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    Yesterday, 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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    Yesterday, 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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    Yesterday, 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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    Yesterday, 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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    12-04-2019, 09:18 PM
    Heard it mentioned on the radio driving home from work.
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    12-03-2019, 10:12 PM
    She is certainly better than Pence.
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    12-02-2019, 11:16 PM
    https://www.techspot.com/news/82906-russia-passes-law-bans-sale-devices-without-russian.html What just happened? Russia is well-known for its controversial digital policies, but the country has now passed a law that will prohibit the sale of devices that don't come pre-configured with Russian software. This will come into effect in July 2020 and will affect everything from smartphones to PCs and smart TVs. The new law will come into effect in July 2020, and will make it mandatory for manufacturers of smart devices to pre-install Russian-made software on them before selling them to consumers. Failing to do that will result in fines of up to 200,000 rubles (around $3,125) and repeat offenders will be banned from selling their products in the country. This will have a great impact on companies like Apple, who are very reluctant to install third-party software services on their devices. To be clear, the new law doesn't mean the company would have to replace its own default apps, but it will be required to also pre-install any alternatives offered by Russian software companies.
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    12-02-2019, 11:09 PM
    And Hillary doesn't think she can top that? She should jump in the race any minute now!
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    12-02-2019, 11:07 PM
    Just imagine what will happen as President. Maybe its just a ploy to make people shift over to Warren, Bernie or Butteigiggiggiggigg. Idk but its a cluster for sure.
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    12-02-2019, 11:04 PM
    LOL +rep. You must spread some Reputation around before giving it to Swordsmyth again.
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    12-02-2019, 11:02 PM
    Bet his kidneys are failing.
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    12-02-2019, 11:00 PM
    Don't worry we still have 16 DEMS in the race. The standards for running must have been dumbed down.
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    12-02-2019, 10:58 PM
    LOL :) :up:
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    12-01-2019, 07:00 PM
    https://www.nytimes.com/2019/12/01/us/politics/joe-sestak-ends-presidential-campaign.html Representative Joe Sestak of Pennsylvania, a former Navy admiral who made history in 2006 as the highest-ranked military officer elected to Congress, announced on Sunday that he was dropping out of the presidential race. Didn't even know he was running, but I suppose his base has to go somewhere now.
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    12-01-2019, 06:27 PM
    https://qz.com/1759108/china-launches-mandatory-face-scans-for-mobile-users/ A new rule requiring face scans of customers signing up for new mobile plans in China came into effect Sunday (Dec. 1), amid widespread adoption of facial-recognition technology across the country. In September, China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology announced the change (link in Chinese) in a notice to telecom operators, saying it would “protect the legitimate rights and interest of citizens in cyberspace.” The notice said that “artificial intelligence and other technical methods” should be used to match the faces of customers buying new SIM cards with their identity documents.
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    12-01-2019, 06:16 PM
    is
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    12-01-2019, 03:36 PM
    https://www.yahoo.com/finance/news/now-even-fbi-warning-smart-194715311.html If you just bought a smart TV on Black Friday or plan to buy one for Cyber Monday tomorrow, the FBI wants you to know a few things. Smart TVs are like regular television sets but with an internet connection. With the advent and growth of Netflix, Hulu and other streaming services, most saw internet-connected televisions as a cord-cutter's dream. But like anything that connects to the internet, it opens up smart TVs to security vulnerabilities and hackers. Not only that, many smart TVs come with a camera and a microphone. But as is the case with most other internet-connected devices, manufacturers often don't put security as a priority. That's the key takeaway from the FBI's Portland field office, which just ahead of some of the biggest shopping days of the year posted a warning on its website about the risks that smart TVs pose. "Beyond the risk that your TV manufacturer and app developers may be listening and watching you, that television can also be a gateway for hackers to come into your home. A bad cyber actor may not be able to access your locked-down computer directly, but it is possible that your unsecured TV can give him or her an easy way in the backdoor through your router," wrote the FBI.
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    12-01-2019, 09:27 AM
    I concur, more familiar terminology without dumbing down would certainly make the point more presentable to those who are less discerning.
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    12-01-2019, 08:35 AM
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    At least 14 dead in Mexico gunbattle near Texas border https://www.yahoo.com/news/least-5-dead-mexico-shootout-025518618.html Mexican security forces fought an hour-long gun battle Saturday with suspected cartel gunmen in Villa Union, a town in Coahuila state about an hour’s drive southwest of Eagle Pass, Texas, leaving at least 14 people dead, officials said. He said the armed group stormed the town of 3,000 residents in a convoy of trucks, attacking local government offices and prompting state and federal forces to intervene. Ten alleged members of the Cartel of the Northeast were killed in the response. Mexico’s murder rate has increased to historically high levels, inching up by 2% in the first 10 months of the presidency of Andrés Manuel López Obrador. Federal officials said recently that there have been 29,414 homicides so far in 2019, compared to 28,869 in the same period of 2018.
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    12-01-2019, 02:29 AM
    Chancellor
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    11-30-2019, 10:40 PM
    All whilst the machine marches steadily on.
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    11-30-2019, 08:17 PM
    I found this paragraph in the article especially poignant to me. In this regard, Rod Dreher’s 2017 book, The Benedict Option, is valuable. The book’s title is its primary problem for us. At the turn of the sixth century A.D., the young nobleman Benedict of Nursia chose retreat to monastic life less as an intrinsically desirable option than as a way of dealing with Rome’s rot. The degree of rot around him imposed the degree and modalities of retreat. We, along with Dreher, have all too little trouble envisaging the persecution of Christians that our ruling class may inflict on us.
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    11-30-2019, 08:15 PM
    The Soviets accomplished this in Yugoslavia. After they left it quickly turned into ethnic warfare where old wounds were reopened.
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    11-30-2019, 06:32 AM
    https://www.intellectualtakeout.org/article/can-return-federalism-prevent-second-us-civil-war At least half of Americans sense that their country has been taken from them. In 2016, they voted for Donald Trump despite obvious reasons not to: churchgoers, despite his lack of religiosity; women, despite his womanizing, small business people, despite his big business identity; advocates of civility, despite his plain incivilities, and so on. They voted for protection against government, big business, the media, the educational and even the religious establishments, which wage a cold civil war to push them and their “deplorable” way of life to society’s margins. But the election’s aftermath confirmed fears that mere voting cannot reestablish traditional American priorities. It has done and can do little to lessen the ruling class’s relentless pressures on how we live our lives. How to save a way of life while avoiding surrender, or a hot civil war, is the subject of anguish, and much debate. In principle, the solution is simple, sufficient, and deeply rooted in American history: what some call “subsidiarity,” previously practiced in America as federalism. As culturally diverse people sort themselves out over a vast land, only despotism can force each part to live in ways repugnant to its majority. Hence, I suggested in 2017 that just as people on the Right should be content with the majority of Californians’ decision to be a “sanctuary” from national immigration laws, those on the Left should be just as tolerant of Texans or North Dakotans deciding to make their states “sanctuaries” from Federal Court decisions concerning abortion or a bunch of other things. But avoiding civil war on this basis is inconceivable now because the Left believes it has the right, duty, and power to force universal adherence to its dictates’ utmost details. Nor can surrender purchase peace, because the Left’s dictates do not and cannot have a final form. Endlessly evolving, they are less about what is being imposed on America than about inflicting righteous punishment on inferiors—the appetite and power for which increase with every success.
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    11-30-2019, 06:26 AM
    He can sit in an airport like Snowden. They have lots of cameras and police there.
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    11-29-2019, 10:11 PM
    A bad thing indeed, but if he served his time he should be freed.
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