19 Dec 15
3.1 Earthquake Strikes near San Ramon, California
shallow magnitude 3.1 earthquake was reported Saturday morning in San
Ramon, Calif., according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The temblor
occurred at 12:34 a.m. Pacific time at a depth of 5.6 miles.  
Chile earthquake: Strong tremor strikes east of Ovalle
strong earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 6.0 has struck east
of the city of Ovalle in Chile’s Limarí province, seismologists say,
with shaking felt over a large area.  
In Barack Obama’s America, ISIS Wins and Americans Die
last night Barack Obama says he has not watched enough cable television
to know that Americans were upset about Paris and California. Consider
that for a minute. Maybe the Democrats who whisper that he has Aspergers
are right. The President did not watch enough television to understand
that people were upset.  
U.N. endorses Syria peace plan in rare show of unity among big powers
United Nations Security Council on Friday unanimously approved a
resolution endorsing an international road map for a Syria peace
process, a rare show of unity among major powers on a conflict that has
claimed more than a quarter million lives.
The resolution gives a U.N. blessing to a plan negotiated previously in
Vienna that calls for a ceasefire, talks between the Syrian government
and opposition, and a roughly two-year timeline to create a unity
government and hold elections.  
Turkish official: Deal with Israel ‘close’
and Israel are “close” to an agreement on a deal to normalize ties
after positive progress was made on Ankara’s key demands in closed-door
negotiations, a Turkish official said on Friday,  
Putin says easy to work both with Assad and US on Syria conflict
the Syrian crisis, we find it easy to work both with President Assad
and the American side. I have recently spoken about this with (US)
President (Barack) Obama, and with our friends from Saudi Arabia, and
from other Arab nations,” Putin said.  
pair of CMEs billowed away from the sun on Dec 16th. NOAA forecasters
say that both are likely to hit Earth on Dec. 18th and 19th. These are
relatively minor storm clouds. Nevertheless, the double blow could spark
G2-class geomagnetic storms over the weekend.  
Students Sing “Allah Akbar” at Holiday Concert
says Merry Christmas like a Ramadan song – at least in Blaine,
Minnesota. There was a big controversy after Thursday’s holiday concert
at the local high school – when the teenagers belted out a praise song
to Allah.
I’m sure a number of Lutherans along with other Protestant parents
spewed their egg nog when they heard their offspring singing, “Allah
Akbar, Allah Akbar.”  
Did you feel Friday’s quake?
Did you feel the earthquake today? The one that happened in Lake Ontario?  
Earthquake strikes near popular tourist destination of Vanuatu
6.2 magnitude earthquake struck northeast of the islands of Vanuatu in
the South Pacific Ocean. This quake occurred on December 19, 2015,
02:10:53 UTC.  
Moderate quake hits parts of Uttarakhand
A moderate earthquake measuring 5.4 on the Richter scale rocked parts of Uttarakhand in the wee hours today.
Epicentred in the India-Nepal border region, the earthquake occurred at 3.47 am, the MeT department here said.  
Scientists Ponder How to Create Artificial Intelligence That Won’t Destroy Us
recognizing their work is breaking out of the research lab and into the
real world, grappled during a daylong summit on Dec. 10 in Montreal
with such ethical issues as how to prevent computers that are smarter
than humans from putting people out of work, adding complications to
legal proceedings, or, even worse, seeking to harm society.  
couples could soon have children with traits of BOTH fathers:
‘Multiplex parenting’ could allow up to 32 people to contribute to

Scientific advances will soon allow children to
have any number of parents, legal experts warn.

The arrival of ‘multiplex parenting’ is a ‘mere matter of time’ as the
techniques have been shown to work on mice, according to a study.

In theory, any number of parents from three upwards – of either sex –
could contribute DNA to create a baby.  

Massive spending bill and tax plan passes US Congress
US congressional leaders have passed a $1.1 trillion (£730 billion) spending bill, avoiding a government shutdown.

The massive bill includes both Republican-backed initiatives and Democratic priorities.

The spending bill, passed in combination with a tax plan, easily made it through the House and Senate.  

Migrant crisis: EU needs ‘massive’ resettlement programme
head of the UN refugee agency, UNHCR, has urged European leaders to set
up a “massive” refugee resettlement programme.

Antonio Guterres said moves to speed up the processing of asylum seekers
in Greece was welcome but “not enough”.

He was speaking as a new UN report warned that the number of forcibly
displaced people worldwide would “far surpass” a record 60 million this

China pollution: Factories closed by Beijing smog
were forced off the road and factories closed in Beijing on Saturday
after the city was once again blanketed by hazardous smog.

The government issued a level-four red alert on Friday – the most
serious of a four-tier warning system.

The alert, the second in as many weeks, means schools have to close and
half the vehicles banned.  

China accuses US of B-52 ‘provocation’ over Spratly Islands
has accused the US of “serious provocation” after it flew B-52 bombers
near one of the disputed Spratly Islands in the South China Sea.

Chinese military personnel were put on “high alert” during the incident
on 10 December, and issued warnings to leave.

The Pentagon said it was looking into the complaint.  

Turkey fires back at Iraq over troops, says Iraq undermines global ISIS fight
accused Iraq on Friday of undermining the global fight against Islamic
State militants by taking its complaint about the deployment of Turkish
troops in northern Iraq to the United Nations Security Council.

The 15-member council met on the issue on Friday at the request of Iraq
and Foreign Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari who asked the body to adopt a
resolution demanding Turkey withdraw its troops immediately.  

Sanders regains access to voter files after bitter fight over data breach
Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders regained access to
crucial voter files on Friday after taking the Democratic National
Committee to court and accusing party leaders of trying to undermine his
White House bid and help rival Hillary Clinton.  
Ancient Sword ‘Could Prove Romans Discovered America Before Columbus’
ancient sword found in water near Oak Island in Nova Scotia offers
proof the Romans found America, a researcher has claimed.

If true, the sword – found by fishermen in shallow waters – would
rewrite history, with Roman explorers having found America a millennia
before Columbus.  

Khomeini grandson gets cautious election blessing from the top
grandson of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini is expected to seek election
early next year to the body that chooses Iran’s supreme leader and is
said to have the cautious blessing of the incumbent, Ayatollah Ali
Israeli troops kill three Palestinians in W.Bank, Gaza unrest
Palestinian drivers Friday tried but failed to run down Israeli
security forces in the occupied West Bank, with one attacker shot dead
and the other wounded, Israeli officials said.  
German-made submarine heads to Israel for delivery
latest German-built Dolphin-class submarine INS Rahav is en route to
Haifa to be delivered to the Israeli Navy.

INS Rahav, given the Hebrew name for Greek god of the seas Poseidon, is
one of the Israeli Defense Force’s most expensive weapons. The vessel’s
voyage to Haifa comes roughly a decade after the Israeli government
placed the order to German defense contractor Howaldtswerke-Deutsche

Israel’s Fruitful Week in Science and Its Secret to Success
a country the size of New Jersey that seems to always be on the verge
of war, it is unlikely that Israel would be one of the world’s science
superpowers. But somehow, the State of Israel defeats all odds.  

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