Pegasus: the spyware technology that threatens democracy

The Guardian– Jul 19, 2021

Pegasus spyware is capable of bypassing your phone’s security and gaining complete access to your device – including emails, messages, GPS location, photos, video, and your phone’s microphone. A Guardian investigation can now reveal widespread abuse of the Pegasus technology by government clients around the world who purchased the spyware from its Israeli manufacturer — the NSO Group. People who were selected as possible targets include journalists, lawyers and human rights defenders.

Taliban recaptures lands as US leaves | Will Vietnam fate repeat?


RT– Jul 10, 2021

4.35M subscribers

The Taliban has been making further territorial gains in Afghanistan as America pulls all its troops out of the country prompting echoes of an earlier conflict in which they were involved

Abrupt Climate System Change Mayhem | Climate Change


Paul Beckwith– Jul 18, 2021

Abrupt Climate System Change Mayhem

Temperatures in Lytton, BC set new consecutive records recently on a Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, and then on Thursday wildfires burned the town to the ground. Torrential rains leading to swollen rivers and flooding just devastated many towns in Europe. Weather extremes are wreaking havoc around the planet. No place is spared. Why?

Two Basic Facts:
1) For each 1 degree C rise in temperature, the air can hold 7% more water vapour. This results in the supercharging of storm intensities.

2) The Jet Streams which guide weather patterns are slowing as the Arctic warms, making them wavier in the North-South direction. This increases the intensity, duration, and frequency of extreme weather events around the planet. It also causes them to occur where they never did before.

What happens in the Arctic doesn’t stay in the Arctic. It’s not like Las Vegas. Polar changes have rewired the behaviour of the jet streams.

Weather wilding, weirding, and whiplashing is wreaking havoc on our society and imperilling our ability to grow food.

It won’t end well; it is getting uglier and uglier at an accelerated pace.

What can we do??

Part 2:

The 10-day international effort to save monarch butterflies

CBC News: The National – Jul 23, 2021

Monarch butterfly populations have declined over the decades, so a 10-day international effort is underway to monitor the pollinators in their habitat at every stage of life to determine what areas need protection. Watch The National live on YouTube Sunday-Friday at 9 p.m. ET

African Historical Cartography: Developing New Means to Explore Alternate Narratives in African and Global Ecological History | EV & N 399 | CCTV

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http://ecoethics.net/2014-ENVRE120/20210725-EV&N-399-Link.html

https://www.cctvcambridge.org/node/793561

YouTube Version

New narratives of African and global history can now be constructed through the careful study of African historical cartography.

Be a food hero like Peter Rabbit!


United Nations

Published on Jun 10, 2021

Peter Rabbit has joined forces with the United Nations (UN), the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the UN Foundation to enlist more food heroes, like Peter, who see the value in fruits and vegetables for a balanced diet and a healthier planet. Find out about some actions you can take to become a food hero too, from eating more fruits and vegetables to reducing food waste, buying locally grown food or even growing your own at home. Our world needs more food heroes so #ActNow! #PETERRABBITFOODHERO For more information, visit www.un.org/actnow and http://www.fao.org/world-food-day

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Dangerous Environments – New uniformed capability requirements for peacekeepers


United Nations

Published on Jul 24, 2021

UN Peacekeeping is the international community’s most effective tool to help countries transition to peace. Peacekeepers work in increasingly dangerous operational environments, putting their safety and security at risk. With Member State support, a new implementation strategy part of the Action for Peacekeeping agenda, known as A4P+, is intended to address systemic issues affecting peacekeeping missions, requiring new capabilities for uniformed components.

Chris Hedges | The HORRIFIC State of the American Empire


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Published on Jul 20, 2021

Christopher Lynn Hedges (born September 18, 1956) is an American Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, Presbyterian minister, author and television host. His books include War Is a Force That Gives Us Meaning (2002), a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award for Nonfiction; Empire of Illusion: The End of Literacy and the Triumph of Spectacle (2009); Death of the Liberal Class (2010); Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt (2012), written with cartoonist Joe Sacco, which was a New York Times best-seller; Wages of Rebellion: The Moral Imperative of Revolt (2015); and his most recent, America: The Farewell Tour (2018). Obey, a documentary by British filmmaker Temujin Doran, is based on his book Death of the Liberal Class.[1]

Hedges spent nearly two decades as a foreign correspondent in Central America, West Asia, Africa, the Middle East (he is fluent in Arabic), and the Balkans. He has reported from more than fifty countries, and has worked for The Christian Science Monitor, NPR, Dallas Morning News, and The New York Times,[2] where he was a foreign correspondent for fifteen years (1990–2005) serving as the paper’s Middle East Bureau Chief and Balkan Bureau Chief during the war in the former Yugoslavia.

In 2001, Hedges contributed to The New York Times staff entry that received the 2002 Pulitzer Prize for Explanatory Reporting for the paper’s coverage of global terrorism. He also received the Amnesty International Global Award for Human Rights Journalism in 2002.[3] He has taught at Columbia University, New York University, the University of Toronto and Princeton University.[2][4][5][6]

Hedges, who wrote a weekly column for the progressive news website Truthdig for 14 years, was fired along with all of the editorial staff in March 2020.[7][8][9] Hedges and the staff had gone on strike earlier in the month to protest the publisher’s attempt to fire the Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer, demand an end to a series of unfair labor practices and the right to form a union.[10] He hosts the Emmy-nominated program On Contact for the RT (formerly Russia Today) television network.[11]

Hedges has also taught college credit courses for several years in New Jersey prisons as part of the B.A. program offered by Rutgers University.[12] He has described himself as a socialist,[13][14] specifically an anarchist,[15][16] identifying with Dorothy Day in particular.[17]

-From Wikipedia

‘This is not a pipe dream.’ AOC speaks on Green New Deal component


The Hill


Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez spoke about the Civilian Climate Corps during an event this week.

The Vital Benefits From Eating Plant Based Beyond Just Yourself – By Author Brenda Davis


The Real Truth About Health

Published on Jul 24, 2021

The Vital Benefits From Eating Plant Based Beyond Just Yourself – By Author Brenda Davis

Brenda Davis offers fresh insights on the treatment of animals in food production and other industries, the latest findings on the health benefits of a vegan diet and expanded the information on phytochemicals, Brenda’s information is extensive in scope, yet manageable for anyone who wants to easily understand how to construct a nutritionally balanced plant-based diet.

Here are the latest findings on: using plant foods to protect against cancer, heart disease, and other chronic illnesses; obtaining essential protein without meat, eggs, or dairy products; discovering “”good”” fats and where to find them; meeting dietary needs for calcium without dairy products; understanding the importance of vitamin B12; designing balanced vegan diets for infants, children, and seniors; and making the most of vegan pregnancy and breastfeeding.

This is a sound blueprint to follow for better health for yourself and the planet.

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