Massive Saharan Air Layer To Hit US Soon

Caribbean is suffering from one of the worst dust storms in recent history, from of all places, The Sahara. Sahara Air Layer is a massive dust storm that forms in early spring, summer, and late fall, and it crosses the North Atlantic every three to five days, occupying a 2 to 2.5-mile thick layer of the Earth’s atmosphere with the base about 1 mile above surface.

Over the weekend, the blue skies of the Caribbean were dusty brown gray with the Saharan dust. Along with the horrible sky, the Caribbean is seeing one of the worst air quality in recent history.

The dust storm is expected to hit Texas by Thursday, and spread across other parts of the country, to include the mid-Atlantic. While this dry air is likely to weaken tropical storms and hurricane developments, it could cause allergic issues for those who are sensitive.

However, the dust storm will also bring beautiful sunsets and sunrises, so those who aren’t sensitive may want to document the event with the cameras.

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Social Distancing and Presidential Rallies

More than 119,923 Americans have died from the Coronavirus according to CDC as of June 22, 2020. Infection rates are climbing in areas previously marked as low: Florida, Texas, and Arizona. As the temperature climbs, many people are opting out of using masks or face coverings, going to the beach, or even the bars in many of these states.

It is true that compared with infection rates, deaths aren’t as many. But what about organ issues? On June 22, 2020, The Hill reported that about 40 percent of those infected by the Coronavirus (exclusive of fatal cases) were often left with life altering kidney failures necessitating the need for dialysis. This is known to affect people of all ages, and even those without preexisting kidney conditions. However, with high diabetes patients in the US, this is likely to have a terrible after-effect on the general population.

Last Saturday night, Trump campaign had a rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Trump campaign expected a large turnout and was disappointed. That being said, the empty seats could have served as a good example of social distancing measure, spreading the crowd out and showing an effective approach by the Trump administration on handling public events while maintaining appropriate government-promoting social distancing measures.

As re-election approaches in November, we are all aware that there is little time left for his promotion, particularly due to COVID-19. However, blaming test frequency, other side, or any number of factors only serve to make him look less attractive to the population that might have thought him more suitable than the alternate option, Mr. Biden.

Mr. Trump needs to remember that he is not in the same position as he was in 2016, when he was running as the President for the first time. He is an incumbent, and the current President of the United States. As the current leader of the country, he needs to juggle the responsibilities of the office while also promoting his chances for a second term. These rash justifications and rationalizations only serve to make him look unprepared and weak against those opposing him.

Most importantly, thinking twice and saying it once may be the solution for 2020.

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Passenger Refusing Face Mask Kicked off of Plane

American Airlines refused to fly with a passenger who refused to wear face mask. Brandon Straka sought to fly from New York to Dallas on Wednesday but refused to wear a mask. Thus, American Airlines deplaned him and flew without him.

This is the first known incident involving passenger being kicked off for not wearing a face mask associated with coronavirus pandemic.

While wearing a face mask is not the law, airlines have instituted their own mask requirements for crew, engineers, and passengers to maximize safety while still operating at limited capacity.

As more employees test positive for coronavirus and reopening has led to alarming incline of coronavirus infections in various parts of the country, several major airlines have pledged to take a harder stance on enforcing face mask policies. This is also partially for customer safety, airlines have stated.

American Airlines says the incident happened at Flight 1263 from New York’s LaGuardia to Dallas’s Fort Worth. The customer, Mr. Straka, declined to wear a face covering.

American Airlines says, “After he refused to comply with the instructions provided by the flight crew, our team members asked him to deplane. He deplaned and the flight departed the gate four minutes late at 12:34 p.m., eastern time.”

Straka was rebooked on a later flight after he agreed to comply with company policies, AA said.

FAA Administrator Steve Dickson said in congressional testimony Wednesday, “for their own protection and the protection of those around them, face coverings are especially important in situations where social distancing is not feasible.” Passengers are expected to wear masks when directed by flight attendants, as they are in a space where social distancing is not only impossible, but due to the circulation inside airplane cabins, the risk can be heightened.

It is important to note that while some states are seeing a decline in infections, other states are not, and the coronavirus is now showing up with vengeance in areas not formally a hotspot. Therefore, it is especially important to keep oneself as safe as possible during this uncertain times. This could be more dangerous than the first wave, as most people have become somewhat accustomed to the existence of coronavirus and take a lackadaisical attitude toward safety. Be more vigilant, and stay safe, even if that means having to wear a face mask on a plane.

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Garrett Rolfe FMR Atlanta police officer charged with felony murder charge

In the midst of exploding rage from whole nation due to unjust killing by police officers, more bad news arrives from bad acts by police officers in Atlanta, GA.

According to The Washington Post, 1,002 people were shot and killed by police in 2019, and police killed 1,098 people in mappingpoliceviolence.org. According to this website, “Black people were 24% of those killed despite being only 13% of the population.”

Atlanta Police officer Garrett Rolfe shot and killed Rayshard Brooks at a Wendy’s parking lot last week and was charged with felony murder, while the other officer, Devin Brosnan was charged with aggravated assault, Fulton County District Attorney Paul Howard announced Wednesday.

Officer Rolfe faces 11 charges for shooting Brooks 3 times, twice in the back.

After Rolfe shot Brooks, Rolfe said “I got him” and kicked him. Brosnan then stood on Brooks’ shoulder. Howard said.

They chose not to provide medical aid to Brooks for more than two minutes after Rolfe shot Brooks.

Brooks was at the line of the Wendy’s drive thru to get his order, he stopped at the line and slept. When polices came and knock his car window, and he woke up.

Police asked him to pull over his car to parking lot from the line performed a DUI test.

One of the officers tried to tie his hands, and Brooks took the officer’s teaser gun and used it to them and run away. The shooting happened right after, as revealed by police body cam.

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Powell: “Significant Uncertainty” of economic recovery

Jerome Powell, Federal Reserve Chairman commented on sluggish U.S. economic recovery, and its significant impact on small businesses, lower income, and minority Americans on Tuesday at his semiannual testimony before Congress.

During his testimony, Powell told Congress that while some indicators have shown improvement, recovery was still far off, and that “The levels of output and employment remain far below their pre-pandemic levels, and significant uncertainty remains about the timing and strength of the recovery,” to the Senate Banking Committee.

Last Wednesday, U.S. officially announced recession. With the pandemic still underway, if there is not much help from the federal level then small business, lower-income, and minority Americans are at risk.

Powell stated, “if economy recovers too slowly, we lose more than just the business. This businesses are the heart of our economy and often embody the work of generations.”

Powell also said, ”Low-income households have experienced, by far, the sharpest drop in employment, while job losses of African Americans, Hispanics, and women have been greater than that of other group,” and “If not contained and reversed, the downturn could further widen gaps in economic well-being that the long expansion had made some progress in closing.”

Powell stressed previously Fed will deploy everything in its power to aid for recovery, but he didn’t mention exactly when and how.

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Rare Giant 65 pound Turtle stumbled into Fairfax County, VA

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It seems that while every Human beings are in quarantine under the global pandemic with coronavirus but wild animals are free from all the rules and regulations.

Patch reported that on May 28, at the residential neighborhood in the Kingstowne area, in the suburban areas of DC region, a huge turtle crossed the road.

Local news source said, it was 65 pound alligator snapping turtle.

Snapping turtle can be found very easily in almost every pond in VA, but this alligator snapping turtle is very rare to be found in Northern VA.

Generally, alligator snapping turtle is native to river drainages flowing into the Gulf of Mexico, Florida panhandle, East Georgia, and East to west Texas.

According to animal police, it was found near a residential pond.

Police took this alligator turtle to the Fairfax County Animal Shelter and named it Lord Fairfax.  Lord Fairfax’s new house is Virginia Zoo in Norfolk now.

The Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries tells residents to research what it takes to care for a turtle before getting one as a pet. Experts believe this alligator turtle can reach weights above 200 pounds.

Snapping turtle can be weights up to 50 pounds.

The turtle is one of longer living animals, and some can be over 100 years old. It is hopeful that Lord Fairfax enjoys his life in Norfolk from now on.

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Fox Compares Joe Biden to John McCain for his “ungentlemanly comments”

With less than 5 months left of battle for the US presidential election, the two runners are acting very sensitively and delicately with every moment, going against each other.

Last night, Joe Biden, the democratic nominee interviewed with the Daily Show on Comedy Central, and he said ”my single greatest concern [is that] this president is going to try to steal this election. This is a guy who said that all mail-in ballots are fraudulent … while he sits behind the desk in the Oval Office and writes his mail-in ballot to vote in a primary.” This caused a reaction and backlash from the conservative party media, primarily, Fox news network.

Karl Rove, a former deputy White House Chief of staff and Fox News contributor told “The Daily Briefing” on Thursday, as he compared the attitudes of the late Sen. John McCain during his presidential run against Former Pres. Obama, and Joe Biden’s current behavior against current Pres. Trump.

“A woman stood up at a question and answer session that he was having and stood up and said ‘I think Barack Obama is terrible and I think he is an Arab.’ [McCain] said ‘no, he is a decent American with a good family. I just happened to disagree with him on the issues,’” Rove reminded, highlighting the rather objective and gentlemanly behavior John McCain took against misinformed public, hinting, that the statement Joe Biden gave showed the biased, subjective, and ungentlemanly behavior unworthy of the US presidency.

Whether the democratic party supporters agree with Rove is another question, and the fact that Karl Rove is a Fox News contributor, also tilts his opinion towards a bias in support of the Republican party. It is ultimately up to every and each individual voter as to whether Pres. Trump is trying to steal the election, or whether Joe Biden is an ungentlemanly individual. Only the election results in November 2020 will tell how Americans truly feel about the two candidates.

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Did Department of Labor Lie about the Unemployment Rate?

US officially announced recession began in February. Since COVID-19 hit globally, most industries closed, quarantine followed, and unemployment rate skyrocketed to almost 20%.

According to Forbes’s analysis, Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics indicated that 2.5 million jobs were added in May presenting a picture that the U.S. economy is recovering from the quick recession, but in fact, Bureau of Labor Statistics has made a big mistake by counting 4.9 million unemployed people as being employed.

If mistakes were corrected, unemployment rate would have risen to 16.1% in May. The corrected April figure would have been close to 20% rather than 14.7%.

US has officially entered first recession since 2007-2009, the housing market economic crisis. Some economists say 2020 recession and 2009 recession are of two different characteristics: first one is self-inflicted and latter one is not self-inflicted.

That being said, some economists hope that this recession might be less time consuming to overcome than the previous one, as this was an act of nature, and not one caused by mishaps in the market itself. Only time will tell; nonetheless, the world economy is expected to shrink by 6% by the end of 2020.

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BTS and Its fan club donate $2 Million to BLM

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K-Pop Megastar BTS and its fan group, “One in An ARMY” has raised funds to support the Black Lives Matter movement and donated $2 million.

BTS initially donated $1 million to Black Lives Matter, and its fan club raised the additional $1 million more, matching the group’s donation.

BTS tweeted last week, “We stand against racial discrimination. We condemn violence. You, I and we all have the right to be respected. We will stand together.#BlackLivesMatter” on its tweet account.

The BTS is the first donor to donate to Black Live Matter movement as a foreign figure.

BTS, also known as the Bangtan Boys, is a seven-member South Korean boy band formed in Seoul in 2010 and managed under Big Hit Entertainment. The group is ranked #4 in Billboard’s Top Social Artists of the 2010s, and the highest group on the list.

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Virginia KKK Head Harry Rogers Charged for Running Car through Peaceful Protest

Harry Rogers (36, Head of Virginia’s Ku Klux Klan) revved his truck and drove into the peaceful protestors during the Black Lives Matter march last Sunday night in Richmond, VA. He was arrested and was charged with Attempted Malicious wounding, Felony Vandalism, Battery, and held without bond according to the Commonwealth’s Attorney in Henrico County.

During this event, Rogers hit a man, but the victim refused further treatment.

Witnesses reported that a vehicle had “revved their engine and drove through the protesters occupying the roadway.”

Henrico County Commonwealth’s Attorney Shannon Taylor stated “While I am grateful that the victim’s injuries do not appear to be serious, an attack  on peaceful protesters is heinous and despicable and we will prosecute to the fullest extent of the law.”

Rogers is scheduled to appear for a hearing on August 18.

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