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Cancer Scientists Hail Breakthrough With ‘Game-Changing’ Universal Blood Test for Spotting Gene Mutations

19th January 2018

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Scientists at Johns Hopkins University in the US have developed a test that screens for eight common forms of cancer and helps identify the location of the disease.

The test, called CancerSEEK, looks for mutations in 16 genes and evaluates the levels of eight proteins usually released by cancer sufferers.

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Black Unemployment Falls to Lowest Level on Record

18th January 2018

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Black unemployment fell to 6.8 percent in December, the lowest ever recorded by the U.S. Labor Department since it began tracking the black unemployment rate in 1972.

Economists say it’s a sign the recovery from the Great Recession is finally starting to help a wider swath of the U.S. population.

Gee, I wonder how that happened, with That Notorious Racist Trump in the White House.

On the campaign trail, President Trump famously asked African Americans: “What do you have to lose?” by voting for him. He promised his economic agenda would lead to more jobs and higher wages for everyone. He ended up winning 8 percent of the black vote, a bit higher than Mitt Romney in 2012.

Well, everybody knows what a liar Trump is. This is just proof.  Oh, wait….

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Alligator fights python in front of shocked golfers

18th January 2018

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An alligator and a Burmese python were locked in a cold-blooded battle to the death as a crowd watched in shock at a golf course in Naples, Fla., last week.

Remind me to stay away from Florida.

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Apple Plans $350 Billion Boost to U.S. Economy Over 5 Years, 20,000 New Jobs, and a New Campus

17th January 2018

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As a shareholder, I’m delighted.

Apple plans to repatriate some of its overseas profits and expects to pay taxes of $38 billion when doing so, which Apple says is likely to be the largest payment of this kind ever made. That tax payment, combined with its U.S. investments and planned capital expenditures, will account for $75 billion of its projected $350 billion contribution.

Thank you, Donald Trump and Tax Reform.

Note: Due to the political nature of the discussion regarding this topic, the discussion thread is located in our Politics, Religion, Social Issues forum.

Now that’s just sad, which unalloyed good economic news has to be tagged as ‘political’.

UPDATE: Apple announces second headquarters, promises to bring 20,000 jobs

The plan nods to the overhaul of the U.S. tax code signed into law at the end of 2017. The reform package lowered corporate tax rates and created a one-time break on cash being held overseas. Apple will take advantage of that provision, bringing $250 billion of offshore cash back to the U.S., a move that will create a $38 billion tax bill for the company. “A payment of that size would likely be the largest of its kind ever made,” the statement notes.

I’m sure Democrats are already lined up to spend it. (‘Pay down the National Debt? What are you, crazy?’)

UPDATE: Apple stock climbs on word of planned US investments & repatriated cash

Thank you, Donald Trump and Tax Reform.

UPDATE: Report: Apple shares $2500 bonuses with employees following US tax changes

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North and South Korea Will March Together Under a Unified Korean Flag at the Olympics

17th January 2018

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And, of course, it COULDN’T be because of Donald Trump. It Just Couldn’t.

UPDATE: And the Usual Suspects are Triggered by it — North And South Korea Will Field A Joint Olympic Team, And A Lot Of People Are Unhappy About It

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How to Build an Igloo

17th January 2018

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If, of course, that’s what you want to do.

Before he retired from McGill University, Pieter Sijpke used to give his architecture students some pretty cool homework. He once told the class, “I want to be drinking in a snow bar by Friday.” His students went outside and got to work, and sure enough, “we had 50 people inside the snow bar by Friday afternoon.”

One of the neat things about being a professor is you have lots of students who will do stupid stuff for you just for a grade.

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Researchers Discover New Catalyst for Efficiently Recycling Waste Carbon Dioxide Into Plastic

16th January 2018

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A team of scientists from University of Toronto, University of California, Berkeley and the Canadian Light Source (CLS) successfully managed to work out the ideal conditions for converting carbon dioxide to ethylene.

The researchers were able to design a catalyst and identify the precise conditions that maximise ethylene production during the reaction, while minimising methane and carbon monoxide production.

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Commanders Face Criminal Charges for Ship Collisions That Killed 17 American Sailors

16th January 2018

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The commanding officers for two American warships crippled in fatal accidents are facing military criminal charges ranging from negligent homicide to dereliction of duty.

An unusual step that underscores the seriousness of this situation.

Cmdr. Bryce Benson, the former commander of the Fitzgerald, together with three junior officers, face military criminal charges including dereliction of duty, hazarding a vessel and negligent homicide. Cmdr. Jessie L. Sanchez, former commander of the McCain, faces the same charges, according to USNI News.

Typically officers involved in incidents such as these are merely put somewhere that it’s obvious they have no future in the Navy. They then either retire or resign, depending on how much service they’ve got.

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California Counties Declare Independence From Liberal Cost, Creating ‘New California’

16th January 2018

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The founders of the state are appealing to Article 4, Section 3 of the U.S. Constitution and plan to bring legislation to the California legislature in the next 10 to 18 months to legally divide the state in two, CBS Sacramento reported Monday. West Virginia was created by the same method in 1863. The founders say that high taxes and poor government have forced the rural counties to take action against the more wealthy coastal areas.

This will go nowhere, of course, because the Left Coast needs these Other People’s Money to support their incipient socialist state. But it’s a noble effort.

“Well, it’s been ungovernable for a long time. High taxes, education, you name it, and we’re rated around 48th or 50th from a business climate and standpoint in California,” founder Robert Paul Preston. “There’s something wrong when you have a rural county such as this one, and you go down to Orange County which is mostly urban, and it has the same set of problems, and it happens because of how the state is being governed and taxed.”

When this fails, there’s plenty of room for you guys in Texas. C’mon down!

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Bill and Melinda Gates Are Paying Off Nigeria’s $76M Debt to Japan

15th January 2018

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That’s a lot more impressive than ‘Raise my taxes!’

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164 Companies Credit Tax Reform for Bonuses and Pay Raises

15th January 2018

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Well, now. Ain’t that special. Wonder what Nancy Botox has to say to that.

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On January 15, 1919, Boston’s 2.3 Million Gallon Molasses Flood Killed 21 People

15th January 2018

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Let that be a lesson to us all.

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Book Pairings: Read What the Other Side Has to Say

14th January 2018

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Countersearch is a book service that pairs books on opposite sides of a question.

Books on the left side are from a more left-wing/progressive viewpoint. Books on the right side are from right-wing/conservative/traditionalist perspective. Books in the middle are either in the middle or make points that both sides will either like or dislike.

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Chelsea Manning Files to Run for U.S. Senate in Maryland

13th January 2018

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And why not? A state that will send an imbecile like Joe Biden to the Senate for thirty-six years will not shrink from electing a convicted felon pervert.

Good luck for it getting a seat on any Senate committee that needs a security clearance.

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John Wick TV Spin-Off Will Focus on Notorious Hotel The Continental

13th January 2018

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From what I’ve seen of it, I wouldn’t mind living at The Continental. Don’t have a lot of gold coins to spare, unfortunately.

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Scientists Are Making Carbon Fiber From Plants Instead of Petroleum

12th January 2018

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Carbon fiber is the Superman of materials. Five times stronger than steel and a fraction of the weight, it is used in everything from tennis racketsto golf clubs to bicycles to wind turbine blades to passenger airplanes to Formula One race cars. There’s just one catch: Carbon fiber is made from oil and other costly ingredients, making the end product exceptionally expensive. That’s why carbon fiber shows up in race cars but rarely makes it into minivans.

That could change. Scientists say it may soon be possible to make carbon fiber from plants instead of petroleum, driving down costs, making the material more widely available for use in cars, planes and other vehicles.

Carbon fiber is made from a chemical called acrylonitrile. Currently, producers make acrylonitrile from oil, ammonia, oxygen and an expensive catalyst. The process produces a lot of heat and yields a toxic byproduct. And, because acrylonitrile is made from petroleum, the cost of carbon fiber tends to rise and fall with the price of oil

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This Smart Dishwasher Can Wash Your Dishes and Cook Seafood

12th January 2018

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If, of course, that’s what you want to do.

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Brexit: British People Flock to Apply for French Citizenship

12th January 2018

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Good riddance, I’d say.

No worries, mate, the government will just import more Pakistanis and Somalis to make up the difference. (Hey, it worked for Tony Blair….)

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Man Survives Bear Attack With 41 Stitches Across His Face

12th January 2018

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Sometimes you eat the bear, and sometimes … well….

He’s going to look pretty badass once those heal up, though.

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Why People Walked Differently in Medieval Times

12th January 2018

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Hey, if you had no access to modern toilet paper, you’d walk differently too.

Recorded in Germany’s History Park Bärnau, an open-air museum that explores life between the 9th and 13th centuries, this video by Roland Warzecha illustrates the mechanics of movement in Western Europe prior to 1500. (Warzecha runs a martial arts school devoted to historical European swordsmanship in Hamburg.)

Think Jar-Jar Binks.

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Candidate for Illinois Attorney General Robbed at Gunpoint

12th January 2018

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A candidate running for Illinois attorney general was robbed at gunpoint while he was taking promotional photos for his campaign Thursday afternoon in the Northwest Side ward where he’s also the Democratic committeeman, according to his campaign manager and authorities.

You can’t make this stuff up.

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Princeton Study Tosses Cold Water On Method Used For Measuring Climate Change

11th January 2018

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Damn that reality! It keeps interfering with our agenda!

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Tax Cut Armageddon, Part Five!

11th January 2018

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As Nancy Pelosi warned us… it’s Armageddon out there! (See parts one, two, three, and four.)

It’s Armageddon for the roughly one million hourly employees of Wal-Mart!

Walmart’s employees will reap the benefits of the recent tax law changes, as the company raises its starting wage and distributes bonuses to eligible workers.

UPATE: Walmart Turns Over Tax Reform Savings To Workers With New $11 Starting Wage

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Bill Would Eliminate San Francisco Zoning

11th January 2018

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California state senator Scott Wiener, who represents San Francisco, has introduced Senate Bill 827, which would effectively void all local zoning rules in “transit-rich” areas, meaning areas within a half mile of a rail station or a quarter mile of a stop on a frequent bus route. Wiener’s goal is to allow the construction of high-density housing in those transit-rich areas, thus simultaneously providing more affordable housing and encouraging more people to ride transit.

Unfortunately for Scot Wiener, one of the distinguishing characteristics of SWPL proglodytes is hard-core NIMBYism, and so turning San Fran into some sort of Left Coast Houston has absolutely no chance of going anywhere.

Good thing, too, since we’ve already got a Houston here in Texas and it’s got its arms wide open for anybody priced out of their California dreamin’.

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Police Search for British Cyclist Who Disappeared in Israeli Desert

10th January 2018

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Just looking at his picture, I’d say it’s no great loss.

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Meet the Woman Using CRISPR to Breed All-Male “Terminator Cattle”

10th January 2018

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Sounds scary to me. Women and minorities hardest hit, obviously.

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Jeff Bezos: A Day in the Life of the Richest Person in History

10th January 2018

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Get up, make money, go to bed. Easy peasy.

“You can change the world with an idea, but you have to think of it first.” — Simon Mendelssohn

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Colgate Smart Electric Toothbrush

10th January 2018

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With the new Colgate Smart Electric Toothbrush E1, it is able to offer real-time feedback so that brushing habits can be improved. Another unseen benefit would be the prevention of problems before they even have the chance to begin. Specially designed with the help of dentists, this brush will boast of real-time sensors and artificial intelligence algorithms that allow it to detect brushing effectiveness across 16 zones of the mouth. It will rely on Bluetooth connectivity and sonic vibrating technology to hook up to a smartphone or tablet, and will arrive with an asking price of $99.95 apiece.

We have the technology … I suppose. Not sure I want something that smart in my mouth.

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How to Halve the Cost of Residential Solar in the US

10th January 2018

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After 10 years running Sungevity, I recently completed a tour visiting solar companies in and around the U.S., Europe, Asia and Australia. I am pleased to report the residential solar industry is thriving around the world — everywhere except right here in the U.S.

The reason for this is startlingly simple: American consumers are being charged over two times more for solar than is the average consumer overseas. That’s USD $10,000 more for a typical 5-kilowatt residential solar system. The panels are the same — so what on earth is going on?

The answer: red tape.

Here in the land of technology leadership and free-market enterprise, American regulation has more than doubled the cost of solar.

This is why the Democrats keep shrinking. They want the government to run stuff, and (as the Post Office and TSA demonstrate) whenever the government runs stuff they suck at it.

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New Onion Grown That Won’t Make You Cry

9th January 2018

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We have the technology.

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Electric Corporation to Use Cash From Tax Cut to Lower Energy Bills

9th January 2018

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But you have to remember that Trump has accomplished ABSOLUTELY NOTHING during his first year in office.

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Joe Arpaio Running for Flake’s Senate Seat

9th January 2018

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This will be entertaining.

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Thanks to Tax Reform, Utilities Are Lowering Rates

9th January 2018

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But you have to remember that Trump has accomplished ABSOLUTELY NOTHING during his first year in office.

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Top Republicans Ask ‘Hillbilly Elegy’ Author JD Vance to Run for Senate Seat

9th January 2018

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In Ohio, in case you’re not the political wonk they expect you to be. They could do a lot worse.

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A Neuroscientist Explores the “Sanskrit Effect”

9th January 2018

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What we discovered from the structural MRI scanning was remarkable. Numerous regions in the brains of the pandits were dramatically larger than those of controls, with over 10 percent more grey matter across both cerebral hemispheres, and substantial increases in cortical thickness. Although the exact cellular underpinnings of gray matter and cortical thickness measures are still under investigation, increases in these metrics consistently correlate with enhanced cognitive function.

Turns out that rote memorization is actually good for your brain. Sometimes the old ways are best.

Cue teacher-union heads exploding.

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Snow Falls in Sahara Desert for Third Time in 40 Years

9th January 2018

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AlGore must have gone there on vacation.

Who’ll be the first to blame Trump? Clock is ticking….

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Longevity FAQ: A Beginner’s Guide to Longevity Research

8th January 2018

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Want to live forever? Here you go.

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Humpback Whale Protects Unsuspecting Diver From Tiger Shark

8th January 2018

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I want one of those.

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Hydrogen And Graphene Show Promise for Room-Temperature Superconductivity

8th January 2018

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Room-temperature superconductors would be a singularity-level discovery.

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This $800 Belt Has Airbags to Protect Your Hips

8th January 2018

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If, of course, that’s what you want to do.

I am not making this up.

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Hindu Monk Pulls a Van Along With His Penis as Hundreds of Thousands Gather for Religious Festival in India

7th January 2018

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I’m impressed.

Cue feminist outrage.

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Analysis Finds 1 Million Americans So Far Getting Pay Raise From Tax Reform

5th January 2018

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But of course you have to remember that the tax reform bill was TOTALLY a giveaway to the rich and did ABSOLUTELY NOTHING for ‘working families’.

In case you’re curious, the list is here.

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There Are Two Types of Fat Cells. Here’s How to Get More of the Good Stuff.

5th January 2018

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There you go: Politically Correct Fat (brown good, white bad).

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IHOP Announces ‘All You Can Eat Pancakes’ Promotion for January

5th January 2018

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Is this a great country or what?

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Food Cubby Keeps Sides Separate, Like How It ‘Ought To Be

5th January 2018

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I am not making this up.

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New Study Shows Past Research on Rising Ocean Temps Built on Faulty Science

5th January 2018

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My, what a surprise. Aren’t you surprised? I’m sure surprised.

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‘Mapping’ Technique Finds Links Between Brain Connections and Intelligence

4th January 2018

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Imagine that!

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Doing Facial Yoga Can Apparently Make One Look Two Years Younger

4th January 2018

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If, of course, that’s what you want to do.

I’m not sure I see the significance of two years. But hey. I quit worrying about my looks a long time ago.

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Democrats: How Can I Help My Wealthy Constituents Keep Their Tax Breaks?

4th January 2018

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The recently passed Tax Cuts and Jobs Act caps the federal deduction for state and local taxes (the SALT deduction) at $10,000. That’s bad news for people who pay a significant amount in such taxes and relied on the SALT deduction to reduce their federal-tax liability. In other words, it’s bad news for rich people who live in blue states. As Jared Walczak, a senior policy analyst at the Tax Foundation, has shown, more than 88 percent of the SALT deduction’s benefit flows to those who earn more than $100,000 in income, and the deduction itself is a boon to states with bigger governments.

The charitable observer might expect Democratic politicians to find solace in this provision of the TCJA. After all, it removes a major tax break for the rich. According to Ben Casselman’s report in the New York Times, however, state Democrats are mulling ways to rewrite their state-tax codes so that those wealthy residents can avoid paying more in taxes.

Democrats don’t really hate the rich — that’s just a political charade intended to fool the weak-minded (many of whom vote Democrat — who knew?).

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Transform Your Handwritingo Calligraphy Into a Font

4th January 2018

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If, of course, that’s what you want to do….

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