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Here's a story about a Russian con artist who ripped off investors for well over a billion dollars. The thing I found fascinating: Many of his victims were from Nigeria. Nigeria is the land of fraudsters. I remember hearing once that it's remarkably rich in natural resources, and there's no reason the country shouldn't be a first world country, but the people are so busy ripping one another off, they can't accomplish anything productive. For this Russian to come in and out-Nigerian the Nigerians? Impressive.

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CNN tries to tug at the injustice heart strings with this story: Father and son fight for a country which doesn't allow them to vote. It's about people in Guam who serve in our armed forces but aren't allowed to vote in presidential elections. I'll give two rips once I see an article entitled, "Twenty-year-olds fight for a country that doesn't allow them to drink a beer."

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Cool story: A Boom in Confederate Monuments, on Private Land. Of course, it's the New York Times, a rag that could find racism in bathroom hygiene methods, so the entire article is marinated in racism, but it's funny to see Confederal monuments going up all over the place. To every action there's a reaction.