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  • Part of Earth's Magnetic Field is Getting Weaker in 'Vigorously' Developing Anomaly, Scientists Say

    05/22/2020 9:17:17 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 43 replies
    newsweek. ^ | 5/22/20 | Hannah Osborne
    Using satellite data, researchers believe an "anomaly" in the South Atlantic may have split in two, with the eastern section "developing vigorously." Earth's magnetic field is generated by movements within the planet's molten iron core. ...When the magnetic field is stronger, it blocks more radiation. When it is weaker, more radiation reaches the planet's surface. The magnetic field is constantly moving. It strengthens and weakens as part of normal fluctuations. According to the European Space Agency, the magnetic field has lost around 9 percent of its strength over the preceding two centuries. One section of the magnetic field has been...
  • James Clapper’s CNN Connection Goes Dark After He Is Asked About Leaks

    05/15/2020 8:22:56 PM PDT · by Tench_Coxe · 34 replies
    Breibart ^ | 05/15/2020 | Robert Kraychik
    BERMAN: Asking for names [to be unmasked], nothing wrong with that. Unmasking in itself, nothing wrong with that. Leaking classified information — and by definition these phone calls were classified — that’s a problem, correct? CLAPPER: Absolutely, it is. BERMAN: And if anyone did leak the contents of these conversations with or without the name, that would be a problem, yes? CLAPPER: [connection ends] BERMAN: We’ve lost the shot. I wonder if we can at least get him on the phone to finish this. Let’s try to get Director Clapper back. All right, we’re gonna work on getting that shot...
  • ‘Friendly fire’ naval accident reported in Iran

    05/10/2020 4:31:36 PM PDT · by McGruff · 68 replies
    Twitchy ^ | May 10, 2020 | Greg P.
    There are reports out of Iran of a “friendly fire” accident of some sort where an Iranian destroyer has sunk a second Iranian naval vessel: At Iran's Navy exercise: "Jamaran" destroyer mistakenly has shot and sank Kenarak frigate, killing more than 40. Bodies of 22 have been found. Injured are transferred to Chabahar hospitals.#IranTruth Quoted source claims: "News about sinking of the Kenarak frigate is accurate"
  • Queen's Brian May hospitalized after ripping butt muscles 'to shreds' while gardening

    05/08/2020 1:16:03 PM PDT · by EdnaMode · 112 replies
    Entertainment Weekly ^ | May 7, 2020 | Sydney Bucksbaum
    Brian May landed in the hospital this week, but not because of anything coronavirus-related. On Wednesday, the Queen guitarist and astrophysicist shared an Instagram from the hospital wearing a face mask revealing that he tore his butt muscles "to shreds" while gardening. "The Virus didn’t get me yet - thank God," May, 72, wrote in the caption. "I managed to rip my Gluteus Maximus to shreds in a moment of over-enthusiastic gardening. So suddenly I find myself in a hospital getting scanned to find out exactly how much I’ve actually damaged myself. Turns out I did a thorough job -...
  • National Park of American Samoa Quarter (2020 Bat Quarter) Yikes!!!

    04/20/2020 6:27:54 AM PDT · by LesbianThespianGymnasticMidget · 7 replies
    US Mint ^ | None
    The obverse (heads) design features the familiar image of George Washington by John Flanagan, used on the quarter since 1932. It has been restored to bring out subtle details and the beauty of the original. The reverse (tails) design depicts a Samoan fruit bat mother hanging in a tree with her pup. The image evokes the remarkable care and energy that this species puts into their offspring. The design is intended to promote awareness to the species’ threatened status due to habitat loss and commercial hunting. The National Park of American Samoa is the only park in the United States...
  • SATIRE Uh-Oh: Wuhan Lab Changes Sign To '0 Days Since Accidentally Releasing A Virus'

    04/17/2020 11:39:01 AM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 12 replies
    Babylon Bee ^ | April 16, 2020 | Babylon Bee
    <p>WUHAN—In an alarming turn of events, workers at a Wuhan research lab were seen adjusting a sign that read “92 Days Since Accidentally Releasing a Virus,” taking down the 92 and replacing it with a zero.</p> <p>“Everything is still great here,” said President Xi Jinping to selected members of the press. “Nothing alarming has happened here... and certainly not for a second time.” Xi was wearing a hazmat suit, but he claimed that was because it was laundry day and that was the only thing he had left that was clean. The American press felt no need to ask any follow-up questions.</p>
  • Joe Biden Campaign's Accidentally Made It Easier for Everyone to Make Fun of His Presidential Run

    04/16/2020 5:38:02 PM PDT · by SamAdams76 · 62 replies
    Townhall ^ | April 16, 2020 | Julio Rosas
    Last remaining Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden's website makes it easy for supporters to make their own photograph endorsing the former vice president, however, it also makes it easy for critics and internet hooligans to create memes mocking him. A page on the website has it so people can upload their own photos and download a graphic that reads, "I'm on Team Joe!" with the custom picture. As a result, many Twitter users decided to make their own versions that lampooned Biden. Twitter users mocked Biden's soft stance on China, the media's obvious bias for the candidate, and his many...
  • A 64-year-old man accidentally ejected himself from a fighter jet at 2,500 feet

    04/13/2020 2:35:22 PM PDT · by ProtectOurFreedom · 32 replies
    CNN ^ | April 13, 2020 | Rob Picheta
    A surprise company outing to an air base caused a 64-year-old French man so much stress that he flung himself from a fighter jet in midair, grabbing the ejector button in a panic and tumbling through the skies above France before landing in a field. The man had been surprised by fellow employees, who had organized a joyride in a Dassault Rafale B jet for him as a treat. Once the man arrived at the Saint-Dizier air base in northeastern France and realized what his co-workers had arranged, he began to feel extremely stressed, according to a fairly remarkable aviation...
  • New Chinese Assault Carrier Catches Fire

    04/12/2020 9:40:42 AM PDT · by Bruiser 10 · 67 replies
    Forbes ^ | 11 April 20 | H I Sutton
    Black smoke has been seen billowing from China’s first assault carrier in Shanghai. The new Type-075 carrier, which is similar to the U.S. Navy’s America Class assault carriers, is designed to carry helicopters and hovercraft to support amphibious landings. The smoke was reported on Chinese social media platforms earlier today. Images suggest that the fire took hold within the hull of the ship, possibly in the expansive aircraft hanger. Smoke came out of the open aircraft lift near the front of the island superstructure. Smoke also came out of the rear hangar opening. For a time a massive cloud of...
  • Fauci: US death toll 'looks more like 60,000' than 100-200K estimate

    04/09/2020 10:07:24 AM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 110 replies
    The Hill ^ | 04 09 2020 | Kaelan Deese
    Anthony Fauci, a leading member of the Trump administration's coronavirus task force, said Thursday he thinks the U.S. death toll from the virus could be much lower than the 100,000 to 200,000 first estimated by the White House. Fauci said on NBC's "Today" show that given widespread mitigation efforts the death toll will likely be closer to 60,000 as the U.S. now has more data about the growth and spread of the virus throughout the country. "I believe we are going to see a downturn in that, and it looks more like the 60,000 [range] than the 100,000 to 200,000,"...
  • Berlin backtracks after accusing U.S. of ‘piracy’ when 200,000 masks went missing

    04/05/2020 12:39:01 PM PDT · by bitt · 20 replies
    WAPO ^ | 3/5/2020 | BRIAN MURPHY
    A Berlin official, who accused the U.S. administration of “piracy” after 200,000 masks for the city police went missing, backtracked Saturday and said the masks were ordered from a German firm. In a statement distributed by the city mayor’s office and senate a day earlier, Andreas Geisel, Berlin’s senator for the interior, was quoted as saying a delivery of FFP2 masks only made it as far as Bangkok before it was “confiscated.” He had said the consignment was ordered from a U.S. firm and “we are currently assuming that this is related to the U.S. government’s ban on mask exports.”...
  • Gov. Andrew Cuomo Admits Stockpile of Thousands of Unused Ventilators

    03/27/2020 1:35:46 PM PDT · by Hojczyk · 121 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 27 Mar 2020 | CHARLIE SPIERING
    New York Governor Andrew Cuomo acknowledged Friday the state did have a stockpile of unused ventilators, despite his complaints the federal government was not sending enough. Cuomo responded to a comment from President Donald Trump on Twitter that there were thousands of ventilators in New York not being used. “Yes, they’re in a stockpile because that’s where they are supposed to be, because we don’t need them yet,” Cuomo said. “We need them for the apex, the apex isn’t here, so we’re gathering them in a stockpile.” Cuomo’s comments demonstrate there is not an immediate shortage in ventilators in the...
  • Epidemiologist Behind Highly-Cited Coronavirus Model Admits He Was Wrong, Drastically Revises Model

    03/26/2020 10:52:24 AM PDT · by aMorePerfectUnion · 253 replies ^ | March 26th, 2020 | Amanda Prestigiacomo
    Epidemiologist Neil Ferguson, who created the highly-cited Imperial College London coronavirus model, which has been cited by organizations like The New York Times and has been instrumental in governmental policy decision-making, offered a massive revision to his model on Wednesday. Ferguson’s model projected 2.2 million dead people in the United States and 500,000 in the U.K. from COVID-19 if no action were taken to slow the virus and blunt its curve. However, after just one day of ordered lockdowns in the U.K., Ferguson has changed his tune, revealing that far more people likely have the virus than his team figured....
  • Arizona man dies after taking chloroquine for coronavirus

    03/24/2020 4:38:23 AM PDT · by topfile · 126 replies
    Reuters ^ | Deena Beasley
    March 23 (Reuters) - An Arizona man has died and his wife is in critical condition after they ingested chloroquine phosphate - an aquarium cleaning product similar to drugs that have been named by President Trump as potential treatments for coronavirus infection. The couple, in their 60s, experienced immediate distress after swallowing the drug, an additive used at aquariums to clean fish tanks, according to Banner Health Hospital in Phoenix. Chloroquine phosphate shares the same active ingredient as malaria drugs that President Trump has touted as possibly effective against COVID-19, the potentially life-threatening disease caused by the coronavirus.
  • US govt lab mixed up potent flu strain

    08/04/2014 4:02:43 PM PDT · by EBH · 21 replies
    Medical Press ^ | 7/11/2014 | Kerry Sheridan
    A US government laboratory mistakenly mixed a common flu strain with a dangerous and deadly type of bird flu and shipped it to another lab, authorities said Friday. The latest news followed admissions of mishandled anthrax and forgotten smallpox vials at separate US government labs, and raised new concerns about the safety of dangerous agents which could be used as bioterror weapons. No one was endangered by the mixed flu strain, said Centers for Disease Control and Prevention director Tom Frieden, who nevertheless said he was "astonished" that protocols could have been violated in that way. "Everything we have looked...
  • Trump considering 'full pardon' for Michael Flynn after FBI 'lost' records

    03/15/2020 11:34:04 AM PDT · by bitt · 159 replies
    washington examiner ^ | 3/15/2020 | Zachary Halaschak & Jerry Dunleavy
    President Trump said he is seriously considering a pardon for former White House national security adviser Michael Flynn. “So now it is reported that, after destroying his life & the life of his wonderful family (and many others also), the FBI, working in conjunction with the Justice Department, has 'lost' the records of General Michael Flynn. How convenient. I am strongly considering a Full Pardon!” Trump tweeted on Sunday. Flynn, 61, pleaded guilty in December 2017 for lying to investigators about his conversations with then-Russian Ambassador to the U.S. Sergey Kislyak, and faces possible prison time. After swapping legal teams,...
  • Rudy Gobert questionable with 'illness' days after touching mics to make a point about coronavirus

    03/11/2020 7:09:53 PM PDT · by Right_Wing_Madman · 34 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 11 March 2020 | Cassandra Negley
    The cancelations around the sports world continued to mount Wednesday as the number of reported COVID-19 coronavirus cases climbs in the United States. Organizational leaders in athletics have gone from discussing potential moves and making small modifications to being forced by local governments to make bigger judgements, like keeping fans from games. At a press conference Monday, Gobert attempted to make a point about overreaction and fear by touching everything in sight before he left. He leaned over and touched all of the microphones and recorders.
  • 'I'll be back,' foiled hijacker told agent

    01/27/2004 4:19:26 AM PST · by kattracks · 11 replies · 206+ views
    New York Daily News ^ | 1/27/04 | JAMES GORDON MEEK
    WASHINGTON - A U.S. customs inspector praised for keeping the 20th hijacker in the 9/11 plot from getting into the country told Congress yesterday that the "hostile" Saudi gave him the creeps and vowed, "I'll be back." Jose Melendez-Perez told the 9/11 Commission, the panel probing the attacks on America, that he was spooked enough by the man identified only as "Al-Qahtani" to put him on a plane out of Orlando after he arrived in the U.S. from London and Dubai, United Arab Emirates, with a one-way ticket and $2,800 in cash. Al-Qahtani was dressed head-to-toe in black when he...
  • Sketchy – 44 Dallas County Precincts Were NOT Included in Super Tuesday Results – Election Officials Request Recount…

    03/09/2020 8:39:42 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 30 replies ^ | March 8, 2020 | by sundance
    First, the background… On Super Tuesday the biggest shock was that Joe Biden won Texas in the Democrat presidential primary. Specifically, it was the moment when results from Dallas County, Texas, were reported when the media narrative of a Biden win began to be broadcast. Go back to election night, re-watch the coverage, and you’ll see all media broadcasting pointing to Dallas County, Texas, as the Biden inflection point. Now this: Sketchy as heck. These are not Russians; these are U.S. election officials. TEXAS – Dallas County Elections Administrator Toni Pippins-Poole discovered her office did not count about 10% of...
  • Bloomberg Sparks Bipartisan Outrage for Past, Condescending Remarks About Farmers: ‘Ignorant as [bleep]’

    02/17/2020 5:34:50 AM PST · by richardtavor · 86 replies
    Mediaite ^ | February 16, 2020 | Reed Richardson
    Democratic president candidate Michael Bloomberg drew mockery from both sides of the ideological spectrum after a viral clip of him showed the billionaire media tycoon belittling farming at a 2016 business school talk and contrasting it with the “gray matter” necessary to work in the modern information economy. Bloomberg’s 2016 comments during a sit-down discussion at Oxford’s Said Business School gained attention after a Twitter account with the handle, Pete Mentes, posted a one-minute snippet of the former New York City mayor — who has never farmed — claiming “I could teach anybody in this room” to be a farmer....