News Burst 20 August 2020
News Burst 20 August 2020 – Live Feed. By Disclosure News.
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News Burst 20 August 2020 – Featured News
- In Scotland, as in other parts of the UK, there has been outrage that elderly people in hospital were discharged into care homes without being tested for Covid-19 in a desperate rush to clear hospital beds. Health authorities have finally admitted that they transferred patients back to nursing homes after they were found to have the virus. This almost certainly caused the deaths of others and manslaughter charges should follow. The failure to protect residents in care homes for the elderly has been a major factor in coronavirus death tolls in many parts of the world. But a recent newspaper report has added a new dimension to the scandal. Last weekend, a Scottish Sunday newspaper, the Sunday Post, reported that at least five local health boards decided to transfer patients into care homes despite positive tests, amounting to at least 37 patients. Another six health boards said they either didn’t transfer such patients or waited at least until the patients would no longer be infectious. But the figures could be much higher. Of the two biggest health boards approached, NHS Lothian (which covers Edinburgh) didn’t respond and NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde said it would be too expensive to check its records to find out.
- The UK’s Daily Mail published exclusive pictures on Tuesday showing Clinton receiving a massage in 2002 from 22-year-old Chauntae Davies, who was allegedly raped by billionaire Epstein repeatedly over a period of four years. The massage occurred while Clinton, along with actors Kevin Spacey and Chris Tucker, flew with Epstein on the pedophile’s infamous private jet, nicknamed the Lolita Express, on a humanitarian trip to Africa. According to the newspaper, Clinton complained of having a stiff neck after falling asleep on the plane. During a fueling stop at a small airport in Portugal, Epstein confidante Ghislaine Maxwell urged Davies to give the former president a massage.
- A scientific station will aid program to rescue California condor. The facility will be located in Baja California’s San Pedro Mártir National Park. California condors are the largest flying birds in North America, with a wingspan of nearly 10 feet. Native Americans call them thunderbirds, believing they bring thunder to the skies with the beating of their tremendous wings. Once ranging from British Columbia to northern Baja California, Mexico, condor populations declined to as low as 22 individuals in the 1980s. Through careful breeding by the San Diego Zoo Safari Park , guided by the work of a Conservation Genetics team, sufficient numbers of chicks were produced to allow the first releases of California condors back to the wild in 1992. The Recovery Ecology researchers work closely with Mexican partners to manage the California condor reintroduction program at the Sierra San Pedro Mártir Condor Field Station.
- A lot has been said over the years about how, when, and if Big Tech allows law enforcement agencies access to massive amounts of personal user data these companies are constantly collecting and monetizing. Usually, the story has been that they either do it under pressure, or at least attempt to fight back. But a new report now says that Google has been doing it voluntarily, and “regularly” – having set up its own “investigative unit,” something called the CyberCrime Investigation Group (CIG). One way Google goes about identifying its users in order to report them to law enforcement is by cross-referencing different Gmail accounts that eventually lead them to a single Android phone. What’s referred to as detailed personal data that was handed over to a Bay Area, California anti-terrorist unit came from user accounts on Google, YouTube, Gmail, and the behemoth’s other properties. At the same time, users whose content posted on these services, while being viewed as extremist and threatening enough to justify getting their personal data secretly handed over to law enforcement, in many cases were not removed by Google.
- Facebook is enabling users to discover Black-owned businesses through a new feature on the platform. The social networking giant is rolling out a self-designation tool for Pages that lets entrepreneurs and admins identify businesses as Black-owned. The companies will then appear under a “Black-Owned Businesses” header on the website’s Nearby Businesses front. The idea is to drive more eyes and foot traffic to Black and minority-owned firms in the wake of civil unrest across the country, according to Maxine Williams, Facebook’s global chief diversity officer. “The visualization of what Black people have been going through forever has caused more people to become aware and interested in doing something,” Williams said. “You have people saying ‘I want to help, but I don’t know how to help.'” Page admins will receive a notification to find out more about the feature, which is launching along with a new Black-owned business grant program.
- Eight Giant Ibis nests have been found in the middle of the nesting season this year, running from May through to October, according to the Wildlife Conservation Society in Cambodia (WCS Cambodia). The GPL/WCS Bird Nest Protection Team estimated that the number of nests will increase between now and October, it added. From 2004 until 2020, it pointed out, 413 Giant Ibis nests and 649 fledglings have been protected in the Northern Plains of Cambodia which covers Chheb Wildlife Sanctuary, Kulen Promtep Wildlife Sanctuary, Prey Preah Roka Wildlife Sanctuary and Phnom Tbeng Natural Heritage Park. Last year, 22 nests were found and 35 eggs hatched and were well protected by team. The Northern Plains is home to nearly 300 bird species, including five Critically Endangered species: Giant Ibis (Cambodia’s National Bird), White-shouldered Ibis, and White-rumped, Slender-billed and Red-headed Vultures. It is also vital for the survival of threatened waterbirds such as White-winged Duck, Masked Finfoot, and Sarus Crane.
- An elephant who spent 35 years shackled in a zoo is finally be able to live out his life at a new home in an 25,000-acre animal sanctuary in Cambodia, with the move set to take place next month. For years, campaigners have petitioned to free Kaavan the elephant from Islamabad Zoo in Pakistan, where many claim he was badly mistreated – not only kept in chains but also showing symptoms of mental distress. He was also without a companion after his only playmate died, with activists dubbing him the ‘world’s loneliest elephant’.
- Auction house Christie’s has gone ahead with a sale of statues which Nigerian museum officials said were stolen during the country’s civil war in the 1960s. Nigeria’s National Commission for Museums and Monuments had demanded Christie’s stop the sale of the artifacts, which were collected by an art dealer and adviser of the late French President Jacques Chirac. But at auction in Paris, the pair of “museum quality” Igbo statues were sold for 212,500 euros ($239,000). Meanwhile, a “major Urhobo statue” estimated at 900,000 euros ($1m) failed to sell. The three pieces from southern Nigeria were among a number of “African masterpieces” that Christie’s said came from an “important European private collection” they declined to name. However, the head of the National Museum in Nigeria’s Benin City had said the objects were stolen during the Biafran war that raged in the late 1960s and appealed to Christie’s “and other auction houses to halt the process immediately”. “They have to repatriate such works and pay compensation to us in the interest of natural justice,” Theophilus Umogbai said. Chika Okeke-Agulu, a Princeton scholar who also raised alarm earlier the june month that the objects were looted, said the pieces are “an important part of Nigeria’s art and cultural heritage”. Okeke-Agulu said the objects were taken through “an act of violence” and should not be sold. An online petition with the hashtags #BlackArtsMatter and #MyHeritageMatters collected more than 3,000 signatures demanding the auction be halted.
- In Kenya, as across Africa, populations of the world’s tallest mammals are quietly, yet sharply, in decline. Giraffe numbers across the continent fell 40 percent between 1985 and 2015, to just under 100,000 animals, according to the best figures available to the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). But unlike the clarion calls sounded over the catastrophic collapse of elephant, lion and rhino populations, less attention was paid to the giraffe’s private crisis. “The giraffe is a big animal, and you can see it pretty easily in parks and reserves. This may have created a false impression that the species was doing well,” said Julian Fennessy, co-chair of the IUCN’s specialist group for giraffes and okapis. The rate of decline is much higher in central and eastern regions, with poaching, habitat destruction and conflict the main drivers blamed for thinning herds of these gentle creatures. In Kenya, Somalia and Ethiopia, reticulated giraffe numbers fell 60 percent in the roughly three decades to 2018, the IUCN says. The Nubian giraffe meanwhile has suffered a tragic decline of 97 percent, pushing this rarer variety toward total extinction.
- The Finnish Government on Wednesday announced it has decided to reinstate internal border controls and restrictions on travel to and from Denmark, Germany, Greece, Iceland, Malta and Norway, writes Helsingin Sanomat. Controls and restrictions at the external border, in turn, will be reinstated on travel to and from Cyprus, Ireland, Japan and San Marino. Travel across the internal border will remain possible for family-related, work-related and other justified reasons. The decisions to reinstate the controls and entry restrictions were made based on an epidemiological assessment of the coronavirus situation in other countries. The government has previously outlined that the restrictions will apply to countries that have reported more than eight coronavirus cases per 100,000 inhabitants during the latest two-week period. The threshold value is currently exceeded, albeit only marginally, also by Estonia, Italy, Lithuania and Slovakia.
- Thai police arrested activist lawyer Anon Nampa on Wednesday (Aug 19) over an Aug 3 protest at which he called for reform of the powerful monarchy, the second time he has been arrested this month, a police officer said. Anon, 36, has been at the forefront of a movement that has staged protests almost daily for the past month in Thailand. He was the first to call openly for changes to King Maha Vajiralongkorn’s role, breaking a longstanding taboo. Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha, a former military leader who rejects activists’ accusations that last year’s election was manipulated to keep him in power, said he acknowledged student demands but they should not touch the monarchy.
- The excitement over the participation of “Team Kingdom of Tonga” in the Tortour 1000km Ultra cycling race in Switzerland on Saturday turned into sadness, after a fatal accident stopped the event. Tortour is the biggest multiday nonstop ultracycling event in the world. The race which starts and finishes in Zurich demands a great deal of its cyclists and crews. Riding non-stop, day and night, the athletes have to overcome the 1,000 kilometres route over several Alpine passes in only two days, either solo or in a team. The race started off from Zurich at 5.00am on Saturday 15 August. However, only 150 kilometres from the start line, the event was stopped, after a cyclist died in a head-on collision with a motorcycle. The Tortouristi cyclist (38) was negotiating a curve on the Oberalppass Road and died at the scene. The motorcyclist was evacuated to hospital by rescue helicopter.
News Burst 20 August 2020 – Bonus IMG
A golfer hits a tee shot as African migrants attempt to cross into the Spanish territory of Melilla.
Spain will build the tallest anti-migrant wall in the world to further seal its two enclaves in Moroccan land, Ceuta and Melilla, and announces the intervention as a model of ethics: “We removed the barbed wire on top of the fences after many people were injured trying to jump. This work is our priority,” Socialist Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez and his interior minister, Fernando Grande-Marlaska, hastened to justify. Without barbed wire but almost as high as a three-story building: one meter more than the one built by Trump along the border with Mexico. The replacement work started few days ago, the current barriers, commissioned and built in 2005 by the then Prime Minister Zapatero are just over six meters high. In a few months, the highest barriers ever built will be operational, with the aim of blocking the passage of migrants. The intervention will cost over 17 million euros, a figure more or less equally divided between the two cities.
News Burst 20 August 2020 – Bonus IMG
Floods in southwest China have forced tens of thousands of people to evacuate in recent days, with water levels rising over the toes of a 1,200-year-old giant statue of Buddha for the first time since Mao Zedong swept the Communists to power in 1949. Water lapped at the toes of the 71m Leshan Giant Buddha – an 8th century statue carved into a mountainside at a point where three rivers converge – as rescue workers and volunteers used sandbags to try to protect the Unesco world heritage site. State media said it was the first time water levels had reached as high as the feet of the giant Buddha since the People’s Republic of China was formed by Mao Zedong in 1949.
News Burst 20 August 2020 – Bonus Video
POTUS asked about #QAnon
News Burst 20 August 2020 – Bonus Video
Drones Crash in Syria
The US lost two drones in the Syrian province of Idlib on 18 August, the Military Times online media outlet reported, citing an anonymous defense official. While the official confirmed that the two UAVs had collided in the air, they could not confirm that the collision was the primary cause of the crash, as there were reports of the drones being shot down after the incident. The Military Times’ source also couldn’t confirm allegations about the drones being MQ-9 Reapers – a hunter-killer type of UAV that is capable of carrying out surveillance missions as well.
News Burst 20 August 2020 – Bonus Video
Silent UFO at Little Red Rock Again
I shot this video from my backyard in the Summerlin area of Las Vegas, Nevada on the night of August 18th, 2020. Whatever this thing is it isn’t conventional. There is no way this could be so close and not make a sound. I hope that somewhere along the line the Air Force veteran will agree to come forward and share some of his testimony. This thing hovered eliminating airplanes and helicopters are very loud. Whatever it was it was silent and amazing.
News Burst 20 August 2020 – Solar Activity
A Small CME
A small CME has been released and it appears it will give earth a glancing blow. This impact should be VERY minor, but alas, the sun continues to demonstrate that the next cycle is upon us. The CME is expected to impact earth late on the 19th or early on the 20th (UTC). Impact effects are expected to be minor.
Surge Of Cosmic Rays?
“During the next solar cycle, we could see cosmic rays increase by as much as 75%. This will limit the amount of time astronauts can work safely in interplanetary space.” ~ Research journal Space Weather. Cosmic rays are the bane of astronauts. They come from deep space, energetic particles hurled in all directions by supernova explosions and other violent events. No amount of spacecraft shielding can stop the most energetic cosmic rays, leaving astronauts exposed whenever they leave the Earth-Moon system. Back in the 1990s, astronauts could travel through space for as much as 1000 days before they hit NASA radiation safety limits. Not anymore. According to the new research, cosmic rays could limit trips to as little as 290 days for 45-year old male astronauts, and 204 days for females. (Men and women have different limits because of unequal dangers to reproductive organs.) Why are cosmic rays growing stronger? Blame the sun. The sun’s magnetic field wraps the entire solar system in a protective bubble, normally shielding us from cosmic rays. In recent decades, however, that shield has weakened–a result of the sputtering solar cycle. Solar activity isn’t what it used to be. In the 1950s through 1990s, the sun routinely produced intense Solar Maxima with lots of sunspots and strong solar magnetic fields. Now look at the plot, above. Since the heyday of the late 20th century, the 11-year solar cycle has weakened, and the sun’s magnetic field has weakened with it. Rahmanifard and colleagues believe we could be entering a Grand Minimum–a long, slow dampening of the 11-year solar cycle, which can suppress sunspot counts for decades. The most famous example of a Grand Minimum is the Maunder Minimum of the 17th century when sunspots practically vanished for 70 years. “We are not in a Maunder Minimum,” stresses Rahmanifard. “The current situation more closely resembles the Dalton minimum of 1790-1830 or the Gleissberg minimum of 1890-1920.” During those lesser Grand Minima, the solar cycle became weak, but didn’t completely go away.
News Burst 20 August 2020 – Active Weather
Genevieve started to weaken and the forecast is for gradual decrease of the maximum wind expected to be 100 kts tomorrow afternoon UTC, it will steer to W-NW in the next few hours without directly hitting Baja California. Position south of Cabo San Lucas, Mexico – Wind 100-120 kts – Pressure 959 hPa – Moving W-NW at 8 kts – Weakening.
News Burst 20 August 2020 – Earthquakes
Europe – M4.7 Crete, Greece
Atlantic – M4.5 Madera Island
North America – M4.8 California
Central America – M3.2 Puerto Rico
South America – M4.3 Central Chile
Asia – M6.9 Sumatra, Indonesia
Pacific – M4.9 Timor, Indonesia
Deepest EQ – M4.3 500 km South of the Fiji Islands
M6.9 in Indonesia
The strong push generated by the deep earthquakes in Indonesia and the Philippines continues to expand with the potential magnitude close to the maximum which was 7.2. Off the coast of Sumatra there was a movement on the M7, this is an intermediate point between the deep shocks and those on the M5 in the India, Myanmar and China area. In this area the Andaman Islands represent the next fulcrum point, here the movement could reach mid M5. The other area affected by movement is the one north of the deep earthquakes, Taiwan has seen movement on the M4, now it is likely that we will see a similar movement in the Mariana Islands area.
In this image we see the earthquakes from 7 to 16 UTC of Aug. 19 in Europe, we see the new push from the east that manifests with an earthquake of M4.7 south of Crete and the African plate that continues to be affected by the push of the adjacent plates with a movement of M4.5 in Madeira Island area.
Utah Monolith – It’s some kind of prop or art installation. Our Friends are not involved… If only the Media got this excited about the legitimate evidence. Kabamur Taygeta
The DNA of legendary sci-fi writer Arthur C. Clarke will be placed on the moon next year. Pittsburgh-based company Astrobotic’s Peregrine Mission One for NASA is scheduled to launch in July 2021 atop a United Launch Alliance Vulcan Centaur rocket from Cape Canaveral, Florida, then land in an area on the northeastern part of the moon called Lacus Mortis.
Silicon Valley tech legend Keith Rabois is leaving San Francisco and “moving immediately” to Florida, adding to the list of tech heavyweights who have left the Bay Area. “I think San Francisco is just so massively improperly run and managed that it’s impossible to stay here,” said Rabois, an early executive at PayPal, Square, Linkedin, Yelp who has been a Bay Area resident of two decades…
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