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    Today, 02:04 AM
    Aside from everything else you can no more have free trade and a regulatory state than you can have open borders and a welfare state.
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    Today, 01:18 AM
    Purists are so enthralled by the theory of free trade that they don't see that foreign government intervention is as bad or worse than domestic government intervention. Then there are the "cash register" libertarians who don't care about the moral, political or market implications of foreign government intervention as long as they save a buck. I recognize that my liberty is protected as much as it is by my country and that which hurts my country or my fellow Americans hurts me, I will not sell my birthright for a mess of pottage.
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    Today, 12:14 AM
    Be glad I'm on your side about PoW pictures.
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    Today, 12:08 AM
    Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey has kicked up a social media storm in India after a picture of him holding a poster saying "smash Brahminical patriarchy", referring to the highest Hindu caste, went viral.Twitter has apologised and expressed regret over the incident, which some Indians have called "hate-mongering". The picture, posted on Twitter on Sunday by a journalist who was part of group of women journalists, activists and writers whom Dorsey met during a visit to India last week, had him clutching a poster of a woman holding up a banner with the line that has offended many Indians. "The sentiments expressed on the poster do not reflect the views of Twitter as a company or Jack as the CEO, and we regret that this picture has detracted from an otherwise insightful trip to India," a Twitter spokeswoman told Reuters via email on Tuesday. She said Twitter had hosted a closed-door discussion and one of the participants had shared her experience as a low-caste Dalit woman. At the conclusion of the session she gifted the poster to the Twitter CEO. Several prominent Indians, including T.V. Mohandas Pai, a former finance chief of software exporter Infosys, accused Dorsey of "hate-mongering" against Brahmins. "Tomorrow if Jack is given a poster with anti Semitic messages in a meeting, will his team allow him to hold it up?," Pai tweeted. "Why is that any different? Inciting hate against any community is wrong." More at: https://www.yahoo.com/news/twitter-ceo-trolled-hate-mongering-071758503.html
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    Today, 12:02 AM
    A wealthy New Jersey family was killed before their mansion was set on fire in what authorities are investigating as a quadruple homicide. The killer shot Keith Caneiro and stabbed Caneiro's wife, Jennifer, and their two young children before setting the family's mansion on fire, an official briefed on the case told ABC News. Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher Gramiccioni said at a news conference Wednesday that the family was "targeted" in the horrific crime. "The case has transcended into a multiple homicide investigation in addition to the arson matter. And to date, our investigation has revealed that unfortunately, sadly, each of these individuals were the victims of homicidal violence at some point prior to when the fire was set," Gramiccioni. Keith Caneiro's brother and business partner, Paul Caneiro, was arrested and taken into custody on charges stemming from another suspicious fire at his home early Tuesday. But Gramiccioni would not say if Paul Caneiro is a suspect in the killing of his brother, sister-in-law, 8-year-old niece and 11-year-old nephew. Paul Caneiro, 51, allegedly used gasoline to ignite the blaze at his home on Tilton Avenue in Ocean Township around 5 a.m. Tuesday while his wife and two daughters were inside, according to an arrest warrant obtained by ABC News. The warrant alleged that Paul Caneiro "purposely or knowingly" set the fire at his home. His wife and children managed to escape the blaze unharmed. Gramiccioni said agents from the FBI and Alcohol Tobacco Firearms and Explosives are working with local law enforcement to determine if the arson fire in Ocean Township is connected to the murder and arson blaze in Colts Neck about 10 miles away.
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    Yesterday, 11:54 PM
    United Airlines Pilot Andrew Collins has been suspended after being arrested for indecent exposure at Denver Airport's Westin Hotel. More at: https://www.yahoo.com/news/airline-pilot-accused-indecent-exposure-191003241.html Any relation to Matt?
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    Yesterday, 11:42 PM
    Is it better or worse for us to have our enemies divided and fighting among themselves?
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    Yesterday, 11:32 PM
    You demand an answer to an impossibility and I am the one who is intellectually dishonest? Via con queso.
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    Yesterday, 11:24 PM
    And I will reply again with an equivalent question: If killing you would extend your life would it be medically ethical? Intervention can't result in a net gain for liberty.
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    Yesterday, 11:12 PM
    If 2+2 came out 3 would that be good or bad for liberty? No, but I doubt we will agree on whether there is a net loss if you are thinking of any of the policies I think you are thinking of. More is better but the question is what will/can produce more or less.
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    Yesterday, 11:03 PM
    It turns out that Christopher Steele, the former MI6 spy tasked with creating an opposition research dossier on then-candidate Donald Trump using "Kremlin sources," actually had terrible intelligence on Russian matters, reports The Hill's John Solomon. In a business matter unrelated to the dossier, Steele boasted in a Feb. 8, 2016 email to a potential private-sector client that Russian President Vladimir Putin might be losing his grip on power. "I also don’t believe any Russian client or associate will admit to a Western business contact that PUTIN has been weakened or is on the way out, as the intel suggests, out of fear of being branded an oppositionist," Steele cautioned the recipient. "We shall see but I hope you find them informative/useful anyway." -The Hill Steele was very hush-hush to the prospective client of his firm, Orbis Business Intelligence, writing "All are sensitive source, of course, and need handling accordingly with anyone Russian or Ukrainian." Not only was Steele's information dead wrong, it flew in the face of CIA intelligence indicating that Putin was in fact gaining power. ...more than two-and-a-half years later, Steele’s intelligence seems debunked in retrospect. Putin is firmly entrenched in power and, in the summer and fall of 2016, he pulled off one of his most daring feats against the Western world with his meddling in the U.S. presidential election. Yet, even more alarming at the time was the fact that Steele’s reporting in February 2016 flew in the face of the CIA’s own assessment of Moscow, ironically given that exact same month to Congress in the agency’s annual global threats assessment. -The Hill On Feb. 9, 2016 - just one day after Steele sent the email, the CIA declared that Putin was pursuing a "more assertive foreign policy approach," as well as a Western disinformation campaign since his popularity at home was soaring.
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    Yesterday, 10:55 PM
    :rolleyes: I didn't change the subject, I explained the difference between what I advocate and intervention. Intervention can't advance liberty.
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    Yesterday, 10:50 PM
    I advocate for the establishment of a state in the absence of one to protect my rights and the rights of those who will be part of the state that is established, that is different from advocating the extra violation of my fellow citizens' rights to provide no benefit to them and to force others to arrange their state to my satisfaction.
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    Yesterday, 10:38 PM
    Where do you put your hands when milking an almond? Or do you milk the tree?
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    Yesterday, 10:35 PM
    My position is that intervention CAN'T increase liberty.
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    Yesterday, 10:32 PM
    Perhaps it was a case of money laundering?
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    Yesterday, 10:31 PM
    But your method is to violate others rights beyond what self defense can justify, that doesn't produce more liberty. That makes you an egomaniac. My theory is entirely consistent.
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    Yesterday, 10:09 PM
    Amazon has suffered a data breach, disclosing the names and email addresses of a number of its users, in a blow ahead of its busiest time of year. The retail giant confirmed it had "informed customers" who may have been affected by the disclosure, which happened due to a technical error on Amazon's website. Writing to customers, Amazon had said: "We’re contacting you to let you know that our website inadvertently disclosed your name and email address due to a technical error. "The issue has been fixed. This is not a result of anything you have done, and there is no need for you to change your password or take any other action." When approached about the disclosure, Amazon declined to give any further details about how many users may have been affected, although the email is thought to have been sent to customers across the world, as well as members of the Amazon Vine review program. It is thought it must have been found relatively recently though as, under GDPR, introduced across Europe earlier this year, companies must inform users data breaches within 72 hours of discovery. Under the rules, Amazon also "must assess if a breach should be reported to the ICO, or to the equivalent supervisory body if they are not based in the UK", the UK watchdog, the Information Commissioner's Office, said. “It is always the company’s responsibility to identify when UK citizens have been affected as part of a data breach and take steps to reduce any harm to consumers. “The ICO will however continue to monitor the situation and cooperate with other supervisory authorities where required.”
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    Yesterday, 10:06 PM
    Paris prosecutors have launched an inquiry into the origins of thousands of euros donated to President Emmanuel Macron's election campaign last year, a legal source told AFP on Tuesday.The move follows an alert from France's campaign finance oversight body this month, after it was unable to determine the sources of a total of 144,000 euros ($164,000) given to Macron's Republic on the Move (LREM) movement. The funds were contributed via checks, bank transfers or electronic payments, the source said, confirming a report on Europe 1 radio. Investigators want to verify that none of the donors exceeded the 7,500-euro annual limit on individual donations to political parties. The inquiry comes just weeks after leftist firebrand Jean-Luc Melenchon was questioned and his home and party's headquarters raided in connection with two funding probes. More at: https://www.yahoo.com/news/french-prosecutors-open-inquiry-macron-campaign-financing-175539964.html
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    Yesterday, 10:00 PM
    You insist on violating the rights of others beyond that which is necessary to protect your own, that make you a tyrant with a god complex.
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    Yesterday, 09:49 PM
    As the days wear on and Americans get closer to Congressional inauguration day (January 3, 2019), it seems more and more likely that current House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi will become the Speaker of the House for the next legislative term. Rep. Brian Higgins (D-New York) announced on Wednesday that, despite saying several months ago that he would oppose Pelosi to become Speaker, he has changed his mind. This about face comes on the heels of conversations with the California Democrat on issues surrounding healthcare and infrastructure, according to reporting from the Buffalo News. Higgins specifically wanted to see infrastructure across the nation become a major platform plank, and wanted to take the lead role in a proposal to allow Americans the chance to “buy-in” to Medicare as a healthcare option if they’re over the age of 50. “I have an agreement in principle with the Democratic leader that those are going to be two priorities, and that I will be the lead person on the Medicare buy-in,” Higgins said. Higgins’ reversal is a huge blow to an effort to oppose Pelosi as the next Speaker of the House. His name had been one of the 16 included in a letter — made public earlier this week — posted by a group of Democrats urging new leadership in the next Congress. With his change of heart, it seems that Pelosi’s appointment as the next speaker is all but assured at this point.
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    Yesterday, 09:41 PM
    :rolleyes: I believe my right to self defense gives me the right to secure a territory large enough defend my rights and leave others to do as they please, the anarchists believe that I don't have a right to secure my liberty from those who would take it and you believe that you have a right to draft and tax others to allow you to impose your will on foreigners.
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    Yesterday, 09:16 PM
    Do you trust the CIA any more than the other people involved in this? The Turks also said he was butchered ALIVE, which was it? It could be either or both or neither.
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    Yesterday, 08:52 PM
    The "conspiracy theory" part is the part where it is just supposed to be assumed that MBS was personally involved and everything the Turks tell us without releasing the evidence is taken as gospel. Neither the Saudis nor the Turks can be trusted and neither has any more moral high ground than the press. Authored by Martin Jay via The Strategic Culture Foundation, Nobody should be playing apologist for any of the parties involved.
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    Yesterday, 08:36 PM
    Cohen is a liar and a sellout.
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    Yesterday, 08:34 PM
    Trump’s relationship with Erdogan raises new questions about the credibility of US mainstream journalism. Was Khashoggi a victim of a Turkish ‘honey trap’? The Washington Post continues its banal attack on the regime of Saudi Arabia, following the horrific murder of Jamal Khashoggi in the Saudi Consulate on October 2. In Turkey too there is much which the western media cannot understand or refuses to probe, as Ankara plays a game of blackmail with Riyadh in a bid to extract a deal from Mohammad bin Salman who is at the centre of its character assassination. But what are we missing? What is at the heart of this story which isn’t getting picked up by journalists or even TV commentators in the region? Much has been written about the ‘free license’ that Trump and his son in law, Jared Kushner gave the Saudi prince and that this murder is an inevitable consequence of such blinded dogma towards ones allies. There is some truth in this, but if you are to look at the coverage of, in particular, the US media over Khashoggi, you might be curious to understand why it is so extensive and prolonged. After all, Saudi Arabia has been kidnapping its own dissidents for years and there are many western journalists who are killed or go missing around the world which get minimal coverage. Why such an entrenched campaign for Khashoggi? Guilty Partly this is a guilt complex of the Wapo editors, who I have accused in earlier articles for more or less sending Khashoggi on a suicide mission when they chose to publish his articles in Arabic. This was recently confirmed when Khashoggi’s editor at the Post – Karen Attiah – admitted to The Independent that the traffic which the Arabic articles generated shocked bosses there. I have always argued that this was a final blow for MbS, humiliated now by his adversaries in Riyadh who can read about his failings on a regular basis. And it’s also about the fact that the Post considered him part of the DC elite. One of their own, which explains why he has become so canonised and his personality enshrined in virtue. Their trade is treachery In truth, Khashoggi was no saint. He took the King’s shilling from the Saudi elite all his life and made a good lifestyle for himself. At the end of a thirty year relationship of working for them and learning all of their secrets, he used that privilege as a weapon to destroy MbS. In most cultures around the world, this is called treachery. We should remember that even in London in 1963, when British spy Kim Philby defected to Moscow, many wanted him to hang for selling out to the Russians and being a double agent for all his career. Khashoggi may well have been an amiable character. But he was also a traitor. We are led to believe that he left Riyadh in 2017 because he feared being detained. But could it be that he was frustrated at not being promoted within the hierarchy? A select number of journalists and academics, like Dr Nafeez Ahmed, support this theory, in part at least and go further to say that Khashoggi was murdered because he was about to distribute solid evidence of the Saudis using chemical weapons in Yemen. The British academic also underlines Khashoggi’s role for Saudi intelligence and, moreover, how he helped the Saudi royal family support Bin Laden, right up until 9-11.
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    Yesterday, 08:22 PM
    Maybe it does and maybe it doesn't. The swamp will not be drained quickly. Maybe or maybe not.
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    Yesterday, 08:15 PM
    Trump was well aware whose palms needed to be greased in order to engage in his businesses without trouble.
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