May 13, 2020
In her new report for The Intercept on the “Screen New Deal,” Naomi Klein looks at how the future we’re being rushed into by the coronavirus pandemic could transform our lives by making elements of daily life under quarantine permanent, in order to benefit billionaires in the tech industry. Klein examines the case of New York, where state officials are courting tech billionaires like former Google CEO Eric Schmidt and former mayor Michael Bloomberg to deal with the fallout of the COVID-19 crisis through public-private partnerships. “They see huge opportunities in telehealth, in the educational market in public schools, in supporting us working from home,” says Klein. “They’re not looking for a traditional reopening, but rather a new paradigm where the privileged classes who are able to isolate themselves basically get everything … either delivered through digital streaming or by drone.”
Mar 26, 2020
Lest we forget in the face of the #Coronavirus #pandemic, #ClimateChange is still happening, and accelerating. It’s been predicted for many years that increased occurrence and rapid spread of pandemics would be one of the many results of climate change. This one may not have been that, but it’s a taste of things to come. We are being given a ‘wake-up call’. Will we hear it? Will we heed it? Ordinary people seem to be ‘getting it’, but governments, and their primary clients (banks and large corporations) are trying to get us back to Business As Usual, with its destructive ‘growth economic’ system that was put in place by bankers a century ago, and still is manipulated to benefit the wealthy at the expense of the Earth and human survival. Worth a watch and a share. We thank the PBS News Hour for their allowing us to republish this report for the common welfare of all.
Mar 18, 2020
This first of 3 segments of my recent conversation with Dr. Wadhams on the current Coronavirus pandemic, is shared not to present the latest information on its spread, nor theory about how it got started, but rather to help people ‘connect the dots’ within today’s culture. The ‘dots’ may seem unrelated at first, but are very much related within the ‘big picture.’ If we are to discover the ‘silver lining’ in this dark, dark cloud, we’re got to understand how we might act differently in the future, on individual, community, national and global levels, since #WeAreInThisTogether. If we are to find and benefit from the ‘silver lining’ in this dark, dark pandemic cloud that is blowing across the landscape, we’re got to understand exponential growth how we might act to undo it, to simply not buy, use, and create more of everything as individuals, communities, and nations. In the current ‘lockdown’ occurring in nations who truly want to protect their people we are finding what we can live without, and how much we gain when we #LiveSimply and say #IDontBuyThat. The 3 parts of this conversation are as follows:
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May 14, 2020
Is the coronavirus pandemic generating a mental illness crisis? Millions face isolation, poverty and anxiety. We speak with psychology professor and author Andrew Solomon, as the United Nations calls on governments to put mental health “front and center” in their response to the crisis.
May 14, 2020
We look at the tremendous emotional toll the coronavirus is taking on families when loved ones are forced to battle COVID alone in hospitals or at home, with Dr. Diane Meier, director of the Center to Advance Palliative Care and a professor of geriatrics and palliative medicine at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. She helped start a 24-hour palliative care hotline for COVID-19 patients in New York City that served nearly 900 people in a four-week period.
Mar 21, 2020
This third and last of 3 segments of my recent conversation with Dr. Peter Wadhams on the current #Coronavirus pandemic, is shared not to present the latest information on its spread, nor theory about how it got started, but rather to help people contemplate the irreversible aspects of what has happened, and get our heads around the fact that our loss is Nature’s gain.
Hope that our viewers will find and benefit from the ‘silver lining’ in this dark, dark pandemic cloud that is blowing across the landscape. In the current ‘lockdown’ occurring in nations who truly want to protect their people we are finding what we can live without, and how much we gain when we #LiveSimply and say #IDontBuyThat.