Ukraine: Shelling Residential Areas Puts Civilians at Risk | Human Rights Watch (By Russian backed group)

The shelling of a school, a kindergarten, and residential areas along the line of contact in eastern Ukraine on February 17, 2022, apparently by Russia-backed armed groups, injured civilians and damaged civilian infrastructure, Human Rights Watch said today. The attacks, which injured at least four civilians, severely damaged or destroyed several homes.   Source: Ukraine: Shelling Residential Areas Puts Civilians at Risk | Human Rights Watch

WHAAT? WOW | NANMYKEL.COM

 Susan Collins, the Republican senator from Maine,  writes in an opinion piece in the New York Times today that “there is nothing more essential to the survival of a democracy than the orderly transfer of power, and there is nothing more essential to the orderly transfer of power than clear rules for effecting it. We…
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An American Newspaper Just Admitted 185 Years of Racism – (Baltimore Sun)

As part of its mea culpa, the paper published a bulleted list of some of its sins:

  • Classified ads selling enslaved people or offering rewards for their return, the first of which appeared just two months after the paper’s launch in May 1837;
  • Editorials in the early 1900s seeking to disenfranchise Black voters because, as The Sun opinion writers wrote, “the exclusion of the ignorant and thriftless negro vote will make for better political conditions” and to support racial segregation in neighborhoods to preserve what Sun writers called the “dominant and superior” white race;
  • A failure to hire any African American journalists before the 1950s, and too few Black journalists ever since;The identification of Black people by race in articles into the early 1960s, until progressive readers threatened to cancel their subscriptions if the labels weren’t removed;
  • A reliance by too many of us for too long on the word of law enforcement over that of Black residents who said they were being improperly targeted by police;A 2002 editorial dismissal of African American lawyer Michael Steele, running mate to gubernatorial candidate Robert Ehrlich, as bringing “little to the team but the color of his skin”;
  • A dearth of stories about issues relevant and important to non-white communities, and a failure to feature Black residents in stories of achievement and inspiration, rather than crime and poverty, on a level proportionate to that of their white counterparts.

Some of those offenses are so recent that I was a working journalist in Baltimore when they happened; when Ehrlich and Steele were elected, I was a reporter at a competing newspaper and interviewed Steele in the lieutenant governor’s office not long after the “little to the team but color…” comment was published.

Source: An American Newspaper Just Admitted 185 Years of Racism

Ending all Covid restrictions ‘premature and not based on evidence’, says BMA | Coronavirus | The Guardian

Ending all Covid restrictions is premature and “not based on current evidence”, the British Medical Association has said, as experts warned dropping testing and self-isolation could lead to a surge in cases.

Boris Johnson told MPs last week that he was preparing to lift the legal requirement in England to self-isolate on 24 February, a month earlier than originally planned, with a formal announcement expected on Monday.

The prime minister is keen to claim victory for weathering the Omicron wave and placate lockdown-sceptics on his backbenches, who object to legal restrictions on daily life.

But Dr Chaand Nagpaul, chair of the BMA council, said the decision was “not based on current evidence and is premature,” adding: “It clearly hasn’t been guided by data or done in consultation with the healthcare profession.”

He said case rates remained exceptionally high, with the latest Office for National Statistics survey suggesting one in 20 people in England were infected last week.

Source: Ending all Covid restrictions ‘premature and not based on evidence’, says BMA | Coronavirus | The Guardian

Ivermectin futile for mild to moderate COVID-19, study finds | CIDRAP

Lack of efficacy, more adverse events

Doctors at 20 Malaysian government hospitals and a COVID-19 quarantine center conducted an open-label, randomized clinical trial on the use of ivermectin in the first week of COVID-19 symptom onset in hospitalized adults 50 years and older with mild or moderate illness and underlying medical conditions.

Source: Ivermectin futile for mild to moderate COVID-19, study finds | CIDRAP

ACLU sues Missouri School District for Permanent Removal of Eight Books

The Wentzville school board had reportedly voted to permanently remove eight books including The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison and Invisible Girl by Lisa Jewell. American Library Association executive director Tracie Hall told CNN that banning books can influence a child’s development in relation to real world challenges. Source: ACLU sues Missouri School District for Permanent Removal of Eight Books