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  • Cosmic Airburst May Have Wiped Out Part of the Middle East 3,700 Years Ago

    11/29/2018 3:27:03 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 28 replies
    The airburst "in an instant, devastated approximately 500 km2 [about 200 square miles] immediately north of the Dead Sea, not only wiping out 100 percent of the [cities] and towns, but also stripping agricultural soils from once-fertile fields and covering the eastern Middle Ghor with a super-heated brine of Dead Sea anhydride salts pushed over the landscape by the event's frontal shock waves," the researchers wrote in the abstract for a paper that was presented at the American Schools of Oriental Research annual meeting held in Denver Nov. 14 to 17. Anhydride salts are a mix of salt and sulfates....
  • Salt of the Alps: ancient Austrian mine holds Bronze Age secrets

    08/24/2018 3:21:31 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 20 replies
    Phys dot org ^ | Friday, August 24, 2018 | Philippe Schwab
    All mines need regular reinforcement against collapse, and Hallstatt, the world's oldest salt mine perched in the Austrian Alps, is no exception. But Hallstatt isn't like other mines. Exploited for 7,000 years, the mine has yielded not only a steady supply of salt but also archaeological discoveries attesting to the existence of a rich civilisation dating back to the early part of the first millennium BC. So far less than two percent of the prehistoric tunnel network is thought to have been explored, with the new round of reinforcement work, which began this month, protecting the dig's achievements, according to...
  • What Does Jesus Mean When He Says We Must Be Salted with Fire?

    05/29/2018 8:33:30 AM PDT · by Salvation · 13 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 05-28-18 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    What Does Jesus Mean When He Says We Must Be Salted with Fire? Msgr. Charles Pope • May 28, 2018 • The Gospel from last Thursday’s daily Mass featured one of Jesus’ lesser-known teachings:Everyone will be salted with fire. Salt is good, but if salt becomes insipid, with what will you restore its flavor? Keep salt in yourselves and you will have peace with one another (Mark 9:49-50).Let’s begin with a few observations about salt in those times. Salt was valuable. Some people were even paid with salt (which is where we get the word “salary”).Salt was connected with...
  • Trump tax cut leaves blue states bluer, but they do have a way out (SALT sends NY, CA scrambling)

    05/04/2018 7:18:27 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 26 replies
    The American Spectator ^ | 05/04/2018 | HUNT LAWRENCE AND DANIEL J. FLYNN
    High-tax states face a choice: reduce taxes or lose taxpayers. Stephen Moore and Art Laffer forecast in the Wall Street Journal the loss of 800,000 California and New York residents over the next three years. The exodus, the economics experts say, comes because of the tax bill, which limits the state and local tax (SALT) deduction to $10,000, passed in December. Previously, the feds forced no monetary limit on filers. California taxes individuals earning $1 million or more at a rate of 13.3 percent. New York levies an 8.8 percent rate upon individuals making a similar amount of money annually....
  • State and Local Income, Sales and Property Taxes All Hit Records in 2017

    03/22/2018 10:52:47 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 14 replies
    CNS ^ | 3-22-2018 | By Terence P. Jeffrey
    (CNSNews.com) - Real state and local income, sales and property taxes all hit records in 2017, according to data released this week by the Census Bureau. State and local governments collected a record $404,509,000,000 in individual income taxes in 2017, according to the Census Bureau. Before 2017, the greatest level of individual income tax revenues collected by state and local governments occurred in 2015, when those governments collected $399,933,270,000 in individual income taxes (in constant 2017 dollars converted using the Bureau of Labor Statistics inflation calculator). State and local governments also collected a record $386,153,000,000 in general sales and gross...
  • Maryland will sue Trump administration over state tax-deduction cap

    02/09/2018 5:09:35 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 44 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | February 3, 2018 | Andrew Blake
    Maryland will sue the Trump administration for capping state and local tax (SALT) deductions in its new federal tax law, the states attorney general said Thursday. The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act signed by President Trump last year contains a provision capping SALT deductions at $10,000, and Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh said residents across the heavily-taxed state stand to take a hit as a result. By eliminating the SALT deductions, Trumps tax bill will jack up taxes for more than half a million Marylanders, Mr. Frosh, a Democrat, said in a statement announcing his intent to sue the Trump...
  • Claims that capping SALT deductions violate Constitution are meritless

    01/30/2018 7:18:20 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 14 replies
    The Hill ^ | January 30, 2018 | Rob Natelson
    Some leading proponents of centralized federal power have caught that ole-time states-rights religion.New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, for example, has been a fervid defender of ObamaCare and other congressional programs invading traditional areas of state control. But, he says, Congress violated the rules of federalism when its new tax law capped income tax deductions for state and local taxes paid (SALT deductions).Are Cuomo and his allies correct? Does the Constitution require Congress to include SALT deductions in its income tax laws? ADVERTISEMENT The Constitutions actual language does not say so. Some cite a 1985 speech by the late Senator Daniel...
  • Cuomo announces East Coast states will sue feds in new bid to thwart tax law

    01/26/2018 12:39:44 PM PST · by markomalley · 75 replies
    Fox News ^ | 1/26/18 | Adam Shaw
    New York Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Friday that a coalition of East Coast states will sue the federal government over the Trump-signed tax overhaul, in the latest bid to undermine the law that Republicans have cheered. The states -- New York, New Jersey and Connecticut -- appear to be taking aim at a provision that limits residents' state and local tax deduction (SALT) to $10,000. While the law contains sweeping tax rate cuts for businesses and individuals, taxpayers in high-tax states like those in the Northeast are expected to take a hit from the SALT change. Cuomo called it...
  • Explainer: More U.S. states eye donations to evade Trump tax changes

    01/24/2018 3:29:31 PM PST · by C19fan · 35 replies
    Reuters ^ | January 24, 2018 | Karen Pierog
    Legislation that first surfaced in California to give taxpayers a way to avoid the new cap on state and local tax (SALT) deductions by making charitable donations has popped up in four more states so far, with others reviewing alternative methods. Changes to the U.S. tax system signed into law by President Donald Trump in December have sparked a furious search in states with high income and property taxes for loopholes to help residents replicate the benefits taken away by the $10,000 cap on federal SALT deductions.
  • Inexpensive and stableThe salt water battery

    01/18/2018 11:49:48 AM PST · by Red Badger · 8 replies
    phys.org ^ | 01/09/2018 | by Rainer Klose, Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology
    Research on the water electrolyte: Empa researcher Ruben-Simon Khnel connecting a test cell to the charger with the concentrated saline solution. The stability of the system is determined in several charging and discharging cycles. Credit: Empa ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Water could form the basis for future particularly inexpensive rechargeable batteries. Empa researchers have succeeded in doubling the electrochemical stability of water with a special saline solution. This takes us one step closer to using the technology commercially. In the quest to find safe, low-cost batteries for the future, eventually we have to ask ourselves a question: Why not simply use water as...
  • Barbra Streisand calls out Trump's tax plan, says Hollywood and others will be 'punished'

    01/05/2018 11:50:20 AM PST · by Navy Patriot · 56 replies
    Fox News ^ | January 5, 2017
    Barbra Streisand took to Twitter on Thursday to share her thoughts about Trump and the GOPs new tax plan. The actress, who is known as a frequent critic of the Trump administration, explained that the new tax plan is a trap that is deliberately meant to harm those who live in blue states, athletes, the middle class and Hollywood. I dont think its a coincidence that blue states, athletes, actors, writers, producers, and directors will be punished by this scam of a tax bill, where billionaires get billions, and the middle class gets bupkis (practically nothing) and an eventual...
  • Want to prepay property taxes to beat federal tax overhaul? Here's what we've learned

    12/24/2017 4:21:04 AM PST · by SkyPilot · 106 replies
    Syracuse.com ^ | 22 Dec 17 | Michelle Breidenbach
    The people who collect taxes in New York are acting fast to help taxpayers try to get ahead of a pitfall for homeowners in the new federal tax overhaul. The tax bill, which passed earlier this week, is confusing. Here's what we know: The bill will no longer allow taxpayers to deduct more than $10,000 in state and local income and property taxes from their federal income taxes. At the same time, it doubles the standard deduction to $12,000 for a single taxpayer and $24,000 for a family. That means more people will no longer itemize their taxes. But...
  • Tax plan opens new opportunities for taxpayers and state legislators to save key deductions

    12/15/2017 7:55:38 PM PST · by KingofZion · 22 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | December 14, 2017 | Michael Hiltzik
    Limiting the SALT deduction could affect as many as 6 million Californiansone of every three taxpaying households in the state, according to Michael Cohen, director of the state Department of Finance. The average deduction for property taxes is about $6,000, he has told the state congressional delegation, and the separate deduction for state and local income taxes comes to nearly $16,000 per return. One option that could be considered by the Legislature would be to redefine state and local taxes as charitable contributions, which remain fully deductible under the GOP tax proposals. The idea isnt as implausible as it seems:...
  • Republican tax bill would tie the hands of blue-state governments

    12/11/2017 2:43:58 PM PST · by x1stcav · 85 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 12/11/17 | Joseph Lawler
    The tax overhaul would raise the taxes of some earners and make it harder for states to do the same. The ultimate effect would be to decrease governments ability to raise taxes and increase spending essentially reining in state budgeteers. That is an advantage to conservatives who have long sought to advance fiscal conservatism at the state level and who see the state and local tax deduction as a subsidy for high-spending, high-taxing states that is, blue states. This was our point from the start, said Jonathan Williams, chief economist at the American Legislative Exchange Council, a group...
  • FACT CHECK: New Yorkers Will Get Tax Cuts Even Without the State and Local Tax Deduction

    12/06/2017 2:19:53 AM PST · by JayGalt · 50 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 5 Dec 2017 | John Carney
    The Republican tax overhaul will not be the punishment expected by many residents of high-tax, Democrat-voting areas. Many of those who have the most to lose from the elimination of state and local tax deductions will actually come out ahead under either the House or Senate versions of the bills. Many residents of places like New York City, which couple high taxes with high costs, fear the provisions of both bills that would eliminate or reduce the deductions they receive for the income and property taxes they pay locally. The Senate bill would preserve a property tax deduction up to...
  • The Real Reason Democrats Hate Losing the State and Local Tax Deduction

    11/28/2017 9:39:50 PM PST · by Oshkalaboomboom · 59 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | Nov 29, 2017 | Bob Barr
    If you have ever wondered why leaders of liberal cities and states become giddy at any new spending opportunity investments into light rail infrastructure, social programs for illegal aliens, public schools that look like palaces, billion-dollar sports stadiums it is not because they are more public-minded than Republicans, or possess an innate sense of altruism. It is because such projects get them re-elected, especially when people other than their constituents are picking up the tab. And, thanks largely to the State and Local Tax (SALT) Deduction for federal income tax purposes, that is exactly what is happening. In...
  • As GOP Looks to Eliminate State Tax Deduction, New Jersey Democrat Wavers on Millionaires Tax

    11/21/2017 12:21:42 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 21 replies
    The Daily Signal ^ | November 20, 2017 | Rachel del Guidice
    New Jersey is potentially holding off hiking its income tax due to the possibility of the state and local tax deduction being eliminated in the GOP tax plan, according to the president of the New Jersey Senate. Im actually very concerned for the people of this state if this Trump tax happens, and I think were going to have to re-evaluate everything once that happens, Senate President Steve Sweeney said Nov. 15 in reference to hiking the states tax rate on the highest earners from 8.97 percent to 10.75 percent. The Senate tax plan, which was voted out of the...
  • States ranked by claims for state and local tax deductions

    11/20/2017 4:42:05 PM PST · by SkyPilot · 323 replies
    AP and ABC News ^ | 18 Nov 17 | AP Staff
    The percentage of federal individual income tax filers claiming a deduction for state and local taxes paid in 2015, ranked by state: 1. Maryland: 45.7 percent 2. Connecticut: 41.3 percent 3. New Jersey: 41.2 percent 4. Virginia: 37.3 percent 5. Massachusetts: 36.9 percent 6. Oregon: 36.0 percent 7. Utah: 35.3 percent 8. Minnesota: 34.7 percent 9. New York: 34.5 percent 10. California: 34.4 percent 11. Georgia: 32.8 percent 12. Rhode Island: 32.8 percent 13. Colorado: 32.5 percent 14. Delaware: 31.6 percent 15. Illinois: 31.3 percent 16. Wisconsin: 31.0 percent 17. New Hampshire: 30.9 percent 18. Washington: 29.9 percent 19. Iowa:...
  • This Is Rich: Democrats Fight To Protect A $1.8 Trillion Tax Break That Benefits The Top 1%

    10/24/2017 8:43:48 AM PDT · by george76 · 59 replies
    Tax Reform: What do you call a tax break that delivers 88% of the benefits to upper-income families and subsidizes rich states at the expense of poor ones? If you're a Democrat, you call it a sacred cow. One provision of the Republican's tax-cutting plan that has drawn intense opposition from Democrats is the elimination of state and local tax deductions for those who itemize. ... Fewer than 22% of tax filers even claim the state and local tax deduction, and the vast majority of these are higher-income families. While 78% of those with incomes above $200,000 claim the deduction,...
  • 5 Ways Republicans Could Ruin Tax Reform

    10/19/2017 3:58:39 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 10 replies
    The Daily Signal ^ | October 17, 2017 | Rachel Greszler
    Policymakers want to unleash economic growth in America by fixing our broken tax system. Or so they say. Now that the conversation has moved beyond just lowering tax rates, pro-growth tax reform is in danger of losing the stuff that actually makes it pro-growth. Thats because policymakers are caving to big-government advocates and other special interests. Here are the top five worst ideas that would surely dampen pro-growth tax reform. 1. Failing to enact full expensing. Full expensingallowing businesses to deduct the full cost of their investments when they incur those costs, instead of spreading them out over many yearsis...