• Swordsmyth's Avatar
    Today, 03:05 AM
    The Italian government is one of the most bankrupt in the world; its debt level is an unbelievable 132% of GDP– and rising. In other words, the Italian government’s debt is substantially larger than the value of the entire Italian economy. It’s almost as bad as Greece, and it grows worse each year as the national government routinely runs budget deficits. Their only solution, of course, is hiking taxes and increasing regulation… exactly the opposite of what they should be doing. And, just like the ancient Romans, the government is on a witch hunt for anyone they think (in their sole discretion) might be dodging taxes. They already have a system in place called the redditometro, an automated tool for the tax authorities to comb through income and expense records of Italian residents. The algorithm finds anyone whose expenses were higher than his/her income and presumes that s/he has been evading taxes. The irony here is pretty profound given that the Italian government itself has expenses that are higher than its income. After all, that’s how it ended up with such a prodigious debt level.
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  • Swordsmyth's Avatar
    Today, 03:00 AM
    War between Ukraine and Russia is only step away, in other eras it would have started now.
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  • goldenequity's Avatar
    Today, 02:53 AM
    Graham W Phillips GrahamWP_UK 3 min. Ukraine's president poroshenko has signed the law on the 'reintegration of Donbass', naming Russia as the 'aggressor', and 'asserting Ukraine's right to all territories, including Donbass, and Crimea', by force, if necessary. Minsk is officially dead.
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  • Swordsmyth's Avatar
    Today, 02:18 AM
    Stomach upset is among the most commonly reported side effects of ibuprofen. "The FDA advises ibuprofen be taken with food or milk in patients who have experienced stomach upset with this medication in the past," said Joshua Russell, MD at Legacy-GoHealth Urgent Care. Ibuprofen, like aspirin and naproxen (among other medications), is a type of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID). "These medications can seriously damage the lining of the stomach," Dr. Russell said. "Taking ibuprofen on an empty stomach may cause irritation of the stomach lining and bleeding ulcers," said South Florida-based cardiologist Dr. Adam Splaver of Nanohealth Associates. "This holds true for all other NSAIDs as well as aspirin, which may reduce the stomach lining's ability to protect itself from the harsh acid produced to aid in the digestive process," he said. More at: https://www.popsugar.com/fitness/Bad-Take-Ibuprofen-Empty-Stomach-44359112
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    Today, 02:08 AM
    :confused:
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    Today, 02:07 AM
    Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte is taking seriously the U.S. Intelligence Community's report tagging the firebrand leader a threat to democracy in Southeast Asia, his spokesman said on Wednesday.The report, produced by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, places Duterte alongside Cambodian's Hun Sen, the Rohingya crisis and Thailand's military-backed constitution as threats to democracy. "We view this declaration from no less than the intelligence department of the United States with some concern...," presidential spokesman Harry Roque told DZMM radio. Roque rejected the U.S. Intelligence assessment of Duterte as a threat to democracy. "I do not think that's true. He is a lawyer, he knows the law, he wants to uphold the rule of law, he knows about the bill of rights," he said. More at: https://www.yahoo.com/news/philippines-concerned-u-intelligence-tags-duterte-threat-democracy-025326638.html
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    Today, 02:03 AM
    We are in the non-peak hours for the site.
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    Today, 02:01 AM
    Pakistan has been given a three-month reprieve by a global watchdog over a U.S.-led motion to put the South Asian country on a terrorist financing watchlist, Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif said late on Tuesday. Pakistan has been scrambling in recent months to avoid being added to a list of countries deemed non-compliant with anti-money laundering and terrorist financing regulations by the Financial Action Task Force (FATF), a measure that officials fear could hurt its economy. FATF member states have been meeting this week in Paris, where it was expected that they would decide on a U.S. motion, backed by Britain, France and Germany, to have Pakistan added to the so-called “grey list” of countries which are not doing enough to comply with terrorist-funding regulations. Asif, who is currently on a visit to Russia, tweeted late on Tuesday that Pakistan’s “efforts have paid (off)” during a Feb. 20 meeting on the U.S.-led motion, suggesting there was “no consensus for nominating Pakistan”. He also suggested the meeting proposed a “three months pause” and asked for the Asia Pacific Group, which is part of FATF, to consider “another report in June”. More at: https://in.reuters.com/article/pakistan-militants-financing/pakistan-given-three-month-reprieve-over-terrorist-financing-watchlist-minister-idINKCN1G42S3
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  • Swordsmyth's Avatar
    Today, 12:13 AM
    Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has signed a bill aimed at reintegrating the territory in the country's east controlled by Russia-backed separatists. The bill passed last month designates the areas in the Donetsk and Luhansk regions as "temporarily occupied" by "aggressor country" Russia. It envisages the use of military force to get them back under Ukraine's control. More at: http://www.foxnews.com/world/2018/02/20/ukraines-president-signs-bill-on-russia-backed-regions.html
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  • r3volution 3.0's Avatar
    Yesterday, 11:38 PM
    I apologize for quoting myself, but contemplate this: What makes the market work? Is it a set of rules written somewhere by the SEC or some other useless agency? No, it is self-interest.
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  • Swordsmyth's Avatar
    Yesterday, 11:33 PM
    India is preparing to construct a significant overseas military base on an island in Seychelles, an archipelago of 115 islands in the Indian Ocean, off East Africa to counter growing Chinese influence in the Indian Ocean. Last month, Seychelles and India signed a twenty-year agreement, permitting the Indian military to build an airbase and naval installations on Assumption Island, a small island in the Outer Islands of Seychelles north of Madagascar, said Seychelles News Agency. “This reinforces our commitment to not only further deepen India-Seychelles relations, but to also take our partnership to another level,” Indian Foreign Secretary Subrahmanyam Jaishankar said in a statement. “The co-operation is exemplified by the operationalization of the Coastal Surveillance Radar System in March 2016, and our commitment to augment the defense assets and capability of Seychelles,” he added. The agreement enhances India’s military capabilities and maritime surveillance of Seychelles’ Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) of 1.37 million square km. Assumption Island will serve as a strategic staging area for the Indian military, as the island chain resides between crucial global shipping lanes. This is key as in 2016 alone, “approximately 40 million barrels of oil per day — equivalent to just under half of the world’s total oil supply — traveled through Indian Ocean entry and exit points, including the Straits of Hormuz, Malacca, and Bab el-Mandeb,” said CNN. The EIA classifies the region as a significant chokepoint for maritime transit of oil. More specifically, the EIA calculates roughly 5.8 million barrels per day travels directly by Seychelles, which then ultimately flows to the West. This would indicate India does not just recognize Seychelles as a critical part of its global energy security, but perhaps, India’s push to control the island is a proxy of Washington.
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  • r3volution 3.0's Avatar
    Yesterday, 11:29 PM
    Therein lies the problem. Constitutions are ink on paper. Any system which relies on the sovereign(s) being bound by ink on paper will not last. If one wants to affect the behavior of those with the ultimate decision-making power, one must rely on self-interest.
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  • Swordsmyth's Avatar
    Yesterday, 11:17 PM
    Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., said President Trump's plan to order a ban on "bump stocks" is not enough, and that her legislation codifying the ban should be taken up in Congress. Feinstein pointed to a statement from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives last year that they lacked the power to ban the devices, which can increase a gun's rate of fire. Feinstein last year introduced a bill to ban bump stocks as well as similar devices. “If ATF tries to ban these devices after admitting repeatedly that it lacks the authority to do so, that process could be tied up in court for years, and that would mean bump stocks would continue to be sold. Legislation is the only answer," Feinstein said in a statement Tuesday. More at: http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/despite-trump-order-dianne-feinstein-wants-bump-stock-legislation/article/2649570
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    Yesterday, 11:09 PM
    As Syria continues to pound rebel-held territory outside Damascus, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has issued a fresh warning to the government of Bashar Assad to stop using chemical weapons, including deadly chlorine gas. In an interview with the CBS program “60 Minutes” Sunday, Tillerson said a strike like the one the U.S. carried out last April is an option if the attacks don’t stop. “When it comes to killing people with chemical weapons,” Tillerson said, “President Trump has already demonstrated there will be consequences.” “Does that mean military action is still on the table for chlorine gas attacks?” asked Margaret Brennan. “As it was in April last year,” Tillerson replied. “We are serious about our demands that chemical weapons not become regularized or normalized as a weapon in any conflict.” Reporters asked Defense Secretary Jim Mattis the same questions while traveling back to the U.S. from a week-long European trip. “I would stand with the secretary of state,” Mattis said. More at: http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/military-action-against-syria-still-on-the-table-jim-mattis-and-rex-tillerson-say/article/2177182
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    Yesterday, 11:06 PM
    Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Friday announced the creation of a cyber task force to study election interference efforts, and wants the group to issue a report by the end of June. Sessions' announcement didn't specifically mention Russia, which is the subject of several investigations after claims that it interfered with the 2016 election. But Sessions did note that "enemy governments" are able to exploit the Internet achieve that goal. “The Internet has given us amazing new tools that help us work, communicate, and participate in our economy, but these tools can also be exploited by criminals, terrorists, and enemy governments,” he said. “At the Department of Justice, we take these threats seriously. That is why today I am ordering the creation of a Cyber-Digital Task Force to advise me on the most effective ways that this Department can confront these threats and keep the American people safe.” The new Cyber-Digital Task Force will be chaired by a senior department office picked by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, and include members of the department’s Criminal and National Security divisions, U.S Attorneys, the Office of Legal Policy, the Office of Privacy and Civil Liberties, the Office of the Chief Information Officer, the ATF, FBI, DEA and the U.S. Marshals Service. More at: http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/justice-department-launches-task-force-to-examine-election-interference/article/2649547
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    Yesterday, 11:03 PM
    A Republican House lawmaker has proposed new legislation that would revoke the citizenship of people who came to the U.S. as immigrants if they are involved in gang activity. Rep. Lee Zeldin, R-N.Y., introduced “Protecting our Communities from Gang Violence Act," which would revoke the citizenship of people who acquired citizenship through naturalization and got involved in gang activity either ten years prior or within ten years of becoming a citizen. More at: http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/lee-zeldin-bill-would-revoke-us-citizenship-of-gang-members/article/2649517
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  • Swordsmyth's Avatar
    Yesterday, 10:58 PM
    One possibility to consider is that all of this is intended to help gun sales and nothing is going to happen after they panic people into buying their overstock. Just to be clear: I condemn that possibility as much as I condemn gun control.
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  • CCTelander's Avatar
    Yesterday, 10:53 PM
    You know, I've been doing this liberty activism thing for over 40 years now. In all that time, this has been the consistent pattern with Republicans, and they almost always do it when it comes to guns. They NEVER dig in and demand what their constituency wants, especially on guns. It's happened over and over again. Give them the majority and they never fail to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory. And people never learn.
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  • William Tell's Avatar
    Yesterday, 10:44 PM
    Wow lads. http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2018/02/20/white-house-on-assault-weapons-ban-we-havent-closed-doors-on-any-front/
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  • Swordsmyth's Avatar
    Yesterday, 10:42 PM
    Let's see if Dopey Sessions wakes up to get this done. It'll be a fine addition to his record: Asset Forfeiture, Legal Weed and Gun Control.
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  • r3volution 3.0's Avatar
    Yesterday, 10:28 PM
    The problem with this plan is that this electorate has the same perverse incentives as the universal suffrage electorate. For instance, if we have 100 million of these non-welfare-receiving-and-tax-paying voters, 51 million of them have the same incentive to loot the other 49 million as the majority in a universal suffrage system have to loot their own minority. In other words, non-welfare-receiving-and-tax-paying voters have an incentive to become welfare-receiving-and-non-tax-paying-voters. Of course, the difference is supposed to be that, as soon as the 51 million non-welfare-receiving-and-tax-paying voters vote themselves welfare, they lose the right the vote, and their recent victims reverse the policy, but that doesn't really work in practice. First, if that did happen (the 51 million voting themselves welfare did indeed lose the right to right), you'd just have a "second round" of the same behavior (i.e. 51% of the 49 million would now do the same thing to their own minority as the 51 million had done to them), and so on. It's incredibly unstable. Second, and most importantly, it's not at all likely that the 51 million (the majority of the electorate, with control of government) would allow themselves to be disenfranchised in the first place. Ultimately, all constitutional provisions, including those defining the electorate, are a matter of legislation and (perhaps more insidiously) judicial "interpretation." Guess what kind of judges the 51 million will have appointed: the kind who will disenfranchise them once they vote themselves welfare, or the kind who won't? And this is apart from any genuine amendment process, which might also undermine the system (with the welfare-seeking majority of voters obviously having the edge in seeking such an amendment). Recognizing that incentives drive politics and that those with the best incentives ought to rule is crucial, but this system won't quite work.
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  • Swordsmyth's Avatar
    Yesterday, 09:33 PM
    You said that you were fine with that reality, nobody who understands the 2ndA should be fine with it. The obvious line is infantry weapons, anything more restrictive can't be argued for without violating the point of the 2ndA, history might actually be on the side of larger weapons and ordinance since their equivalents were available to private citizens in the founders' time. The only line I would draw is weapons of mass indiscriminate damage. No, it is always bad to concede anything to the gun-grabbers, they are never satisfied but it continues the culture that creates people like spudea who are "fine" with the auto ban.
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  • AZJoe's Avatar
    Yesterday, 09:14 PM
    While Mueller and the Mainstream Media refuse to show the actual notorious click-bait ads that supposedly were targeted to control the election, now we know why they are suppressing the key central evidence. Here is one of the frightfully "dangerous" actual click-bait ads that the media wont show you, supposedly designed to control the outcome of an entire election and destroy the American electoral process: Here it is - one of the Facebook ads that swung the election
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  • goldenequity's Avatar
    Yesterday, 08:52 PM
    What's this about? Mueller filed charges on the 16th, against this Dutch lawyer brought in for questioning related to Fusion GPS. In completely 'unrelated' questioning he was caught in a perjury trap. They are going to 'squeeze' this dude to rat out against Manafort on the money laundering charges that Mueller has filed against Manafort. Mueller wants Manafort to go down. He will. He's guilty of a LOT of things... but they are completely unrelated to the election coup/dossier. Ya follow? Manafort was 'used' & 'compartmentalized' but 'greedy & complicit'
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    Yesterday, 08:13 PM
    Isn't it blasphemy for Hagee to wear that? I feel like I learned somewhere those shawls are for consecrated Jews only. I guess the Trekie convention doesn't mind.
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    Yesterday, 08:00 PM
    America’s Election Meddling Would Indeed Justify Other Countries Retaliating In Kind There is still no clear proof that the Russian government interfered with the 2016 U.S. election in any meaningful way. Which is weird, because Russia and every other country on earth would be perfectly justified in doing so. Former CIA Director James Woolsey admitting on national television that the United States routinely meddles in other countries’ elections. … Mueller’s indictment of 13 Russian social media trolls was paraded around as proof of something hugely significant (an “act of war” in this case), but on closer examination turns out to be empty. … there is in fact no evidence that the troll farming operation was an attempt to manipulate the U.S. election, nor indeed that it had any ties to the Russian government at all, nor indeed that it was anything other than a crafty Russian civilian’s money making scheme.
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    Yesterday, 07:56 PM
    Now I know where the self-loathing comes from. SAD
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    Yesterday, 07:50 PM
    I found rpf's theme song.
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