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    EU Justice Commissioner Quits Facebook In Disgust, Doubles Down On Regulatory Threats
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    Today, 01:59 PM
    Christine Blasey Ford has accepted the Senate Judiciary Committee’s request to testify on Ford’s allegation that Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her in high school, Ford’s attorneys told Senate Republicans on Saturday. Her decision came just ahead of a looming 2:30pm deadline: Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley had given Ford's lawyers until Saturday afternoon to decide whether she would proceed with testifying. Still, her answer is nebulous because as on previous occasions, the exact terms and timing of her testimony remain unclear, as negotiations between Ford's lawyers and staff for the Senate Judiciary Committee remain ongoing. In the email Ford's lawyers said she had accepted the panel's "request to provide her first-hand knowledge of Brett Kavanaugh's sexual misconduct next week" even though the legal team said it found that many of the "aspects of the proposal... are fundamentally inconsistent with the Committee's promise of a fair, impartial investigation." The email also didn't specifically say that Ford was agreeing to a Wednesday hearing date, which is what the Judiciary Committee has proposed. And Debra Katz, Ford's lawyer, explicitly said that "she is hopeful that we can reach an agreement on the details." "This an ask to continue 'negotiations' without committing to anything. It's a clever way to push off the vote Monday without committing to appear Wednesday," a senior White House official said Saturday quoted by The Hill. For the past week, both sides had been wrangling over the exact day and conditions for Ford's testimony. Commenting on the constant back and forth, conservative commentator Laura Ingraham said last week that "those who appear before a Senate Committee don’t set the terms. This is ludicrous and must be stopped. Terrible precedent." Grassley has agreed to limit television coverage of next week’s hearing, provide adequate police security and timely breaks. But he has rejected a request from Ford’s lawyers that outside witnesses, such as Kavanaugh’s high school friend Mark Judge, be called to testify. More at: https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-09-22/kavanaugh-accuser-agrees-testify-next-week
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    Today, 01:48 PM
    A recent flurry of Russian sanctions put in place by the United States are causing Russia's oligarch billionaires to repatriate more of their offshore assets, perversely aiding a long-held ambition for Vladimir Putin, who has been trying to encourage such repatriations for the past two decades according to a new Bloomberg report. While sanctions were first put into place during the Obama era as a result of the conflict in Ukraine, which however resulted in a muted financial response, as a result of the Trump administration‘s unpredictability and Trump's desire to demonstrate his anti-Kremlin stance to Mueller, Russian billionaires - increasingly at risk from a hostile financial regime - have been forced to move some of their assets back to state-run banks and out of an offshore system that has been a popular tax haven since communism has collapsed. And with new anti-Russia sanctions announced by the US and its allies at an increasingly rapid pace, the accelerating repatriations to Russia have been prompted by the desire to keep assets out of the reach of the United States Treasury, which with its implied near monopoly on the Swift financial transfer network, means that the only place "safe" is back in Russia, and under Putin's watchful eye. It's not just the billionaires: numerous Russian exporters have moved their assets out of United States and European banks, as well. While Russia's central bank doesn’t publish statistics on repatriated funds, and so getting an exact number is difficult, Russia’s largest lender, Sberbank PJSC, reported a 17% rise in corporate holdings and all currencies in January through August of this year, equating to about $90 billion. Additionally, balance of payment data indicates that the private sector in Russia brought more financial assets home then it sent overseas in the second quarter - only the second time this has happened since 2014. Here one can argue that raising sanctions on Russia, and the accelerated repatriation wave, is playing right into the Russian president's hands: in June, Vladimir Putin said that he wanted wealthy Russians to move their capital back to "where it’s earned", with the billions in offshore funds meant to reinforce the weakening Russian financial system. However, absent external interference, there simply weren't enough economic opportunities in Russia to prompt repatriation at the level that Putin seeks during his final term, which ends in 2024.
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    Today, 01:32 PM
    While there has been no love-loss between the U.S. and Russia in recent years, news coming out of Moscow yesterday was sure to cheer the most ardent Russian naysayers in both Washington and especially the U.S. energy patch. A Russian government official, according to a Bloomberg report, asking to not be named since the information hasn’t been made public yet, said on Thursday that the country’s oil production increased to a new post-Soviet high and is fluctuating between 1.54 million and 1.55 million tons a day, driven mostly by state-run energy firm Rosneft. Those numbers equal between 11.29 million and 11.36 million barrels per day (bpd) of output, bypassing a previous record set in October 2016, just a few months before Russian agreed to participate with a Saudi-led OPEC to reign in an over supplied global oil market and prop prices back up from multi-year lows. More at: https://oilprice.com/Energy/Energy-General/Russian-Oil-Production-Hits-Post-Soviet-Record.html
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    Today, 01:30 PM
    I'm not shocked that you have adopted the left's definition of "hate" as anything that disagrees with you.
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    Today, 01:25 PM
    Papa John’s could unveil a new – but not too new – name and logo in the coming months. The pizza chain may soon get rid of its apostrophe, and go by Papa Johns, in an effort to repair its tarnished image after its founder reportedly made a racist remark earlier this year during a conference call. John Schattner, founder and the company’s face, resigned as chairman in July 2018. Papa John’s International filed paperwork about the new spelling and brand imagery with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office in late August. Removing the possessive apostrophe in Papa John’s would, in theory, provide a more distance between the company and its founder, so it doesn’t look like he owns the business. More at: https://finance.yahoo.com/news/papa-john-apos-may-changing-185902399.html
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    Today, 01:18 PM
    Ingsoc spinmasters demand absolute submission to party dictates.
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    Today, 01:10 PM
    I'm not shocked that you are eager to swallow zips garbage.
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    Today, 01:09 PM
    The border between Spanish territory and the Sahara is much smaller than the entire desert.
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    Today, 01:07 PM
    Anonymous sources in the UK try to demonize Assange and Russia. :sleeping:
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    Today, 12:45 PM
    I don't know that old habits are quite the same as addiction but they certainly do die hard, especially if they are bad habits.
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    Today, 12:26 PM
    And once they have created the precedent in the public's mind they will demand that government force all businesses to do the same.
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    Today, 12:24 PM
    Nobody is advocating any of that but I understand why you would be confused since that is the way your mind works.
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    Today, 12:23 PM
    The point isn't about circumcision, the point is that FGM has been declared "EVIL" by the mainstream PC culture and yet Twitter is allowing advertisements for it while they ban conservatives for nothing at all. Due to the Eurabia plan muslims could start doing ritual human sacrifice and cannibalism and Twitter wouldn't ban them, it would probably be declared "green" and the left would promote it.
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    Today, 01:10 AM
    Vietnam's President Tran Dai Quang, a former police chief known as a tough politician and committed communist with little tolerance for dissent, died Friday aged 61 after a serious illness, state media reported.His death is not likely to dramatically alter politics in a country where the powerful communist government oversees almost every facet of society -- although the death of a sitting leader is rare. Coverage on state media was sombre Friday, with a Vietnam Television anchor in dark clothing announcing the news of the leader's death, first reported by the official Vietnam News Agency. A member of Quang's staff confirmed his death to AFP. The president had sought treatment in Japan for over a year before he was checked into hospital on Thursday afternoon after contracting a "rare virus", Nguyen Quoc Trieu, in charge of the healthcare committee for top leaders, said in state media. In office as president since April 2016 after more than four decades at the powerful Ministry of Public Security (MPS), Quang had a reputation as a hardliner. Though he held one of the country's top four positions and was officially the head of state, his role was seen as largely ceremonial, greeting visiting leaders and hosting diplomatic events in a bid to boost Vietnam's profile on the world stage. More at: https://www.yahoo.com/news/vietnamese-president-tran-dai-quang-dead-61-070727950.html
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    Today, 12:18 AM
    Finnish Prime Minister Juha Sipilä expressed reservations over the idea of a common European border and coastal guard at this week's Salzburg summit, where EU heads of state and government are gathering for an informal meeting to discuss internal security, migration, and Brexit. According to Sipilä, the idea needs to be carefully examined as it's still unclear what kind of authority would be allocated to the force. The commission’s proposal for a 10,000-worker strong European border and coast guard has already received criticism: Sipilä says that border control is each country’s individual responsibility and that there are still many ”open questions” in the EU proposal. ”Now we should calmly look at whether we can strengthen member countries' own border control and what the true role of these troops would be,” he said. Establishing a common European border and coast guard would require Finland to commit a number of guards to the European initiative. Earlier this week, the Finnish Border Guard told STT news agency that it estimated it would need to hire and train more guards so that Finland would be able to provide the up to 170 border guards that have been requested for the unified EU force. The PM said that Finland is still considering its stance on the EU proposal for founding a European Border and Coast Guard. More at: https://yle.fi/uutiset/osasto/news/finland_cool_on_joint_european_border_and_coast_guard_proposal/10414695
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    Today, 12:15 AM
    U.S. Sen. Mazie Hirono, who told men to “just shut up and step up” in the wake of sexual misconduct allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, might have some explaining to do about her campaign cash. Data show that Hawaii's Hirono has taken money from a fellow Democrat who has admitted hitting his wife. U.S. Sen. Tom Carper’s First State PAC donated $1,000 to Hirono’s political campaign in June, despite the Delaware lawmaker’s confession of abuse. Also receiving donations from Carper’s group was U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., ranking member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, which will decide if Kavanaugh is appointed to the nation's highest court. Feinstein has received $5,000 from the PAC so far in 2018. Carper admitted hitting his wife -- an allegation he pushed back against after it was first reported during his 1982 run for U.S. Congress -- in a 1998 interview with a local journalist Celia Cohen who published a book “Only in Delaware” that is sold by the state of Delaware on its official website, the Washington Free Beacon reported. The New York Post was the first newspaper to allege that Carper hit his wife. The story stemmed from a taped deposition the lawmaker gave as part of a child custody battle. He was accused of hitting his wife “so hard he gave her a black eye” while his children were allegedly “slapped around and bruised by Carper for doing such things as leaving the family dog on the bed.”
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    Today, 12:10 AM
    Niklas Krämer spotted a thief on a surveillance camera. He and a colleague then managed to catch him. But now the two colleagues are charged with unlawful detention, Swedish newspaper Expressen reports. 25-year-old Niklas and his colleagues were robbed of diesel several times a week. Last year they managed to seize and hold down one of the thieves while waiting for the police. Now they face charges themselves for unlawful detention. “Who is the villain here, we or the guy who stole from us?” says Niklas. Time and again his workplace has been hit by shameless thieves – two of whom were released even though they were arrested and confessed their crime. On 19 February last year it happened again and Niklas managed to film and catch the thief together with a colleague. But when the prosecutor now brings charges it is not the thief that is at the centre. Instead, the two colleagues are suspected of unlawful detention. When the thief was caught on camera, around midnight, Niklas and his colleague went looking for him together with the police. They found his car, but the thief was gone. When he returned early the following morning to pick up his vehicle they blocked his path, and when he refused to stop they chose to stop him with force.
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    Today, 12:07 AM
    A new Danish right-wing party challenging the Danish People’s Party with a harsher immigration policy is moving ahead. In a recent survey, the New Right, as they are called, received 4.6 per cent of votes, according to the Jutland post. An opinion poll from Norstat shows that the New Right is now larger than the two bourgeois parties, the Conservative People’s Party and the Liberal Alliance. The New Right almost doubled its support since August, when the party at polled 2.7 per cent of support. The parliamentary elections will be announced by the Danish government by 17 June 2019. It is believed by many experts that they will be held in March or April. The New Right party was founded in late autumn 2015 and are now campaigning as a national conservative party. With Pernille Vermund, the popular leader at the forefront, the new bourgeoisie has been passionately critical of the Danish People’s Party. They have accused the DPP of being for the economic leftist and confusing immigration issues. The main opponent to the Danish People’s Party received 17 per cent in the same survey according to Jyllandsposten. The New Right recently launched its platform with their immigration policy at the heart. They want to see a total asylum stop with migrants being expelled at their first criminal conviction. They also want to introduce the requirement that foreigners support themselves and “Muslim welfare migrants” should be deported, according to the party.
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    Yesterday, 11:58 PM
    French President Emmanuel Macron has criticised countries that do no not want more ‘Europe’ and who criticise the EU on migration, Europe 1 reports. “Countries that do not want more Europe, they will no longer touch the structural funds and therefore it is necessary that next spring we have this discussion on truth,” Macron said. Without naming them, the French President referred implicitly to the Visegrad countries in central Europe that do not accept migrants. “ love Europe when it gives me money, when it makes my people prosperous, when it allows my workers to make better a living in neighbouring countries,’ but at home, will not take a single migrant, not a single refugee,” Macron said. “Countries that do not want more Frontex or solidarity will leave Schengen. Countries that don’t want more Europe will no longer structural funds,” he told journalists at a press conference in Austria. More at: https://voiceofeurope.com/2018/09/blackmail-macron-wants-to-punish-countries-that-dont-accept-third-world-migrants/
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    Yesterday, 11:44 PM
    Muhammad was the most popular name for baby boys in English regions London, the West Midlands, and Yorkshire and the Humber in 2017, government statistics show, with spelling variations in the name taking it to first place across England and Wales. Officially Oliver remains the most popular name for newborn boys across the country, with 6,259 born last year. However, it is pushed into second place by Muhammad when slight spelling variations including Mohammed and Mohammad are included, which achieve 6,510 newborns between them. The one-letter differences in spelling of the name between the three top-100 variants stem from the transliteration of مُحمّد‎ from Arabic into the Latin alphabet, which can be imprecise. Even alone, Muhammad was the 10th most popular name in England and Wales last year, having slipped two places since 2016 but rising 28 places since 2007. Muhammad Is Top English Baby Name for Fifth Year Running https://t.co/v0hDgJYAcP — Breitbart London (@BreitbartLondon) September 20, 2017
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    India called off on Friday a planned meeting of its foreign minister with her Pakistani counterpart on the sidelines of the U.N. General Assembly later this month. India has decided to drop the idea of the proposed meeting, the first such high-level talk planned in years between the nuclear rivals, to protest about the killing of Indian security personnel and the glorification of a militant and militancy by Pakistan, India’s foreign office said in a statement. The ministry had announced the meeting after Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan wrote to his Indian counterpart, Narendra Modi, suggesting their foreign ministers meet in New York. But the statement said that since its announcement “two deeply disturbing developments have taken place”. It cited “the latest brutal killings of our security personnel by Pakistan-based entities” and the recent release of postage stamps by Pakistan which it said glorified “a terrorist and terrorism”. Pakistan’s foreign minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi blamed Indian politics. “Some elements don’t want resumption of talks between India and Pakistan. The elections in India are near and it appears that internal politics have influenced the government,” he told the local Samaa TV channel. More at: https://in.reuters.com/article/india-pakistan-meeting/india-calls-off-planned-meeting-with-pakistans-foreign-minister-idINKCN1M11HH
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    Yesterday, 11:36 PM
    Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley late Friday night granted another extension to Christine Blasey Ford to decide on whether she will testify to the committee. The new deadline was unclear, but Ford had requested that a 10 p.m. ET Friday deadline be extended until Saturday. Ford has accused Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault, citing an incident that she said occurred decades ago, when both were in high school. Grassley issued his latest extension decision in a tweet addressed to Kavanaugh, adding that he hopes the judge can “understand” his reasoning behind the delay. Judge Kavanaugh I just granted another extension to Dr Ford to decide if she wants to proceed w the statement she made last week to testify to the senate She shld decide so we can move on I want to hear her. I hope u understand. It’s not my normal approach to b indecisive — ChuckGrassley (@ChuckGrassley) September 22, 2018 Just before midnight ET, Grassley tweeted: “Judge Kavanaugh I just granted another extension to Dr Ford to decide if she wants to proceed w the statement she made last week to testify to the senate She shld decide so we can move on I want to hear her. I hope u understand. It’s not my normal approach to b indecisive.” With all the extensions we give Dr Ford to decide if she still wants to testify to the Senate I feel like I’m playing 2nd trombone in the judiciary orchestra and Schumer is the conductor — ChuckGrassley (@ChuckGrassley) September 22, 2018 Grassley later added: “With all the extensions we give Dr Ford to decide if she still wants to testify to the Senate I feel like I’m playing 2nd trombone in the judiciary orchestra and Schumer is the conductor.”
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    Yesterday, 11:28 PM
    Have you been hanging out with Aratus?
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    Yesterday, 11:23 PM
    The Trump administration is working on a second summit between President Trump and North Korean Leader Kim Jong Un, said Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. “There’s still a little bit of work to do left to make sure that the conditions are right and that the two leaders are put in the position where we could make substantial progress,” Pompeo said in an interview with Fox News. “I’m hoping I’ll be back in Pyongyang before too long to make some more progress. And if that’s the case, I’m very hopeful that Chairman Kim and President Trump will get a chance to meet in the near future as well.” More at: http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2018/09/21/pompeo-trump-may-hold-2nd-meeting-with-north-koreas-kim-jong-un-in-near-future.html
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    Yesterday, 11:20 PM
    A new video chat device set to be unveiled by Facebook will reportedly use a camera to follow users inside their homes. Known as “Portal,” the video communication system, according to Cheddar‘s Alex Heath, will be similar in function to other devices such as the Amazon Echo Show. Utilizing facial recognition technology, Portal will recognize and track users as they move throughout any room where the device is situated. While the device was originally intended to be revealed in May, numerous scandals involving Facebook’s data practices, Heath notes, resulted in the company cancelling its plans. Although a privacy shutter will be included in Portal, reports suggest Facebook only added the feature in response to growing public concern over the tech giant. More at: https://www.infowars.com/new-facebook-device-will-reportedly-use-camera-to-track-users-at-home/
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    Another cheerleader for the beast heard from.
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