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09:46 Sat 12
Why Do the Wealthy Pay Such Low Taxes?
Here's how the super-rich get away with dodging the IRS -- legally.

11:03 Fri 19
The Secret to Getting Into the 0% Tax Bracket
You may be able to legally ditch taxes if you do this.
18:58 Tue 14
$EXC - Exelon upped at Mizuho after keeping Illinois nuclear plants open
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20:12 Thu 23
Does transmutation of nuclear waste need more energy than it originally produced?
Nuclear transmutation has been proposed as a method to reduce nuclear waste from nuclear power plants: I recall reading somewhere that this is economically not very attractive, because it basically needs more energy to transmute the nuclear waste than the burning of the nuclear material produced in the first place. However I couldn't find any good source for this claim, so maybe this is wrong. It might also depend on the method of transmutation (with fast breeders or accelerator driven systems). Does anyone know how much energy transmutation needs in comparison to the energy produced by the nuclear material? How much would transmutation on industrial scale lower the total efficiency of energy production in nuclear power plants?

13:45 Fri 24
Illinois Did Its Very Own Green New Deal!
If you want to take the risk of getting a little optimistic about the prospects of getting this crazy world through the climate emergency, take a look at the latest edition of David Roberts's 'Volts' newsletter, which is pretty much a green nerdy love letter to the ambitious new climate bill that the state of Illinois just enacted. Gov. JB Pritzker signed the state's Climate and Equitable Jobs Act on September 15, and Roberts, who knows his climate legislation, says it's 'one of the most environmentally ambitious, worker-friendly, justice-focused energy bills of any state in the country,' and makes Illinois the first state in the Midwest to commit to reaching net zero carbon emissions. It's not just a really good bill; it was also passed through a process that other states should look to in their own climate plans, bringing a whole bunch of very diverse stakeholders into the negotiations. In fact, only one major stakeholder the state's biggest electric utility wasn't at the table, and that may have made a huge difference: Exelon subsidiary ComEd had been caught up in a bribery scandal that left it disempowered and weak, under a deferred prosecution agreement. The scandal also led to House Speaker Michael Madigan , a reliable utility ally, being removed from his position. Utilities were, to put it crudely, on the shit list, allowing political leadership to restrain their historic (and largely counterproductive) influence. It remains to be seen whether the Illinois example will lead climate activists to urge their states' biggest carbon polluters to please get caught taking bribes; perhaps it would be enough to simply do everything possible to keep them from bigfooting states' climate plans. Even without the utility interests there to muck things up, Roberts says, the negotiations weren't easy: the bill was declared dead several times. Senate President Don Harmon (D) said several times that it is the single most complex piece of legislation he'd ever worked on. There were uncertainties and impasses right up through the final week. But they got it done! It passed with bipartisan supermajorities: 83-33 in the House and 37-17 in the Senate. [...] By all accounts, everyone performed their roles ably, holding an unwieldy coalition together through choppy waters. Illinois politics reporter Rich Miller has a nice rundown of the final passage, which he calls 'a spectacular victory.' From the beginning, everyone involved was more or less aligned around rapid growth of renewable energy and full decarbonization of the electricity sector by 2045. So what's in this thing? As Roberts points out, renewable power currently makes up a bit less than 10 percent of Illinois's electric mix; 40 percent comes from nuclear, so the plan includes $700 million in subsidies for three nuclear generating stations over the next five years. That's just a fraction of the $5 billion Exelon had wanted, but an analysis commissioned by the state determined the lower amount would be sufficient. The new renewable portfolio standard (RPS) will raise renewables' share to 40 percent by 2030 and 50 percent by 2040, with the goal of a zero-carbon electricity sector by 2045 and beyond that, a net-zero-carbon state economy by 2050. This is extremely ambitious and a new benchmark for the Midwest. The plan includes subsidies to renewable energy, and an expansion of a solar power program that 'helps get rooftop solar power to low-income renters and homeowners (as well as public buildings and nonprofits serving environmental justice communities).' And the bill also sets retirement schedules for the state's fossil fuel generating plants, with all commercial coal and oil-fueled plants set to be shut down by 2030. Natural gas power plants will have to either close or switch to hydrogen gas by 2045, with limits on their emissions as well. One of the thorny elements of the negotiations involved figuring out a schedule for shutting down two relatively new municipally owned coal-fired plants; ideally, you'd want them shuttered as fast as possible, particularly since one of them 'costs more to run than its power is worth.' Because the communities that had funded the plants with municipal bonds worried they'd lose money if the plants closed early, they'll keep running until 2045, but will have to cut emissions along the way. Negotiations are complicated things. And here's a pretty awesome environmental justice part of the law: fossil fuel plants will be shut down according to their proximity to low-income and marginalized communities, not necessarily according to greenhouse gases or economics. That commitment to going green with justice is built into a lot of other parts of the plan as well. For instance, the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency will subsidize 80 percent of the cost of building up the state's electric vehicle infrastructure, and a full 45 percent of those rebates 'will be channeled to projects in low-income and marginalized communities.' The law also includes a bunch of labor protections, and even a requirement that projects demonstrate that they've recruited a diverse workforce. Says Roberts: As far as I know, this gives Illinois the most stringent labor and equity requirements of any state clean energy program. Similar policies tying renewable energy projects to labor standards have passed in Connecticut , New York , and Washington , but no other state's energy policy has as comprehensive a package of labor, diversity, and equity standards. Oh, we can hardly wait to see Tucker Carlson cry big fat bigot tears over that . Also too, the law includes a number of provisions aimed at helping workers and communities make the transition from depending on the fossil fuel economy and to help marginalized communities attract clean energy projects. Some of the ideas just make me smile at how smartly they target spending, like a 'program to train and place soon-to-be-released incarcerated people in clean-energy fields,' and subsidies to help develop 'solar and storage on the site of closed fossil-fuel plants, to help employ laid-off workers.' There's also a 'scholarship fund for children in families of laid-off workers.' And to prevent sudden, lurching changes, the law requires companies to give communities two years' advance notice before shutting down fossil fuel plants, 'so that such communities can be identified and receive transition assistance.' Go read the whole thing; it's a really neat look at how democracy really can work to move us toward a cleaner, more just future. It definitely wasn't easy, but it got done, compromises and gains and all. Good going Illinois. Now other states have a model to follow, even if there's no conveniently timed federal corruption charges to help take big utilities out of the process. But muckrakers and journalists should keep their eyes open anyway. [ Volts / Photo: Joseph Gage, Creative Commons License 2.0 ] Yr Wonkette is funded entirely by reader donations. If you can, please help us meet our energy needs with a monthly $5 or $10 donation. Someday, Vlad the Impala will get the electric conversion it deserves. Do your Amazon shopping through this link, because reasons . How often would you like to donate? Just once Monthly Select an amount (USD) $2 $25 $5 $50 $10 $100 $15 $500 $20 $1000

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11:36 Fri 24
Jelani Day found: Family of missing Illinois State University graduate student seeks answers about body found in Illinois River - WLS-TV
Jelani Day found: Family of missing Illinois State University graduate student seeks answers about body found in Illinois River    WLS-TV Illinois coroner identifies body as missing graduate student Jelani Day    CNN Body found in Illinois River is missing ISU grad student Jelani Day, coroner confirms    WGN News Jelani Day: Missing student's body identified after remains found in Illinois River on Sept. 4    WLS-TV Police: Jelani Days death unusual View Full Coverage on Google News

13:46 Fri 24
Mother of missing Illinois student says officials are not taking her son case as seriously as Gabby Petitos
Police recovered the body of a missing Illinois Black student after a month-long disappearance and the family’s accusation that officials were not taking his case as seriously as Gabby Petito’s. Jelani Day, a 25-year-old first-semester graduate student at Illinois State University, has been missing since August 24. She was last seen at ISU and at […] The post Mother of missing Illinois student says officials are not taking her son case as seriously as Gabby Petitos appeared first on Revyuh .

22:32 Thu 23
Keeping cards open, how often to put a charge on it?
Every month, every 6 mos, one year? Is there a way to know for sure? submitted by /u/1L_of_a_litigator [link] [comments]

18:23 Fri 24
Coroner confirms body found in Illinois River is missing ISU graduate student Jelani Day
The LaSalle County coroner confirmed Thursday that a body found in the Illinois River on Sept. 4 is missing Illinois State University graduate student Jelani Day.

19:21 Fri 24
Biden admin sends 'negative sign' by keeping sanctions on Tehran, says new Iranian foreign minister
Irans foreign minister says his government will return to nuclear talks very soon after it finishes a review of previous negotiations.

16:28 Thu 23
Jelani Day's mother talks about the last time she saw her son
Jelani Day, a 25-year-old graduate student at Illinois State University, was reported missing on Aug. 25 in Bloomington, Illinois, according to CNN affiliate WLS-TV. His mother speaks to HLN about her son and authorities' efforts to find him.

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15:07 Fri 24
25 years of the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty
24 September 2021 marks the 25th anniversary of France's signature of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT). This Treaty is a key part of France's record in terms of disarmament and illustrates its progressive and pragmatic approach to nuclear disarmament. France's support for the CTBT Together with the UK, France was the first nuclear-weapon State to sign the CTBT on September 24, 1996, and then to ratify it. It was the only State to irreversibly dismantle its nuclear test site. ()

03:36 Fri 24
Bypassing water softening system for plants/lawn
Hi all, preparing to move into a new home (the first that I'll own) and I ordered a water filter and softening system from Springwell. I learned a few days ago that soft water will kill your plants and grass, so I'm trying to figure out a solution to that.. The builders say that since I am on a looped system, there's no easy way to isolate our hose bib outside so that it would get hard water, and I really don't want to have to bypass the softening system for the entire house every time we water the lawn or plants... Anyone here have any ideas? I know absolutely nothing about plumbing, but that probably goes without saying submitted by /u/thisisdchang [link] [comments]

16:24 Thu 23
The defensive arsenal of plant roots
Plants adapt to their nutritional needs by modifying the permeability of their roots through the production or degradation of a cork-like layer called suberin. By studying the regulation of this protective layer in Arabidopsis thaliana, an international team has discovered four molecular factors responsible for the genetic activation of suberin. The identification of these factors allowed the production of plants with roots that are continuously covered -- or, on the contrary, completely devoid -- of suberin. These factors are of major interest for the selection of plants more resistant to environmental stresses.

23:00 Thu 23
Illinois coroner identifies body as missing graduate student Jelani Day
The coroner of LaSalle County, Illinois, on Thursday identified a body found earlier this month as missing graduate student Jelani Day.

15:15 Fri 24
Spanish volcano still packs a punch 5 days after eruption
A volcano in Spains Canary Islands is keeping nerves on edge for a fifth day since it erupted, producing loud explosions, a huge ash cloud and cracking open a new fissure that spewed out more fiery molten rock

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12:56 Fri 24
US company in talks to build new nuclear power plant near Holyhead
Ministers are backing a multibillion-pound plan to build another large-scale nuclear power plant in Britain to ease pressure on electricity supplies as the country moves towards net zero. Read more: US company in talks to build new nuclear power plant near Holyhead

15:25 Fri 24
Sputnik Chinese Diplomat Explains Why Beijing Should Scrap No-First-Use of Nukes Policy
According to the former envoy, Beijing's current policy has given China the moral high ground but the policy 'is not suitable [] unless China-US negotiations agree that neither side would use [nuclear weapons] first. Mostly moot in that Russia, which is allied with China all but formally, has no such policy and it fact has the opposite policy, and Russia alone can actually destroy continental US with a single nuclear barrage of hypersonic missiles from it nuclear trident, against which the US has no defense. Sputnik International Chinese Diplomat Explains Why Beijing Should Scrap No-First-Use of Nukes Policy Related TASS China castigates AUKUS alliance as pact violating nuclear non-proliferation

17:58 Fri 24
Intel Breaks Ground On Arizona Plants: Reuters
Intel Corp  (NASDAQ: INTC ) broke ground on two new factories worth $20 billion in Arizona dubbed Fab 52 and Fab 62, reaching a total of six factories in the state,  Reuters reports . The new plants will be ... Full story available on
02:18 Fri 24
Open Governance Token Market Cap Hits $1.02 Million (OPEN)
Open Governance Token (CURRENCY:OPEN) traded 7.9% higher against the US dollar during the 1 day period ending at 21:00 PM ET on September 23rd. In the last week, Open Governance Token has traded down 15.8% against the US dollar. One Open Governance Token coin can currently be purchased for about $0.28 or 0.00000629 BTC on […]

15:12 Fri 24
Iran says nuclear talks to resume 'very soon', doesn't provide a date
Iran will return to negotiations on resuming compliance with the 2015 Iran nuclear deal 'very soon', Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amirabdollahian told reporters on Friday.

18:58 Thu 23
US says it is working on contingency plans in case Iran continues nuclear advances and refuses to return to talks
The US is working on contingency plans if Iran continues to make nuclear advances and fails to return to international talks, a senior State Department official said Thursday, adding that as the US and allies wait for Tehran to return to nuclear talks, their patience won't last forever.

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18:02 Thu 23
Plant Adaptations
Our earth is full of colorful plants that grow in many different regions. There are regions of hot, dry, rainy, and cold climates. Plants have adapted themselves according to these environments for survival. Lets learn about these plant adaptations that enable them to survive even in extremely harsh conditions. What … Continue reading 'Plant Adaptations' The post Plant Adaptations first appeared on science4fun - Learn Science with Experiments and Topics .

10:20 Fri 24
'Our hearts are broken': Body found in Illinois River identified as missing graduate student Jelani Day
A body found in a river was identified by police as Illinois State University graduate student Jelani 'JJ' Day, who'd been missing for nearly a month.          

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18:23 Fri 24
Coroner confirms body found in Illinois River is missing ISU graduate student Jelani Day - Fox News
Coroner confirms body found in Illinois River is missing ISU graduate student Jelani Day    Fox News 'Our hearts are broken': Body found in Illinois River identified as missing graduate student Jelani Day    Yahoo! Voices Body finally identified as missing grad student Jelani Day    CNN UPDATE: Body identified as that of missing Danville resident    Champaign/Urbana News-Gazette Body of Jelani Day identified after mother pleads for help following Gabby Petito case View Full Coverage on Google News

14:42 Fri 24
Open Predict Token One Day Volume Hits $378.00 (OPT)
Open Predict Token (CURRENCY:OPT) traded down 1.6% against the U.S. dollar during the twenty-four hour period ending at 10:00 AM E.T. on September 24th. Open Predict Token has a market cap of $125,292.97 and $378.00 worth of Open Predict Token was traded on exchanges in the last 24 hours. One Open Predict Token coin can […]

21:15 Fri 24
Minister: Iran will return to nuclear talks 'very soon'
Iran’s new foreign minister says the country will return to nuclear negotiations “very soon."

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23:49 Thu 23
US and European allies suspect 'Iran is taking advantage' of stalled talks to expand nuclear program - Yahoo News
US and European allies suspect 'Iran is taking advantage' of stalled talks to expand nuclear program    Yahoo News State Department frustrated by Iran stonewalling on nuclear talks    Fox News US says it is working on contingency plans in case Iran continues nuclear advances and refuses to return to talks    CNN Israel must expose the Iranian charade    Israel Hayom Giving a Platform to Ebrahim Raisi Is a Dark Stain on the UN    Townhall View Full Coverage on Google News

18:00 Fri 24
Intel breaks ground on $20 billion Arizona plants as U.S. chip factory race heats up
By Stephen Nellis (Reuters) - Intel Corp on Friday broke ground on two new factories in Arizona as part of its turnaround plan to become a major manufacturer of chips for outside customers. The $20 billion plants - dubbed Fab 52 and Fab 62 - will bring the total number of Intel factories at its campus in Chandler, Arizona, to six. They will house Intel's most advanced chipmaking technology and play a central role in the Santa Clara, California-based company's effort to regain its lead in making the smallest, fastest chips by 2025, after having fallen behind rival Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co Ltd. The new Arizona plants will also be the first Intel has built from the ground up with space reserved for outside customers. Intel has long made its own chips, but its turnaround plan calls for taking on work for outsiders ... Read More on Datafloq
11:35 Wed 22
Workers have no interest in war with China: Australian trade unions slam nuclear submarine deal with US & UK
The highly-discussed AUKUS pact between Washington, London and Canberra to arm Australia with a fleet of nuclear submarines is reckless and will only expose the country to danger on multiple fronts, Aussie trade unions said. Read Full Article at

15:34 Fri 24
Scientists Are First in the World To Watch Plants Drink Water in Real-Time
Scientists at the University of Nottingham have become the first in the world to find a way to observe how plant roots take in and... The post Scientists Are First in the World To Watch Plants Drink Water in Real-Time appeared first on SciTechDaily .

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08:12 Fri 24
U.K. in Talks to Build New Nuclear Power Plant in Wales
U.K. Exploring Plans to Build New Nuclear Power Project in Wales

23:00 Fri 24
China sparks war rallying cry: 'We must be prepared for first nuclear strike!'
CHINA has said it 'must be prepared to make the first nuclear strike' should war break out with the US, UK and Australia.