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    Today, 11:24 PM
    In a rambling column celebrating the controversial North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), German Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen said that the alliance's military force was needed for use against opponents of the “rules-based international order.” The bizarre screed comes as more and more people across the Western world and beyond turn against the globalist “world order” that von der Leyen says must be preserved, even by military force if need be. Among the most prominent critics has been the president of the United States of America, Donald Trump, who globalists claim is seeking to blow it all up. The opinion piece, "The World Still Needs NATO" published in the far-left New York Times, offers a great deal of insight into the role globalists hope NATO will play in the emerging “world order” they are seeking to foist on humanity. For instance, NATO is not just a military alliance, but “a political alliance as well,” von der Leyen admitted. But amid historic skepticism about the alliance expressed openly by President Trump and the millions of American voters who elected him, the pro-NATO propaganda smacks of desperation. In short, it seems NATO's future is uncertain at best. And globalists, apparently recognizing the threat to their dangerous agenda, have launched a full-blown public relations campaign to shore up support for the scheme. A “stronger NATO will serve the security interests of all members,” claimed whoever wrote the piece for von der Leyen, probably PR professionals. “Most of all, it will send a clear signal to those opposing the rules-based international order: We trans-Atlantic allies are ready and willing to defend our soil, our people and our freedom.” Did you catch that? A strong NATO is needed to protect against those who oppose the “rules-based international order.” Indeed, she argued that NATO was not just about bases and troops, but about defending the “world order,” a term often used by globalists to refer to the institutions of global governance foisted on humanity — primarily using deception — since the end of World War II. But the German official's message, while veiled, was still easy to discern. Consider, for instance, the examples offered by von der Leyen earlier on in her column about who opposes this “world order.” Among them: The government of Russia's Vladimir Putin, the mass-murdering Communist Chinese dictatorship, the “Islamic State” terror group that even globalists admit was armed and trained by NATO governments, and unspecified “authoritarian regimes developing nuclear weapons.” While the “challenges” are each different, “they have one thread in common: They emanate from actors who oppose the international order,” claimed von der Leyen, adding that these alleged foes seek “to undermine or even change the rules” of the “world order.” In other words, if you oppose the globalist vision of a “rules-based international order” controlled by the globalist elite — complete with the destruction of self-government, individual liberty, and Western Christian civilization — you are the enemy. And you are probably a Russian-backed Islamist terrorist authoritarian of some sort, because who else would oppose the glorious world order of technocracy, open borders, and Big Government? The remedy for such threats to the world order, the German official said, is the unleashing of military force — particularly the globalist-controlled NATO's military force, which according to its own charter has always been under the United Nations. Ironically, though, the reality is that the same globalists who control NATO literally created the very threats that von der Leyen and other globalists now claim justify the existence of NATO. Consider, for example, the regime in Communist China. As this magazine and other sources have documented extensively, the murderous Chinese dictatorship has been aided and abetted at every step of the way...
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    Today, 11:20 PM
    Three bills presented by Wyoming legislators last week requiring the state’s treasurer to invest in gold and silver are the logical follow-up to the state’s decision last summer to declare gold and silver as legal tender, just like the Constitution demands in Article I, Section 10: “No State shall … make any Thing but gold and silver Coin a Tender in Payment of Debts.” If signed into law, the three bills would direct the state’s treasurer to invest 10 percent of the funds held in the state’s pension fund, its reserve fund, and its mineral trust fund in gold and silver. Each bill has 15 or more cosponsors, and they are being sold to other legislators as a necessary counterbalance to those funds’ traditional holdings of government bills, notes, bonds, and other investments. This is especially persuasive, as those funds have suffered paper losses of more than $200 million thanks to investments in foreign securities. The bills would also reinforce the state’s decision last summer to allow its residents to use gold and silver alongside Federal Reserve Notes (either paper or digital) in daily transactions, and eliminate any taxes on those transfers. That bill received overwhelming support in both the Wyoming House and Senate, and the bills presented last week are expected to get similar support. Mike Maharrey, communications director for the Tenth Amendment Center, was delighted: “By removing the taxes on the exchange of gold and silver, Wyoming will treat specie as money instead of a commodity. This represents a step toward reestablishing gold and silver as legal tender and breaking down the Fed’s monopoly on money.” Former Congressman Ron Paul, an advocate for constitutional money, added, “It’s just to me sad that we are so far removed from the Constitution. But a little bit here and little bit there there is going to be a revolution in monetary policy.” William Greene, assistant professor of political science at South Texas College and analyst at Mises Institute, explained how important Wyoming’s move back to the Constitution is — it could lead to Gresham’s Law in reverse: Over time, as residents of the state use both Federal Reserve notes and silver and gold coins, the fact that the coins hold their value more than Federal Reserve notes do will lead to a “reverse Gresham’s Law” effect, where good money (gold and silver coins) will drive out bad money (Federal Reserve notes). As this happens, a cascade of events can begin to occur, including the flow of real wealth toward the state’s treasury, an influx of banking business from outside of the state — as people in other states carry out their desire to bank with sound money — and an eventual outcry against the use of Federal Reserve notes for any transactions. Even more importantly, the fraud of paper and digital money would be exposed. Former Fed Chairman Alan Greenspan knew about the fraud, and wrote of it in his article “Gold and Economic Freedom” in 1966:
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    Today, 11:16 PM
    The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is building a $99-million supercomputer that will give the agency the “unprecedented ability to track the lives and transactions of tens of millions of American citizens,” tax expert Daniel Pilla reports. The IRS is already dangerous enough, notes Pilla. “The IRS lays claim to your data without court authority more so than any other government agency. And to make matters worse, they share the data with any other federal, state or local government agency claiming an interest, including foreign governments.” The IRS already receives billions of tax documents annually, and the amount of information the agency receives continues to grow. According to the IRS’ 2018 – 2022 Strategic Plan, the agency’s data volume increased a hundredfold between 2007 and 2017, while the number of users with access to that data grew by a factor of 23. But that’s not enough for the IRS, which states in its Strategic Plan that it wants “to increase its access to data, and use that data more effectively to drive its agency-wide decision making, as well as case evaluations and selections for enforcement purposes,” pens Pilla. Thus, the agency is investing $99 million in a contract with Palantir Technologies of Palo Alto, California, to provide hardware, software, and training to “capture, curate, store, search, share, transfer, perform deconfliction, analyze and visualize large amounts of disparate structured and unstructured data.” Specifically, Palantir is tasked with building and training IRS employees to use a supercomputer to “search, analyze, visualize, and interact with a wide variety of disparate data sets so users will be able to leverage the platform to perform advanced analytics, such as link, pattern, statistical, behavioral, and geospatial analysis on an investigative platform that is scalable and interoperable with existing IRS equipment and systems.” Under the terms of the contract, writes Pilla, the system has to meet the following criteria: Allow for the rapid ingestion of massive amounts of data. Users should be able to immediately use the imported data in the imported format to perform queries, analysis and identify links. Allow users to drill down on massive amounts of disparate data to find connections.
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    Today, 11:06 PM
    Gold output in South Africa fell for the 14th straight month in November. According to Bloomberg, it ranks as the longest streak of monthly declines since 2012. Production fell 14% from a year earlier, Pretoria-based Statistics South Africa said in a statement on its website last week. South Africa once led the world in gold production. The precipitous drop in the country’s mine output over the last few years is expected to continue and could foreshadow a long-term trend of falling gold production globally. According to the Bloomberg report, most of South Africa’s gold mines are unprofitable at current prices. Although South Africa still ranks eighth in the world in gold production, it continues to rapidly fall down the list of leading gold producers. In fact, South Africa may run out of gold within four decades, according to the Environmental Economic Accounts Compendium published by African Statistics Day. Analysts say that at current production levels, South Africa has only 39 years of accessible gold reserves remaining. Large goldfields such as South Africa’s Witwatersrand Basin are nearing the end of their life cycles. More than 40% of all the gold mined in human history came from the Witwatersrand Basin. But annual gold output in South Africa has plummetted. In 1970, South African mines produced 1,000 tons of gold. Since then, production has steadily dropped. The country only produced 139.9 tons in 2017. That represents a better than 86% drop from the 1970 peak.
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    Today, 10:33 PM
    They had an election and Maduro didn't like it so he had another one that was rigged, the US should stay out of this but the people of Venezuela need to revolt.
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    Today, 10:26 PM
    More at: https://bigleaguepolitics.com/covington-catholic-parents-demand-apology-from-church-wont-let-kids-be-confirmed/
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    Today, 10:23 PM
    Two Connecticut Democrats have proposed legislation that could serve as the progressive left’s most effective form of backdoor gun control yet, if implemented. State Senator Will Haskell and State Representative Jillian Gilchrest declared their intentions last week to sponsor a bill that would tax the sale of all forms of ammunition in Connecticut at a whopping 50%. This backdoor gun control measure would serve a de facto purpose of effectively pricing out a great portion of middle and working-class gun owners, leaving Connecticut’s already significantly hollowed-out Second Amendment protections reserved exclusively for the wealthy. The legislation would exempt law enforcement and military from paying the ammunition tax hoisted upon everyday civilians. Ammunition is essentially useless without a firearm, and purchase of it isn’t subject to the same degree of legal scrutiny one would undergo when purchasing a gun. It’s also unclear how the ammunition tax legislation would deal with online ammunition sales in a world where the Second Amendment community increasingly relies on online retailers. If online sales can’t be subjected to the tax, the legislation could have the effect of placing many local Connecticut gun stores and shooting ranges out of business, stripping them of their ability to compete with online retailers for ammunition sales. The state already has both an “assault weapons” ban and a ban on magazines with a capacity to hold more than 10 rounds of ammunition. It’s unclear how a heavy tax on ammunition would make average Connecticuters safer, especially when the state already has enacted severe measures with the intention of discouraging gun ownership among law-abiding citizens. Connecticut had tragically been the site of the Sandy Hook school shooting in 2012, which motivated the state legislature to enact some of the aforementioned gun control measures.
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    Today, 10:09 PM
    Half the problem is how much they charge just for replacement razors too. I know its slightly off topic, but who the hell in their right mind isnt gonna switch to another brand when they jack up the prices from like $2 per razor to $40 bucks?
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    Today, 10:08 PM
    China's People's Liberation Army (PLA) has announced major changes aimed to transform itself into a modern fighting force taking its focus away from land-based fighting which has defined much of the 20th century since WWII whiling boosting its navy, air force and new strategic units focused on emerging hi-tech threats such as cyberwarfare. A new report this week in the official Xinhua News Agency has touted the military's "transformational changes" which has seen its infantry and ground operations branch outpaced by the others as part of what's described as a "strategic shift designed to transform the People’s Liberation Army into a comprehensive modern force." The shift is so significant that it's seen the navy, air force, rocket force and a "strategic support force" (responsible for areas like cyberwarefare) climb to over the 50% of total PLA troops, further leaving the total number of officers in the PLA reduced by 30% (as traditionally large ground forces require more officers for those units). Calling the shift "unprecedented," Xinhua described the reorientation in the PLA's priorities a result of President Xi Jinping's 2015 pledge to downsize the number of personnel by 300,000 in order to rapidly bring the armed forces into the modern era, which has largely left massive infantries and "front" warfare behind. But regardless of the huge reduction China still has by far the largest military in the world by sheer numbers, with 2 million active servicemen and women, down from 2013, when a defense white paper puts its combined branches at 2.3 million servicemen, with only 235,000 in the Navy and 398,000 in the Air Force. By comparison, the United States claims nearly 1.3 million total active military personnel and another 800,000 in reserves. With China's army now taking a backseat, Beijing is expected to continue shifting away from mere homeland-based defense to engaging threats by air and sea, increasingly in disputed waters in places like the East and South China China, and in protection of its interests abroad as its "Belt and Road Initiative" continues to take root. More at: https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2019-01-22/chinas-military-cuts-ground-force-half-transformation-boost-navy-air-force
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    Today, 10:03 PM
    Yes, Maduro and his fellow criminals need to go before a firing squad.
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    Today, 10:02 PM
    True, we mustn't give them ANY excuse for RBG not to attend, she is already dead or dying and that is what Pelosi is trying to hide with this nonsense. Trump needs to hold it some place nice and warm.
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    Today, 09:52 PM
    You must spread some reputation around.........................
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    Today, 09:52 PM
    Update: Newark airport has been given the green light to resume normal operations following the drone incident. Normal #EWR operations have resumed after arrivals were briefly held by the FAA due to reports of drone activity north of the airport earlier this evening. We’re coordinating with the FAA & fully supporting all federal law enforcement authorities as they investigate this incident — Newark Liberty Airport (@EWRairport) January 23, 2019 *** The Federal Aviation Agency ordered Newark Liberty International Airport to halt flights temporarily after a drone sighting, according to Bloomberg. The civilian drone was spotted just north of the New Jersey hub flying at an altitude of 3,500 feet according to FAA spokesman Greg Martin on Tuesday. The grounding comes one week after the Trump administration announced a long-awaited set of proposals allowing drones to fly at night and over populated areas without a waiver, while also tightening security for industries seeking to expand into robotic aerial deliveries. Under the proposed rule change, the FAA would require drone operators to have "an anti-collision light illuminated and visible for at least 3 statute miles." Those weighing under 0.55 pounds could fly over populated areas without additional restrictions. Manufacturers of drones weighing more than that would have to prove to the FAA that if their product "crashed into a person, the resulting injury would be below a certain severity threshold."
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    Today, 09:44 PM
    In a week that has been defined by blunders committed by the "Fake News" media, President Trump is taking his bashing of the American press to a whole new level. Following an earlier tweet where he condemned the mainstream media outlets for bashing a teenager at a Catholic high school in Kentucky who was accused of harassing a Native American activist after video footage of the encounter was taken wildly out of context, Trump revealed that he told Press Secretary Sarah Sanders "not to bother" with press conferences because of the unfair and "rude" media coverage she receives. The reason Sarah Sanders does not go to the “podium” much anymore is that the press covers her so rudely & inaccurately, in particular certain members of the press. I told her not to bother, the word gets out anyway! Most will never cover us fairly & hence, the term, Fake News! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 22, 2019 Since almost the beginning of the Trump Administration, the mainstream press has consistently griped that the supposedly "daily" White House press briefings now only happen once in a blue moon. According to an analysis by Quartz, which cited data from the American Presidency Project, in 2018, Sanders "held drastically fewer briefings than her peers, allowed relatively few questions, and engaged in many contentious exchanges." Compared with her 13 most recent predecessors (including Sean Spicer), Sanders holds far fewer briefings per month, averaging only 11.5 during her tenure as of September. However, that number is expected to plummet because Sanders has held only 3 briefings since September. And while Trump himself has regularly held press briefings independently of Sanders, he is also holding fewer than most of his recent peers (though he is tied with Obama at 21). Given the direction that coverage of the Trump administration has been trending, we wouldn't be surprised to see that number fall even further. https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2019-01-22/trump-told-sarah-sanders-not-bother-press-briefings-anymore
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    Today, 09:38 PM
    https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/expel-new-york-state-union-gross-violation-right-life-and-many-other-gross-rights-violations
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    Today, 09:36 PM
    https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/expel-new-york-state-union-gross-violation-right-life-and-many-other-gross-rights-violations
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    Today, 09:22 PM
    It's everywhere, my own church not only failed to excommunicate Harry Reid but never even denied him a Temple Recommend.(Certification of worthiness to participate in sacred ordinances)
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    Today, 09:19 PM
    To expel NY from the union?
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    Today, 09:18 PM
    RBG's death will cut that down to 3 very soon, zippy will need a professional cuddler when that happens.
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    Today, 09:13 PM
    Another day, another key government figure exits stage left. A. Wess Mitchell, 41, the top diplomat in charge of European affairs, will resign from the State Department next month according to the WaPo, creating a key vacancy at a time when European leaders are questioning Trump’s commitment to historic alliances. However, unlike other prominent diplomat resignations who parted ways with the administration in silent and not so silent protest of Trump's policies, Mitchell cited personal and professional reasons in a Jan. 4 letter of resignation he submitted to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. His last day as assistant secretary of state for European and Eurasian affairs is Feb. 15. “As the administration completes its second year in office, I feel that I have completed what I set out to do in taking this position,” he wrote, citing the development of a Europe strategy and helping Pompeo transition into the job after Rex Tillerson was fired in March. “As such, I believe that the time has come for me to spend more time with my young family, who have endured many days without me over the past several months.” As noted above, Mitchell said his resignation is not a protest of the administration’s policies or the direction of foreign policy, and he praised Pompeo’s leadership and vision: "I’m fully supportive of him, the job he’s doing, the leadership team here,” he said. “But I feel like I’ve done what I came in to do. My kids have a greater claim to my time right now than the public does.” In September 2017, Mitchell became the first assistant secretary of state in the Trump administration confirmed by the Senate, and he will be the first Trump appointee to exit. As the WaPo details, Mitchell came to the State Department from a think tank he co-founded, the Center for European Policy Analysis. He had just published a book, Unquiet Frontier, in which he and Jakub Grygiel criticized President Barack Obama’s foreign policy and argued for the “renovation” of alliances. Grygiel also joined the State Department, working on European issues before leaving last year.
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    Today, 09:10 PM
    He was too grief-stricken.
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    Today, 08:59 PM
    Since he stopped issuing promo-tweets about ICOs (after allegedly being threatened by the SEC), one-time PC security pioneer turned crypto true believer has been relatively quiet (emphasis on relatively). To wit, he hasn't issued any more outrageous promises about his willingness to consume a certain appendage in front of a live audience should the price of bitcoin not eclipse a certain level, and he hasn't elaborated on an anecdote detailing his penchant for sexual congress with one of the ocean's mightiest mammals. Whale fucking. No joke. Each year, on Feb 1st, in the Molokai Channel, a few men compete in the world's only whale fucking contest. Humpback whales are easy to fuck- for a second or less. World record: 31 seconds. I competed once. Almost got my ribs crushed. Stick with Ostriches. — John McAfee (@officialmcafee) June 24, 2018 In fact, he hasn't said much of anything that would be considered headline-worthy. That is, until today. In a video published on his twitter account, McAfee, who famously fled from murder charges brought by authorities in Belize, revealed to that he is officially on the lam after a grand jury was allegedly convened in Tennessee to pursue unspecified federal tax charges against McAfee and his family. But don't worry, McAfee fans. Because he isn't giving up on the battle against tyranny. Which is why he will be waging his 'McAfee 2020' campaign in exile...from his boat. But why exactly is the federal government coming after McAfee? Well, this might be one explanation: According to McAfee, for the last eight years, he has refused to pay federal income taxes. The government's decision to prosecute himself, his family and - according to McAfee - several of his campaign workers - is just the latest indication that McAfee's prophesy about cryptocurrencies eventually leading to conflict with governments is finally becoming a reality. "Cryptocurrency will at some point come head to head with government. Why? Because when privacy coins are widely used, governments will no longer be able to collect income taxes. This is a good thing. We will some day be at war." But the government's reason is flawed, McAfee says, because refusing to pay taxes isn't actually illegal (according to McAfee). "I have not paid taxes for eight years, I have not filed returns...I've been fine. It's not illegal. Today...Jan. 22...the IRS has convened a grand jury in the State of Tennessee to charge myself, my wife Mrs. McAfee and four of my campaign workers with unspecified IRS crimes of a felonious nature." After piercing the government's transparent ruse, the true motivation behind McAfee's persecution should be obvious to all. The government is trying to silence McAfee for having the courage to boldly advocate for people to abandon fiat currency and switch to crypto. But rather than simply allowing the government to toss him in prison (where he presumably wouldn't have access to twitter), McAfee is taking his battle to the high seas.
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    Today, 08:54 PM
    Gdańsk mayor Paweł Adamowicz of the Civil Platform (or PO) opposition party died after being stabbed in the heart by a deranged assailant at a charity concert on Sunday, who deceived security in order to get onstage and then give a crazed rant after the attack attempting to justify his crime on the alleged grounds that the mayor’s party wrongly imprisoned him. All of Poland is mourning Adamowicz’s death and even his political rivals made speeches denouncing his assassination, but there are already some voices that are trying to make this into a partisan issue in order to score points ahead of this May’s European Parliamentary elections and besmirch the credibility of the ruling Law & Justice Party (also known by its Polish abbreviation as PiS). The Washington Post published a provocative piece titled “Polish mayor and opposition leader dies after a stabbing, prompting fears of further divisions”, which advances the narrative that the rhetoric being espoused by some members of the ruling party and their supporters contributed to this tragedy. This is almost the exact same storyline that the US Mainstream Media promotes whenever a mentally ill American goes on a killing spree and any faint trace of a political motive could be found or manufactured. It’s probably not a coincidence that the Washington Post’s political victim of this innuendo-filled smear piece is a party allied to Trump, with whom the outlet’s owner Jeff Bezos is in a heated ideological rivalry and who his paper never tires of attacking. More at: https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2019-01-21/adamowiczs-assassination-being-exploited-politically-polarize-poland
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    Today, 08:51 PM
    Venezuela remains on edge after in the pre-dawn hours of Monday morning a small group of soldiers attempted to launch a military coup against the Maduro regime, but failed, resulting in the arrests of 25 members of the Venezuelan National Guard who temporarily gained control of a police station located a short distance from the presidential palace in Caracas, and the apprehension of two others at another location, in total 27 detained — all of which sparked riots in local neighborhoods, some of which appear to have continued throughout the night. Following the mutiny and subsequent successful government crackdown, which further involved the rebellious unit briefly kidnapping several officials and stealing weaponry in the Cotiza neighborhood, pockets of anti-Maduro protests were sparked in the capital city demanding the release of the detained soldiers, whose actions the government condemned as "treasonous" and "motivated by the dark interests of the extreme right," according to a statement announced on state TV. Maduro's right-hand man, Diosdado Cabello, also boasted on Twitter while speaking of the rebels: "They were neutralized, surrendered and captured in record time." Hours prior to the crackdown on the coup attempt, a series of videos were published to social media showing what are purported to be the coup leaders standing in darkness with a spokesman demanding that Venezuelans rise up to support the coup. In one video a man who identified himself as Luis Bandres said, “You all asked that we take to the streets to defend the constitution. Here we are. Here we have the troops, it’s today when the people come out to support us.” And in another video a heavily armed man appeals to the public with "You wanted us to light the fuse, so we did. We need your support." This appears to have driven at least some in the vicinity of where the military rebellion was launched to the streets, angry at what's being called President Nicolas Maduro's "illegitimate" election to a second six-year term, as the AP reports: At daybreak in the adjacent neighborhood of Cotiza, a group of shirtless young men, some with their faces covered, built a barricade across the street with a burning car, heavy sewer grates and a large chunk of concrete. An angry group of women shouted that they have lived for too long without running water and tear gas fired by security forces choked their children. "Freedom! Freedom!" they chanted. "Maduro has to go!" "We must defend our homeland," Maria Fernanda Rodriguez, a 36-year-old manicurist, told The Associated Press, her eyes welling from the tear gas. International reports suggest some of these initial protests were snuffed out by riot police, but sporadic clashes continued in some places through the evening.
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    Today, 08:36 PM
    I am happy to let GOD deal with them if we can separate from them but I think separation will require bloodshed anyway.
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    Today, 08:31 PM
    Amid increasingly urgent calls for more radical climate change action, a team of South Korean scientists has found a way to kill two birds with one stone by converting carbon dioxide into electricity and hydrogen. The team, from the Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology, took as a starting point of their research the fact that when CO2 is absorbed into the sea—which is where most CO2 emissions end up—the acidity levels of the water rise. As per their report, “If acidity increases, the number of protons increases, which in turn increases the power to attract electrons. If a battery system is created based on this phenomenon, electricity can be produced by removing CO2.” The system that the researchers invented very much resembles a fuel cell in which the reaction starts when CO2 is injected into the water, which contains the catalyst necessary for the reaction and the sodium metal cathode. The team reports the system has a pretty high conversion efficiency at 50 percent and has operated for more than 1,000 hours without the electrodes sustaining any damage. Ideally, the system could be deployed to capture and convert emissions from fossil fuel-powered facilities into hydrogen, to be used in its turn as vehicle fuel. However, this is early-stage research. According to the lead co-author of the research, Professor Jeongwon Kim, “This research will lead to more derived research and will be able to produce H2 and electricity more effectively when electrolytes, separator, system design, and electrocatalysts are improved.” More at: https://oilprice.com/Energy/Energy-General/New-Tech-Converts-CO2-Into-Electricity-And-Hydrogen.html
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    Today, 08:24 PM
    There can be no living in the same country with people like this, we must part ways or put them down as the murderers that they are.
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    Today, 08:22 PM
    The United States and South Korea are struggling to narrow differences over the share of the cost of maintaining U.S. troops after a U.S. demand for a 50 percent increase in the South's contribution, a South Korean lawmaker said on Tuesday.Despite 10 rounds of talks since March, the allies have failed to strike an accord to replace a 2014 deal that expired last year, which requires South Korea to pay about 960 billion won ($848 million) a year for keeping some 28,500 U.S. troops there. U.S. President Donald Trump has repeatedly said that South Korea, where the United States has stationed soldiers since the 1950-53 Korean War, should bear more of the cost. The U.S. military has warned Korean workers on its bases they might be put on leave from mid-April if no deal is reached. At their last meeting, in December, the United States made a "sudden, unacceptable" demand that South Korea pay more than 1.4 trillion won per year, about 1.5 times its current contribution, according to Hong Young-pyo, a senior ruling party legislator. Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha briefed a group of lawmakers on the talks on Monday. Any deal is subject to parliamentary approval. "The negotiations were deadlocked," Hong told a meeting with lawmakers. "The U.S. side suddenly made a proposal at the last stage which was difficult for us to accept." A spokesman at the U.S. embassy in Seoul declined to comment. When asked about the U.S. demand on Monday, Kang declined to specify numbers but said there was a "very big difference" in the positions between the two countries. "We'll work to reach an agreement that's reasonable, affordable and explainable to the National Assembly and the people," Kang told reporters. Kang Seok-ho, another lawmaker who attended the foreign minister's briefing, said the government's stance was not to pay more than 1 trillion won a year and an agreement should be valid for five years, not one year as reportedly sought by the United States.
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