19 Apr 2020

Iran shows off drones that can reach Israel, threat increases
Iran’s Defense Ministry unveiled a mass of new drones over the weekend for the Islamic Republic’s army and air force. According to Tehran the drones have new capabilities, and can fly more than 1,000 km., which means they could reach Israel from Iran. Iran has been producing drones since the 1980s and is an innovator in drone warfare.

Wildfires blanket Kyiv in thick smog
Acrid smoke from wildfires, including blazes near the defunct Chernobyl nuclear plant, has blanketed Ukraine’s capital Kyiv, making its air pollution among the worst in the world. Kyiv’s pollution now ranks alongside that of several Chinese cities, Swiss monitoring group IQAir reports. The coronavirus lockdown is keeping most Kyiv residents at home anyway.

Canada, U.S. extend border restrictions 30 days to control coronavirus spread
Canada and the United States have agreed to extend border restrictions for another 30 days to help control the spread of coronavirus, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said on Saturday. Washington and Ottawa agreed last month to clamp down on non-essential travel while allowing trade to continue across their long shared frontier during the coronavirus outbreak.

Arrests show Beijing sees Hong Kong crackdown as priority: activist
Suppressing Hong Kong’s democracy movement is a priority for China, even in the midst of the coronavirus crisis, a top pro-democracy leader said on Sunday, a day after police arrested him and 14 others in a surprise crackdown. The United States and others criticised the arrest of the 15 on charges of organising and participating in anti-government protests last year…

Israel accuses Hezbollah of ‘provocative’ activity
Israel on Saturday accused the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah of “provocative” activity along the Lebanese-Israeli frontier and said it would complain to the U.N. Security Council. In a statement, Foreign Minister Israel Katz accused Hezbollah of multiple attempts to breach the border Friday night. He said Israel “thoroughly condemns” the incident and expects the Lebanese government to prevent such threats.

Kyle Bass Blasts China’s “Most Lying, Coercive, Manipulative Government” For “Knowingly Infecting The World”
“…the bottom line is, this disease has been unleashed on the rest of the world, and it was knowingly done so. And that’s why I’m so visibly upset about this…plenty of things the government can do here to make China pay for its actions.”

China’s Central Bank to Run Simulations of Digital Currency Use
China’s central bank has given the green light for some commercial lenders to run trials of its digital currency, according to people familiar with the matter, bringing it a step closer to becoming the world’s first major monetary authority to issue its own digital tender.

US, Canada have funded Chinese lab eyed as likely source of coronavirus outbreak
Both the United States and Canada have sent money to the Wuhan Institute of Virology, the Chinese lab that multiple sources tell Fox News is suspected of being the likely source of the coronavirus pandemic — with the Canadian funding coming as recently as last month.

Colorado’s governor, who is Jewish, gives emotional response after Republican leader compares stay-at-home orders to Nazism
…”Well, first of all, as a Jewish American who lost family in the Holocaust, I’m offended by any comparison to Nazism,” Polis said. He then became visibly choked up. “We act to save lives — the exact opposite of the slaughter of 6 million Jews and many Gypsies and Catholics and gays and lesbians and Russians and so many others.”

UPDATED: ‘This is censorship’: Google suspends evangelical church’s app for violating coronavirus ‘sensitive events’ policy
An app used by an evangelical church in Idaho to stream Bible lessons and sermons was suspended by Google when the tech giant deemed its content insensitive.

New Mexico Megachurch Files Suit against State over Policy Banning Gatherings of More than 5
A New Mexico megachurch says that the state is violating its First Amendment rights with its COVID-19 social-distancing restrictions and is challenging the order in court.

What Is Behind the Push for a Cashless Society?
..As these COVID-19 lockdowns drag out, more and more individuals and businesses are going cashless (for convenience and in a so-called effort to avoid spreading coronavirus germs), engaging in online commerce or using digital forms of currency (bank cards, digital wallets, etc.). As a result, physical cash is no longer king.

RED DAWN: First They Gave Us COVID-19, Now Chinese Drones Are Surveilling Americans In 22 States With Captured Data Likely Sent Back To China
How’s this for irony? Labs in Communist China create the coronavirus, labs in China release the coronavirus, coronavirus spreads around the world and lands in America, now Chinese drones are surveilling US cities, spying on American citizens, and the captured data gets sent back to…China? The past month has made me feel less like a writer and journalist, and more like and end times novelist.

HUGE: The UK Just Dumped China’s Huawei in 5G Tech Roll-Out — Citing its Lies Over Coronavirus.
Western democracies, especially the United States, just heaved a huge sigh of relief after getting word that United Kingdom PM Boris Johnson is dropping the controversial Chinese tech company, Huawei, as the nation’s provider of 5G infrastructure.

Michigan Gov. Whitmer: Abortions Are ‘Life-Sustaining’ Health Care
Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has declared that Michigan won’t ban abortions during the coronavirus crisis, insisting the procedure is “life-sustaining” health care.

What Will You Do If They Try To Extend COVID-19 Lockdowns Into Next Year?
…policy makers are going to have some very, very tough decisions in the days ahead, and the truth is that this coronavirus pandemic is just the very beginning of our problems…