately plastic today is treated just as much a staple as sugar and salt. The stuff is clear, it will wrap around the most unforgiving of items you can imagine, it makes the item see through, and as long as you wrap the item correctly, the plastic will make the item waterproof. Oh! It's cheap too. But right out of the gate people noticed months in the dump did not decompose the plastics at a rate they felt was acceptable. But the food industry treated plastic like bread with peanut butter and jelly. The plastic was inseparable from the industry. From plastic straws to wrap and plastic plates, and even in frozen, plus fresh food items got on board with the stuff. Visit any grocery, or fast food chain, the first thing you see is not only their best sellers, it is also served in plastic. Even if it is a thin film lining a paper cup, you can't visit a grocery chain or a fast food restaurant that doesn't at least have one item in use made from the stuff.

              Plastic is made from oil, and don't ask me how they do that because I don't have a clue. But for months now I have said we need to ban plastics because they are crapping our ecosystem. But a crazy thing happened and that was Hemp. The Feds made hemp legal to grow. This is a godsend for the plastic industry, but not so much for the oil industry. So I believe there may be a fight over which is better, but just so you know hemp is biodegradable and plastic made from oil is not. Word is plastics made from oil, some will still be around a thousand years after all of us are gone.

              And the winner is Hemp! So today plastics can be made from Hemp including for the food industries. All we need to do folks is convince the industry to use Hemp for food plastics or use cardboard in it's place. We all know that cardboard is not a winner they want plastic food containers, and wrap, and let's not forget the enemy number one, the straw. The big thing though, is how do you get a industry to make a change and plunge head first into Hemp plus love the idea of the change? I say we need to use the environment as a reason for change. We have to start somewhere and plastic food containers and wraps is an excellent choice to get started on cleaning up the mess we created. We should also have lots and lots of kudos for the food chains that agree to Hemp plastics. We can call them perks for the industries, or call them for what they really are and that is... industries or businesses that care for the environment.

              By the way in case you don't know they have already said that hemp is the next best thing too save farmers. I wish I had a few hundred acres. I know I would be planting it because it is already considered a super crop. You get in at the bottom and you are sitting pretty while many are still trying to figure it out. Be sure you have a buyer though. Right now there are thousands of buyers as long as you are good at selling it.

              https://modernfarmer.com/2018/07/so-you-want-to-be...

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              Mac-and-Cheese Public Service Notice

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                  [Product News]

                  Building a bunker?

                  Got 15 kids at home?

                  You love food that doesn't spoil?

                  Starting a Daycare in your shed?

                  Stocking up for the long nights of winter?

                  Do you really-really like Mac-and-Cheese!?!

                  If so,Costco has some good news for you.

                  Introducing the 27lb bucket of goodness. And it's good for 20 years!

                  Chef's Banquet Mac-and-Cheese. The good stuff.

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                  Wall Street Ends Its Worst Year Since The 2008 Financial Crisis

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                      There is no doubt that Trump's chaotic form of "governing" is anxiety provoking, dangerous and often inhumane, but in spite of all his grandiose talking points to the contrary, 2018 has been the stock market's worst year since the financial crisis that Obama inherited, and if Trump is allowed to continue his poor decisions, 2019 is predicted to be as bad or worse.

                      So much for the oft touted accolades the Right keeps giving to Trump the "business man!"

                      Wall Street's moderate gains in New Year's Eve trading were nowhere near enough to avert the worst year for American stocks since the financial crisis.

                      The blue chip Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 5.6 percent in 2018, its first annual drop since a 2.2 percent decrease in 2015 but a mere fraction of the 34 percent slide in 2008. The broader S&P 500 tumbled 6.2 percent, its first year in the red since a 0.7 percent slip in 2015, while the Nasdaq is down 3.9 percent. Both indexes lost more than a third of their value in 2008.

                      The dour performance, which undercuts one of President Trump's favorite economic talking points during his first year in the White House, reflects concern about Federal Reserve interest rate hikes, fallout from tariffs the administration has posed on allies and rivals alike, and speculation that growth will slow in 2019.

                      "We know the economy is likely to slow because you have the waning effects of tax cuts, you have the impact of higher rates already, and you have trade friction," said Fred Cannon, director of research at New York brokerage Keefe, Bruyette & Woods. Still, "the Fed and most people looking at the U.S. economy don't believe it's going to fall into a recession."

                      The central bank has raised short-term interest rates nine times, to a range of 2.25 percent to 2.5 percent, since cutting them to nearly zero during the financial crisis. The last 25 basis-point increase, occurring the week before Christmas, dragged markets lower and prompted bitter criticism of Fed Chariman Jerome Powell from Trump, who appointed him to succeed Janet Yellen.

                      Indeed, the president's musings about whether he could fire Powell injected further volatility into the markets, which rely on the central bank's independent management of the U.S. economy.

                      "Tension between the Fed and the president is obvious," said David Bianco, Americas chief investment officer for New York-based wealth-management firm DWS. "This is not a first for the Fed," he added, noting market frustration with the Christmas hike. "The Fed must make the right decision for the economy, not its credibility or autonomy."

                      Along with interest rates, corporate executives and economists will pay close attention during the coming year to trade policy, given Trump's threats to add tariffs to another $267 billion in Chinese imports. The president vows to add the tariffs unless he's able to strike a deal with Beijing that addresses a trade imbalance and Chinese theft of U.S. intellectual property.

                      The White House has already imposed duties on $250 billion of Chinese goods, driving up supply costs for U.S. businesses, as well as double-digit levies on steel and aluminum. Trump has also threatened tariffs on imports of automobiles and parts.

                      "We see slowing across the board, and we think tariffs are driving much of that slowdown," said Rob Martin, an economist with the Swiss lender UBS.

                      https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/business/wall-s...

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                      Private Equity Business Practices That Should Be A Crime

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                          [Bad Business]

                          These money grubbers invest to purposely control and then deplete (wink, wink, nod) legit business of their value and then file for bankruptcy, shortchanging the former employees. And, in the case presented here, many of the former employees are mad as hell. But it isn't a crime to do this?

                          Mentally bankrupt white collar money grubbers have no shame and no heart. Congress needs to outlaw these practices.

                          https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/economy/as...

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