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    Today, 09:54 PM
    More than half of Germans living under Merkel's open-border regime want to leave their homeland, according to Die Welt, citing a YouGov survey commissioned by financial services provider Transferwise. It was conducted between September 19 and 21, and included 2109 adults who were asked the following questions; Would you like to live abroad sometime (outside Germany)? Compared to two years ago - is it more or less likely that you will live abroad, or is there no difference? Which of the following are reasons why you want to move abroad? (Multiple answers possible).
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    Today, 09:34 PM
    Even if true that wouldn't be as sad as your posting history.
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    Today, 09:33 PM
    The thread was about budget cuts, Phill4Paul brought up the regulatory cuts as a side issue while arguing with R3v and I joined in when R3v claimed the regulatory cuts were only worth $600 M.
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    Today, 09:22 PM
    But Lincoln jailed the "right" journalists, if Khashoggi had been a Faux News contributor instead of a Washington Compost columnist MBS would be the toast of the town.
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    Today, 09:19 PM
    Julian Assange is taking legal action against the government of Ecuador, accusing it of violating his “fundamental rights and freedoms”. While this might appear like 'biting the hand that feeds and shelters you' Assange's lawyer notes his client's poor health and new more restrictive rules for asylum have forced them to take action. The move, as The Guardian reports, follows a deterioration in relations between the Ecuadorian government and the Wikileaks founder, who was granted refuge at Ecuador’s London embassy in 2012 while he was on bail in the UK over sexual assault allegations against him in Sweden. He was reportedly given a set of stringent new house rules by the London embassy, including cleaning his bathroom and taking better care of his cat (threatening to confiscate the pet if he did not look after it). Assange must obtain approval for all visitors from diplomatic staff three days in advance. He is expressly banned from activities that could be “considered as political or interfering with the internal affairs of other states”, according to a memo seen by the Guardian. In a statement, Wikileaks said: "Ecuador's measures against Julian Assange have been widely condemned by the human rights community."
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    Today, 09:17 PM
    Two major Swiss banks imposed restrictions on staff travel to China after a UBS employee was detained in the country, underscoring the challenges of doing business in a country which is a mecca for banks eager to capture and manage (for a generous fee) the fastest growing fortunes in the world, yet are challenged by a regime that tramples over civil rights. According to Bloomberg, UBS asked some bankers not to travel to China after the incident, with fellow Swiss bank Julius Baer also imposing a travel ban while Credit Suisse said that so far there was no travel ban in place. The travel restrictions have only affected those bankers who help manage money for clients and haven’t been imposed on the securities unit. It was unclear under what circumstances the Singapore-based employee was detained and whether the person has been released. It now remains to be seen if the detained UBS banker was actually guilty of a crime, and if not, whether the Zurich-based bank will forget all about the incident in hopes of further profit upside, or if it will demand fair treatment for its employees at the risk of angering local authorities and having its charter removed for making a big fuss. Considering that UBS has yet to officially confirm this incident ever took place - a UBS spokesman declined to comment on the ban and detention - and Bloomberg had to report about it using "anonymous sources", it is pretty clear which way the bank is leaning. More at : https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-10-19/swiss-banks-curb-china-travel-after-ubs-banker-arrested
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    Today, 09:10 PM
    Charting China's Imminent Implosion
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    Today, 09:02 PM
    We are discussing the economic benefits of Trump's regulation cuts, so far they have been proportionally small compared to the overall regulatory burden but they still aren't trivial and given the proper support he may yet do much better.
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    Today, 09:00 PM
    I am consistent, I have always been against judges legislating from the bench and I still say it is Trump's private account, I was just pointing out that even if it was an official government account the judge doesn't get to tell him he can't block people on it.
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    Today, 08:51 PM
    Ideally Mexico will stop them for us or at least slow them down enough that they don't reach the border and force a crackdown before the midterms.
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    Today, 08:43 PM
    Swordsmyth replied to a thread Vote. in Grassroots Central
    I remember reading a quote from Jefferson Davis somewhere that in effect said that next time we should let them secede but I can't find it now. We need them to fire the first shots so it is best to drive them to it through political victory if we can, our side starting the revolt would put us at a great disadvantage so that should only be our last resort. If we gain enough power we should expel a few deep blue states until the rest secede or revolt.
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    Today, 08:32 PM
    It should be impounded and destroyed as contraband.
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    Today, 08:23 PM
    Maybe we should help him to be able to eliminate regulations at a faster rate?
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    Today, 08:22 PM
    It isn't, it may be proportionally small but it isn't trivial, especially as a change of direction from adding Billions more, he should be getting credit for the Billions in increases that didn't happen in addition to the $1.64 B decrease.
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    Today, 08:12 PM
    I do not admit that $1.64 B is trivial especially as a change of direction from adding Billions more in costs every year. Given time and the right support he may do much better yet.
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    Today, 08:09 PM
    It's an invasion but a few months from now when illegal immigration comes up somehow the usual NPC suspects will deny that it is again as if this never happened.
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    Today, 08:04 PM
    When even Pierz gets it right and Ender gets it wrong what does that say about Ender?
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    Today, 07:55 PM
    If you admit that you were as well. Maybe if we get the Demoncrats out of Congress and the right kind of judges appointed he can start to cut regulations even faster.
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    Today, 07:25 PM
    The Mandate of Heaven will be withdrawn, and the autocratic regime overthrown. The absolute confidence that China's political structure is permanent and forever is reminiscent of the absolute confidence in the 1980s that the USSR's political structure was permanent and forever. But the social contract that undergirds the Communist Party's absolute power in China is fast-eroding, and those who understand Chinese history sense the winds of change have shifted and the next revolution in China is already darkening the horizon. The story starts in the Song Dynasty, which reached its zenith in the mid-1200s. I've been pondering the excellent 1964 history of the Southern Song Dynasty's capital of Hangzhou, Daily Life in China on the Eve of the Mongol Invasion, 1250-1276 by Jacques Gernet, in light of the Chinese government's unprecedented "Social Credit Score" system, which I wrote about in May 2018: Kafka's Nightmare Emerges: China's "Social Credit Score". The scope of this surveillance is so broad and pervasive that it borders on science fiction: Inside China’s Dystopian Dreams (NY Times) China has turned Xinjiang into a police state like no other (The Economist) In the Song Dynasty, arguably China's high water mark in many ways (before the Mongol conquest changed China's trajectory), social control required very little force. The power of social control rested in the cultural hierarchy of Confucian values: one obeyed the family's patriarch, one's local rulers and ultimately, the Emperor. Author Edward Luttwak made the distinction between force and power in his fascinating book The Grand Strategy of the Roman Empire: From the First Century CE to the Third: power is persuading people to cooperate, force is making them obey. Power is people choosing of their own accord to comply, for reasons they find sound and that serves their self-interest; there is little need for the application of force. Power is highly leveraged; a relatively small police/military and judiciary is all that's needed. Force, in contrast, doesn't scale: it's enormously costly in capital and labor to monitor an entire populace and impose control and obedience.
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    Today, 07:21 PM
    Debt is money spent in the present and an obligation to be repaid in the future. Given this, I thought I'd contrast China's population of young versus their obligation to be repaid in the future. The chart below shows the 0 to 24 year old Chinese population (green line) versus Chinese debt (red line) and GDP (black line). The 0 to 24 year old Chinese population swelled by over 300 million from 1950 to it's ultimate peak in 1991. Since that peak, the total population of young in China has fallen by 176 million, or a 30% decline in the number of children across China. Moving forward, the UN medium estimate hopes the formal elimination of the one child policy will simply slow the rate of decline in the population...but by no means will China's fast declining childbearing population (those aged 15-44) nor disproportionately young male population potentially be offset by a slightly less negative birth rate. Contrast that with the quantity of debt being forcibly injected into a nation that faces a massive imminent population decline. To put that debt into perspective, the chart below shows that total debt and annual GDP each divided by the 0 to 24 year old Chinese population. As of 2018, every child and young adult in China under the age of 25 is presently responsible for over $100 thousand dollars in debt while the annual economic activity (GDP) created by all this debt continues to lag ever faster. And the coming decade only worsens as the young population continues its unabated fall and debt creation (absent concomitant economic growth) continues soaring... building more capacity all for a population that is set to collapse?!? China's predicament and reaction to it are not particularly unique...but given China's size, the ultimate global impact of China's slow motion train wreck will be unprecedented... particularly as their 15 to 64 year old population is now in indefinite decline. Chart below shows annual change in Chinese 15 to 64 year old population, in both millions (green columns) and percentage (blue line). Massive overcapacity (thanks to over a decade of government mandated mal-investment) versus a ever swifter declining base of consumption does not add up to a burgeoning middle class or a happy ending. * * *
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    Today, 07:08 PM
    I wasn't aware of that but as long as he isn't attacking us now and he does promote some good things then he isn't a priority target and can be treated as an untrustworthy ally.
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    Today, 07:01 PM
    Update (1800ET): As a surge of migrants broke through a steel fence that had been padlocked shut... CNN reports Mexican police in riot gear pushed them back, setting off smoke canisters, and Buzzfeed reports the use of tear gas. Hundreds of Mexican Federal Police sealed the border as drones and helicopters hovered above the crowd, which waited on a bridge in sweltering heat... The chaos calmed somewhat as migrants formed lines in a mass of humanity stretching across the bridge. Some returned to the Guatemalan side to buy water and food. “Today, violent tides are trying to enter Mexico and they have hurt Mexican police. We did not use armed forces because we offered the obligation to help, “ Mexican Interior Secretary, Alfonso Navarrete Prida told Mexican Milenio television. At least a dozen migrants stuck on the bridge have jumped into the river below.
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    Today, 06:59 PM
    Saudi King Salman has also ordered the formation of ministerial committee led by crown prince Mohammad bin Salman to restructure the general intelligence agency. As Ali Shihabi, Founder, The Arabia Foundation, tweets: "The removal of two top officials, a cabinet ranking, very powerful and close advisor of MBS and the Deputy Head of Foreign intelligence + 4 other Generals in foreign intelligence (virtually its whole top leadership) cannot be written off as a cover up. This is unprecedented." "This is not saying "rogue killers" but implicating virtually the whole top leadership of foreign intelligence. They carried out a mission that went sour very quickly and tried to cover it up initially. Bad news travels slowly to the top." We await President Trump's "very severe consequences." More at: https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-10-19/saudis-admits-khashoggi-killed-consulate-king-salman-fires-top-general-adviser
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    Today, 06:47 PM
    No, it's the plan for running in 2024, I don't believe Rand will run against Trump in 2020, if he does the plan will be to run as Trump's best buddy who understands how to MAGA even better than Trump and knows best what to build on Trump's foundation, it would probably be best to promise Trump a cabinet position where his positions best align with liberty.
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    Today, 06:42 PM
    The head of the executive branch (Trump) or Congress through legislation (which would have to be signed by Trump unless they had a 2/3 majority in both houses).
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    Today, 06:36 PM
    And he was talking about lies, D@&^ LIES and statistics.
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    Today, 06:32 PM
    Europe’s fuel oil market was rattled on Friday by reports that the Trump Administration may look to slow down the introduction of the new regulations limiting sulfur content in ship fuel in order to stave off a potential spike in fuel oil prices that would burden consumers and businesses. The International Maritime Organization (IMO) has set January 1, 2020, as the start date of the new IMO rules on using only 0.5-percent sulfur fuel oil on ships, unless said ships have installed scrubbers—systems that remove sulfur from exhaust gas emitted by bunkers. However, the Trump Administration is looking to slow down the rollout by gradually phasing in the new regulations, in order to “mitigate the impact of precipitous fuel-cost increases on consumers,” the White House said in an email to The Wall Street Journal. More at: https://oilprice.com/Latest-Energy-News/World-News/Europe-Fuel-Oil-Market-Rocked-As-US-Threatens-To-Slow-Sulfur-Cap-Rollout.html
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