Responses against Japan’s Fukushima’s Radioactive Water Release

Many neighboring countries are unhappy about the recent Japanese government’s announcement of deciding to release contaminated water from Fukushima plant.

In 2011, an M 9.0 earthquake hit Japan and the Fukushima Nuclear Plant was totally ruined. The region was severely hit by the earthquake and left at least 20,000 people missing. Since then, the leaking contaminated water had been kept at this location.

The fishing industry is strongly against Japan’s release of radioactive water, and subsidies will not be enough to quell their dissent. Many experts, countries, and people are wary of this plan.

Since the announcement, China and Korea have voiced their disagreement, as they are not happy about its decision. The Director-General of IAEA (International Atomic Energy Agency) Rafael Mariano Grossi, however, welcomed Japan’s announcement. He stated that the IAEA stands ready to provide technical support in monitoring and reviewing the plan’s safe and transparent implementation.

Secretary Antony Blinken said in his Twitter account, “We thank Japan for its transparent efforts in its decision to dispose of the treated water from the Fukushima Daiichi site.”

After Secretary Blinken said on his Twitter, Many people have responded negatively against his statement, by replying: “Seriously?? You ‘thank’ them pouring nuclear wastewater into the open ocean-affecting people from both sides of the ocean???” “US State Department Blinken supported the Japanese government to discharge nuclear sewage from Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant into the sea. This is a big mistake made by the American government and the biggest mistake in history. It’ll destroy marine ecology.”

Someone even quipped, “If you appreciate Japan this much, and I suggest you drink the treated water and pray that you and your future generations won’t walk on the street with three heads and also have weird kind of cancers. Mind the business that you are supposed to care.”

One person simply replied, “You dumb idiot.”

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미래학자 최윤식 박사 : Church and Faith in Post-Pandemic Future: Clinic Open to All

“미래학자, 최윤식 박사와 함께 미래 통찰력을 경험하라”

“교회 함께 가자”처치 클리닉(대표 손기성)에서는 4월 26일 (월) 오후 7:30 분 오픈 강좌를 진행한다. 4월 강좌의 강사는 미래학자로 널리 알려진 최윤식 박사가 진행한다.  최윤식 박사는 ‘2030 대담한 미래’ ‘앞으로 5년 한국의 미래 시나리오’ ‘제 4의 물결이 온다’ 등 미래에 나타날 다양한 현상들을 예견한 서적들을 출간하고 독자들에게 많은 통찰력을 가질 수 있는 기회를 제공해왔다. 최박사는 지난 2014년에도 처치클리닉을 통해 워싱턴 지역 사회와 소통을 하기도 했으며, 당시 세미나를 통해 많은 사람들에게 미래에 대한 사고를 넓히는 계기를 마련해 주기도 했다.

손기성 목사는 “현재 나타나는 펜데믹 시대의 현상을 학자로서 명확하게 분석하고, 교회가 나아가야 할 방향성과 신앙인으로 준비하며 살아야 할 삶의 태도 들을 또 한번 제시하는 시간이 될 것이다.” 그리고” 펜데믹으로 인해 변화될 미래에 대한 고민은 목회자 뿐 아니라 일반 성도들에게도 절실한 부분이다. 그러기에 더 없이 유익한 시간이 될 것이다.” 고 말했다.

참가비는 없으며, 줌을 통한 화상 강의로 진행되기 때문에 반드시 사전접수가 필요하다.

접수 및 문의는 (703) 334-7602 나 [email protected] 으로 하거나 카카오톡 아이디 churchclinic 을 통해 쉽게 할 수 있다.

The Church Clinic announced that it will invite futurist scholar Dr. Yoonsic Choi through an online zoom method to give a lecture on the future of church and faith after the pandemic. The open course will be held on the evening of the 26th at 7:30 (EST), and anyone who interested can participate after making a reservation in advance.

The event is free to all, although they do ask that you come with the love of faith.

Reservation: www.churchclinic.net or [email protected]

phone: (703) 334-7602

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AAPI look to firearms to defend themselves from Hate Crime

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Since AAPIs have immigrated to the U.S., many have met racism and threats in their living spaces. Some of the 1st generation of immigrants never have had chances to take their higher education because someone had to support the family. Most seek high academic achievements from their children due to prioritizing education, and some absolutely choose to educate themselves later on.

Yet, many first generation AAPI folks face discrimination due to their accents and some grammar errors which even the average American misses out on. Many immigrants have worked hard to build their businesses. Yet, some people have broken into these hard working people’s businesses with arms and killed them.

Recently, Many Asians have been coping with the rise of anti-Asian attacks in many cities in the U.S. Some Asians are fearing unwanted attacks and choosing to stay home, even with risk of losing out on Sun and exercise, but others are starting to learn how to use firearms to protect their lives.

According to NPR, “Last Saturday morning, about a dozen people gathered at the Marshall Security Training Academy & Range in Compton to learn how to handle and shoot handgun.” The organizer, Sunha Kim said to the NPR, “My hope is that those who are interested in protecting themselves by exercising their Second Amendment Rights learn a thing or two about how to properly and professionally handle a firearm.”

As these dastardly men attack unarmed old ladies who walk alone, AAPIs are standing up and seeking firearms for self defense purposes.

Some of Koreans are starting to learn how to defend from the unwanted attacks by learning self defense.

Asian-Americans are determined to stand up to the hatred, and sometimes, it might be with a gun, not because the folks wanted to, but because the situation is demanding them to.

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Vaccine hesitancy causes Another Rapid Coronavirus Surge in the U.S.

According to NPR, Many people who are in their politically affiliated with the Republican Party don’t want to take the Coronavirus Vaccine, although there are enough doses to cover the whole region to get vaccinated as most live in rural areas.

The people who don’t take vaccine have their own excuses:

Some are worried about the side effects of vaccination, and some are distrusting of mass media that it might hide some real facts that they don’t want to reveal.

However, They still want to see their relatives in person and engage in behavior detrimental to their health.

Currently, India and Brazil are seeing a rising death toll. It is uncountable in India, and 4,000 people died on a single day leaving no space to bury the dead in Brazil.

The Northeast coast states in the U.S., California, and Florida are not much help, as people leave their homes to spend vacations and spring breaks in these states.

The positive news is that at least 32% of the U.S. population have already taken the first dose of the Vaccines, but it is not nearly high enough for herd immunity.

The one cause of low numbers of Vaccination is that almost 20% of the population are children under the age of 16 that are not yet eligible to receive a vaccine. Also, these youngsters cannot engage in social distancing in school.

Vaccine hesitancy is very risky to many Americans in danger and the quarantines will not prove to be effective the longer the pandemic continues. Adults not taking vaccines risk putting their ineligible children at further risk of permanent damage or death.

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Enrolling in Mandatory Medicare Plans at 65 Years Old

Many baby boomers in the U.S. are struggling to live under the Coronavirus pandemic with their health issues. Low immunity and lack of exercise bring more attention to their twilight period, and we wonder about medical options available to us after retirement. It is mandatory that we must have Medicare from the age of 65, and thus we need to be aware of what medicare is really caring about and how to choose what we need.

As you know, Medicare A is for hospital insurance and B is for medical insurance offered by the federal government. C is a Medicare Advantage offered by the approved-private companies. Part D is for drug coverage.

Part A, if you worked over the 40 quarters (10 years of work) before you enroll in your Medicare, then you are free of charge of your premium otherwise you have to pay according to how many quarters you have worked before you enroll in your Medicare. According to Medicare.gov,

most people don’t pay a monthly premium for Part A (sometimes called “premium-free Part A“). If you buy Part A, you’ll pay up to $471 each month in 2021. If you paid Medicare taxes for less than 30 quarters, the standard Part A premium is $471. If you paid Medicare taxes for 30-39 quarters, the standard Part A premium is $259.

If you are hospitalized then, you have to pay the deductible

  • $1,484 deductible for each benefit period
  • Days 1-60: $0 coinsurance for each benefit period
  • Days 61-90: $371 coinsurance per day of each benefit period
  • Days 91 and beyond: $742 coinsurance per each “lifetime reserve day” after day 90 for each benefit period (up to 60 days over your lifetime)
  • Beyond lifetime reserve days: all costs

Part B, the premium amount is $148.50 (or higher depending on your income).

Of course, you have to pay deductible and coinsurance too. It is $203. After your deductible is met, you typically pay 20% of the Medicare-approved amount for most doctor services (including most doctor services while you’re a hospital inpatient), outpatient therapy, and durable medical equipment (dme)

Part C is a Medicare Advantage plan and the premium will depend on where you live.

Part C, Advantage Plan includes all your Part A and Part B benefits and it is provided by Medicare-approved private companies. Use doctors and hospitals in the plan’s network (for non-emergency or non-urgent care). Most plans include drug coverage. Many plans include extra benefits, like vision, hearing, dental, and more. The yearly limit on your out-of-pocket costs. You have to shop around between health insurances provide Medicare Advantage Plan.

Part D is your drug coverage and its premium varies depends on how much the income that you reported on your IRS tax return.

in 2021

If your filing status and yearly income in 2019 was
File individual tax return File joint tax return File married & separate tax return You pay each month (in 2021)
$88,000 or less $176,000 or less $88,000 or less your plan premium
above $88,000 up to $111,000 above $176,000 up to $222,000 not applicable $12.30 + your plan premium
above $111,000 up to $138,000 above $222,000 up to $276,000 not applicable $31.80 + your plan premium
above $138,000 up to $165,000 above $276,000 up to $330,000 not applicable $51.20 + your plan premium
above $165,000 and less than $500,000 above $330,000 and less than $750,000 above $88,000 and less than $412,000 $70.70 + your plan premium
$500,000 or above $750,000 and above $412,000 and above $77.10 + your plan premium
  • Late enrollment penalty: 

You may owe a late enrollment penalty if, for any continuous period of 63 days or more after your Initial Enrollment Period is over, you go without one of these:

  • A Medicare Prescription Drug Plan (Part D)
  • A Medicare Advantage Plan (Part C) (like an HMO or PPO) or another Medicare health plan that offers Medicare prescription drug coverage
  • Creditable prescription drug coverage

In general, you’ll have to pay this penalty for as long as you have a Medicare drug plan. The cost of the late enrollment penalty depends on how long you went without Part D or creditable prescription drug coverage. Learn more about the Part D late enrollment penalty.

  • Deductibles, copayments, & coinsurance: The amount you pay for Part D deductibles, copayments, and/or coinsurance varies by plan. Look for specific Medicare drug plan costs, and then call the plans you’re interested in to get more details.

3 months before your 65 birthday, after 3 months of your birthday, you must enroll in your Medicare to prevent penalty. Thus before your birthday, you have to enroll in Part A and Part B plus Part D or  Medicare Advantage Plan(C)with Part D. If you are more affordable to pay for your healthcare insurance, then you can add Part G for the coverage of your gap(out of pocket money) as well. 

In most cases, if you don’t sign up for Medicare Part B when you’re first eligible, you’ll have to pay a late enrollment penalty. You’ll have to pay this penalty until you have Part B and could have a gap in your health coverage.

In conclusion, If you choose the original Medicare Plan(Part A and Part B) and Part D, you still need your vision, hearing, and dental insurances. However, the total monthly premium of the Original Medicare Plan (Part A, Part B, Part D)will be around $155.80-$234.00.

If you choose the Medicare Advantage Plan, you will be covered as all in one : (Part A, Part B, Part D, Part G, Vision, Hearing, Dental) but you have to go to the hospital or your doctor offices that it is in the system across in the U.S. The monthly premium will be around $148-$297.50.

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Keep COVID Vaccine Card Safe from Social Networks

As more people get COVID-19 vaccines, we need to pay attention to how we keep our vaccination record cards from CDC after two doses of Pfizer, and Moderna or a dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

This 3×4 inch card has your personal information and details of what vaccine you took and so on. You should keep the original copy in a safe location and take front and back photos on your phone just in case.

After the first dose, you may experience some mild symptoms. Most suffer stronger symptoms after the second dose, and some may have to take two or three days off of work. High fever and muscle pains are may come immediately after inoculation.

While office supplies are providing free lamination of Covid-19 CDC cards, medical professionals warn against laminating them in case you might need booster shots in the future.

Some believe that this card could be proof of safe entry during interstate and international travel, and are being advised to keep it with the passport to show proof of vaccination.

But most importantly, remember: DO NOT post your vaccine card photo on social media.

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Hate Crime: Attacker of 65 years old Asian Lady arrested

On Monday, An Asian woman was attacked by a man at midday in Manhattan, New York. The attacker was a man who brutally hit and kicked an Asian lady (65) headed to her church. The bystanders from the luxury apartment lobby refused to help her. No one called 911 but patrol police found the wounded woman at the sideroad and took her to the hospital.

In fact, one of the bystanders actually closed the apartment door when she tried to escape into the building. Only the surveillance camera recorded the attacker and the victim.

New York City police identified the suspect as Brandon Elliot (38) who was charged with two counts of assault as a hate crime and one count each of attempted assault as a hate crime, assault and attempted assault. According to the NYPD Twitter,

According to NYPD, he killed his mom in 2002 and was freed from prison in November 2019. He is on lifetime parole. If he convicted of this hate crime he will be in lifetime prison, the authority said.

Police released a video that captured a man kicking the victim in her stomach, causing her to fall to the ground. He stomped on the woman’s head multiple times while he saying that to her “You do not belong here!”

The broken Asian Woman was identified as a Philippian Immigrant, and she had serious physical injuries from head to toe.

Early Tuesday, the Brodsky Organization, which manages the luxury apartments said the company suspended the apartment building staff members who saw the brutal attack but didn’t give any help to the wounded woman.

“I don’t care who you are, I don’t care what you do, you’ve got to help your fellow New Yorker,” de Blasio said Tuesday during a news conference. “This is something where we all have to be part of the solution. We can’t just stand back and watch a heinous act happening.”

Grace Meng, a congresswoman, said in her Twitter account, ‘We’ve gone from being invisible to being seen as sub-human. We just want to be seen as American like everyone else.”

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“Love of Italian Cooking” Helps to an Arrest of Italian Mob Criminal

An Italian mob criminal, Marc Feren Claude Biart (53) was arrested by Interpol in the Dominican Republic. According to Interpol, They tracked down Biart and his wife via their Youtube videos, where the couple engaged in Italian cooking.  Birat hides his face at all times, but he couldn’t hide his tattoos. Interpol noticed the particular tattoo on his arms and tracked him down.

Biart had been wanted on drug trafficking charges since 2014, and he and his wife lived for 5 years in this Caribean island. The authority stated Biart is a member of the ‘Ndrngheta, a powerful and notorious crime syndicate that originated in the southern region of Calabria. The Ndrngheta has expanded worldwide.

Interpol said his “love for Italian cuisine” made the arrest possible at the statement reported by NBC News. Biart is accused of trafficking cocaine into the Netherlands. He was arrested last Wednesday and arrived in Italy this week according to Interpol Twitter.

Interpol said that the two key members Biart and Francesco Pelle are now in custody. Pelle was convicted in Italy of ordering the revenge killing of a mobster’s wife and arrested Monday in Portugal at a clinic where he was reportedly being treated for COVID-19, according to AP.

The biggest Mafia in Italy, The Ndrangheta has 355 suspected mobsters and political officials who are related to this mafia face charges of murder, drug trafficking, extortion, and money laundering according to the BBC.

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Cuba : The First Country to Run Phase 3 Clinical Trials In South America

Cuba will take the phase 3 clinical trials as the first country amongst in South American continent. Cuba kept very low Covid-19 cases compared with other South American countries before reopening to the travelers last November. At least 44,000 people will take this phase 3 trial, according to NPR.

Cuba has been independently developing the Covid-19 vaccine. Dagmar Garcia Rivera, the research director at the Finlay Vaccine Institute in Havana stated that one of five vaccine candidates, Soberana 2 is to be very effective and entering the final stage of clinical trials.

A second vaccine candidate, Abdala has entered a phase 3 trial. Cuba is a self-sustaining country that never asked for any help from WHO or multinational corporations. Normally vaccine development takes a decade or more. Eduardo Ojito, the head of the Cuban Center for Molecular Immunology proudly announced that by the end of summer, all Cuban will be immunized enough doses with the Soverana 2.

Ojito stated that “We are preparing to produce between one and two million doses each month, and the country is on track to have 1 million doses available in April.” The Cuban government has started to distribute the vaccine to Iran, Mexico, and Venezuela.

Helen Yaffe, a specialist at the University of Glasgow, wrote about the country’s pharmaceutical sector and its previous success in developing another vaccine, such as cancer vaccine. Yaffe states there’s talk about offering vaccines to the tourists who enter the country at the airport upon arrival in Havana.

The Cuban government would provide the vaccine to international tourists and be open to international tourism again if this phase 3 vaccine trials succeed.

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Beyond M87 galaxy and its Black hole

Located between Virgo and Leo, the M87 galaxy’s secret was revealed by the international team of researchers in 2019. According to the Astrophysical Journal Letters, they’d found the polarimetric in the black hole of the M87 galaxy, which is able to “launch energetic jets from its core.”

https://iopscience.iop.org/article/10.3847/2041-8213/abe71d

The Event Horizon Telescope confirmed that this black hole is approximately 55 million light-years away from Earth.

The Astrophysical Journal Letters says “We perform quantitative measurements of relevant polarimetric properties of the compact emission and find evidence for the temporal evolution of the polarized source structure over one week of EHT observations.”

This image of the polarimetric in the black hole took more than 300 EHT scientists involved after first they took the image of the black hole in the M 87 galaxy in April 2017.

This spectacular image of the polarimetric outside of the black hole in the M 87 galaxy leads to more “details of the polarimetric data reduction and calibration methodology are provided,” The Astrophysical Journal Letters explains.

Throughout this research, EHT scientists analyzed data, collected information from the polarimetric in the black hole, and reconstruct the image.

As people continue to look out to the sky, not only will we travel to Mars, someday we might get to travel to other constellations a million light-years away.

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