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    Today, 12:30 AM
    A deadline passed Monday without jihadists leaving a planned buffer zone around Syria's last major rebel bastion of Idlib as set out under a Russian-Turkish deal.The radical fighters were supposed to withdraw from the buffer as a final condition to implementing a Russian-Turkish deal to stave off a regime offensive on the northwestern region of Idlib. The accord hung in the balance on the early hours of Monday, seven years into a grinding civil war that has killed more than 360,000 people and displaced millions. Just hours before the cut-off time, Idlib's dominant jihadist group vowed to continue to fight but did not give a clear position on the deal reached in the Russia resort of Sochi. "We have not abandoned our choice of jihad and fighting towards implementing our blessed revolution," said Hayat Tahrir al-Sham, an alliance led by the jihadists of Al-Qaeda's former Syrian affiliate. "We appreciate the efforts of all those who strive inside and abroad to protect the liberated area," it said in an apparent reference to Turkey. "But at the same time, we warn of the deceitfulness of the Russian occupier," it said of the regime's ally. Under the accord, heavy weapons were meant to have been withdrawn from the horseshoe-shaped buffer by October 10 and radical fighters were meant to have left by Monday. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said it had not observed any jihadists leaving the outlined demilitarised area by the time midnight struck. And deadly mortar rounds fired late Saturday from the planned buffer, according to the Britain-based monitor, appeared to indicate the first part of the deal was not fully implemented either.
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    Yesterday, 11:20 PM
    For a Saudi and Mohammed bin Salman (MbS) update that's not directly related to the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, a United Nations official on Sunday warned Yemen is now facing what could be "the worst famine in the world in 100 years" which is set to put "12-13 million innocent civilians at risk of starving," according to the BBC. Yemen's war, which has involved intense Saudi-UAE-US coordinated airstrikes on civilian population centers going back to 2015 has been popularly dubbed "the forgotten war" due to its general absence from headlines and front page stories over the years. As a few analysts and war reporters have pointed out in recent days, it took the murder of one Washington Post contributor — who was one of the mainstream media's own — for MbS to actually face any level of scrutiny, and yet the tens of thousands killed under Saudi coalition bombs is still largely taboo for the same mainstream to touch. A top United Nations official who monitors Yemen, Lise Grande, told the BBC: "We predict that we could be looking at 12 to 13 million innocent civilians who are at risk of dying from the lack of food." She explained, "I think many of us felt as we went into the 21st century that is was unthinkable that we could see a famine like saw in Ethiopia, that we saw in Bengal, that we saw in parts of the Soviet Union, that was just unacceptable. Many of us had the confidence that that would never happen again and yet the reality is that in Yemen that is precisely what we are looking at." Estimates have put the civilian death toll in the war anywhere ranging from 10,000 to as high as 70,000 — a number difficult to come by as the Saudi coalition has blockaded the countries main humanitarian aid entry port of Hodeida. The U.N. most recent numbers puts the number of displaced at approaching 500,000 people.
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    Yesterday, 11:00 PM
    The silent majority, those that have given up on politics because they have given up on the two main parties and they don't believe that 3rd parties stand a chance or that challengers stand a chance in the main parties, also those that hold their noses and vote for the "lesser of two evils" because "nobody else stands a chance". Ron almost crossed the threshold but too many people thought he just couldn't win because he didn't have nearly as much money as so many other candidates and he actually needed more to overcome the media blackout/discouragement campaign.
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    Yesterday, 10:09 PM
    They don't get the tax donkeys' votes for lack of publicity and the same thing goes for every other issue.
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    Yesterday, 10:06 PM
    And it's not much different from the power struggles between oligarchs in a monarch except that the common man's interests are abused more in a monarchy because they have no power at all other than the negligible threat of revolution.
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    Yesterday, 10:01 PM
    Yes, painfully aware. Generally good but there were a few losers.
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    Yesterday, 09:56 PM
    Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day, give him a fishing boat and you feed a whole crew for life. Private charity should be doing this but if government is going to be in the charity business they should at least do the most efficient thing.
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    Yesterday, 09:49 PM
    True, but right now most people who might run don't have the money to speak their views so that people can decide if they are popular. Remember that I am not claiming that a more equal distribution of money would make everything perfect, just that it would improve things.
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    Yesterday, 09:46 PM
    I have helped run the family business.
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    Yesterday, 09:34 PM
    Because they would have the money for the initial public outreach.
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    Yesterday, 09:21 PM
    Australia’s new prime minister, Scott Morrison, is reportedly considering following in President Trump’s footsteps and moving the country’s Israeli embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. Morrison said Tuesday that he is “open” to the move, The Guardian reported. He argued that Israeli-Palestinian relations have not made progress and blamed “the orthodoxy that’s driven this debate which says issues like considering the question of the capital are taboo.” “We’re committed to a two-state solution, but frankly, it hasn’t been going that well,” Morrison said, according to multiple reports. “Not a lot of progress has been made. And you don’t keep doing the same thing and expect different results.” He reportedly called the proposal “sensible” and immediately faced questions from media about whether his evangelical Christian views were influencing his decision. “My faith and religion has nothing to do with this decision,” he said. Morrison said Liberal party candidate, former Australian ambassador to Israel Dave Sharma, raised the issue for him, according to The Guardian. Sharma said the previous day that Australia "should be open to considering it" when asked about moving the embassy, according to news.com.au.
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    Yesterday, 09:19 PM
    None, but you need the money to fund-raise in the first place, if nobody has heard of you then nobody will donate. You also need much more money than that for higher offices that make more of a difference.
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    Yesterday, 09:12 PM
    Theoretically, but you need enough money to pull it off or the right connections to people with enough money.
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    Yesterday, 09:07 PM
    https://twitter.com/michellemalkin/status/1051848591885578240 1051848591885578240
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    Yesterday, 09:06 PM
    Because more people could run for office and the voters would have more choices, they would then be able to choose the better options over the "anointed" options.
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    Yesterday, 08:55 PM
    James O'Keefe's Project Veritas released a new undercover video Monday night showing Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO) and her staffers expressing support for radical gun control measures that they admit she can't state publicly. The video shows McCaskill and her staff admitting that she supports banning semi-automatic weapons, bump stocks, high-capacity magazines, along with supporting other far-left policies. Rob Mills, who works on McCaskill’s campaign, says in the video that McCaskill can't be open about her policies because "she has a bunch of Republican voters" and "that could hurt her ability to get elected." Nicolas Starost, who also works McCaskill’s campaign, says in the video that former President Barack Obama isn't campaigning for McCaskill because she doesn't want to be cast as too far-left, even though she believes in the same policies that Obama does. More at: https://www.dailywire.com/news/37173/people-just-cant-know-claire-mccaskill-goes-down-ryan-saavedra
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    Yesterday, 08:52 PM
    But the vigilante attacks on "manspreaders" — men who spread their legs wide in public places — was outed last week "as a staged piece of Russian government propaganda," the New York Post reports. The video was first posted to Kremlin-backed, English language site "In The Now" — owned by Russia Today (RT) — but as the clip spread, "online skeptics began to question its authenticity." One of the men featured in the video revealed in an interview with Russian-language online magazine Bumaga that he was an actor paid to appear in the clip. Several other men in the clip have since come forward to say that they too were paid actors, according to the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. Fake news debunking site EU vs Disinformation suggested the video was intended to stir up anti-feminist sentiment. One man, Stanislav Kudrin, said on a Russian social media site that the video was a production. “They poured water on us. Plus I slept in the hood too. Naturally, staged. That feeling when you come to the shooting with two spare pants and leave with a salary,” he wrote. "TASS talked to the St Petersburg subway and the police where spokespersons said that no complaints or reports about such incidents had been registered, and that, in their view, the video was probably staged," EU vs Disinformation reported. More at: https://www.dailywire.com/news/37106/fake-news-video-woman-pouring-bleach-manspreaders-joseph-curl
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    Yesterday, 08:51 PM
    But I pointed out that that was because Europeans don't have a political culture that is even as liberty oriented as ours.
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    Yesterday, 08:41 PM
    No.
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    Yesterday, 08:38 PM
    I replied at the time so I won't here. Not really but I'm not going to have that argument again in this thread either.
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    Yesterday, 08:24 PM
    After a fuel tube problem sidelined all operational F-35 aircraft last week, more than 80 percent of jets have been cleared to return to flight, the F-35 joint program office stated Monday. In a Oct. 15 statement, the JPO confirmed that the U.S. services and international partners have completed inspections of their F-35 inventories for faulty fuel tubes. The aircraft that are not impacted by the bad tubes — which are a component in Pratt & Whitney’s F135 engine — are back in flying status. More at: https://www.defensenews.com/air/2018/10/15/most-f-35s-return-to-flight-operations-after-fuel-tube-problem/
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    Yesterday, 08:16 PM
    Here is one: Why not give each Rep. multiple votes?Another is prohibiting those who receive government money from voting There are others I have posted as well elsewhere.
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    Yesterday, 08:11 PM
    Mexican Economy Minister Ildefonso Guajardo on Monday discussed his concerns about new Canadian tariffs on steel during a call with Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland, a Canadian government source said. Guajardo said last week he rejected Canada’s move to impose new quotas and tariffs on imports of seven categories of steel from many countries, including Mexico, and would press Ottawa for an exemption. “This issue was discussed, certainly. Their position has been made known,” said the source, who requested anonymity given the sensitivity of the situation. The source did not give further details. More at: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-trade-nafta-canada/mexico-discussed-concerns-over-canada-steel-tariffs-with-ottawa-source-idUSKCN1MP292?il=0
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    Yesterday, 08:07 PM
    U.S. oil exports overall are still strong despite China’s choice to throttle back its consumption. The U.S. oil industry has increased shipments to Europe, Latin America and other Asian countries, breaking into new markets and increasing its market share in others. “Even though China decides that they’re not going to buy from us, it doesn’t mean that export demand — just because of that one decision — drops,” Magellan Midstream Partners L.P. chief executive Mike Mears told WSJ. “More barrels will go to Europe, and more barrels will go to Latin America.” More at: https://www.infowars.com/american-oil-producers-remain-strong-despite-china-ban/
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    Yesterday, 08:02 PM
    South African President Cyril Ramaphosa has promised to speed up the controversial land reform proposed by the ruling African National Congress (ANC) earlier this year. “We are making history and celebrating the return of your land today. We are righting the historic injustice and returning the land to its rightful owners,” the president said at the handover of 4‚586 hectares of land to the community of KwaMkhwanazi at Empangeni in northeastern KwaZulu-Natal. Ramaphosa admitted that his government has been too slow in the process of restitution and redistribution of farmlands, stressing that land is a key pillar for economic emancipation and freedom. “We are commencing a rolling mass land distribution program in our country. We will be returning land in a massive way. This Mkhwanazi land is the first‚” the president said. “Today we are making history‚ celebrating the return of the land to our people in this area.” The KwaMkhwanazi community had been evicted from the lands the previously possessed in several steps: the first, shortly after World War I, and then in the 1940s when commercial cane and timber operations were expanded. More at: https://www.infowars.com/sa-president-vows-to-accelerate-land-expropriations/
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    Yesterday, 08:00 PM
    It would narrow the gap, crony capitalism and government intervention is responsible for the extreme distortion that has existed throughout most of history and those societies that had the freest markets have had the smallest gaps. I have made other proposals in other threads that would help but the problem can't be eliminated entirely in any system. I'll have better luck than the birth lottery will provide in a monarchy.
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