1…………> Inspector Xi Strikes Back: Trump
China has imposed tariffs of up to 25% on 128 US imports, including frozen pork, wine, nuts, ginseng and fruits for a total of $3 billion after President Trump raised duties on foreign steel and aluminum imports in March.
Beijing said the move was to “safeguard China’s interests and balance” losses caused by new US tariffs, and the Trump administration has already announced plans for further targeted tariffs for tens of billions of dollars of Chinese imports.
“When a country (USA) is losing many billions of dollars in trade with virtually every country it does business with, trade wars are good and easy to win. Example, when we are down $100 billion with a certain country and they get cute, don’t trade anymore-we win big. It’s easy!”, President Trump reportedly said.
China most powerful anti-tariff weapon is a large tax on US recyclable waste, a decision that may bring whole industries to a hard stop due to inability to store or transport their trash forbidden under local environmental laws.
2…………> Mexican Mules Slammed: Drugs
Diego Morales-Ramirez, 25, a citizen of Mexico was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Ed Kinkeade to 120 months in federal prison following his guilty plea in August 2017 to one count of possession with intent to distribute a schedule II controlled substance (50 grams or more of methamphetamine) or 24.2 pounds of methamphetamine. Morales-Ramirez will be deported after he completes his prison term. He has been in custody since his arrest in March 2017.
According to documents filed in the case, on Feb. 3, 2017, Morales-Ramirez was stopped by a police officer for failing to signal while changing lanes. During the stop, Morales-Ramirez was extremely nervous and a K-9 alerted to the presence of a controlled substance inside the vehicle. Also during the stop, it was learned that Morales-Ramirez was a previously deported illegal alien. Morales-Ramirez was advised he was going to be detained for being illegally present in the United States, and officers offered to return his vehicle and some of his personal items to the apartment he just came from.
3…………..> Navy Missile Launch: California
PACIFIC OCEAN (March 26, 2008) An unarmed Trident II D5 missile launches from the Ohio-class ballistic missile submarine USS Nebraska (SSBN 739) off the coast of California. The test launch was part of the U.S. Navy Strategic Systems Program’s demonstration and shakedown operation certification process. The successful launch certified the readiness of an SSBN crew and the operational performance of the submarine’s strategic weapons system before returning to operational availability. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Ronald Gutridge/Released)
4…………> Let’s Take A Dip: With An Alligator
Florida police have posted footage on social media of a trapper removing a 10-foot alligator from a family pool in the town of Nokomis on Florida’s Gulf Coast.
5…………> GRU Long Arm: Poisons
Former President of Ukraine Victor Yushchenko dinner ended up in a hospital in Austria’s capital of Vienna fighting a dioxin poisoning, after his wife wondered why his lips tasted “metallic”. The culprits? Grandma Putin’s shamans, he says.
6…………> China’s New Tariffs
After decades of American concern about the so-called “global economy”, President Trump has thrown a “monkey wrench” in its rusted wheels by slapping tariffs on Chinese steel and aluminum, forcing Mr.Xi to revenge by placing a tax of 15% on 128 American products. Translation? Check your seat belts.
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