Daily Archives: December 28, 2020

China jails citizen-journalist who captured early days of pandemic


CBC News: The National


China has sentenced citizen-journalist Zhang Zhan to four and a half years behind bars for her reporting on the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic in Wuhan, which painted a different picture than the government wanted.

How Upper Atmosphere Stratospheric Changes Drive Extreme Weather Events at Earth’s Surface: 1 of 3


Paul Beckwith

Published on Dec 28, 2020

People are well aware of weather and climate driven events in the lower atmosphere closest to the Earth’s surface (troposphere) where we all live, but are blissfully unaware of the importance of the atmospheric level above that (stratosphere) in driving and modulating extreme weather events at the Earth’s surface.

In this series of videos I first explain the three large scale features of stratospheric circulation; namely: 1) Stratospheric Meridional Overturning Circulation (SMOC) or Brewer-Dobson circulation that transports air from the tropical to extra-tropical stratosphere. 2) Quasi-Biennial Oscillation (QBO) of periodicity 28 months, causing descending easterly or westerly equatorial jets of air driven by tropical Kelvin and Rossby-gravity waves. 3) Stratospheric Polar Vortex; circumpolar westerly jets that form in Autumn, peak in strength in winter, and decay in Spring; can be disrupted by Sudden Stratospheric Warming (SSW) events.

With abrupt climate system change, the troposphere is warming rapidly, and the upper atmosphere (stratosphere) is cooling, thus modifying stratospheric-tropospheric interactions in complex ways.

What we do know, is that SSW is likely to occur in the next month or so, and if it does then the Stratospheric Polar Jet will split, similar to 3 years ago, and that would drive Greenland and the Canadian Arctic much hotter, and cause cold outbreaks in Northern Asia and in Europe.

‘Antoinette Has Nothing On This Guy:’ Trump’s ‘Cruel’ Delay In Signing Relief Bill | All In | MSNBC

MSNBC

Dec 28, 2020

“He was—as ever—indifferent to the suffering of millions of Americans while he partied and golfed at his Florida vacation home. Marie Antoinette has nothing on this guy,” says Mehdi Hasan on Trump’s delay in signing Covid relief bill. Aired on 12/28/2020.

How Bad Was The Great Oxidation Event?

History of the Earth

Dec 20, 2020

Researched and Written by Leila Battison Narrated and Edited by David Kelly Art by Khail Kupsky Thumbnail Art and Art by Ettore Mazza If you like our videos, check out Leila’s youtube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCXIk… Music from Epidemic Sound and Artlist.
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How Bad Was The Great Oxidation Event?

History of the Earth

Dec 20, 2020

Researched and Written by Leila Battison Narrated and Edited by David Kelly Art by Khail Kupsky Thumbnail Art and Art by Ettore Mazza

Rep. Katie Porter Exposes McConnell’s Corruption in Shielding Corps, Reminiscent of Trump’s Pardons

Glenn Kirschner
Dec 25, 2020

Congresswoman Katie Porter exposes Mitch McConnell’s despicable attempt to prevent sick Americans from suing their negligent employers.This represents McConnell protecting corporate profits at the expense of sick Americans. Worst of all, as Rep. Porter points out, McConnell holds relief checks for struggling Americans hostage as he tries to twist arms to protect corporate profits. This represents the worst of America.

How the Richest Get Richer in the Pandemic While Americans Struggle | The Mehdi Hasan Show

The Choice

Dec 23, 2020

Anand Giridharadas joins Mehdi Hasan to detail how America’s richest few have grown their wealth amid the pandemic, often at the expense of the poor and middle class. The Mehdi Hasan Show: Insightful reporting and probing interviews that examine the day’s events and provide a deeper level of context for the politics of our interconnected society. Watch The Mehdi Hasan Show on The Choice channel on Peacock TV, weeknights, 7 p.m. ET. Subscribe to the channel for more interviews.

How much has the trade war against China cost America?

CGTN

Dec 28, 2020

For more: https://www.cgtn.com/video China’s trade surplus with the U.S. rose in 2020, despite the ongoing trade war. Has “America first” actually benefited American businesses, consumers and the economy in general? Guests: Digby James Wren, visiting research scholar, Deakin University; Jack Perkowski, JFP Holdings

JFK (1991) Official Trailer – Kevin Costner, Oliver Stone Thriller Movie HD


Movieclips Classic Trailers

Published on May 14, 2014

JFK (1991) Official Trailer – Kevin Costner, Oliver Stone Thriller Movie HD
A New Orleans DA discovers there’s more to the Kennedy assassination than the official story.

Trump Caves On COVID-19 Relief Bill

Trump Caves On COVID-19 Relief Bill



HuffPost

Published on Dec 28, 2020

After days of grandstanding, President Donald Trump has signed the COVID-19 relief bill and averted a government shutdown.