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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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    Yesterday, 10:21 PM
    Not at all, I would absolutely fight against it but it is preferable to being shot for possessing any gun and your analogy is very poor, border defenses against foreign invaders are totally different than tyranny throughout our territory. I don't support the wall but it is far better than what we will end up with if nothing is done to stop the invasion.
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    Yesterday, 09:58 PM
    Judge tentatively finds uninsulated PG&E power lines sparked 2017-2018 wildfires
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    Yesterday, 09:57 PM
    PG&E Corp. is so cash-starved that it won’t commit to paying settlements reached with people who lost their homes in a 2015 wildfire caused by a tree falling on a power line.The disclosure by a lawyer for the utility giant was greeted warily by a state judge at a hearing Thursday in Sacramento. He declined to grant PG&E’s request, in light of its plan to file for bankruptcy this month, to put off an April trial over damages from the Butte Fire that torched 70,000 acres and destroyed almost 500 homes. The September 2015 fire in the Sierra Nevada foothills did modest damage compared with Northern California blazes in PG&E’s service area in 2017 and 2018 that, taken together, killed more than 100 people, razed tens of thousands of homes and burned hundreds of thousands of acres. Financial uncertainty over as much as $30 billion in liabilities from the 2017 and 2018 wildfires has created a state of “limbo” in which PG&E can’t commit to previously reached settlements, said Kristin Bird, a lawyer for the company. More at: https://finance.yahoo.com/news/pg-e-won-apos-t-230845190.html But finding bonus money for their executives isn't a problem.
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    Yesterday, 09:54 PM
    The German government is reportedly exploring whether it can exclude Chinese technology company Huawei from future mobile infrastructure, apparently due to concerns over security. German newspaper Handelsblatt, citing government sources, said Berlin was discussing setting security standards Huawei currently cannot achieve, effectively blocking its participation in the rollout of fifth-generation (5G) mobile networks. Changes to the German telecommunications law were also under consideration as a last resort, the paper said. The deliberations would mark a shift from the German government's position back in October 2018, when it told politicians it saw no legal basis to exclude any vendors from an upcoming 5G auction, despite warnings from Washington. The government said in a more recent response the security of 5G networks was "extremely relevant", and would guide its upcoming decisions, Handelsblatt reported. More at: https://news.yahoo.com/germany-planning-exclude-huawei-5g-140409412.html
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    Yesterday, 09:45 PM
    It reduces that problem to far less than would happen without it.
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    Yesterday, 09:29 PM
    OH LOOK! A TDS VICTIM
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    Yesterday, 09:18 PM
    I didn't see any, all I see is a snarky "have you stopped beating your wife" thread, I therefore responded in kind. Get a life. I see you are a denier but I expected that, it goes well with your other leftarian loony positions.
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    Yesterday, 09:08 PM
    Self-destructive impulses?
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    Yesterday, 08:46 PM
    Or the people who believe everything the MSM tells them.
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    Yesterday, 08:32 PM
    RBG will make a great start for the year.
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    Yesterday, 08:13 PM
    What's not masculine about Risk-taking, Ferociousness, and Independence?
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    Yesterday, 08:04 PM
    Gillette has been accused of hypocrisy over its new advert tackling toxic masculinity, with some complaining the brand is itself guilty of sexism. It relates to the issue known as the “pink tax” where products advertised towards women cost more than similar products marketed towards men. “I could have sworn Gillette just told us to stop treating women poorly. Look how they treat their female customers though,” one person tweeted alongside photos of identical razors advertised towards men and women, with the women’s version costing $3 more.Another person also shared photos of the brand’s razors sold on Amazon, where a price discrepancy is evident. “Me: The new Gillette ad is great. Also me: “Gillette why is an eight-pack of women’s blades $3-4 more than men’s?” they asked. “OK so I’m all for the ideas in the Gillette commercial, I think it’s wonderful in theory, but a company can’t charge a pink tax and then use media to say they encourage gender equality and awareness, it doesn’t work like that. You don’t get both,” someone else tweeted. Look, I like the @Gillette ad. It sends a great message that a lot of men obviously need to hear. But the message rings a little hollow when coming from a company that profits from the #PinkTax. It’s time for Gillette to put their money where their mouth is and end the pink tax. — Ryanne Allison (@TheGirlRyanne) January 16, 2019
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    Yesterday, 08:00 PM
    The University of Oxford said on Thursday it has stopped accepting funding from China's Huawei Technologies , the leading global supplier of telecoms network equipment, after scrutiny over the company's relationship with China’s government."Oxford University decided on January 8 this year that it will not pursue new funding opportunities with Huawei Technologies Co Ltd or its related group companies at present," the university said in a statement. "The decision has been taken in the light of public concerns raised in recent months surrounding UK partnerships with Huawei. We hope these matters can be resolved shortly." A Huawei spokesman said they had not been informed of the Oxford decision and only found out when it was reported in the media. https://news.yahoo.com/oxford-university-suspends-funding-chinas-huawei-183715965--sector.html
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