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Sunday, February 28, 2021

The most profound thing we can offer our children is our own healing. - Anne Lamott

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You are not soft.

You are not breaking
you are not fragile
what the world
has told you.

You are not weak.

You are not dumb
and you are certainly
not failing.

You are not made
of inconsistencies;
theories, or incomplete

No, none of that.

Please throw that madness
out the window.
You are a goddamn solider
in the middle of a war.

You are the goddamn
split second between
life and death.

Between what is certain
and what might never become.

You are the shooting star
that suddenly flashes in
the night sky.

You are all
the goddamn trees
in the world,
all the oceans,
and all the fires,
in one human.

You are what is left.

You are your ancestors'
legacy, their dreams, and
their aspirations.
You are the motionless rock
in a river full of lies.

You are.

You are.

You are.

Make your life count.

Fuel the fire,
and burn,
and be,
and become,
and do,
all the things for which

you were meant for. - Robert M. Drake

Friday, February 26, 2021

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A Harvard Professor Called Wartime Sex Slaves ‘Prostitutes.’ One Pushed Back.
A Harvard Professor Called Wartime Sex Slaves 'Prostitutes.' One Pushed Back.
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Philippines' Duterte signs indemnity bill for COVID-19 vaccine rollout
Unable to get U.S. vaccines, world turns to Russia and China
Syria says it has received COVID-19 vaccinations from 'friendly country'
Thailand receives its first coronavirus vaccines
Philippines to receive first COVID-19 vaccines, start inoculations next week

So here some thoughts about minimum wage
You are beautiful enough. Your stories of 'not good enough' are finctional novels written by a culture still hiding its light under a bushel of shame. The real story, your true autobiography, is one of inherent magnificence, courage, and divinity flowing through your soul-veins. So you decide which book to read, the fictional novel written by those who do no see you, or the holy book written by your glorious spirit. - Jeff Brown, Hearticulations

Don't beat yourself up for not knowing the answers. You don't always have to know who you are. You don't have to have the big picture, or know where you're heading. Sometimes, it's enough just to know what you're going to do next. - Sophie Kinsella

Lose as many people as you need to in order to not lose yourself. No one worth keeping in your life is worth you losing yourself. - Najwa Zebian

To be beautiful means to be yourself. You don't need to be accepted by others. You need to accept yourself. - Thich Nhat Hanh

Don't waste a second of your time convincing other people you're worth loving. - Atticus

You are worth it, that's a fact. - Atticus

Don't place your dreams in the hands of those whom can destroy them. - Paulo Coelho
Watch Guests on a British Comedy Show Sing a Song About Oregon’s Exploding Whale
Biden USTR nominee Tai vows to end trade 'race to the bottom,' counter China
Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou’s extradition fight moves to yet another jurisdiction
‘Diplomacy Is Back’: Linda Thomas-Greenfield Is Confirmed as Biden’s U.N. Envoy
Rubio Joins Merkley, Warren, Cornyn In Introducing Legislation to Address Impacts of China’s Censorship of Americans and American Businesses
US and allies to build 'China-free' tech supply chain
Chinese official calls for 'joint efforts' in China-US trade
Indian coast guard find 81 Rohingya adrift at sea, asks Bangladesh to take them
UN calls for urgent rescue of drifting boat carrying 90 Rohingya refugees as passengers begin to die
To Leave Afghanistan, Biden Must Solve His Ghani Problem
Bangladesh sends more Rohingya refugees to new island
The Taliban Close In on Afghan Cities, Pushing the Country to the Brink
Bangladesh to move more Rohingya Muslims to remote island, despite outcry
China expected to unveil hike in military budget as tensions rise
Xi Jinping declares China has achieved 'human miracle' of eliminating extreme poverty
Biden CIA nominee Burns to focus on 'authoritarian adversary' China
House Set to Pass $1.9 Trillion Covid Aid Bill
GOP rallies solidly against Democrats' virus relief package
The American dream is now in Denmark
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Husband of Hitler-quoting GOP congresswoman parked his militia-stickered truck outside Capitol Jan. 6
A Capitol rioter texted his ex during the insurrection to call her a ‘moron,’ feds say. She turned him in.
Lengthy list of questions only grows as Congress holds hearings on pro-Trump riot
Capitol Police chief: Security will remain high due to State of the Union threat
Maddow: Underestimation of Trump mob's violence more than mere 'intelligence failure'
Adam Kinzinger Blasts Tucker Carlson for Saying He Can't Find QAnon
Judge rips Capitol rioter’s Trump defense
Rep. Tim Ryan: Republicans spreading lies during Capitol riot hearing a 'complete insult'
Top Security Officials Testify on Failure to Blunt Capitol Attack
CNN Anchor Slams Tucker Carlson’s Capitol Riots Revisionism: This Is ‘Fantasy Island’
Rep. Tim Ryan says those worried about optics on Jan. 6 were ‘covering their rear ends’
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North Korea: Russian diplomats leave by hand-pushed trolley
Hong Kongers crowdsourced a protest manual—and Myanmar’s already using it
Supporters of Myanmar military coup rampage in Yangon
Myanmar's hardened Chinese population takes stand against Beijing
Facebook takes down main page of Myanmar military
After a Military Coup, Artists Across Myanmar Are Making Protest Art to Share Their Struggle for Democracy With the World—See Images Here
Paint, Poems and Protest Anthems: Myanmar's Coup Inspires the Art of Defiance
Japan's Kirin says wants to stay in Myanmar despite scrapping JV ties
The key to wise thought is to sense the energy state behind the thought. If we pay attention, we will notice that certain thoughts are produced by fear and the small sense of self. With them will be clinging, rigidity, unworthiness, defensiveness, aggression, or #anxiety. We can sense their effect on the heart and the body. When we notice this suffering we can relax, breathe, loosen the identification. With this awareness the mind will become more open and malleable. With this pause we return to our Buddha nature. Now we can think, imagine, and plan, but from a state of ease and benevolence. - Jack Kornfield, The Wise Heart
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Historic LGBTQ rights bill passes — after exposing GOP divisions
Marjorie Taylor Greene blasted for attacking colleague’s transgender daughter: ‘Sickening, pathetic, unimaginably cruel’
Top Hong Kong university cuts ties with student union over national security concerns
Taiwan Denies Residency Visa to Pro-Beijing Producer Charles Heung
Two rights groups quit Hong Kong as security law sends shudders through NGOs
Hong Kongers snap up UK homes and do what they excel at: being landlords
The past is your lesson. The present is your gift. The future is your motivation. - unknown
Your Kids Aren’t Too Old for Picture Books, and Neither Are You
Our Angels Are With Us, Even In Our Darkest Times
Manhattan D.A. Now Has Trump’s Tax Returns
Manhattan prosecutor gets Trump tax records after long fight
Trump’s tax returns have been turned over to Manhattan district attorney
Now that he's out of the White House, Donald Trump has to ...
Investors say Trump properties are worthless until his name is removed
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Lucid dreamers may be able to talk to the outside world
What Are Sperm Telling Us?
Amid COVID-19 pandemic, flu has virtually disappeared in the U.S.
Ageing can be cured—and, in part, it soon will be
Dutch parliament: China's treatment of Uighurs is genocide
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U.S. Airstrikes in Syria Target Iran-Backed Militias That Rocketed American Troops in Iraq
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Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine works well in big ‘real world’ test
West Virginia's Vaccination Rate Ranks Among Highest In World
Travel Quarantines: Enduring the Mundane, One Day at a Time
"I feel sorry for anybody that could let hate wrap them up. Ain't no such thing as I can hate anybody and hope to see God's face." - Fannie Lou Hamer

Thursday, February 25, 2021

The Carpenters - Yesterday Once More - Gigi De Lana, Jon Cruz
Each of us has our own measure of pain. Sometimes the pain we suffer is great and obvious; sometimes it is subtle. Our pain can reflect the coldness of our families, the trauma of our parents, the stultifying influence of modern society. As a result, we often feel that we have been cast out. To survive we have to cover our heart, build up a layer of clay, and defend ourselves. We lose the belief that we are worthy of love. The mystic Simone Weil tells us, “The danger is not that the soul should doubt whether there is any bread, but that, by a lie, it should persuade itself that it is not hungry.”

Compassion reminds us that we do belong, as surely as we have been lost. Always remember to put your trust in compassion and self-love. From this comes a shift of identity, a release from the covering of clay, a return to our original goodness. In developing compassion start exactly where you are, whatever your situation. Having compassion for your own humanity and your struggles is critical. Let yourself sense a wish to live with greater kindness. Hold your own fear and shame with compassion, and let this practice open you to better self-care and to greater tolerance and kindness for others. - Jack Kornfield
From Self-Hate to Compassion
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A Texas woman is suing her electricity provider after she got a $9,000 power bill amid statewide power outages
Texas Electric Bills Were $28 Billion Higher Under Deregulation
A deadly storm on top of a pandemic devastates vulnerable Texans: 'We've been living in a nightmare'
Texas lawmakers investigate deadly power blackout
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Former Trump advisor says Texas power outages are consequence of electing Biden
Three generations of Texans were trying to stay warm in the blackout. Then a deadly fire erupted.
An 11-year-old boy died in an unheated Texas mobile home. Authorities suspect hypothermia.
Suspected Hypothermia Deaths In Homes Mount In Texas
Grandmother, 3 children killed in Sugar Land house fire; 2 others hurt
$17,000 Electric Bill? A Deregulated Power Grid Leads To Wild Prices For Texans
Ted Cruz Returns To Texas From Cancún After Democrats Call For Resignation
Cruz family’s Cancun trip rattles their private school
The oil and gas industry has been very generous to Texas Gov. Greg Abbott. Will that sway his outages response?
Water Problems Persist as Texas Restores Power
'Just crippling': Texans devastated by ice storm are now hunting empty shelves for food and water
Teens drive brutal spike in carjackings with covid limiting school and supervision
Dozens got coronavirus from high-intensity workouts in gyms. The CDC warns that masks, better ventilation are a must.
C.D.C. Traces Covid Outbreaks in Gyms, Urging Stricter Precautions
What is behind the lingering effects for some people who contracted COVID-19?
Entire school board resigns after mocking parents during virtual meeting
When Does COVID-19 Become A Disability? 'Long-Haulers' Push For Answers And Benefits
Entire School Board Resigns After Members Are Caught Mocking Parents on Livestream
Bend hospital workers agree to strike
School board members bash pandemic-weary parents as potheads who ‘want their babysitters back’
Almost a third of people with 'mild' Covid-19 still battle symptoms months later, study finds
'The Essence Of Truth': A Doctor's Photos Document The COVID-19 Crisis In The ER
Long-Term Studies Of COVID-19 Vaccines Hurt By Placebo Recipients Getting Immunized
Families face deadline to decide: stay home or go back to class
COVID-linked syndrome in children is growing, and cases are more severe
'It's like we're trying our best to help the virus': A fourth wave is looming if US fails to contain COVID-19 variants, experts say
Batch of homegrown coronavirus mutations seen in US
Vice President Kamala Harris emphasizes speed and equity in response to COVID-19 crisis
CDC defends school guidelines as advocates say they make it too hard to reopen
Oxford-AstraZeneca begins a vaccine trial for children. It’s the youngest group yet to be tested.

Attack on Asian American Air Force Veteran in Koreatown Investigated as Hate Crime
All About Minari, the Moving Immigrant Drama That's Now a Top 2021 SAG Awards Contender
Asian American food aid expands to address hidden hunger during pandemic
Neighbors Help Stop Harassment Of Asian American Family In Ladera Ranch
‘We’re being scapegoated’: Asians and Asian Americans speak out against spate of violence
'We are crying out for help': Actors, activists sounding alarm on surging attacks against Asian Americans
A wave of violent attacks renews focus on anti-Asian racism
East Bay school ‘Zoom-bombed’ during Chinese New Year celebration
It's been 1 year since Trump infamously tweeted the 'coronavirus is very much under control' in the U.S.

Evangelical Leaders Condemn 'Radicalized Christian Nationalism'
White supremacy a 'transnational threat', U.N. chief warns
Proud Boys splintering after Capitol riot, revelations about leader. Will more radical factions emerge?
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Readers Respond to a Defense of Portland’s Poor Snow Drivers

Change is good...

Kindness begins with the understanding that we all struggle. - Charles Glassman

Try your best to make goodness attractive. That's one of the toughest assignments you'll ever be given. - Fred Rogers

"We immediately become more effective when we decide to change ourselves rather than asking things to change for us." - Stephen R. Covey

Change is about interrupting the habits and patterns that no longer serve us. If you want to meaningfully alter your life, you don't simply abandon a dysfunctional habit or belief, you replace it with a healthy one. You choose what you're moving toward. You find an arrow and follow it. As you begin your journey, it's important to reflect not only you on what you'd like to be free from, but on what you want to be free to do or become. - Dr. Edith Edger, The Gift

Freedom only comes when you decide that you don't need anyone or anything to chnage in order to feel better. - Abraham Hicks

Start over, my darling. Be brave enough to find the life you want and courageous enough to chase it. Then start over and love yourself the way you were always meant to. - Madalyn Beck

Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today and creates a vision for tomorrow. - Melanie Beattie
Self- control is strength. Calmness is mastery. You have to get to a point where your mood doesn't shift based on the insignificant actions of someone else. Don't allow others to control the direction of your life. Don't allow your emotions to overpower your intelligence. - Unknown

"Whatever you're meant to do, do it now. The conditions are always impossible." - unknown
Doctors Sue USDA for Ignoring Concerns Over Fecal Contamination of Chicken .. back in 219, I wonder what happend...
Seven Charts Explain Downtown Portland’s Precarious Moment—and Why the Future Isn’t So Dire
Portland to settle Quanice Hayes police shooting lawsuit for more than $2 million
Portland police officers ‘guarding’ Fred Meyer dumpsters as residents seek discarded food
Portland man reacts to closure of federal probe into wrongful arrest
New, mysterious Portland monument honors York, an early explorer of Oregon
Someone Replaced the Toppled Harvey Scott Statue at Mount Tabor With a Monument to York, the Only Black Member of the Corps of Discovery
Forget Pompeii. Is Portland the Next Detroit?
Portland Public Schools Has 38 Buildings Over 90 Years Old, and Many Need New Ventilation Systems. That Might Be a Problem in a Pandemic.

Alexei Navalny leads Russians in a historic battle against arbitrary rule, with words echoing Catherine the Great
Putin warns of unnamed foreign efforts to destabilize Russia
U.S. will use a 'mix of tools seen and unseen' to respond to alleged Russia hack, national security adviser says
A California judge ordered OAN's parent company to pay $250,000 of Rachel Maddow's and MSNBC's legal fees after its failed defamation suit

Love makes us whole

Why do we love? A philosophical inquiry - Skye C. Cleary
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You don’t need a guru to tell you what your path is. You don’t need the Akashic records to clarify your course. You just need to clear the emotional debris that obstructs your knowing. You just need to peel away the layers of misidentification. You just need to look inside of your beautiful bones. Your true-path is encoded within you, living at the core of your being. There it is, waiting for its opportunity to be excavated and humanifest. Helpers can support the clearing, but they cannot know which path calls you. They cannot read from your unique soul-scriptures. Only you can. You are the sculptor of your own reality- don’t hand your tools to anyone else. - Jeff Brown

Knock all the gurus off your altar, and replace them with a picture of you. - Jeff Brown
Block Party Aims To Be A 'Spam Folder' For Social Media Harassment
First migrant facility for children opens under Biden
‘A huge step backwards’: Anger as Biden admin reopen Trump-era migrant camp for children
Biden memo for ICE officers points to fewer deportations and strict oversight
Biden, Democrats To Unveil Immigration Bill With Faster Pathway To Citizenship
‘This is a war zone’: Migrants wounded falling from Trump’s border wall being sent back to Mexico without medical help
Biden team unveils new asylum system to replace Trump’s ‘remain in Mexico’
U.S. to start taking in asylum-seekers Trump required to wait in Mexico
‘It would be very difficult’: Dems prepare for heartburn over Biden immigration plan
Superior Court to End Contract with ICE
ICE defies Biden and deports child asylum seekers to Haiti as it faces political chaos
Biden administration takes steps to dismantle Trump-era asylum agreements
Biden Withdraws From Trump’s Agreements to Send Asylum Seekers to Central America
Biden Ending Deals With Central America Restricting Asylum
Whatever happens, however it turns out, celebrate your endurance. Honor what it took to get through. Don't guilt out over checking out when you needed. There's nothing wrong with hiding when you've had enough and for coming out to honestly speak what's been on your mind or share what's in your heart. It wasn't a disgrace to sift out what felt harmful. Remember your connection to soemthing loving, something merciful, something peacful, yet strong. Whichever way it turns out to be, mark this spot as your moment of truth. - Susan Frybort
Biden nominates three to USPS board of governors as DeJoy testifies on mail crises
What Biden and the Democrats have planned for the USPS"
Lawmakers aim to dissolve 'draconian' law that placed heavy financial burden on Postal Service
Calls Mount For President Biden To Shake Up Postal Service's Leadership
'There's No End In Sight': Mail Delivery Delays Continue Across The Country

GOP Science Deniers Lecture Interior Secretary Nominee Deb Haaland On Science
Republicans sharply question Haaland at second day of confirmation hearing
Opinion | Is today’s violent right-wing-extremist threat more dangerous than in the 1990s?
Opinion | Merrick Garland lets domestic terrorists know there’s a new sheriff in town
Sen. Collins says she’ll vote against Biden budget nominee Neera Tanden
Neera Tanden in deeper jeopardy as 2 Republicans oppose her nomination
Neera Tanden's nomination to head White House budget office in peril as Collins, Romney say they will vote against her

If you inherently long for something, become it first. If you want gardens, become the gardener. If you want love, embody love. If you want mental stimulation, change the conversation. If you want peace, exude calmness. If you want to fill your world with artists, begin to paint. If you want to be valued, respect your own time. If you want to live ecstatically, find the ecstasy within yourself. This is how to draw it in, day by day, inch by inch. - Victoria Erickson, Rhythms and Roads
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How to use the Siri 'I'm Getting Pulled Over' shortcut to record police encounters during traffic stops with your iPhone
Downtown Nordstrom display windows valued at more than $50,000 each smashed Sunday
Hong Kong is setting up a billion-dollar fund to implement its national security crackdown
Explainer: What to expect from China's annual meeting of parliament
ByteDance tried to build an algorithm to censor Uighur livestreams on TikTok's Chinese sister app, a former employee has claimed
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You can't really run away from home. Because you bring it with you everywhere you go. There can definitely be value in escaping to antoehr geography, to protect yourself, to breathe, to get perspective, but you will still have to go back down the path and reclaim your childhood. Because it is still alive in you, still dictating your relational patterns, still controlling your choices. It must be owned. It must be confronted. It must be healed. And until it is, it's still the place you live. - Jeff Brown, Herticulations

Wednesday, February 24, 2021

Margaret Cho - The World Needs an All Asian Women Army
The "New" Republican Party

The Challenge of Being Close

Isolation is one of the symptons of depression that not many people talk about. I push people away, I ignore texts, phone calls, I don't have the energy and end up alone because of it, making it even worse. End the stigma. - Andy
"As human beings, our job in life is to help people realize how rare and valuable each one of us really is, that each of us has something that no one else has--or ever will have--something inside that is unique to all time. It's our job to encourage each other to discover that uniqueness and to provide ways of developing its expression."- Fred Rogers

I love people that have no idea how wonderful they are and just wander around making the world a better place. - unknown

You don't have to rebuild a relationship with everyone you've forgiven. Just because you're at peace, doesn't mean they're not still toxic. - unknown
Retail Sales Jumped 5.3% in January, Far Higher Than Expected
Questions you cannot answer are usually far better for you than answers you cannot question. - Yuval Noah Harari

The problem is not to find the answer, it's to face the answer. - Terence McKenna

"Part of our Promethean and godlike aspiration to the control of nature is the concomitant obligation to care for nature and to feel nature. So really, my message here is a message of feeling. The ideas will come. The ratiocination will come. But what we have to do is feel our dilemma. If we could feel our dilemma and make other people feel our dilemma, we could move rapidly toward real solutions. We are anesthetized; we are a world dying under anesthesia for lack of authentic experience, authentic connection with the living world out of which we came. If we can do this by whatever techniques are available, if we can create a sense of community - globally - then attending that sense of community will be a sense of caring and responsibility. It cannot happen unless we change our minds. We have the technologies, money, the logistical ability to do almost anything in the human world but we don't know how to change our minds. We are angels with a Siamese twin who is a monkey growing out of our chest. And this was all very fine when there were endless environments to despoil and vast herds of game. That curious amalgam of the animal and the angelic that is our humanness could exist in that kind of environment, but no more. And for the past thousand years, the moral bankruptcy of Western civilization has become more and more apparent... We must build community, and we must do it in a short time. We've lost our compass. We don't know who we are, we don't know where we want to go. Our own lives are an experience of inadequacy and tension. We have lost our compass - but it's there." - Terence McKenna
If we don't say yes authentically, we say yes resentfully, and that leads to far more problmes than if we'd said no in the first place. - Nat Lue

Before a child speaks, it sings. Before they write, they paint. As soon as they stand, they dance. Art is the basis of human expression. - Phylicia Rashad
Philippines' Duterte says still undecided on future of U.S. troop deal
Philippines' Duterte tells U.S. 'you have to pay' if it wants to keep troop deal
FDA Scientists Endorse Johnson & Johnson Vaccine
Hungary rolls out China's Sinopharm jab amid lagging trust
WHO team finds China did little to investigate coronavirus origins: report
J&J's Covid-19 Vaccine Is Safe and Effective, FDA Says
Pfizer-BioNTech Shot Stops Covid Spread, Israeli Study Shows
Over 43 million doses of Sinopharm's COVID-19 vaccines used globally: state media
'Enough politicking': WHO scientist tells Biden admin to let Covid report speak for itself
WHO approves AstraZeneca/Oxford COVID-19 vaccine for emergency use
Covid: UK scientist defends WHO fact-finding mission to Wuhan
Biden administration has "deep concerns" about WHO's COVID-19 probe
COVID conspiracy shows vast reach of Chinese disinformation
China accuses U.S. of "pointing fingers" over COVID probe
Florida Is a COVID Nightmare—Even for Vaccinated People
Four people in Oregon who received both doses of vaccine test positive for coronavirus
Variants mean the coronavirus is here to stay — but perhaps as a lesser threat
Perspective | Welcome to Iowa, a state that doesn’t care if you live or die
China refused to provide WHO team with raw data on early COVID cases, team member says
COVID-19 Vaccines Could Add Fuel To Evolution Of Coronavirus Mutations
Up Against Mutants, WHO Says AstraZeneca Vaccine Is Still A Good Bet
U.K. coronavirus variant spreading rapidly through United States, study finds
WHO's Wuhan probe ends, U.S.-China bickering over COVID continues
WHO Is Fighting False COVID Info On Social Media. How's That Going?
Extraordinary Patient Offers Surprising Clues To Origins Of Coronavirus Variants
Wuhan mission unlikely to settle charged debate on virus origins
Understanding COVID-19 origins will take years, says WHO team member
'Extremely unlikely' that Covid came from Wuhan lab, WHO says
WHO says coronavirus unlikely to have leaked from China lab
'Striking piece of evidence': WHO researcher on products in Wuhan market
What we know about how the coronavirus started, and why it matters
Weekend Update: Pete Davidson on Valentine’s Day - SNL
Ted Cruz's Favorite President Could Face Jail Time For Tax Fraud
China rejects growing Western criticism at U.N. rights forum
The US ‘Genocide’ Accusation Against China
Canada declares Uighur persecution in China ‘genocide’, becoming only second country to do so
China rejects genocide charge in Xinjiang, says door open to U.N
Merkley Named Chair of Congressional-Executive Commission on China
Only 'language of power' and sanctions can free Navalny, ally says
U.S. concerned China's new coast guard law could escalate maritime disputes
Taiwan scrambles air force again after Chinese exercises in South China Sea
Biden says U.S. commitment to NATO is 'unshakeable'
Biden Tells Allies 'America Is Back,' but Macron and Merkel Push Back
NASA hid secret messages in the Perseverance parachute
China's Mars craft enters parking orbit before landing rover
7 minutes of terror for Mars Perseverance rover
'Paradise Strong' emblazoned on Mars Rover Perseverance as it reaches the red planet
NASA's Mars rover is minutes away from a nail-biting landing attempt
NASA Prepares For ‘Seven Minutes of Terror.’ Here’s What Will Exactly Happen On Mars.
One day to Jezero: NASA’s Mars rover ready to stick its landing
You will rise above the ashes, you will find a way to become whole again. - unknown
‘Patriots’ Only: Beijing Plans Overhaul of Hong Kong’s Elections
Hong Kong's Lam defends China's plans to ensure loyalists lead city
Hong Kong's freedoms threadbare as China removes last vestiges of political opposition
Hong Kong court says Jimmy Lai's bail denied because risk of further offences
Academic Gordon Mathews: Why I am staying in Hong Kong – for now
HSBC is facing dueling loyalty tests it can only fail
Beijing official signals Hong Kong electoral reforms to ensure 'patriots' govern
Pro-Beijing reforms threaten ‘end’ of HK’s legal system, top lawyer warns
U.S. lawmakers set resolution condemning China over Hong Kong rights
Hong Kong Government Shakes up RTHK Public Broadcaster
Hong Kong revamp of public broadcaster renews press freedom fears
Hong Kong May Prohibit Insults of Public Officials, Reports Say

Tuesday, February 23, 2021

San Antonio Bulldozed a Homeless Encampment. Then the Winter Storms Started.
Ocasio-Cortez Fundraising Drive For Texas Relief Raises $4 Million
For a frozen Texas in crisis, furniture store owner has emerged as a hero — again
President Biden declares major disaster for much of Texas following severe winter storm
Senator Ted Cruz left Texas for Cancún as the state was battered by a winter storm.
Ted Cruz’s Cancún Trip: Family Texts Detail His Political Blunder
Ted Cruz's Cancún Trip: Family Texts Detail His Political Blunder via yahoo
End of Neanderthals linked to flip of Earth's magnetic poles, study suggests
Truck driver dies after paper bale crushes him
'To Me He's Not A Number': Families Reflect As U.S. Passes 500,000 COVID-19 Deaths
Watch: President Biden Delivers Emotional Remembrance Of 500,000 COVID-19 Victims
Dominion Voting Systems Files Defamation Lawsuit Against MyPillow, CEO Mike Lindell
The “For the People Act” Would Make the U.S. a Democracy
Lindsey Graham said ‘Count me out’ after the Capitol riot. But he’s all in with Trump again.
Lindsey Graham heads to Mar-a-Lago on a peace mission as Trump's latest intra-party feud rages
Scalise meets with Trump in Florida during fundraising swing
Covid wars launch DeSantis into GOP ‘top tier’
Please Go Shelter in Another Place
Tiny Love Stories: ‘What Will You Miss if You Leave Him?’
I Wanted to Love Her, Not Save Her
We should tell people in our lives that we love them more often. We should walk right up to them, wrap our warms around them, and say, I love you, and you matter to me. - Topher Kearby
Sacha Baron Cohen On 'Borat' Ethics And Why His Disguise Days Are Over
It's all within you. Everything you experience is felt within. I love talking to my older children about this. Seeing them think and understand a little deeper. Imagine the feeling when someone gives you a tight hug that lasts for over 10 seconds. Think about that hug. Now, where did the comforting feeling come from? The silence, love, comfort, security, bliss, joy, it all comes from within us. Then it is expressed through us in an action, the hug. Pretty amazing. I hope you get a wonderful hug today, maybe offer one?! Feel the gratitude for these amazing blessings we sometimes take for granted. Have a wonderful day everyone. - Positive Corners
You have a treasure within you that is infinitely greater than anything the world can offer. - Eckhart Tolle

Today I forgive myself for all the mistakes I made simply because I was tired or emotionally overwhelmed. - Unknown

We did not come into this life knowing everything so of course we will make errors in judgments, mistakes, and take actions that do not serve our highest ideals. So when you become aware that you’ve taken a wrong turn, "forgive yourself for not knowing what you know now" as the great Maya Angelou says, and then "do better"
Do not hang on to the guilt or remorse it will only keep you in the mistake and keep you from learning the lesson and moving forward in your life. - Barb S.

When you are happy who you are, it won't matter who isn't. - Stacie Martin

No amount of regret changes the past. No amount of anxiety changes the future. Any amount of gratitude changes the present. - Ann Voskamp

4 things you can't get back: the stone after it's thrown. The word after it's sad. The occasion after it's missed. The time after it's gone. -unknown

I’ve seen what love can do. - Bernice A. King

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There comes a time to stop trying to make things right with people that won't own their part in what went wrong. - unknown

To make a difference in someone's life, you don't have to be brilliant, rich, beautiful, or perfect. You just have to care. - unknown

People will disappoint you. Not everyone has a big heart like you. Stay away from peopel who treat you like an option, not a priority. - unknown

Monday, February 22, 2021

Trump lashes out after Supreme Court decision on his financial records
Supreme Court won’t take up challenge to Pennsylvania presidential election results
Supreme Court will not stop turnover of Trump’s tax records
Supreme Court Paves Way For N.Y. Grand Jury To Get Trump Financial Records
Supreme Court Denies Trump’s Final Bid to Block Release of Financial Records
Supreme Court says Trump must release tax records as president to mark 500,000 Covid deaths
A Year Without Clothes
High Heels Sales Dropped 71% in 2020 — Will We Ever Go Back?
It's not about having the perfect relationship. It's about finding someone whoe matches you and will go through everything with you without giving up. - Andy

People don't get tired of loving, they get rired of the mind games, the lies, the false promises, the rejection, the hurting and living on egghshells. Sometimes, you have to let them go to protect your energy and peace. - Andy

The most attractive thing about you should have less to do with your face or body and more to do with your heart & how you treat people. - Andy

Artist, cancer patient curates Black history exhibit at Vancouver library
'Shockingly Dysfunctional': Mass Unemployment System Leaves People Struggling Amid Pandemic Job Losses
Reddit Is America’s Unofficial Unemployment Hotline
Interest Surges in Top Colleges, While Struggling Ones Scrape for Applicants
Britain to challenge China at U.N. over access to Xinjiang
China's state broadcaster turns to France for license to broadcast in Europe after losing UK rights
UK court blocks release of HSBC papers in Huawei CFO fraud case
Rethinking the US-China fight: Does China really threaten American power abroad?
China lashes out at Canada for signing declaration against arbitrary detention
The West Turned a Blind Eye to China’s Threat to Democracy
Canada says alleged Trump interference in extradition case of Huawei's Meng 'moot'
Canada lawmakers to vote on accusing China of genocide
China hits Canada for statement against arbitrary detention
Biden says China to face repercussions on human rights
Canadian human rights groups among coalition calling for Beijing Olympic boycott
20+ places to try during Black Restaurant Week in Portland

Sunday, February 21, 2021

US officially rejoins Paris climate agreement
Why wind turbines thrive in Antarctica and places way colder than Texas
The Polar Vortex Is Collapsing — Here's What That Means for Your Winter Weather
Jerusalem sees first snow in six years
Snow falls in north, Jerusalem as wintry weather hits Israel
Acropolis covered by rare snow as cold snap hits Athens
Mass winter storm causes blocked roads, breaks precipitation records
White House marks Snapchat return with pandemic message from Biden and Fauci
In surprise move, Facebook blocks news access in Australia
Space station honors late 'Hidden Figures' mathematician Katherine Johnson
Meet NASA's Swati Mohan, star of Perseverance rover's epic Mars landing
Spacecraft Named For 'Hidden Figures' Mathematician Launches From Virginia
The Invisibility of Older Women
Analysis | Latina and Black women lost jobs in record numbers. Policies designed for all women don’t necessarily help.
Opinion | Kamala Harris: The exodus of women from the workforce is a national emergency

Meet Kulfi, the New Makeup Brand Celebrating South Asian Beauty
Ex-Nazi concentration camp guard living in Tennessee deported to Germany
The DOJ Just Deported a 95 Year Old Nazi for Crimes Committed in 1945. Good! Now the DOJ Should Prosecute the Woman Who Got Emmett Till Murdered in 1955.
Love is based on our capacity to trust in a reality beyond fear, to trust a timeless truth bigger than all our difficulties.
Sometimes love means standing firm.
Sometimes love means letting go.
Sometimes love means letting be.
Love blossoms whenever we step beyond our fears and rest in the generosity of the heart. - Jack Kornfield, "The Art of Forgiveness, Lovingkindness, and Peace"
Russia Reports First Cases of H5N8 Bird Flu in Humans
“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, 'Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?' Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It's not just in some of us; it's in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.” - Marianne Williamson, A Return to Love: Reflections on the Principles of "A Course in Miracles"