Moderna Claims COVID-19 Vaccine Success, but what is the Truth?

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Moderna is the leading biotechnology company in Massachusetts, and on Monday, it announced that phase I coronavirus testing for human vaccination purposes yielded safe and effective results.

The results have not yet been published in peer-reviewed scientific journal. However, market reacted positively, with company’s stock seeing a sharp soar of $66.69 per share to $83 in one day.

However, some are concerned that this is yet another biotech firm “fake and pull out” situation similar to that of Gilead, as Monsef Slaoui, one of the directors stepped down days ago, requiring him to sell his stocks. His options are worth $10 million at $66.69 per share, but with $83 per share, he will see great profit when selling his shares.

Another issue is Moderna’s receipt of $483 million from a federal agency by the name of Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority, and many congress people are alerting the conflict of interest between federal and business co-op, that seems to generate great revenue but no firm results.

As the World continues to seek and develop vaccines to fight against COVID-19, these brief moments of hope that flickers and dies is hardly helpful to the overall economy; instead, it fuels distrust amongst the citizens, who wait patiently yet frustrated in their homes waiting for vaccines and getting no results but news of biotechnology company stocks going up in price per share.

First, Gilead, now Moderna. Who will come next for a little stock market boost?

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Coronavirus Fears Lead US to Telework

As universities and government agencies employ telework policies in fear of coronavirus, Alphabet, Google’s parent company has recommended its North American employees to work from home through April 10.

Although governments and schools have implemented telework or online course policies regionally or within its city boundaries, Google is asking everyone in the entire continent to follow this system.

As COVID-19 spread throughout Washington state, Google, Amazon, Microsoft, and Facebook had encouraged its employees to work from home.

Google has also cancelled its annual developer conference Google I/O, due to COVID-19 worries. Furthermore, Google will establish COVID-19 fund which will enable temporary staff and vendors globally to take paid sick leave if they have potential COVID-19 symptoms or cannot work due to quarantine.

The US executive branch plans to meet with representatives from tech companies to discuss COVID-19 response efforts, where they will meet remotely.

Unwittingly, it seems that a virus may trigger a permanent shift in business and administration in the American workforce.

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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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Shooting at Local Walmart in Arkansas leaves shooter dead, and two police officers injured

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Mayor Cedric Williams confirmed the death of the suspect who opened fire on two police officers at the Forrest City Walmart in Arkansas.

Observed to be “talking out of his mind” at the time of the shooting, the suspect did not survive the shooting. He was threatening people when the two police officers arrived and pulled the gun and shot both officers when they attempted to respond to the complaint.

Lt. Eric Varner and Detective Eugene Watlington were not wearing any body cameras or police vests at the time of the shooting, as the division does not require it; Varner was treated and released after the incident, but Detective Watlington was transported to a regional healthcare center in Memphis for surgery. He is expected to recover and be fine. Since then, Arkansas State Police have taken over the investigation of the incident.

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Sun’s surface is like Rice Cake: Daniel K. Inouye Solar Telescope produces Photo of the Sun

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The National Science Foundation’s 4-meter, preeminent solar telescope on the summit of Haleakala, Maui in Hawai’i captured the clearest image of the Sun’s surface to date, which showed a pattern of turbulent “boiling” plasma, covering the entire star.  Each cell-like structures’ sizes are comparable to the State of Texas.

These cells represent signature of violent motions which allow transportation of heat from the inside of the Sun to its surface, before collapsing back below the surface once cooled by the vacuum of space, in a process called convection.

National Science Foundation’s Inouye Solar Telescope will also be used to map the magnetic fields within the Sun’s corona, and will be used to help predict and understand the Sun’s effect on space weather and Earth.

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Japan’s Nuclear Levels Still Too High for Safe Olympics

The Japanese national safety standard for allowable radioactivity is 0.23 microsieverts per hour. For a good example, Tokyo averages at about 0.04 microsieverts per hour.

Greenpeace urged Japan to abandon Olympic activities including the Olympic torch relay in Fukushima, the site of extensive radioactive damage from the 2011 tsunami. Based on reading as high as 1.7 microsieverts per hour measured at one meter above the surface, and a reading of 71 microsieverts per hour at the surface level.

In response, Japan argued that it read 0.111 microsieverts per hour at the main entrance one day, and one of the fields showed a rating of 0.085 microsieverts per hour.

Given that Japan has been very inconsistent in acting upon its nuclear waste policy, it is unclear whether the data from Japan can be trusted. It is also questionable as to whether Greenpeace’s data can be trusted, given the organization’s reputation.

It would be advisable for a neutral third-party such as the UN or the International Atomic Energy Agency to step in and provide a non-partisan data, as an average person safely absorbs about 3.65 microsieverts a year.

It would be advisable for a neutral third-party such as the UN or the International Atomic Energy Agency to step in and provide a non-partisan data, as an average person safely absorbs about 3.65 microsieverts a year.

Japan’s data may show that it is safe for olympic athletes to engage in sports in Fukushima, but if Greenpeace’s data is correct, then the international community is putting the lives of these valuable athletes in great danger.

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African-American Students Leadership Conference (AASLE) expands to include the Asian-Americans and Latino Americans

After New Year Ball drops down at the Time Square in NYC, Dr.Aminata Njeri starts to pack her travel luggage for the annual student leadership conference.

She carefully places the projector, cords, and all other belongings into her pink luggage.

Every year, she adds new gadgets. She changes out an old part with something new, as she professes to be an early adopter to keep up with the changes.

With longer than 20 years of service in public, She has taught students from all over the states, and now does so worldwide. Dr. Aminata has brought up many influential people through African-Asian Students Leadership Conference, an annual educational event.  She travels coast to coast to give encouraging messages to students everywhere.

At this conference, the Conference decided to open its services to Asian and Hispanic students.

During the 2020 Conference, Dr. Aminata and Dr. Bryant raised the importance of bringing in Asian and Hispanic students to create a more universally represented student conference.

This year, more than 300 college student leaders from North to South, West to East gathered at Fairmont Hotel in DC.

They stayed from Thursday to Sunday (Jan.9, – Jan.12, 2020) to learn from others and to connect with other like-minded students.

 

The main theme of this year conference is “The Year of Yes, No Is Not An Option”.

Full of energy, enthusiastic attitudes, and positive thinking being the focus of this conference, Dr. Aminata explained how to transform obstacles into something positive in our lives.

Dr. Jennifer, who is working to open this event to Asian and Latino students also gave hopeful insights for the future of the Conference.

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California Governor Asks for $1 Billion to Solve the Homeless Crisis

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California Governor Newsom is seeking $750 million from the state budget to solve the Homeless crisis in the state. As the most populous state in the United States, California is estimated to have 130,000 homeless people on any given day.  One of the most commonly cited contributor to homelessness has to do with low vacancy rate; for example, in Los Angeles, there is estimated 4% vacancy, lowest in the United States. In such situations, competition for tenancy is fierce.

Newsom is also seeking $695 from federal, state, and private funds for Medicaid to provide better medical services for the homeless. As US Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson rejected the September proposal for more money, Newsom’s prospects on success is unclear.

Newsom has directed California Department of General Services to supply 100 camp trailers and unspecified number of “modular tent structures” as temporary housing.

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5.18 GwangJu Massacre Victims Remain Unavenged: Bringing Justice Through the Court System

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“5.18광주 민주화 운동”,또는 “5.18 광주시민 대량 학살 사건”이라 명명해도 될 이 사건에 대해 그 당시 이 사건의 내막에 대해 정확하게 알고 있는 허장환씨 ( 5·18 민주화운동 당시 보안사 505보안대 특명부장) 및 김용장 씨(5·18 민주화운동 당시 전 미육군 501정보단 정보관)등이 지난해 국회 의원 회관에서 기자회견 (05/3/2019)을 가졌다.

40년이 지난 지금, 그 당시 이유도 모른 체, 단지 광주에 있었다는 이유로 수 많은 시민들이 죽어갔지만 전두환정부와 친 정부 언론들은 한국안에서 광주를 철저히 고립시켜왔다. 역대 이승만을 비롯한 박정희 등 전두환과 수뇌들은 항상 그래왔듯이 그들이 불리할 때 써먹는 이념은 “반공” 이었다. 분단국가에서 6.25동란을 겪은 국민들에게 있어서 반공 이념은 항상 유효했고, 국민들을 불안에 떨게 하는데는 항상 “Red Card” 였다. 거짓선전으로 마치 북한 공산당이 광주 지역에 침투하여 남한 정부를 전복시키기 위해 벌인 대규모 시위를 진압 또는 평정하는 정부로 그들을 포장하고 그들의 부정한 행위를 정당화 해 왔다.

필자는 그때 가장 암울한 시대를 숨어서 견뎌내야 했던 꽃다운 청춘이었다. 직접 “북한 괴뢰정부가 간첩을 보내어 광주 ‘사태’를 꾸몄다는 가두 방송”을 듣기도 했다. 집 안까지 꿰 뚫었던 총알, 벽을 뚫고 들어온 총알은 반대쪽 벽에 박혀 있었다. 그때 우리 가족 모두 숨막히는 조그만 다락방에 숨었고, 초여름 오월, 목화 솜 이불을 덮어쓰고 숨을 삼키며 숨어야 만 했다. 그후, 필자는 5.18 영령들에 대해 늘 죄스러움과 미안한 마음을 가진 채 세월을 견디어오고 있다.

시민의 가슴에 총부리를 겨누고, 심장을 향해 쏘아대었던 총알들, 이제 빼 내어야 한다. 그들의 정권 야욕에 죽어간 수많은 시민, 아직도 시신을 찾지 못한 시민들의 원혼들을 위로해야 한다. 버젓이 떵떵거리며 살고 있는 살인자의 수뇌 였던 전두환과 그 일당 “괴물”들을 법정위에 세워야 한다는 목소리가 높다.

허장환 선생님의 양해를 구해 그 방에서 옮겨온 글을 아래 게재한다.

죽림 에 웅거 하는 맹호 제위 에게 고 한다

역사 정립을 위한 범 국민 결성 대회 호소문 !

목적 :
10.26 이후 12:12 군사반란 으로 이어지는 전두환 의 정권 찬탈 과정의 5,18 광주 행쟁의 필연성의 수순 에서 간과된 대소간의 역사적 사건을 재 조명 하여 이 를 규명 함으로써 후세에 반면 교사 함을 목적 한다

내용:
1, 10,26 후 김재규 를 단죄하는 과정에서 필연적으로 연출된 군사 내란및 반란 을 자행 하며

가) 김재규 잔당 소탕 목적으로 당시 중앙 정보부 실 국장급 14 명을 아무런 이유없이 김재규 추종세력으로 몰아 보안사에 집단 감금 구타 고문으로 해직 케 하였으며
입법 기관인 중앙 정보부 를 불법 접수 한후 정보부 예산 전액을 전용 하여 사유화 했고

나) 12:12 반란 시 정승화 참모총장 계열 및 공수 특전사 령 관 정병주 소장및 전속 부관 김 오랑 대위를 대상으로 살인미수 및 살인 의 범죄를 자행한 사실이 유하며 군내 양인의 계열이라는 오명을 씌워 장성및 고급 장교 수십명을 강제 전역 케 하였으며

다) 국 보위를 설치 하여 계엄 사령부의 기능및 권한을 무능력 내지 무력화 함과 동시에 내각을 상위 하는 국보위의 권한으로 합법적으로 내각을 마비케 하여 상대적으로 대통령 중심제 를 유명 무실케 하여 최규하 대통령을 옥죔으로써 그를 하야케 함으로써 국가 기능을 기절 토록 한후 입법.사법. 행정 및 계엄하에 군권을 장악하여 국가 의 총체적 권력을 편법적 불법 접수 하였으며

라) 정권 장악에 필수인 자금 확보를 위해 부조리 척결 이라는 명분으로 전국 계엄분소 와는 별도로 계엄 업무를 총괄하는 국보위 특명 수사부를 개설 하여 전국적으로 국민의 눈 과 귀 입을 봉쇄 하는 조치의 일환으로 언론 통 폐합을 명분으로 국민의 알 권리 와 언로를 봉쇄 하는 ㅣ차적 작업을 한후 2차적으로 재벌개혁 및 부정 축재자 척결 이라는 미명 하에 이들의 재산을 몰수 하였고 반 체제 적종교인 탄압으로 불교정화 라는 구실로 전국 사찰의 재산권을 몰수 하는등의 만행외 사회 정화 목적의 삼청교육과 군내 불순 세력 정화 명분의 녹화 사업등 악날하고 간악한 수법으로 탈법과 불법적인 방법을 자행한 전두환 정권 이였던바

마) 동족살상 이라는 전대미문한 국란 을 유발 시켜 이를 평정 함으로써 자신들의 집단이 행하는 권력 수권의 당위성과 정통성을 확보하기 위하여 김대중 내란음모 사건 의 각본을 작성하고 광주 를 희생양으로 구성하여 살육을 하는 과정 에서 이에 반하는 인사는 가차없이 숙청 하였음

2: 이상 열거한 과정에서 단죄 성립이 미진했던 12:12 사건의 살상 행위 지시자 규명과 중정 접수 과정의 예산 편취 부분 해직 피해 당사자 재산 피탈 피해자 등 나열 할수 조차 없는 피해 당사자 들이 구제 받을수 있도록 처처에서 함구 하고 있는 증언자들의 증언의 큰 대열에 앞장 써 시어 새 역사 정립에 동참 해 주시길 호소 합니다

* 동참 희망회원 가입 문의는 광주 5.18 혁신 위원회 최고 위원 문흥식 및 5,18 서울 농성단 김 종배 대표에게 문의 요망 *

이 글은 허장환 선생님의 방에서 공유했습니다.

역사적 사실을 밝힌 허장환선생님, 김용장 선생님의 정의로운 행동에 대해 기자는 고개숙여 감사를 표한다.

 

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Puerto Rico’s Foundation Shaken by a Powerful Earthquake

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On January 6, 2020, Puerto Rico experienced a 6.4 magnitude earthquake, leaving the island in a state of emergency. One person is confirmed dead, with millions without power. Puerto Ricans now fear an aftershock after much weakening of the infrastructure and home foundations. Some are seeking alternative ways to spend the next few days to stay alive. According to the Puerto Rico Seismic Network, there have been over 900 tremors. Punta Ventana known for its form as a natural wonder, was destroyed by the earthquake.

This comes as much shock as it has only been two years since Hurricane Maria hit.

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