Everything Gets Worse (part Xii) - Pakistan Vs. India
More than 28,000 children less than six years of age have died in just one province, Madhya Pradesh, over the past year. Because these deaths were due to diseases resulting from malnourishment, the government attributed every single death to disease rather than malnourishment.
From "Acting Man"
Esterday's Broad Power Outage Likely Caused by Geomagnetic Storm
Prior session, a massive US power grid failure was seen across the entire United States in one simultaneous fashion. San Fransisco, New York, and Los Angeles were the three main areas that were hit the hardest. Each of the areas experienced challenges or shut downs in business commerce. Also, basic infrastructure such as communication networks, mass transportation, and supply chains experienced challenges. To many this seemed apocalyptic with anaylst citing possible cyber attacks amid mounting geopolitical turmoil across the globe. We're shocked that mainstream media didn't revive the failing Russian narrative for another round of fake news to confuse the masses. Personally, I don't think it was a cyber attack or the Russians, but more of a Space Weather Event.
From "Stock Board Asset"
11 Facts That Prove That the U.S. Economy in 2017 Is in Far Worse Shape Than It Was in 2016
It is being projected that U.S. economic growth for the first quarter will be close to zero, thousands of retail stores are closing, factory output is falling, and restaurants and automakers have both fallen on very hard times. As economic activity has slowed down, commercial and consumer bankruptcies are both rising at rates that we have not seen since the last financial crisis. Everywhere you look there are echoes of 2008, and yet most people still seem to be in denial about what is happening.
From "The Economic Collapse Blog"
France Braces for Runoff Between Nationalism and Globalism
The next round will see two radically different visions. Macron embraces globalization and European integration, Le Pen channels the forces of discontent that triggered Brexit and brought Donald Trump to power. The runoff will also be unique in that it will be the first contested by neither of the major parties, giving Macron, 39, and Le Pen, 48, space to try to forge alliances that might have seemed unlikely until recently.
Bart Takeover Robbery: 40 to 60 Teens Swarm Train, Rob Weekend Riders
A recent string of robberies on BART trains took a frightening turn when dozens of juveniles swarmed an Oakland station over the weekend and commandeered a train car, forcing passengers to hand over bags and cell phones and leaving at least two with head injuries, witnesses told the transit agency.
From "The San Francisco Chronicle"
Venezuela Officials Say at Least 12 People Killed Overnigh
Overall, at least 20 people have been killed in the unrest that erupted after the government-stacked Supreme Court gutted congress of its last vestiges of power three weeks ago — a move later reversed amid a storm of international criticism. Angry protesters are demanding new elections and denouncing a government they deem a dictatorship responsible for triple-digit inflation, soaring crime and widespread shortages of food and medical supplies.
From "Associated Press"
Harvey Weinstein Complains of R Rating for Trans Teen Film
Sarah Kate Ellis, president of the LGBTQ advocacy group GLAAD, sent a letter earlier this week to MPAA officials urging reconsideration of the R rating. "All that differentiates the film from other PG-13 films is a few instances of strong language," she said in the letter. "The film does not include graphic violence, drug use, or nudity - it merely portrays a modern family.
From "Associated Press"
Elon Musk Lays Out Plans to Meld Brains and Computers
Billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk on Thursday confirmed plans for his newest company, called Neuralink Corp., revealing he will be the chief executive of a startup that aims to merge computers with brains so humans could one day engage in "consensual telepathy."
From "The Wall Street Journal"
Census: More Americans 18-To-34 Now Live With Parents Than With Spouse
The Number 1 living arrangement today for Americans in the 18-to-34 age bracket, according to the Census Bureau, is to reside without a spouse in their parents' home.
From "CNS News"
Many Poor Venezuelans Are Too Hungry to Join Antigovernment Protests
"All I have is hunger—I don't care if the people protest or not," said laborer Alfonzo Molero in a slum in Venezuela's second-largest city, Maracaibo. "With what strength will I protest if my stomach is empty since yesterday?"
From "The Wall Street Journal"
Caracas on Knife-Edge as Maduro Protesters Erect Barricades
"Everyone is asking what the plan is," said David Marval, a 23-year-old engineering student as he marched across eastern Caracas for a second day. "For me, you have to paralyze the entire city."
Turks Vote to Give Away Their Democracy
Erdogan's confrontational Islamist-nationalist rhetoric keeps appealing to masses who adore him for his claims of being in the process of restoring the country's historical Ottoman influence as a leader of the Islamic world. His rhetoric — and practices — would often echo an authoritarian rule in the form of a sultan. It was not a coincidence that the thousands of Erdogan fans who gathered to salute their leader after his referendum victory were passionately waving Turkish and Ottoman flags and chanting "Allah-u aqbar" ["Allah is the greatest", in Arabic]. For most of Erdogan's conservative fans, "God comes first... then comes Erdogan". That sentiment explains why the vote on April 16 was not just a boring constitutional matter for many Turks: It was about endorsing an ambitious man who promises to revive a glorious past.
From "Gatestone Institute"
Boy, Woman Killed in Venezuela Mass Protests
"We have to end this dictatorship. We're fed up. We want elections to get Maduro out, because he's destroyed this country," said protester Ingrid Chacon, a 54-year-old secretary. The president in turn has urged his supporters, the military and civilian militias to defend the socialist "Bolivarian revolution" launched by his predecessor Hugo Chavez in 1999. "The hour of combat has arrived," Maduro said this week after ordering the military to mobilize in the face of the protests.
Turkey Approves Presidential System in Tight Referendum
Some 51.3 percent of the more than 58 million Turkish voters said "yes" to the ruling Justice and Development Party's (AKP) constitutional amendment package in a tight race to decide on whether to shift to an executive presidential system.
From "Hurriyet Daily News"
Turkey Referendum: Vote Expanding Erdogan Powers 'Valid'
The Yes vote in the referendum that grants sweeping new powers to the president of Turkey is valid, the head of the electoral body says.
Device That Can Literally Read Your Mind Invented by Scientists
But, nonetheless, a statement about the research issued by the Toyohashi University of Technology in Japan said it showed that an effective device to read people's thoughts and relay them to others was possible in the "near future". They even suggested an "easily operated" device with a smartphone app could be ready in just five years.
From "The Independent"
28 People Shot in Less Than 18 Hours in Chicago
The fatal shooting of Tywan Anderson, 23, in the 1300 block of South Fairfield Avenue, half a block north of Mount Sinai Hospital, marked the only fatality among 28 people who were shot from Saturday to Sunday morning, officials said. Of the people shot, three were teenagers — ages 14, 15 and 17.
From "The Chicago Tribune"