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    Today, 11:00 PM
    The United States has largely carved out exceptions so that foreign governments, firms and NGOs do not automatically face U.S. sanctions for dealing with Iran's Revolutionary Guards after the group's designation by Washington as a foreign terrorist group, according to three current and three former U.S. officials.The exemptions, granted by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and described by a State Department spokesman in response to questions from Reuters, mean officials from countries such as Iraq who may have dealings with Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, or IRGC, would not necessarily be denied U.S. visas. The IRGC is a powerful faction in Iran that controls a business empire as well as elite armed and intelligence forces. The exceptions to U.S. sanctions would also permit foreign executives who do business in Iran, where the IRGC is a major economic force, as well as humanitarian groups working in regions such as northern Syria, Iraq and Yemen, to do so without fear they will automatically trigger U.S. laws on dealing with a foreign terrorist group. However, the U.S. government also created an exception to the carve-out, retaining the right to sanction any individual in a foreign government, company or NGO who themselves provides "material support" to a U.S.-designated foreign terrorist organization (FTO). Pompeo's carve-outs appear designed to limit the potential liability for foreign governments, companies and NGOs, while leaving open the possibility that individuals within those groups could be punished for helping the IRGC. "Under the first group exemption, the secretary determined that, generally - but with one important exception - a ministry, department, agency, division, or other group or sub-group of any foreign government will not be treated as a Tier III terrorist organization," the State Department spokesman said. A Tier III terrorist group is one that has not formally been designated as an FTO or a terrorist group under other laws, but that the U.S. government deems to have engaged in "terrorist activity," and hence, its members may not enter the United States. This exemption, a congressional aide and two former U.S. State Department lawyers said, appeared designed to ensure that the rest of the Iranian government, as well as officials from partner governments such as Iraq and Oman who may deal with the IRGC, would not automatically be tainted by its FTO designation. Under U.S. law, someone who provides "material support" to terrorist groups is subject to extensive penalties. Material support is defined widely and can cover anything from providing funds, transportation or counterfeit documents to giving food, helping to set up tents or distributing literature, the Department of Homeland Security's website shows.
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    Today, 10:42 PM
    Madison Mendoza, her feet aching and her face burned by the sun, wept as she said she had nothing to feed her 2-year-old son who she'd brought with her on the long trek toward the United States.Mendoza, 22, said an aunt in Honduras had convinced her to join the migrant caravan, which she did two weeks ago in the capital of Tegucigalpa. The aunt said she'd have no problems, that people along the route in Mexico would help as they did for a large caravan that moved through the area in October. But this time, the help did not come. The outpouring of aid that once greeted Central American migrants as they trekked in caravans through southern Mexico has been drying up. Hungrier, advancing slowly or not at all, and hounded by unhelpful local officials, frustration is growing among the 5,000 to 8,000 migrants in the southern state of Chiapas. "What causes me pain is that the baby asks me for food and there are days when I can't provide it," said Mendoza, who fled Honduras with almost no money because she feared for her life after receiving threats from the father of her son. "I thought that with the baby, people would help me on road." Members of the caravan in October received food and shelter from town governments, churches and passers-by. Drivers of trucks stopped to give them a lift. Little of that is happening this time. And local officials who once gave them temporary permits to work in Mexico, now seem to snare them in red tape. Truckers and drivers have been told they will be fined if caught transporting migrants without proper documentation. More at: https://news.yahoo.com/frustration-grows-among-migrants-mexico-support-fades-040120537.html
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    Today, 09:27 PM
    'Jesus Was A Socialist,' Says Man Who's Obviously Never Been Within 10 Feet Of A Bible
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    Today, 09:15 PM
    Snopes Rates Babylon Bee World's Most Accurate News Source
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    Today, 09:02 PM
    LOL
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    Today, 08:30 PM
    With residents fed up by the homelessness crisis, city leaders and their allies coordinate a PR campaign to convince them that everything is fine... In Seattle, people are losing patience with city leadership over the homelessness crisis, but the frustration is running in both directions: the city’s political, cultural, and academic elites are conducting their own revolt—against the people. Since the release of Eric Johnson’s documentary Seattle Is Dying, which depicts an epidemic of street homelessness, addiction, crime, and disorder, city elites have launched a coordinated information campaign targeted at voters frustrated with the city’s response to homelessness. Earlier this month, leaked documentsrevealed that a group of prominent nonprofits—the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Campion Advocacy Fund, the Raikes Foundation, and the Ballmer Group—hired a PR firm, Pyramid Communications, to conduct polling, create messaging, and disseminate the resulting content through a network of silent partners in academia, the press, government, and the nonprofit sector. The campaign, #SeattleForAll, is a case study in what writer James Lindsay calls “idea laundering”—creating misinformation and legitimizing it as objective truth through repetition in sympathetic media. The key messages of the campaign include a number of misleading claims, including: “Seattle is making progress to end homelessness,” “1 in 4 people experiencing homelessness in our community struggle with drug or alcohol abuse,” and “ we are not spending enough to address homelessness.” All three contentions fail to meet basic scrutiny:
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    Today, 08:21 PM
    Iran’s top authority Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has replaced the chief commander of the elite Revolutionary Guards, state TV reported on Sunday, days after the United States designated the group a foreign terrorist organization.The TV station did not give a reason for the change when it announced the appointment of Brigadier General Hossein Salami. "The Supreme Leader has appointed Salami as the new commander-in-chief of the Guards, who will replace Mohammad Ali Jafari," it said. More at: https://news.yahoo.com/khamenei-appoints-chief-irans-revolutionary-160357678.html
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    Today, 08:19 PM
    The leader of Turkey's main opposition party was attacked at a soldier's funeral in Ankara before security guards led him away, in the latest fallout from contested local elections three weeks ago.Kemal Kilicdaroglu, head of the secularist Republican People's Party (CHP) that pulled off victories in the March 31 vote, had attended a funeral for one of four Turkish soldiers killed on Friday in clashes with the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK). Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan, whose AK Party wants the election results annulled in Istanbul, had repeatedly warned during last month's campaign that PKK members were among the CHP's list of candidates. The PKK clashes in the country's southeast on Friday prompted several pro-government newspapers to tie the soldiers' deaths to the CHP. "PKK out" was among the slogans shouted at Kilicdaroglu on Sunday, according to video footage of the incident. Several TV broadcasters showed video in which Kilicdaroglu was hit on the head at least twice as a clutch of security guards and a police officer attempted to keep dozens of fist-pumping men away, some of whom were shouting "shame on you" and "God damn you." Kilicdaroglu edged through the crowd to a nearby house, outside of which a crowd chanted "PKK out," according to broadcaster NTV. More than an hour later he was driven away in an armoured vehicle by police officers. "They don't want me to go to our martyrs' funerals," Kilicdaroglu, who had been attacked after a funeral in 2016, told supporters outside CHP headquarters. "They think I will step back if they attack me. I will not even take one step back." Ankara's chief prosecutor, Yuksel Kocaman, said six attackers were identified and investigators are looking into whether the incident is terrorism related, according to state-run news agency Anadolu. "The incident is under control... Investigations started," said Suleyman Soylu, Turkey's interior minister. Justice Minister Abdulhamit Gul, also of the ruling AK Party, said: "We will not allow any kind of violence to cast a shadow on democratic politics."
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    Today, 08:13 PM
    Sri Lanka‘s prime minister has demanded an investigation into apparent intelligence failures before the Easter bombings that killed more than 200 people. Ranil Wickremsinghe acknowledged that his government had received prior information of the attack, but that ministers were not told. There had not been an adequate response, he said, and an inquiry was necessary to find out how the information was used. He also said the government needed to look at the international ties of a local militant group. The Agence France Presse news agency reported that it had seen documents showing that police issued an intelligence alert to top officers 10 days ago, warning that suicide bombers planned to hit “prominent churches”. Chiefs cited a foreign intelligence service as reporting that a little-known Islamist group was planning attacks. A Sri Lanka police spokesman said he was not aware of the intelligence report. More at: https://news.yahoo.com/sri-lanka-attacks-prime-minister-222500651.html
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    Today, 08:05 PM
    Because the nutrients need to go through several transformations to change them so that it isn't too close to cannibalism, cannibalism is not only evil and disgusting but also bad for your health.
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    Today, 07:58 PM
    Occasional accidental use is not the same as routine use. Any deliberate use of human bodies for fertilizer should be only for crops that will be fed to animals.
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    Today, 07:56 PM
    A group of militants crossed the border from neighboring Iran earlier this week and carried out a deadly attack against Pakistan armed forces in southwestern Baluchistan province, killing 14, the Foreign Ministry said Saturday.The ministry said in a letter to the Iranian government that the assailants were from a newly formed Baluch separatist group, Raji Aajoi Sangar, and that they were based in Iran's adjacent Baluchistan province. It urged Iran to act against the attackers who had fled back across the border. Groups operating within Pakistan's and Iran's Baluchistan provinces, which share a long border, seek independence from both countries. The ministry said the "killing of 14 innocent Pakistanis by terrorist groups based in Iran is a very serious incident that Pakistan protests strongly." The announcement came a day before Prime Minister Imran Khan's visit to Iran. Despite lodging a protest with Tehran over the attack, Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi told reporters that the planned two-day visit, beginning Sunday, was intact and that Khan will take up the matter of Thursday's killings with Iranian authorities. Qureshi said he spoke to his Iranian counterpart, Mohammad Javad Zarif, on Saturday to share initial findings of a Pakistani probe into the killing of security personnel with him. He said he demanded action against those responsible. He said Pakistan had already shared actionable intelligence with Tehran about the hideouts and training facilities of those Baluch separatists who carried out the attack and that an Iranian response was still awaited. Qureshi said Pakistan will deploy more troops at the border and enhance air surveillance, which he said would benefit both sides. Though militants based along the border region often target Iranian guards, it is the first time in recent years that Pakistan publicly accused Iran of "inaction" against Baluch groups responsible for the killing of Pakistani security forces.
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    Today, 07:52 PM
    I saw that, that's why I made my comment underneath the story.
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    Today, 07:51 PM
    Even if people are used to fertilize crops the crops should have to be fed to animals, you need to go through enough steps in the food chain so that it isn't harmful to people. It's like using human waste to fertilize crops.
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    Today, 07:33 PM
    You can cut them by implementing means testing and freezing all new enrollments after the next 5 years.
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    Today, 07:31 PM
    Charlton Heston’s character in the iconic 1973 movie “Soylent Green” famously didn’t take well to the news that the ubiquitous green food reflected in the film’s title was composed of human beings. Now, Washington is poised to be the first American state to test public reaction to turning human beings into compost that could provide nutrients for various food products. With bipartisan majorities, the state Senate and House of Representatives on Friday approve bill 5001, titled “concerning human remains,” the Seattle Times reported. The law would take effect May 1 if it is signed by Democratic Gov. Jay Inslee, a candidate for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination. Wes McMahan, a retired cardiovascular intensive-care nurse, testified in favor of the bill, saying he is “very much in favor of the composting of human bodies.” “When I’m done with this body that served me very well for the past 64 years, do I want to poison it with formaldehyde and other embalming chemicals? No,” McMahan said, according to the Times. “Burned? Not my first choice. But what about all the bacteria I’ve worked with so long in this body — do I want to give them a chance to do what they do naturally? I believe in doing things as naturally as possible.” The Times said Katrina Spade of Seattle, long has had a vision for an urban, soil-based, ecologically friendly death-care option. The founder and CEO of Recompose, she wants her company to be the first “natural organic reduction” funeral home in the U.S.
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    Today, 07:25 PM
    Al-Jazeera journalist Saif Khalid claims that reporting the name of one of the alleged suicide bombers in Sri Lanka is “Islamophobic”. Over 200 people have died after explosions rocked three luxury hotels in the nation’s largest city, Colombo, and three packed Catholic churches. Two additional attacks took place at other sites. One of the alleged suicide bombers behind the attack on the Shangri La hotel has been identified as Islamic extremist Zahran Hashim. However, Al-Jazeera journalist Saif Khalid suggested that even reporting Hashim’s name was “Islamophobic.” Qatar state media is already calling accurate reporting on the #Srilanka attack "Islamophobia". In case it was unclear, "Islamophobia" is now simply a term used to shut down and shame any criticism of Islamic Supremacy. pic.twitter.com/wWVJahaeSU — Far Left Watch (@FarLeftWatch) April 21, 2019 “Indian media’s blatant Islamophobia at display,” tweeted Khalid. Al-Jazeera is owned by the the government of Qatar and routinely promotes pro-Islamist perspectives, including the Muslim Brotherhood. Hashim’s extremist lectures were also freely available on YouTube, leading Imam Mohamad Tawhidi to criticize the Google-owned video platform, which recently severely restricted Tommy Robinson’s presence.
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    Today, 07:20 PM
    And that doesn't actually kill future customers.
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    Today, 07:19 PM
    You won't be missed, commie. Just don't come crying back here when the party throws you in prison and harvests your organs or when they collapse from the much worse economic problems they have.
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    Today, 07:13 PM
    LOL Not even close even though Shrub Sr. did take control of most of his presidency.
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    Today, 07:11 PM
    That seems like a violation of their duty to their stockholders, not only does such a donations do no good for the bottom line but they cut down on future customers.
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    Today, 07:09 PM
    The government has acknowledged that it had “prior information” of attacks on churches involving a little known local Islamist group but didn’t do enough about it. More at: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-sri-lanka-blast/bombs-kill-more-than-200-in-sri-lankan-churches-hotels-on-easter-sunday-idUSKCN1RX038
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    Today, 07:07 PM
    Once again: We are entering the season of occult sacrifice by fire: Here’s your annual reminder to be wary of false flag events and occult rituals from mid-April to May 1st. Via: Reuters: Over 200 people were killed and at least 450 injured in bomb blasts that ripped through churches and luxury hotels in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday, the first major attack on the Indian Ocean island since the end of a civil war 10 years ago. Seven people were arrested and three police officers were killed during a security forces raid on a house in the Sri Lankan capital several hours after the rash of attacks, some of which officials said were suicide bombs. The government declared a curfew in Colombo and blocked access to social media and messaging sites, including Facebook and WhatsApp. It was unclear when the curfew would be lifted. “Altogether, we have information of 207 dead from all hospitals. According to the information as of now we have 450 injured people admitted to hospitals,” police spokesman Ruwan Gunasekera told reporters. https://www.cryptogon.com/?p=54787
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    Today, 07:04 PM
    It would be nice if you found out and it wasn't there the next time he looked for it.
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    Today, 07:02 PM
    Nope, I had Hydroxy systems installed on a few trucks for testing in our fleet. and there really is not much gain over energy cost to produce it. And then it requires special attention and maintenance. They did run much cooler though. But there is a very real drawback too, the combustion creates acidic compounds that eat metal and foul the oil faster.
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    Today, 07:00 PM
    Consumer Reports (CR) is now warning the public about a serious issue, where 11 brands of bottled water, out of 130 had detectable levels of highly toxic, arsenic, and six of those brands had levels above 3 parts per billion (ppb) — the maximum level allowed by CR. "Of those, six had levels of 3 ppb or higher," according to CR officials. "These brands are Starkey owned by Whole Foods, Peñafiel owned by Keurig Dr. Pepper, Crystal Geyser Alpine Spring Water, Volvic owned by Danone, and two regional brands, Crystal Creamery, and EartH₂O." Research from the World Health Organization (WHO) has shown long-term exposure to arsenic in drinking water can cause cancer and skin lesions. It has also been linked to cardiovascular disease and diabetes. In children, arsenic can cause negative impacts on cognitive development and increased deaths. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) limits arsenic in bottled water to 10 ppb. But CR is now demanding the federal government revise the level to 3ppb. "It makes no sense that consumers can purchase bottled water that is less safe than tap water," says James Dickerson, Ph.D., chief scientific officer at CR. "If anything, bottled water—a product for which people pay a premium, often because they assume it’s safer—should be regulated at least as strictly as tap water." Keurig Dr Pepper spoke with CR last week and said its Peñafiel production facility in Mexico had been taken offline for several weeks while it would improve its filtration system to lower arsenic level. The company said it conducted new testing after questions from CR found levels above the federal limit, at an average of 17 ppb.
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    Today, 06:48 PM
    "We’re not worried about it, he’s going to be cleared," said Jim Benvie, a spokesman for the United Constitutional Patriots (UCP), which blamed the arrest on political pressure by the governor. Hopkins is known as the "national commander" of the group. More at: https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2019-04-21/fbi-arrests-leader-armed-militia-rounding-migrants-southern-border
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    Today, 06:45 PM
    Last week Mike Pompeo spoke at Texas A&M University, itself long known for being a favored recruiting ground of the CIA, considering too that one of the university's last presidents, Robert Gates, was CIA chief and later served as Bush and Obama's Secretary of Defense. During the Q&A session, Pompeo boasted that in the CIA both the training and culture are geared toward the following: "We lied, we cheated, we stole." Interestingly, a Christian religious news broadcaster was the only media that seemed to pick up on Pompeo's words last week, and described it as follows: "that's not the resume of the Secretary of State... that's the resume of Satan." "I was the CIA Director; we lied, we cheated we stole. We had entire training courses." -@SecPompeo pic.twitter.com/tehirq1cyX — Jonathan Lalonde (@JonathanLalon12) April 19, 2019 The former CIA chief and now Secretary of State said the following: “What’s the cadet motto at West Point? You will not lie, cheat, or steal, or tolerate those who do. I was the CIA director. We lied, we cheated, we stole. It’s — it was like — we had entire training courses. It reminds you of the glory of the American experiment.” — Texas A&M University (April 15, 2019)
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    Today, 06:44 PM
    Anymore you have no negotiating power at all without some sort of big barrel to point. Too bad... But it's a reality.
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