5 TOP STORIES IN 5 MINUTES OR LESS: Tuesday DECEMBER 16TH (VIDEO)

Oahu’s North Shore Heroes Save Lives (VIDEO)

Oahu Surf. Shalom Jacobovitz CC 3.0

Oahu Surf. Shalom Jacobovitz CC 3.0

Want to see something amazing? The world-famous Banzai Pipeline Masters on Oahu’s treacherous North Shore turned deadly this year. But then the water-patrol lifeguards turned into instant heroes in the dangerous surf.

Aritz Aranburu (Spain) had a broken surf board lashed to his ankle and was floundering. Watch.

The patrol reached Aranburu and had mere seconds to pull him onto the rescue sled and head back to shore before a wall of water could pound them into shark bait. Still it was just another day on the job for the lifeguards.

South African Jordy Smith injured his shoulder when he the waves pounded him onto the reef. The surfers included Kelly Slater who was working toward his 12th world title, and he criticized the Association of Surfing Professionals for not postponing the event given the conditions.

School Massacre Stuns Pakistan P

Pakistani School Girls. Credit: Vicki Francis/Department for International Development, United Kingdom 2.0

Pakistani School Girls. Credit: Vicki Francis/Department for International Development, United Kingdom 2.0

Taliban gunmen assaulted a school in Peshawar, Pakistan. As a result 141 people, mostly children, were killed. On the cusp of the Sandy Hook massacre, we can relate to their loss. Even Afghanistan Taliban condemned the murders, calling them “un-Islamic.”

Apparently the Pakistani Taliban extremists were trying to force the government to back off of it war on the country’s tribal region. But their strategy backfired. Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said Pakistan will bear down even harder on the extremists.

“The fight will continue. No one should have any doubt about it. We will take account of each and every drop of our children’s blood.”

Famous teenage Nobel Peace Prize winner and advocate for educating young women in Pakistan, Malala Yousafzai, said she was, “heartbroken.”

In Spite Of Torrential Rains, California Still In Drought

California Drought. Credit:  2014 Pixabay.

California Drought. Credit: 2014 Pixabay.

California has been flooded with water, so you wouldn’t think it needed any more. But the state still needs 11 trillion gallons of water to break out of a three-year drought. NASA uses satellite data to monitor the precious water. Jay Famiglietti of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California said,

“It takes years to get into a drought of this severity, and it will likely take many more big storms, and years, to crawl out of it.”

California has led the nation for decades in economy of water. Unfortunately it is fighting an uphill battle against big business’ attempts to usurp existing water, bottle it and sell it to unsuspecting customers across the country.

Russia’s Economy Takes A Nosedive, Benefits Us

Ruble Drops. Big Time. Credit: KyivPost

Ruble Drops. Big Time. Credit: KyivPost

The ruble has dropped to 50% of its value this year. Low oil prices here, dropping to less than $2.00 per gallon in some states, have been partially responsible for creating the Russian crisis. But more importantly, the US and our allies in Europe have imposed sanctions to punish Russia for invading Ukraine.

Although Russia has dropped from the 8th largest economy to 15th largest, its economic decline will have little impact on the US. In fact those decreases in gasoline prices have been a welcome relief to our economy.

The sanctions are working. So if Russia wants to get out from under its economic free fall, all it needs to do is pull out of Ukraine.

Traveling Nuns Expected Punishment After Investigation, Surprised With Praise

Nuns On The Bus. Credit: barackobama.com.

Nuns On The Bus. Credit: barackobama.com.

Wow. I thought the nuns on the bus were going to be yelled at for their out-of-the ordinary bus tour. Even after their unorthodox measures and a multi-year investigation of the U.S. Roman Catholic Sisters, they have been praised for their “selfless work” in caring for the poor. The Vatican also promises to value their “feminine genius” more.

The Church simply asked that they serve “in harmony with Catholic teaching.” Sister Sharon Holland, head of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious said,

“There is an encouraging and realistic tone in this report. Challenges are understood, but it is not a document of blame, or of simplistic solutions. One can read the text and feel appreciated and trusted to carry on.”

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