‘New IRS’ Allows Americans To Choose How Their Income Tax Dollars Are Spent

new-irs1Tax day is upon us, and for the first time ever, Americans everywhere will have the chance to say -and meticulously catalog- exactly how they want their Federal Income Tax dollars spent. TheNewIRS.com provides users with interactive, visually arresting, and shareable info graphics that juxtapose how users choose to have their taxes allocated versus how they will actually be spent by our Federal Government. On April 17th, 2014,

TheNewIRS.com will issue a detailed report comprised of “Personal Allocation Plans” created by thousands of New IRS users, wherein the allocation data collected will be paired against the projected use of our 2014 Federal Income Taxes.

Conceived by Alex Ebert (the Golden Globe winning front-man for Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros), TheNewIRS.com was born out of the Sundance Film Festival’s star-studded “Hackdance” hackathon, which awards innovators that use technology to create social impact.

TheNewIRS.com is the first in a series of websites created by Ebert and his team that will provide users with virtual methods of experimenting with new forms of government.

From National defense to healthcare, education and agriculture, TheNewIRS.com is a medium in which to democratize what some critics consider stagnant or misrepresentative forms of government spending.

“We present to you a simulation, that you may peruse and develop a taste for a new paradigm of citizen power,” said New IRS founder Alex Ebert “through your participation, we will be able to collect national data that will serve to reflect our ethics as a nation, as well as to illuminate disparities between our will and the actual expenditures of the current political powers”

Whitehouse.gov has provided a great interactive webpage to see what tax money goes towards on a national level,” said New IRS developer and designer Dru Clegg. “Unfortunately, seeing how things are done ‘after-the-fact’ doesn’t make me feel any more involved. The New IRS user interface is unique because it’s not just showing you how your tax dollars were spent last year. It’s ASKING you how you would prefer it be spent. It’s asking what YOU want, and then storing the information you give to us so we can consolidate and share it.”

TheNewIRS.com is a virtual experiment with real life implications. The data collected in the lead up to tax day will be published shortly thereafter in a detailed report on April 17, 2014.

 

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Could Our Obsession With Selfies Lead To Mental Illness?

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(PCM) It is no secret that nowadays selfies have become a very big pop culture trend and the snapping of a selfie photo is something that just about everyone has done at one time or another. However, now doctors and scientists are linking our obsession with selfies to more and more cases popping up of people suffering from narcissism and body image obsession.

With the up rising of social media, people are more compelled than ever before to take and post selfie images and receive near instantaneous feedback on those images as soon as they are posted online. This can have a positive or negative outcome depending on the person and their ability to take criticism on the negative side or how narcissistic they could become when given positive reinforcement.

There have been stories that have surfaced about individuals taking hundreds and hundreds of selfies per day just to find the perfect shot. When looking at the images they begin picking apart everything about their appearance which can lead to cases of body obsession. While it is true that all of us would love to try to capture the perfect image, especially when it is going to be posted in a public forum like social media, the compulsion to pick apart everything little thing that is wrong with our appearance is ultimately not a healthy behavior pattern.

Individuals are now making the basis for their overall happiness on how many likes they receive on their social media accounts, especially when it comes to selfies. Our looks and appearance can slowly build up to be the most important thing in our lives and that is the perfect breeding ground for narcissism to flourish.

The selfie obsession can also wreak havoc on a person’s self-confidence, especially if they do not receive what they feel is an adequate number of “likes” or positive commentary. It is important for us to remember that the true liking of oneself is really the only “like” we should be worried about and that all of us are uniquely beautiful in our own way and should be comfortable in our own skin.

 

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Coachella Did NOT Cause Instagram To Crash

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(PCM) Instagram users were in a frenzy this afternoon when the popular social media photo app was down for a few hours with many blaming the influx of Coachella selfies being shared for the issue. Instagram has issued a statement and claims that it was not the Coachella music festival that caused the outage.

The problem according to Instagram was a “feed delivery issue” which appears to be fixed at this time.

From the many tweets that were posted from those attending Coachella, the popular music festival in Indio, Ca, this weekend, you would have thought that the entire world was coming to an end and that Instagram was just another part of the festival.

The very best one came from comedian/actor David Spade which read “Instagram is down.  Does that mean they cancel Coachella? I mean what’s the point of going now. To hear music??”

We can’t believe that some even believed that the festival would be cancelled over a lack of Instagram use!  We love social media as much as the next person, but seriously…..pay attention to the incredible festival happening around you and put down the phone or tablet for just a little while!

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