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    Today, 02:12 AM
    It was just a couple of days ago that we first reported that Tesla would need to cut down "thousands of trees" in order to build its Gigafactory 4 in Germany. In that article, we noted that the company needed to clear so much forest space to put up its factory that dozens of protesters recently organized a gathering known as a "Forest Walk" to protect against Tesla's tree removal activities at the site, according to Teslarati. The protesters were dressed in yellow vests, replicating the "Yellow Vest Movement" in France and are also concerned about what the deforestation may do to the drinking water in the area. This past weekend, in a fit of hilarious and ironic virtue signalling cognitive dissonance, Musk responded to the criticism, saying on Twitter "this is not a natural forest — it was planted for use as cardboard & only a small part will be used for GF4." Oh, well in that case, just cut down as many trees as you want, Elon. Musk also responded to criticisms about water usage at Gigafactory 4, lying saying "Tesla won’t use this much net water on a daily basis. It’s possibly a rare peak usage case, but not an everyday event." Company planning documents, however, estimate that the factory would need about 98,000 gallons of water per hour.
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    Today, 01:57 AM
    The truth is always predictable.
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    Today, 01:53 AM
    Trump has done lots of things to further freedom for Americans. But you won't admit it because "Orange Man BAD!"
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    Today, 01:51 AM
    Free trade works better on a smaller scale and between groups that share more values. When the entire world is libertarian we can have pure free trade and wide open borders.
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    Today, 01:46 AM
    Most of it is still junk.
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    Today, 01:45 AM
    Which is a very good thing.
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    Today, 01:44 AM
    These were related to the main job they were hired for.
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    Today, 01:41 AM
    Always pay attention to who tries to change the subject and make something good seem like something bad.
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    Today, 01:40 AM
    The Cold War never ended, it just moved to China.
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    Today, 01:39 AM
    It doesn't have to turn out the same. Rome had chances to turn things around and so do we.
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    Today, 12:48 AM
    The row between Minsk and Moscow is getting nasty. This week Belarusian President Aleksander Lukashenko threatened to buy American, Saudi, or UAE oil, to replace supplies from Moscow, which sees Belarus as a client state. Russia has been using energy as a weapon against Minsk in order to gain more influence over the country (Don’t tell that to Angela Merkel of Germany of course who is increasing her reliance on Russian gas). Russian and Belarus currently operate under a loose confederation signed when the Soviet Union collapsed, called ‘The Union State’. Lukashenko fears the end of his political power if the relationship becomes more formal. “I don’t want to be the last president of Belarus,” he said on Friday, adding that he was in talks with the United States the UAE and Saudi Arabia over oil supplies, according to Belta News, reported The Moscow Times. More at: https://tsarizm.com/news/eastern-europe/2020/01/26/belarus-threatens-to-buy-american-oil-angering-moscow/
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    Today, 12:38 AM
    By getting NATO to take over he sets us up to leave. It's Europe's problem if the middle east blows up after we leave and they should deal with it.
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    Today, 12:27 AM
    Anonymous Israeli sources? LOL
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    Yesterday, 11:12 PM
    I don't know. There are always many sides.
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    Yesterday, 11:06 PM
    For which two sides?
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    Yesterday, 10:33 PM
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    Yesterday, 10:31 PM
    Swordsmyth replied to a thread Mexico. in World News & Affairs
    It is unbelievable.
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    Yesterday, 10:16 PM
    Swordsmyth replied to a thread Catalonia in World News & Affairs
    Catalonia's parliament stripped the head of the region's pro-independence government of his rights as a regional lawmaker on Monday, angering supporters who scuffled with police outside the assembly.The parliament's speaker, Roger Torrent, said the assembly in Barcelona had to comply with a Spanish court ruling against regional leader Quim Torra to ensure future votes are not deemed invalid, but said he would seek ways to overturn the decision. Torra will now be unable to vote in parliament but will remain head of the Catalan government, despite opposition parties' demands that he be removed from the post, Torrent said. More at: https://news.yahoo.com/catalan-leader-stripped-lawmaker-rights-194045446.html
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    Yesterday, 09:54 PM
    Swordsmyth replied to a thread Mexico. in World News & Affairs
    AMLO refused to comment so I'm not sure which side he is on. But I expect either a total collapse or a military dictatorship to happen sooner or later down there.
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    Yesterday, 09:50 PM
    Swordsmyth replied to a thread Mexico. in World News & Affairs
    It wouldn't surprise me.
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    Yesterday, 09:38 PM
    Four-term Pennsylvania state Sen. Mike Folmer has been arrested and charged with possession of child pornography, Attorney General Josh Shapiro announced. Folmer was charged Tuesday evening after agents with the attorney general’s child predator unit and the Department of Homeland Security served a search warrant at his Lebanon home earlier in the day. The search was preceded by a six-month investigation that began March 4, when the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children received a tip from the microblogging and social networking website Tumblr. Tumblr reported at least one image containing suspected child pornography was uploaded on Dec. 28, 2017, by a user with the screen name hoser44. Tumblr additionally provided investigators with the user’s email and internet protocol addresses, which eventually were linked to Folmer, according to the criminal complaint. The image, according to the complaint, depicts “a very young female child” engaged in a sexual act. Folmer was contacted at his Lebanon office at the time of the search and agreed to return home and turn over his phone. He was advised of his Miranda Rights and stated he was willing to speak to the agents without the presence of an attorney. During an interview, he admitted that the Tumblr account associated with the tip was his. He told investigators that he “had been dealing with some personal problems/issues and that he had received child pornography through his Tumblr blog,” the complaint states. Two images of apparent child pornography were found during a computer forensics search of the phone. “The two images discovered depicted indecent contact with a minor,” the complaint states. Folmer is charged with sexual abuse of children, possession of child pornography, and criminal use of a communication facility.
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    Yesterday, 09:11 PM
    A few hours ago, the New York Times published an interesting story about how China's population, known for assiduously self-censoring their speech online, is refusing to be silent in the face of the rapidly accelerating novel coronavirus. The deluge of critical posts, along with clever tricks to dodge censors, are making it nearly impossible for Beijing to control the narrative on the mainland. Earlier, we mentioned how doctors, nurses and residents in Wuhan have demanded that their "useless" mayor follow through on an offer to resign for sluggishness in confronting the outbreak. But that's not all: though reports claimed Beijing made an effort to remove horrifying videos of the situation on the ground in Wuhan (videos that showed what appeared to be dead bodies lying in hospital hallways), according to NYT, the censors have now been completely overwhelmed. Some posters evade censors by referred to President Xi as "Trump", or by comparing the outbreak to the Chernobyl nuclear disaster. 137 medical personnel head for Hubei from north China's Shanxi pic.twitter.com/nxSe01dyEO — CGTN (@CGTNOfficial) January 27, 2020 Public anger over the handling of the outbreak has been compounded by the cancellation of the LNY holiday. Internet critics posted scathing criticisms of public officials over often minor slights, like when officials in Wuhan wore their face masks incorrectly during a press conference. After Wuhan Mayor Zhou Xianwang offered to resign over his handling of the outbreak, a commenter replied: "If the virus is fair, then please don't spare this useless person," according to the NYT. After the Hubei Gov. Wang Xiaodong delivered a news briefing on Sunday, he was brutally mocked for twice misstating the number of face masks that the province would produce to help fight the epidemic. A photo of the press conference that circulated online showed one of Wang's partners didn't cover his nose properly with the mask, inviting another torrent of derision.
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    Yesterday, 08:57 PM
    Since President Trump was inaugurated, leftists have brought a series of lawsuits on behalf of supposedly aggrieved parties–themselves, mostly–seeking to enjoin enforcement of administration policies. District Court judges in venues remote from the issue at hand, like a federal judge in Hawaii who purported to block implementation of the administration’s “travel ban,” have issued nationwide injunctions far exceeding the scope of any case or controversy actually before them (if any). This is a perversion of our legal system that encourages, to put it mildly, judge shopping. As a 41-year litigation veteran, I can tell you that judge shopping happens all the time. If a nationwide injunction is in prospect, the temptation to judge-shop is overwhelming. This practice has come under nearly universal condemnation from judges and legal scholars, and many expect that before long, the U.S. Supreme Court will take decisive action to stop such overreaching by District Court judges. Earlier today, the Supreme Court took a step in that direction. The Court ruled, on a party-line 5-4 vote, to grant a stay of a preliminary injunction barring implementation of the Trump administration’s “public charge” initiative, which simply enforces century-old federal immigration law. The administration’s rule shouldn’t even be controversial, but left-wing judges sought out by left-wing activists have put it in play. What is newsworthy is Justice Gorsuch’s blistering concurrence with the Court’s order, in which Justice Thomas joined: On October 10, 2018, the Department of Homeland Security began a rulemaking process to define the term “public charge,” as it is used in the Nation’s immigration laws. Approximately 10 months and 266,000 comments later, the agency issued a final rule. Litigation swiftly followed, with a number of States, organizations, and individual plaintiffs variously alleging that the new definition violates the Constitution, the Administrative Procedure Act, and the immigration laws themselves. These plaintiffs have urged courts to enjoin the rule’s enforcement not only as it applies to them, or even to some definable group having something to do with their claimed injury, but as it applies to anyone. These efforts have met with mixed results. The Northern District of California ordered the government not to enforce the new rule within a hodge-podge of jurisdictions—California, Oregon, Maine, Pennsylvania, and the District of Columbia. The Eastern District of Washington entered a similar order, but went much farther geographically, enjoining the government from enforcing its rule globally. But both of those orders were soon stayed by the Ninth Circuit which, in a 59-page opinion, determined the government was likely to succeed on the merits. Meanwhile, across the country, the District of Maryland entered its own universal injunction, only to have that one stayed by the Fourth Circuit. And while all these developments were unfolding on the coasts, the Northern District of Illinois was busy fashioning its own injunction, this one limited to enforcement within the State of Illinois. If all of this is confusing, don’t worry, because none of it matters much at this point. Despite the fluid state of things—some interim wins for the government over here, some preliminary relief for plaintiffs over there—we now have an injunction to rule them all: the one before us, in which a single judge in New York enjoined the government from applying the new definition to anyone, without regard to geography or participation in this or any other lawsuit. The Second Circuit declined to stay this particular universal injunction, and so now, after so many trips up and down and around the judicial map, the government brings its well-rehearsed arguments here. Today the Court (rightly) grants a stay, allowing the government to pursue (for now) its policy everywhere save Illinois. But, in light of ...
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    Yesterday, 08:24 PM
    Which has nothing to do with Bernie. Bernie is the worst possible option and your attempts to promote him while pretending not to are a joke.
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    Yesterday, 08:14 PM
    Swordsmyth replied to a thread Mexico. in World News & Affairs
    Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador's ruling party plunged into a divisive leadership struggle on Monday when party chief Yeidckol Polevnsky refused to stand down after being voted out by opponents. More at: https://news.yahoo.com/mexican-ruling-party-roiled-chief-222141574.html
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    Yesterday, 08:11 PM
    LOL You're really expecting anyone to believe that? Or to believe you are not coming as close to promoting Brnie as you think you can get away with? LOL
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