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    Yesterday, 11:37 PM
    Wait... their wives get Libraries too? When did that start happening?
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    Yesterday, 10:25 PM
    Mor-tal Kom-baaat!
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    Yesterday, 09:48 PM
    And this tells you Russia, and not, you know, Israel, are our enemy? :rolleyes: Question: Is Rand praying at the Berlin Wall or the Wailing Wall? You must have tied your brain in knots to think this up... correlation isn't causation, nor does your theory cast much suspicion on Russia but on Israel. Israel gain from a distracted Europe and a war-weird America, with Neocons at the helm coaching politicians and the MSM into Russophobia. Iran loses; I'm not even sure what you're referencing in that last sentence... what's working for Iran?
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    Yesterday, 09:10 PM
    Trade talks with Canada and Mexico dissolve in harsh words The leading U.S. trade negotiator exchanged unusually sharp words with his Canadian and Mexican counterparts Tuesday, saying he was “disappointed” at their “reluctance to give up unfair advantages.” In a press conference wrapping up a fourth round of negotiations to revise the North American Free Trade Agreement, a combative U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer said the Trump administration was determined to craft a better deal for U.S. companies and reduce a roughly $60 billion trade deficit with Mexico. “Trade deficits do matter and we intend to reduce them,” Lighthizer said at a joint press conference with Canada’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Chrystia Freeland and Mexico’s Secretary of Economy Ildefonso Guajardo Villarreal. However, Freeland cautioned earlier that an agreement “cannot be achieved with a winner take all mindset.” Guajardo said: “In order for the efforts of Mexico, the United States and Canada to be fruitful, we must understand that we all have limits.” Despite the harsh words, the three ministers agreed to spread out the rounds of talks and extend them through the end of March, which Freeland called a sign of “goodwill.” But there was little positive in the remarks beyond that. Although NAFTA was designed to encourage investment and freer flow of goods between the three countries, Lighthizer said “continuing to design a national manufacturing policy largely dependent on exports to the United States for balance cannot long continue.”
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    Yesterday, 09:05 PM
    If there's one thing Cui Shuxin can happily live without, it's marriage. The 29-year-old, who works as a director in a global public relations firm in Beijing, doesn’t want to tie the knot with her boyfriend any time soon, unlike her mother, who got married at 20. “I want to focus on career,” Cui said, adding that she is writing her third book. “You have to be well off by yourself first before establishing a family.” Cui isn’t alone in thinking this way. As China becomes richer and more powerful under President Xi Jinping’s first five-year term, the country is grappling with a profound shift: marriage rates are going down while divorces are rising sharply. The trend, already prevalent in developed economies, has much more serious implications for China: It badly needs couples to give birth to more babies to ease a rapidly aging population and drive up family-related purchases, as Beijing tries to sustain growth by shoring up consumption. The fall in marriage, in part stemming from more than three decades of the one-child birth control policy, is largely driven by a mindset shift on Chinese women’s part. As the country’s rapid development translates into more and more opportunities, women no longer view marriage as a path to security. They are delaying it for education and career, a choice that was frowned upon in as early as 2007, when unmarried women over 27 were derisively called shengnu, or leftover women. “Chinese society is definitely getting more tolerant towards different ways of living,” said Yuan Xin, a professor of population studies in Nankai University in Tianjin. “More and more people choose to not get married, but this doesn’t mean they don’t have partners.” Last year, new marriages fell by 6.7% to 11.4 million, marking the third consecutive year of decline since 2013, according to government data. Meanwhile, divorce saw consecutive increases since 2012, climbing a further 8% to 416 million in 2016.
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    Yesterday, 08:59 PM
    In a Medium post last week, the professor insisted it was still possible for the eventual Democratic nominee to become president. Lessig said the first step was proving current president Donald Trump colluded with Russian agents to win the election."If that is shown, then the first step is obvious. Trump should resign or, if he doesn’t, he should be impeached." "The second step should be obvious as well: Pence should resign or, if he doesn’t, he should be impeached. He benefited from the criminal (and treasonous) conspiracy just as much as Trump," Lessig continued. With Trump and Pence out of the way, the presidency would then fall to Republican Speaker of the House Paul Ryan. But Lessig insisted it was possible Ryan would appoint Clinton his vice president and then resign. "He should nominate the person defeated by the treason of his own party, and then step aside, and let her become the President," he argued. "I realize this all sounds crazy right now," Lessig admitted. However crazy it might have sounded, outlets like Newsweek treated his ideas seriously, writing a piece headlined, "How Hillary Clinton Still Can, And Should, Become President After The Trump-Russia Investigation." More at: http://freebeacon.com/politics/harvards-lawrence-lessig-insists-clinton-installed-president/
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    Yesterday, 08:52 PM
    FDR knew he was dying in '44, hence choosing his running mate was vital to the party bosses that year - everyone knew he was dying. I think the public also knew, or had a pretty good idea, but finding newspapers has been tough. The Truman Library have some leads on the topic, if FDR's final years are tugging at you. Frankly, I wish somebody had left the "cripple" to drown in his swimming pool back in the 20s.
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    Yesterday, 08:36 PM
    What is there to debate? Russian trolls didn't help elect Trump, that accusation's dead in the water. If any foreign nation subverts our elections its NatSoc Israel and nobody seems to give a shit. Its as if Red Scare and Yellow Peril were fabrications...
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    Yesterday, 07:47 PM
    Raleigh, N.C. — House Republicans, joined by a pair of Democrats, overturned Gov. Roy Cooper's veto of an election bill Tuesday morning, canceling North Carolina's judicial primaries next year. Senate Bill 656 also eases ballot access for unaffiliated and third-party candidates and makes a number of other changes to state election laws, including lowering the percentage of the vote candidates must get to win a primary. It moves to 30 percent from 40 percent. The judicial primary language though, added to the broader bill by GOP leaders at the tail end of negotiations, was what drew Cooper's veto. More at: http://www.wral.com/cooper-veto-overturned-2018-judicial-primaries-cancelled/17023207/
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    Yesterday, 07:42 PM
    Mandalay Bay Security Guard Shot By Gunman Appears To Have Gone Into Hidinghttps://www.yahoo.com/news/mandalay-bay-security-guard-shot-153839873.html
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    Yesterday, 06:38 PM
    The final rule targeted by Republicans had been aimed at forcing government contractors to disclose violations of federal labor laws as they sought more work. The "blacklisting rule" required contractors to disclose violations of 14 federal labor laws, including those pertaining to workplace safety, wages and discrimination. The White House argued the rule would "bog down" the federal procurement process, while business groups said that it would increase compliance costs.
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    Yesterday, 06:36 PM
    President Trump on Monday signed a handful of measures rolling back Obama-era regulations. The measures sent to the president's desk under the Congressional Review Act are part of a larger GOP effort to eliminate an array of regulations issued during President Obama's final months in office and come days after Trump's effort to repeal and replace "Obamacare" failed. Trump has made overturning what he deems government over-reach a centerpiece of his first months in office. "I will keep working with Congress, with every agency, and most importantly, the American people, until we eliminate every unnecessary, harmful and job-killing regulation that we can find," Trump said at a White House signing ceremony. "We have a lot more coming." Two of the regulations nullified Monday had to do with school performance and teacher preparation programs. One, issued by the Education Department in October, required that federally funded teacher preparation programs be evaluated based on the academic outcomes of those teachers' students. Republican senators opposed the rules, arguing such matters should be left to the states. The other aimed to help states identify failing schools and come up with plans to improve them. Another rule nullified by Trump required federal land managers to consider climate change and other long-term effects of proposed development on public lands. The regulation had been imposed by the Bureau of Land Management, which oversees more than 245 million acres of public lands. Republicans argued the rule, finalized in December, shifted decision-making authority away from state and local officials to the federal government. More at: http://www.latimes.com/local/education/la-essential-education-updates-southern-trump-signs-bills-overturning-obama-era-1490718119-htmlstory.html
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    Yesterday, 06:25 PM
    In what universe is allegedly paying facebook trolls the equivalent of bribing the state department?
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    Yesterday, 05:49 PM
    LOL You have been claiming that Russia intervened for Trump.
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    Yesterday, 03:12 PM
    As the mainstream media continues to obsess over $100,000 worth Facebook ads allegedly purchased by Russian spies in 2016 seeking to throw the presidential election, we're almost certain they'll ignore the much larger Russian bombshell dropped today in the form of newly released FBI documents that reveal for the very first time that the Obama administration was well aware of illegal bribery, extortion and money laundering schemes being conducted by the Russians to get a foothold in the atomic energy business in the U.S. before approving a deal that handed them 20% of America's uranium reserves...and resulted in a windfall of donations to the Clinton Foundation. As we pointed out last summer when Peter Schweizer first released his feature documentary Clinton Cash, the Uranium One deal, as approved by the Obama Administration, netted the Clintons and their Clinton Foundation millions of dollars in donations and 'speaking fees' from Uranium One shareholders and other Russian entities. Russian Purchase of US Uranium Assets in Return for $145mm in Contributions to the Clinton Foundation - Bill and Hillary Clinton assisted a Canadian financier, Frank Giustra, and his company, Uranium One, in the acquisition of uranium mining concessions in Kazakhstan and the United States. Subsequently, the Russian government sought to purchase Uranium One but required approval from the Obama administration given the strategic importance of the uranium assets. In the run-up to the approval of the deal by the State Department, nine shareholders of Uranium One just happened to make $145mm in donations to the Clinton Foundation. Moreover, the New Yorker confirmed that Bill Clinton received $500,000 in speaking fees from a Russian investment bank, with ties to the Kremlin, around the same time. Needless to say, the State Department approved the deal giving Russia ownership of 20% of U.S. uranium assets Now, thanks to newly released affidavits from a case that landed one of the Russian co-conspirators, Vadim Mikerin, in jail, we learn that not only was the Obama administration aware the Russians' illegal acts in the U.S. but it may have also been fully aware that "Russian nuclear officials had routed millions of dollars to the U.S. designed to benefit former President Bill Clinton’s charitable foundation during the time Secretary of State Hillary Clinton served on a government body that provided a favorable decision to Moscow." Per The Hill: Before the Obama administration approved a controversial deal in 2010 giving Moscow control of a large swath of American uranium, the FBI had gathered substantial evidence that Russian nuclear industry officials were engaged in bribery, kickbacks, extortion and money laundering designed to grow Vladimir Putin’s atomic energy business inside the United States, according to government documents and interviews.
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    Yesterday, 03:08 PM
    Following a '60 Minutes' investigation that suggested he led a bid to weaken enforcement of the nation's drug policing laws, President Trump's nominee for Drug Czar, Rep. Tom Marino (R-Pa.) has withdrawn his name for consideration. As Politico reports, President Donald Trump said Monday that “we’re going to be looking into” Rep. Tom Marino, the White House’s pick to be the nation’s next drug czar, after CBS' "60 Minutes" and The Washington Post reported that the lawmaker championed a law that hobbled federal efforts to combat the abuse of opioids. Trump pledged to reverse his nomination of Marino (R-Pa.) to lead the Office of National Drug Control Policy if “it's 1 percent negative to doing what we want to do.” “As far as Tom Marino, so he was a very early supporter of mine, the great state of Pennsylvania. He's a great guy,” Trump said during a Rose Garden news conference Monday afternoon. “I did see the report. We’re going to look into the report. We’re going to take it very seriously because we’re going to have a major announcement probably next week on the drug crisis and on the opioid massive problem, and I want to get that absolutely right… We're going to be looking into Tom.” According to reporting by the Post and "60 Minutes," Marino was the top lawmaker championing the Ensuring Patient Access and Effective Drug Enforcement Act, legislation that the news outlets said makes it essentially impossible for the Drug Enforcement Administration to freeze suspicious narcotics shipments from drug companies. The DEA had fought against the bill, while the pharmaceutical industry lobbied hard on its behalf.
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    Yesterday, 02:51 PM
    They did not have Steel and the Byzantines invented Greek fire. They conquered Italy, Gaul, Iberia and Britain, and many other tribal areas, those they did not were simply beyond their reasonable reach. LOL That is not a significant difference. Tribal societies have done all those things. Anarchy has no means to prevent people from seizing power, a properly designed state can limit it.
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    Yesterday, 02:36 PM
    Swordsmyth replied to a thread Catalonia in World News & Affairs
    Spain Constitutional Court Declares Catalan Referendum Voidhttp://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-10-17/spain-constitutional-court-declares-catalan-referendum-void
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    Yesterday, 02:28 PM
    Is China Planning To Deploy Its Army Against North Korea? According to The Express UK, communist China has traditionally been North Korea’s closest ally, but Kim Jong-un’s continued nuclear and ballistic missile tests have tested Beijing’s patience on the rising tensions worldwide. These new revelations also come as North Korea was spotted transporting 30 Scud missiles from Hwangju, south of the capital Pyongyang, to Nampo, on the Korea Bay coast opposite China. New photos have emerged and they reveal that the Communist superpower is building a six-lane highway in its desolately populated northeast on route to North Korea. With most Chinese peasants not able to afford the luxury of a car, the construction of the G1112 Ji’an–Shuangliao Expressway, has led experts to believe it will be used for quick deployment of tanks and troops to its North Korean border. The photos obtained by Daily Star Online show Chinese construction workers digging tunnels through the mountains and massive cranes constructing bridges over rivers. Chinese workers construct a six lane highway to North Korea’s border. Scott Snyder, senior fellow for Korea studies and director of the program on US-Korea policy at the Council on Foreign Relations, told Daily Star Online: “China’s Jilin province has even budgeted and paid for improvements in road infrastructure inside some parts of North Korea in recent years in order to improve logistical access to the Rason port inside North Korea.” More at: http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-10-16/road-world-war-3-unveiled-china-planning-deploy-its-army-against-north-korea
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    Yesterday, 02:05 PM
    UK portfolio managers with $6.9 trillion resist rule bending by regulator to achieve Aramco London listing http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-10-16/uk-pms-push-back-regulators-bend-rules-accommodate-saudi-aramco-ipo
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    Yesterday, 01:54 PM
    Beware that your concepts do not become new (old) gods. ;)
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    OPEC Oil Deal Compliance Falls To 86%http://oilprice.com/Latest-Energy-News/World-News/OPEC-Oil-Deal-Compliance-Falls-To-86.html
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