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    Today, 12:04 AM
    I'd say the same in reverse.
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    Yesterday, 11:50 PM
    Italy's far-right League will unleash a battery of referendums to try to sink reforms planned by the new government, party leader Matteo Salvini said on Sunday, denouncing his former coalition allies as traitors. "We will challenge those traitors who are closed away in their offices," Salvini told thousands of flag-waving supporters in Pontida, a small town in the northern region of Lombardy which is considered the spiritual home of the League. "In the coming months, there will be a government of the people," he said, promising to force referendums to undo planned legislation, including a likely change in the electoral law that might make it harder for the League to take power in future. "We have had enough of stitch-ups and betrayals," Salvini said, also promising a referendum if the coalition sought to overturn a law he introduced last month that blocked Italy's ports to migrant rescue ships. Referendum have to be held in Italy if at least 500,000 voters petition for one. "If they touch our security decree, then we won't raise 500,000 signatures, but rather five million to defend the sacred borders of our nation," said Salvini. "I think immigration is going to be grim in the months ahead. It is going to get bad," said Salvini, whose anti-migrant drive has helped the League more than double its support since national elections in 2018, making it Italy's biggest party.
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    Yesterday, 11:48 PM
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    Mexican prosecutors will target a former attorney general and his top aides in their investigation into the handling of a controversial probe into the disappearance five years ago of 43 student teachers, a government official said on Sunday.The attorney general's office said on Saturday prosecutors would hold to account those who oversaw the widely-panned probe into the abduction and apparent massacre of the trainee teachers by corrupt police working with a violent drug gang. The scandal battered the reputation of then-president Enrique Pena Nieto. His successor, President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, has criticized how the case was handled and the release of suspects at the heart of the probe. Deputy interior minister Alejandro Encinas, the official overseeing the reopening of the case, told a news conference 77 of 142 suspects detained over the Sept. 26, 2014 disappearances in the southwestern city of Iguala had been released by courts. The drug gang leader, Gildardo Lopez Astudillo, was recently released after a judge found officials had tortured him to get evidence. The U.N. human rights office said last year that authorities had probably tortured dozens of people in the case. Encinas said the probe by prosecutors into the officials in charge of the case would focus "in particular" on Jesus Murillo, Tomas Zeron and Jose Aaron Perez Carro. Murillo was the attorney general who presented the government's official account of what happened to the students, while Zeron headed the agency that led the investigation. Perez was in charge of a special office dedicated to the Iguala case. More at: https://news.yahoo.com/mexico-targets-former-attorney-general-203552079.html
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    Yesterday, 11:27 PM
    Egypt on Sunday said negotiations over an upstream Nile dam being built by Ethiopia have not led to any "breakthrough."Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry told reporters that talks over the $5 billion Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam had stopped for more than a year before restarting in Cairo earlier in the day. The long-running dispute centers on the filling and operation of what will be Africa's largest hydroelectric dam. Egypt fears the dam could reduce its share of the Nile River which serves as a lifeline for the country's 100 million people. Ethiopia, which has roughly the same population size, maintains that the dam will help its economic development. Shoukry said he hopes that Egypt, Sudan and Ethiopia can agree to a timetable to reach a deal over the soon-to-be-completed dam. Shoukry said his county "respects Ethiopia's right to development" but "without affecting Egypt." He said Egypt has been ready to reach a settlement, but warned against any side "to attempt to establish a de facto situation on the ground" without an agreement. The dam is now more than 60% finished, and Ethiopia hopes to become a key energy hub in Africa upon its completion. More at: https://news.yahoo.com/egypt-says-no-breakthrough-ethiopia-161348703.html
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    Yesterday, 11:08 PM
    https://twitter.com/Xplode441/status/1173309185871810560 1173309185871810560
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    Yesterday, 10:53 PM
    There’s a bit of news in the case of Jeffrey Epstein. He’s the convicted sex offender who somehow managed to commit suicide in a New York jail last month while he was supposed to be under close watch. My public information request about his death— has been formally denied. Shortly after Epstein died in August, I filed a Freedom of Information request for public documents about his injuries and medical care for both the day he died and earlier, in July, when he reportedly attempted suicide. Member of the public and press are entitled to review documents and communications generated and collected by federal agencies and officials because– we own them. However, federal agencies often delay, obstruct and resist the release of such documents. Guidance from FOI court cases and the executive branch indicates that federal agencies are supposed to make every effort to release as much information as possible– and at least partial information if exemptions are at play. In the case of the Epstein documents I requested, the federal Bureau of Prisons responded by stating that it is withholding all of the documents entirely. The Bureau cites six exemptions, including that releasing the information “could reasonably be expected to endanger the life or physical safety of an(y) individual.” The Bureau of Prisons invited me to keep refiling in the future to see if the status changes.
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    Yesterday, 10:41 PM
    New DCCC Chief Wants to Cancel Male Candidates
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    Yesterday, 10:41 PM
    The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee's newly appointed executive director wants to cancel male political candidates. Lucinda Guinn, a former executive at pro-abortion fundraising giant EMILY's List, was named executive director of the embattled Democratic elections organization. The news comes as a blow to male Democrats, as Guinn has indicated on social media that she does not want men to run for office. In a February tweet, Guinn appeared to agree with another user's proposal that "we shouldn't let boys run for office anymore." The idea was initially raised by liberal think tank Third Way's senior vice president, Lanae Erickson, who asked, "Anyone else having the feeling that maybe we shouldn't let boys run for office anymore?" "Sure do," Guinn said. More at: https://freebeacon.com/politics/new-dccc-chief-wants-to-cancel-male-candidates/
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    Yesterday, 10:23 PM
    Democrat senators currently pushing gun control laws worry presidential candidate Robert Francis “Beto” O’Rourke torpedoed any chance of passage via his insistence on firearm confiscation. Breitbart News reported that O’Rourke talked of confiscating firearms during the September 12, 2019, Democrat debate. He said, “Hell yes, we’re going to take your AR-15.” During an appearance on MSNBC the next morning, O’Rourke made clear that handing over AR-15s will be “mandatory” under his plan. Breitbart News reported that O’Rourke’s push was a game-changer, proving the left’s goal is gun seizure. The Associated Press noted that Second Amendment Foundation founder Alan Gottlieb welcomed O’Rourke’s push, simply for the damage that it does to the gun control movement. Gottlieb said, “This is what their goal is. We’ve always said it, now they’re saying it. Now they’ve said it and we’re going to make them eat it.” Democrat senators pushing gun control are not happy with O’Rourke’s push. Sen. Chris Coons (D-DE) explicitly stated that he does not support the confiscatory push. CNN quoted Coons saying, “I don’t think a majority of the Senate or the country is going to embrace mandatory buybacks. We need to focus on what we can get done.” Gun control Sen. Pat Toomey (R-PA) is also disgruntled by O’Rourke’s push. Toomey tweeted: I agree with @ChrisCoons. This is an awful and extreme idea. Thankfully, there’s not enough support in Congress to do it. But this rhetoric undermines and hurts bipartisan efforts to actually make progress on commonsense gun safety efforts, like expanding background checks. https://t.co/lRmy8SHc47 — Senator Pat Toomey (@SenToomey) September 13, 2019 The National Shooting Sports Foundation reports there are 16 million-plus privately owned AR-15s in the U.S.
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    Yesterday, 10:13 PM
    And there it is, moments before oil markets open: upon the US release of declassified satellite images showing precision strikes on critical spheroids at the world's largest oil processing facility at Abqaiq one market analyst alarmingly writes, "We think this is a months fix, not days/weeks. Oil going up even higher." This after reports just before the satellite photos were released commonly said a minimum of "weeks" would pass before full Saudi Aramco production capacity comes back online. They appear to show approximately 17 points of impact on key infrastructure at the site after Yemeni Houthis claimed a successful drone strike of up to ten unmanned aerial vehicles with explosives. However, US and Saudi officials, still amid an ongoing investigation, have told reporters they are "certain" the attack actually originated from Iraq, especially as the debris and precision targeting show a level of "sophistication" which would link it to Iran's elite IRGC. Dan Tsubouchi, chief market strategist at Calgary-based SAF Group, is predicting a fix that will take months based on the extent of the damage revealed in the new images, driving up oil to prices beyond the initial possibly short-sighted predictions this weekend.
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    Yesterday, 10:12 PM
    And there it is, moments before oil markets open: upon the US release of declassified satellite images showing precision strikes on critical spheroids at the world's largest oil processing facility at Abqaiq one market analyst alarmingly writes, "We think this is a months fix, not days/weeks. Oil going up even higher." This after reports just before the satellite photos were released commonly said a minimum of "weeks" would pass before full Saudi Aramco production capacity comes back online. They appear to show approximately 17 points of impact on key infrastructure at the site after Yemeni Houthis claimed a successful drone strike of up to ten unmanned aerial vehicles with explosives. However, US and Saudi officials, still amid an ongoing investigation, have told reporters they are "certain" the attack actually originated from Iraq, especially as the debris and precision targeting show a level of "sophistication" which would link it to Iran's elite IRGC. Dan Tsubouchi, chief market strategist at Calgary-based SAF Group, is predicting a fix that will take months based on the extent of the damage revealed in the new images, driving up oil to prices beyond the initial possibly short-sighted predictions this weekend.
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    Yesterday, 10:08 PM
    The world's brief infatuation with the idea of green shoots, or that a recession may be avoided, suffered a head on collision with reality after the latest dismal China data dump which was nothing short of a disaster for the econo-bulls. In retrospect, it was all too clear, because just hours after China's premier Li warned that maintaining growth of 6% or more is "very difficult", Beijing decided to demonstrated in practice what the premier meant, and slam the currency in the process, because just after 10pm, China's yuan extended its early losses, testing down to the fix after the bulk of China's economic data for August disappointed across the board: Industrial Production rose just 5.6% YTD YoY (below the +5.7% exp and down from +5.8% prior) Retail Sales rose just 7.5% YoY (below the +7.9% exp and down from +7.6% prior) Fixed Asset Investments rose just 5.5% YTD YoY (below the +5.7% exp and down from +5.7% prior) Property Investment rose just 10.5% YTD YoY (down from +10.6% prior) All of tonight's data missed expectations with only the unemployment rate improving very modestly (falling from 5.3% to 5.2%).
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    Yesterday, 09:25 PM
    In this case his statements affect the momentum of the gun rights vs. gun control fight and the overton window, the statement is an action that should be attacked if it is bad.
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    Yesterday, 09:20 PM
    I said to push against gun control, I am not saying we should stay quiet. I just am not going to comment or rush to judgement on what Trump says before he says it.
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    Yesterday, 09:12 PM
    While many think that the state taking children from parents is a noble gesture to protect the child, all too often, the state removes kids from a bad situation and throws them into a situation akin to a horror film. Many times the children are taken from caring parents, who happened to hit a rough patch in their lives, and thrown into torturous and outright sadistic situations where they end up raped, tortured, and even murdered. Beth Breen, a former employee of Arizona DCS recently broke her gagging order and went on Northwest Liberty News where she detailed the horrifying treatment suffered by a young girl named Devani at the hands of the state foster system. According to Breen, she is not supposed to speak about the case because of the gag order, but is anyway because the information is vital and the order unconstitutional. Breene explained that she was a driver for a 5-year-old girl whose stay in foster care ended with her being permanently disfigured and fighting for her life in ICU because of her bureaucratic ‘protection’ within the system. The child, who is referred to as Jane Doe in a lawsuit, but whose real name is Devani, was taken from her parents because they had substance abuse issues. Because her mother struggled with addiction, the state took Devani from her. Like mentioned before, they took her from a bad situation and threw her into a nightmare where she was repeatedly raped and tortured. Breene’s job involved driving Devani from her foster home 90 miles away for a 2-hour supervised visit with her parents each week. Because the round trip was four hours, Breene spent more time with Devani than her parents. During the interview, Breene states that there were 36 police reports made to the foster home in which Devani lived, but that they were never investigated. The foster parent, David Frodsham — the deputy commander of the Fort Huachuca Army base, a position he held after being kicked out of Afghanistan for deviant sexual behavior — would only be arrested after this monster became so overtly careless that he went to the foster office drunk to collect his check for fostering children. Breene said she was perplexed at the fact that only three people were arrested in connection with the child sex trafficking and torture ring Frodsham was running out of his DCS-approved foster home. Instead of opening a statewide investigation after Frodsham and another sex-trafficking sicko were arrested, the state went after those who tried to expose it. During the interview, Breene explains how she was arrested for peacefully protesting the abuse of children inside the system. In 2017, TFTP reported on Devani’s case and a subsequent lawsuit which is nothing short of something out of a horror film. After having her child taken, Michelle Tremor-Calderon, the girl’s biological mother, began to improve her condition. With a clearer head, Tremor noticed that her daughter seemed to be deteriorating in the care of her state-appointed foster parent — David Frodsham.
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    Yesterday, 08:54 PM
    A Dallas man was charged Wednesday with operating a large-scale human trafficking organization. Tremont Blakemore, 40, was charged by criminal complaint with sex trafficking through force, fraud and coercion; he made his initial appearance before Magistrate Judge Rutherford Sept. 11. According to victim statements detailed in the complaint, Blakemore — who goes by the street name “Macknificent” — may have trafficked hundreds of women across the United States between 2011 and 2018. Blakemore allegedly cultivated an “environment of paranoia,” demanding near constant updates from the victims he forced into commercial sex and doling out severe physical punishment from those he believed were “keeping secrets,” according to the criminal complaint. Victims said they were required to alert Blakemore of each illicit encounter as it happened or face grotesque abuse. “I’m going to make an example out of someone soon,” he wrote in a group text message to victims. “I will not continue to tolerate disrespect that’s one of my biggest pet peeves.” Blakemore allegedly set a quota of commercial sex proceeds — generally about $1,000 or more per day — and required victims turn all earnings over to him, either in bulk cash or via money transfers. He set the rates for various commercial sex acts, and occasionally lowered victims’ rates to flood out competition. “We need to be bringing in 100k a week,” he told victims in another text. “Those don’t like working need day jobs.” To enforce the rules, Blakemore allegedly slapped, punched, choked, and kicked his victims, and occasionally burned them with cigarettes.
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    Yesterday, 08:52 PM
    Mosquitoes are more than just a pest – they can be downright dangerous carriers of disease. One of the most innovative ideas to control populations of the bugs has been to release genetically modified male mosquitoes that produce unviable offspring. But unfortunately a test of this in Brazil appears to have failed, with genes from the mutant mosquitoes now mixing with the native population. The idea sounded solid. Male Aedes aegypti mosquitoes were genetically engineered to have a dominant lethal gene. When they mated with wild female mozzies, this gene would drastically cut down the number of offspring they produced, and the few that were born should be too weak to survive long. Ultimately, this program should cut down the population of mosquitoes in an area – up to 85 percent, in some early tests. This of course means fewer bug-borne diseases, such as dengue, yellow fever, zika, and malaria, in humans. And since the offspring don’t live long enough to breed themselves, genes from the engineered bugs should stay neatly out of the gene pool of the wild population. The only visible effect should be the reduction of mosquito populations. Unfortunately, that hasn’t been the case. Researchers from Yale University have now examined mosquitoes around the city of Jacobina, Brazil, where the largest test of this technique has taken place over the last few years. Not only did numbers bounce back up in the months after the test, but some of the native bugs, they found, had retained genes from the engineered mosquitoes. “The claim was that genes from the release strain would not get into the general population because offspring would die,’’ says Jeffrey Powell, senior author of a study describing the discovery. “That obviously was not what happened.” The GM mosquito strain was developed by a company called Oxitec, and it had previously been given FDA approval for these kinds of tests. In the Brazilian case, around 450,000 modified males were released in Jacobina every week for 27 months, totaling tens of millions of bugs. To keep tabs on them, the Yale team studied the genomes of both the GM strain and the wild species before the release, then again six, 12 and 27 to 30 months after the release began. Sure enough, by the end of the test there was clear evidence that genes from the transgenic insects had been incorporated into the wild population. Although the GM mosquitoes only produce offspring about three to four percent of the time, it seems that those that are born aren’t as weak as expected. Some appear to make it to adulthood and breed themselves. While populations did drop initially, numbers did bounce back after about 18 months. The researchers suggest that female mosquitoes may have learned and begun avoiding mating with the modified males. Worse still, the genetic experiment may have had the opposite effect and made mosquitoes even more resilient. The bugs in the area are now made up of three strains mixed together: the original Brazilian locals, plus strains from Cuba and Mexico – the two strains crossed to make the GM insects. This wider gene pool could make the mozzies more robust as a whole.
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    Yesterday, 08:49 PM
    You are a great American, all Americans should always be locked and loaded.
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    Yesterday, 08:46 PM
    I will have to defer to Danke on that.
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    Yesterday, 08:45 PM
    Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) told a group that he backs a moratorium on all deportations from the U.S., a video surfaced on Saturday revealed. The socialist senator told a group that, under a Sanders administration, the U.S. would cease ICE raids and deportations. “We’re gonna end the ICE raids which are terrorizing communities all across this country,” Sanders said. “We are gonna impose a moratorium on deportations,” he continued. “There are some things that a president can do with executive orders.” ee 30-second attacking me for that,” Sanders warned before adding that he also supports providing illegal aliens with free college. “And then you’ll see another set of 30-second ads because when I say I want to make public colleges and universities tuition-free, that also includes the undocumented,” Sanders continued. “Now I hope that as soon as possible the undocumented will not be undocumented,” he added. “That’s the goal” More at: https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2019/09/14/bernie-sanders-we-are-going-to-impose-a-moratorium-on-deportations/
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    Yesterday, 08:37 PM
    Trump is holding Pompeo back.
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    Yesterday, 08:35 PM
    He is talking tough but he is deescalating things, notice that he said that verification was needed as opposed to Pompeo just assigning blame to Iran. There will not be a war, just like there wasn't after the drone incident.
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    Yesterday, 08:31 PM
    O'Bummer did nothing but hurt the economy as you have admitted by failing to list one thing he did to help it. Trump is helping it greatly.
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    Yesterday, 08:23 PM
    wow... I kind of forgot all about The Cars. I used to love them when I was younger. Nostalgia. RIP Ric. :(
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    Yesterday, 08:19 PM
    But people pretending to be them can. Or doctors can pretend to give it to them and get paid.
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    Yesterday, 08:13 PM
    You can ignore the truth but it will bite you anyway.
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    Yesterday, 08:10 PM
    Those will end up as worthless as the Imperial Chinese bonds, only a fool would buy them.
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    Yesterday, 07:50 PM
    Darker than Vantablack? Vantablack: (from the link) That picture is a bit...unsettling. :flushed:
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    Yesterday, 07:49 PM
    No. That would depend on the details.
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