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    Today, 07:23 PM
    Yeah, then someone will try to blame Trump for that too.
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    Today, 06:55 PM
    The UK will be better off and the EU will be more hurt. The mad scheme to conquer Europe by stealth is falling apart.
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    Today, 06:43 PM
    The protestors may have some wrong ideas about what the cure should consist of but they are absolutely right about the disease, France is overtaxed, over-regulated, being conquered by an unaccountable foreign ruling class in Brussels and being overrun by hostile foreign invaders with the collaboration of its own government. Macron must go.
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    We have them here as well. See the latest thread that got moved to HOT TOPICS for absolutely no reason.
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    Today, 06:18 PM
    The Yellow Vest movement has largely rejected French President Emmanuel Macron’s concession speech, claiming it was an insincere “charade.” “He is trying to do a pirouette to land back on his feet but we can see that he isn’t sincere, that it’s all smoke and mirrors,” Jean-Marc, a car mechanic told the AFP Monday. According to local media, other French citizens described the speech as “window dressing,” “a bluff,” a “drop in the ocean,” “nonsense,” and a “charade.” “Maybe if Macron had made this speech three weeks ago, it would have calmed the movement, but now it’s too late,” said one Yellow Vest protester. “For us, this speech is nonsense.” The protesters said Macron’s concessions didn’t amount to much change. “He is being held hostage so he drops some crumbs,” said a 35-year-old official. Many protesters indicated they would continue their “Gilet Jaunes” movement. “We’re really wound up, we’re going back to battle,” said a 55 year-old bike mechanic.
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    Today, 05:54 PM
    Isn't the Jury System great?:sarcasm: Trial by MSM. Jury system = bad judgements and citizen slavery
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    Rafael Correa wanted to fast-track development projects when he was president of Ecuador, so he borrowed billions of dollars from China. But the loans have come back to haunt his successor, Lenin Moreno, who will go hat in hand to China this month to seek more flexible terms and breathing space.A onetime ally and now bitter enemy of Correa, Moreno and his government are straining under a huge budget deficit caused partly by obligations to the Chinese, whose loans financed roads, dams, schools and office buildings during Correa’s time in office from 2007 to 2017. Ecuador is one of several Latin American countries that in recent years benefited from China’s lending spree. Like other loans China has made in the region, those to Ecuador are partially payable with shipments of natural resources — oil, in Ecuador’s case — which China needs to stoke its fast-growing economy. Correa was a close ally of Venezuela’s socialist, anti-U.S. President Hugo Chavez and saw Chinese loans as attractive because the Asian giant made no political or ideological demands, and the loans were a way of thumbing his nose at Uncle Sam, analysts say. But terms of Ecuador’s $6.5 billion in Chinese debt have become onerous with the global decline in the price of oil, Ecuador’s main source of revenue from exports. Moreover, some developments financed by the loans, including hydroelectric plants, are not producing the revenue that was anticipated. Correa also made deals to sell the Chinese millions of barrels of oil in advance on favorable terms, committing the country to ship 90 percent of all its exportable crude to the Asian giant through 2024. Terms of the deals, by which he mortgaged to China much of the country’s future production of crude, remain shrouded in mystery.
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    Today, 05:43 PM
    Confirming what the political right already knew, a Harvard study has concluded that the supposed “gender wage gap” is explained by the choices that men and women make. Valentin Bolotnyy and Natalia Emanuel sought to find out if men and women actually were paid different wages for the same work. This was the approach to their study: They look at data from the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA). This is a union shop with uniform hourly wages where men and women adhere to the same rules and receive the same benefits. Workers are promoted on the basis of seniority rather than performance, and male and female workers of the same seniority have the same choices for scheduling, routes, vacation, and overtime. There is almost no scope here for a sexist boss to favor men over women. And yet, even here, Emanuel and Bolotnyy find that female train and bus operators earn less than their male counterparts. From this observation, they go looking for possible causes, examining time cards and scheduling from 2011 to 2017 and factoring in sex, age, date of hire, tenure, and whether an employee was married or had dependents. They find that male train and bus drivers worked about 83 percent more overtime than their female colleagues and were twice as likely to accept an overtime shift—which pays time-and-a-half—on short notice and that around twice as many women as men never took overtime. The male workers took 48 percent fewer unpaid hours off under the Family Medical Leave Act each year. Female workers were more likely to take less desirable routes if it meant working fewer nights, weekends, and holidays. Parenthood turns out to be an important factor. Fathers were more likely than childless men to want the extra cash from overtime, and mothers were more likely to want time off than childless women. The left is obsessed with victimhood as a form of vote grabbing, and has perpetrated this lie because the numbskulls on their side will eat it up. But even without the Harvard study, the supposed “wage gap” was obviously nonsense. Per the Equal Pay Act of 1963, it is illegal to pay men and women different wages for the same work. The wage gap, in fact, stems from a purposeful conflation of the terms “earnings” and “wages.” Earnings are what one makes total in a year. Wages are what one makes total per hour. If we add up to the total amount of money that men earn and the total amount of women that women earn in year, and do some simple division, women earn about $.80 for every $1 a man earn. But if a male and female start the same job on the same day, it is illegal to pay them different wages. The rub, as the study shows – along with tons of other data – is that the difference in earnings is due solely to life choices.
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    Today, 05:41 PM
    In another shocking act of censorship and tyranny displayed by big tech social media companies, two ardent critics of Islam on Twitter received notices from the social media company informing them they violated Pakistani law. Both Imam Tawhidi, a Muslim scholar from Australia and Ensaf Haidar, a Canadian human rights activist and wife of Raif Badawi, a Saudi writer who has been imprisoned and tortured in Saudi Arabia for his satirical blogs, received notifications from Twitter informing them of their “violations” of Pakistani blasphemy laws. Twitter’s Legal Department has sent me an Email informing me that I have broken Pakistan’s Law. I have attached the Tweet in question, so judge for yourselves. I am not from Pakistan nor am I a Pakistani citizen. Pakistan has no authority over what I say. Get out of here. pic.twitter.com/wsVacLXpJm — Imam Mohammad Tawhidi (@Imamofpeace) December 3, 2018 Funny, Twitter just told me that I'm broken the Pakistan’s law!! pic.twitter.com/ze2EGw63HE — Ensaf haidar ⚜️🍁 (@miss9afi) November 30, 2018
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    Today, 05:29 PM
    Lawyers for indicted Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou put a new spin on an old Rodney Dangerfield joke on Tuesday when they offered to pledge both of Meng's multimillion dollar homes as well as her husband (and her children) as collateral should the executive be granted bail. Yes, you read that right: HUAWEI CFO'S LAWYER PLEDGES HUSBAND PLUS 4 OTHERS AS SURETIES Meng's lawyer also agreed that their client would wear an ankle bracelet while free on bail. MENG'S LAWYER ALSO AGREES TO ELECTRONIC SURVEILLANCE FOR BAIL
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    Today, 05:23 PM
    In making their case that Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou who was arrested on fraud charges in Vancouver should be denied bail, the U.S. prosecution said that she has access to “numerous passports and visa documents,” allowing her to flee with more ease. According to the U.S. Justice Department and the United States Attorney’s Office in the Eastern District of New York, Meng has used seven passports from China and Hong Kong in the last 11 years to enter the United States. The passports include four issued by China, and three issued by Hong Kong. Both Chinese and Hong Kong passports have a typical validity period of 10 years. Legally, a mainland Chinese citizen cannot hold both a Chinese and Hong Kong passport at the same time. “t is entirely possible that Meng has additional passports of which the United States government is not aware,” U.S. prosecutor Richard Donoghue wrote in a statement. According to the Hong Kong-based publication Mingpao, Meng has at least one more Chinese passport that wasn’t listed in the U.S. prosecutors’ list. The publication says that a search into Hong Kong business registry shows records of a Chinese passport belonging to Meng that has a number starting with the letter P, while the Chinese passport numbers listed by U.S. prosecutors all start with the letter G. For officials and the business elite in China, having access to multiple travel documents has increasingly come to be seen as a necessity in recent years as a means to be able to quickly evade trouble with authorities. The surge by Chinese and Russian wealthy using “cash for citizenship programs” offered by some EU member states has even caused European officials to promise to crack down on the practice.
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    Today, 05:13 PM
    Perhaps most notably, as opposed to disgust projected from Brussels when Italy pitched their budget, the European Commission said it will assess the impact of French President Emmanuel Macron’s proposed increase in spending in the spring in its regular process of assessing EU governments’ budgets. “We have a well-established process in place to monitor and assess member states’ economic situations and fiscal policies. Our position on France is well known and the opinion on the French draft budgetary plan was published recently,” commission spokesman Margaritis Schinas says. “The fiscal impact of the final budget that emerges from the parliamentary process will be assessed in spring when we publish our economic forecasts,” Schinas tells reporters. As always, it's one rule for the core, and one for the periphery. More at: https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-12-11/french-credit-risk-soars-macron-bailout-blows-out-deficit
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    What looked like the first stirrings of a recovery in the pound Tuesday morning has given way to more selling, as the British currency tumbled to $1.2502 - just above a key psychological threshold - following reports that the conservatives' 1922 committee had finally received the 48 letters of no confidence necessary to trigger a vote of no confidence in Prime Minister Theresa May. The no confidence letter count stood at 46 as recently as Tuesday morning. However, a few frustrated remainers joined with their Brexiteer peers to push the total over the top. What's worse, the gesture of contempt comes as May is out of the country on a "whistlestop" our of European capitals in a desperate bid to achieve "assurances" on the Irish backstop that multiple EU leaders have said they wouldn't be willing to give. In what has become a regular feature of the Brexit chaos, reports that the threshold had been reached were almost immediately contradicted... Masses of speculation about the numbers going in - lots of people hoping the 48 has been reached, but not clear - ‘we’ll def have them by....’ - fill in the blanks - but as @BethRigby says, mood seems to be hardening towards PM for sure https://t.co/SHA1iSw5Wg — Laura Kuenssberg (@bbclaurak) December 11, 2018 ...Which was followed by a wave of reports insisting that yes, the threshold has been reached. Here we go again. An ERG source writes: "They've reached 48 letters. Whitehall confirmed and someone in the chairman's office." — Adam Payne (@adampayne26) December 11, 2018
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    The German government has been struggling to contain a rise in violence and social anxiety that rocked Europe's wealthiest nation since Europe's refugee crisis started just over three years ago, when Chancellor Angela Merkel first announced her "open doors" policy in response to a wave of refugees fleeing Syria, Afghanistan and North Africa. The result: German citizens are now rushing to obtain basic firearms licenses. German authorities issued more than 600,000 weapons licenses, representing an increase of 130% since 2014, according to the latest figures published by Redaktionsnetzwerk Deutschland (RND). For perspective, there were only 261,332 licenses in 2014. More at: https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-12-10/german-gun-licenses-double-during-migrant-crisis
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    According to Bloomberg, China is moving to cut its trade-war tariffs on US autos. US equity futures spiked on the news, mirroring their reaction from last Monday after Trump bragged about the concession twitter, only for Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and advisor Larry Kudlow to pour cold water on the president's boasts by saying that the cuts had merely bee "discussed". Bloomberg said China is planning to cut tariffs on US-made cars to 15% from the current 40% has been submitted to China’s Cabinet to be reviewed in the coming days. China boosted tariffs on US-made cars to 40% as part of a raft of retaliatory measures against the US imposed over the summer. To be sure, nothing is set in stone just yet. The decision is being reviewed, and could still change. While US automakers will undoubtedly benefit from the move, Bloomberg pointed out that European automakers like Mercedes-Benz and BMW will be the biggest beneficiaries after both companies - which have sizable manufacturing operations in the US - warned about lower profits this year. More at: https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-12-11/china-moves-cut-auto-tariffs-sending-futures-higher We temporarily don't add more and they remove some that they had already implemented.
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    And you support it by supporting the invasion that it has caused and enabled in order to take total control. Some government is necessary in order to secure liberty and border/immigration control is one of the most necessary parts of that.
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    As if Brussels didn't have its hands full already with Italy and the UK, the European Union will soon be forced to rationalize why one of its favorite core members is allowed to pursue populist measures to blow out its budget deficit to ease domestic unrest while another is threatened with fines potentially amounting to billions of euros. When blaming Russia failed to quell the widespread anger elicited by his policies, French President Emmanuel Macron tried to appease the increasingly violent "yellow vests" protesters who have sacked his capital city by offering massive tax cuts that could blow the French budget out beyond the 3% budget threshold outlined in the bloc's fiscal rules. Given the concessions recently offered by Italy's populists, Macron's couldn't have picked a worse time to challenge the bloc's fiscal conventions. As Bloomberg pointed out, these rules will almost certainly set the Continent's second largest economy on a collision course with Brussels. To be clear, Macron's offered cuts come with a price tag of about €11 billion according to Les Echos, and will leave the country with a budget gap of 3.5% of GDP in 2019, with one government official said the deficit may be higher than 3.6%. By comparison, Italy's initial projections put its deficit target at 2.4%, a number which Europe has repeatedly refused to consider. Macron's promises of fiscal stimulus - which come on top of his government's decision to delay the planned gas-tax hikes that helped inspire the protests - were part of a broader 'mea culpa' offered by Macron in a speech Monday night, where he also planned to hike France's minimum wage. Of course, when Brussels inevitably objects, perhaps Macron could just show them this video of French police tossing a wheelchair-bound protester to the ground. Already, the Italians are complaining. Speaking on Tuesday,Italian cabinet undersecretary Giancarlo Giorgetti said Italy hasn't breached the EU deficit limit. "I repeat that from the Italian government there is a reasonable approach, if there is one also from the EU a solution will be found."
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    Q !!mG7VJxZNCI ID: b8c9d3 No.4261906 Dec 11 2018 17:45:43 (EST) NEW How do you quell 'growing' protests against you? https://www.hannity.com/media-room/manhunt-suspect-in-strasbourg-shooting-identified-was-on-terror-watch-list/ Notice a pattern?
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    Russia is planning to reduce its oil production by 50,000 bpd to 60,000 bpd in January as part of the new OPEC+ deal, and will not be cutting its 228,000-bpd share outright at the start of the agreement, Russia’s Energy Minister Alexander Novak said on Tuesday. Russia has already drafted a timetable for how much oil production it would reduce each month until it reaches its share of the OPEC/non-OPEC production cut, Novak said, reaffirming Moscow’s position that its reduction would be gradual, just like in the previous agreement between OPEC and the Russia-led non-OPEC partners. While Russia will be making the lion’s share of the non-OPEC 400,000-bpd cut, it would take months to reach the 228,000-bpd production reduction, Novak said on Friday, after OPEC and its allies sealed the deal. The agreement calls for 2.5 percent cuts from the October production levels, which for Russia was a post-Soviet record high of 11.4 million bpd. More at: https://oilprice.com/Latest-Energy-News/World-News/Russia-Will-Cut-Oil-Production-By-60000-Bpd-In-January.html
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