Daily Archives: July 23, 2020

Now is the Time for Congress to Act Boldly

Senator Bernie Sanders

Jul 23, 2020

We are in the worst economic condition since the Great Depression. People are worried about getting evicted from their homes. People can’t go to the doctor because they lost their jobs and no longer have any health insurance. Now is the time for Congress to act boldly.

Recover Better Together – Global Lecture on Climate Change

United Nations

Jul 23, 2020

Video message by António Guterres, Secretary-General of the UN, on the global lecture on climate change – recover better together.

Dear Friends,

We are all living through a global crisis like no other.
The COVID-19 pandemic continues its march of suffering and death around the world.
It is a health crisis … an economic crisis … a social crisis … a human crisis.
The pandemic has laid bare severe and systemic inequalities both within and between countries and communities.
More broadly, it has underscored the world’s fragilities – not just in the face of an epic health emergency, but in our faltering response to the climate crisis, lawlessness in cyberspace, and the risks of nuclear proliferation.
It is obvious that the only way to recover better is by working together.
But that is also far from guaranteed.

Done right, we can steer the recovery toward a more inclusive, resilient and sustainable path and the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals and the Paris Agreement on Climate Change.

But poorly coordinated policies risk locking in — or even worsening — already unsustainable inequalities, reversing hard-won development gains and poverty reduction, and a high emissions future.

More than ever, we need unity and solidarity for action.

The unfolding climate crisis starkly illustrates the stakes and the imperative for that action.

We need to turn the recovery into a real opportunity to do things right for the future – and our response to the climate crisis is pivotal — as is your role.

In recent years, young people have been humanity’s greatest asset in the struggle against climate change.

Your ingenuity, vision and demands for climate action and climate justice have kept us in the fight.
We are seeing some encouraging signs as a result.
But we have a very long way to go.

Global heating is accelerating. The past decade was the hottest in human history.

Floods, chronic air pollution, droughts and wildfires are destroying lives, businesses and ecosystems.

Shortages of food and water are already fueling armed conflict, and there is likely much worse to come without greater action.

These catastrophic consequences are very well known.

But so, too, are the solutions.

Put simply, we must limit temperature increases to 1.5C and protect those already being hit hardest.

This means we must achieve net-zero emissions before 2050, and 45 per cent cuts by 2030.

We have no excuse for failing to meet these goals. We have the policies, the technology and know-how and the global framework in the Paris Agreement to achieve this.

And we have a global groundswell of public pressure for change.

This will only grow, because people everywhere know their health and prosperity depend on it.

What is urgently needed now is greater leadership from those who make decisions on their behalf.

China was an essential partner in the adoption and ratification of the Paris Agreement.

But five years later, the Paris goals risk slipping out of reach worldwide.

Even if all current national commitments are fully implemented, temperatures will still rise by over 3 degrees Celsius by the end of the century.

The time for small steps has passed. What is needed now is transformational change.

And if there was hesitation before about the possibility of such large-scale change, the COVID-19 pandemic should erase any doubts.

In the space of just months, billions of people have had to change how they work, consume, move around and interact. Trillions of dollars have been mobilized to save lives and livelihoods.

Now, in countries which are emerging from the health crisis, the task is to revive economic growth and jobs.

Unprecedented sums of taxpayers’ money are being spent to do so.

How this money is spent can either serve as a slingshot to hurtle climate action forward, or it can set it back many years, which science dictates we cannot afford.

Quite simply, how the world recovers from COVID-19 is a “make-or-break moment” for the health of our planet.

We have a narrow window, but a vast opportunity, to rebuild a world that is cleaner, fairer and safer for all.

I have asked all countries to consider six climate positive actions as they rescue, rebuild and reset their economies.

First, we need to make our societies more resilient and ensure a just transition.

Second, we need green jobs and sustainable growth.

Third, bailouts of industry, aviation and shipping should be conditional on aligning with the goals of the Paris Agreement.

Fourth, we need to stop wasting money on fossil fuel subsidies and the funding of coal.

There is no such thing as clean coal, and coal should have no place in any rational recovery plan.

It is deeply concerning that new coal power plants are still being planned and financed, even though renewables offer three times more jobs, and are now cheaper than coal in most countries. …

As Trump threatens Chicago, local police welcome paramilitary forces

Democracy Now!

Jul 23, 2020

President Trump’s deployment of federal agents in Portland has caused a wave of outrage after officers there have attacked antiracist protesters and snatched some people off the street into unmarked vans. Trump has now promised a “surge” of federal agents into other major U.S. cities, including in Chicago, where the local police union has openly advocated for a federal intervention against ongoing demonstrations. “The police in Chicago have a long history of cooperating with the federal government to violate the rights of people in the Chicago community,” says Northwestern law professor Sheila Bedi. “The Chicago Police Department has systematically attempted to chill the First Amendment rights of protesters.”

Total COVID-19 Cases Surpass 4 Million | MTP Daily | MSNBC


Jul 23, 2020

Katy Tur says, “Today’s briefing comes as the U.S. hits yet another grim milestone: 4 million confirmed COVID-19 cases, with the death toll now topping 144,000.” Aired on 7/23/2020.

Why Trump decided to cancel Jacksonville convention

PBS NewsHour

Jul 23, 2020

President Trump announced late Thursday that the 2020 Republican National Convention will no longer be held in Jacksonville, Florida, in August. While some local officials expressed appreciation for the decision, Democrats argued it came much later than it should have. Yamiche Alcindor joins Judy Woodruff to discuss Trump’s alternative plans.

Pelosi: Republicans Are ‘Not Facing The Reality’ Of Impact Of Coronavirus | MSNBC


Jul 23, 2020

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., claimed Republicans “don’t believe in science” and are “not facing the reality” of coronavirus when proposing relief legislation. Aired on 7/23/2020.

Are Seeds of Fascism Being Sown in the United States? | Amanpour and Company

Amanpour and Company
Jul 23, 2020

Jason Stanley is a professor of philosophy at Yale University, and in his new book “How Fascism Works: The Politics of Us and Them,” he explores the inner mechanics of fascism and the forces that drive dictatorships. Stanley joins Hari Sreenivasan to explain his concern at signs of fascism on the rise in the U.S. Originally aired on July 23, 2020.

How to Teach Remotely with a Google Slides Hyperdoc

New EdTech Classroom

Mar 13, 2020

How to teach remotely with a Google Slides Hyperdoc. In this week’s education technology tutorial, veteran educator and edtech enthusiast Sam Kary shows teachers how to set up a lesson during virtual teaching. Teachers are currently finding themselves in an unprecedented moment where many around the world are being asked to teach lessons remotely. Although it’s important to learn about different education technology programs, it’s equally as important to create self-contained independent studies that students can’t work on at their own pace. Hyperdocs allow teachers to create engaging, rigorous lessons that can be as high-tech or low-tech as you want. Once you learn how to create a hyperdoc, you can embed as many technology programs as you wish in order to keep your students engaged and interested. Click here for the full blog post with links to resources: https://www.newedtechclassroom.com/ho…

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Pandemic Profiteers: Making a Killing From COVID! (w/ Richard Wolff)

Thom Hartmann Program

Jul 23, 2020

Capitalism has these companies making a profit while you make funeral plans over zoom! Richard Wolff joins Thom Hartmann to expose the Pandemic Profiteers!

You die and they profit, should we be taxing these Pandemic Profiteers, Richard Wolff and Thom hartmann think so!