A Cup of Poem~~ Cicada/Henry Seo

百年林樹一旬生

晝夜不休求道聲

只有黃衣長嘯去

莫非羽化上天行

(庚韻:生,聲,行)

매미

백년을 사는 나무에

고작 열흘 살면서

밤낮으로 쉬지않고

소리 높여 길를찾네.

노란 허물 덩그런데

휘파람도 잦아드니

아마도 신선이 되어

하늘길에 올랐구나

백년림수일순생

주야불휴구도성

지유황의장소거

막비우화상천행

立秋

24번째 중 13번째 절기

매미를 그리워 하면서…

(서형삼 시인)

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CBP seizes $35K From Passenger at Dulles

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A woman was traveling to Istanbul from Dulles airport on Friday and reported carrying $5,000.

Customs and Borders (CBP) officers then checked her carry-on bag to find $30,000 more.

The total seized was $35,016.

There is no legal limit on the amount of money a US citizen can carry out of the country.

However, CBP requires that any amount above $10,000 be reported.

Those who wish for the return of money must prove both the source and intended use are legitimate.

CBP seizes $207,000 daily for illicit purposes everyday.

 

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Trump’s German ambassador pick known for racist comments

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Retired Army Col. Douglas Macgregor is a decorated combat veteran, author and frequent guest on Fox News. He claimed that Muslim migrants were coming to Europe to eventually turn Europe, criticizing Germany for giving welfare benefits to “unwanted Muslim invaders”.

This comes as Trump plans to remove 12,000 troops from Germany and after news of German Chancellor Angela Merkel on state phone calls.

Within US, Macgregor often made anti-immigrant comments, especially toward Mexico, and wished to institute martial law at the US-Mexico border.

However, the Senate is already opposing this nomination, as his comments likely disqualify him from any government office.

It is unclear whether Mr. Macgregor will serve as the German ambassador based on his controversial views and his pro-military views may hinder his nomination.

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Hurricane Category 1 Isaias Hits the Carolinas

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Isaias Hits the Carolinas and East Coast.

Category 1 hurricane Isaias narrowly passed by Florida, but its slight shift east now puts both South and North Carolinas at its path for landfall.

Its wind is expected to hit somewhere up to 70 mph, with flood warnings in effect up to Maine.

DC metro area including Northern Virginia and Maryland can expect rainfall of anywhere from 2-6 inches. People are being told to evacuate the Carolinas while mindful of the dangers of COVID-19 by wearing masks and carrying hand sanitizers.

This hurricane will downgrade to a tropical storm as it passes up the northeast coast to Maine, according to Weather.com.

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Covid-19’s Real Problem: Organ damage

As US sees 150,000 deaths from COVID-19, some of those who are for quick reopening tout the relatively low death percentage rate as an argument against the severity of COVID-19. However, those who are recovering from COVID-19 show something more sinister from coronavirus infection: organ damage.

Two German studies found that many patients recovering from COVID-19 had heart abnormalities that didn’t exist before. The study included 100 patients from the University of Hospital Frankfurt COVID-19 Registry.

1/3 on the registry recovered at the hospital, while the other 2/3 recovered at home; however, in the 78 of the original 100, there were now heart abnormalities, with 60 of them showing inflammation in the heart muscle from COVID-19.

This abnormality would not be found on the echograms more frequently used to detect heart abnormalities.

Such results are quite damaging; those who have this weakness will likely require more extensive treatments and be at risk for abnormal heart beats and other heart problems.

So yes, maybe COVID-19 only kills around 1 percent of those infected; however, the true harm of COVID-19 isn’t necessarily the fast death, but the lasting impact on the majority of those that recover from the disease; mostly, the weakening of the organs in the rest of the body.

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Pickling: Prepping Greens During Pandemic Winter

(양배추 피클)

오는 겨울은 다른 해의 겨울보다 더 가혹한 겨울이 올 지도 모른다는 생각이 든다. 코로나바이러스 백신이 개발 되고 있다고 하지만 서민들에게 공급될 때까지 그 기간을 우리는 알 수 없기 때문이다. 올 겨울이 오기 전에 미리 준비를 해 두어야 할 것들을 언급해 보자.

1.독감 예방, 폐렴 예방 주사를 미리 맞자.

2. 비상 식량, 쌀, 밀가루, 콩을 비롯한 각종 잡곡을 미리 준비해 두자.

3. 만약을 대비해 항상 비상 준비금을 확보해 두자.

4.생필품을 지금부터 하나씩 사서  넉넉하게 준비해 두자.

5.마스크를 한 사람당 10개씩 만들어서 준비해 두자.

6.평상시에 아스마 ( 천식) 이 있는 사람은 인해일러(호흡보조기구)을 넉넉히 준비해 두자.

7. 가정 상비약 중 (마늘+꿀), 생강조청, 흑마늘과 흑도라지 등을 준비해 두자.

10. 손 세정제를 사서 준비해 두자. 집에서 만들어 보는 것도 하나의 지혜다.

11.소금, 설탕, 이스트, 간장, 된장, 고추장 등도 넉넉하게 준비해 두자.

여기에서 우선 비상용 음식을 열거하지 않은 것 같아 첨언 하자면, 김치를 담아서 김치 냉장고에 담아 놓고 내년 봄 까지 먹을 수 있게 준비해 두는 것도 좋을 듯 하다.

마늘, 오이, 양파, 양배추, 고추, 케일, 브로컬리, 시금치 등을 피클을 만들어 저장해 두는 방법이 있다. 콩은 노란 콩, 검정콩, 완두콩, 녹두콩등 다양하게 구입해서 김치 냉장고에 보관해 놓았다가 때로는 콩나물도 길러서 해 먹고, 또 때로는 두부도 만들어 먹을 수 있다. 물론 콩장은 기본이다.

아무리 세상이 전염병으로 살기 흉흉하다고 할 지라도 미리 준비하고 미리 대비하면, 위험에 노출될 확률이 그만큼 낮아질 수있다고 생각한다.

유비면 무환이라! 항상 미리미리 준비하고 예비하면 환란이 닥친다 하더라고 걱정하지 않고 유연하게 대처할 수 있다고 우리는 그렇게 믿어왔고 또 그렇게 믿고 있다. 누구 말대로, 당근이기 때문이다.

위기를 잘 극복하여 이 기간이 지나면 우리 모두 새 해 2021의 봄, 화안한 봄, 맞이하길 바래본다.

 

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US Colleges Decide Online or In-Class Cancellations for 2020 Fall Semester

With the Coronavirus on re-surge as states began reopening and with only a month before colleges are set to reopen, US colleges have decided to open only through online courses and cancelling in-class instructions. For example, Miami University in Ohio announced it would only hold classes online until September 21, and West Virginia University announced a delayed re-opening of August 21, a week later an original return date for students.

Higher ranking schools such as Harvard, George Washington, and California State Universities have also decided to hold mostly online undergraduate and graduate level courses.

Out of about 1,260 higher learning institutions in the US, only 49 percent will offer in-person instructions, 14 percent will offer full online coursework, and the rest, a mix.

Of course, this also affects out-of-state and international students heavily. Ithaca College in New York, for example, has decided that any student from states currently on prohibition list under New York state would be prohibited from returning for fall 2020. Online courses are already deemed ineligible for the student visa, so many students are forced to return home as well.

Education continues to be a topic of contention within US politics, and unfortunately, while coronavirus’ effect was abated to a limited extent thanks to the development of technology, remains a hot topic based on the safety needed for students to be healthy versus the declining academic aptitude due to lack of social interactions amidst the coronavirus pandemic and the need for social distancing.

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Trump’s Republicans – Too dangerous to go mask-free, but too cheap to keep people out of danger

Next economic rescue package, as proposed by the senate Republicans will see $600 unemployment benefits decrease to $400, and again, forcing states to take charge of the unemployment benefits.

This proposal is part of another $1 trillion relief bill to handle the continued economic decline affected by the novel coronavirus.  Senate republicans want to reduce $600 to $200 until states can implement new approach in states that pays unemployed up the 70 percent of the income collected before the loss of their jobs, while the House Democrats wish to extend it until January due to high unemployment rates.

This isn’t just about survival however; Trump Republicans argue that people are unfairly using taxpayer dollars to sit at home rather than working or looking for jobs.

This is inaccurate portrayal of current events: there are 15 million fewer jobs. 11 percent of the population is unemployed.

The assumption behind the policy however, it something more selfish: it’s a Republican assumption that people want to resume economic activities at the level of pre-pandemic levels regardless of whether the coronavirus is controlled and removed. This is wrong.

As states reopened in May and June with decrease in coronavirus outbreaks, people went back to economic activity. Coronavirus numbers soared, and many states are being forced to close down again, or to impose the 14-day quarantines on people.

As people have seen the negative results of opening too quickly, if the coronavirus is not completely controlled, there will be no economic recovery; no normal return to work or the kind of shopping necessary to create jobs. While Trump and Republicans choose to not believe this, instead wanting to convince people to return to work.

Unfortunately however, Trump’s move to open too quickly may have shown Americans exactly why he shouldn’t be believed.

As total coronavirus infections in America surpasses 4 million people, it’s not belief of normalcy that Trump Republicans should convince people of; it is truth and good statesmanship, keeping people safe under this unforeseen crisis, that will benefit him come November.

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Steve Wozniak sues Youtube and Twitter on failure to regulate Bitcoin scams

Steve Wozniak is concerned that major social networks such as YouTube and Twitter, are fast becoming platforms for bitcoin scammers, and he is suing these platforms for failing to regulate them.

The Co-founder of Apple, Steve Wozniak is suing YouTube. According to the Verge, scammers have been posting videos on YouTube that Wozniak is hosting a bitcoin promotion. They convinced some users that if they send bitcoin to a provided address, “Wozniak” will return, with their investments doubled.

“Youtube has featured a steady stream of scam videos and promotions that falsely use images and videos of Plaintiff Steve Wozniak, and other famous tech entrepreneurs, and that have defrauded YouTube users out of millions of dollars,” the complaint says.

These Scammers or hackers use the big figure, like Elon Musk, Bill Gates, Robert Kiyosaki, and about 15 other individuals as their targets to make nearly $120,000 with YouTube scam.

YouTube spokesperson said “We take abuse of our platform seriously, and take action quickly when we detect violations of our policies, such as scams or impersonation,” in a statement to the Verge.

Similar things have happened on Twitter, leading to major scandals.

Twitter CEO, Jack Dorsey wrote on his Twitter, “We all feel terrible this happened,” and “We’re diagnosing and will share everything we can when we have a more complete understanding of exactly what happened.”

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$1,200 Second Round Stimulus Checks for Americans?

Second Stimulus Check will be introduced by Senate Republicans today according to Associated Press (AP).

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) mentioned second stimulus checks will arrive to Americans soon, but that it is in the negotiation table in between White House, Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin, and Chief of Staff Mark Meadows.

However, despite the disbursement of the first stimulus check to American families, unemployment rate is high, and unemployment benefits will end this weekend. Many Republicans believe stimulus checks and unemployment benefits have only slowed the rate in which Americans have been willing to return to work, affecting unemployment rates.

Republicans propose $105 billion ($70 billion to K-12, $30 billion to colleges and Universities, $5 billion for governors to spend at their discretion) to open schools and $15 billion for child care centers, according to AP.

Democrats want approximately $1 trillion for state and local aid, and $430 billion to re-open schools.

President Donald Trump said he would consider vetoing the stimulus package if it does not include a payroll tax cut, but many Republicans opposed against it.

PPP (Payroll Protection Program) is expected to extend so that the unspent $134 billion may be disbursed.

Senate Republicans also have plans to propose $25 billion to improve coronavirus testing and contract tracing.

Senate will decide on the fate of new set of stimulus checks, and the President will have the chance to review and decide what will best improve his odds for the upcoming November election.

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