TALLAHASSEE, Florida (PNN) - July 24, 2020 - After learning that waves of people who were never even tested for the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) received mysterious “positive” results, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis decided to call for an investigation into the matter to get to the bottom of it.
Governor DeSantis has asked the Florida Department of Health to look into the situation further. He announced that it makes no sense whatsoever that people who were never even evaluated by a practitioner are now receiving anomalous positive test results that are being used by some to push for more lockdowns and mask-wearing.
“For that to come back positive, when there was no specimen submitted, is problematic,” DeSantis said. “So I’ve heard it enough to be concerned about it.”
CHICAGO, Illinois (PNN) - July 29, 2020 - 2020 is a watershed year for machine learning. It has seen the true arrival of commodized machine learning, where deep learning models and algorithms are readily available to Internet users. GPUs are cheaper and more readily available than ever, and new training methods like transfer learning have made it possible to train powerful deep learning models using smaller sets of data.
But accessible machine learning also has its downsides. A recent New York Times article by Kashmir Hill profiled clearview.ai, an unregulated facial recognition service that has downloaded over 3 billion photos of people from the Internet and social media, and used them to build facial recognition models for millions of citizens without their knowledge or permission. Clearview.ai demonstrates just how easy it is to build invasive tools for monitoring and tracking using deep learning.
Facebook, YouTube and Twitter censor Capitol Hill coronavirus press conference.
WASHINGTON - July 27, 2020 - Facebook has removed a video posted by Breitbart News earlier today, which was the top-performing Facebook post in the world Monday afternoon, of a press conference in Washington D.C. held by the group America’s Frontline Doctors and organized and sponsored by the Tea Party Patriots. The press conference featured Rep. Ralph Norman (S.C.) and frontline doctors sharing their views and opinions on coronavirus and the medical response to the “pandemic”. YouTube (which is owned by Google) and Twitter subsequently removed footage of the press conference as well.
The video accumulated over 17 million views during the eight hours it was hosted on Facebook, with over 185,000 concurrent viewers.
BENTONVILLE, Arkansas (PNN) - July 27, 2020 – Though WalMart is requiring customers to wear face masks in all of its stores, the chain, like many others, will not require employees to enforce this policy and has instructed associates to still serve customers who do not wear masks.
The outlet cited retailers like CVS, Walgreens, Lowe's, and Home Depot among those that have said they will not prevent mask-less shoppers from shopping in their stores, citing fears that these shoppers will get violent or otherwise harass there workers.
This has raised questions about who is responsible for enforcing such policies and how strictly they should be enforced. President of the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union Stuart Appelbaum said that it should be up to security or management to handle enforcing the requirement.
STOCKHOLM, Sweden (PNN) - July 29, 2020 - Sweden is seeing a very positive downward trend in coronavirus cases after its much-debated decision not to go into lockdown, its top epidemiologist says.
Anders Tegnell said the number of seriously sick patients was “close to zero” with the curve of new virus cases also bending downwards.
Tegnell is also continuing to play down the effectiveness of face masks - saying there is no point wearing them on public transport.
Sweden recorded only 1,716 new cases last week, down from 9,094 just a month earlier, and deaths have also been on the decline.
WASHINGTON (PNN) - July 29, 2020 - Earlier this summer, Fascist Police States of Amerika President Donald Trump directed The Pentagon to withdraw some ten thousand FPSA troops from Germany by September, following years of the regime severely criticizing lack of enough military spending from its European ally. This inevitably set up a fight and pushback from both hawks and Congress, and some among the defense establishment.
It also came out of “Amerika First” related promises made going back to the campaign trail wherein the president vowed to stop being the world's global policeman and to ultimately "bring our troops home" from far flung stations. Cited as still angry that Germany is "taking advantage" and "not paying their NATO fees", Trump has moved to withdraw about 12,000 troops from Germany.