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    Deficit for 2017 hits $666 billion

    By Jeanne Sahadi October 20, 2017: 6:26 PM ET

    The federal deficit for fiscal year 2017, which ended last month, hit $666 billion, according to new numbers released Friday by the Treasury Department and White House budget office.
    That's $80 billion higher than the year before.
    The deficit reached 3.5% of the size of the economy, or GDP. In 2016, the deficit was 3.2% of GDP.

    The deficit reflects the gap between how much the government brings in and what it spends.
    Accrued deficits over the years contribute to the country's debt held by the public, which in 2017 rose to $14.667 trillion. But as a share of the economy, it actually fell slightly to 76.3%, down from 76.7% in the year-ago period. (Those figures don't include the money owed to government trust funds like Social Security.)

    Money in: Tax receipts rose by $48 billion -- or 1.5% -- to $3.315 trillion, although they fell as a share of GDP to 17.3% from 17.7% a year earlier.

    As always, individual income taxes made up the biggest piece of the total revenue pie. They rose by $41 billion to $1.587 trillion. Payroll tax receipts were also up. The combined increase "largely reflects increases in wages and salaries," according to the Congressional Budget Office.
    Corporate income taxes, meanwhile, fell by $2.5 billion year over year to $297 billion.

    Money out: Spending also rose but faster than tax receipts. It went up by $129 billion -- or 3.3% -- to $3.98 trillion. Despite that, it too fell as a share of GDP to 20.7%, down from 20.9%.
    Unsurprisingly, given the aging of the population, spending on Social Security and Medicare were up by 2.5% and 1.5% respectively.
    Among the biggest changes: Payments for interest on the debt climbed 6.3% to $457 billion. Outlays, meanwhile, for the Environmental Protection Agency, for instance, fell by more than 7% to $8.73 billion.
    Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and White House Budget Director Mick Mulvaney attributed the fact that spending growth outpaced revenue growth to "historically subpar" growth in the economy.
    Related: Trump's proposals will balance the budget. Except they won't

    And they interpreted the budget results as proof of the need for the Trump administration's push to reform the tax code and reduce regulations.
    "These numbers should serve as a smoke alarm for Washington, a reminder that we need to grow our economy again and get our fiscal house in order. We can do that through smart spending restraint, tax reform and cutting red tape," Mulvaney said.
    At the same time, they are also promoting a tax reform framework that could add trillions in debt if its tax cuts are not offset and don't generate the kind of growth that the most optimistic estimates may suggest.

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    The Game 7 Burger


    1lb waygu triple cheeseburger
    Pepperjack cheese
    Bacon & onions

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  • 10/26/17--18:39: Netflix Suggestions??????
  • Don't have time to binge watch as much no more but what's some good shits to watch on there

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    Beiber and Selena running like bitches at the end lol


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    Wassup y'all ain't made a thread in a while ain't been on in a while to. Anyway i been dealing with shit in life and well i might as well talk abt it.

    Anyway me and my bm are no longer together. We broke up in March and she left me for another dude. But im not going to get into that messy business, this is more so focused on my kid. I'm in his life and want to continue to do so but things have become strained between me and my bm. (While her current bf was locked up me and her started fckin again which ended in disaster but thats for another story)

    Any who seeing my kid has become difficult starting as of Saturday. She took my son to her boyfriends house (she had been taking my kid over there without telling me when i didn't even know she had a nigga, she was seein me and him i found out we got into it she left me for him) but anyway i was suppoused to get my son Saturday night cuz she tells me she's coming home that night. So i pull up to her mama crib and told her momma what she said, her momma tell me my bm told her she was coming home i hit her line multiple times getting no answer and around 10pm she jst straight up turns her phone off. Now she know i had plans for me and my son sunday this bitch don't turn her phone bck on till 4pm sunday and don't come home till 9pm that night.

    She i go to spazzin and she all like "i aint have no way bck blah blah blah"....(why da hell she at his house with no way bck anyway df)

    But anyway yesterday i was thinkin bout filing for joint custody which requires a dna test....which means they automatically gonna put me on Child Support maaaaan i aint tryin to pay dis bum ass bitch no 300 or 400 a month when i jst wanna be in my kid life. Ain't child support suppoused to be for dead beat dads not niggas who got a trifflin bm. Im jst wondering have any of yall had this experience, know somebody who going through this, and if theres a way i can get joint custody of my son without getting put on child support cuz she don't got a job so im the one getting my kid his shit anyway.

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  • 05/05/15--11:21: The Travel Thread
  • Post any interesting places that you've been, going or have an interest in visiting.

    Ask any travel related question and hopefully someone who has been will answer with useful tips, etc.

    Happy Travels

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    When Mike Sylvester entered a career training center earlier this year in southwestern Pennsylvania, he found more than one hundred federally funded courses covering everything from computer programming to nursing.

    He settled instead on something familiar: a coal mining course.

    "I think there is a coal comeback,” said the 33-year-old son of a miner.

    Despite broad consensus about coal's bleak future, a years-long effort to diversify the economy of this hard-hit region away from mining is stumbling, with Obama-era jobs retraining classes undersubscribed and future programs at risk under President Donald Trump’s proposed 2018 budget.

    Trump has promised to revive coal by rolling back environmental regulations and moved to repeal Obama-era curbs on carbon emissions from power plants.

    "I have a lot of faith in President Trump," Sylvester said.

    But hundreds of coal-fired plants have closed in recent years, and cheap natural gas continues to erode domestic demand. The Appalachian region has lost about 33,500 mining jobs since 2011, according to the Appalachian Regional Commission.

    Although there have been small gains in coal output and hiring this year, driven by foreign demand, production levels remain near lows hit in 1978.

    A White House official did not respond to requests for comment on coal policy and retraining for coal workers.

    What many experts call false hopes for a coal resurgence have mired economic development efforts here in a catch-22: Coal miners are resisting retraining without ready jobs from new industries, but new companies are unlikely to move here without a trained workforce. The stalled diversification push leaves some of the nation's poorest areas with no clear path to prosperity.

    the rest at:

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    Police chief accused of racially-motivated beating of handcuffed black teen

    BORDENTOWN TWP. -- A former police chief with a history of uttering racial slurs beat a handcuffed black teenager after an arrest at a hotel last year, authorities said Wednesday.

    Civil rights and hate crime charges against former Bordentown Township police Chief Frank Nucera Jr., 60, are expected to be discussed at an 11 a.m. press conference at the U.S. Attorney for New Jersey's Camden office, according to a statement.

    Nucera attacked the handcuffed teen on Sept. 1, 2016, according to a federal criminal complaint. Nucera had a history of using multiple racial slurs including the n-word, the complaint says.

    Nucera abruptly retired in February after he learned his use of racially motivated force was under investigation, the complaint says. He was making $151,418.31 per year. Nucera draws an annual pension of $105,992.76 -- $8,832.73 per month -- according to public records.

    In the Sept. 1, 2016 incident, two officers responded to the Bordentown Ramada because the teen and a 16-year-old girl failed to pay for their hotel room after swimming in the pool that afternoon, the complaint says.

    The teens got into a physical struggle with the two cops in a hallway and were placed in handcuffs, the complaint says. Police pepper-sprayed the 18-year-old and called for backup, the complaint says.

    While the teens were being walked to a patrol car, Nucera grabbed the 18-year-old's head and slammed it into the right side of a metal doorjamb separating the hallway from the stairwell, according to the complaint.

    When the teen complained, Nicera hit him in the back of the neck with his arm, the complaint says.

    Hours after the arrest, one of the officers who was at the hotel recorded Nucera making racially hostile comments about the two teens and blacks in general, the complaint says. Nucera used the n-word, as well as other racial slurs.

    On another occasion, the officer recorded the chief making racial comments after a black male was arrested and charged with slashing the tires of a police vehicle, the complaint says.

    "I wish that (n-word) would come back from Trenton and give me a reason to put my hands on him, I'm tired of 'em. These (n-word) are like ISIS, they have no value. They should line them all up and mow 'em down. I'd like to be on the firing squad, I could do it," Nucera said, according to the complaint.

    Nucera previously ordered officers to bring police dogs to certain high school basketball games and to position vehicles near the gymnasium entrance to intimidate black fans, the complaint said.

    In May 2014, Nucera was shot in the leg with his own firearm while in the township tax collector's office.
    He was also the township administrator at the time.

    "The township will continue to cooperate and comply with all authorities, as we have from the beginning," Michael Theokas, Bordentown Township's current administrator said in a statement. "As this is an ongoing legal matter, the township has no further comment at this time."



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    Here's some fun and educational things to do at home with family.

    Make hot ice

    Make your own salt crystals

    Charge phone with a lemon

    How to make a hologram projector

    Feel free to add on

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    Much to often people speak about their cities and the bad side of their respective neighborhoods and communities. In the midst of all the negative “socio-political” and negative “social epidemic”,
    What are some of the BEST things your city, community or neighborhood have got to offer? Opposed to the typical stereotype about your area!

    What are some of the things or ideas you find that can be done to change your city neighborhood or community for the better?

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    We all have that friend, you know, the one who spends entirely too much time on Youtube solving the JFK assassination, telling us what really happened on 9/11 and what really goes on at Area 51. Well, B.O.B. is that friend, times like 10 because it seems like he rolls out a new conspiracy theory every other week. He is, of course, a flat earth believer — much to the chagrin of Neil Degrasse Tyson — and recently said he believes the moon creates its own light.

    And today B.O.B. is back with a new theory about slavery in America and it’s a doozy. “They say slavery lasted 400 yrs,” he begins with his Instagram caption. “America is only 250 yrs old. You ever seen a slave ship?” The post is of a video that seems to be questioning the mapping of the world, implying that famous locations like St. Louis, Japan and Jerusalem are a lot closer to each other than we’ve been taught.

    “They can find a billion year old dinosaur bone but can’t find any slave ships,” he says before adding the hashtags “#SlaveryIsNotInMyDNA #WeBeenHere.” It’s probably worth mentioning that wood rots, and that most fossils aren’t actual preserved bones from ancient dinosaurs but recreations by various processes including casting or molding or recrystallization, but it’s doubtful that any of that would change B.O.B.’s mind anyway.

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    From all genres

    Welcome to a deep diving into the MGTOW (men going their own way) psyche and phenomenon.

    Im not MGTOW, but i think that we have to bare witness of the changes of our western society.


    Without further ado, lets dive in !!!

    @Sion can you protect this post from the fellow mod who is attacking it by posting idiot tags on it?

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    its time this got its own thread. The Breakfast Club has changed the game in radio. They are now leaps and bounds ahead of their competition.

    So far in 2016, they have had some DOPE interviews.

    had to start the thread off with the one that coined the term "chatty patty"

    hilarious but somewhere, a few gems were dropped



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    His mama got 11 kids by 10 men


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    This spot called the Tuscan Market located north of Boston, the food was on point!
    Yall share your recent culinary experiences here.

    You're welcome

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    Black men have an unbelievable weight on their shoulders. The stress comes in every direction on a daily basis. The impact of walking down the street in your own neighborhood can be a traumatic experience in itself. You don’t know who to trust. You would love to trust your brother who shares the same pigment, but he’s bound by that same fear that has you tiptoeing on eggshells just to walk to work or school. It’s hard to trust the police because you don’t know if they’ll protect or serve. And sometimes the trauma happens in your own home. The dynamics of Black household relations can often put a strain on the mind of a young Black man who will grow up with this thing we call post traumatic disorder (PTSD).

    This disorder is developed after being exposed to something that is highly stressful, scary or dangerous. This exposure doesn’t have to happen directly to the person with PTSD. For instance, seeing your friend be killed, watching a car accident and even being in the home of domestic abuse can all trigger PTSD in a person. Marked by frequent flashbacks, hallucinations, mood changes and avoidance behavior, PTSD is a disease that gets overlooked in our community.

    Black men are taught to be macho and keep it all inside. The “Be a Man” motto has a lot of our men suffering in silence with PTSD. The symptoms can vary from person to person according to Dr. Tasha Holland-Kornegay of the Outpatient Center .

    “It can be intrusive symptoms such as thoughts and emotions that intrude into his life and causes him to re-experience trauma such as flashbacks, nightmares, and sudden feelings of terror. Another way of knowing is his attempt to avoid re-experiencing trauma, and constantly feeling threatened,” Dr. Holland-Kornegay explained.

    PTSD can be a host of things, but for many Black men these things will be looked at as “the normal way of life for brothers.” Our Black men have a distrust of the medical institution in America. Things like the Tuskegee Experiment and other medical atrocities committed in the name of medical advancement and savagery keep many Black men at home self-diagnosing or coping in ways that are detrimental.
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    Dr. Jean Bonhomme, founder of the National Black Men’s Health Network, offers some insight into why Black men don’t seek help.

    For instance, African American men die at the hands of prostate cancer at high rates, but if you ask a Black man where the prostate gland is he probably won’t know. It’s a lack of information out there for Black male health concerns. All we seem to hear about are things like Susan G Komen Walk for Breast Cancer, but not initiatives for the mental health of Black men.

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    Serious question, my hands are shaking and I've dropped my phone twice. My family was threatened and I must take matters into my own hands. Ideally, I will like to snap the goons neck swiftly, so I can have a story to tell at work tomorrow morning

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