There is a Stunning Online Interactive Map that Shows Every Armed Conflict Currently Active Around the World

The earth is truly a troublesome place to live in and humans, not surprisingly, will never experience any so-called “world peace” so long as anyone finds even the smallest of reasons to start an armed conflict. At the moment there are more than 40 active conflicts around the world. While Syria, Afghanistan, and Iraq continuously capture the headlines, a new interactive map can show them all complete with brief discussions. This interactive map was created by non-profit organization IRIN and it allows users to easily pinpoint key points of each conflict.

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According to IRIN, “Many of the conflicts don’t get the media or policy attention of the wars in Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan, or even the Ukraine, and they may not have the same geopolitical or economic importance. But the toll of decades-long conflicts, from Colombia to the Ogaden (in Somali), from Kashmir to the Western Sahara, is just as devastating and destructive for the people who live there.” The map is part of a series of articles from IRIN around the concept of forgotten wars. It examines the root causes, human cost and potential for peace of conflicts in Myanmar (formerly Burma), Casamance (Senegal), South Kordofan (Sudan), southern Thailand, and the complicated conflicts in the Philippines.

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The map marks each conflict with a red dot. This red dot is sized to represent how long the battle has been going on, with the larger dots representing those that have lasted the longest. When viewing the map and to see more about each conflict, one just needs to click on the red dot. This brings up a fact box explaining the nature of the conflict, when it began, and how many deaths have resulted from it.  Also according to IRIN, “The number of people affected by humanitarian crises has almost doubled over the past decade. So-called climate change, population growth, volatile markets, water scarcity, sectarianism and the mushrooming of armed groups and extremists are pushing more and more communities to the edge.

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For instance, in South Sudan, the fight is a continuation of the struggle that birthed the world’s newest nation, an independent South Sudan, in 2011. Characterized by mass displacement and severe hunger, the humanitarian crisis has been compounded by the evacuation of all aid organizations. More than 10 peace deals have fizzled since the conflict re-ignited only a few months after South Sudan became independent.”

Another minor conflict in connection to this is in the Blue Nile southern frontier of Sudan, where war has raged for more than 60 years. Also referred to by some media as the Third Sudanese Civil War, it is an ongoing armed conflict in the Sudanese southern states of South Kordofan and Blue Nile between the Army of Sudan (SAF) and Sudan People’s Liberation Movement-North (SPLM-N), a northern affiliate of the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM) in South Sudan.  Its frontlines are largely stagnant.

A Former Russian Colonel is Claiming that Putin is Planting Deep-sea Nukes near the US to Cause Tidal Waves

A former Russian colonel and defense ministry spokesman is claiming that Russian president Vladimir Putin is burying ‘sleeper’ nukes off the coast of the United States. Viktor Baranetz, a former Russian Army Colonel and former spokesman for the Ministry of Defence said that in the event of a war between the United States and Russia, the nuclear bombs would be detonated and will cause a tsunami-like tidal wave that would wipe out much of the eastern coast of the US. This implies that the nuclear weapons, if at all true, were buried on the eastern coast side of the US.

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Baranetz sort of admitted there is no way for the Russian Federation to outspend the United States on defense, so the military is forced to go to extreme lengths to make sure they come out on top in the event of a war between the two nations. Other moves designed to outfox the US are nuclear missiles which can be steered in the air. This means that their trajectory cannot be calculated by any onboard fire control computer, he claimed. Baranetz made the astonishing claims in an interview with Russian paper Komsomolskaya Pravda and was translated by MEMRI, or the Middle East Media Research Institute.

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He claims that Russia is focused on developing any type of ‘asymmetrical response’ to the United States and thus, ensuring that both countries would be destroyed in the event of an attack by either. Baranetz claims that, “Our asymmetrical response is nuclear warheads that can modify their course and height so that no computer can calculate their trajectory. Or, for example, the Americans are deploying their tanks, airplanes and special forces battalions along the Russian border. We are quietly ‘seeding’ the U.S. shoreline with nuclear ‘mole’ missiles. They dig themselves in and “sleep” until they are given the command to detonate. Oh, it seems I’ve said too much,” he interrupted himself, before adding, “I should hold my tongue.”

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A Russian government spokesman dismissed Baranetz’s claims, describing them as “strange” and adding that the report should “not be taken seriously.” And in the realm of conspiracy theories, this is both strange and upsetting. Analysts find it quite strange that Baranetz would be making these claims for a Russian newspaper, and this would be like giving away Russia’s whole game plan instead of keeping quiet and hoping to catch the US unprepared in the event of a war. The fact that Baranetz is still alive rather than being shot by Putin because of giving away Russian secrets gives less credence to the claims. Other analysts and experts are pointing out that perhaps Baranetz was paid to make those crazy claims in order to throw the US Defense in a tizzy by spending millions searching for underwater nukes or throwing resources in finding out if Russia can truly steer their ballistic missiles.

Kaspersky’s Interactive Earth 2050 Map Shows What Earth Could Look Like in the Future

To celebrate its 20th anniversary, Kaspersky Labs, makers of antivirus and internet security programs, has created a futuristic map to help people look back and look forward. The project is called Earth 2050 and provides a fascinating glimpse into a future based on predictions from scientists, professionals, futurists, and the general public. The map is in the shape of the globe, and it shows groups of yellow and white hexagons; yellow represents places where cities, objects, and events of the future have been visualized, while white represents predictions without accompanying illustrations. Pictures, illustrations, or artwork can be added by anyone after being vetted by Kaspersky and predictions take place in the years 2030, 2040, and 2050.

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Thus, the collective result is a collection of 360-degree views of cities across the globe showing concepts created by anyone with time to spend on the map concept. For instance, if you take a look at Barcelona in 2030, you can see the presence of electric cars and sleek architecture but the appearance and skyline is still recognizable even today. When viewed in 2040, the landscape is still recognizable. But by the year 2050, you get to notice some strange objects obstructing the Spanish skyline. It is undoubtedly a spaceship seemingly coming in for a landing at a spaceport. What can’t be determined is if the spaceship is alien or human.

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According to Anton Vodogreev in his predictions for a future Barcelona, “By 2050, the tallest buildings may be over 50km tall and almost exclusively for space travel, and space ports will be more common. Many residents will be androids, but there will also be new biological creatures, genetically designed and lab-assembled…” Some predictions are far less assuring. When viewing Antarctica in 2050, it is no longer the protected and preserved area like its past status with the U.N. Many predict that by 2050 Antarctica may be the “wild west” for superpowers, similar to how Africa was carved out by colonial powers in the 19th century, due to fighting over mineral and fresh water resources from the continent.

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More far-fetched ideas predict that Dhaka in 2050 will be the “Global Warming Titanic city” in which sea-levels have risen by dozens of feet and will leave the city submerged. Pictures show a scuba diver swimming through the former city. In contrast, other coastal cities have not been affected by the rising sea levels. The map is designed to reflect the future in all its possible forms, whether fantastic or based on present truths.

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Kaspersky explains that “the future is not a stiff monolith; it’s rather a mosaic of our concepts and ideas. Each person has their own concept of the future and that’s why there’s such a diversity of variants.” Kaspersky’s project Earth 2050 brings together men and women of art and science, dreamers and innovators, to predict the world, technology and cyber threats of 2050.

Turns Out that 3,000-year-old Statue Discovered in Cairo is NOT the Famous Ramses II

That massive statue recently discovered in Cairo turns out NOT to be that of famous Egyptian Pharaoh Ramses II. However, the statue still depicts another ancient Egyptian ruler, that of Pharaoh Psamtek I. He ruled Egypt from 664 to 610 BCE. This is the same statue that was found last week in an eastern Cairo suburb. According to Khaled el-Anani, Egyptian minister for antiquities, the portions of the torso and head that were found were transported to the famous Egyptian museum in Cairo on Thursday. Experts all over the world have been descending on the site at the Souq al-Khamis district in Cairo to help study the discovered statue. All the statue’s parts would first be assembled at the Egyptian museum where they would be pieced together and restored before being moved to the soon-to-be-opened Grand Egyptian Museum near the Giza Pyramids.

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As soon as experts got to see the torso, head, lower parts of the head, crown, right ear, and fragments of the right eye, they knew at once of their error that this statue was not of Ramses II. What made many fall into this conclusion was the fact that after the first part of the massive statue was discovered, the joint Egyptian-German team from the University of Leipzig also found the upper part of a life-sized 80cm limestone statue of Pharaoh Seti II, Ramses II’s grandson. Psamtek I’s statue is made of quartzite, a really hard stone composed mainly of quartz. It stands at 26 feet tall, or 8 meters. Both statues represent pharaohs from the 19th dynasty of the Egyptian empire.

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These statues were thought to be part of the city of Heliopolis at its height when its temples were used to worship the sun god, Ra. A large ancient obelisk was also unearthed along with the statues. The ancient capital of Heliopolis means ‘city of the sun’ in ancient Greek and was founded by Ramses II. Ancient Egyptians believed that the city is the place where the sun god lives and so its temples were dedicated to worshiping him. Royalty could go there for worship but were not allowed to set up residence. It was one of the largest temples in Egypt, but was destroyed by the Greeks and Romans as the empire declined.

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All this find could be a boon to Egypt’s failing tourism industry, which has suffered since the uprising that brought down autocrat Hosni Mubarak in 2011. Then, a terrorist bomb that brought down a Russian plane that killed all 224 people on board. From 14.7 million tourists in 2010, the number dropped to 9.8 million in 2011, and dropped down further to 2.2 million in 2015 and to only 1.2 million in 2016. Psamtek I had to beat out 11 other contenders in order to become pharaoh. Originally eyed as a puppet ruler for the Assyrian empire, Psamtek instead freed the country from Assyria within a decade.

London’s Adult Ball Pit Now has 250,000 Balls that all Glow in the Dark

If you didn’t know yet, there’s a giant ball pit in London for adults that just had a major makeover. It’s now filled with more than 250,000 balls that all glow in the dark. The venue’s true name is actually Ballie Ballerson, but is now taking on new moniker, “Glowy McGlow.” The balls are all see-through, and are lit by 10,000 LED lights beneath the floor. A ball cleaning machine works all the time to keep the place hygienic. The machine is capable of cleaning up to 18,000 balls per hour.  Ballie Ballerson is actually a cocktail bar, and the perfect place to sit and relax and have a few drinks after all that jumping around and mucking with the balls. A two-hour session ticket in the pit only costs £10. Yes, that’s ten quid, but if you just want to stay in the bar, it’s free, but just pay for the drinks you order.

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When Ballie Ballerson first opened in November 4 of last year in Dalston, it became quite a hit with Londoners who enjoyed the spongy and soft balls while also being served good food and good drinks at the bar area. The ball pit is actually on the first floor with the restaurant and bar on the second level. The food served is mostly ball-themed, so think more on pancake balls, cheese balls, and beef meatballs. The pit is chest-deep with balls where you can “swim,” dance, play, or jump around to your heart’s content.

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In reality, this isn’t the first time that a ball pit has opened, but Ballie Ballerson is the first one with a bar and restaurant in partnership and a ball cleaning machine that disinfects and keeps the balls clean and not covered in germs. And the pit isn’t the only thing that’s sort of bottomless. For just £35, you can enjoy one hour of bottomless prosecco and punch, followed by one hour of bottomless spaghetti and meatballs, and then followed by one final hour of more unlimited drinks. That’s three hours of great food and drinks at a bargain. So you’ll leave the premises tired from all that exercising, satisfied with all that food, and full of joy from all that alcohol.

The pit and bar are located on 79 Stoke Newington Road in Dalston. It’s open 6:00 p.m. – 12:00 a.m. on Wednesdays and Thursdays, 6:00 p.m. – 2:00 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. The bottomless brunch option needs to be booked in advance, either online or called in. You need to choose between 12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. or 3:00 – 6:00 p.m. for the bottomless brunch. For those not really into balls, the pit also offers some foam toys and inflatable rings to play with. On certain days the organizers have competitive games with fun prizes at stake.