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Day 253

Updated 9/29/2017 10:43 AM PDT

1/ Trump could personally save about $1.1 billion in taxes under his proposed plan. The analysis is based off Trump’s 2005 federal tax return and his estimated $2.86 billion net worth. In theory, Trump could save about $1.1 billion from repealing the estate tax, $31 million from repealing the alternative minimum tax, about $16 million from changes to certain types of business income, and about $500k from reducing the highest tax rate from 39.6% to 35%. (New York Times)

This is a companion discussion topic for the original entry at

I think a lot about this…

…and this from Day 239…

Loser terrorists must be dealt with in a much tougher manner.The internet is their main recruitment tool which we must cut off & use better!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 15, 2017

which we must cut off

And now there’s this…

…which won’t be the last, and honestly I’m surprised there’s so few of these (at least that we know about?) so far. Not even a late night binge of Rick n Morty is cheering me up very much rn.

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Just read this article about data collection and an American using British law to find out what was collected for targeting voters.

I vaguely recall hearing the company name Cambridge Analytics and knowing it was associated with a major Drumpf donor and Steve Bannon and also somehow a British military/elections contractor.

In the US, Americans have almost no rights over their data whatsoever, but the data protection framework is set up in such a way that it doesn’t matter where people are: it matters where the data is processed.

…and a group of American voters’ data was processed in Britain.

Pasquale said news that Facebook information had been used by Russian agents to target US citizens may prove to be a tipping point. “It shows this information has now been weaponised by a state actor.”

H/t to the OP Carole Cadwalladr, don’t know when I started following her lol but I came across it while I scrolled thru le Tweets tonight:

Is our data secure here? I wouldn’t be surprised if this site eventually became a target.

I guess, I’m asking what happens regarding our emails, IP addresses, and any other collected information should a subpoena get issued. I’m assuming those records are on file?

I dunno, I guess I just asked a paranoid question without considering the deeper meaning here, kinda spooked at the idea that the government is targeting dissidents. It makes me very nervous about being identified ^^;

What alternate universe does Gary Cohn live in? $1000/year to renovate a kitchen, buy a new car, take a vacation? It won’t buy a new refrigerator!

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I think they are targeting disruptj20 specifically because the Inauguration Day protests (that turned violent). I think that’s the only legal standing they’ll be able to get that information on (and it still seems like thin ice).

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What do you mean is it secure? Do I use HTTPS? Yes. Do you use a strong password? idk… This forum is public-facing.