Thursday, July 9, 2020

Harvard,MIT,Northeastern Sue Feds on Ed Policy; Barring Foreign Students from US Studies Is Bias

Northeastern University in Boston last night announced it was joining Harvard University and MIT in a lawsuit against the U.S.Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) over a new rule that threatened many international students with deportation, the MSN website reports today (July 9, 2020).

The new federal policy said students whose courses no longer had an in-person element because of the COVID-19 pandemic, would lose their permission to be in the U.S. and might get deported.

The federal order means students taking only online courses would have to transfer to courses with some in-person instruction or leave the country.

Harvard President Lawrence Bacow wrote in an email yesterday:"We believe that the ICE order is bad public policy, and we believe that it is illegal."

Wednesday, July 8, 2020

Trump Rips Fauci on Negative COVID Comments; Claims US Is in "Good Place" Despite Virus Surge

President Donald Trump yesterday publicly criticized Dr. Anthony Fauci for his comments on the coronavirus pandemic, and said the U.S. is in a "good place"despite a surge in COVID-19 cases, the Newsmax website reports today (July 8, 2020).

"We've done a good job," Trump added. "I think we are going to be in two, three, four weeks in very good shape."

Fauci, the Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, earlier yesterday warned against "false complacency" in the dropping death rate among coronavirus patients.

Nearly three million people have been infected with coronavirus, and more than 130,000 Americans have died from the virus.

Tuesday, July 7, 2020

Brazilian President Tests Positive for COVID-19; Repeatedly Downplayed Dangers of Coronavirus

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, who has consistently downplayed the dangers of coronavirus, revealed his own positive test result of the virus on national TV today (July 7, 2020), according to the NPR website.

He is just the second major world leader -- after British Prime Minister Boris Johnson -- to confirm he contacted the virus.

With more than 1.6 million confirmed cases of COVID-19, Brazil holds the world's second-largest outbreak, behind only the U.S.

More than 65,000 people in Brazil have died from coronavirus, which again stands only second to the number of deaths in the U.S.

Monday, July 6, 2020

New Data: Easier for Blacks,Latinos to Get COVID; Twice as Likely as Whites to Die from Coronavirus

A secret CDC (Centers for Disease Control) report obtained by the New York Times reveals that Black and Latino Americans -- and in some cases Native Americans -- are far more likely to contact coronavirus and to fare worse than their white counterparts once they get it, the Daily Beast website reports today (July 6, 2020).

The CDC found that ethnicity plays a major role in disease outcomes in the U.S. and that Black and Latino people have been more affected throughout hundreds of countries.

The report shows that Latino and Black Americans have been tree times as likely as their white neighbors to contact COVID-19.

They are also twice as likely as their white neighbors to die from it, no matter where they live in the U.S.

Sunday, July 5, 2020

Why Year 2020 Feels Like the Longest Yr. Ever; Only Half Over, 2020 Already Is a Very Sad Year

It seems like 2020 started a decade ago -- and yet it's only half over -- the NY Daily News website reports today (July 5, 2020).

We rang in with high hopes and lofty resolutions, then dropped into a downward spiral of death and despair.

Beyond the coronavirus pandemic, we're dealing with unemployment at its highest level since the Great Depression, a divisive presidential election, and the repeated deaths of unarmed black people at the hands of racist police officers.

Today can perhaps best be compared to the U.S. in 1970 when Ohio National Guard members opened fire on anti-Vietnam war protesters at Kent State University, killing four students and wounding nine others.

Saturday, July 4, 2020

Man Nabbed for Ripping 10 Command. Mon.; Hooked Monument on Truck and Drove Away

A Montana man has been arrested for destroying a Ten Commandments monument in Kalispell, Mont. yesterday, the WND website reports today (July 4, 2020).

Officers from the Kalispell Police Department arrested Anthony Weimer, 30, of Columbia Falls, Mont.

No reason was given for taking down the monument.

The monument was hooked to a truck with a chain around it and driven a distance before being released, and the truck driven away.  Witnesses gave police a description of the truck used in the incident and police were able to track down Weimer, who faces a charge of  felony of criminal mischief.

Friday, July 3, 2020

Boston to Remove Lincoln Statue with Free Slave; Replica of Original Emancipation Memorial in DC

Boston city officials have decided to remove a statue of Abraham Lincoln that depicts the 16th president freeing a slave, the Christian Headlines website reports today (July 3, 2020).

The Emancipation Group statue in Boston is a replica of the original Emancipation Memorial in Washington, D.C.

It shows Lincoln standing over a slave named Archer Alexander who is on one knee but is no longer in bondage. 

A petition calling for the statue's removal gained more than 12,000 signatures.