Germany bans unvaccinated people from shops and bars – BBC News

Germany has announced sweeping new restrictions for people who have not been vaccinated against Covid. Chancellor Angela Merkel said unvaccinated people would be barred from many public places, including non-essential shops and events, unless they had recently recovered from Covid. “Culture and leisure nationwide will be open only to those who have been vaccinated orContinue reading “Germany bans unvaccinated people from shops and bars – BBC News”

Indigenous leaders pan ‘Quebec values’ course for not being inclusive – APTN News

Quebec is scrapping its “ethics and religion” course in favour of one called “Quebec values and citizenship.” But there’s been significant fallout from First Nations political and educational organizations following the announcement.

Carl Sagan on the Existence of God

Excerpt taken from the Q&A following Carl Sagan’s 1994 “Lost” Lecture: The Age of Exploration. Complete lecture can be found here:

One of the world’s oldest rainforests has been returned to the Australian Aboriginal people who have lived there for millenniums

More than 395,000 acres from four of Australia’s national parks was returned to the Aboriginal Eastern Kuku Yalanji people in a “historic” agreement, officials announced Wednesday.  Among the land is tourist hotspot Daintree National Park, a roughly 2.2-million-acre rainforest that’s part of Australia’s Wet Tropics, which is a UNESCO World Heritage site. The rainforest, which lies on Queensland’s northeastContinue reading “One of the world’s oldest rainforests has been returned to the Australian Aboriginal people who have lived there for millenniums”

Did the pandemic signal the end of the American era? | The Bottom Line – Al Jazeera

Canadian-American anthropologist Wade Davis holds a mirror up to the United States and sees a society in decline. Davis argues that the US dominated the world in the post-WWII era because Americans came out of the war with a sense of common purpose. A vibrant, educated middle class dominated. But now America’s social fabric isContinue reading “Did the pandemic signal the end of the American era? | The Bottom Line – Al Jazeera”

Britain may revert to the imperial system as part of its plans to ‘capitalize on new Brexit freedoms’

The UK announced plans on Thursday to reevaluate leftover laws from the European Union. The government said it will review the EU ban on imperial units and legislate “in due course.” The EU-imposed metric system has “long been a flashpoint for anti-EU campaigners,” i news said. The UK is considering reverting to the imperial system,Continue reading “Britain may revert to the imperial system as part of its plans to ‘capitalize on new Brexit freedoms’”

Central China: 25 dead in flooded Zhengzhou metro, landslides

President Xi Jinping says situation “extremely severe” after city of Zhengzhou saw a year’s worth of rain in just three days. At least 25 people were killed as torrential rain lashed China’s central province of Henan, causing landslides and flooding that partially submerged the underground rail system of Zhengzhou. About 200,000 residents were evacuated asContinue reading “Central China: 25 dead in flooded Zhengzhou metro, landslides”

Langston Hughes and the Harlem Renaissance: Crash Course Literature 215

In which John Green teaches you about the poetry of Langston Hughes. Langston Hughes was a poet and playwright in the first half of the 20th century, and he was involved in the Harlem Renaissance, which was a cultural movement among African Americans of the time that produced all kinds of great works in literature,Continue reading “Langston Hughes and the Harlem Renaissance: Crash Course Literature 215”

Slavery, Ghosts, and Beloved: Crash Course Literature 214

In which John Green teaches you about Beloved by Toni Morrison. I’ll warn you up front, this book is something of a downer. That’s because it deals with subjects like slavery, the death of a child, a potential haunting, and a bunch of other sad stuff. John will talk about Beloved in relation to slavery,Continue reading “Slavery, Ghosts, and Beloved: Crash Course Literature 214”

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