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    Today, 01:24 AM
    The Trump administration moved Tuesday to roll back an Obama administration policy that protected more than half the nation's streams from pollution but drew attacks from farmers, fossil fuel companies and property-rights groups as federal overreach.The 2015 regulation sought to settle a debate over which waterways are covered under the Clean Water Act, which has dragged on for years and remained murky despite two Supreme Court rulings. President Donald Trump issued an executive order in February instructing the Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to rescind or revise the Obama rule, which environmentalists say is essential to protecting water for human consumption and wildlife. In a statement, the agencies announced plans to begin the withdrawal process, describing it as an interim step. When it is completed, the agencies said, they will undergo a broader review of which waters should fall under federal jurisdiction. "We are taking significant action to return power to the states and provide regulatory certainty to our nation's farmers and businesses," EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt said, adding that the re-evaluation would be "thoughtful, transparent and collaborative with other agencies and the public." More at: https://www.yahoo.com/news/trump-administration-moves-withdraw-clean-water-rule-192146247--politics.html
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    Today, 12:41 AM
    In a move that triggers the most dramatic shake-up of the California Board of Equalization in its 138-year history, Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation Tuesday that strips the embattled state tax collection agency of most of its powers and duties as officials scramble to create an entirely new department by July 1. The board is the target of an investigation by the state Department of Justice, and its employees and members have been accused by auditors of mismanagement, including putting $350 million in sales taxes in the wrong accounts and improperly interfering with decisions to open field offices and transfer staff. The governor signed a bill that pares the state board from an agency with 4,800 workers to one of 400 employees, shifting the other staff engaged in the collection of sales and excise taxes to a new California Department of Tax and Fee Administration. The elected, five-member Board of Equalization will also give up its role hearing taxpayer appeals to a new Office of Tax Appeals, leaving the board to advocate for taxpayers and continue setting rates for gas taxes and pipeline levies, and making sure counties fairly assess property taxes. Anticipating the governor’s action, officials had already started work to create a new state department by July 1. More at: http://www.latimes.com/politics/essential/la-pol-ca-essential-politics-updates-gov-brown-breaks-up-state-tax-agency-1498593946-htmlstory.html
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    Today, 12:22 AM
    We would need a Constitutional amendment, and a movement to push it.
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    Yesterday, 11:35 PM
    But there was also some speculation on social media among opposition supporters that the helicopter attack could have been staged to justify repression or cover up drama at Venezuela’s National Assembly, where two dozen lawmakers said they were being besieged by pro-government gangs.
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    Yesterday, 11:33 PM
    A Venezuelan police helicopter attacked the Supreme Court on Tuesday, ratcheting up a political crisis in what President Nicolas Maduro condemned as a “terrorist” attack. The 54-year-old socialist leader, who has faced three months of opposition protests as well as dissent from within government, said the helicopter shot at the judicial building and also threw some grenades. Witnesses reported hearing several detonations in downtown Caracas, where the pro-Maduro Supreme Court, the presidential palace and other key government buildings are located. The helicopter also flew over the Interior Ministry, Maduro said in a speech. More at: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/venezuela-supreme-court-attacked_us_5952fc3ae4b05c37bb7a592c
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    Yesterday, 11:30 PM
    Cyber False-flag coming in 10...9...8.........
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    Yesterday, 11:29 PM
    The Cabinet Minister said that the UK could retaliate with its army, navy, or air force if there is an attack on UK IT systems, according to The Mirror. "We're building up a new 21st Century Cyber Corps, a band of expert volunteers, leaders in industry, who are going advise us on how to keep ahead in the cyber space race," Fallon reportedly said. "The price of an online attack could invite a response from any domain — air, land, sea or cyber space," Fallon told the Chatham House foreign affairs think tank, according to The Mirror. Fallon's comments come four days after the UK parliament was hit by a cyberattack that left around 90 MPs and peers locked out of their own email accounts. Several weeks earlier, on May 12, the "WannaCry" malware attack plunged the NHS into disarray. Within hours of Fallon's comments, another cyberattack was crippling companies around the world, including ad giant WPP. The UK could justify military action following a cyberattack through Nato's Article V, which states that an attack on one is an attack on all, Fallon said according to The Mirror. The response would be decided on a case-by-case basis, Fallon stressed. " Clearly has to be a point at which they cross a certain threshold, endangering the state itself, the daily existence of its people and that is why we have pressed for NATO to be clear that a cyber-attack can be just as threatening as any other kind of physical attack when you are getting into the territory of Article V." More at: http://www.businessinsider.com/uk-could-start-responding-to-cyberattacks-with-military-force-2017-6
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    Yesterday, 11:18 PM
    “So far the Senate leadership is not negotiating with our office,” Paul said on CNN. “I’m trying to negotiate with the President, but really the President is going to have to tell leadership they’re going to have to negotiate with some of us who don’t see this bill as being good for the country.” More at: http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/rand-paul-gop-leadership-not-negotiating
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    Yesterday, 10:55 PM
    Or connect it to the deficit/surplus, no surplus no pay.
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    Yesterday, 10:46 PM
    Nothing if you attach it to the next Presidential or House election ballot.
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    Yesterday, 10:41 PM
    Perhaps their compensation packages should require a nationwide vote then? It is glaringly obvious that they should not get to decide what pay and benefits to give to themselves.
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    Yesterday, 10:02 PM
    Killer whales may have slaughtered at least four sharks in South Africa over the last couple of months, cutting out their livers as if they had the training of a surgeon. The Great White sharks have washed up after the killer whales feasted on their organs. According to The Times, a shark was just found dead at Pearly Beach in southwestern South Africa and authorities suspect a killer whale — also known as an orca — was behind it, as it had wounds consistent with such an attack. Three other dead sharks were previously found at another beach about 20 minutes away with such wounds: their enormous and nutritious livers removed with precision. The latest victim was about 13.5 feet long, local shark cage diving company Marine Dynamics reported in a post on Facebook. “He was missing his liver, his testes and stomach,” the group said. “The carcass may be a few days old but it seems relatively fresh and bled out massively.” More at: https://www.yahoo.com/news/whales-methodically-killing-south-africa-153751931.html
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    Yesterday, 09:55 PM
    Sarah Palin is suing the New York Times for defamation after the paper claimed that her PAC's ad caused the 2011 shooting of Congresswoman Gabby Giffords. The suit, filed on Tuesday in Manhattan federal court, accused the Times of having perpetuated a "fabricated story" in claiming that Palin, the 2008 Republican vice-presidential nominee, incited the attack, the New York lst reports. More at: http://freebeacon.com/culture/palin-sue-ny-times-political-incitement-editorial/
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    Yesterday, 09:19 PM
    It appears President Trump's remarks about the lack of progress made by China in pressuring North Korea has worked. Reuters reports that CNPC - the main supplier of diesel and gasoline to North Korea - has halted sales, reportedly because the buyers could not pay. More at: http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-06-27/china-suspends-fuel-sales-north-korea
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    Yesterday, 09:14 PM
    Democrats have been having a rough time lately as the phony Russia collusion narrative crumbles (with a little help from noted fake news purveyor CNN) while some of the party’s most venerated officials are facing allegations of misconduct – be it for colluding with the Clinton campaign (Loretta Lynch) or for allegedly submitting a fraudulent loan application and improperly pressuring a regional lender (Bernie and Jane Sanders). Add to that list Reps. John Conyers (D-Mich.), the ranking member of the Judiciary Committee, and Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.), chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) who as the Hill reports are facing possible ethics infractions and will appear before a panel at the recommendation of the Office of Congressional Ethics. The OCE is an independent, bipartisan group that examines ethics complaints and forwards what it considers the most serious cases to the Ethics Committee. John Conyers (D-Mich) While the ethics charges are less serious than the Senate probe into Lynch or the FBI investigation into the Sanderses, they represent another black eye for Democrats, whose unceasing criticisms of President Donald Trump’s purported “business conflicts” have now been exposed as unvarnished hypocrisy. In addition to Conyers and Lujan, Michael Collins, chief of staff to Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.), is also under review, the House panel announced. More at: http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-06-27/two-top-house-dems-accused-ethics-violations
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    Yesterday, 09:00 PM
    Maybe Putin has Regime change plans for Turkey.
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    Yesterday, 08:53 PM
    I resent that as much as you do, but it is off the topic of this thread.
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    Yesterday, 08:45 PM
    Actually we have too many, look how hard it is to find the few halfway decent politicians we have, hundreds more seats would be filled with corrupt sell-outs and the few good Reps we have would have even less power.
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    Yesterday, 08:42 PM
    The Benefits are they main issue and they do not get as much attention. And I know that this is a smaller issue than many but the principle occurred to me and I thought it should be added to the conversation here.
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    Yesterday, 08:36 PM
    The perfect beach head.
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    Yesterday, 05:30 PM
    The real target of Donald Trump's threats towards Syria is not Bashar al-Assad, but Iran http://www.independent.co.uk/voices/chemical-attacks-syria-trump-white-house-iran-russia-mattis-kushner-bannon-a7810631.html
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    Yesterday, 05:02 PM
    Of course their pay will come from taxes, the point is that they should not be the ones to set their own pay/benefits. The state legislatures should be the ones to pay them out of the state budget.
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    Yesterday, 04:57 PM
    Earlier this month in Montreal, tire manufacturer Michelin unveiled a new airless tire concept that could revolutionize the way we do anything that involves a tire. The Visionary Concept tire is an airless, 3D printed tire made from recycled biodegradable materials. Michelin Debuts Airless Tire Concept https://t.co/HvtoxM7S9Z — InsideHook (@InsideHook) June 27, 2017 The design is a generative one, which mimics the concept from coral or human lung air sacs. This means that the tire never needs to be replaced, but rather can just have “tread” added to it by 3D printing. And since the tire is a “smart” tire, it is constantly sending usage information to a smartphone app which would allow the driver to know when the treads need to be updated. Speaking of treads, the Visionary Concept tire also allows for easy switching between multiple tread patterns. So if you need a winter tire for going up to the mountains or an offroad tire for some backwoods driving, it’ll be as simple as the push of a button. And since there is no air, that means the end of flat tires or being tires being punctured by nails. Plus, according to Digital Trends, the Visionary Concept tire is made of materials like natural rubber, bamboo, paper, tin cans, wood and plastic, which means it can be totally recycled after its life cycle. More at: http://www.grindtv.com/moto/airless-tire-concept-could-change-tires-forever/ What will the Kops do without their Spike Strips?
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    Yesterday, 04:54 PM
    Please pardon the bias of this article. Perhaps the most telling example of the regime’s fears can be found in recent decrees outlining the subordination of the Russian Army to the forces of the National Guard, as the latter organization attempts to fulfill its mission to forcefully suppress unrest. The National Guard, a force of about 400,000, may be likened to the Praetorian Guard in ancient Rome, whose mission was protection of the Emperor. Their function is to protect Putin and his regime. This guard exists alongside the regular forces of the Ministry of Interior, FSB, border, railroad, regular army troops, and hundreds of thousands of other paramilitary forces. The potential subordination of the army to the guard is, as Russian observers note, unprecedented in Russian history. It graphically underscores just how afraid the regime is of its own people and how it is prepared to drown any unrest in blood. More at: http://www.newsweek.com/putin-prepares-fight-against-russian-people-629393
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    Yesterday, 04:49 PM
    Why let them pay themselves out of our pockets? The state legislatures should set and provide their pay.
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    Yesterday, 04:46 PM
    Dedicated digital currency miners know the importance of good graphics cards -- modern GPUs have enough general-purpose computing power to process money formats like Bitcoin much faster than a CPU alone. They've never really been suited for non-stop number crunching, though, and it looks like both AMD and NVIDIA hope to change that. CNBC has discovered that ASUS is making currency mining-oriented video cards using both vendors' chipsets. The AMD-based Mining RX 470 and NVIDIA-based Mining P106 are ultimately using off-the-shelf GPUs (the RX 470 and GTX 1060 respectively), but are fine-tuned for running around the clock. The two boards use special dual ball bearing fans that are smoother-running and more dust-resistant. You won't have to worry so much about your card dying after running 24/7 for months on end. ASUS isn't making any further optimization claims about the RX 470 variant (the tuner software is the same as for its regular cards), but it claims that the P106 is up to 36 percent faster than an unoptimized card at churning through cryptocurrency hashes. More at: https://finance.yahoo.com/news/amd-nvidia-bitcoin-miners-video-201100478.html
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    Yesterday, 04:34 PM
    Did you know that the federal government owns 28 percent of all land in the United States? Today, the feds control approximately 640 million acres of land, and after decades of very poor management, many are calling on the states to take a larger role. This is particularly true in the 11 western states where the federal government collectively owns 47 percent of all land. East of the Mississippi River, the feds only own 4 percent of all land, and there is no reason for such a disparity to exist. In Connecticut and Iowa, the federal government only owns 0.3 percent of all land. Such an arrangement seems to work very well for those states, and so why can’t we dramatically reduce federal land ownership in the western states as well? Of course the federal government will always need a very small amount of land for certain national purposes, and nobody is disputing that. According to the Heritage Foundation, the following are the primary purposes that federal land is being used for… These holdings include national parks, national forests, recreation areas, wildlife refuges, vast tracts of range and wasteland managed by the Bureau of Land Management, reservations held in trust for Native American tribes, military bases, and ordinary federal buildings and installations. We will always need to have some land set aside for those purposes. But does the Bureau Of Land Management really need more than 247 million acres? Does the Forest Service really need more than 192 million acres? Does the Fish and Wildlife Service really need more than 89 million acres?
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    Yesterday, 04:04 PM
    I meant Dump not you. By holding this meeting he may be ignoring it I hope.
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    Yesterday, 03:54 PM
    He will say MAGA MAGA MAGA all hail DUMP THE ALMIGHTY, THE ALLWISE, THE SAVIOR OF THE UNIVERSE.
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