NAB Statement on the Passing of Richard Thornburgh, Former Governor of Pennsylvania and Attorney General of the United States
2020 has been quite a year. Between the calls to end systemic racism, open animosity and brutality from the police as well as an almost hourly temper tantrum from the White House most people were done with this dumpster fire of a year by April. This is without the continue emotional weight of a global pandemic as well as an election year in the United States which have most of us quite glad to see 2020 head out the door.
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Health officials and hospitals are struggling with a lack of resources. Holiday staffing and saving doses for nursing homes are also contributing to delays.
When I was a much younger media writer, one of the first pieces of “wisdom” shared with me by a TV programming executive was that American audiences hate anything dealing with old age or death.
Isolation has taken a tremendous emotional toll on many older Americans. As the country plunged into a deep and unusual economic recession last year, it also plunged into a deep and unusual social recession: atomizing families and friends, evaporating hours of laughter and care and touch. This phenomenon hit nobody as hard as America’s seniors, who are much more likely than their younger counterparts to live in care facilities and many of whom have struggled to connect in a socially distanced or virtual fashion. The elderly bore the brunt of the pandemic’s fatalities: COVID-19 has killed nearly 250,000 people over the age of 65. They also bore the brunt of its isolation. Many older Americans
Disability in Australia
The ABC’s national disability affairs reporter, Nas Campanella, says the stories she covers never cease to shock her and can even make her teary. “In some ways I’m not surprised that certain things are happening because they happened to me or people I know, but it never stops shocking me,” Campanella says of her first year in the role, which included historic live crosses from the disability royal commission.
More than 140 years after it was first composed, Australia’s national anthem is being changed in a move the government says reflects a “spirit of unity.” There have been calls for Advance Australia Fair to better reflect the long history of Indigenous peoples. Australia shared a national anthem, God Save The Queen, with Britain, its former colonial power, until 1984, when the song was replaced by Advance Australia Fair.
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