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Gaming the System

September 16, 2011

Gaming the System

“The United States government offers tax incentives to companies pursuing medical breakthroughs, urban redevelopment and alternatives to fossil fuels.

It also provides tax breaks for a company whose hit video game this year was the gory Dead Space 2, which challenges players to advance through an apocalyptic battlefield by killing space zombies.”

— “Rich Tax Breaks Bolster Makers of Video Games,” David Kocieniewski, New York Times

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Happy Birthday Kim Il-sung

April 15, 2008

Happy Birthday Alice Rivlin

April 15th is a landmark date because . . . that’s right! It’s the birthday of Kim Il-sung, Eternal President of the People’s Republic of North Korea (although he’s been dead since 1972).

It’s also the date the Titanic sank (1912), President Lincoln was shot (1865), Franklin D. Roosevelt was buried (1945), Ray Kroc started McDonald’s (1955), Howard Stern began his radio show (1997), the Washington Post returned Janet Cooke’s Pulitzer (1981), and billionaire Leona Helmsly went to jail for tax evasion (1992). Oh, that reminds me: the IRS is just dying to hear from you.