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    Today, 09:34 PM
    Quoted from another but related thread. This explains WHY and WHAT their real goals are.
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    Today, 09:05 PM
    Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed a decree to make it easier for residents of the separatist territories of Donetsk and Luhansk to obtain Russian passports and citizenship, The Moscow Times reported April 24. More at: https://worldview.stratfor.com/situation-report/russia-putin-signs-decree-facilitate-russian-passports-citizenship-residents
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    Today, 09:04 PM
    The Palestinian Authority has identified several Hamas operatives who infiltrated Palestinian security services in an effort to undercut intelligence coordination between itself and Israel, i24 reported April 23. More at: https://worldview.stratfor.com/situation-report/palestinian-territories-palestinian-authority-uncovers-hamas-infiltration-operation
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    Today, 09:03 PM
    YES, that is EXACTLY what they are proposing.
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    Today, 09:02 PM
    I don't, but if you are so committed to anarchy then why do you want anyone to vote? You just want to create chaos out of the misguided belief that something better than we have can arise from the ashes, or maybe you just want to create chaos:
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    Today, 08:54 PM
    Growth forecasts for the overall gross domestic product of Gulf Arab states stands at 2.1 percent for 2019. Gone are the days of breakneck economic development: The region's sustained real GDP growth averaged around 5.8 percent between 2000 and 2011. Instead, most Gulf Arab states will post fiscal deficits this year, and growth in some economies will decelerate. A concerning mixture of increased government spending, low growth rates and year-on-year deficits is brewing in Gulf economies. The interrelated trends suggest that while fiscal adjustments in Gulf Arab states have made some headway, these efforts have not been sufficient to offset lower global oil prices and spur desired levels of growth across the region. Gulf Arab states have made demonstrable progress in reducing their fiscal break-even oil prices — the crude oil price required for these states to balance their budgets. Since the price of the OPEC Reference Basket of crude oil crashed from a high of $110 per barrel (/bbl) in 2014 to a low of $26.5/bbl in 2016, Gulf governments have announced plans to reduce expenditures and generate new revenue through taxes, fees, and subsidy reductions. These initiatives have yielded modest reductions in fiscal break-even oil prices across Gulf states since 2014, a year in which Saudi Arabia, Oman and Bahrain required oil prices exceeding $100/bbl just to balance their budgets. Yet public sector budgets remain precariously dependent on hydrocarbon revenue, which complicates the ability to offset low oil prices through fiscal adjustments. The fiscal break-even oil prices for most Gulf Arab states remain above or near the upper threshold of oil price estimates for 2019. In other words, the projected crude oil prices for 2019 suggest that most states will run deficits this year. Morgan Stanley expects Brent crude to remain around $65/bbl while Goldman Sachs believes that prices may reach a fleeting high of $75/bbl. Other estimates suggest oil prices will fluctuate between $50 and $70/bbl over the next few years. More worryingly, some governments are spending more year-on-year without realizing higher growth rates. Saudi Arabia boosted state spending by 7 percent with a $295 billion budget for 2019, reflecting the kingdom's largest budget and paving the way for the sixth consecutive year of budget shortfalls. Despite increased state spending, overall GDP growth forecasts suggest a deceleration of growth from 2.5 percent in 2018 to 1.8 percent in 2019. Non-oil growth is expected to increase to 3.6 percent, which ostensibly bodes well for economic diversification efforts. However, non-oil revenue constitutes a small portion of Saudi Arabia's total budget revenue — estimates range from 10 to 37 percent. Oman increased spending by 3 percent in its 2019 budget; however, like Saudi Arabia, the sultanate's growth is also expected to slow from 2 percent in 2018 to 1.5 percent. Although spending did not rise as much as in the previous year, Oman's budget will produce a deficit equating to 9 percent of GDP. Total public debt may reach as high as 58 percent of GDP by 2020, but the government has been slow to implement measures to generate new revenue sources, such as the 5 percent value-added tax currently imposed in Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain. Bahrain possesses even less fiscal maneuverability than does Oman. Low oil prices since 2014 severely depleted the country's foreign reserves and pushed public debt to nearly 93 percent of annual economic output. Saudi Arabia, the UAE, and Kuwait extended a $10 billion fiscal aid package on the condition that Bahrain would implement a fiscal program to balance its budget by 2022. As part of this program, Bahrain agreed to introduce a value-added tax in 2019, deepen subsidy cuts and enact a voluntary retirement plan for government workers. The country's economy is expected to grow 1.8 percent in 2019, according to...
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    Today, 08:52 PM
    Nonsense. And even if it was true that is not a justification or a reason that criminals should be allowed to vote to use the government to steal from me.
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    Today, 08:50 PM
    Not everyone has committed a real crime, those in prison for committing real crimes have, since they have demonstrated criminal tendencies it is no surprise that they vote for criminal government policies to do their stealing for them, allowing them to vote gives more power to the most criminal politicians to steal from everyone. Why should criminals be allowed to vote to use government to steal from me? What you advocate leads to an increase in government theft.
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    Today, 08:47 PM
    LOL Voting does not justify being robbed by criminals using government.
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  • Swordsmyth's Avatar
    Today, 08:41 PM
    Then maybe you can answer my question: How is it the right thing to do to allow criminals to use government to steal from me?
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    Today, 08:34 PM
    Then maybe you can answer my question: How is it the right thing to do to allow criminals to use government to steal from me? I agree but many of them would have gone into some other actually criminal line of work and ended up as felons anyway. I am all for total restoration of rights to a pristine state for fake crimes but allowing actual felons to vote WHILE INCARCERATED is beyond insanity, I am against letting actual felons vote after they get out because they have demonstrated their moral turpitude.
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    Today, 08:24 PM
    It was bound to happen sooner than later, but Indian media finally decided to play the “Pakistan card” by attempting to connect their neighbor’s ISI intelligence agency to the Sri Lankan terrorist attacks, a desperate narrative move that says a lot more about the Indian incumbent’s political vulnerability during the ongoing month-long electoral process than anything about Pakistan’s purported culpability in this tragedy. The Cheap Shot That The Whole World Saw Coming It was only a matter of time before Indian media predictably blamed Pakistan for the Sri Lankan terrorist attacks, which just happened earlier this week in a piece by Vicky Nanjappa for “Oneindia” about “How ISI radicalised Sri Lanka through the Pakistan High Commission“. The writer wasted no time in reminding the reader about a years-long scandal in Sri Lanka initiated by India’s National Investigation Agency (NIA) and claiming that a Pakistani diplomat on the island nation was responsible for plotting a Mumbai-style attack in South India, never mind the fact that the incident that this allegedly masterminded one was being based on was actually a false flag. In fact, it can be argued that one of the consequences of the Mumbai attacks is that India capitalized on the manufactured notion that Pakistan’s ISI intelligence agency was behind it in order to portray its rival as a regional bogeyman who all of South Asia had to be suspicious of from then on out, so it’s logical in hindsight why India’s RAW intelligence agency would also cook up a conspiracy about this in Sri Lanka in an attempt to weaken historically strong Pakistani-Sri Lankan relations. More at: https://www.globalresearch.ca/indian-media-blames-pakistan-sri-lankan-terrorist-attacks/5675475
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    Today, 08:13 PM
    State governments are collecting more in tax revenues than their pre-recession peak, thanks to both a booming economy and the 2017 Republican tax cuts, according to a new report. Forty-one states are now bringing in more revenue than their pre-recession highs, according to data from the Pew Charitable Trust’s Fiscal 50 project. All told, the states collectively brought in 13 percent more revenue in the third quarter of 2018 than they did during the pre-recession peak. Most of the nine states that have yet to rebound are energy-producing states that have seen revenues drop as global commodity prices fall. The stretch of revenue growth is one of the strongest in recent memory, said Justin Theal, a researcher at the Pew Charitable Trusts who co-authored the report. The run of positive news began in 2017, when taxpayers raced to get their money to state and federal governments before the tax reform overhaul took effect. It has continued, albeit at a slower pace of growth, because of a surging stock market, low unemployment and growing wages. Personal income tax receipts rose by more than 5 percent in the last four quarters, a sign of the strong labor market and wage growth.
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    Today, 07:59 PM
    The acting secretary of Homeland Security pushed back on the narrative that President Donald Trump’s border wall is not being built, pointing out that construction has actually been going at an aggressive pace. “So normally for a federal project of this scope, from the time you get funded to starting, it’s over two years,” Kevin McAleenan said Tuesday on Fox News. “We’ve already built the 2017 funding in less than two years. That shows how aggressively we’re moving out on this.” McAleenan — who became acting DHS secretary earlier in April after Kirstjen Nielsen resigned — has been tapped by the Trump administration to lead the agency at a time when the U.S. southern border is experiencing record numbers of illegal migrants, many of them Central American families. Trump has been forced to fight tooth-and-nail with congressional Democrats over border wall funding. The federal government experienced its longest shutdown in U.S. history as the two camps fought over how much money could be appropriated for wall construction. The White House is being sued after it declared a national emergency on the southern border, allowing it to allocate billions more in funding. The new DHS leader said more military troops are needed to help alleviate the crisis. “They helped us repel two attempts by a caravan to enter the United States by helping us fortify ports of entry,” he said to host Dana Perino, adding that their presence has helped free up border agents to enforce immigration laws. “They’re going to be helping us build the wall, too.” McAleenan called for an overhaul of the country’s immigration laws, but cited two areas specifically that are in dire need of reform. Homeland Security agents, he argued, need to be able to detain migrant families together and also have ability to repatriate migrant children from noncontiguous countries.
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    Today, 07:49 PM
    Or let them in the country.
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    Today, 07:45 PM
    We should not be surprised that those on the Left look upon murderers, robbers, and rapists as just another potential voting bloc that they can count on to keep them in power, but Reason magazine, a libertarian publication that often runs some good investigative articles, also favors letting imprisoned convicts cast a ballot. The article asserts that there are “plenty of people who are in prison who deserve to be free. Don’t they deserve to have a voice in American democracy as well?” Sadly, Reason misses the point just as much as the left-wing Daily Beast. The purpose of government is not to ensure that the will of the majority prevails, but instead is to ensure that our rights to life, liberty, and property are protected — and many of those inside prison walls are who we need to be protected from. Both publications use the word “democracy” to describe our system of government. Democracy simply means that the people rule. But as noted by Alexis de Tocqueville, we can suffer under the “tyranny of the majority” just as much as from an oligarchy or a monarchy. Just because the majority votes to take our property — simply because they want it, we have it, and they do not — does not make it morally correct. Our Constitution created a republic, not a democracy. A democracy, as it has been bluntly put, is like two wolves and one sheep deciding what’s for dinner. If we were a democracy, then the Bill of Rights would be redundant — indeed the entire Constitution would be redundant. John Locke argued that criminals broke an implicit social contract. Such a rule-breakers should lose their right to participate in the making of the rules, because, after all, rule-breakers are the reason we even have government to protect our God-given rights. Locke’s social contract theory was the foundation for the Declaration of Independence, which declares, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by the Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. That to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.” Note that the Declaration clearly states the purpose of government: to secure our rights. Government’s “just” powers are derived from the consent of the governed. In other words, the “just” powers of the government are those that carry out the purpose of government, i.e., to secure our basic rights. Even the majority must exercise only those powers of government that are just. We do not create government so the majority can take our property via a vote. If one person wants to practice a religion, that person should be allowed to freely practice that religion, regardless what the majority think, unless the religion infringes on another person’s rights. Yet, under “democracy,” the majority can dictate the religious practices of the minority. More at: https://www.thenewamerican.com/usnews/politics/item/32104-sanders-push-for-imprisoned-felons-to-vote-raises-questions-about-government
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    Today, 07:40 PM
    A Chinese businessman and an ex-General Electric (GE) engineer have been charged by the U.S. Justice Department with economic espionage and conspiring to steal GE’s trade secrets to benefit China. Xiaoqing Zheng, 56, of Niskayuna, New York, is accused of exploiting his position in GE to steal and transmit propriety information on turbine technologies to Zhaoxi Zhang, 47, of Liaoning Province, China, according to the 14-count indictment unsealed Tuesday. “The indictment alleges a textbook example of the Chinese government’s strategy to rob American companies of their intellectual property and to replicate their products in Chinese factories, enabling Chinese companies to replace the American company first in the Chinese market and later worldwide,” said Assistant Attorney General for National Security John C. Demers. “We will not stand idly by while the world’s second-largest economy engages in state-sponsored theft.” “As part of the Attorney General’s China Initiative, we will partner with the private sector to hold responsible those who violate our laws, and we urge China’s leaders to join responsible nations and to act with honesty and integrity when competing in the global marketplace.” The two planned to use the stolen secrets to boost the business interests of Chinese companies Liaoning Tianyi Aviation Technology Co., Ltd. (LTAT) and Nanjing Tianyi Avi Tech Co. Ltd. (NTAT). The indictment also alleges the two defendants committed economic espionage because they knew the theft would aid the People’s Republic of China, who used LTAT and NTAT to provide them “financial and other support.”
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    Today, 07:35 PM
    I understand how that happens. I was lucky, my wife was all up for it and loved it. They kids were not to happy at first, then they realized how cool and fun it actually was and hated to leave it.
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    Today, 07:29 PM
    Sri Lanka Suicide Bomber May Have Been Radicalized in Britain
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    Today, 07:23 PM
    My wife and I and our kids went off grid WAY out in the sticks. Best thing we could have ever done for the kids.
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    Today, 07:16 PM
    Thank you, Klintons.
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    Today, 07:15 PM
    May the Farce be with you.
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    Today, 07:14 PM
    Know what I think? I think we were the only ones with certain technology so there was no real reason to keep track. But now others have the same technology and it is time to log and track these as not our own. :)
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    Today, 07:09 PM
    Is that because the Air Farce won't let you? Or because the aliens won't let you?
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    Today, 06:59 PM
    The U.S. Navy is drafting new guidelines for pilots and other personnel to report encounters with "unidentified aircraft," a significant new step in creating a formal process to collect and analyze the unexplained sightings — and destigmatize them. The previously unreported move is in response to a series of sightings of unknown, highly advanced aircraft intruding on Navy strike groups and other sensitive military formations and facilities, the service says. "There have been a number of reports of unauthorized and/or unidentified aircraft entering various military-controlled ranges and designated air space in recent years," the Navy said in a statement in response to questions from POLITICO. "For safety and security concerns, the Navy and the takes these reports very seriously and investigates each and every report. "As part of this effort," it added, "the Navy is updating and formalizing the process by which reports of any such suspected incursions can be made to the cognizant authorities. A new message to the fleet that will detail the steps for reporting is in draft." To be clear, the Navy isn’t endorsing the idea that its sailors have encountered alien spacecraft. But it is acknowledging there have been enough strange aerial sightings by credible and highly trained military personnel that they need to be recorded in the official record and studied — rather than dismissed as some kooky phenomena from the realm of science-fiction. Chris Mellon, a former Pentagon intelligence official and ex-staffer on the Senate Intelligence Committee, said establishing a more formal means of reporting what the military now calls "unexplained aerial phenomena" — rather than "unidentified flying objects" — would be a “sea change.”
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