Increase in people exploiting mask exemptions while vulnerable people denied entry to shops | RNZ News  (Me: Mask up – don’t be irresponsible with health of community and yourself!!!)

“What we’re finding is that there are a whole lot of people who are fraudulently claiming to have a mask exemption, and people are getting really quite abusive and aggressive with retail workers when [they’re] asking them to put a mask on.” Source: Increase in people exploiting mask exemptions while vulnerable people denied entry to shops | RNZ News

PSOJ urges a unified approach in the vaccination effort

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The Private Sector Organization of Jamaica (PSOJ) is sounding a little exasperated, and who can blame them? I attended a press briefing by the Ministry of Health and Wellness this evening (surprisingly, very poorly attended by the media), and came away with the feeling that we are plodding along, doing more of the same – and planning another vaccination blitz for the upcoming holiday weekend. However, to quote Health Minister Christopher Tufton at this evening’s press briefing, “We cannot continue in this vein.” Using an oddly appropriate medical term!

A slide from this evening’s press briefing. Our “R” (transmission) rate is around 0.7 – 0.8

Seriously, though, we cannot keep “edging forward” like this, in Minister Tufton’s words. We are making too little progress, and far too slowly. Meanwhile, the “vaccine hesitant” are being swayed by misinformation and a continuous outpouring of new “theories” from various sources. It is…

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Texas official orders teachers to present ‘opposing’ views on Holocaust – The Jerusalem Post

“Under this law, it would be impossible to teach that Nazi Germany was inherently anti-Semitic, or that the Third Reich oppressed Jews simply because they were Jews, because that would identify Nazis as inherently biased and Jews as inherently and systemically oppressed,” Russel Neiss, a Jewish educator in St Louis, wrote in the St. Louis Jewish Light in May about legislation that had been proposed in Missouri. Lawmakers there are continuing to push for anti-critical race theory rules for schools. Source: Texas official orders teachers to present ‘opposing’ views on Holocaust – The Jerusalem Post

Meteorite crashes through roof of Canada woman’s home and on to bed | Canada | The Guardian

A fragment from a meteorite is seen in an undated photo issued by the Natural History Museum. A woman in Canada awoke in shock earlier this week when a rock crashed through the ceiling of her home and landed on her bed, narrowly missing her but spraying grit and other debris on her face, as her dog barked frantically.

Police were called and the culprit was initially suspected to be a construction site nearby, where work must have sent the fist-sized projectile onto the woman’s pillow. But when the construction workers said they had not set any blasts – but had just seen an explosion in the sky – the consensus quickly became that the rock was a meteorite, the Canadian Press reported.

Ruth Hamilton had been fast asleep in Golden, a small town amid the Rocky Mountains, in British Columbia, on 3 October when her dog began barking and she woke with a start.

“I’ve never been so scared in my life,” she said. “I wasn’t sure what to do so I called 911 and, when I was speaking with the operator, I flipped over my pillow and saw that a rock had slipped between two pillows.”

It turned out there had been a meteorite shower in the skies above the western Canadian region that night. Hamilton plans to keep the space rock and is very relieved she wasn’t injured.

Source: Meteorite crashes through roof of Canada woman’s home and on to bed | Canada | The Guardian

Glissando

ore de drum

Cuenca, 2017

De câte ori vizitez o expoziție de artă contemporană amenajată într-o biserică, îmi place să mă strecor în spatele panourilor de acroșaj ca să mă uit în partea din afara spațiului expozițional, deși înălțimea lor e calculată astfel încât să poată fi observate optim ornamentele arhitecturale.

Întotdeauna am impresia că acele inofensive paravane ascund ceva de ochii profanilor, așa cum pe reversul panourilor unui retablu figurează picturi în completarea imaginilor principale.

Și, de fiecare dată, găsesc același lucru.

Proust nu s-a încumetat, în eseul sau din 1905, să formuleze principii la fel de radicale ca Nietzsche, dar a încercat să nu se lase mai prejos. Atunci când decreta dispariția catedralelor, un profetic eseu despre viitorul religiei în modernitate, sentința lui a trezit spaime.

Nu numai ca n-au pierit, dar bisericile, multe în noua lor formă de sanctuare ale artei contemporane, sunt mai inspiratoare ca oricând.

Pasarela istorică San…

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