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Friday, December 29, 2017

DEC 29, 2017 - 8:58 AM ET - 10 NEWS ITEMS

*"Snapchat’s new year-in-review feature is a reminder of how much the app 

has evolved. Snap is far from the simple ephemeral messaging app it once was."

By Kurt Wagner.  Dec 28, 2017, 12:57pm EST. https://www.recode.net/

*"Scientists are Growing Hardy new Corals in the Lab." 

www.cleanmalaysia.com/

Corals around the planet may yet be saved by science. 




Photo Credit: YouTube.

*"China ban on ivory sales begins Sunday, aims to curb elephant poaching."

Reuters Staff. https://www.reuters.com/. You're doing the right thing, China.

*"Mittelstadt's goal can't save U.S. from upset loss to Slovakia. Slovakia 3, 

US 2. (James P. McCoy / Buffalo News)By Jack Goods. 

http://buffalonews.com/. I've played sports and have learned that a game is 

just a game, with sportsmanship on our minds.




Casey Mittelstadt #11 of United States skates for the puck in the first period at 

Key Bank Center in Buffalo, N.Y. on Thursday, Dec. 28, 2017.  | Published 

December 28, 2017.  

*"Prisoners of Hope - RAI with Thomas Frank (6/8). On Reality Asserts Itself, 

Thomas Frank says if liberals don't face up to how the policies of Clinton and 

Obama helped create the conditions for the rise of Trump, the next version of 

Trump will be far more dangerous than this one." http://therealnews.com/t2.

Video uploaded to Twitter and Facebook.

I believe that if Hillary Clinton was elected president, we would be nearing a 

welfare nation like Canada and Great Britain. 

*"If the name of the fictional J-pop act is unfamiliar, then try this one on for 

size: Roy Orbison. The Big O died in 1988 but now his 3D hologram world tour 

will come to life, alongside the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, on 8 April in 

Cardiff." By Paul Glynn, BBC Music. Video uploaded to Twitter and Facebook.

http://www.bbc.com/news/entertainment-arts-42359324. 



Credit getty images.

*"Under the GOP bill, here’s who’s going to get a big ‘pass-through’ tax break

Dec 28, 2017 6:45 pm EST. 

Lisa Desjardins: Corporations, defined by the fact that they pay direct corporate 

taxes, saw the biggest tax cut in the Republican law. That led Republicans to 

create another tax break for smaller companies.

Adam Looney: It’s huge. So we have never had a system where business 

income was taxed at a lower rate than wage income. And we have never had a 

system where the self-employed paid lower taxes than ordinary employees. So, 

for those taxpayers, it is a really big deal.

https://www.pbs.org/

*"7 Things You May Not Know About IRAs.

1. A nonworking spouse can open and contribute to an IRA.

2. Even if you don't qualify for tax-deductible contributions, you can still have 

an IRA.

3. Alimony counts as earned income.

4. Self-employed, freelancer, side gigger? Save even more with a SEP IRA.

5. "Catch-up" contributions can help those age 50 or older save more.

6. You can open a Roth IRA for a child who has taxable earned income.

7. Even if you exceed the income threshold, you might still be able to have a 

Roth IRA.

https://www.forbes.com/sites/fidelity/2017/11/01/7-things-you-may-not-

know-about-iras/#4ace49d66eb6.

*"25 Crazy News Headlines That Will Make You Laugh Yourself Silly."

By Nico Lang, October 3rd 2013. https://thoughtcatalog.com/nico-

lang/2013/10/25-crazy-news-headlines-that-will-make-you-laugh-yourself-

silly/. Uploaded number 2.




From Ethiopian Herald. Credit/mediarelations.blogs.com.

*"Trump Pokes at Global Warming as Cold Snap Grips Northern US."

Ice forms on the water fountain at New York City's Bryant Park on Thursday. 




Credit (Frank Franklin II/AP). 

By Todd Beamon    |   Thursday, 28 Dec 2017 08:10 PM.

8:37 AM 12/29/2017 ET. My Acurite Temperature Gauge reads 14° here in 

Smithville, Ohio.






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