"On a personal level, it shows me that a person can make a difference. When you aggregate this act of kindness, you know viruses can be scary things, but the word 'viral' does not have to be negative. A lot of positive things can go viral like hope and faith and love. And love can be the cure." … [Read more...] about A new social movement is helping connect those who need help with those who can help
“WHO works with 194 member states to promote health, China and the U.S. among them, to keep the world safe and serve the vulnerable,” W.H.O. said in response to Pence’s Breitbart News interview. “WHO’s work with China is identical to its work with any other member state. Moreover, its work with governments across the globe is science-based, with the aim of tackling disease outbreaks. WHO coordinates the international COVID-19 response in a transparent way and publishes on its website guidance, recommendations, reports and any other information that can help countries and individuals.” … [Read more...] about Exclusive — Mike Pence on Coronavirus: ‘China Let the World Down’
Perhaps the only good news to be salvaged from this half-century of wreckage is that culture outlasts politics. Cuba’s traditional closeness with the United States will re-emerge along with commercial ties accelerated by President Barack Obama’s rapprochement. Prosperity and opportunity will return to Cuba with greater engagement from free people and open societies. And when this half-century ideologically-excused cruelty and corruption have been fully exposed, the dictators dead and their apologists embarrassed into silence for backing tyrants, then we can truly move forward together, saying “Cuba, Si; Castro, No!” … [Read more...] about Fidel Castro Finally Dies, But His Apologists Live On
Two weeks ago, a Bolinas resident overheard venture capitalist Engeström talking about testing everyone in town for the coronavirus and connected him to another resident, Cyrus Harmon, who had the same idea. Harmon, a biotech entrepreneur, contacted people he knew at UCSF and invited them to set up the study. Firefighters offered the local fire station as a testing site. Software engineers built a registration website. And volunteers found swabs and personal protective equipment. The Coastal Health Alliance, a local nonprofit clinic, organized medical workers to follow up with anyone who tests positive. … [Read more...] about Mass coronavirus testing plan for 2 different worlds: Bolinas and a section of SF’s Mission District
States including California are starting to work with utility companies to ensure they won’t immediately call in the debts when the moratoriums lift, but there is no guarantee that millions of low-income people won’t suddenly find themselves owing thousands of dollars. … [Read more...] about States are reopening from coronavirus shutdowns. What happens to frozen utility payments?