Daily Archives: February 16, 2021

Beto: ‘We Are Nearing A Failed State In Texas’ Thanks To GOP Leadership | All In | MSNBC

Feb 16, 2021

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“We are nearing a failed state in Texas. And it has nothing to do with God, or natural disasters. It has everything to do with the leadership and those in the positions of public trust who have failed us,” says Beto O’Rourke amid Texas’ latest crisis: massive power outages. Aired on 02/16/2021.

Katyal: Trump’s ‘Minions’ Are Already Starting To Build Their Defense For NA ACP Lawsuit | Deadline


Feb 16, 2021

Georgetown University Law professor Neal Katyal explains the NAACP’s new lawsuit against Trump and Rudy Giuliani for their roles in inciting the January 6th insurrection. Aired on 02/16/2021.

Lancet Report: 40% of U.S. COVID Deaths Were Preventable. The Country Needs Universal Healthcare Now

Democracy Now!

Published on Feb 15, 2021

As the U.S. death toll from COVID-19 approaches half a million, a new report says nearly 40% of the deaths were avoidable. By comparing the pandemic in the U.S. to other high-income nations, the medical journal The Lancet found significant gaps in former President Donald Trump’s “inept and insufficient” response to COVID-19, as well as decades of destructive public policy decisions. One of the report’s recommendations is reforming the system to a single-payer model like Medicare for All, which President Joe Biden has so far rejected in favor of bolstering the Affordable Care Act. “The Affordable Care Act still left millions of people — 29 million people — without healthcare insurance coverage,” says Dr. Mary Bassett, one of the authors of The Lancet report. “Single payer would address that.”

Trump Acquitted in Senate Impeachment Trial After Lawmakers Refuse to Call Witnesses

Democracy Now!

Published on Feb 15, 2021

The Senate voted 57 to 43 to convict Donald Trump for inciting the January 6 insurrection, but the vote fell short of the two-thirds majority needed to find the former president guilty. Seven Republicans voted with Democrats to convict, making it the most bipartisan impeachment trial verdict ever. House impeachment managers did not include any witnesses, after Republicans threatened to prolong the trial for weeks or even months and grind other congressional business to a halt if witnesses were called to testify. Instead, a single statement by Congressmember Jaime Herrera Beutler was entered into the record before the final vote on conviction. “This was about choosing country over Donald Trump, and 43 Republican members chose Trump,” Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said after the vote.

Conservative Lawyer Bruce Fein: Trump’s Acquittal Gives Future Presidents License to Break the Law

Democracy Now!

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Published on Feb 15, 2021
As the Senate votes to acquit former President Donald Trump for inciting the January 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol, we speak with constitutional lawyer and former Reagan administration official Bruce Fein, who says the insurrection was not just an attack on the U.S. Capitol, but “an effort, basically, to destroy the rule of law and the Constitution itself.” Fein says failure to convict Trump will give license to future presidents to break the law. “It really is quite frightening that now we have a precedent that says a president has the right to do anything he wants, that he wishes to, without sanction,” he tells Democracy Now! “That is no longer the rule of law.”

The Case for Prosecuting Trump: Elie Mystal on Why Criminal Charges Are Still Possible — and Needed

Democracy Now!

Published on Feb 16, 2021

Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says she has authorized a 9/11-style commission to further investigate the January 6 insurrection and the actions that led up to it, as calls grow for the criminal prosecution of former President Donald Trump after his acquittal in his second Senate impeachment trial. The Nation’s justice correspondent Elie Mystal says House impeachment managers presented “a fairly compelling case for criminal liability” for Donald Trump over the January 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol. “I think there’s a case for indictment. I think we should at least try,” he says.

A Discussion On The History Of The Black Church

GBH Forum Network

Published on Feb 16, 2021

More than just a spiritual place, the Black Church in America is also the source of much of Black culture and the wellspring of political activism. The Church is the energy that fuels Black businesses and gave rise to Black educational institutions. The Church over centuries in America has given Black people a sense of value and belonging.

Callie Crossley, host of Under the Radar with Callie Crossley, and Basic Black and GBH commentator, hosts a virtual conversation with Rev. Dr. Theodore Hickman-Maynard, Rev. Dr. Yolanda Pierce, Rev. Dr. Irene Monroe, and Rev. Dr. Emmett G. Price, III on the evolution of the Black church in Boston and the U.S., the role of women in the church over time and the political activism that has always had roots in the church community.

This virtual live event expands upon themes presented in a new, upcoming documentary series by Henry Louis Gates, Jr. The Black Church: This Is Our Story, This Is Our Song is a four-hour documentary exploring 400 years of the Black Church in America and its impact as a living institution within American culture. The series addresses the social, educational, financial, cultural and political role the Black Church has played in the lives of generations of African Americans. Major corporate support for the documentary series is provided by Johnson & Johnson. Major support is also provided by Lilly Endowment Inc., Ford Foundation, and by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, PBS and public television viewers.


The Black Church: This is our Story, This is Our Song on PBS. https://www.pbs.org/show/black-church/

Hear the latest episode of Under the Radar with Callie Crossley https://www.wgbh.org/news/under-the-r…

Listen to the All Rev’d Up Podcast https://www.wgbh.org/podcast/all-revd-up

“The Black Church and Hip Hop Culture—Toward Bridging the Generational Divide,” Edited by Emmett G. Price III, January 2012 http://www.emmettprice.com/documents/…

“In the Key of Queer: Gospel music is a calling, a gift from Black LGBTQ musicians’ hearts and souls” by Rev. Irene Monroe. Feb. 7, 2021 http://bostonspiritmagazine.com/2021/…

Will We Survive Mars? – Glad You Asked


Published on Oct 8, 2019

NASA says the first humans will set foot on Mars in the mid-2030’s. It will be the most dangerous mission any human has ever taken. Glad You Asked host Cleo Abram wants to know: What comes after that? Not how do we get there, but how will we survive once we do? Note: There are several Fahrenheit measurements in this piece. The metric conversions are: At 7:53: 212 degrees Fahrenheit = 100 degrees Celsius At 8:04: 98.6 degrees Fahrenheit = 37 degrees Celsius At 8:45: -81 degrees Fahrenheit = -62.8 degrees Celsius

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Key sources: International Space Station Integrated Medical Group Medical Checklist https://www.nasa.gov/centers/johnson/…

Examining Psychosocial Well-Being and Performance in Isolated, Confined, and Extreme Environments https://ston.jsc.nasa.gov/collections…

Mars Exploration Program, NASA https://mars.nasa.gov/all-about-mars/…

NASA Johnson Space Center Oral History Project https://historycollection.jsc.nasa.go…

“The Great Salt Lake Desert: Exploring the Habitability of Paleolakes on Earth and Mars” https://www.researchgate.net/publicat…

“Inventory of CO2 available for terraforming Mars” https://www.nature.com/articles/s4155…

“A future Mars environment for science and exploration” https://www.hou.usra.edu/meetings/V20…

“The human factor in a mission to Mars” https://sci-hub.tw/https://link.sprin…

China congratulates Okonjo-Iweala on becoming WTO director-general


Published on Feb 16, 2021

For more: https://news.cgtn.com/news/2021-02-17…

China has congratulated Nigeria’s Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala on her appointment as the new director-general of the World Trade Organization (WTO) on Monday. Li Yihong, minister counselor of the Permanent Mission of China to the WTO, expresses her support.

The Black Church with Henry Louis Gates, Jr. | Episodes 1 & 2 | PBS


Premiere in progress. Started 56 minutes ago

Official Website: https://to.pbs.org/2MFmZSR​ | #BlackChurchPBS​​ Henry Louis Gates, Jr. explores the roots of African American religion beginning with the trans-Atlantic slave trade and the extraordinary ways enslaved Africans preserved and adapted their faith practices from the brutality of slavery to emancipation.

Watch The Black Church: This Is Our Story, This Is Our Song on your local PBS station, the PBS Video App, and on YouTube: https://to.pbs.org/3ahh8MU

PBS – Premiered Feb 16, 2021

Official Website: https://to.pbs.org/2MFmZSR​ | #BlackChurchPBS​ Discover how the Black church expanded its reach to address social inequality and minister to those in need, from the Jim Crow South to the heroic phase of the civil rights movement and the Black church’s role in the present.
Watch The Black Church: This Is Our Story, This Is Our Song on your local PBS station, the PBS Video App, and on YouTube: https://to.pbs.org/3ahh8MU
Missed Episode 1? Catch up: https://youtu.be/BijAOYktT4k

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