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    Today, 12:32 AM
    The Philippine president has signed a bill into law penalizing a range of acts of sexual harassment including catcalling, wolf-whistling and persistent telling of sexual jokes, which pro-women's groups have accused him of committing.Philippine officials released on Monday a copy of Republic Act 11313, known as the "Safe Spaces Act," which Duterte signed in April. The reason for the delay in its public release was not immediately clear. The bill's main author, opposition Sen. Risa Hontiveros, has called the law a "massive victory" against a growing culture of rude sexist actions. "This is a big victory and a major push back against the growing 'rude culture' in our streets and communities," Hontiveros said. "With this law, we will reclaim our streets from sexual harassers and gender bigots and make public spaces safe for all." The law defines a range of offensive acts, including catcalling, wolf-whistling, intrusive gazing, cursing, misogynistic acts, sexist slurs and persistent telling of sexual jokes in public, including in streets, workplaces, vehicles, schools, recreational areas, bars or online. Other offenses include stalking, exposing "private parts, groping or any advances, whether verbal or physical, that is unwanted and has threatened one's sense of personal space and physical safety." Restaurants, bars, cinemas and other places of recreation are required to install clearly visible warning signs against would-be violators, including a hotline number to allow rapid reporting of offenses, and to designate an officer to receive complaints or apprehend perpetrators. "It is the policy of the state to value the dignity of every human person and guarantee full respect for human rights," the law says. Punishments include fines and imprisonment depending on the gravity of the offense. Foreign violators would be deported after serving a jail term and paying fines. More at: https://news.yahoo.com/duterte-signs-law-punishing-catcalling-142829048.html
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    Today, 12:27 AM
    A much-anticipated prisoner swap between Russia and Ukraine was thrown into uncertainty on Monday after a Ukrainian court postponed a hearing that was expected to release an imprisoned Russian journalist.Russia and Ukraine were on track to launch a major prisoner swap involving the Russian journalist and 24 Ukrainians captured in the Sea of Azov last December when the Russian envoy for human rights, Svetlana Moskalkova, arrived in Ukraine on Monday on a rare visit. She held talks with her Ukrainian counterpart about the captured prisoners and sounded positive about what officials both in Kiev and Moscow were describing as an impending prisoner swap. Moskalkova was invited to attend a court hearing in Kiev on Monday afternoon that was expected to rule on the detention of Russian journalist Kirill Vyshinskiy who has been in custody for a year facing treason charges. The court, however, abruptly adjourned the hearing until Thursday. "I'm completely disappointed by the fact that the hearing has been scrapped," Moskalkova told RIA Novosti, the state-owned news agency where Vyshynskiy was the Kiev bureau chief. The flurry of activity around the imprisoned Russians and Ukrainians follows last week's first telephone call between Russian President Vladimir Putin and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy. Moskalkova said that she had thought that the phone call had given impetus to launch a dialogue and added that the Kiev court may have been under pressure not to issue a ruling on Monday. The abrupt court decision has highlighted divisions inside the Ukrainian government. Embattled Prosecutor General Yuri Lutsenko, one of Zelenskiy's most influential opponents in power, said later on Monday that Vyshynskiy's possible handover to Russia is "impossible" because he is a dual Russian and Ukrainian citizen. Harlem Desir, representative for media freedom at the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, in a tweet on Monday expressed hope that Vyshinskiy would be released at the next hearing.
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    Today, 12:23 AM
    You didn't even mention the correct poster.:rolleyes:
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    Today, 12:05 AM
    The Royal Navy plans briefly to double its number of warships in the Persian Gulf following an attempted attack by Iranian forces on a British oil tanker on July 20, 2019. But the temporary increase in British warships in the region, from one to two, underscores just how few ships the Royal Navy can deploy even in an emergency. The July 2019 tanker incident compelled the Royal Navy to accelerate by several weeks a planned deployment to the Gulf by the Type 45 destroyer HMS Duncan. Montrose and Duncan together will patrol the Persian Gulf before Montrose returns to U.K. waters for maintenance. Duncan sailed south through the Bosphorus on July 13, 2019. The destroyer had been in the Black Sea region for NATO exercises. The previous plan was for Montrose to depart the Gulf before Duncan arrived. The destroyer’s accelerated deployment “will allow a continuous naval presence to be sustained in the Strait of Hormuz,” a British defense ministry spokesman told Jane’s.
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    Yesterday, 11:55 PM
    The Philippines’ Department of Justice (DOJ) has ordered an investigation into allegations that some immigration officials are offering “escort facilitation services” that allow illegal Chinese workers to enter the country. Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra yesterday ordered the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) to look into allegations that these officials are being paid PHP10,000 (US$196.23) each by illegal Philippine offshore gaming operators (POGO) to help Chinese workers breeze through immigration counters at airports, reported ABS-CBN News. These paid officers would allegedly escort foreigners to an immigration counter that is being manned by other officials whom they are in cahoots with. The immigration staff would then allow the foreigner to enter the Philippines with no questions asked, reported GMA News. Unlicensed POGOs allegedly resort to this scheme because they are unable to apply for work visas for their Chinese employees, who enter the Philippines using tourist visas but stay in the country to work. Before their tourist visas expire, the Chinese POGO workers exit the country then secure new tourist visas so they could work in the Philippines again, reported The Philippine Star. According to Bureau of Immigration (BI) spokeswoman Dana Sandoval, the scheme has been going on for years. The agency started its own probe in May and has installed CCTV cameras at the immigration counters to monitor those who are part of the scheme. Those found guilty of offering the illegal services will face administrative charges. More at: https://news.yahoo.com/gov-t-probe-immigration-officials-024545025.html
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    Yesterday, 11:51 PM
    Or the Epstein and Acosta threads.
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    Yesterday, 11:49 PM
    Taxpayer-funded family planning clinics must stop referring women for abortions immediately, the Trump administration said Monday, declaring it will begin enforcing a new regulation hailed by religious conservatives and denounced by medical organizations and women's rights groups. Ahead of a planned conference Tuesday with the clinics, the Health and Human Services Department formally notified them that it will begin enforcing the ban on abortion referrals, along with a requirement that clinics maintain separate finances from facilities that provide abortions. Another requirement that both kinds of facilities cannot be under the same roof would take effect next year. The rule is widely seen as a blow against Planned Parenthood, which provides taxpayer-funded family planning and basic health care to low-income women, as well as abortions that must be paid for separately. The organization is a mainstay of the federally funded family planning program and it has threatened to quit over the issue. Abortion opponents welcomed the administration's move. "Ending the connection between abortion and family planning is a victory for common-sense health care," Kristan Hawkins, president of Students for Life, said in a statement. Known as Title X, the family-planning program serves about 4 million women annually through independent clinics, many operated by Planned Parenthood affiliates, which serve about 40 percent of all clients. The program provides about $260 million a year in grants to clinics. The family planning rule is part of a series of Trump administration efforts to remake government policy on reproductive health. Other regulations tangled up in court would allow employers to opt out of offering free birth control to women workers on the basis of religious or moral objections, and grant health care professionals wider leeway to opt out of procedures that offend their religious or moral scruples.
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    Yesterday, 11:24 PM
    “Why has Sweden become the North Korea of Europe?” That’s what a Dane semi-facetiously asked Swedish cartoonist Lars Vilks at a conference I attended in 2014. Mr. Vilks unconvincingly muttered about Swedes’ partiality for consensus. Now, along comes Ryszard Legutko, a Polish professor of philosophy and leading politician, with a better answer. His book, translated by Teresa Adelson, “The Demon in Democracy: Totalitarian Temptations in Free Societies” (Encounter), methodically shows the surprising but substantial similarities between Soviet-style communism and modern liberalism as defined by Sweden or the European Union or Barack Obama. (But before exploring his argument, one clarification: Mr. Legutko discusses liberal democracy, a term I find too complex. So, I use liberalism here.) Mr. Legutko does not claim liberalism resembles communism in its monstrosity, much less that the two ideologies are identical; he fully acknowledges that the first is democratic and the second brutally tyrannical. After recognizing this contrast, however, he gets down to the more pungent topic of what the two have in common. He first perceived those commonalities in the 1970s when visiting the West, where he saw how its liberals preferred communists to anti-communists; later, with the overthrow of the Soviet bloc, he watched liberals warmly welcome communists, but not their anti-communist opponents. Why so? Because, he argues, liberalism shares with communism a powerful faith in rational minds finding solutions which translates into a drive to improve the citizen, modernize him and mold him into a superior being. Accordingly, both ideologies politicize, and thereby debase, every aspect of life, including sexuality, the family, religion, sports, entertainment and the arts. (Here’s a mischievous but deadly serious question: Which is the more awful art, the communist or the liberal, Stalin’s or the Venice Biennale’s?) Both engage in social engineering to create a society whose members are...
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    Yesterday, 11:19 PM
    A rather stunning report from Gateway Pundit outlines information contained within a lawsuit filing. The lawsuit, filed by Businessman Ed Butowsky, alleges Wikileaks founder Julian Assange confirmed to Fox News analyst Ellen Ratner that the DNC leaked emails were received from Seth Rich and his brother Aaron. The details contained within the lawsuit filing (full pdf below) are stunning. If this information is true and accurate, the DOJ claim of a Russian hack –based on assertions by DNC contractor, Crowdstrike– would be entirely false. Additionally the DC murder of Seth Rich would hold a far more alarming motive. (Source, lawsuit filing – pdf link, page 13) The ramifications here are almost too large to describe. If this information turns out to be true and accurate, the entire narrative around the DNC “hack” will have been proven to be intentionally manufactured. Despite the FBI’s prior admissions about never reviewing the DNC servers; and despite their recent admissions about never actually seeing the forensic computer analysis, the U.S. Department of Justice, specifically Robert Mueller, Andrew Weissmann and former DAG Rod Rosenstein, cannot blame a simple investigative ‘mistake‘ for the wrong attribution of who gave the DNC emails to Wikileaks. The FBI, the DOJ and the Mueller special counsel have each purposefully claimed specific Russian actors were responsible for hacking the DNC in 2016. If it turns out those claims were based on falsehood, the integrity of the DOJ and Special Counsel collapses.
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    Yesterday, 11:18 PM
    A rather stunning report from Gateway Pundit outlines information contained within a lawsuit filing. The lawsuit, filed by Businessman Ed Butowsky, alleges Wikileaks founder Julian Assange confirmed to Fox News analyst Ellen Ratner that the DNC leaked emails were received from Seth Rich and his brother Aaron. The details contained within the lawsuit filing (full pdf below) are stunning. If this information is true and accurate, the DOJ claim of a Russian hack –based on assertions by DNC contractor, Crowdstrike– would be entirely false. Additionally the DC murder of Seth Rich would hold a far more alarming motive. (Source, lawsuit filing – pdf link, page 13) The ramifications here are almost too large to describe. If this information turns out to be true and accurate, the entire narrative around the DNC “hack” will have been proven to be intentionally manufactured. Despite the FBI’s prior admissions about never reviewing the DNC servers; and despite their recent admissions about never actually seeing the forensic computer analysis, the U.S. Department of Justice, specifically Robert Mueller, Andrew Weissmann and former DAG Rod Rosenstein, cannot blame a simple investigative ‘mistake‘ for the wrong attribution of who gave the DNC emails to Wikileaks. The FBI, the DOJ and the Mueller special counsel have each purposefully claimed specific Russian actors were responsible for hacking the DNC in 2016. If it turns out those claims were based on falsehood, the integrity of the DOJ and Special Counsel collapses.
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    Yesterday, 11:17 PM
    A rather stunning report from Gateway Pundit outlines information contained within a lawsuit filing. The lawsuit, filed by Businessman Ed Butowsky, alleges Wikileaks founder Julian Assange confirmed to Fox News analyst Ellen Ratner that the DNC leaked emails were received from Seth Rich and his brother Aaron. The details contained within the lawsuit filing (full pdf below) are stunning. If this information is true and accurate, the DOJ claim of a Russian hack –based on assertions by DNC contractor, Crowdstrike– would be entirely false. Additionally the DC murder of Seth Rich would hold a far more alarming motive. (Source, lawsuit filing – pdf link, page 13) The ramifications here are almost too large to describe. If this information turns out to be true and accurate, the entire narrative around the DNC “hack” will have been proven to be intentionally manufactured. Despite the FBI’s prior admissions about never reviewing the DNC servers; and despite their recent admissions about never actually seeing the forensic computer analysis, the U.S. Department of Justice, specifically Robert Mueller, Andrew Weissmann and former DAG Rod Rosenstein, cannot blame a simple investigative ‘mistake‘ for the wrong attribution of who gave the DNC emails to Wikileaks. The FBI, the DOJ and the Mueller special counsel have each purposefully claimed specific Russian actors were responsible for hacking the DNC in 2016. If it turns out those claims were based on falsehood, the integrity of the DOJ and Special Counsel collapses.
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    Yesterday, 10:18 PM
    Numerous Pakistani businesses across the country have staged a day-long strike to protest a sales tax hike that the government has included in its budget to comply with the International Monetary Fund's demands to generate greater tax revenue, Reuters reported July 13. More at: https://worldview.stratfor.com/situation-report/pakistan-businesses-hold-nationwide-strike-against-imf-mandated-tax-hike
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    Yesterday, 10:16 PM
    Sudan's ruling Transitional Military Council and the opposition alliance have postponed a meeting to officially sign an agreement on the country's transitional process, Xinhua reported July 15. More at: https://worldview.stratfor.com/situation-report/sudan-transitional-military-council-opposition-alliance-postpone-meeting-sign
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    Yesterday, 10:13 PM
    Turkish Cypriot President Mustafa Akinci has proposed the establishment of a joint committee to help foster cooperation between the Turkish and Greek parts of Cyprus over oil and gas exploration, Reuters reported July 13. More at: https://worldview.stratfor.com/situation-report/cyprus-turkey-turkish-cypriot-president-suggests-joint-committee-oil-gas
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    Yesterday, 09:52 PM
    LOL AF is now a troll dedicated to destroying the forum? I think we have a serious case of projection. Anti Federalist
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    Yesterday, 09:50 PM
    The Norwegian Intelligence Service was allegedly the first to learn of the disaster involving the Russian nuclear submarine Kursk, yet chose to share the highly sensitive data with the US first. E-tjenesten, Norway’s Intelligence Service, shared its written report on the Russian nuclear submarine Kursk sinking with the US National Security Agency (NSA) on 12 August 2000, the same day the disaster happened, according to a document from the Snowden archive. According to the Snowden archive, the Norwegian Intelligence Service was the first and the only intelligence agency to learn the fate of the Kursk before the Russians did, having collected data from sonobuoys and the reconnaissance ship Marjata. By contrast, the Armed Forces in Northern Norway and the Norwegian Radiation Protection Authority did not hear anything until several days later, when the information came from a completely different source. The idea of sharing sensitive data with the US ahead of the Norwegian authorities has sparked criticism from researchers and politicians, triggering loyalty concerns. “This raises critical questions to the government about the information flow of nuclear accidents”, Sverre Lodgaard, senior researcher at the Norwegian Foreign Policy Institute (NUPI), told national broadcaster NRK.
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    Yesterday, 09:42 PM
    Anti Federalist I remember I got into trouble with Libertarians because I said there may well be a time when immigration is like an invasion and we have to treat it differently. Ron Paul on Meet The Press 23 Dec 2007 Here is who you are supporting: "this is not going to be the country of white people."
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    Yesterday, 09:38 PM
    https://twitter.com/DewsNewz/status/1150902303227961345 1150902303227961345
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    Yesterday, 09:27 PM
    The state government of Colorado is in hot water for its prolonged neglect of an email hotline to report child abuse cases. The AP reports: A Colorado state email account that was created to report suspected child abuse and neglect went unchecked for over four years, and five possible cases that were undiscovered until May are now being investigated, officials said. Minna Castillo-Cohen, director of the Colorado Department of Human Services’ Office of Children and Families, said agency officials wish they had identified those cases sooner, but they didn’t know the email account existed, KCNC-TV reported. More at: https://bigleaguepolitics.com/colorado-did-not-check-child-abuse-email-hotline-for-more-than-four-years/
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    Yesterday, 09:25 PM
    The nonprofit Greenville Health System in South Carolina recently published a job posting for an Emergency Preparedness Program Manager whose qualifications should include familiarity with “Ebola grants.” The ad is still posted on the Greenville Health System website with the posting date July 8, 2019. Greenville’s private health system now joins a variety of federal, state and city government agencies quietly preparing for Ebola — including the CDC and New York City, which started preparing for an Ebola outbreak as migrants from the disease-ridden Congo made their way to the U.S. southern border. Texas is now home to a “surge” of Congo migrants who crossed the border, with more migrants on their way. The global tracker Ebola Outbreak Map made another catch: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the National Institutes of Health, as well as New York City and state and local governments began preparing for a possible Ebola outbreak shortly before the current Congolese migrant invasion on our southern border, as the Congo migrants journeyed from Africa to the United States. The Lexington-Fayette County Health Department partnered with the CDC and the Kentucky Department of Health beginning in February to monitor people traveling to and from the Ebola outbreak region on the African continent, with the local department acting on guidance provided by the federal and state government bodies. The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, which is a branch of the National Institutes of Health, sponsored a clinical trial beginning in late January at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital in Ohio to test Ebola vaccines. More at: https://bigleaguepolitics.com/more-ebola-preparations-underway-as-cdc-nyc-quietly-brace-for-congo-migrant-surge/
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    Yesterday, 09:20 PM
    President Donald Trump’s plan to protect children from government removal is about to go forward, on the heels of a State Department report that found foster care a top breeding ground for human trafficking. Trump’s “Family First Prevention Services Act” will become active on October 1 of this year, after Trump quietly signed it into law as an attachment to a short-term budget bill in February 2018. Trump’s Department of Health and Human Services is tasked with implementation. The White House has recently prioritized the foster care crisis, with First Lady Melania Trump honoring foster care children in West Virginia as parents victimized by Child Protective Services (CPS) are speaking out nationwide. The “Family First” law is not a cure-all for the child removal crisis by any stretch of the imagination, but it represents a first step for the President, who will no doubt be forced to address the national populist uprising against CPS. Federal funds will now be prioritized to finding solutions for children to stay with their families or close relatives or family friends, and will de-incentivize the lucrative trend of group homes keeping kids in their clutches for long periods of time. The National Conference of State Legislatures recently noted: “With the Family First Prevention Services Act states, territories, and tribes with an approved Title IV-E plan have the option to use these funds for prevention services that would allow “candidates for foster care” to stay with their parents or relatives. States will be reimbursed for prevention services for up to 12 months. A written, trauma-informed prevention plan must be created, and services will need to be evidence-based. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) expects to release guidance on service eligibility before Oct. 1, 2018. The Family First Prevention Services Act also seeks to curtail the use of congregate or group care for children and instead places a new emphasis on family foster homes. With limited exceptions, the federal government will not reimburse states for children placed in group care settings for more than two weeks. Approved settings, known as qualified residential treatment programs, must use a trauma-informed treatment model and employ registered or licensed nursing staff and other licensed clinical staff. The child must be formally assessed within 30 days of placement to determine if his or her needs can be met by family members, in a family foster home or another approved setting.” NCSL passage ends
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    Yesterday, 09:12 PM
    Yes, I found and posted that farther down.
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    Yesterday, 09:11 PM
    Trump will put up plenty of new wall.
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