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A Voice from Iran

“45th story”

First published: June.28.2018

A little girl went to a pharmacy and said: “Sorry, do you sell miracles?”

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The pharmacist smiled and replied: “We don’t sell miracles, my dear.”

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The little girl said: “But my brother is dying. Something is growing inside his head. My father said he needs a miracle. Then the little girl showed some coins to the pharmacist.

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A man who heard the conversation tapped on the little girl’s shoulder and said: “How much do you have my dear?”

The little girl showed her coins.

The pharmacist waved at the man like they were friends.

The man smiled at the pharmacist and said to the little girl: “Wow, these are enough to buy a miracle.”

The little girl cracked a satisfied smile.

The man said: “Can you take me to your brother?”

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She walked the stranger to a little room they called home where her mother…

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Sweden hits highest daily COVID-19 spread as chief epidemiologist says herd immunity not ‘ethically justifiable’ – ABC News

Anders Tegnell, wearing a grey collared shirt and dark-rimmed glasses, frowns slightly Sweden, which has shunned lockdowns throughout the pandemic, has registered 2,820 new coronavirus cases in 24 hours, the highest daily figure since the pandemic began. Key points:

  • Sweden’s death rate per capita is several times higher than its Nordic neighbours
  • It has reported record numbers of new cases three times in a matter of days
  • Tighter recommendations are now being introduced in some regions
  • The October 28 figure eclipsed a record set only the previous day, when more than 2,400 cases were announced, Health Agency statistics show.

Source: Sweden hits highest daily COVID-19 spread as chief epidemiologist says herd immunity not ‘ethically justifiable’ – ABC News

The Saxon Kingdoms

English History

Book 2,Chapter 1, 449 AD to 597 AD – The Saxon Kingdoms – Continued

The establishment of these eight settlements, or kingdoms, as they were afterwards called, has been sketched thus hastily, because it is inexpedient to devote much space to an examination of the various theories, or to a decision between the conflicting tradition and fabulous chronicles, appertaining to that early period. The traditions themselves, however, taken in connexion with the slow progress of the invaders in effecting their settlements, prove that the Britons made a pro-longed resistance, and one which might have had another issue if the separate tribes had been united under one skilful leader. The natives, whose ancestors had known the first marauders by the name of Saxons, continued to give that appellation to all subsequent invaders, although, as a matter of strict accuracy, the several tribes who had settled north of the Thames, were…

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A New Platform Maps US Police Violence Against Protesters – bellingcat – 1000 incidents since May

Together with Forensic Architecture, Bellingcat has identified, verified, and archived over 1,000 incidents of police violence against protestors across the United States since May 2020. The data can be accessed here, and is available for use and visualization.

Bellingcat and Forensic Architecture have engaged in active outreach with organizations, activists, and journalists to ground our work in the context of the protests and assist ongoing cases with our data. Similarly, we have reflected on the ethical impact of publishing and locating these incidents alongside the historical and analytical importance of archiving them. In order to avoid amplifying imagery that has not been widely seen, we have limited our published dataset to media that already has at least 5,000 views. For more details, please view our mission statement.

The data has been visualized using TimeMap, a platform developed by Forensic Architecture that maps the incidents in space and time. We have categorized the data into different kinds of violence and misconduct: Physical (Assault, Arrest/Detention, “Less-lethal” rounds), Chemical (Tear gas, Pepper spray), Destruction/confiscation of property, Permissiveness to the far-right, Hiding identity, Attacks on legal observers, and Attacks on medics.

Source: A New Platform Maps US Police Violence Against Protesters – bellingcat

With One Word, Kamala Harris Sparked The ‘Chitthi Brigade’ – Gothamist

Senator Kamala Harris in a tan jacket, black shirt and pants, holding a microphone by a lectern with a sign that says Biden Harris Arizona. She is outside, with the desert in the background. In August, Indira Rajan was at home in Croton-on-Hudson, watching Senator Kamala Harris deliver a speech accepting the nomination to be Joe Biden’s running mate, when one word jumped out.

“Family,” said Harris, “is my uncles, my aunts, and my Chitthis.”

‘Chitthis’—literally one’s mother’s younger sister—is a term of endearment used by Tamil speakers to describe any woman who qualifies as an auntie, whether they’re related or not.

Rajan, 56, was already a fan of Harris, whose late mother was raised in Chennai, in South India. (She had excitedly tracked Harris’ and Mindy Kaling’s experiment in dosa-making.) But she was so taken by the speech that she called her friend, Yorktown Heights resident Shoba Viswanathan, 52, the next morning.

“I said, ‘Hey, let’s start something,'” Rajan recalled. “And Chitthi Brigade was born.”

Source: With One Word, Kamala Harris Sparked The ‘Chitthi Brigade’ – Gothamist

Rural Texas hospitals say some patients stranded amid new COVID-19 surge | The Texas Tribune

Rural hospitals say they’re in a bind as larger facilities in places like Lubbock, Amarillo and El Paso fill with coronavirus patients and often cannot accept gravely ill patients who need more advanced care than small hospitals can offer. Source: Rural Texas hospitals say some patients stranded amid new COVID-19 surge | The Texas Tribune