Infrastructure worries grow in US: Anderson Dam

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The average integrity score for infrastructure soundness in the US is a low score of D Amidst the worry, federal government ordered Anderson Reservoir in Santa Clara County, California to be completely drained from October 1, 2020, due to rising concerns of the dam failing, both from its age, upkeep, and the earthquake.

Anderson Reservoir, which is less than 20 miles southeast of San Jose, sits alongside the Calaveras Fault. More than 10 years ago, according to the San Jose Mercury News, an engineering consultant warned that a 6.6 magnitude quake centered on the fault directly at the reservoir, or a 7.2 quake centered one mile away, could cause the dam to fail.

Built in 1950, the dam is a 240-foot damn located between Morgan Hill and San Jose. Generally kept at around half full, but in 2017, extensive rain filled up the reservoir quickly, creating heightened concerns for the areas nearby San Jose and even San Fransisco bay area too.

When this dam built in 1950s, the bedrock was not solid and it was some sand and gravel under it, which it could more liquefy in a big earthquake, leading the dam to slump and fail.

This reconstruction cost estimated is now $563 million and was scheduled to begin in 2022.

The problem is they can’t obtain the permits from other government agencies for the construction and still all other issues contain in the dam in Silicon Valley.

according to weather.com, studies found that if the dam failed when the reservoir was full, a 35-foot wall of water would slam into downtown Morgan Hill within 14 minutes. Within three hours, an 8-foot wave would reach San Jose.

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Manhunt for Murderer in Alabama continues

Daniel Miner, a 43-year old man serving a life sentence from murder escaped from a work release facility on Saturday night, said Alabama state officials.

He was serving a life term for a 1994 murder in Marshall county. Inmates work for private employers in the surrounding community, which had allowed Miner a chance to escape.

Anyone who spots him or has information should contact 911.

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A Cup of Poem~~나무/김서경

나무

온 몸으로 허공에 그리는

무언의 독백이여

너와 나 한 몸으로, 또는 우리로

서로 서로 어깨를 기대고

얼굴을 마주보는

천생의 인연이었네

세찬 비 바람 속에서

자신을 비우며

지혜와 순리 따랐네

일필휘지 큰 뜻담아

세상을 밝히는 불 쏘시기

될 지언정

내 흔적 지워질 그 날까지

나 누군가의 잊혀지지 않는

거룩한

벗 되리라.

*** 바로 어제 저의 하버드 클래스 메이트인 친구 그리스 인 Evangelia 가 제가 쓴 소설”Tears of the Yangtze ” 그리스 어 번역계약서에 사인을 하고 번역에 들어 갔습니다. 참으로 의미있는 우리의 만남과 우리의 우정이 각박한 세상에서 믿음과 신뢰를 넘어선 가치 이상의 의미를 갖게 된 날 입니다. 여러분의 성원과 도움이 필요 합니다. 도와주세요. 부탁드립니다! 그동안의 도움과 성원에 힘입어 더 달려 올 수 있었습니다. 지금 쓰고 있는 로맨스 작품이 훌륭한 평가를 받을 수 있게 되길 바라며 최선을 다하겠습니다. 그 날을 손 꼽아 기다리며 만나 뵙겠습니다! 고맙습니다!

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Russians Seeking System Vulnerabilities for 2020 US Elections

In a briefing to Congress, Intelligence Committee submitted a report stating belief of Russia’s attempts to interfere with 2020 election to help Pres.

Donald Trump win reelection. The attempts are predicted to come from hacking, social media infiltration, and election infrastructure manipulation.

Although helping Trump is one of the goals, Russia’s behavior is thought to reflect the general desire to understand the US voting infrastructure.

Pres. Trump is thought to have acted with indigence.

As Pres. Trump continues to advocate the stance that Russia had done nothing wrong, an untrustworthy 2020 election cycle may be approaching for the US public.

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Unknown Suspects at Large with 8 people dead from shooting in Hanau, Germany

Police guard the scenery in front of a restaurant in central Hanau, Germany Thursday, Feb. 20, 2020. German police say several people were shot to death in the city of Hanau on Wednesday evening. (AP Photo/Michael Probst)

Police asked the public for any information related with 8 people that were killed on Wednesday evening shooting in Hanau, Germany.

According to Hanau police department, there were two shooting events. Police are searching for any leads on the identity of suspects and asked the public for help.

A military base located in Hanau, near by Frankfurt and armed police closed two streets where shootings occurred today.

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Space Travel Comes Closer to Reality

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SpaceX announced a plan to send 4 private citizens into space for a global trip by either end of 2021 or by early 2022. The price is not yet disclosed, and much of the details remain shrouded; however, SpaceX and its tourist company Space Adventures, plan to fly SpaceX’s Dragon spacecraft and orbit the planet.

Despite Musk’s overly enthusiastic hopes, SpaceX had much delays in getting an astronaut to fly in one of its spaceships, as due to the certifying process. NASA flight is supposed to take place within the year.

There are two other competitions in the private market: Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic and Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin. They do not promise as much of an experience as that of Elon Musk’s SpaceX however; Virgin Galactic promises weightlessness for a few minutes, and Blue Origin promises similar amount of time as Virgin Galactic, but in a ship similar to SpaceX’s Dragon.

Regardless, the time continues to inch closer, as humanity attempts for a leap outside of the Earth’s atmosphere. Only time will tell as to who wins.

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Ryan Newman Involved in Severe Crash in Daytona 500

Ryan Newman (6) goes airborne as he collided with Corey LaJoie (32) on the final lap of the NASCAR Daytona 500 auto race at Daytona International Speedway, Monday, Feb. 17, 2020, in Daytona Beach, Fla. Sunday’s race was postponed because of rain. (AP Photo/Terry Renna)

While leading the final lap of NASCAR’s Daytona 500, Ryan Newman was involved in a severe crash, with his car spinning several times before going airborne. The race had been postponed from Sunday to Monday; nonetheless, it couldn’t prevent this terrible event.

As the crash happened almost 19 years since Dale Earnhardt Sr. died from a car crash on February 18, 2001. Many are hoping that his condition improve, as he moves on from his marriage.

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IRS Quietly Erases Guidelines on Virtual Currency Tax Reporting

For several months from 2019, IRS advised the possibility of subjecting in-game virtual currency to federal taxes, such as for popular games like Fortnite. The IRS had been hinting at taxing in-game money, which would have equally applied to bitcoin, ether, and other cryptocurrencies. On Wednesday, February 12, 2020, the IRS erased all traces in regards to taxing in-game currency. It is unclear as to how the IRS plans to deal with video game currencies.

The IRS considers virtual currency as property for tax purposes. This means that those purchasing or selling bitcoin, using bitcoin to purchase items including such commodity as coffee, would count as a sale, which could be taxable. This was set as a guideline in 2014 with an update in 2019. It seemed that the IRS meant to include in-game currencies in that same manner.

As game companies continue to include in-game currency mechanics to create an economic system (such as fortnite’s v-bucks raising $1.8 billion in revenue just last year), the IRS seems to be aware of the need to tax this system. Most experts outside of IRS believe that the IRS’ decision to remove all in-game currency guidelines from the website had more to do with an error than getting rid of the policy to tax, as this removal occurred when the Government Accountability Office called on the IRS to provide clarified guidance on virtual currencies on its report.

Many believe the IRS is simply struggling to adjust in a world where the economic system continues to develop in faster pace.

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US Universities: Educational or Multi-billion dollar enterprises with murky financial systems?

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The Education Department sent a letter requesting Harvard and Yale universities to disclose records of contracts or gifts from Iran, Russia, Saudi Arabia, China and Qatar. The Department believes that the universities failed to disclose around $375 million in foreign funding.

Education Department is willing to refer this matter to the Justice Department if schools do not comply, as such funding could impact the quality of education in ways to include the spreading of propaganda.

Department’s investigation is said to have found more than $6.5 billion in foreign funding.

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Message from a lost civilization? Radio Signal from space arrives every 16 days

Earth regularly receives random radio waves from space, due to the dynamic nature of the universe. However, while most radio waves either emit once and never repeat, or sends repetitive fast radio bursts (FRBs) multiple times in sporadic or cluster form, this time, it was different.

Between September 16, 2018 to October 30, 2019, researchers at the Canadian Hydrogen Intensity Mapping Experiment/Fast Radio Burst Project collaboration detected a pattern of radio occurring every 16 or so days. Signal would release a burst or two each hour for a course of 4 days, then going silent for 12 days after.

The finding is available on arXiv and has yet to be peer-reviewed. However, the researchers concluded that the signal came from a massive spiral galaxy about 500 million light years away.

Unfortunately, the exact location of the radio burst has not yet been found, as the researchers could pinpoint multiple locations for the source of radio signals.

Authors of another research paper believe it could be from a neutron star, one of the smallest stars and remnants of supernovae, interacting with another star in a binary system.

As it turns out; scientists do not believe that it comes from another extraterrestrial civilization; however, it reveals an important aspect of reality unobserved.

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