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http://fortune.com/2018/01/15/biggest-diamond-history-lesotho-africa/

>One of the biggest diamonds in history has been discovered in the mountainous kingdom of Lesotho in southern Africa.

>Gem Diamonds found the 910-carat stone, about the size of two golf balls, at its Letseng mine in the country. It’s a D color Type IIa diamond, which means it has very few or no nitrogen atoms and is one of the most expensive stones. The diamond is the fifth-biggest ever found.

>The Letseng mine is famous for the size and quality of the diamonds it produces and has the highest average selling price in the world. Gem sold a 357-carat stone for $19.3 million in 2015 and in 2006 found the 603-carat Lesotho Promise.

>“This exceptional top-quality diamond is the largest to be mined to date and highlights the unsurpassed quality of the Letseng mine,” Chief Executive Officer Clifford Elphick said in a statement.

>Gem did not say how it will sell the diamond or what it could be worth. Its value will be determined by the size and quality of the polished stones that can be cut from it. Lucara Diamond Corp. sold a 1,109-carat diamond for $53 million last year, but got a record $63 million for a smaller 813-carat stone it found at the same time in 2015.

>“The pricing of diamonds is hugely variable and driven by a multitude of factors,” said Ben Davis, an analyst at Liberum Capital Markets. “But assuming that there are no large inclusions running through the diamond, we initially estimate a sale of $40 million.”
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They should sell it and use the money they got from it to try and make Africa a better place
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>>218478
>her face
>"Thanks honey, but Stacy's husband got her a diamond TWICE this size last year! Don't you even care about me?"
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>>218660
lmao they spend it on crack
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>>218660
The country does not own it, the company that exploits it does.
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>>218480
No she doesn't.

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>Panels which lie under transparent concrete are dug up in what is believed to be a case of technology theft

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/jan/09/china-solar-highway-thieves-steal-panels

http://archive.is/gx0Gm

Thieves in China have vandalised a newly opened solar highway, less than a week after the road was christened with much fanfare.

The one-kilometre stretch of road in the eastern city of Jinan consists of solar panels under a layer of transparent concrete, allowing cars to drive over the photovoltaic cells.

But just five days after it opened on 28 December, workers found a 1.8-metre section had been removed by thieves. Reports of the heist did not emerge until this week.

Workers on the project suspected the burglars stole the panel in an attempt to duplicate the technology, since the materials themselves were inexpensive, according to local media.

The concept of roads incorporating solar panels into the road has existed for years, but only recently have cities begun to build test projects. A solar bicycle path opened in Amsterdam in 2014 and a village in France opened a one-kilometre solar road in 2016.

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>>218400

Those projects were plagued by high costs, and the highway section in China, which covers two lanes and an emergency lane, faced similar obstacles. The road cost about 3,000 yuan (£340) per square metre, according to an expert interviewed by state broadcast CCTV.

Before the highway even opened there had been several attempts to steal components and technology, an employee at Shandong Pavenergy, the road’s developer, was quoted as saying. Unknown men often wandered around the construction site and took photos of the project.

“Even after the project is done, people are still stealing,” he said. “It’s very upsetting.”

The one-kilometre section of highway can generate up to 1m kilowatt-hours of power a year, enough to power about 800 homes, according to state news agency Xinhua. China has the most installed solar capacity at 78.1 gigawatts, almost double second place Japan.
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>>218400
>Solar freakin' roadways!
The "transparent concrete" was damaged after only a few days of traffic.
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>>218422
This,
>SOLAR FREAKIN' ROADWAYS
are a terrible idea for many obvious reasons
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>>218422

>>218695

I agree, but this is a separate project. This is also stupid, but it's a different stupid.
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>>218695
More like solar panels are a terrible idea in general. It was meme technology back in the 70's, which is why Reagan banned them from the White House. It's still meme technology today.

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Though not mentioned in the article, I'm pretty sure she fell out of helicopter 2,000 feet above the ground and splattered on impact. That's at least what I'm going with. What do you guys think

https://www.yahoo.com/music/cranberries-singer-dolores-oriordan-dead-46-171801922.html
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We're still trying to get something going.

>>>/b/757014030
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>>218643
If it had a helipad she wouldn't have tried to jump down to the roof.
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Ejga4kJUts
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Shit. One of my favorite bands of all time.
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Could never unhear the heavy inhaling in her songs

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http://business.financialpost.com/news/economy/the-real-nafta-problem-is-canada-not-mexico-paul-ryan-says

U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan said the biggest problem with the North American Free Trade Agreement “comes from the North,” with Canadian dairy producers dumping low-cost products on the market to compete with Wisconsin farms.

Ryan said Friday that NAFTA needs to be “updated,” but the U.S. should work within the framework of the deal that took effect in 1994, rather than pulling out. Speaking at an event sponsored by WisPolitics, a Wisconsin outlet for political news, Ryan said ending the free trade agreement would risk higher tariffs for cheese that American producers export to Mexico.

Trade relations between Canada, Mexico and the U.S. have been rocky since President Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign bucked traditional Republican support for free trade and dubbed NAFTA “the worst trade deal in the history of the world.” Congressional Republicans, especially those from border states whose economies depend on trade, have urged the Trump administration to modernize NAFTA, rather than risking the economic consequences of ending it.
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US dairy/beef etc is notoriously inefficient, heavily subsidized and expensive.
Feeding cattle on corn is the worst for them as it is hard to digest and requires gas to be forcibly released form them so they don't die.

Then there is the problem with factory farming where they live in sheds and in their own shit that of others - hence the need to pump them with antibiotics.

It's about time the industry had a shake up.
But that wont happen because DC never does the right thing because of the too frequent elections and the votes the politicians need. No sooner are they are in office and they have to think about running again.
Then there is the absurd campaign funds required and the lobbyists that have just the money you need.

Then there is the ridiculous fucked up corn subsidies.

If other countries can give the consumer better deals, better quality and free up tax dollars/tax cuts then they are welcome.
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good one paul
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>>218626
don't the canadians have something that they could sell us in return?
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>>218628
>dairy trade between the countries benefits the U.S. by a five-to-one margin
trump calls this a bad deal
what does he want?
blood?
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Allahu Akbar!
The U.S. must take Monroe Doctrine now.
The U.S. must withdraw American Forces from all Foreign Countries now.
Stop America's doing its all wars now!

I love American99% and the U.S.

China, Germany and Japan must loosen Germany's, Japan's and China's monetary policies now!
China, Germany and Japan must stimulate Germany's, Japan's and China's domestic demands now!
Japan and Germany must issue a lot of construction bond now!
Japan and Germany must reduce Germany's, Japan's and China's taxes now!
The U.S. must tighten its monetary policy now!
As a result, Dollar value will rise!
The U.S. will have trade surplus!


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Twitter Engineers To "Ban a Way of Talking"
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=64gTjdUrDFQ

In the latest of a series of undercover operations targeting the mainstream media and now Social Media, James O'Keefe of Project Veritas has just dropped a new undercover video which reveals Twitter "shadow banning" and creating algorithms that censor certain ideas.
The first clip features a former Twitter software engineer who explains how/why Twitter "shadow bans" certain users:

Abhinav Vadrevu: "One strategy is to shadow ban so you have ultimate control. The idea of a shadow ban is that you ban someone but they don't know they've been banned, because they keep posting but no one sees their content."
"So they just think that no one is engaging with their content, when in reality, no one is seeing it. I don't know if Twitter does this anymore."
Meanwhile, Olinda Hassan, a Policy Manager for Twitter’s Trust and Safety team explains on December 15th, 2017 at a Twitter holiday party that the development of a system of “down ranking” “shitty people” is in the works:
“Yeah. That’s something we’re working on. It’s something we’re working on. We’re trying to get the shitty people to not show up. It’s a product thing we’re working on right now.”

“Yeah you look for Trump, or America, and you have like five thousand keywords to describe a redneck. Then you look and parse all the messages, all the pictures, and then you look for stuff that matches that stuff.”
When asked if the majority of the algorithms are targeted against conservative or liberal users of Twitter, Singh said, “I would say majority of it are for Republicans.”

https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-01-11/veritas-latest
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>>218703
>Shadow banning has a specific definition. It's not code for everything you don't like about content moderation. It's like accusing someone of rape and then, when challenged, bringing up examples of someone putting his hand on a woman's shoulder.
its certainly not as the outcome of their manipulation is the same effect shadowbanning has.
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>>218703
let me help you with that

https://duckduckgo.com/?q=proof+of+twitter+shadowbanning&t=ffab&ia=images

have fun
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>>217152
Damn look at all these poor software engineers that got catfished by roasties for some dude's stink piece
This drink's to you, fallen brothers
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>>218707
Wow, it's fucking nothing.
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>>218728
taking it upon yourself to do damage control or do they pay you really well to look like an idiot online?

although I hear it's never the government's place to pick winners or losers in the market.
The ridiculous plan was unanimously rejected by a commission mostly chaired by Trump's own appointees. Rick Perry remains desperate to increase subsidies toward the coal industry.

>The Trump administration plan to force utilities to purchase more coal and nuclear power was rejected Monday by federal regulators, undermining the president’s energy agenda and his promise to revive the coal industry.

>The five-member Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, which is dominated by Trump appointees, unanimously rejected the proposal. Its members were not persuaded by arguments from Energy Secretary Rick Perry that solar, wind and other forms of renewable power were destabilizing the nation’s power grid and needed to be backstopped with more coal and nuclear power at a considerable cost to consumers.

>The contentious plan to prop up the coal and nuclear markets has been atop Perry’s agenda for months. The secretary had warned the proliferation of what he characterizes as less reliable renewables is undermining national security by destabilizing the grid. The market forces that are precipitating the closure of coal and nuclear plants, Perry argued to the commission, needed to be confronted with government intervention that would keep the fossil fuel plants online.

>But the commission reached the same conclusion as many independent energy experts who reviewed the Trump administration proposal, finding no justification for what could amount to multibillion-dollar price supports for the struggling coal and nuclear industries. The commissioners wrote in their decision that the considerable evidence provided by grid operators does “not point to any past or planned generator retirements that may be a threat to grid resilience.”

http://www.latimes.com/politics/la-na-pol-energy-trump-20180108-story.html
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>>218374
the effect of solar panels is to absorb not reflect light

they should generally cause a small warming effect rather than cooling of locally air temperature

but you're right that the ground directly underneath a solar panel is in the cool shade

the effect of all the world's tarmac covered surfaces is much larger, and still very small compared to the changes from greenhouse gas

the effect of wind turbines to slow down the wind is even smaller still

compare a wind turbine that turns and lets air pass to a skyscraper or other tall building

again existing buildings already contribute more of any such effect
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>>218395
>should generally cause a small warming effect rather than cooling of locally air temperature
Wouldn't most of that absorbed sunlight be turned into electrical energy?
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>>218423
> most
The more efficient your solar panel is the more this is true, but that not actually what matters.

How much of a change that it makes to the local temperature depends entirely on what it replaces.

If you lay solar panels over a dark surface like the concrete and asphalt of a city the effect is the opposite to a reflective surface like white desert sands.

https://www.quora.com/Do-solar-panels-make-global-warming-worse-by-storing-heat

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/energy-environment/wp/2015/11/02/surprising-study-finds-that-solar-energy-can-also-cause-climate-change-a-little/

TL:DR It's a change in the right direction, and you're right solar is predicted to help cool things ever so slightly.

http://archive.is/DMAUg
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So we can all agree that coal is a dead industry and as an energy source, and shouldn't be propped up artificially by the government, right?
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>>218431
keep it in the ground
propping up failing industries against market trends is stupid

http://www.businessinsider.com/trump-us-sold-norway-f-52s-2018-1

F-52s only exist in the video game Call of Duty.

Simple mistake, or are Trump's speech writers fucking with him? Personally, it sounds like Trump fired a writer, and this was his "fuck you" out the door.
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>>218650
Do you honestly think Trump knows anything about call of duty, let alone the names of the aircraft in it? He just transposed 2 sequential numbers.
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>>218650
it's a mistake but it's nothing terribly consequential.
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He meant the new B52's album.
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>Trump decries news as fake news for misrepresenting things
>Trump misrepresents things
Fake President
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>>218584
Trump is always right.

The Justice Department has launched a new inquiry into whether the Clinton Foundation engaged in any pay-to-play politics or other illegal activities while Hillary Clinton served as secretary of State, law enforcement officials and a witness tells The Hill.

FBI agents from Little Rock, Ark., where the foundation was started, have taken the lead in the investigation and have interviewed at least one witness in the last month, and law enforcement officials said additional activities are expected in the coming weeks.

The officials, who spoke only on condition of anonymity, said the probe is examining whether the Clintons promised or performed any policy favors in return for largesse to their charitable efforts or whether donors made commitments of donations in hopes of securing government outcomes.

The probe may also examine whether any tax-exempt assets were converted for personal or political use and whether the foundation complied with applicable tax laws, the officials said.

One witness recently interviewed by the FBI described the session to The Hill as “extremely professional and unquestionably thorough” and focused on questions about whether donors to Clinton charitable efforts received any favorable treatment from the Obama administration on a policy decision previously highlighted in media reports.

The witness discussed his interview solely on the grounds of anonymity. He said the agents were from Little Rock and their questions focused on government decisions and discussions of donations to Clinton entities during the time Hillary Clinton led President Obama's State Department.

The FBI office in Little Rock referred a reporter Thursday to Washington headquarters, where officials declined any official comment.

http://thehill.com/homenews/campaign/367541-fbi-launches-new-clinton-foundation-investigation
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>>215245
Oh shit we have a penis expert!
How many years of experience do you have?
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>>215068

>entire democratic party lied to the FBI and were given immunity
>flynn lies to pro-clinton FBI agent, allegedly, about legal things

Only one of these people were held accountable. But there's nothing shady here. Nope. And if you disagree, you're probably a white supremacist neo-nazi who should be punched.

The world would be an objectively better place if every left wing faggot was killed today. We all know it to be true.
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>>215045
Rusbot detected.
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>>215064
This so fucking hard.
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>>215040
premium news

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https://insideclimatenews.org/news/26122017/climate-change-science-2017-year-review-evidence-impact-faster-more-extreme

>In the past year, the scientific consensus shifted toward a grimmer and less uncertain picture of the risks posed by climate change.

>When the UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change issued its 5th Climate Assessment in 2014, it formally declared that observed warming was "extremely likely" to be mostly caused by human activity.

>2017 Year in Review Series

>This year, a major scientific update from the United States Global Change Research Program put it more bluntly: "There is no convincing alternative explanation."

>Other scientific authorities have issued similar assessments:

>The Royal Society published a compendium of how the science has advanced, warning that it seems likelier that we've been underestimating the risks of warming than overestimating them.

>The American Meteorological Society issued its annual study of extreme weather events and said that many of those it studied this year would not have been possible without the influence of human-caused greenhouse gas emissions.

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>>218458
>graph that shows correlation of temperature and CO2

your point ?
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>>215797
that's misleading. what's concerning isn't the natural climate change cycle. the concern is the rate of change.

it used to take thousands of years for the watch to warm one degree.

we've managed that in about a century and it's getting faster.

saying this is a natural cycle proves you don't understand the issue.
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>>215313
We'll kill off anyome who can't be taught calculus and launch a zillion mirrors into space and be done with it. Anything less is just a complete waste of time and a distraction from the problems of pollution in general.
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The ray at the equator is intensifying, the earth will be split in half which will result in a new planet.

The moon will join the rest of the lost planets in the asteroid belt, in other words the moon is doomed to be destroyed. The beings on the moon have failed in their evolution.
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I neither know why there are people thinking that climate change is a bullshit from a bunch of vegan weirdos, this make me so mad. In my country summers are like a bloody hot desert now and when I was a child I clearly remember that wasn't like this. It's changing so quick!

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>>216298
hahaha, fantastic pic
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>>216311
i fail to see why soy is supposed to offend
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>>218463
The Donald just spent 500 million dollars on a Gitmo refurb. He told the troops to get ready for some "high level" new prisoners. MAGA!
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>>218463
>not knowing the soy reduces test levels and turns the freaking frogs gay
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>>216318
Its not, Trump used the phrase a lot and now they're mocking you stupid nazi fucks with it.

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How do you feel about dirt bike gangs riding on the street and interstate to protest gun violence this MLK weekend?

http://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/community/miami-dade/article194692889.html
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>>218351

It's probably an excuse to ride bikes and do stunts in public, which they do anyway on occassion. At least this time when they block up the interstate it will be on a day most people won't need it to commute to work.
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>>218354
fpbp

We all know niggers are going to be stupid, this allows them to be stupid on a day that doesn't matter as much.
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Nogs niggin
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>>218351

i am ok with that. it better than them murdering people or raping someone. on other side it would be nice if they did it on some place where people dont get mad at them.
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Seems fine.

Anyone who tries to fight non violent protest is fighting a losing battle

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w53QrYCehi0

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/middle_east/uae-claims-qatar-fighter-jet-intercepts-commercial-flight/2018/01/15/2dd7b5b8-f9db-11e7-9b5d-bbf0da31214d_story.html?utm_term=.353f59169008
>UAE says Qatar fighter jets intercept flights, Doha denies

http://www.newsweek.com/who-sheikh-abdullah-bin-ali-al-thani-qatari-royal-held-prisoner-uae-781399
>Who is Sheikh Abdullah bin Ali al-Thani, The Qatari Royal Held 'Prisoner' In The UAE?

https://www.albawaba.com/news/qatar-rejects-claims-intercepting-uae-aircrafts-1074484
>Qatar Rejects Claims of Intercepting UAE Aircrafts

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>It's been said that good fences make good neighbors. But in Aspen, Colo., this week, Vice President Mike Pence has something different posted between his vacation lodging and that of the people next door.

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2017/12/30/pence-neighbors-in-aspen-hang-make-america-gay-again-banner.amp.html
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>>215105
>doubling down after your shitty me me failed
Whatever, soy boy
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>>213040
REPENT SINNERS!
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>>213040
>https://phys.org/news/2018-01-north-american-waterways-saltier-alkaline.html#jCp
DONT JUDGE ME BY WHO I AM, JUDGE ME BY WHO I FUCK - liberals 2012-present.
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>>217138
No.

Besides, my God can beat up your God.
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>>213066
Yeah, and you'd kill your own mother to live here.

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>>216464
>b-but it's different when we do terrorism because we suck at it!
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>>217183
redditor flux
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>>216457
this.
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Wtf I want to import 50 million illiterate Muslims now
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>>216464
>Not as good as lefty shills pretending the alt right can be compared to radical islam
https://twitter.com/Martin_Lejeune/status/896404826099261440
If the shoe fits...
>>216503
M8, it seems like every week or so some aut-rightist murders some people, you scumbags have even taken up ISIS's tactic of plowing "trucks of peace" into crowds of people. All your propaganda is meant to target vulnerable, hopeless people and make them feel like they're surrounded by boogiemen and constantly under attack while convincing them that they "have nothing left to lose", its fucking DESIGNED to radicalize people into terrorists.
>>216519
That "horseshoe theory" nonsense doesn't even apply here, ISIS and the aut-right are both far-right fascist scum. I've even seen a few threads on /pol/ where people posted ISIS propaganda videos and most of the responses were along the lines of >wow, I had no idea they were so redpilled!
ISIS are human garbage but at least one can see why constantly having bombs dropped on them by the US might drive people to that sort of thing- /pol/, on the other hand, are just a bunch of suburban losers looking for an excuse as to why their lives are miserable.

Meanwhile, in the past few years a bunch of leftists have run off to Syria to fight AGAINST ISIS
>>216629
It might have something to do with the fact that the US keeps backing the far-right radical Islamists against the more secular ones.
>>217183
>the fuck is this thread?

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http://www.wbtv.com/story/37253834/sled-investigating-complaint-alleging-weapons-missing-from-upstate-police-department
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Probably was either CIA, FBI, or Saudi mercenary
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>>218389
>sled-investigating

SLED? What, is Santa leading a team of reindeer detectives?

"Bag it up and bring it back to the elves in the lab."

"I'd know if you were sleeping, Mr Smith. I know that you were awake. So you want to try another alibi?"

"Put down the gun, Tom, and let the girl go! It's only the naughty list. It's not the end. We can figure this out with DA Krampus if you just let the girl go!"



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