What Is Income?

I Think It Is Any Monies That You Receive


…but actually, as we well know, this isn’t how the US Tax Code sees it.

This today from Frank McPherson

Many people think Americans pay more taxes than other countries, which is not true. Many Americans pay more taxes than other Americans, and it’s not the richest Americans who pay the most. Should everyone pay the same percentage of their income, or should the richest Americans pay a higher percentage of their income? First we need to get to a common definition of income!

“First we need to get to a common definition of income!” How hard can that be?

Sadly, I think this is more true than a cartoon would have it …

Really Simple Syndication …

… It Isn’t Your Dad’s News


I met someone the other day and having looked over their website, I happened to mention that the RSS feed from the site’s blog was called ‘RSS Feed’ – and not something useful like ‘John’s RSS Feed For All Things Amazing’ …..

The reply :

“It’s so funny when you mentioned the RSS feed – I didn’t know people still did that so I’ll definitely look into it.”

This person strikes me as very bolted into the world of business and tech, definitely switched on to the social media circus circuit … and her response is all too typical of what I hear from so many people. Which in turn means that I think it is one of the most serious issues we face today.

Surely you jest Mr. Philpin? I do not ….


(Consider the news that emerged over the weekend that Facebook 'unknowingly' sold advertising to Russian Troll Farms ..

"The ads -- both traditional advertisements and sponsored posts -- were intended to sow discord among the American electorate by amplifying "divisive social and political messages," Stamos said. These ranged from "LGBT matters to race issues to immigration to gun rights."

Allow that to sink in for a moment - and I know you would never be caught out by such obvious false influences .... except you are. We all are. All the time. That is why the art of the con is alive and well.

And no, RSS doesn't fix that all by itself - but it sure does help.

I wrote a long reply to my new friend about why RSS was important … and when it was finished, decided not to send it, but rather turn it into a blog post and just send the link, because it is something I come across a lot. This article is a personal position on RSS, a recognition that it needs to get easier and a plea that really – if you want news – getting it from your Social Feeds is not a good idea. Continue reading

What A Concept!

Nice Article …

… from the team at Teamrock, where Steven Wilson guides us through ten ‘concept albums’ you may have missed.

Delighted to report that there was only one that I had missed …. Tom Newman’s Faerie Symphony – which I found in full on YouTube for your delectation (if you like Horslips – give it a whirl) … and in fact only 3 that I don’t actually own ….

  • Tom Newman’s Faerie Symphony (hard to own if you have never heard of it)
  • Virginia’ Astley’s ‘From Gardens Where We Feel Secure’
  • Serge Gainsboro’s Histoire De Melody

[When I say ‘own’ … my vinyl collection needs to be checked – because I definitely do not have all of them in my CD/Digital collection – can someone check the vinyl for me – you KNOW who I am talking to ….

BTW – talking of Faerie’s – why oh why do the Enid get left out of all the lists …


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Deeper Vocabulary …

… or does he mean broader?

I guess what I’m trying to say is, if, as Boas famously claimed, the Eskimos have dozens of words for “snow,” then in an emerging knowledge work society, we should have more than a handful of words to describe the mental efforts on which, more and more, our livelihoods depend.

Needless to say, I agree completely with the sentiments.

I am not an advocate of never changing language – but I do like it to be used correctly. e.g. (or ‘i.e.’ as too many people write), the use of ‘e.g.’

Read The Whole Thing Here.