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News and Notes, July 20 – 26

 

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.

 

7/26/2020 Sunday

  • North Korea declares state of emergency after Kim Jong Un meets advisers to discuss secretive county’s ‘first coronavirus case’ {Domigood}
  • Packets of seeds from China mislabeled as jewelry are mailed to Americans in six different states {StationGossip}
  • Australia reports jump in daily new cases, record deaths {Tathasta}
  • White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany says Democratic mayors Lori Lightfoot and Bill De Blasio Have ‘Lost Control’ of their Cities {DailyCaller}
  • The United States is drawing down its troops in Afghanistan and Washington has dispatched a special envoy for Afghanistan to press for peace talks between the government and Taliban fighters {Tathasta}
  • Hurricane Hanna strikes Texas leaving 35,000 without power and flooding art museum as Hurricane Douglas is about to hit Hawaii {Cuzzblue}
  • Wedded bliss… don’t bank on it! Married couples are no happier than single or divorced people, 40-year study of 7,500 individuals shows {StationGossip}
  • Donald Trump celebrates victory over ‘Big Pharma’ after signing executive order to vastly reduce the cost of prescription drugs by up to 50% and says insulin has gone from ‘big dollars to pennies’ {Cuzzblue}
  • Chinese Oil Giants Sell $56 Billion Worth Of Pipelines {InvestWatch}
  • Animated Map: What America Searched for on Google, Over the Last Decade. The Top Trending Google Searches in Every US State Throughout the 2010s {YouTube}
  • Pentagon ‘Orbital Outpost’ in the Works, Would Be Major Step for American Military in Space {YDN}
  • Seattle Police Chief Warns Residents They Are on Their Own After Democrat Politicians Block Them from Stopping Rioters – FULL LETTER {InvestWatch}
  • Rioters in Oakland, California, set fire to the Alameda County Superior Courthouse and attacked the police station. {Cuzzblue}
  • DOJ announces first federal arrests in Chicago. Former Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker interview on FOX: {YouTube}

7/25/2020 Saturday

  • Walmart, Home Depot and other retailers walk back face mask mandates, will serve maskless customers {Tathasta}
  • Armed militias arrive in Louisville; accidental gunshots reported {USAToday}

  • Record 1,100 dead dolphins wash up on French coast {DailySabah}

  • Fleetwood Mac Co-Founder Peter Green Dead at 73. {PressStories}

  • Reports: TV host Regis Philbin dies at 88.  Philbin, best known as host of programs such as “Live! With Regis and Kathie Lee,” later with Kelly Ripa, and game show “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire,” holds the Guinness World Record for having appeared in the most hours of television. {WSAW}

  • AI Helped Uncover Chinese Boats Hiding in North Korean Waters {Wired}
  • Locksmith pries open doors of Chinese consulate ‘spy hub’ after US orders officials to vacate premises {FOX}

  • Millions left in limbo as Congress lets $600 unemployment benefit lapse {CNN}

  • Certain Disputes Are Prohibited by Google/YouTube. A YouTube spokesman said: “YouTube has clear policies prohibiting any content that disputes the existence and transmission of Covid-19 as described by the WHO and the NHS.” {TheSun}

7/24/2020 Friday

  • Claim: 2020 is Seeing Largest Floods in Chinese History. Wiped Out the Country’s Food & Grain Supply. 1 billion+ to starve to death says Adapt 2030 {YouTube}

  • States probe APPLE for potential consumer protection violation… New iPhones could have superzoom ‘spy camera’ that can see for miles {InvestWatch}
  • Trump canceled the in-person portion of the Republican National Convention as the coronavirus continues to spread across the U.S. {WashPost}
  • Trump said he would deploy as many as 75,000 federal agents into U.S. cities as part of his “surge” against “violent crime.” … Trump first said the federal government would “have to be invited in,” but added. “At some point we’ll have to do something much stronger than being invited in,” he said. “We’ll go into all of the cities, any of the cities. We’re ready,” he added. {CNN}
  • China ordered the U.S. to close its consulate in Chengdu. The move is retaliation after Trump ordered China to close its consulate in Houston, TX. {APNews}
  • Experts: Safe To Assume We’re About To See Tensions with China Rise – And Soon {CuzzBlue}

  • Russia just tested anti-satellite space weapon, US claims US Space Command said Thursday that it has evidence that Russia tested a space-based anti-satellite weapon last week, revealing that Cosmos 2543, a Russian satellite caught tailing a US spy satellite earlier this year, released some sort of projectile into orbit. {LiveScience}
  • Russia fires ‘Star Wars’ missile: Britain and US brand Kremlin launch of first-ever anti-satellite weapon in space ‘a threat to peace’ {StationGossip}

  • Meet Cosmo the Frankenbull: Scientists genetically engineer a bull calf so that 75 per cent of its offspring will be male {StationGossip}

  • Redskins Officially Rebrand as ‘Washington Football Team,’ Roll Out New Uniform {YDN}

  • Fear grips Beijing over possibility of Washington cutting off China’s access to US dollar system {BusinessWorld}

  • Garmin services and production go down after ransomware attack {ZDNet}
  • NASA’s Perseverance Mars rover is ready to roll on the surface of the Red Planet now that its 14-year nuclear plutonium power source has been installed. {Space}
  • This New Molded Autoclavable, Scalable, Conformable (iMASC) Face Mask Is As Effective As an N95 and can be safely cleaned. The device is currently seeking approval from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH). {BestLifeOn}
  • Nearly Every Star Hosts at Least One Alien Planet [From 2014] {Yahoo}
  • A doctor has run 22 miles to work and back wearing a mask to help stop the spread of misinformation and conspiracy theories around face coverings and to raise funds for charity. He recorded that oxygen levels never fell below 98% of what it would usually be. {StationGossip}

  • Bill Gates confirms he won’t use a COVID-19 vaccine to microchip people {StationGossip}

  • Bill Gates Pushing to Eliminate Physical Money {InvestWatch}

  • Gov. DeSantis Calls for Investigation as Those Not Tested for Coronavirus Receive Positive Results {Breitbart}
  • Sen. Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.) to DHS: ‘Don’t Even Think About’ Sending Federal Police To Chicago. Says on MSNBC that She’s Hearing the Reason for Troops is Human Trafficking. {YouTube}
  • REVEALED: Mel Gibson, 64, was hospitalized for a week in April with COVID-19 and recovered after being treated with Remdesivir {YDN}
  • Statue of Christopher Columbus in Chicago’s Grant Park is taken down under cover of darkness after Mayor Lori Lightfoot ordered its removal following violent protests. Lightfoot was slammed by the Italian-American community over the move with some saying they felt ‘betrayed’ {WebNewSys}

  • Americans Are Buying Guns in Record Numbers: Left-Wing Media Organizations Aren’t Pleased {InvestWatch}
  • Armed with 8,000 employees (see current Jobs on Indeed) and an annual budget of between $1 billion and $2 billion of taxpayers’ money, Mitre Corp., a government-linked Skunk Works, has been making bleeding-edge breakthroughs for U.S. agencies for more than six decades. With its HQ housed in four towers atop a hill in McLean, Virginia, Mitre’s research centers employ some of the nation’s leading computer scientists and engineers to build digital tools for America’s top military, security and intelligence organizations. “If there’s a national security or public interest [problem], Mitre probably has a hand in it,” says former Mitre cybersecurity engineer Matt Edman. {Forbes}
  • Mitre Corporation: Only People With Low Ability Would Think Facial Recognition Is Biased {InvestWatch}

  • Homemade masks should have at least TWO layers of fabric to successfully stop droplets carrying the coronavirus, video shows {YDN}

  • Two hikers defy lockdown to become the first to complete 2,200 miles Appalachian Trail this year despite route being closed due to pandemic as they slam critics and reveal they dodged cops {Domigood}

7/23/2020 Thursday

  • NASA detected a massive 984 foot diameter asteroid approaching Earth at 29,800+ miles per hour. 2020 ND is almost as big as the Eiffel Tower and the asteroid follows an Earth-crossing orbit. The ‘potentially dangerous’ asteroid will pass as close as 0.037 au (~3.1 million miles) tomorrow July 24th at 11:13 TBD (Barycentric Dynamical Time) NASA warns. Good luck trying to figure out what Earth time this is… {IBTimes}
  • Two White House cafeterias were closed and contact tracing has been initiated after an employee tested positive for COVID-19. Those coming into close proximity to the president are still given COVID-19 rapid tests at the White House. {NBCNews}
  • President Trump to Send Hundreds of Federal Law Enforcement Officers to Chicago (VIDEO) {HideOutNow}

  • Republicans are considering extending enhanced unemployment benefits at a reduced rate through the rest of the year instead of letting the program expire completely at the end of the month. {CNBC}
  • Chinese Consulate In Houston Was “Massive Spy Center… stealing information from Americans and running influence operations in the U.S.” FBI Probes Chinese Army Suspects In 25+ Cities {ScoopyWeb}
  • St. Louis Prosecutor’s Office Busted Altering Evidence; Reassembled Non-Operable McCloskey Pistol To Classify As Lethal. The McCloskeys attorney, Joel Schwartz, told KSDK that the St. Louis couple intentionally misplaced the firing pin on the gun, rendering it inoperable. {ZeroHedge}
  • Dramatic moment lightning strikes behind Statue of Liberty as New York City is hit by a thunderstorm {YDN}
  • New ‘Shadow Attack’ can replace content in digitally signed PDF files {ZDNet}
  • The mayor of Portland, Oregon was tear gassed by federal agents outside of a federal courthouse during a protest against the presence of federal agents in the city. Mayor Ted Wheeler was standing at the front of a crowd of demonstrators outside of the Mark O. Hatfield Federal Courthouse when police fired tear gas and stun grenades into the crowd. It is unclear whether the federal agents knew Wheeler was in the crowd when they used the tear gas. “I’m not going to lie — it stings; it’s hard to breathe,” Wheeler said. “And I can tell you with 100 percent honesty, I saw nothing which provoked this response.” {APNews}
  • Gun-Toting Kids As Young As 10 Car-Jack Over A Dozen Vehicles In Chicago {ZeroHedge}

  • New York Judge Orders Release Of Documents In Ghislaine Maxwell Lawsuit, Including Epstein Travel Logs {ThePoliticalInsider}

7/22/2020 Wednesday

7/21/2020 Tuesday

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  • McDonald’s will reopen 700 restaurants for dine-in TOMORROW with food served by table service only and all customers asked to leave their contact details {ScoopyWeb}

  • LA Mayor Eric Garcetti warns the city is ‘on the brink’ of another stay-at-home order and admits it opened too quickly – as California orders hair and nail salons to operate outdoors {StationGossip}
  • H.R.5717 proposes 30% tax on firearms and 50% tax on ammunition {InvestWatchBlog}

  • Coronavirus ‘breakthrough’ as inhaled drug SNG001 treatment slashes the number of infected patients needing intensive care by 79%. It is inhaled directly into the lungs using a nebuliser and uses a protein called interferon beta which body produces to fight off viruses to boost immune response. {WebNewSys}
  • Why This Vegas Oddsmaker Just Made the Biggest Bet of His Life on Trump {InvestWatch}
  • Dallas Police Chief Arrests 674 Protesters for Blocking Bridge — ‘We Warned Them’ – Six hundred seventy-four protesters were issued “at-large” arrest charges and put in zip-tie handcuffs by Dallas police on June 1 for blocking traffic on the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge.{YDN}{FOX4}
  • Trump is preparing to send federal agents into Chicago to quell ongoing protests over racism and police brutality. {ChicagoTribune}
  • DHS insisted that agents are identifying themselves as Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) agents. But they admitted agents are not wearing name tags — citing recent doxing incidents against law enforcement. {FOX}
  • Google Faces Backlash Over Claims It ‘Deleted’ Palestine From Maps {ZeroHedge}
  • Explosion Hits Central Iranian Power Plant Few Weeks After Natanz Nuclear Site Blast {SputnikNews}
  • Kanye West Disses Harriet Tubman At First Presidential Campaign Event: ‘Never Actually Freed The Slaves’ “… she just had them work for other white people.” {Cuzzblue}
  • Gibiru is supposedly a privacy oriented uncensored fast search engine. Here is a search on it for truestrangenews. As always, use the Internet responsibly. {Gibiru}
  • Yippy is another privacy oriented search engine. It is powered by IBM’s AI computer. Here is a search on it for truestrangenews. {Yippy}
  • Swisscows is a privacy safe web search. In tests, it was faster than Gibiru or Yippy for us. It may depend on where you are. Here is a search on it for truestrangenews. {Swisscows}
  • Moonlight offers “the peak sensitivity for the rod cells in the human retina.” Our vision is predisposed to favoring moonlight so this is the color of light used for “the little White man” that lights up on crosswalk signs giving everyone permission to walk, in case it comes up in a discussion… {StationGossip}
  • Egypt Authorizes Sending Troops to Libya, Risking Clash With Turkey {Antiwar}
  • NATO Black Sea exercise kicks off as Moscow puts its regional forces on alert {NavyTimes}
  • US Deploys B-1B Bombers to Guam {Antiwar}
  • House Votes to Block Funding for US Nuclear Test {Antiwar}
  • The US Can Now Buy Canada: Treasury Cash Balance Hits A Record $1.812 Trillion {ZeroHedge}
  • PSA: It is illegal in the city of St. Louis to wave weapons in a threatening manner on your own private property while it is being invaded. Guns confiscated, felony charges. Reader comment: “the news is reporting that the woman’s gun was not even real and the man’s gun was not even loaded.” {ZeroHedge}
  • Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt filed a brief that would dismiss the charges. {YDN}
  • Connecticut: Coronavirus testing flaw causing false positives {WashingtonTimes}
  • Does Broward County Administrator’s Emergency Order 20-22 say that people in Broward County have to wear masks while inside their homes? {Broward}
  • Consuming garlic and onions may lower colorectal cancer risk {ScienceDaily}

7/20/2020 Monday

  • Strange News: Couple is rescued after their giant inflatable swan was swept away by strong current in NYC’s East River and into ‘heavy marine traffic’ {DailyMail}
  • Indonesia says it wants to buy Austria’s entire Typhoon fighter fleet {DefenseNews}
  • Reminder: Humanity Only Has Around 1,000 Years Left on Earth, Stephen Hawking Predicted {ScienceAlert}
  • Example of chaos: This is a scene of a battle in Portland, Oregon early this morning. (Video) {Twitter}
  • President Trump says he may send “more federal law enforcement” to New York, Chicago, Philadelphia, Detroit, Baltimore, Oakland, and other cities to deal with unrest: “In Portland they’ve done a fantastic job.” {Twitter}
  • On this day in 1969 at 10:56 p.m. EDT, American astronaut Neil Armstrong, 240,000 miles from Earth, said to more than a billion people listening at home: “That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.” Stepping off the lunar landing module Eagle, Armstrong became the first human to walk on the surface of the moon. {History}
  • Asteroid Mining May Be a Reality by 2025 {Space}
  • There is hope to survive the shift. Start where you are. Gardening from scratch – a beginners guide {Ning}
  • Bahamas closes all airports and ports to American visitors – but tourists from other countries including Britain are still allowed {WebNewSys}

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