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Bibi1581 Blog 12/09/18: Evening Edition

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1…………> Today’s White House Tweets: President Trump


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2…………> A Week In US Air Force: Photo Gallery


Airman 1st Class Matthew Pfeffer, left, and Staff Sgt. Brian Gates, right, both 36th Airlift Squadron loadmasters out of Yokota Air Base, Japan, standby as the crew of a C-130J Super Hercules conducts a practice drop in preparation for Operation Christmas Drop 2018 at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, Dec. 6, 2018.

Each year, OCD serves as a proving ground for the techniques used and shared between the U.S. Air Force and its regional partners in preparation to respond to natural disasters. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Matthew Gilmore)


3…………> South America’s Easter Island: Columbia


South America’s largest treasure of religious monuments and megalithic sculptures isn’t on Easter Island, but it’s Tierradentro’s 162 underground tombs carved into solid volcanic bedrock, and the more than 500 monolithic stone statues and tumuli (ancient burial mounds) surrounding the nearby town of San Agustín, sprinkled throughout 1200 sq miles of the serried mountains and highland plateaus of the Upper Magdalena Valley in southern Colombia.

Spanish conquistador Sebastián de Belalcázar marched up the valley in the late 1530s after conquering the lands of the Inca, but the statues and tombs remained undiscovered until 1757, when Friar Juan de Santa Gertrudis stumbled upon the vast lithic library and called it “the work of the devil” as “The [natives] did not have iron or implements to produce such a thing.”



4…………> Raising Anti-Semitism: EU Report


The German mass daily Bild reported Friday that behind the EU ministers’ declaration was “a large EU survey among 16,395 Jews in the whole of Europe,” with 89 % of those respondents felt that anti-Semitism in Europe had increased sharply since 2013, and 28 percent had suffered anti-Jewish abuse, some of it violent.

Thirty-eight percent were considering whether to emigrate because of the strong trend, and 85 % said anti-Semitism was the biggest problem in their country. The EU has 508 million residents. Jews in Europe amount to about one million or 0.2 percent of the EU population, according to the US-based Jewish Visual Library.



5…………> On The Front Line: USS Carl Vinson


PACIFIC OCEAN (Dec. 8, 2018) Hide Caption An F-35C Lightning II assigned to the “Argonauts” of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 147 launches from the flight deck of Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70). U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Ethan J. Soto (Released) 181208-N-VQ841-1312


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