16 Jul 2020

IAEA threatens action against Iran this month
Things “will be bad” for Iran if it does not allow inspectors to view suspected nuclear sites by the end of July, International Atomic Energy Agency Director-General Rafael Grossi warned on Wednesday. Addressing Iran’s refusal to grant the IAEA access to the sites, Grossi said in an interview with The Wall Street Journal: “I keep insisting on the absolute necessity for us to resolve this issue very soon… Let my inspectors go” to the sites.

Human X chromosome completely sequenced for the first time
The researchers managed to sequence the entire X chromosome for the first time, from telomere to telomere. In humans, the X chromosome is one of the sex-determining chromosomes passed down from parent to child. Generally, a zygote that receives two X chromosomes – one from each parent – will be usually biologically female, while an X and a Y chromosome results in a male.

Hamas admits: Senior Hamas official defected to Israel
Musa Abu Marzuk, deputy head of the Hamas “political bureau,” says that the senior commander who defected after it was revealed that he spied for Israel – is a traitor and therefore fled. He claims that the man does not have important information that could endanger Hamas. “The Israelis welcomed him, he fled because he was a traitor,”

Famed ‘newspaper of record’ savaged by departing editor
My work and my character are openly demeaned on company-wide Slack channels where masthead editors regularly weigh in. There, some coworkers insist I need to be rooted out if this company is to be a truly “inclusive” one, while others post ax emojis next to my name.” That same paragraph went on to allege co-workers described the editor as a “liar and a bigot” on social media but knew they would not be punished for doing so.

CENTCOM chief: A war with Israel would not end well for Hezbollah
“I can’t see that having a good ending,” he said at a briefing during a major trip to the Middle East this week. McKenzie has visited Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Bahrain, Jordan, Qatar and Kuwait. The US general also acknowledged continuing tensions in Syria and with Iran across the region.

At least 7 Iranian ships on fire; latest in pattern of unexplained fires
The news of the ship fires was first reported by Iran’s Tasnim News Agency, and later reported by Reuters. Initial reports indicated three ships were on fire at the Iranian port, but updated reporting indicated the fire had spread to at least seven ships. The ship fires in Iran follow a pattern of unexplained explosions and fires at Iranian military and industrial facilities in recent weeks.

Ex-DHS Secretary Intentionally Weakened Legal Case for Ending DACA
A former acting secretary of homeland security has admitted intentionally omitting critical information from a memo she wrote ending the Deferred Action on Childhood Arrivals program because she did not agree with President Donald Trump’s approach and was miffed her opinion was listened to.

Gravestones vandalized in Europe’s oldest surviving Jewish cemetery
The oldest surviving Jewish cemetery in Europe was vandalized. At least 50 gravestones in the medieval Jewish cemetery in the German city of Worms were smeared with a greenish paint, the city said in a statement. The incident took place on Thursday. The cemetery was ordered closed for a week.

North Carolina city votes to give reparations to Black residents as ‘removing statues isn’t enough’
IN A historic move, one US city has apologized for its role in slavery and voted in favor of providing reparations to its African-American community. The vote to provide reparations passed unanimously in the Asheville, North Carolina, city council on Tuesday. The reparations won’t come in the form of direct payments to Black residents, but will instead invest in areas where the community often deals with disparities.

Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine Induced Adverse Reactions In “More Than Half” Of Trial Participants
A…clinical trial for a potential COVID-19 vaccine managed in part by…Moderna has resulted in some adverse effects in more than half of the trial’s participants, with one test group reporting “severe” symptoms…”…adverse events…in more than half the participants included fatigue, chills, headache, myalgia, and pain at the injection site,” the report states. Fever, joint pain and nausea were also reported.

Exclusive: Secret Trump order gives CIA more powers to launch cyberattacks
The Central Intelligence Agency has conducted a series of covert cyber operations against Iran and other targets since winning a secret victory in 2018 when President Trump signed what amounts to a sweeping authorization for such activities, according to former U.S. officials with direct knowledge of the matter.

Researchers Warn Of “Jaw Dropping” Crash In Global Fertility Rate
Researchers at the University of Washington’s Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation have warned that the planet is not prepared for an ongoing global population crash, and that the impact will be “jaw dropping”. The BBC reports that the research, published in the Lancet highlights that the global fertility rate almost halved to 2.4 in 2017, and projections indicate that it will fall below 1.7 by 2100.

River Nile dam: Sudan blasts ‘unilateral’ move as Ethiopia dam fills
Sudan says River Nile water levels have dropped as a reservoir behind Ethiopia’s Grand Renaissance dam has filled up, hitting out at “any unilateral actions taken by any party”. Egypt has also demanded “quick official clarification” from Ethiopia. Both Sudan and Egypt are downstream, and fear the large dam will greatly reduce their access to water.

US accuses Russian mercenaries of violating UN rules
The US military has accused Russian state-backed mercenaries – known as the Wagner Group – of laying landmines in Libya, violating a UN arms embargo. The US’s African Command said in a statement that it had “verified photographic evidence” that the Wagner Group had been planting the mines “indiscriminately” around the capital Tripoli and toward Sirte, east of the capital, since mid-June.

EU-US Privacy Shield for data struck down by court
The European Court of Justice has declared invalid one of the two legal methods companies use to transfer EU citizens’ data to the United States. They had been able to transfer data by signing up to higher privacy standards under the EU-US Privacy Shield. But they will now have to sign standard contractual clauses, non-negotiable legal contracts drawn up by Europe, which the court chose not to abolish.

Coronavirus resurgence sidelines Israel’s annexation plans
A coronavirus resurgence in Israel and divisions within Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s government have sidelined its plans to annex parts of the West Bank, officials said. Although…Netanyahu and…Defense Minister Benny Gantz agreed the government could begin moving on annexation as of July 1, there has been “close to zero” cabinet-level discussion on the issue, one senior minister told Reuters.

Black Leaders Call on NYPD to Bring Back Anti-Crime Unit as Shootings Spike
Leaders in the black community are calling on the New York Police Department to bring back the plainclothes Anti-Crime Unit that was eliminated last month as shootings and murders spike across the city. About 600 undercover officers from the unit were set to be transferred to other assignments including detective work and policing neighborhoods, NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea said a month ago. The anti-crime unit, which was responsible for getting guns off the streets, had been criticized as stoking distrust in law enforcement in minority communities.

Florida Department of Health saboteurs are RIGGING coronavirus test results, wildly inflating infection numbers to hobble reopening efforts
A stunning investigation by Orlando Fox News affiliate Fox 35 finds that the Florida Department of Health is reporting suspiciously high “positive” rates from dozens of COVID-19 testing labs in Florida, often in contradiction to the real numbers that those labs reported to the state. This appears to indicate a massive, coordinated conspiracy by State of Florida workers in the Florida Department of Health who are attempting to sabotage the reopening efforts by wildly exaggerating the number of infections for political purposes.

7 wooden boats catch fire in shipyard at Iran port
Seven traditional wooden dhow vessels caught fire Wednesday in a factory in the southern Iranian port city of Bushehr, Iran’s semi-official ISNA news agency reported.

Rush Limbaugh slams Florida labs that failed to report negative COVID tests: ‘Incompetence … or corruption’
Conservative talk radio host Rush Limbaugh reacted Wednesday to a report that some laboratories in Florida are not reporting the number of people who test negative for coronavirus, describing such practices as “incompetence” or “corruption.”

As Virginia governor vows to ramp up COVID enforcement, state data continue to trend positive
At a notably grim press conference on Tuesday, Virginia Governor Ralph Northam delivered a dire warning to state residents, calling some of them “selfish” for allegedly violating his mask mandate, ordering businesses to refuse service to patrons without face coverings, threatening to strip the licenses of business owners who fail to comply with his orders, and promising to dispatch a small army of state regulators to enforce those directives.

High-level volcanic activity continues at Nishinoshima, Japan
High-level volcanic activity continues at Nishinoshima, the Japan Meteorological Agency’s reported on Wednesday, July 15, 2020. A powerful eruption took place on July 11, with incandescent material thrown high above the crater, large lava flows, and an ash plume up to 5 400 m (17 388 feet) above the summit.

More than 13 000 earthquakes at Tjörnes Fracture Zone since June 19, Iceland
Earthquake swarm at the Tjörnes Fracture Zone continues, with more than 13 000 quakes detected since the swarm started on June 19, 2020. This is the largest earthquake swarm in the region recorded in the past 40 years.

Record snow and freezing temperatures hit parts of South America
Parts of South America were hit by record snow accumulations and below-freezing temperatures this week. This included Mendoza City in Argentina, which recorded about 1.5 m (5 feet) of snow– the highest volume of snow in the city this early in the season.

COVID-19 Has Been Weaponized To Demoralize And Destroy The Global Population As The Elites Are Now Bringing In The New World Order
California is a funny place, I used to live there and it is certainly the land of ‘fruits and nuts’ as the old saying goes. But in 2020, it’s a whole lot nuttier than it used to be, and not only that, the nuts are killing people at an ever-increasing rate. Just days ago, Los Angeles mayor Eric Garcetti rubber-stamped nearly ten thousand unmasked rioters to protest on the streets of Los Angeles, beaming with pride at the ‘long overdue social justice’ demonstrations. Those people were allowed to do anything they wanted to do, but churches had to close and small businesses of every kind were shuttered. What was his message? That social justice is good, and church and a free market economy are bad.