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    Today, 04:38 PM
    Because we are commanded to be like him. Also sheep are cute and cuddly and their wool is valuable.
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    Today, 04:22 PM
    I wondered about the spelling myself, I'm not a Catholic and I don't believe in the "Fatima" prophecies, I think they are propaganda. (The Catholic church invented the term "propaganda") I wouldn't presume to tell you what to do but I believe Catholicism to be wrong.
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    Today, 03:54 PM
    Despite President Donald Trump’s previously stated opposition to ObamaCare’s insurance-company bailouts, the federal budget he recently proposed actually reinstates these supposedly temporary bailouts and even asks for them to become a permanent entitlement. Trump proposes spending $11.5 billion to pay back claims under the healthcare law’s risk-corridor program, whereby insurers who suffer losses on the exchanges are bailed out by those who reap “excess” profits on them. The program was supposed to be self-sufficient, but “the losses thus far have exceeded the gains, and the program ran an $11.5 billion shortfall through 2016, when the law required the program to ‘sunset,’” wrote the Daily Signal. “To make matters worse,” reported the website, “the proposal both asks for an appropriation and proposes to put the program in the mandatory baseline — indicating that insurers are to be the beneficiaries of federal funding as a form of entitlement.” On top of that, Trump wants to exempt the program from budget sequestration, so it can grow even as other programs are forced to tighten their belts. The risk-corridor program has never been funded by Congress. In fact, lawmakers passed bills explicitly forbidding its funding, and President Barack Obama signed them. More at: https://www.thenewamerican.com/usnews/health-care/item/28289-trumps-budget-proposal-reinstates-obamacare-bailouts
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    Today, 03:39 PM
    I've been told that they send their worst problem children (mental or medical issues) to foreign adoptive parents as well, on the other hand it may be fake news since demonizing Russia is popular lately.
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    Today, 03:02 PM
    Turkish forces which entered Syria in late January have reportedly conducted a gas attack against Kurdish militias in the village of Aranda, sending at least six civilians to the hospital according to Syrian Kurdish forces and local media. "Six civillians suffering from suffocation as a result of Turkish forces firing missiles containing poison gas," reports Dr. Joan Mohammed, director of nearby Afrin Hospital (via SANA) Another Doctor, Khalil Sabri, told local news "all of them suffer the same symptoms of suffocation, malaise, itching skin and burning in the eyes." At least two of the victims are listed in critical condition, while four are stable. More at: https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-02-17/turkish-forces-hit-kurds-toxic-gas-after-crossing-syria-report
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    Today, 02:59 PM
    Big Pharma's tools ratcheting for tyranny.
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    Today, 02:35 PM
    Good, we wouldn't want you to be able to escape.
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    Today, 02:25 PM
    Half of me agrees with you, but the other half points out all the weird things that I never would have believed until they happened. But the mid-terms are vital and so is 2020, if Q and friends are real they MUST do something concrete and earth shattering to affect them, failure to do so will prove that the Q Continuum is just toying with us.
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    Today, 02:12 PM
    Interesting stuff. I normally don't watch TV, but I'm visiting my mom right now and I was watching the news last night… And there was this one kid who blatantly looked like he was reading from a script...Not only the way he was speaking, but his eyes, and everything about it seemed so contrived. I thought to myself, am I the only one seeing this? This is absolutely crazy. I haven't looked into this one too closely yet, but based on what I learned so far, it seems to fit all the usual characteristics of a false flag.
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    Today, 02:04 PM
    Yeah, I realized that not long after I started posting. Still, the side of truth is needed on threads like that. Many of them are probably very young, and just misguided. But even if they are hopeless, there are others reading those threads and the truth needs to be stated. So much truth there, I love it! Thank you for sharing that. Sadly, his point of view is very unpopular… In fact, I've noticed that their latest thing is to mock when people say "Pray for (such and such place)." Their motto now seems to be "We don't need prayer we need stricter gun laws." Oh, and still blaming the NRA.
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    Today, 01:29 PM
    I didn't know this, but Lafayette has a Russian community. I met a painter who's also an acrobat. I suspect it was him who rigged the elections.
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    Today, 10:06 AM
    Yeah, that's true of most families I think. My pop watches the news, or old movies, that's about it. Even in cartoons though, father's are either absent or bumbling. Morty's dad in Rick & Morty is a pussy, but he's got one character arc where he's slowly becoming a good husband.
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    Today, 09:36 AM
    Did he attend that school?
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    Today, 08:29 AM
    Abolish the Pinkertons.
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    Today, 02:25 AM
    Hey, I know that most of you aren't on Fedbook but if anyone is...you are needed. The anti-2A brainwashed libs are overwhelmingly outnumbering everyone else… Please educate them: https://www.facebook.com/TheOther98/photos/a.115969958413991.17486.114517875225866/2276048772406088/?type=3&theater Is it just me, or does it pain others to see this? They're literally laughing and mocking those who are simply saying that people have a right to defend themselves.
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    Today, 01:40 AM
    Ethiopia has declared a state of emergency, a day after the country's prime minister abruptly resigned. The measure was announced on Friday by the Council of Ministers, the Ethiopian government's cabinet, according to state broadcaster EBC. Local media said the measure is effective as of Friday, but it was not immediately clear how long it would last. Quoting an unnamed source "close to the government", the Addis Standard newspaper reported that the Council was debating whether to make the measure span three or six months. In August 2017, Ethiopia lifted a 10-month state of emergency imposed after hundreds of people were killed in anti-government protests demanding wider political freedoms. Ethiopia's Oromo and Amhara people - who make up about 61 percent of the country's population - have staged mass demonstrations since 2015 demanding greater political inclusion and an end to human rights abuses. Hailemariam, who has sat at the helm of the Ethiopian government since 2012, announced on Thursday he would be stepping down as prime minister and head of the ruling Ethiopian People's Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF) coalition. He cited ongoing "unrest and a political crisis" in the country as major factors in his resignation, which he described as "vital in the bid to carry out reforms that would lead to sustainable peace and democracy".
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    Today, 01:35 AM
    Judicial Watch Director of Investigations Chris Farrell is calling for the complete abolishment of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) beginning with the resignation of its director, Christopher Wray, after failing to protect American citizens. The law enforcement agency has come under scrutiny for becoming too politicized in the probe into former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server and the Russian dossier that may have helped authorities obtain FISA warrants to conduct surveillance on Trump campaign officials. “I would go back 200 years to the U.S. Marshal Service. I would create a new division for investigation and in about 6-8 months, I would shut the FBI down,” Farrell said during an interview on FOX Business “Lou Dobbs Tonight.” The Judicial Watch director said agents would be allowed to laterally apply to a new investigative unit and agents would be allowed to apply to a new investigative arm of the U.S. Marshal Service. The FBI would cease to exist. More at: https://finance.yahoo.com/news/fbi-completely-shut-down-judicial-014600936.html
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    Today, 01:22 AM
    Group membership is more fundamental than the functions of the group or the obligations of the members, you could form a group of friends with no particular function and zero obligations and the group would still have a right to control it's membership. The obligations placed on group membership and the group's permissible functions are unlimited in a voluntary group, the members can agree to anything they want, since government is a semi-voluntary group then it may not place obligations on it's members nor assume functions that violate the rights of it's members, so it can't have a "right to set national economic output" but since control of membership is a fundamental aspect of any group it does have that right and function, and that right and function didn't exist without the group so you can't have owned it before the group was formed.
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    Today, 12:57 AM
    You didn't have a right to control group membership since there wasn't a group or members, when the group was created it was born with the right to control membership, membership control is the essence of territorial control, the group earns it's right to control membership and to collect "dues" by performing it's function to protect it's members. If the group has a right to filter new members it has a right to decide how restrictive the filter is, the possibilities range from absolute isolationism to open borders and "at will" citizenship.
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    Today, 12:38 AM
    "Exclusive" is the question, since making a list of who has the right to eat the apple already excludes those not on the list then using the word "exclusive" must limit the right to only one person, therefore both statements can't be true, the question is whether membership in the apple club involves giving up exclusivity in ones right to eat the apple. It is also minimization of aggression to filter out those who wish to join the group but are likely to violate the rights of the other members.
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    Today, 12:10 AM
    Sure, your right to swing your fist is absolute yet it ends when it conflicts with my right to stand next to you in the public square. By that definition of liberalism only the anarchists are liberal, if you wish to claim the title "classic liberal" for yourself while allowing the state to tax money to perform legitimate functions then you can't deny it to me because I allow the state to "tax" property rights in order to perform a legitimate function. Our fundamental disagreement is whether or not controlling group membership is a legitimate function.
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    Yesterday, 11:54 PM
    We dealt with that earlier in this thread, since you aren't an anarchist I don't know why you keep bringing it up. You believe in taxes to enable the state to carry out it's legitimate functions so it shouldn't be to hard to understand the "rights taxation" argument for the state to carry out the function of controlling group membership, all that remains is to decide whether you believe that controlling group membership is a legitimate government function. Earlier you said it wasn't, if that is still your position then we will never agree and can quit wasting our time. I acknowledged no such thing, I created a different argument that worked with your view of property rights and territory. I still maintain that "territory" is a group function that doesn't exist without the group so the individuals can't have owned it before the group was formed, the group not only works the "territory" it created the "territory" which is a stronger claim to ownership than homesteading.
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