One of Donald Trump’s most infamous statements on the campaign trail for the 2016 election was the outrageous claim that he was going to make Mexico pay for the multi-billion dollar wall that he promised to build along the border.
Of course, the wall is still not built, and Mexico has no intention of paying for it. In fact, just this month it was reported that portions of the existing wall are being stolen and sold for scrap metal.
Now, in a recent interview with Fox Business, Trump has suggested that he will somehow force China to cover the costs of the next COVID relief package in the United States, and that he would make the price tag even higher.
“I would [go higher] because this was not caused by our workers and our people, this was caused by China and China will pay us back in one form or another,” he said.
“The Republicans are willing to do it. I’d like to see more money, because it comes back. It’s going to come back anyway. We’re gonna take it from China. I tell you now, it’s coming out of China. They’re the ones that caused this problem,” he added.
When Trump was asked about how he would make it happen, he replied, “There’s a lot of ways and I’ll figure every one of them out. I already have them figured out. You know we’ve taken billions and billions of dollars for China over the last couple years.”
He also said that he has not talked with China’s President Xi Jinping in “a while” and said, “I don’t want to speak to him.”
Earlier this month, the president created a panic when he announced that he would not continue to negotiate with Democrats on the stimulus package until after the election. However, Trump reconsidered his decision after the harsh reaction that he received from the news, but talks have still been stalled by politicians on both sides hoping to add personal or partisan projects to the bill. The White House also reportedly opposed one draft of the bill because they did not want to expand COVID testing to asymptomatic people, which further complicated negotiations.
On Saturday, Democrat House Speaker Nancy Pelosi gave the White House a 48-hour deadline to sign off on a COVID relief bill if Trump wants it finished by the election.
According to The Department of Labor, more than 26 million people were collecting some form of unemployment benefit as of mid-September.
Michele Evermore, senior policy analyst at the National Employment Law Project, says that people who live paycheck to paycheck are already struggling, and things could get worse when the temporary unemployment assistance goes away.
“I was really concerned about what would happen when the $600 goes away, but when people lose even the base benefit, people are going to become desperate. You will see this pain spread further and further into the economy,” told CBS News.
It seems that people are already getting desperate and in reality, many of us were before the pandemic even began.
Earlier this week, The Mind Unleashed reported that some students may be getting the COVID virus on purpose so they can later sell their plasma.
Awesome New Infrared Goggles Could Help Blind People ‘See’ Surroundings
People who are blind or deal with low vision face a unique number of challenges in their daily lives, ranging from accessing published material to holding a job or living on one’s own.
However, emerging infrared technology under research could help the blind and visually impaired navigate the world around them using a pair of innovative goggles.
In new research recently published and yet to be peer-reviewed, Manuel Zahn and Armaghan Ahmad Khan at Germany’s Technical University of Munich explored how their 3D camera and haptic feedback armband can assist people with low vision.
“Even in the present era, visually impaired people face a constant challenge of navigation,” the pair wrote. “The most common tool available to them is the cane. Although the cane allows good detection of objects in the user’s immediate vicinity, it lacks the ability to detect obstacles further away.”
The two students’ design deploys two infrared cameras placed in a 3D-printed goggles prototype to get a stereoscopic view that is transformed by a small computer into a map of the user’s surroundings. The infrared gear also works in the dark. The armband then uses 25 actuators arranged in a grid that vibrates when users come close to objects while also assisting them in their orientation. As users walk near obstacles, the vibration intensity of the actuators increases.
In tests, subjects enjoyed roughly 98 percent accuracy while getting through obstacle pathways, with all five participants completing the course in their first run. After two additional runs, the volunteers were able to navigate the obstacles more rapidly.
Zahn and Khan frequently cited Microsoft’s Kinect motion detection system for the Xbox in their study, but the pair are confident that their own setup will be far smaller, cheaper and less conspicuous than the gaming device.
The new headset could offer an interesting opportunity for blind and partially sighted people to clear the myriad obstacles they face when performing regular tasks or navigating the world around them.
Toddler Goes On $2000 Furniture-Shopping Spree On Mom’s Phone
A New Jersey mom learned that keeping your browser open may not be the best idea as children, and even infants, become increasingly tech savvy.
Madhu Kumar was browsing Walmart’s furniture selection on their website and had added some items to her shopping cart but never checked out. She was shocked and confused when she started to receive a steady stream of packages from the big-box retailer.
Madhu immediately turned to her husband and two older children to find out who ordered the packages.
“I need one or two, why would we need four?” Madhu asked.
As it turned out, her toddler Ayaansh Kumar – who, at 22 months old, was barely learning to count – had gone on a $2,000 shopping spree while playing on his mother’s phone.
“It is really hard to believe that he has done this, but that’s what happened,” Ayaansh’s dad, Pramod Kumar, told NBC New York.
Among the packages were some that could barely be squeezed through the family’s front door at their home in Monmouth Junction.
Purchases included accent chairs, flower stands and a range of other household items that arrived throughout the week.
“He’s so little, he’s so cute, we were laughing that he ordered all this stuff,” his mom remarked.
From birth, young Ayaansh had observantly watched his family members engage in a range of activities from home – including shopping, attending classes, and going to school. And as it the case for many kids of his generation, he knows the basics of operating a smartphone.
The parents are still waiting for all of the boxes to arrive so that they can return them to their local Walmart. The retailer has already told the Kumars that they are eligible for a refund, but the parents plan to save at least a few items to remind them of their son’s first e-commerce adventure.
“Moving forward, we will put tough passcodes or face recognition so when he picks up the phone he finds it in locked condition,” his father said.
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