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Activist, writer, researcher, addicted to sharing information and facts.

New China coronavirus data buttress fears about high fatality rate – STAT

A case fatality rate of between 2% to 4% rivals and even exceeds that of the 1918 Spanish Flu pandemic, which is estimated to have killed upwards of 50 million people. Even a case fatality rate of 0.7% — which means 7 out of every 1,000 infected people would die — is sobering. It is seven times the fatality rate for seasonal flu, which is estimated to kill between 290,000 and 650,000 people a year globally.

Source: New China coronavirus data buttress fears about high fatality rate – STAT

Modi appeals for calm Delhi riots

As the death toll rose above 20 in New Delhi after violence this week, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has appealed for calm, while Delhi’s chief minister has been calling for a curfew.
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20 dead in India after Trump visit – over anti-Muslim laws 🥵

How Iran’s coronavirus death toll came to be the highest behind only China | South China Morning Post

Qom, south of the capital Tehran, has been identified as the centre of contagion, but Iran has warned it is possible the virus is present in all cities.
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Inoreader – N.S.A. Phone Program Cost $100 Million, but Produced Only Two Unique Leads

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Source: Inoreader – N.S.A. Phone Program Cost $100 Million, but Produced Only Two Unique Leads

Costa Rican indigenous land activist killed by armed mob

  • Yehry Rivera, 45, latest to die in spate of violence
  • Brörán community has been trying to reclaim ancestral land

A Costa Rican indigenous defender has been killed by an armed mob while trying to reclaim ancestral land – the latest in a spate of violence targeting native communities in Central America’s safest country.

Yehry Rivera, 45, from the Brörán community in Térraba, was shot dead around 11pm on Monday after being surrounded by a group of angry locals armed with sticks, machetes, stones and at least one gun.

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Indonesia’s child rights commissioner apologises for saying women can get pregnant by sharing pool with men – ABC News

A child rights commissioner in Indonesia is resisting calls for her sacking, after telling women and girls they risk becoming pregnant if they swim in the same pool as men.
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She should resign or be asked to resign 😡

Rest In Power, Katherine Johnson🙏🙏

Brilliant NASA mathematician Katherine Johnson has passed away at the age of 101.

What a life she had. What she saw in her 101 years.

I am ashamed that I consider myself an educated person, and I had no idea about Ms. Johnson until Hidden Figures came out. In an era where Black people were invisible, Mrs. Johnson’s brain broke down barriers.

I am so happy that she lived long enough to see her get the accolades while she was still alive.

Thank you for blazing the trail for others, Mrs. Johnson.


We remember Katherine Johnson, influential NASA mathematician who calculated the flight path for America’s first space mission and inspired the movie ‘Hidden Figures.’

— Smithsonian NMAAHC (@NMAAHC) February 24, 2020

After a lifetime of reaching for the stars, today, Katherine Johnson landed among them. She spent decades as a hidden figure, breaking barriers behind the scenes. But by the end of her life, she had become a hero to millions—including Michelle and me.

— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) February 24, 2020

“Girls are capable of doing everything men are capable of doing. Sometimes they have more imagination than men.”

— Katherine Johnson

Rest In Peace 💖

— Maryam Zaringhalam, PhD (@webmz_) February 24, 2020

We’ve lost an icon and brilliant mathematician with the passing of Katherine Johnson.

A barrier breaker and inspiration for women of color everywhere, Katherine’s legendary work with NASA will forever leave a mark on our history. My heart goes out to her family and loved ones.

— Kamala Harris (@SenKamalaHarris) February 24, 2020

As a child, Katherine Johnson said she “counted everything: the steps, the dishes, the stars in the sky.” As a mathematician, she broke barriers to help reach those stars. Her calculations helped put Americans in space, in orbit, and, finally, on the moon. #HiddenFigures

— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) February 24, 2020

RIP #KatherineJohnson “a pioneer who broke the barriers of race and gender, showing generations of young people that everyone can excel in math and science and reach for the stars”-Prez Obama.

May her memory be a blessing and inspiration. #HiddenFigures

— Christine Pelosi (@sfpelosi) February 24, 2020

I am so happy that #KatherineJohnson lived long & finally received the name recognition she so richly deserved: “NASA mathematician depicted in ‘Hidden Figures,’ dead at 101” #RIP

— Maya Wiley (@mayawiley) February 24, 2020

She was no longer hidden and such a powerful inspiration. We are grateful for the life and legacy of #KatherineJohnson.

— The King Center (@TheKingCenter) February 24, 2020

Legendary. #KatherineJohnson Rest in power, great woman.

— Barbara Malmet (@B52Malmet) February 24, 2020