No such thing as a “tax free” lunch

No such thing as a “tax free” lunch: Even if you read something in a gossip column of a certain newspaper,
like, say, that 100 employees of O Magazine are getting a “tax free”
bonus of $5,000 each, don’t believe it. No such animal exists as a “tax
free” bonus. Obviously (to those other than a gossip columnist), the
big O and Hearst have “grossed-up” the bonuses so that the employees
receive $5,000 net, “after taxes.” I may not be an accountant, but
during a certain week in mid-April, I am aware of such things.

Say it loud

Say it loud: Nashville blogger Blake Wylie (NashvilleFiles) receives props from the Tennessean for leading a successful charge
against a big brother audio monitoring system planned by Metro
Nashville police that would have allowed them to randomly eavesdrop on
conversations in public places. (A video network, without audio
recording devices, remains on track, however.)

Update: On a related note, today’s NYT has a story about how a wide array of video evidence can be used by defendents, as well as the police. About the article, Dan Gillmor says, “The ubiquity of cameras has disturbing privacy implications. But it also means that the truth won’t always stay buried.”

(NashvilleFiles news via: Bill Hobbs)