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Equifax Should Face Curbs on Selling Credit Scores, Maxine Waters Says - WSJ https://www.wsj.com/articles/house-committee-chairwoman-calls-for-cfpb-to-take-action-against-equifax-11660133832?mod=mhp * > We are working closely with our customers on this issue and stand behind our customers and impacted consumers. Direct quote from Equifax CEO. Note that “customers” and “consumers” are two distinct groups. That’s because the credit bureaus build profiles of data on us, without consent, and then sell our data to their customers, financial institutions. We’re not the customer, we’re the product. Still waiting on my settlement from 2017 when these bozos got hacked and didn’t notice for .

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Aug 11

10 Ways To Avoid Getting Audited By One Of The 87,000 New IRS Agents - Babylon Bee https://babylonbee.com/news/babylon-bee-guide-to-not-getting-audited-by-one-of-the-87000-new-irs-agents/ * > IF THE IRS SAYS THEY’RE GOING TO AUDIT YOU, JUST SAY ‘NO THANKS’: You’ll be surprised how often this works.

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Aug 11

The FBI’s Dangerous Search at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago - WSJ Opinion https://www.wsj.com/articles/the-fbis-dangerous-donald-trump-search-mar-a-lago-merrick-garland-justice-department-11660074118?mod=mhp * > Didn’t someone at Justice point out that a search in this case would draw comparisons to Hillary Clinton’s mishandling of classified information before her 2016 presidential campaign? She was never prosecuted, as Mr. Trump was quick to point out. Unless Mr. Trump’s offense involves a serious risk to national security, half of America may see the Trump search as an example of unequal justice.

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Aug 11

Report: FBI Raided Mar-A-Lago After Tip That Parents Were Protesting A School Board Meeting There - Babylon Bee https://babylonbee.com/news/report-fbi-raided-mar-a-lago-on-false-tip-that-parents-were-protesting-a-school-board-meeting-there/ * > “When we received an anonymous tip that parents were assembling to criticize public school curriculum and policy, we sprung into action – we should have confirmed the veracity, but didn’t want to risk any of these potential terrorists escaping.” Garland spoke at a press conference today, adding “We take these threats very seriously.”

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Aug 10

Deliveries of Boeing’s 787 Dreamliner Set to Resume in Coming Days - WSJ https://www.wsj.com/articles/deliveries-of-boeings-787-dreamliner-set-to-resume-in-coming-days-11659987611?mod=mhp * > The first jet was inspected and cleared Monday, according to people familiar with the matter. Great news for a great plane.

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Aug 09

U.S. Lawmakers Look to Digital Dollar to Compete With China - WSJ https://www.wsj.com/articles/u-s-lawmakers-look-to-digital-dollar-to-compete-with-china-11659925037?mod=mhp * > A digital dollar could provide a new option to the way consumers pay for products and services. In addition to using a credit or debit card—or Venmo or Apple Pay—individuals would have a digital version of cash on their phones that could be used anywhere, likely through existing financial firms. That could lead to faster, cheaper and safer payments and MAKE PAPER CURRENCY OBSOLETE. Also privacy and freedom!

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Aug 09

Letting Go of Efficiency - Catholic Husband https://catholichusband.com/index_files/legging-go-of-efficiency.php * > I’m a very efficient person, but when it comes to each day and each task, it’s okay if I invite my children into my world, and I perform at a level just a few notches below peak. ➕

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Aug 08

Hope you had a nice weekend! The United States Senate just passed a bill to raise taxes on every single American, from those making $10,000 a year all the way up to $1,000,000+. So much for only raising taxes on people making $400,000+.

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Aug 08

I love a good late summer storm. ⛈

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Aug 06

Inflation Reduction Act Tax Changes: Details & Analysis - Tax Foundation https://taxfoundation.org/inflation-reduction-act/ * > It would also reduce average after-tax incomes for taxpayers across every income quintile over the long run. And if we’re honest with ourselves, the government is so much better at spending our money than we are.

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Aug 06

Summer storms. img

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Aug 05

Do you know the perfect solution to high inflation and a recession? More spending and new taxes!

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Aug 05

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Aug 04

Cost of Democrats’ Corporate-Tax Increase Skews to Wealthy, Reaches Middle Class - WSJ https://www.wsj.com/articles/cost-of-democrats-corporate-tax-increase-skews-to-wealthy-reaches-middle-class-11659524401?mod=hp_listb_pos2 * > “These companies are playing the most games, and avoiding tax by manufacturing their drugs, phones, and shoes abroad,” Senate Finance Committee Chairman Ron Wyden (D., Ore.) said. “This is a minimum tax for tax dodgers stamping ‘Made in China’ on their products.” They’re playing the game by the rules that you wrote, sir.

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Aug 03

Equifax Sent Lenders Inaccurate Credit Scores on Millions of Consumers - WSJ https://www.wsj.com/articles/equifax-sent-lenders-inaccurate-credit-scores-on-millions-of-consumers-11659467483?mod=hp_lead_pos4 * > “The impact is going to be quite small,” Mr. Begor said, “not something that’s meaningful to Equifax.” Terrible quote from an even worse company.

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Aug 03

Rivian Says Senate Climate Deal Puts It at Disadvantage - WSJ https://www.wsj.com/articles/rivian-says-senate-climate-deal-puts-it-at-disadvantage-11659460641?mod=mhp * > The company, in particular, takes issue with a planned cap that would make any electric trucks, SUVs and vans selling for more than $80,000 ineligible for the federal subsidy. It also opposes the proposed income restrictions. Buyers with household incomes of $150,000 or higher—$300,000 for married couples—wouldn’t qualify for the credit on new EV purchases. Sorry, Rivian, but the government picked you as a loser.

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Aug 02

Justice Department Files Lawsuit Challenging Idaho Abortion Law - WSJ https://www.wsj.com/articles/justice-department-files-lawsuit-challenging-idaho-abortion-law-11659463607?mod=breakingnews * > The Justice Department says Idaho’s abortion restrictions unlawfully conflict with a federal law that requires hospitals accepting Medicare to provide emergency treatments, which can sometimes include abortion. I must’ve missed all of those DOJ lawsuits against states and municipalities “decriminalizing” marijuana, a Schedule 1 Narcotic. Growth, sale, and distribution is a serious federal offense. These massive grow operations and retail distributions are so out in the open, DOJ must be dunking on all of those cases!

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Aug 02

* > I know well, answers Jesus Christ, that one drop of my blood, or a simple prayer, would be sufficient for the salvation of the world. But neither would be sufficient to show the love which I bear to men. -St. Alphonsus Liguori

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Aug 02

Putin Awards Self Medal Of Freedom For Dropping Gas Prices - Babylon Bee https://babylonbee.com/news/putin-awards-self-medal-of-freedom-for-dropping-gas-prices/ * > After months of singlehandedly raising America’s gas prices without any help whatsoever from the Biden administration, Russian President Vladimir Putin has mercifully given Americans a short break by lowering the price at the pump. For his benevolence and valor, he has awarded himself the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

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Aug 01

‘Inflation Reduction Act’ Is an Insult to Used-Car Salesmen - WSJ Opinion https://www.wsj.com/articles/inflation-reduction-act-is-an-insult-to-used-car-salesmen-deficit-reduction-tax-increases-spending-semiconductors-stimulus-build-back-better-11659363843?mod=mhp * > If a bill that reduces the deficit by $300 billion over 10 years represents “inflation reduction,” what are we to make of a law Congress passed last year that increased the deficit by an estimated $1.7 trillion in less than two years?

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Aug 01

Field Notes are a delight.

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Jul 31

Federal Student-Loan Program Cost Estimate Was Off By $311 Billion, Government Watchdog Says - WSJ https://www.wsj.com/articles/federal-student-loan-program-cost-estimate-was-off-by-311-billion-government-watchdog-says-11659099600?mod=mhp * > According to Friday’s GAO report, which examined the federal program dating back to 1997, it lost money on loans issued in all but one year over the past quarter-century. Originally, the Education Department estimated the loans would generate $6 in income per $100 lent out. The GAO analysis found the loans wouldn’t make money, but actually cost the government $8.88 per $100 in loans.

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Jul 30

Democrats Quickly Redefine ‘Loss’ After Losing Congressional Baseball Game - Babylon Bee https://babylonbee.com/news/congressional-democrats-quickly-redefine-meaning-of-loss-after-losing-baseball-game-to-republicans-10-0/ * > “Yes, some sports commentators have defined ‘loss’ as any game in which you have fewer runs than the opposing team,” acknowledged Pelosi. “But there has never been an officially accepted definition. And many experts are saying this was not actually a loss.”

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Jul 30

Watching YouTube on my tv. This is nice!

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Jul 29

Security Alert - Update to Travel Advisory for Russia - U.S. Embassy & Consulates in Russia https://ru.usembassy.gov/security-alert-update-to-travel-advisory-for-russia-january-23-2022/ * > Do not travel to Russia due to ongoing tension along the border with Ukraine, THE POTENTIAL FOR HARASSMENT AGAINST U.S. CITIZENS, THE EMBASSY’S LIMITED ABILITY TO ASSIST U.S. CITIZENS IN RUSSIA, COVID-19 and related entry restrictions, terrorism, HARASSMENT BY RUSSIAN GOVERNMENT SECURITY OFFICIALS, and the ARBITRARY ENFORCEMENT OF LOCAL LAW. (Emphasis in the original.) This was issued January 23, 2022. Brittney Griner was arrested February 17th. I don’t think we should trade arms dealers and murders to save Americans who can’t do the slightest amount of due diligence before traveling to a foreign adversary in order to make some extra cash.

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Jul 29

The Biden Stagflation Arrives - WSJ Opinion https://www.wsj.com/articles/the-biden-stagflation-arrives-gdp-second-quarter-recession-economy-11659032724?mod=mhp * > Mr. Biden inherited a growing economy primed to roar back from the pandemic, and in barely a year and a half he has dragged America back to the 1970s. The best word for what we have now is stagflation, the ugly combination of slow growth and rapidly rising prices. This is what the policy mix of trillions in federal spending, heavy regulation, the threat of higher taxes, and easy money has wrought. Time to do the opposite. There will be entire books and college courses dedicated to the study of how an economy primed for success was so quickly wrecked.

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Jul 29

The Lonely Office Is Bad for America - WSJ Opinion https://www.wsj.com/articles/the-lonely-office-is-bad-for-america-work-from-home-polarization-professionalism-ambition-mentorship-unity-friendship-zoom-11659033821?mod=mhp * > People starting out need offices to learn a profession, to make friends, meet colleagues, find romantic partners and mates. The #MeToo movement did a lot to damage mentoring—senior employees no longer wanted to take the chance—but the end of office life would pretty much do away with it. Ending office life severs one more mooring to reality. People become more insulated in their own echo chamber and isolated from a diversity of thought and ideas. The unhealthiest aspect of the pandemic was how it drove us apart. We became afraid of each other, trapped in our social bubbles. That isolation led to the spike in irrational behavior and decline in mental health. We don’t need to have hour long commutes to spend our days with horrible bosses, but we’re social beings. We are meant to be together. We need to see, think, and feel like our work matters, that we’re part of a group of people making the lives of others better.

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Jul 29

The Senate GOP Got Played - WSJ Opinion https://www.wsj.com/articles/senate-republicans-got-played-climate-bill-tax-spending-joe-manchin-chuck-schumer-11659042305?mod=mhp * > Republicans helped Democrats pass a $1 trillion infrastructure bill last year full of green pork. They boasted about victories for permitting reform, while keeping out a tax increase and $80 billion that Democrats wanted for the Internal Revenue Service. Some victories. The Schumer-Manchin bill includes the $80 billion for the IRS and some $327 billion in new taxes. Mr. Manchin has also received the promise of a vote for a bill on permitting reform, which shows how weak the reforms were in the infrastructure bill.

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Jul 29

This might be the most perfect sticker in my collection. I smile every time that I see it. img

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Jul 28

U.S. Presses Offer to Free Brittney Griner and Paul Whelan From Russian Detention - WSJ https://www.wsj.com/articles/brittney-griner-russia-drug-trial-11658934296?page=1 * > The U.S. offered to release Russian arms dealer Viktor Bout in order to secure the freedom of Ms. Griner and Mr. Whelan, according to people familiar with the matter.  Hey everyone, if the US has some folks that you want sprung, just take a few hostages! They fold every time. Also of note, the hashish oil that Griner was busted with is a Schedule I narcotic. So she’d be criminally liable if she was caught with it in a US airport, too.

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Jul 28