US Presidential Election 2020

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sionascaig
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superfrank wrote:
Thu Jan 21, 2021 10:41 pm

VAT or reclaiming it?
I got it wrong... was all set to write to my MP as well !

4.5 VAT on trophies
If you run a business as a stud or trainer, you can recover the VAT you’ve been charged on trophies you display on your premises to promote the business and attract clients. But if you claim input tax and later put the trophy to a private use, for example, by taking it home to be kept, you must account for output tax (you can find further information about output tax in section 5). Otherwise, VAT on trophies is not input tax and is not recoverable.
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superfrank
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With a pen stroke, President Joe Biden cancels Keystone XL pipeline project
https://www.dw.com/en/with-a-pen-stroke ... a-56285371

Obama blocked it, Trump ok'd it, Biden blocks it!
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superfrank wrote:
Thu Jan 21, 2021 10:23 pm
Derek27 wrote:
Thu Jan 21, 2021 8:09 pm
Fascinating watching Biden sign his EOs. A set of 10 pens on the table, a different pen to sign each EO, and the pen gets taken away with the EO. Does he get them back or have to buy a new set of pens?
It's a socialist job creation scheme. Single use pens.
I'd like to know how much a box of those pens cost - they're not Bic Biros. Surely he could auction his first 10 pens for charity. It would raise a lot of money, but probably less than a tenth of what Trump followers would have paid for Trump's pens, which would have gone to the charity of his choice. ;)
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In a normal signing ceremony everyone standing around the presidents desk gets a pen as a momento thats why they use multiple pens to sign the bill.

Not sure why he used so many pens though when he was the only one in the room though.. unless they were off camera..... or he wants to send a pen to each of the Trumps :D
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sionascaig wrote:
Thu Jan 21, 2021 10:37 pm
Reminds me a bit of lightbulbs: they (the old ones) were "designed" to breakdown after a certain time, purely in the interest of the companies that make them...
I bought a pack of the old incandescent lightbulbs from Amazon last year. The one in my boiler cupboard that's not necessary, hardly ever used and only switched on because there wouldn't be any point in fitting it otherwise, is still working. :D

But I can assure you when it comes to crap, outdated technology, you can't design it to breakdown early - it does that anyway. ;)
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Biden health pick Rachel Levine set to become first transgender Senate confirmee...

This is going to be the funniest 4 years in human history.
https://twitter.com/still_a_nerd/status ... 5802915840
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Derek27 wrote:
Thu Jan 21, 2021 11:03 pm

But I can assure you when it comes to crap, outdated technology, you can't design it to breakdown early - it does that anyway. ;)
Do apple phones still start to run slowly just after an update & just before a new model is released?
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sionascaig wrote:
Fri Jan 22, 2021 1:15 am
Derek27 wrote:
Thu Jan 21, 2021 11:03 pm

But I can assure you when it comes to crap, outdated technology, you can't design it to breakdown early - it does that anyway. ;)
Do apple phones still start to run slowly just after an update & just before a new model is released?
No idea, I've never had an Apple phone.

The concept of 'planned obsolescence' is largely conspiracy theory, in my opinion. From the 1980s we had capitalism, competition, and What Hi-Fi, TV, Video magazine where poor products could easily be called out. The chances of every washing machine company on the market agreeing on how long a washing machine should last and trusting that nobody in the contract would cheat and make one last longer, coupled with the fact that in those days machines didn't have sophisticated microchips, are very slim.

As a trader you'll understand it's difficult enough to create a bot that works, nevermind one that works for 6 months and gradually reduces it's profits. How do you manufacture a mechanical device that works for a specified length of time?

Personally, if I had a phone that started slowing down for no reason, and the manufacturer said, "don't worry, give us £1000 for a new model", I'd switch to a different manufacturer. :)
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The election's over, Biden's president, knightwire2 hasn't got his Lamborghini ( :lol: ) and there's nothing more to discuss, yet we're still talking about pens, VAT, lightbulbs, Apple phones and washing machines. :lol:
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Biden has his first problem apart from the pandemic.

His administration is being sued by the Texas state attorney over the pause in deportations.

Think its going to be a tough 4 years assuming he lasts that long.
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