We could not have stopped the virus from reaching our shores; we could have prevented many from dying

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On Monday, February 22, the U.S. reached a grim milestone. The coronavirus-related deaths surpassed 500,000 in a pandemic that has lasted almost a year. It is like losing the whole population of the Atlanta metropolitan area. The same evening, President Biden participated in a moment of silence, standing by 500 lighted candles outside the White House portico, joined by first lady Jill Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris, and second gentleman Doug Emhoff. A month ago, on the eve of their inauguration, the president-elect and the vice president-elect stood with their spouses at the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool on the National…


Thirst for cheap energy, corporate greed, and the laissez-faire policies of the Republican governments all contributed to the debacle

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The power outage that crippled most of Texas for the better part of last week started with the arctic cold created by a Polar Vortex that engulfed most of the U.S., killing at least 58 people, more than half of whom Texas residents. States like Texas with milder winters were caught off guard, which led to a massive spike in energy demand and a considerable drop in available electricity as the infrastructure around natural gas, coal, nuclear, and wind energy froze up. The Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT), is the agency tasked with getting power from producers and supplying…


How the Democrats can take advantage of the disarray in the Republican party

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For five days in February 2021, the nine House impeachment managers led by Rep. Jamie Raskin (MD), a former constitutional law professor, did a superb job piecing together the “Big Lie” perpetrated by the former President that the Democrats stole the election. Trump incited his MAGA supporters to march to the Capitol on January 6, who then desecrated the chambers and vandalized the offices. The managers’ presentation to the Senate’s 100 jurors included never-before-seen videos, audios, and visualizations. They created a timeline of the insurrection that resulted in five deaths, including a police officer. They proved their case that Trump…


The vaccine has advantages over the Pfizer and the Moderna vaccines even though the efficacy rate reported is lower

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On Thursday, Johnson & Johnson (J&J) submitted an application seeking emergency use authorization for its single-dose COVID-19 vaccine candidate to the U.S. FDA. This vaccine becoming available will be a shot in the arm that will bolster President Biden’s promise to vaccinate 100 million American’s in the first 100 days of his presidency. In a press release on January 29, 2021, the company announced that its vaccine was 72% effective in the US and 66% effective overall at preventing moderate to severe COVID-19, twenty eight days after vaccination. The onset of protection appeared as early as day 14 of the…


Double down on public safety measures. Double up and upgrade facemasks

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on Thursday confirmed the first U.S. cases of the South African variant, B 1.351 of SARS-CoV-2 in South Carolina. Another case of the same variant was reported from Maryland this morning. The three infected persons haven’t traveled outside the country leading to the possibility that there is community spread. The CDC has now documented three coronavirus variants (the other two being the U.K. and the Brazilian variants) in the United States. These variants could be much more widespread in the country because not enough gene sequencing is done here to detect the…


It is time for us to rethink the use of facemasks

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A new Coronavirus variant labeled B.1.1.7 was first detected in Britain in October 2020 in two samples collected in Kent and London. Coronaviruses, like other viruses, constantly mutate. Unlike another respiratory virus, the influenza virus, the virus that causes COVID-19 (SARS-CoV-2), mutates less frequently. When enough mutations occur in the virus to change a minor portion of its genetic code, a variant emerges. This variant was later associated with rapidly rising case numbers in south-east England. Scientists considered the new variant to be 50 to 70 percent more infectious than the original. …


Joe Biden emphasized the theme of unity and bipartisanship

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At 11:49 AM Wednesday, January 20, 2021, Joseph R. Biden Jr. took the oath of office with his hand on a Bible, which has been in his family since 1893. The five-inch thick Bible features a Celtic cross on the cover. He is the second Catholic president after John F. Kennedy. Biden and his family began Inauguration Day attending mass at St. Matthew’s Cathedral, accompanied by a bipartisan group of congressional leaders.

Like all the inaugural ceremonies of the past 35 years, I watched the ceremonies and listened to the accompanying commentaries. I was apprehensive of the possibility of violence…


An incredible journey that propelled Joe Biden to the highest elected office.

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Joe Biden visited his childhood home in Scranton, Pennsylvania, on the morning of Election Day and wrote this message on a wall: “From this house to the White House with the grace of God.” In the election, Biden’s opponent was the incumbent who enjoyed broad support among Republican voters, had all the perks of the presidency at his disposal, and a win was not a guarantee. Against all odds, he beat Donald Trump by a wide margin of over 7 million votes and an electoral college majority of 73 (306 to 232).

Joseph Robinette Biden Jr. was born into an…


The damage inflicted on Government institutions by this megalomaniac will be lasting

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On Wednesday, January 13, 2020, House Resolution 24 to impeach the president passed with bipartisan support in the House of Representatives. Donald J. Trump earned the dubious distinction of being the first president impeached twice by Congress. In the Republic’s history, the House of Representatives passed just four resolutions to impeach a president, and half of them were against the current one. The impeachment resolution consisted of only one article citing “incitement of insurrection.”

Trump’s presidency started with a lie: “This was the largest audience to ever witness an inauguration — period — both in person and around the globe.”


A coalition of minorities brought together by a Black woman made it all happen.

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Mitch McConnell, who represents Kentucky, has been the Senate Majority Leader since 2015. McConnell’s blunt statement in an interview with the National Journal in October 2010 is remarkable. “The single most important thing we want to achieve is for President Obama to be a one-term president.” His spokesperson, Robert Steurer, later clarified the statement by adding that, “Ending the Obama administration’s liberal agenda as soon as possible is Sen. McConnell’s top political priority,” Obama won reelection in 2012 and served two full terms. McConnell succeeded in slowing down much of the Obama-Biden agenda in the last two years. In an…

Dr. Zach Zachariah

Ph.D. with an M.B.A. | Writes on science | economy | public interest topics | American politics | Indian-Americans | COVID-19

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