*(Via LA Times) – At the height of a pandemic that has torn through America’s communities of color with particular ferocity, health officials are engaged in a fraught exercise in fairness: how to nudge communities of color toward the front of the line for scarce vaccines while pretending that race and ethnicity have no influence on vaccine priority.
The country has been deeply divided over quotas and affirmative action since long before the current health crisis. Assigning vaccine priority on the basis of race or ethnic heritage would therefore invite debate, recriminations and legal challenges.
MUMBAI — In September this year, the Tibetan community in Bengaluru, a city in south India, experienced a rare phenomenon. Passang Chokpa, a 90-year-old woman was declared dead by a doctor after a thorough examination. Her pulse was absent, her heartbeat had stopped, and she was not breathing.
But as relatives began making arrangements for her last rites, they noticed that her body had not stiffened, there was no discoloration and she appeared as if she was in deep sleep.
*(Via CultureBanx) – Clubhouse is the hot new invite-only audio social media platform giving much of the world FOMO (fear of missing out). The app launched during this dreadful pandemic but quickly reached a $100 million valuation, after only raising $12 million in funding.
Like many new social media entities, there are always those who dominate with creative ways to stand out, keeping the followers coming. Can Clubhouse be the app to finally give credit and compensation where it’s due?
LOS ANGELES — The quarterly UCLA Anderson Forecast anticipates positive economic news on the horizon.
After the COVID-19 pandemic reached the U.S., the Anderson Forecast’s March report was followed by two downward revisions, and the June and September releases charted the pandemic’s impact on the California and national economies. The December forecast offers hope of a robust recovery from the current recession, based on the assumption that mass vaccinations would clear a path toward a new, productive normalcy for many industries.
*Sir Sean Connery, who died on Halloween, was not only one of the most famous actors of the past 50 years, in 1999 he was named the “Sexiest Man of the Century” by People magazine.
The screen’s original James Bond: smart, handsome, refined, debonair and by far the most popular of the nine actors who took on the classic-spy role created by British-naval-intelligence-officer Ian Fleming in 1953.
COVID-19 has caused a lot of changes to day-to-day life across the world. One of the biggest has been a shift from working in offices to working from home. Many businesses, from law offices to marketing companies, have been forced to learn how to work remotely. This has had all kinds of effects on the world, including just how eco-friendly working from home can be. In a world where energy use is doubling every 20 years, saving as much energy and keeping our carbon footprints light is extremely important.