Daily Archives: October 24, 2022

These are not normal times

Oct 24, 2022

This is not a normal midterm election.

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Into Eternity – FULL DOCUMENTARY – V.O ENG + ESP SUB | Nuclear

Sept 27, 2019

ENG: Into Eternity is a feature documentary film directed by Danish director Michael Madsen, released in 2010. It follows the construction of the Onkalo waste repository at the Olkiluoto Nuclear Power Plant on the island of Olkiluoto, Finland. Director Michael Madsen questions Onkalo’s intended eternal existence, addressing an audience in the remote future.

Into Eternity raises the question of the authorities’ responsibility of ensuring compliance with relatively new safety criteria legislation and the principles at the core of nuclear waste management.

When shown on the British More digital television channel on 26 April 2011, the name Nuclear Eternity was used. It received a special mention in the Sheffield Green Award at Sheffield Doc/Fest in 2010.

ESP: Into Eternity es una película documental dirigida por el director danés Michael Madsen, estrenada en 2010. Sigue a la construcción del depósito de residuos de Onkalo en la central nuclear de Olkiluoto en la isla de Olkiluoto, Finlandia. El director Michael Madsen cuestiona la pretendida existencia eterna de Onkalo, dirigiéndose a una audiencia en el futuro remoto.

Into Eternity plantea la cuestión de la responsabilidad de las autoridades de garantizar el cumplimiento de una legislación relativamente nueva sobre criterios de seguridad y los principios básicos de la gestión de residuos nucleares.

Cuando se mostró en el canal de televisión digital británico More el 26 de abril de 2011, se usó el nombre Nuclear Eternity. Recibió una mención especial en el Sheffield Green Award en Sheffield Doc / Fest en 2010.

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The Astonishing Richness of Igbo Art: Beauties, Beasts, and Others

Feb 17, 2017

Herbert M. Cole Thursday, January 26, 2017, 5:30 pm Igbo arts, made by the Igbo people of West Africa in more than 200 village groups that were never centralized, are enormously diverse in style and type. In this lecture, Herbert M. Cole, Professor Emeritus, University of Santa Barbara, California, addresses this variety—which is especially evident in masks—by exploring two of the common threads in masking traditions among many Igbo subgroups: the dynamic interplay of Beauties and Beasts. Thanks to the bequest of Charles B. Benenson, B.A. 1933, the Yale University Art Gallery has a rich collection of Igbo art objects, some of which are addressed in the lecture. Followed by a reception. Generously sponsored by the Martin A. Ryerson Fund.

How NASA’s Artemis 1 Launch Will Prepare Astronauts To Return To The Moon

Aug 28, 2022

Retired NASA astronaut Leland Melvin joins MSNBC’s Alex Witt to discuss NASA’s Artemis launch. The Artemis 1 space mission hopes to send astronauts on a trip around the moon in 2024. Melvin shares the missions main objectives and what the crew is doing to prepare in case something goes wrong.

NASA’s Artemis I Could Change The Future Of Moon Travel

Aug 17, 2022

Artemis I, the most powerful rocket ever, will launch a critical uncrewed test flight on August 29 for a 42-day mission orbiting the moon. If the flight goes well, humans could orbit the moon within two years. NBC News’ Tom Costello reports from NASA’s training pool in Houston where engineers and astronauts are already testing new space suit designs for future moon walks.

Artemis I: We Are Ready

Aug 24, 2022

The journey of half a million miles – the first flight of the Artemis Generation – is about to begin. The uncrewed Artemis I mission will jump-start humanity’s return to the Moon with the thunderous liftoff of NASA’s powerful new Space Launch System rocket and Orion spacecraft. This critical flight test will send Orion farther than any human-rated spacecraft has ever flown, putting new systems and processes to the test and lighting the way for the crew missions to come. Artemis I is ready for departure – and, together with our partners around the world, we are ready to return to the Moon, with our sights on Mars and beyond.

John Kerry Is Looking for Money (to Help Save the Climate) | The New Yorker

“The lesson I have learned,” John Kerry said, “is the degree to which those of us trying to create the new clean-energy economy are handicapped by the absence of concessionary funding.”Photograph by Linh Pham / Bloomberg / Getty

I had the chance to have a series of phone conversations with the former Secretary of State John Kerry last week, in between trips he’s making (he was recently in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and the United Arab Emirates; Mexico and Vietnam are the next stops) as the United States’ special climate envoy, in preparation for next month’s United Nations COP27

Basically, Kerry said, the world came out of the Glasgow talks with countries representing sixty-five per cent of the world’s G.D.P. “fully committed to legit plans to keep 1.5 degrees alive—certified by the International Energy Agency and others that we trust. The I.E.A. said, ‘If everyone does what they promised, by 2050 we’d be at 1.8 degrees.’ ” Kerry met with the head of the I.E.A., Fatih Birol, in Paris a couple of weeks ago, and reports that Birol told him that, if nations honor their pledges and more join in, “we can get ahead of 1.8—1.7, 1.6.”

Many climate analysts would disagree that we’re currently on a path to come in below two degrees. Calculating the various pledges after last year’s summit, the Climate Action Tracker predicted that, even if they were met, the Earth would still warm by 2.4 degrees Celsius by 2100. (In a poll conducted by Nature leading up to COP26, more than seventy per cent of climate scientists had predicted a rise of 2.5 degrees or greater.) No one would argue, though, with Kerry’s point that progress depends in large measure on getting other nations to, in U.N. climate jargon, “up their ambition.” China, currently the largest annual emitter of carbon, is one of them, but Beijing cut off negotiations with Kerry’s team after Nancy Pelosi, the Speaker of the House, visited Taiwan, in August. (Beijing’s move was “a shame,” he said, “because we had great meetings this year in Switzerland, in Berlin, in Stockholm. We were all set to meet for several days with our teams right now to negotiate a major new step forward.”) But that still leaves a long list of other potential players.

“The twenty largest countries equal eighty per cent of emissions,” Kerry said. “If we can get those twenty countries to cut way down, we can win the battle.” He added, “I’ve gone down to Mexico four times in the last year, met with President López Obrador to get a very specific target from him for deployment of renewables. And we’re inches away from getting something from Indonesia.” The goal at Sharm el-Sheikh, Kerry said, will be “to raise ambition with the people who didn’t raise ambition in Glasgow—to go from sixty-five per cent of G.D.P. to as high a percentage as we can get, and put a structure in place for everyone to be able to succeed, if they buckle down.” This limited optimism is tempered by several things. For one, “Ukraine has upset the narrative, and some oil and gas companies have taken advantage of that.” There are currently proposals for up to twenty new liquid-natural-gas terminals in the Gulf of Mexico, but “we don’t need big new pumping plans,” Kerry said. “We do need to make up for Russia’s gas, that’s legit, but it can’t be huge new infrastructure.”

Kerry is also aware that the Sharm el-Sheikh talks will focus at least as much attention on adapting to climate change as on preventing it. The African COP, as it’s being called, can’t help but raise awareness of the fact that a continent that has barely contributed to the cloud of greenhouse gases is suffering more than any other from its effects—seventeen of the twenty nations most vulnerable to climate change are in Africa—and developing nations are calling much more strongly for compensation for those effects, for what the U.N. calls the “loss and damage.” “We’re embracing the fact that we have to come up with something,” Kerry said. But, as he told a Times forum in September, “the most important thing we can do is to stop, to mitigate enough that we prevent loss and damage.”

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Will the Parthenon marbles ever return to Greece? | The Stream

Oct 24, 2022

For decades, the Parthenon Marbles controversy has served as an ongoing case study in the debate over whether museums should send artefacts back to their countries of origin. Now a new UK-based advisory board has said it aims to formalise a deal to return the marbles taken from Greece’s Acropolis in the early 19th century.

About half of Greece’s Parthenon marbles have been in the British Museum’s possession for the past two centuries. The contested sculptures were created 2,500 years ago and represent figures in Greek mythology. In the UK, the sculptures are also called the Elgin Marbles, after Lord Elgin, the British ambassador to the Ottoman Empire, who stripped the Parthenon of half of its original marble artwork in 1801 during Ottoman rule.

The British Museum has suggested a sharing agreement, but not full repatriation. The museum maintains that the sculptures were acquired legally and for the sake of preservation. In a statement by the trustees of the British Museum, the Parthenon sculptures are a “vital element” in the museum’s “interconnected world collection” and “part of the world’s shared heritage”.

Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis said in an interview this month with The Sunday Times that his country will once again ask for the return of the Parthenon marbles during an official visit later this year. Shortly after his comments, then-UK Prime Minister Liz Truss said she did not support the idea of the marbles’ return to Athens.

In this episode of The Stream, we’ll discuss the latest in the long-standing controversy over the Parthenon marbles.

Why NASA Is Going Back to the Moon

Oct 24, 2022

The upcoming launch of NASA’s Artemis I is a big step toward sending humans back to the moon for the first time in 50 years. Discover what scientists hope this launch could mean for the future of space travel.

Greenwashing a police state: the truth behind Egypt’s Cop27 masquerade | C op27 | The Guardian

Sisi’s Egypt is making a big show of solar panels and biodegradable straws ahead of next month’s climate summit – but in reality the regime imprisons activists and bans research. The climate movement should not play along

by Naomi Klein

No one knows what happened to the lost climate letter. All that is known is this: Alaa Abd El-Fattah, one of Egypt’s most high-profile political prisoners, wrote it while on a hunger strike in his Cairo prison cell last month. It was, he explained later, “about global warming because of the news from Pakistan”. He was concerned about the floods that displaced 33 million people, and what that cataclysm foretold about climate hardships and paltry state responses to come.

A visionary technologist and intellectual, Abd El-Fattah’s first name – along with the hashtag #FreeAlaa – have become synonymous with the 2011 pro-democracy revolution that turned Cairo’s Tahrir Square into a surging sea of young people that ended the three-decade rule of Egypt’s dictator Hosni Mubarak. Behind bars almost continuously for the past decade, Abd El-Fattah is able to send and receive letters once a week. Earlier this year, a collection of his prison writings was published as the widely celebrated book You Have Not Yet Been Defeated.

Abd El-Fattah’s family and friends live for those weekly letters. Especially since 2 April, when he started a hunger strike, ingesting only water and salt at first, and then just 100 calories a day (the body needs closer to 2,000). Abd El-Fattah’s strike is a protest against his imprisonment for the crime of “spreading false news” – ostensibly because he shared a Facebook post about the torture of another prisoner. Everyone knows, however, that his imprisonment is intended to send a message to any future young revolutionaries who get democratic dreams in their heads. With his strike, Abd El-Fattah is attempting to pressure his jailers to grant important concessions, including access to the British consulate (Abd El-Fattah’s mother was born in England, so he was able to obtain British citizenship). His jailers have so far refused, and so he continues to waste away. “He has become a skeleton with a lucid mind,” his sister Mona Seif said recently.

The longer the hunger strike wears on, the more precious those weekly letters become. For his family, they are nothing less than proof of life. Yet on the week he wrote about climate breakdown, the letter never made it to Abd El-Fattah’s mother, Laila Soueif, a human rights defender and intellectual in her own right. Perhaps, he speculated in subsequent correspondence to her, his jailer had “spilled his coffee over the letter”. More likely, it was deemed to touch on forbidden “high politics” – even though Abd El-Fattah says he was careful not to so much as mention the Egyptian government, or even “the upcoming conference”.

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