04 Sep 16
Angela Merkel’s CDU ‘suffers Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania poll blow’
Angela Merkel’s ruling CDU party has been beaten into third place by an anti-immigrant and anti-Islam party in elections in a north-eastern German state, TV exit polls suggest. The Alternative fuer Deutschland (AfD) party took 21.4% of the vote behind the centre-left SPD’s 30.2%. The German chancellor’s CDU was supported by only 19.8% of those who voted, according to the exit polls.  
World ISIS is losing territory on all fronts — here’s what the group leaves behind
here’s no question that ISIS forces are losing ground in territories in Syria and Iraq — after making so many enemies from several countries and across numerous ethnic lines, the group might have bit off more than it could chew.  
World Nigerian military: Some officers selling arms to Boko Haram
Nigeria’s military says some officers are selling arms and ammunition to Boko Haram, indicating the corruption bedeviling the country’s fight against the Islamic extremists continues despite government efforts to halt graft.  
5.9 quake rattles Philippines
A powerful 5.9 magnitude earthquake has struck the southern Philippine island of Mindanao, according to the US Geological Survey. Meanwhile the European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC) measured the quake at a preliminary magnitude of 5.7.  
Designer Babies and Human Enhancement: Ronald Bailey Lectures in Moscow
Also most babies will be created using skin cells and the bioethics of radical life extension. biologist Craig Venter, the leader of the group that raced the government to a tie in sequencing the human genome, and now founder of the life extension company Human Longevity, Inc. can sequence a fetal genome and give the mother “a picture of what her future child will look like at 18.” Of course, I explained why leftwing and rightwing bioconservatives who want to stop the development of these biotechnologies are morally wrong. L  
Obama Receives Chilly Welcome for G20 in China
Obama arrived in China on Saturday for the G-20 Summit but something unexpected happened while he was trying to exit Air Force One. Obama received a very undiplomatic greeting.  
Physicist finds entanglement instantly gives rise to a wormhole
Quantum entanglement is one of the more bizarre theories to come out of the study of quantum mechanics – so strange, in fact, that Albert Einstein famously referred to it as “spooky action at a distance.”  
Hermine expected to strengthen back into a hurricane as it creeps up East Coast
Officials up and down the Northeast coast warned that Hermine could wallop the region with strong winds and possible storm surge, as forecasters predicted that it could strengthen back into a hurricane later on Sunday.  
Trump leads in Midwest as Clinton hit by new email revelations
a series of damaging revelations regarding Mrs. Clinton’s handling of her now infamous private email server used to handle State Department material as well as the questionable relationship between the Clinton Foundation and then-Secretary of State Clinton’s office have dragged down the former First Lady’s poll numbers.  
The Idea Of National Sovereignty Drives Democrats Nuts
What a novel concept that a country would decide who gets to enter it and who doesn’t. Actually, it’s not novel at all. In fact, it was the standard for most of American history. But in 2016, progressives absolutely have lost their minds over the prospect of ensuring those who seek to come to the United States actually add something to it.  
How Spy Tech Firms Let Governments See Everything on a Smartphone
Want to invisibly spy on 10 iPhone owners without their knowledge? Gather their every keystroke, sound, message and location? That will cost you $650,000, plus a $500,000 setup fee with an Israeli outfit called the NSO Group… The NSO Group is one of a number of companies that sell surveillance tools that can capture all the activity on a smartphone…These tools can even turn the phone into a secret recording device.  
‘Fireball’ reported blazing across Pacific Northwest sky
Many people throughout the Pacific Northwest reported seeing a “fireball” blazing through the sky at around midnight Friday. According to the American Meteor Society, more than 130 people reported seeing the light shoot across the sky. It was reported seen as far south as Grants Pass and as far north as Port Angeles, Washington. Most of the reports came from the Willamette Valley.  
Russian president is gearing up for atomic war with the West by building top-secret nuclear shelters
The Russian president has invested heavily in decking out top-secret facilities around Moscow in the event of war. He has even ordered the building of a 400-square mile facility in the remote wastes of the Ural mountains from where any future conflict could be directed. Satellite images reveal the location of the huge centre near Mount Yamantau.  
Mystery illness expands to other Manhattan schools
A mysterious outbreak that’s plagued Manhattan High School for two weeks has now expanded to the elementary and middle schools…A district wide plan to clean all schools and buses in the district is underway. State and local health officials have been unable to determine the cause of the sickness, which has sent about 150 high school students home…with stomach issues, including nausea, vomiting and diarrhea.  
IS conflict: Turkey sends more tanks into Syria
Turkey has sent more tanks into northern Syria, in an operation against the Islamic State (IS) group, Turkish media reports say. The tanks crossed the border near the Turkish town of Kilis and journalists later heard firing and saw plumes of smoke rising on Syrian territory. Civilians were seen fleeing as the Turkish military advanced.  
G20 leaders discuss global economy at China summit
World leaders are meeting in China at the G20 summit to discuss policies to bolster the world economy. They are at an opening ceremony for the annual economic summit, which is being hosted in China for the first time. China’s president Xi Jinping opened the event by emphasising the need for the world’s 20 largest economies to safeguard economic growth.  
Netanyahu raps Katz as Shabbat work dispute threatens to topple government
Ministers are appointed to prevent crisis, not create them, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said at Sunday’s cabinet meeting, sitting directly next to Transportation Minister Yisrael Katz …Netanyahu reportedly responded to a question about the crisis by saying that Karz told the haredi parties over a month ago that there would be no work on Shabbat, except in situations needed to save lives.  
Are Nonstop Muslim Atrocities the “New Norm”?
While somberly addressing the massacre still in progress—with the usual boilerplate “our hearts go out to [X victim of terror]”Obama managed to crack a joke, grin, chuckle, and draw laughter from his audience. After all, what is the big deal? Shouldn’t we be used to Muslims rampaging and killing by now? And really, what’s nine dead compared to the many hundreds killed by Islamic terrorists around the world in recent weeks?  
Magnitude 5.6 Earthquake Strikes Off California North Coast
A moderately strong earthquake struck off the Northern California coast Friday evening, the USGS reports. The quake occurred around 8:30 p.m. and registered magnitude 5.6 with an epicenter about 73 miles west of Ferndale in Humboldt County.  
Oklahoma’s 5.6-Magnitude Earthquake Sparks Fracking Fears
One of the strongest earthquakes ever recorded in Oklahoma rattled a state where seismic activity has become a growing concern, sending tremors through six neighboring states, the United States Geological Survey said on Saturday.  
Venezuelan President Is Chased by Angry Protesters
President Nicolás Maduro was chased at a routine political event by a crowd of angry protesters banging on pots and yelling that they were hungry, just days after thousands of Venezuelans took to the streets to call for his ouster, local news media reported on Saturday.  
The Fed may be preparing for the unthinkable — negative interest rates in America
Negative interest rates are spreading like a virus. Central banks in the Eurozone, Switzerland, Sweden, and Japan all have below-zero policy rates. “NIRP,” as economists call a negative interest rate policy, is a desperation move—but the only move those central banks have.  
As Chicago Violence Soars, Officers Told To Stay Home In Protest Of “Continued Disrespect Of Police”
Earlier this week we wrote about how August was the deadliest month recorded in Chicago in 20 years (see “Chicago Records “Most Violent Month In 20 Years””). In fact, YTD Chicago has recorded more homicides than New York City and Los Angeles, combined. Now, as we head into the long Labor Day weekend, the Chicago Fraternal Order of Police is urging its rank and file members to deny overtime requests this weekend “to protest the continued disrespect of Chicago Police Officers and the killings of Law Enforcement Officers across our Country.”  
Hillary Promises To Deliver Regular Press Conferences… On One Condition
As of today, it has been 273 (call it an absolute zero) days since Clinton’s last formal press conference on December 4, 2015, something even the left-leaning WaPo and NYT have expressed outrage against. Naturally, as questions mount if and when the Democratic Presidential candidate will finally speak to the press, overnight Clinton’s press secretary, Brian Fallon, had some good news, when he assured an ABC News podcast that she will hold regular press conferences, but under one condition. That she is president, or as Nancy Pelosi might put it, “you have to elect her, to ask her questions.”  
03 Sep 16
Government Workers Now Outnumber Manufacturing Workers by 9,932,000
Government employees in the United States outnumber manufacturing employees by 9,932,000, according to data released today by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Federal, state and local government employed 22,213,000 people in August, while the manufacturing sector employed 12,281,000.  
Jack Ma: Wars start when trade stops
Jack Ma has a warning for those who see globalization as a problem: When trade stops, wars can follow. “We should keep on going along the path of globalization,” Ma said Friday in Hangzhou, China. “Globalization is good… when trade stops, war comes.” The executive chairman of Alibaba (BABA, Tech30) said he hopes the anti-globalization fervor…will ease after U.S. elections in November.  
Soros Foundation Eyed Stronger Internet Regulation in TPP Negotiations
A leaked document from George Soros’s Open Society Foundations reveals the organization was seeking to influence the positions of Latin American governments in negotiating the Transpacific Partnership Agreement… Soros’s organization does not appear to support the TPP outright, but expressed interest in influencing the sweeping internationalist treaty, including the treaty’s positions on Internet regulation.  
Syrians leave besieged Damascus suburb of Muadhamiya
Three hundred people are leaving a besieged rebel-held suburb of Syria’s capital, Damascus, as part of what the government has described as an amnesty. Buses came to Muadhamiya on Friday to pick up displaced residents of nearby Darayya, another rebel bastion that was evacuated after surrendering last week. They will go to a temporary housing area in government-controlled Harjaleh.  
Migrant crisis: Hungary police recruit ‘border-hunters’
The Hungarian police are advertising for 3,000 “border-hunters”, who will reinforce up to 10,000 police and soldiers patrolling a razor-wire fence built to keep migrants out. The new recruits, like existing officers, will carry pistols with live ammunition, and have pepper spray, batons, handcuffs and protective kit.  
Paris climate deal: US and China announce ratification
The US and China – together responsible for 40% of the world’s carbon emissions – have now both ratified the Paris global climate agreement. After arriving with other leaders of G20 nations for a summit in the city of Hangzhou, Mr Obama said: “History will judge today’s effort as pivotal.” CO2 emissions are the driving force behind climate change.  

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