Daily Archives: May 26, 2019

The super blue blood moon makes first appearance since 1866

PBS NewsHour

Streamed live on Jan 31, 2018

Starting at 5:30 a.m. ET, the super blue blood moon will be visible in the United States. Follow NASA’s coverage of the rare event. The lunar eclipse, happening on the second full moon of a month during a super moon gives the event it name, and we haven’t seen one for more than 150

Why an ancient Mesopotamian tablet is key to our future learning | Tiffany Jenkins | TEDxSquareMile

TEDx Talks

Published on Jun 21, 2017

In our ephemeral, digital world where everything is mediated through a computer screen and summoned by the click of a mouse, ancient objects in dusty old museums are essential to future of learning. In the late eighteenth century, a clay fragment from a piece of the world’s oldest literature overturned orthodoxies and advanced knowledge of the past. It’s an important lesson: evidence from the past will help us to rethink what we know which is never complete. Ancient history and the tangible artifact – something real, not virtual – will take us out of the cloud and bring us back down to earth.

Tiffany Jenkins is an author, academic, and ex-columnist for the Scotsman. She wrote the critically acclaimed Keeping Their Marbles: How The Treasures Of The Past Ended Up In Museums And Why They Should Stay There, published in 2016. She is the writer and presenter of the 2016 BBC Radio 4 series, A Narrative History Of Secrecy. She has been a visiting fellow at the London School of Economics, and was previously the director of the Arts and Society Programme at the Institute of Ideas. Her first degree is in art history, her PhD in sociology.

Why we’re overdue to know the brilliance of Africa’s civilizations

PBS NewsHour

Published on Feb 27, 2017

Archeologists and scholars are learning more about Africa than ever before, from the digitization of records and the unearthing of ancient treasures. Audie Cornish talks with Henry Louis Gates Jr. of Harvard University about Africa’s rich but overlooked history and how his six-part PBS series “Africa’s Great Civilizations” took shape.

Record Number of Students Walk Out of Classes in Global Strike for the Climate

May 24, 2019

And youth activists in cities around the world have launched another one-day global climate strike that could rival a March 15 action that saw an estimated 1.6 million participants. Organizers, inspired by 16-year-old Swedish high school student Greta Thunberg, say they’re planning more than 1,350 separate strikes in every continent on Earth today—including two strikes in Antarctica. This is 19-year-old activist Marta Macías from Madrid, Spain.

Marta Macías: “It’s estimated we have 11 years before climate change is irreversible. And if we don’t take the necessary measures over these 11 years, we will end up without a planet. I want to defend my life on this planet, as well as the survival of my species and all of the other species that live on it.”

Sen. Bernie Sanders Proposes Tax on Wall Street Speculation

May 24, 2019

Meanwhile, Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders has unveiled a bill that would apply a small tax on Wall Street transactions in order to raise hundreds of billions of dollars for social programs. The legislation would tax stock, bond and derivatives trades in order to fund job creation, Medicare for all, free public college, environmental and climate change programs, housing assistance and HIV/AIDS treatment and prevention. The bill was co-sponsored in the House by Democrat Barbara Lee of California.

Rep. Barbara Lee: “With just a fraction—and this is a very modest proposal—a fraction of a tax on Wall Street, we can raise over $220 billion per year. That’s $2.2 trillion over 10 years. And just think of what we could do with those resources and with that money.”

The bill has the backing of another 2020 presidential contender, New York Democratic Senator Kirsten Gillibrand. On Wednesday, Gillibrand proposed a “Family Bill of Rights” that would see the U.S. invest more in maternal and child health, paid family leave, affordable child care and universal pre-K.

New Campaign Calls on 2020 Candidates to “Put People Over the Pentagon”

May 24, 2019

Back in the United States, a new campaign is calling on 2020 presidential candidates to pledge to cut Pentagon spending by at least $200 billion annually to pay for Medicare for all, a Green New Deal and other programs. The campaign pledge, called “Put People Over the Pentagon,” also promotes alternatives to war and presses lawmakers to prevent the president from ordering military action without a declaration of war from Congress.

Trump Pledges $16 Billion to Aid Farmers Harmed by U.S.-China Trade War

May 24, 2019

President Trump promised Thursday to spend $16 billion to relieve farmers and agribusiness companies who’ve lost revenue to the growing U.S. trade war with China. Speaking to a crowd of farmers and ranchers brought into the White House, Trump repeated his false claim that China would reimburse the U.S. for the losses. The move came as China’s retaliatory tariffs on U.S. vegetables and meat products have driven commodity prices to their lowest level in over a decade.