Federal & State Taxes deadlines pushed back to at least July 15, 2020 (except VA and MS)

April 12, 2020

Quote:

For all 41 states with personal income tax, the income tax deadlines have been pushed back due to the coronavirus crisis. Most of these states have pushed their income tax deadline (both for filing and payment) to July 15, 2020. However, there are a few exceptions including:

  • Colorado, where the payment deadline has been pushed back to July 15 but the filing deadline has been pushed further to Oct. 15
  • Hawaii, where the payment and filing deadlines are both July 20
  • Iowa, where the payment and filing deadlines are both July 31
  • Mississippi, where the payment and filing deadlines are both May 15
  • Virginia, where the payment deadline is June 1 and the filing deadline is May 1

You should check with your state taxing authority if you’re dealing with estimated quarterly taxes. These deadlines may not apply to those specific payments.

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New York City schools ban Zoom – switches to Microsoft Teams

April 7, 2020

I know a certain OTHER major school district  <ahem> that uses Teams as well.  (But they never went Zoom to begin with.)

Good job, New York. Stop using software that treats security & privacy as an afterthought.


Zoom’s SEC filing cites concerns about China-based development creating ‘market scrutiny’ of Zoom’s data security

April 1, 2020

Interesting line from Zoom Video Communication’s SEC filing:

(From Pg 21: “Risk Factors”)

imageMany governments have enacted laws requiring companies to provide notice of data security incidents involving certain types of personal data. In addition, some of our customers require us to notify them of data security breaches. Security compromises experienced by our competitors, by our customers or by us may lead to public disclosures, which may lead to widespread negative publicity. In addition, we have a high concentration of research and development personnel in China, which could expose us to market scrutiny regarding the integrity of our solution or data security features. Any security compromise in our industry, whether actual or perceived, could harm our reputation, erode confidence in the effectiveness of our security measures, negatively affect our ability to attract new customers and hosts, cause existing customers to elect not to renew their subscriptions or subject us to third-party lawsuits, regulatory fines or other action or liability, which could harm our business.

Seems Zoom has a lot of reasons to be concerned about security:


News re: Coronavirus (Non-post)

March 17, 2020

This is a list of reference links that I’m updating for my own personal reference.

How to disinfect N95 Respirators for reuse:
(Assumption is that they will be unavailable for repurchase for a long time)


I discontinued my UCLA football season tickets

January 30, 2020

I’ve been a season ticket holder for UCLA Football for 25 years.  2020 will be the first year in a long time that I will not have “re-upped”.

And apparently, I’m not the only one.  Here’s a count of the season ticket subscriptions sold in the past 40 years:

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EARLY SIGNS OF COACH JIM MORA’S DEMISE (2014-2017)
If you wondered what really caused Jim Mora’s firing in 2017, you need look no further than the season ticket subscriber data. Between 2014 & his firing in 2017, there was an incredible 30% decline in season ticket subscribers.

EXCITEMENT FROM COACH CHIP KELLY’S HIRING (2017)
There was a small 4% increase in subscribers from 2017 & 2018 likely due to excitement from the hiring of a flashy new coach known for high flying offenses.

BAD TEAM PERFORMANCE (2018)
You’ll notice the massive 26% decline in subscribers between 2018 & 2019.  The 2018 campaign with Chip Kelly’s first year as head coach was a disaster.

WITHER 2020?
What can we expect in 2020? Well, UCLA’s 2019 record was 4-8 – one win better than it’s 2018 record of 3-9.  So that’s not great.  And they lost to USC – something they didn’t do even in 2018.

But Bruins have always come to the games regardless of how bad things were… so why would 2020 be any different?

Enter Dan Guerrero.  (Or *exit* depending on your viewpoint.)  UCLA Athletics UTTERLY ABUSED it’s fan base over the last 5 years:

  1. $100 MANDATORY DONATION
    All season ticket holder subscribers were required to “donate” $100 to the Athletic Association whether you liked it or not.  It was the equivalent of a price hike but because it was donation, UCLA gets the benefit of the money not having been part of a sale – i.e. non-taxable.
  2. PARKING
    The privilege of parking on the golf course each game to walk 1/4 mile to the Rose Bowl is now $30.  At the turn of the century it was FREE.  Roughly every other year this fee has gone up $5.
  3. CONCESSIONS
    Nachos are now $18.  Fries are now $15.  6 Buffalo Wings are now $17.  The price of food in the Rose Bowl has officially gotten stupid.
  4. GENTRIFICATION
    The Rose Bowl has always disallowed alcohol within the stadium.  But wait! Now, you can pay for the privilege of being able to purchase & drink alcohol in the venue!
    1. ARE YOU A $1000 DONOR? You get access to the “Beer Garden” – a gated area within the stadium where you can purchase wine & beer.
    2. ARE YOU A SPONSOR?
      If you are, for example, affiliated with TCL, a major sponsor of UCLA football, you get access to their “game party” within the stadium… where alcohol is served.
  5. $100 WORTHLESS TICKETS
    The Oklahoma/UCLA game last year was $100 per ticket & all season ticket holders got 1 ticket.  Guess what game no one wanted to go to?  Never mind that you couldn’t sell your ticket because no one was buying:  The Athletic administration couldn’t even GIVE AWAY tickets to the game.  They sent a mail – in desperation – to all season ticket holders that they were giving away 4 FREE tickets to the Oklahoma/UCLA game to each subscriber.  I stayed home and watched them get slaughtered 48-14.

Besides no longer being fun to watch – who likes being a perennial loser – everywhere you turn at the Rose Bowl, UCLA football games are a constant reminder of how the athletic department treats its fans as nothing more than a revenue source to monetize & milk.

I think many fans understood that a top tier coach is expensive and that operating a team with quality training resources, quality assistant coaches, and facilities to be proud of requires money.  But this is a bridge too far.

I’m done.


Does this sound familiar?

October 9, 2019

imageHere’s 6 character types that might ring some bells:

  1. “My family has voted Republican all our lives.  Our family’s party can’t possibly be in the wrong & our personal need to be “right” is more important than anything.”
  2. “I dislike minorities & believe they’re somehow the cause of all that ails me.”
  3. “I’m an ultra-religious Christian & the only policy that I’m concerned with is abortion. I’ll stand with anyone that echoes the same.”
  4. “I’m wealthy & my entire value system is built around money & getting what’s mine. Taxes are my enemy & anyone raising them is my enemy as well.”
  5. “I’m poor & either lost my job or have a bad job & the only thing that matters to me is getting enough money to stay afloat. I don’t care how I get it – subsidies, another job, whatever.”
  6. “I love guns. And I’ve convinced myself that “personal security” is the most important thing in the world & thus fighting anything that might restrict my access to the guns of my choice is the centerpiece of my value system.”

Recognizing these character types is important. What to do with them… that’s another story.


AUDIOBOOK: Free recording of The Whistle-Blower Complaint Released by the House Intelligence Committee, 9/26/2019

September 26, 2019

imageA few hours ago, Penguin Audio published a professional audiobook reading of the “Whistle-Blower Complaint” against Donald Trump.

The audio is streamable from Soundcloud and downloadable from there as well.  It is 30min long and the .MP3 is 40MB in size.