Omicron COVID variant was in Europe before South African scientists detected and flagged it to the world

Dutch health authorities announced on Tuesday that they found the new Omicron variant of the coronavirus in cases dating back as long as 11 days, indicating that it was already spreading in western Europe before the first cases were identified in southern Africa. The RIVM health institute said it found Omicron in samples dating from November 19 and 23.Continue reading “Omicron COVID variant was in Europe before South African scientists detected and flagged it to the world”

Florida Gov. DeSantis recruits unvaccinated officers with cash bonuses

DeSantis mentioned the New York City, Minneapolis, Chicago and Seattle police departments as possible targets. Law enforcement officers who risk losing their jobs for not wanting to get vaccinated against Covid-19 or make their vaccination statuses known could get $5,000 bonuses to work in Florida. Gov. Ron DeSantis said Sunday on Fox News that he wants out-of-stateContinue reading “Florida Gov. DeSantis recruits unvaccinated officers with cash bonuses”

Let’s talk about the New York police union and narratives – Beau of the Fifth Column

FBI Raids NYPD Union Office And Home Of Its Right-Wing Leader

The agency said the raids were part of “an ongoing investigation.” Federal agents raided the offices Tuesday of a New York City police union, the Sergeants Benevolent Association, and the Long Island home of its bombastic leader, who has clashed with city officials over his incendiary tweets and hard-line tactics. FBI spokesperson Martin Feely saidContinue reading “FBI Raids NYPD Union Office And Home Of Its Right-Wing Leader”

Report: 9 NYC firefighters suspended over racist messages

New York City officials have suspended nine firefighters without pay in connection with a string of racist messages and memes they shared on their phones, including ones that mocked the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis last year, according to a published report. A spokesperson called the suspensions the most severe punishments ever handedContinue reading “Report: 9 NYC firefighters suspended over racist messages”

The Rise of Cotton: Crash Course Black American History #13

Cotton is everywhere in our modern world, and it became a hugely important crop in the 19th century United States. Cotton was a huge economic boon to the US, and much of that wealth was built on the backs of enslaved laborers. And cotton didn’t only benefit the states where slavery was legal. While cottonContinue reading “The Rise of Cotton: Crash Course Black American History #13”

Brazil’s Bolsonaro vows to break NYC COVID-19 mandate by attending UN meetings without getting vaccinated

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro says he won’t be vaccinated ahead of next week’s UN General Assembly in New York.  New York currently requires everyone to be vaccinated in indoor businesses.  UN Secretary General António Guterres told the BBC that he can’t require heads of states to get the shot. Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro says he will addressContinue reading “Brazil’s Bolsonaro vows to break NYC COVID-19 mandate by attending UN meetings without getting vaccinated”

Gilded Age Politics:Crash Course US History #26

In which John Green teaches you about the Gilded Age and its politics. What, you may ask, is the Gilded Age? The term comes from a book by Mark Twain and Charles Dudley Warner titled, “The Gilded Age.” You may see a pattern emerging here. It started in the 1870s and continued on until theContinue reading “Gilded Age Politics:Crash Course US History #26”

Growth, Cities, and Immigration: Crash Course US History #25

In which John Green teaches you about the massive immigration to the United States during the late 19th and early 20th century. Immigrants flocked to the US from all over the world in this time period. Millions of Europeans moved to the US where they drove the growth of cities and manned the rapid industrializationContinue reading “Growth, Cities, and Immigration: Crash Course US History #25”

The rich, the poor and the trash – DW Documentary (2018)

Inequality is growing. The rich consume much more than the poor and produce much more waste. Trash has become a symbol of our times. But what some people throw away, means money to others and a chance to survive. The amount of waste we generate and the way we deal with it speak volumes aboutContinue reading “The rich, the poor and the trash – DW Documentary (2018)”

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