GOP and Democratic governors reinstate Covid emergency orders to fight omicron surge

  • With a surge in Covid-19 cases across the nation, state officials are starting to reimpose emergency orders.
  • Officials from Maryland, Virginia, New Jersey, Kansas and California have all announced executive measures since the beginning of January.
  • Instead of lockdowns and business closures, the orders are designed to free up resources so state and local agencies can prepare for the onslaught of cases.

Source: GOP and Democratic governors reinstate Covid emergency orders to fight omicron surge

McConnell waves off voting concerns since Black people turn out as heavily as ‘Americans’ – The Washington Post (Me: Can’t get much more racist…)

“What’s your message for voters of color who are concerned that without the John L. Lewis Voting Rights Act they’re not going to be able to vote in the midterm?” he asked.

McConnell replied, “Well, the concern is misplaced, because if you look at the statistics, African American voters are voting in just as high a percentage as Americans.”

Source: McConnell waves off voting concerns since Black people turn out as heavily as ‘Americans’ – The Washington Post

JFJ has questions about Jamaica’s new Ministry of Legal and Constitutional Affairs

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In the recently reshuffled Cabinet, a whole new Ministry was created. Environment and Climate Change was kicked to the kerb (as I mentioned earlier) and a new Ministry of Legal and Constitutional Affairs was set up, to be headed by former Attorney General Marlene Malahoo Forte. The new Attorney General, Dr. Derrick McKoy, is a former Contractor General, and he is not a politician. He will not sit in Parliament.

Minister of Legal and Constitutional Affairs Marlene Malahoo Forte.

Minister Malahoo Forte made it clear in Parliament this week that she wants to ensure things are done properly. Laws should not be rushed through at the last minute. There must be timelines. Quite a few laws are still stuck in the nineteenth century.

And what of human rights? Minister Malahoo Forte says that “a comprehensive review of the Laws of Jamaica to make them compliant…

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Day 46/67 of Five Month GED, Libraries, and Adulting — Inspiring Critical Thinking and Community via Books, Lessons, and Story

The public library system, and supporting free access by all residents to high quality branch libraries, is another responsibility of being an Adult in a republic.  End of week 12/18 Day 46, Week 12 Grammar: subordinating conjunctions Math: simplifying cubic roots Have you studied your Earth, Biological, Physical, and Health Sciences study sections? Day 46 […]

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We Hardly Consider How Much Worse Things Could Have Been

Motivation & Environment

No matter the situation you’re in, things could have been much worse than they have been. If you unfortunately lose money, take note that you could have lost all your property. If you unfortunately lose your job, take note that you could have lost your life.

That’s just the way it is: generally, we’re not in charge of many things in life and in our lives. So, even if we get into a seriously challenging and trying situation—worst case scenario—we have to hope for the best outcome while being thankful that the trying situation isn’t much worse.

Accepting the challenges posed by your worst obstacles or unfortunate circumstances—rather than rejecting or resenting them—can help you become a different and stronger person who is better adjusted to the reality of the constraints or challenges from terrible situations.

The constraints in life can still lead us to our desired destination

Oftentimes, it…

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Covid Casualties

RIP Michelle Stani – new mother


Michelle Stani was a 37-year-old New Jerseyan. A devoted mother of three, she was working on a masters degree in early childhood education. She gave birth to her fourth child in December, but never got the chance to hold him.

She could be any professional woman in the prime of life. She was an attractive and energetic blonde, smart dresser, obviously intelligent and focused on kids. She could be any woman in any upper middle class neighborhood.

She died of Covid pneumonia less than three weeks after giving birth.

And Covid is a disease we’re supposed to learn to live with?

Michelle Stani Source

There’s a Go Fund Me account to raise funds for her surviving children.


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Myanmar’s Rebels Get Resourceful With Improvised Drones – bellingcat

…Over the Christmas and New Year period, two videos were posted by two separate groups, each showing makeshift explosive munitions being carried and dropped by small drones. In the first video, posted in late December by the Karenni Generation Z Army (KGZ), a small team is shown launching a DJI Phantom drone modified with a release mechanism and armed with a small munition. The second video, posted by the Aung San Force-MPDF on 2nd January, shows six strikes, as well as footage from drones observing what seem to be indirect fire attacks.

According to the news website Myanmar Now, the KGZ is a rebel group active in the Kayah State in the country’s east. The Aung San Force, meanwhile, is reported by Myanmar Now to be a self-organising resistance group. Both were reportedly formed in the aftermath of the February 2021 coup, which resulted in protests and a brutal military crackdown. …

Source: Myanmar’s Rebels Get Resourceful With Improvised Drones – bellingcat

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