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Eco-Leftists and the Far Right: Vaccine Mandate Forges Unlikely Coalition of Protesters in Germany
NUREMBERG, Germany — Maria Liebermann came wrapped in fairy lights and waved a peace flag featuring a white dove. Martin Schmidt carried a Germany flag with the word RESIST scrawled across it in capital letters.She is a self-described “eco-leftist.” He votes for the far-right Alternative for Germany. They disagree on everything from immigration to climate change, but on a recent Monday they marched side by side against the prospect of a general Covid vaccine mandate, shouting “Freedom!”At the start of the pandemic, Germany was widely lauded as a model of unity in combating the coronavirus. A general trust in government encouraged citizens to comply with lockdowns, mask guidance and social distancing restrictions.
51 minutes ago | The NY Times
Can a New Line of Work Help Save These Wild Welsh Ponies?
As a keen equestrian, I felt a little odd to be pulling on hiking shoes, rather than riding boots, as I prepared for a day out with horses. But this wasn’t going to be an ordinary hike.My new friend Jacko snorted and threw his head to the side to watch as I carefully packed my camera gear into the panniers secured to his back. Quickly losing interest, he turned back to his hay net, which was tied to a fence that framed an expansive vista of the quintessential Welsh landscape: endless fields of lush green grass, bordered by thick hedgerows and dense woodland and leading through the valley toward the distant hills.During the pandemic, I found solace in the picturesque countryside of my homeland in Wales, where herds of wild Welsh mountain ponies have roamed freely among the hills for centuries.
2 hours ago | The NY Times
Habrá otra variante del coronavirus. El mundo debe estar preparado
Cada vez que surge una nueva variante del coronavirus, el mundo sigue un patrón similar. Los científicos divulgan sus hallazgos y se desata el pánico. No se toman suficientes medidas entre cada ola para la prevención o preparación ante la próxima.La variante ómicron tomó a gran parte del mundo por sorpresa. No debido a su existencia —así se comportan los virus—, sino debido a lo contagiosa que es y a la rapidez con la que se propaga. Los países trataron de establecer políticas sobre la marcha que debieron haberse implementado desde hace mucho, como garantizar que haya suficientes pruebas disponibles.Ahora que nos acercamos al tercer año de la pandemia de COVID-19, ya es tiempo de que el mundo aprenda de los errores del pasado. Esto comienza con reconocer que las variantes alfa, delta y ómicron no son amenazas nuevas. Todas siguen derivándose del coronavirus. En lugar de arrojar a nuestras sociedades al caos cada vez que surge una nueva variante, tenemos que reconocer que el virus aún no está bajo control y que las naciones necesitan crear mejores estrategias de preparación, detección y respuesta a las futuras olas. Se puede hacer buen uso de todos los conocimientos adquiridos sobre cómo responder a una variante tan letal como la delta o tan contagiosa como la ómicron.
3 hours ago | Outdoor Photographer
Reach For Your Alternate Lens
I remember looking at the amazing black-and-white prints of Ansel Adams of the sprawling landscape. His view of the Teton Range from the Snake River still resonates in my brain as do many of his other remarkably perfect images. I also remember looking through issues of National Geographic wondering how any photographer was able to get a full-frame portrait of just a lion’s face. Deeper research taught me about wide-angle and telephoto lenses, which explained how each image could be made, but it didn’t lower the amazement and jealously held for the stunning quality of each photo. I had to discover how these images were created and how I could mimic these visuals.As my photography evolved, those early seeds mentioned above naturally lead me to grab my wide angle when I went on a landscape photography trip and, conversely, grab all my long zooms for the times I went to photograph wildlife. As time went on, I continued to learn more tricks about each type of photography and how to utilize various lenses to acquire the best possible image, but after years and years, all my photos continued to have “the same look.” It was time to break the mold, think outside the box, rethink my focal lengths and alter my mindset.
3 hours ago | KQED
Mateo Berger: Meeting My Birth Mother
For adopted children, the chance to meet birth parents is filled with endless questions and a chance to open a new chapter in their life. Mateo Berger has this Perspective. Hand-in-hand my mom and I walk along the colorful cobblestone streets of Antigua, Guatemala. I am 7 years old and we are on our way to meet my mother— the mother I haven’t seen in almost seven years. As church bells chime, we hurry towards the bus terminal. My mom— my adoptive American mom— hired a searcher to find my Guatemalan birth mother. Today is the day I meet her. A few minutes later, we’re standing across the street from the terminal as a bus pulls away from the curb. While the haze of exhaust dissipates, a woman approaches us. She has thick black hair and dramatic dark eyebrows. My carbon copy. She is the woman who gave me life. Face to face, instinctively, we move towards each other. Is this the bond of blood? Surprisingly, she feels nothing like a stranger or someone I have waited for my entire life. The interaction feels oddly natural. Hugging her feels familiar, like embracing an old friend. At lunch, I sit on her lap and we share a plate of chicken and rice. The translator interprets her words but it doesn’t take language to feel her love. Within the next few hours, I become an older brother, a younger brother, and an uncle to two. I also learn I hate plantains. I used to be afraid my mother might die before I met her. Or that she worried where I was, if I was safe. I worried about her, too. Like me, many adopted children grow up wondering who they look like, where they get their personalities from— their adoptive parents or their birth parents. The questions are endless. Recently, the Guatemalan government launched a program through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and National Council of Adoption. This service provides Guatemalan adoptees access to a database of information about their biological roots. For adoptees, this is far more than just a computer search engine. It could provide answers to the endless list of questions. I hope more adoptees have the same opportunity to meet their birth mothers as I did. When we met, I got closure and answers to my questions. When we hugged goodbye, I knew she got closure, too. With a Perspective, I’m Mateo Berger. Mateo Berger is a junior at Redwood High School in Larkspur.
3 hours ago | The NY Times
Rich Countries Lure Health Workers From Low-Income Nations to Fight Shortages
LUSAKA, Zambia — There are few nurses in the Zambian capital with the skills and experience of Alex Mulumba, who works in the operating room at a critical care hospital. But he has recently learned, through a barrage of social media posts and LinkedIn solicitations, that many faraway places are eager for his expertise, too — and will pay him far more than the $415 per month (including an $8 health risk bonus) he earns now.Mr. Mulumba, 31, is considering those options, particularly Canada, where friends of his have immigrated and quickly found work. “You have to build something with your life,” he said.Canada is among numerous wealthy nations, including the United States and United Kingdom, that are aggressively recruiting medical workers from the developing world to replenish a health care work force drastically depleted by the Covid-19 pandemic. The urgency and strong pull from high-income nations — including countries like Germany and Finland, which had not previously recruited health workers from abroad — has upended migration patterns and raised new questions about the ethics of recruitment from countries with weak health systems during a pandemic.
4 hours ago | The NY Times
The Grimness of January
Good morning. It’s Monday. We’ll look at the mood in New York City after three emotionally grueling weeks. We’ll also look at a mural that is leaving Rikers Island after 50 years.For many New Yorkers, the steady drumbeat of terrible news since Jan. 1 has compounded the cheerlessness of the pandemic.There was the 19-year-old Burger King worker who was killed during a robbery in Manhattan. There was the fire in a Bronx high-rise that killed 17 people. There was the woman who was killed when a man shoved her in front of a subway pulling into the Times Square station. There was the 11-month-old baby sitting in a parked car in the Bronx who was hit by a bullet. There were the officers in the Bronx and Staten Island who were shot and wounded.
4 hours ago | The Guardian
Who should pay £3,500 to fix my faulty Mercedes-Benz?
The power steering motor is faulty on my four-year-old GLC car but it has only done 34,000 miles
6 hours ago | The Phoblographer
Why is Modern Polaroid Film Nowhere as Good as the Old Stuff?
This blog post is inspired by a thread that happened on Reddit. I personally responded to it as I’m a Mod for R/Polaroid. But I realize that there is a ton of misinformation and folks who don’t know what’s going on. Modern Polaroid Film isn’t what it used to be. Further, there are great reasons for that. And in this blog post, we’re going to explain everything to you.The following is from a post on R/Polaroid, where I’m transparently, a mod for the subreddit. So I’ve taken a summary I wrote there and modified it for this blog post. I hope that it will provide a lot of clarity on some of the misinformation out there. Specifically, this tidbit made me write this post.Years ago, Polaroid screwed up very, very big. They were already on the decline because the world became very anti-analog to embrace DSLRs fully realizing what they could do, and early mirrorless digital. So to make themselves look cool, they literally hired Lady Gaga as their creative director without the funds to do it. Kodachrome was also on its way out then, and the entire analog photo world was in disarray. This was more than a decade ago.
7 hours ago | YouTube
STOP Whitewashing MLK's Legacy
7 hours ago | FOX News
Biden needs a strategy to scare Putin: Ortagus
Former State Department spokesperson Morgan Ortagus warns Russia senses ‘inaction’ from the administration on ‘The Next Revolution.’
7 hours ago | FOX News
Hilton: Biden’s economy is ‘historically bad’
‘The Next Revolution’ host slams Biden for ‘misleading’ economic and employment data.
7 hours ago | The NY Times
Cruise Has Surprise Ending After Judge Orders Ship Seized Over Debts
The Crystal Symphony left Miami on Jan. 8, as scheduled, on a two-week cruise. On the way back, things took an unexpected turn.The ship was scheduled to arrive in Miami on Saturday, but mid-trip, a United States federal judge ordered the cruise ship seized over a lawsuit regarding unpaid fuel bills. The ship changed course for Bimini, in the Bahamas, according to a cruise tracker, rather than sail into the clutches of federal authorities.Those on the cruise were provided with an extra night of accommodations, and on Sunday, the passengers were taken by ferry to Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Crystal Cruises said in a statement. The ferry ride, the company added, was “uncomfortable due to inclement weather.”
7 hours ago | FOX News
COVID-19 origins have to be investigated: Metzl
Former W.H.O. advisory committee member and author describes the importance of investigating the origins of the COVID-19 virus.
8 hours ago | FOX News
It’s tragic Biden doesn’t show outrage for these victims: Virginia AG
Jason Miyares vows to push back on the progressive ‘criminal first, victim last’ mindset on ‘Sunday Night in America.’
8 hours ago | FOX News
Russia invasion would be 'bloody, violent, and blitzkrieg-like': Griffin
National security correspondent Jennifer Griffin shares President Biden's decision to consider sending troops to Eastern Europe in a show of support for countries bordering Russia and Ukraine.
9 hours ago | FOX News
Biden's laundry list of failures: Steve Hilton
'The Next Revolution' host blasts President Biden for failing on multiple fronts to combat the pandemic and to uncover its origins
9 hours ago | The NY Times
These Mothers Were Exhausted, So They Met on a Field to Scream
In Boston, many mothers were exhausted. The pandemic had been so draining that they wanted to scream.But they had to hold it in because they had children to raise, careers to build and chores to finish. For nearly two years, they have been trapped.But on a night this month, about 20 mothers ditched their duties. They left their children and homes behind and headed to a high school football field.One by one, they emerged from the shadows and gathered at the 50-yard line.They stood in a circle under the soft lights, and for 20 glorious minutes they screamed and screamed and screamed, said Sarah Harmon, a therapist, yoga teacher and mother who organized the gathering.Their voices, which carried years of pain and rage that they could finally release, merged into an anguished chorus, according to videos of the gathering.
9 hours ago | FOX News
Biden's connection to China: Peter Schweizer
Author of 'Red-Handed' discusses what he believes is a compelling connection between the Biden family and China on 'Life, Liberty & Levin.'
9 hours ago | FOX News
Democrats' handling of American issues is driving them 'down the drain': Katie Pavlich
Fox News contributor Katie Pavlich slams Biden and Democrats for mishandling the biggest issues facing Americans on 'Sunday Night in America.'
10 hours ago | YouTube
A Better Healthcare System ALREADY Exists In The U.S.
As the nation grapples with shortages in nurses, primary care physicians, and other healthcare workers, preventative and routine appointments are even harder to come by in underserved communities. However, a solution to this problem, and the broken healthcare system as a whole, has been in place since the 70s: the National Health Service Corps. Ana Kasparian discusses on The Young Turks. Watch LIVE weekdays 6-8 pm ET. http://youtube.com/theyoungturks/live Read more HERE: https://jacobinmag.com/2022/01/united-states-health-care-system-national-health-service-corps “A recent exposé in the Los Angeles Times brings to light the horrific increase in amputations in majority-black, working-class South Los Angeles. After decades without access to health-promoting infrastructure like supermarkets, parks, and doctors, diabetic residents are losing their toes, feet, and legs. Nightmare scenarios like these owe in part to the nation’s shortage of primary care physicians, which has made it nearly impossible for people to obtain preventive services or to secure an appointment with their provider quickly enough to receive the specialty care that might have enabled them to keep their limbs. Thankfully, we’re beginning to see more investment in addressing the nation’s primary care shortage. In March of 2021, when he signed the American Rescue Plan, President Biden directed $1 billion to a program called the National Health Service Corps (NHSC). Not many people know about the NHSC, even though it’s been around since 1972. The NHSC commissions medical, nursing, dental, nurse practitioner, and physician assistant students to practice primary care in designated underserved areas, both rural and urban. In return, NHSC recipients receive student loan reimbursement or financial assistance to pay for college."
10 hours ago | FOX News
Dan Crenshaw: Voter suppression is a myth
The Texas Republican blasts Democrats for mischaracterizing the Texas election reform bill on 'Sunday Night in America.'
10 hours ago | FOX News
Gowdy: Where is the outrage over the right to live?
‘Sunday Night in America’ host examines the state of public safety and calls on Biden to better protect the ‘innocent public.’
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