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Posts Made By: Maurice Clark

October 29, 2018 09:36 PM Forum: Politics

Trump lies again-this time about 9-11 and Wall Street. Has he no shame?

Posted By Maurice Clark

Hi All,

Here is another look at the US election, this time from the ABC.

"Party identities are the clearest they have been in modern American politics — the Republicans swinging to the right, the Democrats to the left, locked in a bitter war with each other.

Caught in the middle, American voters will front the ballot box on November 6 in a different way to usual."


Full story:- https://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-10-29/us-mid-term-election-like-no-other/10441298

Cheers,

Maurice

October 31, 2018 11:12 PM Forum: Politics

Is Cruz gonna lose?

Posted By Maurice Clark

Latest poll I see is by Dixie Strategies. They have Cruz up by 10 points. Average of the last few have him up by 8. While turnout is important, it is hard to see him losing. Even Tennessee is closer.

Probably more interesting are Nevada, Missouri, and Indiana. Those 3, along with Florida and Arizona will determine control of the senate. According to the polls I have seen, republicans have very slight leads in the first 3 and democrats slight leads in the latter 2. However, the leads are well within the margin of error so who knows what the results will be!

Maurice

October 31, 2018 11:17 PM Forum: Politics

Trump Russia: Bungled plot emerges to smear Robert Mueller

Posted By Maurice Clark

Very strange report on the BBC news.

"A fake spy company, faked LinkedIn profiles, a conspiracy theorist and a pro-Trump blogger are all embroiled in the latest, and strangest, story in Washington DC."

"The plan unravelled across US media on Tuesday, one day after Jacob Wohl, a 20-year-old conservative blogger, tweeted on Monday night that a "scandalous" story about Mr Mueller was about to break."

Full story here:- https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-46042179

Reading the story, it sounds like this guy is a bit of a nut case.

Maurice

November 2, 2018 02:09 PM Forum: Politics

Money talks

Posted By Maurice Clark

"Money talks"? 

Yes it does. Unfortunately the only thing mine ever says is "Goodbye". :-(

November 6, 2018 03:27 PM Forum: Politics

Today, Tomorrow and the next day...

Posted By Maurice Clark

Today,  some people will vote...

Tomorrow,   Some much spin (from both sides) it will make the NASA centrifuge look like a children's playground ride...

The next day,  Campaigning begins for the 2020 election... cwy

November 6, 2018 07:38 PM Forum: Politics

Today, Tomorrow and the next day...

Posted By Maurice Clark

Originally Posted by James Brown

Hi Maurice:

Too true!  My guess is that the D's hold a thin 5-10 seat majority in the house after today, but the R's hold the Senate and pick up one or two seats.  I see that you are in Alabama now...   Didn't you retire to a dark-sky site in western Australia a few years back?

Jim
G'Day Jim,

Yes i did. But unfortunate circumstances forced me to return to work. So now I am working at a university without an observatory, under skies that almost always seem to be cloudy, while my telescope gear sits at a beautiful dark location back in WA! sad

Hopefully only a couple more years and I can retire again!

Cheers,

Maurice

November 26, 2018 10:31 PM Forum: N.A.S.A.

Insight Lands Successfully!

Posted By Maurice Clark

The latest NASA
Mars mission, Insight, has successfully landed on Mars.

February 7, 2019 08:17 AM Forum: Politics

Tax returns

Posted By Maurice Clark

Anyone started doing their 2018 tax returns yet? Just started on mine and thanks to the republicans and their tax "reforms", my tax bill has increased by around $1,500.  I wonder how many others here will face the same result now that so many deductions have been eliminated or limited.

B***y repubs!

Maurice

February 8, 2019 06:23 AM Forum: Politics

Tax returns

Posted By Maurice Clark

Originally Posted by Darian Rachal

Maurice, I'm just curious. What type of deductions that have been eliminated/limited are affecting your tax bill? I just have the standard deduction, so it's not going to affect me.
Hi Darian,

Just to mention a few of those that are affecting me; the elimination of work related expenses, elimination of moving expenses when starting a new position, elimination of foreign real estate taxes.

For those who itemise deductions, these can add up to quite a bit of extra tax.

Maurice

February 8, 2019 07:05 AM Forum: Politics

Tax returns

Posted By Maurice Clark

Hi Darian,

No, all work related expenses have been eliminated.

Maurice