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Old 07-30-2019, 09:14 PM
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At first I was all like "Once again one of those times when it works out in my favor I have such shitty credit no one will give me a credit card, including Capital One :yup:"

Except going back to 2005, EX-Mrs. KA probably had at least 2 or 7 credit cards based on my info, so...I'll take class-action lawsuit for $500, Alex!
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Old 08-02-2019, 04:29 AM
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Today's Reckless, Irresponsible, Politically-Motivated FOMC Rate Cut - The Big Picture

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Old 08-02-2019, 10:31 AM
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I read that "Trump" was annoyed because it wasn't a big enough cut.

That's a good thing in itself of course, but it doesn't make the actual cut good.
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Old 08-04-2019, 05:16 AM
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Trump's finest seize the means of production
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Old 08-04-2019, 06:21 AM
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They don't seem to realize that bringing back coal was for the bosses, not the miners.

Only way Trump does something for them is if the media decides that Trump's indifference is a big story, which it probably won't.

Probably a good opportunity for a Democratic politician to bring some attention to them first. Sounds like something Bernie Sanders or Elizabeth Warren might have an interest in - and something Biden would look at if he were smart.
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Old 08-05-2019, 07:20 AM
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Random interest:

Mapping U.S. State and Canadian Province data. Part 4: Homicide : canada

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Old 08-05-2019, 08:18 AM
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In an about-face, Cloudflare pulls support for 8chan - CNN

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Old 08-05-2019, 08:46 PM
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What I want to see now is the angry entitled shits at 8chan bringing down 8chan itself in retaliation.
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Old 08-07-2019, 08:43 AM
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Guy vlogs his plane crash and rescue.


The comments are pretty excellent.
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Old 08-07-2019, 11:19 AM
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Lehtinen is a Finnish surname. He's probably from the Upper Peninsula. Just sayin'.
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Old 08-09-2019, 06:34 PM
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Is everyone following what the nationalist racist populist (it's all the rage) prime minister of India, Narendra Modi, and his nationalist racist populist party BJP, is doing in Kashmir?

Kashmir, as you know, is the Muslim-majority region claimed by both Pakistan and India. Parts of the disputed region are administered by Pakistan and parts by India.

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India revokes disputed Kashmir's special status with rush decree | India News | Al Jazeera
Critics say in doing away with Article 370, Indian government hopes to change Muslim-majority demographics in the state.

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The government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi also downgraded Indian-administered Kashmir from statehood to a federally administered territory ruled directly by New Delhi.

India sent some 10,000 additional troops to the region in the lead-up to its announcement, imposing a curfew on parts of the territory, shutting down telecommunications and arresting political leaders.
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Other Muslim nations inc Turkey are upset

China is upset (also has disputed territorial claims in the area).

India has imposed some kind of communications blackout. And used tear gas and pellets on protesting locals.

Indian troops fire tear gas as mass protests erupt in Srinagar | India News | Al Jazeera
Kashmir: Civilians severely wounded in pellet gun attacks | News | Al Jazeera

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Old 08-10-2019, 03:03 PM
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Epstein whacked himself.

Or any of the related conspiracy theories.
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Old 08-10-2019, 04:25 PM
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I'm going with ... both. He did the deed, but he was blackmailed into it but some of the presidents, princes and other paedos on the list. Not sure what would count as blackmail for somebody unconcerned about statutory rape, but there must be something.
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Old 08-10-2019, 08:16 PM
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One thing is for sure: quite a few villainous people (many of them in positions of power and authority) are breathing a sigh of relief right about now.


My understanding is that he was on suicide watch since the previous incident. If so, the guards apparently didn't do their job very well.
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Old 08-10-2019, 08:25 PM
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That having been said, I've read that the authorities raided Epstein's home and accessed his "blackmail vault" some time ago. If that's the case, Epstein's testimony might not be needed in an ongoing investigation.

Assuming the investigation does go on ...
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Old 08-10-2019, 08:36 PM
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Apparently, all the evidence gathered can no longer be disputed since only Epstein could dispute.



Lots of law nerds talking today.
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Old 08-10-2019, 10:31 PM
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Epstein would seem to have had plenty of motivation to off himself:

1. His reputation was already severely damaged, but his infamy has grown significantly. Even if he somehow managed to get out of prison, he's not getting back to his old life. Not even his old life of "billionaire pedophile who people don't know much about but there are rumors about him and Clinton/Trump".
2. But there's no way the authorities would allow him to have a sweetheart deal, even in exchange for evidence about many other bad actors, given what went down with Acosta. Too much backlash. I doubt he could've gotten less than 10 years in prison and he was already 66. Particularly since he apparently kept a lot of documents and pictures and things, which obviates the need for his personal testimony, the amount of leeway he could get through testifying against others was reduced
3. So he'd probably be spending the rest of his life in prison
4. As a child rapist, which means he'd be a target for other prisoners and would thus likely either be in solitary or at constant risk of being assaulted, or murdered
5. Not to mention he might still be at risk for assassination

Not a great outlook for him.

So any conspiracy theory that relies on him being actively murdered seems silly. It would be much easier and harder to trace for someone who wanted him dead to simply pay off (through connections) a guard to give or let Epstein get his hands on shoelaces or whatever it was he needed to hang himself.

But it's not as if this couldn't have happened but by conspiracy. It's not like prison guards 1. care that much about people in custody in the first place 2. in particular, care about pedophile rapists in custody or 3. would expect their negligence leading to a prisoner's suicide would carry serious consequences. Likewise... they're not like all hyper-competent. It could just have been incompetence.

Like, you could imagine that, say, Prince Andrew was paying his fixer actively look into ways to "take care of" Epstein... and Epstein died before they even got that far.

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America's wealthy perverts unsure which of them actually staged Epstein suicide - The Beaverton

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Aaaand Trump is retweeting a conspiracy theory that Bill Clinton is connected with Epstein's death. That was entirely predictable, and didn't take very long at all.

Trump learned well from his mentor, Roy Cohn: always blame the other guy.*


*I'm not saying that Trump had anything to do with Epstein's death, but he definitely has a vested interest in keeping people distracted, and from investigating the links between Epstein and himself.
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Cascadia Ipsum is something else, no? :)
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