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Import tax reform draws support and condemnation in business world

Import tax reform draws support and condemnation in business world

Top executives from 16 major companies joined together in a letter to lawmakers on Capitol Hill, strongly recommending tax reforms and a controversial border tax to stimulate growth for US companies and taxpayers.

Calling themselves the "American Made Coalition," CEOs from some of the US's largest companies, including Boeing, Dow Chemical, General Electric and Pfizer sent a letter Tuesday to endorse tax reforms that President Donald Trump campaigned on during the 2016 election.

The group calls for lowering the business tax rate, which they claim is the highest in the world. They say these changes would encourage businesses to invest in the US and help protect jobs from "unfair foreign competition."

Proposed tax reforms from House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wisconsin) and House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady (R-Texas) includes a border adjustment tax, which would impose a 20 percent tax on all imports, while making all exports tax free.

Source: Import tax reform draws support and condemnation in business world
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2016 U.S. dog bite fatality statistics and trends for the last 12 years

2016 U.S. dog bite fatality statistics and trends for the last 12 years

DogsBite.org, a national dog bite victims' group dedicated to reducing serious dog attacks, releases 2016 U.S. dog bite fatality statistics. Last year, dogs inflicted 31 deadly attacks. Pit bulls accounted for 71% (22) of these deaths, just over 7 times more than the next closest dog breed. The combination of pit bulls, American bulldogs and rottweilers contributed to 84% (26) of all deaths. 10 different dog breeds participated in lethal attacks in 2016.

2016 highlights  -  dog bite fatality statistics

In 2016, 42% of all dog bite fatality victims were either visiting or living temporarily with the dog's owner when the fatal attack occurred — the highest percentage on record in the nonprofit's 12-year data set. Pit bulls accounted for 77% of these deaths. In 2016, 32% of all fatalities involved a dog or person new to the home (0-2 months). Of this subset, 70% were inflicted by pit bulls and children 9-years and younger accounted for 80% of these dog mauling deaths.

Source: 2016 U.S. dog bite fatality statistics and trends for the last 12 years
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Muslim activists raise $57k to restore vandalized Jewish cemetary

Muslim activists raise $57k to restore vandalized Jewish cemetary

Two prominent Muslim activists joined together to raise more than $57,000 for repairs to a Jewish cemetery. Vandals damaged over 150 tombstones at the Chesed Shel Emeth Cemetery in University City, Missouri.

The suburban St. Louis cemetery was vandalized late Sunday or early Monday and discovered Monday morning. But by the end of Tuesday, a fundraiser started by Linda Sarsour and Tarek El-Messidi raised over $31,000 to repair it, surpassing its goal of $20,000.

The damages to the cemetery came following heightened concerns over hate crimes in the US. There have already been 12 reported bomb threats to Jewish community centers and late last month, a mosque in Texas was burned down.

Source: Muslim activists raise $57k to restore vandalized Jewish cemetary
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Guests at California's ritziest self-help retreat center have to be airlifted out by helicopter because of storms

Guests at California's ritziest self-help retreat center have to be airlifted out by helicopter because of storms

As rain pummels California, students and staff of the prestigious Esalen Institute cannot escape.

Source: Guests at California's ritziest self-help retreat center have to be airlifted out by helicopter because of storms
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7 reasons your cologne doesn't smell that great

7 reasons your cologne doesn't smell that great

Here are some possible causes of funky smells and how to fix them.

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Navy fleet commanders: The next conflict hotspot is going to be in Korea

Navy fleet commanders: The next conflict hotspot is going to be in Korea

"If there’s a fight tonight, it’s probably going to happen on the Korean peninsula," said Vice Adm. Joseph Aucoin, commander of 7th Fleet.

Source: Navy fleet commanders: The next conflict hotspot is going to be in Korea
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10 Breakthrough Technologies 2017

10 Breakthrough Technologies 2017

These technologies all have staying power. They will affect the economy and our politics, improve medicine, or influence our culture. Some are unfolding now; others will take a decade or more to develop. But you should know about all of them right now.

Source: 10 Breakthrough Technologies 2017
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MSNBC Anchor: ‘Our Job’ Is To ‘Control Exactly What People Think’

MSNBC Anchor: ‘Our Job’ Is To ‘Control Exactly What People Think’

(ZHE) During a lively discussion centered on fears that President Trump is “trying to undermine the media,” MSNBC’s Mika Brzezinski let slip the awesome unspoken truth that the media’s “job” is to “actually control exactly what people think.”

SCARBOROUGH: “Exactly. That is exactly what I hear. What Yamiche said is what I hear from all the Trump supporters that I talk to who were Trump voters and are still Trump supporters. They go, ‘Yeah you guys are going crazy. He’s doing — what are you so surprised about? He is doing exactly what he said he is going to do.'”
BRZEZINSKI: “Well, I think that the dangerous, you know, edges here are that he is trying to undermine the media and trying to make up his own facts. And it could be that while unemployment and the economy worsens, he could have undermined the messaging so much that he can actually control exactly what people think. And that, that is our job.”
As grabien points out, the comment failed to raise any eyebrows from her co-panelists. Instead, her co-host, Joe Scarborough, said that Trump’s media antagonism puts him on par with Mussolini and Lenin…
By Tyler Durden / Republished with permission / Zero Hedge / Report a typo

Source: MSNBC Anchor: ‘Our Job’ Is To ‘Control Exactly What People Think’
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Student Activist at Washington U: Campus Police Said ‘Little We Can Do’ About Vandalism of ‘Pro-Palestine, Pro-Israel, ...

Student Activist at Washington U: Campus Police Said ‘Little We Can Do’ About Vandalism of ‘Pro-Palestine, Pro-Israel, Pro-Peace’ Display

Uri Zvi holding up the vandalized sign at UW. Photo: Facebook.
A student activist at University of Washington (UW) told The Algemeiner that campus police have said there is “little they can do” about the vandalization of a display “promoting peace in Israel and Palestine.”
Uri Zvi — a member of a bipartisan pro-Israel student coalition Chai UW — said he was told by officers that the “chances are very, very slim of finding” the unidentified male who ran up to the group’s display of educational materials; behaved in a menacing manner toward the students manning the table; ripped a sign in two; and fled the scene.
The sign, which was made by students affiliated with the left-wing organization J Street, read, “Pro-Palestine, Pro-Israel, Pro-Peace.”
“The officer asked us how much the sign was worth, and it wasn’t much — it was just something we printed ourselves. But it was still destruction of property,” said Zvi, who was not in the immediate area at the time of the incident.
He added that it took nearly an hour for an officer to arrive after the incident was reported.
“It wasn’t an emergency, but it seems a little funny that we were told someone had been dispatched, and no one showed up for 56 minutes,” he said.
The school’s chapter of the campus Jewish organization Hillel wrote in a statement, “Such actions have no place on our campus and tear at the fabric of our diverse community.” UW Hillel added that it “is working with university administrators and campus police to ensure this matter is investigated and that swift and proper actions are taken to prevent such incidents from occurring in the future.”
The sign was part of Chai UW’s response to “Palestine Awareness Week,” previously known as “Israeli Apartheid Week,” which ended Friday and was organized by the school’s chapter of Students United for Palestinian Equal Rights ...
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First Solar tanks after huge restructuring charge (FSLR)

First Solar tanks after huge restructuring charge (FSLR)

"The sharp slump after the earnings release adds to the share's lackluster performance over the last one year, losing almost half its value."

Source: First Solar tanks after huge restructuring charge (FSLR)
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Some of the biggest names in the hedge fund industry are planning to invest in a hot new fund

Some of the biggest names in the hedge fund industry are planning to invest in a hot new fund

Third Point's Dan Loeb, Moore's Louis Bacon and Coatue's Philippe Laffont are backing Ben Melkman's Light Sky Macro.

Source: Some of the biggest names in the hedge fund industry are planning to invest in a hot new fund
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Criteo CEO Eric Eichmann's 2 big predictions for ad tech in 2017 (CRTO)

Criteo CEO Eric Eichmann's 2 big predictions for ad tech in 2017 (CRTO)

Header bidding will continue and more companies will make announcements about linking online ads to offline sales, using CRM databases.

Source: Criteo CEO Eric Eichmann's 2 big predictions for ad tech in 2017 (CRTO)
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