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  • My mom says she’ll refuse the COVID-19 vaccine. Why? She was once neglected by Canada’s health system when she almost lost her life. How can she trust them now?

    01/25/2021 12:13:18 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 16 replies
    Toronto Star ^ | Mon., Jan. 25, 2021 | Noel Ransome
    Two years ago, while on a hospital gurney, my mother told me that she had to be cynical to be Black and survive in this country. With scent of antiseptic wafting in the air and alarms blaring out codes and directions, she took the hectic moment to explain that there was a part of you — or her, anyway — that would always want to feel safe here but expect to be disappointed. You would love to trust the law, even as the regularity of police brutality built up your reasons not to. And that someday you’d find a health...
  • Biden Voters Flood Twitter to Express Deep Regret

    01/25/2021 7:29:03 AM PST · by McQ444 · 87 replies
    NN ^ | 01-25-21 | Jay Greenberg
    Twitter has been flooded with messages expressing deep regret from Americans who voted for Joe Biden in the 2020 election. Social media users have been sharing text message conversations that reveal many Biden voters feel betrayed. Biden's actions have left many of the former vice president's supporters now questioning their decision.
  • Nineteen charred bodies found near Mexico-US border

    01/25/2021 3:00:11 AM PST · by Libloather · 11 replies
    IB Times ^ | 1/25/20
    At least 19 charred corpses have been discovered in Mexico near the US border in an area where drug cartels often clash, the Tamaulipas state prosecutor's office said. Police on Saturday found two burnt-out vehicles containing human remains on a country road near the town of Carmago. Preliminary investigations suggested the victims had been shot, then their bodies set alight. Because no bullet casings were found at the scene, police said it was possible the victims were killed in a different location. Autopsies are underway, but identification of the corpses will be complicated due to their condition, a source from...
  • Bizarre, Twisting Skyscraper Proposed for NYC

    01/25/2021 12:41:01 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 45 replies
    KRON4 ^ | Jan 24, 2021
    A Turkey-based architecture firm is proposing some big changes to the New York City skyline. The Sarcostyle Tower, designed by Hayri Atak Architectural Design, looks like no skyscraper on the face of the planet, with its curved, sloping design and sinuous curves. “Sarcostyle” is a filament that makes up striated muscle fiber, and it’s easy to see where the building gets its name, given its anatomically inspired form. Seesaws at U.S.-Mexico border win prestigious UK design prize According to Atak, one of the “impressive” effects of the building is “that it creates an image in the mind that is tangent...
  • 'The trial is stupid': Senate Republicans throw cold water on Trump impeachment (IMPEACHMENT HELD HOSTAGE - DAY 39)

    01/24/2021 11:56:41 PM PST · by Libloather · 35 replies
    NBC 'News' via MSN ^ | 1/24/20 | Allan Smith
    Several Republican senators on Sunday discouraged suggestions that the chamber could convict former President Donald Trump in his upcoming impeachment trial. "Well first of all, I think the trial is stupid," Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., told "Fox News Sunday." "I think it's counterproductive. We already have a flaming fire in this country and [impeachment is] taking a bunch of gasoline and pouring it on top of the fire." Rubio added he believes Trump "bears responsibility for some of what happened" during the deadly riots at the Capitol earlier this month but that he does not believe impeachment is the right...
  • Hawaii man survives lightning strike, then beats COVID-19

    01/24/2021 11:50:46 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 22 replies
    KHON2 ^ | Jan 24, 2021
    They say lightning never strikes the same place twice, but maybe bad luck does. Aumauinuuese Puni was suddenly struck by lightening while standing on a rooftop in April of 2020. He was on the roof of a building in Waikiki where he worked and doing a Facebook Live about the view of Diamond Head during some rainy weather. At the start of his livestream, he briefly mentions the possibility of being struck by lightning while standing out in the open. Shortly after, Puni found himself in that exact situation when lightening struck his body causing him to drop his phone....
  • After Capitol riot, police chiefs work to root out officers with ties to extremist groups

    01/24/2021 6:25:46 PM PST · by Libloather · 27 replies
    Washington Post via MSN ^ | 1/24/20 | Kimberly Kindy, Mark Berman, Kim Bellware
    The revelation that the Capitol mob - covered in emblems of extremist groups - included off-duty law enforcement officers possibly assisted by working police is escalating pressure on sheriffs and police chiefs nationwide to root out staff with ties to white supremacist and far-right armed groups. Law enforcement leaders have faced criticism in the past for failing to police their own officers’ involvement with extremist groups. However, the selfie photos that off-duty officers took inside the Capitol during the violent siege, which left one police officer dead and dozens of others injured, were a wake-up call for many who have...
  • End of an error: The Chronicle at last spikes Willie Brown’s indefensible column

    01/24/2021 8:43:06 AM PST · by Libloather · 12 replies
    Mission Local ^ | 1/15/21 | Joe Eskenazi
    Politico on Friday broke the news that our newspaper of record has opted to jettison “freelance columnist” Willie Brown at month’s end, putting a belated conclusion on an inexcusable and, frankly, inconceivable situation. And it only lasted 12 years. Less time than the Central Subway project or Geary BRT - but an embarrassingly long stretch for something that shouldn’t have happened in the first place. Brown, former mayor and Assembly speaker, and still very much a mover and shaker, high-level information peddler, and registered and unregistered lobbyist in this town, should never have had a column in the San Francisco...
  • Trump Sends Message to Supporters: Hang Tight! We're Going to Do Something Real Soon

    01/24/2021 7:40:22 AM PST · by McQ444 · 119 replies
    NN ^ | 01-24-21 | Jay Greenberg
    President Donald Trump has given a cryptic new interview, during which he assured his supporters that he will be taking action in the coming months. "We’ll do something, but not just yet,” Trump told the Washington Examiner on Friday. An aide to Trump then hurriedly ended the interview as he spoke from the Trump International Golf Club.
  • Legislator mocks trans Biden nominee on Facebook, apologizes

    01/24/2021 4:58:40 AM PST · by rightwingintelligentsia · 68 replies
    AP via WPXI ^ | January 23, 2021
    <p>HARRISBURG, Pa. — A Pennsylvania legislator shared on Facebook an image mocking the appearance of the state’s recently departed health secretary, Dr. Rachel Levine, a transgender woman who has been nominated to serve in the Biden administration, and then offered a general apology Saturday.</p>
  • The death of Keystone XL would be a blow to workers and communities along the pipeline’s route

    01/24/2021 4:49:51 AM PST · by Libloather · 26 replies
    The Globe and Mail ^ | 1/23/20 | Kelly Cryderman
    Construction on the Keystone XL pipeline has helped keep Emily Lai’s small family restaurant alive during months of COVID-19 lockdowns. The 90′s Restaurant, on Main Street in Oyen, Alta., has stayed afloat by serving takeout to hundreds of tradespeople who temporarily moved to the area to work on the project. But now that the TC Energy Corp. pipeline has been halted, she said she and her husband are more anxious about the future of the Chinese and Western cuisine restaurant they have owned for nearly a decade. “My husband is feeling sad, too, and worried about the business,” Ms. Lai...
  • Democrats rule Washington. 5 reasons they may not be able to hang on. (Can Trump get Pelosi fired?)

    01/24/2021 4:33:14 AM PST · by Libloather · 51 replies
    NBC 'News' via MSN ^ | 1/24/20 | Alex Seitz-Wald
    WASHINGTON - President Joe Biden and the new Democratic Congress were just sworn in, but the clock has already started on the 2022 midterm elections, when voters will decide if the president gets more than two years to advance his agenda with a friendly Congress. Democrats have to defend a narrow 221-211 majority in the House (218 seats are needed for control) and the 50-50 Senate, where losing even a single seat will cost the party the chamber. History is not on their side. Americans typically put a check on power, and the president's party has lost House seats in...
  • Researchers are developing color-changing stickers for masks to detect COVID-19

    01/24/2021 4:17:18 AM PST · by Libloather · 22 replies
    See BS 'News' ^ | 1/24/20 | Li Cohen
    As COVID-19 continues to spread, researchers are looking for new and creative ways to help detect and manage cases. A team at the University of California San Diego is developing something to help do just that: a color-changing sticker. The sticker is a test strip and blister pack that can be placed on N95, surgical or cloth masks and detect SARS-CoV-2 in the user's breath or saliva, according to a news release from the university. As the person wearing the mask breathes, the test strip aims to detect protein-cleaving molecules produced from a COVID-19 infection. Once the user removes the...
  • Rescue CA continues efforts to recall Governor Gavin Newsom

    01/24/2021 3:55:59 AM PST · by Libloather · 11 replies
    KUSI ^ | 1/23/20
    SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – It’s not uncommon in California for residents to seek recalls but they rarely get on the ballot - and even fewer succeed. Several launched against Newsom faded but another attempt is drawing greater attention as his fortunes change while he enters a critical stretch in his governorship. Recall organizers say they have collected have reached 1.2 million signatures toward the 1.5 million petition signatures needed to place the recall on the ballot, and they have until mid-March to hit the required threshold. Rescue CA has a goal of getting in enough signatures to help the effort...
  • Seattle police chief announces tighter policy for prosecuting vandalism

    01/24/2021 3:46:04 AM PST · by Libloather · 22 replies
    CNN via MSN ^ | 1/23/20 | Chuck Johnston, Alaa Elassar
    People who destroy property in Seattle will be arrested under a tighter policy coordinated between the Seattle Police Department and Seattle City Attorney Pete Holmes, police said. The tighter policy will be enacted Saturday, Seattle Interim Police Chief Adrian Diaz announced ahead of a scheduled demonstration in Seattle's Occidental Park. The new policy comes after police reported several buildings were vandalized in downtown Seattle Wednesday night, including the city's federal courthouse. "The events of breaking windows at a variety of different locations with no meaning," Diaz said. "There was no discussion about what they were fighting for, what type of...
  • Latest Portland anti-ICE protest prompts federal law enforcement response

    01/24/2021 3:39:15 AM PST · by Libloather · 11 replies
    Fox News ^ | 1/24/20 | Dom Calicchio
    An Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) facility in Portland, Ore., was once again the target of protesters on Saturday night, according to news reports and posts on social media. "No borders! No nations! Abolish deportations!" the crowd chanted at one point, according to video footage from the scene that was shared online. Law enforcement officers from the Federal Protective Service were heard declaring an "unlawful assembly" around 10 p.m. local time and ordering the crowd to leave the area. The FPS is a unit of the Department of Homeland Security. "If you trespass on federal property with a weapon …...
  • Capitol Violence Sparks Discussion Of Secret, Safer Impeachment Trial Vote (IMPEACHMENT HELD HOSTAGE - DAY 38)

    01/24/2021 3:19:25 AM PST · by Libloather · 36 replies
    Huffington Post ^ | 1/24/20 | Mary Papenfuss
    Amid a rising American atmosphere of political death threats and violence, some are calling for a secret vote to determined Donald Trump’s upcoming impeachment trial to protect senators’ safety. The idea was discussed last time around after Trump’s first impeachment in 2019. Some argued that Republicans were unable to vote their conscience because of pressure from their party and constituents. Secret votes, however, run contrary to a principle of transparency and senators’ accountability. Critics on Twitter complained Republicans would claim they voted one way, while actually voting exactly the opposite. This time around, for Trump’s second impeachment, the risk of...
  • Californian dies hours after getting COVID-19 vaccine, prompting probe

    01/24/2021 1:47:21 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 46 replies
    New York Post ^ | January 23, 2021 | Kathianne Boniello
    A California resident who was vaccinated against COVID-19 died just hours later — and authorities are trying to find out why. The Placer County Sheriff’s Office announced the death and the investigation Saturday in a Facebook post, but gave few details. The county, which is in the greater Sacramento area, was “recently notified” of the person’s death, the police said.
  • Girl In Zimbabwe Is Using Martial Arts To Combat Child Marriage By Teaching It To Young Women

    01/24/2021 1:21:31 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 7 replies
    All India Roundup ^ | January 21, 2021
    A 17-year-old girl from Zimbabwe is using martial arts to combat child marriage by teaching self-defense to young women. Now that’s what heroes do! Natsiraishe Maritsa founded the Vulnerable Underaged People’s Auditorium initiative and in that program, they use martial arts, such as Taekwondo to fight child marriage. The initiative is taking place in her small community, which is located in Harare, just near the capital of Zimbabwe. Maritsa started to practice Taekwondo since she was just 5 years old and she used her talents to help other women in her community. Since 2016, she utilized her love of the...
  • Villagers kill old woman suspected of witchcraft

    01/24/2021 1:16:07 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 30 replies
    SowetanLive ^ | 11 January 2021 | Mandla Khoza
    Four people arrestedAn 80-year-old woman accused of witchcraft was hacked and set alight in her house allegedly by members of the community in Mbuzini village, near Komatipoort, Mpumalanga. Dumisile Mahlangu was allegedly found naked at a neighbour’s house and was accused of practicing witchcraft on Saturday night. Mpumalanga police said after neighbours found Mahlangu naked in one of the houses at about 11pm, she was hacked and then taken to her house where she was locked inside and it was set alight. “They accused her of being a witch, hacked her and locked her in her house and set the...