24 May 2020

EL AL plane lands in Turkey to collect coronavirus aid for US
For the first time in a decade, an EL AL flight has landed in Turkey to collect humanitarian aid to help the US to fight the coronavirus. The Dreamliner plane landed in Istanbul at 7.a.m and loaded around 24 tons of humanitarian aid and equipment to help the virus-stricken country. The US has so far recorded over 1.6 million coronavirus cases and suffered 97,426 deaths.

Iran celebrates tankers arriving in Venezuela amid US tensions
Iran celebrated the arrival of the first of five tankers arriving in Venezuela amid tensions with the US. Iran is supposedly under sanctions but it sent five tankers filled with gasoline to Venezuela to help bolster the regime of Nicolas Maduro. The US has sought to support the opposition leader and self-declared president Juan Guaido. Iran sending tankers to Venezuela was heralded as a great success by the Iranian government and media…

Quartet talks Israeli-Palestinian peace amid PA push to replace Trump plan
The Palestinian Authority’s push to replace the US as the sole broker for the Israeli-Palestinian peace process failed to yield immediate results as a Quartet video conference on the matter ended without any conclusions. Quartet representatives discussed Israeli plans to annex portions of the West Bank, including the July 1 deadline for Israel to begin to apply such sovereignty…

Hong Kong police fire tear gas as protesters decry China security law plan
Police in Hong Kong have fired tear gas and water cannon at protesters rallying against China’s plans to impose a new security law on the territory. Thousands of demonstrators have been marching through the city centre. Police say 120 have been arrested. Earlier, 200 senior politicians from around the world issued a joint statement criticising China’s plan.

Western Australia prepares for ‘once-in-a-decade’ storm
Australia’s western coast is being battered by a huge storm, which is heading for the main city of Perth. Torrential rains, strong winds and waves of up to eight metres (26ft) are forecast in some areas. The severe weather is the result of the remnants of tropical cyclone Mangga interacting with a cold front, according to the Bureau of Meteorology.

North Korea’s Kim, in first appearance in weeks, vows to bolster nuclear ‘deterrence’
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un hosted a meeting to discuss the country’s nuclear capabilities, state media said on Sunday, marking his first appearance in three weeks after a previous absence sparked global speculation about his health. Ruling Workers’ Party officials wore face masks to greet Kim as he entered the meeting of the party’s powerful Central Military Commission…

NOAA predicts above-normal 2020 Atlantic hurricane season
Federal forecasters have joined other scientists in predicting above normal activity during the 2020 Atlantic hurricane season that officially begins on June 1, but got an early start just a few days ago. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Climate Prediction Center, a division of the National Weather Service, predicts a 60 percent chance of an above-normal season,…

Democratic Senators And Biden Join In Denouncing Jewish Rights in Judea and Samaria Despite PA Renouncing Agreements
Nearly 20 Democratic senators have signed a letter cautioning about Israel extending sovereignty over parts of Judea and Samaria. The letter comes two days after Abbas ended all agreements with Israel and the US. giving responsibility for the Biblical heartland to Israel.

Hertz Files For Bankruptcy As Lockdowns Crush Rental Car Industry
What one world war, one Great Depression and numerous oil price shocks couldn’t do, the coronavirus did in less than three months and late on Friday, auto rental giant Hertz which was founded in 1918 when it set up shop with a dozen Ford Model Ts, quietly filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection struggling under a massive debt load after its business was brought to a grinding halt during the coronavirus pandemic …

First-Time Gun Buyers Explain How Coronavirus Changed Their Politics
Scott Kane went 38 years without ever touching a gun. That streak would have continued had it not been for the coronavirus. In March, fearful of the harassment his wife and child experienced over their Asian ancestry, Kane found himself in a California gun shop. His March 11 purchase of a 9mm would have been the end of the story, were it not for a political standoff over shutdown orders and background checks. Now Kane, a former supporter of gun-control measures and AR-15 bans, is frustrated by the arduous process that has denied his family a sense of security. The pandemic has made the soft-spoken software engineer an unlikely Second Amendment supporter. “I’m seriously thinking of running for office or something,” Kane said. “This state’s gun laws are insane.”

Trump administration considers conducting nuclear test
The Trump administration discussed last week whether to conduct its first nuclear test explosion since 1992, the Washington Post reported late on Friday, citing a senior official and two former officials familiar with the matter. The topic surfaced at a meeting of senior officials representing the top national security agencies after accusations from the administration that Russia and China are conducting low-yield nuclear tests, the Washington Post said.

CA Doctors Say They Have Seen More Suicide Deaths Than COVID Deaths During Lockdown
Two weeks to flatten the curve has turned into two months of oppressive lockdown policies which are themselves killing Americans. Americans did their part, but stalwart governments refuse to lessen or do away with draconian lockdown measures. In fact, the trauma department chief at John Muir Medical Center in Walnut Creek, …told KGO-TV this week that during the lockdown, doctors at the facility have seen seen more deaths by suicide than from the coronavirus. “I mean we’ve seen a year’s worth of suicide attempts in the last four weeks.”

DOE says supercomputers handling COVID-19 data are hacker targets
Energy Department officials said they have noticed a spike in cyberattacks on national laboratories and that foreign nations are interested in U.S. coronavirus research. “We are seeing some increased activities around our national laboratories in particular, with regard to cyber activity. Slight increases in the number of hits that we see to our computing facilities there,” Energy Secretary Dan Brouillette said Thursday at a meeting with an advisory board.

Two People Killed by Falling Trees as Charlotte Pounded by Severe Storms
Powerful storms hammered the Charlotte area Friday afternoon, killing two people and leaving behind widespread tree and power line damage. Charlotte Fire officials said one person was killed and another suffered life threatening injuries when a tree fell on a home in south Charlotte Friday afternoon, WBTV reported.

Earth’s Magnetic Field Mysteriously Weakening In Specific Locations, Throwing Off Satellites And Spacecraft
Over the last two centuries, it has lost nearly 10% of its strength, leading some to speculate that a multi-century pole reversal has begun. What’s more, scientists have identified a large, localized region of weakness extending from Africa to South America, along with a second ‘center of minimum intensity’ southwest of Africa – both of which are allowing charged particles from the cosmos to penetrate lower altitudes of the atmosphere – throwing off satellites flying in low-Earth orbit, according to Sky.

‘No Question About It’ — Sen. Rick Scott Says U.S. in ‘Cold War 2’ with China
Friday on Hugh Hewitt’s nationally syndicated radio show, Sen. Rick Scott (R-FL) said that given the circumstances of China’s handling of the COVID-19 pandemic combined with the nation’s aggressive economic practices, the United States had entered a so-called “cold war” with China.

Ban on religious gatherings is unlawful, France’s top court rules
France’s supreme court for administrative justice has ruled that the government’s absolute ban on religious gatherings in hopes of stopping the spread of COVID-19 is unlawful and ordered the government to relax restrictions on religious worship.

Mysterious flying object lighting up sky in central Victoria believed to be space junk
Eagle-eyed Central Victorians were abuzz after a fireball moved across the night sky on Friday. Experts said the bright flying object was most likely a piece of space junk that was burning up after entering the Earth’s atmosphere. .

Arctic heatwave is breaking records, and it’s not even summer yet
A record-breaking heatwave has arrived in the Arctic this month, appearing unusually early and with shocking intensity. Forecasts show that temperatures will remain higher than average next week, and possibly for the rest of the year.

W.Va. secretary of state says task force uncovered absentee ballot fraud scheme
West Virginia’s secretary of state says they’re investigating an absentee ballot fraud scheme in the state that was connected to the state’s mass effort for absentee voting amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Divorce up by 1/3 in Italy as lockdown pushes couples to brink
Two months of pent-up frustration and irritation during Italy’s lockdown have led to a dramatic rise in divorce proceedings, lawyers said.

COVID-1984: The Drones Were Ready For This Moment And History Will Record That Coronavirus Was Used To Launch Age Of Aerial Surveillance
Despite over 100 years of warning that drones and the robot age was coming, mankind seems wholly incapable from embracing a vision of society that does not include being subservient to digital masters. And just like the draconian fetters contained in the Patriot Act needed a ‘good crisis’ like 9/11 to attach itself to our daily life, so too did drones also need a ‘good crisis’ like the coronavirus to formally and officially gain a foothold. Welcome to COVID-1984, our ‘new normal’ way of life.

$21M Brooklyn field hospital shuts down: COVID-19 patients treated
A $21 million field hospital in Brooklyn, New York, built to deal exclusively with a predicted flood of COVID-19 patients, has been shut down.

Rush Limbaugh’s most popular guest host, Mark Steyn, calls masks and social distancing “Sharia-Lite” and says “we’re adopting ISIS/Taliban policies”
Mediaite Filling in for top talker Rush Limbaugh on Monday, guest host Mark Steyn said that the wearing of masks in public and limiting public musical performances show the United States is adopting a form of Sharia law during the pandemic response.

Ramadan: German church opens doors for Muslim prayers
A church in Berlin has opened its doors to Muslim worshippers unable to fit into their mosque under new social distancing rules.

Crayola Launches ‘Colors of the World’ Skin Tone Coloring Set
Crayola launched a new set of crayons on Thursday, ensuring that children of any color can represent themselves in their art.

Hertz Files For Bankruptcy After 16,000 Employees Were Let Go And CEO Made Over $9 Million
After 100 years in business, Hertz filed for bankruptcy on Friday, proving to be yet another Covid-19 casualty. The old-time entity now joins the likes of J.C. Penney, J. Crew, Neiman Marcus, Gold’s Gym, Pier 1 and the McClatchy newspaper chain—companies that have all sought bankruptcy protection in recent weeks.

In the coronavirus pandemic, cash is a scary concept
“This note is legal tender for all debts, public and private.” That’s what it says right under “Federal Reserve Note” and “The United States of America.”

Millions of cicadas are expected to emerge after 17 years underground because, of course, it’s 2020
As if we didn’t have enough to worry about with giant murder hornets invading the US and a global pandemic, millions of 17-year cicadas will emerge from the ground this year. As many as 1.5 million cicadas per acre may emerge, and people living in Southwest Virginia, parts of North Carolina and West Virginia could witness this unique phenomenon, Virginia Tech says in a news release.