Daily Archives: July 24, 2020

Trump’s Preparing To Crush This Upcoming Protest!


Thom Hartmann Program

Published on Jul 24, 2020

Donald Trump is currently sending federal troops and secret police throughout American cities… and they could be setting up to stop this protest from happening!

After This… Can You Trust Your Government?


Thom Hartmann Program

Published on Jul 24, 2020

Donald Trump is eroding your trust in government day by day… and now he has DHS lying for him!

What’s the future of human habitation or even resettlement on Mars?


CGTN

Published on Jul 24, 2020

China has successfully launched its first Mars exploration mission, “Tianwen-1.” Tianwen translates to “Questions to Heaven,” and comes as the United States and the United Arab Emirates are also sending missions to the Red Planet. Mars is sometimes seen as the Earth’s sister planet, and some believe it can be turned into a second habitat for humans.

South Africa faces ‘Coronavirus storm’ (C. Ramaphosa)


FRANCE 24 English

Published on Jul 24, 2020

In South Africa, President Cyril Ramaphosa has said a ‘Coronavirus storm’ has arrived with the number of cases passing 400,000. We’ll also bring a report from Algeria about the closure of all non-essential shops to combat Covid-19 there, as businesses were counting on a key week in the retail calendar with the Eid holiday around the corner. And in Ivory Coast, we’ll take a look at attempts to clean up a district in Abidjan seen as one of the most troubled spots in the city. But with elections looming, some see the move as a superficial move to gain votes.

President Donald Trump: Calling it the ‘Chinese virus’ is not racist at all, it comes from China

CNBC Television

Mar 18, 2020

President Trump responds to a question about whether calling the coronavirus the ‘Chinese virus’ is racist. He says it isn’t, because it came from China.

World Health Organization officials warned against calling COVID-19 the “Chinese virus” as President Donald Trump has done, saying that it could unintentionally lead to racial profiling.

“Viruses know no borders and they don’t care about your ethnicity, the color of your skin or how much money you have in the bank. So it’s really important we be careful in the language we use lest it lead to the profiling of individuals associated with the virus,” Dr. Mike Ryan, the executive director of WHO’s emergencies program, said at a news conference Wednesday when asked about Trump’s comments inciting violence against Asians.

Since emerging from Wuhan, China, just over three months ago, the new coronavirus has spread to almost every country around the world, infecting more than 212,000 people and killing at least 8,727 as of Wednesday afternoon, according to data compiled by John’s Hopkins University.

Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates agreed with Ryan, writing in an Ask Me Anything session on Reddit on Wednesday that “we should not call this the Chinese virus.”

Trump defended his characterization of the coronavirus at a White House news conference discussing the pandemic Wednesday.

“It’s not racist at all,” Trump said, “No, not at all.”

Trump was asked about his persistent use of the term “Chinese virus” despite reports that dozens of incidents of bias against Chinese Americans who have been blamed for allegedly spreading the coronavirus.

“Because it comes from China,” Trump said to the reporter who asked him that question. “That’s why.”

WHO officials intentionally gave the virus a generic name to avoid stigmatizing a country or particular group, choosing a name that doesn’t refer to a geographical location, animals, an individual or a group of people. The CO stands for corona, the VI for virus and the D for disease. COVID-19 was first detected late last year.

“Having a name matters to prevent the use of other names that can be inaccurate or stigmatizing,” WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said when the new name was announced Feb. 11.

Ryan repeated WHO’s calls for solidarity, saying that characterizing a virus in such a manner could result in xenophobic behavior and “I’m sure anyone would regret profiling a virus along those lines.”

“This is a time for solidarity, this is a time for facts, this is a time to move forward together, to fight this virus together. There is no blame in this,” he said. “All we need now is to identify the things we need to do to move forward quickly, with speed and to avoid any indication of ethnic or other associations with this virus.”

“CHINA VIRUS” President Trump Takes On HEATED Media FULL Q&A (7/22/20)


FOX 10 Phoenix

Jul 22, 2020

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Learning and Teaching World History in a Time of Global Crisis | EV & N 354 | CCTV

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In the face of the global crises of climate change and permanent pandemic the human community needs now to forge new narratives of World History.

“We had fed the heart on fantasies;
The heart’s grown brutal from the fare.”

W. B. Yeats, Meditations in Time of Civil War

A pioneering scholar, admired professor and global educator who led the way in these efforts recently died.  It is appropriate to reflect on his enduring legacy.  This brief presentation is a compilation of thoughts and previous programs on aspects of World History that deserve attention — ever more poignantly as the entire human community now faces a “shelter-in-place” imperative imposed by a virus one billionth the size of an individual human being.   Never has the world community been in greater need of a new understanding of World History — a vision of which was championed with great kindness and generosity of heart by Prosser Gifford.

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Living on Earth: Bill McKibben on the Divestment Movement

Smoke from the Camp wildfire in Ukiah, California. (Photo: Bob Dass, Flickr, CC BY 2.0)

Harvard is one of the latest in a series of wealthy institutions around the world announcing steps towards pulling their investments in the fossil fuel industry. But Harvard’s announcement has been called too little, too late. Bill McKibben, author of “The End of Nature” and cofounder of 350.org, joins Host Steve Curwood to discuss Harvard’s announcement, and what the divestment movement has achieved so far. Also, why racial justice goes hand in hand with the fight for a cleaner environment, and the big takeaways that the coronavirus pandemic has for the climate crisis.

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CURWOOD: When the establishment is slow to move on a social issue of fairness, campaigners sometimes advocate for the divestment of holdings in companies that they perceive as part of the problem. For years campaigners opposed to the apartheid regime of South Africa urged university and foundation endowments and other institutional investors to sell their stock in companies that did business with the white supremacist regime. And just as the pressure from the anti-apartheid divestment movement helped efforts to desegregate South Africa, nearly a decade of calls for the divestment of fossil fuel stocks to help address climate disruption seems to be having an effect as well. Many pension funds as well as university and college endowments have signed on. Some universities including Cornell and Georgetown have committed to full divestment within the next ten years, while others including Brown and the University of California system, have already pulled nearly all of their investments from fossil fuels. Now, Harvard University says it will take steps to join the divestment movement and be carbon neutral by 2050 as UN scientists have urged but critics say if Harvard waits until then to reduce its fossil fuel investments it’ll be far too late for the climate. Writer Bill McKibben is the award-winning author of the End of Nature and a co-founder of 350.org, and perhaps the most prominent leader in the fossil fuel divestment movement and he joins me now. Bill, welcome back to Living on Earth!

MCKIBBEN: Hello, Steve,

CURWOOD: Boy, how many years ago you wrote The End of Nature, 1989?

MCKIBBEN: That would be 31 years ago, Steve.

CURWOOD: Congratulations! And then fast forward to the moment where you start 350.org with some students from Middlebury College. How did this all come together?

MCKIBBEN: Well, you know, I spent those years after writing The End of Nature, writing more books and talking all the time about climate, thinking that we were engaged in an argument. It took me way too long to figure out that, really, we’d won the argument. We were just losing the fight because the fight wasn’t about data and reason, it was what fights are always about: money and power. And once I figured that out, we were going to have to take on the fossil fuel industry. We started trying to build movements because, you know, historically, that’s the only way to stand up to money and power on that scale. That 350 is was the kind of first iteration of the global climate movement. And now thank god we’ve got Extinction Rebellion and Sunrise Movement and climate striking kids all over the world and on and on and on.

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Farmlands Threatened by Flooding Amid the COVID-19 Pandemic | NowThis

NowThis News

Jul 23, 2020

Farmlands in the U.S. like Calvin Head’s are being threatened by flooding amid the COVID-19 pandemic, and experts say the climate crisis is partly to blame.

Noam Chomsky on Trump’s Troop Surge to Democratic Cities & Whether He’ll Leave Office if He Loses

Democracy Now!

Jul 24, 2020

“President Trump is desperate,” says world-renowned dissident Professor Noam Chomsky in an extended interview that begins with President Trump’s vow to send a “surge” of federal agents into major Democrat-run cities across the United States. “His entire attention is this one issue on his mind: that’s the election. He has to cover up for the fact he is personally responsible for killing tens of thousands of Americans. It’s impossible to conceal that for much longer.”