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Tuesday, December 20, 2005

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How to tell if you might get socked by the alternative minimum tax. Congress' failure to reform it could mean higher income taxes for millions. of people with incomes of $75,000 to $100,000. ... Blogging exploded in 2005, writes Inquirer blogger Dan Rubin. Corporations embraced them, as their workers spent more of their goof-off time reading them. Google the word blog and you'll get more hits than for sex or Jesus. ... East Coast climate could chill even as the globe warms overall, if the oceanic conveyor belt called the Gulf Stream slows down. Greenland was green 1,000 years ago, before the Little Ice Age ensued. An even wilder swing took place about 12,000 years ago, and scientists are trying to figure out why and what lies ahead. ... Beware of eating swordfish. The U.S. government didn't test it. When a newspaper tested a fillet from Singapore, the level of mercury found was three times the legal limit. ... 18 percent of people who had Lasik eye surgery have gotten it done again. New procedures and alternatives have complicated the decision for many seeking to get rid of their glasses. No one is sure of the long-term effects, but safety has improved over the last decade.


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