3 Mar 2018

House set to write into law Obama-era $38 billion defense package for Israel
A bipartisan bill timed for AIPAC’s annual conference would codify into law the memorandum of understanding signed in 2016 by Israel and the United States guaranteeing Israel $38 billion in defense assistance over 10 years. The bill introduced Friday is sponsored by two Middle East policy leaders in the US House of Representatives — Reps. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fla.)…and Ted Deutch (D-Fla.)…

Iran calls on U.S., Europe to scrap nuclear arms, missiles
Iran will not negotiate over its ballistic missiles until the United States and Europe dismantle their nuclear weapons, a top Iranian military official said on Saturday, keeping up the Islamic republic’s tough stance on the issue. While Iran has accepted curbs on its nuclear work – which it says is for purely peaceful purposes – it has repeatedly refused to discuss its missile program, something the United States and the Europeans have called for.

Trump steel tariffs: European Union gears up for trade war
European Union officials have said they will respond “firmly” if US President Donald Trump presses ahead with his plan for steep global duties on metals. EU trade chiefs are considering slapping 25% tariffs on around $3.5bn (£2.5bn) of imports from the US, Reuters news agency reports. World Trade Organization Director General Roberto Azevedo said: “A trade war is in no one’s interests.”

Amazon drivers are now taking photos of your FRONT DOOR
Drivers for Amazon have started taking pictures of people’s front doors as part of a creepy new delivery service. The service, which is quietly being rolled out in the UK and US, is designed to help people find packages left by Amazon employees. But it also raises privacy concerns as many customers may be not be aware that pictures of their home are being stored on company servers.

Damascus Gate guard tower sparks criticism
A new Israeli Border Police guard tower stands at the base of the Damascus Gate entrance to Jerusalem’s Old City. It’s a noticeable part of the landscape and an example of Israel’s increased security presence at the ancient entrance to the Muslim Quarter, which in the recent past has been a flashpoint for violence.

Dumping U.S. debt, a possible weapon in global trade war
U.S. President Donald Trump’s plan to slap stiff tariffs on imported steel and aluminum has rattled financial markets and stirred fears that some trading partners might retaliate by dumping U.S. Treasuries. Should China, Japan and other nations, which have recycled their trade dollars through their Treasuries holdings, suddenly decide to whittle them down, markets could be in for a rough ride.

Venezuela’s woes spread to zoos as animals feed on each other
The situation in economically depressed Venezuela is so dire, workers at one zoo are slaughtering animals to feed others — with two emaciated pumas poster kids of sorts for the distressing state of affairs.

The disturbing acceptance of Google’s new ‘smart’ camera
In the reviews that rolled out recently for Google’s new Clips smart camera, there were the rote things that you’d expect in all tech reviews: what was good, what was bad, and, inevitably, whether or not you should buy it. There was, however, a key idea conspicuously absent: whether or not the product should exist at all.

GOP Funds Planned Parenthood, Now PP’s Using That Money To Attack Them
..The country’s largest abortion mill announced a plan Thursday to spend more than $20 million defeating Republican candidates in the fall’s midterm elections, according to The Hill. And a congressional Republican majority that keeps shelling out $500 million a year in federal funding for the group can only hope it survives the attack it’s helped make possible.

An Apocalyptic Paul Tudor Jones Warns The Fed Is About To Lose Control
In a striking interview with Goldman’s Allison Nathan, legendary trader Paul Tudor Jones argues that US inflation is set to accelerate sharply, making bonds a very poor investment, and that the Fed must act swiftly to tackle financial bubbles created by prolonged monetary easing.

#Windmageddon Grounds More Than 2,000 Flights as ‘Life & Death’ Cyclone Arrives
More than 2,130 flights have been cancelled nationwide as the powerful nor’easter cyclone made landfall – bringing with it severe wind, snow and rain. A further 550 flights have been delayed, reports FlyAware.

Joys of Socialism: Average Venezuelan Has Lost 24 Pounds Per Person – They Are Starving
In March 2007 Venezuelans voted in Socialist and Cuban lackey Hugo Chavez as president. 11 years later the country is near collapse, the people are starving and the Marxists refuse to relinquish power.

China Prepares For New Cold War With Massive Military Buildup
As we have been documenting for quite some time, China has been not-so-quietly transforming itself into a serious threat to the West – beefing up its military to contend with the Washington’s air, sea, space and cyber weapons capabilities, while scrapping constitutional term limits for President Xi Jinping.

Stunning. Hillary Clinton Gave Russia the US Technology for Hypersonic Intercontinental Nuke Missiles
On Wednesday Russian leader Vladimir Putin threatened the West with unstoppable intercontinental nuclear missiles. Putin announced that Russia had developed an intercontinental nuclear missile that can’t be stopped or shot down by any country’s defence system. The Russian leader said the rocket travels 20 times the speed of sound and has unlimited range.

Rigged: Twitter Caught Censoring Tweets About Censorship
The issue of social media censorship has reared its ugly head not infrequently over the past few years. There’s been YouTube demonetization of political videos — mostly conservative — and Twitter banning a number of accounts under suspicion of being Russian bots or other sundry terms of service violations.

French President Macron’s Disapproval Rating Hits 58%
The EU establishment’s popularity continues to slide, with France’s President Macron approval numbers sinking to their lowest level since being elected.