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Cities Account for 92% of S Korean Population
by Tom McGregor    Mon, Jul 21, 2014, 10:23 PM

South Korea has transformed into a concrete jungle in which less than eight percent of its population reside in the rural countryside.

According to the JoongAng Daily, "It’s obvious that Seoul has one of the highest population densities in the world. But how many people actually live in all of Korea’s urban areas? According to a study by the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport released yesterday, as of the end of last year, nearly 92 percent of people lived in cities, whether it was Seoul, Busan or Gwangju."

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Closer View of Indian Education
by Tom McGregor    Mon, Jul 21, 2014, 09:22 PM

The Indian education system sounds remarkably similar to the Chinese education system. Students focus on memorizing to succeed in taking tests.

The UN Post reports that, "The current observation is that most of the educators don’t add any value to students. On the other hand, it is the students who add value to educators by working very hard for exams to pass out with scores and grades from Indian educational institutions. Even in some of the prestigious educational institutions like IITs and IIMs in India, it is the students who slog hard to achieve the scores rather than educators who are supposed to be responsible for students’ academic success. What are the causes for the present scenario? What is the solution for this problem? Let us find out."

 

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UN Provides Polygamy Benefits for Staff
by Tom McGregor    Mon, Jul 21, 2014, 08:40 PM

The United Nations not only offers diplomatic immunity for same sex spouses of staff, but the global organization also provides financial rewards for polygamists.

According to the UN Post, "For instance, take the UN Declaration of Human Rights, CEDAW and the public stand of the UN which condemns polygamy and considers it an attack on the dignity and human rights of women, as well as a harmful practice in UN human rights standards; where millions of dollars have been spent by the UN and its specialized agencies on programmes and campaigns to alleviate and stop this practice, yet UN senior staff at the highest levels practice polygamy, and the organization pays benefits for polygamist staff families and awards these staff. Worst of all is the conflict between the organization declarations and statements and its own practices."

 

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Homeland Security Freaks out over Viking Terrorist
by Tom McGregor    Mon, Jul 21, 2014, 07:57 PM

The U.S. State Department has placed Anders Dale, the Viking terrorist, on an international no fly list for embarking on a global Valhalla Terror campaign.

Fox News reports that, "A Norwegian citizen who trained with a master bomb maker in Yemen and recently was added to the State Department’s list of international terrorists has been linked to the increased security screening of flights coming to the U.S., according to congressional sources familiar with the intelligence."

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KPOP Stars Convert to Catholicism
by Tom McGregor    Mon, Jul 21, 2014, 12:24 AM

A new trend is emerging in South Korea's entertainment industry known as KPOP. South Korean pop stars are getting baptized into the Roman Catholic Church.

The Korea Herald reports that, "Singer and actor Rain has recently been baptized into the Catholic church following in the footsteps of his Catholic lover, actress Kim Tae-hee, his management agency said Monday. "Rain has recently received Catholic baptism," Cube DC said, without giving details. "It was planned a long time ago."

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McDonald's Faces Potential Shut Down in China
by Tom McGregor    Sun, Jul 20, 2014, 11:39 PM

BEIJING: Chinese government officials appear to be in the beginning stages of a nationwide shutdown of American fast food restaurants operating in China. Food safety officials are forbidding McDonald's, KFC and Pizza Hut to sell meat products.

According to China Radio International, "The Shanghai municipal government has suspended the operations of a food company suspected of supplying expired meat to McDonald and KFC outlets. The Shanghai Food and Drug Administration has ordered all meat products supplied by Shanghai Husi Foods to be taken off the shelf for safety concerns."

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Nicaragua Canal Could Replace Panama Canal
by Tom McGregor    Sun, Jul 20, 2014, 09:38 PM

The government of Nicaragua is moving forward on plans to build the Nicaragua Canal that would replace reliance on the Panama Canal for global shippers.

Pravda reports that, "The recent announcement of an inter-oceanic canal in Nicaragua is now seen as a further step in realizing this project and as an opportunity to optimize global trade. Alberto Vega, of the company ERM - in charge of feasibility studies on the project - said in Managua that if this pathway becomes reality, it will meet current global demand for commercial transport."

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Spies Can Target CIA Amazon Cloud for Hacking
by Tom McGregor    Sun, Jul 20, 2014, 08:29 PM

China and Russia are actively building massive data centers to store information from major global corporations through cloud services. And now the CIA, as well as the {Pentagon, have joined in by utilizing Amazon cloud to store all their Top Secret information. Could anything go wrong? Well you should talk to Target Superstores about that. They faced serious credit card breaches conducted by criminal hackers.

According to the Daily Caller, "In 2013, the CIA and Amazon, Inc. made a deal – Amazon would build a special cloud system for the U.S. intelligence community, and the CIA would pay Amazon a whopping $600 million. After a long journey fraught with legal battles and money troubles, the CIA will finally start using the new cloud system this summer."

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Kerry Slams Israel as Terrorists
by Tom McGregor    Sun, Jul 20, 2014, 07:56 PM

US Secretary of State John Kerry inferred that the Israeli government is acting as terrorist by bombing Islamist jihadists Hamas in Gaza.

The Daily Caller reports that, "Maybe there’s a reason the White House has been keeping John Kerry from Fox News. Just moments after a testy exchange with “Fox News Sunday’s” Chris Wallace over what the Secretary of State perceived as repeated interruptions, Wallace played a clip captured while Kerry waited to appear on the Sunday news program."


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Biden Calls ObamaCare 'a Right, not a Privilege'
by Tom McGregor    Fri, Jul 18, 2014, 01:23 AM

Vice President Joe Biden has declared ObamaCare an inalienable right not just a privilege for all Americans.

The Detroit Free Press reports that, "Vice President Joe Biden gave his pitch to the progressive wing of the Democratic Party today in Detroit, hitting on themes of income and marriage equality, compassion for immigrants, expanded access to the ballot box and the need for more civil discourse in politics."

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