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    Today, 09:00 PM
    ATruepatriot posted this at Free Republic: Live stream channel from Virginia. https://www.bitchute.com/video/XpfoPUsxDbg/ Main channel for this guy... https://www.bitchute.com/channel/highimpactflix/
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    Today, 08:50 PM
    After years of sunny optimism and big promises, automakers are beginning to realize just how difficult it is to make a market-ready, full self-driving car. The CEO of Volkswagen's autonomous driving division recently admitted that Level 5 autonomy—that's full computer control of the vehicle with zero limitations—might actually never happen. A quick primer on the now-industry-standard SAE International rules on how to discuss self-driving abilities: Level 0 is no automation whatsoever. Level 1 is partial assistance with certain aspects of driving, like lane keep assist or adaptive cruise control. Level 2 is a step up to systems that can take control of the vehicle in certain situations, like Tesla's Autopilot or Cadillac's Super Cruise, while still requiring the driver to pay attention. Get past that and we enter the realm of speculation: Level 3 promises full computer control under defined conditions during a journey, Level 4 expands that to start-to-finish autonomous tech limited only by virtual safeguards like a geofence, and Level 5 is the total hands-off, go-anywhere-at-the-push-of-a-button experience. Sitting down with WardsAuto at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas last week, VW Autonomy's Alex Hitzinger said Level 4 might be the realistic limit for what automakers can build. He wasn’t shy in pointing out the relative difficulty of trying for full Level 5 autonomy. “This is one of the hardest problems we have. This is like we are going to Mars,” Hitzinger said in a comment. “Maybe it will never happen.” More at: https://www.thedrive.com/tech/31816/key-volkswagen-exec-admits-level-5-autonomous-cars-may-never-happen
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    Today, 08:47 PM
    Virginia House Republicans are siding with Governor Blackface Northam, who has demonized gun rights activists as terrorists and revoked the 2nd Amendment before tomorrow’s 2nd Amendment rally outside of the Capitol. House Republican Leader Todd Gilbert released a statement this weekend confirming that he would “stand united” with Democrats against supposed hate mongers and white supremacists who the governor and the fake news media have claimed would attend the event. “So there’s no mistake, this is my message to any group that would subvert this event: you are not welcome here. While we and our Democratic colleagues may have differences, we are all Virginians and we we will stand united in opposition to any threats of violence or civil unrest from any quarter,” Gilbert said in a statement. Gilbert has followed the lead of Rep. Nick Freitas, the libertarian Virginia delegate who pays lip service to the 2nd Amendment but then throws gun owners under the bus when it suits him: Virginia state delegate Nick Freitas took to social media on Saturday to virtue signal and echo Governor Blackface Northam’s baseless propaganda about “hate groups” attending tomorrow’s gun rights rally at the Capitol. “It has been rumored that certain hate groups may try to show up and hijack the 2A rally on Monday,” Freitas wrote. “This rally is for those of us who want to defend 2A rights for EVERY law abiding citizen. Those who peddle in hate and racial supremacy will find no support or aid from us.” “We defend everyone’s right to defend themselves and will not allow these groups to pervert that message under any circumstance. So if you are a member of a hate group…do us all a favor and crawl back to your parents basement. You are a threat to our citizens and our liberties and we don’t want you in our beloved Commonwealth,” he added… By releasing his statement on social media, Freitas has re-affirmed Northam’s lies and demonization of the rally scheduled to take place tomorrow. This career politician is doing Virginia gun owners no favors with his lack of a backbone.
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    Today, 08:43 PM
    Little was expected to come out of Sunday's Germany-hosted Libya peace conference, given several prior ceasefires have failed, and also given Gen. Khalifa Haftar sees his Libyan National Army (LNA) as having the military upper hand on the ground as his offensive against the GNA in Tripoli under Fayez al-Serraj continues. Predictably, Haftar balked at signing so much as a temporary truce in Berlin, but instead a mere 'ceasefire committee' has been established to reach a pause in fighting. To gain a sense of just how little was accomplished as world leaders — including Erdogan, Putin, Macron, Merkel, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, and US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo — gathered in Berlin, one might note these lines from a Bloombergbriefpost mortem: "Neither Sarraj nor Haftar were in the room for the summit on Sunday, and organizers were careful to ensure they did not cross paths in Berlin. Instead they were holed up for some of the day at separate hotels in the city." However, world leaders did agree in theory to renew their commitment to a UN arms embargo on all sides of the Libya conflict — though this looks also immediately shaky as well given Turkish parliament recently approved sending military aid and troops to defend Tripoli's GNA, not to mention Syrian mercenaries being shipped into the war. Of course, the moment one side accuses the other of violating the embargo, any theoretical agreement will unravel before it's even enacted. So while the Berlin peace summit was in reality uneventful in impacting the military situation on the ground, there was one entertaining and interesting bright spot from the day. It came as the group of world leaders gathered for a photo op at the meeting's start, and is being dubbed the "Where's Putin?" moment: 'Where's #Putin?' - Group photo delayed as #Merkel, #Macron search for #Russian president pic.twitter.com/IQmOszfWPQ — Ruptly (@Ruptly) January 19, 2020 Perhaps in unintended acknowledgement of just how crucial Putin's presence was to the proceedings (Russia is a key political backer of Haftar, while on the other side backing the GNA is Erdogan), German Chancellor Angela Merkel is seen for several moments looking around for Putin, while appearing to question those next to her, including Macron, over his whereabouts. President Putin then strolled in fashionably late alongside Italian PM Giuseppe Conte, and the minor "crisis" was averted. On a more serious note, the dividing lines on Libya were visible early in the proceedings, with Erdogan saying at the start of a meeting with Putin, "To implement the other stages of the political process and solution, Haftar's aggressive stance must come to an end." Erdogan had last week warned he would teach Haftar "a lesson" if he didn't halt the offensive on Tripoli. This after approving sending Turkish national troops to assist in the battle against Haftar.
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    Today, 08:37 PM
    “Conventional economic models ignore how Trump’s tariffs boost investment and national security,” wrote Peter Navarro, the President’s Director of Trade and Manufacturing Policy. His Jan 13th WSJ opinion piece, like most things Navarro publishes, provide real insight into Trump policy/thinking. But Navarro is an annoying hothead, so most people dismiss him. I’ve condensed his piece: “Critics of Trump’s transformational trade policies continue to insist that the tariffs are hindering rather than helping the boom. Yet with each new tariff the economy remains robust, wages continue to rise, and inflation stays muted (while the economic losses for China continue to grow). Tariffs have spurred growth, not hampered it. Why have the gloom-and-doom forecasters been so wrong? The errors come from flaws in traditional economic models. Anti-tariff analysts typically rely on static "partial equilibrium" models. While a tariff on steel might boost employment in that industry, for example, the price of steel would rise for car makers downstream, which would then suffer lower production and fewer jobs. Each tariff shrinks total employment, depresses wages, and increases inflation—or at least that’s how these forecasts typically go. Yet what is missing from these forecasts is a 'general equilibrium' analysis of tariffs, which would assess the whole economy, with a concomitant 'dynamic scoring' of their effects, to account for the new investment tariffs induce. Over time this tariff-induced investment, along with lower taxes and sensible deregulation, will boost growth and job creation. Higher domestic production will also help offset any price hikes from the tariffs.
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    Today, 08:35 PM
    No sooner do we report that the NHTSA is considering a petition to investigate 500,000 Teslas for unintended acceleration, than another Tesla driver winds up dead. Police are in the middle of investigating what is being called a "single vehicle crash" involving a Tesla that "crashed and burst into flames" in Pleasanton, California. The driver of the vehicle was killed, according to ABC 7. His identity has not yet been released. The crash was reported on Saturday night at about 6pm local time at the intersection of West Las Positas Boulevard and Hacienda Drive. The Tesla was going southbound and lost control near the intersection. It then crashed into a sign outside of an apartment complex before catching on fire. The intersection was closed for several hours on Saturday night as a result of the crash. "The car was going so fast, it actually took out a street signal," the on-the-scene reporter says in her coverage.
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    Today, 08:30 PM
    Internal Boeing Emails Claim 777X Shares MAX Problem
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    Today, 08:13 PM
    Just as long as you don't rely on the NRA for anything either.
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    Today, 07:55 PM
    The NRA sells out again: The protest is expected to be so volatile that even the NRA has distanced itself. https://t.co/tiYot8Ngk0 — Slate (@Slate) January 18, 2020
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    Today, 07:45 PM
    Ed Buck charged with maintaining a drug house, and Police find hundreds of photos of men in compromising positions in his house
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    Today, 07:44 PM
    Ed Buck charged with maintaining a drug house, and Police find hundreds of photos of men in compromising positions in his house
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    Today, 07:20 PM
    Andrew Peek, the senior director for European and Russian affairs at the National Security Council, has been placed on administrative leave pending a security-related investigation, people familiar with the situation tell Axios. According to a Washington Examiner article from last fall, Alexander Vindman, who famously testified during the House impeachment hearings, reported directly to Andrew Peek: “As a Ukraine expert, Vindman reports to civilian Andrew Peek, who replaced Tim Morrison as the NSC’s senior director for European and Russian affairs after Morrison announced his departure last Wednesday, one day before he testified before the House impeachment proceeding.” The timing's a bit interesting too, considering Peek was slated to attend the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland next week, along with President Trump who is expected to meet with a variety of world leaders. “Andrew Peek, the NSC’s senior director for European and Russian affairs, was escorted from the White House grounds on Friday, two of the people said, asking not to be identified because they weren’t authorized to discuss personnel matters. A spokesman for the NSC declined to comment, citing the same reason. Peek also declined to comment,” according to Bloomberg News More at: https://deepclips.com/clip/3739/alexander-vindman-s-former-boss-nsc-official-andrew-peek-on-leave-pending-investigation
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    Today, 07:16 PM
    Non-communicable diseases including heart disease, cancer and lung disease are now the most common causes of death, accounting for 70 percent of deaths worldwide. These diseases are considered "non-communicable" because they are thought to be caused by a combination of genetic, lifestyle and environmental factors and can't be transmitted between people. A new research paper in Science by a team of fellows in CIFAR's Humans and the Microbiome program throws this long-held belief into question by providing evidence that many diseases may be transmissible between people through microbes (including bacteria, fungi, and viruses) that live in and on our bodies. "If our hypothesis is proven correct, it will rewrite the entire book on public health" says B. Brett Finlay, CIFAR Fellow and professor of microbiology at the University of British Columbia, who is lead author on the paper. Connecting the dots The authors base their hypothesis on connections between three distinct lines of evidence. First, they demonstrate that people with a wide range of conditions, from obesity and inflammatory bowel disease to type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease, have altered microbiomes. Next, they show that altered microbiomes, when taken from diseased people and put into animal models, cause disease. Finally, they provide evidence that the microbiome is naturally transmissible, for example: Spouses who share a house have more similar microbiomes than twins who live separately. "When you put those facts together, it points to the idea that many traditionally non-communicable diseases may be communicable after all," says Finlay. More at: https://medicalxpress.com/news/2020-01-obesity-heart-disease-diabetes-communicable.html
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    Today, 06:39 PM
    And sentry guns.
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    Today, 06:37 PM
    If the shoe fits it's not an insult.. Trump does something good and you agree with a nonsense criticism of it.
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    Today, 06:35 PM
    The world is always full of enemies trying to undermine you, if your system can't resist them it isn't any good. And the system does more damage than the enemies.
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    Today, 06:34 PM
    Because they haven't fired him and he is typical of the supporters and staff and the candidate himself.
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    Today, 06:20 PM
    LOL Trump is dancing with joy at the thought of facing any of them.
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    Today, 06:18 PM
    TDS on display. This may not be perfection but it is a step in the right direction and it reinforces NOTHING, the precedent that government could control religious expression was already set and this weakens it.
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    Today, 06:10 PM
    Neither of those serves a National Security purpose. I would certainly like to see it cost less but it's better to have it than save the money, the invaders will cost us far more.
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    Today, 06:09 PM
    There is no other kind of state communism, communism invites the corrupt to take it over if it is enforced. I'm glad to see you expose yourself by trotting out the old "that wasn't real communism" line though.
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    Today, 06:01 PM
    The paper airplane has landed on the steeple.
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    Today, 06:00 PM
    And that's why it's called fall.
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    Today, 01:54 PM
    This is will end up like charlottesville.
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    Today, 05:18 AM
    Shame on you Trump! Shame on you Rand Paul for voting for this!
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    Yesterday, 10:52 PM
    His excuse for his old Che avatar was never convincing either.
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    Yesterday, 10:06 PM
    Flashback: Puerto Rican Mayors Investigated For Hoarding Supplies For "Constituents Who Voted For Them" http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-10-10/us-attorney-investigating-puerto-rican-mayors-keeping-supplies-constituents-who-vote
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