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Mother Jones: Republicans Are Spreading Voter Fraud Disinformation in an Election They’re Not Even Running In

Conservative groups are trying to peddle conspiracy claims of voter fraud to undermine an election that doesn’t even involve Republicans. Judicial Watch, a conservative advocacy group, put out a report on Monday claiming that “Eight Iowa counties have more voter registrations than citizens old enough to register.” Iowa Secretary of State Paul Pate, who is…

via Republicans Are Spreading Voter Fraud Disinformation in an Election They’re Not Even Running In — Mother Jones

TIME: Iranian Students File Civil Rights Complaint After Removal From the U.S.

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BOSTON — Two college students from Iran have filed civil rights complaints with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, saying they were mistreated and illegally denied entry into the country by federal officials at Boston’s Logan International Airport. Shahab Dehghani, who attends Northeastern University, and Reihana Emami Arandi, who had been set to start classes…

via 2 Iranian Students File Civil Rights Complaint After Removal From the U.S. — TIME

Racism against the Chinese

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We have entered a dangerous moment in the international coronavirus story, and it has nothing to do with slowing the spread of this killer bug: Too many people are eager to demonstrate their racism against the Chinese.

The “Chinese are dirty people and that’s what caused coronavirus” trope is sliding into far too many conversations. Those few words say more about a person’s ignorance than they do about their common sense. There might be reason to point a finger of blame at the Chinese government for not acting more quickly to the news from and near Wuhan, the epicenter of coronavirus, that too many people were getting sick at too rapid a clip, but that has nothing to do with the Chinese people.

Anyone who says they will not talk to, serve, treat, teach, trade with, or otherwise engage with someone from China because that person is “infected” and they don’t want to catch coronavirus from him or her is endorsing racism.

When you hear people say they will not step foot into a Chinese restaurant because they might catch coronavirus, tell them to think rationally. Remind them they have a better chance of catching the typical flu, which almost certainly will kill more people (in the U.S.) than will coronavirus, by not washing their hands after being on the bus.

Governments around the world are taking necessary precautions, most especially quarantine, in order to ensure that anyone who might be infected with coronavirus is kept as far away as possible from healthy people. Those who are infected are not just Chinese; unfortunately, the sick were in China when the virus began to rapidly spread or they came into contact with someone who was.

As more governments around the world report the first cases of coronavirus within their countries, the potential for the spread of this racist nonsense will increase.

Do your part to slow down coronavirus by paying attention to your health. Do your part to slow done racist talk about the Chinese by paying attention to what you say about them, most especially now.

REUTERS: Trial of promising HIV vaccine halted after failing to show benefit

Photo: Anthony Moretti, 27May2017

(Reuters Health) – A clinical trial testing a promising HIV vaccine in more than 5,000 people in South Africa has been halted because it failed to show a benefit, U.S. health officials said on Monday. The study, known as HVTN 702, built on results from the 2009 RV144 vaccine trial in Thailand, which was the […]

via Trial of promising HIV vaccine halted after failing to show benefit — National Post

(ICYMI) A world without THE BBC?

Liverpool Central Library, 11March2015, Photo: Anthony Moretti

There will always (I hope) by a BBC. But, as the Guardian reports, the BBC could lose a significant part of the luster that makes it THE BBC.

Nevertheless, many BBC managers fear that the loss of broad political support, combined with the digital revolution in entertainment, have created a perfect storm that could easily destroy licence fee-funded broadcasting. … And technology, which has seen the birth of myriad platforms and content delivery methods, is still marching onwards. Soon personalised data will mean an end to the need to browse rival streaming or networked services. Programmes will be recommended and commercial breaks will be a thing of thing of the past, to say nothing of the dawning world of immersive and virtual reality entertainment.