Philippines Reports Chinese Ship Movement Around Disputed Reefs /North Korea Holds American Over Bible Left in Hotel /Vodafone reveals existence of secret wires that allow state surveillance/Woman arrested after found ‘naked with at least three boys between 7 and 10 and more signs of JESUS’ soon return

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Philippines Reports Chinese Ship Movement Around Disputed Reefs

China is moving ships around disputed reefs in the South China Sea that could be used to reclaim land and build structures, President Benigno S. Aquino III of the Philippines said on Thursday. The statement by Mr. Aquino comes as China has been more aggressive in pushing its territorial claims in the South China Sea, having recently enraged Vietnam by placing an oil rig in disputed waters. Philippine officials said the Chinese ships were photographed from the air near the Gaven and Calderon Reefs, two areas of the Spratly Islands, a part of the South China Sea that includes reefs and islets claimed by China, the Philippines and Vietnam. More

4 in 10 Americans Believe God Created Earth 10,000 Years Ago

Four in 10 Americans believe God created the Earth and anatomically modern humans, less than 10,000 years ago, according to a new Gallup poll. About half of Americans believe humans evolved over millions of years, with most of those people saying that God guided the process. Religious, less educated, and older respondents were likelier to espouse a young Earth creationist view — that life was created some 6,000 to 10,000 years ago — according to the poll. Though the percentage of people who believe in creationism has changed little over the decades, the percentage of people who believe humans evolved without God has more than doubled, and the percentage who believe in God-guided evolution has decreased.More

El Niño Likely: 70 Percent Chance by Summer

Time to place your bets: The chance of an El Niño developing this year continues to rise, forecasters with the National Atmospheric and Oceanic Administration said today (June 5). NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center (CPC) puts the odds of an El Niño at 70 percent this month and 80 percent during the fall and winter. But it’s too soon to officially declare an El Niño, because the ocean and atmosphere are sending mixed signals, the CPC said in its monthly El Niño outlook, released today. First, a quick definition: An El Niño is part of a natural climate cycle called the El Niño Southern Oscillation. The cycle swings between warmer water (an El Niño) to colder water (La Niña) in the eastern Pacific Ocean. More

Here’s What The Pentagon Thinks A Chinese Attack On Taiwan Would Look Like

A Pentagon report to Congress on China’s military capabilities delves into one of international politics’ perennial nightmare scenarios: what if China decided to retake the island of Taiwan by force? This grim thought experiment appears in the Defense Department’s annual report on ” Military and Security Developments Involving the People’s Republic of China.” Taiwan has been governed separately from mainland China ever since the Chinese civil war in the late 1940s. Under U.S. law, Taiwan is still a part of China — even though American relations with the country are close to what they would be with any other independent state. In 2011, for instance, Taiwan was the world’s largest purchaser of U.S. defense items and services, and the island has bought over $12 billion in American weapons systems since 2010. More

North Korea Holds American Over Bible Left in Hotel

An American tourist is being held in North Korea reportedly for leaving a Bible in a hotel room as he was leaving the country, according to news reports in North and South Korea. He was identified in Korean without providing the English spelling, but it translates to Jeffrey Edward Fowle. ”The U.S. citizen, who entered the DPRK (North Korea) on April 29 as a tourist, engaged in activities that were in breach of DPRK’s laws,” the country’s official Korean Central News Agency said today. More

Freed Taliban Commander Vows To Return To War Against US

The deepest concerns of critics of President Obama’s decision to release five Taliban commanders from Guantanamo Bay, Cuba in exchange for Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl may be coming to fruition. One of the commanders, Noorullah Noori, has plans to return to Afghanistan to resume fighting against the U.S., according to NBC News which spoke to another Taliban commander. “After arriving in Qatar, Noorullah Noori kept insisting he would go to Afghanistan and fight American forces there,” the commander told NBC News. Last Saturday, Obama announced the release of Mohammad Fazl, Mohammed Nabi, Khairullah Khairkhwa, Abdul Haq Wasiq and Noori in exchange for Bergdahl, who was captured by the Taliban in eastern Afghanistan after he disappeared from his Army platoon on June 30, 2009. Some members of Congress blasted the deal, saying they feared that the five Taliban would take up where they left off in their fight against the U.S. Others think that the exchange was a bad deal for the U.S. given reports that Bergdahl deserted his unit. More

Judge Orders NSA To Stop Destroying Evidence — For Third Time.

A federal judge has ordered the government to stop destroying National Security Agency surveillance records that could be used to challenge the legality of its spying programs in court. U.S. District Court Judge Jeffrey White’s ruling came at the request of the Electronic Frontier Foundation, which is in the midst of a case challenging NSA’s ability to surveil foreign citizen’s U.S.-based email and social media accounts. According to the EFF, the signals intelligence agency and the Department of Justice were knowingly destroying key evidence in the case by purposefully misinterpreting earlier preservation orders by multiple courts, multiple times. In February, the DOJ asked the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court to keep metadata beyond the five-year retention limit to address pending lawsuits from organizations like EFF and the American Civil Liberties Union, which alleged NSA illegally surveilled their clients. More

Economist: Banks Preparing to Charge Customers For Deposits.

In the week that the European Central Bank cut its deposit rate for banks from zero to -0.1%, economist Martin Armstrong warns that negative interest rates are coming to the United States, meaning that Americans will be forced to pay just to keep their money in the bank. In a move described as unprecedented, the ECB became the first central bank in history to cut any main interest rate to negative yesterday, part of a package of measures designed to encourage banks to provide more loans to businesses and households. Many view the policy as a desperate sign of Europe’s faltering economic recovery. Critics claim that the action will do little to spur growth while threatening to cause inflation and unemployment. While banks in the EU have not indicated whether or not the costs will be passed on to consumers, the New York Times’ Neil Irwin asserts that this is inevitable.More

Woman arrested after found ‘naked with at least three boys between 7 and 10′.

A 30-year old Sioux Falls woman has been charged with rape, sexual contact with a child, and sexual exploitation of a minor after her boyfriend discovered her naked in their apartment Wednesday night with at least three boys between age 7 and 10. Sioux Falls police spokesman Sam Clemens said Anne Elizabeth Doubler’s boyfriend returned home with the couple’s 4-year-old son and caught her with the boys. The incident took place in their apartment in the 600 block of North Lewis Avenue. ”They walked in to the apartment and ended up seeing her completely naked,” Clemens said. The boyfriend told police that Doubler admitted to having sexual contact with the boys, Clemens said. He then called police as the other boys scattered, he said. More

Bill Gates could buy every home in Boston — still have $1 billion left!

At a certain point, the wealth of the mega-rich becomes so massive as to surpass imagination. Can a person who is not worth tens of billions of dollars truly grasp the difference between Bill Gates (net worth: $78.1 billion as of Thursday, according to Forbes) and Warren Buffett (net worth: $65.6 billion)? Sure, we intellectually understand the difference, in the same way we understand that Mars is closer to the sun than Neptune; we know, but we know from a distance, because we will never personally approach this gulf. Here’s another way to look at this staggering accumulation of wealth: If Bill Gates took every dollar of his net worth (most of which comes from Cascade Investment, his investment firm, as well as Microsoft), he could afford to buy every home in Boston — and still be worth more than a billion dollars, according to a new report from the online real estate site Redfin. More

 

37.2%: Percentage Not in Labor Force Remains at 36-Year High

The percentage of American civilians 16 or older who do not have a job and are not actively seeking one remained at a 36-year high in May, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. In December, April, and now May, the labor force participation rate has been 62.8 percent. That means that 37.2 percent were not participating in the labor force during those months. Before December, the last time the labor force participation rate sunk as low as 62.8 percent was February 1978, when it was also 62.8 percent. At that time, Jimmy Carter was president. More

Eggs made from plants, invisible stores: the future of retail

The focus on retail in 2014 is on the future, especially in Canada, with companies large and small scrambling to catch up to the U.S. when it comes to e-commerce. But what does the more distant future hold? What will retail look like in 10 years? Bob Johansen, distinguished fellow, Institute for the Future, has immersed himself in scouting for what might be next. The Institute for the Future is a California-based non-profit research centre specializing in long-term forecasts. Here are examples Johansen brought to retailers who attended the annual Retail Council of Canada conference in Toronto this week.  More

Harry Reid: ‘What Difference Does It Make’ When He First Learned Of Bergdahl Swap?

Democratic Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid took a cue from former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Thursday, angrily asking “what difference does it make?” when asked when President Obama first informed him of the trade of five dangerous Taliban prisoners from Guantanamo Bay for likely Army deserter Bowe Bergdahl. Reid made the remarks during a press conference Thursday afternoon, after a reporter asked the Nevada senator about the way the transfer was rolled out — specifically the lack of a 30-day notification of Congress, as required by law. “Listen,” Reid said. “The timeline was very, very brief here . . . We all know that the president had a very short period of time to make a decision. He made a decision to bring him home, and I’m glad he did, because in my opinion — based on nothing in the classified briefing — in my opinion, every day that he was there was a day closer to his dying.” More

Vodafone reveals existence of secret wires that allow state surveillance

Vodafone, one of the world’s largest mobile phone groups, has revealed the existence of secret wires that allow government agencies to listen to all conversations on its networks, saying they are widely used in some of the 29 countries in which it operates in Europe and beyond. The company has broken its silence on government surveillance in order to push back against the increasingly widespread use of phone and broadband networks to spy on citizens, and will publish its first Law Enforcement Disclosure Report on Friday . At 40,000 words, it is the most comprehensive survey yet of how governments monitor the conversations and whereabouts of their people. The company said wires had been connected directly to its network and those of other telecoms groups, allowing agencies to listen to or record live conversations and, in certain cases, track the whereabouts of a customer. Privacy campaigners said the revelations were a “nightmare scenario” that confirmed their worst fears on the extent of snooping. More

D-Day marked the beginning of American global dominance

For Canada and Britain, the D-Day landings and the ensuing victory in Normandy are celebrated as an act of deliverance, a display of sacrifice, valour and determination critical to the liberation of a continent from one of the greatest evils ever perpetrated against civilization. But for Americans it is much more. It was the moment when command of the war changed hands and command of the world changed with it; when a once-errant colony asserted itself as the most powerful force in the world. D-Day marked the beginning of the American age, whose greatest success has been to turn democracy, freedom and human rights into a global conversation, U.S. historians say. “The responsibility that used to be the British, the Americans will assume after D-Day,” said Adrian Lewis, 60, a military historian and U.S. army veteran at the University of Kansas. “That’s about the turning point right there. … It’s one of the most significant moments in American history.” More

Americans’ literal interpretation of the Bible is on the wane

More than one-quarter of Americans believe the Bible is the verbatim word of God and should be taken literally, according to a new Gallup poll. A survey of more than 1,000 people showed that 28 percent believe “the Bible is the actual word of God and is to be taken literally, word for word,” and 47 percent believe the Bible is inspired by God but open to interpretation. A similar poll in 2012 found that 30 percent believed in the literal interpretation of the Bible. Meanwhile, the percentage of Americans who believe the Bible is “ancient fables, legends, history, and precepts written by man” has risen from 17 percent to 21 percent since 2012. “Despite some evidence that Americans are becoming more detached from formal religion, the vast majority of Christians, and therefore of Americans, still view the Bible as God’s word,” the survey stated. More

 

PLA of China makes debut at RIMPAC 2014 with 4 warships

The People’s Liberation Army Navy will send four warships to Hawaii to participate for the first time in the Rim of the Pacific Exercise, also known as RIMPAC, held by the United States Navy every two years, according to the Hong Kong-based Ta Kung Pao on Jun. 5. The official website of the US Pacific Fleet reported the four Chinese ships deployed for RIMPAC 2014 are the Haikou, a Type 052C guided-missile destroyer; the Yueyang, a Type 054A guided-missile frigate; the Qiandaohu, a Type 903 replenishment ship and the Peace Ark, a Type 920 hospital ship. RIMPAC 2014 is the 24th exercise in the series to take place since 1971. It is also the first time PLA Navy warships will have taken part in the exercises with the US and its allies in the region. More

 

The European Central Bank ventured into uncharted territory Thursday with a raft of unusual measures meant to revive the eurozone economy by getting credit flowing to companies and preventing a debilitating bout of deflation. The ECB was spurred into action by evidence that growth in the 18-country eurozone is too weak to keep consumer price inflation at a healthy level. The fear is the low inflation will last or, worse still, become an outright drop in prices that, if sustained, can snuff out what little growth Europe has. Expectations were high for the central bank to show it would finally act to prevent such a scenario after months of hesitation in which the inflation rate kept falling. The last measure, for May, showed inflation was only 0.5 per cent, far below the bank’s goal of 2 per cent.More

 

‘War Cry of Allah’ Declared At White House?

Many Americans have been puzzled by the bizarre behavior of soldier Bowe Bergdahl’s father, Robert, during a White House Rose Garden ceremony on Saturday celebrating the exchange of his son for five top Taliban commanders. The father began by saying his son was having trouble speaking English after five years away from home.  He then uttered the Arabic phrase that begins every chapter of the Quran, except one, “Bismillah al-Rahman al-Rahim.” It means, “In the name of Allah, the merciful, the compassionate.” Brigitte Gabriel of Act for America explained to Sean Hannity in a Fox News interview Wednesday night it declares the greatness of Allah over the land, calling it a “war cry of Allah” and a Muslim victory call. Essentially, it means Robert Bergdahl was claiming the White House as a spoil of war, she said. More

 

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