What can look like a world of nice people and less-nice people is sometimes not. Some people just get you, others don't. It's often because the people who get you are neurodivergent in ways similar to you, the one's who don't are differently neurodivergent, or more neurotypical.
Sometimes you do things your whole life and only later learn why, and learn others do those things as well.
"The first cases of COVID-19 were detected in New Zealand in February 2020. The World Health Organization declared the pandemic a humanitarian emergency, which posed a critical threat to the health and safety of the global community in general, and disabled people in particular."
"The Disability Convention requires signatory govs to protect and promote rights of disabled people... Article 11 requires governments to uphold disability rights in situations of risk and emergency, and put in place measures to protect and ensure the safety of disabled people."
"At the centre of Making Disability Rights Real in a Pandemic are the real experiences of disabled New Zealanders during the COVID-19 emergency. These stories have shown resilience, strength, and commitment."
"Vaccination is a critical element for our way out of the pandemic. But the hope to reach herd immunity in Europe by the end of the summer is fading, as the roll-out of vaccines proves to be a major challenge."
"In addition, the emergence of new variants from Brazil, the UK, and South Africa is a warning signal that we may be confronted with lower protection from vaccines."
"I must reiterate that decisions to lift public health and social measures need to be underpinned with data, based on epidemiological assessment and health system capacity. Criteria need to be evidence-based – and not based on observations of relative progress."
"Richer countries such as New Zealand, Australia, Canada, Japan, the UK and those in Europe have the option to pursue an elimination strategy through a mix of test, trace and isolate programmes; short and sharp lockdown restrictions... and, crucially, border measures..."
"...to stop reimportation of new chains and variants. This would help end each country’s epidemic and be a step, country by country, towards better control and an end to the global pandemic."
"If these countries are able to roll out vaccines quickly to the majority of their populations (including for children, given the need for a large part of the population to be immunised to achieve “herd” immunity)..."
"Despite what the name would suggest, Zero Covid does not necessarily mean getting and staying at zero daily cases of the virus per day.
Simply put, it means "crushing the curve" of the virus to the lowest possible level and implementing a range of measures to keep it there."
"This would include:
- dramatically beefed-up public health departments
- expansive testing and tracing capabilities
- mandatory quarantine for everyone coming into the country
- restrictions around the border
- making quarantining or isolating easier and cheaper"
"The biggest and most well-known success story is New Zealand. In early June, the country declared itself Covid-free and rugby fans who get up early on weekends will see their games going ahead with thousands of fans in attendance as life returned to some level of normality."
How could Congress actually hold Trump accountable?
What actions could they take to undo the harm Trump caused and build something better in its place?
What would real justice look like beyond an impeachment trial?
For real justice Congress could actually cancel the contracts for building Trump's wall. The wall could be torn down, the land could be restored, and returned to the care of its rightful stewards and protectors for the benefit of all life, land, water, and culture. #LandBack
For real justice Congress could dismantle ICE and DHS. Congress could cancel private prison contracts and shut down all ICE facilities, detention centers, and concentration camps. Free all those imprisoned, and provide reparations for all those harmed. #AbolishICE#FreeThemAll
This excellent article is a good way of understanding #ZeroCovid, it just calls for zero occupationally acquired covid infections for healthcare workers, but why shouldn't we have that expectation of our whole society during a pandemic?
"Governments must immediately proclaim a target of zero occupationally acquired covid infections in health and social care workers. To meet this entirely achievable goal requires us to shed the nihilism that has bedevilled the matter so far."
"It is not 'inevitable' that a healthcare worker should routinely catch covid at work, as it is not 'inevitable' that a construction worker should fall from a scaffold, or that a miner should be crushed by a rockfall."
Nick Walser on the paradoxical nature of loneliness:
"Our culture can sometimes give us the impression that we are contained little blobs of stuff, and that within our carefully maintained home environment our needs will be totally satisfied."
"All our necessities are to be found within our respective four walls. We can have food delivered and films downloaded, and work can be done from home. Our home becomes some sort of delivery-unit, and we become mere open mouths, gobbling up whatever comes our way."
"Then it becomes easy to convince ourselves that we are singular indeed: self-sufficient and able to fulfill our every whim, because all roads seem to lead to us, and there is nothing like this kind of one-way traffic for reinforcing a strong idea of self."
Saying there's no hope of demilitarizing space exploration because it has always been part of the US military is an ahistorical self-fulfilling prophecy.
Humans have engaged with space in many ways for tens of thousands of years and the US isn't the only country on Earth.
"To grasp our relationship with the non-human world here on Earth, we must also extend our understanding of how Earth relates to the entirety of the cosmos." thenewinquiry.com/the-space-ndns…
Queer folk, of all kinds, are united by our skills in imagining every possible future, bright and abysmal, and we do it because it’s something we learned as a survival tactic and later honed as an art form.
"We have been practicing 'engaged Buddhism' in Vietnam for the last thirty years. During the war, we could not just sit in the meditation hall. We had to practice mindfulness everywhere, especially where the worst suffering was going on."
— Thich Nhat Hanh, Peace Is Every Step
"Being in touch with the kind of suffering we encountered during the war can heal us of some of the suffering we experience when our lives are not very meaningful or useful." — TNH
"When you confront the kinds of difficulties we faced during the war, you see that you can be a source of compassion and a great help to many suffering people." —TNH
"The American Negro has the great advantage of having never believed that collection of myths to which white Americans cling: that their ancestors were all freedom-loving heroes, that they were born in the greatest country the world has ever seen..."
— James Baldwin
"Negroes know far more about white Americans than that; it can almost be said, in fact, that they know about white Americans what parents—or, anyway, mothers—know about their children, and that they very often regard white Americans that way."
— James Baldwin
"One watched the lives they led. One could not be fooled about that; one watched the things they did and the excuses that they gave themselves, and if a white man was really in trouble, deep trouble, it was to the Negro’s door that he came."
Memories from my ancestor of growing up in Kansas 100 years ago: "The only thing I remember while living there was that my father, Milt, was using an ax one day and it slipped and went through his boot and cut his foot. Probably not badly, but it made an impression on me."
"Also, he always wore a handlebar mustache, and it was coal black. One day he went to town and had that black moustache cut off, and when he came home I didn’t know who he was." (photos of Milton circa 1902, with Belle)
"When Levi died, we moved down the road a couple of miles to the Oman homestead, which was near the Greenfield School. I was four years old – 1909. It was about six miles from town."