News and Notes, June 15-21, 2020

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.

6/21/2020 Sunday

  • An annular solar eclipse occurred today. An annular solar eclipse occurs when the Moon’s apparent diameter is smaller than the Sun’s, blocking most of the Sun’s light and causing the Sun to look like an annulus (ring). Here is the annularity as seen from Chiayi, Taiwan today. June 21 is usually the longest day of sun, the summer solstice, but this year it was yesterday, so this is a day-after-solstice eclipse. Awesome.
  • Gov. Andrew Cuomo has spoken with Martin Gugino, the man who was seen on video being pushed down by Buffalo police. After being knocked down, the 75-year-old was seen bleeding from the head in a video that has garnered worldwide attention. … the Governor said the city should look into firing the officers and possible criminal charges. {WIVB}
  • The peace activist, 75, who cracked his head open and suffered a brain injury after he was pushed to the ground by Buffalo cops during Black Lives Matter protest is going into hiding after receiving death threats. “‘It is not clear that these are credible death threats,’ Zarcone told the NY Post. ‘In order to avoid the risk, Martin will be recovering in an undisclosed location when he is released from the hospital.’ “… All 57 officers in the Emergency Response Team resigned from their positions the day after the incident.” {DailyMail}
  • Thoughts on Martin Gugino. While he was in the wrong place at the wrong time, he should not have been shoved as it appears he was from the video. Gugino had something important to say. He advocated for the right to petition the Government for redress of grievances. First Amendment of the US Bill of Rights: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.” {Wikipedia}
  • The incorporation doctrine later expanded the protection of the “right to petition” over all state and federal courts and legislatures, and the executive branches of the state and federal governments.” {Wikipedia}
  • Incorporation, in United States law, is the doctrine by which portions of the Bill of Rights have been made applicable to the states. {Wikipedia} #democracy
  • Petitions played important roles, for example, in ending slavery and guaranteeing women the right to vote. {ThoughtCo} #democracy
  • We don’t support his action of interfering with the police, but a point made by Martin Gugino in a YouTube Video to a judge was interesting. He stated that people of the USA get to choose how they will petition the various parts of the government. If you feel the White House web site petition can fulfill that purpose, it is currently up and running: “Petition the White House on the Issues that Matter to You.” {WhiteHouse} #democracy
  • Trump’s Tulsa turnout was sabotaged by ‘teens on TikTok’ – “It spread mostly through Alt TikTok — we kept it on the quiet side where people do pranks and a lot of activism,” YouTuber Elijah Daniel, 26, told the Times. “K-pop Twitter and Alt TikTok have a good alliance where they spread information amongst each other very quickly. They all know the algorithms and how they can boost videos to get where they want.” {FOX}
  • Elon Musk doubled down on his theory that the world population is headed for collapse {BusinessInsider}

6/20/2020 Saturday

  • Stonehenge locked down for summer solstice: Security guards patrol monument to keep revellers away as druids prepare to watch ‘virtual’ sunrise {ScoopyWeb}

  • Inside Trump’s Tulsa Oklahoma rally, no distancing despite empty seats, few masks and plenty of doubt about coronavirus {NBCNews}

  • One in 13 San Francisco renters have broken their lease since the coronavirus stay-home orders went into place nearly 100 days ago, giving renters upper hand. {InvestWatchBlog}

  • Cashiers and health care workers are the occupations most likely to get COVID {StationGossip}

  • In the biggest coronavirus breakthrough to date, dexamethasone was found to reduce the risk of dying by coronavirus by up to a third {ScoopyWeb}
  • Federal judge declines to order delay of John Bolton’s tell-all book about Trump administration {NBCNews}

  • Films that have ”outdated attitudes, languages and cultural depictions which may cause offence today” getting warning labels {StationGossip}
  • Minneapolis is opening its parks to transients to create city-sanctioned homeless encampments {InvestWatchBlog}

  • U.S. Attorney Geoffrey Berman agrees to step down after Trump fires him, House Democrats launch probe {NBCNews}

  • NYC Epstein prosecutor refuses to quit after Trump administration tries to fire him by press release. Geoffrey Berman said in a strongly worded statement that he will not be leaving his position as U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York, despite Barr’s claim late Friday.{HideOutNow}

  • Brazil becomes second country to hit one million coronavirus cases after the US – with a record 54,000 new infections in a single day {MrMehra}

  • California received its first shipment of face masks to protect workers from coronavirus as part of Gov. Gavin Newsom’s almost $1 billion deal with Chinese company BYD, which makes electric cars. {FOX}
  • Today, June 20, is the Summer Solstice, the longest day of sun. Watch it live from Stonehenge here. {YouTube}
  • BLOG ENTRY: In these challenging times there will be many ethical decisions. Guidelines are found in various religions and there is assistance from spiritual leaders of all types, but there can also be times when no other person can be of help. This becomes especially true when you decide that all would-be advice givers are either clueless or dogmatic. Thus, these “Secular 10 Commandments{from Time Magazine} may be useful to consider. – Xeno

    1. Be open-minded and be willing to alter your beliefs with new evidence.
    2. Strive to understand what is most likely to be true, not to believe what you wish to be true.
    3. The scientific method is the most reliable way of understanding the natural world.
    4. Every person has the right to control of their body.
    5. God is not necessary to be a good person or to live a full and meaningful life.
    6. Be mindful of the consequences of all your actions and recognize that you must take responsibility for them.
    7. Treat others as you would want them to treat you, and can reasonably expect them to want to be treated. Think about their perspective.
    8. We have the responsibility to consider others, including future generations.
    9. There is no one right way to live.
    10. Leave the world a better place than you found it.

6/19/2020 Friday

  • New research hints at the presence of unconventional galaxies containing two black holes {PhysOrg} #space
  • Iran test fires ‘new generation’ cruise missiles with ‘deadly precision’ by blowing up empty ship in the Gulf {ScoopyWeb}
  • China Conducts Military ‘Show Of Force’ Drills With Tanks Near Indian Border {ZeroHedge} #military

  • Whistleblower Claims Dangerous Design Flaws Abound In Boeing’s New 777 {ZeroHedge}

  • The National Archives has unearthed the original handwritten Juneteenth order. “The people of Texas are informed that, in accordance with a proclamation from the Executive of the United States, all slaves are free,” the order reads. “This involves an absolute equality of personal rights and rights of property between former masters and slaves and the connection heretofore existing between them becomes that between employer and hired labor.” {CNN}

  • Publishing Staff Threaten To Quit Unless JK Rowling’s New Book Is Canceled {ZeroHedge} #politics

  • In the USA, by 2019 census estimates, our population is 60.4% white, 18.3% hispanic/latino, and 13.4% black/African American. {Census}
  • ‘Stars gone haywire’: Hubble telescope captures stunning images of the ‘Butterfly’ and ‘Jewel Bug’ nebulae in unprecedented detail (Pics) {DailyMail}

6/18/2020 Thursday

  • Chinese fighter jets buzz Taiwan again, stoking tensions {Yahoo}
  • Global War, Nuclear Accidents, Volcanic Eruptions: Deutsche Bank’s Apocalyptic Take On What May Come Next {ZeroHedge}

  • NYPD cops encouraged to ‘strike’ on July 4 to give city its ‘independence’ {NYPost}

6/15/2020 Monday

  • Forget acid rain. Plastic rain is now falling across the U.S. {USAToday}

  • US Air Force fighter jet crashes into sea off the coast of England. “The F-15C Eagle, from the U.S. Air Force’s 48th Fighter Wing, was on a “routine training mission” with one pilot on board when it went down at approximately 4:30 a.m. ET, according to Col. Will Marshall, commander of the 48th Fighter Wing. … the pilot of the aircraft is still missing. {ABCNews} #military

  • Police unions face harsh scrutiny in wake of Floyd death: ‘We’re being demonized’ {FOX} #protests
  • Shenandoah County Sheriff Timothy Carter made the apology to Leon K. McCray Sr. of Woodstock Friday, announcing hate crime and assault charges against the five people involved and saying a weapons charge against the pastor would be dropped. “I’m a pastor, a decorated 24-year Air Force master sergeant veteran, no criminal record.” {ABCNews} #crime
  • Outrage over video showing police macing child at Seattle protest {Guardian} #protests

  • 7 Minneapolis police officers resign amid George Floyd protests {FOX} #crime
  • Secret Service now says it did use pepper spray to clear protesters during the Trump church photo op {NBCNews} #protests #politics

  • The Daily Beast revealed on Monday that Mary Trump, the daughter of Donald Trump’s late brother Fred Trump Jr, will release a book titled Too Much and Never Enough on 11 August. The timing, a few weeks before this year’s Republican National Convention, means any revelations could be particularly damaging for the president. {Guardian} #politics
  • Major California police unions call for reforms, removal of racist officers {MercuryNews} #crime #politics

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