• CRYPTO TRADERS: Be aware that “I.R.S. now considers ‘Virtual Currency,’ including crypto or any other representation of value that functions as a unit of account and/or medium of exchange, to be in the mainstream, and is serious about enforcing tax reporting compliance… The 1040 tax form now asks specifically ‘At any time during the year did you receive/ sell/ send/ exchange/ or otherwise acquire any financial interest in any virtual currency?’ – answerable, as with all tax filings, under penalty of perjury. This encompasses whether transactions were for free (called ‘airdrop’), for goods, services or other property.” [TAX ADVISER – 7/1/21]
  • “U.S. LIFE EXPECTANCY IS DETERMINED BY FACTORS INCLUDING GENES, GENDER, LIFESTYLE, LUCK AND ZIPCODES… A New York University Med School study of 500 largest U.S. cities found that where you live directly affects your health and longevity.  From the current 78.6 years average, people in neighborhoods just blocks apart had differences of up to 27 years less (in New York and Washington D.C., lesser in smaller cities)… Elements include exposure to air pollution & toxins, accessibility of healthy food/ green space/ medical care, along with socioeconomic factors like race and income – particularly for minority neighborhoods with untenable housing costs or subpar social services.”  [TIME HEALTH – fall 2019]
  • F.B.I. WINNER FOR THIS MONTH’S ‘SUGGESTION’ that “Americans should monitor family members & peers, and report ‘suspicious behaviors’ in order to help prevent ‘homegrown’ violent extremism… The same Federal Bureau who abused NSA surveillance databases against Americans, used known & unreliable DNC-funded propaganda to spy on the last President, perpetuated the Russia Hoax, protected corrupt prior administration officials, and lied to the FISA court repeatedly, are following China & Cuba in asking children to spy on their parents… The F.B.I. posting last week links to a 2015 government booklet which mainly focuses on individuals or groups inspired or enabled by foreign terrorist organizations (including ISIS and Al Qaeda), but notes that ‘potential indicators’ of anyone’s mobilization to violence include inability to cope with changes or perceived failures in relationships/ schools/ careers; social isolation or relate to others; and/or possession/ access to/ familiarity with weapons or explosives.” [EPOCH TIMES – 7/12/21]
  • THOUGHTS FOR THE WEEK:  “The Genesis of our American Collective Meltdown” – brilliant analysis by Victor Davis Hanson  https://www.independent.org/news/article.asp?id=13645

   An article published surprisingly by The Washington Post a decade ago, presenting a quite different perspective about the Obama presidency election, contends that “only when you understand that, will the current (2011) erosion of liberty and prosperity make sense.”  The author’s contention may also remain relevant to comprehending today’s societal conflicts, linked herein for reference for any who still care about awareness of alternative positions. https://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2011/08/obama_the_affirmative_action_president.html

   Also nearly a decade ago, BLACKLIST (a fiction thriller by Brad Thor) described very close to today’s government & tech company implementation of Surveillance, Information Awareness and risk of Takeover Control. A scary but excellent read.