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People are dunking on a coronavirus study that was conducted by airlines



A study is being widely mocked online for claiming, according to two airlines, that the risk of becoming infected with the coronavirus while inside an airplane is “virtually non-existent.”

Released by Boeing, United Airlines, and the Department of Defense (DoD), the study relied on 300 airflow particle tests to identify how COVID-19 would move throughout a plane’s cabin.

United Airlines Chief Communications Officer Josh Earnest stated that the tests found that 99.99% of particles left the cabin within six minutes thanks, in part, to “aggressive ventilation.”

Regardless of the validity of the study, Twitter users were skeptical given that it was the airline industry claiming that there is nothing to worry about.

“Did covid write this headline?” @BenjaminPDixon wrote.

Others began inventing studies of their own, likewise run by questionable characters, in an effort to mock the findings.

“Hand grenades ‘totally safe,’ according to study by Hand Grenades Incorporated,” @YesYoureRacist said.

Many also made references to the tobacco industry, which famously declared decades ago that its products were safe.

“In other news, a Phillips Morris study indicated that cigarettes reduce the risk of lung cancer,” @RoguePOTUSStaff added.

Some were much more straightforward, suggesting that the study only serves to protect an industry financially hit by the pandemic.

“’A study by the companies that make and fly the planes who are losing billions of dollars because no one is flying on planes says that people should fly on planes again.’ Lol I’m good,” @dyllyp said.

But the majority of users just appeared to enjoy mocking the study altogether.

“Going on walks and throwing tennis balls will make you rich, according to a new study by the dogs in your neighborhood,” @SortaBad said.

Experts have argued that the safety of air travel is largely unknown amid the pandemic given all the factors involved.

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*First Published: Oct 18, 2020, 3:12 pm

Mikael Thalen

Mikael Thalen is a tech and security reporter based in Seattle, covering social media, data breaches, hackers, and more.

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The Ultimate Guide To Keeping Your Sofa Covers Looking Brand New For As Long As Possible




Sofas – they’re our second home in a home. You can’t deny the feelings of joy and comfort whenever we sit on them or sprawl out for a cat nap. In fact, the relationship with our sofa extends beyond any other furniture piece in the house – they were there with us for our meal sessions, movies, gossip and so much more.

Having stayed with us through the ups and downs of life, we should pamper our sofa by giving it a new refreshed look, either by washing its existing slipcovers or getting some new slipcovers for it altogether. I mean, that’s also the best way to take care of our sofa and keep it looking lively in the long run, right?

Depending on the fabric of your sofa slipcover, there are different ways to care for it. The fabrics’ ability to be machine washed is one of the things I consider whenever picking a sofa slipcover because that very well means the difference between hours of furious (but careful) scrubbing or a quick bung in the washing machine.

To help you prolong the life of your slipcover, we’re listing out some ways you can care for your slipcover according to its material. For starters, here are some important things to keep in mind when you do decide to wash your slipcovers (bear in mind that each fabric has its own way of being taken care of but more of this can be found down below) :

100% Cotton

Cotton has been around with us for a really long time. Fun fact, the Aztecs once used cotton as money for trade.

A versatile fabric that can easily be dyed into various colours, it is no wonder cotton is such a common and important fabric in the industry.

To keep your 100% cotton slipcover  looking fresh, it would help to take note of the following:

  • Wash all your slipcovers in one go to ensure that they all come and leave in the same colour!
  • Don’t crowd your washing machine – if it’s only the slipcovers that can be fitted in, then that’s it. No shirts, jeans or socks!
  • Check the components of your detergent before using it because there may be a bleaching agent hidden in them (even if it doesn’t say “bleach” outright, hydrogen peroxide is organic but has bleaching properties for example)
  • Turn your covers inside out when washing them – it’s an attempt to keep the colours as they are.
  • Zip the zippers! because leaving them swirling around the waashing machine may snag and cause some damage to your machine (and covers)
  • If fading happens, breathe! All fabrics are bound to lose some colour as they age (much like our hair colour…) but it’s all part of the charm. Embrace it!
    • Always use cold water for washing. Do not wash cotton fabrics in hot or even warm water.

    If you’re only looking to clean a spot, always test out on an inconspicuous area first and foremost. If there aren’t issues, put some detergent on a wet cloth and press it against the affected area. Keep dabbing at it gently until the spot is cleaned up. Once it’s clean, use a dry cloth or paper towel to help absorb the excess moisture and quicken the drying process.

    Polyester / Polyester Blends

    Ever wonder why polyester fabrics just seem to last so long? The secret lies in what they’re made of. Polyesters are man-made fabrics that are built to be last, so you might imagine that they are more robust than natural fabrics such as cotton, wool and linen.

    And are they?

    Well, it’s certainly true in many ways. Polyester fabrics are unaffected by many chemicals, resistant to shrinking and stretching, and are very durable. It won’t be as easy for a cat to puncture a hole into a polyester shirt as opposed to a linen shirt.

    So how do you care for it?

  • Choose the gentlest cycle if you are using a washing machine. No washing this natural fabric violently please!
  • Avoid the dryer as this may cause the fabric to shrink.
  • Drip dry your slipcovers because that helps to avoid wrinkles too!
  • Slip them back on while it’s slightly damp because cotton fabrics naturally shrink a little as they dry.
  • Iron with low temperature while it’s damp if you need to but remember, nothing too hot!
    • Wash with cold water. Keep it cool guys.

    If you’re only looking to clean a spot, it’s the same as how you would care for cotton. Use a wet cloth which has some detergent on it and work your way around that horrible spot that’s ruining your covers. dabbing at it gently until the spot is cleaned up. Once it’s clean, use a dry cloth or paper towel to help absorb the excess moisture and quicken the drying process.

    Pure Linen

    Always looking elegant and having a real rich touch, linen fabric will win the hearts of almost everyone. And by everyone, we mean even our ancestors.

    Fun fact, linen was used for mummification in ancient Egypt so these things are the good stuff. If you do a quick history search on linen, you’ll find out that a lot of people back then (and now) preferred Linen because it was a symbol of purity.

    And we can’t disagree, but how do you take care of these thin and comfortable (but expensive) fabrics?

  • Gentle cycles on a washing machine are the best but normal cycles work too.
  • No direct heat which means, if you need to iron it, iron on low heat. Pro tip: layer another fabric over the polyester when ironing so there’s a barrier between it and the heat.
  • Tumble-dry at low because really, don’t overly dry polyester fabrics as it can cause shrinkage
  • Consider steam ironing if you have one
  • If you ask us, drip dry is the way to go
    • Try to limit machine washing to once or twice a year because they get thinner with each wash.

    If you’re only looking to spot clean, use a gentle cleaning mix on this natural fabric to keep it looking lively. The formula? 50:50 white vinegar and water. That’s right, simply grab a bottle and prepare a potion of 50% white vinegar and 50% water before shaking them together well. Once that’s done, put a little of the potion on a cotton and dab away.

    Velvet Blends

    Luxury is made affordable with velvet blends. I especially love touching this fabric because of just how smooth it is. Have you tried it before?

    Totally unrelated but the smoothness of this fabric reminds us of red velvet cakes. I suppose that’s how the cake got its name for at least, the velvet part.

    When properly taken care of, velvet will last quite awhile and this is obvious when you go to museums. You’ll see that there are plenty of velvet furniture that still looks really good.

    If you’re only looking to clean a spot, dab it clean it as soon as you can! Dry stains on a velvet piece are harder to remove and well, I’d get annoyed if there’s a visible black dot on my beautiful green velvet slipcover.

    Bycast & Synthetic Leathers

    Please do not, and I repeat, do not throw your leather slipcovers into the washing machine. That’s the worst crime you could ever commit!

    Before we teach you how to avoid such an atrocious crime, we’re taking a step back because did you know that real leather was once used as wallpaper? I mean, this was back in the 17th century but I’m still in awe.

    Anyway, while real leather as well as bycast & synthetic leathers can’t be machine washed, all hope is not lost.

    If you’re only looking to clean a spot, do it fast because stains can stay. Do not use an overly wet cloth but one that is damp. You could try mixing water with a little dish-washing detergent and dabbing at the spot but always, always try an unobvious spot to see if it may cause discolouration of any sort.

    Liquid Resistant Fabrics

    If liquid resistant fabrics had existed when we were kids, we would have been saved from a lot of nagging and punishments from our parents.

    Here are some tips we have to care for a liquid resistant fabric:

  • If you have to wash them, do it in lukewarm or cold water.
  • Use the gentlest cycle on your washing machine.
  • Iron on low if required and do it while it’s a little damp.
  • Drip dry in shade instead to avoid creases.
  • Tumble-dry is possible but do it on the low mode
  • If you need to store your linen fabric, make sure it is in a cool and dry place.
  • If you’re hand-washing, do not wring, twist or scrub the fabric – you’ll thin it faster
  • Remove dirt with a vacuum, brush or a lint roller before sending it to the waters.
  • Hand-wash or set your washing machine to a gentle setting with cold water because you need to contribute to keep it expensive-looking.
  • Do NOT iron (period).
  • Creases can be removed by light steaming – go in the same direction (think of it as petting your cat)
  • Brush after steaming if you like that lightly sparkled look of the fabric
  • Get rid of the hard dirt first by vacuuming, brushing or using a lint roller for the surface and the in-betweens.
  • Buff your covers to keep the shine.
  • Do NOT iron.
  • Wait for wrinkles and creases to disappear because they will after being stretched for some time (patience is key my young padawan)
  • Send it to a professional cleaner if you need to because they know best
    • Had an oopsie on the covers and spilt some liquid on the covers? Simply wipe up the spill with a clean towel.

    Though the question is “if it’s liquid resistant, do we need to wash it?” And if yes, how do we even wash it? I mean, wouldn’t washing a liquid resistant fabric be kind of redundant?

    Like a good car that gathers dust, you may need to do more than just lint-roll your liquid-resistant slipcover. A good wash always helps to keep it fresh and clean too. Who knows what odors lay hidden within an unwashed slipcover!

    However, a word of caution my fellow friends. What makes a fabric liquid-resistant is the coating that is layered above it so if you do intend to wash your liquid-resistant fabrics, make sure to keep count! It is likely that the coating will wear off after a few washes.

    But if it is washing that you must do, here’s what we recommend:

  • It’s liquid-proof but not crumb-proof so always vacuum, brush or lint roll whenever necessary.
    • The gentlest cycle and cold water combination for the washing machine is a must.

    Most of the time, spot-cleaning should do the trick so don’t fret too much! On that note, we do not recommend the use of spray-on cleaners, but if you must use a spray-on cleaner, make sure to test it in an inconspicuous location first.

    Looking for a new slipcover for your sofa but don’t know where or what fabric to choose? Look no further as you’re in the right place and in good hands! Check out our fabric collection here and get some sample swatches delivered to you!

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    Best Robot Vacuums Under $150 (Review) in 2020




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    Robotic vacuum seems expensive to many. Right?

    But I can assure you they aren’t. Yes, there are those costly models, but you can also find high-performance models with a budget-friendly price. Today, you can buy a robot vacuum under 150 dollars, which will help you clean the house while you relax, when you’re out for business, or when you are busy doing other important things.

    Today I will be looking at the top best robot vacuum cleaner under 150 and how you can buy one. I have gathered high performing, and top-rated models brought them together and created the following review. I have also prepared a buyer’s guide, which is aimed at helping you find a model that you can take home. So, read it through to the last sentence as everything in this article is of importance.

    Best Robot Vacuums Under $150 in 2020

    1. Pure Clean PUCRC95 Robot Vacuum

    My first best robot cleaner under 150 is the Pure Clean PUCRC95 Robot Vacuum. It’s a programmable automatic robotic cleaner ideal for cleaning carpets, hardwood floors, and pet hair. It features a scheduled activation which utilizes the programmable scheduler to auto self-activate at the scheduled time when you’re away. It also uses a mighty 24w suction power together with rotating sweeper which eliminate the need for a rotating under-brush.

    Additionally, this robotic cleaner uses double rotating brushes which are two sweeping side brushes that lengthen the reach of the device and rotates to catch all the debris and dirt on an open floor or even along the walls and edges of the house. Its low profile design allows fitting under the furniture, thus cleaning every inch of the house.

    Features & Pros:

    • Programmable scheduler
    • Automatic recharge dock
    • Twin rotating brushes
    • Powerful suction
    • Low mini profile
    • Random path
    • Small Battery Life

    2. Pure Clean PUCRC26B Vacuum Cleaner

    My second product is the powerful Pure Clean PUCRC26B robotic cleaner. As an automatic vacuum cleaner using a lithium battery and with 90-minute run time, it’s a machine that can clean carpets and hardwood floors with scheduled time. It’s a versatile and convenient cleaning robot that will take away the hassle of cleaning your home.

    Additionally, with its smart low profile design, the robot slides smoothly under the furniture, ensuring no place is left without cleaning. With its dual spinning side brushes, this device can ensure that all debris and dirt in the house are cleaned including the corners and edges. Also, I would love you to know that it utilizes obstacle detection, which allows it to clean around the household objects.

    Features & Pros:

    • Upgraded Lithium battery life
    • Improved obstacle climbing
    • Advanced programming
    • One-touch go operation
    • Anti-fall cliff sensors
    • Thin low profile
    • A bit noisy
    • Small dust bin

    3. Mooka Auto Robot Vacuum Cleaner

    The next up is the Mooka Auto Robotic Vacuum that is designed to deliver powerful suction and ultra-quiet operation. It’s ideal for wooden and tiled floors not forgetting the light carpets. And being an upgraded 2018 version, its cleaning capability outperforms even the 2020 models. Its self-charging system provides it with 2600mAH for around two cleaning hours, and that impressed me a lot.

    With its auto mapping cleaning, the Mooka Robot cleaner can seamlessly navigate all through your home while keeping track of its location, the places it has cleaned and the recharging as required until the job is done. Its anti-drop and anti-collision sensors ensure it does not fall off the stairs or hit the home obstacles, thus allowing it smoothly clean your home.

    Features & Pros:

    • Convenient Quick Disposal Dust Bin
    • Built-in Rechargeable Battery
    • Self-Programmed Cleaning
    • Smart Path Navigation
    • Low-Profile Design
    • Powerful Suction
    • Unable to climb some flooring

    4. Langbo Robot Vacuum Cleaner

    The Langbo Robot vacuum is the next best robot cleaner under 150. It comes as a powerful self-charging, ultra-quiet automatic robotic cleaner ideal for cleaning pet hair, tiled floors, carpet floors, and the hardwood floors. Its structural innovation design allows the vacuum to do all the home cleaning quietly without disturbing your break time.

    With this Langbo Robot Vacuum Cleaner, you will be able to achieve your desired cleaning effect. It comes with a low profile design which allows it to slide and maneuver under furniture for a thorough cleaning easily. The device also utilizes a combination of the roller brush, side brush, and an extractor to effectively remove all the dirt and debris from your house.

    Features & Pros:

    • Automatic Docking and Self-charging
    • A clean dust identification system
    • Ultrasonic sensing technology
    • Strong Cleaning Effect
    • Ultra Quiet operation
    • Powerful Suction
    • No virtual barriers
    • Struggles to clean hardwood

    5. Aiper Automatic Robot Vacuum Cleaner

    Lastly, there is the Aiper Automatic Robot Vacuum. It’s a robotic cleaning vacuum that you can rely on to automatically clean your thin carpets and hard floors. The safety detect system utilized by the Aiper Auto Cleaner allows it to set virtual walls to avoid falling while also sensing furniture, pet, or human body while doing the cleaning.

    The brushes and the wheels on these devices are designed to be tangle free and to pick up any pet hair on the floor quickly. Additionally, by connecting this robot to your smartphone through an app and Bluetooth connectivity, you can program its cleaning time, allowing it to do the cleaning even when you’re out for work.

    Features & Pros:

    • Customized and scheduled cleaning
    • Intelligent Detect System
    • High Suction and Cleaning
    • Multiple Cleaning Mode
    • Perfect edge cleaning
    • Navigation issues
    • Middling battery life

    Best Robot Vacuum Under 150: Buying Guide

    Just because you’re buying a robot vacuum that does not cost you an arm or a leg, it doesn’t mean you can pick any model that you come across. You need to make sure that, the robot vacuum you buy serves you the way you want it to, while also meeting other functional requirements. The following considerations will help you make the best choice.

    Floor Type

    The floor surface texture plays a role in how well the robot vacuum will suction up dirt, dust, and small debris. Typically, the budget-friendly robot vacuums perform well on hard floors, light carpets, and light-colored tiles. So, you need to make sure that the robot vacuum you buy is ideal for your floorings.

    Do you have pets? As we well know, pets shed lots of fur and dander, and because of that, you need a robot cleaner that can pick up anything your pets leave behind, including the litter. That means you need to check if the robot vacuum you’re about to buy has the right brushes and filters to deal with any mess. The best type I can recommend is the HEPA filters as they can eliminate microscopic allergens and dander.

    Wi-Fi Connectivity

    Connectivity allows you to enjoy a hand free cleaning. By programming the device right from your smartphone, you can set it to automatically clean the house while you rest or when you’re away for business. Connectivity can be through Wi-Fi, Remote control, or through Bluetooth. The best one is the WIFI as you can control it wherever you are, but with the remote and Bluetooth, you will need some area proximity.

    You will also come across some that combine WIFI with Alexa, allowing you to control it through your voice. Ensure that the robot vacuum you pick has one of the above for an easy hand-free controlled cleaning.

    Battery Life

    Yes, you have the robot vacuum cleaner, but will it clean your house entirely before it runs battery low? The robot vacuum run time should allow it to clean your home and have some power left to go back to the charging dock. The larger the battery mAH rating, the longer the runtime.

    Auto-Docking Recharge

    Another feature to consider is the auto-charging dock. Since the robot vacuum runs on a battery, and the battery will run out, it needs a place to recharge. When the robot cleaner detects it is running out of juice, heads to the docking station automatically to restore. That means no need to babysit it. Not all budget-friendly models come with this feature, so pick wisely.

    Cleaning Modes

    A robot that can clean different places and floors comes with varying modes of cleaning. Your robot vacuum should be able to clean the edges, corners, under the furniture, carpets and along the edges. When you consider this fact, it means you need a robot cleaner that can scrub, loosen, suction, and filter for the job to be complete.

    Read Also: Best Robot Vacuums for Garage

    Do the type of wheel matter when selecting a robot vacuum for carpet cleaning?

    Absolutely! Different wheels perform differently on various surfaces. You need to make sure they are designed to work on your carpet type. Mostly the budget-friendly robot vacuums work well on low-pile carpets, so you have to make sure it moves smoothly.

    Can my robot vacuum battery be replaced?

    Absolutely! Robot Vacuum batteries have a lifetime, and when they’re in a bad state, you will notice. The charging time reduces, the run time goes down, and the robot power reduces. That’s the time you need to think of having it replaced.


    With the increasing competition in the robot vacuum cleaning industry, several manufacturers are trying hard to coop with the trend by producing budget-friendly models. All the above products are top best robot vacuum cleaners you can buy in 2020. Choose wisely and get to enjoy hands-free home or office cleaning.

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    Win or Lose, the GOP Is Trump’s Party




    Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From “Win or Lose, the GOP Is Trump’s Party”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

    CALLER: Yeah. Mega dittos from here in Palm Beach County. It’s an honor to talk to you, and definitely sending prayers your way. My question is, in light of the Lincoln Project and all the Never Trumpers in the Republican Party, what do you think would happen to the party if, by chance, Trump would lose the election?

    RUSH: Well, if Trump loses the election, the Republican Party is his now. The people who will remain in the Republican Party are people who have been influenced by Trump, like Tom Cotton is already making plans for the 2024 Republican primary. He wants to be the Republican nominee. And he’s as close as you’re gonna get to a Trumpist as you’ll find right now. In addition, you’re right. You have the whatever the project name is, the Lincoln Project —

    RUSH: Yeah, these are these Republican-In-Name-Onlys who are trying to forge a path ahead by pleasing Democrats. These people are not going to be in charge of any Republican Party that wins anything going forward.

    RUSH: If they think that they’re building the future of the Republican Party by endorsing Biden and endorsing Democrats, they have lost their minds. They are not the Republican Party. They haven’t been the Republican Party since they abandoned it because of Trump. And it’s not gonna be theirs to pick up and put back together. They don’t have the slightest idea how. These people have never won jack anyway, and they don’t know how.

    RUSH: The real question is, is the Republican Party gonna survive at all as currently constituted. What is it gonna become if Trump loses? And this is gonna be a question whenever, even if Trump wins reelection and then 2024 comes along and loses, what is it gonna be? It’s wide open still.

    If you don’t see any comments yet, congrats! You get first comment. Be nice and have fun.

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