Daily Archives: May 20, 2019

Trump’s Real Estate Dealings Needed a ‘Criminal Organization:’ Deutsche Bank

The Real News Network
Published on May 20, 2019

In 1990 Trump reorganized his finances and no bank would lend him money except for Deutsche Bank. Deutsche Bank has already paid $600 million dollars in fines for money laundering says David Cay Johnston.

Protesters Call on Whitney Museum to Remove Tear Gas Manufacturer’s CEO from B oard

May 20, 2019

And in New York City, activists staged another protest at the Whitney Museum Friday to demand the removal of Warren Kanders, CEO of tear gas manufacturer Safariland, from the museum’s board. The demonstration, which took place on the opening of the prestigious Biennial exhibition, capped off nine weeks of actions by a coalition of activist groups who called out Safariand’s role in suppressing popular movements, including in Standing Rock, Ferguson and Palestine, as well as the tear-gassing of migrant families at the border. Last month, 48 artists participating in the Biennial signed on to a letter demanding Warren’s removal from Whitney’s board. Some groups at Friday’s protest also challenged the role of cultural institutions in the gentrification of New York City. This is activist Betty Yu.

Betty Yu: “My name is Betty Yu, and I’m a co-founder of the Chinatown Art Brigade. And the reason why we’re here at the Whitney is we’re making the clear connection between war profiteers and profiteers of mass displacement. So, namely, the Whitney and the High Line behind me, when they opened up, a lot of galleries here in the meatpacking industry moved to Chinatown. We have a 120 galleries gentrifying Chinatown now, and they’re being used by these real estate developers—what we call the ‘real estate-industrial complex’—to pit newcomers and gentrifiers against longtime residents. And what they do is they’re the Trojan horses used to raise the real estate value, and then eventually will displace Chinatown tenants and residents.”

Australian Voters Choose Conservative PM Morrison Over Opponent Who Vowed to Tackle Climate Change

May 20, 2019

In Australia, voters and pollsters were left in shock after the conservative government of Prime Minister Scott Morrison won an election that was largely favored to go to the Labor opposition, which ran on a platform of cutting greenhouse gas emissions and taking on the challenges of climate change. Scott Morrison, who is pro-Trump, has backed major coal mine projects and introduced anti-immigrant policies, most notably turning away asylum seekers to Australia and sending them to migrant camps on remote islands.

Evacuation ordered for High Level as Alberta wildfire approaches

CBC News: The NationalPublished on May 20, 2019

People living in and near High Level, Alta., have been ordered to leave their homes because of danger posed by an out-of-control wildfire.

Mission to Mars through the Moon

RT America

Published on May 20, 2019

Scientists believe that NASA’s anticipated return-mission to the Moon in 2024 will yield crucial research in anticipation of an eventual mission to Mars.

Through data-based food waste prevention, Leanpath helps #MoveTheDate, explains Steve Finn


Roger Entne discusses impact of US Huawei ban

Car-centric urban planning = major challenge to transforming mobility in the US ~ Tom Maguire, SFMTA

Trump’s Trade War (full film) | FRONTLINE


Published on May 13, 2019

As the trade war between the U.S. and China escalates, FRONTLINE and NPR take a look at what led to the rising tensions and what’s at stake. “Trump’s Trade War” presents the inside story of President Trump’s gamble to confront China over trade. Reporting from the U.S. and China, FRONTLINE and NPR investigate what led the world’s two largest economies to the brink, and the billions at stake.

From Gallery to Reality (… and Back): The Display of Art and the Art of Display in the Digital Age | EV & N – 314 | CCTV

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Instant digital integration through QR codes makes it possible to link exhibits in galleries directly with their wider-world context beyond the gallery space. This provides a radically new and effective technology for museums of all sizes, rare book libraries, map collections and special collections of all descriptions to develop powerful new ways of expanding their audience and design the public education component of their outreach work.

For a discussion of the particular gallery technique used in the Harvard HDS Group Exhibit, see:

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For “Virtual Reality” (VR) “walk-around” views linked to specific slave-trade castles in exhibit and in the African Historical Graphics Archive:

Fort James, the Gambia:

The Gambia – James Island Fort 2- Michel du Chesne
The Gambia – James Island Fort 3 – Michel du Chesne
The Gambia – James Island Fort 4 – Michel du Chesne
The Gambia – James Island Fort 5 – Michel du Chesne
The Gambia – James Island Fort 6 – Michel du Chesne

Gorée Island, Dakar, Senegal:

as well as:

Elmina Castle, Elmina, Ghana

See related:

Individual objects prepared for this display within the group exhibit Footprints Across Time include:

Other prints prepared for the exhibit but not displayed include:

See discussion of the techniques and digital technologies used in this approach to historical research in:

For further subjects related to the Atlantic trade and its long-term ecological impact see:

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Important related online resources include:

  • Afriterra – The Cartographic Free Library
    This is an online research and reference facility of for digital access to historical maps and other primary source materials relating to the study of Africa and its role in the world history from the late early-modern period through the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.


  • Slave Voyages
    This is the most extensive international initiative for the systematic study of he slave trade in the digital age.  It has been undertaken by coordinated teams of historians, demographers, and social scientists that were funded from a series of research grants over the years.  The project is now hosted at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia.  Data from the project in the “Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade Database”  currently contains records on over 36,000 individual slaving expeditions between 1514 and 1866, and it has been made accessible in various formats on the Internet.
    See particularly:

Introductory Maps

Slave Ship in 3D video

Timelines of estimates

Timelapse animation

This digital memorial raises questions about the largest slave trades in history and offers access to the documentation available to answer them. European colonizers turned to Africa for enslaved laborers to build the cities and extract the resources of the Americas. They forced millions of mostly unnamed Africans across the Atlantic to the Americas, and from one part of the Americas to another. Analyze these slave trades and view interactive maps, timelines, and animations to see the dispersal in action.