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    Today, 01:39 AM
    Yeah, right, I believe it. :sarcasm: Kelly needs to go.
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    Today, 01:36 AM
    Four members of a Homeland Security advisory council have resigned in protest over the Trump administration's immigration policies, citing the "morally repugnant" practice of separating immigrant families at the border. Richard Danzig, former secretary of the Navy in the Clinton administration, and Elizabeth Holtzman, a Democratic former congresswoman, were among the group that announced their resignation in a letter to Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen on Monday. The group noted that the Department of Homeland Security did not consult its advisory council before implementing the policy, which separated more than 2,500 children until President Donald Trump reversed his endorsement of the practice amid an international outcry and signed an order instructing the agency to stop doing so. "Were we consulted, we would have observed that routinely taking children from migrant parents was morally repugnant, counter-productive and ill-considered," the group wrote. "We cannot tolerate association with the immigration policies of this administration, nor the illusion that we are consulted on these matters." Two former Obama administration officials - David Martin, a former DHS deputy general counsel during the Obama administration, and Matthew Olsen, who served as director of the National Counterterrorism Center -- also signed the letter. Bill Bratton, a former New York City police commissioner who is vice chairman of the advisory council, thanked the group for their service in an email reply, but he did not respond directly to the criticism. "Each of you was appointed owing to lifelong dedication to the nation and her people, and, indeed, I can appreciate that each of you sees this resignation as part of that dedication," Bratton wrote.
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    Today, 01:25 AM
    Amidst questions about how conspiracy theorists' accounts are treated during today's House Judiciary hearing with Facebook, Google and Twitter on social media filtering practices, Representative Steve King (R-Iowa) dropped a bombshell. "What about converting the large behemoth organizations that we're talking about here into public utilities?" King's suggestion followed his inquiries about right-wing outlet Gateway Pundit losing reach on social media and how Facebook's algorithm worked. The insinuation was that these companies cannot properly maintain fair platforms for discourse. The representative also suggested there may be need for "review" of Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act that protects interactive computer services from being treated as the publisher of content users post on their platforms. If that rule was changed, social media companies could be held responsible for illegal content, from copyright infringement or child pornography, appearing on their platform. That would potentially cripple the social media industry, requiring extensive pre-vetting of any content they display. The share prices of the tech giants did not see significant declines upon the representative's comments, indicating the markets don't necessarily fear that overbearing regulation of this nature is likely. Here's the exchange between King and Google's Global Head of Public Policy and Government Relations for YouTube Juniper Downs: King: "Ms. Downs, I think you have a sense of my concern about where this is going. I'm all for freedom of speech, and free enterprise, and for competition and finding a way that competition itself does its own regulation so government doesn't have to. But if this gets further out of hand, it appears to me that Section 230 needs to be reviewed. And one of the discussions that I'm hearing is 'what about converting the large behemoth organizations that we're talking about here into public utilities?' How do you respond to that inquiry?"
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    Today, 12:47 AM
    NOTE: Because "NATO" these days is little more than a box of spare parts out of which Washington assembles "coalitions of the willing", it's easier for me to write "NATO" than "Washington plus/minus these or those minions". Home Secretary Sajid Javid has called on Russia to explain "exactly what has gone on" after two people were exposed to the Novichok nerve agent in Wiltshire. (BBC) The Russian state could put this wrong right. They could tell us what happened. What they did. And fill in some of the significant gaps that we are trying to pursue. We have said they can come and tell us what happened. I'm waiting for the phone call from the Russian state. The offer is there. They are the ones who could fill in all the clues to keep people safe. (UK security minister Ben Wallace) Leaving aside their egregious flouting of the elemental principle of English justice, note that they're uttering this logical idiocy: Russia must have done it because it hasn't proved it didn't. Note also, in Javid's speech, the amusing suggestion that Russia keeps changing its story; but to fit into the official British story "novichok" must be an instantly lethal slow acting poison which dissipates quickly but lasts for months. This is an attempt to manipulate our perception of reality. In a previous essay I discussed NATO's projection of its own actions onto Russia. In this piece I want to discuss another psychological manipulation – gaslighting. The expression comes from the movie Gaslight in which the villain manipulates her reality to convince his wife that she is insane. Doubt the official Skripal story and it is you – you "Russian troll" – who is imagining things. Only Russian trolls would question Litvinenko's deathbed accusation written in perfect English handed to us by a Berezovskiy flunky; or the shootdown of MH17; or the invasion of Ukraine; or the cyber attack on Estonia. Only a Russian troll would observe that the fabulously expensive NATO intelligence agencies apparently get their information from Bellingcat. Argumentum ad trollem is everywhere: count the troll accusations here or admire the clever anticipatory use of the technique there. This is classic gaslighting – I'm telling the truth, you're the crazy one. We may illustrate the eleven signs of "gaslighting" given in Psychiatry Today by Stephanie A. Sarkis with recent events. They tell blatant lies. The Skripals were poisoned by an incredibly deadly nerve agent that left them with no visible symptoms for hours but not so deadly that it killed them; at least not at Easter; nor the policeman; a nerve agent that could only have been made in Russia although its recipe was published in the open media; that poison having been administered on a doorknob that each had to have touched at the exact same minute that no one else touched; a nerve agent so deadly that they only bothered to clean up the sites 51 days later. And so on: a different story every day. But your mind must be controlled by Putin if you smell a falsehood at any point. And, now we have it all over again: apparently the fiendishly clever Russian assassins smeared the doorknob and then, rather than getting out of town ASAP, sauntered over into a park to toss the container. (Remember the fiendishly clever Russian assassins who spread polonium everywhere?)
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    Yesterday, 11:16 PM
    Leftist zombies have no brain, they fervently believe whatever thing their leaders said last no matter how much it contradicts the previous thing.
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    Yesterday, 10:57 PM
    Once upon a time it was the left that screamed that "The People have a right to know" and that the establishment can't be trusted, they used to say "Make love not war" about Russia. Of course they said all those things when they were useful to the cause of communism whether they had some amount of truth to them or not.:monocle:
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    Yesterday, 10:51 PM
    A Minneapolis day care owner was sentenced Monday to 10 years of probation for trying to kill a toddler in her home by hanging him.Nataliia Karia, 43, received her punishment in Hennepin County court after pleading guilty to attempted murder and third-degree assault earlier. She also pleaded guilty to criminal vehicular operation for hitting a pedestrian, a bicyclist and another driver as she fled from her home in a minivan in November 2016. Karia also must follow court-ordered mental health treatment and will be on electronic home monitoring for at least two months, the Star Tribune reported. She will live with her adult son but cannot have unsupervised contact with her daughters or other minors. According to the criminal complaint, a father was dropping off his son at Karia's home when Karia led him toward the basement, where he saw the toddler hanging from a noose. He released the child and fled with him. The 16-month-old boy survived. Judge Jay Quam agreed with the assessment by doctors that Karia was "a low risk" to reoffend. He called her actions "the perfect storm of factors unlikely to ever be repeated." Defense attorney Brockton Hunter expressed relief on behalf of Karia. "We came in here with our hearts in our throats," Hunter said. He said Karia, who has spent 20 months in jail since the incident and will get credit for her time already served, will leave jail no later than Tuesday. Karia, who arrived in the United States from Ukraine in 2006, promised to follow probation and said in court she was glad no one died. Prosecutor Christina Warren pushed for prison time. Warren raised doubts that Karia could be properly supervised outside of prison and receive the care she needs to restore her mental health. In a court filing, Warren wrote that instead of being the person most able and willing to protect the boy from harm, Karia "left him hanging by a noose around his neck in her basement."
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    Yesterday, 10:34 PM
    It is not only practical it is a necessity.
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    Yesterday, 10:31 PM
    Was O'Bummer ever straight? (in ANY way?)
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    Yesterday, 10:09 PM
    Don't bet on it.
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    Yesterday, 09:20 PM
    FDR was a Communist collaborator, Truman was his VP. Q+ actually. Attacking commies was the best thing about him, unfortunately he went to China because anti-communism was already morphing into Russophobia.
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    Yesterday, 09:10 PM
    The president of the Portland Police Association in Oregon issued a scathing rebuke of Mayor Ted Wheeler’s response to the city’s homelessness crisis, saying the city has become a feces-covered “cesspool” under the Democrat’s watch. “Our City has become a cesspool,” PPA President Daryl Turner wrote in a statement posted on Facebook Monday. “Livability that once made Portland a unique and vibrant city is now replaced with human feces in businesses doorways, in our parks, and on our streets. “Aggressive panhandlers block the sidewalks, storefronts, and landmarks like Pioneer Square, discouraging people from enjoying our City,” he said. “Garbage-filled RVs and vehicles are strewn throughout our neighborhoods. Used needles, drug paraphernalia, and trash are common sights lining the streets and sidewalks of the downtown core area, under our bridges, and freeway overpasses. That’s not what our families, business owners, and tourists deserve.” His comments came after the mayor told The Oregonian that he wanted an investigation into the city’s arrest data after an analysis by the newspaper found 52 percent of arrests made last year involved a homeless person, while the homeless represent only roughly 3 percent of the city’s population. “The real question here is, ‘Is there some sort of profiling or implicit bias?’” Mr. Wheeler said last week. “From my perspective, that’s the crux of the situation. The police should be focused on policing criminal activity, and that’s sort of the beginning, the middle and the end of it for me.” More at: https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2018/jul/17/police-union-president-slams-dem-mayors-homelessne/ "KEEP PORTLAND WEIRD":nauseated:
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    Yesterday, 09:04 PM
    A top intelligence official at the National Security Council (NSC) is reportedly leaving the White House. Michael Barry, senior NSC director for intelligence programs, is leaving the council as part of national security adviser John Bolton’s major staffing overhaul, two government officials told the Daily Beast. One source quoted in the report Tuesday said that Barry is leaving on “very good terms,” but that his departure will be a “tough loss.” Barry is reportedly returning to the CIA, where he served before joining the NSC. President Trump's former national security adviser H.R. McMaster hired Barry to replace Ezra Cohen-Watnick, who reportedly butted heads with other officials before being fired in August, according to the Daily Beast. More at: http://thehill.com/policy/national-security/397553-top-intel-official-leaving-national-security-council-report
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    Yesterday, 09:02 PM
    A bipartisan group of senators on Tuesday introduced a package of bills designed to make it easier for Americans to save for retirement. The four senators behind the legislation — Cory Booker (D-N.J.), Tom Cotton (R-Ark.), Heidi Heitkamp (D-N.D.) and Todd Young (R-Ind.) — span the political spectrum, boosting the prospects for advancing the measures. "Our work on these bills shows a bipartisan commitment to improving economic security for workers and families, and I hope we can move them forward as they will make a difference for so many Americans who deserve to live with dignity both as workers and retirees," said Heitkamp. One measure would pave the way for pooled employer plans, allowing smaller businesses to more easily offer retirement savings schemes for their workers. Another bill would make more retirement savings automatic, requiring workers to opt out rather than opt in. About one-third of private sector workers don’t have access to a workplace retirement plan, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, which also found that smaller businesses are significantly less likely to offer defined retirement plans compared to larger companies. "Americans work hard day after day with often little promise of economic security in the future," Young said. The third bill would create “emergency savings accounts” that would serve as alternatives to people accessing their retirement savings early for emergencies, while the fourth measure would allow tax filers to automatically put any tax refunds into a savings account. Those two policies would help Americans who are chronically low on savings.
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    Yesterday, 08:58 PM
    It is intended to force some kind of anti-Russian action to further damage our relationship with them.
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    Yesterday, 08:40 PM
    Texas Instruments has dumped CEO Brian Crutcher for personal misconduct less than two months after he took over the job, ruining the chip maker's hopes for a smooth transition to new leadership.Crutcher resigned Tuesday after TI's board determined he violated the company's code of conduct with behavior the company said was not consistent with its ethics and core values. TI emphasized Crutcher's transgression wasn't related to its operations or finances. The company, however, declined to elaborate on what he did wrong in response to an in inquiry. The Dallas company is bringing back Crutcher's predecessor as CEO, TI Chairman Rich Templeton. Crutcher replaced Templeton as CEO June 1 as part of what the Dallas company described as a "well-planned succession" when the change was announced in January. Crutcher had spent more than 20 years at TI before emerging as Templeton's heir apparent. In a video recorded for TI's employees, Templeton said he was surprised, disappointed and mad when he first found out the company needed him to come back as CEO. More at: https://finance.yahoo.com/news/texas-instruments-ceo-loses-job-223513550.html
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    Yesterday, 08:36 PM
    A common blood pressure and heart drug manufactured in bulk by a Chinese company and sold worldwide may have contained an impurity linked to cancer since 2012, European regulators said on Tuesday.The revelation that the problem likely dates back to changes in manufacturing processes at Zhejiang Huahai Pharmaceutical six years ago suggests many patients could potentially have been exposed to cancer risk. The European Medicines Agency (EMA), which first raised the alarm over the Chinese supplied valsartan on July 5, said it was now working to establish how long and at what levels patients might have been exposed to the impurity known as NDMA. NDMA, or N-nitrosodimethylamine, is classified as a probable human carcinogen. Based on results from laboratory tests, it may cause cancer with long-term use. "It is still too early to provide information on the longer term risk NDMA may have posed for patients. EMA has made this aspect of the review a priority and will update the public as soon as new information becomes available," the agency said. EU authorities have been recalling medicines containing valsartan from Zhejiang Huahai over the past two weeks and the EMA said such medicines should no longer be available in pharmacies. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration also took action to recall affected valsartan-containing medicines on Friday. Zhejiang Huahai has already acknowledged that there was an impurity in some of its valsartan, which it said had sales of $50 million in 2017. Officials at the company could not immediately be reached for comment outside of regular business hours on the fact the problem might date back to 2012. The EMA said NDMA was an unexpected impurity that was not detected by routine tests carried out by Zhejiang Huahai, adding that the manufacturing changes introduced in 2012 were believed to have produced NDMA as a by-product.
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    Yesterday, 08:33 PM
    U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis is open to the possibility of the first talks since 2015 between the defense chiefs of the United States and Russia, a move that would deepen communication between Washington and Moscow, U.S. officials said.The possibility of talks surfaced after Monday's controversial summit in Helsinki between U.S. President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin, in which they sought an end to years of strained relations. Trump was heavily criticized at home for not holding Putin accountable in Helsinki for meddling in the 2016 U.S. election, an allegation that Moscow denies. Discussions between Mattis and Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu would be another step toward creating more regular top-level political talks between the two nuclear powers, whose relations have deteriorated in recent years to the worst point since the Cold War. Two U.S. officials, speaking to Reuters on condition of anonymity, said Mattis was open to the possibility of talks. They did not suggest he was actively seeking discussions with Shoigu, either in person or by telephone. More at: https://www.yahoo.com/news/exclusive-trumps-defense-chief-open-first-talks-russian-215620674.html
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    Yesterday, 08:06 PM
    Following the summit in Helsinki between U.S. President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin, Russia's Defense Ministry said it is ready to implement the security agreements the two leaders struck, TASS reported July 17. New developments on the issues Trump and Putin discussed at the summit — including Syria, Ukraine and arms control — will depend on the implementation. More at: https://worldview.stratfor.com/situation-report/russia-defense-ministry-ready-increase-cooperation-us
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    Yesterday, 07:50 PM
    :star::star::star: Rand 2024! :star::star::star:
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    Yesterday, 07:25 PM
    It will fail before it takes over.
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    Yesterday, 07:06 PM
    The EU is still facing major political divisions over the response of the bloc’s member countries to the mass influx of immigrants and asylum seekers, which kicked off in 2015. Austria does not plan on receiving any of the 450 migrants who have disembarked in Sicily, the country’s Chancellor Sebastian Kurz pointed out in his letter to Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte, according to the Austria Press Agency, which obtained a copy of the letter. In the letter, Kurz allegedly cited the fact that in terms of population, Austria has accepted more asylum applications than “many other EU countries” since 2015. The letter came after Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte had written to all EU members and urged them to accept some of the refugees who were rescued from a boat in the Mediterranean by two vessels from the EU’s Frontex coast guard and border patrol authorities. With Spain, Portugal, France, Germany and Malta each offering to take in 50 of the 450-strong group, Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis rejected Conte’s request, warning that relocating the refugees may “lead down the road to hell.” More at: https://www.infowars.com/austria-refuses-migrants-landing-in-italy/
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    Yesterday, 07:01 PM
    Rolls-Royce said Tuesday it is developing tiny “cockroach” robots that can crawl inside aircraft engines to spot and fix problems. The U.K. engineer said the miniature technology can improve the way maintenance is carried out by speeding up inspections and eliminating the need to remove an engine from an aircraft for repair work to take place. David Reid | CNBC “They could go off scuttling around reaching all different parts of the combustion chamber,” said James Kell, technology specialist at Rolls-Royce. Speaking at the Farnborough International Airshow in England, Kell added that the robots could save engineers a lot of time. “If we did it conventionally it would take us five hours; with these little robots, who knows, it might take five minutes,” he added. To explore the concept, the Rolls-Royce has teamed up with robotics experts at Harvard University in the U.S. and the University of Nottingham in England.
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    Yesterday, 06:42 PM
    Aside from all the other reasons it won't happen Jordan will be the next Speaker of the House, there will be no impeachment.
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    Yesterday, 06:36 PM
    So many to choose from.......................
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