Zen master and 'father of mindfulness Thich Nhat Hanh has died, age 95 

Zen masterThich Nhat Hanh, author of 'The Miracle of Mindfulness', who is said to have formed (or reinforced) MLK's opposition to the War, has died at age 95.bbc.com/news/world-asia-600924

FL LGBTQ gag rule 

House Committee passes bill to ban teachers from discussing sexuality and gender identity in classrooms. The FL Senate has passed a companion bill. Such silence on issues could well increase suicide rates among the affected population thehill.com/changing-america/r

Ireland drops most Covid restrictions 

drops most restrictions, with the apparent exception of continuing to require masks in shops and on public transport. Pubs can stay open longer. "We have weathered the storm", said PM Martin reuters.com/business/healthcar

Jan 6 Trump papers released to cmte 

US House committee probing the Jan 6 takeover of the US Congress by Trump supporters gets 700 pages of related documents, by order of the SCOTUS cnbc.com/2022/01/21/january-6-

Draft Trump executive order to seize voting machines 

Draft of an executive order, never made official, authorizing US Military to seize voting machines, and setting up a special prosecutor on (non-existent) election fraud, likely Sydney Powell politico.com/news/2022/01/21/r

100s of pro-Marcos twitter accounts shut down 

suspends 100shttps://www.reuters.com/world/asia-pacific/twitter-suspends-hundreds-accounts-promoting-philippines-marcos-2022-01-21/ of accounts supporting the Philippines presidential campaign of Ferdinand Marcos, Jr (BongBong), son of the late dictator for violation of rules on spam and manipulation

US judge rejects Biden vaccine mandate for Federal workers 

US Federal Judge has blocked, at a national level, mandate for Federal employee and blocked the administration from punishing workers who refused to comply bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-6

US & Russia talk Ukraine, apparently without effect 

US Sec'y of State Blinken and foreign minister Lavrov meet in Geneva; no abatement of the tensions felt across Europe over Russia's intentions concerning . Russia has 100k troops on the border bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-6

personal; covid stuff 

I was successful getting my booster at the hospital today, but because of some decision by the Thai ministry of health re persons who were vaccinated with Pfizer, mandating a longer period between 2nd vax and booster my gf will have to return in late March for hers. We are using KN94 masks when we're out in public, which is maybe 3 or 4 times a month.

SCOTUS, Texas abortion law 

rejects another attempt to block ' draconian 6 week law, indicating thereby the peril facing Wade v Roe edition.cnn.com/2022/01/20/pol

Marcos again, Imelda this time 

(wife of the late dictator) was convicted 3 years ago on 7 counts of graft, and yet has never been imprisoned for her offenses. Another example of the impunity of the rich in the philstar.com/headlines/2018/11

BongBong Marcos can't visit the US 

If is elected president of the , he will not be able to visit the USA, where there are outstanding arrest warrants awaiting him, according to rappler rappler.com/plus-membership-pr

Portland city workers; strike plans 

: Portland's District Council of Trade Unions accuses the city administration of interfering with efforts to organize a strike by unionized workers over low pay opb.org/article/2022/01/18/tra

Thai Covid Booster shots 

's Ministry of Health has cut the recommended period for boosters after full vaccination from 6 months to 3, on Omicron concerns. My local hospital sent me a message on my Line app, announcing walk-in Moderna injections. We are going in tomorrow morning.

Thailand: 2022 outlook bleak 

The economic outlook for for 2022 described as 'bleak', principally because of the loss of the important tourism sector. Elsewhere, the finance minister predicted economic recovery in 2023 asiasentinel.com/p/bleak-outlo

Pres debates for 2024 unlikely 

There will likely be no presidential debates for the 2024 election. A debate with a prolific liar like would be pointless. The has no platform but sycophancy politico.com/news/2022/01/18/r

Gaetz & Grand Jury sex trafficking probe 

Congressman Matt ' ex girlfriend gets immunity, testifies to Federal Grand Jury in sex trafficking probe. He may be in deep trouble, we will see. cbsnews.com/news/matt-gaetz-ex

Ann Coulter: Trump 'is done' 

Right wing pundit Ann Coulter turns on , calling him a 'liar and a con man' 'whose grift is permanent'. She recommend the NYT stop giving him so much coverage because, in her words he 'is done' thehill.com/homenews/campaign/

Brexit effect: imports drop by a fifth 

Goods imports from 'Britain' (probably meaning England) to Northern have fallen by a fifth since implementation. Imports from the Republic of Ireland to the Northern enclave have increased. independent.co.uk/news/uk/grea

Marcos probably clear to run as president 

Election Commission (Comelec) uses rather convoluted logic to toss a petition calling for ban on Ferdinand Marcos, Jr (BongBong)'s candidacy for president. Other petitions are before the court, but the likelihood is that he will be elected in May of this year, and will probably prevent an ICC investigation of Duterte's war on drugs. independent.co.uk/news/world/a

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