A Cup of Poem~~누린내풀꽃/홍성재

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누린내풀꽃

우청/홍성재

녹아내릴 듯 타오르는 불덩이

여기저기 튀어진 불똥으로

산야가 얼룩덜룩 타오를 때

이미 잃어버린 시간이 돌아와

켜켜이 개어놓은 가슴을 들춘다

퀴퀴한 연기가 길섶까지 덮이고

열기에 풀잎마저 누렇게 떠갈 때

다 못 쓴 편지 위에 서둘러 써 내린

마지막 한마디 “내 이름을 기억하세요”.

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Hurricane Sally Hits Gulf Coast and Florida, bringing deadly alligators and poisonous snakes out into the residences

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Category 2 Hurricane Sally hit the Gulf coast, and the Florida panhandle.  She came with massive floods, and along the outlines of at least 600,000 power lines, over the 10 to 12 foot alligators appeared in residence area.

Sally is certainly weakening as it moves up northeast, but it certainly will leave its impact on the south.

According to CBS affiliate WKRG, a residence at Alabama found huge alligators swimming at her yard after Sally made landfall on Wednesday.

“We have been surrounded by water, alligators and poisonous snakes,” she wrote on her Facebook.

All the wild poisonous animals came out to avoid the storm and hunt, but this is now causing issues for residents. Therefore, people are advised not to go near water.

Fire ant bites especially can be very painful, and take tediously long healing procedure with swelling skin and bones. Fire ants live very long lives, surviving harsh environments even during Hurricane Harvey in 2017.

2020 is turning out to be a devastating year with no respite: west burns, south is flooding, and the north experienced the highest deaths from the coronavirus.

Thankfully, fall is coming, and with that, 2020 will slowly wind down. Please stay safe and healthy.

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UN PEACEKOR Hosts The 1st Global Virtual Forum Amidst Covid-19 Pandemic

On September 16, UN PEACEKOR (Chairman Dug-Ryong Kim) held the global meeting through Zoom and Youtube live for the first time ever in history due to coronavirus pandemic.

This forum was held by foreign compatriots from around the world with different time zones on the actual conditions and prospects of North Korea’s three sufferings (sanctions, corona, flood damage), and where to find clues for the recovery of South-North relations in this difficult situation. We had time to express each other’s opinions using the internet space as a place.

The forum was hosted by Jun-Hyuk Huh, Secretary General of UNPEACEKOR, and led to discussions by Yong-Han Choi, head of the National Security Strategy Research Institute, Jong-Cheol Park, a Research Fellow at the Institute for Unification, Yoo-seok Jeong, a senior research fellow at the Northeast Asia Research Center at Export-Import Bank of Korea, and Dae-jin Jeong, a professor at Ajou University.

The chairman of the organization stated that despite US’ distraction during a presidential election year, and North Korea focusing on its internal structure, there is still tremendous responsibility to bring to awareness, the importance of restarting the peace process on the Korean Peninsula.

The members of the forum focused heavily on the kind of development necessary in North Korea, and talked about the impact of Covid-19 on both the social and economic infrastructure of China and North Korea, but also how this could require heavier interest by South Korea or the US to improve relationship with North Korea, especially in the area of trade.

The forum garnered much interest, as almost 400 people tuned in to watch the forum.

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Is ICE Performing hysterectomies on immigrants?

On Tuesday, light allegations accused ICE’s Irwin County Detention center in Georgia of performing mass hysterectomies, refusing to test detainees for Covid-19, and shredding medical records.

Follow-up news conference in Atlanta however, has not helped substantiate the story, as the whistleblower’s attorney refused to release the full statement made, and the whistleblowing nurse herself did not take any questions.

The whistleblower is a nurse who had been working full-time as a licensed practice nurse at the immigration detention center until July, when she was demoted.

That being said, the nurse stated that she did not actually know if the women that underwent hysterectomy operations actually consented or not. She simply stated that, “everybody [the doctor] sees has a hysterectomy — just about everybody.”

At the press conference, however, the nurse mostly focused on improper Covid-19 violations rather than on hysterectomy allegation.  The complaint states that the nurse was demoted after missing work with coronavirus symptoms.

The agency, while it is taking the allegations seriously, also stated that unsubstantiated statements should be treated as such. This is an ongoing investigation.

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Covid-19 Survivors’ Lungs Likely to Recover over Time, study says

Among concern regarding Covid-19 were multi-organ inflammation, damage, and failure. For example, many as 35% of those testing positive for Covid-19 showed heart inflammation.

However, there is some good news regarding Covid-19 recovery: a new study from University Clinic in Innsbruck, Austria showed that a vast majority of hospitalized Covid-19 patients showed lung damage 6 weeks after discharge, but this proportion dropped significantly after 12 weeks, indicating that the lungs are able to self-repair.

The 86-patient analysis showed that 6 weeks after discharge, approximately 47% of patients struggled with shortness of breath, with 15% struggling with coughing.  However, by 12 weeks, only 39% of patients still experienced shortness of breath, while 15% continued to cough.

12-weeks were chosen due to the newness of the Covid-19, and the lack of data on how long the diseased lungs would react to other infections. Research is ongoing, with data expected at 24-weeks.

The relationship between Covid-19 and the heart was not covered by this research.

While the research was limited by the small patient cohort (only 86 patient pool), and while it is still unclear as to what happens with residual lung lesions, Judith Loffler-Ragg, MD from University Clinic in Innsbruck stated, “… there is resolution of so-called damage.”

It is one silver lining in the cloud storm of the year that has been so very difficult for so many people.

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A Cup of Poem~~ 하루/김호천

 

하루

청곡 김호천

정담을 주고받을 친구도

낯익은 사람도 없는

공원 벤치에

노인은 무엇을 생각하는지

하늘을 보다가 구름을 보다가

나무에 눈길을 주다

돌부처처럼 앉아 있다가

무릎을 세워 공원을 돈다.

한 바퀴 더 돈다. 또 돈다

숨이 차고 갈수록 횟수가 깎인다.

노을 뜨고 산 그늘 다가오면

집으로 돌아간다.

길가에 핀 붉은 접시꽃에 다가가

꽃씨를 받는다.

2020. 7.10

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As COVID-19 Cases Continue to Rise, West Coast Burns

There were confirmed new cases of 36,500 Covid-19 cases on September 10, 2020, bringing the total confirmed case to 6,471,218 in the US. Of course, only about 2,764,361 cases are active currently. But many living on the Pacific west coast are dealing with another problem making breathing difficult.

There are currently more than 13 states being impacted by wildfires, not just California. From Alaska, Washington, Oregon, and California to Texas, almost half of the US is currently battling wildfires.

In many of these states, citizens are struggling between choosing to open the window to breathe in smoke, or to stay stuffed up inside their homes due to Covid-19 pandemic and the risk of going elsewhere.

For example, the Governor of Oregon has declared a state of emergency for the wildfires, as well as extending the state of emergency for COVID-19 for another 60 days until November 3, 2020.

The current state of affairs have forced evacuations for many, as well as putting much strain on the states’ fire-fighting resources. The heat wave has eased a bit for California, and the shift in wind has finally allowed the Utilities to turn the electricity back on.

Nonetheless, the effects of the wind storms continue to have lasting effect in the region. More than half a million acres of forests and grassland have burned in California on Wednesday alone.

A blaze in Butte County has killed at least 3 people.

Air quality throughout San Francisco Bay area have reached unhealthy levels, with thick smoke blanketing much of the Pacific west and Northwest. What is very concerning is that the wildfires have not reached their worst of the season, as wildfires become most dangerous when the dry winds pick up in the fall months.

Unfortunately for the West Coast, there is a ridge of high pressure that has pinned the smoke in place, which means that it will be a while before California, Oregon, and Washington gets any relief from the heavy smoke and soot.

As the climate of the American West continues to show extremes unseen in previous eras, many are worried for their safety, as well as feeling the pressures of anxiety, stress, and fear.

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A GWU professor resigns after confessing to masquerading as a Black woman

Jessica Krug, an assistant professor from George Washington University (GWU) is a white Jewish woman from Kansas city, but she has pretended to be a black woman born in the Caribbean and pretended to have grown up in Bronx in her all entire career, until last Thursday, when she revealed the truth on her own blog.

Krug taught African history and African studies in GWU. On Wednesday afternoon, GWU announced Krug’s resignation and explained that upcoming classes will be taught by other faculty members.

She is the second person after Rachel Dolezal to have pretended to be black. It is truly a difficult situation for those who are in the academic and public policy fields, as it tarnishes the reputation of organizations that unknowingly hire and promote these individuals, such as GWU and the NAACP.

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As California struggles with wildfire, baby gender party blamed for another devastating wildfire

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A wildfire consumed approximately 7,300 acres of land east of Los Angeles over the weekend, and the officials are attributing it to a baby gender party disaster and a faulty “smoke-generating pyrotechnic device.”

The device lit a 4-foot-tall grass at El Dorado Ranch Park on Saturday morning, and initial attempts to douse the flames with water bottles were failures. By Monday, only 7% of the wildfire was considered contained. Evacuations were ordered in parts of Yucaipa, city with 54,000 population.

Criminal charges are being considered but not until the fire is extinguished. Reimbursement for fighting the fire is also being considered. With the social media, these gender reveal parties have taken a life of their now, going big and spectacular.

Of course, California is not the only state dealing with the gender reveal catastrophes; In April 2017, there was a gender reveal party which resulted in a fire in the Colorado National Forest, destroying 45,000 acres, $8 million in damage and 800 firefighters to battle the fire.

The individual involved pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor violation of the US Forest Service regulations and agreed to pay more than $8.1 million in restitution.

It is unclear how much the people involved in the California fire will have to pay this time around, but it is clear that these gender reveal parties are becoming dangerous.

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A Cup of poem~~ 2020 처서/김병규

더위가 그친다는 처서

귀뚜라미

밤에 매달려

두툼하게 울고 있다

울음소리 알맹이

속을 들여다보면

철철 끓어 버린 코로나와

넘실넘실 강줄기 범람하는

행간이 빼곡하다

밤늦도록 상처를

꿰매는 껍질의 시간

익어가는 것들에서

소리가 들린다

귀뚜라미가

구구절절 읽는다

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