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Climate Change and the Future of Cities | Eric Klinenberg

Long Now Foundation– Apr 3, 2020

What qualities help assure that a community can survive the threat of disaster? The population density of cities leads to inherent vulnerabilities to mass climate disasters: such as single point of failure transit systems and utilities built prior to today’s environmental realities. At the same time the resources of cities offer tremendous potential for preparation and innovation. As a sociologist, Klinenberg brings insights on how neighborhood dynamics (what he calls “social infrastructure”) can help individuals & communities prepare for extreme weather including flooding and heat waves. He discusses how cities can be wiser and think more long-term by planning traditional infrastructure projects which also enable such social infrastructure in their design. “Climate Change and the Future of Cities” was given on March 07, 02017 as part of The Long Now Foundation’s “Conversations at The Interval” Salon Talks. These hour long talks are recorded live at The Interval, our bar, cafe, & museum in San Francisco. Since 02014 this series has presented artists, authors, entrepreneurs, scientists (and more) taking a long-term perspective on subjects like art, design, history, nature, technology, and time. To follow the talks, you can:

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Noam Chomsky: Why No One Talks About the First “9/11”

Jacobin– Sep 11, 2021

Professor Noam Chomsky examines why the media continually launders the reputations of warhawks like George W. Bush and Henry Kissinger and discusses the events of September 11, 1973—when the US helped overthrow Salvador Allende’s government in Chile.

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Noam Chomsky weighs in on Afghanistan

Gulf News – Sep 8, 2021

Noam Chomsky – legendary American historian, political activist, and founder of modern linguistics – believes that the most basic reason for US failure in Afghanistan was America’s intelligence information, which is rarely accurate. One of the most influential public intellectuals in the world with over 100 published books, he shared with Gulf News his views on some of the most pressing current global issues.

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Noam Chomsky weighs in on Afghanistan

Gulf News – Sep 8, 2021

Noam Chomsky – legendary American historian, political activist, and founder of modern linguistics – believes that the most basic reason for US failure in Afghanistan was America’s intelligence information, which is rarely accurate. One of the most influential public intellectuals in the world with over 100 published books, he shared with Gulf News his views on some of the most pressing current global issues.

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Chris Hedges | LUNACY of The State

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Christopher Lynn Hedges (born September 18, 1956) is an American Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, Presbyterian minister, author and television host. His books include War Is a Force That Gives Us Meaning (2002), a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award for Nonfiction; Empire of Illusion: The End of Literacy and the Triumph of Spectacle (2009); Death of the Liberal Class (2010); Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt (2012), written with cartoonist Joe Sacco, which was a New York Times best-seller; Wages of Rebellion: The Moral Imperative of Revolt (2015); and his most recent, America: The Farewell Tour (2018). Obey, a documentary by British filmmaker Temujin Doran, is based on his book Death of the Liberal Class.

Hedges spent nearly two decades as a foreign correspondent in Central America, West Asia, Africa, the Middle East (he is fluent in Arabic), and the Balkans. He has reported from more than fifty countries, and has worked for The Christian Science Monitor, NPR, Dallas Morning News, and The New York Times, where he was a foreign correspondent for fifteen years (1990–2005) serving as the paper’s Middle East Bureau Chief and Balkan Bureau Chief during the war in the former Yugoslavia.

In 2001, Hedges contributed to The New York Times staff entry that received the 2002 Pulitzer Prize for Explanatory Reporting for the paper’s coverage of global terrorism. He also received the Amnesty International Global Award for Human Rights Journalism in 2002. He has taught at Columbia University, New York University, the University of Toronto and Princeton University.

Hedges, who wrote a weekly column for the progressive news website Truthdig for 14 years, was fired along with all of the editorial staff in March 2020. Hedges and the staff had gone on strike earlier in the month to protest the publisher’s attempt to fire the Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer, demand an end to a series of unfair labor practices and the right to form a union.[10] He hosts the Emmy-nominated program On Contact for the RT (formerly Russia Today) television network.

Hedges has also taught college credit courses for several years in New Jersey prisons as part of the B.A. program offered by Rutgers University. He has described himself as a socialist, specifically an anarchist, identifying with Dorothy Day in particular.

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Your Microbiome and Your Brain

SciShow – Jun 14, 2017

We’ve talked about the trillions of microbes inside you before, but we’re learning that these little creatures may have more influence than you thought! Meet your Microbiome:…

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How to optimize your gut and brain bacteria | Dave Asprey | Big Think

Big Think– Jul 27, 2019

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The importance of the microbiome has really come to the fore in the last five years. Viome, a company that analyzed the feces of 100,000 people, has discovered 10,000 new types of gut bacteria.

Additionally, Improved imaging technology led scientists to discover you don’t have just one microbiome, you have two. The second one is in your brain, populated by the same bacteria that live in your gut.

Simple habits can foster healthy gut and brain bacteria, which can help you live longer and age more slowly. Eat mostly vegetables, take fiber and prebiotics, and practice intermittent fasting, says Dave Asprey.

Dave Asprey is a Silicon Valley tech entrepreneur, professional biohacker, the New York Times bestselling author of Game Changers, Head Strong and The Bulletproof Diet, the creator of Bulletproof Coffee, and the host of Bulletproof Radio, the Webby Award–winning, number one–ranked podcast. His new book is Super Human (2019).


DAVE ASPREY: One of the things that’s come out, just in the last five years, is the importance of the microbiome. And the functional medicine crowd has been talking about it for 20-plus years, and we just didn’t have good data. But today, there is a company that has more than 100,000 people’s poop. And what they’ve done is they’ve gone through and sequenced everything. And I don’t mean just high-level genetic stuff that’s been available for a little while. They’re using technology that was invented by a national laboratory for biowarfare detection, and this means that they’re looking at viruses, fungus, bacteria, parasites, the percentage of human DNA — how much gut shedding you have — in a very simple test. And this company, called Viome, has actually added 10,000 new species to our database of bacteria that lives in the gut that we just didn’t know about before. So it’s the golden age of figuring out what’s going on in the gut. And we found some shocking things.

We also have better imaging than we ever have. So people started looking inside cells when they’re alive, and we can see this level of detail that you couldn’t get from an electron microscope. And they found something that completely defies all understanding. Inside the brains of perfectly healthy people, there are bacteria. There is a microbiome in your brain. How weird is that? And we thought we knew everything about the blood-brain barrier. There’s a lot of BS in the story of the blood-brain barrier. And it turns out these are the same species of bacteria that live in the gut. So these things are part of us. And that means that if you eat foods that disrupt your gut bacteria — you don’t eat enough fiber or you eat industrially raised meat that had antibiotics in it — that you’re probably not going to live as long. People who age well and live a very long time have way more diversity in their gut bacteria. There’s more species present. And as we age, you can actually predict someone’s age, within a couple of years, just based on looking at their gut bacteria populations. Old people have bad poop. Can I just say it? And how do we fix that? Well, it turns out what you eat is key.

When I started writing Super Human, I used the Viome test, and I quantified I had 48 bacteria in my gut. And one of the problems there is that I travel extensively, about 150 days of the year, and it’s really hard to get enough vegetables when you travel. You can get veggies at home. But you go to a restaurant and you say, I would like a plate of vegetables, and they bringing three spears of asparagus. And then you say, I’ll give you $1,000 for a plate of vegetables, and you get six spears of asparagus. They just don’t understand what a plate of vegetables looks like. And the people who live a long time, they eat a plate of vegetables with a moderate to small amount of grassfed or wild-caught protein and lots of healthy undamaged fats. That’s the recipe. You can’t buy that. So I put together a prebiotic. And a prebiotic is a set of things that good gut bacteria will eat. It turns out prebiotics have more of an influence on what’s going on your gut than probiotics. And both can be useful. Over the course of writing Super Human, I was able to raise the number of species in my gut from 48 to 196. And that is a very healthy, diverse population. And all I had to do was add a couple scoops of probiotics to my Bulletproof coffee every morning. It’s not that hard to do. You can also eat a variety of spices and herbs and vegetables…

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Is America in decline? | The Economist

The Economist – Sep 17, 2021

America is reeling from a failed war in Afghanistan, political polarisation and increasing social division.

  • Could the superpower be in decline? 00:00
  • America’s rising instability 00:45
  • Is America in decline? 03:21
  • America’s foreign policy failures 05:23
  • Is this the end of American intervention? 07:02
  • America’s domestic decline: what can be done? 09:09
  • Will the infrastructure bill help? 10:40

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Carl Sagan Predicted The Mess 2021 Would Be 25 years Ago

MSNBC – Jul 13, 2021

Astrophysicist and author Carl Sagan managed to predict a lot of the things the challenges America faces in the year 2021 all the way back in 1995 when he was writing a book published just before his death in 1996. MSNBC’s Brian Williams shares the details.

State of the Climate in 2020: a comprehensive new status report was recently released.

Paul Beckwith – Sep 16, 2021

The Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society (BAMS) publishes a yearly update on the status of our climate in the previous calendar year. A few weeks ago this comprehensive report, titled “State of the Climate in 2020”, was released online (no paywall). This 458 page report, published online August 25th/2021 had 530 authors from 66 countries.

In this video I chat about some of the most significant weather and climate events of last year that are within the report.

For example:

  • — CO2 averaged 412.5 ppm, representing a gain over 2019 of 2.5 ppm, in spite of human caused global emissions being 6-7% lower due to the COVID-19 pandemic
  • — ocean uptake of carbon was about 3 PgC, the highest in the 39 year record (30% higher than the 1999-2019 average). Why?
  • — Annual global surface temperature (land+oceans) was in the top 3 highest, in spite of a weak El Niño changing to a moderate La Niña
  • — Europe baked (17 countries had record high annual mean temperatures), as did many other countries
  • — In the USA’s Death Valley, a place called Furnace Creek was a record 54.4 C (hottest temperature on Earth since 1931)
  • — The Arctic N of 60 degrees latitude had an annual mean temperature 2.1 C above the 1981-2010 average
  • — On June 20th Verkhuyonsk, Russia at latitude 67.6 degrees N was 38 C
  • — Antarctica was hit by an atmospheric river of heat and moisture, and on Feb 6th Esperanza Station was 18.3 C (highest ever Antarctica temperature) and the Antarctica Peninsula had the largest late summer surface melt event (over 50% of peninsula) in the 43 year record
  • — Arctic sea ice at mid-March maximum had 76% first-year ice, while thick ice (4+ years old) comprised only 2% of the ice total; the mid-September minimum was the second smallest behind 2012; the northern sea route (off Russia) was open 2.5 months (late-July to mid-October); 1.5 months longer than usual
  • — Glaciers lost mass for 33rd year
  • — Permafrost experienced record high temperatures at many high-latitude and mountain locations
  • — Northern Hemisphere lakes froze 3 days later and thawed 5.5 days earlier (Finland lake ice duration was shorter 42 days)
  • — Snow cover melt in Siberia resulted in the lowest June snow cover in the 54 year record
  • — wildfires took off in the western USA, in the Arctic, and in the tropics (Amazon had most fire since 2012)
  • — The 2020 SW Asian monsoon was the wettest since 1981
  • — Many places around the globe experienced record flooding; for example in China the Yangtze and Huaihe River Valleys had the most rainfall since the start of the records in 1961 (45.5 million people affected)
  • — Heavy rains and favourable winds generated widespread locust infestations that swarmed across East Africa destroying 1000s km2 of crop and pasture land (1 million people needed food aid in Ethiopia alone)
  • — ocean heat content hit a record high, 84% of the ocean surface had at least one Marine Heat Wave (MHW); Global Mean Sea Level (GMSL) hit a record high rate for 9th consecutive year
  • — Greenland had 293 Gtons of ice melt
  • — Lower tropospheric temperatures were record high (tied with 2016); stratospheric temperatures continued to decline
  • — Stratospheric Winter Polar Vortices were strong at both poles, resulting in low ozone levels