Daily Archives: February 26, 2021

Space Race 2021: Red Planet Reconnaissance

RT America

Feb 26, 2021

NASA’s Perseverance rover successfully touches down on Mars, giving all of us Earthlings something to cheer about! Author and veteran space journalist John Bisney explains the significance of our Red Planet reconnaissance mission, and how countries like China and the UAE stack up with Mars voyages of their own. Are we in the thick of a modern-day space race?

U.S. intelligence report blames Saudi crown prince for murder of Jamal Khashoggi

CBC News: The National

Feb 26, 2021

A now-unclassified U.S. intelligence report blames Saudi Arabian Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman for approving the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi at the Saudi Embassy in Istanbul in 2018. The Biden administration says that’s unacceptable and won’t be tolerated, signalling a shift in the relationship between the U.S. and Saudi Arabia.

The Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia | Watch S2019 E2 | FRONTLINE | PBS | Official Site

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Saudi Crown Prince Approved Plan to “Capture or Kill” Columnist Jamal Khashoggi, According to Declassified U.S. Report

On Friday, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence publicly released a report saying Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman approved an operation targeting Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi. The Trump administration had resisted releasing the assessment.

Revealing the True Donald Trump: A Devastating Indictment of His Business & Life (2016)


The Film Archives

Oct 3, 2017
Trump Revealed: An American Journey of Ambition, Ego, Money, and Power is a biography of Donald Trump, written by Michael Kranish and Marc Fisher. More on the book: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/150…​

It was first published in 2016 in hardcover format by Scribner. It was released in ebook format that year and paperback format in 2017 under the title Trump Revealed: The Definitive Biography of the 45th President. The book was a collaborative research project by The Washington Post, supervised by the newspaper’s editor Marty Baron and consisting of contributions from thirty-eight journalists, and two fact-checkers. Trump initially refused to be interviewed for the book, then relented, and subsequently raised the possibility of a libel lawsuit against the authors. After the book was completed, Trump urged his Twitter followers not to buy it.

The biography discusses the entirety of Trump’s life, from his upbringing, his time in military school, to his early experience in real estate investing under his father Fred Trump. Kranish and Fisher delve into Trump’s ventures to establish himself in real estate in New York City, and his efforts to become a famous celebrity. They discuss Trump’s first meeting with lawyer Roy Cohn, who advised him to always attack as a public relations strategy. The book recounts Trump’s usage of pseudonyms “John Barron” and “John Miller” in order to increase his own fame and standing, and discusses his successes and failures in business, and his increased celebrity through The Apprentice. The biography provides an overview of major events from the 2016 U.S. presidential campaign, including Trump’s comments about Mexican rapists, his conflict with journalist Megyn Kelly, and sexual misconduct assertions made by women against Trump. The work concludes with the 2016 Republican National Convention.

Trump Revealed was a commercial success, making the New York Times Bestseller list and The Washington Post Bestseller list. The Philadelphia Inquirer listed it as a Best Book of the Year, and the Los Angeles Times called it a Most Important Book of the Year. Booklist called the biography, “The most definitive book about Trump to date.” The New York Times characterized research for the work as “vigorously reported”. The Boston Globe described it as, “likely the most complete and nuanced life of Trump thus far”. Regarding the book’s writing style, USA Today called it a “compelling narrative”. Kirkus Reviews praised the neutral point of view seen in the authors’ journalistic objectivity.

(10) Why Can’t The FBI Investigate These Crimes?

Thom Hartmann Program

Feb 26, 2021

Something foul is afoot, and you didn’t just step in it, you ate it. Why can’t the FBI investigate the crimes of big agriculture companies?
What if you set yourself up with not just a monopoly but also the ability to decide if the FBI can investigate?

The Rise and Forthcoming Demise of Petro-Intensive Agriculture – Some Elements of The Scientific Critique | EV & N 379 | CCTV

http://ecoethics.net/2014-ENVRE120/20210221-EV&N-379-Link.html

https://www.cctvcambridge.org/node/768409

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The Mythology of the Green Revolution | EV & N 380 | CCTV

http://ecoethics.net/2014-ENVRE120/20210228-EV&N-380-Link.html

https://www.cctvcambridge.org/node/768426

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Myths about “Green Revolution” abound, but there is one sobering reality that emerges in assessing the impact of the Green Revolution that was neither fully anticipated nor is it welcome.  In a record short period of human history — approximately seven decades — the “Green Revolution” had the effect throughout the world of transforming agriculture from a solar-sustainable biological process to a petro-intensive industry which releases more carbon than it captures.  

This is potentially suicidal for the human species.  There is no such thing as a “post-agricultural” civilization, and if the human community cannot change the “Green Revolution” paradigm from a continuous growth metaphor to one based upon a solar-sustainable, soil-restorative agriculture the future prospect for human survival looks dim indeed.

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Why Bitcoin is so bad for the planet

Guardian News

Feb 25, 2021

In a year, bitcoin uses around the same about of electricity as the entire country of Norway. The digital currency is one that allows people to bypass banks and traditional payment methods. It is the most prominent among thousands of so-called cryptocurrencies and has been repeatedly reaching new records – but is it sustainable? The Guardian’s UK technology editor Alex Hern examines how exactly bitcoin uses electricity and if the environmental cost is too high