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    Today, 08:25 PM
    Russian President Vladimir Putin’s response seemed timid and was at odds with statements from his Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu and more recent statements from Russia’s Foreign Ministry. Putin backed off on explicitly blaming Israel for the downing of the IL-20 ELINT aircraft which killed 15 Russian servicemen, but made it clear he holds them responsible for the attack as a whole. My thoughts on what the goals of the attack were are the focus of my latest article at Strategic Culture Foundation. It was obvious to me that this attack was designed as a provocation to start World War III in Syria and blame the Russians for attacking a NATO member without proper cause, since the Syrian air defense forces were the ones responsible for shooting down the plane. Lying us into war is a time-honored American political tradition, whether we’re talking Fort Sumter, Pearl Harbor or the Gulf of Tonkin. All of these incidents were avoidable by Presidents intent on getting into a conflict while simultaneously playing the victim card by getting the other side to shoot first. I’m sorry if that is a controversial statement but the historical record on them is very, very clear. From Strategic Culture: The setup is pretty clear. Israel and France coordinated an attack on multiple targets within Syria without US involvement but with absolute US knowledge of the operation to provoke Russia into going off half-cocked by attacking the inconsequential French frigate which assisted Israel’s air attack. Any denunciation of sinister intent by Israeli Defense Forces is hollow because if they had not intended to provoke a wider conflict they would have given Russia more than one minute to clear their planes from the area. That would constitute an attack on a NATO member state and require a response from NATO, thereby getting the exact escalation needed to continue the war in Syria indefinitely and touch off WWIII.
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    Today, 08:01 PM
    From Daniel Friedman, Citizen.co.za, "White existence is a crime, says BLF spokesperson": The BLF spokesperson has posted views reflecting his party's belief that all white people in South Africa are criminals by virtue of their existence. Black First, Land First spokesperson Lindsay Maasdorp has told the author of this article and others about the controversial party that my "existence is a crime." He also repeated his party's slogan, "land or death." Maasdorp’s assertion that, as a white person, “my existence is a crime,” provides some insight into the party’s apparent belief that, due to the theft of land by white people during colonisation and apartheid, all white South Africans are therefore criminals, regardless of when they were born and what their political views, history or affiliations may be. At the recent land hearings held in parliament, Mngxitama called for section 25 of the Constitution to be scrapped entirely to ensure that all land owned by white people is returned to their black counterparts. The BLF leader said this section should be replaced with a declaration that all land owned by white people in South Africa was stolen property. Mngxitama has repeatedly made the assertion that absolutely all land occupied by white South Africans should be expropriated. This makes the party the most extreme in South Africa when it comes to the land issue and in its attitude to white people in general. They have been accused of hate speech by the South African Human Rights Commision, who have recommended that the party be prevented from contesting the 2019 elections on the grounds that they have made statements violating the Electoral Act.
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    Today, 07:54 PM
    As the flooding from Hurricane Florence dissipates, North Carolina residents could face significant public-health and environmental crisis after at least 17 animal waste pits, coal ash facilities, and human sewage plants across the state released millions of gallons of toxic liquid into nearby communities. On an aerial tour Monday of pig country, housing the nation's largest hog producing counties, many anaerobic lagoons or manure lagoons, a human-made outdoor earthen basin filled with animal waste, survived the devastating hurricane, but some were badly damaged with breaches flowing into local water systems, said Bloomberg. “We don’t think it’s a good idea for people to be swimming around in poop,” said John Rumpler, clean water program director for Environment America, a Colorado-based advocacy group. “It’s a pretty serious public-health risk that people should be concerned about.” Five days after Hurricane Florence made landfall, much of North Carolina's low-lying eastern region remains flooded and effectively shut down. Pig operations map overlaid on National Weather Service Flash Flood warnings seems to indicate (courtesy tool from @MappingSupport) seems to indicate extremely high probability there is an ongoing environmental catastrophe in motion from hog waste. #HurricaneFlorence pic.twitter.com/UbmVj0WOVj — AI6YR (@ai6yrham) September 16, 2018
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    Today, 07:47 PM
    The Department of Justice on Wednesday said it would look into allegations of "misuse of government resources to advance personal interests" after James O'Keefe's Project Veritas released a second video this week exposing "deep state" federal employees pursuing socialist agendas while on the clock at their government jobs. More at: https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-09-19/doj-vows-investigate-after-second-veritas-video-exposes-deep-throat-types-within
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    Today, 07:39 PM
    Russia’s President Vladimir Putin has ordered the transfer of ownership of the federal state-held company controlling Chechnya’s oil refining and petrochemical industry to the Chechen authorities. Chechen strongman and leader Ramzan Kadyrov has been seeking for years to have Chechnya own the company, according to Russian media. Putin’s decree from Tuesday orders the transfer of 100 percent of the federal government’s ownership in the company Chechenneftekhimprom to Chechnya, with the purpose to develop industrial production in the Chechen republic and use the company’s assets more efficiently. The government of the Russian Federation has two months from September 18 to ensure the handover of the federal government’s ownership to Chechnya, says the decree that Putin signed. More at: https://oilprice.com/Latest-Energy-News/World-News/Putin-Gives-Chechnya-An-Oil-Company.html
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    Today, 07:18 PM
    And that required the Post Office to be shut down because..........
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    Today, 06:34 PM
    True, but we disagree as to which structure is most resistant.
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    Today, 06:28 PM
    There are ways of getting the necessary information ahead of time. Now that the law has been upheld, and it also allows people to swear that they "have a reasonable impediment" to getting any of those and vote anyway.
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    Today, 03:36 PM
    :rolleyes: Or any form of government, you can limit it somewhat but you can't eliminate it anymore than you can eliminate gravity.
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    Today, 03:33 PM
    They could do #4 first even though that would be mostly symbolic as you say, then they could follow that with formal diplomatic relations and an exchange of embassies.
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    Today, 03:26 PM
    The leader of the Roman Catholic Church continues to dig himself a deeper hole as sexual abuse scandals mount. “Bishops who are accused should remain silent like Jesus on Good Friday when the crowds called out for his crucifixion, Pope Francis said Tuesday,” according to a report. “In the same way, the pastor, in difficult times, in times when the devil is unleashed, where the pastor is accused—accused by the Great Accuser through so many people, so many powerful ones—suffers, offers his life and prays,” he said according to the report. Recently, the Pope compared Viganò to Satan for levying the allegations against him, even as a sexual abuse hotline set up by the Catholic Church in New Jersey rings off the hook. The Pope has not confirmed or denied the allegations against the Church, choosing instead to remain silent, as he has now directed his clergy to do. “I won’t say a word about this,” he said.
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    Today, 03:10 PM
    They would declare that to be insane.................and they would be right.
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    Today, 02:55 PM
    Shifting from Sessions to the much-maligned FBI, Trump said the agency was "a cancer" and that uncovering deep-seated corruption in the FBI may be remembered as the "crowning achievement" of his administration, per the Hill. "What we’ve done is a great service to the country, really," Trump said in a 45-minute, wide-ranging interview in the Oval Office. "I hope to be able put this up as one of my crowning achievements that I was able to ... expose something that is truly a cancer in our country." Moreover, Trump insisted that he never trusted former FBI Director James Comey, and that he had initially planned to fire Comey shortly after the inauguration, but had been talked out of it by his aides. Trump also said he regretted not firing former FBI Director James Comey immediately instead of waiting until May 2017, confirming an account his lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, gave Hill.TV earlier in the day that Trump was dismayed in 2016 by the way Comey handled the Hillary Clinton email case and began discussing firing him well before he became president. "If I did one mistake with Comey, I should have fired him before I got here. I should have fired him the day I won the primaries," Trump said. "I should have fired him right after the convention, say I don’t want that guy. Or at least fired him the first day on the job. ... I would have been better off firing him or putting out a statement that I don’t want him there when I get there." The FISA Court judges who approved the initial requests allowing the FBI to surveil employees of the Trump Campaign also came in for some criticism, with Trump claiming they used "poor Carter Page, who nobody even knew, and who I feel very badly for...as a foil...to surveil a candidate or the presidency of the United States." Trump added that he felt the judges had been "misled" by the FBI. He criticizing the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) court’s approval of the warrant that authorized surveillance of Carter Page, a low-level Trump campaign aide, toward the end of the 2016 election, suggesting the FBI misled the court. "They know this is one of the great scandals in the history of our country because basically what they did is, they used Carter Page, who nobody even knew, who I feel very badly for, I think he’s been treated very badly. They used Carter Page as a foil in order to surveil a candidate for the presidency of the United States." As for the judges on the secret intelligence court: "It looks to me just based on your reporting, that they have been misled," the president said, citing a series of columns in The Hill newspaper identifying shortcomings in the FBI investigation. "I mean I don’t think we have to go much further than to say that they’ve been misled."
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    Today, 02:52 PM
    Hours after Hillary Clinton sidestepped a question involving her husband's rape allegations, one of Bill Clinton's accusers, Juanita Broaddrick, demanded an FBI investigation into her claim that the former President committed a "forcible, brutal rape" in a Little Rock, Arkansas hotel room on April 25, 1978 in which she says Clinton nearly bit her lip off. Broaddrick described the incident in a 2016 interview: And he grabbed me again, very forcefully. And started biting on my top lip. And this was extremely painful. I thought he was going to bite my lip off. And that’s when he pushed me back onto the bed. ... I was completely dressed. I had a skirt and a blouse. He tore the waist of my skirt. And then he ripped my pantyhose. And he raped me. It was very vicious. I was just pinned down… I did not know what to do. I was so frightened. -Juanita Broaddrick, 2016 The former nursing home administrator also claimed in January 2016 that Hillary Clinton "tried to silence" her: I was 35 years old when Bill Clinton, Ark. Attorney General raped me and Hillary tried to silence me. I am now 73....it never goes away. — Juanita Broaddrick (@atensnut) January 6, 2016 Hillary dodges the question... Appearing on MSNBC with host Rachel Maddow Tuesday night to discuss an 11th hour accusation levied against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, Clinton completely ignored the question over whether we have learned anything about "due process" in the aftermath of the Bill Clinton rape allegations.
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    Today, 02:40 PM
    Despite President Trump's Monday order for the "immediate declassification" of sensitive materials related to the Russia investigation, "without redaction," the agencies involved are planning to do so anyway, according to Bloomberg, citing three people familiar with the matter. The Justice Department, FBI and Office of the Director of National Intelligence are going through a methodical review and can’t offer a timeline for finishing, said the people, who weren’t authorized to speak publicly about the sensitive matter. -Bloomberg Trump ordered the DOJ to release the text messages of former FBI Director James Comey, his deputy Andrew McCabe, now-fired special agent Peter Strzok, former FBI attorney Lisa Page and twice-demoted DOJ official Bruce Ohr. Also ordered released are specific pages from the FBI's FISA surveillance warrant application on former Trump campaign aide Carter Page, as well as interviews with Ohr. The DOJ and the FBI are expected to submit proposed redactions to the Office of the Director of National Intelligence - which will prepare a package for Trump to sign off on. "When the president issues such an order, it triggers a declassification review process that is conducted by various agencies within the intelligence community, in conjunction with the White House counsel, to seek to ensure the safety of America’s national security interests," a Justice Department spokesman said in a statement. "The department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation are already working with the Director of National Intelligence to comply with the president’s order." The agencies are likely to cite national security concerns over revealing classified "sources and methods" pertaining to the Russia investigation - which will put them in direct conflict with Trump's order. Trump, as president, has the power to override the agencies and declassify material on his own. According to Bloomberg, the DOJ is interpreting Trump's request to include information about the use of confidential informant (spy) Stephan Halper during the early stages of the Trump-Russia investigation. After taking in over $400,000 from the Obama Pentagon under the auspices of a research contract, Halper befriended and spied on members of the Trump campaign, including aides Carter Page and George Papadopoulos.
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    Today, 02:28 PM
    Crude oil production in the U.S. shale patch will hit 7.59 million bpd next month, the Energy Information Administration said in its latest Drilling Productivity Report. This is 79,000 bpd more than this month’s estimated production. The biggest increase, once again, will come from the Permian, where producers will add 31,000 bpd to overall daily production from the current 3.427 million bpd to 3.458 million bpd. The second-largest contributor to the monthly increase will be the Eagle Ford, where the EIA estimates production will rise by 16,000 bpd to 1.449 million bpd in October. Earlier this month, in its Short-Term Energy Outlook, the EIA reported preliminary production estimates suggest the United States had overtaken Russia as the world’s top crude oil producer, pumping 10.9 million bpd on average in August. Next year, the EIA estimated, daily production will hit an average of 11.5 million bpd, up from this year’s estimated 10.7 million bpd. More at: https://oilprice.com/Energy/Energy-General/US-Shale-Oil-Production-Beats-Estimates-Again.html
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    Today, 02:25 PM
    The canonization is invalid since they failed to even appoint a token devil's advocate.
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    Today, 02:23 PM
    Many within Germany have also maintained, even vehemently, that Washington’s resistance to the Nord Stream 2 project is purely in its own self-interest since its cancellation would increase EU members’ need for alternative gas supplies, including U.S. LNG imports. Now, however, German is rethinking its energy security strategy. Uniper, a major German electric utility, said on Monday it’s ready to import LNG into the country and distribute it should a terminal be built at Wilhelmshaven, close to its storage facilities. Uniper board member Keith Martin said that the company is in talks with a number of parties including those from the U.S. and that more concrete news should be announced before the end of the year. Martin said the company could build a Floating Regasification and Storage Unit (FSRU) at Wilhelmshaven. A FSRU has several distinct advantages over a land-based LNG import terminal, including being less CAPEX intensive and also having a much shorter construction time. It is also more flexible and can be moved to other locations if needed. Earlier this month, German firm RWE said it had secured capacity to import LNG at a planned terminal in Brunsbuettel, with a final investment decision (FID) slated for some time next year. On Tuesday, Germany economic minister Peter Altmaier picked up the theme, stating that the country will chose where to build an LNG terminal by the end of 2018 as a gesture to the U.S. which wants to ship more gas to Europe.
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    Today, 02:19 PM
    According to Bloomberg tanker tracking data, Iran’s crude oil and condensate exports have dropped by more than 30 percent since April. In the first two weeks of September, Iran’s condensate exports plunged to 175,000 bpd, down more than 40 percent from April, as major buyer South Korea hasn’t bought any Iranian oil or condensate in more than two months, complying with U.S. efforts to bring Iran’s oil exports down to zero. More at: https://oilprice.com/Latest-Energy-News/World-News/Ultra-Light-Texas-Oil-Could-Replace-Irans-Sales-To-Asia.html
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    Today, 02:13 PM
    The US Senate has unanimously passed the Music Modernization Act, which aims to bring the way the music business works in line with the digital age. Providing the bill is met with approval from the House, and is subsequently signed by President Donald Trump, the legislation -- renamed the Orrin G Hatch Music Modernization Act in honour of the Republican senior senator responsible for introducing the bill -- will finally be enshrined into law. It's not expected to meet any opposition. The bill, in three parts, ensures all music rights holders are compensated more fairly for their work. It will create a publicly-accessible database, detailing who owns a song, making it easier for publishers and artists to be paid royalties. Song reproduction charges have also been updated, to reflect market rates, and sound recording royalty rates will also be taken into account when considering performance royalty rates for songwriters and composers. More at: https://www.engadget.com/2018/09/19/us-senate-passes-bill-modernizing-music-licensing-payouts-MMA/?yptr=yahoo
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    Today, 02:10 PM
    The Republican chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee is offering in a letter to lawyers for Brett Kavanaugh's accuser to have his panel's investigators interview her wherever she wants. That includes having aides interview Christine Blasey Ford in California, where she lives, according to a person speaking anonymously because they weren't authorized to discuss the plans publicly. Chairman Chuck Grassley is also setting deadlines. His letter to Ford's lawyers says his committee's hearing on her allegations of sexual abuse will begin Monday morning. He says if she intends to testify, she must submit written testimony by Friday morning. President Donald Trump says "we'll have to make a decision" if Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh's sexual-assault accuser "makes a credible showing" before the Senate Judiciary Committee. He said Wednesday it would be "very interesting." Trump calls Kavanaugh an "outstanding man" and says it's "very hard" for him to imagine anything happened.
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    Today, 02:08 PM
    President Donald Trump’s latest round of tariffs on about $200 billion worth of imports from China has made headlines across the globe — but not in China. Print, online and television news outlets in China have largely stayed silent following Trump’s Monday evening announcement because of government censorship. People’s Daily, the state-run media mouthpiece for the Chinese government, didn’t dedicate any coverage to the major development. At 7 p.m. Tuesday local time in Beijing, Xinwen Lianbo, a flagship daily news program produced by China Central Television with a viewership of over 100 million, thoroughly covered President Xi Jinping’s whereabouts but made no mention of Trump’s tariffs and China’s plan to retaliate. “Don’t touch the issue,” the government told other domestic media, Yahoo Finance learned. They have also been ordered to avoid writing about the recent market meltdown and other issues that suggest an economic recession. “About the trade war — no one mainstream Chinese media has reported… what happened on earth?” one user asked on Weibo, China’s Twitter. Some users complained they were not able to post content containing the word “trade war.” For social media accounts operated by foreign news outlets, including the Wall Street Journal, the comment and repost feature for any trade-related posts have been disabled. The media silence doesn’t stop China’s market from feeling the pinch from the escalating trade war. The Shanghai Composite Index fell to its lowest close in nearly four years Monday after trade threats. And the exchange rate of the Chinese currency renminbi, weakened 45 basis points against the U.S. dollar on Tuesday. So far, China hasn’t dropped plans to negotiate with the U.S later this month, despite Trump’s tariffs.
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    Today, 02:01 PM
    Swordsmyth replied to a thread Trump's legacy. in Open Discussion
    I'm sure he has thought of that.
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    Today, 02:00 PM
    No thanks, Judge Swamp is on the Russiagate bandwagon.
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    Today, 01:50 PM
    Some browsers don't show tweets on RPFs so please post the full link to all tweets as well.
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    Today, 01:36 PM
    I am absolutely convinced Q is a Trump insider, I just don't know if Trump or Q can be completely trusted yet, however they do seem to be doing more good than bad so far.
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