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    Today, 02:09 AM
    Russia will return three captured naval ships to Ukraine on Monday and is moving them to a handover location agreed with Kiev, Crimea's border guard service was cited as saying by Russian news agencies on Sunday.A Reuters reporter in Crimea, which Russian annexed from Ukraine in 2014, earlier on Sunday saw coastguard boats pulling the three vessels through the Kerch Strait towards the Black Sea where they could potentially be handed over to Ukraine. Ukraine has been pushing for their return as a good will gesture from Moscow ahead of a possible four-way peace summit on eastern Ukraine next month. "In accordance with agreements reached with Ukraine three Ukrainian ships ... are being towed to a location agreed with the Ukrainian side for their handover, which will take place on Nov. 18," Crimea's border service said on Sunday, according to Russian news agencies. Crimea's border service was not immediately available for comment on Sunday. Russia seized the ships off the coast of Crimea in November last year after opening fire on them and wounding several sailors. Moscow said the ships - two small Ukrainian armoured artillery vessels and a tug boat - had illegally entered its territorial waters. Kiev denied that. Russia returned the sailors who had been on board the ships to Ukraine in September as part of a prisoner exchange deal. Russia's Kommersant newspaper reported on Saturday that Moscow had decided to return the ships to Ukraine and that they would be towed into the Black Sea and handed over to Ukraine. Various Russian media outlets have reported that the ships will be returned to Ukraine without their ammunition and documentation. More at: https://news.yahoo.com/1-russia-begins-moving-captured-094254568.html
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    Today, 01:34 AM
    A week ago, YouTube and Facebook said they would block people from identifying the government official thought to be the whistleblower who set in motion an impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump.It hasn’t worked out so well. A name believed by some to be the whistleblower has been shared thousands of times on Facebook. Videos discussing the identity of the whistleblower have been watched by hundreds of thousands of people on YouTube. And images professing to be of the person have circulated on Instagram, which is owned by Facebook, under dozens of hashtags. The purported name of the whistleblower appeared on Facebook pages that, combined, were followed by over half a million Facebook users, according to CrowdTangle, a tool that analyzes interactions across the site. It is unclear how many of those users saw the post, but the name was easily searchable within various Facebook pages, including right-wing news sites and an individual running for Congress. The failure to keep this official’s name off social media is the latest indication of how difficult it is for these companies to police their sprawling platforms. Armies of human content moderators and screening with artificial intelligence have often proved unfit for the task, particularly when many people are intent on breaking the rules. A mishmash of policies and lack of coordination among the companies have added to the challenge. Facebook and YouTube said they would block attempts to name the whistleblower, but Twitter said naming him would not violate their policies, so long as posts did not also have more personal information, like an address or phone number. But Facebook users, for example, have been creative in their efforts to sidestep the company’s content moderation. They have avoided using the name within the text of their posts, which could alert AI systems screening for it. Instead, they have included it in the URL or inside an image. Others intentionally added characters such as dollar-signs and asterisks to avoid Facebook’s automated moderation. Twitter, notably, did not block naming the whistleblower. That allowed Donald Trump Jr., who has over 4 million followers, to tweet a name. Numerous conservative commentators spread Trump’s tweet, and began sharing images and videos on social media channels that they believed showed the person’s identity. YouTube had taken additional steps to make it difficult to search for the name, removing an autocomplete feature that filled in the name once a person began typing it. If, however, the whistleblower’s full name was already known, users could easily find it.
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    Today, 01:18 AM
    It's going well and it's not over yet.
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    Today, 01:15 AM
    And take all the credit/blame for the results.
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    Today, 01:14 AM
    The Republicans wouldn't have won the midwest and the party would have died if it wasn't for the European immigrants. The North also would have lost the war if it hadn't had the population advantage from the leftist immigrants.
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    Today, 01:04 AM
    I know Republicans started as a big government party, and immigrants are why they won the Presidency with Lincoln. Long before 1848, German radicals had begun to arrive in Illinois, where they quickly entered into the legal and political circles in which Lincoln traveled. One of them, Gustav Korner, was a student revolutionary at the University of Munich who had been imprisoned by German authorities... ... Within a decade, Korner would pass the Illinois bar, win election to the legislature and be appointed to the state Supreme Court. Korner and Lincoln formed an alliance that would become so close that the student revolutionary from Frankfurt would eventually be one of seven personal delegates-at-large named by Lincoln to serve at the critical Republican State Convention in May 1860, which propelled the Springfield lawyer into that year’s presidential race. Through Korner, Lincoln met and befriended many of the German radicals who, after the failure of the 1848 revolution, fled to Illinois and neighboring Wisconsin. Along with Korner on Lincoln’s list of personal delegates-at-large to the 1860 convention was Friedrich Karl Franz Hecker, a lawyer from Mannheim who had served as a liberal legislator in the lower chamber of the Baden State Assembly before leading an April 1848 uprising in the region—an uprising cheered on by the newspaper Marx briefly edited during that turbulent period, Neue Rheinische Zeitung—Organ der Demokratie. ... The failure of the 1848 revolts, and the brutal crackdowns that followed, led many leading European radicals to take refuge in the United States, and Lincoln’s circle of supporters would eventually include some of Karl Marx’s closest associates and intellectual sparring partners, including Joseph Weydemeyer and August Willich. ... http://www.isreview.org/issues/79/fe...-lincoln.shtml
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    Today, 01:02 AM
    Swordsmyth replied to a thread Mexico. in World News & Affairs
    China has been preparing to invade us through Mexican ports and the NAFTA superhighway, that plan has been set back but it is still a danger. Hopefully Trump fighting back in the trade wars will prevent that but it is a very real danger. We need to militarize the border ASAP.
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    Today, 12:48 AM
    The brother of former US President George W Bush has been sensationally implicated in the OneCoin scandal after court documents revealed he had been paid $300,000 to attend a meeting with ‘Cryptoqueen’ Ruja Ignatova. Businessman Neil Bush met with the 38-year-old head of OneCoin in Hong Kong to outline a deal with a company he was connected with – Hoifu Energy – and Ignatova’s OneCoin. The 64-year-old Texan’s involvement came to light during the testimony of former attorney Mark Scott who is facing charges of fraud and money laundering as part of the ongoing OneCoin trial in New York. Businessman Neil Bush, son and brother of two world leaders. Scott claims he was an innocent party in the Ponzi scheme, and could see nothing wrong with the workings of OneCoin. His lawyer – Arlo Devlin-Brown – sought to legitimise Scott’s naivety by citing the involvement of the son and brother of two former world leaders. Devlin-Brown argued for a subpoena for Bush in order to testify for his client. Bush, an active investor, had been part of the board of Hoifu Energu owned by Chinese billionaire Dr Hui Chi Ming.
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    Today, 12:46 AM
    Swordsmyth replied to a thread Mexico. in World News & Affairs
    I agree, I have been saying it will turn into a dictatorship and/or a cartel anarchy sooner or later for a while now. We need to militarize the border before we get dragged into a war in Mexico.
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    Today, 12:40 AM
    The immigrants in the mid 1800's were from anti-liberty cultures and they gave the native anti-liberty types the reinforcements they needed to enact the foundation of big government, many of their descendants have since assimilated to some degree (although the immigrants also dragged Americans towards them because they came in excessive numbers) and are now better than the outright communists being imported to build a prison state on that foundation.
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    Today, 12:28 AM
    Swordsmyth replied to a thread Mexico. in World News & Affairs
    That country sounds too dangerous to allow anyone in to the US from it. And I note that they are trying to set things up so that Mexico is "too dangerous" to let Trump make people stay there, I predicted that some time ago. Turning reality on its head is standard procedure for the left.
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    Today, 12:25 AM
    Wrong, there is much that we agree upon and that we can get, we just can't get it all at once. It would even be much easier for you try for that which we disagree upon if we first moved forward on what we agree upon. Letting the communists win takes us all farther away from our goals and seriously endangers the possibility of ever get them in whole or in part.
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    Today, 12:18 AM
    The later immigrants made everything worse no matter what you think of the original Americans.
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    Today, 12:15 AM
    I think it's a trick to get people to submit their faces so they can be added to a database.
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    Today, 12:11 AM
    If you can't have everything now you want to see it all burn and the communists take over. Brilliant. (If you are really working for the communists it is brilliant.)
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    Today, 12:09 AM
    The worst lie is that there is no such thing as white culture. Culture is what matters most of all because it is the mind and its contents that matter most and culture shapes and fills the mind.
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    Yesterday, 11:57 PM
    The goal is to make them superior to everyone else. The next goal will be to force everyone else to participate. This is why they never should have been let out of the closet and why they must be put back in the closet.
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    Yesterday, 11:49 PM
    None of their family or friends want the money?
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    Yesterday, 11:47 PM
    And yet he asks us to believe that dubious politically motivated accusations that Jordan might have known something are as bad or worse.
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    Yesterday, 11:45 PM
    Yes, the goal is to elevate the bureaucracy above all elected officials and subordinate only to the lifetime appointed judiciary. The degradation of Presidential authority over the executive branch is just as bad or worse than the delegation of Congressional authority to the President and/or the bureaucracy but you don't hear anyone mention very often.
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    Yesterday, 09:33 PM
    Late last week, we argued that one could ignore China's sinking retail sales, industrial production, capital expenditures, record low and declining sub-6% GDP and even its fading monthly credit injections and impotent credit impulse, and instead what matters most for the world's second biggest economy with the world's biggest financial system (at around $40 trillion, roughly double that of the US) is the following chart showing the market cap to total assets ratio for the four largest commercial banks in China, which as Saxo Bank found, hit a new all-time low of 5.8% in Q3 as total assets grew an annualized 8% in Q3 while market cap of the four banks declined. This means that Chinese investors - who happen to know best what is truly going on behind the scenes - are not valuing these new assets as high quality, and the dynamic in China right now is that the current credit expansion is just offsetting the surge in bad loans, whose real amount Beijing has been keeping under wraps ever since the great bank debt for equity swap of 1999, but which we know is far higher the propaganda number of around 1.5% The net effect is zero credit transmission to the real economy in China constraining economic growth, which in turn makes banks especially vulnerable to failure as a result of even modest capital outflows. Confirming that there is something fundamentally broken with China's debt transmission mechanism and that, by implication, Chinese bad loans are soaring, two weeks after we reported that there was a bank run at Henan Yichuan Rural Commercial Bank which brought the bank to the verge of collapse, the WSJ reported that Harbin Bank, a politically-linked midsize Chinese lender based in the capital of northeast Heilongjiang province, became the latest Chinese financial institution to get a state bailout after its key private shareholders were replaced by government investors. Harbin Bank, which is one of the biggest banks in China’s northeast with 622 billion yuan in assets as of June 30, 2019, and trades on Hong Kong’s stock exchange, becomes the fifth bank - after Baoshang Bank , Bank of Jinzhou, Heng Feng Bank, and Henan Yichuan Rural Commercial Bank - to be bailed out by the state, and will be 48%-controlled by two government entities after six private shareholders shed their stakes, according to a bank statement issued late on Friday. Total consideration for the shares involved came to almost 15 billion yuan, or around $2.1 billion, the bank said, though it described the transactions as transfers rather than stock sales, which is to be expected if the bank was being bailed out instead of actually selling a viable stake. As has been the customary case, the bank didn’t provide any reason for the transactions in the statement, and Chinese bank regulators made no comment on the action.
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    Yesterday, 09:16 PM
    They have taken all power over the bureaucracy to themselves. The President is prevented from doing anything to the bureaucracy without the consent of Congress. If you want to get technical they have invented a new branch of government and transferred power from the executive branch to it and making it accountable to them more than to the President.
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    Yesterday, 09:06 PM
    I didn't. Beginnings can take a long time.
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    Yesterday, 09:04 PM
    Other than the war power and emergency power delegation you are completely wrong. Congress has unconstitutionally imposed controls on the executive and transferred power from the President to the bureaucracy and the courts. It all started with the institution of the civil service system that prevented the President from firing bureaucrats at will and instituted the deepstate.
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    Yesterday, 08:48 PM
    :sleeping: You aren't worth educating.
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    Yesterday, 08:42 PM
    Or just beginning.
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    Yesterday, 08:40 PM
    Saudi Arabia’s “crown jewel” — Aramco, officially the Saudi Arabian Oil Company — announced on Sunday that it is only offering 1.5 percent of itself for sale in December, at a price far less than Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MBS) had hoped for. And if things don’t meet even those minimum now greatly reduced expectations, the company could pull the offering before it goes public in December. When first floated in 2016, MBS suggested he could sell five percent of the state-owned and controlled oil company and receive $100 billion to jump start his Vision 2030. He assumed that his “jewel” is worth $2 trillion. Analysts looking through the 600-page prospectus that was released last week on the deal aren’t impressed, with many suggesting a much lower valuation, perhaps as low as just $1 trillion. That could turn MBS’s dream into a nightmare. If the offering goes well, he might receive $25 billion. If it doesn’t go well it might generate nothing at all, leaving behind bad press and a warning to investors to stay away from such offerings in the future. The New American has pointed out some of the risks investors face if they provide the funds needed to pay for MBS’s dream, including the company’s recently declining profits as oil prices have dropped, a credit downgrade by Fitch Ratings following the murder of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi (which occurred on MBS’ watch), the company’s deliberate manipulation of its numbers to make the offering look better than it actually is, and the September attacks on its production facilities that cut its production suddenly and severely. Now there’s the risk that the offering won’t take place at all. The company’s “road show” or “book building” tour across the globe apparently hasn’t gone well according to Wall Street Journal: “International investors have so far signaled that a $1 trillion to $1.5 trillion valuation would be more reasonable for them to consider investing.” The company is undertaking a massive marketing effort to sell shares to Saudi’s citizens, with billboards touting the offering, talk-show hosts talking up the “opportunity,” and even Islamic officials “approving” the purchase of shares for the common folks. MBS himself is pressuring some of the country’s richest individuals (many of whom he investigated and temporarily incarcerated over charges of corruption) to “invest” in his company, with the clear implication that if they don’t, he could revisit their alleged illegal activities. That’s not an investment; that’s blackmail. It’s increasingly unlikely that any of the funds raised will ever help MBS reduce his country’s near total reliance on oil for its budget. In April, the Saudis entered the bond market for the first time, raising $12 billion in the process. This was necessary to help fund the country enormous and increasing annual deficit spending. In 2018, revenues fell short of spending to the tune of $36 billion, with a similar shortfall likely this year. Next year, the country’s finance minister expects that the country’s deficit will widen to $50 billion. So, as large as the potential IPO might be (if it happens it would be the second largest in history), the proceeds will quickly be absorbed by the government to cover its excessive welfare state spending. MBS’ Vision 2030 will remain just that: a vision. As The New American noted, the initial offering would provide the company with a measure of just how hungry investors are to holding a share of Aramco in light of a declining world economy and soft oil prices. The idea is that if the offering goes well, a second, much-larger offering would come, reflecting the initial offering’s price. But money managers were leery that the price of such a small initial offering could be manipulated to make it appear that the company is worth more than it is.
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    Yesterday, 08:39 PM
    Saudi Arabia’s “crown jewel” — Aramco, officially the Saudi Arabian Oil Company — announced on Sunday that it is only offering 1.5 percent of itself for sale in December, at a price far less than Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MBS) had hoped for. And if things don’t meet even those minimum now greatly reduced expectations, the company could pull the offering before it goes public in December. When first floated in 2016, MBS suggested he could sell five percent of the state-owned and controlled oil company and receive $100 billion to jump start his Vision 2030. He assumed that his “jewel” is worth $2 trillion. Analysts looking through the 600-page prospectus that was released last week on the deal aren’t impressed, with many suggesting a much lower valuation, perhaps as low as just $1 trillion. That could turn MBS’s dream into a nightmare. If the offering goes well, he might receive $25 billion. If it doesn’t go well it might generate nothing at all, leaving behind bad press and a warning to investors to stay away from such offerings in the future. The New American has pointed out some of the risks investors face if they provide the funds needed to pay for MBS’s dream, including the company’s recently declining profits as oil prices have dropped, a credit downgrade by Fitch Ratings following the murder of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi (which occurred on MBS’ watch), the company’s deliberate manipulation of its numbers to make the offering look better than it actually is, and the September attacks on its production facilities that cut its production suddenly and severely. Now there’s the risk that the offering won’t take place at all. The company’s “road show” or “book building” tour across the globe apparently hasn’t gone well according to Wall Street Journal: “International investors have so far signaled that a $1 trillion to $1.5 trillion valuation would be more reasonable for them to consider investing.” The company is undertaking a massive marketing effort to sell shares to Saudi’s citizens, with billboards touting the offering, talk-show hosts talking up the “opportunity,” and even Islamic officials “approving” the purchase of shares for the common folks. MBS himself is pressuring some of the country’s richest individuals (many of whom he investigated and temporarily incarcerated over charges of corruption) to “invest” in his company, with the clear implication that if they don’t, he could revisit their alleged illegal activities. That’s not an investment; that’s blackmail. It’s increasingly unlikely that any of the funds raised will ever help MBS reduce his country’s near total reliance on oil for its budget. In April, the Saudis entered the bond market for the first time, raising $12 billion in the process. This was necessary to help fund the country enormous and increasing annual deficit spending. In 2018, revenues fell short of spending to the tune of $36 billion, with a similar shortfall likely this year. Next year, the country’s finance minister expects that the country’s deficit will widen to $50 billion. So, as large as the potential IPO might be (if it happens it would be the second largest in history), the proceeds will quickly be absorbed by the government to cover its excessive welfare state spending. MBS’ Vision 2030 will remain just that: a vision. As The New American noted, the initial offering would provide the company with a measure of just how hungry investors are to holding a share of Aramco in light of a declining world economy and soft oil prices. The idea is that if the offering goes well, a second, much-larger offering would come, reflecting the initial offering’s price. But money managers were leery that the price of such a small initial offering could be manipulated to make it appear that the company is worth more than it is.
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    Yesterday, 08:25 PM
    The laws defining Due Process which the Bill of Rights refers to. WRONG, the Constitution and laws govern impeachment and Congress power over it is restricted by them
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