News and Notes, July 13 – 19

Here are the most 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.

7/19/2020 Sunday

  • The UAE has successfully launched the Arab world’s first Mars mission (Video} {CNN}
  • Dangerous heat wave sweeps the US with temperatures of up to 112F: Crowds pack beaches despite 21 states issuing warnings over conditions that will leave 75 million sweltering until midweek {StationGossip}
  • Kentucky couple fit with ankle monitors, placed on house arrest, for refusing to sign quarantine documents: reports {FOX}

  • GM’s Mary Barra sees ‘relatively short-lived’ coronavirus recession, with recovery by early 2021 {FOX}

7/18/2020 Saturday

  • World Sets Daily Record In New Coronavirus Cases. Over a 24-hour period, the world saw nearly 260,000 new coronavirus cases — a new record. Deaths were also on the rise, with 7,360 new fatalities reported Saturday in the highest one-day increase since May. {NPR}
  • South Africa on Saturday became one of the top five worst-hit countries in the coronavirus pandemic, as breathtaking new infection numbers around the world were a reminder that a return to normal life is still far from sight. {ABCNews}
  • Water from Fog collectors by FogQuest “average about 200L (~52 US gallons) a day … and if the fog is accompanied by drizzle or rain…, the rates rise significantly. I’ve seen a 3000L (~792 US Gallon) tank fill up in a day from 2 collectors in Tojquia. We at FogQuest seek out a minimum productivity of 40L/day (~10 US Gallons) for a suitable site. We assess this through preliminary research and the use of smaller test collectors.” {YouTube}
  • FogQuest water from fog mesh comes from a company in Chile named Marienberg. It is 8 meters wide and very long, a 35% shade coefficient Raschel weave mesh in a double layer, UV protected polypropylene or polyethylene. {Fogquest}
  • Heat wave will bring scorching temperatures to the eastern U.S. {Yahoo}

  • Scream Into Your Phone and Have it Played on a Speaker in Iceland {MSN}

  • Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum sued the Department of Homeland Security and other agencies Friday night, alleging that federal law enforcement officers sent to Portland to suppress the Black Lives Matter protests violated the Constitution by unlawfully detaining and arresting demonstrators without probable cause. {NBCNews}
  • Comet Neowise is a dazzling sight, but it’s also a reminder of how woefully unprepared we are for dangerous asteroids {Yahoo}

  • Fireball reportedly flies across Hobbs New Mexico sky.  Viewers Kerrie Ortiz and Shanielle Brewer sent News 13 these videos of what appears to be a meteor, over Hobbs around 1 a.m. Saturday morning. There are around a dozen reports of an event from the area but as of yet, there is no official word as to what the fireball in the sky actually is. (No videos seen there…) {KRQE}

7/17/2020 Friday

  • Spacecraft snaps closest pictures yet of sun, ‘campfires’ abound. “The orbiter was about 48 million miles (77 million kilometers) from the sun — about halfway between Earth and the sun — when it took the stunning high-resolution pictures last month.” {NBCNews}

  • Federal Officers Appear to Use Rental Cars From Enterprise to Snatch Portland Protesters “Camouflage-clad federal officers, who were caught on video this week plucking protesters off the Portland streets and into unmarked vans, rented at least one of the vans from Enterprise Holdings rental car service, according to records reviewed by WW.” {WWeek}
  • Mayor of Portland to Trump: Get your troops out of the city {Q13Fox}
  • US Attorney For Oregon Calls For Investigation Into Portland Protester Arrests. {OPB}
  • “Tung Yin, a law professor at Lewis & Clark College, says federal law enforcement have authority to protect federal buildings in the city. There are questions about how they are doing that, though.” {Katu}
  • Half a million Covid-19 testing kits from major government supplier are recalled ‘after spot checks revealed they were not sterile’ {ScoopyWeb}

  • Earth’s magnetic field could provide a ‘universal reference’ for dogs and help them navigate back to their owners wherever they are, new study shows {WebNewSys}

  • Human case of the PLAGUE is confirmed in Colorado for the first time in 5 years after resident was exposed to infected squirrels {YDN}

  • Mary Trump says President ‘is not going to get better and he is without question going to get worse’ {CNN}

  • Why Face Masks DON’T Work, According To SCIENCE (Ben Swann) {NoFacemask}

  • June 2020 Published (SCIENCE) Study: “Our results show that the airborne transmission route is highly virulent and dominant for the spread of COVID-19. The mitigation measures are discernable from the trends of the pandemic. Our analysis reveals that the difference with and without mandated face covering represents the determinant in shaping the trends of the pandemic. This protective measure significantly reduces the number of infections.” {PNAS}
  • Reuters tally: For first time, world records one million coronavirus cases in 100 hours {MSN}
  • Ancient human ancestors carved a handaxe from a hippo femur 1.4 million years ago, study says {CNN}

  • Maxwell could “squeal” on “well-known names,” Epstein accuser says {Yahoo}

  • Cloudflare crashes: Discord, Patreon and hundreds of websites unavailable. The outage comes a few days after Twitter ran into a major issue with hackers taking over several prominent accounts, including those of former President Barack Obama and Tesla chief Elon Musk, asking followers to send bitcoin to a particular address {Gizchina}
  • Twitter Hack: a powerful tool gives a significant number of authorized Twitter workers the ability to manage high-profile accounts … former employees concluded that hackers likely used the tool to access the accounts and then reset passwords. {CNN}
  • Twitter is investigating whether hackers bribed an employee to get access to the world’s most powerful accounts as more signs point to ‘inside job’ in catastrophic breach {Madnesshub}
  • Covid parties: spreading infection {MSN}
  • 4 dead, 26 hospitalized in Arizona after ingesting tainted hand sanitizer {USAToday}

7/16/2020 Thursday

  • How to see Comet NEOWISE {Earthsky}

  • Soon, You Will Need To Wear A Mask To Enter Virtually Every Major Retail Store In America {InvestWatchBlog}
  • Walmart, Sam’s Clubs New Coronavirus Mask Mandate for Customers to Be Enforced by Black Shirt “Health Ambassadors” {YDN}

  • Censorship claims as YouTube “purge” terminates 90+ Channels / 10K+ Videos in 3 Weeks without warnings. Available on, a website which backs up YouTube channels and videos deleted for their political speech. {InfoLib}
  • Researcher Denis G Rancourt (former university physics professor) claims masks give no benefit in blocking respiratory infections after reviewing randomized control trials over the last decade. {AltCensored}
  • In contrast to Rancourt’s claim (above), NPR says a meta-analysis of 172 studies that looked at various interventions to prevent the transmission of COVID-19, SARS and MERS from an infected person to people close to them. The analysis, which was published in The Lancet on June 1, found that mask wearing significantly reduces the risk of viral transmission. {NPR}
  • Physical distancing, face masks, and eye protection to prevent person-to-person transmission of SARS-CoV-2 and COVID-19: a systematic review and meta-analysis. “Face mask use by the primary case and family contacts before the primary case developed symptoms was 79% effective in reducing transmission” {BMJ}

  • (In) every single country where masks or cloth face coverings have been introduced as national policy (often but not always alongside other measures), rates of transmission fell in the subsequent days. {Wiley}
  • Judge Andrew Napolitano: “The federal government has no authority- NONE- to compel the wearing of a mask in public.” {NoFaceMask}
  • Ghislaine Maxwell’s Secret Spouse May Not Escape Being Called to Testify Against Her {MSN}
  • Making America GRAY Again: Donald Trump, 74, finally embraces the natural look as he ditches the hair dye {HideOutNow}
  • How long does coronavirus immunity REALLY last? 82-year-old man who recovered from the disease is struck down again just 10 days later with the SAME symptoms {HideOutNow}


7/15/2020 Wednesday

  • Rising sea levels will spark ‘extraordinary’ coastal flooding in the US with some areas experiencing six days of high tides by 2021, experts warn {WebNewSys}

  • Flooding in China Has Resulted in 141 People Missing or Dead and 38 Million Displaced – Could Get Much Worse If Three Gorges Dam Breaks {YDN}

  • A Twitter Hacking Spree Hits Elon Musk, Obama, Apple, and More . An unprecedented “security incident” has rocked Twitter—and scammers are making off with huge amounts of bitcoin. {Wired}
  • Joe Biden, Elon Musk, Bill Gates and Barack Obama all have their Twitter accounts HACKED in massive scam where hundreds of victims sent thousands of dollars to a bitcoin account that promised ‘double’ the return {WebNewSys}

  • Tesla’s ‘Gigafactory’ Berlin that will open in 2021 and be the automaker’s first full vehicle factory in Europe {WebNewSys}

  • The Trump administration has ordered hospitals to begin sending coronavirus patient information directly to the Department of Health and Human Services, not the CDC {InvestWatchBlog}

  • Ireland delays reopening pubs and nightclubs until August 10 and scraps plans to allow crowds to gather indoors from Monday after spike in coronavirus cases {WebNewSys}

  • CDC director says coronavirus cases in the US could be under control in as little as FOUR WEEKS – but only if everyone begins wearing a mask right now {Domigood}

  • Edward Colston statue is replaced by unofficial sculpture of Black Lives Matter protester who helped topple monument to the slave trader in Bristol in secret dawn installation by activists {YDN}

  • Claim: China involved in nationwide weapons to USA to arm “Black Lives Matter terrorists … working with communist / Marxist forces in the United States to overthrow the government and nullify the Constitution.” {InvestWatchBlog}
  • Who needs a fake ID! Teenagers dress up as senior citizens with face masks to buy alcohol from liquor stores in trend sweeping TikTok {MadnessHub}

  • Is YOUR town at risk of a local lockdown? Officials release interactive map that shows how many new Covid-19 cases have been diagnosed in every postcode England during the past week {ScoopyWeb}

7/14/2020 Tuesday

  • Incredibly rare glimpse of one of universe’s biggest EXPLOSIONS captured by scientists (PHOTO) {RT}

  • California’s chances of experiencing the Big One on the San Andreas fault in the next 12 months have TRIPLED after recent spate of micro-quakes {DailyMail}
  • Entertainment Break: Watch a humanoid robot do creepily perfect gymnastics {Disrn}
  • WHO Will Not Investigate Wuhan Lab Where Coronavirus Was Kept {ZeroHedge}

  • Trump Signs Measures Holding China Accountable for ‘Repressive’ Hong Kong Actions {SputnikNews}
  • Drug Used to Treat High Cholesterol May Eliminate COVID-19 Infection in Days, Study Finds. “Through their analysis of various lung tissue samples, the researchers found that fenofibrate “reversed the metabolic changes induced by SARS-CoV-2 blocking viral replication,” causing the virus to almost totally disappear.” {SputnikNews}
  • ‘If they want to do business with us, they can’t use it’: Trump says he PERSONALLY badgered US allies into ditching Huawei {RT}

  • FDA expands its list of potentially toxic hand sanitizers to nearly 60 products that can cause blood poisoning, blindness and death {DailyMail}
  • Amazon launching smart grocery carts that track shoppers’ items, allows them to skip checkout lines {InvestWatchBlog}

  • Hack of MGM hotels may have exposed personal data of 142 MILLION guests – more than TEN TIMES the number previously reported {DailyMail}
  • America’s population will peak at 364 million in 42 years – before SHRINKING by 10% as fertility rates plummet worldwide and fall by 17% in the US, study predicts {DailyMail}

7/13/2020 Monday

  • Study suggests Neanderthals invented art 20,000 years before modern humans thought of daubing pictures of prehistoric bison on cave walls. A cave wall in Maltravieso with Neanderthal hand stencils is almost completely covered with calcite. It is more than 66,000 years old which pre-dates the existence of humans in the European region {WebNewsys}
  • Couple Discovers They Were Long-Lost Childhood Sweethearts After Looking at 20-Year-Old Photos {StationGossip}

  • San Diego Club Rebrands Performance Stage As “Protest Platform” To Justify Reopening {InvestWatchBlog}

  • 1918, Spanish Flu. “Wear a mask or go to jail”(Picture) {StationGossip}

  • Surgeon General Jerome Adams On Prior Anti-Mask Statements: ‘When We Learn More, Our Recommendations Change’ … back in late-February, Adams tweeted for people “STOP BUYING MASKS” because they are “NOT effective in preventing” the general public from coronavirus. {MadnessHub}

  • Two months after infection, COVID-19 symptoms persist | Almost 90 percent still have at least one symptom long after the virus has gone. {HideOutNow}

  • Expert Warns Google Could Shift 10% of Vote Away from Trump, Hand 2020 Election to Biden {StationGossip}

  • Black Box Voting, founded in 2003, is a nonpartisan investigative reporting and public education organization for elections. {BlackBoxVoting}
  • To protect against heart disease: aim for 7.5 hours sleep per night, 30 to 60 minutes of aerobic exercise at least three times a week, a brisk walk once a day, laugh a lot, have sex regularly, reduce salt intake, quit smoking, brush and floss teeth, remineralize teeth, lower sugar intake, eat smaller meals, meditate, avoid unhealthy fats and fried foods, limit alcohol, reduce stress. {DuckDuckGo}
  • Number of deaths for leading causes of death in USA in 2017: Heart disease: 647,457. Cancer: 599,108. Accidents (unintentional injuries): 169,936. Chronic lower respiratory diseases: 160,201. Stroke (cerebrovascular diseases): 146,383. Alzheimer’s disease: 121,404. Diabetes: 83,564. Influenza and pneumonia: 55,672. {CDC}
  • These are the top risks facing the world in 2020 (Published January 2020) Infectious Disease, Water Crises, Global Governance Failure, Weapons of Mass Destruction, Data Fraud or Theft, Information Infrastructure Breakdown, Cyberattacks, Asset Bubble, Extreme Weather, Natural Disasters, Biodiversity Loss, Human Made Environmental Disasters. {WeForum}
  • Five more asteroids inbound this week but NASA is warning of upcoming flyby closer than the MOON {RT}

  • Dozens of City Governments Declare Racism a Public Health Crisis {Bloomberg}


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