Most Americans Say the Rich Aren’t Taxed Enough

Tax season is here and more than two-thirds of Americans think the wealthy pay too little in federal dues, according to a new poll. What’s more, six in 10 say the middle class pays too much.

The Associated Press-GfK poll, which comes in the wake of President Barack Obama’s proposals in his 2016 budget to raise investment taxes on high-income American families, found overall that 56% of respondents think their own federal taxes are too steep.

It also found widespread support for specific tax-raising measures: A bid to raise capital gains taxes on households with incomes greater than $500,000 saw support at 56%, while only 16% opposed it. And a new tax on banks was supported by 47%, while only 13% opposed it.

The estate tax did not fare as well. Thirty-six percent opposed what would require estates to pay taxes on inherited assets, while 27% approved. Despite the poll’s apparent show of support for the President’s proposals, none are expected to win the support of the Republican-controlled Congress.


Telecom workers ratify agreement to end strike in New England

(Reuters) – Union members ratified an agreement on Sunday that ends a four-month-long strike by some 1,800 workers at FairPoint Communications, a major land-line telecommunications provider in northern New England, union officials announced.

Fogo’s Modular Flashlight Launches On Kickstarter

fogo4 Fogo Digital, who you may remember as a competitor in this year’s CES Hardware Battlefield, has launched their smart flashlight on Kickstarter. Read More

How I upgraded my garden’s ugly drip system with a sexy OpenSprinkler

After a few hours of work alongside an electrical engineering buddy this week, my home garden drip system became powered by a Raspberry Pi. I can control the entire thing locally from my iPhone and, to be frank, it’s pretty flippin’ cool.

For some background, I’m a very lazy gardener. When my wife and I bought our house in 2012, our horticultural mission was Hippocratic (do no harm). In other words, we wanted—at the very least—to not kill the plants we inherited from the previous owners. So while some people relax when they do weeding or other green thumb-related activities, we find it tedious and uninspiring. I’m the guy who jumped at the chance to review the Estonian-made Click and Grow.

But our house came with a pre-installed drip system (if keeping score at home, it’s an Irritrol RD-600). It has a crazy-looking dial interface, and after consulting with friends, I decided it was best to just leave it alone. If the plants didn’t die, then that meant everything was working properly. Such was life for our first 18 months, until I discovered OpenSprinkler.

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Valeant to acquire Salix in $14.5 bln deal

NEW YORK, Feb 22 (Reuters) – Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc. agreed to acquire Salix Pharmaceuticals Ltd. for $158.00 per share, or a total enterprise value of $14.5 billion, the two…

Visiting the ‘Happiest Place on Earth’ Now Costs a Little More

(LOS ANGELES) — Visiting Mickey and Minnie just got more expensive.

Walt Disney says it has raised ticket prices to attend Disneyland, Walt Disney World and the rest of its U.S. theme parks, effective Sunday.

A one-day ticket for either Disneyland or California Adventure in Anaheim, California, is now $99 for anyone 10 or older. That’s up from $96.

Single-day tickets for the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World in Lake Buena Vista, Florida, are now $105, up from $99.

A one-day ticket to Disney’s other central Florida theme parks — Epcot, Disney’s Hollywood Studios and Disney’s Animal Kingdom — are $97, up from $94.

For children under age 10, a single-day ticket is $93 for Disneyland, $99 for the Magic Kingdom and $91 for the other theme parks.

Facebook shuttle drivers ratify new Teamsters contract: WSJ

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Shuttle bus drivers at Facebook Inc voted on Saturday to ratify a new union contract giving them more pay, better benefits and addressing split-shift scheduling, the Wall Street Journal reported.

Book review: The First and Last Days of the War on Drugs

Good stories often conflict with good science. And it’s hard to imagine a more stark illustration of this clash than the one presented by Johan Hari’s compulsively readable new book, Chasing the Scream: The First and Last Days of the War on Drugs.

The book opens with the juicy tale of Harry Anslinger, America’s first “drug czar,” who headed federal narcotics enforcement from 1930 to 1962 and helped make us the world’s drug cop. Focusing mainly on his irrational pursuit of jazz great Billie Holiday, it shows how the crusading narc epitomizes all that is wrong with the drug war.

With deep historical research, Hari deftly connects the dots, showing how all of the problems with the drug war were present in its father and at its birth. Just like our biased enforcement strategies today, Anslinger was racist. With no compunction, he claimed that the reason that marijuana needed to be banned was its effects on the “degenerate races.” Specifically, he argued, “Reefer makes darkies think they’re as good as white men.”

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