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Biden Plans Immediate Series of Executive Orders To Reverse Trump’s Policies

Biden campaign insiders say that there are very concrete plans to reverse some of the policies that Trump put into place while he was in office.

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Biden campaign insiders say that there are very concrete plans to reverse some of the policies that Trump put into place while he was in office, through a series of executive orders that will be signed as soon as Biden becomes president on January 20th of 2021.

Sources close to Biden told the Washington Post that the planned executive orders are intended to signal that that country’s politics have shifted, and that his presidency will work to implement this cultural shift in the political system. As with all of the Post’s stories, this article is locked behind a paywall. 

The president-elect’s most pressing priority upon entering office will be a change of attitude towards the COVID-19 pandemic, with the formation of a new task force that will be co-chaired by former surgeon general Vivek H. Murthy and David Kessler, a former Food and Drug Administration commissioner. The COVID pandemic efforts will also include increased resources for vaccines, contact tracing, and personal protective equipment.

Biden also plans immediate executive orders on issues like climate change, gun control, and the controversial ban of travelers from Muslim-majority countries that was implemented by Trump early in his presidency. Biden plans on rejoining the World Health Organization (WHO), which the Trump administration abruptly pulled out of earlier this year after disagreements over the COVID pandemic. He also plans on signing an executive order to rejoin the Paris climate accords, an environmental agreement made between numerous other countries.

He also plans to reinstate the “dreamers” program, which allows immigrants who have been in the country since they were children to stay regardless of their immigration status. Another plan is to immediately reverse Trump’s rollback of 100 public health and environmental rules.

However, given the Republican majority of the Senate, it could be difficult to pass certain pieces of legislation through congress.

“The policy team, the transition policy teams, are focusing now very much on executive power. I expect that to be freely used in a Biden administration at this point, if the Senate becomes a roadblock,” a Biden campaign insider told the Post.

“Just by virtue of the calendar and how many positions are filled, that’s always a possibility. Because the Senate moves so slowly now, so much more slowly than it used to,” they added.

In addition to executive orders, Biden also plans to send bills to congress reversing Trump-era tax cuts, and bills on gun control measures as well.

Meanwhile, the Trump campaign continues to reject the reported results of the election, insisting that votes were stolen or fabricated by the Democrats, and promising a wave of legal efforts to challenge the results. Trump has also fired three high ranking officials since the election, including Lisa Gordon-Hagerty, the administrator of the National Nuclear Security Administration, and the first woman to oversee the agency in charge of the nuclear stockpile.

Two other high-ranking officials were fired this week. Bonnie Glick, deputy administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development was replaced by acting Administrator John Barsa, and Neil Chatterjee, chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission was also replaced.

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Awesome New Infrared Goggles Could Help Blind People ‘See’ Surroundings

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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.

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Toddler Goes On $2000 Furniture-Shopping Spree On Mom’s Phone

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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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