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    Today, 01:29 AM
    I made that remark before the media circus blew up.
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    Today, 12:55 AM
    U.S. Special Envoy to Ukraine Kurt Volker has called for direct talks between Ukrainian President-elect Volodymyr Zelenskiy and Russian President Vladimir Putin, UNIAN reported April 23. In the meantime, Zelensky's aides have announced plans to scrap immunity for members of parliament and increase the transparency of military equipment purchases. More at: https://worldview.stratfor.com/situation-report/ukraine-us-envoy-calls-direct-talks-between-zelenskiy-and-putin
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    Today, 12:51 AM
    Danke is out of town right now. Soon as he gets home, it's party time.
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    Today, 12:07 AM
    India said Tuesday it will buy crude oil from other major oil producing countries in view of the United States’ decision this week to end waivers that allowed it to buy Iranian oil without facing U.S. sanctions.External Affairs Ministry spokesman Raveesh Kumar said the Indian government would continue to work with partner nations, including the United States, to find ways to protect India’s energy and economic security interests. India bought 23.6 million tons of Iranian oil in the financial year ending in March 2019, said Y.K Baweja, India’s Petroleum Ministry spokesman. He did not give details of India’s plans after the U.S. waiver ends on May 2. Iran was the third largest oil supplier for India after Iraq and Saudi Arabia. Imports account for more than 80% of India’s oil needs. More at: http://www.dailyjournal.net/2019/04/23/as-india-iran-oil/
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    Yesterday, 11:39 PM
    Beyond killing 359 people, including foreign tourists from about a dozen countries, the blasts may end up unwinding the country’s shift toward Western-style democracy. Even before the attack, more and more Sri Lankans had grown disillusioned with the combination of Sirisena and Wickremesinghe, who formed an alliance to defeat Rajapaksa in a landmark 2015 election. Back then, the pair promised to stop blocking websites, end intimidation of the media and bring market-based reforms that would attract investors other than the Chinese government, which was scooping up key pieces of infrastructure. “We thought this new government -- a liberal, western-oriented government -- would jump start the economy, get the economy taking off,” said Jehan Perera, a Harvard-educated lawyer who serves as executive director at the National Peace Council of Sri Lanka, a human rights group. “But it didn’t happen,” he said. “The old government leaders, although they violated human rights, they had a national security state. They gave coherence. And now once again, in this chaotic situation, people are thinking of that.” Waiting in the wings is Gotabhaya Rajapaksa, the former president’s brother who led the army when the civil war ended. In a phone interview late Tuesday, he accused the government of “pure ignorance” for focusing too much on human rights and reconciliation rather than national security. “If there was even the slightest thing, we chased them and arrested them and took action to prevent incidents,” Rajapaksa said of his family’s time in power. “Without security, you lose everything. Is there reconciliation now? Is there freedom now?” In the aftermath of the war, annual economic growth rates repeatedly topped 8 percent on the back of easy credit and pent-up demand. Tourist arrivals increased five-fold since 2009 to more than 2.3 million last year, while foreign direct investment reached nearly $1.4 billion in 2017 -- about seven times greater than in the early 2000s. Still, in recent years those high growth numbers have faded away. Low fiscal revenues and high debts have forced the government to cut social spending and seek help from the International Monetary Fund -- financial troubles that may now get worse.
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    Yesterday, 11:32 PM
    Members of the United Constitutional Patriots, who set up a border camp to monitor immigrants in Sunland Park, New Mexico, were told to move their campsite by Friday.The Sunland Park Police Department and representatives of the railroad that owns the land told the militia members on Monday that they would have to move. The city of Sunland Park on Monday also set up "No Trespassing" signs in the area. The land is owned by Union Pacific. "Members of the United Constitutional Patriots were not given permission to camp on or access Union Pacific property," Union Pacific said in a statement. Union Pacific stated that the group set up a camp adjacent to Union Pacific property and trespassed on railroad property to access this camp. Union Pacific has its own police force that enforces trespassing laws. More at: https://news.yahoo.com/armed-militia-group-detained-migrants-005914571.html
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    Yesterday, 11:17 PM
    A New York college student filed a lawsuit against Apple for $1 billion, claiming the company's alleged use of facial recognition software in its stores falsely linked him to a series of Apple store thefts. Ousmane Bah, 18, claims that he received a summons from a court in Boston saying that he stole $1,200 worth of Apple products in 2018, according to papers filed on Monday in Manhattan federal court. The products included Apple Pencils, which retail for $99 each. On the day of one of the thefts in Boston, Bah was attending his senior prom in Manhattan, according to the court documents. The suit claims Bah was also falsely blamed for Apple store robberies in Delaware, New Jersey and Manhattan. Bah says someone must have used his lost ID to pretend they were him after they got caught stealing merchandise from Apple. The college student believes that the iPhone giant accepted the identification and then programmed its security systems to recognize the perpetrator’s face as Bah’s. The teen's life has been "deeply and negatively affected," according to the lawsuit. "He advanced through his freshman year of college experiencing constant anxiety and fear that at any moment he would be arrested again for a crime he did not commit." The complaint said that Bah was "forced to respond to multiple false allegations," which lead to "severe stress and hardship." USA TODAY reached out to Apple for comment and is awaiting a reply.
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    Yesterday, 10:58 PM
    Following the biggest quarterly credit injection in Chinese history, it is safe to say that China's banks are flush with yuan loans. However, when it comes to dollar-denominated assets, it's a different story entirely. As the WSJ points out, in the past few years, a funding problem has emerged for China’s biggest commercial banks, one which is largely outside of Beijing’s control: they’re running low on US dollars so critical to fund operations both domestically and abroad. As shown in the chart below, the combined dollar liabilities at China's four biggest commercial banks exceeded their dollar assets at the end of 2018, a sharp reversal from just a few years ago. Back in 2013, the four together had around $125 billion more dollar assets than liabilities, but now they owe more dollars to creditors and customers than are owed to them. The reversal is the result of just one bank: Bank of China, which for many years held more net assets in dollars than any other Chinese lender, ended 2018 owing $72 billion more in dollar liabilities than it booked in dollar assets. The other "top 3" lenders finished the year with more dollar assets than liabilities, even though their net dollar surplus has shrunk substantially in the past five years. And yet, as everything else with China, there is more than meets the eye: as the WSJ reports looking at Bank of China's annual report, the bank's asset-liability imbalance is more than addressed by dollar funding that doesn’t sit on its balance sheet. Instruments like currency swaps and forwards are accounted for elsewhere. This is reminiscent of the shady operations discussed recently involving Turkey's FX reserves, where the central bank has been borrowing dollar assets from local banks via off balance sheet swaps, which it then used to prop up and boost the lira at a time of aggressive selling of the local currency. It is safe to assume that the PBOC has been engaging in a similar operation. Additionally, as the WSJ observes, such off-balance-sheet lending "can be flighty", and citing a recent BIS study, the vast majority of currency derivatives mature in under one year, meaning they are up for constant renewal and could evaporate during times of pressure. Of course, as we noted last week, the Turkish central bank got the idea to manipulate its currency using swaps from China, where currency swaps, meant to protect banks from liquidity crises when they lend in currencies other than their own, have boomed in recent years.... even if it still does not have "the most crucial of all" swap line - one with the Federal Reserve.
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    Yesterday, 10:50 PM
    I can't take credit for originating it, I copied it from someone else here, I can't remember who right now.
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    Yesterday, 10:41 PM
    Could be...but there are hundreds of more like that, and even less sightly and sanitary. It's become a serious issue.
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    Yesterday, 10:40 PM
    No, not at all. 20 or 30 million will do the trick though.
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    Yesterday, 10:39 PM
    Swordsmyth gets the hat tip for "Collapsatarians" I can't claim credit, but it made me chuckle and I'mma keepin' it.
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    Yesterday, 10:35 PM
    I've noticed that many times as well, nowhere near levels reaching demographic proportionality. I have my ideas, but, seriously, no snark intended: Why do you suppose that is?
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    Yesterday, 10:34 PM
    Sudan's National Umma Party (NUP) has declared that it would assume no role in the country's interim government and instead called on the transitional military council to relinquish control to a civilian authority, the Anadolu Agency reported April 22. Although the NUP is only one of many Sudanese opposition parties, it holds significant influence and its refusal to participate in an interim government undercuts the legitimacy of such a plan. More at: https://worldview.stratfor.com/situation-report/sudan-opposition-party-refuses-join-interim-government
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    Yesterday, 10:32 PM
    A popular referendum in Egypt on a variety of constitutional amendments has passed after 88.8 percent of votes were cast in favor, Al-Ahram reported April 23. More at: https://worldview.stratfor.com/situation-report/egypt-popular-referendum-constitutional-amendments-passes
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    Yesterday, 10:31 PM
    Who are you people to judge, ageist shitlords, every one of you. God made kiddly diddlers love diddling kiddies. And love is love, amirite? Who are you to deny their love? GTFO bigots, hate has no home here.
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    Yesterday, 10:30 PM
    Algerian interim President Abdelkader Bensalah has fired Abdelmoumen Ould Kaddour, the CEO of Algeria's state-owned oil and natural gas firm Sonatrach, and replaced him with Rachid Hachichi, the company's head of production and exploration, RFI reported April 23. More at: https://worldview.stratfor.com/situation-report/algeria-interim-president-dismisses-sonatrach-ceo
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    Yesterday, 10:24 PM
    A spokesman for the Pentagon says it’s reviewing the procedures that led to Mexican troops disarming and questioning two American soldiers at the U.S. southern border. More at: https://truepundit.com/pentagon-reviewing-us-military-rules-after-soldiers-were-detained-by-mexican-troops/
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    Yesterday, 10:11 PM
    Stranger things have happened. Q !UW.yye1fxo ID: 732b35 No.402538 Feb 16 2018 20:05:17 (EST)
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    Yesterday, 08:36 PM
    The five-year-old boy named Landen thrown three stories off a balcony at the Mall of America by a 24-year-old convict with multiple priors is reportedly experiencing a “miraculous” recovery. Though he has broken bones all over his body, including fractures in his face, his pastor Mac Hammond of the Living Word Christian Center who met with his doctors shared good news with his congregation during his Easter service. “There was zero evidence of brain damage – there wasn’t even swelling,” Hammond said Landen’s doctors told him. “No spinal chord injury, no nerve damage, no internal injuries that were life-threatening — there was some small internal bleeding that had to be addressed.” Hammond said one of the attending physicians told him, “This is truly a miracle, it’s like he fell off a bicycle rather then off the third floor of the mall.” “The pastor did say Landen has a lot of broken bones but even the fractures in his face all seem to be healing back into the right places,” Fox 9 reported. “The family again wants everyone to know how grateful they are for the support and generosity — that GoFundMe page is just shy of 1 million dollars.” Assailant Emmanuel Deshawn Aranda has been charged with attempted premeditated first-degree murder.
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    Yesterday, 08:34 PM
    The media is threatening to dox a female Microsoft employee after she revealed in an internal message board that “senior leadership is awarded more money if they discriminate against Asians and white men.” The leftist rag Quartz said the comments amounted to an attack on “diversity” and threatened to dox her in response. Microsoft staff are openly questioning the value of diversity on an internal chat app meant for speaking with CEO Satya Nadella. https://t.co/35QZ5ukdv9 — Quartz (@qz) April 19, 2019 From Quartz, author Dave Gershgorn, “Microsoft staff are openly questioning the value of diversity“: Some Microsoft employees are openly questioning whether diversity is important, in a lengthy discussion on an internal online messaging board meant for communicating with CEO Satya Nadella. Two posts on the board criticizing Microsoft diversity initiatives as “discriminatory hiring” and suggesting that women are less suited for engineering roles have elicited more than 800 comments, both affirming and criticizing the viewpoints, multiple Microsoft employees have told Quartz. The posts were written by a female Microsoft program manager. Quartz reached out to her directly for comment, and isn’t making her name public at this point, pending her response. “Does Microsoft have any plans to end the current policy that financially incentivizes discriminatory hiring practices? To be clear, I am referring to the fact that senior leadership is awarded more money if they discriminate against Asians and white men,” read the original post by the Microsoft program manager on Yammer, a corporate messaging platform owned by Microsoft. The employee commented consistently throughout the thread, making similar arguments. Quartz reviewed lengthy sections of the internal discussion provided by Microsoft employees. “I have an ever-increasing file of white male Microsoft employees who have faced outright and overt discrimination because they had the misfortune of being born both white and male. This is unacceptable,” the program manager wrote in a comment later. The Microsoft employees who spoke to Quartz said they weren’t aware of any action by the company in response, despite the comments being reported to Microsoft’s human resources department.
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    Yesterday, 08:30 PM
    Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said on Tuesday he would send back garbage that came to the Philippines from Canada and threatened to declare war against Ottawa. “I give a warning to Canada, maybe next week, they better pull their thing up or I will set sail to Canada, I will pour their garbage there,” the president said as quoted by Rappler portal, adding that he would declare war against the North American state if it gave no response. He also advised Canada to get ready to receive the garbage. The president also ordered the container vans to drop the garbage near the Canadian embassy in Makati. Duterte also threatened to fire the customs personnel who were responsible for letting Canadian trash into the country. Watch: President Duterte says he wants the garbage from Canada shipped back by next week. @bworldph pic.twitter.com/yI8vekgQPj — ARJAY@BWorld (@ARJAYBWorld) April 23, 2019 Recently, the Philippines has lashed out at Canada, saying that private importers have been smuggling tonnes of Canadian garbage into the Philippines for several years. Facing protests by environmentalists, Canada nevertheless has refused to have the trash back, justifying it by the authorities’ inability to compel the private shipper to return the garbage. The garbage reportedly consisted of used adult diapers, newspapers, plastic bottles and bags. According to some experts, the garbage violated international law and went against multiple parts of the Basel Convention, a 30-year-old treaty that prevents countries from shipping hazardous waste to the developing world without government consent.
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    Yesterday, 08:22 PM
    “I truly believe that a child cannot consent to being on a diet the same way a child cannot consent to having sex,” Sonalee Rashatwar, whose Instagram username is “The Fat Sex Therapist,” proclaimed Thursday from the main stage of St. Olaf College. She continued, “I experience diet culture as a form of assault because it impacts the way that I experience my body.” These comments and more were made in the context of her two-hour speech, sponsored by St. Olaf College’s Wellness Center, Women’s and Gender Studies Department, and Center for Equity and Inclusion, on the topic of “radical fat liberation.” The talk included assertions that fitness contributed to the recent Christchurch shooting, that people should “challenge” the rule of law, as well as the authority of and the police. “Tonight we’re gonna start by talking about how to politicize our definition of body image,” Rashatwar began, “because oftentimes we actually get stuck thinking of it from a white supremacist lense.” She explained how “white supremacy happens every day in all these little little things.” During the course of her talk, Rashatwar listed science as one of these supposedly white supremacist everyday things. “We should be critical of the use of science and the production of knowledge to continue promoting this idea that certain bodies are fit, able, and desirable…is it my fatness that causes my high blood pressure, or is it my experience of weight stigma?” Rashatwar asked. She then connected the science suggesting that obesity is unhealthy to Nazism, saying that “fatphobic” science is “often actually eugenic science….eugenic science is Nazi science.” However, she then pivoted to support scientific findings as she pondered “intentionally pursuing weight loss,” claiming that “what we’re discovering scientifically is that that’s not possible.” After addressing the topic of science and making her claim that there is no connection between high blood pressure and obesity, Rashatwar turned to discuss political philosophy and policy.
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    Yesterday, 08:08 PM
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    Yesterday, 08:08 PM
    Don't tell California or they will want to import them all.
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    Yesterday, 08:07 PM
    No, he plays delta blues as well.
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    Yesterday, 08:03 PM
    The FBI discovered a trove of Hillary Clinton’s missing emails in the Obama White House – specifically the Executive Office of the President, according to FBI testimony obtained by watchdog group Judicial Watch. Bill Priestap, assistant director of the FBI Counterintelligence Division, disclosed under oath to Judicial Watch as part of a court order that the Executive Office of the President was one of various “repositories” Clinton used for her secretive emails. “This astonishing confirmation, made under oath by the FBI, shows that the Obama FBI had to go to President Obama’s White House office to find emails that Hillary Clinton tried to destroy or hide from the American people.” said Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton. BREAKING: JW announced today that a senior FBI official admitted, in writing and under oath, that the agency found Clinton email records in the Obama White House, specifically, the Executive Office of the President (1/4). https://t.co/W0YV9yyH7r — Judicial Watch(@JudicialWatch) April 23, 2019 “No wonder Hillary Clinton has thus far skated – Barack Obama is implicated in her email scheme.” Priestap listed several other repositories for Clinton’s emails, including the State Department, the US Secret Service, and the offices of her senior staffers Cheryl Mills and Jake Sullivan. Additionally, Priestap also confirmed Infowars reports from 2016 that the FBI reviewed nearly 49,000 other Clinton emails found on the laptop of sex offender Anthony Weiner, then-husband to Clinton aide Huma Abedin.
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