Disk space woes. and yes, posting links is STILL broken due to some issue with recaptcha that I can't fucking figure out.

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NZ ELECTS: Labour form coallition with NZ First and Greens

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Halloween Retailer Pulls Anne Frank Costume After Backlash

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>A children's Halloween costume representing Holocaust victim Anne Frank has been pulled from online retailers after receiving widespread condemnation from Jewish groups and others.

>The "WW2 Anne Frank Girls Costume" featured a blue button-up dress, a green beret and a brown shoulder bag "reminiscent of the kind of clothing that might be worn by a young girl during WWII,"the product description saidbelow the image of a smiling child model with her hand on her waist.

>The costume was priced at $24.99, not including a $4.99 shipping charge.

>Online retailer HalloweenCostumes.com removed the costume from its website after it was called offensive and exploitive by major advocacy groups and individuals alike.

>"We would like to apologize for any offense this has caused. Due to the feedback from our customers and the public, which we take very seriously, we have elected to stop selling this costume immediately,"the retailer said in statement.

>Ross Walker Smith, a spokesman for the company,tweetedthat the retailer also sells costumes for non-Halloween purposes, such as school projects and plays

>But even though HalloweenCostumes.com removed the costume from its website, the bundle was still available online as of Tuesday through third-party vendors under monikers like "1940's Wartime Fancy Dress" and "World War II Evacuee Costume."

>Many Jewish advocacy groups swiftly condemned the costume portraying Frank, the Jewish teenager whose diary depicted her experience hiding from the Nazi regime with her family.

>Hard to see how this offensive idea made it this far, but thankfully this costume has been removed from the market," the Anti-Defamation Leaguetweeted.
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Presidential Executive Order Amending Executive Order 13223

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This EO allows the federal government to recall into service any: retired member of the Regular Army, Regular Navy, Regular Air Force, or RegularMarine Corps.

We're going to war, folks. Most likely with Best Korea.

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Xi Jinping named Most Powerful Man in the World by The Economist

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>The United States is still the worlds most powerful country, but its leader is weaker at home and less effective abroad than any of his recent predecessors, not least because he scorns the values and alliances that underpin American influence.

>The president of the worlds largest authoritarian state, by contrast, walks with swagger abroad. His grip on China is tighter than any leaders since Mao. And whereas Maos China was chaotic and miserably poor, Mr Xis is a dominant engine of global growth. His clout will soon be on full display. On October 18th Chinas ruling Communist Party will convene a five-yearly congress in Beijing. It will be the first one presided over by Mr Xi. Its 2,300 delegates will sing his praises to the skies.

>On his numerous foreign tours, Mr Xi presents himself as an apostle of peace and friendship, a voice of reason in a confused and troubled world. Mr Trumps failings have made this much easier.

>At home, Mr Xis instincts are at least as illiberal as those of his Russian counterpart. He believes that even a little political permissiveness could prove not only his own undoing, but that of his regime. The fate of the Soviet Union haunts him, and that insecurity has consequences. He mistrusts not only the enemies his purges have created but also Chinas fast-growing, smartphone-wielding middle class, and the shoots of civil society that were sprouting when he took over. He seems determined to tighten control over Chinese society, not least by enhancing the states powers of surveillance, and to keep the commanding heights of the economy firmly under the partys thumb. All this will make China less rich than it should be, and a more stifling place to live. Human-rights abuses have grown worse under Mr Xi, with barely a murmur of complaint from other world leaders.

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suprise potatofuckers!!

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Jewish Population in Ireland Rises by 30%, Much to Surprise of Local Community
Emerald Isle now boasts its highest number of Jews since 1971, thanks to influx of young professionals working with U.S. high-tech firms

Arresting a decades-long decline, the Jewish population in Ireland rose by nearly 30 percent between 2011 and 2016, the Irish Times reported Friday.

According to the 2016 Irish census, there are now 2,557 Jews in Ireland, a 28.9 percent increase from 2011, when the last census was taken. Over half of all Jews in Ireland (1,539) live in the capital, Dublin.

The figures came to a surprise to many, since the Jewish population of Ireland was thought to be in terminal decline after reaching a high of nearly 4,000 in 1946. The 2016 figure was the highest recorded since the 1971 census.

The Irish Times attributed the increase to the influx of young Jewish professionals working with high-tech U.S. multinational firms, which have set up offices in the Emerald Isle.

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Ex-Pres Bill Clinton Met With Putin Just Before UraniumOne Deal

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As he prepared to collect a $500,000 payday in Moscow in 2010, Bill Clinton sought clearance from the State Department to meet with a key board director of the Russian nuclear energy firm Rosatom — which at the time needed the Obama administration’s approval for a controversial uranium deal, government records show.

While we apparently still don't know whether Bill Clinton was ultimately approved to hold those meetings, his team did confirm that he met with Vladimir Putin at his private residence.


A close associate of Bill Clinton who was directly involved in the Moscow trip and spoke on condition of anonymity...

The friend said Hillary Clinton had just returned in late March 2010 from an official trip to Moscow where she met with both Putin and Medvedev. The president’s speaker’s bureau had just received an offer from Renaissance Capital to pay the former president $500,000 for a single speech in Russia.

The Clinton friend said the former president’s office then began assembling a list of requests to meet with Russian business and government executives whom he could meet on the trip. One of the goals of the trip was to try to help a Clinton family relative “grow investments in their business with Russian oligarchs and other businesses,” the friend told The Hill.
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Pathetic Harvey Weinstein forces employees to have sex with him.

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Prehistoric teeth fossils dating back 9.7 million years 'could rewrite human history'

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Archaeologists in Germany have discovered a 9.7 million-year-old set of fossilised teeth they say could trigger the “rewriting" of human history.

The dental remains were found by scientists sifting through gravel and sand in a former bed of the Rhine river near the town of Eppelsheim.

They resemble those belonging to “Lucy”, a 3.2 million-year-old skeleton of a human ancestor found in Ethiopia.

However, they do not resemble those of any other species found in Europe or Asia, raising questions about the “out-of-Africa” theory of human origins.

Scientists were so confused by the find they held off from publishing their research for the past year, Die Welt reports.

Herbert Lutz, director at the Mainz Natural History Museum and head of the research team, told local media: "They are clearly ape teeth. Their characteristics resemble African finds that are four to five million years younger than the fossils excavated in Eppelsheim.

“This is a tremendous stroke of luck, but also a great mystery."

At a press conference announcing the discovery, the mayor of Mainz suggested the find could force scientists to reassess the history of early humans.

"I don't want to over-dramatise it, but I would hypothesise that we shall have to start rewriting the history of mankind after today," he said.

Axel von Berg, a local archaeologist, said the new findings would “amaze experts”.

With the first paper on the research having just been published, the “real work” to unlock the mystery is only just beginning, Dr Lutz said.

Although there is abundant fossil evidence that great apes were roaming Europe millions of years ago, there has been no confirmed cases of hominins – species closely related to humans – on the continent.

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The FCC Plans to Gut Net Neutrality the Day Before Thanksgiving

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My only question is... why is it enough just to rely on calling the politicians? When did we become so complacent that we do so little to protect our rights?

This is not accusatory (I suffer from it myself), I mean this as a genuine question - a discussion. What is the source of YOUR social fatigue? Is it because you're more aware of all the things wrong and can't focus on just one? Do you simply not care, living up to the Boomers' stereotype of our generation? Or is it something else? Nihilism? Money? Time? Will?

Why is it so hard to band together? To DO something? Why is it so hard to make an actual impact upon the world?
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FBI Uncovers Bribery Scheme

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>Before the Obama administration approved a controversial deal in 2010 giving Moscow control of a large swath of American uranium, the FBI had gathered substantial evidence that Russian nuclear industry officials were engaged in bribery, kickbacks, extortion and money laundering designed to grow Vladimir Putin’s atomic energy business inside the United States, according to government documents and interviews.

>Federal agents used a confidential U.S. witness working inside the Russian nuclear industry to gather extensive financial records, make secret recordings and intercept emails as early as 2009 that showed Moscow had compromised an American uranium trucking firm with bribes and kickbacks in violation of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, FBI and court documents show.

>They also obtained an eyewitness account — backed by documents — indicating Russian nuclear officials had routed millions of dollars to the U.S. designed to benefit former President Bill Clinton’s charitable foundation during the time Secretary of State Hillary Clinton served on a government body that provided a favorable decision to Moscow, sources told The Hill.

>Rather than bring immediate charges in 2010, however, the Department of Justice (DOJ) continued investigating the matter for nearly four more years, essentially leaving the American public and Congress in the dark about Russian nuclear corruption on U.S. soil during a period when the Obama administration made two major decisions benefiting Putin’s commercial nuclear ambitions.

Whoops. :^)
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