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    Today, 02:13 AM
    Switzerland’s top court ruled that parents do not have a right to homeschool their children. On Monday, the Swiss Federal Court ruled against a mother from the city of Basel who in 2017 had applied for permission to school her 8-year-old son at home. School authorities rejected the application and a cantonal court threw out the mother’s appeal. When she brought her case to the Federal Court, the mother held that the appeal court’s decision was tantamount to a ban on private instruction at home, thus violating a constitutional right to privacy and family life. The high court, however, rejected the mother’s argument, ruling that the constitutional right to a private life does not also apply to homeschooling. The court noted that no international treaty grants a right to homeschooling. In addition, the Federal Court ruled that Switzerland’s cantons may decide whether to authorize homeschooling or to ban it outright. In Basel, homeschooling is allowed if applicants can show that the child’s attendance at school is impossible. The Federal Court had ruled earlier that national law does not explicitly grant a right to private instruction at home. Nevertheless, it ruled that cantons may decide how they comply with federal requirements for basic education. Cantons are semi-sovereign administrative divisions that make up the Swiss federation. More at: https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/switzerlands-supreme-court-rules-parents-have-no-right-to-homeschool-their-kids
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    Today, 01:39 AM
    Yemen's Houthi rebels say they are halting all drone and ballistic missile attacks on Saudi Arabia and are waiting for a "positive response." More at: https://news.yahoo.com/latest-saudi-arabia-shows-attack-125200613.html
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    Today, 01:38 AM
    A Delaware judge ruled on Friday that Tesla Inc's <TSLA.O> board of directors must defend at a trial Chief Executive Elon Musk's multibillion dollar pay package, which a shareholder lawsuit said unjustly enriched the head of the electric vehicle company.Tesla estimated the 2018 compensation package was worth $2.6 billion when it received stockholder approval in March 2018, although stock analysts at the time said it could be worth up to $70 billion if the company - which has yet to post an annual profit - grew quickly. The compensation award includes no salary or cash bonus for the Silicon Valley billionaire Musk, but sets rewards based on Tesla's market value rising to as much as $650 billion over the next decade. On Friday, Vice Chancellor Joseph Slights of the Delaware Court of Chancery ruled against Tesla's request to dismiss the lawsuit by shareholder Richard Tornetta at an initial phase in the litigation because of the way the board approved the package. As a result, the board must now defend against allegations that it breached its fiduciary duty in approving the package, and that the package unfairly enriches Tesla's CEO. The ruling opens the way for additional discovery into the decision-making process. Tornetta had asked that the pay package be rescinded and the board of Tesla be overhauled to better protect investors. The ruling turned on Tesla's compensation committee, which the company conceded was not independent of Musk, according to Slight's opinion. Had the package been negotiated by truly independent directors and approved by a majority of shareholders who were unaffiliated with Musk, Slights said he would have dismissed the lawsuit. "Plaintiff has well pled, however, that the board level review was not divorced from Musk's influence," Slights wrote. More at: https://finance.yahoo.com/news/delaware-judge-says-telsa-board-233324527.html
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    Today, 01:13 AM
    It gets worse.
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    Yesterday, 11:28 PM
    The Japanese government has agreed to enter bilateral consultations with South Korea under the umbrella of the World Trade Organization after Seoul formally filed a complaint regarding Tokyo's trade restrictions, The Japan Times reported Sept. 20. More at: https://worldview.stratfor.com/situation-report/japan-south-korea-tokyo-agrees-hold-wto-consultations-seoul-trade-dispute
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    Yesterday, 11:14 PM
    Well, yeah, I'm sure that you do hope for that, given your ideology.
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    Yesterday, 11:12 PM
    Free markets and liberty produce prosperity. Prosperity results in lower birthrates. Prosperity allows the time and resources to fret about the climate or polar bears or three assed tree sloths. If you want to "save the earth" then the only choice is to support free markets, liberty and property rights.
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    Yesterday, 11:05 PM
    Pink Slip, Black Rage https://www.takimag.com/article/pink-slip-black-rage/ by David Cole September 17, 2019 Antwann Brown may have a rap sheet going back 25 years…he may have a record that includes busts for drug dealing, dealing near a school, grand theft, and domestic battery. But last Wednesday morning, as he hitched a ride to work with a pocketknife in his trousers (don’t we all go to work that way?), he felt certain that on this fine, sunny day, he could go a full 24 hours without committing a felony.
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    Yesterday, 11:02 PM
    The Trump administration on Thursday booted from the United States two Cuban diplomats who were found to be running spy operations on American soil, according to the State Department. "The Department of State today notified the Cuban Ministry of Foreign Affairs that the United States requires the imminent departure of two members of Cuba's Permanent Mission to the United Nations for abusing their privileges of residence," State Department spokeswoman Morgan Ortagus announced. "This is due to their attempts to conduct influence operations against the United States." Due to these spy attempts, the Trump administration is further restricting travel for all members of Cuba's permanent U.N. mission. They now can only travel in Manhattan. More at: https://freebeacon.com/national-security/u-s-boots-cuban-diplomats-for-running-spy-ops-on-american-soil/
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    Yesterday, 10:44 PM
    Slavery is ideal for tyrants such as yourself and a different culture will impose full spectrum communism on us if we allow it to take over.
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    Yesterday, 10:42 PM
    As a blanket yes or no question? Yes, without a doubt. Will they? Almost certainly not. AmeriKunts lack the intestinal fortitude to do what is needed.
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    Yesterday, 10:39 PM
    What are you on about now?
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    Yesterday, 10:28 PM
    Facebook has invoked its free speech right as a publisher, insisting its ability to smear users as extremists is protected – but its legal immunity thus far has rested on a law that protects platforms, not publishers. Which is it? Facebook has declared it has the right, as a publisher, to exercise its own free speech and bar conservative political performance artist Laura Loomer from its platform. Even calling her a dangerous extremist is allowed under the First Amendment, because it’s merely an opinion, Facebook claims in its motion to dismiss the lawsuit filed by Loomer. But Facebook has always defined itself as a tech company providing a platform for users’ speech in the past, a definition that has come to appear increasingly ridiculous in the era of widespread politically-motivated censorship. Now, the not-so-neutral content platform has redefined itself as a publisher, equipped with a whole new set of rights – but bereft of the protections that have kept it safe from legal repercussions in the past. “Under well-established law, neither Facebook nor any other publisher can be liable for failing to publish someone else’s message,” Facebook’s motion to dismiss Loomer’s defamation suit reads, justifying its decision to ban her from the platform. It also points out that terms like “dangerous” or “promoting hate” cannot be factually verified and are thus constitutionally protected opinions for a publisher – while claiming it never applied either term to Loomer, despite banning her from its platform under its “dangerous individuals” policy.
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    Yesterday, 10:26 PM
    We've discussed this before, taxes on stationary wealth force you to keep producing or fall behind, that makes you a slave and it means the government lays claim to all land and nobody can really own any. Even the income tax is better but it comes close as the second worst kind of tax because of the privacy destruction it requires.
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    Yesterday, 10:18 PM
    Property taxes are rent and they mean the government owns all land, that's communism. I know you can't rebut the logic, you don't have to keep proving it.
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    Yesterday, 10:08 PM
    That's a very poor attempt at rebutting the points made in the article. Tariffs are the best way to tax to provide for the legitimate functions of government and they are also necessary to prevent foreign trade warfare and globalist economic blackmail.
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    Yesterday, 10:02 PM
    The most commonly prescribed antidepressant barely relieves symptoms of modern depression, a major study reveals. The largest independent investigation ever undertaken found patients taking sertraline experienced negligible improvements in mood. Published in the Lancet Psychiatry, the study comes amid mounting controversy over increased use of antidepressants by GPs in recent decades, with roughly 7.3 million people in England issued a prescription each year. Its authors said they were “shocked and surprised” by the results, and called for the development of new classes of medication. However, in the absence of better drugs, they do not want current prescribing practice to be changed because the trial also showed sertraline is effective in reducing anxiety, which often accompanies depression. The new trial is by far the largest to be conducted without the involvement of the pharmaceutical industry. It is also the most in-depth examination of sertraline - a type of selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) - in patients with a range of depression severities, rather than just in severely depressed patients in specialist mental health units. The study included 654 people aged 18 to 74 who were given either the antidepressant for 12 weeks or a placebo. The results showed depressive symptoms were five per cent lower after six weeks in the sertraline group, which was "no convincing evidence" of an effect. After 12 weeks, there was a 13 per cent reduction, a finding the experts described as "weak".
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    Yesterday, 10:00 PM
    A man driving around Irvine in a mock Chinese police vehicle was arrested, and investigators are working to determine his motive, officials said Wednesday. Several people reported last Tuesday, Sept. 10, that an Asian man driving an Audi sedan made to look like he was an officer with the Chinese People’s Armed Police, a national paramilitary force, said California Highway Patrol Officer Florentino Olivera. The vehicle was outfitted with the security force’s seal and Chinese police symbols, photos released by CHP show. But while the sedan was black, Chinese police vehicles are traditionally white with a blue stripe. Officials are still investigating whether he had pulled anyone over; those who reported the vehicle had only seen it driving around, Olivera said. The man was arrested on Jamboree Road along the 405 Freeway, the officer said. He’s since been charged with impersonating a peace officer and possessing a fraudulent public seal, Olivera said, and he will be prosecuted the same as if he’d tried to impersonate an American official. The suspect’s name was not available Wednesday night. Authorities are looking into reports of a second, similar vehicle spotted in Irvine, according to Olivera. Earlier this summer, officials in Northern California arrested another Asian driver with Chinese markings on their car after the person tried to pull over an off-duty officer, Olivera said.
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    Yesterday, 09:56 PM
    The Koch network is lamenting that their campaign against President Donald Trump’s tariffs and trade war has largely failed, as their talking points no longer carry much weight among a U.S. right-wing that increasingly supports “America First” economics. “The argument that, you know, the tariffs are adding a couple thousand dollars to the pickup truck that you’re buying is not persuasive,” an unnamed senior Koch official said during a recent New York briefing. “It doesn’t penetrate with the people that are willing to go along with the argument that you have to punish China,” they added. The Koch network, which is run by globalist libertine ideologues who have supported NAFTA and open borders for decades, is having a difficult time pulling the wool over the eyes of Americans who actually value their national sovereignty more than the almighty dollar. “I think that we were wrong about how to change this one. We made a bet that the kind of retail, running ads and rallies, that sort of thing, to talk about the coming harm of tariffs, which we know is coming, would be persuasive,” the same official said. “And we were wrong about that.” The economic doom that the Kochs have claimed was coming has not manifested itself, and 67 percent of Americans believe that China needs to be cut down to size in terms of global trade. The influence-peddling campaign of the Koch network has done nothing to shape public opinion on the issue. The Kochs are now tasked with devising a new angle to sell to the American public. They are going to start by assembling approximately 100 corporate chieftains to mount a PR campaign for the restoration of the status quo in trade. Their astroturfed network also aims to create 100,000 citizen lobbyists to convince legislators in Washington D.C. to push back against Trump’s agenda.
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    Yesterday, 09:43 PM
    Researchers at the University of Buffalo (UB), funded by the Army Research Office (ARO), have developed a new plastic that could be used for advanced body armor, combat helmets, ballistic plates, and or even armor for vehicles. The UB-led research team, fascinated by mollusk-grown gems, used inspiration from nature to create a lightweight plastic that is 14 times stronger and eight times lighter than steel and "ideal for absorbing the impact of bullets and other projectiles," UB Now said. The findings were published in a recent edition of the journal Applied Polymer Materials, published by the American Chemical Society (ACS). "The material is stiff, strong and tough," says lead author Shenqiang Ren, a professor in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering and a member of UB's RENEW Institute. "It could be applicable to vests, helmets and other types of body armor, as well as protective armor for ships, helicopters, and other vehicles." The new lightweight plastic is an advanced version of ultrahigh molecular weight polyethylene (UHMWPE). Researchers said while developing the UHMWPE-based material; they examined "mother of pearl, which mollusks create by arranging a form of calcium carbonate into a structure that resembles interlocking bricks. Like, mother of pearl, the material has an extremely tough outer shell with a more flexible inner backing that's capable of deforming and absorbing projectiles." Evan Runnerstrom, the ARO program manager, said UB's new plastic might "lead to new generations of lightweight armor that provide both protection and mobility for soldiers."
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    Yesterday, 09:38 PM
    Much of the attention concerning the crippling damage to Saudi Aramco facilities struck in last week's aerial attack ultimately blamed on "Iranian sponsorship" by US and Saudi officials has focused on Abqaiq processing plant, but on Friday the first on the ground images from the kingdom's giant Khurais oil field — the country's second largest — have been revealed, showing scorched infrastructure, ruptured pipelines, and "a mess of oil melted to asphalt, twisted and charred metal grates" according to an on site Bloomberg report. And yet Aramco has remained insistent that the field will return to pre-attack output levels this month, after the company reported losing half its daily output in the aftermath of the early Saturday attacks, impacting a whopping 5% of total global supply. Per Bloomberg, Khurais has a capacity of 1.45 million barrels a day, processing all oil on site; however the attack took out four 300-foot towers essential to the production process. Like at the Abqaiq processing plant nearer the coast, the strikes — whether by drones or ballistic missiles (debris showed by the Saudi Defense Ministry this week featured both) — appeared remarkably precise. The Saudis have counted a total of twenty-five drones and missiles used in the twin attacks, after statements by Yemen's Houthi rebels claimed ten drones were used.
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    Yesterday, 09:38 PM
    Much of the attention concerning the crippling damage to Saudi Aramco facilities struck in last week's aerial attack ultimately blamed on "Iranian sponsorship" by US and Saudi officials has focused on Abqaiq processing plant, but on Friday the first on the ground images from the kingdom's giant Khurais oil field — the country's second largest — have been revealed, showing scorched infrastructure, ruptured pipelines, and "a mess of oil melted to asphalt, twisted and charred metal grates" according to an on site Bloomberg report. And yet Aramco has remained insistent that the field will return to pre-attack output levels this month, after the company reported losing half its daily output in the aftermath of the early Saturday attacks, impacting a whopping 5% of total global supply. Per Bloomberg, Khurais has a capacity of 1.45 million barrels a day, processing all oil on site; however the attack took out four 300-foot towers essential to the production process. Like at the Abqaiq processing plant nearer the coast, the strikes — whether by drones or ballistic missiles (debris showed by the Saudi Defense Ministry this week featured both) — appeared remarkably precise. The Saudis have counted a total of twenty-five drones and missiles used in the twin attacks, after statements by Yemen's Houthi rebels claimed ten drones were used.
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    Yesterday, 09:34 PM
    Just when you think it couldn't get any more embarrassing for JP Morgan's precious metals business and its embattled head, Michael Nowak, today it just did as the powerful London Bullion Market Association (LBMA) moved to oust Nowak, who has become too toxic, from the LBMA's board of directors. According to the Financial Times: "The London Bullion Market Association has removed Michael Nowak, JPMorgan’s head of precious metals trading, from its board after he was indicted by the US Department of Justice for a “massive, multiyear scheme” to manipulate the precious metals markets. “In light of the ongoing investigation by the Department of Justice, the LBMA, under the terms of its Articles of Association, has removed Mr Nowak from its board,” the LBMA said. The DoJ indictment is an embarrassment for the LBMA, which represents London’s precious metals market, and launched a code of conduct for its members in 2017. Mr Nowak's name was no longer listed on the LBMA's website as of Friday."
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    Yesterday, 09:24 PM
    Via con carne.
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    Yesterday, 09:22 PM
    India's central bank just funded a $20 billion corporate tax cut in what appears to be the world's first case of MMT (lite). * * * It had been a bad year for India, which until recently was the fastest growing economy in the world, surpassing even China: the world's 2nd most populous nations printed a Q1 GDP of 5.0% for fiscal q1 2019/20, as India's economic activity slowed to the lowest rate in 6 years, with Rabobank earlier this week noting that a rebound in growth to 6% seems likely given the substantial widening of India’s output gap. Yet one thing could spark such a bounce and "lift the spirits in the Indian economy" according to Rabo: a substantial stimulus package. That's precisely what the Indian government unveiled overnight, when without warning it pulled a page right out of the Trump playbook, and in an effort to boost stocks stimulate the economy, it announced a surprise $20 billion tax cut, bringing India's corporate tax rate to one of the lowest in Asia. However, unlike Trump's tax cut, this one had a twist - it would be entire funded by the central bank's remittance of cash to the government. Some background: according to the finance ministry, domestic companies will pay 22% tax on their income from April 1, 2019, down sharply from 30% previously. The effective rate, including all additional levies, will be 25.2% and applicable on companies that aren’t availing any incentives or exemptions. It gets better: according Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, new companies formed from Oct. 1 will attract 15% tax and an effective rate of 17.01%, Sitharaman said. That brings it to the same level as in Singapore, which has the second lowest corporate tax rate in Asia, next only to Hong Kong. Needless to say, the stock market - the biggest beneficiary of such fiscal (and monetary) generosity - loved it, and India’s main equity index, the BSE Sensex, soared 5.3%, its biggest gain since the financial crisis, while the rupee rallied after the announcement. Sovereign bonds slumped as fiscal concerns came sharply back to the fore.
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    Yesterday, 09:09 PM
    What has that got to do with this thread? And the other society did not surpass us, they are an even worse centrally planned bubble about to burst, they only did as well as they have because traitors have helped them steal from us for a generation. Bad as it is America has the cleanest dirty shirt on the planet and its not about to become #2 any time soon. You can go cry on Emperor Xi's shoulder now.
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