L.A. school district approves student COVID vaccine mandate – Los Angeles Times

All children 12 and older in Los Angeles public schools must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by January to enter campus under an order approved Thursday by the Board of Education, the first such mandate among the nation’s largest school systems. The requirement cements the standing of the L.A. Unified School District as an early adopter of COVID-19 school safety measures that are wide-reaching and aggressive — a posture that has resulted in both praise and pushback.

Source: L.A. school district approves student COVID vaccine mandate – Los Angeles Times

The Facebook and Ray-Ban smart glasses look cool… but no thanks

Look, I’d love to try the Facebook and Ray-Ban smart glasses, but there is no way in hell I’d actually use these day-to-day. Facebook simply can’t be trusted. From Cambridge Analytica to scamming teens to sell off their personal data, Facebook has repeatedly and continually violated people’s privacy. Even moving beyond the never-ending array of scandals, the platform is essentially an advertizer. Its goal is to harvest your information to sell ads. That’s it. And you know what’s an absolutely fantastic data source? A pair of cameras attached to your head. Look, I’m sure Facebook will big up all the privacy aspects of its smart glasses at launch, but it’ll be like the Portal: all words, no substance.

Source: The Facebook and Ray-Ban smart glasses look cool… but no thanks

Nearly 69K COVID-19 cases and 17K deaths at nursing homes went uncounted, study finds – UPI.com

Nearly 69,000 additional COVID-19 cases and 17,000 more deaths occurred at nursing homes in the United States in 2020 than were reported, an analysis published Thursday by JAMA Network Open found.

Source: Nearly 69K COVID-19 cases and 17K deaths at nursing homes went uncounted, study finds – UPI.com

Parents on B.C.’s Malcolm Island say most children kept home from school over teacher’s mask exemption | CBC News

Many parents have sent a collective letter to the school district and the B.C. Ministry of Education calling on them to ensure “a safe and secure learning environment” for children and other staff members.

The letter also requests that teachers and staff who cannot wear masks be relocated to where they can work in isolation from the rest of the school community, and calls for the ministry to provide emergency funds for safe in-school learning alternatives for students.

“None of us want this,” said Reid. “My kid … is finally excited about school and now this is happening.”

Reid said most parents don’t want to resort to home-schooling, but she envisions a number of them will de-register their child if a solution isn’t found quickly.

Source: Parents on B.C.’s Malcolm Island say most children kept home from school over teacher’s mask exemption | CBC News

In search of a marvellous meat-free treat? I have found the perfect fungus | Adrian Chiles | The Guardian

I thought these delicacies were just a well-kept Croatian secret, but it seems ‘the chicken of the woods’ has been growing nearer to home all the time, writes Adrian Chiles

Source: In search of a marvellous meat-free treat? I have found the perfect fungus | Adrian Chiles | The Guardian

‘Not even modestly good control’: Fauci says US Covid cases 16 times too high to end pandemic | Anthony Fauci | The Guardian

“The endgame is to suppress the virus,” Fauci said. “Right now, we’re still in pandemic mode, because we have 160,000 new infections a day.” The seven-day average of new cases declined slightly from the previous week, to 140,000 cases, although it’s possible reported case numbers are low given two holidays this week. Rates this high make it impossible to return to some semblance of normal life, Fauci said. “In a country of our size, you can’t be hanging around and having 100,000 infections a day. You’ve got to get well below 10,000 before you start feeling comfortable,” he said.

Source: ‘Not even modestly good control’: Fauci says US Covid cases 16 times too high to end pandemic | Anthony Fauci | The Guardian

Thoughtful Thursdays, Stayed on Freedom’s Call page 28, leaping forward

Critical thinking for Human Community

It is crucial that we each help our society to become more fully inclusive for all of us today, and to come and work together, for all of us, right?  

I believe that attention to shared histories, as in DC, may provide part of an answer.  I started a note about that, a few years ago, in my book Stayed on Freedom’s Call:

” … When GWU shut down the Urban Law Institute, a hole was left in community legal services which the Cahn’s endeavored to fill.

They created the Antioch School of Law in 1972, each serving as “Co-Dean” of the law school.

This law school took a unique approach to training lawyers. First year law students were assigned to live with the clients for the first six weeks of the new school year while learning to do legal research, getting oriented to the city, and handling administrative…

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Very Berry Lassi

Tanooki Homemade Cafe

When I was in Seattle, there were so many Indian restaurants and every restaurant I tried was awesome. Even though each and every one of them had a delicious food, as long as there were a number of restaurants in small areas, there was a competition. Some restaurants close out unfortunately. But for customers, don’t worry, the new restaurant was also an Indian restaurant;) (I guess this is because the owner sold the restaurant in an Indian community? That happens to all the cuisine too.)

Because of this, my dinner buddy and I didn’t have trouble finding a restaurant whenever we felt like curry. But, in terms of finding good lassi, there is a problem.

Most Indian restaurants we found had only plain/mango lassi but no other flavors. Of course mango lassi is everyone’s favorite, including me, but this time I wanted to try other flavors. I bet many people…

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