Daily Archives: May 1, 2023

The Heat: May Day 2023

CGTN America – May 1, 2023

It is ‘May Day’ around the globe. But are workers’ rights being eroded in the United States?

From the Philippines to Brazil, International Workers’ Day, a celebration of the rights of workers, was marked with rallies this May First in many parts of the world.

In France, it turned into a protest against a government proposal to increase the retirement age.

Workers’ Day was born out of violent clashes between police and protesters in Chicago back in 1886, an event which became a symbol of the struggle for workers’ rights. But ‘May Day’ is not recognized in the U.S., which holds its own Labor Day in September.

Joining the discussion:

Joseph Williams is a former senior editor for U.S. News and World Report. Brian Becker is the executive director of the ANSWER coalition Anthony Chan is the former Chief Economist at JPMorgan Chase. Ryan Patel is a global business executive.

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Is the Supreme Court Broken? Alencia Johnson on Reproductive Rights & Reform

NowThis News – May 1, 2023




‘It’s not going to just stop at abortion bans’ — Political strategist Alencia Johnson on the brokenness of our current Supreme Court and why fighting back now is so crucial

Saving the City: Remaking the American Metropolis

Commonwealth Club of California – May 1, 2023

For more information, visit: http://www.savingthecity.org/

Join us for a preview of Saving the City, an upcoming documentary series that highlights successful and unsuccessful examples of urban development throughout the United States and Canada in an effort to create better places. The opening two episodes, which look at how we have gone about remaking cities from the City Beautiful movement at the turn of the 19th century until today to provide context for the rest of the series, are expected to be released this Fall. The focus is on downtowns and nearby neighborhoods, the most visible and visited parts of our cities.

After watching Saving the City, you will never look at cities the same way again.

This program was originally scheduled for April 15, 2020, but was postponed due to the COVID pandemic.

Enormous, Growing Emissions from Millionaires and Billionaires Incompatible with a Survivable Planet

Paul Beckwith – May 1, 2023

A recent peer-reviewed scientific paper titled “Millionaire Spending Incompatible with 1.5 C Ambitions” was published.

It basically shows that the number of millionaires and billionaires and their growth rate, plus their increasing purchase and usage of mega-super-yachts and private jets for transportation are incompatible with reducing emissions and saving civilization from climate collapse.

While emissions from people living in central Africa are as low as 0.1 t CO2 per capita, emissions from super wealthy billionaires are as much as 100,000 times higher (10,000 t CO2 per capita). For ultra rich billionaires, about 64% of their annual emissions are coming from their mega-yachts, 34% is from their private jet aircraft, and 2% is from their multiple houses in multiple countries.

I chat about these very important facts on the carbon footprints of the very wealthy. The only conclusion to be reached is that to have any hope of reducing carbon emissions, the consumption of the extremely wealthy needed to be reigned in. These are the harsh facts of our climate emergency.

‘The Godfather of AI’ Quits Google and Warns of Danger Ahead – The New York Times

By Cade Metz

Cade Metz reported this story in Toronto.

  • May 1, 2023Updated 3:47 p.m. ET

Geoffrey Hinton was an artificial intelligence pioneer. In 2012, Dr. Hinton and two of his graduate students at the University of Toronto created technology that became the intellectual foundation for the A.I. systems that the tech industry’s biggest companies believe is a key to their future.

On Monday, however, he officially joined a growing chorus of critics who say those companies are racing toward danger with their aggressive campaign to create products based on generative artificial intelligence, the technology that powers popular chatbots like ChatGPT.

Dr. Hinton said he has quit his job at Google, where he has worked for more than a decade and became one of the most respected voices in the field, so he can freely speak out about the risks of A.I. A part of him, he said, now regrets his life’s work.

“I console myself with the normal excuse: If I hadn’t done it, somebody else would have,” Dr. Hinton said during a lengthy interview last week in the dining room of his home in Toronto, a short walk from where he and his students made their breakthrough.

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Daniel Ellsberg Warns Risk of Nuclear War Is Rising as Tension Mounts over Ukraine & Taiwan

Democracy Now! May 1, 2023 Latest Shows

As we continue our in-depth conversation with Daniel Ellsberg, the famed Pentagon Papers whistleblower talks about his lifelong antiwar activism and responds to the more recent leak of Pentagon documents about the war in Ukraine. Ellsberg also reflects on the many people who inspired him and says others who look up to his example should know that the sacrifices for building a better world are worth it. “It can work,” he says. Ellsberg, who was recently diagnosed with inoperable pancreatic cancer and given just months to live, spoke to Democracy Now! last week from his home in Berkeley, California.

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Noam Chomsky: US is world’s biggest terrorist

Global Conversation Apr 17, 2015

Noam Chomsky is one of the superstars of the intellectual world; a prolific author and self-proclaimed anarchist, who, at the age of 86 still doesn’t seem to be slowing down. He still rails against a whole host of perceived injustices, with the West generally in his line of fire. Isabelle Kumar of Euronews interviewed him about terrorism, Cuba and the future of Europe.

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BBC World Service – Witness History, The king under the car park

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n 2012, archaeologists from the University of Leicester discovered the lost grave of King Richard III under a car park in Leicester in the English East Midlands.

Richard was the King of England more than 500 years ago and for centuries was portrayed as one of the great villains of English history.

He was killed in 1485 leading his army in battle against a rival claimant to the throne, Henry Tudor.

After the battle, King Richard III’s corpse was stripped naked and paraded around before being hastily buried in a church within a friary in Leicester.

In 2020, Alex Last spoke to Dr Richard Buckley who led the archaeological team that dug up the remains.

(Photo: Remains of King Richard III. Credit: BBC)

Yale Alumni Association – YAA Webinars On-Demand on Vimeo

2023 Annual AAAS Graduation Party