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    Today, 07:57 PM
    Evidently, the Haitian people’s long-brewing discontent with their country’s many socio-economic and political problems might have finally boiled over, with some of them intending to seize the moment in sending the message that they will no longer tolerate their nation being treated as a neo-colonial outpost by transnational corporations and NGOs, though unconstructively not offering any apparent solution to improve their situation. The crisis is made all the more acute by the state’s inability to forcibly respond to the unrest because it simply lacks the means to do so when considering that the UN withdrew late last year after a decade-long mission and the National Police are utterly incapable of keeping the peace in their place. Furthermore, the country’s military was dismantled in 1995 and the sitting government has yet to replace it despite controversially pledging to do so. It’s difficult to predict what comes next, but a few lessons can still be drawn from the latest events. The first is that fragile states such as Haiti are extremely vulnerable to destabilization whenever they’re pressed into so-called “structural reforms” by the IMF, just like Jordan recently was under similar circumstances. If the chaos isn’t contained, then it could also possibly trigger a limited military intervention by regional states in order to protect their citizens and/or respond to any perceived threats from so-called “Weapons of Mass Migration”, which is a scenario that the US could possibly undertake if the situation doesn’t soon stabilize. The cycle of underdevelopment, debt bondage, destabilization by dint of so-called “structural reforms”, and military intervention is therefore very difficult for countries to break free from, and Haiti unfortunately has next to no realistic hope to ever do so in the near future.
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    Today, 07:48 PM
    Perhaps we are about to witness the final chapter to the controversial White Helmets saga? As we've detailed many times before both the West and the group's leadership have long claimed it's nothing but a humanitarian non-governmental organization (NGO) devoted to rescuing Syrian's in the midst of war; however, new reports reveal the US and UK are mulling plans to evacuate the group's members who, far from being a "neutral" NGO, are funded by Western governments which have simultaneously sought the ouster of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. US government officials say White Helmets members are in "imminent danger" and face the threat of assassination as pro-government forces advance deeper into southwest Syria. CNN reports the following based on diplomatic sources: The fate of some 1,000 volunteers and their family members, and the need to plan a possible evacuation for them, has become a focus of discussions of several countries, including the United States, United Kingdom, France and Canada, according to a diplomatic source familiar with the subject and two administration officials. And CNN reports further that President Trump broached the subject at the NATO summit in Brussels last week: In the plans under discussion, the volunteer rescue workers, who are officially named the Syrian Civil Defense, would be resettled in several countries; two diplomatic sources mentioned the possibility of resettling some of the group in Canada and the United Kingdom, while another two sources said Germany is expected to take some rescuers. President Donald Trump discussed the possible need to evacuate members of the group during his meetings at the NATO summit last week, a source confirmed. There were several conversations between the US and UK about the issue during the summit, the source said, adding that Western delegations have convinced the US to help lobby both Israel and Jordan to find escape routes for besieged rescuers.
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    Today, 07:32 PM
    Kavanaugh is President Donald Trump’s nominee for the Supreme Court seat vacated by Justice Anthony Kennedy’s retirement. Now the liberal group UltraViolet is trying to derail his nomination using the anti-sex abuse harassment known as #MeToo. Kavanaugh had previously clerked for 9th U.S. Circuit Judge Alex Kozinski from 1990 to 1991. Kozinski abruptly retired last year after 15 women accused him of sexual harassment. Now Ultraviolet is tying Kavanaugh to Kozinski by demanding an investigation into whether the Supreme Court nominee knew about his former boss’ alleged abuse. "Judge Kozinski’s office had a long history of being a toxic and dangerous environment for women," chief campaigns officer for UltraViolet, Karin Roland, told McClatchy in a statement. "The American public deserves to know what Kavanaugh saw and heard, and if he did witness or hear about any harassment, what he did or could have done to report it." More at: https://www.dailywire.com/news/33142/right-cue-kavanaugh-accused-hiding-sexual-ashe-schow?utm_medium=referral&utm_source=idealmedia&utm_campaign=dailywire.com&utm_term=68731&utm_content=1
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    Today, 07:29 PM
    It was only a matter of time before failed presidential candidate Hillary Clinton weighed in on President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh, and it appears to have been time she spent working on a top notch critique: that Kavanaugh could return the United States to the days of slavery. Speaking to the American Federation of Teachers Friday night, Clinton warned of "devastating consequences" if Kavanaugh is confirmed to the bench. "Let me say a word about the nomination of Judge Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court," Clinton said in her speech. "This nomination holds out the threat of devastating consequences for workers rights, civil rights, LGBT rights, women’s rights — including those to make our own health decisions." "It is a blatant attempt by this administration to shift the balance of the Court for decades and to reverse decades of progress," Clinton continued. And that's where she landed on her new strategy of attack: warning of a return to the agrarian pre-Civil War America. "I used to worry that they wanted to turn the clock back to the 1950s. Now I worry they want to turn it back to the 1850s," Clinton said. The 1850s, of course, predate the American Civil War, meaning that Clinton believes that under Kavanaugh it may be possible for the United States to return to a time where enslaving members of the human race was not simply legal, but regular practice in many states. Given her fear for both women and minorities, it seems she's extrapolating on the leftist fear of an instituted "Handmaid's Tale," where subjugation is a matter of course. More at: https://www.dailywire.com/news/33079/hillary-clinton-says-supreme-court-nominee-brett-emily-zanotti?utm_medium=referral&utm_source=idealmedia&utm_campaign=dailywire.com&utm_term=68731&utm_content=1
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    Today, 07:27 PM
    A bizarre study on fatherhood out of South Africa states that a father raising his children alongside his wife should not be seen as normal or held up as an ideal example. "A father living with his biological children on a daily basis should not be seen as a norm to which all families should aspire since it is simply not feasible or desirable in all cases," declares the State of South Africa’s Fathers 2018 report. The study, published by the pro-LGBTQ organization Sonke Gender Justice, cites the vast spectrum of fathers as reason to throw out the age-old nuclear family model. "There are many types of fathers and many types of fatherhood in ," says the Sonke Gender Justice group on its website. "There are biological fathers, social fathers, gay fathers, straight fathers, young fathers, older fathers. We have self-identified fatherhood, ascribed fatherhood, long-distance fatherhood and proximal fatherhood, to name only a few." The report even states that people who focus on absent fathers — by far the most damaging situation for a child — are acting with prejudice. "The statistic of children’s co-residence with biological fathers is only one measure of the relationship between fathers and children. It is an important measure when considering dual-income, heterosexual, nuclear families since it is likely that children in these families may not be exposed to other sources of fathering," the report notes. "But applying this measure to all South African families not only overlooks the social fathering that happens, but presents a negative view of extended families, which are mostly Black." For some reason, the study chose to open with the story of a struggling boy who longed to have his father:
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    Today, 07:12 PM
    Iraq’s future is again tottering with protests erupting of the country. Baghdad is being confronted by internal unrest, as economic and social problems have spilled over into the political arena. Protests and strikes have been reported in the major oil port of Basra, while reports are also mentioning protests in the provinces Dhi Qar, Wasit, Maysan and Babil. Peaceful protests seem now to have crossed a red line, as protesters and security forces have clashed near the Iranian border at Amara, with several injured and 2 killed as reported by NBC News. Violence also has erupted in the holy city of Najaf, where protesters stormed buildings and the airport. A majority of the protests at present are focusing on the growing influence of Iran. Direct attacks have been reported on offices of the Kata’ib Hezbollah in Najaf, Dawa, Badr and other places. Kata’ib Hezbollah is directly linked to Iran and its Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC). The protests erupted following the elections in May, in which to the surprise of many, Shi’a leader Muqtada Al Sadr came out victorious. Former pro-Iranian militia groups were voted in as second force, while Iraq’s PM block came in third. Until now, no new government has been formed and the election results are even being questioned, as many fear that widespread election fraud occurred throughout the country. The formation of a Shi’a led pro-Iranian government seems the most feasible at present. At the same time, Iraq’s economy is being hit by a crisis in which corruption and a total failure of investment strategies has caused the population to turn against Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi. The current stagnating economy and the lack of transparency is being blamed on the pro-Iranian parties, or even the total Iranian power in the country. It seems that the ongoing widespread protests in Iran, which have still been underreported in mainstream media, are supporting the current protests in Iraq too. People throughout the whole region are fed-up with the increased cooperation between Baghdad and Tehran. The anti-Iran and Baghdad protests come at a very bad moment. After the removal of ISIS in almost all of Iraq, the current power struggle and economic crisis have again given room to a re-emergence of the terrorist group. Since the elections in May, ISIS has stepped up its attacks throughout the whole country. Iraqi special forces are currently battling with ISIS groups in the Salahuddin, Diyala, Kirkuk and Nineveh provinces. These operations are partly successful, but no end to the violence is in sight.
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    Today, 06:58 PM
    She can just claim she is patriotic.
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    Today, 06:57 PM
    Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner (R) signed a bill on Monday to extend a 72-hour mandatory waiting period for all firearm purchases. The “cooling off period," which already applied to handgun purchases, now covers all guns being sold including assault-style weapons, The Chicago Tribune reported. Rauner said he was “proud” to sign the protections into law and said it was a “very important step forward to increase safety for the people in our state.” The governor also signed into law so-called “red flag” protections, which allows family members or police to seek a court order for guns to be confiscated from individuals deemed “an immediate or present danger” to themselves or others. Rauner did, however, say he would veto legislation that would have created new inspection protocols for stores that sell guns, The Tribune reported. “That bill will not increase public safety, it will increase red tape and restrictions and unnecessary burden on our small businesses in Illinois,” Rauner said of his veto. Rauner vetoed a similar bill that would have required gun shops to obtain licenses in March, calling it a “burdensome regulation.”
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    Today, 06:55 PM
    Fox News host Tucker Carlson said Monday that Mexico had been more successful than Russia in influencing U.S. elections by "packing" the American electorate with its own people. Carlson said Russia has, in fact, sought to meddle in U.S. affairs. But other countries, like Mexico, had been more successful in doing so, he said. "I don’t think Russia is our close friend or anything like that," Carlson said. "I think of course they try to interfere in our affairs. They have for a long time. Many countries do. Some more successfully than Russia, like Mexico, which is routinely interfering in our elections by packing our electorate." More at: http://thehill.com/homenews/media/397329-tucker-carlson-mexico-has-interfered-in-us-elections-more-successfully-than
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    Today, 06:53 PM
    House Freedom Caucus Chairman Mark Meadows (R-N.C.) and Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) called Monday on the Department of Justice (DOJ) to review allegations that Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein threatened to subpoena phone records and documents from a House Intelligence Committee staffer. Jordan and Meadows noted multiple reports saying Rosenstein had criticized committee members and staff for sending written document requests, with one aide saying the deputy attorney general’s threats were "downright chilling" following a meeting in January. "This notion Mr. Rosenstein threatened to use his official investigative powers as Deputy Attorney General to retaliate against rank-and-file staff members for sending written oversight requests raises concerns he has abused his authority in the context of this investigation," they wrote in their letter to DOJ inspector general Michael Horowitz. News reports had indicated Rosenstein planned to call on the House general counsel to conduct an internal investigation on congressional staffers' "conduct" this week. More at: http://thehill.com/homenews/house/397340-freedom-caucus-lawmakers-call-on-doj-to-probe-rosenstein-allegations
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    Today, 06:50 PM
    Senior FBI official Jeffrey Tricoli has left his position overseeing a government task force that's been looking into Russian interference in U.S. elections, according to The Wall Street Journal. Tricoli, who had been at the FBI for 18 years, reportedly left last month to take a job with Charles Schwab Corp. His departure raises questions about how the government plans to address the issue of election meddling, particularly with the midterm elections less than four months away. Tricoli did not respond to requests for comment by the Journal. More at: http://thehill.com/policy/cybersecurity/397172-fbi-agent-in-charge-of-election-meddling-task-force-leaves-position?__twitter_impression=true&__twitter_impression=true&__twitter_impression=true&__twitter_impression=true
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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, 06:17 PM
    :up:
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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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