Spring Fashion Week 2020

Beautiful Turkish

Beautiful Turkish

Trendy. Comfy. Feisty.

Could burka be the fashion trend for this Spring 2020, during this coronavirus pandemic and thereafter?

 

 

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Is 30-Day National Lockdown Necessary?

I agree with Bill Ackman’s statement that the 30-day national lockdown would be the most effective way to fight the coronavirus pandemic. [1]

Despite the lockdown, knowing that there are COVID-19 positive asymptomatic people without coronavirus symptoms, there are still people enjoying the crowd. [2]
If every state or country with COVID-19 cases will not enforce the 30-day lockdown and stay at home order, and if the citizens/residents will not cooperate, 30-day lockdown will not be enough and might extend.  So please, STAY AT HOME.

REFERENCES:

  1. Ryan W. Miller. “If I get corona, I get corona’: Coronavirus pandemic doesn’t slow spring breakers’ party.” USA Today. March 19, 2020. https://www.usatoday.com/story/travel/destinations/2020/03/19/spring-break-beaches-florida-look-packed-despite-coronavirus-spread/2873248001/

     

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Who should be responsible for the coronavirus pandemic?

There was a hoax stating that the US government had created and patented a vaccine for coronavirus years ago, shared with nearly 5,000 Facebook users a false claim that “coronavirus is a human-made virus in the laboratory. [1]

Perhaps they got the idea from the novel of Dean Koontz called The Eyes of Darkness, which was originally published in 1981, describing a killer virus from the Chinese scientist who brought a biological weapon called “Wuhan-400” to the United States that some claimed echoes the current coronavirus outbreak. [2]

Lawyer Larry Klayman and his group Freedom Watch filed the complaint in federal court in Texas seeking at least $20 trillion from the Chinese government because of its “callous and reckless indifference and malicious acts. [3] “China is to blame,” Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas said of the virus, which was first identified in Wuhan, China. “Because the culture where people eat bats and snakes and dogs and things like that.” [4].  As Dr. Wu Qiang stated that the Chinese local government concealed the truth to the public due to political concerns.  [5]  Suppressing information about the virus, doing little to contain it, and allowing it to spread unchecked in the crucial early days and weeks, the regime imperiled not only its own country and its own citizens but also the more than 100 nations now facing their own potentially devastating outbreaks. More perniciously, the Chinese government censored and detained those brave doctors and whistleblowers who attempted to sound the alarm and warn their fellow citizens when they understood the gravity of what was to come.  [6]

The novel SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus emerged in the city of Wuhan, China, last year and has since caused a large scale COVID-19 epidemic and spread to more than 70 other countries is the product of natural evolution. [7]  Based on the timeline, a confirmed case of the novel coronavirus emerged on 17 November 2019, according to 13 March 2020 reports of official Chinese government sources. [8]

Between 8 and 18 December 2019, seven cases later diagnosed with novel coronavirus were documented; two of them were linked with the Huanan Seafood Wholesale Market; five were not. [9] Chinese state broadcaster CCTV reported in a broadcast airing on 12 January 2020 that a “new viral outbreak was first detected in the city of Wuhan, China, on 12 December 2019. [10]  Shi Zhengli, the Wuhan-based virologist, also called the bat woman was called to investigate when the Wuhan Center for Disease Control and Prevention had detected a novel coronavirus in two hospital patients. [11]

By January 7 the Wuhan team determined that the new virus had indeed caused the disease those patients suffered—a conclusion based on results from polymerase chain reaction analysis, full genome sequencing, antibody tests of blood samples and the virus’s ability to infect human lung cells in a petri dish. The genomic sequence of the virus—now officially called SARS-CoV-2 because it is related to the SARS pathogen—was 96 percent identical to that of a coronavirus the researchers had identified in horseshoe bats in Yunnan, they reported in a paper published last month in Nature. [11]

On February 24 the nation announced a permanent ban on wildlife consumption and trade except for research or medicinal or display purposes—which will stamp out an industry worth $76 billion and put approximately 14 million people out of jobs, according to a 2017 report commissioned by the Chinese Academy of Engineering. Some welcome the initiative, whereas others, such as ecologist Peter Daszak worry that without efforts to change people’s traditional beliefs or provide alternative livelihoods, a blanket ban may push the business underground. This could make disease detection even more challenging. “Eating wildlife has been part of the cultural tradition in southern China” for thousands of years, Daszak says. “It won’t change overnight.” Peter Daszak is the president of EcoHealth Alliance, a New York City–based nonprofit research organization that collaborates with scientists, such as Shi, around the world to discover new viruses in wildlife. Shi’s team discovered a coronavirus strain in 2013 that came from horseshoe bats and had a genomic sequence that was 97 percent identical to the one found in civets in Guangdong. [11]

With growing human populations increasingly encroaching on wildlife habitats, with unprecedented changes in land use, with wildlife and livestock transported across countries and their products around the world, and with a sharp increase in both domestic and international travel, new disease outbreaks of pandemic scale are a near mathematical certainty. This had been keeping Shi and many other researchers awake at night—long before the mysterious samples landed at the Wuhan Institute of Virology on that ominous evening last December. [11]

Zoologists and disease experts have told CNN that changes to human behavior — the destruction of natural habitats, coupled with the huge number of fast-moving people now on Earth — has enabled diseases that were once locked away in nature to cross into people fast. [12]

“What we have uncovered is just the tip of an iceberg.” Daszak’s team has estimated that there are as many as 5,000 coronavirus strains waiting to be discovered in bats globally.  Shi mentioned that “bat-borne coronaviruses will cause more outbreaks, we must find them before they find us.” [11]

As of today there are 339,000 coronavirus cases globally. [13]   The numbers are not accurate since there are less fortunate people who just died without being tested.

The researchers, students, scientists and the medical frontliners in times of crisis should be well provided and supported by the government as we are at war against COVID-19.  The government officials have the power, resources, network to find means to provide for their citizens the basic needs (food, healthcare, shelter) in the time of crisis.  Let’s not wait for the crisis, to start to listen to the expertsEveryone has the responsibility to make this crisis end and not to happen again.
REFERENCES

1. Robert H. Shmerling. “Be careful where you get your news about coronavirus.” Harvard Health Publishing. March 16, 2020. https://www.health.harvard.edu/blog/be-careful-where-you-get-your-news-about-coronavirus-2020020118801

2. Harmeet Kaur. “No, Dean Koontz did not predict the coronavirus in a 1981 novel.” CNN. March 13, 2020. https://www.cnn.com/2020/03/13/us/dean-koontz-novel-coronavirus-debunk-trnd/index.html

3. Melissa Quinn. “Conservative lawyer sues Chinese government over coronavirus outbreak.” CBS News. March 19, 2020. https://www.cbsnews.com/news/coronavirus-lawyer-larry-klayman-sues-chinese-government-over-outbreak/

4. Julian Shen-Berro. “Sen. Cornyn: China to blame for coronavirus, because ‘people eat bats.” NBC News. March 18, 2020. https://www.nbcnews.com/news/asian-america/sen-cornyn-china-blame-coronavirus-because-people-eat-bats-n1163431

5. “Coronavirus: How the deadly epidemic sparked a global emergency.”  ABC News. Feb 24, 2020. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ycrqXJYf1SU

6. Shadi Hamid. “China Is Avoiding Blame by Trolling the World.”  The Atlantic. March 19, 2020.  https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2020/03/china-trolling-world-and-avoiding-blame/608332/

7. Scripps Research Institute. “COVID-19 coronavirus epidemic has a natural origin.” ScienceDaily. March 17, 2020. http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/03/200317175442.htm

8. Josephine Ma. “China’s first confirmed Covid-19 case traced back to November 17.” South China Morning Post. March 13, 2020. https://www.scmp.com/news/china/society/article/3074991/coronavirus-chinas-first-confirmed-covid-19-case-traced-back

9. Qun Li, M.Med., Xuhua Guan, Ph.D., Peng Wu, Ph.D., Xiaoye Wang, M.P.H., Lei Zhou, M.Med., Yeqing Tong, Ph.D., Ruiqi Ren, M.Med., Kathy S.M. Leung, Ph.D., Eric H.Y. Lau, Ph.D., Jessica Y. Wong, Ph.D., Xuesen Xing, Ph.D., Nijuan Xiang, M.Med., Yang Wu, M.Sc., Chao Li, M.P.H., Qi Chen, M.Sc., Dan Li, M.P.H., Tian Liu, B.Med., Jing Zhao, M.Sc., Man Liu, M.Sc., Wenxiao Tu, M.Med., Chuding Chen, M.Sc., Lianmei Jin, M.Med., Rui Yang, M.Med., Qi Wang, M.P.H., Suhua Zhou, M.Med., Rui Wang, M.D., Hui Liu, M.Med., Yinbo Luo, M.Sc., Yuan Liu, M.Med., Ge Shao, B.Med., Huan Li, M.P.H., Zhongfa Tao, M.P.H., Yang Yang, M.Med., Zhiqiang Deng, M.Med., Boxi Liu, M.P.H., Zhitao Ma, M.Med., Yanping Zhang, M.Med., Guoqing Shi, M.P.H., Tommy T.Y. Lam, Ph.D., Joseph T. Wu, Ph.D., George F. Gao, D.Phil., Benjamin J. Cowling, Ph.D., Bo Yang, M.Sc., Gabriel M. Leung, M.D., and Zijian Feng, M.Med., et al. “Early Transmission Dynamics in Wuhan, China, of Novel Coronavirus–Infected Pneumonia”. The New England Journal of Medicine. January 29, 2020. https://www.nejm.org/doi/10.1056/NEJMoa2001316

10. “Chinese scientists identify the ‘Wuhan Virus’. Screening continues on Thai-bound flights.” The Thaiger. January 9, 2020. https://thethaiger.com/hot-news/tourism/chinese-scientists-identify-the-wuhan-virus-screening-continues-on-thai-bound-flights

11. Jane Qiu. “How China’s “Bat Woman” Hunted Down Viruses from SARS to the New Coronavirus.” Scientific American. March 11. 2020. https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/how-chinas-bat-woman-hunted-down-viruses-from-sars-to-the-new-coronavirus1/

12. Nick Paton Walsh and Vasco Cotovio. “Bats are not to blame for coronavirus. Humans are.” CNN. March 20, 2020. https://www.cnn.com/2020/03/19/health/coronavirus-human-actions-intl/index.html

13. Julia Hollingsworth, James Griffiths and Adam Renton. “Coronavirus cases top 339,000 globally.” CNN. March 23, 2020.  https://www.cnn.com/world/live-news/coronavirus-outbreak-03-23-20-intl-hnk/index.html

 

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An earthquake on the 4th of July?

 

This morning around 10, I thought I had severe dizziness, everything was shaking, I almost got panic attack thinking there could be something wrong with my health that I need to call 911, until I realized that it was really an earthquake.

An earthquake on the 4th of July?  On the day that we celebrate and commemorate the US declaration of independence from the Great Britain?  Could it be a wake up call to remind us to do something?  Is it because the earth would also like independence from us humans who are destroying her?  Is it to remind us that something has to change in the system that is not aligned with the declaration of independence?   Is it to remind us that there is more powerful force that could change the world in an instant?   Is it to remind us that life is too short, if you want to do something, do it now, repent, forgive, enjoy life and be happy?  Is it to remind us to get ready for the big change that is about to happen?

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To Each His Own

Each one of us is unique.
Each one has its own strength and weaknesses.
Each one has its own preferences.
Each one has its own destiny.
Each one has the right to live and be happy.

June is to month to take pride of our individuality,
Not just for the LGBT but for the uniqueness of oneself and everybody else.
For whatever religion, race, nationality, color, gender, disability,
We are still human beings of this planet,
Beings that are not even a dot on this earth, nor dust in the universe.

For at the state of emergency, state of calamity, state of war,
We have no choice but to unite, to live, and survive;
We have no choice but to be involved to rebuild lives, community, and nation together;
We have no choice but to accept, and respect, the individuality of one another;
We have no choice but to live with the different people around us.

For we don’t live alone, nor can survive alone.
We all need each other.
We all need to be together.
We all need the help of one another.
We all need understanding, acceptance, respect and love.

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A Letter from Sam

It was past midnight, as he read his last letter on his table, tears were flowing on his eyes, holding a gun pointed on his head, as memories flash back to the time how his group burned a group of teenage black men, stabbed an Asian tourist and bullied his Latino classmates.

In the town of Kansas, a blue eyed, blonde, white man named Sam was raised by politically influential Caucasian parents in a community dominated by white supremacists where he grew up as one of the most influential leaders of the white supremacist group.

At the peak of Sam’s career, his parents revealed to him that he was just adopted from an orphanage before they died.  For several years, Sam searched for his biological parents and found out that he was not pure Caucasian but with mixed blood (Caucasian, African, Asian, Latino).

Today, Sam’s children are circulating the letter of their father:

To my family and friends,

I was fortunate to be raised by supportive parents and to live in an environment of people who adore, respect and trust me which made me become a confident leader.  All the while I thought I was powerful, well accomplished and truly successful but I failed.

Whoever read this letter, please tell my real family (Caucasian, African, Asian, Latino) how I sincerely apologize for all my evil deeds.  What I have done to all of you are unacceptable, totally wicked.  I was weak to let myself be controlled by the demons around me.

Please tell everyone to stop all the hatred and start to love one another for we are all one.

Sincerely yours,

Sam

 

DISCLAIMER:  This fictional story of Sam that I’ve written is intended to remind us that we belong to one species, that all life on Earth evolved from a single-celled organism, from our universal common ancestor and created by our one and only creator.

 

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Sacramento Unified Goes to the Philippines for Its Teachers

“Raise your hand if you think that the United States can match the performance of the countries with the world’s highest student performance by outsourcing its teaching to lower wage countries. If your hand is still down, then raise it if you think that the United States can even maintain its mediocre position in the world’s league table of student academic performance if it were to hire more and more of its teachers from the Philippines or countries like it. Your hand is still down? If it is, then we need to have an honest conversation about what it would take to develop and hire teachers with skills comparable to those found everywhere in the top-performing countries. We need to have a conversation about how we develop and retain those teachers instead of contracting that effort out to the lowest international bidder.”  These are the questions from the article of Marc Tucker last July27, 2017 entitled:  Migrant Labor: Sacramento Unified Goes to the Philippines for Its Teachers,

In a globalizing world, outsourcing is inevitable.  Just take a look at your stuff at home, and they are not all made in the US.  Call a hotline or book a flight, and a representative from the Philippines, India or other countries will answer your call.  It’s not just about importation, but exportation and immigrant workers made the US economically stable.   With the exponential growth and advancement of technology, we can no longer control getting diversified.  We have no choice but to accept the changes, adapt and survive to the fast changing world.

The US has been outsourcing teachers from the Philippines since 2004.   Despite the challenges that the Filipinos encountered in the US, they are patient, determined and have proven their professionalism and their quality of work. They just need to be properly deployed in a safe and healthy environment and they’ll be great assets.  That’s why Sacramento Unified will  continue to outsource in the Philippines.  That’s why a lot of employers hire them.  That’s why Filipino dedicated workers deserve equal rights and respect.

The education system in the US is the same as the Philippines because of the Thomasites.  Just check out the books of the major subjects in the Philippines and they are all in English to the point that some students could hardly translate it in their native tongue.  The difference is just the culture, accent and idioms, but with English refresher courses, Filipinos can easily adapt to the language and culture.

In the US, Filipinos are not just professional teachers, they are professional nurses, caregivers, nannies, housekeepers, doctors, lawyers, engineers,  corporate executives, entrepreneurs and artists.   The influx of Filipinos  in the US is inevitable, same as the influx of British, Irish, Italians, Chinese, Vietnamese, Koreans, Armenians and other nationalities trying to live and survive in the new world  that made America a great nation known to mankind.

 

 

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