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    Yesterday, 10:30 PM
    I feel sick to my stomach.
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    Yesterday, 10:21 PM
    “If the American people knew the magnitude of this dysfunction . . . 2,400 lives lost,” Lute added, blaming the deaths of U.S. military personnel on bureaucratic breakdowns among Congress, the Pentagon and the State Department. “Who will say this was in vain?” Since 2001, more than 775,000 U.S. troops have deployed to Afghanistan, many repeatedly. Of those, 2,300 died there and 20,589 were wounded in action, according to Defense Department figures.
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    Yesterday, 10:19 PM
    The U.S. government tried to shield the identities of the vast majority of those interviewed for the project and conceal nearly all of their remarks. The Post won release of the documents under the Freedom of Information Act after a three-year legal battle. More stories The Afghanistan Papers Part 1: At war with the truth Interviews and memos Explore the documents Key insiders speak bluntly about the failures of the longest conflict in U.S. history Post Reports ‘We didn’t know what the task was’ Hear candid interviews with former ambassador Ryan Crocker and retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn
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    Yesterday, 10:19 PM
    The documents were generated by a federal project examining the root failures of the longest armed conflict in U.S. history. They include more than 2,000 pages of previously unpublished notes of interviews with people who played a direct role in the war, from generals and diplomats to aid workers and Afghan officials.
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    Yesterday, 10:08 PM
    https://www.washingtonpost.com/graphics/2019/investigations/afghanistan-papers/afghanistan-war-confidential-documents/ confidential trove of government documents obtained by The Washington Post reveals that senior U.S. officials failed to tell the truth about the war in Afghanistan throughout the 18-year campaign, making rosy pronouncements they knew to be false and hiding unmistakable evidence the war had become unwinnable.
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    12-08-2019, 10:19 PM
    LOL "can and will be used against you" :D
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    12-08-2019, 10:17 PM
    Agree, you stated what I was searching for, "decentralizing". I think culture & religion plays a huge part as well. Religious mindset which guides government as we know can be as totalitarian as any totalitarian government without one.
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    12-08-2019, 10:05 PM
    Yeah, lets not forget Obama used the IRS to spy on political parties. https://www.forbes.com/sites/robertwood/2015/07/23/19-facts-on-irs-targeting-president-obama-cant-blame-on-republicans/#489671f631f2 In January 2010, the Supreme Court in Citizens United held it unconstitutional to ban free speech by corporations, unions and other organizations. In August 2010, the IRS distributed a BOLO (Be on the Lookout) list for Tea Party organizations applying for tax exempt status. In October 2010, IRS Exempt Organization chief Lois Lerner met with the DOJ about prosecuting conservative groups.
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    12-08-2019, 09:51 PM
    :up: And they (or others) get to determine what that is. Catalonia should determine for itself and as you say be consistent with individual rights. Which makes me wonder, at what point does a government become to intrusive to those rights? I guess its as much as the individual (or persons) are willing to tolerate? A balancing act between the smallest least intrusive government while still having one with the maximum amount of freedom.
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    12-08-2019, 08:29 PM
    Alright, I'll give him that. I'm just not holding my breath.
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    12-08-2019, 08:27 PM
    A valid point. I see it as those who democratically elect a government with self-determination would (I hope) also includes individual rights. Basically, breaking down government to smaller and smaller components. So, 49 states would understand that CA wants to secede under self determination and CA understands that the county level wants to leave as well and be individual or perhaps join up with Nevada.
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    12-08-2019, 07:40 PM
    Right, because the dollars will stop coming if we leave. They will continue to sacrifice some chump with a suicide vest to ensure we stay and spend on the corrupt government there.
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    12-08-2019, 07:23 PM
    The proof is in the pudding. I will believe it when I see it. Sounds like both sides extorting each other. Taliban won't settle until they get their deal & we won't leave until we get ours.
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    12-08-2019, 04:43 PM
    Absolutely agree with you sir. I think one of the Generals or government leaders was also the last of the Samurai Class? (don't hold me to that) but yes, you are absolutely correct. The mindset of countries (and cultures) plays a huge part in geopolitics. It not as easy as A = B = C, thus C = A. Honestly, the mindset of America at the time was to stay out of any involvement in Europe at all. A solid 80% or more Americans were against getting involved in European affairs let alone anything to do with Asia. 77 Years later, look at where were at. Safe to say WW2 certainly changed the landscape at every level. Heck, the whole dollar hegemony can be tied to Brettonwoods and the rebuilding of the World after it. Saying WW2 was a game changer is putting it lightly.
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    12-08-2019, 04:35 PM
    LOL Were aren't talking about troops leaving either.
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    12-08-2019, 02:00 PM
    Right, while were at it. Stop funding Israel.
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    12-08-2019, 01:50 PM
    The expansion of Japanese interventions into China also put a strain on resources for their imperialistic intentions. The machine had an enormous appetite. Thus, they needed to turn South to Indo China, and Philippines. Hawaii, and America would eventually be involved as this threat expanded. Pearl Harbor was a pre-emptive attack to buy time to gather those resources and feed the machine. Japan then as now, relies solely on imports for survival. When and if they are cut off from those they like anyone else goes into self preservation mode and defends or attacks to ensures survival. Here's a thought - If there had been more free trade between Japan and the World so much would have been different and their militarized government would not have been placed or at least lessened.
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    12-08-2019, 11:26 AM
    When its convenient, otherwise a gang of blowhards that get little done. Future presidents will be under the microscope for the slightest thing. Especially, in today's cancel culture and political climate. This may be good or bad, but perhaps we ought to be paying more attention to Congress that idolatry of the presidency. Thing is, when will congress act like it should too. i.e. demanding formal declarations of wars etc...
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    12-08-2019, 11:18 AM
    :D
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    12-08-2019, 11:07 AM
    If my history serves me right, I believe the sanctions were put in place because of Japans interventions in China. We were friendly with China and had troops there as well. It was the Japanese invasion of China that sparked the sanctions and The Rape of Nanking. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nanjing_Massacre
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    12-07-2019, 09:37 PM
    The Internet is not a human right.
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    12-07-2019, 08:07 AM
    If he makes a decent showing in Iowa, like a close second place then well he'd have NH, CA, a strong showing in IA, and on to SC. Sounds like Bernie will be around for a awhile.
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    12-07-2019, 08:01 AM
    I'll start with Bernie Sanders says the Internet should be free and is a human right. https://www.wired.com/story/bernie-sanders-internet-service-human-right/ In August, presidential candidate and senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Massachusetts) proposed spending $85 billion to expand high-speed internet access in rural America and other underserved communities. Senator and rival presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders (D-Vermont) thinks that's not enough. Friday, he offered his own $150 billion broadband plan that goes far beyond connecting rural communities to the internet. Sanders wants to break up large media and telecommunications giants, force companies to make internet services more accessible to people with disabilities, and regulate broadband prices to ensure affordability. He says he will treat internet service as a human right.
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    12-06-2019, 06:03 AM
    https://www.intellectualtakeout.org/article/chicagos-new-playstation-tax-shows-how-greedy-politicians-can-be? A few weeks ago, PlayStation 4 users in Chicago were shocked when they turned on their consoles and saw a message from Sony. The message informed users that as of November 14, 2018, they would be required to pay a 9 percent “amusement tax” for PlayStation subscriptions such as PlayStation Now, PlayStation Plus, PlayStation Music, and others. The tax is specifically related to streaming services, so the PlayStation games themselves will not be subject to the 9 percent tax. But in today’s subscription-heavy economy, many users purchase these consoles as a medium to stream videos and music rather than using them solely to play games. Not to mention, the tax will still include subscription services that allow Playstation users to connect and play with other users around the globe. So if you own a PlayStation in Chicago, it is unlikely that you will be able to fully avoid this tax. PlayStation users, however, are not the only victims of this absurd tax. Chicago’s Amusement Tax Chicago is one of the most heavily taxed cities in the country. In addition to holding the title for the highest sales tax nationwide, the city also levies additional taxes on bottled water and cell phones. The amusement tax was actually passed several years ago and included almost all forms of entertainment. Whether residents are looking to spend an evening at the theater, see a concert, cheer on their favorite sports team, go to a nightclub, or even catch a movie, they are on the hook for an additional 5 percent tax. In 2015, the amusement tax was expanded as city officials realized they could bring in additional revenue with the creation of a “cloud tax.” Capitalizing on the popularity of streaming services, the city began instituting a 9 percent tax for using platforms like Netflix, Hulu, Spotify, and others. And thanks to the inclusion of the streaming services, the amusement tax now brings in about $12 million annually. It also applies to anyone whose billing address is within city limits.
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    12-06-2019, 05:26 AM
    Countries in Central and Eastern Europe are opposed to mandatory relocations on the basis that decisions about the granting of residence permits should be kept at the national level. They have noted that by unilaterally imposing migrant quotas on EU member states, unelected bureaucrats in Brussels are seeking to force the democratically elected leaders of Europe to submit to their diktat. Destroying their right to self-determination. :(
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    12-06-2019, 05:19 AM
    I've been thinking if prisoners can work making whatever it is they make there, license plates, then you can paint fire hydrants, or curbs different colors, red, yellow, blue, etc...do something, nothing is free.
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    12-06-2019, 05:13 AM
    Supreme Court confronts homeless crisis and whether there's a right to sleep on the sidewalk WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court meets Friday to consider for the first time whether the Constitution gives homeless people a right to sleep on the sidewalk. The justices are weighing an appeal of a much-disputed ruling by the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals that held last year that it was cruel and unusual punishment to enforce criminal laws against homeless people who are living on the street if a city doesn’t offer enough shelters as an alternative. The appeals court’s opinion quoted Anatole France’s famous comment that “the law, in all its majestic equality, forbids the rich and poor alike to sleep under bridges,” and from there, it announced a principle of human rights to strike down city laws that “criminalize the simple act of sleeping outside on public property.” As precedent, Judge Marsha Berzon cited parts of a 1968 Supreme Court opinion in which several justices questioned whether “chronic alcoholics” may be punished for being drunk in public if they cannot control themselves. “This principle compels the conclusion that the Eighth Amendment prohibits the imposition of criminal penalties for sitting, sleeping or lying outside on public property for homeless individuals who cannot obtain shelter,” she wrote for the three-judge panel. She described the ruling as “narrow … That is, so long as there no option of sleeping indoors, the government cannot criminalize indigent, homeless people for sleeping outdoors on public property.”
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    12-05-2019, 10:24 PM
    Awesome, anything that screws with France is awesome.
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    12-04-2019, 09:35 PM
    Hillary avoids charges The DEMS will back off on this impeachment, the Senate will vote not to impeach. Both sides will agree the justice system works and is awesome and proof of the checks and balances our system exalts. Meanwhile, Hillary avoids charges and Trump wins 2020. The story and everything about it dies a quiet death through distractions. 2024 begins a whole new inning and both parties start fresh again. Lather, rinse, repeat.
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