Lawmakers Struggle Over Web Tax - WSJ.com: "....The tax reprieve, however, is set to expire on Nov. 1, and so far, lawmakers have taken few concrete steps to re-enact it as they debate whether to combine it with a separate, more controversial bill. That measure would allow states to collect sales tax from out-of-state online merchants...." (read more at link above)
Treating Dogs Like Humans Is Costing Billions: Video - Bloomberg: (Allow video to load after clicking play or go to link above)
Underwater treadmills, acupuncture, and sonograms are just a few examples of the specialty care pets are getting at the Crown Veterinary Specialists center in Lebanon, New Jersey. Bloomberg's Olivia Sterns talks to the vets about their equipment and discusses the business opportunities with Juan Ramón Alaix, the chief executive officer of Zoetis, the market leader in animal health. (Source: Bloomberg)
We’re happily sailing! – Bailey Boat Cat: "Ciao from very near Ponza! I’m so happy today! Yesterday the humans were really busy around the boat and they kept talking about the early bird catching the worm…I thought we might be off to go digging somewhere today! It turns out it’s one of those strange human expressions and actually we just got up really early to sail to Ponza! What a lovely surprise!...." (read more at the link above)
Inside Glenn Greenwald’s Mountaintop Home Office - NYTimes.com: ".....“It’s funny,” he said. “I’m working with a Silicon Valley technologist who became the 100th-richest person in the world through his understanding of programming, but half the time we can’t communicate on the telephone because my Internet isn’t working or my phone is out. It’s an irony, but it’s also a kind of balance for me.” That balance includes more than a dozen dogs — Sheila, Sylvestre, Mabel, I lost track of the names. I pointed out that he is nearing cat-lady status, engulfed by his need to rescue. No, he said, “we have a limit, so I am not like a cat lady.”
The limit, he said, is 12.
I counted 13 dogs.
“One of them is a guest dog and will be leaving soon.”
"It is likely that the ancient Egyptians were the first seafarers to realize the true value of having cats as shipmates. In addition to offering sailors much needed companionship on long voyages, cats provided protection by ridding ships of vermin. Without the presence of cats, a crew might find their ship overrun with rats and mice that would eat into the provisions, chew through ropes and spread disease. The more superstitious sailors believed that cats protected them by bringing good luck. It was also common for crews to adopt cats from the foreign lands they visited to serve as souvenirs as well as reminders of their pets at home...."