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    Today, 11:36 PM
    I don't see a right to keep and bear arms or some of the other important parts of the Bill of Rights and I see lots of loopholes: the provisions of this Chapter shall have effect for the purpose of affording protection to those rights and freedoms subject to such limitations of that protection as are contained in those provisions, being limitations designed to ensure that the enjoyment of those rights and freedoms by any person does not impair the rights and freedoms of others or the public interest. A person shall not be deprived of his personal liberty save as may be authorized by law in any of the following cases, that is to say- f) upon reasonable suspicion of his having committed, or being about to commit, a criminal offence under any law; i) in the case of a person who is, or is reasonably suspected to be, of unsound mind, addicted to drugs or alcohol, or a vagrant, for the purpose of his case or treatment or the protection of the community; (2) No person shall be required to perform forced labour.
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    Today, 11:26 PM
    Didn't he admit to being an FBI asset?
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    Today, 11:05 PM
    Facebook has been giving some of the world's largest technology companies - more than 150 of them, far more intrusive access to users' personal data than it has ever disclosed according to an investigation by the New York Times. The Times interviewed over 60 people including current and former employees of Facebook and its partners, former government officials and privacy advocates - and reviewed over 270 pages of Facebook's internal documents while performing technical tests and analysis to monitor what data Facebook has been handing out like candy. The records, generated in 2017 by the company’s internal system for tracking partnerships, provide the most complete picture yet of the social network’s data-sharing practices. They also underscore how personal data has become the most prized commodity of the digital age, traded on a vast scale by some of the most powerful companies in Silicon Valley and beyond. -NYT The discovery goes far beyond the Cambridge Analytica data harvesting scandal in which basic data was collected on up to 87 million users through a lifestyle survey app. Thanks to the United States having no general consumer privacy law, up to 400 million people's private information was freely shared with the likes of Google, Microsoft, Netflix, Spotify and other partners - and they didn't sell it; Facebook gave everyone's information away for free throughout the tech community in order to foster industry relationships and advance their own interests. The exchange was intended to benefit everyone. Pushing for explosive growth, Facebook got more users, lifting its advertising revenue. Partner companies acquired features to make their products more attractive. Facebook users connected with friends across different devices and websites. But Facebook also assumed extraordinary power over the personal information of its 2.2 billion users — control it has wielded with little transparency or outside oversight. -NYT The company allowed Microsoft's Bing search engine to see the names of virtually all Facebook users' friends without their consent. Netflix and Spotify were given the ability to read and delete Facebook users' private messages. Facebook also allowed Spotify, Netflix and the Royal Bank of Canada to read, write and delete users’ private messages, and to see all participants on a thread — privileges that appeared to go beyond what the companies needed to integrate Facebook into their systems, the records show. -NYT Both Netflix and Spotify claim they had no idea they had such broad capabilities, while a Royal Bank of Canada spokesman denied that the bank had any such access. Amazon was granted access to users' names and contact information through their friends, while Yahoo! was able to view streams of friends' posts as recently as this summer despite Facebook promising that it had stopped this type of sharing years earlier.
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    Today, 10:42 PM
    Japan has announced that for the first time since World War II it is seeking aircraft carriers as part of a massive 5-year $242-billion military overhaul, primarily to counter what it perceives as a growing China threat, which is about $17.8 billion more than in an earlier defense budget. Defense officials unveiled plans on Tuesday to refit its Izumo-class warships to carry US-designed F-35B fighter jets, an advanced stealth fighter it hopes to purchase over forty of within the next decade, which have short takeoff and vertical landing capabilities. The stealth fighters will be deployable aboard two of Japan's largest ships, the JS Izumo and JS Kaga, which as flat-top ships more than 800 feet long and displacing 27,000 tons, can accommodate multiple fixed-wing aircraft and helicopters. The ambitious defense overhaul, called the National Defense Program Guideline, was approved by Japan's parliament on Tuesday and cited the “severity and uncertainty” of challenges with regional great power China, which are “increasing with extremely high speed.” The approved defense guideline further emphasized close US-Japanese strategic relations, which it described as “more important than ever for our national security,” and authorized Japan to actively support American military operations in the region. Japanese law was recently updated to allow its military to give logistical aid to US forces, and is now expanded to protecting US vessels and aircraft. Readiness against the advancing technical capabilities of China were also noted in the defense guideline, which cited “Rapid expansion of new areas, such as space, cyber and electromagnetic waves, is fundamentally changing the ideal state of national security, which had placed importance on dealing with physical areas such as land, sea and air.” In media statements, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga cited regional threats on Tuesday while outlining the plan: "Under the drastically changing security environment around Japan, the government will take all possible measures to protect the lives and assets of Japanese people." Defense officials also noted frequent foreign military activity in the East China Sea and western Pacific Ocean. And just this week Russia announced that it is continuing build-up on a series of islands claimed by Japan, which Moscow calls the Kuril Islands.
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    Today, 10:37 PM
    Are you trying to deny that the construction industry in NYC is politicized? How about the television industry?
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    Today, 10:36 PM
    Whether or not Mexico will pay for the wall eventually after it is funded out of the military budget is a separate question from whether it will be funded and built at all. I'm agnostic about the wall and would much prefer that the border be protected with a massive increase in patrols by the military or an expanded Border Patrol but most of Trump's supporters want the wall and they want it even if Mexico doesn't end up paying for it. You could also say that Mexico will pay for it just due to the reduced costs from illegal aliens that we will have that they would otherwise have benefited from.
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    Today, 10:24 PM
    He is looking at other sources of funding for the wall. (like the military budget)
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    Today, 10:16 PM
    Bilge.
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    Today, 10:07 PM
    The only question is whether you are being mislead by the salesman as well. That is why actions are needed NOW to show once and for all whose side he is really on. I'll re-post this here:
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    Today, 10:02 PM
    I'd like to read the actual document because I don't see a right to keep and bear arms and I see provisions for derogating the right mentioned. Derogation Derogation is the partial suppression of a law, as opposed to abrogation—total abolition of a law by explicit repeal—and obrogation—the partial or total modification or repeal of a law by the imposition of a later and contrary one. The term is used in canon law, civil law, and common law.More at Wikipedia
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    Today, 09:54 PM
    If this is his best then we are doomed, I consider it more optimistic to believe that he has been holding his fire for tactical reasons and that he will shift gears soon and come out swinging. I needs to happen soon.
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    Today, 09:50 PM
    Do they have anything like the Bill of Rights?
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    Today, 09:48 PM
    Relaxing is how a frog gets boiled, I have given Trump time and I intend to give him more but his time is running out. I don't know how much time I would give him if we didn't have presidential elections every 4 years but we do and therefore he only has 2 years left and he has to start DOING things while there is still a significant fraction of that left, if he only gets around to doing things a month before the election then he will lose.
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    Today, 09:43 PM
    Which is part of why I don't agree even if Trump is doing it for that reason, the Demoncrats can simply say that since the courts struck down the regulation they will now try to pass a law. The only supposed advantage will be that hopefully public support for the ban will have subsided because the Las Vegas shooting will be a distant memory, it was also supposed to decrease liberal enthusiasm for voting in the midterms but that didn't work which those of us who disagreed with Trump said at the time.
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    Today, 09:34 PM
    What other country do you think will be better and why?
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    Today, 09:33 PM
    Hence the need for concrete ACTIONS NOW. The next presidential election season is already beginning after the end of the midterms, if he was saving all his ammo for reelection then NOW is the time to start using it.
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    Today, 09:15 PM
    I am giving him just a little bit of credit for thinking he could work with Congress and for giving his enemies enough rope to hang themselves but I don't think he should have taken so long and he needs to start acting NOW, he has only two years left to convince me to vote for him even though I didn't last time. That is the whole point of my post that you replied to. I still say he has been better than any other president in a long time but if he doesn't start acting where he can act by himself it won't be good enough.
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    Today, 09:03 PM
    He never had Congress, the RINOs wouldn't pass or even vote on most of his agenda and they wouldn't kill the 60 vote requirement in the Senate. McCain killing the O'Bummercare repeal is the biggest example.
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    Today, 09:00 PM
    The Senate passed a sweeping criminal justice bill Tuesday that addresses concerns that the nation's war on drugs had led to the imprisonment of too many Americans for non-violent crimes without adequately preparing them for their return to society.Senate passage of the bill by a vote of 87-12 culminates years of negotiations and gives President Donald Trump a signature policy victory, with the outcome hailed by scores of conservative and liberal advocacy groups. The House is expected to pass the bill this week, sending it to the president's desk for his signature. The bill gives judges more discretion when sentencing some drug offenders and boosts prisoner rehabilitation efforts. It also reduces the life sentence for some drug offenders with three convictions, or "three strikes," to 25 years. Another provision would allow about 2,600 federal prisoners sentenced for crack cocaine offenses before August 2010 the opportunity to petition for a reduced penalty. "America is the greatest Country in the world and my job is to fight for ALL citizens, even those who have made mistakes," Trump tweeted moments after the vote. "This will keep our communities safer, and provide hope and a second chance, to those who earn it. In addition to everything else, billions of dollars will be saved. I look forward to signing this into law!" Trump added. The vote also thrilled Democrats. Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., said the nation's prisons are full of Americans who are struggling with mental illness and addiction, and who are overwhelmingly poor. He said the nation's criminal justice system "feeds on certain communities and not on others," and said the bill represents a step toward "healing" for those communities. "Let's make no mistake, this legislation, which is one small step, will affect thousands and thousands of lives," Booker said. The Senate turned back three amendments Tuesday from Republican senators Tom Cotton of Arkansas and John Kennedy of Louisiana, who said the bill endangered public safety. Supporters voiced concerns that passing any of the amendments would have sunk the bill. More at: https://news.yahoo.com/critics-criminal-justice-bill-final-push-changes-170830868--politics.html
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    Today, 09:00 PM
    The Senate passed a sweeping criminal justice bill Tuesday that addresses concerns that the nation's war on drugs had led to the imprisonment of too many Americans for non-violent crimes without adequately preparing them for their return to society.Senate passage of the bill by a vote of 87-12 culminates years of negotiations and gives President Donald Trump a signature policy victory, with the outcome hailed by scores of conservative and liberal advocacy groups. The House is expected to pass the bill this week, sending it to the president's desk for his signature. The bill gives judges more discretion when sentencing some drug offenders and boosts prisoner rehabilitation efforts. It also reduces the life sentence for some drug offenders with three convictions, or "three strikes," to 25 years. Another provision would allow about 2,600 federal prisoners sentenced for crack cocaine offenses before August 2010 the opportunity to petition for a reduced penalty. "America is the greatest Country in the world and my job is to fight for ALL citizens, even those who have made mistakes," Trump tweeted moments after the vote. "This will keep our communities safer, and provide hope and a second chance, to those who earn it. In addition to everything else, billions of dollars will be saved. I look forward to signing this into law!" Trump added. The vote also thrilled Democrats. Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., said the nation's prisons are full of Americans who are struggling with mental illness and addiction, and who are overwhelmingly poor. He said the nation's criminal justice system "feeds on certain communities and not on others," and said the bill represents a step toward "healing" for those communities. "Let's make no mistake, this legislation, which is one small step, will affect thousands and thousands of lives," Booker said. The Senate turned back three amendments Tuesday from Republican senators Tom Cotton of Arkansas and John Kennedy of Louisiana, who said the bill endangered public safety. Supporters voiced concerns that passing any of the amendments would have sunk the bill. More at: https://news.yahoo.com/critics-criminal-justice-bill-final-push-changes-170830868--politics.html
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    Today, 08:57 PM
    The idea isn't that it won't be enforced, the idea is that the courts will strike it down where they might not have struck down an act of Congress.
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    Today, 08:45 PM
    How much did Saudi crown prince MbS line his pockets state coffers with following the so-called "corruption crackdown" which involved scores of top officials and rival princes held prisoners in Riyadh's Ritz-Carlton Hotel through and after November of last year? The official figures are in: the "purge" was a shakedown to the tune of more than $13 billion. And now the Saudis are positively bragging about it (perhaps shielding the disappointment of not grabbing the full hoped-for $100bn), with Finance Minister Mohammed al-Jadaan announcing Tuesday that his government "collected more than 50 billion riyal ($13.33 billion) so far this year from settlements reached with detainees in a crackdown on corruption launched at the end of last year," according to Reuters. Saudi authorities stated previously this year that their goal was to seize some $100bn overall, thus it appears MbS' ambitions fell far short. At the time 381 Saudis were hauled in and locked up a span of 3 months at the Ritz-Carlton super-luxury hotel which boasts nearly 500 rooms and 52 acres of land, with 62,000 feet of conference space, and a 4,575-square-foot royal suite to boot which held one of the world's richest men for the longest detention, Prince Alwaleed bin Talal. Though Prince Alwaleed was among the "big fish" held the longest at 83 days, his story was representative of many who cut "secret deals" to fork over untold hundreds of millions each in order to obtain freedom. More at: https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-12-18/saudi-riyadh-ritz-purge-netted-over-50-billion-riyals-1333-billion-2018
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    Today, 08:42 PM
    The situation in the EUSSR is more complex and nobody involved is right. It would be best to just dissolve it.
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    Today, 08:40 PM
    I'm negotiating with him about what he needs to do if he wants my vote in 2 years.
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    Today, 08:39 PM
    Maybe you should apply that logic when you want to use OPM to bomb foreign countries into submission to liberty as you define it.
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    Today, 08:34 PM
    He hasn't had much support in Congress but he needs to start exerting himself more, if he is going to use military funds to build the wall then it needs to happen now and the same thing goes for anything else he can do on his own like declassifying the FISA documents etc. He has 2 years left to show me.
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    Today, 08:11 PM
    man who set up a GoFundMe to build a wall at the Southern United States border has raised more than $215,000 in one day. “My name is Brian Kolfage, I have a verified blue check facebook page as a public figure and I’m a triple amputee veteran,” said the page’s creator. The page is called “We the People Will Build the Wall.” Kolfage explained: Like a majority of Americans we elected President Donald J Trump to Make America Great Again. President Trump’s main campaign promise was to BUILD THE WALL. And as he’s followed through on just about every promise so far, this wall project needs to be completed still. As a veteran who has given so much, 3 limbs, I feel deeply invested to this nation to ensure future generations have everything we have today. Too many Americans have been murdered by illegal aliens and too many illegals are taking advantage of the United States taxpayers with no means of ever contributing to our society. I have grandparents who immigrated to America legally, they did it the correct way and it’s time we uphold our laws, and get this wall BUILT! It’s up to Americans to help out and pitch in to get this project rolling. “If the 63 million people who voted for Trump each pledge $80, we can build the wall.” That equates to roughly 5Billion Dollars, even if we get half, that’s half the wall. We can do this.
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    Today, 07:45 PM
    In Tuesday’s episode of “social justice gone awry,” Harvard Business Review complained about the lack of diversity in the firefighting business. “U.S. firefighters are overwhelmingly white and male. Here’s why that needs to change,” the publication said in a Tweet linking a to story. Harvard Business Review is complaining that only white men are interested in risking life and limb in service to their community. Of course, they did not frame their story that way because, as we know, white men are the devil in this culture war. “Many fire departments recognize that their lack of diversity as a problem and say they’re committed to increasing racial and gender diversity,” the article said. “But what’s the actual path for departments achieving more diversity? And if they do so, will their members embrace how it improves their organization?” The article explained that the physical aspects of the job, “climbing ladders, hauling hoses, and carrying victims from burning buildings” is only a “small subset” of the job. In essence, the author of the piece tried to preempt any counterargument about the differences in physical stature between men and women by claiming that firefighters don’t spend a lot of time fighting fires. Of course, this is a stupid line of argumentation because when firefighters are called upon to fight fires – regardless of how often it may be – they still must be physically prepared, otherwise they will be far less effective. The article said: To succeed as a firefighter, stereotypically masculine traits like brawn and courage are simply not enough. Firefighters also need the intellectual, social, and emotional skills required to deliver medical emergency aid, support each other through traumatic experiences, and engage intimately with the communities they serve. In short, successful firefighters embody a complex mix of skills and traits. And yet, in my research on reducing gender bias and my work conducting training on general diversity and inclusion with fire departments, I find that, when evaluating fit and competence, firefighters tend to default to a reductive set of traits (physical strength evaluated through strict fitness tests, for example) that serve to maintain white men’s dominance in the fire service.
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    Today, 07:43 PM
    His demands of Mexico and their counter demands followed by their actions and this foreign aid.
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