Daily Archives: October 7, 2020

Mary Trump: My Uncle Is Responsible for 210,000 Deaths and Is Now “Willfully Getting People Sick”


Democracy Now!

Published on Oct 7, 2020

As President Trump compares the deadly COVID-19 outbreak to the flu despite being hospitalized for the virus, we speak to his only niece, Mary Trump, about his increasingly erratic behavior in the final weeks of the election season and how his family views illness as a weakness. “To be treated for something is to admit that you need the treatment, and I don’t see him having any self-awareness,” she says. “Clearly the people closest to him don’t care about his well-being. If they did, he’d still be at Walter Reed.” She also warns that the “worst-case scenario” would be for President Trump to overcome his illness relatively quickly, because it would convince him to continue ignoring the pandemic. Mary Trump is a clinical psychologist. In July, she overcame Trump’s legal threats and published the now best-selling book, “Too Much and Never Enough: How My Family Created the World’s Most Dangerous Man.”

Katrina: A History, 1915–2015: Andy Horowitz

The definitive history of Katrina: an epic of citymaking, revealing how engineers and oil executives, politicians and musicians, and neighbors black and white built New Orleans, then watched it sink under the weight of their competing ambitions.

Hurricane Katrina made landfall in New Orleans on August 29, 2005, but the decisions that caused the disaster extend across the twentieth century. After the city weathered a major hurricane in 1915, its Sewerage and Water Board believed that developers could safely build housing away from the high ground near the Mississippi. And so New Orleans grew in lowlands that relied on significant government subsidies to stay dry. When the flawed levee system surrounding the city and its suburbs failed, these were the neighborhoods that were devastated. The homes that flooded belonged to Louisianans black and white, rich and poor. Katrinas flood washed over the twentieth-century city.

The flood line tells one important story about Katrina, but it is not the only story that matters. Andy Horowitz investigates the response to the flood, when policymakers reapportioned the challenges the water posed, making it easier for white New Orleanians to return home than it was for African Americans. And he explores how the profits and liabilities created by Louisianas oil industry have been distributed unevenly among the states citizens for a century, prompting both dreams of abundance―and a catastrophic land loss crisis that continues today.

Laying bare the relationship between structural inequality and physical infrastructure―a relationship that has shaped all American cities―Katrina offers a chilling glimpse of the future disasters we are already creating.

About the Author

Andy Horowitz is Assistant Professor of History at Tulane University, where he specializes in modern American history. His writing has appeared in The Atlantic, the Washington Post, and the New York Times.
  • Hardcover : 296 pages
  • ISBN-13 : 978-0674971714
  • Product Dimensions : 6.5 x 1.3 x 9.3 inches
  • ISBN-10 : 067497171X
  • Publisher : Harvard University Press; Illustrated Edition (July 31, 2020)

We Are All From New Orleans Now: Climate Change, Hurricanes and the Fate of America’s Coastal Cities | The Nation

Without immediate action, cities like New York and Washington face a future of massive levees, floodgates and ecological catastrophe.

By Mike Tidwell October 29, 2012

The presidential candidates decided not to speak about climate change, but climate change has decided to speak to them. And what is a thousand-mile-wide storm pushing eleven feet of water toward our country’s biggest population center saying just days before the election? It is this: we are all from New Orleans now. Climate change—through the measurable rise of sea levels and a documented increase in the intensity of Atlantic storms—has made 100 million Americans virtually as vulnerable to catastrophe as the victims of Hurricane Katrina were seven years ago.

Arriving atop fantastically warm water and aided by a full foot of sea-level rise during the last century, Hurricane Sandy is just the latest example of climate change’s impact on human society. Unless we rapidly phase out our use of fossil fuels, most Americans within shouting distance of an ocean will—in coming years—live behind the sort of massive levees and floodgates that mark Louisiana today.

The New York Academy Sciences has already begun examining the viability of three massive floodgates near the mouth of New York Harbor, not unlike the Thames River floodgate that protects London today. Another floodgate has been proposed for the Potomac River just south of Washington, fending against tsunami-like surge tides from future mega storms. Plus there will be levees—everywhere. Imagine the National Mall, Reagan National Airport and the Virginia suburbs—all well below sea level—at the mercy of “trust-us-they’ll-hold” levees maintained by the Army Corps of Engineers.

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The Book Unbound: The Heart of Darkness Project

University of Michigan Library

Mar 18, 2020

What Orson Welles’s unproduced script “The Heart of Darkness” can tell us about the wartime cultural context in which the film was planned but never actually made. The project team used the Fulcrum publishing platform in order to present a full, media-rich experience, which can include text, images, video, audio, visualizations, and more.

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Edge of Extinction: Planetary Hospice


Nature Bats Last

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Morning Headlines: October 5, 2020

Nature Bats Last

Oct 5, 2020

An often humorous take on the economic headlines of the US economy in complete disconnect with abrupt climate change. Social commentary.

Morning Headlines:October 7, 2020

Nature Bats Last

Oct 7, 2020

An often humorous take on the economic headlines of the US economy in complete disconnect with abrupt climate change.

When Will Britain Return Looted Golden Ghanaian Artefacts? A History Of British Looting Of More Than 100 Objects

“Gold gleams throughout the Ashanti story: one wonders in retrospect whether the punitive expedition would have been quite so dedicated if the major product of Ashanti had been anything else but the potent lure.” |Russell Chamberlin. (1)

A recent visit to London reminded me that apart from the British Museum, and the Victoria and Albert Museum many other museums in London and elsewhere in the United Kingdom are still holding onto African cultural artefacts which, to put it very mildly, were removed from the continent under conditions and circumstances which can be considered as questionable. One such museum is the Wallace Collection, London. (2)

Once in the museum, our attention was drawn to the Asante golden trophy head and swords which are displayed in the Wallace Collection. This spectacular piece of the Asante regalia looted by the British has been described by Fagg as “the largest gold work known from Ashanti or indeed from anywhere in Africa outside Egypt”. (3)

Next to these Asante objects was a short notice which read as follows:

“Part of the Treasure of Kofi Karikari, King of Ashanti (Asante,now Ghana in West Africa) 1867-75, consisting of two ceremonial SWORDS, A PAIR OF TERMINALS from a Chair of State, three FINGER RINGS, a KNIFE HANDLE (incorporated into a paper knife), a DAGGER KNIFE and a TROPHY HEAD, all of virgin gold. Taken during Field Marshall Viscount Wolseley’s punitive expedition of 1873-4 and subsequently auctioned for charity”.

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official William Lane Craig and Garrett Hardin on Christianity and Scientific Naturalism 1 of 2


The Veritas Forum

http://www.veritas.org/talks – Which makes more sense, Christianity or Scientific Naturalism? Join two scholars in a discussion about science, faith, evidence, and the meaning of life. William Lane Craig is a Christian and a professor of philosophy at Talbot School of Theology. He speaks widely on a number of topics relating to faith and reason. Garrett Hardin is a world-famous American ecologist responsible for coining the phrase “tragedy of the commons” in a 1968 paper. Hardin was professor of human ecology at UCSB from 1963 to 1978.

What lies ahead for the planet | Johan Rockström | TEDxStockholm

TEDx Talks

Nov 8, 2009

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