John Stossel on Tax Reform

8 Nov 2017

2017/11/08 – Simpler Tax Simplification – Rasmussen Reports

As you read this, President Trump’s tax plan is being debated. Congress will change it. Where this ends, no one knows.

I want two things:

1. Simplification.

2. More money in private hands.

Trump offers some of both.

Read the rest for a good take on tax reform.

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Former Phillie Cy Young Winner Halladay Killed in Plane Crash

7 Nov 2017

2017/11/07 – Roy Halladay killed in plane crash at age 40 – Yahoo

Roy Halladay, the former MLB pitching star and two-time Cy Young winner, is reportedly dead after his plane crashed Tuesday afternoon into the Gulf of Mexico. He was 40 years old.

The Pasco County Sheriff’s Office in Florida confirmed Tuesday that Halladay died in the crash, which happened around 1 p.m. ET about 10 miles west of St. Petersburg. Initial reports said one person died in the crash but the victim wasn’t unidentified until the sheriff’s office confirmed Tuesday afternoon what many had feared — it was Halladay.


Sewage Leaks From Mexico Sickening California Beachgoers

7 Nov 2017

2017/11/06 – US ‘doesn’t give a crap’ about Mexico sewage spills sickening Calif. beachgoers, critics say – Fox News

Up to 200 days a year, this otherwise pristine beach in Southern California is closed because of raw sewage and industrial waste from Mexico, a treaty violation for which Washington has shown little interest in enforcing.

“Unfortunately, the U.S. government seems to be in the mode that everything’s fine and don’t worry about it,” says Imperial Beach Mayor Serge Dedina, who got sick last week after surfing in the contaminated water. “That doesn’t fly anymore.”


Besides a slow federal response, Harris blames the state of California, which is tough with corporate and individual polluters, but takes a velvet glove-approach with Mexico, despite emissions of toxic chemicals and metals like chromium, cadmium and lead that has burned the soles and laces of border agent boots.

California seems to prefer the cafeteria approach to when they want to apply federal and state government standards.


Smartphones Too Much… Now Selling Dumbphones

7 Nov 2017

2017/11/06 – Ditching Smartphones: ‘Dumbphones’ With Basic Functions Appealing To Some – CBS Philadelphia

“We’ve hit a point where we can pretty much do everything with these phones and I think some people are finding themselves saying, ‘What do I need all that for?’”


“I think some will gravitate to dumpphones because they want simplicity. They want their lives back.”


Portfolio Manager Sued For Raping, Beating Women in Penthouse Dungeon

3 Nov 2017

2017/11/03 – Portfolio manager accused of raping, beating women in penthouse dungeon – NY Post

A former portfolio manager for an investment fund founded by financier George Soros sexually abused women at a Manhattan penthouse dungeon, according to a $27 million Brooklyn federal suit.


The three unidentified plaintiffs in the case — including two Playboy Playmates — claim the married father raped and beat them to the point that they needed extensive medical attention, court papers say.


In one session, he beat one of the women’s “breasts so badly that her right implant flipped,” the papers state.

The former Bear Stearns trader paid her $20,000 to repair the damage.

On my worst day that I could imagine myself misbehaving, I would come nowhere close to this universe.

Lock this guy up immediately if this is proven true.

This also needs to be investigated.

The trio sought to “cover up Rubin’s sexual misconduct and criminal abuse of women and to serve as a cover for his wide-ranging human trafficking scheme,” wrote Balestriere.


Libya Rescues, Detains 300 Heading For Europe

1 Nov 2017

2017/11/01 – Libya coastguard rescues nearly 300 people at sea trying to reach Europe – The New Arab

Libya’s coastguard rescued nearly 300 people including dozens of women and children from unseaworthy boats as they tried to reach Europe, a navy official said on Wednesday.


They were of different African nationalities and were plucked from two rubber dinghies without engines and brought back to the Tripoli naval base, he said.


Since the 2011 uprising that toppled Muammar Gaddafi, chaos-hit Libya has become a key point of departure for people heading to Europe.

Last month forces loyal to Libya’s UN-backed unity government ousted a militia controlling the trafficking from the western city of Sabratha.

This is how many refugees have been getting to Europe. One of the things Gaddafi did while in power was patrol these waters and hinder the refugee traffic.  But since Qadafi was ousted, those who were in control were facilitating refugees heading to Europe.

Italy now has an agreement with Italy to block refugee traffic. Their refugee numbers have declined. Spain’s intake has tripled according to the article.


Hamas Hands Control of Gaza Border to Palestinian Authority

1 Nov 2017

2017/11/01 – Hamas hands PA control of Gaza border crossings – BBC

The reconciliation deal, brokered by Egypt last month, aims to end a decade-long split between Hamas and its secular rival, Fatah, which dominates the PA.

Palestinians in Gaza and the West Bank have been ruled separately since deadly clashes between Hamas and Fatah broke out in 2007.


In what was seen as the first key test of the reconciliation agreement, the director of the Palestinian Borders and Crossings Authority, Nazmi Muhanna, took full control of the Rafah crossing on Wednesday.


Civil Affairs Minister Hussein Sheikh said the Rafah crossing would resume full operations on 15 November, when PA border officials and members of the Presidential Guard would be in place.

Rafah has largely been closed since 2007, when Israel and Egypt tightened their blockades of Gaza in response to the Hamas takeover and in an attempt to prevent attacks by militants.


Israel and the US have expressed reservations about the reconciliation deal.

The US said any Palestinian unity government would need to recognise the State of Israel, disarm “terrorists”, and commit to peaceful negotiations. If Hamas was to play any role, it added, it would have to accept those requirements.

In other words – it’s nice they made an agreement after 10 years, but let’s wait and see how things are run.