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The Future Earth: Eric Holthaus and Katharine Wilkinson

Commonwealth Club of California

Aug 10, 2020

Science has given us a realistic picture of what Earth will look like with uninhibited levels of climate change: increased extreme weather events, crippled economies, and a world where those with the least are the hardest hit. What would a radically re-envisioned future look like? What solutions do we need to replace tomorrow’s doom-and-gloom projections with thriving cities, renewed political consciousness, equitable societies and carbon-free economies?

Join us with climate journalist and The Future Earth author Eric Holthaus and Project Drawdown Vice President Katharine Wilkinson for a conversation on reimagining our role in creating climate solutions.

Pandemic plunging millions into extreme poverty

Associated Press

Published on Aug 9, 2020

For the first time in more than two decades, the number of people living in extreme poverty is expected to rise. Experts say the COVID-19 pandemic threatens to erase years of hard-won progress. (Aug. 10)

Flooding in America’s Heartland

Commonwealth Club of California

Published on Aug 10, 2020

Miami may be the poster child of rising waters in the U.S., but further inland, states are grappling with torrential flooding that is becoming the new norm. Last year, flooding in the southeast killed 12 people and caused $20 billion in damages. This year’s rains have already driven Mississippi into a state emergency, and Missouri is bracing itself with a levee system still in disrepair from last year’s storms.

Can infrastructure like floodplains, wetlands, and engineered barriers save riverside states from their new, saturated norm? How are communities adapting to a changing, wetter climate in some of the most conservative parts of the country? Join us for a conversation with Julia Kumari Drapkin, CEO and founder of ISeeChange and Martha Shulski, director of the Nebraska state climate office, for a conversation on flooding in America.

COVID-19 and Climate: Implications for our Food System

Commonwealth Club of California

Published on Aug 10, 2020

Will COVID-19 change our food system for good? Increased coronavirus outbreaks in food markets, food plants, and farmworker communities have impacted food access and put a spotlight on food insecurity. Farmers are hurting as supply chains for fresh, perishable foods shrivel. Meanwhile, food banks have seen a surge in demand that has required distribution support from the National Guard.

What does COVID-19 mean for agriculture, our food supply systems — and our diets? Join us for a conversation with Lisa Held, senior reporter at Civil Eats and Karen Ross, secretary of the California Department of Food and Agriculture, on feeding a nation under quarantine.

Civil War “Andersonville” 1996 complete Original TV-Movie. Part One

LionHeart FilmWorks

Published on Aug 24, 2019

Part 1 of 2. “Andersonville The Untold Story of the Civil War” is a slickly produced, 1996 TNT Original Movie that originally aired on March 3rd, 1996. It was directed by legendary filmmaker John Frankenheimer about a group of Union soldiers during the 1864 Cold Harbor Campaign who are captured by Confederates and sent to this infamous Prison camp in Georgia. Although not action-packed for a war film, the movie did do a very good job with the material culture details – for the time it was made.

The film starred an unknown New York stage actor in the lead role – Jarrod Emick. It also starred Frederic Forrest, Cliff DeYoung, Jan Triska, Thomas F. Wilson (“Back to the Future”) and a young William H. Macy in a small but important role.

The program won a 1996 Emmy for Outstanding Individual Achievement in Directing for a Miniseries or a Special for director John Frankenheimer. It was nominated in six other categories as well, including a nomination for cinematographer, Ric Waite.

The film is loosely based on the diary of John Ransom, a Union soldier imprisoned there. Between1864–1865, more than 45,000 Union soldiers were imprisoned in Andersonville. 12,912 died. There was never a promised prisoner exchange. After the war, camp commander Captain Henry Wirz was hanged, the only Civil War soldier to be tried and executed for war crimes committed during the war


Memory, Myth and Moral Authority: Recalling Images of the Past in Times of Crisis | EV&N – 355 | CCTV

YouTube Version

Some images of the past that live in memory can help us understand the present, but we need to learn how they were constructed.

This is video was created on 8 August 2020 for and broadcast on CCTV Channel 9 at 4:30pm on Sunday, 9 August 2020 to mark the 75th Anniversary of the Nagasaki atomic bomb dropped by the American armed forces.

The program is part of an ongoing series — “EcoViews & News” (EV&N # 355) — past editions of which can be accessed by clicking here.

Trump hugs and kisses the American flag at CPAC 2020

CBS News

Feb 29, 2020

After finishing his speech at CPAC 2020, President Trump hugged and kissed an American flag on the side of the stage. Mr. Trump mouthed the words “I love you, baby,” while embracing the flag.

How Donald Trump’s father instilled a culture of racism & patriarchy in the family

Democracy Now!

Published on Aug 7, 2020

Mary Trump tells the story of growing up in the Trump family with her uncle Donald Trump and grandfather Fred Trump in a new book, “Too Much and Never Enough: How My Family Created the World’s Most Dangerous Man.” In response to her grandfather’s arrest at a 1927 Klu Klux Klan riot in New York, Mary Trump expresses surprise that Fred Trump “would take time away from his business to go do anything,” but is not shocked “that he shared the sentiments.” Growing up, she recalls Fred Trump held all the power in the family, which was centered around building up his real estate empire. “In my family, being kind was considered being weak,” Mary Trump says. “Since my grandfather ran my family as a zero-sum game, and there could only be one winner and everybody else was a loser, Donald was determined to win.”

The Next Virus Will Be Worse!

Thom Hartmann Program

Aug 7, 2020

Covid-19 is not the last virus we will face, nor will it be the most dangerous, the next virus is out there and we need to prepare for it right now.

Our current food production system is a breeding ground for viruses, it is only a matter of time before the next virus is born and wrecks havoc on the world.

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Mary Trump on what’s at stake in the 2020 election

Democracy Now!

Aug 7, 2020

Ahead of the 2020 presidential election, Mary Trump, a clinical psychologist and Donald Trump’s niece, decided to write a book on Donald Trump’s upbringing and long legacy of racist and misogynistic behavior. With “Too Much and Never Enough: How My Family Created the World’s Most Dangerous Man,” she hopes to provide voters with firsthand information about Trump’s background that wasn’t public in 2016. “There is more at stake than there has ever been,” she says, referencing the separation of immigrant children at the U.S.-Mexico border as an example of “torture” and cruelty that must be stopped. “I believe our country is on the knife’s edge, and I don’t want anybody going to cast their vote in November claiming they just don’t know who they are voting for.”