The Daily Moth 9-12-2018

September 12, 2018

Hurricane Florence Even More Dangerous With Change in Forecast Path; Apple Announces Three New iPhones and Apple Watch 4; FDA Considering Banning Flavored e-Cigarettes Over Teen Use; 10-Year-Old Falls From Treehouse, Impaled In Face By Skewer; Two News Briefs on Trump: $10 Million from FEMA to ICE; Executive Order Against Foreign Interference; Pope Francis To Meet US Catholic Officials About Clergy Sex Abuse; Congressman Kildee Introduces Bill To Grant Deaf/Disabled Immigrant Francis Anwana Green Card​

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Hurricane Florence Even More Dangerous With Change in Forecast Path


Hurricane Florence is now a Category 3 storm. But it’s forecast path is a more dangerous one. It was previously thought it would move straight past the Carolina coast, but now it is expected to shift south after landfall and linger there.


The landfall is projected to be on Thursday evening into Friday morning, and it will stay there until Saturday.


This means there will be huge amounts of rainfall, possibly 40 inches, that can cause damaging flooding, and the storm surge from the ocean could make it much worse, with water pushing into already-flooded rivers.


Another reason for concern is exposure to prolonged winds, as some areas might see winds of about 100 mph for more than 24 hours. This would cause a lot of damage.


The National Hurricane Center measured waves of 83 feet high in areas near the hurricane’s eye.


The National Weather Service said this will be the storm of a lifetime for parts of the Carolina coast.


The FEMA said this would be a Mike Tyson punch.


There are hurricane warnings for areas around Myrtle Beach to Norfolk. People who have not yet evacuated are encouraged to do so immediately.


An German astronaut took pictures of the hurricane from the International Space Station.


He said, “Watch out America!” He said the hurricane was so enormous he had to use a super wide-angle lens to capture all of it.




Apple Announces Three New iPhones and Apple Watch 4


Apple announced they would release three new iPhones.


The first two are the iPhone Xs with a 5.8 inch screen and the iPhone Xs Max, with a large 6.5 inch screen. The Xs Max is the largest iPhone ever, one inch bigger than the iPhone 8 Plus.


Both phones have faster processors, A12 Bionic processor, and both phones have additional storage up to 512 GB.


Apple CEO Tim Cook said the A12 Bionic processor makes them the most advanced iPhone ever created.


The phones will have new cameras — a dual camera system with one 12 mp wide-angle and the other 12 mp telephoto. It will handle low light better and allow you to adjust the depth of field after taking the photo.


The iPhone Xs starts at $999. The iPhone Xs Max starts at $1,099. Both will be available September 21.


The third iPhone is the iPhoneXr, a cheaper version than the XS. It has a 6.1 inch screen and a single camera. It has the same A12 Bionic chip. The Xr is available in several different colors.


It starts at $749 and preorders are on October 19.


Apple also announced a new Apple Watch Series 4, starting at $399. It will have advanced features that can help monitor heart health, including taking ECG heart tests by holding your finger on the watch for 30 seconds. The test is FDA approved.


The watch has a 30% larger screen size and is thinner.




FDA Considering Banning Flavored e-Cigarettes Over Teen Use


The head of the FDA Food and Drug Administration is considering banning flavored e-cigarettes because there is an epidemic of teenagers using it.


The FDA sent out more than 1,300 warning letters and fines to stores who are accused of illegally selling flavored e-cigarette products to kids.


The FDA also sent out letters to the top five e-cigarette brands to give them 60 days to prove they can keep the flavored products away from those under 18.


The FDA said there were too many illegal sales and that their actions are to protect young Americans from nicotine addiction.


A large brand, JUUL’s CEO said they will work with the FDA to be a part of the solution.




10-Year-Old Falls From Treehouse, Impaled In Face By Skewer


On Saturday afternoon in Missouri, a 10-year old boy, Xavier Cunningham, fell off a treehouse and was impaled in the face by a skewer.


What happened — Xavier and his friends were playing at a friend’s backyard. Xavier climbed the ladder to a treehouse, but there was a yellow jacket wasp nest, and they were buzzing around. Xavier fell off the treehouse.


On the ground, the kids had just put a metal skewer in the ground, sticking up. Xavier fell on this skewer, and it went through his face.


Xavier said he felt something hot and burning in his face, and could see the end of the skewer. He was also covered in yellow jackets, and started running to his house, with the skewer protruding from his face.


Xavier’s mother rushed him to the hospital, but they lived in a small town, and the doctors there couldn’t handle the injury. Xavier was transferred to Kansas City, about 40 miles away.


Then, Xavier had to wait overnight while doctors figured out the safest way to remove the skewer.


The skewer had gone through the jaw muscles and it was not possible to put a breathing tube through the mouth. So they had to put the breathing tube through the nose. And, doctors wanted to make sure the skewer came out without ripping any arteries or veins.


On Sunday morning, several surgeons in a variety of specializations worked for hours to remove the skewer. They did it successfully without complications.


Xavier’s surgeon said the skewer entered the boy’s face under his eye and traveled through his skull, but did not puncture the back of his head. And fortunately, it missed all of his major arteries.


Xavier may have some voice changes because it passed very close to the vocal cords, but he will not have any major physical limitations.




Two News Briefs on Trump: $10 Million from FEMA to ICE; Executive Order Against Foreign Interference


Here are two news briefs on President Trump.


The first: Senator Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) released government budget documents that revealed the Trump administration transferred about $10 million from FEMA's budget and put it in ICE during the summer.


MSNBC reported that the funds may have been used to add more detention camps for people who crossed the border illegally.


This is controversial because of Hurricane Florence. Many feel the FEMA would need that money.


The Department of Homeland Security, which oversees both ICE and FEMA, said the money was not used for disaster relief funding but taken from FEMA's routine operations.


They said FEMA stands fiscally and operationally ready for their response to Hurricane Florence.


The second news brief: President Trump signed an executive order that will authorize U.S. sanctions against any foreign person or country that tries to interfere in U.S. elections.


There are two more months left to the 2018 midterm elections.


The Director of National Intelligence, Dan Coats, warned a few weeks ago that Russia is still trying to weaken and divide the U.S. before the election.


This executive order also applies to other potential “bad actors” such as China, Iran, or North Korea.




Pope Francis To Meet US Catholic Officials About Clergy Sex Abuse


Pope Francis has summoned bishops (church leaders) from around the world to come to Rome in February for a meeting to focus on protecting minors.


This has to do with the sex abuse scandal. This would be the first time there is a global gathering of church leaders to discuss this crisis.


Tomorrow, Pope Francis will be meeting top US Catholic officials at Vatican City to discuss the clergy sex abuse scandals.


The president and the vice president of the US Bishops’ Conference requested the meeting last month, for their investigation of the sex abuse within US Catholic congregations. They will also attempt to develop an investigative process for future allegations against church leaders.


If you remember, last month, a grand jury in Pennsylvania released a report that found more than 300 US priests had sexually abused more than 1,000 children, and that church officials covered up many of these crimes.


In a separate but related incident, the former archbishop of Washington DC, Theodore McCarrick, resigned in July to allegations of sex abuse.




Congressman Kildee Introduces Bill To Grant Deaf/Disabled Immigrant Francis Anwana Green Card


U.S. Congressman Dan Kildee (D-Mich) has gotten involved with the battle with ICE over the deportation of a Detroit deaf/disabled man, Francis Anwana.


Rep. Kildee announced he has introduced legislation to grant permanent resident status (green card) to Francis.


Congress has the power to grant a green card to a foreign person.


This type of bill is known as “private bill for immigration relief” and it is the first time Rep. Kildee has done this. He has worked with Francis since 2015.


I read an article in the San Diego Union-Tribune about private bills. It said since 1983, there have been about 2,000 private bills to give legal immigration status, and it is rare that they become law, with only 6% passing.


This private bill is often used as a tactic by members of Congress to postpone deportations because officials would have to wait to see if the bill became law.


Sometimes members of Congress re-introduce it each Congressional session to postpone deportations for years.


But ICE sent a letter to Congress saying there is a change in policy, that they would no longer automatically delay deportations. They will require a written request from the Chair of the Judiciary Committee or Subcommittee.


So it means a the bill from the congressperson would have to go with a letter from the chair of the committee.


ICE also said they will limit the delays to just one time, and limit it to 6 months, it can’t be an annual thing. The ICE Director can provide a one-time 90-day extension. The rules are more strict.


Now, back to Francis — an ICE spokesperson said Francis must be deported because he is living illegally in the U.S. They said he overstayed his student visa after finishing school (at the Michigan School for the Deaf.)  


ICE said he can leave voluntarily. They did not give a specific deadline.


Rep. Kildee has asked ICE for leniency in considering Francis’ case. He said it would be wrong to deport Francis to Nigeria, where he has no family, no means to communicate or ability to take care of himself.


As I stated two days ago, Francis lives in a group home and has cognitive disabilities. An advocate for him said deporting him would be like a death sentence.




That is all for today. See you tomorrow and stay with the light!


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