Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) said podcast star Joe Rogan “shouldn’t have apologized” for repeatedly using a racist slur, comparing a Black neighborhood to “Planet of the Apes” and spreading coronavirus misinformation on his show “The Joe Rogan Experience.” Source: Ron DeSantis: Joe Rogan ‘Shouldn’t Have Apologized’ For Slurs | HuffPost Latest News
Daily Archives: February 8, 2022
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Researchers in B.C. could help save one of the world’s most complex Indigenous languages | Globalnews.ca
Sara Child and Caroline Running Wolf are working to preserve Kwak’wala, an endangered language spoken on the northeast coast of Vancouver Island and the adjacent mainland coast of the province.
Their team is working with elders to develop a framework for a new teaching method for Kwak’wala, grounded in the unique cultural lens of Kwakwaka’wakw communities. The language, deeply tied to land and health, means it cannot be taught using conventional Western pedagogy alone, Child explained.
“Our languages aren’t just about speaking, our languages are intricately tied to our wellness,” she said in an interview.
“It’s vital to help revitalize our languages because of the amazing and incredibly important knowledge that is carried and encoded in our languages that help us to walk on this Earth in a very respectful and humble way.”
Source: Researchers in B.C. could help save one of the world’s most complex Indigenous languages | Globalnews.ca
Opinion | When Did Republicans Turn Into a Bunch of Snowflakes? – The New York Times
“Jew hatred,” as Ms. Lipstadt repeatedly called it, is on the rise across the globe. This past weekend, three incidents of assault or vandalism that are being investigated as possibly antisemitic took place in Brooklyn. One might reasonably assume that lawmakers would have grasped the urgent need for an antisemitism warrior — a post that, having been elevated to the level of ambassador by this president, now requires Senate approval.
But for months, Ms. Lipstadt’s nomination has been held up because she once tweeted something mean about Ron Johnson, the Wisconsin Republican who sits on the Foreign Relations Committee. As a result, he is opposing her nomination and has urged colleagues to do the same.
No one seriously questions Ms. Lipstadt’s qualifications. In a career spanning four decades, she has written at least a half dozen books on antisemitism and the Holocaust and lectured globally on the topic. Her successful legal fight against a British Holocaust revisionist was turned into a movie, “Denial,” with Ms. Lipstadt played by Rachel Weisz. Her nomination in July drew applause from Jewish groups across the ideological spectrum.
The ranking Republican on the committee, Jim Risch of Idaho, didn’t bother pretending that the delay had been about anything other than Mr. Johnson. Let this be “a learning moment” for anyone who expects to be confirmed, he said. If you say something publicly about a member, you do so at your peril.
I voted Tory for 30 years until my dad died alone from Covid. I’ll never forgive them | David Garfinkel | The Guardian
…I grew up in a household where we all voted Conservative. I live in a constituency that has voted Tory for the past decade. And if you’d said to me a few years ago that I’d be voting for another party, or perhaps not voting at all, I wouldn’t have believed you. But here I am. Because after seeing how the Conservatives have handled this pandemic, I will never vote for anyone associated with this government. As for the Tory party: our 31-year relationship is over… Source: I voted Tory for 30 years until my dad died alone from Covid. I’ll never forgive them | David Garfinkel | The Guardian
5G and QAnon: how conspiracy theorists steered Canada’s anti-vaccine trucker protest | Canada | The Guardian
‘A 1938 moment’: Lithuanian PM warns about Russian troops in Belarus | Lithuania | The Guardian
Rep. Beatty Says Anti-Mask Colleague Harassed, ‘Poked’ Her
Rep. Joyce Beatty, a Democrat representing Ohio’s 3rd district, said in a Tuesday tweet that on her way to the House floor, Rep. Hal Rogers (R-Ky.) “poked my back” and told her to “kiss my ass,” when she asked him to put on a mask.
According to Beatty, the two had been about to board a cramped train in the Capitol Building to the House floor, when she says she “respectfully asked my colleague Rep. Hal Rogers to put on a mask while boarding the train.” In response, Beatty says Rogers “then poked my back, demanding I get on the train,” and when she asked him “not to touch me, he responded, ‘kiss my ass.’”
Source: Rep. Beatty Says Anti-Mask Colleague Harassed, ‘Poked’ Her
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