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    Today, 09:26 AM
    :takes notes:
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    Today, 08:39 AM
    How many times have you been to North Korea and asked North Koreans what they want? Of course they want peace. You don't think North Korean elites are privy to the fact Kim's a USG tool? Don't you think Kim's handlers and his opponents know where their missile parts are coming from? Do they remember Iraq's starvation and economic ruin through sanctions? Are they oblivious to our foreign policy? North Koreans know the US will win the war, but they'll take the devil they know over the devil they don't. They still remember Kim Jong Il's taking steps toward economic integration with their neighbors, until our gaze shifted away from Iraq and the ME.
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    Today, 01:06 AM
    The first panel included Andrew Smith of the University of New Hampshire, Kimball Brace of Election Data Services Inc., and John Lott. They testified about historical election turnout statistics and the effects of election integrity issues on voter confidence. Lott also testified that his statistical analyses show that contrary to the narrative myth pushed by some, voter ID does not depress voter turnout. In fact, there is some evidence that it may increase turnout because it increases public confidence in elections. In a second panel, Donald Palmer, the former chief election official in two states—Florida and Virginia—testified about the problems that exist in state voter registration systems. He made a series of recommendations to improve the accuracy of voter rolls, including working toward “interoperability” of state voter lists so that states “can identify and remove duplicate registration of citizens who are registered to vote in more than one state.” Robert Popper, a former Justice Department lawyer now with Judicial Watch, testified about the failure of the Justice Department to enforce the provisions of the National Voter Registration Act that require states to maintain the accuracy of their voter lists. He said there has been a “pervasive failure by state and county officials” to comply with the National Voter Registration Act, and complained about the under-enforcement of state laws against voter fraud. Ken Block of Simpatico Software Systems gave a stunning report on the comparison that his company did of voter registration and voter history data from 21 states. He discussed how difficult and expensive it was to get voter data from many states—data that is supposed to be freely available to the public. According to Block, “the variability in access, quality, cost, and data provided impedes the ability to examine voter activity between states.” Yet using an extremely conservative matching formula that included name, birthdate, and Social Security number, Block found approximately 8,500 voters who voted in two different states in the November 2016 election, including 200 couples who voted illegally together. He estimated that “there would be 40,000 duplicate votes if data from every state were available.” Of those duplicate voters, 2,200 cast a ballot in Florida—four times George W. Bush’s margin of victory in 2000. His analysis “indicates a high likelihood voter fraud” and that there is “likely much more to be found.”
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    Today, 01:05 AM
    AIPAC are the largest lobbying firm in DC - perhaps the world - and nobody has been voted into office w/o pledging to serve Israel's statehood. Considering this unchecked power of their's alone, before even approaching an investigation, does Israeli decades-old meddling in our sovereignty also warrant an investigation, Mr. Freeman? Is the State of Israel at war with us? I'd love to have five minutes each to ask these tools and record our dialog. I'm just asking for, what, half an hour tops?
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    Today, 12:41 AM
    In a closely watched case, the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit has issued an order that should see many more patent cases leaving the Eastern District of Texas. The order in In re Cray, together with the Supreme Court’s recent decision in TC Heartland v. Kraft Foods, should make it much more difficult for patent owners to pick and choose among various courts in the country. In particular, it should drastically limit the ability of patent trolls to file in their preferred venue: the Eastern District of Texas. “Venue” is a legal doctrine that relates to where cases can be heard. Prior to 1990, the Supreme Court had long held that in patent cases, the statute found at 28 U.S.C. § 1400 controlled where a patent case could be filed. This statute says that venue in patent cases is proper either (1) where the defendant “resides” or (2) where the defendant has “committed acts of infringement and has a regular and established place of business.” However, in 1990 in a case called VE Holding,the Federal Circuit held that a small technical amendment to another statute—28 U.S.C. § 1391—abrogated this long line of cases. VE Holding, together with another case called Beverly Hills Fan, essentially meant that companies that sold products nationwide could be hailed into any court in the country on charges of patent infringement, regardless of how tenuous the connection to that forum. In May, 2017, the Supreme Court reaffirmed that the more specific statute, 28 U.S.C. § 1400, controls where a patent case can be filed. TC Heartland ruled that the term “resides” referred to a historical meaning, and was limited to the state of the defendant’s incorporation. However, TC Heartland did not discuss what was meant by the second prong of the venue statute, i.e. when defendants could be considered to have a “regular and established place of business.”
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    Today, 12:33 AM
    Pakistan has vowed to remain engaged with the United States in fighting regional terrorism and stabilizing Afghanistan, but said “any political or military” role for its archenemy India in the war-torn country will be unacceptable for Islamabad. Pakistani Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi made the remarks late Wednesday during a public talk at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York. While outlining his long-awaited “new strategy” for the Afghan war and South Asia last month, U.S. President Donald Trump advocated for a greater role for New Delhi in Afghanistan despite Islamabad’s long running objection. “If they want to do economic assistance, that’s their prerogative, but there’s no — we don’t accept or see any role politically or militarily for India in Afghanistan,” Abbasi asserted. “I think it will just complicate the situation and it will not resolve anything,” warned the Pakistani prime minister. Islamabad alleges the Indian intelligence agency is partnering with Afghan security institutions to fund and plot terrorist attacks against Pakistan through fugitive anti-state militants. Kabul and New Delhi deny the charges.
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    Today, 12:31 AM
    Today, the Washington DC Court of Appeals overturned a Superior Court conviction of a man who was located by police using a cell-site simulator, or Stingray, CBS News reports. The court ruled that the defendant's Fourth Amendment rights were violated when law enforcement tracked down the suspect using his own cell phone without a warrant. Stingrays work by pretending to be a cell tower and once they're brought close enough to a particular phone, that phone pings a signal off of them. The Stingray then grabs onto that signal and allows whoever's using it to locate the phone in question. These sorts of devices are used by a number of different agencies including the FBI, ICE, the IRS as well as policeofficers. In the ruling, the judges said, "We thus conclude that under ordinary circumstances, the use of a cell-site simulator to locate a person through his or her cellphone invades the person's actual, legitimate, and reasonable expectation of privacy in his or her location information and is a search." They also said, "We agree with that the government violated the Fourth Amendment when it deployed the cell-site simulator against him without first obtaining a warrant based on probable cause." The ruling could affect ongoing and future cases as well as law enforcement's use of the technology. More at: https://www.yahoo.com/news/why-china-could-invade-north-233700458.html
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    Today, 12:21 AM
    There's a new firearm on the market with an attached silencer that is not covered by federal gun control laws because it's not considered a gun and it's not considered a silencer. The Maxim 50 from SilencerCo, a silencer manufacturer in Utah, is a .50-caliber muzzleloader, a modern version of the single-shot muskets used in the Revolutionary War. But unlike the muskets from hundreds of years ago, the Maxim 50 has a silencer that's permanently attached. That makes the Maxim 50, which went on sale this week, exempt from federal restrictions on the sale and distribution of firearms. SilencerCo says it deliberately sidestepped federal laws with the design. SilencerCo put the Maxim 50 on the market Tuesday with a $999 price tag. The muzzleloader is sold by a Connecticut company called Traditions firearms, while the silencer is made and attached by SilencerCo in Utah. SilencerCo provided CNNMoney with a letter from the ATF that greenlights the Maxim 50, saying that their silencer is not considered a silencer because it's permanently attached to the muzzleloader, which is not considered a gun. More at: http://money.cnn.com/2017/09/21/news/companies/silencer-muzzleloader/index.html
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    Yesterday, 11:56 PM
    The truth about NAZI Germany will irritate the Socialists. They love calling others nazis, but they've never looked in the mirror. I wish I could find more NAZI propaganda, but I'd probably have to buy an account with an online historical archivist, or request prints from countries which still respect freedom of speech. So, sorry they're in German, but the imagery and some obvious words are clue enough. Also, anything connecting Trotsky with Irving Kristol and the Neocons is legitimate. These memes would be for planting doubt, whereas the NAZI ones are for catching them "naked" to embarrass them.
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    Yesterday, 11:06 PM
    We shall see, the world is getting more brittle by the day, and the current powers that be are getting ever weaker. If Ireland could do it so could Catalonia.
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    Yesterday, 11:02 PM
    Because the target may not have any income or even savings with which to pay, any form of wealth tax or head tax is as close to pure theft as you can get, money should be taxed when it moves not when it sits still.
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    Yesterday, 10:23 PM
    Especially not an insane dictator.
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    Yesterday, 10:22 PM
    If they go IRA they will find a sponsor, there are plenty of people who would love to see Spain and the EU set on fire.
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    Yesterday, 10:12 PM
    Sir, you insult good women of the oldest profession, when you call this schizo a whore.
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    Yesterday, 09:53 PM
    Why would this not be expected? They don't want Seoul obliterated and the current government ran on a platform of reconciliation with the north.
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    Yesterday, 09:09 PM
    North Sea Oil Sees Investment RushThe influx of new E&Ps will continue, the OGA believes, estimating that a third of total North Sea oil production by the end of 2018 will come from fields where operation started this year. http://oilprice.com/Energy/Energy-General/North-Sea-Oil-Sees-Investment-Rush.html Expect A Major Leap In U.S. Oil ExportsThe discount for WTI relative to Brent is at its widest point in more than two years at nearly $6 per barrel, only slightly down from earlier this month. That makes sense – there is something of a surplus trapped within the U.S., while supplies are much tighter internationally. That wide disparity between Brent and WTI probably won’t last because U.S. crude is now incredibly competitive, and will likely be snatched up by buyers around the globe. “The export window is wide open,” Michael Wittner, global head of oil research at Société Générale, told the Wall Street Journal. The cost of transport has to be factored in, a matter of a couple of dollars per barrel. But that spread looks wide enough to make U.S. crude worth the trouble. “Get to a $4 spread and you can take it anywhere in the world," R.T. Dukes, an oil expert with Wood Mackenzie, said in an interview with the WSJ. The WSJ said that Occidental Petroleum has seen an uptick in exports recently, inking new deals with buyers in South Korea, India and China.
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    Yesterday, 09:01 PM
    Like I have said before we need an Alpha Dog candidate of our own. And as I said above: Do not underestimate the enemy.
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    Yesterday, 08:53 PM
    Rand should have done it back.
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    Yesterday, 08:49 PM
    Whatever you think of Trump or his motives you must not underestimate him.
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    Yesterday, 08:46 PM
    A stupid and transparent attempt to bait a fellow site member into a race card trap.
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    Yesterday, 08:43 PM
    There are many non-jews at fault as well, this kind of garbage is probably an attempt to make anyone who opposes our middle east wars seem like a NAZI. Anti-war NAZIs:rolleyes:
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