Daily Archives: November 18, 2019

NEWSFLASH: XR Global Hunger Strike – London | We Need You Tomorrow | Extinction Rebellion

Extinction Rebellion

Nov 18, 2019

“We need as many people as possible to come to the headquarters of all the political parties tomorrow to support us”, Larch Maxey called out as he stood in the cold night air outside the Labour Party HQ on November 18th.

On Nov 14th Extinction Rebellion UK hand delivered letters to each political party, requesting a filmed meeting with party leaders to ask for their support for the Climate and Ecological Emergency Bill, the ‘#ThreeDemandsBill’. If they refuse the meeting, Extinction Rebellion UK activists promise to join hunger strikers around the world this coming Monday.

More than 400 people are taking part in the XR Global Hunger Strike if demands for meetings with their governments on the climate and ecological emergency are not met. The strike aims to highlight the vulnerability of our food supplies and force governments to enact Extinction Rebellion’s three demands.

Rebel hunger strikers worldwide are employing this last resort tactic after more than three decades of petitions, protests and campaigns have failed to secure the urgently needed responses to mitigate ecological and climate breakdown. By denying themselves their basic needs, the hunger strikers hope that their bodies will sound the alarm.

Genetically modified salmon to hit U.S. markets

CGTN America

Nov 18, 2019

Genetically modified food is a hot topic. Already, the majority of corn and soy grown in the U.S. has been genetically modified. But the science has also reached a range of other consumer products, and that includes salmon, which is set to hit U.S. restaurants and markets next year.


New report: Wealthy hoarding their money! (Full show)

RT America

Nov 18, 2019

Ford has introduced an upgrade on its iconic Mustang car. But the Mustang Mach E will be built in Mexico, and maybe even in China. Rick Sanchez reports. (01:10) The wealthy are spending less than before, according to reports. Why? John Grace of Investor’s Advantage Corp joins Rick Sanchez to share his expertise. He argues that if the rich are moving into a “defensive posture,” that the rest of us would do well to model their behavior. He agrees that it’s not fair for the government to lie to Americans about the health of the US economy and urges consumers to be more careful with their wealth. (05:30) RT America’s Sayeh Tavangar reports on the ongoing protests rocking Iran after its government hiked the price of fuel by as much as 300 percent and imposed an internet blackout. Then Daniel McAdams of the Ron Paul Institute joins Rick Sanchez to weigh in. (15:15) RT America’s Sara Montes de Oca reports on violent clashes between protesters and police at Hong Kong Polytechnic University, wherein police were attacked with arrows and gasoline bombs. (20:40) Plus, RT’s Eisa Ali reports on accusations against news outlets RT and Sputnik for “interference” in UK politics. (24:15)

World Toilet Day: China’s ‘Toilet Revolution’


Nov 18, 2019

November 19 marks World Toilet Day. In this episode of “Come Together,” CGTN looks at how toilets in China have evolved.

U.S. President Donald Trump considers testifying at impeachment hearings

CBC News: The National

Nov 18, 2019

U.S. President Donald Trump tweeted today that he is considering testifying at his impeachment hearings. But he made a similar statement during the Mueller investigation, and that testimony never happened.

Global media executives discuss media opportunities, challenges in new era

New China TV

Nov 18, 2019

Senior executives of major media organizations from around the world on Monday discussed opportunities and challenges that media faces in an era of all-media and the World Media Summit (WMS) in a new decade at the fourth meeting of the WMS presidium held in Shanghai.

Making the ‘Emergency’ feel like one | Marc Lopatin | Extinction Rebellion

Extinction Rebellion

Nov 18, 2019

Marc Lopatin from XR Media & Messaging speaking to the People’s Assembly in Trafalgar Square on 16th October, 2019. Join the rebellion: https://Rebellion.Earth/ International: https://Rebellion.Global/

Barry Clifford Whydah Underwater salvage and artifacts

whydah-finderUnderwater explorer Barry Clifford. Matt Kalinowski

In 1984 Barry Clifford discovered the remains of the legendary Whydah, a behemoth 28-gun pirate ship carrying some four and a half tons of stolen treasure.

Ian Aldrich • August 15, 2008 •
5.00 avg. rating (86% score) – 1 vote

Shipwreck salvager and underwater archaeological adventurer Barry Clifford lives in Provincetown, Massachusetts. In 1984, following years of dogged pursuit, Clifford, a Cape Cod native, discovered the remains of the legendary Whydah, a behemoth 28-gun pirate ship (and former merchant slaver) carrying some four and a half tons of stolen treasure, destroyed by a nor’easter off the Wellfleet coast in 1717. But Barry Clifford’s biggest find may be yet to come: He’s convinced he’s located the ruins of Christopher Columbus’s Santa Maria just off the Haitian coast. He now works with his 29-year-old son, Brandon, at his home on the Cape.

“The adventure is always the treasure. To be able to go out with some people you know and like and go out on some high-minded adventure to solve some mystery — it doesn’t get any better than that.

“I don’t think I’m a treasure hunter. A treasure hunter sells treasure. All of the artifacts that we’ve excavated and conserved are meant for public display. We have one of the largest exhibits that National Geographic has ever put together. You take a group like Odyssey [a shipwreck
recovery company], and even though they have archaeologists, they’re a publicly traded company and their investors want a return. I don’t think you can do really good science when people are breathing down your neck. We have thousands of pieces of musket shot [from the Whydah], and we could sell these things for $100 apiece if we put them in a little plastic display case and put a certificate with them. But once you sell one thing, you open up the floodgates.

“I have a great deal of respect for Bob Ballard, but I wonder what people got out of the Titanic. To me it was like a modern colossal car wreck. Where are the lessons learned there? That’s what’s disappointing in a way about the American public. It’s like, Wow, look how many people were killed, all those people drowned. [With the Whydah] we have this unobstructed view into this period of history that very little is known about. These were outlaws — they didn’t keep written records. It’s also a big part of Massachusetts history. Cotton Mather represented two of the pirates who were acquitted. One was sold into slavery to the maternal grandfather of John Quincy Adams.

“I want the Whydah to stay together. Maybe it will end up in London. The ship is an English ship — English pirates. The English love exhibits. But it’s definitely going to be kept together as a collection.

“Christopher Columbus was looking for a route to the Indies; I’m looking for his ship. I’ve got the Discovery Channel breathing down my neck, saying, Hey, you’ve got 48 hours to find this thing; he had Queen Isabella breathing down his neck. So I have to put myself inside his head, which is really one of the fun things I do. You get to know the person. You get insight into what he was thinking.

“I’m more confident about the Santa Maria than I was about the Whydah. The facts are there. There’s so much written material. I expect to find personal belongings — things that people may have hidden in the ballast that they wanted to hide from their shipmates. We know all the names, so maybe something with somebody’s name on it. No matter what, it should be carefully scrutinized. When I say I’ve found it, I expect everybody to say, Prove it. Then if we can, that’s it.

“The trick to staying healthy on an expedition? Pepto-Bismol. I swear by it. An old explorer in South America told me about it. It coats the stomach. As long as I’ve been traveling, the first thing I always do when I get off the plane is drink a bottle of it. I tell my younger guys to do it, and they kind of scoff, and of course they’re the ones going Ehhhhhhhh in a couple of days.

“The bonus to me is to have been able to meet the people I’ve met because of what I do. I was in Scotland for three years, and I worked with Prince Andrew — he served me my dinner and washed my plate. A kid from the cranberry bogs — here I am onboard his ship.”

Whydah Pirate Museum
. 674 MA-28, West Yarmouth, MA. 508-534-9571; discoverpirates.com

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The Whydah Gally | Brief History of a Cape Cod Pirate Ship – New England Today


Model of the Whydah Gally pirate ship. Wikimedia Commons

New England History   The Whydah Gally | Brief History of a Cape Cod Pirate Ship

Discovered off the coast of Wellfleet, MA, the Whydah Gally is the world’s only authenticated pirate ship. Learn more about the Wydah’s fascinating history and the mystery that surrounds its wreck.

Ian Aldrich • July 2, 2019

New Englanders love a good mystery — especially as it pertains to the region’s rich maritime history — so it’s no surprise that the sinking of the Whydah Gally has provided generations of curious Yankees with endless legends and lore.

The pirate ship Wydah Gally sank off the coast of Cape Cod on April 26, 1717, prompting sailors and landlubbers alike to ponder the mysteries of its wreck. “Where was the ship’s watery grave?” they wondered, and “How much treasure was actually in its hold?”

But these questions would go unanswered for the next 260 years, inspiring stories and hopeful treasure seekers, until underwater explorer Barry Clifford found the ship’s remains in 1984. It was a monumental find, and more than 30 years after its discovery, the Whydah Gally (also known simply as “Whydah“) remains the only fully authenticated and positively identified pirate shipwreck ever recovered.


Built as a slave ship in 1715, the 100-foot, 300-ton Whydah Gally was hijacked during its maiden voyage by the pirate Samuel “Black Sam” Belamy, not long after departing Jamaica. The captain and his crew used the Whydah to pirate other ships before eventually sailing north to the coast of Wellfleet, Massachusetts, where it’s believed that Belamy’s lover, Maria Hallet, was waiting for him.

But the Whydah Gally never reached its destination. As legend has it, the pirate crew was too drunk to finish out the journey and the ship came afoul of a powerful Nor’easter on the night of April 26, 1717. Winds as strong as 70 miles per hour churned the sea, causing swells as high as 30 feet. Although they were within sight of land, the Whydah crew couldn’t navigate the storm and slammed stern-first into a sandbar, breaking apart. Only two of the 146 men on board survived the wreck. It is believed that Bellamy’s ship contained the treasure of 53 other vessels, and as news spread about the Whydah’s lost fortune, people flocked to the beach and waters.

Not long after the ship went down, Colonial Governor Samuel Shute dispatched cartographer Cyprian Southack to recover any lost treasure for the crown. He later reported finding “at least 200 men from several places at 20 miles distance plundering the Pirate Wreck of what came ashore [when] she turned bottom up.”

And just what kind of loot might have been available? According to one of the survivors, the Whydah Gally contained 180 bags of gold and silver the crew had divided equally among themselves.

Over the next two-and-a-half centuries, the mystique surrounding the Whydah continued to mount. Where was the sunken ship? Was there any treasure remaining inside? Would the ship and its loot ever be recovered?


Gold coins recovered from the Whydah Gally by Barry Clifford and his team. Wikimedia Commons


Enter local underwater explorer Barry Clifford. For Clifford, the hunt for the Whydah proved too intriguing to resist. Fascinated by the tale since childhood, he was convinced it could be found. But not everyone was so optimistic, and the archeologist weathered doubters and critics who believed the ship was as elusive as the pirates who’d once plied the Atlantic’s waters.

In March 1984, Yankee published a profile of Clifford that probed his determination to discover the wreck. A few months after that original story appeared, Clifford’s hard work paid off when he unearthed the famed pirate ship in water that was as deep as 30 feet.

In the three decades since the discovery, Clifford and his team have recovered more than 200,000 artifacts from the ship, including coins, canons, handmade weapons, and even a leg bone. Together, they tell a fascinating story about what the average early 18th-century pirate wore and how he fought. Perhaps the most exciting item for historians was the ship’s bell, recovered in the fall of 1985. Inscribed with “THE WHYDAH GALLY 1716,” it serves as definitive proof of the ship’s identity and authenticity.

Now the public can take in Clifford’s discovery. In the summer of 2016, the explorer opened the Whydah Pirate Museum in West Yarmouth, Massachusetts — the only museum in the world to feature authenticated pirate ship treasure. A 12,000-square-foot memorial to the old ship, it also includes a life-size replica of the original Whydah Gally.

Whydah Pirate Museum. 674 MA-28, West Yarmouth, MA. 508-534-9571; discoverpirates.com

This post was first published in 2017 and has been updated.

Barry Clifford and the Whydah Discovery

Whydah Artifacts in Exhibit

Barry Clifford and the Whydah Discovery

Whydah Artifacts in Exhibit

In the summer of 2007, Barry Clifford and his divers brought up 25,000 pounds of artifacts from the Whydah: “more than ever before,” he says. To date the team has retrieved more than 200,000 objects, including the ship’s bell. Some of these items are included in a roving National Geographic exhibit called “Real Pirates,” currently at The Franklin Institute Science Museum in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (215-448-1200; fi.edu) through November 2.

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Thomas Meaney “Trump’s Very American Foreign Policy”

Published on Nov 5, 2018
Donald Trump’s domestic liberal critics believe he represents an abnormal, dangerous deviation from standard American foreign policy. Picturing his presidency as the Armageddon, they make it easy for him to outperform prognostications of doom. Is here a better way to think about Trump? Thomas Meaney , one of the U.S.’s leading young public intellectuals, asserts that Trump has far more in common with his predecessors than is commonly believed. In a conversation with IWM Visiting Fellow John Palattella, he will argue the need to use Trump’s presidency not merely as an excuse to scurry back to the status quo, but to transcend it. Vienna Humanitites Festival 2018 SO 30/09/18 15.00 Uhr Stadtkino http://www.humanitiesfestival.at