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    Today, 05:03 PM
    Key Witness from Mueller’s Witch Hunt ARRESTED On Child Porn Charges
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    Today, 04:13 PM
    They are planning it. They will regret it.
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    Today, 04:12 PM
    LOL Trump did nothing wrong and the coming scandals will destroy his enemies.
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    Today, 04:09 PM
    You would complain if he was let out on bail and now you complain that he isn't.
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    Today, 04:06 PM
    Didn't you get the memo? All enemies of America always tell the truth.:sarcasm:
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    Today, 03:59 PM
    Sure. That's why you keep promoting the worse ones. (Demoncrats)
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    Today, 03:56 PM
    I would love to see that too, I leave it to Massie to decide whether he is better off keeping his house seat but I wish he would run and beat McConnell.
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    Today, 03:54 PM
    I want him replaced with someone better, you want him replaced with someone much worse, you are a Demoncrat LARPing as a libertarian to elect Demoncrats who are the absolute worst enemies of liberty in the country.
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    Today, 03:51 PM
    There is no point in talking with someone who denies reality:
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    Today, 03:49 PM
    If you think his obstruction reason is valid then there is no point in continuing this conversation, you have no idea what you are talking about.
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    Today, 03:48 PM
    Swordsmyth commented on article Earthing aka Grounding in Top News
    I was surprised I didn't see anything about it here already.
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    Today, 03:47 PM
    Blue heaven and you and I, and sand kissing a starlit sky.
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    Today, 12:56 AM
    In a deeply worrisome development related to Russia's network of ten nuclear power plants nationwide, two of them suffered significant operating incidents in under only one week, causing multiple reactors to be take offline. Russia's TASS reported that a "transformer short circuit" at the Kalinin nuclear power plant (NPP) resulted in "a complete shutdown of two and a partial shutdown of another power unit in the Tver region" early on Thursday. In total 3 out of the 4 nuclear plant's reactors had to be unplugged. Hours later, as evening fell, Reuters reported one or more of the units suffering shutdown were back online. Russia is well-known as among the world's largest producers of nuclear energy. The Kalinin plant is north-west of Moscow in central Russia and has been operational since the mid-1980's, with the last major known accident in 2016, in which two workers were injured when a power unit short circuited. Its newest reactor, No. 4, went operational in 2011. Rosenergoatom, a subsidiary of state nuclear corporation Rosatom, issued a statement stressing there was no need for panic or alarm.
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    Today, 12:33 AM
    Permissions on Android apps are intended to be gatekeepers for how much data your device gives up. If you don't want a flashlight app to be able to read through your call logs, you should be able to deny that access. But even when you say no, many apps find a way around: Researchers discovered more than 1,000 apps that skirted restrictions, allowing them to gather precise geolocation data and phone identifiers behind your back. The discovery highlights how difficult it is to stay private online, particularly if you're attached to your phones and mobile apps. Tech companies have mountains of personal data on millions of people, including where they've been, who they're friends with and what they're interested in. Lawmakers are attempting to reel that in with privacy regulation, and app permissions are supposed to control what data you give up. Apple and Google have released new features to improve people's privacy, but apps continue to find hidden ways to get around these protections. Researchers from the International Computer Science Institute found up to 1,325 Android apps that were gathering data from devices even after people explicitly denied them permission. Serge Egelman, director of usable security and privacy research at the ICSI, presented the study in late June at the Federal Trade Commission's PrivacyCon. More at: https://www.cnet.com/news/more-than-1000-android-apps-harvest-your-data-even-after-you-deny-permissions/
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    Today, 12:27 AM
    Argentinian authorities designated Hezbollah, which it blames for two attacks on its soil, a terrorist organization on Thursday and ordered the freezing of the Lebanese Islamist group's assets in the country.The announcement coincided with a visit by U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo as Argentina marks the 25th anniversary of the deadly bombing of a Jewish community center in Buenos Aires in which 85 people died. Argentina blames Iran and Hezbollah for the attack. Both deny any responsibility. Argentina also blames Hezbollah for an attack on the Israeli embassy in Buenos Aires in 1992 that killed 29 people. The Argentine government's Financial Information Unit, ordered the freezing of assets of members of Hezbollah and the organization a day after the country created a new list for people and entities linked to terrorism. The designation of Hezbollah as a terrorist group was the first by any Latin American country. "At present, Hezbollah continues to represent a current threat to security and the integrity of the economic and financial order of the Argentine Republic," the unit said in a statement. There was no immediate comment from Hezbollah on the move. Last year, Argentina froze the assets of 14 members of the Barakat Clan, an extended family that officials say has close ties to Hezbollah. More at: https://news.yahoo.com/argentina-orders-freezing-hezbollah-assets-131508872.html
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    Today, 12:20 AM
    U.S. Vice President Mike Pence on Thursday called out ally Saudi Arabia for the suppression of religious liberties and urged it to release Raif Badawi, a blogger imprisoned for insulting Islam.Addressing a conference on religious freedom at the State Department, Pence highlighted the detention of religious dissidents in Eritrea, Mauritania, Pakistan and Saudi Arabia. "All four of these men have stood strong in defense of religious liberty, despite unimaginable pressure, and the American people stand with them," Pence said, "The United States calls upon the governments of Eritrea, Mauritania, Pakistan and Saudi Arabia to respect the freedom of conscience and let these men go." Badawi, who set up the "Free Saudi Liberals" website, was arrested in June 2012 for offences which included cyber crime and disobeying his father - a crime in Saudi Arabia. The prosecution had demanded he be tried for apostasy, which carries the death penalty in Saudi Arabia, but a judge dismissed that charge. He was sentenced in 2014 to 10 years in jail, a fine of 1 million riyals ($267,000) and 1,000 lashes after prosecutors challenged an earlier sentence of seven years and 600 lashes as too lenient. His public flogging in 2015 generated a global outcry. Pence also cited the detention of a 90-year-old Orthodox Church patriarch by Eritrea; the jailing of Mohamed Ould Cheikh Ould Mkhaitir, a blogger in Mauritania, for apostasy; and the imprisonment by Pakistan of Junair Hafeez, a lecturer, who is accused of blasphemy and being kept in solitary confinement. The case of the Pakistani lecturer is likely to be raised next week in meetings in Washington between Trump administration officials and Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan.
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    The Mexican attorney general's office said on Thursday it had arrested a retired general who was responsible for security at the state oil company Pemex during the previous administration for allegations of fuel theft.The office said in a statement that it had apprehended "Socrates H," whom a government source said is Brigadier General Socrates Herrera. The office has also targeted former Pemex Chief Executive Officer Emilio Lozoya in a graft case involving Brazilian construction firm Odebrecht. Earlier this month, the office said a judge issued arrest warrants for Lozoya, three of his family members and one other person. More at: https://news.yahoo.com/mexico-arrests-former-pemex-security-000814111.html
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    Today, 12:03 AM
    Israeli Foreign Minister Israel Katz on Thursday announced that he had met his Bahrain counterpart publicly during a visit to Washington, the first meeting between the two countries that do not have diplomatic relations."Yesterday I met publicly with the Foreign Minister of Bahrain" Sheikh Khalid bin Ahmed Al Khalifa, Katz said in a tweet. Referring to Benjamin Netanyahu, Katz added: "I will continue to work with (the Israeli Prime Minister) to advance Israel's relations with the Gulf countries." Israel has diplomatic relations with only two Arab countries -- Egypt and Jordan -- but common concerns over Iran have brought it closer to Gulf nations in recent years. In a photograph accompanying the tweet the two foreign ministers appear side by side, smiling. According to an Israeli Foreign Ministry statement, the "meeting was coordinated behind the scenes by the US State Department as part of a conference on religious liberty organised in Washington by US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo". More at: https://news.yahoo.com/israeli-bahrain-foreign-ministers-hold-first-public-meeting-220549658.html
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    Today, 12:00 AM
    Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelenskiy has ordered an overhaul of the process for granting Ukrainian citizenship, in response to a Russian decree expanding the number of Ukrainians who can apply for fast-track Russian passports.Zelenskiy's office said early on Thursday, just a few hours after the Kremlin published Russian President Vladimir Putin's order, that the foreign ministry would simplify the procedure for certain groups to attain Ukrainian citizenship. Those who suffer from human rights violations and constraints on freedom in their home countries, and ethnic Ukrainians "from friendly powers" willing to help Ukraine's development, would be eligible for fast-track passports, Zelenskiy's office said. It did not explain which countries are considered to be friendly. "The President made this decision because of... an order by President Vladimir Putin introducing a simpler procedure for granting Russian citizenship to Ukrainians," the statement said. More at: https://news.yahoo.com/ukraine-plans-overhaul-citizenship-process-102635096.html
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    Yesterday, 11:38 PM
    Islam demands submission, anyone who refuses to submit IS islamophobic. I'm a proud islamophobe.
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    Yesterday, 11:26 PM
    Turkey on Thursday launched an air attack on Iraqi Kurdistan in response to the killing of a Turkish diplomat in the region, the country's defence minister said.The Turkish vice consul to Iraq's autonomous Kurdish region was shot dead Wednesday in the local capital Arbil. Police sources said two other people were also killed. There was no claim of responsibility for the shooting, but many Iraqi experts have pointed to the probability that the Turkish separatist Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), which Ankara considers a terrorist group, was behind the attack. "Following the evil attack in Arbil, we have launched the most comprehensive air operation on Qandil and dealt a heavy blow to the (PKK) terror organisation," defence minister Hulusi Akar said in a statement. Targets such as "armaments positions, lodgings, shelters and caves belonging to terrorists" were destroyed. "Our fight against terror will continue with increasing determination until the last terrorist is neutralised and the blood of our martyrs will be avenged," he added. A spokesman for the PKK's armed branch denied the group was involved in Wednesday's shooting. More at: https://news.yahoo.com/turkey-launches-air-strike-iraqi-kurdistan-diplomat-killed-020454191.html
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    Yesterday, 11:18 PM
    LOL The scandals coming will all benefit MAGA. Send them ALL back! (Be sure to write)
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    Yesterday, 11:05 PM
    Pushing a Demoncrat again. LOL It's hard to find someone worse than McConnell....................Unless you look at Demoncrats. Your cover is well and truly blown.
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    Yesterday, 10:45 PM
    Church attendance in the United States is at an all-time low, according to a Gallup poll released in April 2019. This decline has not been a steady one. Indeed, over the last 20 years, church attendance has fallen by 20 percent. This might not sound like cause for concern off the bat. And if you’re not a person of faith, you might rightly wonder why you would care about such a thing. Church attendance is simply a measure of something deeper: social cohesion. It’s worth noting that the religions with the highest rate of attendance according to Pew Forum have almost notoriously high levels of social cohesion: Latter-Day Saints, Jehovah’s Witnesses, Evangelical Protestants, Mormons and historically black churches top the list. There’s also the question of religious donations. Religious giving has declined by 50 percent since 1990, according to a 2016 article in the New York Times. This means people who previously used religious services to make ends meet now either have to go without or receive funding from the government. This, in turn, strengthens the central power of the state. It is our position that civil society – those elements of society which exist independently of big government and big business – are essential to a functioning and free society. What’s more, these institutions are in rapid decline in the United States, and have been for over 50 years. Such a breakdown is a prelude to tyranny, and has been facilitated in part (either wittingly or unwittingly) by government policies favoring deindustrialization, financialization and centralization of the economy as well as the welfare state. The historical roots of this breakdown are explored below, along with what concerned citizens can do to mitigate its impact on their loved ones. What Is Bowling Alone? The urtext of this topic is Bowling Alone: The Collapse and Revival of American Community by political scientist Robert D. Putnam. He uses the decline in league bowling as a sort of shorthand for the overall decline in American participation in social life. The local bowling alley was known as the blue-collar country club, and it was the invention of the automatic pinsetter that changed the game, making it faster and more accessible. The first million-dollar endorsement sports deal was Don Carter receiving a million dollars to bowl with an Ebonite signature ball designed for him in 1964. Business was driven by league play. People would sign up to join a league, which had them in for 30 weeks of once-weekly play. In the course of doing this, they would rub elbows with teammates, opponents and whoever happened to be hanging out in the bowling alley at the time. Between 1940 and 1958, the United States Bowling Congress’ membership exploded from 700,000 to 2.3 million. The Women's International Bowling Congress’membership climbed from 82,000 to 866,000, with the American Junior Bowling Congress ballooning from 8,000 to 175,000. In their heyday, bowling leagues brought in a whopping 70 percent of all bowling alley income. Now they bring in a paltry 40 percent.
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    Yesterday, 10:22 PM
    If we are lucky it will die along with NATO and all the other monsters.
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    Yesterday, 10:21 PM
    Algeria's Civil Forum for Change has proposed 13 individuals to speak on behalf of the country's opposition in mediation and discussion efforts with the interim government and military, TSA reported July 17. More at: https://worldview.stratfor.com/situation-report/algeria-civil-society-group-nominates-opposition-representatives-talks-interim
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    Yesterday, 10:20 PM
    Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed a decree to expand a simplified system for obtaining Russian citizenship to all residents of the Donetsk and Luhansk regions of Eastern Ukraine, RFE/RL reported July 17. In response, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy called for an easier system to grant Ukrainian citizenship to individuals facing human rights violations in their home states. More at: https://worldview.stratfor.com/situation-report/russia-ukraine-putin-extends-russian-citizenship-offer-all-residents-donetsk
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