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07.11 7,000+ Colleges and Universities Declare Climate Emergency and Unveil Three-Point Plan to Combat It [Fox News and Betsy DeVos never talk about this stuff so it must be Bull Shit, right?]

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07.19 Trump administration won't ban pesticide tied to childhood brain damage [There is no truth to the persistent rumor that chlorpyrifos pesticide was heavily used at Trump's childhood home in Queens]

07.19 'Unprecedented' Decline of Plants and Animals as Global 'Red List' Reveals Nearly One-Third of Assessed Species Under Threat

07.17 ‘Off-the-charts’ heat to affect millions in U.S. in coming decades

07.17 Planned Parenthood president Leana Wen forced out by board [Given that states have lost abortion rights on political grounds recently, Wen's philosophical approach to protect abortion rights based on ‘health care’ was smarter – therefore it was that smarter strategy that was killed at the secret meeting.]

07.17 Billions of air pollution particles found in hearts of city dwellers

07.17 What is happening in America's Cancertown is tragic, immoral and evil [Niggardly white government policies could change to produce better students, better jobs and net revenue instead of costs. But it seems they enjoy more cruelty—like Trump.]

07.16 US aid cuts to UN agency will hurt vulnerable women and children, critics say

07.16 Trump abortion restrictions in effect for taxpayer-funded clinics

07.15 The response to DRC’s Ebola crisis isn’t working. Here’s what we need to do

07.15 Extinction Rebellion protests block traffic in five UK cities [Non-corporate human animals make their annoying bleating sounds...]

07.14 A Glacier the Size of Florida Is Becoming Unstable. It Has Dire Implications for Global Sea Levels [The willfully ignorant needn't read more, Trump]

07.13 'Climate Despair' Is Making People Give Up on Life [Willfully ignorant governments—having fired many of their best scientists—have made themselves too stupid to despair]

07.13 Trump administration to approve pesticide that may harm bees [The worst government money can buy!]

07.12 These solar panels don’t just generate power—they produce drinking water

07.12 David Attenborough: polluting planet may become as reviled as slavery [1:34 video]

07.10 Plastic Has A Big Carbon Footprint — But That Isn't The Whole Story [Fixing our world begins by educating your consciousness with the best truth from trustworthy news sources—so you'll then insist truly bad things will get fixed. But if instead you are educated by untrustworthy news sources—then your consciousness could be warped to where you are hating and fighting with your best friends. Clue: untrustworthy news sources never seriously report news about the world's most critical emergency—Global warming.]

07.10 Molly Scott Cato: ‘It’s the wealthy who are causing climate change’

07.09 Judge reinstates Madrid's low emissions zone [Yeh!]

07.07 How Solar Panels Work (And Why They're Taking Over the World) [Hope they leave space between panels for wild flowers to grow so birds and butterflies can flourish!]

07.05 Tree planting 'has mind-blowing potential' to tackle climate crisis

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07.19 Fox News’s star names excuse the inexcusable after Trump's latest racist attack

07.18 In Sinclair's New 'Must-Run' Segment, Former Trump Adviser Tries to Defend Racist Attacks on 'the Squad'

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07.19 Are progressives working on a climate plan for 2021? You bet.

07.19 The 51 most outrageous lines from Donald Trump's repugnant North Carolina rally

07.19 The Real Meaning of ‘Send Her Back!’

07.18 Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on Breaking up Homeland Security

07.18 Deadly Delays in Jail Construction Cost Lives and Dollars Across California

07.18 Inside Trump's DC hotel, where allies and lobbyists flock to peddle their interests [Also, too much ignored by media, the $millions "donated" corrupting moderate Democrats and Republicans every election cycle must stop]

07.18 This Republican's Case for Medicare for All [A well-informed Republican is rare, so let's hold him in the light so others may learn]

07.18 Trump rally crowd chants 'send her back' after president attacks Ilhan Omar [1:03 video shows Trump pandering to his ignorant idolaters, and together they're making America a greater shit-hole country]

07.18 "Can't Change a Corrupt System by Taking Its Money": Sanders Urges All 2020 Democrats to Reject Insurance, Big Pharma Cash [49:02 video w/ lousy sound]

07.17 Why Democrats’ oversight machine is moving so slowly against Trump

07.17 Here's the real reason Trump is attacking 'the squad': he's scared of their politics

07.17 'Good,' Says Elizabeth Warren, After Billionaire Right-Winger Peter Thiel Says She's 2020 Democrat He Is 'Most Scared By'

07.17 The American Right Defines Patriotism As Complacency About Racism

07.17 This is what today's America looks like. The squad is us

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07.19 UN urged to act over 'purge' of Turkey's lawyers by Erdogan

07.19 DOJ Releases Strong Evidence of Trump’s Campaign Finance Violations But No Explanation of No Charges [The statement]

07.16 Contempt [Variations of frequent loss & theft of property title by organized legal efforts against black owners]

07.15 Australia 'deeply concerned' about China's treatment of Uighur people [What are the reasons, exactly, that justify harsh imprisonment of a million people?]

07.15 Zuma tells South Africa corruption inquiry he is victim of foreign plot [Unaccountable corrupt governments are so in fashion these days...]

High Crimes vs. Human Rights

07.19 Conscientious objectors of first world war – their untold tales [The record proves they were morally right by avoiding violent early deaths of their cousins and themselves]

Economics & Corrupt Capitalism

07.18 Corporate tax cuts blocked at least 15,000 affordable homes in California. Here’s how

07.15 China’s Economic Growth Hits 27-Year Low as Trade War Stings

International & Futurism

07.19 U.N.'s Bachelet says Congresswomen opposing Trump are 'fantastic'

07.19 Iran makes 'substantial' nuclear offer in return for US lifting sanctions [Was barbaric Saudi Arabia—whose citizens were more involved in the 9-11 attacks—the wrong ally all along?]

07.19 “The Task Ahead Is Enormous, and There Is Not Much Time” [Read this and learn. Or read Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) | Twitter and/or President Trump (@POTUS) | Twitter. Are you serious? Or are you in hideously criminal denial?]

07.18 Foreign purchases of American homes plunge 36% as Chinese buyers flee the market

07.18 There are 16 million slaves around the world making our stuff

07.18 ‘No rioters, only a tyrannical regime’: Thousands of Hong Kong seniors march in support of young extradition law protesters [Most people around the world have more in common with these Hong Kong Chinese protestors than with the ignorant people at Trump rallies]

07.18 Dozens Arrested as Over 1,000 Jewish Activists and Allies Shut Down Entrances to ICE Headquarters Demanding Closure of Trump Detention Camps [Obviously these are not the immoral and less educated right-wing jews who support Netanyahu, Trump and ICE, and who slowly exterminate Palestinians when no one is looking]

07.17 Trump Murdered the Iran Deal—And Europe Isn’t Too Happy About It [Only psychopathic Saudi Arabia and Russia are U.S. ’allies’ now...]

07.17 Trump’s Unlawful Asylum Policy Is a Jab at Mexico

07.16 Trump’s race fantasy is clear: the US as home for whites fleeing Europe [1:09 video]

07.15 India’s Terrifying Water Crisis

07.15 Australia now has the highest minimum wage in the world [From 1960 to 2018 – the U.S. has fallen from 1st place to below the tenth place and off the chart]

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  Thinking About Taxes

ANALYSIS OF A KIND:

Thinking About Taxes

by Fred Cederholm
We taxpayers worked 99 days in 2009 to pay our various taxes—not so onerous a tax burden as in some other countries, but that figure doesn't include deficit spending and off-budget items.

I’ve been thinking about taxes. Actually I’ve been thinking about “rendering onto Caesar,” Tax Freedom Day, Uncle $ugar’s manipulations, the national debt, and taxes world wide. The Ides of April, April 15 that is, hits us on Thursday this year. For individuals, the annual Federal and applicable State Income Tax returns are due to be filed. For Corporations, their day of reckoning was the Ides of March, the anniversary of the assassination of Julius Caesar—not that there is any connection between these two events. Still... it provides any interesting metaphor.

You see, I find it almost impossible to think of anything we do, buy, or sell which doesn’t involve paying something to the government. There are income taxes (on salaries, wages, and tips), Social Security taxes, unemployment taxes, Workman’s Compensation disability taxes, investment taxes, sales taxes, extraction taxes, (professional) services-provided taxes, garbage disposal tipping fees, real estate taxes, gaming taxes, energy taxes (on gas, oil, diesel, and kerosene), utility taxes (on electricity and phone services), dog taxes, tobacco and alcohol taxes, and estate taxes. President Obama got a pass on last year’s Nobel Peace Prize of a million-plus dollars because such “honoraria” are exempt. Like I said, I am hard-pressed to come up with anything we do whereby some Federal, State, County, city, village, hamlet, library, park district, etc. doesn’t have their hand out for a piece of the action.

Every year the Tax Foundation in Washington DC calculates on what day we can actually begin to keep what we earn. The date changes somewhat each year, and this “average” year’s (actually for the 2009 tax year) Tax Freedom Day came on April 9. The specific date per state is available at their website. The current Freedom Day comes a day later than 2008 and two weeks earlier than the 2007 average date. The 2009 tolling requires 99 days of income to meet the average obligations on all the taxes and levies we pay each year. This equates to roughly 27% of all our income going for taxes.

Of the 99 days for the 2009 total... 32 days is for individual Federal and State income taxes, 25 days goes for Social Insurance taxes, 15 days for sales and excise taxes, 12 days for property taxes, 8 days for corporate income taxes, and 6.5 days for other miscellaneous levies. The 27% composite for 2009 may not sound like an ungodly amount given what the rest of the world pays their respective governments, but Uncle $ugar and the States don’t make “the whole enchilada” of their finances readily available in the model used for the Tax Freedom Day.

For example, any deficit financing (as in borrowing by the various governmental entities) is not included in the 99-day figure. Off-budget items to be paid at a later date are not included. The recently passed “universal” health care costs are not reflected in he 2009 numbers. Neither are the hundred plus billion in Social Security surpluses raided to help fund current deficits this year. (Actually, the raided amounts are included in the individuals’ total, but they are going to have to be paid again by the taxpayers when the annual payouts for the pensions exceed revenues in the near future--in 2018).

The Government already owes itself for roughly $4.5 trillion of the $12+ trillion in outstanding National Debt. Next year’s deficit alone is now believed to exceed another $1.6 trillion. Such huge negative numbers are projected to continue thru 2020 (and beyond). When the outstanding future debts are tendered for payment, we may well see an elimination of virtually all government programs, a default on the debt, a massive printing of additional currency, and or a significant increase in taxes. The outstanding debt is already approaching a full year’s gross domestic product/GDP (the value of ALL goods and services produced/consumed in the entire nation for a full year). If tax revenues continue at current levels, Uncle $ugar will (within ten years) use up all its tax revenue income for outstanding interest on the debt, defense (not including any wartime expenditures), Social Security, and Medicare. There will be NO money for the recently passed universal health care program being hawked to US/ us. But... they are not presently telling us that little factoid, now are they?

In Connecticut 117 days are spent working to pay the taxes, in New Jersey it is 115 days, New York 113 days, Maryland 109 days, Washington 105 days, California 104 days, and Illinois 101 days. Remember the 2009 “average” tax burden rate for the USA is about 27%. In Sweden it is 57%, Norway is 56.7%, Israel is 53.8%, France is 53.6%, and Germany is 51.7%.

I wish you all a happy April 15 filing date—and I am so glad we are not going to get all the government we are paying for. (AHEM!!!)

I’m Fred Cederholm and I’ve been thinking. You should be thinking, too.


Copyright 2009 Questions, Inc. All rights reserved. Fred Cederholm is a CPA/CFE, a forensic accountant, and writer. He is a graduate of the University of Illinois (B.A., M.A. and M.A.S.). He can be reached at asklet@rochelle.net.

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