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Thursday, April 9, 2020

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Hands-on preview: Minecraft Dungeons is an unexpected treasure

Posted: 09 Apr 2020 06:09 AM PDT

When Minecraft Dungeons was first announced, I thought it was a bit of an odd call. Dungeon crawlers are popular, and Minecraft is popular, but… a Minecraft dungeon crawler? Surely, I figured, a switch to isometric dungeoneering would lose all of Minecraft’s creative, construction-toy charm in translation, and I just couldn’t see Minecraft’s gently strange, cuboid world as an intuitive setting for a Diablolike lootstabber. It all seemed a bit of a mismatch, like making an arcade fighting game based on Frasier, or an RTS about the Teletubbies.

But, as you’ve probably now had time to process, both of those ideas are completely amazing. And so, to my surprise and delight, is Minecraft Dungeons. I’ve had a good play with the beta build ahead of its postponed launch on May 26th, and what I’ve found is an extremely slick, extremely pretty dopamine delivery system, that somehow strings together the best of two seemingly disparate worlds.


Try Google Stadia for free with nine games in a new trial

Posted: 09 Apr 2020 04:47 AM PDT

Google have now made their cloud gaming service, Stadia, completely free to anyone who has a Gmail account. That means you no longer have to buy their pricey Premiere Edition to get started, all you have to do is sign up online.

On top of that, to help keep people entertained in isolation they’ve made their premium subscription service, Stadia Pro, free for two months. It’s basically a free trial that gives you full access to nine games, which sounds like a pretty good deal to me.


Tense and fiddly FPS roguelike Receiver 2 shoots out next week

Posted: 09 Apr 2020 03:38 AM PDT

If you haven’t played 2013’s Receiver, you’ve missed out on some of the best shoots in videogames. It’s an FPS roguelike where you roam about on rooftops, fending off turrets and drones with a gun that needs more attention than a two-year old. There are separate buttons to slide in individual bullets, fiddle with safeties, and do that primey thing where you slide the top back. I’ve got no interest in real-life firearms, but panicking about this stuff in the middle of a shootout is great.

Developers Wolfire games have just revealed Receiver 2 is coming out on April 14th, and will let me do all of this again with fiddlier and prettier weapons. I’m going to have so much gun.


EGX confirmed for September 17-20th in London

Posted: 09 Apr 2020 03:12 AM PDT

EGX, the London games show run by our corporate siblings, has announced dates of September 17-20th for this year’s show. It’s due to return to the ExCeL London in the Docklands. EGX is the boisterous big brother of EGX Rezzed, the more PC-y and indie-ish games show held at London’s Tobacco Dock. I know, the names get confusing. Tickets are not yet on sale.


Hearthstone has already nerfed Demon Hunters

Posted: 09 Apr 2020 02:29 AM PDT

Illidan Stormrage should have learned that drinking from the skull of Gul’dan riles up the whole world of Warcraft and makes them regret releasing him from wizard jail, but now he’s done it again in Hearthstone. The Demon Hunter class arrived Tuesday in Blizzard’s card game, the first new playable class since launch six years ago, and already they’ve needed to hastily nerf him. Yes, of course Skull of Gul’Dan is one of the cards that’s got him in trouble. Illidan, buddy, come on, you’ve got to break this cycle.


Recreate doomed romance in The Sims 4 with these custom Life Is Strange hairdos

Posted: 09 Apr 2020 01:00 AM PDT

It’s been a few weeks since I surprised and delighted you with some custom content of the week for The Sims 4. Typically, I also avoid showcasing CC for Create A Sim (or CAS). It’s the part of the game I’m less interested in (I don’t think that, to date, I have actually played the Sims – I just build houses, m8), and therefore the part I don’t download a lot of CC for.

But this week, I was tooling around on The Sims 4 subreddits, as one does, and saw a few posts about some Life Is Strange character hair. And darn it if it wasn’t really good Life Is Strange Character Hair!


Have You Played… Firewatch?

Posted: 08 Apr 2020 11:30 PM PDT

One of my favourite game-related anecdotes to tell – y’know, to get out at the fancy dinner parties we have where games journalists get together to collude and decide which games will be reviewed well over the coming months – is about Firewatch.


Cyberpunk 2077's faction The Mox protect sex workers from violence

Posted: 08 Apr 2020 02:15 PM PDT

CD Projekt Red’s tech dystopia FPS Cyberpunk 2077 is expected out later this year. Ye olde marketing machine seems to be getting its gears turning again and CDPR have today posted about one of the gangs that you’ll find in Night City. The Mox are a group that CDPR say “protect working girls and guys from violence and abuse,” specifically sex workers like their in-game inspiration Elizabeth Borden.


Turn into animals in GTA Online by taking peyote this week

Posted: 08 Apr 2020 02:14 PM PDT

I’ve found myself oddly envious of pigeons lately, watching them strut around without a care, and I feel fully vindicated after becoming a pigeon myself in GTA Online. For funsies, Rockstar have re-enabled the peyote plants which let players transform into random animals, from dogs and deer to pigs and pigeons. My favourite so far is becoming a cougar, burly enough to bowl pedestrians over without even attacking, though the stingray had a nice ‘nature documentary’ vibe rippling around beneath the waves.


Twitch are clarifying their rules about nudity again

Posted: 08 Apr 2020 01:36 PM PDT

Here we go again, Twitch are attempting to clarify their oft-confusing Nudity And Attire Policy which they’ve historically struggled to apply consistently. This time around, Twitch are spelling out which body parts are considered too naughty for streaming instead of attempting to regulate based on types of clothing. That does seem like an improvement. “Cleavage is unrestricted,” in case you were wondering, but pelvic areas are still a no-no.


Please enjoy Justin Bieber's new house put into 90s strategy games

Posted: 08 Apr 2020 01:35 PM PDT

Earlier this week the social medias went wild over pictures of Justin Bieber’s giant plastic mansion-hole. People were saying it looked like the Marvel Avengers HQ. This is the most incorrect thing I have ever heard. It clearly looks like something you’d see made out of empty Müller Corners and Fairy Liquid bottles on three successive episodes of Blue Peter.

Look at it. That’s the long lens shot of it everyone is rinsing, in the header there. You can just imagine painting that circular bit on the left in white acrylic paint, and your mum putting it on the shelf with all the spaghetti so it would dry, except you couldn’t be that patient so you started painting it silver too soon and that bit ended up being streaky compared to the rest. Anyway, turns out I’m also wrong and that what it actually is, is a base building from a 90s PC game.


Here are the first minutes of Hello Games' The Last Campfire

Posted: 08 Apr 2020 11:01 AM PDT

Hello Games are of course the folks behind giant space sandbox No Man’s Sky, so their next game, The Last Campfire, came as quite a surprise when it was announced in 2018. It’s a much smaller game, not nearly an entire universe, about a little traveler named Ember. Hello have now shared a new video to tell us more about the adventure puzzler that’s due out this summer.


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Posted: 08 Apr 2020 11:00 PM PDT

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Posted: 08 Apr 2020 10:30 PM PDT

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Picture Of The Day

Posted: 08 Apr 2020 10:00 PM PDT

Colourised scanning electron micrograph of an apoptotic cell (greenish brown) heavily infected with SARS-COV-2 virus particles (pink), also known as the novel coronavirus, isolated from a patient sample. The image was captured and colour-enhanced at the NIAID Integrated Research Facility (IRF) in Fort Detrick, Maryland. © REUTERS / NIAID-IRF

WNU Editor:
The above image came from this photo-gallery .... COVID-19 Through the Lens of a Microscope (Sputnik).

Commentaries, Analysis, And Editorials -- April 9, 2020

Posted: 08 Apr 2020 09:32 PM PDT

Suzannah Lyons and Natasha Mitchell, ABC News Online: How did coronavirus start? Where did bats get the virus from and how did it spread to humans?

Despite the conspiracy theories you're hearing, or the misinformation that's spreading on social media, it's clear that this coronavirus came from wildlife.

By looking at the genome of SARS-CoV-2 — the virus that causes COVID-19 — it is clear it has signatures that are closely related to other viruses that are present in wildlife, said evolutionary biologist Jemma Geoghegan of the University of Otago.

"There is a virus in bats, as well as a virus in pangolins, that shares similarities with the new virus that has appeared in humans," said Dr Geoghegan, who studies the emergence and evolution of viruses.

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Commentaries, Analysis, And Editorials -- April 9, 2020

How bad could a second wave of coronavirus infections be, and where could they strike? -- Amy Bainbridge, ABC News Online

Coronavirus: The porous borders where the virus cannot be controlled -- Saira Asher BBC News

Coronavirus: Financial crisis 'on steroids' looms for EU leaders -- Gavin Lee, BBC News

Boris Johnson Is Dangerously Ill: What Happens Next? -- Peter Harris, National Interest

With Johnson hospitalized, who's who in Britain's Cabinet? -- Sylvia Hui, AP

As Virus Takes Hold, Russia (And Russians) Caught In Limbo -- Alastair Gill, World Crunch

The Long Hard Road to Decoupling from China -- Andrew A. Michta, American Interest

Americans of Both Parties Agree on China -- Josh Rogin, Washington Post

Biden vs. Trump: General election battle is now set -- Steve Peoples, AP

The US military would be superb at fighting coronavirus. Let's use it -- Ann Lee and Sean Penn, The Guardian

Lessons on Leadership From the USS Theodore Roosevelt. -- John L. Chapman, RCD

World News Briefs -- April 9, 2020 (Morning Edition)

Posted: 08 Apr 2020 09:14 PM PDT

SCMP: Coronavirus latest: 1.5 million people infected worldwide as WTO warns of deepest recession 'of our lifetimes'

* US infections surge past 430,000; New York fatalities rise, but curve 'flattening'
* Boris Johnson's condition 'improving' in hospital as UK deaths hit 7,000

More than 1.5 million people have been infected by the new coronavirus, as the pandemic batters major economies and threatens to plunge the world into the deepest global recession in generations.

While Wuhan, the Chinese city where the virus was first reported, celebrated its liberation from a nearly 11-week lockdown, much of the West remained in the throes of a health emergency that has killed more than 80,000 people worldwide.

Governments are grappling with how to balance public safety with the devastating impact of lockdowns that have closed whole sectors of the economy and erased millions of jobs in a matter of weeks.

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Coronavirus live news: global cases pass 1.5m as UK and US suffer worst daily death tolls

Coronavirus latest: Global cases pass 1.5 million.

Coronavirus update: UK's death toll rises, police interview Ruby Princess witnesses, New York victims go uncounted, WHO responds to Donald Trump's funding threat

Global coronavirus cases exceed 1.5 million: Live updates.

What you need to know today about the virus outbreak.

Latest on the spread of the coronavirus around the world.

Coronavirus: Which countries have confirmed cases?


US trying 'urgently' to stave off coronavirus outbreak in NE Syria.

Russian warplanes return skies of Idlib after militants disrupt military patrol.

Syrian air force used chemical weapons in three 2017 attacks, probe finds.

Houthi advance displaces 70,000 as pandemic threat grows in Yemen.

Saudi-led coalition announces ceasefire in five-year Yemen war. Saudi Arabia announces 2-week cease-fire in Yemen.

Millions in Lebanon risk food insecurity over virus lockdown: HRW.

Coronavirus: Iran appeals for $5bn IMF loan as deaths pass 4,000.

Israeli man charged with spying for Iran.


Afghan gov't will release 100 Taliban prisoners to restart peace talks.

Asian stocks gain on hopes pandemic is approaching peak.

Coronavirus: tens of thousands say goodbye to Wuhan as city ends 11 weeks of lockdown.

Wuhan lockdown lifted; Asian politicians warn of power grabs.

India is converting trains into hospital wards as it prepares for worsening coronavirus COVID-19 scenarios.

Pakistan doctors beaten by police as they despair of 'untreatable' pandemic.

North Korea's Kim Jong Un responds to coronavirus with missiles.

Japan, South Korea discuss North Korea missile tests.

Major Indian cities make mask-wearing compulsory amid virus fears.

The Himalayas are visible in parts of India 125 miles away for the first time in 30 years after coronavirus saw pollution levels drop across the country.


Tracking Africa's coronavirus cases.

AU chief defends WHO from Trump's criticism.

Rwanda: COVID-19 cases rise despite lockdown.

Fears in Uganda over coronavirus outbreak in refugee settlements.

UN searching for new Libya envoy after US blockage.

Sudan still in crisis a year after Bashir's ouster.

Congo president's chief of staff arrested amid graft probe.


Boris Johnson 'sitting up in bed' in hospital, but remains in intensive care unit being treated for coronavirus. UK's Johnson 'improving' as he fights COVID-19 in intensive care.

Italy, Spain ICU pressures decline, but emotional toll rises.

Spain's coronavirus death toll rises for second consecutive day to 757 fatalities.

France reports 541 new coronavirus hospital deaths in 24 hours.

French economy records 6% decline in Q1; worst dip in 75 years.

France to extend coronavirus lockdown again, will run beyond April 15.

Economic researchers see Germany head toward deep recession.

Coronavirus in Russia: Self-isolate or face the consequences.

Coronavirus: Marathon talks over EU virus rescue package stall.

'Now is not the time to relax measures,' WHO warns Europe.

1,300-foot-long bridge collapses in northern Italy; 1 hurt.

Northern Irish truck driver pleads guilty to 39 counts of manslaughter after immigrants die in trailer.


US coronavirus deaths surpass 14,600, world's second-highest after Italy. US coronavirus cases surpass 400,000 with more than 14,500 deaths.

Speed of coronavirus deaths shock doctors as New York toll hits new high.

Disturbing photos show COVID-19 patients being stacked on evacuation buses to be transported between NYC's overwhelmed hospitals after state recorded it's deadliest 24 hours with 779 deaths.

HHS: Federal stocks of protective equipment nearly depleted.

Sanders exit leaves deep disappointment on left. Sanders quits U.S. presidential race, setting up Biden battle with Trump.

In virus-hit America, World Health Organization in firing line.

After pandemic, Fed policymakers see slow U.S. recovery.

Ecuador ex-president Correa jailed in absentia for corruption.

Returning Venezuelans face 'nightmare' coronavirus quarantine.


US AFRICOM: Senior al-Shabaab leader killed in Somalia airstrike.

Counter-terrorism probe opened in France knife attack.

Terrorist groups spin COVID-19 as God's 'smallest soldier' attacking West.


US STOCKS-Wall St rallies on hopeful coronavirus signs, healthcare lift.

World equities climb on hopes coronavirus pandemic is peaking.

Oil rallies as deal takes shape before key meeting. Russia, Saudi to debate oil output cuts as U.S. resists joining.

Coronavirus: 'Drop in global trade to be worse than 2008 crisis'.

Coronavirus could drive half a billion people into poverty worldwide, warns Oxfam.

Military And Intelligence News Briefs -- April, 2020

Posted: 08 Apr 2020 07:30 PM PDT

The U.S. Navy coordinates transportation of sailors assigned to the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) who have tested negative for COVID-19 in Guam. April 4, 2020. (U.S. Navy photo by Chief Mass Communication Specialist Matthew R. White).

Sean Quirk, LawFare: Water Wars: Coronavirus Spreads Risk of Conflict Around the South China Sea

Washington and Beijing are using their militaries to signal that neither is letting down its guard on Taiwan and the South China Sea during the coronavirus pandemic. Soon after Taiwan's Vice President-Elect William Lai Ching-te visited the United States in early February, People's Republic of China (PRC) military aircraft crossed the dividing line in the Taiwan Strait into Taiwan's airspace two days in a row. The incursions included Chinese H-6 bombers, J-11 fighter jets and KJ-500 early warning aircraft. Taiwan responded by scrambling F-16s to shadow the Chinese aircraft out of Taiwan's airspace. On March 19, both USS Barry (DDG 52) and USS Shiloh (CG 67) launched SM-2 missiles for a live-fire exercise in the Philippine Sea. Some Chinese military analysts deemed the exercise to be an uncommon "warning to the People's Liberation Army [PLA]."

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Military And Intelligence News Briefs -- April, 2020

Coronavirus cleanup crew on infected aircraft carrier using makeshift masks: report -- The Hill

Army awards $10B in contracts for COVID-19 care facility construction -- UPI

Some coronavirus testing sites delayed due to lack of personal protective equipment -- The Hill

DoD Considers Stop-Loss Order to Maintain Troop Levels During Pandemic -- Military.com

Military sending doctors into New York hospitals hard hit by coronavirus as new facilities sit mostly empty -- CNN

2 sailors assigned to USS Nimitz test positive for COVID-19 -- UPI

Soldiers could've already had COVID-19 without knowing, and the chief wants to find out who they are -- Army Times

Veteran Affairs coronavirus cases top 3,000 nationwide, deaths near 150 -- Military Times

Here's Where Face Masks Are Now Required at the Pentagon -- Military.com

Face mask photos: How troops and families are coping with new military face covering guidelines -- Military Times

US Military Can Do More to Help with Coronavirus, House Armed Services Chief Says -- Defense One

Lockheed Martin awarded $167.5M for 48 LRASMs for Air Force -- UPI

Trip that led to acting Navy secretary's resignation cost $243K: reports -- The Hill

Navy 'moving forward' after 'difficult' week, top officer says -- The Hill

Trump removes acting Pentagon inspector general from job -- Federal Times

Senators demand more details from Trump on intel watchdog firing -- The Hill

USS Gerald Ford wraps tests of combat system capabilities -- UPI

Marine Corps fielding new body armor for troops -- UPI

Top Jet or 'Expensive Flying Lemon'? US Media Outlet Suggests F-35 Might Not Be Worth Its Price -- Sputnik

A-10 forced to make emergency belly landing at Moody AFB -- Air Force Times

This is what the Space Force will use to jam enemy satellites -- C4ISRNet

How past investments positioned DARPA to take on coronavirus -- C4ISRNet

DARPA has a crappy new idea to help soldiers -- Military Times

The Pentagon's supply chain faces an economy under siege -- Defense News

US, Iraq to Hold Talks on Troop Future -- Military.com/AFP

Armed Forces reports 20 military suicides last year, largest number since 2014 -- National Post/Canadian President

German Military Cyber Operations are in a Legal Gray Zone -- LawFare

Satellite Imagery Shows Chinese Navy In Pakistan -- Forbes

Sea test this year for China's new 'skiing' plane after coronavirus delay: reports -- SCMP

Chinese Army delivers anti-corona aid to Iranian armed forces -- MEHR News Agency

Australia's Big Stake in India's Military Reorganization -- David Brewster, War On The Rocks

Trillions In Coronavirus Spending Could Explode U.S. Federal Deficits To Levels Never Seen Before

Posted: 08 Apr 2020 05:00 PM PDT

The US federal surplus or deficit as a percent of GDP is seen from 1929 to the present. Recession years are shaded in grey

Daily Mail: Trillions in coronavirus spending could explode federal deficits to levels not seen since World War II, economists warn

* Analysts project federal deficits could approach 20% of GDP in 2020
* Deficit spending hasn't gotten near that level since all-out push in WWII
* Trump on Friday signed into law a $2.2 trillion aid package, the largest ever
* One report estimates the deficit will total at least $3.7 trillion in 2020
* National debt could rise to $29 trillion from an estimated $23.6 trillion right now

Federal spending in response to the coronavirus crisis is on track to explode deficits to levels not seen since World War II, experts and economists say.

A new study by Morgan Stanley estimates the deficit will total at least $3.7 trillion this calendar year, and $3 trillion next year, financed by the sale of Treasurys, largely to the Federal Reserve.

Depending on how much the U.S. economy declines, that could push the federal deficit to 15 to 20 percent of gross domestic product (GDP), a level not approached since the second World War.

By any accounting, the federal deficit will blow past the post-war record of 9.8 percent of GDP, set in fiscal 2009.

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WNU Editor: The U.S. is not the only country facing massive debt levels. I live in Canada and last year's federal government debt was CAD$768 billion. Current projected Canadian government coronavirus spending may reach $200 billion this year. And as for other countries, their money faucets are open even wider. Sighhh .... it is going to take generations to pay all of this off.

Update: Here is a worst case economic scenario .... The worst economic collapse ever? (Tuomas Malinen, GNS Economics).

Is Covid-19 Saving Lives?

Posted: 08 Apr 2020 04:40 PM PDT

Zero Hedge: COVID-19 Is Saving Lives

The United States death toll from the novel coronavirus has steadily increased in the last few days, with over 2, 200 COVID- 19 deaths, and more than half of the deaths in the last three days alone. The death toll is expected to only get worse in the coming weeks as cases increase and the capacity of the health care system is stretched. However, one silver lining might be that the death toll could be lower than anticipated due to individuals changing their behavior during the coronavirus pandemic. We use CDC data (detailed below) to analyze weekly US deaths over the last five years (as accessed on March 28 , 2020 ). Figure 1 shows weekly deaths for all ages. For the year 2020, we have data through week 10, or through the week of March 7, 2020.

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WNU Editor: This story-line definitely does not fit the current political/media/social narrative. To put everything into perspective .... In March, US Deaths from COVID-19 Totaled Less Than 2 Percent of All Deaths (Mises Institute).

With Moscow Now Under Lock-Down Due To The Covid-19 Coronavirus Pandemic, Russian President Putin's Meetings Are Now Tightly Controlled

Posted: 08 Apr 2020 04:11 PM PDT


Sputnik: Kremlin Reveals How Putin's Meetings Arranged During Coronavirus Pandemic

The Kremlin previously reported that Putin would continue working remotely for at least another week, especially in light of the recent infection of a Moscow coronavirus hospital chief with COVID-19 who he met on 24 March while visiting the facility.

Russian President Vladimir Putin is not attending large gatherings due to the coronavirus outbreak, and everyone who is meeting with him is tested for COVID-19 regularly, as well as the president himself, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Tuesday, commenting on Putin's handshakes with officials at a recent meeting.

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WNU Editor: He should be giving a daily update on what is the current state of the Covid-19 coronavirus pandemic in Russia, what the Russian government is doing, and to respond to questions that I know many Russians now have. Hiding out in his bunker and only going out to do photo-ops is giving the wrong message to the public.

Update: Wow. The streets of Moscow are definitely deserted with this Covid-19 lock-down (see video below). And Red Square being empty. The only time I saw Red Square completely empty was once late at night, I was taking a walk, it was minus -20 Celsius outside, and a snow-storm had just dumped a few feet of snow.

Update: Here is another video .... Streets of Moscow Amid Self-Isolation Regime as World Battles COVID-19 Pandemic - Video (Sputnik).

Russia Accuses The U.S. Of Wanting To Seize The Planets In The Solar System

Posted: 08 Apr 2020 03:39 PM PDT

Artist's illustration of mining activity on the moon. (Image: © James Vaughan)

Reuters: Russian space agency says Trump paving way to seize other planets

The Russian space agency, Roscosmos, accused Donald Trump on Tuesday of creating a basis to take over other planets by signing an executive order outlining U.S. policy on commercial mining in space.

The executive order, which Roscosmos said damaged the scope for international cooperation in space, was signed on Monday.

It said the United States would seek to negotiate "joint statements and bilateral and multilateral arrangements with foreign states regarding safe and sustainable operations for the public and private recovery and use of space resources".

It said U.S. citizens should have the right to engage in such activity and that "outer space is a legally and physically unique domain of human activity, and the United States does not view it as a global commons".

Roscosmos said the order put the United States at odds with the notion of space belonging to all humanity.

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Russia Accuses The U.S. Of Planning To Seize The Planets In The Solar System

Russia accuses Trump of planning to seize PLANETS with space mining executive order -- Daily Mail
Russia slams US order to privatize outer space -- DW
Russia Compares Trump's Space Mining Order to Colonialism -- Moscow Times
Trump signs executive order to support moon mining, tap asteroid resources -- Space.com
Trump signs order on moon mining, pulling resources from asteroids -- FOX News
Donald Trump Signs Order Encouraging U.S. To Mine The Moon For Minerals -- Newsweek

Will Tomorrow's OPEC Meeting End The Oil War Between Russia And Saudi Arabia?

Posted: 08 Apr 2020 01:34 PM PDT

Saudi Arabia's Minister of Energy Prince Abdulaziz bin Salman Al-Saud and Russia's Energy Minister Alexander Novak are seen at the beginning of an OPEC and NON-OPEC meeting in Vienna, Austria December 6, 2019. Leonhard Foeger/Reuters

CNBC: Expectations for an oil deal remain low ahead of crucial OPEC+ meeting

* Oil markets are facing their greatest moment of uncertainty in decades ahead of an OPEC and OPEC+ ⁠meeting on Thursday, which was delayed from Monday over persistent disagreements between leading member states.
* The meeting comes as oil prices are down more than 50% year to date, with global benchmark Brent crude trading at $31.94 per barrel Wednesday and U.S. West Texas Intermediate at $24.18 per barrel 9:00 a.m. ET.
* If Saudi Arabia and Russia are to cut their output — as President Donald Trump has called on them to — they want to see the U.S. play its part in cutting too.

Oil markets are facing their greatest moment of uncertainty in decades ahead of a virtual meeting of OPEC+ ⁠— the alliance of OPEC and non-OPEC producers ⁠— on Thursday, which was delayed from Monday over persistent disagreements and abrasiveness between some leading member states.

In the spotlight will be whether countries can agree to communally cut crude production in order to salvage plunging prices at a time when no one is buying oil and the world is running out of places to put it.

"Stalemate is not an option for any of the parties involved," Nansen Saleri, CEO of Texas-based analytics firm Quantum Reservoir Impact and Saudi Aramco's former head of reservoir management, told CNBC via phone on Tuesday. "It's only a matter of time" until some agreement is reached, he said, predicting "a matter of weeks as opposed to months."

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WNU Editor: OPEC's members are not on the same page on what needs to be done .... World's biggest oil producers still at odds before talks on major cuts (Reuters). But the oil traders are optimistic that a deal will be done .... Oil surges in sudden move toward the end of trading, production cuts eyed (CNBC).

Central and Eastern European Countries Are Dissatisfied With China

Posted: 08 Apr 2020 12:22 PM PDT

SCMP: Europe's '17+1' countries dissatisfied with China relations, report says, as summit is postponed

* Trade deficit with China has grown and the 17 Central and Eastern European nations should demand more from Beijing, European scholars write
* Coronavirus has forced the delay of China's summit with the bloc, multiple sources confirm

Central and Eastern European countries have become increasingly dissatisfied with the economic results of their "17+1" initiative
with China, according to a report released on Tuesday.

The report by the China Observers in Central and Eastern Europe – a group of scholars associated with Prague think tank the Association for International Affairs – found that all 17 European countries in the initiative had seen their trade deficit with China increase since the group was established in 2012.

It came as it was confirmed that this month's planned 17+1 summit between Chinese President Xi Jinping and leaders from the European nations has been postponed because of the coronavirus.

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WNU Editor: These European countries are finding out what many others have found out when it comes to dealing with China on trade. China makes promises and commitments in public, but later these promises and commitments are ignored. China's lack of transparency on the outbreak of the Covid-19 coronavirus at the beginning of this year has also seriously damaged ties with these European countries.

Saudi-led Coalition Fighting Yemen's Iran-Backed Houthi Movement Will Announce A Ceasefire At Midnight

Posted: 08 Apr 2020 12:02 PM PDT

Reuters: Saudi-led coalition to announce Yemen ceasefire at midnight: sources

DUBAI/RIYADH (Reuters) - The Saudi-led coalition fighting Yemen's Iran-aligned Houthi movement will announce at midnight on Wednesday it is halting military operations nationwide to support a U.N. ceasefire initiative, three sources familiar with the matter told Reuters.

The suspension in fighting, expected to go into effect on Thursday, was agreed in part to avoid a potential outbreak of the new coronavirus in Yemen, where no cases have yet been reported, two of the sources said.

It was unclear if the Houthi movement would follow the coalition's decision.

Mohammed Abdulsalam, spokesman of the Houthi movement, said his group has sent to the United Nations a comprehensive vision which includes an end to the war and to "the blockade" imposed on Yemen.

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WNU Editor: I have lost count over the years on how many ceasefires fell apart in Yemen. I expect the same will happen with this ceasefire.

U.S. House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff Accuses The White House Of Improperly Overhauling The Intel Community (Update)

Posted: 08 Apr 2020 11:44 AM PDT

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) speaks to reporters during a break in the testimony by U.S. Ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland before a House Intelligence Committee hearing as part of the impeachment inquiry into U.S. President Donald Trump on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., November 20, 2019. REUTERS/Jonathan ErnstReuters

Politico: Schiff says acting DNI Grenell improperly overhauling intel community

Schiff said every Senate-appointed official in the DNI's hierarchy had been removed.

House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff accused President Donald Trump's top intelligence official Tuesday of undermining "critical intelligence functions" by keeping Congress in the dark about organizational changes he's been implementing.

"This effort appears to be proceeding despite the Coronavirus pandemic and amid indications ... of political interference in the production and dissemination of intelligence," Schiff wrote in a four-page letter to acting Director of National Intelligence Richard Grenell.

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Update #1: Schiff asks acting intel chief for information on staff changes (CBS)
Update #2: Schiff demands that Grenell explain Trump's purge of inspectors general (Axios)

WNU Editor: House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff is still reacting to the surprised firing Of the inspector general of the US intelligence community Michael Atkinson last week when his letter to Rep. Adam Schiff was leaked (a letter that I am willing to bet was leaked by Adam Schiff's office) .... U.S. Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff Says President Trump Is Decapitating The Leadership Of The Intelligence Community' (April 6, 2020).

Update #3: The Acting Director of National Intelligence Richard Grenell has responded to U.S. House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff .... Grenell hits back at Schiff, says he is 'politicizing' intel community by leaking to press (FOX News).

Pilot Was Able To Take Amazing Pictures Of Area 51 And Tonopah Air Base

Posted: 08 Apr 2020 11:14 AM PDT

An amazing shot looking south. Note the runway construction and displaced threshold we have mentioned in the past, as well as the ongoing revitalization of the "Janet Airlines" terminal at the very south end of the base. While the terminal area is under construction, a temporary terminal area appears to have been relocated near the center of the closest blocks, or 'canyons," of hangars. You can see the cars parked just to the east of the ramp area. Gabriel Zeifman

Warzone/The Drive: Pilot Takes Amazing Images Of Area 51 And Tonopah Air Base While Skirting Restricted Airspace

A private pilot had one heck of an adventure through the Nevada Test and Training Range, getting very rare looks at the shadowy installations.

They are America's most secretive airbases, Area 51 and Tonopah Test Range Airport, located deep in the massive Nevada Test and Training Range that covers a large portion of southern Nevada. Although there are distant vantage points on the ground that allow views into these highly secure installations, aerial images of them taken close enough to make out any details are rare to nonexistent. Regardless, some may be surprised to hear that private planes do legally fly along the borders and even into some of the ranges that make up the NTTR, offering a one of a kind aerial tour of a land that the government would like you to forget. One such aerial adventure was recently flown by private pilot Gabriel Zeifman in his little Cessna 150. He brought his camera along with him and the results are stunning.

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Update #1: Pilot takes incredible photos of Area 51 that reveal construction of mysterious massive hangar after receiving permission to fly his small plane past the top secret facility (Daily Mail)
Update #2: Photos: US Pilot Snaps New Images of Secretive Area 51, Tonopah Test Range Sites (Sputnik)

WNU Editor:  Impressive photo-gallery. Here is someone speculating on what is at Area-51 .... The Secrets of Area 51: UFO Rumors, Stolen Russian Jets and Stealth Fighters (National Interest).

Commander of U.S. Indo-Pacific Command Wants $20 Billion To Deter China

Posted: 08 Apr 2020 10:14 AM PDT

Defense Secretary Mark Esper is greeted b Indo-Pacific Commander, Adm. Philip Davidson in Hawaii.

Daily Mail: America's top commander in Asia requests $20bn to take on China by building a missile shield for Guam and deploying missiles to protect Taiwan as the Chinese navy ramps up exercises amid outrage at coronavirus 'cover-up'

* Admiral Phil Davidson requested $20bn to bolster US military in South China Sea
* The funding would go towards a missile shield on Guam and missiles for Taiwan
* Request comes after China conducted a string of military operations in the disputed territory amid the global coronavirus pandemic

America's top naval commander in Asia has requested an extra $20billion from congress to take on China after the Chinese navy ramped up military operations in the South China Sea.

The $20billion requested by Admiral Phil Davidson, chief of the United States Indo-Pacific Command, would go toward a missile shield to intercept attacks on the US island territory of Guam; a bolstering of Taiwan's missile systems to deter invasion; and a cash injection for allied operations in the region.

The request, made to congress in a report titled Regain the Advantage, comes shortly after Washington accused Beijing of what it said were hostile actions in the South China Sea amid the global coronavirus pandemic.

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Update #1: Inside US Indo-Pacific Command's $20 billion wish list to deter China — and why Congress may approve it (Defense News)
Update #2: EXCLUSIVE Indo-Pacom Chief's Bold $20 Billion Plan For Pacific; What Will Hill Do? (Breaking Defense)

WNU Editor: The U.S. military is going to need more than $20 billion to deter China, especially in view on how much China is spending .... China's Defense Spending Is Larger Than It Looks (Defense One).

Keep a Watchful Eye On China's Military During The Covid-19 Coronavirus Pandemic

Posted: 08 Apr 2020 09:56 AM PDT

Chinese warships pictured at the end of joint exercise with the Russian navy in 2016. Photo: Xinhua

Chuck DeVore, Newsweek: Amid the Coronavirus Pandemic, Keep a Watchful Eye on China's Military

The world as seen by Xi Jinping is different from it was in January 2016.

At the time, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) was strong at home, as its power and prestige were growing abroad. Hong Kong was prosperous and quiescent. The "rebellious province of Taiwan" was ruled by President Ma Ying-Jeou, a politician favoring eventual unification with mainland China. The U.S. "pivot" toward Asia under President Barack Obama was long on rhetoric and short on military power to back it up. And China's illegal military base-building in the South China Sea was largely complete and unchallenged.

In sum, China was rapidly building up and modernizing its military forces, supported by a rapidly growing economy. Its naval construction program, with a second aircraft carrier under construction, was producing more tonnage than the U.S. and Japan combined, while the U.S. fleet was at its smallest since 1916.

In short, time and the correlation of forces favored the People's Republic of China. But the world does not follow the laws of history, not for the old Soviet Union and not for Communist China.

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WNU Editor: In my opinion the Chinese military is primarily focused (during this pandemic period) on asserting China's claims in the South China Sea .... China Makes Its Move To Assert Its Authority In The South China Sea (April 2, 2020).

Syrian News Agency: US Army Officer Reportedly Killed In Deir Ezzor Ambush

Posted: 08 Apr 2020 09:34 AM PDT

Marisa Peñaloza/NPR

Middle East Monitor: US officer and SDF fighters killed in Daesh ambush

An officer in the US army and two fighters from the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) have been killed in an ambush in Syria's eastern province of Deir Ez-Zor.

The gunmen are reported to have been from the Daesh terrorist group.

The ambush took place in the town of Al-Sur, the state-run Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) tweeted yesterday.

The identity of the attackers was not known in the first instance. The American officer was apparently transferred to the "illegal" US military base at Al-Shaddadi in the south of the province of Al-Hasakah, located in the north-east of Syria.

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Update #1: U.S. officer killed in ambush in eastern Syria: SANA (Xinhuanet)
Update #2: US Army Officer Reportedly Killed In Deir Ezzor Ambush: Syrian Media (Zero Hedge)

WNU Editor: No word from the Pentagon on these reports.

ABC News: U.S. Intelligence Warn Of A 'Cataclysmic' Coronavirus Crisis In November

Posted: 08 Apr 2020 09:22 AM PDT

Zero Hedge: US Intelligence Warned Of "Cataclysmic" Coronavirus Crisis As Impeachment Dominated Headlines

While Congressional Democrats dominated headlines with their impeachment of President Trump - who was ultimately acquitted by the Senate, US intelligence officials were sounding the alarm that a serious illness was sweeping through China's Wuhan region.

A November intelligence report by the National Center for Medical Intelligence (NCMI) outlined concerns over what is now known as the COVID-19 pandemic - warning that it could be a "cataclysmic event," according to ABC News, citing two officials familiar with the document's contents. "It was then briefed multiple times to" the Defense Intelligence Agency, the Pentagon's Joint Staff and the White House."

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WNU Editor: The first cases of the coronavirus outbreak were reported in the middle of November .... Coronavirus: China's first confirmed Covid-19 case traced back to November 17 (SCMP). More here .... First Covid-19 case happened in November, China government records show - report (The Guardian). Are we to believe that from a few cases in November the U.S. intel community made the determination that a 'cataclysmic' coronavirus crisis was around the corner and tried to warn the White House?!?!?! Even before Chinese doctors started to raise the alarm in December?!?!?! This ABC News report and the anonymous intel source makes no sense. U.S. intelligence is not that good.

Iran Wants A $5bn Loan From The IMF

Posted: 08 Apr 2020 08:35 AM PDT

Hassan Rouhani said international public opinion would not tolerate discrimination against Iran

BBC: Coronavirus: Iran appeals for $5bn IMF loan as deaths pass 4,000

Iran has urged the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to approve a $5bn (£4bn) emergency loan to help fight the coronavirus, as its death toll passed 4,000.

President Hassan Rouhani warned that "there should be no discrimination" in approving requests.

The US reportedly opposes the loan, with officials saying Iran has sufficient funds at its disposal.

Mr Rouhani called the pressure campaign a "historic disgrace".

President Donald Trump reinstated the US sanctions in 2018 in an attempt to force Iran's leaders to renegotiate a nuclear deal with world powers, but they have so far refused.

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WNU Editor: These IMF funds are not going to be approved .... U.S. to block Iran's $5 billion virus loan request (Market Watch). And as to claims that Iran is running out of money, apparently Iran possesses hundreds of billion dollars through a sovereign wealth fund called the National Development Fund, as well as a slush fund of confiscated property .... How Much Does Iran Actually Spend On Coronavirus? (National Interest).

Iran's Navy Wants New Submarines And A Destroyer

Posted: 08 Apr 2020 08:24 AM PDT

The Iranian navy's new submarine is likely to have some similarities to the existing Fateh Class. The latest designs for the Loghman destroyer are much more modern than existing Iranian ships. H I Sutton

Forbes: Iranian Navy Building New Submarines And A 6,000-Ton Destroyer

The Iranian Navy's latest homegrown warship projects include "giant submarines" and a large destroyer, Rear Admiral Amir Rastegari, Head of the Iranian Defense Ministry's Marine Industries Organization, said in a recent interview with Iranian media.

"Giant submarines" likely refers to normal size boats in other navies. Iran is experienced at building submarines with the 527-ton Fateh Class being their main achievement. Logically the new boats will be larger follow-ons, possibly in the range of 2,000 to 3,000 tons. This is similar to the three Russian-built Kilo class submarines already in Iranian service.

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WNU Editor: The Iranian government may say to the world that they are running out of money, but they have funds to build-up their navy.

Tweets For Today

Posted: 08 Apr 2020 06:41 AM PDT

Picture Of The Day

Posted: 08 Apr 2020 06:19 AM PDT

Biohazard warning signs are placed on the coffins of people who died of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), at a mortuary near the city of Charleroi, Belgium April 7. REUTERS/Yves Herman

WNU Editor: The above picture came from this photo-gallery .... The grim toll from coronavirus (Reuters).

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