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Elerond last won the day on March 26 2016

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  1. Yeah USA will give Turkey everything they said they wanted from their invasion if they stop their invasion. And there is no need to ask if Kurds and Syria will accept to give big part of their land to Turkey's control. Such great deal for Turkey.
  2. In Canada First Nations, Inuit, and Metis communities have highest suicide rates. "First Nations people had a suicide rate three times higher, Metis had an estimated rate two times higher, and Inuit communities were found to face a suicide rate as much as 9 times higher than the national average" Source: https://www150.statcan.gc.ca/n1/pub/99-011-x/99-011-x2019001-eng.htm
  3. In 2017, there were an estimated 1,400,000 suicide attempts (there is no actual records, just estimates from doctors and emergency service people) In 2017, 47,173 Americans died by suicide White males accounted for 69.67% of suicide deaths in 2017. In 2017, men died by suicide 3.54x more often than women. The rate of suicide is highest in middle-age white men in particular. In 2017, firearms accounted for 50.57% of all suicide deaths. White men are especially likely to be gun owners: About half (48%) say they own a gun, compared with about a quarter of white women and nonwhite men (24% each) and 16% of nonwhite women. About four-in-ten adults (42%) report that there is a gun in their household, with three-in-ten saying they personally own a gun and 11% saying they don’t own a gun but someone else in their household does. Gun ownership varies considerably across demographic groups. For example, about four-in-ten men (39%) say they personally own a gun, compared with 22% of women. And while 36% of whites report that they are gun owners, about a quarter of blacks (24%) and 15% of Hispanics say they own a gun. White men are especially likely to be gun owners: About half (48%) say they own a gun, compared with about a quarter of white women and nonwhite men (24% each) and 16% of nonwhite women. Like the gender gap, the education gap in gun ownership is particularly pronounced among whites. Overall, about three-in-ten adults with a high school diploma or less (31%) and 34% of those with some college education say they own a gun; a quarter of those with a bachelor’s degree or more say the same. Among whites, about four-in-ten of those with a high school diploma or less (40%) or with some college (42%) are gun owners, compared with roughly a quarter of white college graduates (26%). There is no significant difference in the rate of gun ownership across educational attainment among nonwhites. 33% of people over 49 say they own gun compared to 27% among 18-49. Suicide attempts with firearm seem to have better "success" rate compared to other methods. sources: https://afsp.org/about-suicide/suicide-statistics/ and https://www.pewsocialtrends.org/2017/06/22/the-demographics-of-gun-ownership/ There is most likely correlation with white men's relatively high percentage among "successful" suicides and their much higher gun ownership rate compared to other demographics
  4. Sometimes messenger just ruins the message
  5. Limo driving in Ireland seems to be quite profitable these days https://www.citizensforethics.org/mike-pence-doonbeg-cost-nearly-600k/ Mike Pence’s controversial visit to President Trump’s resort in Doonbeg is slated to cost taxpayers $599,454.36 in limousine service alone, according to State Department contracts reviewed by CREW. The choice to stay at Trump’s Irish resort in Doonbeg was both highly inconvenient, and extremely expensive. Located 181 miles away on the opposite side of the country from Pence’s meetings in Dublin, Doonbeg was far from a convenient location. Pence’s complicated itinerary included meetings with Irish political leaders in Dublin on Tuesday, bookended by two nights in Doonbeg and about 4 hours of transit on Tuesday alone. His itinerary included flying into Shannon Airport on Monday, driving with a motorcade for roughly an hour to Doonbeg, staying overnight, driving to Shannon, flying cross country on Air Force Two (and back), driving for more than an hour back to stay at Doonbeg again, and then back to Shannon on Wednesday. With a schedule like that, it is no wonder the trip was so expensive. But did it have to be? On past trips to Ireland, members of the executive branch and their families have used the same funeral service company for transportation, When Michelle, Malia and Sasha Obama visited Ireland for three days, they did not rack up nearly the same bill. The same company that chauffeured Pence to Doonbeg was paid $114,000 for limo service for the Obama’s visit. While Pence’s bill was extraordinarily high, it was not out of the norm for a visit to Doonbeg. The U.S. government paid the same company nearly $1 million for transit during Trump’s 2-day trip to the property in June, 2019. Considering that Syria and Kurds in Syria were part of France during Normandy...
  6. https://www.cbsnews.com/news/fla-woman-marissa-alexander-gets-20-years-for-warning-shot-did-she-stand-her-ground/ Florida is strange place where you get 20 years in prison for shooting warning shot, but where it is just tragic accident that doesn't need any investigation when you shoot and kill somebody
  7. In duller set of political news https://www.politico.com/news/2019/10/02/trump-hotel-empty-rooms-016763 House investigators are looking into an allegation that groups — including at least one foreign government — tried to ingratiate themselves to President Donald Trump by booking rooms at his hotels but never staying in them. It’s a previously unreported part of a broad examination by the House Oversight Committee, included in Democrats’ impeachment inquiry, into whether Trump broke the law by accepting money from U.S. or foreign governments at his properties. Story Continued Below “Now we’re looking at near raw bribery,” said Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-Va.), a House Oversight Committee member who chairs the subcommittee with jurisdiction over Trump’s hotel in Washington. “That was the risk from Day One: foreign governments and others trying to seek favor because we know Trump pays attention to this. ... It’s an obvious attempt to curry favor with him.” Story Continued Below The investigation began after the committee received information that two entities — a trade association and a foreign government — booked a large quantity of rooms but used only a fraction of them, according to a person familiar with the allegation who isn't authorized to speak for the committee. The emoluments clause of the Constitution forbids a president from profiting from foreign governments or receiving any money from the U.S. government except his or her annual salary.
  8. EU doesn't have court that rules anything to be legal or illegal
  9. Here less than one, as over 99% of plastic water bottles are recycled, where over 99% of straws are thrown in general waste.
  10. That seems to be more an error in data filling system that fetches donor data from account holder information than actual try to commit a fraud, as trust where money has been given is in name of that deceased person but it is in full control of said deceased person's wife who actually has made the contributions and those contributions seem to be her only contributions so she has not tried to exceed sum of money she is legally allowed to contribute. Bit similar case as that 2011 case where dead woman had contributed for Tea Party's PAC, because her husband had used credit card tied to joint account he had opened with his wife. Although then amount of money contributed had exceeded amount that one person can contribute. https://www.opensecrets.org/news/2011/02/tea-party-express-responsible-for-dead-womans-donations/
  11. People they complained about entered in EU either through Greece or Bulgaria, who didn't have then systems in place to control such flow of people so they just let them travel through to other EU countries. Which is why Hungary build its border wall on its borders with Serbia and Croatia where most of the migrants come and not it borders with Romania or Ukraine. Romania started to face some migrant flow after Hungary build its wall and effectively closed its border with Serbia, but as in that point of time EU had already made deal with Turkey to block migrants and Finland had also made deal with Russia to prevent migrants without visa getting through border checks and also Romania is not part of Schenge Area, which makes it less appealing target for migrants who aim to go to Germany, Sweden, UK, France, which is why big sunk of Romania's immigrant crisis has been consisted of fear of possible migrant flow than actual migrant flow. Also migrants who were already Balkan then had easier route to their target countries (Germany and Sweden) through Croatia->Slovenia->Austria->Germany (->Denmark->Sweden [through land via Øresund Bridge] | ->Sweden [taking ferry from Travemünde to Malmö])
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