Google data sheds some light on how coronavirus lockdowns are working

The Google logo is pictured in London, on Jan. 18, 2019. HANNAH MCKAY/REUTERS

Google data sheds some light on how coronavirus lockdowns are working.

Interesting how movement of people in South Korea only dropped 19% but they did take action swiftly, do aggressive testing and tracing of contacts with infected people.

The US dropped only 50% which is partly why they are the the new epicenter plus slow to act.

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Misrepresentation of data by Google. For South Korea they need to compare January data. ] As of 4 February 2020, in order to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, South Korea is denying entry to foreigners. They started early with mass testing and very good tracing of all sources.

Google or the reporter(s) doing the article or their source?

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Qanon Deploys ‘Information Warfare’ to Influence the 2020 Election | WIRED


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How to make your own yeast for baking

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The coronavirus pandemic is the breakthrough Xi Jinping has been waiting for

Chinese President Xi Jinping visits an industrial park, which produces high-end auto parts and molds, in Ningbo, east China’s Zhejiang Pr


What’s new is that the Chinese state is committing vast resources to a hybrid strategy of intensified propaganda and information control in lockstep with an aggressive Russian-style disinformation effort. Aimed almost entirely at western audiences, the effort takes its cues from several Kremlin-backed operations, most obviously the barrage of fabricated “news” unleashed on behalf of the Donald Trump campaign during the 2016 U.S. presidential elections.

Experts in the field say Beijing isn’t just selling a “narrative” anymore. The new strategy is intended to spread chaos and confusion and incite mistrust of governments in democratic countries. According to an analysis undertaken by the Alliance for Securing Democracy (ASD), a project of the German Marshall Fund of the United States, Beijing is adopting “increasingly aggressive tactics and techniques” and rapidly ramping up its messaging on social media platforms, often cross-pollinating with Russian and Iranian disinformation efforts and amplifying conspiracy theories from fringe third-party websites.

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Options for exercise, museums and food packs during COVID-19

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Alberta asking Feds for more funds to deal with orphaned well cleanup

Old, unproductive oil and gas wells could cost up to $70B to clean up, says new report

‘The mess continues to grow,’ says landowner stuck with abandoned well
Kyle Bakx – CBC News

Hustle in the oil patch: Inside a looming financial and environmental crisis – Investigation

Provincial governments / taxpayers have already paid $335-million to prop up the cleanup fund since 2014 after the previous oil and gas price crash.

The industry didn’t set enough aside during the many boom years when had record profits. The Alberta Energy Regulator for years have allowed producers including larger ones to sell many wells nearing the end of their life with huge cleanup liabilities to questionable companies that later declare bankruptcy and leave the cleanup fund and tax payers on the hook.

Last week the regulator appointed a new CEO, after three investigations concluded that the former chief executive officer and his top lieutenants tried to carve out a lucrative new business for themselves when they started a side project to provide regulatory training to other jurisdictions.

Tuesday’s bill will likely factor into a current investigation by Alberta’s Auditor-General Doug Wylie, who is looking at whether the regulator’s systems are sufficient for dealing with orphan wells and preventing the number of sites from increasing.



Expanded powers for Alberta orphan well group could allow it to operate pipelines, produce oil

Expanded roles will help reduce the number of orphaned wells in Alberta, government says

Janet French – CBC News

Posted: March 31, 2020
Last Updated: March 31, 2020

If approved by the legislature, the changes would allow the Orphan Well Association to produce oil from abandoned, viable while attempting to find a buyer. (Orphan Well Association)

Investigators say former Alberta Energy Regulator CEO ‘grossly mismanaged’ public funds
Author of the article:Janet French
Publishing date:October 5, 2019

Alberta expands powers of agency that oversees orphan well reclamation


Archive of above Globe article.

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TC Energy to proceed with Keystone XL pipeline after US$1.1 billion investment from Alberta government | Financial Post

the Government of Alberta has agreed to invest US$1.1 billion as equity in the 830,000-barrels-per-day pipeline project. This going towards construction costs through the end of 2020. The remaining investment of US$6.9 billion is expected to be made in 2021 and 2022 through the combination of a US$4.2 billion project level credit facility to be fully guaranteed by the Government of Alberta and a US$2.7 billion investment by TC Energy.

Yet another lawsuit to block the pipeline’s federal permit, filed last summer in Montana is being heard this month.

Native American tribes involved have said pollution from 20th century oil development made the Fort Peck’s reservoir undrinkable, and Cheek, a Hunkpapa Lakota and Oglala Sioux tribal member, fears the community’s new Missouri River water source might suffer the same fate.

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