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A protest in Franklin, Tennessee, led to parents yelling at medical professionals who had spoken in favor of masking. One parent told them there was 'a bad place in hell' for them. 'We know who you are,' another threatened. 'We will find you.' In Texas a parent ripped off a teacher’s mask, and in Northern California an anti-masker assaulted a teacher on the first day of school. In Los Angeles a reporter was attacked and one man was stabbed in an anti-vaccination protest. Likewise, a host of conservative politicians across the country is adding fuel to the flames with anti-vaccination rhetoric and legislation against masks.

https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2021/08/some-americans-no-longer-believe-in-the-common-good/619856/

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Malo je verovatno da će ovaj virus biti iskorenjen. Veća je verovatnoća da će postati endemski, ali da će ga većina zapadnih država uspešno obuzdavati. Ne i siromašne države. Trideset najsiromašnijih zemalja na svetu, koje zajedno imaju skoro milijardu stanovnika, u proseku su vakcinisale jedva 2 odsto populacije. U Demokratskoj Republici Kongu taj broj je 1 odsto, u Haitiju 0,24 odsto, u Tanzaniji 0,36 odsto. U tim zemljama „život s virusom“ značiće nešto veoma različito od onog što će značiti na zapadu.

https://pescanik.net/bogate-nacije-ce-definisati-postpandemijski-svet/

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... izbor pred koji je Rio Tinto stavio meštane zavadio je ljude u selu koje je ranije bilo složno.

„Zavadili su se porodično. Čak je i naš deda kradom jednu njivu prodao, ostalo nije smeo, pa je ispao haos živi. (…) Tako imate dva brata, jedan prodaje, jedan neće, imate kumove, eto tako.“

https://www.cins.rs/kako-je-rio-tinto-kupovao-loznicu-od-gosta-na-slavi-do-neprijatelja/

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Bali without tourists: once-bustling hotspots now eerie and overgrown – a photo essay

Tourism on the island came to a standstill at the beginning of the pandemic. Putu Sayoga captures the impact on a once thriving industry

https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2021/oct/09/bali-without-tourists-once-bustling-hotspots-now-eerie-and-overgrown-a-photo-essay

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https://lareviewofbooks.org/article/neofeudalism-the-end-of-capitalism/

"Under neofeudalism, the directly political character of society reasserts itself. Global financial institutions and digital technology platforms use debt to redistribute wealth from the world’s poorest to the richest. Nation-states promote and protect specific private corporations. Political power is exercised with and as economic power, not only taxes but fines, liens, asset seizures, licenses, patents, jurisdictions, and borders. At the same time, economic power shields those who wield it from the reach of state law. Ten percent of global wealth is hoarded in off-shore accounts to avoid taxation. Cities and states relate to Apple, Amazon, Microsoft, Facebook, and Google/Alphabet as if these corporations were themselves sovereign states — negotiating with, trying to attract, and cooperating with them on their terms. Cash-strapped municipalities use elaborate systems of fines to expropriate money from people directly, impacting poor people the hardest."

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Singapore’s tech-utopia dream is turning into a surveillance state nightmare. 

In the "smart nation," robot dogs enforce social distancing and flying taxis are just over the horizon. The reality is very different.

https://restofworld.org/2021/singapores-tech-utopia-dream-is-turning-into-a-surveillance-state-nightmare/?utm_source=pocket&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=pockethits

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Evo novih putnika: https://www.021.rs/story/Novosadske-price/291319/Bracni-par-iz-Novog-Sada-obilazi-svet-Zivot-u-kamperu-od-Beca-do-Valensije-avionom-za-dva-centa.html

Pomirljiv koncept, digitalni nomadi koji se vraćaju kući nakon tura. Niski troškovi ali ipak ne preko svake mere tipa stopiranja i kampovanje. Mislim da bi ovako mogao da putuje skoro pa bilo ko. 

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Over three years, ALS, the incurable neurodegenerative disease slowly decreased 50-year-old Li Xiaozhong’s ability to control her muscles. Li thought that the sooner she died, the less she would suffer and burden her loved ones.

To her despair, Li had survived her third suicide attempt. Realizing that she had lost the ability to end her own life, Li began to look for people on the internet to assist her. Some failed business people offered their services.

Finally, Li reconnected with Zhang Gongjiang, and agreed on a price of 20,000 yuan ($3,140). On the day of the attempt, Zhang helped unscrewed the gas canisters. But the door to Li’s bedroom hadn’t been properly closed and was letting the gas escape.

Three months later, she approached Zhang again to negotiate a second attempt using poison powder. But Li soon concluded that the poison was fake, because five minutes after eating it nothing happened.

Li asked Zhang to return the money. But Zhang blocked her on WeChat. Less than a week after reporting to the police, Zhang was arrested. He returned the money.

https://www.sixthtone.com/news/1009204/she-hired-her-own-assassin,-and-inspired-a-euthanasia-debate

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Over the course of two painstaking years in the late 1990s, Saddam Hussein had sat regularly with a nurse and an Islamic calligrapher; the former drawing 27 litres of his blood and the latter using it as a macabre ink to transcribe a Qur'an.

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2010/dec/19/saddam-legacy-quran-iraqi-government

The "Blood Qur'an" is a copy of the Islamic holy book, the Qur'an, claimed to have been written in the blood of the former president of Iraq, Saddam Hussein, over the course of two years in the late 1990s. Saddam commissioned the book in 1997 on his 60th birthday, reportedly to give thanks to God for helping him through many "conspiracies and dangers". He explained his reasons for commissioning the book in a letter published by the Iraqi state media in September 2000: "My life has been full of dangers in which I should have lost a lot of blood ... but since I have bled only a little, I asked somebody to write God's words with my blood in gratitude."

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blood_Quran

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Turkmenistan plans to close its 'Gateway to Hell'

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"We are losing valuable natural resources for which we could get significant profits and use them for improving the well-being of our people," the president said in televised remarks. 

He instructed officials to "find a solution to extinguish the fire".

 https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-59920221

 

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