Hurricane Category 1 Isaias Hits the Carolinas

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Isaias Hits the Carolinas and East Coast.

Category 1 hurricane Isaias narrowly passed by Florida, but its slight shift east now puts both South and North Carolinas at its path for landfall.

Its wind is expected to hit somewhere up to 70 mph, with flood warnings in effect up to Maine.

DC metro area including Northern Virginia and Maryland can expect rainfall of anywhere from 2-6 inches. People are being told to evacuate the Carolinas while mindful of the dangers of COVID-19 by wearing masks and carrying hand sanitizers.

This hurricane will downgrade to a tropical storm as it passes up the northeast coast to Maine, according to Weather.com.

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Covid-19’s Real Problem: Organ damage

As US sees 150,000 deaths from COVID-19, some of those who are for quick reopening tout the relatively low death percentage rate as an argument against the severity of COVID-19. However, those who are recovering from COVID-19 show something more sinister from coronavirus infection: organ damage.

Two German studies found that many patients recovering from COVID-19 had heart abnormalities that didn’t exist before. The study included 100 patients from the University of Hospital Frankfurt COVID-19 Registry.

1/3 on the registry recovered at the hospital, while the other 2/3 recovered at home; however, in the 78 of the original 100, there were now heart abnormalities, with 60 of them showing inflammation in the heart muscle from COVID-19.

This abnormality would not be found on the echograms more frequently used to detect heart abnormalities.

Such results are quite damaging; those who have this weakness will likely require more extensive treatments and be at risk for abnormal heart beats and other heart problems.

So yes, maybe COVID-19 only kills around 1 percent of those infected; however, the true harm of COVID-19 isn’t necessarily the fast death, but the lasting impact on the majority of those that recover from the disease; mostly, the weakening of the organs in the rest of the body.

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US Colleges Decide Online or In-Class Cancellations for 2020 Fall Semester

With the Coronavirus on re-surge as states began reopening and with only a month before colleges are set to reopen, US colleges have decided to open only through online courses and cancelling in-class instructions. For example, Miami University in Ohio announced it would only hold classes online until September 21, and West Virginia University announced a delayed re-opening of August 21, a week later an original return date for students.

Higher ranking schools such as Harvard, George Washington, and California State Universities have also decided to hold mostly online undergraduate and graduate level courses.

Out of about 1,260 higher learning institutions in the US, only 49 percent will offer in-person instructions, 14 percent will offer full online coursework, and the rest, a mix.

Of course, this also affects out-of-state and international students heavily. Ithaca College in New York, for example, has decided that any student from states currently on prohibition list under New York state would be prohibited from returning for fall 2020. Online courses are already deemed ineligible for the student visa, so many students are forced to return home as well.

Education continues to be a topic of contention within US politics, and unfortunately, while coronavirus’ effect was abated to a limited extent thanks to the development of technology, remains a hot topic based on the safety needed for students to be healthy versus the declining academic aptitude due to lack of social interactions amidst the coronavirus pandemic and the need for social distancing.

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Women-hating Lawyer Prime Suspect in the NJ Judge Son’s Killing

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On July 19, 2020, a Mr. Den Hollander, a lawyer with a history of filing frivolous (legal term for useless) lawsuits against any “feminist” programs such as women’s studies programs and “ladies’ nights” at local nightclubs showed up at the NJ Judge Esther Salas’ home in North Bruswick, NJ, dressed up in what seemed like FedEx uniform.

There, the Judge’s son, 20-year old Daniel Andrel was shot on the heart, and his father, 63-year old, Mark Andrel (criminal defense lawyer), was shot multiple times. The Judge was was in the basement when the shooting occurred and rushed upstairs.

The son was an only child, about to start junior year at Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., with hopes of joining the legal profession. Unfortunately, he was killed. Mr. Mark Andrel is alive, but in critical condition.

Den Hollander was found dead near Liberty, NY. It seems to be an apparent suicide; he had told another lawyer taking over a case that challenged the male-only draft for the US military, that Mr. Hollander had terminal cancer.

Den Hollander seems to have had significant issues; he often wrote thousands of pages on hating women, including his 1,700-page self-published book on Judge Esther Salas as being lazy and incompetent.

Mr. Hollander deemed himself a “Men’s Rights” individual, with hateful, abusive, and misogynistic language against “Feminazis.” Most of his online creeds were thousands of pages long.

It certainly does not help Mr. Hollander’s case, that he went through a bitter divorce with a woman from Russia about ten years ago, a moment that he attributes as the moment when he realized the “evilness” of women.

FBI is currently investigating other potential links and leads.

What’s ridiculously appalling, among many other aspects of Mr. Hollander, was that the Judge Salas was the judge that allowed his lawsuit against the Selective Service System, yet he still held a grudge against her for not moving the case along fast enough.

It is a terrible price to pay for one crazed man’s irrational ideology. The fact that Judge Salas’ family will never see justice for the crime done is even more heartbreaking. Condolences to Judge Salas and her family on the loss of their dear son.

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SBA Aid went to Congress members, and private-equity-backed chains

The Small Business Administration (SBA) released data on the main recipients of the SBA Disaster Loan: businesses of those associated with the Congress, law firms that represented Pres. Donald Trump.

Nearly 90,000 companies took part of the $660 billion small business relief program funds without promising on their applications that they would rehire workers or create jobs.

The SBA Disaster Loan showed first-come first-serve program that did not evaluate actual needs of the recipients, rather; there was no filter in place to prevent those with political interest from obtaining those funds.

PF Change, Legal Sea Foods, Silver Diner, all major chain restaurants received funds from the SBA. Dozens of publicly-traded companies returned the money, but not all.

At least 8 members of Congress and their spouses received loans, including Elaine Chao (Transportation Secretary), who is married to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky. KTAK corporation owned by Rep. Kevin Hern of Oklahoma was yet another recipient.

KTAK reported receiving $1-2 million to support 220 jobs.

Representative Mike Kelly of Pennsylvania received between $450,000 to $1.05 million for 95 jobs, Republican Markwayne Mullin of Oklahoma received $350,000 and $1 million per plumbing business affiliated with him, and of course, Pres. Donald Trump and Nancy Pelosi were not an exception.

Triomphe Restaurant Corp. operating Jean-Georges Restaurant at the Trump International Hotel in Central Park West, received $2 million to $5 million. Sushi Nakazawa in Trump DC hotel received between $150,000 and $350,000 for 22 jobs. There is of course, the law firm, Kasowitz, Benson & Torres, receiving $5 million to $10 million for 400 employees.

Many watchdogs and citizen rights advocates are demanding that lawmakers not create and then benefit, from the program that takes money from the taxpayers.

Even Korean Air received a loan of $5 to $10 million to support its “small operation of about 500 employees.”

It is unclear however, exactly how much job retention actually happened and the benefits remain to be seen.

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California Man’s Facebook Coronavirus Post becomes Last Words

On June 20, Thomas Macias, a truck driver in Riverside County in California wrote a post on Facebook stating that he had contracted the coronavirus while attending a party during one of the days when California had begun its reopening. Mr. Macia had been social distancing from March to early June, going out only as necessary, as he was overweight and had diabetes, and wanted to protect himself.

Sometime in early June, however, with the loosening of social distancing restrictions, Mr. Macias attended a party in Lake Elsinore. Afterwards, his friend contacted Mr. Macias, telling him that he had tested positive for COVID-19. The friend had attended the party despite knowing of the diagnosis as he was not showing any symptoms and did not believe he could infect anyone. Nonetheless, the friend contacted everyone to get tested.

Unfortunately for Mr. Macias, he had contracted the disease, and soon began to feel sick. He tested positive for COVID-19 on June 18. On June 20, he posted on Facebook, telling people to take coronavirus seriously, and to properly wear masks and engage in social distancing.

On June 21, around 11 AM, he was rushed to the hospital, put on a ventilator sometime around 6 PM, and died by 9 PM.

California has restarted the shutdown in 19 counties, including Los Angeles, as US sees even higher surge in coronavirus outbreak.

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Pres Trump Finally Endorses Face Masks

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On Wednesday, Pres. Trump declared that “masks are good”, after months of resisting to wear one or promote them, and finally decided to publicly endorse wearing face masks as COVID-19 rages on.

He refused to make it a mandate, as he claimed that in many places, Americans simply were not close enough to need one.

That being said, he said, “I

*That being said, he said, “I’m all for masks. I think masks are good,” at a show on Wednesday, as even the Republicans have urged its constituents to wear masks.

Due to the relaxed stance on social distancing, masks, and reopening, the US is seeing record high infection rates and a much longer pandemic than initially predicted.

He also said, “if I were in a group of people where we’re not 10 feet away, …” He would have worn a mask, but clarified that he didn’t wear masks because everyone around him were “tested.”

Pres. Trump even went as far to say that he’d tried a mask on and liked the way it looked.

Some people wonder if it’s a little too late, as some states in the light of recent coronavirus outbreak, have closed back down, such as in Texas or California. Nonetheless, it is now official: even the President endorses wearing face masks in public.

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Fauci: Face Covering, Social Distancing, and More Testings Needed

The White House coronavirus advisor Dr. Anthony Fauci stated that “The U.S. is not in total control” of the coronavirus pandemic on Tuesday at the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pension Committee during a hearing.

Dr. Fauci said “I can’t make an accurate prediction but it’s going to be very disturbing,” and “We are now having 40-plus-thousand new cases a day. I would not be surprised if we go up to 100,000 a day if this does not turn around, and so I am very concerned.”

When Sen. Warren asked him as to whether the U.S. is heading in the right direction in terms of controlling the outbreak, Dr. Fauci answered, “Well I think the numbers speak for themselves,” and “I am very concerned and I’m not satisfied with what’s going on because we’re going in the wrong direction if you look at the curves of the new cases, so we really have got to do something about that and we need to do it quickly.”

Dr. Fauci emphasized surging numbers of coronavirus in some states could indicate that the public is disregarding public health precautions such as mask wearing and physical distancing.

He added, “we saw visually in clips and in photographs of individuals in the community doing an all-or-none phenomenon, which is dangerous,” and “By all-or-none I mean, either be locked down or open up in a way where you see people at bars not wearing masks, not abiding crowds, not paying attention to physical distancing.”

He said “I think the attitude of pushing back from authority and pushing back on scientific data is very concerning.” and “We are in the middle of catastrophic outbreak and we really do need to be guided by scientific principles.”

He is seeking for heightened measures to keep people safe, which includes tougher reinforcements on face mask wearing, social distancing, and more testing.

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Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts votes in favor of Women’s Rights

John Roberts, the Chief Justice of Supreme Court voted to keep abortion clinics legally open in the state of Louisiana. This has led to great outrage in the conservative groups while the liberal groups have celebrated the win.

In the 5-4 opinion, Chief Justice Roberts voted to strike down the law that forbid doctors from abortions unless they had local hospital admitting rights, which if affirmed as legal, would have left Louisiana with just one abortion clinic in the entire state.

Women’s right to abortion and choice regarding their own sexual health has been on the chopping block for every major election cycle, with the Republicans yelling to end all abortions or any access to contraceptives, and the Democrats yelling for the opposite.

Most of the South and Midwest have restricted abortion by law, and Louisiana’s abortion law is identical to Texas’ abortion law, in that it attempts to prevent surgery by abortion by restricting doctors from being able to perform the surgery through legal means.

Many red states have banned abortion at the point when fetal heartbeat could be detected, which some have interpreted to be as early as six weeks of pregnancy.

As certain states continue to beat down on women’s right to sexual healthcare, this decision was a much needed strengthening of Casey v. Planned Parenthood, and preventing states from imposing even further “undue burden” on the women’s reproductive freedom.

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Texas Finally Halts Reopening Amidst Coronavirus Panic

On Thursday, Gov. Greg Abott of Texas finally halted any further effort to reopen the state, instead focusing on obtaining extra hospital beds and ventilators for the incoming COVID-19 patients. Texas is one of three states currently seeing record number of positive coronavirus infections, the other two being California and Florida.

Head of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said the US has only counted about 10 percent of coronavirus infections, meaning up to nearly 20 million Americans could have been infected so far.

Official numbers show an infection of 20 million people with 122,481 deaths.

Florida and Texas recorded a new high of 5,000 new cases on Tuesday, while California reported more than 7,000.

This is a concerning trend, as those three states count for 27.4% of the total population of the people living in the US.

At the moment, all elective surgeries are put on hold to deal with the influx of covid-19 patients.

Meanwhile, New York, one of the earliest hotspots for the coronavirus pandemic, has been seeing continued decrease in the reported number of hospitalizations for COVID-19, falling to less than 1,000.

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