Editor’s Note: Oh My Gosh…take a look at the statistics mentioned below, know this world is indeed a changin’, the best is yet to come, so BE…
News Burst 5 December 2019
- North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has cut the red ribbon at a ceremony to celebrate the opening of Samjiyon, a new town with a ski slope and a stadium among other facilities. North Korean media has called the newly opened town the “epitome of modern civilisation.”
- Germany has made a decision to expel Russian diplomats against the backdrop of the investigation into the killing of a Georgian citizen in Berlin at the end of last summer, because it had received no assistance from Moscow in investigating the crime, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on the sidelines of a NATO summit on Wednesday.
- The number of Russian citizens declared bankrupt over the 11 months of 2019 increased by almost 66,000 to 161,000 people year on year, 70% more, the Stopdolg Law Firm said.
- More than 200 people have been arrested in 13 countries as part of a global crackdown on money laundering, the European police authority Europol said.
- Water levels at the iconic Victoria Falls, on the border between Zimbabwe and Zambia, are running low after a prolonged drought affecting much of southern Africa. Img
- British PM Boris Johnson said on Wednesday night that the public can soon stop talking about Brexit if he wins next week’s general election and that there is significant investment waiting once the political paralysis is over.
- Every three years, the Program for International Student Assessment evaluates 15-year-old students all over the world in a variety of subject areas, and in 2018 approximately 32 million students participated. The survey found that 15-year-old students in China are almost four full grade levels ahead of 15-year-old students in the United States in mathematics.
- South Dakota has decided to crack down on the meth epidemic in their state, the advertising slogan for the campaign is “Meth. We’re on it.”
- Recently a veteran Los Angeles cop, who is assigned to downtown’s Central Division, was caught on his own body-cam footage allegedly fondling a dead woman, and his supervisors have reviewed the video.
- France is bracing for major transportation disruptions throughout the country starting Thursday, as trade unions launch a strike in response to changes President Emmanuel Macron wants to make to the country’s retirement system, while port blockades have resulted in widespread fuel shortages across the country.
#1 One recent survey found that 74 percent of Americans don’t even know how many amendments are in the Bill of Rights.
#2 An earlier survey discovered that 37 percent of Americans cannot name a single right protected by the First Amendment.
#3 Shockingly, only 26 percent of Americans can name all three branches of government.
#4 During the 2016 election, more than 40 percent of Americans did not know who was running for vice-president from either of the major parties.
#5 North Carolina is considering passing a law which would “mean only scores lower than 39 percent would qualify for an F grade” in North Carolina public schools.
#6 30 years ago, the United States awarded more high school diplomas than anyone in the world. Today, we have fallen to 36th place.
#7 According to the Pentagon, 71 percent of young adults are ineligible to serve in the U.S. military because they are either too dumb, too fat or have a criminal background.
#8 For the very first time, Americans are more likely to die from an opioid overdose than they are in a car accident.
#9 One study discovered that one-third of all American teenagers haven’t read a single book in the past year.
#10 A recent survey found that 45 percent of U.S. teenagers are online “almost constantly”.
#11 Today, the average American spends 86 hours a month using a smartphone.
#12 Overall, the average U.S. adult “logs 6 hours, 43 minutes of total screen time daily”.
#13 In more than half of all U.S. states, the highest paid public employee in the state is a football coach.
#14 During one seven day period last summer, a total of 16,000 official complaints about human feces were submitted to the city of San Francisco. And apparently the problem is very real because one investigation found 300 piles of human feces on the streets of downtown San Francisco.
#15 Every 24 hours, more than a third of all Americans eat fast food.
#16 Less than half of all Americans know which country used atomic bombs at the end of World War II.
#17 Even though we fought a war in Iraq for eight long years, 6 out of 10 young adults cannot find Iraq on a map of the Middle East. And that same survey found that 75 percent of our young adults cannot locate Israel.
- Tropical Storm Kammuri 35 kts ↓- 1003 hPa ↑ W of Philippines – Moving W
- Tropical Cyclone Two 35 kts – 1003 hPa Indian Ocean – N of Madagascar
- Tropical Cyclone Three 35 kts – 1003 hPa – Indian Ocean
- Tropical Cyclone Six 39 kts – 1004 hPa Indian Ocean – Moving NE
- Tropical Cyclone Seven 35 kts ↓- 1008 hPa – Indian Ocean
Strongest EQ in Europe M4.3 Romania
Strongest EQ in US M4.2 Alaska
Strongest EQ on the Planet M5.9 Vanuatu
Deepest EQ M5.9 258 km VanuatuNews Burst 5 December 2019