File Your Taxes Early!

As Congress set a March 14 deadline for the 3rd Economic Impact Payment Plan to be submitted to Pres. Biden, two categories of people exist: those who saw an increase in income in 2020 compared to 2019 due to such things as increase in their stock market portfolio, and those who saw a decrease in income in 2020 compared to 2019 due to the pandemic.

For those that have yet to file the tax return for 2020, the IRS will pull the data from 2019 tax return to figure out how much you can get on your third stimulus check. So, if you did well in 2020 compared with 2019, it’s probably a good idea to hold off on filing 2020 taxes until later in March.

However, those that have done considerably worse in 2020 should file their taxes NOW so that they can receive the maximum $1400 check (if single) or $2800 check (if married filing jointly) when the 3rd impact payment will be distributed to Americans.

Many families did not receive their stimulus checks in 2020 because their 2019 tax returns did not meet the requirements set by Congress for financial assistance. The $1400 check is part of the $1.9 trillion stimulus plan to keep American families alive.

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Church Clinic opens door for Church goers

Due to the Pandemic, Christians have not been able to attend church worships for safety purposes, and everything has been limited to online meetings.

Church Clinic, led by Pastor Gi-Sung Son, invites everyone to an online zoom conference meeting between February 22 to 23, 2021 from 7:30 PM to 10:00 PM to meet Pastor Won-Ho Park and discuss what Christians should do during the Coronavirus pandemic as it continues. The official title is “The Pandemic era, Church and God’s World.”

Anyone is welcome to join the event once they register at http://www.churchclinic.net, and they may email for more information at [email protected] The telephone number is 703-334-7602. Pastor Park will attempt to convey God’s words and encouragement for everyone in attendance.

Thanks to Pastor Gi-Sung Son for arranging this clinic for souls struggling during this very global and difficult event. Hope to see many of you there!

 

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“I’m not a Cat”

A video clip of a judicial zoom meeting went viral after an attorney by the name of Rod Ponton anxiously stated to the 394th Judicial District Court in the state of Texas. As the judge observed to Mr. Ponton that he seemed to be using a filter, Mr. Ponton nervously exclaimed that they were attempting to correct the issue, but that he was willing to go forward as a cat if necessary.

He nervously continued, “I am here, I’m just… I’m not a cat.”

The judge responded in turn, confirming, “I… I can see that.”

The viral video was posted by the judge himself, as he explained that he wanted to show how dedicated those in the judicial field were to their duties, even in such difficult times as during the pandemic. Many people delighted in this hilarious situation, many responding that this video positively in a pandemic that has lasted nearly a year.

Communist China sentences Zhang Zhan to 4 Years in Prison for Reporting on Covid-19 in Wuhan

On Monday, Chinese court sentences Zhang Zhang, a citizen reporter to 4 years in prison for reporting on the development of Covid-19 in Wuhan in its early days.

Zhan was convicted of “picking quarrels and provoking trouble” by Pudong New Area People’s Court in Shanghai. The charge is apparently interpreted “broadly” and used by the police to stifle dissent. The maximum prison sentence allowed by the law is 5 years.

Zhan had travelled to Wuhan in February to report on the outbreak; while there, she posted short video clips to YouTube, some of which included interviews with Wuhan residents and footages of hospitals, crematorium, and the Wuhan Institute of Virology.

By mid-May however, she was arrested and accused of several charges, including spreading false information; the world knows that information regarding Covid-19 are all true.

The UN Human Rights office voiced its “deep concerns” for Zhan’s sentence, calling it excessive.

Her mother is devastated to hear of her daughter’s sentencing, as what Zhan had said were all true. Zhan’s attorney Ran Quanniu plans to appeal the decision, and explained that she believes she is being persecuted for exercising her freedom of speech. It certainly seems so from an American perspective.

Zhan is also currently physically unwell due to her long-term hunger strike; the Chinese officials had tied her hands to her waist, and nasogastric tube had been inserted into her nose, said Zhan’s other attorney, Zhang Keke.

Those in the Human Rights Watch argued that China had tried to avoid Western coverage of this event by scheduling the trial during the Christmas holiday period. China has also banned foreign media from the trial “due to the epidemic.”

The world has accused China of hiding the true extent of the outbreak in the early days of the Covid-19 breakout, which eventually led to the virus getting out of control and causing a massive global pandemic that has shut down the world in 2020.

Other journalists are still mostly missing from public spotlight: Fang Bin has been unseen since February, Chen Qiushi who is allegedly under close surveillance, and Li Zehua re-emerged after 2 months missing to say he was forcibly quarantined.

Covid Ends 47 Years of Marriage As Couple Die Within Minutes of Each Other

A Michigan couple, Leslie and Patricia Waters, married for 47 years died of Covid-19 within seconds of each other last week. The time of death was 4:23 PM on November 24.

Leslie (78 years old) was a former truck driver, and Patricia (76) was a registered nurse for 35 years. They had two daughters, three grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. The Obituary noted that they did almost everything together, so it was no surprise that they “went to be with the Lord together within the very same minute.”

One of the daughters stated her sadness at people who continue to deny the dangers of the coronavirus, as it was particularly difficult to lose both parents to the same disease at the same time. The deaths of the Waters couple brings similar sentiments of those already passed from the virus.

For example, Johnny and Cathy Peoples in North Carolina is another couple that died of Covid-19 September 2, within moments of each other. They were married for 48 years.

Texas couple Avelino and Anita De Leon passed away on the same morning in August, just a few weeks prior to their 57th wedding anniversary.

Another Michigan couple, Donna and Jerry Castleberry died from Covid-19 complications of the virus about an hour apart last month.

The stories of long-married couples passing due to Covid-19 is not new.

Michigan has reported more than 360,000 confirmed Covid-19 cases and 9,500 deaths as of Monday. Nationally, there are 13.5 million confirmed cases and 267,600 deaths. The virus infection numbers continue to rise in alarming rates. It is only a matter of time before we hear of even more couples whose lives will end because of the Covid-19.

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Southern California Might Experience Power Shutoffs During Thanksgiving

Southern California utility company named Southern California Edison is warning a possible manual shutoff during the Thanksgiving weekend due to continued gusty and dry conditions which are conducive to wildfires. This would lead to a shutoff for more than 76,000 customers in and near Greater Los Angeles area.

The wildfires have been particularly harsh this year, already killing 30 people and recorded five of the six largest wildfires in California’s recorded history. The National Weather Service has put some parts of Southern California under fire weather watch from Thanksgiving afternoon to Friday evening.

Santa Ana winds are moderate to strong, with gusts of up to 60 mph, and with general low humidity, Los Angeles is highly at risk of another wildfire.

At the moment, those in Kern, Los Angeles, Riverside, San Bernardino, and Ventura may be affected; most are in San Bernardino County.

The company serves about 5 million customers and usually issues such warnings three days prior to the possible shutoffs.

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Cute Alert: Bride-To-Be Finds Wedding Dress to be like Nothing she ordered!

A Kentucky woman wrote a furious email to a bridal company after her wedding dress arrived at her home. A tulle mermaid style dress with sweetheart neckline she had ordered seemed nothing like the dress she received.

She took photos of her dress and sent the email to the company.

However, when she received a reply, she was mortified and embarrassed to find that the reason she had not received the dress she had ordered was because she was wearing the dress inside out.

She posted the ordeal on her Facebook bridal group, so that everyone could have a laugh at her expense, and also, so that she could make up for the angry e-mail she’d sent to the company.

Ultimately, they did correct the mistake, which was pointing out to Aubrey that the dress was inside out.

In a climate with very little to laugh about, what with the Covid-19 pandemic, the US presidential election (no matter the side, there are still lingering worries), and the global economy, Aubrey brought a little laugh to those she told her story to.

Best of luck to her and her husband as they embark on this new journey.

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First Covid-19 Found in Remote Pacific Island Nation

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Vanuatu is a remote island nation in the pacific, one of the few places in the world untouched by the coronavirus. That is until this week, when a 23-year-old man returned from a travel to the U.S. tested positive while quarantining back home. He had flown back to Vanuatu on November 4 and was asymptomatic.

The health ministry confirmed that physical distancing and personal protection measures were applied and maintained during the flight, arrival, and during transport to and during registration at the quarantine facility. The man will remain in isolation until health clearance is given.

As of now, the coronavirus is active in 217 countries and territories, with 51 million cases of Covid-19 worldwide. More than 1.3 million have died from the virus since December 2019, when China reported its first case.

Vanuatu had been lucky until now, mostly thanks to its geographic location. Its closest neighbor, Australia, is more than 1000 miles from Australia and Vanuatu itself is made up of many tiny islands.

If a cluster is found within the general population, the health ministry will likely implement travel restriction and implement mask use in those with Covid-19 symptoms.

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90% Efficacy in Pfizer’s Covid Vaccine

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In the trial volunteers without evidence of prior infection of the virus, results from an interim analysis of a phase 3 study demonstrated 90% effectiveness. BTN162b2 is a messenger RNA-based vaccine candidate requiring 2 doses. Global phase 3 clinical trial began on July 27 and enrolled 43,538 participants to date, with 42% of enrollees having racial and ethically diverse backgrounds.

38,955 trial volunteers received the second dose of either vaccine or placebo by November 8, and an independent data monitoring committee (DMC) found the vaccine efficacy rate at above 90% 7 days after the second dose. This means protection was achieved 28 das after the first vaccine dose.

This vaccine has been developed on the genetic strategy, meaning that it introduces the gene that codes for the coronavirus spike protein into the cell. The cells will make the spike protein, which the immune system will recognize and create antibodies for.

About 94 people did get sick, but in general, the 90% effectiveness is a positive news.

So far, there has not been any serious safety concerns.

The study plants to continue to collect safety and efficacy data as planned, and companies plan to apply to the FDA for emergency use authorization soon after the required safety milestone is achieved.

However, the administering of this vaccine may prove to be a challenge, as the vaccine must be shipped and stored at -70 to -80 degrees celsius, meaning the product would have to be shipped on dry ice.

While this is good news, even if everything is done as scheduled, to include Americans being vaccinated later this year, it would still be many more months before there is widespread vaccination in the country.

It is still imperative that Americans use masks, contact tracing, social distancing, and hand washing to keep themselves safe.

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2020 is for States Setting Record for Early Voting

Georgia, Texas, Ohio, and Illinois have come up as the top 4 states with highest early voting records, already outpacing voter turnout in 2016.
So far, more than 13.8 million voters have already cast their ballots for this year’s upcoming general election (November 3), according to U.S. Elections Project. In 2016, early voting had only been at 1.4 million.
The coronavirus pandemic, with health and safety concerns have led to expansion of mail-in voting, and it seems that this has helped increase voter turnout. Georgia and Texas began their early voting this week and already set records.
For example, Georgian voters reported waiting nearly 10 hours at the polling sites on the first day of early voting. 128,000 people hit the polls on Monday, surpassing 91,000 votes cast on the first day of early voting in 2016.
In Texas, more than twice the 2016 early voters showed up for the first day of early voting.
This pattern was repeated in Ohio and Illinois.
Voting pace in Virginia, Minnesota, South Dakota, Vermont, and Wisconsin have also reached 20 percent or greater than the 2016 total vote.
Ironically, the pandemic that locked so many of us inside seems to have only led to the result of enhancing the nature of the political system in the US: Representative Democracy.

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