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    Today, 06:18 PM
    Government shutdowns make me smile, we should shutdown the government over almost anything.
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    Today, 06:08 PM
    Days after revealing that businessman Michael Spavor - who became the second Canadian citizen detained in China since Beijing warned it would retaliate against Canada for the arrest of Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou in Vancouver earlier this month - had been arrested for "threatening national security", the Communist Party made clear that this is only the beginning, and that Canada should expect "further escalation" as Beijing has no intentions of backing down - and every intention of sending a message to US allies that they should stay out of the still-simmering dispute between the world's two largest economies. Via an editorial in the Global Times, an English-language Chinese media company considered to be a mouthpiece for the Communist Party, China accused Canada and other US allies of forming "a collective encirclement and suppression of Chinese high-tech enterprise Huawei" - likely a reference to the US's campaign to convince its allies to avoid Huawei equipment, citing its vulnerability to Chinese spies, as well as Canada's cooperation in Meng's detention - the editorial "suggested" that China should leverage its economic heft to deter US allies from taking actions contrary to China's interest. By calling on its allies, the US has gradually formed a collective encirclement and suppression of Chinese high-tech enterprise Huawei. It is a wicked precedent. Almost all US allies maintain active economic and trade ties with China, of which China is the biggest trading partner of many of them. China needs to urge these countries to keep neutral in the conflict between Washington and Beijing. It is possible for China to achieve this goal to a considerable extent because China does not threaten the strategic security of the US and its allies and it is more conducive for them to pursue national interests by maintaining good ties with China than to follow the hard line of the US. And if these countries continue to work against China to appease the US, China should not hesitate to retaliate. However, this does not mean that Beijing will capitulate to them at every step. For those countries that seek to ingratiate themselves to the US without regard to China's interests, China should firmly fight back, causing a heaving price for them. Though China should carefully pick and choose when to accommodate these intrusions and when to react, the editorial resolutely stated that Canada had "crossed a line" by detaining Meng. Canada crossed the line by helping the US detain an executive of Huawei and China needs to clearly express that it doesn't accept it. If Canada were to ultimately extradite Meng Wanzhou to the US, it would certainly be at the cost of a backslide in China-Canada ties.
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    Today, 06:03 PM
    London’s Supreme Court, sitting in judgement on its Scottish colony, has ruled that parts of the Scottish Government’s UK Withdrawal from the European Union (Legal Continuity) (Scotland) Bill exceed the powers of the Scottish Parliament. The judgement is absolutely specific that the Scottish Bill breaches both the Scotland Act, the original devolution settlement, and the Tory/DUP government’s recent European Union (Withdrawal) Act, which rolled back devolution, grabbed powers from the Scottish Parliament over previously devolved areas and wrenched them back to Westminster. The Tory/DUP European Union (Withdrawal) Act Schedule 4 specified that it overruled the Scotland Act devolution settlement. If you carefully read the judgement, especially paras 47 to 65, the Supreme Court has gone still further than ever before in saying that neither the Scotland Act nor the Sewell Convention in any way limits the power of the UK Parliament to legislate for Scotland, even in devolved areas, without any need for consent from Scottish ministers or parliament. They even go so far as to specifically state that London ministers have an untrammelled power under the Scotland Act, without needing consent from Scotland or specific further endorsement from the Westminster parliament, to impose secondary legislation on Scotland. It is a long judgement but its heart is at para 53: That conclusion is not altered by the other arguments advanced by the Lord Advocate. In relation to the first argument (para 47 above), a provision which made the effect of laws made by the UK Parliament for Scotland conditional on the consent of the Scottish Ministers, unless it disapplied or repealed the provision in question, would for that very reason be inconsistent with the continued recognition of its unqualified sovereignty, and therefore tantamount to an amendment of section 28(7) of the Scotland Act. In relation to the second argument (para 48 above), the question before the court is whether, if the Bill were to receive Royal Assent, section 17 would be law. If not, there would be no question of its having to be disapplied or repealed by the UK Parliament: it would be of no legal effect whatsoever (“not law”, in terms of section 29(1) of the Scotland Act). It is therefore no answer to an argument that section 17 of the Bill would be outside legislative competence, to say that it could be disapplied or repealed. In relation to the third argument (para 49 above), this submission resembles the Lord Advocate’s first argument, and for similar reasons we are unable to accept it. A provision which imposes a condition on the legal effect of laws made by the UK Parliament, in so far as they apply to Scotland, is in conflict with the continuation of its sovereign power to make laws for Scotland, and is therefore equivalent to the amendment of section 28(7) of the Scotland Act. Having asserted that the London Parliament and Government can do anything to Scotland it wishes under its “sovereign power to make laws for Scotland”, the judgement logically asserts that the power grab contained in the EU (Withdrawal) Act was perfectly legal. As the Supreme Court said in its published explainer for the media: What is the effect of the UK Withdrawal Act on the legislative competence of the Scottish Parliament in relation to the Scottish Bill? The UK Withdrawal Act is not a reserved matter but it is protected against modification under Schedule 4 . Several provisions of the Scottish Bill in whole or in part amount to modifications of the UK Withdrawal Act. These are: section 2(2) ; section 5 ; section 7(2)(b) and 7(3) ; section 8(2) ; section 9A ; section 9B ; section 10(2), 10(3)(a) and 10(4)(a) ; section 11 ; section 13B, section 14, section 14A, section 15, section 16, section 19(1) and section 22 (to the extent that these provisions relate to section 11) ; section 26A(6) ; and section 33 and Schedule 1...
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    Today, 05:56 PM
    One month after speculation swirled that as part of the detente between the White House and Turkey - and attempts to silence Turkey's ongoing disclosures of Jamal Khashoggi 's demise at the hands of Saudi operatives - Trump was quietly preparing to extradite Turkish president Erdogan's nemesis, the Pennsylvania-residing cleric Fethulah Gulen, which in turn was promptly denied by the White House, on Sunday the Turkish foreign minister once again claimed that president Trump is still working on extraditing Gulen. "In Argentina, Trump told Erdogan they were working on extraditing Gulen and other people," Mevlut Cavusoglu said Sunday at a conference in Doha, referring to the G20 summit where the leaders met two weeks ago. More at: https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-12-16/trump-working-extraditing-coup-plotting-erdogan-foe-gulen-turkish-fm-claims
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    Today, 05:53 PM
    One month after the stock and bonds of troubled California Utility Pacific Gas & Electric cratered after the company hinted of a liquidity crisis as a result of mounting legal obligations following California's destructive Camp Fire, shocking and infuriating its investors... ... PG&E is now set to reap the ire of its clients as well after a demand for a rate hike of almost $2 billion from customers, saying more than half will go toward wildfire safety. In a proposal submitted late last week to the California Public Utilities Commission, PG&E asked for $1.1 billion in new revenue in 2020, including $576 million for the Community Wildfire Safety Program, $273 million toward liability insurance, and $209 million for core gas and electric operations. The proposal also asks for another $454 million in 2021 and $486 million in 2022. If the commission approves the hike, California clients of PG&E could see their bills jump more than $10 a month, a troubling development for Californians who already pay one of the highest prices in the nation for electricity. According to the US Energy Information Administration, last year’s average monthly bill was $101.49. PG&E claims the money for the Community Wildfire Safety Program would go toward reducing wildfire threats. According to Fox6, parts of those efforts will include installing "stronger poles, introducing technology to respond faster to fallen power lines, enhancing weather forecasting models, and increasing coverage in high-threat areas by adding close to 600 cameras." “We understand and embrace our responsibility to safely provide electricity and gas to the communities we have the privilege to serve,” PG&E Senior Vice President of Energy Supply and Policy Steve Malnight said in a news release. “As California experiences more frequent and intense wildfires and other extreme weather events, we must take necessary, bold and urgent steps to protect our customers. The prudent investments we are proposing will help build a safer and more resilient energy system for the future.” While the explanation will hardly mollify the angry clients, PG&E's legacy liquidity problems still remain as the proposal does not include money for potential claims from the 2017 and 2018 California fires, PG&E said. The proposed rate increase will have an even more difficult time to pass in light of the company's operational negligence to date. A class action lawsuit filed last week accuses the utility of negligence and poor maintenance of electrical infrastructure.
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    Today, 05:44 PM
    1 Kings Chapter 12 16 ...What portion have we in David? neither have we inheritance in the son of Jesse: to your tents, O Israel: now see to thine own house, David...
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    Today, 05:43 PM
    Weekly Standard Preparing to Shut Down Started by Swordsmyth, 12-04-2018
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    Today, 05:42 PM
    This is why they have traditionally been driven underground in most societies, whenever they are let out of the closet some of them insist on taking over society and forcing their perversions on everyone else.
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    Today, 05:28 PM
    A Revolutionary Guards general, who headed a military base in a sensitive security area in northeastern Iran, died on Sunday after he accidentally shot himself in the head while cleaning his gun, the official news agency IRNA reported.The report identified the commander as General Qodratollah Mansouri, a veteran of the Iran-Iraq war in the 1980s. More at: https://news.yahoo.com/iran-guards-general-dies-self-inflicted-accidental-gunshot-190759239.html
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    Today, 05:13 PM
    But would they want it? Unfortunately the state legislature would have to agree so this likely won't happen unless we make it a requirement of a bailout after they go bankrupt.
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    Today, 05:09 PM
    ^^^THIS^^^ Civilian government worker pensions should be made unconstitutional on both the state and federal level.
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    Today, 05:08 PM
    A2S2 only gives the President power over the military, it doesn't give him power to declare war, he can order the military to stop fighting but he can't even end a war on his own because a peace treaty requires the approval of the Senate.
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    Today, 05:04 PM
    At some point the rest of us are going to refuse to pay out on those pensions that our rulers promised themselves all over the country. Depending on how the societal breakdown happens government workers may end up being the targets of asset reclamation as well. Government pensions started with the military because so many veterans were damaged for life and it made recruiting easier if you could be sure of having an income for life even if you were maimed, giving civilian government workers a pension should be unconstitutional.
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    Today, 04:58 PM
    I would say never but France took me by surprise.
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    Today, 04:34 PM
    Not at all because they aren't suffering from trade warfare waged by the rest of the state or the country.
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    Today, 04:33 PM
    It's still stupid, the oligarchs are destroying the world that they control, for generations they have been doing it and only technological progress has allowed them to improve or maintain their standard of living and their level of control, eventually the destruction will snowball and the technology will reach a point of diminishing returns and then they will suffer severely along with everyone else.
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    Today, 04:25 PM
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    Today, 04:00 PM
    He is trying to help those countries that didn't leave by participating in the negotiations on our way out.
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    Today, 03:56 PM
    Which is why there must be a separation that results in hard borders.
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    Today, 03:55 PM
    Politics has become war by other means in the literal sense and they are invaders taking advantage of the internal open borders to conquer and tyrannize the rest of us, sooner or later there will be war as politics by other means because of them.
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    Today, 03:52 PM
    They will raise their children and grandchildren to be commies and they will get to vote, limits on immigration combined with division into regions with compatible political cultures are required for liberty to survive.
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    Today, 03:50 PM
    That is exactly what the commies from the blue states will make happen and what you could avoid in your state if you didn't let them in.
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    Today, 01:43 AM
    Utah is getting ready to implement the strictest blood-alcohol driving limits in the country. The law, which was passed in March 2017 by Gov. Gary Herbert, will define driving under the influence as having a “blood or breath alcohol concentration of .05 grams or greater,” making it lower than the nation’s standard of .08. Under the new law, which will go into effect Dec. 30, a person will also be charged with “automobile homicide” if they kill another person while operating a vehicle with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) level of .05 or higher -- considered a third-degree felony. By lowering the BAC limit, Utah becomes the first and only state to take action on the National Transportation Safety Board’s recommendations to lower BAC limits to .05. In the report, NTSB stated that “more than 100 countries have already established per se BAC limits at or below 0.05.” More at: https://www.yahoo.com/gma/utah-set-drop-blood-alcohol-limit-05-making-200004987--abc-news-topstories.html
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    Yesterday, 10:57 PM
    Nations on Sunday struck a deal to breathe life into the landmark 2015 Paris climate treaty after marathon UN talks that failed to match the ambition the world's most vulnerable countries need to avert dangerous global warming.Delegates from nearly 200 states finalised a common rule book designed to deliver the Paris goals of limiting global temperature rises to well below two degrees Celsius (3.6 Fahrenheit). "Putting together the Paris agreement work programme is a big responsibility," said COP24 president Michal Kurtyka as he gavelled through the deal after talks in Poland that ran deep into overtime. "It has been a long road. We did our best to leave no one behind." More at: https://news.yahoo.com/nations-agree-rulebook-paris-climate-treaty-211821146.html Isn't it a good thing Trump pulled out?
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    Yesterday, 10:50 PM
    Turkey will keep striking Kurdish PKK fighters in northern Iraq, the foreign ministry said on Saturday, a day after Baghdad formally complained that repeated Turkish air strikes violated its sovereignty and endangered civilians.The Turkish military said on Friday it killed eight Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) militants, prompting Iraqi authorities to summon the Turkish ambassador in Baghdad. Turkey regularly hits PKK bases across its southern border, saying the militants use the remote and mountainous northern Iraqi region as a base for deadly attacks inside Turkey, where the outlawed group has waged an insurgency since the 1980s. "The activities of the PKK terrorist organization in the territory of Iraq and Syria have become a national security issue for Turkey," Foreign Ministry spokesman Hami Aksoy said. He said the government in Baghdad had a duty to prevent Iraqi land being used as a base for attacks on neighbors, and described Friday's air strikes as an act of self-defense which Turkey carried out because Iraq would not act. "These operations in the fight against terrorism will continue as long as terror organizations nest on Iraqi soil and as long as Turkey’s security needs require it to," Aksoy said. More at: https://news.yahoo.com/turkey-keep-attacking-pkk-iraq-foreign-ministry-says-085810596.html
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    Yesterday, 09:28 PM
    In the heart of an impoverished village in southern China, a life-sized statue of Mao Zedong sits on a platform adorned with intricate stonework, flanked by a diorama of Red Army soldiers and traditional brick-and-tile homes with curved roofs.Officials have spent a small fortune on the project that has transformed the village of Shazhou, in Hunan province, into an open-air museum dedicated to the Chinese Communist Party. But few tourists have come to peer at the inscription at the foot of Mao's statue, or take selfies in front of the heroes of the revolution. The "red tourism" project was the brainchild of the former Communist Party chief of the local county, Rucheng, and cost 300 million yuan ($44 million). But it has yet to produce a profit, just like the string of public gardens, town squares and office buildings that the county has built in recent years. Now the clock is ticking as Rucheng, among China's poorest counties, and with a population of just 420,400 people, is under pressure to resolve $1 billion in debt, following a decade of credit-fuelled vanity projects, three local officials told Reuters. They requested anonymity due to the sensitivity of the matter. To raise funds and conserve cash, Rucheng - which doesn't have a train station or an airport - has been slashing public investment in infrastructure projects and increasing government land sales to generate revenue, the officials said. Rucheng is not alone - hundreds of other indebted counties in China are in the same boat. In a recent financial stability report, the central bank said that much of China's hidden debt risk is held at lower-tier levels, meaning prefectures and counties like Rucheng. As China prepares this month to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the economic reforms that transformed it into the world's second-largest economy, fears over local government debt are growing. China's local governments had 18.4 trillion yuan of outstanding debt at the end of October, and were estimated by S&P Global Ratings to have up to 40 trillion yuan in off-budget borrowing. Of particular concern to the authorities as they tackle risks in the financial system are those governments with tiny revenue streams relative to their debt. Their over-reliance on income from land sales is also driving asset bubbles in China. Rucheng's free-spending ways came onto Beijing's radar this year when visiting anti-corruption inspectors were shocked by the contrast between the county's newly built but deserted municipal district and cramped older areas where residents drink polluted water from aging pipes. When the inspectors were in town, numerous anonymous complaints arrived in the mail.
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    Yesterday, 09:11 PM
    It will happen here eventually if we don't turn things around, then the war will break out between the people who have been pushed to the point of protest by the inability to make ends meet and the welfare trash/limousine liberals who still believe in the fantasy.
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