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    Today, 01:13 AM
    Two children and two adults were found dead Tuesday at a burning mansion that was intentionally set ablaze in an upscale community near the New Jersey shore, officials said.One of the owners of the home is a technology CEO with a relative whose home also caught fire Tuesday, records show. Authorities said they were investigating whether the two blazes were connected. Three severely burned bodies were found inside the mansion in Colts Neck, and a man's body was discovered outside, Monmouth County prosecutor Christopher Gramiccioni said at a news conference. Officials have not released any identities, and a medical examiner was still investigating how the four people died, Gramiccioni said. "It's important to emphasize that we have no reason to believe that anyone in the community is in any danger at this time," he added. Firefighters responded to the fire around 1:30 p.m., and it was still burning hours later. Video showed firefighters battling the blaze as smoke poured from the roof of the two-story home, which is surrounded by fields and includes a large swimming pool. Helicopter footage showed a sheet in the middle of the yard next to the house, with police tape cordoning off the area. Colts Neck is a well-to-do community about 50 miles (80 kilometers) south of New York City and is home to horse farms. Typical homes in the town of 10,000 are valued at about $750,000. Bruce Springsteen owns an estate there, and his son is a former member of the fire department. Former "Daily Show" host Jon Stewart and his wife operate an animal sanctuary there; Queen Latifah sold her mansion there in 2015. Public records show the mansion that burned Tuesday is owned by Keith Caneiro, 50, and Jennifer Caneiro, 45. The 5,700-square-foot home has four bedrooms and five bathrooms, according to Zillow. The owners purchased the property in 1998, and the home was built in 2003, public records show. Caneiro's LinkedIn profile describes him as the CEO and chief technology officer for a company in the New York City area called Square One. His profile says he graduated from Columbia University with a Master of Science degree in 2018 and previously received certifications from Harvard Business School's online platform.
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    Today, 12:47 AM
    Pakistan has summoned the country's US envoy to protest Donald Trump's claim that it harboured Osama bin Laden despite receiving billions of dollars in American aid. The country's foreign ministry said the US leader's rhetoric was "totally unacceptable" and insisted Pakistan's intelligence service provided evidence that helped Washington trace the al Qaeda leader. "The foreign secretary called in the US CdA ambassador Paul Jones to register a strong protest on the unwarranted and unsubstantiated allegations made against Pakistan," the ministry said in a statement. More at: https://www.yahoo.com/news/pakistan-summons-us-envoy-over-112146548.html
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    Today, 12:44 AM
    Loss-making South African arms maker Denel has a problem as it fights to survive. Its potential saviour is Saudi Arabia, now drawing fierce criticism following the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.But after being mismanaged for years and tainted by a far-reaching influence-peddling scandal, state-owned Denel now needs the kind of help that the deep-pocketed Saudis can provide. Reuters analysed five years of South African arms export data, spoke to former and current Denel employees and obtained internal Denel presentations on plans to rescue the company. What emerged is that Saudi Arabia and its allies account for almost half of South Africa's recent arms exports and a significant portion of future orders. So rejecting Riyadh's $1 billion offer could severely hamper efforts to save Denel, which relies on foreign sales for more than 60 percent of its revenue. Saudi Arabia is seeking a broad partnership with Denel that would include acquisition of the company's minority stake in a joint venture with Germany's Rheinmetall. The Saudis - on a drive to build a domestic arms industry as traditional suppliers worry about its human rights record - are keen to close the deal by the end of next month. A source with knowledge of its offer said the kingdom could take its business elsewhere if that does not happen. Some Denel employees are also keen on a tie-up, seeing it as the only way to rescue the firm, which is struggling to pay salaries. But some South African officials are concerned about doing business with Saudi Arabia. "Denel depends on the deal. The entire industry depends on the deal," said Helmoed Heitman, a defence analyst. "I think it's 50/50. The pragmatists want to go in, but the Khashoggi thing is bad PR." With President Cyril Ramaphosa and the ruling African National Congress facing an election next year, the deal promises to become a political issue. South Africa's main opposition party, the Democratic Alliance, says the Saudi offer should be rejected.
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    Today, 12:42 AM
    North Korea blew up 10 of its front-line guard posts in the Demilitarized Zone separating the two Koreas on Tuesday in accordance with agreements made with South Korea earlier this year. More at: https://www.yahoo.com/gma/north-kore...173900170.html
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    Today, 12:39 AM
    North Korea blew up 10 of its front-line guard posts in the Demilitarized Zone separating the two Koreas on Tuesday in accordance with agreements made with South Korea earlier this year. More at: https://www.yahoo.com/gma/north-korea-detonates-dmz-guard-173900170.html
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    Today, 12:16 AM
    Well if they weren't protected from competition by the government and subsidized by the government and if we weren't forced to use dollars by the government I would agree but since none of that is true then they should be forced to serve anyone. Of course they do serve connected money launderers but government isn't going to write that into the law and they would have to know and prove that your transaction was illegal in order to refuse it.
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    Today, 12:13 AM
    They merged with government long ago.
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    Today, 12:02 AM
    No, I would open up banking and currency to competition and remove government from involvement in subsidizing and regulating it. BUT I am talking about Dannno's suggestion of something that might actually pass that would minimize the problems with the current situation.
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    Yesterday, 11:51 PM
    Do you expect government to make banks serve money launderers etc.? I said "law abiding" because there will be some kind of limits like that in any law passed, to be more precise I will reword it to say "any customer whose transactions are legal".
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    Yesterday, 11:44 PM
    I agree but I think Rand doesn't expect to be able to achieve that so he is going for what he can get.
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    Yesterday, 11:41 PM
    You may be right, in which case I must agree with Dannno that since the government restricts competition in banking and currency to the benefit of banks they should be required to provide basic services to any law abiding customers.
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    Yesterday, 11:36 PM
    This sounds reasonable.
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    Yesterday, 11:35 PM
    It probably was painted there by a liberal, most of the times that they catch the perp it turns out to be a liberal.
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    Yesterday, 11:33 PM
    We are already speeding in the wrong direction, do you think that option 2 will end worse than the Neo-Feudalism will? Might it buy us enough time to actually start moving things in the right direction?
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    Yesterday, 11:30 PM
    I specifically made it not a monopoly to avoid the communism, the Neo-Feudal corporations will gladly use government to create a leftist monopoly and corporate communism. What option do you suggest to solve the problem? (That actually has a chance of happening)
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    Yesterday, 11:27 PM
    The Neo-Feudal crony corporations will be happy to take over and they will make government look like a libertarian's utopia. Better than Corporate Feudalism will.
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    Yesterday, 11:25 PM
    But it is somewhat restrained by the vestiges of our Constitution, the Neo-Feudal crony corporations aren't.
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    Yesterday, 11:22 PM
    I understand but the current system is already flirting with mark of the beast territory without an option that is required to serve you without bias and could just as easily become mandatory.
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    Yesterday, 11:21 PM
    I didn't understand that you meant that as a response to option 2, I thought you were referring to your business being required to serve any customer. The government should be required to serve all law abiding citizens. The government would be required to fork over the money even if they had to print more and at least they wouldn't be able to unperson conservatives. They already handle uncountable sums so a money storage and transfer service wouldn't really be any different.
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    Yesterday, 11:08 PM
    I'm not sure many businesses could survive without a bank account/check cashing etc., some could but many couldn't. I would REALLY like somebody's opinion on option 2.:pray:
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    Yesterday, 11:03 PM
    I would love to use the secession option but I think civil war is more likely.
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    Yesterday, 11:00 PM
    What do you think of option 2? 2 the public option, create a money storage/transfer system run by the Post Office or the Treasury Department that is required to serve everyone. This would leave the "private" corporations to do as they pleased while preventing the left from creating a Neo-Feudal mark of the beast system where anyone they don't like is unpersoned BUT it is expanding the role of government.
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    Yesterday, 10:50 PM
    Are they surviving by using personal bank accounts? What if your bank won't let you have one of those either? What do you think of option two as a least of all evils tourniquet? 2 the public option, create a money storage/transfer system run by the Post Office or the Treasury Department that is required to serve everyone. This would leave the "private" corporations to do as they pleased while preventing the left from creating a Neo-Feudal mark of the beast system where anyone they don't like is unpersoned BUT it is expanding the role of government.
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    Yesterday, 10:38 PM
    I am betwixt and between, we are in a situation where none of the right options are available and to use the metaphor I used above we must decide whether to cut off circulation to one of our legs or not, I posted the only other options I can think of just before you posted this, I would be interested to know what you think of them. What happens when your bank refuses to continue serving your business because you are registered as a republican or libertarian or because you post here? Can small businesses survive that?
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    Yesterday, 10:31 PM
    If we discount the possibility of libertarian solutions at this point (and I think we can agree they won't happen), the possibility of lawsuits for breach of contract/false advertising and the workability of passing a law to make them play fair then unless we are willing to just accept our new leftist aristocracy we only have 2 other options: 1 an armed revolution that includes an element of redistribution of property to rectify the stolen wealth that has enabled such domination of the government and marketplace. Very dangerous and to be avoided while there are ANY other options 2 the public option, create a money storage/transfer system run by the Post Office or the Treasury Department that is required to serve everyone. This would leave the "private" corporations to do as they pleased while preventing the left from creating a Neo-Feudal mark of the beast system where anyone they don't like is unpersoned BUT it is expanding the role of government.
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    Yesterday, 10:21 PM
    I don't expect anything good to happen unless there is a historic turning point of one kind or another but I see equality under the current bad laws as more achievable than any of the better solutions.
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    Yesterday, 10:10 PM
    I know, I know, but they are already doing it while allowed to be biased in ways the government is not allowed to be. Why do you think they chose the Neo-Feudal route instead of just passing more laws and regulations? When the official government is involved there is recourse in the courts and the ballot box so they must try to at least look "fair" but if they get to use the freedoms they deny us in the "private" sector while using government to stop the private sector mechanisms that are supposed to punish their behavior like loss of income and market share to competition then they get to have their cake and eat it too.
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    Yesterday, 10:02 PM
    The idiots don't realize that the private firefighters wouldn't be added to the government forces if the rich didn't hire them, there would simply be less firefighters and the fires would be worse.
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    Yesterday, 09:53 PM
    How are crony corporations that are subsidized and shielded from competition by the government distinguishable from government?
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