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    Today, 07:51 PM
    I like LOTR, but as a kid my favorite books were the Chronicles of Narnia. It's interesting how Tolkien got C.S Lewis to see Christianity in a different way and was instrumental in his conversion.
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    Today, 06:48 PM
    + rep for being pro kitty. :p
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    Today, 06:40 PM
    Sounds nice. I haven't been to the south of France. But I have been to Paris, Normandy and the East part of France (when I was in Switzerland, a Swiss couple I'm friends with took me across the border to France one day.) Like I said, I love Europe and I've always loved French and the idea of living there for a while. You guys might think I'm silly, but I think everything sounds better in French. Someone could be reading from the phonebook, and it would make my heart melt. :p
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    Today, 06:26 PM
    I'm not anti-big city. But yeah, it is nice to be where there's a lot of open space and beautiful nature.
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    Today, 03:32 PM
    I was in Switzerland for 3 months, for a YWAM class. That's where this picture was taken. I thought the countryside and small towns were absolutely beautiful… And the people are very nice. I was surprised that Zurich wasn't as nice as I had remembered. But I love Europe and I've always wanted to live either in France or somewhere in Western Europe.
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    Today, 03:28 PM
    I'm a contender for the title of world's #1 dog lover and this idea makes ME livid, I consider dogs to be almost people but that almost is still a massive ocean of separation. If they can't afford their pets then maybe they will go out and get an under the table job to pay for them, or maybe they will get a real job to support themselves and their pets. If there are a few who just can't work then boo hoo, if anybody has the money to waste helping them keep their pets then they should create a private charity. (which is the proper solution for the HUMANS on food stamps) Liberals should be outraged at this too, after all aren't there enough poor starving PEOPLE in the country and the world that the money could be spent on before we get around to ANIMALS.
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    Today, 03:16 PM
    They will still flock here in droves for the prosperity freedom brings, and if we let too many in they will destroy that freedom and prosperity.
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    Today, 02:40 PM
    Comey Chief Of Staff Who Worked On Clinton Exoneration, Quits FBI One Week After Congressional Testimonyhttps://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-01-23/comey-chief-staff-quits-fbi-one-week-after-testifiying-congress
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    Today, 02:35 PM
    Swordsmyth replied to a thread Catalonia in World News & Affairs
    Spain's Interior Minister Jose Ignacio Zoido has a warning for Carles Puigdemont: "don't try to sneak back into Barcelona, you will be caught." The ousted former Catalan leader and infamous separatist, Carles Puigdemont who remains in self-imposed exile in Brussels and who was again picked by the Catalan parliament to be its president, may be tempted to cross into Spain "by helicopter, light aircraft or boat" so that the regional parliament can reappoint him officially, Zoido told broadcaster Antena 3 in an interview. The police have deployed specialist teams to monitor his movements and will catch him if he tries. "Justice will be done with Carles Puigdemont", Zoido told Antena 3 on Tuesday morning, adding that the former First Minister had "fled" from the courts. "He has gone to countries where they're not paying much attention to him but where he can make a lot of noise." As a reminder, "making a lot of noise" in Europe, especially when it goes against the establishment, is frowned upon. Why the bizarre statement? Because, as Bloomberg notes, the Spanish media is abuzz with speculation that "Puigdemont might attempt a dramatic return for an investiture vote in the Catalan parliament this month. He fled to Brussels in October after Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy fired him for engineering a declaration of independence from Spain and he faces arrest if he attempts to return." Asked about the possibility that Puigdemont might try to sneak back across the border to attempt another embarrassing media coup for the Spanish government, Zoido replied that Spanish security forces were vigilant and prepared, with Civil Guard and National Police experts working on the problem. More at: https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-01-23/spain-high-alert-prevent-puigdemont-sneaking-back-boot-car
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    Today, 02:05 PM
    And paper money instead of glass beads.
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    Today, 02:04 PM
    I would argue that some limited immigration is good theoretically, but we have had too much for so long that a moratorium might be required until things are back under control.
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    Today, 02:01 PM
    Don't worry Big Brother is back on the job:
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    Today, 01:46 PM
    Tsunami Warning Canceled After Alaska Quake A powerful undersea earthquake sent Alaskans fumbling for suitcases and racing to evacuation centers in the middle of the night Tuesday after a cellphone alert warned that a tsunami could smash into the state's southern coast and western Canada. The killer wave never materialized, but people endured several tense hours in shelters, waiting for a potential catastrophe that could wipe their communities away at any moment. The magnitude 7.9 quake in the Gulf of Alaska triggered the jarring alert that awoke people shortly after midnight Tuesday. Fleeing motorists sometimes clogged the only highway in their rush to get to higher ground. Many took refuge at schools and other shelters. https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-01-23/alaska-earthquake-prompts-tsunami-warning
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    Today, 01:46 PM
    A 8.2 magnitude earthquake overnight has triggered a tsunami warning off the coast of Alaksa and remains in effect this morning. According to CNN, the earthquake was detected in the Gulf of Alaska approximately 175 miles southeast of Kodiak, Alaska. CNN says the tsunami warning has been issued “For southeast and south Alaska, including the Alaska peninsula and Aleutian islands, as well as British Columbia in Canada.” http://mix1051.radio.com/2018/01/23/tsunami-warning-near-alaksa-after-8-2-earthquake/
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    Today, 01:44 PM
    The National Service is issuing a Tsunami Watch for coastal areas in the Bay Area and along the entire U.S. West Coast. A magnitude 7.9 earthquake south of Alaska has triggered the watch. More at: https://www.yahoo.com/news/tsunami-watch-issued-california-massive-115907592.html
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    Today, 01:35 PM
    Don't be silly, there are much more important things in life, like MONEY. (yours or OPM it doesn't really matter):rolleyes:
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    Today, 01:32 PM
    But if we did that The Count would have to find something else to count besides how many new socialists can vote each year.
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    Today, 01:11 PM
    I already acknowledged the role of imperial meddling but the Mexicans' ancestors had a great deal to do with how things turned out as well. I any case it doesn't matter how their culture got where it is, what matters is that if we ever want to fix our politics and culture we can't afford to let many of them in.
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    Today, 01:03 PM
    DACA "kids" are illegal, the chain migration is based on them, it is their chain migration.
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    Today, 01:00 PM
    I just grabbed the gif from a news article on the yahoo front page, I think it was a satellite launch.
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    Today, 09:12 AM
    Libs become conservative p quick, when its all about the attention. The posturing is just campaign talk. They all spend big anyhow.
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    Today, 03:16 AM
    A California state lawmaker is asking President Donald Trump and Attorney General Jeff Sessions to come to the state and arrest its Attorney General Xavier Becerra for "crossing the line" in enforcing an immigration law. "He's crossed the line, this is now a criminal defense, the Department of Justice needs to come," Travis Allen, a GOP assemblyman from California said on Fox News Monday night. "Sessions needs to come and Trump need to come to California to literally arrest and indict Xaiver Becerra for breaking federal law." Allen, who is running for governor in the state, was responding to comments Becerra made last week in regards to enforcing a new California immigration law. "It’s important, given these rumors that are out there, to let people know — more specifically today, employers — that if they voluntarily start giving up information about their employees or access to their employees in ways that contradict our new California laws, they subject themselves to actions by my office," Becerra said, according to a Sacramento Bee report. "We will prosecute those who violate the law."
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    Today, 03:12 AM
    Former Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke did not violate a man's free speech with taunting Facebook posts after detaining him at an airport last year for shaking his head at Clarke while boarding a flight, a federal jury concluded Monday night.In a civil lawsuit against Clarke, Daniel Black argued he received hateful messages and was fearful after Clarke called him a "snowflake" online and said Black "wouldn't be around to whine" if the then-sheriff really wanted to harass him. Clarke made the comment after Black complained to the county that the sheriff had his deputies detain and question him for 15 minutes after he got off the plane in Milwaukee. Jurors deliberated nearly three hours before deciding Clarke's posts were not enough to chill Black's future speech. More at: https://www.yahoo.com/news/man-ex-milwaukee-sheriffs-posts-run-scared-him-202206037.html
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    Today, 03:03 AM
    A Russian Orthodox bishop has advised the faithful not to vote for Vladimir Putin when he stands for re-election in March, a nearly unheard of occurrence in the loyal church. The angry statement marked the first time an acting bishop has spoken against supporting the current president, according to the independent newspaper Novaya Gazeta, but it was motivated by Mr Putin's perceived impiety rather than political differences. Bishop Yevtikhy Kurochkin of the epiphany cathedral in the Siberian city of Ishim wrote on his page on VK, Russia's most popular social network, that he could no longer follow his “desire to vote for Putin” following “blasphemous” remarks by the president. “'If the light that is in you is darkness, how great is your darkness!' are the words of Christ,” Mr Kurochkin wrote. “And will I go against Christ to vote for darkness or advise anyone to do this? No, no and no!” Bishop Yevtikhy Kurochkin The bishop was angered by comments in a state television film about Valaam, an island of monasteries and churches in Lake Ladoga where the president has a holiday home. Mr Putin had argued that the Soviet regime had “adapted” Christian ideas for its communist ideology, including in its mummification of Vladimir Lenin, whose body remains on display on Red Square. More at: https://www.yahoo.com/news/bishop-tells-russians-not-vote-131425858.html
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    Today, 02:26 AM
    Along the 786 km-long Line of Control (LoC) which divides the State of Jammu Kashmir between India and Pakistan, sporadic cross-border military gunfire between both countries is not that unusual. However, this weekend, in the region of Noushera, Rajouri and Akhnoor sectors of Jammu and Kashmir, more than 40,000 Indians have fled their homes and shops amid the fourth consecutive day of intense shelling from Pakistani military forces, the Economic Times reports. In the latest report from Indian 24 News, cross-border firing between both countries continues along the international border in the Kanachak and Pargwal sectors in Jammu, besides the LoC in the Nowshera area of Rajouri district on Sunday evening. The number of people killed on the Indian side this month has risen to 13 including three armymen, three BSF personnel and seven civilians. The toll is almost as high as number of causalities on the Indian side in the entire of 2017, when nearly a dozen people including security personnel were killed on the entire border from Kathua to Poonch district. In most of the villages, almost entire populations have shifted to safer places fearing an escalation of firing along the border. Sources said that most of the people had shifted to their relatives’ homes. Arnia, a border town in the Jammu district in the state of Jammu & Kashmir, India, with a population of 18,000, is now deserted as the intense shelling from Pakistan drove residents to safer grounds. The Economic Times describes a first-hand account of the chaos in Arnia, as 80-year-old Yashpal and his family huddled in their house until two mortar shells damaged it. “It had happened during the 1965 and the 1971 wars. Such large number of mortar bombs had not since fallen in Arnia,” Yashpal said.
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    Today, 01:50 AM
    The always outspoken Linus Torvalds, best known for his continuing work on the innermost code of Linux systems, has harsh words to say and accusations to level against Intel. His evaluation of Intel's latest proposed fix for the Meltdown/Spectre issue: "the patches are COMPLETE AND UTTER GARBAGE." As a potential line of inquiry, he suggests: "Has anybody talked to them and told them they are f*cking insane?" (asterisk his.) These and other kind epithets are awarded by Torvalds in a public email chain between him and David Woodhouse, an engineer at Amazon in the U.K., regarding Intel's solution as relating to the Linux kernel. The issue is (as far as I can tell as someone far out of their depth) a clumsy and, Torvalds argues, "insane" implementation of a fix that essentially does nothing while also doing a bunch of unnecessary things. The fix needs to address Meltdown (which primarily affects Intel chips), but instead of just doing so across the board, it makes the whole fix something the user or administrator has to opt into at boot. Why even ask, if this is such a huge vulnerability? And why do it at such a low level when future CPUs will supposedly not require it, at which point the choice would be at best unnecessary and at worst misleading or lead to performance issues? Meanwhile, a bunch of other things are added in the same patch that Torvalds points out are redundant with existing solutions, for instance adding protections against an exploit already mitigated by Google Project Zero's "retpoline" technique. Why do this? Torvalds speculates that a major part of Intel's technique, in this case "Indirect Branch Restricted Speculation" or IBRS, is so inefficient that to roll it out universally would result in widespread performance hits. So instead, it made the main Meltdown fix optional and added the redundant stuff to make the patch look more comprehensive. More at: https://finance.yahoo.com/news/linus-torvalds-declares-intel-fix-202431449.html
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    Today, 01:08 AM
    United Nations Security Council will convene Monday upon France's call for an emergency meeting over Syria following the launch of Turkey's anti-terror operation in northern Syria's Afrin province. "Ghouta, Idlib, Afrin — France asks for an urgent meeting of the Security Council," French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said on his Twitter feed. He added that he had spoken with his Turkish counterpart Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu on Sunday morning. The foreign ministry said Monday that the U.N. meeting on Syria initiated by France under the framework of "Any other business (AOB)" will address latest developments in the country, according to a message sent by French officials to representatives of U.N. member states. More at: https://www.dailysabah.com/diplomacy/2018/01/21/un-security-council-to-convene-upon-frances-call-over-turkeys-anti-terror-op-in-syrias-afrin
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    Today, 01:07 AM
    In the video, Hughes also mentioned his plans to run for governor of California.
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    Today, 01:05 AM
    In November of 2017, Hughes announced a plan to ride his home-made rocket into the sky with the ultimate goal of proving that the Earth is flat. His first launch never got off the ground due to government regulations, but on Friday, he announced that he's going to try again, sometime around February 3. https://uk.news.yahoo.com/man-hopes-prove-earth-flat-213624305.html
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