Daily Archives: July 1, 2021

The Medici: Portraits and Politics, 1512–1570 Virtual Opening | Met Exhibitions

The Met

Join Keith Christiansen, the John Pope-Hennessy Chairman of the Department of European Paintings, and guest curator Carlo Falciani, Professor of Art History at the Accademia di Belle Arti in Florence, for a tour of The Medici: Portraits and Politics, 1512–1570. This stunning exhibition features over 90 works in a wide range of mediums, from paintings, sculptural busts, medals, and carved gemstones to drawings, etchings, manuscripts, and armor. Included are works by the period’s most celebrated artists, from Raphael, Jacopo Pontormo, and Rosso Fiorentino to Benvenuto Cellini, Agnolo Bronzino, and Francesco Salviati.

Lead corporate sponsorship is provided by Bank of America.

Major support is provided by David S. Winter.

Additional funding is provided by the Sherman Fairchild Foundation, the William Randolph Hearst Foundation, Alice Cary Brown and W.L. Lyons Brown, the Gail and Parker Gilbert Fund, Laura and John Arnold, the Diane Carol Brandt Fund, the Hata International Foundation, Mr. and Mrs. J. Tomilson Hill, Denise and Andrew Saul, and The International Council of The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

The exhibition is supported by an indemnity from the Federal Council on the Arts and the Humanities.

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FULL SHOW: Microsoft reveals shocking prevalence of DOJ”s snooping on Americans

RT America

Published on Jul 1, 2021

US federal law enforcement authorities are facing backlash after attempts to secretly procure sensitive information concerning thousands of Americans. The controversy arises from the Justice Department’s routine use of “secrecy orders” to avoid scrutiny.

Microsoft and other companies turned user information on journalists, members of Congress and others and were forbidden by secret gag orders to disclose the situation to the public. RT America’s Trinity Chavez reports. Then investigative journalist and “Boom Bust” co-host Ben Swann weighs in on the disturbing implications.

But first, we report from the scene of the horrific condo collapse in Florida where the death toll continues to climb.

We also take a look at India’s massive troop buildup on its border with China.

Climate As A Driver Of Conflict | Former Pakistani Defence Minister General Ghazi (Ret)

Nick Breeze

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This episode features an interview with former Pakistani Defence Minister General Ghazi. I recorded this at COP25 in Madrid and am replaying here because General Ghazi identifies with great clarity, a stage process that can lead a nation or region into conflict.

General Ghazi also outlines the critical role of the military as first responders, when climate extremes create society-wide suffering. The question is here, what more can we learn from experts in risk that can help us build societal resilience and promote cooperation as opposed to conflict in the face of a challenging future?

General Ghazi is a member of the Global Military Advisory Council On Climate Change (GMACCC).

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Preparing younger officers for climate-related conflicts and perturbations

How water represents a huge risk to societal stability and what can be done

Need for cooperation instead of conflict? Politicians lead by numbers so the military is well placed to translate risk into actionable plans?

Military as first responders in climate chaos and can be prepositioned for disaster management despite the increasingly erratic nature of climate-driven impacts.

The biggest concern is for catastrophic conflict over resources that cross geopolitical lines.

Future stresses from overpopulated urban areas to pandemics and conflicts.

US ‘Apocalyptic’ Heat Wave Caused by ‘Heat Dome’ and … Soil?

TomoNews US

Published on Jun 22, 2021

PHOENIX — A severe heat wave affecting 40 million Americans has seen temperatures over one hundred degrees Fahrenheit beat records in Wyoming, Utah, Arizona and Southern California, according to NBC News. It has two main causes, according to the Associated Press.

First, a “heat dome,” or area of high pressure. Sinking air from the Earth’s atmosphere prevents air near the ground from rising. That sinking air operates like a cap, trapping warm ground air in place, according to the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Without rising air, there is also no rain, and nothing to stop hot air from becoming hotter.

That high pressure works in combination with a two-decade dry spell that has sucked moisture out of soil in much of the western United States. Usually, some of the sun’s heat evaporates moisture in the soil, but according to the Associated Press scientists say the Western soil is now so dry that that energy is instead used to make the air even warmer.

As a consequence of the extreme heat at least 14 new wildfires broke out this week in Montana and Wyoming alone. Firefighters also fought fires in Arizona and New Mexico, with U.S. Department of Agriculture meteorologist Gina Palma saying these were “certainly conditions that we would not normally see in June.”

Power networks across the country have also been strained due to increased use of air conditioning, according to Reuters. Operators in California asked homeowners across the state to conserve energy in the late afternoon and evening when demand surges.

In graphs published on its website, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency showed that heat waves like this are almost three times as frequent as they were in the 1960s, increasing steadily for over 60 years. Furthermore, the duration of these heat waves is now almost a full day longer.

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What’s a Heat Dome? Are We in for More of Them?

Bloomberg Quicktake: Now

Published on Jun 30, 2021

A rare heat wave has shattered records across the U.S. Pacific Northwest and Western Canada. In a region of the world generally known for cool rain and cloudy skies, the high temperatures have buckled highways and triggered rolling blackouts.

The swelter is caused by a heat dome, a weather phenomenon that can trap an entire region under searing skies for days.

When the summer sun warms air above the ground or ocean, that air can then rush up into the atmosphere to form a mountain — or dome — of slow-moving hot air under higher pressure that blocks new weather systems from moving in.

Basically, it’s a mass of warm air that’s stuck over a certain area. Heat domes can actually force the jet stream, bands of strong wind that generally blow from west to east, to flow around it.

In the case of the heat dome in the U.S. Northwest, that means the jet stream will flow north, causing it to slow down.

What led to the heat dome taking over Western Canada and the U.S. I

CBC News: The National

Published on Jun 30, 2021

CBC meteorologist and science reporter Johanna Wagstaffe breaks down the combination of factors that led to the unprecedented heat in western North America — and how climate change plays a role in these extreme events.

Climate in Crisis: ‘Heat Dome’ in Northwest a Warning for Bay Area

NBC Bay Area

Published on Jul 1, 2021

The historic “heat dome” that caused some of the hottest temperatures ever recorded across the Pacific Northwest is still having a lasting impact. Kari Hall reports.

Legacy of Marxism and historical revisionism in modern-day China

FRANCE 24 English

Published on Jul 1, 2021

Professor Rana Mitter, director of Oxford University’s China Centre, analyses the simplification of the history of #China, within Chinese #CommunistParty rhetoric and #propaganda, and the historical revisionism that they engage in.

Important details of China’s complex modern history are being whitewashed out of the Chinese national memory.

US hits 17 nations on human trafficking

Associated Press

The Biden administration on Thursday designated 17 countries as not doing enough to combat human trafficking and warned them of potential U.S. sanctions. (July 1)

Ex-Trump Org. Exec On Weisselberg: Can’t Imagine Him Going To Jail For Trump

MSNBC – Jun 30, 2021

Donald Trump, Allen Weisselberg, and the Trump Organization inner workings at the time of her employment are discussed by former Trump Org. Executive Vice President Barbara Res who tells Joy Reid that in her view, Allen Weisselberg would not be willing to go to jail for the former president.