These black and white photographs taken between 1934 and 1953 showcase a forgotten time in history when London had its very own beach. On 23 July, …Tower Bridge Beach In Photos: 1934-1953
Daily Archives: August 21, 2022
FIU researchers discover how DDT exposure contributes to Alzheimer’s disease risk | FIU News – Florida International University
Poland declares that household cats are now an invasive species | Here & Now (Me: Headline is misleading – they are referring to cats allowed to roam outside – not indoor cats.)
“I think a lot of it really needs to be kind of a cultural change,” she says, “where people understand the impact of their cat, and that keeping it indoors is something that every cat owner can do as part of their effort to make the environment safer and better for everybody.” Source: Poland declares that household cats are now an invasive species | Here & Now
A poem in Vietnamese by Đinh Trường Chinh
Translator: Nguyễn Thị Phương Trâm
loneliness is brutal
dusk failed to interpret the rain
I’m awake amongst the earthy smell
my fifth coffee
on the shiny wood surface
loneliness is without repose
no bough no shade
I lay down to sleep
allow myself to drift through the streets
I’m cloaked in black
the poem in my head is an umbrella
shielding me from the broken pieces of a storm
the falling raindrops from my eyes .
in the end
loneliness will be its own entombment
Chet baker will whisk it along .
leaving the brown wooden table behind
crossing the road
I will buy the lottery ticket
I will win an island
a solace amidst the ocean
there I will plant a copse of loneliness
there I will live
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Sunday Links: California Releases First Monkeypox Quarantine Guidelines
Faszinierende Fjordlandschaften in Norwegen
Die norwegische Fjordregion gehört mit seinen zerklüfteten Küstenabschnitten, den tief ins Land einschneidenden Fjorden und den zahlreichen Wasserfällen zu den spektakulärsten Landschaften nicht nur Norwegens, sondern der ganzen Welt. Die Region wurde von den Gletschern der Eiszeiten massiv geprägt, es ist ein Labyrinth aus Inseln und Wasser, eine einzigartige Landschaft, die es in dieser Art sonst nirgendwo gibt,
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Mãe de menina
Ser mãe de meninas é muito prazeroso. Muitas vezes, antes mesmo de se chegar a idade adulta, você já ensaia viver esse momento de “sonho cor- de-rosa”, de lacinhos, roupas, sapatinhos de boneca, tranças, batom, vestidos, quarto decorado e tudo mais. É um desejo muito especial ( idealizado) inclusive. Óbvio que, tudo isso é reflexo de todo um preparo em que, a criança acaba sendo condicionada; a mulher principalmente, porque é moldada a maternidade.
Por isso, muitas diante da maternidade, têm esse encanto, diria que, até de forma “exacerbada”. Outras perdem o interesse, o que é perfeitamente compreensível. Essa questão cabe ser vista com muito respeito, e não preconceito. Mas, voltando ao que dizia sobre ser mãe de menina, é um encanto prazeroso. Você poder olhar no olhinho dela e enxergar um pouquinho de você, éuma sensação indescritível. Claro, não falo do aspecto físico, mas do seu temperamento, da ousadia…
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Chile’s Mapuche Indigenous community’s ongoing fight against hydro-electric plants for sacred rivers – ABC News
“Human beings feel superior to the space where they go, but for us Mapuche, I belong to the earth, the earth doesn’t belong to me.”
In the worldview of the Mapuche, Chile’s largest Indigenous group and more than 10 per cent of its population, a pristine river is home to a spiritual force to revere, not a natural resource to exploit.
That has led many Mapuche across Chile’s water-rich south to fight hydro-electric plants and other projects they see as desecrating nature and depriving Indigenous communities of essential energies that keep them from getting sick.
Source: Chile’s Mapuche Indigenous community’s ongoing fight against hydro-electric plants for sacred rivers – ABC News
Opinion | Even a Single Case of Polio Is a Threat – The New York Times
The case of a young adult paralyzed by polio in New York is not simply unexpected. It’s shocking. The last time polio was diagnosed in New York State was in 1990. And yet the virus has now also been found in wastewater samples in Rockland County, Orange County and New York City. As surveillance continues, we will learn more, but what we know already is enough. We have circulating poliovirus that can cause paralysis in these communities. Polio in New York today is an imminent threat.
Unlike Covid-19, polio is not a novel disease. Once a source of terror in summer months, the virus seemed headed to the history books. Successful vaccination campaigns in the 1950s meant wild poliovirus was declared eliminated in the United States in 1979 and from the Americas in 1994.
Ousted Republican reflects on Trump, democracy and America: ‘The place has lost its mind’ | US politics | The Guardian
Last month he lost his bid to stay in the Arizona legislature in a primary contest in which his opponent was endorsed by Donald Trump. The rival, David Farnsworth, made an unusual pitch to voters: the 2020 presidential election had not only been stolen from Trump, he said, it was satanically snatched by the “devil himself”.
Bowers was ousted as punishment. The Trump acolytes who over the past two years have gained control of the state’s Republican party wanted revenge for the powerful testimony he gave in June to the January 6 hearings in which he revealed the pressure he was put under to overturn Arizona’s election result.
This is a very Arizonan story. But it is also an American story that carries an ominous warning for the entire nation.
Source: Ousted Republican reflects on Trump, democracy and America: ‘The place has lost its mind’ | US politics | The Guardian
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