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    Today, 09:55 PM
    What's funny is that you think it isn't about liberty.
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    Today, 09:55 PM
    He's so sure that the kings will always be libertarians because history isn't full of mad monarchs. :rolleyes:
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    Today, 09:52 PM
    Felony charges were filed Tuesday against Democratic political activist and noted donor Ed Buck, after two men overdosed on illegal drugs and died inside his apartment in West Hollywood, the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office said. Buck was charged with operating a drug house and providing methamphetamine to a man who survived an overdose Sept. 11. More at: https://www.nbclosangeles.com/news/local/Ed-Buck-Democratic-Donor-Charged-Following-Overdose-Deaths-560635901.html
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    Today, 09:48 PM
    Staffers from NPR (National Public Radio) went shopping at Walmart to confirm that Trump’s tariffs are already costing American consumers a lot of money. They couldn’t hide the results: The impact is hardly noticeable. In announcing the results of a year-long study of prices at a local Walmart, NPR boldly announced: “Shoppers beware: the tariffs will bite.” The bite turned out to be a nibble. In August 2018, NPR staffers began tracking the prices on some 70 items at a Walmart store in Liberty County, Georgia, ranging from toilet paper and black beans to lightbulbs and TVs. They learned that of those 70 common everyday items, only 24 of them saw increased prices, while 12 of them saw decreased prices, and the remaining 34 had no price changes. More at: https://www.thenewamerican.com/economy/economics/item/33433-npr-shops-at-walmart-to-learn-cost-of-trump-s-tariffs-gets-big-surprise
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    Today, 09:30 PM
    They are near the top of my list, I can't wait for my thread counting down to their collapse is complete.
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    Today, 09:29 PM
    The investigation into top RCMP civilian official Cameron Ortis began with a shadowy, multimillion-dollar Vancouver-based company run by Canadians that sold encrypted cellphones to drug traffickers and money launderers around the world. The key figures behind Phantom Secure Communications even used modified versions of Canada's iconic Blackberry devices to help their international criminal clientele evade police. According to a grand jury indictment filed in the U.S. District Court in the Southern District of California dated June 2017, four of the five key people behind Phantom Secure Communications were Canadian. Vincent Ramos of Richmond, B.C. was the founder and CEO and American prosecutors said he was also the company's key administrator. Security documents seen by CBC News say an FBI investigation in 2018 found Ortis had emailed Ramos. It is alleged that Ortis contacted Ramos to offer him "valuable" information. Secrets in hands of alleged RCMP spy would cause 'devastating' damage to Canada, allies: documents
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    Today, 09:22 PM
    IF (and that's a BIG if) the Saudis are telling the truth about getting their flow going again soon then the odds are it was an inside job to raise oil prices. In that case I don't see them inviting real destruction by starting a war. If they are lying and the damage takes a long time to fix then they may not want a war that would destroy them completely. Either way I hope there will be no war and Trump will keep us out if the Saudis do retaliate somehow. If the Saudis do retaliate then they would be wise to do so clandestinely.
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    Today, 09:11 PM
    Graham is weak and foolish. He is like a small dog that is trying to compensate for its size with aggressiveness, Trump is like a lion that knows his own strength and dozes in the sun rather than chasing every small predator or scavenger that passes through his domain.
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    Today, 09:06 PM
    Trump has said as much himself: With the war drums beating loudly ever since Mike Pompeo accused Iran of launching the drone strike that crippled Aramco oil production, moments ago the odds of an imminent war with Iran de-escalated materially after President Trump said it was "looking like Iran was behind this weekend’s attacks" on Saudi oil facilities, but added that "he doesn’t want to go war with anyone." "It’s certainly looking that way at this moment," Trump says in response to a question whether Iran was responsible for the attacks. "I don’t want to have war with anybody” but our military is prepared, Trump says at the White House, where he was meeting with Bahrain Crown Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa. Furthermore, the president said the US is not looking at retaliatory options until he has "definitive proof" that Iran was responsible for attacks on Saudi Arabian oil facilities. Still, Trump told reporters in the Oval Office that the US "is prepared" if the attacks warrant a response. Also notably, when asked if he has promised to protect the Saudis, the president responded "No, I haven’t promised the Saudis that... We have to sit down with the Saudis and work something out." More at: https://www.zerohedge.com/geopolitic...behind-attacks
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    Today, 09:02 PM
    Italian bonds tumbled Tuesday morning after former Prime Minister Matteo Renzi officially quit the Democratic Party to start his own political group. Though Renzi has said he will back PM Giuseppe Conte, investors are clearly worried about the prospects for more political instability. "I have decided to leave the PD and to build together with others a new house to do politics differently," Renzi wrote on Facebook. Renzi, who was seen as a centrist reformer when he was elected in 2014, left office in 2016 amid a wave of dysfunction. But since his time in office, the party has shifted further to the left, with many left-recruits loyal to current party leader, Nicolas Zingaretti. Some have long suspected that Renzi might leave the Democrats to start his own more-centrist party. And it appears that's what he's doing. "The victory we got in parliament against populism and Salvini was important to save Italy, but it’s not enough," Renzi wrote. According to Italian media reports, about 30 lawmakers might declare their loyalty to Renzi, but he has promised to continue to support the Conte government...for now at least.
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    Today, 09:00 PM
    "There Was No Crash": Tesla In Sweden Goes Up In Flames After Passenger Seat Catches Fire
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    Today, 08:46 PM
    I don't think he will, he stopped talking about them. I also don't think he will agree to anything the Demoncrats in the House will agree to.
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    Today, 08:44 PM
    Thanks. :) CCTelander The headline for those who don't follow links: Trump Signs Bill Revoking Obama-Era Gun Checks for People With Mental Illnesses
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    Today, 08:36 PM
    Gollum has a reading problem: Trump Backs Bid To Strike Down New York City Gun Laws At Supreme Court “To confine a weapon to the home is thus to preclude the owner from using it for many of the purposes that the right to keep and bear arms is meant to serve,” Solicitor General Noel Francisco told the justices in court papers. Court filings are actions with consequences. Trump Pulls Out Of UN Arms Trade Treaty
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    Today, 08:23 PM
    Education will never do away with crime or tyrants, only a slave looking to please his masters would claim anything different.
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    Today, 08:21 PM
    The weekend attacks on vital oil infrastructure in OPEC’s largest producer and the world’s top oil exporter Saudi Arabia could be a boon to Brazil, a non-OPEC producer which is not part of the OPEC+ production cut deal and which is set to boost its oil production and access to some of its prized oil exploration areas. With security risks in the Middle East now higher than many—if not all—analysts thought possible just a week ago, investors and oil buyers could turn to oil producing nations far from the tensions in the Persian Gulf, analysts and emerging markets investors say. “I think people are beginning to think well maybe we should be looking to Brazil, for example, for their oil supply, to Mexico, to other countries in terms of where oil can come from,” veteran investor Mark Mobius of Mobius Capital Partners told CNBC on Monday, the first trading day after the attacks in Saudi Arabia left 5.7 million bpd of its production offline. “If you look at the reserves that Brazil has, you’ll see that they can produce quite a lot of oil,” Mobius told CNBC. After some delays in projects and heavy maintenance at the start of the summer, Brazil has boosted its oil and liquids production in the past two months and is set to be the second-largest contributor to non-OPEC oil supply growth this year and next, after the number-one growth driver, the United States. Brazil’s oil production is set to grow in the near term, organizations and analysts say. According to OPEC’s Monthly Oil Market Report for September, Brazil will see an 180,000-bpd annual rise in production this year, and another
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    Today, 08:17 PM
    Always follow the light.
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    Today, 08:15 PM
    Criminals can each rob and kill many people, they don't have to be a majority. The city is far more dangerous and statistics back that up.
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    Today, 08:14 PM
    You think guns are the only weapons available to criminals? You think they can be disinvented or kept out of the hands of everyone but government? You are delusional.
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    Today, 08:11 PM
    The world can deal with those problems without world government, it always has. I thought you claimed to be English?
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    Today, 08:09 PM
    If you think they can be believed: Saudi Arabia’s energy minister held a highly-anticipated press conference on Tuesday, updating the world on the damage at Abqaiq. He struck a confident tone, stating that half of the disrupted output is already back online and that repair work would be completed by the end of the month. In the meantime, the country would use inventories to keep export flows continuing as usual. More at: https://oilprice.com/Energy/Crude-Oil/Saudi-Oil-Outage-Impact-Not-As-Bad-As-Predicted.html
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    Today, 08:08 PM
    If you think they can be believed: Saudi Arabia’s energy minister held a highly-anticipated press conference on Tuesday, updating the world on the damage at Abqaiq. He struck a confident tone, stating that half of the disrupted output is already back online and that repair work would be completed by the end of the month. In the meantime, the country would use inventories to keep export flows continuing as usual. More at: https://oilprice.com/Energy/Crude-Oil/Saudi-Oil-Outage-Impact-Not-As-Bad-As-Predicted.html
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    Today, 08:03 PM
    Chevron could restart oil production from the so-called partitioned zone between Saudi Arabia and Kuwait “relatively quickly”, chief executive Michael Wirth told CNBC in an interview. Chevron has an agreement with Saudi Arabia to produce oil from the fields in the partitioned zone on its behalf. However, a territorial dispute between the Kingdom and Kuwait put production of oil there on hold four years ago. Previously, two fields in the partitioned zone—Khafji and Wafra—pumped half a million barrels daily. Operational differences and a worsening in bilateral relations led to the suspension of production in 2015. Last year, there was talk about restarting joint production after the United States called on its Gulf allies to increase production to keep rising oil prices from going too high. At the time, sources told Reuters Saudi Arabia had wanted more control over the joint oil production operations in the zone and the Kuwaitis had been unwilling to accept that. Now, following the Saturday attacks on a Saudi oil field and a processing plant with a capacity of 5 million bpd, talk about joint production in the PZ is once again on the table. More at: https://oilprice.com/Latest-Energy-News/World-News/Oil-Production-In-Joint-Saudi-Kuwaiti-Field-Could-Restart-Relatively-Quickly.html
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    Today, 08:02 PM
    Chevron could restart oil production from the so-called partitioned zone between Saudi Arabia and Kuwait “relatively quickly”, chief executive Michael Wirth told CNBC in an interview. Chevron has an agreement with Saudi Arabia to produce oil from the fields in the partitioned zone on its behalf. However, a territorial dispute between the Kingdom and Kuwait put production of oil there on hold four years ago. Previously, two fields in the partitioned zone—Khafji and Wafra—pumped half a million barrels daily. Operational differences and a worsening in bilateral relations led to the suspension of production in 2015. Last year, there was talk about restarting joint production after the United States called on its Gulf allies to increase production to keep rising oil prices from going too high. At the time, sources told Reuters Saudi Arabia had wanted more control over the joint oil production operations in the zone and the Kuwaitis had been unwilling to accept that. Now, following the Saturday attacks on a Saudi oil field and a processing plant with a capacity of 5 million bpd, talk about joint production in the PZ is once again on the table. More at: https://oilprice.com/Latest-Energy-News/World-News/Oil-Production-In-Joint-Saudi-Kuwaiti-Field-Could-Restart-Relatively-Quickly.html
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    Today, 07:59 PM
    They had fire and they used it. But that is just a bizarre rambling from you anyway, coal and oil do not restrain the dark side of man, they enable it.
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    Today, 07:56 PM
    People in the city are isolated and can be sneaked up on easily, they also have far more criminals around.
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    Today, 07:55 PM
    They had coal and neither coal nor crude oil will restrain the horridness of man, only religion and morality will.
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    Today, 07:54 PM
    Bribery will get you nowhere.
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    Today, 07:53 PM
    The French revolution was "based on Reason" and it was one of the most horrid episodes in all of human history. People are horrid and they will use evidence and reason to enable their horridness unless they are reformed through religion and morality.
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