Minnesota governor says politicization of mask wearing ‘one of the worst things that’s happened to this country’ | TheHill

Minnesota governor says politicization of mask wearing 'one of the worst things that's happened to this country'
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Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz (D) on Thursday blasted the politicization of protective face masks that has occurred during the coronavirus pandemic.

“The politicization around masks, I think history is going to write as one of the worst things that’s happened to this country,” Walz said at a press conference, according to WCCO-TV.

“I think it cost lives,” he said of the pushback against masks by those who view them as a political statement. “I think it’s stupid. It’s the least intrusive thing we can do.”

Source: Minnesota governor says politicization of mask wearing ‘one of the worst things that’s happened to this country’ | TheHill

Pope: God doesn’t distinguish between natives, foreigners – The Washington Post

Pope Francis on Thursday denounced “aggressive” nationalism that rejects migrants, and said Catholics should follow the Gospel-mandated call for an inclusive, welcoming church that doesn’t distinguish between “natives and foreigners, residents and guests.”

Francis made the appeal in his annual message for migrants and refugees. He said the current pandemic had shown how the concept of the human family had been “fragmented, wounded and disfigured,” with the poorest and most marginalized paying the highest price.

The universal “we,” he said, “is crumbling and cracking due to myopic and aggressive forms of nationalism and radical individualism.”

Source: Pope: God doesn’t distinguish between natives, foreigners – The Washington Post

Flash mobs in Myanmar’s biggest city avoid deadly response – The Washington Post

A flash mob of mostly young people in Myanmar’s biggest city staged a brief protest march Thursday against military rule, the latest in a series of actions aimed at reducing the chances of a deadly response by the authorities.

In the five-minute protest in Yangon, about 70 marchers chanted slogans in support of the civil disobedience movement that opposes February’s army coup that ousted the elected government of Aung San Suu Kyi. They then scattered into the downtown crowds.

Protests also took place in other cities and towns including Mandalay, the country’s second biggest city, where Buddhist monks marched, and Dawei in the southeast, where the demonstrators included engineers, teachers, university students and members of LGBT groups.

Source: Flash mobs in Myanmar’s biggest city avoid deadly response – The Washington Post

The Seychelles: Why the world’s most vaccinated country has so many new coronavirus cases – The Washington Post

Government data released this week found that of 1,068 active cases, around 65 percent involved residents who were either completely unvaccinated or had received only one dose. Source: The Seychelles: Why the world’s most vaccinated country has so many new coronavirus cases – The Washington Post

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Exhortations With Shazzy

Have you ever felt like you are taking two steps forward and ten steps backward? You move in circles and there’s no progress in your life? You feel like you putting so much effort in your relationships, marriages, ministry, studies, children, career, business, and all other aspects in your life but nothing comes out of it? Feelings of uncertainty? Where you feel like you’ve put so much effort but still no results to show? Have you ever felt like you are a failure after so much work you’ve put? You’ve done all that needs to be done but still no results showing?

You’ve been working so hard to accomplish something and still not seeing the level of benefits matching with your hard work, remember Simon. His boat was empty after toiling all night and still caught no fish. But Jesus, the Redeemer, got into the boat….sat down and began to…

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A Long Walk To Freedom – Scribbled Fancies

Maybe people go for walks because they have been recommended by doctors and health experts but I love going to walks because my lungs inhale out all the negative vibes and get filled in with positive energy hence charging me up for the day. I just fail to understand how some people can be sleepyheads and miss this glorious scene that nature offers in the wee hours of the morning. Source: A Long Walk To Freedom – Scribbled Fancies

Ordnance – L-4 Grasshopper in the Pacific

Pacific Paratrooper

The “L’series liaison aircraft in US army service were often known as “grasshoppers.” These aircraft served with artillery and outfits spotting targets and giving commanders real time information on enemy positions. They also served in Liaison Squadrons, such as the 25th Liaison Squadron which earned fame in the Pacific Theater with their “Guinea Short Lines” aircraft.

L-4 Grasshopper, Piper Cub

Primarily to serve at elimination training bases in World War II the Navy acquired 230 Piper NE-1s , basically similar to the Army L-4s with Continental 0-170 engines. Twenty NE-2s were similar.

deHavilland WWI

As war spread around the world at the beginning of the 1940s, the U.S. military, dominated by old soldiers who expected to fight the next war exactly as they fought the last one, had to be convinced that the requirements for certain weapons needed to be redefined. An example was the Army’s observation airplanes, latter-day versions…

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