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    Daily Digest 5/29 – Good News Friday: NZ Discharges Last COVID Patient, More People Birdwatching During Lockdown

    by Daily Digest

    Friday, May 29, 2020, 7:19 AM

This is Good News Friday, where we find some good economic, energy, and environmental news and share it with PP readers. Please send any positive news to [email protected] with subject header “Good News Friday.” We will save and post weekly. Enjoy!


New Zealand discharges its last coronavirus patient from the hospital (tmn)

The country has conducted a total of 267,435 coronavirus tests and contact tracers are working to monitor the remaining cases through the NZ COVID Tracer app.

New Zealand also launched another app on Wednesday, which will provide health care professionals with access to information on the updated case definition, on local clinical pathways, and on guidance around use of personal protective equipment.

‘Legendary’ 103-year-old woman celebrates beating coronavirus with a cold beer (tmn)

She woke up and proclaimed, “I’m not sick.” Annoyed at the crowd of people in her room, she told them to “get the hell out of here,” according to Dave.

All-electric Grand Caravan makes maiden flight (Adam)

Wichita-based Cessna, a division of Textron Aviation, delivers Grand Caravans equipped with Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A turboprops generating 867shp (647kW). The aircraft can carry 10-14 people.

But the Grand Caravan that flew on 28 May received power not from a PT6A, but from Magnix’s Magni500, a 750hp all-electric propulsion system.

Ancient Roman Mosaic Floor Unearthed Beneath Italian Vineyard (tmn)

The team discovered the tiles, as well as portions of the villa’s foundation, “a few meters” below the vineyard’s surface, according to the statement. To make the “archaeological treasure … hidden under our feet available and accessible,” the researchers will collaborate with authorities and the vineyard’s owners. The process will likely require both significant time and resources.

Don’t worry, I live with all these books: the socially distant joy of reading outside (tmn)

But while others were tapping up their favourite geographically convenient people to head to the park with, or plotting a bout of family-friendly sport (something that I genuinely cannot comprehend), I started to compile a specific to-read pile: the books I wanted to take outside, with a blanket and a bottle of water, and indulge in.

The Trillion Dollar Space Race Crosses Another Milestone (Michael S.)

The title for largest rocket ever made is still held by Saturn V, a 363-foot rocket with a thrust of 7.6 million pounds that successfully sent astronauts to the moon on the Apollo missions. It also holds the record for the largest payload ever sent into low earth orbit (LEO) at 260,000 pounds. The Falcon Heavy, which famously launched a Tesla Roadster into space in February 2018, has a maximum payload of 140,700 pounds. The major difference for the Falcon Heavy is that it is a reusable rocket and so its cost per launch is dramatically lower.

Scenes Of Isolation Amid Pandemic In The Vermont Countryside (tmn)

Foss regularly does volunteer work to help other seniors and members of the community, including grocery shopping and errands for people who can’t drive. She recently helped serve meals to more than 90 people at LISTEN Community Services, a non-profit in White River Junction that supports individuals and families in need.

Foss has lived in Vermont for 60 years and says that despite the easing of certain restrictions, her life won’t be any different until there’s a vaccine. “The disease is all around,” she says. “You can’t see it, hear it, smell it. So I’ll maintain lockdown.”

The Birds Are Not on Lockdown, and More People Are Watching Them (jdargis)

Bird-watching has surged in popularity this year. According to the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, birders set a world record on May 9 for Global Big Day, an annual bird-spotting event. Participants using the lab’s eBird platform reported more than two million observations — the most bird sightings documented in a single day — and recorded 6,479 species.

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  • Fri, May 29, 2020 - 1:11pm



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    Agents Provocateur in Minneapolis

    Don't know how to post a Facebook video here.  It is on this homepage.


    But a white guy who is heavily masked (respirator mask, face shield, long coat, umbrella) is seen walking around breaking windows of  a store with a hammer in a calculated manner (not a fit of fury).

    There are factions that believe that greater chaos may benefit them.

    I believe that the SC2 release, the probable lab engineered infectivity and lethality, the multifaceted suppression of treating medications and the disrupting of society by excessive lockdowns are all apart of an integrated "operation."

    And now, nursing the fury with greater destruction in Minneapolis, and more inflammatory words.

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  • Fri, May 29, 2020 - 3:08pm



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    Fractal Turning

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  • Fri, May 29, 2020 - 3:19pm



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    Alleged Officer Pederson from St. Paul MN Police Department.

    it's a 300 Mask with filter cans.Not what an ordinary protester in that neighborhood would have readily available at a moments notice. Para/military/LEO, definitely/

    Using the umbrella to avoid the facial recognition cameras, good idea. But can't escape social engineering where your ex-girlfriend identifies you by clothing, voice, and stance. Walks, talks and behaves like a duck, might be a duck.

    Identified on Facebook as Officer Pederson.....Officer, who can vouch for your whereabouts at the time of the incident?

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  • Fri, May 29, 2020 - 3:19pm



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    Vaccinations and microchipping

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  • Fri, May 29, 2020 - 3:29pm



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    datarecoveryinc said:


    Interesting read, if you do bad things, social media will expose you where overhead cameras cannot . As well as  using your ex-girlfriend's mask...... with pink canisters. Darwinism at its best!

    Jail time would be recommended for inciting riots...

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  • Fri, May 29, 2020 - 3:38pm


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    micro chipping

    Harvard prof, arrested back in 2018 for lying to the FBI (!) about his membership in the 1000 talents program, was working on virus-sized computer parts back in 2010.

    I shudder to think what these parts can do now.  Forget about a dog-ID microchip - these parts could theoretically tell your cells to do stuff.  Maybe conditionally, based on radio signals received from the outside.  I mean, its not my field, but ... they've had 7 years to play around with it since this article was written.


    Imagine being able to signal an immune cell to generate antibodies that would fight bacteria or even cancer. That fictional possibility is now a step closer to reality with the development of a bio-compatible transistor the size of a virus. Hyman professor of chemistry Charles Lieber and his colleagues used nanowires to create a transistor so small that it can be used to enter and probe cells without disrupting the intracellular machinery. These nanoscale semiconductor switches could even be used to enable two-way communication with individual cells.

    The charges, per DOJ:


    Unbeknownst to Harvard University, beginning in 2011, Lieber became a “Strategic Scientist” at Wuhan University of Technology (WUT) in China and was a contractual participant in China’s Thousand Talents Plan from in or about 2012 to 2017. China’s Thousand Talents Plan is one of the most prominent Chinese Talent recruitment plans that are designed to attract, recruit, and cultivate high-level scientific talent in furtherance of China’s scientific development, economic prosperity and national security. These talent programs seek to lure Chinese overseas talent and foreign experts to bring their knowledge and experience to China and reward individuals for stealing proprietary information. Under the terms of Lieber’s three-year Thousand Talents contract, WUT paid Lieber $50,000 USD per month, living expenses of up to 1,000,000 Chinese Yuan (approximately $158,000 USD at the time) and awarded him more than $1.5 million to establish a research lab at WUT. In return, Lieber was obligated to work for WUT “not less than nine months a year” by “declaring international cooperation projects, cultivating young teachers and Ph.D. students, organizing international conference[s], applying for patents and publishing articles in the name of” WUT.

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