30 October 2016   Leave a comment

The evidence of global warming in the Arctic is fairly clear:  the sea ice coverage seems to decline every year.  But the situation in Antarctica is quite different since most of the ice there rests on land, not on the sea.  With refined techniques, however, scientists have learned that much of the South Pole’s ice is melting from the bottom up as warming water intrudes between the land and the ice.  Ice melting in Antarctica is potentially more troubling since virtually all the water from the melt would add to the water in the oceans unlike the Arctic melt which does not add to the total ocean volume.  According to Bloomberg:

“There’s enough water locked up in West Antarctica’s Amundsen Sea region alone to raise the global average sea level by four feet, and it’s the fastest-melting spot on the continent.”

Unfortunately, we do not have enough data yet to assess the seriousness of the problem.

The US Senate has passed a bill, 85-13, that will require women to register for the military draft.  This law, if passed by the House of Representatives, marks the first time women in the US would be subjected to conscription.  The military draft for men was in force from 1948 to 1973 when it ended because of opposition to the Vietnam War.  It was reinstated in 1980 after the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan.  Right now, all men between the ages of 18-25 have to register for the military draft.

A scandal is engulfing President Park Geun-hye of South Korea and it is not a typical scandal.  President Park sands accused of being influenced by a friend, Choi Soon-sil, who is involved in a sect called the Church of Eternal Life and a movement called the Movement for a New Mind.  The activities of Choi are described by some as “shamanistic” and there is evidence that Choi has been heavily implicated in suspicious money-raising ventures.  President Park has requested the resignations of many of her senior advisers and her approval rating has sunk to 14%.  There have been large protests demanding Park’s resignation.

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For those who wish to learn more about the problems at Deutsche Bank, Spiegel has a very detailed article about how this once proud bank fell on hard times.  It may yet survive, but globalization was not kind.


Posted October 30, 2016 by vferraro1971 in World Politics

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