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China seeks world role for ‘people’s money’

With deals from London to Singapore, China is seeking a greater role for its yuan currency in global markets to challenge the hegemony of the almighty dollar. The most attention-grabbing reform planned for Shanghai’s new free trade zone is free convertibility of the yuan — also known as the renminbi, or “people’s money” — an unprecedented change which would allow greater use of the currency. But no timetable has been specified, and a true contest between Mao Zedong, Communist China’s founding father whose face is emblazoned on most yuan notes, and Benjamin Franklin on the $100 bill will be years in the making. For decades the US has benefited to the tune of trillions of dollars-worth of free credit from the greenback’s role as the default global reserve unit. But as the global economy trembled before the prospect of a US default last month, only averted when Washington reached a deal to raise its debt ceiling, China’s official Xinhua news agency called for a “de-Americanised” world. More

SIGNS IN THE HEAVENS – Russian fireball shows meteor risk may be bigger

Scientists studying the terrifying meteor that exploded without warning over a Russian city last winter say the threat of space rocks smashing into Earth is bigger than they thought. Meteors about the size of the one that streaked through the sky at 42,000 mph and burst over Chelyabinsk in February — and ones even larger and more dangerous — are probably four to five times more likely to hit the planet than scientists believed before the fireball, according to three studies published Wednesday in the journals Nature and Science. Until Chelyabinsk, NASA had looked only for space rocks about 100 feet wide and bigger, figuring there was little danger below that. This meteor was only 62 feet wide but burst with the force of about 40 Hiroshima-type atom bombs, scientists say. It released a shock wave that shattered thousands of windows and injured more than 1,600 people, and its flash was bright enough to temporarily blind 70 people and cause dozens of skin-peeling sunburns just after dawn in icy Russia.More

BREAKING NEWS: Coordinated IED blasts strike outside China Communist Party provincial HQ

At least one person has been killed and eight wounded after a series of improvised devices exploded outside an office building of a provincial headquarters of the Communist Party of China in Taiyuan. Seven explosions occurred at around 07:40 local time near the Shanxi Provincial Committee of the Communist Party of China, South China Morning Post reports. One person has been killed and eight wounded and two cars damaged in the blasts, according to official reports.  The explosive devices were planted in roadside flowerbeds, according to CCTV, which added over 20 vehicles were damaged by the explosions including the passing buses. Ball bearings likely embedded within an improvised explosive device (IED) were found at the scene, Xinhua reports. More

Bill de Blasio wins mayor’s race in New York, ushering in new era of liberal governance

NEW YORK — Bill de Blasio overwhelmingly was elected mayor Tuesday, becoming the first Democrat to lead New York in 20 years and ushering in an era of activist liberal governance in the nation’s largest city. With 84 percent of precincts reporting results, de Blasio was trouncing Republican Joe Lhota, a protégé of former mayor Rudy Giuliani, by 73 percent to 24 percent early Wednesday.  De Blasio campaigned on a mantle of progressive change following Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg’s 12 years in office, highlighting what he saw as “a tale of two cities.” The moneyed Manhattan elite have had their mayor, he argued, and now the 46 percent of New Yorkers living at or near the poverty level need one of their own. De Blasio’s administration will be a laboratory of sorts for modern progressivism — testing whether an anti-establishment activist can effectively manage a sprawling municipal government and lessen growing inequality between the rich and poor. More

525 million smartphones with fingerprint sensors to ship in 2017

A total of 525 million smartphones with integrated fingerprint sensors will ship in 2017, up from 45.7 million in 2013. That’s the major finding from the MEMS and Sensors Service at IHS Inc., in a recent market research report. Shipments this year will surge by a factor 10 from a volume of 4.5 million in 2012, the firm notes. “Fingerprint scanning for security, authentication and other purposes has always been a conceptually attractive solution in smartphones,” Marwan Boustany, senior analyst, MEMS and Sensors, for HIS said. “However, cost, size, performance and reliability issues have prevented fingerprint sensors from attaining widespread adoption. With the introduction of the iPhone 5s, Apple has overcome these challenges and has offered a fingerprint sensor solution that delivers seamless functionality. Now that Apple has shown the way, competitors are in a race to enter the market with similar systems, propelling rapid growth in the coming years.” The research firm also estimates that together with Apple, Samsung is likely to drive most of the volume in the smartphone market, leading to the half-billion unit shipments forecast in 2017. More

Alleged LAX shooter’s letter mentions “New World Order”

LOS ANGELES – Twice in a week, young men have stormed into buildings and started shooting, first at the airport in Los Angeles last Friday, and then on Monday night at a mall in New Jersey. Mental illness seems to be at the center of many of these shootings as we learned more about the strange beliefs of the alleged L.A. airport killer. The FBI agents who searched Paul Ciancia’s apartment had a search warrant for his cell phone. They found it in his roommate’s car.  The warrant states they were looking for information “relating to Ciancia’s views on the legitimacy or activities of the United States Government, including the existence of a plot to impose a New World Order…”Shortly after the rampage, which took place at the airport’s Terminal 3, police say they found a one-page letter in Ciancia’s bag. It said he targeted TSA agents to “instill fear in your traitorous minds” and also mentioned “NWO,” or new world order. That’s a century-old conspiracy theory, according to Mark Potok who tracks extremist groups. More

Super Typhoon Haiyan a Serious Threat to the Philippines

Strengthening Super Typhoon Haiyan is posing a serious threat to lives and property across the Philippines. Haiyan became a super typhoon Wednesday morning, local time, with maximum sustained winds of 240 kph (150 mph). This makes the intensity of Haiyan equal to that of a powerful Category 4 hurricane in the Atlantic as it continues to track toward the Philippines. With its current track, Haiyan will cross over the Philippines Friday through Friday night. ”Haiyan will rival Utor as the strongest typhoon to hit the Philippines this year,” stated AccuWeather.com Meteorologist Eric Wanenchak.  ”Three storms [Nari, Utor and Krosa] have crossed the Philippines at typhoon strength so far this year. All three tracked across Luzon, while Haiyan is headed toward the central Philippines,” continued Wanenchak. Rain and wind will increase across the east-central Philippines Thursday night (local time) with conditions deteriorating from east to west Friday through Friday night as the powerful typhoon crosses the islands. More

Bibi is a Pain in the A** – Obama shares how he really feels about Netanyahu

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and U.S. President Barack Obama are not known to have had a good relationship, but the American president seems to have taken it a bit too far. In a new book that was released Tuesday, Obama is quoted as expressing what he really thinks about Netanyahu during his 2012 presidential campaign. According to the book, “Double Down,” Obama said that “We all know Bibi Netanyahu is a pain in the a**” when discussing the conflict between the Israelis and the Arabs. ”Double Down” was written by MSNBC correspondents Mark Halperin and John Heilemann and it reveals behind-the-scenes political stories from the American presidential race in 2012. The quote about Netanyahu by Obama, which was reportedly made during a meeting between the President and his aides a year before the elections, is the only time Israel is mentioned in the book. Relations between Obama and Netanyahu were strained during Obama’s first term, with supporters of Obama accusing Netanyahu of interfering in the U.S. election in favor of Obama’s rival, Mitt Romney. Supporters of Netanyahu, meanwhile, accused Obama of trying to keep Netanyahu from being reelected last January. More

DAYS OF LOT – Illinois legislature passes gay marriage bill, paving the way for legalization

Illinois is set to become the 15th state and largest in the heartland to allow same-sex couples to marry. State senators approved technical changes Tuesday to a measure legalizing gay weddings, shortly after a historic favorable vote in the state House. The bill now goes to Gov. Pat Quinn, who has said he’ll sign it into law. Quinn said the House “put our state on the right side of history” with its vote, adding “Illinois is a place that embraces all people and today, we are an example for the nation.” The state will start allowing same-sex marriages next summer. In a statement released by the White House, President Obama had high praise for the Illinois General Assembly, where he once served. More

Billy Graham to give ‘final, most important’ message on his 95th Birthday

On his 95th birthday Nov. 7, the most famous Protestant evangelist of the 20th century will give what could be his final and most important message to the world. In the months leading up to the unprecedented event, Billy Graham has declared in an exclusive interview with WND that signs of the end of the age are “converging now for the first time since Jesus made those predictions.” In his new book, “The Reason for My Hope: Salvation,” Graham wrote the Second Coming of Jesus Christ is “near” and the United States “can’t go on much longer in the sea of immorality without judgment coming.” Now, in a trailer to “The Cross,” the primary program in the My Hope America with Billy Graham evangelistic outreach, Graham said that with “all my heart I want to leave you with the truth.” “We have been going down the wrong road for a long time,” Graham told WND. “Seemingly, man has learned to live without God, preoccupied and indifferent toward him and concerned only about material security and pleasure. “And yet mankind is also adrift morally and spiritually, confused and fearful because he does not know where he is or where he is going. He lives in a world dangerously torn by hate and violence and conflict, and yet he feels powerless to do anything about them. He also knows his own heart is driven by destructive passions and motives he cannot seem to control or change.” Graham – who has preached to more people, 2.2 billion, than any Protestant in history and has appeared on Gallup’s list of the “Ten Most Admired Men in the World” 56 times since 1955, more than any individual on the planet – told WND that people need to repent of their sins, turn to God and “take the narrow road that Jesus talks about in the Bible.” More

‘Invisible’ insect-sized drones may soon be used by the U.S. Army

Sure, flying insects are annoying, but they have one huge advantage over humans: the gift of enhanced mobility. Insects are small and nimble enough to get into almost any tight space, so it makes sense to create a similarly sized drone for stealth military missions. Clocking in at a tiny eight-inches long and 2.1 ounces light, the PD-100 Black Hornet, was previously a mere prototype back in 2009, developed by Norwegian company Prox Dynamics AS. It has already been put to work by British infantrymen in Afghanistan, scouting possible routes for enemy ambushes or secretively flying over enemy compound walls for a look inside. The pocket-sized drones, which were unveiled at the Association of the U.S. Army Expo for the first time last week, are meant for a soldier’s personal use, not unlike a walkie talkie, and is similarly easy to operate. Using GPS waypoints to a designated target, the Black Hornet can fly a full 20-25 minutes before needing to recharge, meaning the drone can travel nearly 4,000 feet in one go. More

Face-Scanning Screens That Can Determine Your Age and Gender Are Coming to a Gas Station Near You

Next time you absent-mindedly watch the ads as you’re waiting to pay for a tank of gas, they might be watching you back. Digital advertising company Amscreen (a division of Alan Sugar’s Amshold) has announced a deal with British supermarket giant Tesco to roll out its OptimEyes technology across their 450 petrol forecourts. Screens near the pump will have a built-in camera with facial detection to measure how many people are viewing, and to determine their gender and age range based on visual features. In a press release, Amscreen claims the tech will “help to deliver more measurable campaigns for advertisers, as well as more relevant on screen content for the Tesco customer.” It’s not quite as slick (or intrusive) as the infamous personalized ads in Minority Report, as the system only uses facial detection, not facial recognition—so it won’t be tracking your individual consumer habits like some stores in Japan. Rather, it will enable advertisers to target specific demographics depending on who’s most likely to be looking at the screen at different times and locations, and to get a more accurate picture of how successful their campaigns are. Because viewer data is fed back live, ads could also be moved around on the fly to optimize exposure to relevant consumers. More

Indonesia volcano, Mount Sinabung, spews ash 23,000 feet high

A volcano in western Indonesia erupted again Sunday, unleashing volcanic ash high into the sky and forcing the evacuation of villagers living around its slope. Officials raised Mount Sinabung’s alert status to the second-highest level after the 2,600-meter (8,530-foot) -high mountain erupted early Sunday, said National Disaster Mitigation Agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho. Authorities were working to evacuate residents from four North Sumatra province villages located within the mountain’s three-kilometer (two-mile) danger zone, Nugroho said. About 1,300 villagers have been relocated to safer areas so far. The Jakarta Post reported: “A thundering sound was heard for around 10 minutes on Sunday morning as volcanic ash rose to around 7,000 meters (23,000 feet) above the peak of the volcano. As many as 1,293 residents from Mardinding and Sukameriah villages have been evacuated due to an increase in seismic activities of the volcano. The figure is likely to increase as more residents from three villages – Bekerah, Simacem and Sukameriah – are prepared to evacuate to Namanteran.” More

Yellowstone National Park’s recent earthquake swarm noted by scientists

Southwestern Montana and Yellowstone National Park are certainly no strangers to earthquakes, but in September, several clusters of earthquakes were raising the eyebrows of scientists. Small earthquakes are normal around Yellowstone National Park, but between September 10th and 16th, early 130 small magnitude earthquakes with different epicenters ratled the park. These clusters of earthquakes are known as swarms. Mike Stickney, the director of Earthquake Studies at Montana Tech in Butte, said, “Earthquake clusters kind of come in two flavors. One is a main shock-aftershock sequence where the main shock is a big earthquake followed by smaller earthquakes that typically die away with time. A swarm is just is a bunch of earthquakes without any outstanding earthquake. You get numerous earthquakes with similar magnitude in that sequence of events.” More

Senate close to passing bill to ban discrimination against gay workers

DAYS OF LOT -The Senate moved closer to passing a historic piece of legislation Monday that would ban discrimination against gay workers, signaling a dramatic shift in political attitudes on the issue. Seven Republicans joined 54 members of the Democratic caucus in voting to formally begin considering the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA). The 61 to 30 margin virtually guarantees its passage this week. It has been more than 17 years since the Senate voted on the issue, and Monday’s vote was a vivid illustration of how new political currents have forced lawmakers from both parties to catch up with an electorate that is increasingly supportive of gay rights. Fourteen states have legalized same-sex marriage, and a majority of Americans believe gay couples should have the right to wed. Advocates still face long odds in getting the legislation to President Obama’s desk. House Speaker John A. Boehner (Ohio), who leads a GOP caucus dominated by social conservatives, reiterated his opposition to the measure Monday and said he would not bring it to the House floor regardless of its fate in the Senate. More

5 Reasons Shacking Up Before Marriage Is a Bad Idea

Are you single or dating someone you think may be the one? Or do you have kids who are dating and may be thinking wedding bells at some point? If so, you may want to consider the importance of marrying before moving in together or of teaching your kids about the pitfalls of shacking up. More and more couples are choosing to move in together before marriage. One reason is to save on rent. Yes, saving on rent. Saving on rent is not, and should not be, a reason to live with someone who may or may not become your spouse. In fact, it is a really bad reason. Below are five reasons shacking up is a bad idea:
1. No blessings from God. The Bible considers shacking up the opposite of a legitimate marriage. A legitimate marriage consists of a union between a man and woman who have made a covenant and commitment. Shacking up involves neither. Marriage was a union created by God and is a union God blesses.
2. Your relationship will probably end. An article on Examiner.com states that 80 percent of shacking-up relationships end before marriage or in divorce after marriage. So, it is 80/20 against you getting married or staying married to that person. One reason is because there is not a commitment when you move in before marriage. A relationship without commitment will not last, and marriage is the biggest commitment you can make in life.

3. Your children will be negatively affected. To the parents who have children, your kids are three times as likely to be expelled from school or get pregnant, five times more likely to live in poverty, and 22 times more likely to be incarcerated—all because you choose to live with someone you’re not married to.

4. It makes you lazy. As a married man, I know that once dating ends, the relationship changes. Living together removes the “being your best” part of your relationship. Kind of like most job interviews—you wore the suit to the interview, but once hired, you show up in khakis and a polo. And if you’re living with a woman and getting some of the “benefits” of marriage—sex, having someone to help around the house, sharing the bills—you can also get lazy about taking the next step in your relationship.
5. Saving on rent. Mentioned above. Charisma

14 Facts About The Absolutely Crazy Internet Stock Bubble That Could Crash And Burn In 2014

Shouldn’t Internet companies actually “make a profit” at some point before being considered worth billions of dollars?  A lot of investors laugh when they look back at the foolishness of the “Dotcom bubble” of the late 1990s, but the tech bubble that is inflating right in front of our eyes today is actually far worse.  For example, what would you say if I told you that a seven-year-old company that has a long history of not being profitable and that actually lost 64 million dollars last quarter is worth more than 13 billion dollars?  You would probably say that I was insane, but the company that I have just described is Twitter and Wall Street is going crazy for it right now.  Please don’t get me wrong – I actually love Twitter.  On my Twitter account I have sent out thousands of “tweets”.  Twitter is a lot of fun, and it has had a huge impact on the entire planet.  But is it worth 13 billion dollars?  Of course not.More

Barilla Pasta Announces Internal Changes After Backlash Following Chairman’s Anti-Gay Comments

After Barilla’s chairman, Guido Barilla, made anti-gay remarks on an Italian radio show that led to major backlash against the pasta product company, Barilla may not be eating those words. On Monday, the company announced on its website that it will try to make Barilla a more diverse workplace and create a more inclusive television ad campaign. Barilla issued a statement on its website saying it would introduce a “Diversity & Inclusion Board” and hire a Global Diversity Officer. In addition, the company will participate in the Human Rights Campaign’s Corporate Equality Index, which “measures and rates large companies on their policies and practices pertinent to lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered employees.” The company also pledged to build on what they say has always been a company commitment to diversity. More

SIGNS IN THE SUN – Sun Unleashes Massive x-Class Solar Flare

One of the largest sunspots of the current solar cycle (SS#24) emerged over the sun’s eastern limb three days ago and now has unleashed a giant X3-class flare!  NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory recorded the extreme ultraviolet flash at about 5:15 pm local time.  Although the flare was very intense, it was brief and this should help to mitigate any impacts on Earth.   However, the blast is associated with sunspot AR1890 which has become increasingly active over the last 24 hours. This image courtesy SpaceWeather.gov shows the progression in solar activity since early this morning. The sunspot in question, located in the lower-left hemisphere of the sun, is slowly rotating towards us and poses a high risk of additional eruptions over the next few days.  If this occurs, then the risk of a damaging geomagnetic storm goes up.   Something we’ll be watching closely for the remainder of the week. Earlier today, AR1890 unleashed an M2.5 class flare.  See video of that eruption below. WDRB

BREAKING NEWS: US intelligence suggests Syria may hide some chemical weapons

BREAKING NEWS -The United States is looking at new classified intelligence indicating the Syrian government may not fully declare its chemical weapons stockpile, CNN has learned. That would mean it will still have a secret cache of chemical weapons even after the current agreed-upon destruction effort is carried out. The intelligence is not definitive but “there are various threads of information that would shake our confidence,” one U.S. official said. “They have done things recently that suggest Syria is not ready to get rid of all their chemical weapons.” CNN has spoken to several U.S. officials with access to the latest intelligence on Syria, who confirmed the information. All declined to be identified because of the sensitivity of the data. U.S. intelligence agencies, the Defense Department, the State Department and White House are all reviewing the information. One official cautioned there is not yet a definitive U.S. conclusion about Syrian intentions based on this intelligence, but there is an effort to gather corroborating information and better understand what the regime may be up to. There is agreement among U.S. officials that Syria’s official declarations to the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) have been made largely in good faith after the threat of military action by the United States for Syria’s use of chemical weapons against civilians. The United States believes Syrian President Bashar al-Assad understands not to do that again. National Security Council spokesperson Bernadette Meehan issued a statement Tuesday evening saying: “We continue to review and assess the completeness and accuracy of Syria’s declaration to the OPCW. However, in accordance with OPCW regulations, Syria’s declaration is confidential, and we will not publicly discuss its details or our assessment of it. For further details, we would refer you to the OPCW.” More

New Zealand teen sex ring ‘Roast Busters’ name and shame victims

A group of teenage boys in Auckland calling themselves the ‘Roast Busters’ have been exposed by New Zealand news network 3 News for operating what amounts to an organised rape ring of local girls, many of them underage.

Members of the group have been using Facebook to recruit other perpetrators to their gang, the hilarious purpose of which has been to ply girls with alcohol until intoxication and then gang rape them. As if that weren’t bad enough, the ‘Roast Busters’ (and what is it with groups of sexually violent misogynists adopting childish monikers to fuel a sense of belonging and superiority?) then used that same Facebook page to name and shame their victims, many of whom were then vilified as ‘sluts’ for allowing themselves to be ‘roasted’ by a gang of entitled rapists.  continue

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