For the Love of Trees – Micro of the Macro

In those early years, I spent a lot of time climbing trees. It was great fun and I loved the views from above. Recently, I’ve learned to appreciate trees for other reasons. When I checked out of real life and took up traveling for a few years, (see Escaping Normal for more on that!) I discovered that trees were healing. Hiking in a forest or canyon or up a mountain surrounded by redwoods, ponderosa pines, aspens, or birch trees made me feel nurtured. And that’s as true now as before. Source: For the Love of Trees – Micro of the Macro

Myanmar: police maraud through Yangon in overnight raids

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Residents say soldiers and police fired shots and took people away in raids on several districts of largest city

Myanmar security forces have fired gunshots as they carried out overnight raids in the main city, Yangon, after breaking up the latest protests against the coup with tear gas and stun grenades.

More protests were planned on Sunday after local media reported that police fired tear gas shells and stun grenades to break up a protest in Yangon on Saturday.

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Life’s Real Treasures

We seek happiness
In the luxury that we see
When eternal contentment
Is a treasure so free

A venture in the woods
A walk by the beach
Pristine Mother Nature
With so much to teach

We can rush to the finish line
To claim that we’ve won
Or stop to smell the flowers
Before the journey is done

We can chase the big things
While life passes by
Or resurrect our childhood
Enough to lift us up high

We can seek happiness without
And get lost in ‘things’
Or stop for a deep breath
Realising it’s all within

We can bleat at life
And fall deep into its pit
Or watch the sun rise
And be glad that it did

-SaaniaSparkle 🧚🏻‍♀️

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As NYC Continues Reopening, CDC Urges Avoiding Nonessential Indoor Spaces

“Restricting any on-premises dining at restaurants can help limit community transmission of COVID-19 and reduce case and death growth rates,” the CDC said, along with strict and consistent mask policies. People eat inside the New Shanghai Deluxe restaurant as indoor dining resumed in Chinatown in February.

New Shanghai Deluxe restaurant in Chinatown.

“Restricting any on-premises dining at restaurants can help limit community transmission of COVID-19 and reduce case and death growth rates,” the CDC said, along with strict and consistent mask policies. [ more › ]

No, Dr Seuss and Mr Potato Head haven’t been ‘cancelled’. Here’s the difference

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Real cancel culture has existed throughout US history, and much of what we witness now is meaningless by comparison

On Tuesday, the estate of Dr Seuss decided that it will cease publishing six books by the beloved children’s author which contain offensive depictions of non-white characters. A week earlier, Hasbro, the manufacturer of Mr Potato Head, announced that the toy will henceforth be known by the non-gendered moniker Potato Head.

An army of defenders has now risen to protect the sanctity of Mr Potato Head and Dr Seuss. Social media and conservative news outlets have been consumed with memes and hot takes declaring the dangerous overreach of “cancel culture”, which they define as the process of punishing a person or product deemed offensive by some vague set of modern moral standards.

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Fact check: Is Germany throwing away vaccine doses? | Germany| News and in-depth reporting from Berlin and beyond | DW | 06.03.2021 – (very few tossed because damaged)

Many states say they have not wasted a single vaccine dose, others say they had to discard a few, and still others said they had no data on the matter. When vaccines had to be destroyed it was mainly because of interruptions to the transport and storage cold chain, as well as quality issues.

As there are no independent sources on the use of vaccines at vaccination centers across the country, our research is mainly based on data provided by the state ministries responsible for the collection thereof. Still, local polling in various municipalities provided a similar picture. Our research was unable to corroborate Lindner’s claim that massive amounts of unused coronavirus vaccines are lying around at German vaccination centers and even being discarded.

Source: Fact check: Is Germany throwing away vaccine doses? | Germany| News and in-depth reporting from Berlin and beyond | DW | 06.03.2021