Sunday, March 22, 2015

Climate Change: China Official Warns Of "Huge Impact"

Via BBC News:

Climate change could have a "huge impact" on China, reducing crop yields and harming the environment, the country's top weather scientist has warned, in a rare official admission.

Zheng Guogang told Xinhua news agency that climate change could be a "serious threat" to big infrastructure projects.

He said temperature rises in China were already higher than global averages.

China, the world's biggest polluter, has said its emissions of gases that cause climate change will peak by 2030.

However, the country has not set a specific target for cutting emissions of the gases, mainly carbon dioxide.

Mr Zheng, the head of China's meteorological administration, said warming temperatures exposed his country to a growing "risk of climate change and climate disasters".

He said temperature rises in China had already been higher than the global average for the past century.

These are rare admissions from a Chinese official, BBC Asia analyst Michael Bristow says.

China's leaders have acknowledged the damage from global warming but they usually do not lay out the full scale of the problems.

Mr Zheng warned of more droughts, rainstorms, and higher temperatures, which would threaten river flows and harvests, as well as major infrastructure projects such as the Three Gorges Dam.

He urged China to pursue a lower-carbon future.

"To face the challenges from past and future climate change, we must respect nature and live in harmony with it", the Xinhua news agency quoted him as saying.

"We must promote the idea of nature and emphasise climate security".

China and the US together produce around 45% of global carbon emissions.

Leaders from the two countries are taking part in a summit in Paris this year that will aim for a global deal to cut carbon emissions by 2020.

China's decades-long pursuit of rapid economic growth has boosted demand for energy, particularly coal.

Scientists fear that pledges made so far to cut emissions will not be enough to avoid the harmful impact of climate change.

Saturday, March 21, 2015

OECD: Sweden Has Least School Bullying

Via The Local:

Sweden has the least amount of school bullying in the western world, a recent report from the OECD shows, coming in far below the average at only 4 percent despite a number of high-profile cases in the past few years.

Austria, meanwhile, topped the list.

The report, which studied bullying in Europe and North America, found that less than one in 20 Swedish schoolchildren experience bullying, making it the country with the least number of people harassed.

The average was estimated at 11 percent, with Austria recording a staggering 21 percent of people claiming to have been bullied.

Aside from Finland, which hit the average of about one in 10 being bullied, Sweden’s neighbors also fared well in the report, with Norway coming in at 9 percent and Denmark at 6 percent.

The 2015 report was based on data gathered for a 2009-2010 World Health Organisation (WHO) survey in which boys and girls aged 11, 13, and 15 were asked whether they had been bullied at least twice in the past few months.

The OECD noted, however, that the data might not fully cover cyberbullying.

But despite the report, Sweden has had its fair share of bullying cases come to light in recent years.

In 2013, the Lundsberg boarding school in central Sweden made global headlines and was temporarily closed after a series of bullying allegations where some of its students were accused of violently hazing newcomers.

One of the more horrific examples was when a boy was burned on the back with a hot iron to the extent that he was hospitalized.

Sweden has also seen a string of cyberbullying cases, including Gothenburg teens who "slut shamed" fellow students on an Instagram account, and a 13-year-old girl who committed suicide after she was harassed and coerced by a 45-year-old man online.

A report released last year, showed that more than half of Swedish teenage girls aged between 13 and 16 had been subject to cyber abuse, mostly on facebook but also via a chat application known as Kik.

Friday, March 20, 2015

BLOG: Swedish PM Visits Mourning Gothenburg

Via The Local:

Sweden's Prime Minister Stefan Löfven paid a visit to Gothenburg to meet with residents and council representatives following a fatal shooting at a restaurant in Sweden's second largest city on Thursday night.

Two are dead and eight are in hospital after a shooting at a restaurant in Gothenburg.

The shooting took place in Biskopsgården, an area known for gang crime.

Prime Minister Stefan Löfven has visited the city to meet with residents.

Police have found car linked to shootings.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

UAE Recalls Ambassador Over Wallström Comments

Via The Local:

The United Arab Emirates confirmed on Wednesday the country has recalled its ambassador to Sweden, citing Swedish Foreign Minister Margot Wallström's public criticism of its neighbor Saudi Arabia.

The Foreign Minister of the United Arab Emirates Anwar Mohammed Gargash said in a statement that the decision to recall its ambassador Sultan Rashed Alkaitoob had been taken because of Wallström's "strong statements against Saudi Arabia and its judicial system".

He added that "these statements violate the principle of sovereignty upon which the normal relations between countries are based".

The Swedish ambassador was also called to the foreign ministry in the UAE to receive a formal criticism of the Swedish minister's comments.

"We regret this of course, our relations to the UAE are good and we want to cultivate and develop them", Wallström's press secretary Erik Boman told Swedish tabloid Aftonbladet.

Following Saudi Arabia's decision to recall its ambassador a week ago, the move is likely to put further pressure on Sweden's relationship with the Arab League, which has been under strain in recent weeks.

Per Jönsson, a middle east expert based at Sweden's Foreign Policy Institute, told news wire TT on Wednesday: "If this continues, Sweden will be alienated by half the Arab League. It will be the most interesting to see what Egypt does. It's a great and important trade partner".

Sweden decided to limit military ties with Saudi Arabia days after accusing the oil rich country of blocking Wallström from speaking at an Arab League meeting.

Her canceled remarks, published by the Swedish foreign ministry, did not mention Saudi Arabia but stressed women's and human rights.

However the Arab country has reacted strongly to the Nordic nation’s shifting approach, recalling its ambassador to Sweden and accusing Sweden of "flagrant interference in internal affairs”.

While the move was widely praised by human rights campaigners, as the diplomatic row unfolded, 31 business people submitted a debate article to Swedish newspaper Dagens Nyheter, warning that a government decision to halt its military agreement with the Saudis could damage Swedish exports to the Arab world.

Wallström has rarely commented on Saudi Arabia but in January she slammed the kingdom's treatment of blogger Raef Badawi, who had been sentenced to 1.000 lashes and 10 years in prison for insulting Islam.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Massive 1.5 Million-Year-Old Cigar UFO On Moon? The Secret Apollo 20 Mission

Via Disclose.tv:

The Apollo Program officially ended in 1972 with the Apollo 17 being the last mission to the Moon and back.

However, NASA had planned three more missions, Apollo 18, Apollo 19 and Apollo 20.

According to conspiracy theorists, the Apollo missions had discovered ancient artificial structures on the Moon and wanted to explore them without public knowledge.

Apollo 20 is considered one of the most controversial UFO cover-up in history.

In 2007, several videos were uploaded to YouTube and the user who provided them claimed they were footage from Apollo 20.

He identified himself as former astronaut William Rutledge and according to him, the mission took place in 1976 as a secret Soviet-American joint venture.

He was chosen to be part of the team due to being an atheist, which was a rarity among astronauts in the 1970’s.

Why would NASA require someone who didn’t believe in God for this mission? Would a believer have lost his faith?

Rutledge said that the Apollo 14 mission had passed over the southern polar region of the Moon, observing numerous abandoned space ships and cities comprised of towering structures.

The Apollo 20 landed near the Delporte Crater and its mission was to explore a cigar-shaped mother ship that had been abandoned for 1.5 million years.

Pictures are available thanks to Ramistrip.com.

The alien Spaceship on the Moon is estimated to be 11056 ft (3.370 meters) long.

Once inside it, the astronauts found two alien bodies. The male was dead but preserved so they recovered the female, dubbed Mona Lisa.

She had a humanoid body, six fingers and her features were similar to those of a human, although she had no nostrils.

Rutledge described her as being in a state of suspended animation, neither dead nor alive. She was attached to the pilot controls of the spaceship, with several tubes going into her body and she was covered in a wax-like substance.

She was brought back to Earth and he suspects that she was revived and is kept somewhere secret to this day. The male was also brought to Earth and an autopsy was performed on him.

The astronauts recovered what technology they could and started their trip home.

William Rutledge is 78 years old and currently living in Rwanda. Due to his age, he says he no longer feels threatened by the secrecy he was sworn to at the time of the mission.

He also stated that it’s not up to NASA or anyone for that matter to keep things of this magnitude hidden from the rest of the world.

The following three videos are allegedly from the Apollo 20 mission (in the first video we are seeing the ruins of an abandoned city on the Moon, in the second video the cigar-shaped UFO, and in the third video the bodies of two humanoid extraterrestrials: a well-preserved deceased male and a female that is still alive, but in suspended animation and covered by a waxy substance):

Monday, March 16, 2015

Sweden's Jews Still Face Threat Says Obama Team

Via The Local:

The situation for Jews in Sweden has improved, but there is still cause for concern, said President Obama's special envoy against anti-Semitism, Ira Forman, during a high profile visit to Malmö on Monday.

“I have reason to believe that there is a threat of violence against Jewish groups in Europe, and those threats definitely exist in Malmö too”, said Forman at a visit to the city's Jewish Association.

Forman's predecessor, Hannah Rosenthal, came to Malmö two years ago and criticized comments by the city's former Mayor Ilmar Reepalu, who was frequently accused of using anti-Semitic language during his tenure.

“A lot has happened since the previous visit. I find that there is a knowledge of the problem and an awareness that unfortunately did not exist then”, Malmö's new Social Democrat Mayor Katrin Stjernfeldt Jammeh told news wire TT.

Two new directives were issued in Sweden after the deadly shootings in Copenhagen, one of which targeted a synagogue, ensuring that police officers guarding Jewish buildings carry machine guns.

But Forman said that although this move was important, it was not enough.

“Security will not solve the underlying problems of anti-Semitism”, he told TT.

Forman has been working for the US government since 2013, following 30 years of experience in Jewish communal work and public service.

He held talks with Jews in Stockholm on Friday before heading to the southern city of Malmö.

“It was a very good meeting. He was well read up on the situation in Sweden and listened to how we perceive these concerns. It felt very genuine”, Lena Posner-Körösi, President of the Council of Sweden's Jewish communities, told The Local on Monday.

“We talked about how he views the development in Europe, anti-Semitism today and the parallels he sees between the levels of threat in Europe and in Sweden. He especially pointed out anti-Semitism in Hungary, where it goes all the way up to government level, which obviously is not the case in Sweden”, she added.

There has been rising concern over attacks on synagogues and Jewish centers in Sweden since the recent Copenhagen and Paris shootings.

Last month up to 1.000 Swedes formed a human "ring of peace" around Stockholm's main synagogue in a protest against extremism as a response to the fears.

Sunday, March 15, 2015

The Top Secret "Apollo 20 Mission" And The "Alien Girl"

Via Disclose.tv:

The Apollo Program officially ended in 1972 with the Apollo 17 being the last mission to the Moon and back.

However, NASA had planned three more missions, Apollo 18, Apollo 19 and Apollo 20.

According to conspiracy theorists, the Apollo missions had discovered ancient artificial structures on the Moon and wanted to explore them without public knowledge.

Apollo 20 is considered one of the most controversial UFO cover-up in history.

In 2007, several videos were uploaded to YouTube and the user who provided them claimed they were footage from Apollo 20.

The grainy videos were apparently caught on 16 mm film and show the inside of the Apollo 20 command module as well as what appears to be the intricate architecture of a long-deserted lunar city.

He identified himself as former astronaut William Rutledge and according to him, the mission took place in 1976 as a secret Soviet-American joint venture.

He was chosen to be part of the team due to being an atheist, which was a rarity among astronauts in the 1970’s.

Why would NASA require someone who didn’t believe in God for this mission? Would a believer have lost his faith?

Rutledge said that the Apollo 14 mission had passed over the southern polar region of the Moon, observing numerous abandoned space ships and cities comprised of towering structures.

The Apollo 20 landed near the Delporte Crater and its mission was to explore a cigar-shaped mother ship that had been abandoned for 1.5 million years.

Once inside it, the astronauts found two alien bodies.

The male was dead but preserved so they recovered the female, dubbed Mona Lisa.

She had a humanoid body, six fingers and her features were similar to those of a human,although she had no nostrils.

Rutledge described her as being in a state of suspended animation, neither dead nor alive.

She was attached to the pilot controls of the spaceship, with several tubes going into her body and she was covered in a wax-like substance.

She was brought back to Earth and he suspects that she was revived and is kept somewhere secret to this day.

The male was also brought to Earth and an autopsy was performed on him.

The astronauts recovered what technology they could and started their trip home.

William Rutledge is 78 years old and currently living in Rwanda.

Due to his age, he says he no longer feels threatened by the secrecy he was sworn to at the time of the mission.

He also stated that it’s not up to NASA or anyone for that matter to keep things of this magnitude hidden from the rest of the world.