We have new assurances that by July or August the U.S. government will have secured an adequate COVID-19 vaccine supply in order to fully immunize our population, or at least 80 percent, considered by some a threshold for interrupting SARS CoV2 virus transmission. Achieving such high rates of coverage will not be easy. To begin with, the U.S. does not have an adult national immunization program and current rates of vaccine hesitancy especially among African American and conservative groups are a challenge. Nevertheless there is overall great optimism that we can vaccinate our way out of the COVID-19 pandemic that began in 2020. Fully vaccinating the U.S. population means that Americans can go to work, hold sporting events, attend concerts, visit family, or enjoy restaurants and outings without fear of hospitalization or death. We have cause for great optimism from a return to normalcy or near normalcy. ADVERTISEMENT Unfortunately, the good news that … [Read more...] about COVID variant could mean a brutal March for the US
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June 26, 2013 08:18 Schoolteacher Kwon Hee-rin has made it her task to collect and identify the origin of slang commonly used among children. A teacher of Korean language and literature at Jangchung High School in Seoul, she has given herself the challenging mission in the hope that would make her pupils think twice before using offensive language and voluntarily improve their speech. "There are so many words that you can't possibly use once you find out their origin. It's really problematic that people don't know the origin of slang," says the 30-year old. Kwon recently published a book on the origin and meaning of 67 vulgarisms. "I went to a girls' middle school, a girls' high school and a women's university, and was placed in a boys' high school as a teacher," she says. "I was shocked at the extent to which the kids swear and use slang even in class. I started by just telling them off, but then I thought, what's my reason for doing that? And I didn't really know, … [Read more...] about Teacher on a Mission to Explain What Slang Really Means
WandaVision episode seven revealed some of the dark, magical secrets hiding in Westview - and potentially behind Wanda's remaking of reality altogether. While there's a lot to be said about the characters and environments glimpsed in the episode's climax, an apparent Easter egg may hint at much larger plot developments to come as WandaVision nears its conclusion. Spoilers ahead for WandaVision episode 7 When Wanda enters Agnes's basement, just before Agnes reveals that she is secretly the ancient witch Agatha Harkness and has been pulling the strings in Westview since the start of WandaVision, Wanda takes a good long look at a creepy magical grimoire sitting on a pedestal. Radiating the same purple energy that comes from Agatha's magic, it's clear the book is related to her powers. In Marvel Comics lore, there's a dark tome of magical knowledge with direct ties to Wanda's history and her powers - and the sinister undercurrent of manipulation and mayhem that goes along … [Read more...] about WandaVision may have brought the Darkhold to the MCU – here’s what that means
CNN anchor Don Lemon said Wednesday on his show “Tonight” that Republican Senators who are balking over President Joe Biden’s nomination for Office of Management and Budget director Neera Tanden’s mean tweets are being hypocritical because they did not criticize former President Donald Trump for his tweets. Lemon said, “The hypocrisy of the Republican Party is off the charts tonight. And don’t start with me about, ‘Oh, this is liberal.’ I’m not a liberal. I’m not a conservative. I’m an American. I don’t belong to any party, okay. But the hypocrisy of the Republican Party is off the charts. I’m going to explain to you why. They are suddenly calling for —get this —civility and bipartisanship. Well, civility from the other guys is what they want. While Republicans continue to slam President Biden’s nominees.” Discussing Tanden, Lemon said, “It is really rich that Republicans suddenly think that mean tweets disqualify a person from serving in our government. Well, a Democratic woman, … [Read more...] about CNN’s Lemon: GOP Hypocrisy on Tanden’s Mean Tweets ‘Is Off the Charts,’ They Put Up with Trump
Video Player Close BEIJING, Feb. 25 (Xinhua) -- Ending absolute poverty in the world's most populous country is nothing less than a history-making moment. Alleviating poverty is a common and enduring challenge to humanity. China has a population of 1.4 billion and has used the past decades, since 2012 especially, to tackle the challenge with unparalleled efforts. The result: bringing close to 100 million people out of poverty in eight years and a farewell to absolute poverty. For the 100 million, the changes are real -- it is an ill man being able to afford treatment, a mother having a job, a family moving out of a ramshackle shelter, or a student no longer having to climb a cliff to go to school. Improved lives give these people hopes and dreams. Thursday's gathering to mark the country's complete victory in its fight against poverty evoked strong emotions in many who would agree the great struggle won attests to the nation's resolve, character, and strength. The … [Read more...] about Xinhua Commentary: What does China’s poverty reduction victory mean to the world?