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Friday, February 16, 2018

The chats are from a direct message group between WikiLeaks and about 10 of its online boosters, described as a "low security channel for some very long term and reliable supporters who are on twitter." read more

Thursday, February 15, 2018

South Africa's Jacob Zuma resigns after pressure from party In a televised statement he said he was quitting with immediate effect but said he disagreed with his ANC party's decision. The ANC had told him to step down or face a vote of no confidence in parliament. The 75-year-old has been facing calls to give way to Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa, the ANC's new leader. Mr Zuma, who has been in power since 2009, faces numerous allegations of corruption. Earlier on Wednesday, police swooped on the Johannesburg home of the powerful and wealthy Gupta family with whom Mr Zuma has close ties.

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) confirmed Tuesday morning that he wants the entire debate -- on the half-dozen-plus competing proposals put forward so far by lawmakers -- to be over by the end of the week. "Senators have had plenty of time to prepare. There's no reason why we should not reach a bipartisan solution this week," McConnell said. "I made a commitment to hold this debate and to hold it this week. I've lived up to my commitment. I hope everyone will cooperate so this opportunity does not go to waste." read more

The study, October 2017 by Pew Research, found that in the U.S., 46 percent of those aged 18 to 29 would prefer to be governed by experts compared with 36 percent of respondents aged 50 and older. (snip) A study from Harvard's Yascha Mounk and the University of Melbourne's Roberto Stefan Foa published in the Journal of Democracy in January 2017 produced an even more striking result. Just 19 percent of U.S. millennials agreed with the statement that "military takeover is not legitimate in a democracy." Among older citizens, the total was a still-surprising 43 percent. (In Europe, by contrast, the corresponding numbers were 36 percent for younger people and 53 percent for older people.) Perhaps most alarming was the revelation than one quarter of millennials agreed that "choosing leaders through free elections is unimportant." Just 14 percent of Baby Boomers and 10 percent of older Americans agreed.

According to internal polling by the super PAC, President Trump's approval rating climbed to 44 percent in the first week of February, compared to 53 percent who disapprove. That mirrors Trump's improving position in public polls. In November, the same survey found his approval rating at 40 percent, with 54 percent disapproving. The group's survey also showed the Democratic Party's generic ballot advantage had shrunk, with 46 percent preferring Democrats to 42 percent for Republicans.


There's a reason the vast majority of these mass shootings are done with the AR-15. They're perfectly suited for it, and way too easy to get. - #64 | Posted by Alexandrite at 2018-02-16 01:45 PM

I'm going to ask for a citation of 'the vast majority of these mass shootings are done with the AR-15'.
This (admittedly only between Columbine and 2013) puts the ratio at about 6:1 hand-guns.
This counts between 1982 and 2017 and puts the ratio at about 2:1 handguns.

If you can't even admit those obvious facts, you're part of the problem.

1. Full Federal Background Checks on ALL Gun Sales, including private sales,by opening the NICS to everyone in the population
2. Full Federal Registration of All Firearms renewed annually with updated background check to accompany renewal Are you going to have this on existing weapons? If so, how are you going to find those weapons? You'll have the most push-back on this one due to the slippery-slope evidence
3. A Safety Course before being allowed to Purchase a Firearm for the first time with a refresher once every 5-7 years Have it happen in grade-school, high-school, and include it as part of the voter registration process
4. No Firearms for Felons, anyone convicted of Domestic Violence or anyone with Mental Health that lead them to be a danger to themselves or others That's the law now, right?
5. Limitations on Cartridge Size, Bump Stocks illegal Going to have to get through the 2nd amendment on this one, depending on your size restraint.
6. Elimination of PLCAA Why do you include something that will have zero impact on gun deaths and only serve to alienate people to your cause? Strike this one
7. Severe penalties for violation of firearm regulations Already in effect
8. Penalty for an owner for losing or having a firearm stolen This is pretty self-defeating. Now people who do have a weapon stolen by a criminal will have a negative incentive to report that to law enforcement
9. Liability for owners of lost guns used in crimes if they failed to report the lost gun for a period longer than 12 months This one also will not do anything to prevent gun deaths

#147 | Posted by Sycophant at 2018-02-14 08:33 PM

So, it eems to me that, if we really want to bad enough, the other two-thirds of us could eventually wrest control of our legislatures away from the NRA - #268 | Posted by nimbleswitch at 2018-02-15 02:53 AM
This number simplification will not overcome the realities of small population states with high populations of gun-owners preventing the passing laws through the Senate or of an amendment.

Another legal purchase that lead to unimaginable tragedy. Tell me again how guns make people safer. - Posted by qcp at 09:28 AM
There exists a method for the elimination of legal guns in this country. I recommend you push for the election of representatives who will push for an amendment to the constitution.

As to your question:

Estimates over the number of defensive gun uses vary wildly, depending on the study's definition of a defensive gun use, survey design, population, criteria, time-period studied, and other factors. Low-end estimates are in the range of 55,000 to 80,000 incidents per year, while high end estimates reach of 4.7 million per year.

Individual links to the many studies are included in the above link.

-- In July 2017, the president and White House advisers put together a misleading statement about the nature of the Trump Tower meeting, saying that it was for the purpose of discussing Russian adoptions.

-- The Trump campaign knew through Papadopoulos that the Russians had obtained thousands of emails from the Clinton campaign. Then-candidate Trump publicly asked the Russians in July 2016 to hack Clinton and find her "30,000 emails that are missing" from the personal email server she used while secretary of State. WikiLeaks began posting emails from the Clinton campaign in October, just weeks before the November election.

#21 | Posted by tonyroma at 2018-02-15 08:29 AM
Hey, TonyRoma. Those bolded parts above are false. You should probably examine more closely the statements made by
Washington Monthly, "These media sources are moderately to strongly biased toward liberal causes through story selection and/or political affiliation. They may utilize strong loaded words (wording that attempts to influence an audience by using appeal to emotion or stereotypes), publish misleading reports and omit reporting of information that may damage liberal causes. Some sources in this category may be untrustworthy".

The statement by the white house did not say that the purpose was to discuss Russian adoption, but it did say that that is what the primarily spoke of

Donald Trump Jr., July 8 statement: It was a short introductory meeting. I asked Jared and Paul to stop by. We primarily discussed a program about the adoption of Russian childrenn that was active and popular with American families years ago and was since ended by the Russian government, but it was not a campaign issue at the time and there was no follow up. I was asked to attend the meeting by an acquaintance, but was not told the name of the person I would be meeting with beforehand.

You yourself know that the 2nd is a lie, you mention it yourself in your follow-up to the quote.
Left-wing sites that engage in dishonesty of this nature lead people to distrust all of the rest of the stuff they say. That's why people are asking to see actual evidence instead of a partisan version of events.

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