News and Notes, June 22-28, 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.

6/28/2020 Sunday

  • ‘Window is closing’ to halt virus in US, says health secretary {IrishTimes}
  • Ah! I May Have ISA, Information Seeking Addiction. The neuroscience of curiosity: The brain treats information as “its own reward” like snacks or money, explain researchers. {ComputingNews}

Notes On Civilization Collapse Possibilities:

  • Climate cause: 9 of the 15 known global climate tipping points that regulate the state of the planet have been activated. A +4°C hotter world will support less than 1 billion people. {Resiliance}
  • Australian Policy Paper, May 2019: Climate change threatens extinction of human life. After nuclear war, human-induced global warming is the greatest threat to human life on the planet. {Wixstatic}
  • If fossil fuels, which supply human surplus energy, are a non-renewable resource, they will start to decline and an energy-starved, growth-less profit based production system will turn catabolic, cannibalizing the social assets it once created, profiting from scarcity, crisis, disaster, and conflict. … Warfare, resource hoarding, ecological disaster, and pandemic diseases will become the big profit makers. {CounterPunch}

Notes On Population and Earth Resources:

  • We are, as of June 2020, at or near 7.8 billion humans on the planet and even with the pandemic, at this time we are adding 40 million people to the Earth’s population per year. {Worldometers}
  • If all the world were to adopt American lifestyles, we would need at least four more planets to supply them (Graff, 2010) … It has been argued that preventing the collapse of human civilization requires ‘nothing less than a wholesale transformation of dominant consumer culture’ (Flavin, 2010). {SciDirect}
  • Most population experts believe the earth can sustain at most 10 to 11 billion people, expected by the year 2100. “If everyone agreed to become vegetarian, leaving little or nothing for livestock, the present 1.4 billion hectares of arable land (3.5 billion acres) would support about 10 billion people,” … 3.5 billion acres would produce approximately 2 billion tons of grains annually … enough to feed 10 billion vegetarians, but would only feed 2.5 billion U.S. omnivores, because so much vegetation is dedicated to livestock and poultry in the United States. {LiveSci}
  • If there is radical life extension technology where people are living to 150, this could mean a population of 18 billion by 2100. {NextBigFuture}
  • About two thirds of the predicted growth in population between 2020 and 2050 will take place in Africa. {UN}

6/27/2020 Saturday

  • Under and around New Zealand is the lost continent of Zealandia that sank into the sea 23 million years ago. It is revealed in unprecedented detail in new maps of the ocean floor. (ScoopyWeb}
  • US coronavirus cases hit new one-day high, over 46,000, as states backtrack on reopening {Guardian}
  • U.S. sets another single-day record for new coronavirus cases {WashPost}

  • US F-22 fighter jets intercepted four Russian Tu-142 reconnaissance aircraft Saturday entering the Alaskan Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ), NORAD said in a statement. Russian aircraft came within 65 nautical miles south of the Alaskan Aleutian island chain and loitered in the ADIZ for nearly eight hours… {CNN}
  • Rod Serling, the television writer, producer and narrator who became best known as the host of “The Twilight Zone” and “Night Gallery,” passed away in 1975. He was not ‘this dark, tortured soul’ after World War II, says his daughter. {FOX} #twilightzone
  • The top 10 activities that have contributed to deadly lightning strikes from 2006 to 2019. Number one is … fishing. See the others here: {FOX}
  • All that’s missing is a swarm of locusts… oh wait, here it is: New Delhi on high alert after desert locusts swarm through neighboring Gurgaon {CNN}
  • Leave the country? Less of an option now: Restrictions leave US travelers high and dry {CNN}
  • Fact check: Ghana is not offering money, land to lure Black Americans {USAToday}
  • Protesters Won’t Leave CHOP in Seattle as Tensions Rise {MSN}
  • Archbishop of Canterbury says portrayal of Jesus as White should be reconsidered in light of Black Lives Matter protests {MSN} #blackjesus
  • Attorney General William Barr said the Justice Department had “scores of indictments” filed against people who committed violence during a wave of protests across the country. {StationGossip}

6/26/2020 Friday

  • Trump asks Supreme Court to scrap Obamacare in middle of pandemic {Independent}
  • Light escapes black hole collision. Flares of light are seen coming OUT of a black hole for the first time {ScoopyWeb}
  • Microsoft is closing its physical retail stores {ZDNet}
  • President Donald Trump Says Black Lives Matter Leader Hawk Newsome, the leader of Black Lives Matter of Greater New York, Has Committed Treason, Sedition, and Insurrection {DoMiGood}
  • Why Every Person In America Needs To Become A Prepper During The Second Half Of 2020 {InvestWatchBlog}
  • US warships Dwight D. Eisenhower and San Jacinto spend a record 161st consecutive day at sea in the Middle East after avoiding port visits over coronavirus fears {DailyMail}

6/25/2020 Thursday

  • CDC estimated that the number of Americans infected with the coronavirus could be as high as 23 million — 10 times the 2.3 million currently confirmed cases {NBCNews}
  • In 16 states that recommend, but do not require, masks in public new coronavirus are up 84% over the last two weeks. In 11 states that mandate masks in public, new cases have fallen by 25% over the last two weeks. {Philadelphia Inquirer}
  • Texas halted reopening as hospitals were inundated with “an explosion” of new COVID-19 cases and officials warned there might not be enough beds available.{NBCNews}
  • TikTok App to Stop Accessing User Clipboards After Being Caught in the Act by iOS 14 {MacRumors} #privacy
  • Pepsi, HP, Doritos, Paypal, Adobe and BMW Pull Ads From FaceBook Until They Ban Trump {InvestWatchBlog}
  • Microplastics are contaminating the fruit and vegetables we eat including apples, carrots and lettuces after being absorbed through their roots, studies show {DailyMail}
  • US coronavirus: ‘Apocalyptic’ surges feared in some cities {CNN}
  • Giant wombat-like creatures, the size of black bears, once walked the earth {CNN}
  • Lightning kills more than 100 in northern India {Yahoo}

  • Minnesotans in their 20s now make up largest group of COVID-19 cases {KAR11}
  • Navy’s two aircraft carriers do not have enough supply ships to keep them stocked with food and ammunition, experts warn {DailyMail}
  • Chinese researchers develop new construction material that can be made from lunar dust which is 22 TIMES stronger than concrete – and could be used to build a moon base without having to transport materials from Earth {DailyMail}


6/24/2020 Wednesday

  • US Draws Up Plan To Slap Tariffs On $3.1 Billion In European Goods {ZeroHedge}
  • The Arctic is on fire: Siberian heat wave alarms scientists {FOX}
  • This may be America’s first known wrongful arrest involving facial recognition {CNN}
  • At least six people are arrested and thousands of dollars in illegal fireworks are seized during citywide crackdown in New York as complaints over explosives soar amid bizarre new trend spreading across the nation (9 Pics) {HideOutNow}
  • Canadian Workplace Test Monitor Confirms Dangerous Oxygen Deprivation with Mask Wearing. [Just one data point, but interesting.] {YouTube}
  • Oregon County Issues Face Mask Order That Exempts Non-White People {StationGossip}
  • China & India Agree To “Cooling” & Disengagement Along Contested Border {ZeroHedge}
  • Guliani: the game plan is to replace the current government with an authoritarian socialism. The increasing violence is part of that plan. {YouTube}
  • UC Berkeley to limit police presence on campus {YouTube}
  • U.S. Army Awards Pocket-Sized Drones $20.6 Million Contract (4 Pics) “the size of a cellphone. This extremely light and nearly silent drone can fly up to 25 minutes.” {HideOutNow}
  • Seven states — Arizona, Arkansas, California, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and Texas — are reporting record-high coronavirus hospitalizations. {WashPost}
  • Black Lives Matter protests across the country have not led to an increase in coronavirus cases, according to a new study from the National Bureau of Economic Research. {CNN}
  • Reporter Says Democrats Have Admitted Quietly That Joe Biden Lacks Mental Acuity {YDN}
  • Scott Adams: “I’d say government regulation of Facebook is guaranteed at this point” {InvestWatch}
  • A petition has launched to have Prince replace a Christopher Columbus statue {HideOutNow}
  • Johnson & Johnson has faced thousands of lawsuits across the United States alleging it failed to warn consumers of the risk of cancer from asbestos in its talc-based products {Webnewsys}

6/23/2020 Tuesday

  • 7.4 magnitude earthquake hits southern Mexico, at least 2 fatalities. “The earthquake could be felt as far as Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador. In capital Mexico City, approximately 190 miles north of the epicenter, tremors were felt and sirens were heard wailing.” {CNN}
  • Midday sunlight is capable of inactivating 90 percent or more of the SARS-CoV-2 virus after 34 minutes of exposure, a recent study found. {FOX}
  • Porn actor Ron Jeremy charged with rape, sexual assault dating back years. The world record holding multi-millionaire faces up to 90 years in prison if convicted on all counts. {NBCNews}

  • Bill Cosby allowed to appeal sexual assault conviction before Pennsylvania Supreme Court {NBCNews}

  • Experts call for regulation after latest botched art restoration in Spain. {Yahoo}
  • The Fonz actor says: “The very scary thing is that there are forces at work, I guess, that we are so not in control of the country we think we live free in…” Henry Winkler (29:35 in the audio interview). {DailyBeast}
  • Fauci refutes Trump’s testing claim: ‘We’re going to be doing more testing, not less’ {CNN}
  • Trump threatened anyone involved in tearing down statues in the U.S. with up to 10 years in prison. Trump also suggested that the penalties could be applied “retroactively” to anyone who damaged or pulled down monuments in recent weeks. “I have authorized the Federal Government to arrest anyone who vandalizes or destroys any monument, statue or other such Federal property in the US with up to 10 years in prison,” Trump tweeted. {Independent}
  • Coronavirus pandemic could lead to up to 500,000 fewer US births, study suggests {CNN}
  • Top US health official Fauci warns of ‘disturbing’ new US surge {BBC}
  • White House says Trump has no apology for calling coronavirus ‘kung flu’ at Tulsa rally {Yahoo}

  • Trump ‘taking us down road to tyranny’, says former defence secretary William Cohen after learning of the revelations in John Bolton’s book. The prospect of Donald Trump being reelected makes him fear for US democracy. {Yahoo}

  • Vast ocean under Pluto’s surface raises fresh hopes of extraterrestrials, study suggests {Yahoo} #PlutonianInvasion

6/22/2020 Monday

  • Arctic Circle sees ‘highest-ever’ recorded temperatures {Yahoo}
  • Morgan Freeman Solves The Race Problem in under 60 seconds. Summary: Treat everyone as human individuals. {YouTube}
  • Britain records just FIFTEEN Covid-19 deaths in the lowest daily toll since March 13 and new cases drop to below 1,000 for first time since lockdown {ScoopyWeb}
  • Scientists warn: Antibodies your body makes to fight the coronavirus don’t last long {InvestWatch}
  • Can cloth masks block oxygen? Sure. Try to breathe through a dusty wet cloth and you’ll have your answer. If a cloth mask gets clogged by moisture and dust, gas exchange is limited. Keep your cloth mask clean and dry. For extended use, have two and swap them out.
  • Does Wearing an N95 Face Mask Increase CO2 Levels? A team of Standford researchers including a professor of mechanical engineering and of materials science and engineering stated that wearing an N95 mask can reduce oxygen intake from 5% to 20%. “That’s significant, even for a healthy person,” they said. “It can cause dizziness and lightheadedness. If you wear a mask long enough, it can damage the lungs. For a patient in respiratory distress, it can even be life-threatening.” {Newsmax}
  • World War III Watch: Videos of Intense Face-off Between Indian and Chinese Troops Go Viral Days After Deadly Clashes {SputnikNews}
  • World holds breath as India shoots down drone over Kashmir – Pakistan plans response: INDIA has shot down a Pakistani drone over the contested territory of Jammu and Kashmir, military sources have confirmed. {ExpressUK}
  • Potential threat: China’s Big Surprise (Years In The Making): An EMP Attack? {ZeroHedge}
  • Chinese Warplanes Advance On Taiwan As Tensions Soar {ZeroHedge}
  • India Seeks Rapid Purchase Of 33 Russian Fighter Jets In Response To Chinese Border Fight {ZeroHedge}
  • Enormous Saharan dust cloud reaches Caribbean Sea after traveling more than 3,000 miles over the Atlantic Ocean – as it prepares to float over the South and bring gorgeous sunsets (10 Pics) {StationGossip}


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