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    Today, 12:48 AM
    https://tech.slashdot.org/story/19/10/18/2122258/home-builders-ditch-nest-after-google-ties-devices-to-digital-assistant I will NEVER allow ANY device in my home which mandates the usage of a Google Acct. And no, I do not have a Google Acct for a cell phone either, and NEVER will. The noose begins to tighten. It started off as the Illusion of Choice. It is quickly becoming obvious to many that when the Illusion is cast aside, you see the prison for what it truly is.
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    Today, 12:38 AM
    It's about contrarianism for many but it's about America hate for others, the leftarians have a secret crush on the Demoncrats because they are the party of America hate and they will grasp at any straw to adore one but the slightest imperfection by a Republican or even a libertarian who runs as a Republican opens them up to white hot hate.
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    Today, 12:35 AM
    The information may not be perfect but the numbers are still going down and Trump's new direction will bring them down much further.
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    Today, 12:32 AM
    What's nonsense is you pretending that allowing in an unlimited number of people from anti-liberty cultures will preserve liberty.
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    Today, 12:12 AM
    Boris Johnson’s hopes of finally obtaining parliament’s consent on Saturday for a historic deal to take the UK out of the European Union look set to be thwarted by an extraordinary bid by MPs to delay the crucial “meaningful vote”. Ahead of the highly unusual weekend sitting of the Commons, the prime minister was pulling out all the stops to secure the 320 votes he needs to claim victory in what was expected to be a razor-edge ballot, with the balance held by wavering Labour MPs, hardline ERG “Spartans” and expelled Tory rebels. But an amendment to his motion tabled by exiled Conservative Oliver Letwin threatens to withhold MPs’ approval until the full legislation to implement the deal is put into law. With Labour expected to back the amendment, it seems almost certain to pass if selected for debate by Commons speaker John Bercow. The move – designed to avoid no-deal Brexit if the legislation is amended by Brexiteers or fails to complete its passage through parliament by Halloween – would force Mr Johnson to request an extension from Brussels beyond 31 October and could delay the meaningful vote for weeks. Although Downing Street indicated it would still push Mr Johnson’s motion to a vote in the hope of a symbolic win, success for the Letwin amendment would deny him the chance to claim he has parliament’s support for the last-minute deal struck with EU leaders on Thursday. And if the motion fails, he could then face a non-binding vote on a second referendum put forward by Labour backbenchers Peter Kyle and Phil Wilson with the aim of demonstrating that a majority in the Commons back a public ballot on any future change to the relationship between the UK and EU.
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    Yesterday, 11:53 PM
    Tens of thousands of protesters set fires and cut off roads across Lebanon Friday, demanding the removal of a political class whose mismanagement and corruption they say has brought the economy to the brink of bankruptcy.In a televised speech, Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri gave his feuding coalition government a 72-hour deadline to get behind his plan for an economic overhaul or he would step aside and let them deal with a deepening crisis that has engulfed Lebanon in the biggest and most violent demonstrations in years. Hariri accused his rivals inside the government of blocking measures that could unlock some $11 billion in international aid pledges and help restore investor confidence. “If anyone thinks they have another solution” they are welcome to take power and try to implement it, Hariri said. The ultimatum did little to ease anger on the streets, where protests were into their second night. Amid chants of “revolution” and “the people want the fall of the regime,” demonstrators burned tires, blocked roads and converged on the government headquarters in the upscale business district of Beirut. As night fell, relatively peaceful protests in downtown Beirut descended into all out riots, with small groups of masked youths setting fires, smashing windows, overturning skips and throwing rocks at police who fired tear gas to disperse the crowd. With the violence worsening, large numbers of riot police and soldiers chased rioters down streets littered with debris and piles of broken glass. Army units deployed around Beirut to secure the streets. More at: https://news.yahoo.com/lebanon-hariri-sets-reform-ultimatum-165804943.html
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    Yesterday, 11:51 PM
    French President Emmanuel Macron heaped pressure on the British Parliament to back Boris Johnson’s Brexit deal, saying the U.K.’s departure from the European Union shouldn’t be delayed a moment longer.With Parliament due to vote on the revised agreement on Saturday, Macron’s remarks echoed the message Johnson himself has been sending to reticent MPs: it’s now or never. "I don’t think a new extension should be granted," Macron told reporters after a summit of EU leaders in Brussels, where the deal had been rubber stamped. "The Oct. 31 deadline must be met." Macron’s stance increases the risk that the U.K. will crash out of the EU without a deal on Oct. 31. More at: https://news.yahoo.com/macron-says-u-k-must-131158622.html
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    Yesterday, 11:35 PM
    Swordsmyth replied to a thread Mexico. in World News & Affairs
    Mexico’s elite are quaking after leftist lawmakers passed a new law that makes tax evasion a type of organized crime that could justify the seizure of assets even before judges rule on the validity of charges.Lawmakers in the country’s lower house Tuesday passed the bill that would make tax fraud of more than 7.8 million pesos ($400,000) a national security threat and a type of organized crime that could be punished with prison without parole during trial and with as much as nine years behind bars. The bid by President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador to crack down on tax evasion may become the latest threat to growth in Latin America’s No. 2 economy, Mexico’s largest business lobby said. ”Investment confidence is already quite low in Mexico,” said Ernesto Revilla, an economist at Citigroup Inc. This law could “make it less probable that investment increases in coming months.” AMLO, as the president is known, won a landslide election last year with a campaign that blamed corruption among the country’s wealthy for holding Mexico back. Spooked by shifting economic policy, investment has nosedived and the economy slowed to a halt in the first half of the year. The new tax law gels with a reform from earlier this year that increases prosecutors’ power to seize assets related to organized crime. “This is the start of a new era of fiscal terrorism,” Reginaldo Esquer, head of the tax committee at business group Coparmex, said at a news conference, adding that honest businessmen could end up in jail for errors. More at: https://news.yahoo.com/mexico-elite-tremble-threat-tax-214300704.html
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    Yesterday, 11:30 PM
    A 12-foot-9-inch great white shark dubbed "Vimy," which was captured off the northeastern coast of the U.S., had two big bite marks on his head and body made by an even larger shark, researchers say. The massive creature, which weighs approximately 1,100 pounds, was caught and tagged on Oct. 4 by a team of scientists with OCEARCH, a data-centric organization built to help researchers collect previously unattainable data in the ocean. More at: https://news.yahoo.com/nearly-13-foot-1-100-152503745.html
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    Yesterday, 11:14 PM
    A darkening outlook for China's economy continues to materialize week by week. New data from commercial property group CBRE warns the country's office vacancy rate has just surged to the highest since the financial crisis of 2007–2008, first reported by Bloomberg. CBRE said the vacancy rate for commercial office space in 17 major cities rose to 21.5% in 3Q19, a level not seen since the global economy was melting down in 2008. Sam Xie, CBRE's head of research in China, said the recent "spike" in vacancies is one of the worst since the last financial crisis. Catherine Chen, Cushman & Wakefield's head of research for Greater China, told Financial Times that soaring commercial office vacancies in China was mainly due to dwindling demand, but not oversupplied conditions. "Contributing factors included slower expansion of co-working operators and financial services companies, and a general cost-saving strategy adopted by most tenants given ongoing trade tensions and economic growth slowdown," she added. Henry Chin, head of research for Asia Pacific at CBRE, told Financial Times that macroeconomic headwinds relating to the trade war between the US and China were also a significant factor in rising office vacancies. As shown in the Bloomberg chart below, using CBRE data, Shanghai and Shenzhen had the highest office vacancies than any other city, and both had around 20% of office spaces dormant.
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    Yesterday, 11:11 PM
    Those polls are just as fake as Amash.
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    Yesterday, 11:08 PM
    The Justice Department today announced that in fiscal year 2019 (FY19), its U.S. Attorneys’ Offices prosecuted the highest number of immigration-related offenses since record keeping began more than 25 years ago. These numbers successfully reverse the trend in previous years of declining prosecutions for felony Illegal Reentry defendants, misdemeanor Improper Entry defendants and felony Alien Smuggling defendants. “These record-breaking numbers are a testament to the dedication of our U.S. Attorneys’ Offices throughout the nation, especially our Southwest border offices,” said Deputy Attorney General Jeffrey A. Rosen. “In addition to the usual workload of each case the Department prosecutes, this effort was made possible after our U.S. Attorneys’ Offices restored essential partnerships with national, state and local law-enforcement partners.” The newly announced numbers show the U.S. Attorneys’ Offices charged 25,426 defendants with felony Illegal Reentry (8 U.S.C. §1326) in FY19, an increase of 8.5 percent from FY18. 80,866 defendants were charged with misdemeanor Improper Entry (8 U.S.C. §1325(a)), surpassing the record set just last year by 18.1 percent. 4,297 defendants were charged with Alien Smuggling (8 U.S.C. §1324), an increase of 15.4 percent from FY18.
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    Yesterday, 11:03 PM
    The state's top prosecutor believes that the go-to social media site for accused Tree of Life shooter Robert Bowers is on its last legs financially, according to a statement issued early Thursday further explaining that office's decision to close a civil probe that followed the synagogue massacre. The statement from the office of Attorney General Josh Shapiro indicates that the decision to close the probe followed indications that Pennsylvania-based Gab.com "had exhausted its already-raised money, and was no longer going to be serviced by the payment processors, cutting off all public funding to support the business." Spokeswoman Jacklin Rhoads went on to write that Gab's site "was barely operational for new users because of increased malware and the app bans by major tech companies." Gab's legal team did not respond to emailed questions about the site's finances. More at: https://www.post-gazette.com/news/crime-courts/2019/10/17/pennsylvania-attorney-general-website-used-by-Bowers-tree-of-life-mass-shooting-pittsburgh/stories/201910170130
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    Yesterday, 10:30 PM
    Sorry, I'm not interested in listening to you. The book is full of actual science and you are full of...................
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    Yesterday, 10:28 PM
    Trump never promised absolute non-interventionism and he must do what is necessary to avoid impeachment in order to stay in office and continue pulling us out of wars and not starting new ones as he just did in Syria.
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    Yesterday, 10:26 PM
    You must spread some reputation around............................................... Kamala's record as a prosecutor was exposed quite well by Gabbard but it's actually much worse, working with her when convenient might be worth it to get some results but the yield ratio from any effort taken to do so would be very poor.
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    Yesterday, 10:22 PM
    I go outside all the time, do you ever pull your head out of the sand? I'm glad for you that you are hard to kill but that won't save you if you remain blind to approaching threats.
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    Yesterday, 10:21 PM
    It's not about race, r and K exist within all races and all individuals have the potential for a great degree of either one, r and K also both have some degree of correct place and purpose. r and K are primarily cultural and r is related to the vices (which have their own correct places and limits) while K is related to the virtues (which have limits too).
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    Yesterday, 10:16 PM
    The left labels you white and will end up killing you for it. We must deal with that no matter how significant you think skin coloration is. And since ancestors pass culture on to their descendants and related groups tend to hang out with eachother then race/ethnicity/whatever tends to correlate with culture and culture matters immensely. It is American/European culture that is the target of leftist racism whether they use skin color as a proxy or not.
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    Yesterday, 10:13 PM
    Darwin's macro evolution is a hoax but micro-evolution and cultural evolution are quite real. I didn't choose the title of the book but everything it talks about can be explained in a Creationist worldview without Darwin.
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    Yesterday, 10:11 PM
    The Financial Action Task Force (FATF) is threatening to resume countermeasures against Iran if the country doesn't enact conventions against money laundering and terrorist financing before February 2020, Reuters reported Oct. 18. More at: https://worldview.stratfor.com/situation-report/iran-fatf-gives-tehran-until-february-2020-comply-rules-money-laundering-terror
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    Yesterday, 09:51 PM
    WRONG, I never said any such thing, as long as we are stuck together in the same country we should work with anyone who is right ON THE TOPICS THEY ARE RIGHT ON. But the left has gone completely insane and we can't live with them much longer, if we don't separate peacefully they will start a war and we will separate bloodily. Rand can't say that and he might not understand it yet but it is inevitable at this point.
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