These 35 cities in China are as wealthy as some countries

•November 17, 2017 • 2 Comments

https://www.rt.com/business/409592-china-cities-gdp-countries-economy/

Decades of skyrocketing economic growth have resulted in some Chinese cities having economies as big as many countries.

An infographic, made by Visual Capitalist, compares some cities in China, which has a population of 1.4 billion people. The numbers are gross domestic product (GDP) by purchasing power parity (PPP). Have you heard of the cities of Suzhou, Wuhan or Tangshan, which are as wealthy as Austria, Israel or New Zealand?

These Chinese towns are not isolated, and are connected creating megaregions like the Northeast US, in which New York City, Philadelphia, Boston, Baltimore, and Washington, DC are close to each other, creating a mega economic zone, Visual Capitalist explains.

In China, there are three important megaregions.

Yangtze River Delta

With a combined GDP of $2.17 trillion, the region unites cities like Shanghai, Suzhou, Hangzhou, Wuxi, Ningbo, and Changzhou, and is economically as big as Italy.

Pearl River Delta

With a combined GDP of $1.89 trillion, the region unites cities like Hong Kong, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Foshan, Dongguan, and Macao, and is as wealthy as South Korea.

Beijing-Tianjin

With a combined GDP of $1.14 trillion, the region unites the two largest cities in northern China, Beijing, and Tianjin. This megaregion’s economy can be compared to Australia.

http://www.visualcapitalist.com/31-chinese-cities-economies-big-countries/

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scary..and if a few went belly up..could it bring on a contagion?

“These Chinese towns are not isolated, and are connected creating megaregions like the Northeast US, in which New York City, Philadelphia, Boston, Baltimore, and Washington, DC are close to each other, creating a mega economic zone, Visual Capitalist explains.”

watch them..

no mention of xinjiang?

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May plays the Russia card

•November 17, 2017 • 8 Comments

http://www.smh.com.au/world/we-know-what-you-are-doing-uk-pm-theresa-may-slams-russia-for-election-meddling-20171114-gzlgyl.html

Dispensing with diplomatic niceties, British Prime Minister Theresa May on Monday night charged Putin’s Russia with attempting to “undermine free societies” and “sow discord” in Britain and the West by “weaponising information” and “deploying its state-run media organisations to plant fake stories.”

“So I have a very simple message for Russia. We know what you are doing. And you will not succeed,” May said. “The UK will do what is necessary to protect ourselves, and work with our allies to do likewise.”

May’s condemnation, in a speech before business executives in a London banquet hall, are quite different from the remarks over the weekend from President Donald Trump, who appeared to take sides with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

“He said he didn’t meddle,” Trump said Saturday, answering questions in the press cabin on Air Force One, about growing evidence of Russia’s involvement into the 2016 campaign. “I asked him again. You can only ask so many times. . . . He said he absolutely did not meddle in our election. He did not do what they are saying he did.”

Trump believed Putin was “sincere” in his denials, and even felt insulted by the accusation, according to a Washington Post report.

May is confronting Russia now because of growing concern in London of widespread attempts by Russia to manipulate social media across Europe, “included meddling in elections and hacking the Danish Ministry of Defence and the (German) Bundestag among many others,” the prime minister said.

Yin Yin Lu, of the Oxford Internet Institute, told The Times of London that 54 accounts on a list of 2752 linked by Twitter to the Internet Research Agency tweeted about “Brexit,” Britain’s planned exit from the European Union. The Internet Research Agency is a Russian “troll factory” in St Petersburg, the newspaper said.

“Damian Collins, the Conservative MP who is leading a parliamentary inquiry into fake news, has requested data from Twitter and Facebook on Russian accounts that posted about the EU referendum. The small number of accounts positively identified as Russian could be the tip of the iceberg, he has said.”

May’s remarks appear to contradict her Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson. Asked earlier this month whether he suspected that Russia had played a role in recent British elections, Johnson answered: “No, I haven’t seen any (evidence), not a sausage … As far as I know they have played no role,” according to Reuters.

https://www.rt.com/uk/409953-may-russia-brexit-referendum/

Theresa May has rejected allegations that Russia interfered in the Brexit referendum. Speaking during Prime Minister’s Questions, she stated: “If they care to look at the speech on Monday, they will see that the examples I gave were not in the UK.”

During a speech May gave at the Lord Mayor’s banquet, the British leader accused Russia of meddling in European elections, hacking attacks on western government institutions, and spreading fake news.

During the customarily confrontational Prime Minister’s Questions, May said that, in her speech, she had indeed cited “Russian interference” occurring “in a number of countries in Europe.” However, she denied that this applied in any way to her own country.

https://www.rt.com/op-edge/409863-theresa-may-russia-threat/

It was Dr Samuel Johnson who famously declared in 1775 that patriotism was the last refuge of the scoundrel. The 2017 variant is to make unsubstantiated claims about the ‘Russian threat’ to Western democracies.

In her speech at the Lord Mayor’s Banquet in the City of London on Monday evening, British Prime Minister Theresa May escalated the anti-Russian rhetoric still further with a deeply paranoid address that sounded as if it had been penned in 1953 by the late Senator Joe McCarthy during one of his drunken binges.

Any psychologists watching Mrs May would have had a field day identifying plenty of examples of what mind doctors call ‘projection’ – i.e. attributing to others what you are guilty of yourself. In fact every one of May’s claims against Russia can be more accurately applied to the UK and its closest allies.

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when in doubt..blame the russians..

she claims she wasnt talking about brexit..but about europe..but where is the evidence?

“May on Monday night charged Putin’s Russia with attempting to “undermine free societies” and “sow discord” in Britain and the West by “weaponising information” and “deploying its state-run media organisations to plant fake stories.”

but then:

“May has rejected allegations that Russia interfered in the Brexit referendum. Speaking during Prime Minister’s Questions, she stated: “If they care to look at the speech on Monday, they will see that the examples I gave were not in the UK.”

i repeat..where is the evidence?

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More than 400,000 Somali’s have died of starvation in six months

•November 17, 2017 • 2 Comments

https://ahtribune.com/world/africa/1999-death-in-somalia.html

In February 2017, Deutsche Welle notified its readers that “aid organizations have warned that alarm bells are ringing in Somalia due to drought” under the title of “Hunger Alarm in Somalia.”

South Sudan, Nigeria, and war-torn Yemen are suffering from hunger, too.”More than 20 million people in southern Sudan, Somalia, Yemen and Nigeria are facing the threat of hunger,” wrote Euronews, and continued “the hunger in four African countries is the biggest humanitarian crisis UN faced.”

However, the situation in Somalia is concerning. As it is known, more than 250,000 people lost their lives due to the drought in Somalia in 2001. A similar situation is being experienced today. A lack of rainfall has turned wide grasslands into barren lands with only a few scrawny and thorny plants. The already poor people are traversing kilometers of land looking for a few pieces of grass to feed their animals so that the last few can survive. However, this search all too often results in failure. The UN warns that the goats and camels are dying rapidly and the Somali people will soon face a new hunger crisis.

According to just released information sourced from the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the FSNAU between October 2015 and April 2016, a period of only six months, upwards of 400,000 Somali’s, two thirds of whom were children, died of starvation.

AHTribune‘s correspondent in Eritrea, Thomas C. Mountain, says 18 months later and possibly a million more deaths, bringing the number of children who have died from starvation in the past 2 years in Somalia up to a million.

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the forgotten famine..along with yemen we are seeing this in real time..but the important thing is that trump drinks water from a bottle sometimes using two hands..thats mainstream “news” for you..

“between October 2015 and April 2016, a period of only six months, upwards of 400,000 Somali’s, two thirds of whom were children, died of starvation.”

each one of those lives is precious..and there is 400,000 of them..

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And another..close new Earth-size world where year lasts under 10 days

•November 17, 2017 • 2 Comments

https://www.9news.com.au/world/2017/11/16/05/27/new-planet-found

Astronomers have discovered a close new world about the size of Earth, where a year lasts just under 10 days.

At a distance of 11 light-years, Ross 128 b is the second-closest planet to be detected yet outside our solar system with surface temperatures potentially similar to ours.

Ross 128 b is very near its star, thus the short orbit. But it doesn’t get broiled because the red dwarf star is cool.

The star is also quiet, meaning no radiation flare-ups. That’s encouraging news for seekers of extraterrestrial life. The planet is believed to border the so-called habitable zone.

A team led by the University of Grenoble Alps’ Xavier Bonfils made the discovery using La Silla Observatory in Chile. The findings were reported Wednesday.

Nicola Astudillo-Defru from the Geneva Observatory in Switzerland, co-discover of the new planet, told BBC News: “Just because Proxima Centauri blasts its planet with strong flares and high energy radiation, yes, I think Ross 128 is much more comfortable for the development of life.

“But we still need to know what the atmosphere of Ross 128 b is like. Depending on its composition and the reflectivity of its clouds, the exoplanet may be life friendly with liquid water as the Earth, or sterile like Venus.”

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eyes up..plenty of new “discoveries”..new “earths”..new “PX”..etc .. 🙂

“At a distance of 11 light-years, Ross 128 b is the second-closest planet to be detected yet outside our solar system with surface temperatures potentially similar to ours.”

how far away is this new earth?..more than 400kms away from our earth? 🙂

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Bloombergs European HQ’s built on ancient Roman temple to Mithras

•November 17, 2017 • Leave a Comment

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-5063255/First-look-rediscovered-London-Roman-temple.html

A Roman temple has been restored to its original site seven metres (23 ft) below the City of London, using sound, lights and misty haze to bring the ruin back to life.

Built in the third century, the London Mithraeum was discovered by chance in 1954 on a World War II bomb site.

It became an instant public sensation, with up to 30,000 people per day queuing to see it.

The temple to the god Mithras was dismantled and reassembled 100 metres (330 ft) away from its original location so the public could see it when post-war rebuilding on the site was complete.

But now the ruins have been moved back and restored, deep beneath Bloomberg’s vast new European headquarters by the Bank of England.

‘London is a Roman city, yet there are few traces of its distant past that people can experience first-hand,’ said Sophie Jackson, the project’s lead archaeological consultant.

The reconstruction puts the temple back in place, as it looked at the end of the 1954 excavation.

‘This really was one of the most important discoveries in London, if not in Britain, in the 20th century,’ said Ms Jackson, from the Museum of London Archaeology team.

The site is darkly lit and an audio soundscape reveals some of the noises and Latin chatter that visitors to the temple might have heard as Mithras cult members indulged in feasting, drinking and sacrificing.

Sheets of light from above, slicing through the misty haze, complete the temple walls.

Mithras was a Roman deity often represented killing a bull, though it is widely believed the figure was derived from a Persian sun god.

His cult was all male, and the Mithraeum was a place for members to bond.

The temple was built next to the River Walbrook, a now submerged stream running through the City of London.

The seam of damp earth helped preserve a wealth of artefacts.

Before the new Bloomberg HQ was built, a six-month dig uncovered the largest assemblage of Roman archeology ever excavated in London.

The dig turned up more than 15,000 objects including jewellery, shoes, animal bones and pottery, and brooches.

The objects shed light on where Roman Londoners came from, what they ate and how they lived.

The dig also unearthed a wooden tablet from January 8, 57 AD – the earliest dated handwritten document from Britain.

Free to visit, the London Mithraeum opens to the public on Tuesday.

The organisers hope that the exhibition will mean that generations to come will be able to experience the Temple of Mithras for themselves.

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thanks to intrigued for the link..

location location location..

“Mithras was a Roman deity often represented killing a bull, though it is widely believed the figure was derived from a Persian sun god.”

strange god to be associated with when you are in finance..kill the bull!

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Raqqa’s dirty secret..how US/UK forces let ISIS escape

•November 16, 2017 • 2 Comments

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/resources/idt-sh/raqqas_dirty_secret

Lorry driver Abu Fawzi thought it was going to be just another job.

He drives an 18-wheeler across some of the most dangerous territory in northern Syria. Bombed-out bridges, deep desert sand, even government forces and so-called Islamic State fighters don’t stand in the way of a delivery.

But this time, his load was to be human cargo. The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), an alliance of Kurdish and Arab fighters opposed to IS, wanted him to lead a convoy that would take hundreds of families displaced by fighting from the town of Tabqa on the Euphrates river to a camp further north.

The job would take six hours, maximum – or at least that’s what he was told.

But when he and his fellow drivers assembled their convoy early on 12 October, they realised they had been lied to.

Instead, it would take three days of hard driving, carrying a deadly cargo – hundreds of IS fighters, their families and tonnes of weapons and ammunition.

Abu Fawzi and dozens of other drivers were promised thousands of dollars for the task but it had to remain secret.

The deal to let IS fighters escape from Raqqa – de facto capital of their self-declared caliphate – had been arranged by local officials. It came after four months of fighting that left the city obliterated and almost devoid of people. It would spare lives and bring fighting to an end. The lives of the Arab, Kurdish and other fighters opposing IS would be spared.

But it also enabled many hundreds of IS fighters to escape from the city. At the time, neither the US and British-led coalition, nor the SDF, which it backs, wanted to admit their part.

Has the pact, which stood as Raqqa’s dirty secret, unleashed a threat to the outside world – one that has enabled militants to spread far and wide across Syria and beyond?

Great pains were taken to hide it from the world. But the BBC has spoken to dozens of people who were either on the convoy, or observed it, and to the men who negotiated the deal.

Continue here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/resources/idt-sh/raqqas_dirty_secret

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this is a really important article..and its straight from the bbc of all places..

the headline is correct..they created them..they financed them..they equipped them..and then they saved them at the last post..

“The deal to let IS fighters escape from Raqqa – de facto capital of their self-declared caliphate – had been arranged by local officials. It came after four months of fighting that left the city obliterated and almost devoid of people. It would spare lives and bring fighting to an end. The lives of the Arab, Kurdish and other fighters opposing IS would be spared.”

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World’s richest 1% control more than half of all wealth

•November 16, 2017 • 5 Comments

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/richest-1-percent-control-more-than-half-of-all-wealth/

Wealth creation is on the rise around the world, but not everyone is sharing equally in the newfound riches.

Since the Great Recession, the richest global citizens have benefited far more from the worldwide increase in wealth than their poorer countrymen, according to a new report from investment bank Credit Suisse. The result? The top 1 percent of global citizens own 50.1 percent of all household wealth, up from 45.5 percent in 2000, the study found.

Widening wealth inequality has been a hallmark of the post-recession economy, causing policy experts and lawmakers to question whether the impact could do everything from stunt the U.S. economy to shorten people’s lives. The wealth gap recently spurred credit rating agency Standard & Poor’s to warn that worsening inequality could hamper long-term economic growth by dampening social mobility and creating a less-educated workforce.

Credit Suisse’s findings may add to the debate over tax reform and which groups stand to grab the lion’s share of benefits from Republican proposals to cut taxes. Critics say both the House and Senate tax reform plans will favor the rich over the middle class by taxing businesses at a lower rate and potentially lowering capital gains taxes for some households, which they say could exacerbate income inequality.

The wealth of the top 1 percent is being bolstered by the rising value of investments like stocks, bonds and real estate, Credit Suisse said.

“The value of financial assets — especially company securities — is likely to be an important factor, because wealthier individuals hold a disproportionate share of their assets in a financial form,” the report said.

That’s created a bumper crop of millionaires, with the bank estimating that 23.9 million new millionaires have been minted since 2000.

By contrast, the impact of wealth inequality is hitting the millennial generation — those age 17 to 35 — particularly hard around the globe, the report said.

“Add rising student debt in several developed countries, tighter mortgage rules after 2008, higher house prices, increased income inequality, less access to pensions and lower income mobility and you have a ‘perfect storm’ holding back wealth accumulation by the millennials in many countries,” the report said.

It added, “The millennials are doing less well than their parents at the same age.”

The benefits of the burgeoning wealth of the top 1 percent appear to be enjoyed chiefly by Baby Boomers, who are now between 50 to 70 years old and who hold many top jobs and much of the country’s housing, the study said.

Social mobility, or the ability to move up the income scale, is also declining. Credit Suisse notes that 90 percent of children born in the U.S. in 1940 had income that exceeded their parents’ earnings. By the 1980s, that had declined to 50 percent, which it attributed to the rise in inequality.

That’s not to say there aren’t successful millennials. Facebook (FB) CEO Mark Zuckerberg represents the sharp rise in young billionaires, buoyed by the increase in global wealth creation. In 2017, there were 46 billionaires under the age of 40, compared with just 21 in 2003, Credit Suisse found.

Despite the success of those young entrepreneurs, most millennials will likely “experience greater challenges in building their wealth over time” and face larger wealth inequality than in previous generations, Credit Suisse said.

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the gfc helped consolidate it..not weaken it..

“The wealth of the top 1 percent is being bolstered by the rising value of investments like stocks, bonds and real estate, Credit Suisse said.”

because they bought at the bottom..

“The benefits of the burgeoning wealth of the top 1 percent appear to be enjoyed chiefly by Baby Boomers, who are now between 50 to 70 years old and who hold many top jobs and much of the country’s housing, the study said.”

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