More than 100 Afghans from music school flown out of country

More than 100 students, alumni and faculty members of the Afghanistan National Institute of Music have been flown out of Kabul on their way to Portugal, where the government has agreed to grant them asylum, the institute’s director said Monday.

They were on board a flight carrying 235 people out of Kabul’s international airport to Qatar on Sunday. It was the largest airlift of Afghan nationals since Taliban fighters seized Afghanistan in mid-August, two weeks before the U.S. and NATO withdrew their forces from the country after a 20-year military presence.

“You cannot imagine how happy I am. Yesterday I was crying for hours,” the school’s founder and director, Ahmad Sarmast, said from his home in Melbourne, Australia.

The musicians join tens of thousands of Afghans, including many from the country’s sports and arts scene, who have fled since August. Among the recent evacuees are Afghanistan’s female robotics team, known as the “Afghan Dreamers,” and a girls soccer team who resettled in Mexico and Portugal, respectively.

Source: More than 100 Afghans from music school flown out of country

Senate Confirms 4th Native American Judge On The Entire Federal Bench | HuffPost Communities

The Senate voted Tuesday to confirm Lauren J. King to a U.S. district court, making her just the fourth Native American judge on the entire federal bench.

King, 39, was confirmed to a lifetime seat on the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington. Every Democrat present voted for her. Six Republicans voted for her: Sens. Susan Collins (Maine), Lindsey Graham (S.C.), Chuck Grassley (Iowa), Mitch McConnell (Ky.), Lisa Murkowski (Alaska) and Mike Rounds (S.D.).

Source: Senate Confirms 4th Native American Judge On The Entire Federal Bench | HuffPost Communities

GOP lawmaker blocks $27M in COVID funds because vaccines contain “living organisms with tentacles” / LGBTQ Nation (Me: This is what happens when you drink QAnon kool-aide)

A Republican lawmaker in New Hampshire is being denounced by his own party’s leaders for his bizarre claims about the COVID-19 vaccines, which included that the vaccines contain “living organism(s) with tentacles.” And he’s currently blocking millions of dollars in federal COVID-19 aid while he embarrasses the state GOP.

State Rep. Kenneth Weyler (R) emailed a 52-page “report” to his colleagues about COVID-19 and the vaccines with numerous ridiculous claims, including that the pandemic was a plot developed by leaders in the Vatican, London, and D.C. to control people’s thoughts with 5G technology.

Source: GOP lawmaker blocks $27M in COVID funds because vaccines contain “living organisms with tentacles” / LGBTQ Nation

Revealed: pipeline company paid Minnesota police for arresting and surveilling protesters | Minnesota | The Guardian

The Minnesota Public Utilities Commission, which regulates pipelines, decided rural police should not have to pay for increased strain from Line 3 protests. As a condition of granting Line 3 permits, the commission required Enbridge to set up an escrow account to reimburse police for responding to demonstrations.

Enbridge told the Guardian an independent account manager allocates the funds, and police decide when protesters are breaking the law. But records obtained by the Guardian show the company meets daily with police to discuss intelligence gathering and patrols. And when Enbridge wants protesters removed, it calls police or sends letters.

“Our police are beholden to a foreign company,” Tara Houska, founder of the Indigenous frontline group Giniw Collective, told the Guardian. “They are working hand in hand with big oil. They are actively working for a company. Their duty is owed to the state of Minnesota and to the tribal citizens of Minnesota.”

Source: Revealed: pipeline company paid Minnesota police for arresting and surveilling protesters | Minnesota | The Guardian

Wondering Wednesdays, Do Better: 1st draft is done!

Critical thinking for Human Community

I just have to share: I have finally finished my first draft of Do Better, formerly known as Baby Acres, or Baby Floors!  I’m still posting the rough draft sections so that when I post the first draft sections, there will be a line of progression to follow, to help me track my own craft learning and writing process.

Action Items:

1.) What are your thoughts on writing books?

2.) Share them with us in the comments, here, please.

3.) Share your thoughts on how continuing empathy-building cooperation might help, or hinder, inclusive thinking.

4.) Write a story, post or tweet that uses those thoughts.

Dear Readers, ideas on learning, especially multiple #LanguageLearning, on-going education and empathy-building, to #EndPoverty, #EndHomelessness,  #EndMoneyBail & achieve freedom for All HumanKind? 

Support our key #PublicDomainInfrastructure  & #StopSmoking at least for CCOVID-19:
1. #PublicLibraries,
2. #ProBono legal aid…

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UCLA anesthesiologist, vocal against COVID vaccine mandates, is escorted out of workplace – Los Angeles Times (Me: When Faux-Freedom frenzy poisons reason…)

UCLA Health said in a statement that active employees not working remotely must be vaccinated or receive an exemption, in compliance with the state public health order. “Those out of compliance are subject to progressive discipline, including restricting access to work sites and being placed on leave,” the statement said.

It is unclear what consequences Rake faced as a result. Rake did not respond to a request for comment.

UCLA Health employees are required to receive the annual flu vaccine and to provide documentation of vaccination or immunity to certain infectious diseases including measles, mumps, rubella, varicella, pertussis and meningitis.

This year, the flu and COVID-19 vaccines were added to the UCLA immunization requirement list for students.

At the Aug. 29 anti-vaccination rally, Rake urged onlookers not to request any exemptions for the vaccine. He claimed that asking for an exemption “was agreeing with the totalitarian lie that some other group has authority over your body.”

Source: UCLA anesthesiologist, vocal against COVID vaccine mandates, is escorted out of workplace – Los Angeles Times

Biden administration boosts at-home COVID-19 test supply | CIDRAP

President Biden today announced he is investing $1 billion dollars to quadruple the national supply of at-home COVID-19 tests by December.

“We will have a 200 million test supply by December,” said Jeff Zients, COVID-19 coordinator, during a White House press briefing. “At the same time we are increasing the supply of at-home tests, we are expanding access to free testing. Every American, no matter their zip code, can access free testing.”

Zients said the Biden administration was also focused on expanding the number of free, community-based testing sites to 30,000 across the country, including 20,000 sites at pharmacies.

Source: Biden administration boosts at-home COVID-19 test supply | CIDRAP

Cada instante que pasa

Santiago Galicia Rojon Serrallonga

SANTIAGO GALICIA ROJON SERRALLONGA

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En cada instante descubro un paisaje de mi existencia, un pedazo de mi historia, una huella de mi caminata. En cada minuto que pasa, miro transitar los motivos de mi vida, las rutas a otros destinos, algo de lo que fui y de lo que soy, con la posibilidad, en un quizá de cristal, de lo que, finalmente, seré. En cada movimiento del péndulo, al columpiarse bajo las manecillas inquietas del reloj, observo a la gente que estuvo conmigo, a quienes aún se encuentran a mi lado, y siento sus abrazos y su presencia, percibo sus fragancias, escucho sus voces y veo sus miradas. En cada día que se consume y se agrega a mi biografía, detecto los segundos, los minutos y las horas que se acumularon y se llevaron algo de mí, y así, con asombro, contemplo los…

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Superstition Galleries

Michael Stephen Wills Photography

….continued from the chapter “Reavis Ranch Autumn Sweep”

These are three galleries of photographs from my Superstition Wilderness postings. You can click on any gallery and page through the photographs.

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Cancanuri

Cannes Film Festival, 2021

ore de drum

Cannes, 2021

Doamne și domni cu papion, rochie lungă și ecuson se îndreaptă hotărâți într-o singură direcție, spre Palat. Soarele încă n-a apus, dar simți briza înserării. Așa începe scurtul moment pe care l-am petrecut în tumultul festivalului de film care anul acesta a fost aerisit, deși canicular.

M-am plimbat pe străzi, m-am fofilat până la covorul roșu,

am admirat ținute vestimentare și am vânat rumori.

Am privit la curioșii care așteptau răbdători dincolo de gardurile de protecție din preajma hotelurilor unde sunt cazate starurile,

în speranta de a ochi vreuna în hol,

pe terasă ori la ieșire.

Pe firul apei erau improvizate săli de protocol sau ateliere

și, nu doar pentru festival, ci pe toată durata verii,

o bibliotecă gratuită pentru însetații de lectură.

Șarmantul și lăudabilul muzeu de artă al urbei, gazda primelor ediții festivaliere, fusese rechiziționat pentru una din secțiuni.

Perfect integrată pe orizontul maritim, a poposit…

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