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Interesting story on pregnancy and COVID-19 with a heart-warming ending.

Expectant mother, on life support at UCLA Medical Center, survives COVID with her pregnancy intact
ABC-7 News LA

By Denise Dador
Sunday, September 19, 2021 6:47PM

Link: https://abc7.com/pregnant-covid-baby-woman/11028786/

Snips....
SEAL BEACH, Calif. (KABC) -- A pregnant Seal Beach woman survived a harrowing COVID infection after UCLA doctors took extraordinary measures to save her life and the life of her unborn baby.

In an interview with ABC7, Katie Pederson explained why she waited to get vaccinated and what she wants other expectant moms to know. When Pederson found out she was having a baby, very few pregnant women were getting COVID-19 vaccines.

"I was going to wait until my third trimester until it was more readily available and there was more information. I felt safe in my decision -- until I wasn't," said Pederson. Twenty-four weeks into her pregnancy, she tested positive for COVID. Her symptoms were getting progressively worse when she went to seek care at an Orange County emergency room.
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Doctors said she's one of many pregnant COVID patients to need life support. During pregnancy, a woman's immune system is suppressed so as to not attack her fetus. This makes a pregnant individual highly susceptible to severe illness. "For the majority of patients, they end up having to be delivered while still on the ECMO machine," said Dr. Christina Han, an OB-GYN specialist. She said Pederson was one of the rare circumstances where doctors were able to take her off the heart-lung machine.

She is one very lucky woman, as is her child. We wish them both well.


KY......

New Zealand police arrest pair trying to enter Auckland with 'large amount' of KFC

New Zealand police arrest pair trying to enter Auckland with ‘large amount’ of KFC

Two men tried to reach city – where Covid restrictions banned takeaways – with $100,000, three buckets of chicken and an undisclosed quantity of fries, police say

Read it here: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/sep/21/new-zealand-police-arrest-pair-trying-to-enter-auckland-with-large-amount-of-kfc

snips....
Two men have been arrested after police said they found them with a car boot-full of Kentucky fried chicken and over $100,000 in cash as they tried to cross the border into Auckland despite New Zealand’s strict Covid-19 lockdown.

The men were arrested after allegedly trying to flee from police near the Auckland border. When their car was searched, police said they found a large quantity of KFC, as well as the cash and a number of empty ounce bags.

The arrest struck a chord with New Zealanders – especially Aucklanders, who have spent a month in a strict level four lockdown that does not allow restaurants to open or residents to order takeaway food.

In such an environment, fast food can take on the aura of a high-value illicit substance. Last week, a man was charged by police after posting a social media video of crossing the Auckland boundary in search of McDonald’s.

The Kentucky Mafia is now global!

I just hope the KFC was donated to charity but most likely it never left the nearest police station......


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Duke and Duchess of Sussex are cover stars of Time's most influential list

Duke and Duchess of Sussex are cover stars of Time’s most influential list

Meghan and Harry named among top 100 people globally, with the honour unveiled on the duke’s 37th birthday

Link to Article: https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2021/sep/15/duke-and-duchess-of-sussex-are-cover-stars-of-times-most-influential-list


Photo credit: Time Magazine

Snip...
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are the cover stars of Time magazine’s list of the most influential people in the world, with the accolade revealed on the duke’s 37th birthday.

The US publication released a glossy image of Harry and Meghan, taken at their Montecito home in California. Jose Andres, a friend and chef who runs the charity World Central Kitchen, writes that the couple are “driven” and “compassionate”, and give a “voice to the voiceless”.

“Springing into action is not the easy choice for a young duke and duchess who have been blessed through birth and talent, and burned by fame. It would be much safer to enjoy their good fortune and stay silent,” Andres writes. He adds: “They run towards the struggle.”

Writing that they were “humbled” to be part of Time’s annual top 100 list on their Archewell foundation website, the couple also contributed to the list, honouring the economist Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, the first African and first woman to lead the World Trade Organization. “What will it take to vaccinate the world? Unity, cooperation – and leaders like Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala,” they wrote.

I wish the couple well in America and thank them for their charity work. I thought this was a stunningly beautiful photo of Meghan.

KY

Restoring grid power to New Orleans may take months.



Transmission tower collapse in Avondale; will take four days to assess damage
Aug 30, 2021
WWLTV


Getting the power back on is proving to be a difficult task, with a collapse in Avondale.

Excellent nutshell review of the failure of all eight feeder points from the regional grid to New Orleans and all points south and about potential temporary measures to create an isolated system for critical services.

This video covers just one of those eight feeder points. As the YouTube headline stated, it will require at least four days just for a damage assessment.

This suggests the city will essentially be shut down for many weeks and this affects refineries, other chemical plants and offshore petrochemical services along with the seafood industry south of the city.

KY........

RIP - Rolling Stones drummer Charlie Watts dies aged 80

Rolling Stones drummer Charlie Watts dies aged 80

Musician’s publicist says he died peacefully in a London hospital surrounded by his family

Link: https://www.theguardian.com/music/2021/aug/24/rolling-stones-drummer-charlie-watts-dies-aged-80

Full article......
The Rolling Stones drummer Charlie Watts has died, his publicist has said. The musician, who marked his 80th birthday in June, had been a member of the rock group since 1963.

A statement from his London publicist, Bernard Doherty, to the PA news agency said: “It is with immense sadness that we announce the death of our beloved Charlie Watts.

“He passed away peacefully in a London hospital earlier today surrounded by his family.”

More to follow …


Rest in peace, Charlie. We've been fortunate to enjoy your work for a very long time and it will forever be timeless.

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Vice President Kamala Harris begins Southeast Asia tour



Aug 22, 2021
CBS News

Vice President Kamala Harris kicked off her trip to Southeast Asia on Sunday. The tour is seen as an effort to counter China's influence in the region, but comes amid the U.S.'s chaotic exit from Afghanistan. CBSN contributor Isaac Stone Fish joins Lana Zak to discuss the importance of Harris' trip.

I feel our Vice President does not get the public exposure and recognition she deserves. Perhaps this trip will help.

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Massive, powerful earthquake storm near South Georgia and South Sandwich Islands

See: https://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/map/?currentFeatureId=us6000f4mr&extent=-66.96448,-406.58203&extent=-48.40003,-364.39453&listOnlyShown=true&baseLayer=terrain

I scan the USGS earthquake page each day a part of my weather review and in the years I've been observing, never seen a swarm this powerful and sustained. Would not want to be existing in that area and shudder to think what this would do in a highly populated zone.

Screenshot...


From Wikipedia:

South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands (SGSSI) is a British Overseas Territory in the southern Atlantic Ocean. It is a remote and inhospitable collection of islands, consisting of South Georgia Island and a chain of smaller islands known as the South Sandwich Islands. South Georgia is 165 kilometres (103 mi) long and 35 kilometres (22 mi) wide and is by far the largest island in the territory. The South Sandwich Islands lie about 700 kilometres (430 mi) southeast of South Georgia. The territory's total land area is 3,903 km2 (1,507 sq mi). The Falkland Islands are about 1,300 kilometres (810 mi) west from its nearest point.

No permanent native population lives in the South Sandwich Islands, and a very small non-permanent population resides on South Georgia. There are no scheduled passenger flights or ferries to or from the territory, although visits by cruise liners to South Georgia are increasingly popular, with several thousand visitors each summer.


Data (scroll down to see the big one at 7.5 magnitude):

USGS Magnitude 2.5+ Earthquakes, Past Day
67 of 117 earthquakes in map area.


5.0 South Sandwich Islands region
2021-08-13 05:01:24 (UTC-04:00)
35.0 km

5.1 South Sandwich Islands region
2021-08-13 04:46:29 (UTC-04:00)
53.5 km

5.2 South Sandwich Islands region
2021-08-13 04:33:13 (UTC-04:00)
10.0 km

5.0 South Sandwich Islands region
2021-08-13 04:25:00 (UTC-04:00)
54.8 km

5.0 South Sandwich Islands region
2021-08-13 03:13:56 (UTC-04:00)
37.1 km

5.2 South Sandwich Islands region
2021-08-13 03:08:37 (UTC-04:00)
10.0 km

5.2 South Sandwich Islands region
2021-08-13 03:04:34 (UTC-04:00)
10.0 km

5.0 South Sandwich Islands region
2021-08-13 02:41:46 (UTC-04:00)
66.8 km

5.0 South Sandwich Islands region
2021-08-13 02:34:34 (UTC-04:00)
10.0 km

5.5 South Sandwich Islands region
2021-08-13 02:14:11 (UTC-04:00)
10.0 km

5.1 South Sandwich Islands region
2021-08-13 01:44:04 (UTC-04:00)
45.3 km

5.0 South Sandwich Islands region
2021-08-13 01:41:24 (UTC-04:00)
45.8 km

5.5 South Sandwich Islands region
2021-08-13 01:24:58 (UTC-04:00)
31.6 km

5.3 South Sandwich Islands region
2021-08-13 01:24:04 (UTC-04:00)
58.7 km

5.3 South Sandwich Islands region
2021-08-13 00:53:09 (UTC-04:00)
10.0 km

5.1 South Sandwich Islands region
2021-08-13 00:03:58 (UTC-04:00)
10.0 km

5.1 South Sandwich Islands region
2021-08-12 23:53:21 (UTC-04:00)
35.0 km

5.7 South Sandwich Islands region
2021-08-12 23:43:19 (UTC-04:00)
66.2 km

5.1 South Sandwich Islands region
2021-08-12 23:38:23 (UTC-04:00)
10.0 km

4.5 62 km W of San Antonio de los Cobres, Argentina
2021-08-12 23:14:21 (UTC-04:00)
197.8 km

4.6 South Sandwich Islands region
2021-08-12 22:57:27 (UTC-04:00)
10.0 km

5.2 South Sandwich Islands region
2021-08-12 22:33:40 (UTC-04:00)
10.0 km

4.9 South Sandwich Islands region
2021-08-12 22:29:33 (UTC-04:00)
25.4 km

5.3 South Sandwich Islands region
2021-08-12 21:47:37 (UTC-04:00)
10.0 km

4.9 South Sandwich Islands region
2021-08-12 21:39:15 (UTC-04:00)
46.1 km

5.0 South Sandwich Islands region
2021-08-12 21:26:41 (UTC-04:00)
31.1 km

4.6 South Sandwich Islands region
2021-08-12 21:08:59 (UTC-04:00)
10.0 km

5.1 South Sandwich Islands region
2021-08-12 20:46:19 (UTC-04:00)
10.0 km

5.0 South Sandwich Islands region
2021-08-12 20:42:25 (UTC-04:00)
10.0 km

5.1 South Sandwich Islands region
2021-08-12 20:04:15 (UTC-04:00)
10.0 km

5.4 South Sandwich Islands region
2021-08-12 19:50:11 (UTC-04:00)
10.0 km

5.0 South Sandwich Islands region
2021-08-12 19:32:56 (UTC-04:00)
19.9 km

5.4 South Sandwich Islands region
2021-08-12 19:24:27 (UTC-04:00)
51.0 km

5.2 South Sandwich Islands region
2021-08-12 19:23:45 (UTC-04:00)
52.9 km

4.9 South Sandwich Islands region
2021-08-12 19:20:03 (UTC-04:00)
35.0 km

5.0 South Sandwich Islands region
2021-08-12 19:08:13 (UTC-04:00)
35.0 km

4.8 South Sandwich Islands region
2021-08-12 19:07:41 (UTC-04:00)
35.0 km

4.9 South Sandwich Islands region
2021-08-12 18:40:01 (UTC-04:00)
35.0 km

4.9 South Sandwich Islands region
2021-08-12 18:19:11 (UTC-04:00)
35.0 km

5.1 South Sandwich Islands region
2021-08-12 18:13:10 (UTC-04:00)
35.0 km

5.5 South Sandwich Islands region
2021-08-12 18:08:35 (UTC-04:00)
35.0 km

5.1 South Sandwich Islands region
2021-08-12 17:56:55 (UTC-04:00)
10.0 km

5.1 South Sandwich Islands region
2021-08-12 17:48:23 (UTC-04:00)
60.7 km

4.9 South Sandwich Islands region
2021-08-12 17:25:14 (UTC-04:00)
35.0 km

5.2 South Sandwich Islands region
2021-08-12 17:19:55 (UTC-04:00)
35.0 km

5.6 South Sandwich Islands region
2021-08-12 17:07:01 (UTC-04:00)
69.3 km

5.2 South Sandwich Islands region
2021-08-12 16:49:54 (UTC-04:00)
51.9 km

5.4 South Sandwich Islands region
2021-08-12 16:38:07 (UTC-04:00)
69.6 km

5.3 South Sandwich Islands region
2021-08-12 16:36:23 (UTC-04:00)
65.2 km

5.0 South Sandwich Islands region
2021-08-12 16:28:40 (UTC-04:00)
60.1 km

5.4 South Sandwich Islands region
2021-08-12 16:15:17 (UTC-04:00)
35.0 km

5.0 South Sandwich Islands region
2021-08-12 16:14:45 (UTC-04:00)
35.0 km

5.8 South Sandwich Islands region
2021-08-12 16:06:37 (UTC-04:00)
76.4 km

4.9 South Georgia Island region
2021-08-12 16:05:00 (UTC-04:00)
10.0 km

5.5 South Sandwich Islands region
2021-08-12 15:58:58 (UTC-04:00)
10.0 km

6.2 South Sandwich Islands region
2021-08-12 15:44:55 (UTC-04:00)
61.9 km

6.0 South Sandwich Islands region
2021-08-12 15:43:49 (UTC-04:00)
67.7 km

5.1 South Sandwich Islands region
2021-08-12 15:39:22 (UTC-04:00)
10.0 km

4.9 30 km NNE of Tambo, Peru
2021-08-12 15:34:31 (UTC-04:00)
90.3 km

5.7 South Sandwich Islands region
2021-08-12 15:29:14 (UTC-04:00)
48.0 km

5.9 South Sandwich Islands region
2021-08-12 15:07:52 (UTC-04:00)
18.9 km

5.9 South Sandwich Islands region
2021-08-12 14:49:50 (UTC-04:00)
20.0 km

7.5 South Sandwich Islands region
2021-08-12 14:32:54 (UTC-04:00)
63.3 km

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If you're sad and blue today, just go to....

https://twitter.com/hashtag/ReinstatementDay

Examples....

https://twitter.com/lackerddos/status/1426008451025571842
https://twitter.com/wtfgaydos/status/1426127270079606784
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The real heartbreaker is that many are moms and dads.

Numerous children left to explain mom or dad's most notable accomplishment as "insurrectionist" and "jailbird".


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Posted by KY_EnviroGuy | Sun Aug 8, 2021, 07:25 AM (0 replies)

More on that Schmidt Ocean Institute expedition....

SCIENTISTS EXPLORE SEAMOUNTS IN PHOENIX ISLANDS ARCHIPELAGO, GAINING NEW INSIGHTS INTO DEEP WATER DIVERSITY AND ECOLOGY

Building off a groundbreaking 2017 expedition, a follow-up expedition in the Phoenix Islands Archipelago enabled the largest collection of microbial cultures from the central Pacific Ocean and the most comprehensive study of deep sea coral and sponge ecosystems in this part of the world.

Link: https://schmidtocean.org/scientists-explore-seamounts-in-phoenix-islands-archipelago-gaining-new-insights-into-deep-water-diversity-and-ecology/

snip....
HONOLULU – Marine scientists aboard Schmidt Ocean Institute’s research vessel Falkor have identified likely new marine species and deep-sea organisms on nine seamounts that were explored for the first time in the remote Phoenix Islands Archipelago. In a 34-day expedition that ended today, scientists also conducted high-resolution seafloor mapping of more than 30,000 square kilometers and video exploration of five additional seamounts.
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During the expedition, scientists made two rare sightings of a glass octopus, a nearly transparent species whose only visible features are its optic nerve, eyeballs and digestive tract. Before this expedition, there has been limited live footage of the glass octopus, forcing scientists to learn about the animal by studying specimens found in the gut contents of predators.

Schmidt Ocean Institute’s underwater robot SuBastian also captured footage for the first time of a rare whale shark, a deep-water species that dates back millions of years and whose name comes from its length of more than 40 feet. During the expedition, scientists also noted unique marine behaviors, including crab stealing fish from one another.


Nice collection of their photos and videos here: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/100i6J4n9ty4eEZLfDqT0_4GABpILGxUW


Schmidt Ocean Institute Ship Falkor

About the Organizations

The Schmidt Ocean Institute was established in 2009 by Eric and Wendy Schmidt to advance oceanographic research through the development of innovative technologies, open sharing of information, and broad communication about ocean health. It operates Falkor, a philanthropic research vessel that is made available to the international science community at no cost. For more information, visit www.schmidtocean.org.

Founded in 1839, Boston University is an internationally recognized institution of higher education and research. With more than 34,000 students, it is the fourth-largest independent university in the United States. BU consists of 17 schools and colleges, along with the Faculty of Computing & Data Sciences and a number of multi-disciplinary centers and institutes integral to the University’s research and teaching mission. In 2012, BU joined the Association of American Universities (AAU), a consortium of 65 leading research universities in the United States and Canada.

The Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) is a private, non-profit organization on Cape Cod, Massachusetts, dedicated to marine research, engineering, and higher education. WHOI is known for its multidisciplinary approach, superior ship operations, and unparalleled deep-sea robotics capabilities. They play a leading role in ocean observation and operate the most extensive suite of data-gathering platforms in the world. Top scientists, engineers, and students collaborate on more than 800 concurrent projects worldwide—both above and below the waves—pushing the boundaries of knowledge and possibility. For more information, please visit www.whoi.edu


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