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20 Tips from the Hurricane Survival Real-Life Scenarios

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Imagine this scenario: 2005 is the year and you live in New Orleans ‘ heart. A hurricane is threatening to strike and although the town is 8 feet below sea level, you choose not to evacuate or even prepare because you’ve seen many storms threatening to strike the town and it’s never landing, so why prepare for this one? Days later, your big town is almost entirely flooded from Hurricane Katrina and more than 1,800 lives have been claimed including some of your neighbors because they chose not to leave the town like you. You are now left without supplies of electricity, water, and dwindling. To make matters worse, trucks are cut off from supply, police and emergency services are unable to satisfy people’s requirements, and looters are breaking into supply homes.

Yes, the above situation is a worst-case scenario, but after hurricanes, elements of it are very prevalent. These tropical storms are extreme and are capable of crippling our entire lifestyle. In terms of where they land, the kinds of damage suffered, and if there will be disasters in the aftermath, like waterborne diseases, bug infestations, etc., they are erratic in nature. Some choose to be complacent and wait to get preparations in order until the storm is imminent and hours away because of the unpredictability of these events. While some take this catastrophe seriously and are meticulous in preparing each year in the event that this natural disaster strikes. So, in which group are you choosing to be?

In living through a hurricane, I was very frank about my ordeals and learned from my errors. Long tale brief, after walking through Hurricane Ike and feeling helpless and under-prepared, I made it my mission to assist others get their homes ready to live in emergencies outside the grid. We all have to share a life lesson, and I’m not alone in attempting to get the word out to prepare for these storms. I asked some of the community’s fellow preppers what advice they would give on how to prepare better for hurricanes, and the community stepped up overwhelmingly to help their fellow man. Pay attention to recurring tips when reading this list–prepare in advance. This is the key to putting in order all your preparations.

20 Tips from the Hurricane Survival Real-Life Scenarios

These are their words and, in my humble opinion, this is some very solid advice to follow.

  1. Put on a flash drive all your significant records and placed them in your bug-out bag. If it’s time for you to evacuate, you’ve got everything prepared and willing to go! Pennington’s Tess
  2. My mother had placed supplies in fresh trash bins made of plastic. If they had to bug it out, they could easily grab it and put it in the car’s back. The bins would also be helpful. They keep stuff dry as well. Keller Judy
  3. Keep enough money for at least 1-2 nights in a moderately priced hotel and a couple of meals in your BOB (bug out bag). It would also be useful to have a credit card with a zero or tiny balance. If you forget or lose your wallet, you want an expense payment backup technique until you can get back home. Cobb’s Jim
  4. Well before the 2004 South Florida back-to-back hurricanes, I purchased 28 gallons of water. I’m happy to have done that because we had enough water for the traffic management police. We’ve been doing a lot. For your family and communities, do whatever you believe is best. Friends, coworkers so many have lost their homes, companies and more, so there are items like diapers, toothpaste, etc. that I regret not to stock up on. Essentials are essential to all life. DeHerrera Joanne
  5. After[ Hurricane] Charley for Ivan, they evacuated us several times, and individuals stuck on the freeway, individuals died, livestock, etc. Ivan struck where they said they would also evacuate. At that moment we had six pets. If I had to squish them all in the car we’d have but there was no gas, that’s how happy it wasn’t. Our conditions dictate how to react, but our intestinal instinct is always best. -DeHerrera Joanne
  6. We always hold around 30 liters of water on hand. Save empty 2-liter bottles (plastic is stable for storage at room temperature unlike plastic milk jugs) and treat water with bleach using the 2:1 ratio. 2 Water falls to 1 liter. Nicholson’s Abigail
  7. Get one if you don’t have a generator! Have at least sufficient energy to operate the microwave and washing machine. A few solar cells are a must to restore the energy of the cell phone, charging radio batteries and flashlights. Do not forget to cook and drink the toilet paper and enough clean water for everyone in your family. For other purposes, you can use pool or rainwater. A chainsaw with fuel blend, bar oil, additional chains are often ignored in the town. Fallen trees are the bulk of harm outside the home. I was blocked by fallen oak trees from my neighbor’s yards on my cul-de-sac for over a week. –Alkek’s Jim
  8. Those little solar lights that go in a garden or along your driveway come useful to offer you some light without candles or lanterns… I charge them up during the day and stick in a flower pot half-filled with rocks… it’s not a lot of light but enough that you can see basically what you’re doing.  Heath Reynolds from Sue
  9. Using the SC experience of my daughter the last time. Her greatest issue in her region was a shortage of utilities due to fallen trees and flooding. She had food, but she couldn’t cook it. She’s got 3 daughters and couldn’t bathe them. No light, and so on… it was the easy things of everyday life that made it difficult. Rosenlieb Gary
  10. Veteran of the hurricane here. Each storm is exceptional, but the main thing is to be careful BEFORE everyone else does… thatimplies getting everything in location at least 5 days in advance so all you have to focus on is to secure your home. Also, knowing in advance if you’re going to stay or go and they tell you to LEAVING BEFORE. Don’t forget about oil (chainsaw / generator), a new chain for chain sawing (all of which you should have but most of which don’t substitute); and make sure that you have 2-3 weeks of supplies in place to be alone. It took WEEKS to be back up and running after several hurricanes on the east coast, even 100 miles outside the strike zone. Oh, spray the TARPS and the bug. I’m not a bug-out person, I can’t really do it because of animal commitments (15 dogs, chickens, etc.) so I’ve got plenty of crates/chickens to get in (oh yeah baby, ugh, done it before). –Bradley’s Laura
  11. Also, a butane burner is fantastic, like a demo chef at a restaurant… they can be used indoors, not costly and simple to load… in SAMs and in many locations $22 and a fuel case (like hairspray cans $12)…
  12. We don’t have to worry about the surge of water from the shoreline around here, but winds can be a problem. Usually we tape the windows in an X or* form when a hurricane goes in. People up their windows, perhaps sandbag around their house, nearer to the water board. All other preparations are identical. Be prepared to leave the storm in advance if it looks like it will land near home. Ellis cat
  13. Make sure you understand all the evacuation routes that are available in your region. Because of the heavy traffic flow, the primary streets and highways will be postponed, so you’ll want to plan various alternative paths to guarantee you’re not trapped in a flood while trying to escape the storm. Haskell’s John
  14. Everyone in their EDC / BOB should have these! Keep a FAMILY image in a Zip-Lock Freezer bag or waterproof sleeve, copies of your and your children’s birth certificates… parents /grandparents/guardians/ siblings should have a clear image of kids they might have to “claim” because when a issue happens you were not together. Hopefully, for an evacuation type scenario, this wouldn’t be essential, but you just never know. It could be professors, leaders who do not know you personally, or strangers from DHS / Law Enforcement / TSA… Heaven forbid… there are no more guarantees with anything! I’m sure you can add unreplaceable copies of your vehicle title, home name… to the list! You don’t want to get stuck, but eventually it’s essential for you… you might need evidence that it’s YOURS!! A flash drive is a great idea but you wouldn’t be able to demonstrate someone “the child is mine” in an extended power outage (EMP / SHTF)! Sue Reynolds of Health
  15. Not sure if this has already been mentioned, but you and your pets have at least one or two pics together. If you and your fur children get separated, this will go a long way to demonstrating ownership. Cobb’s Jim
  16. After making it through Hurricane Matthew, flooding, a week without electricity, and 2 weeks without water, I revised my preparations slightly and had 3 main priorities here; a lot more water (required to drink, boil, wash and flush) additional fuel for cooking (and various kinds of cooking we have a propane grill and a fireplace but after a flood all too wet) and non-kerosene lights (after 2 nights cooking) Middleton Deborah
  17. Put in plastic tubes as much as you can. Shoes in particular. Returning after Rita, I had a tree in my house. Went through my closet right now. No shoes, very little of anything in fact. SO PUT AS MUCH IN PLASTIC TUBS AS YOU CAN. Forget to replace the furniture, the equipment. Tidwell Sue
  18. In case it enables everyone is welcome to download from our preparedness book the Hurricane and Evacuation topics (and some others) in PDF. Liebsch Janet
  19. Unpacking your BOB every three months or so is very wise, at least once or twice a year. It helps to be sure of what’s in there… items that you decide you don’t really need, and more importantly… items that you may not have and ought to have. WEIGHT… It’s also essential to put on those suckers and see if you can actually carry them better yet we need to walk with them ON physical fitness should be one of our number one preparation priorities… as I point my thumb at MYSELF. Heath Reynolds from Sue
  20. Prepare at all expenses to protect your home. You don’t understand how long the grid is going down and looters are going to be there. Slavo’s Mac

These bits of guidance come from all those who have experienced this ordeal. They shared their tales because they want to assist prepare and prepare others–listen to them. If you need a guide to assist with your preparations, consider the Blueprint of The Prepper to get you ready for a disaster–step by step. Do not wait until you prepare the last minute or you will be limited in the items you need to live through this ordeal.

If you live in a highly-populated region, know that resources will decrease rapidly, so this can be circumvented by preparation beforehand. You can always begin to get through a catastrophe with these fundamental preparedness items:

  1. Food and alternative methods of cooking food
  2. Water–for consumption only 1 gallon per person / day. Planning more for health requirements.
  3. Fuel for generators. Also, consider indoor grill charcoal
  4. Charger of batteries and batteries
  5. Flashlights and lanterns
  6. Generator
  7. Emergency lighting
  8. Ice
  9. Medical supply
  10. Items for baby needs
  11. Sanitation supplies

Ultimately, you are the only one that can look after your family in the best way. Having a stash of the favorite canned or dry goods of your family, a supply of water and a simple medical kit can keep your basic needs for a disaster of short duration. This easy supply of preparation could distinguish you from the unprepared. If you live in a hurricane-prone region, now is the time to get ready. Hear your fellow man’s advice.

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Chauvin pleads not guilty to violating teen’s civil rights

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By AMY FORLITI

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The former Minneapolis police officer convicted of murder in the death of George Floyd pleaded not guilty Thursday to violating the civil rights of a teenager in a separate case that involved a restraint similar to the one used on Floyd.

Derek Chauvin was convicted earlier this year on state charges of second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter in Floyd’s 2020 death. He was sentenced to 22 1/2 years. He’s also charged in federal court with violating Floyd’s civil rights when he knelt on the Black man’s neck for about 9 1/2 minutes as Floyd was facedown on the pavement, not resisting and pleading for air.

But another indictment against Chauvin alleges he carried out a similar act against a then-14-year-old boy in 2017. This indictment alleges Chauvin deprived the teenager, who is Black, of his right to be free of unreasonable force when he held the teen by the throat, hit him in the head with a flashlight and held his knee on the boy’s neck and upper back while he was prone, handcuffed and not resisting.

When U.S. Magistrate Judge Hildy Bowbeer asked how he would plead to the charge, Chauvin replied, “Not guilty, your honor.”

Thursday’s hearing was held via videoconference, and Chauvin appeared from the state’s maximum security prison, where he’s being held following his murder conviction. He was in a large room, and wearing a plain T-shirt as he sat at the head of a long table. No one was visible in the room with him, but a man was seen behind a window pane over Chauvin’s shoulder. He had some paper on the table in front of him and appeared to take notes.

Thursday’s hearing also addressed some pretrial motions, which were routine.

According to a police report from the 2017 encounter, Chauvin wrote that the teen resisted arrest and after the teen, whom he described as 6-foot-2 and about 240 pounds, was handcuffed, Chauvin “used body weight to pin” him to the floor. The boy was bleeding from the ear and needed two stitches.

That encounter was one of several mentioned in state court filings that prosecutors said showed Chauvin had used neck or head and upper body restraints seven times prior to Floyd’s death dating back to 2014, including four times state prosecutors said he went too far and held the restraints “beyond the point when such force was needed under the circumstances.”

Chauvin and three other former officers — Thomas Lane, J. Kueng and Tou Thao — were arraigned on civil rights violations in Floyd’s death on Tuesday. All four pleaded not guilty to those charges. The indictment in the 2017 case was filed the same day as the one for Floyd’s death.

According to the indictment in Floyd’s death, the officers allegedly deprived Floyd of his rights while acting under government authority. The federal indictment alleges Chauvin violated Floyd’s right to be free from unreasonable seizure and from unreasonable force by a police officer. Thao and Kueng are charged with violating Floyd’s right to be free from unreasonable seizure by not intervening to stop Chauvin as he knelt on Floyd’s neck. All four officers are charged with depriving Floyd of his rights when they failed to provide medical care.

Floyd repeatedly said he couldn’t breathe as Chauvin pinned him to the ground. Kueng and Lane helped restrain Floyd; Kueng knelt on Floyd’s back, and Lane held Floyd’s legs, according to evidence in state court. Thao held back bystanders and kept them from intervening.

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Find AP’s full coverage of the death of George Floyd at: https://apnews.com/hub/death-of-george-floyd

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Barbara Kruger and Mark Bradford are Included in This Year’s ‘TIME 100’ List

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Barbara Kruger’s “Untitled” at Art Basel Switzerland in 2018. Harold Cunningham/Getty Images

Every year, TIME magazine takes it upon itself to determine which public figures are the most influential, and in 2021, several prominent artists have made the roster. It stands to reason that this would be the case, given that 2021’s turbulence has begged for cultural interpretation, but even so, the names chosen for the list are appropriately diverse and wide-ranging in terms of the subject matter they deal with. The artists chosen for the final tally include Barbara Kruger, whose feminist art insists upon itself with blazing boldness, as well as Luis Manuel Otero Alcántara, a Cuban dissident artist who’s recently been involved in antigovernment protests.

Also included: Mark Bradford, a large-scale abstract painter whose artworks have tackled subject matter including AIDS and isolation. Bradford was one of many artists who used his talents to try to capture the mood of the coronavirus pandemic, and Anita Hill, who wrote the TIME blurb praising the painter, was careful to point this out. “While in quarantine, he created paintings that convey the isolation, violence, struggles and resilience that marked our time apart,” Hill writes. “Mark’s work gives me hope that the challenges we’ve faced will help to connect us. Though future disasters may seem inevitable, Mark’s art has shown us how we might avoid them, if only we are brave enough to see.”

Art critic and historian Hal Foster is similarly effusive on the subject of Kruger. “Last year she had copies of a 1991 version of this work pasted on the streets of Szczecin, Poland, in response to restrictive new abortion laws there,” Foster says. “Always alert to questions of audience and venue, Kruger forever seeks new ways to intervene in the public sphere, drawing political debate into artistic practice and vice versa.”

Finally, none other than Ai Weiwei was tasked with summing up Alcántara. “Although he has since been imprisoned, his life, behavior and expression as a whole are so powerful that they can resist the aesthetic and ethical degeneration of authoritarianism,” Weiwei writes. He should know, given how much trouble he continues to get himself in back in Hong Kong.

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South Korean President Moon Jae-in to bring BTS along with him on trip to America

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K-pop mega group BTS will accompany South Korean President Moon Jae-in as special presidential envoys at the 76th session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York next week.

Awarding ceremony: The seven-man group was awarded the certificates on Tuesday appointing them as “Special Presidential Envoys for Future Generations and Culture” in a ceremony at the Blue House, according to Korea JoongAng Daily.

  • At the ceremony, BTS member Kim Nam-joon, better known as “RM,” said it was a “great honor to be able to do something with the title of a special presidential envoy for future generations and culture.”
  • We always thought about whether we could repay all the love we have received and give back at the same time, and we are honored that the president has given us such a great opportunity and will work hard as special envoys,” the band’s leader added.
  • The theme of next week’s U.N. General Assembly meeting is: “Building resilience through hope — to recover from Covid-19, rebuild sustainability, respond to the needs of the planet, respect the rights of people, and revitalize the United Nations.”
  • BTS will reportedly accompany Moon during his U.S. trip from Sept. 19 to 23, ABC News reported. The group has accompanied the South Korean president to a U.N. General Assembly in the past, where RM delivered a speech as part of the ongoing UNICEF “Love Myself” campaign.

Their duties: Named as special envoys in July, BTS is expected to “deliver a message of comfort and hope to young people worldwide” and “facilitate diversity, environment and equality around the world.”

  • BTS’ first duties as special envoys will begin when they accompany Moon to the U.N. General Assembly next week for the second meeting of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG Moment).
  • The band’s attendance at the meeting will “serve as a meaningful opportunity to expand communication with future generations around the world and draw their sympathy on major international issues,” the Blue House said in a statement, referring to the band’s considerable reach with younger people.

Share your story: BTS announced a new project, titled “Youth Today, Your story,” following the special envoy announcement.

  • “What were the past 2 yrs like for you, and what’s your world like today?” the group asked their followers on Twitter. “Express the precious things that make up your world or show who you are now with an image, an emoji or a word.”
  • The group also has an online concert in October called “Permission to Dance on Stage.” The upcoming concert will be BTS’ first online concert for 2021, NME reported.

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The best looks for spring on the New York Fashion Week runway

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Last week, New York Fashion Week didn’t just come back, it came roaring back. After being sent largely online for the last few seasons, a decent portion of its presentations were finally in person (while other contingents were either streamed online, offered as high-production videos or in-person but private visits).

We thought it was worth looking back at the full bounty of what was presented in all of the shows, and picking a few of the highlights. Here’s a snapshot of my five favorite, standout looks that I can’t wait to see worn once the weather starts getting warm next year.

Sandy Liang’s deconstructed creamy, dreamy dress
There’s something extra cool about a dress that’s romantic to begin with, but has been meticulously deconstructed. That’s what’s going on with this number. With its off-white hue and flowy layers, it’s artful enough to be worn on its own with some delicate jewelry and heels to a patio party, and original enough to counterbalance a moto jacket and black boots.

A model walks the runway for Sandy Liang during NYFW: The Shows at Abrons Arts Center on September 12, 2021 in New York City. (Photo by JP Yim/Getty Images)

Rodarte’s acid yellow fringe dress

Rodarte has long been a creator of magical, almost surreal pieces in the fashion arena, bringing a trippy California vibe and dovetailing it with modern colors, strategically frayed fabrics and otherwise interesting spins on modern, handcrafted design. And that’s why the line’s all-fringe, all-bright yellow frock caught my eye. I can’t wait to see one light up a party.

Brandon Maxwell’s shimmer meets leather look

It was a match made in runway heaven: Flowy, feminine silks and satins in psychedelic swirls and endless shimmer were paired with casual T-shirts and structured leather and croc pieces. And it worked best in a look I could see wearing from a work meeting straight to dinner out: a blue pleated, holographic silk maxi skirt paired with a robin’s egg-blue leather jacket.

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A model walks the runway for Brandon Maxwell during New York Fashion Week. (Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)

Tom Ford’s head-to-toe purple

Ford truly loves to put on a show. And this one was full of celebratory color, sequins and silk cargo pants. I especially loved his head-to-toe lilac look — a deluge (and yet a still-very-wearable deluge) of deep purple knickers, a satin button-down shirt tied seductively at the waist and velvet smoking jacket. Whatever is going on with COVID next spring, it’s a look with in-person presence and — dare I say it — true exuberance.

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A model walks the runway for Tom Ford SS22 during NYFW: The Shows at David H. Koch Theater, Lincoln Center on September 12, 2021 in New York City. (Photo by JP Yim/Getty Images)

Adam Lippes’ minimalist separates

Sometimes you just can’t beat an impeccably made, solid color piece that moves just the way you want it to. That’s the practical-but-ethereal sense you get from Adam Lippes in this latest collection, thanks to flowy and well-tailored pants in dusty rose, and white lace, pouf-sleeved blouses that evoke special occasions but are incredibly easy to toss on and wear just about anywhere.

 

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Up-and-down 2021 season a learning experience for Ryan Jeffers

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With their New York-bound plane sitting on the tarmac at Minneapolis-Saint Paul International Airport with mechanical difficulties on Sunday, Twins catcher Ryan Jeffers decided to use the opportunity to learn something.

“I was just talking to one of the flight guys who works out there, just talking about different airplanes and asking questions,” Jeffers said. “It’s just who I am.”

Jeffers uses this example to explain why, in an up-and-down season, he still feels confident he’ll be a consistently better major leaguer than he has been this season. A hunger for learning — Jeffers was a physics major in college — can only help him in that effort. And after a brief taste of the majors last season, the 2021 season has been all about learning for Jeffers.

“I’m always learning. I don’t like going into situations and not knowing or not understanding. I like to be informed, I like to learn, I  like to grow,” he said. “And that’s something I’ve always done. Whether it’s hitting, whether it’s defensive, whether it’s stuff completely unrelated.”

With Mitch Garver on and off the injured list twice this year — first with a groin injury, now with back tightness — Jeffers has seen more time behind the plate this year than Garver, even with an early-season demotion back to Triple-A.

In 76 games, Jeffers has hit .202 with a .275 on-base percentage and .408 slugging percentage with 13 home runs. He turned in one of his better games of the season on Tuesday, collecting three hits, including a home run, and driving in four in a Twins win against the Cleveland Indians.

There’s more of that coming, he believes.

“Just continuing to work and continuing to grow and get better every day really is possible by staying in the lineup,” Jeffers said. “Who knows what the next couple years entail? But I want to be that guy catching 120 games, 130 games.”

However the Twins split playing time with their catchers over the course of the next couple of weeks — Garver is getting closer to making his return — this season will have proven a valuable one for Jeffers, showing him the ins and outs of what it takes to be an everyday major league catcher.

Twins manager Rocco Baldelli said it was one “unlike any year he’s ever played.”

“He’s going to have seen the light in some ways as to what it entails to go out there and do this job on a consistent basis at the major league level, and he’s learning to embrace it,” Baldelli said. “ … I do think the experience factor, the innings that he’s logging, the consecutive games that he’s played, there’s going to be a collective benefit for him going forward and it’s going to make him a better player.”

His willingness and desire to learn and expand his horizons — the same curiosity that led to him peppering an airport worker with questions — he believes will make him a better player.

“I know I can be one of the best-hitting catchers in baseball,” Jeffers said. “I know I can be one of the best defensive catchers in baseball.”

TWINS LIKELY TO MISS BERRIOS

The Blue Jays have not named a starter for Sunday’s series finale against the Twins but it doesn’t appear it will be former Twins right-hander José Berríos, who last pitched on Tuesday.

With an off day on Thursday, Berríos, is more likely to start on Monday, as long as he’s healthy. He left Tuesday’s start after seven strong innings with what Blue Jays manager Charlie Montoyo called left abdominal tightness, but he is expected to make his next start.

Berríos should be in line to start against his former team next weekend in his return to Target Field. Since the July 30 trade that sent Berríos to Toronto for prospects Austin Martin and Simeon Woods Richardson, Berrios has posted a 3.31 earned-run average across nine starts.

BRIEFLY

The Twins will have Michael Pineda start the first game in Toronto, followed by Bailey Ober on Saturday. They have not yet listed a starter for Sunday. The Blue Jays will counter with Hyun Jin Ryu and Steven Matz in the first two games.

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Gen. Milley defends calls with China during Trump presidency

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WASHINGTON (NEXSTAR) — In the new book “Peril,” Watergate journalist Bob Woodward and co-author Robert Costa claim the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff circumvented former President Trump and his authority because he was worried about Trump’s stability.

The Chairman of the Joint Chiefs General Mark Milley is defending his past calls to Chinese officials as “keeping with his duties and responsibilities… to maintain strategic stability.”

“Frequent communication with two countries like China and Russia is not atypical at all,” said Pentagon Press Secretary John Kirby.

The book “Peril” claims Milley made calls to China in October and January, reassuring his counterparts that then-President Trump would not launch a surprise military attack.

Senator Josh Hawley (R-MO) said Milley should resign or be fired.

“If it’s true, it means he broke the chain of command, it means he communicated with an opponent of the United States without civilian authorization — the authorization of his commander in chief,” said Hawley.

The book also claims Milley worried about Trump’s mental decline and asked U.S. military officials to contact him before launching nuclear attacks.

Former President Trump said if the story is true, he assumed Milley would be fired for treason.

“I have great confidence in General Milley,” President Joe Biden said.

White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said understanding the calls requires context.

“The outgoing president of the United States, during this period of time, fomented unrest leading to an insurrection and attack on our nation’s capital,” said Psaki.

Psaki said Trump’s cabinet was also concerned and were “questioning the former president’s stability, his behavior and his suitability to see the national security of the United States.”

PSAKI SAID TRUMP’S CABINET WAS ALSO CONCERNED.

Hawley said Milley needs to explain himself before Congress as soon as possible.

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Missing man: Police need help finding Edwardsville man

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Missing man: Police need help finding Edwardsville man

EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.– The Edwardsville Police Department needs help finding a missing 48-year-old man. Grady Giger was last seen on the 900 block of Esic Drive around 1 p.m. Wednesday.

Grady Giger

Police say Giger is not in possession of his medicine and needs to take it on a daily basis. He also often takes short walks and likes nearby comic book stores, gas stations, and restaurants but usually returns home within two hours.

Giger also has ties to the Alto area.

Giger is described as being 5’10”, weighing 280 lbs, brown hair and blue eyes, blue t-shirt, black suspenders and blue Jeans

Anyone with information regarding this investigation is asked to contact the Edwardsville Police Department at (618) 656-2131.

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U.S. unemployment claims rise after hitting pandemic low

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WASHINGTON — The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits moved up last week to 332,000 from a pandemic low, a sign that worsening COVID infections may have slightly increased layoffs.

Applications for jobless aid rose from 312,000 the week before, the Labor Department said Thursday. Jobless claims, which generally track the pace of layoffs, have fallen steadily for two months as many employers, struggling to fill jobs, have held onto their employees. Two weeks ago, jobless claims reached their lowest level since March 2020.

Jobless claims rose 4,000 in Louisiana, evidence that Hurricane Ida has led to widespread job losses in that state. Ida will likely nick the economy’s growth in the current July-September quarter, though repairs and rebuilding efforts are expected to regain those losses in the coming months.

Still, Ida shut down oil refineries in Louisiana and Mississippi about two weeks ago and left more than 1 million homes and businesses without electricity. But Ida’s impact was limited: Applications for jobless aid fell slightly in Mississippi.

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Here’s What You Need to Know About the Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccine Booster Shot Debate

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Thai medical personnel receives a booster dose of COVID-19 Pfizer vaccine at the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration General Hospital in Bangkok. Vichan Poti/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images

Scientists are divided on the topic of COVID-19 vaccine booster shots, and the debate hinges on whether it is more appropriate to give booster shots to the fully vaccinated population or if those doses should be saved for the unvaccinated. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s vaccine advisory committee is set to meet on Friday to vote on whether the agency should approve a third dose of the COVID-19 vaccine developed by Pfizer and BioNTech.

The vaccine committee, consisting of independent scientists and advisors, will review new data submitted by Pfizer about the safety and efficacy of a third booster shot based on real-world studies. The FDA doesn’t have to follow the committee’s recommendation, but it usually does.

The Biden administration has expressed strong support for giving booster shots to Americans, but said the ultimate decision will be left to the FDA and the CDC.

Pfizer data submitted to the FDA on Wednesday showed that a third dose of its mRNA vaccine six months after a second shot restores protection from infection to 95 percent. Without a third shot, protection wanes over time, dropping from the peak 95 percent a few weeks after the second dose to below 84 percent four months later.

However, some scientists say the added benefits don’t matter if a significant portion of the world’s population remain unvaccinated.

On Monday, a group of top scientists, including two senior FDA officials and several with the World Health Organization, authored an article in the medical journal The Lancet, arguing that “current vaccine supplies could save more lives if used in previously unvaccinated populations than if used as boosters in vaccinated populations.”

“Even if some gain can ultimately be obtained from boosting, it will not outweigh the benefits of providing initial protection to the unvaccinated,” the authors wrote. “If vaccines are deployed where they would do the most good, they could hasten the end of the pandemic by inhibiting further evolution of variants.”

They also reasoned that boosters are not needed in the general population, because existing vaccine regimes are still highly effective at preventing severe illness and death, even against the delta variant.

Nearly 58 percent of the world population hasn’t received any COVID-19 vaccine, according to Our World in Data. In the U.S., despite ample vaccine supply, less than 55 percent of the population are fully vaccinated, still far from the coverage needed for herd immunity.

Last month, the WHO called on rich countries with vaccine surpluses to hold off on booster shots until the end of the year to ensure sufficient supply for poor countries. Yet, several developed countries have moved ahead with booster shots anyway—for certain groups.

The U.S. authorized the third booster shot of Pfizer vaccine for immunocompromised people in August. France began administering booster shots on September 1 to people over 65 and those with underlying health conditions. The U.K, Ireland and Greece have followed suit since then.

The Pfizer-BioNTech shot is the only fully approved COVID-19 vaccine in the U.S. The other two popular vaccines, made by Moderna and Johnson & Johnson, are authorized for emergency use only.

Here’s What You Need to Know About the Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccine Booster Shot Debate

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Editorial: Hub mayor’s race needs some GOP juice

What a difference 102 years makes.

In the early part of last century, women couldn’t cast a ballot, much less be on one for mayor. And speaking out for the cause could land a lady behind bars.

Back in February 1919, Boston threw President Woodrow Wilson a welcome home parade on his way back from the Paris Peace conference. Members of the National Woman’s Party picketed for women’s right to vote in front of the State House viewing stand. They were arrested and taken to jail.

Women got the right to vote in the U.S. in 1920, and this year on Nov. 2, voters will cast their ballots for either Michelle Wu or Annissa Essaibi-George as mayor of Boston.

Change is never fast enough.

Change has been top of mind in this mayoral campaign — how the status quo is no longer working, how voters need a voice, how Boston’s communities are desperate for positive changes.

Yet what was stark in its constancy was the preliminary election’s low voter turnout.

As the Herald reported, with just a few hours left before polls closed, only about two in 10 registered voters had shown up to vote — and that number was even lower in some neighborhoods.

In the end, about 108,000 votes were tallied, a little less than a quarter of Boston’s registered voters.

Yikes.

This is not a new trend — the seeming apathy during local elections is one cities across the nation have bemoaned.

It’s not as if people don’t care about what’s going on with our neighbors, our neighborhoods and our community in general. Over the past few years we’ve seen marchers take to the streets — some peacefully, some not — for a variety of causes.

There have been calls for police reform, social reform, affordable housing and an end to gun violence, to name a few. Families will stand in the cold to protest online-only learning in the face of a pandemic, or protest mandatory mask-wearing.

We’ll work long and hard to help each other — as volunteers packed boxes with food and supplies for low-income families in the early days of the pandemic and kept the goodwill going as COVID dragged on. Donations poured in, and folks drove strangers without transportation to vaccination sites.

Bostonians aren’t apathetic when it comes to stepping up to the plate, why are we when it comes to stepping up to the voting booth?

One possible cause that’s been bandied about is lack of competition.

The last time Boston had a Republican mayor was in the late 1920s, one Malcolm Nichols. Fun facts: He was the State House reporter for the Boston Traveler, and was preceded and succeeded by James M. Curley. Since then, it’s been Democrats all the way.

With a field of five hailing from the same party, as it did this year, differences on the issues are subtle more than earth-shattering. No one is against affordable housing. No one thinks the situation at Mass and Cass is great and doesn’t require intervention. Everyone’s caught up on the gunfire on Boston’s streets.

When the differences between candidates come down to what kind of Democrat is on the menu — progressive or moderate — then the mayor’s office can appear to be on auto-pilot to voters.

If you vote, a Democrat will win. If you don’t, a Democrat will win.

One of the items on the next mayor’s to-do list should be ramping up civic engagement.

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