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    Today, 12:04 AM
    Or he was trapping a leaker.
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    Today, 12:03 AM
    A growing number of China’s private companies have cut wages, delayed paychecks or stopped paying staff completely, saying that the economic toll of the coronavirus has left them unable to cover their labor costs.To slow the spread of the virus that’s claimed more than 2,000 lives, Chinese authorities and big employers have encouraged people to stay home. Shopping malls and restaurants are empty; amusement parks and theaters are closed; non-essential travel is all but forbidden. What’s good for containment has been lousy for business. With classes canceled at a coding-and-robotics school in Hangzhou, employees will lose 30% to 50% of their wages. The Lionsgate Entertainment World theme park in Zhuhai is closed, and workers have been told to use up their paid vacation time and get ready for unpaid leave.“A week of unpaid leave is very painful,” said Jason Lam, 32, who was furloughed from his job as a chef in a high-end restaurant in Hong Kong’s Tsim Sha Tsui neighborhood. “I don’t have enough income to cover my spending this month.” Across China, companies are telling workers that there’s no money for them -- or that they shouldn’t have to pay full salaries to quarantined employees who don’t come to work. It’s too soon to say how many people have lost wages as a result of the outbreak, but in a survey of more than 9,500 workers by Chinese recruitment website Zhaopin, more than one-third said they were aware it was a possibility. The salary freezes are further evidence of the economic hit to China’s volatile private sector -- the fastest growing part of the world’s second-biggest economy -- and among small firms especially. It also suggests the stress will extend beyond the health risks to the financial pain that comes with job cuts and salary instability.“The coronavirus may hit Chinese consumption harder than SARS 17 years ago,” said Chang Shu, Chief Asia Economist for Bloomberg Intelligence. “And SARS walloped consumption.” By law, companies have to comply with a full pay cycle in February before cutting wages to the minimum, said Edgar Choi, a Shenzhen-based lawyer and author of “Commercial Law in a Minute.” For companies that aren’t making enough to cover payroll, it’s permissible to delay salaries, as long as staff get the money they’re owed eventually.Choi said he’s heard from thousands of foreign workers who say their payments have been cut in half this month or halted althogether. That, he said, is illegal. “A lot of these employees are foreigners, they don’t know Chinese,” he said. “Whatever their boss tells them, that’s it. It’s easy for them to get bullied.”NIO Inc., an electric car-maker based in Shanghai, recently delayed paychecks by a week. The company’s chairman William Li also encouraged employees to accept restricted stock units in lieu of a cash bonus. At Foxconn Technology Group’s Shenzhen factory, workers returning from the Lunar New Year break are quarantined in the dorms before they can return to work. They’re getting paid, but only about one-third of what they’d earn if they were working.Without full, regular paychecks and few places to spend them these days anyway, Chinese consumers could cut spending in some categories to zero, said Bloomberg’s Shu. And it may not bounce back: For example, she said, if you skip your daily latte for two months, you’re not likely to make up for those missed drinks later in the year. More at: https://finance.yahoo.com/news/chinese-companies-t-afford-pay-020241284.html
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    Yesterday, 11:54 PM
    I think I heard something about that but I don't know.
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    Yesterday, 11:53 PM
    I generally don't support the lesser of two evils but I can give you a scriptural example: Genesis Chapter 14 1 And it came to pass in the days of Amraphel king of Shinar, Arioch king of Ellasar, Chedorlaomer king of Elam, and Tidal king of nations; 2 That these made war with Bera king of Sodom, and with Birsha king of Gomorrah, Shinab king of Admah, and Shemeber king of Zeboiim, and the king of Bela, which is Zoar. 3 All these were joined together in the vale of Siddim, which is the salt sea. 4 Twelve years they served Chedorlaomer, and in the thirteenth year they rebelled. 5 And in the fourteenth year came Chedorlaomer, and the kings that were with him, and smote the Rephaims in Ashteroth Karnaim, and the Zuzims in Ham, and the Emims in Shaveh Kiriathaim,
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    Yesterday, 11:45 PM
    How about Nebuchadnezzar? Daniel served him and acknowledged him as GOD's choice to rule the region and he was FAR from perfect.
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    Yesterday, 11:39 PM
    You keep asking about the lesser of two evils, I don't support voting for the lesser of two evils. A least of all possible goods is a GOOD. Samson was an evil man and he was punished by GOD for his sins but he was used as GOD's instrument to deliver Israel. Trump has many faults but he isn't as bad as Samson. There are many places in scripture where we are admonished to support good and oppose evil. Christ ate with the publicans and sinners and called Matthew the publican to follow him, he also gave us the parable of the Prodigal Son. There are many examples in scripture of GOD using those who are very imperfect to do his work.
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    Yesterday, 11:22 PM
    George Zimmerman wants a day in court against two of the leading Democratic presidential contenders, accusing them of defamation. In a lawsuit filed Tuesday in Florida, the man who killed Trayvon Martin in self-defense in 2012 accused Pete Buttigieg and Sen. Elizabeth Warren of “maliciously defam” Mr. Zimmerman, using the killing “as a pretext to demagogue and falsely brand Zimmerman as a white supremacist and racist to their millions of Twitter followers.” Mr. Zimmerman was acquitted of all charges on traditional self-defense grounds, because Martin attacked him and beat his head against the ground, supposedly for profiling the black teen while on a neighborhood-watch shift. “The obvious intent of Buttigieg and Warren’s Tweets is alleged race baiting, in an attempt to draw African American votes during this Democrat presidential primary season,” Zimmerman attorney Larry Klayman said in an announcement of the lawsuit, according to WorldNetDaily. The suit was filed in the Circuit Court for the 10th Judicial Circuit in Polk County, Florida. It accuses Ms. Warren and Mr. Buttigieg of actual malice, a prerequisite to win a libel case if one is a public figure. “Both defendants, Buttigieg and Warren, are alleged in the complaint to have acted with actual malice, as it is widely known that Zimmerman was acquitted of murder based on self-defense,” the announcement said. The tweets in question both said Martin was killed because of “racism” or “white supremacy.”
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    Yesterday, 11:10 PM
    I do not advocate for voting for the lesser of two evils, a least of all possible goods is good and we are instructed to support good and oppose evil many places in the scriptures. Here is a good way to think about it: Christians must support Samson–I mean, Donald Trump
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    Yesterday, 10:52 PM
    It's ALWAYS a step down in quality.
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    Yesterday, 10:51 PM
    WRONG. Not Applying it means the states may violate the rights of the individual, THAT is a progressive idea.
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    Yesterday, 10:40 PM
    Russian bombers destroyed Turkish tanks, 18 MLRS installations and about 50 armored personnel carriers, learned BulgarianMilitary.com citing news agency Aviapro publication. More at: https://bulgarianmilitary.com/2020/02/17/russian-bombers-have-destroyed-turkish-armored-vehicles-and-weapons-in-syria/
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    Yesterday, 09:24 PM
    The White House has released an outline of multiple persons who are receiving executive grants of clemency from President Trump. PARDONS: President Donald J. Trump signed Executive Grants of Clemency granting Full Pardons to the following individuals: Edward DeBartolo, Jr., Michael Milken, Ariel Friedler, Bernard Kerik, Paul Pogue, David Safavian, and Angela Stanton. COMMUTATIONS: In addition, President Trump signed Executive Grants of Clemency granting commutations to Rod Blagojevich, Tynice Nichole Hall, Crystal Munoz, and Judith Negron. ♦ Edward DeBartolo, Jr., is a successful businessman, real estate developer, and member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame. During the 23 years that he owned the San Francisco 49ers, the team won an unprecedented 13 division titles and 5 Super Bowl Championships. In 1998, he was convicted for failing to report a felony regarding payment demanded for a riverboat casino license, and he was sentenced to 2 years’ probation. Mr. DeBartolo did not allow his conviction to define his life. He remained a generous philanthropist and passionate supporter of numerous charitable causes, including charter schools like the Brooks DeBartolo Collegiate High School, and anti-gang violence initiatives. His exceptional compassion and warmth define his character to this day. Mr. DeBartolo treated players and coaches as part of his family. Many prominent individuals from the National Football League have strongly advocated for this pardon, including Joe Montana, Jim Brown, Jerry Rice, Steve Young, Ronnie Lott, Charles Haley, Derrick Brooks, Fred Dean, Robert Kraft, Jerry Jones, and Roger Goodell. They have been joined in their support by other notable figures and organizations, including Pastor Darrell Scott, Kareem Lanier, Paul Anka, and the Urban Revitalization Coalition. ♦ Michael Milken, one of America’s greatest financiers, pioneered the use of high-yield bonds in corporate finance. His innovative work greatly expanded access to capital for emerging companies. By enabling smaller players to access the financing they needed to compete, Mr. Milken’s efforts helped create entire industries, such as wireless communications and cable television, and transformed others, like home building. Mr. Milken’s work also democratized corporate finance by providing women and minorities access to capital that would have been unavailable to them otherwise. In 1989, at the height of his finance career, Mr. Milken was charged in an indictment alleging that some of his innovative financing mechanisms were in fact criminal schemes. The charges filed against Mr. Milken were truly novel. In fact, one of the lead prosecutors later admitted that Mr. Milken had been charged with numerous technical offenses and regulatory violations that had never before been charged as crimes. Though he initially vowed to fight the charges, Mr. Milken ultimately pled guilty in exchange for prosecutors dropping criminal charges against his younger brother. As a result, Mr. Milken served 2 years in prison in the early 1990s. Since his release, Mr. Milken has dedicated his life to philanthropy, continuing charitable work that he began before his indictment. Over the years, Mr. Milken—either personally or through foundations he created—has provided hundreds of millions of dollars in critical funding to medical research, education, and disadvantaged children. Mr. Milken’s philanthropy has been particularly influential in the fight against prostate cancer and has been credited with saving many lives. This pardon has widespread and longstanding support, including from the following individuals: Dr. Miriam Adelson, Sheldon Adelson, David Bahnsen, Tom Barrack, Maria Bartiromo, Ron Burkle, Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao, William Ford, Josh Friedman, Rudy Guiliani, Josh Harris, Rabbi Marvin Hier, Ray Irani, Robert Kraft, Richard LeFrak, Randy Levine, Howard Lorber, Representative...
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    Yesterday, 09:16 PM
    EU foreign ministers agreed Monday to a naval operation to enforce an arms embargo on war-torn Libya, overcoming objections from countries who feared it may encourage new migrant flows.The new mission will include ships as well as air capacity and the possibility of ground forces, Italy's Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio said. It will focus on the eastern Mediterranean, through which weapons pass on their way to Libya. The conflict in the oil-rich but turbulent North African state was on the agenda for EU ministers meeting in Brussels but EU diplomatic chief Josep Borrell had played down hopes of an agreement over objections from Austria and Hungary. "We all agreed to create a mission to block the entry of arms into Libya, with rules of engagement," di Maio said. "If it creates a 'pull factor', that is to say the ships attract migrants, the mission will be stopped." Austria had led opposition to reviving Operation Sophia — set up in 2015 to fight people smuggling across the Mediterranean — to enforce the embargo with ships, fearing it could reactivate a rescue fleet that would end up ferrying migrants across the Mediterranean to Europe. Hungary, whose right-wing populist government has taken a tough anti-immigration stance, is understood to have supported Austria’s objections. Making the arms embargo work is seen as crucial to stabilising the Libyan conflict, where the UN-backed Tripoli government is under attack from the forces of military strongman Khalifa Haftar, who controls much of the country’s south and east. Di Maio and his Austrian counterpart Alexander Schallenberg insisted Operation Sophia was finished and the new mission was a different beast. “There is a basic consensus that we now want a military operation and not a humanitarian mission,” Schallenberg said.
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    Yesterday, 09:08 PM
    Five months after Afghans went to the polls to choose a new president, election authorities have declared the incumbent, Ashraf Ghani, the winner, but his main opponent has rejected the result and said he will form his own “inclusive government”. After a heavily contested poll, Ghani officially scraped just over 50% of votes, averting a second round run-off. But hours after the election results were announced, rival Abdullah Abdullah declared himself the victor. Decisions on disputed votes were “illegal” he told a news conference in the Afghan capital, and the results “national treason”, local media reported. The dispute sets Afghanistan up for a difficult political showdown at a critical time. The US is closing in on a withdrawal agreement with the Taliban, which should pave the way for “intra-Afghan talks” with the government in Kabul. With two men claiming the presidency with powerful support bases, that vital but complicated stage in possible peace negotiations to end a decades-old civil war would be even more difficult. “At a normal time, disputed election results would be traumatic for a country that craves stability and strong government, but this week, Afghans are also expecting a US-Taliban deal to be announced,” said Kate Clark, a co-director of the Afghanistan Analysts Network. “That deal should usher in the start of talks between the Taliban and other Afghans. Will the Afghan political class be able to agree on a team or a negotiating strategy if they are locked in battle as to who sits in the presidential palace?” More at: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/feb/18/ashraf-ghani-wins-afghan-presidential-election
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    Yesterday, 09:04 PM
    In seriousness, no it doesn't. Not everyone in Russia died when Communism took over. What did happen? All of the previous elite were killed first. They all died. Well, some escaped to New York. But it was a bloodbath. And then, yeah, things went on from there over the decades. Perhaps we have misunderstood communism and thus missed its potential as a useful tool. Everywhere communism has tried, it has worked brilliantly. It has resulted in the deposement and wholesale slaughter of the country's previous ruling elite. That is the purpose of communism. That is why God gave it to us, as a tool. Communism is not an economic system, it is a tactic. As an economic system, it would be retarded and obviously unworkable. But as a tactic of "how can we get rid of all these horrible disgustoids ruling over us?" it seems to work almost miraculously well. It's never failed. Now the Russian czars and oligarchs were not that bad, it's quite a shame they were slaughtered, and those rulers who replaced them were a decided step down in quality. But our rulers today are an unrelentingly malicious, unmitigated horror of freaks with no virtue, no intelligence, no taste, and no excuse to be allowed to continue living. Whatever rulers replaced them couldn't possibly be worse. If whipping the people up into a communist revolution would be an effective way of exterminating our rulers, it certainly deserves some consideration.
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    Yesterday, 08:32 PM
    That's why joining another conservative state is such a good idea. It adds conservatives to an already conservative state and deprives a liberal state of population and taxes.
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    Yesterday, 08:25 PM
    I didn't see this till just now. Sorry you are still in a bad place. If you feel like talking or venting, please do so. We care.
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    Yesterday, 08:23 PM
    As readers can probably imagine, it takes a lot to set off a genuine public furor in China, especially when the subject is critical of the government, or challenges its authority in any way. Yet a video depicting nurses in Gansu Province having their hair shaved off has accomplished just that, while raising serious questions about Beijing's ability to contain the public frustration over its handling of the coronavirus outbreak that spawned COVID 2019. In the video report, which was posted by the newspaper "Gansu Daily" - a state-run paper in Gansu to better accommodate the full-body medical gear that they will be wearing in Hubei, where they were being sent by the government. Viewers can watch the original video here.
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    Yesterday, 07:35 PM
    There goes the "holier than thou" again. It is possible for someone to be imperfect and be more good than bad. You can demand perfection all you want but what you will get instead is deterioration from lesser and greater evils because you refuse to deal with imperfect goods. Your way makes things worse.
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    Yesterday, 07:22 PM
    That's possible. But maybe we should just lock you up for a year to be safe.
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    Yesterday, 07:11 PM
    We are all probably fucked. Hong Kong press is reporting that longest known infectious incubation for #Covid19 #CoronaVirus is *94 days*. A young 25 yro woman was sick for 20 and dropped dead 2 days after going through the 14 day quarantine. https://t.co/AUbS8EpCsy pic.twitter.com/Q7gfrEL7Rc — Theodore Smith (@hopeseekr) February 18, 2020
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    Yesterday, 07:02 PM
    Trump is NOT the lesser of two evils, he is least of all possible goods. He is moving things in the right direction, our enemies didn't get us where we are overnight and we can't undo what they did overnight either. You are "holier than thou" for telling those of us who choose some progress over demanding perfection and getting nothing that we don't want the same end results you and Ron want.
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    Yesterday, 06:45 PM
    There is a lot written about China these days, and most of it is correct in describing that country as nasty, aggressive, and a threat to civilization. President Xi wants to be emperor of the whole world and can see a path to achieving that. But he has kicked a couple of own goals that will help preclude it happening. Xi's first own goal was to suppress privately owned business activity in favor of state-owned companies. Workers in state-owned companies have about a third of the productivity of those in businesses run by their private owners. Beyond that, his directive suppresses the animal spirits of the private sector. As to why Xi did that, private businesses are separate sources of power and thus potential threats to communist control. Communist leaders will choose security for themselves over prosperity for others every time. His second own goal was to delay the news of the coronavirus until after the trade deal was signed with the United States. Xi did not want to show any sign of weakness while the deal was being negotiated. China's relative position had been deteriorating since 2015, when its share of world exports peaked at about 15%. Trump wanted a trade deal because he would like China to remain stable through the election cycle. The language of the trade deal included a lot of "China shall," indicating that China needed the deal more than Trump did. We infer that the anti-China efforts will be ramped up again after the election. The first coronavirus case was reported on December 1, 2019, and the trade deal was signed on January 15, 2020. Wuhan was put under quarantine lockdown eight days later on January 23. In the meantime, some five million people left Wuhan, as estimated by Wuhan's mayor, a case of closing the stable door after the horse had bolted. So, as a result of waiting for the trade deal to be signed before acting, Xi changed a controllable outbreak into an out-of-control epidemic. The Chicoms are pathological liars, as they regard anyone who is not in a more powerful position in the Chinese Communist Party with contempt, thus they reported daily deaths as a percentage of cases as 2.1%, 2.1%, 2.1% until they gave up lying about it. But the hit to China's economy is real and huge. Coal consumption is half of what it should be at this point after the end of the lunar new year holidays. Air pollution, as measured by satellites, is down 20% to 50%. China's ability to threaten its neighbors will be much weakened as its government revenues crater. There is a good case for nominating the coronavirus for the Nobel Peace Prize. The humble virus has certainly done far more for world peace than Greta Thunberg, the current frontrunner.
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    Yesterday, 06:40 PM
    :sleeping: Nobody here claims trump is perfect nor would we choose him if we got to appoint the President ourselves. We support him because he is the least of all possible goods and is moving things in the right direction. Your "holier than thou" attitude is exactly why libertarians have no real allies and never make any progress.
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    Yesterday, 06:36 PM
    China will grant exemptions on retaliatory duties imposed against 696 U.S. products, the most substantial tariff relief to be offered so far, as Beijing seeks to fulfill commitments made in its interim trade deal with the United States. The announcement on Feb. 18 comes after the “phase one” trade deal between the two countries took effect on Feb. 14 and is the third round of tariff exemptions that China has offered on U.S. goods. U.S. goods eligible for tariff exemptions include key agricultural and energy products such as pork, beef, soybeans, liquefied natural gas and crude oil, which were subject to extra tariffs imposed during the escalation of the bilateral trade dispute. Other products subject to exemption on additional tariffs imposed include denatured ethanol and wheat, corn and sorghum. Some medical devices and metals including copper ore and concentrates, copper scrap, and aluminum scrap are also subject to exemptions. Pharmaceutical products such as recombinant human insulin and some antibiotics are also among U.S. products eligible for tariff exemptions. More at: https://www.theepochtimes.com/china-to-grant-tariff-exemptions-on-696-us-goods-to-support-purchases_3241666.html
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