B12 Solipsism

Spreading confusion over the internet since 1994

How Long Can You Search For What Is Not Lost? was uploaded to Flickr

Roosevelt Rd, South Loop, Chicago

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I took How Long Can You Search For What Is Not Lost? on May 30, 2011 at 02:48PM

and processed it in my digital darkroom on April 11, 2014 at 03:26PM

Written by eggplant

April 23rd, 2014 at 12:40 am

Don’t Sue Me General Mills was uploaded to Flickr

if I look at the ingredients in this sample and comment on how unhealthy it is, will General Mills sue me?

See news coverage: When ‘Liking’ a Brand Online Voids the Right to Sue nyti.ms/1j3eabm

Cheerios ingredient list includes: whole grain corn, sugar, cluster (sugar, oats, rice, corn syrup, wheat flour, fructose, oat flour, cocoa with alkali, corn starch, canola oil, coconut oil, honey, salt, maltodextrin, molasses, degermed yellow corn meal, barley malt extra, soy lecithin, cocoa powder, modified corn starch, natural flavor, color, baking soda, trisodium phosphate, BHT) Oats, Corn syrup, barley, rice, corn starch, corn bran, rice bran, canola oil, salt, cocoa, unsweetened chocolate, color, Tripotassium Phosphate, Vanillin, barley malt extract, Trisodum Phosphate, Vitamin E, BHT.

Yum.

Notice: “Whole Grain First Ingredient”, yet that whole grain is corn, and the second ingredient is sugar.

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I took Don’t Sue Me General Mills on April 20, 2014 at 12:01PM

and processed it in my digital darkroom on April 20, 2014 at 05:10PM

Written by eggplant

April 22nd, 2014 at 8:13 am

Browsing on Record Store Day 2014 was uploaded to Flickr

At Groovin High inc. – I browsed a bit, but didn’t want to fight the crowds.

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I took Browsing on Record Store Day 2014 on April 19, 2014 at 01:01PM

and processed it in my digital darkroom on April 20, 2014 at 04:31PM

Written by eggplant

April 21st, 2014 at 12:03 pm

Still Sorry Somehow was uploaded to Flickr

South of the Loop

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I took Still Sorry Somehow on May 17, 2009 at 11:42AM

and processed it in my digital darkroom on April 20, 2014 at 12:34AM

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April 21st, 2014 at 12:03 pm

You just want to be on the side that’s winning was uploaded to Flickr

Under the El tracks

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I took You just want to be on the side that’s winning on April 19, 2014 at 01:33PM

and processed it in my digital darkroom on April 19, 2014 at 06:35PM

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April 21st, 2014 at 12:03 pm

Spinning was uploaded to Flickr

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I took Spinning on April 18, 2014 at 03:49PM

and processed it in my digital darkroom on April 18, 2014 at 08:51PM

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April 21st, 2014 at 12:03 pm

Standing In Line on Record Store Day 2014 (Explored) was uploaded to Flickr

At Groovin High inc. – I browsed a bit, but didn’t want to fight the crowds.

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I took Standing In Line on Record Store Day 2014 (Explored) on April 19, 2014 at 01:01PM

and processed it in my digital darkroom on April 20, 2014 at 04:24PM

There’s Something Funny Going On was uploaded to Flickr

Street Art, alley north of Belmont/Clark

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I took There’s Something Funny Going On on April 19, 2014 at 01:13PM

and processed it in my digital darkroom on April 20, 2014 at 12:36AM

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April 20th, 2014 at 3:42 am

Fancy Tail Light – 1951 Ford (Explored) was uploaded to Flickr

closeup of standard feature on 1951 Fords, per this car’s owner. all credit should be given to Ford’s engineers, circa 1950

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I took Fancy Tail Light – 1951 Ford (Explored) on April 11, 2014 at 02:27PM

and processed it in my digital darkroom on April 18, 2014 at 03:02PM

Written by eggplant

April 19th, 2014 at 8:52 am

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Photo Republished at Man Charged in Connection with Loop Bank Robbery – The Loop

Federal Bureau of Investigation Chicago Division

My photo was used to illustrate this post

CHICAGO — A man who was arrested by police shortly after the robbery of a Loop bank Tuesday afternoon has been charged in connection with the incident. Jamal Genson, 28, appeared in federal court Wednesday and was charged with a count of felony bank robbery. A Fifth Third Bank was robbed about 3 p.m. Tuesday after a man demanded money from a teller using a note before running off, according to FBI Special Agent Joan Hyde, an agency spokeswoman.

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Man Charged in Connection with Loop Bank Robbery – The Loop

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April 17th, 2014 at 9:52 am

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Put That Needle Down was uploaded to Flickr

No sound like the sound of a record starting to play…

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I took Put That Needle Down on April 15, 2014 at 10:50PM

and processed it in my digital darkroom on April 16, 2014 at 07:22PM

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April 17th, 2014 at 8:43 am

Gentle Wandering Ways was uploaded to Flickr

water tower, West Loop

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I took Gentle Wandering Ways on September 29, 2013 at 01:19PM

and processed it in my digital darkroom on April 15, 2014 at 09:24PM

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April 17th, 2014 at 8:42 am

Self Portrait With Nikon 35 mm lens was uploaded to Flickr

Double exposure via Hipstamatic App for iPhone

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I took Self Portrait With Nikon 35 mm lens on April 14, 2014 at 01:53PM

and processed it in my digital darkroom on April 14, 2014 at 06:56PM

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April 17th, 2014 at 8:42 am

Patriotism and Taxes: Walgreens Considering Fleeing US

Walgreens Coming Soon

Walgreen Co. is allegedly considering relocating its headquarters from Deerfield, IL to somewhere in Europe, probably Switzerland, perhaps Paris to avoid contributing extra dimes to our national good. Shareholders are more important than schools and roads, never forget.

In a twist on economic globalization less obvious than moving factories overseas, a small but growing number of corporations have relocated headquarters to Europe to escape the 35 percent tax on U.S. profits, the highest in the developing world.

Walgreen Co., the nation’s largest drugstore chain, is under pressure from some shareholders to move its headquarters to Europe, where it owns nearly half of Swiss-based pharmacy giant Alliance Boots.

Deerfield-based Walgreen has called Illinois home for all its 113 years.

Though a move would make financial sense for Walgreen and its investors, it’s an executive decision fraught with political risk for a company as high profile as the pharmacy chain, analysts said Monday after news leaked that Walgreen and investors discussed the possibility.

Walgreen plays an integral role in the U.S. health care system, dispensing drugs to millions of consumers through its more than 8,000 stores. A significant portion of its $72 billion in annual sales comes from Medicare, the federal government’s insurance program for the elderly.

 

(click here to continue reading Investor group pressures Walgreens to move HQ to Europe – Chicago Tribune.)

Tax Refund Received
Tax Refund Received

Not mentioned in this Chicago Tribune (Republican) article is that most U.S. corporations pay much, much less than the 35% corporate tax rate often cited. Loopholes, deductions add up to reduce corporate taxes in a way that an individual tax filer can never hope to replicate.

The biggest, most profitable American companies paid only a fraction of the taxes they would owe under the official corporate rate, according to a study released on Monday by the Government Accountability Office.

Using allowed deductions and legal loopholes, large corporations enjoyed a 12.6 percent tax rate far below the 35 percent tax that is the statutory rate imposed by the federal government on corporate profits.

The report found that even when foreign, state, and local taxes were included, the tax rate of large companies rose only to 16.9 percent of total income, still well below the official 35 percent.

“Some U.S. multinational corporations like to complain about the U.S. 35 percent statutory tax rate, but what they don’t like to admit is that hardly any of them pay anything close to it,” Mr. Levin said in a statement. “The big gap between the U.S. statutory tax rate and what large, profitable U.S. corporations actually pay is due in large part to the unjustified loopholes and gimmicks that riddle our tax code.”

(click here to continue reading Big Companies Paid a Fraction of Corporate Tax Rate – NYTimes.com.)

Three Thousand Walgreens
Three Thousand Walgreens

Now, if Walgreen Co. pays 35% in tax, and the rest of their competitors pay only 12.6% or similar, than perhaps Walgreen’s should hire a few accountants before moving their entire operations to socialist1 Europe. I’d hazard a guess that Walgreen’s has as good of accountants and tax lawyers as any other U.S. corporation, and thus is not paying 35% of its income in tax. 

Also, I don’t see how Walgreen Co. could depend upon maintaining its Medicare cash-cow if it was a non-US corporation. That would not play well during election season.

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  1. kidding, kidding, of course []

Written by Seth Anderson

April 15th, 2014 at 9:27 am

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Frostpocket Still Life – Randy’s House was uploaded to Flickr

evidence of a life lived

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I took Frostpocket Still Life – Randy’s House on September 02, 2013 at 04:13PM

and processed it in my digital darkroom on March 01, 2014 at 02:58AM