Check out this very interesting video about the “culture of bunkers” in Switzerland. The journalist, Johnny Harris, goes into the history, the passion, and the current position of Switzerland as a neutral nation – and how bunkers have become an integral part of Swiss culture. Grab a coffee and dig in.
While corporations (see above image) are by far the largest polluters, individuals can help to move the needle toward conservation and reduction of pollution by taking consistent action to avoid contributing to the problem, and encouraging others to join in.
TrashBlitz Austin used volunteers to collect and count trash to come up with a way to reduce the use of plastic in the city of Austin. 70% of the trash picked up consisted of single-use plastic items. One of the outcomes of this effort was the Austin Reuse Coalition with a focus on helping restaurants reduce the use of plastic.
Please do your part to reduce use of plastic, and encourage others to do so, also. If everyone eliminated plastic bottles and plastic bags from their lives, there would be an immediate and visible reduction in pollution. It has to start somewhere – let it start with us.
I received a text message from the IRS this week, “threatening” to levy against my assets if I did not call a number immediately. Of course, it was a scam – my phone flagged it – but I also routinely get voice messages on my landline threatening the same thing, including repeated threats of arrest if I don’t call back right away.
If you owe money to the IRS, your first encounter will not be a phone call or text message. It will be a letter explaining what the IRS thinks you have done and telling you how to respond.
Nevergive out personal information or financial information over the phone. If someone demands payment “right now,” tell them so send you a letter (but don’t give out your address), and you will give it to your attorney to handle.
Call your attorney or tax preparer if you have any questions. Sometimes it’s legit – but phone calls and text messages demanding payment are SCAMS.