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    Today, 01:40 PM
    I would gladly pay "reparations" to send any of them back to Africa that want "reparations", as kilrain points out they are beneficiaries of their ancestors slavery, it isn't just their existence that they owe to their ancestors slavery though, if we assume that they would have been born without it then we must remember that they would have been born in Africa to a much lower standard of living. No Reparations Without Relocation.
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    Today, 01:25 PM
    I dislike Bill Nye, and I don't buy into the global warming hysteria, but I do want to reply to one thing right now, because whoever wrote this article is showing some ignorance. We are artificially breeding them into existence, for the sole purpose of using/eating them. When the demand for animal products decreases, the number of animals brought into existence will decrease too. This won't happen overnight, but it will happen (gradually), it's just basic supply and demand.
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    Today, 01:14 PM
    And I asked how many children didn't get cancer but still had decreased health.
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    Today, 01:02 PM
    Due to the issues in the OP that cause some of the children to get cancer.
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    Today, 12:56 PM
    ^ I think there has been a lot of subtle indoctrination in kids movies and TV shows, for a number of years now. A couple years ago, I was doing some nanny work after school for a friend… and I absolutely could not believe the stuff that was aimed at kids. I think that many parents are simply too busy to even notice that, so kids often end up watching movies or TV shows that are designed to indoctrinate, and some of it is really bad. I also believe that there's a spiritual aspect to this. The enemy targets children, I guess the strategy is getting people when they're young. Maybe it's just getting more blatant and obvious now? When I had that part-time nanny job, I always tried to change the channel or get them to watch something else. That ended up causing problems with the older kid (a girl) who probably thought I was crazy for thinking that the shows she wanted to watch were bad news. It even caused problems with my friend (her mom) who said she trusts my judgment, but since she has different spiritual and political views, she didn't fully agree with my take on it, and probably thought I was overreacting. Maybe if she hears about this movie, I'll be vindicated about what I was telling her a few years ago. I should tell my sister about this too, because evidently it is getting more blatant, and busy parents often are oblivious to this sort of thing.
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    Today, 12:34 PM
    How many children had decreased health that didn't reach the threshold of cancer?
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    Today, 12:29 PM
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    Stratfor's "situation reports" are often minimalist, I usually only cite them when I don't see the story elsewhere, thanks for digging up more details.
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    Today, 11:51 AM
    By LORRAINE WOELLERT 05/25/2018 President Donald Trump on Friday issued a series of executive orders to weaken the influence of government unions and make it easier for agencies to fire civil servants. The orders will standardize agency rules to make it easier and quicker to remove poorly performing employees. They also direct federal agencies to renegotiate their labor contracts and cap the amount of paid time that workers can take off to conduct union-related business. “The president is fulfilling his promise to promote more efficient government by reforming our civil service rules,” Andrew Bremberg, director of the president’s Domestic Policy Council, told reporters. “These executive orders will make it easier for agencies to remove poor-performing employees and ensure that taxpayer dollars are more efficiently used.” The changes could save taxpayers more than $100 million a year, the White House estimated. It referenced a 2015 Government Accountability Office report that found it can take a year or more to dismiss a permanent federal employee.
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    Today, 12:58 AM
    The Florida ban that prevents medical marijuana patients from smoking the stuff has gone up in smoke. Leon County Circuit Court Judge Karen Gievers ruled Friday that the ban on smokable cannabis is unconstitutional. Florida’s Department of Health said in a statement it has appealed the ruling, which will impose an automatic stay. Gievers wrote in her 22-page ruling that Floridians “have the right to use the form of medical marijuana for treatment of their debilitating medical conditions as recommended by their certified physicians, including the use of smokable marijuana in private places.” Ben Pollara, who runs the nonprofit medical marijuana advocacy group Florida for Care, said the ruling is a big victory for patients and voters. Taylor Patrick Biehl of the Medical Marijuana Business Association of Florida added that “despite legislative pushback over interpretation and ideologies, justice has been served.” Voters approved a constitutional amendment in 2016 allowing the use of medical marijuana. The only mention of smoking in the amendment’s language and in an intent document during the 2016 campaign was that the Legislature and local governments could restrict it in public places. The Legislature last year passed laws that banned the sale of smoking products, citing a health risk. The laws, signed by Florida Gov. Rick Scott in June, say patients can use cannabis through vaping and in food, oils, sprays and tinctures. More at: http://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/politics/political-pulse/os-smokable-medical-marijuana-ban-20180525-story.html
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    Today, 12:34 AM
    I don't know, it is still in the theoretical phase.
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    Today, 12:00 AM
    The universe is filled with energy flowing all around us, it should be possible for us tap into it.
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    Yesterday, 10:48 PM
    MIT physicists have now found a way to significantly boost thermoelectricity's potential, with a theoretical method that they report today in Science Advances. The material they model with this method is five times more efficient, and could potentially generate twice the amount of energy, as the best thermoelectric materials that exist today. "If everything works out to our wildest dreams, then suddenly, a lot of things that right now are too inefficient to do will become more efficient," says lead author Brian Skinner, a postdoc in MIT's Research Laboratory of Electronics. "You might see in people's cars little thermoelectric recoverers that take that waste heat your car engine is putting off, and use it to recharge the battery. Or these devices may be put around power plants so that heat that was formerly wasted by your nuclear reactor or coal power plant now gets recovered and put into the electric grid." Skinner's co-author on the paper is Liang Fu, the Sarah W. Biedenharn Career Development Associate Professor of Physics at MIT. Finding holes in a theory
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    Yesterday, 10:39 PM
    The growing use of opioids is showing up in an unexpected place -- the waters of the Puget Sound, specifically the marine life that lives there, scientists say. Researchers at the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife said that for the first time, mussels living in parts of the Puget Sound are testing positive for oxycodone, a prescription drug used to alleviate pain in humans. Trace amounts of the opioid were detected in mussels near Bremerton's shipyard and Elliot Bay. But diners don't have to worry about contaminated mussels ending up on their plates. Researchers took clean mussels from Penn Cove on Whidby Island and placed them in cages in Puget Sound, where they took in trace contaminants from their new home after two or three months. The transplanted locations aren't near any commercial shellfish beds. The opioids ended up in the sound through human sewage which is processed by wastewater management systems that can't filter out drugs. And it's not just opioids that end up in water, drugs like antidepressants and chemotherapy are detected in the mussels, too. More at: https://www.upi.com/Top_News/US/2018/05/25/Mussels-in-Puget-Sound-testing-positive-for-opioids/7761527283298/?spt=slh&or=4
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    Yesterday, 10:35 PM
    Disgraced Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein was charged Friday with counts of felony rape and committing a criminal sex act, stemming from cases involving two women, prosecutors said. Weinstein, 66, surrendered Friday at the New York City Police Department's 1st Precinct in Lower Manhattan. He appeared in court later and was charged with assaulting Lucia Evans, who told investigators he forced her to perform oral sex on him in 2004. The NYPD is also looking into an accusation by another woman who said he assaulted her in her apartment eight years ago. Weinstein is charged with first- and third-degree rape and criminal sexual act in the first degree for forcible sexual acts, Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance said in a statement. First-degree rape and criminal sex act are class B felonies, while third-degree rape is a class E felony. The most serious rape charge carries a maximum sentence of 25 years in prison. "Mr. Weinstein has always maintained that he has never engaged in nonconsensual sexual behavior with anyone. Nothing about today's proceedings changes Mr. Weinstein's position," defense attorney Benjamin Brafman said. Weinstein entered a not guilty plea and "expects to be fully exonerated," Brafman added. The film producer has until next week to decide whether to tesitfy before a grand jury. The film mogul posted $1 million cash bail and was released pending his next court appearance. He must wear an ankle bracelet and can only travel within the New York or Connecticut. More at: https://www.upi.com/Top_News/US/2018/05/25/Harvey-Weinstein-charged-with-felony-rape-criminal-sex-act-in-NYC-court/8281527248354/?utm_source=upi&utm_campaign=mp&utm_medium=1
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    Yesterday, 10:34 PM
    The former commanding officer of the USS John S. McCain pleaded guilty Friday to dereliction of duty for a crash in 2017 that killed 10 sailors. Under the plea deal, Navy Cmdr. Alfredo Sanchez was issued a punitive letter of reprimand and was ordered to forfeit $6,000 in wages. Sanchez also agreed to submit a letter of resignation. "I am ultimately responsible and stand accountable," he said during a court-martial. "I will forever question my decisions that contributed to this tragic event." More at: https://www.upi.com/https:/www.upi.com/Top_News/US/2018/05/25/Commander-of-USS-John-S-McCain-pleads-guilty-retires/1961527295948/
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    Yesterday, 10:20 PM
    Saudi Aramco’s much-hyped initial public offering is “most likely” to take place in 2019, Saudi Energy Minister Khalid Al-Falih said on Friday, likely confirming that plans for the IPO have been pushed from this year to next. “We’re simply waiting for a market readiness for the IPO,” al-Falih said at the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum in Russia. Since the Saudis initially floated the idea to list 5 percent in their state oil giant, officials had been insisting that the IPO will take place in the second half of 2018, until in March al-Falih himself hinted that there might be a delay and the share sale could slip to 2019. More at: https://oilprice.com/Latest-Energy-News/World-News/Saudis-Say-Aramco-IPO-Most-Likely-In-2019.html
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    Yesterday, 09:22 PM
    President Donald Trump on Friday overturned an Obama-era order that required outfitters with federal permits for excursions on public lands to pay their workers a higher wage. Trump’s executive order, which takes effect immediately, was unveiled just ahead of the Memorial Day weekend, when summer tourists begin descending on national parks and other lands in large numbers. It also comes at the request of outfitters, who say paying a higher wage would limit the number of employees they can hire, while also raising costs. More at: https://www.sltrib.com/news/politics/2018/05/25/trump-exempts-outfitters-and-guides-from-living-wage-order/
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    Yesterday, 09:20 PM
    President Donald Trump on Friday issued a series of executive orders to weaken the influence of government unions and make it easier for agencies to fire civil servants. The orders will standardize agency rules to make it easier and quicker to remove poorly performing employees. They also direct federal agencies to renegotiate their labor contracts and cap the amount of paid time that workers can take off to conduct union-related business. More at: https://www.politico.com/story/2018/05/25/trump-federal-employees-unions-civil-servants-609167
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    Yesterday, 09:18 PM
    The Trump administration late Friday voiced concerns about an "impending" operation by Bashar al-Assad's forces in Syria that it says will fall inside the boundaries of a U.S.-enforced de-escalation zone. State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert warned in a statement that the U.S. would respond with "firm and appropriate measures" if Assad's government were to violate the ceasefire in the region, located in the southwestern part of the country. "Unfortunately, the Assad regime, with the support of Russia and Iran, has repeatedly violated these de-escalation zones, most recently in its brutal assault on East Ghouta. The Assad regime and its allies continue to prolong the conflict by ignoring their own de-escalation agreements and stonewalling the Geneva process," Nauert said. She called on Russia to exercise control over the Assad government at the U.N. Security Council, pressing the country to use its "diplomatic military advantage over the Assad regime to stop attacks and compel the Assad regime to cease further military offensives." "The United States remains committed to maintaining the stability of the southwest de-escalation zone and to the ceasefire underpinning it," she said. More at: http://thehill.com/policy/international/389482-us-concerned-about-possible-assad-operation-in-southwest-syria
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    Yesterday, 09:14 PM
    Pakistan has abolished its troubled northwest tribal areas in a historic parliamentary bill granting rights to millions of conflict-weary people and scrapping a draconian colonial-era regime.The Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) were merged into the country's administrative mainstream, becoming part of the northern province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, by a parliamentary amendment approved by the senate on Friday. More at: https://www.cnn.com/2018/05/25/asia/pakistan-tribal-areas-dismantled-intl/index.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%253A+rss%252Fcnn_latest+(RSS%253A+CNN+-+Most+Recent)
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    Yesterday, 09:12 PM
    Houthi rebels launched a missile strike on a Turkish cargo ship delivering wheat to Yemen's Saleef port on May 10, the White House said and Turkish Foreign Ministry confirmed Friday. "The United States is alarmed by the Houthi missile strike against a Turkish cargo ship 70 miles off the coast of Yemen that was attempting to deliver 50,000 metric tons of wheat to Yemen's Saleef port near Hudaydah," the White House said in a statement. Turkey's Foreign Ministry said there were no causalities in the attack. In a written statement, Turkish Foreign Ministry spokesman Hami Aksoy said the cargo ship Ince Inebolu was attacked by a missile along the coast of Yemen on its way to Saleef Harbor close to midnight. The ship had departed from the Russian Black Sea port of Novorossiysk. "The Turkish cargo ship with a 23-strong crew of Turkish citizens was attacked, and fortunately there were no casualties," Aksoy was quoted as saying. "Investigation of this incident is ongoing and will be disclosed to the public after its completion," he added. More at: https://www.dailysabah.com/mideast/2018/05/25/houthi-rebels-launched-missile-strike-against-turkish-cargo-ship-white-house
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    Yesterday, 09:10 PM
    Pope Francis warned Italian bishops this week to vet carefully applicants to the priesthood and reject anyone they suspected might be homosexual, local media reported on Thursday."Keep an eye on the admissions to seminaries, keep your eyes open," the pope was quoted as saying by newspaper La Stampa's Vatican Insider service. "If in doubt, better not let them enter." The Vatican did not immediately respond to a request for a comment on the remarks, which Vatican Insider and Il Messaggero said were made at a closed-door gathering on Monday. More at: https://www.usnews.com/news/world/articles/2018-05-24/pope-tells-bishops-not-to-accept-gay-seminarians-report Closing the barn door after the horses are all gone.
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    Yesterday, 08:43 PM
    CNBC has just announced, citing an anonymous military source, that Russia quietly conducted the world’s longest anti-air missile system test, destroying mock enemy targets at record range. If and when this missile system becomes deployed, it could be a gamechanger for the Russian military, with increased area denial capabilities in Europe, East Asia, and the Middle East - that will undoubtedly frighten Washington. Futuristic drawing of the S-500 air defense missile system. (Source: Almaz-Antey) The source with direct knowledge of U.S. intelligence regarding the S-500 Prometey, also known as 55R6M “Triumfator-M,” a surface-to-air missile/anti-ballistic missile system intended to replace the A-135 missile system and supplement the S-400, said the missile test struck a target 299 miles away — 50 miles further than the existing S-400 system. Components of the S-500 system Moscow claims the S-500 is a new-generation surface-to-air missile system and has the capability of “intercepting hypersonic missiles, drones and aircraft as well as stealth warplanes like the F-22 and the F-35. The S-500 system would expand the Kremlin’s capabilities to engage multiple targets with precision strikes,” said CNBC. Russia’s 2016 S-400 air defense system range in Europe, the Middle East, and Russia.
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    Yesterday, 08:33 PM
    Modern-day pirate attacks in the Caribbean and Latin America are out of control, according to a Wednesday report which found a 163% spike in pirate activity that led to the loss of $948,690 in stolen goods. The report, produced by nonprofit group Oceans Beyond Piracy, found that 59% of the attacks involved robberies on yachts. “We have observed a significant increase in violent incidents and anchorage crime, particularly in the anchorages of Venezuela and the recent violent incidents off Suriname in the first part of this year,” says Maise Pigeon, the report's lead author. “Pirate activity in 2017 clearly demonstrates that pirate groups retain their ability to organize and implement attacks against ships transiting the region.” Pirates have hit waters off the coast of Suriname hard. In April, at least a dozen fishermen from Guyana went missing or were feared dead following a pirate attack in the area. Guyana President David Granger called the attack a “massacre.” And a fishing boat captain was shot dead after his ship was attacked in May. The rest of his crew survived. The buccaneers also attacked anchorages in Venezuela, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Colombia and St. Lucia. -Marketwatch
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    Yesterday, 08:28 PM
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    Spain's Socialists, the country's largest opposition party, filed a no-confidence motion against Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy after judges ruled that his Popular Party benefited from illegal funds, Deutsche Welle reported May 25. Rajoy has also been criticized for how he handled the dispute with Catalonia. More at: https://worldview.stratfor.com/situation-report/spain-prime-minister-faces-vote-no-confidence
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    Yesterday, 08:26 PM
    Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska has resigned as director of his aluminum firm Rusal, in an effort to persuade U.S. President Donald Trump's administration to ease sanctions against him and his companies, RFE/RL reported May 25. More at: https://worldview.stratfor.com/situation-report/russia-us-sanctioned-oligarch-steps-down-rusal-board
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    Yesterday, 08:11 PM
    snowflake NOUN …2. derogatory, informal An overly sensitive or easily offended person, or one who believes they are entitled to special treatment on account of their supposedly unique characteristics. — Oxford English Dictionary Is being a snowflake a disability? This is apparently the case at (pseudo)elite U.S. colleges, where up to one in four students are classified as “disabled” — often simply because they experience “stress and anxiety” — and are thus given special accommodations. This can sometimes mean getting twice as long as their peers to take exams. Disabled classifications have skyrocketed in recent years, with only a doctor’s note necessary to be given the status (and then federal law dictates the person must be accommodated). At Pomona College in California, for instance, five percent of students fell into the category in 2014 — now 22 percent are classified as disabled. This merely reflects other private colleges. As the Wall Street Journal reports, “At Hampshire, Amherst and Smith colleges in Massachusetts and Yeshiva University in New York, one in five students are classified as disabled. At Oberlin College in Ohio, it is one in four. At Marlboro College in Vermont, it is one in three.”
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