News and Notes, Aug 10 – 16

Here are the interesting links and notes for the week. Check back for updates. Reading is not agreeing. Headlines and links do not imply fact checking or endorsement of views and ideas.

8/16/2020 Sunday

  • California is hit by MORE blackouts: Electricity is cut to more than 220,000 homes for the second night as the power grid buckles during the record-breaking heatwave and 13 wildfires {DailyMail}
  • In Stores, Secret Surveillance Tracks Your Every Move. As you shop, bluetooth “beacons” detail exactly where you walk and how long you pause to consider different items in the store, all using hidden technology in your smart phone. {NYTimes}
  • Greenland’s glaciers are already past the ‘point of no return’: Scientists claim the ice would now continue to melt even if global warming stopped {Webnewsys}
  • Multiple People Arrested For Not Wearing Masks in OC Grocery Store – Store Manager Locked Them in and Called Police! (VIDEO) {MadnessHub}

8/15/2020 Saturday

  • The key difference between a Republic versus Democracy is the protection of certain inalienable rights granted in a republic, such as the right to bear arms in the United States. This inalienable right cannot be taken away by elected officials, whereas in a true democracy the elected party and government is not restricted by any inalienable rights. {ScienceTrends}
  • Democracy is based on the “rule of the majority” over the minority, in a Republic a written Constitution protects minorities and allows them to be represented and included in the decision-making process {DifferenceBetween}
  • Bald eagle attacks and destroys a $995 government drone by ripping off a propeller at 162ft over Michigan {DailyMail}
  • Fauci confirms to CNN that scientists at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases are working to create a strain of coronavirus {CNN}
  • Pro-China propaganda campaign on social media used fake followers made with AI-generated images {YDN}
  • 13,000 empty Manhattan apartments are sitting vacant — the highest number in 14 years… SF condo inventory spikes, with price reductions skyrocketing {InvestWatch}
  • Lung cancer deaths have been falling by nearly 5% per year over last decade thanks to new and better treatment, NIH study finds {ScoopyWeb}
  • Governor Newsom says 96% of California schools will start online – despite a third of districts insisting they don’t have the technology available {StationGossip}
  • Plastic pollution in our oceans could spread fatal diseases into the food chain through farmed seafoods such as mussels and oysters, study warns.  … ultra-tiny plastic particles encourage the formation of biofilms – a community of microbes, including pathogens, that form a slimy layer on the surface. {ScoopyWeb}
  • Amazon suffers massive legal blow after California court sides with woman injured by exploding laptop battery and rules the company CAN be held liable for defective third-party goods sold on its marketplace {Domigood}
  • Hillary Clinton says she’s ‘ready’ to serve in Biden’s administration: Former Secretary of State hints at a return to D.C. and ‘wants to help fix the US’ {Madnesshub}

8/14/2020 Friday

  • Speculation is growing over whether Donald Trump might pardon Edward Snowden after the US president told an interviewer that the exiled former intelligence operative was “not being treated fairly”. … He added: “Many people are on his side, I will say that. I don’t know him, never met him. But many people are on his side.” {Guardian} #WeweaseSnowden A legit democracy protects privacy, frA legit government “for the people” protects privacy, freedom of speech and whistle-blowers and corrects the wrongs they blow… whistles about. 
  • POTUS then turned to his aides, asking, “How do you feel about that, Snowden? Haven’t heard the name in a long time.” After asking his staff, Trump added, “I’ve heard it both ways. From traitor to he’s being, you know, persecuted. I’ve heard it both ways.” Snowden caught wind of the president’s remarks, tweeting on Friday, “The last time we heard a White House considering a pardon was 2016, when the very same Attorney General who once charged me conceded that, on balance, my work in exposing the NSA’s unconstitutional system of mass surveillance had been ‘a public service.’” {USAANews}
  • Breakthrough extends quantum state stability by 10,000 times {UPI}
  • President Donald Trump announced Friday that he donated his most recent quarterly paycheck to the National Park Service. He revealed the $100,000 donation in a tweet along with a photo of the check — minus his bank account number this time. {UPI}
  • THOUSANDS of cars form mile-long line at Dallas food bank as families drive across Texas for box of noodles, spaghetti sauce, peanut butter, rice, and trail mix as unemployment cripples state {YDN}
  • In Diplomatic Doubleheader, U.S. Seizes Iranian Fuel From Ships Headed to Venezuela {NYTimes}
  • Pattern Shift Brings Heat to the West, Unsettled East with Record Highs Possible in the Western USA Through Next Week. {MSN}
  • Severe storms brought flooding and funnel clouds to Minnesota on Aug. 14. {MSN}
  • Firefighters scrambled to protect thousands of homes from a wildfire racing through brush-covered mountains north of Los Angeles on Friday that caused hundreds of evacuations and burned 21 structures. The blaze, dubbed the Lake Fire, swelled to over 17,000 acres (6,880 hectares), forcing up to 1,500 people from their houses after erupting on Wednesday afternoon in the Angeles National Forest. {MSN}
  • ‘Canary in the coal mine’: Greenland ice has shrunk beyond return, study finds {MSN}
  • Hunger crisis grips Zimbabwe {MSN}
  • Any attempt to get coronavirus herd immunity would lead to massive death tolls, Fauci warns {CNN}
  • USPS will stop removing letter collection boxes in Western states until after the election, spokesman says {CNN}
  • Federal court strikes down California’s ban on high-capacity magazines {CNN}
  • Berkshire Makes a Bet on Gold Market That Buffett Once Mocked {Bloomberg}
  • Production of Air Force’s first B-21 stealth bomber on schedule {UPI}
  • Study: Humans have been sleeping on beds for 200,000 years {UPI} I usually only sleep on a bed for about 7 hours. Where are these super sleepers, and what dreams are they having?
  • Russia fights to stop an outbreak of bubonic plague by vaccinating 32,000 people after virus spreads from Mongolia to Siberian tourist region {ScoopyWeb}
  • California megachurch holds massive services for 7,000 people in defiance of social distancing orders – and says it will sue state officials over 100-person cap on indoor gatherings {StationGossip}
  • Tucker investigates Kamala Harris’ record on the Second Amendment {YouTube}

8/13/2020 Thursday

  • 109 year-old IBM is planning to take on Amazon. Here’s how {CNN}
  • After TikTok and WeChat, Alibaba could be the next target in Trump’s tech war {CNN}
  • Amazon Alexa security bug allowed access to voice history {BBC}
  • NEW ZEALAND INTRODUCES QUARANTINE CAMPS ..with forced removal from your home if you do not comply {InvestWatch}
  • SUPPRESSED: In three months, Facebook censored over 100 million posts for so-called coronavirus “misinformation” {Breitbart}
  • Iowa corn flattened by 100mph winds(Picture) {StationGossip}
  • States have authority to fine or jail people who refuse coronavirus vaccine, Dov Fox, a law professor and the director of the Center for Health Law Policy and Bioethics at the University of San Diego, says. Legal precedent dates back to 1905. Fox noted authorities in the United States have never attempted to jail people for refusing to vaccinate, but other countries like France have adopted the aggressive tactic. {ABC15}

8/12/2020 Wednesday

  • A woman is stunned when her new driver’s license came back with a picture of an empty chair {CNN}
  • Why do we have only two choices? Have you even heard of Jo Jorgensen? She’s running for president. {Jo20}
  • Coronavirus may keep 3rd-party presidential candidates off the ballot. “…due to state laws requiring third parties to collect thousands of signatures on ballots to qualify. Hawkins said it will be impossible to meet these requirements in light of White House guidelines urging citizens to stay at home and avoid social gatherings.” {GP}
  • A number of telescopes, government agencies, shut down amid increased asteroid threat – “Over 100 telescopes have been reported to have been shut down in a move that virtually makes no sense…” {Intellihub}
  • In Historic Ultimatum, Uber Threatens To Shut Down California Business If Appeal Isn’t Approved {ZeroHedge}
  • Over one BILLION Android phones may be at risk of 400 ‘Achilles’ vulnerabilities which let hackers turn handsets into spying tools {DailyMail}
  • A federal judge in New York invalidated rule changes made by the Trump administration that would have allowed individuals and corporations to kill large numbers of birds as long as they could prove the birds weren’t specifically targeted. {WashPost}
  • Trump demands NYC Mayor de Blasio REHIRE all NYPD cops fired after he cut $1bn in funding and condemns the looting and violence in Chicago, Seattle and Portland {Domigood}
  • Dr. Fauci says he ‘seriously doubts’ that Russia’s COVID-19 vaccine is ‘safe and effective’ as he claims the U.S. could have its own out by NEXT WEEK if it wanted to ‘take the chance’ {StationGossip}
  • No more dancing next to sweaty armpits! Sam Fender plays ‘world’s first socially-distanced gig’ to 2,500 fans in groups of five in raised metal pens – as Van Morrison, The Libertines and Maximo Park prepare their own post-lockdown shows {StationGossip}
  • ‘Simple and Effective’: Top Medic Explains Why Russia’s Anti-COVID Vaccine Can Be Trusted {SputnikNews}
  • Fire and hailstone: ‘Biblical’ end to British summer as Scotland is hit by 17,000 lightning strikes in 12 hours and tropical deluge turns streets to rivers… while sweltering 97F London and south brace for storms {ScoopyWeb}
  • California Black Lives Matter Leader Charged with Five Felonies, Faces 15 Years in Prison (VIDEO) {YDN}
  • Country Singer Rescued by Police After Getting Lost on His Own 30-Acre Property {StationGossip}
  • Sweden’s Success is Kryptonite for Lockdown and Mask Advocates {JordanS}
  • Trump Warns of What China Will Do if Biden Wins in November {StationGossip}
  • ‘This will bankrupt the city’: Nearly 20% of New York’s hotels are being used to house 13,000 homeless people for more than $2million-a-night {DailyMail}
  • ‘Hate Speech’: PA Governor Scolds Trump Campaign Adviser For ‘Misgendering’ Health Secretary {YDN}
  • Bring ‘Tools, Ski Masks, Gloves’: Chicago Police Reveal Social Media Post That May Have Triggered Riots, Looting {MadnessHub}
  • City Considers $250 Fine For Residents Not Wearing Masks — Outside {ScoopyWeb}
  • Trucking company announces it won’t deliver to cities pushing to defund police {Tathasta}
  • Despite Chicago Police Chief Demand For Accountability, First Looter Goes Free On $500 Bond {Tathasta}
  • TikTok ‘bypassed Google software to track Android users online’ – fueling fears the app IS sharing your private data with Beijing {MadnessHub}
  • Hundreds of thousands without power days after US Midwest storm {Aljazera}

8/11/2020 Tuesday

  • China’s Military Ordered “Not To Fire First Shot” In Any Stand-Off With US Forces {ZeroHedge}
  • Trump: If I lose the election, you’re going to have to learn to speak Chinese {InvestWatch}
  • Russia receives orders from 20 countries for ONE BILLION doses of world’s first Covid-19 vaccine {RT}
  • Facebook Inc said on Tuesday it removed 7 million posts in the second quarter for sharing “false information” about the novel coronavirus, including content that “promoted fake preventative measures” and “exaggerated cures.” {Newsmax} #censorship
  • The Perseid meteor shower, considered by stargazers to be the best of the summer, is set to peak this week, most likely August 11 and 12. Meteor showers are unpredictable and fickle, but on a clear night under the right conditions, you can expect to see anywhere from 15 to 20 meteors per hour. {USAToday}
  • It’s official: This is Phoenix’s hottest summer ever recorded {AZCentral}
  • Sunspot the size of Mars is turning towards Earth and massive solar flares could affect radio communications, GPS and power grids {Cuzzblue}
  • NASA shares image of red cyclones swirling on Jupiter’s North Pole – but the internet says the planet looks like a ‘pepperoni pizza’ {MadnessHub}
  • Zero-emissions aeroplanes that use AMMONIA as jet fuel rather than kerosene could take to the skies ‘within years’, British scientists claim {StationGossip}
  • President Donald Trump was abruptly escorted from his press conference on Monday less than five minutes after it began after a Secret Service agent shot a 51-year-old man who ‘aggressively’ approached the officer and said he had a weapon outside the White House. {ScoopyWeb}
  • In Historic Pick, Joe Biden Taps Kamala Harris To Be His Running Mate {NPR}
  • Moment megaphone wielding anti-mask activists storm Morrison’s and demand shoppers ‘resist the new world order’ and take off their face-coverings that are ‘so bad’ for them {YDN}
  • Fuel spilling from a Japanese bulk carrier that ran aground on a reef in Mauritius two weeks ago is creating an ecological disaster, endangering corals, fish and other marine life around the Indian Ocean island, officials and environmentalists say. The MV Wakashio, owned by the Nagashiki Shipping Company, struck the reef on Mauritius’s southeast coast on July 25. {Aljazera}
  • Seattle Police Chief Carmen Best Resigns Following City Council Vote to Defund Police {StationGossip}
  • Seattle City Council Votes to Move Forward on Plan to Defund Police — Get Out While You Can! {StationGossip}
  • Could your mask help SPREAD coronavirus? Scientists discover fleece neck gaiters MULTIPLY infectious droplets while N95s and cotton masks work best to protect you and reduce transmission {YDN}
  • According to the international sex trafficking child advocacy group, End Child Prostitution and Trafficking, also known as ECPAT – roughly 8 million children are being sex trafficked every year. {ECPAT}
  • The hashtag #SaveTheChildren was temporarily blocked on Facebook after it was linked to a baseless QAnon theory that there’s a “deep-state” with ties to a child sex trafficking ring, according to reports. {NYPost}
  • QAnon conspiracy theory supporter Marjorie Taylor Greene wins primary runoff in Georgia {USAToday}
  • Has America Entered A New Era Of Permanent Civil Unrest? {InvestWatch}
  • China is increasing its military drills as tensions with US heat up {MSN}
  • Connecticut issues first $1K fines to residents violating travel advisory {NYPost}
  • Martial law coming to New Zealand very soon. The military told to use whatever force door to door. {YouTube}

8/10/2020 Monday

  • Dwarf planet Ceres is an ‘ocean world’ with sea water beneath surface, mission finds. “The team said the salt deposits looked like they had built up within the last 2 million years – the blink of an eye in space time.” {Guardian}
  • Trump press briefing interrupted after shots fired near White House {MSN}
  • Trump Considers Banning Re-entry to USA by Returning Citizens Who May Have Coronavirus {NYTimes}
  • “Game-Changing Capability” – Air Force One Is Going Hypersonic {ZeroHedge}
  • QAnon groups have millions of members on Facebook, documents show… Facebook has been key to QAnon’s growth, in large part due to the platform’s Groups feature, which has also seen a significant uptick in use since the social network began emphasizing it in 2017. … Facebook’s anticipated move follows Twitter’s more aggressive action against QAnon. In July, Twitter announced it had banned 7,000 QAnon accounts “for breaking its rules around platform manipulation, misinformation and harassment.” {NBCNews}
  • Baltimore explosion: 1 dead and 7 hospitalized after homes explode. Three homes were reduced to rubble, spokeswoman Blair Adams said. In a statement from the Baltimore Gas and Electric Co., provided by spokeswoman Tasha Jamerson, the company said that no gas readings were found in any of the buildings and no leaks were found on the gas main. No gas odors were reported before the explosion, BGE said. {MSN}
  • A natural gas explosion destroyed three row houses in Baltimore on Monday morning, killing a woman and trapping other people in the debris. At least six people were seriously injured, and firefighters were searching for more survivors. {ABCNews}
  • Chaos In Chicago: Bridges Raised To Prevent Gun-Toting Looters Getting Downtown {ZeroHedge}
  • Chicago police arrest more than 100 people after shootout and looting downtown {MSN}
  • China Mobilizes Invasion Craft On Coast Near Taiwan As Top US Official Arrives In Taipei: Report {ZeroHedge}
  • Nancy Pelosi said Russia still poses the biggest threat to election interference as she claimed Sunday Moscow is spending all day, everyday in efforts to hurt Joe Biden’s chances of getting elected. {WomenSystems}
  • Hoard of ‘nationally significant’ Bronze Age artifacts including a decorative horse harness and a 3,000-year-old sword is unearthed by a metal detectorist in the Scottish Borders {ScoopyWeb}
  • Native American tribes set up COVID-19 checkpoints and block THOUSANDS of mask-less bikers passing through reservation land en route to 10-day motorcycle festival in Sturgis, South Dakota {StationGossip}
  • The UNCLEAN green grass of home: Flytippers dump sofas and fridges among mountain of junk on Welsh beauty spot that is 4,000-year-old Bronze Age burial ground {ScoopyWeb}
  • Terrifying moment giant rocks suddenly tumble down a mountain and crashes into a busy road in China – Three people suffered minor injuries and no deaths were reported by authorities {ScoopyWeb}
  • Federal Election Commissioner: ‘Substantial Chance’ There Will Be No Results On Election Night {Tathasta}
  • Powerful Blasts Heard In Capital Of Belarus, No Confirmation Of What It Was Earlier Tear Gas & Flashbangs We’re Used During Protest {InvestWatch}
  • Lebanon’s Government Resigns Amid Widespread Anger Over Blast {NYTimes}
  • “Yale epidemiology professor Dr. Harvey Risch and CNN host John Berman discuss hydroxychloroquine on Monday during a heated discussion about the polarizing drug. When John attempts to bully Dr. Risch I don’t believe that he was ready for the response. A decisive victory for Dr. Risch for anyone with any semblance of a brain.” YouTube Comment: “In which a “journalist” simultaneously says, “Listen to the experts,” while railroading one.” {YouTube}
  • McDonald’s Sues Former C.E.O., Accusing Him of Lying and Fraud {NYTimes}
  • Insecticides Tied to Heart Disease Deaths – According to Wei Bao, assistant professor of epidemiology at the University of Iowa College of Public Health, and colleagues, people who have been exposed to pyrethroid insecticides are three times more likely to die from cardiovascular disease than those with low or no exposure. From Dec. 30, 2019. {WebMD}
  • Derecho with 100 mph winds moves across the Midwest, bringing down trees and power lines in Chicago {CNN}
  • Police break up party with nearly 300 people in New Jersey {CBSNews}
  • The U.S. has had more coronavirus cases than some countries have people {CBSNews}
  • Global Coronavirus Case Count Surpasses 20 Million {NPR}
  • Trump lawyers make final pitch to block tax record release {ABCNews}
  • Top California health official resigns amid revelation of giant coronavirus record backlog {NBCNews}
  • This school reopened and one child infected 25 teachers {CNN}
  • Police officer fires gun and wounds man after accidentally being hit by deputy’s Taser {CNN}
  • The risk of autism may be greater in babies born to women who used marijuana during pregnancy, a new study suggests. In an analysis of data from more than 500,000 Canadian mothers and their children, researchers found a 50 percent increase in the risk of autism spectrum disorder in kids whose mothers had used cannabis while pregnant, according to the report, published Monday in Nature Medicine. {NBCNews}
  • Late On Rent? Landlord Removes Tenant’s Doors And Windows {ZeroHedge}
  • “Financially Devastated” – 83% Of NYC Restaurants Unable To Pay July Rent {ZeroHedge}
  • From Pandemic to Famine: China’s food supply collapse leading to imminent starvation {InvestWatch}
  • The Fed announced that they’ve created a digital system for CV19 payouts and a backbone for moving all US currency through their network. This is looking like the Federal cryptocurrency so many on this sub have theorized. {InvestWatch}
  • CDC hiring Quarantine Coronavirus Enforcement Officers {InvestWatch}

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