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News and Notes, June 1-7, 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.

6/7/2020 Sunday

  • With recovery of last case, New Zealand has eradicated virus {SFGate} #pandemic

  • Trump withdraws out-of-state National Guard members from D.C. {SFGate} #protests

  • Most Americans Feel Nation Is ‘Out of Control’: Poll {TheStreet} #politics

  • Co-Founder of Reddit Releases Sappy Video – Announces He Is Stepping Down Asks for Black Replacement – Took $300 Million from Chinese Firm Last Year {StationGossip} #technology

  • Colin Powell calls Trump a liar, says he skirts the Constitution, will vote Biden {YahooNews} #politics

  • Gordon Chang: China ‘deliberately twisting facts’ to exploit George Floyd death in ‘disinformation campaign’ {FoxNews} #politics #pandemic

  • There’s a growing call to defund the police. Here’s what it means {CNN} #politics

  • Treasure stash worth over $1 million found in Rocky Mountains after decade-long search {FoxNews} #money

  • AG Barr says pepper spray ‘is not a chemical irritant.’ But the company that makes pepper-spraying balls says otherwise. {YahooNews} #protests

  • Saudis Make Biggest Oil Price Hike in 20 Years After OPEC+ Cuts {YahooNews} #money
  • Minneapolis City Council commits to dismantling city’s ‘toxic’ police department {NBCNews} #politics
  • California is set to reopen its schools, bars, film studios, and more on June 12 {YahooNews} #pandemic
  • Cuba declares coronavirus pandemic ‘under control’ {YahooNews} #pandemic

  • Is the Confederate Flag Unconstitutional? {YahooNews} #politics

  • ‘Clinics will be forced to close’: Abortion rights backers fearful of upcoming Supreme Court ruling {YahooNews} #law
  • The Voyager 1 and 2 spacecraft each carried a golden record with 115 images and a variety of sounds. The contents of the record were selected for NASA by a committee chaired by Carl Sagan of Cornell University. “Due to copyright restrictions, only a subset of the images on the Golden Record are displayed“. It is important to comply with the laws, but I really feel that all information representing humanity that was sent into space should be in the public domain for all of humanity to see and use. You can see the images that are allowed to be seen here at NASA’s site.

6/6/2020 Saturday

  • An asteroid the size of six football fields will speed by Earth Saturday night {CNN} #space

  • Massive coronavirus study that said hydroxychloroquine doesn’t work has been retracted… “Regardless of this massive hydroxychloroquine study, which should now be disregarded, other research about the drug indicates the anti-malarial isn’t effective against COVID-19 and can’t prevent infection.” {BGR} #pandemic #medicine

  • Washington, D.C., expects city’s largest protest since George Floyd’s death {CBSNews} #protests
  • Joe Biden officially clinched the Democratic nomination for president as of Friday evening, according to CBS News’ estimate. {CBSNews} #politics
  • [W]hat is commonly considered “tear gas” [used] on peaceful protesters in Washington, D.C. …can lead to increased health risks, including coronavirus. … the wartime chemical … from military weapon to commercial production. {CBSNews} #protests #pandemic
  • George Floyd death: Thousands turn out for UK anti-racism protests {BBC} #protests

  • ‘Boogaloo’ arrests in Nevada portray extremists using protests to incite civil war {Yahoo} #protests

  • Buffalo police officers arrested after shoving 75-year-old protester {ABCNews} #protests

  • “It’s fairly common for officers to lie in police reports, said Philip Stinson, a criminologist and professor of criminal justice at Bowling Green State University.” … Another reason is what’s known as “noble cause corruption,” … Officers might lie in police reports… often operating under the mindset that they are keeping communities safe or getting criminals off the streets. So when they lie, the idea is that the ends justify the means — that their actions were ultimately for a good cause. {CNN} #mind #crime
  • ‘Beautiful, peaceful and diverse’: Thousands of protesters flood streets near White House {NBCNews} #protests

  • Three Powers Are Now Capable of Launching Astronauts Into Space: Russia, China and Elon Musk {Haaretz} #space

6/5/2020 Friday

  • The ongoing sixth mass extinction may be the most serious environmental threat to the persistence of civilization, because it is irreversible. {PNAS} #survival #earth
  • Shocking New Report On Loss Of Nature Paints A Terrifying Picture For The Future Of Humanity. Up to 1 million species facing extinction around the globe. {HuffPost} #earth #survival

  • Minneapolis agrees to ban all police chokeholds in wake of George Floyd death and require officers to ‘intervene’ if neck restraint used {NYDailyNews} #protests

  • When he tweeted “When the looting starts, the shooting starts” did president Trump purposefully quote a racist police chief from 30 years ago, or was he simply unaware of the past statement and how loaded an expression it was? Was he trying to calm things down by stating the simple fact that looting would lead to more violence? Catch the heated debate on this point by Rudy Giuliani and Piers Morgan (Comments disabled by YouTube). {YouTube} #protests #media
  • Flashback: “Professor Hawking has said that the huge population growth is a problem for our planet, and eventually the burden will be too much for the Earth to handle. … life on Earth is at an ever-increasing risk of being wiped out by a disaster, such as a sudden nuclear war, a genetically engineered virus, or other dangers. … “I think the human race has no future if it doesn’t go to space.” {ExpressUK} #survival #earth #space
  • Spike in NYC coronavirus hospitalizations can’t be attributed to George Floyd protests, de Blasio says {NYDailyNews}

  • Synthetic red blood cells mimic natural ones, and have new abilities {PysOrg} #biotech

  • Toyota to Launch Hydrogen Fuel Cell Venture With Chinese Auto Firms {USNews} #technology

  • Study of 200,000 Galaxies Reveals the Entire Universe Might Have Been Spinning in One Direction Early On {UnivToday} #space

  • UK trial on hydroxychloroquine: ‘It doesn’t work’ {Politico} #pandemic
  • The original Sars virus disappeared – here’s why coronavirus won’t do the same. {TheConversation} #pandemic

  • Earth’s carbon dioxide levels hit record high, despite coronavirus-related emissions drop {WashPost} #earth

  • Heat-Trapping Carbon Dioxide in Air Hits New Record High {USNews} #earth

  • Astronomers Discover “Mirror Image” of Our Solar System {Futurism} #space

  • Asteroid the size of Empire State Building nears earth this weekend {JPost} #space

  • Scientists identify cleanest air on Earth {EarthSky} #earth #pollution

  • People try to do right by each other, no matter the motivation, study finds {PysOrg} #mind

  • Australia’s Great Barrier Reef Suffers Its Most Extensive Coral Bleaching Event {HuffPost} #earth

  • ‘Poisoned arrow’ defeats antibiotic-resistant bacteria {SciDaily} #biology #health

  • Scientists demonstrate particle detector for dark matter {PhysOrg} #physics

  • Genetic engineers are working on making an invisible man. Seriously. {DigitalTrends} {Nature} #biotech

  • Groundbreaking Israeli microscope can change the face of tech — scientists {TOI} #technology

  • U.S. jobless rate unexpectedly declined to 13.3% in May {NPR} #economy #money #usa

  • Powerful landslide sweeps homes into the sea – Eight houses swept into the sea in the Norwegian Arctic after powerful landslide near town of Alta. (Video) {ABCNews} #disasters #earth

6/4/2020 Thursday

  • The Largest Neutron Stars Appear To Have Even Stranger Matter At Their Core {IFLSci} #physics

  • “Our tendency as humans to become prejudiced stems from the evolutionary advantage of categorization. Mentally grouping things helps us make sense of the world around us, which often bombards our brains with an unmanageable amount of information. To sift through all of this input, the brain tries to create categories with general descriptions that it can rapidly sort information into. This categorization does not only apply to those things and people around us, but also to ourselves, and we have a tendency to gravitate toward those we deem to be like us.” {MedDaily}
  • Prejudice:  “An unfair and unreasonable opinion or feeling, especially when formed without enough thought or knowledge:” {DictionaryCB} #prejudice
  • Prejudice is an evaluation of, or an emotional response towards, a social group based on preconceptions. Prejudiced responses range from the rapid detection of threat or coalition and subjective visceral responses to deliberate evaluations and dehumanization {Nature} #prejudice #mind
  • … higher psychometric (test measured) intelligence was associated with lower racism, largely because more intelligent people thought about social groups in less crudely categorical ways. However, higher self-assessed intelligence was associated with higher levels of racism. {TheConversation} #mind #prejudice #IQ
  • Humans Are Wired For Prejudice But That Doesn’t Have To Be The End Of The Story {IFLSci} #prejudice #mind

  • 100 ways you can take action against racism right now {USAToday} #racism #protests

  • ‘Daddy changed the world!’: George Floyd’s daughter shares powerful message in viral video {MSN} #protestsElon Musk calls for Amazon breakup after Covid-19 skeptic claims it censored his book {CNBC} #pandemic #censorship
  • Looters Have Blown Up 50 Philadelphia ATMs with Dynamite Since Saturday – One Looter Blew Himself Up – Bombings Also Reported in Pittsburgh and Minneapolis (VIDEO) {StationGossip} #crime #protests
  • Antifa arrests coming, concerns over riots heading to suburbia, government source says {FOXNews}
  • Protesters’ breach of temporary fences near White House complex prompted Secret Service to move Trump to secure bunker {WashPost} #protests
  • ‘The events in our country are as profound as anything I’ve ever seen in my lifetime’: Barack Obama praises peaceful protests, calls on mayors to act on police brutality and tells young people of color ‘your lives matter, your dreams matter’ during his address to the nation. {DailyMail} #protests
  • ‘Looters looting looters’: Shocking video shows a person walking down street carrying a packaged $1,500 Apple iMac computer only to have it stolen by two thieves amid store raids {YourDestinationNow} #crime
  • Looters in California Use Forklift to Break Into Best Buy in Broad Daylight (VIDEO) {StationGossip}
  • Virginia Governor to announce removal of historic Richmond statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee as similar statues across the country are toppled amid George Floyd protests (24 Pictures) {YourDestNow} #protests
  • Coronavirus cases are climbing again in the South and the West. Will crowded protests spark bigger outbreaks? {YahooNews} #protests #pandemic

6/3/2020 Wednesday

  • ‘I do not support invoking the Insurrection Act’: Defense Secretary Esper breaks with Trump on use of troops {USAToday} #politics #riots
  • Attorney General William P. Barr: “The most basic function of government is to provide security for people to live their lives and exercise their rights, and we will meet that responsibility here in the nation’s capital.” {YourDestinationNow} #protests #government
  • Test and trace system data to be kept by government for 20 years {Independent} #privacy #technology #pandemic #politics
  • 3 more cops charged in George Floyd death, other officer’s murder charge upgraded {CNBC} #crime
  • Snap to stop promoting Trump’s account because of threats against protesters {Politico} #politics #technology
  • Boris Johnson offers refuge, citizenship to 3 million Hong Kong residents {FoxNews} #worldnews #politics
  • Dow Jones Surges 500 Points As Stocks Rally Despite Jobs Data, Coronavirus, Protests {Investors} #money
  • Fauci predicts U.S. should have “couple of hundred million doses” of coronavirus vaccine by new year {CBSNews} #pandemic
  • Coronavirus cases rise in US south and west as crowded protests spark worries {CNN} #protests #pandemic
  • ‘Looter’ Goes Viral Bragging About All The Merch He Stole, Internet Identifies Him, Police Respond {InfoLiber} #protests #crime
  • ‘I wish you the best’: US military adviser resigns after Trump’s controversial photo op at church {WashPost} #religion #politics #protests #military
  • Troops guard Lincoln Memorial from further vandalism amid riots {TheHill} #riots
  • BET Founder RobertJohnson Calls For $14 Trillion In Reparations For Slavery {CNBC} #protests
  • Epidemiologist Who Triggered Worldwide Lockdowns Admits: Without Instituting Full Lockdown, Sweden Essentially Getting Same Effect {DailyWire} #pandemic
  • Confederate monuments collapse: Statues in Virginia, Alabama and Tennessee are torn down and vandalized with graffiti amid George Floyd protests (21 Pics) {YourDestinationNow} #protests
  • Gun Sales Soar 80% In May Amid Race Riots, Government Lockdowns {HideOutNow} #riots

 

6/2/2020 Tuesday

  • How Trump could use the Insurrection Act – last used in the 1992 LA Riots – to deploy ‘thousands of thousands’ of soldiers to control George Floyd protests against the wishes of governors {StationGossip} #politics #protests
  • Russia Releases New Rules for Using Nuclear Weapons in War  “Both the Soviet Union and the United States amassed tens of thousands of nuclear weapons during their decades-long Cold War and although both countries have taken significant steps toward non-proliferation, they remain in possession of the world’s largest stockpiles.” {Newsweek} #politics #military
  • Cops pepper spray Senator without realizing he’s an authority figure {StationGossip} #protests
  • Google sued for $5 billion over alleged privacy violations: report {MarketWatch} #technology #privacy
  • Army labs say ‘some form’ of COVID-19 vaccine will be ready this year, but not for all. {McClatchyDC} #pandemic #vaccine
  • iCloud outage took down some macOS and iOS software and web apps {theVerge} #technology
  • First human trial of potential antibody treatment for Covid-19 begins {CNN} #pandemic
  • Surgeon General warns of coronavirus outbreaks from Floyd protests {CNN} #protests #pandemic
  • Coronavirus update: U.S. case tally tops 1.8 million; study finds face masks, social distancing effective at reducing infections {MarketWatch} #pandemic
  • Minnesota Files Discrimination Complaint Against Minneapolis Police Department {NPR} #protests #descrimination
  • Hydroxychloroquine study questioned as journal issues ‘expression of concern’ about research {NBCNews} #pandemic #biology
  • Scientists: Coronavirus Likely a Hybrid of Two Other Viruses {Futurism} #pandemic

6/1/2020 Monday

  • Trump calls governors ‘weak,’ urges them to use force against unruly protests {WashPost} #politics #protests
  • Apple Pays Hacker From India $100,000 For Discovering Serious ‘Sign In With Apple’ Vulnerability {Benzinga} #technology #privacy
  • Protests across the U.S. prompt concerns over exacerbating the world’s worst coronavirus outbreak {CNBC} #pandemic #protests
  • One dead in Louisville after police and National Guard ‘return fire’ on crowd {NBCNews} #military #protests
  • China and India Brawl at 14,000 Feet Along the Border – Chinese and Indian soldiers in massive rock, board and fist fights, no shots fired. {MSN} #conflict #politics
  • ‘People are going to go hungry’: pandemic effects could leave 54m Americans without food. {Guardian} #pandemic #survival
  • Last year, 4.3bn meals were distributed to more than 40 million Americans through a network of 200 food banks and 60,000 pantries, schools, soup kitchens and shelters {Guardian} #food #survival
  • New coronavirus losing potency, top Italian doctor says {Reuters} #pandemic
  • NYC Mayor De Blasio’s Daughter Arrested At Protest {NYPost} #protests
  • 15 Depression-Era Foods You Won’t Believe Are Making a Comeback {DoMiGood} #food #survival
  • How Does a 1,200 Pound Cow Get Enough Protein? … there’s not enough nutrition or protein in grass to feed a cow, even if you could unlock 100% of the nutrients. … A cow is not a vegetarian. … a cow eats grass is to provide a food source for its real meal — the bacteria. It’s the bacteria that break down the hard-to-digest cellulose in grass and convert it into a plethora of different amino acids, which in turn become the building blocks for creating a 1,200 pound animal. {Medium} #food #science #biology
  • Meat from the Air: Air Protein(tm) is on a mission to feed our growing population with foods made from air-based protein. Using a proprietary probiotic production process, the protein found in air-based meat is a new form of sustainable protein created from elements found in the air we breathe and it has an amino acid profile comparable to meat protein. {AirProtein} “… the company uses single-cell microorganisms, known as hydrogenotrophs, which ultimately convert carbon dioxide into protein. {LiveSci} #food #science #strange

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