News Burst 17 December 2021 – Get The News!

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  • Tech giant Apple has quietly erased references to its plan to scan user files for images of child sexual abuse on all US iPhones, but didn’t shelve the idea itself. Critics call the proposed technology a major invasion of privacy. The latest update of Apple’s Child Safety page has erased all mentions of the Child Sexual Abuse Material (CSAM) scheme, which triggered backlash after it was first announced in August.
  • Wednesday evening was marked by another bold statement from Tesla CEO Elon Musk on Twitter. The billionaire entrepreneur claims that he will pay more taxes this year than any other American in history. The tweet came as part of his spat with Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Massachusetts), who has been a longtime supporter of wealth tax that would target not only the income of the richest US citizens, but their assets as well. “And if you opened your eyes for 2 seconds, you would realize I will pay more taxes than any American in history this year,” Musk tweeted in response to Warren’s reaction to the fact that TIME magazine named him its “Person of the Year.”
  • Bugs producing plastic-degrading enzymes both on land and in oceans are growing in quantity and diversity, the study from the Swedish Chalmers University of Technology shows. Researchers have discovered over 30,000 enzyme homologues – members of protein sequences sharing similar properties – that live all around the planet and have the potential to degrade the 10 types of plastic most widely used by humans.
  • The US military has constructed a tool to help it predict which actions will upset China and cause “strategic friction” in the Pacific, such as warship maneuvers, arm sales, and missions to Taiwan. According to Reuters, the tool looks at previous actions which have impacted relations between the two countries, and uses that data to calculate ‘strategic friction’ and predict which actions in the near future could also lead to a negative response. The Biden administration’s deputy secretary of defense, Kathleen Hicks, was reportedly briefed on the new tool in Hawaii on Tuesday.
  • The Biden administration has released previously classified documents on the assassination of then-US president John F. Kennedy, although they include redactions, and thousands are still withheld in full. The latest collection of released Kennedy files is made up of more than 1,400 documents, and can be read on the National Archives website, but thousands more are still being held back. The documents released include redactions, similar to when former President Donald Trump released some 3,000 files back in 2017. The release of the documents had been mandated by Congress in 1992.
  • A joint European Union and Russian mission has discovered “significant amounts of water” lying just below the surface of Mars – and scientists say it could be “easily exploitable” by future explorers. The largest canyon in our Solar System, Valles Marineris sits just south of Mars’ equator and is some 10 times longer and five times deeper than Earth’s Grand Canyon. It’s also hiding a body of water the size of the Netherlands, the European Space Agency (ESA) announced on Wednesday. The water was detected by the ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter, a joint project of the ESA and the Russian space agency, Roscosmos. The satellite detected a large amount of hydrogen less than a meter below the canyon’s surface, and, as hydrogen molecules bind into water molecules, the discovery indicates the soil in that location is rich in moisture, which probably exists as ice.
  • The joint Russian-European Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline has been completed and prepared to start pumping gas from Russia to Germany along the bottom of the Baltic Sea. However, the dual pipeline system still needs the approval of German and European regulators, who have threatened to put off certification until well into next year. Germany’s underground gas storage reserves have dropped to below 60 percent, a “historically low level” for the start of winter, Sebastian Bleschke, managing director of INES, the association of German gas storage system operators, has warned.
  • A third of leveraged loans sold to investors in the US debt market in 2021 were issued to companies that borrowed above the recommended limit, the Financial Times reported Thursday. Fears are that if the US economy shrinks or borrowing rates increase it could become unmanageable and accelerate the decline of indebted business, according to the FT. Dennis Kelleher, the president of the Better Markets group that advocates for stricter Wall Street oversight, told FT that the amount of leverage in the US financial system was “insane.” “It has created a ticking time bomb,” he was quoted as saying. The computer and electronics industry now makes up the largest share of leveraged loans — more than 20% of the market, up from 13% in 2013. The services and leasing sector is also heavily indebted.
  • While the late Jeffrey Epstein’s longtime girlfriend and alleged “pimp”, Ghislaine Maxwell, is unlikely to testify in her own sex trafficking trial, which resumes today in Manhattan federal court, her defence team is promising sensational revelations, reported The Sun. “The defence case will be shocking. There will be some very surprising revelations,” a source was cited as promising. According to a court filing last Sunday, lawyers for Maxwell confirmed their intention to summon 11 more witnesses than the prosecution, after the latter rested their case on 10 December, calling the daughter of disgraced newspaper mogul Robert Maxwell a “dangerous predator” and Epstein’s “partner in crime”. Maxwell’s lead lawyer Bobbi Sternheim is said to have informed Judge Alison Nathan that some of the witnesses will be travelling from abroad. A request was made that three witnesses be granted the right to testify anonymously, or “under some sort of protection, name protection, whether that’s a pseudonym or a first name…”
  • Russia sold off another $198 million in US Treasury bonds in the month of October, with the total value of Moscow’s portfolio dropping to $3.72 billion, and the majority of these ($3.17 billion) consisting of short-term bonds, data published by the US Treasury Department shows. Data indicates that Russia’s investments in these bonds, marketed to foreign and domestic investors as a safe and reliable store of value, have continued dropping for several months straight, with total holdings amounting to just over $4 billion in August. Does Russia know something the rest of the world doesn’t?
  • Eight people, including four farmers, were killed in the Lakhimpur Kheri District of Uttar Pradesh on 3 October when a vehicle allegedly belonging to Ashish Mishra, son of federal minister Ajay Mishra Teni, hit a group of protesting farmers. On Thursday, the party’s UP state unit organised a march in the state capital Lucknow to demand the resignation of federal Minister of State for Home Affairs Ajay Mishra Teni, whose son is one of the accused in the Lakhimpur Kheri violence. The march was led by State Congress UInit Chief Ajay Kumar Lallu. Sharing a video on Twitter, Lallu tweeted in Hindi: “The fight continues… for justice for farmers until the resignation of the minister.”
  • The approach of Typhoon Rai to the Philippines forced the authorities of the southeastern region of Caraga to start preemptive evacuations in high-risk areas, Vice Governor Nilo Demerey Jr. said on Wednesday. Over 98,000 people were evacuated from the Visayas region of the Philippines.
  • Police in Australia have detained two Frontline Action on Coal (FLAC) environmental activists with charges brought against a 75-year-old protester after they stopped the Bowen Rail Company train transporting coal and started removing coal from wagons, media reported on Thursday. During the night, one activist allegedly locked himself onto the train near Collinsville, North Queensland, Australia, while two other protesters climbed onto the wagons and started to remove coal with shovels, according to Australian broadcaster ABC. The train was transporting coal from the Carmichael Mine to an export terminal near the coastal town of Bowen.
  • “YouTube has blocked the new channel RT DE – RT auf Sendung. This happened on the day of the launch of television broadcasting in German. Live broadcast was on. We are trying to understand the reasons [behind YouTube’s decision],” RT said in a statement.
  • Scientists operating NASA’s Perseverance rover as it explores the surface of Mars have recently gained new insight into the Red Planet’s geology. According to an article posted on NASA’s website, the science team has learned that the bedrock in the Jezero Crater where the rover landed “likely formed from red-hot magma.”
  • Boy Scouts of America have secured $800 million via one of its primary insurers, Chubb Ltd on Monday, to settle around 82,500 claims of child sexual abuse. The bankrupt organisation now has some $2.7 billion available to resolve those claims. Despite the seemingly large sum, a committee representing some of the claimants stands in opposition to the deal, saying it compromises too much and gives the organisation potential for bankruptcy reorganisation.
  • A total of one hundred eleven airline pilots died in the first eight months of this year! This is a 1,750% increase from 2020, when the world was supposed to be in the middle of a pandemic. A list of the deceased individuals was published in the Air Line Pilot Association magazine. In comparison, there were 6 airline pilot deaths in 2020, and only one death in 2019. Surge in pilot deaths is a warning sign to all.
  • Marco Buschman (FDP), the German Justice Minister, wants to take action against the messenger service Telegram as it is used to oppose Covid measures. “What is spread on Telegram is disgusting, indecent, and criminal,” claims the new German Justice Minister. Recently, the autocratic Lukashenko regime in Belarus made it criminal to subscribe to unwanted channels on the service.
  • Telegram is the fastest growing mobile app in 2021, leading this year’s Top Breakout Chart by Appannie. This means that the number of active users on Telegram increased faster than on any other mobile app in the world. 2021 will be remembered as the year when people grew tired of being disrespected by greedy corporations and chose the privacy and consistency of Telegram.

News Burst 17 December 2021

By cindyloucbp

Cynthia is the typical Pisces! Her left brain activities include scientific activities in the hospital laboratory as a director. Her right-brain activites show as a painter, photographer and musician. She is known as the scientist who sings!

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