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Venice floods: The tourist landmarks hit

Extensive damage has been reported in areas of Venice after severe flooding hit the Italian city this week.

More than 80% of the city, a Unesco world heritage site, was under water when tides hit their highest, leading Mayor Luigi Brugnaro to declare a state of emergency.

Images show roads and famous attractions submerged in floodwaters, and authorities have reported two deaths as a result.......



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On 11/10/2019 at 6:01 PM, mr6666 said:
Breaking News: President Evo Morales of Bolivia has announced his resignation
after the military called for him to step down in the face of huge protests set off by a disputed election.

Bolivia crisis: Jeanine Áñez assumes interim presidency




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Australia's deadly wildfires are showing no signs of stopping. Here's what you need to know

"........Across Australia more than a dozen people have died, and in the state of New South Wales alone, more than 900 houses have been destroyed. State and federal authorities are struggling to contain the massive blazes, even with firefighting assistance from other countries, including the United States.

All this has been exacerbated by persistent heat and drought, and many point to climate change as a factor making natural disasters go from bad to worse.......


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Guaidó blocked from congress as Venezuelan conflict deepens

Police in riot gear have blocked Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaidó from presiding over a special session of congress.
Guaidó has the backing of the U.S. in a power struggle with socialist President Nicolás Maduro.
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RBA told to 'mobilise all forces' to save the economy from climate change

The Reserve Bank has been warned it may have to buy up coal mines and fossil-fuel power stations as part of extraordinary actions to save the economy from climate change-induced financial disaster.

As Australian business leaders grow increasingly worried climate change will hit their bottom lines and the International Monetary Fund warns global warming is now a major financial risk, a new warning issued by the world's top central bank says the RBA could be forced into rescuing the economy and the environment.

Three separate reports released on the same day, coinciding with Australia's worst bushfire season and ongoing political division over environmental policy, point to increasing fears among economic policy leaders that climate change could cause the next global financial breakdown.

The Bank for International Settlements, which acts as the central bank to the world's central banks, overnight told its members they had to start incorporating climate change into their thinking about the stability of the economy.

The global financial crisis was described by some experts as a "black swan" - an economic event that is extremely unexpected with wide-ranging effects. The BIS said central banks would now have to start thinking about "green swan" events, which would force them into saving the global financial system from the impact of climate change.

During the global financial crisis some central banks directly intervened to save private banks and insurance firms as part of a program to protect the economy. The BIS said this could be a template in the case of climate change with central banks buying up distressed assets.

"In the worst case scenario, central banks may have to confront a situation where they are called upon by their local constituencies to intervene as climate rescuers of last resort," it said.

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Kindergarten Welcomes Kids Back to School with a Professional Pole Dancer






Goodness that's  becoming a hit over here.....

This Morning Sparks Debate After Showcasing Children Pole Dancing



..... never to young to learn the fine arts. :wacko:





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World's 1st 3D Printed Neighborhood Being Built In Mexico-

.....In rural Tabasco, Mexico, a community of 50 3D printed homes is now under construction.

The U.S.-based nonprofit New Story has teamed up with the tech company ICON to build the world’s first 3D printed neighborhood. It’s part of their project working to combat global homelessness.............

Start to finish, the entire process takes just 24 hours to print.

The company hires local workers to do the necessary labor, Hagler says. The 3D technology and automation makes building homes faster, but workers are still required to attach the roof and doors, and install plumbing.

“We bring in the technology to make it faster, cheaper and ultimately a better product,” he says, “and then be able to have local labor to add on the other components that are necessary.”

Each 3D printed home will have two bedrooms, a living room, kitchen and bathroom. Each home can withstand hurricanes and are seismic-approved in case of an earthquake,  ..............



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WinSun a company based in China has been leading the world in 3D printing housing construction





The company's founder even said it was possible to print out a border wall.  Nice, place it on the red line and solve both Mexico and OUR problem.


(a third cheaper than if it was done north)

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Watch: Indian Passengers Earn Free Ticket By Exercising At Stations






Now why don't we try that here, after all you get FREE tickets.  Oops, that's not a Bernie Sanders type of free - you must DO SOMETHING!


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Bolsonaro’s latest crisis threatens Brazil’s virus response

World Apr 28, 2020 5:33 PM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — As Brazil careens toward a full-blown public health emergency and economic meltdown, President Jair Bolsonaro has managed to add a third ingredient to the toxic mix: political crisis. Even if it doesn’t speed his downfall, it will render Brazilians more vulnerable to the pandemic.

Bolsonaro’s decision last week to replace the federal police chief – and cross his popular justice minister, Sérgio Moro, who quit and alleged impropriety – has sparked an investigation into the president’s actions that will be conducted by the federal police itself. Already the scandal threatens to supplant coronavirus as the day’s most urgent matter.

“He is dividing the attention of the government and of society, and draining efforts and energy that, in such a grave moment of pandemic, should be exclusively concentrated on efforts to fight COVID-19,” said Paulo Calmon, a professor of political science at the University of Brasilia..............



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