Productivity Boost

There are many tools “out there” to help get you through your day in a more productive way.

You may be one of those people who have productivity down pat, or, maybe you could benefit from a tool to improve your organization and output. “It is worth considering your natural rhythms when writing your to-do list.”

Here’s a one that might be new to you… sounds like it has some promise. From Fast Company Magazine, and Stephanie Vozza.

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$7 billion

From CNN, “5 Things”, 4/28/22, $7B

You may have read this previously…

That’s the value of the military equipment the US left behind in Afghanistan after its 2021 withdrawal from the country, a Pentagon report says. The equipment is now in the hands of the Taliban — the very enemy the US was trying to drive out over the past two decades. The Defense Department has no plans to return to Afghanistan to “retrieve or destroy” the equipment, according to the report provided to Congress.

That just says it all!

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A Judge with bad judgement?

On Monday, a federal judge in Florida overturned the Biden administration’s mask mandate on planes and other public transit. Almost immediately, all the major airlines, as well as Amtrak, Uber and Lyft, began relaxing their mask requirements. And some cities, institutions, businesses and others have kept mask mandates in place.

US health officials still recommend wearing masks on public transportation. And there’s no evidence that this judge has any expertise in public health policy or virology. Hence the confusion. 

Masks are one of the few pandemic protocols that had the dual advantage of being both easy to enforce and highly effective at stopping the spread of Covid-19. The timing: People are going back to the office even as the highly contagious Ba2 subvariant is coursing through communities. The summer travel season is just getting started, and we just lost a crucial barrier between ourselves and the virus that’s killed nearly 1 million people in the US alone.

The judge: Now let’s look at the bizarre reasoning given by US District Judge Kathryn Kimball Mizelle, a Trump appointee whom the American Bar Association deemed unqualified for her role because she lacked experience. 

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  • In her ruling, Mizelle said the CDC’s argument for imposing the mandate falls short because it doesn’t count as “sanitation” under the 1944 law the government relied on. 
  • “Wearing a mask cleans nothing. At most, it traps virus droplets. But it neither ‘sanitizes’ the person wearing the mask nor ‘sanitizes’ the conveyance,” Mizelle wrote.
  • To which I have to say, respectfully: Your honor, no one has ever claimed masks sanitize your face. What are you talking about?

Legal experts were quick to criticize her ruling. “Her opinion is a shambles,” tweeted Laurence Tribe, a Harvard constitutional law professor, who also noted Mizelle made the call without hearing a word of oral arguments in the case. 

But even putting politics and legalese to the side, none of it changes the fact that she went to law school, not medical school. She’s not an elected official, and yet she can upend an entire country’s pandemic protocol single-handedly. What !!!!

All this in the face of a 10% increase in subvarient cases across the country.

(summarized from a CNN article of 4/20/2022)

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 66% of the population are considered fully vaccinated. Experts estimated early on that we would need between 70% and 85% of people to be vaccinated to achieve herd immunity.

So much selflessness

Inside war torn Ukraine, so many examples of those who risk their lives to serve others.

Before the invasion, these entrepreneurs ran growing startups or family-owned businesses passed down for generations. Their companies sold products like custom shoes, baked goods and pizza in Kyiv’s historic district and e-learning tools for students, teachers and professionals

T.C. Pizza has been preparing hundreds of boxed meals to donate to people in need.

In the midst of war, they’ve pivoted their missions and are now utilizing their resources to provide badly needed necessities such as food, first aid, even combat boots for Ukraine’s military.

This is probably one of a 1000 stories inside the country.

The boxed meals contain salad, potatoes and some meat.
Kachorovska started making combat boots during the Russian invasion to donate to Ukrainian soldiers.

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Impact of habits on success

This is a great article by Stephanie Vozza, published in Fast Company Magazine in February 2020, republished January 10, 2022. Timeless advice that will work for anyone, anywhere. It is well researched, a three minute read.

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Is it time… ???

Is it time for the world (not just the USA) to stand up to Putin.

Is it time to stop the scorched earth onslaught in the Ukraine

Is it time for the world to throw the Russians out of the Ukraine

Is it time for the world to neutralize Putin

How long can the world stand by and watched the unprovoked, horrific murder of men, women, and children in a free, democratic, European country. Atrocities committed by ONE MAN!

It really is not about NATO.

Is it time… ????

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Lady Gaga’s beautiful piano cover of John Lennon’s “Imagine”.

Timeless! A song of Hope and Humanity.

Imagine there’s no heaven, It’s easy if you try, No hell below us, Above us only sky
Imagine all the people, Living for today, I ,Imagine there’s no countries, It isn’t hard to do, Nothing to kill or die for, And no religion too, Imagine all the people, Living life in peace

You may say I’m a dreamer, But I’m not the only one, I hope someday you’ll join us, And the world will be as one,

Imagine no possessions, I wonder if you can, No need for greed or hunger, A brotherhood of man, Imagine all the people, Sharing all the world, you

You may say I’m a dreamer, But I’m not the only one, I hope someday you’ll join us, And the world will live as one.

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