Trump’s German ambassador pick known for racist comments

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Retired Army Col. Douglas Macgregor is a decorated combat veteran, author and frequent guest on Fox News. He claimed that Muslim migrants were coming to Europe to eventually turn Europe, criticizing Germany for giving welfare benefits to “unwanted Muslim invaders”.

This comes as Trump plans to remove 12,000 troops from Germany and after news of German Chancellor Angela Merkel on state phone calls.

Within US, Macgregor often made anti-immigrant comments, especially toward Mexico, and wished to institute martial law at the US-Mexico border.

However, the Senate is already opposing this nomination, as his comments likely disqualify him from any government office.

It is unclear whether Mr. Macgregor will serve as the German ambassador based on his controversial views and his pro-military views may hinder his nomination.

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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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Massive Saharan Air Layer To Hit US Soon

Caribbean is suffering from one of the worst dust storms in recent history, from of all places, The Sahara. Sahara Air Layer is a massive dust storm that forms in early spring, summer, and late fall, and it crosses the North Atlantic every three to five days, occupying a 2 to 2.5-mile thick layer of the Earth’s atmosphere with the base about 1 mile above surface.

Over the weekend, the blue skies of the Caribbean were dusty brown gray with the Saharan dust. Along with the horrible sky, the Caribbean is seeing one of the worst air quality in recent history.

The dust storm is expected to hit Texas by Thursday, and spread across other parts of the country, to include the mid-Atlantic. While this dry air is likely to weaken tropical storms and hurricane developments, it could cause allergic issues for those who are sensitive.

However, the dust storm will also bring beautiful sunsets and sunrises, so those who aren’t sensitive may want to document the event with the cameras.

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Sweden Regrets Relaxed Social Distancing as it see COVID Deaths Worsen

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Sweden was the envy of most people around the globe, as people went shopping, attended school, worked, and dined in restaurants during the Coronavirus pandemic, as most people were forced into strict stay-at-home enforcements.

But now, State chief epidemiologist Andre Tegnell anguishes about soaring high death rates caused by the coronavirus contagion.

Earlier this week, Sweden’s death rate per capita rose to the highest in the world, according to the Guardian. At 43 fatalities per 100,000 people, it has far surpassed neighboring countries, Denmark and Norway which have imposed strict stay at home orders.

Some Democrat critics shows strong rebuke against Tegnell’s measure which originally asserted that relaxed social distancing against Coronavirus pandemic would be more sustainable long-term than severe and sudden lockdowns enforced by most governments around the world.

Sverigedemokraterna (Sweden Democratic Party) tweeted:

“Sveriges coronahanteringen blir mer obegriplig för varje dag.” (“Sweden’s corona management is becoming more incomprehensible for each day.”)

Whether Mr. Tegnell truly regrets this or not is still unclear; however, Sweden is seeing a gross domestic product slump of 7 percent, which is about the same as the rest of Europe, but Sweden is also seeing the highest fatalities in Europe as well, showing that Mr. Tegnell’s policy of allowing more deaths initially to protect the economy and arrive at herd immunity faster than rest of Europe is not working as intended.

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COVID-19 strains now in 30 different mutations, says Study from China

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US is seeing a death toll at 42,897, with confirmed 799,515 cases as of April 21, and extreme rightists protesting to end quarantine.

A new study from professor Li Lanjuan and colleagues from Zhejiang University in Hangzhou, China  published in a non-peer review paper released on website medRXiv.org on Sunday, says that COVID-19 now has at least 30 different variation of mutations, which could make finding vaccine even more difficult.

Li Team stated that some of the COVID-19 mutations could generate as much as 270 times the normal viral load as the weakest strains, showing variety in danger to humans based on the mutation of the strain.

Assuming this study is accurate (as it has yet to be peer-reviewed amidst growing skepticism towards validity of information streaming out of China from the global community), this could make treatment immensely difficult, as so far, all COVID-19 patients have been treated in the same way.

Li says, “Drug and vaccine development, while urgent, need to take the impact of these accumulating mutations into account to avoid potential pitfalls.”

It is unclear at this time when the study will be peer-reviewed and its information, verified, however, the amidst growing tension in economic, political, and social structure of much of the western world, many hope that this study is not reflective of reality.

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Coronavirus Fears Lead US to Telework

As universities and government agencies employ telework policies in fear of coronavirus, Alphabet, Google’s parent company has recommended its North American employees to work from home through April 10.

Although governments and schools have implemented telework or online course policies regionally or within its city boundaries, Google is asking everyone in the entire continent to follow this system.

As COVID-19 spread throughout Washington state, Google, Amazon, Microsoft, and Facebook had encouraged its employees to work from home.

Google has also cancelled its annual developer conference Google I/O, due to COVID-19 worries. Furthermore, Google will establish COVID-19 fund which will enable temporary staff and vendors globally to take paid sick leave if they have potential COVID-19 symptoms or cannot work due to quarantine.

The US executive branch plans to meet with representatives from tech companies to discuss COVID-19 response efforts, where they will meet remotely.

Unwittingly, it seems that a virus may trigger a permanent shift in business and administration in the American workforce.

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Unknown Suspects at Large with 8 people dead from shooting in Hanau, Germany

Police guard the scenery in front of a restaurant in central Hanau, Germany Thursday, Feb. 20, 2020. German police say several people were shot to death in the city of Hanau on Wednesday evening. (AP Photo/Michael Probst)

Police asked the public for any information related with 8 people that were killed on Wednesday evening shooting in Hanau, Germany.

According to Hanau police department, there were two shooting events. Police are searching for any leads on the identity of suspects and asked the public for help.

A military base located in Hanau, near by Frankfurt and armed police closed two streets where shootings occurred today.

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US Universities: Educational or Multi-billion dollar enterprises with murky financial systems?

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The Education Department sent a letter requesting Harvard and Yale universities to disclose records of contracts or gifts from Iran, Russia, Saudi Arabia, China and Qatar. The Department believes that the universities failed to disclose around $375 million in foreign funding.

Education Department is willing to refer this matter to the Justice Department if schools do not comply, as such funding could impact the quality of education in ways to include the spreading of propaganda.

Department’s investigation is said to have found more than $6.5 billion in foreign funding.

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First Person-to-Person Coronavirus Spread Happens in US

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CDC confirmed that a woman who recently traveled to China and returned through Chicago airport spread the virus to her husband. Now with confirmed 6 cases, Illinois is attempting to verify 21 possible cases. CDC is verifying 92 more people for possible coronavirus infection. CDC already cleared 68 as testing negative for the coronavirus.

There are currently 7,800 confirmed infections globally, with most in China. CDC does not see a need to wear masks to protect oneself in public but did advise washing hands with soap for at least 20 seconds and to avoid close interaction with people who were sick.

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Sun’s surface is like Rice Cake: Daniel K. Inouye Solar Telescope produces Photo of the Sun

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The National Science Foundation’s 4-meter, preeminent solar telescope on the summit of Haleakala, Maui in Hawai’i captured the clearest image of the Sun’s surface to date, which showed a pattern of turbulent “boiling” plasma, covering the entire star.  Each cell-like structures’ sizes are comparable to the State of Texas.

These cells represent signature of violent motions which allow transportation of heat from the inside of the Sun to its surface, before collapsing back below the surface once cooled by the vacuum of space, in a process called convection.

National Science Foundation’s Inouye Solar Telescope will also be used to map the magnetic fields within the Sun’s corona, and will be used to help predict and understand the Sun’s effect on space weather and Earth.

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