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    Today, 12:24 AM
    I completely agree with you. It’s one more thing that reinforces my gut feeling that his entire presidency is an act. Controlled opposition. What crazy, crazy times we're living in, huh?
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    Today, 12:12 AM
    THE European Union’s desperate bid to save itself from a populist uprising by overhauling its immigration policies have run into trouble before they have even got the go ahead. The European Commission announced a plan to set up migrant screening centres on African soil to try and reduce the number of people making the perilous journey across the Mediterranean Sea to Europe. But Dimitri’s Avramopoulos, the European Commissioner for migration, admitted that Algeria, Egypt, Libya, Morocco, Niger and Tunisia had not been consulted about the plans and that no official proposals had been lodged with them. Tahar Cherif, the Tunisian Ambassador to the EU said: “The proposal was put to the head of our government a few months ago during a visit to Germany, it was also asked by Italy and the answer is clear: no!” More at: https://www.express.co.uk/news/world/978189/eu-news-migrant-crisis-angela-merkel-italy-salvini-africa
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    Today, 12:06 AM
    Japan volcano Shinmoedake erupted for the first time since April 2018 releasing a large cloud of ash and debris high into the air. Footage reportedly captured a few kilometres away from Shinmoedake shows billowing smoke rising high above the mount. The video also appears to have recorded a rumbling sound resembling the aftermath of an explosion as the ash cloud is released. Shinmoedake, which was made famous to the British public thanks to the 1967 James Bond film 'You Only Live Twice', is located 935km from Japan's capital Tokyo. Shinmoedake’s eruption today marks the fourth time the volcano has erupted in 2018. Japan has 110 active volcanoes and monitors 47 constantly as the country is located on the infamous Ring of Fire – a large area in the Pacific Ocean subjected to frequent earthquakes and volcanic eruptions.
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    Yesterday, 11:49 PM
    Not my calculations, but I don't believe that BTC will reach the target ever, let alone by the deadline.
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    Yesterday, 11:23 PM
    I thought I'd actually calculate what bitcoin would need to do in order for John McAfee's wanger to be saved (which I'm sure is large and lovely, even for a 72 year old man). Well, I've got the value for you: about half a percent a day, every day, without fail, for the next 1000 days. That may seem a modest goal. After all, this is Bitcoin we're talking about here. But keep in mind this is based on gains every single day, without interruption. And, if recent history is any guide, it isn't exactly blazing its way to dick glory lately (I've put an arrow at the point where McAfee made his pledge; not surprisingly, it seemed unstoppable at the time). The "half per cent a day every day" chart looks markedly different: Also in the news lately is the fact that the cost of mining a bitcoin is about $8000 which, surprise surprise, is almost exactly its current value. So it would seem that market forces, God bless 'em, having found an equilibrium, and I don't think the world would be compelled to push $BTC up to a million dollars just because of ol' John's johnson. More at: https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-03-17/operation-dicksave
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    Yesterday, 11:10 PM
    The Department of Justice, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Hillary Clinton have a HUGE Weiner problem that is even bigger than we first realized. According to the recently released inspector general report, on September 28 and 29, 2016 the New York office of the FBI immediately reported to the Washington headquarters its discovery of, first, 141,000 and then 350,000 emails on the laptop of Anthony Weiner — also known as “Carlos Danger,” a now-convicted sex offender. Mr. Weiner is the husband of Hillary Clinton’s inseparable aide Huma Abedin. Now we know by October 4, the New York office had found 700,000 emails. The New York agents had seen and reported to FBI leadership they had seen email headers, all domain names, Mrs. Clinton’s initials on one sensitive but not classified document, and the missing BlackBerry backups. The New York agents described it as the “entire file” of all Hillary Clinton emails from 2006 until 2016, including the BlackBerry messages that Comey himself had referred to as “the golden emails.” The “mid-year team” of FBI agents investigating the email issues had been told by Clinton’s staff and lawyers that there was a complete archive on both a thumb drive and a laptop, but remarkably, no one seemed to have them. At least some on the mid-year team were frustrated and believed Clinton’s attorneys were lying. Others, including Comey, claimed they were looking for those under every “stone” but no one could find them. Remember: Hillary Clinton’s attorneys produced approximately 30,000 of her emails, and they appear to have claimed that was the entirety of her work-related emails. Mrs. Clinton, staff and technical support had deliberately deleted approximately 33,000 emails that were just about “yoga” and “wedding plans.” They produced nothing from the beginning of her tenure as Secretary of State. Then, her server was wiped with “BleachBit.” Yet, lo and behold, here so many emails were. Hundreds of thousands of emails, the “entire file” — everything Clinton — including data from the BlackBerrys and other devices for which the FBI and DOJ decided not to run search warrants because they “assumed” they had been destroyed. So what did the FBI do with this “explosive” “bomb” including the “golden emails” on the BlackBerry that everyone knew was missing from the production? Nothing — at least nothing to obtain evidence.
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    Yesterday, 11:08 PM
    There was a timeline that is almost up and a ridiculous promise to eat a body part if it didn't happen.
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    Yesterday, 11:07 PM
    Yup, with Garland on the court you could kiss the 2ndA goodbye.
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    Yesterday, 10:25 PM
    Very few people would be worse than Johnson. If McAfee ever had a chance he lost it with his Bitcoin prediction, people won't vote for someone who makes that kind of a fool out of themselves.
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    Yesterday, 09:41 PM
    I want someone better than Trump if we can find one who can win but McAfee was never a threat to Trump.
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    Yesterday, 09:25 PM
    He never was.
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    Yesterday, 09:01 PM
    Unless you are using a different definition of fat than I am you are wrong, some fat people can be pleasant looking but they can't be beautiful. There are many different ways to be ugly and some are worse than others. Many people throughout history have had bad taste.
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    Yesterday, 08:55 PM
    As Turks prepare to head to the polls Sunday in a snap election called by incumbent President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Foreign Policy has published what is essentially a summary blueprint outlining the ways Erdogan could steal the election, noting "Sunday's vote is one he can't afford to lose." As we previously commented, though the man who has dominated the nation's politics for almost two decades is not expected to lose, a consensus is emerging that the vote should be regarded as a referendum on his person and leadership. And now, a visible surge in popularity for the rival secularist Republican People's Party (CHP) candidate has pundits declaring the opposition actually has a chance. AKP President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Republican People's Party (CHP) challenger Muharrem Ince. Image via Hurriyet Erdogan has often boasted that he has never lost an election and, as recent polls indicate, he is unlikely to lose this time either (but likely by a thin margin). Since 2002, he and his AKP (Justice and Development Party) have won five parliamentary elections, three local elections, three referendums and one presidential election. The president moved elections that weren't supposed to be held until 2019 forward by more than a year in hopes of smashing an unprepared opposition, but there's yet a possibility this could backfire. Ironically, the move could blow up in Erdogan's face as he called for the early elections at a moment when the economy appeared strong, but which in the interim began tanking — giving all but die-hard AKP supporters reason for serious pause as the opposition's message becomes louder. His legacy has already been established as ushering in Turkey’s transformation from a parliamentary to a presidential system, giving a disproportionate share of power to the president, and should he win he'll assume even greater executive powers after last year's referendum which narrowly approved major constitutional changes related to the presidency. But Erdogan's main opposition candidate, Muharrem Ince, is this week drawing immense crowds according to a variety of reports, and gaining support from a cross-section of Turks increasingly fed up with Erdogan's power-grabbing.
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    Yesterday, 08:40 PM
    McAfee took to Twitter on Friday to explain his absence — he had spent two days unconscious in the hospital because, he claims, he was poisoned by his enemies. But he survived because he is “more difficult to kill than anyone can possibly imagine.” In a subsequent tweet, McAfee posted photos of himself in a hospital bed and claimed that he knew who was responsible for his alleged poisoning. They, he wrote, “will soon understand the true meaning of wrath,” but as of yet hasn’t clarified who he thinks poisoned him (though he claims it’s not his wife) or provided any evidence whatsoever that wrongdoing actually occurred. Futurism reached the patient information team at Vidant Medical Center in North Carolina, where McAfee claimed in his tweet that he had been recovering, who said they couldn’t find a record of him as a patient. Based on a little zoom-and-enhace sleuthing on one of the photos McAfee tweeted, Futurism determined who his doctors are likely to be. They are, it seems, at Vidant Outer Banks Hospital in Nags Head, North Carolina; that hospital’s patient services team told Futurism that they had no record of a patient named John McAfee there, either. We don’t know who poisoned McAfee (if that was, in fact, the reason he was hospitalized). But we do know that he already says he has enemies: the notorious U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). In May, The Independent reported that McAfee feared for his life and that he felt he was being pursued and targeted by the SEC for his involvement in the cryptocurrency space. At that time, McAfee said he went into hiding out of fear that the government would kidnap and perhaps assassinate him. How his “enemies” in the SEC might have gotten to him while he was in hiding is still unclear. Just a few days ago, McAfee announced that he would no longer work on launching or promoting new cryptocurrencies via Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs) because the SEC had threatened him, according to Coindesk. Is he was merely referring to the SEC’s decision to consider some ICOs subject to securities law? Or were additional (real or imagined) threats issued directly to him by the government. And we also know that McAfee has cried wolf before. Last September, he was busy getting busy when he thought he heard an intruder at his home and unloaded his gun into the walls. In that incident, according to Newsweek, McAfee once more cited a major government conspiracy that included local drug cartels, his wife, and high-ranking officials in the federal government. Another example: in July last year, McAfee was hospitalized after what he claimed on Twitter to be “an attempt to off him.” In a subsequent tweet, he revealed it was all a hoax: “Hey… everything is well folks. Never leave a wife in charge of Twitter while you’re recuperating from an operation.” Right now, all we really know is that McAfee claims he was poisoned and that there is a photo of him in a hospital bed. Those two things could be connected, but they might not be.
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    Yesterday, 08:16 PM
    Beauty is the ideal, fat is not ideal. Pregnancy is not the same as fat. Accepting the disabled is not the same as pretending fat is beautiful. So you don't like it when a non-ideal is promoted?
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    Yesterday, 08:05 PM
    You haven't seen The Simpsons? What episode were you in?
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    Yesterday, 08:04 PM
    A recently unmasked FBI agent who worked on the Clinton email investigation and exchanged anti-Trump text messages with her FBI lover and other colleagues has been pictured for the first time by the Daily Mail. Sally Moyer, 44, who texted 'f**k Trump,' called President Trump's voters 'retarded' and vowed to quit 'on the spot' if he won the election, was seen leaving her home early Friday morning wearing a floral top and dark pants. She shook her head and declined to discuss the controversy with a DailyMail.com reporter, and ducked quickly into her nearby car in the rain without an umbrella before driving off. -Daily Mail Moyer - an attorney and registered Democrat identified in the Inspector General's report as "Agent 5" is a veritable goldmine of hate, who had been working for the FBI since at least September of 2006. When Moyer sent the texts, she was on the "filter team" for the Clinton email investigation - a group of FBI officials tasked with determining whether information obtained by the FBI is considered "privileged" or if it can be used in the investigation - also known as a taint team. Moyer exchanged most of the messages with another FBI agent who worked on the Clinton investigation, identified as 'Agent 1' in the report. Moyer and Agent 1 were in a romantic relationship at the time, and the two have since married, according the report. Agent 1's name is being withheld. -Daily Mail Some of Moyer's greatest hits:
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    Yesterday, 08:02 PM
    FBI special agent Peter Strzok is having a very bad June. After being physically escorted out of his FBI office last Friday and losing his security clearance this week, per Attorney General Jeff Sessions, the anti-Trump "lovebird" has been subpoenaed by House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-IA). STRZOK: The House Judiciary Committee has subpoenaed FBI agent Peter Strzok to appear next week even though his lawyer signaled last week that he planned to testify voluntarily. pic.twitter.com/PRJG3OByvt — Kyle Cheney (@kyledcheney) June 22, 2018 Strzok agreed to testify earlier, however Grassley issued the subpoena to appear on June 27 at 10:00 a.m. after the FBI agent would not commit to a date. More at: https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-06-22/strzok-subpoenaed-must-appear-congress-five-days
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    Yesterday, 07:57 PM
    The European Commission launched an antitrust investigation June 21 against Qatar Petroleum over territorial restriction clauses in natural gas supply contracts that appear to restrict buyers from selling on or diverting their cargoes to different purchasers, the Financial Times reported. More at: https://worldview.stratfor.com/situation-report/eu-european-commission-launches-antitrust-probe-qatar-petroleum
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    Yesterday, 07:40 PM
    The movement to slice up the state of California is reeling from internal clashes over what’s the best way to rearrange the state. The Cal 3 measure, which seeks to break up America’s most populous state into three smaller states, recently gathered enough support to earn the right to appear on the Nov. 6 state election ballot, giving voters a historic chance to improve their representation on the national level. But rather than get behind the upcoming vote, the separatist movement has fractured into multiple camps, each offering their own plans and criticizing each other for unfair dividing lines, the Washington Times reported. Paul Preston, vice president and co-founder of the New California movement that want a two-state solution in California, based on rural-urban lines, says venture capitalist Tim Draper’s partition plan -- the one on which voters will vote in November -- wouldn’t address the issue of voter representation, as it would merely create two deep blue states and one swing state. “With Draper, he makes sure every area has an urbanized zone that will ultimately be blue. You still have the rural-urban thing going on in his formula,” Preston told the Times. “The rural people will be shafted again.” Yes California’s Louis Marinelli, meanwhile, opposes both the Draper and Preston initiatives, claiming all of them are just Republican plots to “chip away at the voice California lends to the republic as a solid blue state.” Marinelli’s plan, dubbed Calexit, seeks to make California a wholly independent country and secede from the U.S. altogether – a step too far for other separatists.
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    Yesterday, 07:32 PM
    The local gun-rights group challenging New Jersey’s effort to ban and confiscate ammunition magazines capable of holding more than 10 rounds filed a motion on Thursday to block enforcement of the law while their challenge proceeds. The Association of New Jersey Rifle & Pistol Clubs asked the U.S. District Court of New Jersey to keep the state from enforcing the ban while it considers the group’s case. The law in dispute requires anyone in New Jersey who has a magazine holding more than 10 rounds to either permanently modify it, transfer it out of state, or turn it into the police within 180 days of last Wednesday. If the court takes more than 180 days to litigate the case against the law, those with magazines may have to comply with the law even if the law is later found to be unconstitutional. The group said the law violates the Second Amendment and has the potential to turn many law-abiding gun owners into criminals. More at: http://freebeacon.com/issues/gun-rights-group-files-motion-block-enforcement-new-jersey-ammunition-confiscation-scheme-lawsuit-proceeds/
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    Yesterday, 07:31 PM
    It is the movement to portray fat as normal or even "beautiful" that is the problem, I don't see anything wrong with making clothes in any size the public needs.
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    Yesterday, 07:28 PM
    The State Department revealed that another diplomat working at the U.S. Embassy in Cuba has fallen victim to a mysterious attack. The diplomat, who is now the Havana-based embassy’s 25th individual to be affected, was evacuated to the U.S. to be medically evaluated. A second employee was also evacuated over health concerns and is currently under medical supervision. Doctors are still attempting to determine whether the issues are related to the mysterious attacks. More at: https://www.infowars.com/u-s-embassy-in-cuba-sees-25th-victim-of-mysterious-attack/
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    Yesterday, 07:24 PM
    The U.S. military moved on Friday to indefinitely suspend two upcoming operations with South Korean forces as part of the administration's efforts to reach the complete denuclearization of North Korea. In a press statement, chief Pentagon spokeswoman Dana White said that the decision reached by Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and national security adviser John Bolton would be contingent on future "good faith" negotiations and developments with North Korea and Kim Jong Un's government. "To support implementing the outcomes of the Singapore Summit, and in coordination with our Republic of Korea ally, Secretary Mattis has indefinitely suspended select exercises," the statement reads. "In support of upcoming diplomatic negotiations led by Secretary Pompeo, additional decisions will depend upon the DPRK continuing to have productive negotiations in good faith," the Pentagon added. Friday's announcement comes just days after the Pentagon announced it had officially suspended planning for its annual August “war game” with South Korea's military. More at: http://thehill.com/policy/defense/393752-us-military-indefinitely-suspends-two-training-exercises-with-south-korea
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    Yesterday, 07:14 PM
    The Defense Department is investigating research partnerships between Chinese companies and American universities amid threats of spying and technology theft on behalf of Beijing’s government, a senior official said Thursday. Michael Griffin, the undersecretary of defense for research and engineering, said the concern is particularly pressing at U.S. campuses that both have ties with Chinese firms and host sensitive Pentagon research. “I am concerned that we are not yet as vigilant as we should be about making sure that research doesn’t go to places that have those ties,” Griffin testified before the House Armed Services Committee. “Certainly, universities have a very long, multi-decade history of collaboration with the national security community writ large on problems of national interest, it’s one of our greatest strengths, but doing so in an environment that can be penetrated by adversaries is not wise and we are looking more closely to that.” More at: http://freebeacon.com/national-security/pentagon-investigating-chinese-research-partnerships-u-s-universities/
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    Yesterday, 07:11 PM
    New research warns that the normalization of ‘plus-size’ body shapes may be leading to an increasing number of people underestimating their weight – undermining efforts to tackle England’s ever-growing obesity problem. While attempts to reduce stigmatization of larger body sizes – for example with the launch of plus-size clothing ranges – help promote body positivity, the study highlights an unintentional negative consequence that may prevent recognition of the health risks of being overweight. The study by Dr. Raya Muttarak, from the University of East Anglia (UEA) and the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA), in Austria, examined the demographic and socioeconomic characteristics associated with underestimation of weight status to reveal social inequalities in patterns of weight misperception. Analysis of data from almost 23,460 people who are overweight or obese revealed that weight misperception has increased in England. Men and individuals with lower levels of education and income are more likely to underestimate their weight status and consequently less likely to try to lose weight. Members of minority ethnic groups are also more likely to underestimate their weight than the white population, however they are more likely to try to lose weight. Overall, those underestimating their weight are 85% less likely to try to lose weight compared with people who accurately identified their weight status. The results, published today in the journal Obesity, show that the number of overweight individuals who are misperceiving their weight has increased over time, from 48.4% to 57.9% in men and 24.5% to 30.6% in women between 1997 and 2015. Similarly, among individuals classified as obese, the proportion of men misperceiving their weight in 2015 was almost double that of 1997 (12% vs 6.6%). The study comes amid growing global concern about rising obesity rates and follows a 2017 report by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) that showed 63% of adults in the UK are overweight or obese.
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    Yesterday, 07:06 PM
    Eurozone ministers declared the end of the Greek debt crisis early Friday agreeing debt relief and a big cash payout for Greece, part of a broad bailout exit deal that will close eight years of financial rescues for cash-strapped Athens. Greece is slated to leave its financial rescue on August 20 and finance ministers from the 19 countries that use the single currency were under pressure to offer Athens a goodbye deal that left it strong in the eyes of the financial markets. “The Greek crisis ends here tonight,” said EU Economic Affairs Commissioner Pierre Moscovici, after marathon talks in Luxembourg. “We finally got to the end of this path which was so long and difficult. It is a historic moment,” the former French finance minister said. The agreement is an important turning point for the eurozone nearly a decade after Greece stunned the world with out-of-control spending and sparked three bailouts and a near collapse of the euro single currency. The deal was expected to be an easy one, but last-minute resistance by Germany — Greece’s long bailout nemesis and biggest creditor — dragged the talks on for six hours. With writing-off loans off the table, eurozone ministers agreed to extend maturities by 10 years on major parts of its total debt obligations, a mountain that has reached 180 percent of GDP — almost double the country’s annual economic output. The eurozone creditors also agreed to disburse 15 billion euros ($17.5 billion) to ease the country’s exit from its programme. This would leave Greece with a hefty 24 billion euro safety cushion, officials said.
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    Yesterday, 06:32 PM
    Technology is good for quality of life but a danger to freedom, before metallurgy there were no chains.
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    Yesterday, 06:10 PM
    If she was a vegetarian (as opposed to vegan) then it was probably the dairy that kept her overweight. Either that or junk food, but certainly not healthy, plant-based whole foods.
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