The Daily Populous

Thursday July 2nd, 2020 night edition

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This has been a week that TikTok—the Chinese viral video giant that has soared under lockdown—will want to put quickly behind it.

The original issue that prompted Anonymous to target TikTok appears to be the “misrepresentation” of Anonymous on TikTok itself, with the setting up of an account.

“Anonymous has no TikTok account,” the same Twitter account tweeted on June 6, “that is an App created as spyware by the Chinese government.”.

Those affiliated with Anonymous take exception to copycat accounts, which is complicated by the lack of any central function.

This also puts TikTok in the somewhat unique position of having united various governments, including the U.S., and Anonymous behind the same cause.

Anonymous is a viral movement that is targeting some of the same user base that has driven TikTok’s growth.

It’s subtle, and it’s always risky to judge the world by the twitter-sphere, but there’s a change now in the wind. »

Human-induced climate change reversed 6,500-year global cooling trend

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Researchers at Northern Arizona University have now analyzed over 12,000 years of climate data, and found that human-induced warming interrupted and reversed a long-term natural global cooling period.

A few months ago, a team of 93 scientists published a particularly comprehensive record of paleoclimate data, spanning the past 12,000 years.

It includes 1,319 data records from samples like lake deposits, marine sediments, peat, cave deposits, coral, and glacier ice cores, collected from 679 sites around the world. »

Trump again claims coronavirus is ‘going to just disappear’ as US sees record number of new cases

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Donald Trump has repeated a claim that the coronavirus is going to “just disappear”, as the United States announced a record number of new cases.

I think that at some point that’s going to, sort of, just disappear – I hope,” Mr Trump told Fox Business on Wednesday.

More than 48,000 coronavirus cases were announced across the country on Tuesday, the highest daily number since the outbreak began. »

Boris Johnson says UK will open path to citizenship for Hong Kong citizens after introduction of China security law

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The Prime Minister confirmed Britain would open a pathway to citizenship for around Hong Kong British National (Overseas) passport holders following the introduction of China's new security law.

“It violates Hong Kong’s high degree of autonomy and is in direct conflict with Hong Kong basic law.

The legally-binding Sino-British Joint Declaration set out a level of autonomy for Hong Kong for at least 50 years. »

Dr. Fauci says drinking inside bars is one of the most dangerous things you can do right now

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Dr. Anthony Fauci, the US's top infectious-disease expert, said on Tuesday that going to an indoor bar is one of the most dangerous things people could do right now.

Fauci said there was a dangerous "all or none" mindset among many people who are beginning to hang out with their friends again.

Fauci also said he was worried that "a lot of people" might incorrectly "think they are invulnerable" to the virus. »