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    Today, 09:38 PM
    Swordsmyth replied to a thread Catalonia in World News & Affairs
    Catalan President Could Call Early ElectionsCatalan President Carles Puigdemont is considering declaring independence for Catalonia and then immediately dissolving the government and calling for elections. Should the Catalan government declare independence and then call for elections it would create a chaotic situation in which the Catalan caretaker government considers itself independent while the Spanish government doesn't. Even if the Catalan government calls for snap elections, the Spanish government could temporarily seize control of Catalan institutions, though it would be harder to justify. More at: https://worldview.stratfor.com/situation-report/spain-catalan-president-could-call-early-elections
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    Today, 09:35 PM
    According to poll results by Reforma published Oct. 17, candidate Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador leads the Mexican presidential race with 29 percent of the vote, followed by Ricardo Anaya from the National Action Party. Around 20 percent of the population either refused to respond or just didn't. More at: https://worldview.stratfor.com/situation-report/mexico-opposition-presidential-candidate-lead-poll-indicates
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    Today, 08:59 PM
    The NHS in one area of the UK has revealed they will refuse to operate on patients who are obese or who smoke. Plans are being drawn up in Hertfordshire where the health service hopes it will encourage people to lose weight or quit smoking. The controversial move provoked fury when it was announced yesterday. It was immediately attacked by the Royal College of Surgeons, who’s senior vice president, Ian Eardley, branded the decision “discriminatory”. More at: http://www.express.co.uk/life-style/health/868137/nhs-obesity-weight-loss-smoking-quit
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    Today, 08:50 PM
    Attorney General Jeff Sessions said he will not issue a formal review of the Department of Justice’s (DOJ) civil asset forfeiture policy Wednesday, claiming that forfeiture is “sound policy.” Sessions made the statement to Republican Sen. Mike Lee during his Wednesday hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee. Lee expressed skepticism of the DOJ forfeiture program, which allows law enforcement officers to seize and keep private property without proving or even alleging criminal action by the property owner. Lee called for a formal review of the forfeiture program and criticized Sessions for expanding the program in July. Sessions claimed that the newly-announced Director of Asset Forfeiture Accountability would ensure the power was being used responsibly. “I am aware of the concerns you and others have,” Sessions told Lee, adding that his expansion of the forfeiture program was only a restoration of previous law that had been altered by former AG Eric Holder under then-President Barack Obama’s administration. The new accountability director position also raises questions. Sessions said the position will “review and coordinate all aspects of the Department’s Asset Forfeiture Program.” This installs the director as both the watcher and the watched with regard to forfeiture practices, a structure that worries critics like Lee. Once appointed, the new director will review federal guidelines for law enforcement agents. The forfeiture guidelines for Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents leaked last week, revealing a robust fundraising program. The 71-page document instructed agents to prioritize valuable property for seizure. “If there is not enough net equity to justify seizure and forfeiture, is there an overriding law enforcement reason to justify the seizure (e.g., a vehicle with a smuggling compartment, a firearm in the possession of a felon)? In these cases, the value of the item may be of secondary importance,” the document reads, implying that the value of the property defaults as the primary factor. The document goes on to direct agents to run an appraisal on private property before deciding whether to take it. Agents are to hire private contractors to run accurate appraisals and, if the property is worth enough, begin the forfeiture process.
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    Today, 08:47 PM
    FBI Informant Blocked From Telling Congress About Russia Nuclear Case An American businessman who worked for years undercover as an FBI confidential witness was blocked by the Obama Justice Department from telling Congress about conversations and transactions he witnessed related to the Russian nuclear industry’s efforts to win favor with Bill and Hillary Clinton and influence Obama administration decisions, his lawyer tells The Hill. Attorney Victoria Toensing, a former Reagan Justice Department official and former chief counsel of the Senate Intelligence Committee, said Tuesday she is working with members of Congress to see if they can get the Trump Justice Department or the FBI to free her client to talk to lawmakers. “All of the information about this corruption has not come out,” she said in an interview Tuesday. More at: http://thehill.com/policy/national-security/355937-fbi-informant-blocked-from-telling-congress-about-russia-nuclear
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    Today, 08:43 PM
    Rosenstein to Investigate Himself? Rosenstein was on the CFIUS committee that approved the sale despite knowing that, as The Hill reported, “Russian nuclear officials were engaged in a racketeering scheme involving bribes, kickbacks and money laundering,” that also ensnared the Clinton Foundation. After the Senate Judiciary Committee announced its intention to launch a full scale investigation, Senator Charles Grassley asked Attorney General Jeff Sessions today if Rosenstein, as Deputy Attorney General, would be allowed to investigate himself. “I don’t think it would be proper for him to supervise a review of his own conduct, do you?” asked Grassley. “It would be his decision,” responded Sessions. Sessions’ bizarre comments prompted some to ask if the Attorney General had been compromised. “Attorney General Jeff Sessions is compromised. He has to be,” wrote Jim Hoft. “Deep State has something on him and the Attorney General is acting irrationally.”
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    Today, 08:41 PM
    Most people are never robbed by criminals in a properly run state and the conquests are held off for a lot longer as well. Mine and the state's.
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    Today, 08:37 PM
    lololol.... I was going to say something to that, but I think I'll refrain. Ok, back to the topic!
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    Today, 08:34 PM
    Obama’s UN Ambassador Claims Someone Else Made Unmasking Requests In Her Namehttp://dailycaller.com/2017/10/17/obamas-un-ambassador-claims-someone-else-made-unmasking-requests-in-her-name-video/
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    Today, 08:29 PM
    Brigands and conquerors tend to take EVERYTHING you own, often including your life.
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    Today, 08:22 PM
    Heheh. I'm all for biscuits and gravy… Well, as long as the gravy isn't from meat. I don't think I've had much Southern food… so you'll have to teach me how to make all those delicious southern dishes.:)
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    Today, 08:17 PM
    But the losses to theft and pillage are greater.
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    Today, 08:07 PM
    Not living in Alabama I didn't know that, I will still need a comparison between him and Moore to show me who is better.
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    Today, 08:03 PM
    I don't think it's the "food" itself... But all the stuff that's added to it, like salt, sugar, fat, cheese. A lot of people don't realize this, but those things are actually addictive. Those ingredients trigger something in your brain that make you crave more greasy, salty fatty foods....which is why when you drive by a McDonald's, your mouth might start to water. But is that addiction really worth it when what you're actually doing is putting all sorts of crap into your body, clogging your arteries, causing obesity, etc? I have a cousin who ate tons of fast food for years (in fact, he and his wife met when they both worked at a fast food place, she is obese) and ate the SAD. He suddenly died of a heart attack at age 47. It was tragic.. I know people always say this about someone who died, but he really was one of the nicest guys you'll ever meet. Another thing that many people don't seem to realize is that healthy food is delicious... or it I should say it can be, it's all about how you prepare it. Ever since I went plant-based, I've gotten into cooking, trying all sorts of new interesting recipes, and I'm telling you, I've had so many dishes that are both healthy AND absolutely delicious. :) And I don't have to worry about getting cancer, heart disease, or getting fat... and of course no animals are harmed when you eat a plant-based diet. I've said this before, but I'll say it again… it was without a doubt one of the best life decisions I ever made. I'd say it's number two.
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    Today, 08:01 PM
    Show me that the Dem is better.
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    Today, 07:59 PM
    A state provides it's people with a semblance of security and order. Until it doesn't. Anarchy doesn't even provide that.
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    Today, 07:53 PM
    Or RPF: how to maximize liberty in an imperfect world.
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    Today, 07:51 PM
    It has even more cases of states conquering stateless societies No it is not.
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    Today, 07:48 PM
    A state can be an attempt to provide equal justice and protection under the law, anarchy is surrender to the law of the jungle and then to the first naked tyrant to come along. A state is unlikely to provide perfect results but it will provide better results than anarchy.
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    Today, 07:46 PM
    I can dream of flying under my own power too, but I wouldn't recommend jumping off your roof.
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    Today, 07:44 PM
    The colonies were involuntary states, therefore the revolutionary war does not support your argument, and I have never argued against decentralization, every concept has it's limits though. And they will still not be able to defend themselves against a better organized state. Your assertion does not make it true, and as military technology becomes more complex and expensive the state becomes ever more necessary.
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    Today, 07:31 PM
    Russia, Saudis Team Up To Boost Fracking Techhttp://oilprice.com/Latest-Energy-News/World-News/Russia-Saudis-Team-Up-To-Boost-Fracking-Tech.html
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    Today, 07:29 PM
    That's very vague. Who decides? And what do you do if the person you're in a dispute with says "to hell with your 'consequences.'"? It seems to me that it will eventually boil down to might makes right. Which is the very thing you guys claim to be against. Sounds great but it didn't answer either of my questions. :)
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    Today, 07:28 PM
    And the foreign conquerors won't impose them? They are as unavoidable as death my friend.
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    Today, 07:24 PM
    Relegation to second class subject status for not serving is not compulsion? I have never said military service should be compelled, I have said it must be paid for and that a state is required to pay for it.
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    Today, 07:17 PM
    It was a construct of states, it would not have existed without the states.
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    Today, 07:13 PM
    Their "volunteer" status was dubious, Sparta was military cult and the other city states required membership in the army and the ownership of expensive military equipment if you wanted citizenship and voting rights (a poll tax and a draft rolled into one), those who did not or could not do so were ruled by those who did.
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    Today, 07:08 PM
    And it did nothing of the kind.
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    Today, 07:06 PM
    Is the Demoncrat going to produce better results for liberty than Moore? Go ahead make that claim, then try to back it up. A victory for Moore will result in a much better voting record than a victory for the Demoncrat even from your point of view.
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