Outrage as 172 Republicans vote to oppose Violence Against Women Act | The Independent

One day after seven women were killed in attacks across three massage parlours in Atlanta, Georgia, the US House of Representatives voted to reauthorise the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA). The act, according to the National Network to End Domestic Violence (NNEDV), “creates and supports comprehensive, cost-effective responses to domestic violence, sexual assault, dating violence and stalking.” The act was originally authored by the now-president Joe Biden, but had lapsed two years ago. Representatives voted 244 to 172 in favour of the bill, largely along party lines, though 29 Republicans joined the Democrats in supporting its passage.

Source: Outrage as 172 Republicans vote to oppose Violence Against Women Act | The Independent

Police report that white supremacists are attacking cell phone towers | TheHill

Conspiracy theorists and far-right white spremacist groups are increasingly targeting cell phone towers and other critical infrastructure, according to a report by the New York Police Department obtained by The Intercept, “to incite fear, disrupt essential services, and cause economic damage with the United States and abroad.” Source: Police report that white supremacists are attacking cell phone towers | TheHill

Native American communities make vaccines available for all Oklahoma residents | Coronavirus | The Guardian

As Covid-19 infection rates tick up again in several states, indigenous communities in Oklahoma are reporting a different problem: not enough people to vaccinate.

Earlier this month, several Native American communities, including the Cherokee, Chickasaw, Osage and Choctaw, opened up free vaccinations to all Oklahoma residents, not just the hundreds of thousands of nation members spread across the midwestern state.

Increasing availability from the Indian Health Service of the three coronavirus vaccines currently approved in the US, Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson, also allowed the nations to push immunizations into more areas, many of them rural and remote.

Now, however, several nations are reporting they have supplies far in excess of demand.

“We’re running out of people to vaccinate,” Brian Hail, head of the Cherokee Nation’s vaccination program, told the New York Times this week. “We’re struggling to get people to come in.”

Source: Native American communities make vaccines available for all Oklahoma residents | Coronavirus | The Guardian

Procrastination: Causes and Ways to Overcome

Shayan's Sphere

How often it happens that we indulge ourselves in a work and after spending few hours if we are unable to get the very result we desire, we postpone the same for some other day. Procrastination is no doubt an attitude problem. The twenty-four hours in a day are not less actually, but they become so only when we’ve so many excuses. There are several reasons why we procrastinate. A few of them are described in brief as follows—

(I) Fear of failure and criticism:

Fear of failure is one of the most notable reason that makes us to procrastinate. We blindly believe that we need to have all the preconditions ready to be more creative and to do something in the best possible way. A little bit of hindrance in the way stops us from going ahead. However, in reality there is little logic behind what we think in…

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Alphabet soup for the soul – “K”

Words from Walden

K is for Karma

How people treat you is their karma; how you react is yours.”

-Wayne Dyer-

Karma is a Sanskrit word that means action, work or deed. Most people have understood this idea from a very young age. It’s as simple as cause and effect. Good karma, bad karma, whatever you put out you will come back to you in return.

Do unto others as you would have others do unto you is the golden rule and it is also how to create good karma. You reap what you sow is another story. It is a very simple method to ensure you live a peaceful, happy, joyful and meaningful existence.

If the energy you put out into the world is positive then it will return to you manifested in some positive way (that you can not predict or intend, or at least I can not).

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Former Fla. state senator arrested for violating election laws | TheHill

the arrest warrant alleges that Artiles paid Alex Rodriguez $44,000 to run in the election. Artiles reportedly started his election plot in August when he first contacted Rodriguez on Facebook.

Artiles’s arrest comes one day after authorities raided his home and took several boxes of evidence.

Source: Former Fla. state senator arrested for violating election laws | TheHill

The endless scrolling…

The Zainab Experiment

Everyday when I am done with work, the first thing I do is grab my phone. With no set intentions about what to do, I start opening random apps just to see what is out there.

I go from checking my messages to social media to shopping apps and back. And day after day, whatever I find is pretty much the same. My social media feed is just a pile of regurgitated throwback pictures from when people still had their wisdom teeth intact. There is always some sale going on where you can find nothing useful besides that one pair of jeans that has been on 60% off since 2 years now. I pass such heavy judgements on everything. But at the end, I am no better either. I just keep coming back to what I, myself deem garbage.

Why? Why?! Why can’t I just stop scrolling? Why won’t I…

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AstraZeneca: Germany, other European countries to resume use of vaccine | News | DW | 18.03.2021

Germany, France and several other EU countries on Thursday have decided to continue using the AstraZeneca vaccine after the European Medicines Agency (EMA) deemed the shot “safe and effective.”

Germany will resume administering the jab on Friday, according to Health Minister Jens Spahn. The vaccine, however, will come with new advice on potential side effects.

Source: AstraZeneca: Germany, other European countries to resume use of vaccine | News | DW | 18.03.2021

Endangered Gazelles Make a Comeback on the Edge of a War Zone – The New York Times

The rediscovery and survival of the mountain gazelle in Turkey has been largely thanks to one man and his love of nature.

Yasar Ergun, a village teacher who became a veterinarian and professor at Hatay Mustafa Kemal University in the city of Antakya, heard in the mid-1990s from an old hunter that there were wild gazelles in the mountains along the border with Syria.

A keen hiker, he set out to try to find them. Barely 25 miles from Antakya — the ancient city of Antioch — Kurdish villagers knew about them and shepherds occasionally saw them. The gazelles live on the rocky hillsides, where their markings and coloring make them almost invisible. But they come down in groups to graze and find water on the surrounding agricultural land.

US to send 4m AstraZeneca vaccine doses to Mexico and Canada | Coronavirus | The Guardian

The United States plans to send roughly 4m doses of AstraZeneca’s Covid-19 vaccine that it is not using to Mexico and Canada in loan deals with the two countries. Mexico will receive 2.5m doses of the vaccine and Canada will receive 1.5m doses, the official said. Biden says US to meet goal of vaccinating 100m Americans by Friday – live Read more “This virus has no borders,” an administration official told Reuters. “We only put the virus behind us if we’re helping our global partners.” The Biden administration has come under growing pressure from allies to share vaccines, particularly from AstraZeneca, which is authorized for use in other countries but not yet in the United States.

Source: US to send 4m AstraZeneca vaccine doses to Mexico and Canada | Coronavirus | The Guardian