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    Today, 01:14 AM
    Russia's parliament on Tuesday adopted a wide-ranging bill that could freeze crucial exports to the United States and imports to Russia from the U.S. and other countries. The bill, drafted by leading lawmakers at the State Duma in response to the latest round of U.S. sanctions, lays out a wide range of restrictions for U.S. businesses in Russia and for cooperation with the U.S. Among other things, the bill allows the Russian president to "ban or suspend cooperation with a hostile state" and ban imports of goods from unnamed countries. The original bill proposed specific restrictions to U.S. imports including drugs as well as banning crucial exports, such as titanium, to the U.S. But lawmakers toned it down to get rid of references to specific restrictions before adopting the bill. Many lawmakers who backed the bill on Tuesday portrayed it as a warning to the West against further sanctions on Russia. "Everyone who wants to impose these restrictions on our rights and on our citizens needs to understand that Russia will respond to this," lawmaker Andrei Isayev said speaking of Western sanctions. More at: http://www.orlandosentinel.com/business/sns-bc-eu--russia-sanctions-20180522-story.html
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    Today, 12:00 AM
    Haspel is Not the Problem. The CIA is the Problem. written by ron paul - monday may 21, 2018
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    Yesterday, 11:48 PM
    While the US-China trade talks have dominated headlines in the financial press this week, the Wall Street Journal on Tuesday published details from the Trump administration's ongoing trade negotiations with the European Union, which increasingly look like they, too, have arrived at an impasse. According to WSJ, Trump is pushing the EU to reduce steel and aluminum exports to the US by about 10%, according to several high-ranking EU officials who have apparently chafed at the administration's demands. Officials have gone so far as to declare the measures illegal under World Trade Organization rules. Negotiations are unfolding rapidly as the EU seeks to extend its temporary exemption from steel and aluminum tariffs that the Trump administration has said will expire June 1. The Trump proposal has offered two avenues for arriving at the US's desired result. One is a quota fixed at 90% of US imports from the EU in 2017. The other would impose tariffs on a certain quota of imports with the aim of achieving the same 10% reduction, according to Poland’s Entrepreneurship and Technology Minister Jadwiga Emilewicz, who added that EU governments discussed the matter on Tuesday. However, the exact scope and details of the quotas have not yet been made clear. "We are under the impression that somehow they want to limit steel imports to the U.S.," European Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmstrom said of continuing negotiations with Washington before briefing EU governments. "Aluminum as well," she said, without providing details. European Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmstrom has reportedly been in regular contact with Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross ever since the US surprised the world by announcing its steel and aluminum tariffs back in March. Still, despite their close cooperation, Malmstrom said that deciphering Trump's wants and needs has been by far the most frustrating aspect of the negotiations. * * *
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    Yesterday, 11:31 PM
    As a general rule, when Dick Cheney favors a foreign policy position it’s best to be on the opposite side if you value liberty over war and authoritarianism. The former vice president’s enthusiastic endorsement of not only Gina Haspel as CIA director but of the torture program she oversaw should tell us all we need to know about Haspel. Saying that Haspel would make a great CIA director, Cheney dismissed concerns over the CIA’s torture program. Asked in a television interview last week about the program, Cheney said, “if it were my call, I’d do it again.” Sadly, the majority of the US Senate agreed with Cheney that putting a torturer in charge of the CIA was a good idea. Only two Republicans – Senators Paul and Flake – voted against Haspel. And just to confirm that there really is only one political party in Washington, it was the “yes” vote of crossover Democrats that provided the margin of victory. Americans should really be ashamed of those sent to Washington to represent us. Just this month, the New York Times featured an article written by a woman who was kidnapped and send to the secret CIA facility in Thailand that Haspel was said to have overseen. The woman was pregnant at the time and she recounted in the article how her CIA torturers would repeatedly punch her in the stomach. She was not convicted or even accused of a crime. She was innocent. But she was tortured on Haspel’s watch. Is this really what we are as a country? Do we really want to elevate such people to the highest levels of government where they can do more damage to the United States at home and overseas?
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    Yesterday, 11:22 PM
    None of which changes the fact that communism is the primary factor responsible for the current state of Venezuela.
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    Yesterday, 09:33 PM
    If they codify it they can expand what they give them.
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    Yesterday, 09:28 PM
    Lack of infections during childhood is a common trend in obsessively clean environments that the babies grow up in today. According to Prof Mel Greaves from the Institute of Cancer Research in London, winner of the Royal Society’s prestigious Royal Medal, childhood leukemias are caused not just due to aberrant genetics or due to exposure to dangerous radiation but also due to lack of common infections during childhood that help build immunity. Greaves’s theories and evidence from the earlier works have been released in a paper that was published in the latest issue of the journal Nature Reviews Cancer. His work compiles information from globally situated experts in cell biology, immunology, genetics, childhood leukemia and epidemiology. This finding comes after over three decades of research. According to Greaves, childhood cancers are preventable and part of the answer to the question could be to allow more social and environmental exposure to the babies especially at daycare centres to expose them to germs that would strengthen their immunity. Greaves looked at years of work on acute lymphoblastic leukaemia (ALL) and has come to this conclusion. Earlier on ALL was a fatal form of childhood cancer but today with advancement of cancer treatment over 90 percent of children diagnosed with this cancer can be cured. According to Greaves the cause of this form of childhood cancer is a “triple whammy”. At least one in 20 children carry genetic mutations that raise their risk of getting the cancer. These mutations may remain dormant if the immune systems of the children are normally functioning. For the immune systems to function properly, it is imperative that the babies are exposed to bacteria and viruses right from infancy. Children who have a weak immunity due to lack of exposure to bacteria and common viruses, when exposed to them later may develop a second genetic mutation that raises their risk of getting leukemias and cancers. According to Greaves, his argument is supported by the fact that more and more affluent populations are seeing children with ALL. The incidence of ALL risen by 1 percent per year globally. He explained that this rise has to do something with the modern lifestyles that the children are exposed to. He said that the problem here is not infection but the lack of it. According to him, same theory applies for several other diseases including type 1 diabetes, multiple sclerosis and Hodgkin’s lymphoma as well as a several allergic diseases. He pointed out that the rates of all of these diseases are lower in the poorest countries and higher in affluent countries.
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    Yesterday, 09:25 PM
    US Steel is surging Tuesday, up 3.57%, after Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said steel and aluminum tariffs will remain in place for China. The gains have erased the losses that developed on Monday after Trump said the US would suspend tariffs on $150 billion worth of Chinese imports. Other steel manufacturers are also gaining on the news, with Nucor and Steel Dynamics are both up 1.2%. "As it relates to China, the steel and aluminum tariffs will remain enforced," Mnuchin said at a Senate appropriations committee hearing on Tuesday. "Those were not part of our discussions." More at: http://markets.businessinsider.com/commodities/news/us-steel-stock-price-mnuchin-says-china-steel-tariffs-on-2018-5-1025092801
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    Yesterday, 09:24 PM
    President Trump on Tuesday questioned a potential trade agreement with China that his administration announced days earlier, indicating he isn’t satisfied with a deal that has drawn criticism from members of both parties. “No, not really,” Trump said during an Oval Office meeting with South Korean President Moon Jae-in in response to a question about whether he was satisfied with how trade talks had progressed. “I’m not satisfied, but we have a long way to go.” Trump also denied reports his administration had struck a deal with Chinese telecom giant ZTE, which is facing stiff penalties for violating sanctions against North Korea and Iran. The president said the U.S. could potentially lift those restrictions if the company agreed to pay a $1.3 billion fine and replace its top leaders. More at: https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2018/05/22/trump-not-satisfied-china-trade-deal/629085002/?utm_source=feedblitz&utm_medium=FeedBlitzRss&utm_campaign=usatodaycommoney-topstories
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    Yesterday, 09:21 PM
    President Donald Trump said on Tuesday he will propose new tax cuts sometime prior to November, when Republicans look to retain their control of the U.S. Congress in midterm elections.Trump said he would meet with Republican Representative Kevin Brady, chairman of the tax-writing House Ways and Means Committee, about the proposal. He did not give any details. "We're going to be submitting additional tax cuts sometime prior to November," Trump said in a speech to the Susan B. Anthony List, an anti-abortion group. More at: https://www.yahoo.com/news/trump-says-propose-tax-cuts-prior-november-003007671.html
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    Yesterday, 09:19 PM
    The FBI seems to have been caught fibbing again on the topic of encrypted phones. FBI director Christopher Wray estimated in December that it had almost 7,800 phones from 2017 alone that investigators were unable to access. The real number is likely less than a quarter of that, the Washington Post reports. Internal records cited by sources put the actual number of encrypted phones at perhaps 1,200 but perhaps as many as 2,000, and the FBI told the paper in a statement that "initial assessment is that programming errors resulted in significant over-counting of mobile devices reported." Supposedly having three databases tracking the phones led to devices being counted multiple times. Such a mistake would be so elementary that it's hard to conceive of how it would be possible. These aren't court notes, memos, or unimportant random pieces of evidence, they're physical devices with serial numbers and names attached. The idea that no one thought to check for duplicates before giving a number to the director for testimony in Congress suggests either conspiracy or gross incompetence. More at: https://finance.yahoo.com/news/fbi-reportedly-overestimated-inaccessible-encrypted-005119119.html
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    Yesterday, 08:53 PM
    Venezuela owes money to lots of people, even if you imagine some justification for the seizure Conoco's assets to suit your love of communists it doesn't change a thing: Also Venezuela got themselves into this mess long ago and the arbitration award just happened, the commies have had the benefit of the two oil projects all this time.
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    Yesterday, 08:42 PM
    As if US-Palestinian relations weren't already at the lowest point in perhaps all of history, they just sank even lower after a controversial photo (to put in mildly) surfaced of the American Ambassador to Israel, David Friedman, receiving a large aerial photograph of Jerusalem as he toured the largely ultra-Orthodox Jewish city of Bnei Brak, just east of Tel Aviv. As Ambassador Friedman attended an event sponsored by an Israeli charity, one of the staff members presented him with the framed photograph which featured a photoshopped imagined Jewish Temple in the place where Al-Aqsa mosque and the Dome of the Rock currently stand. Image source: Kikar Hashabat via Times of IsraelThe Israeli Haaretz newspaper describes the image as "bearing a simulation of the Third Temple" placed in the photograph at the heart of Jerusalem's walled old city, with the 'Third Temple' featured front and center. Israelis refer to the area on top of which Islam's third holiest mosque sits as the "Temple Mount" as it is purported to be the site of two Jewish temples in ancient times, now the location of the Western Wall. There has long been a Jewish and Christian Zionist movement dedicated to restoring the temple, which was destroyed by the Romans in about 70 A.D. — an initiative that's practically impossible because it would mean razing the Islamic holy site. US Ambassador Friedman Gifted With Photo Of Jerusalem Featuring The Holy Temple On The Temple Mount https://t.co/cP0EVua7Rt pic.twitter.com/G8i2Gl3pvH — Temple Institute (@TempleInstitute) May 22, 2018 Concerning the long-term controversy that's raged over the fate of the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock, the US has long held its official position of observing the status quo of the separate religious communities being allowed access their respective sites. Haaretz explains that the photo of the ambassador with the image first appeared on an obscure Jewish website before quickly going viral: First reported on the ultra-Orthodox news site Kikar Hashabat, the photo was taken during a tour of Bnei Brak held by the Achiya organization, aids children who suffer from learning disabilities. It was unclear at the time whether Friedman noticed the change and was endorsing the picture or not. Though the US Embassy is reportedly outraged at the incident which it says the ambassador did not endorse and was not immediately aware of, it's seems hard to miss the huge stone temple prominently at the forefront of the image.
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    Yesterday, 08:39 PM
    Fiat allows them to effortlessly steal from everyone else without anyone even understanding how it happened. A manipulated crisis made possible by the rest of their bag of tricks, it would have solved itself if left alone.
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    Yesterday, 08:34 PM
    Another California city has joined the fight against the state's sanctuary city laws, which limit local authorities' ability to investigate illegal immigrants' status and communicate with federal immigration officals. Carlsbad’s City Council voted 4-1 Monday to support the Trump administration's lawsuit against the state's pro-illegal immigrant sanctuary city policies, The San Diego Union-Tribune reported. Carlsbad is located near San Diego, where the all-Republican Board of Supervisors also voted in April to support the federal government's legal action. “Our laws are becoming more difficult to enforce,” said Mayor Matt Hall. “It takes many agencies working together to keep us safe.” Councilwoman Cori Schumacher, the lone dissenter on the council, decried the vote as "purely political" and "divisive," according to local reports. Some citizens urged the council to avoid the temptation of "intolerance and bigotry," while others voiced support for the federal government. “I cannot see the difference between a sanctuary state and a secessionist state,” retired Marine Glenn Bernard said, according to the Tribune.
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    Yesterday, 08:30 PM
    I think it is more of a question of who suicided him? the CDC? or someone else?
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    Yesterday, 08:29 PM
    Polish leaders are planning to defend the U.S. government’s withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal within the European Union, where the decision has been strongly criticized. Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said Tuesday that Poland wants to be an “informal go-between” and to explain to EU members and U.S. officials the positions of the other. The Polish government’s mediation offer departs somewhat from the united front EU leaders displayed last week in voicing their continued support for the landmark nuclear deal. Polish Foreign Minister Jacek Czaputowicz said Monday during a visit to Washington that Poland stands with the rest of the EU in seeking actions to limit economic damage from the Trump administration’s move, “while as for the strategic and security dimension, we also understand the U.S. concerns.” https://www.seattletimes.com/nation-world/poland-breaks-with-eu-voices-empathy-with-us-stance-on-iran/
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    Yesterday, 08:23 PM
    The death of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention employee whose body was pulled from a Georgia river has been ruled a suicide, officials said Tuesday. Timothy Cunningham, an epidemiologist at the CDC, went missing in February after he left work because he said he was feeling sick. The Fulton County Medical Examiner's Office said Cunningham killed himself by drowning. A fisherman found the 35-year-old's body in the Chattahoochee River on April 3.
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    Yesterday, 08:21 PM
    Two Republican lawmakers, and no Democrats, are expected to attend a meeting that has been scheduled for Thursday to allow them to review classified information relating to claims the FBI used an informant to gather information on Trump's presidential campaign, the White House said on Tuesday.House of Representatives Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes and House Oversight Committee Chairman Trey Gowdy, both Republicans, are expected to attend, White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders told a regular news briefing. FBI Director Christopher Wray, Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats and Acting Principal Associate Deputy Attorney General Ed O'Callaghan are also expected to attend, she said. https://www.yahoo.com/news/republicans-no-democrats-attend-meeting-fbi-campaign-surveillance-195851756.html
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    Yesterday, 08:05 PM
    Yup, when they destroyed their economy they couldn't pay their debts and their creditors started to foreclose assets.
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    Yesterday, 07:54 PM
    The elite have the power to hoard the wealth because of government regulation and fiat money, they keep them from having any competition and allow the government to give them corporate welfare.
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    Yesterday, 07:47 PM
    Lawyers for Venezuela's state-owned energy company Petroleos de Venezuela (PDVSA) and ConocoPhillips lawyers met on May 21 in Curacao and agreed to lift liens on PDVSA assets, Argus reported May 22. The two are close to reaching a deal on a $2 billion arbitration award that PDVSA owes ConocoPhillips. More at: https://worldview.stratfor.com/situation-report/venezuela-state-oil-company-pay-debt-owed-conocophillips
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    Yesterday, 07:18 PM
    In case you haven’t heard (and you probably haven’t due to the media blackout on the subject), the largest two-year global average temperature drop in a century occurred between February 2016 and February 2018. Global average temperature dropped .056C over that period according to the GISS Surface Analysis (GISSTEMP) team at NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies. To find a two-year period even close to that drop, you have to back to the 1982-1984 time period when a .047C drop occurred. GISSTEMP is pretty much the gold standard when it comes to reporting global average temperature. The UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) uses GISSTEMP data in their reports. Included in the data is the biggest five-month average global temperature drop ever recorded between February to June in 2016. The fourth largest five-month drop occurred from February to June of 2017. But how can that be with all of these “warmest year ever” reports? The reason, of course, is that pretty much all mainstream coverage on climate change is agenda — not fact — driven. This is why there is wall-to-wall coverage of the off-the-cuff and, admittedly, rather silly statement of Mo Brooks (R-Alabama) about falling rocks causing sea level rise during a congressional hearing and nary a peep regarding the NASA data from 2016-2018. Because if, in fact, global temperature has dropped for any significant amount of time, it gives “deniers” a leg to stand on in the climate-change debate, which — despite carbon-credit salesman Al Gore’s pronouncements on the subject — is still very much ongoing.
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    Yesterday, 07:15 PM
    “Your referral has been documented and forwarded to the FBI Houston Field Office for any action deemed necessary,” wrote Steven D’Antuono, the section chief of the Financial Crimes Section of the U.S. Department of Justice, earlier this month to Cheryl Sullenger, the senior vice president of the pro-life group Operation Rescue. This is the most promising move by a government entity in the case involving allegations that abortionist Douglas Karpen, M.D., murdered live babies after one of his many botched abortions. Despite horrific allegations against Karpen for actions taken in 2012, it appears that until now, neither Texas law enforcement nor federal officials have pursued the case with any intent to punish him. What were those actions? Four women who worked at Karpen’s Houston-area abortion facilities informed Operation Rescue in 2013 that Karpen was violating the law. According to Sullenger, she received photographs of more than one baby who had been born alive that the employees charged Karpen had killed by slashing or twisting their necks.
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    Yesterday, 07:08 PM
    Saudi Arabia, Russia and the rest of OPEC “are likely this week to discuss a controlled relaxation of over-compliance with the Opec and non-Opec production-cut target,” according to Argus Media. A Gulf source familiar with Saudi thinking told Argus that a “relaxation” is a “big possibility” at the upcoming meeting in Vienna on June 22.To be clear, it would not amount to an “unwinding” or a “removal” or a “phase out” of the production limits. Such a proposal is reportedly not under consideration. Instead, OPEC has a more modest proposal in mind – simply bringing production levels back up to the stated ceiling. The discrepancy largely comes down to the catastrophic production losses in Venezuela. Output in the South American nation fell to just 1.43 million barrels per day in April, down nearly 700,000 bpd from 2016 levels. Crucially, Venezuela’s April production is 500,000 bpd below the level that it is allowed to produce (1.972 mb/d) as part of the OPEC agreement – and falling on an ongoing basis. Because of those declines, the compliance rate for OPEC on the whole shot up to 181 percent in April, according to Argus Media. The proposal under consideration for the Vienna meeting would be to allow slightly higher levels of production. Because most of the participating nations are already producing close to their maximum, additional supply would have to come from a relatively short list of nations, namely, Saudi Arabia, Russia, the UAE and Kuwait. OPEC could still keep its production limits in place, but allow spare capacity nations to add supply back to the market, but only a little bit so the collective ceiling is not breached. As Argus points out, allowing for higher levels of production from Gulf countries at the expense of Iran and Venezuela could potentially undercut cohesion among the group. Already fierce regional rivals, Iran might perceive the “relaxing” of production limits as a way for Gulf nations to take its market share. OPEC’s influence is only as powerful as the group’s willingness to work together, so future coordination could be undermined if a decision in Vienna stokes animosity between some of the cartel’s top producers. Still, with oil passing $80 per barrel and pricing risk skewed to the upside, OPEC might be compelled to add more barrels back onto the market. More at: https://oilprice.com/Energy/Crude-Oil/OPEC-Could-Relax-Production-Cuts.html
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    Yesterday, 07:04 PM
    With the national average gas price continuing its trudge toward $3 a barrel, pushed by rising crude oil prices, GasBuddy is reporting that more Americans are planning stay-cations instead of traveling this summer as worries about rising gas prices intensify. According to the annual survey, only 58% of respondents said they would take a trip this summer, a 24% decrease from last year. That's the lowest number since the summer of 2014, when crude oil prices were above $100 a barrel. Asked about their reasons for delaying their plans, 39% blamed rising gas prices, compared with 19% in 2017. More at: https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-05-21/24-americans-will-drive-less-summer-due-surging-gas-prices
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    Yesterday, 06:59 PM
    The Boers are a different culture than those who are destroying S. Africa. Australia would however be within its rights to decide either way about granting asylum but since they are currently letting in hordes of barbarians it would begin to look like anti-white racism if they didn't let in the Boers while letting in the others.
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