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WikiLeaks doing what it can to get a Le Pen victory in France:

 

https://twitter.com/wikileaks/status/826611084631040000

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South Korea's bonkers presidential scandal continues to unfold:

 

Park blames woes on Choi Soon-sil’s boy toy

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The Trump administration might've put Iran "on notice" (whatever that means), but the words to describe the increasing violence in Ukraine have been much more careful.

 

It's really escalating again:

 

https://twitter.com/MaxRTucker/status/826850957111721984

 

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A Vladimir Putin critic and journalist is in a medically-induced coma:

 

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-38844292

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A member of Marine Le Pen's security team assaulted a journalist for asking a question:

 

https://twitter.com/liamstack/status/827047819823423488

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New TV series in the UK gets the green light

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A police strike in Brazil is leading to chaos:

 

https://www.buzzfeed.com/tatianafarah/army-called-in-to-help-stop-wave-of-violence-in-brazil?utm_term=.xiePvBnA3#.vxaKqJazE

 

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Between Friday and Monday, businesses were looted, buses were set on fire, robberies occurred, and 52 homicides were committed, setting off a virtual curfew in the state’s capital.
post #109 of 358
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A new report form Amnesty says that up to 13,000 prisoners have been hanged in Syria:

 

http://www.cnn.com/2017/02/07/middleeast/syria-executions-amnesty-international-report/index.html

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http://www.theregister.co.uk/2017/02/07/russia_bans_brazzers_smut_site/ 

 

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 "Providing access to this information has a purely negative impact on the human psyche, violates the rights of citizens, [and] influences the formation, including the child's mind," the ruling states.

 

But.. beating your wife and kids, all good for the human psyche

 

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 The timing of the announcement – and the reasoning for it – was a little curious considering Russia's supreme leader President Putin signed into law a bill that would make domestic violence (something with a very definite "negative impact on the human psyche") a civil dispute rather than criminal offense
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A German politician was given eight years in prison for arson.  He attempted to burn down a hall where refugees were going to live:

 

http://www.dw.com/en/german-neo-nazi-given-8-years-in-jail-for-arson-at-refugee-home/a-37481662?maca=en-gk_volltext_AppleNews_topstories-16393-xml-atom

 

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A German nationalist was sentenced to eight years in prison on Thursday as the mastermind of an arson attack on a sports hall where refugees were set to be accommodated. No one was harmed by the blaze in the town of Nauen, but the crime did cause some 3.5 million euros ($3.7 million) worth of property damage.

 

Maik S., a 29-year-old politician with the far-right National Democratic Party of Germany (NPD), was clearly motivated by hatred of foreigners, Judge Theodor Horstkötter said. On top of his 8-year sentence, the man was handed an additional 18-month prison sentence for other racist crimes.

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Kim Jong-Un's half brother murdered at a Malaysian airport:

 

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-38971655

 

No suspects (really?), very few details.

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Kim Jong-Un's half brother murdered at a Malaysian airport:

 

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-38971655

 

No suspects (really?), very few details.

 

One suspect has been arrested now:

 

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-38980474?ns_mchannel=social&ns_campaign=bbc_breaking&ns_source=twitter&ns_linkname=news_central

post #115 of 358

Suspected assassin wearing a shirt that says "LOL"  

 

This year just keeps getting weirder.

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It's not every day that my old home town makes international news. In honor of the occasion, I'll link to the local paper instead of some national syndicate.

The New London Day: Russian spy ship spotted patrolling near sub base


Groton is not only the home of the naval base that serves as the headquarters for our nation's submarine fleet, it's also the location of one of two shipyards that produce nuclear subs for the U.S. Navy (the other being in Virginia). Seeing Russian "fishing trawlers" out 20 miles past the international water line isn't new for residents old enough to remember the Cold War, but this might be the first sighting in a couple of decades.
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It's not every day that my old home town makes international news. In honor of the occasion, I'll link to the local paper instead of some national syndicate.

The New London Day: Russian spy ship spotted patrolling near sub base


Groton is not only the home of the naval base that serves as the headquarters for our nation's submarine fleet, it's also the location of one of two shipyards that produce nuclear subs for the U.S. Navy (the other being in Virginia). Seeing Russian "fishing trawlers" out 20 miles past the international water line isn't new for residents old enough to remember the Cold War, but this might be the first sighting in a couple of decades.

On top of this, Russia deployed a missile violating a treaty, AND Russian jets buzzed a naval destroyer yesterday.

 

They are openly taunting their gimp, I mean the president.

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Well there's a Black Mirror episode in the making.
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Shit, isn't that like their entire economy?
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Shit, isn't that like their entire economy?

 

Apparently 35%. So China is finally starting to distance themselves from those nuts?  

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Edited by Agentsands77 - 5/5/17 at 4:39am
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UK court rules heterosexual couples are not allowed civil rights partnerships.

 

Shouldn't this be accessible to all? Seems kind of crazy. 

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I suspect the government really doesn't want two classes of connection at all and would rather just everyone, gay or straight just got married. Saves updating all those forms and computer systems. Civil Partnerships always felt like a bit of a stop gap whilst the churches came around.
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Venezuela has $10.5 billion left in reserves, and debt payments are upcoming:

 

http://money.cnn.com/2017/03/01/news/economy/venezuela-cash/index.html

 

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For rest of the year, Venezuela owes roughly $7.2 billion in outstanding debt payments. 
In 2011, Venezuela had roughly $30 billion in reserves. In 2015, it had $20 billion. The trend can't persist much longer, but it's hard to know exactly when Venezuela will run completely out of cash.

"The question is: Where is the floor?" says Siobhan Morden, head of Latin America fixed income strategy at Nomura Holdings. "If oil prices stagnate and foreign reserves reach zero, then the clock is going to start on a default."

 

According to the country's recently released 2016 financial report, about $7.7 billion of its remaining $10.5 billion of reserves is in gold. To make debt payments in the past year, Venezuela shipped gold to Switzerland. 

 

The thinning reserves paint a scary financial picture as the country faces a humanitarian crisis sparked by an economic meltdown. Venezuelans are suffering massive food and medical shortages, as well as skyrocketing grocery prices. 

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Nineteen Ukrainian army casualties in March so far:

 

https://twitter.com/JulianRoepcke/status/837357293549289476

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Americans might soon need visas to enter the European Union because there are still European nations American requires visas from:

 

http://time.com/money/4689914/americans-europe-visa/

 

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Lawmakers passed a non-binding resolution on Thursday calling for the E.U. Commission to impose visas on U.S. citizens by May, ahead of the summer tourist season. The vote stems from a transatlantic dispute over the fact that the U.S. currently requires citizens of Croatia, Cyprus, Bulgaria, Romania, and Poland to obtain visas before visiting.

 

"The lack of visa reciprocity affects at least 14 percent of E.U. citizens, namely the citizens of Bulgaria, Romania, Croatia, Cyprus, and Poland as well as some E.U. citizens with dual nationality," E.U. lawmaker Filiz Hyusmenova said in a statement seen by Deutsche Welle following the vote.

 

The Commission says that it will pursue a diplomatic resolution, Reuters reports, which makes it unlikely that they would act on the vote by the May deadline. Furthermore, if the visa requirement was introduced, it would be temporary, the E.U. says.

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Edited by Agentsands77 - 5/5/17 at 4:38am
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S. Korean president Park impeached on corruption charges:

 

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/09/world/asia/park-geun-hye-impeached-south-korea.html?_r=0

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Donald Tusk's reelection has ruffled some feathers:

 

https://www.yahoo.com/news/eus-tusk-set-election-despite-polish-anger-080835203.html

 

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EU leaders re-elected Donald Tusk as president Thursday despite opposition from his native Poland, prompting an angry Warsaw to warn that it set a dangerous pattern for bullying by a German-dominated union.

 

The leaders voted by 27 to one at a summit in Brussels to give former Polish premier Tusk a new two-and-a-half-year mandate, with only Poland's current Prime Minister Beata Szydlo voting against.

 

Szydlo, whose right-wing eurosceptic Law and Justice party has nursed a long and bitter enmity with the centrist Tusk, announced that she would block the summit's final communique in revenge.

 

"I won’t accept the summit conclusions, so the summit won’t be valid," a visibly angry Szydlo told a news conference.

 

Insisting that Tusk should not have been elected when his home country opposed it, she said: "This is a very dangerous precedent.

 

"I told my (EU) colleagues that Poland is faced with such a situation, but that soon enough they might find themselves in the same situation."

 

The decision threatens a deep rift with the largest of the eastern post-Soviet EU states, just weeks before the bloc had hoped to make a show of unity at its 60th birthday celebrations in the wake of Britain's vote to leave.

 

"We know that this is now a Union under Berlin's diktat," Poland's Foreign Minister Witold Waszczykowski said after the vote, adding it was a "a very toxic union, that could harm many countries".

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Kinda minor stuff, but amid much talk of 'global western right wing resurgence' and 'the failure of western democracy'  that pondered and predicted a big outsider influence at  the very least from New Right and nationalist parties  (as well as being in a state where parties like One Nation have had a fairly strong base in the past)...

 

The Labor Party have stormed it home in the Western Australian election with an overall swing of about 10%.  Much higher in some places

 

The incumbents had even cut preference and cross promotional deals with the nationalists, who were expected to get at least double the votes they actually did.  A move they were hoping would help divide the Labor vote.

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It'll be okay, Geert.  You can still stick pens into your nose.

 

 

 

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Kinda minor stuff, but amid much talk of 'global western right wing resurgence' and 'the failure of western democracy'  that pondered and predicted a big outsider influence at  the very least from New Right and nationalist parties  (as well as being in a state where parties like One Nation have had a fairly strong base in the past)...

 

The Labor Party have stormed it home in the Western Australian election with an overall swing of about 10%.  Much higher in some places

 

The incumbents had even cut preference and cross promotional deals with the nationalists, who were expected to get at least double the votes they actually did.  A move they were hoping would help divide the Labor vote.


​Even I knew trying to make a preference deal with One Nation would blow up in their faces. You know who is completely politically illiterate, not to mention just generally illiterate too and it shows every time she opens her mouth. By turning up in Western Australia, it's thought she cut her party's vote by as much as by half or more.

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S. Korean president Park impeached on corruption charges:

 

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/09/world/asia/park-geun-hye-impeached-south-korea.html?_r=0


​The way this whole scandal unfolded was so ridiculous, you'd never believe it if it was pitched as a movie script.

 

http://www.vox.com/world/2016/11/30/13775920/south-korea-president-park-geun-hye-impeached

 

Then again, you know who else got elected. Here's hoping history repeats itself (just in terms of being removed from office one way or another by totally legal means.)

 

On the note of ridiculous movie scripts, the movie about how President Park's father was assassinated was framed as how each group involved could out-incompetence each other, with the least so left standing. It's a really good film and remarkably given the subject matter, quite funny too.

 

 

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​Even I knew trying to make a preference deal with One Nation would blow up in their faces. You know who is completely politically illiterate, not to mention just generally illiterate too and it shows every time she opens her mouth. By turning up in Western Australia, it's thought she cut her party's vote by as much as by half or more.

 

Yeah, I don't know if she's deluded or just putting up a confident front, or both.  I do think Barnett was such a Howard wannabe that he might not have noticed a few years had passed an the old days where One Nation cut into Labor's voter base are at least not quite the same anymore.  Plus since their resurgence One Nation have been a train wreck.  They must have lost a dozen candidates in the last few months alone,  from people being too batty for them to them not being batty enough for the candidates.

Hanson might be fairly popular herself, but no one thinks she can run a party.

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Aleksei Navalny, an anti-Putin activist considering a presidential run, had a disinfectant thrown in his face while he publicly opened a campaign headquarters:

 

http://abcnews.go.com/International/anti-putin-activist-antiseptic-thrown-face-campaigning/story?id=46250705&cid=social_twitter_abcn

 

He's fine, and he used the incident for a joke:

 

 

 

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Immediately after the incident, Navalny posted a photo of himself coated in green on Twitter with the caption “To open the headquarters in Barnaul, I will do so as the character from the movie ‘The Mask,’” referring to the green-faced character played by Jim Carrey in the 1994 movie. “Awesome. Even my teeth are green!” 

 

Unsurprisingly, Navalny has had interruptions before:

 

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It is the latest in a procession of dirty tricks that the campaign has run into since Navalny took it to Siberia. He has been pelted with eggs, his fellow activists have found the doors of their apartments sealed up with filler foam, and police have disrupted a campaign event by forcing people to evacuate over a supposed bomb threat.

 

Navalny, known for a sarcastic, irreverent style, has pointedly tried to take the disruptions in stride. After police forced people to leave the campaign event over the bomb threat, he took it outside, speaking to supporters from a snowdrift, with the temperature at 21 degrees Fahrenheit, according to a Times of London correspondent who was there. 

 

And, the one that could prevent him from running:

 

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A former lawyer who turned his anti-corruption work into a political movement, Navalny has faced a series of criminal cases, which he says are meant to block his political activity. This month a court handed him a five-year suspended sentence on fraud charges, after the original verdict was ruled flawed by the European Court of Human Rights.

Russian law forbids those convicted of a criminal offense from running for public office, but Navalny has said he will run regardless. He has said that he has no expectation of beating Putin but that his campaign is intended to show how rigged politics are under Putin’s rule and remind Russians that opposition forces still exist in the country. 

 

Even if Navalny was more well known in Russia and the government wasn't actively trying to stop him, victory would still be very hard.  He is making a name for himself, though, exposing the corruption of Putin and his pals:

 

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Navalny has gained a large internet following, thanks to his investigations into some of Putin’s closest allies, presented in slick, often mocking videos. This month he released an investigation into Dmitry Medvedev, a former president and the current prime minister, presenting tax documents that Navalny claims show Medvedev created a property empire worth over $1 billion using a corrupt scheme based on phony charities. Nine million people have watched the video so far.

 

“Maybe in the Kremlin they think with a green a face I won’t make any more videos,” Navalny said in a video published on his site shortly after being hit with the antiseptic. “But I definitely will, because even more people will watch me and it in absolutely no way will stop me.”

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Some other fucker has been running people over on Westminster Bridge at the same time - crashed his car into the fence of the Palace of Westminster. Think the Plain Clothes got him.

Keep yer head down Saxon.

Eta. Turns out the guy in the car is the same guy who attacked the copper and was shot.
Edited by Stale Elvis - 3/22/17 at 9:03am
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Thanks Elvis. I work uncomfortably close to Westminster so we're waiting to see if the boss will let us go early. 

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Every cloud...
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Geeze, stay safe Saxon!

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Thanks MBG! I'm fine and they've arrested the terror cell apparently.

 

Fuck this Donald Trump Jnr guy, though. You're going to criticize the Mayor of London for something he said months ago? And you didn't even read the full article you're using to attack him? Jesus.

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Just over two weeks since a radical Islamist drove his car into pedestrians in London, and now the same thing may have happened in Stockholm, with a truck driver reportedly running over pedestrians.

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Just hours after the death of another victim of the London attack as well. Grim stuff.

 

Unfortunately the idea seems to have taken hold that there's no point in coming up with complex plans involving bombs and other high end weaponry when you can just use everyday vehicles to similar effect.

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Yeah, and that's extremely scary. Fuck these madmen. 

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Fuck. Apparently the truck was stolen when the driver was off-loading a delivery at a restaurant. So easy to do, and impossible to stop.

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The truck attack in Nice, last July, garnered enough worldwide attention to guarantee similar attacks using the same tactic. If there's a silver lining in this, it might be that this kind of attack is so easy to pull off that we have a barometer to measure how few really dangerous individuals there are out there. The way politicians on this side of the Atlantic describe Muslims, you'd think they'd be running people over every day.
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