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Tuesday, June 19, 2007

LIFELINES

Roaches; taxing stuff


'Gokiburi': the third way

Here are three wildly different approaches to the recurring summer problem of cockroaches in the home.

First, from Bill, who writes in favor of extermination: "Don't know if this trick works, but my parents told me about it years ago and they learned it from an old exterminator.

"Sprinkle ground glass powder along the edge of the room where the roaches run. The roaches get it on their feet and then lick it off. I guess the glass powder grinds up their insides."

Clara in Yokosuka, however, hates to kill anything.

"I just trap them, then put them outside."

Finally Stephen, writing from Michigan, who tries to tread a middle path via education. He believes we are losing the war against pests mainly because we insist on using synthetic pesticides and fertilizers.

"There are about 50 to 60 million insect species on earth, with only about 1 million named. Of these, only about 1,000 are pest species — with 50 per cent of these already resistant to our volatile, dangerous, synthetic pesticide poisons.

"We accidentally lose about 25,000 to 100,000 species of insects, plants and animals every year due to 'Man's footprint.' But, after poisoning the entire world and contaminating every living thing for over 60 years, we have not even controlled — much less eliminated — even one pest species, and every year we use/misuse more and more pesticide poisons to try to 'keep up!' "

Stephen reminds us that National Poison Prevention Week, March 18-24, was created this year to highlight the dangers of poisoning and how to prevent it.

He has also personally completed an IPM (Integrated Pest Management) encyclopedia entitled "The Best Control II" that contains what he describes as "2,800 safe and far more effective alternatives to pesticide poisons."

This latest copyrighted work is about 1,800 pages in length and is now being updated chapter by chapter at www.stephentvedten.com/.

Chapter 27 focuses on roaches. Did you know, for example, that "cockroaches can live a month without food and a week without water. They can hold their breath for 40 minutes. They can live up to seven days without a head."

"So far, we've electronically updated the introduction, chapters 11, 15 through 36 and the glossary," Vedten writes. "All of these copyrighted items are free for you to read and/or download. There's simply no need to poison yourself or your family or to have any pest problems."

Paying your dues

"Never again," says John in Chiba. "I'm self-employed, moving between Japan and America, and as business improves my tax situation becomes increasingly complicated, especially with regards filing in the U.S. After struggling to complete my tax returns for fiscal 2006-2007, I have decided NEVER AGAIN."

He asks if we know of a good accountant, handling Japanese and English, who could help him.

"I'd like to make contact now rather than later."

Try Bradley Homan, CPS, of Access H&R Tax Services in central Tokyo. Bradley and his multicultural team are located in Shibuya, and have a Web site in English and Japanese at www.accesshrtax.com.

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