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    A new pain-relieving compound eventually could be as effective as opioid-based drugs, such as morphine and oxycodone, but not carry some of the risks or drawbacks of them, according to research with mice. University of Michigan researchers found the compound has the same pain-relieving properties as widely-used, and overused, opioid painkillers, but shows the promise of being non-addictive. The findings were presented during the 2018 Experimental Biology meeting this week in San Diego. An abstract of the study has been published ahead of its presentation. The researchers chemically modified compounds based on pain-relieving peptides naturally released by neurons. In cultured cells, they worked on compounds that could provide pain relief, reduce addiction and avoid tolerance. A lead compound was tested in mice. Although it produced pain-relieving effects, it was not effective in tests for reward and dependence, which can lead to addiction and withdrawal. More at: https://www.upi.com/Health_News/2018/04/24/Researchers-develop-non-addictive-pain-reliever/7721524576617/
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    Today, 04:10 PM
    Bavaria's conservative government is ordering Christian crosses to be placed at the entrance of all state administrative buildings. The regional government says the crosses shouldn't be seen as religious symbols, but are meant to reflect the southern German state's "cultural identity and Christian-western influence." German news agency dpa reported that Tuesday's decree won't affect municipal and federal government buildings in Bavaria. Crosses are already compulsory in public schools and courtrooms in predominantly Catholic Bavaria. More at: http://www.foxnews.com/world/2018/04/24/german-state-orders-crosses-mounted-at-government-buildings.html
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    Today, 03:02 PM
    Brussels is set to divert tens of billions of euros in EU cash away from patriotic eastern and central states under budget reform plans that would link funding to the bloc’s ‘values’ which include mass migration. According to proposals seen by the Financial Times, the European Commission is planning to shift the criteria for distributing cohesion programme funds away from GDP per capita towards so-called ‘EU values’. Under the post-2020 EU budget laid out in the draft document, the €350bn funding pot aimed at developing the bloc’s weaker economies in the bloc, appears under a new title of “cohesion and values”. More at: http://www.breitbart.com/london/2018/04/24/eu-cut-funds-patriotic-nations-values/
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    Today, 02:59 PM
    Parkland school shooting survivor Kyle Kashuv says he was aggressively interrogated by police after social media posts showed he visited a gun range. On Friday, Kashuv – who does not prescribe to the anti-gun rhetoric of his fellow anti-Second Amendment #NeverAgain peers – wrote he was learning to fire a gun for the first time. It was great learning about our inalienable right of #2A and how to properly use a gun. This was my first time ever touching a gun and it made me appreciate the #Constitution even more. My instructor was very informative; I learnt a lot. #2A is important and we need 2 preserve 2A pic.twitter.com/4rcOZbpl88 — Kyle Kashuv (@KyleKashuv) April 21, 2018 “It was great learning about our inalienable right of #2A and how to properly use a gun. This was my first time ever touching a gun and it made me appreciate the #Constitution even more,” he tweeted, indicating in other posts he was there with his father. “My instructor was very informative; I learnt a lot. #2A is important and we need 2 preserve 2A”. Other posts showed Kashuv firing an AR-15 and an instructor teaching him how to fire. pic.twitter.com/NH5HkjPll2 — Kyle Kashuv (@KyleKashuv) April 21, 2018
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    Today, 02:44 PM
    As the FBI's investigation into the Clinton Foundation pressed on during the 2016 election, a senior official with the Obama justice department, identified as Matthew Axelrod, called former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe - who thought the DOJ was pressuring him to shut down the investigation, according to the recently released inspector general's (OIG) report. The official was “very pissed off” at the FBI, the report says, and demanded to know why the FBI was still pursuing the Clinton Foundation when the Justice Department considered the case dormant. -Washington Times The OIG issued a criminal referral for McCabe based on findings that the former Deputy Director "made an unauthorized disclosure to the news media and lacked candor - including under oath - on multiple occasions." McCabe authorized a self-serving leak to the New York Times claiming that the FBI had not put the brakes on the Clinton Foundation investigation, during a period in which he was coming under fire over a $467,500 campaign donation his wife Jill took from Clinton pal Terry McAuliffe. “It is bizarre — and that word can’t be used enough — to have the Justice Department call the FBI’s deputy director and try to influence the outcome of an active corruption investigation,” said James Wedick - a former FBI official who conducted corruption investigations at the bureau. “They can have some input, but they shouldn’t be operationally in control like it appears they were from this call.” Wedick said he's never fielded a call from the Justice Department about any of his cases during his 35 years there - which suggests an attempt at interference by the Obama administration. As the Washington Times Jeff Mordock points out, Although the inspector general’s report did not identify the caller, former FBI and Justice Department officials said it was Matthew Axelrod, who was the principal associate deputy attorney general — the title the IG report did use. Mr. McCabe thought the call was out of bounds. He told the inspector general that during the Aug. 12, 2016, call the principal associate deputy attorney general expressed concerns about FBI agents taking overt steps in the Clinton Foundation investigation during the presidential campaign. -Washington Times
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    Today, 02:35 PM
    Tehran Threatens To Leave Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty If Trump Kills Iran Dealhttps://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-04-24/its-something-were-considering-tehran-threatens-leave-npt-if-us-kills-iran-deal
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    Today, 02:27 PM
    Extending the OPEC cuts beyond their current expiry date at the end of 2018 would seem unnecessary if oil prices keep rising, Iran’s Oil Minister Bijan Zangeneh told the Iranian oil ministry’s news service Shana on Monday. “High oil prices, even in the mid-term, would destabilize the prices and put pressure on them against OPEC’s interests,” the official outlet of the Iranian oil ministry quoted Zangeneh as saying. When asked about Iran’s position regarding an extension of the OPEC production cuts beyond 2018, Zangeneh told Shana: “No decision will be made regarding this issue in the upcoming OPEC meeting because the matter is unlikely to be included in the meeting’s agenda.” Commenting on oil prices, the Iranian oil minister said, “I think that the balanced, non-fluctuating price of oil would be favorable for OPEC and other producers.” More at: https://oilprice.com/Energy/Energy-General/Iran-Pushes-Back-Against-The-OPEC-Deal.html
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    Today, 02:24 PM
    Attorney General Jeff Sessions has decided against recusing himself from the investigation into President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, but will consider stepping back from specific questions tied to the probe, according to a person familiar with the matter. More at: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-04-24/sessions-declines-to-recuse-himself-from-probe-into-trump-lawyer
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    Today, 02:10 PM
    What could go wrong?
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    Today, 01:48 PM
    Without a knife?
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    Today, 01:34 PM
    And how many of those jobs will be spying on your fellow Americans?
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    Today, 01:26 PM
    Anyone who puts anchovies on pizza should go to jail! :p
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    Today, 01:27 AM
    Fixed it for you.
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    Today, 01:26 AM
    Safeguarding Egypt's share of the Nile, on which the country relies for industry and drinking water as well as farming, is now at the top of President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi's agenda as he begins a second term. At the same time, authorities are finally tackling widespread illegal growing of the water-intensive rice crop, showing a sense of urgency that even climate change and rapid population growth has failed to foster. The crackdown means Egypt will likely be a rice importer in 2019 after decades of being a major exporter, rice traders say. Cairo has decreed that 724,000 feddans (750,000 acres) of rice can be planted this year, which grain traders estimate is less than half of the 1.8 million feddans actually cultivated in 2017 – far in excess of the officially allotted 1.1 million feddans. Police have started raiding farmers' homes and jailing them until they pay outstanding fines from years back. "The police came to my house at three in the morning and took me to the station to pay the fine," said Mohamed Abdelkhaleq, head of the farming association in Kafr Ziada, some 125 km (80 miles) north of Cairo in Beheira governorate. "Even if the fine is 1 Egyptian pound , they'll come to your house." Three other farmers reported similar experiences and said this year they would not plant rice. Reda Abdelaziz said some people have become afraid to leave the village.
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    Today, 01:09 AM
    Lamborn's attorneys argued that the residency requirement is unconstitutional. But the Colorado Supreme Court said it lacks jurisdiction to rule on the constitutionality of the rule and said he'd have to take his case up with the U.S. Supreme Court. Ryan Call, an attorney for Lamborn's campaign, told Politico the congressman intends to do that. "We believe, quite frankly, denying a sitting congressman the right to participate in a primary election where the residency of the circulator denies the otherwise valid petition signatures is unconstitutional," Call said. "We intend to file an action in federal district court, and there are a number of cases that find that the residency requirement for circulators as unconstitutional." More at: https://www.upi.com/https:/www.upi.com/Top_News/US/2018/04/23/Colorado-congressmans-name-may-not-be-put-on-ballot-due-to-technicality/9941524534728/
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    More at: https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-04-23/70-taiwanese-willing-fight-china
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    Yesterday, 11:57 PM
    Change rarely happens all at once.
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    Yesterday, 11:34 PM
    Perhaps Beijing’s breaches of Taiwan’s sea and air borders in intermittent circumnavigations since 2017 are to blame for widespread antagonism among Taiwanese, particular young people, observers with the pro-independence think-tank noted. One of Beijing’s favorite platitudes on the issue of Taiwan is that “blood is thicker than water.” When reporting Taiwan affairs, mainland papers are mandated to report the “fact” that the island’s politics have been hijacked by a small bunch of obstinate separatists and that the mainstay of society is pro-unification. But the situation on the ground appears to be quite the opposite, if a survey by a pro-independence think-tank is to be believed. Nearly 70% of respondents made it clear in a recent survey conducted by the Taiwan Foundation for Democracy that they would either join the army or put up resistance in their own ways if mainland China were to attempt to annex Taiwan by force. More at: http://nationalinterest.org/blog/the-buzz/70-taiwanese-will-fight-if-china-invades-survey-finds-25517 They should implement a 2ndA and start arming their citizens immediately.
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    Yesterday, 11:30 PM
    France Had Some Big Problems Firing Missiles at Syria While U.S. and UK forces pummeled three suspected chemical weapons sites across Syria, the French military reportedly had some issues pulling its weight. The three naval cruise missiles fired from the French frigate Languedoc were initially intended to come from a different French frigate whose first salvo simply “did not fire,” French Joint Chief of Staff spokesman Col. Patrick Steiger told Defense News. Steiger stated the cause of the misfire was currently unknown; Navy Recognition notes that the launch constituted the first time that the French military had ever actually fired its new MdCN (or “Missile de Croisiere Naval”) naval cruise missiles. The French military currently has three advanced European multi-purpose frigates (FREMM) in its fleet, according to Le Mamouth: the Aquitaine, the Provence, and the Languedoc. It’s unclear whether it was the Aquitaine or Provence that experienced the misfire. More at: https://www.yahoo.com/news/france-had-big-problems-firing-112400499.html
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    Yesterday, 11:20 PM
    http://www.ronpaulforums.com/showthread.php?521584-Rand-sells-out-and-flip-flops-on-Pompeo-nomination http://www.ronpaulforums.com/showthread.php?521585-Rand-explains-his-vote-for-Pompeo
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    Yesterday, 11:19 PM
    Last month, Atlanta's city government was hit with a ransomware attack that caused courthouse documents and services like payment processing to become inaccessible. The ransom demand was approximately $51,000 but according to the city's Department of Procurement, Atlanta has spent much more than that on efforts to rectify the situation. It appears that firms Secureworks and Ernst & Young were paid $650,000 and $600,000, respectively, for emergency services while Edelman was paid $50,000 for crisis communication services. Overall, the funds seemingly applied to the ransomware attack response add up to approximately $2.7 million. Atlanta .gov ransomware attack costs pic.twitter.com/xgQEpbeZPZ — Ryan Naraine (@ryanaraine) April 23, 2018 It's unclear whether Atlanta paid or tried to pay the ransom, but evidence suggests city officials didn't attempt to or were unsuccessful. The affected services are still not fully up and running and ahead of the ransom deadline, the attackers took down the communication portal that would have been used to pay the fee. More at: https://finance.yahoo.com/news/atlanta-spends-more-2-million-202000413.html
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    Yesterday, 10:32 PM
    The far greater concern for Israel's future is the rapid growth of the Bedouin and Orthodox Jewish Haredi populations, which together could substantially alter the country's demographic makeup, its economic position and its security strategy.A Growing ProblemThough Israel once struggled with a small population, generous immigration policies have exceeded all expectations for boosting the number of the country's inhabitants. Since the turn of the 21st century, in fact, the rate of the population's expansion has posed a problem for Israel, at least from an economic standpoint. Gross domestic product growth has not broken 2 percent in nearly 20 years, and the country has the highest poverty rate of any Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development member. The growth of the Bedouin and the Haredi populations will only add to the strain on the economy. The two groups make up the poorest and least educated segment of Israeli society, and they have the highest rate of unemployment. They are also Israel's fastest-growing populations; projections suggest that by 2059, the Haredi alone will account for one-quarter of all Israelis. Cultural values play a large role not only in the groups' high birthrates — Haredi women have an average of 6.5 children each, while Bedouin women have an average of six — but also in their socio-economic position. And in the long term, these values could undermine Israel's prosperity, as well as its traditional strategy of using technology to overcome its geographic weaknesses. When Cultures CollideFor the Bedouins, conservative cultural norms discourage women from joining the workforce or staying in school. The Israeli educational system, moreover, has struggled to accommodate the group's nomadic lifestyle. As a result, Bedouin men are underskilled compared with the rest of the Israeli Arab population. Changing these circumstances would require forcing Israeli Bedouins to settle down in fixed locations and to reconsider the male-dominated culture that typically keeps girls out of school and confines women to the home. But as nearby countries such as the United Arab Emirates have learned with their own Bedouin populations, revising tradition is a decadeslong process. Restructuring the Haredis' cultural values will be more challenging still. And because the Orthodox Jewish group is much larger — at 1.1 million people, compared with 200,000 among the Bedouins — changing their mores will be more important.
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    Yesterday, 10:22 PM
    A report by Fars News provides a different perspective, suggesting heavy gunfire at the palace of King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud in Riyadh Reports said the king and his son, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, have been evacuated to a bunker at an airbase in the city that is under the protection of the US troops. While Saudi officials and media are quiet over the incident, there are contradicting reports over the incident. Witnesses and residents of the neighborhoods near the palace said a coup is underway, while other reports said a drone has been flying over the palace. Saudi opposition members claimed that “a senior ground force officer has led a raid on the palace to kill the king and the crown prince”. Videos also show that a growing number of armored vehicles have deployed around the palace. ‘Bin Salman’s special guard’ has taken charge of security in the capital. Riyadh’s sky has been closed to all civil and military flights as military helicopters from ‘Bin Salman’s special guard’ are flying over the palace. There is yet no report on any possible casualties. More at: https://www.globalresearch.ca/political-unrest-in-saudi-arabia-heavy-gunfire-around-saudi-kings-palace/5637389
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    Yesterday, 10:15 PM
    And when there aren't enough of those around the government manufactures them.
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    Yesterday, 10:11 PM
    Increasingly it appears that the recent US coalition missile strikes on Syria have utterly backfired: instead of weakening Syria or degrading its military capabilities, the attack may have actually served to strengthen Syria's defenses. Since the massive strike which involved the US, UK, and France launching over 100 cruise missiles, Russia is rumored to be moving forward on delivery of its advanced S-300 missile defense system, which would be a monumental upgrade allowing Syrian defenses to far surpass current capabilities which utilize the Soviet-made S-125 and S-200 air defense systems. Crucially, S-300s have a range of up to 150-200 kilometers (or 120 miles), bringing Syrian deterrent reach easily to within Lebanese airspace (as Israel has routinely struck targets inside Syria while firing over "neutral" Lebanese airspace in recent years), and could even extend airspace coverage into Israel itself. Could this be the reason for some major behind-the-scenes diplomatic scrambling? On Monday VOA News chief White House correspondent Steve Herman announced that US CENTCOM commander General Joseph Votel is in the midst of "a secret and unprecedented visit to Israel." Knowledge of the "secret" visit was based on exclusive footage broadcast by Israel's Kann News, which first reported, "the commander of the American Central Command arrived for the first time to Israel, and met with senior security officials, including the Chief of Staff." Israeli public broadcaster reports @CENTCOM commander General Votel making a secret and unprecedented visit to #Israel. https://t.co/BbhiThKMH2 — Steve Herman (@W7VOA) April 23, 2018 No doubt the potential for what weapons experts have commonly described as the "exceptionally advanced" Russian-supplied S-300 in Israel's backyard is making Tel Aviv and its allies nervous. Israel has repeatedly called delivery of the S-300s a "red line" for which it would act, however, plans for just such a scenario could be hastening.
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    Yesterday, 10:06 PM
    The Trump administration is seeking the dismissal of a suit alleging the nonprofit helmed by former president Jimmy Carter has used taxpayer funding to provide material support to international terrorist groups, including Hamas. The Zionist Advocacy Center, which filed the recently unsealed suit in 2015, alleges the Carter Center received more than $30 million in taxpayer grants while violating federal statutes barring it from using the cash to provide material support to terror groups. The plaintiffs maintain the Carter Center has violated the law by hosting designated terrorists at is facilities, as well as by providing various forms of assistance to the Palestinian terror group Hamas and other known terror entities, according to recently unsealed court documents. The Department of Justice surprised pro-Israel insiders recently when it moved to have the case dismissed on the grounds it is too expensive to prosecute, according to court filings the administration had requested remain secret. A hearing on the dismissal motion will occur on April 25, though legal experts handling the case are hoping to convince the DOJ to reverse its opinion beforehand, according to those familiar with the proceedings. Evidence presented in the case purports to show the Carter Center accepted millions in government grants while falsely certifying it was not violating prohibitions on providing material support to terror groups, which include a broad range of factors including lodgings, expert advice, and other types of support. Former President Carter's ongoing and well-documented interactions with Hamas and Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) are tantamount to material support for terror groups, the suit alleges citing evidence Carter hosted these officials at his Center's offices. This also includes providing services and advice to Hamas and other individuals and organizations designated as terrorists by the U.S. government. While the Trump administration's lawyers admit in their motion to dismiss that Carter has in fact met with designated terrorists and terror groups, they are seeking to have the case tossed because it would be too expensive to adjudicate in court. "Representatives of the Carter Center have engaged in discussions and meetings with members of Hamas and the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine," the government's motion states.
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    Yesterday, 10:00 PM
    South Korea has halted its anti-North Korea propaganda broadcasts at the border ahead of its summit Friday with Pyongyang. South Korea halts DMZ propaganda broadcasts at border with North Korea https://t.co/LxbGWXHmAB via @ReutersTV pic.twitter.com/pChLnHGwr0 — Reuters Top News (@Reuters) April 23, 2018 The broadcasts, which include South Korean pop music and news critical of the North Korean government, ended at midnight on Monday as both countries prepare for the first summit in a decade. The decision was confirmed by South Korea’s Ministry of National Defense, which did not state whether the broadcasts would continue after South Korean President Moon Jae-in and North Korean leader meet in the border village of Panmunjom. “We hope this decision will lead both Koreas to stop mutual criticism and propaganda against each other and also contribute in creating peace and a new beginning,” the defense ministry said. More at: https://www.infowars.com/south-korea-halts-anti-north-korean-propaganda-broadcasts-at-border/
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    Yesterday, 09:58 PM
    A Facebook page entitled “Kill Trump, Hang Him, Hunt Him” that was reported to the social media giant did not violate its community standards, emphasizing once again the double standard between left-wing and conservative content. A screenshot of the report was posted by comedian Owen Benjamin, who was banned earlier this month for making a joke about gun control activist David Hogg. The page that advocated murdering Trump was reported for “hate speech,” but after investigating, Facebook said the content did not violate their community standards. Facebook’s failure to remove the page illustrates yet again how the company is behaving in a partisan manner. Facebook routinely removes content and pages that criticize Islam, feminism and the left in general. Earlier this month, the company had to apologize for removing the right-wing Voice of Europe page. More at: https://www.infowars.com/kill-trump-hang-him-hunt-him-facebook-page-doesnt-violate-facebook-community-standards/
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