Monday, March 1, 2021

After Leading School Closures, Berkeley Teachers' Union President Spotted Dropping Daughter Off at In-Person Preschool | KQED

Parent groups are crying "hypocrisy" after a video surfaced showing the president of the Berkeley teachers union dropping off his two-year-old daughter at an in-person preschool.

Matt Meyer, president of the Berkeley Federation of Teachers, has fought for what he called the "gold standard" for the teachers he represents — saying Berkeley schools should only reopen to in-person learning when educators are vaccinated, among other criteria.

A tentative plan between the Berkeley Unified School District and Berkeley Federation of Teachers in mid-February would see preschoolers through second grade returning to class at the end of March and other grades staggering back to in-person learning through April, according to Berkeleyside.

But some Berkeley parents have claimed that the union is moving too slow and are pushing for earlier school reopenings. They have long argued — and the Center For Disease Control and Prevention has agreed — that schools are safe to reopen without vaccinations for all teachers.

Looking to prove a double-standard by the Berkeley Federation of Teachers union president, they followed Meyer and his 2-year-old daughter to her preschool, camera in hand. The footage they captured has ignited the ire of parents groups fighting teachers unions — and Meyer in particular.


Too perfect.

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Tiger Woods may have fallen asleep at wheel, experts suggest

Tiger Woods appeared to not be paying attention in the moments before his devastating crash – and may have fallen asleep at the wheel of the luxury SUV he was driving, according to a report citing forensic car accident experts.

The 45-year-old links legend was driving a 2021 Genesis GV80 alone when he veered across the median on Hawthorne Boulevard in Rancho Palos Verdes, went off the road and struck a tree — causing the car to roll over.

Woods broke several bones in his lower right leg, which indicates he was applying the brake at the time of impact, experts told USA Today, adding that the evidence indicates he braked late into the collision sequence.

“To me, this is like a classic case of falling asleep behind the wheel, because the road curves and his vehicle goes straight,” Jonathan Cherney, a consultant who serves as an expert witness in court cases, told the news outlet.


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Gov. Cuomo is on the verge of being done for good

Andrew’s in the soup, that’s for sure.

Wrap your head around this: The New York Times is reporting that Gov. Cuomo took time out from coronavirus hot-dogging last June to offer tattoo-placement advice to a just-turned-25-year-old female aide of no particular expertise during a private, closed-door sit-down in the state Capitol.

Cuomo suggested “she should put the tattoo on her buttocks, so people would not see it when she wore a dress,” the paper says.

That was probably sound tattoo strategy — except that 23 years after Monica Lewinsky became a household name it’s pretty astonishing to learn that powerful elected leaders are still maneuvering women of a tender age into private offices and hitting on them.

Or, as Cuomo conceded to the Times, “mentoring” them.

And maybe more to the point, doing that and expecting to get away with it. Too bad for Cuomo that this time the young lady wasn’t having any.


Time wounds all heels. But what I really suspect is happening is that there's a new generation of wokesters wishing for power in NY state and Cuomo is in the way.

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Byron York's Daily Memo: Reassessing Trump and Covid

REASSESSING TRUMP AND COVID: It's hard to exaggerate the anger, criticism, and vitriol directed toward then-President Trump last year for his handling of the coronavirus pandemic. If for some reason you need a reminder, just search for "Trump" and "blood on his hands."
But now something interesting is happening. In the last few days, among some commentators following the COVID crisis, we're seeing the beginning of a sense of perspective about the way the Trump administration battled the virus. The bottom line is: Of course the crisis was awful, but on balance, overall, the United States handled it as well or better than many of the world's most advanced countries.


The campaign is over for the time being, evidently.

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Facebook, Amazon and Others Restrict Online Sales of Masks - The New York Times

It was the Facebook ad for a mask doubling as a hair scrunchie that pushed Dan Castle to despair.

His company, CastleGrade, makes a reusable, high-filtration face mask that has been popular among dentists, teachers and those who work in proximity to others — and willing to pay $44.99.

But he has been unable to sell his wares on Facebook since August, when the company abruptly blocked his ads, citing a policy aimed at ensuring medical-grade masks are reserved for health care workers. Since then, he said, sales have plummeted to $5,000 a day from $40,000. And yet, he sees ads for nonmedical grade masks all of the time.

“These companies have such a monopoly that you really can’t be in business without them,” he said. “The policy just doesn’t make sense.”


Bust those f***ers up. It would be good for shareholders, among other things. It might save civilization, among other things.

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Opinion | The Secret Life of a Coronavirus - The New York Times

Last spring, coyotes strolled down the streets of San Francisco in broad daylight. Pods of rarely seen pink dolphins cavorted in the waters around Hong Kong. In Tel Aviv, jackals wandered a city park, a herd of mountain goats took over a town in Wales, and porcupines ambled through Rome’s ancient ruins. As the canals in Venice turned strangely clear, cormorants started diving for fish, and Canada geese escorted their goslings down the middle of Las Vegas Boulevard, passing empty shops displaying Montblanc pens and Fendi handbags.

Nature was expanding as billions of people were retreating from the Covid-19 pandemic. The change was so swift, so striking that scientists needed a new name for it: the anthropause.

But the anthropause did more than reconfigure the animal kingdom. It also altered the planet’s chemistry. As factories grew quiet and traffic dropped, ozone levels fell by 7 percent across the Northern Hemisphere. As air pollution across India dropped by a third, mountain snowpacks in the Indus Basin grew brighter. With less haze in the atmosphere, the sky let more sunlight through. The planet’s temperature temporarily jumped between a fifth and half of a degree.

At the same time, the pandemic etched a scar across humanity that will endure for decades. More than 2.4 million people have died so far from Covid-19, and millions more have suffered severe illness. In the United States,


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Sunday, February 28, 2021

China charges Hong Kong democracy advocates with subversion

China’s totalitarian hold on Hong Kong is getting even tighter after prosecutors charged almost 50 democracy advocates with subversion. The 47 ‘criminals’ include famed Demosisto co-founder Joshua Wong and fired University of Hong Kong Associate Law Professor Benny Tai. Ousted HK Legislative Council members Claudia Mo and Jeremy Tam are also among the group as is sitting Eastern District Councilor Andrew Chiu. The latter’s charging is a day after his political party, Power for Democracy, decided to cease organized activities and vowed to follow Basic Law and the National Security Law. Not enough to settle the Beijing puppets running Hong Kong.

The claims against the democracy advocates are simple: they attempted to win seats on the Legislative Council in last year’s scuttled primaries. South China Morning Post obtained charging documents accusing the group of violating the National Security Law “by organising, planning, committing or participating by force or threat of force or other unlawful means” and subverting the power of the state government. It’s harder for Beijing to ram its agenda down Hong Kong’s throat if the democrats hold a majority in the Legislative Council, after all.


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Student Group Sues Yale for Discrimination, Revives Trump-Era Case - Washington Free Beacon

A student group filed suit against Yale University on the grounds that the school discriminated against Asian-American and white applicants, pressuring federal judges to pick up a similar case the Biden administration recently abandoned.


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Rooster kills Indian man during banned cockfight

HYDERABAD, India (AP) — A man was killed by a rooster with a blade tied to its leg during an illegal cockfight in southern India, police said, bringing focus on a practice that continues in some Indian states despite a decades-old ban.

The rooster, with a 3-inch knife tied to its leg, fluttered in panic and slashed its owner, 45-year-old Thangulla Satish, in his groin last week, police inspector B. Jeevan said Sunday.


That will be the last rooster that fellow ties his knife to, I reckon.

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Dogs, children are 'in sync,' study shows -

"They are responsive to them and, in many cases, behaving in synchrony with them, indicators of positive affiliation and a foundation for building strong bonds," said Udell, an animal behaviorist and associate professor at Oregon State University.

Indeed, dogs may even help children with social development, increasing physical activity, managing anxiety or providing attachment as family structures change, the researchers said.


This is known.

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