[DN 3 Mar] Election fever, Putin's missile and Bitcoin's homicidemortuz newsAdjust content blockingContent Blocking Block Politics?nextrandomComment Prev Next Italian election: Eurosceptic candidate warns Brussels of Italexit ------- European politics ------- The leader of Italian party the League said the upcoming Italian election is Europe’s “last chance” to reform itself. The anti-EU candidate Matteo Salvini warned Brexit is the perfect example to follow if Brussels refuses to listen to his demands. Mr Salvini said: “On principle, I always support the opinion of a population who express themselves through a referendum. “The British case is even more emblematic because it represents the first and only time so far where European citizens have had the opportunity to have a say about their membership of the European Union. And they rejected it. I’m not surprised. “Why on earth would free people remain prisoners in a cage of absurd laws and regulation, with rigid constraints that humiliate the true needs of the people and their country? “With the Italian vote, the EU will have its last chance to reform itself. Otherwise, Brexit will be nothing else than the start of an inevitable crumbling process, with all the consequences and dangers this comes with.” Dubbed “the Italian Farage” for his anti-Europeanism, he has vowed to make “extreme” reforms to European laws if elected, has threatened the EU with the possibility of an "Italexit" and pledged in his party’s manifesto to “defend Italian borders from the invasion” of illegal immigrants. The Express: http://archive.is/sk6AKRussia Says New Missiles Don't Amount to an Arms Race ------- Mother Russia ------- The Kremlin denied Friday that Russian president Vladimir Putin’s claims that Russia has tested a new generation of nuclear weapons were intended to start a renewed arms race with the United States. "The president said this should absolutely not be seen as the beginning of an arms race,” Putin’s spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, told reporters in a briefing call Friday, saying it was an "asymmetric response" to U.S. efforts to develop an anti-missile shield. The day before, Putin had used an annual state of the nation speech to tout an arsenal of new doomsday weapons, including nuclear-armed underwater drones and a nuclear-powered cruise missile. Putin, who added that the missiles were invulnerable to interception, said the weapons were entirely defensive and said they were intended to preserve the nuclear balance between the U.S. and Russia. Putin, however, presented the weapons as fundamentally new and as lifting Russia into a new stage of military power that would keep it on a par with the U.S. for the foreseeable future. "This is not a bluff," Putin told an audience of Russia’s elite gathered for the speech near the Kremlin. "The attempt to contain Russia has failed." Russia is not developing systems to “neutralize” its opponents' strategic nuclear forces, he said, insisting its new weapons were about restoring parity, not challenging it. ABC: http://archive.is/IhZp4Bill Gates warns cryptocurrencies "can kill people" -------- Tech -------- Microsoft founder Bill Gates commented on Bitcoin, initial coin offerings, and cryptocurrencies more generally during a Reddit AMA. In his comments, Gates stated that the use of cryptocurrencies for anonymous payments is not a good thing due to the difficulties it creates for law enforcement when going after criminals. Gates has commented on Bitcoin multiple times throughout the existence of the peer-to-peer digital cash system. In the past, he has called bitcoin a “techno tour de force” and discussed the difficulties associated with price volatility. During today’s AMA, Gates was asked for his general thoughts on cryptocurrencies. Here is his full response: “The main feature of crypto currencies is their anonymity. I don't think this is a good thing. The [government’s] ability to find money laundering and tax evasion and terrorist funding is a good thing. Right now crypto currencies are used for buying fentanyl and other drugs so it is a rare technology that has caused deaths in a fairly direct way. I think the speculative wave around ICOs and crypto currencies is super risky for those who go long.” The first point to make here is that censorship resistance, not anonymity, is the key value proposition of bitcoin, which is the most widely used cryptocurrency in the world today. Bitcoin is far from anonymous in its current state, although proposals exist for adding better privacy to the system in the future. Gates also points to bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies’ use in the global fentanyl trade, which has contributed to an epidemic of overdoses in the United States and elsewhere. Last year, the Department of Justice mentioned multiple fentanyl-related deaths as they announced the takedown of darknet market AlphaBay. When another Redditor commented that physical U.S. dollars are also used in the global drug trade, Gates pointed out that anonymous ecash has the potential to make these sort of criminal dealings much more efficient. “Yes - anonymous cash is used for these kinds of things but you have to be physically present to transfer it which makes things like kidnapping payments more difficult,” commented Gates. Forbes: http://archive.is/WILIu http://archive.is/En4nZDurbin Says Americans’ Homeland Must Be a ‘Nation of Immigrants Forever' ------- Identity Politics ------- The immigration debate and the November election are not merely about a border wall or immigration levels, but are about whether the United States is and will remain a “Nation of Immigrants,” says Democratic Sen. Dick Durbin. “To deny our birthright as a nation [of immigrants] is to really defy who we are, what we are and what we will be,” Durbin told NPR. But if America must be a “Nation of Immigrants,” then Americans and their children cannot have a normal nation or even normal pocketbook politics, said John Fonte, director of Center for American Common Culture at the D.C.-based Hudson Institute. In Durbin’s Nation of Immigrants — including legal and illegal — politics is all about enforced “Diversity,” Fonte said. The central elite treats people as members of competing identity groups and then balances each diverse group against the others to achieve politicians’ goals, such as a desired percentage of women serving as fighter pilots in the U.S. Navy, Fonte said. The underlying fight in the immigration debate is the nature of the United States, said Durbin, who wants the United States to be a “nation of immigrants,” not a nation of Americans. He told NPR: "It turned out that this debate was not about a wall. It was about a new immigration policy in America. It was about rejecting the notion that we are a nation of immigrants. Last week, one of our major federal agencies deleted that term, said we no longer want to have that as our mission statement, that America is a nation of immigrants. To deny our birthright as a nation is to really defy who we are, what we are and what we will be." https://www.npr.org/2018/02/28/589600360/sen-dick-durbin-weighs-in-on-path-forward-for-immigration-reformWhite House Locked Down After Man Reportedly Shoots Himself Outside -------- American Politics ------- A gunshot reportedly fired near the north lawn of the White House led to reporters on lockdown inside the White House. U.S. Secret Service says the situation is under control, and initial reports are that it was a single self-inflicted gunshot wound. "Secret Service personnel are responding to reports of a person who allegedly suffered a self-inflicted gun shot wound along the north fence line of @WhiteHouse." According to the Secret Service in a statement, the man shot himself in the head and has since died. President Trump was never in any danger, as he is at his Mar-a-Lago residence in Florida at the moment. The all-clear has not been given as of the moment of the filing of this report but is expected shortly. https://www.secretservice.gov/data/press/releases/2018/18-MAR/GPASecretServiceStatementRegardingMarch3,2018ShootingIncidentNeartheWhite_House.pdfPrevious Daily News: You need to login to view this link Preferred Story The Italian Election voting starts tomorrow. Let's see who's going to win. Nuclear war can be quite funny Gates warns people of cryptocurrencies Yes it should be, A COUNTRY OF LEGAL IMMIGRATION A self inflicted gunshot Multiple votes allowed! Vote! (View results) next +262 -Favorite +Favorite Unsub from mortuz Subscribe to mortuz Unblock User's Content Block User's Content Sub/Block Channels news:UploadUnblockBlockSubUnsubsubs: 822 FJ needs your help to survive! Be a hero, support FJ via Patreon: Receive hats, username change ability, no ads, colored text, and more.