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  1. Gezza

     /  February 12, 2019

    1. ‘Heavy clashes’ in Syria as SDF launches final push against ISIL
    US-backed Kurdish forces advance in eastern Deir Az Zor province in ‘final’ battle to crush remaining ISIL fighters.
    +Video 2.21 min
    https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2019/02/clashes-sdf-launches-push-isil-190210112828641.html

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    2. The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, also known as ISIS) group has been increasing its activities in eastern Afghanistan and fears are growing that as its fighters are forced out of Syria they will flock to the area.

    The fight is more than physical, with Afghan security services arresting a religious leader and a professor for allegedly spying for ISIL and Western reports alleging that Afghan universities are being used for ISIL recruitment.

    Al Jazeera’s Tony Birtley reports from Kaskala, a mountainous border region near Pakistan, where the fight against ISIL is already taking place.
    Video 3.36 min
    https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2019/02/fears-isil-regrouping-afghanistan-syria-defeat-190211064208745.html

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  2. Trevors_elbow

     /  February 12, 2019

    China is now applying trade and diplomatic coercion….not enough they are messing in our politics domestically via resident frontmen giving donations to our major parties it seems….

    https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=12202902

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  3. High Flying Duck

     /  February 12, 2019

    The flat earthers will be devastated:

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    • High Flying Duck

       /  February 12, 2019

      Anyone who looks at this and doesn’t realise Australia’s need for strong border security to keep the worlds pussies at bay is deluded.

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  4. Joe Bloggs

     /  February 12, 2019

    It’s both amusing and sad that so many trump followers believe any ridiculous conspiracy theory except for the one that has been unfolding in front of their faces for the past two years.

    It was never about espionage. It was always about money, and trump had one job: to lift sanctions when he became POTUS. Once the sanctions were lifted, every corrupt bastard in his orbit was going to make an awful lot of money…

    trump didn’t need to be involved or even know of each separate conspiracy and each criminal undertaking (Flynn’s nuclear plant, Manafort’s pay off to Deripaska, etc.)

    Basically, once they started pulling trump along with the Tower as bait, the operation became a self-licking ice cream cone.

    https://www.emptywheel.net/2019/02/11/quid-pro-quo-redux-part-one-the-trump-tower-dangle.

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    • Pink David

       /  February 12, 2019

      “trump didn’t need to be involved or even know of each separate conspiracy and each criminal undertaking (Flynn’s nuclear plant, Manafort’s pay off to Deripaska, etc.)”

      This is you exonerating Trump. Rather a change of tune.

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    • Pink David

       /  February 12, 2019

      This does not address the fundamental flaw with the idea of higher tax rates. That is very simple, higher tax rates don’t result in more tax being collected.

      https://fred.stlouisfed.org/series/FYFRGDA188S

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      • Blazer

         /  February 12, 2019

        do lower tax rates result in less tax being collected?

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        • Pink David

           /  February 12, 2019

          No. Between the end of WW2 and now the tax rates have fallen steadily, yet the tax collected has remained largely the same proportion of GDP.

          The data shows that very clearly.

          All those high tax rates were easily avoided.

          Take a guess at exactly how many people paid the 91% tax rate…

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