VA Treats Veterans for Coronavirus

Tents are being erected outside the Veterans Administration hospital on Galvez Street in New Orleans. These tents will serve as a drive-through testing site for coronavirus. (James Varney/ The Washington Times)

The Department of Veterans Affairs currently tracks Veterans who have tested positive for coronavirus. As of Monday, 204 Veteran patients were found to have coronavirus. There are 8 in the Washington DC area.
5 are self-quarantined at home, with three in the hospital. Two Veterans have died from the disease so far.
VA has so far administered over 1,524 coronavirus tests nationwide and plans to administer more as coronavirus continues to spread.

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Companies or Individuals? Republicans and Democrats Fight Over Who Should Get the Stimulus

Senate Democrats blocked a $2 trillion coronavirus rescue bill on Monday, as parties split on who should receive the money, at 49-46. 60 vote threshold is need to advance the legislation for a final debate on the Senate.

Democrats argued that the bill does not help families and health care providers enough, while Republicans argued that the bill offers financial assistance to the entire economy and should be passed before more people lose jobs.

Democrats are especially concerned that $500 billion fund would be for businesses, states and cities with wide latitudes to spend, would focus on the big corporations and Wall Street over actual health care.

Republicans argued that Democrats are focusing only on special interest and organized labor.

As Dow Jones has lost 10,000 points in six weeks, with several million Americans without jobs, and it seems that the Senate is caught arguing about who should get what, yet again.

Current plan is for $500 billion loan program with $425 billion for companies, states and cities, $50 billion for passenger airline companies, $8 billion for cargo air companies, and $17 billion for firms deemed important for national security, with $350 billion for small businesses.

When or if the stimulus plan will actually pass, is a question that Congress cannot yet answer, and one, impacting the lives of many Americans.

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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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Missing Corona Virus Link: First Outbreak in US

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A woman at UC Davis in California was tested positive for Corona virus. Strangely, this woman has had no contact with China or with another sick individual.

The California State Health Department has begun an investigation in attempt to find the source of the spread.

This is much difficult to do, as officials must attempt to identify everyone who might have had any extended contact with the woman within 6 feet of distance.

Furthermore, as she arrived intubated with a ventilator, identifying everyone she might have come in contact with is even more difficult to identify or clarify.

While US officials maintain that risk to the general public is low, they had failed to test the woman for Corona virus initially, declining to test her as she did not meet the criteria for infection with Corona virus.

CDC declined to comment on this failure, which ultimately led to the current situation. However, as worldwide count for Corona infection continues, the FDA is gearing up for the Corona virus outbreak, getting labs prepared.

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$30,000 for NASA to Visit Venus

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NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory(JPL) is planning for a rover to visit the planet of Venus. With surface temperature above 450 degrees celsius (over 750 degrees Fahrenheit), and surface pressure that is 92 times that of Earth, Venus is certainly not an easy planet.

Because all electronic equipments of today become nonfunctional at 250 degrees Fahrenheit, NASA is offering  $30,000 to the top prize winner who can design an obstacle avoidance sensor that does not rely on electronic systems. As the rover is meant to stay on the grounds of Venus for months, it is vital that the sensor can withstand extreme conditions for a very long time.

Anyone interest can read about the challenge here: www.herox.com

Billionaires might be headed to Mars, but NASA will take the daunting task of heading to Venus.

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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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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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“History will treat me right” by Ralph Abernathy (Black History Month)

“You can kill the dreamer,” he repeatedly told audiences, “but you can’t kill the dream.”

We often say that history is written by winners. Yet in US history, even winners don’t always get to write in their viewpoints. Still, history is made by the Dreamers and their dreams.

In the US, Black History Month likely has its origins in 1926, when historian Carter G. Woodson and Association for the Study of Negro Life and History announced the second week of February to be “Negro History Week.”

Black History Month was officially recognized in 1970, and many other countries observe Black History Month whether officially or unofficially.

So, who encouraged the dream to continue after the downfall of the dreamer?

We all know of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr, but many don’t know of his mentor and best friend, Pastor Ralph Abernathy.

Ralph Abernathy (March 11, 1926 – April 17, 1990) was a pastor, civil right movement activist, who said, “I don’t know what the future may hold, but I know who holds the future.”

Pastor Abernathy empathized with and led the people who were poor, who were treated unfairly, and he walked with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. during the Montgomery Bus Boycott, Civil Rights Movement, Voting Right Acts, and even as a mediator of Wounded Knee Native American and FBI. He was the man that stood firmly and encouraged the people to keep the dream alive.

On April 17, 1990, he passed away from two blood clots that traveled to his heart and lungs.

He was buried in Lincoln Cemetery in Atlanta, Georgia. At Abernathy’s behest, his tomb has the simple inscription: “I TRIED.”

And less than two decades after his death, on January 20, 2009, Barack Obama swore in and became the first African American President, of the United States of America. He went on to serve two terms in the White House.

How he kept the Dream alive, and how, just as he said, Dream couldn’t be killed; we remember Pastor Ralph Abernathy for his contribution to the Dream and its fulfillment.

History will treat you right, Pastor Ralph Abernathy.

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