My first #NFT -- five poems. https://t.co/NhAnpU1aSX— Paramendra Kumar Bhagat (@paramendra) February 20, 2022
The only full timer out of the 200,000 Nepalis in the US to work for Nepal's democracy and social justice movements in 2005-06.
Sunday, February 27, 2022
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Dr. CK Raut: February 27
जितेपछि आफू गाउँ नजाने, अनि हामी गाउँगाउँ पुग्दा र जनलहर उठ्दा बर्दियाका छोटेराजामा त्रास फैलिनु स्वभाविक। प्रहरी प्रशासनको दुरुपयोग। निर्वाचन आचारसंहिता लागू भएको छैन, प्रचार गर्न पाइँदैन ! भनेर प्रहरीद्वारा जनमत माटो यात्रा रोक्ने प्रयास। @hello_sarkar @MoHAGunaso @NepalNHRC pic.twitter.com/ioSpBUkuIe— Dr. CK Raut (@drckraut) February 27, 2022
बर्दिया जिल्लामा जनमत माटो यात्राको दोस्रो दिन 📢📢📢 pic.twitter.com/VArLsKSMcp— Dr. CK Raut (@drckraut) February 26, 2022
बर्दियामा जनमत माटो यात्राको उद्घाटन कार्यक्रम, फाल्गुन १३। pic.twitter.com/IS4cCB4846— Dr. CK Raut (@drckraut) February 25, 2022
February 23, 2022
जनमत पार्टीद्वारा निर्वाचन कार्यालय घेराउ, निर्वाचनमा अवरोधको चेतावनी https://t.co/1gfqQ0v0Ls— RatoPati (@Rato_pati) February 22, 2022
February 22, 2022
MCC: Last Minute Pass
सत्ता गठबन्धन अघि जाँदैन, धरापमा परिसक्यो : गगन थापा
नेपालबाट ७०० मेगावाट बिजुली किन्न भारत तयार, ४०० केभी प्रसारणलाइन बनाउन कम्पनी खोलिने
. पार्टीभित्रै उपेन्द्र यादव अल्पमतमा !
प्रचण्डको एकलौटी निर्णयले माओवादी केन्द्र फुट्दै, यी पाँच सिनियर नेताले आजै गर्दैछन् पार्टी परित्याग !
मै पोष्ट करेगा साला 😜😂🤣 pic.twitter.com/vzmFmpx0mZ— 🇳🇵रोशन (@Rakeshlhn) February 27, 2022
#UPDATE Ukraine says it will hold talks with Russia at its border with Belarus -- near the Chernobyl exclusion zone -- after a phone call between President Volodymyr Zelensky and Belarusian leader Alexander Lukashenko pic.twitter.com/A4dLmWuu1N— AFP News Agency (@AFP) February 27, 2022
BREAKING: Russian President Vladimir Putin has ordered his military command to put the country's nuclear deterrence forces on high alert.— Sky News (@SkyNews) February 27, 2022
Live updates: https://t.co/cz5NTchyMw
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#BREAKING Ukraine army retakes Kharkiv, expelling Russian troops: governor pic.twitter.com/cnBVlOuLkJ— AFP News Agency (@AFP) February 27, 2022
BREAKING: Invading Russian forces have blown up a gas pipeline in Kharkiv, Ukraine's second largest city, said Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelenskyy’s office. The government warned that smoke from the blast could cause an "environmental catastrophe." https://t.co/TzSSrAynea— The Associated Press (@AP) February 27, 2022
UPDATED: Major turnaround in Germany's military policy, as Berlin authorizes the Netherlands to send Ukraine 400 rocket-propelled grenade launchers.— POLITICOEurope (@POLITICOEurope) February 26, 2022
Until today, Germany did not permit lethal weapons that it controlled to be transferred to conflict zones. https://t.co/pbpejrom1p
#NEWS: Czech Republic, Netherlands and Portugal commit reinforcements to assist Ukraine against #Russia #UkraineRussia #Ukraine— Jaqueline Hurtado (@HurtadoCNN) February 26, 2022
Factbox: EU sanctions target Russia's economy, elites and Putin himself https://t.co/rrV46zN645 pic.twitter.com/ENFLgu2VCK— Reuters (@Reuters) February 26, 2022
एमसीसी सम्झौता संसदबाट पारित प्रनिनिधि सभाबाट एमसीसी सम्झौता पारित भएको छ । सम्झौतालाई सभामुख अग्निप्रसाद सापकोटाले ध्वनी मतका साथ पास भएको घोषणा गरेका हुन् । यसका साथै व्याख्यात्मक प्रस्ताव अनुमोदन भएको उनले घोषणा गरे । आइतबारको प्रतिनिधि सभाको दोस्रो बैठकमा व्याख्यात्मक घोषणामाथिको छलफल सकिएसँगै एमसीसी पारित भएको हो ।
एमसीसीका पक्षमा मतदान गर्ने निर्णय गरेका प्रचण्ड र माधव अवसरवादी भन्दै एमालेले खोल्यो मुख, दियो नेताकार्यकर्ताहरुलाई उत्साहित बनाइदिने अभिव्यक्ती !
लाल बने तमलोपाको अध्यक्ष
एमसीसीविरुद्ध हतियारसहित प्रदर्शनमा उत्रिए आन्दोलनकारी (तस्बिरमा)
MCC Controversy: The Anthropology Angle
जसपा मा बाबुराम: दुई बिराला उपेन्द्र र महन्थ
निर्वाचनको टिकटमा हस्ताक्षर गर्ने अधिकार अशोक राईलाई खतिवडा भन्छन्, 'अब जसपामा कुनै विवाद रहेन' ..... टिकट वितरणमा आफ्नो हस्ताक्षर रहने दाबी पार्टीका अध्यक्ष उपेन्द्र यादवको थियो । तर संघीय परिषद्का अध्यक्ष डा.बाबुराम भट्टराईले एक जना हस्ताक्षर आफूले स्वीकार नगर्ने बताउँदै दुई जनाको हस्ताक्षर हुनुपर्ने अडान लिएका थिए । त्यसपछि पार्टीका अध्यक्ष उपेन्द्र यादवले टिकट वितरणमा दुई जनाको हस्ताक्षर नहुने बरु वरिष्ठ नेता अशोक राईलाई हस्ताक्षरकर्ता राख्न प्रस्ताव गरेका थिए । त्यसमा पनि अध्यक्ष भट्टराईले असहमति जनाउँदै दुईजना हस्ताक्षरकर्ता हुनुपर्ने अडान लिएका थिए ।
Monday, February 21, 2022
Friday, February 18, 2022
Dr. CK Raut: February 18
We are a strong supporter of free speech & public discourse based in fact, including on MCC. The right to express one’s views is intrinsic to democracy, and people must be allowed to peacefully share their views. Violence & incitement to violence are never acceptable.— Ambassador Randy Berry (@USAmbNepal) February 18, 2022
एमसीसीमा खुला बहस गरौं, हिंसा स्वीकार्य छैन : अमेरिकी राजदूतhttps://t.co/lsNQyMQUqp— Paramendra Kumar Bhagat (@paramendra) February 18, 2022
अमेरिकाको ‘बलजफ्ती कूटनीति’को विरोध गर्छौं : चीनhttps://t.co/3rs9rgXAyu— Paramendra Kumar Bhagat (@paramendra) February 18, 2022
बाबुरामको विश्लेषण : प्रचण्ड ढुलमुले, ओली बचनका पक्काhttps://t.co/86U2oLEBBi— Paramendra Kumar Bhagat (@paramendra) February 18, 2022
एमसिसी विवादले सत्ता गठबन्धन धरापमाhttps://t.co/GP3xlmI7Hj— Paramendra Kumar Bhagat (@paramendra) February 18, 2022
Life update:— Ranju Darshana (@ranju_darshana) February 18, 2022
We are engaged. Thank you for existing @Kissu_Kuikel ❤️
सबैको सहयोग लिएर लाभ लिनुपर्ने गरिब देशमा त्यस्को उल्टो,प्राप्त सहयोगमा पनि राजनीति गरेर आफ्नो देशलाई अमेरिका र चीन जस्ता शक्ति रास्ट्रहरुको खेल मैदान बनाइयो होइन त कामरेड?अहिलेसम्म भारत यो प्रकरणमा खुलेर आएको छैन।उ पनि यो खेलमा छिरे पछि त्रिपक्षीय खेल मैदान बन्ने निस्चित भो😡😡— Jainendra Jeevan (@jainendrajeevan) February 18, 2022
अब हताशा से परदे उठ गये और आशाओं की खुल गयी खिड़की… बहुत दिनों के बाद अवाम फिर मुस्कुराया है… कोई नयी उम्मीदें लेकर आया है… pic.twitter.com/Xb2whb9NDS— Akhilesh Yadav (@yadavakhilesh) February 18, 2022
Tuesday, February 15, 2022
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सीजीलाई आधारभूत टेलिफोन सेवाको लाइसेन्स दिन गृहकार्य
एमाले सांसदहरूले भने : चोलेन्द्रलाई बोकेर चुनावमा जान सकिंदैन सोमबार बसेको संसदीय दलको बैठकमा पनि एमाले अध्यक्ष ओलीले नेतृत्वले जे सुकै सोचेर निर्णय लिएको हुनसक्ने भन्दै त्यसलाई मानेर जानुपर्ने बताएका छन् ।
प्रविधिमा चीनको छलाङ : संसारकै ठूलो फाइभजी नेटवर्क बन्यो संसारभरका फाइभजी नेटवर्कमध्ये ६० प्रतिशतभन्दा बढी चीनमा रहेका छन् । ..... गत वर्ष चिनियाँ कम्पनी हुवावेले सिक्सजी नेटवर्क स्थापना गर्ने घोषणा गरेको थियो । उक्त नेटवर्कलाई सन् २०३० सम्ममा बजारमा ल्याउने कम्पनीको योजना रहेको छ ।
यस्तै अवस्था रहे भारत र पाकिस्तानबीच कुनै दिन भिडन्त हुन्छ : इमरान खान
Monday, February 14, 2022
New York Times: February 14
The Right’s Would-Be Kingmaker Peter Thiel, one of Donald J. Trump’s biggest donors in 2016, has re-emerged as a prime financier of the Make America Great Again movement. ......... the venture capitalist this year is backing 16 Senate and House candidates, many of whom have embraced the lie that Mr. Trump won the election. ........ To get these candidates into office, Mr. Thiel has given more than $20.4 million. That essentially puts him and Kenneth Griffin, the chief executive of the hedge fund Citadel, in a tie as the largest individual donors to Republican politics this election cycle .......... While the investor has been something of a cipher, he is currently driven by a worldview that the establishment and globalization have failed, that current immigration policy pillages the middle class and that the country must dismantle federal institutions. ....... he criticized the Chinese Communist Party and big tech companies and questioned climate science ......... he spoke about the “deranged society” that “a completely deranged government” had created ........ “My somewhat apocalyptic, somewhat hopeful thought is that we are finally at a point where things are breaking,” Mr. Thiel said. ...... “I don’t think it’s just about flipping the Senate,” said Mr. Bannon, who has known Mr. Thiel since 2016. “I think Peter wants to change the direction of the country.” ...... In the past, many courted the billionaire Koch brothers or Sheldon Adelson, the late casino magnate. This year, they have clamored for invitations to Mr. Thiel’s Los Angeles and Miami Beach homes, or debated how to at least get on the phone with him, political strategists said. ......... Mr. Thiel has attracted the most attention for two $10 million donations to the Senate candidates Blake Masters in Arizona and J.D. Vance in Ohio. Like Mr. Thiel, the men are tech investors with pedigrees from elite universities who cast themselves as antagonists to the establishment. They have also worked for the billionaire and been financially dependent on him. Mr. Masters, the chief operating officer of Thiel Capital, the investor’s family office, has promised to leave that job before Arizona’s August primary. .......... Born in West Germany and raised in South Africa and the San Francisco Bay Area, Mr. Thiel showed his provocative side at Stanford in the late 1980s. Classmates recalled Mr. Thiel, who studied philosophy and law,
describing South Africa’s apartheid as a sound economic system................. In 1995, he co-wrote a book, “The Diversity Myth,” arguing that “the extreme focus on racism” had caused greater societal tension and acrimony. Rape, he and his co-author, David Sacks, wrote, sometimes included “seductions that are later regretted.” ......... Forbes puts his fortune at $2.6 billion. .......... Thiel branded himself as a contrarian. He published philosophical essays, often dark musings on politics, technology, Christianity and globalization. ........ he had come to “no longer believe that freedom and democracy are compatible,” arguing that American politics would always be hostile to free-market ideals, and that politics was about interfering with other people’s lives without their consent. Since then, he has hosted and attended events with white nationalists and alt-right figures. ............ Mr. Thiel, who had donated to Mr. Cruz’s 2012 campaign, replied, “It’s relatively safe to support Cruz (for me) because he threatens the Republican establishment.” ........ At a meeting with tech leaders at Trump Tower in Manhattan in December 2016, Mr. Trump told Mr. Thiel, “You’re a very special guy.” ........ A month later, Mr. Thiel, a naturalized American, was revealed to have also obtained citizenship in New Zealand. That prompted a furor, especially after Mr. Trump had urged people to pledge “total allegiance to the United States.” ...... During Mr. Trump’s presidency, Mr. Thiel became frustrated with the administration. “There are all these ways that things have fallen short,” he told The Times in 2018. .........
“I will take QAnon and Pizzagate conspiracy theories any day over a Ministry of Truth,” he said............. some Republicans worry that Mr. Thiel is arming candidates who are too extreme with financial firepower, fueling what could be politically detrimental primary races. ........ he said nationalism was “a corrective” to the “brain-dead, one-world state” of globalism. .
The ‘Zen Mayor’: How Eric Adams Mixes Tough Talk With Spinach Smoothies Mr. Adams has tied his interest in nutrition, meditation and fitness to his views on how to lead New York at a challenging time. ....... He is a vegan cookbook author and self-identified Virgo who is conversant with astrology ....... Mayor Eric Adams sat in his workout room at City Hall last week, demonstrating how deep-breathing exercises can help combat adversity. ............ “We all breathe incorrectly because we were never taught breathing,” Mr. Adams declared ....... alternate-nostril breathing. .......... “My health routine helped me for this moment,” he said of his crisis-laden first weeks in office. “It’s a balance of my physical and emotional stability.” ...... New York City is now run by a man who at once sternly warns against “disorder in my city” and invokes his life coach, delights in cooking demonstrations and cites the “healing powers” of spices. ........ Type 2 diabetes impaired his vision and threatened his health before he embraced a plant-based diet in 2016 that he says reversed the disease. ........ For personal fuel, Mr. Adams keeps a NutriBullet blender in his small City Hall kitchen. Last Monday he whipped up a purplish-brown concoction; typical recipes involve “either kale, spinach, blueberries and a few superfood powders,” he said, adding that the search for a plant-based Gracie Mansion chef is ongoing. ...... he has called himself a “Zen mayor” who will “bring the calmness” to the city. .......... In a book released ahead of his mayoral run, “Healthy at Last,” he also urged Black Americans to rethink soul food, casting it as an unhealthy relic of slavery. ........ Just don’t get him going on olive oil, which he said he avoids because of its fat content, though respected major studies show it is associated with significant positive health benefits. (“The olive oil companies wrote that,” he inaccurately claimed.) ....... he was still a “big believer that if you’re born at a certain time when the sun and the stars line up, that it could have some impact on your personality.” ...... “I am constantly evolving,” he said, preparing his smoothie. “Who I am today is not who I am tomorrow.” .
How Democrats’ New Maps Could Shape N.Y. Politics for Years to Come Democrats could potentially expand the veto-proof majorities they already have in both the Assembly and Senate, further solidifying New York’s leftward shift. ........ Few areas on the current maps inspired as much frustration as Richmond Hill and South Ozone Park in Queens, where South Asian residents mounted a concerted campaign to try to get lawmakers to reunite an area split among seven different Assembly districts. The new maps offers a modest improvement, with most of the area contained in three districts, but local Democratic leaders were not satisfied. .
After Pak and Beeple, What’s Next for NFT Collectors? Art Made With a Paintbrush Now crypto collectors are investing in something more tangible, and traditional, like paintings and sculpture. And art dealers are rushing to woo them. ........ catering to the tastes of the crypto nouveau riche has become the frantic obsession of the commercial art world, which is reshaping itself around these new collectors nearly a year after artists like Beeple and Pak sold NFTs, or nonfungible tokens, for tens of millions of dollars, inspiring the typically technophobic art industry to head into the metaverse .
In Mexico, Ornately Painted Churches Enshrine Years of Indigenous Resilience As Michoacán’s centuries-old chapels undergo restorations, the buildings raise new questions about how architectural conservation should work — and whom such projects are really for. ........ As Mass ended on the afternoon of March 7, 2021, a fire, reportedly sparked by either a short circuit under the roof or a firecracker blown off course, caught among the church’s thin oyamel fir tejamanil, or ceiling shingles. March is the height of the dry season in central Mexico, and the tejamanil, dehydrated by years of winter sun, lit like tissue paper. A chain of 200 people formed across Nurio’s central plaza, dousing the flames with hoses and passing buckets of water from their homes to a group of 20 men who’d climbed onto the roof to choke the fire. ....... state and federal institutions were still negotiating funding when the church caught fire. The community saw the disaster as a direct result of bureaucratic stagnation .......... the Indigenous dyes and pigments they likely used connect them to a previous world, turning every panel into a document of a culture in the midst of devastating change.......... Conceived to erase a civilization, the churches of the Meseta and the paintings they contain stand today as priceless artworks and historical records but also as sacred spaces through which a long-suppressed culture can retell its story on its own terms — a restoration of another kind. ....... When the first Europeans set foot in the lakeside capital of Tzintzuntzan, they found a mighty empire, second only to the rival Aztecs in size and power, laid low by a plague of smallpox brought by the Spanish. ....... Though most early missionaries learned the local tongue, a linguistic isolate, language proved incapable of transmitting their complicated theology. As in other religious spaces, from the Buddhist cave temples of classical India to the Gothic cathedrals of Northern Europe, paintings became powerful visual aids. ........ In the earliest convents, monastic orders painted fortresslike walls in somber grisaille, often filling the chapels where Indigenous initiates gathered for Mass with brutal images of the Last Judgment, a violent inducement to conversion. ...... Gilded pomegranates and avocados — today, the Meseta’s most lucrative crop and thus one of the central drivers of violence in the region — decorate the gilded altarpiece. ...... Having never been conquered by the Aztecs, whom they declined to aid in their fight against the Spanish, the Purépecha stood outside that lineage. ....... When restorers stripped away the grime a few years later, they revealed the Litany of the Blessed Virgin spelled out in resplendent shades of azure and rose. Inclusive and direct, these paintings were “an invitation to prayer — not of punishment or penalty or sadness but rather of happiness,” Sigaut says, “of a community living in permanent joy.” ....... Like so much of rural Mexico, the region struggles with the crushing poverty that, for decades, has driven immigration to Mexico’s largest cities and to the United States. ...... “Our problem,” he says, “is that people aren’t curious about coming here. They don’t even know this place exists.” For many of his neighbors, restoration has little to do with the Venice Charter’s lofty unity of human values. It’s a hedge against disappearance. ...... While the children play, the women talk and laugh, glancing down occasionally at the Spanish-language Bibles open in their laps to read passages that speak of love for nature and neighbor, ideas central to the ancient society that the crown, the church and the successive governments of an independent Mexico all failed to eradicate. .
News: February 14
सर्वदलीय बैठकः संसद खुलाउन पहल गर्ने सहमति
अब एमसीसी संसदमा टेबुल हुन्छ : रामचन्द्र पौडेल
महाभियोग फिर्ता नलिए देशभर आन्दोलन गर्ने चेतावनी
किसानको समस्या दीर्घकालीनरुपमा समाधान गर्ने रोडम्याप हामीसँग छ : ई.दीपक साह (भिडियोसहित)
They Took a Chance on Collaborative Living. They Lost Everything. A group that sought to create Connecticut’s first experiment in collaborative living fell short. Some of the investors lost their life savings. ........ “a structure where I didn’t have to be outgoing and could still get the benefit of getting to know people” ........ After more than a decade of planning, the project, called Rocky Corner, finally broke ground in 2018 on a 33-acre plot in Bethany, a suburb of New Haven. ......... But instead, the entire project went into foreclosure. And Ms. Ruffle’s dream — and finances — was dashed. “That money is now gone and there’s no way for us to retrieve it,” she said. “We lost about $170,000. And we both have very low incomes. Ever since, we’ve been living in not good circumstances at all.” .......... the increasing complexity of the project proved more than the group could afford or manage. ........ There are about 170 established co-housing communities in the United States, according to the Cohousing Association. There are about 30 co-housing communities in California and five in New York State. In a co-housing model, residents own their own homes, but share common spaces — a structure aimed at fostering connection and community through collaborative living. ....... At Rocky Corner, members managed the project and their community affairs using a process called sociocracy, which organizes people into various circles to make decisions consensually. ......... She blamed the debt pileup on a series of unanticipated costs and bureaucratic delays that dragged out the timeline. For example, she said, just getting the project approved by the town’s planning and zoning commission took two years, partly because it was an unfamiliar concept and drew some local opposition. Then, after they broke ground, they unexpectedly ran into a lot of ledge — an underground mass of rock — that had to be removed. ........ the lessons to be gleaned from Rocky Corner are to “control your costs and your timing, and get your home buyers lined up ahead of time or during the early stages of construction.” .
Mr. President, It’s Time for a Little Humility . recognize that we are still in the grips of a national trauma ........ Unsurprisingly, incidents of suicide, drug overdose deaths and violence in our homes and on the streets have grown dramatically. ........ those wage increases have been eaten up by inflation, the likes of which we have not seen in four decades. And all the while, the rich have gotten richer. ..........
The state of the union is stressed........... the grinding concerns that have soured the mood of the country. ........ the heroic, unsung sacrifices so many have made to see their families and communities through. .
The Uneasy Alliance Between Frederick Douglass and White Abolitionists . On Aug. 6, 1845, Frederick Douglass set sail on a speaking tour of England and Ireland to promote the cause of antislavery. He had just published “The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass,” an instant best seller that, along with his powerful oratory, had made him a celebrity in the growing abolition movement. No sooner had he arrived in Britain, however, than Douglass began to realize that white abolitionists in Boston had been working to undermine him: Before he’d even left American shores, they had privately written his British hosts and impugned his motives and character........ “the casual racism of the privileged class” within Garrison’s abolitionist circle. ....... the ambitious and self-possessed Douglass. ....... Behind Douglass’s back, Chapman depicted him as untrustworthy, arrogant, selfish and in need of white supervision. ............ she warned her British friends that Douglass had “the wisdom of a serpent” ........ Chapman’s correspondents in England wrote her back in similarly disparaging terms, describing Douglass as “injudicious and jealous.” ............ The self-righteous Chapman proceeded to quickly inform her many friends that Douglass was oversensitive, “selfish” and quick to take offense. ..........
Racial prejudice ... permeated abolitionism.......... Eager to manipulate him into becoming an unquestioning spokesman for nonpolitical abolitionism, they repeatedly reprimanded Douglass. Unmoved, and unwilling to limit the scope of his activities, Douglass responded, “I may do anything toward exposing the bloody system of slavery.” .......... was slavery itself sanctioned by the Constitution? Garrison had long maintained that it was, and therefore that abolition would never be achieved through law or politics. ....... Douglass, Smith and a small circle of abolitionist lawyers insisted that the Constitution did not sanction slavery, that natural law and the Constitution itself assured liberty, and that political action through the Constitution would be necessary to destroy slavery and secure freedom. .............. the personal was political. The alliance between Garrison and Douglass lasted long enough to power the fractious movement through its first decade, but broke because the Garrisonians had “actually never accepted the full humanity of Frederick Douglass.” .
The Conservative Case for Avoiding a Repeat of Jan. 6 . If these festering divisions cost the Republicans in the midterm elections and jeopardize their chances of reclaiming the presidency in 2024, which they well could, the believers and disbelievers alike will suffer. .
Can Democrats See What’s Coming?
There Will Be No Post-Covid . I believe that I experienced the pandemic like many others: stunned and isolated, shocked by the sudden withdrawal of social life and social customs. ...... the United States could have avoided 40 percent of deaths if its death rate reflected that of other Group of 7 nations: Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan and the United Kingdom. ........... I took joy in cooking. I learned to make bread. ...... I bought more plants. ...... Covid would most likely move from pandemic to endemic. ......... “If you look at the history of infectious diseases, we’ve only eradicated one infectious disease in man, and that’s smallpox. That’s not going to happen with this virus.” ........
The number of lives taken by Covid in this country alone — north of 900,000 — is almost unfathomable............ Covid has made us reconsider everything, the meaning of home and work, the value of public space, the magnitude and immediacy of death, what it truly means to be a member of a society. .
The End of the Pandemic May Tear Us Apart . For countries with high vaccination rates, 2022 may be the last year when strong measures are required against Covid-19. The end of the pandemic, however, will not come easily. ........
A waning pandemic does not mean the end of leadership on Covid, but may instead mean it’s more necessary than ever........... we need to make complex trade-offs between deaths, the economy, public well-being and constitutional rights. ........ public trust has taken a hit in many countries, including Denmark. As fatigue, personal costs and miscommunications have accumulated, the public has become wary. ......... The key ingredients of an effective pandemic response — communication, trust and a shared sense of threat — are slowly dwindling. This can lead to social strife and will make it harder for leaders to steer their populations out of the crisis. .............
Republicans tend to overrate the risks of getting vaccinated, and Democrats tend to overrate the risks from the disease..
American Dysfunction Is the Biggest Barrier to Fighting Covid . One important step would be to implement and broaden vaccine mandates. There’s plenty of precedent for mandating vaccines in health care, the military and schools, so it wouldn’t be some novel step to do so for one of the safest vaccines we’ve ever had. .......... Some large employers already mandate flu vaccines. Kentucky legally requires everyone working at a long-term care facility to be vaccinated against the flu and pneumococcal disease, unless they have a medical or religious exemption. Mandates for Covid vaccines, too, should be issued, especially for people who work with high risk or vulnerable populations — children, the elderly, the incarcerated and those in medical settings — and possibly for employees in workplaces where large numbers of people congregate indoors. ........ A staggering 40 percent of workers at nursing homes and other long-term care facilities remain unvaccinated. ........ Some might feel less concern for the unvaccinated, viewing them as hard-core anti-vaxxers or eager consumers of extremist propaganda on social media or Fox News. It’s true that attitudes toward vaccination have become affected by our political polarization. At a major conservative event recently, a mention of low vaccination rates was met with cheers. As horrifying as this was, we still have to try to reach this population. .......... Black and Hispanic people are still less likely to be vaccinated, despite having suffered disproportionately throughout the pandemic. This is probably due to lack of access, especially early on .......... historic distrust of the medical system, in which, studies show, they continue to face discrimination. ........ good ventilation is essential for lowering the risk of airborne transmission ........... The federal government allocated more than $120 billion for K-12 schools in the latest relief package for improving ventilation and other mitigations, but rules for using these funds are flexible, and local implementation remains haphazard. .
Paranoia About #MeToo Overreach at Harvard . Maybe they thought they were standing up against woke illiberalism. What they were really doing was closing ranks. .
I’ve Never Slept Better Than on a Japanese Futon . It was cool in the sticky summer heat and cozy in the damp winter chill. My back felt great. ....... Unlike a bed, a futon isn’t a piece of furniture, dominating the bedroom. A futon serves its purpose when needed, at night, but then it disappears into a closet with ease. My kids could use their entire bedroom floor space for play during the day or pull their futon into our bedroom when they got sick. ........ they’re very easy to clean. People in Japan routinely air their futons and other bedding, often by hoisting them out of windows or over balcony railings. .......... gather the futons, comforters, and pillows, and hang them all over our balcony for a few hours of sunshine and fresh air. ........ In Japan, you can even send your futon to the laundromat for a deep clean. Suddenly the idea of sleeping for years and years on a mattress that I could never wash seemed kind of gross. .