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Congressman Elijah Cummings Dies at Age 68 

Rep. Elijah Cummings, Democrat from Maryland, Chair of the House Oversight and Reform Committee, died  Thursday, October 17th at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Maryland.  Cummings was 68 and died due to complications from long-standing health issues.  Cummings had previously been treated for heart and knee issues and was in the hospital undergoing a medical procedure when he died.

In a statement from the Maryland Democratic Party. “ It is with great sadness and a heavy collective heart that we announce the passing of Chairman Elijah Cummings. He was a father, a husband, a son of Baltimore and a statesman who served Maryland’s 7th Congressional District for more than 20 years.” The statement further said, “ Chairman Cummings will always be remembered for dedicating his life’s work to improving the lives of others, standing  for his community and protecting our democracy.”

‘Bomb Cyclone’ Slams Northeast with Heavy Rain, Winds as Hundreds of Thousands Without Power 

The National Weather Service said that a rapidly intensifying coastal storm known as a ‘bomb cyclone’, has brought torrential rain and gusty winds to the Northeastern United States.  The storm has downed trees and hundreds of thousands left without power.  Meteorologist Adam Klotz said on Fox & Friends. “ If you live in this region, we are under wind watches, warnings, and advisories from the Mid-Atlantic running all the way up the coast.”

The storm brought powerful winds along the coast with wind gusts of up to 90 mph, as was reported from Provincetown, Mass.  Reports from Fire Departments in Massachusetts say that many roads are completely impassable due to downed wires and trees.

The storm has met the criteria to be named a ‘bomb cyclone’ which means it rapidly intensified dropping  24 millibars ( atmospheric pressure)  over a 24-hour time span. The typical range is 10-15 millibars.  Once the storm moves out of the area temperatures are reported to drop 10-20 degrees below normal for October.

 

‘We’ve got a great new deal’: Brexit Treaty Agreed by Boris Johnson and EU

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced Thursday morning, “ We’ve got a great new deal that takes back control – now Parliament should get Brexit done on Saturday so we can move on to other priorities.”  The new Brexit deal was brokered between the UK and the EU. The President of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker said, “ Where there is a will, there is a deal. We have one! It’s a fair and balanced agreement for the EU and the UK and is a testament to our commitment to find solutions.”

The Commission Chief also addressed in his letter, “ negotiations focused on the protocol on Ireland  and that  sought to identify a mutually satisfactory solution and to address the specific circumstances on the island of Ireland.”  The opposing Democratic Unionist Party or DUP, is skeptical that the deal in its current form is acceptable.  A comment from DUP said, “ As things stand, we could not support what is being suggested.”  Four key points were laid out in the deal involving the island of Ireland. Michael Barnier said in a post, “ For me, since day one, what really matters are the people of Northern Ireland, what really matters is peace.”

 

Minghui Report: 548 Falun Gong Practitioners Illegally detained in China August 2019

Minghui.org is an international website that regularly reports on the persecution of Falun Gong practitioners in China.  The CCP has been persecuting this peaceful  Buddha School meditation practice for over 20 years. Recent reports out of China have exposed the widespread incarceration, torture and killing of Uyghurs, and other religious minority groups in Xinjiang. Falun Gong has been persecuted throughout all of China.  It was reported that before July of 1999 there were over 100 million Chinese citizens practicing Falun Gong. After July 20, 1999 the then leader of the CCP, Jiang Zemin,  was jealous of the huge amount of Chinese citizens practicing the peaceful meditation so he made it illegal and began to round up practitioners. They were systematically jailed, tortured, sentenced to years in labor camps and there was even documented proof of live organ harvesting.

Minghui in its latest report said that from August 2019 until now, 548 Falun Gong practitioners in China were arrested. 

Of those targeted 240 had their homes ransacked and at least 370 remain in custody.  In addition, 52 of the 548 practitioners who experienced persecution were between 65 and 86 years old.  The age of the practitioners is alarmingly quite elderly.  6 arrested were between 65-69 yrs with 24 of the arrested being between 70-79 yr.  There were even 6 arrested that were between 80- 90 yr.  The arrests the report says are mostly in the Shandong Province in China.  One man died only 9 days of being in custody on August 2, 2019.  He began to vomit blood at the detention center and after being rushed to the hospital and died that evening. The cause of his death has not yet been investigated.

 

Today’s quote is from  Thomas Jefferson.

“ Asto  myself, I love peace, and am anxious that we should give the world another useful lesson by showing  them other modes of punishing injuries other than by war, which is as much a punishment to the punisher as to the sufferer,”