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    Today, 09:12 PM
    The Trump administration put the Palestinians on notice Friday that it will shutter their office in Washington unless they’ve entered serious peace talks with Israel, U.S. officials said, potentially giving President Donald Trump more leverage as he seeks an elusive Mideast peace deal. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has determined that the Palestinians ran afoul of an obscure provision in a U.S. law that says the Palestine Liberation Organization’s mission must close if the Palestinians try to get the International Criminal Court to prosecute Israelis for crimes against Palestinians. A State Department official said that in September, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas crossed that line by calling on the ICC to investigate and prosecute Israelis. But the law leaves the president a way out, so Tillerson’s declaration doesn’t necessarily mean the office will close. Trump now has 90 days to consider whether the Palestinians are in “direct and meaningful negotiations with Israel.” If Trump determines they are, the Palestinians can keep the office. The official said it was unclear whether the U.S. might close the office before the 90-day period expires, but said the mission remains open at least for now. Even if the office closes, the U.S. said it wasn’t cutting off relations with the Palestinians and was still focused on “a comprehensive peace agreement between the Israelis and the Palestinians.” The State Department official said in an email that “this measure should in no way be seen as a signal that the U.S. is backing off those efforts.” The official wasn’t authorized to be identified by name and requested anonymity. The PLO office and the Israeli Embassy in Washington did not immediately respond to requests for comment. More at: http://www.foxnews.com/world/2017/11/17/us-puts-palestinians-on-notice-dc-office-may-be-shuttered.html
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    Today, 06:19 PM
    Is every Indian muslim's last name Khan? Every day in India is like the Bundy Ranch for Muslims.
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    Today, 05:53 PM
    The beating that ended Pehlu Khan’s life in April was captured on video. A group of men hit the 55-year-old man, threw him to the ground and stepped on him in the northwestern Indian state of Rajasthan. He asked them to stop but they refused. As the beating continued, people nearby were stealing Khan’s cows. They took the cows to a nearby Hindu-run shelter that accepts stolen cows and sells them. Cow theft and sales have brought money to needy Hindu communities in rural areas. About 14 percent of the 1.3 billion people living in India are Muslim. Public attacks on the Muslim population have raised concerns about the direction the country is taking. The attackers are mostly nationalistic Hindus who helped Narendra Modi win the office of prime minister in 2014. They are working as private militias in the cow stealing operations. Modi has worked since becoming prime minister to persuade the world that India is a good place for foreign investment. But, the violent crime clashes with this image. His strongest supporters are now seen as shaping India through violence and religious discrimination. But public demands that Modi stop the crime have gone unanswered. Many wonder if Modi has enough influence over his supporters to make them stop. States that Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party, or BJP, governs are reported to have had a notable increase in the stealing of cows from Muslims. There is no official record on the number of cows stolen from Muslims since 2014. But Reuters news service says it spoke to two main northern Indian groups of cow thieves, called cow protectors there. Reuters reports they said they had stolen about 190,000 cows since Modi’s election. Sometimes they stole them in the presence of police, the groups’ leadership reportedly said. Reuters reports the groups also said Muslims were the victims in almost every case. It is difficult to put value on the stolen cows. Prices go as high as $385 for young healthy animals. That is a lot of money in India, where some 270 million people live on less than $2 a day. More at: https://learningenglish.voanews.com/a/indian-hindus-attacking-muslims-stealing-cows/4108645.html
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    Today, 05:49 PM
    President Tayyip Erdogan said on Friday that Turkey needed to clear the Afrin region of northwest Syria of Kurdish YPG militia fighters, who have been in the forefront of the battle there against Islamic State insurgents. More at: https://www.yahoo.com/news/turkeys-erdogan-says-syrias-afrin-must-cleansed-ypg-091523318.html
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    Today, 05:47 PM
    Nevada rancher's son tells US jury militia 'saved my life' Ryan Bundy earlier cast the government as intent on running his family off the land. "If they become that which will not honor our rights, then they become the criminal," he said. "The government is our servant, not we to them." Government agents overreached and overreacted, Bundy said, spending untold millions of dollars to close a vast area to the public, designate corral-style "First Amendment Zones" for protesters and devote nearly 200 federal agents and contract cowboys to the cattle roundup. He denied anyone conspired, coerced, threatened or impeded federal agents. "We were attacked. Our house was surrounded," Bundy said. "Surveillance cameras on one hill. Snipers aiming at the house." Bundy choked with emotion as he recalled people like co-defendant Ryan Payne, head of a self-styled militia group, arriving from Montana in response to a family call for help. "They saved my life," Bundy said, "for before they were there, I had a sniper pointing at me." Payne's lawyer, Ryan Norwood, described Payne as a U.S. Army veteran who lost four good friends during two deployments in Iraq who felt compelled after seeing reports of clashes and arrests of Bundy family members to leave his job as an electrician and his wife and children at home in Anaconda, Montana, and drive to the Bundy ranch. Norwood said jurors might not agree with his client's views on the law and constitutional rights, but, "Ryan Payne believed people were in danger, and if he didn't do something now it was going to get worse."
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    Today, 05:18 PM
    Czech President Milos Zeman will meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Sochi on Nov. 21, TASS News Agency reported Nov. 17. More at: https://worldview.stratfor.com/situation-report/czech-republic-president-visit-russia
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    Today, 04:59 PM
    Shocker: New York Times Writes Positive Article on Roy MooreMaybe it wasn’t meant that way. From the Times’ piece’s title, “In Sex Crimes and Other Cases, Roy Moore Often Sided With Defendants,” readers may assume the implication is that Judge Moore exhibited the common human tendency to go soft on that of which one is himself guilty. (As with seemingly everyone now, Moore currently faces sexual-misconduct allegations.) Instead, however, the Times paints a picture of a moral, principled judge who often sided with the little guy against the powers that be. What may surprise many, however, is that judge Moore’s principles, as true principles will, extended to areas that his passions didn’t. As the Times reports, “‘He consistently was more interested in the arguments of the criminal defendants than many of his colleagues,’ said Matt Lembke, an appellate lawyer in Birmingham who has argued several cases in front of Mr. Moore. ‘And I think that stemmed from a distrust of government power reflected in his judicial philosophy.’” As for Moore’s empathy, the Times provides some striking examples: When a man on death row missed a filing deadline with a lower court, and when most of the Alabama Supreme Court opted not to review his case, Mr. Moore was one of two justices who voted the other way and said some of the evidence used to convict him seemed deficient. In another instance, Mr. Moore wrote that a man’s “sentence of life imprisonment without the possibility of parole for a nonviolent, drug-related crime reveals grave flaws in our statutory sentencing scheme.” And in another case, Mr. Moore dissented and said a man’s unpaid meal at a Waffle House should have led to a theft conviction, not a 35-year sentence for robbery. He called the case, which the majority voted not to review, “a serious miscarriage of justice.” Two lawyers who worked with Moore told the Times that the judge sought to protect those wronged by the system. “‘He had no love for criminals, but he believed that every defendant was entitled to due process of law,’ one of the lawyers, Matthew Clark, said in an e-mail. ‘He saw many cases where the defendants, especially young black men, would be convicted solely on very weak circumstantial evidence.’” Unsurprisingly — to those acquainted with the soul of a dutiful judge — Moore’s constitutionalism extended beyond social issues and to all areas of his jurisprudence. A good example was the case of a black 17-year-old named Eric L. Higdon, who received 23 years’ incarceration for sexually assaulting a younger boy at a daycare center. Moore dissented from the majority opinion in Higdon’s appeal, reasoning that “while Mr. Higdon was guilty of one form of sodomy, another sodomy law used to convict him was never meant to apply to abuse ‘of children by other children,’ the Times informs. “Mr. Moore wrote that ‘sodomy is an abhorrent crime and should be strictly punished’ but that ‘I am concerned the court is stepping into the shoes of the legislature in this case.’” This dissent was used against Moore in the Republican primary by his opponent, Luther Strange, who accused the judge of being soft on child molesters. Yet Moore was merely exhibiting discipline, a quality required for a judge to rule contrary to his own will, feelings, or agenda. And without discipline there is no rule of law.
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    Today, 04:29 PM
    The FDA has approved the first digital pill(Abilify is an antipsychotic drug for treating psychosis, so any retards celebrating this as some kind of medical miracle are full of shit.) The Abilify MyCite features a sensor the size of a grain of sand made of silicon, copper, and magnesium. An electrical signal is activated when the sensor comes into contact with stomach acid — the sensor then passes through the body naturally. A patch the patient wears on their left rib cage receives the signal several minutes after the pill is ingested. The patch then sends data like the time the pill was taken and the dosage to a smartphone app over Bluetooth, and must be replaced every seven days. The patient’s doctor and up to four other people chosen by the patient, including family members, can access the information. The patient can revoke access at any time. (Funny, this is the same shit psychos go on killing sprees over, so now we're baiting them? Also, radio waves may be radioactive. I dunno...) Experts though, have expressed concerns over what the pill might mean for privacy. Some are worried that tracking pills will be a step towards punishing patients who don’t comply. Ameet Sarpatwari, an instructor in medicine at Harvard Medical School told The New York Times the digital pill “has the potential to improve public health. if used improperly, it could foster more mistrust instead of trust.” (Ya think?! Ya think maybe when psychotic people realize there's a patch on their ribs receiving radio waves from a transmitter in their intestines they might "mistrust", like virtually everybody telling them its gonna be OK? lol)
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    Today, 04:03 PM
    Migration is NOT commerce. Article 1 Section 9. The Migration or Importation of such Persons as any of the States now existing shall think proper to admit, shall not be prohibited by the Congress prior to the Year one thousand eight hundred and eight It is after 1808. "Every society has a right to fix the fundamental principles of its association, and to say to all individuals, that if they contemplate pursuits beyond the limits of these principles and involving dangers which the society chooses to avoid, they must go somewhere else for their exercise; that we want no citizens, and still less ephemeral and pseudo-citizens, on such terms. We may exclude them from our territory, as we do persons infected with disease." --Thomas Jefferson to William H. Crawford, 1816. ME 15:28
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    Today, 03:44 PM
    Reports That All Ten Branches Of Mugabe's Zanu PF Party Passed No Confidence Voteshttp://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-11-17/zimbabwe-reports-all-ten-branches-mugabes-zanu-pf-party-passed-no-confidence-votes-h
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    Today, 03:41 PM
    Speaking to German newspaper Die Zeit, the executive director of the UN's World Food Programme, David Beasley, said that living conditions, mostly food distribution, in refugee camps in crisis-affected regions had deteriorated dramatically before the European migrant crisis struck in 2015. “We paid a heavy price for this mistake and I'm afraid we're about to make it once again,” Beasley believes. According to the UN food chief, while many asylum seekers wanted to stay in their home region, the lack of food has driven them away. “If they don’t have enough food, they will leave. And many of them would go to Europe,” Beasley said. Beasley also warned that while the UN has been seemingly making progress in fighting world hunger over the last 10 years, the number of people suffering hunger worldwide has now dramatically increased again; he added that the food crisis is caused mainly by wars and climate change. Yemen is threatened by famine because Saudi Arabia is blocking the country’s ports, preventing aid deliveries, urging Gulf countries not to stand aside but instead join the food aid program for crisis-stricken regions, Beasley said. A WFP report from March says that some 108 million people across the globe faced “crisis food insecurity or worse,” a dramatic increase from 2015 when the figure was 80 million. The document says that major food crises were fueled by “conflict, record-high food prices and abnormal weather patterns.” The number of asylum seekers in the EU during the second quarter of 2017 reached 149,000, according to statistical data from Eurostat. The applications mainly came from Syria, Nigeria and Afghanistan. Germany, Italy, France, Greece and the UK account for almost 80 percent of all first-time applicants in the union, the data shows. If Beasley is right, and Europe is indeed about to be flooded with millions of disgruntled migrants, the anti-establishment wave that brought brexit and countless subsequent tremors, will seem like a walk in the park next to the nationalistic backlash that will soon follow.
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    Today, 03:08 PM
    Yellow isn't the preferred nomenclature. Asian-American, please.
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    Today, 02:57 PM
    Congress Discloses Complete Number, Amount Of Harassment Settlements In Past 20 Yearshttp://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-11-17/congress-discloses-complete-number-amount-harassment-settlements-past-20-years
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    Today, 02:52 PM
    You barely know me/ and this seems creepy/ leme shake dem titties/ and pet dat kitty
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    Today, 02:44 PM
    Technically, he said "I don’t even wait." :rolleyes: Probably true with most women he's around.
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    Today, 02:39 PM
    After rating agencies declared Venezuela in selective default and after a meeting with creditors on debt restructuring failed earlier this week, the International Swaps and Derivatives Association (ISDA)—a finance industry body—has voted that both Venezuela and its state oil firm PDVSA had defaulted on their debt payments. The vote by the New York-based industry group will trigger payouts on debt default insurance on its bonds, the so-called credit default swaps (CDS) that investors use to protect against defaults. In a unanimous 15-0 vote, the members of ISDA’s Americas Determinations Committee voted on Thursday that “a failure to pay credit event occurred with respect to Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela.” The members of the committee—which includes Goldman Sachs, JPMorgan, Deutsche Bank, Barclays, and Credit Suisse, among others—decided to meet again on Monday, November 20, to continue discussions on how to proceed and discuss an auction that is expected to determine the amount that holders of CDS will be paid. The committee also voted that “a failure to pay credit event had occurred” with respect to PDVSA, and a more detailed analysis will be prepared. The group will also discuss on November 20 how to proceed with CDS on Venezuela’s oil firm’s bonds. More at: https://oilprice.com/Latest-Energy-News/World-News/Venezuela-Officially-In-Default.html
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    Today, 02:35 PM
    Saudi Oil Minister: Markets Will Not Rebalance By Marchhttps://oilprice.com/Latest-Energy-News/World-News/Saudi-Oil-Minister-Markets-Will-Not-Rebalance-By-March.html
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    Today, 02:27 PM
    "If you answered YES, you're our lucky, grand-prize winner!" What's the greatest movie ever made have to say about using the Palantir to watch the enemy?
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    Today, 02:17 PM
    Communism has achieved all it was designed to achieve: an expression of murder and theft that's palpable to the masses. Not so different from other forms of State; for example, in fascism and in communism, risks are democratized while rewards are centralized within a tyranny. In feudal times at least, damage to a lord's lands and peasants from foreign invasion meant he lost too, and even into the high middle ages kings and lords were expected to, you know, lead their armies or the conscripts would not fight. There was skin in the game.
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    Today, 02:05 PM
    In order to give the government power to ban the slave trade without admitting slave to be property and not people they had to give it power over immigration and some of them wanted to give it that power either way.
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    Today, 01:25 PM
    Apparently "60%" of Minnesotans.
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    Today, 01:17 PM
    Swordsmyth replied to a thread Tsurushi in History
    Fantasizing about what you would like to do?
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    Today, 01:06 PM
    Immigration is NOT commerce, the northern states were intent on denying that slaves were property that is why they covered all bases with "Migration or importation".
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    Today, 01:05 PM
    Immigration is NOT commerce, the northern states were intent on denying that slaves were property that is why they covered all bases with "Migration or importation".
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    Today, 01:03 PM
    Franken has admitted his guilt and we have a photograph and yet nobody has even mentioned expelling him from the Senate, Moore denies everything and there is zero evidence or testimony with any credibility, as for the morons in the comments if the charges were proven about the girls below the age of consent then that would be worse but no one has even alleged rape. I don't see groping as a reason to expel Franken but I would not vote for anyone guilty of it, Moore is innocent however and if I lived in Alabama I would vote for him.
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    Today, 12:35 PM
    How Trump became the (((Russian))) Mafia’s bitch
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    The maps show they were pushed west by Canadians... insult to injury.
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