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The lies our culture tells us about what matters — and a better way to live | David Brooks

TED

Jul 3, 2019

Our society is in the midst of a social crisis, says op-ed columnist and author David Brooks: we’re trapped in a valley of isolation and fragmentation. How do we find our way out? Based on his travels across the United States — and his meetings with a range of exceptional people known as “weavers” — Brooks lays out his vision for a cultural revolution that empowers us all to lead lives of greater meaning, purpose and joy.

The End of Normal – Conversations with John Doyle of EU Foresight Group

Facing Future

Apr 23, 2020

The title ‘The End of Normal’ says it all. The current #COVID-19 #pandemic has changed civilization, and in many ways, there is no going back, as hard as political leaders will try to kick-start the old #Growthonomics. Here’s Part 1 of the conversation elicited by an email from John Doyle, a long time EU Commission member, sent to his EU colleagues, on which Stuart Scott was copied. The subject line was ‘The End of Normal’ and the body of the email was a shock-and-a-half, even though John and Stuart share the same view of humanity’s ‘prognosis.’

Here’s Part 2 of the conversation elicited by an email from John Doyle, a long time EU Commission member, sent to his EU colleagues, on which Stuart Scott was copied. The subject line was ‘The End of Normal’ and the body of the email was a shock-and-a-half, even though John and Stuart share the same view of humanity’s ‘prognosis.’

PBS Report on the ‘Doomsday Glacier’

Facing Future

Mar 26, 2020

Lest we forget in the face of the #Coronavirus #pandemic, #ClimateChange is still happening, and accelerating.

It’s been predicted for many years that increased occurrence and rapid spread of pandemics would be one of the many results of climate change. This one may not have been that, but it’s a taste of things to come. We are being given a ‘wake-up call’. Will we hear it? Will we heed it? Ordinary people seem to be ‘getting it’, but governments, and their primary clients (banks and large corporations) are trying to get us back to Business As Usual, with its destructive ‘growth economic’ system that was put in place by bankers a century ago, and still is manipulated to benefit the wealthy at the expense of the Earth and human survival. Worth a watch and a share. We thank the PBS News Hour for their allowing us to republish this report for the common welfare of all.

The current #Coronavirus #Pandemic has not stopped #ClimateChange, though it has completely eclipsed the long term threat with a short term but significant one.

Debunking the Myth of the Middle Class | Amanpour and Company

Amanpour and Company

Sep 10, 2020

As tens of millions of Americans face unemployment, President Trump continues to claim that the economy has been the “strongest ever” on his watch. Economics reporter Jim Tankersley might disagree. His new book, “The Riches of This Land,” tells the story of what exactly has happened to America’s middle class. He speaks with Michel Martin about this, and explains the fallacy of restricting immigration to boost wages. Originally aired on 9/10/20.

We Really Don’t Have Time… –


Facing Future

Jul 10, 2020

Here’s an interview of Stuart Scott by journalist and moderator Catarina Rolfsdotter-Jansson of http://WeDontHaveTime.org done in March of 2020, when the #COVID epidemic was first taking off.

As the title says, we really don’t have time for procrastination and delay any more. Every day that passes without humanity changing on a grand scale pushes us further into overshoot. The epidemic and the ensuing lockdowns have slowed the climate and ecological overshoot, but it will take a willful, concerted effort for fundamental change to the human economy to give our children a fighting chance for a life-sustaining climate.

Well worth a watch and a share. While your at it, please subscribe and click the bell for notifications.

Stuart has been suffering from cancer but continues his climate activism, albeit scaled back some. If you want to help crowdfund his cancer therapies (none of the good stuff is covered by insurance… only the toxic chemotherapy that ‘Big Pharma’ pushes) you may do so with a one time contribution at https://bit.ly/healingstuart or even the smallest recurring contribution at https://patreon.com/FacingFuture.

Dear Young People, Don’t Vote in 2020

Facing Future

Sep 17, 2020

This link gives you voter registration deadlines for each State, and let you register by clicking a link. https://bit.ly/50StateVoterRegistration

Steven Colbert’s take on how to make your vote count in your particular state is here at http://BetterKnowABallot.com
This link explains why you need to post a mail-in ballot quickly. https://bit.ly/VoteByMailEarly

In brief, Trump appointed a crony as Postmaster General who is dismantling the Post Department under him (literally taking apart sorting machines). Slow downs in the mail are clearly documented. He assured Congress that all mail-in ballots would arrive in time, but when asked for his plan, he did not have one. Uh duh! Please *watch the whole short video through* and share it widely. Sharing it internationally helps since we are so globally connected. The FBI reports that the Russians are again interfering hacking the US 2020 elections with social media.

The global community certainly has the right to influence them by sharing this video. #FridaysForFuture #VoterRegistration

China’s Journey to Ending Poverty: UN Sustainable Development Goals

CGTN

Sep 18, 2020

Through challenges and difficulties in 75 years, the United Nations managed to work for peace and security, aiding members in need. Five years ago, the pursuit of Sustainable Development Goals began. The top goal is to end absolute poverty. Ten percent of the world population still lives in extreme poverty, struggling to meet the most basic needs like health, education, and access to potable water and sanitation. And this year, it’s a bigger struggle with COVID-19. China, with the largest population in the world, seeks to end extreme poverty by the end of 2020. In the past four decades, more than 850 million Chinese have topped the poverty threshold, contributing 70 percent to global poverty reduction efforts. Listen to the CGTN forum on poverty eradication — the key to a sustainable future, and a big test for humanity’s resolve.

At Least 37 Million People Have Been Displaced by America’s War on Terror – The New York Times

Sept. 8, 2020

At least 37 million people have been displaced as a direct result of the wars fought by the United States since Sept. 11, 2001, according to a new report from Brown University’s Costs of War project. That figure exceeds those displaced by conflict since 1900, the authors say, with the exception of World War II.

The findings were published on Tuesday, weeks before the United States enters its 20th year of fighting the war on terror, which began with the invasion of Afghanistan on Oct. 7, 2001; yet, the report says it is the first time the number of people displaced by U.S. military involvement during this period has been calculated. The findings come at a time when the United States and other Western countries have become increasingly opposed to welcoming refugees, as anti-migrant fears bolster favor for closed-border policies.

The report accounts for the number of people, mostly civilians, displaced in and from Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan, Yemen, Somalia, the Philippines, Libya and Syria, where fighting has been the most significant, and says the figure is a conservative estimate — the real number may range from 48 million to 59 million. The calculation does not include the millions of other people who have been displaced in countries with smaller U.S. counterterrorism operations, according to the report, including those in Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Mali and Niger.

“This has been one of the major forms of damage, of course along with the deaths and injuries, that have been caused by these wars,” said David Vine, a professor of anthropology at American University and the lead author of the report. “It tells us that U.S. involvement in these countries has been horrifically catastrophic, horrifically damaging in ways that I don’t think that most people in the United States, in many ways myself included, have grappled with or reckoned with in even the slightest terms.”

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Racism is Profitable | Robert Reich

Robert Reich

Sep 15, 2020

Solana Rice and Jeremie Greer, Co-Founders of Liberation in a Generation, explain how the profitability of racism sparks a vicious cycle called the Oppression Economy, which has been churning for centuries.

In our racialized capitalist society, elite institutions are motivated to keep suppressing the economic vitality of Black people, indigenous people, and people of color. That economic oppression in turn hinders their political power, and that political oppression kneecaps their ability to change the system in which racism is so profitable.

So how do we break the cycle?

Let’s start with supporting candidates and pressuring elected officials at every level of government who will support bold policies that dismantle the Oppression Economy and build a Liberation Economy — and remove those that don’t.

To build a Liberation Economy our government must guarantee that all people of color have access to basic economic rights like guaranteed income and employment, universal health care, guaranteed housing, a free college education and generational wealth.

This Liberation Economy is within our power to create. As Teddy Roosevelt said, “we are the government.” It does not belong to the corporations and the plutocrats that currently control them. It belongs to us, and it is within our power to take it back.

Let’s get to work.

Watch More: How America Created Its Shameful Wealth Gap ►►https://youtu.be/9diZJks95Ko

#BlackLivesMatter #Capitalism #Racism #MassIncarceration

Watch More: How America Created Its Shameful Wealth Gap ►►https://youtu.be/9diZJks95Ko #BlackLivesMatter #Capitalism #Racism #MassIncarceration

President Donald Trump signs an executive order to promote patriotic education!

Donald J Trump

Sep 17, 2020

President Donald Trump signs an executive order to promote patriotic education!

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