News and Notes, July 6th – 12th

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.

7/12/2020 Sunday

  • Military’s COVID-19 cases growing at twice the nationwide rate {MilTimes}
  • Firefighters will battle blaze on board USS Bonhomme Richard for DAYS as Navy confirms 57 people have been injured after explosion during routine maintenance at San Diego Naval Base {MrMehra}

  • “Tsunami” Of Evictions Could Make 28 Million Americans Homeless This Summer Alone {ZeroHedge}

  • Flu Shots Increase COVID019 Infection Risk? “Increased Risk of Noninfluenza Respiratory Virus Infections Associated With Receipt of Inactivated Influenza Vaccine” {NIH}

7/11/2020 Saturday

  • Scientists are going to hunt for a grapefruit-sized black hole within our solar system {BGR}

  • “… the upcoming LSST observing program will be able to either rule out or confirm Planet Nine as a black hole within a year.” {ARXIV}

  • NASA starts building its spacecraft which will explore a metal-rich asteroid ‘worth more than $10,000 quadrillion’ {ScoopyWeb}
  • Trump commutes sentence of Roger Stone, longtime friend and adviser.  The White House denounced the prosecution of Stone on charges stemming from “the Russia Hoax” investigation. “Roger Stone has already suffered greatly,” the statement reads. “He was treated very unfairly, as were many others in this case. Roger Stone is now a free man!”{Guardian}
  • Robert Mueller breaks his silence and condemns Trump for commuting Roger Stone’s sentence {Guardian}
  • ‘Big mistake’: Barr, White House officials tried to keep Trump from getting involved in Stone’s sentencing {NBCNews}
  • Facebook is considering banning all political ads in the build-up to the presidential election after their hands-off approach and lack of fact-checking sparked fury among lawmakers and civil rights groups {HideOutNow}
  • Tucker Carlson’s chief writer, Blake Neff, RESIGNS after secretly posting racist, anti-LGBTQ and sexist comments to obscure online forum over the past five years {YDN}
  • FDA warns against five hand sanitizer products containing dangerous amounts of methanol after adults and children are hospitalized, blinded and even KILLED {StationGossip}
  • Scientific study confirms again that 5G is ‘harmless and benign’ in response to crackpot conspiracy theorists’Based on our study, we don’t think 5G radiation is that harmful,’ said Dr Subham Dasgupta at the Department of Environmental and Molecular Toxicology at Oregon State University.  ‘It’s predominately benign.’  {HideOutNow}
  • Although no part of the radio or microwave range constitutes ionizing radiation, several studies have associated RFR exposures with adverse health effects such as neuropsychiatric problems, carcinogenicity, neurodegenerative diseases, genotoxicity, lowered sperm quality and impacts on the circulatory, immune, endocrine and skeletal systems
  • Somebody paid a record $114,000 for a rare Super Mario Bros. video game {CNN}
  • Texas man, 30, dies after catching coronavirus at a COVID party. Nurse reveals he told her he thought the virus was a ‘hoax’ before he died. {DailyMail}
  • US reaches 1% of its population officially being confirmed as infected with coronavirus. {WorldOMeters}

  • Good News: The Intensive Care section of the hospital of Bergamo, Italy, which has been the most COVID-battered city in the world, is now COVID free. {Ansa}

  • Evidence for mask wearing? Here is a list of *SEVENTY* papers {}

7/10/2020 Friday

  • Dr. Anthony Fauci says he hasn’t briefed President Donald Trump in at least 2 months, warns COVID-19 really is ‘the big one’ {Tathasta}
  • Daily New Cases in the United States: 71,7870 just today. {WorldOMeters}
  • Covid-19 pandemic is ‘getting worse’ as number of cases has DOUBLED to nearly 12million in just six weeks, warns World Health Organization boss {HideOutNow}

  • Unknown pneumonia deadlier than coronavirus’ is sweeping across Kazakhstan, Chinese embassy claims as video emerges of families queuing to collect bodies from morgue {HideOutNow}

  • Demand Crash Led To Biggest Monthly Surge in US Oil Inventories Since 1920 {InvestWatchBlog}

  • Scenarios for the Future of Technology and International Development (PDF) Report from 2010 describing a pandemic scenario, produced by the Rockefeller Foundation and Global Business Network. {Nommeraadio}
  • Quake: Why Idaho Hasn’t Stopped Shaking Since March 31 {PopularMechanics}

  • Elon Musk Claims Tesla Is Very Close To Fully Autonomous Car (Again) {ZeroHedge}

  • 27% unlikely to be vaccinated against the coronavirus; Republicans, conservatives especially. Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Stephen Hahn said it was “concerning” that a new survey found more than a quarter of adults would “definitely” or “probably” not accept a free coronavirus vaccine. {ABCNews}

  • Trump has assigned Homeland Security a new task: defending statues and monuments {MarketWatch}

  • Cleveland, Ohio. Cuyahoga County starts hotline to report people not wearing masks {Cleveland}


7/9/2020 Thursday

  • Rolling Stones to release unheard tracks from 1973 album {AP}
  • CO2 in Earth’s atmosphere nearing levels of 15m years ago {Guardian}
  • Evacuations In China As Hubei Dam Begins to Slide; Cities Issue Red Alert on Floods {InvestWatchBlog}

  • Relentless heat wave to bake the U.S. for “multiple weeks” {CBSNews}

  • Supreme Court: Oklahoma prosecutors lack the authority to pursue criminal cases in a large chunk of eastern Oklahoma that remains an American Indian reservation {ABCNews}

  • Recovered COVID-19 patients “cured” from the disease are reporting trouble performing even the simplest of motor and cognitive skills and may even suffer from psychiatric damage. It’s called post-intensive care syndrome, or PICS. {Newsmax}
  • COVID-19 antibodies can vanish in weeks, study says. What’s it mean for herd immunity? {MiamiHerald}
  • Going to a bar or attending church poses higher chance of catching COVID-19 but opening the mail and getting takeout is low, according to list created by doctors ranking riskiness of every day activities {ScoopyWeb}

  • Pentagon leaders face grilling on use of military in unrest (Video). Defense Secretary Mark Esper on Thursday defended using National Guard soldiers to support law enforcement agencies in handling civil unrest triggered by the killing of George Floyd, saying it was a better alternative than using active-duty forces as President Donald Trump had threatened. {Ksat}

  • Biden, Sanders Release Progressive Unity Platform for Democratic Party {USNews}

  • Trump Threatens to Cut Funding to Schools That Don’t Reopen in Fall {USNews}

  • Vice President Mike Pence on Wednesday said he would respect schools that can’t fully reopen in the fall due to the coronavirus, despite President Donald Trump’s threat just hours earlier to cut their federal funding if they don’t resume in-person instruction {USNews}
  • Wearing a face mask decreases your risk of being infected with coronavirus risk by 65%, scientists find {YDN}

  • New Jersey to Require Face Masks in Outdoor Public Spaces {MSN}

  • China threatens Australia over helping fleeing Hong Kong citizens. {News.AU}

  • Arizona Coronavirus Death Toll Mounts as Hospitals Near Capacity {USNews}

  • How the Coronavirus Has Changed the Way America Prepares for Nuclear War {USNews}

  • On March 4, 2019, a 17-Second Long Lightning Bolt Breaks Record. A flash of lightning lit up the sky in Argentina for an astounding 16.73 seconds {MSN}

7/8/2020 Wednesday

  • NYPD limits retirement applications amid 400 percent surge this week {NYPost}

  • World’s Biggest Oil Importer Is Running Out Of Storage. Fuel use is so low that China purchased huge amounts of oil and all over the world oil storage is full. {IWB}

  • Self-image is the key to human personality and human behavior. Change the self-image and you change the personality and the behavior. {BrainTrainingTools}

  • Your self-image is how you evaluate your appearance, personality, intelligence, and your skills such as social and technical, plus your relationships, group affiliations, and how you see your values and principles, including how you fit into society’s sexual and other norms. {PositivePsy}

  • Once you change a person’s self-image, that person will act in a way that is consistent with the new self-image. Self-image can change in response to cognitive dissonance. This is the discomfort of holding simultaneous contradictory beliefs, thoughts, or values (or performing actions contrary to these.) It leads to ignoring, denying, justifying or changing behaviors. {Medium}
  • Trump splits with Fauci over coronavirus surge, says “we are in a good place” {CBSNews}

  • U.S. reports a record 60,000 new coronavirus cases in one day {CBSNews}
  • U.S. COVID-19 cases surpass 3M after new single-day record of 60K {UPI}
  • Coronavirus “has the upper hand” in U.S., former CDC director warns {CBSNews}

  • Hand sanitizers recalled for risk of toxic methanol, FDA says {CBSNews}
  • Hundreds of aircraft launched from two US carriers in the South China Sea this week are participating in an around-the-clock drill to support free navigation in the South China Sea, the US Navy said in a press release. {SputnikNews}
  • Does A Series Of “Mystery Explosions” Inside Iran Mean That The Next Big Middle East War Is About To Begin? {InvestWatchBlog}

  • Key impeachment witness Vindman retires from the Army, citing ‘bullying’ from Trump for impeachment testimony. {MSN}
  • There is currently no proof that hydroxychloroquine or any other drug can cure or prevent COVID-19 {WHO}
  • Henry Ford health study finds hydroxychloroquine to be effective against COVID-19 {Mlive}

  • Chloroquine is a potent inhibitor of SARS coronavirus infection and spread {Biomedcentral}

  • Coronavirus expert says Americans will be wearing masks for ‘several years’! {InvestWatchBlog}

  • People wearing cloth or surgical masks are in little to no danger of breathing in unhealthy amounts of carbon dioxide. {Snopes}
  • Do not re-use a disposable mask and always change it as soon as it gets damp. … prolonged use of medical masks can be uncomfortable. However, it does not lead to CO2 intoxication nor oxygen deficiency. {WHO}
  • The air is comprised of 21% oxygen, according to NASA, and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, or OSHA, defines an “oxygen deficient atmosphere” — and therefore dangerous to life or health — as one in which oxygen falls below 19.5% by volume. {OSHA}
  • Exhaled breath is only about 16% oxygen … When you exhale in the mask, some small volume of air will be left in the mask (in the small space between the mask and your face) with this lower concentration at the end of an exhalation. As you inhale, that air is rapidly replaced with fresh air from the room filling your lungs (a much larger volume) with air at normal oxygen conditions.” {FactCheck}
  • Breathing too much carbon dioxide is, in fact, dangerous for the body. {MSN}
  • “… brain hypoxia depends strongly on how long the brain has been deprived of oxygen and whether the oxygen has been cut off entirely. … commonly, patient will experience some problems. These might include amnesia, or memory problems, hallucinations, and muscle spasm or seizures.” {Healthfully}
  • … symptoms of anoxia may not be immediately apparent because the brain can compensate for diminished oxygen for a few minutes before any symptoms appear. {MedicalNews}
  • Even Mild Covid-19 Can Sometimes Cause Hallucinations and Other Brain Problems, including, in one woman’s case, seeing lions and monkeys in her house and later believing that loved ones had been replaced by identical strangers, a condition known as Capgras delusion. {Gizmodo}

  • Trump trashes CDC school-reopening guidelines — then CDC updates them {CNN}

  • Houston is seeing a spike in residents dying at home, before paramedics can reach them. A growing number are testing positive for COVID-19. {NBCNews}
  • Future armored vehicles will find and destroy multiple targets – in seconds {FOX}

  • Oregon politician Jonathan Lopez has admitted to police that he sent an “anonymous” racist and threatening letter to himself in an apparent bid to advance his political career. {InfoLib}
  • Ghislaine Maxwell Has ‘Dead Woman’s Switch’ Secret Sex Tapes in Her Possession. An unnamed former friend of Maxwell’s, told the Daily Mail, “If Ghislaine goes down, she’s going to take the whole damn lot of them with her.” {}

  • Apple and T-Mobile face class action lawsuit over an iPhone security flaw that allowed strangers to access private iMessages and FaceTime calls {MadnessHub}

  • The monkey experiment that is the basis for controlling human behavior. {InvestWatchBlog}

  • Color of Coronavirus project: “The coronavirus has claimed nearly 133,000 American lives through July 7, 2020. We know the race and ethnicity for 91% of these deaths. If they had died of COVID-19 at the same actual rate as Whites, about 16,000 Blacks, 2,200 Latinos and 400 Indigenous Americans would still be alive.” {APMResearch}

  • The U.S. has already had 10 billion-dollar weather disasters this year {NBCNews}

  • Never-before-seen bacteria kills 60,000 fish in California {SFGate}


7/7/2020 Tuesday

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  • Texas County To Arrest COVID-19 Positive Residents Who Refuse To Self-Isolate {CBSLocal}

  • Specter of the most dangerous tropical storm season since Hurricane Katrina looms for US, Caribbean {RT}

  • Toby Cowern: There is going to be a second viral wave worse than the first. Learn to be uncomfortable and function anyway. Come up with contingencies and long-term plans. Accept the longevity of our current situation and keep preparing. Communicate with those around you in a clear, concise, but empathetic manner. {InvestWatchBlog}
  • The Trump administration officially notified the United Nations that it will withdraw from the World Health Organization {NBCNews}
  • New U.S. Visa Rules Threaten to Deport 369,000 Chinese Students {Bloomberg} #politics
  • Novavax will deliver up to 100 million doses of its late-stage Covid-19 vaccine candidate as part of Operation Warp Speed. “Novavax’s NVX‑CoV2373 is a vaccine candidate engineered from the genetic sequence of SARS‑CoV‑2, the virus that causes Covid-19 disease.” {TheStreet}
  • A new study published last week in the journal JAMA Neurology found that COVID-19 may cause neurological symptoms in children. {SputnikNews}
  • Are the poles reversing? Earth’s magnetic field 10 times more volatile than expected {RT}

  • Stunning ‘fluffy galaxy’ 67 million light-years away from Earth is spotted by NASA’s Hubble telescope {DailyMail} #space
  • Iran brags that new underground ‘missile cities’ are nightmare for enemies {JPost} #war
  • Iran operates underground missile cities along southern shores: IRGC commander {MSN} #war

  • Inside a luxury nuclear bunker protecting the mega-rich from the apocalypse {YouTube} #survival
  • Texas Doctor Warns Patients ‘Might Die’ For Lack Of Beds {ZeroHedge} #pandemic
  • Mexican Residents Form Blockade at Border As Arizona Coronavirus Cases Rise {Newsweek} #pandemic
  • The USS Nimitz and USS Ronald Reagan (both pictured Monday) are conducting exercises in the contested South China Sea within sight of Chinese naval vessels spotted near the flotilla just a day after Beijing threatened to destroy the strike group {WebNewSys} #war

  • Court orders Dakota Access Pipeline to be shut down for environmental review, handing victory to Sioux tribe & other protesters {RT} #environment

  • Yahoo (now Oath) engineer gets no jail time after hacking 6,000 accounts to look for porn. {YDN} #technology #privacy #crime

  • Elon Musk: “Communism has failed every time it was tried.” On renowned linguist and cognitive scientist Noam Chomsky, “He is a mind virus for fools.” {RT} #politics
  • Millenia-Old Mystery Resolved: Fabled Ancient Labyrinth Reportedly Found in Egypt {SputnikNews} #archaeology
  • Gov. Brian Kemp declares State of Emergency in Georgia and deploys 1,000 National Guard troops to Atlanta saying peaceful protests have been ‘hijacked by criminals’ after five are shot dead including eight-year-old girl {StationGossip} #crime

  • China & India pull troops away, set up ‘buffer zone’ in Himalayas weeks after bloody border clash – reports {RT} #war

  • Israel Challenges Iran By Launching Reconnaissance Satellite Into Space {ZeroHedge} #war

  • China Touts “Aircraft Carrier Killer” Missiles As US Supercarriers Operate In South China Sea {Zerohedge}

  • Raleigh city workers unearth a time capsule dating back to 1894 in cornerstone box with Robert E. Lee’s buttons and a strand of his horse’s hair from a Confederate monument that protesters toppled. {StationGossip} #history

  • NYC’s positive Covid test rate falls to 1% for the first time since the pandemic began from a high of 71% as the city proceeds with Phase 3 of reopening – but Gov. Cuomo cancels state fair and orders movie theaters and casinos remain closed {YDN} #pandemic

  • Study Finds NYC Restaurants Near Breaking Point as Majority Fail To Pay Rent {StationGossip} #economy

  • ‘She has copies of everything Epstein had.’ Ghislaine Maxwell ‘has secret stash of pedophile’s sex tapes’ that could implicate world’s most powerful and ‘will try to use them to save herself’ {ScoopyWeb}

  • Study finds many popular routers contain hundreds of known security flaws and are infrequently updated {DailyMail}
  • Berlin commuters are told ‘don’t wear deodorant’ in a bid to force fellow passengers to wear coronavirus facemasks on public transport {Webnewsys}

  • Don’t go to China: Australians are issued a chilling warning they could be LOCKED UP in hellhole detention centre just for stepping foot in the communist nation {MadnessHub}

  • Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says US is ‘looking into’ banning TikTok and other Chinese social media apps amid security concerns {CuzzBlue}

7/6/2020 Monday

  • Rise of the Frankenburger: Grown in labs, fake meat is being heralded as the ethical, eco-friendly future of food but the reality may make your stomach churn {DailyMail} #food #technology
  • Huawei technology will be axed from Britain’s 5G network after an intelligence report warned that the security risks surrounding the Chinese telecoms giant are too severe. {ScoopyWeb} #technology #politics
  • City in China issues a bubonic plague alert {Tathasta} #health

  • Pro-police activists change just one letter in ‘Defund the Police’ mural to completely change meaning {Tathasta} #politics

  • U.S. Aircraft Carriers, Strike Fighters Display ‘Unambiguous’ Show Of Force Near China {Domigood}

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