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    Today, 09:12 PM
    After locating a massive drug laboratory near the town of Alcoyonqui, in Culiacán, Sinaloa, personnel of the Secretariat of the Navy seized 50 tons of methamphetamine, allegedly from the Sinaloa Cartel, in the most significant drug bust of this kind in the history of Mexico. According to Sin Embargo News, the Secretariat of the Navy (Semar) said the synthetic drug was discovered in a rustic laboratory and two separate underground bunkers. The military operation, which began on Thursday evening, involved roughly 50 troops. It was only until Friday morning was the size of the cache realized. More at: https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-08-18/mexico-seizes-record-50-tons-meth-superlab
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    Today, 08:51 PM
    After Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro's 60-fold increase to the minimum wage, storeowners on Saturday wrestled with an anguishing decision: Close up shop or hit customers with steep price hikes at the risk of sinking the business. In a set of sweeping announcements that shocked many Venezuelans, the socialist Maduro on Friday ordered a 96 percent currency devaluation, pegged the bolivar currency to the government's petro cryptocurrency and boosted taxes as part of a plan aimed at pulling the OPEC member out of its economic tailspin. The measures especially spooked shopkeepers already struggling to stay afloat due to hyperinflation, government-set prices for goods ranging from flour to diapers, and strict currency controls that crimp imports. Many stores were closed on Saturday as owners hunkered down to consider the implications. Economists warned that some companies would go under, unable to shoulder the massive increase in monthly minimum wage from 3 million bolivars to 180 million bolivars, or roughly $0.5 to $30. That will likely increase unemployment and further fuel mass emigration that has overwhelmed neighboring South American countries. Jhonny Herrera, 41, owner of a hardware store on the windswept Paraguana Peninsula in northern Venezuela, said he would have to fire two employees because he cannot afford to pay them, leaving him with just one worker. When Venezuela was enjoying a decade-long oil bonanza, he had 10 employees. "I have thought about closing for good and leaving, all the more so now with these increases. I have held back due to my 14 year-old-son, who I would leave here because I need to emigrate first," said Herrera, surrounded by stores that have been shuttered after their owners fled the country. To soften the blow, Maduro vowed that the government would cover three months of the wage increase for small and medium-sized companies. But he did not provide details and it remains unclear how his cash-starved government would afford such a hefty payout or whether the chaotic administration has the logistical capacity to pay wages on time. The Information Ministry did not respond to a request for an explanation of the plan. Venezuela's main business chamber, Fedecamaras, said it did not have any estimates on the effects of the measure yet, although local economists predicted a heavy toll. "A minimum wage of 180 million bolivars in this current situation implies the closure of thousands of companies and the unemployment of many people," said economist Luis Oliveros. More at: https://www.businessinsider.com/r-venezuelan-shopkeepers-alarmed-by-maduros-latest-economic-moves-2018-8?yptr=yahoo&r=UK&IR=T
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    Today, 08:40 PM
    Swordsmyth replied to a thread Stocks: Tesla IPO! Suckers any? in Economy & Markets
    Tesla's share price plummeted today after embattled CEO Elon Musk gave an extraordinary interview during which he burst out in tears, asked for someone to take his job and admitted he relies on Ambien to sleep. More at: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6070421/Elon-Musk-asks-Tesla-job-tearful-interview.html
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    Today, 08:40 PM
    Tesla's share price plummeted today after embattled CEO Elon Musk gave an extraordinary interview during which he burst out in tears, asked for someone to take his job and admitted he relies on Ambien to sleep. More at: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6070421/Elon-Musk-asks-Tesla-job-tearful-interview.html
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    Today, 08:34 PM
    U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Thursday sought to speed up the deportation of illegal immigrants, telling immigration judges they should only postpone cases in removal proceedings "for good cause shown." Sessions, in an interim order that was criticized by some lawyers, said the "good-cause" standard "limits the discretion of immigration judges and prohibits them from granting continuances for any reason or no reason at all." Critical in showing "good cause" is whether a person is likely to succeed in efforts to remain in the United States, either by appealing for asylum or receiving some form of visa or work permit, Sessions said on Thursday. Sessions said on Thursday that the "use of continuances as a dilatory tactic is particularly pernicious in the immigration context" because people in the country illegally who want to remain have an incentive to delay their deportation as long as possible. Granting continuances solely for good cause would be an "important check on immigration judges' authority" and demonstrate public interest in "expeditious enforcement of the immigration laws," Sessions said. More at: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/wires/reuters/article-6069545/U-S-attorney-general-issues-order-speed-immigrant-deportations.html
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    Today, 08:31 PM
    President Donald Trump is overseeing a massive uptick in requests to reopen previously closed deportation cases, according to data published this week by BuzzFeed News. With less than two months to go in fiscal year 2018, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement lawyers have asked federal immigration judges to reopen nearly 8,000 cases so far — almost twice the rate under President Barack Obama. There were 8,400 requests to reopen closed cases in FY 2017, which included the last four months of the Obama administration. That was a marked increase from the 3,551 requests in FY 2016 and the 3,551 requests in FY 2015. More at: https://thinkprogress.org/trump-administration-reopening-deportation-cases-that-had-been-closed-3ed67347df69/
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    Today, 08:28 PM
    A federal judge is allowing the Trump administration to dismantle a key element of an Obama-era rule combating housing discrimination, giving U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Ben Carson a big legal victory in his efforts to fundamentally scrap the rule. A coalition of fair housing advocates and the state of New York sued HUD after the federal agency announced last May it was no longer requiring cities and towns to complete a comprehensive assessment explaining how housing segregation exists in their communities, and how they plan to address it. Completing the assessment was a prerequisite for receiving federal housing funds and was the key enforcement mechanism of the Obama administration’s Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing rule (AFFH) created in 2015 to help enforce the Fair Housing Act of 1968. HUD had poorly enforced the Fair Housing Act for decades, which has allowed housing segregation to persist throughout the country. But Carson has characterized the Fair Housing Act and other desegregation government initiatives, including the AFFH rule, as a failed “social experiment” and HUD has been attacking the rule since January on a number of different fronts. The ruling by U.S. District Court Judge Beryl Howell on Friday is a major loss for fair housing organizations that for years, have been pushing HUD to better enforce the Fair Housing Act and desegregate housing.
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    Today, 08:20 PM
    Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has signed a new law that tightens controls over the internet. The legislation on "cybercrime" means websites can be blocked in Egypt if deemed to constitute a threat to national security or the economy. Anyone found guilty of running, or just visiting, such sites could face prison or a fine. Authorities say the new measures are needed to tackle instability and terrorism. But human rights groups accuse the government of trying to crush all political dissent in the country. The Cairo-based Association of Freedom of Thought and Expression said more than 500 websites had already been blocked in Egypt prior to the new law being signed. Last month another bill was passed by parliament, yet to be approved by President Sisi, that would allow any social media accounts with more than 5,000 followers to be placed under supervision. More at: https://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-45237171
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    Today, 08:10 PM
    Ecuador has brought in new rules to stop Venezuelan migrants entering the country without a passport, leaving many stranded in neighbouring Colombia. Thousands of Venezuelans fleeing their country's economic and political crisis have been crossing into Ecuador from Colombia using only identity cards. Most are heading south to join family members in Peru and Chile. Colombia has protested against the move, saying vulnerable people will be trapped on its side of the border. More than a million Venezuelan migrants have entered Colombia in the past 15 months, according to official estimates, and more than 4,000 have been arriving at Ecuador's border every day. Many have been walking or hitching rides for weeks and are exhausted by the time they reach the frontier. Early on Saturday, about 300 Venezuelans were lined up at the Rumichaca border crossing outside the Colombian city of Ipiales, and many said they had no passports to gain entry to Ecuador. Gabriel Malavolta, a 50-year-old mechanic, left Venezuela three days ago aiming to make the overland route to Lima, Peru, through Ecuador.
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    Today, 08:01 PM
    Angry residents of the Brazilian border town of Pacaraima ran riot and drove out Venezuelan immigrants on Saturday after a local restaurant owner was stabbed and beaten, residents and government officials said.The demonstrations forced hundreds of Venezuelans to flee back across the frontier on foot and residents set fire to the belongings they left behind and to tires to block the only road crossing between the two countries, video images released by the state of Roraima government showed. The outburst of anger was sparked by the robbery and severe beating of a resident in his home on Friday night by four Venezuelans, Roraima state security secretary Giuliana Castro said by telephone. The four Venezuelan suspects stole 23,000 reais ($5,800) from the restaurant owner, identified only as Raimundo. He suffered head injuries and was taken to hospital unconscious but was reported to be out of danger, said Castro, who is also head of the state's police force. After crossing back into their country, Venezuelans migrants attacked a group of 30 Brazilians who were shopping across the border and who had to be taken to a shelter, Castro said. Venezuela's government expressed concern about reports of attacks on its citizens and a "massive eviction" of Venezuelans, and asked Brazil to guarantee their safety. A foreign ministry statement said the violence was fueled by xenophobia.
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    Today, 07:16 PM
    The US army has announced a new proposal for what really looks like a program to develop supersoldiers and wonder-dogs capable of fast healing, optimized physiological and mental performance, withstanding extreme environments, and wearing high-tech bio-enhancements and other gear. According to documents from the United States Special Operations Command (USSOCOM), the "primary emphasis of the USSOCOM Biomedical, Human Performance, and Canine Research Program is to identify and develop techniques… for early intervention in life-threatening injuries, prolonged field care, human performance optimization, and canine medicine/performance." The project will allocate $15 million on bio-enhancement studies which could result in soldiers with "enhanced physiological performance" that require a fraction of a normal night's sleep, as well along with other "human performance optimization," according to documents from the Defense Department. The scope of the project includes:
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    Today, 07:02 PM
    Support for President Trump among black voters hit 36% according to a new Rasmussen poll released on Thursday - nearly doubling his approval rating among African-Americans from the same day last year, which stood at 19%. Today’s @realDonaldTrump approval ratings among black voters: 36% This day last year: 19% https://t.co/mazBCWoIMy @POTUS @realDonaldTrump pic.twitter.com/uIqYxoBn6w — Rasmussen Reports (@Rasmussen_Poll) August 15, 2018 The boost corresponds with all-time low unemployment among blacks of 5.9% in May, which President Trump and others have been touting: Record JOBS DAY!! 223K jobs added. Unemployment is 3.8%, lowest in 50 yrs. Black and Asian unemployment hit historic new lows. Adult men and women, and teenagers, are at lowest since 2000. Hourly earnings are up! Tax CUTS are working. America is WINNING BIG under President Trump! — President Trump (@POTUS) June 1, 2018 Breaking News Black Unemployment Rate All-Time Low What's really amazing is not only did the rate plunge to 5.9% from 6.6% in a single month 76,000 joined the labor force (the only racial group that increased last month) - really great news. #Winning
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    Today, 06:48 PM
    Planed obsolescence is very bad but the cure is less government to invite more competition.
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    Today, 06:43 PM
    Do they have anything like the 5th or 4th Amendments? I'm glad we do.
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    Today, 06:42 PM
    A weak attack lets almost any opponent wipe the floor with you.
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    Today, 06:37 PM
    Since Zuck is a flaming lib he can suffer from their policies without any sympathy from me, maybe he will now lobby to roll back the discrimination regs.
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    Today, 04:02 PM
    The Trump administration announced a fair housing discrimination complaint against social media giant Facebook on Friday, saying the way the company targets ads can be used to screen out people based on race, sex or other protected categories. The complaint goes to the heart of Facebook’s business model, which depends on being able to offer advertisers micro-targeting. “Facebook mines extensive user data and classifies its users based on protected characteristics. Facebook’s ad targeting tools then invite advertisers to express unlawful preferences by suggesting discriminatory options,” the Housing and Urban Development Department said in the complaint. Among those options are physical disabilities, parents with children and even religious practices — advertisers are allowed to show their ads only to people Facebook deems interested in “Jesus” or the “Christian Church,” for example. Those practices could violate the Civil Rights Act, HUD said in the complaint, dated August 13. The government had begun an investigation in 2016 after learning that Facebook allowed people running ads to narrow down those who can see their advertising based on protected categories.
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    Today, 03:46 PM
    That is a problem but the best way to deal with it is to keep track of how many Norwegians there are so we know if they are sneaking out of Norway.
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    Today, 02:58 PM
    In February of 1969, ABC aired a sketch show called “Turn-On” which holds a special place in television history. Essentially a more-politicized version of NBC’s “Laugh-In,” the humor was so divisive and unfunny (one odd sketch had a woman banging on a birth control vending machine that refused to dispense pills; another allegedly involved the Smothers Brothers telling horrible dad jokes while the word “sex” was superimposed on the screen) that it was actually canceled before the first episode was over. Urban legend even has it that one major affiliate refused to return from the first commercial break, simply running a voice-over that said “The remainder of this program will not be seen this evening, or ever again” and airing advertisements for the remainder of the half-hour time slot. The good news is that “The Break with Michelle Wolf” didn’t actually surpass this record. The only question is, why? Perhaps the fact that it was on a streaming service had something to do with it. Alas, even Netflix’s patience isn’t unlimited. “Despite plentiful buzz after her controversial turn as this year’s White House Correspondents’ Dinner host, Wolf’s late-night entry failed to garner the kind of viewership that warrants a second season at the streaming giant,” The Hollywood Reporter said late Friday, noting that the show was “only on the streaming service for a matter of months … before executives at the company decided to not bring them back for additional seasons.” More at: https://www.westernjournal.com/ct/comedian-michelle-wolf-brutally-mocked-sarah-sanders-gets-shut-netflix/
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    Today, 02:18 PM
    A tracking poll sets up a panel of thousands of voters and returns to them repeatedly over months. That lets pollsters discern the factors driving voter decisions — and gauge how attitudes change as the campaign wears on. In 2016, only two major surveys’ final predictions foresaw a Trump victory. Both of them — from the LA Times/USC and IBD/TIPP — were tracking polls. “It gives us a great advantage in trying to explain the meaning of the poll results,” Salvanto said. This year, the CBS Battleground Tracker “is concentrating on the districts that we think will make a difference,” he said. “Remember, in a midterm, you have to watch each congressional seat — don’t pay attention to national numbers.” Just as a presidential race is not a national contest but a collection of 51 separate elections (one for each state and for the District of Columbia), November’s midterm involves elections for 435 House districts and 35 Senate seats. The collective result will determine which party gains enough seats to control each congressional chamber. “For pollsters, midterms are the most interesting and difficult challenge we face,” Salvanto said. Not only must they consider 470 unique races, “there’s never more than a third or at best 40 percent turnout in midterm elections,” he noted. “So we’re looking for a subsample of a subsample” of voters. For 2018, the CBS News Battleground Tracker has gathered a panel of nearly 5,700 registered voters. Almost all of them live in the 50 to 60 districts that might switch from Republican to Democrat, or vice versa, in November — the only races that matter, when it comes to control of Congress. Salvanto’s polling currently indicates that few House seats will change hands in November — and that the GOP could very well hold its majority in the House. “In this era, a district’s voting patterns from the past tend to stay that way,” Salvanto said. “Not as many partisans today are willing to cross party lines.” Of the nation’s 435 House districts, fully 85 percent will almost certainly stick with its current party affiliation come November, Salvanto projects.
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    Today, 02:11 PM
    Walmart Inc <WMT.N> has asked some beauty suppliers to consider sourcing products from outside China, as it looks for ways to mitigate the impact of a new set of tariffs on Chinese products proposed by the Trump administration.In an email sent to some beauty suppliers on Aug. 7, seen by Reuters, the retailer asks if they have facilities outside China, and if not, whether they would consider investing in them, to broaden their sourcing ability. Many cosmetics products like shampoos, lipsticks and makeup fall under the most recent list of proposed levies on Chinese goods. More at: https://finance.yahoo.com/news/walmart-asks-beauty-suppliers-consider-sourcing-outside-china-220350620--finance.html
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    Today, 01:56 PM
    He talks to Rand, I'm sure Rand passes on anything Ron might want to say to him.
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    Today, 01:54 PM
    Since Brett lost his primary maybe you and dannno can use Sanborn to settle your bet.
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    He probably realized that when all is said and done it will be used as a deportation list.
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    May GOD bless and comfort her and her family.
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