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    Daily Digest 7/7 – Hospitals in Sun Belt Fill Up With COVID Patients, Dakota Access Pipeline Ordered To Shut Down

    by Daily Digest

    Tuesday, July 7, 2020, 11:38 AM


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International students may need to leave US if their universities transition to online-only learning (tmn)

In a news release Monday, ICE said that students who fall under certain visas “may not take a full online course load and remain in the United States,” adding, “The U.S. Department of State will not issue visas to students enrolled in schools and/or programs that are fully online for the fall semester nor will U.S. Customs and Border Protection permit these students to enter the United States.”

Black Lives Matter May Be the Largest Movement in U.S. History (tmn)

Precise turnout at protests is difficult to count and has led to some famous disputes. An amalgam of estimates from organizers, the police and local news reports often make up the official total.

But tallies by teams of crowd counters are revealing numbers of extraordinary scale. On June 6, for example, at least 50,000 people turned out in Philadelphia, 20,000 in Chicago’s Union Park and up to 10,000 on the Golden Gate Bridge, according to estimates by Edwin Chow, an associate professor at Texas State University, and researchers at the Crowd Counting Consortium.

No Coronavirus Spikes Have Been Linked To D.C. Protests, City Says (TourGuideDC)

“We have not seen or heard our new cases report their exposure being associated with mass gatherings,” Nesbitt said at a press conference Monday morning. “That being said … we continue to have mass gatherings so that doesn’t allow us to exclude mass gatherings as a … potential source for exposure.”

Nesbitt said it can take up to 20 days for changes in community conditions to be accurately reflected in the data. It’s now been about 30 days since the largest of the mass gatherings in the District and the data does not show a jump in relation to them, says Nesbitt.

Jared Kushner, Trump’s Golf Buddy and McConnell’s In-Laws Cashed In on PPP Loans (000)

Some with political connections to Trump also received money from the program. Albert Hazzouri, a Pennsylvania dental practice owner, received a loan from PPP in the $150,000 to $350,000 range. Hazzouri frequently golfs with Trump at the president’s Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida, and infamously handed Trump a policy proposal in 2017 while the two were on the links. The proposal, supported by the American Dental Association, described the commander-in-chief as “king.”

U.S. Coronavirus Cases Near 3 Million as Hospitals in Sun Belt Fill Up With Patients (tmn)

“We’re right back where we were at the peak of the epidemic during the New York outbreak,” former U.S. Food and Drug Administration commissioner Scott Gottlieb said Sunday on the CBS show, “Face the Nation,” the Post reported. “The difference now is that we really had one epicenter of spread when New York was going through its hardship, now we really have four major epicenters of spread: Los Angeles, cities in Texas, cities in Florida, and Arizona. And Florida looks to be in the worst shape.”

On Monday, new coronavirus cases in that state exceeded 6,300, NBC Miami reported. That is a drop from the 10,000 new cases a day the state has experienced multiple times in recent weeks, the Post reported.

Scientists Say Coronavirus Is Airborne and Bars Should Stay Closed (Merle2)

In a letter entitled “It is Time to Address Airborne Transmission of Covid-19” the scientists lay out an argument many of them have been making for months: that coronavirus is not just spread through large droplets and direct contact with infected people, but also though microscopic particles that linger in the air indoors and infect those nearby when they inhale them into their lungs.

So why have there been as many coronavirus deaths in Dallas as in Houston? (tmn)

Deaths generally lag behind case confirmations to some degree, often by as much as a month. Experts who spoke with The Washington Post indicated that the recent surge in new coronavirus cases across the South and West — including in Texas — would soon mean an uptick in the number of people dying of the virus. If and when that happens, we can expect the number of new deaths in Houston to outpace those in Dallas.

Put another way: Cornyn’s observation might be a temporary anomaly.

The Ultimate Crime (thc0655)

It’s really terribly impressive: Toss a fact at a human who can’t bear to see it and he/she will devise a passable escape in a fraction of a second. Cut the first escape down and a second will follow in another second or two. Humans are brilliant thinkers when things get serious, and not just the “smart” ones – the most mundane intellect can do this shockingly well.

Can you imagine what we could do if we applied that brain-power to something better than defending our blindness?

More Than Three Years After The Standing Rock Protests, A Judge Ordered The Dakota Access Pipeline To Shut Down (tmn)

US District Judge James Boasberg wrote Monday that even though a shutdown likely would have significant economic consequences, there was no other option until the US Army Corps of Engineers completed a full Environmental Impact Statement given the “seriousness” of the agency’s violation and the potential environmental harm the pipeline posed while it carried oil in the meantime.

How new flood risk maps could undermine marginalized neighborhoods (tmn)

That new, more accurate information is a critical tool for homebuyers. It can help community groups advocate for infrastructure upgrades, and guide insurance pricing that could be an effective deterrent to building in risky areas. But depending on how the revised maps get used, they could end up leaving some high-risk areas even more exposed, some economists warn.

China announces ‘No. 1 Flood’ for Three Gorges Dam headwaters (thc0655)

Due to the incessant rain, the water level in the upper reaches of the Yangtze River, Wu River, Three Gorges Region, and Dongting Lake water system will “increase significantly,” and the water levels of each station in the middle reaches of rivers will continue to rise. On Wednesday (July 1), Xinhua cited Ministry of Water Resources (MWR) official Wang Zhangli as saying that since June, 250 rivers across China have witnessed floods above warning levels, primarily in Guangdong, Guangxi, Guizhou, Hunan, Hubei, Jiangxi, Sichuan, Chongqing, and Anhui.

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