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    Today, 01:07 AM
    The two Koreas and the US-led United Nations Command held talks Tuesday on demilitarising a section of the heavily fortified border dividing the peninsula, as a diplomatic thaw gathers pace. "The three parties examined the progress in removing landmines at the Joint Security Area (JSA)...and discussed other practical matters regarding steps toward disarming the area," Seoul's defense ministry said in a statement. The JSA, also known as the truce village of Panmunjom, is the only spot along the tense, 250-kilometre (155-mile) frontier where troops from the two countries stand face to face. It was a designated neutral zone until the "axe murder incident" in 1976, when North Korean soldiers attacked a work party trying to chop down a tree inside the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ), leaving two US army officers dead. South and North Korea -- which are technically still at war -- agreed to take measures to ease military tensions on their border at a meeting in Pyongyang last month between President Moon Jae-in and Kim Jong Un. Earlier this month, the two sides began removing landmines at the JSA -- which is now often used for talks between the two Koreas -- as part of the deal, and are due to withdraw "unnecessary" surveillance equipment once the landmine work is completed. The September summit was the third this year between the leaders as a remarkable rapprochement takes hold on the peninsula. Tuesday's talks were the first meeting of a trilateral JSA commission made up of the two Koreas and the UN Command, which is included as it retains jurisdiction over the southern half of the JSA.
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    Today, 12:20 AM
    Two disappearances, and two very different responses from Western governments, which illustrates their rank hypocrisy. When former Russian spy Sergei Skripal went missing in England earlier this year, there was almost immediate punitive action by the British government and its NATO allies against Moscow. By contrast, Western governments are straining with restraint towards Saudi Arabia over the more shocking and provable case of murdered journalist Jamal Khashoggi. The outcry by Western governments and media over the Skripal affair was deafening and resulted in Britain, the US and some 28 other countries expelling dozens of Russian diplomats on the back of unsubstantiated British allegations that the Kremlin tried to assassinate an exiled spy with a deadly nerve agent. The Trump administration has further tightened sanctions citing the Skripal incident. London’s case against Moscow has been marked by wild speculation and ropey innuendo. No verifiable evidence of what actually happened to Sergei Skripal (67) and his daughter Yulia has been presented by the British authorities. Their claim that President Vladimir Putin sanctioned a hit squad armed with nerve poison relies on sheer conjecture. All we know for sure is that the Skripals have been disappeared from public contact by the British authorities for more than seven months, since the mysterious incident of alleged poisoning in Salisbury on March 4. Russian authorities and family relatives have been steadfastly refused any contact by London with the Skripal pair, despite more than 60 official requests from Moscow in accordance with international law and in spite of the fact that Yulia is a citizen of the Russian Federation with consular rights. It is an outrage that based on such thin ice of “evidence”, the British have built an edifice of censure against Moscow, rallying an international campaign of further sanctions and diplomatic expulsions. Now contrast that strenuous reaction, indeed hyper over-reaction, with how Britain, the US, France, Canada and other Western governments are ever-so slowly responding to Saudi Arabia over the Khashoggi case.
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    Today, 12:16 AM
    A "high-profile" Ukrainian fugitive who faked his own death was discovered hiding out in a 12th-century French feudal castle known as Château de La Rochepot, living like a king, according to Bloomberg. The man allegedly forged death certificates to evade authorities following an anti-corruption crackdown in which he stands accused of stealing 12 million euros from a private company between March to May of 2015. The fugitive, identified only as the “King of the Castle” by the European Union’s law-enforcement agency Europol, was detained on Oct. 5 near Dijon, according to a Tuesday statement. Officers recovered 4.6 million euros ($5.3 million) of property, including a 12th-century feudal castle, a vintage Rolls Royce Phantom, jewelry and three works of art by Salvador Dali. In parallel, the spokeswoman of Ukraine’s prosecutor general said the country will seek to extradite Dmytro Malynovskyi from France. -Bloomberg According to Europol, "The suspect is thought to be behind a complex case of international fraud and money laundering." French @Gendarmerie arrest Ukrainian ‘King of the Castle’ and seized over EUR 4 million, with Europol's support. The suspect is thought to be behind a complex case of international #fraud and #moneylaundering. Read more: https://t.co/esIVkLwzDN pic.twitter.com/vC6LHzO3g3 — Europol (@Europol) October 16, 2018 Malynovskyi was found after French police launched a January investigation over alleged suspicious transactions related to the purchase of the castle for 3 million euros by a Luxembourg shell company "whose ultimate beneficial owner was a Ukrainian citizen suspected of corruption at a large scale in his country." In other news, you can buy a giant French castle for a 3 million Euros ($3.4 million USD) - about the same price as a 1,400 sqft house in Palo Alto, CA. vs.
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    Today, 12:01 AM
    Calvin Coolidge was greater than most. Stonewall Jackson was pretty great. Ethan Allen was great. I don't want to make an exhaustive list so I will stop there.
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    Yesterday, 10:41 PM
    I'm not clear on the details of the case but you are trying to claim invaders can't be shot as they cross the border. Deportation is the preferred action for those already here but any law enforcement action can lead to deadly force.
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    Yesterday, 10:37 PM
    Convicted by the same government that has convicted so many other patriots of false crimes and has deliberately facilitated the invasion to destroy our freedom. Since when did you learn to love Big Brother?
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    Yesterday, 10:35 PM
    Some people claimed they didn't happen after others reported them but no that isn't what I am talking about, I'm talking about studies that show illegal immigrants commit violent crimes at a much higher rate than citizens. I respect the rights of citizens and I support the expulsion of invaders, I sleep just fine.
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    Yesterday, 10:33 PM
    Shooting invaders isn't murder no matter how many times you say it.
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    Yesterday, 10:29 PM
    The citizens of Louisiana have a right to be here.
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    Yesterday, 10:28 PM
    I and others have posted them before, I get tired of posting the same things over and over again because you open borders cultists pretend not to remember anything you don't like.
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    Yesterday, 10:25 PM
    Boo Hoo. Cuteness isn't a license to break the law and invade the US.
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    Yesterday, 10:18 PM
    Just think how far the murder rate would have dropped without them.
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    Yesterday, 10:18 PM
    It can be debated how serious a crime has to be before deadly force is legitimate but a man's home is his castle and his land is his demesne. Our national territory is even more serious since those who invade will affect my liberty as much or more than those who trespass on my personal land.
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    Yesterday, 10:12 PM
    Border-crossers are, I haven't seen any studies that say that about jay-walkers or pot-smokers.
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    Yesterday, 10:07 PM
    If that is your definition of nativism then I am a proud nativist as should be every decent human being. Trespassers will be shot is a time honored legal tradition and so is preventing hordes of invaders from stealing our country in blatant violation of our overly generous immigration laws. Being a woman or a child isn't a license to break any law you want.
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    Yesterday, 09:59 PM
    We can't do that with citizens even if statistics did show that people like that commit more real crimes like they show about illegals, citizens have a right to be here and are innocent until proven guilty, illegals are also innocent until proven guilty but they are guilty of illegal entry and don't have a right to be here.
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    Yesterday, 09:52 PM
    Most don't make that distinction.
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    Yesterday, 09:47 PM
    I get it. We can agree to disagree. For anyone who is interested, I want to share this excellent documentary that just came out. I think everyone in the world should watch it. It's satanic, what is going on. And completely unnecessary.
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    Yesterday, 09:45 PM
    Trespassers will be shot isn't nativist and neither am I, I believe in some immigration.
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    Yesterday, 09:38 PM
    And I could dig up sources other than mainstream organizations that push veganism and are not very good at nutrition that say otherwise but I'm not interested, enjoy your plants and I will enjoy my meat.
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    Yesterday, 09:34 PM
    Yes you can. Position of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics It is the position of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics that appropriately planned vegetarian, including vegan, diets are healthful, nutritionally adequate, and may provide health benefits for the prevention and treatment of certain diseases. These diets are appropriate for all stages of the life cycle, including pregnancy, lactation, infancy, childhood, adolescence, older adulthood, and for athletes. Plant-based diets are more environmentally sustainable than diets rich in animal products because they use fewer natural resources and are associated with much less environmental damage. Vegetarians and vegans are at reduced risk of certain health conditions, including ischemic heart disease, type 2 diabetes, hypertension, certain types of cancer, and obesity. https://jandonline.org/article/S2212-2672(16)31192-3/fulltext
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    Yesterday, 09:26 PM
    Your logic is flawed but even if we accept it that means the government owns the land and has a right to shoot trespassers.
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    Yesterday, 09:25 PM
    One group follows the law and the other doesn't give a fig for it.
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    Yesterday, 09:24 PM
    You can't get everything you need from plants and some of the things you can get only come from obscure plants that couldn't be used to feed all of humanity.
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    Yesterday, 09:20 PM
    Yes, he absolutely should have resigned. But he didn't because the Clintons have zero shame. Sociopathic behavior.
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    Yesterday, 09:14 PM
    The one McCain killed was enough of an improvement that Rand voted for it, with more Senate Republicans they won't have to make as many concessions to the "moderates".
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    Yesterday, 09:10 PM
    Nice try, we all know the difference between legal and illegal immigrants.
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    Yesterday, 09:09 PM
    I was with you for the first few paragraphs, until you got to the part about needing to eat animals because of protein. There is protein in tons of plant-based foods, and you can get everything you need nutritionally from a whole food plant-based diet. Apart from someone who is starving on a desert island, there is absolutely no need to eat dead animals in this day and age. Especially in a country like the US, where there are tons of options.
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    Yesterday, 09:07 PM
    The illegals are still responsible for more than their fair share, they still need to go even if the murder rate drops 90% more. And politics is still the main reason they need to go.
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