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    Today, 02:18 PM
    We need to use the hacking narrative to eliminate computer/electronic voting.
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    Today, 02:08 PM
    Andy Sanborn, Ron Paul 2012 NH campaign chair, running for CONG NH 1
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    Today, 02:08 PM
    So he is promising to enforce an already existing ban on guns that don't exist while his department pushes to convince a judge to lift an injunction barring the publishing of blueprints for 3D printed guns? Pardon me if I don't freak out, this is just giving the leftists a bag of air.
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    Today, 01:57 PM
    Not if it violates the privacy rights of sane people.
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    The Unpleasant Truth About The 1941 Parachuting Of Rudolf Hess In England (I)The Unpleasant Truth About The 1941 Parachuting Of Rudolf Hess In England (II)
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    Today, 01:29 PM
    The faster Pro-Sports kill themselves the better, maybe people will dedicate their brainpower to something useful.
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    Yesterday, 11:52 PM
    It can and has been done without the tyranny you blather about, sensible moderate measures will cause the invaders to leave on their own or not come in the first place, at the very least keeping more from coming in can easily be done cheaply. :rolleyes: The threat from abroad is not imaginary, if you don't like us you should be scared stiff of the society that the invaders will create but you are either insane or a communist who wants the invaders to turn us into Venezuela, in my opinion you are probably both.
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    Yesterday, 11:28 PM
    Iran will unveil a new fighter jet next week and developing missile capabilities will remain Tehran's top priority, the defense minister was quoted as saying by Fars news agency on Saturday."We will present a plane on National Defense Industry Day, and people will see it fly, and the equipment designed for it,” Brigadier General Amir Hatami said. Iran celebrates National Defense Industry Day on Aug. 22. https://www.usnews.com/news/world/articles/2018-08-18/iran-will-unveil-a-new-fighter-jet-next-week-minister
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    Yesterday, 11:07 PM
    President Trump is planning to introduce a proposal that would allow states to establish emissions standards for coal-fired power plants rather than expediting their elimination. Two administration officials told the Post that Trump could announce the policy change as soon as Tuesday during a visit to West Virginia, where the president has vowed to bring back coal-dependent jobs. “America is blessed with extraordinary energy abundance, including more than 250 years worth of beautiful clean coal. We have ended the war on coal, and will continue to work to promote American energy dominance!” Trump tweeted in May. America is blessed with extraordinary energy abundance, including more than 250 years worth of beautiful clean coal. We have ended the war on coal, and will continue to work to promote American energy dominance! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 18, 2018The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates the policy could impact as many as 300 power plants, reducing any incentive to shift from coal operations to using a cleaner source of energy, according to the paper. More at: http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/402496-trump-seeks-to-overhaul-signature-obama-climate-policy-report
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    Yesterday, 10:58 PM
    The high-stakes changes, involving work requirements and questions about illegal drug use, have been the subject of intense behind-the-scenes lobbying in recent months by federal and state lawmakers in the latest chapter of the GOP’s long-running efforts to reshape Medicaid — a policy priority extending back to the Reagan era. And they are moving forward even after a federal judge blocked Kentucky’s work requirement in June, saying the Trump administration failed to consider how the plan would affect coverage, and new evidence that thousands of Arkansans will lose benefits because of the state's work requirement. Advocacy groups have sued to stop Medicaid work requirements in both states and threaten further litigation if more changes are OK'd. Nonetheless, the administration is expected to sign off soon on work requirements in three more states — Arizona, Wisconsin and Maine — while approving limited drug testing questions sought by Wisconsin’s GOP Gov. Scott Walker, according to four individuals with knowledge of the process. Administration officials say that Medicaid beneficiaries should be encouraged to seek jobs to ensure they move off the program eventually. An attempt by Arizona to protect Native Americans from work requirements is also expected to be denied as part of the review — a move that effectively reiterates the administration's position that members of tribes might need to get jobs to keep their health care.
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    Yesterday, 10:48 PM
    Top computer researchers gave a startling presentation recently about how to intercept and switch votes on emailed ballots, but officials in the 30 or so states said the ease with which votes could be changed wouldn’t alter their plans to continue offering electronic voting in some fashion. Two states — Washington and Alaska — have ended their statewide online voting systems. The developments, amid mounting fears that Russians or others will try to hack the 2018 midterm elections, could heighten pressure on officials on other U.S. states to reconsider their commitment to online voting despite repeated admonitions from cybersecurity experts. But a McClatchy survey of election officials in a number of states that permit military and overseas voters to send in ballots by email or fax — including Alabama, Kansas, Missouri, North Carolina, South Carolina and Texas — produced no immediate signs that any will budge on the issue. Some chief election officers are handcuffed from making changes, even in the name of security, by state laws permitting email and fax voting. More at: https://www.mcclatchydc.com/news/nation-world/national/national-security/article216610445.html#wgt=more_stories
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    Yesterday, 10:45 PM
    Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Friday he would dispatch a U.S. Navy hospital ship to the Colombian coast to help treat Venezuelan refugees that have overwhelmed the Colombian medical system — the first U.S. military foray into the Venezuela crisis. “It is absolutely a humanitarian mission. We’re not sending soldiers, we’re sending doctors,” Mattis told reporters of his plans to send the gleaming white, former freighter with a Red Cross painted on its side to help treat refugees in Colombia and probably other Latin American nations. He gave no timetable for when the ship, probably the ship known as the Comfort, would set sail from its home port, likely Norfolk, Virginia. U.S. defense officials have yet to say how the ship would be outfitted for the Venezuelan refugee health care relief mission. In times of war, the Comfort can carry 1,215 military medical personnel, conduct 12 simultaneous surgeries, operate 1,000 hospital beds and ferry casualties by helicopter. Typically, it has carried a smaller crew with lesser capabilities aimed at providing basic humanitarian relief in hard-to-reach areas or places stricken by natural disaster. More at: https://www.mcclatchydc.com/latest-news/article216866215.html
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    Yesterday, 10:33 PM
    The US Department of State has announced it will cut funding worth more than $200m for projects promoting stabilisation in Syria. Major contributions from other countries led to the decision to shift the money "to support other key foreign policy priorities", according to the state department. "As a result of key partner contributions by coalition members, Secretary Pompeo has authorized the Department of State to redirect approximately $230 million in stabilization funds for Syria which have been under review," spokeswoman Heather Nauert said in a statement on Friday. The bulk of the amount was pledged earlier this year under Secretary of State Rex Tillerson. However, the funds were put under review after his sacking in March this year, and from there it would have been returned to the Treasury Department on September 30 if it remained unspent. Around $6.6m from the pledged amount was released in June to continue funding for the White Helmets, a voluntary civil defence organisation rescuing people after air strikes.
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    Yesterday, 10:29 PM
    Qatar has accused Saudi Arabia of barring its nationals from performing this year's Hajj, a charge Saudi officials deny. Around 1,200 Qatari citizens are allowed to attend the pilgrimage under a quota system, but Qatari officials say it has become impossible to register for the annual religious event. In June, Saudi Arabia's ministry for the Hajj announced the opening of a website, which allowed Qataris to register for the pilgrimage. However, those in Qatar say registration is impossible. Abdullah al-Kaabi of the state-run Qatar National Human Rights Committee said Saudi Arabia had shut down the system used by travel agencies to obtain permits. "There is no chance this year for Qatari citizens and residents to travel for Hajj," he told the Reuters news agency. "Registration of pilgrims from the State of Qatar remains closed, and residents of Qatar cannot be granted visas as there are no diplomatic missions." According to Reuters news agency, three travel agencies in Doha said they had stopped trying to sell Hajj packages. "Last year we lost a lot of money as the crisis started after we had booked everything in Mecca and Medina and we had to pay people back," said a manager of one travel agency in Doha, declining to be named due to the sensitivity of the matter.
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    Yesterday, 09:12 PM
    After locating a massive drug laboratory near the town of Alcoyonqui, in Culiacán, Sinaloa, personnel of the Secretariat of the Navy seized 50 tons of methamphetamine, allegedly from the Sinaloa Cartel, in the most significant drug bust of this kind in the history of Mexico. According to Sin Embargo News, the Secretariat of the Navy (Semar) said the synthetic drug was discovered in a rustic laboratory and two separate underground bunkers. The military operation, which began on Thursday evening, involved roughly 50 troops. It was only until Friday morning was the size of the cache realized. More at: https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-08-18/mexico-seizes-record-50-tons-meth-superlab
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    Yesterday, 08:51 PM
    After Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro's 60-fold increase to the minimum wage, storeowners on Saturday wrestled with an anguishing decision: Close up shop or hit customers with steep price hikes at the risk of sinking the business. In a set of sweeping announcements that shocked many Venezuelans, the socialist Maduro on Friday ordered a 96 percent currency devaluation, pegged the bolivar currency to the government's petro cryptocurrency and boosted taxes as part of a plan aimed at pulling the OPEC member out of its economic tailspin. The measures especially spooked shopkeepers already struggling to stay afloat due to hyperinflation, government-set prices for goods ranging from flour to diapers, and strict currency controls that crimp imports. Many stores were closed on Saturday as owners hunkered down to consider the implications. Economists warned that some companies would go under, unable to shoulder the massive increase in monthly minimum wage from 3 million bolivars to 180 million bolivars, or roughly $0.5 to $30. That will likely increase unemployment and further fuel mass emigration that has overwhelmed neighboring South American countries. Jhonny Herrera, 41, owner of a hardware store on the windswept Paraguana Peninsula in northern Venezuela, said he would have to fire two employees because he cannot afford to pay them, leaving him with just one worker. When Venezuela was enjoying a decade-long oil bonanza, he had 10 employees. "I have thought about closing for good and leaving, all the more so now with these increases. I have held back due to my 14 year-old-son, who I would leave here because I need to emigrate first," said Herrera, surrounded by stores that have been shuttered after their owners fled the country. To soften the blow, Maduro vowed that the government would cover three months of the wage increase for small and medium-sized companies. But he did not provide details and it remains unclear how his cash-starved government would afford such a hefty payout or whether the chaotic administration has the logistical capacity to pay wages on time. The Information Ministry did not respond to a request for an explanation of the plan. Venezuela's main business chamber, Fedecamaras, said it did not have any estimates on the effects of the measure yet, although local economists predicted a heavy toll. "A minimum wage of 180 million bolivars in this current situation implies the closure of thousands of companies and the unemployment of many people," said economist Luis Oliveros. More at: https://www.businessinsider.com/r-venezuelan-shopkeepers-alarmed-by-maduros-latest-economic-moves-2018-8?yptr=yahoo&r=UK&IR=T
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    Yesterday, 08:40 PM
    Swordsmyth replied to a thread Stocks: Tesla IPO! Suckers any? in Economy & Markets
    Tesla's share price plummeted today after embattled CEO Elon Musk gave an extraordinary interview during which he burst out in tears, asked for someone to take his job and admitted he relies on Ambien to sleep. More at: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6070421/Elon-Musk-asks-Tesla-job-tearful-interview.html
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    Yesterday, 08:40 PM
    Tesla's share price plummeted today after embattled CEO Elon Musk gave an extraordinary interview during which he burst out in tears, asked for someone to take his job and admitted he relies on Ambien to sleep. More at: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6070421/Elon-Musk-asks-Tesla-job-tearful-interview.html
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    Yesterday, 08:34 PM
    U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Thursday sought to speed up the deportation of illegal immigrants, telling immigration judges they should only postpone cases in removal proceedings "for good cause shown." Sessions, in an interim order that was criticized by some lawyers, said the "good-cause" standard "limits the discretion of immigration judges and prohibits them from granting continuances for any reason or no reason at all." Critical in showing "good cause" is whether a person is likely to succeed in efforts to remain in the United States, either by appealing for asylum or receiving some form of visa or work permit, Sessions said on Thursday. Sessions said on Thursday that the "use of continuances as a dilatory tactic is particularly pernicious in the immigration context" because people in the country illegally who want to remain have an incentive to delay their deportation as long as possible. Granting continuances solely for good cause would be an "important check on immigration judges' authority" and demonstrate public interest in "expeditious enforcement of the immigration laws," Sessions said. More at: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/wires/reuters/article-6069545/U-S-attorney-general-issues-order-speed-immigrant-deportations.html
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    Yesterday, 08:31 PM
    President Donald Trump is overseeing a massive uptick in requests to reopen previously closed deportation cases, according to data published this week by BuzzFeed News. With less than two months to go in fiscal year 2018, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement lawyers have asked federal immigration judges to reopen nearly 8,000 cases so far — almost twice the rate under President Barack Obama. There were 8,400 requests to reopen closed cases in FY 2017, which included the last four months of the Obama administration. That was a marked increase from the 3,551 requests in FY 2016 and the 3,551 requests in FY 2015. More at: https://thinkprogress.org/trump-administration-reopening-deportation-cases-that-had-been-closed-3ed67347df69/
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    Yesterday, 08:28 PM
    A federal judge is allowing the Trump administration to dismantle a key element of an Obama-era rule combating housing discrimination, giving U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Ben Carson a big legal victory in his efforts to fundamentally scrap the rule. A coalition of fair housing advocates and the state of New York sued HUD after the federal agency announced last May it was no longer requiring cities and towns to complete a comprehensive assessment explaining how housing segregation exists in their communities, and how they plan to address it. Completing the assessment was a prerequisite for receiving federal housing funds and was the key enforcement mechanism of the Obama administration’s Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing rule (AFFH) created in 2015 to help enforce the Fair Housing Act of 1968. HUD had poorly enforced the Fair Housing Act for decades, which has allowed housing segregation to persist throughout the country. But Carson has characterized the Fair Housing Act and other desegregation government initiatives, including the AFFH rule, as a failed “social experiment” and HUD has been attacking the rule since January on a number of different fronts. The ruling by U.S. District Court Judge Beryl Howell on Friday is a major loss for fair housing organizations that for years, have been pushing HUD to better enforce the Fair Housing Act and desegregate housing.
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    Yesterday, 08:20 PM
    Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has signed a new law that tightens controls over the internet. The legislation on "cybercrime" means websites can be blocked in Egypt if deemed to constitute a threat to national security or the economy. Anyone found guilty of running, or just visiting, such sites could face prison or a fine. Authorities say the new measures are needed to tackle instability and terrorism. But human rights groups accuse the government of trying to crush all political dissent in the country. The Cairo-based Association of Freedom of Thought and Expression said more than 500 websites had already been blocked in Egypt prior to the new law being signed. Last month another bill was passed by parliament, yet to be approved by President Sisi, that would allow any social media accounts with more than 5,000 followers to be placed under supervision. More at: https://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-45237171
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    Yesterday, 08:10 PM
    Ecuador has brought in new rules to stop Venezuelan migrants entering the country without a passport, leaving many stranded in neighbouring Colombia. Thousands of Venezuelans fleeing their country's economic and political crisis have been crossing into Ecuador from Colombia using only identity cards. Most are heading south to join family members in Peru and Chile. Colombia has protested against the move, saying vulnerable people will be trapped on its side of the border. More than a million Venezuelan migrants have entered Colombia in the past 15 months, according to official estimates, and more than 4,000 have been arriving at Ecuador's border every day. Many have been walking or hitching rides for weeks and are exhausted by the time they reach the frontier. Early on Saturday, about 300 Venezuelans were lined up at the Rumichaca border crossing outside the Colombian city of Ipiales, and many said they had no passports to gain entry to Ecuador. Gabriel Malavolta, a 50-year-old mechanic, left Venezuela three days ago aiming to make the overland route to Lima, Peru, through Ecuador.
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    Yesterday, 08:01 PM
    Angry residents of the Brazilian border town of Pacaraima ran riot and drove out Venezuelan immigrants on Saturday after a local restaurant owner was stabbed and beaten, residents and government officials said.The demonstrations forced hundreds of Venezuelans to flee back across the frontier on foot and residents set fire to the belongings they left behind and to tires to block the only road crossing between the two countries, video images released by the state of Roraima government showed. The outburst of anger was sparked by the robbery and severe beating of a resident in his home on Friday night by four Venezuelans, Roraima state security secretary Giuliana Castro said by telephone. The four Venezuelan suspects stole 23,000 reais ($5,800) from the restaurant owner, identified only as Raimundo. He suffered head injuries and was taken to hospital unconscious but was reported to be out of danger, said Castro, who is also head of the state's police force. After crossing back into their country, Venezuelans migrants attacked a group of 30 Brazilians who were shopping across the border and who had to be taken to a shelter, Castro said. Venezuela's government expressed concern about reports of attacks on its citizens and a "massive eviction" of Venezuelans, and asked Brazil to guarantee their safety. A foreign ministry statement said the violence was fueled by xenophobia.
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