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some B.S. is better than other B.S.

From my HSA, I can pay a christian science practitioner but not for scientology counsoling. That’s pre-tax. Some pretend is apparently more acceptable than other pretend.

It’s on page 7 of IRS publication 502

You can include in medical expenses fees you pay to
Christian Science practitioners for medical care.

Now for the next quote, this one comes from The Church of Christ, Scientist website. This is what a christian science practitioner does:

Offer spiritually-based Christian Science treatment – a specific kind of prayer explained in the book, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy, which has resulted for many in physical healing and the resolution of a variety of life problems.

Wow. Reducing tax liberality is our national pastime… but paying someone to pray for you? I knew a guy in college that didn’t know a damn thing about medicine – but you might say he was an entrepreneur herbalist.

Bummer that his goods/services aren’t pretax – on page 15 of that IRS doc

You cannot include in medical expenses amounts you pay for controlled substances (such as marijuana, laetrile, etc.), in violation of federal law.

Legal or otherwise at least what he was selling had an effect.


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USI wireless: FAIL

The much talked about Minneapolis wireless blows. I could rant about it for at least 10 pages, however the images below sums it up.

If you sign up you’ll be seeing this a lot:

I know this is brand new stuff, I can handle some bumps in rolling out an ambitious new service.  But my connection was so crappy and slow that ‘cutie kitty chef’ was beating me in TF2:

I have no idea who that person is, but I’m sure they’re a toolbox.  I had to cancel the service.  So now I’m without internet and without cell phone.  I feel very 1990.


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I like ant particularly after recently working in the embedded device world where 15 year old make files are still being used to coax binaries out of toolchains older than I am.

I have horrid memories or a time less than a year ago when everyday I’d see output from a linker that was dated the year I started kindergarten. If that sweet innocent little me had realized that some punter in California was working on an that insidious product that would later torment me… The primary function of this junk wasn’t eating C and turning out elf binaries, but rather in teaching users the full meaning of white space, and where thou shalt place a tab and thou shalt not use eight spaces. Verily spaces are an abomination that displeases the grey bearded unix gods. Don’t even ask about how many spaces are in a tab.

Today I had the best idea for extending ant. I want the fail task to randomly pop up a picture from the fail blog

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I heart Helen Thomas

I read the transcripts for the white house press briefings, it’s a sick morbid fascination.
It’s not that I like to stay informed, it’s more like art appreciation. Which is good, because there is little information disseminated – and even less factual information.
There can be appreciation for things you don’t like – I don’t get into on rap music, but I appreciate some of it. Any common thing done uncommonly well is nothing to sneeze at.

Former press secretary –Ari Fleischer was and will likely remain the Mozart of non-information. It’s not too hard to dodge the white house press corps, but he did it with style – he can talk for minutes without divulging, confirming or denying a fact when directly questioned.

The press secretary never gets ‘pinned down’, that’s there job – to just go to the next question. Last week the lovely Helen Thomas came as close as it gets on the pissing match between congress and the white house on war funding. If a bill isn’t passed many civilian contractors get the pink slip.

Q So this is a way to remind Congress that you want them to pass this bill?
MS. PERINO: That’s exactly what that was.
Q So you’re making them suffer —
MS. PERINO: I’m making the Democrats suffer?
Q No, you’re making the civilians who work for the Defense —
MS. PERINO: Oh, no, it is not us who are making any civilians suffer.
Q There ought to be —
MS. PERINO: We are calling on Congress to —
Q How many billions have we spent already for the Defense Department?

Transcript of the Gaggle.

When I first read that I was cheering for Helen, but after thinking on it… I’m even more sad. She didn’t force the point – she stood out merely because she had the courage to ask a follow up question. She later went on to ask about George’s Thanksgiving plans. I guess it’s better than some startlet’s undies (or lack thereof).


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Symbiosis in Highland Park

In life Parasitism and symbiosis are two of the more fascinating ways to get your bread and butter. It seems the strip mall also has symbiotic relationships. I wonder which came first?
The chicken,or the egg?

While looking for the link, I learned that there is both an “Old Country Buffet”, and a “Country Buffet”. Wow. Other things I learned:

Shoot me if you ever see me walk from one of these establishments to the other.


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"Anarchists to hold planning meeting"

The brilliant headline, “Anarchists to hold planning meeting”, was changed to “Anti-authoritarian group to strategize this weekend for convention protests” after only a few hours.

screen cap of original:
Anarchists to hold planning meeting

The strib has been on a downward spiral for some time now, but I still read it online from time to time. This headline nearly made me spit coffee. Seriously, do anarchists hold meetings? Meetings that were planned in advance? And they typed up an agenda and notified the press?
Rule one of anarchy club:

The group had sent out an announcement last week, saying questions had to be submitted by e-mail a week in advance.

So who organizes the anarchists? I bet they run their meetings to the letter of Robert’s rules of order. I’m a little bit sad I didn’t get the memo or invited to the meeting.

I’m leaving town for the duration of the GOP convention. I don’t want to go to jail.


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damn you

I have a new theory.

Kevin Theory #32346.67-Z:

Amazon is in bed with UPS and receives kickbacks when they split an order into more than one shipment. I bought three books yesterday, all of them were listed as ‘in stock’. However upon checkout I was presented with the option to group my shipments to save money or ship items as they became available. It wasn’t clear which of the three was the holdup.

So I removed book A from my cart and tried again. B and C would both ship immediately. I added A and removed C – now A and B will ship immediately. I don’t need the books right away so I bought all three and had them shipped in one shipment. I got a shipping notification listing all three. Something isn’t quite right. Software oddity or conspiracy?


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