Month: July 2013

  • FBT Rule Changes

    Excellent post on The Conversation about what is actually proposed by Rudd & Bowen to change with the FBT rules next year: This means that where the statutory formula method gives a lower taxable value than the cost method, the taxpayer is getting a tax concession. This is recognised in the annual Tax Expenditure Statements […]

  • Obama: America is not yet a post-racial society

    Barack Obama, showing the eloquence he’s famous for, makes the point in the light of the Trayvon Martin/Zimmerman case that America is not (yet) a post-racial society: There are very few African-American men in this country who haven’t had the experience of being followed when they were shopping in a department store. That includes me. […]

  • The Earth from Saturn

    See that pale whitish-blue dot over on the right, under the rings? That’s the Earth as seen from Cassini, orbiting around Saturn. Beautiful.

  • Calvin & Hobbes Documentary ‘Dear Mr Watterson’ coming

    News today of a¬†Calvin & Hobbes documentary coming – here’s the trailer: I love Calvin and Hobbes in a way that I’m not entirely sure how to express – it’s a shame that there’s not more being made, but there were more than enough created that each time I see a strip it feels funny […]

  • Aussies lacking basic scientific facts

    I wouldn’t have been surprised to hear this from the US, but Australia, really? 41% of Australians don’t know the Earth takes a year to orbit the sun: Three in 10 people aren’t aware that evolution is still occurring, with a similar proportion of the public dismissing the idea that humans influence evolution in other […]

  • Kevin’s Back

    Possibly a little late to be jumping into the schemozzle that was Federal Politics last week, but now that Kevin’s back, there’s quite a few people giving Labor another look. It’s fascinating to me because the policy differences between Rudd and Gillard are minimal, so the difference boils purely down to personality and perception. Anyway, […]