Wednesday, October 21, 2009

I vote for making today ...

'National Snooping Day'. Den nasjonale snokedagen. Isn't that a great idea? We can make it a holiday, maybe swap it for one of the Christian ones ... so many people spend the whole day snooping in other people's tax records that it's wasted as a working day anyway. >:-)

Explanation for foreign readers: Everyone's tax records (except the royal family's, I think? those members who pay taxes, anyway) is a matter of public record in this country. Supposedly it's so important for transparency and what not. But I think it's mostly used to see what celebrities and your neighbors make. ;-) It's actually pretty creepy sometimes - in online debates people will suddenly bring this up, if it's even vaguely relevant to the matter being discussed ... ie, you see people throwing it in others' faces that 'obviously you would think so because like your typical socialist you've got nothing in your bank account to worry about' and things like that. In all directions. It's never happened to me, but I've seen it lots of times. Ridiculous IMO.

I'm proud to say that I've never used this search function even once. :-)

Anyway, in honor of National Snooping Day, and since I coincidentally posted (?) my 100th tweet yesterday, here's a very informational video on how parents of grown children can stalk their offspring online.

4 comments:

Paz said...

Make jobs easier for criminals, they would be able to see who's worth robbing. But it would make it easier for you to argue a pay rise if you could figure out what your boss earned from the tax returns :)

Leisha Camden said...

Actually that first point is used a lot by people who are against all this info being public. It does happen that people get robbed because their info's online ... because it isn't just available, you can search for it online, big newspapers have the search function embedded in all the articles. o_O So criminals can check where rich people live, yeah. And that does happen.

As to the second point: Maybe not what the boss earns ... but if it's the owner of the company, maybe then ... ? ;-)

DES said...

Criminals don't need to check tax lists to know where rich people live. Rich people live next door to other rich people in rich neighborhoods. It's much easier to e.g. read the obituaries and break in while the whole family is at the funeral.

Besides, the tax lists aren't really a good indication of how much money people make or much they have that's worth stealing. The lists show income minus all deductibles and your net worth rounded up to zero, so if you look me up, you'll get a number that's approximately half of my actual income (because I have a lot of deductibles) and a net worth of zero (because my mortgage exceeds my bank balance, and the taxable value of my flat is only a fraction of its actual market value)—and they say absolutely nothing about how expensive my TV is (not very), how much silverware there is in my cupboard (not much) or how many computers I have (don't ask). Nor do they mention my fearsome guard cats :)

Leisha Camden said...

http://www.dagbladet.no/2009/10/26/nyheter/innenriks/trusler/utpressing/skattelistene/8731313/