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IRS delays start of tax filing season due to October shutdown

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© Daniel Acker/Bloomberg
The Internal Revenue Service has shortened the upcoming tax-filing season by 10 days while it continues to make up for October's government shutdown, the agency announced Wednesday.

The filing period will begin on Jan. 31, while the statutory deadline of April 15 will remain in place. The IRS said it needs more time to program and test its tax-processing systems after falling behind during the 16-day government closure, which resulted from a lapse in federal funding.

"Our teams have been working hard throughout the fall to prepare for the upcoming tax season," acting IRS commissioner Daniel Werfel said in a statement. "It's a complex process, and our bottom-line goal is to provide a smooth filing and refund process for the nation's taxpayers."


Eye 2

Convicted child rapist, Welsh rock star Ian Watkins, told fan: 'It was mega lolz'

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Former Lostprophets frontman Ian Watkins is due to be sentenced.
Transcript of fan's conversation with former Lostprophets frontman read out to shocked court before sentencing

The paedophile rock star Ian Watkins spoke to a female fan from prison the day after admitting two counts of attempted baby rape and said he was going to issue a statement when he was sentenced saying it had all been "mega lolz".

A transcript of the conversation was read out to a shocked and silent Cardiff crown court on Wednesday as the former Lostprophets frontman was being sentenced.

Christopher Clee QC, prosecuting, told the judge that Watkins had a conversation from Park Prison with a woman named Samantha on 27 November.

Watkins denied being a paedophile and expressed exasperation at the way people had reacted to his guilty pleas.

Smoking

NYC Council on ecigs: No 'vaping' allowed!

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© FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/Getty Images
A smoker uses an e-cigarette, the battery-powered device designed as an alternative to cigarettes
Bloomberg Expected To Sign Legislation

The New York City Council approved legislation Thursday to ban the use of electronic cigarettes from indoor public spaces where smoking is already prohibited.

E-cigarettes have been endorsed by celebrities, marketed in multiple flavors and are soaring in popularity.

Battery operated, the device heats up liquid nicotine and delivers a chemical-infused vapor. E-cigarettes are billed by many manufacturers as the cigarettes you can smoke anywhere, but that would no longer be true in New York City if Mayor Michael Bloomberg signs the bill, which he is expected to do.

Under the bill, e-cigarettes would be prohibited in the same places as traditional cigarettes and other tobacco products throughout the city. The ban would go into effect in four months, CBS 2′s Sonia Rincon reported. Businesses and restaurants would have another six months to put up signs indicating there is no smoking or "vaping" allowed.

Comment: No 'vaping' allowed, ya hear? Maybe next they'll come up with a 'Vapor Free Air' Act.

Secondhand Smoke, Firsthand Ignorance
Smoking Does Not Cause Lung Cancer
Health Benefits of Smoking Tobacco
'World No Tobacco Day'? Let's All Light Up!


Question

Bizarre incident at the Mandela memorial: 'Schizophrenic' sign-language interpreter 'hallucinated', company he works for 'vanishes'

What was the story with the 'fake' sign language interpreter at Nelson Mandela's memorial, Thamsanqa Jantjie?


Smoking

EU passes new tobacco control law

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The European Union Wednesday passed a tobacco-control law that will ban flavored cigarettes, require bigger warning labels on packets and, for the first time, regulate electronic cigarettes on a European level.

The bloc's 28 countries have two years to write the new regulations into national law, at which point they will come into effect.

About 28% of Europeans smoke and every year the habit kills some 700,000 of them, according to the European Commission, the EU's executive arm. The main objective of the new law is to stop young people from taking up smoking, since even under the commission's own estimate it will get very few existing smokers to quit.

Under the new law, warning labels have to cover at least 65% of a cigarette pack's surface. Individual governments are allowed to go even further, for instance by preventing cigarette makers from displaying branding. The U.K. and Ireland have said they want to adopt such "plain-packaging" laws.

Special additives that make cigarettes more addictive or easier to smoke, such as sweet flavorings, will also be banned. There is an exception for menthol cigarettes, which will remain legal until 2020.

Comment: The main goal of smoking bans was "to change societal behavior" by stigmatizing smoking, making it less convenient and less socially acceptable. By raising the stakes, it helped transform a complaint into a right, so that people annoyed by tobacco smoke now felt justified in demanding that it be eliminated everywhere they might want to go, including other people's property.

In short, they have conditioned the majority of the people on the planet to behave like Nazis and think it is normal.

See also:

The devious plan of anti-smoking campaigns to control people and stop them from using their brain

Let's All Light Up!

5 Health Benefits of Smoking

Nicotine Lessens Symptoms Of Depression In Nonsmokers

Nicotine helps Alzheimer's and Parkinson's Patients

Brain Researchers: Smoking increases intelligence


Robot

Maryland KKK will meet to plot Obama's impeachment

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Maryland-based Confederate White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan.
A Maryland Ku Klux Klan (KKK) group has been given permission to meet in a county government building to plan the impeachment of Barack Obama for being an "illegal president."

The Cecil Whig reported on Wednesday that the Confederate White Knights had reserved the Elk Room in the Cecil County Government Building on Dec. 20.

"Barack Hussein Obama is an illegal president," Imperial Wizard Richard Preston told the paper. "He needs to be removed from office. We also want 'Obamacare' shut down. It's against citizen's rights."

"On top of that, we want the laws toughened on immigration," the KKK leader continued. "We're flooded with illegal immigrants and our people can't find jobs."


Illegal immigrants are not the problem. People can't find jobs because a gang of psychopaths are running the U.S. government and they give HUGE tax breaks to psychopathic corporations who outsource their jobs overseas where wages are much, much lower.


The group has created an impeachment petition which will be circulated at the meeting.

Maryland State Police 1st Sgt. Jimmy Russell said that the FBI had notified law enforcement officials about the meeting.

Bomb

2013: At least 8000 people - 90% civilians - killed in Iraq

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Iraqi men inspect the site of a bomb attack that went off outside a cafe in Baghdad's Bayaa neighborhood.
At least eight people have been killed and more than 20 others wounded after two bomb attacks hit a northern Iraqi town, security sources said.

According to Iraqi security officials, the explosions targeted a livestock market in the town of Tuz Khormatu, located 175 kilometers (110 miles) north of the Iraqi capital, Baghdad, on Friday.

Reports say at least 25 people were also wounded due to the new terrorist attack. No group has claimed responsibility for the deadly assault so far.

The Friday blasts took place a day after three bomb attacks led to the death of more than 35 Shia pilgrims and injured scores of others in areas south of Baghdad.

Comment: The U.S government has poured money into the military defense budget for years in waging its bogus 'war on terror' based on lies. After so many years of unrelenting 'shock and awe' psyops, how much is really left to destroy in Iraq, other than the Iraqi people themselves? This fake 'war on terror' has only created terror. Terror, death and destruction. Shall we call these 'strategic, surgical strikes' too?


Attention

Radiation in Fukushima groundwater skyrockets 3,500+ times over weekend

Radiation in Fukushima groundwater skyrockets 3,500+ times over weekend - Just 5 meters from Pacific Ocean - Nothing being done to stop it flowing into sea
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© AFP/Jiji Press

Tepco, Dec. 17, 2013: As a result of the measurement, it was found that the gross-β density in the groundwater observation hole No.0-3-2 obtained at the east of the Units 1-4 Turbine Buildings on December 16 [was] 63,000Bq/L [...]

Nuke

Will Fukushima-contaminated water cause 'Tritium rain'? Expert says radioactive rainfall occurs near nuclear plants during NORMAL operations

AP: 'Tritium rain' to result from disposal of Fukushima contaminated water? Expert: You may be interested to know radioactive rainfall occurs around nuclear plants during normal operations (VIDEO)

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Associated Press, Dec. 3, 2013: Experts on [the Japan government's contaminated water] panel also proposed establishing a special team to focus on how to deal with massive amounts of tritium, the only isotope that cannot be removed chemically by existing technology. [...] U.S. officials evaporated tritium water at the Three Mile Island plant following the 1979 accident, but the method is not recommended for Fukushima, where there is too much and it is likely to come back as tritium rain.

Nuke

Official: Fukushima fuel melted "on unprecedented scale" - Parts of the coriums have been dispersed: It's location and condition are unknown

Official: Fukushima fuel melted "on unprecedented scale" - French Gov't: Parts of the coriums have been dispersed - AP: It's location and condition are unknown
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NHK WORLD, Dec. 17, 2013: [...] The International Research Institute for Nuclear Decommissioning [established by Japan's government] [...] held a session in Tokyo on Tuesday [...] They are seeking technologies to examine the condition of the melted fuel [...] They are also looking for possible ways to remove fuel debris [...] The institute's managing director, Kazuhiro Suzuki, said the fuel melted on an unprecedented scale but that he believes there are numerous technologies in the world that can be applied to this work. [...]