The evolution of the anti-Mary Kay movement

What began as a loosely organized group of women casually discussing their dislike of the “business opportunity” offered by multi-level marketing companies like Mary Kay Cosmetics, has been slowly developing into an organized, credible attack on the tactics that abuse participants. Pink Truth, a website created and maintained by me, systematically exposes the lies and … Read more The evolution of the anti-Mary Kay movement

Ethics charges filed against Duke lacrosse case prosecutor

The prosecutor in the Duke lacrosse sexual assault case may be forced off the case because of a conflict of interest related to ethics charges filed against him. The ethics charges were filed against District Attorney Mike Nifong on Thursday by the North Carolina bar. The charges generally accuse Nifong of violationg the professional conduct … Read more Ethics charges filed against Duke lacrosse case prosecutor

Don’t Let Those Christmas Gift Cards Go to Waste

Recently, there have been reports that indicate 15% to 19% of gift cards purchased from retailers are never redeemed. Huh? Up to 1/5 of people don’t spend that gift cards they’re given??? What a travesty! But there is hope. Websites like Cardavenue, Plastic Jungle, Gift Cards Again, Gift Card Buy Back, and Swapagift.com help people … Read more Don’t Let Those Christmas Gift Cards Go to Waste

Apple Computer stock option problem

The confession by Apple Computer executives has gotten more serious. Previously, it was believed that stock options were backdated a’la several public companies. It’s now been revealed that executives also falsified documents related to stock options in order to personally make more money on them. Apparently, federal prosecutors are now looking at documents related to … Read more Apple Computer stock option problem

Whistleblower Cases in 2006

A recent article on Forbes.com put the whistleblower issue in perspective financially. In the last year, the Justice Department says that whistleblowers revealed $1.3 billion of fraud, mostly in the health care arena. This was apparently one of the bigger years for the Justice department. The whistleblowers were paid $190 million for their assistance. This … Read more Whistleblower Cases in 2006

President Clinton’s national security advisor stole classified documents

According to a report by the Associated Press, President Bill “Clinton’s national security advisor removed classified documents from the National Archives, hid them under a construction trailer and later tried to find the trash collector to retrieve them.” Former national security advisor Sandy Berger pleaded guilty and was sentenced over a year ago, but the … Read more President Clinton’s national security advisor stole classified documents

Even more taxes proposed for Southeastern Wisconsin

In order to support a rail service that won’t have even close to enough ridership to pay for itself, officials are proposing more sales taxes. The proposed KRM Commuter Link, a train connecting Kenosha, Racine, and Milwaukee, has been discussed for quite some time now. There would be 14 round trips per weekday, with 7 … Read more Even more taxes proposed for Southeastern Wisconsin

More Fraud Related to Hurricane Katrina

Media outlets report that there are more than 1,300 open investigations of alleged FEMA fraud in the southern district alone. The U.S. Attorney’s office has said that the United States intends to investigate and prosecute aggressively.

Currently, 92 people are under federal indictment for fraud related to Hurricane Katrina. About half have already pleaded guilty and one has gone to trial.

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Milwaukee Assessor’s Office and Milwaukee Public Schools screw up on property taxes

Milwaukee’s public school district is crying because $9.1 million that they wanted to squeeze out of taxpayers was erroneously left off property tax bills that were sent earlier this month. They’re pointing the finger at the Assessor’s Office, who is pointing the finger right back at them. Milwaukee Public Schools initially voted to soak taxpayers … Read more Milwaukee Assessor’s Office and Milwaukee Public Schools screw up on property taxes

New Tax Laws Affect Your 2006 Filings

The recently passed Pension Protection Act of 2006 puts in place some new rules that will affect many filers of 2006 tax returns. The legislation was geared at stabilizing corporate pension plans, but other provisions will have an affect on individuals. Some of the changes include:

  • 401(k) enrollment is now automatic. Whereas new employees previously had to affirmatively sign up for the programs, now employers can automatically enroll them in the plans.
  • The IRS will now offer taxpayers the option of having their refund deposited directly to an IRA.

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