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US trade partners could demand up to $3.5bn in compensation in lost business due to steel tariffs

steel worker
© Francois Lenoir / Reuters
Turkey, Japan and Russia have calculated how much US tariffs would add to the cost of steel and aluminum exports to America, and submitted their claims to the World Trade Organization. The countries followed similar moves by the European Union, India and China. Russia estimated that it would lose $538 million because of the US tariffs, which President Donald Trump imposed in March. Japan reported $440 million, while Turkey added a further $267 million.

Earlier, China, the EU and India estimated their losses at $612 million, $1.6 billion and $165 million respectively. The countries that have turned to the WTO say the tariffs - 25 percent on steel and 10 percent on aluminium - cannot be explained by the US security concerns, the issue on which Washington is basing its actions.

Under WTO rules, if any country seeks to cut its imports, thus protecting local producers, it should compensate its trade partners with a net increase in imports of other goods. Washington has refused to do so. Japan and Russia have not provided the details on retaliation, but Turkey has said it would target 22 American goods, ranging from nuts, rice and tobacco to cars and steel products.

Handcuffs

Massive crackdown on child porn in Brazil might be largest to be carried out in a single day

child porn crackdown
In just one day, Brazilian authorities went after 578 people on warrants for crimes of child pornography and sexual exploitation of minors. The massive raid is the largest ever in Brazil - and possibly in the world.

At least 132 individuals were arrested Thursday in what Brazilian authorities said was the world's largest crackdown on child pornography and sexual exploitation ever to take place in a single day. The operation was also the biggest to ever take place in Brazil.

Called "Light in Childhood 2," it followed up on a previous raid in October that led to 112 arrests.

Thousands of Officers, Hundreds of Warrants

Brazilian newspaper O Globo put the number of those arrested Thursday as high as 170.

Comment: It would be interesting to know how many of those arrested are (or are not) from Brazil's institutionally corrupt political and elite class - which the article makes no mention of.


Eye 1

Potential 'Stingray' spy devices which track cell phones & intercept calls found throughout Washington, DC region

stingray cellphone
The technology can be as small as a suitcase, placed anywhere at any time, and it's used to track cell phones and intercept calls.

The News4 I-Team found dozens of potential spy devices while driving around Washington, D.C., Maryland and Northern Virginia.

"While you might not be a target yourself, you may live next to someone who is. You could still get caught up," said Aaron Turner, a leading mobile security expert.

The device, sometimes referred to by the brand name StingRay, is designed to mimic a cell tower and can trick your phone into connecting to it instead.


Comment: See also:


Cross

'Caving to the gay agenda': Christian evangelist Franklin Graham concerned over changes to US Episcopal church marriage vows

Franklin Graham Episcopal church marriage vows

“I’m saddened to learn the Episcopal Church wants to replace the phrase the ‘union of husband & wife’ w/ the ‘union of two people,’” Graham tweeted. “Changing the words of the ceremony won’t make it right. You can’t change God’s definition.”
On Friday, Christian evangelist Franklin Graham expressed his concern after learning that the U.S. Episcopal Church has removed the phrase "union of husband and wife" from its marital liturgy.

According to the Christian Broadcasting Network, the term "union of husband and wife" has been replaced with the term "union of two people," leaving many, such as Graham, in a state of discontent.


Comment: Bending the knee on the altar of political correctness: Episcopal Church removes 'husband and wife' from marriage liturgy


Brick Wall

Till death do us part: Killary warns Democrats 'You're not getting rid of me that easy'

Hillary Clinton
On Friday, Hillary Clinton delivered her first official message to the Democratic National Convention since losing the Presidential election in 2016, and she had only one message for the gathered, mostly female, officials: you're not getting rid of me that easy.

In what sounded more like a threat than an announcement, Clinton told the Democratic Women's Leadership Forum that she's going to be a foundational part of the anti-Trump "resistance," whether the "resistance" wants her or not.


Comment: Seems delusional Hillary plans to keep 'helping' the Democrats whether they like it or not:


Arrow Down

ICE deports Michigan mother with no criminal record to Albania without notifying her family

Cile Precetaj deported Albania
© Ryan Garza / Detroit Free Press
Cile Precetaj of Troy sits with her children Migena Gojcaj, 6, and Martina, 4, and Mikey Gojcaj, 11, on Monday, Dec. 2, 2013, at her home in Troy after she was given a 24-hour notice that she is being deported.
A Michigan mother with no criminal record was deported to Albania without being offered the opportunity to say goodbye to her three children or husband, family members say.

While a spokesperson for the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement said ICE notified family members of Cile Precetaj's impending departure and told family members to pack her bags 10 days ago, her husband said that he did not learn that his wife was deported until 4 a.m. Thursday, when she called him from Germany telling him that she was en route to Albania with two ICE agents.

"My kids are devastated. They can't stop crying," Pete Gojcaj told the Free Press Thursday morning. "My children are traumatized. ...

"They got on the bus crying," he said, noting he sent them to school to keep things as normal as possible. "They said, 'This is not the government they teach us about in school.' "

CE spokesman Khallid Walls said Thursday that the family was notified "several days in advance of her impending departure" and that they turned in her luggage and other personal belongings.

Comment: Liberals are weeping crocodile tears over Trump's calling MS-13 gangsters 'animals', yet thousands of cases like that of Mrs. Precetaj go unremarked.


MIB

Don't let the Skripal case be pushed down the memory hole along with Libya and Aleppo

Skripals restaurant
On the fourth of March, in the sleepy British cathedral town of Salisbury, an ex-spy named Sergei Skripal was poisoned by an assassin with the most deadly nerve agent known to man.

The Russian government was immediately blamed by a shocked and outraged world. Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson assured the people of Great Britain that "There's no doubt" that Moscow was responsible. In a large and sudden leap forward in cold war escalations, Russian diplomats were thrown out of countries all around the globe, including my own Australia, in a show of solidarity with the United Kingdom. It was the largest collective ejection of Russian diplomats in history.

Two months after his earth-shattering assassination, as the world stared spellbound at the weekend's immensely popular PR spectacle of a royal wedding, Sergei Skripal was quietly discharged from the hospital he'd been staying at. The BBC reports that he is walking and approaching complete recovery.

Wait a second. Haven't I seen this Python skit before?


Snakes in Suits

Comedian tells the truth and gets blasted after saying 'straight white male' is the new 'N-word'

man walking shadow
© Neil Hall / Reuters
Stand-up comedian Josh Denny has been hit by criticism on social media over remarks he made on Twitter. The comic, who is white, compared the phrase "straight white male" with the 'N-word' - a racial slur directed at black people.

The tweet attracted more than 10,000 responses in two days, with the vast majority of the comments being very negative towards the 34-year-old comedian. Users lambasted Denny, calling him 'ignorant' and 'tone-deaf.' Many accused him of not understanding the history of racial relations in the US, or the actual meaning of the 'N-word.'


Syringe

Thousands in Sweden have implanted microchips in their skin for sake of 'convenience'

microchip
More than 3,000 people in Sweden have implanted tiny microchips beneath their skin to replace their credit card information, identification, keys, train tickets, among other everyday items, Agence France-Press announced Sunday.

The implant, which is about the size of a grain of rice, utilizes Near Field Communication (NFC) technology, also found in credit cards, debit cards, key fobs, and smartphones. This technology is considered "passive," which means the microchip stores data that can be read by other devices but cannot read data themselves.

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This might resemble an Orwellian nightmare to many, but in Sweden, residents are flocking to get these implanted microchips by "convenience over concerns of potential personal data violations," AFP explained.

Governments in Europe quietly experimented with embedding the small chip in humans in 2015 in Sweden, and several other countries in the region, before the recent rollout.
"Swedes have gone on to be very active in microchipping, with scant debate about issues surrounding its use, in a country keen on new technology and where the sharing of personal information is held up as a sign of a transparent society," AFP notes.

Comment: The narrative is always the same: 'give up your freedoms and privacy so that we can protect you'. It will be anything but. Once the government decides to force mandatory chips in order to do banking or receive health care, they will be that much closer to 'total control'. Brings to mind this passage:
Revelation 13:

16 And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads:

17 And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.
It's not just the Swedes that are promoting it. It has been sometime in the US and Australia - with plans to eventually get everyone micro-chipped.


2 + 2 = 4

Liberal professor boosts women's grades to help them 'compete' with men

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Do women need an academic mulligan, of sorts, in order to excel in the traditionally male field of science? A professor of information systems at The University of Akron in Ohio apparently thinks so, as he recently announced to his class via email that all of his female students would be receiving an automatic grade or two increase simply because they have XX chromosomes.

Professor Liping Liu seems to have bought into the feminist narrative that women need to invade every single field where men currently dominate in order to achieve societal "equality." And seeing that not as many females choose information science as their college major compared to men, Prof. Liu decided that he would artificially inflate their grades as an incentive, doing his part to help "balance the scales" of gender in the field of science.

According to reports, Prof. Liu apparently told his class that females would be receiving an arbitrary grade boost after he had already submitted these inflated grades to the university's registrar. He further explained that females were getting preferential treatment over men as part of "a national movement to encourage female students to go to [sic] information sciences."

Other students were also given grade boosts that they didn't deserve, including students who had earned scores on exams that demonstrated higher performance than their calculated ones, as well as students who attended class but somehow missed getting on the attendance log. But it was Prof. Liu's decision to issue grades using overtly sexist criteria that got everyone's attention.

Comment: Scratch an identity-politics-obsessed liberal and you'll find a sexist (and probably a racist too). They're so convinced of the inferiority of women and minorities that they think they need "special" treatment to help them succeed. If there's anything worse than a belligerent bigot, it's a bigot who thinks he's helping you. He doesn't. And he thinks even less of the people he classifies as "oppressors", i.e. every single white male.