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News, May 2020

Here is the news for May 2020. Bookmark this page and check back for updates. Reading is not agreeing. Links do not imply fact checking or endorsement of views or ideas.

Read Along, May 2020

More on the #covid19 topic is on the virus updates page.



5/28 – 5/30/2020


  • SpaceX Demo-2 Mission: American Astronauts on American Rocket from American Soil for the first time since 2011! (11 Pics) {YourDest} #space



  • Baltimore pastor tears up cease-and-desist order: ‘We’re gonna do it God’s way’ {ScoopyWeb} #religion

  • Attorney: 1,200 California Pastors Agree To Reopen May 31 In Defiance Of Stay-At-Home Order – CBS San Francisco {InvestWatch} #religion

  • “In America We Need More Prayer Not Less!” – BREAKING: President Trump Designates Houses of Worship “Essential” States Must Open Up Houses of Worship THIS WEEKEND! {HideOut} #religion #pandemic

  • Shocking video shows the aftermath of Michigan dam failure after chunks of highway were washed away and lake burst its banks leaving a muddy mess (+22 Pics) {StationGossip} #disasters

  • Mysterious 300-million-year-old ‘Tully monster’ may not be the creature scientists thought it was – as new research reveals it wasn’t a vertebrate after all {ScoopyWeb} #archaeology

  • Mesmerizing 4K Footage of Deep-Sea Creatures that Live in the Unexplored Ningaloo Canyons {YourDestination} #archaeology

  • Mark Zuckerberg is now the 3rd-richest person in the world after his fortune grew $30 billion since the coronavirus crisis began {StationGossip} #economy

  • America’s billionaires got $484billion RICHER during the pandemic – with the top five seeing a combined $76billion added to their personal wealth {StationGossip} #economy

  • Trump administration is ‘considering first nuclear weapons test since 1992 citing threats from Russia and China’ – but experts warn it could start an ‘unprecedented arms race’ and destabilize international relations {StationGossip} #politics

  • Donald Trump abandons the Open Skies treaty. The pact was agreed on in 1992 among 34 countries, each of which may fly unarmed reconnaissance flights over any part of another. More than 1,500 flights have been conducted to date. But on May 21, 2020, Mike Pompeo, America’s secretary of state, said the United States would pull out of the accord, giving the requisite six months’ notice. {Economist} #politics

  • ‘Fastest ever’ internet speed capable of downloading 1,000 HD movies in under a second is recorded in Australia – and it is four million times faster than the country’s average connection {StationGossip} #technology

  • Russia’s newest radar can track 1,000+ fast-moving & HYPERSONIC weapons, and is now available to foreign buyers {RT} #technollogy #military

  • Artificial intelligence can guess your personality (“conscientiousness, neuroticism, extraversion, agreeableness, and openness”) from a SELFIE – but it is better at judging women than men {ScoopyWeb} #technology #privacy

  • China introduces first 3D AI newscaster. Chinese state news agency unveils ‘the world’s first 3D AI anchor’ after ‘cloning’ a human reporter {StationGossip} #technology

  • Gaming company NVIDIA shows off AI that was able to recreate Pacman in just four days by watching gameplay {ScoopyWeb} #technology


  • Apple released iOS 13.5 and iPadOS 13.5 for iPhones, iPods, and iPads today. They went live alongside minor software updates for Apple TV and HomePod devices. The iOS update mainly adds new health-related features—most notably the much-discussed Exposure Notification API that was co-developed with Google to help local, regional, and national governments enact contact-tracing strategies to battle the COVID-19 pandemic. {ARS} (NOTE: The settings are under Settings | Privacy | Health. Mine–iOS 13.5–says COVID-19 Exposure Logging “Off” and I totally believe it is off, completely off, because the message there says so.) #privacy #technology


  • Dolphin Discovers Humans Like It When He Brings Them Gifts From The Bottom Of The Ocean, Develops A Habit Of Doing So {HideOut} #biology


  • The US Navy Has Released Footage Of A Laser Weapon Shooting Down A Drone For The First Time {IFLSci} #military #technology


  • US Navy sends destroyer through strategic Taiwan Strait amid rising tensions with China over coronavirus crisis {MadnessHub} #military #politics

  • Europe’s OLDEST time capsule – dating back to 1797 – is discovered hidden in a Polish church spire, containing coins and building documents {YourDestination} #history

  • Facebook deletes Michigan anti-quarantine group with more than 380,000 members — but members won’t stand down {DomiGood} #censorship #technology #democracy

  • Gov. Inslee to Washington state restaurants: Want to reopen? You’ll have to help us track citizens’ movements {DomiGood} #techology #politics #privacy #pandemic

  • Setting The Stage For Phase 2 As States Deploy National Guard For Contact Tracing {ActPost} #politics #pandemic

  • Washington State governor announces plan to forcefully quarantine those infected and all their contacts {IntelHub} #pandemic

  • Wisconsin Supreme Court Strikes Down Democrat Governor’s Lockdown Order {MadnessHub} #pandemic #politics


  • NYT Panics After Instagram Influencers With Millions Of Followers Start Going Down The Rabbit Hole {InfoLiberation} #technology #politics

  • Israeli gov’t wants to microchip kids for ‘safety’ {InvestWatch} #privacy #pandemic #technology

  • Takes a Lickin’ But Keeps on Tickin’: Russian Meteor-M Satellite Resumes Work After Meteoroid Strike {SputnikNews}


  • Thousands without power in Maine as polar vortex freezes big chunk of US {InvestWatch} #earth


  • China flexes its military muscle: Beijing exploits Covid crisis to assert control of strategically vital South China Sea – and the US sends three warships in response {YourDestination} #politics #military

  • People In Hong Kong Are Becoming Ill With Rat Hepatitis For First Time Ever. No One Knows How It’s Happening. {YourDestination} #worldnews


  • Elon Musk: Neuralink will do human brain implants ‘within a year;’ could eventually enable eventually enable symbiosis with AI! {InvestWatch} #technology


  • A remarkable new image of Jupiter is one of the clearest ever taken from an earth observatory. It is a composite of several “lucky” images “which scrubs out the blurring effect of looking through Earth’s turbulent atmosphere.” {BBC} #space #technology

  • Amazon Sued For Saying You’ve ‘Bought’ Movies That It Can Take Away From You {Tathasta} #technology

  • Brazil government warns of economic collapse in 30 days {YahooNews} #economy

  • Elon Musk: Compulsory Quarantine is a Violation of Our Rights {InvestWatch} #pandemic #politics

  • US B-1B Bombers Again Fly Near Chinese Airspace Amid ‘New Cold War’ Threat {ZeroHedge} #politics #military

  • The Department of Homeland Security has come out strongly against internet voting {Guardian} #democracy #technology

  • Super ‘Flower’ Moon dazzles skygazers as it put on a stunning display in the clear sky last night – and another spectacular showing from the final supermoon of 2020 is expected TONIGHT {ScoopyWeb} #space

  • “police departments in Daytona Beach and Connecticut …. touted … drones capable of taking a person’s temperature from 300 feet in the air.” {InvestWatch} #technology #pandemic


  • Bizarre iron-shelled snail that lives in underwater volcanoes and can endure searingly high temperatures and pressures draws in minerals from the environment to reinforce its scaly ‘armour’, genetic analysis reveals {DailyMail} #biology
  • Underwater forest of hydrothermal vents off the coast of Washington State is mapped for the first time, revealing more than 500 spirals with some standing 90 feet tall {DomiGood} #earth


  • Fossil fuel-free jet propulsion system powered by PLASMA can generate the same amount of thrust as a commercial jet engine, scientists claim {StationGossip} #energy #technology #travel
  • YouTube CEO Vows to Censor Anyone Speaking Against WHO {Mercola}
  • Federal Reserve To Buy Everything {InvestWatch} #economy
  • Surprise asteroid EVADES Earth protection satellites in one of the closest flybys ever recorded. “A truck-sized asteroid has careened past Earth in one of the closest flybys ever recorded – but none of satellites scanning the skies to protect our planet saw the space rock coming.” {RT} #space
  • Holey moley! Closest black hole to Earth is discovered just 1,000 light years away – near enough to see its orbiting stars with the naked eye on a clear night {StationGossip} #space
  • Large power outage currently ongoing in Venezuela. Most of Caracas is currently without power {InvestWatch} #worldnews


  • Fusion Energy Gets Ready to Shine—Finally {Wired} #energy


  • Here’s how Apple, Google will warn you if you’ve been exposed to COVID-19 {ARS} #technology #pandemic

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