Daily Archives: February 17, 2020

Danny Glover and Eddie Conway on the 50th Anniversary of MLK Assassination

The Real News Network

Published on Feb 17, 2020

TRNN Replay from 2018: Actor and activist Danny Glover and TRNN Executive Producer Eddie Conway talk about how Martin Luther King Jr. worked to build a movement of inclusiveness against militarism, exploitation and racism

Have Billionaires Bought Our Democracy?

Thom Hartmann Program

Feb 17, 2020
Billionaires are buying their way into the 2020 election…

What does the rise of Michael Bloomberg mean for America? Is our democracy completely sold to the highest payer? Will we ever see a presidential election where money is not the sole determining factor?

A Few Minutes to Save the World


Feb 14, 2020

Stuart Scott quit his day job in 2008 to serve humanity and life on Earth full time as a climate change and eco-social strategist. Here is one of his first speeches at the UN climate talks, one of the ‘intercessional’ rounds of negotiations between the annual COPs, or Conferences Of Parties. Everything he said is as urgently relevant today as it was back then. But the climate talks have continued as a disingenuous ritual of ‘kicking the can down the road’, until now we are experiencing a climate emergency of huge proportions.

Yale National Initiative

The Yale National Initiative to strengthen teaching in public schools® is a long-term endeavor to influence public policy on teacher professional development, in part by establishing exemplary Teachers Institutes in high-need school districts around the country. Following the approach developed in New Haven and implemented in other communities, the Initiative is timely because of the emphasis that public policy makers and educators continue to place on the fundamental necessity of effective teaching for student learning, the precept on which Teachers Institutes are founded.


Jeff Bezos: World’s richest man pledges $10bn to fight climate change – BBC News


Amazon boss Jeff Bezos has pledged $10bn (£7.7bn) to help fight climate change.

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The world’s richest man said the money would finance work by scientists, activists and other groups.

He said: “I want to work alongside others both to amplify known ways and to explore new ways of fighting the devastating impact of climate change.”

Writing on his Instagram account, Mr Bezos said the fund would begin distributing money this summer.

Mr Bezos has an estimated net worth of more than $130bn, so the pledge represents almost 8% of his fortune.

Some Amazon’s employees have urged him to do more to fight climate change. There have been walkouts and some staff have spoken publicly. Also, Mr Bezos is financing the Blue Origin space programme, criticised for its carbon footprint.

Compared to some multi-billionaires, Mr Bezos had done only limited philanthropy. His biggest donation before Monday’s pledge is thought to have been $2bn in September 2018 to help homeless families and fund schools.

He has also been criticised for not signing the Giving Pledge, under which the super-rich promise to give away half of their wealth during their lifetimes.

The Seattle-based company is a neighbour of Microsoft, which in January unveiled a plan to become carbon negative by 2030.

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World Travel c.1850 Splendid rare book color costume plates views Gumuchian

Brian DiMambro Antiquarian

Feb 11, 2020
[Decorative Book Bindings, color plate Books, French
Publications, Ethnic Prints and Views, color Costumes of the
world, 19th Century Ethnography & travel].

Short video captures condition much better than words. Please watch prior to purchase to ensure a clear understanding of the book.

Le Voyageur de la Jeunesse Dans Les Cinq Parties du Monde, by MM. Champagnac et Olivier.
Published c. 1850, Paris by Morizot. Illustrations by MM. Rouargue freres.
645 pages. Text in French. Complete with 22 plates (5 engraved views), 17 costume plates with original hand color.

Beautiful period gilt binding, spine and covers ornately decorated with wonderful animal, floral, and allegorical figure gilt designs. Book has been expertly rebacked, with original spine laid down. (Hard to tell at a glance). All edges gilt. hinges cracked but boards firm, tight, binding sound and strong- Any age flaws are easy to overlook or forgive.

Binding remains tight and sound. Interior contents show some light spotting or foxing throughout. Color plates protected by original tissue guards. A stunning book, both inside and out.

Wonderful antiquarian survival that maintains a brilliant shelf appearance.

Book measures: 10 5/8″ H X 7″ W.


Gumuchian, Les Livres d’Enfance, 1553.

Colas, Bibliography of Costume plate books, 594.

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Why aren’t there more black farmers in the United States? | The Stream

Al Jazeera English

Scheduled for Feb 18, 2020

A hundred years ago, 15 percent of farmers in the United States were black. Today, that number has shrunk to less than two percent.

The decline is due largely to racism, financial discrimination and violence – a combination of obstacles that started with slavery and continues to dog business owners today.

By one measure, the loss of millions of acres of farmland since 1920 has translated into more than $120 billion in denied opportunities for black farmers and their heirs.

Despite the challenges, many young African Americans are starting to return to farming. Some are eager to follow in the footsteps of their ancestors or to support healthier, sustainable living. But the success of their endeavors still depends on many factors outside of their control.

In this episode we ask, why aren’t there more black farmers in the United States? Join the conversation.