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Today's category: QuestionsLight Bulb Jokes 3 1. How many Psychologists does it take to change a light bulb? - Choose any number you like, but first you must make sure the light bulb WANTS to change. 2. How many Computer Programmers does it take to change a light bulb? - None, that's a hardware problem. 3. How many Telemarketers does it take to change a light bulb? - One, but he has to do it while you're eating dinner. 4. How many Politicians does it take to change a light bulb? - First it takes a probe to find out why the bulb burned out, a committee to study the cost of replacement, a liberal to make sure the bulb's civil rights aren't infringed, a conservative to sell the used bulbs to our enemies, and a president to explain to the tax payers why change is good. 5. How many Doctors does it take to change a light bulb? - Well, it depends. How much insurance does the light bulb have? 6. How many Teamsters does it take to change a light bulb? - FIFTEEN! YOU GOTTA PROBLEM WITH THAT? 7. How many Economists does it take to change a light bulb? - None, they're waiting for the unseen hand of the market to correct the lighting disequilibrium. 8. How many Microsoft Engineers does it take to change a light bulb? - None, they just redefine darkness as the new standard. 9. How many Lawyers does it take to change a light bulb? - Whereas the party of the first part, hereinafter referred to as the "Lawyer", and the party of the second part, hereinafter referred to as "Light Bulb", do hereby and forthwith agree to ...(on and on, ad infinitum, ad nauseum)View hundreds more jokes online.Email this joke to a friend
The Pony Express, British styleIT MAY be hard to imagine a world without cheap postal services, but 200 years ago sending mail was a luxury. Posting a letter from London to Edinburgh cost an average daily wage. In 1840, after a proposal by Rowland Hill, an inventor, Britain launched the Penny Post, the world's first universal mail service. The state-run post office was given a mail monopoly in return for delivering letters to any address in the country at the same rate. Cheaper postage proved wildly popular and the flows of information it enabled boosted economic growth. But the scheme's finances proved controversial. The low cost of the service hit profits and the government introduced income tax to fill the fiscal hole.That did not stop the idea of a “universal service obligation” for post spreading across the entire rich world over the next century. At the industry's peak, post offices worldwide delivered nearly 350bn items of mail in 2007. But over the past...Continue reading
SO THIS is how normality feels. Between April 13th and April 18th America's biggest banks reported a strong set of first-quarter earnings, with a helping hand from the taxman. Some are more profitable than they have been for years. They are paying billions to shareholders; regulatory reins are being loosened. Yet the stockmarket shrugged. On April 18th the S&P 500 index of banks' share prices was 4.1% lower than at the start of reporting season.Banks expected three main effects from the corporate-tax cut signed into law by President Donald Trump in December. The first was a write-down of deferred tax assets—past losses that could be set against future bills—which clobbered most lenders' bottom lines in the fourth quarter but did no real damage. (Some, including Wells Fargo, carried deferred liabilities and hence recorded a gain.) The second was a permanent reduction in their tax bills. The third was a boost to business from a more lightly taxed America Inc.The direct benefits of lower taxes are plain. Although pre-tax profits at the six biggest banks rose by $4.3bn, compared with the first quarter of 2017, taxes fell at five of them. (At the sixth, Goldman Sachs, the bill was unusually low a year ago because of a change in the treatment of employees' shares and options.) Of a total increase in net profit of $5.4bn at those five, lower...Continue reading
Planned Parenthood: Its Elect Trick March 05, 2018 You might never support a pro-abortion candidate, but what if your tax dollars are? There's more than a little evidence suggesting that's exactly what's happening with government-funded groups like Planned Parenthood. Of course, some would ...
ON A clear day, sunset over Lake Zug is magnificent. Snow-dusted mountains cut through the orange glow above and are mirrored in the lake below. “Zug is our spiritual home,” says Jeremy Epstein, from Washington, DC, who has just taken 40 foreigners to tour the small Swiss town south of Zurich. They came not for sunsets, though, but to find out how Zug has become known as “crypto-valley”—meaning the home of many firms dealing in crypto-currencies and related activities.Switzerland's famous banking secrecy is falling to a global assault on money-laundering and tax evasion. But financial security remains in demand. The country should seek to become the “crypto-nation”, said the economy minister, Johann Schneider-Ammann, last month. Zug aims to be the capital of that nation.To that end, Switzerland is maintaining loose rules for crypto-businesses, even as other countries are tightening theirs. An industry is developing to store tangible crypto-assets, such as the hard...Continue reading
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