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    Today, 11:12 PM
    Every killer objects to their targets fighting back.
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    Today, 10:48 PM
    Some people need killing. And you certainly celebrate your side's killers, first Che and now Solly as avatars and defending many others. And your side has the much worse kill record.
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    Today, 10:37 PM
    I think he'd be quite pleased with the Fed.
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    Today, 10:34 PM
    Yes. Now they are moving it into law enforcement, open warfare is the next stage.
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    Today, 10:32 PM
    A 5.0 magnitude earthquake hit southern Puerto Rico on Saturday at a shallow depth, raising concerns about unstable infrastructure in a region that has been hit by quakes every day for nearly a month.The U.S. Geological Survey said the quake occurred at a depth of eight miles (13 kilometers) around the southern coastal town of Guayanilla, located close to the epicenters of most of the recent earthquakes. At least one small landslide was reported. “We felt it really hard,” town spokesman Danny Hernandez told The Associated Press, saying authorities were patrolling the area to investigate any potential damage. More at: https://news.yahoo.com/5-0-quake-hits-southern-210724885.html
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    Today, 10:24 PM
    Yes. But I was wrong, it's 3.8: HOLY MOTHER OF GOD – the new coronavirus is a 3.8!!! How bad is that reproductive R0 value? It is thermonuclear pandemic level bad – never seen an actual virality coefficient outside of Twitter in my entire career. I’m not exaggerating… #WuhanCoronovirus #CoronavirusOutbreak pic.twitter.com/6mmxIHL9Ue — Dr. Eric Feigl-Ding (@DrEricDing) January 25, 2020 12/ What is the typical R0 attack rate for the seasonal flu in most years? It’s around an R0=1.28. The 2009 flu pandemic? R0=1.48. The 1918 Spanish Flu? 1.80. This new #WuhanCoronavirus reproductive value again? R0=3.8. (Flu reference: https://t.co/ldAWBlFkvA) — Dr. Eric Feigl-Ding (@DrEricDing) January 25, 2020
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    Today, 10:11 PM
    It should kill germs though.
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    Today, 10:10 PM
    One estimate is 3.6
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    Today, 10:07 PM
    LOL The headline makes it sound like they are making sausages out of them. But the story doesn't say how well the war is going, this is all it had to say about that: I wouldn't be surprised if the cats ended up winning.
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    Today, 10:04 PM
    Ron has always supported general tariffs as a replacement for other taxes, while I disagree with him about defending against trade war attacks we are certainly in agreement about general tariffs.
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    Today, 09:53 PM
    The governor of Tennessee is catching heat for signing a bill that allows religious-based adoption agencies the right to deny services to anyone, including LGBTQ families. The measure, which Gov. Bill Lee signed into law on Friday, also protects those agencies from getting sued or retaliated against for rejecting an applicant for "foster care or adoption if it violates their written religious or moral convictions or policies," according to House Bill 836. The bill passed by the Tennessee state Senate on Jan. 14 with a 20 to 6 vote. Five members were present but abstained from voting. After the Senate passed the bill, Lee promised to sign the bill once it hit his desk. "The governor believes that protection of rights is important, especially religious liberty," said Gillum Ferguson, a spokesman for Lee. "This bill is centered around protecting the religious liberty of Tennesseans and that’s why he signed it." More at: https://www.yahoo.com/gma/tennessee-governor-signs-bill-allow-religious-based-adoption-221600327--abc-news-topstories.html
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    Today, 09:49 PM
    Exactly. That's why civil war will come.
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    Today, 09:48 PM
    And for that alone I'm glad Aaron Burr shot him.
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    Today, 09:45 PM
    About Keynes: John Maynard Keynes. Keynes was generally free trade and supported the logic of specialisation“In a regime of Free Trade and free economic intercourse it would be of little consequence that iron lay on one side of a political frontier, and labor, coal, and blast furnaces on the other. But as it is, men have devised ways to impoverish themselves and one another; and prefer collective animosities to individual happiness.” John Maynard Keynes The Economic Consequences of the Peace (1920) Though it worth bearing in mind Keynes wavered on free trade in some circumstances More at: https://www.economicshelp.org/trade2/benefits_free_trade/ Keynes thought tariffs were ridiculous. While knocking free trade, he also wrote that “the reader must not reach a premature conclusion as to the practical policy to which our argument leads up…. The advantages of the international division of labor are real and substantial, even though the classical school greatly overstressed them…. A policy of trade restrictions is a treacherous instrument.”
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    Today, 09:40 PM
    Very few people are wrong about everything 100%. And I don't necessarily embrace Hamilton 100% on this and certainly not about central banks at all. My view is that all federal taxes should be tariffs (with the possible exception of a small tax on state budgets to deal with any ups and downs in trade) and that would take care of any need for protectionism aside from specific extra measures to counter deliberate trade warfare by foreign governments.
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    Today, 09:32 PM
    #NewYear'sEveInICU was the top trend on Chinese social media Friday on what is usually the most festive day of the year. According to the Guardian, the gallows-humor hashtag topped the Twitter-like Weibo platform as China entered the Lunar New Year, a grim reminder of a fast-spreading viral outbreak. Novel coronavirus, or 2019-nCoV as it is known scientifically, has killed 41, sickened nearly 1,300, and spread to 12 countries. The trend is also an example of frustrations bubbling over on China's social media, including the microblogging site Weibo and the app WeChat. Those frustrations are being lobbed at local government, despite the censorship regime which makes criticizing anybody in power a risky business. "Can you please send a responsible leader to Hubei?" reads a comment on the Chinese social media platform Sina Weibo, the Guardian reported, seemingly calling for China's central Communist Party to intervene from Beijing. The comments are a sign that the government's quarantine of 35 million people across 12 cities could backfire, as both the healthy and the infected remain cut off from the outside. "The first and golden rule of public health is you have to gain the trust of the population," said Lawrence O. Gostin, a professor of Global Health Law at Georgetown University who spoke to The Washington Post. He said the extreme measure is instead likely to "drive the epidemic underground."
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    Today, 09:22 PM
    Don't forget African Swine Fever and the Fall Armyworm.
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    Today, 09:21 PM
    I think we are somewhere near the change over from 1 to 2.
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    Today, 09:05 PM
    I'll have better luck than those who won't take anything but perfection.
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    Today, 08:58 PM
    Does anyone know how the war went?
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    Today, 08:23 PM
    The hum of millions of locusts on the move is broken by the screams of farmers and the clanging of pots and pans. But their noise-making does little to stop the voracious insects from feasting on their crops in this rural community.The worst outbreak of desert locusts in Kenya in 70 years has seen hundreds of millions of the bugs swarm into the East African nation from Somalia and Ethiopia. Those two countries have not had an infestation like this in a quarter-century, destroying farmland and threatening an already vulnerable region with devastating hunger. “Even cows are wondering what is happening," said Ndunda Makanga, who spent hours Friday trying to chase the locusts from his farm. "Corn, sorghum, cowpeas, they have eaten everything.” When rains arrive in March and bring new vegetation across much of the region, the numbers of the fast-breeding locusts could grow 500 times before drier weather in June curbs their spread, the United Nations says. Even a small swarm of the insects can consume enough food for 35,000 people in a single day, said Jens Laerke of the U.N. humanitarian office in Geneva. Farmers are afraid to let their cattle out for grazing, and their crops of millet, sorghum and maize are vulnerable, but there is little they can do. About 70,000 hectares (172,973 acres) of land in Kenya are already infested. “This one, ai! This is huge,” said Kipkoech Tale, a migratory pest control specialist with the agriculture ministry. “I’m talking about over 20 swarms that we have sprayed. We still have more. And more are coming.” A single swarm can contain up to 150 million locusts per square kilometer of farmland, an area the size of almost 250 football fields, regional authorities say.
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    Today, 08:19 PM
    The European Union ordered its customs officials to register flat-rolled stainless steel imports from China, Taiwan and Indonesia, widening the threat of tariffs on the shipments. The step is part of an inquiry into whether Chinese, Taiwanese and Indonesian producers of hot-rolled, stainless-steel sheets and coils sold them in the EU below cost, a practice known as dumping. The move also covers a parallel EU probe of alleged trade-distorting subsidies to the manufacturers in China and Indonesia. Registration allows the EU to impose possible tariffs on past transactions. Levies against below-cost imports are known as anti-dumping duties, while import taxes in response to subsidies are called countervailing duties. More at: https://news.yahoo.com/eu-widens-tariff-threat-steel-080756531.html
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    Today, 07:53 PM
    The push for BeastCoin continues: French central banker says digital currency cannot be private https://finance.yahoo.com/news/french-central-banker-says-digital-121516929.html
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    Today, 07:52 PM
    One of the points not made is that tariffs are the best form of taxation and that making a religion out of doing away with them invited in such monstrosities as the income tax.
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    Today, 07:21 PM
    Immigration is bringing the child brides and indentured servants etc. to Europe and it threatens to do so here.
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    Today, 07:10 PM
    Last July, the RCMP kicked out two Chinese researchers. https://www.taiwannews.com.tw/en/news/3761093 says it was for sending Level-4 viruses to the Wuhan facility in China. ...oh btw. The husband worked with coronavirus. Also this: Looks like Patient 0 had no tie to the animal market. https://www.scmp.com/news/china/soci...avirus-chinese
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    Today, 06:59 PM
    Prominent Australian epidemiologist Doctor Peter Salama dies at 51 https://www.9news.com.au/world/peter-salama-australian-epidemiologist-dies-aged-50/3631dd8f-ea93-4032-a586-fc173cb3d27a
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