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    Today, 02:09 AM
    There are threads for the mad sultan. You may be right that there are no better options available to the Turks but Erdo is no good and he is a threat to everyone.
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    Today, 01:39 AM
    If survival is racist then let it be so.
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    Today, 01:31 AM
    Brazil's far-right presidential frontrunner Jair Bolsonaro was released from intensive care Sunday after undergoing surgery for complications from a stab wound he suffered while campaigning.The candidate, who had surgery to remove an intestinal blockage on Wednesday, has been moved to a "semi-intensive care unit," doctors at Sao Paulo's Albert Einstein hospital said. In its statement Sunday, the hospital said Bolsonaro was "on a good clinical path, with no fever," but that he continued to be fed intravenously. A video of the candidate walking the corridors of the hospital with the aid of a zimmer-frame (walker), joking with medical staff, was shared online by his son Carlos, a municipal councillor in Rio de Janeiro. Outside the hospital, a group of about 200 supporters, many of them motorcyclists, rallied in a show of support, waving flags and erecting a giant balloon bearing Bolsonaro's image. With the October 7 presidential election just three weeks away, doctors have given no indication of when he might be able to leave hospital. He was first moved from intensive care on Tuesday, but returned after Wednesday's surgery to remove what doctors described as a "bowel obstruction". Following the stabbing, his campaign managers said he would likely spend 10 days in hospital, but a prolonged stay is now likely.
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    Today, 01:28 AM
    The man leading Brazil's presidential election polls says he is worried that fraud could cost him victory in October, raising questions about whether he would accept defeat. Far-right candidate Jair Bolsonaro made a Facebook live posting Sunday saying he sees a risk that fraud might give the election to Fernando Haddad, who has replaced jailed former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva on the left-leaning Workers Party ticket. Da Silva led in polls before being disqualified due to a corruption conviction. "The great concern is not to lose the vote, it is to lose by fraud. That possibility of fraud in the runoff, maybe even in the first vote, is concrete," Bolsonaro said in his first address to supporters from a hospital where he is recovering from a Sept. 6 stabbing attack. More at: https://www.dailymail.co.uk/wires/ap/article-6177015/Poll-leading-Brazil-candidate-talks-electoral-fraud.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ito=1490&ns_campaign=1490
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    Today, 01:23 AM
    Right-wing Brazil presidential election frontrunner Jair Bolsonaro consolidated his lead in an opinion poll published on Monday, with leftist challenger Fernando Haddad also building momentum.Bolsonaro has been in pole position since Brazil's top electoral court barred former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva from running as he serves a 12-year prison sentence for accepting a bribe. But Haddad, Lula's Workers' Party replacement candidate, has seen his popularity soar since he was officially named last week as the man to run for the leftist party in the October 7 election. Bolsonaro, accused by his detractors of racism, sexism and homophobia, has 28.2 percent of the vote compared to 17.6 for Haddad, according to the poll conducted by MDA on behalf of the National Transport Federation. More at: https://www.yahoo.com/news/far-leftist-rivals-ahead-brazil-poll-205919970.html
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    Today, 01:22 AM
    When I first saw your comment it said "You don't know God, heretic" Then I repeat my question, why are you getting nasty?
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    Today, 01:07 AM
    That's a really nice Non Sequitur but I'm not looking for one right now. Skipping the unedited version which was more personal I will just ask if you think calling someone a heretic in a conversation that isn't even about religious tenets is a compliment or an insult.
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    Today, 01:02 AM
    Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has vowed that Ankara will increase rather than reduce its troops numbers in Cyprus, a move that could further set back attempts to reunify the divided Mediterranean island.In comments published in Turkish media Monday, Erdogan added that Turkey had no need for a naval base on Cyprus as mooted in some reports but could establish such a facility if it was necessary from a "psychological" point of view. "No, we are not going to reduce the numbers of our troops. We will increase them, we are not going to decrease them," he told Turkish reporters travelling back with him from a trip to Azerbaijan. He expressed impatience over the Cyprus issue, saying "this business would have been solved" if the Greek Cypriots had backed unification in an April 2004 referendum on a plan put forward by the late former UN secretary general Kofi Annan. While Turkish Cypriots were overwhelmingly in favour of the plan, Greek Cypriots voted against. "Henceforth we will implement the formula that we have declared for ourselves," said Erdogan, without elaborating. Cyprus has been divided since the 1974 Turkish invasion which occupied the northern third of the island in response to a Greek military junta-sponsored coup. Turkey is believed to maintain around 35,000 troops in northern Cyprus, although the military does not give official figures. The withdrawal -- or drastic reduction -- of Turkey's military presence is seen as key to any reunification plan being acceptable to the Greek Cypriot side. More at: https://www.yahoo.com/news/turkey-increase-troop-numbers-cyprus-erdogan-153527574.html
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    Today, 12:58 AM
    U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Monday the United States would cap the number of refugees allowed into the country at 30,000 for fiscal year 2019, a sharp drop from a limit of 45,000 it set for 2018."We proposed resettling up to 30,000 refugees under the new refugee ceiling as well as processing more than 280,000 asylum seekers," Pompeo said in an announcement at the State Department, calling the United States "the most generous nation in the world when it comes to protection-based immigration." "This year's proposed refugee ceiling must be considered in the context of the many other forms of protection and assistance offered by the United States," he said. Pompeo said the new limit reflected the administration's preference for settling refugees closer to their home countries, something President Donald Trump has said would be cheaper than admitting them to the United States. Pompeo said the decision was also based on security concerns. "We must continue to responsibly vet applicants to prevent the entry of those who might do harm to our country," he said. The refugee ceiling of 45,000 set last year was the lowest since 1980, when the modern refugee program was established. The United States is on track to admit only 22,000 refugees this year, about half the maximum allowed. Trump campaigned in 2016 promising tight restrictions on immigration, and his administration has sharply reduced refugee admissions through executive orders and closed-door decisions in the past year and a half.
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    Today, 12:46 AM
    You are getting a little off topic. Whatever GOD is real, a false GOD won't sort anything out. P.S. why are you getting nasty? P.P.S. I saw the unedited version of that comment.
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    Today, 12:30 AM
    I think we are done.
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    Today, 12:21 AM
    That is true but we didn't go to war with them at the time and it is history now, in any case they are currently a bigger threat to America than any other MENA nation even if you include the Saudis. None whatever, let GOD sort it out. As I said to you when it happened it is no different than recognizing red China as the government of the mainland instead of continuing to pretend that Taiwan is the government of all China, you may not like it and the Palestinians certainly don't like it but it is simply fact that Israel controls Jerusalem and has declared it to be its capital, we should get out of the way and let the Palestinians take it back if they can but we should move our embassy there. (we can use it for our Palestinian embassy if they win)
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    Today, 12:12 AM
    If the king's court and/or parliament obey him then he will rule but they may not, it is the same in either case. No king could rule with the kind of disloyalty the Constitution has been subjected to, if he was lucky he would end up like the Emperor of Japan under the Shogunate, a figurehead with no power. (which is very close to the status our Constitution has) Also there are supposed to be multiple checks and balances to keep the members of government from violating the Constitution, if necessary the military is supposed to launch a coup to protect it.
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    Today, 12:04 AM
    Indicted U.S. Rep. Chris Collins of New York will remain on the November ballot despite previously suspending his campaign, confounding Republican Party leaders in his district Monday who had counted on Collins' cooperation to replace him.The surprise decision by Collins, who pleaded not guilty to insider trading charges in August, throws the race for the western New York seat further into turmoil. Erie County GOP Chairman Nick Langworthy said Collins confirmed his plans to him Monday morning, suggesting in a phone call that removing himself from the ballot could undermine his legal defense. "As of last Monday, Mr. Collins was fully prepared to work with party officials to substitute himself from the ballot, so we had no reason to expect this," said Langworthy, who said he felt "a little bit like a jilted groom at the altar." In a statement later, Collins' attorney Mark Braden said: "Because of the protracted and uncertain nature of any legal effort to replace Congressman Collins we do not see a path allowing Congressman Collins to be replaced on the ballot." There was no immediate comment from Collins, and it was not clear whether he would actively campaign. Collins, an early and ardent supporter of President Donald Trump, has a $1.3 million campaign war chest. More at: https://www.yahoo.com/news/gop-officials-collins-stay-ballot-despite-indictment-163257059--election.html
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    Today, 12:02 AM
    I am a Mormon who believes that the current state of Israel is no better than its enemies and is a threat to America due to the undue influence it wields over our foreign policy, the closest I have ever come to "supporting" Israel in my educated adult life is to support Trump moving our embassy to Jerusalem because they do control Jerusalem and they declare it to be their capital, I have repeatedly called for us to withdraw all support for Israel (along with all support for its enemies) and bring all our troops home from the region. (and the rest of the world)
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    Yesterday, 11:56 PM
    Former President George W. Bush is headlining fundraisers for GOP candidates facing tough challenges ahead of the midterm elections. He won’t, however, be appearing on behalf of Ted Cruz, the Republican senator from his home state of Texas, The Dallas Morning News reported. A spokesman for Bush told the newspaper that the other campaign appearances “work with our schedule.” But it’s no secret Bush is not a big fan of Cruz, who served as domestic policy adviser for Bush’s 2000 presidential race and in his November’s elections faces a tough battle against Democratic Rep. Beto O’Rourke. Bush said of Cruz at a GOP fundraising event in late 2015: “I just don’t like the guy,” several donors at the gathering told Politico. Cruz was running at the time against Bush’s brother, Jeb Bush, for the GOP presidential nomination. “The tenor of what he said about the other candidates was really pretty pleasant,” one witness told Politico. “Until he got to Cruz.” More at: https://www.yahoo.com/lifestyle/george-bush-stumping-gop-candidates-050759030.html
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    Yesterday, 11:55 PM
    Ideas, rules and decisions rule people, those do come from people but they can be enshrined in a constitution and if people submit to it and remain loyal then it rules.
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    Yesterday, 11:52 PM
    I said "MANY", I didn't say "ALL" or even "MOST", but at least some of the MANY I am discussing are wealthy and powerful and wield an unexpectedly powerful influence on the world.
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    Yesterday, 11:44 PM
    Anyone or any enshrined philosophy or set of rules can rule if people submit to it because rulership is granted by those who submit to it, submission creates rulership not the other way around, no one and nothing can rule without submission, submission can be intimidated out of people but that is not rulership the ruling begins when the intimidation is not actively required anymore.
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    Yesterday, 11:38 PM
    I started with their leaders declaring Christ a false Messiah, to them we are a blasphemous cult, in addition Christendom (or what remains of it considering that Europe has become essentially atheist) became the most powerful culture on the planet and they desire that position.
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    Yesterday, 11:19 PM
    Correction: Many Jews HATE Christianity more than islam.
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    Yesterday, 11:14 PM
    In any system it is possible for the people in positions power or all the people to ignore the ruler and thereby render his/its rule null and void. Proving my point above, Charles lost the loyalty of enough people with enough power and his rule came to an end.
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    Yesterday, 10:51 PM
    In the same sense that a king who can be ignored rules, neither the king nor the constitution rules without the loyalty of those who operate the government on a day to day basis, our constitution has lost the loyalty it needs just as Charles I did. Disapproval of what? I was discussing a theoretical case where you were silent on an unspecified subject, in any case I can't be said to be ignoring you when you are silent on some subject.
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    Yesterday, 10:38 PM
    Beijing has been trying to calm its bubbly real estate market with policies that divert investor funds into China's rental market. But the policy shift to increase the supply of rental housing has backfired, leaving most middle-class Chinese with a rapid increase in living expenses. The reason: the government's latest centrally planned initiative has had an unintended effect: a flood of property investors into the rental market has dramatically pushed up prices. This summer, rents in eleven major Chinese cities climbed by an average of over 20% Y/Y in July according to an August 22 report by Chinese newspaper 21st Century Business Herald, citing data from CityHouse.cn. The most significant increase did not occur in the capital of Beijing - the capital ranked sixth place among the eleven cities, with an increase of about 22%. Chengdu, the capital of southwestern China’s Sichuan Province, had the largest uptick, of more than 31%; followed by 30.7% for Guangzhou, a port city in southern China; and 30.5% for Shenzhen which borders on Hong Kong. The sudden spike in rental prices has placed a heavy burden for many middle- and low-income workers said Reuters. While President Xi Jinping promised to support these people, they are now forced to seek smaller homes and are relocating to less desirable neighborhoods because of housing affordability issues. Reuters said real estate investment firms are flushed with cash and have jumped into the rental market all at once "thanks" to the government's instruction. As a result, many of these companies have been aggressively acquiring or developing hundreds of thousands of rental homes in the past year, affording them oligopolistic pricing power. Here is the results: in 2017, Wang Zhilu, 23, rented a flat in a mid-tier Beijing neighborhood for 3,000 yuan ($438.17) per month. In less than 12 months, he now pays 4,500 yuan for a similar apartment down the street. That represents a near 50% increase in rent which Zhilu said caused him financial harm. * * * Soaring rents across major Chinese cities is dangerous for the communist regime. Widespread public frustration is growing as the cost of living outpaces salary growth for many young people, which if history serves for any government, could trigger a severe social uprising, something that Beijing has always tried to avoid. "Rent now makes up about 30 percent of my salary while my housing condition is worse," said Tian Enyu, a 35-year-old divorced office manager in Beijing.
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    Yesterday, 10:32 PM
    Nobody is allowed to ignore the constitution, it is merely silent on some issues, if you don't say anything and I don't do anything about it that is not me ignoring you.
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    Yesterday, 10:30 PM
    OPEC and the Russia-led non-OPEC partners in the production cut deal could discuss all kinds of production scenarios at their meeting in Algeria at the end of this week, Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak said on Monday. “I think we have the possibility to discuss any possible scenarios,” Reuters quoted Novak, who was responding to a question as to whether the OPEC and non-OPEC groups were planning to discuss lifting production levels from what they agreed in June this year. In June, OPEC and allies agreed that they would aim for 100 percent compliance, down from the very high compliance rates of 150 percent in the months prior to the June meeting, to ease consumer concerns about the high oil prices and to ensure stable oil supply amid plunging production in Venezuela and returning sanctions on Iran. More at: https://oilprice.com/Latest-Energy-News/World-News/Novak-OPEC-Russia-To-Discuss-All-Possible-Production-Scenarios.html
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    Yesterday, 10:18 PM
    Whichever issues are enshrined in it as opposed to those which are left to the king.
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    Yesterday, 10:06 PM
    It does but it can only rule on the issues that were anticipated and that were not left up to the people's representatives on purpose.
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    Yesterday, 09:09 PM
    Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and the woman accusing him of sexual crimes will both testify next Monday over her accusation that he sexually assaulted her while they were teenagers in high school. Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT), a member of the Judiciary Committee, confirmed that the public hearing will happen on Monday, September 24. It is unclear whether the vote to confirm Kavanaugh has been delayed, or if the vote will still occur and the testimony will happen anyway. We assume the former. Kavanaugh's accuser, Christine Blasey Ford, has a hazy recollection of the incident, admitting she doesn't specifically remember the year it happened, where the incident occurred, whose house it was, how she got there, and whether Kavanaugh and a witness (who denies the account) were already upstairs when she went up, and how she got home that night. The announcement of next Monday's testimonies comes after several closed door meetings by Republican members of the panel, with Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-IA) saying: "As I said earlier, anyone who comes forward as Dr. Ford has done deserves to be heard. My staff has reached out to Dr. Ford to hear her account, and they held a follow-up call with Judge Kavanaugh this afternoon. Unfortunately, committee Democrats have refused to join us in this effort. However, to provide ample transparency, we will hold a public hearing Monday to give these recent allegations a full airing." As The Hill notes, Monday's hearing is sure to be a total circus: The public hearing will spark a media frenzy around Capitol Hill, where the allegations against have Kavanaugh drawn to the Anita Hill hearings, in which a former colleague of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas testified about allegations of sexual harassment. Thomas was confirmed despite Hill’s testimony, which was carried live on television at the time. The White House said on Monday that Kavanaugh is ready to testify as soon as Tuesday if the Senate asks him to. -The Hill “Judge Kavanaugh looks forward to a hearing where he can clear his name of this false allegation. He stands ready to testify tomorrow if the Senate is ready to hear him,” said White House spokesman Raj Shah.
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