Bullet Points Saturday July 25, 2020

  • We have all watched the protests-turned-demonstrations-turned riots in Portland for 56 days. Building have been torn apart, many looted and burned, police and some protestors have been assaulted. The Portland mayor has placed the total blame for these travesties on the U.S. government federal police who were sent to protect federal property. Nothing wrong was done except for the actions of these agents, according to the mayor. But the arrests of 18 people in Portland by the U.S. Department of Justice were made on Friday. For more details click on this link:
  • South Texas has dodged hurricanes for quite some time. But Hurricane Hanna is bearing down on the Texas coast. It is expected, sometime Saturday she will first come ashore near Corpus Christi. For more details click on this link:
  • Americans have been anxiously waiting for Congress to pass another COVID-19 stimulus package. The House passed their version of a bill, but the Senate as of Friday have been unable to reach agreement on a version that would then open negotiations with the House. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said that it may take weeks. For more details click on this link:
  • “Quid Pro Quo” says Chinese President Xi Jinping, speaking to President Trump. The Chinese were ordered to close their consulate in Houston. So, President Xi Jinping ordered the U.S. to close a consulate in exchange. For more details click on this link:
  • The state of Florida continues to struggle with COVID-19 infections and deaths. Hospitals are being stretched to their limits. The Department of Defense is planning on intervening with mobile hospitals at various sites. For more details click on this link:
  • The chaos in the nation and the constant uproar of  the unknown has begun to take a real toll on millions of Americans. “Health Anxiety” is the new mental and emotional condition with which many find themselves struggling. How bad is it? For more details click on this link:
  • During the 2012 presidential campaign Americans were introduced to the concept of “Death Panels.” These were purported to be groups of people who would determine which ill Americans were worthy to received medical care fo serious and sometimes terminal diseases and which were not. Those panels have never materialized — until now. Apparently such a panel is set in Starr County Texas to do just that for critically ill COVID-19 patients. For more details click on this link:
  • Quarantines are back in force. The mayor of Washington D.C. announced a fourteen-day mandatory quarantine for any travelers to D.C. that come from COVID-19 “hot spots.” For more details click on this link:
  • Dr. Deborah Birx has warned that 11 major U.S. cities need to take stiff actions to fight COVID-19 to stop aggressive spreading in their cities. For more details click on this link:
  • The combination of COVID-19, racial and political unrest, protests and riots that are plaguing many major cities’ downtown areas are forcing city-center residents to flee downtown and head to the suburbs. June home sales skyrocketed to levels not seen in years. For more details click on this link:

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