EllenBeth Wachs

My Cats are My Gods

Stephanie Zvan- Wrong Again

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So I just found out that Stephanie Zvan did another one of her vanity searches on twitter and even though I don’t even mention her name, she includes my tweets in her storify claiming harassment. She adds commentary deciding she knows what occurred between myself and Melody Hensley. She is wrong.

 

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Stephanie decided she knows what happened last year when I changed my mind about not going to WIS.  Maybe she ought to talk to Melody (if they are actually still talking, one can’t keep up these days). Melody shows as “Facebook User” because she blocked me right after this conference last year when I supported her boss Ron Lindsay after the great speech brouhaha.

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Written by EllenBeth Wachs

March 8, 2014 at 11:16 am

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  1. Sorry EllenBeth, you’ll just have to bite the bullet. They need that money to create a decent-sized convention pub-crawl. Priorities.

    mykeru

    March 8, 2014 at 11:24 am

  2. Disregarding for the moment, the offer to turn your registration into a donation, attending conferences can certainly be tax deductible for many self-employed people as well as for most businesses. Networking, marketing, continued education. Zvan ‘analysis’ is just plain wrong.

    http://www.bankrate.com/finance/taxes/tax-help-for-business-pleasure-trips-1.aspx

    “Convention and seminar costs also could be deductible as long as the conferences specifically relate to your business or profession or help improve your career skills.”

    There is no wonder why ‘analyst’ Stephanie Zvan finds herself unemployed.

    Jacques Cuze

    March 8, 2014 at 5:51 pm

  3. What’s unusual about a payment to a nonprofit organization being turned into a donation if the planned purchase (of registration fee, etc) doesn’t work out? I’ve certainly done that before, when a conference was canceled and I chose to have my amount-paid be considered a donation instead of seeking a refund.

    Someone having trouble with the concept could consider it an extension of the general idea of donating during a fund drive (say, to NPR…or perhaps, more specifically, MPR…) and declining the “gift” offered at that donation level (the value of which would otherwise be subtracted from the full amount, to determine the tax-deductible amount). In this case, you received nothing of value ;)

    I know you know ways to address this situation, but I’ve found CFI’s Development Director, Jason (phone # and email address at the link) to be helpful in sorting out mildly complex CFI donation arrangements:

    http://www.centerforinquiry.net/support/contacting_the_development_department_at_cfi/

    Skep tickle (@Ellesun)

    March 8, 2014 at 7:14 pm


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