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    Today, 12:48 AM
    An experimental nuclear reactor in Idaho could be the first of its kind in the United States: a commercial reactor providing power using fuel that reduces nuclear waste. The small power plant could power about 1,000 homes and can run almost autonomously for 20 years. This project comes from Oklo, that claims its reactor would be the “first ever” one to generate power through nuclear waste. But Oklo is just one of many groups working on ways to make localized and safer nuclear power as a bridge between the energy status quo and a more carbon neutral future. “Every scenario presented by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change for keeping the planet from warming more than 1.5 degrees Celsius from pre-industrial levels, relies on nuclear providing a growing share of our electricity,” the environmental blog Grist explains. There are a few overarching ideas these aspiring innovators share. First, much smaller nuclear reactors—whether that’s relatively small versions of “full size” commercial reactors or truly localized small reactors like Oklo’s—are inherently safer. Imagine trying to wipe up a spill of a few drops of soda versus an entire two-liter bottle. It’s also easier and cheaper to build containment for smaller reactors. Second, many of these innovative designs want to use a new or different format of nuclear fuel in their reactions. Some are using recycled waste products, some are using chemical reactions that can generate power without reaching “critical” state—and smaller reactors in particular require a lot less fuel, which, means there’s less toxic waste. Oklo’s plans are a combination of both. At just 1.5 megawatts, the plant would be one of the smallest plants ever build—even during the early days of nuclear energy. The smallest exigent nuclear plant in the world produces 11 megawatts, and even Russia’s new floating power plant makes over 30. But the nondescript design looks like an A-frame house and would be easy to squeeze into many more locations than operating nuclear plants. In December, Oklo received a permit to begin building their new Aurora plant, which is the first and only permit ever issued in the U.S. to a nuclear plant using something other than a light water (“water-cooled”) reactor. The specific mix of fuel they plan to use is called HALEU for short: “High-assay, low-enriched uranium (HALEU) promises to provide more power per volume than conventional reactors, and its efficiency allows for smaller plant sizes,” Power explains. “It also promises longer core life and a higher burn-up rate of nuclear waste.” More at: https://news.yahoo.com/worlds-tiniest-nuclear-plant-coming-193900256.html
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    Today, 12:43 AM
    Turkey will be blamed for helping flood Europe with muslims and is already preparing to start a war with Greece (a NATO member). You heard it here first.
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    Today, 12:35 AM
    Through Turkey. Turkey will be the first target.
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    Today, 12:28 AM
    I think the Euro-Russian union will go on a "Crusade" against Islam. An east/west split in Russia is an interesting thought but I don't know enough to guess about it.
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    Today, 12:14 AM
    And many of the natives will welcome them. I think we will end up seeing a truly united Europe (including Russia) coming out on the far side. But I think it will break up into regions after that, Russia will control one of the regions.
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    Today, 12:12 AM
    A key Chinese respiratory disease expert said that some discharged coronavirus patients could still carry the virus and be infectious, potentially posing another complication to Beijing’s efforts to control the epidemic. Zhao Jianping, the head of the coronavirus containment team in worst-affected Hubei province, said a minority of patients who were discharged from hospital after tests showed they were negative for the virus later tested positive again. China counts patients whose throat or nose swabs show up positive for the virus in a nucleic acid test, and those whose CT scans show lesions in their lungs, as infected cases. The criteria for deciding if a patient has recovered varies between provinces, but in general Chinese hospitals require people to test negative twice in a row, and to show no obvious symptoms such as a fever. Patients who are released are supposed to check in with their hospital and can face retesting—which is when some tested positive again. “That means during the period when a patient deemed recovered leaves the hospital and goes back home, they could infect the people they are in touch with,” Zhao told Beijing News (link in Chinese, Feb. 18). “As this kind of situation exists, we encourage recovered patients to also be put on quarantine for 14 days,” he said. One possible reason for the later positive results could be due to the varying quality of testing kits, he said, meaning the patients were not actually fully recovered at the time of release. In an interview (link in Chinese) with Southern People Weekly yesterday (Feb. 20), Zhao said he considered this a “highly dangerous” situation: “Where could you put such patients? They could infect others being at home, but they would also occupy the stretched resources at hospitals if they are there.” More at: https://qz.com/1806050/chinese-coronavirus-expert-recovered-patients-may-still-be-infectious/
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    Today, 12:09 AM
    Exactly.
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    Today, 12:08 AM
    Eastern Europe and Russia will probably come to the rescue too. I hope we stay out of it.
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    Today, 12:06 AM
    A collapse just might save them by causing the invaders to leave for greener pastures.
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    Today, 12:01 AM
    Then the genocide will happen without the war. I think at least some place will fight.
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    Yesterday, 11:51 PM
    War and genocide are coming.
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    Yesterday, 11:49 PM
    it looks good
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    Yesterday, 11:04 PM
    https://twitter.com/FBILosAngeles/status/1230316391695310848 1230316391695310848
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    Yesterday, 10:57 PM
    EU leaders were facing budget chaos today at a bruising first summit since Brexit as four wealthy nations refused to fill the gap left by Britain's departure. The 27 leaders reached a stalemate after arguing into the early hours in Brussels, with talks on the trillion-euro budget resuming for a second day today and this afternoon there was still deadlock. The UK's departure has left the bloc with a €75billion (£63billion) hole in its finances over seven years and the budget battle has exposed bitter divisions between EU members. Germany wants to spend more on climate change while France is seeking more money for a joint defence, with poorer nations determined to keep their generous EU payouts. But the so-called 'frugal four' of Austria, the Netherlands, Denmark and Sweden are unwilling to pay more to plug the gap. Dutch prime minister Mark Rutte, who came prepared for a long-haul summit by carrying a biography of Frederic Chopin, said he did 'not plan to put my signature' to the latest compromise proposal. EU figures are seeking a figure of 1.08 per cent of the bloc's combined GDP to cover the six years from 2021 to 2027, but the frugal nations are unwilling to go above the current 1 per cent. Meanwhile nations that receive 'cohesion funds' want more still, with authoritarian Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban telling reporters today they want 'at least 1.3 per cent or close to that.' The UK's departure last month meant it was not dragged into the row over money that would have been sure to spark fury among eurosceptics.
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    Yesterday, 10:41 PM
    New Mexico House Republicans say voter anger over a red-flag gun bill and overspending will help them reclaim the majority in 2020. House Minority Whip Rod Montoya said Thursday that Republicans will take back the New Mexico House in 2020 and challenge Democrats in key swing seats. Republicans captured the House in 2014 for the first time since the President Dwight Eisenhower era. Democrats retook the House in 2016. The New Mexico legislative session ended Thursday after the Democratic controlled-body passed a $7.6 billion with massive spending increases. More at: https://www.kob.com/new-mexico-news/new-mexico-house-republicans-say-they-see-path-to-majority/5652151/?cat=500
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    Yesterday, 09:30 PM
    President Trump's new acting director of national intelligence, Richard Grenell, has already made major changes at the agency, including ousting the No. 2 official. Former acting Director of National Intelligence Joseph Maguire and his deputy, Andrew Hallman, resigned on Friday. According to The New York Times, Grenell told Hallman, who has worked for national intelligence and the CIA for three decades, that his service was no longer needed. The Times also reported that Grenell — who was only officially tapped into the role on Thursday and who says he will not be the nominee for the full-time role — also made a slew of his own new hires on Friday, including an expert on Trump conspiracy theories. One hire is Kashyap Patel, a senior member of the National Security Council and former top aide to Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.), the former House Intelligence Committee chairman. Patel was a lead author of a 2018 memo that accused FBI and Justice Department officials under former President Obama of overstepping their surveillance authority ahead of the 2016 presidential election. Patel has reportedly been given permission to "clean house" at the agency. The shakeup comes as reports say Trump was frustrated with Maguire and alleged his disloyalty after House lawmakers were briefed last week on Russian interference in the 2020 election to help reelect Trump.
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    Yesterday, 09:14 PM
    More good signs. Last week we noted Johnny McEntee (pictured right w/ Stephen Miller) was promoted to run the White House personnel office responsible for filling hundreds of top political jobs throughout various federal agencies. Mr. McEntee replaced Sean Doocey, who moved to the State Department. The personnel office has been a key point of contention for the administration as several political appointments later became weak points with people not in alignment with the policies and objectives of President Trump. The objective of McEntee would be to assist in finding and vetting the right MAGA person, with the right MAGA skillset, for the right job. Today Axios is reporting: Johnny McEntee called in White House liaisons from cabinet agencies for an introductory meeting Thursday, in which he asked them to identify political appointees across the U.S. government who are believed to be anti-Trump, three sources familiar with the meeting tell Axios. Behind the scenes: McEntee, a 29-year-old former body man to Trump who was fired in 2018 by then-Chief of Staff John Kelly but recently rehired — and promoted to head the presidential personnel office — foreshadowed sweeping personnel changes across government. But McEntee suggested the most dramatic changes may have to wait until after the November election. Trump has empowered McEntee — whom he considers an absolute loyalist — to purge the “bad people” and “Deep State.” McEntee told staff that those identified as anti-Trump will no longer get promotions by shifting them around agencies. (more)
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    Yesterday, 08:56 PM
    Thailand’s Constitutional Court on Friday ordered the popular opposition Future Forward Party dissolved, declaring that it violated election law by accepting a loan from its leader, charismatic 41-year-old Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit. The court also imposed a 10-year ban on the party’s executive members holding political office. The ruling against the party comes just ahead of a no-confidence debate in Parliament set to begin Monday against Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha and several Cabinet members. There are 16 members of the party’s executive committee, 11 of whom are members of Parliament and lose their seats. The party’s remaining 65 lawmakers can take part in the upcoming no-confidence debate, but must find a new party within 60 days to keep their seats. It was not immediately clear how the 11 empty seats will be filled. More at: https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2020/feb/21/thai-court-orders-popular-opposition-party-dissolv/
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    Yesterday, 08:50 PM
    Jeffrey Epstein's alleged 'madam' told a former acquaintance that she and the now-dead pedophile had "everything on videotape," according to The Telegraph. The acquaintance, socialite and distant relative to the royals Christina Oxenberg, said that Maxwell also told her that Epstein bought a private helicopter because commercial pilots were "eyes and ears" he did not need. She revealed she had spoken to the FBI about what she had been told. Ms Oxenberg, 57, first met Maxwell in the early 1990s and said she would never forget a conversation the pair once had in Maxwell’s home. “We were alone,” she said. “She said many things. All creepy. Unorthodox. Strange. I could not believe whatever she was saying was real. Stuff like: 'Jeffrey and I have everyone on videotape.’”... Maxwell has been accused by several alleged Epstein victims of both facilitating and participating in sexual crimes. She has vehemently denied the claims and has not been charged with any crimes in connection to Epstein's activities. If true, we wonder who exactly was taped?
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    Yesterday, 08:38 PM
    People stuck in deep blue states have nothing else they can do so this is a good idea.
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    Yesterday, 08:34 PM
    Approximately 6.1 million individuals dropped off the food stamp rolls since President Donald Trump’s first full month in office in February 2017, according to the latest data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). The USDA data showed that 6,074,074 individuals discontinued their participation in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) between February 2017— when the president completed his first full month in office— and November 2019. Household participation in SNAP declined as well, with 2,489,315 households discontinuing SNAP. There are currently 36,223,717 individuals and 18,448,588 households that are participating in SNAP. When Trump took office, 42,297,791 individuals and 20,937,903 households were enrolled in SNAP. Trump recently made it a point in his annual State of the Union address to stress that he helped the poor move off welfare to find jobs with his recent enactment of work requirements. Under these work requirements, which had been enacted at the state level during the Obama years, those between the ages of 18-49 and without children or dependents who receive food stamps for more than three months in a 36-month period must work, go to school, receive job training, or volunteer to receive benefits. Another way the USDA has been trying to keep enrollment in the food stamp program down is through the use of data-mining practices to identify food stamp fraud. According to a report from the Government Accountability Office (GAO), computer algorithms went through SNAP purchase data in seven states and matched it up with retailer and eligibility data to see if there was fraud. In Mississippi, the state reported $2 million in SNAP overpayments since the state started incorporating data-mining into its fraud detection efforts.
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    Yesterday, 08:31 PM
    President Donald Trump‘s reelection campaign and the Republican National Committee are looking to combat an issue that led to a lot of debate during the 2016 presidential election. Both organizations are accusing the Democrats of “rigging” votes and now they are fighting to come up with a favorable resolution before the 2020 election in November. According to Politico, Trump and the RNC will be investing more than $10 million into legal efforts to prevent voter fraud and suppression. The funds will also be used to build a “massive Election Day operation” according to the report. More at: https://ijr.com/trump-rnc-10-million-voting-plan/
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    Yesterday, 08:22 PM
    The Economic Report of the President, released on Thursday, touts the remarkable performance of the U.S. economy under the current administration. The good news is that the good news is likely to continue well on into the future. Said the president, “Over the past three years my administration has championed policies to restore the United States’ economic strength, propelling growth to levels far exceeding preelection expectations.” Those expectations were prepared by the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) just before the president was inaugurated, and the performance of the U.S. economy since then has beaten those projections every year since. For instance, the economy added more jobs last year than the CBO estimated would be created during the President’s entire first three years in office. Nearly seven million jobs have been created nationwide, including 500,000 in the manufacturing sector. The unemployment rate reached its lowest rate in 50 years in 2019, and remains near that record low. Nearly 2.5 million Americans have been lifted out of poverty, while wages for the bottom 10 percent of earners are rising faster than for the top 10 percent. The net worth of the bottom half of U.S. households has increased by almost 50 percent in just the last three years. And the energy revolution is saving the average American family $2,500 a year in energy and transportation costs. Thanks to the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA), deregulation and the reduction in energy costs, the U.S. economy is now in its 11th year of expansion. The stock market continues to hit record highs while the number of IRA and 401(k) millionaires has hit all-time highs. If the president’s report is right, the U.S. economy will likely continue to expand for years into the future. More than 420 companies have signed the president’s Pledge to America’s Workers to create upwards of 14 million new jobs over the next five years. As President Trump noted in his introduction to the report, “The Federal Government does not create jobs; hardworking Americans create jobs. My Administration’s role is to follow our foundational policy pillars and allow our job creators and workers to do what they do best.”
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    Yesterday, 08:07 PM
    Revolutions are built on hope.
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    Yesterday, 08:00 PM
    The US Federal Bureau of Investigation had information pertaining to now-deceased paedophile Jeffrey Epstein more than a decade ago that could have potentially brought down his alleged sex trafficking network, US television network ABC News reported. According to court documents and sources familiar with the events, the outlet reports that a woman whose allegations of child sex abuse in New York featured prominently in Jeffrey Epstein’s 2019 indictment, had been questioned by the FBI and scheduled to testify before a grand jury in the summer of 2008 in connection with the first federal probe into the financier. Currently, nearly two dozen women are suing Jeffrey Epstein’s estate, claiming that the late financier, who died while under investigation for new sex trafficking charges, had forced them into prostitution, with many of the alleged victims claiming they were underage. However, before the woman, who was 19 when questioned by federal agents in 2008, was able to testify, Epstein had secured a controversial non-prosecution agreement with the US Attorney’s Office in Miami by pleading guilty to two state prostitution charges. The alleged victim’s testimony was abruptly cancelled, while Epstein was sentenced to 18 months in a county jail. The woman’s account could have potentially helped prosecutors build up their case against Epstein, possibly unravelling an alleged network of child sexual abuse at his Manhattan residence similar to what had been revealed at his Palm Beach home. “I certainly think with the FBI’s capabilities, even back then, that they could have unravelled the entire network from New York to Paris to New Mexico,” ABC News quotes Spencer Kuvin, a West Palm Beach attorney who represented three of Epstein’s alleged victims during the initial federal investigation in Florida, as saying. Kuvin added: “The potential was always there. shut this thing down and plead this thing out before going through and talking to probably more than half of the women that were involved in this whole thing. Had they conducted a full investigation and taken their time, this would’ve been a whole different story.”
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    Yesterday, 07:48 PM
    Most of the increase came from that cruise ship the evacuated.
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