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    Today, 06:13 PM
    A new global cyber threat campaign has recently infiltrated dozens of energy, defense, nuclear, and financial companies around the world, using malware to extract and exploit data from these organizations in a campaign McAfee has dubbed ‘Operation Sharpshooter’. The McAfee Advanced Threat Research team and McAfee Labs Malware Operations Group say that they have discovered that this new global campaign uses an in-memory implant to download and retrieve a second-stage implant—which McAfee calls Rising Sun—for further exploitation. This campaign appeared in 87 organizations—mostly in the United States—in October and November this year. The malware links were posing as industry job recruitment activity, gathering information to monitor for possible future exploitation, according to McAfee. “This actor has used recruiting as a lure to collect information about targeted individuals of interest or organizations that manage data related to the industries of interest,” the McAfee report says. The new malware campaign uses source code from a 2015 backdoor Trojan Duuzer malware campaign by Lazarus Group in a new framework to infiltrate these key industries. Notorious cyber crime group Lazarus Group has been linked to last year’s WannaCry ransomware attacks and to cyber attacks at Sony Pictures and Bangladesh Bank. “Operation Sharpshooter’s numerous technical links to the Lazarus Group seem too obvious to immediately draw the conclusion that they are responsible for the attacks, and instead indicate a potential for false flags,” said McAfee about the global cyber spy campaign it had discovered. More at: https://oilprice.com/Latest-Energy-News/World-News/Operation-Sharpshooter-Targets-Energy-Defense-Firms.html
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    Today, 06:11 PM
    Russia’s largest oil producer Rosneft has decided to quit Iran and the possibility of US$30 billion worth of joint Russian-Iranian investments in oil and gas projects in the Islamic Republic, Russian business daily Vedomosti reports, quoting three sources close to Rosneft’s top management. According to analysts who spoke to Vedomosti, Rosneft’s move to quit Iran is wise because risks were higher than rewards and Tehran hadn’t offered attractive terms for international investors anyway. Rosneft is not the only Russian company said to have quit projects in Iran due to the U.S. sanctions. Days before the U.S. sanctions on Iran’s oil snapped back, sources at Russia’s state-owned oil producer Zarubezhneft told Reuters that the company withdrew from Iran due to the sanctions. Lukoil, Russia’s second-largest oil producer, said as early as in May that it was putting its plans to develop projects in Iran on hold, due to the U.S. sanctions. More at: https://oilprice.com/Latest-Energy-News/World-News/Russias-Rosneft-Quits-Iran-30B-Of-Potential-Joint-Investments.html
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    Today, 06:08 PM
    Unipec, the trading arm of Chinese state oil major Sinopec and China’s largest buyer of U.S. crude oil until recently, is set to resume purchases from the United States “very soon,” and volumes are likely to be significant, a senior Unipec executive told S&P Global Platts on Friday. More at: https://oilprice.com/Latest-Energy-News/World-News/Chinas-Biggest-US-Crude-Oil-Buyer-To-Resume-Purchases-Very-Soon.html
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    Today, 06:01 PM
    China took more steps to defuse trade tensions with the U.S., confirming it will remove the retaliatory duty on automobiles imported from America and preparing to restart purchases of American corn.The 25 percent tariff imposed on vehicles as a tit-for-tat measure will be scrapped starting Jan. 1, the finance ministry said Friday. China also may buy at least 3 million metric tons of American corn, said people familiar with the discussions, who asked not to be named as the information is confidential. More at: https://finance.yahoo.com/news/china-seeks-defuse-trade-war-131645984.html
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    Today, 05:46 PM
    He is "acting" chief of staff so we still may be disappointed, I hope he gets the position permanently after Trump tries him out for awhile. Mulvaney will be replaced as OMB director by Russell Vought, who is currently the agency's deputy director. Vought is a former vice president of the conservative Heritage Foundation, served as executive director of the Republican Study Committee -- the largest GOP caucus on Hill -- and served with Mike Pence at the House GOP Conference when Pence chaired the conference. His wife Mary is a former Pence communications director at the GOP conference as well. It took almost a year for successful Senate confirmation of Vought’s nomination, and Pence was there in the Senate chamber to break a 50-50 tie on Feb. 28, 2018. More at: https://www.yahoo.com/gma/trump-picks-mick-mulvaney-director-office-management-budget-223511873.html
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    Today, 05:42 PM
    Starches should be in the same category as sugar because they are broken down into sugars.
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    Today, 05:39 PM
    I take it then that you don't believe that a 3rd party candidate can win even if the Swampublicans go more liberal?
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    Today, 05:36 PM
    Liberty is popular but it isn't given much priority, there is always something else that most people think is more important. The only thing that should be given a higher priority is the preservation of liberty.
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    Today, 05:31 PM
    :up: Let's hope this results in a lot of policy changes.
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    Today, 05:19 PM
    Election fraud should carry the death penalty.
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    Today, 05:17 PM
    Any election fraud should carry the death penalty.
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    Today, 05:14 PM
    Ugly and stupid is no way to go through life kid.
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    Today, 04:48 PM
    The idea is that the Swampublicans will feel free to act more liberal and that the voters will then feel free to vote 3rd party and actually elect the 3rd party candidate because the Swampublicans are no longer significantly better than the Demoncrats and the 3rd party candidate isn't a "wasted" vote because if there is still some advantage to having the Swampublican instead of the Demoncrat he will get their vote in the 2nd or 3rd round. Whether or not the 3rd party candidate can ever win in your opinion decides whether it is better to have ranked choice voting or the spoiler effect. If we elected House candidates as I have suggested in this thread: Why not give each Rep. multiple votes? it would be a distinct improvement.
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    Today, 01:52 AM
    It's absolutely laughable to think that they are following ANY rules as part of the witch hunt. The law and the precedent is on Trump's side, if he has private reasons for the payments made with his own money then it doesn't matter if they might also affect the campaign.
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    Today, 01:11 AM
    FBI had no legal right to interview Flynn: Gregg Jarrett
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    Today, 01:02 AM
    On Tuesday, attorneys for Michael Flynn filed a sentencing memorandum and letters of support for the former Army lieutenant general in federal court. The sentencing memorandum reveals for the first time concrete evidence that the FBI created multiple 302 interview summaries of Flynn’s questioning by now-former FBI agent Peter Strzok and a second unnamed agent, reported to be FBI Special Agent Joe Pientka. Further revelations may be forthcoming soon following an order entered late yesterday by presiding judge Emmet Sullivan, directing the special counsel’s office to file with the court any 302s or memorandum relevant to Flynn’s interview. While Flynn’s sentencing memorandum methodically laid out the case for a low-level sentence of one-year probation, footnote 23 dropped a bomb, revealing that the agents’ 302 summary of his interview was dated August 22, 2017. As others have already noted, the August 22, 2017 date is a “striking detail” because that puts the 302 report “nearly seven months after the Flynn interview.” When added to facts already known, this revelation takes on a much greater significance. First, text messages between Strzok and former FBI Attorney Lisa Page indicate that Strzok wrote his notes from the Flynn interview shortly after he questioned the national security advisor on January 24, 2017. Specifically, on February 14, 2017, Strzok texted Page, “Also, is Andy good with F 302?” Page responded, “Launch on f 302.” Given Strzok’s role in the questioning Flynn, the date (three weeks from the interview), the notation “F 302,” and Page’s position as special counsel to Andrew McCabe, it seems extremely likely that these text exchanges concerned a February 2017, 302 summary of the Flynn interview. Additionally, now that we know from the sentencing memorandum that the special counsel’s office has tendered a 302 interview summary dated August 22, 2017, we can deduce that an earlier 302 form existed from James Comey’s Friday testimony before the House judiciary and oversight committees. During the day-long questioning of the former FBI Director, Rep. Trey Gowdy asked Comey whether the agents who interviewed Flynn had indicated that Flynn did not intend to deceive them during the interview. After Comey replied “No,” Gowdy pushed him, asking “Have you ever testified differently?” Comey again responded, “No.”
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    Today, 12:51 AM
    If you want to do something about it go ahead, if you want to hire someone to do something about it use your own money. It's news because if our relationship with Pakistan decays far enough we may be forced to leave Afghanistan and that would be a good thing, it is also news because it demonstrates that we don't want too many immigrants from Pakistan.
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    Yesterday, 11:42 PM
    Because it is exceedingly unlikely that Trump said anything that would prove that it was meant to help the campaign as opposed to preserving his image.
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    Yesterday, 10:45 PM
    The "Civil War" but that was a case of "rebellion" not lack of a Republican form of government. True, but I doubt that we can get Congress to pass a ban on ballot harvesting with the Demoncrats in control of the House, we also need federal investigations into all other forms of election fraud that result in prosecutions. And in any case Congress doesn't have legislative authority over state and local elections but if they are corrupted sufficiently the Republican form of government clause could be applied.
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    Yesterday, 10:00 PM
    This isn't about safety, something strange is going on and somebody is trying to block radar for some reason.
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    Yesterday, 09:53 PM
    A federal judge rejected a lawsuit Thursday by a Republican incumbent from Maine who lost the nation's first congressional election held under a candidate-ranking system.Republican U.S. Rep. Bruce Poliquin sought to have the voting system declared unconstitutional after he lost the election to Democrat Jared Golden despite having the most first-place votes. Poliquin asked U.S. District Judge Lance Walker either to declare him the winner or order another election for the 2nd Congressional District. But Walker, appointed by Republican President Donald Trump, said states are given great leeway in how they conduct elections. Critics can question the wisdom of ranked-choice voting, Walker said, but such criticism "falls short of constitutional impropriety." There was no immediate word from Poliquin on whether he planned to appeal. A recount that Poliquin requested, meanwhile, will continue for a few more weeks. Golden and supporters of ranked voting said after the ruling that they felt vindicated by Walker's decision. Golden said that Walker's "decision is clear" and that he hopes Poliquin works with him to ensure a smooth transition for the congressional district. James Monteleone, an attorney for the Committee for Ranked Choice Voting, said he believes Walker's ruling "will stand up to any appeal." Poliquin, however, said he remained concerned about some Maine voters expressing confusion with the voting system. He defended Maine's old system as a "common sense, one-person, one-vote process." In his ruling, Walker rejected Poliquin's arguments that ranked balloting gives some voters more expression than others or proves too confusing for the average voter.
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    Yesterday, 09:49 PM
    The head of the U.N. agency focusing on AIDS said he would leave the job six months early, bowing to apparent pressure just a week after independent experts looking into sexual harassment blasted the "defective leadership" at UNAIDS. At least one major donor reportedly threatened to halt its funding.Executive Director Michel Sidibe revealed his plans to leave in June at a UNAIDS board meeting Thursday, agency spokesman Mahesh Mahalingham said. Sidibe took up the job in 2009. Sexual harassment allegations at UNAIDS have been an unwelcome distraction for the agency, which has helped get millions of people infected with HIV on antiretroviral therapy. It spearheads U.N. efforts to end the AIDS epidemic as a public health threat by 2030 — a key United Nations goal. Media reports suggested Sweden, the agency's No. 2 donor last year, was preparing to stop funding the agency over the crisis. Sweden provided $30.8 million to UNAIDS in 2017, second only to $82.4 million from the United States. "We do not trust him. He must leave now. We are freezing our support until he is gone," Swedish International Development Cooperation Minister Isabella Lovin told the Svenska Dagbladet newspaper. Outside experts released a report last week saying a culture of impunity and a toxic working environment at UNAIDS cannot be changed unless Sidibe resigned. It cited a "vacuum of accountability" and said agency leaders failed to prevent or adequately respond to allegations of sexual harassment, bullying and abuse of power. More at: https://www.yahoo.com/news/unaids-head-quit-post-early-following-scathing-report-122341506.html
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    Yesterday, 09:44 PM
    That's because most girls and women conspire against men and boys whenever they get together and they project their tendencies onto men.
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    Yesterday, 09:40 PM
    You don't really care about anything but attacking Trump and promoting liberal agenda items.
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    Yesterday, 09:08 PM
    Get lost and take your open borders propaganda with you, you also seem to be supporting foreign intervention, the only good thing about this is that it may get us to break up with Pakistan and be forced to leave Afghanistan.
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    Yesterday, 09:05 PM
    We shall see but even if Trump is working for the enemy he may get the frog to jump out of the pot, we were doomed while the temperature rise was gradual.
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    Yesterday, 09:02 PM
    According to Patreon, creators like Laura Loomer, Sargon of Akkad, Milo Yiannopoulos, and the Proud Boys violate their terms of service. But on the other side of the coin, Antifa creators that plot violent insurrection against the United States are A-Ok. Research from watchdog group Far Left Watch shows that groups who openly call for violence, in violation of the site’s Community Guidelines, are not being removed if they are on the left-wing of the political spectrum. The two most glaring cases come from two far-left podcasts, titled “Revolutionary Left Radio” and “The Guillotine Podcast.” Both podcasts support political violence in pursuit of a communist revolution. Revolutionary Left Radio has over 700 monthly donors giving between $1 and $100 each. The shows host, Brett Anderson, who goes by the moniker “Breht Oshea” has a criminal record stemming from a clash with police during a pro-Trump rally in 2017. He is also an advocate of armed confrontation against those who he has ideological disagreements with. I like my working class like I like my antifascism: armed and militant.
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    Yesterday, 08:57 PM
    China Retail Sales, Industrial Production Growth Plummet In November
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