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    Today, 02:55 PM
    OPEC published on Friday the long-awaited list of oil production quotas for each country in the OPEC+ deal, as it seeks to shore up market confidence that the cartel and allies will do whatever it takes to rebalance the market. According to OPEC’s list, OPEC and non-OPEC will withhold 1.195 million bpd from the market and keep their combined production at 43.874 million bpd between January and June. The reference production level from which the partners will reduce their respective production is October 2018, except for Kuwait, Azerbaijan, and Kazakhstan, whose reference months are September 2018, September 2018, and November 2018, respectively. OPEC is cutting a total of 812,000 bpd to a ceiling of 25.937 million bpd, while non-OPEC partners will be reducing production by a combined 383,000 bpd to 17.937 million bpd. OPEC’s de facto leader and biggest producer Saudi Arabia will cut 322,000 bpd from its October baseline of 10.633 million bpd and keep output at 10.311 million bpd. Russia will be taking the lion’s share of the non-OPEC cuts and will reduce production by 230,000 bpd from October’s 11.421 million bpd, to 11.191 million bpd. More at: https://oilprice.com/Energy/Crude-Oil/This-Is-How-Much-Each-OPEC-Member-Needs-To-Cut.html
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    Today, 02:51 PM
    China has extended the olive branch back to the United States by offering a path to eliminate Washington’s burgeoning trade deficit with the country, Bloomberg reported Friday. Citing sources familiar with the matter, Bloomberg reported Friday that China has offered to significantly boost its purchase of U.S. goods over a six-year period in an effort to re-balance trade between the two superpowers. By increasing its annual imports from the United States, Beijing would reduce its trade surplus to zero by 2024. That would require a spending boost of more than $1 trillion. Last year, Beijing’s surplus with the U.S. stood at $323 billion. More at: https://finance.yahoo.com/news/bye-bye-trade-war-china-160627486.html
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    Today, 02:50 PM
    Russia on Friday said it had agreed for France and Germany to monitor shipping traffic in the Kerch Strait following a naval confrontation between Moscow and Kiev last year.Russian ships fired on and seized three Ukrainian navy vessels in the narrow strait -- shared between Russia and Ukraine -- as the boats tried to pass from the Black Sea to the Azov Sea on November 25. President Vladimir Putin had "immediately agreed" to Berlin's request to send observers to the area, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said at a press conference with his German counterpart Heiko Maas. Lavrov said German Chancellor Angela Merkel had asked Putin for permission to send German specialists to the strait "over a month ago" and later requested for French observers to join the mission. "This can be done today, tomorrow, at any moment," Lavrov said. Lavrov said he received concrete proposals for the mission from Maas on Friday and confirmed Moscow also agreed for the French observers to take part. Maas said that the two countries had not yet agreed on a start date to the mission but that he expected it to be a "topic in the coming weeks". The German diplomat added that the passage of ships in the Kerch Strait is "currently open" and that "this has been confirmed by all sides". He also called on Russia to release 24 Ukrainian sailors that were captured together with their vessels. Later on Friday Maas travelled to Kiev and discussed the monitoring mission with Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin. "We, of course, welcome this initiative," Klimkin said in a press conference following the talks.
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    Today, 02:47 PM
    Zimbabwe imposed a "total shutdown" of the internet on Friday, a major provider told customers, after protests early this week triggered a ruthless security crackdown.The internet had been partially restored after a first shutdown started on Tuesday. "We were served with another directive for total shutdown of the internet until further notice," Econet, the country's biggest provider, said in a text message on Friday. "Our lawyers advised we are required to comply with the directive pending the court decision on its legality. The earlier directive(s) are already the subject of pending high court application. "We sincerely apologise for all inconveniences caused by the acts of government." The EU on Thursday joined the US and Britain in criticising the authorities' response to the protests. "The escalation of violence in Zimbabwe over recent days has been aggravated by the disproportionate use of force by security personnel," European Commission spokeswoman Maja Kocijancic said in a statement. "The shutdown of access to the internet should also be reversed." The US embassy in Harare it was "alarmed by credible reports that security forces are targeting and beating political activists and labor leaders". More at: https://news.yahoo.com/total-internet-shutdown-zimbabwe-provider-115856620.html
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    Today, 02:33 PM
    That isn't true, people form groups to protect their rights and and they take control of territory in order to do so, the invaders violate our rights and threaten our liberty in many ways. Our territory is our exclusive property and they are trespassing and squatting.
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    Today, 02:29 PM
    Our territory is our property and their invasion of it and presence in it damages us in many direct and indirect ways.
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    Today, 02:23 PM
    The MSM tried to attack him for not visiting the troops and you would have joined them.
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    Today, 02:20 PM
    The odds are decent that a replacement will be better.
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    Today, 02:07 PM
    Illegal immigration is no more a victimless crime than trespassing or squatting are.
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    Today, 01:55 PM
    This thread isn't about the ad, this thread is about the good versions of male traits that were deliberately slandered in the ad by only portraying their bad versions. You are doing exactly what the ad did.
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    Today, 01:50 PM
    I'm not a racist, you are quite correct that for a variety of possible reasons from culture to multi-generational nutritional deficiencies or even possibly basic genetics any merit/liberty culture based immigration system will end up with disproportionate results but I don't have to worry about the racial aspect, it will take care of itself, if race is the predominant factor then focusing on merit/culture will produce the correct results and if race is not the predominant factor then if the correlations shift after a few centuries then focusing on merit/culture will still produce the correct results. A racist would get the wrong results if the correlations shifted eventually. Race is a trap that you don't have to step in because you can get the same or better results by focusing on merit/culture without opening yourself up to demonization.
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    Today, 01:37 PM
    That's what my EMT aunt says.
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    Today, 01:35 PM
    Nobody is talking about the bad version of any of the traits mentioned, you are doing exactly what the SJWs want by equating the good version with the bad.
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    Today, 02:23 AM
    Conflicts over control, inclusivity and alleged anti-Semitism will mean that women protesting on the second anniversary of the Women's March on Washington are faced with competing demonstrations this weekend in New York City.One procession, around the edge of Central Park and down Sixth Avenue, is being organized by the Women's March Alliance, a nonprofit group whose leaders are putting on their version of the demonstration for the third straight year. Another event, a downtown rally held at roughly the same time Saturday, is being organized by the New York City chapter of Women's March Inc., the group formed to help organize the 2017 demonstration in Washington, D.C., the day after President Donald Trump's inauguration. Talks between organizers aimed at linking the groups in New York City didn't go anywhere, the reasons varying between overstepping and indifference depending on who's asked. And hanging overhead that has been a controversy playing out nationwide, of concerns related to race and religion. More at: https://news.yahoo.com/schism-leads-dueling-womens-march-events-nyc-060107508.html
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    Today, 12:05 AM
    Though they have calmed somewhat since they first erupted late last year, the Yellow Vest protests are set to continue this week as French President Emmanuel Macron's offerings of olive branches in the form of rolling back a planned gas-tax hike (the original impetus for the protests), promising to blow out the deficit to offer more government benefits and even abandoning plans to go to Davos have done little to quiet the public outrage over his "presidency for the rich." And as his popularity drops to unprecedented lows, polls suggest that the party of his former rival for the presidency, the National Rally party's Marine Le Pen, has overtaken Macron's "En Marche" in popularity. And as Le Pen and her fellow pan-European populists organize to mount a credible challenge to the Brussels establishment during the upcoming European Parliamentary elections in May, Le Pen is making a notable pivot in her party's platform, presumably to try and make it more appealing to more centrist Europeans. According to RT France, Le Pen told the press on Thursday that leaving the euro - once a hallmark of her party's position - was "no longer a priority" for National Rally. "Unquestionably, the euro is a blow for France" but out "is no longer a priority," Le Pen said Thursday, advocating a change in monetary governance of the European Union. "If we change the monetary" governance and "we see that it is sufficient to allow the French economy to recover the handicaps that have been created by the currency, we will keep the change. We are pragmatic, we are not ideologues," said the president of the National Assembly in the margins of her wishes to the press at the headquarters of his party in Nanterre. Though opposing the euro will no longer be a priority, Le Pen had some disparaging words for the European Central Bank, a sign that she is pivoting to an economically populist agenda targeting inequality and immigration. Instead of directing its policies to the benefit of European workers, the ECB's focus on inflation has led it to a monetary stimulus policy that has helped widen inequality. "The governance that has been chosen and which aims for the ECB to fight only against inflation and to refuse to fight against unemployment, poses a real problem," said the finalist of the presidential election in 2017. "Money creation by the EU, instead of being sent to agencies to invest in the real economy or even directly to states...is for banks and is lost, diluted in the virtual economy," she said. Instead of focusing on leaving the euro, Le Pen would rather RN focus on border sovereignty and economic issues like the French budget, a position that echoes that of Italy's populist leaders, who recently faced down the EU and won permission to blow out the country's budget deficit.
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    Yesterday, 11:58 PM
    I have had small doses and I have observed others who had much more, some of them knew when to let it go and others became corrupt. Balance is required, one must know how much power to take and when to stop, one must know when to give up some power and when to do what is necessary to retain it.
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    Yesterday, 11:35 PM
    Corruption is not knowing when to give up power.
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    Yesterday, 11:31 PM
    Earlier this month, when we reported that in the latest warning about China's housing sector, the Communist Party’s People’s Daily warned that China’s regional economies need to reduce their reliance on the property market for growth and instead focus on sustainable longer-term development, we wondered if "something was afoot with China's housing sector." The story is familiar: in recent year, hundreds of cities across China have seen upswings in their local property markets under a long-term plan by Beijing to further urbanize the country. The process of building new homes and revamping old ones has only accelerated in the last few years, backed by local governments keen to boost land sales and meet red-hot property demand. Indeed, the total sales of China’s top 100 real estate developers soared 35% last year. But repeating a now familiar warning that the party is over, Beijing has once again expressed concern that some cities, looking for rapid expansion, have grown their property markets too quickly and at the expense of new industry development, adding potential froth to real estate prices. Two weeks later, our concern that something is not quite well with China's housing sector was validated by the market overnight when shares in Jiayuan International, a prominent Chinese property developer, imploded in late trading in Hong Kong on Thursday, its stock collapsing 81% due to investor unease over a sector that is staggering under vast debts just as the world’s second-biggest economy slows. According to analysts, all of whom were dumbfounded by today's move, said that the stock, which flash crashed after a chaotic day’s trading that wiped more than $3 billion from its market capitalisation with the selling promptly spilling over to many of its peers... ... was engulfed by concern that Jiayuan would default on a $350 million bond that matures this week. As we reported earlier this morning, the panic liquidation over Jiayuan also ensnared rival property company Sunshine 100 China Holdings, whose shares plunged 65% moments after Jiayuan's collapse when traders realized that the two companies share a director. "Some of these companies might have cross-shareholdings in each other and when one of those starts to tumble, it brings down other related stocks," said Bocom strategist Hao Hong. "It’s likely more similar stock crashes could happen this year. A lot of share pledges in Hong Kong are underwater, and as soon as the positions are liquidated it triggers an avalanche." The property development sector has become especially vulnerable to sharp selloffs as it has accumulated large amounts of dollar debt, while the flagging Chinese economy has boosted fears about future prospects for China's housing sector in what may end up being the country's first hard landing in decades.
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    Yesterday, 11:24 PM
    That was a quote of me that somehow lost its "originally posted by" line.
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    Yesterday, 11:23 PM
    I don't deny my "dark side" I control it and use it where it should be used, constructive/destructive isn't the same thing as good/bad.
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    Yesterday, 11:18 PM
    I understand your position and as I keep saying I don't support the wall BUT I have studied the economic and tyranny impact that doing nothing will have on those communities and the entire rest of the country, it is much worse...............MUCH WORSE.
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    Yesterday, 11:15 PM
    I used "our" in the universal/editorial sense, I hope that we share most of our enemies and goals.
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    Yesterday, 11:14 PM
    I strive to be like Jesus, that is what he requires of us.
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    Yesterday, 10:57 PM
    You have been fed an oversimplified version of religion that was manipulated to control people, true religion has a place for fighting against our enemies.
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    Yesterday, 10:52 PM
    I want massive increases inn patrols on the border but if I get a wall instead that WILL be better than if I get nothing, I want to end all welfare too but if I only get an end to welfare for illegals that WILL be better than if I don't get either. You seem to think that getting nothing is better than getting something.
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    Yesterday, 10:42 PM
    We should focus on letting in even more people who will elect supermajorities od De Blasios everywhere because it is their right to come here and impose tyranny on us.:sarcasm:
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