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    Today, 06:09 AM
    At this rate you will catch up to AF's double post record in half the time it took him to set it.;)
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    Today, 06:07 AM
    I don't want him to do it, I said that, I don't think he needed to do it last time either but it sure beat a full scale invasion that so many people claimed he was about to launch and that Pence would have.
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    Today, 06:01 AM
    There are Yankees, D@#^ Yankees and Scalawags.
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    Today, 05:59 AM
    It beats towing the MSM line.
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    Today, 05:58 AM
    I think he wants Rand's seat.
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    Today, 05:50 AM
    I know, let's start WWIII and kill millions of people, the end will justify the means because the nuclear fallout will alter the genetics of the survivors and create the new Soviet Anarchist Man.
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    Today, 05:45 AM
    It would be so much better to replace him with someone who started several new shooting wars, then the forum could enjoy unity in condemning that person as the world went to hell.
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    Today, 05:41 AM
    I would be disappointed if he bombed another empty air base after giving them enough warning to evacuate. But that might be what he thinks is necessary to stay in office and keep Pence from invading Iran.
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    Today, 05:31 AM
    You should engage in education, just don't think that it will eliminate the need for other measures.
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    Today, 04:18 AM
    MGGA Make Gotham Great Again.
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    Today, 04:03 AM
    But you will never achieve the universality required for utopian ideas, bad ideas spread too and new people who make new decisions about what to believe are born all the time. Equilibrium and Reversion to the Mean apply to ideas as well.
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    Today, 03:51 AM
    LOL You've got nothing so you just deny it with foul language. That's worse than your usual "sounds legit".
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    Today, 03:29 AM
    Whole Foods Market is eliminating disposable plastic straws from its stores in the U.S., Canada and the United Kingdom in July, the company announced Monday. It's believed to be the first national supermarket chain to do so. The straws are used at Allegro coffee bars, juice bars and cafes and instead, customers can get recyclable, compostable paper straws. However, Whole Foods said plastic straws will still be available for customers with disabilities. The Austin-based chain, owned by Amazon since 2017, said it also has reduced the size of its plastic produce bags and is replacing rotisserie chicken in bags, rather than hard plastic containers. The bags contain 70% less plastic. The trio of initiatives is expected reduce an estimated 800,000 pounds of plastic per year, according to Whole Foods. “For almost 40 years, caring for the environment has been central to our mission and how we operate,” Whole Foods president A.C. Gallo said in a statement. “We recognize that single-use plastics are a concern for many of our customers, team members and suppliers. ... We will continue to look for additional opportunities to further reduce plastic across our stores.” More at: https://news.yahoo.com/whole-foods-eliminating-plastic-straws-145409258.html
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    Today, 03:25 AM
    India's Election Commission rejected opposition fears of possible tampering of electronic voting machines ahead of the counting of votes Thursday that will determine the outcome of the country's mammoth national elections.Authorities on Wednesday tightened security at counting centers where the electronic voting machines have been kept in strong rooms across the country. The winners of most of the 542 seats up for grabs in India's lower house of Parliament are expected to be known by Thursday evening. The Congress and other opposition parties were stunned by mainstream TV channels' exit poll projections on Sunday of a decisive victory for Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Bharatiya Janata Party and its allies. Top opposition leaders met with Election Commission officials on Tuesday after videos appeared on social media showing some electronic voting machines being moved in north Indian states. They alleged that an attempt was being made to tamper with the verdict in favor of the BJP by replacing electronic voting machines, or EVMs, in some areas. The Election Commission rejected the allegations in a statement Tuesday. "The visuals seen viral on media do not pertain to any EVMs used during the polls," it said, explaining that the footage showed reserve, unused machines being put into storage. The three-person body said that after the close of polls on Sunday, all voting machines used in the election were brought under security cover to designated strong rooms, which were sealed with double locks. Since India first introduced electronic voting machines in 1998, rolling them out as the exclusive form of polling in all national and state assembly elections in 2004, glitches have been reported, but challengers' tampering claims have never been proven. More at: https://news.yahoo.com/indias-election-commission-rejects-ballot-tampering-claims-065124220.html
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    Today, 02:56 AM
    Attorney General William Barr is taking on another item from President Donald Trump's agenda, railing against judges who issue rulings blocking nationwide policies.In a speech Tuesday night, Barr took aim at the broad judicial power, arguing that federal judges who have issued the so-called nationwide injunctions are hampering Trump's efforts on immigration, health care and other issues with "no clear end in sight." At a re-election rally earlier this month, Trump railed against "activist judges who issue nationwide injunctions based on their personal beliefs," which he said "undermine democracy and threaten the rule of law." Administration officials have often complained about the proliferation of nationwide injunctions since Trump became president. Vice President Mike Pence said a few weeks ago that the administration intends to challenge the right of federal district courts to issue such rulings. "The legal community and the broader public should be more concerned, particularly about this trend of nationwide injunctions," Barr said. Barr highlighted the legal fights that have happened in federal courts across the country over Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, an Obama-era program that shields young immigrants who were brought to the U.S. as children but don't have legal status to protect them from deportation. The Justice Department, under former Attorney General Jeff Sessions, argued that the Obama administration acted unlawfully when it implemented DACA. Texas and other Republican-led states eventually sued and won a partial victory in a federal court in Texas. Civil rights groups, advocates for immigrants and Democratic-led states all have sued to prevent the end of the program. A three-judge panel of the federal appeals court in San Francisco ruled that the administration decision to end DACA was arbitrary and capricious. Barr said Trump "lost much of his leverage" in negotiations with congressional Democrats, who were pushing for a permanent solution for DACA recipients, after one district court judge issued an order forcing the administration to maintain the program nationwide.
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    Today, 02:52 AM
    A lawsuit filed today in New York City claims coffee giant Starbucks has been exposing its employees and customers to deadly pesticides for years, despite several warnings from pest control experts. According to court documents obtained by The Blast, a former Starbucks employee and two pest control workers who serviced Starbucks stores for years claim the company “has for years permitted the deployment of toxic chemicals in its stores, which infused not only the food products and fixtures, but also the very air circulated throughout its retail locations in Manhattan.” The former workers claim that Starbucks was “provided with no fewer than a dozen different explicit written warnings from external experts in the past three years.” They claim the company “systematically and unlawfully hid these toxic products in their stores for the past several years.” The lawsuit claims, “Starbucks stores located throughout Manhattan –– from Battery Park to upper Manhattan –– continuously failed to take necessary or adequate measures to ensure their cleanliness and instead recklessly hid hazardous pesticides throughout their stores, including in close proximity to food and food preparation areas.” Specifically, the lawsuit claims that Starbucks used “Hot Shot No-Pest 2” strips in their stores. The strips contain a toxin called Dichlorvos, which the lawsuit claims is “hazardous to humans.” The lawsuit claims that the labeling for the strips warns, “Do not use in the food/feed areas or food/feed processing or food/feed manufacturing or food/feed establishments.” Paul D’Auria — a pest control technician who worked for an outside company that serviced Starbucks stores for years — claims he “discovered that Starbucks management personnel routinely placed numerous sets of DDVP No-Pest Strips within virtually each of the more than 100 stores that he serviced from at least early in 2015 through June 2018, and in multiple locations in each such store.” D’Auria claims he “routinely photographed many of the No-Pest Strips that he discovered for purposes of documenting and reporting the dangerous misuse of this product which posed an obvious threat to his own health and safety (as he worked in close and unsafe proximity to these DDVP strips) and the health and safety of Starbucks patrons and employees alike (who are also all commonly in close and unsafe proximity to these DDVP strips).”
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    Today, 02:29 AM
    The United Arab Emirates has announced a new permanent residency scheme for foreign investors with "exceptional" talent, The National reported May 21. More at: https://worldview.stratfor.com/situation-report/uae-government-announces-new-permanent-residency-scheme-international-investors
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    Today, 02:27 AM
    A militia calling itself the Operations of the Martyr Ali Mansour has claimed a May 19 rocket launch that landed in the middle of Baghdad's Green Zone without damaging property or causing casualties, Al Sumaria reported May 21. Little information is available about the group and it remains possible that it was acting on behalf of a larger militia in attacking U.S. and Iraqi government interests. More at: https://worldview.stratfor.com/situation-report/iraq-little-known-militia-claims-may-19-rocket-launch-against-baghdad
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    Today, 02:20 AM
    Anarchism is just like communism in that it requires and claims that it can produce a new breed of men, both are doomed to failure because it is not possible.
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    Today, 02:09 AM
    China faces a threat to its agriculture that could do far more damage to her political stability and economy than the escalating USA tariff war. In recent months cases of deadly African Swine Fever (ASF) among the pig population of the world’s largest pig producer have forced drastic killing off of the pig population since cases were first detected last August. On top of that, more recently, Chinese grain producers have been hit by what can only be called a plague of a dangerous pest called “Fall Armyworms”, that devastates corn, rice and other grain crops. The combination hitting China as its leaders are in the midst of an escalating major trade war with the United States, could affect the world geopolitical map in ways few can imagine. Officially, the Chinese government appears to be responding with clear determination to take necessary measures to eradicate the deadly African Swine Fever (ASF) outbreak. Beijing authorities claim that more than 1 million pigs to date have been killed. However, that has not prevented the pig contamination from spreading to all provinces of China and even beyond. In the Chinese diet today pork is the main source of protein. China has the world’s largest pig population, over half, or close to 700 million swine. The problem is that African Swine Fever is highly deadly, almost 100% lethal to pigs, (though not, according to evidence, to humans). The disease is highly infectious which is why entire herds must be immediately destroyed and there is no medical cure known for it. The virus can exist on surfaces or in meat for days, even weeks. In an April report the US Department of Agriculture predicted that China will have to kill 134 million pigs, equal to the entire US pig production. That would be the worst drop recorded since the USDA began monitoring in the mid-1970’s. An April, 2019 research report by the Rabobank in Holland, a major world agriculture lender, estimates that actual ASF kills in China are significantly higher than the reported 1 million. They estimate that since initial outbreak in August 2018, deadly ASF has infected between 150 to 200 million of China’s pig population, some 100 times worse than the official numbers and has spread to every province in mainland China. The report states, “In 2019, we expect Chinese pork production losses of 25% to 35% in response to ASF. Reports of extreme losses (over 50%) are limited to confined areas.” The report adds, “These losses cannot easily be replaced by other proteins (chicken, duck, seafood, beef, and sheepmeat), nor will larger imports be able to fully offset the loss…this will result in a net supply gap of almost 10 million metric tons in the total 2019 animal protein supply.” That is far more than official data suggest and, if true, will have drastic effect on not only animal prices, but could devastate millions of small China farmers unable to survive the losses. Accurate data are lacking as the Chinese pig production is dominated by small farmers where health security measures are more lax and contagion more likely. Unfortunately, in a clear effort to calm the situation, the China Ministry of Agriculture issued a statement this January that there was no “ASF epidemic,” and that the government was taking adequate measures to bring the situation under control, this, though the disease had then spread to 24 mainland provinces. The suspicious timing of the reassuring statement was two weeks before the Chinese Lunar New Year celebrations, the time of the largest pig consumption of the year. Ironically this year is also the Year of the Pig in China.
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    Today, 02:08 AM
    China faces a threat to its agriculture that could do far more damage to her political stability and economy than the escalating USA tariff war. In recent months cases of deadly African Swine Fever (ASF) among the pig population of the world’s largest pig producer have forced drastic killing off of the pig population since cases were first detected last August. On top of that, more recently, Chinese grain producers have been hit by what can only be called a plague of a dangerous pest called “Fall Armyworms”, that devastates corn, rice and other grain crops. The combination hitting China as its leaders are in the midst of an escalating major trade war with the United States, could affect the world geopolitical map in ways few can imagine. Officially, the Chinese government appears to be responding with clear determination to take necessary measures to eradicate the deadly African Swine Fever (ASF) outbreak. Beijing authorities claim that more than 1 million pigs to date have been killed. However, that has not prevented the pig contamination from spreading to all provinces of China and even beyond. In the Chinese diet today pork is the main source of protein. China has the world’s largest pig population, over half, or close to 700 million swine. The problem is that African Swine Fever is highly deadly, almost 100% lethal to pigs, (though not, according to evidence, to humans). The disease is highly infectious which is why entire herds must be immediately destroyed and there is no medical cure known for it. The virus can exist on surfaces or in meat for days, even weeks. In an April report the US Department of Agriculture predicted that China will have to kill 134 million pigs, equal to the entire US pig production. That would be the worst drop recorded since the USDA began monitoring in the mid-1970’s. An April, 2019 research report by the Rabobank in Holland, a major world agriculture lender, estimates that actual ASF kills in China are significantly higher than the reported 1 million. They estimate that since initial outbreak in August 2018, deadly ASF has infected between 150 to 200 million of China’s pig population, some 100 times worse than the official numbers and has spread to every province in mainland China. The report states, “In 2019, we expect Chinese pork production losses of 25% to 35% in response to ASF. Reports of extreme losses (over 50%) are limited to confined areas.” The report adds, “These losses cannot easily be replaced by other proteins (chicken, duck, seafood, beef, and sheepmeat), nor will larger imports be able to fully offset the loss…this will result in a net supply gap of almost 10 million metric tons in the total 2019 animal protein supply.” That is far more than official data suggest and, if true, will have drastic effect on not only animal prices, but could devastate millions of small China farmers unable to survive the losses. Accurate data are lacking as the Chinese pig production is dominated by small farmers where health security measures are more lax and contagion more likely. Unfortunately, in a clear effort to calm the situation, the China Ministry of Agriculture issued a statement this January that there was no “ASF epidemic,” and that the government was taking adequate measures to bring the situation under control, this, though the disease had then spread to 24 mainland provinces. The suspicious timing of the reassuring statement was two weeks before the Chinese Lunar New Year celebrations, the time of the largest pig consumption of the year. Ironically this year is also the Year of the Pig in China.
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    Today, 01:58 AM
    Lawmakers in Prime Minister Theresa May’s Conservative Party have begun a new push to oust her even earlier so that she doesn’t have the chance to put her Brexit compromise plan to a vote in parliament, the BBC’s political editor said. “There is a new push to oust PM ASAP so she doesn’t have chance to put the bill forward being led by Nigel Evans - Tory (Conservative) backbench committee meeting today - one tells me ‘it’s Sunday’ - day when euro results come thro that it’s over,” Laura Kuenssberg said on Twitter “Things have got worse for May overnight,” Kuenssberg said. https://www.reuters.com/article/us-britain-eu-may-future/some-of-british-pm-mays-lawmakers-try-to-oust-her-even-earlier-bbc-political-editor-idUSKCN1SS0IY
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    Today, 01:53 AM
    Teresa Drzewiecka grew up during World War Two, when German and Soviet troops battled for control of her town of Swidnik in eastern Poland. Now 83, she sees another threat to her country’s survival: lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people. “Let children have a father and a mother, not such deviations,” said Drzewiecka, resting on a bench in a Swidnik park. “Otherwise there will be fewer and fewer children, and Poland will shrink.” In March, her local council in Swidnik passed a motion to reject what it viewed as the spread of “LGBT ideology” in homes, schools and workplaces. A handful of other areas, mostly in conservative rural Poland, have issued similar statements. Views that are offensive or illegal in many European countries have been widely aired in Poland ahead of the European Parliament elections, where LGBT rights are a hot-button issue. In a bitter campaign, the ruling Law and Justice (PiS) party has depicted such rights as dangerous foreign ideas that undermine traditional values in Poland, a staunchly Catholic country. Another PiS target has been a new sex education program, based on World Health Organization (WHO) guidelines, due to be introduced to schools in the capital Warsaw, a bastion of liberalism run by the opposition Civic Platform party. Some PiS politicians have publicly denounced the program, claiming it will sexualize children.
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    Today, 01:32 AM
    LOL Polls? This early? GEOTUS has a lock on reelection.
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    Today, 01:20 AM
    Sounds like a potentially winning hand.
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    Today, 01:18 AM
    https://twitter.com/browserdotsys/status/1130909264065716224 1130909264065716224 https://twitter.com/browserdotsys/status/1130926961822392320 1130926961822392320
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