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December 2018

'Go mbeire muid beo ar an am seo ara-s.' - May we be alive at this time next year.
'Athbhliain faoi mhaise duit!' - A prosperous New Year!
Irish New Year's Toasts

"The right to privacy is a part of our basic freedoms. Privacy is fundamental to close family ties, competitive free enterprise, the ownership of property, and the exchange of ideas."
- PT Shamrock - issue one; 1994

"People don't realize the extent to which we're surveilled in many many ways. The extent to which vast amounts of our transactional data in all forms - electronic forms, your emails, your tweets, bank records and everything else - are all subject or suspect in terms of surveillance. It raises the specter of the rise of so-called "soft tyranny." It raises the specter of you being automatically suspicious until you prove that you're not; the specter of a universal and persistent wiretap on every single person [...] what happens if they don't like you? What if you speak ill will against the government? What if you say something they consider disloyal?

Our security has become our state religion, you don't question it. And if you question it - your loyalty is questioned.

Speaking truth to power is very dangerous. The power elites, those in charge don't like dirty linen being aired. They don't like skeletons in the closet being seen. Not only do they object to it, they decide to turn it into criminal activity. Remember, my whistle blowing was criminalized by my own government". - Thomas Drake, who upon exposing the government's blatant disregard for the Fourth Amendment, was charged under the Espionage Act (the case ended in an eventual misdemeanor plea bargain).

Happy Holidays From Big Brother!

Yes indeed another year is rapidity coming to its finale. Whilst 2018 has seen a continuing array of government intrusions into our lives, 2019 may be worse, I'm said to write.

For one REAL ID came into FULL force during the summer, whilst FATCA WENT full tilt starting LAST January.

Like the Rolling Stones, those facing FATCA obligations are saying "Time is On My Side." Withholding agents, foreign financial institutions (FFIs), and other entities making “good faith efforts to comply with the new regulations, forms, and other requirements of [the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act]” will only face light enforcement for two years, the IRS said in Notice 2014-33.

The IRS treated 2014 and 2015 as a transition period for FATCA administration and enforcement, holding off on enforcing 30 percent withholding taxes against financial institutions developing their compliance systems until 2016. Furthermore, accounts created during the transition period between July 1, 2014, and January 1, 2015, may be treated as a pre-existing obligation for FATCA purposes, easing requirements on their creation. The IRS stated that the transition period "was intended to facilitate an orderly transition" to full FATCA compliance starting in 2018.

We're going to settle down for a long winter's nap from Christmas eve day until the second week of January 2019..... Sooooo replies to your email's and orders will be made accordingly during the holidays.

We'd like to leave you and this year with our Season's Greetings;

'Go mbeire muid beo ar an am seo ara-s.' - May we be alive at this time next year.

'Athbhliain faoi mhaise duit!' - A prosperous New Year!
Irish New Year's Toasts


"A little Christmas Tree Story"

When four of Santa's elves got sick, the trainee elves did not produce toys as fast as the regular ones, and Santa began to feel the Pre-Christmas pressure.

Then Mrs. Claus told Santa her Mother was coming to visit, which stressed Santa even more.

When he went to harness the reindeer, he found that three of them were about to give birth and two others had jumped the fence and were out, Heaven knows where.

Then when he began to load the sleigh, one of the floorboards cracked, the toy bag fell to the ground and all the toys were scattered.

Frustrated, Santa went in the house for a cup of apple cider and a shot of rum. When he went to the cupboard, he discovered the elves had drunk all the cider and hidden the liquor. In his frustration, he accidentally dropped the cider jug, and it broke into hundreds of little glass pieces all over the kitchen floor. He went to get the broom and found the mice had eaten all the straw off the end of the broom.

Just then the doorbell rang, and an irritated Santa marched to the door, yanked it open, and there stood a little angel with a great big Christmas tree.

The angel said very cheerfully, 'Merry Christmas, Santa. Isn't this a lovely day? I have a beautiful tree for you. Where would you like me to stick it?'

And thus began the tradition of the little angel on top of the Christmas tree.

See you next year.


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"The people never give up their liberties but under some delusion."
- Edmund Burke, 1784