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    Today, 11:40 PM
    Governor of the Central Bank of Iran (CBI), Abdolnaser Hemmati said that “a mechanism to mine digital coins was approved by the government’s economic commission and will later be put to discussion at a Cabinet meeting.” Initially, Iranian authorities announced that they are planning to authorize Bitcoin and cryptocurrency mining earlier in July, when the CBI governor Abdol Hemmati reportedly claimed that the Iranian government had approved some parts of an executive law that would authorize mining of cryptocurrencies in Iran. At the time, Hemmati argued that digital currency miners in Iran should contribute to the country’s economy, rather than letting mined Bitcoin escape abroad. Also, at the Commission’s latest meeting, its head Elyas Hazrati said that cryptocurrency is now recognized as official by the government, adding: “We do believe that cryptocurrency industry should be recognized as an official industry in Iran to let the country take advantage of its tax and customs revenues.” Today’s news also follows yesterday's reports that The Iranian Economic Commission has reportedly finalized a tariff scheme for cryptocurrency miners, according to a report from Iranian economic daily Financial Tribune. CoinTelegraph's Aaron Wood details that Energy Minister Homayoon Ha’eri announced that while the tariff scheme has been finalized, it is awaiting approval from the Cabinet of Iran - a governmental body consisting of various ministers and other officials chosen by the president.
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    Today, 11:36 PM
    The International Energy Agency (IEA) said that global oil demand only grew by 0.45 mb/d in the second quarter. That contributed to a surprise 0.5 mb/d supply/demand surplus in the second quarter. As recently as June the IEA anticipated the oil market would see a 0.5 mb/d deficit. The agency said that there were many reasons for tepid demand in recent months. “European demand is sluggish; growth in India vanished in April and May due to a slowdown in LPG deliveries and weakness in the aviation sector; and in the US demand for both gasoline and diesel in the first half of 2019 is lower year-on-year,” the IEA wrote in its July Oil Market Report. Nevertheless, the IEA stuck with its full-year forecast for demand growth at 1.2 mb/d, arguing that economic growth would rebound in the second half of 2019. Some of that optimism hinges on a resolution to the U.S.-China trade war, which seems a bit speculative. Reports suggest that trade negotiations are “stalled” while the Trump administration wrestles with how to handle Chinese tech giant Huawei. The Trump-Xi meeting on the sidelines of the G20 conference in June was supposed to lead to a restart in trade talks, but as the Wall Street Journal reports, no meetings have been scheduled as of yet. The WSJ also said that the Trump administration “appears to have resigned itself to a drawn-out battle.” That certainly calls into question the optimism surrounding the IEA’s demand growth figures. “Both IEA and EIA remain optimistic in assuming an economic rebound in 2H19 and see global demand growth nearly tripling from ~0.6 mb/d y/y in 1H19 to ~1.5-1.8 mb/d y/y in 2H19,” said Allyson Cutright, Senior Analyst at Rapidan Energy Group. “While we do see some pickup in 2H19, in particular in China due to macroeconomic stimulus and eased restrictions on gasoline-cars, the overall trend in agency revisions is still probably headed down.” Weak demand and rising supply are creating a perfect storm heading into 2020. The IEA said that the “call on OPEC” could fall by 0.8 mb/d next year, and even that is based on the agency’s rather optimistic demand growth figures. As a result, OPEC+ has a serious problem on its hands. On the one hand, it can continue to cut production in order to prevent oil prices from collapsing. But that would require mustering up consensus and taking on deeper sacrifice. The alternative is not much better. OPEC+ can keep the current production cuts in place (or abandon them altogether) and let prices crash. “Our balances have long assumed OPEC+ would have to extend and deepen cuts next year and project Saudi Arabia will be the brunt of the additional cuts,” Allyson Cutright of Rapidan Energy Group said. “Our most recent update sees Saudi Arabia need to cut production toward the low-9 mb/d range next year, and that's assuming decent economic growth.” Rapidan is betting that OPEC+ will opt for cutting, which might be just enough to head off a price slide. “However, if a recession develops or US sanctions on Iran are removed, then the deluge of new oil would more likely prove too large for OPEC+ to manage and oil prices would bust,” Cutright said.
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    Today, 11:28 PM
    The Russian government’s generous tax break to its largest oil company, Rosneft, for work on its largest oilfield, the Priobskoye, is being called into question by President Vladimir Putin, according to a document published on the Kremlin website seen by Reuters. Putin also ordered a moratorium on any new state support for developing domestic oilfields, country wide. The moratorium will remain in effect until the end of the calendar year. Rosneft had put its hand out just a couple of weeks ago for another tax break as well—this time for a large-scale Arctic venture—of $41 billion. President Putin had previously offered tax incentives to Rosneft for developing the costly Arctic area. It is unclear how the moratorium will affect the call for additional money for Arctic drilling. The government extended the tax break for to Rosneft in May for the purposes of developing Rosneft’s largest oilfield, Priobskoye, months after Rosneft had asked in February for the break to offset the extra expense of pumping oil from an aging field that is experiencing depletion. The Finance Ministry opposed the idea, but the break was granted despite the pushback. The tax breaks are expected to set the government back more than $7 billion over the next ten years. President Putin has asked the energy and finance ministries to reveal their economic justification for granting Rosneft its wishes. More at: https://oilprice.com/Latest-Energy-News/World-News/Putin-Calls-For-End-To-Generous-Oil-Industry-Tax-Breaks.html
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    Today, 11:04 PM
    As we continue to watch the unbelievable bizarre, immature, and wholly irrational saga over whether or not we (the US) will be fortifying our borders with Mexico and constructing a more continuous and less permeable wall there, we might want to consider the disastrous consequences of open borders as they essentially existed between Yugoslavia and Albania when Josip Broz Tito ruled Yugoslavia from 1945-1981. For months, I have waited some discussion in the West relating NATO's theft of Kosovo from Serbia in 2008 with and the recent US border destabilization/problems to no avail. The corporate-controlled mainstream media so thoroughly censored/controlled discussion (and continues to do so this day) of anything related to Yugoslavia with so much fake news that few in the West see the writing on the wall and thus I write in the desperate hope of warning my fellow Americans to learn the lessons of Yugoslavia. Josip Broz Tito, the half Croat/half Slovenian communist dictator of Yugoslavia, mistrusted and feared the Serbs having fought them in WWI as an Austro-Hungarian army soldier. He sought to reduce/dilute Serbian influence and power in Yugoslavia as the nation's largest ethnic group. He reduced Serbia's territory by creating two "autonomous" provinces: Vojvodina in Serbia's North and Kosovo in Serbia's South with the eventual goal of allowing these two integral pieces of Serbia to be ultimately taken away from Serbia "National Minorities under Communism," P. Shoup, Slavic Review, Vol. 22, No. 1 (Mar., 1963), pp. 64-81]. As Tito viewed himself as the Stalin of the Balkans, he made an arrangement with Enver Hoxha, the even more brutal communist dictator of Albania to surreptitiously allow Kosovo to become "Albanian" by encouraging illegal immigration of hundreds of thousands of Albanians into Kosovo, the spiritual Jerusalem of Serbs's Orthodox Christian faith for over 1300 years. Tito also forbade the return over 100,000 Serbian civilians who had been ethnically-cleansed by Albanian pro-Nazi fascists during WWII to their ancestral homes after the war. The goal was to encourage Albanian "friendship" with Yugoslavia by giving away to the Albanians Serbian-dominated Kosovo in the hopes that Albania would join Yugoslavia. In the ensuing decades, hundreds of thousands of Albanians illegally migrated into Kosovo. Once there, many of them persecuted local Serbs and drove them away, poisoned their water wells, and desecrated their millennial-old Churches, Monasteries, and other cultural monuments just as they did during WWII but with Tito's silent blessing with the aim of eradicating any trace of their culture from the region. Kosovo also became a critical transit point for heroin coming from Asia into Europe (giving Albanian drug lords significant illicit income) similar to cocaine coming from Columbia and other South American nations into Mexico and then into the US. Tito was so eager to tilt the population of Kosovo in favor of the Albanians (who had a higher birthrate than Serbs in Kosovo as one of Europe's most impoverished ethnic groups) that he would be the godfather to the ninth child born to any family there. I personally witnessed this "silent" anti-Serb terror and pogrom in 1988 when I visited Yugoslavia/Kosovo for the first time. A Mercedes with Belgrade license plates was overturned by a Kosovo Albanian mob. Serbian Orthodox Monasteries (over 1000 years old) were routinely desecrated and sprayed with Albanian graffiti. We, as Serbian-American students, could only walk outside of the Pec monastery in Kosovo with an armed guard. And of course, Albanians in Kosovo largely spoke their Albanian language demonstrating no interest in integrating and assimilating into Yugoslavia which mostly spoke the official Serbo-Croatian language just as Tito originally...
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    Today, 10:56 PM
    Election Day registration Use the Voter Registration Lookup to determine if you are registered under your current name and address. You must register and vote where you live. Use the Polling Place Finder to find your polling place. In Minnesota, you can register at your polling place on Election Day. This includes registering when you go to vote if you are voting early. The list of documents voters can show as proof of residence has been expanded. Voters may register by providing any one of these proofs of residence: Valid Minnesota driver's license or learner's permit, or a receipt for either, showing current name and address in the precinct. See MN Department of Driver and Vehicle Services for additional information. Valid Minnesota identification card or receipt for one, showing current name and address in the precinct. Tribal ID containing the current name and address in the precinct, signature and picture of the individual.
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    Today, 10:46 PM
    That's theft by fraud, they are misrepresenting the function of the "tip" feature.
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    Today, 10:43 PM
    Good, it's time we stopped letting them wage trade warfare on us.
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    Today, 10:04 PM
    https://news.slashdot.org/story/19/07/22/2244203/delivery-apps-like-doordash-are-using-your-tips-to-pay-workers-wages But its legal so it must also be moral because the moral busibodies have outlawed everything immoral now, right?
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    Today, 08:46 PM
    Turkish authorities confiscated about $271 million in fake U.S. $100 banknotes in a raid on an Istanbul printing press - the country's biggest counterfeit currency seizure in recent years, Hurriyet newspaper reported on Monday.The raid was carried out on Friday in Istanbul's Esenyurt neighbourhood and five people were arrested, it said. Hurriyet said one of those arrested was previously released after being detained for suspected membership in a network that Ankara blames for orchestrating a failed military coup in 2016. More at: https://news.yahoo.com/turkey-seizes-271-mln-counterfeit-155936880.html
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    Today, 08:44 PM
    The Mexican government said Monday it has reached agreement with the United States for a joint operation to combat gun smuggling along the U.S. border after seeing a spike in the number of illegal firearms detected.Seizures of assault rifles in Mexico are up 122% so far this year. Foreign Relations Secretary Marcelo Ebrard said Mexico's military would coordinate with U.S. authorities to launch anti-gun-smuggling operations in five Mexican border cities — Tijuana, Ciudad Juarez, Nuevo Laredo, Reynosa and Matamoros. He implied that U.S. authorities would coordinate by cracking down on smuggling in the corresponding cities on the U.S. side. Many of the firearms seized by police in Mexico have come from the United States. The announcement comes after Sunday's meeting between Ebrard and U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. Ebrard also said Mexico had proposed the two countries undertake a joint effort to identify and seize the assets of convicted drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzmán. Many Mexicans fear their country will lose money that belongs to Mexico after a U.S. court ordered Guzmán to pay $12.6 billion as part of the life sentence announced Wednesday. Ebrard said "the aim is that the assets of this criminal organization be recovered for the Mexican government." He said Pompeo "was very favorable to it, so that in the next few days we should be able to make very rapid progress on this strategic objective." Few experts believe either country will ever be able to find anything approaching $12.6 billion in assets. The amount was calculated on the price of the amount of drugs Guzman's Sinaloa cartel smuggled into the United States over the course of years. Ebrard said some of the money is probably in the U.S. and some in Mexico. Ebrard said Mexico had presented evidence it had reduced the flow of Central American migrants through Mexican territory by about 36 percent between January and early July.
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    Today, 08:42 PM
    https://twitter.com/A_WhiteShark/status/1152686786608603138 1152686786608603138
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    Today, 08:40 PM
    President Donald Trump voiced optimism on Monday that Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan could help broker a political settlement to end the nearly 18-year-old U.S. war in Afghanistan and held out the possibility of restoring aid to Islamabad."I think Pakistan is going to help us out to extricate ourselves," Trump said, with Khan sitting next to him at the start of a White House meeting. Trump spoke of possibly restoring $1.3 billion in American aid that he had cut last year, depending upon the results of the meeting, and offered to mediate in the longstanding dispute between Pakistan and India over the Kashmir region. The United States and Pakistan have a complicated relationship. Trump last year complained on Twitter that the Pakistanis "have given us nothing but lies & deceit" and "give safe haven" to militants. Pakistan has denied the accusations. "They were really, I think, subversive. They were going against us," Trump said on Monday, adding that the U.S. relationship with Pakistan had improved. Khan told Trump that a peace deal with the Taliban was closer than it had ever been. "We hope that in the coming days we will be able to urge the Taliban to speak to the Afghan government and come to a settlement, a political solution," Khan said in the Oval Office meeting when reporters were present. Trump wants to wrap up U.S. military involvement in Afghanistan and sees Pakistan's cooperation as crucial to any deal to end the war and ensure the country does not become a base for militant groups like Islamic State. Washington wants Islamabad to pressure Afghanistan's Taliban into a permanent ceasefire and participation in talks with the Afghan government. U.S. special envoy Zalmay Khalilzad will travel to Afghanistan and to Qatar, where he will resume talks with the Taliban, from July 22 to Aug. 1, the State Department said.
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    Today, 08:37 PM
    Fourteen member countries of the European Union have agreed to a new "solidarity mechanism" proposed by Germany and France to allocate migrants across the bloc, French President Emmanuel Macron said on Monday.Foreign affairs and Interior ministers of the EU had earlier gathered in Paris to discuss immigration and security issues following a first gathering in Finland last week. "The conclusion of this morning's meeting is that, in principle, 14 member states, at this stage, have expressed their agreement with the Franco-German document," Macron told journalists. Macron did not spell out specifics but said the new initiative would be "quick" and "automatic". A source close to the French presidency told Reuters that in addition to France and Germany, Finland, Luxemburg, Portugal, Lithuania, Croatia and Ireland had also signaled a clear intention to move forward with a new system. Italy's Interior minister Matteo Salvini, whose country is at the forefront of the migrant influx in Europe, did not take part in the meeting, however. In a letter to his French counterpart Christophe Castaner, Salvini warned of the effect of decisions "solely taken in Paris and Berlin." Macron also said France had asked the Libyan government to ensure migrants would no longer be placed in custody in the country and that appropriate measures would be taken to ensure their safety. More at: https://news.yahoo.com/eu-countries-agree-migrant-influx-170504720.html
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    Today, 08:17 PM
    President Trump said Monday that he could easily end the war in Afghanistan by destroying the entire country, but it would result in 10 million deaths. “We’re like policemen. We’re not fighting a war. If we wanted to fight a war in Afghanistan and win it, I could win that war in a week,” Trump told reporters in the Oval Office during a meeting with Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan. “I just don’t want to kill 10 million people.” The population of Afghanistan is around 35 million. “I have plans on Afghanistan that if I wanted to win that war, Afghanistan would be wiped off the face of the earth. It would be gone, it would be over literally in 10 days.” Throughout the press availability Trump continued to dwell on the longest war in U.S. history. “If we wanted to, we could win that war. I have a plan that would win that war in a very short period of time,” Trump said, adding, “We’ve been in there not fighting. They’re building gas stations. They’re rebuilding schools. The United States, we shouldn’t be doing that. That’s for them to do.”
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    Today, 08:14 PM
    Mexican officials said Monday they have uncovered an industrial-scale migrant smuggling ring using tractor-trailer rigs disguised as freight deliveries for major companies.President Andres Manuel López Obrador said authorities found a tractor-trailer disguised with the logo of Soriana, a major grocery store chain. But instead of groceries, it was carrying about 150 migrants. In a statement Monday, Soriana wrote that "the truck detained Saturday in Veracruz state does not belong to our delivery fleet, nor is it owned by the Soriana Organization." "The company has filed a complaint, because it was fake, it was camouflage to transport migrants," López Obrador said. In June, Mexico detected five freight trucks carrying 925 migrants, almost all from Central America. Some of those trucks bore the logos of well-known firms, though it was not clear if those trucks were also fakes or had been used illegally by drivers without the companies' knowledge. Foreign Relations Secretary Marcelo Ebrard said that four or five of the freight trucks found in June belonged to the same independent trucking company, based in central Mexico. More at: https://news.yahoo.com/mexico-uncovers-massive-migrant-smuggling-165614647.html
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    Today, 07:59 PM
    I posted the RUMOR with a question mark icon and a title proclaiming it a rumor and I have not insisted he is dead, pardon me if I ask for more from someone who proclaims it as a certainty that he isn't.
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    Today, 07:39 PM
    Not a very authoritative source.
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    Today, 07:38 PM
    Rumors of Turkish President Erdogan’s Death Are Not Confirmed or Denied By Turkish Officials As Speculation Spreads Worldwide
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    Today, 07:20 PM
    Widespread power blackouts were first reported on Monday evening across 15 Venezuelan states and Caracas, as per a report from Reuters Caracas newsroom. Central #Caracas (#Chacao) right now #apagón #blackout #Venezuela pic.twitter.com/6Pvp3QdPPW — Adriano Mérola Marotta (@AdrianoMerola) July 22, 2019 Venezuelan information minister Jorge Rodrigues said an "electromagnetic attack caused the nationwide blackout" and power companies along with government officials, are in the process of restoring the nation's power grid. More at: https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2019-07-22/electromagnetic-attack-sparks-massive-blackouts-across-venezuela-breaking-report
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    Today, 07:16 PM
    That's the reason Trump claims he has for not liking the Fed, it helps point out that the Fed manipulates politics.
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    Today, 07:15 PM
    If this story sounds like it was ripped from the plot of "House of Cards," well, we'll concede that it has all of the necessary elements of a best-selling spy novel. In a story published in Monday's WSJ, the paper recounts the story of Chinese businessman Guo Wengui, who has been holed up in an 18th-floor apartment at the Sherry-Netherland Hotel in New York City, where he has been living while his application for asylum moves through the US legal system. Hardliners like Steve Bannon have taken up Guo's cause - he claims to be one of China's most-wanted dissidents - but a recent legal dispute raised questions about what, exactly, Guo is doing in the US. Here's the problem: Guo contracted a well-known security firm to dig into a list of names whom Guo alleged were Chinese agents out to kill him. But the firm, Washington, DC-based Strategic Vision, soon developed a sneaking suspicion that Guo might be a Chinese spy using the firm's services to root out US agents working counter-intelligence. SV sued Guo, and in the latest filings, submitted on Friday, the firm accused Guo of hiring investigators to put American personnel in safety. Strategic Vision is owned by the widow of a once-powerful Senator, Malcolm Wallop, a now-deceased Republican from Wyoming. Mr. Guo asked the company to investigate the financial history, social-media presence and travel details of a list of Chinese nationals he claimed were linked to top Chinese Communist Party officials, according to a court document filed by Strategic Vision. He wired the company $1 million to start the project, according to filings from both sides in the dispute. Strategic Vision, based in Virginia, is owned by French Wallop, who was married to now-deceased Wyoming Sen. Malcolm Wallop, a Republican. The company said in Friday’s court filing that Mr. Guo’s representation that he wanted to destabilize the Chinese Communist Party was “in alignment with Strategic Vision’s worldview.” SV soon discovered that the first 15 names on Guo's list were "Records Protected" individuals, which suggests that they might have been intelligence assets working on behalf of the federal government.
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    Today, 07:08 PM
    That doesn't prove it is fake, it just means one source made a mistake. We'll see if this ends up being true or not.
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    Today, 07:06 PM
    People who have small dogs have been warned to keep their pets inside after a chihuahua was snatched by a seagull from its owner's back garden. Gizmo, a four-years-old chihuahua, is still missing after a bird swooped down and carried the animal away in its beak. Becca Hill, 24, of Paignton, Devon, is hoping her pet will be found alive, and has asked locals to keep a lookout for it. "My partner was in the garden putting the washing out at the time and suddenly he saw it swoop down. It carried Gizmo a fair way as we couldn't see him any more. I have no idea if he was dropped or where he is now," Ms Hill told the Devon Live website. She also posted about Gizmo on Facebook. "Please, please, please, anyone finds a chihuahua he's mine, a seagull took him from my garden," she wrote. Ms Hill said her six-year-old daughter is "really upset" and "missing her dog". Experts have been drafted in as the search for the pet continues, and neighbours have been checking their roofs and gardens. UAV lost dog search and rescue who have been helping the family said on Sunday night: “Search for this evening has been called off.
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