wraithfodder (wraithfodder) wrote,

Just the news, folks...

Just the news...

http://www.usatoday.com/money/perfi/taxes/2006-07-31-tax-havens-usat_x.htm reports that "
Wealthy Americans avoid paying $40 billion a year in U.S. taxes through illegal offshore havens that could be tamed with mandatory financial reporting and stronger penalties, according to a Senate investigative report to be issued Tuesday." Let's not forget the tax breaks to the rich. 

Don't just die, get mummified! An article found on SciFiDaily led to http://suntimes.com/output/books/cst-books-death30.html which had a review of the book REMEMBER ME: A LIVELY TOUR OF THE NEW AMERICAN WAY OF DEATH, all about how to go in style (plus take all your money with you, with these prices!).Want to hang around after death? Get turned into diamond earrings. No kidding!

Microbes ahoy! www.ctv.ca reports that ""Microbiologists have formally described 5,000 microbial species. This study shows we have barely scratched the surface," said Mitchell Sogin of the Marine Biological Laboratory at Woods Hole, Mass. "In our new study, we discovered more than 20,000 in a single liter of seawater, having expected just 1,000 to 3,000. The number of different kinds of bacteria in the oceans could eclipse 5 to 10 million," he added. 

Oops. http://www.ananova.com/news/story/sm_1936569.html - Police called out to investigate reports of a young child left home alone found a talking parrot instead. Police were called to the house in Koblenz, Germany, by an elderly lady who said she could hear a child next door constantly screaming "Mama, Mama". The woman felt the child must have been left home alone as nobody was answering the cries. But when officers broke into the house they found the cries were coming from a 25-year-old talking parrot.

And of course, hot, Hot, HOT all across the globe, except for that really neat cloud spotted in the Antarctic. Check out Yahoo pictures at http://news.yahoo.com/photos/ss/1750;_ylt=AufohyVrHkY3zbzZ7xAgimhpaP0E;_ylu=X3oDMTBjZmlzODllBHNlYwNzc2lncm91cA--
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