News Burst 26 October 2020
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- Despite Sweden mirroring other countries on the continent with rising coronavirus infections, the government has held firm in refusing to lockdown its population, weighing the untold misery and health impacts of isolation against the threat of COVID-19. “The elderly, they said, have suffered enough,” writes Fraser Nelson. “They have spent months being advised to avoid public transport, shopping malls and other parts of everyday life. And the result? Loneliness. Misery. This is more than unpleasant: it quickly translates into depression, mental health issues and mortality. Hallengren’s 21 page report also uncovered a “decline in mental health” that was “likely to worsen the longer the recommendations remain in place,” leading officials to lift lockdown restrictions that previously applied to over-70s. However, as Newsweek acknowledged, Sweden’s COVID-19 death rate is lower than those of Spain, the UK and Italy, countries which all imposed draconian lockdowns. Unlike the rest of the continent, Sweden’s economy is also in a far better position to make a swifter recovery. The country’s senior epidemiologist Anders Tengell has also criticized the wearing of face masks as “very dangerous” because it gives a false sense of security but does not effectively stem the spread of the virus.
- The Royal Thames Yacht Club of Knightsbridge, London, is the world’s oldest operational yacht club. Past commodores include a number of monarchs from the Royal Family. Andrew was gifted the position as commodore by The Queen in 2015 in celebration of his 55th birthday. Prince Andrew could be stripped of his position as head of Britain’s most prestigious yacht club over his ties to deceased billionaire pedophile Jeffrey Epstein. According to The Daily Mail, a “secret meeting” was held on Monday October 19 by senior members of the Royal Thames Yacht Club in which the removal of Andrew’s top position as Commodore was discussed. The Mail reports that, “to add insult to injury” the club wishes to replace the disgraced British monarch with the Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton, who is said to be a skilled sailor.
- The Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse was set up in 2014 to expose official failures to bring child abusers to justice. But a victim of the Rotherham grooming gang accused the inquiry of trying to “bury” the scandal of Asian men abusing teenage girls for decades with impunity. The Rotherham child sexual exploitation gang targeted girls in their early teens and even younger, many of them living in state care homes, from the late 1980s to the early 2010s. The Rochdale child sex abuse ring operated in 2008 and 2009. Police and local politicians repeatedly ignored those who reported the crimes and even accused some of racism against the Asian community.
- New controversy sparked in Bollywood on Friday after actress Luviena Lodh posted a video clip on social media accusing filmmaker Mahesh Bhatt of harassment, and claiming that his nephew, Sumit Sabharwal, supplies drugs to actresses. “I am married to Mahesh Bhatt’s nephew Sumit Sabharwal but have filed a divorce case because I came to know that he supplies drugs to actresses like Sapna Pabbi and Amyra Dastur. And Mahesh Bhatt is well aware about all this,” she states. “Mahesh is the biggest don of the industry, he operates the entire system. If you don’t play by his rules, he will make life difficult for you. Mahesh Bhatt has ruined a lot of lives by putting them out of work. He makes one phone call and people lose their job,” Luviena notes. The actress also named other family members in the video, suggesting that if anything happens to her that they must be held responsible.
- Tech giants Facebook, Twitter, and Amazon have been summoned by a joint committee of the Indian parliament to discuss the issue of data protection and privacy over the Personal Data Protection Bill, 2019. While Amazon refused to appear before an Indian parliamentary panel for a scheduled meeting on Friday, Facebook’s public policy head (India, South and Central Asia) Ankhi Das was grilled for two hours on the issue of data security by the panel. Representatives from the social media giant Facebook were told they cannot use the personal data of users for the purpose of advertising or business or elections by drawing inferences from statistics, Indian daily Times of India quoted sources as saying. The Facebook representatives reportedly had a tough time answering the question and were also asked about revenue generation and how much taxes the company pays. Twitter and Amazon are scheduled to appear before the committee on 28 October. However, Amazon refused to attend the meet, saying that “its experts are overseas”.
- Russia’s largest gold miner Polyus said it is working on securing 100 percent ownership of the Sukhoi Log gold deposit in Siberia, which has estimated reserves of 540 million tons of ore, containing 40 million troy ounces of gold. According to the firm, the undeveloped Siberian deposit is the largest in the world. “As of May 31, 2020, ore reserves are initially estimated at 540 million tons with an average gold grade of 2.3 grams per ton. This is equivalent to 40 million ounces,” said Polyus chief executive Pavel Grachev. “This confirms Sukhoi Log’s status as the world’s largest new and active gold mine.”
- The British Home Office has reportedly launched an investigation after students in Coventry raised questions about whether their new classmate – an asylum-seeker who is balding and looks about 40 – is really 15 as claimed. Parents’ fears were raised after students came home from school earlier this month saying the new pupil, purportedly a boy from Gambia, looked far too old to be in their class, the Sun newspaper reported. The issue came to a head after teachers summoned the mother of a girl who posted photos of the man on social media and questioned his age. The teachers were concerned that posting the images might be considered bullying. According to the Sun, the girl’s mother told the teachers, “You can’t really blame the children. He looks about 40.” A government spokesperson cited by the tabloid acknowledged that the asylum system is “broken and in drastic need of reform.”
- Opponents of tough Covid-19 restrictions and a near-total ban on abortion have rallied simultaneously in the Polish capital. Pro-choice activists promised a nationwide women’s strike next week. Protesters in Warsaw demanded a “wise and responsible” approach to fighting the coronavirus, which would include the easing of quarantine restrictions and the voluntary self-isolation of vulnerable groups. They also asked the government to compensate businesses reeling from the outbreak. Officials introduced tougher measures against Covid-19 earlier this month, following a spike in cases. Also on Saturday, the activists, many of whom were women, continued marching on the streets of Warsaw and other cities across the country against a recent court decision that severely limits access to abortion.
- YouTube is trying to ease controversy over allegations that it shadowbanned its second-most-popular content creator, PewDiePie, but his fans said the company’s explanation didn’t match up with what they saw on the platform. Pressed for answers as to why PewDiePie subscribers weren’t receiving notifications of his new videos and weren’t able to find his channel or content in searches, the video-sharing platform tweeted on Thursday that “YouTube doesn’t shadowban channels. It’s possible the video was flagged by our systems as potentially violative and needs to be reviewed first before it shows up in search, etc.” But PewDiePie fans pointed out that his channel and hundreds of his most recent videos – comprising at least one year’s worth of content – weren’t showing up in YouTube searches on Wednesday and Thursday.
- Australian special forces have been accused of killing an unarmed, bound prisoner in cold blood, as a four-year probe into alleged war crimes committed by Aussie troops in Afghanistan nears its end. A US Marine helicopter crew chief told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) that a group of Australian soldiers shot and killed an Afghan prisoner as they were preparing to be airlifted after a raid. According to the marine, identified only as Josh, the Aussie commandos radioed his helicopter to tell them they needed transportation for seven prisoners captured during the operation. “And you just heard this silence, and then we heard a pop. And then they said, ‘OK, we have six prisoners’,” Josh told the Australian outlet. The US marine said it was the first time he had seen something he couldn’t “morally justify,” as the prisoner had already been detained and posed no threat to the Aussie forces. “We knew somebody was already cuffed up, ready to go, taken prisoner, and we just witnessed them kill a prisoner.”
- A high-ranking official at the helm of the new state-of-the-art Vostochny spaceport, in Russia’s Far East, has been arrested on charges of fraud in a high-profile scandal. The scheme reportedly cost the state over $6.5 million. Roman Bobkov, the head of the state entity operating the cosmodrome, has been placed in pre-trial detention for two months by a local court, on Saturday, and faces several charges, including fraud, abuse of office, and incitement to abuse of office and forgery. Bobkov is accused of using bribery to entice a senior Defense Ministry inspector, Dmitry Fomintsev, to file fake reports on the commissioning of several of the spaceport’s major water-supply facilities. The fraudulent documents were allegedly drawn up to conceal Bobkov’s own misconduct during their construction, which had left them unfinished.
- The YouTube channel of Viktor Medvedchuk, co-chair of Ukraine’s main opposition party, has been suspended just as the country holds crucial municipal elections. The ban was reported on Saturday, the day before Ukraine holds municipal elections throughout the country. Medvedchuk is a controversial figure in Ukraine. The opposition leader rejects the anti-Moscow line to which most other political forces in the crisis-ridden country adhere. The suspension of Medvedchuk’s YouTube channel came out of the blue with no explanation from the video service, which now labels it with a generic message that it had violated terms of service. Before being banned, the channel had more than 70,000 subscribers, with some videos scoring over a million views. The party bragged that its co-chair was more popular on YouTube than any other major Ukrainian politician.
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 NASA scientists have discovered never-before-seen microbial life forms in crystal caves located deep below the surface in Mexico. Dormant for thousands of years, the researchers found the microbes hiding in tiny pockets of liquid buried inside the giant crystals residing within Mexico’s enormous Naica Mine. Apparently, these microbes have been hibernating there for up to 50,000 years, eating iron, sulfur and other chemicals to survive.
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Thai pro-democracy activists protest in front of the Thai king’s villa in Tutzing, Germany. Thailand’s capital of Bangkok is more than 8,800km away from the scenic Bavarian lake region where King Maha Vajiralongkorn quietly took up residence as crown prince over a decade ago. The king is now back in Bangkok with his family. A recent report in the Oberbayerisches Volksblatt noted that “monarchy critics in Germany have sent a petition to Chancellor Angela Merkel and Foreign Minister Heiko Maas asking them to declare the Thai king ‘persona non grata’”, and that 150,000 had signed the petition. “His majesty has preferred his own personal comfort instead of focusing on the matters of his kingdom,” the article said. Frithjof Schmidt, a member of parliament for the opposition Greens party said the king’s political interventions were “incompatible with his residency status in Germany”. “Conducting official state affairs in Thailand while living in Germany is not permissible,” he told This Week In Asia.
News Burst 26 October 2020 – Bonus Video
Craft sighting reported on NBN News in Newcastle, Australia
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The Bezymianny volcano in Russia’s Kamchatka Territory – 22 October
News Burst 26 October 2020 – Earthquakes
Earthquakes Last 36 Hours – M4 and Above
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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…
Jupiter and Saturn will come closer to each other in the Earth’s night sky than they have for almost a millennium between December 16 and 25 in an extremely rare astronomical extravaganza. he pair will be separated by one fifth the diameter of a full moon as viewed from the Earth, in an extraordinary astronomical proximity event which has not occurred for 800 years.
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