AP Top News – November 29, 2017
U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley says North Korea’s ballistic missile launch “brings us closer to war” that the U.S. doesn’t seek.
She told an emergency meeting of the U.N. Security Council on Wednesday that if war comes as a result of further acts of “aggression” like the latest launch “make no mistake the North Korean regime will be utterly destroyed.”
Haley says the Trump administration warned North Korea that its future is in the hands of its leaders and the choice was theirs.
With Tuesday’s launch, she said, Kim Jong Un’s regime made a choice — “and with this choice comes a critical choice for the rest of the world.”
She called on all countries to cut all ties to North Korea.
DW – November 29, 2017
The EU and the UK are close to agreement on the final Brexit ‘divorce bill’ — the share of EU liabilities the UK will pay upon leaving the bloc — according to several reports in the British media reported late on Tuesday.
The BBC, the Financial Times, the Guardian and several other British newspapers and media outlets are reporting that following a UK government cabinet meeting last week, the British significantly upped their offer to Brussels, coming much closer than they previously had to the EU’s estimate of the UK’s financial obligations.
According to several EU diplomats and officials, intense negotiations have led to the UK broadly agreeing to the terms of a financial settlement that could see the country paying a net amount of at least €50 billion ($59 billion) over a period of several years after it leaves the EU in March 2019.
When asked on Wednesday about the reports, the EU’s chief negotiator on Brexit Michel Barnier said: “We are working really, really hard on these subjects. I hope that I can report that we have been able to negotiate a deal.”
Benjamin Weinthal – November 29, 2017
Members of the small Jewish community in the West German city of Bochum announced that they will no longer wear kippot because of attacks on them by Muslim youths.
Rabbi Abraham Cooper, the associate dean of the Simon Wiesenthal Center, told The Jerusalem Post on Tuesday, “Germans, more than any other people in Europe, should understand what starts with the Jews never ends with the Jews. When I raised the issue brought to Germany by many Arab and Muslim immigrants with the German justice minister, I was told this issue would be dealt with in the context of the German authorities’ efforts to integrate newcomers into German life and values.”
He added, “The German authorities, Church leadership and NGOs have a moral obligation to ensure 21st century German Jews will never have to hide their Jewish identities on the streets of Germany.”
Cooper said that he has not heard of any government efforts to rope in antisemitism among Muslim communities in the Federal Republic since his 2014 meeting with the justice minister.
Sputnik News – November 29, 2017
Rising sea levels caused by climate change are now causing water to seep into a massive US nuclear test waste dump in the Pacific, potentially leaking radioactive material with a half-life of more than 24,000 years into the ocean.
Runit Dome, on the large coral atoll of Enewetak in the Marshall Islands, contains 85,000 cubic meters of soil mixed with contaminated debris from dozens of US atomic weapons tests conducted there in the mid-20th century.
The people of Enewetak Atoll refer to the dome simply as the “tomb.”
“The dome is the connection between the nuclear age and the climate change age,” says Marshall Islands climate change activist Alson Kelen, ABC news reported.
“It’ll be a very devastating event if it really leaks. We’re not just talking about the Marshall Islands, we’re talking the whole Pacific.”
Margi Murphy – November 9, 2017
TINY human brains injected into rats have sparked a major ethical debate among scientists worried it may give the rodents some type of human consciousness.
Esteemed science ethicists claim the experiments might reach a point where the test lab rats will be “entitled to some kind of respect”.
Advances in science have allowed experts to connect tiny human brains with that of a rat.
To do this, they created clumps of cells that behave similarly to human brains called organoids.
Several labs have inserted those organoids into rat brains, connected them to blood vessels and successfully grown physical links.
TruNews – November 28, 2017
VERO BEACH, FL(TruNews) According to South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) an “unidentified ballistic missile” was launched around 3:17 a.m. local time in vicinity of Pyongsong in South Pyongan Province.
Japanese officials are claiming three separate ballistic missiles were launched in total, with one landing inside the Economic Exclusion Zone (EEZ), a 200 nautical mile region between Japan and the Korean peninsula.
The Japanese Cabinet Office and the Japanese Coast Guard also confirmed a missile landed inside the EEZ.
Local Japanese media reports at least one of the projectiles flew for 50 minutes before landing in Japanese waters.
Joel Schipper – November 28, 2017
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) — A Louisville family is shaken up but unharmed after a truck slammed into the front of their house on New Cut Road near West Indian Trail last week.
The driver, an 11-year-old girl whose family said has autism, reportedly said she did it on purpose.
“It sounded like a bomb went off,” said Joshua Pate, whose home was damaged. “Everybody was in shock. Everybody’s still in shock.”
Pate had just gotten home from work around 2:30 p.m. Friday when the crashed happened. Five children were sitting in the living room at the time of the crash.
He believes the couch saved their lives.
“The loveseat slid around and made kind of like a barrier … the back of it is kind of high and I think the kids just slid with the loveseat,” Pate said.
The girl who was driving was not injured, but Pate heard her talking with police after they arrived on scene.
“(The officer) couldn’t believe what she said. He was like ‘excuse me?’ And she said, ‘I wanted to kill people.’ And he said ‘I’m sorry, what did you say?’ And she said, ‘I wanted to kill people,” Pate said.
Mark Swanson – November 27, 2017
Accountability and a “palpable sense of terror” are finally starting to catch up to Planned Parenthood after eight years of a pro-abortion president, Susan B. Anthony List President Marjorie Dannenfelser wrote in a column for The Daily Signal.
Dannenfelser cited two recent events that show the abortion provider’s carte blanche model is coming to an abrupt end under President Donald Trump:
“These two major breakthroughs would have been inconceivable under the Obama administration, which repeatedly abused federal power to prop up the abortion industry,” Dannenfelser wrote in the Daily Signal.
Mac Slavo – November 28, 2017
Scarlet fever cases are now at 50-year-high sparking concerns for researchers, as they are baffled as to how “Victorian-era” diseases are making a comeback. The disease has been on the rise since 2014, and researchers are failing to find the cause.
Scarlet fever hit its highest level in England for 50 years, with more than 17,000 cases reported in 2016 according to research in the Lancet. The infection is most common in children under the age of 10 and although highly contagious (being spread easily with a cough) is easily cured with a round of antibiotics. But that, in and of itself, raises concerns of the disease becoming resistant to antibiotics, creating a global pandemic.
Doctors are urging the public to be aware of symptoms, which include a rosy rash, and seek help from their doctor. Data for 2017 suggests the rate of infection may be falling, but experts remain cautious, saying it is “too early to tell.” Normally, first world nations have a better chance of handling an outbreak such as this, but England is on the verge of losing control over this scarlet fever outbreak.
Charlie Nash – November 27, 2017
Twitter users celebrated a Christmas nativity scene featuring two gay Josephs last week.
“Our neighbor’s two Joseph nativity is up & I’m beaming,” posted Cameron Esposito, host of Queery Podcast, on Friday, along with a photo showing two models of Joseph dressed in pink surrounding baby Jesus.
The post, which received over 20,000 likes, quickly went viral, receiving praise from hundreds of accounts.
Meanwhile, another account posted a photo of their own “gaytivity” featuring two Marys.