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    Yesterday, 11:59 PM
    A 5.6 magnitude quake struck near Guanagazapa in Guatemala's Escuintla province just after 8:30 p.m. local time (10:30 p.m ET) Sunday, according to the USGS. There were no immediate reports of injuries or serious damage, according to CONRED, the government agency for disaster reduction. More at: https://www.cnn.com/2018/06/17/asia/japan-osaka-quake/index.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%253A+rss%252Fcnn_topstories+(RSS%253A+CNN+-+Top+Stories)
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    Yesterday, 11:54 PM
    Israeli jets struck nine targets belonging to the Islamist Hamas group in the northern Gaza Strip early on Monday in response to incendiary kites and balloons Palestinians sent from the territory that have damaged Israeli property, the military said.Sirens also sounded in Israeli areas near the Gaza Strip at daybreak and the army said three rockets had been launched towards Israeli territory but one fell short in the Gaza Strip. No casualties were reported from the rockets or air strikes. In recent weeks, Palestinians have sent kites dangling coal embers or burning rags across the Gaza border to set fire to arid farmland and forests, others have carried small explosive devices in a new tactic that has caused extensive damage. The Israeli military has fired warning shots from the air and destroyed property belonging to the kite launchers but has refrained from targeting them. Some Israeli ministers have called for those launchers to be targeted directly. Israel has drafted in civilian drone enthusiasts as army reservists, instructing them to fly their remote-controlled aircraft into the kites, an Israeli general said, but an effective means to stop the kites has yet to be found. "These are terrorist acts that endanger Israeli residents living in southern Israel and damage extensive areas in Israeli territory," the military statement said of the kites and balloons. More at: https://www.yahoo.com/news/israeli-aircraft-strike-hamas-targets-gaza-strip-military-043848569.html
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    Yesterday, 09:51 PM
    This is interesting. From an article on lewrockwell.com: Also, troubling is the fact that the STAR tabloid that first hyped and then allegedly conducted, the flawed "test" was owned by Robert Altman – a close friend, a college classmate, political supporter, major donor and federal appointee of Bill Clinton. The Editor later admitted that no sample of DNA was ever obtained from Bill Clinton and that the incomplete DNA test included in the Starr Report had been used to compare with a sample obtained by Danney Williams. The Editor Phil Bunton would also later admit he had not seen written test results.
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    Yesterday, 09:37 PM
    I don't buy that. Even Snopes – a liberal, Clinton supporting source – gave it a verdict of 'unproven.' A remainder of doubt There were a couple of issues with the reliability of the paternity test, however. One was its origin: the tabloids. Despite running with the story, Time‘s only source for the Clinton paternity results was Star magazine (indeed, The Clintons’ War on Women co-author and former Donald Trump adviser Roger Stone claims there is no evidence the test was ever conducted). The other was a 1999 piece published in Slate arguing that because it was based on the limited analysis provided in the Starr Report and not a new DNA sample, the test results were inconclusive: The FBI performed two genetic fingerprinting tests on the president’s DNA. The Starr report, for unexplained reasons, gives data only for the less specific of the two tests. In fact, this test is imprecise enough that it would probably not be persuasive to a judge. Dr. George Riley of Genelex–a well-regarded forensic DNA lab–calculates that the genetic fingerprint given in the Starr report will most likely yield a so-called “paternity index” of only 20 to 30. In other words, a positive test would mean that President Clinton is only 20 to 30 times more likely than a random Caucasian male to be Danny Williams’ father. This would be suggestive but not conclusive. (50,000 white men in Arkansas would get the same test results.) The legal threshold is 100. At best the genetic fingerprint contained in the Starr report can only yield a paternity index of 120. The actual value depends on the mother’s DNA. https://www.snopes.com/fact-check/bill-clinton-illegitimate-son/
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    Yesterday, 09:37 PM
    What that great world monetary system based on the paper dollar has done to the US, was quite unexpected: it consists in obtaining foreign goods by tendering paper money in payment, something that is fundamentally fraudulent. And that fraud has come back to haunt the US, quite unexpectedly. The unexpected result of Triffin's (or "Hugo's") Dilemma, has been the de-industrialization of the US, as the world geared up to undersell all US producers wherever they could do so, in order to obtain the indispensable US Dollars. There is one way, and only one way, to do away with the Trade Deficit and renew the productivity of the US: abandon the present International Monetary System (derived from the original Bretton Woods Agreements of 1944) and return to the gold standard. There are no "Trade Deficits" under the Gold Standard, because all countries have to pay Cash Gold for their imports, and collect Cash Gold for their exports. Result: Balanced Trade. No Trade Deficits. A question in the back of my mind: Is Mr. Trump's "madness" really leading to the Gold Standard? Is that what he really wants? Because if he continues to undermine the present US Dollar as the World's Reserve Currency, by making it impossible for CBs to obtain Dollars through the US Trade Deficit, that would appear to be the likely final outcome.
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    Yesterday, 09:27 PM
    Russia and Saudi Arabia will ask OPEC to hike production by 1.5 million barrels a day in the third quarter of 2018, Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak said on Saturday. Novak said Moscow and Riyadh "propose increasing production in the third quarter by 1.5 (million bpd)," according to RIA Novosti news agency. "We are only proposing this for the third quarter. In September we will review the situation in the market and decide the future course." More at: https://www.yahoo.com/news/russia-saudi-seek-raised-opec-output-1-5-214024209.html
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    Yesterday, 09:25 PM
    Three people were confirmed dead and almost 100 injured after a strong earthquake hit Osaka on Monday morning, rattling one of Japan’s industrial heartlands and halting trains and factories across the region. The earthquake struck at 7:58 a.m. local time, with an initial magnitude of 5.9 that was later revised upwards to 6.1. At 13 kilometers (8.1 miles) it was relatively shallow, and caused heavy shaking that registered a lower 6 on the Japanese scale of 7. It was the strongest shaking registered in Osaka under records which date back to 1923. As the quake was centered inland, there was no fear of a tsunami. All trains and subways across Osaka city were halted, and the bullet train that links Osaka to Tokyo was stopped. Power was quickly restored to more than 170,000 homes that had earlier been cut off, regional utility Kansai Electric Power Co. said. There were no reports of abnormalities at its nuclear plants in the region. While the quake appeared to spare the region of major infrastructural damage, the Meteorological Agency warned that strong aftershocks could occur, particularly in the next two to three days. In 2016, the magnitude 7 earthquake that caused significant damage and multiple casualties in southern Kumamoto was preceded two days earlier by a magnitude 6.2 temblor. More at: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-06-17/strong-quake-hits-japan-s-osaka-no-tsunami-warning-issued
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    Yesterday, 09:22 PM
    Iran says Venezuela and Iraq will join it in blocking a proposal to increase oil production that’s backed by Saudi Arabia and Russia when OPEC and its allies meet in Vienna this week. “Three OPEC founders are going to stop it,” Iran’s representative to the bloc Hossein Kazempour Ardebili said in comments to Bloomberg on Sunday. “If the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and Russia want to increase production, this requires unanimity. If the two want to act alone, that’s a breach of the cooperation agreement.” More at: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-06-17/iran-says-three-opec-members-to-veto-saudi-proposed-supply-boost?utm_source=yahoo&utm_medium=bd&utm_campaign=headline&cmpId=yhoo.headline&yptr=yahoo
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    Yesterday, 08:02 PM
    The new school will be named after award-winning journalist Jose Antonio Vargas, after the Mountain View Whisman School District board voted on Thursday. Vargas emigrated from the Philippines with his family to America when he was 12 years old. In a statement after the vote, Vargas said, “As a proud product of the Bay Area’s public school system, I am overwhelmed by this totally unexpected and deeply meaningful honor." According to the San Francisco Chronicle, Vargas worked for the Washington Post and was a member of a team that won a Pulitzer Prize for coverage of the Virginia Tech shooting in 2007. It also said that Vargas revealed his undocumented status in 2011, in a New York Times Magazine essay. "On the surface, I’ve created a good life. I’ve lived the American Dream. ... But I am still an undocumented immigrant. And that means living a different kind of reality," Vargas wrote. More at: http://insider.foxnews.com/2018/06/17/california-elementary-school-be-named-after-illegal-immigrant-jose-antonio-vargas
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    Yesterday, 07:39 PM
    If all vikings are alphas what happened to Sweden?
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    Yesterday, 07:26 PM
    It makes a big difference how bad the people in government are if you care about what happens and how easy it will be to fix things. Swampublicans are bad but Demoncrats are evil, stopping evil is more important than stopping bad.
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    Yesterday, 06:54 PM
    Every week the crisis in Venezuela takes a turn for the worse. There are now signs that its oil industry is entering a dangerous new phase. Argus Media reports that Venezuela has begun to “proactively shut in oil production to cope with nearly replete terminal storage, further accelerating an output decline and bringing the OPEC country closer to the psychological barrier of 1mn b/d.” Venezuela’s oil production fell to an average of 1.392 million barrels per day in May, down another 42,000 bpd from a month earlier, according to OPEC’s secondary sources. However, with the crisis in Venezuela spiraling out of control at a horrific pace, the numbers from May might as well be a year ago. The May numbers don’t reflect the full ramifications of having to deal with inadequate port capacity, after PDVSA diverted operations to Venezuela from its Caribbean island refineries and storage facilities following the attempt by ConocoPhillips to take control of them. The problem of export capacity has become so acute that PDVSA is demanding customers send ships that can handle ship-to-ship loadings, since there is a backlog of ships trying to load up at the country’s decrepit ports. PDVSA is even considering declaring force majeure on contracts that it will be unable to fulfill. The upshot is that PDVSA might have only 694,000 bpd available for export in June, which is less than half of the 1.495 mb/d that it is contractually obligated to deliver this month. More at: https://oilprice.com/Energy/Crude-Oil/Venezuela-Forced-To-Shut-Down-Production-As-Operations-Fall-Apart.html
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    Yesterday, 06:47 PM
    The Permian has been getting most of the headlines on U.S. shale, but there is another play in the vicinity that has been attracting more industry attention than media attention. Pretty much forgotten since the ‘90s, when shale oil and gas moved to the forefront of the U.S. oil industry, the Austin Chalk has now gotten a new lease on life, it seems. Over the last six months, oil majors including ConocoPhillips, Marathon Oil, and EOG Resources have purchased some 600,000 acres in the chalk formation that runs from the Mexico-Texas border through central Louisiana and into Mississippi. Drilling is set to begin in late 2018. And that’s not all, because drillers are also returning to old fields in the Chalk. Reuters recently reported that an independent player, Wildhorse Resource Development, has started drilling in an old field in the Chalk using technology developed for the shale plays. Though the Chalk is not a shale formation—it is, as the name suggests, made up of limestone and chalk, soaked with oil and gas—and fracking tech could increase resource recovery. Drillings rigs in the Austin Chalk rose twofold in the past six months, Reuters said, quoting DrillingInfo data, to 14, and production grew to 57,000 bpd in 2017 from just 3,000 bpd five years ago. Technically recoverable oil reserves stand at around 4.1 billion barrels and gas reserves are estimated at 18 trillion cu ft, according to the Energy Information Administration. More at: https://oilprice.com/Energy/Crude-Oil/Shale-Shifts-Attention-To-This-Forgotten-Oil-Play.html
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    Yesterday, 06:29 PM
    fixed it.
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    Yesterday, 06:12 PM
    Naturally SPUTNIKnews doesn't pay any attention to the Demoncrats hard left turn to communism and social marxism or their recent turn to warmongering as bad or worse than Republicans, even when Demoncrats were more dovish it was only because they wanted to entrap the US and the rest of the world with globalism and create a world government.
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    Yesterday, 06:07 PM
    Fixed it, if things worked the way you had it America would be prosperous instead of having a hollowed out economy, most of our "allies" benefit more than we do from the status quo, they are socialist/communist and would have collapsed long ago without leeching of of America.
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    Yesterday, 05:26 PM
    Bunk, the left is far worse. check out this: https://www.thenewamerican.com/freedom-index
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    Yesterday, 05:25 PM
    Mexico is another leech, they take far more from us than they have ever given back. They are however better than some of our whiter allies.
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    Yesterday, 05:18 PM
    You were here before I was but I have seen him promote and defend the Fed, open borders, high taxes, gun control etc. while opposing the gold standard, voter ID etc. He is a shill for the powers that be.
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    Yesterday, 05:00 PM
    His posting history and probable status as a paid shill.
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    Yesterday, 05:00 PM
    Demographics isn't just about genetics, culture is a big part.
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    Yesterday, 04:38 PM
    I never said that, Zippy is an enemy of liberty and undoubtedly voted for Hitlery.
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    Yesterday, 04:36 PM
    No hate here, your posts deserve extra attention.:)
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    Yesterday, 04:27 PM
    Probably, parties all always better with free food.
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    Yesterday, 04:22 PM
    Perhaps but dolphins love to play, they play with eachother and even other sea creatures.
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    Yesterday, 04:08 PM
    Speaking at the Naval War College Tuesday, General Robert B. Neller said the approval for additional Marines in Norway cleared on Tuesday. Neller has been an advocate for sending Marines to extreme cold-weather environments for Arctic warfare training. The government of #Norway has approved ~400 additional @USMC Marines to be posted in the at Setermoen in Troms, Norway. Norway shares a 122-mile border with Russia and the new location will be bring US Marines closer to that border. There are currently ~300 US Marines in Norway pic.twitter.com/bZ7duE9P7e — Artemis Moshtaghian (@ArtemisChats) June 12, 2018 The Marines are currently on six-month rotations to Norway, where soldiers are preparing for cold-weather warfare to counter Russia. More at: https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-06-14/us-double-number-marines-norway-counter-russia-massive-military-exercise
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    Yesterday, 04:01 PM
    As Chancellor Merkel's grip on power continues to look more and more fragile, Bild Zeitung reports that Germany’s Christian Social Union party will give her a two-week deadline to meet its demands for overhauling asylum policy. If true, the reports would would be an unprecedented challenge to Merkel's authority and risks plunging the nation further into chaos, as Der Spiegel pulls no punches in explaining: "The German question... How do we deal with migrants? Endangers Merkel's chancellorship." As Bloomberg reports, the executive of the Bavarian party - an ally in Merkel’s government - will pass a resolution Monday approving rebel Interior Minister Horst Seehofer’s plan to turn away more refugees at Germany’s borders, the Bild Zeitung reported, citing party aides. Merkel has two weeks to gain the support of EU partners or Seehofer will execute the order unilaterally, according to Bild. If the report is true, Seehofer’s ultimatum would be intolerable and “outrageous,” said lawmaker Ingrid Arndt-Brauer from the Social Democrats -- also in Merkel’s government -- on the phone on Sunday. “You cannot do that to the Chancellor - relations between Merkel and Seehofer would seem beyond repair.” The SPD backs Merkel’s stance on reforming asylum rules. More at: https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-06-17/merkel-faces-outrageous-2-week-ultimatum-relations-look-beyond-repair
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    Yesterday, 03:57 PM
    Trump campaign aides Roger Stone and Michael Caputo say that a meeting Stone took in late May, 2016 with a Russian appears to have been an "FBI sting operation" in hindsight, following bombshell reports in May that the DOJ/FBI used a longtime FBI/CIA asset, Cambridge professor Stefan Halper, to perform espionage on the Trump campaign. When Stone arrived at the restaurant in Sunny Isles, he said, Greenberg was wearing a Make America Great Again T-shirt and hat. On his phone, Greenberg pulled up a photo of himself with Trump at a rally, Stone said. -WaPo When Stone arrived at the restaurant in Sunny Isles, he said, Greenberg was wearing a Make America Great Again T-shirt and hat. On his phone, Greenberg pulled up a photo of himself with Trump at a rally, Stone said. The meeting went nowhere - ending after Stone told Greenberg "You don't understand Donald Trump... He doesn't pay for anything." The Post independently confirmed this account with Greenberg. Aftter the meeting, Stone received a text message from Caputo - a Trump campaign communications official who arranged the meeting after Greenberg approached Caputo's Russian-immigrant business partner. “How crazy is the Russian?” Caputo wrote according to a text message reviewed by The Post. Noting that Greenberg wanted “big” money, Stone replied: “waste of time.” -WaPo Stone and Caputo now think the meeting was an FBI attempt to entrap the Trump administration - showing the Post evidence that Greenberg, who sometimes used the name Henry Oknyansky, "had provided information to the FBI for 17 years," based on a 2015 court filing related to his immigration status.
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    Yesterday, 03:51 PM
    France has agreed to accept some of the 630 migrants from 26 countries rescued by the MV Aquarius following an international spat between French President Emmanuel Macron and Italian authorities which led to Spain agreeing to take them in. And after several days of discussions, Madrid announced on Saturday that it had accepted France's offer to take in some of the 630 shipwrecked migrants. "The French government will work together with the Spanish government to handle the arrival of the migrants", said Spain's deputy prime minister, Carmen Calvo. "France will accept migrants who express the wish to go there" once they have been processed in Valencia, a statement said. Spain's Prime Minister, Pedro Sanchez, thanked Macron for his gesture, saying it was "exactly the kind of cooperation Europe needs" at this hour. In Valencia, preparations were underway to welcome the worn-out travellers after their long ordeal. A huge banner was put up at the port saying "Welcome home" in various languages including Catalan, the local language, and Arab. -AFP Following the international spat, French President Emmanuel Macron and Italian Prime Minister Guiseppe Conte met to discuss the situation - agreeing that the EU should set up asylum processing centers in Africa to avoid the "voyages of death." 629 people on rescue ship #Aquarius stranded at sea, Italy & Malta refused to accept them. EU rules put uneven burden on some countries to help newly arrived #refugees. But it doesnít have to be this way. Tell EU leaders to stop playing with human lives https://t.co/lHc8YtrRGh pic.twitter.com/Kfx4vnAeGt
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