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Oct 24 09:39

UK GIVES POLICE ACCESS TO DEPT. OF HEALTH DATA TO ENFORCE SELF-ISOLATION ORDERS

“Your papers, please.” This is a chilling breakdown of personal data privacy, giving the police unprecedented and sweeping access to health data across the UK. This is also happening in the U.S. with Google and Oracle’s tracking vaccine recipients.

Oct 24 09:26

MODERNA Chief Medical Officer and CEO Liquidate Their Shares

As Moderna begins a late-stage trial of its vaccine, chief medical officer Tal Zaks sold almost all his shares in the company, according to a report filed to the US Securities and Exchange Commission, raising concerns about his trust in the vaccine.

Oct 24 08:23

Fears mount as South Korea probes cause behind 36 people's deaths after flu vaccination

Public concern over the safety of flu shots has grown in South Korea as the authorities reported 36 cases of deaths after vaccination as at 1pm on Friday (Oct 23), putting strain on their efforts to curb a potential "twindemic" of winter flu and the coronavirus.

The country is still grappling with the Covid-19 pandemic, reporting 155 Covid-19 cases on Friday - the highest since Sept 11 and the second day in a row that the number hit triple figures. This brings the total to 25,698.

Health authorities now also have to tackle a deepening fear of the state-administered free flu vaccine programme after two batches of vaccine were found faulty since last month.

Oct 24 07:54

How 'Expert' Worship Is Ruining Science

What is science? Has it changed from past to present? Is it still working? The coronavirus pandemic has put a spotlight on the question of science as a whole and biology and drug research in particular.

Now, the popular narrative is that if only we listened to the scientists, we would have prevented this, presumably contrasting scientists against “politicians” and perhaps some un-specified “non-expert” others. The pandemic is happening against a completely unprecedented backdrop of censorship of what seems to me like normal-people discussion about the effects of different drugs and therapies.

The CEO of YouTube has specifically said that the platform would block people suggesting vitamin C has beneficial effects on helping one recover from coronavirus. This is, of course, done “in the name of” science, because everything ought to be done in the name of science in the West.

Oct 24 07:42

Greedy grabber: NASA scrambles to return jam-packed asteroid sampler to Earth as rock dust escapes from ship’s overstuffed ‘belly’

NASA is rushing to make a 200 million mile trek back to Earth after an asteroid-sampling spacecraft bit off more than it could chew, unable to contain an oversized haul of alien rubble as its priceless cargo escapes into space.

Three days after touching down on asteroid Bennu hundreds of millions of miles away from home, NASA said its Osiris-Rex spacecraft had become so engorged with asteroid fragments that debris is now leaking from its storage compartment.

Oct 24 07:37

FALSE ALARM

A mysterious ailment appears out of China, transmitted by a source unknown, but probably a weird animal.

The news media goes into full panic mode at the encouragement of the CDC, WHO and NIH.

Lock downs, travel restrictions and vast economic damage.

2020?

No. 2003.

We’ve been down every single step of this road before.

Oct 24 07:22

The Sackler family withdrew more than $10 billion from Purdue Pharma during the country's opioid crisis

Members of the Sackler family withdrew more than $10 billion from Purdue Pharma and put the money in family trusts and holding companies as pressure intensified over the nation's opioid epidemic, according to court documents.

The withdrawals came during a time when Purdue Pharma was accused of fueling the nation's opioid epidemic and amid growing concerns from many states that a significant amount of the family's wealth may be held overseas; therefore unavailable to plaintiffs seeking relief through the courts.

An audit shows that from 2008 through late 2018, the family withdrew more than eight times as much money from Purdue as the previous 13 years. Details of the withdrawals emerged during an audit of the company, which filed for bankruptcy in September. The audit, commissioned by Purdue, was filed in bankruptcy court Monday evening.

Oct 24 06:51

Scientists capture world's first 3,200-megapixel photos

Scientists at the Menlo Park, California-based SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory have taken the world's first 3,200-megapixel digital photos, using an advanced imaging device that's built to explore the universe.

"We will measure and catalog something like 20 billion galaxies." said Steven Kahn, director of the Vera C. Rubin Observatory in Chile. That observatory is where the world's largest digital camera will become the centerpiece of a monumental effort to map the night sky. The camera will spend 10 years capturing the most detailed images of the universe ever taken.

Oct 24 06:31

Dr. Anthony Fauci Opposes Controlled Study On Effectiveness Of Masks

Dr. Anthony Fauci said Tuesday he opposes conducting a controlled study on the effectiveness of masks to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

Fauci discussed the idea during a conversation with students of Georgetown University’s Institute of Politics and Public Service.

One student asked if it is possible to do a study in the midst of a pandemic about the effectiveness of wearing masks.

Oct 23 13:39

Huge Asteroid As Big As World's Tallest Building to Zoom Past Earth in November

An enormous asteroid as big as the word's largest building is set to zoom past the Earth in November, figures from NASA's Center for Near-Earth Studies (CNEOS) show.

The massive space rock, dubbed 2000 WO107, is estimated to measure up to around 2,960 feet in diameter.

This means it could be almost exactly the same height as the Burj Khalifa skyscraper in Dubai—the tallest structure on Earth.

The asteroid is set to make its close approach to Earth at 1:08 a.m. ET on November 29, acceding to the CNEOS.

Oct 23 13:38

Rocket Report: Bank doubles value of SpaceX, Russia won’t talk Amur anymore

Welcome to Edition 3.21 of the Rocket Report. As of Friday morning, there are just 70 days left until January 1. This means that if your rocket company is planning a launch in 2020, you have just 10 weeks left. No pressure!

As always, we welcome reader submissions, and if you don't want to miss an issue, please subscribe using the box below (the form will not appear on AMP-enabled versions of the site). Each report will include information on small-, medium-, and heavy-lift rockets as well as a quick look ahead at the next three launches on the calendar.

Oct 23 13:36

LUNAR SPACEX STARSHIP: STUNNING PHOTO SHOWS NASA-BRANDED SHIP TAKING SHAPE

The image, shared by photographer Austin Barnard via his Twitter account Thursday, shows a white Starship nosecone emblazoned with the United States' flag and NASA's recently-revived "worm" logo. Barnard shared the image with the text "NASA Artemis Moon lander anyone?"

It's uncertain what SpaceX plans to do with the nosecone, but Artemis could offer hints. The project covers a wealth of lunar missions, including a crewed mission in 2024 that's expected to send the next man and first woman to the surface. NASA asked SpaceX, along with two other firms, to develop a lander for the mission. SpaceX's proposed plan makes heavy use of the Starship.

"My best guess is this will be a mock up lunar variant for the Starship presentation," Barnard wrote on Twitter, referencing the event expected to take place later this month. CEO Elon Musk has hinted that the event could show a more refined design for the Starship.

Oct 23 11:14

Santa Claus won't be coming to Macy's Herald Square this year

Macy's said Santa Claus won't be greeting kids at its flagship New York store this year due to the coronavirus, interrupting a holiday tradition started nearly 160 years ago.

More than a quarter of a million people come to see Santa at Macy's in Midtown Manhattan each year, the company said, making it hard to create a safe environment during a pandemic. Before taking a picture with the jolly old man, crowds walk in tight quarters through a maze-like Santaland that's filled with Christmas trees, running toy trains and elves in green costumes.

Santa also won't be showing up at its Chicago and San Francisco stores, which have similar Santalands. But he will still appear at the end of the televised Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade, the company said.

Oct 23 09:21

THE NAZIFICATION OF MEDICINE

In this exclusive Brasscheck interview, Kevin Corbett goes into detail about an aspect of the CoVid Crisis Con that is being otherwise actively ignored: The use of the “threat” to justify the suspension – and perversion – of normal medical practice.

The focus is on the sinister distortions taking place in the UK, but they apply to other countries including the United States.

As a trained nurse who worked with the first generation of AIDS patients in the UK and became a PhD university lecturer educating nurses, Kevin Corbett is uniquely qualified to address this issue.

Oct 23 08:48

Vaccine Trials 'Can't Detect' Virus Risk Reduction: Expert

None of the trials of COVId-19 candidate vaccines can detect a reduction in serious outcomes such as hospitalization or death, a leading public health expert said Thursday.

Writing in the BMJ medical journal, associate editor Peter Doshi warned that not even phase 3 trials under way in the race for a vaccine can prove their product will prevent people contracting COVID-19.

In a sobering essay, Doshi said those hoping for a breakthrough to end the pandemic would be disappointed, with some vaccines likely to reduce the risk of infection by only 30 percent.

"None of the trials currently under way are designed to detect a reduction in any serious outcome such as hospital admissions, use of intensive care, or deaths," he wrote.

Oct 23 08:00

Researchers find elevated levels of radiation near US fracking sites

Hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, is linked to many health and environmental concerns. But a recent study by researchers from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health in Boston found another troubling effect of fracking: radioactive air particles.

Their findings, published in Nature Communications, showed that airborne radiation levels downwind of US fracking sites are higher than background levels. That being said, the elevated levels were well below public health limits. However, the researchers warned that the particles can still pose significant health risks to people living close to fracking sites.

Oct 23 07:59

Nonprofit group cleaning up plastic waste from Great Pacific Garbage Patch

The removal of plastic from the Great Pacific Garbage Patch is now well underway, thanks to the efforts of Ocean Cleanup, a nonprofit geared towards cleaning the world’s oceans.

The cleanup, made possible by a large device designed by Ocean Cleanup founder and CEO Boyan Slat, successfully captured and held debris ranging from large cartons, crates and abandoned fishing gear to microplastics, according to a press release published by the nonprofit.

“Today, I am very proud to share with you that we are now catching plastics,” Slat said.

Slat described the Ocean Cleanup device as being a U-shaped barrier that drops a net below the surface. According to Slat, the net traps moving objects once it gets moved by ocean currents, while at the same time, allowing fish and marine life to swim safely beneath it.

Oct 23 07:55

Research reveals: Humans have a “salamander-like regenerative capacity” to regrow cartilage in joints

This “hidden” ability was discovered by Duke postdoctoral associate Ming-Feng Hsueh and his research team. They did so after using mass spectrometry on 18 joint tissue specimens from the hips, knees or ankles of patients who underwent surgery on these joints. What they found was that the proteins from the ankles were younger than those from the knees and hips, showing very few signs of the natural aging that occurs in the body.

The research team speculates that this might explain why the hips and knees are more susceptible to arthritis than the ankles, and why their injuries take longer to heal.

According to Hsueh, the mechanism by which humans repair tissue around the ankles, knees and hips bears some similarities to the mechanism that certain animals, such as salamanders, use to grow new legs in that the process happens more easily at the body’s extremities and not the core.

Oct 23 07:03

FDA Approves Gilead's Remdesivir To Treat COVID-19 Despite Data Showing Drug Doesn't Work

Despite reams of data from an international WHO study raising serious questions about its efficacy, the FDA has finally approved the use of Gilead Science's remdesivir - a powerful antiviral originally developed to treat ebola - for the treatment of COVID-19, making it the first such drug approved to treat the virus in the US.

The FDA first granted the drug emergency authorization in May, allowing hospitals and doctors to use the drug even though by all accounts it wasn't that widely used.

President Trump received one course of remdesivir along with several other COVID-19 therapies after contracting the virus. Doctors also gave the president dexamethasone, a steroid that has a much better track record for treating the virus, according to the available data. Trump also received an experimental drug from Regeneron, which, along with Eli Lilly, has filed for emergency use approval for its COVID-19 antibody treatment.

Oct 23 06:35

IS THE PANDEMIC A SCAM TO REDUCE THE WORLD POPULATION & GIVE CONTROL TO A SMALL GROUP OF POWERFUL PEOPLE BY INSTILLING FEAR?

Is The Pandemic Real Or Contrived? Anyone with a half a mind has to be asking questions about the veracity of the people in charge and the ridiculous attributions to the virus in question.

The Covid 19 virus has attributed to it the smartest features you could imagine:

Oct 23 06:27

"A Sense Of Euphoria": China's Auto Sales Have Officially Completed Their V-Shaped Recovery

Less than a year after the Wuhan Coronavirus outbreak began in China, eventually causing a global economic disaster, China is happy to report its automotive sales are back to normal.

How normal? Journalist Yang Jin recently wrote for Automotive News that when you step into a Chinese car dealership, "you can't help feeling a sense of euphoria".

The article pointed out that at dealerships on Wuzhong Road in southwest Shanghai, employees were wearing masks and there were no customers back in February. Now, salesmen could be seen smoking and laughing outside on break, without masks.

Oct 23 06:19

Lightfoot: 2-Week COVID-19 Business Curfew In Chicago Starts Friday

Citing the recent rise in COVID-19 cases in Chicago, Mayor Lori Lightfoot said a business curfew in the city will start Friday October 23 for non-essential businesses and go for two weeks.

Lightfoot said the city is in the second surge of COVID-19. The business curfew goes for two weeks “in the hopes of stemming the spread of this disease.”

Starting Friday October 23 at 6:00 a.m., all non-essential businesses will be closed to the public from 10:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. And all liquor sales will stop after 9:00 p.m. Essential businesses like grocery stores, pharmacies and restaurants with take-out delivery services are exempt. Lightfoot said she would not hesitate to roll the city back into Phase 3 or a stay-on-place if things get worse.

Oct 23 05:58

Chicago businesses face curfew as new coronavirus cases rise

Some Chicago businesses will have to close by 10 p.m. and residents are asked to limit gatherings to six people as the number of newly confirmed coronavirus cases among residents continues to rise, the city’s mayor announced Thursday.

Mayor Lori Lightfoot also announced that bars without food licenses must stop serving customers indoors and liquor sales citywide must end at 9 p.m. The curfew doesn’t apply to grocery stores, pharmacies, gas stations and other essential businesses.

Oct 23 05:57

Trump, Biden clash over reopening plans, former VP won't rule out more shutdowns

Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden indicated on Thursday that he was open to implementing more economic shutdowns to combat the coronavirus pandemic.

When asked whether he had ruled out future shutdowns, Biden said no, but added that there should be standards governing potential closures.

“If you have a reproduction rate in a community that’s above a certain level, everybody says ‘slow up,’ more social distancing, do not open bars and do not open gymnasiums. Do not open until you get this under control,” Biden said, adding that schools and businesses also need the capacity and support to allow safe reopenings.

Oct 23 05:52

South Dakota governor hits back at media who attacked her COVID response

Oct 23 00:08

German Neurologist Warns Against Wearing Facemasks: 'Oxygen Deprivation Causes Permanent Neurological Damage'

"The reinhalation of our exhaled air will without a doubt create oxygen deficiency and a flooding of carbon dioxide. We know that the human brain is very sensitive to oxygen deprivation. There are nerve cells for example in the hippocampus that can't be longer than 3 minutes without oxygen - they cannot survive.

Oct 22 12:15

Cure worse than disease? Some Covid-19 vaccines may increase HIV risk, scientists warn

A group of researchers in the US is sounding the alarm over several coronavirus vaccines currently undergoing clinical trials, warning that they may increase the risk of contracting HIV in subjects who take them.

At least four of the current batch of Covid-19 vaccines in development at the clinical trial stage might increase patients' risk of contracting HIV, according to a team of scientists led by Susan Buchbinder, a University of California San Francisco professor and head of HIV Prevention Research at the San Francisco Department of Public Health. One of the vaccines is on the verge of phase 3 studies in Russia and Pakistan.

Buchbinder and her colleagues have firsthand experience of this particular vaccine side effect from their previous research into a HIV vaccine. Their most promising candidate vaccine had the exact opposite effect to the desired outcome, leaving people even more vulnerable to the disease than they had been before.

Oct 22 11:02

GOOGLE MOBILITY DATA SUGGESTS SWEDEN "SOCIALLY DISTANCED" LESS THAN OTHER COUNTRIES

As is often pointed out by prolockdown publications like the New York Times, Sweden has experienced covid-19 deaths at a rate above that of some of its neighbors that imposed relatively strict lockdowns, such as Denmark.

What is rarely mentioned, however, is that Sweden's deaths per million are also similar to or lower than many countries that did impose harsh lockdowns. For example, as of October 18, the deaths per million in the United Kingdom were 643 in the UK for only 585 in Sweden. Meanwhile, Belgium's death rate was 897 per million, and Italy's rate was 606. Moreover, while cases and deaths are increasing in the UK, Spain, Italy, and Belgium, deaths are apparently flatlining in Sweden. Sweden has reported fewer than ten deaths in the past week.

Clearly, this trend calls into question the official narrative, which is that any country without harsh lockdowns will experience far higher death rates than the countries that lock down.

Oct 22 10:32

Manufactured Pandemic: Testing People for Any Strain of a Coronavirus, Not Specifically for COVID-19

I work in the healthcare field. Here’s the problem, we are testing people for any strain of a Coronavirus. Not specifically for COVID-19. There are no reliable tests for a specific COVID-19 virus. There are no reliable agencies or media outlets for reporting numbers of actual COVID-19 virus cases. This needs to be addressed first and foremost. Every action and reaction to COVID-19 is based on totally flawed data and we simply can not make accurate assessments.

This is why you’re hearing that most people with COVID-19 are showing nothing more than cold/flu like symptoms. That’s because most Coronavirus strains are nothing more than cold/flu like symptoms. The few actual novel Coronavirus cases do have some worse respiratory responses, but still have a very promising recovery rate, especially for those without prior issues.

Oct 22 10:29

The Medical CIA and the Art of Hyping Epidemics

Oct 22 07:14

COVID-19 vaccine regulators, experts asking outside scientists if standards are high enough

The U.S. regulators who will decide the fate of COVID-19 vaccines are taking an unusual step: Asking outside scientists if their standards are high enough.

The Food and Drug Administration may have to decide by year’s end whether to allow use of the first vaccines against the virus. Thursday, a federal advisory committee pulls back the curtain on that decision process, debating whether the guidelines FDA has set for vaccine developers are rigorous enough.

Oct 22 05:49

Palestinian official Erekat undergoes bronchostomy

Family says senior PLO diplomat remains in critical condition, intubated and connected to ECMO machine; treatment especially complicated given history of health issues, including lung transplant in 2017

Oct 22 05:48

HHS Office of Civil Rights Settles with MD, VA Hospitals to Allow Patients Visits from Clergy

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Office of Civil Rights (OCR) announced on Tuesday that it has reached agreement with hospitals in Virginia and Maryland to change policies to allow clergy to visit hospitalized patients during the coronavirus pandemic.

The complaints that were settled include virus protocol at the University of Maryland medical system – Medstar Health — a network of 10 hospitals in that state.

A married couple who were severely injured in a car accident in August and were hospitalized in that system in grave condition were denied clergy visitation to receive religious sacraments during end-of-life circumstances.

At Mary Washington Health Care in Fredericksburg, Virginia, in July a mother who tested positive for the virus was separated from her newborn and the hospital denied her request for an in-hospital baptism for the infant consistent with her Catholic faith.

Oct 22 05:47

Churches Win over Colorado Governor’s Pandemic Orders

A federal judge ruled late last week in favor of two Colorado churches that challenged Gov. Jared Polis’s (D) pandemic orders requiring indoor occupancy limitations and masks during worship.

U.S. District Court Judge Daniel Domenico, a Trump appointee, granted Denver Bible Church and its pastor, Robert Enyart, as well as Community Baptist Church and its pastor, Joey Rhoads, a temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction.

The judge said Polis’s Public Health Order 20-35 violated the churches’ First Amendment right to the free exercise of religion.

Oct 22 05:44

AstraZeneca shares turn negative after Brazilian health authority says volunteer in Covid vaccine study dies

AstraZeneca shares turned negative Wednesday after a Brazilian health authority, Anvisa, said a volunteer in its coronavirus vaccine study died.

The Federal University of Sao Paulo, which is helping coordinate late-stage trials in Brazil, separately said that the volunteer was Brazilian, according to Reuters.

Shares of AstraZeneca, a front-runner in the Covid-19 vaccine race, gave up a slight gain after the news broke. Shares were down by about 1% in early afternoon trading.

Oct 22 05:33

LIVING THE AMERICAN NIGHTMARE: Go Trump or Go Lockdown

Oct 22 05:22

South Korean’s medical association urges govt to suspend flu shot program after 13 people die following jab

The Korean Medical Association has called on the country’s government to halt its plan to inoculate millions of citizens after more than a dozen people died after receiving flu shots.

The vaccine initiative, billed as a strategy to potentially offset complications from Covid-19, aims to provide free flu jabs to 19 million people. But the ambitious undertaking has come under fire after 13 people died, including a 17-year-old boy and a man in his 70s, after participating in the program.

The vaccination drive was suspended for three weeks after it was revealed that around five million doses, which require refrigeration, had been stored at room temperature while being transpired to a medical facility. The program resumed on October 13. None of the people who died received the recalled doses.

Oct 21 17:34

Johnson & Johnson pauses coronavirus vaccine trial after participant contracts “unexplained illness”

Johnson & Johnson is pausing its Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine trial after a study participant fell ill. The halt comes just weeks after the company announced that they were in the final stage of the trials.

In its news release, Johnson & Johnson said that the trial was paused in compliance with regulatory standards after the unnamed participant developed an “unexplained illness.” It also confirmed that the ENSEMBLE independent Data Safety Monitoring Board (DSMB) reviewed the participant’s condition.

“We must respect this participant’s privacy,” the company’s statement reads. “We’re also learning more about this participant’s illness, and it’s important to have all the facts before we share additional information.”

The statement did not say whether the participant received the experimental vaccine or was in the placebo control group.

Oct 21 12:00

FOLLOW THE REAL SCIENCE

Kary Mullis won the Nobel Prize for inventing the PCR test.

That’s the test that’s being used to scare hundreds of millions of people out of their minds and destroy trillions of dollars on wealth held by average people.

Guess what?

Kary Mullis said is was an UNRELIABLE test for medical diagnosis.

Oct 21 07:29

"The New York Problem:" Interview with Erin Marie Olszewski, RN (Recorded July 09, 2020)

Oct 21 07:29

Fauci Wants Everyone To “Sacrifice” By Refusing To Celebrate Thanksgiving

Authoritarian Dr. Anthony Fauci wants us to “sacrifice” and give up our traditions and time with family. He is urging Americans to give up Thanksgiving this year.

Tyrant Bill de Blasio, the mayor of New York City has already canceled the iconic and historic Macy’s Thanksgiving day parade in. We are supposed to be giving up this time generally spend socializing with family and being grateful for everything so they can keep the fear going over this coronavirus scamdemic.

“Thanksgiving is going to look very different this year,” said Fauci. And he’s right, but only because people are still bowing to the commands of politicians and going along with tyranny.

Oct 21 07:02

A little known feature of your iPhone is about to completely change how your doctor talks to you

Two NHS trusts have become the first in the UK to allow patients to access their hospital medical records on their iPhones, though Apple's Health app. While it might seem like a small change, it could be the start of major changes to how we talk to our doctors – and how they talk to us.

Milton Keynes University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (OUH) started offering patients access to their data via the feature earlier this month. Using the Health Records feature within Apple's Health app, patients in the two trusts will be able to view their information including lab results, vitals, allergies, and medications.

For the hospitals, it's a chance to help encourage patients to engage better with their healthcare by getting hold of their data.

Oct 21 06:31

First Tests Of New "Immunity Passports" Will Take Place Wednesday

Back in April, when the coronavirus was still new and scary, with cities from New York, to London to Paris in its grip, the professional commentariat was abuzz with speculation about what our not-too-distant post-COVID-19 future might look like. At one point, the mayor of the French city of Nice and Bill Gates were among the most prominent voices discussing health passports, and the WHO was apparently treating the topic with extreme caution.

Since then, discussion has faded somewhat, due in part to the relentless messaging from President Trump and others about the coming vaccines. But as the leading western vaccine projects prepare to apply for emergency use from the FDA as soon as November or December, the World Economic Forum, the same supranational organization that organizes the annual forum in Davos, is taking the lead in testing a global standard to communicate that an individual hasn't been infected with COVID-19.

Oct 21 06:20

Touchdown! NASA makes historic landing on 'doomsday asteroid' Bennu as OSIRIS-REx extends its 11-foot robotic arm to collect rock samples before launching back into space

NASA's OSIRIS-REx spacecraft has made a historic touchdown on the asteroid Bennu, dodging boulders the size of buildings to collect samples from the surface for several seconds before safely backing away Tuesday evening.

The meticulous descent took 4.5 hours and by 6.12pm the spacecraft made touchdown where its 11-foot robotic arm acted like a pogo stick and bounced on the asteroid's surface to collect dirt and dust before the craft launched back into space.

The crucial minutes in the mission started around 5.38pm when the spacecraft extended its arm and cameras toward the asteroid's surface. By 6pm OSIRIS-REx made matchpoint burn, the spacecraft's key final maneuver performed by firing its thrusters to match Bennu’s spin to center itself exactly over the landing spot.

Oct 21 06:14

Pandemic worsens NYC's food crisis

The lines are long and the need is enormous. More than 1 million New Yorkers can't afford food, and standing on long lines at food banks is now too common amid the pandemic.

"We have done disasters before but nothing is even close to what we are doing now," Alexander Rapaport, the executive director of Masbia soup kitchen network, told FOX 5 NY.

Masbia soup kitchen network opened 15 years ago. It has locations in Borough Park and Flatbush in Brooklyn and in Forest Hills in Queens. Rapaport said he has seen a 500% increase in demand.

An estimated 1.5 million New Yorkers cannot afford food, according to the New York Times. Their only lifeline is a food pantry.

Oct 21 06:08

WATCH: NASA’s OSIRIS-REx probe successfully touches down on asteroid Bennu 320 million km away

NASA’s OSIRIS-REx probe successfully touched down on the ancient asteroid Bennu to collect a sample which will hopefully shed some light on the early universe and, possibly, the origins of life itself.

The OSIRIS-REx – which stands for: Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification, Security, Regolith Explorer – spacecraft briefly touched down on the asteroid located some 200 million miles (321 million kilometers) from Earth on Tuesday.

At approximately 1:50 pm EDT, the probe descended 805 meters (2641 feet) from orbit, in a delicate process which took four hours, and extended its 3.35-meter sampling arm and touched the space rock for about 15 seconds.

Oct 21 05:58

What Are the Pharmaceutical Industry’s Connections to Schools of Public Health?

Below editorial text is a link to “Disclosure forms provided by the authors”. Scroll to Section 3 and “Relevant financial activities outside the submitted work”, and see that author and NEJM Deputy Editor Lindsey Baden has received grants from the Wellcome Trust, the Ragon Institute, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and NIH/NIAID (the latter headed by Dr. Anthony Fauci, mainstream media’s highest profile health expert). The reason for the grants, in every case, is “vaccine development”.

There is also a link to the NEJM Group that takes one to a site filled with the slick photographic imagery characteristic of medical insurance brochures and the TV ads of the pharmaceutical industry: handsome models, setup scenes, the too-perfect age/gender/race balance, dramatized happy people. Rather than a mission statement, the Group has a “Learn about NEJM Group” page.

Oct 21 05:42

INSPECTORS FLOOD BORO PARK AND FLATBUSH: Every Yeshiva Being Visited Today

YWN has been inundated with reports of inspectors flooding the Flatbush and Boro Park “red zones” on Monday.

By 11:30AM, inspectors from the NYC Department of Buildings had already visited nearly two dozen Mosdos Hatorah.

Initial reports state that inspectors are asking to enter the buildings, and if denied, they are given a summons for a court appearance in a few months along with a $15,000 fine.

Highly credible sources tell YWN that the inspectors were provided a list from the State that has the names and addresses of every single Yeshiva, and were hoping to visit each one today.

YWN had no information if any Yeshivas were even open.

Oct 21 05:42

‘Why I sprung my dad from his care home’ – the enslaved ‘care home’ vulnerable losing the will to live all over the world

When his home closed to visitors for the second time, it had a devastating effect on my father’s mental health, so I decided to take action

Oct 21 05:33

California's crazy new COVID Christmas rules

Oct 21 05:24

Atomic bombshell: We have proof that Rothschilds patented Covid-19 biometric tests in 2015 and 2017

As we’ve shown in previous exposes, the whole Covidiocracy is a masquerade and a simulation long prepared by The World Bank / IMF / The Rothschilds / World Economic Forum (basically the world’s “elite”, the 0.1%) and their lemmings, with Rockefeller partnership.

(Article by Silviu “Silview” Costinescu republished from HumansAreFree.com)

Our newest discoveries further these previous revelations.

Oct 21 05:21

Google Mobility Data Suggests Sweden "Socially Distanced" Less Than Other Countries

As is often pointed out by prolockdown publications like the New York Times, Sweden has experienced covid-19 deaths at a rate above that of some of its neighbors that imposed relatively strict lockdowns, such as Denmark.

What is rarely mentioned, however, is that Sweden's deaths per million are also similar to or lower than many countries that did impose harsh lockdowns. For example, as of October 18, the deaths per million in the United Kingdom were 643 in the UK for only 585 in Sweden. Meanwhile, Belgium's death rate was 897 per million, and Italy's rate was 606.

Moreover, while cases and deaths are increasing in the UK, Spain, Italy, and Belgium, deaths are apparently flatlining in Sweden. Sweden has reported fewer than ten deaths in the past week.

Oct 20 14:42

YouTube confirms it will immediately ban all videos that question the “official” vaccine narrative promoted by the corrupt WHO and vaccine companies

YouTube is already working with the WHO to remove videos that dispute the “supreme authority” guidance provided by public health authorities. Since February, YouTube has removed over 200,000 videos questioning the covid-19 status quo. No one can post content that tells the truth about junky, non-specific coronavirus tests. No one can post videos about the absurdities of contact tracing of healthy people and the constant shutting down of society over virus fears. No one can question the worthlessness of social distancing and the mass mental illness of expecting people to follow arrows on the floor. No one can dispute mandatory masking, or speak out about the negative psychological effects that these mass medical edicts have on everyone. To make matters worse, no one can question vaccines at all, even though they are being rushed into existence, with numerous accounts of vaccine recipients suffering from adverse events, both mild and severe.

Oct 20 13:20

‘It was a lie from the very beginning’…

It was a lie from the very beginning. We had treatment from Day one!!!

Oct 20 07:07

Hell Yes, InSight’s Heat Probe Is Now Completely Buried on Mars

There’s some happy news to report from the Red Planet, as the stubborn Mars InSight heat probe, known as “the mole,” is now completely buried. It’s an encouraging development, as the surrounding dirt could coax the device into drilling deeper through the Martian crust.

The ongoing saga of the InSight lander’s Heat Flow and Physical Properties Package has taken an important turn, or at least we hope. The self-hammering drill, built by the German space agency (DLR) and operated by NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, is now completely obscured by red Martian dirt—a sign that it may soon be able to dig properly, since it needs friction to move downwards. Up until this point, it’s mostly been bouncing up and down like a useless pogo stick.

Oct 20 07:05

NASA Curiosity rover accidentally cracks Mars rock with its feisty drill

NASA's Curiosity rover is being a bit of a homewrecker on Mars and leaving wheel tracks and drill holes in its wake. The latest sign of activity is a cracked rock from a recent drilling session.

The rover put its drill to work to gather a rock sample for analysis. "In the process of drilling, Curiosity broke the rock, which can sometimes happen when we are close to an edge, but still collected enough sample to perform detailed analyses," said NASA-JPL mission operations engineer Ashley Stroupe in a rover update on Friday.

Oct 20 07:04

Betelgeuse, the unusually dimming star, is smaller and closer than scientists thought

The red giant star Betelgeuse, which was thought to be on the brink of a supernova explosion, is still revealing more secrets, even after the Hubble Space Telescope helped solve the mystery of why it has looked a little dimmer than usual.

The star, which is visible in the Orion constellation, is actually smaller and closer than previously believed, researchers discovered.
The new study published Friday in The Astrophysical Journal.
Although the star has been well studied, Betelgeuse is regularly one of the brightest stars in our sky, which makes it harder to observe and study using telescopes, and more difficult to pin down its size and distance.

Oct 20 07:02

Asteroid Isn't Going to Hit Earth the Day Before Election, Despite Neil deGrasse Tyson's Warning of 'Buzz-Cut'

An asteroid will hurtle safely past Earth on the eve of the U.S. presidential election, although astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson has said it could come close enough to "buzz-cut" the Earth.

While some news headlines have suggested that the space rock, dubbed 2018 VP1, could strike our planet on November 2, data from NASA's Center for Near Earth Object Studies (CNEOS) suggests there is zero chance of that happening—although it could be a close shave.

"Asteroid 2018 VP1, a refrigerator-sized space-rock, is hurtling towards us at more than 25,000 miles per hour," deGrasse Tyson wrote on Twitter. "It may buzz-cut Earth on Nov. 2, the day before the Presidential Election."

Oct 20 07:01

NASA is launching a 4G mobile network on the moon

Just as 5G arrives on planet Earth, its predecessor is heading to the moon.

NASA has selected Nokia to build the first-ever 4G mobile network on Earth’s natural satellite, the Finnish telecommunications firm announced Monday.

The company’s U.S. industrial research arm, Bell Labs, is offering up its equipment to NASA to help build out the lunar network, with the aim of launching it in late 2022.

“The solution has been specially designed to withstand the harsh conditions of the launch and lunar landing, and to operate in the extreme conditions of space,” Nokia said in a press release.

Oct 20 07:01

Lockheed picks Relativity’s 3D-printed rocket for experimental NASA mission

Relativity Space has bagged its first public government contract, and with a major defense contractor at that. The launch startup’s 3D-printed rockets are a great match for a particularly complex mission Lockheed is undertaking for NASA’s Tipping Point program.

The mission is a test of a dozen different cryogenic fluid management systems, including liquid hydrogen, which is a very difficult substance to work with indeed. The tests will take place on a single craft in orbit, which means it will be a particularly complicated one to design and accommodate.

The payload itself and its cryogenic systems will be designed and built by Lockheed and their partners at NASA, of course, but the company will need to work closely with its launch provider during development and especially in the leadup to the actual launch.

Oct 20 06:24

Pfizer Begins Mass Production Of COVID-19 Vaccines Anticipating EUA Approval

Big Pharma drug company Pfizer has begun the mass production of COVID-19 vaccines in anticipation of the emergency use authorization approval. Thousands of vaccines have already rolled off the line.

Time is up. The push to get the vaccine distributed has started with a bold propaganda campaign and the military is “ready” to make sure you take the shot.

Oct 20 06:24

Major mag. 7.5 earthquake - 91 Km SE of Sand Point, Alaska, USA on Monday, 19 October 2020 - information

According to detailed calculations of USGS, yesterday's magnitude 7.5 quake was a large aftershock of the M 7.8 quake on 22 July earlier this year.

Oct 20 06:23

Dr. Elke De Klerk: We do not have a medical pandemic.

Oct 20 06:21

Pandemic to Trigger $4 Trillion Loss in Global Real GDP in 2020

The coronavirus induced recession has plunged many countries into economic uncertainty as a result of the severe containment measures. As expected, the pandemic has triggered massive losses in different sectors of the economy which can be reflected in metrics like the real Gross Domestic Product.

Data presented by Buy Shares projects that the global real GDP will plunge by $3.94 trillion in 2020. The research also shows that the ten most impacted countries will cumulatively lose $696.56 billion in real GDP due to the pandemic.

According to the research, the United States will be the biggest loser at $174.68 billion. South Korea will be the tenth most impacted nation with a loss of $3.76 billion. Elsewhere, China is the only country to emerge with a positive growth of 1.8% or a $51.12 billion gain in real GDP.

Oct 20 06:20

Flu cases ‘drop’ 95% compared to last year. Are patients being misdiagnosed as having COVID-19?

COVID-19 is caused by a coronavirus and the flu is caused by an influenza virus. These are two similar but distinct types of viruses that can be easily differentiated in a lab. But new data from the CDC may point to the flu being misdiagnosed as COVID-19, resulting in higher coronavirus numbers but much lower flu numbers. In fact, there has been a 95% decrease in flu cases during current weeks 40-41.

This time last year, there were 1251 flu cases reported to the CDC during weeks 40-41. This is about average. But in 2020, we’re seeing a record low number of 61 total flu cases reported in the same time period. It doesn’t take a medical degree to come to the logical conclusion that the flu didn’t suddenly disappear but that it’s simply being misdiagnosed as COVID-19.

Oct 20 06:04

The Real Pandemic: Mass Munchausen's-Syndrome-By-Proxy

It’s more than fair to say that we are experiencing a pandemic, but not the one you hear about ad nauseum. No, the pandemic is not a virus, it is a pandemic outbreak of Munchausen’s Syndrome by Proxy which focuses its obsessions on the virus.

Oct 20 05:58

Top Palestinian Official Erekat on Ventilator, in ‘Critical’ Condition with COVID-19

Longtime chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat is suffering from pneumonia after he contracted the novel COVID-19, Palestinian Health Minister Mai Alkaila said today.

Alkaila said in a press statement that the President’s Office, the government, and the Ministry were closely monitoring the developments related to the health condition of Erekat, who was placed on a ventilator today and was is in critical condition at the Hadassah Ein Karem hospital in West Jerusalem.

Oct 20 05:54

Dozens to be deliberately infected with coronavirus in UK ‘human challenge’ trials

Young, healthy people will be intentionally exposed to the virus responsible for COVID-19 in a first-of-its kind ‘human challenge trial’, the UK government and a company that runs such studies announced on 20 October. The experiment, set to begin in January in a London hospital if it receives final regulatory and ethical approval, aims to accelerate the development of vaccines that could end the pandemic.

Human challenge trials have a history of providing insight into diseases such as malaria and influenza. The UK trial will try to identify a suitable dose of the SARS-CoV-2 virus that could be used in future vaccine trials. But the prospect of deliberately infecting people — even those at low risk of severe disease — with SARS-CoV-2, a deadly pathogen that has few proven treatments, is uncharted medical and bioethical territory.

Oct 20 05:50

University told student groups not to gather, but allowed Black Lives Matter protest

A free-speech group has repeatedly warned the University of South Florida about the unfairness and unconstitutionality of its coronavirus guidelines.

The Southeastern Legal Foundation has now sent three letters to the public university in Florida, warning it about problems with both its approaches to student gatherings and coronavirus tracking and reporting.

The university does allow sports teams to practice, but told student organizations they could not meet.

Its concerns about vagueness of the policies that were first raised in its August 26 first letter came true when the university allowed the campus chapter of Students for a Democratic Society to host an off-campus protest on August 28 against racism and in support of Jacob Blake, who was shot by a Kenosha, Wisconsin police officer on August 23. Blake’s shooting has become a focus of Black Lives Matter activism.

Oct 20 05:38

ISRAELI’S IGNORE SECOND TYRANNICAL LOCKDOWN

Israel’s second lockdown imposed by the government is being ignored by the citizenry. Eventually, people get tired of being dictated to and make the decision to live freely without fear of consequences.

This should be a lesson for all countries who attempt a second lockdown. Israel is learning that freezing a nation in place is even more difficult the second time around and too many are flat our ignoring the dictates of government in exchange for making their own decisions, consequences be damned.

Oct 19 13:49

15 Countries with Highest Average IQ In the World

Find out which nations are the brainiest of all with our list of the countries with highest average IQ! A country’s workforce is one of its biggest assets, and intelligent citizens can be a boon to its development. Intelligence Quotient is the score based on various test directed at assessing human intelligence and therefore proves to be quite a legit degree of determining how a country fares on the intelligence front. And, the conclusions we arrive at from looking at the list, shows that the Asian countries clearly beat others in this particular race!

Oct 19 13:45

IQ compared by countries

The question of the intelligence of a certain nationality or population may be controversial. In fact, intelligence is influenced by national, political, and geographic factors. Often surprisingly, but scientifically proven, a warmer climate has a markedly bad influence on the intelligence quotient.

With an average IQ of 98 points, the USA ranks 27th in this ranking. With 108 points, the inhabitants of Singapore reach the highest intelligence quotas worldwide. The last place with only 56 points is occupied by Equatorial Guinea.

In addition to the simple ranking of countries, the following table shows the influence of prosperity and climate.

Oct 19 13:33

Doctors speak out on misinformation surrounding the coronavirus

Oct 19 13:17

Photos: Soyuz launches new station crew with spectacular autumn blastoff

Photos released by Russia’s space agency show the launch of a Soyuz booster Wednesday from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan with two Russian cosmonauts and a NASA astronaut heading for the International Space Station.

The 162-foot-tall (49-meter) Soyuz-2.1a rocket took off from Pad No. 31 at Baikonur at 10:45:04 a.m. local time Wednesday. Liftoff occurred at 0545:04 GMT (1:45:04 a.m. EDT).

The Soyuz rocket’s kerosene-fueled engines generated more than 900,000 pounds of thrust to propel the mission off the launch pad at Baikonur.

Less than 10 minutes later, the Soyuz upper stage deployed the Soyuz MS-17 spacecraft into orbit, kicking off a fast-track, two-orbit rendezvous with the space station. The crew capsule linked up with the Rassvet module on the space station at 4:48 a.m. EDT (0848 GMT).

Oct 19 12:41

'Lunar ExoCam' project aims to film spacecraft touchdowns on the moon

We could end up getting an amazing ground-level view of the first crewed moon landing since 1972.

NASA's Flight Opportunities program has just awarded a $650,000 grant to the team behind Lunar ExoCam, an imaging system designed to eject from moon landers during descent and record video of their touchdowns from the otherworldly gray ground.

If development continues to go well, Lunar ExoCam could be ready to fly on some of the private robotic landers that are scheduled to launch toward the moon in the next few years, said the project's principal investigator, Jason Achilles Mezilis. And he'd love to get the camera system aboard NASA's Artemis 3 mission, which aims to land two astronauts near the lunar south pole in 2024.

Oct 19 12:40

The strange story of 2020 SO: How an asteroid turned into rocket junk and the NASA scientist who figured it out

As soon as he saw the data, Paul Chodas knew something was strange about the near-Earth object that had been designated 2020 SO.

It should have been just another of the tens of thousands of space rocks that astronomers have spotted breezing through our neighborhood in space. This solar system rubble is mostly harmless, but scientists identify and track all they can in case an object appears to be on a collision course with Earth. As head of NASA's Center for Near-Earth Object Studies at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in California, Chodas evaluates observations of these objects every day.

And to Chodas, 2020 SO didn't look like an asteroid. Instead, it looked like something much rarer: an abandoned rocket body that had once ferried a spacecraft to the moon.

"Even on the night it was announced, I said, 'I think this is such-and-such rocket stage. That's my guess, all circumstantial evidence points to that,'" Chodas told Space.com in late September.

Oct 19 12:39

China unveils ambitious moon mission plans for 2024 and beyond

China has a mission operating on the far side of the moon and is preparing to launch another this year to collect lunar samples. And the country plans to add to its impressive lunar resume, with a new set of missions to explore the moon's south pole.

Chang'e 6, a backup mission for this year's sample-return launch, is scheduled to head to the moon in 2023 or 2024; Chang'e 7 is planned to launch around 2024 with the dual aims of landing on the south pole of the moon and closely studying the region from orbit. An eighth mission is also in the works for later this decade.

Oct 19 12:38

The Orionid meteor shower peaks this week! Here's what to expect.

On a night this past summer, soon after sunset, a number of people gathered at a little-league field, not far from my home, eagerly awaiting nightfall and the appearance of the stars. We had also gathered there because there wasn't much in the way of light pollution and we were afforded a clear and unobstructed view toward the northwest. As the sky darkened, we finally could see it: Comet NEOWISE, displaying a lovely, curved tail.

"Not a bad show, considering we're looking at a cosmic litterbug," I said to the coterie of comet gazers. "Really, what we're looking at is a piece of garbage out in space; think of that beautiful tail as 'cosmic litter'; little pieces of dust and grit left behind by NEOWISE, all cluttering up the solar system."

Oct 19 12:36

Starlink Internet vs. Other Satellite Providers: How It Compares

SpaceX's Starlink internet is now in beta testing, and promises speeds and performance that rival even the best cable and fiber internet plans.

But how does Starlink measure up to its other satellite broadband internet brethren? We put Starlink satellite internet up against its two U.S. competitors, HughesNet and Viasat Exede, to look at their speeds, data, prices, and network performances. Here's how they compare.

Oct 19 12:25

China And Russia To Join Forces In Space, Set Up A New Satellite Internet Network

China and Russia have started the realization of a joint space program aiming to set up a network of low-orbit satellites for the purpose of making high-speed Internet available to as many users as possible, Maksim Akimov, Deputy Prime Minister of Russia, said in a statement.

Oct 19 12:20

Russian Space Chief Calls Elon Musk a 'Pentagon Contractor' and Says SpaceX Starlink Satellites Will Be Used by U.S. Military

The chief of the Russian space agency Roscosmos has appeared to reject the idea of working more closely with SpaceX CEO Elon Musk.

Director general Dmitry Rogozin claimed Musk's "Starlink" mission, a constellation of satellites that is intended to deliver high-speed broadband internet across the world, would eventually be made accessible to the U.S. government.

"[Musk] is a Pentagon contractor. What association are you talking about? The satellite constellation deployed by the company will also be used for military purposes. It is of dual use. Do not build illusions, citizens," Rogozin tweeted yesterday. His comments were first reported by RIA News.

Oct 19 11:08

CVS To Hire 15,000 Employees In Preparation For Flu Season, COVID-19 Vaccine Rollout

CVS Health announced that it would bring on approximately 15,000 additional workers in preparation for the upcoming flu season and an expected rise in coronavirus cases before the distribution of an eventual vaccine.

The hirings will take place before the year’s end, the company said Monday in a statement. Though most of the positions are temporary, many could transition into full-time positions, CVS said.

Oct 19 10:39

Deaths at home from dementia and Alzheimer's soar during coronavirus

Deaths from Alzheimer’s and dementia have soared by almost 80 per cent in private homes in England during the pandemic, data shows.

Newly released figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) show that there were 2,905 excess fatalities from these diseases between 14 March and 11 September.

This is 79 per cent higher than the five-year average for the same sixth months.

Wales saw an even sharper spike in the number of deaths from these conditions than England did, with 133 excess deaths constituting a 94 per cent rise from the average.

Overall, the number of excess deaths in private homes in England and Wales over the same period were 24,387 and 1,644 respectively.

Oct 19 08:09

NASA prepares to touch down and take a rock sample from the asteroid Bennu TOMORROW

NASA is preparing for touch down on asteroid Bennu tomorrow where it will take samples from the boulder-strewn space rock and bring them back to Earth by 2023.

The space agency announced its OSIRIS-REx craft will touch down for a handful of seconds on asteroid Bennu following a carefully orchestrated 4.5 hour descent.

Van-sized, the craft will land at 22:00 BST (17:00 ET) on October 20 in an area dubbed Nightingale, a rocky 52ft location in the asteroid's northern hemisphere.

Once landed, a robotic arm will attempt to collect samples of the surface that it will store and return to Earth - a journey expected to take up to three years.

Oct 19 07:35

The $16 TRILLION bug: Pandemic could cost US economy its entire annual output

The US economy may lose a whopping $16 trillion due to the devastating impact of the Covid-19 outbreak, both in output and people’s lives, new research has found.

While most studies assess the costs of the deadly virus by its impact on the national gross domestic product (GDP), a paper published in the Journal of the American Medical Association earlier this week offered a different approach.

The authors of the study – former Treasury Secretary Lawrence Summers and Harvard University economist David Cutler – also took into account losses associated with those who have died due to the virus, in addition to the purely economic costs.

Oct 19 07:19

Why Are Fauci, Redfield, and the Presstitutes Deceiving Us About Masks?

Twitter, the Censor and Explainer Controller for the Deep State, removed a tweet from White House Covid adviser Dr. Scott Atlas who reported accurately that the masks people are wearing do not prevent the transmission of Covid-19.

As I have reported to you from the beginning, the only mask available to the public that provides protection against Covid is a N95 mask. Even this mask does not provide 100% protection. The masks people are wearing provide zero protection.

This is simply a fact. Dr. Atlas knows it as does every one familiar with masks, including Fauci at NIH and Redfield at CDC. Indeed, both Fauci and Redfield along with the World Health Organization originally advised people not to wear masks. If the masks people are wearing were effective—and they are not, just look at the containers they come in which do not say that they protect against viruses—there would be no point for masks that are effective such as N95.

Oct 19 07:19

THE GREAT CORONAVIRUS DIVIDE: WALL STREET PROFITS SURGE AS POVERTY RISES

This has been a worrying week for most people whose livelihoods depend on the state of the U.S. economy. On Wednesday, the number of new coronavirus cases hit almost sixty thousand. The number of deaths, while much lower than at its peak, in April, is now rising in more than twenty states. Without an end in sight to the pandemic, the economic rebound that began in the late spring, after Congress passed the $2.2 trillion cares Act and some of the initial lockdowns were eased, is showing signs of faltering.

Oct 19 07:05

In Pictures: Rubber bullets, tear gas at Haiti protests

Haitian police fired rubber bullets and tear gas to disperse anti-government protesters who blocked roads and set fires in the capital, Port-au-Prince, with several people left injured.

Saturday’s unrest was the latest during more than a year of protests calling for the resignation of President Jovenel Moise over corruption charges.

Haiti is currently experiencing a political impasse without a parliament and is now run by decree under Moise.

Many Haitians criticise the government’s response to the coronavirus pandemic, alleging it has not done enough to provide treatment or offer economic support to those who lost work due to a national lockdown aimed at preventing its spread.

Oct 19 06:55

Touch and Go: NASA Spacecraft Poised to Snatch Samples From Asteroid Bennu

The sample collection procedure itself is expected to take no longer than 10 seconds, but the procured material isn't expected to arrive on Earth until 2023.

NASA's OSIRIS-REx spacecraft, which has been studying asteroid Bennu from a distance for nearly two years, is about to commence its primary mission – getting really close to the space rock and snatching a sample from it.

During this undertaking, set to commence on 20 October, the spacecraft is going to drop out of its orbit around Bennu and spend some four hours carefully getting into position just above the asteroid's surface.

The spot OSIRIS-REx is aiming for is the relatively flat middle of a crater called Nightingale, which is about the size of a tennis court, with AP saying that the target spot is "comparable to a few parking places here on Earth", with boulders "as big as buildings" looming over it.

Oct 19 06:51

Asteroid that may hit Earth day before US election is ‘not big enough to cause harm,’ Neil deGrasse Tyson reassures earthlings

A small asteroid is headed towards Earth at over 25,000 miles per hour just in time for the US election, but if something kills us all in 2020, it won’t be this particular space rock, famed astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson says.

With an estimated diameter of 2 meters (6.5 feet, or roughly one ‘refrigerator’), the asteroid known as 2018VP1 is just “not big enough to cause harm” when it buzz-cuts within 5,000 kilometres of Earth on November 2, celebrity scientist deGrasse Tyson wrote on Twitter and Instagram.

Oct 19 06:25

Scientists worry as more Americans say they’ll refuse COVID-19 vaccine

Tara Granger, 36, has worked as a nurse for two decades in Suffolk County, NY, and she and her two children have been vaccinated every year.

“Drugs are my life,” she says. “It’s what I learned in school.”

But she’s been questioning the promised upcoming vaccine for COVID-19, in large part because of what she’s witnessed firsthand about the financial incentives for vaccines.

Oct 19 06:16

The Chinese Lockdown-And-Mask Model Failed. Now Its Proponents Need Scapegoats

The problem isn’t just the China Virus. It’s that we adopted the China Model to fight it.

Public health experts adopted China’s draconian lockdowns without knowing how well they really worked and in a country that, fortunately, lacks the power to truly enforce them.

China’s deceptiveness and lack of transparency meant that we did not know how well anything that the Communist dictatorship did to battle the virus that it spawned actually worked. Despite that, our public health experts, and those of most free countries, adopted the China Model.

We don’t know how well the China Model worked for the People’s Republic of China, but it failed in every free country that tried it. Lockdowns eventually gave way to reopenings and new waves of infection. This was always going to happen because not even the more socialist European countries have the police state or the compliant populations of a Communist dictatorship.

Oct 19 06:08

Top Palestinian official Erekat, now critical, put on ventilator in Jerusalem

Senior Palestinian official Saeb Erekat was downgraded to critical condition Monday morning at a Jerusalem hospital where he was moved for treatment a day earlier after being diagnosed with COVID-19.

Erekat, the secretary-general of the Palestine Liberation Organization and a close confidant of Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, was put on a ventilator and his overall medical condition is posing a unique challenge for the staff, Hadassah Ein Kerem Hospital said.

Oct 19 05:57

ARTEMIS ACCORDS AND CHINA CONTAINMENT

There can be no doubt that that China is a "space player." In a very short time, that nation has successfully landed probes on the Moon, including the very difficult task of landing a probe on the "far" side of the Moon, a task requiring the insertion of a relay communications satellite in lunar orbit. All this followed the successful landing of the "Jade Rabbit" probe on the "close" side a few years ago, which probe proceeded to take some very interesting pictures, and then not talking much about them. China is not, of course, the only nation recently to have sent probes to the Moon, take pictures, and then not talk about them.

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