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September 14, 2015



Quote of the Day

“Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”
-Emma Lazarus’s poem at the base of the Statue of Liberty


Germany is beefing up their borders as hundreds of thousands of Syrians, Iraqis, and Afghans stream in. It was reported by the AP that 12,200 came into Munich alone on Saturday. The people of these war torn nations are making a mad dash into Europe as starting Tuesday, nations like Hungary are going to really clamp off the weak spots of their border.  Germany will still be accepting people from legitimate war zones and those fleeing persecution, but will be turning away many from the Balkans who are coming in and not in immediate danger in their homelands. More yet, the migrants are trying different land routes to other parts of Europe. Meanwhile, another 34 migrants died in the Aegean Sea after their boat capsized, several infants and children were among the dead. Read Mas



Woman pursues digital immortality, zombie-ism 

A woman who died of cancer at the age of 23 has had her brain frozen in cryogenics. It’s possible that in the future her neurons – a network of billions – can be scanned, analyzed, and converted into computer code. Neuroscientists have recently started to map the connections between neurons, tracing the mechanism of memory and personality. The woman and her boyfriend hoped that she her consciousness will wake up one day, maybe in an artificial body or electronic environment. Read Mas

Young Palestinians and Israeli police fight at Mosque
The Israeli police entered the al-Asqa mosque on Sunday morning, acting on intelligence that young Palestinians had stayed in the mosque overnight and were planning to confront Israeli security forces. They want to prevent Jewish visits for Rosh Hashana. This holy site is one of the bigger points of contention between Israel and Palestine. For Jews it is the Temple Mount, and for Muslims it is the “Noble Sanctuary” – or the place in which the Prophet Mohammed began his ascent into heaven – the third holiest Islamic site. Read Mas
Massive fire is spreading quickly in CA
Wildfires in Northern California have destroyed 100,000 acres of land in Northern California. A long drought has made the land extra-dry. Governor Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency. The fire started late on Saturday and spread 40,000 acres overnight.

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