Are solar cycles linked to chaos on planet earth?

WORLD-GRAIN.com What do falling stock and commodity market prices, political turmoil, economic stress, societal conflict, swarms of locusts and a health pandemic threat all have in common? Perhaps it is the solar cycle. Many studies in the past have correlated such extremes in human existence to solar cycles. Some believe that the issues of the day today may have more to do with biblical end times, but there is no doubt we are living in a time of extremes. This may be one of the few times in rec...
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Sacramento Church Reportedly Linked to over 70 Coronavirus Cases

THE GUARDIAN Sacramento area church says it has been unfairly blamed in the spread as health officials link a third of cases to places of worship. A California megachurch has found itself at the center of a coronavirus outbreak after public health officials connected it to 71 cases , even as church leaders say they have been unfairly blamed for failing to take action to stop the spread among church members. County health officials have put Bethany Slavic Missionary church, a Pentecostal...
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Feds intercept 100 coronavirus test kits shipped to Portland apartment

KGW NEWS The COVID-19 test kits were not approved by the Food and Drug Administration and prohibited from entering the country. Federal investigators seized 100 coronavirus test kits being shipped from China to a Portland apartment complex, according to a federal search warrant. The coronavirus test kits were not approved by the Food and Drug Administration and prohibited from entering the country. On March 18, U.S. Customs intercepted the shipment containing four white boxes labele...
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No Visitors allowed in Colorado’s Gunnison County | Cononavirus Lockdown

KDVR Visitors are no longer allowed in Gunnison County under the county’s latest public health order. Violators could be jailed. In 1918, people in Gunnison dodged a flu pandemic by telling visitors to stay away. Now, the county is trying a similar technique to flatten its COVID-19 curve. “We do have a reputation to uphold from 1918, but ... we know the realities for us today,” said Joni Reynolds, Gunnison County public health director. “The reality is that we started this outbreak in G...
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U.S. toll nears 13,000 as Coronavirus drug touted by Trump faces test

CBS NEWS  As the U.S. death toll from the new coronavirus nears 13,000, America's battle with the disease appears increasingly mired in politics. President Trump has accused the World Health Organization of pandering to China and "probably" misleading the planet about the merits of his response. Mr. Trump's touting of the anti-malarial drug hydroxychloroquin­­­­­­e as a possible "game changer" in the fight against COVID-19 may soon be judged by medical fact: While it remains clinically unprove...
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Solar Cycle 25 May now be Upon Us as Sun shows Waves of New Activity

NEWSWEEK The Sun could be entering a new cycle of activity, potentially as soon as this month, a scientist has said. Our star generates a powerful magnetic field which goes through roughly 11-year-long cycles. At the end of this period, the polarity of this magnetic field flips, meaning that the north and south poles switch. Scientists refer to end of this cycle as a solar minimum, the period of lowest activity. The middle of the cycle—the solar maximum—on the other hand is a period of ...
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Unemployment could top 32% as 47M workers are laid off amid coronavirus

USA TODAY The unemployment rate in the U.S. could reach a staggering 32.1% in the second quarter as 47 million workers are laid off amid the coronavirus outbreak, according to estimates published in a blog by the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis. That would be the highest jobless rate on records dating to 1948 and easily top the 25% rate during the Great Depression. “These are very large numbers by historical standards, but this is a rather unique shock that is unlike any other experienced by t...
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Effort underway to help homeless self-isolate amid outbreak

KDVR While Coloradans are being told to stay inside, that order is nearly impossible to follow for thousands in the community who live outside. “People experiencing homelessness are not more likely to be carriers of COVID-19. However, if they do contract the virus they are two times more likely to need hospital care,” said Cathy Alderman with Colorado Coalition for the Homeless. Two patients at the Stout Street Health Center have tested positive. More than 80 others have been tested. ...
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The qualities that imperil urban places during COVID-19 are also the keys to recovery

FT As the world closes in on itself to contain the coronavirus, people are rightfully worried about how the places where they live are affecting their health and well-being. Is it safer to be in a rural area to avoid the seemingly perilous density of a metropolis? Or in a city where health care and other resources are close at hand? As the pandemic expands nationally—upending life in dense urban areas and remote hamlets alike—there are few satisfying answ...
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Coronavirus: Stalybridge man admits social distancing breach

BBC A man has pleaded guilty to breaching coronavirus social distancing rules by repeatedly approaching people in a supermarket queue. Steven Mackie, 53, was arrested after getting too close to shoppers outside Tesco in Stalybridge on Saturday. He is thought to be the first person to be charged in the UK since the new restrictions came into force. At Stockport Magistrates' Court, Mackie was fined £635 after he admitted failing to maintain public health. Police said Mackie, of Stamford Street,...
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Coronavirus outbreak brings back people who ran away from Facebook

CNET #DeleteFacebook goes out the door when you're social distancing. Fed up with seeing political lies on social media, Scott Erickson deleted his Facebook account last year as the US headed into the presidential primary season. Leaving the world's largest social network, he thought, would help ease his mind. But Erickson's Facebook hiatus came to an end earlier this month when the 47-year-old technical account manager developed a fever and cough, symptoms associated with COVID-19, the respi...
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Google bans Alex Jones ‘InfoWars’ app after coronavirus claims

NEWSWEEK The InfoWars app was removed from the Google Play Store on Friday, in response to a video in which conspiracy theorist Alex Jones spread disinformation about the novel coronavirus COVID-19. Just as on his radio show and other online platforms, Jones published false information via the InfoWars app, which had more than a 100,000 downloads at the time of its removal from the app store. In addition to broadcasting The Alex Jones Show live, products were also sold through the a...
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Texas National Guard unit to base in Dallas

 FOX4NEWS.COM Dallas County leads the state with the highest number of confirmed COVID-19 cases and deaths. On Friday it reported 64 new cases for a total of 367 cases, including seven deaths so far. State officials also said Friday that one of the three Texas National Guard units that have been activated will be based in the county. The 56th Infantry Brigade Combat Team is based in the DFW area. Dallas County officials said hospitalizations are increasing from the virus, with 36 per...
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Coloradans adjust to life under stay-at-home order

KDVR If Denver is any indication, it seems most people are obeying Gov. Jared Polis' statewide stay-at-home order. From Interstate 25 to the Denver-Aurora border, Colfax Avenue seems to be a shell of its former, busy self. David Millis rides his bicycle through the heart of Denver. As a cyclist for “Denver Delivery Network,” he says he is noticing fewer cars on the road. “I’m happy the stay-at-home order is in effect,” the lifelong Denver resident said. Citizens with jobs consider...
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As Coronavirus Surveillance Escalates, Personal Privacy Plummets

NYTIMES Tracking entire populations to combat the pandemic now could open the doors to more invasive forms of government snooping later. In South Korea, government agencies are harnessing surveillance-camera footage, smartphone location data and credit card purchase records to help trace the recent movements of coronavirus patients and establish virus transmission chains. In Lombardy, Italy, the authorities are analyzing location data transmitted by citizens’ mobile phones to determine ...
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