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 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 finally 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 app, ...
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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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Worst-case scenario: 33,200 Coloradans could die from COVID-19

KDVR For the first time since the coronavirus crisis began, Colorado Gov. Jared Polis laid out how much life-saving equipment the state's hospitals have and how much they might need to help COVID-19 patients in a worst-case scenario. Speaking Friday afternoon at the state's Emergency Operations Center in Centennial, Polis said as many has 33,200 people in Colorado could die from the coronavirus if the virus spreads rapidly and people don't follow the state's stay-at-home executive order. ...
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Thieves party at closed Bay Area restaurant during shelter in place

La Costanera, an elegant Peruvian restaurant overlooking the water in Montara, has been closed since the Bay Area’s shelter-in-place order went into effect, but at least four people broke into the restaurant on March 21, stole cash, smashed cameras and drank sparkling wine — then lingered for 11 hours over the course of two days. That’s according to Jorge Palacios, regional manager for Altamirano Restaurant Group, which runs several Bay Area Peruvian restaurants such as Mochica and Piqueo’s in S...
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Colorado will be home to the new U.S. Space Force

Congress approved $148 million for the Consolidated Space Operations Facility. SPACE NEWS The Pentagon’s budget request for fiscal year 2021 includes $88 million to complete the construction of a Consolidated Space Operations Facility at Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado. The CSOF was requested two years ago by the U.S. Air Force Space Command and U.S. Strategic Command to meet growing demands for secure facilities for military space operators and analysts from the intelligence community...
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Quarantined passengers to remain in isolation after returning to US soil

Hundreds of American evacuees from the quarantined Diamond Princess have been isolated on U.S. military air bases. CNBC A passenger who was among hundreds of Americans who volunteered to disembark the quarantined Diamond Princess cruise ship over the weekend, told CNBC Tuesday that the evacuees received a round of applause after making it back to U.S. soil. The repatriates arrived at one of two U.S. military air bases Monday morning via charter plane from the ship docked in Japan. “I burst ...
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Pentagon Report Warns On Threat To U.S. From Russia’s Dangerous Global Influence

FORBES A new report prepared for the Joint Chiefs has found that the U.S. needs an urgent change of strategy to deal with Russia's growing influence on the world. The Kremlin is deploying an increasingly sophisticated strategy of propaganda, political manipulation, economic exploitation and provocation to disrupt U.S. influence and restore Russia's global standing—Washington needs to change its approach or risk falling further behind. Across 150 pages, more than 20 military and independent ana...
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Texas Lawmakers Pass Measure to Protect Electric Grid From Cyber Attacks, Solar Storms

Cyber attacks. A solar storm. Sabotage and terrorist activity. THEHAYRIDE.COM An electromagnetic pulse of some variety. A yet-unthinkable nuclear blast from a rogue international actor. Or even just the Texas weather. The Texas electric delivery grid is vulnerable, but the Texas Legislature is close to taking the first steps to protect it. SB 475 by Sen. Kelly Hancock, which establishes the Texas Electric Grid Security Council, passed the House easily on Tuesday...
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South Korea: There Will Be No War on Korean Peninsula

There will be no war on the Korean peninsula, South Korean President Moon Jae-In stated Thursday, adding that Seoul effectively had a veto over US military action in response to the North's nuclear and missile programs. Alahednews Tensions have soared on the peninsula in recent months, with Pyongyang carrying out its first successful tests of an intercontinental ballistic missile [ICBM], bringing much of the US within range. Last week it threatened to send a salvo of rockets towards the U...
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How long can the US keep hackers at bay and the lights on?

The foundation around which the U.S. economy runs, the power grid makes an intriguing target for hackers. HOUSTON CHRONICLE  After it came to light this summer that hackers had infiltrated the computer networks of two U.S. power companies - at a time the country was still reeling from Russian cyberattacks aimed at influencing the 2016 election - the possibility of hackers taking down the U.S. power grid and sending the nation into chaos suddenly seemed a very real possibility. The compani...
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Military Using Human Brain Waves to Teach Robots How to Shoot

GOVERNMENT EXECUTIVE Modern sensors can see farther than humans. Electronic circuits can shoot faster than nerves and muscles can pull a trigger. Humans still outperform armed robots in knowing what to shoot at — but new research funded in part by the Army may soon narrow that gap. Researchers from DCS Corp and the Army Research Lab fed datasets of human brain waves into a neural network — a type of artificial intelligence — which learned to recognize when a human is making a targeting deci...
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Ad Shows Army Prepping for Martial Law

Will martial law be declared on American soil? Will economic collapse and urban riots result in the final and total loss of civil liberties right here at home? It could happen, and it is one of the “eventualities” that the military is preparing for, though they are constitutionally barred from being used domestically against the American people. Part of the U.S. Army’s latest ad campaign, broadcast frequently during football games and sporting events, and widely across many television p...
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Obama to Announce New Executive Action on Guns

President Barack Obama is expected to announce in the coming days a new executive action with the goal of expanding background checks on gun sales, people familiar with White House planning said. Described as "imminent," the set of executive actions would fulfill a promise by the President to take further unilateral steps the White House says could help curb gun deaths. Plans for the action are not yet complete, and those familiar with the process warn that unforeseen circumstances could...
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