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    Today, 02:38 AM
    Hungary's foreign minister on Wednesday said Budapest would block Ukraine's membership in NATO until Kiev restored the rights that ethnic Hungarians had before a language law curbed minorities' access to education in their mother tongues.Hungary has clashed with Ukraine over what it says are curbs on the rights of roughly 150,000 ethnic Hungarians to use their native tongue, especially in education, after Ukraine passed a law in 2017 restricting the use of minority languages. "We ask for no extra rights to Hungarians in Transcarpathia, only those rights they had before," Szijjarto told state news agency MTI at the NATO summit in London. Hungary has said it was open to consultations with Ukraine over the issue. More at: https://news.yahoo.com/1-hungary-block-ukraines-nato-155032167.html
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    Today, 02:32 AM
    President Donald Trump’s $28 billion farm bailout may be paying many growers more than the trade war with China has cost them. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s calculations overshot the impact of the trade conflict on American soybean prices, according to six academic studies, a conclusion that is likely to add to criticism that the bailout has generated distortions and inequalities in the farm economy. “It’s clear that the payment rates overstated the damage suffered by soybean growers,” said Joseph Glauber, the USDA’s former chief economist who published a review of the research in late November. “Based on what the studies show, the damages were about half that.” The academic research has focused on soybeans in part because the crop has been the most visible target of Chinese retaliation and overall received the most trade aid. But the method the department used to calculate trade losses also likely overstates the conflict’s financial impact on most other farm products, though for a few commodities it may understate the true impact, Glauber, now a senior fellow at the International Food Policy Research Institute, said in an interview. The divergence doesn’t necessarily mean a bonanza for American farmers, who are being financially squeezed on other fronts, including a global commodity glut that is depressing prices and a year of wild weather that is damaging crop yields. More at: https://news.yahoo.com/trump-28-billion-trade-war-090000447.html
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    Today, 02:25 AM
    A judge on Wednesday ruled that the family of notorious Indiana bank robber John Dillinger will not be allowed to exhume the 85-year-old corpse from its resting place – for now.Dillinger's nephew Michael C. Thompson filed a lawsuit in August after a public back-and-forth between the family and the cemetery, which had opposed digging up the body. In his ruling Wednesday, Marion County Superior Court Judge Timothy Oakes said the parties' main question was whether the exhumation could occur without cemetery approval, as laid out under Indiana Statute 23-14-57-1. "Court finds that the statutory requirements for this section of the statute are clear in that disinterment requires the cemetery owner to give consent before disinterment may occur," Oakes' ruling says, according to online court records, "and the statute does not require that the cemetery have a valid, rational, or meaningful reason." Thompson received a permit in June from the Indiana State Department of Health to complete the exhumation sometime before Sept. 16 but ran into roadblocks after news reports drew attention to the plans. The family's plans to exhume the body and complete DNA testing to determine its identity were to be depicted in a documentary distributed by the History Channel, which has since backed out of the project. Oakes dismissed the case without prejudice, leaving room for Thompson's attorney, Andrea Simmons, to file an amended complaint under another section of the statute. "We feel like Mr. Thompson should not be prohibited from seeking a disinterment to learn the identity just because his uncle happens to be infamous," Simmons said before the ruling. "If his was anonymous, if no one had ever heard the name, we wouldn't be here today."
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    Today, 02:21 AM
    The Pentagon on Wednesday denied a report that the United States was weighing sending up to 14,000 more troops to the Middle East in the face of a perceived threat from Iran.The Wall Street Journal reported that the possible deployment would include "dozens" more ships and double the number of troops added to the US force in the region since the beginning of this year, citing unnamed US officials. The paper said President Donald Trump could make a decision on the troop boost as early as this month. But the Pentagon disputed the accuracy of the report. "To be clear, the reporting is wrong. The U.S. is not considering sending 14,000 additional troops to the Middle East," spokeswoman Alyssa Farah tweeted. More at: https://news.yahoo.com/us-mulling-14...223950953.html
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    Today, 02:20 AM
    The Pentagon on Wednesday denied a report that the United States was weighing sending up to 14,000 more troops to the Middle East in the face of a perceived threat from Iran.The Wall Street Journal reported that the possible deployment would include "dozens" more ships and double the number of troops added to the US force in the region since the beginning of this year, citing unnamed US officials. The paper said President Donald Trump could make a decision on the troop boost as early as this month. But the Pentagon disputed the accuracy of the report. "To be clear, the reporting is wrong. The U.S. is not considering sending 14,000 additional troops to the Middle East," spokeswoman Alyssa Farah tweeted. More at: https://news.yahoo.com/us-mulling-14-000-more-troops-mideast-report-223950953.html
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    Today, 01:38 AM
    Impoverishing Americans so they are susceptible to communist propaganda while enriching our enemies in Communist China and importing millions of communists may make a buck in the short term but it will destroy liberty and that will end up ruining the economy. And we shouldn't allow them to import enough reinforcements to finish liberty off for good or to let them destroy our economy and empower our enemies. Says the guy who points to a culture group as being a large part of the problem.
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    Today, 01:31 AM
    I didn't say you did. But many people here act that way. They point to any western involvement as if it automatically makes the regime the "good guys" who should remain in power forever no matter how horrible they are.
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    Today, 01:26 AM
    But in this case I have pointed out how the worship of economics will destroy liberty. (and economics) We have had some for a long time, that's all the more reason not to let them import enough reinforcements to finish liberty off for good or to let them destroy our economy and empower our enemies.
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    Today, 01:17 AM
    The ChiComs are NOT liberalizing. You are right that in this world no power allows any movement to remain organic that could benefit its interests but that doesn't mean that some regimes don't deserve to be overthrown by the people they rule, we should stay out of foreign intervention for our own good but "the regime is always right" is just nonsense and some revolutions are good while others are bad.
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    Today, 01:04 AM
    Economics =/= Liberty. They go together but they are not the same. Impoverishing Americans so they are susceptible to communist propaganda while enriching our enemies in Communist China and importing millions of communists may make a buck in the short term but it will destroy liberty and that will end up ruining the economy.
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    Today, 12:33 AM
    Japan's upper house of parliament on Wednesday approved a trade deal that was agreed upon by U.S. President Donald Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. The deal, elements of which have drawn criticism from opposition lawmakers, will see Japan lower its 38.5 percent tariff on U.S. beef to 9 percent gradually and eliminate or reduce tariffs on U.S. pork products as part of Tokyo's overall commitment to reduce or eliminate tariffs on 7.2 billion U.S. dollars of U.S. farm goods. Under the deal, U.S. products including wheat, wine and cheese will also be granted greater access to the Japanese market, as Trump seeks to reduce the United States' hefty trade deficit with Japan. In addition, the deal, as regards U.S. agricultural products, will bring the United States in line with members of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) regional free trade pact, which Trump pulled the country out of in 2017. Under the deal, for its part, the United States will eliminate or reduce tariffs on certain kinds of manufacturing equipment from Japan, as well as those on industrial products, including parts for trains and air conditioners. The deal, however, regarding the thorny issue of tariffs on Japan's auto sector, has concluded that they are "subject to further negotiations," which has irked the opposition camp who believe that Abe claiming he had secured a "win-win" deal with the United States was a misguided statement. This is because, they highlight, the deal has not removed the current 2.5 percent levy on Japanese automobiles, a move that would have been made by the United States under the TPP and was highly sought after by Tokyo. After the deal enters into force on Jan. 1 next year, further trade talks will be held between Japanese Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi and U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer, with an aim to set the parameters for further trade negotiations. More at: http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2019-12/04/c_138605651.htm
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    Today, 12:24 AM
    Devin Nunes appeared on Tucker Carlson to discuss the impeachment events of the day. However, thankfully they also discussed the revelation that HPSCI Chairman Adam Schiff randomly started issuing subpoenas for telephone information. That’s the part I find very troubling. Notice how the media simply ignores it? This is a pretty big damn deal. Under what authority can congress arbitrarily send subpoenas for the private phone records of citizens, journalists, and fellow politicians? Can Nunes now start sending subpoenas for the phone records of Michael Isikoff around the time of the Flynn phone call leak?… and can congress publish those call records as a part of some possibly inquiry into the leak… and we can cross reference to identify the FBI leaker?…. https://theconservativetreehouse.com/2019/12/04/devin-nunes-discusses-impeachment-and-schiffs-new-found-authority-congressional-subpoenas-for-private-phone-records/
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    Yesterday, 11:46 PM
    German sociologist and philosopher Max Weber once quipped, “The opponents must be slandered.” For the past seven weeks, Chile has borne witness to this infamous communist tactic. In other words, any person who disagrees with the communists, who has economic means, along with all agents of law and order must be slandered. A small documentation of this stark reality could be of interest to the American public that may be unaware of what has been transpiring in the Andean nation. Readers of The New American may be aware of alleged reports of massive human rights violations carried out by the Chilean armed forces and national police during the last month and a half of protests piggybacked by bands of violent anarchists. Being far removed from the facts, one would find it hard to disprove such claims or perhaps even to be suspicious of them. Indeed, even in Chile the public has been bombarded with such stories from the press and social media, all the while as some of the most famous cases being nothing more than pure fiction or a gross manipulation of the actual events. Below are just some examples of alleged human rights violations, in which evidence of slander being utilized has since come to light, but as of yet not publicized by the mainstream media outlets and social media platforms in Chile. First is the case of Jorge Ortiz, the head of the financial division of the Chilean-based National Human Rights Institute (NHRI). While serving as a human rights observer during the demonstrations in Santiago on October 29, Ortiz claimed that he was shot seven times in his leg by a Carabinero (Chilean national police officer). Ortiz claimed he was shot by lead rounds that pierced his skin. The incident was even more alarming because at the time he was dressed in a high-visibility yellow jacket identifying him as an NHRI human rights observer, distinguishing him from the hooded protesters. News of the attack was broadcast all over Chilean and South American media, including CNN Chile and the Venezuelan state-run propaganda outlet TeleSUR TV. Curiously, Karol Cariola and Camila Vallejo, two well-known members of the Communist Party of Chile, both of whom serve as elected members of the Chamber of Deputies in the National Congress, were also with Ortiz when he was shot. In front of television cameras, Deputy Cariola held in her hand what appeared like a silver lead round, which she told reporters penetrated his skin. Ortiz was quickly rushed to an emergency medical center. Ortiz is also no stranger to communism. In his youth, he was a militant in the MIR (Spanish acronym for Movimiento de Izquierda Revolucionaria, which translates in English to Revolutionary Left Movement) — a militant communist organization dedicated to the establishment of a Marxist-Leninist state in Chile.
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    Yesterday, 11:34 PM
    The Trump administration has ordered National Park Service (NPS) rangers from around the country to travel to the U.S.-Mexican border to help fight illegal immigration and drug traffickers. Though this policy is not new, having been started last year, a recent investigative report from USA Today brought it to the forefront of the news again. The operation, known as the Department of Interior Border Support Surge, began as a pilot program in May 2018. This was done by the Trump administration to increase resources for border enforcement at a time when House Democrats have refused to approve the $5 billion that Trump asked for to fund a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. USA Today reported that the president and his staff are using existing resources since Congress has refused to fund the president’s proposed plan, which seeks an increase in the number of immigration enforcement officials as well as border-wall construction. Customs and Border Protection Acting Commissioner Mark Morgan praised the law-enforcement surge during a media briefing November 14, saying his agency “has taken action,” absent “a single piece of meaningful legislation” from Congress on border security. Administration officials said that the rangers and other officers have given valuable assistance to Border Patrol agents facing a steady stream of migrants trying to enter the United States. Park Service rangers from the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in North Carolina, Wrangell-St. Elias National Park in Alaska, the National Mall in Washington, D.C., Zion National Park in Utah, and other locations will temporarily be relocated to Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument in Arizona on the border with the Mexican state of Sonora, as well as Big Bend National Park in West Texas, also bordering Mexico. The park rangers will work with U.S. Border Patrol agents. Park officials say they've been told they should continue sending park rangers to the border through September 2020. “The National Park Service continues to support our federal partners by deploying law enforcement personnel to Department of the Interior managed lands along the southern border,” an NPS spokesperson told Britain’s Guardian. “Due to operational security, we will not be disclosing any additional information about our officers assisting in the operations.” Andrew Fitzgerald, deputy chief ranger at Zion national park, confirmed to the Guardian that they would be sending three rangers to the border by the end of the year for three-week rotations.
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    Yesterday, 11:14 PM
    Stockholm: Elderly Residents Kicked Out of Apartments to Make Way For Migrants
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    Yesterday, 11:02 PM
    A scientific researcher has discovered differences in brain function within transgender individuals, which may explain their behavioral and mental problems. Published in the journal eNeuro, researcher Stephen Gliske presented evidence that brain networks associated with how a person interprets the ownership of their body parts, that determines gender-typical actions, and manages chronic distress are different within individuals who suffer from gender dysphoria. Gender dysphoria is a mental condition in which an afflicted person experiences anguish due to the lack of congruence between their biological sex and their preferred gender. LGBT activists have pushed for individuals with gender dysphoria to be drugged and mutilated, harboring their deluded fantasies instead of giving them the treatment they desperately need. Gliske, who works as a research assistant professor in neurology at the University of Michigan, refers to the “multisense theory” in his findings. He believes that his multisense theory is accurate, as opposed to the “opposite brain sex theory” that is being pushed as dogma by LGBT activists and their allies in academia. “This new multisense theory of gender dysphoria connects the experience of gender dysphoria with the function of the associated brain regions and networks,” Gliske told Newsweek “This paradigm shift—from fixed anatomical sizes to dynamic activity in brain networks—means that there may be many more options to decrease the distress experienced with gender dysphoria than we have ever realized,” he added. He explained that he does not necessarily believe that brain scans will be effective in diagnosing gender dysphoria.
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    Yesterday, 10:45 PM
    On Wednesday, a Chinese IPO closed below its listing price for the first time since 2012, signaling that the public's former unquestionable love affair with risk and equities is fading as the economy continues to decelerate,. LUOYANG JALON MICRO-NANO NEW MATERIALS SAYS TRADING IN SHARES TO DEBUT ON DEC 4 IN SHANGHAI Luoyang Jianlong Micro-Nano New Materials shares debuted on the Shanghai Stock Exchange on Wednesday. The stock immediately dropped 7% in the first hour of trading, closing down 2% on the session. Luoyang Jianlong's disastrous IPO debut was the first time a mainland Chinese stock closed below its listing price since 2012. The last time this happened, Haixin Foods plunged 8% below its first day listing price in 4Q12.
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    Yesterday, 10:36 PM
    While China is bracing for what may be a historic D-Day event on December 9, when the "unprecedented" default of state-owned, commodity-trading conglomerate Tewoo with $38 billion in assets may take place, it has already been a banner year for Chinese bankruptcies. According to Bloomberg data, China is set to hit another dismal milestone in 2019 when a record amount of onshore bonds are set to default, confirming that something is indeed cracking in China's financial system and "testing the government’s ability to keep financial markets stable as the economy slows and companies struggle to cope with unprecedented levels of debt." After a brief lull in the third quarter, a burst of at least 15 new defaults since the start of November have sent the year’s total to 120.4 billion yuan ($17.1 billion), and set to eclipse the 121.9 billion yuan annual record in 2018. The good news is that this number still represents a tiny fraction of China’s $4.4 trillion onshore corporate bond market; the bad news is that the rapidly rising number is approaching a tipping point that could unleash a default cascade, and in the process fueling concerns of potential contagion as investors struggle to gauge which companies have Beijing’s support. As Bloomberg notes, policy makers have been walking a tightrope as they try to roll back the implicit guarantees that have long distorted Chinese debt markets, without dragging down an economy already weakened by the trade war and tepid global growth. "The authorities have found it hard to rescue all the companies," said Wang Ying, a Shanghai-based analyst at Fitch Ratings, perhaps envisioning at least two banks that have experienced depositor runs in the month of November in the aftermath of an unprecedented succession of bank failures earlier in the year. It's not just banks however: this year’s debt woes have spread to a broad array of industries, from property developers and steelmakers to new-energy firms and software makers. The types of borrowers facing repayment difficulties has also expanded from private companies and local state-run firms to business arms of universities, an obscure and loosely regulated corner of China’s corporate world. China's two latest defaults involved just such a company; on Monday Peking University Founder Group shocked investors after failing to repay a 2 billion yuan bond. The same day, Tunghsu Optoelectronic Technology, a maker of photoelectric display components, also failed to deliver early repayment on both interest and principal for a 1.7 billion yuan note.
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    Yesterday, 10:29 PM
    France is bracing for major transportation disruptions throughout the country starting Thursday, as trade unions launch a strike in response to changes President Emmanuel Macron wants to make to the country’s retirement system, while port blockades have resulted in widespread fuel shortages across the country. Much of the Paris Metro will be shut down, as will many national and international train lines, including certain Eurostar services. Flights will also be canceled, as air traffic controllers say they will join the protests through Saturday. Hundreds of filling stations around western France have run out of gasoline and diesel as blockades of oil refineries enter their second week according to industry group UFIP. According to The Local, construction workers have been blockading refineries in Brittany since last week and a blockade at La Rochelle has resumed. French media reported on Tuesday morning that 390 filling stations have no fuel at all, and another 389 have limited supplies. The areas affected include Brittany, the west of France, the south east coast area around Marseille and some parts of eastern France near the Swiss border. More at: https://www.zerohedge.com/political/western-france-runs-out-gas-massive-strikes-set-paralyze-entire-nation
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    Yesterday, 10:26 PM
    Three days after oil tumbled following a Bloomberg report that Saudi Arabia was angry at its (N)OPEC co-members for not complying with production quotas, and was no longer willing to compensate for excessive production by other members of the cartel, the WSJ reports that Riyadh, furious that the price of oil refuses to rise and set to take Aramco public, is threatening to boost oil production and unilaterally flood the market if "some" OPEC nations continue to defy the group’s output curbs. The surprising ultimatum which reeks of what Saudi Arabia did in November 2014 when it effectively dissolved the cartel, and flooded the world with oil in hopes of putting shale producers out of business only to fail miserably as it never accounted for cheap money and the greed of US junk bond investors, comes one day ahead of a gathering between OPEC and non-OPEC nations including Russia on Thursday and Friday in Vienna. As the WSJ reports, at a technical meeting Tuesday, a Saudi delegate said his government is growing tired of indirectly benefiting the budgets of countries that are flouting the OPEC pact by overproducing oil, said a person who was present. If the noncompliance continues, "the Saudi official signaled that the kingdom would begin merely complying with its commitment—rather than overcutting to make up for laggards in the group." The target of Saudi ire are reportedly three specific nations, namely Iraq, Nigeria and Russia; this emerged during a slide presentation by a Saudi official who said the trio of oil-producing nations weren’t adhering to the pact that commits the 14 OPEC nations and 10 allied countries to a collective 1.2 million-barrel output curb. Saudi Arabia, the argument goes, is contending with weak oil prices and members of the cartel who aren’t complying with the collective output cut they agreed to last summer. As a result, the Saudis are considering radical measures, including a new pact that would deepen production cuts although if there is one thing the cartel is notorious for, it is ignoring self-imposed production limits when it suits the individual member states as the Crown Prince is finding out now. The stakes for Riyadh are huge: the (N)OPEC spat comes as Saudi Arabia is finalizing the IPO of its national oil company, Aramco, and hopes to bring the company public at the highest possible price, however that also needs a much higher oil price. While the company wasn’t mentioned at the meeting, another delegate said the Saudi position was "all about the IPO of Aramco." Meanwhile, in a paradoxical twist, with Saudi Arabia raging at Iraq for overproducing, the Iranian neighbor signaled that it, along with other cartel members, favor deepening collective cuts by 400,000 barrels a day. Which of course it is all for... as long as Iraq itself doesn't have to cut further. Saudi Arabia indicated privately that it would support such a cut if it received watertight guarantees that current laggards would respect the deal, the WSJ said citing people familiar with the matter. What was left unsaid is that the only reason why the OPEC production cut worked as well as it did and as long as it did, is because Venezuela's and Iran's output has collapsed, not because it wanted to but because the two countries had no choice, being subject to US embargo.
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    Yesterday, 09:56 PM
    It's about criminal violations of campaign donation laws involving foreigners donating to HER campaign.
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    Yesterday, 09:53 PM
    The Fed has nothing to do with it.:sarcasm: The rich get richer at everyone else's expense because they are given preferential access to new money created for them before the market adapts prices to compensate for its existence.
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    Yesterday, 09:39 PM
    So when he says he wants to end wars and bring troops home that's just talk and we can't count on it BUT when a few administration officials say they are considering plans that's as good as done and we can take it as guaranteed to happen?
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