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Life holds few guarantees, save two: death and taxes. And if you live in certain states, you are literally being taxed to death. Where you live can make a big difference in how much you pay in taxes. So can whether you smoke and how you get to work in the morning. For the best and worst states for taxes click here.

Truckin’ along

“Santa Drives a Truck!”By Rob Ervin got a lot of airplay this week, thanks to a mention by syndicated radio host Hugh Hewitt.

The song is highlighted at Amaze.fm, a site that features up and coming music artists. Every Friday at 6 p.m. PST the Top Ten charts reset, giving a new unknown or up-and-coming artist a chance to get their songs played on the radio.

Battling musical piracy

The Wall Street Journal reported this week that after years of suing thousands of people for allegedly stealing music via the Internet, the recording industry is set to drop its legal assault as it searches for more effective ways to combat online music piracy.

“The decision represents an abrupt shift of strategy for the industry, which has opened legal proceedings against about 35,000 people since 2003. Critics say the legal offensive ultimately did little to stem the tide of illegally downloaded music.”

Gone too soon

“Gone too soon: Six musicians who didn’t even make it to 30.

‘Deep Throat’ gone

Mark Felt, the FBI agent dubbed “Deep Throat,” died this week at age 95. Some interesting background articles about the man who brought down a president and his administration.

“How Mark Felt Became ‘Deep Throat’

“I’m the guy they call ‘Deep Throat’”

The look of things

One hundred fabulous website designs, artistically speaking. Take a look at 100 websites that look really different from their peers and automatically captivate their audiences with their design of elaborate backgrounds, illustrations, and textures. Is different always good?

We trust:

The Ponemon Institute asked 6,500 people – weighted by age, gender and household income to match the U.S. census – to name the five companies they trusted most and least. Which ones dropped off the list and which ones took their place?

Related: Is Google Evil?

Best year-end moves

Before you do anything drastic, now’s the time for a rebalancing act: Put more money into stocks and your 401(k). It’s not as crazy as it may sound. Best year-end moves for your 401(k).

Journalist of the year

Who do you think should be named journalist of the year? Leave your suggestions with Jon Friedman of MarketWatch, who has compiled his own list.

The best and worst 2008 TV casting decisions

Review the decisions you just can’t believe actually were made.

Relax and watch

Movie2k.com is a website with daily updated collection of high quality movies and cinema films. The platform is absolutely free. There is no need to download, just relax and watch your preferred movies.

And get the plot outlines here

For movie and TV program plot summaries, reviews, cast lists, and theatre schedules, check out the Internet Movie Data Base.

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