Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Snowflakes are taught to be antagonistic

Millennial Writer Cries at Work, Puts Mother on Speakerphone after Editor Corrects Her Spelling

Science deniers of the LBGTQ stripe.


In this Monday, April 9, 2018, file photo, New Zealand's Laurel Hubbard participates in the women's +90kg weightlifting final the 2018 Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast, Australia. Hubbard, trans female, was warmly welcomed by many spectators during the games, and was the favorite in the over-90-kilograms division but injured herself trying to set a games record. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein) ** FILE **
In this Monday, April 9, 2018, file photo, New Zealand’s Laurel Hubbard participates in the women’s +90kg weightlifting final the 2018 Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast, Australia. Hubbard, trans female, was warmly welcomed by many spectators during the games, ... more >
- The Washington Times - Monday, July 15, 2019
The transgender conquest of women’s sports continued over the weekend as a New Zealand weightlifter took home multiple gold medals at the 2019 Pacific Games in Samoa.
Laurel Hubbard won two gold medals and a silver in the three heavyweight categories, for women weighing more than 87 kilograms, or 192 pounds, finishing first in the snatch-lift and combined categories and second in the clean-and-jerk.
The 41-year-old weightlifter was born as Gavin Hubbard and reportedly transitioned while in the mid-30s.
According to Caldron Pool, a Christian website that reported the outcome, the woman in second place was Samoa’s Feagaiga Stowers, who won the gold medal at the Commonwealth Games last year after Hubbard withdrew with an injured elbow.

EU top nominee von der Leyen in 'green deal' push for MEP votes

PETER THIEL: “WOKE” GOOGLE EMPLOYEES PREFER COMMUNIST CHINA TO AMERICA...

PETER THIEL: “WOKE” GOOGLE EMPLOYEES PREFER COMMUNIST CHINA TO AMERICA

Aiding in transfer of AI technology because of their “woke” anti-American politics


As if England didn't have enough soccer hooligans.

‘IT’S GETTING SCARY’ 

Algeria football fans block streets across London setting off fireworks and smashing up a police car after beating Nigeria

Income tax intricacies: Your government always looking to pick your pocket

Published: July 16, 2019 6:22 a.m. ET

One little-noticed tax grab is already on the table, and another waits in the wings

Peter Kramer / HBO / Courtesy: Everett Collection
Wealthy families like the one on the show “Succession” may want to rethink some strategies.
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BILLBISCHOFF

One of the perils of being well-off is the constant risk that the federal government and/or your friendly state and local tax collectors will figure out new and different ways to snatch more of your wealth. Especially wealth that you earned the old-fashioned way: by inheriting it. To raise your paranoia to the appropriate level, here are two new things to worry about. 
SECURE Act would eliminate big tax advantage for IRA beneficiaries
Few noticed when the House of Representatives in May overwhelming passed the imaginatively named “Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement (SECURE) Act of 2019.” The vote was 417-3. Senate passage was thought to be a mere formality — until Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) announced opposition, because the bill no longer includes a provision that would allow tax-free Section 529 college savings account withdrawals to cover homeschooling costs. 
But with such near-unanimous support, you would think the SECURE Act is basically nothing but good news for anybody and everybody. Right? Wrong. Here’s the story.
The noncontroversial good stuff
The SECURE Act is allegedly intended mainly to encourage more businesses to offer retirement plans and expand opportunities for workers to invest their retirement account funds. Good. And it would allow you to continue to make contributions to traditional IRAs after reaching age 70½, which is not permitted under current law. Fine. It would also raise the age that you must begin taking mandatory IRA and retirement account required minimum distributions (RMDs) from the current 70½ to 72. Also good, but only a minor improvement. The SECURE Act would make other IRA and retirement plan changes that are, arguably, noncontroversial. 
The unpublicized dark side
Now for the bad news. If it becomes law, the SECURE Act would require most non-spouse IRA and retirement plan beneficiaries to drain inherited accounts within 10 years after the account owner’s death. This is an anti-taxpayer change for beneficiaries who would like to keep inherited accounts open for as long as possible to reap the tax advantages. 
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Under current law, the RMD rules for a non-spouse beneficiary allow you to gradually drain the substantial IRA that you inherited from Uncle Henry over your life expectancy from an IRS table. See this previous Tax Guy column for more info. 
For example, say you inherit Uncle Henry’s $500,000 Roth IRA when you are 40 years old. The IRS table says you have 43.6 years to live. You must start taking annual RMDs from the inherited account by dividing the account balance as of the end of the previous year by your life expectancy. So your first RMD would equal the account balance as of the previous yearend divided by 43.6, which would amount to only 2.3% of the balance. Your second RMD would equal the account balance as of the end of the following year divided by 42.6, which translates to only 2.35% of the balance. And so on until you drain the inherited Roth account. 
As you can see, the current RMD regime allows you to keep the inherited account open for many years and reap the tax advantages for those many years. This is particularly advantageous for inherited Roth IRAs, because the income those accounts produce can grow and be withdrawn federal-income-tax-free. So an inherited Roth IRA gives you some protection from future federal income tax rate increases. Nice.
Who would be affected?
The SECURE Act’s anti-taxpayer RMD change would not affect account owners who drain their accounts during their retirement years. And the change would not affect account beneficiaries who want to quickly drain inherited accounts. The change would only affect heirs who want to keep inherited accounts open for as long as possible to reap the available tax advantages. So we are talking about “rich” tax-hating beneficiaries who have the wherewithal and self-control to defer gratification from inherited accounts. 
To be fair, the SECURE Act’s anti-taxpayer RMD change would also not affect accounts inherited by: (1) the spouse of the deceased account owner, (2) a beneficiary who is no more than 10 years younger than the deceased account owner, (3) a minor child of the deceased account owner, or (4) a disabled or chronically-ill individual. But everybody else would get slammed by the new 10-year account liquidation requirement. So you could only keep the big Roth IRA that you inherited from good old Uncle Henry open for 10 years after his departure. 
If it finally passes the Senate, will President Trump sign the SECURE Act into law? Who knows? Trump is, after all, Trump. Meanwhile, consider blasting your beloved Senators with emails if you are opposed to the bill. 
Another thing: estate tax clawback could fleece your heirs
The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) drastically increased the unified federal gift and estate tax exemption from $5.49 million in 2017 to $11.4 million for this year, with inflation adjustments for 2020-2025. But the exemption is scheduled to revert back to the much-lower pre-TCJA level in 2026. Depending on political developments, that could happen much sooner. If it happens in 2026 or sooner, how would it affect the tax treatment of large gifts that you made while the ultra-generous TCJA exemption was in place? Good question. 
Proposed IRS regulations issued late last year would provide some protection by stipulating that folks who make large gifts while the ultra-generous TCJA exemption is in place would not be penalized if the exemption reverts back to the much-lower pre-TCJA amount in 2026. If that quite-likely scenario materializes, the exemption for the estate of a decedent (the deceased individual) would be the greater of: (1) the TCJA exemption amount that was utilized to shelter earlier gifts while the decedent was alive or (2) the exemption amount that is allowed in the decedent’s post-TCJA year of death. 
Example 1: This year, when the unified federal estate and gift tax exemption is a whopping $11.4 million, Able makes gifts of $9 million. 
Able passes away in 2026, when the unified exemption has reverted back to only $6 million. He leaves a $4 million estate. To calculate the estate’s federal estate tax liability, the $9 million of gifts made this year are added back to the $4 million date-of-death estate value, resulting in a gross estate of $13 million for federal estate tax purposes. According to the proposed regulations, the estate tax liability would then be calculated using a $9 million exemption. So the estate would owe federal estate tax on $4 million ($13 million gross estate - $9 million exemption), and the $9 million of gifts made while the much-larger TCJA exemption was in place would not increase the estate’s federal estate tax liability. Good.
Example 2: If Able instead gives away $11.4 million this year, his remaining estate in 2026 would be only $1.6 million ($13 million - $11.4 million). To calculate the estate’s federal estate tax liability, the $11.4 million of gifts made this year are added back to the $1.6 million date-of-death estate value, resulting in a gross estate of $13 million. According to the proposed regulations, the estate tax liability would then be calculated using an $11.4 million exemption. So the estate would owe federal estate tax on $1.6 million ($13 million gross estate - $11.4 million exemption), and the $11.4 million of gifts made while the much-larger TCJA exemption was in place would not increase the estate’s federal estate tax liability. Good!
Example 3: Able suffers from paralysis by analysis and fails to make any gifts while the TCJA’s ultra-generous exemption is in place. He passes away in 2026 when the exemption is only $6 million. So $7 million of his estate will be exposed to the federal estate tax. What will the tax rate be? Nobody knows, but it probably won’t be any lower than the current 40%. Able’s heirs will pay the price, whatever it turns out to be. 
Key point
Example 2 illustrates why making big gifts while the TCJA’s ultra-generous exemption is still in place might be a tax-smart strategy. Example 3 illustrates why doing nothing could be a bad strategy. That said, the taxpayer-friendly proposed regulations that encourage that idea of making big gifts right now are only proposed rules. They have not yet taken effect, and future events could ensure that they never take effect. So place your bet and act accordingly. 
The bottom line
Sorry to bring you bad tidings, but you now know what you need to know. And remember: you’re not paranoid if everybody really is working against you. 

The violent Left: TACOMA ANTIFA ATTACKER LEFT MANIFESTO ON ‘CONCENTRATION CAMPS’

TACOMA ANTIFA ATTACKER LEFT MANIFESTO ON ‘CONCENTRATION CAMPS’

Tacoma Antifa Attacker Left Manifesto on ‘Concentration Camps’

THE 69-YEAR-OLD MAN WHO WAS KILLED AFTER HE TRIED TO FIREBOMB A FEDERAL DETENTION FACILITY IN TACOMA, WASHINGTON, ON SATURDAY MORNING LEFT BEHIND A “MANIFESTO” ECHOING WORDS USED BY REP. ALEXANDRIA OCASIO-CORTEZ (D-NY) AND CALLING HIMSELF A MEMBER OF THE FAR-LEFT “ANTIFA,” ACCORDING TO A COPY OF THE MANIFESTO POSTED BY A LOCAL TV STATION.

Willem Van Spronsen wrote, according to a copy of the manifesto posted by KIRO-TV:
there’s wrong and there’s right. it’s time to take action against the forces of evil. evil says one life is worth less than another. evil says the flow of commerce is our purpose here. evil says concentration camps for folks deemed lesser are necessary. the handmaid of evil says the concentration camps should be more humane.
Van Spronsen’s use of the term “concentration camps” comes after Ocasio-Cortez began using the controversial term to describe the detention facilities used for illegal immigrants coming through the southern United States’ border with Mexico.

Ocasio-Cortez’s use of the term, although defended by her supporters, was widely criticized by many on the right as well as some mainstream media journalists. NBC News’s Meet the Press anchor Chuck Todd scolded Ocasio-Cortez in a recent monologue for using the term.
Ocasio-Cortez ignored questions over whether she would condemn Antifa or the attack, according to video posted by Rebel News:
Van Spronsen wrote in the alleged manifesto that when he was a boy “in post war holland, later france, my head was filled with stories of the rise of fascism in the 30’s” — drawing a direct correlation between fascism in the 1930s and the Trump administration’s response to illegal immigrants today.
“i promised myself that i would not be one of those who stands by as neighbors are torn from their homes and imprisoned for somehow being perceived as lesser. you don’t have to burn the motherfucker down, but are you just going to stand by?” he wrote.
A woman named Deb Bartley told the Seattle Times that she had been a friend of Von Spronsen for about 20 years and that she received a letter from him recently “just saying goodbye.”
She told the newspaper, “He was ready to end it… . I think this was a suicide. But then he was able to kind of do it in a way that spoke to his political beliefs…I know he went down there knowing he was going to die.”
Van Spronsen wrote in the alleged manifesto:
to my comrades:
i regret that i will miss the rest of the revolution.
thank you for the honor of having me in your midst.
giving me space to be useful, to feel that i was fulfilling my ideals, has been the spiritual pinnacle of my
life.
He also allegedly stated, “i am antifa, i stand with comrades around the world who act from the love of life in every permutation.”
He also allegedly “strongly” encouraged “comrades and incoming comrades to arm themselves.” He allegedly wrote: “we are now responsible for defending people from the predatory state. ignore the laws of arming yourself if you have the luxury, i did.”
Van Spronsen was featured in a May 5th CNN United Shades of America documentary, as a member of the Puget Sound John Brown Gun Club, a leftist gun club and part of the “Redneck Revolt” against the far-right.
Van Spronsen was featured several times throughout the documentary, wearing clothing with the club’s logo.
CNN host W. Kamau Bell repeatedly praised the members of the club throughout the documentary and tweeted for his followers to support the club.
The group, Puget Sound John Brown Gun Club, called Van Spronsen a “former member” in a eulogy posted on their Facebook page and website on Saturday.
Van Spronsen, according to the Tacoma Police Department, was outside of the North West Detention Center at approximately 4:00 a.m. on Saturday, armed with a rifle and throwing incendiary devices at the center and then at vehicles in the center’s parking lot, setting a vehicle on fire. He then attempted to ignite a large propane tank and set buildings on fire, and he continued throwing lit objects at the buildings and cars, the police said. Von Spronsen was shot and determined deceased.
“Anti-immigration enforcement protester, Willem Van Spronsen, 69, was armed with a loaded rifle and attempted to ignite a commercial-size propane tank attached to the detention facility. This could have resulted in the mass murder of staff and detainees housed at the facility had he been successful at setting the tank ablaze,” said Shawn Fallah, the resident agent in charge of ICE Office of Professional Responsibility, in a statement. “These are the kinds of incidents that keep you up at night.”

Monday, July 15, 2019

Getting to look like Mexico

Founder of African American museum found dead in car trunk



The 75-year-old founder of an African American history museum in Louisiana was found dead in the trunk of a car in what police are calling a “heinous act.”
The body of Sadie Roberts-Joseph — also a community activist who teamed up with police on an anti-drug and -violence program — was discovered Friday afternoon in the vehicle about 3 miles from her home, police said.
“Ms. Sadie was a tireless advocate of peace,” the Baton Rouge Police Department said in a statement. “Our detectives are working diligently to bring the person or persons responsible for this heinous act to justice.”
One of Roberts-Joseph’s 11 siblings, Beatrice Johnson, told The Advocate that her sister came over earlier Friday to bake some cornbread after her oven gave out.
“The bread is still there,” Johnson said. “She never came back to get it.”
According to The Advocate, Roberts-Joseph founded the Baton Rouge African American Museum in 2001 and was its curator.

She also organized an annual Juneteenth festival at the museum, marking the date June 19, 1865, when announcement of the abolition of slavery in the US state of Texas was made.
Louisiana state Rep. C. Denise Marcelle called Roberts-Joseph an “amazing woman” who loved history.
“My heart is empty … as I learned last night that Ms. Sadie Roberts Joseph was found murdered!” Marcelle said in a statement posted on Facebook. “She never bothered anyone, just wanted to expand her African American Museum downtown… loved working with her and am saddened by her death…. whoever knows what happened to her, please contact the authorities and say something.”
Police said an autopsy will be conducted to determine the exact cause of death.

Neither male nor female: Why some nonbinary people are 'microdosing' hormones



Neither male nor female: Why some nonbinary people are 'microdosing' hormones

The goal is to appear "somewhere in the middle" on the gender spectrum, one nonbinary Los Angeles resident said.


By Julie Compton

Marisa Rivas never felt comfortable living as a woman, but doesn’t identify as a man either.
Last year, Rivas, 30, a college admissions coordinator in Los Angeles, had a mastectomy. This year, Rivas started using gender-neutral “they” and “them” pronouns.
Then, at the end of June, Rivas went to the Los Angeles LGBT Center in West Hollywood to talk to a doctor about going on “low-dose” testosterone, known colloquially as “microdosing.” Rivas hopes to achieve a sharper jawline and a more androgynous physique without overtly masculine features like facial hair. The goal is an appearance that is not clearly male or female.
“I still want to be somewhere in the middle,” Rivas said.
Hormone microdosing is of growing interest to some nonbinary people like Rivas who want to masculinize or feminize their bodies in subtle ways. There is little research on the technique’s prevalence, but doctors who treat transgender and nonbinary people say the medical community should consider the needs of those who want to change their bodies without medically transitioning fully to the opposite gender.
“There’s this kind of assumption with transgender individuals that everyone should get surgery and everyone should get hormones to become as ‘male’ or ‘female’ as possible — and that’s simply not true,” said Dr. Tri Do, an internist and assistant professor of medicine at the University of California, San Francisco.