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    Today, 04:31 PM
    In an announcement that, in many ways, mirrors the sudden departure of former Lululemon Chairman and CEO Laurent Potdevin earlier this month, Ford announced late Wednesday that Raj Nair, an executive vice president and the president of Ford North America, would be leaving "effective immediately" due to unspecified reports of "inappropriate behavior." An internal review determined that certain behavior by Nair was "inconsistent" with Ford's code of conduct. "We made this decision after a thorough review and careful consideration," said Ford President and CEO Jim Hackett. "Ford is deeply committed to providing and nurturing a safe and respectful culture and we expect our leaders to fully uphold these values." Nair said he "sincerely regrets" his actions... More at: https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-02-21/head-ford-north-america-leaving-immediately-inappropriate-behavior
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    Today, 02:46 PM
    Pence would already be pushing a semi-auto ban.
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    Today, 11:47 AM
    I read Filmer for Presidents Day: Pardon me for my unbelief, Mr President.
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    Today, 03:05 AM
    The Italian government is one of the most bankrupt in the world; its debt level is an unbelievable 132% of GDP– and rising. In other words, the Italian government’s debt is substantially larger than the value of the entire Italian economy. It’s almost as bad as Greece, and it grows worse each year as the national government routinely runs budget deficits. Their only solution, of course, is hiking taxes and increasing regulation… exactly the opposite of what they should be doing. And, just like the ancient Romans, the government is on a witch hunt for anyone they think (in their sole discretion) might be dodging taxes. They already have a system in place called the redditometro, an automated tool for the tax authorities to comb through income and expense records of Italian residents. The algorithm finds anyone whose expenses were higher than his/her income and presumes that s/he has been evading taxes. The irony here is pretty profound given that the Italian government itself has expenses that are higher than its income. After all, that’s how it ended up with such a prodigious debt level.
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    Today, 03:00 AM
    War between Ukraine and Russia is only step away, in other eras it would have started now.
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    Today, 02:18 AM
    Stomach upset is among the most commonly reported side effects of ibuprofen. "The FDA advises ibuprofen be taken with food or milk in patients who have experienced stomach upset with this medication in the past," said Joshua Russell, MD at Legacy-GoHealth Urgent Care. Ibuprofen, like aspirin and naproxen (among other medications), is a type of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID). "These medications can seriously damage the lining of the stomach," Dr. Russell said. "Taking ibuprofen on an empty stomach may cause irritation of the stomach lining and bleeding ulcers," said South Florida-based cardiologist Dr. Adam Splaver of Nanohealth Associates. "This holds true for all other NSAIDs as well as aspirin, which may reduce the stomach lining's ability to protect itself from the harsh acid produced to aid in the digestive process," he said. More at: https://www.popsugar.com/fitness/Bad-Take-Ibuprofen-Empty-Stomach-44359112
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    Today, 02:08 AM
    :confused:
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    Today, 02:07 AM
    Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte is taking seriously the U.S. Intelligence Community's report tagging the firebrand leader a threat to democracy in Southeast Asia, his spokesman said on Wednesday.The report, produced by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, places Duterte alongside Cambodian's Hun Sen, the Rohingya crisis and Thailand's military-backed constitution as threats to democracy. "We view this declaration from no less than the intelligence department of the United States with some concern...," presidential spokesman Harry Roque told DZMM radio. Roque rejected the U.S. Intelligence assessment of Duterte as a threat to democracy. "I do not think that's true. He is a lawyer, he knows the law, he wants to uphold the rule of law, he knows about the bill of rights," he said. More at: https://www.yahoo.com/news/philippines-concerned-u-intelligence-tags-duterte-threat-democracy-025326638.html
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    Today, 02:03 AM
    We are in the non-peak hours for the site.
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    Today, 02:01 AM
    Pakistan has been given a three-month reprieve by a global watchdog over a U.S.-led motion to put the South Asian country on a terrorist financing watchlist, Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif said late on Tuesday. Pakistan has been scrambling in recent months to avoid being added to a list of countries deemed non-compliant with anti-money laundering and terrorist financing regulations by the Financial Action Task Force (FATF), a measure that officials fear could hurt its economy. FATF member states have been meeting this week in Paris, where it was expected that they would decide on a U.S. motion, backed by Britain, France and Germany, to have Pakistan added to the so-called “grey list” of countries which are not doing enough to comply with terrorist-funding regulations. Asif, who is currently on a visit to Russia, tweeted late on Tuesday that Pakistan’s “efforts have paid (off)” during a Feb. 20 meeting on the U.S.-led motion, suggesting there was “no consensus for nominating Pakistan”. He also suggested the meeting proposed a “three months pause” and asked for the Asia Pacific Group, which is part of FATF, to consider “another report in June”. More at: https://in.reuters.com/article/pakistan-militants-financing/pakistan-given-three-month-reprieve-over-terrorist-financing-watchlist-minister-idINKCN1G42S3
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    Today, 01:03 AM
    What's interesting to me is how easily the public is conditioned/brainwashed. It wasn't even that many years ago that pretty much everyone agreed that transgenderism is a disorder… and now it's being "celebrated." And if you don't agree with that, then you're the bad guy. It reminds me who the temporary ruler of this world is. (John 12:31)
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    Today, 12:13 AM
    Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has signed a bill aimed at reintegrating the territory in the country's east controlled by Russia-backed separatists. The bill passed last month designates the areas in the Donetsk and Luhansk regions as "temporarily occupied" by "aggressor country" Russia. It envisages the use of military force to get them back under Ukraine's control. More at: http://www.foxnews.com/world/2018/02/20/ukraines-president-signs-bill-on-russia-backed-regions.html
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    Yesterday, 11:33 PM
    India is preparing to construct a significant overseas military base on an island in Seychelles, an archipelago of 115 islands in the Indian Ocean, off East Africa to counter growing Chinese influence in the Indian Ocean. Last month, Seychelles and India signed a twenty-year agreement, permitting the Indian military to build an airbase and naval installations on Assumption Island, a small island in the Outer Islands of Seychelles north of Madagascar, said Seychelles News Agency. “This reinforces our commitment to not only further deepen India-Seychelles relations, but to also take our partnership to another level,” Indian Foreign Secretary Subrahmanyam Jaishankar said in a statement. “The co-operation is exemplified by the operationalization of the Coastal Surveillance Radar System in March 2016, and our commitment to augment the defense assets and capability of Seychelles,” he added. The agreement enhances India’s military capabilities and maritime surveillance of Seychelles’ Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) of 1.37 million square km. Assumption Island will serve as a strategic staging area for the Indian military, as the island chain resides between crucial global shipping lanes. This is key as in 2016 alone, “approximately 40 million barrels of oil per day — equivalent to just under half of the world’s total oil supply — traveled through Indian Ocean entry and exit points, including the Straits of Hormuz, Malacca, and Bab el-Mandeb,” said CNN. The EIA classifies the region as a significant chokepoint for maritime transit of oil. More specifically, the EIA calculates roughly 5.8 million barrels per day travels directly by Seychelles, which then ultimately flows to the West. This would indicate India does not just recognize Seychelles as a critical part of its global energy security, but perhaps, India’s push to control the island is a proxy of Washington.
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    Yesterday, 11:17 PM
    Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., said President Trump's plan to order a ban on "bump stocks" is not enough, and that her legislation codifying the ban should be taken up in Congress. Feinstein pointed to a statement from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives last year that they lacked the power to ban the devices, which can increase a gun's rate of fire. Feinstein last year introduced a bill to ban bump stocks as well as similar devices. “If ATF tries to ban these devices after admitting repeatedly that it lacks the authority to do so, that process could be tied up in court for years, and that would mean bump stocks would continue to be sold. Legislation is the only answer," Feinstein said in a statement Tuesday. More at: http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/despite-trump-order-dianne-feinstein-wants-bump-stock-legislation/article/2649570
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    Yesterday, 11:09 PM
    As Syria continues to pound rebel-held territory outside Damascus, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has issued a fresh warning to the government of Bashar Assad to stop using chemical weapons, including deadly chlorine gas. In an interview with the CBS program “60 Minutes” Sunday, Tillerson said a strike like the one the U.S. carried out last April is an option if the attacks don’t stop. “When it comes to killing people with chemical weapons,” Tillerson said, “President Trump has already demonstrated there will be consequences.” “Does that mean military action is still on the table for chlorine gas attacks?” asked Margaret Brennan. “As it was in April last year,” Tillerson replied. “We are serious about our demands that chemical weapons not become regularized or normalized as a weapon in any conflict.” Reporters asked Defense Secretary Jim Mattis the same questions while traveling back to the U.S. from a week-long European trip. “I would stand with the secretary of state,” Mattis said. More at: http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/military-action-against-syria-still-on-the-table-jim-mattis-and-rex-tillerson-say/article/2177182
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    Yesterday, 11:06 PM
    Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Friday announced the creation of a cyber task force to study election interference efforts, and wants the group to issue a report by the end of June. Sessions' announcement didn't specifically mention Russia, which is the subject of several investigations after claims that it interfered with the 2016 election. But Sessions did note that "enemy governments" are able to exploit the Internet achieve that goal. “The Internet has given us amazing new tools that help us work, communicate, and participate in our economy, but these tools can also be exploited by criminals, terrorists, and enemy governments,” he said. “At the Department of Justice, we take these threats seriously. That is why today I am ordering the creation of a Cyber-Digital Task Force to advise me on the most effective ways that this Department can confront these threats and keep the American people safe.” The new Cyber-Digital Task Force will be chaired by a senior department office picked by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, and include members of the department’s Criminal and National Security divisions, U.S Attorneys, the Office of Legal Policy, the Office of Privacy and Civil Liberties, the Office of the Chief Information Officer, the ATF, FBI, DEA and the U.S. Marshals Service. More at: http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/justice-department-launches-task-force-to-examine-election-interference/article/2649547
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    Yesterday, 11:03 PM
    A Republican House lawmaker has proposed new legislation that would revoke the citizenship of people who came to the U.S. as immigrants if they are involved in gang activity. Rep. Lee Zeldin, R-N.Y., introduced “Protecting our Communities from Gang Violence Act," which would revoke the citizenship of people who acquired citizenship through naturalization and got involved in gang activity either ten years prior or within ten years of becoming a citizen. More at: http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/lee-zeldin-bill-would-revoke-us-citizenship-of-gang-members/article/2649517
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    Yesterday, 10:58 PM
    One possibility to consider is that all of this is intended to help gun sales and nothing is going to happen after they panic people into buying their overstock. Just to be clear: I condemn that possibility as much as I condemn gun control.
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    Yesterday, 10:42 PM
    Let's see if Dopey Sessions wakes up to get this done. It'll be a fine addition to his record: Asset Forfeiture, Legal Weed and Gun Control.
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    Yesterday, 09:33 PM
    You said that you were fine with that reality, nobody who understands the 2ndA should be fine with it. The obvious line is infantry weapons, anything more restrictive can't be argued for without violating the point of the 2ndA, history might actually be on the side of larger weapons and ordinance since their equivalents were available to private citizens in the founders' time. The only line I would draw is weapons of mass indiscriminate damage. No, it is always bad to concede anything to the gun-grabbers, they are never satisfied but it continues the culture that creates people like spudea who are "fine" with the auto ban.
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    Yesterday, 08:13 PM
    Isn't it blasphemy for Hagee to wear that? I feel like I learned somewhere those shawls are for consecrated Jews only. I guess the Trekie convention doesn't mind.
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    Yesterday, 07:56 PM
    Now I know where the self-loathing comes from. SAD
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    Yesterday, 07:50 PM
    I found rpf's theme song.
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    Yesterday, 07:16 PM
    I think I've seen it. Now I'm curious.
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    Yesterday, 07:13 PM
    What if I'm only kidding? Can I still renew my passport?
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    Yesterday, 07:07 PM
    Ask a white nationalist if Jews are huwite. (That clip was disgusting.)
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