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    Today, 05:13 PM
    I'm thinking NC was right and that we should throw out the whole religion section. It likely does more harm than it does good. And things never change around here.
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    Today, 04:55 PM
    Florida Still On Trump’s Draft Drilling Plan A senior official from the Interior Department (DOI) said Florida was still under official consideration for offshore drilling, despite an announcement by Secretary Ryan Zinke last week stating that the state would be granted an exemption from the draft drilling plan due to concerns about its potential to effect coastal tourism. Walter Cruickshank, the director of the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, made the statement at a congressional hearing on Friday, during which he was questioned by California Rep. Jared Huffman and Orlando Rep. Darren Soto. “ statement stands for itself, and we have no formal decision yet on what is in or out of the five-year program,” Cruickshank said in response to a question from Huffman. Florida Governor Rick Scott had met with Zinke the week before, after which the secretary clearly declared the southern state’s shores would not be open for drilling. “Cruikshank simply said BOEM will finish the legally required analysis of the planning areas, as is always done for all planning areas,” DOI spokesperson Heather Swift told The Orlando Sentinel in an email. More at: https://oilprice.com/Latest-Energy-News/World-News/Senior-Interior-Dept-Official-Says-Florida-Still-On-Trumps-Draft-Drilling-Plan.html
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    Today, 04:47 PM
    There is a growing consensus among many observers in Washington that the national security agencies have become completely politicized over the past seventeen years and are now pursuing selfish agendas that actually endanger what remains of American democracy. As Philip Giraldi notes, up until recently it has been habitual to refer to such activity as the Deep State, which is perhaps equivalent to the Establishment in that it includes financial services, the media, major foundations and constituencies, as well as lobbying groups, but we are now witnessing an evolutionary process in which the national security regime is exercising power independently. Nowhere is that "independence" of the 'state within a state' more evident than in the blatant and egregious news this week that The National Security Agency destroyed surveillance data it pledged to preserve in connection with pending lawsuits and apparently never took some of the steps it told a federal court it had taken to make sure the information wasn’t destroyed, according to recent court filings. As Politico reports,the agency tells a federal judge that it is investigating and "sincerely regrets its failure." Since 2007, the NSA has been under court orders to preserve data about certain of its surveillance efforts that came under legal attack following disclosures that President George W. Bush ordered warrantless wiretapping of international communications after the 2001 terrorist attacks on the U.S. In addition, the agency has made a series of representations in court over the years about how it is complying with its duties. However, the NSA told U.S. District Court Judge Jeffrey White in a filing on Thursday night and another little-noticed submission last year that the agency did not preserve the content of internet communications intercepted between 2001 and 2007 under the program Bush ordered. To make matters worse, backup tapes that might have mitigated the failure were erased in 2009, 2011 and 2016, the NSA said. More at: https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-01-20/nsa-sincerely-regrets-deleting-all-bush-era-surveillance-data-it-was-ordered
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    Today, 04:32 PM
    I think this is more of a move to avoid sanctions against the IRGC etc.
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    Today, 04:12 PM
    Kurdish media reported that Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) repelled a ground offensive carried out by Turkish forces from Balbala town, in the countryside north of Afrin.The UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported that Turkish army and Kurdish forces exchanged shelling near Afrin. More at: https://www.yahoo.com/news/kurdish-forces-repel-turkish-ground-135812960.html
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    Today, 03:59 PM
    Khamenei reportedly has agreed that the armed forces and the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) should transfer their economic interests to the private sector, Defense Minister Gen. Amir Hatami said in a Jan. 20 interview with Iran Daily. More at: https://worldview.stratfor.com/situation-report/iran-supreme-leader-agrees-army-irgc-should-privatize-economic-interests-report
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    Today, 03:39 PM
    What are they being tested for? Does it have anything to do with climbing trees?
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    Today, 03:34 PM
    Foreigners are being asked by their respective governments to exercise extreme caution and stay within the perimeter of their resorts in Montego Bay, Jamaica, after a wave of out of control violence has overpowered local authorities. On Thursday, the country’s prime minister, Andrew Holness, declared the state of emergency in the St. James parish to “restore public safety,” and also thwart a mass exodus of international investment and tourism. In response, the government deployed the Jamaica Defense Forces onto the city streets in what is described as a “major military operation.” Maj. Gen. Antony Anderson, Jamaica’s national security advisor, told CTV News Channel on Friday that authorities imposed a military lockdown of the area, following 335 homicides in 2017, and as reported by CTV that is “twice the tally of any other parish” in the country. More at: https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-01-20/military-deployed-jamica-officials-declare-state-emergency
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    Today, 03:31 PM
    In a sharp escalation of Turkey's military campaign against the US-backed Syrian Kurdish YPG, on Saturday Turkish warplanes fired missiles and launched "massive bombing" of Kurdish targets in Syria's Afrin, NTV television reported. Airstrike after airstrike pounding Afrin right now. Massive shock and awe campaign underway. Big question is if Turkey can follow up with a competent ground campaign. pic.twitter.com/NEz8XgzwEc — Gissur Simonarson (@GissiSim) January 20, 2018 Moment where Turkish jets strike Aftin city center #Afrin pic.twitter.com/2yKtkNf8Iz — Mutlu Civiroglu (@mutludc) January 20, 2018 Turkey launches Afrin operation - LIVE COVERAGEhttps://t.co/b5jMmTwQ0M — ANADOLU AGENCY (ENG) (@anadoluagency) January 20, 2018 “The TSK (Turkish Armed Forces) has started airborne operations,” Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said at a party congress on Saturday, quoted by Hurriyet. Yildirim said eight F-16 aircraft were involved in the aerial sortie, which is ironic when one considers that Turkey is using US-made warplanes to bomb a US-backed military organization which has been provided with weapons made in the US. Turkish jets destroyed observation posts and many other targets of PYD/PKK terrorists in Afrin, Syria https://t.co/Z8wq2L74kP pic.twitter.com/FnlF237hsZ — ANADOLU AGENCY (ENG) (@anadoluagency) January 20, 2018 NTV showing dusk shots of heavy bombardment- this mountain where we were reporting opposite of all morning until army made us all leave- had shelled several positions on mountain throughout day #afrin pic.twitter.com/fBdMBRdwA0 — Stefanie Dekker (@StefanieDekker) January 20, 2018 Despite Assad's threats to shoot down Turkish planes, Turkish air force starts aerial bombardment of Afrin Canton in northwestern #Syria pic.twitter.com/BjL26JmWAh
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    Today, 03:15 PM
    I always will, but in our current state there is much more room for error in that direction than in the direction of government.
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    Today, 01:38 PM
    Good, I was afraid they were going to drop the case.
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    Today, 01:37 PM
    The wicked shall punish the wicked, it must be embarrassing for these professionals to have been beaten to a pulp at their own game by an amateur.
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    Today, 01:33 PM
    I made it the home page on my browser so I couldn't forget.
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    Today, 02:11 AM
    Sessions sounded downright giddy when he defended adoptive seizures: “I love that program. We had so much fun doing that, taking drug dealers’ money and passing it out to people trying to put drug dealers in jail.”
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    Today, 02:05 AM
    Multiple bills currently pending on the Hill would defund or eliminate many federal civil forfeiture programs. This notorious power enables law enforcement to permanently confiscate cash, cars, real estate and other valuable property without ever charging the owner with a crime. In a Kafkaesque twist, the property is the defendant in civil forfeiture cases, while owners must prove their innocence to recover what was taken. On Wednesday, Reps. Ted Lieu (D-CA) and Justin Amash (R-MI) re-introduced HR 4816, the “Stop Civil Asset Forfeiture Funding for Marijuana Suppression Act.” As its name suggests, the bill would ban the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) from using any federal forfeiture funds to support its Domestic Cannabis Eradication/Suppression Program. “Civil asset forfeiture is an unconstitutional practice whereby the government takes people’s property without due process,” Rep. Amash said in a statement. “The DEA’s use of proceeds acquired through civil asset forfeiture to expand marijuana enforcement—a state-level issue—makes the already unacceptable practice even worse.” Over the past five years, the DEA’s program has been responsible for nearly 30,000 arrests, the eradication of 21.6 million marijuana plants, and the seizure of more than $165 million worth of property nationwide. Controversially, the DEA has even funded law enforcement agencies to suppress marijuana in states that legalized the plant for medicinal or recreational use. “The DEA’s Domestic Cannabis Eradication/Suppression Program is a waste of time and money and runs contrary to the will of the people,” noted Rep. Lieu. Congressmen Lieu and Amash’s bill is just the latest example of Democrats and Republicans crossing the aisle to protect Americans’ constitutional rights from civil forfeiture. In September, as part of a massive appropriations bill, the House of Representatives unanimously adopted three amendments that would cut off funds for an immensely unpopular forfeiture program revitalized by Attorney General Jeff Sessions. More at: https://www.forbes.com/sites/instituteforjustice/2018/01/19/bipartisan-bills-in-congress-would-defund-federal-civil-forfeiture-dea-marijuana-seizures/#4a757d9842fc
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    Today, 01:58 AM
    The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday blocked a lower court’s order for North Carolina to rework its congressional map because Republicans violated the Constitution by drawing electoral districts intended to maximize their party’s chances of winning. The conservative-majority court granted a bid by Republican legislators in North Carolina to suspend the Jan. 9 order by a federal court panel in Greensboro that gave the Republican-controlled General Assembly until Jan. 24 to come up with a new map for U.S. House of Representatives districts. Two liberal justices, Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Sonia Sotomayor, objected to the high court’s action. The Supreme Court’s decision to stay the order reduces the chance that the current district lines will be altered ahead of the November mid-term congressional elections. The court offered no reason for its decision. More at: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-court-election/supreme-court-blocks-redrawing-of-north-carolina-congressional-maps-idUSKBN1F73C1
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    Today, 01:43 AM
    Snoop Dogg announces plans to relocate to Uganda http://nairobinews.nation.co.ke/chillax/snoop-dogg-visit-uganda-meet-bobbi-wine/ We need more celebrities to do this and start a real trend.:)
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    Today, 01:15 AM
    At least he is officially a felon now, the state charges are a joke. It's still not anywhere near enough, Rand needs to take everything he owns in a civil suit and get a lifetime restraining order.
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    Today, 01:11 AM
    My thoughts exactly.
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    Today, 12:27 AM
    Trump should veto anything they pass, there is 0 possibility that it will be anything good unless this shutdown lasts for quite some time.
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    Today, 12:13 AM
    Thirty-six-year-old Chinese engineer Pingzhi Liu went missing almost a month ago. It took Pakistani authorities three weeks to classify Mr. Liu’s disappearance as a likely kidnapping that could have significant political and economic consequences. Identifying the mysterious disappearance as a kidnapping is not only embarrassing because Mr. Liu was one of thousands of Chinese nationals working in Pakistan that are guarded by a specially created 15,000-man Pakistani military unit. It is also awkward because it coincides with apparent Chinese questioning of aspects of the $56-billion China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), a crown jewel of China’s Belt and Road initiative, and increasingly strained relations between Pakistan and the United States. Mr. Liu was accorded military protection even though his project, the Karot Hydropower Plant, located near the Pakistani capital of Islamabad, is not part of CPEC. Karot was the first project financed by China’s state-owned $40 billion Silk Road Fund, established in 2014 by President Xi Jinping to foster increased investment in Eurasia. Mr. Liu went missing on December 20 while on night duty. He was last seen walking out of a tunnel at around 3.30am while talking on his phone. No claim for his potential kidnapping or ransom has been made. The fact that Mr. Liu was working on a project in Punjab rather than Balochistan, a troubled region with a history of attacks on Chinese personnel, has set alarm bells off. China last month warned its nationals in Pakistan, a country plagued by religious and ethnic militancy, of plans for a series of imminent terrorist attacks on Chinese targets “It is understood that terrorists plan in the near term to launch a series of attacks against Chinese organisations and personnel in Pakistan,” the Chinese embassy in Pakistan said in a statement on its website. The embassy warned all “Chinese-invested organisations and Chinese citizens to increase security awareness, strengthen internal precautions, reduce trips outside as much as possible, and avoid crowded public spaces”. Police have twice detained for interrogation Chinese and Pakistani workers associated with the Karot project. They are also introducing security and vetting measures for Pakistani nationals working with Chinese personnel.
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    Yesterday, 11:52 PM
    New forecasts from the International Energy Agency say the United States is on track to overtake Saudi Arabia as the second-largest oil producer in the world, just behind Russia, according to the organization’s report on Friday. More at: https://oilprice.com/Latest-Energy-News/World-News/US-On-Track-To-Unseat-Saudi-Arabia-AsNo2-Oil-Producer-In-the-World.html
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    Yesterday, 11:50 PM
    I will be interested to see about a number of people on this forum.
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    Yesterday, 11:45 PM
    They begin to think and act like feudal lords and forget that even if they were we the people are their liege, most if not all join some power faction and think of it as their liege, their whole outlook becomes one focused on increasing the wealth and power of themselves or their faction.
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    Yesterday, 10:20 PM
    Good guys have nothing to hide from data miners anyway.
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    Yesterday, 07:12 PM
    Russia's sovereign wealth reserves, once bloated by years of abundant petroleum revenue, are today just shadows of their former selves. And on Feb. 1, the country's Reserve Fund, designed to help the government balance its budget, will officially disappear as it is legally recombined with the National Wealth Fund, a separate pot of money that backs up Russia's pensions. But the merger is a move in name only. It will come after the country's Finance Ministry appears already to have drained the Reserve Fund's remaining $17 billion in cash to plug a looming budget hole. With Russia's financial security blanket wearing thin, the question as national elections approach will become whether its people will continue to trust the current administration to manage the country's increasingly shaky finances. The Russian economy officially pulled out of recession in 2017, and it was expected to settle into a period of stagnation for the foreseeable future. But there are danger signs on the horizon and some indications that the country may have slipped back into recession at the end of last year, despite an oil price rebound brought on by the OPEC production cut and increasing global demand. While the Finance Ministry says the country's gross domestic product (GDP) grew by 1.7 percent last year — an increase over 2016 — statistics for the economic fourth quarter have not been made public yet. A report issued Jan. 11 by JPMorgan Chase, however, says that the economy contracted during each of the last two quarters of the year, technically putting the country back in recession. Several additional developments will add strain to the Russian financial picture. It does not appear that the sanctions imposed by the West will be lifted this year, and in fact, the United States will likely expand its sanctions regime, cutting off lending to Russia's major economic sectors and the government, and stripping the country's oligarchs of their assets abroad. Furthermore, Russia's regional governments are drowning in debt and will need $50 billion to $150 billion over the next three years to stay afloat. Russia's banking sector is also in crisis. With one-third of its institutions forced to close over the past three years and a further third likely to fail, merge or need bailouts in the coming years, the banking industry will require $50 billion to $100 billion to cover bailouts and restructuring. Meanwhile, a manufacturing slowdown in Russia's defense industry, a major contributor to its economy, will require another bailout this year. Last week, oligarch-owned Alfa Bank (Russia's seventh-largest) said it would steer away from funding orders by the defense sector, because it expects sanctions to further hamper the industries' finances. This will leave the state to foot most of the bill. Russia also is continuing to expand its footprint throughout the world and fund operations in Syria, Ukraine and North Korea — a strategy that does not come cheap. If the price of oil, which topped $70 per barrel in January, levels out or continues to rise, it would give the government some breathing room. The national budget was set with the assumption that oil would remain near $40 per barrel, and any revenue beyond that could flow into its currency reserves and National Wealth Fund. This could flush a relatively large amount of cash into the Kremlin's hands. The country's large energy firms — in particular, oil giant Rosneft — are pushing back on the Kremlin's grab for revenue, because they would prefer to increase their own revenues instead. Rosneft could keep its expanded oil profits abroad to circumvent the Kremlin, but that maneuver would intensify the political struggle between Putin and Rosneft's chief, Igor Sechin — arguably Russia's second-most powerful man. The Kremlin is also looking to international markets in a bid to raise about $18 billion in sovereign debt, but the United States is seeking to ...
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    Yesterday, 06:57 PM
    No doubt, and they gave 0 you-know-what's what the guilds and academies thought. They were one of the last production studios doing things like in the old, old days of film from the 20s. Better or worse. I forget their names, the guys at Cannon, they were brothers. Had a lot of bad stuff said about them, some of it true (they would make a vertical slice, or whatever it's called, of their next movie like it was already in production, then launder cash from loans for that non-existent movie for one they had in production. Something like that... They made some legendary movies though. I'd say it was worth it:D And if Death Wish was a book... yet another going in the list.
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    Yesterday, 06:37 PM
    Well, that's another in the to-read list. The Civil Rights movement was no exception. Malcolm X saw the hypocrisy and hated it plenty: Beautiful stuff.
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