The Amazing Meeting 2014

Like it? Share it!

Sign up for news and updates!






Enter word seen below
Visually impaired? Click here to have an audio challenge played.  You will then need to enter the code that is spelled out.
Change image

CAPTCHA image
Please leave this field empty

Login Form



Serves Em Right PDF Print E-mail
Swift
Written by James Randi   
After months of debate and protest, Romanian income tax officials have now formally become aware of the fact that certain professions have escaped their net by working from the shadows, so to speak. The government has now officially amended its labor laws to include astrology and witchcraft as actual professions, meaning that star-charters and ladies-on-brooms will now have to pay up annually, perhaps on one of our April Fools Days – April 1st or 15th…

Recession of the economy in that country has prompted the law to require these woo-woo artists to pay their share of supporting the country while they continue to misinform, swindle, and cheat the citizens – professionally. Sounds fair to me. The hoi polloi will never give up their favored delusions, so I think they should contribute to the support of superstition – religious or not – and to the cumbersome governmental system that has to now handle another angle of public idiocy.

Ah, but now a real witch has announced that the Romanian bureaucracy will be reduced to a shambles as the result of her planned interference. She’ll be casting her famous tried-and-true “black pepper and yeast” curse, so we can confidently expect that the country will collapse. It sure beats the “tobasco and baking powder” spell, I can tell you…

(What’s that cackling I’m hearing…?)
Trackback(0)
Comments (12)Add Comment
They'll never collect
written by bobledrew, January 05, 2011
How can the tax authorities collect from witches and astrologers -- they'll know when they're coming and fly away on their brooms, or make the tax collectors' cars break down, or something. Oh yeah. "It doesn't work that way", right?
report abuse
vote down
vote up
Votes: +7
...
written by Steel Rat, January 05, 2011
You'd think the astrologers would have seen this in the stars...
report abuse
vote down
vote up
Votes: +15
to brobotsb
written by mercurylass, January 05, 2011
Why do you keep posting the same attack(if you call it that, more like tommy chucking his toys out of the pram!) smilies/cheesy.gif It would help if your links worked too!! smilies/cry.gif Ah well at first amusing but eventually you have to grow up and give appropiate responces based on that maturity.Not methinks you do much of that.
Bring in on lets chat.
report abuse
vote down
vote up
Votes: -1
...
written by Starthinker, January 05, 2011
I've been casting my anti-black pepper and yeast spell on the same government, so that should negate that spell. I've also been blessing the Romanian government with my special charms and holy water so they are extra protected. I can do the same for you for just $440.00 a month.
report abuse
vote down
vote up
Votes: +2
...
written by Beerina, January 05, 2011
Ah, but now a real witch has announced that the Romanian bureaucracy will be reduced to a shambles as the result of her planned interference. She’ll be casting her famous tried-and-true “black pepper and yeast” curse, so we can confidently expect that the country will collapse. It sure beats the “tobasco and baking powder” spell, I can tell you…


Ya know, the police should arrest her. Just because it's magic doesn't mean you can attack other people any more than if it were a gun or a club or anthrax.

Then she'll have the honor of stating publicly and under oath that it's all fake. One can dream...
report abuse
vote down
vote up
Votes: +5
...
written by george152, January 05, 2011
A good idea to tax crime and criminals.
Might pay for the jail time they incur
report abuse
vote down
vote up
Votes: +1
Criminal
written by GusGus, January 05, 2011
That's why criminality is the best-paying profession. If you're a criminal you don't want to report your criminal income to the IRS, so you don't pay any taxes at all! What a deal!!!
report abuse
vote down
vote up
Votes: +3
I prefer to use a pro-blck pepper spells myself
written by Xiphos, January 05, 2011
Since pepper taste good. What a bunch of tools. What the heck is Dave Mabius problem anybody know? and I mean besides being mentally deranged that is.
report abuse
vote down
vote up
Votes: +1
...
written by lytrigian, January 05, 2011
That's why criminality is the best-paying profession. If you're a criminal you don't want to report your criminal income to the IRS, so you don't pay any taxes at all! What a deal!!!

Don't be so sure. That's how they got Al Capone in the end: not for murder, extortion, criminal conspiracy, or even speeding, but tax evasion. The IRS is quite clear that even income from illegal sources must be reported.

Why they expect compliance in that case I don't quite understand, but there you are.
report abuse
vote down
vote up
Votes: +2
Another Space Filled
written by Caller X, January 05, 2011
I can sleep soundly tonight knowing that more people in Romania will have to pay income taxes. By the way, are you suggesting that astrologers and witches in this country should be exempt from taxes? But, all in all, another space filled. Well done.

On the other hand, "the hoi polloi" is redundant since "hoi" means "the". Try substituting "the mob," "the rabble," or "the common crowd."

Typical.
report abuse
vote down
vote up
Votes: -2
scientific illiteracy
written by rogro, January 06, 2011
Nowadays, the Ro gov is looking for money everywhere... Even to these offenders.
But the main problem remains the religion classes which are practically compulsory for all grades (I-XII). You could see priests, nones and other cheaters in all schools, acting as honorable and important teachers. Children are confused and their interest in science becomes smaller and smaller.
The recent research conducted by University of Bucharest has revealed a worrying situation: 56% of Ro believes that the Sun goes around the Earth, 59% that the earliest humans lived at the same time with the dinosaurs. Evidently, most of Ro believe in God (96%).
One solution could be, of course, focusing on education, but this is rather difficult, taking into account that the educational system is boiling in the same pot real knowledge and superstition.
For more information about the research:
http://www.slideshare.net/Quen...an-context
http://www.stisoc.ro/psip.html
report abuse
vote down
vote up
Votes: +1
Rollin' in the dough!
written by nethead, January 09, 2011
I use my flour and yeast spell to make all the bread I want.
report abuse
vote down
vote up
Votes: +0

Write comment
This content has been locked. You can no longer post any comment.
You must be logged in to post a comment. Please register if you do not have an account yet.

busy