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If an H-1b has an American accent, they are probably not an H-1b. It's race, not citizenship. Americans are more diverse than you think. Millions of US citizens don't look the way you might expect. This fact is very important and will help us win elections.

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24 Pictures From Inside The Hospital Ships Fighting The Coronavirus Pandemic

Lots more photos at the above link. More info at below link.

Everything you need to know about the USNS Comfort, the giant hospital ship in NYC


At 10AM ET on March 30th, the US Navy’s gigantic floating hospital ship, the USNS Comfort, arrived in New York City where it has been sent to help relieve the pressure on the city’s hospitals that are overwhelmed with coronavirus patients.

The Comfort’s 1,000 beds and 12 operating rooms will largely be used for non-coronavirus patients, freeing up much-needed space at the city’s overtaxed hospitals. The ship is typically used to support military campaigns and humanitarian crises abroad, along with earthquake and hurricane relief. Most recently, it was deployed to Latin America, helping countries with inadequate health care systems. It was last stationed in New York City after the 9/11 terrorist attacks where it helped treat hundreds of first responders.

Semper Fortis

Protecting Your Family From COVID-19 by Dr. David Price

Original Vimeo link (remove spaces) : https:// vimeo.com/ 399733860

Dr. David Price is a critical care pulmonologist caring for COVID-19 patients all day in NYC at Weill Cornell Hospital. He has a lot of great information to share. In the last portion he answers some fantastic questions. It's almost an hour and a cuts out a bit, so be patient and learn from this hero on the front-lines.

Common sense advice that is in line with CDC/NIH/WHO guidance. Like many folks, I've been frustrated by the conflicting guidance and advice people have shared online. I'll admit I have a lot of fear and anxiety about this pandemic. What I like about this video is the intent to assuage the fears of normal people by a qualified doctor who is treating COVID patients all day, not just studying statistical models. This is practical advice that any of us can follow. Might be a little bit easier for introverts like me who washed our hands long before this pandemic. But anyone can follow these simple steps and feel more confident.

India Migrants Hosed Down with Disinfectant

The district where the incident took place - Bareilly in northern Uttar Pradesh state - reported its first coronavirus case on Sunday.

Hundreds of thousands of migrant workers are desperate to leave cities where they are stranded without work or money as India shuts down for three weeks to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

With all transportation, such as trains and buses, suspended many are making traveling hundreds of kilometers on foot, lugging bags or clutching small bundles.

Trains and buses went out of service on Sunday with almost no notice, giving people little time to leave.

India has recorded more than 1,000 cases of coronavirus and 29 deaths but hopes the lockdown will stave off a bigger outbreak.

Trump appreciates and respects foreign leaders who use authoritarian measures. You know he's looking for an excuse...

Obama catches fainting pregnant woman during speech

Facebook version is better

Remember when our president didn't want us to die? And actually thought about people other than himself? Yeah, those were good times.

Time and time again...

If nothing else, at least we all lived to see such a person be our fearless leader.

tornado omelette master / korean street food

Quarantine Goals!

Kentucky Mayor Posts Surprisingly Blunt Message on Pandemic to Constituents: 'Listen Up Dips**ts'


Governors and mayors across the United States are on the front lines of the pandemic sweeping throughout the nation, issuing orders to discourage public gatherings in an effort to curb the growing public health crisis.

Nevertheless, thousands of citizens have ignored these orders, choosing instead to gather on the beach or even at church services despite the highly contagious virus that's thrust the world into a global pandemic.

As a result, some local leaders are growing more and more frustrated.

One of those leaders is Walton, Kentucky Mayor Gabe Brown, who didn't mince words in reiterating warnings to Kentuckians to take the virus seriously.

Brown went on to warn that, despite accusations from President Donald Trump and his allies, he wasn't sensationalizing the threat posed by the virus.

"I didn't give you information to induce panic," Brown wrote. "I gave you information, so that you would be informed."

These 50 Photos By Julius Khknen Will Make You Feel Like You're Dreaming


Julius Kähkönen is a young photographer, visual artist, and entrepreneur from Finland. His unique style in editing and photography results in photographs that many would describe as dream-like or straight out of a fantasy film. It's small wonder that such stunning visuals earned Julius quite an impressive following, his Instagram page has 357k followers alone.

Kähkönen started editing back in 2017 and through the years developed a unique and eye-catching style that pushed his shots to the next level. As he traveled across the world, shooting hundreds of breathtaking sceneries, the photographer gathered an impressive portfolio that he then turned into a career. "I create art and absolutely love helping others," Kähkönen's Instagram bio states.

The photographer now teaches other people how to achieve such stunning visuals by launching courses on different aspects of photography and editing. From basic editing tricks to sky replacement lessons, Kähkönen seems to have found a way to turn his passion into a successful career.

Bored Panda reached out to Julius for some additional information and he gladly replied. "I started photography when I used my dad's camera one evening during sunset and I was immediately hooked," the photographer explained. "I then got tired of photographing because I lived in a town of 3000 people and couldn't take photos anywhere in cool locations," he said that we quickly got bored of local surroundings and discovered his passion in photoshop.

50 photos and descriptions at the link. The photographer also has an instagram link.

'Game Zero?' Soccer Game Attended by 40,000 Fans Likely Made This Italian City a Coronavirus Epicent

'Game Zero?' Soccer Game Attended by 40,000 Fans Likely Made This Italian City a Coronavirus Epicenter


(ROME) — It was the biggest soccer game in Atalanta’s history and a third of Bergamo’s population made the short trip to Milan’s famed San Siro Stadium. Nearly 2,500 fans of visiting Spanish club Valencia also traveled to that Champions League match.

More than a month later, experts are pointing to the Feb. 19 game as one of the biggest reasons why Bergamo has become one of the epicenters of the coronavirus pandemic — a “biological bomb” was the way one respiratory specialist put it — and why 35% of Valencia’s team became infected. The match, which local media have dubbed “Game Zero,” was held two days before the first case of locally transmitted COVID-19 was confirmed in Italy.

“We were mid-February so we didn’t have the circumstances of what was happening,” Bergamo Mayor Giorgio Gori said this week during a live Facebook chat with the Foreign Press Association in Rome. “If it’s true what they’re saying that the virus was already circulating in Europe in January, then it’s very probable that 40,000 Bergamaschi in the stands of San Siro, all together, exchanged the virus between them. As is possible that so many Bergamaschi that night got together in houses, bars to watch the match and did the same.

“Unfortunately, we couldn’t have known. No one knew the virus was already here,” the mayor added. “It was inevitable.”

Less than a week after the game, the first cases were reported in the province of Bergamo.

It's fair enough that the Italians didn't know at the time. Americans know and some are being stupid anyway with no excuse. I'm thinking of the megachurches openly rebelling against "the liberal media hoax" thinking God will protect them. The college students on spring break. And other nonessential large gatherings in open defiance of this socialist quarantine suppressing away their American freedoms.

This isn't going to end well for our country.

Protecting our Future After Coronavirus


America’s young people have had a rough run of it lately. Millennials—many of whom are now in the prime of their careers—came of age in a time defined by 9/11, marked by war, and then they bore some of the hardest, longest-lasting economic impacts of the 2008 financial collapse. Now, like all of us, they’re staring down the barrel of another major economic crisis—the second in their young adult lives.

Millennials have grown up navigating enormous disruption and change in our society. And still—they stepped up, across the board, to serve our country, whether by joining the military, or becoming doctors and teachers and public servants, or by volunteering in their communities and with non-profits.

Now, a new group of young people, Generation Z, is coming of age in a time of anxiety about school shootings, crushing debt, and a politics that seems unresponsive or broken beyond repair. Students from grade school to college are being denied months of important milestones and experiences. No spring semester, no championship competitions or year-end concerts, no graduations—not because of anything they did wrong, but because of the COVID-19 pandemic. And for those just entering adulthood or launching their careers, jobs, opportunities, and even dreams are being snatched away.

None of us want to be cooped up in our homes just as the weather is turning nice, just as spring break travel plans are approaching, just as the campaign for the presidency is kicking into high gear.

It is unfair—to all of us.

And it is necessary—for all of us.

Written By:
Joe Biden

If anyone can fix Trump's epic failure, it's Joe Biden. But it won't be easy. And it won't be quick. Joe understands the seriousness and complexity of the situation.

NRA to cut salaries, brace for layoffs as coronavirus disrupts fundraising, internal memo states


The National Rifle Association is cutting salaries 20 percent and bracing for layoffs, as the coronavirus pandemic forces the nonprofit to cancel its annual meeting set for April and a wide range of upcoming fundraisers and programs, according to a memo to staffers from the nonprofit’s leadership Monday.

More than 800 people worked at the NRA in 2018, according to its latest tax filing, although that number includes part-time workers who would not be affected by the reductions. Schedules for hourly workers will be reduced from five to four days a week, the memo said.

Some top NRA officials, including chief executive Wayne LaPierre, are taking salary reductions greater than 20 percent, according to a person familiar with the cuts who was not authorized to speak publicly about them.

In 2018, compensation for top officials, including LaPierre, surged by 41 percent and legal fees more than tripled, according to the organization’s tax filing, even as the nation’s largest gun rights organization sharply reduced spending on programs central to its mission. LaPierre received a total of about $2.2 million from the NRA and related entities in 2018, including a base salary of $1.27 million, tax documents show.

LaPierre withstood calls for his resignation last year amid allegations of lavish spending on travel, clothing and legal fees. NRA officials have staunchly defended their stewardship as the Democratic attorneys general of Washington and New York investigate the tax-exempt group’s spending.

“We must address immediate financial challenges and, as importantly, plan for long-term impacts to ensure the viability of our organization during this crucial year,” LaPierre said in the memo describing the pay cuts and proposed layoffs. “Unfortunately, these changes will necessitate the elimination of certain positions on either a temporary or, in some cases, permanent basis.”

Thoughts and prayers
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