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In other news, Moderna announced this morning that trials showed their COVID-19 vaccine is almost 95 percent effective.

Just remember none of us are getting one until sometime next year and we all have to be careful until then.

Meanwhile, nearly 90,000 claims of sexual abuse have now been filed against the Boy Scouts of America as the organization goes into bankruptcy proceedings. Claims date all the way back to the 60s, 70s, and 1980s.

Finally, enrollment of foreign students in American colleges has fallen off a cliff and the trend began before the coronavirus pandemic.

Attendance slid 1.8% in the 2019-20 academic year to 1.08 million, according to the Open Doors report released Monday by the nonprofit Institute of International Education. That’s the third-biggest drop in the report’s almost 70-year history.

“This is largely driven by the unwelcoming message” from the federal government under President Donald Trump, said Donald Heller, professor of education at the University of San Francisco.

The decline is certain to be much bigger in the current academic year as the pandemic curbed international travel and visa issuance. Data this month from the National Clearinghouse Research Center show undergraduate and graduate enrollment declined 15% and 7.8%, respectively, for the fall semester.

Our loss is someone else's gain. If they don't go to school here, they'll go to school somewhere else. That means taking money and skills to another country. And what do we gain from this? Nothing, unless you're a racist.

Sorry for the light number of posts today, but there's a whole lot of nothing going on and I don't like to ramble just for the sake of it.

  • Draxiar

    I went to college at Wentworth Institute in Boston. By all measures it’s an international school. I was friends with people from Iran, Japan, Haiti, Egypt, Hong Kong, and India to name a few. I am, without question, a more worldly, and better, person for having known them. Every one of them *loved* being here- especially my Iranian friend (he had some things to say about the government there at the time circa 1991). Not having them in this country diminishes us as a society. Eventually we will reverse this trend yet in the meantime we are lesser for the current situation.

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