• Raginfridus's Avatar
    Today, 01:28 PM
    Its a syncretic religion.
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  • Swordsmyth's Avatar
    Today, 01:19 PM
    They would be encouraged to reduce taxes and spending OR to shift them to local governments that are more responsible to their voters. Poorer states are required to pay as much per citizen as richer states, richer states feel free to increase federal taxes and spending since they are hurt less than the poorer states. CORRECTION: under my plan tariffs would also be allowed.
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    Today, 01:14 PM
    Draft Legislation sponsored by GOP Senators Bob Corker and Tom Cotton adds unacceptable new requirements to the deal – a binding international agreement not subject to revision by any of its signatories, Washington one of them. Draft GOP Senate provisions illegally prohibit flight testing, manufacture or deployment of ICBM’s capable of carrying any type warheads – including attempts to convert space-launched vehicles into ICBMs. Also banned are any activities aiming to acquire nuclear material or equipment capable of producing it from foreign sources. It details how Washington would freeze Iran’s “breakout timeline” to produce enough fissile material for nuclear weapons it deplores, doesn’t want, and strongly advocates a Middle East from them, Israel the region’s only armed and dangerous nuclear power. It also demands IAEA access to any Iranian sites, including military ones – something few, if any, nations would permit, certainly not America or Israel. Other provisions include removing so-called “sunset” clauses, lifting restrictions on some Iranian nuclear activities after 10 or 15 years. Semi-annual reporting on Iranian compliance is required, interfering with the IAEA’s monitoring mandate. Iranian policies unrelated to the deal could be used to build an alleged case of noncompliance – no matter how untrue. Trump wants the JCPOA illegally toughened. He threatened to pull out of the deal otherwise – more evidence America can never be trusted if he walks away from an international treaty – not the first time for the nation if happens. Sordid US history includes many treaties and agreements Washington unilaterally violated. The JCPOA appears next in line. On his own, Trump can’t end the deal. Ending US involvement would significantly weaken it, Congress able to renew all sanctions removed under the agreement.
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    Today, 01:00 PM
    EUROPEAN Union MEPs are set to vote on handing more power over wages and social security standards of workers in Europe, according to a new report. The report, by Italian left-winger Laura Agea, says the laws already exist for the European Union (EU) to take control over something which national governments have previously assumed is solely their competence. The EU’s Committee on Employment and Social Affairs stops short of guaranteeing a minimum wage but so-called “minimum income schemes” would inevitably mean handing more powers to Brussels bureaucrats in being able to determine wages and social security programmes. More at: http://www.express.co.uk/news/politics/870148/EU-parliament-wages-minimum-income-schemes-Brussels-Laura-Agea
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    Today, 12:55 PM
    In case you don't understand: all money collected and spent by each state would be taxed at X% No other taxes The idea is to reward low tax and low spending states while collecting the federal government's required money at the local level and eliminating ALL federal collection mechanisms. Each state would collect it's taxes how it liked and in whatever quantity it liked, then a percentage would be given to the feds proportionate to that states economic strength modified by it's tax rates.
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    Today, 12:28 PM
    Swordsmyth replied to a thread Catalonia in World News & Affairs
    Catalan Separatists Plan Human Shield, "Civil Disobedience" To Block Spanish Takeoverhttp://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-10-23/catalan-separatists-plan-human-shield-civil-disobedience-block-spanish-takeover
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    Today, 11:49 AM
    I've also noticed that Burning Man is used as an example of successful anarchy. I'm beginning to think that our "anarchists" smoked a little too much Wacky tobacky in their lifetime. :o ;)
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  • Swordsmyth's Avatar
    Today, 11:30 AM
    They only wanted to rebuild it after they stole it, they wanted to destroy it first so it would be easier to steal.
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    Today, 11:26 AM
    All money collected and spent.
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    Today, 12:15 AM
    The Democratic National Committee is reeling, facing a turnaround that's proving a much bigger lift than anyone expected as it struggles to raise enough money to cover its basic promises. Many donors are refusing to write checks. And on-the-ground operatives worry they won’t have the resources to build the infrastructure they need to compete effectively in next year’s midterms and in the run-up to 2020. Here in the halls of Bally's hotel and casino for the DNC's fall meeting through the weekend, state committee chairs and operatives echoed a now-common concern among donors and strategists: The DNC's recovery is still a ways away, and that could have serious repercussions for the party in the coming years. "Donors, small and large, are so over the party," said Nebraska party chair Jane Kleeb, summing up the problem facing DNC chairman Tom Perez and his counterparts in the states. Kleeb, who is working on grass-roots fundraising efforts for the committee, said she believes the money will come eventually. "Everybody thinks that some magic three-page document and some magic tagline is going to turn everything around for us," she added. "But this is very typical work." But the DNC reboot under Perez, the former Labor Department secretary who took over the committee in late February, has taken longer than anticipated, in part because of the sheer scale of the undertaking, said a range of party operatives, donors, and elected officials.
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    Today, 12:10 AM
    Japan Election Vindicates Shinzo Abe as His Party Wins Bighttps://www.nytimes.com/2017/10/22/world/asia/japan-election-shinzo-abe.html
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    Yesterday, 11:33 PM
    Italy's 2 richest regions claim victory in autonomy voteshttps://www.yahoo.com/news/italys-2-richest-regions-seek-more-autonomy-rome-050422354.html
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    Yesterday, 10:26 PM
    That's how Bubonic plague started. The only country in the world outside Cali where people shit in the streets and worship rats like its normal.
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  • Raginfridus's Avatar
    Yesterday, 02:33 PM
    One question: is it customary for the man to propose in Zimbabwe?
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  • Raginfridus's Avatar
    Yesterday, 02:22 PM
    Maybe he blacked out and woke up believing he was a Navy or Marine pilot :P
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    Yesterday, 01:46 PM
    http://www.nydailynews.com/newswires/news/world/malta-politicians-rally-honoring-reporter-article-1.3580706 Police removed a banner describing Malta as a "Mafia state."
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    Yesterday, 01:28 PM
    "Carter's always looking like he doesn't know these assholes and just wants to get the hell out (true feeling? Alzheimers?), but Obama and Bush threaten to strafe his grandkids if he doesn't show. Slick Willy's peeling a smile, because Gaga give him half a boner, and he'll take what he can get these days."
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  • lilymc's Avatar
    Yesterday, 12:06 PM
    It definitely seems to be happening… slowly but surely. And it is prophesied.
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    Yesterday, 12:00 PM
    I used to think Uber was great, until one of their drivers charged my debit card for a "cancellation fee" even though I didn't actually book the ride, I was merely inquiring about it. Made me never want to use them again and delete the app.
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    Yesterday, 11:19 AM
    See what nonsense our tributaries create when America's not present? Germany's was funniest in the first half (Norway's had best acting tho). I guess Portugal was funniest in the second half (fake soccer injuries).
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    Yesterday, 01:58 AM
    Shit, 62 wagons? Might as well take some with you at that point. Bonnie & Clyde had to rob banks, break out of prison, and shoot people for that kind of attention. These poor bastards got it for driving a sassy car. smh
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    10-21-2017, 11:46 PM
    Swordsmyth replied to a thread Catalonia in World News & Affairs
    Catalonia's leaders said on Saturday they would not accept direct rule imposed on the region by the Spanish government, as a political crisis that has rattled the economy and raised fears of prolonged unrest showed no signs of easing.Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy announced earlier on Saturday he would invoke special constitutional powers to fire the regional government and force a new election to counter the region's move towards independence. Catalan President Carles Puigdemont, who made a symbolic declaration of independence on Oct. 10 after a referendum to secede, called Rajoy's moves the "worst attacks against the people of Catalonia" since Spain's military dictatorship. It is the first time since Spain's return to democracy that the central government has used its powers to seize control of a regional administration. Rajoy said it was necessary to end a crisis that has fractured the country and prompted Spain to reduce growth forecasts for the euro zone's fourth-largest economy. After taking party in peaceful demonstration, Puigdemont expressed his rejection of Madrid's move, but stopped short of saying he would make good his threat to push ahead with the independence bid before direct rule takes effect. "I ask the (Catalan) parliament to meet in a plenary session during which we, the representatives of the citizens' sovereignty, will be able to decide over this attempt to liquidate our government and our democracy, and act in consequence," Puigdemont said in a televised address. Rajoy, who acted with backing from the main opposition party in Madrid and King Felipe, needs the authorization of Spain's upper house of parliament to impose direct rule. "Our objective is to restore the law and a normal cohabitation among citizens, which has deteriorated a lot, continue with the economic recovery, which is under threat today in Catalonia, and celebrate elections in a situation of normality," he said. The Senate vote that would give Madrid full control of Catalonia's finances, police and public media and curb the powers of the regional parliament for up to six months is scheduled for next Friday. That could give the independence movement room to maneuver.
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