"Political parties exist to secure responsible government and to execute the will of the people. From these great staffs, both of the old parties have ganged aside. Instead of instruments to promote the general welfare they have become the tools of corrupt interests which use them in martialling [sic] to serve their selfish purposes. Behind the ostensible government sits enthroned an invisible government owing no allegiance and acknowledging no responsibility to the people." -- Theodore Roosevelt

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Just 10 minutes ago, a 5.8-magnitude earthquake struck near Honiara, Solomon Islands. The tremor was recorded early morning on Saturday, April 13th, 2024, at 2:59 am local time, at a moderately shallow depth of 64 km below the surface.