The Daily Moth: Labor Day 2017

September 5, 2017


Labor Day 2017, North Korea Tests Hydrogen Bomb, U.S. Warns of Massive Military Response, Pittsburgh International Airport to Allow Non-Ticketed People Past TSA Checkpoint, Wildfires in California and Oregon, Nurse Arrested at Hospital for Refusing to Draw Blood from Unconscious Patient, Hurricane Irma Increasing in Strength and Raises Fears, Harvey Recovery, and Trump Considering Ending DACA Program




Hello, welcome to the Daily Moth! It is Monday, September 4 — Labor Day. It’s a federal holiday to honor the American worker. It also means summer is gone. Sad! But I think everybody likes the fall season — school, football, volleyball, Halloween. That’s all coming up in the next two months! 


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It’s North Korea again — but with more advanced weapons. Yesterday they tested a hydrogen bomb in an underground site in the northern part of their country, causing a magnitude 6.3 earthquake. This is 10 times more powerful than their last nuclear test, using an atomic bomb last year. 


Reports also say they are preparing to test-fire another ICBM missile. 


North Korea also released photos of leader Kim Jong Un inspecting what appears to be a hydrogen bomb that can fit inside the warhead of one of their missiles.


A hydrogen bomb is many times more powerful than an atomic bomb and actually has an atomic bomb inside of the bomb to trigger the fusion process where atoms come together to release energy. Atomic bombs split atoms. 


One professor put it this way — if someone wanted to strike New York City — with an atomic bomb, you could destroy half of Manhattan. With a hydrogen bomb, you could vaporize completely the entire five boroughs. 


So, North Korea has the “same” weapon as what the U.S., Russia has — but they probably have only 10 to 15 of them as opposed to around 7,000 the U.S./Russia’s arsenals. 


It prompted a serious response from the Sec. of Defense Mattis who met with President Trump at the White House yesterday to provide him with a list of military options. He then spoke outside of the White House saying any attack on the U.S. or its allies would trigger a massive military response, but that he was not looking for the “total annihilation of a country” — preferring to de-escalate the situation. 

President Trump tweeted yesterday that North Korea continues to be hostile and dangerous to the U.S. and is embarrassing China, who tries to help but is not successful. 




He also pressured South Korea on Twitter, saying their talks of appeasement with North Korea will not work because they only understand one thing.




What is that “one thing?” Nuclear weapons? 


South Korea is now ramping up their military strength, installing more anti-missile THAAD systems and considering adding more military aircraft. They also did a missile test where they simulated an attack on North Korea’s nuclear site. 


It feels like a movie scene in which the main characters are all pointing their guns at one another. 




The Pittsburgh International Airport plans to start allowing people without plane tickets past its security checkpoints — to go back to pre 9/11 times where anybody could go into the main airport area. 


They will have to check in at a special desk, show a photo I.D., have their name checked in a “no fly” list, and then they can go through security. 


The TSA said they support the change but has no plans to expand it to other airports. Maybe we’ll see other airports push for this change. That way, you can say goodbye to your loved one at the airport gate. Is it a security risk, though? 




There are at least 19 different wildfires in California and Oregon with more than 12,000 people fighting them. See this image from USA TODAY. Several of them have destroyed homes. A big reason for the fires is the heat wave in California — temperatures are 20 degrees hotter than usual.


The Los Angeles County is facing raging wildfires that has already burned several homes. More than 600 homes in LA, Burbank, and Glendale were ordered to evacuate. State Governor Jerry Brown has declared a state of emergency.


There are also several fires around the Yosemite National Park area with firefighters focusing on protecting giant sequoia trees and historic wooden cabins. Some of the fires were ignited by lighting strikes.




Last weekend a video was released of a Salt Lake City detective arresting a nurse at a hospital, dragging her out of the building, handcuffing her, and placing her in a car. The officer’s name is Jeff Payne and the nurse’s name is Alex Wubbels. This was from July 26. 


What happened: a person was brought in the hospital’s burn unit, unconscious, an innocent victim of a car crash from a high-speed car chase. 


Officers wanted his blood drawn, but the nurse said it was against hospital policy because the person was unconscious, was not under arrest, and there was no warrant. That’s when she was arrested and placed in a hot police car for 20 minutes. She was later released without any charges


It sparked an immediate outrage with many saying the nurse was the one following the law while the officer acted “above the law.” There were 100 protesters who marched outside of the SLC police department demanding Detective Payne be fired. 


The Salt Lake police chief said they were alarmed by what he saw, apologized to the nurse, and said there is now an internal investigation. The detective and another officer was placed on administrative leave. 


It appears the detective has defended himself by saying his superior told him to arrest the nurse if she refused to draw blood. 


Nurse Wubbels said in an interview that she was scared to death and was just doing what she thought was right — adding that she felt betrayed by the police and hospital security. She said legal action is possible. 




Hurricane Irma is increasing in power, currently between a Category 2 and 3 with winds around 115 mph. It could continue increasing in strength and start nearing the Leeward Islands on Tuesday, then to Puerto Rico on Wednesday, Haiti/Dominican Republic by Thursday, and the Bahamas on Friday. 


It is still not known if or where it will hit the U.S., but if it continues westward, it could hit the U.S. by Sunday or Monday, prompting fears all over the Southeast coast of another Harvey-like disaster. The Florida governor has said Florida residents should have a plan in place. 


We’ll know more as the National Hurricane Center continues to track the storm. 


The Coast Guard has stopped making rescues in Texas (they are not needed) and are now moving helicopters and people to Puerto Rico, Florida, and Georgia to prepare for Hurricane Irma. The FEMA also said they are making preparations. 


The death count from Hurricane Harvey is now at 57. The rescues has mostly ended, but now there is a massive recovery effort as floodwaters recede and clean-up begins. More than 200,000 homes have been damaged while over 13,000 have been destroyed. More than 34,000 people are still in shelters. The city of Beaumont still doesn’t have safe drinking water. There are several environmental concerns from floodwaters — such as raw sewage, insects, even alligators, and mold. 


President Trump and his wife Melania visited people at shelters in Houston on Saturday, helping distribute food, visiting children, and taking selfies with people. He also met with volunteers of the Cajun Navy and visited Lake Charles, Louisiana. 




There are news reports that President Trump is considering removing a program to protect children of undocumented immigrants from deportation. 


This program is called the DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) and was formed under the Obama administration by an executive order. Currently there are 800,000 children and people who are enrolled in the program, which provides them with work permits and legally “postpones” their deportation. 


Reports say Trump wants to end this program, but delay it for six months so Congress can develop legislation to provide a substitute for the DACA program. He will make his announcement tomorrow. Trump has previously said it was a difficult and emotional topic for him.




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That is all for today. Enjoy the rest of your Labor Day holiday. See you tomorrow and stay with the light! 









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