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The new law will change the maximum sentence for coercing someone into terrorist activities, or for providing training for would-be terrorists, from ten years in prison to a full life term. The bill also proposes life sentences for organizing terrorist groups and communities, for sponsorship terrorism, for hostage-taking, as well as for hijacking ships or aircraft.
The bill was drafted earlier this year by deputy chairman of majority caucus United Russia, MP Adalbi Shkhagoshev, and was passed on its third and final reading.
Maybe she wasn’t joking after all…
Infectious disease expert makes ‘joke’ suggestion to eliminate vaccine refusniks
An infectious diseases expert ‘joked’ that a good way to eliminate vaccine refusniks, who overwhelming tend to be white people, is to simply “get rid of all the whites in the United States”.
The comments were made by Carol J Baker, M.D. at a May 2016 event in Atlanta, Georgia but are only just beginning to receive attention.
And yes, exactly the opposite of what Yellen said is the truth…
It also allowed Fed Chair Janet Yellen, at her final press conference before her term ends in February, to signal an all-clear for the U.S. economy a decade after the onset of the 2007-2009 recession.
“At the moment the U.S. economy is performing well. The growth that we’re seeing, it’s not based on, for example, an unsustainable buildup of debt … The global economy is doing well, we’re in a synchronized expansion,” Yellen said. “There is less to lose sleep about now than has been true for quite some time, so I feel good about the economic outlook.”
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If there is any remaining doubt in your mind that Special Counsel Mueller’s probe is anything but a farcical, politically-motivated witch hunt, then you’ll be summarily relieved of those doubts after watching the following exchange from earlier this morning between Trey Gowdy (R-SC) and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.
Presented with no further comment for your viewing pleasure…
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Physical contact between babies and their caregivers doesn’t just foster emotional bonds — it also affects infants on a molecular level. This was the conclusion that researchers from the University of British Columbia and BC Children’s Hospital Research Institute came to in their landmark study. Though far from just impacting children in their infancy, physical contact (or lack thereof) elicit results that remain detectable well into childhood.
For the purposes of their study, the researchers recruited the parents of 94 healthy, five-week-old children. The parents were asked to keep journals of their children’s behavior (things such as crying, feeding, and sleeping), as well as the frequency amount of bodily contact they shared. By the time the children were four-and-a-half years old, the researchers swabbed the inside of their cheeks to attain DNA samples.
Greece’s Supreme Court has rejected an appeal by Russian national Aleksandr Vinnik, the purported mastermind of what US authorities have described as a $4 billion bitcoin money laundering operation, to avoid extradition to the US, where he has been indicted – along with his former company, mysterious digital currency exchange BTC-e – on nearly two dozen felony counts, including fraud and money laundering.
Russia, where Vinnik is accused of stealing 600,000 rubles ($10,500) from an unidentified entity “using… deception and the internet,” also requested extradition. The competing request had earlier been approved by another court ruling, but the final decision on the matter will be made by the Greek Minister of Justice.
Greek ruling to extradite Russian Bitcoin expert to US violates int’l law – Moscow https://t.co/2nheAct8t3
— RT (@RT_com) October 6, 2017
Russia criticized the court’s first decision as unjust and illegal, saying that its request “takes precedence [over another country’s] as Vinnik is a citizen of the Russian Federation.”
The agri giant Monsanto, commonly known as the world’s most evil corporation, is now offering farmers cash in a desperate bid to distribute its XtendiMax with VaporGrip dicamba-based weed killer product. Reuters is reporting that Monsanto will be offering farmers refunds of over half the cost of the product in 2018, if they can prove that it was sprayed on soybeans known as Xtend, which have been specially engineered by the company to resist the toxic chemical.
These incentives are being offered even as the country is facing an agricultural crisis caused by dicamba-based products which evaporated and drifted away after being sprayed on crops.
…at least NOT for Jamie Dimon….
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It is one of the three vessels part of Project 22220 which are to become the world’s largest and most powerful nuclear icebreakers.
The lead ship of the project, the Arktika, was commissioned last year.
After weeks of mounting speculation – and a rumored competing bids by rivals Comcast Corp. and Verizon that never materialized – Disney and 21st Century Fox announced early Thursday that the former would acquire most of the latter’s entertainment assets in a deal worth $52.4 billion, according to the official press release.
Here’s what Disney is buying, according to the release:
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The end of the financial system as we know it is near.
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Does Germany owe Greeks billions of euros in World War II reparations for the damages and the enforced loan during the occupation of the country by the Nazis? So far, Berlin has vehemently rejected any Greek claims.
However, as Keep Talking Greece reports, two German researchers, who dug into the documents of the dispute, have discovered and calculated that the German state owes Greece 185 billion euros.
Of this not even a 1% has been paid to Greece.
The second-most valuable digital currency broke through the $500 and $600 price milestones before setting a new record of $707 at 17:20 GMT on Wednesday. It has been an amazing ride for ethereum, which began the year trading at $8.34.
— 99iota (@99iota) December 11, 2017
Launched in 2015 by Canadian computer programmer Vitalik Buterin, ethereum’s market value is currently above $68 billion, according to Coinmarketcap.com.
Earlier this week, former Congressman Ron Paul posted a Twitter poll asking his followers to choose between four different assets for a long-term investment, with the stipulation that the bearer would need to keep their money locked up for ten years.
A wealthy person wants to gift you $10,000. You get to choose in which form you’ll take the gift. But there’s a catch: You must keep the gift in the form that you choose, and you can’t touch it for 10 years.
In which form would you take the gift?
— Ron Paul (@RonPaul) December 5, 2017
Paul admitted he was surprised when he saw that a majority of respondents – 54% – selected bitcoin over gold, dollars and a 10-year Treasury bond.
During an interview with the Street, a reporter asked Paul if he was surprised that his followers prefer bitcoin to gold.
Yea a little bit. I was a little bit – of course I wasn’t surprised that only 2% would store it in Federal Reserve notes, nor do they think they should buy Treasury bills. Gold has 36% but bitcoin has 54%…it’s the sort of information that tells me where my viewers are and what they’re thinking. Most of my viewers know how supportive I am of gold, and they know I’m tolerant of digital currencies.
Still, Paul believes cryptocurrencies are an interesting experiment and is generally supportive of their development and increasing popularity. But when asked for his thoughts on where bitcoin might be in ten years, he demurred.
Russian President Vladimir Putin has submitted to the lower house of Russia’s parliament an agreement to transform the Tartus navy refueling facility in Syria into a fully-fledged navy base, capable of harboring nuclear-powered ships.
The development would be for a term of 49 years and would grant the Russian Navy access to the territorial waters and to various ports of the Syrian Arab Republic. The revamped Tartus navy base would be able to accept up to 11 ships at once, including nuclear-powered vessels.
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Washington has already lost the Syrian war once. Now it is about to lose it a second time.
A few days ago the president of Russia, Vladimir Putin, declared a “complete victory” in Syria:
“Two hours ago, the (Russian) defense minister reported to me that the operations on the eastern and western banks of the Euphrates have been completed with the total rout of the terrorists.”
The Iranian commander of the forces which support the Syrian and Iraqi governments sent a note to the U.S. to let Washington know that any remaining U.S. forces in Syria will be fought down: