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A Little Girl Who Isn't Allowed To Play Outside, And The Startling Reason Why

It has been a few years since an earthquake and tsunami caused a radiation leak at the Fukushima nuclear plant in Japan, but there are continuing consequences. Though many places in the Fukushima Prefecture are still evacuated, parents in nearby areas are worried for their children's safety and require kids to wear face masks and to limit their outdoor play. Decontaminating homes is expensive and time-consuming ... but is it possible to decontaminate nature? This short, animated film gives us a peek into how it might feel to see nature as dangerous, rather than a playground.

As face masks have become mandatory in many places to limit the spread of coronavirus, it's also become an increasingly politicized thing. As we know, anything that involves political polarization also involves vast amounts of misinformation and disinformation. Whose idea was the internet again?

No one I know loves wearing a mask. We all wish we didn't have to. But there are an awful lot of people saying they can't wear one, or they refuse to wear one because they've been led to believe that masks are somehow more dangerous than not wearing one. I've seen and read "information" on everything from masks depriving people of oxygen to masks causing CO2 build up to masks creating fungus problems.

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