Covid-19 Inspires Paris Fashion Week for Spring/Summer 2021 Collections

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Paris Fashion Week ended today, after a month-long scheduling of digital and physical fashion shows art four major capitals. The fashion week represented what 2020 has been: political conflict, health concerns, and continued worsening of the climate.

In this atmosphere, fashion has become something of a backdrop, rather than glamour it has come to represent in our cultures.

That being said, fashion has nonetheless showed up, with golden eye masks, Savage x Fenty (singer Rihanna’s personal brand), which she premiered via Amazon Prime, and protective fashion (reminiscent of the wildfires in the west coast, covid-19, etc.).

Even the fashion world hasn’t been safe from Covid-19. Paris-based Japanese designer, Kenzo Takada, passed away from Covid-19 complications this year.

Fashion has taken a backseat to current events, yet ultimately, designers took different approaches to a year where anything seems possible, even if anything comes in a negative state.

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Trump Tries to Hide Weakness

On Sunday, Pres. Trump greeted supporters on a drive with his mask on, as he was being treated for Covid-19 at the Walter Reed Medical Center. Given that the presidential election is just a little less than a month away, many of his supporters are using his behavior to support the claim that coronavirus does not require such serious measures. However, this is not the most accurate picture.

Two days after the diagnosis of coronavirus, Trump’s blood oxygen level dropped twice, to the extent that it required medical intervention. He was also put on steroids, meaning his condition likely is worse than initially described. Yet, as some outlets/professionals claim that Mr. Trump may leave the hospital (and he has done so today, Monday 10/5/2020), information regarding the severity of Pres. Trump’s illness is starting to give a feel of being misleading.

By making himself look as if he can battle the coronavirus, a disease that has killed 209,000 people in the US alone, he might present a face that he is “leader-material,” but in reality, officials agreed that they are providing the most positive outlook to satisfy the President of the United States, rather than be truthful about his situation.

Of course, his stint of “strength” now has forced every one of those in the car with him into a mandatory 14 day quarantine, and he is putting himself and everyone in the White House at significant risk by leaving the hospital earlier than he should.

Will this be worth it for him? All of the officials say he is fine, but many are skeptical of the truth behind the President’s condition and how this will impact the politics surrounding Covid-19 as well as the presidential election.

Regardless, it is now official: The coronavirus has infiltrated the White House, and the President returning to it will not help get rid of the coronavirus from the location.

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윤금자 교수의 철학콘서트, 음악과 철학의 힐링 콜레보

강원대 윤금자 교수의 철학 콘서트가 오는 6 일, 축제극장 몸짓에서 열린다.

코로나로 잔뜩 움츠린 감성, 잠시나마 기지개를 켤 수 있는 시간이 될 수 있을 것이란 생각이든다.

카르페디엠~~~

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House Democrats Pushes for $2.2 trillion stimulus plan

House Democrats pushed through a $2.2 trillion stimulus plan for aid to American families, schools, businesses, airline workers without Republican support. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin had taken a $1.6 trillion package to House Leader Pelosi’s Capitol Hill suite.

The pandemic relief measure passed the House on a 214-207 vote.

Nancy Pelosi is still opening the door to negotiate this bill with the Republican party and make it a bipartisan bill. She is hoping that this bill gets through before the election.

Ms.Pelosi told reporters that she did not expect a resolution on a stimulus package to emerge Thursday, but she said she was reviewing documents sent by the Treasury Department and that “we’re going back and forth with our paper and conversation.”

More than 30,000 airline workers are facing furlough today and are waiting on some good news from the Hill but as this bill is in stalemate, the airline workers continue to fear for tomorrow.

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Airlines At Risk of Cutting 30,000 jobs on Oct. 1

On October 1, 2020, $25 billion in funding that kept the airlines afloat during Covid Pandemic will run out.

This the airline executives warn, will lead to a cut of 30,000 jobs. American, United, Southwest, and JetBlue have been contacting Washington lawmakers in hopes to persuade lawmakers to provide additional aids, as the job cuts are set to begin tomorrow.

CARES act in March included $25 billion to keep workers paid until September 30 in hopes that travel would recover over the summer. Unfortunately, demand was only around 30 percent of last year’s, as the virus was not properly contained, and many countries and states continued to keep travel closed off for the year.

There is light at the end of the tunnel for the airline executives, however.  The proposal aid for $2.2 trillion unveiled by House Democrats, has won bipartisan support.

Airlines have raised billions from debt and equity markets to keep themselves afloat, with seven carriers finalizing federal loans with the Treasury department for a separate pool of $25 billion set aside.

Airlines have also negotiated with its employees to keep the airlines afloat and the employees hired, such as cutting schedules by 25 percent, or having employees be on unpaid or partially paid leaves of absence.

As the pandemic continues, the outcome continues to look bleak for the airlines, even with the proposed aids.

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Earthquakes rock San Francisco 2 days in a row

On September 27, an earthquake with a 3.4 magnitude was logged 6 miles from Milpitas, California.

On September 28, an earthquake with a 3.5 magnitude was logged 6 miles from Milpitas, California, almost at the same area as the day before.

There could be issues with earthquakes happening in sequence at the same location, especially if there is a buildup of pressure.

It seems like doom and gloom in California, as wildfires still rage in parts of the state, and the earthquakes aren’t good news for those living in the state.

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Microsoft 365 Goes Down affecting Multiple Continents

On September 28, 2020, around 6 PM EST, those using Microsoft 365 and Outlook services observed difficulty logging into its services.

The outage was attributed to a recent change to Microsoft and Microsoft reverted to an older version to mitigate the impact of the outage. Unfortunately, approximately one hour after spotting the possible issue, Microsoft tweeted that the it was not seeing an increase in successful connections after rolling back the recent change.

Microsoft then rerouted the traffic to its alternative infrastructure while continuing to investigate. This outage may have shown the dangers of relying solely on one contractor for major government services such as 911, which also complained of difficulty of logging into Microsoft administrative services.

As of 8 PM, Microsoft seems to have become accessible to a limited extent, although still not fully operational.

Anyone impacted can stay updated on its twitter page:

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Avoid Covid-19 Exposure, Vote Early!

Due to the Coronavirus crisis, State of Virginia allows certain voters to request a ballet by mail. You can also stop by the polling place to vote in person from September 18,2020 to October 31, 2020. You can vote until the Saturday before election day.

You do not have to have a reason or fill out an application to vote early.

Before you go, you have to take acceptable forms of valid ID: Voter registration confirmation documents, a valid Virginia driver’s license (expired or unexpired), a valid United States passport, or any other identification card issued by any institution of higher education located in any state or territory of the United States, any valid employee identification card with photograph of the voter, issued by an employer of the voter in the ordinary course of the employer’s business, tribal enrollment or other tribal photo photo ID, Virginia Voter Photo ID card, or a copy of a current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck, or other government document that shows the name and address of the voter.

What if you forget to take your ID to vote in polling place? You still can vote with a signed ID confirmation statement or a provisional ballet. It will be offered and you are allowed until the Friday at noon following the election to provide a copy of acceptable identification to the electoral board or sign

an ID Confirmation Statement. Provisional voters receive a notice to remind them of the deadline and right to attend the electoral board meeting.

So who can vote? Be a citizen of the United States, be a resident of Virginia and of the precinct in which you want to vote, be 18 years old (any one who is 17 years old and will be 18 years of age at the next general election shall be permitted to register in advance and also vote in any intervening primary or special election), not have been convicted of a felony, or have had your civil rights restored, not currently be declared mentally incompetent by a court of law.

Of course, You can get a help like accessible equipment and/or curbside voting too.

(source from Virginia Department of Elections)

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No More Gasoline Car Sales by 2035, says Governor of California

Gov. Gavin Newsom of California signed an executive order on Wednesday, banning the sale of new gas cars and trucks after 2035. Gas cars and trucks may be owned and sold on the used car market, however.

The governor is also calling for the end of petroleum fracking, but unlike his gas-car ban, decided to leave the this matter to the California legislature.

As wildfires become an yearly event in California (and much of the west coast), Newsom wants to become more aggressive in fighting anti-climate matters; however, it has not been so successful as the Trump administration had sought to revoke California’s authority to mandate zero-emission vehicles. The matter landed in court.

According to the state statistics, transportation is the state’s biggest and rising source of emissions.

Although zero-emission vehicles have been on the incline, they still only accounted for less than 8 percent of all new cars sold in California in 2019.

Institute for Energy Research, a think tank that sides with the fossil fuel industry, called out the Governor’s act as silly, stating that driving cars is not what causes forest fires or makes them worse. The spokesperson also stated that while the zero-emission cars might not have emissions while being driven, it still requires fossil fuel usage at the power plant.

This however, will provide much needed data on whether zero-emission cars can truly decrease the tremendous carbon footprint environmental pundits have been arguing.

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Trump Promises New Supreme Court Nominee by End of Week

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When Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg passed away past weekend, much of the nation mourned her death.

With the election looming so close, many of the Democratic Party members oppose the nomination and the appointment of a new Supreme Court justice.

However, Pres. Trump has promised to come up with a nominee for consideration by the end of the week, and the Republican members of the Senate Judiciary Committee have agreed to evaluate the nominee.

However, Iowa Republican senator Chuck Grassley, a former Judiciary Committee chairman stated that while he would review the nominee, the confirmation process should be up to the Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and the Judiciary Committee Chairman, Lindsey Graham.

They have both said the Senate should vote on Trump’s nominee.

Democrats criticize McConnell for deciding to push through Trump’s nominee less than 2 months before the election, especially when McConnell had blocked then-President Obama’s nominee Merrick Garland in 2016 after the death of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia in 2016, more than 9 months before that year’s presidential election.

Democrats need at least 4 GOP senators to side with them to delay the confirmation.

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