Daily Archives: May 4, 2023

Indigenous leaders meet with King Charles

CBC News: The National May 4, 2023

Metis, Inuit and First Nations leaders met with King Charles at Buckingham Palace Thursday to start a new conversation about Indigenous issues ahead of his coronation. #KingCharles #Coronation #indigenous

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Sen. King on SCOTUS Ethics Bill: “Who Will Guard the Guardians?” | Amanpour and Company

Amanpour and Company May 4, 2023 #amanpourpbs

Lawyers and lawmakers are calling on the Supreme Court to adopt a code of ethics, in light of ethical violation accusations against Justices Clarence Thomas and Neil Gorsuch. Chief Justice John Roberts declined to discuss the matter with Congress. Now, independent Senator Angus King has introduced new bipartisan legislation, The Supreme Court Code of Conduct Act. If passed, the act would require the Court to establish its own ethics code in line with other federal judges. To discuss the bill and its aim — to help restore trust in the institution — Senator King speaks with Walter Isaacson. Originally aired on May 4, 2023

Greenpeace USA Wins Free Speech Battle Against Canadian Logging Giant’s $100M SLAPP Lawsuit

Democracy Now! May 4, 2023 Latest Shows

A judge in California has dismissed a seven-year $100 million lawsuit against Greenpeace USA that threatened the group’s existence. Canadian logging giant Resolute Forest Products sued Greenpeace in the United States and Canada for defamation after the group exposed the company’s irresponsible practices, part of a pattern of corporations attempting to use the burdens of the legal process to intimidate, exhaust and censor activists. Known as SLAPP (Strategic Lawsuits Against Public Participation) lawsuits, they are increasingly being used by the rich and powerful to silence critics. We are joined by Deepa Padmanabha, deputy general counsel for Greenpeace USA, to discuss the organization’s legal victory, as well as the continued work of advocates to pass anti-SLAPP legislation and promote free speech. “We took on this fight not just for Greenpeace, but for everyone who dares speak truth to power, and we knew we had to win this both in the courtroom and for the movement,” says Padmanabha.

Conservation Groups Sue US Government to Ground SpaceX Operations

Voice of America – May 4. 2023

Environmental groups sue the U.S. government over SpaceX’s launch license. Plus, a pair of spacewalks outside the International Space Station, and a glimpse at the destruction that scientists say awaits our home planet. VOA’s Arash Arabasadi brings us The Week in Space.

“Automated Apartheid”: How Israel Uses Facial Recognition to Track Palestinians & Control Movement

Democracy Now! May 4, 2023 Latest Shows

A new report by Amnesty International documents how the Israeli government is using an experimental facial recognition system to track Palestinians and control their movements. The findings are part of “Automated Apartheid,” which reveals an ever-growing surveillance network of cameras in the occupied West Bank city of Hebron and in East Jerusalem — two places in the Occupied Territories where Israeli settlements are expanding within Palestinian areas. “Surveillance has been ramping up as illegal settler activity has also been ramping up,” says Amnesty researcher Matt Mahmoudi, who adds that the surveillance technology is part of an overall coercive structure used against Palestinians by Israel. “Effectively, facial recognition is augmenting, reinforcing, entrenching aspects of apartheid.”

Doomsday Glacier in Antarctica capable of rapid retreat in coming years

WFLA News Channel 8 Sep 16, 2022

A new study shows that Thwaites Glacier has rapidly retreated for a time during the last 200 years and may do so again in the near future, threatening to accelerate sea level rise.

Antarctica’s ‘Doomsday Glacier’ is in trouble, scientists say

CBS Boston Feb 16, 2023

A collapse of Thwaites or any of the nearby large glaciers nearby would almost certainly cause measurable sea level rise. WBZ-TV’s Jacob Wycoff reports.

Massive iceberg breaks off Antarctica’s Brunt Ice Shelf, seen from space

VideoFromSpace Jan 27, 2023

A 1550 square km (963 sq mi.) iceberg, designated A81, recently broke off Antarctica’s Brunt Ice Shelf. A time-lapse of the ‘calving process’ was captured by satellites, according to ESA. Full Story: https://www.space.com/iceberg-size-of… Credit; ESA – European Space Agency

King Charles III Takes the Throne

The New Yorker May 4, 2023 New Yorker Radio Hour

See related BBC Newshour Story – 4 May, 2023 1300 GMT

On May 6th, King Charles will become the oldest person to ascend the throne of the United Kingdom. He is a bit of an odd duck to be the king, Rebecca Mead (https://www.newyorker.com/contributor…) thinks. Charles has “long made clear that he considers his birthright a burden,” she writes. In fact, many things are a burden: during the ceremonies following the death of Queen Elizabeth, the new king “got into not one but two altercations with malfunctioning pens. . . . As his biographer Catherine Mayer puts it, ‘The world is against him—even inanimate objects are against him. That is absolutely central to his personality.’ ” Mead—a subject of the king, as well as a staff writer—talks with David Remnick about Charles III’s coronation, the problem of Harry and Meghan, and the future of the British monarchy itself.

Why Civilization Is Older Than We Thought

Samo Burja Apr 17, 2023

Samo Burja explains the significance of the Göbekli Tepe site in southeastern Turkey, why it points to an earlier historical date for complex society, and the implications both for how we view archaeology and our future as a whole. This is an AI audio reading of the article “Why Civilization Is Older Than We Thought,” originally published in Palladium Magazine on May 17, 2021.

Read here: https://palladiummag.com/2021/05/17/w… AI reading provided by Speechki.

Samo Burja is a sociologist and the founder of Bismarck Analysis, a firm that analyzes institutions, from governments to companies. His research work focuses on the causes of societal decay and flourishing. He writes on history, epistemology and strategy. More from Samo Burja: https://twitter.com/SamoBurja https://brief.bismarckanalysis.com http://samoburja.com