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    Today, 01:03 AM
    They must want Nukes, let's bomb them into the stone age:rolleyes:
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    Today, 12:54 AM
    Iraq’s foreign minister asked nuclear countries for help building a nuclear reactor Saturday, over 35 years after Israeli jets destroyed the country’s first attempt to build a nuclear program. Ibrahim al-Jaafari made the request in his speech Saturday to the UN General Assembly’s annual meeting of presidents, prime ministers and monarchs. He called for assistance “to build a nuclear reactor for peaceful purposes in Iraq, to acquire this nuclear technology.” Al-Jaafari cited the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty’s provisions allowing countries to pursue peaceful nuclear energy projects. Iraq ratified the treaty in 1969. Non-nuclear nations that signed it agreed to not pursue atomic weapons. In exchange, the five original nuclear powers — the US, Russia, Britain, France and China — promised to move toward nuclear disarmament and to guarantee non-nuclear states access to peaceful nuclear technology for producing power. It wasn’t immediately clear how other nations would greet the request from oil-rich Iraq, which is emerging from a bloody, chaotic period after Islamic State extremists seized swaths of the country in 2014. More at: https://www.timesofisrael.com/iraq-says-it-wants-worlds-help-to-build-nuclear-reactor/
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    Today, 12:26 AM
    President Donald Trump denied Sunday any knowledge of pardoning WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, an idea that has been floated by Republican California Rep. Dana Rohrabacher. “I’ve never heard that mentioned, really, I’ve never heard that mentioned,” Trump said to a reporter at a New Jersey airport during the president’s return to the White House. Rep. Rohrabacher met with Assange in August at the Ecuadorian embassy in London, where Assange has taken asylum since 2012 for sexual assault charges in Sweden that have since been dropped. However, the WikiLeaks founder still faces legal challenges as the U.S. is reportedly investigating Assange for his site’s role in disseminating thousands of classified documents. Rohrabacher told The Daily Caller that Assange told him he had proof that Russia was not behind the hacking and leaking of emails from Democratic National Committee officials during the 2016 election. More at: http://dailycaller.com/2017/09/24/trump-denies-knowledge-of-potential-assange-pardon/
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    Today, 12:09 AM
    NFL Players Kneel During Anthem, Stand For ‘God Save The Queen’ Dozens of NFL players for the Baltimore Ravens and Jacksonville Jaguars showed a unified front on Sunday and kneeled as the national anthem played during the start of their game in London, defying President Trump’s attacks on the league’s athletes. Those who were not kneeling, including the coaches on both teams and Jaguars owner Shahid Khan, locked arms during the national anthem at the game in London’s Wembley Stadium. Players taking a knee during the performance included Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs and C.J. Mosley, wide receiver Mike Wallace and safety Lardarius Webb as well as Jaguars running back Leonard Fournette, linebacker Dante Fowler, defensive tackle Calais Campbell, defensive end Yannick Ngakoue and cornerback Jalen Ramsey. The players then stood up for “God Save the Queen,” the British anthem. More at: http://www.foxnews.com/sports/2017/09/24/ravens-jaguars-players-kneel-during-national-anthem-after-trumps-attacks-on-nfl.html Because the UK is such a wonderful example to the world?
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    Today, 12:07 AM
    That depends on my opportunities.
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    Today, 12:02 AM
    If you advocate avoiding unnecessary imperial entanglements then there is nothing wrong with that, but you will find yourself in territory controlled by a state, Anarchy will never be able to hold territory for long, since I will find myself in a state's territory I will try to make it as liberty oriented as I can.
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    Yesterday, 11:41 PM
    So if mankind will make tribes, fiefdoms, or self-govern what-have-you, then the State vs Chaos dilemma is false. There's chaos within States, and inflicted by them, enough to go around for generations. The State isn't magically inevitable, it doesn't protect our personal Liberty, and all its amounted to, after 400 years trying, is a clusterfuck bigger than any previously tried. So this one's for anybody who's read this far: what's wrong with libertarians living parallel to, but as far from within, the State as they can get? Anarchy doesn't have to mean chaos if you're living self-governed as best you can. It doesn't necessarily mean balaclava and molotovs, if the libertarian has taken the appropriate actions towards anarchic, sovereign living. The op might ask instead, "should libertarians support open warfare with the State?" Do we need to review what happens, when people go to war with the FBI? They lose. Always.
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    Yesterday, 11:38 PM
    This will be another disaster somehow.
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    Yesterday, 11:07 PM
    Any given state is not inevitable, but some state is, tribes will form if nothing else, they will choose leaders and enforce rules on members and control territory.
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    Yesterday, 11:05 PM
    Nations aren't governments by any definition. Nation-States are nations with a state government. That still leaves you explaining why it is States are inevitable, when they're not. They have to be fought for, won, and kept or they don't happen. I know founding myths like to romanticize the State's conquest of a Nation, but the magic ain't how they come to be.
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    Yesterday, 10:47 PM
    That depends on your definition of the state, I am calling any government a state, Anarchy always falls to organized forces.
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    Yesterday, 10:44 PM
    Why do you believe States are inevitable? In who's interest is it to tell you that, because States are magically inevitable, therefore we need them now? Is mankind on some sort of progressive trajectory? Is the Inevitable State going to perfect us? History attests that States are not inevitable, that they've had to be fought and won for. Keeping in mind States =/= Nations, Nations corrode as the rule of the State centralizes.
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    Yesterday, 10:28 PM
    Shortly following Sunday night reports that Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe plans to launch a new economic stimulus package of around 2 trillion yen ($17.8 billion) by the end of this year, which sent the Yen sliding to session lows and the USDJPY rising as high as 112.50 before fading the entire move, on Monday the Japanese premier confirmed recent rumors when he said he would dissolve parliament’s lower house on Thursday for a snap election, as he seeks a fresh mandate to overcome “a national crisis”. Abe, in power for five years with the success of his famous Abenomics always just beyond reach, said he needed a mandate to shift some revenues from a planned future tax hike to social spending such as education, besides seeking support for a tough stance toward North Korea’s repeated missile and nuclear tests. “I will dissolve the lower house on Sept. 28,” Abe told a nationally televised news conference on Monday according to Reuters. Earlier, the head of Abe’s junior coalition partner, Natsuo Yamaguchi, said he understood the election would be held on Oct. 22. The decision is aimed to take advantage of Abe’s recently surge in favorable ratings following a crash in support for Abe as early as two months ago as a result of ongoing corruption scandals in his party, as well as ongoing opposition disarray. The main opposition Democratic Party is struggling with single-digit ratings and much depends on whether it can cooperate with liberal opposition groups. Abe’s image as a strong leader has bolstered his ratings amid rising tension over North Korea’s nuclear arms and missile programs and overshadowed opposition criticism of the premier for suspected cronyism scandals that had eroded his support. More at: http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-09-25/abe-announces-japan-snap-election-will-face-new-challenger
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    Yesterday, 10:15 PM
    We would disagree, I would also tell you that a state is inevitable so you have to create one that is liberty oriented so that you don't get a tyrannical one.
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    Yesterday, 10:07 PM
    What if I told you that the State does not protect Life or Liberty from enemies foreign or domestic? Yeah, that's what an opinion bloc are, they're often movements or trusts colonized by opportunists. Once they gain the audience's attention, they build brand loyalty, then their editors cut out the old guard. That's how the Trotskyists used NatRev and such to gag the Conservatives.
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    Yesterday, 10:05 PM
    All we can do is try, if we don't we will lose everything and have nothing to blame but ourselves, I will continue to try no matter what happens.
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    Yesterday, 10:01 PM
    The John Birch Society is a good place to start, there is also Campaign for Liberty, or perhaps we could start something new on this site. We are David to the Elite's Goliath, we must pray for DIVINE intervention and then keep throwing stones until we win or die.
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    Yesterday, 09:55 PM
    Liberty for the individual is the bedrock principle, a state is necessary to protect it from enemies foreign and domestic. I've never looked into the alt-right and I have heard many people give different opinions about what the alt-right is, I believe you that they are the founders of the movement but there are others who claim the mantle, some of them seem more like the Constitution Party (I am not calling them alt-right, I am just using them as a comparison for some of those who claim to be the alt-right).
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    Yesterday, 09:51 PM
    My midlife crisis going to be the worst. LGBTQHB will rise to full power by then.
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    Yesterday, 09:50 PM
    We need to start our own movement to change the state and local laws that give the cops a get out of jail free card and to end the wars and bring the boys back home, then invite them into it, we can call it "Make America Good". We need to show everyone that you can oppose the current state of the nation and still respect the ideals it should represent.
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    Yesterday, 09:36 PM
    Not the State? I hope you don't mean Liberty of the State, because then you have no grounds to complain. They are the AltRight, started opinion bloc'ing ~10 ago as the AlternativeRight.
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    Yesterday, 09:28 PM
    It is perfectly within the bounds of liberty to boycott those who engage in offensive behavior, the government should not get involved but Trump's statements are not official action.
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    Yesterday, 09:28 PM
    Is that the boy who likes boobies? Safari isn't buffering the video. I mean, there was a time when ~15 was manhood, and I think its ~13 for aborigines, after their Walkabout.
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    Yesterday, 09:24 PM
    Liberty is the bedrock principle. They seem to be a dangerous mix of lies and truths, if they are the alt right that your question referred to then they should be avoided even temporary cooperation on shared values is dangerous.
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    Yesterday, 09:15 PM
    The Guardian reports that in the latest corporate cyber breach, one of the world’s “big four” accounting and consultancy firms, Deloitte, was been targeted by a sophisticated hack that "compromised the confidential emails and plans of some of its blue-chip clients." And just like Equifax, New York-headquartered Deloitte was similarly the victim of a cybersecurity attack that went unnoticed for months. The Guardian understands Deloitte discovered the hack in March this year, but it is believed the attackers may have had access to its systems since October or November 2016. Responding to questions from the Guardian, Deloitte confirmed it had been the victim of a hack but insisted only a small number of its clients had been “impacted”. It would not be drawn on how many of its clients had data made potentially vulnerable by the breach. Alas, the company has yet to provide a full disclosure of just who and which clients were violated: an estimated 5 million emails were in the hacked email cloud and could have been been accessed by the hackers. Deloitte said the number of emails that were at risk was a fraction of this number but declined to elaborate. While unlike Equifax Deloite is not a public public company and is not accountable to countless shareholders, with $37 billion in revenue last year and over 263,000 worldwide employees, Deloitte is a corporate behemoth which provides auditing, tax consultancy and - like Equifax - high-end cybersecurity advice to some of the world’s biggest banks, multinational companies, media enterprises, pharmaceutical firms and government agencies. Here the Guardian reports that Deloitte clients "across all of these sectors had material in the company email system that was breached. The companies include household names as well as US government departments." So far, six of Deloitte’s clients have been told their information was “impacted” by the hack. Deloitte’s internal review into the incident is ongoing. The hacker compromised the firm’s global email server through an “administrator’s account” that, in theory, gave them privileged, unrestricted “access to all areas”. Embarrassingly, the administrator level hack required only a single password and did not have “two-step“ verification, much like Deloitte and other companies strongly urge everyone to do. As the Krebs on Security blog separately notes, "according to a source close to the investigation, the breach dates back to at least the fall of 2016, and involves the compromise of all administrator accounts at the company as well as Deloitte’s entire internal email system"
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    Yesterday, 09:14 PM
    So if the simple facts of libertarianism need to conform to a definite position, assuming these simple facts aren't capriciously chosen by a mob or an elite as the wind blows, what's the bedrock identity libertarians need to share: the Nation or the State? Which one's the most resilient heritage to found a libertarian identity upon? You've established it isn't the individual, and that we don't owe loyalty to fiefdoms like NatRev. Here's what I mean: https://www.usip.org/glossary/state-versus-nation Try AltRight.com they must have switched domains after 2011. New brand, same bs.
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    Yesterday, 09:09 PM
    Less than a week after Facebook agreed to turn over to Congressional investigators copies of the 3,000-odd political advertisements that the company said it had inadvertently sold to a Russia-linked group intent on meddling in the 2016 presidential election, the contents of the ads have – unsurprisingly – leaked, just as we had expected them to. Congressional investigators shared the information with Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s team, which has repeatedly allowed information about its investigation into whether members of the Trump campaign actively colluded with Russian operatives to leak to the press. Once this happened, we knew it was only a matter of time before the ads became part of the public record. And, shockingly, descriptions of the ads provided to the Washington Post hardly fit the narrative that Democratic lawmakers have spun in recent weeks, claiming the ads – which didn’t advocate on behalf of a specific candidate, but rather hewed to political issues like abortion rights – were instrumental in securing Trump’s victory. After initially denying the story this spring, Facebook came clean earlier this month, saying its investigators had discovered that the company sold at least $100,000 worth of ads – and possibly as much as $150,000 – to Russia-linked group that bought the ads through 470 phony Facebook pages and accounts. WaPo reports that the ads represented issues on both sides of the ideological spectrum, which would suggest that the buyers didn’t intend to support a specific candidate, but rather their own unique agenda. The batch of more than 3,000 Russian-bought ads that Facebook is preparing to turn over to Congress shows a deep understanding of social divides in American society, with some ads promoting African-American rights groups including Black Lives Matter and others suggesting that these same groups pose a rising political threat, say people familiar with the covert influence campaign. The Russian campaign — taking advantage of Facebook’s ability to simultaneously send contrary messages to different groups of users based on their political and demographic characteristics - also sought to sow discord among religious groups. Other ads highlighted support for Democrat Hillary Clinton among Muslim women. Of course, support for Hillary Clinton among minority groups was less enthusiastic than it was for Barack Obama, suggesting that the ads perhaps weren’t as effective as some Democratic lawmakers would have voters believe. Despite the innocuous description, WaPo insisted on reporting that the ads were meant to “sow dischord” among different voting blocs that supported Clinton. The paper of record also reported that the targeted messages “highlight the sophistication of an influence campaign slickly crafted to mimic and infiltrate US political discourse”…again without explaining exactly how they accomplished this.
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