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    Today, 06:47 PM
    In his first public statement since his WTF presser following his summit with Russian ruler/former KGB officer Vladimir Putin, President Donald Trump tweeted that he has “GREAT confidence in MY intelligence people” – not clear why he all-capped “my” – but added that we cannot focus “on the past.” More at: https://www.yahoo.com/entertainment/donald-trump-tweets-walk-back-202157208.html I can guess why "MY" was emphasized with one letter: Q
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    Today, 06:32 PM
    President Donald Trump will meet with members of Congress on Tuesday, the White House said, after many lawmakers criticized his performance at a summit on Monday with Russian President Vladimir Putin.The White House did not say who would attend the meeting or its subject. It is the only event on Trump's schedule for Tuesday. https://www.yahoo.com/news/trump-meet-members-congress-summit-criticism-232417049.html
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    Today, 06:29 PM
    Rand should have said that nobody could be trusted.
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    Today, 06:18 PM
    This deserves its own thread.
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    Today, 05:57 PM
    A Russian gun-rights activist who developed close relations with leaders of the National Rifle Association as well as conservative activists working with Donald Trump’s presidential campaign was arraigned Monday on charges she conspired to influence American politics on behalf of the Russian government.Maria Butina, 29, who founded the Russian gun group “The Right to Bear Arms” and worked as the executive assistant to a top official of the Central Bank of the Russian Federation, was arrested Sunday by the FBI in Washington, D.C. The charges allege that she visited the United States in 2015 and 2016 for the purposes of acting “as an agent” of the Russia, according to a criminal complaint released by the U.S. Justice Department on Monday afternoon, a few hours after President Trump and Russian President Putin met in Helsinki. Butina conspired to “exploit personal connections” with U.S. political figures and to “infiltrate organizations active in U.S. politics” and establish “back channel lines of communication” in an effort to advance Russian government interests, the complaint charges. More at: https://www.yahoo.com/news/nra-linked-russian-aide-arrested-charged-foreign-agent-222233028.html Even if it is true what is the crime?
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    Today, 05:32 PM
    They are telling you the truth and that they are smart enough not to trust eachother.
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    Today, 05:18 PM
    Why is zippy posting a pro-Trump and pro-Putin story? :confused:
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    Today, 05:16 PM
    We need to reduce government at home and use defensive tariffs to negotiate fair trade with low tariffs and barriers.
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    Today, 05:02 PM
    You can call it Texuila.
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    Today, 04:44 PM
    I only trust them so far and more than I trust the uninformed public, I also do not think that they currently optimally estimate the importance of the DoD but the uninformed public will do worse. Then you are letting people choose how much to pay in taxes if any? In addition to the information and coordination problems you will have a free rider problem and the government will become beholden to its major donors and serve their interests at the expense of everyone else. That is nice but it still hasn't had much discussion and I have identified an information problem with it.
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    Today, 01:26 AM
    Italy dug its heels in on Saturday after conservative Interior Minister Matteo Salvini refused to let 450 migrants aboard two military vessels dock at Italian ports, marking the country's latest stand against the large-scale influx of predominantly North African refugees. The migrants had originally set sail from Libya in a single wooden vessel which was identified early Friday as it passed through Maltese waters. After being denied safe harbor in Italy, they were transferred to the two separate vessels near the Italian island of Linosa - close to Malta, after which Salvini suggested they "head south, down to Libya or Malta." One of the two ships is operated by EU border agency Frontex, while the other belongs to Italy's tax police. In an exchange of messages, emails and phonecalls on Friday, Rome had tried to push Valetta to take responsibility for those on board the wooden boat. But Malta said the ship was much closer to the Italian island of Lampedusa, insisting that those on board only wanted to reach Italy. On Saturday morning, they were transferred to two military vessels but where the vessels will dock remains unclear. -France24 +++Statement of Urgency+++ During the night (13-7-18) #Malta and #Italy discussed who is responsible for a refugee boat with 450 people in immediate danger and distress.
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    Today, 01:19 AM
    His position on the 2ndA is less than perfect as well, there are worse judges but that is all that can be said for him.
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    Today, 01:12 AM
    I think you passed it up the chain of command and eventually analyses were given to Congress and the President, biased as those reports to Congress and the President likely were they were more and better information than the average taxpayer had. But the DoD doesn't have the requisite economic and political information, they also have a greater incentive to distort their judgement in favor of ever expanding spending than Congress does. Besides your idea does nothing to solve the problem of ever expanding spending, the taxpayer wouldn't get to control the size of their tax bill just its allocation, if too many of them allocated their money differently than Congress would then Congress would raise taxes until the under allocated expenditures received as much money as they wanted them to and the over allocated expenditures would be over supplied. I have identified an information issue that has never been identified before because nobody else has ever proposed your idea.
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    Yesterday, 10:22 PM
    There are also at least two more liberal Swampublicans that may vote against, the left is also looking to "Bork" him so that Trump will withdraw the nomination. I wish them luck, it will turn SCOTUS into a get out the vote issue for the mid terms and give us another shot at someone better like Lee.
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    Yesterday, 10:18 PM
    I understand completely but your proposed solution doesn't solve the problem or even help it. There are cases where one person violates the rights of others in direct measurable ways by damaging the environment, it would be government's job to adjudicate such matters but legislating broad rules and bans based on scientific guesses is unjust. There shouldn't be an EPA, but to be fair and answer the spirit of your question I will say that I trust politicians to decide how tax dollars should be divided between the military and the justice system more than I trust an uninformed public to do so properly.
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    Yesterday, 09:58 PM
    Syrian state media accused Israel of bombing a military position in Aleppo province late Sunday in what would be a rare Israeli attack so far north in the war-ravaged country.Citing a military source, state news agency SANA said the missile attack hit near a strategic air base. "The Zionist enemy (Israel)... targeted with its missiles one of our military positions north of the Neirab military airport, but the damage was only material," SANA said. There was no immediate comment from the Israeli military, which very rarely confirms strikes on Syrian positions. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights war monitor said it had recorded a wave of blasts around Neirab on Sunday night. "They were caused by a missile attack, suspected to have been carried out by Israel, targeting positions held by Syria's regime and its allies at the Neirab airport and around it," the Britain-based monitor said. More at: https://www.yahoo.com/news/syria-state-media-says-israel-bombs-military-post-210220979.html
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    Yesterday, 09:36 PM
    Swordsmyth commented on blog entry Antitrust Law - Needed or Not? in Bryan
    Axiom A: Having a monopoly doesn't mean you will keep it. Axiom B: Any extreme scenarios dreamed up to justify anti-trust laws are unlikely and should be dealt with in other ways, if the only solution to such a scenario is government action then it is a bridge that should be crossed once when you come to it and not before or after.
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    Yesterday, 09:19 PM
    Since the western empire decided it was time to finish Russia off and subject it to direct occupation.
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    Yesterday, 08:44 PM
    As Presidents Trump and Putin are set to meet Monday in Helsinki, efforts toward winding down the proxy war in Syria will no doubt be high on the agenda. We explained previously that the diplomatic cards for ending the war seem to have fallen into place as just days before the historic summit Netanyahu said in a stunning turnaround for Israeli policy fresh off his own visit with Putin in Moscow that "Israel does not object to President Bashar al-Assad’s regaining control over all of Syria" so long as Iranian forces are pushed back from the Israeli border, according to the New York Times. And now according to a new bombshell report, US military commanders have conveyed to Syrian President Assad via Russian mediation that "we will pull out of al-Tanf and the North if Iran withdraws from Syria." Middle East based chief international war correspondent for Al Rai Media, Elijah Magnier, is currently on the ground in Syria and has interviewed multiple high level officials involved. Below is his dispatch on the back-channel "military to military" exchange that recently took place between US, Russian, and Syrian forces, including Assad's response to the American offer of a potential deal. * * * A top decision maker in Syria has said “the US has sent a message to the Syrian president Bashar al-Assad that expresses the US establishment’s wishes. Under these wishes there is an Israeli goal compatible with Donald Trump’s objective to pull out its own forces from Syria with as little damage as possible. Trump would like to avoid the same fate that hit the US forces during Georges Bush’s era where thousands of US soldiers were killed in action”. According to the source involved in overseeing the entire military operation for the last years of war in Syria, “President Assad was very clear in his answer to the US establishment. Syria – said Assad – is determined to liberate the entire Syrian territory regardless of the consequences. There is of course a price to be paid to obtain the liberation of north Syria which is occupied by both the US and Turkey, neither of whom were invited by the Syrian government: this price is worth it”.
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    Yesterday, 08:33 PM
    He has handled the whole thing poorly, he should have told what really happened in the first place and demanded that the tapes be made public in their entirety, then he should have refused to apologize or resign. He should never have resigned as CEO either. Our culture has completely forgotten how to have a spine.:mad::cry:
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    Yesterday, 08:22 PM
    Yes. If you want a deeper explanation then yes it is immoral and it is also illogical. I am saying that the only factor that determines the "right" amount of nature shows is the whims of the customers but that outside forces determine how much defense or administration of justice is needed, the "customers" of government don't have the requisite information to determine individually how much to budget for those needs.
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    Yesterday, 06:53 PM
    You don't seem to understand, the general rule is that nobody should be forced to fund anything, they have a right to keep the fruits of their labor and to only spend it on what they choose, it is necessary to give a reason for any exception not for the general rule, I gave an explanation for why legitimate government functions are an exception and pointed out that a church does not have any such reasons and therefore is not an exception to the rule. But entertainment and information are different than protecting rights and administering justice, the only factor determining their necessity is the choices of the consumer, protection of rights and administering justice have their priorities determined by the enemies and criminals that must by opposed more than by the whims of the citizens protected.
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    Yesterday, 06:09 PM
    It becomes more and more clear that some people think that not only do we live in a democracy but that "democracy" means rule by Democrats, it is the latter that they resent Russia for endangering.
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    Yesterday, 06:04 PM
    A common bacterium that lives in the human gut and can sometimes cause nasty stomach upsets can be used for good, scientists from the University of British Columbia have discovered. In what may well be a first for the solar industry, they genetically engineered a culture of E. coli to make the bacteria produce greater amounts of sun-soaking dye lycopene (the red pigment in tomatoes) and then watched that lycopene degrade and produce an electric current. Now, from one perspective this is the latest demonstration of the vast range of good uses that bacteria could be put to. From another, it is a cheaper alternative to other ways of harvesting sunlight using bacteria, which basically come down to extracting their sun-soaking pigments. It sounds kind of cruel if you’re not a bacteria hater: the UBC researchers first genetically modified the microorganisms, then they noticed the pigment degrading, which means it was producing electrons, and they decided to check if the current this degradation produces is meaningful. To that end, they coated the bacterial culture with a semiconductor and stuck it to a glass surface in a sunny spot. The result: the bacteria produced energy density of 0.686 milliamps per square centimeter. That’s 0.324 milliamps more than previous bacteria-based solar cells, and it was produced more cheaply. While the phrase “low cost” is always attractive, it is uncertain at this point what the actual savings would be if the technology could be developed at scale. But what could make this bionic solar cell a hit in the future is the fact that the genetically modified E. coli could soak sunlight just as well under an overcast sky as under a sunny one. This means bionic solar cells could be used in places where the weather conditions are not suitable for synthetic PV panels. More at: https://oilprice.com/Alternative-Energy/Renewable-Energy/Are-Bionic-Cells-The-Future-Of-Solar.html
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