Daily Digest 6/29 – 500K Coronavirus Deaths Worldwide, Remdesivir Priced At $3,120 For Typical Patient



Russia Secretly Offered Afghan Militants Bounties to Kill U.S. Troops, Intelligence Says (Sparky1)

The intelligence finding was briefed to President Trump, and the White House’s National Security Council discussed the problem at an interagency meeting in late March, the officials said. Officials developed a menu of potential options — starting with making a diplomatic complaint to Moscow and a demand that it stop, along with an escalating series of sanctions and other possible responses, but the White House has yet to authorize any step, the officials said.

Hack Brief: Anonymous Stole and Leaked a Megatrove of Police Documents (Sparky1)

DDOSecrets notes that none of the files appear to be classified, and Best concedes that they may not show illegal behavior on the part of police. But the group argues that the documents instead reveal legal but controversial practices, as well as the tone of police discussions around groups like Antifa—for instance, describing white nationalists like Richard Spencer as anti-Antifa, rather than acknowledging that Antifa expressly opposes groups like those who follow Spencer.

Tattoo artist sees bump in desire to erase hateful skin art (Sparky1)

Dr. Jeffrey Dover, a dermatologist who is the director of SkinCare Physicians in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts, said cover or removing offensive tattoos is a public service.

“It’s a pro bono service to the community, a service to humanity, a service to the individual who has the tattoo, but also to all those who are offended by the tattoo,” said Dover, who is also an associate professor of Dermatology at Yale School of Medicine. “Just think of the recoil of a Holocaust survivor who sees a Nazi tattoo.”

Protesters resist as crews arrive to dismantle Seattle’s autonomous protest zone (TourGuideDC)

But following several shootings in the area, Durkan said the city would wind down the protest zone, at first by encouraging demonstrators to leave. In addition, she said police would return to a nearby precinct that was abandoned following clashes with demonstrators.

Coronavirus milestones: 10 million cases, 500,000 deaths worldwide (Sparky1)

The coronavirus pandemic has topped two milestones — 10 million cases and 500,000 deaths — since the first cases were reported six months ago.

The cases total stands at 10,242,932, according to tracking by Worldometers.info on Sunday. And 5 percent of them have resulted in deaths: 502,808. One week ago, the cases passed 9 million and 470,000 deaths.

Asian Americans take campaign against ‘Kung Flu’ slur to the streets (Sparky1)

Since the outbreak of the global coronavirus pandemic, Ng has been active on social media but felt calling out anti-Asian racism online wasn’t enough. In May, Ng and her co-organizers, with the help of nearly 50 volunteers, launched their first campaign, “Don’t Be Cruel,” to inform Chinese American and other minority-owned businesses in New York to notify police if they encounter race-based harassment, or a hate crime.

With the World Focused on the Pandemic, Israel Prepares to Annex Large Swaths of the West Bank (Sparky1)

There are multiple reasons why Israel is not just willing but seemingly eager to incur condemnations from the international community by proceeding with this plan. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is beset by political problems as he struggles to form a governing coalition for a new term and, even more importantly, by legal problems as he stands trial on felony charges of bribery and fraud. Emboldening the Israeli population and causing them to unite behind him in the face of international denunciations could distract attention away from those crises and solidify his hold on power.

2022: A Vaccination Passport. The EU Keeps Quiet Over Suspicious Documents (westcoastjan)

Since the EC-WHO global vaccination summit also discussed a renewed immunization agenda for 2030, the big pharma’s shareholders need not worry for the long-term performance of their stock.

One ought really not to “harm vaccination rates worldwide”.

Covid-19 treatment remdesivir priced at $3,120 for the typical patient (DennisC, TourGuideDC, Lilian)

The company’s chairman and chief executive, Daniel O’Day, broke down the pricing for remdesivir in a letter on Monday. Patients will require six vials, at $520 apiece, over five days. Gilead relied on U.S. health-care system guidelines to make its calculation and said it expected government discounts. For other countries, the treatment will cost $2,340 per patient.

Why do some COVID-19 patients infect many others, whereas most don’t spread the virus at all? (Roger B.)

“If you can predict what circumstances are giving rise to these events, the math shows you can really, very quickly curtail the ability of the disease to spread,” says Jamie Lloyd-Smith of the University of California, Los Angeles, who has studied the spread of many pathogens. But superspreading events are ill-understood and difficult to study, and the findings can lead to heartbreak and fear of stigma in patients who touch them off.

Maryland Issues $70,000 Fine To Nursing Home Over Failure To Prevent Coronavirus Spread (TourGuideDC)

In March, Carroll County health department officials reported 66 positive test results at Pleasant View in one day, raising concerns about the facility’s staffing and practices. “We’re all trying to prepare for what could be ahead of us, as far as a surge,” Ed Singer, the director of the county’s health department, said at the time.

Through staff interviews and a review of Pleasant View’s records, the state officials reported that “the facility failed to properly implement infection control practices to prevent COVID-19 and was not following infection control safety practices and guidance recommended by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), during a COVID-19 pandemic.”

What Parents Can Learn From Child Care Centers That Stayed Open During Lockdowns (Base12)

“There are almost no recorded cases of child-to-adult transmission of COVID-19,” says Elliot Haspel, an education policy expert and child care advocate who wrote an op-ed arguing for reopening full-time child care and schools as soon as possible. “It’s not zero risk, [but] we’re acting with a March 2020 understanding of COVID-19 and kids, and not with a June 2020 understanding of COVID-19 and kids.”

Intrafamilial Exposure to SARS-CoV-2 Induces Cellular Immune Response without Seroconversion (Base12)

Exposure to SARS-CoV-2 can induce virus-specific T cell responses without seroconversion. T cell responses may be more sensitive indicators of SARS-Co-V-2 exposure than antibodies. Our results indicate that epidemiological data relying only on the detection of SARS-CoV-2 antibodies may lead to a substantial underestimation of prior exposure to the virus.

What you need to know about contact tracing apps and privacy (Boomer41)

History has shown us that surveillance regimes are easier to build than they are to dismantle. The Snowden revelations taught us that we must always be vigilant when protecting our right to privacy. We must design any contact tracing system with care to ensure we do not create an invasive data collection system that could be used to monitor citizens after this crisis is over or for activities that have nothing to do with containing the virus.

A Startup Wants to Use Foam to Pull Junk From Space (TourGuideDC)

Now, the Russian space company StartRocket has developed a new plan to remove dangerous debris using foam. The startup’s 110-pound, barrel-shaped satellite—called the Foam Debris Catcher—would be deployed in the aftermath of a collision.

Once it reaches the debris cloud, the satellite would splay out a web of space-grade polymeric foam arms which, according to StartRocket, can capture as much as a ton of space junk. Once the satellite catches enough debris, orbital drag would pull it toward Earth’s atmosphere, where it would burn.

The Burning Platform: Boiling Point (thc0655)

I haven’t written anything in over a month because I’ve been trying to decipher the truth about this coordinated effort to destroy the underpinnings of our civilized society. Just as the impeachment scam was ending and the Russiagate conspiracy was about to be revealed as a coup attempt engineered by Obama, Biden, Comey and their band of Deep State minions, the Covid-19 pandemic conveniently engulfed the world in fear, with medical “experts” declaring millions would surely die unless we closed the global economy and sheltered in our basements.

Charting The $1.7B Transfer Of Military Equipment To Police Departments (CleanEnergyFan)

The 1033 program has been likened to Craigslist’s “Free Stuff” section, and the comparison is apt. The mechanics of the program are relatively straightforward. Outdated military gear is transferred (at no cost) to state and local law enforcement agencies who go through the application process. The equipment is loaned to agencies, who are only responsible only for shipping and subsequent operating costs (e.g. fuel, spare parts).

Law enforcement agencies gain access to a vast array of military surplus, from office supplies and thermal underwear up to armored vehicles and multi-million dollar communications systems. Also included in the mix are medical supplies and gear to aid in search and rescue operations. Since the program’s inception, over $7.4 billion worth of property has been transferred.

Sensors detect rise in nuclear particles on Baltic Sea, global body says (Sparky1)

Zerbo’s post included a borderless map showing where the particles might have come from in the 72 hours before they were detected – a large area (here) covering the tips of Denmark and Norway as well as southern Sweden, much of Finland, Baltic countries and part of western Russia including St Petersburg.

The Trillion Dollar Battle Over North Korea’s Rare Earth Elements Is Just Beginning (TourGuideDC)

Erbium, Thulium, Cerium, Samarium, Lithium . . . these are some of the elements that under the “rare earth” label. Many of the technological advances that have been realized over the past several decades have elements derived from the seventeen elements of the periodic table.

Venezuela tightens grip on fuel stations after subsidy reform (Sparky1)

The notification document, seen by Reuters, says PDVSA “will be able to rescind the contract unilaterally and at any time”. A person familiar with the process, who asked not to be named, said so far 12 gas stations in Caracas had received the notification.

PDVSA did not respond to a request to comment.

Locusts overtake India’s capital region (Sparky1)

“All district magistrates have been advised to remain on high alert and to cooperate with the district fire department personnel for spraying prescribed pesticides/insecticides,” the a Delhi advisory said.

Rai said he ordered districts to contain the spread of the insects by advising residents to make loud noises and burn Neem leaves.

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