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    Today, 02:01 AM
    Prime facie, it looks like Russia is finally creating the “bubble” that its most zealous supporters fantasized about (and in some cases, falsely reported) for years now, but the reality is actually a lot more sobering. Hypothetically speaking, the successful creation of this fabled “bubble” would be very good for Syria’s interests because it would see the country entering into a de-facto mutual defense relationship with Russia by virtue of Moscow’s military being responsible for protecting the Arab Republic from the conventional manifestation of outside aggression. This would in theory keep “Israeli” and American planes and missiles out of Syria’s skies, thus enabling the SAA to liberate the Kurdish-controlled northeast without any fear of retribution like what happened in February during the Disaster at Deir ez-Zor. So far, so good, but the fact is that Russia probably won’t commit to creating an impenetrable “bubble” because it lacks the “political will” for the World War III-style brinksmanship that this would inevitably entail. All that Russia is doing is signaling to “Israel” (and also the US) that all of its forthcoming strikes in Syria must be coordinated with Moscow well in advance in order to prevent another tragic incident like what transpired last Monday night, and that the failure to do so will see Russia taking electronic countermeasures to make “Israeli” units more susceptible to Syria’s forthcoming improved aerial defense systems. It is not, as some will probably assume, discontinuing the “deconfliction mechanism” that was agreed to by both parties in September 2015 just prior to the commencement of Russia’s anti-terrorist intervention in Syria. Instead, Russia is simply doing what some might have thought it should have done three years ago, and that’s create a credible enforcement system for incentivizing “Israel” to “play by the rules” unlike it’s been doing over the past 18 months. The Russian Ministry of Defense stunningly acknowledged that “Israel” only notified Russia 25 out of the more than 200 times that it bombed Syria over the past 18 months, portraying this as a breach of trust after all that Moscow had done for Tel Aviv during that time. Defense Ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov continued by saying that Russia secured the withdrawal of pro-Iranian forces from areas near the “Israeli”-occupied Golan Heights, contributed to preserving Jewish graves and sacred sites in Aleppo, and even once dispatched a special forces team to search for “Israeli” remains from previous conflicts during the midst of a heated battle between the SAA and Daesh. Monday night’s tragedy was apparently the last straw, and Russia’s “Traditionalists” were able to finally convince President Putin to “rebalance” the Russian “deep state’s” foreign policy away from the “Progressive” faction and towards their own in this instance. Being the supreme “balancer” that it is, however, Russia isn’t by any means decisively siding with “the Resistance” against “Israel” like this decision will probably be popularly interpreted as, because there are always “loopholes” to what it’s doing. For example, the “deconfliction mechanism” is still in place, so “Israel” can still theoretically bomb Syria so long as Russia approves and is given adequate notice in advance. Even in the cases where it isn’t, there’s nothing stopping “Israel” from lobbing missiles at Syria from within its own airspace instead of sending warplanes across the border on bombing missions. These munitions could possibly be affected by Russia’s electronic jamming countermeasures, but it should be noted that Shoigu said that Russia’s response will be directed against “warplanes” and didn’t specify whether missiles will fall within its purview.
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    Today, 01:49 AM
    Hamas officials said Sept. 23 that indirect talks toward a cease-fire with Israel have failed because the Palestinian Authority has not cooperated with Hamas, The Times of Israel reported Sept. 23. More at: https://worldview.stratfor.com/situation-report/israel-palestinian-territories-cease-fire-talks-halted-hamas-says
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    Today, 01:47 AM
    The finalization of an agreement on KORUS marks a potential bright spot for U.S. allies and trade partners looking to avoid the fallout of U.S. protectionism. However, it is still unclear whether South Korea will gain an exemption from threatened U.S. tariffs on automobiles that would impact $2.1 billion worth of South Korean trade — a full 13 percent of its total exports. South Korea may offer to restrain its vehicle exports to the United States and accept a U.S. quota on South Korean vehicles, which would likely be possible for Seoul because of how many South Korean plants are currently operating in the United States. U.S. pressure on South Korea was part of broader efforts to reduce the United States' trade deficit and build up domestic manufacturing. But after negotiations, the two sides announced in March that they had reached an agreement in principle that would open up the South Korean market to more U.S. vehicle imports, ease South Korean vehicle standards for U.S. products and lift some restrictions on pharmaceuticals. More at: https://worldview.stratfor.com/situation-report/us-south-korea-leaders-sign-revised-free-trade-deal
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    Today, 01:22 AM
    You are incoherent.
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    Today, 01:19 AM
    The free market will adapt if allowed to run its course.
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    Today, 01:18 AM
    Aurorae occur when charged particles emitted by the Sun slam into Earth’s atmosphere, imparting energy to the molecules there that is subsequently released as light. The result is a dazzling, dancing light show that has fascinated skygazers and facilitated scientific discoveries about our planet, our Sun, and the way they interact. Though the aurora is relatively well studied, it still holds surprises, such as STEVE — a vibrant, violet phenomenon known to amateur photographers and skywatchers for decades, but which only captured the attention of the professional scientific community two years ago. STEVE stands for Strong Thermal Emission Velocity Enhancement. The name is a “backronym” — an acronym devised after the fact to fit the letters of the name Steve, which was given to the phenomenon as a nod to the movie Over the Hedge. And though scientists had originally dubbed STEVE a kind of aurora, a new study published August 20 in Geophysical Research Letters now concludes that STEVE “is clearly distinct from the aurora.” “Our main conclusion is that STEVE is not an aurora,” said Bea Gallardo-Lacourt of the University of Calgary in Canada, and lead author of paper, in a press release. "So right now, we know very little about it. And that's the cool thing, because this has been known by photographers for decades. But for the scientists, it's completely unknown." The team made the discovery using data from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Polar Orbiting Environmental Satellite 17 (POES-17). POES-17 happened to pass over an area in eastern Canada during a STEVE event in 2008. That same event was also captured by ground-based cameras — Time History of Events and Macroscale Interactions during Substorms, or THEMIS — designed to record auroral activity. By comparing the images and the satellite data, the researchers confirmed that STEVE was present, but the charged particles cascading down through in Earth’s ionosphere previously believed to cause STEVE, and known to cause the aurora, weren’t. This means STEVE and the aurora are not caused by the same mechanism. After STEVE was first brought to the attention of the scientific community in 2016, it was originally thought to be a proton aurora. The traditional aurorae are largely caused by electron activity, but protons can also be responsible. The catch is, proton aurorae are generally too dark and too diffuse to see, but STEVE is a well-defined, clearly visible violet band stretching thousands of miles long (east-west) and tens of miles wide (north-south).
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    Today, 01:09 AM
    Sen. Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii) was asked on Sunday if Democrats should be concerned about the abuse allegations made against one of their own -- Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.), who is now running for Minnesota Attorney General. Ellison's former girlfriend Karen Monahan has accused him of domestic abuse. Monahan said she has even released records from her therapist, to whom she explained her alleged suffering. Hirono, a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, has sided with Christine Blasey Ford, saying she believes Ford's allegations against Judge Brett Kavanaugh, whom Hirono said she considers less than credible. CNN's Jake Tapper, host of CNN's "State of the Union," asked Hirono on Sunday: "Wouldn't the concern about Kavanaugh and Professor Ford be more credible if Democrats were also condemning similar charges against Democrats in their midst, including Congressman Ellison?" "I have been very clear that I make no excuses for anybody who engages in this kind of behavior," Hirono responded. "And, as far as Keith Ellison, these allegations need to be investigated, and appropriate action taken. More at: https://www.cnsnews.com/news/article/susan-jones/sen-hirono-investigate-rep-keith-ellison
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    Today, 12:54 AM
    Greece are using drones to buzz over boats running day trips on the Aegean at the start of a new effort aimed at cracking down on rampant tax evasion at holiday hotspots. With the black economy by some accounts representing about a quarter of national output in a country which depends hugely on tourism, Greek authorities are turning to high-tech to stamp out undeclared earnings. Finance ministry tax inspectors and the coast guard launched the drones project on Santorini, an island highly popular with tourists, to check on whether operators offering short day trips were issuing legal receipts to all their passengers. Based on data from the drones, authorities were able to establish how many passengers were on board, then cross-referenced it with declared receipts and on-site inspections. More at: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-greece-taxes-drones/greece-uses-high-tech-drones-to-fight-tax-evasion-in-holiday-hot-spots-idUSKCN1M41SJ
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    Today, 12:39 AM
    Bundestag President Wolfgang Schäuble has told Germans to forget about the one million plus “refugees” who flooded into Germany over the past three years ever returning to their home countries. “We should realize how difficult it is to deport in individual cases. That’s why we should not foster too much hope that we can send back the majority of these people,” said Schäuble. He added that all efforts must be made “to integrate them into our society,” before going on to defend Angela Merkel’s open border policy as the “right” decision, despite the fact that it has largely ruined her political legacy and caused her approval rating to sink to an all time low. Schäuble did concede one point to critics of mass immigration; That so-called “refugees” (the majority of whom are economic migrants) should seek refuge in the first safe country they reach and not be allowed to travel further north to Europe’s welfare havens. More at: https://www.infowars.com/bundestag-president-tells-germans-to-forget-about-refugees-returning-home/
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    Yesterday, 11:51 PM
    Monday, the Italian government proposed strict security measures that will ensure the nation is not overrun by violent migrants fleeing the Middle East and North Africa. The bill will help Italy “be stronger in the fight against the mafia and (people) smugglers, reduce the costs of excessive immigration, expel delinquents and fake refugees, strip terrorists of citizenship, (and) give the police greater powers,” according to Salvini. Migrants seeking refugee status would face much harsher scrutiny if the bill passes. Those who are deemed “socially dangerous or convicted in the first instance” would not be eligible. Immigrants convicted of “terrorism” would also be stripped of their Italian citizenship under the law. The bill would also give local police more power. “The new law also lets local police have Taser stun guns and makes it easier to evict squatters by getting rid of the obligation of finding provisional housing for the most vulnerable,” the report said.
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    Yesterday, 11:46 PM
    Brett Kavanaugh’s second accuser Deborah Ramirez was a senior fellow honored by George Soros’ Open Society Foundations. More at: https://bigleaguepolitics.com/busted-kavanaugh-second-accuser-was-george-soros-open-society-fellow/
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    Yesterday, 11:41 PM
    A former paralegal at the DOJ has reportedly ‘no longer works’ at the executive branch agency after admitting on secretly recorded video to undermining the Trump administration from within. “Allison Hrabar, the Justice Department paralegal who was the subject of the James O’Keefe report, no longer works for the Department effective midnight last night,” a DOJ source told Breitbart News on Monday morning. More at: https://bigleaguepolitics.com/veritas-deep-state-bad-actor-no-longer-works-at-doj-after-okeefe-expose/
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    Yesterday, 11:19 PM
    You often here the phrase “The presidents party loses an average of 32 House seats in their first midterm” And because of this, we are to assume that the Republicans will automatically lose the House since the Democrats only need 23 seats to take the House back. However, after further research by our team- we realized those averages weren’t exactly true. Democrat presidents first midterms have been much worse historically than Republican presidents first midterms- much worse. We did an analysis on every presidents first midterm since WWII, and averaged out how each party has done over time. Here were the results. On average, Democrat presidents lose 35.2 seats in the House. Republican presidents only lose 11.2 seats in the House in their first midterm on average. Again, this is every president since WWII, so this is a very extensive analysis. We studied all first after each president was elected. Which means, Gerald Ford didn’t ever have a midterm since he wasn’t elected, and Harry Truman didn’t have his first midterm until 1950- since he was first elected in 1948. So when we hear the old saying “the President always loses the House”- this has been much more hard on Democrat presidents. The worst first midterm we’ve ever seen from a President on this list was President Obama in 2010. As for the Republicans, their last 2 opening midterm have been rather quiet- losing only 7 seats in 1990 and actually gaining 8 seats in 2002 (although much of that has to do with 9/11). But even if we toss out 2002 because it was an anomaly due to 9/11, the Republicans average loss would still only 16.0 seats in the House. Not the 23 seats the Democrats need at a minimum. Here’s one final thought: The Democrats need 23 seats at a minimum to claim the House back. Only once since WWII have the Republicans ever lost more than 23 seats in their first midterm- and it was 26 seats in 1982. Based on these odds, the Democrats would need something historic to take back the House. https://etholytics.com/house-seat-loss-by-presidents-party-has-been-inflated-by-democrat-presidents/
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    Yesterday, 10:49 PM
    With stocks at record highs and President Trump gloating at the "record strength" of the US economy, it appears confidence is coming back as sentiment among Republicans reached an all-time record high in the latest Bloomberg Consumer Comfort Index. That's quite a red wave... The peak spread in confidence between Democrats and Republicans occurred in July 2004 (heading into George W Bush's 2nd term election)... President Trump is currently very close to that peak... Additionally, Gallup reports forty-five percent of Americans now have a favorable view of the Republican Party, a nine-point gain from last September's 36%. It is the party's most positive image since it registered 47% in January 2011, shortly after taking control of the House in the 2010 midterm elections. Forty-four percent give the Democratic Party a favorable rating.
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    Yesterday, 10:44 PM
    Disobedient Media has closely followed the work of the Forensicator, whose analysis has shed much light on the publications by the Guccifer 2.0 persona for over a year. In view of the more recent work published by the Forensicator regarding potential media collusion with Guccifer 2.0, we are inclined to revisit an interview given by WikiLeaks Editor-In-Chief Julian Assange in August of 2016, prior to the publication of the Podesta Emails in October, and the November US Presidential election. During the interview, partially transcribed below, Assange makes a number of salient points on the differentiation between the thousands of pristine emails WikiLeaks received, and those which had surfaced in other US outlets by that date. Though Assange does not name the Guccifer 2.0 persona directly throughout the interview, he does name multiple outlets which publicized Guccifer 2.0’s documents. The significance of revisiting Assange’s statements is the degree to which his most significant claim is corroborated or paralleled by the Forensicator’s analysis. This is of enhanced import in light of allegations by Robert Mueller (not to mention the legacy media), despite a total absence of evidence, that Guccifer 2.0 was WikiLeaks’s source of the DNC and Podesta emails. This author previously discussed the possibility that Assange’s current isolation might stem in part from the likelihood that upon expulsion from the embassy, Julian Assange could provide evidential proof that the DNC emails and Podesta emails published by WikiLeaks were not sourced from Russia, or backed by the Kremlin, all without disclosing the identity of their source. Julian Assange told RT: “In the US media there has been a deliberate conflation between DNC leaks, which is what we’ve been publishing, and DNC hacks, of the US Democratic Party which have occurred over the last two years, by their own admission… what is attempting to do is to conflate our publication of pristine emails – no one in the Democratic party argues that a single email is not completely valid. That hasn’t been done. The head of the DNC, Debbie Wasserman-Schultz, has rolled as a result. … And whatever hacking has occurred, of the DNC or other political organizations in the United States, by a range of actors – in the middle, we have something, which is the publication by other media organizations, of information reportedly from the DNC, and that seems to be the case. That’s the publication of word documents in pdfs published by The Hill, by Gawker, by The Smoking Gun. This is a completely separate batch of documents, compared to the 20,000 pristine emails that we have at WikiLeaks. … In this batch of documents, released by these other media organizations, there are claims that in the metadata, someone has done a document to pdf conversion, and in some cases the language of the computer that was used for that conversion was Russian. So that’s the circumstantial evidence that some Russian was involved, or someone who wanted to make it look like a Russian was involved, with these other media organizations. That’s not the case for the material we released. … The Hillary Clinton hack campaign has a serious problem in trying to figure out how to counter-spin our publication… because the emails are un-arguable… There’s an attempt to bring in a meta-story. And the meta-story is, did some hacker obtain these emails? Ok. Well, people have suggested that there’s evidence that the DNC has been hacked. I’m not at all surprised its been hacked. If you read very carefully, they say it’s been hacked many times over the last two years. Our sources say that DNC security is like Swiss Cheese.
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    Yesterday, 10:37 PM
    This week the House of Representatives will vote on a package of bills making the temporary tax cuts contained in last year’s tax reform bill permanent and making additional tax law changes. The bills will likely pass in the House, but will almost certainly be filibustered in the Senate if the Senate leadership tries to bring them to the floor. The GOP tax plan does offset some of the damage caused by federal control of education by making it easier for parents to escape failing government schools or 'edexit'. It accomplishes this by allowing money saved in a tax-free 529 education savings account to be used for homeschooling expenses. This provision will help homeschooling families and inspire more families to consider homeschooling. Homeschooling parents must not only pay for all their children’s education expenses, they also must subsidize government schools via property taxes and other taxes. A commitment to homeschooling may also require a parent to limit or even forgo outside employment. Despite the financial costs, more families are choosing to homeschool. This is due to increasing dissatisfaction with government schools, greater public acceptance of homeschooling, and the availability of quality online homeschooling curricula, such as my Ron Paul Curriculum. My curriculum provides students with a well-rounded education including rigorous programs in history, mathematics, and the physical and natural sciences. The curriculum also provides instruction in personal finance. Students can develop superior oral and verbal communication skills via intensive writing and public speaking courses. Students also get the opportunity to create and run their own internet businesses. The government and history sections emphasize Austrian economics, libertarian political theory, and the history of liberty. However, unlike government schools, my curriculum never puts ideological indoctrination ahead of education.
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    Yesterday, 10:19 PM
    The U.N. accidentally released passwords, internal documents, and other sensitive details when it failed to properly secure its accounts on Trello, a popular workplace project management website. According to The Intercept, “ffected data included credentials for a U.N. file server, the video conferencing system at the U.N.’s language school, and a web development environment for the U.N.’s Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.” It was made available to anyone who had the links to the material as opposed to specific users granted access. The security slips were first identified by Security researcher Kushagra Pathak back in August after he conducted Google searches, which led him to public Trello pages that also linked to Google documents and Jira pages. Jira is an “issue tracking app,” as noted by The Intercept. Despite Pathak’s attempts to notify the U.N., the international governing body first took two weeks to respond and verify they would investigate his concerns. A little over a week later, they told him they were unable to locate the vulnerabilities and asked for more information on how he located the exposed information. “May we request you to provide the exact Google search criteria that was used?” they asked him. Throughout this time, he continued to send them his findings on the publicly available information. “In all, he reported 60 Trello boards, several Google Drive and Google Docs links that contained sensitive information, and sensitive information from a public U.N. account on Jira,” The Intercept reports. The outlet also says they contacted the U.N. on September 12, and a day later, they started taking down the exposed information. More at: https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-09-24/un-accidentally-exposed-passwords-and-sensitive-data-entire-internet
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    Yesterday, 10:10 PM
    Senator Ted Cruz, supporter of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, was verbally assaulted by a group of protesters at a DC restaurant Monday night, as seen in a video posted by twitter account Smash Racism DC. At one point the protesters chanting "we believe survivors" blocked Cruz's wife from exiting the restaurant, prompting the Texas Senator to ask them to "let my wife through." More at: https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-09-24/ted-cruz-and-wife-chased-out-dc-restaurant-anti-kavanaugh-protesters
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    Yesterday, 10:06 PM
    Here’s who you can contact to help Tammy Hedges If you want to make your voice heard, here’s the contact information for those involved in prosecuted Ms. Hedges for being a good Samaritan. Your best bet is to be courteous when contacting them, but with a big enough outcry, hopefully, they’ll decide these charges are too much of a hassle. Craig Honeycutt, County Manager 919-731-1435Craig.honeycutt@waynegov.com Larry Pierce, Sheriff 9197311481 George Wayne Aycock, Commissioner at Large. wayne.aycock@waynegov.com E.B. Borden Parker, County Attorney, 919-735-7275 E. Ray Mayo District 1 ray.mayo@waynegov.com Edward Cromartie District 2 Edward.Cromartie@waynegov.com John M Bell District 3
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    Yesterday, 09:54 PM
    Good, now they need to go home.
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    Yesterday, 09:47 PM
    In the latest sign that the French government is headed for a devastating political and economic crisis thanks largely to the government's embrace of open borders, French President Emmanuel Macron has seen his approval rating plummet to just 29%, the lowest level since his presidency began in the summer of 2017, according to a recent Ifop poll, as voters have rebelled against Macron's attempts to push through badly-needed pro-business reforms and his unwillingness to stem the tide of migrants pouring into the country from North Africa and the Middle East. France, Ifop poll: President Macron Approval Rating Approve: 29% (-5) Disapprove: 70% (+4) Field work: 14/09/18 – 22/09/18 Sample size: 1,964
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    Yesterday, 09:38 PM
    Payment chaos: For bottom-line-obsessed bank executives, IT systems are an expense to be slashed. The results are in. Internet banking has become a crisis-prone business in the UK, as the online platforms of big banks suffer regular outages and other forms of IT disruption. Friday morning, the online systems of the Royal Bank of Scotland, Ulster Bank and Natwest - all part of the RBS Banking Group - crashed in unison, leaving millions of customers unable to pay bills or view their balance on their online and mobile accounts. The group has 19 million customers in the UK and Republic of Ireland and 5.5 million active mobile app users. After around five hours of chaos, the RBS Group announced that the problems had been resolved. The failure had apparently been caused by a “technical glitch” — a word that is being used with increasing frequency by high-street lenders — in a regular update to their firewall. The bank emphasized that it was an “access issue” and there is no evidence that customer data was compromised. But then, it would say that! On Thursday, it was the turn of the UK’s largest bank, Barclays, whose website and telephone banking service crashed for around seven hours, leaving frustrated customers locked out of their online accounts. Fed-up customers took to social media to vent their anger, with some complaining that they were unable to access their accounts not only through the Internet platform but also ATMs. Barclays has around 24 million UK customers, though it’s not clear how many of them were affected by the outage. The bank told customers that they should still be able to make payments to existing payees through mobile banking, though new payees weren’t possible due to the incident. It also claimed that payments into accounts were unaffected by the issues. One alarmed customer begged to differ, complaining to the BBC that a payment due into his account had gone missing, while another customer reported the systems inside branches being down, preventing customers from carrying out transactions even in the old fashioned, pre-digital way. By mid-afternoon, the IT “glitch” — that word again! — had been “resolved,” though no explanation has yet been given as to what caused it. A few days earlier an outage at online challenger bank Cashplus, which targets people with poor credit histories, left customers unable to access their accounts, make cash withdrawals, or make or receive payments. The problems prompted Nicky Morgan, chair of the Treasury Committee, to ask Richard Wagner, chief executive officer of Cashplus, for an explanation of what happened and how victims of the outage will be compensated.
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    Yesterday, 09:30 PM
    UK Prime Minister Theresa May just can't catch a break. Her wildly unpopular "Chequers Agreement" has pushed Brexiteers in her own party to the verge of mutiny. Labour, her chief Parliamentary rivals, are pushing for a popular referendum on the final deal - a step that would massively complicate her already fraught negotiations (though Labour leaders say canceling Brexit would not be an option during the referendum) - and the European Union leaders upon whom she was depending for flexibility have so far been unwilling to cede even an inch to help buttress her floundering administration. And as if all of this wasn't bad enough, May’s aides have reportedly begun contingency planning for a snap election in November to save the Brexit talks (and May's job) after EU leaders rejected her Chequers agreement. According to the Times of London, strategists have begun war-gaming" the outcome of a public vote to help win backing for her Brexit plan. All of this comes after May suffered a humiliation at the hands of the 27 remaining EU leaders when European Council President Donald Tusk told her last week that her Chequers plan risked "undermining the single market", and that even her staunchest Continental allies (including Angela Merkel and France's Emmanuel Macron) had rejected it in brusque terms. "Everybody shared the view that while there are positive elements in the Chequers proposal, the suggested framework for economic co-operation will not work, not least because it is undermining the single market," Tusk said. He also said that he could not "exclude" the possibility that the UK could exit the EU in March with no deal. Bloomberg reported on Monday that pro-Brexit Tory MPs have launched their own hard-line Brexit plan ahead of next week's Tory conference that advocates for a more aggressive negotiating stance, as well as searching for other trade agreements around the world. The proposal is backed by David Davis, the Brexit secretary who quit over the summer over his disgust with May's Chequers plan. Former Brexit Secretary David Davis, who quit in July because he disagreed with May, is backing the proposal published by the Institute of Economic Affairs think tank, which recommends preparing a “more aggressive” strategy for the EU negotiations, and opening trade talks with other countries around the world. The report, which attracted the support of several prominent pro-Brexit MPs, including Jacob Rees-Mogg, chairman of the European Research Group, is predicated on the idea that the UK should pursue a European trade agreement that more closely resembles its trading arrangement with Canada. According to the Independent, roughly 12 cabinet ministers now support a "Canada-style" trade arrangement, which would be predicated on a "clean Brexit", while six support a Norway style deal that would see the UK remain a member of the European Economic Area. More at: https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-09-24/theresa-may-braces-snap-election-november-brexiteer-mutiny-erupts
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    Yesterday, 09:08 PM
    Can Pandora's box be refilled and closed again?
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    Yesterday, 08:21 PM
    Libya’s oil production has hit its highest level since 2013, the chairman of the National Oil Corporation (NOC), Mustafa Sanalla, told Bloomberg in response to questions on Sunday. If the security situation in the country improves, Libya’s production could further rise from the recent 1.278 million bpd, Sanalla said. The country could lift production by “hundreds of thousands” of barrels of oil per day, security permitting, according to the head of the national oil company. More at: https://oilprice.com/Latest-Energy-News/World-News/Libyas-Oil-Production-Hits-Highest-Since-2013.html
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    Yesterday, 08:17 PM
    India’s oil refiners are considering reducing their crude oil imports and drawing on inventories to try to cut their import costs amid high oil prices and a weakening local currency against the U.S. dollar, Reuters reported on Monday, citing refinery sources and top executives. Over the past few months, rising oil prices and the weakening Indian currency, the rupee, have already created a perfect storm for India, where oil demand growth has been surging, but the higher oil prices are increasing the country’s spending on crude oil imports, which account for 80 percent of Indian oil consumption. Consequently, India—the world’s third-largest oil importer—has been paying much more for oil in recent months. For example, the value of India’s oil imports in August 2018 stood at US$11.83 billion, up by 51.62 percent in dollars, and up 64.84 percent in rupees compared to August 2017, trade data by the Indian Ministry of Commerce & Industry showed. In April-August, the value of India’s oil imports jumped by 53.55 percent in dollars and by 62.01 percent in rupees, compared to April-August last year. More at: https://oilprice.com/Latest-Energy-News/World-News/India-Looks-To-Cut-Crude-Imports-As-Oil-Prices-Rally.html
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Never attempt to teach a pig to sing; it wastes your time and annoys the pig.

Robert Heinlein

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Groucho Marx

I love mankind…it’s people I can’t stand.

Linus, from the Peanuts comic

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Alexis de Torqueville

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