Cruise Ship Sees More Coronavirus

Quarantined in Yokohama south of Tokyo, 10 more people have tested positive for Coronavirus.  3,700 people are facing at least two weeks of quarantine on the Diamond Princess ship as those confirmed positive have been moved to medical facilities. Currently, Japan’s coronavirus-positive population is at 45.

Many on the ship are frustrated at the lack of food availability (among many other difficulties), slow responses, and of course, being infected by the coronavirus.  Japan officials are concerned that the outbreak is likely to affect the 2020 Olympic Games in July.

As the death toll rises to 563 in China, the world keeps a close eye on the virus and in preventing its spread in an ever-connected world.

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Ford’s 4th Quarter Earnings Wipes out 2019 Profit

In 2019 4th quarter, Ford reported a 1.7 billion dollar loss, 2.2 billion loss related to pension and retiree benefits.

Regardless, lackadaisical sales and higher warranty costs burdened Ford’s pockets deeply.

In comparison to 3.7 billion dollar profit in 2018, Ford is expected to report only 84 million in profits for 2019.

Regardless, Ford remains hopeful that its 11 billion dollar restructuring will benefit the company greatly in the long run.

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Chiefs Celebrate First Super Bowl Win in 50 Years

MIAMI, FLORIDA – FEBRUARY 02: Patrick Mahomes #15 of the Kansas City Chiefs celebrates after defeating the San Francisco 49ers 31-20 in Super Bowl LIV at Hard Rock Stadium on February 02, 2020 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

On February 2, 2020, led by Patrick Mahome, Kansas City Chiefs pulled a miracle in the last quarter, after trailing behind 3 points, to surpassing San Francisco 49ers by 11 points.

Kansas City Chiefs won Super Bowl LIV, 31-20. Mahome posted a video on Instagram, showing the celebration, and lifted the Lombardi Trophy to end the video. He was selected as the MVP for the evening.

In a brief interview, he remarked that although he could have chosen to be a baseball player, he ultimately chose football, and how anyone, regardless of racial background, could achieve their dreams.

In a country filled with tensions of every group imaginable, he represented a brief respite from the drama of the political sphere for the night, and allowed everyone to dream.

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First Person-to-Person Coronavirus Spread Happens in US

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CDC confirmed that a woman who recently traveled to China and returned through Chicago airport spread the virus to her husband. Now with confirmed 6 cases, Illinois is attempting to verify 21 possible cases. CDC is verifying 92 more people for possible coronavirus infection. CDC already cleared 68 as testing negative for the coronavirus.

There are currently 7,800 confirmed infections globally, with most in China. CDC does not see a need to wear masks to protect oneself in public but did advise washing hands with soap for at least 20 seconds and to avoid close interaction with people who were sick.

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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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Boeing will Evict Peregrine Falcons from the MAX Hangar

After two fatal 737 Max crashes, Boeing plant in Renton, Washington remained idle. However, as the talks of plane crashes ensue, the two peregrine falcons that have nested within the plant will need to leave or risk being locked inside.

As peregrine falcons are typically very difficult to trap and rehomed, but it was also seen as being highly unusual, as in the northwest, birds typically wander and return to familiar areas to breed in spring and nest.

Boeing officials have contacted the USDA and hopes to try to relocate the birds or keep them evicted by closing the hangar, and hope that the birds relocate in time for their mating cycle.

Reaching flight speeds up to 200 mph (about third of 737 Max during flight), it seems almost fitting that one of the fastest birds chose a hangar to rest in.

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The coronavirus outbreak that started in Wuhan, China in US?

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Originating from Wuhan City in China, the coronavirus infected more than 400 people and caused at least 17 people to die. With one confirmed case of infection reported in Washington State, it is unclear whether another infection has taken hold in New Jersey. However, the hospital officials are taking all precautions in attempting to verify the diagnosis.

The coronavirus can cause fever, cough, shortness of breath and can develop into pneumonia. While China has quarantined Wuhan to prevent the spread of the virus, people who traveled to Wuhan recently could have been exposed to the virus.

It seems however, the general concern is that the risk to the public health is still low.

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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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A Cup of Poem~~ 산다/김서경

 

산다

산다고, 살아보자고, 그렇게 살아왔다

고개고개 마다 흘렸던 눈물 방울 방울

뚝..뚝.. 떨어져 길이 되었다

오늘도 숨 자락 자락 앞서고 뒤 따르며

끌고 끌리어 간다

“세상 사는 일, 고거 쉬운 일 아녀”

넋두리 하면서도

살아간다는 것과 살아 있는 것을 확인 하듯

자꾸만 자꾸만 꼬리를 자르며 뒤를 돌아본다

사는 것이 쉬운 것이 아니듯,

간신히 붙잡고 있는 의지

“Inhale blessing, exhale all my stresses out”

숨 하나 길게 길게 엿 가락처럼 늘리고 있다

길어지는 만큼 가늘어지는 것을 애써 외면하면서…

 

김서경

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Suspected Neo-Nazi members Arrested Before Anticipated Race War

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On Thursday, January 16, 2020, the FBI arrested three men allegedly arming and anticipating a race war at the Richmond Gun Rally planned for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

The three men arrested are 27-year-old Patrik Matthews, former Canadian soldier who illegally snuck into the US, supported by 33-year-old Brian M. Lemley Jr., former US army soldier, and 19-year-old William G. Bilbrough.

Suspected members of a violent extremist hate group known as The Base, the men were apprehended in Maryland, after the Governor Ralph Northam of Virginia declared a state of emergency on Wednesday and banned all firearms and weaponry from Capitol Square.

The event is hosted by the Virginia Citizens Defense League and is expected to attract thousands of demonstrators angered by Virginia’s attempts to strengthen gun laws.

The Base to whom all three of these men belong to, has a goal of creating a white ethno-state and committing violence against minorities. Both The Base and Atomwaffen are FBI’s top priority.

Lemley and Bilbrough were charged with transporting and harboring an illegal alien, with conspiracy.  Mathews, former combat engineer and explosives expert, and Lemley are facing charges of transporting firearms and ammunition with the intent to commit a felony.  Mathews was also charged with illegal entry into the US and possession of a firearm and ammunition.

The Affidavit states that the two men had purchased 1,650 rounds of 5.56mm and 6.5mm ammunition, and had successfully made functioning assault rifle in December.

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