NUTS AND BOLTS: SHOULD READ
Phew, What A ScorcherScientists declared 2015 the hottest year since records began. They attributed the heat to El Nino (a warm ocean current which screws up global weather patterns) and to that fact that humans are idiots and keep emitting greenhouse gases . None of this will change Senator Jim Inhofe’s mind, a man who believes that a snowball is evidence that global warming is a myth.
CLIMATE READ: 2015 Global Weather Patterns In Detail
Iraqi Monastery Destroyed By ISISSatellite images showed Iraq’s oldest monastery (1,400 years old) destroyed by ISIS. The monastery, along with Mosul’s Christian population, has survived multiple empires and the post-US invasion chaos. However, ISIS has been intent on erasing any vestige of a Christian (or Yazidi) presence, subjecting the population to mass killings, forced conversion and enslavement.
GOOD READ: ‘Is This The End Of Christianity In The Middle East’ via New York Times
Austria Says ‘Nein’ To More Refugees
Austria became the latest European country to tighten its refugee policy, cutting the number of asylum claims it will accept and tightening border controls. 90,000 people (~1% of the population) applied for asylum last year. Germany called the decision “unhelpful.” Meanwhile Senate Republicans in the US tried, and failed, to block the resettlement of 10,000 Syrian refugees into the US.
#pnut4prez: Bernie Vs. ‘Establishment’Planned Parenthood (PP) got pissed off at Bernie Sanders yesterday when he branded them as “the establishment” for endorsing Hillary Clinton. The group, which has spent most of last year fending off the establishment to maintain funding, called his claim “a little ridiculous.” With fewer debates (some scheduled over long weekends) and a spate of endorsements for Hillary, it isn’t surprising that Bernie doesn’t feel the love from the Democratic Party (although, to be fair, he only joined the party in 2015).
Keeping Our Eye On..
GOOD READ: Has Europe Reached The Breaking Point?
- We Found A Planet!: Astronomers (and ironically the guy who got Pluto demoted from planetary status) announced that they had found evidence of an icy planet awkwardly hanging out at the edge of the Solar System. It’s been boringly named “Planet Nine.”
- Pakistan: 19 people were killed when the Pakistani Taliban hit a university in North Eastern Pakistan. One heroic teacher died while shooting back at the militants to give his students time to flee.
- Davos: Pope Francis asked world leaders and industry titans to think about how they might be inadvertently creating poverty and inequality during a speech he gave at the World Economic Forum in Davos (a place where important people go to feel important).