Daily Archives: May 10, 2022

We Must Codify Roe v. Wade

May 10 2022

I’m on the floor of the U.S. Senate to demand we end the filibuster and protect the constitutional right to have an abortion.

Communities grapple with intense flooding

May 10 2022

Communities across Canada are grappling with intense flooding, forcing some residents to flee as others struggle to stay safe.

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Lewis Lapham: Can America Survive the Rule of a “Stupified Plutocracy”?

2018 Oct 24

When author and journalist Lewis Lapham, founder of Lapham’s Quarterly and former editor of Harper’s, turned his shrewd gaze on the go-go ‘80s in “Money and Class in America,” he never imagined the era’s avatar of greed would one day become President Donald Trump. Three decades later, Lapham shares his views on the decades-long deterioration of democracy in an interview with INET’s Lynn Parramore. An expanded and revised edition of his book is now available with a new foreward by Thomas Frank from OR Books.

Noam Chomsky’s Speech to the 2022 World Social Forum

Apr 30 2022

Recorded by the Campaign for Peace, Disarmament & Common Security on April 29, 2022.

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How Long Would Slavery Have Lasted Had It Not Been for the Civil War? Gary Gallagher (2006)

May 11 2022

Gary William Gallagher is an American historian specializing in the history of the American Civil War. His books: https://www.amazon.com/gp/search?ie=U…

Gallagher is currently the John L. Nau III Professor in the History of the American Civil War at the University of Virginia. He produced a lecture series on the American Civil War for The Great Courses lecture series. Listen: https://www.amazon.com/gp/search?ie=U…

Gallagher received a Bachelor of Arts from Adams State College in 1972. He then did graduate study in history at the University of Texas at Austin, receiving a Master of Arts in 1977 and a Ph.D. in 1982. He was a professor of history at Pennsylvania State University from 1986 to 1998, when he joined the faculty at the University of Virginia.

He is the presenter of an Audible series of lectures entitled The American Civil War. An in depth look at the American Civil War. These are currently available on Audible as a series of read lectures which go into great detail on the Civil War. He both wrote and read the lecture series as part of The Great Courses. There are a total of 48 lectures each averaging about 30 minutes each meaning over 24 hours of lectures in total. This is presented exclusively for Audible books.

Authored Books

with Joan Waugh: The American War: A History of the Civil War Era. State College, Pennsylvania: Spielvogel Books, 2015[4] Becoming Confederates: Paths to a New National Loyalty. Athens: University of Georgia Press, 2013. The Union War. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 2011.[5] (Winner of 2012 Tom Watson Brown Book Prize, 2012 Laney Prize, 2011 Eugene Feit Award in Civil War Studies; New York Times Book Review Editors’ Choice) Causes Won, Lost, and Forgotten: How Hollywood and Popular Art Shape What We Know about the Civil War. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2008. Lee and His Army in Confederate History. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2001. The American Civil War: The War in the East 1861-May 1863. Oxford: Osprey Publishing, 2000. (History Book Club selection) Lee and His Generals in War and Memory. Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University 2 Press, 1998. (Winner of 1998 Fletcher Pratt Award; History Book Club selection) The Confederate War. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 1997. (Winner of 1998 Laney Prize and finalist for 1998 Lincoln Prize [shared the prize with three other books]; History Book Club selection) Stephen Dodson Ramseur: Lee’s Gallant General. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1985. (History Book Club Selection)

Edited Books The Antietam Campaign. University of North Carolina Press. 1999. Three Days at Gettysburg: Essays on Confederate and Union Leadership. Kent State University Press. 1999. Fighting for the Confederacy: The Personal Recollections of General Edward Porter Alexander. University of North Carolina Press. 2000. with Alan T. Nolan: The Myth of the Lost Cause and Civil War History. Indiana University Press. 2000. The Wilderness Campaign. University of North Carolina Press. 2006. Chancellorsville: The Battle and Its Aftermath. University of North Carolina Press. 2012.


The legal institution of human chattel slavery, comprising the enslavement primarily of Africans and African Americans, was prevalent in the United States of America from its founding in 1776 until 1865. Slavery was established throughout European colonization in the Americas. From 1526, during early colonial days, it was practiced in Britain’s colonies, including the Thirteen Colonies that formed the United States. Under the law, an enslaved person was treated as property and could be bought, sold, or given away. Slavery lasted in about half of U.S. states until abolition. In the decades after the end of Reconstruction, many of slavery’s economic and social functions were continued through segregation, sharecropping, and convict leasing.

By the time of the American Revolution (1775–1783), the status of enslaved people had been institutionalized as a racial caste associated with African ancestry.[1] During and immediately following the Revolution, abolitionist laws were passed in most Northern states and a movement developed to abolish slavery. The role of slavery under the United States Constitution (1789) was the most contentious issue during its drafting.


Africa’s Climate Emergency | Life at 50°C

Journeyman Pictures – Nov 18, 2021

Climate change has had a devastating impact in Africa. As temperatures rise – fertile lands are becoming deserts, forcing communities to leave their ancestral homes, while other regions are hit by flooding and sand storms.

In central Nigeria, rising temperatures are leading to desertification. ‘The weather now changes every year. March was very hot’, explains Farouk, who digs wells. He and his team had to dig 27 feet in sweltering conditions to reach water. Meanwhile, in the Niger Delta, natural gas released through oil extraction is burnt illegally, creating a flare so hot, tapioca farmer Joy can dry her produce in a matter of hours. But she and her family want the flares stopped: ‘the non-stop flares create conditions for heatwaves’, says Joy. In the South, Nigerians face flash flooding and torrential rain. ‘When I was a kid, the weather was not like this … I think that life is coming to an end’, explains one woman from the South. In Mauritania, climate change is forcing families apart as men must leave to search for work. ‘The climate has changed in the last decade. It’s got a lot hotter’, explains Mauritanian goat herder Mohammed. ‘It’s why we don’t have enough food for our livestock’. He is among many Mauritanians who have had to embark on a twenty-hour, open-air journey via freight train in search of more hospitable working conditions.

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Environment: The Climate Change Crisis – Journeyman

Eric Holder Tells Clarence Thomas, ‘Don’t Lecture The American People’

MSNBC – May 10, 2022

Former Attorney General Eric Holder tells MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell that Clarence Thomas should recuse himself from any Supreme Court cases involving January 6 records and the presidential election: “That is a no-brainer.”

Max Boot: “Extremists” are in Control of the Republican Party | Amanpour and Company

Amanpour and Company – Oct 22, 2021

A recent poll suggests that nearly 80% of Republicans want former President Trump to run in the 2024 election. Washington Post columnist and former conservative Republican Max Boot blames Trump for leading the growing extremism within the party. Boot speaks with Walter Isaacson about why so many Republicans are in Trump’s thrall and whether it will help or harm the GOP in upcoming elections. Originally aired on October 22, 2021.

COP15: UN talks to tackle degraded land ’emergency’ begin • FRANCE 24 En glish

FRANCE 24 English – May 10, 2022

UN talks to tackle desertification and land degradation that have devastated large swathes of Africa began in Ivory Coast Monday, as climate change wreaks havoc on the continent. FRANCE 24’s Samuel Bernard reports from Abidjan.