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    Today, 02:22 AM
    Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Monday after meeting U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo last week that he had felt a more constructive approach from Washington when it came to the U.S.-Russia strategic dialogue.The two top diplomats met on the sidelines of the Munich Security Conference on Friday in an encounter that neither side has so far spoken about in detail. "I felt certain small moves towards a more constructive approach by our American partners," Lavrov said on his ministry's website on Monday. Lavrov said the two men had spoken about issues related to strategic dialogue between Russia and the United States and about arms control. More at: https://news.yahoo.com/russias-lavrov-pompeo-meeting-says-171747105.html
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    Today, 02:05 AM
    A magnitude 5.8 earthquake hit near southern Iran's Qeshm island in the Gulf on Sunday, the official IRNA news agency reported, but a local official said there were no reports of casualties and only minor damage."So far, there has been no loss of life reported," the governor of Qeshm, Alireza Nasri, told IRNA. "The damage to buildings has been at the level of cracks in walls." More at: https://www.yahoo.com/news/magnitude-5-8-quake-hits-125122498.html
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    Today, 01:37 AM
    Most of humanity IS insane, we live in an insane asylum. But communists and those who listen to them are more insane than most of humanity throughout history.
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    Today, 01:28 AM
    I see relatively few people being organically super-excited about any of those issues. Drug legalization would have the biggest fan base, but it has already largely happened. Now "I will steal money from billlionaires and multinational corporations and give it to you" is a stance that will a get lot more support from broke millennials.
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    Today, 01:19 AM
    Why call the general condition of virtually all humanity "insane"? People have always been gullible, as far as I can tell. What is insane is the idea of letting the peasants all vote. And then acting upon how that vote comes out. Of course, powerful people would never actually do that. In our system, and all other "democracies," they just pretend to care what that vote is, and actually just do whatever, and the voters have virtually no control at all. Which is also a pretty insane way to do it. Democracy theater is a cruel and evil way to run a country. And insulting to our intelligence!
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    Today, 01:12 AM
    They both have something in common: they are a wild element the establishment appears to not like. They both appeal to disenchanted/alienated people who feel like the current system is failing. And of course they're totally right: our system of government and society is totally dysfunctional. They both have different prescriptions, but the diagnosis is the same. Or at least same enough: "Horrible mess; huge change needed."
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    Today, 01:04 AM
    I wouldn't say anything anywhere on the internet I wouldn't want used against me in court.
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    Today, 12:57 AM
    H_H replied to a thread The RPF Discord Chat in Open Discussion
    Just understand Discord is an entrapment app. Don't post anything incriminating, because there already have been major leaks ("and otherwise" -- i.e. probably outright sharing data) with life-wrecking consequences for those involved. Telegram or Signal would be two better choices. Signal is encrypted. Someday, of course, we'll have a normie-usable Urbit which will solve all of this.
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    Yesterday, 09:22 PM
    The voters are crazy, Bernie and his ilk plan to be the overlords.
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    Yesterday, 09:16 PM
    Uhh, Ok.... I don't know who that is. Well, I'm glad to hear you're still such a genius and Number 1 Fanboy of Liberty, though I don't see how that could be true, if you're now for restricting people's freedom of motion. It's not a valid question. Under a free market there is enough bounty for everyone to go around. There is plenty of raw "space" in the USA for anyone who might want to come -- acres apon acres of empty land. And we could always build vertical, too. With the incredible prosperity that would be unleashed under anarchocapitalism, there's just no practical limit!
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    Yesterday, 09:09 PM
    Say it isn't so! Well, Old Helmuth, here's the thing: maybe it didn't happen. See, you, like most political thinkers, are far too emotionally-driven for your own good. You cripple your ability to come to good conclusions if you let your emotions climb up out of the back seat and grab the steering wheel. So anyway, you got so triggered you have jumped to this massive, existential conclusion about me and how evil I am without actually having sufficient facts to back it up. Did I say I had abandoned my love of liberty? Did I myself say that I had become a brain-dead chest-thumper?
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    Yesterday, 09:06 PM
    I prefer Liberty! How about that? Is that allowed? I prefer treating all men with dignity and according all men their equal, God-given rights. Not all this brain-dead, chest-thumping "Us vs. Them" mentality that you're promoting. What happened to you, New Helmuth? How could you forget about liberty and become a barbarian? I love liberty with all my heart. Indeed, it is my only political value. I don't think anything could happen to me that would change that, that would make me betray freedom, which I hold so dear. Nay, never! I am an Eternal Warrior for FREEDOM! You have betrayed the cause of liberty! You have betrayed me, your past self! Is this really the future I have to look forward to? How could this have happened?
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    Yesterday, 08:33 PM
    The point is thus: You were using Western history to say that the norm was unrestricted migration, and that worked great (see: all the great stuff Western Civilization has done). I am saying: OK, there was less legislation regarding immigration, but that does not mean there was more immigration. Investigating, we find there was, in fact, a great, great deal less immigration going on. It just wasn't a problem. No issue. Half the population of olde Burgundy would never have considered mass-transplanting themselves to olde Cambria, as half of Syria seems to have plunked comfy in Europe.
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    Yesterday, 08:30 PM
    Businesses and homes alike in the Iranian city of Tehran—along with several other cities—are in the dark—and in the cold--on Monday, the spokesman for the Iran Electrical Power Industry, Mostafa Rajabi Mashhadi, said on Monday while the country runs short of natural gas, according to RadioFarda. The cause of the blackouts are unknown and have led to speculation. When power cuts make the rounds in Iran, it’s not often that it happens during the cold winter months. Tehran, too, is rarely included in power cuts or blackouts when they happen, because of security reasons. But Tehran is not exempt this time around. The emergency power cuts, which were not announced ahead of time, will be for two hours per day and will be carried out in the big cities, unless domestic gas use is cut by 10%. The power outages, along with being atypical for this time of year and extending to atypical Tehran, are suspect, according to RadioFarda, in that natural gas consumption in Iran—which is between 600 million cubic meters per day and 690 million cubic meters per day—is under the 800 million cubic meters of gas Iran is supposedly producing. Other oddities about the power cuts include the fact that Iran has been unable to get rid of some of its lower quality fuel oil that it normally sends to Iraq. This means its own power plants had to burn in recent months this lower-quality, higher-polluting fuel oil that it couldn’t sell. This has led to some speculating that power cuts have an ulterior motive: to root out the cases of massive cyberattacks that have ripped through Iran’s infrastructure since earlier this month. Some have suspicions that the source of the attacks were inside Iran. Other suspicions are that cyberattacks are behind the power outages, according to RadioFarda.
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    Yesterday, 08:07 PM
    H_H
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    Yesterday, 08:02 PM
    A veteran NYPD detective who was recently stripped of his gun due to personal problems committed suicide at his mother’s Queens home while off-duty on Monday, law enforcement sources said. Second-grade Detective Paul Federico, 53, was found hanging in the house on 79th Street in Middle Village around 12:25 p.m., sources said. He was pronounced dead at the scene but no note was found. “His wife was in front screaming,” said neighborhood resident Mario Kustera, 53. “She was saying, ‘Why did my husband do this?’” The 29-year veteran was a 9/11 first responder who helped searched for human remains amid rubble brought to the Fresh Kills on Staten Island. He’d lost a kidney to cancer within the past two years, sources said. “He was very dedicated to the job and to the department and he’ll be sorely missed,” Detectives’ Endowment Association President Paul Di Giacomo said. Federico was recently stripped of his gun and placed on restricted duty due to unspecified personal problems, sources said. Federico had sought counseling through the department, but it’s unclear if that led to his change in status.
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    Yesterday, 07:55 PM
    So what's your point? I think we were all well aware of these factual points you are making in your little history lesson.
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    Yesterday, 07:51 PM
    So, continuing my charming conversation with myself, I will expand on this. In what sense was migration into the USA restricted in the 1800s? I will give you a hint: it was the same sense in which migration into Every Place Everywhere was restricted in the Every Century Ever. Namely: By Reality! In the past, it was extremely difficult to move your residence from one country to another. Abraham did not leave Ur lightly.
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    Yesterday, 07:28 PM
    Just hours after a secret meeting with Silicon Valley tech giants to discuss censorship of "misinformation" surrounding coronavirus, and just days before Julian Assange's extradition hearings are set to continue, Kristin Hrafnsson - a WikiLeaks' journalist - reports that the WikiLeaks' Twitter account has been locked-down... WikiLeaks twitter account has been locked, shortly before Assange extradition hearing. All attempts to get it reopened via regular channels have been unsuccessful. It has been impossible to reach a human at twitter to resolve the issue. Can someone fix this?@twittersupport @jack — Kristinn Hrafnsson (@khrafnsson) February 17, 2020 It is not the first time Twitter has - allegedly - acted to suppress WikiLeaks voice. As The Washington Examiner noted as far back at 2016, Twitter lit up in late July with allegations that it tried to suppress news that secret-leaking website Wikileaks exposed thousands of emails obtained from the servers of the Democratic National Committee. Friday afternoon, users noted, "#DNCLeaks" was trending, with more than 250,000 tweets about it on the platform. By Friday evening, it vanished completely from the site's "trending" bar for at least 20 minutes. It returned as "#DNCLeak" after users erupted, though it was too late to quell their rage. More at: https://www.zerohedge.com/technology/why-did-twitter-just-lockdown-wikileaks-account
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    Yesterday, 07:24 PM
    The Ministry of Agriculture (MOA) of China has approved the import of live chickens from the US after farmers across the country were ordered to cull tens of millions of chickens because of the Covid-19 outbreak. The MOA had banned poultry meat imports from the US in 2015 due to avian influenza threats. As a concession for the phase one trade deal, China had lifted poultry meat import bans and now has allowed the import of live chickens, reported the Financial Times. Beijing allowing the MOA to approve the import of live chickens is mostly because the mass culling has led to a sharp increase in prices. At the moment, China isn't just facing a shortage of food, but also an economic crisis, and couple both of those together, the real threat of protests and riots in many cities, some larger than NYC, could be nearing. "There is no question China's chicken population will fall sharply in the coming months," said Qiu Cong of Jinghai Poultry Industry Group. "The chicks are gone and farmers are struggling to make ends meet." A report by Wang Zhongqiang, a former director at the China Animal Husbandry Association, and Ning Zhonghua, a professor at China Agricultural University, said farmers had culled upwards of 100 million young chickens since the virus broke out. Though the figure is approximately 1% of China's annual production of 9.3 billion chickens, it's currently having an impact on prices.
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    Yesterday, 07:24 PM
    The Ministry of Agriculture (MOA) of China has approved the import of live chickens from the US after farmers across the country were ordered to cull tens of millions of chickens because of the Covid-19 outbreak. The MOA had banned poultry meat imports from the US in 2015 due to avian influenza threats. As a concession for the phase one trade deal, China had lifted poultry meat import bans and now has allowed the import of live chickens, reported the Financial Times. Beijing allowing the MOA to approve the import of live chickens is mostly because the mass culling has led to a sharp increase in prices. At the moment, China isn't just facing a shortage of food, but also an economic crisis, and couple both of those together, the real threat of protests and riots in many cities, some larger than NYC, could be nearing. "There is no question China's chicken population will fall sharply in the coming months," said Qiu Cong of Jinghai Poultry Industry Group. "The chicks are gone and farmers are struggling to make ends meet." A report by Wang Zhongqiang, a former director at the China Animal Husbandry Association, and Ning Zhonghua, a professor at China Agricultural University, said farmers had culled upwards of 100 million young chickens since the virus broke out. Though the figure is approximately 1% of China's annual production of 9.3 billion chickens, it's currently having an impact on prices.
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    Yesterday, 07:10 PM
    That's what someone who swallowed the black pill would say.
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    Yesterday, 07:03 PM
    Time will tell. I'm not going to change your mind and you won't change mine, only Trump's actions for the next 5 years will.
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    Yesterday, 07:01 PM
    If he is going to run he needs to start getting ready now.
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    Must have been a woman driver.
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    Yesterday, 06:48 PM
    According to some rumors we will leave Iraq at about the same time.
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