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Officials see more walk-in comments as stocks run out and GP doses go unused

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A department spokesman later said there were 143,878 confirmed first dose reservations in the system over the next 30 days and 222,941 for second doses. It would not be based on the number of daily registrations recorded in the last week.

On average during that period, the number of reserves equates to 12,227 per day. The 179,097 doses administered by the state during the 10 days to Sunday come to a daily average of 17,909.

“Each week, as our supply increases, we are issuing more invitations to vaccination appointments for those who have registered, as spots become available,” the spokesperson said.

Jeannette Young, Queensland’s health director, at a press conference in Brisbane on Monday.Credit:Matt dennien

Health Director Jeannette Young also expressed concern that the capacity of 341 GP clinics across the state, set to increase in the coming weeks, to distribute the Pfizer vaccine is being underutilized, urging people to find one. with available doses.

“So could people come forward because GPs are not using the full amount allocated to them by the Commonwealth?” Dr Young said, as Commonwealth implementation ramps up and additional doses of Pfizer arrive from the UK and Singapore.

“By mid-October, Queensland GPs will have 340,000 doses of Pfizer.”

As of Sunday, the decentralized state’s complete vaccination rate was 34.75 percent of the population 16 and older, with a first-dose rate of 53.3 percent. Only the Western Australian double dose rate is lower.

The most recent regional breakdown of Queensland’s deployment by statistical area, as of August 29, shows that some of the lowest protected areas lag behind by up to half the rate of the leading regions, with the state average high in the north. , west and downtown Brisbane, along with the Sunshine Coast.

Brisbane West, the region at the center of the state’s recent school outbreak, had about 40.7 percent of its eligible population fully vaccinated and 62.1 percent had received at least one dose, while the Mackay region, Isaac and Whitsunday alone have achieved more than 20 percent and 39.7 percent, respectively.

Outside the Mackay, Logan and Beaudesert area (23.8% fully vaccinated and 40% with at least one dose), Central Queensland (25.5% and 42%) and Ipswich (26.7% and 44.1% ) are also well maintained. the state average.

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Palaszczuk said authorities were closely monitoring progress and prioritizing those in which less than half of the eligible population had received at least one dose.

“We have addressed those issues by making sure we are setting up vaccination centers in those areas and we are making it easy for some communities to go walk-ins,” he said of Logan, Caboolture and Ipswich.

Dr. Young said walk-ins, of which the Logan center accepted 885 on Sunday, would also open at more centers as reserves “run out.”

The drive-in hubs, which were used in Victoria, were not yet necessary to be considered, as the virus was not “taking our community by storm,” Ms Palaszczuk said.

AstraZeneca, which is not subject to the same supply restrictions as Pfizer and the government has been urged to consider its use in state centers such as New South Wales and Victoria, could be obtained from GPs and pharmacies.

“There are many options open to Queenslanders and now is the time to get vaccinated,” said Ms Palaszczuk.

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The Taliban prevent the departure of evacuees planes

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Rep. Michael McCaul, a Republican from Texas, did not explain where his information on the matter came from. Credit:Bloomberg

The United States promised to continue working with the new Taliban rulers to remove those they want to sideline, and the militants vowed to allow anyone with the proper legal documents to leave.

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Experts had doubted that resistance to the Taliban in Panjshir, the last province to be excluded, could be successful in the long term despite the area’s geographic advantage. Nestled in the mighty Hindu Kush Mountains, the Panjshir Valley has a single narrow entrance. Local fighters held off the Soviets in the 1980s and also the Taliban a decade later under Massoud’s leadership.

Massoud’s son, Ahmad, had issued a statement on Sunday calling for an end to the fighting that had raged in recent days. The British-educated young Massoud said his forces were ready to lay down their arms, but only if the Taliban agreed to end their assault. Late on Sunday, dozens of vehicles loaded with Taliban fighters were seen invading the Panjshir Valley.

There has been no statement from Saleh, the former vice president of Afghanistan who had declared himself acting president after President Ashraf Ghani fled the country on August 15 when the Taliban arrived at the gates of the capital. The Taliban subsequently entered the presidential building that day.

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The Taliban’s lightning bombardment across the country took less than a week to invade some 300,000 Afghan government soldiers, most of whom either surrendered or fled.

The whereabouts of Saleh and the young Massoud were not immediately known.

In his statement, Mujahid, the Taliban spokesman, tried to assure the residents of Panjshir that they would be safe, even as dozens of families reportedly fled to the mountains before the arrival of the Taliban.

“We give full confidence to the honorable people of Panjshir that they will not be subjected to any discrimination, that they are all our brothers and that we will serve a country and a common goal,” Mujahid said in his statement.

The Taliban stepped up the assault on Panjshir on Sunday, tweeting that their forces had invaded Rokha district, one of the eight largest districts in the province. Several Taliban delegations have tried to negotiate with the holdouts there, but the talks have failed to gain ground.

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Fahim Dashti, the spokesman for the anti-Taliban group, was killed in battle on Sunday, according to the group’s Twitter account. Dashti was the voice of the group and a prominent media personality during previous governments.

He was also the nephew of Abdullah Abdullah, a senior former government official involved in negotiations with the Taliban over the future of Afghanistan.

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Sterile indeed | Powerline

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I am a regular reader of Barron’s Magazine, because it’s one of the best financial publications out there, although they’ve been wobbling a bit lately on climate change and other corporate issues.

But then this Barren Magazine, a little literary magazine I’ve never heard of that specializes in what it calls “introspective enlightenment.” Their “About” page assures them that they are on the side of the true and the good:

We are a safe space that embraces the beauty of the human condition and celebrates diversity, inclusion, and equality. We in Barren Magazine We do not tolerate any form of racism, bigotry, sexism, harassment, political extremism, religious exclusion, or abuse of any kind by our readers, contributors, or volunteers.

How brave of you to make this statement. I’m sure they worked hard to create something so original and fresh.

Anyway, her poetry editor, a young woman named Danielle Rose, posted this tweet a couple of days ago:

And you will never guess what happened next! Actually, of course, you know what happened next:

Well I can certainly say that Barren Magazine he has chosen an appropriate name for himself.

PS: if you are curious, the comment thread in Rose’s tweet it’s something to behold, because you can’t tell what is real and what is funny satire.

PPS Should Power Line start a poetry section? Asking for Scott. . .

Nadia Bartel, three others fined for violating restrictions

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Melbourne influencer Nadia Bartel and three other women have been fined $ 5,452 each for violating COVID-19 rules after a video shared on social media appeared to show them snorting white powder at an illegal gathering.

The images, which were accidentally posted to her business partner Ellie Pearson’s Instagram story, show Ms. Bartel inhaling a line of dust from a plate while surrounded by a group of friends.

A video of Nadia Bartel inhaling white powder was uploaded to Instagram.

Victoria’s COVID-19 rules restrict any social gathering inside or outside the home.

Victoria police confirmed Monday that four women, a 36-year-old Windsor woman, a 32-year-old Richmond woman, a 33-year-old Pascoe Vale woman and a 35-year-old Strathmore woman, had been fined $ 5,452. each. to meet at a Richmond address on Thursday at approximately 4pm.

“A fifth woman at the address was not charged because she was complying with CHO employment restrictions,” said a Victoria police spokeswoman.

“Investigations into possible drug-related crimes are ongoing.”

In a social media post last week, Bartel, who has been removed as a brand ambassador for the company JS Health Vitamins, said she was “sincerely and deeply sorry”, “ashamed and sorry.”

“I have let you all down with my actions,” he wrote on Instagram.

The Wrath of the Righteous: Council of War and Decree Guide

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Fighting hordes of monsters and constructing buildings are not your only goals in Pathfinder: Wrath of the Righteous. You also need to find trusted partners and trusted advisors. Also, you have to make proclamations that may affect the war effort. Here is our Pathfinder: Wrath of the Righteous crusade management guide to help you with your court martial, decrees and events.

Note: For more information, see our Pathfinder: Wrath of the Righteous guides and functions hub. You can also take a look at our main guide on the game’s crusade mechanics.

Pathfinder: Wrath of the Righteous – Crusade Management Guide – War Council, Decrees and Events

These facets are also part of the crusade management system that you will be able to test during Act III in Pathfinder: Wrath of the Righteous. Once you interact with the war table, the world map will open. Here, you will see the events and decrees that you can enact. You can also open it while exploring the world map (not just when you’re inside Drezen’s citadel) by clicking the “Crusade” button at the bottom left of your screen. It looks like a castle or a fortress.

What are the events?

The events are basically dilemmas that present themselves as the Fifth Crusade progresses. Some will have adverse effects, and there are also options that will only appear depending on (a) the presence of certain companions or (b) your chosen Mythic Path.

What are the decrees?

Unlike events that are instant decisions, decrees are proclamations that can take several days to complete. One way of looking at them is as “researching” something new, discovering an agenda, or completing certain search steps.

Decrees have categories (that is, military, diplomatic, and logistical). Only one decree of each category can be actively “investigated” at any given time.

Note: One particular decree is called “Xanthir’s Experiments” which is required for the Mythical Path of the Swarm-That-Walks.

What is the court martial?

Your war council is made up of handpicked advisers, whether they be your own teammates, NPCs you’ve met before, or newcomers who have noticed your triumphs. From time to time, your court martial will present you with several key decisions, some of which will affect how specific moments and events will unfold.

In certain parts of Pathfinder: Wrath of the Righteous, Your war council advisers can also provide you with extra recruitable units and mercenaries (depending on the region they are from). Another important example here is when Melies arrives on his court. If you have him as your advisor, it will allow you to progress further until you unlock the Mythical Devil’s Path (which is a fusion of the Mythical Paths of the Angel and the Demon).

Pathfinder Wrath Of The Righteous Crusade Management War Council Decrees Events Advisors Guide 2


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Baez 4 of 4, pillar hit, Mets scored 4 HR to beat Nats 13-6

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Javier Baez went 4-for-4 with a home run, Kevin Pillar hit a grand slam that capped a game-sealing six-run ninth inning, and the New York Mets withstood another rally by the Washington Nationals for a victory of 13-6 on Sunday. .

Francisco Lindor and Jonathan Villar also homered for the Mets, who blew a four-run early lead but got 4 2/3 scoreless innings from their bullpen to win for the seventh time in eight games.

Lane Thomas and Josh Bell homered for Washington, which has lost eight of nine and 24 and its last 31.

With the score at 6, Andrés Machado (1-2) allowed three straight singles to open the eighth before Patrick Mazeika’s sacrifice fly to Thomas in center put the Mets ahead.

Lindor saluted Austin Voth in the ninth with a first pitch for his 13th home run. Voth allowed three more hits and a walk before Pillar sent a shot to the seats at center left for his 14th home run of the year and the third grand slam of his career.

Aaron Loup (5-0) scored a seventh on target. It was the 42nd victory for the Mets relievers this season, the most in the National League.

Washington starter Josiah Gray’s three-inning outing was the shortest of his brief career. He allowed six runs and seven hits and struck out two. After allowing a four-run first, Gray gave up opening homers to Villar in the second and Baez in the third.

Baez hit his 28th home run this season and scored three runs.

New York’s Taijuan Walker was winless in his last 10 starts, allowing six runs in 4 1/3 innings. Walker gave up Thomas’ first shot and Bell’s two-run homer in the first, then Juan Soto’s two-run single in the fifth before allowing the tying run to score on a wild pitch.

It was the third time in as many days that New York blew a lead before regrouping to beat the Nationals.

Closer Edwin Diaz blew a two-run lead in the ninth on Friday, just for the The Mets come back for a 6-2 victory. In Saturday’s doubleheader opener, New York scored the first nine runs, gave up the next nine and won 11-9 in nine innings.

Coach’s room: Washington placed OF Gerardo Parra (right knee swelling) on ​​the 10-day disabled list and called up Triple-A Rochester’s LZ Josh Rogers.

The Nationals send left-hander Patrick Corbin (7-14, 6.26), who is 0-5 with a 9.11 ERA in five home starts since July 1, to the mound on Monday as the five-game series concludes.

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338 Canada: Liberals Stop Bleeding, At Least

Philippe J. Fournier: The latest electoral projection shows that the two main parties are stagnant, although the Conservatives are still the favorites to win the most seats.

Three weeks of this five-week federal campaign are now behind us. While the first two weeks were marked by a gradual and steady decline in support for the Liberal Party (mainly to the benefit of the Conservatives), last week’s polls seem to indicate that national numbers appear to have stabilized. However, while liberals may have managed to stop the bleeding, they have yet to regain ground lost to the CCP since August 15, particularly in Ontario and British columbia. Furthermore, the dominance of the liberals over Atlantic provinces Since 2015 it seems to be eroding a bit, and several districts in this region that we initially thought were safe for the Liberal Party could potentially be at stake.

No less than eleven polling companies have posted updates in the last week (see the full list here). Based on the data from these surveys, here is the update 338 Canada’s National Vote Projection:



The Conservative Party of Canada (CCP) remains in the lead with an average support of 35 percent nationally. This is an average net gain of five points since the launch of this campaign. The CCP continues to dominate western Canada, is now statistically linked to the Liberal Party in Ontario, and appears to be on the rise in the Atlantic provinces.

Justin Trudeau’s Liberals are averaging 31 percent, a 4-point drop since the start of the campaign. As we will see below, Liberals enjoy a more effective vote than Conservatives in the country due to their regional support, particularly in Quebec and Ontario. However, a Quebec-only Léger poll released just before TVA debate Last Thursday he indicated that liberal support in the province may be more fragile than two weeks ago, and that the conservatives may be gaining ground. We will be closely monitoring these numbers next week.

The NDP remains at the 20 percent mark nationally, roughly where the party was at the starting line in mid-August. As for Maxime Bernier’s Popular Party (PPC), it has tied (and perhaps surpassed) the Greens in the polls. Considering that the PPC will have candidates in 311 electoral districts against only 252 from the Green Party, it is quite plausible that the PPC will outperform the Greens in the popular vote in this election. We will keep our eyes on Beauce, where the PPC leader is trying to return to the House of Commons.

Using these vote projection numbers and their regional breakdown, we calculate the following national seat projections:



The Conservative Party has an average of 144 seats in the country, compared to 131 seats for the Liberal Party. Therefore, the CCP would be the favorite to win the most seats if the elections had taken place today. However, this average gap of 13 seats between the two parties is well below the confidence intervals of the projection, which means that the two parties remain stuck in a statistical tie.

We can visualize this significant overlap in settlement projections by plotting settlement probability density curves for the two parties. Each curve is a bell-shaped distribution centered on the average of each match:



For those who look at this graph and find those projections very uncertain, well, they would be correct. The race is close, the regional poll data is very noisy, and small variations in regional numbers can have a tremendous effect on the total seats for each party. Such are the joys of the former in the past in a multi-party system.

At the time of this writing, the most likely scenario is a plurality of CPCs. Obviously, we must emphasize that Erin O’Toole would not automatically become prime minister if his party won the majority of the seats but did not achieve the majority. In Canada, we elect parliaments, not prime ministers. If the final seat count were very close, you’d bet Justin Trudeau would likely try to secure the House’s trust before throwing in the towel and handing the reins over to the Conservatives.



The last two weeks of this campaign will be crucial for both Justin Trudeau and Erin O’Toole, especially considering that the two National Commission debates will take place this week (Wednesday, September 8 in French and Thursday, September 9 in English. ). Although majority rule of any color seems highly unlikely at this point in the race, the 338Canada currently counts. no less than 52 “thrown” constituencies in the country.

Anyone who tells you with conviction that they know exactly how these elections will play out may suffer from overconfidence, because the data currently available shows anything but clarity.

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Details of this projection are available in the 338 Canada Page. To find your home district, use this list of the 338 electoral districts, or use the regional links below:

Former Muslim mufti assassinated in Turkey

(Originally published in Israel Hayom under the title “Choosing Between Freedom and Islam,” on August 26, 2014.)

The book in your hand is a book from a new era marked for a more beautiful world. It is obvious that a more beautiful world cannot be achieved without a freer world. And to achieve a freer world, taboos must be broken. All kinds of chains that bind freedoms must be broken.

This excerpt is from the preface of the first edition of the book “This is Religion” by Turan Dursun.

Dursun’s father was of Turkish descent and his mother of Kurdish descent. Born in Turkey in 1934, he was a former mufti and imam and an outspoken critic of Islam who fought for a freer and more humane world despite pressure from the state, the public, and even his own father, whose dream was to see him become a devoted clergyman.

Dursun was a prestigious mufti in the cities where he worked. His progressiveness and hard work were often covered by the national media and at times he also wrote columns for national newspapers. He was frequently invited to official state ceremonies and was respected by the public. He regularly visited the villages to observe their problems and tried to offer solutions.

Because Dursun received his education in madrasas (Muslim theological schools) and knew Arabic well, he had a comprehensive knowledge of the original documents of Islam: the Qur’an, hadiths, biographies and stories. And he had something of crucial importance that most Muslim scholars lack: a critical mind.

Islamic religious texts did not satisfy the back of his mind. He had an incredible passion for learning. Apart from his native languages, Turkish and Kurdish, he learned Arabic, Circassian and some French. He also had a keen interest in Greek philosophy and read the works of Aristotle when he was only 12 years old.

Knowledge builds up in your mind to a certain extent, and then a spark is emitted. But yes [your ‎religion or ideology] it is so deeply ingrained and conscious in your culture that it is difficult to confront and distance yourself from it. I always had a nature that rebelled against the concept of God and my disassociation from Islam took place in an evolutionary phase. He had always argued with God. Then I regretted it. I thought, for example, that if the Qur’an is the word of God, why does it allow slavery? Why do you tell some people that it is okay if they are slaves? I thought that if [the Quran’s author] he was really Allah, he should have abolished slavery and he should not have declared some people slaves and others free. But then I immediately abjured. I had always been in a state of rebellion since my childhood, ”Dursun said in an interview.

But his main departure from Islam occurred when he compared the Qur’an with other religious books.

Then I realized how Muhammad transferred some of the writings from the Torah and the Bible to the Qur’an. I was so frustrated and angry. I couldn’t live my childhood and youth properly because of him. Many people cannot live properly because of him. Many people suffer its disasters. Many people know what is right as wrong and what is wrong as right because they think that the darkness that he chose exists. Human emotions and human creations have not progressed in many ways thanks to him. I have found no disease, no cancer, no AIDS, and no more dire disaster than the effects of that religion. And at that moment, I decided to start a fight, ”Dursun said.

Dursun also left his job as a mufti, which he served for 14 years, to better dedicate himself to his cause.

“I quit my job so I could fight. I was at the peak of my career. He was no ordinary mufti. People knew me and respected me. But I had to quit that job. Because I thought if I was going to fight, I couldn’t do that with my current job because that wouldn’t be honest. I have always been consistent. I never want a difference between what I think and what I do. “

Dursun said that first he lost his faith in Muhammad, then he thought deeply about it, read extensively in anthropology, and within a few years he also lost his faith in God.

With these changes, Dursun’s father and siblings gradually moved away from him.

Then he started writing. His first problem was that no media outlet or publisher wanted to publish his articles.

In the preface to “This is Religion – Part 1,” he explained that period:

“I put a lot of effort into publishing these articles. I rang many bells. My attempts continued for months, if not years. They all rejected me. [These articles] he even intimidated people known as “progressives” or “intellectuals.” Even when my more moderate articles were presented to them, some of them said, ‘They can stone us to death if we publish them.’ Some of them were even afraid of being bombed, much less stoned. Some of them responded with the same rhetoric of tactical politicians: ‘We respect religion. We do not support the offense of religious sentiments. ‘

Every time they rejected me, I thought: if you can’t risk offending feelings, how can fighting the dark be possible? Can new steps be taken in the field of civilization without offending feelings? How can changes take place that aim to achieve a more beautiful, civilized and humane world without offending feelings? What novelty or reform has been introduced without offending feelings? Have not human beings offended religious sentiments by changing themselves and nature? I always thought about these questions. But he still found no entrance to our ‘liberal’ printed press (!).

So, before our country and the world, I would like to document this (situation) and blame the ‘intellectuals’ who function as severe guards who are not very different from the sovereigns of the oppressive regimes that they accuse and as taps that prevent it from flowing. the water needed for liberation, ”said Dursun.

Eventually, Dursun was able to find a magazine to publish his articles and then a publisher to print his books.

Among the many topics she wrote about were violence in Islam, Islamic law, the status of women in Islam, Muhammad’s private life, contradictions in the Qur’an, “satanic verses” and the vengeance of the Islamists. He also focused on what he called “the irrational and unscientific matters of the Qur’an.” He wrote countless books and articles in the 1980s.

His son Abit Dursun said that every article his father wrote fell like a bomb. “My father enthusiastically faced taboos that no one in Turkey had dared to discuss,” he said.

Therefore, Turan Dursun often received death threats and was exposed to verbal attacks.

A fatwa was even issued demanding the execution of my father. Then the magazine he wrote for called on all Islamic scholars to join a talk show on television with my father. But none of them volunteered because they knew that my father was one of the most prominent scholars of Islam, not only in Turkey but all over the world. And my father was not afraid, ”said Abit Dursun.

Turan Dursun’s knowledge was great and so was his bravery. But he did not write to harm, coerce, destroy or kill anyone. He had a cause, which he believed was to enlighten and liberate people to create a better world, where freedom and humanity would prevail. And his only weapon was the eloquence of his pen.

But his opponents did not share the same human values. As if to prove that Dursun was right about the violence of Islamic teachings, they were not limited to verbal or psychological attacks.

At 56, Dursun was brutally murdered by two gunmen outside his home in Istanbul on September 4, 1990.

After Dursun’s assassination, a book entitled “The Holy Terror of Hezbollah” was found in his bed. Family members said the book did not belong to Dursun and that people who entered his home left it on his bed as a message.

After Dursun’s assassination, plainclothes policemen took away many of his works, which he had been preparing, including the 2,000 pages of his Encyclopedia of the Qur’an, many of his manuscripts, articles, letters, and the fifth edition of his latest book.

”The police arrived at our house 45 minutes later. Plainclothes policemen who had arrived long before ransacked the entire house. As they were leaving after seizing my father’s works, uniformed policemen arrived. … Later we sought help from the prosecution, but we could not get those jobs back, ”said her son.

The police and the state opposed Dursun, and he was completely vulnerable. But it was also abandoned by many of Turkey’s intellectuals. After all, not everyone had their brave hearts and free minds.

Abit Dursun gave a speech at her father’s funeral:

“Turan Dursun always said ‘I’m not afraid of the dark. I am afraid of being afraid. Because someone who is scared or afraid or becomes aggressive. Those who killed my father fiercely shot him in the back, not even daring to look him in the eye, “he said.

After Dursun’s assassination, his books sold tens of thousands of copies in Turkey. His followers have described him as a “warrior of enlightenment”, one of the most deserved titles in history.

Dursun was assassinated years ago, but the silence and indifference of the West, the free world, in the face of Islam remains deafening.

The term “Islamophobia” has been invented to muzzle critics of Islam so that Islamists’ feelings are not offended. Even genuine supporters of this term should be well aware of the fact that the slightest and mild criticism of Islam can provoke backlash from “peaceful” Islamists.

This is why Alan Dershowitz was so right when he said: “The threat or fear of violence must not become an excuse or justification for restricting freedom of expression.”

Why do we fear a backlash from Muslims if we make substantial criticism of Islam? Isn’t Islam a religion of peace, as many claim it to be?

Apologists for “Islamophobia” should also answer these questions: What thoughts are included and guaranteed in the realm of free speech? What thoughts are free and which ones are forbidden? To what extent can Islam be criticized and on what issues should one be silent? Can we get a list of dos and don’ts, and if so, how would it contribute to human progress?

The suppression of criticism of Islam and Islamism is aimed at restricting the capacity of the human mind. But we no longer live in the 7th century. In the 21st century, silence cannot be demanded from freethinkers.

Uzay Bulut is a Turkish journalist and political analyst who previously resided in Ankara.

Four-day workweek gains traction despite setback

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The long Labor Day weekend could become standard if the four-day work week catches on.

Many American businesses are experimenting with a shorter workweek due to concerns related to the pandemic, and legislation requiring a 32-hour workweek has been introduced in Congress.

“As we consider what work should look like beyond this pandemic, we need to find new ways to achieve harmony between our professions, our passions and our personal lives,” wrote Aziz Hasan, CEO of crowdfunding firm Kickstarter, in a statement. blog post. in July.

Starting next year, Kickstarter’s 90 full-time employees will work four eight-hour days as part of a pilot program.

Meanwhile, software and data firm Elephant Ventures, which has staff in New York and San Francisco, switched to a four-day, 40-hour workweek in November after completing a 90-day pilot last year.

Jonathan Cook, sales director for Elephant Ventures, said that having Fridays off allows him to catch up on the personal commitments he struggled to fulfill in the new normal pandemic.

“Previously, [I] I felt like I was always working or babysitting, including weekends, and now Friday is a good break, ”Cook said. “I think that longer work hours, for many people, myself included, have improved productivity by improving the meeting culture.”

August job postings that mentioned four-day workweeks increased about 75% (1,162 per 1 million compared to 657 per 1 million) from the same month in 2016, according to data from the employment website Indeed. The number of four-day workweek jobs posted last month was 16% higher than 1,003 jobs per million the previous year.

In late July, Rep. Mark Takano, D-California, introduced legislation that would reduce the standard workweek from 40 hours to 32 hours and allow nonexempt employees to record overtime for hours they work beyond that limit.

Boston College sociology professor Juliet B. Schor told CNBC that she believes the four-day workweek will become more popular due to a cultural shift. The pandemic, he said, highlighted overwork and exhaustion as mental health challenges.

Middle-class workers, many of whom had to balance work with child or parenting, would be the first to benefit, Schor said.

Uncharted, a Denver company that helps social impact startups, reported no decline in performance and less stress among employees when it switched to a four-day, 32-hour workweek last September. The company experimented with the shortest schedule from June to August 2020.

A shorter workweek could result in higher productivity, an equitable workplace and increased engagement, according to SpriggHR, a performance management platform. Disadvantages can include poor management and lower market competitiveness in some industries.

Talking about condensed workweeks has raised some concerns.

Allard Dembe, who has served as a professor of public health at Ohio State University and studied the health effects of working long hours, said he’s not convinced the four-day workweek benefits workers or businesses.

“The main problem with the idea is that any work that needs to be done needs to be done in the same total amount of time,” Dembe wrote in a 2019 OSU blog post.

“The math is simple: working five eight-hour shifts is equivalent to working four 10-hour shifts. That’s true. But the implications of these schedules are different, ”he said. “The danger is in ignoring the health effects that can occur as a result of fatigue and stress that accumulate over a longer-than-normal workday.”

Marc Effron, president of The Talent Strategy Group, said shorter work weeks are not more productive.

“Companies praised all self-reported employees happier, less stressed, and the same amount of productivity for shorter weeks,” Effron wrote in a TalentQ blog post last year. “But that means that the employees did not achieve anything else; they just did the exact same thing in less time. His shorter work did not improve anything for his clients, suppliers or shareholders ”.

Employers in other countries are testing the four-day work week.

Spain agreed to fund companies that attempt a 32-hour workweek without reducing employee pay, The Guardian reported in March.

In New Zealand, Unilever said in November that it would test a four-day work week for its 81 employees through December. The pay remains equal to five days, Reuters reported.

Microsoft Japan made headlines in 2019 when it experimented with a four-day work week and reported a 40% increase in productivity.

The five-day, 40-hour workweek has been the standard for less than 100 years. At the end of the 19th century, unions and organized trades began to demand eight-hour working days as they mobilized for better working conditions.

The idea gained traction in 1926 when Ford Motor Co. adopted a five-day, 40-hour workweek. In 1938, the federal government passed the Fair Labor Standards Act.

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Amy Klobuchar Renews Breyer’s Retirement Call for Justice Amid Texas Abortion Law

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Sen. Amy Klobuchar renewed her call Sunday for Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer to stand down “sooner rather than later,” saying the superior court’s decision last week to allow Texas’ extremely restrictive anti-abortion law to enter In force makes the liberal justice decision even more urgent.

“I think if he is seriously considering retirement, and has said that he would do so based not only on his own health, but also on the future of the court, if this decision does not call for that, I will not. he knows what he’s doing, “the Minnesota Democrat told CNN’s Dana Bash on” State of the Union. ”

“I think, if he’s going to do it, sooner rather than later,” he continued. “And again, as you know Dana, that’s not necessarily going to change the results, but at least it doesn’t put it at 7-2.”

The conservative Supreme Court majority led a 5-4 ruling Wednesday night to deny an emergency appeal to abortion providers in Texas who were fighting a law passed by the Republican-controlled state legislature and signed by its republican governor. The law prohibits abortion after six weeks, a point at which many people still do not know they are pregnant, without exception for rape or incest, and includes incentives for private citizens to sue those who help obtain the procedure by rewarding them with a $ 10,000 reward.

In response to the court’s decision, Liberal Justices Breyer, Sonia Sotomayor, and Elena Kagan wrote searing dissenters calling the Texas law “blatant” and “obviously” unconstitutional. Sotomayor said most judges “chose to bury their heads in the sand” when “they were presented with a request to ban a blatantly unconstitutional law designed to prohibit women from exercising their constitutional rights and evade judicial scrutiny.”

The Supreme Court’s decision to allow Texas to comply with the law is the result of the Republican Party’s reliance on unpopular elections and institutions that do not represent the majority, such as the high court, to achieve its goals. Three of the associate justices who cast the decisive votes, Neil Gorsuch, Brett Kavanaugh and Amy Coney Barrett, were appointed by former President Donald Trump, who won the White House in 2016 despite losing the popular vote by nearly 3 million.

Barrett, the most recent judge to join the court, replaced the late Judge Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who decided not to retire at age 80 after multiple cancer outbreaks at a time when her replacement could have been appointed by the then president. Barack Obama in 2013 or 2014. Ginsburg died of cancer just weeks before the 2020 election, leaving room for Trump to replace her with another opponent of Roe v. Wade. Democrats have called for Breyer’s retirement so that President Joe Biden can be the nominee for his replacement and the Senate can vote on confirmation, while Democrats have a majority in the House.

In late August, Breyer said he was struggling to decide when he should retire and that he “inevitably” has to think about who might take his place. The 83-year-old told The New York Times that he does not “think I’m going to stay there until I die,” recalling a quote from Antonin Scalia in which the late judge said, “I don’t want anyone appointed who will just reverse everything I’ve done for the last 25 years. ”

Klobuchar told CNN on Sunday that he still supports the expansion of the number of Supreme Court seats and that the court’s decision on Texas anti-abortion law is just the latest example of why. But the senator stressed that Democrats can prevent the law from gaining traction by codifying Roe v. Wade and abolishing filibuster in the Senate.

“I don’t think you should use an archaic rule that allows us to put our heads in the sand, use the words of Judge Sotomayor, put our heads in the sand and not take action on the important issues, the challenges that we face. country at this time and in the next few years, ”said the senator. “We just won’t get anywhere if we keep this obstructionism in place.”

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) Said Thursday that Democrats will vote on the Women’s Health Protection Act, a bill that would codify Roe v. Wade and would enshrine abortion rights in federal law. Democrats could also try to widen the pitch as Klobuchar mentioned, but neither option would be approved by the Senate since it would need 60 votes of support to avoid an obstructionism.

Biden ordered the Gender Policy Council and the White House Office of the General Counsel to “launch a government-wide effort to respond to” the court’s decision, including investigating what the Justice and Health departments can do. and Human Services to ensure that people in Texas can access abortions.

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