Daily Archives: May 21, 2020

Ron Finley Teaches Gardening | Official Trailer | MasterClass


Published on Dec 16, 2015

Determined to change South Los Angeles from food desert to food forest, Ron Finley wants his actions to be educational, inspiring, and nutritious. He wants kids to grow up with the option of healthy food, instead of fried, fattening staples. He wants to sweep up and transform his street, his hood, the city of LA and communities everywhere.

A guerilla gardener in South Central LA | Ron Finley

TED on Mar 6, 2013

Ron Finley plants vegetable gardens in South Central LA — in abandoned lots, traffic medians, along the curbs. Why? For fun, for defiance, for beauty and to offer some alternative to fast food in a community where “the drive-thrus are killing more people than the drive-bys


Bernie Sanders

Streamed live 101 minutes ago

SHOULD WE REOPEN? Earning a paycheck shouldn’t kill you. Join the virtual town hall on how we can safely reopen our country and protect working people, with Sen. Bernie Sanders, SEIU President Mary Kay Henry, Dr. Abdul El-Sayed, Dr. Rishi Desai and NY State Sen. Jessica Ramos and music from Josh Okeefe

Advice for Young Scholars….[ interview excerpt – VOX Oxford]


What can we do to change the way we understand and behave in the world?

It is now clear that a radical change in our collective behavior will be necessary if we are going to survive for very much longer as an organized civilization.  From an ecosystemic point of view all of our current leadership has been educated and trained to pursue sectoral growth and competitive institutional advancement.  This will not work — cannot work — for much longer.  We need collectively to move to a realization that systemic stability is our only legitimate goal as a species.

As human history has sadly demonstrated we are the “great disrupter” species in a delicately balanced ecosystem which took billions of years to evolve on the only life-supporting “blue planet” in the known universe. We cannot survive for more than nano-seconds anywhere else in the universe without carefully mimicking what functions naturally on Earth in mechanical contraptions that cannot last for long before they crash.

The advice to young scholars is for them each to thoroughly re-think their own education. The paradigms they have been taught to follow are all fatally flawed because they are irreducibly anthropocentric.

It was these paradigms that led to the arrogance and ignorance of humans arriving at the illusory conclusion that they could control a functioning ecosystem for their own optimal benefit. Can’t happen. Won’t happen. No known ecosystem has ever persisted for very long for the primary benefit of one of its constituent species. We will be no exception to this basic law of functioning ecosystems. No organism or population can outlive its life-support system. We will be no exception to this cosmic pattern, no matter how much we will it to be otherwise.

We need all to re-think our educational systems to reflect these simple truths.

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Biggest Transfer of Wealth in US History Has Now Begun – Investing Outlook – Porter Stansberry

Biggest Transfer of Wealth in US History Has Now Begun – Investing Outlook – Porter Stansberry.mp4

A Maryland multimillionaire says the biggest legal transfer of wealth in American history has just gotten underway—here’s #1 step you must take.

No one believed Porter Stansberry years ago when he said the world’s largest mortgage bankers (Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac) would soon go bankrupt.

And no one believed him when he said GM would fall apart… or that the same would happen to General Growth Properties (America’s biggest mall owner)… or that oil would fall from over $100 per barrel to less than $40 a barrel.

But in each case, that’s exactly what happened.

And now, Stansberry says something new and even bigger is quietly unfolding in America (watch his video clip here):

In short: A new trend is creating thousands of new millionaires (Barron’s estimates 20,000 to 200,000 so far) while at the same time changing the financial future for many others.

What’s happening today is leaving millions of Americans finances in question.

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The Point: When politics trumps science

CGTN   Published on May 21, 2020

In the U.S., tensions are exposed as the pandemic continues. This time, the battle is between science and politics. From the start of the COVID-19 outbreak, President Donald Trump has dismissed scientific and medical advice and warnings. Is there a role for politics in the fight against a deadly virus?

Guests: Zoon Ahmed Khan, Research Fellow from Tsinghua University; Prof. Chen Hong, Executive Director of the Asia Pacific Studies Centre at East China Normal University

Top U.S. & World Headlines — May 21, 2020

Democracy Now!

Published on May 21, 2020

Crowded & Desperate: Rohingya in World’s Largest Refugee Camp Face Dual Crises of Cyclone & COVID-19

Democracy Now!

Published on May 21, 2020

A major cyclone hits India and Bangladesh amid the pandemic, displacing 3 million people and unleashing heavy rain on Cox’s Bazar, home to 1 million Rohingya refugees, where the first cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed. We get an update from Steven Corliss, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees representative in Bangladesh, and speak with Tun Khin, a Rohingya activist, president of the Burmese Rohingya Organisation UK and a member of the Free Rohingya Coalition

Study Warns 1.1 Million Children Could Die as Pandemic Interrupts Access to Food & Medical Care

Democracy Now!

Published on May 21, 2020

A new report finds 1.1 million children under 5 could die the next six months from secondary impacts of the pandemic, like disruptions to health services and access to food. Mothers are also imperiled. We speak with Tim Roberton, lead author of the study and assistant scientist in the Department of International Health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, and with infectious diseases pediatrician Dr. Beate Kampmann

The Locust Crisis: Protecting Food Supplies and Livelihoods for Millions

World Bank

Streamed live 51 minutes ago