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    Today, 12:35 AM
    Adiablo muchacho.
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    Today, 12:31 AM
    Lerner, Paz say they fear physical harm from enraged public, want IRS testimony sealed permanently Former IRS executive Lois G. Lerner told a federal court last week that members of her family, including “young children,” face death threats and a real risk of physical harm if her explanation of the tea party targeting scandal becomes public. Ms. Lerner and Holly Paz, her deputy at the IRS, filed documents in court Thursday saying tapes and transcripts of depositions they gave in a court case this year must remain sealed in perpetuity, or else they could spur an enraged public to retaliate. More at: https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2017/nov/19/lois-lerner-holly-paz-want-testimony-sealed-perman/ If it is that bad why is there not a prosecution?
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    Yesterday, 11:36 PM
    It can be difficult to fully recover from knee injuries or other damage to your joints, if just because there hasn't been an artificial replacement for cartilage that can withstand as much punishment as the real thing. That may not be an issue in the long run, though: scientists have developed a Kevlar-based hydrogel that behaves like natural cartilage. It mixes a network of Kevlar nanofibers with polyvinyl alcohol to absorb water at rest (like real cartilage does in idle moments) and become extremely resistant to abuse, but releases it under stress -- say, a workout at the gym. More at: https://finance.yahoo.com/news/kevlar-cartilage-could-help-recover-041500959.html
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    Yesterday, 11:14 PM
    Destination rendition site #666
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    Yesterday, 11:12 PM
    Swordsmyth replied to a thread Catalonia in World News & Affairs
    Mr. Maza, 66, died in a Buenos Aires hospital, shortly after saying he felt unwell. His death was confirmed by Spain’s justice minister, Rafael Catalá, and attributed to a kidney infection. https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/19/world/europe/spain-attorney-general.html
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    Yesterday, 11:10 PM
    Swordsmyth replied to a thread Catalonia in World News & Affairs
    The attorney general of Spain, who was prosecuting the separatist leaders of Catalonia, died Nov. 18 while in Argentina for an international law conference, The New York Times reported Nov. 19. More at: https://worldview.stratfor.com/situation-report/spain-chief-prosecutor-catalan-separatists-dies ???
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    Yesterday, 10:17 PM
    Just wait until hackers hire out to make the car do it as a murder for hire scheme, who will be able to say it wasn't just another GPS glitch?
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    Yesterday, 10:15 PM
    The proper term is "Gender appropriator".
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    Yesterday, 10:03 PM
    Bloomberg reports Merkel's efforts at forming a coalition have failed meaning a second election looms and sending the euro sliding. After a 12-hour negotiating session that ended shortly before midnight Sunday, the Free Democratic Party walked out of the exploratory talks, saying the differences with the Green party were too great to bridge. Merkel has sought for four weeks to enlist the two smaller parties for her fourth-term coalition. “It’s better not to govern than to govern badly,” FDP head Christian Lindner told reporters in Berlin. No further coalition talks were scheduled, he said. There was no immediate comment from Merkel. More at: http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-11-19/%E2%80%9Cworst-case-scenario%E2%80%9D-looms-merkel%E2%80%99s-%E2%80%9Cjamaica-coalition%E2%80%9D-collapses
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    Yesterday, 09:59 PM
    Arab League Holds Emergency Session: Iran And "Terrorist" Hezbollah Must Be Stoppedhttp://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-11-19/arab-league-holds-emergency-session-iran-and-terrorist-hezbollah-must-be-stopped
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    Yesterday, 09:57 PM
    Mugabe Admits 'Mistakes', But Refuses To Resign In Defiant Speechhttp://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-11-19/president-gone-zimbabwe-ruling-party-officially-ousts-mugabe
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    Yesterday, 09:49 PM
    According to well informed sources, Hezbollah fears the possible assassination of a well-known Lebanese figure, Sunni or Christian, similar to the assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri in 2005. The aim would be to re-mix the cards on the Lebanese scene, accuse Hezbollah and to embarrass President Michel Aoun. Aoun has raised the challenge against Riyadh during the recent events related to the televised resignation of Prime Minister Saad Hariri, and he has accused Saudi Arabia of holding Hariri as a hostage (for more than two weeks), defining the Prime Minister’s submission to this act as “unconstitutional and illegitimate.” More at: http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-11-19/hezbollah-high-alert-says-it-will-be-blamed-false-flag-assassination-attempt
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    Yesterday, 09:42 PM
    Trump slams Jeff Flake on Twitter, calls his career ‘toast’https://nypost.com/2017/11/19/trump-slams-jeff-flake-on-twitter-calls-his-career-toast/
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    Yesterday, 06:43 PM
    ZIONAZI Z-I-O-N-A-Z-I Fuck you Trump.
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    Yesterday, 06:26 PM
    Back to the wall desperation drives innovation. Ask anybody. Its true. The blue-eyed, blonde men life experience is industrially tailored to compliment a range of eye and hair colors in the boardroom. You won't find blue eyed blonde men opinions in any other combination of choices. Order yours today.
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    Yesterday, 03:24 PM
    Nope, the last time I drank was October 31, 2003. The second best decision I ever made in my life. I've learned you don't need alcohol to have fun. My first night out as a non-drinker, I remember I had a great time, with no hangover the next day. And I said to myself "why the hell didn't I do this years earlier?" :)
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    Yesterday, 03:07 PM
    You reminded me...on my 21st birthday, I actually ate the worm in the bottle of Mezcal. The guy I was dating at the time had brought a bunch of those little bottles and at my party a bunch of them ate the worm. Then the entire party was chanting at me to eat the worm ('Do it! Do it! Do it!") so it was total peer pressure, and I guess because I was a little buzzed, I did it. Anyway, I've already been there done that when it comes to drinking… now I have an entirely different perspective. One that I know is not very popular around here. So I'm sure you know how I voted. :p
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    Yesterday, 03:05 PM
    Cultural perversity creates a rejection of ALL truth and ALL right ways of doing things, perversity is a virulent disease that does not limit itself to one subject at a time, it always ends in hell on earth no matter where it starts.
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    Yesterday, 02:10 PM
    So do you use alcohol as an escape? Or you just think it's fun to get drunk and fall over? (Like you said… You knew these kinds of questions were coming.) ;)
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    Yesterday, 01:36 PM
    It also says they have to treat citizens of other states the same as their own citizens and the feds can't treat the citizens of different states differently. Just like above they can't treat citizens of other states differently and the feds can't either, since the citizens of each state can enter that state freely then the citizens of the other states or those of federal territories can as well. Internal migration by citizens is specially protected by the clauses I cited, external migration into the country by foreigners may be prohibited by the congress.
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    Yesterday, 01:14 AM
    The Palestinians threatened on Saturday to suspend all communication with the United States if the Trump administration follows through with plans to close their diplomatic office in Washington. The potential rupture in relations threatens to undermine President Donald Trump's bid for Mideast peace — a mission he has handed his son-in-law, Jared Kushner.Senior Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat said the U.S. decision was "very unfortunate and unacceptable," and accused Washington of bowing to pressure from Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's government "at a time when we are trying to cooperate to achieve the ultimate deal." In a video statement on social media, Erekat said: "We will put on hold all our communications with this American administration." There was no immediate reaction from the Trump administration. Netanyahu's office said the closure was "a matter of U.S. law." U.S. officials had insisted before Erekat's statement that the move wasn't aimed at increasing leverage over the Palestinians, but merely the unavoidable consequence of U.S. law. Cutting off ties would carry great risks for the Palestinians. It could antagonize an administration they already suspect is biased toward Israel and cut put millions of dollars of critical U.S. aid in jeopardy. More at: https://www.yahoo.com/news/trump-administration-takes-step-toward-closing-plo-office-083141049--politics.html
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    Yesterday, 12:58 AM
    For multiple days in 1770, a swath of sky over Japan, the Korean Peninsula, and the eastern coast of China looked as if it had been set ablaze, illuminated in a scorching red light. No one knew what caused it, and we only knew it happened thanks to a few scant recordings that survived the intervening centuries. It wasn’t until modern astronomy gave us a better understanding of aurora events centuries later that we learned what prompted it: A magnetic storm caused by solar activity likely struck Earth’s atmosphere, creating a crimson spectacle few people have seen since. Now, new documents reveal that there is a lot more to the story than just a red hue to the sky. A team of Japanese researchers unearthed a trove of 111 historical documents in East Asia that show that the red auroral display actually lasted not two days as we thought, but nine, from Sept, 10–19, 1770. The storm may have been the longest geomagnetic storm on human record, and the region of sky it covered was twice as large as historians initially thought. Red auroras like the one in 1770 are caused by solar particles hitting oxygen particles in the atmosphere Aurora are caused by charged particles hitting the planet’s upper atmosphere. When the sun spews out a flare or has a violent belch of some sort, it shoots off charged particles like electrons toward the rest of space. When these particles hit the oxygen and nitrogen in Earth’s atmosphere, they charge up the gases themselves. As those excited gases return to their normal states, they emit that excess energy in the form of gorgeous celestial lights. One of the most famous and regular instances of aurora is, of course, aurora borealis—the northern lights—which captivates the upper latitudes of the Northern Hemisphere. Aurora can come in different colors and shapes. Scientists are still fuzzy on what creates any specific shapes and sizes for the lights, but it’s thought that they move in harmony with Earth’s magnetic field. The color generated depends on which gases were initially hit—oxygen emits a red light (as well as greenish-yellow), so it would seem oxygen was behind the 1770 storm. That also means it was powerful enough to pierce into some lower portions of the atmosphere where oxygen is more abundant, which explains how it was able to give the sky such an apocalyptic makeover. The documents discovered were all written in September and October of 1770. They include government records and personal diary entries, which in sum suggest that the fiery aurora ranged from Japan to the Chinese mainland. The team also compared sunspot drawings made by astronomers at the time with drawings recorded during the solar storm of 1859. That storm, which lasted two nights, was caused by the Carrington flare and is something of a standard by which astronomers assess other solar events. Up until now, it’s been considered the most extreme solar storm on the record. But the sunspots drawn during the 1770 event were twice as big as those recorded during the Carrington event.
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    Yesterday, 12:16 AM
    The Israeli military says it has fired a tank shell into Syria as a "warning shot" after the Syrian military conducted construction along their border. The military says Syria violated the 1974 cease-fire agreement on the Golan Heights Saturday by using heavy tools to fortify a military post in the demilitarized zone between the countries. More at: http://www.foxnews.com/world/2017/11/18/israel-fires-warning-shot-after-syrian-border-construction.html
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    Yesterday, 12:11 AM
    Sorry to disappoint you but the feds have power to enforce their laws and the states could not bring in anyone the feds forbade: A1S8 ...To make all Laws which shall be necessary and proper for carrying into Execution the foregoing Powers, and all other Powers vested by this Constitution in the Government of the United States, or in any Department or Officer thereof. Nope, A4S2:
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    11-18-2017, 11:36 PM
    Beginning in January, the military is switching from a traditional pension system, in which retirees receive a monthly check for life based on their pay and years of service, to one that also includes investment accounts, like those commonly available to civilian workers. The new “blended” system is based, in part, on recommendations by the Military Compensation and Retirement Modernization Commission. The system needed updating, the commission said, because the military’s pension system now leaves the vast majority of service members with no retirement savings when they leave the military. Service members now must serve at least 20 years to get a pension — hence its “20 or nothing” nickname. More than 80 percent of service members leave the military short of that minimum, according to the Defense Department. The new system still offers a monthly pension, but one calculated using a formula that reduces it by 20 percent, said Michael Meese, a retired Army brigadier general and chief operating officer of the American Armed Forces Mutual Aid Association, a nonprofit group that provides insurance and other financial services to military members. (The commission’s final report noted that while its benefits recommendations weren’t “budget driven,” they would nevertheless “substantially reduce” government spending.) But service members will also receive contributions to the Thrift Savings Plan, the federal government’s version of an investment-based, 401(k) retirement plan. The military will contribute a minimum of 1 percent of the service member’s pay, even if he or she contributes nothing. The military will also chip inasmuch as 4 percent more in matching contributions, for a maximum government contribution of 5 percent. (Service members already may contribute to the Thrift Savings Plan, known for its low-cost investment funds, but the military now makes no contributions.) More at: https://www.seattletimes.com/business/u-s-military-readies-major-overhaul-of-retirement-system/
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    11-18-2017, 11:30 PM
    “Donations have been pouring in from Alabama and from all over the country in an unprecedented way,” Moore campaign manager Brett Doster told The Post on Saturday. Moore’s campaign raised $500,000 in three days last week and ramped up its online fundraising efforts, Doster said. The embattled Republican collected more online donations between Nov. 10 and Nov. 15 — the first six days after the scandal broke — than in the six weeks after winning the GOP nomination in a contentious September primary, Doster confirmed. “We are confident that we will have the resources over the next three weeks to finish strong with victory,” he said. More at: https://nypost.com/2017/11/18/roy-moore-cashes-in-after-hes-accused-of-chasing-high-school-girls/
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    11-18-2017, 11:03 PM
    No, the power to forbid grants everything else, all the congress must do is say "We forbid entry to anyone who does not follow the rules set forth as follows" then list the rules, anyone not following them would be forbidden. The states may have the power to be MORE restrictive and require foreigners to meet more strenuous standards to enter their territory.
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    11-18-2017, 10:46 PM
    No, Congress is granted the power, read the whole sentence not just the part I was emphasizing: Article 1 Section 9. The Migration or Importation of such Persons as any of the States now existing shall think proper to admit, shall not be prohibited by the Congress prior to the Year one thousand eight hundred and eight The question of whether states can control their borders is not addressed in A1S9, you could claim that they have that power under the 10th amendment since it is not prohibited them anywhere in the constitution but that has nothing to do with A1S9.
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