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Stuck with my son in a controlling situation with my boyfriend's family, I just need to vent

I'm in idiot for ending up here. I made so many bad choices and now my son is suffering from it. I love my boyfriend but I'm questioning whether or not our relationship is worth everything we've been through. My boyfriend and I just want to live our lives together and eventually get married but his family is ruining it all. I'm so mentally exhausted and I can't parent like I'm supposed to do. I don't want to get out of bed anymore.
I don't want to explain how I got here, I just can't I'm sorry. I came to live with my boyfriend across the states when I turned 18 to escape my abusive mother. I live with my boyfriend and his parents. We all used to live at his cousins house but we had to leave. I believe his parents intentionally isolated us away from the city so that we no longer had access to the resources we needed to become more independent. My boyfriend is 25, I'm 20. His parents never attempted to teach him how to drive or take him to even try to get his drivers license. He depends on his father to take him back and fourth to work. His job is 20 miles away from where we live. We had no say in where we moved to and any houses that we found online were shut down. I believe this was because the parents didn't want to pay for deposit fees on all of their cats, I don't know. We live in a trashy trailer park invested with roaches in the middle of nowhere. We don't have any family or friends around that are willing to help us in any way and all of our resources are out of reach now. It's not like I can just take the bus everywhere anymore.
They won't let me work. Every time I bring up how badly I need a job, how we have no money ever, his father tells me that I don't need to work. How I'm a horrible mother for abandoning my son to go work. How being a stay at home mother is the most important job in the world. His parents bring me down every time I try to be my own person. They've told me before that I just use my bf for his money. I'm losing my mind, I don't want this to be my life!! I want to bring in my own money! I WANT TO GET MY FAMILY OUT OF THIS MESS! This isn't the 1950s!
My bf's father makes a lot of money. So much that he can pay my bf's mother what my bf makes in a single paycheck as an "allowance." They go blow all of their money at the casino and never buy groceries but also eat everything my boyfriend buys. We don't qualify for food stamps because his father makes too much money, but we never know for sure if we're going to have enough food to last until payday. My bf makes SCRAPS compared to him. His father is always borrowing money from my bf and not paying it back half the time. The only thing his father does is pay half of the bills and rent. He never helps with the 300$ in gas money my bf has to put in his fathers car to get himself to work. If he didn't have to pay that much in gas then we could at least save some money.
My son is a year and a half old and I never wanted to regret having him but there are days where I wonder what the hell is the matter with me for bringing a child here. He has an appointment coming up and I have no idea how I'm going to get him there. I didn't know it was going to be like this. My boyfriends father promised to take him car shopping last year, but that never happened and the savings we had for a car dwindled away when covid hit. Our last hope is riding on this year's tax refund. If it's the same as earlier this year I just can't see us getting out. We plan on getting a car and leaving as soon as we can. Just entertain them and eventually we'll have an opportunity to run. I just want away from these people. They're both religious nuts who constantly claim that everything will work out if we just put our faith in god, but do everything possible to make our life miserable. I try to stay positive knowing that we at least aren't homeless, and even if it's not a lot we still have food but it's so difficult when every single day is the same torment for me. I never get to leave the house and my son is the only thing keeping me sane. I just want to be a good mom to him and not this depressed shell anymore.
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Effortpost: Some Thoughts on Trump's Tax Returns

Disclaimer: I am a trainee chartered accountant who works in large tax firm. My specialty is a very specific area of corporation tax; I do not prepare tax returns in my job, and I don't work with personal tax. I live and work in the European Union, but the tax issues are high-level principles, and in general I think the conclusions aren't really affected by the specificities of the US tax code. Nothing in this post should be taken as tax or legal advice in any context.
I wanted to try and put down some thoughts on the Trump tax return revelations in order to achieve some kind of catharsis in the face of what I think is a lot of misinformation and misunderstandings. I'll include headings for each issue on my mind and hopefully people can either gain some insight or engage with me to help me to understand better.
Tax Planning, Avoidance and Evasion
First, let me explain with examples what each of these terms refer to.
Tax Planning is the use of tax incentives to minimize a tax bill which are contemplated by the drafter of the tax code. An example is a scheme that would allow you to pay your gym membership using your pre-tax pay: when you pay the sum out of the gross amount, you won't suffer tax on the amount paid, and as such you will pay less tax. The idea is that by incentivising the population to spend on a certain outcome, the benefits of the outcome (healthier people) will be more efficient for the system as a whole (healthcare or mental health or whatever).1
Tax Avoidance is the implementation of aggressive or inventive tax structures in order to reduce a tax bill in a manner which is either legal or illegal, characterised by the lack of contemplation on the part of the drafter of the tax code. In other words, it means you are finding a "tax loophole" that doesn't necessarily generate value otherwise for the state and taking advantage of it to reduce your tax bill. A famous example of this is the "Dutch Sandwich": large corporations took advantage of the relationship between different international treaties in order to shift profits to a low tax jurisdiction such as Bermuda.2
Tax Evasion is illegal tax avoidance. Let's say you rent a property and ask your tenant to pay you in cash. You then do not declare this cash as rental income, thus avoiding having to pay tax on your rental income. This is illegal because you haven't presented a fair and true set of information of your taxable income/expenses for the tax year, so you are evading the payment of tax. You could, for example, claim a tax refund to which you are not entitled.3
With regard to Trump, tax avoidance alone with respect to his personal affairs should constitute a black mark on his record as a public servant. It ought to be a huge scandal that a politician avoided tax, no matter how elusive and clever the scheme, because tax avoidance results in a deficit in the year's tax revenues that has to be made up for by the taxes paid by the public. If even a comedian has enough shame to apologise and roll back his tax avoidance arrangements, a presidential candidate should do it in a heartbeat.4
Carry-forward Losses
Carry-forward losses are a technically complicated area of taxation, and I am not at all privy to the rules in the US. This doesn't matter though, because in principle the implementation is extremely understable. It means that when you have a business venture, and you make a loss in a given year, you can use that loss in future years to avoid paying tax on the profits. Let's take a super short example:
Let's say I have income in Year 1 of 100 and expenses of 120, so I make a loss of 20. I don't pay tax on my loss. Let's say I have income in Year 2 of 100 and expenses of 80, so I make a profit of 20. The previous year's loss cancels out my profit this year, and I don't pay any tax.
The result is that you consider the entire business venture in its entirety, because it would be unfair (and unproductive) to force a business to suffer tax on its profitable years but to ignore the years it made a loss.
For me, carry-forward losses do not come close to avoiding a tax burden for 11 of 18 years, as per the NYT article. Perhaps the layout of his taxes paid is bizarre (he could have had a huge tax bill in a single year which means the lack of tax paid in the other years is explained). The reason that this is telling is in the opening paragraphs of the NYT article:5
He had paid no income taxes at all in 10 of the previous 15 years — largely because he reported losing much more money than he made.
"Largely because he reported losing much more money than he made."
This is the idea you have to grip in your head: if Trump were an investment machine, you would put a dollar in and get back 30 cents. These facts outline the financial profile of a business operative whose extreme incompetence and lack of self control has resulted in losses for the shareholders of the businesses for which he is responsible. A capable member of management has literally one job: make money for the company's shareholders, and it is clear that in the aggregate Trump has not been able to succeed in doing this.
The article outlines further that the only area in which Trump was successful was in his capacity as a performer in the context of shows like The Apprentice6 or ads for Oreos7 or Domino's pizza.8 His only successful venture is playing the part of a caricature of the businessman he pretends to be in his professional life, whereas in reality he was a total failure. Trump's only successful business investments are companies in which he did not perform a management role: those where he invested capital and the business was ran by someone else.
Quick Fire TL:DR Round
Last thing: "Maximise Present Value of Cash Flows"
Here's a comment that frustrated me immensely, but it's posted in an echo chamber so I couldn't reply: https://old.reddit.com/Conservative/comments/j106fp/ny_times_trump_paid_750_in_us_income_taxes_in/g6wv06i/
The argument is that the losses are sustained in order to maximise present value of cash flows:9
Not even close. Again, Amazon was a company with negative net income and worth hundreds of billions of dollars. Is that also a failed business? Amazon and Trump seem to be employing the same strategy - using their free cash flow to maximize future earning potential. All Trump's tax returns tell us is that he is trying to "maximize present value of future cash flows" - exactly what Amazon does.
This is intensely misleading and doesn't take into account the stark differences between Trump's area of operations and Amazon. Moreover, the correct comparison isn't the entity Amazon, it's Bezos, and the taxes he paid as the leader of a large & successful conglomerate over the course of 11 years or so.
In certain industries, it's common to sustain heavy losses in early operational years in order to prepare for years when you expect your business venture to generate revenues. Take a pharmaceutical company: during the years when you are researching and developing your drug, you can't sell it, so you make losses on that specific venture: but when you finally start to actually get people paying for your product, you can often command a price high enough to recuperate whatever losses you made. In the case of Amazon, Jeff Bezos devoted the company's strategy to building a robust and near-monopolistic infrastructure where Amazon inhabits so many areas of consumers' lives that they turn to it without thinking for everyday products, subscriptions etc.
The question I would love to grill this commenter on is super simple: when your businesses are casinos, golf courses and hotels, what exactly is the event or change you are expecting to take place in the future that will suddenly "maximise your future cash flows"? What is the future investment that Trump's ventures are sustaining net losses on that are going to be profitable in the future? Why are Trump's competitors in these sectors generally able to run their businesses with enough alacrity to generate a profit?
If Trump were an able businessman, there is no reason he shouldn't be able to run these businesses successfully.
Questions
If anybody is curious about anything above and wants to discuss it, or just ask me to explain/give my impressions on any of this stuff, feel free to ask and if I think I understand it it would be fun to discuss.
For anyone who understands the US tax system better than I do: one issue I can't wrap my head around at all is how people keep talking about "depreciation" in the context of these revelations. If you think you understand it, can you explain to me how Trump or others think depreciation has anything to do with the information revealed in the NYT article? Depreciation, as a rule, shouldn't affect taxable income because it's an accounting entry and not a deductible/relevant tax expense.
1 https://www.unionen.se/rad-och-stod/friskvardsbidrag-fran-arbetsgivaren, for example.
2 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dutch_Sandwich.
3 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wesley_Snipes#Income_tax_conviction.
4 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jimmy_Carr#2012_tax_avoidance_controversy.
5 https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2020/09/27/us/donald-trump-taxes.html.
6 https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2020/sep/29/trump-tax-returns-the-apprentice-empire.
7 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YIRtruagdPc.
8 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ouG9cVhjPds; https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lEROWjPdCNU.
9 The use of this phrase in this context is total nonsense. "Net present value" is an investment evaluation technique that takes into account the time value of money for future investment flows. What the commenter means, I think, is effective working capital management: based on the facts in the article, Trump is an atrocious working capital steward as the losses he sustains through his businesses will have to be supplemented with additional capital in the business, either from his own pocket or shareholders he can convince to invest.
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[Fri, Nov 27 2020] TL;DR — This is what you missed in the last 24 hours on Reddit

worldnews

The European Union has fined two pharmaceutical companies for colluding to keep a cheap alternative to a sleep disorder medicine off the market for their profit and at the expense of patients.
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Chinese doctors jailed for organ harvesting
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Rapists will be chemically castrated in Pakistan under new laws approved by Prime Minister Imran Khan
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news

Venezuela judge convicts 6 American oil execs, orders prison
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Wyoming Gov. Mark Gordon tests positive for COVID-19
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First Latino DACA recipient receives Rhodes Scholarship
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science

In the US, states typically pay for prison while counties determine sentencing. A natural experiment whereby the cost burden of juvenile incarceration was placed on counties led to a stark drop in incarceration. This suggests that mass incarceration in the US is in part due to misaligned incentives.
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As interactions increasingly take place online, people find information that confirms their existing beliefs, making them less willing to listen to alternatives. This exacerbates filter bubbles and explains why public debates become polarized as people become impervious to opposing arguments.
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People’s moral foundations can predict their compliance with staying at home, wearing masks, and social distancing measures during the COVID-19 pandemic. Caring and fairness are morals that predict compliance with all three public health measures.
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space

Space travel is bad for the body at a cellular level
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How six scientists survived ‘living on Mars’ for a year: « The habitat had a small living room, 1.5 bathrooms, a galley kitchen and tiny living quarters for each of the six up a flight of stairs. Power came via solar panel, water via large storage tanks outside. »
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China’s plan for moon research station gets closer with Chang’e-5 success
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Futurology

World’s Biggest Wind Park to Be Built Offshore U.K.
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Japan Developing Laser Weapons That Can Be Mounted On Vehicles To Counter Drone Attacks
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History records many secular and religious attempts to build paradise on Earth. They haven’t worked. Nevertheless, some philosophers believe a biohappiness revolution is imminent, insisting: 'This time really is different'.
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AskReddit

What are underrated websites and what do you use them for?
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What do you think is the biggest secret being kept from mankind?
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People who wear shoes in the house, why?
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todayilearned

TIL that strings and cables moving randomly will spontaneously knot themselves with a probability reaching 100%
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TIL when Audrey Geisel, the widow of Doctor Seuss, was selling the rights to How the Grinch Stole Christmas, she made sure that "any actor submitted for the Grinch must be of comparable stature to Jack Nicholson, Jim Carrey, Robin Williams and Dustin Hoffman."
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TIL PCs in the 80s and 90s often had a “Turbo” button which when pressed would counterintuitively slow down the processor speed to allow compatibility with older games designed for slower processors.
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dataisbeautiful

[OC] Effective cost of the different ways of getting Reddit Premium
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[OC] When does the sun set in Europe's capitals during the winter solstice (21/12)?
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If COVID-19 Cases were Electoral Votes in the 2020 US Election [OC]
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Cooking

PSA: If you're spending Thanksgiving alone, there's now nothing stopping you from just drinking gravy straight. You're welcome.
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It worked!
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My deviled eggs were a hit!
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food

[Homemade] Applewood smoked turkey.
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[Homemade] Double cheese burger on a potato bun
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[Homemade] Hand Laminated Pain Au Chocolat.
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movies

Why ‘Planes, Trains and Automobiles’ Is the Ultimate Thanksgiving Movie
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Casino Royale’s poker scene was as elaborate as a James Bond stunt
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Alex Garland Has A "Low Budget Horror Movie" Coming Up - Casting and financing on the project is currently underway, with a view to shoot in spring or summer 2021
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Art

Foot Stabber, Me, Digital, 2020
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"I can only draw stick figures", me, digital painting, 2020
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Minotaur, Paul Reid, Oil on Canvas, 2020
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television

Kaley Cuoco on why she returned to TV so quickly with the Flight Attendant: 'You can easily be forgotten'
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'Jeopardy!' Shares Alex Trebek's Posthumous Thanksgiving Message
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Saturday Morning Cartoons are coming to MeTV starting January 2
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pics

What started as an accidental text turned into an annual tradition!
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My neighbors brought me a "plate" since I didn't go anywhere for Thanksgiving.
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The Empire State Building seen from New Jersey, when it was first completed in the 1930s
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gifs

Eyeball fun
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Tubular
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How Amazon ships your items.
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educationalgifs

How to calculate gear ratio
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mildlyinteresting

I got my huge pet snail a small pet snail
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Plate broke in weird satisfying shape
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In 1993 I received my first federal tax refund. It was $1.00.
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interestingasfuck

Best wildlife photo of the year 2019
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The birds of the striped cuckoo are very similar to pine cones. This is how they protect themselves from predators.
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My buddy caught an albino catfish yesterday. One in a million chance.
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funny

the ivory gap
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Famous mac and cheese recipe. Don’t tell anyone but the secret ingredient is love!
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NO such thing as bad publicity. Wally’s Pub here on the NH seacoast, brilliantly seeing to it.
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aww

I couldn’t see my family this year (for obvious reasons) so me and my boy made the best of it.
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Golden pupper turns into a leaf sweeper when he's happy
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A happy pygmy falcon
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Random Subreddit of the day: Borat

These are its 3 top posts of all time:
Did haters of the sequel even watch the original?
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Jeanise Jones (The babysitter) statement about the Borat 2 movie.
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Wawaweewa
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Anti-corruption Compilation part 6

This is a compilation of all the posts by user ar_david_hh who summarises anti-Corruption news of the day along with other interesting news in one comment. It is linked from the sidebar->Interesting Threads->Anti-corruption. The list is ordered by date, newest first. Date format: D/M/YYYY. All credit goes to the sub's hero ar_david_hh
Previous compilation threads: Part 1, part 2, part 3, part 4, part 5
Azerbaijan attacked Artsakh on 27 September 2020, making the war to be the main topic, the updates since this date are to be found in the daily Megathreads pinned at the top of the sub for now.

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May/6/2020: (1) Pashinyan "hijacks" NSS (2) ֏1k fees to army (3) Donation transparency (4) Everyone to file taxes? (5) Mass construction (6) Gago's casino (7) Science news (8) Alcoholic Pashinyan (9) Modern architecture (10) Yerevan floods (11) What happened in 2019? (12) Artsakh negotiations (13)..

DISCLAIMER

1) The accused are innocent until proven guilty in the court of law, even if they sound guilty.
2) Currency in Armenian ֏ unless specified otherwise. NSS/SIS/SOC = law enforcement agencies. QP = Civil Contract Party. LHK = Bright Armenia Party. BHK = Prosperous Armenia Party.
3) ARCHIVE of older posts by Idontknowmuch: PART 1 ; PART 2 ; PART 3 ; PART 4 ; PART 5.
4) ARCHIVE of older posts by Armeniapedia.

BHK chief Dodi Gago's casino in legal trouble

BHK boss Dodi Gago runs Armenia's biggest Casino Shangri La, one of four that exist. It was built for $150mln in 2014.
Dodi Gago's Multi Group owns the firm that runs the Casino and Pharaoh luxury restaurant. It's unknown how much taxes the casino pays, but both combined paid 5.2bln last year.
 
The Finance Ministry discussed the suspension of casinos' license. Talks began on April 15th. The committee tasked with giving gambling licenses held a meeting on April 30th.
The committee decided not to suspend the license because the casino agreed to fix the [undisclosed] problems.
https://www.1lurer.am/hy/2020/04/27/«Շանգրի-լա»-ն-կարող-է-փակվել-հարցը-ֆինանսների-նախարարությունում-է/231789
https://www.armtimes.com/hy/article/186555
https://armtimes.com/hy/article/187110

update: 10km pomenade near Lake Sevan

Earlier we learned that govt is working on a project to build a 10km tourist attraction walking avenue along Lake Sevan shores.
"Arkhiton" company is tasked with the design.
http://www.panarmenian.net/arm/news/280809/
https://www.facebook.com/aghajanyan.eduard/posts/3194668703910152

Design in Armenia: New Architecture Building on History

See the modern architecture in Armenia: https://www.archdaily.com/938747/design-in-armenia-new-architecture-building-on-history?

not yet

FIP fact-checker says media outlets got it wrong about Minnesota Senate recognizing the Artsakh Republic. "The resolution is there but hasn't been approved yet."
https://fip.am/11354

Mayor is charged with embezzlement and land fraud

Prosecutors' report says:
Tsater, Lori mayor organized land lease auctions in 2004/09. They were won by his close associates. The 14ha land was leased for only 168k, for 25 years. His associates took the lands and sub-leased them to someone else (telecom carrier) for a much higher price, in violation of the law. [a similar scheme was busted earlier]
A felony case is launched. The mayor is charged.
https://armtimes.com/hy/article/187227

National Academy of Sciences obtains a powerful microscope

They bought a JEOL-JCM-7000 NeoScope that will allow studies of nanotechnology, food safety examination, drug safety verification, textile fabric's chemical components, etc.
It zooms 100,000x and detects the existence of 40 elements and their sizes. They'll share it with university labs.
https://armtimes.com/hy/article/187304

Investigators bust a Defense Ministry land deal

The report says: The Ministry owned land in Yerevan. The Ministry official sold it for 33.6mln less than market value. Prosecutors couldn't find enough evidence of a felony. The official and the buyer agreed to recover the 33.6mln damages. The felony case is dropped.
https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1014467.html

A spike in the number of calls to Human Rights Ombudsman

2016: 2.1k calls
2017: 1.9k
2018: 2.8k
2019: 6.2k
https://armtimes.com/hy/article/187236

update: traffic lights were better than a roundabout

On April 10th Yerevan decided to experiment traffic change by turning off red lights and installing a roundabout on a big intersection. The police monitored the traffic and decided the red lights were better.
https://armtimes.com/hy/article/187271

will deputy PM Avinyan resign?

No, according to him. "Who is keep spreading these rumors? It's probably a few Facebook accounts, parroted by media outlets.
https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1014431.html

COVID stats / Parliament staff is infected

+163 (largest increase). Active 1.6k. Total 2.8k.
QP MP Nazeli spent days unknowingly socializing with a COVID-positive Parliament employee. She is quarantined. "I had 37.7 fever at the time of testing. The results arrive tomorrow."
MPs are given masks and gloves before entering the hall.
https://armtimes.com/hy/article/187232
https://armtimes.com/hy/article/187242
https://armtimes.com/hy/article/187261
https://news.am/arm/news/576999.html

Reddit doctor talks about COVID

Discussion: https://www.reddit.com/armenia/comments/geej2z/armenian_in_corona/

the sorry state of Armenian soccer

Soccer Federation HFF wants to change tournament rules midway. Here is why:
The tournament began with 10 teams. 6 compete to win, while the bottom 4 compete to stay in the higher league, with the last one being kicked out.
One of those bottom-4 teams voluntarily left the tournament. The other 3 teams are basically թրև են գալիս մարզադաշտում.
2 teams are against the changes proposed by HFF. Unclear how it'll proceed post-COVID.
https://armtimes.com/hy/article/187240

saving the bears

An animal protection group helped save 30 bears kept by various individuals and businesses. Short clip: https://youtu.be/vfkT4kuDNEU

Flooding in Yerevan

The rain flooded the improperly drained area and the parked cars that are used to transport govt officials.
https://youtu.be/IzS_iMiN2Bw?t=87
Another take: https://youtu.be/Vpgp9XDL6G8
The streets were also flooded: https://youtu.be/Iv5stUJp8Zw?t=3

Uncle Samvel goes cyber

IRS has a new electronic system to collect sales receipts from mobile and internet transactions. "We're waiting for businesses to join. More work is done to boost digital services in the age of COVID."
https://armtimes.com/hy/article/187245

doctors will be required to inform police...

... if they believe the patient suffered wounds from illegal actions. The bill also "strengthens patient's privacy rights, defines when a medical examination is necessary" etc.
Parliament voted 117-x to approve the govt bill.
https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1014393.html

donations to cities will become transparent

Parliament voted 117-0 to approve a BHK/QP bipartisan bill. It'll require provincial cities to disclose donations worth >100k. Yerevan will disclose >1mln donations on Yerevan.am within a week of receiving it.
 
LHK MP criticized the part that allows the donor to hide their name. "It could allow corruption. Someone could secretly donate then get favors from the city."
QP MP dismissed the claims: "the donor can choose to hide their name only from the website, but the police still receive their personal details. You can file paperwork to pull that data from the police."
https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1014394.html
https://factor.am/246967.html
https://factor.am/246972.html

some insurance compensation won't be taxed

Parliament voted 116-x to approve LHK bill to end taxation of insurance compensations from bank and loan agencies.
https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1014391.html

Pashinyan reports 2019 economy

Pashinyan went to Parliament to report and answer some questions. He said:
In 2019, we had the highest 7.6% GDP growth since 2008. Highest in EU and EAEU. In Jan/Feb of 2020 the economy grew 8.7%.
[In 2019] Processing industry +12%. For the first time since 2008, it took the biggest share of the economy.
High-tech industry turnover +30%. (includes programming, electronics)
Tourism +14.7%. Exports 10.3% (especially cognac and wine).
The inflow of foreign investments was $2.2bln, or +$465mln YoY, or +$635mln vs 2017.
Tax collection +43.6%.
https://armtimes.com/hy/article/187228
http://arka.am/en/news/economy/armenia_s_economic_activity_index_grows_by_8_7_in_january_and_february_2020/

Pashinyan about taxation:

In 2018/19 we collected 505bln more in taxes. 199bln of it went towards refunding businesses from which IRS over-collected taxes in the past. This was a decades-long issue. The other 306bln was spent on other programs.
Top-1000 taxpayers paid +13% YoY, or +31% vs 2017.
https://armtimes.com/hy/article/187234

Pashinyan about jobs and salaries:

87,000 new or un-shadowed jobs created. Unemployment -2.1%. Poverty -2.2% (total 23.5%). Extreme poverty -0.4% (total 1%). We plan to end extreme poverty by 2023.
Wages +5.8%. Dozens of thousands of teachers, doctors, professors got 10-30% raise. Junior emergency workers 52% raise. Penitentiary salaries +30%. Judicial system raise is planned.
Since 2018, over 1.1 million people saw salary, aid, or pension hike.
https://armtimes.com/hy/article/187234

87,000 new jobs, so why aren't there that many new 1,000 Dram transfers to Army?

Almost every worker pays 1,000AMD/mo to the army Foundation. Pashinyan and IRS said there were 87,000 newly visible jobs, so why aren't there 87,000 number of newly transferred 1,000-drams to the army?
Last year Pashinyan had this to say:
The 1k goes to IRS first before being sent to Foundation. It is collected then sent through cycles. That's where the discrepancy between the visibly available money and the collected money comes from. We could create a group and further understand the delay and discrepancy. It's impossible for us lie about the number of new jobs because of the way they're reported.
 
The army gave a detailed explanation today:
IRS is not allowed to transfer the 1k fees to Army until the employer meets all payment requirements.
Let's say the employer has 10 workers, but he only made 9 payments worth 1k each to IRS. The IRS knows that there are 10 workers. The IRS doesn't know which one of the 10 workers "didn't pay". The IRS won't send the 9 payments to the army until the 10th is collected. The IRS waits until next month.
Next month, the employer pays 15k. The IRS already had 9k in its bank. Now IRS has 24k.
IRS will send only 20k to the army. Why? Because 10 workers = 20k for 2 months.
The remainder 4k sits in IRS bank and waits for 3rd month.
 
BHK MP believes some of the "missing" funds were used by the army to make "top secret purchases". He asked the Defense Minister if it can be disclosed.
https://armtimes.com/hy/article/187277
https://factor.am/247396.html
Tag: #1k #1000dram

Pashinyan about COVID aid, hospitals, financial system:

The 16 aid packages have helped >1mln citizens. 21k businesses got favorable loans.
The hospital beds capable of handling COVID went from 300 to 1500, plus more in isolated hotels. Those without symptoms don't need care, so we try to isolate them until they recover. 6,000 suspects had been isolated.
COVID crisis will last until May-2021.
The slight destabilization of the financial system in late-March, is ove. Moreover, the Central Bank purchased $90mln worth currency. The consumer market didn't collapse. Some items got more expensive or cheaper.
https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1014418.html

Pashinyan about requiring everyone to file taxes:

The COVID proved once again about the need to have a universal tax declaration system. It should be required for everyone. There was a big scandal last year when I proposed it.
Today we can't find some low-income citizens to send them the COVID aid [they have to manually apply, while some work at gray economy]. If we had a universal taxation system, we could see who is really low income and send the aid quickly.
https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1014457.html

Pashinyan about nature protection:

4 mines were suspended. 3 were gold, 1 copper.
0.5mln trees planted in 2019. Our 10mln plan for 2020 was ruined by COVID.
Lowest water drain from Lake Sevan in 10 years. The drain was far below the legal limit.
https://armtimes.com/hy/article/187239

Pashinyan about sacking Nature Minister Eric Grigoryan:

He managed to accomplish a lot since 2018, but it was time to "make decisions". Eric solved the problem with illegal water usage by small hydro-plants, and hydo's problems with fish.
Lots of freshwaters were saved in Ararat Valley through underground well conservation.
https://armtimes.com/hy/article/187248

Pashinyan about making soldiers' lives easier:

225 modern surveillance systems were installed on frontlines. 64 positions were connected to an industrial-grade electric grid. 134 positions received flowing water.
35 positions received modular baths. 90% of constricts will be enrolled in a high-quality food program this month. Overall, 54% of soldiers get new food.
Soldier wages up to +30%.
https://armtimes.com/hy/article/187231

Pashinyan about his biggest failure, the story of Sodom and Gomer:

Our biggest fail is the recovery of the stolen funds. Nonetheless, in 2019, SIS recovered 7x more money than it had throughout its entire existence. Other law enforcements increased it ten-fold.
Still, it's not enough. Our legal and judicial system has a small percentage of independent dedicated great professionals. But there are also traitors and illiterates.
Why haven't we acted in the past 2 years, then? Remember Sodom and Gomer story. If the city has 50 honest residents, would you still destroy it? The answer was "no". How about if there were 10 honest? Still "no".
Today the justice system has 50 honest workers. That's why we didn't destroy it. I'd like to thank those 50 workers.
https://factor.am/247241.html

Pashinyan about launching mass-construction to keep workers busy:

17,000 more arrived than left Armenia. Now they can't leave [to Russia] for work due to COVID. How will we help them?
This year we'll launch a construction/renovation of >100 education and healthcare facilities. This could keep them busy for years. The biggest problem is, do we have the necessary construction companies that can win the contracts?
Last year we maxed out the construction capacity. We got every company busy. There is one road we want to repair but we can't find a company.
https://factor.am/247238.html

Chinese workers left

Infrastructure Minister Papikyan said: the Gyumi-Yerevan highway construction stopped because the Chinese workers left earlier. The road condition is deteriorating. We're negotiating with SinoHidro firm to bring the workers back. Time is of the essence. If we can't agree, we might have to find alternative solutions. (COUGH COUGH look up Papik COUCH)
https://armtimes.com/hy/article/187309

Pashinyan about Artsakh conflict:

No other Armenian leader has been this open and transparent about the topic. Any practical decision must be acceptable for Armenia, Artsakh, and Azerbaijan. My opinion hasn't changed since May-8-2018.
https://armtimes.com/hy/article/187253

How did Artsakh negotiations shift over time? / Phased resolution

Recently the Russian MFA Lavrov claimed the Phased resolution is "on the table". Armenian MFA rejected it, saying Artsakh's independence must happen simultaneously with any possible concessions.
Until 1996, Armenian approach was that Artsakh was independent of Armenia, so you should talk to Artsakh separately if you want concessions. This gave Armenia flexibility by easing the pressure. It also gave Artsakh more weight during the negotiations.
 
However, in 2001, president Robert Kocharyan had this to say: Over time, the approach to treat Artsakh as a separate negotiating party started to backfire because foreign powers began pressuring Armenia so it would pressure Artsakh. That's how the unacceptable Phased approach was born. In 1996, we [Artsakh president Kocharyan and Armenian president Ter-Petrosyan] decided to increase Armenia's role in the negotiations [and decrease Artsakh's].
 
Two decades later, Pashinyan decided that it's best to return to the old format and increase Artsakh's role in the negotiations.
Nowadays people point fingers about "whose fault it was" that Artsakh was left out of negotiating table, "why is Pashinyan dealing with a Phased approach", etc. Rob gives you the answers in an MP4 format: https://youtu.be/yd8bgFFN7Xg

NIKOL THE ALCOHOLIC

HHK activist published a photo of vodka distillation equipment: "That's Pashinyan's favorite govt-owned property. This morning they brought it to his residence to serve him alcohol so he'll claim to be drunk and unable to remember how he gave away Artsakh to Azerbaijan."
https://168.am/2020/05/06/1299136.html

UCOM-Beeline merger is suspended

Prosecutors want to arrest UCOM's shareholder-owner Gurgen Khachatryan for allegedly helping his ex-IRS boss father to launder bribed cash.
Since he is on the run, Beeline ISP decided it won't sell itself to UCOM ISP.
https://armtimes.com/hy/article/187247

Court decides to arrest Serj's son-in-law Minasyan

Media and mining magnate Mikael Minasyan was charged with money-crimes. A month ago the prosecutors submitted a petition to arrest him. Today the court approved his arrest.
Fugitive Minasyan released a message: there is no justice in Armenia. Pashinyan has already convicted me. I will return to Armenia because it's hard for me to be away when my friends and family are persecuted.
 
Where is Mikael Minasyan?
QP MP Alen: I think he's somewhere in Moscow suburbs, but it can't last for long. Things are going slow because it needs to be done legally. I think you should expect a hot summer.
https://armtimes.com/hy/article/187229
https://armtimes.com/hy/article/187273
https://armtimes.com/hy/article/187268
https://factor.am/247184.html

Why are so many former regime's suspects able to run?

QP MP Gayane: someone in law enforcement should be held accountable for people escaping. Gurgen Khachatryan's escape is no accident. There is sabotage in the system.
https://armtimes.com/hy/article/187229 , https://armtimes.com/hy/article/187273 , https://armtimes.com/hy/article/187268

Pashinyan about the justice system. and his plans to fill NSS with "outsiders":

Armenia's law enforcement system is in shock because they witness something that they thought would never happen.
Some of them can't believe that their long-time target [me] is standing here as a Prime Minister. My goal was to help them overcome the shock, but the shock is still there.
We should reform the law enforcement instead of chasing the cops with a stick. The upcoming new police agency will consist of educated current cops and outsiders.
For a while, my stance was not to appoint outsiders to NSS. That period is over. The rapid appointment of [28yo] Artsashes Qaramyan as Investigative Committee member then as deputy NSS chief was part of this.
https://armtimes.com/hy/article/187259
https://youtu.be/aCxC3HO4BXk
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An utter and complete failure of the system

It’s all a stupid waiting game at this point and I hope that everyone receives the help they need in relatively reasonable amounts of time. I got lucky in a way, because my parents (retirees on SSI with decent retirement incomes) split their $2400 with me and my sister. I can wait for whatever else might come from the IRS. Sure, I’m very disappointed the system sucks and there are no answers, but I’m ok for now. Not everyone is in the same boat.
I’m a teacher, and I spent the first two weeks of the quarantine calling to see if parents and kids had questions about distance learning. I spent the last three days making the same calls to parents, but instead of reminding them to do work, I ended up providing emotional support to at least four families that had their income completely disappear. Yesterday was the worst. So I donned a mask and took $800 of that money my parents gave me and bought groceries for several families. THAT’S what makes me so sad and upset. I live in an area where casinos are the main source of income. They’ve been shut down for weeks. This affects tons of folks, from the US citizen working as a cook at the buffet to the undocumented person from Guatemala emptying the slot machine ash trays. I don’t usually get involved in immigration issues and such, but watching and hearing parents cry about wondering about their next meal is heartbreaking. We also have a homeless camp behind my neighborhood (a consequence of Katrina, over ten years ago) and the flow of people through my neighborhood, lugging their few personal possessions with kids in tow, makes all of my concern about my lack of payment seem so selfish and inconsiderate. But for a country of such power, intelligence, and innovation, it’s terribly disappointing to see a system like the IRS fail miserably at providing help to those in dire need.
You see, a lot of our families don’t have bank accounts. Life literally revolves around tax time. When those refund checks hit, pop-up car lots selling a ten year old car with 150,000 miles spring up like mushrooms after the rain. Lots families don’t use free tax filing services because they could use a refund advance. So, they do their taxes at Walmart or wherever H&R Block or Jackson Hewitt is set up. Heck, I even had a neighbor let people come use her computer and internet (for $20) so folks could use Turbo Tax and get the refund advance. A great many are also considered “Pathers” and have to wait until mid February for their refund due to certain tax credits. And now, these are some of the same people that are screwed. I don’t have direct evidence, but from piecing together from Turbo Tax forums, Igotmyrefund.com, and reddit, it seems that a lot of folks taking refund advances are the same people now in “stimulus purgatory.” Santa Barbara Tax Group (SBTG) is an intermediary between the IRS, Turbo Tax, and GreenDot. When you take the advance, these folks establish a temporary account number (doesn’t appear on your tax return, read the fine print of the refund advance TOA). They “loan” you your advance, and when the IRS issues your refund, it goes to the intermediary bank. In my case, that’s SBTG. Ironically, neither Turbo Tax nor SBTG could provide any answers to clients when asked “does the IRS. Have my DD info?” Turbo Tax forums were flooded with messages and the generic response was “we are waiting for guidance from the IRS.” Supposedly, SBTG could not come to an agreement with Green Dot regarding fees. In fact, SBTGs website explicitly said that in the event payments were deposited to temporary accounts, they’d withhold fees (according to my SBTG account for this year’s tax return, $122, part of which went to Turbo Tax) then forward to the Turbo Card, as refund advance clients must receive their final refund on the card. They also mentioned returning deposits to the IRS “as quick as possible.” My personal opinion is this: 1) IRS, in an attempt to make funds available to people as quickly as possible, jumped the gun on direct deposits, assuming the DD information on file for most taxpayers was correct. 2) After doing so, realized that some deposits would go to temporary accounts, so they provided the portal to allow people to feel they’d taken the correct measures to ensure prompt deposits. Didn’t matter, see #4. 3) Meanwhile, SBTG and GreenDot couldn’t come to an agreement on fees. 4) Deposits went out, and now an unknown amount of money is sitting somewhere, possibly at SBTG, earning interest instead of fees, this benefiting SBTG. 5) Meanwhile, out here in the real world, some of the lowest earners and most in need are putting faith in the IRS that if their money went to SBTG, it’ll come back and be reissued to their updated DD account per the portal. 6) Those same folks, myself included, are not receiving any information, much less stimulus checks, because there is no way they will pay us twice. In their procedures, we’ve been paid. The fact the IRS has no way for an individual to ACTUALLY see if a payment has been made makes me believe this more. Sure, you can check the portal (but don’t do it more than once a day or whatever so you don’t lock yourself out anywhere from 24-49? hours), but it’s not going to tell you a DDD if the funds they’ve already sent are hanging around out there, like at SBTG. 7) Final verdict: I honestly believe some of us will not get this payment. At least until some government investigation or threat of litigation makes intermediaries like SBTG disclose the truth about the actual number of deposits made to temporary accounts, how long they held the money, and IF they ever returned said deposits to the IRS.
I’m tired. I’m sad. I’m confused. And I freaking pay my taxes every year. I think we all deserve an honest answer and clear information about this situation. I hope that EVERYONE gets the assistance they need and deserve. But I’m very hesitant to trust ANYONE or ANYBODY when it comes to this situation. What I can say is I will never use Turbo Tax or H&R Block, nor take a refund advance ever again. I did last year for convenience (pay off credit cards from Christmas and get a little ahead on bills), but I won’t fall into that trap again. Because it feels like some of the banks, like SBTG, wanted a little piece of the stimulus pie at the expense of some taxpayers currently unemployed, underpaid, and worrying about dying from a threatening disease.
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Its tax refund time so you know what that means..

There are a million must have items, as in I will imply we must have this or it makes you a crappy parent/son/husband (?? Isnt that up to me?? Lol)
There was a magical mystery small bill that was us unpaid but shes gone to the casino and lost a hundred bucks..twice.
It goes on but if I rant anymore I'll get too mad to function.
we are moving out soon thankfully but shes out of work for health reasons so it's not the worst thing ever imo to contribute but its downright predictable in my 6th year of tax refunds w now-DH. Plus he just got a long deserved promotion which she KNOWS will make it so that we can move out.
She is to her credit usually a jYmil. To me. She also kinda has already clearly demonstrated how that changes when her kids move out and lucky for us we would be the last of those. DH only became the GC because my BIL (sheesh acronyms) married a woman who chose to go on the absolute extreme offensive instead of grey rocking but that's a story for another time.
(I cant figure out flairs on mobile..but no advice needed?)
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Running out of options...

I was furloughed from my job at a local casino in Kansas. I haven’t had any money coming in for two weeks as the Kansas unemployment system is completely overwhelmed and keeps crashing. I was able to put a weekly claim in last week but it hasn’t paid out yet, and I have not been able to put in a claim this week due to the systems catastrophic failure (the site is down and the phone lines are flooded with calls). To add insult to injury, the extra 600 a week isn’t available to us yet either. Im not sure when the stimulus check will arrive, as I filed through turbo tax and got a debit card through them to have my tax refund deposited on. I was barely able to pay this weeks bills and next week I have no idea what I can do. I can’t sleep due to the constant state of panic that I’m in. Does anyone have any suggestions about what I can do to avoid getting evicted or missing any other payments?
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He is immortal
posted by BigAmerica on /memes
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Trump Nopes out of press conference when Dr. Deborah Birx mentions she had a fever over the weekend
posted by FTThrowAway123 on /PublicFreakout
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My dad is a pilot and during the pandemic decided to make a work simulator at home
posted by thanos764 on /funny
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Jeff Bezos, world’s richest man, asks public to donate to Amazon relief fund
posted by -kizza- on /worldnews
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Chuck Schumer made sure businesses controlled by Trump, his family, and top US officials couldn't get money from the government's $2 trillion coronavirus bailout fund
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No, I don't think I will.
posted by RickC410 on /worldnews
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No political shit but him as a charcater is just funny as hell
posted by Fstompy1 on /PublicFreakout
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I already did, you closed my store by mistake your csr refused to confirm in writing and promised to reimburse me in 90 days. Ninety days went by you still have 2k of money. `3 years ago now.` Amazon go fuck yourself. `Edit: this blew up more than it should. Thank you for the upboats and silver. I hope you all stay safe and healthy.` To answer some brief questions: `Why I didn't go small claims You can see some people have tried and failed in various sellercentral forum posts. Because the seller agreement makes you go through arbitration first. I've spoken with a lawyer and they said I'd save more money walking away from it. I do from time to time email them to remind them about me getting my pay out every year, It an anniversary event on my calendar. [https://sellercentral.amazon.com/forums/t/small-claims-action/419991](https://sellercentral.amazon.com/forums/t/small-claims-action/419991)` **Why did they suspend you?** I was technically not suspended, my account skipped that step. They CLOSED it. There's a big difference between suspension and closure. If you have a suspension you get to write seller performance and they'll tell you why you were suspended. My account was without warning CLOSED. When you get closed you don't get informed WHY you were closed. You are just told you're done we don't want you back. `It boggles my mind, I had 98% Lifetime feedback, my metrics were perfect the night before. I was doing enough volume to take random hits of feedback / AZ claims. I was one of those sellers called \"refund monkey\" I rather piss away money than to nickel and dime people out of moral high ground.` I asked them for evidence of wrong doing on my part by email they refused. I had to find a way to call them and the only way was to call the customer service line and get transferred to a department that handles seller support (they were doing away with telephone seller support at the time, I imagine its worse now). Guy on phone was telling me that I'd get my money in 90 days, don't make new account write seller performance and advise them that my account was closed in error, as he can see my metrics were good. I asked him to send me all that we spoke about he said he could not. `When your account is closed, you aren't given the opportunity to login to see any of your metrics anymore. You can't go in to remove your billing details. Its not the same as a suspension where you can still login and manage cases through their case log system.` **What the hell were you selling?** All private label goods, nothing that required FDA or certification, and not restricted categories, all the stuff was my own brand. I am still operating the company as a small hobby business on other sales channels (albeit I closed for lock down). `**Why don't you just buy 2K worth of stuff and claim its lost?** ` `There's no victim less crime. You could be ruining it for the person that's picking and packing your order trying to put food on the table. AZ may never check the footage and just blame that person for messing up and sending you an empty box. That person will be kicked to the curb, and because AZ was the only game in town this person is now unemployed.` I can't have that on myself even if I dislike Amazon. **People like a happy ending give us some closure** I'm fine, 2K lost would be like having one of my good on account clients close down during a bad time and having unpaid bills. The only difference in this was that that Amazon accused me of wrong doing and then did not back it up with any evidence. I was lucky as I never over leveraged myself when I started that AZ account, I never bought stock on credit. Thank you for those who shared positive stories and those who shared negative ones. If you had a positive story look back to see if it was a 3rd party seller. Those are the little guys that were like me trying to pack and ship things on their own.
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That look at the camera though
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I will send my whole next two weeks of thoughts and best wishes STAT. ` He could you know, give like $1 Billion himself. But whatever.`
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COVID CONCERT: ENCORE EDITION
posted by PaperPlayte on /pan
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It took me several days but finally I managed to make the video tour of my survival world, showing everything of my epic base!
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Family now annoyed that I consider my cleaner an actual human and paid her today
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BASS JAM
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When in Rome.
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Republicans: `I’m gonna choose to believe the lying, unqualified, draft dodging, gold star family disrespecting, POW attacking, US General insulting, racist, sexist, vulgar, confirmed sexual assaulting, trillion dollars to the rich tax cutting, own daughter creeping, wife cheating with a pornstar after birth of son and paying her off to influence a presidential election, $413 million dollar inheritance getting, teen pageant dressing room invading, baby and mother separating, breast feeding mother shaming, fat-shaming while being fat, 17 women accusing him of sexual assaulting, accusers are not attractive enough for him to assault implying, university student defrauding, bankrupt casino causing, kids cancer charity stealing, taped detailed accusation of rape of a minor having, wife-beating, popular vote losing, anti-vaxxing, Christianity-faking, publicist impersonating, tax dodging, friends’ wives pursuing, impeached, foreign aid bribing, 1/3 of the presidency golf playing, free press assaulting, Hannity coordinating, Cambridge Analytica using, Ivanka is a “piece of ass” approving, loan application asset inflating, historically low polling, college achievement faking, unqualified judge appointing, unqualified cabinet member appointing, foreign influence on our election welcoming, tax release avoiding, birther conspiracy spreading, Ukraine ambassador targeting, Russian money taking, Kurdish ally abandoning, soldier brain injury downplaying, full morning “executive time” taking, Epstein befriending, Putin bowing, Kim Jong Un praising, North Korean general saluting, US intelligence denying, tallest building in lower Manhattan after 9/11 boasting, congress obstructing, nuclear non-proliferation deal ending, Justice obstructing, unqualified daughter and son-in-law appointing, healthcare cut targeting, pedophile candidate supporting, trump tower Moscow denying, mail-bomber inspiring, 4 out of top 5 largest protests in US history causing, green energy stifling, clean water regulation destroying, healthy school lunch ending, climate change denying, congressional and judicial branch attacking, economy does better under democrats saying, Goldman Sachs appointing, food stamp removing, emissions standards lowering, press conference avoiding, emoluments clause breaking, longest govt shutdown record holding, Saudi Arabia nuclear tech selling, golf cheating, time magazine cover faking, El Paso mass shooter inspiring, paying legal bills for roughing up protestors promising, killed soldier “knew what he signed up for” saying, pardon abusing, scumbag.` Why wouldn’t I? `Sources:` * lying, https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2019/12/16/president-trump-has-made-false-or-misleading-claims-over-days/ `* unqualified, https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2016/11/11/13587532/donald-trump-no-experience` * draft dodging, https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/onpolitics/2018/12/27/trump-vietnam-war-bone-spur-diagnosis/2420475002/ `* gold star family disrespecting, https://www.nytimes.com/2016/07/31/us/politics/donald-trump-khizr-khan-wife-ghazala.html` * POW attacking, https://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2015/07/18/424169549/trump-lashes-out-at-mccain-i-like-people-who-werent-captured `* US General insulting, https://www.militarytimes.com/news/pentagon-congress/2020/01/17/trump-blasted-top-military-generals-as-a-bunch-of-dopes-and-babies-according-to-new-book/` * racist, https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2019/06/trump-racism-comments/588067/ `* sexist, https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-50563106` * vulgar, https://www.nytimes.com/2016/10/08/us/donald-trump-tape-transcript.html `* confirmed sexual assaulting, https://www.nytimes.com/2016/10/08/us/donald-trump-tape-transcript.html` * trillion dollars to the rich tax cutting, https://budget.house.gov/publications/publication/gop-tax-law-showers-benefits-wealthy-and-large-corporations-while `* own daughter creeping, https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/us-elections/donald-trump-ivanka-trump-creepiest-most-unsettling-comments-a-roundup-a7353876.html` * wife cheating with a pornstar after birth of son and paying her off to influence a presidential election, https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-43334326 `* $413 million dollar inheritance getting, https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/monkey-cage/wp/2018/10/04/the-new-york-times-revealed-how-fred-trump-funneled-413-million-to-his-son-donald-will-that-change-american-opinion/` * teen pageant dressing room invading, https://www.politifact.com/wisconsin/article/2016/oct/18/allegations-about-donald-trump-and-miss-teen-usa-c/ `* baby and mother separating, https://www.nytimes.com/2019/06/14/the-weekly/trump-immigration-border-separation-family.html` * breast feeding mother shaming, https://www.parents.com/baby/all-about-babies/fighting-words-donald-trump-called-a-breastfeeding-mom-disgusting/ `* fat-shaming while being fat, http://nymag.com/intelligence2019/08/trump-fat-shames-own-supporter-frank-dawson-new-hampshire-rally.html` * 17 women accusing him of sexual assaulting, https://abcnews.go.com/Politics/list-trumps-accusers-allegations-sexual-misconduct/story?id=51956410 `* accusers are not attractive enough for him to assault implying, https://www.vanityfair.com/news/2016/10/donald-trump-insults-accusers-ugly` * university student defrauding, https://abcnews.go.com/US/judge-finalizes-25-million-settlement-victims-donald-trumps/story?id=54347237 `* bankrupt casino causing, https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2016/live-updates/general-election/real-time-fact-checking-and-analysis-of-the-first-presidential-debate/fact-check-has-trump-declared-bankruptcy-four-or-six-times/` * kids cancer charity stealing, https://www.forbes.com/sites/danalexande2019/12/23/best-stories-of-the-decade-how-donald-trump-shifted-kids-cancer-charity-money-into-his-business/ `* taped detailed accusation of rape of a minor having, https://www.snopes.com/news/2016/06/23/donald-trump-rape-lawsuit/` * wife-beating, https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2016/10/24/documenting-trumps-abuse-of-women `* popular vote losing, https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/us-elections/donald-trump-lost-popular-vote-hillary-clinton-us-election-president-history-a7470116.html` * anti-vaxxing, https://mobile.twitter.com/realdonaldtrump/status/449525268529815552?lang=en `* Christianity-faking, https://www.kentucky.com/opinion/op-ed/article216494035.html` * publicist impersonating, https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/onpolitics/2016/05/13/donald-trump-people-magazine-washington/84333614/ `* tax dodging, https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2018/10/2/17929774/donald-trump-tax-evasion-fred-trump-new-york-times` * friends’ wives pursuing, https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/us-politics/donald-trump-sex-friends-wives-are-book-claims-true-michael-wolff-fire-fury-white-house-bannon-a8142011.html `* impeached, https://time.com/5552679/impeached-presidents/` * foreign aid bribing, https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-49800181 `* 1/3 of the presidency golf playing, https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2019/12/30/nearly-third-days-hes-been-president-trumps-visited-trump-branded-property/` * free press assaulting, https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2018/10/29/18037894/donald-trump-twitter-media-enemy-pittsburgh `* Hannity coordinating, https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/emmaloop/sean-hannity-trump-allies-mueller-memos-fox-news` * Cambridge Analytica using, https://www.wired.com/story/what-did-cambridge-analytica-really-do-for-trumps-campaign/ `* Ivanka is a “piece of ass” approving, https://www.politico.com/story/2016/10/trump-ivanka-piece-of-ass-howard-stern-229376` * loan application asset inflating, https://www.nytimes.com/2019/02/27/business/donald-trump-buffalo-bills-deutsche-bank.html `* historically low polling, https://theweek.com/speedreads/890683/trumps-approval-rating-pace-lowest-ever-among-independents-gallup-poll-shows` * college achievement faking, https://www.forbes.com/sites/christopherrim/2019/02/28/heres-why-donald-trump-doesnt-want-anyone-to-know-his-grades-or-sat-scores/ `* unqualified judge appointing, https://news.bloomberglaw.com/us-law-week/confirmation-expected-for-another-unqualified-trump-judge-pick` * unqualified cabinet member appointing, https://www.latimes.com/local/education/la-me-eli-broad-opposes-devos-20170201-story.html ` continued here`
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Let there be no confusion about who's responsible here. `Trump's direct quotes about coronavirus:` `>` `January 22: “We have it totally under control. It's one person coming in from China. It's going to be just fine.”` `>` `February 2: “We pretty much shut it down coming in from China.”` `>` `February 24: “The Coronavirus is very much under control in the USA… Stock Market starting to look very good to me!”` `>` `February 25: “CDC and my Administration are doing a GREAT job of handling Coronavirus.”` `>` `February 25: “I think that's a problem that's going to go away… They have studied it. They know very much. In fact, we're very close to a vaccine.”` `>` `February 26: “The 15 (cases in the US) within a couple of days is going to be down to close to zero.”` `>` `February 26: “We're going very substantially down, not up.”` `>` `February 27: “One day it's like a miracle, it will disappear.”` `>` `February 28: \"Now the democrats are politicizing the coronavirus, you know that right? They're politicizing it…they have no clue…they dont have any clue…this is their new hoax.\"` `>` `February 28: “We're ordering a lot of supplies. We're ordering a lot of, uh, elements that frankly we wouldn't be ordering unless it was something like this. But we're ordering a lot of different elements of medical.”` `>` `March 2: “You take a solid flu vaccine, you don't think that could have an impact, or much of an impact, on corona?”` `>` `March 2: “A lot of things are happening, a lot of very exciting things are happening and they're happening very rapidly.”` `>` `March 4: “If we have thousands or hundreds of thousands of people that get better just by, you know, sitting around and even going to work — some of them go to work, but they get better.”` `>` `March 5: “I NEVER said people that are feeling sick should go to work.”` `>` `March 5: “The United States… has, as of now, only 129 cases… and 11 deaths. We are working very hard to keep these numbers as low as possible!”` `>` `March 6: “I think we're doing a really good job in this country at keeping it down… a tremendous job at keeping it down.”` `>` `March 6: “Anybody right now, and yesterday, anybody that needs a test gets a test. They're there. And the tests are beautiful…. the tests are all perfect like the letter was perfect. The transcription was perfect. Right? This was not as perfect as that but pretty good.”` `>` `March 6: “I like this stuff. I really get it. People are surprised that I understand it… Every one of these doctors said, ‘How do you know so much about this?' Maybe I have a natural ability. Maybe I should have done that instead of running for president.”` `>` `March 6: “I don't need to have the numbers double because of one ship that wasn't our fault.”` `>` `March 8: “We have a perfectly coordinated and fine tuned plan at the White House for our attack on CoronaVirus.”` `>` `March 9: ““The Fake News Media and their partner, the Democrat Party, is doing everything within its semi-considerable power (it used to be greater!) to inflame the CoronaVirus situation, far beyond what the facts would warrant,”` `>` `March 13: \"I take no responsibility.\"` `>` Donald Trump is 100% responsible for this failure. `PERIOD.` Edit: welp RIP inbox and thanks for the awards. Also, if anyone has sources for anything not being accurate, prove it and I will gladly change it or delete it.
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Still working cause you guys need electricity
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You know it's the lack of initial capital. You mention it right there but allude to hey maybe it's these other things. Do you really believe that? Do you really believe if your tenants had the capital they would choose to rent from you because you and them are somehow fundamentally different? Because they lack some sort of internal \"motivation\" or \"courage\" or unnamed quality that you have? Do your renters regularly tell you \"I would love to buy my own place but I just don't have... courage?\" `I think you're giving yourself far too much credit. What separates us from renters is capital. It always has been. Nothing else. What makes it shitty is that most of the time it's not our capital.` We use our leverage to take out a mortgage, find a tenant who has just enough capital or income to pay us, but not enough capital to buy their own place, and this makes us smarter than them? Or more courageous? Come on...
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This just makes common sense. Trans and gender identification issues completely aside, if you were born with a male body chances are good that you'll be inherently stronger and faster than most women. Allowing trans athletes to compete against biological girls/women creates a very uneven playing field. It's just basically unfair.
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[GEAR] New Guitar Conundrum

So I, being a poor UK student, decided to buy my first serious guitar online. Long story short, I’ve got a gorgeous looking Epiphone Casino looking guitar, called an Oscar Schmidt. But it’s got quite a few problems with it. The strings are at different heights due to the nut not being level, and the guitar neck is dead straight even with the truss rod tightened as much as it safely can be (not too knowledgeable on the technical side of things so I probs got some of the terminology wrong). Anyways, the two techs that looked at it basically valued the fix to be just under what I was supposed to have paid for it, so I considered sending it back for a refund, but to do that I’d have to pay the £90 shipping back to the US. I already got boned by postage and import tax so what was supposed to be a £220 guitar ended up being upwards of £350, which I could’ve just bought an actual Epiphone with. However it looks unique and really pretty (Edit: and it sounds really nice, decent bluesy tone) so I’m loathe to get rid of it, I was thinking just replacing the neck, any suggestions?
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I need some help about Paypal and taxes

Hello everyone, my English is not good so before I start I want to let you guys know that there are many questions that comes from a guy who doesn't know anything about US taxes
I'm living in Kansas City, MO. I havent been qualified for N-400 (still green card).
  1. I'm working in Casino (part-time) because I'm studying at CC. My total salary for a month is around $800/mo (after tax)
  2. I received money from a friend who used Mass Payment to send me money on Paypal so I can buy things for him and send it to forwarder service (he lives outside U.S). Because a lot of websites only accept US bank account so I buy for him.
  3. I just heard from my friend that if I receive more than $20K I'll have to pay the tax which I didnt know anything about it. Question number 1: what is this tax and what is it called?
  4. My friend sent me money via Paypal Mass Payment. Question number 2: Will I have to pay tax if I receive more than $20K from him or I made more than $20K/yr including received amount?
  5. Question number 3: How many will I have to pay if I have to pay the tax? Do I get any refund from it?
Thank you guys, I'm so confused right now because I'm not good at English and I dont know anywhere to ask all of these questions :( I'm very appreciate any help :( Thank you
Update:
To be clear, I'm just helping him to pay things on behalf of me. But the way he sent money to me - Mass Payment Paypal (as he said) - I dont know if Paypal and IRS would saw it as "paying for goods and service" or not.
If they do, then it will look like I sell things for him and he paid me via Paypal (sounds very correct). But the point is I do it for free (he only sent me the exact amount of money to pay things), if I had to pay the tax it'll be completely unfair for me. So I want to know how much will I have to pay or can I avoid it.
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u/vernazza's unnecessarily long guide to Budapest

Free 30+ page travel guide about Budapest, Hungary and bits of Central Europe. Enjoy!
Information correct as of summer 2020. If you find anything incorrect or would like to make requests, suggestions (or just want to say hi), please do that here! You should also drop by in /budapest to see past questions and to get advice from multiple people.
I would also greatly appreciate your post-trip feedbacks about whether my recommendations worked out for you or not! Restaurants, clubs can undergo radical changes and it's not always possible to keep track of every single one.
The local charity I support is the Hungarian Food Bank Association. For every €1 donated they are able to save €30 worth of perishable food and have it reach underprivileged Hungarian families. If you find this guide useful, please consider donating to them!
Some links use URL-shorteners, so I could track how many of you are using this guide. Nothing fishy waiting for you behind them.
See my suggestions in the comments below about:
===CORONA RESTRICTIONS===
The situation is subject to change momentarily, this information is current as of September 2020. Eastern Europe as a whole has largely been spared from the worst of it, including Hungary, and the risk of transmission is low.
Presently foreigners are banned from entry altogether. Exceptions are in place for people with ties to the country (family members, studies, work, those holding residence permits), and people transiting by car on designated highways.
The situation will be revised monthly, with experts saying the second peak is expected for December-January.
In the country, you need to wear a mask on public transport, inside shops, malls, cinemas, museums. You don't need to wear them inside restaurants, cafes, bars, but they must close by 23.00. Social distancing rules are in place, but largely ignored.
===END OF CORONA RESTRICTIONS===
Hungary has a continental climate with 4 seasons. Summer is the main season, a slightly less busy time to visit is April to mid-June and September to October, but the weather is less predictable. Those uncomfortable with 30+C (>85F) temperatures should visit around then as 35+C (>95F) is not uncommon in the summer. November through March has -5 to 10 (20-50F) and possibly gloomier weather – but fewer tourists.
Currency: the Hungarian Forint (HUF, Ft). Fair exchange rates for Euros is around 330-335Fts, for US Dollars around 300. Only use currency exchanges where the buy/sell spread isn't greater than 5-6Fts for these two currencies!
Citizens of 62 countries do not require a visa to enter the Schengen Area and can stay for maximum 90 days within a rolling 180-day window. See here if you don’t know what that entails. EU member countries that are not members of the Schengen Area are Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Ireland, Romania, and the United Kingdom, visits to these do not count toward your 90 days. Non-EU countries part of the Schengen Area are Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, and Switzerland, visits to these do count toward the cap.
Because we both know you want to do your own research, use:
See the city in 4K, or with Rick Steves.
However nothing beats having a physical guidebook in your hand! Lonely Planet has the best and most recent issue.
Read up on the concept of coconut and peach cultures, as sometimes the reserved and distant behaviour of locals can be misinterpreted by ‘peach’ visitors as rudeness – nope!
This is a comprehensive itinerary, but leaves out the best museum of the city: the House of Terror, a solemn museum of the Nazi and Soviet occupation and crackdowns (get the audio guide or be prepared to peruse dozens of pamphlets). There's an attendance limit, so you might need to wait up to 30-45 minutes to get in when it's the busiest. When you are around Deák Ferenc tér, drop by in the Tourinform office (Sütő utca 2., the small street near the church) to stock up on free maps, printed guides of the city. WeLoveBudapest prints a comprehensive and free one every year around June.
I suggest 4 full days to discover Budapest, or 3 faster paced ones. Make it 5-7 if you'd like to make a few daytrips (Szentendre - open-air ethnographic museum, cobblestoned, quaint center, Esztergom - Central Europe's largest cathedral and religious center, Visegrád - medieval castle, Eger - medieval castle and wine region). Most of Hungary’s highlights can be visited in 2 weeks. For more details on countryside and international trips, see my comment below.
Meal times and habits are typical to central Europe: breakfast is usually done at home, not much of a culture of eating out in the morning. But a large number of new wave breakfast places have popped up in the past years, which offer ample opportunities for visitors, normally from 8am. Lunch is at midday, after 1pm most places are going to be fairly empty and many will stop serving lunch after 2pm. The standard time for dinner is 7pm, bookings for later than 8pm are unusual. Lots of restaurant kitchens close at 10pm (with the restaurant following suit 30-60 minutes later), finding a meal after that hour is challenging for anything other than street food.
Baths
Gellért is the most aesthetic, Széchenyi the largest and most popular among foreigners (Sparty can get crazy with lots of drinking, puking and sex going on in the pools, but it is wildly overpriced and 100% aimed at visitors). Rudas is a Turkish hamam with swimwear optional, single-gender weekdays (women-only on Tuesdays, coed and swimwear-mandatory on the weekend). Lukács is plain and personally I’m not a fan of it – tourists only visit it because it’s included free with the Budapest Card. For more details on the baths, see this.
For off the beaten path sights, ride the D11 or D12 public boat lines for a cheap alternative to paid cruises (travelcards only valid on weekdays, otherwise 700Ft), check out the Pinball Museum, Hospital in the Rock or check out this section for a lot more off the beaten path ideas.
Shopping
Hungary has the world’s highest effective VAT (=sales tax) at 27%. Non-EU/EEA tourists are eligible for VAT refund on their qualifying purchases if they complete the paperwork (min. €175 value per transaction, passport+reclaim form stamped by customs official).
The most popular and best accessible mall of the city is WestEnd on Nyugati tér. Arena Plaza is larger by floor area and carries a couple brands that can’t be found elsewhere, but is less centrally located (10min walk from Keleti train station). Don’t expect to find bargains on clothing or electronics, prices are similar to Western Europe and over North American or Asian ones.
For more information on shopping and VAT refund, see here.
Paprika Market is a decent souvenir shop in the sea of overpriced, terrible quality crap on Váci utca.
Magma Gallery for contemporary and affordable jewelry, ceramics and home decor items by local designers is just one street over on Petőfi Sándor utca.
Check out the antique bookstores alongside Múzeum körút between Astoria and Kálvin tér, some have Socialist-era posters available for sale from 30€ and up, that could be a unique gift/home decor to take home. Ecseri road flea market for more antiques, go early on Saturdays.
Hungarian cuisine is hearty and filling, with a heavy use of meats. Must-try foods are:
For authentic recipes, recommendations for recipe blogs or cookbooks, tips for cooking traditional Hungarian meals, see here
For edible souvenirs to bring home with you:
Grocery stores include Spar, Tesco, Aldi and Lidl. Avoid CBA and Coop, low quality for high prices. Small convenience stores, many 24/7, also dot the city at higher prices.
The most popular and best accessible mall of the city is WestEnd on Nyugati tér.
Alcohol is sold at every one, but some (mostly residential) districts enact a ban on the sale between 22.00-06.00. The central Pest districts don’t have such limitations in place.
Tobacco is sold at tobacconists (‘nemzeti dohánybolt’ ). These shops are also exempt from the evening alcohol sale ban if you find yourself in such a district. Flavored cigarettes are banned in Hungary, so no Black Devils or Sobranies.
Budgets (per person)
For reasonable comforts, I would suggest aiming for at least €50 per day excluding accommodation. Hotel prices significantly vary in and outside high season.
Getting around
Do not buy the Budapest Card, it is not a bargain, even if every travel blogger seems to think otherwise! You would need to visit at least 3-4 museums a day to break even and the free visit to the pretty plain Lukács Baths could mean you’d deny yourself going to the much more interesting mainstream alternatives, such as Gellért or Széchenyi. The discounted museums are second-rate and typically not what most visitors choose to hit up on their own.
Do buy a public transport travelcard, the 1, 3 or 5-day unlimited options require no validation or ID (common reasons for fines). For week-long stays, the 7-day travelcard needs an ID number and that you have the document on you at all times. Please do not try to get around by using single tickets!
The travelcards are economical (from €5/24h to €15/week) and easy to use: no validation, you just show it to the controllers. Validity starts immediately by default, or you can select a later starting date (always from midnight). 7-day and monthly passes require an ID/passport number, and you must have the ID on you whenever you travel, otherwise you risk getting fined! Groups of 4 or more can also buy the even more economical '24h group travelcard', but all persons must travel together using that.
Common reasons for fines
Ticket inspectors (must have an anonymized badge and armband) are notoriously brash, speak subpar English. Paying on the spot lets them give you a discounted fine of 8000 instead of the regular 16000 through postal order or wire transfer, they aren't looking to scam you if they offer you that. Fines are pursued internationally through collection agencies, multiplying the original amount once their fees are added.
Cheapest way to get to the city from the airport is by public transport. I suggest paying the 900Ft supplementary ticket for the 100E bus. The southern portion of the M3 subway is under reconstruction, during that period the 200E buses go beyond their usual terminus, Kőbánya-Kispest and take you to Nagyvárad tér station, where the subway runs from. The purple ticket machines at the airport and all over the city take chipped cards. Shuttle bus is a good compromise between price and comfort and depart when full or close to.
Ignore touts walking up to you offering cabs in the arrival hall, use the official Főtaxi booth immediately outside the building. Rates are centralized: flagfall 700Ft, 300Ft/km, 75Ft/min waiting. The fair price to the centre is around 7-9.000Fts. Rides inside the centre are typically under 3.000. All taxi companies have passable reputations with a few horror stories about each, Főtaxi (+36-1-222-2222), 6x6 Taxi (+36-1-666-6666), City Taxi (+36-1-211-1111) are a few. There are some stories of even company cab drivers trying to rip off naive-looking tourists, especially around train and bus stations, so consider legal Uber-alternative Taxify/Bolt (Android, iOS). Uber is banned.
Most companies have apps, but they have terrible design and might set an unchangeable pick up location 5-10 minutes away from you. It’s much better to order by phone, they have English-speaking operators. If you must use an app, choose Taxify.
Scams
Cabbies are the only ones eclipsing the ticket inspectors in notoriety. I cannot emphasize enough: DO NOT USE THE ONES WITH ‘FREELANCER’ ON THE FRONT DOORS!!! These drivers are nicknamed 'hyenas', work independently, they always have rigged meters and are known to sometimes assault customers who don’t comply with their ridiculous demands. If you hail on the street, be absolutely certain you’re getting into a company cab (logo on the front doors).
A known scam by the hyenas, fraudsters and illegal street exchangers is giving you worthless currencies with similarly high denominations as the Forint – namely the Indonesian Rupiah or the old Belarusian Ruble.
Bag handlers at the airport steal from unsecured luggage. Never put any valuables in your checked luggage!
Overly friendly, attractive women approaching you in broad daylight 'to practice their English' and taking you to scammy cafés where you'll be charged €300 for a bottle of bottom-shelf champagne are also to be avoided. Recently a Redditor reported the same happening to him through Tinder, so be very suspicious of anyone insistent on going to a particular establishment. The scam café was Hajós Café on Hajós utca. Another known scam location is Café Fidelité on Révay utca.
Otherwise general safety cautions should be exercised: watch your valuables in crowded spaces for pickpockets, be wary of overly friendly strangers approaching you and introducing the idea of going to a club or bar by their 5th sentence or of people pretending to be authority.
Policemen typically wear dark blue uniforms and white shirts , sometimes with a visibility vest and can be identified by the numbered metal badges on their chest and their separate police ID card which you can ask to inspect before complying with their orders. Scammers use fake police IDs to part you with your cash under the guise of inspecting the notes for counterfeits. Always ask to see it first: this is real, this is fake – notice where the real one has a serial number, the fake says POLICE. If the issue is anything halfway serious, ask to be escorted to the nearest police station – it will scare away scammers playing dress up.
The emergency number is 112 for police, ambulance or firefighters, there are English-speaking operators (works throughout the EU).
If you get pickpocketed, notify both the police and in case of losing your travel documents, your embassy. Thieves are usually courteous enough to leave papers near trash bins, so walk around in the neighbourhood to see if you can recover them. If you find someone else’s, hand in to the nearest police station.
Getting around
the city is easy, Budapest has one of the best public transport systems of the continent. Use Google Maps for orientation and getting around! Tickets and passes with rates are listed here.
All EU/EEA citizens aged 65+ travel for free on all Hungarian public transport, including trains, distance buses. Picture ID and administrative 0 Ft ticket required. Age 65 is not included.
Student discounts are available to full-time students in EU/EEA countries with a valid student ID. If it doesn’t have it, also carry a picture ID. EU citizenship not required, you only need to study there full-time (not applicable for exchange students unless they get ID issued). The monthly student pass (3450) is cheaper than the 72h travel card (4150) for identical benefits.
The 4 subway lines are coded by numbers and, unofficially, colour (1-yellow, 2-red, 3-blue, 4-green). The busiest, M3, is under renovation until 2021, but remains in partial operation, see details here. The entire line shuts down after 8pm and all day on weekends (replacement buses operate), and one section of the line is always out of service. For 2019 it’s the southern segment, between Kőbánya-Kispest and Nagyvárad tér. During this time the 200E airport bus will take you to the more central Nagyvárad tér stop (from where the subway runs) instead of its regular terminus of Kőbánya.
In Budapest driving is not recommended for the perpetual lack of parking spaces, congestion and because there's really no need to. If you must arrive by car, pick a hotel with parking, use the free parking lot at Kelenföld subway station, street-parking by StarPark at Podmaniczky utca at ~€8/24h, or opt for a more central location (such as one of CarE Park’s garages ) at ~20€/24h, €100/week and do not use it for getting around in the city. Public areas are metered in the entire centre, typically charging 1.5€/h with a cap of 3 hours on a ticket.
The Bubi city bike system is available for anyone’s use. The rates are very favourable (500Ft for 1-day, 1000 for 3 for the pass), but a deposit of €80 will be docked when you register and might take a few weeks to release. First 30 minutes are free, after it's 500Ft/30min on top of the daily pass' price.
Two e-car sharing systems compete in Budapest. I suggest using MOL Limo, as you can complete your licence verification remotely (do it before arrival, they might take a day or three if they are backlogged). Despite the name, the cars are tiny, automatic VW up!s, the majority electric and all automatic. Age limit 18, min. 1-year old national licence, foreign ones accepted, €20 registration fee and €0.25/min rate. Coverage includes basically every area of note to tourists in the centre, except the Castle and underground garages (as well as the airport). Expansion is planned for the future. You cannot park (leave the car) outside the coverage area, but you can drive through.
Sightseeing
The best rated tour bus company is Big Bus, Giraffe (aka. the red Hop On Hop Off ones) tends to get mixed-to-negative reviews. Segway tours also available.
Free thematic walking tours of the city depart in front of the lion fountain on Vörösmarty tér daily. A tip of 2000-2500Ft/person suggested, but they're are chill about it, you can give less if you're on a budget.
River cruises run during the day and the evening, including dinner (usually not great, save for one) or party in the latter case. The most popular is Legenda, partiers choose Boat Party.
One standout cruise is Pannónia Gastro Boat that goes above and beyond the standard quality of service of other operations and often host guest chefs from innovative countryside restaurants.
Public transport alternative is the D11 or D12 boat lines between Boráros tér going up to Népfürdő utca (or getting off at Jászai Mari tér or Margaret island 1 or 2 stops prior). Tram 2 between Jászai Mari tér and Boráros tér hugs the Danube on the Pest side and loops around the Parliament for a similarly nice experience. Seasonal operations, normally from March through October.
Money
The currency of Hungary is the Hungarian Forint (1EUR=330HUF, 1USD=300HUF in November 2019), but I’ve listed prices in Euros (€). Check for current rates here.
Don't exchange Forints at home, bring USD/EUGBP in cash or a chipped card with you – the withdrawal fee is far smaller than what you’d lose by the atrocious rates available to you at home (exception: neighbouring countries).
With cards, Visa, Mastercard are best, Maestro acceptable. Avoid Amex, Diners Club and other uncommon non-European issues.
CAD/AUD/JPY/CNY will be exchanged at slightly worse rates, but still much better than if you’d exchange Forints at home. I don't recommend bringing currencies other than the ones I've mentioned and those from neighboring countries, but if you do, Tichi Change exchanges almost every valid currency in the world at as good of a rate as you could realistically hope for.
When the ATM asks you if you want to be charged in your home currency, say no and opt for Forints or you'll lose up to 30% due to the poor conversion rate! Learn more about the rip-off of dynamic currency conversion here and steer clear of the ATMs operated by Euronet. Besides the dynamic currency conversion ripoff, they will also prompt you to withdraw ridiculously high amounts of money (equivalent of $500 or more) that you will not be able to spend in 3-4 days.
Don't exchange any money with bright orange Interchange they use ripoff rates (>30% spread). They hava e monopoly at the airport and are also present throughout the city in premium locations, such as Váci utca. Street exchange is illegal and a good way to get scammed.
Tons of fine currency exchanges around the city, the best USD and EUR rates are at Gold Change but use your eyes: the buy/sell spread shouldn’t be more than 1-3% apart for these, or 2.5-5% at banks. Exchange offices and banks do not take cards! You may only use them for ATM withdrawals.
Phones
Make sure to bring an unlocked phone, ideally a dual-SIM one.
The 3 main carriers are Vodafone, Telekom (T-Mobile) and Telenor. The best prepaid package is Telekom's Domino Fix with the 1/3/30-day unlimited 4G add-on, costing 990+9900Fts (€32) for the 30-day option. SIM cards need to be activated after purchase, so buy them at brand stores where help is available instead of supermarkets or gas stations.
Roaming fees within the EU have been abolished in 2017, you will be able to use your SIM in any EU member country, but not as if it would be local. I.e. a Vodafone Hungary-issued SIM will be roaming on Vodafone Austria’s network. Some 'reasonable' data caps remain in place, which are determined by the cost of your service.
Outside the EU there are punitive data rates. I once managed to rack up a $90 bill for 5MB by accident.
Sleep
Rates are for high season (late April through September, Christmas, NYE), might be 50+% lower on other dates
Location: if you plan on sleeping, the party district (VII., inside the ring road) should be avoided, as well as VIII. outside of it and around Keleti train station for safety reasons/because you can get nicer digs elsewhere. An under the radar gem of an area is VII. between Múzeum körút and the ring road. Buda is nowhere as dead as tourists collectively imagine it to be (especially around Széll Kálmán tér), don’t shun it if you find someplace nice there.
Eat at
For more detailed restaurant recommendations, see this comment. August visitors, check the restaurants' websites and Facebook to see if they aren't on holiday!
The quality of service is a common source of complaints, don't take it too hard if it happens to you. Tip is 10% most of the time, unless you’re really dissatisfied or find yourself absolutely elated. Many top end restaurants add a ~12% service charge to the bill, tipping on top of that is not expected, though naturally it will be appreciated.
Neither regular, nor ost fast food restaurants do refills. The only exceptions are all KFCs and a few Burger Kings.
Smoking is banned at all restaurants, bars and basically every facility open to the public. Designated smoking areas can be found outside on the street.
Try pálinka (~40% ABV fruit brandy), Unicum (herbal bitteaperitif, like Jäger), bikavér from Eger and Szekszárd (lit. ‘bull’s blood’, a full-bodied red), Tokaji aszú (similar to white Port, made of hand-picked berries with noble rot, named the "wine of kings, king of wines" from the 18th century) or fröccs (spritzer, white or red wine mixed with seltzer – a lifesaver in the summer)!
More details in the shopping section.
Or get really local and ask for ’fény’, carbonated vodka foam over raspberry syrup. You’ll see the fény (=light) at the end of the tunnel in no time!
Eat a freshly fried lángos at market halls (acceptable toppings: sour cream, garlic, cheese, perhaps ham and cabbage - certainly none of that tourist stuff with nutella, Hungarian sausage or kebab...) and fried sausage from a butcher shop such as 1951 establishment Balla Hús in Városház utca or the more contemporary Belvárosi Disznótoros eatery. The gallery of the Hold utca market hall hosts quality street food vendors, Karaván food truck yard right next to Szimpla.
Nightlife
For more detailed recommendations, including strip clubs, casinos and more, see this comment.
A casual evening
Ruin pubs
Mainstream clubs
Techno
Rock and miscellaneous
Gay bars
Get out
See train schedules on Elvira, check for buses on menetrendek.hu (this site combines bus and train schedules, but has no English version, check for the orange or blue icon on the left side to see which is which).
Daytrip options include
For multi-day excursions, including to lake Balaton and detailed information on car rental, countryside and international tourism opportunities, click here
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