Dear Lifehacker, Over the years I have heard various whack-job anti-government conspiracy theorists and their ilk talk about income tax being illegal. They mention things like “Income has never been defined under Australian tax law”, which apparently means we can claim we earned only chickens, conches, ceremonial wreaths or whatever, and apparently this befuddles the taxman into not being able to actually charge us anything. Is there any truth in this, or can it be easily debunked? Cheers, Tax Time Truth
Recently released government figures show levels of childhood vaccination have fallen to dangerously low levels in some areas of Australia, resulting in some corners of the media claiming re-ignition of “the vaccine debate”. (You can check how your postcode rates here.) Well, scientifically, there’s no debate. In combination with clean water and sanitation, vaccines are one of the most effective public health measures ever introduced, saving millions of lives every year.
The end goal of productivity tips is to spend less time doing the things you have to do so you gain more time for the things you want to do. But if you follow every morsel of productivity advice you encounter, you’ll end spend more time moving papers and emails around than actually getting anything done. Need to simplify your routine? Let’s put an end to some common productivity myths once and for all.
Not everything needs to be complicated! At this year’s TED, Adam Savage, best known as part of the two-man team the fronts TV’s MythBusters, reinforced this adage by highlighting examples of historic scientific discoveries that were made using straightforward concepts and approaches.