Daily Archives: September 17, 2020

What Trump is saying about 1619 Project, teaching U.S. history

PBS NewsHour

Published on Sep 17, 2020

Speaking at the White House Conference on American History on Thursday, President Trump announced he would be signing an executive order to create the “1776 Commission” to promote a “patriotic education.” Trump also blasted efforts to reexamine American history with a deeper emphasis on slavery and racism. Yamiche Alcindor joins Judy Woodruff to discuss Trump’s perspective on race.

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Ed Yong: On pandemic, Trump reinforced Americans’ worst impulses

PBS NewsHour

Published on Sep 10, 2020

While the political fallout from President Trump’s coronavirus comments to Bob Woodward continues, what about the public health repercussions? Would America have fared better if Trump had treated the virus more seriously from the beginning? Ed Yong of The Atlantic, who has reported extensively on America’s pandemic response, joins William Brangham to discuss.

Brooke’s career high at Oxfam’s Straight Talk summit


Published on Sep 17, 2020

Brooke O’Donnell was looking for inspiration in her career in local government when she applied for #Oxfam Australia’s #StraightTalk program.

Brooke O’Donnell is a proud Palyku woman who lives in Perth, on Wadjuk Noongar land. The 36-year-old trained social worker has been a local Councillor in the City of Kalamunda for the past five years. She also works for the WA Department of Communities, “building systems to improve standards for our people,” she says.

Two years ago, finding herself in need of inspiration and direction, Brooke attended our National Straight Talk Summit. Thanks to our supporters, the Straight Talk program gives Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women the opportunity to come together and engage with Australia’s political system. “I was really stagnated and kind of needed that extra push, so I thought if I was successful in getting into the program, it would … remind me what I was doing and where I am going,” she explains.

“I think the biggest thing for Aboriginal women in politics is that sometimes you forget that you have such a valuable opportunity to make such a difference. And there is not many of us here in this realm so I need to be constantly thinking about that.”

At the summit, Brooke gained a deeper insight into Australian politics, realising “that Federal Government is something I’m really passionate about and perhaps somewhere I’d like to keep going to”. She also felt empowered by meeting other First Nations women from Australia, Asia and the Pacific.

“It was amazing to see the amount of other Indigenous cultures. When I saw that there are far more commonalities with Aboriginal women and First Nations women from all around the world, I felt stronger and connected to women and to Aboriginal people in general.” For Aboriginal women and girls who are thinking of leadership opportunities, Brooke says: “Just give it a go. If [people] say you can’t do it, you can definitely do it.”

Straight Talk is taking a year off in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The next National Summit will be held in 2021 in Canberra. Follow along on the Straight Talk Facebook page:https://www.facebook.com/oxfamstraigh… or contact the Straight Talk team on email womensbusiness@oxfam.org.au or call +61392899370

“Rage” by Bob Woodward goes on sale

New China TV

Published on Sep 17, 2020

“Rage,” the new book by journalist Bob Woodward, goes on sale. The coverage of “Rage” has focused on the U.S. administration willfully downplaying the seriousness of COVID-19 during the early stages of the pandemic

Ghostly sounds of a vibrating Antarctic Ice Shelf


Published on Oct 16, 2018

Winds blowing across snow dunes on Antarctica’s Ross Ice Shelf cause the massive ice slab’s surface to vibrate, producing a near-constant drumroll of seismic “tones” scientists could potentially use to monitor changes in the ice shelf from afar, according to new research.

The ice shelf’s “song” is too low in frequency to be heard by human ears, but it has been made audible here by geophysicist and mathematician Julien Chaput, who sped up a 2015 recording of the ice shelf’s vibrations about 1,200 times.

Return to Eden | Regenerative Agriculture Documentary | WORLD PREMIERE

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Independent and multiple award-winning documentary maker Marijn Poels presents his latest documentary “Return To Eden,” featuring Allan Savory. WATCH

Jul 31, 2020
Return To Eden – It’s all about coming home.
When Natural and human interests impinge on each other and over-regulation disturbs our biological balance. important questions arise. Do we belong to nature or does nature belongs to us? A thought-provoking story in which documentary maker Marijn Poels explores the human urge to control our climate, security and preferably the other. Balancing on a razor-thin line between regulation and manipulation. When technology reigns supreme and common sense vaporizes through the test of time, humanity is on the brink of becoming the tool. Miles away from the collective panic, fear and chaos, there is hope, inspiration and reconnection.

Far away from collective climate hysteria, fear and chaos, there is hope, inspiration and solutions. Across political colours. Averse to framing. Full of deep wisdom from people who approach solutions ecologically. Where the globalised farmer is strangled between government subsidies, banks and buyers and sucked into the core of the problem, the independent entrepreneur grows his local food in an inspiring way, in the middle of the desert. And that may well offer more solutions than just for our food. A healthy, living soil consumes large quantities of CO2. But can it even go a step further? Can healthy soil calm the climate and even prevent hurricanes?

“The boundary between regulating and manipulating is razor-thin,” says Poels. “As citizens, we have to guard these lines very critically. Especially in agriculture. Sustainability and CO2, in particular, can indefinitely be misused as tools to push global political agendas. Centralization of power, agriculture and our food is ripping us further apart from our biological and natural balance. Common sense can be quickly confused with spreadsheets and technology. Chaos can grow very well on those. The technological revolution is an exciting direction which is not essentially wrong. But to what extent does our technology now support life? Today’s technologies can imperceptibly swallow culture, agriculture, identity and turn our daily system into chaos. Creativity, freedom, innovation and fundamental biological connections are at great risk. “We are the only species on earth rapidly separating themselves from their biological origins. Is that clever and where is the boundary?” That is what Poels is trying to discover in a thought-provoking story which will be online after September 17th.

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Bernie Sanders

17 Sept. 2020

THE COUNTRY IS BURNING. GREEN NEW DEAL NOW. Join Sunrise Movement leaders and Green New Deal Champions running for Congress in the West who will ground us in the stakes of this moment and what people around the country can do to organize for a Green New Deal. Together, we can stop more devastation like we’re seeing unfold this month.

Top U.S. & World Headlines — September 17, 2020

Democracy Now!

Published on Sep 17, 2020

A Crisis Made in America: Yemen on Brink of Famine After U.S. Cuts Aid While Fueling War

Democracy Now!

Published on Sep 17, 2020

The humanitarian crisis in Yemen is deepening amid the pandemic and cuts to international aid from the United States and its allies, leaving millions of Yemenis facing famine after years of a brutal U.S.-backed, Saudi-led bombing campaign that has devastated the country. CNN’s senior international correspondent Nima Elbagir says what is happening in Yemen is not a natural disaster but a “man-made catastrophe” directly tied to U.S. policies. Elbagir says, “Not only is the U.S. profiting from the war by selling weapons to the UAE and Saudi Arabia,” but it is also ignoring the impact on civilians. We also feature her exclusive CNN report, “Yemen: A Crisis Made in America.”

Daniel Ellsberg Warns U.S. Press Freedom Under Attack in WikiLeaks’ Julian Assange Extradition Case

Democracy Now!

Published on Sep 17, 2020

Legendary Pentagon Papers whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg says Julian Assange’s extradition hearing in London could have far-reaching consequences for press freedoms. The WikiLeaks founder faces an ever-evolving array of espionage and hacking charges related to the release of diplomatic cables that revealed war crimes committed by U.S. forces in Iraq and Afghanistan. Assange faces almost certain conviction, if extradited, and 175 years in prison. “The American press has remained in kind of a state of denial for 40 years, really, since my case, that the Espionage Act has wording in it that could be aimed directly at them,” says Ellsberg, who testified in Assange’s defense at his extradition trial via video stream from the United States. “Now the American press is staring right down the barrel at the use of the Espionage Act against American journalists and publishers for doing journalism.”