Speed “Assist” Nanny-Tech Coming to USA and The Freedom of Classic Cars

Eric Peters, EPAutos.com, tells us what Speed “Assist” feels like after he tested a car with the feature to be mandated in EU by 2022 (and will of course be added to US cars as well). As cars become more expensive and take more control away from the driver, Eric talks about how attractive classic cars are from a financial as well as a liberty perspective.

https://www.infowars.com/watch/?video=5cdf0002a4dcf300173f238b

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Government shutdown news: Congress, Trump talk after funding lapses

  • Talks continue on Capitol Hill on a way to end a government shutdown after funding lapsed at the end of Friday.
  • Bipartisan lawmakers seek a solution on government spending, immigration and health care after a temporary spending bill failed in the Senate late Friday night.
  • Among Republicans, momentum gathered for an amended stopgap spending plan.

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https://www.cnbc.com/2018/01/20/government-shutdown-news-congress-trump-talk-after-funding-lapses.html

Chinese state media: US government shutdown exposes ‘chronic flaws’

“If there was any legacy that has survived the transfer of power, it was the spirit of non-cooperation across party lines,” the Xinhua commentary said.

While Xinhua commentaries are not official statements, they offer a reflection of Beijing’s thinking.

“The Western democratic system is hailed by the developed world as near perfect and the most superior political system to run a country,” it said.

“However, what’s happening in the United States today will make more people worldwide reflect on the viability and legitimacy of such a chaotic political system,” it said.

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https://ca.news.yahoo.com/chinese-state-media-us-government-shutdown-exposes-chronic-033125012.html

Russian spy ship spotted off US coast a year ago returns to region

The Russian spy ship first spotted near American waters last year is making its way back in the direction of the U.S., Fox News confirmed on Thursday.

The Victor Leonov is still in the Caribbean, according to officials, but heading north off the coast of Florida, home to a U.S. Navy base located in North Florida, east of Jacksonville.

The ship could be off the Florida coast by Friday if the ship maintains present course and speed, according to officials.

There is also a ballistic missile submarine base located in southern Georgia known as Kings Bay, which is another likely destination for the spy ship to loiter and watch U.S. “boomers” — as the ballistic missile subs are called — enter and leave port.

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http://www.foxnews.com/us/2018/01/18/russian-spy-ship-spotted-off-us-coast-year-ago-returns-to-region.html

China Reports Biggest-Ever Annual Trade Surplus With U.S. – WSJ

BEIJING—China reported its largest-ever annual trade surplus with the U.S. last year while its overall imbalance with the world shrank, potentially strengthening the Trump administration’s case for tougher penalties and other trade actions against Beijing.

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https://www.wsj.com/articles/china-reports-biggest-ever-annual-trade-surplus-with-u-s-1515730973

Pew: US media bias ranks worst in the world

The survey found that just 21 percent of Americans supportive of Trump and Republicans believe the media is fair. But it also found that just 55 percent of those who don’t back Trump also believe the media is not fairly covering politics in the U.S.

In every other case, those numbers are flipped, said Pew.

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http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/pew-us-media-bias-ranks-worst-in-the-world/article/2645644

China Weighs Slowing or Halting Purchases of U.S. Treasuries – Bloomberg

China added to bond investors’ jitters on Wednesday as traders braced for what they feared could be the end of a three-decade bull market.

Officials in Beijing reviewing the nation’s foreign-exchange holdings have recommended slowing or halting purchases of U.S. Treasuries, according to people familiar with the matter. Benchmark bonds reversed earlier gains on the news, with the yield on 10-year Treasuries climbing for a fifth day.

China holds the world’s largest foreign-exchange reserves, at $3.1 trillion, and regularly assesses its strategy for investing them. It isn’t clear whether the recommendations of the officials have been adopted. The market for U.S. government bonds is becoming less attractive relative to other assets, and trade tensions with the U.S. may provide a reason to slow or stop buying American debt, the thinking of these officials goes, according to the people, who asked not to be named as they aren’t allowed to discuss the matter publicly. China’s State Administration of Foreign Exchange didn’t immediately reply to a fax seeking comment on the matter.

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https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-01-10/china-officials-are-said-to-view-treasuries-as-less-attractive

Border Patrol losing agents faster than it can hire them 


The U.S. Border Patrol is losing agents faster than it can hire them, according to a new audit released Wednesday that said competition with other federal law enforcement and the difficulty of passing a polygraph test have sapped the agency of nearly 2,000 agents it’s supposed to have

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https://m.washingtontimes.com/news/2017/nov/8/border-patrol-lose-agents-faster-it-can-hire-them/

Nikki Haley tells United Nations: You’re not the boss of U.S. 

Ambassador Nikki Haley blasted the United Nations Wednesday in a defiant speech to the 193-member General Assembly before it adopted a resolution calling for an end to the U.S. economic embargo on Cuba.

Haley called the long-standing debate “political theater.”

“Let’s be honest about what we really see going on here,” Haley said. “This assembly does not have the power to end the U.S. embargo. It is based in U.S. law, which only the United States Congress can change.”

The United States voted Wednesday against the U.N. resolution condemning the American trade embargo against Cuba after abstaining last year, during the administration of Barack Obama, for the first time in 25 years.

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http://www.mcclatchydc.com/news/nation-world/national/article182180446.html

Russia accuses U.S. of pretending to fight Islamic State in Syria, Iraq

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russia accused the United States on Tuesday of pretending to fight Islamic State and of deliberately reducing its air strikes in Iraq to allow the group’s militants to stream into Syria to slow the Russian-backed advance of the Syrian army.

In the latest sign of rising tensions between Moscow and Washington, the Russian Defense Ministry said in a statement that the U.S.-led coalition had sharply reduced its air strikes in Iraq in September when Syrian forces, backed by Russian air power, had started to retake Deir al-Zor Province.

“Everyone sees that the U.S.-led coalition is pretending to fight Islamic State, above all in Iraq, but continuing to allegedly fight Islamic State in Syria actively for some reason,” said Major-General Igor Konashenkov, a spokesman for Russia’s defense ministry.

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https://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-russia-usa/russia-accuses-u-s-of-pretending-to-fight-islamic-state-in-syria-iraq-idUSKBN1CF0KN