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Massive fracture in Antarctic ice shelf is 70 miles long, a football field wide, and a third of a mile deep

December 6, 2016
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Discover Magazine    

"A massive rift in the Antarctic Peninsula’s Larsen C ice shelf has been growing steadily, threatening to cut all the way across. If it does, an iceberg roughly the size of the state of Delaware -- and perhaps even bigger -- will float off. New observations by scientists on NASA's IceBridge mission, an airborne survey of polar ice, reveal that the rift is now about 70 miles long. And it cuts down about 1,700 feet, all the way through the floating shelf of ice." (12/05/16)

http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/imageo/2016/12/05/massive-fracture-in-antarctic-ice-shelf-is-70-miles-long/  

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The Hague: Ugandan rebel pleads not guilty to rape, murder charges

December 6, 2016
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Colorado Springs Gazette    

"An alleged senior commander in the militia of fugitive warlord Joseph Kony pleaded not guilty Tuesday to 70 charges including murder, rape, forced marriages and using child soldiers during the group's insurgency in northern Uganda. Dominic Ongwen, whom prosecutors say is a commander in the Lord's Resistance Army, listened intently as an official at the International Criminal Court in The Hague read out 70 charges. 'In the name of God, I deny all these charges,' he replied. ... Ongwen was himself abducted as a 14-year-old and forced to fight with Kony's forces before rising through the ranks to allegedly become commander of the LRA's Sinia brigade." (12/06/16)

http://gazette.com/ugandan-rebel-pleads-not-guilty-to-rape-murder-charges/article/feed/428984  

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South Korea claims North Korea carried out cyber attack from Chinese IP

December 6, 2016
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United Press International United Press International    

"A South Korean military source says it has identified the source of North Korea cyberattacks that targeted the internal networks of the military. The Internet Protocol address linked to the attacks was traced to a location in Shenyang, China, and a malicious code associated with the address was similar to the one used in North Korean cyberattacks against the South, Yonhap reported. Seoul's military believes the evidence points to North Korean involvement in a hacking incident aimed at the army's intranet." (12/06/16)

http://www.upi.com/Top_News/World-News/2016/12/05/North-Korea-cyberattack-traced-to-city-in-China-report-says/8601480990766/  

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Saudi Arabia: Regime sentences 15 people to death for spying for Iran

December 6, 2016
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The Guardian The Guardian [UK]    

"A Saudi court has sentenced 15 people to death for spying for Iran, Saudi-owned media has reported, in a ruling that could further stoke tension between the two rival powers. The specialised criminal court in Riyadh sentenced 15 other suspects to prison terms ranging from six months to 25 years, and acquitted two, the Arabic-language al-Riyadh newspaper reported. The suspects -- 30 Saudi Shia Muslims, one Iranian and an Afghan -- were detained in 2013 on charges of spying for Iran and went on trial in February. The rulings are subject to appeal, and death sentences must go to the king for ratification." (12/06/16)

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/dec/06/saudi-arabia-sentences-15-people-to-death-for-spying-for-iran  

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Fundraiser update, 12/06/16

December 6, 2016
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SC: Judge declares mistrial in Walter Scott murder trial

December 6, 2016
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NBC News NBC News    

"A judge declared a mistrial Monday afternoon in the fatal shooting of an unarmed black man at the hands of a South Carolina former patrolman, after the jury said they could not come to a unanimous verdict. ... The defense in ex-patrolman Michael Slager's the five-week trial claimed that he feared for his life when 50-year-old Walter Scott got control of the officer's stun gun and pointed it at him. But Scott was shot five times in the back while running from Slager during a routine traffic stop." [editor's note: And the shooting, as well as Slager's placement of his stun gun next to the body to support his fake "he got my Taser" story, was caught on video. There was no reasonable doubt here - TLK] (12/05/16)

http://www.nbcnews.com/storyline/walter-scott-shooting/judge-declares-mistrial-walter-scott-shooting-n692211  

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Oil tops $55 for first time in 16 months as OPEC deal fuels buying

December 6, 2016
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CNBC    

"Brent crude oil prices rose above $55 a barrel on Monday, trading at a fresh 16-month high, as optimism spread about the prospect of a tightening market after OPEC members agreed on a landmark deal to cut production last week. Monday's gains take the rally since the agreement was struck on Wednesday to 19 percent for Brent, the highest in almost eight years, and 16 percent for U.S. crude." (12/05/16)

http://www.cnbc.com/2016/12/04/oil-prices-fall-as-production-creeps-up-ahead-of-announced-2017-output-cut.html  

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Abe will become first Japanese prime minister to visit Pearl Harbor

December 6, 2016
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Time Time    

"Shinzo Abe will visit Pearl Harbor, he said on Monday, becoming the the first sitting Japanese leader to visit the site of the Dec. 7, 1941 attack of the U.S. naval base in Hawaii, which killed more than 2,000 and pulled America into World War II. Abe will travel to the base with President Obama on Dec. 26 and 27, the New York Times reports." (12/05/16)

http://time.com/4590218/shinzo-abe-japan-pearl-harbor-visit/  

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UK: Supreme Court hears landmark challenge to Brexit plans

December 6, 2016
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Beaumont Enterprise    

"Britain's Supreme Court began hearing a landmark case Monday that will decide who has the power to trigger the U.K.'s exit from the European Union -- the government or Parliament. The legal battle has major constitutional implications for the balance of power between the legislature and the executive, and has inflamed Britain's already raw wound over how and whether to leave the EU. ... Neuberger and 10 other justices at the country's top court must decide whether Prime Minister Theresa May's government can invoke Article 50 of the EU's key treaty, the trigger for two years of divorce talks, without the approval of lawmakers." (12/05/16)

http://www.beaumontenterprise.com/news/world/article/UK-government-s-Brexit-plans-in-hands-of-Supreme-10691306.php  

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White House: The law means whatever we want it to mean

December 6, 2016
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Statesville Record & Landmark    

"The Obama administration has determined it can target the extremist group al-Shabab in Somalia under the war powers legislation that Congress approved to target al-Qaida after the 9/11 attacks. It's part of a report shedding new light on the president's evolving interpretation of the law to justify responses to new threats overseas -- and to support the expanded war powers he's handing off to his successor." (12/05/16)

http://www.statesville.com/news/world/ap/us-wars-grounded-in-law-white-house-says/article_2f0c3e84-6c7c-56b5-b6f8-e02d5bb3d42d.html  

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Study: Human evolution “not over yet”

December 6, 2016
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BBC News BBC News [UK state media]    

"The regular use of Caesarean sections is having an impact on human evolution, say scientists. More mothers now need surgery to deliver a baby due to their narrow pelvis size, according to a study. Researchers estimate cases where the baby cannot fit down the birth canal have increased from 30 in 1,000 in the 1960s to 36 in 1,000 births today. Historically, these genes would not have been passed from mother to child as both would have died in labour. Researchers in Austria say the trend is likely to continue, but not to the extent that non-surgical births will become obsolete. Dr Philipp Mitteroecker, of the department of theoretical biology at the University of Vienna, said there was a long standing question in the understanding of human evolution." [editor's note: Well I would hope so; hard to believe this is as far up the scale as we can get - SAT] [additional editor's note: There is no "scale" - TLK] (12/05/16)

http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-38210837  

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Brazil: Citizens protest against changes to anti-corruption bill

December 6, 2016
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PanAm Post PanAm Post    

"Anti-corruption protests swept across Brazil as citizens took to the streets to protest against rampant perceived graft and abuse of power. Although the demonstrations were not as large as those in 2015 against Dilma Rousseff, the biggest marches took place in the Sao Paulo’s business district, and on the beach in Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro." (12/05/16)

https://panampost.com/sabrina-martin/2016/12/05/brazilians-protest-changes-anti-corruption-bill/  

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WY: Police to dole out donated money for good deeds

December 6, 2016
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San Francisco Chronicle San Francisco Chronicle    

"A good deed could turn into a $50 tip from Jackson law enforcement officials who will dole out donated money ahead of the holidays. The Jackson Hole News and Guide reports that Teton County Sheriff Jim Whalen says anonymous donors have contributed enough for deputies, officers and troopers to give $50 to $100 gifts. Whalen said the money could be given out for almost anything, including good drivers or people who are simply down on their luck. He said the cash gifts are about spreading goodwill. Donations last year helped officials run a similar effort. Whalen said all of this year's donors were Jackson Hole residents. The area has a number of wealthy residents who own large estates." (12/05/16)

http://www.sfgate.com/news/article/Wyoming-police-to-dole-out-donated-money-for-good-10690798.php  

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CA: Bill would require reporting of “superbug” infections & deaths

December 6, 2016
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Reuters    

"A California state senator introduced a bill on Monday that would mandate reporting of antibiotic-resistant infections and deaths and require doctors to record the infections on death certificates when they are a cause of death. The legislation also aims to establish the nation’s most comprehensive statewide surveillance system to track infections and deaths from drug-resistant pathogens. Data from death certificates would be used to help compile an annual state report on superbug infections and related deaths. In September, a Reuters investigation revealed that tens of thousands of superbug deaths nationwide go uncounted every year. The infections are often omitted from death certificates, and even when they are recorded, they aren’t counted because of the lack of a unified national surveillance system." (12/05/16)

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-uncounted-california-idUSKBN13U2U6  

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Medical marijuana may soon be available in Ireland

December 6, 2016
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Raw Story Raw Story    

"Medical marijuana may soon be available for patients in Ireland after the minority government approved Thusday a new amendment allowing use of the plant. The bill, drafted by Ireland’s People Before Profit group, still has another round of approval by the government before it can become law. The bill, which was presented to the Dáil Éireann, Ireland’s Lower House Parliament, intends to legalize the use of cannabis products for those suffering from chronic pain and other ailments with doctor recommendation. Health Minister Simon Harris said he would not prevent the bill from progressing to Committee Stage, where high-ranking government officials will decide on full legalization of medical marijuana use for people suffering from chronic pain, cancer, epilepsy, fibromyalgia and MS." (12/05/16)

http://www.rawstory.com/2016/12/medical-marijuana-may-soon-be-available-in-ireland  

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NASA spots electric-blue clouds over Antarctica

December 6, 2016
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Aol News    

"NASA is reporting its spacecraft has detected high-altitude clouds over Antarctica. According to a press release by the agency, 'Data from NASA's Aeronomy of Ice in the Mesosphere, or AIM, spacecraft shows the sky over Antarctica is glowing electric blue due to the start of noctilucent, or night-shining, cloud season in the Southern Hemisphere -- and an early one at that.' As to what these clouds are, NASA explains, 'Noctilucent clouds are Earth's highest clouds, sandwiched between Earth and space 50 miles above the ground in a layer of the atmosphere called the mesosphere. Seeded by fine debris from disintegrating meteors, these clouds of ice crystals glow a bright, shocking blue when they reflect sunlight.'" (12/05/16)

http://www.aol.com/article/news/2016/12/04/nasa-spots-electric-blue-clouds-over-antarctica/21620002  

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Ghana: Fake US embassy shut down after “about a decade”

December 5, 2016
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Killeen Daily Herald    

"A fake U.S. embassy that operated for 'about a decade' in Ghana's capital issuing counterfeit and fraudulently obtained visas has been shut down, the U.S. State Department announced. The scam was orchestrated by 'Ghanaian and Turkish organized crime rings' and a Ghanaian attorney, a statement said. Several suspects have been arrested, though others remain at large." (12/05/16)

http://kdhnews.com/news/ap/fake-us-embassy-in-ghana-shut-down-after-about-a/article_c00f6cf6-5717-51c7-a77c-3606d5dbba65.html  

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Argentina: Regime ramps up drug war with artillery speedboats to patrol rivers

December 5, 2016
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PanAm Post PanAm Post    

"Argentina’s government plans to buy Isreali artillery speedboats to combat drug trafficking on the Paraná River, one of the country’s principal entry-points for Marijuana. The Paraguay-Parána waterway reportedly sees the circulation of some 10,000 tons of cannabis, making up 20 percent of Paraguay’s production, but now Argentina is trying to lower that percentage." (12/05/16)

https://panampost.com/raquel-garcia/2016/12/05/argentina-ramps-up-drug-war-with-artillery-speedboats-to-patrol-rivers/  

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ND: DAPL corporation just told the Army corp they will do what they want

December 5, 2016
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Counter Current News    

"Don't celebrate the death of the 'Black Snake' just yet? No sooner than we at camp got word that the Army Corps. of Engineers denied the easement permit for Energy Transfer Partners, L.P. and Sunoco Logistics Partners L.P. to drill under the river and continue their illegal pipeline through protected Native Land, the corporations just announced that the Obama Administration’s statement Sunday that it would not at this time issue an 'easement' to Dakota Access Pipeline was a purely political action." (12/05/16)

http://countercurrentnews.com/2016/12/dapl-corporation-just-told-army-corp-will-want-keep-building-illegal-pipeline-standing-rock/  

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TX: Satanic Temple strikes out against new abortion rules

December 5, 2016
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Houston Chronicle Houston Chronicle    

"The Satanic Temple is striking out against the Lone Star State's new rules requiring burial or cremation of aborted fetal remains. The controversial religious group boldly declared its members would not comply with the Texas Department of Health and Human Services's new enforcement plans, citing First Amendment concerns. 'The Satanic Temple believes burial rites are a well-established component of religious practice. This is undisputed in the entirety of US legal history,' the group said in a statement published on its homepage, adding that the Temple's belief in the "inviolability of the body" stands in direct conflict with the new rules." (12/04/16)

http://www.chron.com/about/article/Satanic-Temple-strikes-out-against-new-Texas-10690592.php  

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Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo successor completes first test flight

December 5, 2016
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Wired Wired    

"Virgin Galactic's successor to its SpaceShipTwo spacecraft has successfully performed its first unpowered glide and landing. The event comes two years after the tragic fatal crash of the spaceship's first iteration over the Mojave Desert, when pilot Michael Alsbury was killed and his co-pilot Peter Siebold seriously injured. In July 2015, a nine-month investigation by the National Transportation Safety Board concluded that the incident was caused by pilot error and poor safety procedures. On 4 December the second iteration, VSS Unity, was safely steered by pilots Mark Stucky and Dave Mackay after being taken to an altitude of 50,000 feet by Virgin's four-engine WhiteKnightTwo. The entire flight took one hour and 20 minutes, only ten of which consisted of the free-glide, during which VSS Unity reached a maximum speed of Mach 0.6 (about 735 km/h). It was the VSS Unity's fifth flight with WhiteKnightTwo carrying it, but the first time it was piloted and landed alone." (12/05/16)

http://www.wired.co.uk/article/virgin-galactic-vss-unity-first-successful-flight  

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FCC gang warns AT&T, Verizon against saving customers money on bandwidth

December 5, 2016
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NDTV [India]    

"U.S. regulators are calling out AT&T and Verizon for exempting their own video apps from data caps on customers' cellphones. ... The Federal Communications Commission sent letters to the country's biggest wireless carriers Thursday saying the way they handle the practice, known as 'zero rating,' can hurt competition and consumers. The agency had warned AT&T in November and said in its Thursday letter that AT&T's response did not ease its concerns. Other services -- say Hulu or Netflix -- can pay Verizon and AT&T so that consumers could also use those apps without eating up cellphone data. The FCC says that could harm the market for streaming services as it makes it more expensive for internet companies to compete with video services that are owned by the carriers." (12/05/16)

http://gadgets.ndtv.com/telecom/news/us-fcc-says-at-t-and-verizon-video-apps-violate-net-neutrality-1634121  

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Trump picks Carson to head HUD

December 5, 2016
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Los Angeles Times Los Angeles Times    

"President-elect Donald Trump has chosen Ben Carson, a rival in the GOP presidential primary who became a top supporter, to run the Department of Housing and Urban Development. Trump chose Carson despite the pediatric neurosurgeon's protestations that he lacked the experience to run a federal agency. The announcement Monday that Carson has been picked for the post came after weeks of negotiations during which Carson said publicly he had little interest in serving in Trump's Cabinet, but then expressed more openness to the idea as Trump publicly courted him." (12/05/16)

http://www.latimes.com/nation/politics/trailguide/la-na-trailguide-updates-trump-chooses-former-campaign-rival-ben-1480937213-htmlstory.html  

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European Commission berates tech companies for insufficiently enthusiastic censorship

December 5, 2016
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CNet News CNet News    

"Facebook, Twitter, Google and Microsoft are not acting quickly enough to tackle hate speech, according to the European Commission, which has told the companies to buck up their ideas. If the Silicon Valley companies do not speed up their response to tackling illegal hate speech on their platforms, they will be be brought to book under European law, the Commission said Sunday. Back in May the companies all voluntarily [sic] signed up to a code of conduct, in which they promised to remove hate speech within 24 hours .... Signing the code was an alternative to the EU drawing up laws on the matter. But now the EU Commissioner for Justice Vera Jourova has said that the Commission may be forced [sic] to enact laws after all, as only 40 percent of posts are being removed within the timeframe." (12/05/16)

https://www.cnet.com/uk/news/us-tech-giants-not-acting-fast-enough-on-hate-speech-says-eu/  

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UN appeals for record $22.2 billion humanitarian funding in 2017

December 5, 2016
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United Press International United Press International    

"The United Nations on Monday appealed for $22.2 billion in funding to cover humanitarian relief projects to aid 93 million people and 33 countries in 2017. 'The world is facing a state of humanitarian crisis not seen since the Second World War: more than 128 million people are affected by conflict, displacement, natural disasters and profound vulnerability,' the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, or OCHA, said in a statement released along with its annual report. OCHA said the $22.2 billion in funding that will 'deliver urgent relief, protection and support' to the 'most vulnerable and marginalized people' is the highest consolidated humanitarian appeal ever." (12/05/16)

http://www.upi.com/Top_News/World-News/2016/12/05/UN-appeals-for-record-222B-humanitarian-funding-in-2017/6201480936468/  

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