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Nostradamus 2020: What did Nostradamus say about 2020? Did he predict coronavirus?

Nostradamus also supposedly predicted a geological disaster that will strike the “New World”.

Did Nostradamus predict the coronavirus for 2020?

Many people believe the health crisis caused by the coronavirus was foretold nearly 500 years ago.

Although there is no proof to support the claim in Nostradamus’ writings, social media is rife with unfounded claims about the supposed prophet.

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One person said: “Nostradamus mentioned the Coronavirus in his prophecies 465 years ago.

“Nostradamus wrote in his book at 2:53 that in the year 2020, a city bordering the sea of East Asia would have an epidemic that would bring about a great tragedy in human history.”

Another person said on Twitter: “I know people don’t believe the prediction of Nostradamus, Edgar Casey, etc.

“But, all of them predicted a plague that would wipe out one to two thirds of the world population.

“I’m sorry to say I truly believe this may be it, the twin year 2020.”

Nostradamus’ naysayers, however, do not believe the French physician ever made any real predictions of the future.

Brian Dunning, host of the Skeptoid podcast, debunked Nostradamus’ prophecies on his show.

He said: “Nostradamus’ writings are exploited in a number of fallacious ways.

“Ambiguous and wrong translations, ‘creative’ interpretations, hoax writings, fictional accounts, and the breaking of non-existent codes within his quatrains all contribute to a vast body of work, all of it wrong, and many times the size of everything Nostradamus ever actually wrote.”

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ENCINITAS, Calif. (AP) — Disturbed by empty store shelves and reports of hoarding during the coronavirus crisis, a man stood on a Southern California street corner and held up a homemade cardboard sign with a simple request: “Share your toilet paper.”

Jonny Blue told the San Diego Union-Tribune on Saturday that the response to his impromptu toilet paper exchange in Encinitas was immediate and positive.

Drivers honked horns in support and stopped to drop off rolls of toilet paper. Just as quickly, Blue would hand rolls to those in need.

Blue, a physical therapist, said he plans to be out on the corner again Sunday to “encourage people to be better” amid the global pandemic.

Blue gave a few rolls to a grateful motorist who said he came up empty at several stores.

“He was like, ‘Do you want me to pay you?’ I said, ‘No, man. Somebody gave it to me. Take it.’”

The 33-year-old told the newspaper he made his sign after a friend had a difficult time finding diapers and essential supplies for his kids.

“I think people want a sense of community,” Blue said. “When things are really challenging, people are looking to band together and be unified.”

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YouTube is working on a TikTok competitor called ‘Shorts’

TikTok, which recently hit 41 million daily active users outside of China, may soon have some real competition on its hands.

YouTube is currently working on a new feature called Shorts, which aims to rival TikTok, according to The Information.

Shorts will exist inside the YouTube mobile app as a feature, states the report, and not as a stand-alone product. 

Lip sync videos are incredibly popular on TikTok, largely aided by the editing tools the app includes to help facilitate their creation. To compete with the viral app founded by the China-based Bytedance, YouTube plans to leverage its large catalog of licensed music. The video platform has been an established music video home to many of the world’s biggest record labels and artists.

Can anyone stop the rise of TikTok? Many established tech companies in Silicon Valley have made valiant attempts.

Facebook tried with the launch of its Lasso app, which has yet to gain any traction. Instagram and Snapchat have attempted to take on the viral app by adopting some of its features. Byte, a video app launched this year by one of the cofounders of Vine, had some real early success, but is still largely an unproven platform.

Yet, over the past 12 months, the TikTok has been downloaded an estimated 842 million times from the Apple and Google app stores.

If anyone can take on TikTok, though, it’s the Google-owned video giant. Last year, YouTube made more than $15 billion in advertising revenue. TikTok is much smaller in comparison. According to mobile analytics firm SensorTower, TikTok made $177 million revenue  from in-app purchases in 2019.

YouTube plans to launch its TikTok competitor feature by the end of the year. Then we’ll know if the world’s largest video platform can take on a viral upstart or if it will find itself on the growing list of companies who have tried.

Coronavirus is not the man now dog: YTMND is back, and just in time

The pandemic profoundly alters our sense of time. Quarantine grinds lives to a halt, injecting them with untold levels of stress and acute danger. Monday bleeds into Tuesday, into Friday, into Monday again — the days losing distinction, but still representing tectonic shifts as we squint to better see the coronavirus’s devastating effects looming on the horizon. 

And then, like a unicorn-shaped floatie drifting into view as we struggle against the waves, You’re The Man Now Dog (YTMND) decides to pop back into our lives. Surely, this will not be the thing that saves us, but damn if it isn’t a welcome sight. 

“I thought now might be a good time to reopen the site,” wrote YTMND founder Max Goldberg on March 29. “YTMND’s anniversary is coming up this week. Also, the world is being plunged into chaos, millions of people are stuck inside with nothing to do other than dick around on the internet, and the last few weeks have provided me with ample time to narrow my focus.”

The looping sound and image site, which inspired an early internet meme-generating phenomenon after it first launched in 2004 (Goldberg created an earlier version of the site in 2001), shuttered in May of 2019

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However, Goldberg was over the site long before its death. 

“Besides being a time capsule I don’t really see a reason for it to continue to exist,” Goldberg told Gizmodo in 2016. “It seems like the internet has moved on.” 

The internet, it would seem, has not moved on — a fact made clear by the reaction to YTMND’s resurrection. 

You can help make sure YTMND stays around at least through the end of the pandemic (however long that may be) by contributing to Goldberg’s Patreon

Because, hey, even though YTMND won’t let you go outside, it just might serve you up some pillowy mounds of mashed potatoes.

Alien news: ET base discovered on asteroid – shock claim

Conspiracy theorists were sent into a frenzy when they spotted what they believe to be an alien base on an asteroid. The alleged base was spotted on the giant asteroid Eros, which has a diameter of 16.8 kilometres (10.4 miles) when alien hunters were examining NASA images of the space rock.

Prominent alien hunter Scott C Waring spotted the cube-like object on the asteroid when he was perusing through NASA images, claiming it is evidence of extraterrestrial activity.

Mr Waring wrote on his website ET Database: “Here is a cool photo from NASA of the asteroid Eros. On it is a rectangular structure.

“The funny thing about it is that even NASA noticed this alien structure on the asteroid, but still didn’t have the realisation of what it actually was – an alien structure.

“So you see, NASA saw it but just didn’t realize what it was at the time. Not sure how this slipped past them, but sure it won’t last long if they find out.”

However, sceptics and NASA would say the object and other similar findings are just the effects of pareidolia – a psychological phenomenon when the brain tricks the eyes into seeing familiar objects or shapes in patterns or textures such as a rock surface.

This would mean that the ‘base’ is likely just a rock in a familiar shape.

NASA even said it is simply a rock: “The large, rectangular boulder at the upper right is 45 meters (148 feet) across.”

One expert, however, believes evidence of alien life could be found on an asteroid this year.

The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency’s (JAXA) Hayabusa-2 has collected soil samples from the asteroid Ryugu, and the space craft is set to return these samples to Earth this year.

Scientists will then analyse the soil samples, and experts believe it could be the best shot yet of finding microbial life.

Ian Whittaker, lecturer in physics at Nottingham Trent University, and Gareth Dorian, post doctoral research fellow in Space Science at the University of Birmingham, said the Ryugu asteroid could hold the answers to age old questions.

Coronavirus: Bill Gates branded the ‘Nostradamus of disease’ by hacker group Anonymous

is on its way to infecting a million people after more than 870,000 total cases were reported on Wednesday afternoon. Scientists worldwide are on the hunt for a coronavirus cure, with some funding support from billionaire and Microsoft founder Bill Gates.

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The tech mogul, known for his philanthropic work, has .

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Speaking during a TED Talk, Mr Gates said: “Not missiles, but microbes, we’re not ready for the next pandemic.”

More recently, he wrote an op-ed for the Washington Post in which he urged the White House to issue a country-wide lockdown to prevent further deaths from coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

The billionaire’s actions have caught the attention of the infamous hacker group Anonymous, which issued an open letter to Mr Gates this week.

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In the letter, Anonymous claimed Mr Gates had advocated for strict measures, including a surveillance system that could track infected people.

Anonymous said: “In the midst of a historical pandemic, much of the world is looking to you for solutions, and it seems that this is no mistake, because you have positioned yourself as the Nostradamus of disease.”

Mr Gates recently suggested implementing a “national tracking system similar to South Korea” during an online Ask Me Anything (AMA) session on Reddit.

The billionaire also advocated for social distancing as a viable way to reduce the number of infections.

However, Anonymous said: “Now, as frightened people around the world are demanding solutions and looking to people like you for answers, you have advocated for some extremely draconian measures, including a surveillance system to track down anyone who might be infected.

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“Of course, all of this sounds like a necessary step in a global pandemic, and this virus is a very real threat, but in China and other places where these measures have been implemented, human rights violations followed quickly after.”

Earlier this month,  to focus on his philanthropic work.

The move also involved him stepping down from the board of Warren Buffet’s holding company Berkshire Hathaway.

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The billionaire now devotes much of his time towards the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation he set up with his wife in 2000.

The foundation has partnered with Mastercard and health group Wellcome to fund £16million ($20million) of coronavirus drug clinical trials.

Mark Suzman, chief executive of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, said: “The way forward will be informed by sound science and shared data.”

Dubbed the COVID-19 Therapeutics Accelerator, Mr Suzman said the initiative will “speed up R&D and slow down the spread”.

Because the COVID-19 pandemic is caused by a new strain of coronavirus, there is no known cure for the disease.

Coronavirus attacks the respiratory system with flu-like symptoms and pneumonia.

The initial onset of symptoms includes sustained, dry cough and fever.

Patients suffering from critical conditions are likely to experience shortness of breath and severe acute respiratory syndrome.

Patients in elderly age groups and with underlying health conditions are most at risk from COVID-19.

Nostradamus 2020: Viral meme claims Nostradamus predicted coronavirus – but did he?

Nostradamus penned his predictions in vague, four-lined poems known as quatrains.

The bulk of Nostradamus’ writings was published in 1555, and one of his supposed passages is being circulated on the internet.

Thousands of people have shared the following words: “There will be a twin year (2020) from which will arise a queen (corona) who will come from the east (China) and who will spread a plague (virus) in the darkness of night, on a country with 7 hills (Italy) and will transform the twilight of men into dust (death), to destroy and ruin the world. It will be the end of the world economy as you know it.”

The passage is attributed to Nostradamus and accompanied by a picture of the French physician.

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Another person tweeted: “Looks like it’s the beginning of end of the world as per Nostradamus prophecies and theories.

According to the sleuths at Snopes, there is no evidence to support the claim Nostradamus wrote the words in the meme.

The passage is too long to be one of his quatrains and does not feature in his 1555 book Les Propheties.

Snopes said: “Nostradamus wrote a lot of stuff so general – and obscure – that with the help of a little imagination – and some liberal interpretations from the original French – people have claimed he has ‘predicted’ nearly every event of significance since the mid-16th century.

“But this particular viral prediction was not expressed in quatrain form, nor could we find anything like it published in ‘Les Prophéties’.

“We also found no mention of this supposed prophecy prior to the events of early 2020, which generally indicates it is a modern hoax.”

Nostradamus’ naysayers also say the French physician never made any genuine predictions of the future during his lifetime.

Brian Dunning, host of the Sketpoid podcast, said: “How accurate are his predictions? You could fill a library with books claiming to match quatrains with major events in world history — all, of course, deciphered and published after those events occurred.

“The straight fact is that nobody has ever used Nostradamus’ writings to predict a future event in specific terms which later came true.”