• Raginfridus's Avatar
    Today, 11:19 AM
    See what nonsense our tributaries create when America's not present? Germany's was funniest in the first half (Norway's had best acting tho). I guess Portugal was funniest in the second half (fake soccer injuries).
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    Today, 01:58 AM
    Shit, 62 wagons? Might as well take some with you at that point. Bonnie & Clyde had to rob banks, break out of prison, and shoot people for that kind of attention. These poor bastards got it for driving a sassy car. smh
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    Yesterday, 11:46 PM
    Swordsmyth replied to a thread Catalonia in World News & Affairs
    Catalonia's leaders said on Saturday they would not accept direct rule imposed on the region by the Spanish government, as a political crisis that has rattled the economy and raised fears of prolonged unrest showed no signs of easing.Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy announced earlier on Saturday he would invoke special constitutional powers to fire the regional government and force a new election to counter the region's move towards independence. Catalan President Carles Puigdemont, who made a symbolic declaration of independence on Oct. 10 after a referendum to secede, called Rajoy's moves the "worst attacks against the people of Catalonia" since Spain's military dictatorship. It is the first time since Spain's return to democracy that the central government has used its powers to seize control of a regional administration. Rajoy said it was necessary to end a crisis that has fractured the country and prompted Spain to reduce growth forecasts for the euro zone's fourth-largest economy. After taking party in peaceful demonstration, Puigdemont expressed his rejection of Madrid's move, but stopped short of saying he would make good his threat to push ahead with the independence bid before direct rule takes effect. "I ask the (Catalan) parliament to meet in a plenary session during which we, the representatives of the citizens' sovereignty, will be able to decide over this attempt to liquidate our government and our democracy, and act in consequence," Puigdemont said in a televised address. Rajoy, who acted with backing from the main opposition party in Madrid and King Felipe, needs the authorization of Spain's upper house of parliament to impose direct rule. "Our objective is to restore the law and a normal cohabitation among citizens, which has deteriorated a lot, continue with the economic recovery, which is under threat today in Catalonia, and celebrate elections in a situation of normality," he said. The Senate vote that would give Madrid full control of Catalonia's finances, police and public media and curb the powers of the regional parliament for up to six months is scheduled for next Friday. That could give the independence movement room to maneuver.
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    Yesterday, 08:38 PM
    If the certificate's unofficial what's the fault not signing? Is there an order all unofficial appreciations must be signed?
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    Yesterday, 08:06 PM
    Huny Badger the Medic? lol? I hope sue hard, don't settle, and win. If only to make a point how ridiculous it is that USG arm and establish combatants and strongmen for momentary gains, then ramrod sanctions up their asses through Congress, declare war on them, and feign shock when people in their network are cutting deals with said radicals to conduct the sort of business in these countries they could have had if USG hadn't been in the business of actually creating enemies.
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    Yesterday, 07:54 PM
    WHO chief 'rethinking' Robert Mugabe's appointmenthttp://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-41711571
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    Yesterday, 07:51 PM
    Mr Babis, 63, is the country's second-richest man and campaigned on an anti-establishment and Eurosceptic platform. With all votes counted, his centrist movement ANO (Yes) collected a share of almost 30% - nearly three times that of its closest rival. The centre-right Civic Democrats and the Pirates Party came second and third with more than 10% each. The Pirates will make their debut in parliament with 22 seats, the news agency AFP reported. Turnout was almost 61%. Mr Babis is now set to become prime minister after coalition negotiations. However, he told news agency Reuters that while he had "invited everyone for talks", he was not prepared to "cooperate" with either the far-right, anti-EU Freedom and Direct Democracy party or the Communist Party. The 63-year-old made his estimated $4bn (£3bn) fortune in chemicals, food and media - but he has also faced numerous scandals including a fraud indictment and accusations he was a communist-era police agent. He says he would not bring the Czech Republic in to the eurozone but he wants the country to stay in the EU, telling Reuters he would propose changes to the European Council on issues like food quality and a "solution to migration". More at: http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-41708844
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    Yesterday, 07:40 PM
    A grassroots network of citizens and activists with children all across America, known as United States Parents Involved in Education (USPIE), just unveiled a blueprint to shut down the U.S. Department of Education and end unconstitutional federal mandates imposed on schools. The goal: Returning control over education to parents and local communities, for the benefit of everyone. At the center of that effort will be H.R. 899 by Representative Thomas Massie (R-Ky.), legislation that would shutter the unconstitutional federal department over the next year. The non-profit USPIE organization, which has state chapters across the country, notes in the new document that dramatic increases in federal intervention and funding of public education since the 1960s have not improved education. Instead, in many respects, it has gotten worse. “The evidence is inarguable, the federal government’s intervention in education has been a dismal failure,” says the blueprint, titled “USPIE Blueprint to Close USED and End Federal Education Mandates.” The plan includes five key steps to end federal intervention. First, all program management and funding, including Pell Grants for college, would be returned to the states. Secondly, all federal statutes purporting to authorize federal intervention in K-12 education must be repealed — starting with the monstrous “Every Student Succeeds Act” (ESSA) that, according to then-Education Secretary Arne Duncan, enshrined Obama's entire “education” agenda into (unconstitutional) federal law for the first time. Next, all college loan programs must be privatized. Then, all offices and divisions of the U.S. Education Department need to be shut down, as well as related spending. And finally, all federal taxes and revenue collection for education programs would be ended, shifting the responsibility away from the federal government that never should have gotten involved. More at: http://freedomproject.com/the-newman-report/377-blueprint-unveiled-to-shut-down-department-of-education
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    Yesterday, 07:34 PM
    A highly decorated and respected Air Force officer has been punished by his superiors over his refusal to sign a document affirming the same-sex “marriage” of a retiring subordinate. Colonel Leland Bohannon (shown) is an experienced pilot with over 3,000 flight hours in such aircraft as the B-2A and B-52H bombers, as well as the recipient of the Bronze Star (for service in Afghanistan), the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, and the Air Medal. While his 20 years of Air Force service had made him eligible for a merit-based promotion to brigadier general, Bohannon found the promotion shelved and his career in jeopardy when he declined to sign an unofficial certificate of “spousal appreciation” for the “husband” of a retiring homosexual service member. As reported by the conservative legal advocacy group First Liberty Institute, when the homosexual airman announced his retirement, Bohannon was forwarded a number of awards and honors to sign and present to the airman, including the spousal appreciation appreciation certificate. While Bohannon readily signed all of the other awards, his Christian conviction that marriage can only exist between a man and a woman prevented him from signing the unofficial honor to the airman's “spouse.” Even though a two-star general agreed to sign the certificate in place of Bohannon, when the retiring airman discovered that Bohannon had not signed the document himself, he filed a formal Equal Opportunity (EO) complaint, alleging that Bohannon had unlawfully discriminated against him on the basis of his sexual orientation. Amazingly, an Air Force investigation substantiated the charges, which means that it agreed Bohannon is guilty of unlawful discrimination “because he did not personally sign an optional, unofficial certificate, even though he successfully obtained a far superior signature on the certificate,” explained First Liberty. “The Air Force investigation acknowledged that Col. Bohannon requested a religious accommodation, but stated that even if it had been granted, it would not change the outcome or Col. Bohannon’s 'guilt.'” First Liberty has filed an appeal of the discipline against Bohannon, noting in a letter to Air Force officials that there is “no requirement that a commander issue a spouse certificate. Moreover, the instruction does not require the commander to personally sign a certificate, should one be issued.” More at: https://www.thenewamerican.com/culture/faith-and-morals/item/27188-air-force-punishes-respected-officer-for-refusing-to-endorse-same-sex-marriage
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    Yesterday, 07:29 PM
    http://www.ronpaulforums.com/showthread.php?516103-Air-Force-could-recall-as-many-as-1-000-retired-pilots
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    Yesterday, 07:19 PM
    Last week, researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) reported progress on what may be a huge step in that direction. On October 11, MIT-based (and U.S. Department of Energy-funded) researchers reported that they have developed an “air breathing” battery capable of storing electricity for long periods of time at about $20 a kWh. The technical paper can be found here. MIT’s news release, meanwhile, puts it this way: For its anode, the rechargeable flow battery uses cheap, abundant sulfur dissolved in water. An aerated liquid salt solution in the cathode continuously takes in and releases oxygen that balances charge as ions shuttle between the electrodes. Oxygen flowing into the cathode causes the anode to discharge electrons to an external circuit. Oxygen flowing out sends electrons back to the anode, recharging the battery. More at: https://oilprice.com/Alternative-Energy/Renewable-Energy/MIT-Unveils-Game-Changing-Battery-Breakthrough.html
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    Yesterday, 07:12 PM
    One of the Trump administration's first executive orders was directing federal agencies to search for—and eliminate, if possible— regulations considered to be burdensome to the American public. On Friday, the federal office for special education and rehabilitative services took its first crack at clearing the book of "outdated, unnecessary or ineffective regulations." In all, 63 pieces of guidance from the office for special education programs were identified for elimination. That sounds like a lot. But it appears that many of the guidance documents were targeted because they're just very old. Fifty of the guidance documents marked for elimination predate the most recent reauthorization of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, which was passed in November 2004. For example, one memo, which does not have a link available, is a 35-year-old letter to state chiefs about data collection for fiscal year 1983. Other pieces of guidance to be eliminated were geared toward a very specific purpose, like this memo that gave districts a one-year grace period back in 2005 to adjust to a change in federal special education law regarding students with disabilities enrolled in private school. (Prior to the 2004 reauthorization, school districts were expected to provide services to private school students who lived in their boundaries, regardless of where the child attended school. The 2004 law switched this around, so that districts were now responsible for providing services to the private schools located in their boundaries, regardless of where the student with a disability lived.) That grace period is more than a decade in the past, and now the memo that created it is gone too. Another memo refers to monitoring under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 that's also long in the past. Also on the chopping block, perhaps for redundancy, is a 2009 memo about using federal funds for response to intervention. The concept of "highly qualified teachers" explained in this 2007 Q&A no longer exists, which is probably why this memo is set to be axed. This is just the first step in the process of clearing out old regulations and guidance; the department noted that it is still analyzing public comments. More at: http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/speced/2017/10/special_education_guidance_eliminated.html
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    Yesterday, 07:09 PM
    Swordsmyth replied to a thread Catalonia in World News & Affairs
    Spanish Attorney General prepares to ARREST Catalonia's presidenthttp://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5003425/amp/Attorney-General-prepares-ARREST-Catalonia-s-president.html
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    Yesterday, 07:08 PM
    It looks like Bannon wants to use CALExit to kill as many liberals as possible, we need a "LET THEM GO" movement and a "KEEP THE RED COUNTIES" movement.
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    Yesterday, 06:33 PM
    I mean that the cash-flow of the states would be taxed at X% instead of the income tax on citizens and companies.
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    Yesterday, 05:45 PM
    You were the kid who brought his topps to school and flashed them all over the place, then a bunch of sixth graders took them, and its been the bus driver's fault for not intervening ever since. If only there was a minarchist driving that day, you would still have those rookies... or gently scolded for hustling. Which ruler was it that legalized, for example, the rules of attraction? Was that Hammurabi? Draco? It must have been a Pope... You're just pleading at this point. I've told you Anarchy and Capitalism are not as you've defined them. If you can't self correct, it is best that you opt out of ancap. No rulers =/= no rules. Commerce does not start and stop at your convenience, you miserable statist. :p
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    Yesterday, 02:49 PM
    To be fair to NC, if you've got nothing to bring, you might as well congratulate yourself for nothing. lol
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    Yesterday, 02:34 PM
    Hyphenating the two is perfectly legitimate, there's no dilemma here. Anarchy isn't the principle there are no hierarchies; and Capitalism isn't the principle rulers must set the rules of commerce.
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    Yesterday, 02:16 PM
    I knew someone was going to say that. So basically what you're saying is, because our system is being subverted and turned into something it was never supposed to be, we should throw out the baby with the bathwater and go to a system that is also going to end up subverted and turned into something it was never supposed to be... Except that in your AnCapLand, you are starting out without a true foundation, but with an illogical, contradictory idea that won't work longer than a few days. Makes loads of sense. :o
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    Yesterday, 02:06 PM
    I wonder what God would have written if Rome taxed income. If not just property owners but laymen too were taxed...
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    Yesterday, 01:36 PM
    Yeah, it was. :) PS: hangouts
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    Yesterday, 01:35 PM
    Ive got a bunch of Legos she can take, if she pinky-swears she'll back off from politics.
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    Yesterday, 01:27 PM
    Ha ha… That kind of reminds me of a movie I saw recently, about a family that lived in an underground vault for a few decades then finally came out into a completely different world. I can't remember the name of it, but it's with Brendan Fraser. Natural Citizen knows what I'm talking about. :)
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