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    Today, 06:06 PM
    As the Democrats take control of the House in the new year, reports are emerging that corporate quotas will be a high priority for House Financial Services Committee Chair Maxine Waters and her colleagues. They want to increase the number of women and minorities in America’s top boardrooms, set up subcommittees on corporate diversity and inclusion, and introduce legislation to force public disclosure of the sex and racial makeup of company boards. This is the same politically correct agenda that is commonplace on college campuses, where race and sex pandering have led to the rise of bloated “diversity bureaucracies.” These aggressive organizations are ever-expanding in their reach and oversight into the lives of students and faculty. A 2018 report from The Economist highlighted a nationwide trend toward increased spending on useless administrative positions, which provide student services focused on racial and sexual politics. Many of these jobs have little actual effect on diversity, and exist for the sole purpose of churning out hollow marketing campaigns and strategic plans that appeal to donors and college ranking organizations. Many administrators have an almost militant devotion to cultivating a politically correct campus atmosphere. But in so doing, they sometimes invent oppression where none exists, and emphasize surface-level aspects of students’ identities like skin color and sex above actual life experiences. This cultish devotion to identity politics that was once limited to campus is invading the corporate space, and its new reign in American boardrooms would only be further cemented by Rep. Waters’ proposed regulations. Of course, many companies fear what increased government scrutiny could mean for their hiring and promotion practices. Business leaders are already working with key players on Capitol Hill to discuss ways to increase race- and sex-based promotions among their ranks. Unfortunately, this is likely not out of any genuine desire to increase diversity, but instead driven by anxiety over what the government will do if they do not conform. In the end, we have a government fear campaign forcing companies into identity politics expansion efforts. It’s hard to see how anyone could call that “progressive.” Democrats’ plan to mandate that businesses publicly disclose the sex and race breakdowns of corporations’ top leadership is frightening. Essentially, they aim to name and shame companies that do not fit their idea of what a diverse leadership should be. Very soon, companies could be led to make decisions about promotions or leadership appointments based on skin color or sex instead of merit.
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    Today, 05:53 PM
    NPCs are everywhere.
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    Today, 05:35 PM
    :D
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    Today, 05:30 PM
    The service businesses and their employees don't use cars and truck to get to work or the job site? They don't use products that are shipped on trucks at some point? The price of fuel affects everything.
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    Today, 04:41 PM
    The Florida Board of Health has suspended thousands of healthcare licenses over defaults on student loans many used to earn their licenses. But many are concerned that the new crackdown may only worsen the student loan crisis. The revocation of licenses came after the student loan industry lobbied the government to enact punishments for those who can’t or won’t repay the money they borrowed. According to ABC Action News, only Florida is enforcing this law as of right now. The state also has the power to garnish up to 100% of a worker’s wages until the loan is repaid and the license is reinstated. Under Florida law, once the state suspends a license for student loan default, the only way to get it back is to pay a fine equal to 10 percent of the balance, plus other costs. Investigative Reporter Adam Walser uncovered the state’s Board of Health suspended more than 900 health care licenses – including professional certifications for registered nurses, Certified Nursing Assistants, pharmacists, and opticians – in the just the past two years alone. The I-Team found 12 other states (Alaska, Arkansas, California, Georgia, Hawaii, Iowa, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Mississippi, Tennessee, and Texas) still have the power to take away health care licenses for unpaid student loans, but officials in those states told ABC Action News they have not suspended any licenses over loan defaults in the past two years. –ABC Action News Tampa student loan attorney Christie Arkovich says Florida’s law goes too far. “We’re not saying that people shouldn’t repay their loan,” said Arkovich. “We’re just saying that getting them fired probably isn’t the best way to go about that.” And anyone with a basic understanding of economics could comprehend this. If they aren’t paying their loans while they have an income, what makes anyone think they’ll start paying the loans once they have no income? More at: https://www.infowars.com/student-debt-crisis-worsens-florida-board-of-health-suspends-licenses-over-defaults/
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    Today, 04:39 PM
    A new gun-safety bill is expected to work its way through the Oregon legislature this session.The possible changes include strengthening the requirements needed to get a get permit, as well as limiting how much ammunition can be purchased in a 30-day window. Senate Bill 501 is already drawing some backlash from run-rights groups, who are calling the measure an attack on the Second Amendment. More at: https://www.kptv.com/news/controversial-bill-would-limit-ammunition-require-permits-to-buy-guns/article_0f552c78-1862-11e9-bd8c-cbce7a3b2db8.html?utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook_FOX_12_Oregon&fbclid=IwAR0zvMDmIj9DEyRf8umfaLWIt1qUxbWRl3l0JYwESvBEyf2RqGM4V2wchvo
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    Today, 04:33 PM
    PG&E Corp’s chances of emerging from bankruptcy proceedings hinge in part on an arcane California legal rule that threatens to keep the utility owner perpetually on the hook for liabilities from catastrophic wildfires even beyond the more than $30 billion the company expects to face from recent blazes. The doctrine, known as “inverse condemnation,” exposes California utilities to liabilities from wildfires regardless of their negligence, as long as their equipment is involved. That legal rule could keep PG&E exposed to additional liabilities from future fires and leave the company stuck in bankruptcy limbo, according to restructuring experts and people familiar with the matter. A bankruptcy judge could even refuse to approve PG&E’s reorganization and exit from court proceedings if the judge finds that inverse condemnation calls into question its future as a viable company, according to U.S. law. “Inverse condemnation is a state law but a bankruptcy judge is god,” said Robert McCullough, principal at energy consulting firm McCullough Research in Portland, Oregon, noting that PG&E faces widespread lawsuits. “He’s going to have to figure out, once he releases the company from bankruptcy, if it’s actually a viable entity.” Private companies generally are not subject to this law, though it varies state by state, McCullough said. California’s laws are more extreme than most, he said. In a regulatory filing on Monday, PG&E questioned whether it could continue to operate as a so-called investor-owned utility while being exposed to that risk. PG&E’s exposure to inverse condemnation represents a key issue the utility owner hopes to address should it seek bankruptcy protection, according to a person familiar with the matter.
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    Today, 04:28 PM
    Facebook Inc (FB.O) will invest $300 million over three years in local news globally as it faces blistering criticism over its role in the erosion of the news business worldwide. The investment in time and money is a significant expansion of a plan to help newsrooms in the U.S. and abroad create and sustain viable business models to survive, the company said on Tuesday. Unlike earlier investments in the news business, this latest round is distinguished by how it is not tied to Facebook-related products, recipients of the investments say. Earlier rounds of investments in the news business were designed to encourage publishers to rely on delivering its products over Facebook, which eventually hurt many news organizations when Facebook’s strategies shifted. “We’re going to continue fighting fake news, misinformation, and low quality news on Facebook,” Campbell Brown, Facebook’s vice president of Global News Partnerships said in a statement. “But we also have an opportunity, and a responsibility, to help local news organizations grow and thrive.” The first round of investments in the U.S. will help bolster resources for local reporting, help research how to use technology to improve news gathering and create new products, recruit “trainee community journalists” and place them in local newsrooms and also help fund a program modeled after the Peace Corp, which will place 1,000 journalists in local newsrooms over five years. The recipients of the investments include the Pulitzer Center, Report for America, Knight-Lenfest Local News Transformation Fund, the Local Media Association and Local Media Consortium, the American Journalism Project and the Community News Project. Fran Wills, CEO of the Local Media Consortium, an alliance of 80 news companies representing 2,200 outlets, said Facebook is helping the group create a branded content program aimed at attracting new advertisers. “Facebook is making this investment to help support local media companies ... open up new revenue streams that will support local journalism,” she said.
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    Today, 04:06 PM
    About 30,000 Los Angeles teachers and school employees are holding education hostage to demand higher pay and “smaller class sizes” – a popular phrase that equates to more dues paying union employees. On picket lines across the district Monday, striking teachers toted protest signs in the rain as they swapped horror stories about classes with 40 or more students packed in “like sardines.” What they didn’t discuss: How the United Teachers Los Angeles union’s immigration policies contribute to overcrowded schools and its demands for more staff to handle the situation. “It’s absolutely not about the pay raise. It’s about class size reduction. In other words, hire more teachers,” teacher Andrea Cohen told CNN. “We want to have fully staffed schools. That means librarians, nurses, psychiatric social workers and their interns. We have 46, 45, 50 students in a class. That’s unacceptable.” UTLA doesn’t define its demand for “fully staffed schools.” Los Angeles Unified School District negotiators offered to add nearly 1,200 more educators, counselors, nurses and librarians, with hard limits on class sizes. The district also bumped up its previous offer by $24 million, with a proposed 6 percent raise and back pay for the 2017-18 school year. UTLA President Alex Caputo-Pearl described LAUSD’s latest offer as “woefully inadequate.” Some have used the same phrase to describe the government’s response to illegal immigration and its impact on public schools, in Los Angeles and elsewhere. The Education Trust-West estimates roughly 250,000 undocumented children between the ages of 3 and 17 are enrolled in California schools, with the highest concentration in Los Angeles County. The group estimates 750,000 K-12 students in California have undocumented parents. The parents come to California and Los Angeles schools because of sanctuary policies that shield them from federal immigration officials, as well as the vast resources provided by the district and teachers union. UTLA holds an “Immigrant Rights for Educators Workshop,” for example, to arm union employees with legal information, resources, and “a network of concerned community members and educators who stand up for immigrant students and families.” The union’s Social Justice & Action Resources also advise on how to “Shield Against Immigrant Detention and Deportation.” Union members hosted and participated in several rallies in recent years calling for “Freedom for Immigrants!” and declaring illegal immigrants are “Here to Stay.”
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    Today, 03:46 PM
    Hopefully Trump is reading Buchanan again: Stop the ENDLESS WARS!” implored President Donald Trump in a Sunday night tweet. Well, if he is serious, Trump had best keep an eye on his national security adviser, for a U.S. war on Iran would be a dream come true for John Bolton. Last September, when Shiite militants launched three mortar shells into the Green Zone in Baghdad, which exploded harmlessly in a vacant lot, Bolton called a series of emergency meetings and directed the Pentagon to prepare a menu of targets, inside Iran, for U.S. air and missile strikes in retaliation. The Wall Street Journal quoted one U.S. official as saying Bolton’s behavior “rattled people. … People were shocked. It was mind-boggling how cavalier they were about hitting Iran.” Bolton’s former deputy, Mira Ricardel, reportedly told a gathering the shelling into the Green Zone was “an act of war” to which the U.S. must respond decisively. Bolton has long believed a U.S. confrontation with Iran is both inevitable and desirable. In 2015, he authored a New York Times op-ed whose title, “To Stop Iran’s Bomb, Bomb Iran,” said it all. He has urged that “regime change” in Iran be made a declared goal of U.S. foreign policy. When Trump announced his decision to withdraw the 2,000 U.S. troops now in Syria, Bolton swiftly imposed conditions: ISIS must first be eliminated, Iranian forces and allied militias must leave, and the Kurds must be protected.
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    Today, 03:39 PM
    CNN legal analyst Areva Martin had a race-baiting fail after accusing SiriusXM radio host and Fox News contributor David Webb of "white privilege" during a debate on his Monday morning radio show While discussing a recent controversy stoked by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) over CBS failing to hire any black journalists to cover the 2020 election, Webb asked Martin what she thought. Martin said she agreed with Ocasio-Cortez that it was unacceptable for media outlets to claim that there aren't enough journalists of color available, to which Webb responded that he had "31 years" of experience in the media, adding "I’ve seen the coverage, and I’ve also seen it change, generationally … I have not seen the lack of , I’ve seen, actually growth in it" Webb then asked Martin if Black Entertainment Television (BET) should be forced to hire a white or Hispanic reporter, which Martin said would be up to BET. Arguing that that qualifications should be the deciding factor over race, Webb said "I never considered my color the issue. I considered my qualifications the issue," to which Martin replied: "Well, David, that’s a whole ‘other long conversation about white privilege, the things that you have the privilege of doing that people of color don’t have the privilege of…"
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    Today, 03:34 PM
    End the WoD, end the DEA.
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    Today, 03:32 PM
    Steve Baker, director of the Brexiteer faction in the European Research Group, has met with May to lay out what is presumably their preferred alternative to May's Brexit plan. A temporary free-trade agreement only about the movement of goods, which wouldn’t need the ratification of the EU’s 27 members A temporary zero tariff on some imports from the EU in order to keep food prices down The U.K. could withhold some or all of its 39 billion-pound annual contribution, as it is not in an implementation period May’s government could force the measure through by secondary legislation to an existing act of Parliament or amend future legislation A reporter for one German newspaper, citing several EU27 sources, said they would support delaying Brexit Day until the end of June (though a recent ECJ decision granted the EU unilateral authority to do so). In a silver lining for May, the DUP has said it will back May in Wednesday's no confidence vote, meaning that the only way for the opposition to topple the government would be for a number of Tory rebels to side with Labour which is...unlikely. Comment from European leaders are starting to break on twitter, with the Austrian PM insisting that, though the defeat of the deal is unfortunate, there won't be a renegotiation of the deal. In one of the more aggressive comments, Donald Tusk seemed to imply that, if the deal is so unpopular, maybe the UK should reconsider this whole Brexit thing. More at: https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2019-01-15/final-countdown-may-braces-historic-defeat-voting-brexit-deal-begins
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    Today, 03:28 PM
    Zimbabwe is once again at the brink of economic collapse, making a mockery of President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s claim that the country is open for business. As Bloomberg reports, many shops and factories have shut their doors because of a lack of customers and those that continue to trade are open to haggling over prices to secure hard currency. At an appliance shop in the capital, Harare, a salesman whispers that a Whirlpool Corp. washing machine priced at about $5,000 if paid for electronically will sell for $1,500 in cash, while at a nearby electrical warehouse, a $600 invoice is whittled down to $145 for payment in dollar bills. But, as OilPrice.com's Tsvetana Paraskova reports, Zimbabwe is on a three-day nationwide strike and protests are erupting in the streets after the government of the southern African country doubled fuel prices, making gasoline sold in Zimbabwe the most expensive gasoline in the world. Zimbabwe is in the midst of an economic crisis and a shortage of foreign exchange, which has led to fuel and bread shortages, and many companies have stopped working because they can’t import raw materials. Following hyperinflation in 2009, Zimbabwe abolished its own currency and has been using the U.S. dollar and South African rand instead. But the economic crisis and foreign currency shortages has prompted the government to say over the weekend that it would introduce a new currency of its own in the next 12 months. However, the policy that really sparked protests and calls for a national stay-away was the sharp increase of fuel prices over the weekend. According to Zimbabwe’s President Emmerson Mnangagwa - who succeeded the president of 38 years Robert Mugabe in November 2017 - the doubling of the fuel prices would help ease fuel shortages. In a post on his official Facebook page, Mnangagwa wrote on Sunday:
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    Today, 03:12 PM
    Is it racist? South Africa's KwaZulu-Natal health department expanded its registrar program in 2019 from 314 to 414, but, according to a leaked memo, it aimed to fill the 100 new posts with only black candidates. Departmental spokesperson Ncumisa Mafunda said historical redress was a government imperative and “the morally and socially right thing to do”. “South Africa, including KwaZulu-Natal, remains an unequal society with limited opportunities for self-development for those who were historically oppressed.” However, the quota was not met and Mafunda was forced to admit - shock, horror - non-Black African doctors... “After difficulties were experienced in recruiting black African candidates for these posts, a deviation was sought from the accounting officer and, out of a total of 77 registrar posts, 21 posts will be offered to non-Black Africans.” A spokesperson for Democratic Alliance – the leading opposition party to the ruling African National Congress – argued that any policy was “an aberration of our constitutional values and is racist." “Any form or attempt to redress the injustices of the past must ensure that we remain committed to what our constitution says... There must be no exclusion, especially based on the color of our skin.”
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    Today, 03:03 PM
    It's OK to be white.
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    Today, 02:42 PM
    Money.
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    Today, 02:38 PM
    Three U.S. crude oil cargoes are currently headed to China in what could be the first Chinese purchase of American crude since the trade war escalated last summer and since the ‘trade-war truce’ of three months began in December, Reuters reported on Tuesday, quoting ship brokers and tanker-tracking data. Although crude oil is not on China’s tariff list, Chinese buyers have been staying away from U.S. crude oil purchases since the summer of 2018, when the trade war escalated. According to EIA data, the United States didn’t export any crude oil to China in August, September, and October, compared to 384,000 bpd in July and a record-high 510,000 bpd in June. After the United States and China called a trade-war truce in early December and pledged to immediately begin trade negotiations in view of possible deal within 90 days, Chinese refiners are said to have started to look for opportunities to buy U.S. crude oil until March 1, when the negotiating period expires. According to ship brokers who spoke to Reuters and to Refinitiv Eikon vessel tracking data, three cargoes left Galveston, Texas, in December and are currently heading to China. One tanker is expected to arrive in China late in January and two others are planned to arrive in late February or early March, although the final destinations could change. More at: https://oilprice.com/Latest-Energy-News/World-News/First-US-Crude-Oil-In-Months-Heads-To-China.html
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    Today, 02:34 PM
    Saudi Arabia is discussing the possibility to have one interconnected natural gas grid in the region that would exchange gas and export the Kingdom’s gas to the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Kuwait, and Oman, Saudi Arabia’s Energy Minister Khalid al-Falih said on Tuesday. “I am talking to my colleagues in Oman, Kuwait, UAE, about extending a gas grid in the region and we hope to exchange gas and we also have excess of gas which we will be exporting,” Gulf News quoted al-Falih as saying at the World Future Energy summit in Abu Dhabi. As Saudi Arabia aims to develop more of its natural gas resources, it will seek to export more of its gas to its allies in the region. “We’ve already exported gas on a commercial basis to the UAE so more of this interconnection in energy is going to take place and, importantly, also in trading of knowhow in technology and development with renewables,” al-Falih was quoted as saying. The UAE is currently importing gas from Qatar via the Dolphin gas pipeline, which continued operations even after the UAE and Saudi Arabia, alongside Egypt and Bahrain, severed ties with Qatar in June 2017, accusing Doha of sponsoring terrorism. More at: https://oilprice.com/Latest-Energy-News/World-News/Saudis-Plan-To-Link-UAE-Kuwait-Oman-In-Regional-Gas-Grid.html
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    Today, 02:20 PM
    The article is wrong, everything you buy was moved around using fuel and therefore everyone pays the tax whenever they buy anything.
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    Today, 02:16 PM
    I suspect that he did this on purpose for some reason, his use of "white supremacist" is just plain stupid for a politician in this day and age. Even if you believe that whites are superior either as a matter of culture of genetics you can't say it in public yet, "white nationalism" is pushing the envelope. I would also like to point out that his quote would have gotten him banned from this site while trolls who promote communism and military interventionism and many other evils are allowed to carry on without interruption. Why is that?
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    Today, 02:03 PM
    They say there is no such thing as bad publicity.
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    Today, 01:53 PM
    Her election is actually a great thing, they will be saddled with her destroying their camouflage for decades.
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    Today, 02:44 AM
    If it flies, walks and quacks like a duck...........
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    Today, 02:42 AM
    Because the anarchists have no understanding of balance, think only in simplistic absolutes and are also willfully ignorant of group dynamics they think that immigration restrictions are incompatible with freedom of association.
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    Today, 02:27 AM
    "The Drunken Monkey can't be that smart, he must be following the orders of Darth Vader" LOL
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    Today, 02:25 AM
    Poor zippy, he just can't keep up. The status quo is being demolished and he thinks it is an accident when it is really Drunken Monkey demolition.
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    Today, 02:15 AM
    We are winning all of America and you will lose the world.:D I come to this forum because I belong here, why do you come here? (as if we didn't know)
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